The news yesterday that Sevco’s David Bates will join German club Hamburg in the summer came as a shock to The People.
However, it did not take long for them to state that he was no loss!
Actually, in the last Glasgow Derby match, I think that one of the early turning points in the match was when he was injured and had to be substituted in the first half.
The lad was replaced by Fabio Cardoso on 13 minutes and the Sevco defence then leaked two more goals.
Celtic equalised a second time due to the Sevco central paring being unable to deal with a simple ball over the top which Moussa Dembélé capitalised upon.
It has still not been independently verified what, exactly, the goalie wiz daein…
The reality is that the youngster was probably one of the better pieces of transfer business that has been conducted at Ibrox in the last few years.
Now he will leave for nothing.
Which is probably what Colorado Rapids had to give to the Engine Room Subsidiary for Danny Wilson last January.
There are times when the well-oiled machine at Ibrox is cunningly disguised as a shambles…
Given what I know of the inner turmoil at Sevco I would say that the lad has been properly advised as it is likely to be another shambolic summer at the basket of assets.
Perhaps his agent knows that his client is currently at Debt Club Walking.
On Sunday that nice young Master Murts will do his best.
However, no matter how well he fares I think it is fair today that The People do not want him to be given the job permanently.
Frank De Boer would appear to be the favoured candidate for some of the Ibrox customer base.
Of course, it is the chaps in the Blue Room who will make the ultimate choice.
I was speaking to a football agent earlier this week.
One of his clients is a current manager in the SPFL.
He told me that one name that had recently been discussed within the Sevco High Command was Alex Neil.
I’m not sure if the Preston North End supremo, formerly of Hamilton Accies, would cause a late rush of season ticket renewals or not.
There is also the small matter of compensation to his current club should they wish to pursue him.
Given the integrity of my source, I am happy that there is indeed an Alex Neil faction within the Blue Room.
His name has come up in a discussion as a possible future Sevco manager, but for now, that decision has been Parked.
As with most things after the Off Licence Putsch, the disparity between expectation and reality is stark.
Thankfully the Sevco High Command can count on the local media to keep feeding The People hope flavoured shite.
The stark reality is that at Hampden on Sunday Espanyol Glasgow will play their larger richer neighbour.
The club with more money, much more money, is homing in on a 7th title in a row.
It is almost as if being minted confers a sporting advantage.
Of course, it is always possible that the smaller club can prevail on any given day.
However, it does not alter the overall balance of power.