Celtic Diary Wednesday May 1: Guess Who’s Back..
John Beaton will referee the game against Aberdeen on this weekend.
Already Police Scotland are doing practice runs to get him to the ground safely.
Incidentally, the men behind the text messages that changed his life when they morphed from offensive to death threats in the way only the mainstream media can explain, have yet be named or sentenced.
But clearly the poor man is over it now and no longer under 24 hour police protection.
They weren’t, of course, but with Collum under pressure from “rangers ” for not doing as he’s told, the spotlight had to fall in such a way to reflect, er, balance.
By the way, fair play to aberdeen for the matchday prgramme cover ….
The passing of Stevie Chalmers has lead to calls for an investigation into the correlation between former footballers and dementia.
Martyn McLaughlin in the Scotsman is quite scathing…
The fact both McNeill and Chalmbers died from degenerative brain conditions in quick succession is cause for scepticism as well as sorrow. Such a tragedy summons up several pertinent questions about football and dementia that have for too long gone unanswered.
Anyone in doubt as to the flippancy with which the game’s governing bodies have treated the issue would be best advised recalling the plight of Jeff Astle, the former England and West Bromwich Albion centre forward who died 17 years ago, aged just 59.
A coroner recorded a verdict of “death by industrial disease”, with a neurological expert pointing to “considerable evidence of trauma to the brain”, similar to that experienced by a boxer.
The Football Association, in turn, wrote two letters to the Astle family. The first advised them against taking legal action; the second offered complimentary tickets for an upcoming England friendly.
Graeme Murty: It was easy to return to the Rangers Academy and I’m a better coach for my Ibrox experience
Will the senior players get to see exactly what he means some time soon ?
Could the author, Christoper “union ” Jack be softening up the hordes for the inevitable ?