Central-mid quandary for Celtic


We know what to expect from Aberdeen tonight.  They will flood (pardon the pun) central midfield, defend deeply and, let’s be clear, they will score any time we allow them the kind of space they exploited at Celtic Park this month.

Question is, what will Celtic do about it?  If Stefan Johansen’s ankle knock keeps him out the central-mid triangle of Johansen, Brown and Biton will be disrupted, and surely Neil Lennon will not revert to a central two after the Scottish Cup lesson.  The picture is further complicated by the injury to Emilio Izaguirre, which forced Charlie Mulgrew back at the weekend.  Mulgrew would be a suitable direct replacement for Johansen.

In 10 years doing this stuff I’ve probably used no more than a few dozen words to praise emerging young talent; it’s been a rough decade in that respect.  Without wanting to go overboard in any way, Darnell Fisher has looked more than comfortable at right back in the absence of Mikael Lustig and Adam Matthews.  Darnell’s problem going forward will be that he has two excellent international players ahead of him in the pecking order, but for tonight, I would be tempted to bring Matthews to left back (if he can do it against Barcelona….) and restore Fisher to the right back slot.  This would allow Charlie to sit alongside Scott Brown and Nir Biton in central-mid.

Well done to Frank McAvennie, who is jumping out of an aeroplane 15,000 feet in the air.  You can play your part in this exercise by supporting the Quarriers run, Chavey Down residential home, in Newton Mearns, which helps young people up to the age of 16.

The need is for sensory equipment, toys and wheelchair-appropriate play areas.  To contribute, go to Frank’s JustGiving page, or text FMSD 89 followed by £1, 2, 3, 5, 10 to 70070.

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  1. Hendrix



    Manchester derby played on 10th Nov 2010



    Now to check if there was champs league that night. Sounds about right.

  2. Frank Ryan's Whiskey on

    setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox


    14:57 on


    25 February, 2014





    “Lawyers, judges, teachers, police, insurance men, MPs, PMs, MSM, an bus drivers, no time for any of them.”



    Don’t think bus drivers need to go to uni?





    But no doubt that will be a requirement very soon. Seems that soon you will not be able apply for any job without having a tertiary education, preferably a degree. From my own experience in the oil industry positions that were normally filled by time served mechanics 10 years ago now require a degree. The modern oilfield is now full of guys who can ‘design a jam jar but don’t know how to get the lid off’ and there are dozens of applicants with degrees for each position advertised. However try and find a tradesman to do some work on your property.

  3. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Question for city culinary types.



    Where in Glasgow City centre can a chap get an old fashioned fish supper?

  4. Rangers’ former commercial director Imran Ahmad has failed to ring-fence cash at the club ahead of his bid to secure a £500,000 payout.


    Ahmad, whose employment with Rangers was terminated last year, maintains he is due bonus money.


    His lawyers sought to freeze the cash, arguing that Rangers Football Club Ltd is trading insolvently and would be unable to pay if he won his claim.


    But Lord Tyre rejected the motion for arrestment after an opposed hearing.


    The judge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh was satisfied that a case at first sight had been made out based on a contractual term, a letter from former chief executive Charles Green and an acknowledgement of work that had been done.


    But he was not satisfied that there was a real and substantial risk that enforcement of any court order, if Ahmad succeeded in his claim, would be prejudiced by insolvency.


    A four-day hearing of evidence and legal submissions is due to begin at the same court on 1 April.


    Lord Tyre said that the finances of a company such as Rangers were cyclical and that there is a dip at this time.


    But he found no clear evidence in what had been placed before him that there has been a deterioration in the position since June beyond any cyclical effect.


    The judge said he would not regard it as reasonable in all the circumstances to grant a warrant at a time when Rangers has received a £1.5m working capital injection to take a third of that out of circulation.


    Ahmad, who arrived at Ibrox along with Green, initially intended to pursue £3.4m.


    It emerged earlier this month that Ahmad’s lawyers wished to call Green as a witness, something Rangers are reluctant to see happen.


    Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace is seeking to make savings at the Scottish League One club.


    Last month players refused to accept a 15% pay cut proposal.


    Last week he told Rangers TV: “What I can categorically say is that there is no threat of a second administration.”




