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

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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.

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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. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    SALTIRESINSEVILLA

     

     

    SSSHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

     

     

    (Don’t tell everybody,they’ll all want to come. It will put the beer prices up,that!)

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 10TH SEPTEMBER 2015 11:57 AM

     

     

    Mate.

     

    Michael Foot revisited.

  3. Just as an add on to the other comments to try and be constructive.

     

     

    The pop up ads are disconcerting, I have trust issues over any site that loads stuff you didn’t intend to load, with sound now too is definitely intrusive.

     

     

    Totally understand it needs to pay for itself as an absolute minimum so not sure what the answer is but interactive advertising will make me visit more infrequently as won’t fit some circumstances. I’d rather subscribe or attend an annual fundraiser and be ad free.

  4. I don’t really have any strong feelings about Islam Feruz leaving to get better money, if that’s why he went. You win some and you lose some. I never saw him play, but note that he’s playing in the Scottish 2nd division after failing to secure a start at 3 other minor clubs last year. So I’m not sure what’s meant by saying “Great talent deserves a stage”. The talent is unproven and the stage is rather small. Football is strewn with talented kids who achieved little or nothing – for all sorts of reasons. Talent is important but determination and attitude are required to showcase that talent. Best of luck to him.

  5. Ayrshire?

     

     

    Moved there in 1962 from GREENock.

     

     

    To a wee genteel toon called Troon.

     

     

    Heaven.

     

     

    Then they sent me to a Catholic secondary school in Kilwinning in 1966.

     

     

    Never been the same since.

     

     

    HH!!

  6. Philbhoy …my thoughts are with you and yours ….

     

     

    been awa fir a wee bit ….and bhoys if you could plug me into the Grid ….there wid be nae watter needing pumped on the lochs ….

     

     

    aye braw

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