Alan Muir, what a performance, FAC, Nadir


There was no vandalism, pitch invasions or general misbehaviour at Fir Park on Saturday.  What we had instead was Motherwell and Celtic fans engaged in a collective protest against the Offensive behaviour’ Act.

Fans Against Criminalisation put the issue plainly:

“Every single mainstream opposition party in Scotland opposes this Act, as do many notable lawyers, sheriffs, political commentators and Celtic Football Club.

“We call on the Scottish Government to accept that this legislation has achieved nothing other than to criminalise ordinary football fans and to repeal it as a matter of urgency.

“The Scottish Government cannot reasonably expect football fans to meekly accept the harassment they face nor the attacks on their rights to freedom of speech.”

Delighted to see Nadir Ciftci grab a poacher’s goal on Saturday.  This is the kind of goal he should be scoring lots of.  Hopefully it’ll become a more regular occurrence.

Well done to referee Alan Muir for an outstanding performance on Saturday.  It takes a lot to turn in that kind of performance, don’t think it’s easy.  Put yourself in his shoes (with Motherwell facing different opponents, obviously).

Think of the pressure you would be under to give one or both of those penalties.  It can’t be easy to have watched Kieran Kennedy take the legs from Scott Brown, then dive to save the ball with his hand, and tell everyone that no offense took place.  Don’t underestimate how hard that was for Alan Muir.

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  1. Som mes…,


    A very hard hitting report, depressing too, looks like we can kiss the sport of football goodbye, WWF


    Probably time to chuck it, see out res 12 and walk away.

  2. Craigellachie10 on

    HUNBELIEVABLE!!!! Was waiting to meet someone this morning, he was running late so in order to get a wee heat I stepped into one of Mr Hill’s establishments. As I was there I thought I should make a small investment and decided on a 4 timer.



    Arrived home tonight and came across the slip so checked the results, three up but the fourth thwarted in a race one by a nag sporting the name ‘The Blue Sea of Ibrox’!



    Someone sending me a message?

  3. Awe_Naw_No _ (Chas) ;-)



    Well you keep posting, in your coherent understandable but unexceptional, fashion.



    Like the little bhoy that will be left, in Scotland, that says daddy…….…..“ Can we go and see the Celtic? ”



    Where would your particular Celtic story go from there?



    Hail Hail



    p.s . If I ever have the pleasure of meeting you the beers are always on me, just ask EuroChamps67

  4. VALE BHOY on 19TH OCTOBER 2015 6:49 PM


    BBC news giving laldy to the French referee.







    Wonder if Muir will get the same scrutiny?



    Radio Shortbread major on Aberdeen’s poor run,nothing about Brother Muir………


    Oh and Dick Wilson found the time to tell us John Souttar ‘doesn’t have the attributes of a central defender,the attributes of a holding midfielder,or the attributes of a right back……….’ anyone take a wild guess as to why he is hounding an 18 year old boy……



  5. bournesouprecipe on 19th October 2015 6:26 pm



    Reading through your response to AW NAW I was struck by your comment that subject to whatever develops you could fall into the ” I’m out ” category.



    That would be a real pity, and I trust it does not come to this,although I do understand and share your annoyance with the DD comments and those who seem to miss the ” Old Firm”.



    For the avoidance of doubt I could not care less I ever see them again,however if we are affronted by their return,and if they are paired against Celtic, then I would have to be there to support my team, as I do irrespective of opposition or my attitude to them whoever they may be.



    Logically not the best way to initiate change but old ( very ) habits die hard.



    PS. Careful with naked flames when you get the Beetroot Soup consumed.




  6. lubo of the lamp on

    Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo – 6:02 pm



    “I believe that we need Real/TRUE/GENUINE/CELTIC men at the helm.”



    They’re certainly playing sparkling football against the butcher, the baker and the used car salesman using that model in Govan.

  7. Usual moans and groans about corruption in Scottish game and supine Celtic response to it.


    Simple answer to both problems.


    Vote with your wallet and spell out to Celtic why.


    DD will stop acting as shield for the corrupt when it starts costing him money.

  8. Guys is it Just me…..I’m finding the set up of CQN (viewed via iPhone) becoming tiresome. Navigation. finding the most recent post, etc. feels more difficult than before.


