Prior to the issue of yet another ridiculous statement by the rogue board, the title of this piece was ‘A tale of two Macs.’ I tipped Hibs to be runners-up to Celtic this season. Their performance at Celtic Park did nothing to disabuse me of this notion despite Aberdeen drawing level with Celtic at the top of the table.
McGinn and McGregor scored a brace each with their left feet. McGinn’s 25 yard volley which resulted in his second goal was a good height for Gordon and should not have found the net. Not that too much criticism should be levelled at Gordon. His agility in diverting the ball from under a Hibs forward’s feet prevented a third goal by the visitors.
I anticipated a flat performance by Celtic after Wednesday evening’s CL exploits. The players would have returned to Glasgow in the wee small hours of Thursday morning and would have gone home to sleep, giving Brendan Rodgers only one day to work with them prior to the Hibs clash.
Willie Collum’s performance was erratic to say the least. Sinclair was being dragged back in the box. Collum put his whistle in his mouth to blow for a penalty, but changed his mind when Sinclair’s poor attempt at goal was easily blocked and saved. Collum could argue that he played the advantage.
Honours even was a fair result.
Back at Fawlty Towers on Edmiston Drive it was statement o’clock. The latest communiqué was a doozy:
“RANGERS’ Eusebio Cup match against Benfica, scheduled for Friday October 6, has been cancelled.
Benfica, who lost 5-0 away to FC Basel in the Champions League last midweek, have pulled out and Rangers are still waiting for an explanation.
Rangers were due to fly out to Canada for the match – scheduled for Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton – on Tuesday 3 October but were informed of Benfica’s decision only hours ago.
The organisers, Elite Soccer Entertainment, have apologised but Rangers will be expressing their displeasure on behalf of themselves and their supporters in the strongest possible terms.
Rangers also wish to apologise to those fans, who had made arrangements to travel, and those in Canada, who were looking forward to the match.
Rangers will take legal advice before commenting further.”
Having dodged a bullet when avoiding a trip they can ill afford, Stewart Robertson gets mauled by a lion which has escaped from the Murray Park Zoo.
The chances are that Stephen Kerr or Slim Shady Traynor penned this ode to joy. Joy for those laughing their heads off at the inclusion of a CL result which has nothing whatsoever to do with Benfica’s decision to withdraw. Benfica cited pricing and poor advance box office. Perhaps Benfica should counter with a vague reference to Lite’s humiliating exit at the hands of FC Progrès Niederkorn. There are times at Murray Park when I suspect the human variant of mad cow disease – Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease – has broken out. Or is Slim Shady’s gout playing up again?
Rangers Lite will have to make do with The Florida Cup in January which is a pre-season tournament. If Pena can stay sober long enough he might win a gold-plated Mickey Mouse for being player of the tournament.
What an accolade. The Eusebio/Florida Cup double is now off for the most mendacious team in world football. Both cups would have taken pride of place in the broom cupboard which doubles as a trophy room.