Blame it on the Celtic


It is great having big game players, those who can raise the tempo to match greater challenges, Moussa was a classic of this genre, but watching the first half on Friday, the flip side of that mentality appeared evident.  St Mirren were in a big game, and showed it, Celtic were going through the motions.  I expect normal service to resume for Rosenborg on Thursday, but we better resolve this symptom before travelling to Perth on League Cup duty.

Hearts boss, Ann Budge, must have taken the weekend off to celebrate her team being top of the league, as she has allowed video of sectarian chanting by Hearts fans leaving Fir Park on Saturday to pass without comment.  Never slow to shine a light elsewhere, if she would rather not address this festering feature when things are going so well, you can be sure it is there to stay.

On John McGinn choosing Aston Villa over Celtic………  When he made his decision I wrote that after speaking to both teams, he went to Villa because he wanted to play first team football.  Unlike reports elsewhere, he didn’t move south because Celtic would not meet his wage demands (thinking in particular of Scott McDonald flogging this on Radio Scotland).

The player gave newspaper interviews to several Scottish Sundays confirming, “Playing regularly was the biggest factor in choosing Aston Villa over Celtic, says John McGinn”, as The Herald put it.  But that doesn’t fit the narrative, so will soon be forgotten.

Don’t blame it on the football.
Don’t blame it on the career advice.
Don’t blame it on the reality.
Blame it on the Celtic.  Lots of others do.

What’s the point of Celtic?

Winter is approaching, the time when the Celtic FC Foundation does some of its most important work.  It is also the time of greatest need.  I know the challenge ahead for those who work through the Foundation.  There is enormous poverty in our own communities.

I signed up for the Great Scottish Run, which takes place in Glasgow on 30 September, in aid of the Foundation.  I have not run as far as a Half Marathon in over a year, I ran a few miles short on Saturday before giving up.  But I know what those who will be helped by the Foundation will be like in December. Some things are worth the work.

We need to do something, otherwise what’s the point of Celtic?  We both know it’s not just about football.  Work on the big winter projects is already underway, if you can help by sponsoring me, please do so here.

Thank you.


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  1. Kikinthenakas


    Didn’t see you get any response for your Bhoy.


    Can’t pick him up, ( I’m travelling up from Manchester)


    I can most certainly drop him off at Uni after game ?


    There are a few buses come up from Stirling Area


    2 stop at and then leave from Vinny’s bar in Raploch 20 min walk from Uni ( I will make contact with Vinny to arrange if you want – this Includes Dunblane Tommy Gemmel bus which Winning Captain travels on, St Ninians Paul McStay bus leaves from St Ninians, Bannockburn bus, Cowie rebels etc



    Hail Hail

  2. Is the headline of this article a prediction of what Peat was about to say?



    Honest to god Rangers supporters are mental. Including Peat.

  3. PHILBHOY on 17TH SEPTEMBER 2018 7:47 PM






    I have a friend who works for Hibs. He told me they would not sell McGinn to Celtic at any price.



    *peat aka swann widnae sell us Fletcher, thomson and tried his best tae drive Broony tae bader park until a real Hibbee WGS stepped in.

  4. Back to Basics- I think the huns also cancelled a game that season, as a couple of U19/20 players were called up for international games

  5. Jungle VIP on 17th September 2018 2:13 pm



    Not a comprehensive analysis but some numbers on corners for you – it’s a Twitter sized morsel:



    Some folks like to get exercised by corners and perceived rubbishness of Celtic.


    Last season Celtic scored 5 goals off the corner pass, from 45 goal attempts (11% chance conversion). 5 goals from 405 corners (1.2%)



    This season it’s 0 from 17 goal attempts / 90 corners



    Sad face

  6. Canamalar



    You’ll need to excuse me, but I’ve responded to the best of my intellect.



    Sometimes a manager won’t get a player he’s always wanted, happens at every big club.



    More made up stuff,



    “ The CEO had months to secure him but was not prepared to negotiate played hardball, then became complacent and the manager lost his number one target.



