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. Neustadt-Braw on

    Oldtim67…….may you and yours find comfort and your brother eternal peace …

  2. Oldtim



    May your brother Rest in Peace friend.



    Keep the Faith



    HH JamesGang

  3. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Oldtim67. May your brother rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him.

  4. Oldtim67



    Davie – very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother.



    Take care!

  5. Oldtim



    Just saw your sad news, may your brother Rest In Peace and may you find all the strength you need in these coming days.




  6. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Oldtim, very saddened to read of the loss of your brother. Sincere condolences to you and your family.



    Thinking about you.





  7. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    Sincere condolences on the death of our brother.



    May his soul Rest in Peace.

  8. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    Old Tim,


    Sad news and never easy. I hope you are coping as well as can be expected and that the messages of support on here are in some small way helpful.




  9. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    TBB said:



    “If you “can’t see” Sevco qualifying, you’re refusing to look.”



    Not very often I disagree with the estimable TBB but this is one of them.



    I have looked and saw the third best team in the second division overcoming the fourth by the narrowest of margins. To now beat the team second in the division is less likely and to then go on and beat a Premier League side over two games is more unlikely still.


    Of course it can happen, I just can`t see it 0:-)




  10. South Of Tunis on

    ” UEFA want Financial Fair Play almost as much as they want a Champions League Final between Maribor and Bate Borisov ”



    Marco Tardelli 16 5 2015.

  11. Old tim, so sorry to hear your sad news, may your brother Rest in Peace, thoughts and prayers to you and the Family.


    Papa John

  12. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Why hasn’t Leigh Griffiths come out and said he’s not interested in going to Leeds I wonder, the speculation is going to continue until he does, and a million quid! who are they kiddin, Gary Hooper’s price tag is the going rate. For a million quid they might get Amido Balde, or Teemu Pukki, but certainly not our current top goal scorer – in spite of being benched for most of the season.

  13. OldTim:



    Word reached me this morning from blantyretim of your Brother’s passing.



    Call you later mate.



    May God Bless his Soul.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  14. excathedra44 on




    Ref earlier post,I agree the Board seem to want their return which I think is shameful,had the position been reversed they would have wanted us gone.



    I also think the lack of action over the past 3 years has turned many off,despite PL’s comment when challenged, to a small group in the Executive suite, that “we have to tread carefully here re peoples safety” now I accept that’s a commendable stance,however that level of repercussion would not have occurred had we at least gone after the recent refereeing debacle.



    For me it does not wash,Iain Bankier very poor,how much that curtails PL I dont know.

  15. Margaret McGill on

    Can I get an update on the latest from



    Resolution 12


    The death of the Huns


    Celtics European qualification plan


    Five way agreement ? Is it 6 yet!




    …… Repost from 2012

  16. Margaret McGill on




    17:33 on 18 May, 2015





    I was just filling in the gaps for the CQN arithmetic ally challenged half.

  17. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    I knew what you were doing.


    There are only three kinds of people in the world; those who can count and those who can`t.




  18. Gerryfaethebrig on




    Cheers, I might have a wee nibble on the Hibees as that Hun mob are mince and Motherwell’s bottle is crashing

  19. Margaret McGill on




    17:42 on 18 May, 2015



    Well actually there’s only 2


    1. Those that can extrapolate from incomplete data

  20. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Jungle Jim hot smoked



    It doesn’t take much to confuse me



    Hail Hail

  21. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Oldtim67 – Sorry to read about the sad loss of your Bro, God rest his soul.




  22. time for change on

    Queen of the South were victims of two major wrong calls over the two games both led to goals….



    Andrew Dallas affects the Motherwell game getting a player sent off and a team into the play off spot.



    Dougie Dougie is reinstated as referee whatever….



    No sign of improvement in that front then…



    The Rangers International FC will not be back in the league even if they get promoted. …we need to watch our language to ensure that this is misconstrued….



    Sadly won’t see Hibs game to judge refereeing…by the way anyone know who’s got that gig?



    There is no Old Firm….

  23. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    That was going to be my next one ( but I was going for `insufficient` ) !




  24. oldtim



    Condolences on your loss.



    Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

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