A kind of transubstantiation


Bobby Clark was the first Aberdeen goalkeeper I knew.  He was thought of highly, until Jim Leighton and colleagues stepped the performance levels up a pace at Aberdeen.  He has two places in the history books, one for the longest period not to concede a goal in Scottish league football, which when established in 1971 was also the European record.  He was also the first goalkeeper in European competition to face a penalty in a penalty kick competition.

Back in the dark days of the late 90s I had a Celtic mug with the message ‘Records can be broken but history can never be changed: Celtic, first British team to win the European Cup, 1967’.  Bobby Clark lost his European record within months and at Tynecastle next week Fraser Forster can break his Scottish record.  Bobby’s place as first to face a penalty competition is his in perpetuity.

Records are harder to break than they should be.  People get nervous when they approach, but it will be enormously satisfying if Celtic can sail through 31 minutes at Tynecastle without conceding.

Back in 2011 and early 2012 practically the entire CQN community was discussing Rangers impending insolvency event as an absolute certainty, but we’ve never been the most impartial community.  It was not until Daily Record journos stopped applying to Our Hero for a job and suggested ‘this excrement is about to get real’ that the penny dropped in many places.

This included portions of the Celtic support, who responded to the ‘news’ with a Congo line at Inverness, at the same time forever changing the substance of jelly and ice cream; a kind of transubstantiation, if you like.  This was no longer a sweet, it is nourishment for the ages.

Now the same newspaper has been authorised to run a story that there is doubt over this month’s payroll – would they dare suggest as much without authorisation?  When your friends are telling you they can hear the bell toll, you know where this is heading.

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  1. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on




    13:36 on 17 February, 2014





    That’s it! Cheers mate.



    It’s my birthday today and I’m in the hoose on my tod and I’m getting quietly hammered. But don’t tell anybody:o) Ssssssshhhhhhh.





    It’ll be our secret. Happy birthday and many happy returns :-)) enjoy yourself.

  2. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    Birthday Greetings. Good to see that you are putting your day to good use!

  3. glasgowdave



    A bit of both mate as it’s the first since my wife passed away. Mixed emotions I guess but life goes on of course.



    Thanks for your good wishes.

  4. BlantyreKev





    13:26 on



    17 February, 2014





    Dave King is leading the briefing about payroll. Consulted, tapped, rides in with cash to tide them over and season ticket sales launched. No admin.



    Never quite understood why rumours of admin so strong this time, there’s no debt. Shareholders at huge risk in admin, not a fail safe route for them, far from it. Having received countless rebuffs from investors they’ll have decided to dance with their devil.



    Meanwhile the removal of Whyte from 5088 and appointment of Green suggests the compensation’s been agreed there too to clear the way for doubt free debt raising over assets.



    Might all be tosh.



    But if it does happen then admin this time with a 25 point deduction lending weight to ‘same club’ and yet still promoted will be the thing that makes 20k crowds an upper target for us rather than forming a conga.




    Quite a likely scenario. The thing is the 25 points rule was supposed to have the effect of denying clubs what their profligacy rewarded them.



    Who could have imagined that one club would overspend to such an extent that the rule was in effect ineffective?



    The problem the rest of the game has, not just at Celtic, is that it will be deemed to be so set on a Ranger’s dependency that many supporters will say what is the point and Celtic on their own will be powerless to stop a promotion because the rules to do so do not exist.



    Now had their been a break even requirement a la UEFA FFP in domestic club licensing to play domestically, then there would be no need for an ineffective points deduction rule. A failure to break even would simple mean no football rewards.



    I fully expect our game to adopt and adapt UEFA FFP principles for the domestic game but not until they are back to where their supporters in the game think they belong.

  5. Steinreignedsupreme on

    BlantyreKev 13:26 on 17 February, 2014



    If Sevco go into admin I think as a new club they will be docked 15 points.



    They are likely to tear up contracts and lose big earning players in an administration though.



    Should that come to pass they may be fighting a relegation battle next season.

  6. EDB,



    long time no speak.



    Can i wish you a Happy Birthday and hope that, despite it being tinged with sadness, you have a great day.


    No doubt those 2 girls of yours will take good care of you.



    I hope that you are all doing as well as could be expected.






  7. Thanks guys.



    ttt the day is not turning out to be what I had planned i.e. a quiet day catching up on chores around the house.



    I see a Roxy Music bout coming on which will please BRTH if he’s around:o)

  8. steinreignedsupreme-not sure if you noticed a rule change,which was under the radar last week,club’s in Admin won’t be relegated,i wonder who they had in mind mate ?

  9. 16 roads - Wee Oscar the Celtic warrior. on




    06:48 on 17 February, 2014






    Travellerbhoy, you are a gentleman Sir.



    I am sorry for the upset and annoyance that I caused you.



    If you could make the next dayoot, it would be a privilege to have a good drink with you.



    HH comrade and best wishes.

  10. Steinreignedsupreme on

    !!Bada Bing!! 13:49 on 17 February, 2014



    “steinreignedsupreme-not sure if you noticed a rule change,which was under the radar last week,club’s in Admin won’t be relegated,i wonder who they had in mind mate ?”



    I didn’t see that.



    That would indicate administration is a real posibility in the next few weeks then.



    Sevco will have to make cuts in the staff though, as they don’t appear to be in this situation as a result of debt to outside creditors.



