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. Delaneys – I thought Ross Stewart had moved I must admit. Thought it was Billy McKay up front.



    Could be wrong mind.

  2. SFTB



    Oi! If it wasn’t for the distraction of Love Island during the lockdown, I’d be in a padded cell by now…

  3. HS @ 5.31



    David Turnbull is fully match fit because he’s started all of Motherwell’s games till his big move.



    Unleash him, especially since Christie has an ankle knock.



    Anyone know …is the RC game on the net or via Premier ?.



    Only Ross County PPV at £15



    Strange times…

  5. lets all do the huddle on

    just out for a walk and had to stop off for shelter cos its chuckin it down which i could tell was coming



    the met offices forecast for my part of lanarkshire just now? full bright sunshine



    there probably is full sunshine above that blanket of thick black cloud



    why do folk and tv stations bother with weather forecasters



    thek know sod all



    are we that obsessed with weather in this country that we listen to and pay for weather forecasters even though they talk a pile of pish?



    total charlatans

  6. SFTB @ 6.12



    Loving your team selection — JF on the bench is a good way to start the game.


    Might not be the way to finish a game but it is a step in the right direction.

  7. GER57 on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020 4:50 PM


    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.







    Scotland isn’t a colony, and it’s maybe a bit of an insult to the Scots of that time that you think it was. Scotland formed the Union because it wanted to be an Imperial power and had failed to do on its own in the shambles of the Darien scheme.




    Regarding the Imperial Red Coats, and assuming you’re not referring to Butlins in Ayr, I think you’re maybe confusing part of the Highlands for the whole of Scotland. Nats often do this. It seems to appeal to the Braveheart/Brigadoon in them.



    And just remind us which political party introduced devolution.

  8. I’ve just signed up for the game tomorrow, if it’s successful, I would happily do it again.



    I share the fears about bandwidth but we’ll – just looking forward to seeing the bhoys again. Maybe he won’t start but I hope to get some time watching oor Frimpy. – just a wee flash of Jinky now and again!

  9. GER57 on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020 5:24 PM



    Does your escape plan involve having a currency?



    What will it be?



    EU membership?



    Will that involve a hard border at Gretna?



    Trade tariffs with England?



    Budget restrictions imposed by the EU as a condition of membership?



    Which part of Scotland’s population will bear the brunt of that? Will it be the poorest?



    Or do we just pretend that none of that stuff matters?

  10. BoJo and disaster capitalism — why is it the current Tory agenda.



    Maggie was supposed to fix things and she didn’t.


    She manufactured a political recession in 1980 and left with a recession on the way.


    She was supposed to get things moving but failed.



    She doubled inflation in 1980/81 and left with high inflation after the Lawson boom.


    She turned unemployment up to the max and very little changed — or so they thought.


    Turned monetarism up to 11 and found out that it was a sham / a circus act.



    To the Tories — TB / GB changed the country to a larger degree economically and socially than she did and not in a way that they approved off plus they also spent money on the public realm and reduced poverty and NHS queues.



    2010 and the political austerity failed big time as it always would.


    Political project to get the poor / the sick / the under employed to pay pay for the failures of the spivs and the banks.



    The Tories have nothing left — apart from some right wing Trotskyism that is disaster capitalism to shake things up with the hope that they can catch things on the way down and re-arrange society to their liking.



    They have lost the economic argument twice in less than a generation.


    All they have is fear / loathing / nativism / foreigner bashing — welcome to BoJoLand.

  11. Living in Lanarkshire, as I do, it says lockdown from midnight tonight.


    Serious question, my wee daughter’s pal is already here for a sleepover, does that mean because she’s already here then she can stay or do I have to put her out at midnight? 😯


    Obviously I’m not going to do that but it isn’t clear at all.

  12. Barkas



    El Hamed – Duffy – Jullienne



    Jamsie – Broonie – Cal Mac – Christie – Moi



    Eddie —- Ajeti






    D :)

  13. David66,



    “Close but not close enough”….in my best Roy Walker voice..



    Moi is wasted on the left.


    We don’t need a defensive screen in Broonie against Ross County


    Klimala probably fitter than Albian.

  14. GENE on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020 7:00 PM


    I wish I knew as much about football as some posters on here know about politics.






    you do gene, you do.