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Leigh Griffiths in Dalglish footsteps with McLeish

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I don’t think I have ever known an international manager to admit that one of his players has blanked him and not returned phone calls, but Alex McLeish confirmed this is his status with Leigh Griffiths.  Leigh was dropped for Scotland’s last internationals.

McLeigh asked the player proves himself, but Leigh has nothing to prove at this level.  He is without doubt the most complete Scottish striker in the business right now.  It suits Celtic fine if he is allowed to rest during international breaks, as those times apart, he is likely to plan two games a week until the middle of December.

Celtic greats have sat on the Scotland substitutes bench, while lesser players are honoured, for the best part of a century.  This reached a depressing peak in 1976 when Scotland manager Willie Ormond dropped Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish to the bench for the Home International against Wales.  Had Kenny played, he would have matched the Scottish record for consecutive games played, then and forever held by former Rangers player, George Young, but a Celtic player was never going to be allowed that honour.

That was the only game in his entire Scotland tenure that Ormond did not use a substitute.  Dalglish was needed for the next game against England, where he scored in a Scotland win.  The matter is not acknowledged at the Hampden Museum.

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  1. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Leigh is a quandary .

     

    An individual.

     

    A Hibee whose loyalty to Celtic is unquestioned .

     

    Gallus in a Bertie Auld kind of way . Without Bertie`s subtlety and , perhaps , street smarts .

     

    Viz. the game against Linfield .

     

    He`s a good striker.

     

    If Brendan can mould him just a tad , he`ll be a great striker.

     

    In the meantime , I would trust Brendan to get the best out of him.

     

    Not Mc Leish.

  2. Kennys record was for consecutive caps.He was dropped the game he could have equalled it.Think Scotland were comfortably ahead,Kenny on the bench,was not put on.

  3. I remember it well when Kenny got dropped so that he wouldn’t make the record.

     

    However, didn’t he later break the record?

  4. Leigh would have struggled to work out, what the incoherent Muppet was rabbling on about anyway…..

  5. From Celtic Wiki:

     

     

    “Kenny Dalglish was another who suffered at the hands of a seemingly anti-Celtic bias. Having quickly established himself as a Scotland regular Dalglish was on course to beat the record for successive Scotland appearances held by Rangers’ George Young. But on the eve of the game which would have seen Kenny capped for a record breaking 34th time he was dropped without explanation.

     

     

    Kenny was recalled for the next match and would go on to beat Young’s record. By then though he was, significantly, no longer Dalglish of Celtic but Dalglish of Liverpool.”

     

     

    IMNOTMADCSC

  6. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    There isn’t another country in the world that would appoint someone of McLeish’s “ability” as national manager. Third tier club level at best.

     

    The Strong Rangers Association doing the only thing it has ever been any good at – looking after their own.

     

    Maybe Griffiths would get a better chance of a game if he got himself a lifetime ban…..

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    !!BADA BING!! on 2ND OCTOBER 2018 12:37 PM

     

     

    Wow.

     

     

    So much for the ” I was there , but I wasn`t part of it ” garbage.

  8. Couldn’t care less about the Scotland national team, hope our players get a rest for our games

  9. Had a look on Scum Media there.Some 50 odd pages on their strips going on sale from JD Sports ???????.Only online can you purchase,no returns,no refunds.The scum are going mental to try and buy,but have no idea how it has come about,because no official statement from Glibby about selling them.Considering the court case,this sounds very odd.No mention of SD.

     

    Nothing in the Media.Is Glibby pulling a fast one here?

     

    Anyone know?Could be interesting.

  10. Turkebhoy

     

    I know nothing about that but surely King Con would not do anything underhand?

     

    JJ

  11. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    The sheer irony of McLeish saying “you’ve got to prove yourself”.

     

    What exactly has he done to prove himself?

     

    Maybe finishing third in a two team league?

     

    The two relegations at Birmingham and almost another at Villa?

     

    What about bombing Notts Forest out of the play-offs?

     

    Or the series of failures and sackings?

     

    Or maybe you just need to prove that you are a Real Rangers Man and that’s all that matters…..

  12. I’ll never forget the morning after Kenny Dalgleish had been dropped so that he wouldn’t equal the consecutive caps record. In those days you got your football news from the papers the following morning. it so happened we were moving house that day, and before heading to our new place my Dad and I stopped at a shop in EK to pick up some rolls and the morning paper.

     

     

    You have to understand, although brought up in Priesthill and spending most of his working life in the yards, my Dad was a complete gentleman. He could be forthright, but never once did I hear him treat anyone with disrespect, rich man poor man, beggar man thief…..

