When we cannot trust what we see with our eyes


Filip Benkovic collected his 2019 Scottish Cup winner’s medal after yet another solid performance. He was viewed by many of us as the senior partner alongside Kristoffer Ajer, who erred when Hearts took the lead that day. Benkovic returned to Leicester to wither on the vine, while Ajer continued to develop at Celtic.

The failure of Filip to develop is inexplicable. He left us as a 21-year-old first choice talent, a player Brendan Rodgers took on loan to Celtic and played him whenever available. Rodgers’ Leicester should have been a great place to return to. Subsequent loans to Bristol, Cardiff and Leuven earned him a total of five 90-minute performances in two and a half years.

Something was not right. When asked last week, Brendan Rodgers said he had been “unavailable for personal reasons”. That’s one of those phrases that we have no right to query, but it is enough. It sufficiently explains the incongruence between what we saw with our eyes in season 2018-19 and what happened since.

I have no idea what Filip’s personal reasons are and hope they soon lift. The game is full of players who struggle with family, relationships, mental health and various temptations. It always has been. It also has its fair share of absolute rockets, who cannot stick to plan and will not learn. Managers drop this type, usually frustrating fans who, again, trust their eyes, but every team needs to stick to plan and every manager has to be the boss.

If he was available, I would have backed Celtic to spend £10m on Filip in 2019. A stay in Glasgow may have lifted what ailed him, or we may have splurged a lot of money down the drain. That’s how this game works. A proportion of players will simply drop off the radar for no externally apparent reason. Hopefully a stay in Italy will sort the lad out.

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  1. Frankterry…soz dude…it’s about a heat death universe that may be responsible for exotic particles that may be responsible for a new big bang….it’s what science uses to explain away the big crunch

  2. A wafer thin veneer separates us



    In the sense the bigotry and sectarianism that has handily been used and fermented by a union who see it as a handy hate tool



    If one wants to separate from union this fermented sectarianism suddenly is an asset to a vermin union


    Well so the bigots and those of the Galloway indigineous sect would like you to perceive



    JHB we were forewarned of your arrival


    By being preceded by the usual vermin team of fake monikers


    Michael of galloways arse


    Special galloways arse.


    And the others



    All Boris rentboys like yourself and the galloway “indigineous” sect just nonsense racists






  3. D, thawt u wer going on hols to gie yerself a break from reading posted shite…take it easy big yin ;-))




  4. I don’t think I was alone in being very underwhelmed by the appointment of Nicholson but he has clearly been going about his job well and Ange seems to have very good things to say about him.



    Is it time to give a bit of credit where it’s due?

  5. INIQUITOUSIV on 14TH JANUARY 2022 1:32 AM


    So how do we refer to Randy Andy in future? Possibly HNTRH (His Not The Royal Highness) perhaps?




    The royal formerly known as prince?

  6. “But I’m not going to sell this club to anyone on its virtues.



    “If they can’t understand that in the first place they’re probably not worth talking to from my perspective.”



    Our Manager.

  7. There are plenty of footballers who would love to come to this club.



    “They are the ones I’m looking for.”



    Our manager.

  8. AN TEARMANN on 14TH JANUARY 2022 7:30 AM


    A wafer thin veneer separates us







    In the sense the bigotry and sectarianism that has handily been used and fermented by a union who see it as a handy hate tool







    In language you would appreciate, that’s a load of shite, or pish, or pishy shite if you like.



    Bigotry and sectarianism are an endogenous part of Scottish culture and society.



    You can’t blame the English, and you can’t blame the Union for them.

  9. Ernie.



    You make my point that racism and sectarianism is a handy chatel for the union to use.



    If you dissent its use the union owns the racism and sectarianism it did nothing about for 200 years.



    Not that you’d be active doing anything


    Run along now vermin and be a good little racist and bigotry supporting unionist.



    If you want to read shite go to George the torys race and bigot filled site

  10. Now that my mummy has liquidated me, I’m now to be known as The Andy Windsor International. Favourite son indeed.

  11. JHB


    Michael Nicholson is a formidable voice.



    Really. Can you give some evidence of that.

  12. If you rver want to destroy a flag waving hun…remind them that in 1917 the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family changed their name to Windsor ;-))







  13. AN TEARMANN on 14TH JANUARY 2022 8:51 AM




    Your political views are based on delusional fantasy rather than material reality.



    More Haze of Dope than Days of Hope.

  14. Ange clearly said yesterday that as far as he is concerned the transfer business is done for the month. We are not talking to anyone else, there are no bid or negotiations going on. He got the players in who he wanted including Kenny.


    Nicholson did what he was asked to do.



    As far as Andy Right Guard goes, he will never stand trial. It is a civil case rather than criminal and will be settled for a large enough wad of cash that ensures no further disclosures or accusations. If mummy won’t pay for it, I am sure some of the others on the Epstein inner circle will club together for him.

  15. The LurkinTim – never say never but I thought he was pretty conclusive when he was asked if he’s happy with the squad now:



    Postecoglou replied: “Yeah, unless something extraordinary comes along or something happens within the existing squad which means we need to move.


    “As we speak right now there are no other offers or people I have spoken to, so the 20 names that come out tomorrow are all LIES. Fabrications. Or people bored at home just Googling names and throwing them up there. Or agents trying to get a little more value for their clients.


    “I can’t be any clearer than that. The one thing I won’t do is lie.


    “There’s no-one else we’re talking to, there are no other offers, there’s no-one else I’m interested in as we sit here today.


    “If that changes I’ll let you know.”

  16. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on




    So how do we refer to Randy Andy in future?






    Intriguing question Iniquitousiv.



    Personally, I’ve never paid much attention to these titles.



    He is, after all, a human being with a mother and a father.



    To respect that I think he should simply be referred to by the name his parents gave him plus their family names to avoid him being mixed up with anyone else …



    So ….



    Andrew Saxe-Coburg Gotha Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg it is then?

  17. sceptical citizen on

    Green v blue


    Tim v hun


    Celtic v Rangers


    All of it needs to be dropped coz there’s a vast army of hidden hands waiting to take down all of the above and will do so with ease if if Tims and huns are at each others throats as the majority of Tims and huns are white and the vast army of hidden hands don’t see Tims or huns, they just see white that’s not racism its FACt wtf do you you think all of the woke bull is about? Have you examined the new rainbow flag? Have you noticed the amount of masonic halls that have been burned to the ground recently? So remove oldfirm issues from your head and look at the big picture for a change, the hidden hands just see white creatures in Ireland, Britain, EU, USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, on the hidden hands menu, their making a good job of clearing out Australia as we speak under the guise of “other stuff” if you don’t understand what I’m saying then the big picture will be a stranger to you, so wisen up and stop selling yourself cheaply. Fk the oldfirm! Thanks. ✌

  18. I appreciate this may be litigious…So ….


    Andrew Saxe-Coburg Gotha Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg Paedo

  19. How in the fuck can you have no knowledge but have collusive behaviours….a must be reading that wrong

  20. scullybhoy on 14th January 2022 10:35 am



    That must be fake news because Catholics are safer in the union, aren’t they?


    Everyone knows ethnic cleansing and the closure of Catholic schools are first on the agenda in an independent Scotland.


    Rule Britannia.

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