Keith Jackson Is Not Impressed By The Mooch Or His Stuttering Start.

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Keith Jackson’s column today was pretty interesting for once. He clearly doesn’t like the appointment of Michael Beale, and he has long-standing issues with the way the club across the city is being run. But I did not expect him to turn the guns on The Mooch as quickly as he has done. He did not miss him this morning, let’s put it that way.

What I found most interesting was when he compared The Mooch’s tactics to those used by John Barnes when he was at Celtic Park, and indeed when you look at their team line-up that’s exactly what it looked like. Which didn’t impress Jackson at all.

“(In truth), Beale’s first 45 minutes were a head scratching mess,” he wrote. “Having promised to make big changes with some bold, innovative ideas, it did look very much like the manager was rolling out a system which was first put into practice in Glasgow shortly before the end of the last century. It was John Barnes who introduced the idea of a 4-2-2-2 formation at Celtic back in the summer of 1999. And he was saying his farewells eight months later.”

Jackson’s suggestion that The Mooch deploy 37 year old Steven Davis as his Callum McGregor is not so much about desperation – although it reads that way – as it is a cold, rationalist view of the Ibrox squad. Davis might well be the best they’ve got in midfield … that’s damning, but it’s the first realistic assessment of how impoverished that team is.

He points out that the next two games for their club are perilous; the visit to Aberdeen tomorrow night and the one to Ross County on Christmas Eve. As Jackson doesn’t expect Celtic to drop points in either of our two home games he wonders if this title race will even get as a far as the 2 January match; that has to be keeping him awake at night.

Dropped points will, in his words “in all likelihood prove to be catastrophic.”

And that’s why The Mooch is already feeling the heat.

To have been 2-1 down at home in his first match is something that cannot be ignored, although they turned it around in the second half. If they do drop something in the next couple of matches there are going to be problems, big problems.

This guy, and a couple of others who have believed from the start that appointing Beale is a mistake, are sharpening the pencils. And their knives.

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  • Frankie Bhoy says:

    Have to agree with that balloon for a change. These two up and coming games for Sevco are more vital than the game against us on the 2nd. Any dropped points from these two will make for a lovely Christmas for us. That said if Aberdeen set up like they did on Saturday then no danger of the manky mob dropping anything there

  • John Copeland says:

    I got the impression that the Rangers fan boy Jackson ,was implying in his tabloid piece the tactics Beale should be implementing against Aberdeen ! This was no full on contemptuous assault on Beale , but more of a’ do it this way ‘ plea …. The thing is was he saying it for himself , or on behalf of the daily Record newspaper …

  • Johnny Green says:

    We should only be concerned with our own team who did not exactly blaze the trail on Saturday and the lack of goals is worrying. After a poor Australian tour, we were beaten by a French pub team in a friendly before our unconvincing win against Aberdeen. We need to get our mojo back before we even consider that mob.

  • Sid says:

    James i have been speaking too a few Sevco players out on loan and a lower league manager and they all said the same. Ibrox players were glad when Micky left and weren’t happy he was returning. They were toiling last season and were 3nil down to Hibs at half time in a semi.
    Doesn’t bode well when the pressure hits if his players don’t like the manager. Happy days for Celtic. ?

  • Peterbrady says:

    Will the mooch last longer than truss ha ha

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