Casino football, G.o.D.


When Ibrox legend Walter Smith issued a statement in June 2012 saying, “We wish the new Rangers Football Club every good fortune”, he no doubt hoped that one day the club would win a major trophy.  That happened yesterday, when Celtic lost only their second domestic trophy since 2016 and their first league in a decade.

Credit where it’s due, “new Rangers Football Club” have yet to lose a league game this season and are worthy winners.  Like old Rangers, they chose to play Casino Football, accumulating £86m in operational losses in their 8-year of financial history, while, as ever, Celtic live within their means.  There is not a hope in hell they would have won the league this season otherwise.

Notwithstanding this, Celtic can reflect on a season of unmitigated failure, and the feeling that they never asked a question of a team who famously bottled every opportunity to win a prize against full time opposition.  Had we got our act together, even as late as January, the outcome may have been different.

Today, the consequences of failure are ours.  We will explore the reasons at the end of the season, none is insurmountable.  The consequences of playing Casio Football are structural and also for a later date.  We got many things wrong this season but trying to live without our means is not one of them.

In January 2005, When Martin O’Neill’s Celtic were sliding below the water line before our eyes, I told you we were 5 years into a Generation of Domination (I was mocked and abused thoroughly for my trouble).  How spectacularly correct that turned out.  It was not a gambler’s hunch; it was the inevitable outcome of how Celtic and Oldco were corporately managed.

I know it’s difficult to step back and look beyond today’s pain, but this is not Self-Flagellation Quick News, I’ll leave that to others.  What was overwhelmingly evident in January 2005 remains so today.  21 years in, we are now in our second successive Generation of Domination (cue 2005’s blind reaction).  All that has changed is the weather, not the climate, so forgive me a lack of panic.


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  1. onenightinlisbon on

    Huns are getting away with financial murder, of that there is no doubt. Let’s concentrate on getting our own very messy football house in order first. They will always be the establishment club and gain from every trick in the book because of this. Just look at the fawning over Slippy and his band of all conquering heroes over the weekend.

  2. Big Jimmy – Don’t let the guy get to you.



    I know what your saying is it only a temporary ban he got or is it as easy as changing 1 digit in your moniker.



    If it was my blog banned would mean banned as in banned from attending football matches for life or 5, 10 years etc not a few weeks.



    Sadly its not my blog.



    Hope you and the wee man are well.



    D :)

  3. All this talk of young progressive managers of Man City getting on board are projects.



    We do not need another project.



    We need a top drawer MANAGER



    In my opinion.



    D :)

  4. !!Bada Bing!! on

    D66- been saying the same, though the Harkin/Maresca thing,would excite me,I think that this is the ideal time to try a new approach.

  5. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Meanwhile, Prince Charles has been fired out to a Covid centre you couldn’t get any more black folk in the picture……

  6. Big McLeish saying Eddie Howe is a stick on for the managers job at Celtic,I’m that confident that he will not be ,it’s a cert he will end up at either West Brom,Sheffield Utd ,Newcastle ,Crystal Palace or Fulham, I’m sure he will be approached by Crystal place or Newcastle,

  7. BIG JIMMY on 9TH MARCH 2021 8:39 AM


    FAO DAVID66…




    I have Emailed Paul67 this morning about this ” New” Poster who has suddenly appeared since yesterday…I will wait til Tomorrow to see if Paul can confirm IF its the same Chump as last time ?



    I KNOW what you are saying about ignoring him, but its much more than that as the ” Original” Chump who finally was banned from here has a History of causing arguments on here and he also told BLATANT LIES about my personal life on here, DESPITE ME warning him about his LIES.




    IF its the same Chump/Roaster/Space Cadet/Moron as before, its only a matter of time before he causes more trouble on this Blog.



    I will also be very angry that CQN has allowed HIM to Post on here again…IF its the same Chump….and I believe it is.



    All he has done since yesterday is place a ” 1″ beside his Moniker, which he used before….That in itself tells me that it IS the very same Moron/Chump as before, as he woulnt be smart enough to change his Moniker…and because he was/is a Serial Attention Seeker, he wouldnt wish to divert too much from his original Moniker, as he would want Posters on here to KNOW that he was back, given the high opiniuon that he has of himself.



    Stay safe mate.





    Re. your post above. My moniker contains the word “Original”. I happened to make a very short post yesterday re. Bolingoli’s COVID test.



    I would be very grateful if you could make it clear that I’m not the Chump you’re referring to.