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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. Melbourne Mick on

    AN DUN

     

     

    Without a doubt, think Celtic and Lenny have been very fair with him.

     

    Hope he can get back to his best.

     

    H.H. Mick

  2. prestonpans bhoys on

    MELBOURNE

     

     

    Yeah another lockdown is tough, would expect a good few local lockdowns happening in England the way they are behaving. My nephew and his wife are in your parish seeking solitude via red wine🍸🍸🍸

  3. Melbourne Mick

     

     

    Mr Cushley was my English teacher at Sr Ambrose high school 1987 … I didn’t know he played for Celtic back then, he was also a “hard” teacher my mum was a cleaner in the school at the same time and her (& my Auld man) both loved Mr Cushley … he was actually an excellent teacher and never even mentioned playing for Celtic

  4. Griff returned from “lockdown” two kilos overweight, training staff said he would get rid of that in a week to 10 days on a different training regime from the others …

     

     

    Don’t believe everything you read …

     

     

    (including this post :-)

     

     

    The Griff will return

  5. Melbourne Mick on

    GFTB

     

     

    Hope so Gerry, der hun will throw everything underhand at us

     

    this coming season, as per I suppose, but I’m expecting new levels

     

    of deceit and deception.

     

    A fully fit Griff will be a big factor in our quest to win the ten.

     

    H.H. Mick

  6. Melbourne Mick on

    PRESTONPANSBHOY

     

     

    ” Furryboots ” as the dandy dons say, are they in Melbourne.

     

    H.H. Mick

  7. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    Bristol City earmark Rangers manager Steven Gerrard for top job amid Premier League target

     

    EXCLUSIVE: The Championship outfit are eager to lure Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard from the Rangers dugout.

     

    By NEIL FISSLER

  8. weet weet weet on

    Joe Royle

     

    “Cole should be scoring from those distances, but I’m not going to single him out.”
Alex Ferguson

     

    “If you can’t stand the heat in the dressing-room, get out of the kitchen”
Terry Venables

     

    “I don’t want to compare Bowditch to Matt Le Tissier, but the way he scored his goal was similar to Matt.”
Joe Royle

     

    “Beckenbauer has really gambled all his eggs.”
Ron Atkinson

     

    “If history is going to repeat itself I should think we can expect the same thing again.”
Terry Venables

     

    “I never comment on referees and I’m not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat.”
Ron Atkinson, breaking the habit of a lifetime!

     

    “You’re on your own out there with ten mates.” 
Michael Owen

     

    “I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.”
Stuart Pearce

     

    “I’m sure Spurs will get another opportunity, hopefully before the final whistle.
Steve Claridge

     

    “And I honestly believe we can go all the way to Wembley – unless somebody knocks us out.”
Dave Bassett 

”All the cul-de-sacs are closed for Scotland.”
Joe Jordan

     

    “You can see the relief on Falcao’s shoulders.”
Michael Gray

     

    “There was nothing wrong with the performance, apart from throwing away the game.”
Glenn Hoddle

     

    “Owen scores and breaks Lineker’s competitive scoring record. Although this being a friendly it doesn’t actual count, so he hasn’t quite done it yet.”
John Motson

     

     

     

     

     

    
Bobby Robson

     

    Kevin Keegan has had a section for his Colemanballs and now follows one for Bobby Robson. On the face of it perhaps the two didn’t have much in common, certainly not the hairstyle, but both managed Fulham, Newcastle and England. An unusual combination if there ever was one. But they also both spoke with passion about football, and sometimes got it wrong. A few Colemanballs from the greatly missed Sir Bobby ….

     

    
”Football’s like a big market place and people go to the market every day to buy their vegetables.”

     

    “Don’t ask me what a typical Brazilian is because I don’t know what a typical Brazilian is. But Romario was a typical Brazilian.”

     

    “We don’t want our players to be monks. We want them to be better football players because a monk doesn’t play football at this level.”

     

    “They can’t change any of their players, but they can change one of their players, and he’s the coach.”

     

    “We didn’t underestimate them – they were just a lot better than we thought.”

     

    “I would have given my right arm to be a pianist.”

     

    “I’m not going to look beyond the semi-final, but I would love to lead Newcastle out in the final.”