    I’m finding myself dialling in less and less….!

  9. BSR –



    I’ve a feeling that my own intended stance may not be too dissimilar to yours.



    If the current version of Triggers Broom FC survive into next season then, given that they have come through the divisions on merit (ish) that in itself won’t stop me supporting my club. But if their arrival leads to any form of special recognition (e.g. extra increase in season book prices, extra seating allocations for games at Celtic Park, etc) then that may well cause me to rethink.



    In those circumstances, even if I do renew, my own seat will remain empty for games against them as I have no wish to witness the orgy of hate that would no doubt permeate the air.



    The one thing that would drive me away completely is any further bending of the rules to accommodate “any sort of Rangers” in the top division.

  10. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    So world rugby bosses have come out and said referee got it wrong in Scotland defeat by awarding last minute penalty to Australia – it should have been a scrum instead upon review.



    Over to you SFA / SPFL – what’s that – can’t hear you – against Lodge rules ??



    Football administrators shown up by their rugby counterparts. Time to tear this ‘not fit for purpose’ organisation down and start again.



    And copies of Paul Larkin’s book – Anyone but Celtic – should be sent to every member of SFA / SPFL hierarchy plus every chairman of every football club in Scotland.



    Time for football clubs to stand up against the secrecy, silence and lack of transparency.

  11. Quonno,


    DD will not loose anything, if the money drops then the dividend from his preferential shares might drop a bit but even when the club makes a loss he’ll get a dividend not to forget his £600K a year in perpetuity because of a loan the board will not pay off, in fact I think the condition of the loan was that it would not be paid back but provide an income of £600K a year in perpetuity.

  12. Excath



    That’s because you’re an ‘uber Celt’ like thousands of uber Celtic fans * label incorporated *



    The ‘Awe Naw’ school are already disaffected, he pinpoints ‘the five way agreement’ of which ‘Joe Sixpack’ knows little , or nothing – yet .



    A clearly exceptionally remote capitalist majority shareholders’ comments, remain baffling to me, other Celts


    are more prepared to, ‘ wade in ‘



    How about you?

  13. Jobo



    You are thee baroTIMometer, if ever there was one.



    I too could buy the ST and miss two games, but I want a bit more than you though, I’m on record as posting from early 2009, that the previous version of them was rendered unadmissable to Celtic Park ( famine song ).



    The Celtic Board did nothing, so you can hardly be surprised by the Awe_ Naw_No’s given the ‘hunbelievable revelations’ since.



    What if you’re family want to support Celtic at CP? – bearing in mind it’s only a ‘Trigger’s Broom’.




  14. BSR –



    AS you know my son also has a seat and he says he’d go. My daughter gets to occasional games and was distraught to learn that I wouldn’t be prepared to s=give her my seat. It would have to remain empty.



    Well, that’s the current plan…

  15. I support Celtic for the sense of belonging, history and the schadenfreude I experience when I consider the current condition of mason purple coupons.



    I support Celtic IN SPITE of billionaires, boards, huns, cheating refs, corrupt UEFA, five way agreements, Sky’s ruination of fair play, green Hunnish sense of entitlement etc etc.



    I help an elderly uncle with his season ticket money, buy a tap noo and again, and occasionally buy a European ticket for a family member.



    I support and follow Celtic because I enjoy it and life is too short.



    If that makes me naive, or an eejit in embdaes eyes they can kiss my Ayrshire Tim’s erchie.

  16. It pains me to write this but I have been thinking over the suggestion that our chief shareholder is actively working towards the deid team in some shape or form being brought back to the Premier League next season. If this proved and it happens, in spite of their utter shambles, I will not be renewing my season book. It would be a total sickener.



    I have always let myself believe he has said what he has said about the deid team to avoid any Celtic minded person getting grief but his actively aiding and abetting them is just too bad to contemplate.

  17. ExSlaemuirBhoy on

    If and it’s a big if , the game of rugby is so honourable and just then when we wake tomorrow morning the Aussies will have relinquished their place the semi final and the scots will take their rightful place in the last 4.


    But just like the football the scots will be urinated on from high above.



