Prior to tonight’s game, former Rangers (IL) manager and EBT recipient Alex McLeish thought he’d turn his back on Scottish football and give Celtic’s Belgian opponents RSC Anderlecht a few pointers on how to beat the Hoops.
Having managed for a short time in the Benelux country, seemed enough to qualify the self important Eck to offer advice to the Brussels side, in their bid to defeat the Invincibles.
His words of wisdom, according the the tabloid rag The Sun, was to pinpoint local Bhoy, Dedryck Boyata, as the weak link in the Celtic team. McLeish himself was a decent central defender, so you’d think he just might know what he’s talking about.
However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Along with his defensive partner Jozo Simunovic, Boyata was immense at the centre of a Celtic defence that came away from the Belgian capital with a clean sheet and three goals to the good.
Every player deserves credit for their performance, in what was the Hoops first away win in the Champions League in five years.That in itself is a massive achievement for the club, a club that’s flown the flag in Europe for Scotland these last five years without any help from other Scottish clubs. We’ve done it alone.
Leigh Griffiths tapped in the first, Paddy Roberts slammed home the second, with the help of a deflection, and Scott Sinclair calmly slotted the ball high into the Anderlecht net in time added on for the third.
But for me, the fit, fearless and fantastic Dedryck Boyata was the man this momentous victory was built on. Considering it was only his second full ninety minutes this season, he was superb.
And to think someone thought he was the weak link…..