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

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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. Delaneys Dunkey –

     

     

    Word on the streets is that EKFC hope to look after all of theoir own fans first before giving the remaining allocation to Celtic. I did similar to you so hope to hear something tomorrow.

     

     

    Aff oot……..

  2. Hebcelt & Green Man

     

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    H – Yes there was that one against Killie too.

     

     

    GM – Thank you – I will take it in the spirit that it was given.

     

     

    HH (x2)

  3. “Mr Pastry was it not v Killie??”

     

     

    Hebcelt,

     

     

    That was a peach too.

     

     

    But I think ol Pastry chops is referring to the one in Feb time during the Tommy Burns season.

     

     

    Scored with only a few mins remaining when we were a bit nip and tuck with them lot.

     

     

    HH

  4. I’ve just fired this email off to The Herald, doubt if they will reply but if they do I’ll post it.

     

    I am utterly disillusioned by your decision not to back Graham Spiers and instead embarrass him and leave him hanging to dry.

     

    Was his story true? Did a Sevco director describe The Billy Boys as “a great song”?

     

    If so, why backtrack and why issue what amounts to a grovelling apology?

     

    Graham now joins Chris McLaughlin (BBC), Graham Thomson (Channel 4) and Jim Spence (ex BBC) in the ranks of those bullied by the Ibrox hard men. Only last week I read in The Herald about the disgusting and criminal treatment meted out to Angela Haggarty for daring to comment on a book of Rangers downfall.

     

    Is The Parks advertising account that important to your newspaper?

     

    Additionally, you have caved in to threats from the online hard men of Rangers Media and Vanguard Bears. What an act of appalling cowardice.

     

    The job of a free press is to report the truth, in this instance you have failed miserably.

     

     

    I have lived in Glasgow for 24 years and in that time I have always bought the weekend editions of The Herald, midweek depending on what’s happening I often buy The Herald.

     

    The Herald was a newspaper I enjoyed and trusted, I have even bought advertising space in The Herald, no more. I’m finished with your papers.

     

    Regretfully The Herald is now in the same ranks as gutter press peddlers The Daily Mail and The Sun.

  5. Stairheedrammy on

    How long till the Sevco loanee is touted for a Scotland cap. Is it a coincidence that they sign King on the same day Speirs reveals the Sevco director has been singing about someone with the same name.

  6. The Internets

     

     

    Everton and Scotland football legend Duncan Ferguson declared bankrupt

     

     

    Everton and Scotland football great Duncan Ferguson has gone bust, it has emerged.

     

     

    Big Dunc, as he was known by fans, is now a first-team coach at the Merseyside club, but has been declared bankrupt in the High Court in London.

     

     

    He was on the bench with the coaching team as Everton took on Manchester City tonight in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final.

     

     

    Just hours earlier it was revealed a bankruptcy petition had been brought against him by HM Revenue and Customs in December. The action against the 6ft 4in former striker was rubber-stamped at the High Court earlier this month.

     

     

    Dad-of-three Ferguson is a cult hero in Liverpool after two spells playing for the blue half of the city. He has become a highly respected coach, working with Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

     

     

    Ferguson, 44, was born in Stirling and began his career with Dundee United, before moving to Rangers in 1993.

     

     

    He arrived at Everton in 1994 and won an FA Cup medal the following year when the Blues beat Manchester United 1-0.

     

     

    After a spell at Newcastle United, he returned to Goodison in 2000.

     

     

    During his years at the top, he was earning more than £30,000 a week.

     

     

    In 1995, when he was 23, he was jailed for three months for head-butting another player while playing for Rangers.

     

     

    It affected his international career and he only played seven times for Scotland.

     

     

    He said previously: “I have spent an entire career trying to shake off a *reputation I earned in one day.”

     

     

    Ferguson could not be contacted for comment.

  7. Just sent this by email to The Herald, I’ll post the reply if I get one…………….

     

    I am utterly disillusioned by your decision not to back Graham Spiers and instead embarrass him and leave him hanging to dry.

     

    Was his story true? Did a Sevco director describe The Billy Boys as “a great song”?

     

    If so, why backtrack and why issue what amounts to a grovelling apology?

