Lee Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

indexAnyone who subscribe’s to Lee McCulloch’s theory that Scottish League One football is marginally less better than the SPFL Premiership is needing their head looked at.

In fact, they  should be sent to the “shock shop” for some electroconvulsive therapy. Perhaps a tad barbaric but we all know that McCulloch is at the wind up. He’s living a lie and trying to justify it by peddling out the nonsense.

I’m beginning to think that physiotherapy is being replaced by cognitive therapy at Murray Park. I can picture them all sitting around in a circle humming the mantra that they are as good as, in fact better than, Celtic and the rest of the SPFL. You know the theory – keep telling yourself you’re the best at something when in fact you’re not, until all your glaring inadequacies are found out. Despite sitting at the top of League One, which they pretty much should be considering the glorious mismatch that league has become, I forecast that they will struggle in the Scottish Championship next season if they find the money to survive that long.

The signs are ominous. Wages need to be trimmed and the focus is firmly on the playing staff. Big earners will be sacrificed. Perhaps McCulloch is toeing the party line and has been wheeled out to justify the big spending? Cynical maybe, but everyone and their granny knows that Rangers are the financial equivalent of the Titanic. They’re in stormy waters and the captain doesn’t appear the see the big bloody iceberg.

On top of this, McCulloch is merely trying to justify his club’s position in the lower reaches of the Scottish game. Last season it was the “Big Adventure”. This is merely brand reinforcement, designed to do nothing more than brainwash the Ibrox loyal. To get bums on seats.

Someone needs to tell the fans that you can in fact polish a turd.

McCulloch began with this gem: “Having played in the SPL myself before I don’t think there’s that much of a gap between the top flight and League One.

“It’s a very thin line between the teams in the division we are currently in and the Premiership and I don’t mean that disrespectfully to anyone.”

He’s definitely got the polish out here. He’s demeaning any titles that he won with the previous club and any he will win with the club he TUPE’d to. It’s also, whether he intends it or not, incredibly disrespectful to his fellow pros plying their trade in the top flight. It’s absolutely clear that the standard is higher. If it wasn’t why don’t Sky, BT Sports or ESPN cover matches outside of Rangers games? We know the answer. The product is poorer. It’s the same the world over. It even applies to Junior and Amateur Football. There is always a hierarchy.

If Victor Wanyama had been playing for Queen of the South last year, do you think he would have commanded a £12m fee?

McCulloch is also learning from the Master of Snide, his manager, Ally McCoist. An expert at deflecting their status by referencing other games to cover up the smell of steaming hot cow keek.

“You look at Motherwell and they went out to Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup this season, who weren’t even at home.

“There was another upset at Celtic when Morton beat them at home and that just shows if you drop one per cent or hold off half a yard, you’ll get punished.”

Upsets happen. Celtic upset Barcelona by beating them 2-1 at Celtic Park. Are Celtic as good as Barcelona? I think the recent 6-1 thrashing tells its own story. Would we survive in the Spanish Primera. Possibly. Would we win it? No, no and no.

Will Celtic win the Champions League in my lifetime? Nope. Simply because we cannot compete with other club’s wealth, which defines which part you play in the fabric and make-up of the game worldwide

This reeks of “My Da is bigger than your Da”. It’s infantile and what makes it worse is that McCoist backs up his skipper’s ludicrous assertions by churning out as much guff. In theory, Forfar could survive well in the top division after taking Rangers scalp earlier in the Season?

Neil Lennon basically banjoed McCulloch’s theories in a few sentences at the weekend.

Lennon said: “I wouldn’t know about the standard in League One as I’ve never worked or managed in that division before.

“And whatever championship you win – or even getting promotion – it’s a difficult thing to do. You have to be consistent and at your best for 38 games a season.

“If you lose a title you realise what you had – and how difficult it was to do in the first place.

“In my view, it’s something to be proud of if you do win it.

“But let me put it this way, Queen of the South won League One convincingly and they’ve struggled in the Championship this year.

“So there’s obviously a gulf between League One and the Championship.

“Also, Partick Thistle won the Championship well last season but have came up and found it difficult in the Premiership.

“So there’s a gulf between the Championship and the Premiership.

“So I’d disagree entirely that there isn’t much difference between League One and the Premiership.”

Lennon’s pedigree as player and manager can obviously justify his words. The cream always rises to the top. It’s the same in all walks of life. There’s always a pecking order and you can bet your bottom dollar that jealousy often emanates from the lower reaches, gazing wondrously at those above and casting aspersions on them.

Can they not just continue the Big Adventure with dignity or are they obsessed with what goes on within the upper echelons?

The acid test will come next season when Rangers face full time teams, with a better pedigree, and a reduced budget. This is when people, like McCulloch, like McCoist, will really get found out.

In the meantime, keep taking the pills Lee.

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Gavin McCann

A dipsomaniac funambulist steadying himself on life’s tightrope through the medium of writing. I “suffer” from diphallic terata with mild polyorchidity. Like a dug wi’ two dicks.

13 thoughts on “Lee Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

  • 28 January, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    you my friend, are a celtic fan caring too much about what Rangers are doing.

