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. lets all do the huddle on

    I cannot find the answer for 15 delivery points



    But 20 is 51,000,000,000,000,



    And 25 is 15 trillion trillion



    80? Apparently it is known as a ‘combinatorial







    do they not now have they big computer things working all that out cos the numbers are so big?



    but it cant factor in the delivery driver taking detours to the nearest mcdonalds. greedy rastards!

  2. lets all do the huddle on

    It is courtesy to spell our players names correctly. It fair rips ma knitting, when I see their name spelt incorrectly.








    courtesy to who?



    guys on 15 grand a week that dont come on here?



    the courtesy on here should be shown to the other folk who come on here (though at times that definitely doesnt happen!!)



    i show my courtesy to the players when i pay my season ticket that helps them earn all that cash

  3. lets all do the huddle



    If they’d had they algorithms when I had my newspaper round


    I’d still be out there, and the news would be fifty years out of date

  4. When we had jerseys with names on the back,with all lower case letters, I hated it,how are kids meant to take that?

  5. lets all do the huddle on

    and we have been linked with Welsh midfielder Ewan Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch from Rhyl United



    if we sign him then im fek’d if im spelling that right on here every time




  6. Talking of Benny Lynch.



    I knew the daughter of another Scottish fly weight, Jim Maharg who lost to Benny Lynch.



    Nice she was.

  7. I want to see Duffy, Turnbull, and any 2 strikers tomorrow.



    Oh and Forrest on the left (if we must) and Frimpong on the right.

  8. i'vehadtochangemynamebacktojackiemac on

    Stay safe celtic & bhoys: if there’s a league to win, it’ll be a major miracle!



    Tontine Tim – 7.21







    The house I lived in in Gourock was part of a development whose occupants where known as ‘the Woolichers’ – folk from London who came up to the Clyde to work on munitions. This include the Torpedo factory, you will recognise the relationship to Woolwich Arsenal aka The Gunners. There was, until the 89’s a Social Club in Port Glasgow called ‘The Gunners.’.



    They used to run an annual flight from what is now known as Inverclyde to meet relatives in America.




    Local history Csc






    Jinky , so “the GUNNERS was the port side of Highholm Street, old Granda Wuddy Higgins was member something less that card 50..



    I was always confused as a young kid, all this Irish, Celtic, catholic stuff in the house and yet, old wuddy went to the club with all the british stuff.



    throw in the regalia in the club well , who knows.






    most new years a fella that lived in lillybank, major someone would drop in to the top flat in 35 highholm street, met like a royal vist, to tell corparal higgins well, who knows what.



    the gunners was the air force gunnery division i think.



    defenders of the runways i think.

  10. cut that of to quick,


    quite typical of its time, many of our granparents, served in the forces, absolutely needed in their time.



    i doubt they would recognise armed forces day now

  11. ERNIE LYNCH @ 1:54 PM,



    CELTIC MAC on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020 1:34 PM




    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.



    ERNIE LYNCH @ 6:31 PM,



    “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.:



    We have to take issue with the idea that Scots wanted to be an Imperial Power… It was the Establishment classes that wanted this and the vote that brought the Act of Union was corrupt and unlawful.



    Scotland’s Bard of The Time



    “Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation”



    Fareweel to a’ our Scottish fame,


    Fareweel our ancient glory;


    Fareweel ev’n to the Scottish name,


    Sae fam’d in martial story.


    Now Sark rins over Solway sands,


    An’ Tweed rins to the ocean,


    To mark where England’s province stands-


    Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!


    What force or guile could not subdue,


    Thro’ many warlike ages,


    Is wrought now by a coward few,


    For hireling traitor’s wages.


    The English steel we could disdain,


    Secure in valour’s station;


    But English gold has been our bane –


    Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!


    O would, ere I had seen the day


    That Treason thus could sell us,


    My auld grey head had lien in clay,


    Wi’ Bruce and loyal Wallace!


