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“We have been doing local pilots on mental health and wellbeing in Aberdeen which are working.

“The days of booze and betting sponsorships doesn’t really tie in with healthy living and being at the heart of our communities.

“Football can be a magnet for people, healthy living and mental health, so we need to be at the centre of the community.”

The words of Aberdeen chairman, Dave Cormack, spoken less than two weeks ago.  Yesterday, we discovered two of his players tested positive for Covid and a further six have been isolated as all eight attended the pub at the centre of the Aberdeen outbreak.

Mr Cormack, those are empty words.  Today, you are a poster boy for poor governance in healthy living, booze and the caring for the heart of your community.  Your primary task as a director of a football club is to direct the actions of those you control.  What happened?

His interview, in the Daily Record, was full of empty management speech:

“Something I think we have to explore at the centre to drive an agenda.

“What do we want to be? What is our vision? I don’t know what the vision is. We don’t have a branding strategy.

“At the centre, it’s not run like a real company that would have a vision, a branding strategy or goals to drive income.

“The cup is half full, how can we drive things?”

It’s like he had just finished watching a very poor Ted Talk on business growth by an entrepreneur who sold for millions and has no idea how it happened.  Or maybe that’s really him.

Scottish football is the great grounder of egos.  Think your business background gives you better insight and decision making than those in an industry you’ve never worked in?  Buy Hearts or Aberdeen and find out.  Think that your experience as on the Conservative Party – Scottish executive while Tony Blair earned a landslide prepared you for anything?  Maybe you should become chief exec at Partick Thistle?

Football players have been granted ‘sports bubble’ special status, when they abuse that privilege by hitting busy pubs, they have let us all down.

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  1. CELTIC MAC on 7TH AUGUST 2020 3:46 PM

     

    Paul67 was coruscated on here by some, for highlighting the lack of logic shown by the Scottish government in allowing people to go to pubs whilst barring any attendance at outdoor events, including football. Trial events down South with restricted attendance in cricket, horse racing and er snooker were swiftly abandoned, after one day in the latter case. So no data there data.

     

     

    At this point in time, all other factors being equal, remaining the same etc. would I feel safer, be less at risk, in a crowded pub in Aberdeen or in in an audience of say 5000 at a primarily outdoor venue in Celtic Park?

     

     

    Hypothetical I know, but you would be more likely to find me at the latter venue.

     

     

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    While I don’t agree with your post (because you are wrong and I am right!🤷🏼‍♂️😉😂) You do win significant consolation points for the delectable use of ‘coruscated’, one of my favourite words.

     

     

    HH jg

  2. AKBW1888 on 7TH AUGUST 2020 6:34 PM

     

    Yeah Tontine Tim *as I said a couple of days ago they said the same about the Grim Rieper.

     

     

    You are referring to Andy Caroll, yes?

     

     

    *naw Marc Rieper

  3. Ernie Lynch

     

     

    I agree wholeheartedly with what you say (jaysus, we live in strange times!!!!) about how a big Celtic Park crowd can help and hinder.

     

    On balance, I think it helps. A lot. A very lot.

     

     

    HH jg

  4. BIG JIMMY on 7TH AUGUST 2020 5:13 PM

     

    DAVID66 on 7TH AUGUST 2020 4:57 PM

     

     

     

     

    Now for reasons only known to my good lady I have to travel across the city to pick her up from a hairdressers, why she could not go to the normal one on Alexandra parade I do not know. Or another more local.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mind boggling.

     

     

     

     

    ……………………..

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Maybe the hairdressers in Alexandra Parade arent cutting hair any longer….they are cutting it shorter ….Simples Davie mate !

     

     

     

     

    LOL

     

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    Brilliant Jimmy 😂😂😂

     

     

    D :)

  5. TONTINE TIM on 7TH AUGUST 2020 6:45 PM

     

    AKBW1888 on 7TH AUGUST 2020 6:34 PM

     

    Yeah Tontine Tim *as I said a couple of days ago they said the same about the Grim Rieper.

     

    You are referring to Andy Caroll, yes?

     

    *naw Marc Rieper

     

     

    Marc Rieper was a defender, not a striker like Ajeti is meant to be.

     

    Yeah I remember Marc Rieper, he played during the 90’s.

     

    Was it TB, who signed him?

