Change underway at SFA, Irish Voice launch


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. JimmyQuinnsBits on




    Sincere condolences my friend. Lost my mum in Feb and its one of the most painful episodes i’ve been through, we’re all wee boys at the core. Stay strong and focus on the good memories.




  2. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on

    Starry Plough, sorry to hear your news. Best wishes to you and yours.

  3. Funny episode in the taxi home from work tonight.(Dublin)



    Usual banter about football,



    Where you from?



    Born Glasgow but brought up Ayrshire , that kind of area



    Who you support?



    Celtic, season ticket, dozen games a year but looking forward to CL, bought tickets but only flights for Barca, give the old man a crack at one of the other ones.



    What about yer man Samaras, he’s Shiite, eh? Big Georgie.



    Well , naw, ah think he has been magic in Europe, top scorer but more important, causes the other team tae double up or at least re adjust.



    (Stops car and turns around) . Ye serious, Georgie? Feckin useless, goes nowhere, worst player ever ye had. Yer havin a laugh.





    Man U supporter

  4. Starry Plough,…..condolences… lost my mum in 2010 and how that burns….



    Poem of Life




    Life is but a stopping place,


    A pause in what’s to be,


    A resting place along the road,


    to sweet eternity.


    We all have different journeys,


    Different paths along the way,


    We all were meant to learn some things,


    but never meant to stay…


    Our destination is a place


    Far greater than we know.


    For some the journey’s quicker,


    For some the journey’s slow.


    And when the journey finally ends,


    We’ll claim a great reward,


    And find an everlasting peace,


    Together with the lord.



    take care lad ..

  5. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    Dundee United defender Gavin Gunning faces a Scottish Football Association hearing today after rejecting a three-match ban for an alleged kick at Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk. Gunning was issued with a notice of complaint by SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny over an incident during his side’s 1-0 Scottish Premiership defeat on Saturday. The charge accuses Gunning of “violent conduct by kicking or attempting to kick an opposing player, namely Virgil van Dijk”.



    A statement from his club soon read: “Dundee United confirms that it has refused the offer of a fixed penalty in relation to the notice of complaint issued to Gavin Gunning.”

  6. Morrissey the 23rd on

    Roseanna Cunningham MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire; Scot Govt Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs; Special remit sectarianism.



    Some tweets (Not in exact order):



    Tom English ‏@TomEnglishSport 3 Sep


    How did all these Twitter folk vent their fury and their conspiracies before social media was invented? Seriously, what did they do?



    Roseanna Cunningham ‏@strathearnrose


    @TomEnglishSport: they were formerly referred to as the Green Ink Brigade :-D.



    Jeanette Findlay ‏@JeanFind


    @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO That’s right Minister, have a wee laugh at the people you’re harassing daily through your PSS and COPFS puppets



    ciardom ‏@ciardom


    @JeanFind @TheCelticTrust @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO it is mind blowing the lack of self awareness shown by those in authority at times



    Paul Mackin ‏@Mackin83


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



    Celtic Trust ‏@TheCelticTrust


    @ciardom @JeanFind @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO Think it’s worse this time,after all Republican Rosie is a Minister of the Crown is she not?



    FAC ‏@FACKilltheBill


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



    Susan (T) Burke ‏@SusanBurke9


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



    Jeanette Findlay ‏@JeanFind


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



    Jeanette Findlay ‏@JeanFind


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



    Tom English ‏@TomEnglishSport


    @SusanBurke9 @JeanFind @CelticFCSLO @strathearnrose Green Ink Brigade. Folks, that is not a reference to Celtic. It’s an old newspaper term



    Jeanette Findlay ‏@JeanFind


    @TomEnglishSport Yes but it is only ‘funny’ in this instance, and RC clearly thought it was, because of the link to Celtic’s Green Brigade.



    Phone Monkey ‏@dez_ombie


    @JeanFind @TomEnglishSport There is no link- it refers to people who write crazy letters to newspapers.



    Jeanette Findlay ‏@JeanFind


    @dez_ombie @TomEnglishSport already dealt with that point…shortly before Gerry dealt with Tom.



