Desperate Aaron Ramsey hype kicks off again despite Celtic already shutting him down

By David Walton

April 14, 2022

There is an absolute desperation over at Ibrox to do all they can to paint the loan signing of Aaron Ramsey as a success.

So far, it’s been a sheer disaster for them. When Ramsey arrived, Celtic were behind Rangers in the Premiership with his loan move from Juventus being presented as exactly what they needed to move away from us further.

Fast forward nearly 3 months and he’s played a handful of games in total whilst Celtic are now 6 points clear having won both derby games since. He’s been absolutely non-existent despite being given the big build-up.

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Yet even now, with only 5 league games left of the season, he’s still being bigged up by pundits desperate for him to be a success. Former Ibrox defender Richard Foster, for example, incredibly stated that he’s the “best player in the league” [PLZ Soccer]. He then namechecked Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic as 2 players who are close to him, but still stated Ramsey is the better player.

You’ve then got Alex McLeish stating that Ramsey “100% must play” because he’s “so vital to Rangers” [Football Insider].

Not particularly surprising to see him being hyped up again before Celtic face Rangers on Sunday in the Scottish Cup. But what on earth have they been watching since the Welshman’s arrival in January?

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Celtic have already shut down Aaron Ramsey; he’s nothing to fear

Are you allowed to say Ramsey has been poor since his arrival? Or have we to just blame it all on fitness issues? What the media here haven’t reported is how in the games he’s actually been involved in – 8 of them – he’s hardly impressed.

His big moment to make his mark came against Celtic nearly a fortnight ago at Ibrox. Yes, he scored after 3 minutes. But the truth is that wrapped up his entire contribution to the game. Celtic captain Callum McGregor ensured the service into his feet was limited, with Ramsey failing to avoid getting marked out of the game.

And the times he did manage to get a bit of space? His final ball was atrocious. His big chance arrived in the game in which many were predicting he would turn things around for Rangers. Yet when it was all said and done, he was subbed after 65 minutes due to being anonymous.

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That should’ve killed off the hype surrounding the former Arsenal man, But nah. We should’ve known better. He’s still being bigged up as their game-changer. For some reason people are forgetting this is 2022 and not 2011. There’s been nothing to suggest the Juventus loanee is going to turn things around for them. He would’ve done it by now if that was the case.

Look, we’re not saying it’s impossible for him to score on Sunday or get into threatening areas. They’ll look to him for inspiration and chances are he’ll get a sight of goal or two. But please can we stop pretending Ramsey is what he was a decade ago?

All the evidence is there to shut this nonsense down. He isn’t the best player in Scotland, and it’s an absolute injustice to the likes of McGregor who has already gotten the better of him.

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