     

    “When Gazza was dribbling he used to go through a minefield with his arm, a bit like you go through a supermarket.”

     

    “He never fails to hit the target, but that was a miss.”

     

    “We had ten times as many shots on target as Bolton – and they had none at all.”

     

    “Paolo di Canio is capable of scoring the goal he scored.”

     

    “If you count your chickens before they have hatched, they won’t lay an egg in the basket.”

     

    “Yeading was a potential banana blip for Newcastle.”

     

    “It wasn’t going to be our day on the night.”

     

    “Jermaine Jenas is a fit lad. He gets from box to box in all of 90 minutes.”

”What can I say about Peter Shilton? Peter Shilton is Peter Shilton, and he has been Peter Shilton since the year dot.”

     

    “I’d say he’s the best in Europe, if you put me on the fence.”

     

    “Gary Speed has never played better, never looked fitter, never been older.”

     

    “We’re flying on Concorde. That’ll shorten the distance. That’s self-explanatory.”

     

    “We got nine and you can’t score more than that.”

     

    “Maybe not goodbye, but farewell.”



     

    “One accusation you can’t throw at me is that I’ve always done my best.”
Alan Shearer

     

    “In terms of the Richter scale this defeat was a force 8 gale.”
John Lyall

     

    “Steve McManaman once described Zinedine Zidane as ridiculous. You can’t get a higher compliment than that.”
Jason McAteer

     

    “Chris Waddle is off the pitch at the moment – exactly the position he is at his most menacing.”
Gerald Sinstadt

     

    “If someone in the crowd spits at you, you have just got to swallow it.”
Gary Lineker

     

    “He must be lightning slow.”
Ron Atkinson

     

    “The lad got over-excited when he saw the whites of the goalpost’s eyes.”
Steve Coppell

     

    “Steve Bruce is like a cat on hot tin bricks.”
Alvin Martin

     

    “Arsenal are streets ahead of everyone in this league and Manchester United are up there with them.”
Craig Bellamy

     

    “Stokes gets a straight yellow for that challenge.”
Ronnie Whelan

     

    “The unthinkable is not something we are thinking about at the moment.”
Peter Kenyon

     

    “I’d been ill and hadn’t trained for a week and I’d been out of the team for three weeks before that, so I wasn’t sharp. I got cramp before half-time as well. But I’m not one to make excuses.”
Clinton Morrison

     

    “The first half was end-to-end stuff. In contrast, in this second half it’s been one end to the other.”
Lou Macari

     

    “If Arsenal don’t finish third, they might not finish in third place.”
Alvin Martin

  9. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    If i were being cyclical I’d say the ‘fans favourite’ is taking the piss out of the fans.

  10. Good mooooooorning CQN from a lovely dry sunny morning in the Garngad

     

     

    Hopefully the Griff will be back at some point.

     

     

    MM- ffs open razors, I thought my Sunday amateur league or pub league was bad years ago, well it was quite bad instead of open razors players used Machettes and hammers in a bag at the side of the park. Thank goodness most things were settled on the park with a few punches and the tools only got brandished once or twice as a scare tactic.

     

     

    Anyway on this 12 th of July it is very quiet from my lookout point high up the Hill I cannot hear any drums or flutes or statue protectors😂😂😂😂

     

     

    Long May that continue

     

     

    D. :)

  11. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    With lockdown and social distancing I wonder if Huns will march round their living rooms today then start a riot in their gardens?

  12. Melbourne Mick on

    Ha..Ha David 66 , think it was all about the shock and awe tactic

     

    despite plenty of headbuts, boots in the hawmaws lol, I think the worst

     

    injury I ever seen was a St Consantine player taking a throw in at the

     

    Plots ( Plantation Park ) and a big Alsatian dug took a grab of his erse,

     

    feck ,think the Bhoy had more stitches than my first suit out of Slaters.

     

    H.H. Mick

  13. MM – 😂😂😂

     

     

    It was always the Same up at Margaret Mary’ s in the Milk.

     

     

    Big dugs at the side of the park behind the labour club or actually on the Margaret Mary pitch.

     

     

    Any of you Castlemilk bhoys will know what I’m talking about.

