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Fraught preseason, instinct ruling head

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Really pleased Leigh Griffiths is back in the Scotland squad, it’s just reward for his work this season, although the prospect of having so many Celtic players on international duty in June is an unwelcome one, considering we’ve Champions League qualifiers to prepare for in July.  Preseason is already looking fraught.

I’d convinced myself I wasn’t too bother if newco are promoted this season or not, all the big battles have been won and lost.  I realised differently when I received a text yesterday saying Queens were a goal up.  Your instinct can tell you things your head can’t.

Another season of lower league football will drain them of an additional £10m, which I don’t think they have, but I don’t think they have enough money to complete a season in the top flight either.  It doesn’t matter if the boat sinks in 50m of water or 50km, there would be a deficit in either league.  Viability remains the subject of undocumented fantasy, cannon fodder-dom awaits in the top flight, ignominious avoidance in the lower leagues.

If Mike Ashley cuts them some slack, they will eventually be a top 12 club.  When they are, Celtic will earn an extra £4m from ticket sales and indirect incremental income, enough to make a difference on the field.  Similar income will go to Ibrox, but this isn’t enough to fund a turnaround.  My preference would be to have both Hibs and Hearts back next season but I’m chilled either way.

Very last call for the Ben Nevis Huddle, which takes place on Saturday 13 June in aid of the Celtic Foundation.  If you’re up for it, sign up here…..

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  1. !!Bada Bing!! on

    CELTIC have today signed a five-year deal with Dafabet that will see them become the club’s official international betting partner.As with numerous football clubs and their supporters across the UK, overseas Celtic fans will have access to a wide variety of markets to bet on with some of the most competitive odds in the industry.Dafabet will offer supporters a range of promotional offers and competitions with the chance to win money-can’t-buy prizes – as well as the chance to attend Celtic games throughout the season. As part of the partnership Dafabet will be offering translation services to the club to help extend their reach further into Asia.

  2. But the flying pig was talking on SSN about getting a squad to challenge Celtic next season? Or maybe he meant next century.

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Always good to be a member of this site,always good to be a Celtic fan.

     

     

    Always good to get Guinness at two quid a throw too.

     

     

    I recommend that triumvirate of joy to anyone!

  4. Betting companies helping us get into the lucrative match fixing industry in Asia.

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Canny beat four dayoooooots in Embra.

     

     

    Certainly not wi two in Govan.

  6. Natknow / BMCUW / TD67 – from previous

     

     

    The Scottish Police Federation (who represent the grunts) would back up the view that Mr House has a bit of an inflated sense of himself. They’ve questioned his actions publicly.

     

     

    I think his timing is coming, what change that has will go some way to determining whether he was acting on instruction from Govt, or if he was treading a lone path. (I would hope the latter)

  7. FYI was up Glencoe on Sat and it’s like mid Dec above 800m. Lots of snow and ice had to turn bavk. Prob still snow on Ben Nevis on 13th June, be prepared.

  8. A summer without injuries please.

     

     

    Full complement of fir, uninjured staff, ready for those CL qualies.

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

    12:40 on

     

    18 May, 2015

     

    NATKNOW

     

     

    Sadly,that is pretty much my understanding too. Pretty sure a disaffected officer sent a very heavily researched dossier on House to his bosses a few years back.

     

     

    Nothing came of it,it was buried without investigation due to its source.

     

     

    I’d be very surprised if it didn’t contain enough proof to damn him but he is bullet-proof.

     

     

    There are a lot of people who once thought they were bullet-proof. And weren’t. Hopefully he will be another one.

     

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    Well the stories I heard on Friday would back that up. Another one for you – one of the dads at my daughter’s school is an ex-copper. Had 20-odd years experience but left the police force as he felt that since Mr House’s arrival, he no longer did the job he signed up for. All that was now expected of him was to provide management information to drive stats that show that everything’s rosy in the garden. A serious assault in the next street you say? Sorry, sir, I have forms to fill…

  10. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    NATKNOW

     

     

    Mail you a few details shortly. Might take a bitta time to get it right-ish.

     

     

    Ask yer man if he knows much about it,please.

     

     

    Cheers.

  11. Paul67

     

     

    “Celtic will earn an extra £4m from ticket sales and indirect incremental income”

     

     

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    I’d much rather we missed out on the money and treated them as they are, a new club promoted from a lower league.

