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Some of the reaction to Peter Lawwell’s promotion to the top table of the bowling club yesterday was thoroughly entertaining, including some from our own side.  As a rule, I’m happy to germinate nonsense which distracts potential opponents from applying logical analysis to their world, so now THE EVIDENCE is all there!!

The SFA badly need higher calibre board members and, despite some generous assessments (from all sides), Celtic’s influence over the Association has been akin to pushing water up a marble staircase.  The only genuine solutions to Scottish football’s problems will be to the benefit of all clubs, not just the main income generator.  This is the challenge Peter Lawwell should set himself.  By delivering well-funded, competitive football for all, he will best look after the interests of Celtic.  Big changes all round are required.

I was accustomed today by a suggestion that Celtic were about to announce debts of over £30m after investing in some underperforming bonds!  Fortunately the story teller is listening to the wrong people and this is complete fantasy.  At least this nonsense keeps people from reading the accounts and asking by our board blow so much cash on amortisation each year instead of buying players.

Shout out to the newly launched Irish Voice newspaper, issue one of which is now out.  Focussed on “Bringing you all the news from the Irish in Scotland” it’s a really impressive read – and it’s free!  Check it out online here and look out for the paper copy.
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  1. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    If you are going to score cheap points re the Youths tourney, at least get the name right.

     

     

    It’s the UEFA Youth League.

     

     

    The Next Gen has been postponed for a year.

     

     

    As you were, chaps

  2. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    MadMitch

     

    22:25 on

     

    4 September, 2013

     

    Nat @ 22.14

     

     

    How do you want to get to a game?

     

    Do you want someone to carry you there in a shawl?

     

     

    Lennoxtown for the training ground was bad enough.

     

    Now it is either Greenock or Livingston for the widely anticipated NexGen series.

     

     

    You have to ask why not Murray Park?

     

    It must be the only place in WCS likely to draw a smaller crowd.

     

     

    Sorry Mitch – I don’t understand you’re first 2 questions, mate. You asked who would want to go to Livingston to watch Celtic. I would and so would many Celtic fans – we come from all over. Additionally, the teams we are playing are also a draw for many football fans who simply want to see up-and-coming talent. Barca in Livingston? Whodathunkit?

     

     

    Where do you suggest for these games?

  3. acgr@hotmail.co.uk - Bringer of free Zadoc The Priest Rringtones, Whaa haaaaH:_)) on

    FFS guys, business was brisk over the last weekend but only reached about 300 of our support. Those guys’ know when their phones ring any hun within a 10 meter radius will self combust in a blue flash of dignity. They really don’t like this at all.

     

     

    So, wind up that hun in your life, office, bowling club etc with a loud ZTP ringtone.

     

     

     

    This advert was brought to you by Acgrhunhoots.com.

  4. Morrissey the 23rd on

    Tinmhan @ 21:48

     

     

    That was not the conext it was used.

     

     

    @JeanFind 4h

     

    A green ink letter is one ‘written by a malicious eccentric ‘ and a former Guardian editor once talked of the ‘Green Ink Brigade’….

     

     

    @JeanFind 4h

     

    …all of which can only be even mildly amusing if you are aware of a group of Celtic fans with a similar name……

     

     

    FAC ‏@FACKilltheBill 5h

     

    @Mackin83 @JeanFind @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO Push through an Act which criminalises football fans then make jokes about it on Twitter

     

     

     

    Susan (T) Burke ‏@SusanBurke9 4h

     

    I sincerely hope @JeanFind @CelticFCSLO @TomEnglishSport that @strathearnrose is a parody account & doesn’t actually belonging to an MSP

     

     

    Jeanette Findlay‏@JeanFind @SusanBurke9 @CelticFCSLO @TomEnglishSport @strathearnrose Sorry to disappoint – it does indeed belong to the Minister for Community Safety

     

     

    Paul Mackin ‏@Mackin83 5h

     

    @JeanFind @FACKilltheBill @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO that is an unbelievable statement from a government minister.

