Rio Ferdinand responds after major prediction is left looking daft by Celtic and Scotland stars

By John McGinley

June 19, 2021

Rio Ferdinand’s England v Scotland prediction has been left looking incredibly daft by Steve Clarke’s team that included Celtic star Callum McGregor.

In a clip that is now being widely shared online, Ferdinand told the BBC in the build-up to the fixture yesterday: “It’s a huge game. I can’t wait. Nothing to fear, and we will go down and get our seat and watch it. Looking forward to it.

“England are going to win. I can’t see anything else, I’m telling you. I’ve never been this confident about a game in a major championship.”

Scotland went on to do the country proud at Wembley, creating a couple of chances that could have easily won the fixture. At the very least they were more than a match for the overhyped England squad.

Pundits such as Gary Neville have now admitted that Scotland were better than England on the night, including in the midfield area where Celtic Bhoy McGregor was imperious.

An exciting seven days for Celtic fans is about to get underway

Ferdinand, to his credit, has owned up to the howler today. He’s taken to Twitter to remind everyone that the line between being a fan and a pundit can be blurred at big tournaments like Euro 2020!

He said: “Pundit / Fan… easy to get carried away at times!”

I can buy that as an excuse to be fair. It’s not like I haven’t made some outlandish claims on this very website about Celtic! But let’s keep that quiet eh? It goes with the territory when you are a fan making comments and have belief in your team.

However, the BBC is supposed to have professionalism beyond this. I don’t think Ferdinand will forget this prediction in a hurry and it might influence his stance in future. Online supporters are certainly giving him stick today.

Celtic star Callum McGregor in action for Scotland / (Photo by Shaun Botterill – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Scottish football is much-maligned down south. However, it’s far better and more entertaining than it’s given credit for. Results like last night help show this.

Now Scotland just need to qualify from the group…

In other news, Celtic defensive target Joseph Okumu on verge of move to Belgium.


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