Celtic tried to move on from the talk of demonstrations and managerial changes tonight – it didn’t work.
The Hoops published a video on social media of Scott Brown carrying out a pre-match interview ahead of Thursday night’s trip to AC Milan at the San Siro.
In the video, Brown touched on the club’s recent dreadful form as well as the usual guff about how the players were looking to put things right and that they were looking forward to playing at such a great venue. Blah, blah, blah.
The idea here is that Celtic want people to start talking about what should’ve been considered a dream clash. Back when the draw was made in the early stages of the season, we all subscribed to that notion at the time.
In fact, many would’ve been looking at this very fixture and thinking “what a chance we could have to qualify for the last-32 at such an historic venue”. The reality couldn’t be more different. Already out of the Europa League – the manager is effectively just a nail or two away from having his Celtic managerial coffin slammed shut.
In any case, back to this video published tonight. You could see in Brown’s face that he just wasn’t up for it. He wasn’t interested in spewing absolute drivel and trying to happy-clap through the week.
Listen, Brown doesn’t escape criticism from his own woeful displays this season – he’s been one of the worst on the pitch in recent weeks – but he showed in his body language that he’s hurting here.
Sure, it’s difficult to lay the blame solely at Gerry McCulloch either for carrying out the interview. He’s just doing his job, and the questions asked are never going to be too pressing when it comes to in-house troubles.
Nor too can Brown be accused of trying to pretend everything is rosy. Everything about him tonight suggested he didn’t want to be there, and it certainly didn’t escape the fans either.
Here’s a look at some of the reaction to the captain’s pre-match interview tonight:
He looks like he’s being held hostage.
— Cal (@__CalMc) December 1, 2020
“I know what’ll unite and cheer everyone up! Getting our 36 year old midfielder who should be on the bench every game but will start tomorrow against AC Milan to read out a few scripted answers at gunpoint” https://t.co/M32ub3qquk
— sean 🏴 (@thaisweetseany) December 1, 2020
Browns not on it. He’s lost faith in Lennon it’s obvious. https://t.co/e9P9IiHwSM
— Pierce Travers 🇮🇪🇵🇸🍀 (@piercetravers26) December 1, 2020
Feel sorry for Broony there, you can just tell he doesn’t believe a single word they’ve told him to say. The club’s PR has been shocking through all of this https://t.co/kMGgOMy9Vh
— Hego 🍀 (@SeanHego_) December 1, 2020
“You’ve been in situations before, Scott, where there has been a clear disconnect between the players and the management, and even amongst the players.
Can you LOOK at the players *wink wink* and the management *wink wink* and SAY THIS ISN’T *wink wink* one of those occasions?” https://t.co/KneOzSUJEf
— Jack (@jackconlon67) December 1, 2020
Looks totally deflated and dejected with not a ounce of fight left in him. https://t.co/el4pRRv68c
— WeAreScottishFootball⭐ (@WeAreScottishFB) December 1, 2020
Here was me thinking the club were working hard behind the scenes to sort out the recent collapse. But no, they were in the PR department making propaganda videos. https://t.co/sDY74hcmKH
— Keep the Faith 🏴 🍀 (@MarkJCam1) December 1, 2020
PR Stunts and false statements are not going to wash. The fans have spoken. Listen and deliver. This just looks embarrassing now from Celtic https://t.co/c0Z84qSXL8
— Declan O'Kane (@DeclanOKane92) December 1, 2020