Glasgow arms race failure, thanking Sir David


KR Reykjavík recorded a 0-2 win in the Icelandic Cup on Sunday and have one more league game, against bottom club Thor on Thursday, before facing Celtic on Champions League duty a week today.

Celtic have a game this evening against LSK Linz before facing a famous name from our past, Dukla Prague, on Friday.  While the world will be coming through a World Cup climb down Celtic will be facing a committed team in the mid-Atlantic.  There is no room for complacency.

Next week’s qualifier has all the potential to cause a fright.  Ronny Deila will by now know all about Gordon Strachan’s competitive start at Celtic, which cast a shadow he never completely shook off, so it is absolutely critical the manager gets us playing the way he wants us tonight.

Ross McCormack’s route from Murray Park reject at 19 eight years ago to a player Fulham have just bid £11m for is worthy of consideration.  It’s easy for us to point to how Rangers ruined young talented footballers but the stark truth is that for well over a decade Celtic had vastly better youth talent that Rangers but failed to graduate anything like as many as we should have.

McCormack had to go to Motherwell, a club well experienced at nurturing talent, to build his career, but he would have fared no better at Celtic.  Having no space for youth is one of the many unhealthy consequences of having two massive clubs engaged in a football arms race.  Our game was destined to destroy talent.

Fortunately, the man who loaned his name to Murray Park ensured that arms race would end in spectacular fashion, when he sold his club’s assets and liabilities to a liquidation specialist for £1.  In a perverse sort of way, Scottish football should thank him.

Thank you to everyone who supported CQN’s efforts for Glasgow the Caring City and The Cookie Jar Foundation, especially the reader who paid an incredible £530 for the signed European Cup canvas.  You are all a credit to our club.

Best wishes to Argentina tomorrow, I hope the overcome Netherlands for the memory of the first worldwide football hero they gave the game, Alfredo Di Stefano.

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  1. Travellerbhoy on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers



    07:28 on 9 July, 2014





    It takes a lot to offend us on here,mate. Though a post about eleven hours ago went pretty close!



    Hi bhud


    Was that billy bhoy


    Always follow his posts





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




    07:10 on 9 July, 2014






    Pure class!! Wasn’t really in the mood for laughing there, but fs!! :D






    Bobby M – Correct as per usual.



    Peace to the Celtic nation.








    BILLY BHOY 05 is a great fella,you’d like him a lot. Very uncompromising.



    I’m meeting him in ten days for a pint or two-!-and one or two discussions as we put the world to rights.



    I might borrow PETEC’s boxing gloves,haha!

  4. Travellerbhoy on




    Thank you very much my fhriend


    I look out for your posts as well


    Maybe in the current climate


    I might have a voice


    Hail Hail

  5. Travellerbhoy on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers




    Thanks for that bhud


    Who did you mean about 11 hours ago


    Hail Haul





    You were right about that one,that’s all.



    You working today?

  7. Travellerbhoy on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers




    Cheers man


    Billy bhoy gets my support


    Read back


    Really venomous


    You know him


    Good enough for me


    We all make mistakes

  8. BMCUW, Do you know Billybhoy05 and is he a Tim. Honestly after last night I thought he was a Hun. What on earth was he thinking about making a post like that.



    Traveller Bhoy, Normally when you are on here, I’m asleep and I rarely get to address you. I know I’m not the first to say it, but you have a gift with words. When I read some of your harrowing posts I feel I’m reading the work of a poetic genius. You have a gift and a harrowing story. You really should consider writing your story. God Bless You & the Best of Luck.

  9. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Breaking news that FIFA are to investigate charges of “simulation” following last nights game – taking a close look at David Luiz defending…

  10. Balde & Pukki – doing what they say on the tin!!!



    Now, as I’ve long suspected….get these two players



    managed by a manager and, look what ye get!!!



    Maye these two fellas can properly begin their



    Celtic careers and, hopefully…the Neil Lennon clique



    will, slowley but, surely be ushered out and we might



    find that, at last we have a management structure in



    place to ‘reap’ the benefits of Lennoxtown by the increasing



    appearance of youngsters who, will make the grade by being



    ‘properly’ managed. imho



    Celtic Football Club = Open to all but, ‘NO’ cliques.



    Cliques are for masons and knights and awe yon rip the erse



    oot yer troosers brigade – to hell wi them awe – bring back the Jungle.



    Bye, bye – Off oot.

  11. Tim Malone Will Tell on




    “Off oot” – very polite, have you moved to Edinburgh?





    I can assure you he is one of the good guys,just politically unsound,haha!



    I didn’t see his post till a few hours ago. I didn’t think it was his finest moment,far from it. But IMO it was a reaction to other comments.



    Very badly made,indeed it was. But in context it lacks the malice that it conveys if read on its own.



    Won’t stop me baiting him about it weekend after next though….

