Just a coincidence?

If Paul Lambert’s Blackburn Rovers exit this summer is purely a coincidence then we can ignore the bookies odds shifting David Moyes off top spot for the Celtic job. Given that it could be too much of a coincidence though, we should perhaps prepare ourselves for what is coming.

Lambert was a fans favourite during his eight years at Celtic as a player. He was certainly one of the best midfielders ever to play at the club in recent years so bookmark that thought for later.

On the management front he has rarely spent much time at any one club. His CV represents a man wishing to progress without sticking around for too long.

In 2005 his first role was at Livingston and of course came with zero managerial experience. Livi were not a big club but they were still playing in the top flight in Scotland.

That tenure was short lasting just nine months and if I am being honest, a job he should never have got. A few months on, he was installed at League Two side Wycombe Wanderers where he would have a decent innings in a spell lasting less than two years.

After a failure to progress in the playoffs with Wycombe, Lambert was off again in 2008. Later that same year, he took up the job at Colchester United in League One.

Whilst not achieving any success in yet another period of less than a year in charge, he did manage to beat his next employers. After defeating Norwich City 7-1 in the beginning of the 2009-2010 season, he was appointed as their manager.

At last, Lambert was looking like sticking around at a club rather than pursuing the fast track management career path. He managed back to back promotions from League one to the Championship and then onto the Premier League.

Having acheived that and surviving in the top flight in his first season, his stock was high. Then Aston Villa came knocking and probably for the first time in his managerial career he made a poor choice.

Lambert was doing a a fine job at Norwich but he decided to jump ship once more. Perhaps he thought he wouldn’t survive a second season with Norwich and had a better chance with Villa?

No matter, he was lured with relative ease. Villa were a bigger club, no doubts there, but they had their faults.

For many this was a poison chalice. Ownership had changed hands in recent years and fans were still concerned about the club’s progress.

In his third season at Villa and with no real progress, he and the club parted ways. In many respects this was an accident waiting to happen.

Up until Norwich City, Lambert had been progressing through the leagues without any real success. Every job had been a stepping stone to the next.

That career arc is not uncommon but when you strike something good as he did with Norwich City he should have held on to it. Aston Villa was never a good move.

Having exited the West Midlands club in early 2015, he was out of the game for several months. Then Blackburn Rovers came calling later that year and Lambert answered the call.

Personally, I felt this might be a good move to get his managerial career back online again. However, having just activated a release clause in his contract after less than a year in charge, Lambert is on the move once more.

With Celtic in the hunt for a new manager, Lambert being a former player and a fans favourite it is hard to ignore the obvious. Is this purely a coincidence though or are we looking at Celtic’s next managerial appointment?

A few years ago I had no problem with Lambert’s credentials but when he moved to Villa I had my doubts. That transpired to be a major error and I would be concerned about his loyalty and application at Celtic given his managerial CV particularly when playing down managing in Scotland in the past.

So if the club are serious about him, is it based upon his playing career and affcetion with the fans more than his managerial one? I’d have a player like Lambert in my team any day of the week but as a manager, I’m not so certain but I would not put it past the club to pull this kind if stunt again.

As of now, my preferred candidates are David Moyes, Michael O’Neill and Brendan Rodgers. In no particular order it has to be said.

These are guys of the stature the club need to be aiming for. Whether we are ambitious enough to procure any of their services we will soon find out.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

Branching out for the right candidate

Right now, Celtic resemble a wounded animal. Not a fighting one, but a limp, confused beast licking its wounds.

We’re four matches from the end of the season in a title race which has yet to be decided. It will also soon be the end of another chapter at Celtic Football Club.

Our fall guy, Ronny Deila, is the only one so far to be out of a job in this summer. Though the problems lie beyond his appointment or his errors.

As you’ll have read elsewhere on planet Celtic, we don’t exactly know who does what at the club right now. We can only guess and however wild those guesses may be, most Celtic fans are on the same page for the first time in a couple of seasons.

The Deila dilemma split us, pitted our opinions against each other whilst the men in suits toyed with our team, our club and our way of life. A sequence of recent events that have brought us together once more.

You might not feel it yet, but Celtic fans are uniting once more. Not in rebellion, but for the greater good.

I/we may not have agreed on certain matters these past two seasons. The one thing we can identify with though is that our opinions were to see Celtic succeed on the football pitch.

