What have I been saying about The Mooch? This is a slippery one. Today, prior to tomorrow’s game, he has been trying desperately to roll back his gallery-pleasing remarks of the other day where he referred to Celtic as “the other team.”
His excuses are pitiful. He is new in the country? He isn’t new in the country at all; he was here for years prior to this, and he knew exactly what he was doing. He was throwing a bone to the goons in his own support, and he didn’t expect a backlash.
“The other day I used a term ‘other team’. I’m new back into the country but I didn’t get where I am being disrespectful to anybody,” he said. “I was asked a question about being nine points behind and my answer was ‘well, we have to win and the other team has to lose some’. That wasn’t in any way disrespectful. I want to cut that short.”
Cut it as short as you like; nobody who heard it was in the slightest doubt what you were up to. This guy … he’s all talk, and already his MO is clear. He will say something controversial and then start immediately rowing back on it.
At his presser today he said that they have to win every game to have a chance. No margin for error whatsoever. So in the space of just ten days he’s gone from being confident he can win the title to saying that they need favours to do it to saying success this season would be winning a cup to this today. He is all over the map already.
He treated his previous employers as if they were stupid. He has insulted the intelligence of every football fan in Britain with his “it’s just a coincidence that Gio was sacked and I’ve got his job after I publicly undermined him by visiting Ibrox …” We all know what a low, underhanded act that was, and that he thinks he can brass neck it only enhances the insult.
To actually suggest that he’s “new in the country” and didn’t realise how people would take that comment is ridiculous, and he must really think we all button up the back. It was a piece of supremacist posturing and people might respect him more if he owned it instead of this gormless pretence that it wasn’t intended to offend people.
The Mooch is a coward. That’s what’s being exposed here, and he’s already sweating in that seat. Tomorrow night, Aberdeen will turn up the heat.