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FEEDBACK FRIDAY: GIVE GRIFF A BREAK, ‘BIGMOUTH’ BOYD UNDER FIRE, GERRARD’S CELTIC TRANSFER JOY, DIDN’T THEY DO WELL

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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.

Tom Smith gets the ball rolling with his say on Leigh Griffiths. “Would people please give this guy a break?” he comments. “He is out there, in front of thousands on a football pitch and being watched by millions throughout the world on satellite TV, trying to make a living.

“Griffiths is 29 now and, as they say in football, his future is behind him. There are crucial seasons ahead for him and it’s a massive challenge. He is facing up to it with a lot of courage and he should be applauded for his never-say-die attitude.

“We all know about his mental health issues that have seen a year virtually wiped out of his career. He has come back and scored goals against Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock.

IN WITH A SHOUT…Scott Brown congratulates Leigh Griffiths after his goal against Kilmarnock.

“You can see he is getting stronger in every game and he is working on an understanding with Odsonne Edouard which augers well for the team.

“Neil Lennon has the luxury of playing two up front in these games and, with all due respect to the Jags and Killie, he will probably go with one against tougher opposition.

“Edouard is a must, of course, and I doubt if Lennon spent £3.5million on Polish striker Patryk Klimala for the sheer hell of it. So, that is added competition for Griffiths.

“Let the guy get on with it, for pity’s sake. Griffiths is trying to get his life – and career – back on track. I, for one, wish him all the best.”

Ed answers: Can’t argue with any of that, Tom. Leigh deserves all the support that is coming his way and we all have to hope the bigmouth brigade in the stands take a vow of silence. Possibly too much to hope for, I’m afraid.

Joan Simpson keeps us on the Griffiths theme when she says: “I was surprised to see the Celtic striker point out Kris Boyd in the Sky TV gantry after he had scored the team’s second goal against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

“Why give this guy any creedence? Does anyone really care what this bigmouth says or thinks?

“He must have a fabulous agent to get media gigs. He’s a dud with nothing interesting to say. His rant about Griffiths at the end of the game on Wednesday was unnecessary and ill-advised.

TV OR NOT TV…Kris Boyd’s Griffiths comments not welcomed.

“Let’s ignore this nonentity and simply concentrate on the people who matter – the players on the park.

“Watching Leigh Griffiths scoring goals will always be a lot more interesting and entertaining than listening to the daft comments from the likes of Boyd who appears to have some sort of agenda against some individuals.”

Ed answers: Boyd might just have scored an own goal with some of his comments,

Next up, John Paterson chips in with: “Steven Gerrard must be loving this transfer window. Okay, the Rangers manager hasn’t got any money to bring in a single new player, but he must be enjoying watching Celtic fail to spend the sort of money that could make all the difference in the title race.

“Celtic have got piles of dosh in the bank, but they appear extremely reluctant to splash the cash that would make a genuine difference.

“They’ve spent £5.5million on a striker and a defensive midfielder – and that’s the lot. Unless, of course, they have something up their sleeve before the window closes at midnight a week today.

“Neil Lennon must realise his team could do with a marquee signing to lift the whole place.

“This is a strong Rangers team who are unlikely to fold as they did last time out. And they know how to grind out results as they proved in midweek with their 1-0 win over St Mirren. It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective.

“They will go top if they win their game in hand against St Johnstone and then we’ll see how Celtic respond. I doubt if Lennon would be able to rely on either Klimala or Soro to be influential figures in the run-in to the season.”

Ed answers: The next week will be extremely interesting in the January Sales.

WELCOME TO CELTIC…Odsonne Edouard greets new Bhoy Patryk Klimala as he makes his debut against Partick Thistle last weekend.

Angela Young also has something to say about the Rangers manager. “I read with the greatest of interest the words of John Hartson in Scotzine earlier this week.

“He reckons Steven Gerrard should be ashamed of trying to cover up for Alfredo Morelos for his throat-slitting antics as he came off the pitch at Parkhead after yet another red card.

“Gerrard is trying to tell us the Colombian was merely indicating the game was over and this is a normal gesture in his homeland. Absolute nonsense! Does he really expect anyone outside the SFA to believe that rubbish?

“Am I the only one who saw Morelos make the motion twice? Why would he bother telling us twice the game was over? We know what he was indicating and if anyone accepts what Gerrard or anyone else at Ibrox is saying then I reckon they should be put on strong medication immediately and placed in a darkened room for some considerable time.

“Bravo, Big John. Words of wisdom from a media pundit at long last. Kris Boyd and Co, please take note.”

Ed answers: Alfredo can’t help hitting the headlines, can he? Mind you, he’s not bad at hitting the back of the net, too, when he actually concentrates of his real job.

“How about someone pointing out the feat of Motherwell sitting third in the Premiership?” pleads Angus Murdoch. “They rarely get any praise around Fir Park yet Stephen Robinson has to rebuild his team every summer as his best players move on.

WELL DONE…Stephen Robinson gets a pat on the back.

“At the same time, he has managed to get Well to two Cup Finals – admittedly beaten on both occasions by Celtic – and their win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Wednesday gives them a four-point advantage over the Dons.

“So, credit where credit is due, please.”

Ed answers: Well said, Angus.

Someone announcing themselves as Paddy the Maddy has got in touch to say: “In this day and age, I am a bit of a rarity – I am not a gambling man.

“However, I would put my mortgage on Kilmarnock’s new striker Nicke Kabamba scoring a lot of goals between now and the end of the term.

“I saw him against Celtic in midweek and he took his goal brilliantly. His reactions were razor-sharp as he deflected Alan Power’s volley beyond Fraser Forster.

“He put himself about, too, and didn’t give Christopher Jullien or Jozo Simunovic any peace all night.

“Kabamba will turn out to be one of the signings of the January transfer window, mark my words.”

Ed answers: Do you think the Killie fans will composing a little ditty for Kabamba in the coming months, Paddy? I can think of one off the top of my head.

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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