No doubt what today’s article was going to focus on once I got out of my scratcher. Bolingoli’s crass and selfish behaviour hasn’t just jeopardised his career-I think he is such damaged goods now that if Celtic sack him,he’ll be lucky to get a job delivering pizza for Deliveroo,much less waltz in to a new club somewhere-he has jeopardised our quest for Ten In A Row,jeopardised the remainder of the season,and as a result jeopardised the entire future of a great many clubs throughout the country.
Make no mistake about it,if this season is cancelled a lot of clubs quite simply won’t survive. The rest will be on their uppers for years to come,and the national game will be unrecognisable from where it was only a couple of years earlier.
But is it fair that he should carry the can for all of this when not only is he not the only one in the game to have ignored the rules? Why is he being singled out in the media and in the Scottish Parliament when the rules are being flouted en masse on a daily basis all over the country? We’ve all seen the photographs of lemmings crowding onto the beaches at the first sign of that big yellow disc in the sky,punters shoulder to shoulder in crowded pubs up and down the country. People might look at these and shake their heads at the idiocy of such behaviour,the Scottish Government might even publicly state their disapproval,but the biggest outcry has been saved for one man. Hardly seems fair,does it?
Well,aye it does. Not everyone is in the privileged position of being able to jump on a plane at the drop of a hat and bugger off to Spain for a lousy couple of nights. That’s Spain,practically the most high-profile country on the UK’s highly-publicised list of countries high demands that anyone flying into the country from there self-isolate on their return. I’m not sure whether this was rank stupidity,selfishness or if he just CGAF. And it doesn’t matter either,as the damage is done.
The Scottish Government have been quite grown up in their response,to be fair. They have warned Scottish football that one more breach will mean that the game’s a bogey and that the game will be halted,but they have also said that any past indiscretions which come to light via social media will not be included. The players need to realise that they will be putting at risk not only their own health,not only their own future,but that of potentially a large number of their fellow professionals,their employers,and the game as a whole.
Yes,it is THAT serious!
However,this brings me back to another question-or two. Should the club have been more stringent in its application of the post-lockdown directives? Were they made sufficiently clear to the players? Should there have been a daily check-in by every player via a zoom call or a simple,time-stamped,photo of them at home? Should we,in fact,not be holding player passports in the company safe for safe-keeping,as I believe used to happen throughout the game in the past,a move designed to prevent the players from turning up at the airport for a European tie without their passports? Seems a bit draconian now,but no-one had any problem with it in the past.
I don’t pretend to have the answers here,but then I don’t have to. I’m not the one who gets paid the big bucks to think these things through,either in advance to prevent such problems arising in the first place,or when dealing with the fallout afterwards. I do know though that measures have to be put in place to prevent a repeat.
And this brings me to another question. Not what Bolingoli was doing in Spain last week,but what he was doing being awarded a fat juicy contract at Celtic FC in the first place. This is a player who I can honestly say that I have NEVER ONCE seen have a decent display for us. In fact,I’ll go further. I’ve never once seen him do anything during a game which makes me think-nice one,son. His performances so far have been one long rinse and repeat of him running up the left flank and then either losing the ball by running into an opponent or passing it and standing there watching hide the move peters out. Either way,he is consistently caught out of position when the opposition break,stranded up the field and unable to help his fellow defenders out. I thought Olivier Tebily was bad,but at least he could tackle and clear a corner-it was his concentration which was a problem,give him time on the ball to think and he would invariably make the wrong decision.
Mark Viduka made us a profit and scored some goals for us,but I wish he had never been near the club,and don’t get me started on Rafael Scheidt. And I can probably go back to Jim Plumrose in 1983,for instance,as another who could come into the picture for that accolade,our worst-ever signing. Our readers will no doubt be able to rhyme off a lot more contenders,but for me Bolingoli has exceeded all our expectations in this one.
Our worst-ever signing,made all the worse by being the replacement for our best left back in half a century. It makes me weep,and I hope that whichever processes were followed which allowed his signing have been drastically tightened up so that there is no repeat of this fiasco. The question isn’t whether he should be sacked,it’s what he was doing wearing The Hoops in the first place.
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