    A bit more persistence in negotiation as opposed to the stupid we’ll get him for free, its unlikely your “factual” nonsense about fee and salary were an issue as there was no issue matching AV’s offer.”



    How do we know about negotiations that took place in private?



    How do we know ‘he’ was not prepared to negotiate if the ‘negotiations’ took all summer?’



    How do we know ‘he’ refused to play hardball?



    How do we know ‘he’ didn’t negotiate?



    Were the increased bids of which there were reportedly at least two not part of any negotiations?



    How do we know ‘he’ didn’t persist?



    Assuming we’d reached Aston Villa’s widely reported as fact £3.7M there was no guarantee McGinn was signing for Celtic, because it is generally well established Aston Villa’s likely ‘salary’ was way bigger than ‘he” could offer.



    Give me Joy CSC



    Hail Hail



    p.s. NITOL

  7. playing accross the park for 80% of the game will not help us scorring goals.



    have to be more direct, this has gone on for the past 9 months.

  8. Norrie M



    Thanks for the response have forwarded it to him. Will get back to you when he gets oot his student scratcher ???



    Kikinthenakas ??? x 2

  9. Melbourne Mick


    Sorry to have missed you at the weekend, but you were as ever looking after the future of your young team. Paddymacoz welcomed me and my brother with great warmth and was full of praise for all that you do. It was brilliant to meet up with some of the bhoys from the Mornington CSC, and to a man they were great company. Thank you so much for teeing up the opportunity to meet with your typical generosity even though you could not make it yourself. What a fantastic time it has been to visit my brother for the first time since he emigrated 28 years ago and see the wonderful Mornington Peninsula. You are all well and truly blessed living in this great place. I hope I can reciprocate if and when you come back to Glasgow, by buying you several beers. Sadly, we leave tomorrow morning , via Singapore for 2 nights, so that will be another experience. Many thanks and HH

  10. Saint Stivs, very glad to catch up with the news that treatment was successful. Take care of yourself. YNWA HH

  11. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    You know because everything that was done was reported to you by P67 which you previously believed as gospel, since you regularly use P67 s version to have a go at the dissidents. The CEO made a couple of offers that did not suit Hibs, he then sat back and spread the shite that the player would come for free whilst making up shite about Petrie would never sell to Celtic, to cover his arse if he failed. Does anyone think there was never any chance of another team coming in and making an offer, that is complacency.


    But again failing miserably to hide your cognitive dissonance and the questions on responsibility for telling players agents they can find another club.


    So I will not be addressing any more failed deflection and made up McGinn pish from you until you can come up with some new pish about who is responsible for selling two of the managers stated mainstays thus undermining him, which is the source of his ire and frustration this season and likely the cause of any planned exit at the end of this season.





    Too true fella, maybe one day they’ll get it.


    Awe this denial from some Cellic suck ups, it’ll probably take the stopping of 8 in a row, never mind 10, before these conceited, smug, green huns, actually realize just how easily that they’ve been played.


    You really have ask…..who are the real gullibilly’s ?







  13. Good morning CQN from a dark, dank and dreich Garngad



    Not long now to the Famous Glasgow Celtic take to the paradise playing surface, under the floodlights on a wet Autumnal evening, the grass glistening with rain drops as the lights shine down.






    D. :)

  14. I hope there is a full house on Thursday with all the gullible Celtic fans although I doubt it.


    I hope we win 8,9,10 in a row.


    I wonder what some people will do if we win 8,9,10 IAR, they won’t have anything to moan about.


    We have no divine right to win any game, cup or league.


    Aye we made an arse of the transfer window, so feck, do we all stop watching/supporting our beloved hoops?



    Nah no me.






    D. :)

  15. Good morning, friends from a fairly wet and dreich East Kilbride although at least the wild winds have died down to a gentle breeze. Talking of gentle breeze, here’s hoping that’s what it’ll be (for us!) in just 2 more sleeps time ;-)

  16. Thanks for the weather update from home Jobo. I predict stormy weather if we don’t breeze the game on Thursday, but I am confident that we will get back on top of this season. Hail Hail

  17. Apologies if I have missed it being mentioned,but in all of the discussion around Peat The Cheat’s comments about extending the 2007/8 season,one very salient point appears to have been missed.


