By Jim Thornton:
How Much Is Enough?
Yes, Rangers are guilty as charged on more than one count. And yes, it’s all their own fault. And, yes, yes and thrice yes, as Frankie Howerd might have said, they’ve never shown proper remorse and deserve to get their bum felt big-style.
But being made to start in the third division, being hit with a signing embargo, and having to pay Oldco’s football debts as well as a £160,000 fine seems enough to be going on with. And remember, no matter what doubts you have about Charles Green, he had nothing to do with what went on at Ibrox in the past. Nor, as far as anyone can establish, is he a pal of Sir David or Craig Whyte. So, how much of Oldco’s pain does he have to suffer before everybody is happy? And when does a witch-hunt become a vendetta?
Silence Is Golden
Neil Doncaster should try a different approach in his negotiations with ESPN and Sky about new, long-term TV deals. Forget about asking for so-much a game. Get them to dump Craig Burley and Andy Walker and go for a cut of the resulting surge in subscriptions instead.
Red Card at Night, Ryan’s Delight
I see Ryan Giggs is having a moan about some of the Senegalese tackling in Team GB’s opening game at the Olympics. I’ve only two words to say on that. ‘Paul’ and ‘Scholes’.
So, Allan McGregor has finally signed for Besiktas. Maybe he’ll last longer in Turkey than Kenny Miller or Kris Boyd, neither of whom hung about long enough to get a tan. In fact, Boydy didn’t even manage to work up a sweat.
Which reminds me of Craig Paterson’s comment on BBC Radio Scotland when Miller left Rangers for Bursaspor last year. According to Craig, he was surprised Miller had gone there, because Bursa is a heavily-industrialised area and not particularly attractive. Not like Govan, then?
Only a P45?
Chick Young must be wetting himself after hearing that Alan Rough and Derek Johnstone have got their jotters at Real Radio. Surely wee Chico’s job at the Beeb is safe enough, though? There’s at least another half-dozen blue-nose pundits at Pacific Quay who would get the elbow before him. Mind you, they could all get the boot and be replaced by Jonathan Watson.
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know
I’m surprised Rangers haven’t been linked with a loan deal for Joey Barton, although when I saw the headline ‘Savage for Rangers?’ I did wonder for a moment.
Barton seems to have a string of clubs interested in taking him on, although why anyone would want to beats me. His behaviour, both off and on the field, has been controversial to say the least, and what prompts managers to think they can make him change his ways when Sam Allardyce, Neil Warnock, and Mark Hughes, hardly shrinking violets, haven’t been able to do so? And maybe I’m missing something, but is he really that good a player that he’s worth all the hassle? Perhaps Alan Shearer or Gary Lineker could explain his good points for me.
It’s in the Bag
And on the subject of nutters, I see the R&A are acting a bit sniffy about Carlos Tevez caddying for one of his pals at the Open last week. Why? It’s not as if he took the petted lip half way round and refused to carry the bag any further.
The King of White Hart Lane
For all you Dundee and Spurs fans out there, Amazon has ‘In Search of Alan Gilzean’ at £2.99 on Kindle. That’s only about the price of a pint. A great book about a great player - snap it up.
If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words …
But if you like looking at photos rather than reading big words, go to the following:
Some smashing pictures of grounds old and new, big and wee. And that goes for the fans as well. But be warned; once you start looking at the photos, you’ll be there for ages.