I cannot abide Radio Clyde for longer than a few minutes at a time, but fortunately there are others out there who keep an ear cocked to the station on behalf of those of us who just can’t, and last night there was a mad exchange between the anchor, Gordon Duncan, and Mark Wilson on the gap at the top of the league.
Wilson, for once, had it right.
He pointed out that the gap has grown.
In response to that, Duncan came back with an analogy so brutal that it sums up why many of us simply cannot get through a single show without wanting to remove our brains and boil them in acid.
“I get that, but if you and I were racing and I start a lap behind you, you’d at least at least take it into account! You don’t get a trophy for it!”
No, you don’t.
The analogy is pathetic. Nobody, at the start of an SPFL season, starts “a lap behind” or even a point behind.
Everyone starts on the same score. What Duncan seems to want is for us to disregard the whole season before Beale arrived at Ibrox and base how we view the whole campaign on his record.
You don’t “get a trophy” for a decent record.
You get trophies for a winning record, and the fact is that the gap is now bigger than it was when Beale arrived, so to use his analogy, even if we take into account a runner starting a lap behind and factor that in … he’s still a loser.
The other runner has still outclassed him on the way to the finish line.
Let me say that again as it’s clearly the gap between what these people believe and the world the rest of us live in; he is still a loser. Beale has presided over a widening gap. He has not kept pace with us, far less overtaken us at any stage.
His record against Ange is two losses and a draw in three games.
Everything else is window dressing.
Those are the facts, and they cannot argue with them but by God they do everything in their power to spin them.