Armstrong, Convicted Dave, playing with fire


News that we are after a second Dundee United midfield player will prove popular, Stuart Armstrong has been tipped for progress for a couple of years.  He is another Ronny Deila-type player, a strong runner who can get up and down the field.  As usual, I’ll reserve judgement until we sign him, and I’ve had a chance to watch him properly.

You have to admire his balls.  Dave King assertion that a conviction for tax fraud is a “favourable settlement” goes beyond parody.  I’m unsure if some PR flop put those words in his head or if he concocted the notion by himself, but just as you cannot shine a turd, it is impossible to spin an undisputed criminal conviction.  He was convicted of criminal offenses.  If this is your measure of favourable, your standards are truly deplorable.

I fail to see why King even is discussing such matters with the media, unless he’s currying favour with the Daily Record.  These assertions will make no difference whatsoever to the stock market, or any reputable nominated adviser, nor will it hold sway with the SFA.  It is also a futile battleground.  In the event King gains control of newco Rangers, he doesn’t need to be a director to exercise de facto control, Paul Murray has been his man for years.  Mike Ashley is not a director, and he owns less than 9% of the club, but he appears to be able to dictate play quite comfortably.

Without a trace of irony, King told the Record: “The enthusiasm that this board adopts to ‘media management’ and its failure to act in the interest of shareholders and other stakeholders is exactly why they should be jettisoned”.

Trying hard to avoid the merest whiff of media management himself, King then added, “History will judge this board as one of the worst the club has ever had. There is not one individual who puts the club above personal interest.”

There you have it folks, our pal Dave is a man you can trust.

Just as the Newco board didn’t have enough on their plate, interim manager Kenny McDowell tendered his notice, although in true ‘Rangers’ tradition, he’s not going without a pay-off.  It’s an added vote of no confidence the regime could do without.  They now face the embarrassing prospect of allowing an interim to remain in control as a lame duck, or put a second manager on gardening leave.

Mike Ashley’s prospects of a successful turnaround look bleak in the face of such uniform and orchestrated antagonism.  I wonder if he’s the kind of man who takes manipulation lightly?  If not, the manipulators are playing with fire.

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  1. sunnysouthderry



    With moniker like that you get to bypass the time honoured question!






    HH jamesgang

  2. Id be very surprised if we took armstrong or GMS now in january without losing at least 1 midfield player.



    And they only one any club seems to want is commons.



    Id rather we kept him until end of season than get a couple of hundred k for him in january.



    Cant see us adding to our wage bill too much at this stage. Really need boys out the door asap.






    Serious anount of money wasted on wages..training –apartments cars hotels on that lot.

  3. Another good leader Paul67, however i would take issue with th e”you cnat polish a turd” analogy.


    I seem to remenber watching an episode of the excellent Mythbusters during which they did indeed manage to polish a turd.


    Apparently elephant dung takes on a very nice shine if you treat it right|


    Back to lurking when i should be working.




  4. A photon goes into a hotel carrying a briefcase ( with the deeds in it ) & books a couple of nights with reception – when asked if he has any other luggage. The photon replies: “No, I’m travelling light.”







  5. vmhan you may only be an engineer but I’ll bet you are a better engineer than they are journalists!!! H H Hebcelt

  6. bawsman



    12:55 on 20 January, 2015


    Vmhan – YNWA Wee Oscar


    12:48 on


    20 January, 2015





    ” isn’t producing the talent required.”



    You and I went to Manchester to watch our U20′s rip Man City’s U20′s a new wan when a certain Tony Watt was on the score sheet (4-2).


    Just mentioned I went to see the kids play Everton (you were washing your hair or something ;-)) and we ARE producing the goods……………We need to play them on the big stage.




    Bawsman yes we did see our young Celts skelping Man City and very enjoyable that was. There seems to be a stage where our young players get to and don’t progress further, it might be that, as you’ve already mentioned that we don’t play them in enough first team games.


    The pressure on CFC to win each and every game is the reason we tend not to play young developing players, perhaps we need something like the reserve league reinstated, as this would help bridge that gap.


    The Huns were responsible for the collapse of the reserve league as I recall, they didn’t like us winning every year plus they were running out of creditors cash before the club finally died :>)



    Perhaps Sevco could start a reserve team up, the Gardeners Arms Ha Ha and HH

  7. Tom Duthie@tomduth · 24m 24 minutes ago



    Utd tell me they know nothing of a Celtic approach for Armstrong. And they don’t want or need to sell.

