Yesterday one of those strange things happened which we see from time to time. Andy Walker got something right. I know, right? Pinch yourself and make sure you aren’t dreaming.
Actually, he wasn’t just right but fantastically right. He nailed it.
Surveying the media landscape in the aftermath of last weekend’s game he concluded that the away team are getting way too much praise from his colleagues in the press corps, falling over themselves to make the wholly spurious claim that the Ibrox club deserved something from the match. They are also trying to convince themselves that the gap has closed.
But Walker was having none of it. Imagine the conditions which have to accrue before he sounds like the most sensible person in the room, right? Well, here we are.
“When all is said and done, it’s all about results,” he said. “ I watched (the Ibrox club) last week and I think they’re getting too much praise – they got beat. I don’t think they ever looked like winning. I thought their pressing game, the closing down was good. It was a different approach to the one we saw in the League Cup final. I didn’t ever think (they) were going to win the game at any stage.”
Incredible that it has taken Walker, of all people, to state what’s been obvious to every one of us since the final whistle blew. We were ahead by every available metric that counts; possession, passes attempted, passes completed, attacks, shots at goal, shots on target and that tricky little one called goals scored.
And yet all week long we’ve heard about how close it was.
How they matched us. Answer me this; have you ever seen or heard people taking such pride and pleasure in not getting an absolute doing? Because that, in effect, is what they are celebrating.
If “closing the gap” amounts to a single performance, how come we don’t say it when Hearts or Motherwell or Livingston run us close? Did St Mirren overtake us as the best team in the country, albeit temporarily, when they beat us earlier in the campaign?
Walker knows a lot of his media colleagues are talking absolute balls here, and for the first time in a while we have a mainstream hack who has stepped up to say so. Well done to him for it.