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Willie Collum Gets Relegated And Other News

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  • This morning comes news that the bane of Ross County’s (and numerous other clubs, one imagines) existence, referee Willie Collum, will remain on Championship duty.  Apparently blowing three different penalty decisions in the recent Caley-Dons was enough to get him “relegated” for last weekend’s matches and at least another two.  That Collum- at least at this point- remains scheduled to officiate at EURO 2016 remains one of the great mysteries of the universe.
  • “Key-gate” appears to heating up!  Last weekend the second half of a Championship match between Raith Rovers and Livingston was delayed because Livingston were unable to enter the visitor’s dressing room for ten minutes due to an allegedly misplaced key- or at least that’s what Livingston said in response to numerous inquiries from supporters.  According to Raith CEO Eric Drysdale the delay was only 3-4 minutes and was the result of, “an unstripped member of the Livingston party seems to have snibb[ing] both away dressing room doors five minutes before half-time so they couldn’t be opened from the outside.  Our groundsman Craig was forking the other end of the pitch, hence the delay. The club has been made to appear negligent which isn’t the case at all – and I’m quite annoyed about it.”
  • From the category, “People Make Interesting Choices,” here are a few:  Icelandic international Arnor Ingvi Traustason, currently at Norrkoping in Sweden, has chosen Rapid Vienna over Celtic.  Can’t say that I blame him.  Charlie Gilmour, currently playing for Arsenal’s reserve side, has chosen to make his international future Scottish rather than English.  My heart likes that decision, but my head shakes at it.
  • There are a lot of reasons that Celtic manager Ronny Deila’s future is in question at Celtic- being bounced from the Champions League, being bounced from the League Cup (by County!), and still having to work hard to hold off Aberdeen in the Premiership- but as far as I’m concerned these all pale in comparison to his comments this week.  Specifically, that he thinks that artificial playing surfaces are “the future.”  He is wrong.  Though it is time for Scotland to move to a summer season like those of the Scandinavian leagues.
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