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Of all the people the media should be staying away from when it comes to critiqueing Ronny Deila’s time at Celtic Park, Ally McCoist should be near the top of the list.
Most Celtic fans accept that Ronny is struggling this season, and that his plans for the team do not seem to be going over. His tactical inflexibility means we get found out more often than we’d like. Even when we win, we don’t always play particularly well.
The media thinks it sees some connection between our manager’s situation and that which engulfed the ageing, balding media darling at Ibrox. They see, perhaps, some kinship between the two in the way in which Ronny has failed to win over the fans and the way in which McCoist wound up loathed by those Sevco supporters who grew up worshiping him in a Rangers shirt.
I found his comments yesterday to be patronising and disingenuous. Not only were they an attempt to have a poke at Celtic and our supporters, but they were also a not-too-subtle offer of an alibi for his own abject failings in the dugout.
Those failings, on the pitch, far exceeded those of our manager, but they weren’t the only difference between the two.
These are five reasons why the comparison is lousy and why McCoist should shut his mouth and save the sympathy, possibly for the next chairman daft enough to offer him a job … unless that job is mopping the halls and the dressing room floor.