Regular readers will know that I reserve a certain level of contempt for that handful of dire websites which do not provide news but an unrelenting output of clickbait headlines and “rumours” which do not require the slightest fact to back them up.
There is probably no worse website in this whole country for that than the horrendous Football Insider.
That website would be considered the worst of the worst if its publisher did not have a handful of ex-players on the payroll. We’re talking here about guys whose opinions are so discredited and awful that the mainstream press won’t touch them.
Yet those individuals have elevated that site to what the news aggregators call a “primary source.”
A primary source is more “trusted” than a mere blog, although that’s really all Football Insider actually is.
They don’t need to provide a shred of proof for a single word they write, although non-mainstream sites are increasingly asked to provide links to any claims they make. Football Insider should need to do that.
If it did, it would struggle to put up any content at all.
For the past two weeks it has been running the same story over and over again, under different headlines, under a series of different by-line writers. The story is about Liel Abada and how, according to their “sources” – Tam McManus and Alan Hutton mainly – he will leave in the summer because he has fallen out with Ange.
There is nothing whatsoever to suggest that this is true, and seems to stem, in part, from those individuals in Israel who claim to be able to read his mind. Don’t forget that Abada himself has disavowed at least one of those links.
On top of that, I have news for the people who write this dreck; some of us are watching closely and you cannot claim to have an “exclusive” on a claim like this if one of your mates wrote the identical story a week ago on the same basis.
And by the way, this isn’t restricted merely to Celtic transfer rumours.
They have been writing a constant stream of garbage about the club across the city as well, day in day out.
If there is a less reputable website in Celtic cyberspace I don’t know what it is.