True or False 18.08.2013 Celtic | Rangers | Hibs | Premiership | Manchester United | Arsenal | Match of the Day
True or False – Our regular feature were 90 Minute Cynic contemplates recent and upcoming events in the world of football and gather the opinion of the Cynics. Our questionnaire extraordinaire is Bryan McManus and the men behind the answers are Louis McCaffrey, Colin Armstrong and Ravi Sood.
Today we focus on Celtic’s next Champions League tie, the secrecy and in-fighting at Ibrox, Pat Fenlons future at Hibs, the start of the Premiership season, the lack of transfer activity at Manchester United and Arsenal and the 50th anniversary of Match of the Day. If you would like to submit any questions to True or False or have any comments about the feature as a whole then contact us on twitter or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Celtic are due to play on another “plastic” surface in their next Champions League tie. Regardless of the advances in technologies of these surfaces they should not be used for European or International fixtures.
Louis True – Celtic had to deal with a plastic pitch of terrible quality in Elfsborg recently. Football is game played on grass and if your side wants to compete with the best in Europe’s premier football tournaments you should at least be able to maintain a patch of grass.
Colin False – The home team has to play on the same pitch and an artificial surface is a vast improvement over some of the potato-fields that have been used by Belarusian and Russian teams in the Europa League in the last few years. It is a minor inconvenience.
Ravi False – I believe any advantage a team can use over their opposition should be ok. Bolivia play all their home matches at a higher altitude than the rest of South American teams, and I don’t think this is any different.
The Rangers circus seems to stumble from one farce to the next with no one, let alone the fans, having any real clue what is going on. Walter Smith should come out now and lay bare exactly why he resigned and what is happening behind the scenes.
Louis False – Big Walter isn’t stupid, he has ran a mile and probably with good reason but why should he continue to be associated with the circus show. Walter has done the right thing by leaving the clowns to it.
Colin False – Walter Smith does not own or manage the club, whilst being a club legend he has to be aware of pending legal issues that prevent him or any other board-member from feeding the press information. The truth will come out in the wash, but it seems there are many twists and turns yet to navigate before we find out what is really going on at Rangers. Even John Greig, the greatest ever Ranger, has held his tongue after leaving the club’s board. Murky waters.
Ravi True – As a fan, I want to know what is going on at my club, and who is more trustworthy at Rangers than Walter Smith?
Hibs are on a downward spiral with no sign of it changing; the club need to sack Pat Fenlon now in order to avoid a potnetail relegation slugfest this season.
Louis False – Sacking a manager after only two games would be crazy! Give the guy a chance to change things around and reassess things in a couple of months. Fans seem to forget Pat Fenlon took Hibs to a cup final last season.
Colin True – I don’t like to call for anyone’s head but even Division two Rangers wouldn’t have lost 7 -0 at home in Europe to Malmo.. Losing the derby to a shoestring hearts side hasn’t helped matters. He will stay in the job now but I would be impressed if he made it to the October week still in his vocation.
Ravi True – Fenlon’s had more than enough chances at Hibs, and at this rate he is in serious danger of turning Hibs into a complete laughing stock. Imagine they went down after starting the season 15 points ahead of a very inexperienced Hearts side? Losing Griffiths hasn’t helped either.
After the success of the game at Wembley the Scotland v England fixture should be reinstated at least once every two years.
Louis True – It was the most entertaining Scotland international match I have seen in a long time. There was a proper buzz in the build up before the match, however every year may be tough logistically but the fixture should be played more often.
Colin False – A brilliant game and spectacle made all the better from waiting. A home international tournament wouldn’t bring the same attraction as the Scotland v England fixture, I for one couldn’t care less about playing Ireland or Wales(who recently beat us twice anyway). A straight bi-annual fixture between the two would be intriguing but I am cynical that the fixture could replace lucrative friendlies like playing against Brazil or Spain.
Ravi True – I loved every single bit of it (apart from the result). But I don’t think it will be, the passion for this match was also partly due to us not having played each other in 14 years, and maybe if we played them more often the fire would begin to go out.
With the managerial changes and quality of player brought in this will be The Premierships most exciting season ever.
Louis True – This season is shaping up to be the best yet. We could see a proper title race this season with anything up to 6 teams with the potential to challenge. The managerial changes will add an unpredictable edge to the campaign. With plenty of time still left in the transfer window and Mr Rooney and Mr Saurez desperate for a move, things could get even more interesting.
Colin False – Every season is hyped as the ‘Best One Yet’. There is no doubt that it will be exciting and provide great entertainment but the Prem is looking over it’s shoulder as the Bundesliga goes from strength to strength and even Serie A is rising from the dead. The best players in Europe play elsewhere (Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo, etc) and the loss of Alex Ferguson is palpable. There will be no shortage of good football but there is improvement needed to remain the top league in Europe.
Ravi True – Every season tends to be better than the one before it, and now with the addition of players such as Jovetic and Schurrle, and bringing back Mourinho, it should be something special.
Due to their distinct lack of transfer activity before the opening game Man. Utd and Arsenal will be playing continual catch up with Chelsea , Man City and Spurs
Louis True/False – Both sides still have good squads but the clubs around them are doing everything they can to develop their squads for a title challenge. It wouldn’t take much for either team to turn their prospects around, possibly just one or two signing.
Colin False – Spurs will lose Bale either this summer or next and will not be able to sign a like-for-like replacement after failing to get into the
Champions League. United have strong a deep squad that only needs one or two additions (that I think will come) and Arsenal will not challenge for the league but will be in the mix-up for the top 4 even without a signing. Chelsea have an immense squad and a brilliant manager, giving them the edge over City who have the squad but perhaps not the manager who knows how to win trophies.
Ravi False – Maybe for Arsenal, but Man Utd are champions for a reason, and you can never count out the champions. Even with Ferguson gone, I still think they’ll be a force.
There will be at least one well established Premiership club relegated this season (I’m saying Newcastle )
Louis True – I completely agree and for me it will be Stoke. Mark Hughes is far from convincing as a manager and they lack quality up front. Overall their squad isn’t good enough to finish in the top half and a relegation battle could very well be on the cards.
Colin True – Newcastle barely escaped last year and teams like Aston Villa need to be careful. I think we will see the promoted teams struggle this year but I personally hope that Cardiff can escape the drop and remain in the top-flight. Fulham need to keep one eye over their shoulder this season too, without Berbatov they are a very average side with a woeful away record.
Ravi True – It’s make or break time for Sunderland, and I’m not sure Di Canio has the required experience yet.
Match of the Day returns for its 50th year this season. It is a Saturday night staple of all football fans however it has by far the worst pundits on any football show on TV.
Louis False – As long as PATTTTTTT Nevin is on Sportscene they are far from the worst
Colin True – Lawro and Shearer are terrible and Hansen is not much better.. Still the BBC have promised a shake up and Lawro is among the casualties with ‘a reduced role’ this season. Thank fuck for that.
Ravi False – Yes, their pundits are dinosaurs of football with archaic views on the game, but I’ve heard some amount of rubbish on ITV too.
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