The game hasn’t long finished, but already I see some griping and complaining about the manager playing Kyogo and Kyogo getting injured. Honestly, this nonsense does my head in.
The manager is damned when he does and he’s damned when he doesn’t because there’s a section of our supporters which, I think, just loves to have a wee moan about something.
The Kyogo complaints come thick and fast.
When he was brought on as a sub against Betis, the stadium cheered as he took the pitch. Afterwards, all I read were people saying he should never have been risked. No-one complained when he made the cup final squad and scored. But I read a fair amount of second guessing and bitching when he didn’t play on Wednesday.
He was in the team today, and I guarantee that nobody who is now shrieking about the manager having risked an unfit player was moaning when the team went up.
I said the manager had questions to answer in midweek. If Kyogo was available, he should have at least been on the bench. Ange confirmed that he wasn’t available. Today, whether Kyogo was fully fit or not, the manager had little choice in selecting him due to the savaging of our squad. Had he been left on the bench the same people would have been in arms.
Ange is working through one of the toughest spells any Celtic boss has had to deal with in many, many years. And he’s doing it well, and he’s bringing great credit on the club and on himself as a manager.
When he makes mistakes he will be criticised, and that’s just the nature of the business, but he ought not to be getting stick from this, from folk who would have had Kyogo starting every game as long as he was able to walk onto the pitch unaided.
It’s easy to act like a psychic seer after the fact; a manager has to gamble sometimes, and when you see the state of our squad before today’s game it was a gamble any manager in his position would have taken, especially with a break to let people heal and come back stronger. He doesn’t deserve to get stick for that at all.