     

     

     

    setting free the bears supports Celtic’s best fighter- Wee Oscar Knox @ 22:13

     

    100% correct.

  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Receive my CL home game tickets application today …… me and the grandson are ‘on the road again’ ….. Whoopee – Doo …….’we’re on our way to Paradise’……

     

     

    Armageddon my erchie…….

  6. SFTB

     

     

    Think the whole point here is that her reply is falling into the same pit of paranoia that FF are currently sinking in.

     

     

    I’d rather stay out of it.

     

     

    HH

  7. Morrissey the 23rd on

    BoyneBhoy ‏@BoyneBhoy

     

    @TomEnglishSport @SusanBurke9 @JeanFind @CelticFCSLO @strathearnrose Any citations to specific term? I get the Green Ink ref but ‘Brigade’?

  8. acgr@hotmail.co.uk - Bringer of free Zadoc The Priest Rringtones, Whaa haaaaH:_)) on

    #Fearless Wee Oscar is on a Celticrollercoaster

     

     

    CRC, I’m not my brothers keeper:-), and it’s just as well that he’s not mine. He’s no up to the job!!

     

     

    Iphone users did get the tone working but I’m no expert so I’ll leave it to those better informed.

     

     

    I’m at circa 330 and was hoping to get 500 so get your ring tone sorted you BHOY’s n GHAL’s in Green.

     

     

    Its all in good fun and geared at winding the hun next to you in the office to breaking point.

     

     

    BT has got the right idea, eh buddy………………………..:_))

  9. leftclicktic oscar in our thoughts on

    Tinmhan

     

     

     

    21:48 on 4 September, 2013

     

     

     

     

    Thank you for that link sir and I am a more informed man tonight,

     

     

    Buuuuuuuuut on this occasion IMHO Cunningham new exactly what she was saying the same as she knew what she was doing with the bill that was being driven by

     

    Christine Grahame.

     

     

    again IMHO .

     

     

    Thank you again for taking the time to post that for me.

     

     

    Good night all

     

    and thank you for being here.

  10. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Said Lizzie to Philip as they sat down to dine

     

    Some barsteward call murray has committed a crime

     

    He sold my fave club for £1 to craig whyte

     

    And landed my peepul in fekin deep shyte

     

     

    Night all ….. and remember…..they’re DEED…..gone, buried …our day has come

  11. acgr@hotmail.co.uk - Bringer of free Zadoc The Priest Rringtones, Whaa haaaaH:_)) on

    Maestro, google / utube it or better still get a teenager to sort it for you.

     

     

    Someone posted a link explaining iphone loading over the weekend.

     

     

     

    Or, can I suggest you get a decent phone.

  12. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    There is a strong suspicion that it won’t last; that with so many principals and agendas filling the picture, more trouble will come.

     

     

    To some, it looks amazing that men such as John McClelland and Paul Murray can merely waltz back into Rangers. These are two men badly tarred by the events which led to the financial disarray and liquidation of the club in the late spring of last year.

     

     

    McClelland appears to be an able man in Scottish business, respected by his peers, and a force for good. But not all Rangers fans share this outlook.

     

     

    He was part of a previous regime – a Rangers director for 11 years and chairman for two – which saw the club catapulted into ruinous debt, and which chose to go down the controversial and ruinous EBTs route.

     

     

    McClelland also riled some Rangers fans at the club’s AGM in 2003 by making disparaging comments about the supporters, which saw him booed and heckled in the auditorium. I was in the body of the kirk that day – it was a terrible McClelland misjudgement.

     

     

    Paul Murray, like McClelland, has the good of Rangers at heart but he, too, fails to convince a large body of supporters. While the pre-liquidation Rangers lurched towards its fatal crisis there was a strong whiff of some of the club’s directors looking either impotent or downright cowardly as the drama worsened.

     

     

    Murray, like McClelland, shares that unfortunate fate. He is a likeable and sincere man, but can he escape being implicated in these past Rangers misfortunes? Probably not.

