Weekend Squirrels-The Sequel
An interesting weekend,both in Scotland and elsewhere. And as predicted by MAHE,a few squirrels thrown into the mix to deflect from the prevailing narrative at the moment.
On that,I had intended to write today’s article largely in support of Stevie Clarke-and Kris Boyd-as they attempt to bring attention to the lack of action from Police Scotland and the SFA/SFPL over breaches of the law of the land and of the laws of the game,but there are steps being taken elsewhere which might see some coordination over the matter,so I’ll deal mainly with the weekend.
It started well enough,with England being sent home to think again by a very impressive Wales,but that was in a different sport. Prior to that,Spurs managed to lose to Burnley-despite being the only team in the top five of the self-proclaimed best league in the world to actually score a goal. Pretty turgid fare Down South,with only Watford and Crystal Palace impressing at all. More on the Palace game presently.
In Scotland,it was Hamilton hosting Sevco on that dreaded and dreadful carpet. They were bloody rubbish by all accounts,and took such a hammering that the referee didn’t really bother much with any cheating. It might have been a more difficult game for Sevco,mind,if the ref had done his job properly and awarded Hamilton the two penalties they should have got.
Meanwhile,the away fans trolled Stevie Clarke with a disturbing banner which wished him to “Get Well Soon” By their standards that is probably meant as humour rather than as a threat-after all,they don’t do subtlety. Steven Gerrard apparently stated that he’d prefer that their fans cut out the sectarian stuff,but I’m waiting for a statement from Level 5 denying any sectarian intent. Their fans,meanwhile,are being urged to march on BBC HQ at Pacific Quay to politely request that bad stuff is never said about the holding company or club or whatever. Now that IS a threat,and if the march is given official permission to go ahead,I’ll expect to see some journalists shitting themselves even more than usual.
The main event,of course,was at Celtic Park. We saw the long-awaited return of Kieran Tierney and Nir Bitton and while both were maybe a bit ring-rusty,they both performed well. We maybe went once too often to the well with Ryan Christie as his body finally gave up trying to do the superhuman,perhaps coming back too soon from injury earlier. Edouard looked back to his best,and to his hungriest-two great goals!-while Scott Sinclair and Jamesie performed well,even if in fits and starts. Man of the Match though,was Ewan Henderson,and if this lad is nurtured and allowed to develop,we could have a real gem on our hands. As Brendan repeatedly says that his main pleasure in the game is in improving players,I’d suggest that he has all the raw material he needs to work wonders with Ewan-and the even younger Karamoko,of course!
Which brings us rather nicely back to Crystal Palace and squirrels,of course. Palace utterly trashed Leicester City on Saturday. They haven’t won a match this year,and even managed to lose against Newport County in the cup. They have gone seriously downhill since their wonderful title triumph less than three years ago,and I think some of the players need to take a right good look at themselves. Of course,losing Mahrez and Kante would affect any team-they’ve also lost Robert Huth,amongst others-but are the likes of Jamie Vardy and Kaspar Schmeichel playing as well as they could be? I don’t think so,and Vardy in particular has been a disgrace since that title. 23 goals when they won the league,and around half that in 20 months since.
Why anyone would want to take over that mess beats me,but as they are now looking for their fourth manager since,it seems it is a certainty for Brendan to go-if you listen to the MSM and not Brendan himself! That rentagobshite Craigen even said on BT Sports that most Celtic fans would be happy to see the back of him!!! Fortunately,Chris Sutton was on hand to quietly tell him he was talking mince.
I often wonder what motivates eejits like that to come out with their pish,but I don’t need to wonder for long. It’s the same motivation that drives a manager to have a word with his players as they prepare to throw the ball back to their opponents after it has been put out to enable an injured fellow pro to receive treatment,tell one of them where to throw it and another one to run on to it and shoot. Of course,it led to a goal,and if that wasn’t disgraceful enough,the manager then tells the press afterwards that the player is only a kid and doesn’t know any better. He’s only on £200 a week,etc. I hope his club are investigated for not paying the poor lad National Minimum Wage. I’m sure that the MP who was running the line would help the young lad in his search for justice.
Aye,that’ll be right. As much chance of that as there is of him getting an offside decision correct when he’s officiating at a Celtic game. And don’t even start me on Kevin Clancy,he’s fast becoming a self-parody,an absolute joke of a referee. We played against a very “physical” Motherwell yesterday,only got fourteen free-kicks and had four players booked? Tosser.
That statement about referees from Celtic sure worked,eh? One word from us and they do what they like.
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