Morton 25/1. What price Ronnie?

The front page of the Sunday Mail, ‘Bring on the Celtic’. This is from Lee Wallace, the Rangers defender after scoring the fourth goal in the defeat of Dundee. Let me remind you this is Dundee’s first team. Five first team regulars were rested in the midweek draw with Celtic at Parkhead. We all know how that usually goes. The away team sits in. Yes, they did that here. As did Hearts who won. Aberdeen who won. Inverness who should have won. Partick Thistle who should have got a draw. And any number of European opposition with budgets from a tenth to a hundredth that of Celtic whose players match them stride for stride and don’t look any worse off than their better-paid counterparts. Who, for example, without prior knowledge would have been able to pick out which was the midfielder whom just over a season ago was playing for Clydebank juniors and was now playing for Hamilton, and which was the Celtic and Scotland captain? Certainly, not me. The other old canard that doesn’t stand up was the opposition keeper kept them in it and was man of the match. Seriously? When was the last time that happened? The East Kilbride keeper had a decent enough game. A 2-0 defeat to the Scottish Premier League champions, and a team with aspirations of Europe, well, let me put that into context. Celtic’s conqueror’s Molde had eight knocked past them at the Bernabeau.  Dundee’s reserve team in midweek got a draw and should have won. The Dundee defender missing an open goal from three yards in the last few minutes of the game (similar to the miss by an Inverness defender –there’s a pattern here). Morton are a good price at 25/1. Celtic will play Rangers a minimum of four times next season. I wouldn’t put my house (but maybe my van) on us winning those ties as I would have last year, or any of the previous years. Celtic are going backwards. Rangers follow, follow. Fuck off for now, but I hope I don’t have to eat my words. Ronnie, c’mon, what’s the score with Celtic? A double? Fuck off too. Win the league. Fuck off. Don’t win the league. Fuck off. Get us into the Champions League. Stay and all is forgiven and forgotten. But lose to Rangers. Do not pass Go. Do not…

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