Scotland fans should all be thanking Celtic for getting the country to Euro 2020 – according to the Scotsman’s Aidan Smith – and Rangers fans must wonder what the point is in supporting the national team after the latest nonsensical claim.
The bizarre fawning over Celtic and desperation to give them credit for Scotland’s success completely whitewashes the reality of the squad and how Clarke’s side qualified for the Euros.
Giving Celtic credit for the likes of Andy Robertson,Stephen O’Donnell and Declan Gallagher is as laughable as Rangers taking credit for Kenny McLean – after all, it was the former Rangers kid who scored the penalty which secured Scotland’s place in next summer’s finals.
One passage in particular reads as though it could have come straight from the Celtic View such is its pandering tone and particurly sycophantic tone.
“Christie’s strike in Belgrade followed telepathic interplay with Callum McGregor. It was, then, forged in Parkhead. Scotland created a platform enabling them to prevail on penalties because Leigh Griffiths and McGregor had the gumption and guile to slam in the opening two, tone-setting, spot-kicks. Indeed, Griffiths demonstrated nerves of steel to step up for the very first penalty when he had not touched the ball in his brief, extra-time appearance.
“All of this before David Marshall, a man whose footballing education and senior and international breakthroughs came at Celtic, fashioned the save to seal the end of so much sorrow. Marshall’s professional background has a number of parallels with that of Kieran Tierney, another graduate of Celtic’s academy whose grounding in the east end of Glasgow paved the way for his £25m move to Arsenal 15 months ago. A further three players that served Steve Clarke and the country with such distinction on Thursday also were once adorned in Celtic colours, even if only as pimply youths. A bracket into which, to varying degrees, Andrew Robertson, Declan Gallagher and Stephen O’Donnell can be placed.”
Between them Gallagher, O’Donnell and Robertson played a combined total of zero minutes for Celtic’s first-team and O’Donnell, in particular spent seven years as part of Aberdeen’s Academy before a single season at Parkhead.
Robertson was binned by Celtic before his voice had broken and Gallagher is reported to have left them “for the sake of his career.”
With some of the others like Tierney and Marshall, the links is slightly less tenuous but every bit as ridiculous given Marshall’s last appearance for Celtic came well over a decade ago and the shotstopper has played almost TEN times as many games for Cardiff City as he did for the Parkhead side.
There as many current Rangers players in the squad than there are from the other side of the city, so the idea Celtic deserve credit for Scotland’s success any more than Rangers, Motherwell, Hamilton, Aberdeen is just crazy.
With more and more Rangers fans turning away from the national team, it is little surprise when fawning puff pieces such as the one in the Scotsman pushed them that bit further away – and the fact that it doesn’t stand up to any scrutiny just makes it all the worse.