It wasn’t a great day for the hacks at the Celtic presser.
First Lindsay Herron got his facts entirely wrong when asking about Celtic’s European record (“I don’t know if you’re aware of this,” he had the cheek to ask our manager before trotting out a piece of utter codswallop, for which he was taken to task at the end by Gerry McCulloch) and then another of them got slapped for a typically ignorant question.
Ange dealt with the first one easily.
Even if Herron had gotten his facts right, as I said in a piece earlier in the week it is ridiculous to hold this team accountable for the record of its predecessors. They carry enough weight. They shouldn’t have to carry that.
“Yeah, look,” he said. “I haven’t been responsible for all (that) … you’ve got to cut me a bit of slack.”
Which is a point that he shouldn’t even have to make as the idea that he should be taking that on is patently unfair and even ridiculous. I would love to see Van Bronckhorst’s face if someone asked him if he was aware that an Ibrox club last won a Champions League group game 12 years ago, and it wasn’t the one playing out there now which did it.
Then he was asked if his efforts to replace Callum in the team were a result of “trial and error.” I mean, for God’s sake. I said at the weekend that I thought putting O’Riley there was an obvious move because you can tell he has most of the key attributes to play as a defensive midfielder, and I’m a layperson, albiet one who watches a lot of the sport.
How can someone in the punditry business really be so dense?
Ange didn’t let him away with it either.
“I hope it’s not trial and error mate,” he said, and when he uses that word you know someone is about to get spanked. “I spend a hell of a lot of time thinking about football and doing what I do. There is a little bit of methodology that goes into it.”
And of course there is.
What do these ignorant eejits think this guy does? Puts names in a glass bowl and picks them out at random?
The more you listen to our hacks – and the more they get panelled by this guy – the more you realise that they really do not understand this sport at all, that their knowledge of it isn’t even surface deep and that our manager could run rings round them like this all day, every day, if he didn’t have more important things to do.
It’s almost inexcusable how little these people understand the sport they are meant to be covering. They don’t do their research, they don’t try to understand tactics or strategies, they don’t even possess the most basic general knowledge … it’s abysmal it really is.