Ex-Celtic man Thomas Gravesen has slaughtered his former Hoops boss Gordon Strachan and his style of play, with the former Denmark international claiming he’s still a fan of the Premiership champions.
Gravesen arrived at Parkhead from Real Madrid back in 2006, with his arrival heralded as something of a coup by Strachan and the Celtic board, but it wasn’t long before things went south.
The no-nonsense midfielder managed just 22 league matches in the iconic green and white jersey before he was sent packing, back to former club Everton on-loan, leaving fans to wonder what might have been.
Having relocated to Las Vegas, Gravesen doesn’t do too many interviews these days, but speaking to Danish publication Tipsbladet, he said: “I’ve always been a Celtic fan.
“I was in Scotland and saw an Old Firm game when Peter Lovenkrands played for Glasgow Rangers.
“I wanted to play in that atmosphere and I can only say that I have not regretted that.
“It was a huge club and an incredible team.
“Unfortunately, I ran into an opposition to myself in the form of a coach called Gordon Strachan.
“His time was unfortunately while I was there. It did not work between him and me.
“He clearly had the best team, and yet we did not have the opportunity to go out and play.
“Gordon was a defensively-minded coach of a world-famous club.
“This is the equivalent to FC Copenhagen going out to be defensive against Hobro.
“That is no criticism of Hobro, but the budget that FCK has is far bigger.
“I could not understand why he did as he did at Celtic because we were so much better than the other teams.
“In the few matches we were allowed to, we were much better.
“It was always, ‘back’, ‘a little farther back’.
“I could not understand it and therefore Gordon Strachan and I were ripped apart.
“I remember that I scored a hat-trick against St Mirren – the only one in my career – and his only comment was, ‘Remember the defence – we just have to control that’.
“He was nervous about losing, afraid of losing a match as the boss of the mighty Celtic.
“I told him often – and then he said that we should be afraid of losing.
“I had to accept that.
“I have always followed my heart and I have always taken the consequences.
“And I still know that the team we had was too good to play so badly.
“We won everything, but we played badly.”
Having spent the bulk of his career in the English Premier League, and amongst the Galacticos at Real Madrid, what do you think of Gravesen’s take on Strachan, and his time in Glasgow?
Given Strachan won three consecutive league titles whilst at Celtic, does that justify his so-called defensive approach?
What do you think?