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FEEDBACK FRIDAY: LARSSON: GIVE HIM A JOB, CELTIC, DON’T BLAME OLI, APPLAUD THE REAL TARTAN ARMY, SNOD OFF

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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 strap yourself in for a bumpy ride and let’s see what’s ruffling the feathers of the Scotzine readers.

“I was sad to see Henrik Larsson’s bid to return to football management with Southend falling through this week,” points out Joe Thornton. “It’s clear, though, he wants back into the game he graced so wonderfully as a player. Here’s a suggestion – give him a job, Celtic.

“Make him the club’s striking coach. Neil Lennon knows all about playing in midfield, John Kennedy can work with Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic at centre-half and Damien Duff is there to add his winger’s knowledge to players such as Mikey Johnston, Marian Shved and Lewis Morgan.

“Stevie Woods, not a bad keeper with Motherwell in his day, works with Fraser Forster, Craig Gordon and Scott Bain to keep them sharp.

“As far as I am aware, no-one works with the strikers. It’s a job made for Henrik.”

Ed answers: That’s a fair comment, Joe. Celtic’s performance in the 2-0 loss at Livingston was the first time they hadn’t scored this season, but they didn’t trouble Livi’s young league debutant keeper all day. Over to you, Celtic.

ON THE RUN…Oliver Burke in action for Scotland.

Jack McCall follows with: “I see Oliver Burke is taking a bit of stick after his admittedly poor performance in the 4-0 loss in Moscow. We can’t make him the scapegoat, though. He had plenty of company wearing dark blue shirts against the Russians who were equally dire.

“I’ve been reading about Celtic “dodging a bullet” after his loan spell, apparently he has “the skill of a cart horse” and his “first touch is a tackle”. For goodness sake, cut the lad some slack. He’s only 22 years old. Judge him in a few years’ time.”

Ed answers: You’re quite right, Jack. One thing does amaze me, though. Who rated Oli in the £13.5million class in the first place? At the time that made him the most expensive Scot in history. And what possessed West Brom to practically match that fee to take him from RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga after just one year? The big lad has his merits, but not at those prices. Not yet, anyway.

Alfie McCulloch keeps us on the international track with this offering: “Delighted Scotland took six goals off San Marino, but let’s not go overboard. This was San Marino, the worst team in the world, we were playing. Millport Amateurs would have rolled over this lot.”

Ed answers: Another fair point. I’m more interested in how we fare when we play in Cyprus next month. They are an emerging nation and were within a minute of a point at Hampden in June. That game will be a more accurate barometer to gauge our progress.

ONE FOR THE FUTURE…a drenched Scott McTominay at Hampden on Sunday night.

“How about a round of applause for the fans who turned up at the soaking national stadium on Sunday?” asks Joe Dillon. “It was a non-event match played in horrendous conditions on the Sabbath and yet 20,699 supporters rallied around the flag to get behind their nation. That was the REAL Tartan Army.”

Ed answers: I doff my glengarry in their direction, Joe. 

“So, Robert Snodgrass has quit the Scotland international team?” says Tom Shanks. “I was amazed to find he had played 28 times for us. Honestly, I can’t remember a single highlight. I doubt if he’ll be a massive miss to Steve Clarke or the country.”

Ed answers: As they say in football, Tom, his future is behind him. Going forward, Scott McTominay, Ryan Christie and John McGinn are the players we have to look to for midfield positions.

Jamie Carragher appearedin Scotzine during the week admitting he had ditched Celtic to support Rangers now his Liverpool chum Steven Gerrard is boss at Ibrox.

Mike Schraner cuts to the chase: “Obviously, not a big Celtic fan or he would still be one.”

Ed answers: Jamie seems a wee bit confused about team loyalties. He was brought up an Everton fan and played all his football at their greatest rivals. 

* 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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