Football protocols above and beyond NHS


In the first and almost certainly only time I’ll ever quote Motherwell manager, Stephen Robinson, the Motherwell manager said, “”The protocols [football has]adhered to are above and beyond anything else, it’s above the NHS frontline staff.

“And football can give respite from the mental health side of things. In a world where things are complicated and strange, football can be that relieving factor, that little bit of joy and happiness.”

But holding test events?  Testing is anathema to governments in Edinburgh and London, where superstition is the route followed by our governing twins.  Instead, they open the pubs for fans to congregate indoors, untested and without any chance of proper supervision.  There is no scientific evidence for this preference, in fact, this choice goes against all evidence.  Football is the most prepared industry in the country to allow staff and public to participate, as Stephen Robinson said, more so than the NHS, but your governments chose differently.

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  1. Chairbhoy


    Replace Celtic with any employer e.g Tesco and ask the same question.



    Got to dash will look back after lunch.

  2. DD…well, whomever you are praying to re young mister Taylor, I hope he/she cocks you a deaf ‘un…


    You can give me a thumbs up just before 8 o’clock tonight…enjoy the game! ✌️😊

  3. At what stage in the history of Celtic did it become de rigeuer for the Clubs’s Scottish fans to support Scottish nationalism?



    There must be generations of fans spinning in their graves or at least shaking their heads in bemusement at the assumption.

  4. Burnley 78


    Fantastic news re your wife, and family. Hope all goes well with the recuperation.



  5. Ernie



    I think it’s the north Brit diatribe that we’re ‘too small, too poor and too lacking in talent’ and should rely upon our Westminster overlords, that riles so many.



    And I know you know that. You’re the veritable Daniel Defoe of CQN



    Stay safe.



    HH jg

  6. Jobo:



    ` I don’t mind whether it’s 3 or 4 at the back as long as it’s 2 up top.` and more in the net than Riga manage :-)

  7. Ditch the 3-5-2 for Europe






    ……El Hamed….Duffy….Ajer….Taylor…..












    Score forecast Riga 0 Celtic 4



    The return of the dots CSC

  8. GENE @ 9:31 AM,



    Don’t want to seem obtuse but didn’t get your point, will make a couple of observations…



    In reality Corporates aren’t going to be volunteering to take responsibility when they can… deny! Deny!! DENY!!! It is a well proven strategy of theirs. So they must not be trusted.



    The Charity I work for have a very different approach it seems to me.



    We need to go to Supermarkets, we understand the risks, yet we must eat and have essentials. We don’t need to go to football games, not buying into, it stops us going mental. In fact, the domestic violence figures in Glasgow would suggest the opposite.



    Popped in to a “local” Tesco after work last night, wee girl came in still wearing her school uniform, the shop supervisor asked where was her mask, she said because of her age she didn’t have to wear one, the supervisor said there’s an outbreak at you school – we’re asking everyone to wear one. She was firm but fair with the girl.



    Keep up the great work in the foodbank, we need more ghuys like you. I’m sure I’ve gone off on the wrong tangent, so if you clarify I’ll endeavour to get back.



    Hail Hail

  9. JAMESGANG on 24TH SEPTEMBER 2020 9:50 AM








    ‘I think it’s the north Brit diatribe that we’re ‘too small, too poor and too lacking in talent’ and should rely upon our Westminster overlords, that riles so many.’









    That’s a narrative promulgated by the SNP and their fellow travellers and useful idiots.



    It’s just part of their strategy of fomenting grievance and resentment and shouting down any questioning or criticism rather than providing answers.



    It’s pathetic that so many Celtic fans have been conned into supporting them.

  10. Ernie



    It’s your narrative. Delivered most recently as yesterday to DD, as a pithy but pretty condescending one liner.



    HH jg

  11. JAMESGANG on 24TH SEPTEMBER 2020 10:12 AM



    Remind me. I have so many pithy one liners I can’t recall them all.

  12. At what stage in the history of Celtic did it become de rigeuer for the Clubs’s Scottish fans to support British nationalism?





    There must be generations of fans spinning in their graves or at least shaking their heads in bemusement at the assumption.

