Before the game last night, Kenny McIntyre tried to force the words “Old Firm” into the mouth of the Celtic boss. After it, he moved in for his after match interview and asked the kind of question we’ve come to expect from him.
Ange did not hold back.
He knows who – he knows what – McIntyre is and the boss gave it to him with both barrels.
McIntyre, the self-declared Ibrox fan, can have his wee moan on Twitter and say that he was right to ask his bitter question, but Ange was right to give it to him in a way that makes clear to us all just how much the boss now knows the truth about some in the media here.
Macintyre asked him “That was a hard watch at times – is that fair?”
Ange hit back. “It depends what you’re looking for – maybe you’re disappointed with the way it went, mate.”
Which was just the absolutely perfect response.
It took him a while, but Ange has his list now.
To quote the famous song, he knows who’s been naughty and he knows who’s been nice. He knows who in the press corps is capable of acting like a professional and who you cannot trust at all.
McIntyre, since declaring himself, has barely retained a fragment of his professionalism; as I said in an earlier article on him and the BBC as a whole, it’s as if he thinks that now we know what he is – as if there was ever any doubt – he can simply ditch even the appearance of neutrality and do as he likes. And Ange has twigged to this.
There were a lot of answers Ange could have given to that question last night, but he wanted to get his own point across about McIntyre and he did that.
He sent a very clear message about how he sees the way the national broadcaster and others cover him.
He has learned a lot in a short time has Ange.