    Phone Monkey ‏@dez_ombie


    @JeanFind I answered your assertion there was a link as it appeared you were finding offence where there was none…



    Jeanette Findlay ‏@JeanFind


    @dez_ombie No I think the Scottish Government, the Police Service of Scotland and the COPFS have already got that particular market cornered



    Phone Monkey ‏@dez_ombie


    @JeanFind hahaha…



    sean rooney ‏@srooney88


    @JeanFind @FACKilltheBill @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO lol made an arse of this one jinty



    Jeanette Findlay ‏@JeanFind


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




    FAC ‏@FACKilltheBill


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



    frank sauzee ‏@franksauzee1


    @FACKilltheBill @Mackin83 @JeanFind @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO whole thing is a farce i fully support fac and im a hibs supporter



    Jeanette Findlay ‏@JeanFind


    @srooney88 @FACKilltheBill @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO I assume you are referring to the Minister for Community Safety



    Jeanette Findlay ‏@JeanFind


    @TomEnglishSport Yes but it is only ‘funny’ in this instance, and RC clearly thought it was, because of the link to Celtic’s Green Brigade.



    Northern Soul CSC ‏@Mairtin1927


    @JeanFind @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO The delicious irony of her former nickname ‘Republican Rose’ is worth a laugh too……



    Jeanette Findlay ‏@JeanFind


    @Mairtin1927 @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO I’m not sure irony is her strong point Mairtín



    Northern Soul CSC ‏@Mairtin1927


    @JeanFind @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO Indeed, perhaps she can discuss behaviour at football with Kenny MacAskill. Might get irony then….







    StephenDaisley ‏@JournoStephen


    Hilarity as @strathearnrose uses old journalistic term “Green Ink Brigade” and a few Old Firm fans don’t quite get it



    Morrisseythe23rd ‏@Morrissey23rd


    @JournoStephen @strathearnrose The old firm no longer exist. Rangers died. The Scottish media would be more credible if they recognised that



    StephenDaisley ‏@JournoStephen


    @Morrissey23rd In what way would pretending that a 141-year-old football club doesn’t exist lend credibility to anyone?

  7. Well, I think that is bizarre



    My view was that the lad had lost it butvVVD was a star in letting it go.



    I thought that it was sorted that next time it was yellow.



    Next yellow was Gunning going (quite obviously) through Lustig.



    Cashed in his free with VVD(as any player would) and sorted Lustig, typical hammer throwing Scotland but we operate here so let it go.

  8. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    Thomas Rogne has been voted the Vital Latics man of the match for his performance in Saturdays win against Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium. The former Celtic defender made a cracking debut alongside Leon Barnett and nullified the aerial threat of the Forest attacks, Rogne was strong and resolute and had a very good game in the centre of the defence.

  9. NL and M



    Good point on Rogne but……



    Very seldom does a player we let go become stellar.




    My list of missed pops would be





    Shay Given(still a chance)



    That is it



    We always make a profit(Charlie, Kenny, Brian, victor, Gary, aiden, Derek, Pierre, Paulo, Jorge,

  10. Nadal is burning up …he lost just 5 ,yes 5 points in the first Set to the guy that put out Federer…..Big Andy will have to double his porridge etc etc etc ……..braw!

  11. Morrissey the 23rd on

    Both sets of fans should wear Ginger wigs for Dundee utd v Celtic game. wearealljimspence#

  12. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    “We’ve got a strong enough squad to win everything,” says Rio Ferdinand.



    …..except matches against Chelsea & Liverpool, he could have added



    …..but didnae!

  13. Sorry neustadt



    I got distracted by Glasvegas very poor site trying to buy their vynal



    Not a fan of country me self but……..



    Been to Dallas and Fort Worth a few times and they boys love the C & c,




    A few mis understandings around local pool rules apart, great gaffe.

  14. Sorry, c & w




    Terrible music either way.



    I see the best o USA as the fudion of soul and rock and roll. But this rap is beyond me. No music and no message.



    Best music is in UK

  15. All men have secrets and here is mine , so let it be known……



    I love the current CFC squad, OMG…….

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    James Allen of GLASVEGAS did an excellent “Spoken Word” interview with Janice Long overnight.



    Special guest and a poem by Seamus Heaney thrown in.



    Should be on R2 Listen Again.

  17. GLASGOW has been revealed as the workless capital of the UK, according to a new survey which found one in three households has no-one at home in a job.




    The study released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) yesterday found that 30.2 per cent of homes in Scotland’s largest city in 2012 were workless, up from 28.7 per cent a year before.



    Glasgow has now overtaken Liverpool as the British city with the highest percentage of workless households. Experts last night blamed a combination of low job vacancies, poor health and high levels of lone parenting for the crisis.



    They said “piecemeal” efforts to get the unemployed and those on disability benefits back into work needed to be stepped up to take advantage of any economic revival.



    However, UK ministers insisted the overall picture was improving, claiming that the number of workless households across Britain had fallen by nearly half a million since 2010.



