So the big man got a little bit snappy at the media today, when he sat in front of them and told one of the BBC’s Ibrox loving journos Kheredine Idessane that he’s not exactly on Mastermind for deducing which of Celtic’s squad players is most likely to leave.
“The guys who haven’t played a lot of football are looking for opportunities elsewhere, if those opportunities exist, like I said if it satisfies all parties we’ll look to make it happen,” Ange said before Idessane asked a phenomenally stupid question about whether or not Ideguchi and Abildgaard fit that particular bill. Christ sake.
Our bloggers all know this and have been writing about it for weeks.
Ange was not in any mood to spare him embarrassment either.
“Well they fit the definition of what I just said, yeah. I don’t think, you’re not really on Mastermind at the moment where you’ve figured out from some drips I’ve given you. I said guys that haven’t played regularly, they definitely fit that bill.”
Ouch. You can feel the sting of that slap from Celtic Park to the steps of Hampden.
It is typical of the kind of questions that this journalist asks Ange, and so it is not the first time that he’s had a slap like this, and it’s certainly not the first time Ange has hit hard against the BBC.
In the press conference after the Copenhagen result at Parkhead, Liam McLeod of the BBC put it to him that the result was “a catastrophe.” Ange took that much more calmly than many others would have, and hit back. “That’s pretty strong language mate, I don’t know what your version of catastrophic is but it certainly doesn’t fit my definition of what happened tonight.”
From that moment on, he knew what his “relationship” with the national broadcaster was going to be like, and he never hesitates to give them a slap for it. Our media is dire, and it’s no wonder that he can’t help himself sometimes.