Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Vlad Laughs Loudest

Vladimir Romanov's "other club" gave him his most famous victory over either half of the Old Firm tonight and, a contrarian to the core, he refused to bask in the glory.

Questioned by Dennis the Menace's ginger, less articulate big brother (or Jim Spence as he's called on the radio) Vladimir claimed that FBK Kaunas had achieved more by beating Andorran side Santa Coloma in the previous round. Take that David Murray.

With Kaunas riding high Vlad also used the opportunity to clear up his revised ambitions for Hearts. It seems that he now looks on Hearts as a club that can help youngsters develop before selling them on.

Still controversial, he claimed that, given the sickness at the heart of the Scottish game, he could try for forty years and never knock Rangers and Celtic off the top. The ambitions have had to change.

Where does this leave Hearts? Who knows? The fans might like some explanation of this apparent change of emphasis. No doubt the message from Tynecastle will be that the supreme leader was misquoted - if so then it's a clear case of shoot the interpreter.

But right now Kaunas would look to be the more promising side in the empire: will that have any bearing on Mr Romanov's commitment to Edinburgh?