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The Blarney Lament.

 

Ra Brave Bhoys had just thrashed Aberdeen 1-0 and misty eyed Pat began the Blarney Lament. Surely, Steve Clarke will be interested in David Turnbull. "he's the first name on Neil Lennon's team sheet"? Last night's result had put Pat in a maudlin mood, he eulogised Sellik's February form, five wins in a row and wondered aloud, "why couldn't Neil get this reaction last month"?. Pat explained ra Sellik had dropped nine points in January and introduced ifs, buts, and maybes. If ra Sellik had only dropped three points, but circumstances like Dubai, and maybe pressure could have been put on Rangers.

 

Uninterrupted and unchallenged, Pat concluded, "we know Rangers react badly to the pressure of a challenge, I mean there are still two remaining games against Rangers and if only, well it's a pity Celtic could not find this form earlier".  Oh Pat, you're just saying what the Gang Hut are thinking. Sincerely, I hope the hope does not kill you.

 

Herculean Effort?

 

It began on Sunday evening, Rangers issued a Tweet stating awareness of a party involving players and fixed penalties. It ended promising an internal investigation. By Monday morning, BBC Scotland had the party as both their lead news and sports story. Further, the party featured as a news story on the BBC UK news and led the BBC UK sports. Similarly, BBC websites and CeeFax prominently reported the party. I do not know the machinations, but I suspect BBC has a bidding system ie one of the regions pitches a story and extrapolates on the probabilities of the story rapidly expanding to having national consequences. A Senior Editor at PQ went out on a limb to guarantee such UK coverage.

 

By early Monday afternoon, BBC Scotland's Sports Correspondent, Chris McLaughlin was ready to add much needed momentum to the story. He told  the Midday News Bulletin, previous transgressions by footballers during lockdown had seen the First Minister issue a yellow card, could a red card be forthcoming? Chris attended the FM's daily Covid briefing and asked the second question. Nicola's dozen second answer was a couple of lines about elite athletes and footballers, delivered by disdainful wave of a hand. All momentum had evaporated.

 

Again, I do not know the machinations, but I suspect David Graham played the game extremely well. The Tweet seized the narrative, then the paucity of information only allowed speculation. We did not know all the names involved until Gerrard's Presser. PQ's Herculean efforts to bump Rangers into a statement failed and I suspect, has queered their relationship somewhat with Salford? Promising something they could not deliver. 

 

Out with PQ, hand picked usual suspects willingly lent their shoulders to the wheel.  There were Monday morning articles/columns from Ewing Grahame, Alison McConnell, and Catriona Stewart(Gregor Cox). They all speculated(expected) the FM to shut down Scottish football because of Rangers players' actions. Dubai hardly merited a mention. They were sold the pup of false hope and it will be a little harder to convince their Editors of the newsworthyness of the next Rangers Bad story. 

 

Such effort should be recognised and acknowledged. We should remember Hercules expired because of acquired poison from Hydra's blood. The Gang Hut's poison pens will write their own demise.

 

 

The Labours of Hercules.

 

I am sure more than a few Gersnetters had to endure what used to be called, 'a classical education'? I cannot remember 99% of my school timetables, but I do still have the occasional nightmare over my third year, Every Monday morning began with triple Latin. It ruined my football playing weekends. These last several years I feel cheated by BBC Scotland, but also with my education. I was taught their were 12 Labours of Hercules, however it has become apparent that the Greek God(let's call him Chris) had a thirteenth. As well as slaying bulls, boars, lions, hydras, ....... etc, Chris scrupulously adheres to, 'putting the continuous boot into the H-u-ns'.

 

It has been over five years since Chris attended Ibrox or Auchenhowie. In a show of solidarity, no BBC Scotland Journo attends Rangers Pressers. Providing information to Rangers supporters is not even an after thought. Our contract is with PQ, we pay our License Fee, they provide us with a service. Why are BBC Scotland Journos attending Royal Antwerp's Pressers? Not one of them has met and questioned Steven Gerrard, but they hang on every word uttered by Franky Vercauteren. I am sure this was just a bit of foresight in possibly exploiting the party story?

 

I will need to recheck Hercules, what happened when his bird spent a month on the island of Lesbos? Did it end well Chris?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the trouble is pat celtc still haven't won a hard game all season. 

 

It's almost March. 

 

I doubt that will change anytime soon. 

 

In fairness their next 3 are easy before they hit a run of hard ones. 

 

 

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We are 15 minutes into tonight's Sportsound.

 

David Currie hosting, with Michael Stewart and Richard Foster commenting.

 

Michael Stewart thinks our second penalty is NOT a penalty in his opinion. He knows it's a penalty under the Laws of the game, but what can a player do when a ball is fired at him?

 

Richard Foster points out Seck was cautioned because he prevented a goal bound strike from hitting the net. 

 

Michael hums, haws and accepts the Ref' has to award it, but it's still NOT a penalty in his opinion. Then, he says Davis did make contact with the Antwerp player, it's soft and VAR cannot over turn the Ref's decision.

 

Richard Foster claimed the Belgian player took a ridiculous dive.

 

It's get better, Rangers first penalty was again a penalty under the Laws, but the pull on his jersey did not alter his run.

 

Foster did not bother engaging, why would he?

 

At least Michael is consistent on BBC Scotland.

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Need to cut Mikey some slack here. It must have been a hard watch for him, trying to find fault with Morelos last night. Random bookings, dreadful challenges unpunished plus a sending off but the Columbian didn't feature in any of them!

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BBC article about last night:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56123622

 

Leon Balogun, 32, took over at right-back and Gerrard has "no issues" with deploying the Nigeria defender there.

"He did that in this German days," Gerrard said of the ex-Mainz player.

"We've also got Ryan Jack, whose done it previously. We want to keep Jacko where he is and we don't want to put him back to using him as a right-back, same with Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield. We have got options in there; they're not the ideal options in terms of the midfield lads."

 

Can any illiterate muppet get a job with the Beeb these days?

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12 hours ago, Gonzo79 said:

BBC article about last night:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56123622

 

Leon Balogun, 32, took over at right-back and Gerrard has "no issues" with deploying the Nigeria defender there.

"He did that in this German days," Gerrard said of the ex-Mainz player.

"We've also got Ryan Jack, whose done it previously. We want to keep Jacko where he is and we don't want to put him back to using him as a right-back, same with Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield. We have got options in there; they're not the ideal options in terms of the midfield lads."

 

Can any illiterate muppet get a job with the Beeb these days?

I didn't know this, so I looked it up. 

 

Balogun has played RB 75 times in his career. 

 

Most prominently 21 times in the 14/15 season for Darmstadt in 2.Bundesliga, then 11 times for Mainz in the Bundesliga over the 15/16 and 16/17 seasons. 

 

I'm now quite happy for him to play there. 

 

I would still prefer Patterson to get game-time... the muppet.

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Just a Wednesday morning thought.

 

Neil has resigned as Manager of ra Sellik.

 

How long before Neil enters the PQ Gang Hut?

 

The open, welcoming arms of the Blarney Bhoys, Chris McLaughlin, Cosgrove, ....... etc await. When will the revisionism begin?

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