Many Celtic fans believe the Hoops have set themselves up for a fall after a jovial tweet regarding Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Larsson yesterday.
Ibrahimovic is all but set to line up at Celtic Park tonight in our Europa League opener against AC Milan in Glasgow. The Swedish superstar comes into the game off of a morale-boosting brace in the Milan derby against Inter on Saturday.
And in the build-up to tonight’s game, Celtic put up a well-meaning poll for supporters last night. It asked them who their favourite Swedish striker was, with all four available options being club legend Henrik Larsson. They then replied to the tweet and tagged Ibrahimovic in it, telling him that we have our own King of Kings.
But even though it was all done in good spirit, many in the Hoops support questioned the logic of trying to goad Milan’s key man in such a big game. Here’s a look at some of the reaction:
Celtic why have you done this… https://t.co/hTJqeRfFNx
— P E T E R (@peteyhughes95) October 21, 2020
Don’t give him ammo please… https://t.co/hDqgYkjpym
— Hego 🍀 (@SeanHego_) October 21, 2020
How can we get this game cancelled tomorrow? 😫😟 https://t.co/eqy4Ltj7xA
— GreenEyesThickThighs (@Caramac_67) October 21, 2020
I can see this going. Very. Very. Very. Badly. https://t.co/tP0tMbzxKt
— AjerA (@AjerAeeeee) October 21, 2020
What is our admin playing at… https://t.co/eu1sylANvY
— ALPHA ♛ KAISER 𝐈𝐈 (@AlphaKaiser_II) October 21, 2020
Can you not
— Liam (@LK95_) October 21, 2020
What eejit thought this was a good idea 🤦♂️🍀
— thegreenanwhite (@JimGreenan) October 21, 2020
This isny going to end well 😬
— Rab Shamrock☘ (@RabShamrock) October 21, 2020
Now he’s scoring 5 against us well done
— The Lenny Arcade (@EarthWindNAjer) October 21, 2020
A player who thrives on a challenge
As mentioned, it was all meant to be in a jovial manner, but it isn’t really the wisest decision to make against this kind of personality.
Ibrahimovic will be aware of this, and he’s the kind of character who will genuinely take it as a personal challenge to put us to the sword. It’s a pretty unnecessary move from the club, and even doubly so given the timing.
Fans are still not happy with Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Rangers, and rightfully so may I add. They aren’t in the mood for the club having a laugh and a joke with opposition players – especially posts which can come back to haunt us.
You can just see this getting retweeted by Ibrahimovic at full-time after he’s scored a brace. It’s the kind of thing you set yourself up for, and it’s just not something the supporters are in the mood for at the moment. Reading the room comes to mind here.
Then again, who knows? Maybe he hasn’t seen it yet. We can always hope eh?