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Chase is on from St Johnstone, data driven policy

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Admit it, you smiled when you heard “St Johnstone are now the second most successful Scottish football club over the last decade” on the news last night.  The most trophy-laden period any single club has enjoyed in Scottish football history is over.  It saw Celtic win their fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh domestic treble.

Due to the peculiarities of 2020, we knew the run would end when Ross County eliminated us from the 2020-21 League Cup competition St Johnstone won yesterday, three weeks before facing Hearts in the 2019-20 Scottish Cup Final and winning our 12th successive Scottish trophy.  If you live for another 100 years, you are very unlikely to enjoy (or endure) watching any club match this record.

We deserved every one of those 12 trophies, just as we deserved to drop out of the League Cup and League challenge early this season, the latter could officially be over within six days.  The Scottish Cup is our only hope of silverware this season, although there is every chance the latter stages may be postponed until after the summer.

John Kennedy’s win in his first game in charge together with Motherwell’s win at Easter Road killed off any chance in-form Hibs had of catching Celtic in second place.

“Policy is being driven by the data”, a recurring theme you are being told by politicians and public health officials.  Hmmmm.  We are now in a situation when politicians, backed up by our National Clinical Director, tell this disease was eliminated in Scotland in the summer.  To back his political sponsor, Professor Jason Leitch claimed there was no deaths for an entire month (there were 24, a remarkably low figure considering where we were before and have been after).

At that time (different from now), Celtic ran consultations with fans about safely returning to stadiums.  The club invested in temperature scanning equipment and distances processes to no avail.  It seems the data was not driving policy.  It remains to be seen what data drove the crackdown on Celtic that saw 13 players side-lined in January.

St Mary’s in Calton, the church where Celtic were born, are taking the Government to court on the very issue (you can support their case here).  Like Celtic in the summer, churches are curious about the data informing the decision to close churches in Scotland while they remain open in England and Wales.

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  1. Happy Monday all from a Louisville destined to see some spring action in the coming week. 

     

     

    Closest the boardroom will come to seeing Lambert is if it comes in a package alongside a Butler. 

     

     

    HH!

  2. TERRYMAC on 1ST MARCH 2021 12:14 PM

     

    Hi Guys.

     

     

     

     

    For some of us poor guys who have a limited time to read the blog could I ask a favour of the posters who put up links to articles, songs, pictures etc.

     

     

     

     

    Could you please attach a few words as to what the link is about eg the singer, the happening, the main characters. etc

     

     

     

     

    Then we can make up our own mind whether the hidden article is of interest to us before wasting our time on another Trump non-story or, god forbid, Kate Bush screeching one of her ditties!

     

     

     

     

    Ta muchly.

     

     

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

     

     

     

     

    Terrymac

  3. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    What’s this – the ‘ Brazilian strain’ has been detected!!!

     

     

    What a surprise.

     

     

    Just when you thought there was ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.

     

     

    What happened to the new ‘UK strain’ that we heard about around Christmas?

     

     

    It seems to have gone a bit quiet on that front.

  4. NOTTHEBUS on 1ST MARCH 2021 12:15 PM

     

    Getting boring Paul

     

     

    Stick to the football please.

     

     

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    It seems football doesn’t generate the greatest traffic.

     

    The blog is only as good as its posters, if you want football, talk football.

     

     

    HH to all.

  5. Why is anyone even talking about Lambert.He has as much chance of getting the job as I have.Ridiculous.

     

     

    Bring back Bayo next season ,if possible.Not hindsight,I said at the time,he looked the part any time,not often,he got the chance.Never got a run in the team.

     

    Jack Hendry.Could not comment,but surely we have someone looking at him.Getting good reviews on his performances.Again,someone who got no decent run of games,and was played out of position,allowing the boo boys to write him off.

     

    Sadly,a trait in our support.

  6. A Happy Birthday to Martin O’Neill.

     

    Martin provided us all with some fantastic memories that I certainly will never forget.

