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Byline: ANTHONY HAGGERTY takes your calls

THERE were more Old Firm squabbles yesterday as Celtic fans leapt to the defence of their club's move to have The Undertones play at Parkhead. The group will play a set at Celtic Park prior to next week's Champions League crunch against AC Milan.

Martin Collins, Larne, Co. Antrim, said: 'The Undertones hail from Derry which is part of Northern Ireland. They were also the late, great, DJ John Peel's favourite band and he did not have a bad bone in his body.

'Peel would be absolutely horrified with all this nonsense about the band playing at Celtic Park.'

Tony Kerrigan, Erskine, said: 'I did not realise that great songs like Teenage Kicks, Jimmy, Jimmy and My Perfect Cousin were sectarian.

'The Undertones are a fantastic band and saw them play the Glasgow Apollo many years ago.

'Why the big fuss from the Rangers fans over them playing at Parkhead? I find their complaints offensive.'

Joseph Morgan, Ibrox, said: 'The Undertones are from Northern Ireland which technically makes them British, so what's the problem?'

Bill McGovern, Salisbury, said: 'I am offended by Rangers supporters' complaints. What is a typical Irish band?'

Joe Edwards, Waltham Abbey, Essex, said: 'Where exactly is the harm in The Undertones playing Parkhead? 'Celtic's Irish connections are well documented, so how can Rangers fans complain? It is completely out of order.'

John McLennon, Ayr, said: 'I do not remember this much fuss being kicked up when U2 played Parkhead a few years ago and they are much more politically active than the Undertones.

'It is sad that some people should be offended by this.' Rina Davidson of Greenock, Josephine Owens from Baillieston, and Michael Connor in Peterborough all rang in on the same theme. Back to football now (thank goodness) and Rangers' 1-0 UEFA cup defeat by AZ Alkmaar was a big talking point.

Bluenose Eric Clyde, Hamilton, said: 'I bet Zura Khizanishvili, Nacho Novo and Dado Prso feel a bit sheepish now after banging on about winning four competitions including the UEFA Cup.

'They should do their talking on the park and just shut up. Rangers are not good enough to win the UEFA Cup on that showing.'

John McEwan, Paisley, said: 'I can only imagine that Dado Prso and Zura Khizanishvili were on space cakes when they made those comments about Rangers lifting the UEFA Cup.

'I think they've taken the Dutch hospitality a bit too far. Rangers are looking a better side but they have not won anything or achieved anything yet.'

Derek Reid, Dollar, wants clarification on the future of Jean-Alain Boumsong. He said: 'It is time David Murray or Alex McLeish let the fans know if Boumsong is staying.

'I am fed up with Graeme Souness constantly spying on him. If he wants Boumsong he should put up pounds 10 million or shut up.'

Margaret Cowan, Sauchie, said: 'Who does Souness thinks he is trying to raid Rangers for their prized assets.

'He did it with Barry Ferguson and now he looks set to try his luck with Jean-Alain Boumsong. Rangers should give him no encouragement and tell him where to go.'

Finally Robert Fairweather, Edinburgh, said: 'I'd like to plat tribute to Scotland and Spurs goalkeeping legend Bill Brown who died earlier in the week.

'He was a true gentleman and far removed from your superstar players of today with their fast cars and vast sums of money.

'Bill was happy just getting the train to play football and had time for everyone. He will be sadly missed.'


There's only one quote of the week'Bill Brown was a true gentleman and far removed from your superstar players of today with their fast cars and vast sums of money'
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 4, 2004
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