If anyone was in any doubt how near Callum Davidson was to being a justified Manager of the Season, last night’s sterling draw with Turkey giants Galatasaray (obviously without star player Falcao in the team) would settle it.
Sure, the hosts were down a man, but this is a huge European name, and while the club isn’t in the place it was some years back, it’s still a very fine side filled with internationals.
And Callum Davidson’s side went there and got an incredible draw.
As Ibrox Noise’s Derek suggests, it shows what work and quality does at this level, but more importantly, how good a manager Davidson actually is.
The reality is the man is going beyond working miracles at McDiarmid Park, a club which seems to produce a lot of great managers. Tommy Wright was more than impressive there, but Davidson is transcending what we thought was possible outside the Old Firm.
Yes, Aberdeen too got themselves a win v Breidablik but Saints nailing the Turks is another level completely.
In fact, guttingly ironically, the only Scottish team to lose was Rangers. That’s what happens when you’re not at the right mentality, the right effort, and the guts aren’t there.
As Derek puts it, Ryan Kent was one of the few, alongside Cedric Itten, who actually tried, who worked. Scott Wright another honourable mention. The rest, pretty much to a man, just weren’t up to it.
Tomorrow is huge for the Famous – Dundee United away will be no stroll, especially after their opening day defeat at Pittodrie.
Rangers too have to respond to midweek with guts, heart and determination.
Another flat performance won’t cut it, and our manager knows it.
If Saints can go to Turkey and hold the mighty Galatasaray, the Famous can well and truly obliterate Dundee United.