Ally McCoist’s “credentials” in being able to identify the things that make success and failure in football are famed and his reputation is, of course, impeccable.
Oh wait … no, it really isn’t. He was the manager of the Ibrox club for the first years of its existence and he was so shockingly inept as a boss that he failed with a spending ratio advantage of many tens to one and in the time since he was ejected from that job and papped down the Marble Staircase he has had exactly zero job offers.
So when he tries to analyse what is going wrong at other clubs I always get a laugh out of it, even if the club in question is the one currently playing out of that ground. Today he’s all over the papers having offered his insight into why we’re top of the league.
He thinks if Tom Lawrence hadn’t got injured it would all be different.
What a fool that man is. What an absolute moron.
Lawrence started reasonably well but was by no means brilliant. We’re top of the league because we destroyed them at Celtic Park and scored 25 goals in the first six games. We ran over them like a tank that day and if he reckons that Tom Lawrence would have prevented that he has been smoking something truly exotic and I would benefit from some of it.
This is two things; the first is an inability by McCoist (and others) to acknowledge that we’re a better team than the Ibrox side. The second is the pervasive and quite ridiculous view that Ibrox is, as with last season, simply the victim or rotten luck instead of bad strategy and sub-par management, and of course a squad that is much weaker than ours.
He says that without Lawrence they can’t maintain the tempo that Celtic does and that this is the key difference between the teams. My God, if he really believes that it’s no wonder nobody ever wanted to see him in the dugout again.
They say in the art world that those who can’t do, teach. In football those who can’t cut it in the sharp end of management gravitate towards punditry, where these perennial losers spend all their time trying to tell better managers what they’re doing wrong.
McCoist is a classic example of that, and when he talks about Celtic he lets bias influence his thinking into the bargain. He should stop doing that. He insults the audience otherwise.