As Celtic lost their first derby game of the season with a gutless performance, the flood gates were opened wide for pundits to slate the Scottish Champions and this pundit has previous for his comments against Neil Lennon’s team.

We all sat on our sofa’s and felt embarrassed as we watched our nine in a row winners pretty much allow Sevco to dictate how the game was being played, at home this is not on.

Although we were missing vital players through different reasons and also some of the players were actually playing their derby debut, the performance was one of the worst we have seen in a long time.

Steven Gerrard seems to know how to set up against Celtic these days and what’s worse was our team never turned up for a third grudge match in a row.

Kris Commons has slated Lennon’s squad and you know what, this time the former Celtic star was correct as he didn’t say anything the fans haven’t.

Since Commons made the transformation from player to pundit he rarely says anything positive about Celtic and that’s why fans have lost some respect for him.

However, when we think back to when Common’s played against Rangers in a Celtic shirt the man knows what he’s talking about in that respect as Commons knows exactly what it takes to sink the Govan side as he’s done it himself.

“They haven’t got going this season. Even when they’ve got their strongest starting XI, they are not free-flowing or looking like scoring many goals.

“Without Christie, Forrest and Edouard they were probably always going to struggle up front. But with the amount of money spent, you’d still think they would have enough to put in a performance.

“Mohamed Elyounoussi looked like a rabbit in the headlights. Albian Ajeti looked way off the pace and Patryk Klimala didn’t look like he’d every played football before.

“As for Vasilias Barkas in goal…Can he make one save in a big game? He doesn’t save enough shots, has no presence and doesn’t shout.

“But it wasn’t just the new recruits who were culpable. The midfield three – Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham – are all very good footballers. But is it the right blend?

“Where’s the flair player who can produce something out of nothing? Connor Goldson must have gone through about three cigars in the game.

“It was just so easy. There was nobody running in behind the back four to stretch them. No one coming to feet to show, no one looking to take the ball on the half turn and make defence-splitting passes.

“Fans or no fans, as a Celtic player, you’ve got to look at that Rangers shirt and feel something stir inside you. Yet, I’ve rarely seen either team win a derby so easily.

“Rangers’ game-management was superb. They were just so comfortable.”


Neil Lennon must do everything he can to pick his team up this week and get spirits high as our next line of fixtures will prove very tough.