Regular readers (bless you, you really do have unbelievable patience) will know that The Clumpany enjoys spotting exaggeration. The more ridiculous, the better.
And so it was that I had a good chuckle at this piece in the Daily Record today:
Clumpaneers might like to note that the picture at the top of this blog is from the aforementioned Record article. It promotes half season tickets and features James Tavernier in a weird festively-themed setting that is not so much ‘grotto’ as ‘grotty’.
Now there’s a visual metaphor for Sevco-related matters…
But I digress…
Let’s look at the piece in some detail:
“JAMES TAVERNIER reckons Rangers have got the title-winning know-how that will see off promotion rivals Hibernian.
The right-back claims the Rangers squad is packed with players who have been over the course and know what it is like to win leagues and trophies.
Team-mates such as Kenny Miller and Danny Wilson have both won top-flight championships with Rangers in the past while the likes of Lee Wallace, Dean Shiels and Nicky Law have collected winners’ medals on the club’s journey back through the divisions.
And the former Wigan man believes that will prove to be the difference between his side and their Easter Road rivals as they prepare for a crucial second half to the Scottish Championship campaign.
Tavernier, whose side will hope to maintain their three-point advantage at the top of the table by beating Morton at Ibrox on Saturday, said: ‘I won the league with Bristol City when I was on loan there and I won a play-off final at Rotherham so I’m quite used to the big occasions. I’m sure our lads have got plenty of experience themselves having played with different clubs and gone for titles. They will all want to see an end product after they way we started the season.'”
So, in short Sevco are “packed” with:
Firstly, a couple of players who won top-flight titles with the late Rangers Football Club (if you count Danny Wilson’s 20-odd appearances between 2009-10 as proof of title-winning ‘grit’. NB I note the article doesn’t mention his second tier title with Hearts last season. I wonder why?)
Secondly, some players who won the Scottish 4th and 3rd tiers for Sevco under the fortifying guidance of Ally McCoist, and backed by a wage bill that blew all of their competitors out of the water. Several times over.
And thirdly, James Tavernier. He apparently helped Rotherham Utd get promoted to the second tier of English football via the playoffs when on short-term loan in 2014. And in the first few months of 2015 he went on loan to Bristol City where he helped them to win the English third-tier title.
It’s not exactly a team ‘packed full of experienced internationalists’, is it?
But why let that get in the way of a story about Sevco having an ‘edge’ over their rivals. Especially when faced with the alleged ‘mind games’ of Alan Stubbs?