Great talent deserve a stage, even if its owner is not worthy


I see former Celtic youth prodigy Islam Feruz has been talking to the media. He has taken the Liam Miller football career path, hyped beyond belief at Celtic, disappear into anonymity at an English club, before pitching up at Hibs.

Feruz, who turns 20 tomorrow, is three years younger than Miller was when he left Celtic, so the Somali-born Scotland-eligible player has time on his side, but apart from a bank account which few leaving their 20s could scarcely imagine, and no doubt plenty of life experiences of living as a young footballer in London, the script thus far could have been so much better for the player.

I watched him at youth level and it was clear he had more ability than any of his peer group, but turning a school leaver into a great talent takes more than inherited gifts. It requires work, sacrifice and a willingness to learn. Scottish football’s folklore is full of tales of unfulfilled potential.

There’s no love lost with Feruz. He took what was on offer from Celtic and left the moment he was able to sign for an English club, but I hope he makes it, both at Hibs this season and thereafter as a great player. Great talents deserve a stage, even if its owner is not always worthy.


Thanks to everyone who got the ball rolling yesterday with our Walfrid and Directors’ Box hospitality auction for the Foundation, and special thanks to club sponsor Intelligent Car Leasing, who provided the prize.  It’s a money-can’t-buy experience for three people to enjoy, so eat, drink and enjoy – but you’ll need to bid here first.

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  1. Interesting musings on what our team will be on Sat.



    Remember when we used to not have to think about it in the 80s?



    Also, we knew which side of the pitch they would play and knew who was right footed and left footed.



    I have to google to remind myself on the footed question, but that might be an age thing

  2. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Well, well. It seems the media are outraged about football players eating unhealthy food.


    Would this be the SAME media that only a year ago were lampooning CELTIC MANAGER Ronny Deila for suggesting that players should eat healthy food and that plenty of top players in the past had had poor diets. Surely not…….?

  3. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Apologies TOMMIE20



    Ach yer only a wean on here , I was speaking to Oldtim this morning

  4. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    I passed Judith in Argyle St at lunchtime (assuming it’s her doing the weather).



    Strutting her stuff for the workies

  5. Thanks for advice, I will try it later?


    Ruggygman, sadly my spewing capabilities far outweigh my footballing ones

  6. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on 9th September 2015 7:01 pm






    I FOLLOWED Judith in Argyle St at lunchtime (assuming it’s her doing the weather).



    Strutting her stuff for the workies






    Fixed that for you ;))

  7. BT…



    I was speaking to my mate in work yesterday, he was an S form goalkeeper at Celtic when your dad was there (JQ) spoke highly of your da.



    The subject came up as he was telling me he read your dads book on holiday last week.



    Funny thing is he’s only about 5 foot 8, maybe why he didn’t make the grade professionally.

  8. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    Not enough left footers in the Hoops just now lol






    Talking of Books, you never replied to my text…:)


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  10. Freuz: I attended the Young Scot of the Year awards just before he left Celtic. He was like a Hollywood pre-madonnas and sent his mum to get the award.


    Wouldn’t have him in a Celtic shirt- I believe people know right from wrong at quite an early age – after that it’s just an excuse.

  11. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    I’ll ask him how you can get it


    We are going to Liverpool at weekend so not happy he isissing trip to Aberdeen

  12. Anyroadup, why the hell are we reading about Chelsea players ?


    Don’t we have any decent talent we could be talking about, I mean that young left back Tierney scored a cracker from the half way line a couple of weeks back and had an outstanding introduction in his maiden first team appearance followed by a four year deal. And here we are reading and talking about a loan player in the second teir of Scottish football.



    Thanks mate, really appreciate it.


    Tell him I called him a Part-time Supporter…but I’ll be there…:)


    Hope Liverpool is good.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  14. out toddlin here, did i hear Alex Rae talk bout contracts/privacy there on clyde in reference to the cheeky £18,000 a week gardener?


    he seemed to pause knowingly as tho contracts/payments,diggin himself a hole,ending’howd aw this get out in open anyhowz’


    ach maybe it was just me,


    i wonder if it will be on doonload




  15. Blantyretim. I know this sounds pathetic but, how do I get to Sports. I have a screen with Pictures, videos, music, programs and system on it, what next?. Told you I was not good at this!!

  16. Ach bugger it, spent half an hour getting shunted off, redirected and logging in to read about other teams players. Think I’d be better getting an early night.


    Night night n hail hail timdom

  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on




    My machine came fully loaded so not sure mate


    Sorry I can’t help you but hang around and one of the bhoys will assist you

  18. lennon's passion on

    Hearing at least one player complaining off record to press about the diet the players are being told to follow.



    Celtic underground

  19. lennon's passion on

    Hearing rumours that a few of the medical staff might be moving on.



    Celtic underground

  20. Clunks


    I didn’t with the iphone.


    I did with the camera, on the site I have my shop, they have an app called fotofuze, it works a treat, I can make the pics look much better and bigger, since I have revamped my shop, I have been getting much more hits, the sales are also creeping up as well, like everything it takes time.


    You have mail.



  21. Blantyretim.


    Cheers I will keep trying, I can always call the grand kids if all else fails, it’s the pity in their voices when explaining it that gets me.


    Hail Hail

  22. Captain Beefheart on

    Any player not happy with Ronny can do one. Open war should be declared on any fatso, waster or barfly who undermines Ronny in the press.