Desmond Kane

  • Power without responsibility

    If one managed to glimpse the back page of last Saturday's Daily Record newspaper - or Scotland's best for news and sport as it likes to be known - it would
    have been easy to believe we were in for one of those horrid weekends in
    pockets of the country, particularly in and around the west coast, that seem to bring
    out the worst in folk when Rangers and Celtic face each other in Glasgow.

    One of those gigantic tabloid headlines that seem to be
    aimed at the hard of seeing roared out from the back page of the paper: "Who's more
    hated at Ibrox? Is it Lennon or the taxman?" All that seemed to be

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  • Rangers: The best of times, the worst of times

    With an accent that resembles Lulu's slightly bizarre transatlantic patois, Alastair Johnston's right to criticise Craig Whyte - the Rangers owner who ousted him as chairman - went up in smoke when he decided to try to win favour with the caveman element who support the Glasgow club.

    Speaking about his dismissal on the recent BBC documentary 'Rangers: The Inside Story' that has wound up with Auntie being threatened with legal action by Whyte, Johnston lost all right to sympathy when recalling his reaction after being asked to resign by the new man overseeing matters at Ibrox.

    "Basically, I'm

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  • The curious case of Daniel Majstorovic

    Flicking through the catalogue of midweek results around Europe, one was as surprising as it was Scandinavian. Sweden's 3-2 win over the Netherlands on Tuesday evening ensured the Swedes a place at the Euro 2012 finals as the best runners-up from the nine qualifying sections.

    It was a truly jaw-dropping outcome, especially after the Netherlands had abused the Swedes 4-1 in Amsterdam last October.

    That the home side docked at such a destination with the much-maligned Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic at the heart of their defence suggests that either the visiting side were munching space

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  • Scotland castrated by lack of creativity

    Glorious failure, so near yet so far, if only, hard luck
    story, heartbreaker and a case of what might have been. Just a smattering of the hackneyed phrases wheeled out after Scotland departed the Rugby World Cup having
    lost in agonising fashion to England. It was a match they probably should have won,
    but somewhat infuriatingly lost.

    This is nothing new. This is how Scottish teams tend to do it. Like
    a vexed lover wondering where it all went wrong, could have, would have and
    should have is the traditional lament of the Scots. What does it all matter if
    the end results are adverse?

    Heaven help

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  • What goes around comes around. Having ransacked their
    Scottish neighbours for the very best of talent since the days when men
    swallowed wine on the terraces, it is difficult to feel any sympathy when one
    of the leading Glasgow clubs laments the loss of a promising talent to the
    English Premier League. Celtic's manager Neil Lennon has discovered the harsh
    fact of life that in professional football, loyalty is an easily purchased commodity.

    The case of Islam Feruz is certainly a curious one. Celtic
    halted Feruz and his family from being deported back to Somalia several years
    ago, primarily

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  • Paul McBride QC does not owe SFA an apology

    In the death throes of the 1990s, the loquacious thespian Leslie Nielsen, he of The Naked Gun fame, embarked upon a portrayal of the American lawyer Clarence Darrow, a one-man show most famously covered by Henry Fonda in the seventies. It was a highly watchable depiction of the fabled Darrow, a figure who continues to be recalled as one of America's greatest defence lawyers almost a century on. 

    It must be said that the cameo appearance of Paul McBride QC in front of BBC television cameras over the past few days has been every bit as engrossing as any representation of the cut-and-thrust of

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  • Lennon fits bill for Scotland’s hate mob

    There is a clip doing the rounds of the jovial Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges speaking at Celtic's recent end-of-season awards do. "A big hand for Lenny," says Bridges. "I wasn't sure he was here tonight... just when I showed up and saw five armed response units and a fighter jet..."

    There is something to be said for making a joke out of a grim situation, but there is no black comedy to be found in the crazed people who continue to stalk Neil Lennon with so much hatred you can almost smell the pent-up fury seeping from their pores.

    The latest fruitcake in leisurewear - a sort of martyr to

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  • Larsson cameo reminds us of brighter times

    Anecdotes tend to be a worthier currency than financial gains in future times. Some tidbits disappear into the reservoir of the
    mind, while others remain reassuringly bright. It has always been this way in football.

    It must be acknowledged that Celtic and Henrik Larsson wallowed in millions during the Swedish player's stint in Glasgow, whatever price one wants to put on such moments. Between club and player, they have a
    treasure trove of gilded memories that cannot be bought or sold.

    Watching Larsson score a hat-trick for Celtic against Manchester United's legends at Celtic Park in a

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  • VE Day possible for Hearts against Spurs

    Heart of Midlothian and Tottenham Hotspur may be leagues apart, but they have more in common than their evident Britishness. Scotland's Dave Mackay represented Hearts and Spurs with some vigour in the 1950s and 1960s, wallowing in baubles on both sides of the border.

    Tottenham old boy Jimmy Greaves continues to regard the hardy Scotsman, who was so committed legend has it that he would have attempted to play through a broken leg, as the greatest figure to wear a Tottenham shirt. He remains arguably the most protruding player to pound the beat around Gorgie with Hearts before causing

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  • Romanov makes Abramovich seem rational

    Out with the old, and in with the old. A new manager for Hearts, but a familiar story for all concerned. Paulo Sergio was apparently holed up in an Edinburgh hotel on Sunday night waiting to be outed as the latest manager of Heart of Midlothian. This was all going on while the departing Jim Jefferies was being informed he had outlived his shelf life in the job.

    Vladimir Romanov, Soviet submariner turned Lithuanian banker and a somewhat rabid owner of Hearts, even popped up on the old club's training ground on Tuesday with a golf umbrella and the initials 'VR' stamped on his Umbro training top.

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