Celtic won their fifth consecutive Premiership match and gained a slight advantage in the title race, but somebody ought to tell Kris Commons.
The former Celtic star-turned-Daily Mail pundit has continued to highlight negatives within the club in his column today. That’s despite the fact the Hoops are now just a point behind at the top of the league having played a game fewer than Rangers.
Celtic struggled to power past Livingston, but managed to get the win in the end as they kept up their solid run of positive form. And ahead of a potential Europa League banana-skin against Riga on Thursday, it’s vital to keep the mood positive.
Step forward Commons who instead decided to have a baseless go at the support today. Apparently the Hoops fans are getting growingly tired of Greg Taylor because he isn’t as good as Kieran Tierney. Or something along those lines. Here’s what Commons said in his column (Daily Mail print edition, The Verdict, Page 16):
“It’s starting to feel like he can’t do right for wrong. Hardly a week goes past now without some Celtic and getting on his case and slaughtering his performances. It seems like that’s now the default position for a growing section of the support. It has perhaps escaped their attention, however, that Taylor is putting together some decent numbers.
“Yet, it seems like regardless of what Taylor does, he’ll never be good enough in the eyes of some supporters. I can’t help but feel a degree of sympathy for the boy. He’s getting a raw deal from Celtic fans at the moment and I reckon they should be giving him more of a chance and helping to build his confidence.
“Celtic fans need to stop constantly comparing him to Tierney. That comparison is neither fair nor helpful.”
I must have missed all the Taylor-hating
Let’s cover the topic at hand first.
Supporters are allowed to constructively criticise or praise whoever they want. If they feel a player is under-performing, then they have every right to express their views on it. So long as it doesn’t cross a line and become personal of course.
But this random dig at the supporters seems so bizarre from Commons. Where are all these people who apparently compare Taylor to Tierney? We all know he isn’t of the same calibre and never expected him to be. Taylor doesn’t get scrutinised any more then the likes of Scott Brown, James Forest, or Patryk Klimala are at the minute.
Secondly, why even bring this up? Is this really the main talking point Commons takes from the weekend? Not the fact that Celtic have maybe just gained their first advantage in the title race this season? We are, after all, talking about an apparent Celtic-minded pundit are we not?
By all means, express your views on players who aren’t performing to the required standard. I did the exact same when I gave my views yesterday on why Mohamed Elyounoussi needs to start upping his game. The difference is, it wasn’t my first thought when I looked back on the weekend.
Last week it was the same from Commons even after a 5-0 win against Ross County. Instead of focusing on that, he used his Daily Mail column (14/09, print edition, Verdict supplement page 16) to claim that Celtic would get preferential treatment from the SPFL if we ever had a Covid crisis at the club. You can read our own piece on that column here.
Yes the performances can improve and yes everything isn’t particularly rosy in the garden, but to have a pop at the Celtic fans for something that seems a stretch is bizarre. We’re all but set to go top of the league Kris, surely that’s the main talking point here?