No Celtic Manager Would Have Been Crazy Enough To Do What The Mooch Did Yesterday.

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It is a well known fact that Celtic has encouraged the work of the bloggers, in no small part because we do what the club itself is not able to. We punch back at those who would otherwise scourge us and do so with a free hand. We go after the enemies that the club itself is too busy winning things to concern itself with. Which is not to say they don’t care.

Since he became boss at Ibrox, I have marvelled at the ability The Mooch has to make mischief for himself. That mouth of his is going to land him in all sorts of bother, and I’ve said this already.

Now he wants a public spat with Chris Sutton? Is he for real?

Let’s be honest, not everything The Mooch said yesterday was completely off base.

He is entirely right to say that some of the ex-players in the media are like a comedy act; I’ve written much worse about them and all of it is earned. But our club is happy to leave the slapping down of these people to the likes of me. It has no interest in waging war in the press, or with the press as the case might be at times.

That’s almost certainly the smart thing to do.

I cannot imagine, for the life of me, Ange Postecoglou slapping back at some idiotic comment from Kris Boyd.

Who has the time for a public spat with a halfwit?

I’m not comparing Boyd with Sutton; when I attacked the media the other day it was for treating that eejit’s comments as if they were serious commentary.

As far as I’m concerned, what Sutton said was serious commentary.

Are we not supposed to discuss the things he brought up?

If the cup final was poised at 0-0 and one of their players took advantage of a situation like the one at the weekend and put the ball in the net does anyone really believe, for even a minute, that we’d get that courtesy?

With a trophy at stake, on the day?

Would we offer that courtesy to them?

I don’t think we would. I don’t think we should, considering what their club represents and what it tracks back to.

The idea of showing sporting integrity to a club which really doesn’t recognise the term, even taking into account what happened last week … sorry, but no.

Sutton makes a legitimate point, and asks a legitimate question.

What if you were faced with a Livingston type situation, where they had wasted time for a whole 89 minutes?

Where’s the sportsmanship in players rolling around as if they’ve been shot?

Where’s the sporting integrity of the goalkeeper strolling about his penalty box after he’s already positioned the ball for a goal-kick? We’ve seen teams do that … is that sporting?

So in contrast to what the Village Idiot said the other day, I think Sutton was pursuing a legitimate line of debate and that makes what The Mooch has done all the more unbelievable.

He could have left it at “some of these ex=players are comedians” and left it at that, but he had to target Sutton quite explicitly, and not only does it show a crassness which Ange would never have gone in for, but it’s an incredibly stupid thing to have done as well. Which is all the more reason Ange would never have even contemplated it.

That man has better things to be doing than starting a media row.

The Mooch has lost his mind in doing this.

Sutton gives out stick to everyone, but here’s the thing; he doesn’t do it just to give out stick.

This is a guy who, much more than Boyd, is taken seriously as a pundit.

He’s got some gravitas and not only a column in a national newspaper but a very big megaphone in broadcasting from which to become a serious pain in The Mooch’s backside if he chooses to be.

Why do I have a feeling that he’s going to choose to be?

No football manager should have enough time on his hands to read what media personalities are saying about him.

It shows incredibly poor judgement and suggests a very thin skin, but even if none of that were true this guy has forgotten, if he ever knew, one of the oldest adages in the business; “never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.”

Sutton is going to cane this guy harder than a Singapore housebreaker.

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  • Johnny Green says:

    The pressure is obviously getting to him when he is replying to criticism from pundits, he should remain aloof from all that and treat it with disdain, no matter the truth in it or not. Hopefully Chris will keep it going now and keep digging at his obviously sensitive vulnerabilities. Go get him Chris, he’s ripe for the plucking.

  • Jimmy R says:

    The Mooch is severely lacking in insight. He has declared that his squad is too big and he needs to “cull the midfield in order not to devalue the shirt.”
    What does that say to his current squad fillers?
    Is it likely to inspire them to run through brick walls for cause?
    He has as good as said, very publicly, that they are not good enough.
    Man management skills are obvious by their absence. Loyalty (they are big on loyalty) to the club may motivate some of these guys as the season winds down. Loyalty to the boss may well be in short supply.
    He appears blissfully ignorant of the fact that it is his job to get the best out of what he has until he can strengthen. Instead, he undermines what he has got but somehow thinks this will help him lift the cups. Bonkers! The man is bonkers.

