Celtic again having to deal with tiresome Aaron Ramsey narrative before Glasgow derby

By David Walton

March 27, 2022

This may come as a surprise to nobody, but for some reason Celtic are being forced to deal with yet more nonsensical Aaron Ramsey hype before the Glasgow derby.

Back in February before the 3-0 mauling at Celtic Park, the Hoops had to listen to tiring garbage about how Ramsey was going to be a game-changer. How he was too good for Scottish football and that he would change the game up here.

Instead, he sat out of the derby doing and Rangers have instead dropped further behind us since his arrival. In fact, Ramsey has only started one league game since he came on loan from Juventus.

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Considering we’re now nearly 2 months on from when he actually arrived in Glasgow, that’s a shocker of a return. He has one goal to his name – a scrappy effort at Dundee he had to bundle in. He only has one assist too. Not exactly the meteoric figures Rangers fans and media pundits had him producing.

But nevertheless, it hasn’t stopped pro-Rangers pundits from pushing this tiring Ramsey is God narrative once again. Firstly, you had Ally McCoist label him “class” and that he should be starting against Celtic [Sky Sports]. Next up was Barry Ferguson stating that Ramsey had “loads more” to give this season and that he’s hopefully “ready to rock” Celtic [Daily Record].

Again, they’re literally falling into the trap of his CV. Not what he’s currently producing in Scotland during what’s been, for Rangers at least, a wholly disappointing loan spell that looks like blowing up in their face.

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Nothing to suggest Aaron Ramsey would turn up against Celtic

Of course, given how disastrous a signing it’s been so far, there’s a real urge from Rangers to try and get some worth out of it. That’s probably partly the reason you have the likes of McCoist and Ferguson pushing him as some sort of game-changer.

But based on what we’ve seen so far, he’s hardly a player to be fearful over. Not in isolation. Since coming to Scotland, Ramsey has shown a decent passing range. That’s about it. He’s seldom been much of a goal threat and has certainly not been bossing midfield battles.

Celtic would have every right to believe their midfield would easily get the better of him. With the energy we have in Callum McGregor, Matt O’Riley, and Reo Hatate, we certainly have the quality there.

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There’s absolutely nothing to suggest this is a fixture Ramsey would turn up in. Far from it in fact. It’s just hopeful nonsense, and similar to what we were hearing before we played Rangers back in February.

We won’t pretend Ramsey isn’t a good footballer. But Rangers and their media pundits are insistent on believing he can recapture his glory days at Ibrox. They simply aren’t interested in looking at the evidence of his loan spell so far. Instead, they’re just pointing to the derbies desperate for him to make an impact in those so that they can push his signing as a success.

But the watching Celtic support know the truth. He’s been a huge disappointment, and for him to star against Celtic at Ibrox next Sunday would be a major surprise.

In other news, Ronny Deila says he was given “nowhere near” Brendan Rodgers’ budget at Celtic