As big a game as we’ll have for the rest of the season


I like the noises coming out of Ross County at the moment. Plucky optimism accompanied by comments about our Scottish Cup semi-final in 2010, when they fully deserved their 2-0 win. They are the proverbial team with nothing to lose, and make no mistake, they’ll fancy it.

They scored 2 against Motherwell, Aberdeen (in a defeat), Dunfermline and St Johnstone, 3 against Accies and Kilmarnock, and 5 against Dundee since last month. Hampden’s open spaces will see Celtic’s defence stretched wide.

After a disappointing summer and autumn we have a bit of form and focus but that goes on the line on Sunday. It’s as big a game as we’ll have for the rest of the season, bigger than Wednesday’s visit to Pittodrie.

I’m reassured by thoughts of Leigh Griffiths, and others, including Kris Commons, who enjoys trips to Hampden more than any player we’ve known, but this is a day when we’ll need to win a lot of individual battles.  It’s not a game I’d bet on.

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  1. lennon's passion on

    Dewar said the only possible way to interpret the phrase “Rangers football club” is as the company formally known as ” Sevco Scotland.”

  2. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    macjay1 for Neil Lennon on 29th January 2016 2:35 am





    Celtic ban fans over Turkey flares”



    On the B.B.C. website since Dec. 17


    A slow news 6 weeks




    Don’t hold your breath. The picture of Hooper with his arm around Lichsteiner was there for about a year!

  3. ‘GG



    Thanks for re-posting that SPL quote earlier this morning. I should’ve done it last night when replying to Giggsy, but, too tired (or lazy) to look back.



    I replied to your post about the Conference Championship games at the weekend. I couldn’t watch live, so had recorded them, and it was the following day by the time I got round to it.



    Out with the old, in with the new in the Superbowl?

  4. MR PASTRY,See its just not me ,that wishes to see changes at our club,to much spin,for my liking,as been quated on here,first we are signing players,then we are ok with what we have,thats the bits i dont like,and if Ronny thinks that these current players will do well in the Champions League,then he is living in Cuckoo Land

  5. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    KEVJUNGLE on 29th January 2016 8:02 am



    Ronny ‘must’ realize that, for Celtic to get through on Sunday his players will have to be conditioned to deal with….



    Mibberry on a grand scale….no poor wee victim tears if it dizny go our way.


    – ————


    Think he should be okay on this one after last year’s SC SF.



  6. Meanwhile back in Court “Again” with Charlie




    James Doleman ‏@jamesdoleman


    Dewar invites the court to consider Lord Doherty ruled that the definition of “Rangers football club” was ambiguous



    Dewar said the only possible way to interpret the phrase “Rangers football club” is as the company formally known as ” Sevco Scotland.”



    James Doleman ‏@jamesdoleman 25m25 minutes ago


    Dewar says case rests on how the court defines the phrase “Rangers football club”

  7. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    The STV sent a reporter, looks like Doleman has embarrassed them in tom reporting this case.

  8. Green QC points out it would not be normal for the “club” to have a chief executive as it is a non-corporate body.



    Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant 5m5 minutes ago


    Green QC says it is of significance to define as Sevco has legal personality, whereas the “club” does not.



    Phil MacGiollaBhain ‏@Pmacgiollabhain 5m5 minutes ago


    It looks like the embarrassing circumstances of the birth of the Holding Company Vehicle are being openly discussed today.

  9. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Weeminger, Canamalar



    how do you stifle someone with a space in their name



    e,g if I have poster called Poster A and another one is called Poster B



    How can I stifle Poster A and non poster B ?



    Any help much appreciated




  10. GlassTwoThirdsFull on 29th January 2016 11:01 am




    Hail Hail fella.


    Yeah, mibbery could pull the rug from Ronny on Sunday(heaven forbid.


    We were the victims of a terrible / mibbery decision v’s ICT last season but, O don’t think that is the reason we lost.


    For me….Ronny failed the fans by, leaving the ‘invisible’ Kris Commons on the pitch for so long and, also his selection of subs ?….Tonev ?


    I don’t think CG was too clever in his red card either.


    Anyway….lets hope for a different outcome all round on Sunday.


    Hail Hail

  11. @STV GrAnt



    Judge replies that if there is no “short answer”, perhaps it would be best to move on.






    Judge decides to move on as club/company discussion is getting to close for comfort SFA/Media line

  12. Timbhoy3





    So again I ask you – who exactly would you have on the board…and what exactly would you have them do?



