Back to basics
The international break is drawing to a close,and most of the players will be at Lennoxtown today and tomorrow as we prepare for an important day out at The Victorian Lavvy,TM ACGR. Is this our most important game of the season?
Well,only until the next one-we’ve had a few of them before! If we win,it consolidates our hold on the league title-which would likely mean that the semi-final in a fortnight then becomes our most important game of the season. And if we win that,so then too does the final become our most important game of the season!
Dare we mention The T-Word?
April will give us a very good guide to that,and maybe it isn’t such a bad idea to post this article today instead of tomorrow! Two important games in a fortnight,with the possibility that the third will take place a fortnight later.
Ooooops,there isnae a 31st of April,is there? And anyway,the cops are never too keen on having an O** F*** game on a Bank Holiday Weekend under any circumstances. Too many breakfasts to deliver over the weekend long lie,I reckon. But if we win on Sunday,they dare not leave our league rematch at Celtic Park till the 8th of May as it could well be the day that we officially win the title.
Play it on the 24th of April,that could see the rest of the season as a damp squib,so the SPFL have a bit of a quandary. But despite the facts suggesting otherwise,the SPFL consider themselves no fools. They have pressed the nuclear button and gone for their only realistic option.
Alert Level One,Code Red. Call for Willie Collum!
The Blue Crew appointments of such as Beaton,McLean,Madden or Robertson-add as many names as you like to the list-won’t do. Too obvious. It would put them under too much pressure. Imagine trying to decide when the first red card will be awarded,the first penalty,the first disallowed goal? It makes those betbuilder things a tad difficult. Plus,there’s a Skulls meeting down the ludj at 10am,first Sunday of the month. Who ya gonna call?
Groundhog Day! (You sure?-ed)
IF Celtic win,note the capitals,the ball is so much in our court. That is not an option for the upper echelons in Scotland. It is certainly not an option at Ibrox either. They NEED this title to get their hands on the CL money,pay off the loan sharks. If they get the £40m,then they are free to carry on,hoping that they can double up the following season. It’s only fair after all,if I’m honest-they’ve contributed more than us recently to that fabled coefficient.
And if they get their hands on it twice in a row,their books will be approaching the black,on pretty much the same terms as ours. Their nightmare though is losing out on that £40m twice,and us getting our hands on it. That’s £80m to us,and £80m less of their debt paid off. That’s a helluva swing on,effectively,a few games.
And one in particular. Sunday. Hence Collum.
I actually think Collum is probably the best referee in Scotland,even if prone to losing control of games sometimes. Generally,he applies the rules and does so without fear or favour. But only in the low-pressure ones. Post him to European or international matches,he falls apart. High profile and Oor Wullie do not mix. Basically,he is a spineless jellyfish (they all are,ffs-ed) and therefore just the man for Sunday. He will by nature refuse to make a decision which just might see him pilloried in the SMSM,so it’s not like anyone needs to lean on him. The others I’ve mentioned would automatically take the decision that is best for Rangers,their team. Some,like Clancy and Walsh,would take the decision that is best for their career.
Collum just wants the paycheck and an easy life. I can’t blame him for that. But that’s SEVEN referees I’ve mentioned whose ability to do their job in any game involving Celtic and Rangers,much less them playing against each other,is compromised by the favouritism shown in Scotland to our soo’side “rivals”.
Would you rather have a biased referee-pick a card,any card!-,a career builder or that spineless jellyfish? Or would you prefer that somewhere along the line,our club had spoken out about refereeing standards,stamped their feet and nipped this in the bud years,decades,ago?
Every week we see both teams being refereed to different standards. Every week,the fans and the bloggers kick up about it. Every week,the SMSM highlight the slightest discrepancy in our favour while ignoring the constant elbows,number of penalties,you name it,seen when watching their favourites.
Don’t blame Willie Collum for his performance on Sunday. Our club have facilitated it for years.
Above article by BMCUWP