Bookies, taxi drivers and Best of the Rest


I know we’ve touched on this recently but it’s worth repeating.  Celtic will meet with and speak to many candidates for the manager’s job.  Some will be genuine ‘targets’, some will be applicants, who the club meet out of courtesy, some will be more general fishing exercises.

Agents, taxi drivers, hotel staff and grannies will get wind, so information slips out.  As a result, this information attracts considerably more weight that the unknown activity which is going on simultaneously.

If the bookies know Celtic have met someone, that person becomes favourite for the job, because the bookies know very little about what is going on.  Bookies know they are in the dark, so the risk of a significant exposure on one position is great.  Their market can also quickly become illiquid, not allowing them to defray the risk.

Right now Celtic are still considering options, no one has been offered anything.  Even when they get to offer stage, there will still be a way to go before an appointment is made.

I see Aberdeen have signed two new players this week, as well as securing one of last season’s loaners on a permanent deal, and extending the contracts of Anderson, Robson and Nicky Low.  These are the actions of a solvent, forward-planning football club, and they’re not alone in the Premiership.  If you’re betting on anything, back them as Best of the Rest, but it’s probably more profitable to keep your cash in your pocket.

If you missed it yesterday………

Lisbon Lion John Hughes is joining Brogan Rogan, Auldheid and Angela Haggerty for a CQN Question and Answer evening at the Manor Club, Wimbledon, on 21 June. The event is ticket only, so let me know if you would like to attend, celticquicknews@gmail.com

Visit the CQN Bookstore to get Tommy Gemmell to sign your personal copy of his tome, All the Best.

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  1. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on

    belated happy birthday to BMCUWP sister



    hope it was a good one




  2. ShamelessOpportunismCSC



    I shall now do the decent thing and read the article! I know…. Only cheating myself, etc



    HH jamesgang

  3. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    12:40 on 29 May, 2014





    Nope. You’re wrong again.



    Read what I wrote.




  4. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on




    12:41 on 29 May, 2014


    I’m just going to leave this here for the lunch shift.









    I kind of wish that I hadn’t opened that link.

  5. Taxi drivers know more than agents and the smsm!



    A taxi driver told me, so it must be true!







    ***Hey Bhoys and Ghirls, it’s super, smashing, great to be back. Today’s exciting episode is rebranded to reflect a classic corcker of a quiz question****



    So here goes with an legendary teaser:


    Name the 5 English and 5 Scottish league sides whose names begina and end with the same letter.



    Some of you may know this one so don’t be spoiling it for others.



    ***The rules of the game are always the same.


    No search engines please, you’re only cheating yourself***

  7. Sipsini



    Cheers pal. Despite the wifi on scotrail coming into Edinburgh!



    Lucky shot. Sclaffed in.



    Aff oot. Meetings!



    HH jamesgang

  8. AlbertKiddCSC on

    Aston Villa




    Charlton Athletic






    Dundee United

  9. IGC



    12:44 on 29 May, 2014



    ‘Some of you may know this one so don’t be spoiling it for others.’







    What kind of quiz rule is that?

  10. Paul67



    We going to get your opinion on who you would like to see in the hotseat and why ?



    Maybe iv missed it… Cant get on much at moment.

  11. Actually i got them all right away but I just didn’t want to spoil it for everyone else :)

  12. IGC



    12:53 on 29 May, 2014



    ‘What with the new hair and a penchant for singing, I can’t help thinking that Stokesy is lining himself up as the next Belfast Elvis…’







    So long as he doesn’t beat himself up about it.

  13. Our next manager will come from a tip from a hackney driver.


    Grannies are old hat lol



    Anyone else imitating kevin gallagher saying ohwt,owwt.? Cant get it either :-)


    SFTB old blog :-)

  14. Today’s Quote is


    Nature has given to us the seeds of knowledge, not knowledge itself.


    BY Lucius Annæus Seneca

  15. Liverpool Celtic


    York City Alloa


    Northampton Town Dundee Utd


    Charlton Athletic Kilmarnock


    East Stirlingshire



    Can’t get the 5th English team, without doing a “Minty”, and cheating!




  16. Sorry Jonny the Tim, can’t have it both ways:



    Alloa (Athletic)


    Charton Athletic.



    I will accept the latter and not the former.

  17. Steinreignedsupreme on






    EXCLUSIVE by Matthew Dimsay and Chris Joke



    CELTIC defender Charlie Mulgrew has admitted to making an illegal bet on Scotland 2-2 draw with Nigeria, a match that has been under investigation for dodgy gambling practices from the National Crime Agency.



    Mulgrew scored with what appeared to be a speculative flick to open the scoring at Craven Cottage, but it has now emerged there is something more sinister behind the goal.



    Rangers legendary manager Ally McCoist claimed illegal betting is rife throughout Scottish football in what is clearly prophetic words regarding the situation.



    The Gers boss, who is aiming for his third successive Scottish title next season, made his comments after midfielder Ian Black was signalled out for punishment because of a misunderstanding regarding the rules.



    But Mulgrew has no such excuses and both the player and Celtic are likely to land in hot water with the Interpol, Police Scotland, the SFA, the NCR, the FBI, UEFA, FIFA and NASA.



    Celtic will almost certainly be kicked out of Europe for at least three years, as UEFA has set the president after Rangers were on the brink, while Mulgrew’s club now face liquidation.



    “Just to clear it up I meant last night’s goal. And I had a fiver on it,” Mulgrew stated on his twitter account.



    The 26-year-old, who is in his second spell with Celtic, then tried to backtrack when he stated: “Think I’ll need to delete that”.



    But the damage appears to have been done. There is no place for this kind of activity in Scottish football.

  18. Jelly And Gelato on

    I’ll admit to some help from some posters above…





    Dundee United




    East Stirlingshire


    East Fife





    York City


    Northhampton Town


    Aston Villa


    Charlton Athletic

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