But, but, Butland was a cert for England as Dublin beckoned

But, but Butland was a cert for an England call up, and Dublin beckoned. A rollercoaster of 24 hours in the deluded life of theRangers support…

 Jack Butland of Rangers is seen at full time during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 round of 16 second leg match between theRangers and SL Benfica at Ibrox  on March 14, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We’ve not had too much to smile about lately, but last night we had a few wee chuckles at the expense of our Glasgow rivals theRangers as they crashed out of the Europa League after they conceded a truly bizarre goal, talk about shooting yourselves in the foot.

They were never going to win the tournament, and it would have benefited us if they had a more congested fixture list, but it was good to see the smiles wiped off their smug faces all the same. Their European exit means that next season’s Scottish Premiership Champions are now more than likely going to have to face a qualifying round to reach the Champions League.

It all hinges on a Conference League tie in the quarter finals involving a little team from Czechia, who just need to avoid defeat in one of the two legs to scupper the guaranteed Scottish place at the top table. Celtic can have no complaints given our own dismal showings on the European stage in recent times.

It’s been a rollercoaster of a 24 hours for the deluded Ibrox hoards. For a few weeks now they have been shouting from the rooftops about descending on Dublin come the Europa league final in May.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And just the other day they were celebrating Jack Butland earning an England call up. For some reason they thought it was a cert that super Jack would be the first ever player from theRangers player called up for international duty with the three lions.

Unfortunately for poor Jack and the deluded Ibrox supporters he was ‘snubbed’ by Gareth Southgate, although Jack like the rest of us most likely knew it was all wishful thinking. As good a keeper as he is, he’s not good enough for the English national side, in the eyes of the guy that counts, the chap picking the squad.  He’s playing up here for a reason after all.

But theRangers supporters didn’t see it that way and were all frothing at the mouth as one of their own was denied the chance of being selected for their beloved Three Lions, their masters in their Union of unequals.

 Rafa of SL Benfica celebrates scoring his team’s first goal with teammates during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 round of 16 second leg match between theRangers and SL Benfica at Ibrox on March 14, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Make no mistake, like talk of a Butland England call up, they believed a trip to Dublin was a reality. The hideous Tifo unveiled before the game told you just that. But they were brought crashing back to earth after seeing their side deservedly beaten by an average, out of form Benfica side.

Here’s Kris Boyd’s assessment of Benfica’s worthy won at Ibrox last night…

We wish Benfica well for the quarter-finals.


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An ordinary everyday Celtic supporters hailing and still residing in Govan in the shadows of the enemy. I’m a season ticket holder. I Witnessed my first Celtic game in 1988 and have attended when I can ever since. Growing up in the 90s I witnessed Celtic at their lowest, and now appreciate the historic success we enjoy today. I enjoy writing about this wonderful football club and hopefully will continue to do so. I’ve always been a keen writer and initially started this a hobby. My ambition is to one day become as good an author as my fellow Celtic Star colleagues.

1 Comment

  1. I’m afraid that bus is not on the Govan route.
    Silly Billy’s need a stop in Ireland for that one.
    🇳🇬 route terminated.