Tam McManus has no credibility when it comes to talking about Celtic. He never really did. But this is especially true when he is a frequent “guest writer” for an Ibrox fan blog.
That means that this is not a neutral talking, but a pro-Ibrox shill stirring the soup.
Today he’s all over the papers bubbling like a little bitch over the state of the league. But of course he claims to be “taking nothing away from Celtic”. He does say, however, that he finds our dominance over the league to be “unhealthy.”
Which makes me laugh.
Because none of these people would ever have said that had this been the club from Ibrox. Everyone would have been falling over themselves to pay tribute to their team and their manager and there would not be all this stuff in the press.
“They are getting tested a couple of games a season off of (Ibrox), and they are even beating them. I don’t think it’s particularly healthy to see a team like that dominating, 30 wins from 32 games? 102 goals?” he wailed, like a kid who can’t believe another has new trainers and a new schoolbag on the first day back after the summer holidays.
Honestly, it’s really quite pathetic for this guy to pretend to give a damn about the rest of the game when he’s leaving out a couple of salient facts. First, we do get tested. Every single week. Every team in the league wants to be the team who ends our run. Every single team in the league, regardless of what they are playing for, tries to stop us.
I’ve argued myself on here that too few of them show the least ambition in doing so, putting every man behind the ball. But the idea that we aren’t tested is frankly absurd. It is not easy having to open up packed defences. It is not easy trying to play against teams who want to kick you off the park. It’s not easy knowing VAR is watching everything you do.
I am really tired of these fraudulent “debates” being had involving people who do not wish us well and never have. McManus has always been in that category.
I remember last season, in February, after we’d come out of the transfer window turbo-charged, had just blown the Ibrox club away and were motoring towards a title, and his suggestion that their squad was, overall, still better than ours.
Later that same month he said we were “out of legs.”
Funny, then, that we were regularly winning games late in the match and that we would keep on doing it all the way to the finish line. The man talks an endless tide of guff about our team and he always has. That’s why I described him, not that long ago if memory serves me right, as a “poor man’s Kris Boyd.”
Which is about the worst insult you can throw at someone in the media in my view.
Not that he’s actually in the media. He can’t get a gig with Clyde or even the BBC … not having played for any of the Ibrox clubs is what’s holding him back there.
The one talent he seems to possess is an understanding of how the media works; say a few negative things about Celtic and the headlines are yours, and that’s all he’s done today. His agenda is obvious and his biases are known. The mainstream titles which are breathlessly quoting him know these things as well as we do.
His comments are a joke and an insult to every club in this league bar one.
But then, he’s writing for one of their blogs so you wouldn’t expect him to go in heavy on them.