     

    Graham now joins Chris McLaughlin (BBC), Graham Thomson (Channel 4) and Jim Spence (ex BBC) in the ranks of those bullied by the Ibrox hard men. Only last week I read in The Herald about the disgusting and criminal treatment meted out to Angela Haggarty for daring to comment on a book of Rangers downfall.

     

    Is The Parks advertising account that important to your newspaper?

     

    Additionally, you have caved in to threats from the online hard men of Rangers Media and Vanguard Bears. What an act of appalling cowardice.

     

    The job of a free press is to report the truth, in this instance you have failed miserably.

     

     

    I have lived in Glasgow for 24 years and in that time I have always bought the weekend editions of The Herald, midweek depending on what’s happening I often buy The Herald.

     

    The Herald was a newspaper I enjoyed and trusted, I have even bought advertising space in The Herald, no more. I’m finished with your papers.

     

    Regretfully The Herald is now in the same ranks as gutter press peddlers The Daily Mail and The Sun.

  8. “Celtic could loan their 1st team of players to the likes of Hibs Falkirk and QOS It would not matter the corrupt fackers at Hamdumph woukd still find a way to get them scum promoted to the SPL.”

     

     

     

    Butsybhoy,

     

     

    I read stuff like that on here last season too :)

     

     

    HH

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DELANEYSDUNKY. 548

     

     

    You’d be surprised how much I miss it,bud!

  10. DD,

     

     

    He was some stuff like.

     

     

    A free kick felt as good as a penalty back then :)

     

     

    HH

  11. I remember Naka was abused(verbally) over accusations of diving for the free kick at Paisley. I also remember a game against Kilmarnock at Parkhead when he was kicked off the park – no protection. I recall GS had something to say about it.

  12. I dont think anybody is surprised by the Herald.

     

    Just snobbier Huns, thats all.

     

    Graham Speirs better hide:)

     

    Ra Berz wul be raging..so they wul.

     

    Fools of the highest order.

     

    If they had brains they would be dangerous:)

     

     

    HH

  13. Delaneys Dunky on

    BMCUW

     

     

    I know mate. I have been on the phone to you a few times on the morning I am going to a match. I hear the desire in your voice to be with me at the match.

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DELANEYSDUNKY

     

     

    Family,friends and fitba. Hell of a miss,mate.

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BENJYBHOYMUL

     

     

    You might want to forward that to the CEO of Newsquest,the parent company. Paul Davidson. Sure he’ll be delighted.

  16. Delaneys Dunky on

    GM

     

     

    Funniest thing I ever heard was from the scheme eejit, the day after Nakas swerver in Paradise against the stickies. This guy is a regular SSB caller.

     

    He said in his usual loud voice in the bookies.

     

    “The Tims were cheatin yesterday, there was a weight on that ball.”

     

    Cue wet pants all round. :))

  17. Evening all. HH

     

     

    BMCUW

     

     

    Brilliant video at 0600 ish this morning. Will txt you shortly. :-)) HH

  18. This is not looking good :-(

     

    Alison Robbie @AlisonRobbie

     

    #Celtic Deila on transfer window “happy with what we have in, it’s a very difficult window”. Also said they are still looking at targets.

     

    4:11 PM – 28 Jan 2016

  19. Warbiola ‘we won’t go spending money unnecessarily….’ ,it’s a shame,someone should tell the guy……:))

  20. Delaneys Dunky on

    Weefra

     

     

    Magic video. I love all creatures and the wonder of nature at times.

     

    You know my granddaughter and I feed the urban foxes by the Forth and Clyde canal in Clydebank. When I was a kid, the canal and our streets were full of rats. Foxes got rid of them when they arrived. Love Reynard! :)))

  21. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    There goes MacIntyre again asking what “Rangers” fans think, when himself and Wilson have already discussed it!

  22. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    CELTIC supporters have been banned indefinitely from Ibrox, which

     

    Rangers claim has been vandalised once too often.

     

    Rangers say it has cost them more than #20,000 to repair damage caused

     

    by Celtic ticket holders at Old Firm matches played at Ibrox since March

     

    1992. Rangers add that several attempts have been made to persuade

     

     

    Celtic that they should accept responsibility for their supporters’

     

    behaviour.

