The first time I heard his name I scratched my head. “Des Roache? Didn’t he used to be in Coronation Street?”
Apparently not. That was Bill Roache.
At that point I was out of guesses.
I still would be if he hadn’t elbowed his way into the media spotlight via a podcast with failed official Steve Conroy, where they try to outdo each other in putting forth controversial views which the press here slobbers over.
And like Pavlov’s dogs, there is an obvious stimulus which gets the old mouth’s watering; say something, anything, controversial about Celtic and the headlines will come as if you had worked a modern day miracle. It’s such a well-worn path it should be protected by World Heritage Status, lest one day there be nothing left of it.
But who am I trying to kid? As long as there are anti-Celtic hacks an anti-Celtic story or a story with an anti-Celtic slant will always get traction and there will never not be an audience for that sort of thing.
Des Roache and Steve Conroy both know this.
So of course, they found a moment of controversy in a game where there was actually very little of it, and Roache thinks that Abada should have been red-carded. For what? For going down too easily?
Unless a player is already on a booking I have never in my life heard of a player getting red carded for that. If that carried an instant red players would go off every week.
I couldn’t care less what Conroy and Roache think, but these people must not be allowed to build an audience on the back of calling a Celtic player a cheat. I notice that neither of them called Tillman a cheat or Kent on the occasions he’s done it this season.
Because that, of course, wouldn’t have gotten them their friendly media coverage.
It is the tactic of the shameless, opportunistic bastard and they deserve nothing less than the strictest condemnation for going down that road. It’s appalling.