     

     

    Worst of all for McClelland and Murray, as they stroll back into Ibrox, are the withering words of Lord Nimmo Smith in his guilty verdict on Rangers’ breaking of the SPL’s rules in their covert EBT arrangements.

     

     

    In shovelling around £46 million into EBTs over a 10-year period, Nimmo Smith stated that it was clear that these were player remunerations, and that they ought to have been disclosed by the club to the authorities.

     

     

    He also commented – damningly for men like McClelland and Paul Murray – that it all amounted to a “serious contravention of the rules” and that “the directors of oldco Rangers must bear a very heavy responsibility for this.”

     

     

    There is, of course, one caveat to note here. Rangers FC over these years was run under an autocracy presided over by Sir David Murray – men such as the club’s former secretary, Campbell Ogilvie, have repeatedly attested to it.

     

     

    The question is, does this fact absolve men such as McClelland and Paul Murray – and others – from their inaction in these matters? It remains a moot point which is dividing Rangers supporters today.

     

     

    And what about “the requisitioners”, those would-be Rangers reformers led by businessman Jim McColl? They were said to be “determined” and “unflinching” in their pursuit of change, were they not? They “would not yield”, right?

     

     

    Well, they have.

     

     

    It has been a strange business: much hot air which has resulted, it would appear, in their requisition being withdrawn, and the three figures they were demanding be removed from the Ibrox boardroom now being allowed to stay on.

     

     

    So Craig Mather stays. Bryan Smart also stays. And so does finance director, Brian Stockbridge, the last a central character in the ongoing financial disrepair at the club.

     

     

    Personally, I have found my widespread admiration for McColl called into question by recent months at Rangers. There seems something presumptuous and even cavalier about a man calling for root-and-branch change in the Rangers boardroom, when all he wants to toss in himself are airy ideas, and most certainly not any hard cash.

     

     

    McColl has done nothing wrong and is entitled to his views about Rangers. But he now looks shrill and tub-thumping, and by no means a heavyweight player in this Ibrox drama.

     

     

    McColl has talked the talk. But he hasn’t done much walking.

     

     

    So now, men like Mather and Stockbridge will sit around a Rangers boardroom table, with new figures who, in the first instance, were put there to oust them. This is a delicate détente.

     

     

    Here was Mather, four weeks ago, taking a swipe at men like McColl, Paul Murray and co. “It doesn’t matter to them that they have not invested in or helped the club, or that they failed to make an even remotely credible attempt to save this club in its darkest hour,” said the Rangers CEO.

     

     

    “Not a single one of them stepped forward willing to invest their own money. The club today does not require the type of people who stood back and did nothing when Rangers were in trouble.”

     

     

    Peace in our time at Ibrox? I sorely doubt it.

  13. Nat @ 22.32

     

     

    We are not the Harlem Globetrotters.

     

    We play our home games in Parkhead.

     

    That is the Parkhead area of the East End of Glasgow.

     

     

    I have suggested for long enough on here that the club needs a Reserve Stadium.

     

    It could be at Barrowfield, it could be an expanded Crownpoint.

     

    Looking at 6K seats to begin with plus space for the weans to jump about a bit.

     

     

    Missing a trick here.

     

    The times of the games is amateurish unless PL wants the crowd to be two men and a dug.

     

    Greenock and Livingston is just a wind up or to win a bet.

  14. NatKnow – Supporting Wee Oscar

     

    22:27 on

     

    4 September, 2013

     

     

    Like you I also saw them many times at the ol Apollo

  15. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Sorry….my last post is Spiers column, not mine…but, of course, you will all know that, since my literary capabilities far exceed his……who’s that tittering at the back!!??

  16. acgr@hotmail.co.uk – Bringer of free Zadoc The Priest Rringtones, Whaa haaaaH:_))

     

     

    Can you please fire me off a download (you’ve got my email) – will seek I.T. help to put it on my mobile (will ask the Wean)!

