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. TBFU and ST STIVS






    I wonder if PADDY TURNER still lurks on here?



    Let us know you are OK J?

  2. Lighthouse Family on now.






    Anyone remember them?



    Singin’ “we could be lifted” – no a hun song then.




    You should listen to SMOOTH radio.



    Would calm you down…………a wee bit, mibbe .

  4. Sunday 8th March 1981




    In a few hours time I shall be twenty-seven grand years of age. Paradoxically it will be a happy enough birthday; perhaps that’s because I am free in spirit. I can offer no other reason.


    I was at Mass today, and saw all the lads minus their beards, etc. An American priest said Mass and I went to Communion. One of the lads collapsed before Mass, but he’s all right now. Another was taken out to Musgrave military hospital. These are regular occurrences.



    I am 60.8 kgs today, and have no medical complaints.



    I received another note from my sister Bernie and her boyfriend. It does my heart good to hear from her. I got the Irish News today, which carried some adverts in support of the hunger-strike.



    There is a stand-by doctor who examined me at the weekend, a young man whose name I did not know up until now. Little friendly Dr Ross has been the doctor. He was also the doctor during the last hunger-strike.



    Dr Emerson is, they say, down with the ‘flu… Dr Ross, although friendly, is in my opinion also an examiner of people’s minds. Which reminds me, they haven’t asked me to see a psychiatrist yet. No doubt they will yet, but I won’t see him for I am mentally stable, probably more so than he.



    I read some wild-life articles in various papers, which indeed brought back memories of the once-upon-a-time budding ornithologist! It was a bright pleasant afternoon today and it is a calm evening. It is surprising what even the confined eyes and ears can discover.



    I am awaiting the lark, for spring is all but upon us. How I listened to that lark when I was in H-5, and watched a pair of chaffinches which arrived in February. Now lying on what indeed is my death bed, I still listen even to the black crows.

  5. Paul67. CQN succulent lamb journalism at its best



    Still peddling the PL rubbish



    Live within our means. What a lot of tosh



    19M in bank plus zero debt means a final bonus for Pl



    We could of spent double of what we did this season and still has zero debt



    A club run purely to ensure a CEO got his bonus



    And he got away with due to tripe you write



    Hope you have a big mirror and remember to wear a big bib when you eat your lamb


    IN ITHER news if you were MEGN would you take a weekend away wi yir pals in PARIS.

  7. DANSO_1888 on 8TH MARCH 2021 4:28 PM



    hearing kennedy being seriously considered





    For what?

  8. PCS



    I always thought Charlie was a bit inconsistent.



    My opinion of course.

  9. Paul67 – I agree with your article.



    I say when I don’t and I think therefore it is important to say when I do. Especially today because you’ve put yourself up there to be shot at metaphorically when it would have been easier to hide.



    I might also add that this blog remains head and shoulders above others in relation to Celtic related content.



    Others have my respect in so far as they do sonething im not prepared to and similarly set themselves up for a roasting, so I won’t do them down but I’m not so keen on their style.



    In 2011, maybe before, we were waiting on the inevitable implosion of oldco. Some doubted but I trusted my calculator. It was inevitable. Even as they were winning three in a row and seemingly heading for four the facts were obvious.



    The situation was of course more drastic then. I do t see insolvency this time but I do see cost cutting now that the grail is acquired and time has been bought. CL cash is useful if they can get it but it isn’t game changing. They have had the perfect season, we have aided and abetted it by being utterly useless.



    I have to admit this but in some ways we deserved and maybe needed this because of a growing hubris in our own supporters collective psyche. We were verging on the arrogant inside the club. It cost us and we must learn not to let this happen again.



    I have to laugh at the orcs who are proclaiming their deliverance from the wilderness and their own GoD. Not going to happen. In among the impressive results have been hidden some dreadful performances. Well drilled, know their system – absolutely. But they are not a side who would have won this league had we known how to defend crosses.



    The darkest hour is just before the dawn.

  10. 31003



    Of course it is more complicated than that but I don’t accept that these successful teams do all their back and sideways passing in the final 10 minutes when the game is sown up. Difficult as it is to believe, they are doing this from minutes 0 to 90.



    Of course penetrative passess tell us something else again but it remains a surprise to see such a high and reliable correlation between back passing teams and success.

  11. Jinkyredstar on

    Hot smoked – Cadizzy alive and well, we have regular ‘mutual swearing WhatsApps’ during games.

  12. ST STIVS



    Great pic of Henrik!



    A lot said he was a world class footballer, but I never thought that………………..I believe he was better than that!




  13. Big Jimmy- Wow just spotted that.



    Dont go just avoid him like You would avoid a rabid dug.



    How ard you and wee Rocky



    D :)

  14. Jinkyredstar on

    St Stivs – will do



    Great pic of the nine arches (or erchies as we used to say) – I was there the day they were blown up.

  15. I’d take Kennedy! the most important role is the director of football and recruitment – these are the roles that let Lennon and the club down. Lawell as dir of football and hammond just didn’t deliver !

  16. It just can’t be Kennedy. Even if he has the potential I don’t think his appointment would sell enough season books and merchandise.

  17. I’d prefer JK to go elsewhere and learn. When he proves himself bring him back at the appropriate time

  18. We need a manager that won’t put up with poor individual performances.


    I’m starting to think Roy Keane would be a good fit. He’d also not allow poor refereeing to go by without kicking up a stink.

  19. JINKYREDSTAR on 8TH MARCH 2021 5:29 PM


    St Stivs – will do


    Great pic of the nine arches (or erchies as we used to say) – I was there the day they were blown up.






    So was I, 1970 , but i was only 4, but do have a memory of the soldiers, all the weans and my uncles went up devol glen on the port side, I wasnt prepared for the actual explosions.






    Parkleabowling club and the road in is under water today, pictures on twitter.

  20. Keane wouldn’t put “pals” in the starting eleven if someone else was playing better.


    Keane doesn’t do pals

  21. If we had won the elusive 10, i would have taken Kennedy alongside promotion of the Youth players for the purpose of being played.



    Would have guarenteed those who are stalling or already left(sadly) that this was our plan.



    Would love to see us build a team around Karamoko Dembele for instance.



    I was hoping this was the plan. I don’t want a desperate change just because this extraordinary season has taken place with such f%$#& up outcome.



    Otherwise why have we spent time investing in the youth set up if not to one do a Slazberg, or Barca, or Auxerre or Lyon from years ago.