As fans it is our job to support what we see on the field of play. Sometimes we don’t like it and we let our feelings be known.

We don’t always win, but that is football. If the club is doing its best to bring that to us then that’s fine, but…they haven’t.

My defensive stance on Deila was because I felt he as a coach he was giving and doing his best. For the most part, the players have backed him and even now in the wake of his departure, most of them still do.

Doesn’t that tell you something? Player support for their manager who has decided to quit?

I don’t just think they’re towing the party line. There is obviously respect for Ronny among many of the players.

The ones who don’t have that respect have yet to speak. I’m sure we’ll hear from them in good time.

If the team is split then that’s an issue. Much points to divisions with the club and not just within the squad.

As fans we are all pretty much united in thought that a fresh approach is now required. Many things have led us down this path though, not just the departing Norwegian.

There have been some thought provoking blogs online in the Celtic community recently. Key questions and thoughts have been filtering into the Celtic community.

As rough as things have been, I feel this episode had to happen. Things had to run their course, even at the cost of a humiliating defeat to the Ibrox tribute act.

Celtic Football Club is one of the worlds biggest clubs. Fan base, community and a proud history is at the heart of everything we are today.

We have to move forward though. There will be times when we have set backs, peak and trough, but as long as we recognise that we can recover.

It isn’t always rosy in the garden. You would be living in wonderland if that were the case.

Still, you have to be be prepared for the worst and enjoy the good times. Celtic have succeeded in keeping things going despite the poor football climate which we are bonded to.

Now with progress suffering a setback, it is time to show that we are indeed prepared. A new manager/coaching team is on the cards but the club’s stewards must do more to ensure success.

There has been a sense of complacency since the demise of Rangers. With the emergence of The Rangers, you get a feeling that with all the media attention, a switch has come on at Celtic Park – it has amongst the fans.

We need a new approach and with a squad the size and mixed quality of ours, someone needs to assess the entire stock. Too many mistakes have been made on the transfer front and at a time when we have been said to cutting back we actually appear to have wasted a lot of resources.

Peter Lawwell once said at an AGM that “you can’t get them all right” or words to that effect. That’s all well and good Peter, but our bad buys/loans outweigh the good ones by some way.

So whoever comes through the doors at Celtic Park next has to be of the stature that can turn things around at the club and the players as well as the fans can all feel satisfied with. To secure the right man, there must also be the right package, which has been a stumbling block for the club in the past.

The current bookies favourite is former Celtic defender David Moyes. He’s been linked with the job in the past but there is one difference this time around.

Not because he is currently out of work, though obviously that does help. It’s because his stock has fallen since his days as Everton head coach.

His brief tenure at Manchester United has made Moyes more obtainable. His latest sacking from Real Sociedad even more so.

For many this may make him unappealing but he is an experienced coach. He is also certain to be looking to get back in the game.

Next on the list is another ex-Celtic defender who has had similar career pattern. Malky Mackay, honed his playing and managerial skills south of the border just like Moyes.

He too had a fall from grace recently albeit in totally different circumstances. Following his sacking from Cardiff City, he was named in a dossier sent to the English FA regarding offensive text messages.

This hampered his application for the then vacant role at Crystal Palace which he pulled out of. Despite that he was successful in obtaining the Wigan Athletic post, though this was not well received.

The problem with Malky is not his managerial credentials. His character has now been tainted by those text messages and it would be a difficult to overlook before even considering his skills and abilities for the hot seat.

Another ex-Celt making up that list is none other than Neil Lennon. There is no doubt in my mind that he should never have left Celtic when he did.

He left as a player, returned as a coach, took up the caretakers role and progressed to the permanent head coach. At the time, he was the right man for the job and even had some good players and success as well.

During that time he would be subjected to the most horrific abuse any professional coach or player has ever receieved in the British Isles. For that reason alone, he owed us nothing and simply slipped away.

I was disappointed of course and wanted him to carry on his Celtic career. It is possible he may feel there is unfinished business at Celtic but for me his time has passed and the task should go to someome new.

Although not a new addition to the list of candidates, Steve Clarke would be someone totally new for Celtic. There is no doubt about his coaching credentials but I am unconvinced about his ability to be a manager.

He has performed both roles and each have had their positives and negatives. It has to be said though that I don’t think he is the type of personality to take on a job of this size.

