The litany of recent disasters to lower league opposition in the Scottish Cup, that is always read out when Celtic face a smaller club, on this occasion only served to underline what a solid performance the team gave against Peterhead. After a brief alarm 42 seconds into the game Celtic were in complete control and apart from Joe ‘Could’ve been a Contender’ Ledley, looked like they enjoyed their trip to the North East.
Neither Paddy McCourt, Emilio Izaguirre nor Kelvin Wilson were particularly exuberant during the exercise, but they will have benefited from the 90 minutes, just as James Forrest and Gary Hooper will benefit from the rest.
For Celtic, focus is now on Dundee United on Saturday. Meanwhile, Rangers’ Nikica Jelavic has been giving a similar message to the Croatian media, while speaking about his dream of a move to England and how Rangers may prefer a 25 point penalty and a suspension from Europe to paying a hefty tax bill:
“A transfer to England attracts me very much. I have dreamed about this for years. My aim is to move to a bigger club who play regularly in Europe, I want to shape up.
“The truth is that Rangers struggle with very deep financial problems. They owe 50 million euro in taxes, although there are a few different scenarios as to how this could be resolved.
“If they could get some money from my transfer they could pay-off part of the debts they accumulated through the years. There is also talk of bankruptcy.
“If I move it will be decision of the owners of the club.
“One potential outcome might be a 25 point penalty and one year suspension from Europe, which could be a better outcome than paying 50 million euro in tax.
“The team is focused on training and playing. We would like to stay together and fight for the title.”
I have to agree, a 25 point penalty, with single season consequences, sounds like a very attractive outcome for Rangers, who are away to St Johnstone at lunchtime on Saturday.
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