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. margaret mcgill



    18:25 on 18 May, 2015


    I was thinking…..why dont they make the whole plane out of that black box stuff?






    Cheers Ya pr1ck!









    HH jamesgang

  2. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Not a problem Almore. Thank you mo chara.


    I might need to bring an interpreter down to Dublin.


    Was thinking when we were in the Rock – Ye asked me what I wanted to drink, and I said a wee Powers please – problem being that Belfast people cannot pronounce that word properly – would sound like a wee pars!!


    Funny the puzzled look on your face, think Petec or ACGR had to explain to you what I was trying to say lol.


    Enjoy your wee trip to old Glasgow town.


    HH. :)

  3. WeefratheTim on

    Just popped in to say…………






    So sorry to hear of the passing of your brother. May he Rest In Peace. So sad.



    Popping out again……….

  4. Alasdair MacLean on

    No, no mention. Program on at half 8 tonight….wonder what it will say.

  5. mike in toronto on




    just on and saw your news. Losing a brother is a tough one. Condolences to you and your family.




  6. margaret mcgill



    Presume that wasn’t code for You Worry (too much)






    HH jamesgang

  7. sixtaeseven - Gardez la Foi on

    Without Mike’s influence (NU loanees) Sevco wouldn’t be in the position they are.



    He was punished by the SFA for this meddling (7500 smackers) so all is not above board.



    Wait until next season when (NOT if…) Sevco are in the Premiership.



    Mike will make sure they are at least a top six team (with another half team of loanees), most likely challenging for a UEFA place. He wants to sell those jerseys and other assorted trinkets.



    The SFA will up their fine to 15000 smackers.



    All will be hunky dory.



    All, except that we will be well and truly watching a circus league.

  8. Burgas Hoops on

    Margaret McGill



    Worst city in the world for an away supporter, i hope we NEVER have to play any of the 3 that belong there.

  9. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Fieldofdreams turn over to Stv…..



    Lucy Verasamy……



    Just said to Mrs GFTB that Lucy couldn’t lace her boots

  10. Sipsini –



    There’s a squad of us (not CQNers) meeting in city centre after the game for an end-of-season swally. Should be fun.



    Leaving the car at home.

  11. Hi Paul67,



    It’s great to see Leigh Back in the Scotland Squad – the ROI game in Dublin is huge, so it doesn’t leave a lot of time for LG to force his way into the team, hopefully he’ll get a chance to prove himself against Qatar. Another Hat-trick will suffice.



    I’m agnostic when it comes to the timing of Sevco in the top flight of Scottish Football, a team from Ibrox was always likely to emerge and eventually get there.



    My heart says not this year, one, because I had the same feeling of disappointment when QoS failed to get through and secondly, we’re making progress, real, tangible, definitive progress. I’ve got to say much of this progress would not have been achieved with the pressure, distraction and just plain nonsense that the Old Firm Circus inflicted on us.



    After saying that my head says…



    If they come up this year while in turmoil, with a decimated squad and having to re-build on the hoof, they may not recover for years. If they fail to come up this year, it could well be the reality check they need and give them a Season to get their act together.



    “He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.”


    ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War



    Hail Hail

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Chick Hun and Dick Wilson ,wanting death penalty for Scott McDonald,strange, don’t remember Elbows getting same condemnation?

  13. leftclicktic on



    thoughts and prayers with you & your family at this time,May your brother Rest In Peace,look after yourself sir.

  14. Tom, I’ll play it by ear, my da’s playing up again so I’ve took Wednesday off, hopefully this trial will be finished by tomorrow.

  15. leftclicktic on

    The Clumpany 14:59


    “But if you care about what masquerades as ‘news’ and sporting integrity in Scotland, you might wish to join me in subjecting the comments of our journalists to the maximum amount of scrutiny at all times.



    Always ask yourself, ‘who‘ is saying ‘what‘, ‘why‘ are they saying it, and ‘why’ are they saying it now.



    These are simple but pretty profound questions. I asked them today and I invite you not to lose sight of them!”


    Keep on Clumping Sir

  16. The huns stumble from one embarrasment to another, now the onion DOBears have sent a letter to mccall and told him to read it to the players, he’s using it as a team talk against hibs.


    Joke club with a joke team HH

  17. ….so The Judean Peepil’s Front has sent The Haircut That Time Forgoat…… a letter……………..






    ……I’m guessin’ it was an “F”……




    soon to be followed by a “U”



    …should Hibs do the unlikely on wednesday…..







  18. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Had a presentation today from DWP on how to complete a UC application



    Everything is going swimmingly don’t you know. 8))

  19. BT- ahahahaha! Aye right.



    They have also brought in draconian working practices for us. Effectively…


    ….no flexi. Started today.



    If you have any q’s about UC give me a shout.




  20. DeEr Level5(4) PR.



    How dae ah spell stooart? and how huz joanne lamont no been seen in ih same room?







  21. Gerryfaethebrig on

    blantyretim is praying for the knox family



    19:37 on 18 May, 2015



    Hopefully nearer Christmas time I will be able to help

  22. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Cheers,Lennybhoy filled in the gaps on Saturday

  23. Gerryfaethebrig on

    art of war



    19:40 on 18 May, 2015



    If we ever meet I might bend your ear on the old UC