Amidst a phalanx of court cases, including The Takeover T.K.O. and The Failed Conviction Arse Cover at Glasgow’s High Court, will readers find it refreshing to discuss football for a change? Regular readers will not be disappointed as I have a switchblade between my teeth as I type.
Prior to discussing today’s semifinal I pause to congratulate Scotland’s second best team, Aberdeen FC, for prevailing in a five goal thriller against Hibs. As I predicted prior to this match the ‘honest mistakes‘ that almost exclusively work to the advantage of Rangers Lite and to the detriment of Celtic, would not subvert this game. The Rangers-facing officials would have hated both teams in equal measure.
I chose this game as my pick of the weekend games notwithstanding the Chelsea v Spurs FA Cup semifinal which yielded one more goal. However for the Glasgow-facing SMSM the only game that matters is the noon clash between Celtic and Rangers Lite. They to a man prefer to refer to this clash as an Old Firm Derby, despite the fact that Rangers Lite is a confection of assets that Charles Green cobbled together in a fire-sale of a soon to be liquidated business. Green’s actions were analogous to buying a job lot of school desks prior to John Brown’s remedial school being demolished. How do I know it was a remedial school? He spells rats as rhats. Judging by performances marked by selective amnesia and recalcitrance by two former managers at Glasgow’s High Court, would anyone be surprised if this gormless duo of failed managers shared Brown’s alma mater? I’m aware that Smith had some success with a team created by Graeme Souness and took his EBT charges to a minor UEFA final in Manchester, but had it not been for the tax-evasion and financial doping of his Chairman there would have been no success. Murray’s fix was in well before the introduction of DOS/VSS and EBT. It would have been interesting if Donald Findlay had asked Smith whether bonuses were paid in cash off the books during the nine in a row romp. Of course Findlay could not ask that question as it would have compromised his former tenure on the Ibrox board.
Today’s game will be officiated by one referee and one fourth official who have previous in making decisions that beggar belief to the detriment of Celtic. Should any Rangers Lite player dive in the penalty box, sighted or unsighted, Collum will point to the spot. The bigot that is Donald Robertson will support any decision he makes which bedevils Celtic. The William Hill Scottish Cup semifinal might as well be renamed The King Billy Memorial Cup as John Fleming’s bigoted charges will do their utmost to assist Rangers Lite, and fulfill Fleming’s desire to see his team in another Hampden final.
However there is nothing ‘Old’ about Rangers Lite. As founding father Charles Green’s counsel stated, there is no Rangers. This former professional football club is no longer trading and will soon be liquidated. These are the facts of the matter. Why has no-one ever challenged Neil Doncaster’s website that shows Rangers continuity when it is an absurd lie? Will we have to crowdfund a judicial review to prove that he is a lying corrupt bastard? If you’re paying attention Mr. Doncaster, I repeat you are a lying corrupt bastard who is passing off a new club as a former club for a bonus when securing a broadcasting deal. How much does this corrupt lie personally benefit you Mr Doncaster?
As for the football, with eleven men on the park and two officials acting in concert, I fancy Rangers to prevail against a ten-man Celtic who are predetermined to concede a penalty kick. I anticipate either Brown or Gordon, or both, being sent off. Why not? Lawwell is a spineless blowhard who won’t challenge the historical cheating of Rangers or the cheating by ICT. He would be more exercised by litter on his heated driveway. Should ‘honest mistakes‘ be a factor in today’s game I guarantee that they will favour Rangers Lite.
I predicted that Bobby Madden would cheat in the derby at Celtic Park and he duly obliged when denying Celtic a stone-cold penalty after Griffiths was felled by a waist-high challenge from the rear by Clint Hill, which prevented Griffiths pulling the trigger from six yards and indubitably scoring the winning goal. It was cheating pure and simple by the East Kilbride bigot.
The surprising thing is that the referees keep getting away with it. Should Celtic lose out to another final through cheating, will their board continue to be lambs to the slaughter?
Prior to creating this article I read an excellent piece by Auldheid in the equally excellent Celtic Quick News. In his thesis he quotes statistical analysis that leads to the conclusion, with a 92% probability, that a team with a higher wage structure than that of its competitors will more likely than not be successful. He looked at four seasons where Celtic players were paid more than Rangers. So why were Rangers more successful? Nett pay after tax is the answer. Some of the Celtic squad were paying 59.6% in tax whereas the Rangers players, being paid the bulk of their salaries tax-free, were only paying 21% on the tissue of lies that was their declared income.
The idea, mooted by LNS, that EBT did not confer a competitive advantage is for the birds.
If we apply this logic to today’s game, are Celtic with their higher salaries 92% more likely to prevail? If in the highly unlikely event of a game free of refereeing subversion, Lite will do well if they manage to neuter Sinclair and Dembele as well as Graeme Marty’s charges did at Celtic Park. Sinclair and Dembele will be so closely man-marked that they will feel like they are competing in a three-legged race. McGregor and Forrest flatter to deceive. Only Roberts offers a direct threat, although he has been coached to be a provider. Kenny Miller will have an easy ride as both Tierney and Lustig leave gaps in defence that he can exploit. He is a clinical goal scorer who puts in a shift for his team.
Lite know that they can take Aberdeen in the final. William Hill and the SFA are also aware that the demographic of Scotland would be best served by a Rangers v Aberdeen final. Celtic will have to be two goals to the good as Collum is good for a goal per game for Rangers.
For those who insist that cheating is not a factor in the Scottish game I respectfully refer them to the SPFL web site.