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EVERY day the Hotline gives a platform for people to express their democratic right to free speech.

But over the last 48 hours it has been dominated by those angrily shouting down Record Sport's Gordon Parks for offering an opinion many don't like about Celtic loanee Patrick Roberts.

You may not agree with his view that Roberts has shown a lack of ambition by returning to Scotland but that doesn't mean he should face the kind of vitriol he's copped on anti-social media since his column in our sister newspaper the Sunday Mail.

As Alan Lough, Dunbar, put it: "Gordon Parks is entitled to speak his mind without getting his head ripped off on the Hotline."

Alex Greer, Condorrat, said: "How can Parks say Roberts lacks ambition? We should be proud that players like that are playing in the Scottish Premiership.

"When Chris Sutton and John Hartson were coming up here they came from the top league in England and it was lauded. No one was questioning their ambition."

Phil Campbell, Lennoxtown, said: "Does that mean the likes of Brian Laudrup, Paul Gascoigne and Giovanni van Bronckhorst showed a lack of ambition when they signed for Rangers back in the day? I don't remember them being condemned. Parks should be trying to talk the Scottish game up a bit."

Never mind who Celtic have signed, for one caller it's about who they could yet bring in before the PSG game gets the group campaign under way next week.

Michael Sheerin, Liverpool, said: "Brendan Rodgers could still sign a central defender to strengthen for the Champions League when you look at the former Premier League players who are currently free agents."

Lee Griffiths, Connah's Quay, isn't convinced about Celtic's strength for the challenge either.

He said: "I know Celtic were unbeaten domestically but if any of their players were world class why haven't the real big European clubs been knocking? That shows the real standard at Parkhead."

Duncan McDougall, Greenock, said: "All this talk about the highly overrated and overpaid PS200million Neymar.

"I don't think he's worth 200 million cigarette coupons. The transfer market is out of control and in time it will put some clubs out of business."

Stephen Johnstone, Ardentinny, said: "Scotland should change the name of the national team to Scot-tic with the number of Hoops players in the starting line-up. They should just play their games at Parkhead from now. It's a disgrace and Gordon Strachan should go."

Mal Carruthers, Troon, said: "The Tartan Army - or the Bampot Army as I call them - have more faces than the town clock backing a side with so many Englishmen in their team.

"They've been getting all excited this week but safe to say it will be the usual tale of falling at the last hurdle. They'll all be sitting watching the World Cup on TV at home like they always do."

George Irvine, Windsor, said: "About two years or so ago I called to criticise Strachan for being too loyal to his players. They weren't performing as well as they should, they weren't playing for their clubs and he was still picking them.

"I'm glad to see he has now changed his mind and is showing faith in younger players."

George McGeouch, Milton, said: "Message to caller Mark Lester. We don't all hate England. There's 55 per cent of the country who voted 'no' in the independence referendum who would testify to that."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Sep 5, 2017
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