When’s the fitba back?!!!
The deathly silence of the international fortnight rears its ugly head again. Just about the only topic keeping Timternet irritated-and irrigated!-is the actions of the police and stewards on Sunday. Faced with the suggestion that they had deliberately done bugger all in the face of various repeated and increasing acts of criminality,they came out rather predictably with all guns blazing when Celtic arrived in Dundee.
Of course,this meant that innocent fans were pulled up for sod all,including some who were the subject of violent arrest techniques normally deployed against people carrying weapons. The Celtic fans in question were carrying,alright-they were heavily armed with the flag of Ireland,the detested Tricolour.
The symbolism of the colours involved was obviously lost on them…
John-Paul Taylor has asked for eye-witness accounts and video evidence to be submitted to him;he means well,and he tries really hard at fighting our corner,but my bet is that this too will be shelved,like so many of our concerns from this and previous seasons. Just keep handing the money over,while your concerns about being treated like the shit on their shoes will be casually ignored. Who cares if Celtic fans are nearly crushed to death,or assaulted by police and stewards while they attend,or that the referees are a bunch of cheating basturts hell-bent on harming our club on the park while others are doing their bit off it? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg,I’d be here all day if I ticked off others like The Doncaster Letter revealed last week on JOHNJAMESSITE,retention/transfer of trophies dishonestly won,Resolution 12,you name it.
Keep turning up,folks. Keep winning. That really destroys them-along with a few TVs,as we saw on Twitter the other day!
To onfield matters,where things are hotting up as we approach the business end of the season. Not just here,but also in England,which I’ll deal with first. At the bottom,I think it’s fair to say that Huddersfield and Fulham are doomed,but anyone of Palace,Brighton,Southampton,Burnley and Cardiff can all go down.
Only five points separate the five clubs,so it could be tight,and every point will be important,and since I’ve got nothing against any of these teams,I’ve got no particular preference. But Neil Warnock is a professional whinging tosser,so goodbye Cardiff.
Tight at the bottom,but even tighter at the top. Liverpool and Man City are locked at the top,only a point of a difference before Sunday. Liverpool won to head two points clear,but Man City have that game in hand to restore the lead. This will go all the way,I suspect. Both teams have had a sticky spell in the season,but both are on target for totals in the mid-nineties. It’s phenomenal consistency,and it will be a shame for one of these teams to lose out. They are a pleasure to watch for the purist to watch,that’s for sure.
The four teams below them are fighting it out for the two remaining Champions League places-though it may well be that only one of them is successful through that route! Four points separate Spurs,Man Utd,Arsenal and Chelsea. Man Utd are very much the form team,with Arsenal closely matching that form. Tottenham have been in dreadful form recently,and I don’t even know where to begin with Chelsea.
If I had to put my neck on the block,I’d say that they’ll finish in the order they are in at the moment. The Spurs slump can’t last forever,and with Dele Alli and Kane back,their mojo won’t be far behind them. As for Man Utd,they can name a stand after Ole Gunnar Soldiers-Song if he gets them into the CL from the position they were in when he took over. He’ll deserve it,and more. I’d give him The Freedom of Salford,but why be damned with faint praise!
However,here’s the fly in the ointment. No country is allowed to have more than four entrants to the CL. That rule was introduced when the big countries got four automatic qualifiers into the group stages. All the top SIX clubs are in the Last Eight of their trophies. The winners of The Champions League and the winners of The Europa Cup are automatically entered into next season’s CL at the group stage. This throws up various permutations if Spurs or Man Utd win the CL and finish outside the top four,or if Arsenal or Chelsea win the EL while finishing outside the top four. You do the maths,folks-I’ll do the laughing at Arsenal fans when they finish fourth but Man Utd win the CL while finishing fifth! Especially if Chelsea win the EL and take Spurs CL place,despite them finishing third!!!
I blame Brexit,personally…
Scotland is a different kettle of fish. Although I detest that carpet at Hamilton,Dundee can GTF and take their bigot bullyboy stewards with them. And although I’d like Ayr Utd to win promotion via the play-offs,I think they’d have to play their home games at Rugby Park. That carpet can’t take the current punishment,never mind the extra footfall. Still it would be a bit of a gathering of the clans for my family,so for that reason,goodbye Hamilton anaw.
At the top,some gaps are appearing. Is ten points too great to overcome,even with the MIBs out-miberrying each other? On the other hand,is eight points enough of a gap for StevieGerrardsRangers,given their poor form against the clubs at the top end of the table? They have us and Well away,with Hearts at home. Then the split. As for Aberdeen and Kilmarnock fighting it out for the other European place,there is only one point in it. Each side will be pushing hard for consistency,and again every game will be important and they will both be looking over their shoulders to see how the other is getting on.
Should they both win their games against SGR,I think one or both can be in with a shout of overhauling them,especially if that eight point lead is slashed before the split.
That will have me laughing even more than the aforementioned scenario with an English team winning a European trophy this season! In fact,I’m due up in Kilwinning at the start of June,and if the above happens,it will be the first dental appointment I’ve ever looked forward to!!!
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