‘Finish second’: Alan Brazil jibes at Ally McCoist after his comments about Brendan Rodgers
Alan Brazil has told Ally McCoist that Michael Beale’s Rangers will ‘still finish second’ to Celtic next season after he claimed that Brendan Rodgers returning is ‘bad news’ for his former side.
The former Rangers striker claimed that the feeling in Scotland is that it was a ‘no-brainer’ for Brendan Rodgers and Celtic to re-unite following the exit of Treble-winning boss Ange Postecoglu to Tottenham.
Given how the 50-year-old left Parkhead in 2019, this call by Celtic took some by surprise, with McCoist sending out a warning to Rangers that they still have to ‘worry about their own job’, as he told talkSPORT Breakfast (22/06/23 at 8:15 am).
Whilst Rangers had their time in the limelight during that COVID-hit season under Steven Gerrard, in truth, ever since their return to the Scottish Premiership, they have been outclassed by the Bhoys.
That was showcased once again last season when, with a cigar in his mouth, Postecoglou not only delivered the Treble, but did it playing eye-catching football that was celebrated by supporters.
When McCoist shared his thoughts on the former Liverpool and Leicester man’s return, his fellow talkSPORT co-host and Celtic-mad Alan Brazil couldn’t help but jibe at his colleague.
“The general feeling, from within Scottish football, is that it’s a no-brainer decision,” said McCoist. “I like Brendan. I think he is a top-class coach and manager. He knows the club very well and he was extremely successful there before. That alone, makes it an obvious choice and a pretty good choice, in my book.
“However, and it has been documented, there is and there are certain sections of the Celtic support, who made it clear that they weren’t happy when he left.”
On if it’s good or bad news for Rangers: “I would have thought it’s bad news, for the reasons I have given you. But Rangers and Michael Beale can’t afford to start worrying about what’s going on across the city. They have to worry about their own job and that’s bringing five players in.”
Brazil then interrupted and added: “I wouldn’t worry about it. You will still finish second.” to the laughter of McCoist and former Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor.
Rodgers has to deliver the title again…
Even before Rodgers can walk back out for his second Celtic debut as manager, there is a lot of noise around his arrival.
And you can bet your bottom dollar that fans are expecting him to once again deliver serious silverware. Another league title is very much the goal. That’s what must be delivered.
Getting off to a strong start is imperative, especially to win over any remaining doubters and unify the support ahead of what will be a long, and likely competitive, season on all fronts.
In other news, Brendan Rodgers sends a message to the Celtic support; interview incoming.
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