Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons slaughtered the performance of Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata in the Bhoys’ 3-2 Old Firm victory at Ibrox.
The former Bhoys striker, who often thrived in the Glasgow derby, hammered the 27-year-old Belgian international for his early mistake which gifted Josh Windass the opening goal of the game after only three minutes.
“He tried to be cute and clever. In the first three minutes in a game of this magnitude, it was schoolboy stuff” Commons said, as quoted on the Daily Mail website.
“If you haven’t played for a while, you tell yourself to keep it simple. He’ll have done that yet forgotten when he crossed the line.
“It didn’t kick him into gear. He was pushed over too easily at the second goal and gifted Alfredo Morelos a chance to make it 3-2.”
Despite Boyata’s performance, the Hoops’ victory seems them take a nine point lead over their bitter rivals with a game in hand at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, and it seems only a matter of time before they clinch their seventh title in a row.
Football Insider verdict
The former Hoops forward is correct to be scathing in his assessment of Boyata, who truly was dreadful at times. His mistake in the first-half was bad enough, but his error in the second-half was even worse, and he was lucky to be bailed out by goalkeeper Scott Bain. It was going to be a gamble to play Boyata after so long out injured and that proved to be the case, and he is fortunate that his mistakes didn’t lead to a Hoops defeat. It will be interesting to see if Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers keeps faith in the player for the Bhoys’ next league match, the trip to Fir Park to face Motherwell on Sunday.
In other Celtic news, Paul Merson has claimed that Brendan Rodgers could move to Arsenal next season