Watch What You Say!

Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Danny Lawson/PA Wire

It appears that Rangers have lost not only their place at the top table of Scottish football but also their sense of humour.

Having said that, perhaps Celtic’s Chief Executive Peter Lawell should have chosen his words more carefully at the ‘Hoops’ Annual General Meeting last week.

Lawell was asked by a Celtic fan about the new Rangers set-up and made a reply which indicated he believed the new Gers were now a “pretend” club.

What he actually said was: “Rory Bremner can pretend to be Tony Blair,” referring to the well known comedian’s impersonation of the ex-Prime Minister.

Of course, it’s probably funny to Celtic fans but in the fishbowl of Glasgow football, Rangers have reacted with fury.

Indeed, ‘Blues’ Directors have stated publicly that they intend to take this matter up with the relevant football authorities.

It probably didn’t help matters that Celtic chairman, Ian Bankier said that if Celtic qualify for the group stage of the Champions League for the third year in a row it could lead to a decade of ‘Hoops’ dominance of Scottish football.

None of this is exactly music to the ears of Rangers Football Club or their fans but I’m still of the opinion that the SPL is diminished by the absence of the “Teddy Bears.”

That will be of little concern to partisan Celtic fans who certainly, in the short term, look forward to Scottish Premier League titles and the European Champions’ League which follows.