Lots of credit to the USA and Switzerland, who bowed out of the World Cup in dramatic fashion yesterday, leaving four European and four Latin American teams fighting out for the spoils. Europe has recovered from its shaky group stage performance, keeping the door open a little longer for smaller European nations.
While plaudits for a fine tournament will be spread far and wide, the tournament has not provided a breakthrough credit for Africa, Asia, or the USA, none of whom will find the going any easier when the bandwagon reaches Eastern Europe four years from now.
Surprised it’s taken this long to get a deal sorted for Craig Gordon. Considering the player’s lengthy injury history, Celtic have perhaps delayed to allow fitness tests over an extended period. I’m treating tabloid comment that the potential arrival of Craig is linked to Fraser Forster moving on as idle mischief. We need three keepers and usually have three, as do most top clubs.
So, a day after Luis Suarez issues a heartfelt mea culpa, Barcelona let it be known they are in talks with Liverpool over acquiring the player. He is without question one of the most gifted players of our time but the phrase “transparent charlatan” seems appropriate. Brand Barca is slowly slipping, with tax scams, directorial bungs and contrived contrition.
His actions caused enough dissonance on Merseyside to damage brand Liverpool, he’ll win Barcelona football games but stands a high probability of doing the same in Catalonia. The commitment to reform is meaningless, as he is not in a position to make good on it. Yet.
Barcelona led the way on establishing an ethical, aspirational, football brand. I think they’ve forgotten what I’m hoping we learn.
The 10-in-a-row CQN Charity Golf Day takes place at the magnificent Aberdour course on Friday. This year we will hear from Celtic legend, Frank McGarvey, and former Glasgow lawyer after dinner specialist, Len Murray.
This year we are raising money for Glasgow the Caring City and The Cookiejar Foundation. We have two copies of this magnificent canvas, signed by Billy McNeill, one is available to the highest bidder on ebay here.
The other is available for raffle. Every donor to this JustGiving page gets an entry in the raffle. The minimum donation is £1, which we can all afford to participate in, although you can donate as much as you want. Our thanks to @BarryMcGonigle for the image on the canvas and OPG Graphics for creating the work.
Glasgow the Caring City said, “Glasgow the Caring City is Glasgow’s people’s charity. As well as working with the underprivileged in our own city the charity has delivered literally millions of pounds of overseas aid and development gifts-in-kind on a shoestring budget.
“From educational supplies to soap and medicines, from tents and warm clothes to prescription glasses. We once delivered a donated fire truck! Having provided emergency relief to war, famine, flood and earthquake victims in the past the charity would love to take this relatively quiet time in terms of world emergency to invest in its development projects, taking children out of war and teaching them in agricultural sustainability projects.
“The support of the CQN community has always been received with huge gratitude, thank you once again for supporting us this year.” Rev Neil Galbraith.
The Cookiejar Foundation was set up in memory of Christopher Coutts who died from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 19. Money raised from this raffle will go towards the Cookiejar’s providing of vein finders for the Chemotherapy wards at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy & cancer wards in the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.