In fact, they should be sent to the “shock shop” for some electroconvulsive therapy. Perhaps a tad barbaric but we all know that McCulloch is at the wind up. He’s living a lie and trying to justify it by peddling out the nonsense.
I’m beginning to think that physiotherapy is being replaced by cognitive therapy at Murray Park. I can picture them all sitting around in a circle humming the mantra that they are as good as, in fact better than, Celtic and the rest of the SPFL. You know the theory – keep telling yourself you’re the best at something when in fact you’re not, until all your glaring inadequacies are found out. Despite sitting at the top of League One, which they pretty much should be considering the glorious mismatch that league has become, I forecast that they will struggle in the Scottish Championship next season if they find the money to survive that long.
The signs are ominous. Wages need to be trimmed and the focus is firmly on the playing staff. Big earners will be sacrificed. Perhaps McCulloch is toeing the party line and has been wheeled out to justify the big spending? Cynical maybe, but everyone and their granny knows that Rangers are the financial equivalent of the Titanic. They’re in stormy waters and the captain doesn’t appear the see the big bloody iceberg.
On top of this, McCulloch is merely trying to justify his club’s position in the lower reaches of the Scottish game. Last season it was the “Big Adventure”. This is merely brand reinforcement, designed to do nothing more than brainwash the Ibrox loyal. To get bums on seats.
Someone needs to tell the fans that you can in fact polish a turd.
McCulloch began with this gem: “Having played in the SPL myself before I don’t think there’s that much of a gap between the top flight and League One.
“It’s a very thin line between the teams in the division we are currently in and the Premiership and I don’t mean that disrespectfully to anyone.”
He’s definitely got the polish out here. He’s demeaning any titles that he won with the previous club and any he will win with the club he TUPE’d to. It’s also, whether he intends it or not, incredibly disrespectful to his fellow pros plying their trade in the top flight. It’s absolutely clear that the standard is higher. If it wasn’t why don’t Sky, BT Sports or ESPN cover matches outside of Rangers games? We know the answer. The product is poorer. It’s the same the world over. It even applies to Junior and Amateur Football. There is always a hierarchy.
If Victor Wanyama had been playing for Queen of the South last year, do you think he would have commanded a £12m fee?
McCulloch is also learning from the Master of Snide, his manager, Ally McCoist. An expert at deflecting their status by referencing other games to cover up the smell of steaming hot cow keek.
“You look at Motherwell and they went out to Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup this season, who weren’t even at home.
“There was another upset at Celtic when Morton beat them at home and that just shows if you drop one per cent or hold off half a yard, you’ll get punished.”
Upsets happen. Celtic upset Barcelona by beating them 2-1 at Celtic Park. Are Celtic as good as Barcelona? I think the recent 6-1 thrashing tells its own story. Would we survive in the Spanish Primera. Possibly. Would we win it? No, no and no.
Will Celtic win the Champions League in my lifetime? Nope. Simply because we cannot compete with other club’s wealth, which defines which part you play in the fabric and make-up of the game worldwide
This reeks of “My Da is bigger than your Da”. It’s infantile and what makes it worse is that McCoist backs up his skipper’s ludicrous assertions by churning out as much guff. In theory, Forfar could survive well in the top division after taking Rangers scalp earlier in the Season?
Neil Lennon basically banjoed McCulloch’s theories in a few sentences at the weekend.
Lennon said: “I wouldn’t know about the standard in League One as I’ve never worked or managed in that division before.
“And whatever championship you win – or even getting promotion – it’s a difficult thing to do. You have to be consistent and at your best for 38 games a season.
“If you lose a title you realise what you had – and how difficult it was to do in the first place.
“In my view, it’s something to be proud of if you do win it.
“But let me put it this way, Queen of the South won League One convincingly and they’ve struggled in the Championship this year.
“So there’s obviously a gulf between League One and the Championship.
“Also, Partick Thistle won the Championship well last season but have came up and found it difficult in the Premiership.
“So there’s a gulf between the Championship and the Premiership.
“So I’d disagree entirely that there isn’t much difference between League One and the Premiership.”
Lennon’s pedigree as player and manager can obviously justify his words. The cream always rises to the top. It’s the same in all walks of life. There’s always a pecking order and you can bet your bottom dollar that jealousy often emanates from the lower reaches, gazing wondrously at those above and casting aspersions on them.
Can they not just continue the Big Adventure with dignity or are they obsessed with what goes on within the upper echelons?
The acid test will come next season when Rangers face full time teams, with a better pedigree, and a reduced budget. This is when people, like McCulloch, like McCoist, will really get found out.
In the meantime, keep taking the pills Lee.
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