The Week In Scotland – The Mulder And Scully Edition
Rangers in Admin – Part Three
Things ended up looking a bit more promising for the Ibrox club at the end of the weekend, but the start of the week didn’t start so well. It was heavily reported the club had to be sold soon or the club would not fulfil their fixtures for the season, although it is now believed that is no longer the case.
Gregg Wylde and Mervan Celik both left the club after asking to be released from their contracts. Mervan will be no great loss but a lot of parties were shocked by Gregg’s decision to leave.
The youngster has started to show a fair bit of potential this season, and was expected to receive an automatic pay increase had he played two more games for the club. As a young 20 year old, he will find another club easily, with English Premier League teams already sniffing around. His decision to leave was financially motivated, but not his own finances. He chose to leave the club as he was struggling to handle the pressure of the situation and wanted to make sure back room staff did not lose their jobs:
I wanted to help out the club by keeping people in a job. I was so tired I couldn’t really sleep at night. It was getting to me so I thought I would leave.
A humble and selfless act. The remainder of the players have also agreed a pay cut with the club’s administrators to ensure they do their part to keep the club in business, with all squad members taking a cut of between 25-75%, depending on their current wage. Also,ex-Rangers director Paul Murray says his “Blue Knights” consortium is finalising an offer to buy the club, with Ticketus surprisingly being part of the consortium. With interest coming from the Far East and America for the club, things may be picking up for the Gers.
Scottish Cup Quarter Final Weekend
And what a weekend it was! In the live BBC Scotland game on Saturday afternoon, Hearts and St.Mirren battled to a 2-2 draw in a pulsating encounter. The game was played end-to-end, and St.Mirren should have won the game within the first 20 minutes with the amount of chances they had. Hearts battled back however, and in the end the draw was a fair result to a fantastic game of football. The replay will be played on 21st March at St.Mirren Park.
Hibs beat Ayr 2-0 at Somerset Park to end the SFL team’s interest in the competition. They previously got to the semi-finals of the League Cup earlier in the season and have had a good season in the Scottish cups. Their league form hasn’t been so great however they usually do fairly well in the cups, and actually put Hibs out of the Scottish Cup last season! However the SPL team got their revenge.
In Sunday’s games, Celtic beat Dundee Utd 4-0 at Tannadice while Aberdeen kept up their recent impressive form by defeating Motherwell 2-1 away from home at Fir Park.
Celtic Fell Out With The Media…Again
The Celtic gaffer has told BBC Scotland the club will not co-operate with certain sections of the Scottish media for the remainder of the season, as they feel the media are attempting to draw Celtic into the Rangers saga:
There’s a lot of muckraking going on between some hacks. There’s going to be a lot of media outlets disappointed, because me and the players are not going to be speaking to you.
Before the Scottish Cup game on Sunday, he added;
We decided not to do a press conference this week because of all the nonsense that’s going on elsewhere. So we decided we’re not even going to bother with you this week and just get about our business quietly and we’ll do our talking on the pitch.
This isn’t the first time Celtic have had an issue with the Scottish media this season, and in my opinion, the club and certain parties involved really need to grow up. OF COURSE the media will try to involve Celtic in the current climate of Scottish football! Rangers and Celtic are linked forever more. In Glasgow, and it’s a bit of a cliché, but you can’t have one without the other. The clubs share sponsors, are the reason we have a TV deal, and as the Old Firm, they are the only draw to non-Scottish football fans. Just ask Sky and ESPN.
A lot of people at Celtic have the mindset that the whole world are out to get them and there’s a big conspiracy going on. I think they need to stop watching the X-Files.
The Inverness Caley Thistle vs Kilmarnock game at the weekend finished 1-1 and wasn’t very memorable, apart from a fantastic own goal by Inverness defender Roman Golobart. The Spaniard… actually, I can’t even describe it.
Skip to 1.48 in the video here and watch it. The young man will be remembered in complication DVD’s forever!
I’ll leave you with a quote from the commentator on the video:
How on Earth has he managed it???
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