     

     

    From early on in his tenure as Celtics manager..he made us STREETWISE….and not a Team that were Bullied.

     

     

    Thanks for the great memories Martin.

     

    HH.

  7. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    “Admit it, you smiled when you heard “St Johnstone are now the second most successful Scottish football club over the last decade” on the news last night”

     

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    Probably more for the old firmists to get excited about I would imagine.

     

    But congratulations to St Johnstone. A club that tries to be as successful as it can with the resources available.

     

    That will never catch on!

  8. Paul The Spark on

    THE BLOGGER FORMERLY KNOWN AS GM

     

    I think the UK variant is now the most dominant and makes up most of the new COVID cases in uk. I think I read last week it amounts to about 60% of new cases. Unfortunately it’s not went that quiet.

  9. GREENPINATA

     

     

    Agreed.

     

     

    the escapism to the world of football with the Celtic family is so important for many just now,

     

     

    The recent anti SNP rants are Pauls prerogative , but its does seem to be laced through almost every leader now.

  10. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Pretty obvious why Lambert is being talked about, not that difficult to join the dots…

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Greenpinta- from last article, I think we could go for a DoF,who has worked with a particular coach,who hopefully have experienced success….👍

  12. mmm…politicising Covid…wtf…the only optics that count should be…”are the fully vaccinated numbers enough to start looking at a change in policy”…no…not yet…

  13. I loved Martins “land of the Giants ” philosophy when it came to the back three Vargas. Bobo,MAlby Laurensen even Joos ValGaeren , who was the smallest of the lot was 6 3

     

     

    Something we could take note off when we rebuild the defence in the summer

  14. I’ve little appetite for a prolonged SC stretching into next season. I don’t see the need for it.

     

     

    If it can’t be played this season then we should move on and focus on a normal football calendar for next season – fingers crossed !

  15. Where’s this Lambert nonsense coming from?…him ruling himself out of the job, before he’s never going to be asked…jeez

     

     

    H.H.

  16. THE BLOGGER FORMERLY KNOWN AS GM on 1ST MARCH 2021 12:21 PM

     

    What’s this – the ‘ Brazilian strain’ has been detected!!!

     

     

     

    What a surprise.

     

     

     

    Just when you thought there was ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.

     

     

     

    What happened to the new ‘UK strain’ that we heard about around Christmas?

     

     

     

    It seems to have gone a bit quiet on that front.

     

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    The reason for the latest lockdown was because of the rate that the ‘new UK variant’ was spreading through the population. Maybe you missed the news. 😷😷😷

  17. garygillespieshamstring on

    If they manage to find the missing person with the Brazilian variant, it will have been a close shave.

  18. TheLurkinTim on

    I know how many is in a million/billion etc…but how many is a brazilian? ;-))

     

     

    H.H.

  19. NOTTHEBUS

     

     

    Haha..seen games where none of the huns forwards wanted the ball..knew they were going to get clattered by somebody.

     

     

    Would pay good money to see Bobo sort Fat Freddy out!

     

     

    HH

  20. a wee wander down memory lane yesterday about Benny Rooney, and then this popped up on line

     

     

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    Benny Rooney of St Johnstone. 222 League apps, 12 goals. Captained the club during UEFA Cup run of 1971–

     

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    3h

     

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    @74frankfurt

     

    one of the finest Morton managers- fondly remembered by supporters down Inverclyde way

     

    David McGhee

     

    @dhmcghee

     

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    3h

     

    Replying to

     

    @74frankfurt

     

    His great nephew Shaun scored the winning goal for St Johnstone in yesterday’s League Cup win

     

     

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EvYbB9iXMAQUXyH?format=jpg&name=large

  21. HELURKINTIM on 1ST MARCH 2021 1:00 PM

     

    I know how many is in a million/billion etc…but how many is a brazilian? ;-))

     

     

    😂😂😂👍

  22. THE BLOGGER FORMERLY KNOWN AS GM on 1ST MARCH 2021 12:21 PM

     

     

     

    Viruses evolve. It’s what they do.

