Gangster clubs, brutish fans, identity politics


The Daily Record’s political editor today published information obtained from the Scottish Government by a Freedom of Information Request, where Police Scotland note Newco “actively engaged” supporters to break lockdown rules in March this year.

Following Newco’s game with St Mirren on 6 March, Police Scotland received assurances from Newco that they would encourage fans to stay at home.  The Police memo stages, “Whilst assurances were given this did not materialise.”

The Police go on to stage Newco made “numerous statements encouraging celebration, including from the manager (Steven Gerrard).”

“Both the Manager and players actively engaged from within the stadium with fans gathered in disgraceful displays of encouragement, in solid opposition to the public safety issues arising, to their responsibilities given the privileges under which football operates, and to the commitments they had made around public communications.”

The Government should have acted on this information in March.  Football privileges were being actively flouted by one club but it took further incidents this month before Nicola Sturgeon felt it necessary to take on Newco.  This is in stark contrast to her grabbing the mic. when Celtic followed her own rules during their trip to Dubai.

You will see not contrition from Newco.  Instead, they will deflect and distract.  Let them sink in their own sewage.

Gangster clubs operate across Europe.  They stir-up identity sentiment among brutish fans and intimidate politicians who need to fish in the same identity waters.  It takes brave political leadership to stop the rot.

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  1. Anyone heard from THE EXILED TIM?



    Hope all is as good as can be for his good lady and TET.

  2. The last time I was in a pub was February last year.



    The Marine in Stonehaven.




  3. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    My thanks to the CQNer who earlier posted the link to purchase the Coronation Cup victory book.


    (apologies – can’t recall who)



    Just ordered it.



    Looking forward to reading of another fabulous chapter in the life of our wonderful club.



    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith



    We’re Not Half of Anything






    We share a city AND NOTHING ELSE

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    BILLYBEAR on 21ST MAY 2021 2:27 PM


    Very glad to hear PL ok. Was just passing on info from an allegedly reliable source.





    Hi Billybear – can you say where was that info came from – what was the initial source?



    That was an utterly terrible thing for someone to put out there – whoever initiated it is a complete lowlife.






  5. Has Douglas Ross, the leader of the opposition in Scotland, commented on the events that happened last weekend, in Scotland’s largest city, yet? por cierto

  6. BILLYBEAR on 21ST MAY 2021 2:27 PM


    “allegedly reliable source”



    There’s a statement you’ll no be making again, por cierto

  7. Bigbhoy………Still trying to come to terms and make sense of the attack on Peter Lawell and his family, does football really get into the darkest depths of someone’s mind to carry out such a dastardly act. In my considerable years on the planet i cannot remember anything like this , which i presume is football related? is a unique occurrence in western Europe.



    Jeez, football and being attached emotionally to a team is there to be enjoyed as a diversion from the trials of eveyday life. We all know the joys of success and the huge disappointment that comes with defeat but we get on with life and look forward to the return of the good days.



    Glad to hear the Peter Lawell breaking story is only a rumour.




    We have them over here, my next door neighbour is one …..just shake my head.

  9. Greenpinata


    You will of course be aware that Scottish Taxpayers, like elsewhere in the UK, fund the Furlough Scheme.



  10. TURKEYBHOY on 21ST MAY 2021 2:30 PM







    I want to get a beer with you in your local,before the two of us die.





    Hopefully,later in the year.




    Nae bother mate…just bring yer wallet !


    Only JOKING of course.



  11. Gene, I would prefer Nuno to EH, not as big a gulf in class between the two as you may think.


    Bournemouth over-achieved when they first came up to EPL, as did Wolves, Nuno jumping before he fights relegation next season does protect his track record. I’d be happy if he joined us…

  12. HANKRAY on 21ST MAY 2021 2:56 PM




    The ” Motive” has NOT been established yet mate.


    Celtic FC, and Players and staff should FUND a reward to catch the Culprit(s)….A Few GRAND on Offer to anyone for info leading to the Arrest and Conviction of those responsible….that should loosen a few tongues !




  13. Nuno Espirito Santo (known simply as Nuno as a player) caught the Celtic bug when featuring as an unused substitute for Porto in the 2003 UEFA cup final. FACT.

  14. ‘ What is the point of the most successful vaccination programme in Europe if we are still being locked down.?’












  15. The vaccine will not give you absolute immunity from catching Covid-19.


    It reduces the chance of it being so serious if you do catch it.


    Like the flu, variants will emerge every year & vaccines will be produced anticipating what the new variant will be. Soon your annual flu jab will be a joint flu/Sars Cov2.



    My understanding anyway.



    As for Peter Lawwell, like others, I hope it’s just a rumour.


    My own recent family experience is that Mrs Cornelius was told to avoid emotional stress at all costs.


    If the weeks events in Thorntonhall had occurred here, it would have induced another heart attack in her.




  16. CORNELIUS on 21ST MAY 2021 3:28 PM


    “As for Peter Lawwell, like others, I hope it’s just a rumour.”



    It was, he’s as well as can be expected at this time, por cierto

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    They were asking folk to come forward for vaccinations in certain southside postcodes the other week because of a spike in cases, possibly Govanhill area, urging people to get tested also.




    Nuno Espirito Santo – I’d be happy with that, however rumours saying that he lined up for Spurs.



    P.S. Ryan Gauld just walked from Farense today, available for nowt.

  18. Martin O’Neill himself said after the final “When the Porto players seemed to run all the way back to Porto to celebrate their winning goal, Nuno ran only as far as Lisbon.”

  19. Who all remember another famous event on


    21st May 🤔


    This time in 1979



    4 – 2, and 10 Bhoys won the league 👏👏👏

  20. Big Jimmy………Agreed, only fitting that the club should do as you suggest In support of PL and his family.

  21. Big Jimmy on 21st May 2021 1:44 pm



    JHB on 21ST MAY 2021 1:25 PM



    There is a strong bond between Ulster & Ibrox – anyone who can’t foresee a political dimension developing in the event of separation from the UK, is not thinking straight.




    By your OWN ADMISSION there is a strong bond between Ulster and Ibrox….and that is under a Union Jack UK Government in case you havent Feckin noticed ?



    1st Class Chump !





    Thank you Big Jimmy! That made me laugh out loud.




  22. SCULLYBHOY on 21ST MAY 2021 4:28 PM



    Blood of our blood.



    Bone of our bone.

  23. On probability I have decided that the Polis are lying bastards and Hun players are racists.



    There that’s how the SFA deal with things isn’t it?



    D :)

  24. I wonder what the outcome would have been if it had been Police Scotland rather than the City of London Police that raided Ibrox.

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    It says Adblocker has crashed, click here to reload.




  26. If it was fake, then surely victim fc will take legal action against those who ‘allegedly’ doctored it?



    Although despite all their opposition to detail on liquidation they never took Phil Mac to court over his book. Never understood that when they said it was all lies….🤣😂

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