  13. Ernie



    You’re a caution.


    I know you’ve have it stored in an album somewhere!




  14. TIMMY7_NOTED on 24TH SEPTEMBER 2020 10:15 AM


    ‘At what stage in the history of Celtic did it become de rigeuer for the Clubs’s Scottish fans to support British nationalism?’







    If by supporting British nationalism you mean solely Scotland remaining as part of the UK then it would be 1888 when the Club was founded.



    Of course thats not what you mean by supporting British nationalism though is it? You mean something different, but rather than be explicit you leave it as innuendo.



    The problem with that though is that some of us are old enough to remember The Troubles and how the SNP’s involvement was restricted to supporting Scottish squadies who’d got a bit too enthusiastic in having a crack at the Mick.



    Nothing but a shower of reactionary, duplicitous charlatans.

  15. As I read that post I found myself humming along to rule brittania, weird.



    Never had that experience on a Celtic site before. It wasn’t pleasant.

  16. Majestic Hartson…..Warsaw is the new Bordeaux…late one for you last night fairly empowered you…nice one.Sounds like a good night in interesting company lots of heavy discussions…ask him/her about this Finnish international left back we’re supposedly interested in.

  17. Burnley78,



    Great news from last night.



    After a few days of utterly depressing reading on CQN good to see that shine through. Wouldn’t be great if today is the day we see SoT pop in and lift the mood. Terrific poster and worrying absence.



    In other news, does anybody know if the tombola travelled for tonight’s team selection?




  18. Greenpinata on 24th September 2020 9:28 am



    Conspiracy theory loonies : How many so called conspiracy theories have been proven true.?



    =A broken clock is correct once a day, certain theories do not require serious consideration.



    Religious nutcases : Freedom of speech, do you decide what religion is for nutcases. ?



    = No I don’t decide for anyone, all religions are for nutcases really, each to their own I guess. Just finding the scroll on by happens more and more these days.



    Raving unionists including the host : The host has originated this blog, it’s his right to post what he thinks. He spends a great deal of time and effort for you to ” enjoy”.



    = He did indeed and I’ve been on pretty much since day one, my point was that the site seems to have lost its reason for existing.



    Note : For every ” raving” unionist there is an equally” raving ” Scottish Nationalist.



    = I disagree with you on that one, my experience is that that the trolls on this site are overwhelmingly raving unionists.



    Mornin all





    Big Jimmy – I don’t know specifically about this Riga team but Basketball is huge in all the Baltic nations and their sport men tend to be tall in general.





    A long time ago I left part of my liver in Riga😀🥃





    Lets hope the game tonight is not like a Basket ball game…my ole ticker couldnt take it LOL !



    Anyone can have my Liver…I’m almost done with it.




  20. The problem with this site is there are too many experts posting on every subject.



    Not one of you knew anything about covid this time last year and now we are overrun by experts spouting the facts. Or is it their opinions?



    I’m beginning to think there’s a NAT 5 exam in coronavirus out there somewhere.



    Have we signed a left back yet?

  21. People in football are starting to get restless. As their industry (apart from the very top level) continues to fight for its very survival, they watch on as other entertainment industries continue their trade in a less safe environment.



    Colchester United’s chairman said: “Can someone explain how I can safely sit in a confined airplane with 300 passengers and I can safely east inside a restaurant or drink inside a pub until 10 pm but I can’t safely attend a football match which is predominately outside and has been certificated as safe by the SAG?”



    Many will question why Paul bangs this drum day after day. That’s because this is an existential threat to Scottish football and Celtic Football Club.



    We will start seeing more of this as people in this industry face disaster.

  22. Philbhoy on 24th September 2020 10:59 am



    The problem with this site is there are too many experts posting on every subject.



    =Spot on that man, opinions spouted as fact, or even conspiracy theories :-)

  23. I’d like to see a return to 4231 tonight. I think we will need legs that will help us get forward on the counter.



    Elyounoussi, Christie, and Forrest behind Eddy.

