Kenny Miller thinks that the Ibrox club winning the Europa League would put them in the same pantheon of greatness as the Lisbon Lions. This is such an idiotic comment that they only possible response to it was the one that it got from Chris Sutton and others.
How can someone this stupid have once played for us?
I have never been particularly bothered about Miller.
He doesn’t hate us, because he’s experienced playing in front of our fans.
We know where his allegiances lie and that’s not up for debate, but he gave us good service and was, in my view, treated appallingly during the period when Lawwell Snr was playing Football Manager with real players.
But amidst the euphoria over their European run (7 wins in 18 games) there is a lot of utter guff being talked by the commentariat and by those in the Ibrox orbit. That talk reached its zenith with the stone stupid remarks from Miller.
Let’s start with the obvious point; it’s a lesser tournament. The only way for them to scale the heights of the Lions is to win the trophy the Lions did. Period. The 2003 team of Seville knew that perfectly well. They were not going to eclipse the greatest Celtic side ever.
The Lisbon Lions did something incomparable.
The very fact that it was a home-grown team puts it out of reach of any club, anywhere, far into the foreseeable future. I hear a lot of revisionist bullshit about how Europe is a tougher environment now with Group Stages and super clubs and all that crap … Europe had super clubs then. Inter Milan was one of them.
And the Group Stage argument is so pitiful and laughable it’s not worth debating.
Celtic had a team the equal of any on the continent at that time.
There is no doubt about this. Shortly after beating Inter, we played the De Stefano testimonial; Madrid had been the super club before Inter, and wanted to stamp all over the upstart from Scotland.
They brought their full strength to bear in the game. We beat them.
Had there been Group Stage football we’d have navigated it and beaten whoever was put in our road.
I have never doubted it for one second. The Lions were no one-hit wonder. We reached another final just three years later; the idea that we were some flash-in-the-pan is nonsense that nobody genuinely believes.
Miller’s comments are indicative of the arrogance and hubris that has exploded all across La La Land since Thursday night, and there is more than week of it still to come.
For most of the time, we can leave them to their own little world … but this is a direct comparison between their team and the greatest team Scotland ever produced and it won’t do.
Miller’s view has been treated how it deserves … with contempt and derision.