Ally McCoist might be a decent commentator, but when it comes to discussing Scottish football issues he is so biased that he occasionally reaches into the gutter.
His rants are notorious, and although he is frequently lauded by his pals in the press as someone who is above the nastiness of sectarianism and bigotry I have long disagreed because of the numerous occasions in which he has personally stoked hatred.
The truth is that McCoist is no more capable of rational, objective analysis than Kris Boyd or Alex Rae.
Today’s rant, about Brown and Clancy sharing a joke coming off the pitch on Tuesday night, is frankly disgraceful and mortifying.
Yet there are national outlets which are publishing his comments as though their appropriate place was other than the Follow Follow basement floor.
But that’s where these statements belong; they are deplorable, yet another example of McCoist stirring the soup.
This guy is dangerous at times.
Remember when he accused Celtic fans of burning the Sevco team bus?
His demand for “the names” of an SPFL panel led to the harassment of various club officials and one lunatic tried to set fire to Raith Rovers ground.
McCoist frequently waves aside suggestions that refs are biased when the allegation comes from people out-with Ibrox, but he has a long record for pushing the line that officials are prejudiced against Ibrox.
He does not favour SFA reform.
McCoist’s comments are nakedly biased and inflammatory.
So Brown and the ref exchanged a few pleasantries going off the pitch; so what? Is this the new frontier for scrutiny, is it?
This is laughable, another example of how some people only want to focus on the decision of officials when those are perceived to go against Ibrox. And whilst scrutiny of the officials is not something we’d argue against, does McCoist’s bitter wailing today even constitute scrutiny? What are we watching here? Two guys sharing a joke after a tense game?
For God’s sake. This is ridiculous.
Where is McCoist when it matters?
Is he in favour of officials declaring their allegiances?
Is he in favour of foreign referees?
Does he support the immediate – immediate – implementation of VAR?
It seems to me that he is silent on much of this stuff, until he wants to wail about “injustices” against his favourite club; well as this blog has written over and over again, anyone who is serious about reforming the way refereeing works in Scotland will have the support of the Celtic fan-base, no matter what their own club affiliation.
They only have to declare it, and tell us what they would change.
But McCoist has no interest in any of that, of course.
Instead he wants to promote the idea that the whole of Scottish football is biased against Ibrox; let me tell you, outside of that club almost everyone does hate them.
But it’s not because of bigotry or anything else like that, it’s because of this; the constant whingeing and the reek of manufactured victimhood that wafts out of that place and off all associated with it.
The ref and Scott Brown smiled and laughed at each other coming off the pitch; when there are deadly serious issues facing our game – including an evolving scandal over betting – is this really worthy of headlines?
It stinks to high heaven.