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


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

    ERNIE LYNCH @ 12 39 .



    Yes -. Italian radio has claimed that both Labour and the SNP are up for it .. I imagine they perceive possible long term benefits in the election of a hard Right Government .. For May it’s goodbye to UKIP and goodbye to the wishy washy Left of the Tory Party .

  2. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Yeah…ive got a lot of time for Jeremy, he is a decent man with his heart in the right place.


    However…really have no time for the likes of McAveety and Kezia.


    Thats the problem.


    Too many huns:)




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    Oh Dear..!



    What Will Be The Effect Of The June Election….



    On The Tartan Merkel’s Mandate..?
















    Lee Griffiths, Scott Brown, Kieran Tierney…



    & John Terry DEMAND…



    The “The-Social-Project-That-Is-HamiltonTim”….



    Is BANNED From Parkheid….



    SINE DIE….!








  4. TURKEYBHOY on 18TH APRIL 2017 11:49 AM


    Can just see it now.After the brain dead voted for Brexit,they will be pandered to in this election.Union Jacks,Rule Britannia,Johnny Foreigners out,the panoply of the Empire brought back to life.More stinking Tories elected in a landslide to get their noses in the trough.



    But it will be fine,because,”We are better together”.



    Just about says it all.

  5. For me this is simplay a vote for or against Brexit.



    This being the case I will vote SNP.



    I didn’t think i’d ever vote them again due to Brexit being already on the go.



    Labour are lead badly in this area by Jer.


    Lib Dems are a wasted vote.


    Tories Brexit and defo always a never ever for me.


    Green is a pointless vote in GE.



    So it’s wrhe best of a bad lot for me simply based on Brexit.



    This is the last chance to have any chance of blowing the disasterous 1 topic Brexit vote out the water.




  6. MOONBEAMSWD on 18TH APRIL 2017 1:19 PM


    ‘For me this is simplay a vote for or against Brexit.




    This being the case I will vote SNP.’






    How does that work then?



    You’re voting for a party that had 1/3 of its supporters voting to leave the EU.

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