     

     

    The existing vaccines may not be effective against the newly evolved strains, like the Brazilian one. Hence the concern to get the carriers traced and isolated before they infect others and undo the progress that’s been achieved so far.

     

     

    It’s going to be a long and winding road before were back to some semblance of normality.

  23. Me and Mrs got vaccine on saturday at the port town hall.

     

     

    I was impressed with the organisation, the friendliness and the behavour of attendees.

     

     

    the most important message for me was “3 weeks before it becomes effective, follow all the rules consistently”

  24. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    With you all the way Pablo on celebrating success.

     

     

    What a run we had.

     

     

    As to the final section of your leader ..

     

     

    “It remains to be seen what data drove the crackdown on Celtic that saw 13 players side-lined in January”

     

     

    You’ve baited so I’ll bite.

     

     

    🙂

     

     

    For how long will this remain to be seen?

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

  25. Sunday 1st March 1981

     

     

     

    I am standing on the threshold of another trembling world. May God have mercy on my soul.

     

     

    My heart is very sore because I know that I have broken my poor mother’s heart, and my home is struck with unbearable anxiety. But I have considered all the arguments and tried every means to avoid what has become the unavoidable: it has been forced upon me and my comrades by four-and-a-half years of stark inhumanity.

     

     

     

    I am a political prisoner. I am a political prisoner because I am a casualty of a perennial war that is being fought between the oppressed Irish people and an alien, oppressive, unwanted regime that refuses to withdraw from our land.

     

     

     

    I believe and stand by the God-given right of the Irish nation to sovereign independence, and the right of any Irishman or woman to assert this right in armed revolution. That is why I am incarcerated, naked and tortured.

     

     

     

    Foremost in my tortured mind is the thought that there can never be peace in Ireland until the foreign, oppressive British presence is removed, leaving all the Irish people as a unit to control their own affairs and determine their own destinies as a sovereign people, free in mind and body, separate and distinct physically, culturally and economically.

     

     

     

    I believe I am but another of those wretched Irishmen born of a risen generation with a deeply rooted and unquenchable desire for freedom. I am dying not just to attempt to end the barbarity of H-Block, or to gain the rightful recognition of a political prisoner, but primarily because what is lost in here is lost for the Republic and those wretched oppressed whom I am deeply proud to know as the ‘risen people’.

     

     

     

    There is no sensation today, no novelty that October 27th brought. (The starting date of the original seven man hunger-strike) The usual Screws were not working. The slobbers and would-be despots no doubt will be back again tomorrow, bright and early.

     

     

     

    I wrote some more notes to the girls in Armagh today. There is so much I would like to say about them, about their courage, determination and unquenchable spirit of resistance. They are to be what Countess Markievicz, Anne Devlin, Mary Ann McCracken, Marie MacSwiney, Betsy Gray, and those other Irish heroines are to us all. And, of course, I think of Ann Parker, Laura Crawford, Rosemary Bleakeley, and I’m ashamed to say I cannot remember all their sacred names.

     

     

     

    Mass was solemn, the lads as ever brilliant. I ate the statutory weekly bit of fruit last night. As fate had it, it was an orange, and the final irony, it was bitter. The food is being left at the door. My portions, as expected, are quite larger than usual, or those which my cell-mate Malachy is getting.

  26. HT

     

     

    Thanks for posting!

     

     

    Hope you are as good as can be.

     

     

    God bless.

  27. SAINT STIVS on 1ST MARCH 2021 1:03 PM

     

    a wee wander down memory lane yesterday about Benny Rooney, and then this popped up on line

     

     

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    Great info…..I’ve been watching this lad since he started getting a few goals this season and was especially impressed in the semi-final v Hibs when he was outstanding (even apart from his goal that day).

     

     

    Didn’t know he was related to Benny Rooney, one of Big Billy’s best pals (and son of Bob Rooney, one of Big Jock’s best pals!).

     

     

    Thanks for the info my bhoy.

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