     

     

    :-)

  17. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    DontPatmadug

     

    22:52 on

     

    4 September, 2013

     

    NatKnow – Supporting Wee Oscar

     

    22:27 on

     

    4 September, 2013

     

     

    Like you I also saw them many times at the ol Apollo

     

     

    Haven’t seen them since Hugh left mate, but by all accounts they still rock. But it would seem like a tribute act to me TBH.

  18. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Just received a call from Starry Plough.

     

    His mother passed away today and he asked me to thank everyone for their kind wishes..

     

    He won’t be online for a few days..

     

    Rip Mrs mcL..

  19. VP KO'd by fearless Oscar Knox on

    Stockholm …beautiful city ,went for a weekend away with missus around 8 years

     

    ago ,stayed at the Sheraton across from the Gamla Stan (that’s auld toon to us)

     

    Wedding on downstairs that went on till early hours,wife phoned to ask when it finished.

     

    Next morn receptionist gave us 50 euro chitty for being put out (no me I was snoring)

     

    50 euros ya beauty whit will we get? Either 1 and a half breakfasts or 3 drinks :O(

  20. leftclicktic oscar in our thoughts on

    Before I go

     

     

    So @bbcjimspence

     

    is now top of THEE list for stating on sportsound tonight that they died.

  21. acgr@hotmail.co.uk - Bringer of free Zadoc The Priest Rringtones, Whaa haaaaH:_)) on

    praecepta, will do.

     

     

    How’s it going on the hotel front? I’ll be looking for 10th, 11th &12th in Barcelona. I’ll be flying up from Alicante on the Tuesday early PM flight.

     

     

    Check your mail in five bro.

  22. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    MadMitch

     

    22:51 on

     

    4 September, 2013

     

    Nat @ 22.32

     

     

    We are not the Harlem Globetrotters.

     

    We play our home games in Parkhead.

     

    That is the Parkhead area of the East End of Glasgow.

     

     

    I have suggested for long enough on here that the club needs a Reserve Stadium.

     

    It could be at Barrowfield, it could be an expanded Crownpoint.

     

    Looking at 6K seats to begin with plus space for the weans to jump about a bit.

     

     

    Missing a trick here.

     

    The times of the games is amateurish unless PL wants the crowd to be two men and a dug.

     

    Greenock and Livingston is just a wind up or to win a bet.

     

     

    Thanks for that geography lesson. Growing up in Coatbridge, I’d never noticed Glasgow’s East End before.

     

     

    We play at Celtic Park. You want Celtic to build another football stadium in the East End of Glasgow to accommodate a reserves tournament with a few games once a year?

  23. !!bada bing!!

     

     

    22:38 on 4 September, 2013

     

    My HeraldScotland column: A delicate détente at Rangers. http://t.co/dfsFYkYyrs

     

    Good article from Speirs.

     

     

     

    >>>>>>>>>

     

     

    Fair play to speirs…Though he could have went the whole hog and explained why mc Coll is not forthcoming with hard cash.

     

     

    As phil macs earlier blog explained, he is no billionaire as the msm are portraying…wealthy? Yes, but not in the league the Hun need. HH

  24. Good evening all

     

     

    crc

     

     

    A privilege speaking to you today, and really opened my eyes to the pressure on the Knox family. I am in the belief these things will even out over the course of time. I will most certainly be contacting my in-house mates with this and hope we all do the right thing.

     

     

    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar

  25. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    acgr@hotmail.co.uk – Bringer of free Zadoc The Priest Rringtones, Whaa haaaaH:_))

     

    22:35 on

     

    4 September, 2013

     

    FFS guys, business was brisk over the last weekend but only reached about 300 of our support. Those guys’ know when their phones ring any hun within a 10 meter radius will self combust in a blue flash of dignity. They really don’t like this at all.

     

     

    So, wind up that hun in your life, office, bowling club etc with a loud ZTP ringtone.

     

     

    This advert was brought to you by Acgrhunhoots.com.

     

     

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

     

     

    Count me in mate – just emailed you a wee minute ago!!!

     

     

    HH

     

     

    BGFC