You’d Need a Heart of Stone…
If there’s one good thing about nightshifts,it’s waking up to a text from a Celtic-daft pal with the words “Haha haha hahahahaha!” on it. It works better if you know the tune to say it to. I did,and how I laughed!
I said the other day that the Kilmarnock victory at St Mirren on Monday night meant that the two teams next visiting Ibrox would be fully committed. Only a point in front of Kilmarnock in the league,Aberdeen couldn’t take the risk that they might be caught and lose out on the automatic European qualifying spot,that they would have to go for victory in the cup last night. Equally,Kilmarnock have their eyes on that Euro spot,and a top three place is the only way to guarantee it. A win on Saturday will go a long way to assisting them in that.
After I’d had a wee laugh at the comments on various Rangers sites,my thoughts turned to Stevie Gerrard. I still hadn’t stopped laughing,and the thought of a young man in mourning would surely put a stop to that,wouldn’t it?
No,not really. And it could get worse if he loses on Saturday and again in his next game-away to champions Celtic. Graham Murty might just get his old job back! I really don’t know who had the worse day,him or Theresa May,and neither do I care. They are welcome to many more between them. But they both head ruthless organisations which despise failure,and I don’t give a tuppeny damn for either of them-or for their chances of survival.
In other,related,news since I wrote Monday’s article,JOHNJAMESSITE published a transcript of a letter allegedly written by Neil Doncaster AFTER the infamous Five Way Agreement.
In it,Doncaster clearly promises that no action will be taken against Sevco in respect of EBT payments. This was prior to the bent LNS enquiry,and completely undermined any possibility of proper punishment being applied in the case. Notwithstanding the point that DOS payments-for which Rangers had already admitted guilt!-and EBT payments-which were still subject to appeal,and therefore legal AT THAT TIME-were rolled into one and treated as a single matter,and that the relevant dates on the charge sheet were changed in order to avoid unwanted scrutiny,the fact of Doncaster’s promise meant that LNS was handed a charge sheet AND a verdict,and tasked with figuring out how to do it!
When an experienced former Supreme Court judge can be manipulated in such a manner,it is little wonder that people have so little faith in the authorities in this country,no matter their area of responsibility. This looks like a case of acting outwith his authority at best,and of possible fraud or malfeasance in public office. Of course,the document might not be genuine-JOHNJAMESSITE is not infallible-but the clubs must surely be asking those questions of Doncaster and of the entire process,even if only to prove his innocence. In fact,given that sports journalists spend their day poring over such blogs to get their “exclusives”,you might ask why none of them have highlighted it? The answer of course is the same as that for why Doncaster & Co made such promises in the first place-that a Rangers must always exist,no questions asked.
Fortunately,Stevie Gerrard is playing a blinder…
Some of you may have been sent the same tosh I received the other day regarding the Celtic managerial vacancy,linking us with the current management duo of the Belgian national team. Now I like Roberto Martinez,I like the way that he prefers his teams to play-to score more goals than the opposition! And he might even persuade big Deadly to sign a new contract,though I doubt it! But even apart from the prospect of multiple heart attacks in the stands every time the opposition get the ball in our half,I think this is a non-starter. No team can afford their assistant manager to be out injured for most of the season(!)
I’m indebted once again to SOLKITTS for drawing our attention to the latest interpretation of The Laws of the Game. The most interesting change surrounds the award of a penalty for handball,as it widens the net somewhat. To the extent in which I think Andrew Dallas will,already be salivating at the prospect of beating his own record for penalties to the huns. My own suggestion would be that a handball in the area is a penalty,regardless of intent or circumstances. With one exception-when a player is adjudged to have deliberately played the ball against an opponent’s hand,in which case he is booked for Ungentlemany Conduct. The resulting yellow card to be allowed to be subject to appeal.
On the subject of penalties,if anyone can be bothered to get the abacus out and count how many times Morelos/Polaris/Louganis dived in an attempt to win a penalty last night,I’d be very grateful. That spineless clown Clancy only booked him once as well,shocking refereeing. It’s not like he didn’t know where his cards were-he managed to book EIGHT Dons players.
Of course,he’s not only spineless,he’s brainless too. Those decisions mean that Shinnie is out of the semi-final against us,and that most of the team who line up against us will be concerned about receiving a card in case it rules them out of a place in the final. I think I’ll check the prices for no yellow card for Aberdeen in that game…
Above article by BMCUWP. Apologies for it being late,my internet connection kept going down and I had to start again three times! If you want the chance to be as frustrated as I was,post your article to Mahe at