Late this afternoon, The Clumpany’s attention was drawn to an interview by @ChrisClark1975 with “Sky Sports’ voice of Scottish football”, Ian Crocker.
It’s a lengthy, and quite interesting interview about his experiences and advice as a football commentator. It is well worth a read.
And when asked to name the best player he has commentated on, he says
“Phew…I would have to say Lionel Messi I suppose. In Scotland, we had Henrik Larsson, who stuck around for 7 years and gave me plenty of good lines”.
So Mr Crocker is obviously a man of some discernment.
However, when asked for his views on “the current state of Scottish football”, his reply included the following observations:
“Well obviously, it needs Rangers in the top flight as soon as possible”
“it would certainly be beneficial for the game, if them and Hibs were back in the top division. It’s amazing to think that Rangers were demoted to the bottom division, it was extraordinary. Yes they should have been punished, but that much? I’m not so sure. Scottish football needs a strong Rangers – that’s a fact. Celtic needs them as well. You need strong competition.”
“As long as Rangers aren’t in the same league and a major force, Celtic will keep on racking up the titles. Fair play to Aberdeen, they pushed them all the way.”
“So for the state of the Scottish game, we need Rangers back and challenging. We need those Old Firm games back, not just for Scotland, but for promotion around the world.”
Oh dear Ian!
Mr Crocker is right to offer credit to Aberdeen, and it’s a rare pundit who expresses hope of Hibs getting promoted(!).
It is also probably fair to say that the Celtic v ‘Rangers*’ fixture has a certain cachet around the world.
But my word, what a Crocker sh*t those other Sevco-related comments are!
Possibly punished too harshly!
Scottish football and Celtic need a ‘strong Rangers*’.
It’s an absolutely textbook example of the liquidation-denying, unimaginative pish that views Scottish football as being solely about Celtic v ‘Rangers*’.
And which never recognises that the late, unlamented, financially-doped Rangers of the late 1980s to 2012 was a souped-up lie.
I can imagine that from Mr Crocker’s ‘TV perspective’ a pretend ‘Old Firm’ fixture might seem like an appealing prospect.
However, comments like his – which pine for a strong Sevco in the top flight – almost give the impression that the game isn’t worth one thin dime as it currently stands.
You know that’s a load of nonsense, and I know it too.
Mr Crocker might like to reflect that there is so much more to the Scottish game that he is employed to cover.
Who knows, a more positive attitude about the Scottish game as a whole, it’s heritage, history, rivalries and – YES – entertainment value, might even attract more subscription-paying TV viewers to it!
As Mr Crocker himself says:
“Well you’re watching football aren’t you, and who doesn’t love that?”