Celtic should be worried, very worried.
Because according to Ibrox cheereader, David Martindale, his buddy Mick Beale’s sides are much harder to play against than Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s.
Of course, he means this in the nicest way.
He believes the way Beale and Gerrard deployed Ryan Kent was the key to that.
In tonight’s record, Martindale waxes lyrical about the good days when Beale and Gerrard were in charge of his favorite club.
It is interesting that he should establish Ryan Kent as the key role in Beale’s system.
Even more interesting is that it is possible that Kent will sign a pre-contract elsewhere in January.
Because transfer guru Ross Wilson has allowed his contract to expire and the Ibrox club sure as hell can’t afford to renew it now.
He allowed Kent and Morelos’ contracts to run and now the chances of them making anything substantial out of either player are rapidly diminishing.
The moonbeams are once again out over Morelos, with Aston Villa and Sevilla seemingly in the hunt for the rotund Colombian.
Jeez, now where have we heard that before?
Either way, Martindale’s theory surrounding Kent will most likely be invalidated pretty soon.
Here’s the gushing fan boy’s take on master tactician Beale:
Gio, you look at what he did, he took them to a European Cup final. But, you look at his style of play (compared to) when it was Steven and Mick, and I found it easier to play against Gio. I mean that in the nicest way.
Kent had a lot more freedom under Mick and Steven, and he was hard. While Gio was probably more of the Dutch model with Aus and Aus gangs. I’m not sure that R*****s had out and out gangs that could play this system. Where they played under Steven and Mick with reversed wings, they had (Ianis) Hagi come in and Kent came in. Kent could be on the right, he could be through the middle. He was much more effective. If the ball is played outside (on the wing) we can engage with our whole back.
Well, of course Martindale is a master tactician too, isn’t he?
So we have to listen to his sage advice and pay attention to how difficult it will be to play against his buddy Mick’s team.
Rest assured, watching Martindale’s team in action will be much more difficult than playing against the Ibrox side.
The master of anti-football serves up the most turgid of football festivals.
But the Ibrox side will be much harder to play now that Mick is back in the dugout.
Well, to be fair to Mick, he has warned us everywhere how good his side are and what he will achieve with them.
Now that master tactician Martindale is weighing in with his Tuppence worth, I guess we better sit up and pay attention.
Tough times ahead for Celtic.
After the match Celtic striker Chris Sutton, who was on commentary duty, summed it up by saying on Twitter: “Well done to Shakhtar Donetsk. Celtic from Europe. Missed chances have done for Celtic in the Champions League this season.
Are Celtic fans Irish?
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Are Celtic Scottish or Irish? Today, the term “Celtic” generally refers to the languages and cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, and Brittany; also called the Celtic nations. These are the regions where Celtic languages are still spoken to some extent.
Why are Celtic obsessed with Ireland? Why are Celtic associated with Ireland? Celtic’s links to Ireland go right back to the club’s creation. The club was founded by Brother Walfrid, an Irishman, to improve the living conditions of the Irish communities in Glasgow. Even the name, ‘Celtic’, was chosen to reflect the club’s Irish and Scottish heritage.