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News that the Maribor game later this month is on the season book has setup a dramatic climax to what will be remembered for decades as a remarkable month in our history.  We didn’t ask for this situation.  As we drifted away from Murrayfield, our thoughts were only of Celtic’s abject display, but nine days and two Uefa Disciplinary hearings later, we’re through to the Champions League play-off round next week.

For Legia Warsaw, the pill is unbearably bitter.  So much so, they had to appeal to Uefa, and on to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, despite scant cause.  CAS who will eventually be asked to determine if Uefa’s rules were interpreted correctly.  Which they were.  The consequences for Legia are so abrupt their reactions are understandable.

Football affects us in ways which are not always beneficial.  There was nothing Legia fans could do to remove their distress this past week, but reading comments, by fans of another Scottish club on this subject, has given a glimpse into the human condition.

The emotional investment by some Scottish football fans in Legia’s forlorn cause has evidently resulted in untold misery.  Celtic fell into the Clyde and came out holding a winning Euromillions ticket.  It was unplanned for, random and undeserved, but it happened and, right now, Celtic are the luckiest team in the world.

At a time when their phoenix club is falling apart before their eyes, our unearned good fortune has caused volumes of hilarious, angry, ranting.  Efforts to explain it as a consequence of immoral plots (as well as running the Celtic, the SFA, the SPFL, Glasgow City Council and The Commonwealth, Peter Lawwell also manipulates Uefa’s Disciplinary Body) demonstrate classic evidence of our old friend, Cognitive Dissonance.

We were blind lucky, accept that, or continue to give the rest of the world new and innovative ways to enjoy their football.  It’s not worth the dissonance.

It’s been an interesting week in the media.  Neil McCann’s excitable misinterpretation of the rules on Wednesday was a highlight, but the paper which brought you ‘news’ that Celtic wanted Dan Pertrescu to be manager, who declined as he was warned the club have problems by Neil Lennon, subsequently got a second story when they ran a properly sourced article denying ‘reports’ Neil spoke to Pertrescu.

I’m also loving reading those who in the media were spinning anti-Celtic nonsense that Neil left because he wasn’t happy with the player budget, now suggesting he could take over Crystal Palace, after Tony Pulis left because he wasn’t happy with the player budget.

Nonsense like this is never random, it has a purpose………..

On a related subject, I’m gutted for Palace, their fans, and for Pulis. The economics of the entire English league structure doesn’t work. Well-run clubs with good managers will be weeded out and relegated, as crazy debt-junkies inflate the bubble a little longer. Scottish football may be poor, but there are only two of our 42 clubs in any sort of financial danger.

Flag Day tomorrow, get along early, give Fergus a warm welcome back, and bring some change for The Kano Foundation bucket collection on the way in. Remember to join Fergus, Jim Craig and others from the Celtic Graves Society for the Jimmy Quinn event at Kilsyth Cemetery.

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to Mary’s Meals by entering our competition for tickets in the comfy seats tomorrow.  I’m proud of every one of you.  My thanks also to Magners for helping out.  The competition is now closed, winners will be informed by email shortly, so check your inbox!

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  1. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Philbhoy, since you recommended it I’ve tried several of them:-)

     

     

    I now check both Aldi and Lidl periodically for their blend and malt offers. Always great session drams and cheap as sevco shares.

     

     

    Awrite that last bits no true as sevco shares are cheaper than bog roll.

     

     

    HH

  2. All this jail analogy stuff – must be a Hun thing.

     

     

    Berg:

     

     

    “This is the equivalent of forgetting to pay the electricity bill and being sentenced to 20 years behind bars,”

  3. Auldheid

     

     

    The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark is also my current read, genuinely it is. Someone on here recommended it.

     

     

    Can’t read it in bed though as Mrs RWE tells me every morning that I walked round the room all night :o)

  4. ACGR

     

     

    I bought it originally to give to my mother in law who puts lemonade in it.

     

     

    But it’s definitely decent!

     

     

    Do Lidl have an own label whisky?

  5. —-

     

     

     

     

    Bawsman

     

     

    12:48 on 15 August, 2014

     

     

    Moonbeams WD

     

     

    Love sport, hate single issue losers/nutters/extremists/zealots trying to sell their particular poison when not wanted, It’s embarrassing first, then annoying.

