Fixture adrenaline would sink a lesser manager


It will not have escaped your attention that Motherwell, who host Celtic on Saturday, are above us in the table and have lost only once in their last six outings (at Tynecastle).  They won a point from Ibrox and left Livingston with three more than we took.

Ange Postecoglou will not be short of adrenaline when he looks at this fixture list.  Having already played two of the top four away from home this season, he is away to the other two (Motherwell and Hibs) in his next three league outings.  For a team still basking in their first away league win since February, that is a challenge.

The visit to Hearts came a week before we were ready, the visit to Ibrox was a missed opportunity that should have ended better than it did, the loss at Livi was abject, even that away win, at Pittodrie, was far from a classic performance.  This start would sink a lesser manager.

Tynecastle, Ibrox, Pittodrie, Fir Park, Easter Road and the Plastic Pasta Park is as difficult a mix as you could get from your opening round of fixtures.  When he leaves Easter Road later this month, Ange will know the remainder of the season will be easier that the round he has just completed.  The priority between now and then is to stay in touch.  A win against an in-form team at Fir Park on Saturday would go a long way towards the season’s objectives.

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  1. A large study from the University of Oxford and Office of National Statistics shows that with Delta, Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford- AstraZeneca vaccines still offer good protection against new infections, but effectiveness is reduced compared with Alpha35. Public Health England analysis shows that vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from Delta variant with similar vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation seen with the Alpha and Delta variants at 93% and 96% respectively after two doses of vaccine. There was a 14% absolute reduction in vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease after a single vaccine dose with Delta compared to Alpha, and a smaller 10% reduction in effectiveness after 2 doses. Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease is high for both Alpha (89%) and Delta after two doses (79%)36. EAVE II data from Scotland also shows that both the Oxford–AstraZeneca and Pfizer–BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines are effective in reducing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and Covid-19

  2. How the virus is changing


    The variant of concern Delta, also referred to as VOC-21APR-02 (first identified in India) is more transmissible than Alpha variant 27 28 29. It quickly replaced Alpha (VOC-20DEC-01), first identified in the UK, as the dominant strain in Scotland, and 58,022 cases have now been identified as Delta to 8 September 2021.


    To date there are four ‘variants of concern’ (VOCs) and eight ‘variants under investigation’ (VUIs)30. There is a concern that some of these new variants may partially escape immunity, from both natural infection and from vaccines currently being deployed and we are monitoring the evidence on this31 32 33. Up to 8 September there have been 62 genomically confirmed cases of the variant Beta/VOC-20DEC-02 (first detected in South Africa), and 23 cases of Gamma in Scotland. Genomically confirmed cases of other VOCs and VUIs remain low, there have been no new cases of other VOCs or VUIs in the last week (Figure 11).

  3. Stepping stone! INSULATE defy Police Scotland and declare all out civil disobedience ahead of Cop26.

  4. Deaths involving COVID-19 have decreased from the previous week, with 126 deaths involving COVID-19 last week.



    The World Health Organisation recommends looking at several indicators when considering whether the epidemic is controlled. One of these is a decline in the number of deaths among confirmed and probable cases at least for the last 3 weeks.



    As of 10 October 2021, there have been a total of 11,262 deaths registered where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. The first mention of COVID-19 in a registered death certificate was the week beginning 16 March 2020. In the most recent week (4 October to 10 October 2021), there were 126 deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. 98 deaths took place in a hospital, 9 at home or in a non-institutional setting and 19 in care homes.



    Source: National Records of Scotland



    Methodology: The figures in this publication focus on deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate (either as a confirmed or suspected cause of death).

  5. I will be taking the booster vaccine hopefully before the end of the year



    I will for the forseeable wear a mask, the science around mask-wearing is irrefutable



    Happy to present a vaccination certificate to enter Celtic Park



    The last people on earth I would take advice on health matters are those involved in running nightclub businesses, maybe advice on arson as I believe many are well versed in the dark arts, check out the big hole in Sauchiehall Street, of course, they are unlucky

  6. These Cop26 INSULATE protestors are missing a trick. Invite the Union Bears along and you’ll be given a Police Scotland escort onto the Kingston Bridge.

