Close To The Edge
Not a lot to discuss in The Timdom Kingdom today,though I’ll be doing a preview tomorrow of a game which I see as having a big bearing on our season. Instead,I’ll flick my gaze to our southside zombie neighbours,thanks largely to something I had missed earlier in the week.
That link to the article by Nei Cameron in the Herald that Mahe kindly supplied yesterday-you know,the one that suggested that poor old Alfredo Morelos is a poor misunderstood lad who is being subjected to various infamies in Scotland,and that includes racism,btw. Damn near had me choking on my cornflakes,so it did. I’m not sure whether that was caused by apoplexy or incredulous laughter,but I do know that those two reactions were a dead heat as I read the latest pile of tosh from a once-proud institution.
We are to believe that Morelos is a changed character from the one last season who could barely stay on the pitch longer than he could stay on his feet in the penalty area. After all,Sunday was the first time this season that he has been sent off,which when compared to his record last season suggests some truth in his assertion. And no less an insightful pundit than Kris Boyd pointed out that Sky only focussed on the half-time stooshie at Fir Park because li’l Alfredo was involved.
Yes,he was involved,Kris. He bliddy started it all off! An attempt at an off the ball rake down the Achilles tendon of Paul Gallagher,successfully carried out only the previous week on Christopher Jullien,went unpunished-there’s a pattern developing here-and the Motherwell player decided to have a say about it. Ah,poor Saintly Alfredo,next thing he’ll be wearing a t-shirt asking the world “Why Is It Always Me?”
Of course,it’s not just his vastly improved disciplinary record that our wonderful media are keen to highlight when it comes to their new favourite Moody Blue. His goals record this season-to be fair,he has scored some crackers,but I’ll come back to that-is also vastly improved. Eleven league goals so far is not to be sniffed at-couldn’t resist that one!-and four in six Europa League games is also good going. Both are one better than Ryan Christie and we all know how highly we rate him! But despite Ryan’s red card against Livingston earlier this season,he doesn’t have the problems of Morelos,and we certainly don’t rate him at £40m. You have to ask where these journalists get their numbers from,even in the hyper-inflationary period football is currently experiencing.
It all reminds me of only eight years ago when Rangers 1872-yes,I know. They have 1873 literally embedded in the bricks of Ibrox!-were looking to flog the last decent striker they ever had. Nikica Jelavic. Personally,I didn’t rate him too highly,I thought much of his goal threat came from a similar background to Morelos,see above-allowed an extra yard by the linesman,and defenders being scared to pressure for fear of being penalised. Jellyfish was the subject of the infamous “unknown universe” offer of £9m at the start of the season and by December that year,I nearly crashed my van when I heard Pat Nevin on Radio Five describe him as having everything,a genuine £20m striker. Everton paid £5m for him the following month and it didn’t take them long to realise that they’d been had.
On the other hand,at least Jelavic didn’t have any problems securing a work permit. I remain far from convinced that he qualified for one in Finland,much less Scotland. The chance of qualifying for one will reduce still further in England,and again after January 31. Which suggests that Rangers will have another reason to sell him in the next window.
But will they get anywhere near the values being touted in the media or will clubs simply do their homework regarding a club in a clearly distressed financial state-much as Everton did eight years ago,or we did when we signed Bobo for £900,000 from Toulouse,a fee which ultimately I’m not sure we had to pay as they went bust almost immediately. Well,he does look cheap when you compare what else is on offer. £8m from Juventus for Kamara,£10m for a right back who can’t defend and suddenly can’t take penalties either. £20m for Borassic Lint or whatever he’s called at left back. Bloody hell,they even expect a sweet £15m for Joe Arribo.
As an aside,they sold their best ever player for £500,000. Billy Gilmour to Chelsea. I wonder how much the papers and blogs had been punting him for the previous month? Reality bites,and the when sharks in the football world smell blood,they don’t pay over the odds for it. Rangers 1872 had a habit of doing that,if you remember,buying players for a song from financially distressed clubs. There was even a suggestion that confidential information on player values was being shared via the common denominator of using the same bank. Charles Green gave Hearts a good boot in the balls when they went into administration by offering to pay up the balance owed on the Lee Wallace transfer on the spot.
If they reduced it by half.
I will weep no tears when the huns and their media lackeys are forced to explain why their megastars were allowed to leave next month and again in the summer for sums considerably less than previously discussed-and in some cases,less than they had reportedly turned down. That’s what happens when the media bump up expectations,when a club is allowed to throw financial common sense out of the window,when a governing body ignores the rules that it applies without fear or favour-to everyone else. Eventually comes a day of reckoning,when the bills have to be paid and the books balanced. And I suggest,Brothers,that the day of reckoning is Close.
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