Kris Commons has talked a bit of sense in the past few weeks, which is largely what has kept him off of these pages. But today, in light of that game yesterday, he is back indulging in mindless, witless hyperbole and talking absolute crap about our “glass jaw.”
We have the best defence in the country.
One of their forums yesterday moaned that in five games against us this season they’ve only managed five goals; this is the other best team in the country, and the media keeps trying to tell us they are a European giant.
Commons wants to talk about our European exploits, so of course he mentions goals against … it is the standard lament. We have played good teams in Europe and this is a team still transitioning.
Here, at home, we have been brilliant.
We have conceded 20 goals in 35 games in the league.
That’s ridiculous. That’s outstanding.
You can say that this team needs to strengthen; that’s a legitimate view. But to talk garbage about “glass jaws” insults the backline which has contributed to our title triumph. To use yesterday as an example of this – Ibrox’s team didn’t win yesterday although you might not know that from some of the commentary around it – is pretty ridiculous.
Both Kyogo and Maeda missed chances yesterday that looked easier to score.
Commons criticises our defending for their goal; look at the defending for the one we scored.
Which is similar to the one we scored at Celtic Park last time against them.
This is what appals me about this whole debate about our defence; their own defence is abysmal.
It’s another part of the myth over this “European run” they are on – six wins in seventeen Europa League games, I will say it over and over until it is acknowledged. The one top level side they’ve played on that run were Dortmund; the Germans scored four in two games. It was their own defence – which shipped an astonishing six – who blew it.
Malmo, their sole Champions League opponent, scored five in two games.
We could do this all day.
We could go round and round on this, but the truth is that the same teams in Scotland who played against us played against them and scored more goals and yet it our defence which gets hammered in the press over and over again.
Their defence is never – not ever – subjected to the scrutiny ours is.
If Commons said that they had a “glass jaw” Ibrox’s media allies would piss their pants running to condemn it. But today they will echo his comments as if they are sensible and not just furious ranting.
We all know that this squad can be better, but his comments are deliberately offensive and designed to do nothing more than get Commons headlines. He is an idiot.