     

     

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    ‘CRIMEA OPTION’ COULD SOLVE BRITAIN’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROBLEMS FROM AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND.

     

    ——————————————–

     

     

     

     

    A report by the Royal United

     

    Services Institute ( RUSI) think-tank

     

    has cast doubt on Scottish leader

     

    Alex Salmond’s 2020 deadline for a

     

    ‘nuclear Free Scotland’ and

     

    suggests a British enclave in

     

    Faslane could save the taxpayer up

     

    to £3.5 billion.

     

     

     

    The paper, entitled ‘Relocation,

     

    Relocation, Relocation’ considers

     

    different options for the Rump United

     

    Kingdom’s Nuclear Trident submarine

     

    deterrent force in a future without

     

    Scotland.

     

     

     

    A potential Crimean option, so named

     

    for the arrangement Russia maintained

     

    with Crimea over the strategically

     

    crucial Black Sea port of Sevastopol has

     

    been little discussed on the public

     

    stage, but is becoming a serious

     

    consideration in the minds of those

     

    seeking to solve the problem.

     

    According to RUSI, the retention of

     

    HMNB Clyde and the submarine baseat

     

    Faslane is not only the cheapest and

     

    simplest option, but is practically

     

    inevitable. As negotiation over the

     

    future of Faslane can’t begin until after

     

    the September referendum and is

     

    unlikely to take place until after the

     

    general election the process of

     

    relocation is unlikely to be completed

     

    until well into the 2020s. This is at

     

    odds with Alex Salmond’s 2020 target,

     

    which comes a little over two years

     

    after independence in autumn 2017.

     

    With only five weeks to go until

     

    Scotland goes to the polls, support for

     

    the Union remains high at 46 percent,

     

    with only 38 percent intending to vote

     

    for secession. Although the ‘yes’

     

    secessionist vote is slowly growing, it

     

    may not be enough in time to pip the

     

    unionists in time for the September

     

    18th referendum.

     

     

     

    The relocation of Britain’s submarine

     

    force to Plymouth is the most

     

    expensive option by far, which involves

     

    extensively developing the existing

     

    facilities there and building an entirely

     

    new nuclear weapons handling facility

     

    in Cornwall at a cost well in excess of

     

    £4 billion.

     

     

    This is riven with potential difficulties;

     

    Plymouth is a large English city, and

     

    although it is already home to the

     

    Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine repair

     

    facility moving the Trident fleet there

     

    permanently may trigger protests.

     

    Further, the only other suitable site in

     

    the UK for the weapons handlingfacility

     

    is the deep harbour at Falmouth in

     

    Cornwall, a popular and picturesque

     

    tourist destination.

     

     

     

    In reality the UK already has it’snuclear

     

    facilities in the best possible location in

     

    the country – Faslane on the Scottish

     

    west coast. Other options were

     

    considered in the 1960’s but noneoffer

     

    the same advantages of the present

     

    site; remoteness and fast access to

     

    deep water for the submarines.

     

     

     

    Modernising the site for the next

     

    generation of submarines would save

     

    the taxpayer up to £3.5 billion overall.

     

    Alex Salmond the Scottish First Minister

     

    and Alistair darling went head to head

     

    last week in a Scotland-only televised

     

    debate over the question. Snap polls

     

    afterwards revealed over half of viewers

     

    believed pro-union Darling had won the

     

    bout. The BBC announced yesterday

     

    they would be hosting a second debate

     

    in two weeks, giving the rival politicians to clash over independence before a public audience.

     

     

     

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/08/15/Crimean-option-could-save-uk

     

     

     

    Send In The SAS And The Gurkhas..!

     

     

    Liberate Bellshill And Blantyre…..

     

     

    From Dictator Fidel Salmond’s Banana Republic….!

     

     

     

    MWD says AYE !

     

     

     

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  6. Tomorrow`s game could be quite an affair. I have thought Dundee Utd unlucky in the past at Celtic Park. My main concern is Gary McKay Stevens against Izzaguirre. Given space, GMS is a wonderful player and wingers get space against Izzi. Can anyone ease my concerns?