     

    ”With reference to the most recent encounter, on October 30, 1993, we

     

    have been corresponding with Celtic on a regular basis,” said Rangers’

     

    chairman David Murray, ”and it is perfectly clear from their letters

     

    that they accept no responsibility whatsoever for this vandalism. The

     

    cost following that match to repair damage was #7800 and we can no

     

    longer tolerate this type of destruction.”

     

    Mr Murray added: ”The board of directors has taken the decision to

     

    withhold all ticketing allocations to Celtic Football Club in respect of

     

    our next scheduled league match at Ibrox on Saturday, April 30. Tickets

     

    will be available only to Rangers supporters.

     

    ”We regret the matter has reached this point. However, due to 





     

     

    intransigent attitude of Celtic Football Club and their lack of

     

    responsibility with regard to the behaviour of their supporters’

     

    behaviour, we believe no other course of action is now available to

     

    us.” Rangers wrote to Celtic on Tuesday informing them of the ban.

     

    Celtic chairman Kevin Kelly said: ”This matter was raised at the

     

    Scottish League management committee last week when it was agreed that

     

    clubs should be responsible only for their own grounds.

     

    ”We have suffered damage at Celtic Park but prefer to keep it quiet

     

    rather than draw attention to the kind of people who do these things.

     

    However, banning another club’s fans is a dangerous action to take.”

     

    Mr Murray says that the problem hit him suddenly while he was writing

     

    a cheque for #142,000 to be paid to Celtic for Rangers’ ticket

     

     

     

    allocation at the last Old Firm match at Celtic Park on New Year’s Day.

     

    It struck him that he was collecting for Celtic when in return their

     

    fans go to his ground and cause damage.

     

    ”They don’t buy our programmes or eat our fast food. But they do

     

    smash our seats,” he said.

     

    Rangers also say that they have to pay an added #12,000 on their

     

    police bill when Celtic visit. Mr Murray does not fear a backlash with

     

    Celtic refusing to give tickets to Rangers’ fans. He knows, of course,

     

    that Celtic, who are more than #5m in debt, cannot afford to go without

     

    the money generated by Rangers’ supporters.

     

    Mr Murray also knows he can sell out Ibrox when Celtic play even

     

    without their supporters.

     

    There is no law in the game which states that clubs must give their

     

    opponents tickets and Mr Peter Donald, secretary of the Scottish League,

     

    said: ”It is most unfortunate and there is no doubt that part of

     

    football’s attraction is the atmosphere which can be generated by

     

    supporters of opposing clubs.”

     

    Mr Gerry Madden, general secretary of Celtic FC supporters’

     

    association, said he was surprised at the move. His group has spoken to

     

    the police seeking a solution to the vandalism and added: ”If someone

     

    would give us the sophisticated video evidence which Rangers say they

     

    have, perhaps we could do something.

     

    ”I hope there will be a change of heart because this is supposed to

     

    be the greatest club game in the world.”

     

    Mr Peter Rafferty, chairman of the Affiliation of Registered Celtic

     

    Supporters’ Clubs, said: ”We have to hope this is not an end to the

     

     

     

    matter and that there will be room for some kind of compromise.”

     

     

    Wit wur we like

     

     

    HH

  23. DD

     

     

    Hi “G”, fair comment, but they are a nightmare for poultry farmers and they carry their own diseases. Just spoke to our Swindon CSC giving him an update. Lol. Take cate kiddo and see ya on the 13th. :-)))) HH

  24. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    RS muppets laugh off the Hearts-Hibs King loan conspiracy theories.

     

    Just like they did with the Celtic Stokes ones.

     

    Oh, hang on……

  25. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    King Billy. . Sevco fc .

     

     

    I’m sure that the the billy boys will be sung even more often

  26. Delaneys Dunky on

    Weefra

     

     

    Send your South Lanarkshire foxes over to West Dunbartonshire.

     

    We will feed them. Hahaha

     

    Batten doon the hatches tonight in this wind.

     

    Hail Hail

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