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Group G is for Green | @AlexHTheMax

It's the green, green grass of home (to quote Tom Jones) and the green, green kits too in this season's Europa League draw made on August 27, 2021.  @AlexHTheMAX explores a bit of history that ties Celtic to opponents Real Betis and also to a team at the other end of the football pyramid. There’s a special green and white connection regarding Celtic’s UEFA Europa League Group G with both Real Betis and Ferencvaros of Hungary sporting the same colours as the Bhoys. However, the Celtic connection for the Spanish side goes a bit deeper than just having the same colour of strips – and Betis even changed to the hoops a few years back to mark a very special occasion. The green and white hoops is a famous kit throughout the world, synonymous with Celtic Football Club. There are a few other clubs who also wear the distinctive kit, and in February 2017 Real Betis joined this select group for a very special occasion. The Spanish side switched from their traditional green and white strip

Vale of Tears | @AlexHTheMax

A 7-0 defeat along with two 7-1 reverses, one after scoring first, and a 10-0 hammering at home with the season only two months old, plus the manager that has helped keep the club alive since 2015 resigns. You'd be hard pushed to find a team in the UK in worse shape than Scottish non-league club  Vale of Leithen  as football at a domestic level emerges from COVID. Alex Horsburgh ( @AlexHTheMax ) looks at a tiny borders club who, before this season, were also mostly known to those who do not watch non-league fitba' as the team that took one of the biggest post war hammerings in the Scottish Cup. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My own surname of Horsburgh has its roots in the Innerleithen area of the Scottish borders and, although I have no connections there personally, I can't help but take a traditional look at news from the local club, Vale of Leithen FC, and their results at the weekend. It's painful viewin