    Or, do you just want change for change sake – isn’t that what happens down Govan way?

  13. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on 29th January 2016 11:24 am



    You might need to look at the page source to find their true username Ctrl+u then Ctrl+f to search for part of their name.



    However it’s often just a dash eg mr-pastry

  14. The huns in a Scoattish court….


    …..and ?


    Only a spaceman who’d just fell out of his ship would look for fairness.


    It’ll no be long noo till res:12 gets rolled oot in a Scoattish court.


    As the Celtic board would say…” the fools, the fools, the fools…”

  15. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    You see that’s a big source of confusion for me, if the club does not pay the the players and it’s a company then is that no third party payment which is illegal, no ?


    Help its burstin ma napper

  16. Haven’t been following the Graham Spiers story too closely, but did he reveal which sevco director loves being up to his knees in Fenian blood?

  17. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    “Dewar says case rests on how the court defines the phrase “Rangers football club”



    “Judge replies that if there is no “short answer”, perhaps it would be best to move on.”



    Dewar says the definition is essential but the judge says let`s leave that tricky issue.


    Am I reading that properly?




  18. GlassTwoThirdsFull on



    Fair point re CG. Always dangerous making those challenges IN the box. You go down to ten men fairly early in the game and they probably also score the penalty.


    Confident we will do the job on Sunday.

  19. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    Surely my interpretation is wrong?



    Examiner: I want you to do a hill start.


    Examinee: Hmmm…that could be a bit tricky. Let`s move on.







  20. Nags


    San Telm 2-30 Doncaster



    10/1. Should go well in a tough race. Conditions spot on for him and he’s in good shape.


    No cert, but not a 10/1 shot. He was 14/1 last night actually.



    Take or leave…Gl if you decide to try it.

  21. Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant 7m7 minutes ago


    Significant blurring of the lines between hypothetical allegations and the actual allegations ongoing in debate.



    Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant 9m9 minutes ago


    Green QC replies if a normal commercial fundraising took place, and that itself was illegal, it would be covered. But embezzlement wouldn’t.



    Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant 11m11 minutes ago


    Judge advancing a hypothetical situation over a chief exec embezzling funds after successful fundraising. “Right side of the line?”

  22. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Maybe the judge disagrees ?


    Then again, it’s no a bad start if justice is not the target outcome.

  23. OK you asked for it, another chapter in the Saga of Govania …..





    In days of olde the knights were bold and maidens were in distress;


    Then along came Sir David the Lamb Giver and left such a bloody mess.






    When Sir David the Lamb Giver took over the reigns at Castle Ibroke, the hallowed seat of power at the heart of the ancient realm of Govania he transformed the fortunes of the Govanians almost overnight. He understood clearly the importance of the environment, most especially for his glorious warriors. If the Govanians wanted the best warriors in all Europia, those warriors must have the best facilities, most especially the plumbing. The warriors at Castle Ibroke would no longer squat down like animals, no, Castle Ibroke installed the most modern, flushable facilities for the Govanian centurions. Sir David the Lamb Giver often boasted in defiance of their great foes, for every 5 pounds the Celtans flush, we will flush ten. As the Govanians grew in power under their new leader, Sir David the Lamb Giver continued to flush more and more, far outstripping even the most ambitious efforts of the Celtans. None of this was entirely surprising when one considers the vast volumes of refuse produced by the Govanians, most especially their heralds who seemed to see it as their duty to paint manure over every billboard throughout the land.



    When the annals of Chivalry through all of Europia are finally written, Sir David the Lamb Giver will be forever remembered as possibly the most effluential figure in all Europia.



    After many years of adulation at Castle Ibroke Sir David the Lamb Giver himself was finally flushed from the realm of Govania, leaving Sir Googly of Ayes, a man whose appearance clearly indicated he did not flush nearly enough, to take over the role of plumber in chief. However, Sir Googly of Ayes was no plumber. Almost immediately he bunged up the works, evidenced by the failings of his warriors on the battlefield. When at length he was forced to turn to the great Queen Beth of Administrania, he pleaded with her to send her most experienced plumber to flush out the water systems at Castle Ibroke.



    But the great Queen Beth would not cooperate. Rather than send plumbers to help unblock the works at Castle Ibroke, she sent her officer Sir Horace of Taxem to seize Sir Googly of Ayes, driving him from his seat of power. The realm of Govania was itself flushed down the pan. This may have cheered the Celtans but failed to address the plumbing problems at Castle Ibroke.