  7. LionRoars67


    On UK COVID-19 STATISTICS Web page, it states total deaths for Scotland as at 14th Oct ( probably not updated for today as yet) of 8,878. Source given as I have bookmarked that page as it gives a breakdown by individual country rather than ‘UK-wide’ which can often be misleading. Still awful numbers though.





  8. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    TGIF and a Celtic Saturday just round the corner.


    Hope to see some of our injured bhoys back in the squad for


    the Mothers game, especially big Christopher, he’ s maybe


    not a VVD but I think if he can get back to his previous form


    he will be an upgrade on Starfelt with his height and pace, and


    a good foil working alongside CCV.


    Delta infections increased the last few days here in Oz, but we


    are getting our freedom regardless next weekend, fingers


    crossed, need to get all our bhoys/ Ghirls back to our CSC and


    sing our songs again, it’s been so long.


    H.H. Mick

  9. Austerity cuts to the NHS, public health and social care have killed tens of thousands more people in England than expected, according to the largest study of its kind.



    Researchers who analysed the joint impact of cuts to healthcare, public health and social care since 2010 found that even in just the following four years the spending squeeze was linked with 57,550 more deaths than would have been expected. The findings, worse than previously thought, were revealed in the journal BMJ Open.



    The research by the University of York also found that a slowdown in life expectancy improvement coincided with the government’s sharp cuts to health and social care funding after David Cameron came to power a decade ago.



    The Guardian view on austerity: get ready for its return


    Read more


    “Restrictions on the growth in health and social care expenditure during ‘austerity’ have been associated with tens of thousands more deaths than would have been observed had pre-austerity expenditure growth been sustained,” said Prof Karl Claxton of the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York.



    “Our results are consistent with the hypothesis that the slowdown in the rate of improvement in life expectancy in England and Wales since 2010 is attributable to spending constraints in the healthcare and social care sectors.”



    Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, described the findings as shocking and said they were proof that the government’s austerity drive had deepened health inequalities across the country.



    “This is a devastating verdict on a decade of Tory austerity in healthcare,” he said. “The test of ‘levelling up’ will be ministers properly funding social care and public health to now tackle these inequalities.”



    Separate research by Imperial College London, published in the Lancet Public Health journal, found life expectancy in many communities in England was falling even before the pandemic.



    While life expectancy rose in most places during the first decade of the millennium, from 2010 in some areas it started to decline. By 2014 that deterioration had accelerated, researchers discovered, with life expectancy falling for women in almost one in five communities (18.7%), and for men in one in nine places (11.5%).



    The worst-hit areas were typically in urban areas in the north. They include Blackpool, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.



    Researchers have made various attempts at calculating the true impact of the austerity measures led by Cameron. But the University of York study is the first to jointly analyse the effect of the significant slowdown in NHS, public health and social care spending on death rates in England.



    Researchers said real social care spending rose by 2.2% per capita of the population between 2001-02 and 2009-10, but fell by 1.57% between 2010-11 and 2014-15. The loss of social care funding caused 23,662 additional deaths, according to the findings.



    Real healthcare spend per capita rose by 3.82% between 2001-02 and 2009-10, but only by 0.41% between 2010-11 and 2014-15. The cuts to healthcare spending between 2010-11 and 2014-15 led to 33,888 extra deaths, the researchers calculated.



    Austerity is a living hell. How can anyone describe it as character-building?


    Zoe Williams


    Zoe Williams


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    In total, the study suggested the constraints on health and social care spending during this period of austerity have been associated with 57,550 more deaths up to 2014 than would have been expected if funding had stayed at pre-2010 levels.



    David Finch, an assistant director of healthy lives at the Health Foundation thinktank, said the study showed why ministers must put now health at the “front and centre” of their levelling-up agenda.



    Even before Covid, he said, there was “an extremely concerning pattern of stalling life expectancy, particularly in the poorest areas of the country”. The pandemic had “since laid bare the tragic consequences of underlying poor health”, he said.



    “As we plan the pandemic recovery, there is an urgent need to ensure that we don’t repeat mistakes made during the recovery from the financial crisis. This includes tackling the backlog of NHS care and fixing social care, but also providing security for the many families that are struggling financially. Policies such as the cut to universal credit run counter to this objective,” Finch said.



    “To meet the scale of this challenge, government needs to put improving health at the front and centre of all major policies, including levelling up. This will require action on everything from housing and employment to education and transport.”



