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Greenock MSP credits Sturgeon’s attack on Celtic for Newco action

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In August, after Celtic suspended and fined Boli Bolingoli for breaking isolation rules, Nicola Sturgeon postponed two Celtic games and took the opportunity at her daily press briefing to grandstand on the issue, condemning “privileged football players…. incapable of living up to their responsibilities.”

Earlier this month, when Newco suspended and fined Jordan Jones and George Edmundson after police action, Sturgeon took a completely different course.  She made no comment instead allowing her Government spokesperson to support the club:  “We commend Rangers [sic.] for taking such swift and decisive action in this instance, to protect the rest of their squad and wider public.”

Until now, no one from the SNP has been prepared to answer questions on why their leader was prepared to stick the boot into Celtic, postpone their games and grab a microphone to declare it, then praise Newco for acting in the exact same way after a rule break.

Yesterday, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, wrote to a CQN’er with this nonsense:

“What the First Minister is recognising, is that as a result of the Scottish Government’s response to the Celtic and Aberdeen players’ breaches, the SFA and Scottish football clubs have taken a more robust approach to ensuring their players follow the COVID-19 rules in place for them, and where a breach has occurred, clubs are prepared to take swift action.

“That is why Rangers were commended for their recent response.”

They are giving Nicola Sturgeon the credit for the reaction of Newco – which is a fantasy – and they are even claiming her banning of Celtic games was responsible.  He did not care enough, or seem to notice, that Celtic and Newco were treated differently.

Sturgeon screwed up.  Her gut reaction to the Bolingoli breach was to rush to the podium and vent, when Jones and Edmundson she drooled support at Newco’s same reaction to Celtic’s.  Celtic were an easy target but she should have said nothing if she was not prepared to treat other clubs (or just club) the same way.  This is your Government.

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  1. A couple of weeks ago a fair number of us hoped/wanted to see Neil being replaced to allow a new coach/manager a bit of time to prepare for the next round of games.

     

    As I recall, the gamble to stick was being outweighed by the gamble to twist.

     

     

    With that in mind, has the league win at Fir Park and the two weeks “off” changed opinions?

     

    I assume 1-2 losses between now and end of December will make it almost impossible to “stick” but probably too late to “twist”.

     

    The die has been cast.

  2. I would still hail Paul Mcstay as my favourite Celt of all time that I’ve seen play. Silky. Football Intelligence. Class. Professional. True Celt. Vision. Ability enabling applying said Vision. 60 yard diaganal pass on the deck splitting midfield and defence. Lastly, a bit like Calmac, he seamed to care about how the ball was received by his peers from his pass. Making them look like they had a good touch.

  3. Back in the 80s which striker really, really got you excited:

     

    Charlie Nicholas

     

    Frank McGarvey

     

    George McCluskey

     

    Brian Mclair

     

    Andy Walker

     

    Frank MacAvennie

     

    Mo Johnson

     

     

    The cannonball kid for me but what a conveyor belt of talent we had.

  4. CONEYBHOY on 18TH NOVEMBER 2020 3:07 PM

     

    CORKCELT on 18TH NOVEMBER 2020 1:08 PM

     

     

    At a more Global Level I would love to see an Independent Scotland & the total break up of the UK but all these decisions are a matter for Scottish people and Scottish people alone.

     

     

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    interestingly, the definition above was not used in the 2014 Referendum. At that vote it was ‘people living in Scotland’ who were the electorate , hence Scots in other parts of the UK or abroad had no vote and non-Scots living in Scotland got a vote.

     

     

    The latter quirk was not controversial but the former was

     

     

    My view is that anyone who was born in Scotland and still lives in he UK should have a vote and all ex pats within 15 years of leaving (same as current rules on ex pats voting in GEs and Refs)

     

     

    lol 😊a United Ireland referendum has just been announced.i put you in charge of it

     

    How do you define the diaspora there? would or should they have a vote….from all sides

     

     

    simple enough to just take the voting reg that exists imo.step outside and your on shoogly ground.

     

     

    hh

  5. We’re is all the lads and lassies that were in Tommy Sheridans Party,who incidentally were the ones who got rid off Sheridan ,They should if they are still in politics form another Political Party to Challenge the SNP ,Torys,etc,Scottish Labour Party independent from The Westminister Labour Party,who again put a puppet Leonard in charge ,like Corbyn another disaster who really didn’t have a clue,

  6. onenightinlisbon on

    DENIABHOY on 18TH NOVEMBER 2020 7:11 PM

     

     

    As one who wanted him gone I wish him all the best and hope that the international break has rejuvenated the squad. We all want the ten that’s for sure.

