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

The weekend starts here, so let’s see what has been interesting, intriguing or even irking Scotzine readers.

Strap yourself in, please, we’re in for a bumpy ride.

Sherlock Holmes’ detection qualities are not required to discover that a certain game at Hampden on Sunday figures large on the message board this week. First up, Chris Boyd spouts: “Robbery! Nothing else to say.”

Ed Answers: Can you be a little bit more specific, Chris?

Willie Wilson joins in: “Could Celtic have made history in the League Cup Final by being the only team ever not to have a legitimate shot on target and win a trophy?”

Ed answers: I seem to recall a Steaua Bucharest outfit that rarely ventured across the halfway line before beating Barcelona on penalty-kicks to win the European Cup in 1986.

Anna Smythe has some advice for Celtic supremo Peter Lawwell; “Get Fraser Forster signed NOW,” she urges. “It doesn’t matter what he costs. That big chap will guarantee 10 league titles in a row – at least. Dig deep, Peter, and show the fans you are listening to them.”

Ed answers: There are reports Southampton are paying their keeper as much as £90,000-per-week, Anna. That’s a lot of lolly, serious money for a 31-year-old keeper. Now where did I put my old gloves?

“What’s happening at Ibrox?” asks David Merchant. “Has Steven Gerrard come up with the reverse of a youth policy in wanting to offer extensions to Dad’s Army trio of Allan McGregor, Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe?

“What sort of signal does that send out to young players hoping to come through the ranks at the club? These old codgers have had their moments in Blue Heaven. It’s time for them to move on and let others live the dream.”

Ed answers: I get the drift you don’t get too involved in nostalgia, then, David?

Alfie McIntosh informs us: “I am a neutral football fan, so I watched the Betfred League Cup Final with an impartial eye. I have to say wee Frimpong is a breath of fresh air.

“I see he hasn’t even played 10 first-team games in his entire career and he was one of Celtic’s best players until his unfortunate red card. I watched experienced players such as James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi struggle to make an impact while he was looking for the ball at all times.

“The lad’s a gem. And I loved his TV interview afterwards. Refreshing and infectious. I wish him a great career wherever it takes him.”

Ed answers: Oh my days, Alfie. You seem smitten by the 19-year-old Amsterdammer. Completely agree, a future superstar is emerging in our game right now.

Sarah Burnside has some words for people continually touting Sam Cosgrove to English clubs. “Lay off,” she warns. “He’s Aberdeen’s property and we want him to stay here for years to come.

“Other clubs had the opportunity to buy him when he was at Carlisle and no-one took a chance. Derek McInnes came along, gave him an opportunity and just look at him now. He’s one of the most accomplished strikers in the Premiership.

“I would take him ahead of that chap Alfredo Morelos any day of the week. I reckon Big Sam is a lot more valuable.”

Ed answers: By my reckoning, Sarah, that will put him in the £100million bracket, at least.

On that cheerful note, folks, I have to admit 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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