Not for the first time Hugh Keevins was left looking very foolish as he wished for a Celtic defeat at St Mirren in the Scottish Cup.
Anyone shelling out the £2 or so needed to buy the Sunday Mail/Daily Record would have been able to read through the veteran reporters preparation for Celtic’s Scottish Cup exit followed by the cracked crest appearing in the Glasgow based newspapers.
It seems that the disappointment of Celtic’s late win away to Hibs had lit a flame for Keevins that the hoops hopes of another Scottish Cup campaign could be over before he picks up his next fee from Radio Clyde.
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In trademark style he opened his Record column with:
I would not, on current form put two bob on Celtic’s chances of still being in the Scottish Cup by four o’clock this afternoon in Paisley.
You could hardly claim that a win for St. Mirren would have to be filed under “Cup shocks,” given the way Stephen Robinson’s side are playing, could you?
However he tries spinning it two overhead kicks from Alex Gogic doesn’t earn you a place in the quarter-final draw, goals from Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda earn you that honour and a home tie with Livingston.
Since the loss of his cherished O** F*** in 2012 life has been a lonely place for Keevins, forty years of living off the toxic hatred from the Ibrox club required a new approach, his anger at Celtic’s continuation is never far below the surface.
Attempting to revive the O** F*** rivalry has seen daily sales of the Record and Sunday Mail crash to just over 50,000 elderly readers hanging onto past glories from a bygone age.
Hoping for misery and failure for Celtic Keevins adds:
As extraordinary a tale as a Treble-winning team having a trophy-less season next time out. But that is the horror story confronting the Celtic fans, and that is why the game against St. Mirren today has taken on such exceptional significance.
I believe in plain speaking. It makes for the best form of newspaper copy and radio soundbites.
Which explains the booming popularity of podcasts and fan media websites, offering a fresh take on events after 50 plus years sticking to the script with just occasional tweaks and variations.