Avoiding Dundee before Celtic backfired spectacularly for Clement

Avoiding Dundee before Celtic has backfired spectacularly for theRangers manager Philippe Clement…

Last night’s football action made for great viewing. The last two remaining sides from the so-called best league in the world in the Champions League were knocked out, and more importantly theRangers dropped yet more points in the title race.

A Carlsberg Wednesday

If Carlsberg did Wednesday nights eh? Incidentally it was a wee shame that Atletico Madrid lost the previous night in Dortmund who deservedly take their place in the semi-finals. Fifty years ago, lest we forget.

However most satisfying moment was of course the news from Dens that Philippe Clement’s Galacticos had choked under the pressure once more but they did manage to hold Dundee to a goalless draw at Dens Park.

The home side had the best effort of the game in the opening minute, had a goal disallowed for offside and had a strong penalty appeal ignored by VAR.

thRangers captain James Tavernier is disappointed at full time – Scottish Premiership Dundee v theRangers at Dens Park Stadium on April 17, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Dundee swimming baths

I’ll admit that I had one eye on the goings on at the Dundee swimming baths while also switching between Man City v Arsenal and Bayern Munich v Arsenal games. Celtic’s place at the summit of the Scottish Premiership wasn’t under threat regardless of the result, but you always wish for an extra favour, and Tony Doc’s men duly delivered just that.

Of course it should be re-stated that theRangers were the architects of their own misfortune. One of the main reasons for that is their refusal to play at Dens the midweek before the Glasgow Derby clash with Celtic at Ibrox.

Self-entitlement shone through

They could have pencilled in the rearranged clash that very midweek. But their self-entitlement shone through, and with some help from their chums at the SPFL they decided to put their feet up with the visit of Celtic looming and got some rest and avoid the risk of injury and suspension.

Hey, you with the sad face… John Lundstram of theRangers after thrScottish Premiership match between Dundee  and theRangers at Dens Park on April 17, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s now backfired spectacularly. They could have easily have played a top six chasing Dundee that very midweek. They could have gone top of the league on the fateful Wednesday allowing them to go into the Celtic game full of confidence.

A disgraceful VAR call

But instead they were extremely lucky to scrape a draw with the champions – thanks to a disgraceful VAR call on the penalty early in the second half that gave them a route back into the match. They followed that up with a shock defeat at Ross County, before suffering a stalemate with a pressure free Dundee last night.

Philippe Clement after his side’s draw against Dundee at Dens Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

From the three games against Dundee, Celtic and Ross County, they managed to drop seven points from the nine that they were confidently expecting.

 Hearts will now fancy it on Sunday

They will of course blame others for their title woes, but they have no one else to blame but themselves.  Hearts will now fancy their chances of securing a rare win over the Ibrox side in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday where the two teams will know whether it’s Celtic or Aberdeen who awaits them in the final on Saturday 25 May.

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