Boyd takes dig at Celtic for derby positivity; forgets his 2019 comments

By David Walton

January 7, 2021

Kris Boyd has had a pop at Celtic. Surprise surprise.

He’s been doing all he can over the years to get back in with a Rangers support that fell out with him. I can’t even remember why right enough – they fall out with everybody these days.

In any case, he’s been having a dig at what he calls “Celtic people” for trying to take positives from Saturday. The Hoops dominated at Ibrox for an hour until Nir Bitton was sent off. Even then, we had plenty of the ball and still created a couple of half-chances. In the end, however, we suffered a 1-0 defeat.

Even so, Boyd isn’t having any positivity from Celtic. He thinks we should be all doom and gloom and crying into our cornflakes. Speaking on the Sky Sports Scottish Football Podcast, Boyd said:

“I’ve heard a lot of Celtic people say they made Rangers look ordinary, but what champions do is win games. They may not play well but being dominated and still winning doesn’t make you an average team.

“But it’s amazing how Rangers went and totally dominated that Betfred Cup Final and all you heard was ‘that’s what champions do is win the game’. And now because Celtic have dominated Rangers for 40 minutes, Rangers are all of a sudden an average team.”

Kris Boyd chooses to ignore his post cup-final comments

This is extremely selective from Boyd. He clearly doesn’t remember his own comments after Celtic’s Betfred Cup final win over Rangers last season.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun days after the game, Boyd said: “If they can play like they did on Sunday then they have no one to fear in Scotland and that’s the message Steven Gerrard will be sending to his players. If Steven is stripping everything back and looking at the game then I don’t think there are too many negatives to take from it.”

So winning is everything, unless it’s Celtic who win Kris? You see, there were plenty of Celtic fans who were concerned after the Betfred Cup final. Plenty who knew that the performance wasn’t good enough.

Leigh Griffiths shoots for Celtic at Ibrox (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Rangers fans were right in the end to take optimism from their own display. They won at Celtic Park fairly comfortably weeks after that and haven’t lost a derby since. So Celtic’s display at Ibrox has rightfully thrown up some positives.

Boyd says we dominated for 40 minutes. Aye okay. Except they bossed it for the vast majority up until the sending off. Even then the red card only evened things up. Celtic were still throwing some punches.

It’s also not as if we’re acting as though a wave of positivity has swept through the club. Has he had a look at tje reaction to Celtic’s social media accounts recently? Nope, if he wants to find a supporter base that glorified in defeat he should go back to that cup final.

But before having a go at Celtic’s staff or fans, he really should’ve remembered his own positive spin from that Hampden date.

In other news, the media’s putdown of this young Celtic star could end up looking silly.