Rangers favourite Ally McCoist fell hook, line and sinker for a Celtic April Fool’s joke yesterday after his station talkSPORT played a class Zlatan Ibrahimovic prank on him.
Now co-host of a regular breakfast show on the station, McCoist was broadcasting with presenter Laura Woods who peppered in a fake news report to her football updates.
She said: “AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has already played in Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, England and the United States, is apparently keen to also tick off none other than Scotland.
“The big Swede has always admired Scottish champions Celtic, and after watching compatriot Henrick Larsson playing for the Hoops in the Champions League when he was a teenager, he’s also keen to add the Scottish league to his trophy cabinet and become the first player ever to win the title in five different European countries.
“That would be an incredible feat… what do you think of that, Ally?”
Without pause and taking the whole thing seriously, the former Ibrox striker waded in with his view, eventually suggesting he’d have been delighted to see Zlatan show off his skills at Parkhead.
McCoist said, as quoted by talkSPORT: “Truthfully, I think it would be great!
“With Scottish football, we need every boost we can get at this moment in time. So I think in terms of the game, what a profile!
“Obviously with Steven Gerrard coming up to Rangers, that gave Scottish football an extra profile, and it would be taking it to another level again if Ibrahimovic came to Celtic.”
He would eventually be let in on the joke, but not before being left looking a little foolish!
Clearly this is all in good fun and a bit of levity to distract us all from serious events happening in wider society.
It’s doubtful Zlatan will ever follow in Henrik Larsson’s footsteps, as exciting and blockbuster as that would be.
With Odsonne Edouard currently leading the charge and showing an excellent potential of his own, I think we’ll manage to get by.