  12. weeminger

     

    12:50 on

     

    18 May, 2015

     

    Natknow / BMCUW / TD67 – from previous

     

     

    The Scottish Police Federation (who represent the grunts) would back up the view that Mr House has a bit of an inflated sense of himself. They’ve questioned his actions publicly.

     

     

    I think his timing is coming, what change that has will go some way to determining whether he was acting on instruction from Govt, or if he was treading a lone path. (I would hope the latter)

     

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    Like you, I hope it comes to pass that his actions have been self-directed. Despite having gripes with government about all sorts of things, I don’t think they are directing that officers carry weapons for example.

     

     

    Perhaps part of the issue is that for a while we had a Cabinet Secretary for Justice who got lifted at a football game! :-)

  13. Burgas Hoops on

    Dafabet’s site will take a bit of getting used too -) especially if you dont change the language to english like i just did.

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

    12:57 on

     

    18 May, 2015

     

    NATKNOW

     

     

    Mail you a few details shortly. Might take a bitta time to get it right-ish.

     

     

    Ask yer man if he knows much about it,please.

     

     

    Cheers.

     

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    Will do bud..

  15. Gerryfaethebrig on

    hamiltontim

     

     

    12:57 on 18 May, 2015

     

     

    Know what you mean but it is supply & demand, Sky will shove it down your throat if/when we play that new team, Sky will make sure people believe the fixture is “returning” they even make people think it’s snowing at Chtistmas or at least their adverts do

  16. Paul

     

     

    As for the prospect of the team that finished 3rd in the Championship winning the play offs…

     

     

    We all know that they will be back sooner or later, and that has never been in doubt. Personally, it has been a blessing to have seasons with no league games against them.

     

     

    Is there some possibility that IF they stumble up this year that they could generate more investment in anticipation of income next season? I know that sounds a bit like a “selling your season ticket sales for the next three seasons for cash now” scenario but I think you get my drift.

     

     

    Hearts and Hibs have attempted to live within their means and have paid their bills, however on the down side, they have failed to provide us with the laughter that is deidco/sevco/whyteco/greenco/kingco/mashco.

     

     

    Surely that achievement is worth an award?

     

     

    Standup&Falldown CSC

  17. oneofthe70percent on

    Time we stopped our players risking injury and getting knackered by playing internationals,especially the SFA bigots team,

  18. mullet and co 2 on

    If Sevco come up we will treat them with kid gloves. They won’t get the leathering they deserve. Other teams might just have more of an appetite to gut them. Too much pressure on CFC to dish out a serious hammering or 3.

     

    That said, do they not have some sort of entitlement clause this summer? Entitled to big signings, more sponsorship, tv deal, somebody else’s lunch etc? I’m waiting in the 10 page pull out in the DR on the 12th of July commemorating the glorious return. Grown men and soldiers sobbing… Telling the world they are back and will stop at nothing to venge the evil what was did.

  19. oneofthe70percent

     

    13:04 on

     

    18 May, 2015

     

     

    Time we stopped our players risking injury and getting knackered by playing internationals,especially the SFA bigots team,

     

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    You think that stopping our players from playing in internationals will make Celtic attractive to prospective signings? I think it would have the opposite effect.

  20. mullet and co 2 on

    Think we would be cutting our nose of to spite our face if we don’t charge the 42 quid Sevco nflation tax. People will pay it expecting the same experience before it was ashes to ashes. Thing is it will just be nerves that we could be mugged by a new wee team. We had that from Ross County but they don’t come festooned in last night of the proms gear spouting national front adaptations from the 70s.

  21. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Heres hoping Hibs can do it and it’s not Hearts and The Body Parts.

  22. Good day all,

     

     

    I see we are being linked with two left backs, Mitchell Dijks from Willhelm II and Barry Douglas from Lech Posnan , both look good prospects. Dijks came through the Ajax setup and Douglas is formerly of Dundee United.

     

     

    Back up for Izzy or Central defenders in the making

     

     

    HH

     

    gsu

  23. My preference would be for Hibs and Hearts to win promotion, Sevco to go into Liquidation and to restart at the bottom of the pyramid.

     

    Govan Rangers for the Junior Leagues?

  24. Richie #TeamOscarForever on

    I think they have lost a lot of their decent fans and have gone backwards as far as their “image” as concerned. The people in charge pander to the bigots more than ever. No-one likes them and they don’t care.

     

     

    I have no desire to see them playing us again at any level at any time. So there.

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