Exclusive, Exclusive – Er, Maybe Not

We have become inured to certain sections of the Scottish newspaper scene being liberal with the interpretation of the word, ‘exclusive’, and nowhere is this more endemic than in the frenetic and splenetic world of soccer journalism.

Therefore, we weren’t too surprised to get an e-mail from a disgruntled reader, pointing out : “How instructive to read another back-page blockbuster from the Daily Record’s ‘Mr Exclusive’ Keith Jackson this morning [Friday, February 8]. ‘Celtic Made Me Mentally Ill’, trumpets former
Parkhead striker, Maciej Zurawski in sensational style.

“Unless, of course, you had happened to read Wednesday’s Scottish Daily Mail where the self-same interview [by Stephen McGowan] was on an inside spread with near identical quotes. Or the Evening Times later the same day where it reappeared in lifted form.

“Then paraded over a variety of football websites, including fans.com and Tribal Football.”

Zurawski, for the uninitiated, signed by Celtic for