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