Ian McCall of Thistle has gotten himself in the papers today with a quite ridiculous comment on how James Forrest’s brother, Alan, currently playing for Livingston, is a better football than his the Famous Name, who is two goals shy of 100 for our club.
This is a contemptible view, and one that we shouldn’t even need to be debating.
If Alan Forrest was a better player than his brother the chatter would not be of his going to Hearts.
This is such an obvious fact that it doesn’t need spelling out, but apparently it’s too difficult for McCall to grasp, and too difficult for his Radio Scotland “colleagues” to argue.
James Forrest has more than 400 appearances for Celtic.
He has regularly played for Scotland. His brother is a decent enough footballer for his level, but his level is way below that which James has been playing at for the past ten years or more.
Alan Forrest is 25. At that age, the Famous Name was playing a part in Brendan Rodgers’ Invincible Celtic team.
McCall’s comments are insulting to a player who has 38 caps for Scotland and who just signed a new deal with which almost certainly make him a one club footballer, and this isn’t because he’s in any “comfort zone” but because he loves Celtic.
McCall has a 39% win ratio as a lower league manager.
As it’s true that Alan Forrest would be playing at a higher level if he was as good as James, it’s also pretty clear that if Ian McCall could spot a player that he would be coaching at a higher level.
But this is BBC Scotland, folks; jobs for the boys and gigs for their mates.
McCall himself freely admits that his “bosses” at the broadcaster are actually his pals, and when your hiring practices are as dodgy as this then you get the “opinions” that you deserve.
No wonder a lot of us are no longer prepared to pay the license fee.