Gaf­fer’s team talks are OK... let’s just hope he doesn’t go ba­nanas at half-time again

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Four Forty Five -

Not even the mind-bend­ing pow­ers of David Blaine and Der­ren Brown could con­vince most that Liv­ingston are about to beat Celtic.

But it doesn’t re­quire men­tal­ists or il­lu­sion­ists in our dress­ing room this af­ter­noon, we’ll have a trick or two learnt from Bobby Wil­liamson.

Only once in my ca­reer did I ever walk off the pitch at half-time with a feel­ing I had done well.

It was as a Kil­marnock player and we also just so hap­pened to be los­ing 2- 0 to Dundee United at home and I knew Bobby was go­ing to go through us.

Bobby could lose it, but as I walked down the tun­nel I felt re­laxed. I had done my job and thought some poor soul was go­ing to be ripped a new one but it wouldn’t be me.

I walked into the dress­ing room, pulled down my socks and re­moved my shin guards, I lifted my head and made eye con­tact with Bobby and he went wild at me. I was called all the names of the day, it was in­dus­trial, he went ba­nanas.

I said: “Shut up you fat ****, don’t have a go at me.”

I threw a boot at him and told him I wasn’t go­ing back out. He re­turned the compl iment by chuck­ing a ham­per at me.

A l l y McCoist dragged me into the kit room and tried to calm me but I was rag­ing. He dragged me on to the pitch and half-time had only ended a few min­utes ear­lier. There was me and Coisty in the cen­tre-cir­cle as he tried to con­vince me to play on.

I went back out after the break, kicked any­thing that moved and helped in­spire the team to win 3-2.

At full-time I came in, show­ered and grabbed my mis­sus then headed straight home.

Then came Mon­day morn­ing and the dreaded shout came from the man­ager’s off ice that Bobby wanted to see me. It was the walk of shame as all of my team-mates roared and laughed at what was com­ing my way.

Bobby sat me down, of­fered a hand­shake and said: “Thank you. That’s for Satur­day as it could’ve be­come ugly.” He pro­ceeded to ex­plain that he had to pick the right vic­tim to

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