Despite being in and out of Europe in three hours, with Progres being somewhat limited by the fourth best team in Luxembourg, it would seem that the lite fans brought home a souvenir. A vile chant that was spawned in the leafy squares of Niederkorn is now doing the rounds in Scottish football grounds.
In a new addition to the incessant sectarian soundtrack comes the following:
“The Lisbon Lions won’t see ten in a row.”
As Celtic fans rightly venerate the fiftieth anniversary of an achievement that was unprecedented in Northern Europe at that time, and has never been matched by any Scottish club, the knuckle draggers seem to be eating sour plums again. However their response to criticism about this vile chant took my breath away:
“It’s only a song. What about your songs about the Ibrox disaster?”
I have never been a regular at Celtic Park but I have seen highlights from the majority of their matches. In a timeline that spans a couple of decades, I have never heard a chant of this nature. An exercise in faux whataboutery is a sorry excuse for the inexcusable.
BBC Scotland, who took umbrage when one of their reporters was banned from Ibrox for a report on the vile chants from the lowest common denominator of Scottish football supporters, known by the collective noun as ‘Scotland’s Shame‘, have now been browbeaten into silence.
Or are the BBC just incompetent? BBC Scotland have a dedicated page on Dundee United yet they have not picked up on my exclusive that Stephen Thompson and his board have sold out to U.S. interests. Did the clocks go back at BBC Scotland or have they stopped? For The Klan in the photograph – including the delightfully named Livingston Combat Company – the clocks stopped in 1690.
As we fast forward to the present day giving The Klan a nosebleed, it would seem that there is some elation in the ranks apropos Murty’s charges beating the spent force that is Hearts FC. One comedian on our comments board suggested that Murty would be manager of the month in November. I guess if those who decide ‘swing the lead‘ this may not be as fanciful as it seems.
With the exception of Keith Jackson, who is always good for a laugh as we start the working week, I rarely read anything from Trinity Mirror’s beleaguered Scottish titles. As I was perusing The Clumpany’s satire, I came across a piece by Michael Gannon that compared Rangers Lite to a 72 ounce steak.
Had he suggested that Lite were a large Cow Pie that only Desperate Dan could get his teeth into, his metaphor might have had some traction.
Of course Gannon stopped short as his title is being boycotted by the Lisbon Lions Recidivists Choir. Despite the mixed metaphors Gannon may be on to something when he asserted that the botched appointment of Caixinha had set back Lite by a year.
When Primark Pedro inherited Warburton’s squad, he sat in the stands as Lite earned an unlikely draw when Bobby Madden looked the other way as Leigh Griffiths was felled by a waist-high tackle from behind just as he was about to net Celtic’s winner. It was a penalty and red card all day long, but not on Madden’s watch.
Madden even had the audacity to ask Griffiths if it was a penalty. Madden is a blatant cheat who should play no part in any game involving Celtic or Rangers Lite. He wears his support for the latter on his sleeve.
The Lite supporters partied like it was a tax-evading 1999. Murty had put a smile on their faces. However Lite were still 24 points behind Celtic. After Pedro took charge they finished 39 points adrift and suffered the ignominy of a 5-1 reverse at Ibrox, which is referred to colloquially in Glasgow as ‘a total humping.’
Caixinha should have been sacked on the spot, but with the Progres game only a matter of weeks away he was spared. No-one could ever accuse the Lite board of not having a sense of humour. Primark Pedro was comedy gold. He was Mr. Bean in a light blue tracksuit.
Debate is raging on other forums about Jim Delahunt’s statement that McInnes will be unveiled as the Lite manager on Wednesday. Has he been tipped off by the Aberdeen manager’s agent, or is he flying a kite supplied by Level 5? His credibility – is that too strong a word for Delahunt where the ‘h’ in his surname is regularly replaced by a ‘c’ – will be shot to pieces should McInnes not emerge from the Blue Room with a face painted like a Cheshire Cat.
If this were to occur and Stewart Milne accepted compensation on the ‘never never’ the Aberdeen fans would be quick to pick up their pitchforks. Milne is an SFA lickspittle. If he was a lickspittle to the SFA’s eleven, he would be as popular as Salman Rushdie in a Tehran mosque.
I suspect the unseen gout-riddled hands of Slim Shady Traynor are behind this. The Ibrox board don’t have the £1.5m it would take to buy McInnes out of his new contract. However they would like us to believe that this quantum is within their gift.
Murty is the obvious choice. He has the confidence of the ‘Whatsapp’ crew, notably Wallace and Miller, and will stand idly by as the Qatari owned players head south. Their tenure at Ibrox was always going to be temporary. Pedro Mendes has a plan.