Celtic well below peak condition, Hibs and Best of the Rest title


With one week before Champions League qualification gets underway, Celtic play their third and final warm-up game against Swiss’ St Gallen tonight.  Three games is not sufficient to get players anywhere near peak fitness, but next week’s opponents, Sarajevo, have played only twice since their season ended in May, their final game, a defeat on Sunday.

While we may be well below peak condition, at least we should be better prepared than the other guys.

There is always some trepidation when an unknown helicopters in to buy a football club, but most Hibs fans will be happy that Rod Petrie has been emptied out of the club today as he and Sir Tom Farmer sold their shares to a Peruvian – surely the only man from Peru called Ronald Gordon.

Hibs were the last club to win a trophy before the Celtic monopoly began.  They are now debt free, have a suitable stadium and competent backroom team.  They are also not Hearts, so have a great deal going for them.

What is not clear is why a Peruvian has bought into Scottish football or what he intends to do with Hibernian.  Putting a challenge into Celtic will be difficult, but if he can work the South American market successfully, Hibs could be in the mix for the celebrated Best of the Rest title.  Which would be fun to watch.

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  1. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Leicester knock back £70 million for Slabheid,would struggle to make Top 20 CBs in World football…

  2. Paul67



    Fitness reasonable, more a personnel battle with the first CL deadline on Thursday?



    Content to wait for a ‘proper RB’ to flank Jullien at CB, no point breaking transfer records to backfill the squad with Bosmans, for the early qualifiers.



    £3M for a LB with KT remaining at the club seems unlikely, so don’t no whether to be happy about Boli.

  3. Looks like Hibs are getting some serious investment.. hope they outspend Sevco ..



    Scotland’s green & white! ?

  4. Bada Bing,Slapheid,ie Harry McGuire,good centre half,but like your half baked ,all things Celtic ,I’ll take with a pinch of salt ????



    I agree.Not a great deal better than Mc Kenna.The EPL is a total disgrace,but it does come to an end sometimes.Arsenal,who raked in a fortune in transfers,with,the shrewd Frenchman in charge,for over a decade,now being told they are a disgrace for only offering,£40 million,yes a paltry,£40 million,for a player,who has good attributes,but only in flashes.Madness has taken over.Arsenal only have £40 -50million to spend.My heart bleeds.Man U give a player not long out of nappies,£200,000 a week.

  6. the article on Christie was good read



    hope his enthusiasm to prove his worth lasts long into the season :-))









  7. !!Bada Bing!! on

    TIMBHOY2 on 2ND JULY 2019 12:55 PM


    Bada Bing,Slapheid,ie Harry McGuire,good centre half,but like your half baked ,all things Celtic ,I’ll take with a pinch of salt ????



    Aye whatever

  8. quadrophenian on

    According to a savvy taxi driver I know from Lima, Ronald is certainly football finance savvy.


    In fact, he’s a peru-ven quantity around the local Primera División.



    I’ll get ma coat…

  9. Fool Time Whistle on

    Celtic 11 versus St Gallen U21s FT 9-1 to the over 21s.



    Goals from Henderson, @Leighgriff09 (4), @Scotty_Sinclair (2), @10LewisMorgan and @kdembele_10 seal an emphatic pre-season win for the Bhoys



    Karamoko gets off the mark & Griff gets 4….




  10. HeknowsWHOknows on

    Paul et all,



    Hoopy Tuesday to all…



    So I read with interest Arse NAL legends are claiming Mr. Celtic a.k.a. Our Kieran may be priced out a move by the club!?!?




    I would like to just say one thing if you think he is good enough, then stump up £39 million up-front as well as the additional add-ons and give us something to consider. Otherwise keep following the mighty Old Folks of Govan!!





  11. traditionalist88 on

    Is slating English transfer activity the new slating Celtic transfer activity?



    Because things have certainly gone quiet on the latter.



    A few sheepish posts and a few have decided to rap it until they see the end result of the transfer window, which is precisely what a minority of us were advocating.



    Live and learn bhoys.




  12. Fool Time Whistle on

    Celtic team that played St Gallen Under 21s this morning



    Gordon, Morrison, Hendry, Welsh, Gutman, Bitton, Hendrson, Sinclair, Christie. Morag & Griffiths. Subs Doohan, Okoflex, Dembele.




  13. quadrophenian on

    FTW: In fairness, Morag’s been a revelation since stepping out for the lady Tic ;)

  14. Asupporterwhogotlucky on

    Had to double check the date, to see if it was April 1st when i peeked at John James website this morning !!








  15. Funny watching the Arsenal fans talk about Tierney as a “done deal”



    They also think they are getting Zaha (despite the fact all the have done is pissed Palace off) and Fekir




  16. Fool Time Whistle on

    QUADROPHENIAN on 2ND JULY 2019 1:50 PM


    FTW: In fairness, Morag’s been a revelation since stepping out for the lady Tic ;)





    Morag, Angus Og & Lachie Mor CSC

  17. The Star above The Crest on

    Hello all, looking for some advice. Would anyone happen to know of somewhere in Cape Verde that’s showing the game tonight? I’ve checked Celtic bars and they suggested a pub called the Dubliner but they’re not showing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance HH ???

  18. eddieinkirkmichael on




    Hesgoal streaming site is usually reliable even for friendly games ???

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