Stoking the fire for Tuesday’s game
There have been a few interesting interviews this weekend. We particularly liked the honesty displayed by Tottenham’s Benoit Assou-Ekotto in his interview in the Guardian and admitting that football in England is just a career for him.
Another interview which caught our eye was the one with Diomansy Kamara in previewing the Celtic v Rangers game on Tuesday night.
On Thursday night, as the Fulham players were celebrating reaching the final of the Europa League, we couldn’t help but wonder how Kamara felt about giving up the chance of playing a part in the final as opposed to his experiences at Celtic Park. That doesn’t seem to worry the player too much but he has launched an attack on Nacho Novo.
Some of the comments from Kamara focused on Novo’s baiting of Celtic players as the blue side of Glasgow celebrated winning 2 in a row.
There is a history between the clubs in recent years with title celebrations and Celtic players have been as culpable as Novo in the past. With that in mind, if you win the league, you get the opportunity to wind up your rivals and the losers have to take it on the chin…as it were.
However, you can’t help but laugh at the way Kamara summed up Novo’s comments:
“Novo is not playing, he is always on the bench, so maybe he is speaking like this because he wants a new contract. “
Much like the comments in the past, Kamara maybe doesn’t know the history of Novo because regardless of whether he plays or not, he has always been a person who runs his mouth off and panders to his fans.
This is a reason why Rangers fans love him, it’s a reason why some Celtic fans hate him..but it is also a reason why many just see him as a pantomime villain, doing his best to get attention.
It is extremely unlikely that Nacho Novo will get a new contract at Ibrox and the player seemed genuinely affected and close to tears when discussing his situation at Rangers. Of course, he was doing this whilst wearing a jacket which hadn’t seen the light of day since long before Pete Townshend started researching his book.
There is also a slight irony that perhaps Diomansy Kamara is focusing on his own contract situation as opposed to Novo’s, which perhaps means he is using his remarks to extend his time at Celtic.
Either way, there will be fans on both side of the divide frothing at the mouth at what has been said but all in all, its just a little bit silly. It just goes to show how silly the situation is but equally, how clever footballers can be in manipulating each other to promote their own needs.
Although Tuesday’s game means very little, hopefully both sets of players will do their talking on the park in a manner which will see football as the topic of conversation