A WARM welcome once again to FEEDBACK FRIDAY, our new column that welcomes the fans’ views, frank or frivolous, candid or controversial, as you let off steam with your observations, comments or opinions.

The weekend starts here, so let’s have a good kick at the ball and see if if it hits the back of the net for Scotzine readers.

Willie Burns opens with: “Celtic must do whatever it takes to sign Fraser Forster. Yes, I realise he will cost a few bob in wages and Southampton might want a chunk of their original £10million fee paid back, but surely he is worth it?

“Look at his two saves against Lazio. They could get Celtic to the last 32 of the Europa League next year. Think of the revenue that will bring in against a top-quality team at a capacity Parkhead. And, with the Big Man between the sticks, we might make some progress. Get it done, Celtic, you know it makes sense.”

Ed answers: It’s going to be interesting at the end of the season when his loan deal expires. Craig Gordon is out of contract at the same time and the Hoops could face their two top men walking away at the same time. Something’s got to give, methinks.

RYAN OUT LOUD…Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard celebrate the midfielder’s goal against Lazio.

Tam Cass keeps the focus on Celtic and says: “Let’s not bother with any more votes for the Premiership Player of the Year and just give the award to Ryan Christie right now. His performance against Lazio was absolutely outstanding. Best player on the park by a mile.”

Ed answers: I take it you were impressed, Tam. We’ve still got seven months of the season to run, though, Others will be staking their claim. Let’s give them a chance.

Obviously, Bill Thomson thinks Rangers’ Ryan Jack might be in with a shout. He tells us: “I saw in Scotzine this week that Jack had agreed a new contract at Rangers. I’m absolutely delighted. He has been one of our best players since Steven Gerrard walked in the front door.

“Obviously, there’s a bit of one-on-one coaching going on there and Jack is benefiting from the wise words of the Liverpool legend.”

Ed answers: From a Jack to a king, Bill?

Bert Taylor thinks Steven Gerrard should be given the Liverpool manager’s job NOW. He says: “Jurgen Klopp was almost found out last week against lowly Manchester United at Old Trafford. They merely scraped a 1-1 draw. And they hardly looked like European champions during their 4-1 win over Genk in Belgium during the week. Klopp out and Gerrard in is my tip before Christmas.”

Ed answers: I’m getting the drift your tongue might be firmly wedged in your cheek, Bert. If not, can you tell me what you’re drinking and I’ll have some?

Tommy Graham is a happy lad over in Maryhill. “Ian McCall is already making a difference at Partick Thistle and it won’t be long before we’re back where we belong in the big-time. Gary Caldwell was never up to the task of managing a club like the Jags.”

Ed answers: That’ll be the same Gary Caldwell who played for Celtic in Champions League games and for Scotland in crucial internationals? He’s a young manager and his time might come in the future. In the meantime, congrats to Ian McCall. Firhill for thrills? Let’s hope so.

Someone is clearly not happy around the McDiarmid Park area. Concerned of Perth, gets in touch to say: “I told you about a month ago I was getting a wee bit worried about what was happening at St Johnstone. I’m getting in touch again to let you know I am a BIG bit worried.”

Ed answers: Scotzine carried the story this week with your manager Tommy Wright saying he was not in fear of his job. Give him a chance to turn it around. Remember he was a genius not so long ago when he guided the Saints to the Scottish Cup.

Steve Clarke is preparing Scotland for two Euro 2020 ties against Cyprus and Kazakhstan next month and the play-offs, but a gent by the name of Rocky – couldn’t be, could it? – wants him out the door. He says: “There’s only one man for the job.

“He’s full of enthusiasm, will not stand any nonsense, game for a laugh (possibly needed), not scared to ruffle egos, won’t cost a fortune, oh and a decent manager, JOHN HUGHES.”

Ed answers: Presumably, you are not talking about the Lisbon Lion, Rocky?

* Well, folks, thank you for your comments and opinions. Please ktc and ktc – keep them coming and keep them clean – and we’ll use the best of them in FEEDBACK FRIDAY. As ever, enjoyable spending time with you. Thanks for your support and have a wonderful weekend wherever the action may take you. See you same place next week!

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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