I’ve just killed my laptop, which means I am putting this together on my phone.
So apologies in advance if my delicate touch on the smaller keypad leads to mistakes. Which, of course, hardly ever happened when I used the laptop.
Dairy or diary? Or am I just milking it?
The weekend saw Celtic beat Kilmarnock and “rangers ” overcome Aberdeen.
Not surprisingly, Celtic had a couple of goals chalked off which have largely gone unnoticed in the media as they prefer to focus on the penalty incident when a Kilmarnock defender fell over when Georgios Giakoumakis blew lovingly in his ear…like you’re supposed to do to the guy in front of you at the cashpoint to let him know you’re not a threat.
This incident has been mentioned in the press as a sort of evening up where VAR decisions are concerned, as it as late in the game.
A penalty to Kilmarnock may have led to extra time, but since the Ayrshire side were already carrying one injured player having used all their substitutes, the result would still have been formality.
With Derek McInnes opting to play the talentless but enthusiastic Kyle Lafferty instead of someone whose love for his own club was greater than his hatred for Celtic, Kilmarnock were always going to be up against it.
When Lafferty played the ball to Daezen Maeda for the opening goal, he joined the evergrowing list of unpopular Ibrox heroes who have registered assists for the Parkhead club.
With popular chunkster Alfredo Morelos already on that list, who would bet against the lovable Ryan Kent whipping in a cross for Carl Starfelt to open the scoring in the final
I guess that’s the next best thing for players who thought they were joining a big club in Glasgow with a proud history, but ended up at Ibrox instead.
VAR helped ” rangers ” in their game against Aberdeen as much as it hindered Celtic in theirs
Ryan Kent avoided scrutiny for his punch on Liam Scales, and then there was the astonishing revelation that someone had forgotten to put ten bob in the meter, which caused the system to crash.
Further proof, if it were needed , that those in charge of Scottish football would struggle to run a bath.
Keith Jackson, in his popular ( told you there would be errors in this diary) Daily Record column claimed the Georgios Giakoumakis penalty incident showed Celtic and the support could now put their VAR paranoia to bed
As long as he and his spineless colleagues still refer to the basket of assets bought by Charles Green from the liquidators of Rangers as Rangers, then our paranoia will still be downstairs making another drink before even thinking of going to bed.
Recent debate, partly fuelled by a delighted media that all could still crumble at Celtic with the departure on the cheap of Georgios Giakoumakis , has reached a level of hysteria as fans blame the board for letting him.go
The player has not attracted bids in the region that his goalscoring record would suggest.
By a remarkable coincidence, he didn’t attract those sort of bids when he was top scorer in the more competitive Dutch league with lowly VVV .
Which suggests that we took a chance on him, fully aware we were buying a package rhat others were less interested in
And it hasn’t worked out, so it’s best if we all move on and the club cuts it’s losses, even though we haven’t lost anything.
There is often more to things than meets the eye
After all, Leigh Griffiths scored two astonishing goals against England, and not one English club put in an offer….
Sometimes we just have to accept that our manager…and even board, sometimes, know a wee bit more than we do.