The outcome of Sunday’s Old Firm derby could have been oh-so-different had the experienced stalwart Kenny Miller been on the field of play.
Nearly half of Graeme Murty’s players that featured in the 3-2 defeat at Ibrox arrived at the club within the last 12 months and as a result, had very little experience of what it meant to play in a game of such magnitude.
In the end, their naivety told, and they were beaten – not necessarily by the better team – but a team that had the know-how and the togetherness of one which had played together much longer.
Had Kenny Miller been given an opportunity to stamp his authority on the game, we could have been looking at a different result altogether.
Where Alfredo Morelos was guilty of fluffing a number of opportunities, had the 38-year-old found himself in a similar position to the Colombian, he’d have found the back of the net.
The senior striker at the club played back when the rivalry between the two teams was at its most fierce and could have been the calm head amongst the vastly inexperienced side that was put to the sword by Brendan Rodgers’ men in the end.
In games such as these, it is often not the flair players who make the difference, but the cool, calm, and collected ones that know how to channel their nerves which are flying around in games like these.
There will have been men in Murty’s team that have never tasted an atmosphere like they did on Sunday, but now that they have, they will be stronger for it, so that when the two sides meet again, the result could turn in the favour of the Light Blues.
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