BBC Scotland’s sports shows are fast becoming unwatchable, and tonight’s is no exception based on what’s in the papers. Ricky Foster has suggested that Aberdeen were beaten heavily today because they went to Ibrox boasting about having no fear.
Foster played for Aberdeen. But he also played for the Ibrox club and that’s where his loyalty lies. His suggestion that teams going to Ibrox should first shut up and then shut up shop renders the idea of them even turning up moot. Because that’s the path to getting beat.
Aberdeen certainly did talk big before the match.
But the stats are damning.
They managed barely any shots on target and spent much of the game in their own half. For a team that was allegedly going to go there and play without fear, they certainly looked like a side that was pissing in its own pants.
That’s where I do agree with Foster to an extent.
If you’re going to talk the talk you better walk the way, and Goodwin’s side today was appalling and toothless and came nowhere near what he promised.
“Be confident, tell your players that you’re confident and the players will feel it themselves, but keep it in the dressing room,” Foster said. Lest you upset the mighty Ibrox players. What a joke. “When (they’re) on form, (they) are formidable opponents. So just go there saying that’s what you’re expecting. Then afterwards, say that we went into the game quite confident.”
Have they been “formidable” recently? No, so it was good to hear Goodwin talk before the game about how they would play without fear. It’s a shame he’s a sub-par manager, hired cheaply, taking the club nowhere, or they might have lived up to some of it.
But Foster continues to be one of the worst pundits on the telly. He’s an absolute eejit, and although I accept that there are worse out there – Charlie Adam is a certainty to wind up on that sofa, you can take that to the bank – he has the only qualification that anyone needs to get a gig; his Ibrox playing career. That seems to cover a multitude of sins.
The BBC will claim that because he played for both clubs that he’s not biased. That will be their excuse for putting Kenny Miller in our studio tomorrow; how can a guy who played for us be pro-Ibrox?
Except he is and everyone knows that he is.
That show has become unbearably pro-Ibrox.
But that’s what happens you fill your organisation with so many individuals with connections to a single organisation. The writing was on the wall when they submitted that grovelling public apology.
Even those who thought they had credibility and objectivity before it certainly knew they had none the minute that thing was in the public domain.