  24. TIMMY7_NOTED on 24TH SEPTEMBER 2020 10:32 AM


    ‘As I read that post I found myself humming along to rule brittania, weird.’







    Were you mouthing the words?



    You know the ones, the official ones, written by a Scotsman.



    There have been alternative versions down through the years, and a version was sung by the crowd at the Peterloo massacre, but I doubt you’d be interested in any of that. Probably written by an Englishman.

  25. I remember old Neganon was a big fan of the opinion as fact. Whatever happened to him?



    Did he eventually give up on his one man campaign?

  26. I hope and pray that Celtic can get back on TOP on the SPL asap….As if this Covid gets worse etc, then The Scottish Govt may look at ending the season early…and IF The Mankie Huns were at the top…then we all know what that could mean ?



    I have to assume that any decision taken by the Scottish Govt, will far outweigh any possible SPL Rule ( that may exist ?), that so many games MUST be played before the Champions can be declared…should the season be called early ?


    IF such an SPL Rule does indeed exist …cos I dont know anymore ?



  27. James Gang



    Reluctant to take this further on a match day but ernie is right in this regard.



    Whe people point out that the cost of separating from the current UK arrangements is going to be as disastrous as the cost of exiting the EU is for us currently, even when the SNP itself eventually got around to admitting it in a recent economic paper, the backlash of unreason and illogic is that “You’re saying I can’t manage on my own!- Well- I’ll show you!”



    That ain’t the message being given though. Plenty of countries have left oppresive and benign unions before. The Baltic states and Poland left the USSR; Zimbabwe and South Africa left a system of Apartheid and white rule. And now the UK will follow the example of Greenland (stil attached to Denmark{EU member state} though as an autonomous territory) in leaving the EU. Every one of these countries, with the possible exception of Greenland, whose economy I am unfamiliar with. experienced a strong economic downturn after their “divorce”.



    That WILL happen with Scotland too. The zealots in the SNP shouted down their own reserach papaer for telling the truth and , like Rangers liquidation, this piece of economic honesty no longer gets talked about because it might discourage some from voting Yes. The costs of separation & divorce are inevitable and will impoverish all of us, BUT……



    No one has said, apart from the SNP in twisting this message, that Scotland is too wee to manage on its own; It isn’t and it can do so. There will be around a decade, at least, of lowered living standards and economic hardship. After that, recovery is possible, perhapps even to current standards, but that depends on good economic management of the shrunken economy we will have to deal with.



    None of the Baltic states regrets leaving the oppression of the USSR, though there is a significant plantation population of Russians in all of them who do not agree with the overall mood. None of the African states regret leaving the indignity and suffering of White Rule. Our main complaint against our shared sovereignty with Wales, Norther Ireland and England is usually directed at the last named because of their habit of electing Tories and beating us at football, but no Lithuanian or South African would recognise that as oppression.



    So the argument is not the pathetic whine of “you’re saying we are too small!”. It is the mmuch harder to address issue of “Yes, we can have Independence but we will all suffer a significant drop in income for a significant period of our lives, but we may recover”. Not a stirring rallying call to the troops but an honest one. The snp took one small step into those cold waters of reality with its Paper on our Future Prospects but it withdrew its toe the following day and went back to peddling sweet lies. They prefer the message “Never mind the poverty- look we’ve got a flag and a border post!” Whoop-de-do.



    The day we get an honest message about what Independence will cost, is the day I will join you in voting for it. I am staying here regardless so, if my fellow countrymen feel it is a cost worth paying, I’ll pay it too.



    But I am not going to buy into the sweet lies of “Milk & Honey” and “controlling our own destiny” that the English Nationalist Brexiteers pedled or fell for.

  28. TIMMY7_NOTED on 24TH SEPTEMBER 2020 10:55 AM


    Jimmy the suggestion is our managers team selections are a little random.




    Cheers mate…now I understand ! LOL



  29. Timaloy29



    i just did my formation on BBC site and agree with you up front





    Elhamed Duffy Ajer Taylor


    Ntcham McGregor


    Ayrshire Superstar Forrest Christie Moi





    The BBC selector has Ajeti as a keeper option😀