So would I feel that Michael O’Neill would fit the mould for Celtic? Absolutely, but I doubt whether he would be a) available and b) affordable.

His managerial career has taken him from Brechin City to Shamrock Rovers but now he resides in the Northern Ireland role where he has succeeded in taking the national side to their first major tournament in 30 years. That has undoubtedly brought him to the attention of many clubs but Celtic happen to be in the hunt right now.

Like I said though, he has a job and a tournament which he is tied to right now. Any chance of Celtic have of luring him would involve waiting until the European Championships are finished (or Northern Ireland’s involvement) and a compensation package to release him from his contract.

Both of these are drawbacks on finance and preparations for next season. And dare I say it, the Champions League in particular.

One surprise candidate is the emergence of Gary Caldwell. ‘Heid’, as he was affectionately known to Celtic supporters has done a rather fine job at Wigan Athletic in the last year.

Promotion is almost certainly sealed to the Championship but they may also finish as League One Champions. Whether it would be deemed too early in his managerial career to take on a job like the Celtic one, his efforts have not gone unnoticed.

The one name we weren’t surprised to see again was that of Roy Keane‘s. He was said to have turned down the Celtic job before Ronny Deila was offered it
in 2014.

If that was indeed the case I can’t see what would have changed for him to take it this time around. Particularly when the rumour included lack of transfer funds.

Other names on the bookies list are Paul Lambert (probably not interested), Ryan Giggs (not for me), Steve Evans (would bite our hands off, Brendan Rogers (unlikely), Martin O’Neill (very unlikely), Henrik Larsson (not enough experience), Alan Stubbs (not enough experience), Roberto Martinez (unlikely) and Alex Neil (possibly if out of a job this summer). After that you’re drifting into 40/1 territory with guys like Gordon Strachan, Mick McCarthy or Owen Coyle.

Having said that, I’m fairly certain Ronny Deila wasn’t even on the bookies list to succeed Neil Lennon so the man we get ay not even have been mentioned. We didnt know who he was at the time, but we certainly know now.

Who is your realistic favourite for the job? And why do you think they would be good for Celtic?

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

Keep on moving on

From the moment Celtic lost to The Rangers at Hampden, it was clear Ronny Deila had to go. For many this was an accident waiting to happen and on this occasion they were correct.

I never held the view that Ronny should have gone before now but many did. I was prepared to give him time to prove himself.

After last seasons positive turnaround, Ronny had proved some people wrong. He didn’t qualify for the Champions League or even win the Scottish Cup but he delivered a League title and League Cup as well as making it to the last 32 of the Europa League only to lose out to Inter Milan.

That was enough to give us a good footing for the current season. As it transpired we seemed to lose our footing somewhere along the way.

A second failed attempt to get into the Champions League group phase was the last straw for many supporters. As hard as that was to take, I was prepared to see where we were come Christmas.

Not just in terms of Europe though. Domestic matters were equally as important.

By then, a treble was still on the cards and had that been achieved, Ronny was almost assured to be here for next season. Only a catastrophic error would seal his fate.

Again, this wasn’t enough for many supporters. They wanted the Norwegian gone by the time the festive period was upon us.

A dire style of football, stuttering performances in the league and a dismal showing in the Europa League was too much to take. There was deep concern about the future of the club and more importantly the following season.

And so, having suffered defeat in one cup competition, exiting a second to the team who succeeded your old rivals, it was the final nail in the coffin for Ronny Deila. The catastrophic failure had occurred.

What many had warned about came to fruition. Had he won the treble or a double we might not be talking about this but now we are.

As a supporter I was one of the few to afford Ronny the time to prove people wrong as he did last season. On the back of this recent low point there was no way to redeem himself.

I have no regrets about my opinions on Ronny though. I still like the guy and wanted him to succeed.

Was there less of a challenge in Scotland with the demise of our old rivals? Did the club cut back because of this?

Should we have achieved more despite the circumstances? Was Ronny appointed because we weren’t prepared to pay the money whilst there was no real rival in the league?

It’s all very possible. And yet, more could have been done even if he wasn’t the right appointment in the first place.

Ronny’s selection by the Celtic board was a left field one. It was also one I agreed with even if it did strike me as a bold one for our club.

He was unknown to us and what we read and googled about him was new to us. This was an experiment by the club which failed to deliver.

