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A conspiracy theorist industry was born

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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. lets all do the huddle on

    You’ll Never Walk Alone currently being piped through the speakers in Morissons in Newlands

     

     

    not sure whose version it is though

     

     

    marvellous

  2. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Cracking video doing the rounds, of a 9 in a Row flag being hoisted above the City Chambers

  3. Delaneys Dunky on

    RIP Leeds United legend Jack Charlton. Pity he won’t be able to see his club promoted to the EPL after 17 years in the wilderness. Captain of my childhood 2nd team.

  4. Delaneys Dunky on

    David66

     

    Thanks bro. All good in Dalmuir. Hopefully the same with you and family.

     

    Corpus Christi Knightswood Bhoys rule 🍀💚

  5. Delaneys Dunky on

    An Tearman

     

    Cheers bro.

     

    Cannae wait to see you for a pint and blether soon big yin.

     

    History to be made in 2021.

     

    10 in a row and 5 trebles in a row 🍀💚

  6. RIP Jack Charlton. As a commentator on the radio mentioned earlier, he got Ireland – and they got him.

  7. Great start to this mornings reading.The Celtic Kit launch.The flag being raised in Glasgow.The demented Hun on Radio,saying the Leverkusen tie at Ibrox should be cancelled,and one leg played.”Rangers are being stitched up here”.

     

    Have really no interest in players that chose not to join Celtic,but some of the claims that some posters knew what his wages would be at Celtic,well.In the mad EPL world,I have no doubt,once relegated,he will find an EPL club willing to buy him.If Mc Burnie can fetch 20 million,a good player like Mc Ginn,who knows.

  8. Jack Charlton RIP. An outstanding honorary Irishman.

     

     

    BMCUWP: Breithlá sona duit.

  9. A friend of my brother played for Middlesbrough under Jack Charlton, I remember a story he told us over a few pints. All the players were practicing freekicks for hours, no one could nail it, balls going high, left, right. Jackie, in his flat cap, wax jacket and wellies had seen enough. “‘Ere, give me that ball ‘ere.” he says. Planted it down, two steps back, and whallop. Straight in the top corner.

     

     

    Turns around to the players and says “There, what’s so f*kin’ hard about that??”.

     

     

    RIP big man.

  10. HOOPY BIRTHDAY bmcuwp

     

     

    Bertie Auld and Pat Crerand were my two favourite Celts.

     

     

    Saw John Higgins when i was very young, my memory of him was the bandage on each knee.Was a great player but career cut short through injuries.

     

     

    Willie Fernie was another great player, when i look back we had a lot of great players, not enough league titles.

     

     

    We were supposed to be The Cup Team.

     

     

    My dad would tell some stories of the fighting Ceits, don’t know if they were true but to a wee bhoy it was magic.

  11. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    SAINT STIVS on 11TH JULY 2020 2:09 PM

     

     

    2 reasons you can’t argue with a mug.

     

     

    1 The mug always thinks he has won the argument.

     

     

    2 when you are finished he is still a mug.

  12. In my grandads and listening to the last twenty minutes on radio of a Celtic game.We were 2-1 up with about five minutes to go, up gets my grandad out we go to the garden we sit down as the smoke from his pipe is all over the place. Takes out his pocket watch in we go to the house radio still on Celtic won 2-1.In that time never a word was spoken it didn’t have to be.

     

     

    Great memories.

  13. Saint stivs

     

    I’m sure Jinky scored 2 that day and think he was dropped for the next game.

  14. RIP Jack Charlton thanks for all the amazing memories , took a little country that never qualified for anything to the quater finals of the world cup . Personal favourite memory supporting Ireland was in Giants stadium New Jersey where we beat Italy , revenge for defeat in previous world cup . Italy went on to be beaten in the final by Brazil on penalties . What a football family the Charltons were , are Jack and Bobby the only brothers to win a world cup together ?

  15. ADI_DASSLER on 11TH JULY 2020 4:51 PM

     

    Stephen O Donnell may be worth a backup.punt. sounds a decent guy

     

     

    Behind big Tam, Frimpong and even Ralston…and O’Connor.

     

     

    Nope.

  16. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    FAIRHILL BHOY on 10TH JULY 2020 9:54 PM

     

     

    RTB-@5:39pm .mon now,you don’t know what his wages are or would have been at Celtic.The Bhoy made a career decision. I said he would have got booked every game playing for us if he had signed.Would he get a game for us now

     

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    You are correct of course I don’t have access to that level of personel data, but if you can believe what you read out on the internet then roughly Villa offered him double what we offered him.

     

     

    My main point was the obvious one – money talks – and John McGinn’s decided t play where he would earn more money – shock horror,

     

     

    red herring – claiming that Brendan couldn’t guarantee a first team start every week – but Villa were going to build their team around him – proper red herring.

  17. Previous posts mentioned Jim Walsh. He seems to be a forgotten Celt. Going by newspaper reports I thought he was great as he seemed to score in every game. I was only 7 at the time, but my dad was a great Celtic man and ran a bus from Clydebank. When Jim went to Leicester I could not believe it in my childish innocence about football deals and transfers.

  18. RON BACARDI on 11TH JULY 2020 5:47 PM

     

     

    Previous posts mentioned Jim Walsh. He seems to be a forgotten Celt. Going by newspaper reports I thought he was great as he seemed to score in every game. I was only 7 at the time, but my dad was a great Celtic man and ran a bus from Clydebank. When Jim went to Leicester I could not believe it in my childish innocence about football deals and transfers.

     

     

    *We have always been a selling club, Jimmy scored the winning goals in the St Mungo and Coronation Cups and played in our first LC winning side, he surprisingly left with our and the national sides trainer Alec Dowdalls.