A conspiracy theorist industry was born


With three weeks until the scheduled kick off of season 2020-21 and 25 days until Uefa’s deadline on submitting champions for season 2019-20, the Scottish Government will today permit football to be played behind closed doors.

An industry was born this spring for conspiracy theorists who insist Scottish football would have been able to complete last season’s league programme, with blame variously laid at the feet of the SPFL or Peter Lawwell.  The former were told in no uncertain terms by the Government that the game would not resume as early as it has across Europe.  The latter, with his club sailing towards nine-in-a-row, wanted the season finished on the pitch.

Facts never matter to conspiracy theorists, they are too much trouble.  Lazy thinking will allow them to reminisce about what happened this spring for decades to come.

Uefa’s ruling yesterday that the first three qualification rounds for next season’s Champions and Europa Leagues is welcome.  Celtic will be seeded for each of these rounds, so given an even chance, we would hope to progress.  The biggest obstacle on this front is playing away in front of a partisan crowd – and let’s remember, Scottish clubs have waited longer than virtually everyone else for permission to even cross the white line.

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  1. Alasdair MacLean on




    Happy birthday today – hope the weather’s good to you.



    Thanks for the welcome you gave me here when I first posted … 12 years ago in the summer of 2008 in the aftermath of the Thursday night Celtic title win in Dundee – and the huns getting beat 0-2 at Pittodrie!

  2. FAVOURITE UNCLE on 13TH JULY 2020 7:16 AM


    I know there’s no chance but believe me I have a managed it on more than one occasion but not a lot…:)


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  3. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Happy birthday Oldtim 67



    I actually had to remind him on Saturday that it was his birthday today


    Lockdown has had the same effect on lots of us

  4. Good morning CQN from a grey skied but dry Garngad



    Happy Birthday Old Tim



    Belated Happy Birthday to St Tams and VP



    A couple of weeks off work now to rest.😂 no chance if Mrs David 66 has anything to do with it, she has DIY on the brain but it’s bloody me that has to do it all.






    D. :)

  5. DAVID66 on 13TH JULY 2020 8:25 AM





    Didnt you know that DIY stands for ” DON’T INVOLVE YERSELF” ?






  6. DAVID66



    Cheers mhate but,my birthday was in May …don’t want this turning into a saga like CorkCelts :O) hh

  7. Good morning, friends, from a disappointingly grey, breezy and drizzly East KIlbride. And a Big Happy Birthday to Oldtim67, the first CQNr to ever buy me a drink (sure I’m not alone in that) at a pre-European qualifying gathering in Babbity Bowsters.


    Only 3 more sleeps till we get the chance to see The Champions play, albeit in a friendly ;-)

  8. Big Jimmy – 😂 never heard that before👍



    VP – Apologies



    Jimmy canny wait to Friday for a pint. 🍺🍻🍺



    4 places booked if anyone wants to join us. 2-4 pm






    D. :)

  9. Happy birthday Old Tim – from an overcast North Staffs – have a great day 🎂🎉🎁

  10. fourstonecoppi on

    Can anyone remember ‘the boot and the ball’ cobble stones that at the top of stamford st and what happened to them?

  11. Happy birthday Old Tim. When we meet up next I’ll have some of those special fags you like.


    Ye can share ithem with DD… Oh and ACGR has become partial to them as well of late. HAIL HAIL. 🍀🍀

  12. Happy birthday Oldtim – a true gentleman.


    Have a fantastic day and hope to see you when this isolation nonsense is finally over.


    HH pal. 🇨🇦🍺

  13. 81? So why do you call yourself ` Old` Tim ?


    Probably difficult to have a great time right now but maybe a pub celebration of sorts quite soon?


    Regardless, I hope everything is as well as it can be for a really cracking bloke.


    I think a new record of well-wishing could be set today :-))

  14. FOURSTONECOPPI on 13TH JULY 2020 9:01 AM



    I didn`t know it was called Stamford Street but I remeber clearly that there was a wee goal and a ball ( and MAYBE a diving `keeper) on a very short and cobbled street very near Celtic Park ( Gallowgate side).. We certainly referred to it as a Johnny Thompson Memorial.

  15. A great read back…………..and some fantastic contributions


    to This Dear Green Place…..


    Take a bow Tontine and Garcia…….



    CQN…at its best.




  16. So looks like Hendry out joining Hayes, Arzani, Miller, Gordon, Simunovic, Bauer, Kouassi & Forster (gulp).



    Surely shoogly pegs for Shved and Ralston & Benyu?



    Clearing the decks. Be nice to see a new face or two….

  17. A very Happy Birthday to OLDTIM67. Hope the weather good and you sit in the garden with a small one.


    All the best

  18. best wishes to the Celtic man that is 81 years old,oldtim67 God bless ye and hope to see you soon.



    take care and stay safe.



  19. Many happy returns to the one and only ,most generous ,Caneltic daft Old Tim.



    Walking ,living , laughing ,moaning ,smoking , drinking proof that age is only a number.



    Have a nice one pal, take care & HH