     

     

    That morning was the first time I ever heard him swear. ” The shower of b*s*a*ds….. was all he said. I had never heard him so angry. As a quiet 13 year old this was quite breath-taking to me, but also, I was really proud of him.

     

     

    He’s long gone now, but I’ll always remember the morning my Dad let himself go just for a minute, It was an education in how Celtic and the wider Catholic community were viewed that ha never left me.

  13. I recall back in the day that there was a pic on the front page of the Sun, of Mark Walters in an Orange floot band jacket, with Jim White standing next to him, canny remember if JW had the same jacket on, it was at a title winning after match sash bash. Think MW was probably being used, as for JW, well….?

     

    Canny do links, sorry.

     

     

     

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  14. I remember the Kenny snub at the time Paul67 (well it was actually a snub to Celtic) and even as a 16 years old I felt outraged.

     

     

    What I didn’t know till now that that was the only time Ormond never used a substitute?!

     

     

    They’ve called us paranoid for years….events have shown that we were never paranoid enough.

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BOBLOBLAW

     

     

    May your Dad Rest in Peace.

     

     

    He certainly lived in honour.

     

     

    HH.

  16. GLASSTWOTHIRDSFULL on 2ND OCTOBER 2018 1:24 PM

     

     

    The sheer irony of McLeish saying “you’ve got to prove yourself”.

     

     

     

     

    What exactly has he done to prove himself? Maybe finishing third in a two team league? The two relegations at Birmingham and almost another at Villa? What about bombing Notts Forest out of the play-offs? Or the series of failures and sackings?

     

     

    *you forgot walking out on motherwell, the hibbees and the national side after a freebie tae SA.

     

     

    Or maybe you just need to prove that you are a Real Rangers Man and that’s all that matters…..

     

     

    *an rrm who admitted tae Toronto Tims that he would have signed for us in a heartbeat if the sheep would have let him go.

  17. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TONTINETIM

     

     

    I thought he was a great player,and would happily have seen him playing for us.

     

     

    Same with Willie Miller.

     

     

    He is talking garbage about Leigh,but he still has my respect for his achievements as a player.

  18. TULLY57 on 2ND OCTOBER 2018 1:36 PM

     

     

    I remember the Kenny snub at the time Paul67 (well it was actually a snub to Celtic) and even as a 16 years old I felt outraged. What I didn’t know till now that that was the only time Ormond never used a substitute?!

     

     

    *I hated him tae, what I never realised was that he was only under orders fae ludge sfa, that and no playing the wee mhan in a crucial WC game against Yugoslavia against the same full back that Jimmy had roasted when we beat Red Star 5-1. He played both Peter Lorimer and Willie Morgan, right wingers, in the same side, he then brought on another winger Tommy Hutchison tae replace Kenny. This was one of the few times I supported the national side as it was full of Celtic or Celtic minded players.

     

     

    Tae give wee ormond his due, he was really only a pawn in the game and actually gave Paul Wilson, the first non caucasian player in the 20th century, his one and only cap. He eventually jacked it in, and not in mcpish style, tae join the hibbees deadly cross town rivals.

  19. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Tontine Tim

     

    When you have pals in the MSM that stuff all gets whitewashed. Instead they constantly spin about being done out of the Euros by a dodgy free kick for Italy. No mention of the Scotland goal being offside. Or Italy having a good goal disallowed that wasn’t offside. Or that Scotland actually had to win the game! Oh, and definitely don’t mention the defeat to Georgia, even though Strachan got ripped to shreds for losing to Georgia!

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PARKHEADCUMSALFORD

     

     

    I think we took three Brazilians on trial at the time,but it didn’t work out.

  21. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    GLASSTWOTHIRDSFULL

     

     

    Did Georgia exist then,I thought it was part of the USSR.

  22. AINT STIVS on 2ND OCTOBER 2018 2:08 PM

     

     

    tontine, were you at this one ? look at the size of the crowd.

     

     

    http://i66.tinypic.com/k1uq2r.jpg

     

     

    Ayrton Inacio scores for Celtic reserves against Motherwell 1965.

     

     

    *Aye I was, we used tae get big crowds for whites v greens, friendly’s and wee hun games.

     

     

    Was at a friendly against PNE on a Friday night, Bobby Charlton was their player manager and scored the winner. The next day we beat the huns in the Dryborough Cup Final, Denis Connaghan saved 2 penalties and Jinky got the winner in a penalty shoot out at the Celtic end.

  23. With the topic being Dalglish not getting the cap for Scotland to break the record for consecutive caps it makes you wonder, was that a big factor in his decision to leave Celtic for Liverpool. He did have ambitions for his Scotland career and they were a lot better than they are now. It must have played a part.

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