    Incredulous nay flabbergasted! How did these 2 manage to get the



    biggest games in town



    Joe McHugh ‏@videocelts 16m16 minutes ago



    Willie Collum will referee Galatasaray v Benfica, Craig Thomson will referee Juventus v BMG.






    Is Dallas still at UEFA in some senior position? Might explain dumb and dumber getting these ties!!

  19. Jobo


    I went to the games againjst rangers growing up supporting us standing in the jungle, as an ‘adult’ with aseason ticket my seat lay empty or was offered to others. Not for me.

  20. Just logged in to be offered a £5 Poppy Coin :-( sorry not for me


    And now how our gallant SFA could act



    Steve Evans: Leeds appoint new boss as Massimo Cellino banned



    Leeds United have appointed Steve Evans as their new head coach, replacing the sacked Uwe Rosler.


    Evans, 52, who has signed a rolling contract until 30 June, is Leeds’ sixth head coach since Massimo Cellino took over the club in April 2014.


    Rosler, 46, was sacked on Monday after just 12 games in charge with Leeds 18th in the Championship.


    Meanwhile, Cellino has been banned from running the club by the Football League for the second time in a year.


    Cellino was found guilty of an offence under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of VAT on the importation of a Land Rover vehicle, leading him to be disqualified under the owners’ and directors’ test.


    The Italian has until 28 October to appeal against the decision.


    He was banned by the Football League in December after they obtained documents from an Italian court, which had found Cellino guilty of tax evasion in relation to his failing to pay import duty on a yacht.


    The former Cagliari owner returned to the club’s board in May after having his initial ban extended from 10 April to 3 May

  21. Exslaemuirbhoy,,



    Makes me think back to last year. Biggest regret is that we did not suggest that Legia progress in the champions league. Then we really would have been a club like no other.

  22. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Willie Collum will referee Galatasaray v Benfica, Craig Thomson will referee Juventus v BMG



    These 2 guys are on UEFA’s list of 29 Elite category referees. Let’s say there is a strong Scottish ‘influence’ with regard to categorisation of referees in UEFA.

  23. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    If Celtic thinks tbat it needs the Old Firm to survive or/and prosper then they can GTf. If Celtic thinks tbat there is nothing to be done in cleaning up tbe game for tbe benefit of the hun then tbe can GTF. If tbey value the bigot pound more than mine and to hell with the good fight tbat our ancestors fought they can GTF. If they think it makes financial sense to distance Celtic Football clubfrom the ideals of ,Irish Republicanism tbey can GTF. Not only will I telly son xnd Grandson. I will be on here every so oftem reminding you what your propping up..




  24. Looking for some help lhads , I’ll be in Perth ( Scotland ) on Thurs night so


    lookin for a Celtic friendly boozer to watch Molde game ?

  25. bournesouprecipe on 19th October 2015 7:30 pm



    “Wade In ” Fair enough, I think I will be increasing my letter output but instead of wasting energy to SFA/John Fleming etc I believe Messrs Bankier and Lawell need more exposure to ground level frustrations currently being fielded by the excellent John Paul Taylor, who takes all kinds of flack on their behalf.



    Perhaps the AGM needs to be a little less mannerly.

  26. ExSlaemuirBhoy on

    ziggydoc1 on 19th October 2015 8:18 pm –



    Totally agree bud, but Celtic would have been hammered had they pulled out. Like I said in the post Rugby claims to be honourable football does no such thing

  27. THE EXILED TIM, 4:40 PM


    AT has said on many an occasion why he was interested in the story, and mostly for the reasons you mention. You ask a question and draw a conclusion based not on evidence, but speculation.


    Quite simply, you are wrong to do so

  28. Embramike..,


    Maybe it’s just that Scots refs have the most experience at fixing games, getting the bigges TV audiences is important to UEFA

  29. HAMILTONTIM on 19TH OCTOBER 2015 8:14 PM




    Is an ‘uber Celt’ a negative ‘label’?





    Hope not seems I’m one.


    Seriously I believe in the context of Celtic fans he means that those in the ” Uber ” category will support Celtic irrespective of annoyances etc…………………………..Hope so anyway!!