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Keevin’s Latest Anti-Celtic Trash Reeks Of Ignorance And Lamentable Judgement.

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You have to hand it to Hugh Keevins.

There aren’t many hacks who could have watched last night’s footballing fiasco in the Aviva Stadium and then wrote the article that he has today, one that reeks of ignorance, spite and his own appalling lack of judgement.

The article is about Celtic’s “flops”. And Bolingoli, Barkas and Ajeti are flops and no mistake. All signed by the same manager, by the way, although that is never mentioned. The manager one prominent pro-board writer said was hired over better qualified people because he knew how to spend Celtic’s money better than anyone else.

The Friends of the Man have a lot to answer for.

Keevins could have done what so many other tired, clapped out hacks have done and repeated all this tiresome pish about how those were bad moves in the transfer market and it would have been just another sub-par story stating the obvious.

But he went further, turning it into a deeply personal attack on Barkas … and lauding the brilliance of Craig Gordon. See what I mean about timing? What a joke this guy is. What an absolute yahoo in every way.

Imagine doing that this morning.

The article reveals how little Keevins actually understands the business he writes about.

Here’s his lines on Gordon. You’ll quickly see what I mean.

“The decision to let Craig Gordon go and sign Barkas was a palpable error in the first place. Gordon remains Scotland’s first choice goalkeeper and was voted Player of the Year last month for his outstanding contribution to Hearts. That adds up to misjudgement on the part of those who discarded him at Celtic Park.”

First, that Gordon is Scotland’s first choice doesn’t impress me one bit.

What Keevins is either not understanding or choosing to ignore is that at no point did those inside Celtic Park see him as our first choice. As to his “outstanding contribution to Hearts”, please … they finished third, and so far behind Ibrox, in second, that they were barely visible in the rear-view.

Both Joe Hart (54.3%) and Allan McGregor (41.4%) had a better shut-outs ratio than Gordon last season, and most of us recognise that his Player of the Year award owes more to a lack of desire to vote for a Celtic player than anything else.

I wrote this yesterday in the Craig Gordon piece; we offered him a deal to stay on the understanding that he would not be our first choice keeper. He was the one who rejected it and so his leaving was his decision.

It was not Celtic’s.

He went to Hearts for less money than what was on offer at Celtic Park and that’s just a fact whether Keevins wants to admit it or acknowledge it. Those inside the club had no intention of guaranteeing him games.

The long and short of it is that we thought there was better available out there.

Keevins real issue is with Barkas himself, and his article isn’t so much a critique of him as a player as it’s a deeply personal attack.

It is typical of this horror of a human being that he would write with such dripping malice of someone he doesn’t know … and his lack of basic footballing knowledge is absolutely appalling and should disqualify him from ever writing on it.

We signed Barkas because he was an experienced international and Champions League player. He had over 100 games for AEK Athens, where he was a cult hero. He had over a dozen caps for Greece.

We didn’t pluck this guy out of thin air. We didn’t just call around the clubs of Europe and ask if they had a spare goalkeeper … the move has not worked out, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t some logical basis for the decision.

“He is arguably the worst Celtic goalkeeper I have ever seen – and I can go back 60 years to Frank Haffey, the man who lost nine goals to England at Wembley while playing for Scotland before leaving the club and emigrating to Australia,” Keevins wrote.

Which I’m afraid is about as stupid as anything he’s ever written, and there is plenty of competition where that’s concerned. I suggest he hasn’t seen as much of Celtic as someone who used to write books about us ought to have.

Where’s Cervi? Where’s Hedman? Mark Brown anybody? Rab Douglas? Ian Andrews?

I could go on, but the general drift is being gotten, and these are just the names I remember from my own personal experiences. Throwing Barkas in as the worst keeper he’s ever seen at Celtic is just sniping for the sake of it and proves that Keevins really hasn’t a clue.

It is amazing to me that Keevins manages to outdo himself in idiocy time after time.

Just when you think he’s scraped the bottom of the barrel, he manages to go lower.