     

     

    JJ

  7. Acgr,

     

     

    I’ll get the kids to check it out later, kip time, as I will be watching Falkirk win me some money if fair play is applied that is. Here’s hoping.HH

  8. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    bamboo @ 13.48

     

     

    sounds like a typical zombie day oot to me

     

     

    HH

  9. squire danaher on

    The relocation of Britain’s submarine

     

    force to Plymouth is the most

     

    expensive option by far, which involves

     

    extensively developing the existing

     

    facilities there and building an entirely

     

    new nuclear weapons handling facility

     

    in Cornwall at a cost well in excess of

     

    £4 billion.

     

     

    This is riven with potential difficulties;

     

    Plymouth is a large English city, and

     

    although it is already home to the

     

    Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine repair

     

    facility moving the Trident fleet there

     

    permanently may trigger protests.

     

    Further, the only other suitable site in

     

    the UK for the weapons handlingfacility

     

    is the deep harbour at Falmouth in

     

    Cornwall, a popular and picturesque

     

    tourist destination.

     

     

    In reality the UK already has it’snuclear

     

    facilities in the best possible location in

     

    the country – Faslane on the Scottish

     

    west coast. Other options were

     

    considered in the 1960’s but none offer the same advantages of the present site; remoteness and fast access to deep water for the submarines.

     

     

    —-

     

     

    AYE AND WE CAN DUMP THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ON THE IDIOT JOCKS WHO DONT MATTER

     

     

    And there are still people voting NO?

  10. Silver City 1888 on

    !!Bada Bing!!

     

    rock tree bhoy

     

    What exactly do you think our strategy is? We buy under-valued players. That usually means youth but Craig Gordon is no spring chicken. He is risky because he is returning from injury. Lubo would be exactly what we are looking for. Can’t remember his issue. He might have been used out of position and saw his sell on value drop. We bought him and were quite happy to hang onto him. Like with Kris Commons, hardly a historic purchase, we used the best part of his career and were happy to keep the value for ourselves.

  11. Frank Ryan's Whiskey on

    squire danaher

     

     

     

    14:32 on 15 August, 2014

     

    AYE AND WE CAN DUMP THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ON THE IDIOT JOCKS WHO DONT MATTER

     

     

    And there are still people voting NO?

     

    ==

     

    No the Idiots Jocks just want to hide behind NATO’s weapons of mass destruction. NIMBY

  12. bournesouprecipe on

    NegAnon2

     

     

    Derk Boeriggter was this seasons first victim to feel the wrath of McCann, for example, an ex Rangers Rupert Murdoch, SKY, EBT, excrescence.

     

     

    Celtic are unlikely to change anti Celtic bias or rhetoric, by speaking out every time there is injustice, as day by day statements of what happens to Celtic inside Scottish Football on and off the pitch, would soon descend into farce, due to the frequency they had to made, alone.

     

     

    SMSM bias and preference will never change, in Scotland, and it’s enough in itself to make some Celtic supporters support Celtic more than ever they have before, and was part of the reason we revolutionised our club, (see the bunnet tomorrow)

     

     

    We have lived through the death of the old firm (as we know it Jim), there is a generation of Scottish ‘peepul’ who think they have a grievance, including their natural born ex supporters in SMSM, let’s hope they never get on a footing near us.

     

     

    Celtic could unify and create more supporters with a fresh new policy and change in relations, and so much more than subtle infrequent jokes about the biggest scandal of them all. Maybe it’s all still to come.

  13. traditionalist88 on

    Jungle Jim

     

     

    Does Mackay-Steven not play on the left or do they switch him?

     

     

    They are a good team but I think Dundee Utds 3-0 win at Pittodrie flattered them a bit.

     

     

    Still..some intersting signings and potential for more given the cash they now have and they aren’t being told what to do by the bank any more.

     

     

    Still..2-1 home win:)

     

     

    HH

  14. silver city 1888

     

     

    14:33 on 15 August, 2014

     

     

    Thanks for reply,i was agreeing with RTB that a Lubo/KC type signing is not on our radar,IMO we lack experience and leaders on the park at times HH

  15. From twitter, anyone translate please..

     

     

    @RetroScot: HMRC: “The first Accelerated Payment notices are being sent out to EBT avoidance scheme users this month”

  16. JJ- I can’t recall GMS having a good game against us,i think he went backwards last season and is lightweight.HH

  17. Frank Ryan's Whiskey on

    Moonbeams WD. Wee Oscar’s our Bhoy and Kano’s our mhan.