  7. GREENPINATA on 18TH NOVEMBER 2020 3:31 PM

     

    Interesting: circa 70% of the Scotland team aren’t eligable for a vote in any independence referendum

     

     

    no luck eh.

     

    but i hope like myself having 5 years darn sarf they contribute honestly in taxes to the benefit of us all.

     

     

    hh

  8. glendalystonsils on

    DENIABHOY

     

     

    There was never going to be any twisting , even if Chubby Checker himself joined the board .

     

    It was always a case of stick through thick and thin , while hoping to hell the answer was not thin .

     

     

    We showed some reaction against Motherwell without looking like the real deal . Things are still very much in the balance and may depend on what the huns do , as much as what we do.

  9. DENIABHOY on 18TH NOVEMBER 2020 7:28 PM

     

    Back in the 80s which striker really, really got you excited:

     

     

     

     

    Charlie Nicholas

     

     

     

     

    Frank McGarvey

     

    George McCluskey

     

     

    Brian Mclair

     

     

    Andy Walker

     

    Frank MacAvennie

     

    Mo Johnson

     

     

    The cannonball kid for me but what a conveyor belt of talent we had.

     

     

    i agree.Nicholas in his early years was something else,had a way of doin hard things simply as well as the simple things.a natural.

     

    Dunno how many times ‘did he just do that.last goal v huns 4-2 etc.an individual tho.

     

     

    Brian McClair for all round contribution to the team and goals.a great footballer,no headlines just goal scoring consistently

     

    to agree.Nicholas in his early years was something else,had a way of doin hard things simply as well as the simple things.a natural.

     

    Dunno how many times ‘did he just do that.last goal v huns 4-2 etc.an individual tho.

     

     

    hh

  10. Scotland looking a bit like us – better team but likely to lose a goal to Israel’s first shot on target

     

     

    Playing well – Ryan a standout again

  11. Israel masters of the ‘fall down and scream’ approach which Referees really swallow when there are no fans

  12. Smug commentator reminds us that Marshall plays in the ‘second tier’ of English football

     

    We don’t need buffoon Borris to wip up resentment

  13. Our final ball has been lamentable. A bit of composure and we could have been 2 up. We look punchless. Agree with JINKYREDSTAR. The first belter of a shot from Israel will probably go in. As it stands, we will not win the Group.

     

    And there it is!

  14. That commentator on SKY ,been a pain for a long time,needs to be replaced,same as Provan,Switched over to the Ireland game,right away Big Duffy another mistake,If I was Lennon and Hoping to keep my job,I would cut my losses,and if it’s possible send Duffy back to Brighton in January,he really is a bombscare,

  15. I can’t be bothered googling it myself, bit isn’t it in the best interest of nations of Scotland’s level to not get promoted from their NL group, and wouldn’t relegation make their task of qualifying for the next Euros easier.

     

     

    These teams are never going to top the normal Euro qualifying groups, so there only chance is via the seeded league/tourney thing they’ve just completed.

     

     

    The better seeded Scotland are the harder it will be for them to qualify via the seeded league/tourney.

     

     

    Or am I talking nonsense?? :O)

  16. prestonpans bhoys on

    Jinky

     

     

    No idea why it takes this manager to put his best striker on the park, 89 minutes😵 perhaps

  17. Ye should be following the Irish Team, last goal 3rd Sept from the much maligned Duffy, since then 6 games no goals.

     

    Tonight game seven, scoreline at half time, you guessed it nil all.

  18. PP Bhoys

     

    Agreed – right now nothing matters – Czeks have won if Scotland don’t win so – go fir it – straight down their throats- if we lose – so what

  19. SAINT STIVS on 18TH NOVEMBER 2020 6:53 PM

     

     

     

    ‘Am I really to believe that the Nationalist party are courting the Orange vote by “punishing Celtic” ?’

     

     

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    Maybe not the Orange vote.

     

     

    More likely to be the more moderate wing of the hun support.

     

     

    The SNP’s success is based on them being all things to all people, so this initiative would be totally in keeping with that approach.

  20. glendalystonsils on

    PRESTONPANS BHOYS on 18TH NOVEMBER 2020 8:39

     

     

    He’s more likely to bring on McBurnie . If he does , hell mend him.

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