Blinkered Views risky punt against St Mirren


In his Bookies Corner article for the current issue of CQN Magazine, columnist, Blinkered Views, suggested St Mirren offered good value for a punt on relegation.  I spoke to him when he submitted the article and suggested, “Surely Dunfermline?”  He agreed Dunfermline were most likely for the drop but they offered no value.  St Mirren, on the other hand, were 9/1 for the drop and he made a good case why this was worth a bet.

St Mirren promptly spoiled Christmas for thousands (not your or me) by coming from behind to beat Rangers but that has been their only win in 8 league games.  We also don’t need to be reminded that when visiting St Mirren Park, form is a poor guide.  Celtic exited the Scottish Cup there a week after beating Saints 7-0 at Celtic Park.  They are a team who can raise their game for the big occasion and the visit of Celtic, live on TV, is as big as it gets around Paisley.

Paddy McCourt has enjoyed his visits there and has been key to Celtic collecting the points a couple of times.  Don’t be surprised if he makes a match winning appearance from the bench.

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  1. I think We will gub the Saints big time tomorrow,Stokes and Hooper getting 2 each..this is a must win,I think we play catch up for a while after tomorrow.

  2. I have no wish to be called a current but l am a wee bit worried by the fact that we are not killing teams off.



    I know we are on a great run of wins but l feel if we lose the first goal we could be in bother.



    I am alone in my thoughts? Am l worried over nothing?




  3. Steinreignedsupreme says:


    20 January, 2012 at 12:45



    You may well be right. The fact he’s hardly played up to now, and there is increasing competition for places, suggests to me that his chances of playing in the second half of the season will be even more limited than in the first.


    Is the player happy with a couple of minutes here and there?

  4. RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 on

    I want to thank all those who visited my son Tony’s blogsite recently.



    His trip of a lifetime to see the Celts on January 14 exceeded his wildest dreams.



    His account of the trip can be found on this link



    Paul67, thnaks for everything.


    James Johnstone, we’ll never forget.


    Peter Mullan you are always a star.


    Cath Morrison, Leslie Walsh – a special mention.


    Maureen and Paul Nicolson – a special mention


    Top Corner (I Think) thanks for sending the dedication to Gregor Kyle.



    We’re not getting carried away either, BUT Tony and his Mum and I spent three days at the Johns Hopkins Hospital , Baltimore.


    The effect was positve and Tony writes of them here



    Don’t Shrink – Fight ALS/MND






  5. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Kayal 33-The urban myth that the Sheepies give the huns a hard time,is borne out by the fact they haven’t won at Poundland in about 21 years.A wee draw would be nice though ;)

  6. Sonofdan



    That is how l wish l felt-)



    I was more confident of winning this league when we were 15pts behind, now l have the jitters.



    Life is sweet when your a nervous wreck -)




  7. If only I had a pile of mouse traps lying around i’d punt them outside the ground before the match in true “2 furra pund” style.


    One in each jacket pocket ought to send a message about ‘random’ searches :]




  8. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 says:


    20 January, 2012 at 12:58



    St mirren and St johnstone had poor records at poundland up until this season, Aberdeen are poor but jack n victor can set them out to be difficult to beat. If we do the business and go 5 clear it will be interesting to see how they react.

  9. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I think Lennon is dong a good job at Saints and has them playing some nice football anyone who thinks we will win by 4 or 5 goals must be taking happy pills.We are looking for our 12th win in a row but we are not winning by big margins it has been more likely the odd goal.We need to start putting teams away we play a lot of good passing football but sometimes I feel we take one pass to many we dont need to walk the ball into the net so when we see the goal we should have a go I will go for 0-2 to Celtic.H.H.

  10. RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 – Great story and great blog. You are right with one thing, Cath Morrison is a star! As is her brother….

  11. From the bare facts which I have gleaned any attempt at a ‘random search’ of a musk ox would be extremely foolhardy, and likely to result in severe, possibly even fatal, injury to the searcher.

  12. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Kayal33: 20 January, 2012 at 12:57



    “You may well be right. The fact he’s hardly played up to now, and there is increasing competition for places, suggests to me that his chances of playing in the second half of the season will be even more limited than in the first.



    “Is the player happy with a couple of minutes here and there?”



    I wouldn’t expect him to be happy about not playing regularly and I’m sure he’s pretty frustrated. But he still has a part to play and I’m sure Lenny has drummed that into him.



    He’s not at Derry City now where he was an automatic pick. Paddy has to fight for his place at Celtic and he is a better player for that. I’m sure he’ll make vital contributions in the second part of the season.

  13. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:




    Thanks for the compliment but the public have spoken and you’ve received all the plaudits.- btw, if took a while for me to find out what LMFAO meant.