  13. Travellerbhoy on




    Bhoy o bhoy


    Some praise



    I love your posts as well


    I lurk a lot cos I drink


    I appreciate what your saying


    But man


    I do deliberately write in that style cos


    I want to be in your face


    And I want to shock


    But also most people don’t know what I mean until it’s written


    Well that’s the way it was


    That’s the way they want it


    But the important thing is i ‘l tell it the way i want to



    Hail Hail


    Good to talk bhuddy






  15. travellerbhoy



    You do have a voice. And as Corkcelt says, a way with words. The difference is that perhaps in the present climate you’ve now got an opportunity for redress and justice that wasn’t there for you before.



    You just need to make sure that you come out the other end with more healing and peace than you start out with. Only you can decide on that one though you know you have plenty of supporters and a few wise heids on here if you want to bounce ideas and seek advice.



    You could do worse than start with our library-visiting, book-reading, tax-paying (def no a Hun with these credentials!) sage that is BMCUW!



    HH to you all Timdom.



    Work beckons.




  16. Vmhan


    Hope all is well. You say you did not see the progress of Germany coming. Sorry I did not let you into the secret. I have had a tenner on Germany since week one. Hope to cash in on Monday.

  17. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on




    But the important thing is i ‘l tell it the way i want to











  18. I absolutely agree with your last post jamesgang, I should have qualified my post to Traveller Bhoy with the caveat you came up with. At the end of the day it is about the man himself and him doing what is right for him.

  19. Corkcelt



    No need for to ever caveat what you say from what I’ve read mhate. You always come across as a wise good ‘un and I hope to meet you one day – to check if that’s the case or see if you’re a young daftie like the rest of us!



    HH jamesgang

  20. Travellerbhoy on




    I’ve tried to talk to that big ghaloop


    He comes fae Ayrshire don’t you know


    Says it all ; )





    Honest I’ve met Mick once at the hootenanny. Although I’ve spoken to him before. Amazing guy. This forum is lucky to have him. Keep him


    But keep it quiet

  21. the long wait is over on

    Morning all.



    Great to see Pukki and Balde on the scoresheet yesterday.



    On the WC don’t think I’ve ever seen a poorer performance from a team at a semi final of a major International or club competition. Brazil were truly shocking.



    Another wee stat , among many , just to depress them and which I haven’t seen quoted.



    Only country to fail to win the world cup on home soil in two attempts.



    How they have fallen – from iconic to laughing stock.







    PS I cant think of another team who have fallen quite so far.



    Oh wait…

  22. Marrakesh Express on

    Watching BBC’s post match analysis last night reminded me of some of our msm. Hansen was ”distraught” at seeing the great Brazil (like myself, remembering wonderful the 70 team) being destroyed. I can empathise with him. Lineker however couldn’t hide his sorrow England’s nemesis triumphing so spectacularly. It could have been Keith Jackson, Chic Young or Gordon Waddell having to swallow Celtic beating Barcelona again.

  23. Travellerbhoy on

    bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts


    Hail Hail my bhro


    I belong here


    I’m one of you


    You said it


    Thank you





    et al



    I doubt I’m the only person to have discussed with TRAVELLERBHOY the content of many of his posts,and the possibility of publishing them in order to ‘get the story out there’



    I think the way he posts,not in any narrative form catching up from previous and leading to the next,but simply a ‘where did that come from’ moment is one of the things which has most caught our attention.



    You can tell from the disjointed and fragmented manner in which he relates his experiences that a particular memory is the one which just came to him.



    It shocks us by its suddenness as well as its content. And I hope that someday someway he achieves a level of success in getting even.



    Write the book the way you write the posts,mate. The shock value will get the message across just as it has on here.

  25. Ulsan/Black Isle Celt on

    the long wait is over


    Only country to fail to win the world cup on home soil in two attempts.







  26. So I wake up to more reports of Fraser Forster’s imminent departure, this time it is Benfica who are “lining up” a 6m bid.



    What do the press mean when they say a club is “lining up” or “preparing” a bid for a player? Surely if you want a player, or a house, or a car, you make a bid, or offer the asking price.



    How does one line up a bid? How do you go about preparing a bid? Do they cut letters out of newspaper headlines and glue it onto a sheet of A4 paper to form the words of the bid, or do they use a child’s building blocks to formulate the bid?



    Why would a club announce that they were preparing a bid for another club’s player? Surely they would want to make the bid official before telling anyone else. Surely their first announcement would be . . . we have tabled a bid.



    It always makes me laugh when I read these headlines.





    That’s two really complimentary posts-my grateful thanks!



    I’ll square you up in October…



    Btw,glad you enjoyed yer holiday. But of a bummer burning instead of tanning. I avoid that by staying in the pub. That advice is free.

  28. the long wait is over on




    Correct – bubble burst!



    “Only major footballing nation not to win on home soil in two attempts”



    No offence to any Mexicans looking in.



    You’ll probably correct me on that too..? :-)

  29. BMCUW / travellerbhoy



    Agree 100% that your style of writing is perfect. It’s more like poetry than conventional narrative, stream of consciousness that I think probably better conveys the ‘you’ in all of this.



    Never lose this. But I know you never will.



    Need to shoot, aff oot.



    Need to invent bionic lungs for ma pal BMCUW before he really needs them!



    HH jamesgang