“Totally embarrassing” remarked a certain BT Sport pundit in relation to Rangers’ celebrations in the dressing room following the Galatasaray victory at the beginning of the month. Whilst we take said pundit’s every word with the pinch of salt it scarcely deserves, perhaps now is as good a time as any to dredge this one up again and consider the true meaning of the word “embarrassing”.
Who knows, we might even be able to find a football related example from the weekend?
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “embarrassment” is a noun meaning “a feeling of self-consciousness, shame, or awkwardness” ergo “embarrassing” is simply defined as “causing embarrassment”.
Now from what I could make out, there wasn’t anyone in blue displaying any signs of shame or awkwardness in the aftermath of having qualified for the group stage of the Europa League for the third consecutive year, and nor should there have been. A European run, incidentally that has not only helped (with more points than Celtic) to bring Scotland’s coefficient up considerably, but has also given us some incredible European nights to savour, both home and away, with the resulting financial rewards allowing us to build the squad to the level it is currently at.
Fast forward just over two weeks to the first Old Firm game of the season and we might be able to more accurately apply our newly-acquired definition. Just as we were at Ibrox against Galatasaray, Rangers, to a man were simply superb, better than Celtic in every single area of the park. That team spirit and togetherness that has been clear for ALL to see this season (both on the park and off it) absolutely shone through once again.
Oh to have been a fly on the wall in that home dressing room at 14:30 on Saturday though, this would have been the picture to perfectly illustrate the word “embarrassment”. ZERO shots on target across 90 minutes of an OLD FIRM game?!
Thinking on it…”embarrassing” is perhaps putting it mildly, but it’ll do for now.