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Celtic 1-0 St Johnstone

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The champions stretched some of the limbs from their squad against St Johnstone tonight as a first half Anthony Stokes goal secured the points.  It was one of those rare, balmy, Celtic Park occasions when three or four layers of clothing were sufficient, not the customary seven or eight.

Highlight for the evening was the standing ovation for captain-for-the-night, Mark Wilson.  A 22-year-old Wilson joined Celtic over six years ago and provided us with some great memories, most notably his Scottish Cup-tie winning goal against Rangers last season, but his career has been blighted by injury since late 2006, robbing him of hundreds of appearances for the team he has supported all his life.

Moh Bangura had a rare 90 minutes and was unfortunate not to open his Celtic scoring account.  Anthony Stokes played a drear cross-field pass to Bangura, who was some 40 yards away.  The striker from Sierra Leone had options but made space for a shot which rebounded back off the post.

Bangura has a hand in Stokes earlier goal.  He got a touch on a 28th minute corner pushing the ball to Stokes who finished clinically.

Thereafter the outcome was never in doubt, although Celtic were seldom clinical.  21-year-old Nigerian Rabiu Ibrahim made his Celtic on 74 minutes when he replaced Kris Commons and looked comfortable on the ball.

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  1. Jeeeeezuss

     

    Still bombarded with everything newco and everything liquidation

     

    Starting to sound like the boring wee guys in parkas who stood on the the terracing years ago with a Solid State transistor radio glued to their ears and tried to give everyone roundabout them a running commentary on the Huns game. On more than one occasion it was put to them “STFU were here to watch the Celtic ”

     

    Anyway nice to see an improvement on last nights crowd from Sunday………..well at least there were a few more seats occupied in the directors box

  2. Championee Spring morning in the drought soaked Chilterns…

     

     

    Great to see some players get a run out yesterday, wee bit disjointed as you’d expect but never looking second best and some youches of class.

     

     

    Good luck to Mark Wilson, nice to see himm getting a good send off.

     

     

    R@ngers never seem to take my advice but I’ll keep trying.

     

     

    “If it sounds too good to be true it probably is!”

     

     

    CelticCelticThat’sTheTeamFurMe!!!

  3. time for change on 4 May, 2012 at 09:49 said:

     

    Technical advice sought!

     

     

     

    I have had a HTC Desire for past two years. Use it all day long in my car to post in here. Facebook and emails great.

     

     

    Due an upgrade and will probably stay with HTC.

     

     

    Do not have Skygo but You Tube is good quality.

  4. Greenjrdi

     

     

    Mark Wilson played the whole second half at Old Trafford with broken bones in his foot.

     

     

    Wee niggels indeed!!!!

  5. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Folly , folly- it’ll be like the ole Scooby Doo.

     

    ‘Bill Miller’ will turn out, once he’s unmasked to be a completely different person from a Tennessee Towtruck Trillionaire.

     

     

    He’s probably ole Ernie Lynch, pullin’ the ole wool over everybody’s eyes, the wee scamp.

  6. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Miller,the huns and the fourth estate are colluding to rip the count right out of Scottish football.

     

     

    The necrophiles are getting ready to spread the blue worm,gadz.

  7. Time for change

     

     

    I have a Samsung galaxy s2. (there may a newer version) Great for web, email, pictures and brilliant for Sky Go. Video and screen awesome. Some great apps for free music and videos also on the android thingy.

     

     

    Also has a flash player. Iphone doen’t. Not sure about HTC.

  8. Kittich

     

     

    I played 2 hours of softball with a broken big toe (broken in the 1st minute)! It was only in the changing rooms afterwards that I realised I had damaged it due to the adrenalin in my body. I didn’t feel a thing for the entire game. I thought it was just a wee bit painful.

     

     

    Wilson IMO has taken far more out if us than he ever gave back!

  9. Lenn nmcmallby

     

     

    its Ok to use that word you changed on here now!

     

     

    ;-)

  10. Ooh! While I’m @ it…

     

     

    Southern Gentleelmen Men are no’ Yankees

     

     

    They’reTheFinestTeamInScotland!

  11. greenjedi on 4 May, 2012 at 10:06 said:

     

     

    Are you same a game of rounders is the same as a champions league game?

  12. jungle jam67 on

    time for change on 4 May, 2012 at 09:49 said:

     

    Technical advice sought!

     

     

    All comes down to budget .

     

    If you have sky sports And movies you can access them on the sky go app for free.

