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FOOTBALL: SPORTS HOTLINE; Seeing red over the boys in blue.

JUST six weeks ago it seemed inconceivable that the words Dick Advocaat and Emperor's new clothes would appear in the same sentence.

Now, though, as the SPL's worst defence (seven games against Premier opposition without a clean sheet) limps into the European theatre, both halves of the Old Firm lined up to criticise or gloat. Or both.

Rangers fan Peter Keenan from Glasgow said: "Advocaat doesn't know what he's doing. Lorenzo Amoruso, Fernando Ricksen and Bert Konterman should pack their bags.

"We should have kept the good Scottish players like Colin Hendry, Paul Ritchie and Barry Nicholson."

George Anpop from Coatbridge added: "Advocaat should go and we should make a move for Alex Ferguson. The last three games have been terrible. I can't see Advocaat turning things round. Celtic are coming back and I admit I'm worried by them."

Eric Liddell from Falkirk said: "I'm fed up with Amoruso and I don't think he should be captain. Jorg Albertz would do a far better job because he's more of a leader and gives us the drive and urgency we need."

Jim Ferris of Stevenson said: "It's about time Advocaat altered the bonus system at Ibrox because our players are definitely suffering from complacency."

Walter Hamilton from Foxbar said: "Celtic fans are on a high because they think Rangers' bubble has burst but Advocaat's side will bounce back even if he has been buying guys he shouldn't have bought."

Declan Mulhearn from Dumbarton said: "It's good to see Rangers have signed the new Eyal Berkovic in Ronald de Boer."

Peter Bolton from High Blantyre added: "During the summer Charlie NIcholas said Celtic were five years behind Rangers yet two months later we're five points ahead of them."

Phil Campbell from Lennoxtown said: "Although we're still rebuilding our side, there's no doubt that Celtic can win the league.

"Rangers are now resorting to panic buying, while Amoruso must be wishing he'd gone to Sunderland."

Robert O'Rourke from Irvine said: "The future is bright but it's certainly not orange. Amoruso is Rangers' very own Olivier Tebily - the difference is we're not stupid enough to make him captain."

While Celtic supporters were on cloud nine-in-a-row, it's fair to say that Hibs' fans didn't share their joy.

John Walker from Leith said: "John Rowbotham was a disgrace at Parkhead and it's the same when we go to Ibrox. The Old Firm may as well play off for the title right now."

Celt Joseph Smith from Coatbridge said: "I agree with Alex McLeish that Celtic shouldn't have had a penalty but I find it disturbing that Dick Advocaat, manager of the second biggest club in the country, should resort to taunting Celtic fans at airports.

"Perhaps his hair weave has affected his brain."

Alan Freedman from Leith argued: "A few weeks ago ALex McLeish expressed his ambition to manage a bigger club but unless he can go to Ibrox and Park-head and win occasionally he can forget about that."

Exiled Perthite Brian Thomson from Kettering said: "Tam Cowan's comments about the size of St Johnstone's crowds were out of order.

"What he should realise is that there isn't much industry in the town and that the ordinary man in the street can't afford to go to games all the time."

Leslie Mullan from Ayr said: "It's time Gordon Dalziel quit. We've been knocked out of two cups by Third DIvision sides and on Saturday Livingston were far superior to us.

"I'd like to see what a decent manager could do with the money Bill Barr keeps giving him."

Finally, Liam Anderson from Windygates said: "I'm an East Fife fan and I'm disgusted that we had three players ordered off against Cowdenbeath.

"I've no argument with the third red card but the first two - which were supposed to be for punching opponents - were simply ridiculous."COLIN DUNCAN would love to be on Who wants to be a Millionaire? but hasn't got a friend to call. Make him your pal by ringing between 11am-noon today on:

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Title Annotation:Sports Hotline
Author:Calls, Ewing Grahame Takes Your
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 11, 2000
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