Celtic-supporting St Johnstone star Shaun Rooney has taunted Rangers in the aftermath of St Johnstone’s Scottish Cup win at Ibrox.
Rooney was part of the Saints side who managed to bag a penalty shootout win against Steven Gerrard’s side on Sunday night. Despite conceding late on in extra-time, Saints came up with a last-gasp equaliser in extra-time before winning the shootout 4-2.
St Johnstone defender Rooney has never hidden his love of Celtic in the past. Therefore, stopping our rivals from winning a double this season will have been extra sweet for him.
And it appeared that he was still enjoying it yesterday as he posted a class taunt on his Instagram that was bound to wind the Rangers fans up:
Rooney was one of the stars of the show for St Johnstone. Tasked with having to deal with the threat of Ryan Kent, he ensured the Rangers man barely got a sniff.
Also something John Kennedy may want to note – he was effective bombing forward down the right too. Funny what you can do to Rangers when you have full-backs who overlap. Hopefully it’ll catch on for next weekend.
Can Celtic pile on more misery for Rangers?
The result has incredibly left the Scottish Cup without one of Glasgow’s big two in the draw. That means neither ourselves nor Rangers have managed to even reach Hampden in either of the cup competitions this season. Granted, Celtic did face Aberdeen and Hearts in last season’s curtailed Scottish Cup at the end of 2020.
But at the very least, it’s nice to see Rangers having to take a bit of stick for a change. Too often this season we’ve been the laughing stock for a dismal run of on and off-field blunders. Seeing Rangers get a slap in the fact will never not be satisfying.
What Rooney and his Saints teammates have also done is set things up nicely for next week. They’ve again smashed the notion that this Rangers side deserve an “invincibles” label. However, they’ve also dented their morale ahead of Celtic’s trip to Ibrox next Sunday – our last chance to beat them this season.
A win in Govan wouldn’t erase the horrific nightmare of a season that this has been. But what it would do is protect the legacy of Celtic’s 2016/17 invincibles and ensure no comparison can be made. At the very least, that’s something worth fighting for.