  8. hebcelt



    13:44 on 20 January, 2015


    vmhan you may only be an engineer but I’ll bet you are a better engineer than they are journalists!!! H H Hebcelt




    That’s deserving of a cyber cup of rosy lea ☕️

  9. mullet and co 2 on

    Armstrong would take either Bitons place or the number 10 spot. My preference would be Biton as Armstrong is a far better player.


    Paul 67 is not a fan of buying Scottish but I think our ignorance of this takent would be our undoing.


    Where Wanyama has come and gone Scott Brown has stayed. We are more likely to retain scottish talent than a foreign one. I would look at Pawlett as a midfield back up to Brown.


    Going back to Armstrong, I’d be keen not to get him in as a number 10 as I dont think he’s what we are looking for though we may ge more from Johansen as a 10 wirh Armstrong behind him.


    Anya and Fletcher of the Darren type ?


    I still think we need another striker

  10. 67 ECW


    Seriously try explaining what’s happening in Glasgow – people cant comprehend


    Its really funny – or is it??





    Maybe the ad for Sunday’s Herald should have gone Nationwide.



    Hope we get the boy Armstrong and see some think he’s a future captain of Scotland. I was just thinking at the weekend that Liam Henderson is a future Celtic captain. He’s got the lot including a bit of dig, needed for whenever our pals get back permanently.

  11. South Of Tunis


    12:54 on


    20 January, 2015


    BMCUW .



    According to the correspondent ——–ISIS have declared that watching ” vainglorious entertainment is idolatrous and punishable by death.”.



    ******* psychopaths.



    What!!!!!!.Even X Factor?.

  12. In case anyone is interested..



    How to Polish a Turd



    The easiest way would be to invest in a rock tumbler. You can find them in department stores and online from $15 to $600. Many come with grit and jewelry mounts. They range from beginner to hobbyist and professional, come in different sizes, and are either rotary tumblers or vibratory tumblers. The effect you’re trying to get with a tumbler is to do in a short period of time what rivers and oceans take years to do. The coarsest rock can become smooth. Your turd is no different


    You’ll need:


    ◾the tumbler, of course


    ◾the turds, of course


    ◾silicon grit, it may come with a beginner kit, but you can find more in different sizes for different degrees of polishing


    ◾a polishing compound (like alumina or cerium oxide, according to About.com:Chemistry)


    ◾extra rocks to help fill the tumbler if needed



  13. Bawsman


    13:01 on


    20 January, 2015


    South Of Tunis


    12:54 on


    20 January, 2015


    BMCUW .



    According to the correspondent ——–ISIS have declared that watching ” vainglorious entertainment is idolatrous and punishable by death.”.



    ******* psychopaths.





    The first time Al Quaida grabbed my attention was way back when they blew up two huge(many thousands year old) Bhudist statues.



    Absolutely mad soul less evil people.



    Bet you were glad it was only “Your attention”they grabbed.

  14. Weirdly, thebhoyfromoz is right, i saw it…..didn’t believe it…..but if you compress it tightly enuff into a sphere…..and start buffing…..you can polish a turd…..;-))




  15. the long wait is over on

    As someone once said –



    You can’t polish a turd but you can roll it in glitter…

  16. mullet and co 2



    13:47 on 20 January, 2015





    Havent seen too much of armstrong so i cant argue too much with you but i think biton has been our best player over past 5/6 weeks.



    Id like to see his pass accuracy.. would think its pretty good.



    I use to criticize players like carrick etc who didnt do much except pass the ball 10/15 yards sideways or backwards but iv come to realise that this gives players on other positions to get back into position or make a run.



    Biton is always available and good at creating space.. plus he has made the pass in his head before the ball comes to him.



    If we can beef him up abit i think we have a real player on our hands.

  17. Turkeybhoy




    13:48 on 20 January, 2015




    South Of Tunis


    12:54 on


    20 January, 2015


    BMCUW .



    According to the correspondent ——–ISIS have declared that watching ” vainglorious entertainment is idolatrous and punishable by death.”.



