Morning,all. Once again,I’m going to return to a recurring theme. Licensed thuggery,and all condoned by referees in particular and the Scottish game in general.
And it seems,also by our beloved board,who are obviously quite happy to see their highly-valued assets being set upon by have-a-go kiddy-on hardmen. They say sod all about it,and are equally silent when one of our players is sanctioned in an unbelievably over-the -top reaction by Beaton on Wednesday night.
Go back to the opener against Hearts. Naismith kicks both Brown and Hayes while they are on the ground. No action taken. Lafferty is booked for at least his third yellow card offence,and then simply carries on doing the same without further sanction.
St Johnstone in midweek,we are awarded three free kicks against them. The huns last month,where do you start? But McKenna’s is the worst I’ve seen for a while,and for it not even to be deemed a foulshould lead to both the player AND the referee up before the Compliance committee and severely punished.
Had McKenna caught Edouard properly,he could have suffered very serious injury. In fact had he tried it in the street,he would have got five years min for GBH. Madden is an experienced senior referee who knows the rules. There are only two explanations for his inaction on Saturday.
Hes either incompetent or he’s a cheat. I think that he’s both,actually. That he is so much of a cheat that he can’t even do it right. Or maybe he knows he doesn’t have to be subtle,doesn’t have to bother trying to hide it. Because he knows that he doesn’t have to worry about being called to account.
When I discover that he is to referee one of our games,I know we are in for a hard time. Same with Thomson,McLean,Dallas and Beaton. Some of the others I think are less inclined to look the other way ALL the time,though in the case of Willie Collum,that famously isn’t enough to stop him giving a penalty against us!
As for the board while all this is going on-as it has done for decades-time you stood up to be counted. Your silence is acquiescence and cowardice in my opinion.
The other big talking point of the weekend was the strong rumours doing the rounds about “that” meeting between DD PL and BR. That it was so widely reported on TIMTERNET and that all versions of it were broadly the same,suggests a degree of accuracy. Or a Press release(!)
I actually got the info on Saturday morning in an e-mail from a good friend. He’s not the type to lie,nor to propagate scurrilous rumour-mongering. Nevertheless,I couldn’t divulge it here as I couldn’t verify enough of the important details.
That didn’t stop it being trailed on virtually every Celtic blog in the days to follow. You’ll know the gist of it by now,BR on a big-money move to China,he’s dissuaded from it by promises of backing in the transfer market plus a £6m cash and shares bonus for CL qualification.
Glad to get that sorted,he hands his list of targets to PL and concentrates on CL qualification. PL decides to do sod all about the players requested-Edouard was already finalised by this time-and we are where we are.
DD apparently read them both The Riot Act. Got them told to grow up and behave themselves,start earning the shedloads of money they are paid,otherwise they’ll both be out and DD will make it his personal task to ensure they are both unemployable in the future. No,I don’t know how he would do that either-but would you take the risk that he wasn’t bluffing?
I must confess my surprise that BR even considered an offer from China,much less had seemingly decided to take it. I’m prepared to accept that he has felt undermined beforehand,and certainly under appreciated. He has some rehabilitation to make in my eyes,but hey,I’m sure he won’t worry too much about that.
PL,different kettle of fish. My opinions of him are well-known so I make no apologies for this,but his actions-or otherwise!-during the summer transfer window are a firing offence.
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