Fastest, fittest, Celtic, what Ashley has left


A little over two months ago Celtic lost at Tannadice and dropped two points at home to Ross County.  After our disastrous August, and home defeat to Hamilton in October, this December blow put Celtic on the canvas one more time.  I was getting calls from Norway “Are you still backing Ronny?” The transformation since has been enormous.

For much of the first half yesterday Celtic were disjointed, not untypical of a team returning from a European disappointment, but despite this, the support knew – actually knew – not to be too concerned.  Things would come together, and even if they didn’t yesterday, they would next time out, and for the rest of the season.

We have purpose and direction.  The first goal arrived courtesy of Aberdeen’s adherence to the oft-discredited man-for-man marking system, but thereafter, the goals, in fact, pretty much all attacks, came courtesy of the fastest, fittest, Celtic team you have ever seen.

Who do you want standing behind an opponent? One of the wealthiest people in the land, or a “glib and shameless liar”? I’d rather the latter, thank you.

As well as being a tax convict, Dave King sat on the Rangers board for a decade as it spiraled towards liquidation. He sat on the board which failed to make provisions for the HMRC tax case – and it was this specific failure, not the tax case, which led to the club being sold to a liquidation specialist for £1.

He campaigned relentlessly against newco, oft repeating his vision of ‘competing with Celtic’, while many of us considered the club should prioritise paying its bills and living within its means.

It seems certain that at some point between now and Friday he will be in de facto control, although his eligibility as a director appears doomed, should rules be applied.

Some will celebrate whenever Mike Ashley’s men depart the scene, but this is in keeping with their many earlier celebrations. Here’s a prediction for you: go back and read what the LibDems said after their people got into cabinet. ‘Once we saw what was under the bonnet, it became clear we couldn’t do what we wanted to do’. I reckon you’re going to hear a version of that in the months to come. Even today, Dave King has no idea what Mike Ashley has left him. All we really know is that the representatives of one very wealthy man are about to leave the scene.

Thanks to everyone who has bought a ticket to the CQN11 St Patrick’s Dinner at the Kerrydale Suite on Friday 13th March. If you would like details, let me know, celticquicknews@gmail.com

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  1. macanbheatha Oscar Abú on

    árd macha



    15:31 on 2 March, 2015


    Monday 2nd



    Much to the distaste of the Screws we ended the no-wash protest this morning….,



    I had a visit that day and as I was walking along with the screw I asked why the visiting was running so late he replied through gritted teeth that there had been an emergency meeting called at lunchtime by their union reps (POA) as to how to handle this development as there were many screws who were new to this situation ( they had only ever “worked ” with us on the basis that we were locked up 24 /7 with very little movement in or out of the cells )


    Any how the meeting quickly turned to the subject of the “Dirty ” money, otherwise the £50 PW they were about to lose now and how after thee years they had become dependant on it.


    He himself said he felt ashamed that his colleagues were bickering over this and should welcome the fact that the living conditions for us and the working conditions for them were to improve vastly to say the least .He said he left the meeting when they started talking about having to cancel foreign holidays and selling new cars etc.


    Me? I was just glad to get a wash without the use of a fire hose and a deck scrubber.:-)

  2. charliemac


    14:48 on


    2 March, 2015


    When is Lustig due back from injury?




    Two weeks before his next one?




  3. gordon_j backing neil lennon



    12:30 on 2 March, 2015


    In the first half we seemed to play a lot more long through balls into space than usual – and few came off. In the second there were far more balls played to feet – a deliberate change of plan at half time?






    I think aberdeen should take a lot of the credit for our less than pretty 1st half. The were really diligent in boxing-in our back 4 and gordon and made the midfield really tight. Hence the many long balls to our giant target Mhan Griffiths!



    Not so in the 2nd half. That allowed us to play ‘lovely like’!



    HH jamesgang

  4. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    Often , when a player is out of action, his standard of play has a miraculous upsurge. That kind of response has always made me smile. At the risk of being seen of a similar ilk, I would say that Izzy`s absence alerted us to just how much he offers whilst flying down that left wing. Efe, understandably, was not keen to vacate his defensive area. As a result, there were fewer passing options for Biton. Emilio Izaguirre is a very important player for us.






    PS If Izzi remains out for more games, would Wakaso be a suitable/ similar replacement?

  5. Árd Macha



    15:25 on 2 March, 2015



    ‘ernie lynch,



    What is the smells and bells wing of the Anglican Church?’






    I think they’re called High Church Anglicans.



    I don’t understand the nuances. As I said before they’re just another type of heathen to me.

  6. jamesgang



    I think the last 3 games at Celtic Park have shown that our coaching staff are able to motivate and make changes to improve the performance in the 2nd half. That is pleasing.




  7. Alfie Noakes on

    The hand of God


    13:11 on


    2 March, 2015


    Enjoyed Sunday’s game thought the fans by and large showed patience with the team after their hard midweek shift also nice to see a larger than usual crowd.I usually enjoy the visiting Don’s fans banter but wish they would stop those Saville chants although it was nice to see them giving Jay a great ovation.





    Your point about the patience of the fans throughout the majority of Saturday’s first half is well-made.



    There were no enormous sighs followed by disgruntled shouting – this shows that Ronny and the team have won over the support and confidence is building match by match.



    We took the best that Aberdeen had to offer, and it was good at times, and surged into the game with great belief.



