Give me someone with a point to prove


This ‘Dundee United period’ of our history will be remembered for years, but despite Sunday’s Cup Final win, the fondness of the memory is yet to be established.  If we drop the ball tonight, the League Cup will look like little more than the consolation prize.

It’s been a while since we’ve had to play an important game without Stefan Johansen.  Add this to the fact that we are also without our two recent recruits from United and you have the makings of an experimental midfield.  Given a choice, I’d prefer to have a player with a point to prove than someone marking time.

Billy Beane has appointed official adviser at AZ Alkmaar. Former Oakland Atheltics’ (baseball team) general manager who was the inspiration for Michael Lewis book, Moneyball, will be cutting his teeth in Dutch football. Like the Oakland A’s, Alkmaar have to figure out a way to compete against teams with greater resources.

The lesson from Moneyball is seldom understood. It’s not about buying low and selling high, or imposing some-or-other financial prudence, it’s about measuring things which are really important in the game but not yet being measured.

Moneyball tactics from three years ago are not Moneyball tactics anymore, perpetual innovation is the lesson. Good luck to AZ.

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  1. Hankray, if the dice were loaded against Dundee Utd on Sunday then they loaded them themselves.



    They didn’t have to sell GMS and Armstrong. They could have waited till summer.



    Dillon, whether he’s ‘that kind of player’ or not, didn’t have to assault Izaguirre.



    Ciftci doesn’t have to take a maddy every time he plays and get himself banned. There’s a management issue there.



    And when you’ve got a player off for stitches, you probably don’t want to wait as long as Utd did before replacing him.



    No sympathy for them.

  2. Squire Danaher……….sure, Scott is a human dynamo. Getting back to the legend that is John Mullane – it was great to hear him commenting on the Celtic game in the middle of a discussion on GAA – and not more EPL overkill.

  3. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    charles kickham. I think they all looked great they really scrub up well my favourite is the lady with the black and green dress she really looked the bees knees. H.H.

  4. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy


    17:11 on


    18 March, 2015


    Does anyone have a link to the Sevco banner? What did it say?






    I think you’ll find it over on KDS mate (hun thread)

  5. hamiltontim



    If you had 1st dibs on Geordies tickets then get them off him.



    I was only wanting 1 for myself but i can go to the ticket office and get it from there.



    Sorry for cutting your grass!

  6. Saw a lovely Audi driving through town.


    White. Very clean. A4 or A6.



    Private (or immensely unfortunate!) regi plate had RFC on it.


    Funny when your car is worth more than your fitba team.


    Funnier still when your regi plate (indeed any regi plate) is too!



    Not happy about missing tonight. Think it will be a cracker.



    HH jamesgang

  7. Screamometer



    Brilliant idea. But it would Probably be calibrated by some Masonic season ticket holder from the Govan mob.




  8. Fieldofdreams………..My point was Celts should have played a lot better against a team that was a pale shadow of it’s former self. Let’s hope there’s a vast improvement to-night.

  9. Hankray, sorry bud, misread your intention. I certainly agree we should have played a lot better. I heard after from one of the physios that the players thought the pitch was ‘dead’, maybe that had an effect.

  10. ulysses mcghee - a demographic of one on

    Heading into Paradise.



    Maybe a cola in the Kerrydale.



    Say hello if you’re in.




  11. hamiltontim






    For a second i thought i was making off with your ticket!

  12. I hope to be at CQN Corner from about 7.10 tonight so if anyone wants to pay cash to enter Last Man Standing 4 I’ll be happy to accept. And not too late to join in, just drop an email to and be part of the fun – as well as helping Wee Shay.

  13. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    I think that returning late to training is about as big a no-no you can get re club discipline.



    Brown’s nonsense, whilst being embarrassing for him and the club, happened in his own time and was not in direct breach of the rules.



    However, don’t think for one minute that Deila would have missed him and hit the pavement, unlike Scott.



    It would have been done indoors, in the dressing room and we will never find out what was said or done on the matter.



    He undermined the manager’s ethos, plus that of John Collins, John Kennedy and, definitely, Jim Mc.Guinness.



    The GAA has enough on field disciplinary problems of it’s own, without it’s pundits straying into areas where their competence is unproven.




  14. bournesouprecipe


    17:15 on


    18 March, 2015


    Team sheet latest…………………….Wee Jamesie.





    Was just leaving for game as I caught this uplifting news! :)

  15. Have a spare ticket for tonight,big G got man flu ,will be in real McCoy pub 6.30 ish.

  16. bournesouprecipe on




    Sorry, it makes you either go “uugghh” or ” ahhhhh” (like people do at small fluffy animals).

  17. bournesouprecipe on

    Their been an accident in London Road involving a car and an ice cream van, the whole area is now coned off

  18. Thomthethim………….John Mullane may be a hurling legend but surely that does not deny him the right to voice an opinion on another sporting code as an obvious Celtic supporter.


    You make your point well otherwise.

  19. bournesouprecipe on




    Eurochamps67 says it takes an hour to walk from CP to Rutherglen Main St – as per after the Inter Milan game?

  20. Still a bit concerned that Murray is reffing tonight.



    Will there be highlights later tonight of the game?

  21. Just got home to a surprise parcel from cqn11 – i’ll keep the paperwork and mrs gene will enjoy the whisky.


    nice touch – thanks to everyone involved



    big performance tonight lads




  22. bournesouprecipe


    17:38 on


    18 March, 2015


    Their been an accident in London Road involving a car and an ice cream van, the whole area is now coned off





    Lets hope Utd. have a flakey performance.



  23. Which is better, the team DU are likely to put out tonight or the line-up below?


























    The best two players have been removed from the above team, which we beat 6-1.



    Tonight’s outcome should be a formality.

  24. thomthethim for Oscar OK on



    17:41 on


    18 March, 2015


    Thomthethim………….John Mullane may be a hurling legend but surely that does not deny him the right to voice an opinion on another sporting code as an obvious Celtic supporter.


    You make your point well otherwise.





    I suppose it all depends on the tone of his comments. If it was an aside in a general positive comment about Celtic, then, perhaps it was excusable.



    If it was his reason for mentioning us, then he shouldn’t have bothered.



    You can understand that it is bad enough when the SMSM elevate it into a negative headline pre Cup Final, without it mentioned on, I presume, RTE.



    TV3 wouldn’t do that, I hope! : > )


    Anyway, I’m sure it won’t happen again

  25. wolfetonebhoy on

    John Mullane hurling legend??? must be silly season round here – tough game expected tonight – hope to see a fired up guidetti at some stage in proceedings 3-1 celtic

  26. pintaguinness on

    A van has crashed on London road and it’s cargo of wigs are all over the road.



    Police are combing the area