Fraught preseason, instinct ruling head


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. yorkbhoy



    That’s my point, that’s where the street bit comes in, you can’t learn it, you need to know it, and have lived in it, some have, lots don’t, back in the day, and now, IMO that is.

  2. Captain Beefheart on

    Legia deserved a kicking on here. This is a Celtic site. We adhered to the rules, Legia didn’t. Patronising Legia supporters didn’t help them.

  3. Captain Beefheart



    Usual media dross. Expect plenty more stories in the next few months with players and fees plucked from nowhere.


    In fairness though the £4m fee is value for money when compared with the money spent buying Derk!




  4. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Good Afternoon.



    I have just received a message saying that there was an enquiry as to my general well being from Earnie.



    That was very kind and I can assure you that I am alive, well and trying to cause some trouble elsewhere.



    Apparently TBB suggested that I had ran out of words – in which case I must have surely died altogether.



    Alas no — I have not ran out of words either.



    Just busy trying to source some new found gainful employment in and amongst the daily nonsense that passes for a working life at the moment.



    Some very interesting comments from Ronny D about his management plans for Celtic at the Celtic Fans Forum last night and a load of other stuff too which will be reported by others in due course no doubt.



    However, can I leave you with a lesson on brevity from a child who witnessed a monkey climbing on his parents car.



    The lad will certainly be a straight to the point negotiator when he grows up:



    Warning- there is a language issue here.






    Best Regards to all




  5. LiviBhoy


    12:15 on


    19 May, 2015





    He does like his job, most of the time the teaching world are either recovering from an OFSTED or fearing one.


    The amount of head/assistant heads on sick leave due to stress is a national scandal.


    The amount of hours he puts in (in his own time) prepping is incredible.



    You can do PGCE in 12 months LB, that’s a good route into teaching. I taught aircraft engineers for 5 years, some of it I enjoyed but not enough to stay doing it. Every day is a performance, hard to produce 100% all the time.

  6. No way on gods earth would Pedro sanction 4m for Anya, I doubt he fits into Ronny’s plans either, he’s no good enough, we are trying to improve the squad, no weaken it, if he was that good, he would have been snapped up long ago.


    Just more made up pish me thinks.




  7. You can do PGCE in 12 months LB, that’s a good route into teaching. I taught aircraft engineers for 5 years, some of it I enjoyed but not enough to stay doing it. Every day is a performance, hard to produce 100% all the time.




    Well then you will certainly be one to know why some players have an off day :))

  8. Beefheart, Legia were leading 6-1 on aggregate, if my memory serves me correct and time was almost up. They brought on a guy as a sub who they thought had served out his suspension in as much as he had been left off the team for the games in question. However they were obliged to have named him on the team sheets for that game to have counted. Due to an Admin error they didn’t. They did not intentionally cheat. Any right minded Celtic fan would say sorry lads, we have been given a gift horse here, you can’t blame us for taking it, but at the same time try to take into account how we would feel if the position was reversed. Taunting a Legia supporter calling them cheats is cheap, I for one would not do it and would have no respect for anyone who would. Being a sportsman and admitting we didn’t deserve to win that match is not patronising anybody, its simply telling the truth.