    When he came to power, Sir Charles de Verre held in his great hands the fate of all Sevconia. Here was a man who could sell sand to the Arabs (Dundee doesn’t have much you know) and cool boxes to Eskimos. When he gathered together the tattered remnants of the Govanian empire and built the new empire of Sevconia, his public efforts on the battlefield were well known to all throughout Sevconia and beyond. Despite the loss of their great banner (having been burned to ashes by Sir Horace of Taxem) so long the visible call to arms for the Govanian faithful, held for generations by the company at arms, Sir Charles de Verre wove together his yarn to create a new banner closely resembling the banner destroyed after the fateful reign of Sir Googly of Ayes. Sir Charles de Verre knew the importance of this great symbol to the Govanian people and declared, “come follow my banner for it is the same banner of old. Our company at arms has been lost but it matters not what company holds our great banner, the banner remains the true symbol of our great people.” Others knew the truth of it.



    Yet his top priority was to fix the faulty plumbing. Time and time again when the great Queen Beth sent her officers to investigate the goings on at Castle Ibroke her officers complained of their having nothing to go on. Whilst war and attrition consumed much of his time, Sir Charles de Verre dedicated every moment he could muster to his primary goal, the plumbing system. So obsessed was Sir Charles de Verre with the system of watercourses in Sevconia, he would rarely talk of any other subject, many of the Royal Court were oft heard to cry, “doesn’t he talk a lot of ballcocks?” But he did at least unblock the works. So diligent was he, by the time he had fallen out of favour with the Sevconians Sir Charles de Verre had managed to direct many millions through the vast array of pipes, baffles, channels, traps and drains, out across the realm to the far off Kingdom of Normandy. By this time Sir Charles de Verre was truly effluent himself. Castle Ibroke had now returned to the days of Sir David the Lamb Giver with vast quantities being flushed away uncontrollably.



    Unable to find anyone in all of Christendom willing and able to tackle the complex waterworks within Castle Ibroke, for despite their many crusades, the Sevconian Lords had been rebuffed by Lords, Kings, Queens and Barons, one and all.



    “Get ye hence ye vile creatures for thou art repugnant vermin, a pestilence upon mankind,” they cried. The Sevconians cried out in reply, “we careth not if all hateth us, for we are the chosen people.”



    The Sevconian Lords knew mere words were not enough. For in the midst of winter, their people needed real food and water, true sustenance. With the people of Sevconia facing starvation and thirst, the numpties at Castle Ibroke chose to put MASH on the menu, despite the foul taste this left in their mouths. MASH the Scrotum Gripper, a keen plumber himself, offered to fix the plumbing within Castle Ibroke, at the Royal Stables and at the Ludus where the great Sevconian gladiators polished their combat skills. The Sevconian people feared this was merely an attempt to supplant his own agents into the Royal household and add Sevconia to the many realms MASH the Scrotum Gripper had conquered.


    Their suspicions proved correct. For MASH the Scrotum Gripper had not modified the plumbing to stem the flow. Instead, he directed the outflows to himself. The Sevconian waterworks continued to flow profusely, leaving the Sevconians ever more thirsty.



    The Sevconians sought out their one, or as they pronounce ‘wan’ true King. For their brave warriors who took to the battlefield faced starvation and dehydration, just as the poor people did. How was the realm of Sevconia ever to reach the position of power and dominance whilst under the control of the ogre MASH the Scrotum Gripper? No, no, the Sevconians must have their one King. They gathered together in their thousands at Castle Ibroke to show their adulation for the brave warriors and to demand the return of their one King. As the Sevconians knights gave battle against all foes, the worshipping hordes worked themselves into frenzy of excitement until finally in climax they ejaculated in unison as a sign of their undying adoration: “We love our one-king” they cried, “one-king is the only way to satisfy us; we can never get enough of our one-king.” Certainly no-one could ever accuse these Sevconians of failing to add a splash of colour to the occasion.



    King David the GAS returned to the great adulation of his people. “Hail the return of the King”, they cried, “our one King will lead us out of the wilderness.”



    King David the GAS promised to drive off MASH the Scrotum Gripper but found the empire of Sevconia in total disarray. The knights of the realm had become age-worn, tired looking weeds which should have been thrown on the compost heap many years before. Many Sevconians held the firm belief that this was wholly the fault of the chief gardener, Sal Lee Ma Coat. But he, like the ancient realm of Govania itself, was gone. His immediate replacement, the aptly named Kenny McTrowell, was soon uprooted and Stuart Wynn-Feckoll planted in his place. Here was a man who knew how to get the best results with manure to make the precious little flowers bloom in spring. But, sadly he too failed to make the Sevconian fields flourish, despite the fact he had plenty of manure to work with.