A high pressing game was at the forefront of the Ronny’s coaching philosophy. There was also the 24 hour athlete mantra.

Both fan and media have hung onto those words like an American to their constitution. Whilst a new health and fitness lifestyle was being rolled out at the club, we never quite saw the game play we were promised.

In Ronny’s near two years at the club we’ve seen a whole host of players come and go. Bad buys, ineffective loanees and our best players slipping through his fingers have contributed to Ronny’s downfall but that was happening before he arrived as well.

Our scouting has been nothing short of shocking recently. When we’ve procured someone decent it’s been more of a relief than a victory.

In the end though, the buck lies with the board. They hire and they fire.

They sanction the money and they recruit the personnel. The question is, who claims responsibility for these string of bad buys and appointments?

Allan McDonald, the man Fergus McCann installed as CEO toward the end of his five year rebuilding of Celtic was a man who took responsibility. After the failure of John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish, McDonald fell on his own sword like a man.

He felt he had let the club and the fans down. Are Peter Lawwell and co any different?

McDonald only did it once and he walked. The same people have been making the same errors since Tony Mowbray’s appointment.

So whilst Ronny Deila may have been out of his depth, there remains an issue within the club’s structure. We may be unable to pay top dollar, but we can do a lot better.

The question of who succeeds Ronny is a huge one. I don’t think the club can afford to be prudent this time around.

Celtic have lost ground in Europe again. On the plus side, I do think there is core within this team that can form the basis of a future squad.

I’ve already made a case for or against each player at the club in an earlier blog. What needs to happen now is someone who can come in and turn things around starting next month.

That means going back to basics, assessing the squad’s capabilities and forming a new bond. I always felt there was a motivational issue and that the problem ran deeper.

Perhaps Ronny did want to leave earlier than now but was denied as some have suggested? Might that account for the way things have been this season?

Who knows? That’s purely conjecture.

The bottom line is that we need to move forward. The club cannot afford to leave any stone unturned.

A new coaching team is of the highest importance but as I have already mentioned, Celtic have other areas of failure. From Lennoxtown to the boardroom, everyone is accountable.

If the club want to keep moving forward, they’ll have to start looking inward. As for today, lend your support to bring home the title.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

The unthinkable

Forget what has gone on before. Concentrate on the here and now.

Today Celtic threw away a Scottish Cup Final place to Scotland’s newest club. The Rangers put in a sound performance in the first half whilst Celtic tried to find the their feet at Hampden.

Celtic were off the pace and lacked any cohesion. From misplaced passes to a gutless midfield, it was poor viewing.

Dedryck Boyata’s exit was the only positive for Celtic in the first half. Other than that the defence was relatively solid and untroubled.

Scott Brown, so important in past encounters with the old club, was way off the boil today. He may be club captain but his form has been poor since he came back from injury and struggles to even pass to his own team mates.

Fellow midfielder, Stefan Johansen, has been a wasted jersey all season and was no better today. His place should have gone to Kris Commons – I think we’re all agreed on that.

Both of these players need to go back to midfield basics training. Nir Bitton was doing all the work today in the middle of the park despite how languid he can seem at times.

Gary Mackay-Steven started the match and contributed a big fat zero. He would have contributed more from the bench.

Patrick Roberts was having a decent game right up until his blunder in front of goal. Sadly, he never recovered from that.

Up front Leigh Griffiths was having another off day. If you only have one good striker who isn’t on his game, you have a problem and that was a problem today.

To be fair, our substitutes came on and played well. Erik Sviatchenko was instrumental in changing the game from dominant centre half to goalscorer.

Callum McGregor should have started instead of the unimpressive Mackay-Steven. He is a far superior player in my opinion.

Tom Rogic provided his own touch of magic with the second equaliser. Missing a penalty in sudden death seemed unthinkable.

If The Rangers wanted a full and comprehensive endorsement to announce their arrival in the top flight, they got it today. They played well if I’m being honest and the refereeing wasn’t even an issue for me either.

Some people might talk about that throw-in decision but it didn’t decide the match. There was plenty of time to prevent the second goal that followed.

So The Rangers have themselves a Scottish Cup Final place. Celtic miss out on a double and will now limp on in the hope of winning the Scottish Premiership.

Does this mean the end for Ronny Deila? I think he’ll struggle to recover from this.

