“In Northern Ireland, we say ‘good girl’ all the time,” Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes has leapt to the defence of Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, explaining that the phrase “good girl” is commonly used throughout the six counties.

“Brendan Rodgers is from Carnlough in Northern Ireland. We say ‘good girl’ all the time,” the ex-This Morning now GB News presenter said, as reported by Belfast Telegraph. “We are admonished for it all the time because it’s not contemporary. I can honestly tell you that Northern Irish people will say ‘good girl, good boy, good lad.”

Meanwhile former Celtic manager Neil Lennon – another Irishman hailing from the six counties – had his say via PLZ Soccer on what the current Celtic manager had to say to the BBC about the football narrative that is being created, and he can’t find fault with Brendan’s approach to this at the weekend.

Lennon said: “I would have done the same. Batten down the hatches. Don’t let anything out, don’t let anything in. It’s all about us and we will create our own story. And, ignore the noise. It’s difficult but the noise isn’t the reality.

“I mean they have had two defeats, haven’t they? I think Rangers have had four. So it’s the draws that are killing them at the minute. You are looking at it at half time and you are thinking it’s not good. The response was great. I think Idah gave them something they lacked – that physical presence.

“They have needed that type of striker for these physical games. So they just have to keep rolling, and I like Brendan Rodgers reaction.”

With everything going on in the world at the moment, BBC Radio Scotland this morning actually had an hour long phone in on ‘Good-Girl-Gate’ as they invite a pile on to suit their agenda. Apparently their female journalist who was interviewing the Celtic manager after his side’s crucial 3-1 victory against Motherwell at Fir Park on Sunday afternoon, is unfazed by the remark made by Rodgers.

Yesterday we reminded Celtic supporters of Archie Macpherson’s revelations about his time going into BBC Scotland to find an institution that was both anti-Catholic and anti-Celtic to its core. It provides great context when considering the motives of the publicly funded broadcaster, with its large number of former Ibrox players working on their football output.

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  1. Martin Leadbetter on

    Jane Lewis is just one of a number of incompetent BBC Scotland sport employees who can hardly offer an original thought or string a competent sentence together. She is particularly subject to all the “ehs” and “ems” of an amateur or rookie reporter. Her gender is neither here or there. Anyone watching on Sky would have heard BR sign off with their male reporter by saying “good man” – it’s nothing for anyone to get all fired up about. Good on our manager for closing down a mischievous media. He is always polite and warm towards media enquiries.
    Watching the highlights on Sportscene on Sunday night I was subjected to the hysterical commentary of Liam McLeod and some unimaginative input from Mark Wilson. The commentators voice levels were off the scale and hard on the ears. Especially when he is coming out with rubbish like “Celtic got away with one ” after a Motherwell goal was chalked off rightly for a clear offside. Mark Wilson said he was puzzled with Kyogo’s substitution – tactical unless ” he has an issue we don’t know about ” – like, for example, the shoulder problem he has had all year and that everyone knows about ?

    BBC Scotland’s coverage of football is very old school and stuck in the past e.g. a Motherwell Celtic game requires specialist pundits apparently – so we get Stephen Craigen and Packie Bonnar. Had it been Aberdeen then it would be good old Willie Miller or Hearts then their pal “Biscuits”. How far back to they need to go ?
    Personally I think Michael Stewart is about the only one they use that is worth listening to. Charlie Mulgrew is good and I don’t actually mind Kris Boyd – he is “their” Chris Sutton offering a contrary lively if biased view. (Listening to John Hartson during games can be embarrassing as , bless him, he is so pro Celtic.).
    Should, heaven forbid, Rangers win the league we may have to avoid a TV special bonanza introduced by Kenny McIntyre and “Thommo”, featuring McCann and Miller – with radio coverage from wee Chick and Derek Ferguson.
    Even “Off the Ball” , which I used to think was very funny and different – is beginning to sound tired and a little bitter – especially towards Celtic and Rangers – whose supporters must make up a major part of any audience.
    If our club needs a clear out and a more forward looking strategic and ambitious change up – and it absolutely doers – then the coverage offered by our so called national broadcaster needs that too.

  2. Eamonn Holmes? A right wing dog whistler cones to the rescue, eh? Good grief. Rodgers shouldn’t have said it but bringing forward Holmes as the voice of reason is not a good look particularly when we all know how the supporter base feels about that side of our society.

    Do you actually have any self awareness?