     

     

     

    14:39 on 15 August, 2014

     

     

     

    Only NATO’ USA, UK & France have WMD’s. Imagine all those NATO countries hiding behind them. Shocking!!! How many cowardly countries does that number?

     

    ==

     

    None unless the Scots join :-)

  18. BSR

     

     

    Good stuff.

     

     

    I am not a great Kayal fan though. He’s still trying to play the “tackle and fall down” football that wins free kicks in other parts of Europe. He looked ok on Wednesday but that was 17 minutes against a team chasing the game.

     

     

    The anti Celtic agenda?

     

     

    I can already see the headlines if we do not make it past Maribor.

     

     

    “Celtic: The only team to be knocked out of the CL twice in one season.”

     

     

    “Celtic Humiliated – again”

     

     

    Ronny – take this second chance please.

     

     

    HH

  19. James Forrest is praying for The Unconquerable Oscar Knox on

    Frank Ryan’s Whiskey:

     

     

    Seriously mate?

     

     

    Most of us want those weapons – all of them – gone, gone, gone.

     

     

    What are they even for now? Threatening who? You think it’s nuclear weapons that are stopping Russia from rolling into Ukraine? You think our nuclear arsenal would deter them if they really wanted to take the place? I didn’t stop them invading Georgia.

     

     

    Those weapons are a ghastly abomination. They have no military use. Their only purpose in war is as an abhorrent act of national vengeance after the fact, when we’re all dead and gone and the country is an irradiated wasteland unable to support human life.

     

     

    I would not want the last act of a government, acting in my name, to give that order. Our species really would deserve all the tortures of Hell for it.

     

     

    They are nothing more than a floating phallus, allowing our “leaders” (you know, those Scotland doesn’t actually vote for but gets anyway) to walk with bulging trousers on the world stage like this island is still relevant to the bigger issues.

     

     

    They are colossal waste of resources and national wealth and their removal from Scotland would leave the London government facing a decision as whether we need them at all. Perhaps that discussion would be more widely had outside these borders, perhaps not, but Scotland, in the infancy of its nationhood, would already have sent a very clear, very moral, message to the whole world.

     

     

    If there were no other reason for voting Yes, that would do it for me.

  20. IMO GMS has seemed overawed playing against us except on one occasion at the SC semi final 2 or 3 seasons ago.

  21. MWD you have got it all wrong on the independence debate. The scottish people should vote no and continue to vote labour in the general elections as with a good horse if you keep backing it, it will come good one of these days. Until then we can all live in a country with shite schools, hospitals and gereral infrastructure whilst beeing told that we are costing the London taxpayers billions in subsidies and at the same time beeing told that we should stay in the union for everyones sake. Make sense to me.

  22. squire danaher on

    FRW

     

     

    Oh Aye

     

     

    Scotland needs nuclear weapons. Why don’t we just behave ourselves and LOL after all the rump UKs arsenal of destruction since they’ve got a poodle stupid enough to do so.

     

     

    Or do you think we should carry on being the jaicket hauders of the Empire??

  23. Re nuclear NATO…

     

     

    Can someone confirm if there are NATO countries who do not have nuclear weapons but allow them to be based in their countries?

     

     

    And

     

     

    Are there NATO countries who will absolutely not allow nuclear weapons in their territories?

     

     

    Not being controversial, I genuinely don’t know.

     

     

    On the other hand since this us a Celtic blog feel free to ignore altogether!!!

  24. Regarding us not (yet),getting in a recognised centre forward.

     

    Does anybody else think Ronny wants to play the barca way?

     

    Every body in the team chipping in with the goals.

     

    I understand we ain’t barca (yet).

     

    Before anyone say’s so.

  25. If we qualify for the Group Stages, there will be a million smackeroonies distributed to the other Clubs in the SPFL. I expect that on a point of Principle all these Clubs will refuse to accept these monies and instead forward same to Legia Warsaw.

  26. traditionalist88 on

    Ambition is no bad thing I suppose:

     

     

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    Michael Ngoo sets his sights on challenging Celtic for title after signing two-year deal with Kilmarnock

     

     

    THE gangly frontman has signed a two-year deal at Rugby Park and could feature against Ross County this weekend.

     

     

    Michael Ngoo has signed for Killie

     

     

    MICHAEL Ngoo signed a two-year contract with Kilmarnock and then set his sights on challenging champions Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.

