Desmond Kane

  • Second coming of Jim Jefferies a heartwarming experience

    Who remembers Geoffrey Richmond? Richmond was the owner of Bradford City in the late 1990s, an English businessman who followed a path well trodden in purchasing a football club before being left hamstrung by buying players the organisation could not afford.

    Richmond ultimately capsized under a weight of debt last seen in the movie Brewster's Millions, but football has not learned from such dramatic failure.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Tasteless, classless owners of football clubs from India, the Middle East or the Home Counties remain all the rage in the English

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  • Smith joins roster of great Scots

    Football management remains a
    downright ghastly business. The writhing face, the pinched expression, the
    wincing glances and the deathly pallor were only too visible at Hampden Park
    last week.

    The late Celtic and Scotland
    manager Jock Stein was granted a minute's applause at Scotland's national
    stadium to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his grim death during a World
    Cup qualifying match in Wales.

    Little did one suspect the
    national side was about to embark on a mission to leave its present head coach
    Craig Levein wrestling with his own ticker-stopping moments.

    To say managing Scotland

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  • The Smith supremacy

    In ancient military tome The Art of War, the Chinese strategist Sun Tzu opines that if you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss. If you are Walter Smith, you can win at least nine. Smith and his wonderfully unwavering Rangers side remain unbeaten in all competitions heading into Halloween after a 3-1 throttling of Celtic on Sunday.

    Amid their best start to a season in 89 years, it seems like the galvanised Glasgow side will gladly take on all comers, in Scotland at least, before giving them a hefty clout round the ears.

    Aided by their manager's

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  • Bannan invokes spirit of great Scottish gingers

    Scotland and ginger footballers, or strawberry blondes if it sounds more eloquent, fit together as snugly as the country's somewhat cliched dalliance with Irn Bru, whisky, square slice sausage and a smattering of the world's finest golf courses. Ever since the time of The Picts, it seems it has always been thus.

    During the days when Scotland were regulars at World Cup finals a couple of decades ago, the former Leeds United captain Billy Bremner, a midfielder binging on English and European trinkets, and perhaps the most celebrated ginger to don a dark blue shirt with 55 caps, would regularly

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  • Levein misses the point amid mist of machismo

    The life choices we make continue to affect those around us. Atonement stood and walked tall in the Scotland goal at Hampden Park last night before obduracy could be discovered in the bowels of an otherwise enlivened national stadium.

    Whatever else can be gleaned from losing in front of your home crowd, Scotland's manager Craig Levein can perhaps learn a lesson or two from his maturing goalkeeper Allan McGregor on the correct time to maintain proper decorum amid life's peculiar outbreak of untimely happenings, however unjust they may seem.

    Scotland almost salvaged an unlikely point against

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  • Misguided SFA refs least of Celtic’s concerns

    Unlike Dougie McDonald, hard evidence doesn't lie. Celtic's 2-1 win over Dundee United on October 17 will forever be recalled as the day when McDonald, a much-derided Scottish referee, began his descent into the death throes of his career for fibbing to the Glasgow club's manager Neil Lennon. White lie or not, it was a glaring moment of stupidity in a season already gone mad.

    It was the starting point that led to referees going on strike over the weekend. It was the starting point in a wonky period in time that has sent tremors through the game's moral guardians. The Scottish Football

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  • Celtic shamed by poppycock protesters

    And so the malady lingers on. Celtic's 9-0 drubbing of Aberdeen on Saturday will be recalled as a day of new highs and familiar lows for the Glasgow club. A record winning margin in the SPL was sullied by the cavemen who decided to soil the memory of the fallen.

    Whatever the moral rights or wrongs of a country going to war, a somewhat cursed debate at the best and worst of times, a routine football match in Glasgow is not the appropriate forum to promote one's views on such weighty issues. Some supposed "supporters" of Celtic decided otherwise.

    The malcontents who decided to unfurl several

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  • Scotland fans do not deserve anti-football

    The few got off lightly. Around 50 sozzled fans travelling to Prague on an Easyjet flight the night before Scotland's lamentable Euro 2012 qualifying match against the Czech Republic were turned back because they were deemed to be too inebriated by the time they reached Amsterdam.

    Rather than berate staff at Schiphol Airport or the budget airline, those members of the Tartan Army should pay homage to the edgy Dutch for sparing them a wasted journey, and perhaps even commend such inspired foresight.

    The decision to send a smattering of Scots homewards to think again was far bolder than the one

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  • Johnston could have unlikely Old Firm role

    Down and out in Glasgow, high and dry in Toronto. It may have appeared as a mere footnote on the week's wider sporting digest, but the endlessly engrossing life story of a man called MoJo has completed another telling chapter in North America.

    The debatable Maurice Johnston has ended a nine-year period employed in the circles of Major League Soccer having been dismissed as the general manager of Toronto FC amid much griping about his value to the Canadian club's general health over the past four years.

    Such moments of hardship are nothing new to such a forthright football explorer. Adversity

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  • Whistleblower prompts dark days

    Hell hath no fury like a linesman scorned. Like the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the trigger for the outbreak of the First World War, the character assassination of Steven Craven, strictly in a theatrical sense of course, appears to have caused an outbreak of civil unrest within the endlessly debatable empire of the Scottish Football Association.

    This could yet be the precursor to some unheralded civil action and several prominent figures within the auspices of Hampden Park falling on their swords. Not quite sex, lies and videotape, but lies and video evidence strike at the

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