    Hard to single anyone out really, but I will – the influence that Scott Brown has on his team mates is awesome; he also intimidates the opposition from first minute to last. He leads by example, just like the Birthday Bhoy Big Billy used to do, week in and week out.

  8. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked



    15:54 on 2 March, 2015



    What was interesting was how many people were certain he was the best appointment ever when not only did they know nothing about him, they hadn’t even heard of him.

  9. Our recent record with strikers is depressing. I will be sad to see the back of JG but I don’t think there’s much we can do. I can see him playing in Italy next season after that Inter goal.



    Maybe we should stick to British. Pukki, Balde, Scepovic, Bangura etc….

  10. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    I think some people were concerned that Ronny had “only” won the Norwegian league. Although I never really figured out which other leagues he was likely to have won with a Norwegian team…..

  11. jamesgang,



    Yes, fair point. We didn’t get our passing game going. Although I think Aberdeen players exerted an enormous amount of energy trying to keep us in check, and that contributed to our eventual domination.

  12. Everyone is happy, nae delirious, that Ronny’s training, tactics and dietary regimes have proved successful and are bearing fruit.


    So let’s move on from the backbiting and finger pointing about who had faith and who doubted. Even Thomas was forgiven.


    Instead let’s bicker about the usual stuff. A list of suggestions follow:


    Ticket Office, summer football, catering, kick off times, MIBs, SFA, SPFL, MSM, KGB, ISIS, CIA, Dallas, FT Worth, Neganon, Kojo, Estadio (where is he these days?), Kilwinning, Airdrie, St Pats Dumbarton, the 1966 USA tour money, Hugh Keevins, Pat Sniveller, Podiums (should that be podiA?), New Zealand wines and Noel90.


    Feel free to add.

  13. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    Could it be that they use incense and ring bells during certain Acts of Worship?




  14. Geordie Munro on

    I’m sure I can find posts where guys were happy at the appointment of Ronny and I’m sure I can find posts from guys who were underwhelmed at his appointment.



    I’m not so sure I can find posts claiming he was the best ever.

  15. gordon_j backing neil lennon





    Agreed x 2



    Leaving St Pancras on my way home.


    2 cup final tickets secured





    HH jamesgang

  16. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked



    16:24 on 2 March, 2015





    Could it be that they use incense and ring bells during certain Acts of Worship?’







    Sorry, I thought that was obvious.



    I don’t like stating the obvious. Obviously.

  17. geordie munro



    There was that WITS ghuy.


    Or ‘naked runner around george square’ as he will hopefully soon be known!



    WITS. If you read this. This is for you…..






    Just pulling your leg. But only once you put your breeks back on!



    HH jamesgang

  18. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    Geordie Munro,


    I remember you saying you hoped we would not get Roy Keane because you there was a Norwegian guy you hadn`t heard of yet but he was a better manager than Jock Stein, Brian Clough and Jose Mourinho combined…….or have I got that wrong?




  19. macanbheatha oscar abú



    It was all they ever understood.



    Want the RUC done away with? Pay us


    Want the UDR done away with? Pay us



    Loyal to the half crown to paraphrase a term used to denigrate us,



    Without being sycophantic I have incredible pride and respect for all the blanket men and indeed anyone who was part of the struggle.



    Personally that’s why I have always supported the current movement. My logic is; These are the guys who sacrificed the most and they therefore should have first crack at any political power which may well ensue. I trust them to deliver for the people.



    Meas mor.



    Ard Macha

  20. GlassTwoThirdsFull



    16:21 on 2 March, 2015



    ‘I think some people were concerned that Ronny had “only” won the Norwegian league.’







    Possibly also that when he was first approached it was for the post of assistant manager, or manager’s assistant, not sure if there’s a difference.

  21. lennon's passion on

    So if you were in the Ronny out brigade. You have to be hung drawn and quartered by the supreme support. Away and don’t make me laugh. Ronnys being doing brilliant of late but his early tactics and early exits from Europe had more than a few alarm bells ringing. At the end of the day every true Tim wants all manager/players to be a success for the hoops.

  22. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on




    “Sorry, I thought that was obvious.



    I don’t like stating the obvious. Obviously.”



    Now I am going to say that that is what I was doing at 16:24.




  23. GlassTwoThirdsFull on



    Summer football – start the season earlier, but NOT a March-November season.

  24. I mentioned a week or so ago that there was a forward in the Aberdeen development squad who Celtic were very interested in. Not a bad day for the boy today.

  25. JonnyRambo67 on

    Jungle Jim Hot Smoked


    16:14 on



    PS If Izzi remains out for more games, would Wakaso be a suitable/ similar replacement?






    Thought that on Sunday. Maybe RD just wanted a defender in there to start the game. Suspect Wakaso would have been brought on if we went behind. Might see him play there against St. Johnstone who are more likely to play defensive, though it may depend on how long Izzy is out and what the plans are for Tannadice.




    13:20 on 2 March, 2015






    That was the first surprise I got when I read the CELTICWIKI article!




    There was an article in one of the Celtic Minded books by Joe Bradley about the Lithuanian community and Celtic and it was in there.



    I will OCR an put it up when I get a chance to dig it out.



    I wanted to put it on CelticWiki and asked Bradley but he ignored my repeated requests.

  27. fanadpatriot on

    Winning captains


    What was our super scout JP doing when the boy was playing on our doorstep.?

  28. TBJ



    …Great idea, lovely thing to do.


    Make sure you put your suggestion to Celtic directly.




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