What an idiot Hugh Keevins is.
There are things stuck to car windscreens with a higher intellect. Celtic fans have long known this. This week, many of them are scratching their heads at his latest bizarre theory. The rest are just laughing at him.
As he said the other night on the radio, expanding on a theme he covered at the weekend, he thinks we’re back in the days of a “fivers and tenners” arms race with Ibrox.
And don’t think for a minute that he’s talking about us having the advantage.
This is what he wrote in his barking mad column at the weekend, which I wrote about on Sunday.
“Now that Celtic have given the biscuit tin a decent burial and Ange Postecoglou wants another two players to add to an already richly upholstered squad, is there an inclination inside Ibrox to indulge in a 21st-Century game of fivers and tenners?”
Dear God. Yes, he really is suggesting that the club that hadn’t spent a single penny until they sold one of their best players might fancy trying not only to match Celtic for spending but to top ours with a 2/1 ratio. This is bar-rattling at Hidden Hills.
For the record, and just so this idiot can grasp it, we have spent three times – not even twice, three times – more than they have in this window. To even match us they need to find a minimum of £10 million more down the back of the sofa cushions.
If they want to play “fivers and tenners” they need to spend at least £25 million more, in the next few weeks.
Those days are over.
Maybe he didn’t notice the impact crater the last time he was at Ibrox; that’s where the hunk of rock slammed into the OldCo in 2012, as a direct consequence of their insane spending. They haven’t learned a single thing from it, and still spend far more than they make.
But they no longer have a bank’s largesse to fall back on.
It seems impossible that someone so breathtakingly stupid could have spent an entire career covering the game here in Scotland when he possesses such appalling ignorance of the big issues and the developments in it.
Murray’s bombastic, lunatic boast was not a strategy but a product of an enormous ego run amuck and given free reign by an industry which almost collapsed. Keevins looks back on those days with fondness instead of embarrassment at how a handful of bloggers saw what was coming long before it did and wrote about it consistently.
That he has failed to see the writing on the wall this time is not a great surprise, but that he thinks that Ibrox will ever again be in a position to match us a tenner for every fiver we spend does suggest that his head has been lost somewhere up his own arse.
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