An action-packed midweek card in the Scottish Premiership can only mean one thing: a direct line full of boasting, bickering and jokes.
Rangers kept their noses four points clear at the top with a slim 1-0 win at home to Livingston, while in the big one at Tynecastle Celtic survived a second-half comeback and a missed penalty to beat Hearts. 2-1.
Steven Davidson, Uddington, he said: “Celtic is becoming a real team under Ange now. The depth and quality in the team is fantastic. A couple of weeks ago someone said around here that ‘Celtic transfers reek of panic’. That comment has aged like milk. Celtic are doing good business and bringing in players who create and impact, while Rangers can only manage pre-contract deals.”
Gordon Ashley, Ayr, He said: “Close seasons are decided in a rush and you have a feeling that Tony Ralston’s 97th-minute goal at Ross County and Liam Boyce’s penalty are going to be crucial in the end. We were always going to get tired with so many players who had just returned from injury and were playing the first games, but we showed fighting spirit and defended brilliantly”.
David BryceTron said: “Well done to Celtic for a tough win at Tynecastle. The first half we were excellent, however, once again in the second half the team got back on their feet. This can’t go on. Fitness levels are poor and we ended up being very lucky to win the game.
“Once again, Carter-Vickers was absolutely immense. Forget Jota, this guy should be the priority. Matt O’Riley was neat and tidy, however, he ran out of steam and Hatate was excellent in the first half. Once more, Forrest was not an event”. .”
Kenny Wilson, Moffat, He added: “Once again Celtic played well for 45 minutes but let their opponents get back into the game and they were lucky to take three points. They cannot continue to do so without being punished. No doubt Rangers fans will complain that the second goal was four inches offside, but the same can be said for the Hearts goal.”
But nevertheless, Frank McFerranCarrickfergus said: “Lucky Celtic again, are you sure Ange isn’t Irish instead of Australian-Greek? The luck of the Irish is definitely on that team with Boyce missing a penalty.”
Lover of hearts Ian McDonald, Innerleithen, who groaned: “You would think that Robbie Neilson would have already learned how to put pressure on an average Celtic team early on. No, let them run over you and then switch when you’re two down. Only one penalty is missing for the tie. Luckily we weren’t playing against a good team”.
To the Rangers and Barriemore Barlow, Dunbartonshire, he is not impressed. He said: “The Rangers team is not as strong as it has been said. Scott Wright just isn’t good enough, James Sands barely touched the ball in his two games, Juninho Bacuna must have been poor if Sands is considered superior. More essential additions in this window.”
Do you think referees escaped criticism for once? Think again.
John Caw sent an email: “Once again another referee allowed Hearts to take lumps out of Celtic. How Peter Haring got left in the park is beyond reason.”
Brian McColligan added: “Should Celtic complain about John Beaton? An offside goal, a dodgy penalty and seven minutes of injury time, or was he just playing until Hearts scored?
But Conor MacLeod emailed: “Old Firm fans seem to be more upset about the other team complaining about the officiating standard than actually complaining about the arbitration. Imagine what they could achieve if they could stop arguing with each other for five minutes.”
Away from the top of the table and Hibs blanked out on Motherwell and Neil Renton, Edinburgh, He said: “Shaun Maloney must have a master plan up his sleeve if he can think his team can win games without shooting on goal. I hope they are awarded a shot from the spot and the shooter returns it.”
Y George Fairgrieve emailed: “I see Shaun Maloney is in no hurry to splurge on money.” That will please the Easter Road board, they have never liked to spend. The defense still panics when a high ball enters the area. Strengthen the defense.
And our very own Michael Gannon won praise for his column on Aberdeen’s troubles in today’s paper. William Masson, Aberdeenshire, said: “Michael Gannon’s piece on the Dons hits the mark. On paper, the Dons appear to have a decent squad, but they need all the players to show up on game day. Even when Derek McInnes blew us high, we needed all hands on the bomb, since we weren’t good enough to carry passengers.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.