    But pith and power, till my last hour,


    I’ll mak this declaration;


    We’re bought and sold for English gold-


    Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

  12. CHAIRBHOY @ 11:19 PM,



    Posted the above too soon… meant to add…



    Ernie, you should be aware that the official name of the Tory Party is the Conservative and Unionist Party.



    And Rabbie Burns was the true voice of the Scottish people.



    You have become very disingenious, not a characteristic you were known for.



    Hail Hail

  13. Jeezus, is that the time? Up at 6. Still time for one more Stella. And a packet of dry roasted



    .Funny how the weekend disappears like a Hun challenge after Christmas.

  14. TONTINE TIM on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020 7:21 PM


    Oh and the Torpedo Factory that was named in the photie was the reason Inverclyders moved tae the Vale of Leven as their place of employment closed down and some of the staff were transferred over the water with the promise of key workers houses in the Mill of Haldane, as it was known as then.



    Hi Tontine.


    would the torpedo factory be linked to the testing range that used to be in Loch Long? from Arrochar?


    hope all is sound with you bhoys over your side.keep writing ourhistory😊




  15. CELTIC MAC @ 11:25 PM,



    Yes, messed up that comment by accidently pressing “POST…” too soon, so didn’t make my points.



    Of course Rabbie was referring to Act of Union and was voicing the displeasure of the Scottish people. At the time it was “suspected” that the vote was rigged and bribbery had taken place, “bought and sold for English gold”, it has of course been proven that this was indeed the case.



    Also on the “Conservative and Unionist” Party…






    Quite a few years back I had a discussion with Ernie Lynch regarding my late Granddad, a Labour politician who was ousted because he was Catholic.



    A leading member of Airdrie’s Orange Lodge stood for the Conservative and Unionist Party against him, even though my Grandad had been a Councillor in the area for many years, even though he lived in the area, even though it was a very left wing working class area, the man who stood against my Grandad because he was a Catholic and won on that platform.



    Ernie said he knew of many such cases of Tory Unionism at that time, in the fifties, he is well aware Unionism is not specific to Ireland, but relates to the United Kingdom and The Empire.



    Hail Hail

  16. Chairbhoy



    In the battle at Culloden, the 16 regiments of Butcher Cumberland included 4 which were comprised of Scots and 1 of Irish.



    The Jacobite army was not a predominantly Catholic army, most recruits were Episcopalian.



    The Jacobite Army were not “nationalist” per se. Charles Edward was looking to restore himself to the throne in England. Like other Stuarts he would not have countenanced an Independent Scotland exercising too much independent policy.



    So many Celtic fans see theat history as Scots v English or Catholic v Protestant thing. It was a war between the Stuart and Hanoverian dynasties, and like the 51 Nobles and big wigs who signed the earlier declaration of Arbroath, the Stuarts did not give one second’s thought to how the poor people of Scotland would fare.



    And as for Rabbie Burns, he wrote some fine words of Nationalist sentiment in poems like Parcel O Rogues and Scots Wha Hae but he also wrote pro-British lyric for the threat from the Revolutionary France he had once supported. The France and US rebellions he had admired, became objects of fear and the eneemy when international conflicts broke out or were threatened :-



    “… For never but by British hands


    Maun British wrangs be righted !” – Apart from the “Maun” that could have been penned by Farage



    The Election Ballads he wrote were also pro-Tory.



    He was also, quite prepared to go and serve as a slavemaster in the West Indies and do his bit to exploit his fellow man and earn a fortune off other mens’ sweat.



    We have to be careful not to interpret men of the past by the ideals of the present. Burns was a romantic and romanticised the Jacobites, just like Walter Scott did afterwards. But they both ended up as men with Tory voting principles. He was a great poet and a flawed man.

  17. St Stivs – my paternal granny was from Highholm – the whole family went to the Gunners – I went with the Charter to America in1972 – catch up when its not stupid o’clock


    NighT night bhoy#

  18. Battle of Culloden — Runners and riders …



    One side had Scots / Irish / English.


    The other side had Scots / Irish / English / Hanoverians.



    The side with the Germans won — it must have gone to penalties.

  19. 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

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