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FEEDBACK FRIDAY: CELTIC’S CUNNING PLAN FOR RANGERS, WHERE IS SHVED, SORO AND KLIMALA?, EX-HOOPS ACE IS PROPER CHARLIE

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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.

Paddy the Maddy is first up with an interesting observation. “I believe Neil Lennon has a cunning plan,” he states. “I reckon he has sacrificed Europe to make sure of the quadruple treble.

“Look at this way. If Celtic had reached the Europa League last 16, they would have had a game on Thursday March 12 – just three days before the game at Ibrox.

“So, it will be the Rangers players who may be nursing a variety of knocks and bruises by the time kick-off comes around. Celtic will have had a week off and will be raring to go. Well played, Lenny.”

Ed answers: It’s an interesting theory, Paddy. How does the Celtic manager explain to his chief executive they have just bodyswerved a UEFA payment of around the £1million mark for reaching the next stage? I think your reasoning might be a tad flawed. Plus I can’t see Lenny cast as Baldrick, somehow.

THUMP…Tom Rogic lets fly at the FC Copenhagen goal.

Possibly not quite to encouraged by the exit is Tam McIntosh who says: “What possessed the manager to start with two players – Tom Rogic and Mohamed Elyounoussi – who have rarely featured since the turn of the year?

“Elyounoussi started brightly, but was dead on his feet long before he made way for Leigh Griffiths in the 70th minute. Rogic was out of it and Celtic paid a heavy price when he miscontrolled Christopher Jullien’s pass that led directly to the killer second goal.

“At this rate, we can expect Shved, Soro and Klimala to play against St Johnstone at the weekend.”

Ed answers: Hatem Abd Elhamed is looking for his first game since November.

David Leishman opens fire on former Celtic favourite Charlie Nicholas. “I’m sorry, but I can’t resist saying he must feel a proper Charlie today. I read what he had to say in Scotzine about Rangers’ chances against Braga.

RYAN’S FLYIN’…Rangers’ midweek goal hero Ryan Kent.

“He had written off the club completely. Rangers might as well have saved the air fare and forfeited the tie was the drift of Charlie’s thinking. Oh, dear.

“Rangers won home and away and I hope Charlie watched the game on Wednesday. It could have been 3-0 at half-time, but Rangers just could not convert their overall superiority into goals. And then Ryan Kent stuck that one away to settle the issue.

“I would have loved to have seen Charlie’s face at full-time. Keep dismissing our chances and we’ll keep proving you wrong.”

Ed answers: Charlie also insisted Celtic would comfortably beat FC Copenhagen. Some you win, most you lose.

Not so happy with the team from Govan is Eileen Taylor. “It’s ridiculous that four Rangers players have missed penalty-kicks this season.

“James Tavernier started the campaign as the regular taker until he missed a couple. Alfredo Morelos, Scott Arfield and now Ianis Hagi have misfired from 12 yards.

“Clearly, that’s not good enough. They need some penalty practice at the club. Get it sorted. Pronto!”

Ed answers: Just don’t ask Gary McAllister to show them how it’s done. I still break out in a cold sweat when I remember his effort against England at Wembley in 1996.

And, finally, Dorothy Menzies says: “I’m absolutely delighted James Keatings will be able to play for Inverness Caley Thistle in the Challenge Cup Final against Raith Rovers.

“The SFA did the right thing – at last! – by listening to the club’s appeal. Their original decision to ban him for taking a dive against Rangers Colts in the semi-final bordered on ridiculous.

“Does the ‘S’ in SFA stand for Slapstick?”

Ed answers: I always thought it stood for Sweet, Dorothy.

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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