How comical it is tonight to read that Barry Ferguson is standing by his man. Standing by the manager he lauded so completely that he told the world of how he had Ange Postecoglou sussed, about how he had his tactics figured out.
Actually, Ferguson’s support for Van Bronckhorst isn’t solid and it’s not unconditional. He’s not so much standing by him as telling the board to get on with making a decision one way or the other.
If it were that simple even they’d already have done it.
Ferguson is one of a number of people trying to climb down off the podium where they were crowing about Van Bronckhorst not that long ago. Keevins is another. His weekend piece was another bit of sycophantic guff about how the Ibrox boss was handling the pressure and the feeding frenzy with dignity. Anything not to face facts.
The facts in this case are simple. They got Van Bronckhorst badly wrong. They grotesquely over-estimated his abilities as a manager and his tactical acumen. Keevins, don’t forget, thought that he might go through last season unbeaten and wrote that mere days before we utterly destroyed them, and that prediction, at Celtic Park.
Ferguson’s own lofty prediction came just before we won even more convincingly.
These two are not the only people who Van Bronckhorst’s failure has made mugs out of, but they are amongst those in whose pain we can find the most satisfaction.
But it’s more, of course, than a simple failure to read Van Bronckhorst right. The graver sin from both men, by far, was to underestimate Ange Postecoglou.
Keevins’ prediction, on the eve of the Celtic Park trip, was based on a colossal failure to understand what the boss was building at Celtic Park. Keevins is one of the most ignorant men in the business, and that proved it.
But it actually pales into insignificance next to the mistake Ferguson made.
Our team had won a title and started the season in blistering form … only a complete idiot would have made such a ridiculous prediction having watched us.
They say that fools rush in where others fear to tread, and Ferguson could not wait to get his stupid opinion out there, and it was echoed by the Village Idiot Kris Boyd. He was one of the first to start demanding Van Bronckhorst’s head; that’s his response to looking like a clown, to blame the guy he was praising for not being worthy of it.
None of them acknowledges the superiority of Ange Postecoglou.
None has accepted that it’s not so much that they got Van Bronckhorst wrong but that they massively misjudged the Celtic boss.
Ferguson may be making a case for keeping the Ibrox boss in post – which is more than Keevins is attempting to do – but it’s Ange he owes the apology.