Wattenacio Or Brendanballs ?
El cormaco looks ahead to tonights game, and wonders if a major change in tactics will see Celtic triumph…Wattenaccio or Brendanballs ?By Record ReporterThe greatest tactician in Scottish football ever, his Lordship Sir Walter Lord Smith brought a mighty 6 wins in 35 group games in the Champions league to the glorious Glasgow Rangers, deploying a tactic revered around Europe.Misunderstood at first, in time all of Europe knew and admired “Wattienaccio” The tactic was honed in derby games against Tommy Burns Celtic teams, where Rangers would select a line up with no intent on attacking, often deploying multiple defenders in midfield or nominal forward roles. Once on the pitch the players showed how well Sir Walter for it is He had drilled themwith strict orders to hold on for dear life by defending with as many as the entire team behind the ball from as early as kick off before getting one opportunity to counter attack and scoring.So impressed by this tactical masterstroke was he that none other than Lionel Messi called it “anti football” following a frustrating night for the Argentinestarlet against the mighty Gers. Translated from Catalan this means “we arrra Peepul”. High praise indeed from the little man who David Murray could totally have brought to Ibrox if he didn’t think Mark Hateley again was miles betterThe tactical masterplan befuddled opponents all the way to UEFA cup final where Rangers tactics were again employed to a tee but unluckily failed to take the trophy home against a team who tried to play football. Nonetheless the club made lots of friends along the way with its “never say attack” attitude and open and inclusive culture amongst its supporters. Sir Walter – blessed is he- also set the blueprint for every Scottish team playing in Europe since, one Brendan Rodgers is ignoring at his perilRodgers has just over seen Celtic’s worst ever European result, a 7-0 doing by also rans Barcelona. Despite lining up with Wattienaccio –esque 5 man defence, they were behind in less than a minute and it deteriorated from there.Surely now Rodgers will have to see the errors of his ways and get totally on board with the only style of play which can hope to bring success to Scottish teams. He must surely be studying the Rangers performances under His glorious Sir Walter to see how to get through a game praying for a 0-0 with absolutely zero positive intent. If he doesn’t then further humiliation awaits for a Celtic still hurting from Rangers achievement of 9 league titles in a row, a time which all Scottish fans agree was the true golden period for our game.Okay enough tabloid writing, I should challenge myself a little, and instead Ill ask: how do we approach these European games?We won 6-1 at the weekend, but would have been as well prepared for Man City if we’d stayed at home.