     

    If not in wifi zone it will us your data allowance on 3G

     

    Advised a few work mate when then saw what I had and all went for the iPhone 4or 4s model with the 3g network with all you can eat data

     

     

    Jam67

  13. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on 4 May, 2012 at 09:41 said:

     

    Big Joe on 4 May, 2012 at 09:11

     

     

    And all the best from sunny Spain

     

     

    Live long and prosper

     

     

    BigjoestillNotwellish

  14. Ellboy - I am Neil Lennon, YNWA. on

    Headtheball

     

     

    Like yourself & probably most people, I would have thought so too.

     

     

    Strange then that nobody within the media or the games authorities seem to be mentioning it?

     

     

    If flouting UEFA’s rules means exclusion from European competition’s for all Scottish clubs? Then who exactly would this effect? Certainly not the Dunfermline’s of the game. Which is why clubs like them will always vote a newco back in. The argument for doing so is all financial, well what about the millions lost in commercial revenue to Celtic, Scottish Football & all levels of the game? A Rangers newco has to mean the whole of the Scottish game cut-off from European & World level football. Our game is already at a low ebb in the eyes of most, can you imagine what the views would be towards a forever tainted league?

     

     

    Tainted Rangers, no question. Tainted Newco & the whole of the Scottish game, surely not an option common sense has to prevail. Although I wont hold my breath.

  15. googybhoy ♥ Celtic and Integrity on 4 May, 2012 at 10:07 said:

     

    Captured on 4 May, 2012 at 10:02 said:

     

    Time for change

     

     

    Does your Flash Player have his own.MAC?

     

     

    ;);););););););););)

     

     

    share on F’book or Twitter

     

     ……………………………..

     

     

    :) I only open it when I see something I like

  16. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    hen1rik on 4 May, 2012 at 09:54 said:

     

    Naughty.

     

    Very naughty.

     

    But…………..somehow,hilarious.

  17. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Big Joe on 4 May, 2012 at 10:10 said:

     

     

    My troublean` is Latina.

     

    Really fancy a wee spell in Espana.

     

    Time will tell.

     

    Get well,my Tim pal.

  18. celticinthesun on

    UEFA statement on Newcos…

     

     

    “Clubs are not allowed to change their legal form or structure in order to obtain a licence, simply by ‘cleaning up’ their balance sheet while offloading debts – thus harming creditors (including employees and social/tax authorities) as well as threatening the INTEGRITY OF SPORTING COMPETITION.

     

     

    Anysuch alteration of a club’s legal form or structure is deemed to be an interruption to its membership of a UEFA member association and, consequently, three years must pass before a club can apply again for a UEFA licence. In other words, the three-year rule is designed basically to avoid circumvention of the club licensing system.”

     

     

    Do the SFA have a different view to them than UEFA?

     

     

    If the do they should deny a newco a license or at best relegate them to the bottom tier.

     

     

    Or UEFA are wrong in their assertions.

     

     

    Or Rangers are more important than the INTEGRITY OF SPORTING COMPETITION.

  19. Snake Plissken on 4 May, 2012 at 09:55 said:

     

     

    I wonder what Darryl will say when i ask him this ? on SSB.

  20. Greenjedi

     

     

    Broken toes and broken bones in your foot are completely different levels of pain.

     

     

    Football requires the ball to be in contact with the broken bones

     

     

    I have no idea what softballs requires but it aint as physical as football

  21. So RFC(IA) are ‘dedicating’ the number 12 jersey to their fans next season.

     

    The current player wearing this number is Lee Wallace. Are we to see another player sol, before he’s been fully paid for?

     

    Or as I’d prefer, Hearts recall him, and ask for payment due to wear and tear from RFC(AI)

     

     

    Want your history? Pay your taxes.

  22. Celtic Underground ‏ @celticrumours

     

    Hearing we are very keen on mcleary of Nottingham forest. Left winger available on a bosman. May well be a guest at hearts game.

  23. So Boss Hogg Miller states rangers will only spend the money they generate and not a penny more.

     

     

    Effectively telling the bares he will own the club but they will pay for everything.

     

     

    I dont know why FPLG was cracking up at the SFA, the new owner has imposed his own transfer ban.

     

     

    Move over Craigy Bhoy, there is a new hero in town…

  24. BigJoe – Get well soon, always a breath of fresh air…

     

     

    Got to say Alex Thomson was excellent last night told it how it was, this man is passionate about the truth without fear or favour.

     

     

    TheyReignSupremeWhereTheGameOfSoccerball’sKnown

  25. pedrocaravanachio67 on

    hen1rik on 4 May, 2012 at 09:54 said:

     

    A Must see! http://youtu.be/ek7SfViBvJs

     

     

    Jeezo, thought that guys head was going to explode…… might have been better with a banjo though.