    But he found no clear evidence in what had been placed before him that there has been a deterioration in the position since June beyond any cyclical effect.



    Should put an end to all speculation, Sevco in no deep financial difficulty other than normal trading, whats all the fuss about ?

  5. setting free the bears supports res. 12 & oscar knox



    15:23 on 25 February, 2014





    That is because Lenny’s team is built on his ultra defensive playing style.



    If we had one of KevJ’s proper Celtic minded fitba managers in, we’d have scored 4,000 goals this season and conceded 3,000 and we’d have 120 million attending each week :-)





    With those figures I’m beginning to wonder if you are Charles Green?

  6. BRTH, agree we don’t hear of the good guys and we lost one very recently, who was a square peg in a round hole in the legal establishment and was punished for it. RIP PMcC Another recently departed was Frank Maguire the asbestos guy who just oused integrity RIP.



    My lawyer now of many years is another good guy, but if I were to ask his opinion of lawyer x, y, or z I know for a fact that he would sing their praises just as you have done with your former colleagues.



    The fact is that there is a form of freemasonry among lawyers and don’t get me started on members of the Faculty of Advocates which is worse than Masonic.



    We should treat them all as suspect until they earn our respect.

  7. Geordie Munro



    I tell a lie mate, it was the Liverpool derby in March of 2012.


    The EPL stated that Uefa had caused fixture congestion with the ruling due to spreading the CL games out over a couple of weeks. They also stated that Uefa have no jurisdiction I’ve when domestic matches get played.

  8. sftb



    Ironic, Celtic seen as defensive because we don’t leak goals in the SPL



    Odd nobody is promoting Derk for a starting berth, if we’ve injuries.



    MaybeNot CSC

  9. If Celtic had won the World Club Championship against those Racing Club animals in 1967, they would have clinched an unprecedented sextuple.



    Still, Desmond White was able to return to Glesga with a suitcase stuffed with 500 million Uruguayan pesos.



    Whatever happened to the Montevideo money?




  10. Danso at 14.51 “and you my friend are why its so easy for the establisment to do what it does and get away with it.”


    Good grief !



    Bada Bing – understandable, I suppose, but too many are too quick to confuse being in error with some world-wide Orange masonic conspiracy. If judges didn’t get it wrong there would be no need for appeal courts…


    As for conspiracy theorists touting that lawyers are part and parcel of a corrupt establishment – perhaps I have missed it but has Celtic refused to participate in Scottish football this season unless and until Mr Ogilvie steps down?

  11. thomthethim for Oscar OK on






    Big bro and I are making a sentimental trip to Glasgow for the St.Mirren game.



    He has been in exile in the south for 50 years and yearns for a Fish Supper.



    This sounds the biz and is very convenient.

  12. Bsr, I was more alluding to my faith in oor derk:)



    Midfield tonight will be (if injured guys don’t recover) biton, Broon and Charlie with kc dicking about somewhere.







    Oops. I mean FACT!! ;)

  13. So many complications with this UTTT stuff:



    “(Joseph) Raymond DOHERTY






    St Joseph’s Coll Dumfries, Univ of Edinburgh (LLB), Hertford Coll Oxford (BCL), Harvard Law Sch (LLM)



    Apparently, this is the judge.”




    “He’s a self-confessed rhat – season ticket & shareholder, the works.


    Another Liewell place-man.”




    “To my understanding the FTT was won on the very narrow point of law that: a loan was a loan and not subject to income tax. IE a loan is not a payment! And that was it !!! Two lawyers signed up to that interpretation of the law.


    The bint that voted against. She used another case law that stated even if the scheme was within the rules ( which it was! ) if it was thought to be for the purpose of avoiding paying income tax it was illegal.


    So, both sides stated valid laws to justify their side.


    however more lawyers are back in court to discuss the points of law and which one is more prevalent.”




    ” In the case of Amanda Knox for example, the first appeal found her not guilty and reversed the decision – SHE WAS LET GO ( of course the appeal of the appeal she lost and has to go back). To say that whatever the outcome of this EBT appeal they will keep the original verdict is clearly non sense”




    “You can’t possibly put a TAX CASE. In the same bracket as a murder case …. Especially since the company they will be going after is liquidated .”