Incredible stuff and really, that The Record and the Sunday Mail believe this guy is worth a salary whilst good writers and real journalists scrape out a living … well it hints at the audience they aim for.

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19 comments

  • harold shand says:

    He’s starting early with the negativity , starting as he means to go on i guess

    Nearly every player we brought in this season has been a total success

    Every player they brought in has been a total disaster

    His bosses won’t let him do a piece about that so he goes back to the signings we made the season before last

    Made a total c*nt of himself with his ‘ Celtic will finish 3rd ‘ prediction and he’s still spewing

    • Scud Missile says:

      Auld shug on his way back to the care home in the same grey bus that took him to school.

  • Sean says:

    I have to take you to task on this James I’m afraid. First of all.. Craig Gordon is a very good keeper, and deserved his player of the year award. It was ludacris in my opinion to let him out the door, he also done very well for us as well, and was a very good keeper for us as well, he didn’t get treated with the respect he deserved. And I’m also going to take you to task with regards to having Rab Douglas in your list, Rab gave his all for Celtic, and was a favourite of Martin O’Neill. Rab also done well for us as well, so maybe it’s yourself that is in the wrong here. These 2 guys gave good service to our club, big Rab gave his all, so I think a little bit of decency, and thanks for there service wouldn’t go a miss here.

    • Scouse bhoy says:

      Haffey was not to blame for all the nine goals i am old enough to remember . I think you are wrong about big rab and you mention good journalists where the hell are they ?.

  • John Clarke says:

    After one of the games against Rangers, didn’t Ange go out of his way to shake Allan McGregor’s hand and say more than a few words to him. For a keeper of his age; his reflexes and positioning was impressive and exciting for both team’s fans.

  • Garry Cowan says:

    Rab Douglas? WTF are you talking about James? Now your sounding just like keevins

  • MarkE says:

    I saw the headline on my G-search of Celtic, but scrolled past it; ye know its going to be a piece of twaddling nonsense so whats the point in giving it your time!?

    I get you maybe feel you have a duty to pull him up on it, being a club oriented writer, but honestly save yourself the hassle of entertaining him and his waste of publishing space pieces!

  • Gordon Ashley says:

    The way some fans have stuck the knife in Lennys back is an embarrassment to our club. I could write about 1 paragraphs about how he has ran through brick walls and stood up to sevco bigots for our club like no man in our history.. but one bad season and a few bad signings at the worst possible time and all that is forgotten and he is an outcast.. the real fans are not so quick to forget and will always have his back as he will ours.

    • Sean says:

      Lennon was good player for us.. but he constantly blamed referees and his own players, a noticed at his new club he was billowing a referee. I just couldn’t be bothered with him anymore. He brought a lot of stuff on himself in my opinion. I had a degree of sympathy for a while, he through Alan Thompson under a bus, Christ if that’s a pal, who needs enemies ah. Lennon had a chip on his shoulder in my opinion. I was a big fan as a player, liked the never say die attitude. He lost the dressing room, for his argumentative attitude. Under ange, and under Brendan, the players went through brick walls for them, that’s to do with good man management.

  • Sean says:

    Bollocking not billowing

  • Tony B says:

    Auld doddery Spew Heavins’ dementia is clearly getting worse.

    Gordon is vastly over rated and he proved his abilities last night.

    Gets away with murder cos he plays for the mini huns, and Spew gets away with murder cos? He must be blackmailing somebody in authority.

  • Johnny Green says:

    Carl Muggeton anyone?

  • Johnny Green says:

    Muggleton even.

  • Scud Missile says:

    Ah auld shug the mug it’s a terrible thing to say but DEMENTIA is definitely setting in there.
    Once again who approved it though editorial wise they must DEMENTIA themselves.
    Nobody in their right frame of mind would write this and approve it as signed off.

  • Stephen McAdam says:

    He an ” uncle tim” of the worst variety he tips huns hoping to be wrong! Reminds me if a older relative its was rife in that generation! But keevins takes it to another level that guy I swear puts on his ” panto every day he leaves the house! Tme ge allowed younger guys to earn a living also!

  • Stephen McAdam says:

    Panto hat!

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