     

     

    The 21-year-old striker, who was released at the end of last season by Liverpool after loan spells at Hearts, Yeovil and Walsall, was confirmed as a Kilmarnock player on Friday and goes straight into Allan Johnston’s squad for the trip to Ross County on Saturday.

     

     

    The Rugby Park club battled against relegation last season, escaping the play-off with a last-day win at Hibernian, and they have taken one point from their first two league games.

     

     

    However, Ngoo saw enough from the stand in the 2-0 home defeat by Aberdeen on Wednesday night to believe that his new team-mates can match his rather bold ambition.

     

     

    “It is good to be back in Scottish football and I’m looking forward to the future,” the former England Under-20 player said.

     

     

    “It is a new chapter for me. I am looking to bring goals and compete for the league.

     

     

    “I don’t see any reason why this bunch of players including myself can’t compete for the league.

     

     

    “If we beat every other team, then it’s down to Celtic, if that makes sense.

     

     

    “I watched them (Kilmarnock) play against Aberdeen and there wasn’t much in the game so I believe that if everyone gets their head down and works hard, I don’t see any reason why we can’t.

     

     

    “You can’t go into something thinking we will settle for less.

     

     

    “We have to aim for the best and if the best doesn’t come then second isn’t a bad position. That’s how I feel.

     

     

    “I am looking forward to tomorrow and if I get some minutes I will show everyone what I can do.”

     

     

    Johnston was delighted to capture the signature of Ngoo, who scored five goals during his six-month loan spell at Tynecastle in 2013.

     

     

    Johnston said: “He is a big presence, he did well with Hearts and we are expecting him to play a big part in our team this year.

     

     

    “So it is up to him to put in good performances on the pitch.

     

     

    “He is desperate to start playing again.

     

     

    “The boys have made him welcome and he feels he is part of the squad so he should be a good signing.

     

     

    “We still have Lee Miller to come back (from a calf injury) so we have options up front.”

     

     

    Ross County are bottom of the table after two defeats in their opening two games, while Kilmarnock’s defeat against Aberdeen left them with one point from six.

     

     

    Johnston, who hopes to recruit at least one more player to his squad, said: “They will be desperate to make amends.

     

     

    “It is not an easy place to play your football, I am sure they will make it really difficult for us.

     

     

    “But we weren’t far away against Aberdeen and there were a lot of encouraging signs.”

  27. James Forrest is praying for The Unconquerable Oscar Knox on

    Lol has anyone read Berg’s lunatic “suggestion” as to what should happen next?

     

     

    “We don’t know who we will play if CAS make a different decision. Before the draw we were seeded, so the fair thing for us it to play Steaua. Celtic should play Aktobe and replace us, and Maribor should play Ludogrets. If we have all booked a charter, we can just change the destination.”

     

     

    Aye … let’s just radically alter two competitions and inconvenience a slew of other sides because you lot couldn’t fill in a form right.

     

     

    This club has lost sight of sanity.

  28. traditionalist88 on

    RWE

     

     

    Kayal is a liability, a very average footballer posing as a tough tackling midfielder.

     

     

    The rush of blood to the head he gets when he’s in a good position is compounded by the fact his technical ability is woeful.

     

     

    Another squad filler who should have been let go long before now.

     

     

    Bet hes on a decent wage too.

     

     

    HH

  29. bournesouprecipe on

    RWE

     

     

    I’m not a Beram fan either sadly, and think his Celtic ship may have sailed. That makes us both likely to be in the RD camp, as team selections so far have been stylised, and Kayal free.

     

     

    His seniority however, and midfield ‘snapping’ from our box to the centre mid, should be employed for this tie.

     

     

    As long as he not expected to pick a pass, shoot, or late tackle too often – we’ll be fine ;-)

     

     

    It’s bodies in the middle we need.

  30. JF 14.44

     

     

    They certainly protected Western Europe from Soviet/Warsaw Pact invasion post WW11 until the Soviet empire collapsed. MAD was too much for them to contemplate. A horrible insurance policy. I agree that times have changed and they appear to have outlived their usefulness. Rogue states could pose a problem though because that kind of weaponry cannot be uninvented or made unavailable to crazies.

  31. Not 100% certain that the U.S. have no Nucs in Germany. They certainly have them in their Mediteranian Fleet

  32. India 68-7

     

     

    Indian captain M.S. Dohni must feel like Custer at the Little Bighorn :))

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