We’ve all jumped onto a computer or picked up a pen with trembling hands to have a rant at some point. But ex-Celt Davie Provan could teach you a thing or two about a rant with his thoughts on last weeks derby.
In his Sun Column, he has gone to war on the quality of football displayed from Scotlands top two teams last weekend. He has taken the game and the nonsense afterwards apart piece by piece like a Hannibal Lector Sunday roast.
On the quality of players Provan said:
The lack of quality on that pitch was embarrassing. Glasgow’s version of El Clasico is now a meeting of the mediocre. How did we get here? Not so long ago this fixture included talent like Henrik Larsson, Ronald de Boer, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Gascoigne, Lubo Moravcik and Brian Laudrup.
As usual Alfredo Morelos was centre stage in all of it — and I reckon he’ll be happy with that. The Colombian is an attention junkie, interested only in himself. His bottom lip drops if he’s not the story. Put it this way, you can bet Steven Gerrard spent much of the build-up in the striker’s ear.
He’d have been well warned that he had to screw the nut for Rangers to have a chance. This fixture is hard enough with 11 men on the pitch. Instead, by reacting to Scott Brown’s nibble, he shafted Gerrard and every one of his team-mates. Morelos has cost Gerrard more than points this season. He’s cost the Rangers coach his credibility.
His take on whole Scott Brown nonsense:
And as it all kicked off at time-up, you wonder why Andy Halliday was rucking with Brown. He should have been taking Morelos’ head off instead. Brown must have been pinching himself post-match. He’s managed to get Gers’ biggest threat sent off, helping Celts to the points and an eighth successive title.
For a boy whose legs are in sharp decline, it was a good day’s work for the skipper. That the 33-year-old is still able to lord it in Scotland says much about the current standard.
On the clueless hypocrites in the SFA:
If holding your arms up in triumph after winning a big game is an offence, the SFA’s compliance officer Clare Whyte had better cancel her holidays. Having already cited Ryan Kent, the Brown summons is an SFA attempt to even things up. Put your money on Celtic’s legal team getting Brown off the hook.
But the goading of Rangers supporters lacked the class expected of a Celtic captain. By all means, enjoy the moment, but why not share it with your own punters?
Finally, the Ex-Celt had his say on Neil Lennon for the Celtic manager:
Bottom line is that Celtic’s win camouflaged some home truths for Neil Lennon. His team looked second best when Rangers were down to ten men. Frankly, Celts haven’t found top gear since Lenny arrived.
Sure, you can’t argue with results, but it’s been a grind for the champions in every game. Neil was spot on this week when claiming this Celtic squad needs a summer rebuild. And with the title sewn up, he deserves an early heads-up on his future.
Unlike first time around when Dermot Desmond took a gamble putting Lennon in charge, he knows what the Northern Irishman’s about. Unless the board have someone else in mind, they should allow Neil to lay the foundations for next season right now.