THE MAIL ONLINE journalist David Kent doesn’t usually write about Scottish football.
His five most recent football articles, before today, had these headlines.
1. QPR consider shock swoop for free agent and former Arsenal outcast Nicklas Bendtner
2. Manchester United transfer target Reece Oxford in no rush to restart contract talks with West Ham
3. West Ham set capacity of 57,000 for first Premier League match at London Stadium
4. Olympic rowing greats agree shock postponement due to high winds in Rio was impossible to avoid
5. Leicester star Jamie Vardy has party held in his honour in Hollywood after holding discussions over film of his life
So it is fair to say that the game North of the Border isn’t high on his list of priorities.
Yet today, as interest in the Glasgow Derby mounts, David Kent does write about Scottish football. In an article titled “Rangers manager Mark Warburton says players who can’t enjoy Old Firm derby ‘shouldn’t be playing football.'”
CQN would argue with Kent about the accuracy of his headline but let’s skip over that because Kent makes one or two interesting points that are worthy of comment.
Kent quotes Warburton from the Ibrox side’s official website saying “we have to enjoy it, and if you don’t enjoy these games, then our recruitment is wrong in terms of having the wrong type of players coming to the club, and they shouldn’t be playing football.
“If you can look back in years to come and say you were involved in this sort of game, especially one where there hasn’t been a league Old Firm game for a few years now, that’s great, and the interest is obvious throughout the UK and globally too.”
Aye, very good.
Then the Mail Online journalist continues his preview piece by saying this:
“Celtic and Rangers have not played each other in Scotland’s top flight since the latter entered liquidation in 2012.
“Rangers were forced to reconstitute as a new club placed in the third division and have subsequently risen through the ranks to re-join the Premiership this season.”
Clearly this English journalist isn’t up to speed with the continuity myth that the Scottish press pack has adopted over the past few years. They don’t mention liquidation, and would never dream of saying that Rangers were “forced to reconstitute as a new club.”
To see ourselves as others see us.
You can read David Kent’s article HERE.