    Boris Johnson last month pledged a £12bn-a-year cash injection to help the NHS catch up after the pandemic and to overhaul social care. Household budgets will take a hit from next April when employees’ national insurance contributions will rise by 1.25% to pay for the funding boost.



    The Department of Health and Social Care has been approached for comment.

  10. For those so minded, feel free to join us in Celebrating the Life of our Fhellow Bhoy Garry Duncan, aka – Delaney’s Dunkey, today at 10am



    VFR on 14TH OCTOBER 2021 3:56 PM



    For those who cannot make Garry’s funeral tomorrow it will be streamed live from just before 10:00 UK time on this link:



  11. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    God bless Garry Duncan as we lay him to rest today.



    Shine on you crazy diamond.



    Goodbye my beautiful friend

  12. Lions Roar 67



    Is your conclusion that the billions drained from the economy by botched efforts in dealing with Covid ( (compare uk vs others in this regard) would have been better spent on dealing with austerity ?



    I would get that if that is your point ? Austerity and ( leading to ) poor life expectations / diet / exercise culture are killers as you say. The link between obesity and Covid death is not given enough consideration for instance. No matter anyone’s thoughts about Covid the austerity link is a long term trend we cannot ignore. Jabbing is not taking that away much as drug co’s might want us to believe differently.



    Even more so as deaths caused by our Covid response such as suicides and folk not getting cancer care and deaths from the jab itself add up to another tragic number.



    Ref WHO advice on masks it seems their utterances are taken selectively by our leaders. Kids in schools being best example.

  13. To my pal Garry.may you rip


    If you take a minute today to think about Garry and his famil at such a sad time.


    God grant them strength to see it through.


    God bless you.



    Always in Green




  14. Well said @ScotsNoLockdown



    Celtic Football Club dishonour their loyal fans. Now won’t let them in unless they show their papers. Proof of double injection, still in clinical trials until 2023, that have had over 1 million adverse reactions and 1600 deaths in U.K



    Shock & Disgust!



  15. David 66



    So apt a Celt like yourself who knew Garry should be on podium today.hh to you Davie hope all is good with yourself my friend.






  16. In loving memory of Garry Duncan, our Celtic friend.



    I ndil chuimhne ár gcara Ceilteach, Garry Duncan.



    Ku pamięci kochanego Garry’ego Duncana, naszego przyjaciela, wspierającego Celtic.

  17. Melbourne Mick on




    Well said mhate, and for his care and attention towards another


    great Celt BIG JIMMY.


    Talking about BIG JIMMY how are you mhate?


    H.H. Mick

  18. 06/10/21



    Deaths 562 Pfizer 339,672 suspect reactions



    Deaths 1106 Oxford AZ 832,283 suspect reactions



    Deaths 20 Moderna 53,584 suspect reactions



    Deaths 31 Brand Unspecified 1136 suspect reactions



    1719 got a jab and died



    1,226,675 suspect reactions



  19. From @SFFAVP






    The amount of people who think being vaccinated stops you getting the virus and being unvaccinated means you have the virus is genuinely terrifying. So much misinformation regarding what the vaccine is meant to do.


    No vaccine makes you immune.

  20. Burnley,



    I always read your posts.Football always good.


    Your posts about Covid,I have to say,are really getting on my wick.Some real unadulterated rubbish.I really find it difficult to comprehend how,an obviously intelligent person,can hold such views.Everything takes a back seat while Covid remains rampant,including football.


    Enjoy Saturday,and stay safe.

  21. Sutton 1888,



    No,no Vaccine makes you immune,but it gives you around a 90% chance of not lying in Intensive care,of not dying,and only having Flu like symptoms.Not being put in an induced Coma,while they insert a Ventilator down your gullet.Your relatives not being able to see you ,wracked with worry and grief for weeks and months until you survive,or die.


    If you think the gamble is worth it,that’s up to you,but my Wife has suffered this first hand,I know what it does.

  22. Beautiful mass in memory of Garry our friend …..a sad loss for his family , friends and the Celtic community .



  23. If folk want the vaccine…then take it…


    If folk don’t want the vaccine..then don’t take it.


    Please stop posting crap on this Celtic forum.



    If folk want to vote SNP / Labour / tory…do vote.


    And again…please stop posting crap on this Celtic forum…

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