I published yesterday’s article at 07.30 a.m. (UK). In this piece I wrote:
“The word has clearly gone out to Lloyds and MBNA whom have withdrawn The Rangers Credit Card.”
By 18.00 Video Celts ran my exclusive and passed it off as their own. Now ordinarily I would be oblivious to anything posted on this site as I would be of anything posted on the largely irrelevant Kerrydale Street, but when James Forrest of The Celtic Blog/On Fields of Green writes an article and gives a chapeau to Video Celts and not this site, I begin to ask questions.
When I exclusively revealed that King has health issues I later find a common contributor to SFM giving their site the credit as ‘he could not recall where he read it, probably here (SFM)’. Is the johnjamessite the site that dare not speak its name? I have read everything written by James Forrest. His piece on ‘Smash a Fenian Day’ which exposes the Herald’s Sports Editor as an apologist for what Neil Cameron deemed to be ‘dark humour’ is a must read. It was so well-written that I mothballed my half-written piece on this disturbing leaflet that was doing the rounds. I may choose to revisit the issue on May 1st which has been set aside as the day to engage in targeted violence, murder and arson. Welcome to Scotland 2018.
I would prefer to get on with my social media peers. When I set out on my blogging journey I never missed a piece by Phil Macgiollabhain. I was fulsome in my congratulations when he won The International Award at the FBA gala evening at Old Trafford in 2016. I planned to introduce myself and buy him a drink. However he did not attend. If I were to speculate he probably had more pressing NUJ business elsewhere. However I have seen a change in his output. When he is engaged in writing a book and under time constraints, as is currently the case, he ventures into social media, selects the low-lying fruit and presents it much better than the original author. I have also seen him cast his spell on my output. All I ask is a hat-tip. However he steadfastly refuses to do so.
Some have come on this site and attempted to create a feud. They have stated that Phil Mac looks down on me and is dismissive of my output. I have been assured by someone in his confidence that this is not the case. There is no feud and I won’t be tricked into retaliation. Someone of his acquaintance, whom I contend is ‘Rugger Guy’ with the real name Tom Cassidy, wrote me a personal message in which he asserted that ‘I was a sick joke.’ He also mentioned that Mr. Macgiollabhain was in good humour. I invited Mr. Cassidy to repeat his assertion to my face. My RSVP went unanswered. It did not stop him coming on to this site in an attempt to post a comment as Swiss Tam. I chose not to approve his comment.
Given that Lloyds have acquired MBNA and they know what was under the bonnet of the former club that plied its criminal trade at Ibrox, it may be as simple as Lloyds washing their hands of Ibrox. However my contacts in The Square Mile have recommended that I look at the ‘big picture.’ I prefer not to use industrial language and I can usually find a form of words which suffices, but there is no better way of saying that King ‘is acting the cunt’ with the City Watchdog.
His name, and that of Rangers Lite, is mud in the City. Some of the leading lights of the Financial Services Sector were pressed into action by King’s appeal of the original findings of the Takeover & Mergers Panel. They summarily dismissed King’s appeal and ordered him to make an offer by 12 April 2017. Almost one year later he has yet to make an offer. The Financial Institutions in the City are a tightly-knit group. In bygone days a shyster like King would be denied access to the gentlemen’s clubs in St. James. If King turned up at any of these private clubs he would be bundled to the gutter. Everyone knows that he is thumbing his nose at the City. Everyone knows that he is a common garden criminal. Everyone knows he will be crushed. Metro Bank are fully aware of King’s aberrant behaviour. How they respond will be instructive.
On a final note a word or two about Scottish football. The question that springs to mind is how can Neil McCann’s (EBT £500,000) Dundee team deny Celtic three points on a Wednesday yet ship four goals to Rangers Lite on the following Saturday? I’m not suggesting anything sinister as was the case when Jimmy Calderwood and six of his players in the Dunfermline team were intent on throwing a title-deciding match at Ibrox. I’m suggesting that the Champions elect have become stale, predictable and easy to muzzle.
If the Celtic team of last year were playing a game at Hamilton, I would have no hesitation in predicting a comfortable win. However this season’s vintage is much thinner than last season’s Lennoxtown cru. Is it confidence? Or is it the prosaic fact that Rodgers insists on playing Dembele who is clearly a yard short and is firing blanks? The title is all but won but if Wednesday evening’s dull as ditchwater performance is repeated at Hampden, Bobby Madden’s eleven will prevail. Rangers Lite’s finances are so precarious that the SFA will do anything in their power to ease their path to the final. Appointing former Rangers season-ticket holder Bobby Madden, who last travelled to Ibrox on a supporters bus from East Kilbride in 2010, will do nicely for an organisation which informed Andrew Dickson that UEFA would not look too closely at their application. A Scottish Cup win would warm the cockles of McRae’s heart, or would that be his tie in his soup course again?
Only Madden would deny a penalty for a waist-high challenge on Griffiths that would not be out of place in a cage fight.
Griffiths is about to pull the trigger. It’s a clear goal scoring opportunity. He is cynically fouled from behind. Red card and penalty all day long. Madden cheated by ignoring the incident thus denying Celtic a deserved win. Having gotten away with it once, what’s to stop him doing so again?
For readers who missed this article stay tuned at Video Celts for the repeat.