Nice of The Mooch today to give his support to the Brotherhood, wasn’t it?
I always laugh whenever an Ibrox manager does that.
Celtic managers who start off saying that they will respect decisions get worn down by the sheer number of them which go against us. Ibrox bosses who snigger through their initial support for refs tend to blow their top the first time they get a negative call. I am of a mind that it will go just so in the case of this stand-up comedian.
Ibrox bosses are allowed to criticise refs. The Mooch knows it well, because for all he grinned like a Cheshire Cat today as if he was being so sly and so clever, he was part of a management team which, after their first weekend in the job, had already suggested that Scottish football had an historical agenda against their new club.
They got away with that. The media was united in calling them conspiracy nuts. Indeed, there was so much boot-licking going on because the head of the management team was a once famous player that there are probably still traces of polish on many a tongue.
These Peepul are very good at this kind of demented gibbering as long as the decisions are going their way, but the moment they get a bad one the rabid howling starts and you see their true colours. The Ibrox sites denying that refs are biased will soon enough be squealing like pigs.
The Mooch had his fun today, but it was Ange who stole the show.
Ibrox boss backs refs is not a story, after all, not until they no longer do and then it’s mostly whingeing. But Celtic managers do endure a lot before they say enough is enough and we are, after all, the biggest club in the land … so it was always going to be us who made the real headlines when Ange finally said “no more of this nonsense.”
Ange was right to say that if the decision had gone the other way that it would have dominated the news agenda in a very different way. The fact is, we’re putting pressure on now and so some of these decisions are going to go against Ibrox at some point … we’ll see how The Mooch handles it then. A little bit differently, I bet.