    Meanwhile, the Scottish Conservatives said that such was the problem, people in unemployment hotspots such as Glasgow should be encouraged to move to parts of Scotland where work was available, such as the prosperous North-east.



    The figures, published annually by the ONS, also exposed the huge disparity in the labour market in different parts of Scotland, with only 12 per cent of households out of work in Aberdeen and Moray.



    That contrasted not just with Glasgow but many other parts of west-central Scotland, such as North Ayrshire, where 28 per cent of homes had no-one working, and Inverclyde, where the figure was 25 per cent.



    The blight of de-industrialisation was a common thread across Britain, linking areas with high levels of workless households, the ONS study found.



    The year 2012 was the ninth consecutive year – since records began – that Glasgow and Liverpool were in the top five workless areas, with other English cities such as Hull, Birmingham and Wolverhampton also facing major problems.



    For Scotland as a whole, the most common reason for workless households was sickness or disability, accounting for 33 per cent of all cases. This was higher than figures for England, where sickness was blamed for 27 per cent of all cases.



    Unemployment accounted for one in five workless households, while other reasons included being retired, studying or looking after a family member.



    At the other end of the scale, as well as the North-east of Scotland, only about one in ten households in Home Counties areas – such as Buckinghamshire, West Sussex and Surrey – was workless.



    The focus will fall once again on Glasgow’s continuing problems which remain despite tens of millions of pounds being spent on employment initiatives over recent years by the council, and the UK and Scottish governments.



    Jim McCormick, adviser to the social research charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said the high incidence of worklessness was due to a range of factors.



    “Once you take into account the high levels of low-skilled people, of lone parents and disabled people, it starts to explain a big part of the worklessness story,” he said.



    The ONS report concluded: “The common link among some of the areas with the highest percentage of workless households is that they were all heavily industrialised in the last century.



    “Glasgow was once a major force in shipbuilding as well as other engineering but competition overseas has seen that decline since the 1960s.”



    However, a Glasgow City Council spokesman last night insisted that the city’s figures were inflated by the large number of students in the city – who are counted as workless.



    He added: “Glasgow continues to attract high levels of investment, as witnessed by the number of major office developments currently under way in the city centre, and we are confident that our economy – now so much more diverse than in the past – will grow in strength in the near future.”



    But the Scots Tories suggested last night that it was time to move people to where jobs were more plentiful. Tory MSP Alex Johnstone said: “Some parts of Scotland have the lowest unemployment rates in the whole UK.



    “The Scottish Government needs to be doing much more to encourage labour mobility to ensure that the more buoyant areas of Scotland’s economy can access the swathes of people who aren’t currently employed.”



    SNP finance secretary John Swinney pointed to the national picture last night to claim that Scotland as a whole had a higher rate of households in work than the rest of the UK.



    In total, 54.1 per cent of households in Scotland were classified as “working households” compared to 53 per cent in the UK.



    He said: “We are investing in Glasgow – this year alone over £3 million has been committed to helping young people find work. The Commonwealth Games will also provide opportunities in the east end of Glasgow with 1,300 places for people to participate in jobs schemes.”



    The UK’s employment minister, Mark Hoban, said: “Nationally, the number of workless households has fallen by more than 425,000 since the coalition took office. This is good news, but we know there are areas where we need to do more.”



    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said: “It’s a depressing but familiar fact that so many are out of work. Rebuilding the economy to create jobs, reforming the welfare system and cutting tax for low incomes to help make work pay and improving educational opportunities are steps the UK government is taking to help people into work.”




    Case study: ‘You just get used to it and you get into a rut’



    Elaine McGready, 54, lives in the Parkhead area of Glasgow with two of her grown-up children – Donna, 30, who had worked in a butcher’s and as a cleaner, and Brian, 25, who had been a hotel chef.



    Mrs McGready is a widow, who has been unemployed for 20 years and suffers from arthritis, while her children have both been out of work for two years.



    “It’s just the economy, the ways things have gone. Brian left school at 16, and he went in and learned on the job at a hotel before he lost his job. It’s been hard for him to get back in because now you’ve got to have all these qualifications, whereas he was picking it up all in situ. But all the experience seems to count for nothing nowadays, they just want certificates from courses.



    “At first he hated being unemployed, but then you just get used to it and you get into a rut. But both my children are willing to work. They’re being sent on courses, but I don’t think such things are applicable for the likes of being a chef. It’s more about filling in your CV.



    “It’s hard on a day-to-day basis, because we’re all getting under each other’s feet.



    “I worked in a factory before stopping to have my family, but there’s no call for those skills nowadays. I’ve loads of knowledge and practical life skills, but nothing I can use to apply for a job.