  6. AKBW1888

     

    Restrictions for the general public but footballers are to maintain the sporting bubble so their rules will be different.

  7. GENE on 7TH AUGUST 2020 6:51 PM

     

    AKBW1888

     

    Restrictions for the general public but footballers are to maintain the sporting bubble so their rules will be different.

     

    That’s not fair, so footballers are not allowed to see their close Family members, even longer.

     

    This whole matter (Covid19) is becoming a farce.

  8. AKBW

     

     

    No mate, it’s becoming a killer or something that maims your heart and lints I’d it doesn’t kill you.

     

     

    Stay safe

     

     

    HH jg

  9. While we huff n puff quite rightly at the daft dandy dons, we also need to recognise that a player could lead a 100% professional existence at this time and still get it. And unwittingly pass it on to their team mates and coaching staff.

     

     

    We will be blessed – and I pray we are – if our team and club are untouched.

     

     

    And we need to be ready to cope with the fact that Covid will be for some players, a season ending injury. For others, career ending. And potentially fatal in a small number of cases.

     

     

    Suddenly a ‘bloated’ squad might be a prerequisite.

     

     

    HH jg

  10. AKBW1888 on 7TH AUGUST 2020 6:31 PM

     

    TONTINE TIM on 7TH AUGUST 2020 6:04 PM

     

     

     

     

    SAINT STIVS on 7TH AUGUST 2020 2:44 PM

     

     

     

     

    St.Anthony@Stephen4_2

     

     

    Aug 5 A goal for Dundee United against Celtic in August 1965. This was one of Jock Stein’s earliest games as manager. Look how young Bobby Murdoch looks

     

     

    *That was august 14 a LC game which we lost 1-2, huns were laughing that day.

     

     

    Yeah, however they were not laughing the following Season (1965/66) when the Bhoys under Jock Stein, went on to win the League & League Cup in that Season.

     

     

    *we were shattered as we had won our 2 friendlies that summer 7-0 and 5-0, however we were missing Joe McGoals injured and the Bear suspended for bookings the season before.

     

     

    The Arabs played in their new strip, black with white trimming, nae tangerine scheidt as yet, and were one up at the half through former Celtic favourite Bobby Carroll, we equalised through a wee ten thirty diving header where he injured himself and while off getting treatment one minute later Duntocher lhad Denis Gillespie grabbed the winner for them.

     

     

    We did beat Motherwell midweek through a Johnny Divers goal but 3 days later lost again this time 0-2 at home and were now 3 points behind the Arabs and yet the following Wednesday we went back up tae Tannadice for our opening League game winning 4-0 with Johnny Divers scoring the first goal in our quest for 9, mitb that historical night was Right Hun Davidson, he even gave us a penalty !!!!!!!

     

     

    We never looked back going on tae win the LC, first time since oh hampden in the sun, and IMHO the catalyst for the Big Cup and NIAR as it showed we could beat that mob in a final when it mattered.

  11. Gene

     

     

    And it happens to ‘good’ ‘clean’ people and places!

     

     

    Been struggling with my Dad throughout this, as he assures me that he’s low-ish risk to visit my sister because the care home where my niece works is clean and has a good reputation!

     

     

    🤷🏼‍♂️🙈

     

     

    But I can also see why he wants to see his daughter and grandkids.

     

     

    Meanwhile, I’m in the pokie in London, haven’t seen my kids or dad since before lockdown.

     

     

    We’re all getting to the end of our tethers. We need to remember that Covid is the enemy. And it’s a bad bassa.

     

     

    HH jg

  12. prestonpans bhoys on

    Jamesgang @6:43

     

     

    Corvscated your favourite word only scores 18 points on scrabble😱😵

     

     

    Not a lot of folk know that😂😂😂

  13. 137 for 8 at the close – will be an interesting day tomorrow – I’m sure you’re all excited by the prospect.🤗

  14. GENE you are absolutely correct, you don’t have to be breaking the rules to get get it, but the furore in the Aberdeen case is over HOW the players involved became infected. A group of well-known, popular footballers from that city’s only top flight team going into a pub, in numbers, presumably together,was just stupidity, perhaps arrogant stupidity at that. As a poster said earlier to call such actions stupid is perhaps to insult stupid people.

