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. oldtim67



    Condolences on the passing of your brother. Thought and prayers with you and your family.




  2. OldTim




    I am very sorry to read about your brothers passing.



    May he RIP .



    I hope your pain is short lived and can be overtaken by happy memories of him ,very quickly.




  3. Oldtim67



    So sorry to hear your sad news.



    May your brother rest in peace.



    Prayers said for those who remain.

  4. Gerryfaethebrig on




    16:01 on 18 May, 2015



    Thoughts and prayers with you and your whole family at this sad time

  5. skyisalandfill on




    Sorry to hear your bad news my friend.



    My thoughts are with you




  6. South Of Tunis on

    gerryfaethebrig@ 15 49.



    Napoli should bury Cesena but Napoli specialise in losing to teams they should bury..Good luck !

  7. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    I’m really hoping that Motherwell’s dog fight mentality will carry itself over into the play off final, just in case deidco get by Hibs, but I dont think deidco will get by Hibs, They were hanging on for dear life yesterday against QOS, while Hibs are all sunshine and warm ups waiting for them on Wed night. Cant see anytihing other than a first leg Hibs win, then a draw at Ibrox, It will be a Hibs v Motherwell play off final, with Motherwell winning narrowly, imo.

  8. oldtim67…



    So sorry to here your sad news, I wasnt fortunate enough to meet your brother, thoughts with yourself and family. HH

  9. Here’s a thought – the Ibrox mob are quite rightly deserving of all the bile that they receive here, and anywhere else – however the only thing that will fill our now, over capacity stadium, and swell the numbers of the faithfull through and throughs, albeit intermittently, is the return of those self-same Govan rogues – it’s a funny old world to play for!!!!

  10. Oldtim67



    Sorry to hear your loss. Never a good time.



    Our thoughts are with you.



    Hail! Hail!

  11. Gerryfaethebrig on

    south of tunis



    16:12 on 18 May, 2015



    I also think Napoli should cuff them but it was the 25/1 that tempted me, a fool and his money are easily parted, cheers for the good wishes

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Hearing Ronny and the coaching staff had a wee day oot in the Merchant City on Saturday

  13. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on





    Sorry hear about your brother Ma y he rest in peace. YNWA

  14. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    OldTim 67



    Terrible news about your brother. My condolences. May he rest in peace.

  15. Poor ole Griff. Just when he thought he was going to get a break from Broony lecturing him in the car, he’s already pencilled in for Scotland training with him an awe!



    At this rate the entire Scotland squad is just going to be an extension of Ronny and the two Johns training at Lennoxtown.



    Certain sections of the Hootsmon Army are going to be scratching their nappers when they realize they are booing the entire team.

  16. South Of Tunis on

    ” I didn’t need a credit card or a computer to. go to Malmo , Olympiakos , Dortmund , Monaco and Madrid .Now I need a computer and a credit card to have a chance of getting a ticket for Berlin.I don’t have a credit card , I dont have a computer , guess I don’ t deserve to be allowed to go to Berlin.Won’t be long before you need to shop at Armani to get a ticket “.



    A miffed Rube fan on the radio .

  17. ‘similar income is going to ibrox,this isnt enough to fund a turnaround’



    wishful thinking Paul imo.


    how do we know what they are doing?


    the squint is in.


    where is the transparency right now?


    I hope Ashley drives a coach and horses thro King and those who are turd rolling at Hampden floor6.



    A delisted Plc operating in a market with no financial fair play awaiting a tax convict to be given permission as fit and proper.



    they wonder why our game is finding it difficult getting sponsorship with these amateurs in charge.


    rant o’er



    hail hail

  18. Paul67



    King has delisted Sevco.



    There is far less transparency required now.



    I don’t see anyway that they won’t through money at Sevco to overtake us when the opportunity arises .




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