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Sympathy for the captain, forget Schalk, worry about next weekend’s penalty

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There’s been a lot of talk about the Lisbon Lions recently; you may have noticed. Go ask you dad about them, he’ll tell you they could take care of themselves. For all the pretty football, they still had to win the battles.

Consider also the team during Seville season. Thompson, Lennon, Sutton, Hartson, Mjallby and Valgaeren never failed to meet an opponent square on. They were all hard men. Don’t even ask about Bobo, he terrified opponents by the scale of his shadow, no opponent dared take him on.

All of those duties now fall to Scott Brown, he’s our hard man. It’s an important role and he doesn’t have much in the way of support.

You get the feeling there’s a notion that the rest of the guys can concentrate on being wonderful, in the knowledge that Scott will sort out the troublemakers. He was, of course, wrong yesterday, not for the first time, although red cards are not a regular occurrence.

Sky TV could not have hand-picked a better analyst of this situation than Barry Robson. Barry arrived at Celtic in January 2008, picked up the mantle of Sorter Outer in Chief, and stamped his authority on the league title. We all knew that, unlike a then often-rash Scott Brown, Barry could work within the lines and still get the job done.

But even the such a master of subtle intimidation can get it spectacularly wrong. Last year he lamped former Celtic team-mate, Scott McDonald, a minute after coming on as a substitute. If you want a hard man in your team, don’t go yelling about him when he acts like a hard man moments after being assaulted from behind.

The only surprise about the late penalty for Ross County’s Schalk’s outrageous dive and subsequent penalty was that it happened this weekend, not next. Set your watch for it, people, if you think the treble will be decided purely on meritocratic terms, you’ve not watched as much football as me.

Brendan’s about to find out the limits of his apparent powers in Scottish football.

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  1. South Of Tunis on

    ” Strangest thing to happen to me on a football pitch was being cut in half by a Rangers Glasgow player .. Near the corner flag. He was foaming at the mouth , like he had rabies. …We were 3 up at the time..He got a red card . His team were reduced to 10 and he seemed proud of what he had done. ! ”

     

     

    Alessandro Del Piero.

  2. Willie Collum had a very good game in the 5-1 match. I have no fears about the referee.

     

     

    I will not take part in this Willie bashing….

     

     

     

    Erm…bye…

  3. “His client is in London”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.WTF kind of excuse is that?.A trial that is costing millions.How did we go about the court dates?.did they contact everyone to ask them “If they could make it,not inconveniencing anyone is it”

     

    Anyone on here try that one and see what happens.A warrant issued straight away.

     

    Unbelievable.

  4. foghorn leghorn on

    May set to make statement at 11.30 general election possible ?

     

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    im thinking nuclear war with north korea.

  5. TURKEYBHOY on 18TH APRIL 2017 10:38 AM

     

    “His client is in London”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.WTF kind of excuse is that?.A trial that is costing millions.How did we go about the court dates?.did they contact everyone to ask them “If they could make it,not inconveniencing anyone is it”

     

     

    Anyone on here try that one and see what happens.A warrant issued straight away.

     

     

    Unbelievable.

     

     

    More likely deals will be trying to get made so we wont hear the truth

  6. 50 shades of green on

    8th June General election.

     

     

    That should take the heat aff Broonie on here. :-)

  7. weebobbycollins on

    Gossip…Football: Caixinha at ‘most famous club in world’ says former Ibrox darling Marco Negri.’

     

     

    They are sooooo desperately alone in their little hun world where they believe everyone hates them (I’d just say most do) and is out to get them. These silly little articles are like comfort toys to the barbarians…it is so sad…but it is also very, very funny.

  8. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    General Election called……wid imagine the traffic on here

     

    wull pick up.

  9. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    She gets in again….its workhouses for the poor.

     

    Power grab to secure 30 years of Victorian ideology.

     

    Where is Guy Fawkes when you need him ffs:)

     

     

     

    HH

  10. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    People who care more about tax than human life.

     

    Marx was right:)

     

     

     

    HH

  11. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on 18th April 2017 11:19 am

     

     

    She’ll win by a landslide. No opposition in England & Wales.

  12. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Gary67

     

     

    Something radical will be required to oppose her in England.

     

    About as radical as a LIB-LAB pact, on condition that Jeremy is given gardening leave:)

     

     

    HH

  13. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Maybe Jeremy’s stroll in the west-end with a certain bigot fae the cooncil, will come back to haunt him.

     

    Wasnt wise.

     

    Personally…my only wish, would be to see the back of that charlatan Ruth Davidson, and that plank of wid David Mandell.

     

    Total roasters.

     

     

    HH

  14. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Think i might take the plunge this time and stand…..Surrealist/Anarchist Federation(Just me so far:).

     

    If i get any encouragement, i will publish my manifesto shortly:)

     

     

     

    HH

  15. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    Roof Davidson will have enough on her plate what with conducting these nuclear missile tests in North Korea.

     

     

    How she manages to combine being the Beloved Leader with being the leader of the Tories in the Scottish Parliament is a source of amazement to most observers.

  16. Mayhem — Ted Heath in a skirt.

     

    Made the same mistake so hopefully we get the same result.

  17. Get your holiday pay, if you have one, on a Tory Landslide and Labour making a partial comeback in Scotland and getting buried in England.

  18. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    RAY WINSTONE’S BIG DISEMBODIED HEID on 18TH APRIL 2017 11:35 AM

     

     

    :)))))

  19. A general election?

     

     

    The lengths these Tory Huns will go to just to distract from a Celtic treble and attempt ten-in-a-row before us.

     

     

    Of course, if Labour had the wits and cold steel of an Alastair Campbell they might be cynical enough to concentrate the next two months campaigning solely on declaring a re-instatement of full benefits and Child Care/Working tax credits back to pre-Tory levels in order to capture the poor and working middle-class votes a la Brexit, secureing a surprise victory with the full mandate of a needy populous.

     

     

    But they won’t. They’ll navel-gaze, hand-wring, spend 6 weeks debating the correct terminology for a transgender dragon-slaying dwarf then, with that incestuous London self-satisfaction, smugly announce a policy for manufacture of eco-friendly corduory in a factory made of recycled unicorn tears, hidden in a conservation area guarded by armed extremists.

     

     

    And the tories will win. Again.

     

     

    And the SNP will win, almost. Again.

     

     

    Nothing changes when the catalyst is inert.

  20. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    I think now is the time for me to oust the Monster Raving Loony Party from their perch.

     

    Their rule of the loonies has went on far too long:)

     

    Im going to flan them into submission, then rule by gags.

     

    I truly believe the Surrealist-Anarchist Federation(Fishbones-Chopsticks), are ready to lead the revolution. Failing that, i will write a devastating joke book that will bring the world to its knees:)

     

    Better than the Tory manifesto, thats for sure.

     

    Flan Roof Davidshun

     

     

    HH

     

     

    HH

  21. TURKEYBHOY on 18TH APRIL 2017 10:38 AM

     

     

    No one is saying the trial is being delayed because Whyte is in London.

     

     

    The fact that Whyte is in London indicates that everyone knew the trial wasn’t going to start until tomorrow.

     

     

    The ‘confusion’ over the dates is probably intentional to wrong foot the nutters who might have been inclined to turn up.

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