    King David the GAS placed his trusted steward, Sir Murray De Quiff to gather together his court and expel all who did not share King David’s vision. For many had even dared to doubt the legitimacy of King David’s claim to the Sevconian crown. The Soothsayers & Freemasons Alliance, a secretive band of men who yielded power and influence unmeasured and unaccounted were asked to verify King David’s position as great leader of the Sevconian people. A simple handshake and the blessing was given.



    In days of crisis, people often turn to their forebears for inspiration and guidance. Sadly, the Sevconians could only call on 3 bears. Despite their best efforts, the 3 bears could not stave the flow from Sevconia for plumbing was not their forte.


    King David the GAS, armed with a necklate made of metal upon which not even the hottest flame could leave a mark, turned to MASH the Scrotum Gripper for further assistance, despite his very public proclamations that MASH the Scrotum Gripper must be driven from Sevconia.


    MASH the Scrotum Gripper became enraged. His great wealth and power could have transformed Sevconia into the greatest kingdom in all Europia. Happy enough to accept his aid when faced with starvation and dehydration, the Sevconians now turned against him preferring their much loved one king.



    With the plumbing now flowing again, on the battlefield the Sevconian forces grew in strength, having gained significant victories in the battles of Dumfries and Hibernia. The Sevconian people were confident that their renewed forces would soon be able to face even the might of the Celtans.


    Now, only the troops of Murdurwellia stood in their way. The Murdurwellians were greatly enraged after discovering that their leader was in fact a Sevconian double-agent. They made ready to take their revenge against the Sevconians. The battle of Furpark was a humbling experience for the Sevconians. Greatly disheartened after taking to the battlefield, only to discover that King David the GAS was not present to lead his forces, they were quickly overwhelmed by the Murdurwellian troops. They left the battlefield a broken force. A last gasp strike by the Mohsni rearguard proved to be their only flourish on the day.



    The Sevconian army was disbanded. Where to now for King David the GAS? With his army in disarray, with his realm crumbling around him, his people starving and dehydrated, the plumbing still not sorted, his fight to break free from the grasp of MASH the Scrotum Gripper was far from over. Indeed, the ogre had become enraged as never before and was beginning to squeeze harder and harder. Tears welled up as the Sevconians pondered their fate. With wars breaking out on all fronts, protecting Sevconia from those who sought the destruction of this short-lived empire required the skills of a juggler. Sal Lee Ma Coat, a man of great skill, not only could this man manage the great gardens of the royal household but he also found time to entertain the Lords and Ladies in the royal courts with his artistry as the court jester. Had Sal Lee Ma Coat not been driven into exile, his skills as a juggler may have proved useful.



    King David the GAS was now finding it more and more challenging to conduct his affairs. The greatest legal minds in the kingdom were constantly engaged in the courts of Administrania, in a desperate campaign to persuade the great Queen Beth against the ever increasing cries that she should wipe Sevconia from the map, as she had done with Govania.



    King David the GAS sent out messengers far and wide, seeking a new General to muster the few remaining warriors who had returned from the disastrous battle of Furpark. Suitably experienced Generals were hard to find and King David the GAS could not offer the rewards offered to those who had so dismally failed Sevconia time and time again. The new General would have to work for a song. Who better then than Baron Mark the Warbler? The Baron knew a tune or two. Like the Pied Piper of Hamlin he hypnotised the Sevconian troops to surprising effect. The re-formed Sevconian army, cobbled together from the lost and destitute, failed warriors from many surrounding kingdoms, battled proudly to once more restore the pride of the Sevconians. They fought and defeated almost all foes who dared face them.



    But King David the GAS has yet to face his greatest foe. Not the Celtans, nor the great Queen Beth.


    No, the greatest foe is what lies beneath.


    The plumbing.

  24. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on





    ah ha … got there thanks for the tip.



    Are you happy, are you satisfied?


    How long can you stand the heat?


    Out of the doorway the bullets rip


    To the sound of the beatCSC

  25. glendalystonsils on

    Judging by the comments coming from RD about signings, it seems we will have to wait until the CL qualifiers are almost upon us before we attempt to strengthen key areas of the team.


    Hasn’t worked so far.

  26. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    One wage out one wage in.



    Cone on lahds …. every winter window is the same.



    If Peter disnae have any doublers he willnae swap




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