Nothing To See Here
I don’t like Mondays,as a certain genius could have told you forty-odd years ago. Especially not this season,having had to write match reports for you all which did little more than rub salt into the wounds. I said a week ago that if we hadn’t announced Eddie Howe by the end of the week,we should be looking elsewhere. Particularly Portugal and Marco Silva.
Well,would ya believe it? Another candidate from the same country put his head somewhat surprisingly above the parapet in midweek by announcing that he and Wolves would be parting company.
Can you imagine the uproar amongst the huns if we appointed a man whose surname translates as Holy Spirit? Their wee brains would short circuit faster than the sports journalists in the SMSM who would be forced to call our manager by his first name,Nuno! I’ve been impressed with his man’s progress in the four years he has had in England,taking perennial nearly-men to promotion and then two European qualifications.
The sales of some of his top players plus a few shocking injuries have seen a disappointing mid-table finish this season. I wouldn’t judge him on the latter. I reckon he would be terrific for us,although I also think that the other two mentioned would also be.
Sadly,Espirito Sancto seems to have left the club due to disagreements about transfer budgets. His file at Celtic Park will have been filed in the bin already.
Meanwhile back at the ranch,I also mentioned last week that “Operation Lie-and-deflect” was well under way. In fairness to the politicians who had already spoken out about the anti-Irish Catholic bigotfest last weekend,none of them has backed down,and indeed have continued to force the point home.
Did I say politicians? Still not many,still not enough-but it’s a start. That they continue to speak out is courageous,even though their voices should actually be lost in the cacophony of outrage at events. As would be the case elsewhere,for instance…
While Humza Yousaf wasn’t a lone voice in his own party the SNP,it was certainly the loudest. And he continues to double down on his words of a week ago,despite being reshuffled from Justice Minister (in charge of policing,btw!) to Health. Others from all parties could learn from him and Patrick Harvie of The Greens,those whose silence will be remembered-that’s most of the bloody rest of them!
Dishonourable exception is accorded the the Scottish Tories,who seem to think that anyone waving a Union Jack is alright by them and exempt from the law. And any investigation is a witch hunt.
Just to add to the Twilight Zone feel of all this,the cops announced the completion of an investigation into the party and singsong INSIDE the players lounge last weekend. All clearly captured on audiovisual playback. Admittedly,it may be difficult to accurately pinpoint who was singing certain lyrics-or who wasn’t!-but an indoor gathering,and with alcohol in a licensed premise,is quite clearly a starter for ten on criminal charges.
Police Scotland-exhibiting a most unusual alacrity-have concluded their investigations,and told the world that there is no evidence of criminality. And no,I’m not bloody kidding either!
I see no ships! At least Nelson was still willing to use his one good eye at times. Police Scotland are fast making themselves hot favourites for Episode Four of a recent BBC2 documentary series,and I’m frankly amazed that they haven’t been featured already. Just coincidence that Humza Yousaf had been removed as the appropriate minister? Oh,I wish…
Last but not least arrived yesterday in the papers. One piece from a journalist of 50 years experience may have been long overdue-it is!-but it was welcome nevertheless. This man has used his position more than most in newspapers and radio to push the concept that “they’re both as bad as each other”. Thanks for speaking out,Hugh. Took your time to do so,but at least you did.
However,the most shameful episode of the last week or so arrived in The Scotsman,which had given us some hard-hitting articles during the period. I can only suggest that they owed their former editor a favour or money or something. And while it would be wrong to assume that some old polaroids were involved,I would love to know the justification for perhaps the most disgraceful and inflammatory words I have read in a supposedly serious newspaper for a long long time. Read them and weep-that someone would actually put their name to this,that a newspaper would publish it,or that he is actually an elected official in this self-styled Greatest Wee Country in the World.
‘But having stood in the Celtic end at an Old Firm cup final (I lost a bet) and heard fans talking about stabbing Protestants, don’t tell me sectarianism is a one-way street.’
Operation Lie-and-deflect. It’s A Wonderful World…
Above article by BMCUWP