Although it’s now looking likely that Celtic will regain their title of Scottish champions after a brief interlude, it’s still not certain.
Although Celtic can afford to lose their next two games and still win the title, as long as one of them isn’t against “rangers ” and still win the league, we’d all rather they didn;t, and so a win against St johnstone tomorrow is just as important as the win against “rangers ” last week.
The manager , fortunately, is from outside the Scottish football world which, in the eyes of the media at least, revolves around the two Glasgow clubs, and won;t accept that the job is done until it’s actually done, and with only a smattering of first team players having survived his cull, then it won’t be a lackadaisical performance from the hoops this weekend.
I don;t think he’d allow it, and i don;t think the players know how to lollygag.
But after the ups and downs and excitement of this campaign, i think we could do with some steady performances that bring in the points, and we can leave the excitement for the cup matches.
With Bobby Madden being handed the chance to save his club/company’s season by officiating in the semi final, the extra man in blue could yet make a difference.
But we’ll worry about that when the time comes.
This weekend complete concentration and focus is needed to put a bit more pressure on the fragile mentality at Ibrox by going nine in front, and putting them in a pressure pot at Paisley against St Mirren, where anything less than a win would loosen their grip on their trophy even further.
It looks like Kyogo Fuhruhashi will make an appearance at some point, giving Georgios Giakoumakis a bit of a rest, and let’s face it, the big Greek has earned it.
He picked up the player of the month award for March yesterday, and chise the occasion to hit back at Ryan Jack, who had declared his comments on Celtic being better than the other teams as disrespectful….
“I didn’t make these comments to make anyone angry or feel disrespected by me. I said what I was believing for my team.
“I believe this time we played better as a team, that’s the only thing I said but I can say also now that we played very good football and I believe in my team.
“Every single footballer can say his team is the best. I don’t think this is bad.
Jack had sworn to use those comments to motivate himself against Celtic last week, and they may well have worked. as the midfielder lasted nearly an hour before being retired by his manager.
Giakoumakis continued, emphasising that nothing has been won yet…
” From now on, we have to win the games and do our job.”
“We need to win every single game – that’s our target.
“The target of the team is not just to win the league – it’s to win every single battle from now on until the end.
“This is our job – to focus on the next game – no matter what the last game we played was and how the big the win was.
There will be no stumbling over molehills at the top of the mountain with this guy around.
After the start we had to the season, where some performances were exhilarating and others, well, disappointing, it’s maybe a little bit surreal to think that we’re on the brink of a fifth treble in six years.
In fact, i was contemplating this in a bar last night, and I had to ask the guy next to me to pinch me.
He hit me and called a constable, but the point stands.
We do need to be on our toes, though, as staunch BBC man Scott Mullen said ahead of the Europa quarter final..apaprently it’s still plausible that “rangers “can win a couple of domestic trophies
Then again, he probably still thinks it’s Rangers
Elsewhere, and the piss poor Sky sports Scotland look set to sell the game short again up here by not taking up their option to broadcast their full allocation of 48 games.
They’ve got thirteen left to go, and at this stage of the season, they look unlikely to use those slots.
Of the thirty five games shown, more than half have featured “rangers “, with Celtic only appearing 13 times.
That’s a ridiculous weighting to the two clubs, and even more ridiculous when you consider that the ibrox side lead the way as Sky chooses games that will entertain.
I’ve long since ditched them, choosing not to give them my money so they can give it to English clubs to buy our best players, and maybe it’s time for the authorities to consider either another broadcast partner, or set up a channel of their own.
The channel is selling us short, they don’t promote the game, and they make little attempt to even get the basics right, often getting clubs names wrong, and featuring pictures of players no longer at the club to promote a clubs game.
I’m not even sure they know that Dundee has two football clubs,
Just the fact that the contract once included four Glasgow derbies when technically that couldn;t be guaranteed shows what they are after, and on that basis alone I’d be talking to BT sport, who did a far better job for our game.
It’s not always about money, it’s about what you get as well as the money.
It’s Friday, and it’s time for Etims
Knob of the Week
In the interests of equality, i’m delighted to announce a woman has won it this week, a tremedous step forward in their quest to be recognised as equals, and undoubtedly a landmark decision as the country moves towards mutual respect between the sexes.
As the Evening Times reports….
THE Chase presenter Bradley Walsh was stunned when a Scottish contestant incorrectly answered a major question about Celtic Football Club.
Margo, 53, was in the middle of her cash-builder round and had already potted £2,000 when Bradley asked the question, the Scottish Sun reports.
He asked her what was the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967.
Margo, from Fife, responded: “Manchester United.”
Maybe she’s a staunch supporter of another club/company and cannot bring herself to utter the word Celtic
As the timer sounded, Bradley was completely shocked by the mistake, gazing around the studio in disbelief before revealing the correct answer.
He told her: “Glasgow’s Celtic!”
She replied: “No!
“I’m not a football fan, see that’s the thing.”
Ah, she is a supporter of another club /company
Well done to Margo from Fife…this weeks Etims
Knob of the Week
She did well there, because there was strong competition from this guy…
See, you all thought it was just another thick orc talking shite….you’re all prejudiced and need to take a good look at yourselves.