    That will have a serious impact on their promotion hopes in the coming seasons.

  11. Paul67



    The Daily Record is in the Dave King camp.


    This is all part of his campaign to turn the support even further against the present regime.



    King and McCoists public utterances that they require to spend £30million to compete with Celtic are statements made to get the fans on board.



    We are going bust again will not have been approved by the current regime ,it is a plant by King and his wannabes .



    They need the Zombies to revolt,civil unrest is required to force the current lot out.




  12. The Token Tim



    Too long no speak mate. What age are the twins now?



    My daughters are great. A real credit to their mum and have me well in check:o)



    Courtesy of younger daughter we’re going to see The Celts In Seville at the Pavilion in April. I know it was last on in 2008 so maybe some CQNers caught it last time around.

  13. I see McMurdo has a nice picture on its blog today.Geez anything to promote a pop choon lol



    listening to Danny Kelly on Talks**** last night between 7 & and 8.Danny suggested callers call in if they are Liverpool fans unhappy at the penalty?,was Jose correct to slate Arsene?


    Celtic fans-how do you feel your club are doing?a 21 point lead in the Spfl,yes yes i understand the political situation but has Rangers being ‘relegated’ had an impact?



    A football club cant get relegated or demoted 3 divisions.



    Relegated hahahahahahahahaha ‘accepted into’ everday vocabulary



    It happened.



    ps if it happens again will they be derelegated or redemoted ?



    Jack still at work at the station that just could not stop interviewing Challs fasteye Green,



    It happened Jack The 14th of June 2012 I would argue will become as famous a date as say eh..The 12th haha



    A lie often told is still a lie Jack,





  14. EDB



    I know not how to put a smile on your face,but be rest assured if I did,I would.



    A cyber tickle of your feet from TT.(:-)



    Happy Birthday

  15. !!Bada Bing!!





    13:49 on



    17 February, 2014





    steinreignedsupreme-not sure if you noticed a rule change,which was under the radar last week,club’s in Admin won’t be relegated,i wonder who they had in mind mate ?




    My understanding is that they were considering replacing the points deduction rule with a relegation rule but decided not to.



    I have no doubt that news filtering out of Govan played a part in this decision.



    The other one, which was that the SPFL Board, not the clubs, would decide on what happens to an SPFL share using their, harrumph, discretion is yet another doozy that tells us the guys in charge just do not get it.

  16. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    13:26 on 17 February, 2014



    They’re running out of cash……

  17. Guten tag champions ………….a fine day here in Lower Saxony……now if Charlooootie


    is being given the Green light ,so to speak….then oor Huntertainment will be truly braw…………aye awfy braw …..cue for the real Wordsmiths to set the scene ……braw

  18. Granted Sevco have no debts but Admin would surely prove an excellent way of shedding these ludicrously high player contracts .


    Lovely honest people, those in charge of Sevconia!

  19. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    Happy birdie to you, happy birdie to you…


    Happy birdie Eldiegobhoy, happy birdie to you……!!!!!!!!

  20. EDB,



    the twins turned 4 last month!


    How time flies eh?


    Pair of wee crackers even if i do say so myself :-) Although they know how to cause havoc!



    Glad to hear your girls are well. Not surprised in the least they are doing so either. Where is eldest daughter based now? Last I heard she was at my “local”, Wishy General, for a training period.



    Im sure you’ll have great time at The Celts in Seville, i missed it first time around and didnt know it was playing again.



    All the best EDB. Hopefully catch up in not too distant future.



    Enjoy the rest of your day, Roxy Music et al :-)






  21. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Zombie zoomer on Shortbread phone-in on Saturday suggested Celtic were heading for liquidation.



    “They can only get 30,000 at their games.” Spiers and Stewart both hinted he may be slightly unhinged and pointed to our accounts.



    Zombie confirmed he was mad as a lorry when he said Sleekit was doing a great job under the circumstances and they would have beaten Celtic in the Scottish Cup.



    Castairs Loyal

  22. BlantyreKev



    13:26 on 17 February, 2014





    ‘Never quite understood why rumours of admin so strong this time, there’s no debt.’






    Are there not two companies within the corporate set up, with one owing substantial sums to the other?

  23. The Rangers are currently 23 points ahead of 2nd placed Dunfermline (who have their own finances to get straight) and 34 points ahead of the 3rd placed team. Even with a 25 point deduction, they would still be bookies favourites for promotion. As there are only 12 league games left, and it would take some time for any important players to be let go, I confidently predict that they will be in our Championship league next year. They will not be allowed to lose tthis league.



    Therefore, the argument boils down to what financial shape they will be in if they have to rein in spending for their next campaign?



    They will be in a new league with historical clubs like Falkirk, Dumbarton, Raith Rovers, Hearts and either Hamilton or Dundee plus, possibly, another ex SPL club like St. Mirren, Killie or Ross County. That should be enough to keep their crowds up if their financial picture is not too bleak.



    If they dump debt again, but this time achieve a CVA with their debtors, and win a promotion, will we not see that accommodation made with Dave King and various parties, to accept their monies and pay off the spivs?



    A new round of player recruitment can then begin. Who, in the cash-strapped Championship division is going to be powerful enough to beat even a weakened The Rangers or do them out of a 2015 return to the Scottish Premiership?



    Like Blantyre Kev, I am not yet for ordering any dessert products.

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