    That is,the season COULDN’T have been extended any longer than it was.


    Euro 2008 took place that year in Austria/Switzerland.


    Celtic had 3 players called up by their countries for that tournament (Boruc,Samaras and Vennegoor of Hesselink).


    In addition,McDonald and Nakamura were called up for their countries for games they had scheduled.


    As far as I understand it,the national associations were prepared to go along with accommodating a short extension to the Scottish season but demanded their players report for international duty no later than the Friday after the game at Tannadice.


    With this in mind,if the SFA had extended the season any further then Celtic could/would have invoked the 3 players out/game postponed rule.


    This would have meant the SPL season extending beyond the EUROs resulting in NO Scottish teams in a EUFA club tournament because the league hadn’t been decided.


    I would be happy if someone could point out any flaws in this post.



  18. What is the Stars on

    Dembele and Armstrong left because they wanted to.


    They wanted to earn more money in a higher standard league while they could. Its a short career.


    Or Peter Lawwell forced them out door cos he’s a fat greedy bassa who is addicted to hoarding money. Both players cried bitter tears into their green and white hankies as they were led kicking and screaming down the heated driveway.


    Beleive which ever version suits your world view

  19. Canamalar @ 5.25



    “which is the source of his ire and frustration this season and likely the cause of any planned exit at the end of this season.



    Why would he NOT plan his exit to co-incide with the period of his ire and frustration?


    Why did he stay on this year if this was a dealbreaker?


    What would be the source of his “renewed satisfaction”(?) if he stayed on for the 2019/20 season?



    Sometimes, the psychology of people’s behaviour does not seem to match with the purported emotions and attitudes that are ascribed to them.



    Why, in this case, does it not fit? (BTW, I am accepting that he was frustrated with the transfer dealings and that his dissatisfaction extended to the recruitment process, including, most likely, Peter Lawwell’s role in this.

  20. Kev (without the J) @ 5.40



    “It’ll probably take the stopping of 8 in a row, never mind 10, before these conceited, smug, green huns, actually realize just how easily that they’ve been played.”




    I am sure these events, if they occur, will cause a lot of righteous ire and some self-righteous score-settling, BUT……….



    there have been certain posters who have predicted we would not win the league in 2011/12, that it would never be 2 iar, 3iar, 4,5,6 or 7iar.



    One day, in the indeterminate future, one of these Clockwork Cassandras will be proven right.



    And we’ll never hear the end of them when they are.



    They’re prolific enough when they are regularly dead wrong about the imminent arrival of pitchforks in the car park, so imagine what energy will propel them when they alight on a correct prediction by this blunderbuss approach.

  21. A very clever woman on the radio talking about House of Fraser. Gift cards are now defunct as the store has gone bust , it might have the same name above the store but it doesn’t exist anymore. Surely not!!!!!!!

  22. ” TIMHORTON on 18TH SEPTEMBER 2018 12:10 AM


    playing accross the park for 80% of the game will not help us scorring goals.



    have to be more direct,”



    Do you honestly think it is that simple?




  23. PS Although I have responded to Timhorton to ask my question, anyone else who feels as Tim does can feel free to educate me.

  24. Peats attempt at a dig in the face of a tsunami of evidence of cheating by one club tells you more about him than it does about any prominent club.



    A government agency wrote and demanded details of Rangers player contracts lodged with the SFA. Did Peat demand an immediate investigation – did he blow the whistle along with the numerous other SFA employees who knew about the HMRC demands?


    No – he just got upset that Celtic phoned him to ask that the rules were applied.

  25. This point might have been made already. I was wondering if Ollie’s out of sorts performance on Friday came about as he felt the pressure from the Mulumbu signing.





    Not strictly speaking true-as the rules are that everything must be done to help Rangers!

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