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FEEDBACK FRIDAY: CELTIC REGRETS OVER SINCLAIR, SAINTS AND SINNERS, DEFOE DILEMMA, STEVIE WONDER, AWESOME IN OZ

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A WARM welcome to FEEDBACK FRIDAY, our column that invites 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.

Willie Thompson kicks off proceedings: “Do you think Neil Lennon acted in haste in allowing Scott Sinclair to leave for Preston in this transfer window? Suddenly, they are struggling for left-sided wide players following the injury to Mikey Johnston against St Johnstone in midweek.

“Am I the only one who believes the player is a little on the fragile side? Wasn’t he out for some considerable time after limping off against Rangers at Ibrox at the start of September?

“Sadly, it looks as though the lad might be injury-prone. With that in mind, surely an experienced campaigner such as Sinclair would have been a handy guy to have around?

“Lewis Morgan is also USA-bound and Mohamed Elyounoussi is still struggling with a foot injury and has played 45 minutes in something like three months.

“And where on earth is Ukrainian Marian Shved, who arrived in a £2million deal last January?”

Ed answers: That’s a very good question, Willie. Over to Neil Lennon to answer that query.

“Tommy Wright explained his side’s 3-0 defeat from Celtic by saying his players ‘froze’ in the first-half,” says Nancy Diamond. “I wonder why? Didn’t they know what to expect?

“They went into this match after losing 7-0 at Parkhead in the first league game of the season back in August. Celtic have, in fact, now scored 30 goals against them in their past nine meetings.

“And they were still caught cold?”

Ed answers: So many questions, Nancy, and so little time. I think it would be fair to say Celtic would have hammered just about anyone with that performance. They were a juggernaut for half-an-hour. Credit the Saints for sticking in and making a game of it after the turnaround.

Johnny Scott says: “It’s a travesty Jermain Defoe faces the possibility of a lengthy spell on the sidelines after his injury against Ross County.

“I thought he was on fire against the Dingwall team in midweek. He took the opening goal brilliantly and set up the second for Scott Arfield with a clever back-heel.

“I suppose a lot will be made of the fact he is 37 years old and, therefore, must be susceptible to knocks and injuries.

“Listen, the guy is a goalscorer as he has emphasised over his many years in the game with so many clubs. Let’s hope he makes a speedy return.

“The Premiership needs this type of excellent professional.”

Ed answers: Can’t argue with any of that, Johnny. Defoe has been a model pro throughout his career and will only be good for the Ibrox youngsters.

Still on the Rangers theme, Ernie Mack says: “I was surprised to see Brandon Barker was on more than £10,000-per-week at Ibrox.

“The poor lad must have taken a massive wage cut to leave Manchester City in the summer to go to Gers.”

Ed answers: Good to see you are in touch with reality, Ernie.

“Bravo, Stephen O’Donnell,” exclaims Barbara MacDonagh. “I see he has chosen to remain at Kilmarnock instead of going south.

“I read he knocked back the opportunity to join Oxford after Killie had accepted a six-figure fee from the League One outfit.

“That says something about the lad’s loyalty. For me, he is the best right-back in Scotland.”

Ed answers: O’Donnell is out of contract in the summer and can walk away from Rugby Park for free. Let’s see what happens then, Barbara.

Daniel Wilson has an interesting observation to make. He says: “I saw a comment about your site this week which wasn’t exactly flattering. You were accused of ‘false news’ and I had to think the only thing false in the observation was the reader’s accusation. I have been a reader for the best part of a year and I reckon you get it right nine times out of 10. More power to your elbow.”

Ed answers: Yes, we saw the comment, Daniel. We believe in free speech, so we let it run. We don’t agree with the sentiments, of course, but everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. The forum is there, unless, naturally, the usage of English gets a tad ripe and comments go beyond the ‘good taste’ category. Everything we do is in black and white, quite literally, and we are happy to be exposed to scrutiny. Our ex-reader seemed unhappy with an Olivier Ntcham story we featured on Wednesday. Ironically, Neil Lennon backed it up 24 hours later. Ach, you can’t please everyone!

Peter Lawwell gets a pat on the back from Steph Taylor, all the way from Australia’s Gold Coast. She has been in touch after Celtic FC Foundation’s gesture of making a payment to the Australian Red Cross to help towards addressing the crisis caused by devastating bushfires across the country, as Scotzine reported.

Steph says: “I wonder if I could be the first Aussie Celtic fan to thank the Chief Executive of Celtic, Peter Lawwell, for the generous and much-needed donation of £5,000?    The link on your site for more donations from the Celtic fans is a wonderful initiative and much appreciated.”

Ed answers: Consider it done, Steph.

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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