Of the few who still had faith in him, myself included, I think we can now extinguish our candles for him. Five games to save your season but I don’t think it’ll be enough to save your Celtic career, Ronny.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

P.s. I’ll be somewhere across the channel on a bicycle for the next week trying to forget about what’s happened today.

Who would you choose for Sunday?

We’ve seen a lot of changes to the Celtic side since Ronny Deila came in almost two years ago. Few of these player combinations have had a consistent run for varying reasons bu does Ronny have or know his best eleven?

Players going out on loan from Celtic, players finishing their loan spell at Celtic, loss of form, injury or simply not good enough! It has had a big impact on progress but that’s all part of the game.

Whether you perceive Sunday’s match as old rivals or as new ones, the match is still being hyped up to the effect of the former. Given the opportunity, who would you choose to start on Sunday though?

Do you throw in your experienced players such as Kris Commons? Or do you stick with your on form Patrick Roberts and don’t let the occasion get to you?

It’s a tough one because whilst you can play down the encounter as two different teams from two different leagues, meeting for only the second time, the sports media are all over this like it’s an O** F*** match. The first time Celtic played The Rangers it was a firm 2-0 win at Hampden in the League Cup Semi Final last year.

On that day the line up was: Gordon, Lustig, Izaguirre, van Dijk, Denayer, Brown, Bitton, Commons, Johansen, Stokes and Griffiths. Later in the match we saw Guidetti on for Griffiths, Forrest on for Stokes and Matthews on for Lustig.

Of the 14 Celtic players who took part that day, 5 have now departed (Stokes is on loan but almost certainly gone in the summer). With the exception of Denayer, van Dijk and Stokes Celtic could put out the same team.

This time, Ronny Deila has further options though. In fact he has almost an entirely new team at his disposal.

Although with Celtic by that stage last season, Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven were both cup tied for that semi final. In addition, players such as Charlie Mulgrew, Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor were not available for selection.

Even Kieran Tierney was but a twinkle in Ronny Deila’s eye at that stage. Whereas Efe Ambrose was left on the bench along with current Celtic loanees, Stefan Šćepović and Liam Henderson.

Since then Deila has added Dedryck Boyata, Erik Sviatchenko, Jozo Šimunović, Saidy Janko, Ryan Christie, Scott Allan, Patrick Roberts, Colin Kazim-Richards and Carlton Cole to the ranks. With injuries and lack of game time ruling out many, there are still significantly more options available this time around.

From those thought to be available my personal pick would be: Gordon, Lustig, Tierney, Boyata, Mulgrew, Brown, Bitton, Commons, Armstrong, McGregor and Griffiths. I’d think about bringing on Roberts for Armstrong or McGregor and Rogic for Commons as the game wears on.

If you’re going to play Commons then do so from the start I say. I’m very much in favour of Rogic playing more matches as well, but I think he can pick up a game from any stage unlike Commons who could well be important in this match.

Armstrong would provide some much needed stability in the midfield which is an area we have been weak lately. McGregor would provide a good support to the attack as well and is also a form player.

Roberts would be a great option to bring on to either keep momentum or up the pace entirely. There may also be a place for Kazim-Richards in this tie with his physical presence in mind.

As much as Griffiths has the guile to cause problems, he can be out-muscled if he isn’t on his game. I’m sure this match will be more challenging than last year’s whichever team Ronny decides to put out.

The Ibrox club will be out to prove they can cut it at the ‘top’. Playing the current Scottish Champions and the best team in Scotland is the benchmark for them after all.

Do we have anything to worry about? Well that depends on what you are worried about.

Personally, Celtic should be putting them to rest with relative ease. The Rangers have a point to prove though and if you believe what the Scottish media tell you, this mob will be challenging for the title next season, not just trying to stay up!

We’ve had a continued stream of anti-Celtic stories all week. In contrast I’ve read nothing negative about tomorrow’s underdogs.

Once that whistle blows at 12pm on Sunday, all the negative stories will fade away. Celtic just need to do their talking on the park.

Until tomorrow then.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

Anfield envy

After watching last nights highlights of the match at Anfield, I was left feeling somewhat envious this morning. Liverpool’s spectacular comeback brought back some pleasant memories of better times in Europe for Celtic.

