Football bubble, the app and key takeaway to look for tomorrow


With two St Mirren players, Jak Alnwick and an unnamed other, now confirmed Covid cases, it is highly probable the disease was transmitted within the St Mirren bubble.  Despite this, their game with Hibs goes ahead tomorrow.

While I regularly criticise the Scottish Government for following the Westminster Government’s idiotic pandemic polices, including allowing fans to congregate indoors at pubs, but not in easily policed, socially distanced, outdoor arenas – which ALL the scientific evidence suggests is safer, I don’t think the Government have good options here.

With players’ kids now at school, it is impossible for them to live with their immediate family and keep all interactions within the football bubble.  Infection will happen, we have to hope that the twice-weekly testing procedures keep contagion low.  Where testing and responsible actions are taken, normal business practices should continue.

On this subject, download and use the Protect Scotland app.  If we all used this, we would be living normal lives very soon.  No personal data is harvested, you will protect those close to you and play your part in the wellbeing and economic recovery of the country.  This is not a partisan SNP thing (although they have thankfully not followed Westminster on this occasion), it is a clear ethical imperative.

Get the app, save a life/save a job/just do the decent thing.

Onto even more important subjects, Celtic play their first competitive game in front of paying spectators in six months tomorrow.  Ross County are fifth in the table, an impressive five points clear of the playoff place, but this flatters them.  County opened the season with wins against Motherwell and at Hamilton, the league’s bottom two clubs, but they have collected only two points in their four games since losing to Dundee United and Livingston.

They have scored a single goal in every game, apart from against Kilmarnock, when a late penalty saw them score twice.  Considering they have yet to face a team higher than sixth in the current table, I don’t think we can expect them to do much attacking tomorrow.

The major takeaway from this game will be whether Celtic improve their conversion of possession into chances and goals.  For me, this issue has anchored more on our shape, than personnel, this season.

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  1. SFtBs @ 12:45 AM,



    Yes, these conflicts were very complex and as usual about power and money from a ruling elite, who were quite happy to change Nationhood and Religion for expediency.



    Really I was focussing on two things, the first…



    “If you can be bothered to look into the history of the word Unionist in British politics you’ll find that it was a term of art that related solely to Ireland.



    Unionism in politics did evolve from supporters of 1800 Act of Union. Yet it can hardly be regarded as solely that. Supporters of the Union and the Empire preceeded that Act, just as they did after.



    My example the Unionist Party in Scotland of the 1950s would not be pressing to take Eire back into the Union, but would certainly be supporters of the United Kingdom and the British Empire.



    So after the Anglo-Irish War and subsequent treaties Unionism still thrives and British Nationalism is as strong today in many guises. It may no longer focus on Home rule in Ireland (the North excepted) nor the Empire (or Commonwealth). But in support for the integrity of the United Kingdom, it’s dependencies and Brexit it has been resurgent.



    The second point refers to this…



    “Scotland formed the Union because it wanted to be an Imperial power”



    “Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation”, is thought to represent the opinion of the majority of Scots of the time to the Act of Union 1707. Which was unlawfully driven through by the corrupt elites of Scotland and England irrespective of the will of the Scottish people.



    Not much has changed at Westminster in the intervening years…






    Have a great day Celts…



    Am aff oot…



    Hail Hail

  2. best of luck today Celtic


    get the victory under our belts


    work for each other,support each other


    go to work Celtic



    Hail Hail



    have a great day Celts



  3. THE_HUDDLE on 12TH SEPTEMBER 2020 1:24 AM


    The numbers involved in these battles were tiny, there’s more people hitting up the local tesco at the weekend (during a lockdown :O)



    Battle of Culloden


    7,000-Jacobite Army


    8,000-Royal Army.



    Battle of Bannockburn


    7,000 Scots


    16,000 English






    The respective countries population was ” tiny” in comparison to today.


    Today the world population in circa 7.6 billion.



    In 1314 the world population was circa 400 m. Then the great famine and floods took hold 1314, 15 16. The population was decimated.



    Incidentally and more pertinent perhaps is a pandemic in 1346 which reduced the world population from circa 450 m to 300m. The virus came from the East and lasted circa 7 years. It is referred to nowadays as the black death.


    It took 200 years for the world population to recover.



    HH. Ifyouknowyourhistorycsc.

  4. I hope our Ross County supporting ally Alistair is getting to watch his two favourite teams today …


    Up the hoops

  5. Here’s to a big win today and our abundance of talent trumps another dreaded poor team system, unless Neil throws it down my throat and finally plays the best formation.



    If Duffy plays, what does it mean for Julien (we need more a Left footed CH)


    No constant turning over to Broonie by the CH, who will be given freedom of the park as he’s no offensive game.


    No shoehorning Ntcham and Brown together.


    No Moi on the left. Make him a 10.


    No one man up front malarkey.




  6. Good morning cqn from a dreich, droont Garngad



    Mon the Hoooooooooops.



    Ross County pptv purchased let’s see how this goes.



    D :)

  7. The nats banging on about Culloden and Redcoats is like Kippers banging on about Agincourt and Trafalgar.



    It’s all about grievance and resentment and division and the desire to turn the clock back to some non existent wonderful past.