    “I’m not hopeful for myself when it comes to finding a job, but I hope something will come along for the kids.



    “The job centre sent me on various courses and I enjoy them as they bring me out of myself, but once you’ve done it, it’s back to the same old routine. They’re no use if there are no jobs, and their standards are so high in terms of what they want from people.”

  18. The prospect of Celtic playing a Champions League qualifying clash next season at Murrayfield stadium has been welcomed by the Scottish Rugby Union and the Scottish Professional Football League.




    It has emerged that the Parkhead club could be forced to find somewhere else to play due to Celtic Park’s status as a Commonwealth Games venue. As was reported in The Scotsman yesterday, Celtic’s ground is hosting the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games on 23 July, after which the pitch will need to be relaid before it can be used for football again.



    It means the Scottish champions will need to find an alternative venue to play the home leg of two qualifying round stages of the Champions League, providing they win the league again this season.



    Celtic played their first home game of this season on 23 July, when they met Cliftonville in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Eight days later they played host to Elfsborg in the third qualifying round.



    Celtic are presently weighing up their options for the equivalent matches next year. However, Murrayfield’s capacity of 67,000 has helped make the home of Scottish rugby a strong possibility as a venue for at least one Celtic game next season.



    Hampden Park and Ibrox are out of the equation because they are also being used for the Commonwealth Games. Celtic attracted crowds of 30,000 and 40,000 for the home matches against Cliftonville and Elfsborg respectively.



    Colin Thomson, the chief development officer at the SRU, would neither confirm nor deny that talks had already taken place yesterday.



    However, he stressed that the SRU are always looking for opportunities to host events other than rugby matches at Murrayfield, providing that they fit in with the fixture schedule for both the Scotland and Edinburgh rugby sides.



    Speaking at an event organised by the Scottish government to promote safer driving on Scottish country roads, Thomson said: “It is a fantastic stadium, as we can see standing here this morning.



    “It is in our interests – we are very keen to bring all sorts of events here, as long as it fits in with the rugby calendar.



    “I don’t know the details. I am not in a position to confirm or deny it. But the season is starting for the Edinburgh pro rugby team [against Munster] this weekend, although they have had two warm-up games. We are in the business of bringing events here. It is a fantastic stadium. It is the biggest stadium in Scotland.”



    Thomson added that he was more than comfortable to see football being played at a rugby stadium. It has happened on nine previous occasions dating back to when Hearts played there against Braga in a Uefa Cup qualifying round match in 2004 after the Tynecastle pitch was deemed to be too small for European matches. Other football matches have since been staged there, including friendlies featuring Barcelona.



    “I sat here and watched Barcelona play Hearts a number of years ago,” recalled Thomson. “It was a fantastic event. This is a place to watch sport and a great place to watch concerts.”



    Neil Doncaster, the chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, was also open to the possibility of seeing Celtic host a Champions League qualifying tie in Edinburgh, which would entail an 80-mile round trip away for the majority of their supporters.



    “Murrayfield is clearly a very impressive venue,” noted Doncaster, who was speaking at the same event. “I understand the issues that the Commonwealth Games will create for grounds in the Glasgow area, so let’s see where it goes. But that is not something that the SPFL will be directly involved in.”

  19. TBJ Praying for Oscar Knox on

    Morning champions



    Jobo… ive been away a couple of days … not really had a chance to read much



    What did jim spence say

  20. TBJ Praying for Oscar Knox on

    Just had a wee look on zombie media .. jim Spence issue



    Funny as.. from hes a ginger … to boycott the bbc.


    Loads of posts on how to get out of paying your licence fee.. .


    My favourite post was … years of dignified silence got us nowhere :)))))).

  21. Morning Celts, booked hotel for Amsterdam yesterday, small hotel just outside the main city centre, I thought I’d check bars for music and the Craic and was pleasantly surprised to find an Irish bar next door to the hotel ( thumbs up)


    Busy day toodaloo



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




    Ringtone – magic!



    Cheers mate.






  23. Acgr – thanks for the ringtone the other day.



    Question regarding champions league package.


    . I have 3 season tickets. 1 adult , one 13-16yr old and one under 13.i will be buying 3 champions league packages, 1adult and 2 concession. The youngest only wants to come to Barcelona game. Does anyone know if I can use a concession ticket to take my dad to the milan game – he’ll be 85 that day. Then I want upgrade ajax ticket to an adhlt for mrs maley bhoy.



    Tried calling ticket office yesterday but gave up after being on hold for ages.