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. Ernie Lynch, you objected to the term ” unionist” to describe those in favour of the Union. Fair enough. I prefer Colonialists. Scotland is just about the last colony of the Empire. It was occupied by Imperial red coats for over a century after the Act of Union, much in the same way as India , South Africa and others.


    The Colonialists latest wheeze is to kill off devolution, no matter that 74.8% of the Scottish electorate who voted in 1997 supported it. This is pretty normal for an empire which is on its last legs.

  2. POR CIERTO on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020 4:26 PM







    Hit the other guys stumps when he is out of his box






    Any batsman who plays cricket stoned must be mad 😁😁😁😁😜

  3. How does Bj and the old Etonian boys club make any money out of a “no deal”?



    These c££££ always have an angle.



    Don’t they?

  4. Philbhoy.


    They are funded by the hedge funders, who have taken positions on a no deal, in the markets, they stand to make many billions.

  5. From The Guardian Sept 2019.


    Hedge fund millionaires backing Boris Johnson will make a killing from a no-deal Brexit, according to the former chancellor Philip Hammond. The claim is these “short sellers” are betting on big falls in share prices and the value of sterling in what critics say is a classic example of “disaster capitalism”.

  6. Although I rally enjoy watching cricket, I would have got nowhwere near the ten `outs`. Well done to all those who gave it a go. My absolute favourite was this one:





    punch the umpire? ” :-))))



    I once read that an appeal for LBW “owzat?! ` can be made anytime before the next ball is bowled ( or something like that). Legend has it that W.G Grace once bowled the last ball of the day , said nothing but, on returning to the field the next day, appealed for LBW ( and it was given).


    Is that simply a myth?

  7. ….and another cracker ( Bognorbhoy) :



    ” Hit the other guys stumps when he is out of his box






    Any batsman who plays cricket stoned must be mad 😁😁😁😁😜”

  8. Invested in a No-Deal Brexit


    So, how much are these firms set to make from Boris Johnson’s ‘do or die’ approach to Brexit?



    From the financial data publicly available, Byline Times can reveal that currently £4,563,350,000 (£4.6 billion) of aggregate short positions on a ‘no deal’ Brexit have been taken out by hedge funds that directly or indirectly bankrolled Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign.



    Most of these firms also donated to Vote Leave and took out short positions on the EU Referendum result. The ones which didn’t typically didn’t exist at that time but are invariably connected via directorships to companies that did.



    From today’s By line Times.


    £3,711,000,000 (£3.7 billion) of these short positions have been taken out by firms that donated to the Vote Leave campaign, but did not donate directly to the Johnson leadership campaign.



    Currently, £8,274,350,000 (£8.3 billion) of aggregate short positions has been taken out by hedge funds connected to the Prime Minister and his Vote Leave campaign, run by his advisor Dominic Cummings, on a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

  9. Philboy, there are loads of ways, one way would be to bet against the stock market and the currency thats an old favourite for the speculators.



    I don’t have all the details but I believe Rees Mogg made about £7m on the drop in currency values as a result of the referendum result.

  10. Philbhoy, the old Etonians are disaster capitalists. When the economy is wrecked, they will be able to buy up companies at distressed prices, strip the assets, and count their MASSIVE profits.


    There will then be an epoch of austerity: savage cuts to all public services, claiming that such measures are necessary to pay for Covid and Brexit.


    Govts will be forced to privatise all the countriy’s services such as health and education and extract as much income as possible.


    They will deflect any criticism by setting off Rule Britannia squirrels and taunt Indy supporters as


    ” separatists”.


    I’m genuinely surprised that intelligent folk are so dismissive of Independence. It’s our only chance to escape from this disaster. It’s a relief that support for Indy is 56% and rising. It seems that the likes of Ernie Lynch are out of touch with the zeitgest of the times.

  11. Sorry guys but had to do an emergency school run!


    Thanks to all who replied especially Gene who knows a thing or two!


    Without going through them all, here are the answers:











    Run out


    Hit wicket


    Interfering with play


    Handling the ball


    Hitting the ball twice


    Timed out



    You all can win yourselves a couple of pints in the company of our


    neighbours on holiday (if we ever get to go on one again!)


    Hail! Hail!

