I’ve stayed away from the nonsense Craig Levein has spouted about Scott Brown this Hearts 3-1 defeat at Celtic Park. Yes, Hearts disciplinary record is vastly worse than Celtic’s, and Levein’s on-pitch assaults are memorable decades after the event, but we all know Craig isn’t the sharpest tool in the box, so why worry, I thought.
Now the Hearts manager suggests Scott Brown deliberately got himself booked, while Celtic were a goal down to Kilmarnock, in order to incur a suspension before we face Newco: “I think if you look and see if Scott didn’t get booked against Kilmarnock last week and he got booked against St Johnstone then he would have missed the Rangers game. I’ll leave you to deduce what that means.”
Craig, I’m loathed to pop-psych a diagnosis on you, but you are sounding like a man with a tenuous grip on reality. Say what you like about a tackle, we are all entitled to an alternative view, but seeing conspiracies behind such mundane events suggests he is not coping with the stress of football management.
Stress is a killer. If you suffer, seek help before things get to this stage.
The last football club in the country without bank borrowing has managed to secure an “overdraft”. Details are sparse (it is Newco, after all), but we know the facility of around £3m is secured on at least Albion car park and Edmiston House. I expect whatever they put in place now will be enough to see them through to season ticket renewal time, alleviating any immediate cash crisis.
There are many more assets available for security, specifically the stadium and IP (if they are so far unencumbered). This show could run for a while, but you know the final act.
“Great news! We no longer need to look after as many deeds as we did yesterday.” I’d call that a favourable settlement, wouldn’t you?
Walk on Fire, with the Celtic Foundation
It’s not often you get the chance to walk on hot coals but that’s the experience you can have with the Celtic Foundation on 23rd of this month. I know I bang on about the Foundation and the great work they do, but you should not underestimate the sheer human experience of getting involved with these projects.
People have sky-dived, climbed mountains, zip-wired from the top of stands and this month will walk on hot coals!! When you look back on your year/your life, you will recount these occasions.