Before getting into the row over the Celtic-Rangers New Year ticket allocation line, which dominated the Helpline .
Let’s start with a call that I’m sure we can all agree with.
Alan McGaw, of Alloa, said: “What a moving tribute to Walter Smith’s funeral procession which passed through Edmiston Drive in front of thousands of fans.
“The respect shown by everyone, including the Celtic fans who were there, shows you how much his presence for years at Ibrox was appreciated by all the supporters. Mr Smith, you are a legend and will never be forget.”
Well said, Alan.
As for the ticket allocation situation for the Old Firm showdown on January 2, there will never be an agreement between the two groups of supporters.
Ian McKendrick emailed: “Celtic fans say Rangers can’t play in front of their own fans but they want to deny them tickets. Rangers advantage I would say.
Scott Gowers, Edinburgh, said: “The blame game between fans allowed on the pitch is rumbling, but let’s look at the facts. Covid-19 is to blame for previously excluded opposing fans.
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“Celtic had already turned down two club fans ahead of the Rangers game at Ibrox. Celtic used the Covid-19 red zone to do this, they also said before Rangers withdrew Celtic’s allowance that they could not guarantee Rangers an allowance.
“The red zone was still in place when Rangers used the same decision to withdraw Celtic’s allowance. The red zone rule no longer applies.
“If Rangers did not get an allowance, Celtic would be breaking the rules and being to blame for triggering the opposing fan lockdown.”
Corn Hugh McInulty, Glasgow, replied: “Should Specsavers sponsor Rangers fans? They have never been stuck in any corner. The allocation of 7000 takes them to the edge of the penalty area! The problem for them is that you can’t see them on TV. If they want a Celtic Park end, it’s 13,000 tickets, so give us the Broomloan, the bullpen and part of the main stand, just like before!”
And Gordon Ashley, Ayr said: “How funny to hear regular Rangers fans complaining about having tasted their own medicine. If we gave them the stand behind our lens, we should give them around 12,000 tickets! Maybe if they were a big club with a big stadium like us, they would have been able to fit our bigger allocation in the corner.
Frank McFerran, of Carrickfergus, responded to Ayrshire’s Chris Currie with an exception to his earlier remarks about the Old Firm ticket allocation line. He said: “Chris, I called both teams childish, because that’s my thought on that, rightly or wrongly. This, “he did it first, so I’m going to do”, in my opinion, just perpetuates a bad idea. Both clubs should just get up and stop.
Paul McArdle, Gourock, added: “I have just learned that no Rangers fans will be allowed at Parkhead for the Glasgow Derby. Which begs the question: how are we going to have a referee and linesmen for the game?”
Moving on, Drew FergusonOban reckons Billy Gilmour wouldn’t get a game for Rangers.
He said: “Rangers and Chelsea would not want Billy Gilmour to go to Rangers. As Chelsea would only let him go to other English Premier League sides and Rangers have enough high quality players in midfield and don’t need him.
And David Bryce, Troon, praised Celtic’s Anthony Ralston, saying: “If everyone in the Celtic team had the courage and tenacity that Anthony Ralston shows, we would have a title-winning team. Unfortunately, Ralston is one of the only winners on our team. He along with Kyogo, Hart and Jota were the shining lights. At a time when the overrated Callum McGregor is being rewarded with new contracts every few months, it’s refreshing to see a guy like Ralston rewarded for his hard work. In my eyes, he should be our captain.
Finally, on the Hibs Covid epidemic. Kevin Lord, Drylaw, Edinburgh, emailed: “It’s indicative of today’s culture that more concern is being voiced about a few pies left unsold by Ross County than the life-threatening illness faced by footballers and staff of Hibernian trainers.”
And David Quadrelli, Kilmarnock, said: ‘I’m a Killie fan and not too long ago the overpaid Neil Doncaster wanted to set us an example on Covid issues. What happens with the Hibs will be interesting.