March 20, 2011
Fans from all over the UK and abroad will descend on Hampden today as Scotland's two biggest clubs face off against one another in the battle for the first silverware of the season. Celtic are still on the hunt for a domestic treble,after knocking out Rangers several weeks ago, in a match that was overshadowed by the antics of several Rangers players and the subsequent goading of Neil Lennon by Ally McCoist on the touchline.
For Rangers they can still win the double, but after being knocked out of Europe by PSV Eindhoven on Thursday, today will be important for the Light Blues. If they lose, they would have been knocked out of THREE competitions in the same amount of weeks.All the talk before the game will be about the Police involvement now, if any player steps out of line [set by the Lord Advocate] then they will be arrested. The fans will also have to lead by example also by not resorting to violence before and after the match, but as we know when alcohol is involved anything can happen.
The Police warned that anyone singing bigoted or sectarian songs will bearrested, but in my opinion it is just words, Strathclyde's finest will not descend into sections of the stadium to arrest fans guilty of singing such songs for fear of escalating trouble,and they will not do anythng at full time either. And we all know who sing such bigoted and sectarian songs.
And the final word on the 'trouble' surrounding the previous game. Nothing major happened on the pitch, in terms of violence, and I have seen worse scenes in recent years at Old Firm games, yet no summit then and the English FA, Politicians or Police have not called for a summit after numerous English football games led to fan violence on and off the park. Now why is that?
March 7, 2011
The news since Wednesday has been awash with player clashes, Neil Lennon instigating abuse of Rangers players and the management, not to mention the ludicrous claims of racist abuse at El Hadji Diouf. And the whole panto is playing into the hands of Rangers Football Club, hence the reason why they have failed to rubbish the claims of their fans stating that their players were racially abused by Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
Chief Executive Martin Bain did state that some of the club's players were verbally abused at Ibrox in the previous match - not at Celtic Park - however there was no mention of racist abuse, no matter how much the bitter & twisted Rangers fans try to spin comments.
But isn't it a bit hypocritical from the Rangers fans to preach on racism. When their own fellow fans preach sectarian views.
March 6, 2011
Ever since Neil Lennon made the switch from Leicester City to Celtic in 2000, he has been subjected to vile sectarian abuse, death threats, physically assaulted, knocked unconscious and been sent hoax bombs and bullets through the mail. The Celtic manager even battled depression, while he was Captain at Celtic.
But this season he has been subjected to several SFA officials blatantly lying to his face, being hauled over the coals by the SFA for his comments towards a fourth official and then being handed a six match ban - which every pundit and commentator labelled excessive. It was also apparent that the SFA President George Peat had a part to play in the proceedings after he publicly lambasted Celtic for having the cheek to appeal the original two match ban. The same SFA President seen celebrating a Rangers goal in the 2-2 draw with Celtic at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup.
March 4, 2011
After Rangers' 3-0 defeat to Celtic in the league just a week earlier, Walter Smith read his footballers the riot act and in return what he got was a group of thugs on Wednesday night manhandling referee Callum Murray, his players trying to seriously injure Celtic players and then have his Chief Executive Martin Bain claim that the abuse aimed at his beloved Rangers players by the Celtic fans was responsible for their thuggery. It was nearly as bad as the idiotic comments made by Les Grey on banning the Old Firm games.