     

     

    As I played on a Saturday I knew a lot of the bhoys in the league playing under aliases from different schemes some cracking players.

     

     

    D. :)

  14. Melbourne Mick on

    Chic, maybe not a good idea to mention his second name, who

     

    played for Celtic in a testimonial, knew about shock and awe.lol.

     

    H.H. Mick

  15. I think the actions taken against Griff turning up overweight are entirely appropriate and show that NFL is not as lax on player discipline as has been alleged in the past.

     

     

    I also don’t think it is the end for Griff, necessarily, but he has demoted himself in the pecking order by giving others the chance to shine as partners or subs for Odsonne during pre-season warm up games.

     

     

    Griff has shown the ability to bounce back and overcome previous hurdles but the fact that he abused lockdown so much has , perhaps, a two way implication of guilt. Should our club not have monitored Griff’s weight and training application more regularly and rigorously during lock down to prevent this weight gain going beyond an easily loseable 7 pounds or so. You can have weigh ins on Zoom without having the players fully naked to do so. These are multi-million pound assets and we should be taking good care of them.

  16. David66

     

     

    The school pitch for St. Margaret Mary’s was at the school about half a mile away from the Labour Club. Those pitches near the Labour CLub were the Barlia pitches and were used by a wide variety of teams, including the St. Maggie’s FP, I believe. I used to watch my mate play for Avoca there- never saw any real violence apart from the usual football related injuries, but there would have been guys in those teams who would have given Chic Charnley a run for their money.

  17. MM

     

     

    St Constantines, remember playing at the fifties one of our players running through the middle with the ball. Teacher Mr McGhee screaming “pass it,pass it’ player gets tackled and loses the ball. Said player turns to teacher and shouts ” Pardon Sir”?

     

    Thank feqq he did not come from Greenfield Street

  18. !!Bada Bing!! on

    SFTB- A bit surprised re LG putting on a few pounds, the sport science guys becoming more prominent in our game,and you have to say the fitness of the guys is fantastic, considering the heavy programme. I read they had strict programmes for every player to adhere to,so seems strange he’s deemed unfit.

  19. I once played in a match behind closed doors. It was against a ream of inmates in Portsmouth prison. The referee was doing time for killing his wife.

  20. Watching the UCL programme from last night, as a young 10yr old I was at the Real Madrid game in 1980 my main memory from that game was watching Laurie Cunningham & Juanito (?) .. little did I realise that Alan Sneddon had two assists in our 2-0 victory from right back with Daniel Fergus playing on the left … think around 1980 we played Real Sociedad, Madrid & Juventus (with Liam Brady) and attended the 1980 cup final that ended in a bit of a barney … went to more games as a 10yr old than can attend these days :-)

  21. Ron Bacardi

     

    I know that referee – officiated with him many moons ago. Think he murdered his wife’s mother also. IIRC, he was knocking off the mother and the daughter (his wife) found out, and then it became ugly.

     

    HH

  22. leave lenny alone, his weight is his concern, the man looks fit enough to do his job.

     

     

    the players fitness levels is his concern also.

  23. Melbourne Mick on

    FESS

     

     

    The Connies, most hated team in Kinning Park, played proudly in

     

    the hoops and although a hun infested area the best supported

     

    so nobody messed with them.

     

    Apart from big Alsation dugs of course.

     

    H.H. Mick

  24. Stairheedrammy on

    Our secondary school tried rugby one year. All us emaciated Glasgow weans up against bearded farmers boys from Ayrshire and posh private school boys who actually knew the rules of the game. It all ended in tragedy though as a result of an on field slashing incident.. We were disbanded after that.

  25. hard to judge LG on hearsay but ‘if’ what is being reported is accurate then what a slap in the face for the club and especially the fans who have stood by him through think and thin , needs to grow up me thinks or move on.

  26. Delaneys Dunky on

    Saint Tams

     

     

    When I was at Corpus Christi Knightswood and then Saint Thomas Aquinas, I would visit my uncle Danny in Leeds for school holidays and long weekends. I went to many Leeds games at that time. If you are about 58 years old, then I know you, as we used to go to Celtic games on Whiteinch CSC from Dry Dock pub and discuss my trips to Elland Road. Is your brother 55, and was in my year at school?