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. Captain Beefheart on




    The league cup is crap. Normally I couldn’t care less but a final is a different matter.

  2. Alfie Noakes on



    18:04 on


    2 March, 2015


    Listening to radio Clyde news on the way home tonight.


    Did I hear correctly that Celtic fans have been reported for sectarian singing coming back from the Inter game?





    As the television evidence builds up against the Ibrox mob – so the’ tit for tat’ accusations will increase – ‘klan’ deflectors on full power and the media ‘lapping it up’

  3. theweegreenman


    Heard it also seem’s, it was on the Train heading for Perth.


    Awerabest PJ

  4. I was excited about the Ronny appointment though admittedly had no real evidence to base this on.


    I did like the vision he outlined but there are words that often do not come to fruition.


    The early results and performances did not look particularly encouraging.


    The scum in the smsm also added to the anxiety with patently false reports of dressing room unrest and directors doubts of his appointment.


    I had reservations but stayed quietly hopeful as he did not seem to have the personnel to implement his vision.


    He realised this and improvised which told me the guy has something.


    The recent transfer window and performances have reinforced this.


    Ronny has the correct vision for our club in the modern football arena and i hope he is here for a long time.

  5. My problem was with the rugby on Sunday. The Ireland fans’ insistence on singing The Soldiers Song was so unnecessary.



    HH jamesgang




  6. bournesouprecipe on

    “Ronny Deila was ‘clueless’ and ‘a laughing stock’.”



    John Hartson October 2014

  7. long haired yins man on

    Currently travelling in Germany, anybody know how to get Radio Scotland medium wave 810 or on digital on the Internet…?

  8. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Wilson just said Somers never understood the relationship between a football club and its supporters. Surely Somers had nothing to do with the club? Wasn’t it the holding company….?????

  9. Snake Plissken on

    50 million says posh Sevcovian on Clyde to fix the club.



    Loudest laugh I have had in a long time

  10. Captain Beef. And Alfie Nks………..probably feel the same on final day but would not begrudge Jackie Mac.

  11. bournesouprecipe



    18:16 on 2 March, 2015


    “Ronny Deila was ‘clueless’ and ‘a laughing stock’.”



    John Hartson October 2014




    Like most Tims I was disappointed with our ex players attitude towards Ronnie, especially Sutton who seemed to have an axe to grind. But in Big Johns defence he has recently stated that he has egg on his face regarding Ronnie.


    There were plenty on here who were wanting him out also.

  12. Jamesgang……………..fantastic. Even the English joined in. We just couldn’t lose.

  13. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I have just looked up the big book of football management and on page 15, 3rd paragraph it clearly states a manager should not change a winning team.Now this is book that is used if you are taking your Scottish football badges. The authors are A. McCoist,J.Brown, C.Sutton and A.Walker.A fine body of professionals I am sure you will agree. :- )

  14. Stairheedrammy on

    Does that sons of struth spokesman they keep wheeling out no just look like an as yet uncaught serial killer. It’s the eyes.

  15. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on




    18:35 on 2 March, 2015



    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha…..Brilliantly hilarious

  16. There where some on here wanting ronny out after 4 games, they’ll be back on here if he dosent secure the treble.


    When I was saying give him a season and see how it goes the same people where telling me he would cost us the league bla bla bla

  17. Captain Beefheart on

    Exactly hunskelper.



    No revisionism please. The green huns displayed zero football intelligence and patience.

  18. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    From day one I like the football philosophy according to Ronny.



    Whether he could deliver it was unknown.



    However, if he couldn’t, I hoped that someone would come in who could.



    For old style supporters, winning was not enough. It had to be with style and flair.



    The previous three managers ,excluding Mowbray, gave us winning, minus the style.



    We were lagging well behind the rest of the football world.



    We are now playing the same game and hopefully, we will get better at it.



    What recent games have shown is that in Scotland, fitness levels leave at lot to be desired. We have raised the bar, in that respect…..we had further to come than even our domestic rivals.



    The common tactic of visiting teams to Celtic Park was to absorb what we threw at them ,then come at us in the last ten minutes or so, when half our team were running on vapour.