    Most successful club in the world – We welcome the chase

  • 28 January, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    It’s always pleasurable to see that Rangers fans are reading the blog. Thanks for all your support.

    We are open to Gers fans having their say through a blog of their own on here. Feel free to pen something.

  • 28 January, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    More smoke and mirrors, say any auld pish so that the gullible zombies still think everythings just dandy down at the SKINTDOME, totally agree that next season, thats if HMS SEVCO dont hit that administration iceberg will be a competely different season for them, if they finish in the top 3 i will be stunned, saying that with the help from the men in black like they hav had already this season then maybe they will hav it wrapped up by Christmas again.. anyway who cares aboot the sevco scum, theres only one show in town now and thats CELTIC..hail hail, 126 YEARS OF UNBROKEN HISTORY+

  • 28 January, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Why dont the red tops and radio snyde come out and admit that rangers(deed co) were liquidated…. they allow callers to say that rangers(deed co) exited liquidation, now that’s what I call rising from the dead…
    My point is, the red tops and radio write and spout the rubbish that the zombies want to hear, but when some one corrects them on the issue, they are called obsessed… internet hardmen.. keyboard warriors…
    ps keep up the good work

  • 29 January, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Only 120 Days to get it right it will be interesting to see who goes (shown the door). I suspect the clumpany will still drag it’s heel’s in the cost cutting stakes after all they have to put bum’s on seats. Next season if they get there will be rather onerous. MIB to the rescue?

  • 29 January, 2014 at 12:41 am

    the advertising standards authority confirmed rangers are Scotland’s most successful club.
    how do you like those oranges?

  • 29 January, 2014 at 1:26 am

    I enjoy posts like that. Because it gives me something to reply to. Rangers were the most successful club. Until they died.

    I agree with the advertising standards authority on that. What’s your point?

  • 29 January, 2014 at 11:19 am

    the a.s.a. confirmed that the ad(that said are,a r e )is correct.

    simple enough surely.

    dreams are great but they are not always real.


  • 29 January, 2014 at 11:21 am

    To the people still complaining that the papers / journalists are still calling Rangers, Rangers: it is because they would probably be taken to court for saying otherwise. Whether you like
    It or not, Rangers, the club, still exist as to Middlesborough, Fiorentina etc who went through the same process. UEFA, SFA, FIFA all accept this too. Do you ever consider that you may be wrong? The argument is getting old. The level of obsession is unreal, it’s actually rabid. Even one if the posts above, after a massive diatribe about Rangers, finished off with, anyway, who cares about Rangers? Well obviously you do! Concentrate on your own team (this post come to my attention as it comes up on the Rangers News feed on News Now) as you will never have it easier. Rangers will be back at the top league soon enough but I fear the damage is already too deep in Scottish football for it to recover. Celtic need to bank on qualifying for the champions league now to have any sort of financial progression and have absolutely scraped in the last who years so I don’t see this continuing, but good luck anyway as I want to see “Scottish” football on the up.

  • 29 January, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I don’t think any will be ushered out the door just yet and I also believe that everything went swimmingly for the board when the players turned down the pay cut request, also sleekit sally would have rubbed his hands with glee as it also gave him the reason to keep on keeping on taking, solidarity no! lol.

    The board, imo, now have the go ahead to enter administration at a time of their liking, due to all their efforts to cut costs having been thwarted hmmmmm.

    Btw, as far as I know ASA did not declare that sevco were rangers or that the history of rangers can now be seen to be the history of sevco, as to say sevco actually ”won” those titles and trophies, they merely made it clear, obviously not clear enough, that sevco were not seen to be breaching any law by referring to the old clubs history so long as they were not claiming to be the old club, after all sevco are representing the old club in its absence, and of course this will be on a permanent basis plus the old club are no longer around to contest the issue. refer is the keyword here.

  • 29 January, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Oh aye the Advertising Standards Agency and yon European Football Club Club are suddenly, nay, overnight, the highest arbitrators in the world,but before the liquidation event no one had ever heard of them,or if they had, just ignored them.
    The SMSM don’t/won’t admit to Sevco being oot the game through fear of threats to employess or worse still a further down turn in readers/listeners

  • 29 January, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Let me get this one right….

    McCulloch has a dig at the Premier and no-one is allowed to criticise him on his stance?

    That’s not obsession, it’s comment and all football players and managers are open to it or should certain players/clubs be ignored? It’s been discussed on the Radio, TV and in the MSM….

    This has gone on for time and memorial so perhaps every football fan is obsessed.

  • 1 February, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I think it’s time to put an end to all this $hite and give credit where it’s due. As much as it gauls me to say it, Rangers’ success needs to be respected, for it is without parallel in the professional game. No other team in history has achieved what they have, and we should all just accept it, and move on. As Lenny himself said, it’s no easy feat winning league titles, as I’m sure all who have enjoyed doing so will agree.

    But, to win a league title at a canter, and then be galloping away with the next the following season, is a tremendous achievement by any standards. And when you consider it’s by a club that’s not even 2yrs old, yet, well…they’ve got my RESPECT!

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