    ******* psychopaths.



    What!!!!!!.Even X Factor?.






    to be fair, anybody who watches Big Brother…..death would be an improvement…..;-))




  18. Didnt know ray wilkins and frank stapleton were in charge of the jordan team.



    Getting beat by japan 1-0. Should be more-

  19. “Getting beat by japan 1-0. Should be more”







    It soon will be ;)

  20. 67 European Cup Winners


    12:55 on


    20 January, 2015


    Just read this – inspirational – years ahead of his time



    20. Without fans who pay at the turnstile, football is nothing. Sometimes we are inclined to forget that. The only chance of bringing them into stadiums is if they are entertained by what happens on the football field.



    19. Unlike many other Celts, I cannot claim that Celtic was my first love … but I can say that it will be my last love.



    18. There is no excuse for a professional footballer not to be 100% fit.



    17. We all end up yesterday’s men in this business. You’re very quickly forgotten.



    16. If form was the only factor we would all win the pools every week.



    15. The secret of being a good manager is to keep the six players who hate you away from the five who are undecided.



    14. I enjoy being manager here, because I like the people who support us.



    13. Old Firm supporters went to internationals to cheer three players, boo two, and ignore the rest!



    12. There’s nothing wrong with losing your temper for the right reasons.



    11. It’s not religion that’s the problem – it’s the lack of religion!



    10. I lost some friends when I made the move (to Celtic), but if that’s what matters to them, then they’re not really friends at all.



    9. The best place to defend is in the opposition penalty box.



    8. You go down that pit shaft, a mile underground. You can’t see a thing. The guy next to you, you don’t know who he is. Yet he is the best friend you will ever have.



    7. We do have the greatest fans in the world but I’ve never seen a fan score a goal.



    6. Never fall in love with them (players), because they’ll two-time you.



    5. If you’re good enough, the referee doesn’t matter.



    4. The most pleasure any manager can get is seeing everyday boys joining the club as youngsters and growing into men and giving themselves a better social standing than they could ever have dreamed of previously.



    3. We don’t just want to win the European Cup. We want to do it playing good football, to make neutrals glad we won it, pleased to remember how we did it.



    2. It is up to us, to everyone at Celtic Park, to build up our own legends. We don’t want to live with history, to be compared with legends from the past. We must make new legends.



    1. Celtic jerseys are not for second best, they don’t shrink to fit inferior players.



    For younger reader the late great Jock Stein






    Just lurking there during lunch and one post before I go back to work.



    67 European Cup Winners



    Always inspiring to read quotes from great men, but when it’s one of your own, your hero, it brings a wee tear to my eye.



    HH Dan

  21. “Bawsman,



    I can understand what you mean regarding weakening Dundee Utd. – but another way of looking at it is that DU will lose him anyway at some point and Celtic are likely to pay slightly over the odds while he still has plenty of time on his contract.



    I would rather Celtic’s money circulated around the SPL for a “proven” player rather than spent on a risky punt from Israel.



    Scottish fitba is heading in a good direction – but they need some of our money to keep the momentum going.”






    McCarthy ?

  22. Tim Malone Will Tell on




    McCarthy was a big mistake and then some…let’s hope we’re learning.

  23. South Of Tunis on

    Today’s Inter rumour –



    Lassana Diarra —Lokomotiv Moscow ..



    I have no idea if he is cup tied. and can’t be assed checking.

  24. sunnysouthDerry on

    re Markderrybhoy,its very much a free not so sunny south derry here today btw,thanks for the wrm welcome.HH,

  25. Tim Malone…..,


    What you said again :)


    I’m sure there was a similar argument to Bawsmans’ put forward on here when McCarthy was available for £1M and wanted to come.


    How many players have we took on for more than £2M in the last 6 years and how many are still not superstars ?

  26. Celtic are 2/5 with Hills to beat them in the semi final in the 90 mins.



    License to print money.

  27. Evertons recent form shows how good mccarthy has been for them.



    Still hopeful he will wear the hoops someday.



    Celtic mad family from what i hear. Shame

  28. Tim M…



    Yes a big miss by us. Thouroghly strange I thought at the time. I think the Hamilton base at the time was problematic…could he step up?



    Of course now, as the Hamilton profile is much more respected, I think we would sign him were he there now!!!



    This is not to be overly critical of Celtic who can’t sign everybody and will always have some hits and some misses.




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