The unthinkable

Forget what has gone on before. Concentrate on the here and now.

Today Celtic threw away a Scottish Cup Final place to Scotland’s newest club. The Rangers put in a sound performance in the first half whilst Celtic tried to find the their feet at Hampden.

Celtic were off the pace and lacked any cohesion. From misplaced passes to a gutless midfield, it was poor viewing.

Dedryck Boyata’s exit was the only positive for Celtic in the first half. Other than that the defence was relatively solid and untroubled.

Scott Brown, so important in past encounters with the old club, was way off the boil today. He may be club captain but his form has been poor since he came back from injury and struggles to even pass to his own team mates.

Fellow midfielder, Stefan Johansen, has been a wasted jersey all season and was no better today. His place should have gone to Kris Commons – I think we’re all agreed on that.

Both of these players need to go back to midfield basics training. Nir Bitton was doing all the work today in the middle of the park despite how languid he can seem at times.

Gary Mackay-Steven started the match and contributed a big fat zero. He would have contributed more from the bench.

Patrick Roberts was having a decent game right up until his blunder in front of goal. Sadly, he never recovered from that.

Up front Leigh Griffiths was having another off day. If you only have one good striker who isn’t on his game, you have a problem and that was a problem today.

To be fair, our substitutes came on and played well. Erik Sviatchenko was instrumental in changing the game from dominant centre half to goalscorer.

Callum McGregor should have started instead of the unimpressive Mackay-Steven. He is a far superior player in my opinion.

Tom Rogic provided his own touch of magic with the second equaliser. Missing a penalty in sudden death seemed unthinkable.

If The Rangers wanted a full and comprehensive endorsement to announce their arrival in the top flight, they got it today. They played well if I’m being honest and the refereeing wasn’t even an issue for me either.

Some people might talk about that throw-in decision but it didn’t decide the match. There was plenty of time to prevent the second goal that followed.

So The Rangers have themselves a Scottish Cup Final place. Celtic miss out on a double and will now limp on in the hope of winning the Scottish Premiership.

Does this mean the end for Ronny Deila? I think he’ll struggle to recover from this.

Of the few who still had faith in him, myself included, I think we can now extinguish our candles for him. Five games to save your season but I don’t think it’ll be enough to save your Celtic career, Ronny.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

P.s. I’ll be somewhere across the channel on a bicycle for the next week trying to forget about what’s happened today.

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5 thoughts on “The unthinkable

  1. total gutless performance from the players today .Brown very poor Johansen looked lost McKay Steven well .Boyata an accident waiting to happen .The players chucked it the game was lost in the midfield Spineless wankers they are
    Felt for the wee man up front no service whatsoever

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    • time for prima donna brown to move on He set up the first goal and after that well I have never seen such a spineless performance today .We will now end up with an idiot like Moyes in charge who is even worse

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  2. I gave up my season tickets 6 years ago because of the dross I was watching then. We have been going backwards for years and I am sad to say I will never be back. Deila is not the only one who should go, Peter Lawwell has watched this happen and should be axed as well.

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  3. Very very poor. The main thing I can’t get my head around is that last year against inter milan we played with passion and everyone wanted the ball. We could pass and dominate possesion, now we can’t do that against a first division team. Fair play to the manky mob, they showed us how to play the game. Would you swap Warbs for Ronny? Yes I would! We didn’t deserve to win. Poor tactics, poor team selection. I feel sorry for Roberts, a poor miss, but he’s only a wee bhoy. Lets give him some support as I think he could be brilliant next year. I wanted Ronny to succeed so much, but the team has gone backwards at a dramatic rate. The first 40 mins against Malmo in the CL qualifiers was brilliant, then they scored and we have still not recovered from that. Poor management from top to bottom. Also terrible signings, Carlton Cole???? CKR???? Come on, these guys are no where near good enough. Who makes these decisions? Gutted about the game, but it has to be said we were beaten by the better team, Surely Dermot must make some money available for the new manager whoever it is going to be. Broony should hang up his boots his displays recently have been shocking, not just the fact that he is off the pace, but the fact he seems to have lost the ability to pass the pass not that he had that much in the first place. We just need to get over the line and win the league, but I’m not overly confident in that.

    Ronny I wish you all the best and hope you have a great career where ever you end up, you are a good man, but you came to a club where losing to any team isn’t good enough unless we are playing one of the top teams in Europe, never mind Ross County or “Rangers”

    Lets stick together and get over the line and rebuild. Over to Peter and Dermot. Make the right choice and make funds available. Clear out the shite and sort out the scouting!

    Hail Hail!

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