Dangers of a league without whipping boys


At 1:45 yesterday afternoon the prospects of Celtic stretching their lead at the top of the table by the end of the day appeared slight.  The tide has turned in Celtic’s favour in recent weeks but leagues are hard to win and we need only think back to how many chances St Mirren peppered Fraser Forster’s goal with to appreciate the difference between winning games and dropping points.

Teams in the SPL are well organised, even eighth place St Mirren, who are on a run of poor form but apart from a couple of lapses defended well, created more chances than Celtic and played with adventure and confidence.

Celtic are the best team in the league but there will not be a single game before the end of the season in which they will be able to take anything for granted.  The result from yesterday we should pay most attention to is bottom of the league Dunfermline’s 0-3 win at Kilmarnock.  This is a league without whipping boys.

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  1. Ten Men Won The League on

    “I adored Henrik Larsson as a kid”



    Jordan Rhodes in an interview with the Sunday Times today

  2. good results for us yesterday…



    Keep the focus…



    vinny pass pn my regards to R….

  3. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Strikes me that if Celts playing in Team GB leads to the further demise of the SFA then it can only be a good thing.



    Also reckon Team GB opens a wee crack in the FIFA/EUFA door labeled “Welcome to England” which could be to Celtics benefit.



    Seems ironic though that simultaneously we have the threat of an independent Scotland and a combined GB international team – my heids birlin’ – or maybe I am just getting too old to make sense of it all.

  4. Paul67



    A few surprises in terms of league positions this year, most notably St Johnstone, who are sitting in fourth place level points with Hearts but have a game in hand. I think we can all agree that the only guarantee this season is…we’ll win the league!

  5. SonsOfErin at 12:55 / dirtymac at 13:02



    If the TV contract, to which oldco is effectively a signatory, includes a form of wording which provides for a continuing relationship with oldco/newco, I would have thought that would impact on any judgement being made by HMRC. If it doesn’t, then the financial value to the other SPL clubs of allowing newco in is unknown.

  6. In the past I have made it plain that he is not my favourite player and is unlikely to be so in the future.


    However, Scott Brown deserves praise for yesterday’s performance.


    Nine days to go and still no sign of physically imposing leader of the line.


    Are we going to repeat past blunders?

  7. TR



    Just catching up there.



    Eh at no point did I state or even imply that you were a hun, get a grip man.



    My point was that if a poster, in this case Gordon64, wished to enquire if someone was a hun, then they were entitled to ask.



    Looking in it looked as if there was some confusion between you and Gordon64 and that created the misunderstanding.



    The only people I’ve levelled the hun word at on CQN, have been huns :-)

  8. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Don’t agree with your article Paul – surely Neil Lennon is the official SPL whipping boy?

  9. SwanseaBhoy, on second thoughts, MWD makes a good point.



    RATM, agree.



    GS10, if I was a Hibs fan I would be worried.

  10. Does anyone have the states for both our game and the angers game?



    l wonder what the shot on goal and the shots on target were?



    Listening to the radio it struck me that they were dropping points while having more shots on and off target than we had?



    If this is the case then l am indeed worried that our winning run could be under threat? And even more convinced we need another striker.




  11. Thanks for the kind thoughts re my son Ryan, it weird how his mum knew there was something up and was still awake at 4am this morning, she wasn’t surprised when I told her this morning.



    Coorslad et al, I haven’t been able to speak to him yet, so no further info other than his brother says he’s out of hospital and ok.






  12. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    Re the quality papers.. Today’s Sunday Times sport leader, could not be more anti Celtic.. “Celtic leave it late ” was the headline and a pic of Ki , the caption of which slagged him off..”largely ineffectual”..



    Then in smaller print at the bottom ( below a story about Rugby)we get a story about Jelly fish … Not the fact Rangers lost ground)Indeed we better get used to the propaganda media.. With us 4 ahead they ll be at maximum anti Celtic levels ..



    However the sun is shining and we shall not be moved..




  13. I just hope more of these teams can come out and have a go at Rangers. They won’t out-muscle them but if they play football they have a chance.



    respect to Kilmarnock, St Johnstone, St Mirren and Dundee Utd for playing football this season (Oh and Swansea and Norwich!).

  14. Gordon



    Perhaps but on an other day it could have been the reverse, obviously they were at home.I do feel that stats like yesterday are worrying.



    Though you have a point. Think it is something worth pondering?



    Keep the faith




  15. Paul67 et al



    I happen to believe that, as things stand, Celtic will win more league games than Rangers between now and the end of the season. In theory we could achieve 101 points, and in doing so point them towards Room 101. Obviously we need to take one game at a time, but it is possible, albeit unlikely, that we could equal Martin O’Neil’s record of 26 wins in a row. Unlikely, because this team is not as strong as Martin’s. Possible, if we strengthen from the fairly strong position we are in now. As things stand we have not done that, nor does it look like we are going to do it. As things stand.

  16. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    Gordon and ht



    See you’re on lads.



    Hail hail to you both.Wee bit too much swally I think.Me anyway.

  17. Forrest to Spurs sounds like shoite but if it was a goer…then who wud spurs offer in exchange with 6 mill cash. kranjar?

  18. FPLG says huns have a problem scoring goals



    in order to solve it he wants the sale of Jelavic to go thro asap



    strange ……solving your goalscoring problem by selling your top scorer



    and the Scottish press happily print this rubbish with comment

  19. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Been out and catching up again.



    I see it has been posted that Michael Owen is another rumour.



    Shurely not?!!



    A small non physical striker is not what we need, in my opinion.

  20. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    Pfayr.. Agreed.. The press spin FOR them is shameful.. At every opportunity it should be raised in the faint hope the truth will emerge.. Sadly we know it’s always spin and sure they now are involved with STV..

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