I was told by one of my friends on social media that I had to listen to Keevins on Superscoreboard yesterday. So I waited until the podcast was up online and I tuned in.
Right from the start, from his questioning Rodgers over the team selection, and then attempting to suggest that Yang, Tilio and Palma have flopped because they didn’t get into the first eleven, he scorned Celtic until he could no longer sustain that attitude.
I understood the second I saw Forrest in the side what Rodgers was thinking; putting players in on a plastic pitch who might never have played on it before would have been a huge risk and he wasn’t for doing it.
It was nothing to do with not rating the players we signed in the summer.
But Keevins jumped to that conclusion right away, without a second thought and he insisted that Rodgers has decided that the new wingers are a write off, and persisted with it so much that even the other anchors on the show wouldn’t endorse it.
To say he was dire was an understatement.
He was beyond that. Way beyond it.
He was bitter and spiteful and snarking.
I know this guy hails from a Celtic background but somewhere along the line he became an uber-hater, who can never find a positive word to say about us. Somewhere along the line he was poisoned against us and that poison now runs to his core. He’s worse than a joke.
“Celtic can’t have cliches about European hangovers,” he said, suggesting that Rodgers would be under real serious pressure if we did not win. He’s been dying to paint Celtic as in crisis for months.
He had the broken badge graphic prepared at Ibrox when he was talking about “the roof falling in.” And then it didn’t. Never deterred by being made to look like an idiot, all Keevins did was put away his poison pen and move onto the next game.
He’s picked his new Starfelt; “Lagerbielke is yet to have a convincing game,” he said about a guy who has only played a handful of them and who strolled – yes strolled – at Ibrox.
But Keevins kept on and on about how he’s not played well, how he’s “struggled” in his games so far. This horror of a human being with his twisted anti-Celtic mindset does this all the time.
He picks a player to hate on and pours scorn on the guy, hoping for a slip up.
He did not get it yesterday afternoon. He didn’t get anything he wanted yesterday afternoon.
The rest of the panel – Gordon Daziel and Kenny Miller and that eejit who anchors the show – were just as bad.
Apparently, that was “the real test” yesterday. Ha!
So Ibrox wasn’t a test in their eyes, eah?
So Feyenoord wasn’t a real test either.
It was this one right here, the real test comes in Livingston against Nouble, who has attracted not a single bid from a club in the time he’s been there but who people like these think we should have taken a punt on.
Everything about their attitude before the game started was stinking. Absolutely stinking.
They all took Celtic to win, but only Daziel thought it would be comfortable.
When he sounds like the smartest guy in the room you know how dumb everyone else in it is.
All three were salivating, but Keevins in particular, when they realised that we were going to have to go with Scott Bain.
Because he hasn’t played for a while.
And because, as they couldn’t wait to remind their listeners, he conceded four, at Easter Road, the last time he played.
Keevins seemed to think that the combination of him and Lagerbielke – who Daziel almost took great pleasure in telling Keevins was having “an excellent game” – would be fatal.
By half time we were “in chaos” and teetering on the edge of crisis.
We were paying for our transfer policy.
The season was hanging by a thread, in spite of the absolute worst possible case scenario one that would still have left us a point ahead of the Ibrox club at the end of the weekend.
But Keevins was loving it. “James Forrest selection reflected badly on the bench,” he said. Rodgers couldn’t trust any of the subs. What a shame for him that Rodgers did and it paid off.
Keevins was absolutely in his element.
There was no chance of the manager making a major mistake though.
Once he took Forrest off he had sacrificed width, he had made his key tactical decision and he followed through. He brought on the defensive midfielder for Hatate. He tightened up. From the moment Bain came and on he barely had to do anything of note.
As I said last night, it was a tactical masterclass from Rodgers and still these guys do not get that.
This Celtic side is good enough to beat any side in this country no matter the composition of the starting eleven; the key is the way in which those players are deployed, and Rodgers is a top class coach who knows exactly how to do that.
The moment Celtic scored the second their voices fell.
None of them could believe it. Kenny Miller’s assertion that until it was scored that Livingston had been “the better team” was so Trumpian in its utter denial of reality that I was stunned.
Over and over again, Keevins returned to the fate of the signings. Rodgers’ handling of the game was just so far in advance of that clown’s surface level understanding that it was laughable.
But under it all was his anti-Celtic bias, bubbling away there waiting to pop.
He looked for every excuse to have a go at Bain too.
All the more to support his assertion that our club should have signed a keeper in the summer.
Maybe we should have, although I didn’t think it was big a priority as backup striker. Keevins was just desperate to paint us in a negative light though and so he flipped from one area of attack to the other.
When Maeda missed the chance which Kyogo laid on for him, I knew Keevins would go too far in his criticism and of course he did. That’s why I spent the remainder of the episode keenly anticipating the moment when he smashed that fantastic third into the net.
Quick as a whip, Keevins then decided to have a pop at Oh.
For no reason at all.
Again, Gordon Daziel had to defend the player from what was an unhinged dig.
Keevins could not spot a footballer if his life depended on it.
The number of them he’s written off having barely watched them is astonishing, and damning. It was great how thoroughly Lagerbeikle in particular made him eat his words.
As I said earlier, Keevins performance was incredible. He got literally every single thing wrong.
Every single thing.
It was a pathetic afternoon from him, and I can only imagine what that show would have been like had we actually been struggling at any point in the match.
But we didn’t, and by the end of the show all of them were reduced to praising us, Keevins through his gritted false teeth, and even handing out some to individual players although that idiot was still having a go at Bain, presumably because he’ll be playing in the next couple of league games and this joker wants to put the pressure on him early.
Overall though it was Celtic’s day and there was nothing that any of them could do about it but accept that.
Even Keevins, much as it stuck in his throat.