Imagine Ange Postecoglou having to sit there yesterday and answer the appalling question that was asked of him at the presser; does the Ibrox side reaching the Europa League Final take some of the shine off of his own magnificent accomplishments?
It is a disgraceful thing for him to be asked to comment on. Nobody would ever have asked Walter Smith that question back when we reached the final in 2012. Nobody would have dared, in part because the Ibrox PR department would have stamped all over the guy and his paper, and because Smith would have treated that question with contempt.
That the media thinks Ange should be required to respond to that query shows that they have a certain amount of contempt for him still, and that is shameful.
“You know, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it,” he replied. “To win a title you have to be better than every club in this country. That is who ends up being champions. So that is what we are going to try and do. (Their) European success has been well-deserved. They’ve had a great run and are a very good side. They were champions last year, and undefeated for that year. They have done well in all the competitions this year … I don’t think that detracts from our achievements – if anything it adds to our achievements if we can become champions. Because I don’t think anyone could deny we have had to beat some pretty strong opposition.”
Some Celtic fans have asked me if I don’t think the Ibrox club’s European run enhances what we have achieved, and I’ve been pretty clear in answering with a no. I still believe what they’ve done is the equivalent of a minor club getting to the Scottish Cup final; sometimes it happens, and it depends to a large degree on the luck of the draw.
So I don’t think it affects us one way or another; it absolutely takes nothing whatsoever away from our own progress. Ange is right about the one thing that matters; we have been better than every other club in this country over the course of this title campaign, better than the club who the media will try to write up as a greater success story.
Let them do what they want. They will anyway. They were never going to give us full credit for this title, no matter what the Ibrox club did or didn’t do. The narrative has been pushed for months that this year the league table hasn’t accurately reflected the facts … I am tired of it and the big guy must be tired of it, but he still does what he has to do.
That he decided to answer such a disrespectful question in a magnanimous and respectful manner shows them up for the small minded, chickenshit cretins that they are.