    How about they actually provide some concrete detail about the conditions required to attain EU membership, budget cuts, interest rates, a hard border and trade tariffs with Scotlands biggest export market.



    Why not sell the idea of independence using facts rather than myths?



    If it’s such a good idea is should be easy enough to do.




    Pretty sure the independence deal wee Nicola is pushing would retain the Queen as head of state.



    Not for me.



    Also I’m sure Spain would not want Scotland admitted to the EU for obvious reasons.



    Would likely leave us in deeper shit than we are in.

  9. I have more than a sneaking feeling that there won’t be 300 Ross County Supporters there today.


    There will be 300 fans there OK.

  10. Robots to solve the pensioner crisis.


    Interesting radio discussion on BBC Scotland concerning robots taking over the care of the elderly.

  11. Ernie,



    To be fair to the SNP government. Their own “growth” commission stated that austerity max was inevitable.



    Anyway, away to get ready for pre match refreshment.




  12. GREENPINATA on 12TH SEPTEMBER 2020 10:38 AM









    To be fair to the SNP government. Their own “growth” commission stated that austerity max was inevitable.’






    But they need to flesh that out a bit, tell the electorate just what it will mean for them in their day to day lives.



    Education, health, housing, benefits, pensions. Just who is going to be worse off, how much worse off and for how long.



    They also have to be clear about what joining the EU would mean for Scotland. Would it invove a hard border at Gretna and trade tariffs with Scotland’s biggest export market? Would these make us better off or worse off? Would such a scenario encourage or discurage inward investment?



    These are the things I want to hearabout from the nats, not their Brigadoon/Highlander bullshit.

  13. HENRY JOY on 12TH SEPTEMBER 2020 10:36 AM




    Have they got one that can play left back? Preferably able to take corners as well.

  14. hot smoked et al



    From 9.29 last night. Was interesting that you referred to the order of a queue, while I used the number of possible routes re points of delivery. The number of combinations verges on the incredible. It also gives credence to Gene’s theory that Neil Lennon has problems making substitutions. If we have a squad of 18, within which any 11 can start and the other 7 can also in theory play, and all can play in all positions (the goalies will fek this up) then the possible options for the team could well be billions, trillions even (20 delivery points gives us 51 trill dont forget). A mathematical proof perhaps, that could explain Ryan Christie playing centre forward and Calum McGregor at er left back. No?

  15. chairbhoy



    Also from last night. Only read the first part of your post, caught up with the other this morning. A well thought out and argued contribution. The story of your Grandad in Airdrie in particular, an example perhaps of what Paul67 used to refer to as cognitive dissonance.


    There’s a lot of it about.

  16. Interesting to see who plays today given the new players joining and the “injured” having played NT football during the week.



    If we play 3 at the back we have KA vs NB — NB looked good for the NT even though he was giving RC a piggy-back for half the game.



    NB plays then KA is for the off.


    If KA plays then he will probably for the off as the money situation is heading south,.



    We also have the LB issues — I would give GT more game time to help him settle even to the point of playing him at LWB.



    If we have a LWB then we will need a RWB — step forward Young JF / welcome to the bench Old JF.



    That leaves 5 places up for grabs — SB will play / OE needs to play / CMcG will play / ME will play / DT might play if RC is injured.



    Hopefully NL will surprise us as this team has played poorly recently.


    Hopefully NL will make full use of the subs bench.



    Tough game — at least the natives are friendly.


    Long term is this a good place to loan young players too?


    Out of the Central Belt with a coaching team that is trying to play real football?


    Up against DU for this gig?

  17. EL @ 11.33



    Staring get complicated — you have a choice of permutations for names on the teamsheet from a squad vs names in specific positions from the same squad.



    Permutations — The second will be much larger than the first.


    I think …



    Plus you have the issue of basic set up — 4/2/3/1 vs 3/4/3 today vs 4/4/2 in the future if WGS returns or 4/3/2/1 getting closer to the festive season.

  18. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Good luck to the Celts today. A game for Vasilis Barkas to show a bit of personality, provided he’s through the covid testing. Lift the team from the back.



    In 2020, all we need to guarantee a smile,


    Is watching Glasgow Celtic, putting on the style.

  19. Would like fresh faces in the Celtic side today, change is good and there were a few under performing.



    Imagine David Turnbull and Shane Duffy will make the bench but not the starting line up, love to be wrong with Turnbull who I think will galvanise our tired midfield, alas even though we’re crying out for something differen,t the main man will lead the line, Christie if fit, and Ntcham to retain starting places.



    Some fans would prefer Klimala or Ajeti to partner Eddy, but Neil Lennon is more likely to be faithful to El Younoussi, besides most managers pick a different side even when its the official ‘leaked team.’



    Looking forward to this game despite the all round levelling environment which seems to reduce the likelyhood of a game of football up there, and presents Celtic with a battle to score a goal, any goal sometimes does the three points trick.



    With players literally unaware of verbal bashings they get used to at Celtic Park or on the road with the away support, they’ll have to rely on the virtual supporters, to fill in the critique, unless we get performance boost that makes this season feel as if it really has started and its not all just a bad dream.



    It would be another Celtic first, if we did it in Dingwall.

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