  • Tenaka Khan says:

    It may have been stupid but I don’t believe for one second that it was a knee jerk reaction. Big Chris is hated with a passion by their huge redneck element of fans and this is calculated by Beale to appeal to that grisly gallery. The big man will be absolutely delighted! If such an innocuous talking point can get Beale going then Chris will have him foaming at the mouth in no time.
    Get the popcorn out…

  • John Copeland says:

    The rag that is the daily Record is trying to turn this spat between Beale and Sutton into a pistols at dawn shoot out ! The problem with that scenario is that big Sutton will be carrying .500 Smith and Wesson Magnum….

  • S Thomas says:

    I actually thought it was funny to be honest. The Chelsea comment I actually laughed at. I thought it was quite humorous. That and Ange’s “ I’m more interested in what I’m having for dinner mate” comment was funny. It’s up to Chris now to give it back. I can’t wait to hear what he says.. I do enjoy a back and forth old fashion ding dong. Chris ruffles feathers , so I wouldn’t imagine he would be to bothered. It’s all part of the act.

  • Danny Haggerty says:

    I can’t believe the mooch has reacted so poorly to a throwaway comment by Sutton. It seems a real lack of savvy. He has clearly been taken by surprise at his own supports reaction to his gesture to the jags.

    Giving your rivals an insight into the fragility and insecurity that lies behind these comments is a stupid move to say the least.

    These clowns in our media seems to applauded such unchecked comments as “honest” and “refreshing” despite the amount of times he has been forced into contradicting himself to suit whatever point he is trying to make.

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    We’ve been gettin force fed wi how ‘wonderful’ beale is since that incident and ah think we’ve all been expected tae just sit and accept it. His ‘integrity’ and ‘sportsmanship’ are secondary in this. Did it because he knew he ‘had’ tae and that’s the reality. Chris S is perfectly entitled tae pose these questions. Beale and his media don’t like tae be confronted wi people, that aren’t anywhere near as gullible as the ‘peepul’ who eagerly suck this shit up.

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    P.S……and if it gets on wee Bill Sykes’ tits even better.

  • Johnno says:

    So our Chris has already wound up that snidey prick and only going to be one winner in that confrontation, so take a bow Chris Sutton.
    A non contest really with the snidey prick trying to play to the scummy galleries is only a sign of a desperate mooch.
    Such a wannabe trying to make himself relevant, another sign of desperation, yet has still managed to do nothing within the game still and chances of never doing so either.
    So maybe the snidey prick would be better off signing up for next season’s of “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here” or is that already running for such a dope?

  • Scud Missile says:

    Lol the DENSE sevco manager probably thinks because big Chris has gig with the BBC that he will get cut down to size and take a backseat or a powder,it ain’t going to happen it ain’t Pacific Quay BBC he is in with,it’s the big guys playground he is on with the BBC.

  • Christine Mcghee says:

    If he wanted good sportsmanship, he should have asked the ref to disallow the goal for the sake of sportmanship, something ugly about telling your team players to stand down to allow a team to score a goal, but no doult about it, rangers position in the league is for that very reason, players downing tools, as far as I’m concerned, by doing that, make the game crooked, people have bets on games, how many coupons where busted.

  • Bennybhoy57 says:

    Big Chris response class…when the dog barks the caravan moves on. Class, Chris has to remind beale about sevco Standards.
    Him and Lennon banned from the commentary box last season, reason their safety could not be guaranteed.
    High standards my arse.

  • Tim Ranachan says:

    Good article as usual, chapeau. However I would take issue with one minor point and no doubt I’ll get pelters for it but I don’t think Tillman should necessarily be pilloried for his ‘goal’, he was facedown on the turf when most of the action took place and genuinely didn’t see what had happened. Once appraised he appeared to be repeating ‘I didn’t know, I didn’t know ‘.
    We are all guilty of judging individual players of certain clubs by the actions of their employers and fans without perhaps considering they may be recently acquired and still unaware of their new club’s ethos.
    In short, some *rangers players may actually be decent human beings and shouldn’t be tarred with the Ibrox brush until it’s deserved.
    Just my view.

  • john mc guire says:

    Sutton should ask the tramp who he played for again and also show him his winners medals

  • Eire goCeltic says:

    Football in Scotland is Farcical Theatre. The game itself is the serious Act but Referees have directed
    this part as High Farce. Enjoy the Show.

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