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FEEDBACK FRIDAY: GET ON YOUR NORSE, AJER, CELTIC MUST BRING BACK BENKOVIC, KLOPP’S KOP COP-OUT HAS GERRARD ON STAND-BY, GRIFF’S GRIEF

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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.

Our old friend Paddy the Maddy leads the charge with his take on Kristoffer Ajer’s agent making comments that his client will not extend his contract at Celtic. He said: “I had to read the report several times to let the info sink through. Kristoffer Ajer is knocking back Celtic? Has the world gone mad?

“I will admit that Norse Power was great for the Hoops when he surged halfway up the pitch to score the late winner against Aberdeen at Pittodrie last month. That was a praiseworthy effort from the 21-year-old versatile defender, but it only helped nullify some of his mistakes that have cost the club goals this season.

“You could go all the way back to August when he scored Hibs’ goal in the 1-1 draw at Easter Road. That cost us two points so early in the campaign and offered hope to other clubs.

“I also read he has more than two years left to run on his existing contract. I see he has been linked with a £20million move. Take it, Celtic. And go and buy Filip Benkovic from Leicester City for half that fee.

“It’s obvious the big Croat has no future at Brendan Rodgers’ club and is now on loan at Bristol City. Snap him up, Lenny. It’s obvious Big Fil loves life at Parkhead and his best years are in front of him.

“It will not be the first transfer mistake Rodgers has made. Compper, Mulumbu, Hendry, Gamboa, Morgan, De Vries, Mulumbu, Kouassi…need I go on?”

Ed answers: No, not really, Paddy. By the way, you forgot Benyu.

Ernie McLaughlin follows up with: “As much as I love my football – and it does help me dodge the weekend shopping at Asda – I feel the sensible thing with this coronavirus everywhere would be to cancel the rest of the season and award the league to Celtic who are worthy champions.

“Might as well throw in the Scottish Cup, as well, because there is no way Celtic will lose to any of the three remaining teams in the tournament, Aberdeen in the semi-final or Hearts or Hibs in the Final. You know it makes sense.”

Ed answers: Try telling that to the rest of the hopefuls, Ernie, who are desperate to end Celtic’s monopoly of Scotland.

Gina Baker has an interesting theory about recent events at Liverpool. She tells us: “Gubbed by Watford in the league, thumped by Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup, dumped by Chelsea in the FA Cup and walloped by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. It’s obvious, isn’t it?

“Jurgen Klopp is working his ticket at Liverpool. Suddenly, the team is falling apart. Why? It’s obvious the strain is too much for him, isn’t it?

“I may be wrong, but maybe it’s time for the Reds to bring Steven Gerrard home.”

Ed answers: As you say, Gina, you may be wrong.

Steven Gerrard gets a mention, too, from Freddie Adams. “So, the Rangers manager admitted the club had three massive games with meetings against Bayer Leverkuson home and away and Celtic on Sunday.

“As usual, he made all the right noises. It’s like he’s reading from a well-worn script. We’ve heard it from day one.

“Well, they’ve lost the first of the triple hurdle with their meek performance against a far superior German side in their home game. It ended 3-1, but it could have been five or six, if we’re being honest.

“Goodness only knows what to expect against Celtic. Okay, Gerrard’s men have been the better team in the past two games and would have deservedly won the Betfred League Cup is it hadn’t been for the unbeatable Fraser Forster.

“But, on this occasion, Celtic will be anxious to wipe the floor with them. I shudder what might happen if Neil Lennon plays Edouard and Griffiths up against Goldson and Edmunson. Poor old McGregor will have severe backache around 2pm on Sunday.

“And that will be Rangers’ season over even before coronavirus has made its intrusion. Rangers bang on about the loyalty of their fans,  especially when it comes around to selling season tickets. How about a rebate, Rangers? How about giving back the cash to the supporters who paid for a full season and find it’s all over after the afternoon of March 16?

“I’m more likely to find sunken treasure at the bottom of my bath than that ever happening.”

Ed answers: Unfortunately, Freddie, a season ticket doesn’t offer any guarantees, my friend. That’s the beauty of the game. (So I’m told.)

Okay, let’s be positive and Claire Wallace points out: “Has anyone noticed David Turnbull has made a comeback? In the midst of other news, admittedly we are talking life-and-death bulletins, it has almost been a secret that the best young player in the country is back playing football and has just agreed to sign an extension at Motherwell.

“In this day and age, how about that for loyalty?”

Ed answers: It is good news for football in general, Claire, but we all know David will be on his way – probably to Celtic – when the cheque book is produced under the noses of the Fir Park chiefs.

Tim Wilson comes in with: “Steve Clarke must include Leigh Griffiths in his Scotland squad for the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel at Hampden this month.

“Be honest, can you think of any reason the Celtic comeback Bhoy will not return to the international fold?”

Ed answers: Erm…the fact the game is likely to be cancelled might be one, Tim.

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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