"Absolute joke"; Celtic fans go to town on Daily Record's negative Hoops column

By David Walton

October 13, 2020

The Celtic supporters have been schooling the Daily Record’s Keith Jackson after he published a bizarre column bigging up Rangers’ chances on Saturday.

Celtic welcome their Glasgow rivals to Parkhead this weekend in the first derby of the season, with three points crucial for either side as the Hoops look to go top of the table having played a game fewer.

Celtic players celebrate a goal against Rangers / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, Jackson described Celtic as having been “coughing and spluttering” their way through the season so far. He then went on to say that “Gerrard and his backroom staff are clinicians behind the scenes at Auchenhowie where no stone is left unturned.”

You can read the full thing here – but Celtic fans who have most certainly weren’t impressed by the tone. And, reacting to his piece on social media, the Hoops fans have been letting Jackson know just where he’s been going wrong:

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Celtic are in a much better place than Jackson makes out

It’s all totally exaggerated by Jackson. Celtic are in a much better place than he seems to believe.

It’s almost as if he’s blanking out performances such as the 3-0 home wins against Motherwell and Hibernian respectively. Or perhaps the 5-0 demolition of Ross County in Dingwall too.

Yes, it hasn’t been our best start to the campaign performance-wise, but he’ll do well to remember that we’ve started better than Rangers – who’ve spluttered their way to two draws away from home. Hardly the sign of Champions that, is it?

Neil Lennon’s Celtic are on a fine run of form / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic are still trying to get the balance right to their 3-5-2 system. It’s a system designed to leak chances whilst putting emphasis on overrunning your opponent in the final third. So far this season, that’s what we’ve done with more goals than anyone else in the Premiership.

Yes, we concede some soft goals here and there – that can’t be ignored. But Neil Lennon’s men have won 11 of their first 13 competitive matches this season. It’s frightening to think what a good start would look like in Jackson’s eyes.

Anyway – we’re used to this. So long as the Bhoys get the job done on Saturday, that will be the most hard-hitting reply the likes of Jackson could be hit with.

In other news, one of Celtic’s squad players could be set for a big international chance tomorrow.