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FEEDBACK FRIDAY: NO BIG DEAL, CELTIC, UNSETTLING GERRARD, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AT HAMPDEN, THE DOC’S DIG

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A WARM welcome once again to FEEDBACK FRIDAY, our new column that welcome 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 discover what has been interesting, intriguing or even annoying Scotzine readers.

Jane Dolan opens fire with this offering: “So, what’s the big deal about Celtic beating Lazio in Rome?” she queries. “The law of averages was on their side. Should we all start saluting an effort that took over 100 years to achieve?”

Ed answers: It was 13 attempts, to be precise, Jane.

Johnny Anderson joins in with these thoughts: “We all know Alan Brazil is a big Celtic fan, don’t we? His latest offering on talkSPORT would tend to suggest he is trying to unsettle Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager.

“Well, it seems obvious to me he wants him our gaffer out of Ibrox. Trying to link him with Arsenal is a step too far. And insisting he would ‘do a Brendan’, a reference to some bloke quitting some club in the east end of Glasgow for some club in the Midlands, is just plain insulting.

“He might once have been a Red, but Gerrard has already shown he is a True Blue.”

Ed answers: The Rangers boss certainly looked quite at home during last night’s win over Porto, that’s for sure.

Willie Watson observes: “What a pity Celtic and Rangers won their respective Betfred League Cup semi-finals at the weekend. A Hibs v Hearts silverware showdown would have been a more open and entertaining spectacle.”

Ed answers: Do you think the Edinburgh clubs would have had managers in their respective Hampden dug-outs by December 8?

Still on the Hibs/Hearts managerial name game as successors to Paul Heckingbottom and Craig Levein are sought, Bazza Johnston offers: “I believe Tom Cobley is available.”

Ed answers: You’re not taking this seriously, are you, Bazza?

Jim Sanderson agrees with Rab Douglas that Craig Gordon must quit Celtic. He remarks: “Craig will be 37 on Hogmanay and he must look to the future. I realise keepers can go on a bit longer than their outfield counterparts, but, even taking that into consideration, he would be struggling to get a three-year deal with a top-class side. The time for him to act is now.

“The mere fact Celtic have just signed Scott Bain on a new four-year deal lets you know how they’re thinking.

“Fraser Forster is the best of the lot, but is more than likely to return to Southampton at the end of the season to resume his reported £70,000-per-week contract. Or, at least, look for another top-flight English club who will pay those sort of wages.”

Ed answers: You seem to know an awful lot about Fraser Forster’s intentions, Jim, but I agree Craig Gordon is a quality keeper who deserves first-team football, no argument about that.  

Andy Wilson tells us: “Glancing at one of your reader’s observation on Alfredo Morelos not being worth £20million, reminded me of a story concerning former Rangers striker Derek Parlane and one-time Scotland and Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty.

“I recall Parlane being hot property way back in the seventies and manager Jock Wallace commenting on putting a price on the player’s head. ‘A fee for my player?’ growled Big Jock. ‘Let’s just say 125,000 wouldn’t buy him’. To which The Doc replied: ‘And I’m one of them!’ Boom! Boom!”

Ed answers: Good Old Tommy Doc, possessor of the fastest gums in the west.

“Good to see in Scotzine that Derek McInnes was praising his Aberdeen players following their dreadful performance against Celtic,” says Granite Gary. “No ranting or raving after an embarrassing home defeat. The Dons players of today are fortunate a certain Alex Ferguson wasn’t in charge to watch that debacle.”

Ed answers: McInnes has proved what Aberdeen means to him. About time his playing staff showed the same concern for the club.

I was getting a bit worried about the lack of communication from ‘Concerned of Perth‘, so I was delighted when he got in touch this week. “That’s it,” he said, “the corner has been turned. St Johnstone are heading for the Europa League next season.”

Ed answers: The world loves an optimist, so I hate to remind you that your side are only two points better off than rock-bottom St Mirren.

The final observation of the week goes to eagle-eyed Andy Hamilton who is obviously a bit of an art buff. He pointed out: “I noticed your photograph of Hearts caretaker manager Austin MacPhee in Scotzine after the League Cup loss to Rangers. Made me look twice. MacPhee could have been the subject for Munch’s ‘The Scream’. Uncanny!”

Ed answers: Hmmmm…..

* Well, folks, time has beaten us for another week. Thank you once again for your shrewd observations. 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 in your company. Thanks for your support and have a wonderful weekend wherever the action may take you. See you the 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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