Peter Grant was obviously watching that dire spectacle at Hampden today when someone had the bright idea to get the two managers together.
You did not have to be an expert in body language to realise that these men are not exactly friends.
Van Bronckhorst and Ange got on very well.
They got on well in part because – and this has to be said – the Dutchman had a modicum of class.
I thought he had the personality of a wet mop, but I never disliked far less hated Van Bronckhorst because he was a respectful man who steered well clear of all the crowd-pleasing guff that The Mooch indulges in.
The Mooch, on the other hand, has no respect. Not for Ange, and not for Van Bronckhorst either as we all know very well. He didn’t respect his previous employer, or their fans, who he made a lot of promises to which he had no intention whatever of keeping.
Grant thinks he has ruined what was becoming a friendlier rivalry.
Oh man, I would not go nearly as far as that.
Aside from the respect the managers had, things between the clubs are as low as they have ever been and that’s not going to change any time soon no matter what the two men in the dugout think of one another.
Indeed, their mutual dislike is one that radiates upward and outward.
I never had any issue with the Celtic and Ibrox bosses liking one another and getting along. It took some of the poison out of the fixture and that’s no bad thing.
But The Mooch was almost grimly determined to make that impossible and he has.
His comments about Ange were dreadful, and even more was the underhanded way he tried to palm them off as not meaning disrespect. Nobody was fooled by that for one minute, far less the Celtic boss who knows exactly what he was up to … pandering to his own fans and trying to stir up some early controversy. At Ange’s expense.
Well, that was never going to fly, and nor should it. Ange doesn’t have to tolerate it and he has already made it clear that he won’t.
It’s not as if the long thaw is over.
For these two it never began. Now it never will.
Finbar muldoon says:
February 21, 2023 at 9:14 pm
Voice of Reason says:
February 21, 2023 at 9:36 pm
Michael Clark says:
February 21, 2023 at 10:26 pm
February 21, 2023 at 11:10 pm
John S says:
February 22, 2023 at 12:03 am
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Robert Downey says:
February 22, 2023 at 5:42 pm
Ange should have told whoever organised that today to “[email protected] off”. HH
Send this Cockney Wanker & his pub team bak in their Fukin Boax!! Cannot wait tae see this Cunt squirm after we Fuk them Sun!!
I made a comment earlier today on one of James columns regarding this topic. For what ever reason the sponsors attempted this cheap verbal shootout between the two men at Hampden. Beale took the bait while Postecoglou as always kept his cards close to his chest. Celtic will do all the necessary talking on Sunday at Hampden Park and if Celtic hit anything like top gear, it’s gonna be a long afternoon for that lot
Won’t be a long thaw because there won’t be a long Beale.
I think the idea behind the double-presser was possibly to engender controversy and to attempt to humiliate the Celtic manager, or at least make him look uncomfortable before supporters and players of both sides.
I wouldn’t worry about the Sevco manager, beat them with aplomb on Sunday and see what he responds after! ??
Beale is a classless wide boy, visiting “Rangers” bars while GVB was struggling to keep his job, sitting in the Ibrox stand as GVB sat a few yards in front of him he does not have a single shred of decency or respect.
Then he starts the mind games, not saying Celtics name etc.
He does not deserve to win another game of football EVER! I hope on Sunday he suffers a massive and painful defeat.
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