We’ll all be supporting Mikael Lustig and Georgios Samaras as Sweden and Greece attempt to qualify for the World Cup tonight but the prospect of Lustig, Samaras, Izaguirre, Ambrose, Forster and possibly van Dijk not having a break until July, days before the Champions League bandwagon starts rolling again, is unappetising.
Celtic contributed more players to the 1998 World Cup than any other team. Perhaps as a consequence, we started the new season in third gear, unable to string two league wins together until thumping five goals past a now defunct outfit. A Perfect Day.
Georgios, Mikael, Emilio and Efe are hugely important players to Celtic. They are also players we have an excellent chance of retaining, which in some respects makes it even more important that they are ready for action early than those like Fraser, who until he signs his new contract we can be less sure of retaining.
Best of luck to Greece and Sweden tonight, but if your guys return home disappointed there will be compensations.
Ross County have won the respect of many, and rightly so, for building a successful football club from little more than sticky backed tape and empty washing up bottles, but one of their key achievers, manager Derek Adams, has to be one of the most ungracious people in the top fight game, a fact now being picked up in the wider media.
It is unfathomable if this trait is a fundamental aspect of the club’s success. The clichéd football manager is an unapproachable tyrant but surely there’s more to it than that?
I’ve heard a good few footballers tell their tales of drama, they all have them, even the quiet ones, but it is an objective fact that Frank McAvennie has more stunning stories than anyone in the game. I’ve heard him tell some publicly, and then listened to the really incredible stuff privately.
The Untold Truth with Frank McAvennie, is at Victoria’s Night Club this Saturday 23rd. Doors open at 7pm for a three course meal, entertainment and Frankie recounting his stories. There will also be a sporting auction and a Q&A session. Book at www.franktalks.co.uk
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