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Alastair Johnston's first week as Rangers chairman was an instructive one. We're going back to the autumn of 2009 here, but something he said back then is as vivid now as it was the minute he came out with it.
RIGHT, who did it? Who ratted them out? Has Hoopy the Huddle Hound accounted for his whereabouts on the nights of 10 March and 17 March this year?
He may be the oldest manager in British football but Craig Brown is still up for a fight and is relishing the chance to lock horns with Celtic today
Award-winning sports writer Tom English hosted an online debate today about Craig Whyte's Rangers takeover bid.
The biggest defeat that Tiger Woods suffered at the weekend wasn't when he failed to build on a blistering outward nine on Sunday at Augusta but when he took the goodwill that people showed him and promptly threw it back in their face.
Imagine for a second you are Craig Whyte. Difficult, I know, but try and put yourself in that castle in Grantown or the pad in Monaco and think about what he might have been thinking when he heard of Alastair Johnston's performance in front of the media on Friday.
But that most romantic of Aintree stories, as Tom English reminds us, was about more than just the winners of 1981's incredible Grand National
Stewart Regan is a lucky so-and-so, isn't he? The racism scandal petering out like that? Phew. A German teenager flung the banana. Yessss! Result for the SFA. One less thing for the chief executive to have to deal with. That only leaves sectarianism in his in-tray. And Neil Lennon. And the implementation of the McLeish Report.
Quite honestly, if Sir Alex Ferguson wasn't the world's greatest football manager he'd surely have a career in Hollywood such is his ability to remain deadpan despite coming out with some hilariously contradictory statements.
This, trust me, is the only time this column will ever quote - or even mention the name of - Donald Rumsfeld, but there is something he said once, a kind of meandering stream of consciousness that seems apt when you apply it to the wearying saga of the proposed takeover of Rangers by Craig Whyte.
Metaphorically speaking, in his press conference at the England team hotel in Cardiff the other day, Fabio Capello was put up against a wall and told to account for his behaviour in the business of Rio Ferdinand and the captain's armband, a feeble saga of petted lips and overblown egos.
You may not have heard of Peter Velappan but, once upon a time, he was very important to Sepp Blatter and Sepp Blatter was, in turn, very important to him. Velappan used to be a top-ranking official at the Asian Football Confederation. Indeed, the Malaysian was the AFC's general secretary for the 29 years from 1978 to 2007.
You had to feel for Sean Lineen last week, not just because the Glasgow coach had to announce the departure, at the end of the season, of Richie Vernon, his international No.8, but also because, in the interests of PR, he had to try and do the un-doable and put a positive slant on it all.
All credit to St Paul and his Damascene moment: his vision of the resurrected Christ on a road in Syria set the bar high in terms of life-changing conversion.
Award-winning sports writer Tom English was online today to discuss Sunday's League Cup final between Celtic and Rangers.
WHEN YOU watch the Cheltenham Festival you enter another world, a place where nothing else matters bar horse whispering.
'English jibes must represent an effrontery to the proud Scots'
AT LEAST now the intemperate language of the last week has given way to calmer tones, at least some of the bonkers reactionary ideas that came from the motormouths of politicians since that cup tie at Parkhead last Wednesday has been replaced with a range of objectives that were delivered in conciliatory tones by the First Minister and invited guests yesterday. It's a step forward of sorts.