Malky Mackay's failure to give Celtic due credit this season; moaned about referees instead

By David Walton

April 20, 2022

Celtic have plenty of reasons to be motivated heading into Sunday’s clash against Ross County in Dingwall.

One step closer to the Premiership title. An opportunity to get Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final defeat out of our system. The potential chance to win the league against Rangers at Celtic Park. Indeed, there are plenty of reasons to be excited for the weekend.

One of them however has yet to really be discussed by supporters. That of the fact we can perhaps finally get a bit of respect and due recognition from County boss Malky Mackay.

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Mackay has been hitting out with some bizarre complaints and soundbites after his losses to Celtic this season. In all 3 of his defeats to the Hoops, he’s refused to simply acknowledge Celtic’s quality on the day. Sure, he isn’t the only manager to complain about things going against them when they face us. But at the very least others have given an appreciative nod to Celtic’s class.

The first meeting between the sides was a comfortable 3-0 win for Celtic at Parkhead. County were barely in the game, yet Mackay stated post-match that only “fine margins” cost them [The Scotsman]. Fair enough. He’s the County manager and you would expect him to try and find a way of appreciating his side keeping the score down.

However, he started showing some real bitterness in the 2 defeats afterward. Celtic’s 97th-minute in Dingwall had him incredibly say that it was simply a case of playing until Celtic scored. He also had a go at our full-time celebrations too [The Scotsman]. Not a word of the character Ange Postecoglou’s side showed of course.

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Malky Mackay’s failure to give Celtic credit has been a poor show

Our most recent encounter against the Staggies came last month. Celtic mauled them 4-0 at Parkhead and were 3-0 up inside half an hour. So what was the former Watford and Cardiff manager’s response to that? Apparently, the referee ruined the game as a contest when he sent County down to 10 men [Football Scotland].

County were 3-0 down when they were given a red card and the game was already over. But nah, apparently that moment ruined everything and a comeback was plausible beforehand.

It’s embarrassing stuff from Mackay in all honesty. He should be bigger than that and understand when his side has simply been turned over by a better footballing side. He’s struggled to accept that against the Hoops this season.

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Nothing against Mackay’s managerial skills of course. Getting County into the top 6 is a sensational achievement and he deserves all of the plaudits coming his way for that alone. But his reaction to consistently coming up short against Celtic has been a touch cringeworthy.

This Sunday, Ange’s title-chasers will arrive in Dingwall looking to take another massive leap towards the title. And if they manage it, you would like to hope the County boss would be big enough to acknowledge the imminent achievement.

All the more motivation ahead of the weekend of course.

In other news, Celtic duo clearly need to step things up in pre-season after derby snub