  12. Big Wavy



    I’d like to see a good performance for the first time this season (inc Scotland)



    I’ve taken a £15 short position on it being a great game

  13. As far as i can remember, the unequal distribution of wealth has been very much the main cause of hardship for those on the unfavourable end of that wealth distribution but I seldom hear people talk of that matter.


    There is always a `very important` issue of the day but, in my experience, these `important issues` have made very little difference to the ordinary, working people. They have their `day in the sun` and are then replaced with another `vital issue`.


    Whilst these momentous events are taking place, most people still go to work five days per week , make ends meet, have an occasional treat, chat about the momentous issues then repeat their weekly rituals.


    Covid 19 is the first thing of which I am aware that really has affected everyone .

  14. Is Duffy likely to start tomorrow?


    He might not be `match fit` but if he was OK to play for Ireland, then surely he would be fine in the oft berated SPFL ?

  15. Great to be back to real football tomorrow. CQN will also feel the benefit.



    International footie has lost its appeal, especially with no crowd in attendance. But there are opportunities in these challenging times.



    Would it not be good to host a game on one of FIFA’s eight most remarkable places to play football.



    Scotland’s next home game should be held on the beautiful island of Eriskey.



    Think of the benefits to tourism and it would give the locals another legendary story to match the SS Politician.



    Over to you Stevie Bhoy and your bosses at the SFA, it’s one way to massively create interest.



    Time I was having a swally I think.



    HH to all and COYBIG tomorrow.

  16. Hot Smoked 5.31


    Neil said at the press conference, that Duffy goes straight into the squad.


    I know that doesn’t answer your question but maybe gives you an idea, for tomorrow.

  17. Thanks fellas (BSR & Coneybhoy) for responding to my Public Display of Sulking…:)



    I’m genuinely not into censoring any sensible discussion but I thought the return of the Hoops would signal a wee bit of excitement. Politics galore from very entrenched posters is not for the neutral…



    I don’t expect big changes tomorrow as I don’t think Lenny does that….they are not a good team and a pretty blunt goal threat so hope to see 3 at the back and lots of ‘balanced’ attacking formations. Would love to see big Duffy and wee Turnball…



    Big period where I hope we kick on and hammer a few teams before next month’s eagerly anticipated (copyright Sky) match up with Der Hun….

  18. Duffy and Ajeti as 2 important players need games it seems. I hope boith get lots of that tomorrow.



    Purchased the Ross County PPV, like a few others. Hope they’ve hired a few more mice for the server.

  19. My Team ra morra…
















  20. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Well, that’s me a paid up subscriber to Ross County TV.



    Got to say, I’m not confident I’ll see the game.




    Thanks for your replies!



    Can we shoot the bastards before they get the money?

  22. Anyway, just cleaned my golf clubs (I had to look for them in the shed) as golfing on Monday for the first time since June, 2018, when I played in the CQN Open. Unfortunately didn’t finish due to a back injury.



    Played with Marco Fu, i think, but he doesn’t post now.



    Really nice ghuy.



    Away oot for ma tea.

  23. Bowled




















    Run out





    Hit wicket





    Interference with fielder





    Handled the ball




    Fell asleep, bored out of my skull and dislodged ma bails



    Used my clicky Ba’ like Chung in the Wolf Of Kabul



    Arrested for murder for putting too many clothes on the Umpire on a hot day.



    Blackballed for an intense dislike of cucumber sandwiches

  24. Big Wavy


    I would say that Ross Stewart is a fine striker.


    He reminds me of Chris Sutton. One we need to keep an eye on tomorrow.


    Hopefully Shane Duffy starts and has the job of marking him in our box.

  25. Big Wavy



    Why do you keep putting yourself in the team behind the strikers (pretentious Moi?) 😀

  26. Aye Gene – The downside of the blog format is there is no ability for the political debates to go off into a thread of its own. Means for those of us who don;t fancy it, there’s a whole lotta scrolling going on…



    I have to say, as an Irishman living in England, I still haven’t worked out who the goodies and baddies are in the Scottish debate yet :)



    You’re right sir. Broonie will start. The rollercoaster season (where I hope our exceptional talent trumps the poor setup) continues tomorrow…