I have no personal connection or affinity with Liverpool, even though one exists between our two clubs, but I can appreciate the impact this turnaround would have had on everyone. What a buzz that must have been to be at Anfield to witness this performance.

Jürgen Klopp must have had mixed emotions going up against the club he managed for seven years only ending last season. To go from staring at defeat in the face to dumping your old team out of Europe with virtually the last touch of the ball, it must have been quite a roller coaster for him.

I yearn for those days when I can sit and watch Celtic take me from tension on the edge of my seat to leaping into the air with joy once more. Being in Europe simply isn’t enough, you have to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

That was what Klopp instilled in his players last night. This is what Ronny Deila needs to do to his own players.

Do that and you’re heading in the right direction. It might not last forever and you might not win the prize, but if you can take your players there and inspire them then they’ll have tasted what real victory is.

Celtic have been there before and I know we’ll go there again some day. I’d like to think that’ll be sooner rather than later.

Congratulations Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool for giving the game this rare moment. It’s what football is all about.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

Is there a big game this weekend? Let’s hear it for the bloggers and freelancers!

I hope everyone reset their paranoia counters to zero last weekend? No? Well you must be overclocking by now given the mount of anti-Celtic stories in the Scottish media this week.

Because there have been no “Celtic and Rangers” stories to write about in the media for so long now, it’s easy to spot the torrent of anti-Celtic stories there have been recently. All in the week leading up to the second ever meeting between the Hoops and the tribute act across the city.

If it hasn’t been about the so-called ream of players al set to leave Celtic Park, it’s been further speculation about the Head Coach or the CEO that has populated the back pages this week. The media still haven’t let go of the O** F*** tag either and have been positively purring with jubilation at “The Rangers” getting promoted to the Scottish Premiership and winning the Pathetic Cup.

Apart from the usual garbage there was a story printed by the Scotsman newspaper only yesterday about Scotland’s oldest clubs. On that list was Rangers 1872, a club they seem happy to endorse as the same one which started over in 2012 following liquidation.

My debate isn’t about the 1872 v 2012 question. That argument will rage on until it is archived along with all the other wrongdoings of the 1872 club thanks to the endless bias in Scotland.

It is more about the timing of the article and it’s pertinence to the two clubs playing in Sunday’s semi final. There was no need for this story to be printed.

The fact Celtic aren’t on the list isn’t an issue for me either. In fact I’m more bothered why Third Lanark weren’t listed.

It’s typical of the media to carelessly throw something like this into the mix like a grenade in a room full of people. Something which saddens me to the core about Scotland and it’s media.

This kind of behaviour is every bit as irresponsible when dealing with supporter rivalry as any supporters misbehaving themselves. And yet, the fuel the media add continues without any real moderation.

Another issue that cropped up recently was the warning issued by Police Scotland regarding celebrations around the Easter Uprising. Even from 400 miles away I was astonished by this approach.

Given that Police Scotland are already on the blacklist for harassing Celtic fans, this is a step too far. The people behind this should bookmark this moment in time for future reference.

I mean aren’t we forgetting something? Like the Orange Walks that are paraded through the streets of Glasgow for weeks, year on year right in the faces of those who are offended by their very existence.

Lets not forget what these marches symbolise. You would think that after several decades the police and politicians would be able to handle this more even-handedly but of course they can’t can they?

However, I digress. Something which I’m sure I’ll do again in the near future.

So what positive Celtic stories have I perused this week? None in the press, that’s for sure, so let’s hear it for the bloggers and freelancers out there speaking the truth and talking sense (mainly).

Be it negative or positive, it is generally always ‘real’. Good topics, proper facts and open to the audience.

The Scottish media will tell us otherwise of course. Blogger bashing by these jokers who get paid to write whatever sells is the kind of reaction you expect when you question their ‘integrity’, of which they have none.

There are some great bloggers and freelance journalists out there though. They all vary in terms of content and tone but it is all good stuff.

With so few in the media that are worth following it is important to get untainted views elsewhere. Yes, you could argue that a self indulging Celtic fan blogging about “The Rangers” is biased or from their own perspective.

What you can say about that though is it is ‘their opinion’. Whereas in the media, it is written as gospel as though it actually happened.

So for the remaining days leading up to Sunday’s semi final at Hampden expect the worst and further trash to sift through if you can even bear to read it. As for now, I’ll keep tuning into my favourite blogs for which there are many.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac