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. 50 shades of green on

    Right time to get ready. Been decanted to 113 tonight beside the atmosphere.



    Just a nice wee win the night Celtic, and in 90 mins please.



    To those going tonight enjoy to those not going enjoy the audio coverage.



    3 nil the hoops, Jason VVD and the Griff, not necessarily in that order.

  2. Henderson for Johansen should be the only change from Sunday. The closest like for like change we could make.

  3. Bad patter with the ice cream van accident rumour.



    These things snowball and before you know there’s hundreds and thousands of em.

  4. No card markets on William Hill website for our game tonight! Strange!



    Hope ladbrokes in the ground will have odds for a red or two

  5. A R****** supporter crashed his car on the London Road and it was a complete write off. He had to get a new car but insists on telling everyone it’s his old car.

  6. Celtic Mac



    18:15 on 18 March, 2015






    ‘Vanguard’s Director ends up in Guards Van shocker!’





    Like it!

  7. latest donation made to my local bookie:



    Celtic to win 3-0 7/1



    Griff to score 1st goal (3-0) 20/1

  8. Many thanks to those responsible for my consolation prize from cqn 11 which arrived today. Much appreciated

  9. Dia dhaoibh a chairde,



    Enjoy the match tonight. Won’t be able to follow it as I’ll be at a meeting until 10pm. Let’s hope I get home to good news.



    Coinnígí an creideamh (KTF)

  10. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Me and Dad just off to Paradise just now for the game.






    Celtic 3-1 Dundee United

  11. Gordon


    Ambrose Denayer VVD Izzy


    Brown Bitton


    Forrest Commons Stokes



  12. The Battered Bunnet on

    Forrest, Stokes and Commons all start.



    The CQN rafters will be rattling…

  13. “Latest on the London Road crash: A man who’s as deaf as a post, and doesn’t speak english, with a terrible stutter, bad breath and squeaky shoes, is not helping the police with their inquiries one little bit.”

  14. London Road accident.


    Artic with container of Vic nasal spray.


    Police expect congestion to clear quickly.

  15. Meanwhile a lorryload of terrapins has overturned outside Newcastle United’s ground. Police say it’s turtle chaos.

  16. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Evening All.



    I was out for a family lunch today ( it is the anniversary of my father’s passing ) and took son No 2 up to paradise afterwards just for a wee look about.



    I was all set to go to the game with son No 1 but he has called off at the last minute as he is studying for exams.



    Sometimes — just sometimes — properly bringing up your children and telling them to pay attention to their education really bloddy backfires on you.



    I hope everyone going enjoys the game and that Celtic enjoy my money while I sit in the house!!



    3-0 to us for the record.

  17. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    And a repost from earlier:



    Good Morning.



    A number of months ago I was in a pub chatting and having a pint.



    In itself that is nothing much to report, but someone I was with started a conversation by asking who the rest of us thought had been the most influential footballer to play the game in the last 50 years — in pure footballing terms and so discounting the feats of players who had gone on to be MP’s, started fashion chains, chairity foundations and so on.



    We also ruled out those who had played and went on to manage.



    What we discussed was which footballer has had the biggest impact on the game itself as a player?



    There were loads of candidates — Bosman, Cruyff, Beckenbaur and so on.



    When I went to the bar I stood beside someone from an adjoining table who mentioned that he could not but help overhearing our conversation and he immediately proffered a candidate from left field so to speak.



    It was a brief conversation but he made several good points and suggested that I look into his argument further — he promised that it would be reasonably compelling.



    The result is a rather long Strandsky tale — over 14,000 words.



    It tells the story of a footballer, and yes it does make a reasonable case for suggesting that he just might be the most influential football player of the last several decades.



    You are perfectly free to disagree of course but from out of left field i give you The Little King of the Park and the Elastico Fantastico.



  18. Phyllis Dietrichson on

    BRTH – a great tale, although I disagree with the nomination.



    The Galloping Major for me.

  19. Some more Monkey nuts,while we are waiting.


    This time the “Best left back in Britain”from last season,comes under the Hun microscope



    e Dude


    Davie Cooper



    Club Legend



    8,613 posts






    Posted Yesterday, 11:14 PM


    tannerall, on 18 Mar 2015 – 01:54 AM, said:


    I’d make him captain.


    Of a ship maybe. Certainly not of Rangers. I’d be happy not to see him in a Rangers shirt again.



    #11 Lee Wallace: post #11 RD.1872


    Andy Goram



    First Team



    1,358 posts




    Location:East Kilbride


    Posted Yesterday, 11:16 PM


    He certainly looks to have downed tools and looks to have piled on a few pounds too. Definitely lost a good few yards of pace that was key to his game and made him stand out as a decent full back. Now, like most of the first time he’s an embarrasment who’s blowing out his arse after 60 mins.



    Meanwhile,the new “Wonder boy”Walsh(played 2 games)must be signed at all costs,but the Monkeys dismayed somewhat to find out he is out of contract in the summer.


    Going by the language,more than dismayed.

  20. An ancient Egyptian sarcophagus has fallen off a lorry on the London Road. Drivers are asked to sound their horn when passing. Tooting car men.

  21. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Phyllis Dietrichson


    18:59 on


    18 March, 2015




    Thanks for that.



    If anything the story is one which made me think how insulated we are and that we only know about and react to what we are told and what we see in our own media.



    I would never have thought of yer man as even one of the most influential footballers of the last 5 decades but when I heard the argument and looked a little further it becomes obvious that the guy is hailed as an example by an astonishing array of world class players and that his influence is very much in evidence today.



    That one took a lot of research and statistically was difficult to set down so that it read properly.



    The next one is hugely Celtic based, will have a personal element, a history element and will be for charity.







  22. southside



    Given that 99.9% of Ronny’s formations have been 4-2-3-1, I’ll hazard a guess that tonight he’ll go 4-2-3-1.



    Stokes will play on the left, Forrest on the right, Commons behind Griffiths.