Date: 11th September 2018 at 7:00am
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From the little I saw and read, John McGinn wasn’t the only man to have a game to forget as Scotland faced Belgium this September international break.

Alex McLeish’s side lost the match 4-0 in pretty convincing fashion and it was a strange friendly to arrange ahead of UEFA Nations League money spinner…sorry, their tie against Albania last night.

McGinn again took his place in the starting XI and from what I can tell at the moment, he had a damn good game showing exactly what we’ve seen of him so far since his move to us in August as he’s already established himself a key man for Villa – the only question is, can he maintain it?

You wouldn’t get that impression from looking at social media as it seems Celtic have their own section within the fanbase who don’t mind illogically throwing their toys out of the pram over the tiniest of things – the thing, in this case, being his temerity to move to us and not them.

Football is about opinions and opinions aren’t always reflected appropriately through the haze of beer goggles and pre-formed opinions that people are determined not to change, but the above guff took me by surprise.

I’m hoping the crying smilies are sarcastic and there were in fairness plenty of comments rubbishing the criticisms, which I liked as I favour Celtic in Scotland going back to the days of Packie Bonner, but that has given me a giggle tonight.

I’m looking forward to highlights when I can find them as Whoscored through their dispassionate rating system, actually had him tagged as their star player with a rating of 7.92.

Two shots with one on target, a key pass, pass accuracy of 82.8% from 87 touches and he even threw in two dribbles. Defensively he added four tackles, two interceptions and broke play up with two fouls.


7 Replies to “Blimey These Celtic Fans Are Bitter About Villa Midfielder Choosing Us & Not Them”

  • John McGinn is an outstanding talent. If he was English he’d be a £25m player.

    Celtic supporters are bitter at “one of their own” turning them down to test himself in the English Championship.

    Villa will make one hell of a profit on this boy.

  • A fair portion of Celtic fans were keen to see McGinn pull on the Hoops.

    I wasn’t one of them.

    Not because I didn’t think he wast good enough, but because I couldn’t see where he was supposed to fit in to Celtic’s midfield.

    The rumours began when we still had Stuart Armstrong at the club and even after he left, there were still question marks over other Celtic midfielders who couldnt’ get a game such as Ryan Christie, Nir Bitton, Eboue Kouassi and Scott Allan.

    I queried what kind of message it sent out to those players.

    It was clear that McGinn was a key target for Brendan Rodgers, but as I said to some fellow Celtic fans, if McGinn really wanted to sign for his boyhood heroes he could have.

    The fact is he has followed the money and the bright lights of English football and who could blame him for that?

    What I have always said is that Celtic can provide a good platform to show your talent and you can still have a career down south afterwards.

    It doesn’t bother me that he has chosen Villa over Celtic because I didn’t think he was a player we needed.

    He has earned his move and hope he does well.

    You only get the chance to play for Celtic once and he chose not to so I wish him all the best in his career at Villa and beyond.

    • Fair comment mate and I didn’t mean to dig out as it possibly came across – given the sense in your post I hope you know you weren’t meant to be a target. I just thought it was a bizarre reaction from some that seemed to be a response rather than anything more. If you don’t rate the lad even if it was fitting in, that’s fair comment. I guess he was maybe identified as a replacement for Stuart Armstrong as I look in from afar? From the little I know I’m amazed Scott Allan hasn’t kicked on given how he was rated a few years ago.

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