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FEEDBACK FRIDAY: KEVIN CALAMITY AND THE CELTIC FANS, GERRARD AND THE SWISS MISS

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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 look out your hard hats and let’s get the ball rolling

Sherlock Holmes qualities have not been required at Scotzine this week to detect Celtic fans are not overly-enamoured with the refereeing qualities of a certain Mr K Clancy.

First up, Rab Scott, from Glasgow, tells us: “Kevin Clancy? I call him Kevin Calamity. The man is a disgrace. How many times do we have to put up with this third-rate match official?

“Do Celtic players have to lose limbs in the opposition’s penalty box before he deems there might be a foul? And what about his assistant at Easter Road? A waste of space. How does he miss Ryan Christie being chopped at the ankles and Moritz Bauer being forearm-smashed? Both right in front of him. Useless!”

GOOD VIEW…the referee’s assistant gets an uninterrupted look at Lewis Stevenston’s tackle on Celtic’s Ryan Christie.

James Wilson writes: “I was at two games last year when Clancy was the referee. I wish I had stayed at home. In fact, I wished HE had stayed at home. Celtic drew 0-0 at Livingston where their striker Dolly Menga stuck the head on Ryan Christie. We all saw it and it was caught on camera. What did Clancy do? Nothing.

“Justice was done  (sort of) when the SFA Compliance Officer slapped a two-game ban on the player after taking retrospective action. (I seem to remember something similar when Bobby Madden didn’t produce a card against Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna after he had drop-kicked Odsonne Edouard to the extent the French player had to come off.)

“About a month later, three days after the League Cup Final win over Aberdeen, in fact, I went to Fir Park to see a perfectly good goal from Filip Benkovic ruled out against Motherwell. Celtic were leading 1-0 through a goal from Ryan Christie at the time.

“To make matters worse, he allowed an equaliser from Well in the last minute after a blatant foul on a Celtic player in the lead up play.”

NO GOAL…Filip Benkovic “scores” against Motherwell at Fir Park – but Kevin Clancy ruled it out.

This is turning into a ‘Let’s Give Clancy a Kicking’ column, but Scotzine is here to listen to the views of the readers and Tom Jones – can’t be, can it? – recalls: “Clancy was the man with the whistle at Ibrox in May when Rangers deservedly won 2-0 against a poor Celtic team.

“While Gerrad and Co took the bragging rights for all of five minutes, we shouldn’t forget Scott Brown getting an elbow in the kisser from Jon Flanagan as he lined up for a corner-kick. Clancy was standing about six yards away. A booking and nothing else. For trying to disfigure an opponent for life?

“As I remember, the SFA took retrospective action and upgraded the yellow card to red. And then changed their mind when the player appealed.

“Well, at least, we all know what SFA stands for, don’t we?”

Ed answers: Phew! Delighted to give you guys a platform to vent your spleen. Good to see time is a great healer, too.

Our good friend Stevie Silver Fox has been busy this week keeping abreast of events in Scotzine. We featured an image of the League Cup bedecked in blue and red ribbons with white lettering and he was quick to point out: “Should be green/white ribbons on the Cup as Celtic won it and win all in Scotland last how many years.”

Ed answers: Blue and red are the colours of sponsors Betfred. Green and white ribbons have gone on minutes after the final whistle in the last three Cup Finals.

Jeremie Frimpong had plenty to say after his Man of the Match debut against Partick Thistle in the League Cup quarter-final win last week.

Stevie Silver Fox commented: “Another one waiting his time to go as soon as extra £s signs show.”

Ed answers: After 90 minutes, SSF?

Scotzine featured a tale from Neil Lennon praising his Celtic fringe players after their five-star performance against the Firhill side.

Stevie Silver Fox snapped back: “Then couldn’t win v Hibs.”

Ed answers: Facts are on your side in this one.

Robbie Savage, that soccer sage from across the border, made the point not one Celtic player would get into Brendan Rodgers’ current Leicester City team.

Stevie Silver Fox couldn’t resist: “Best ignored.”

Ed answers: Okay.

Neil Lennon also mentioned Celtic will not blow away teams in every game this season and there will be results like the 1-1 draw with Hibs.

Stevie Silver Fox was in with the speed of light. “Just Rangers we enjoy blowing away like 2-0 game  going on 5 or 6 .”

Ed answers: I’m getting the impression your loyalties are with a team who play in the east end of Glasgow, Mr S S Fox.

I’LL DRINK TO THAT…OR MAYBE NOT! Steven Gerrard was raging at the referee in Switzerland.

Stephen Pointer was quick to…erm…point out something Steven Gerrard said in Scotzine after their five-goal mauling of Aberdeen at Ibrox last week.

He says: “Never won a thing. All he does is complain.”

However, just as quick to back the Rangers manager is Darren Laidlaw who says: “Who can disagree with the Rangers gaffer when he insists they should have been given a penalty-kick against Young Boys? A blind man could have seen it was a pen.

“The guy clipped Wee Alf from behind. If that’s not a pen, then please tell me what is. I think Wee Alf is getting bad press. Every time he goes down he is labelled a diver. Have you seen some of the tackles on the player? They’re brutal.”

Ed answers: Unfortunately, VAR isn’t in use in these rounds of the Europa League. Otherwise, I think you have a sound case. 

* 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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