When the immovable object met the…..immovable object?

20 Sep

Hands up who expected a 0-0 draw.

When we think about it, it’s not as astonishing as Rangers fans across Facebook and Twitter tonight would have you believe. Instead a Manchester United team with four out-and-out forward minded players and a Rangers team with three, failed to break each other down. Not as shocking as it may seem on the surface, class difference not withstanding.

Manchester United, who have been playing defensive football for many years in various guises, were matched at their game by Fergie’s old assistant. They, to borrow a phrase, were Waltered. Waltered; Past Participle of Walter; 1. To (unexpectedly) drop  points to a well organised, but negative performance. Also known as Wattied.

A good point in Europe for the Scottish Champions, and points dropped for Manchester United, simply because of the gulf in individual class this has to be considered the case. No doubts about that.

So far this year we have seen Celtic, Motherwell, Hibernian and Scotland all look disappointing on the biggest of stages this season, maybe we should treat Walter Smith with a bit more respect than many, me included, do. With his Rangers side permanently accused of negative football and defensive tactics, maybe we should open our eyes a bit wider and see that it’s the rest of Scottish football who are being negative, yet in the past 2-3 seasons have been the most consistent at home and abroad.

It would be fair though, to doubt the system that has become ingrained into Scottish football. The whole game is becoming more European in style, and on the whole this years horrific World Cup proved that. Even the inimitable Brazil have chosen to imitate, in their own fashion of course. Though here in Scotland we are still refusing to come around to this way of thinking, maybe in the same way we still think it acceptable to deep fry confectionery or drink Tennents lager. We know it’s not enjoyable but we persevere because we’ll be damned if anyone else gets to know that. It might not be pretty, but it’s effective.

One Response to “When the immovable object met the…..immovable object?”

  1. steakheed October 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Negative football but it works on the european stage to an extent, Rangers only want to qualify for the last 16 get some money and dont care about the outcome of the tie. Man Utd are not the team the have been in the past few years especially with all the younger, in-experienced players starting regularly. If Rangers qualify from this group(which they should now) they will come up against a far superior team and will not be able to progress. There best chance is to come 3rd and go on a europa league run but the simple problem is new players and rangers dont have the cash!

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