  15. AKBW1888 on 7TH AUGUST 2020 6:50 PM

     

     

    Marc Rieper was a defender, not a striker like Ajeti is meant to be.

     

     

    Yeah I remember Marc Rieper, he played during the 90’s. Was it TB, who signed him?

     

     

    *Dear God, if you know your history right enough, I just wrote about that a couple of days ago when discussing our ending the tainted 10. He was an international centre half signed by WTT and hugely instrumental in both our LC and League win that season scoring the opening goal at hades against the Arabs in the LC win, a tournament in which we didnae lose a goal.

  16. JAMESGANG on 7TH AUGUST 2020 6:57 PM

     

    AKBW

     

    No mate, it’s becoming a killer or something that maims your heart and lints I’d it doesn’t kill you.

     

    Stay safe

     

    HH jg

     

    Thanks JG, however what they are saying over the Net, is said Covid19 is no more of a killer

     

    than influenze, or even sars, it’s been blowin out of proportion, no one has died in Scotland

     

    now, for a few weeks, via Covid19. Some say, we will all catch some form of this said Virus,

     

    one way, or another. It can kill people, who have underlying health issues, or a very weak

     

    immune system. They also say that people with type ‘A’ blood, (positive & negative) can

     

    also catch it as well. Along with being six feet or over tall, & diabetic, It’s a pain in the you

     

    know where region, as well. However the so called Company, who have been assigned to

     

    produce/make up the so called injection, which is meant to help/protect ones immune

     

    system, against said virus, has a really bad past record, just ask some of the folk in the

     

    old Country, (Ireland) when their name will eventually come to common knowledge.

     

    It’s the side effects, of any so called new cure, when it becomes available for the general

     

    public, so one should be aware of this important info, & pay attention to details.

     

    So you ‘Stay Safe’ as well James Gang H-H

  17. So Tontine Tim, it was Vim Jansen then who signed Marc Rieper then in Season 1997/98

     

    Well I was living down in London then, with no Sly Sports News back then, nor the

     

    Internet, in fact I was having to phone this bloody over the top priced premium rate

     

    phone number, to get any news whatsoever, about our beloved Club.

     

    Yeah I remember now, we beet Dundee Utd 3 – 1 in the final of the League Cup @

     

    Castle Grey Skull, & then went on to stop the cheats doing ten in a row.

  18. AKBW1888

     

     

    I would differentiate between the disease and the ‘cures’.

     

     

    It’s culled the old. Which was acceptable to Spectator and Telegraph commentators who begrudge pensioners the pension they’ve paid for. But is a worry for folks like me with an elderly parent.

     

     

    In terms of numbers, as Auld Kenny Rogers would say, they’ll be time enough for counting when the dealing’s done. In the mean time, there’s strong and worrying evidence from good clinicians and researchers, with no commercial interests, to say it leaves many people with horribly scarred lungs and shortness of breath. And that it damages heart, or further damages people with existing heart disease. It’s been associated with onset of rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory disease) and people emerging from effectively comas have PTSD to contend with.

     

     

    It doesn’t have the lethality of SARS on a specific person, but the fact that so many people are asymptomatic for such a long time means it’s much more ‘spread-able’.

     

     

    So while it might not have the same kill %, it’s numbers are huge and the long term effect it has on those it doesn’t kill can be huge.

     

     

    So stay safe Mo Chara. And stay Timmy

     

     

    HH jg

  19. Oh Goodness…………………………

     

    :0

     

     

    :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

     

     

    ;)

     

     

    It doesn’t take long………………..

     

     

    Rockets firin’ awready……..

     

     

    HHH.

  20. PRESTONPANS BHOYS on 7TH AUGUST 2020 7:17 PM

     

    Jamesgang @6:43

     

     

     

    Corvscated your favourite word only scores 18 points on scrabble😱😵

     

     

     

    Not a lot of folk know that😂😂😂

     

     

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    You giving yourself points for made up words now??? You on the Buckie in aberfoyle??

     

     

    😂😂😂😂😂😂

     

     

    HH jg

  21. One summer I was working in OK pretty close to the old Gavinburn Depot. We were sitting around the huts talking about fitba when Lou Macari’s name came up.

     

     

    An apprentice joiner there, who was also playing fitba for Kilsyth, said “he couldnae lace my young brother’s boots”, it then transpired his brother was on our books.

