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raman and stv
I hear the newsdesk at Snide are also looking onto “claims” that Princess Diana died in a car crash and the moon is not made of cheese. Of course if Scott McDonald had done the same thing Snide would still be undecided as to whether it was a handball or not. Aren’t we?
Billy Dodds neutral comment on the BBC as the coverage unfolded was “aye but you can’t complain about that finish”.
Eh..I think you’ll find we can Billy, especially when Shunsuke Nakamura is practically hung, drawn and quartered in the media for scoring a late free-kick against St.Mirren which the Laptop Loyal, in their fury at Celtic denying the Gers a six point lead at the top of the SPL, deemed to be a “controversial” free-kick (i.e. a free-kick awarded to Celtic late in the game).
Sharing the same back page with this ever so slightly negative headline was “Boyd - Let me at them in Athens”. Kris Boyd begs Wattie to let him score a hat-trick against the Greeks in the away leg. Of course we know how Walter always puts the emphasis an all-out attack when the Gers play in Europe, in contrast to ‘BORING’ Celtic.
Raman and STV
Anyway, I would honestly not have been surprised if Raman had said “and lets hope he does it again” as it would have fitted in perfectly with the tone of the report. Good to know the media are right behind us in Europe and are there with a wee morale boosting story if need be.
In actual fact, a story of great significance was totally missed by STV Sport and almost everyon else. Juan Laporta (the Barcelona president) made the following statement -
The Celtic supporters are fantastic, in fact the best travelling supporters in the world, as we have seen many times. We can assure Celtic supporters they will receive a very warm welcome when they visit the city. I know that Celtic supporters are extremely passionate about their club, a club which I believe, like FC Barcelona, is different.”
This was not mentioned on STV Sport, in any Scottish newspaper or practically any other Scottish media outlet. I suppose though, if you have an agenda to portray one set of fans who have recently disgraces themselves yet again on European travels as just as bad as their UEFA fair play award winning neighbours, you underestandably wouldn’t be terribly keen to give this statement much publicity
However Raman wasn’t finished yet. The customary review of the previous weekend’s SPL action included this gem - after footage of Celtic’s second goal in the 3-0 defeat of Hearts, Raman commented that “and the Hearts defence were posted missing again”
Not sure if Raman is trying for a slot at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival this year as Celtic’s third goal involved a neat piece of skill by McGeady (closely marked by a Hearts defender) to play in Andreas Hinkel, who then beat two defenders before firing a powerful shot into the far corner. Or maybe they were Celtic players cunnigly disguised in Hearts jerseys? Or maybe it’s just STV’s usual anti-Celtic spin.
Moving on to Raman’s favoured subject, Rangers, footage was shown of captain Bazza’s pre-match press conference ahead of the second leg of the Orcs’ tie with Panathinaikos. In contrast to the disgraceful arrogance and “Greek Cheek” displayed by the Panathinaikos coach Peseiro before the first leg, who stated that he thought his team could beat Rangers, a dignified and statesmanlike Barry told the press (with the Scottish contingent gathered eagerly around his rectum) that “I certainly believe that we can win the UEFA Cup this season”. A sensible and modest statment from the captain of Dignity FC yet again.
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TONY BANANAS & HACKWATCHER