Brendan right to point out unfair fixture list…
Brendan Rodgers yesterday had his say on the post festive fixture list which has seen Celtic on the road these past seven years. I was quite surprised myself with that stat and as the Celtic manager quite correctly pointed out that “either we’re very, very unlucky or someone’s making tricks behind the scenes”.
With Celtic playing away from home, theRangers of course have had the convenience of playing at home the past seven years. That’s not a random computer that’s spat that out, that’s for sure. Much like our run of away games in the opening round of games this quarter, there is more to it, and Brendan is quite right in calling it out.
Everything seems to favour theRangers – the team who don’t concede penalties in domestic football – and go against Celtic, cup draws are another example of that. There is nothing ‘paranoid’ as some will no doubt portrait it, about Brendan’s claims.
He’s quite within his rights to question the unfair fixture situation that is clearly going against our club. It’s clear for all to see and the stats are damning. Brendan is only pointing it out and hopefully this is just the start of Celtic responding to all of these issues in the Scottish game.
Celtic were originally scheduled to play Dundee on 27 December before the match was moved to Boxing Day as Sky Sports selected the game for live broadcast. The Celtic manager was asked about the switch to Boxing Day at the end of yesterday’s media conference at Lennoxtown.
In response Brendan said: “I just saw that there and it’s not ideal. Obviously we would have preferred it to stay as it was. It is interesting actually, and I’m pretty sure I’m correct about this, Celtic have been away at that period of the season for the last seven years.
“So either we’re very, very unlucky or someone’s making tricks behind the scenes. Especially at that time of the year. Seven years on the spin this club has been away at this time of the season, that is not right for supporters.
“So hopefully they can maybe look at that going forward.”
As The Celtic Star pointed out yesterday, the easy solution for the SPFL is to allocate the next seven years post Christmas fixtures as home games for Celtic and away matches for theRangers. That evens things up does it not.
The next fan media outlet to speak to Brendan should ask for his thoughts on them never conceding penalties in domestic football. It would certainly be interesting to hear a Celtic manager comment on that particular issue, one that Ange Postecoglou would never touch.
Well said yesterday, Brendan! Few if any Celtic supporters even noticed that seven year record. Looks like we’ve not been paranoid enough!
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