     

     

    When asked who is brother was he replied Vic Davidson, now not too many knew who he was, wee Lou aye as he was scoring for fun for the reserves.

     

     

    Anyway he told us that Vic was playing in a schoolboy select game at hades, I believe Danny and Kenny were tae, when after the game he was approached by a member of the staff there.

     

     

    He had a team sheet and one name was circled, it was his. Best man on the park son, how would you like tae play here. Absolutely he replied my da takes me here tae watch games.

     

     

    Ok and pulls out a signing on form, “what’s your full name”, “eh Victor Salvatore Davidson”, “whit school do you go tae”, “Sacred Heart Brigton”.

     

     

    At that he takes the form and tears it in two, “sorry son, this is one part of the job I hate” he says.

     

     

    It seems Vic’s da was a bluenose and had taken him tae the games with him, his brother went tae Shawfield instead.

     

     

    He told us they were never Celtic supporters but since Vic joined us they were now.

     

     

    Shortly after that I left the country for the first time. Fast forward 3 years and I’m standing on the terracing at Rugby Park and Vic is the 2nd best mhan on the park, Jinky was better.

     

     

    He impresses and scores a lovely goal; meanwhile Kenny, Danny, big George and wee Skip tae ma Lou are playing for the reserves.

     

     

    And yet less than 2 months later Lou scores the opening goal in the SC Final replay after replacing Wispy in the side.

     

     

    2 days after this Kenny bursts on to the scene scoring 6 goals in the Frank Beattie Testimonial at the same Rugby Park where losers 2 nights before stein and johnston appeared for the home side. My God those were really really good days.

     

     

    Big Jock always said Vic was his biggest disappointment. I’m no buying too slight as at one time he was looked on as the new John White, the Ghost of White Hart Lane and he was built like a jockey’s whip.

     

     

    Mibbees just mibbees Kenny who wasn’t rated as high at the time had a better work rate.

  22. GENE on 7TH AUGUST 2020 7:02 PM

     

    AKBW1888

     

    What is a farce is people ignoring the rules – it’s tough on everyone.

     

     

    So their is one rule for all the general public, & another rule for footballers. Nah, nae good.

     

    That virus was an airborn virus, which went viral in a matter of days, the CCP should be

     

    held to account, for poisoning the Global environment, end of, & measures should be

     

    put in place, so that this type of catastrophe, can not & will not happen again.

     

    We are talking here, about Health & Safety Issues.

  23. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Where’s Neil Lennon’s presser gone?

     

     

    Can’t see it on Celtic TV, can’t see it on You Tube.

  24. fairhill bhoy on

    BADA-seen that one regarding griff earlier.If its rumour you want then Eddie to A Madrid £35m plus addies.Heard it from a friend 🤷‍♀️

  25. Tontine Tim that match @ Rugby Park against Kilmarnock was back in the 60’s yeah

     

    I’ve got the goals of that match on an old VHS Tape.

     

    Yeah Colin Stein & Tommy The Hamster McClean where playing for Kilmarnock that

     

    Sunny Day & our beloved Club won by six goals if my memory serves me well wee

     

    Whispy scored a few goals & wee Jinky well wee Jinky was tearing them apart .

  26. AKBW1888

     

    I would differentiate between the disease and the ‘cures’.

     

    It’s culled the old. Which was acceptable to Spectator and Telegraph commentators who begrudge pensioners the pension they’ve paid for. But is a worry for folks like me with an elderly parent.

     

    In terms of numbers, as Auld Kenny Rogers would say, they’ll be time enough for counting when the dealing’s done. In the mean time, there’s strong and worrying evidence from good clinicians and researchers, with no commercial interests, to say it leaves many people with horribly scarred lungs and shortness of breath. And that it damages heart, or further damages people with existing heart disease. It’s been associated with onset of rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory disease) and people emerging from effectively comas have PTSD to contend with.

     

    It doesn’t have the lethality of SARS on a specific person, but the fact that so many people are asymptomatic for such a long time means it’s much more ‘spread-able’.

     

    So while it might not have the same kill %, it’s numbers are huge and the long term effect it has on those it doesn’t kill can be huge.

     

    So stay safe Mo Chara. And stay Timmy

     

    HH jg

     

    Will Do God Willing.

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