    “If hmrc have a problem then they will need to start fresh proceedings. The case is to determine an err in law not the actual result. If the law has been erred hen to overturn the result fresh evidence need be presented”




    “This is an appeal questioning whether the legal arguments used by the three appeal panel members were valid and legally watertight. It is of use to future cases but not ours. They can only question legal arguments used and not the verdict. Also…they almost always lose as very few original decisions are made without full adherence to the law.”




    “If it is found, again, in our favour, then case closed. If it is found that the two Law Lords have not used the correct interpretation of the law, then HMRC can then and only then decide to try the case against us again.”




    “Some thread this, it’s like a tennis match – it cant’ be overturned, it can, no it can’t – I’m still no clearer! It’s an indication of just how complicated tax law is I suppose”




    “Does the oldco have to contest this? If yes, is it represented by a decent brief or some legal aid type character?”

  14. malceye,



    again my friend you cannot see any bad in socalled bastions of society and believe what they tell you, ofcourse they would not lie or be partisan, good grief.

  15. Danso – and your attack masquerading as comment (which I quite reasonably take personally) is based on, er what exactly?



    Its hilarious that at my place of ‘establishment’ the talk is often of tim domination (and perhaps not without reason) whereas here, its the usual “its them masonic orange rankers supporters propping up their friends who are also masonic orange rankers supporters”.

  16. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Big Nan



    Sure I knew Frank Maguire from many a decade ago — we were both members of the Muir society during the Miner’s strike days.



    His death at a young age was a tragedy and I knew the work he did with Asbestos victims being a Clydebank man as Asbestos killed my Grandmother, Grandfather and is in the process of claiming my Dad.



    I had a few pints with Frank in various places as well — happy days.



    Yes there are good lawyers and bad — and the profession definitely has an internecine element in a big way — but hey so do loads of places.



    And, it changes people — or at least it did — I don’t know any more.



    But that I partly blame on the fact that I am one of Thatcher’s children where we were brought up in an era when getting ahead, owning a Rolex and drinking champers was what the telly told you life was all about.



    I have seen good guys change in the rat race that the legal profession can be — people who were once best friends end up fighting and suing one another over business and in an attempt to see who can see the highest.



    I can only speak of people how I find them and I found Ken Mure a good guy.



    If You want a list of arrogant tossers with a wig or gown then I am sorry but I only have a good 30 years left in me …….. and I don’t intend on using them to make such a list which may well take up all of that time.

  17. Sir Paul






    No really.. But.. Ah hiv tae use That woid..



    Ye wull See Why, in a moment..




    Crisis, Is the Chinese Woid fur..Opportunity.( Noo Ah get it.. ed.)






    Today’ Team Crisis… is .. Henderson’s Opportunity.



    This Kid, has it awe.. Ah rate him..Bettah..at this Time.. than.. Rogic..whom Ah rate


    hight than the Departed.. Ledley.



    Anyway.. Ma Team fur the Day.






    Matthews, FISHER



    Efe, Virgil..



    Broonie, Biton, Mulgrew, HENDERSON , Commons.






    Remember, Neil.. NO BLOODY WINGERS..





    Still ,Laughin’

  18. I know we are awaiting news on injuries (Johansen, Forrest) but I think we need Brown to be playing as a central midfielder tonight.


    We need his legs and “combative” style in there against the ex-Celts.

  19. malceye,



    im sorry about the attack in my comment but i find it frustrating that someone likeyourself cannot allow or believe that there is a society of protection for corruption in what ever form


    especially at the top.

  20. Not fed up now Philbhoy on




    Sometime your posts are interesting.



    Sometimes they are just pish.



    Sometimes they are complete pish.



    But you knew that already.



    And I’m not a bus driver.



    Well, not yet anyway……

  21. Brogan – “If You want a list of arrogant tossers with a wig or gown then I am sorry but I only have a good 30 years left in me …….. and I don’t intend on using them to make such a list which may well take up all of that time”



    Ah, I think things are becoming clearer – remind me, why did you leave the law?

  22. An uppity Tim Law Lord with degrees from three of the top Unis:


    Edinburgh, Oxford and Harvard.



    ‘We let them into our country and they just take advantage! It’s not right!’




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