Kris Boyd sounds nervous about Glasgow Derby; already making excuses if Celtic win
Kris Boyd doesn’t sound too confident about his beloved Rangers overcoming Celtic at Ibrox at the start of April.
Last time the two teams met, Celtic absolutely thumped Rangers. The game was over by half-time, and that’s very much the point Kris Boyd took away from the experience.
What’s more, he’s said the international break might prevent Giovanni van Bronckhorst getting a message across to his Rangers players. It’s one of the more novel excuses-in-advance we’ve heard.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Boyd said: “You are going to have to start the game a lot better, sharper, brighter than you did [at Celtic Park].”
“The game was over at half-time, effectively, after the start Celtic got. Going into the game, Celtic, there would have been nerves there because you haven’t beaten Rangers for a long time, but when you get that goal so early, you’re pushing and the fans are right behind you.
“To lead 3-0 at half-time I don’t think even Celtic fans would’ve expected that, but that’s exactly the way the game panned out.
“Rangers came out in the second half and tried to get back into it. There’s some encouragement to be taken from the second half and I’m sure that will be message Giovanni van Bronckhorst tries to get across to his players. It’s difficult with international fixtures this week as well.
“The damage was done in the first half for Rangers and it shows you if you don’t start a game properly you’ll get punished.”
Kris Boyd doesn’t sound entirely confident Celtic won’t have the beating of Rangers again
The last game was a major psychological blow for Rangers, with Celtic not only topping the table, but finally getting the bragging rights from the Derby back in our favour.
It wasn’t as if we squeaked by, either. It might’ve been the most dominant display of Ange Postecoglou’s time at Celtic. Rangers looked utterly shell-shocked and by the time Liel Abada got Celtic’s third, it was over.
Admittedly, Rangers did get a bit more into it, but to suggest they laid a glove on Celtic would be exaggeration. But the point about van Bronckhorst is interesting; has he really needed the whole time since the start of February to relay the “erm, start a bit better” message across?
Does the international break really stop him from doing that?
Not that we’re complaining of course. It’s just very curious. Ange Postecoglou, on the other hand, has been preaching the same message to his Celtic players all season: start with intensity, play with intensity, finish with intensity.
No question, we’re bound to see a tighter clash this time. Celtic will only have 700 fans in attendance, after all.
Still, with Ally McCoist yesterday and Kris Boyd today, it sounds like a nervous time for Rangers pundits ahead of the next Celtic game!