I was intrigued to read earlier this week in Herald Sport the open letter penned by Celtic saviour Fergus McCann and his thoughts on the hot topic that is Hampden Park. To be fair to Fergus, he’s a man who generally knows what he’s talking about. Not only did he mastermind the building of Celtic Park, he was part of the Scottish football landscape at a time when so much money was being ploughed into rejuvenating the national stadium only a few miles away.
IT’S probably fitting at this time of festive merriment that the prolonged palaver involving Rangers and Derek McInnes has become Scottish football’s pantomime. You half expect folk to be queueing round the block at the Pavilion for a ticket. In the grand traditions of ‘oh yes he is, oh no he isn’t’ this has been quite a performance. I seem to have written about Derek McInnes more than anyone else in this column over the last few weeks.
WHAT an absolute embarrassment for Rangers Football Club. For them to take the length of time they have taken to identify their No.1 target to become their next manager in Derek McInnes and then to not get it across the line, is a shambles. It’s been an absolute disaster. The problem they have now is the next person to be offered the job knows they weren’t the first choice. They know they’re not the preferred option.
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