Not so die-hard Hearts fan radio host loves Rangers a bit too much
I know times must be tough to be a Hearts fan with the club being managed by serial loser and bitter Craig Levein, but one so-called die hard Hearts fan has finally shown his true colours by nailing his flag firmly to the mast down Govania way.
Radio Clyde’s Ewan Cameron - who used to present the Real Radio Football Phone-in* along with Derek Johnstone - claimed that Rangers would win the title this coming season stopping Celtic from winning nine-in-a-row.
His comment comes a year after he claimed that Celtic would not win another treble - which Celtic under Lennon duly delivered much to Cameron’s angst.
Despite being a self-confessed Jambo, similarly to Chick Young being a self-confessed Buddie, Cameron spends more time cosying up to Rangers supporters, ex-players on social media and trying to give Steven Gerrard a rectal exam with his head on the day of the former Liverpool midfielder’s unveiling at Ibrox. So much so he had to be manhandled by security to stop touching up the new Rangers manager.
Stepping in for Gordon Duncan, who was on holiday, Cameron predicted: “Celtic won’t win a treble again. That’s it, it’s gone. The treble Treble is done. It’s not going to happen. They might win a cup but they won’t win the league.
“Rangers will stop them winning nine-in-a-row. I’m making that bold prediction tonight. Celtic will not win the league under Neil Lennon and I’ll tell you another thing, he might not last till Christmas.”
Despite losing their best player last season, Ryan Kent, and star striker Alfredo Morelos wanting to leave the club - Rangers’ latest acquisitions of Jake Hastie, Jordan Jones and Greg Stewart are certainly not title-winning signings. Neither is the continued loan signing of veteran striker Jermaine Defoe who could only muster a meagre eight goals in 20 appearances for Rangers.
And with the Ibrox board now trying to convert the £20 million-plus debt to shares - further diluting the fans shareholding - it looks like Gerrard will need to cull his squad numbers before strengthening further. Especially when the wage bill is a ridiculously high 74% of the club’s overall turnover. Compare that to Celtic’s 58.4% wage to turnover ratio.
It does look like Cameron is feeling all giddy and excited ahead of the new season, as are his pals at Follow Follow, because Neil Lennon is the new permanent Celtic manager. Despite their glee and claims of Lennon being sacked by Christmas, the Northern Irishman had a better record than Rodgers in Europe and had a higher win ratio also at 70.1%.
As for Rangers challenging Celtic, will they be guaranteed the ridiculously high amount of penalties awarded to them as they had last season? Will Morelos’ continued ill-discipline cost them further points? Can they be as consistent as Celtic have been? And yet, even if all of the above go in the way of Rangers - they will still need Celtic to play worse than they did last season. They still need Celtic to fall to a level that no one has seen since the days of Tony Mowbray.
Celtic’s transfer business will certainly be one of prudence, but strengthening key areas, while Rangers will look to flog as many of their dead wood as possible in the guise of Kyle Lafferty, Graham Dorrans, Borna Barisic and Eros Grezda to free up their wage bill. Along with hoping someone comes in offering a laughable amount for Tavernier or Morelos.
Nothing in Rangers’ transfer dealings or their play from last season has me worried in the slightest about Celtic being toppled from the top spot this coming season.
Will Celtic win another treble? Probably not. Will Celtic win nine-in-a-row? I’ll be putting £50 on it. Celtic are still odds-on favourites with the bookies. While Rangers are 5/2 to win the title and Ewan’s beloved Hearts are 100/1.
Celtic will change a lot this summer under Lennon - none more so than the style of play that they struggled with all season - even under Rodgers. They will be a lot quicker in attack, a lot more direct and none of this tippy tappy pish that saw teams sit back and soak up the pressure before pouncing on poor passing at the back from Celtic.
Will Celtic lose games? Yes. Will they struggle in games? Yes. But come next May they will be nine-in-a-row champions much to Cameron’s and the zombie hordes pain and fear! And when Lennon does deliver it - Gerrard will already be back down in Liverpool begging Jurgen Klopp for his old youth team job back.
I wonder if Cameron got anymore freebies from Rangers after his laughable claim?
* As a side note, Ewan Cameron was doing the commentary at Tynecastle on Real Radio when Neil Lennon was attacked by a Hearts fan. Cameron refused to correct his co-commentator Derek Johnstone who had claimed that Lennon would be in serious trouble for attacking a fan. So that says all we need to know about the Diet Hun and his opinion on Neil Lennon.