    Hamilton tried it and came a cropper. Aberdeen went to to toe, hoping to cash in on our midweek exertions and came a cropper.



    Other clubs will now have to revise their training and dietary habits, in order to compete in the 21st. Century.

  19. bournesouprecipe on




    IRonny ;-)



    John Hartson and Chris Sutton’s negative views are like manna for MSM.



    It’s part of the job, and experts have made a living from Celtic bashing,


    lots of former employees, it makes great copy, when it comes from an ex





    They remain a pair, scraping a living with no journalistic skills, but they


    follow the agenda.

  20. Snake Plissken on

    Starry Plough



    Honestly. I couldn’t believe it. So funny.



    Their gullibility knows no bounds

  21. Captain Beefheart on

    Hee hee.



    Apologies for my error rob.



    Nothing wrong with pedantry. You are faster than Pat Mustard’s milk round.

  22. Reading back and laughing at the revisionism of some. I’m delighted ronny is doing well.

  23. I wanted Ronny Deila out.



    He blew the CL qualification with one of the dumbest half-time substitution in history v Maribor.



    Brought on a half-fit KC for Kayal (who was holding mid well) in order to shift shape to 4-2-4 in a game which was 0-0 and would have seen us through on away goals. We fell apart, Maribor took midfield control and score dlate on to condemn us.



    From then until January post-Gran Can break we varied between abject and promising.



    Nobody was singing a happy festive tune after the Dec 27 Ross County bore draw at home.



    2015, things are clicking. Surprisingly quickly.



    The big test was Inter. Extraordinary goalkeeping and refereeing event took the control out of the experiment to guage our progress but the way the team coped with adversity in both legs had me impressed.



    I backed Tony Mowbray’s attacking philosophy to the hilt only to see the shambles which eventually resulted. i backed Lenny through the tough times and the 0-3 turnaround at Killie saved his skin.



    These first 2 months of 2015 may have saved Ronny Deila’s skin. I’m enjoying the fact his methodology seems to be getting through to the players with results. It’s dynamic, thrilling to see the waves of Hoops relentless in pursuit of goals.



    But I’ll enjoy it with caution; that he is still very much a rookie with great faith in his ability and appears to believe more in his hypothesis than practical experience; that blitzing Scottish teams is very good but the real test will be making the CL group stages with that style of play – we’ve yet to really know how flexible it is, and if we can nullify decent opposition and close a game down when necessary rather than just gpoing toe-to-toe and slugging it out.



    The ferverent may demand blind worship and total committment but I’ll maintain my right as a survivor of Brady, Macari, Venglos and Mowbray to reserve my pledge of undying allegiance until we’ve road-tested a little more.



    If you think that makes you a better Tim than me, well, I couldn’t really give; go ride yer hand.

  24. árd macha



    16:35 on 2 March, 2015


    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



    The fact often left out is that those who left the RUC/UDR and the “Prison Service” received golden handshakes beyond belief (particularly the RUC under the Patten Reforms). Those same organisations then operated a revolving door policy which, particularly in the case of the RUC Special Branch, then re employed those who took their super inflated redundancy packages. There were cases of even those on the bottom rung of the ladder leaving with £150k packages and returning after one month on similar “casual salaries”. The only significant difference was that they could be told that their new “contracts” could be terminated with (again) one months notice. Given the disparity in employment practices this was designed to benefit one side of the”community”



    In relation to the discussion earlier on the use of the term “Roman Catholic. It has always tended to be used pejoratively in the North. Just listen to the rantings of the Rev “Doctor”.


    I remember a philosopher in the “North” ( of which we have more than our fair share) stating that Roman is a Particular and Catholic is a Universal and you cannot particularise a universal.


    It sounded good but others on here,of a philosophic bent, can tell me whether that is valid statement. I just hated because of the intent of those using it.


    Respect Macanbheatha HH

  25. Captain Beefheart on

    BBC’s presenter Kenny McIntyre laughing at the beast doing a Steau player. Were it possible to punch a voice, that BBC guy’s vocals would receive my fists. Sadly, Boy George probably has a better right hook than me.