Earlier in the month, Ally McCoist won a broadcasting award. People down south like him, they like his personality, and he was one of the stars of the commentary team during the World Cup.
It wasn’t a great surprise that he won the award … but I still find it strange that some in England don’t seem to know that when it comes to certain subjects he is completely incapable of offering constructive analysis. Or maybe they do. Because he only very rarely gets asked to speak on those subjects when in front of their cameras.
He proved it again just the other day when he talked about “the gap” in Scottish football and how The Mooch has closed it.
As we’ve discussed here several times, the gap has not been closed at all. We are further ahead on goal difference than we were before his arrival. We have drawn at Ibrox, in their must-win game. We have won the League Cup, dispatching them with clinical efficiency in the final. Sure, their league performances are solid … but ours are better.
McCoist has watched both teams. How can he come to that conclusion from objective study? It’s bonkers. We aren’t just easier on the eye but we’re lethal and ruthless and with a manager who can turn a game with a few simple changes.
This is the most relentless Celtic side I’ve seen in my lifetime.
They play some of the best football I’ve ever watched, easily up there with the best from Rodgers and back further to Tommy Burns. But even those sides looked vulnerable in some ways and this one just doesn’t. This one is just a football machine, and if he thinks The Mooch has made any inroads into that then he’s lost the plot.
If Ange can deliver on his promise to strengthen this team year on year then the Ibrox club is going to have be near enough perfect just to stay on our heels. It doesn’t matter at all what McCoist or anyone else thinks or who The Mooch buys … to beat Celtic they are going to have to win virtually every game. And I don’t think he’s up to it.