Over at Celtic Park there have been some wild takes as the apparent second coming in Ange Postecoglou gives their support some hope for the season ahead.
Rangers remain favourites for the domestic crown this season but whilst things haven’t been up to the normal standards at Ibrox, there’s cause for optimism at Parkhead.
That said, there’s little doubt our friends to the east are getting mightily carried away with this week’s hot take amongst the most cringeworthy of the lot.
Scotland manager Steve Clarke announced his squad this week with Ibrox talent and Scottish wonderkid Nathan Patterson retaining his place.
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) August 24, 2021
Patterson, 19, might have a fight on his hands to break into Steven Gerrard’s team with captain James Tavernier ahead of him but that does little to play down the player’s prospects.
Alongside Chelsea star Billy Gilmour, Patterson is considered the breakthrough Scottish footballing talent and a potential superstar should he be managed correctly in the coming years.
Despite this – and amid that comically over the top enthusiasm from Parkhead – Celtic fans are calling for Tony Ralston to depose the Ibrox full-back.
Yes, the same Tony Ralston they’ve been watching through the cracks in their fingers for the last few seasons.
A workhouse undoubtedly, the notion that Tony Ralston can lace the boots of Nathan Patterson is either a desperate attempt at trolling or genuine delusion.
The latter has not been in short supply in the east end as of late and we’re betting some of these supporters genuinely believe this is a decent take.
Prepare to splutter your morning coffee all over your screens:
Patterson in but not ralston? Pretty unfair going off the start of the season
— John Macphee (@Johnmacphe3) August 24, 2021
The debate on social media will be Patterson vs Ralston (why he’s played 1 game and picked over the most in form right back in the country) but the real debate should be this; Why Stephen O’Donnell over BOTH of them? 🙃🤣
— Kieran Smyth (@Kieran_Sellick) August 24, 2021
How’s it that Patterson selected before ralston 🤣
— Keith Montrell (@ShamieFella) August 24, 2021
1) Taylor shouldn’t be there
2) Patterson swap with Ralston
3) McKenna swap with Welsh
4) McLean swap with mctominay
5) Ferguson being there is a huge shout but he won’t play probably
— Celtic Now (@now_celtic) August 24, 2021
Patterson – One game vs Dunfermline
Ralsfon – Standout performer in every game for Celtic this season
— Gregor (@GregorB67) August 24, 2021
Paterson and O’Donnell do not merit a place over Ralston who has arguably been the most consistent player since the season started…
— Keigan Cunningham 🏴 (@KeiganC88) August 24, 2021
Ralston possibly the best and most consistent performer in SPFL since start of season overlooked, yet Patterson doesn’t even start and is selected 🤪. S’pose you have to get a token Sevco player in some how.
— Reeve Baker リーブベイカー (@peacenjam) August 24, 2021
Absolutely disgusting, Nathan Patterson only had a handful of games and 2nd choice for rangers. This manager is a joke.
— Hailhail 1888 (@Covid19sucks21) August 24, 2021
Oh aye Patterson has been class this season
— Jay🍀 (@jayden77966573) August 24, 2021
As much as I’ve given ralston criticism he has been superb and should be in the squad on form.
Patterson has hardly played and Odonnell hasn’t had much of a mention of playing well,
Pick players on form.
— Ryan Clifford (@Ryanclifford11) August 24, 2021
No Ralston but Patterson gets a call up? That’s a crazy decision. https://t.co/uusfQRyT7H
— J (@_JFC67) August 24, 2021
Patterson and O’Donnell over Ralston… https://t.co/Y5nh39iZ5y
— aiden (@AidenMcG04) August 24, 2021
No ralston in the Scotland squad and yet Nathan Patterson who can’t even get in the rangers squad is how does that work 🤷
— Paul Bhoy 🟢⚪️ (@PaulBhoy1994) August 24, 2021
And some of them say they aren’t getting carried away.
Nathan Patterson remains one of the national game’s most highly rated talents and that’s been recognised south of the border.
But until clubs are willing to put their money where their mouth is the laughs are going to keep on coming from Ibrox.