Remember last week when I said that Barry Ferguson, for all we slag him, isn’t even the stupidest member of the Ferguson family? That this accolade would forever belong to his brother Derek? Well today Bazza has gone out of his way to take back the crown.
Later on I’m going to talk about Mark Wilson and his player of the year shortlist. That’s a story I’ve been meaning to cover for a couple of days. But Barry Ferguson has his own short-list and it’s just as daft. He thinks that there are four contenders.
Which is why he’s named five players. Two of whom play for us.
Oh yes. When you cannot even get the basics right you are in trouble.
The four he has selected are Kyogo, Callum McGregor, Van Der Veen at Motherwell, Duk at Aberdeen … and Mark O’Hara at St Mirren. For a total of five.
“My four, I’m going Kyogo and McGregor and I think there could be a couple of surprises from other teams. You’ve got to look at Duk, Kevin van Veen and even the boy [Mark] O’Hara at St Mirren. I’ve seen O’Hara a number of times and he’s gone up a level or two recently – he might be one St Mirren struggle to hold onto. But it’s going to come down to Kyogo or Callum McGregor.”
It’s all too easy to say that you blame the schools. But that’s just terrible, isn’t it? And where is Reo Hatate in that list? Where is the guy everyone thinks will be on the shortlist?
That’s the trouble here though; there are just so many Celtic players who could make it onto that list, and rather than acknowledge that these guys are going to nominate every non-Celtic player that they can think of so as not just to fill it up with ours.
Peter Grant, doing a very passable Mark Wilson impersonation, albeit without nominating anyone from Ibrox, has listed Kyogo, Hatate, McGregor, Duk, Nisbet and O’Hara. Which is six names, although at no point is he claiming to be picking four.
At least – in theory anyway – Ange is out in front as manager of the year. Because they cannot now make any case for any other boss in the top flight. Which doesn’t mean they won’t drop a division rather than give him the nod.
Still, you can already see which way the Player of the Year thing is trending … it’s going to come down, as it often does, to Anyone But Celtic. Mark Wilson, who I’ll talk about later, thinks it may even go to Ibrox …