The second half last night will be remember for the fact that right back Mikael Lustig came within the width of the crossbar of scoring a hat-trick, while left back Emilio Izaguirre also hit the crossbar – and was caught offside in the centre forward position. The movement and energy levels required for this type of performance cannot be overestimated.
Adam Matthews’ goal on Saturday, when he burst a lung to cover half the field and get on the end of a move as it developed on the opposite wing, is another example of how physically taxing playing for Celtic is right now. And just as importantly, how taxing it is to play against them.
Motherwell competed as best they could before hitting the wall and capitulating.
I knew the minutes’ applause for Kano was coming last night, but it was a hard moment nonetheless. Sannabhoy read a letter at halftime from Martin’s wife, Carolyn, explaining the family’s appreciation for what the Celtic family did for them.
It’s appropriate for us to return our respect to Kano’s family, and to Sannabhoy and his Kano Foundation colleagues. They got the charity work ball rolling for so many of us. They gave us the opportunity to aspire to become better people.
There’s a link at the bottom of the article to sign-up for CQN11, where the work to build another school kitchen in Malawi goes on. You are part of an incredible community. Be there.
Just a brief note on Honest Dave King’s recent claims. He will become a director of newco Rangers in the event the forthcoming EGM votes him so. I’ve no doubt he will be able to find a NomAd to work with him, not all have the same standards, allowing the company to retain its listed status with him as a director.
It is also true that the SFA cannot stop him becoming a director. They do not have a Fit and Proper test, they have fit and proper criteria, which directorial appointments are measured against after they are appointed.
Despite all we’ve seen in come out of Hampden over the last few years, I would be amazed if the SFA board approved a tax convict and former director of a club which broke tax law, player registration rules and went into liquidation. It’s not even a remotely tenable suggestion.
After the event, the SFA would be in a position to penalise newco Rangers – most probably through a fine – and instruct them to dismiss King. King, of course, has all the humility and self-awareness required to apologise and resign without a fuss. There’s no way he would use his well-marshalled media campaign to try what Craig Whyte and Charles Green did before him – play to the gallery, blame all his ills on an ‘anti-Rangers’ conspiracy.
Note how the media campaign is rolling out King comment and press releases as definitive news, not subjective claims. Note also that Easdale press releases are being covered by the media, but that pantomime-hate figure, Jack Irvine, is being attributed as the source.
Note that Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias are saying nothing. They’re just going about their business. You don’t need crystal balls to see how this one is going to end.
CQN11 St Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance is on Friday 13 March, at the Kerrydale Suite, Celtic Park. The focus of an excellent night’s entertainment will be funding the construction of a kitchen at Chibwata Primary School in Malawi, for Mary’s Meals.