     

     

    oneeyetwistingwhentheotheronesstickingCSC

  26. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Duh,duh,duh duh…..

     

     

    ‘Their creepy and their kooky,

     

    Mysterious and spooky,

     

    Their altogether ooky,

     

    The Ibrox Family.

     

     

    Their house is a museum,

     

    Where the Peepil come to see ’em,

     

    They really are a scream,

     

    The Ibrox Family.

     

     

    So get a witches shawl on,

     

    A broomstick you can crawl on,

     

    Were gonna pay a call on,

     

    The Ibrox Family!

     

     

    Duh,duh,duh,duh…….

  27. Criag Whyte still the only show in town…

     

     

    Many questions remain unanswered over the immediate and long-term future of Rangers despite Bill Miller being named preferred bidder.

     

     

    Miller hopes to complete the purchase of the administration-hit club’s assets before next weekend, thus potentially avoiding Scottish Premier League penalties.

     

     

    Miller had previously demanded the absence of football sanctions next season and SPL clubs adjourned a vote on financial fair play proposals until Monday. Rules on points and financial deductions would not come into effect until the following Monday.

     

     

    But there has been no confirmation from the SPL or Scottish Football Association over any assurances made, only that talks continue.

     

     

    The SPL board would need to consider an application from Miller’s new company to acquire Rangers’ share in the competition but the American’s plan to complete next week effectively relies on a new club entering the competition during a season.

     

     

    An appeal against an SFA transfer embargo remains outstanding while an SPL investigation over alleged undisclosed payments to players is ongoing. A newco club would also likely be barred from European competition for three years, an issue which failed bidders the Blue Knights have highlighted as a big financial drawback to Miller’s plan.

     

     

    Miller would have to persuade players to transfer to his new company given that PFA Scotland believe they could walk away for nothing under UK employment law. The continuity of the club is also in doubt despite administrators stressing that Miller’s plan does not involve liquidation.

     

     

    If the two-stage plan succeeded, the original Rangers Football Club would come out of administration and merge with Miller’s so-called “incubator” company.

     

     

    That would rely on a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) being agreed and the acquisition of Craig Whyte’s 85% stake, two reasons put forward by administrators Duff and Phelps as stumbling blocks to the Blue Knights’ proposal. So liquidation remains a possibility.

     

     

    Neil Patey, football finance expert at accountants Ernst & Young, said: “Whyte will still have to come to the party and agree to the CVA and agree to transfer his shares to Bill Miller if they are going to avoid liquidation of the existing Rangers company.”

  28. West Wales Celt on

    Time for change:

     

    There is an upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy S2. Its the Galaxy Note. Its a ‘phablet’ with a huge screen and scribing pen to write notes, etc. Amazing bit of kit. I’ve recently moved to it from an iPhone and have no regrets. I can watch football through reputable and less reputable sources and get amazing quality. It plugs and plays through a USB on my car stereo, whereas my iPhone connected by this route would merely inform me charging was not available!

     

     

    I adore Mac computers and would never go back to a pc but Apple have been left behind in terms of phones…

  29. It seems that what’s happening with the huns is either completely chaotic with them lurching drunkenly from one morass to another or we are watching a charade being played out to an overall master plan with a specific goal for the benefit of a specific individual or group of individuals.

     

     

    On balance I’m inclined to favour the latter explanation. I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.

     

     

    The idea of transferring the assets to a newco whilst the oldco is still in existence is interesting. That would of course jeopardise Whyte’s floating charge and leave him exposed. If that happens he can move to wind up old co at which point his floating charge attaches (crystallises). Maybe that’s the intention.

  30. hen1rik on 4 May, 2012 at 09:54 said:

     

    A Must see! http://youtu.be/ek7SfViBvJs

     

     

    share on F’book or Twitter

     

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    I can see a new group being formed with “wee wullie bluenose” and “Shuggie walk on ward” I’m sure there is a name for this duo?

  31. hen1rik on 4 May, 2012 at 10:21 said:

     

    according to a forest forum he is in talks with reading

  32. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Just the good ol’ bhoys,

     

    Never meanin’ no harm,

     

    Beats all you’ve ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born.

     

     

    Straight’nin’ the curve,

     

    Flat’nin’ the hills.

     

    Someday the mountain might get ’em, but the law never will.

     

     

    Makin’ their way,

     

    The only way they know how,

     

    That’s just a little bit more than the law will allow.

     

     

    Just good ol’ bhoys,

     

    Wouldn’t change if they could,

     

    Fightin’ the system like a true modern day Harry Hood.

     

     

    DBBIA/Willie Nelson CSC