I know I’m not the only one who was keen on a league challenge this season, preferably from Aberdeen, not the effervescent Hamilton Accies, who made some early running. Aberdeen, of all other Scottish clubs, have the potential to push Celtic further.
That all came tumbling down during the steak pie yesterday, as I watched scores on my phone. A challenge is OK, but the temerity to go top of the league in January is something else.
Celtic had largely sorted their early season performance problems but an undeserved defeat at Dundee United and a wholly deserved point for Ross County opened the door to Aberdeen, who have threatened to get their act together for 18 months and finally appear to be delivering. The frustrating thing for Ronny Deila and his squad, is that Aberdeen will fancy their chances in all of their upcoming games, while it’s another 8 weeks before Celtic will have an opportunity to take points off them.
Some of us pondered that we need competition to sharpen wits and muscles. It’s welcome, although I may reconsider if we’re not back on top after the Aberdeen game on 28th Feb.
Anyone fretting about the prospects of Four-in-a-Row is respectfully invited to get a grip of themselves.
Neil Doncaster, what a wit*. He sat in the meeting which rejected newco Rangers’ (then Sevco Scotland’s) application to join the SPL in place of oldco Rangers, who were then on their way to liquidation.
Doncaster met Craig Whyte along with SPL chairman Ralph Topping, in London in October 2011 when Whyte laid his cards on the table – and co-opted Doncaster into selling his doomsday scenario:
‘We’re going down the lavvy, the world will end, but you two can sort it all out, let me flush the detritus and nip into the SPL as though nothing had happened.’
He even suggested the whole episode would be over and done with within three months. Doncaster was caught in the headlights, dreading having to lose a club midseason, and no doubt had genuine doomsday fears, he folded in the face of that cunning operator, Craig Whyte, and tried to sell Whyte’s plan to SPL clubs. He failed, after considerable fan pressure.
Yesterday’s interview contained nothing he didn’t say two years ago, but it’s timing raises questions over what exactly he’s doing for his salary, that an inexperienced gardener couldn’t do.
For the record: Rangers appointed a liquidator and changed their name. Sevco Scotland applied for and received conditional membership to the SFA and Scottish Football League. They received permission from Rangers administrators to use the name ‘Rangers’. The newco played its first game against Brechin City….. then oldco Rangers had their SFA membership rescinded. Oldco and Newco existed as two separate members of the SFA at the same time.
Not since the Big Man explained transubstantiation has anyone tried to sell the same story. Until Whyte and Doncaster. Explain the simultaneous memberships – and we might take you seriously, otherwise, leave that patter for off-mic. comments to eager Bears.
*edited for appropriateness.