    My regards

  14. Harry Redknapp is to face trial accused of tax evasion relating to his time as manager of Portsmouth Football Club. The trial is due to start Monday 23rd January, and is likely to last for two weeks. Two payments totalling $295,000 (about £183,000) were allegedly made by Mr Mandaric to a Monaco bank account opened by Mr Redknapp, apparently linked to a bonus scheme where Redknapp was given a small percentage of any profits from transfers… the moral implications notwithstanding, that last bit isn’t actually linked to the charge.



    The prosecution allege that these payments were concealed in order to avoid the income tax and national insurance contributions for which the club was liable, as his employer, to pay. Redknapp has entered a plea of not guilty.



    When dealing with serious tax evasion, the CPS often prefer to charge a suspect with the common law offence of cheating the public revenue. Cheating the public revenue must be tried in the Crown Court and cannot be tried in the magistrates’ court. On conviction, the maximum penalty that can be imposed is life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.



    Any sentence or fine is based on the seriousness and amount and is decided upon by the judge, but imprisonment of around two years is apparently the likely outcome as for the past few years the CPS have been cracking down on this offence and preferring jail time over fines.



    SOOOO… After reading the above, If the tribuanal find against rangers, who would be up in court on criminal charges?




  15. sanna….


    you have mail


    ghuys….i think the KANO end of season bash may be a right good ‘un


    the title will be close by then and lennons thunder squad will be in full swing


    back the team ….and back the foundation…we unite….we conquer …simple


    hail hail to all in tim land



  16. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Kayal 33- good point mate,but i have no faith in 2 dyed in the wool huns Knox and Brown.They know the hun is struggling.

  17. playfusbal4dguilders on

    From BBC



    1323 FOOTBALL: Rangers manager Ally McCoist is hopeful of a quick conclusion to the signing of Mervan Celik. The Swedish midfielder, 21, is undergoing a medical with the Scottish champions today. McCoist said: “We are well into it at the moment. Mervan is just seeing the quack and psychologist and undergoing a labotamy.”




  18. The Prince of Goalkeepers on

    ASonOfDan says:


    20 January, 2012 at 13:27



    Looks like its the employee thats being charged rather than the employer in this case…which doesn’t bode well for charges against those in positions of power at Rankers during the EBD days…

  19. A few wee questions for you all regarding the recruiting of a CF.



    Do you think we would seriously be interested in a CF who plays in the second tier league, but is the top scorer at this level with over twenty goals in just shy of 30 games?



    Do you think we would seriously be interested in a CF who has in the past six months played the first tier champions in a cup competition and scored two goals knocking the first tier champions out of cup?



    Do you think we would seriously be interested in a CF who is in his mid-twenties and only has six months left on his current contract?



    Do you think we would seriously be interested in a CF who could cost in the region of £200K?



    If so then why haven’t we?



    His name is Farid El Allagui and he plays for Falkirk for Big Elvis!



    We’ve been linked with Vardy of non-league Fleetwood and I’ve openly heard people discusing the idea of spend £1M on such a player.


    I know we have even been linked with the lad Donnelly of division 2 Airdrie with a figure of £200K to £300K being quoted.



    I just can’t understand why Farid has been overlooked.


    It doesn’t make sense to ignore a player with such a record and we can’t forget the fact that he is already proven Hunskelper!



    Come on Celtic, you know it makes sense!






    /Bishop B

  20. Celtic Soul Brother- Supporting Kano 1000 on

    RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 says:


    20 January, 2012 at 12:58



    Really uplifting blog from Tony-seems like he had a wonderful weekend and was brilliantly treated by all at Celtic Park.



    Definitely more than just a football club.



    Great news about the Vanessa appeal from the players today as well!



    Hail Hail !

  21. Mr Z


    if you are out there or when you are out there


    thanks for the insight earlier today into the workings of the polish press


    they sometimes say things in print ….that were not said…..assumption ……


    usual no sense….”assume”….it makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me”…..


    i always pass on my regards to our mutual friend…..


    you are talked of many times when the bison grass vodka is mentioned……you have us hooked!!!!!


    hailski hailski



  22. Len Brennan says:


    20 January, 2012 at 13:36



    If we’re going down that route of looking at Div1 players I’d rather we saved the money and develop strikers such as Keatings, Watt, Atajic etc



    Look at the likes of Killen, Murphy etc, fed up with spending money/bringing in players it seems for the sake of spending/bringing in players.



    Upfront we could play with Hooper, Stokes, Samaras and then we could do with one up front but a man behind from players like McGeouch, Ibrahim, Commons, McCourt etc if the strikers got injured.



    Whats the big scare with giving a young lad a chance and the need to go and spend money on second rate squad players?



    Pep Guardiola has so far as manager of Barca brought in 25 players from the B team, why is everyone so scared for us to try out our youngsters?



    The difference in players ability for me isn’t a reason as i could reply with the difference in opposition.



    Lets see the youngsters get a place at least on the bench ahead of the likes of unknown squad players, we’ve far too many quad players also.

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