Hearts away troubles since August


You and I are preoccupied with winning tonight to ensure the gap at the top of the table does not grow beyond the four points it was before this round of games got underway.  Hearts have a different focus; a win would see them leapfrog Celtic into second place.

Early in the season Robbie Neilson was back at or near the top of the table, enjoying the kind of form Hearts showed before he left for MK Dons five years ago yesterday.  His stay in Milton Keynes was a disaster and Heats fared no better with a trio of underperforming managers appointed in his wake.

Form soon slipped, especially away from home, where they have picked up only three points since August, half the amount they collected that month.  Since then they have lost at Motherwell and Aberdeen, while collecting a point at Newco, Ross County and St Johnstone.

I’ve read through match reports for the last two months, it is a tale of attacking abandon at home and belligerent negativity away, marked by red cards on their previous two travels.  We can expect shed loads of belligerence tonight.

They did, of course, beat Celtic 2-1 on the opening game of the season, but that was then.  Celtic have changed beyond all recognition in the months since, notably as Tynecastle debutant, Kyogo, settled into life in Scotland.  Two weeks later Celtic produced one of the most scintillating displays of the season to knock Hearts out of the League Cup, although the 3-2 score suggests otherwise.

Celtic are closing in on full strength going into an intense December fixture list.  If we deliver on our own potential, we don’t need to worry about referees elsewhere.  3 points please, Celtic.


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  1. !!BADA BING!! on 2ND DECEMBER 2021 1:42 PM


    Big Judith smoking hot 🤓




    naw she isnae; and i am not watching the telly!!!

  2. Por Cierto


    Excellent post.


    Sadly it looked like Labour were taken over by Tories who couldn’t get a gig.


    One of my favourite sayings is-


    We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in


    darkness. By the same token we can appreciate joy because we have known sadness.


    Sadly the people who now enjoy warmth, light and joy have forgotten how it came here and


    who brought it and are prepared to listen to different voices, promising them other riches.


    ” A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest”

  3. One game at a time, however the Betis game is the perfect opportunity to play our fringe players.


    Players like Barkas, Bain or even Hazard.


    Liam Scales


    Bolingoli ( Why not ? )




    Adam Montgomery


    Ismela Soro.


    Mickey Johnston





    Perfect comeback games for big Gio and the lesser spotted Christopher Jullien if approaching fitness.



    This is a golden opportunity against quality opposition, we must make the most of it.




  4. Quick one on the politics.



    I believe the Thatcher effect took a generation to kick in. The individual is king now and raising tax or spending more on services is a massive vote loser.



    Leaves the Labour party in the position of either going with core values (Corbyn) and losing elections or going with Starmer who isn’t as radical/energetic as Johnston and may pick up moderate votes but lose core socialist votes elsewhere.


    That core socialist vote is not now territorial ; it appears to me anyway. Central Scotland, Welsh valleys, north east etc are not tied to the industrial/TU/Labour traditions any more



    Scotland used to have a mixed vote but went pure red from 70s to 00s. Now it is pure yellow with a slice of blue.


    Sea changes all over the place and with the Independence core value of the SNP, it is hard to see what folks really are politically in Scotland. Pretty clearly Tory now in England.



    The bit I can’t explain (mainly from being in England and Ireland so long) is the rapid rise in Scottish nationalism. My friends and family who support SNP/Indy say that Labour had their chance and did nothing. If this is a deeply held view then why now? Why not in the 80’s? Did it take de-industrialisation to break the Labour vote?



    Sorry, that wasn’t a quick one and just realised Markibhoy summarised my waffle much more eloquently above🙄




    Scotland really does confuse me now and the UK to an extent too.



    I think that the vote winners of tax breaks, free buses/prescriptions, cutting benefits etc may show that the individualism i mentioned earlier is now the norm and we will never see a socialist government again; that includes an independent Scotland

  5. Superbru update



    After the latest round of fixtures, we are seeing a few punters get their forecasting act together.



    ACGR was this week’s clear winner with 8.5 points ahead of Mick The Tim and Celticrollercoaster with 7.



    After last week’s winning score, Auldheid scored precisely 0 this week keeping him rooted at the bottom with 5 others scoring 1.5 points (Hopeful Hoops, Majestic Hartson, Pannysbhoy, Cosy Corner Bhoy and Gutenberg).



    In the overall race, Call Me Gerry is establishing a healthy lead with 92.5 points over Bateen Bhoy and Bhoy from the Villa.



    At the bottom end, wee BGFC is clear of The Lurkin Tim and Chalmersbhoy.



    Next deadline for predictions is Saturday at 3 pm. There are 7 more league games for Celtic in December and our first batch of prizes will be handed out after the last one.





    Sadly the people who now enjoy warmth, light and joy have forgotten how it came here and who brought it.




    100% true!!!



    The Labour Party, for all its failings, won all the great socialist battles that needed to be won in order to put the working-class where it is today. All this was achieved with only intermittent periods of power over 100+ years.



    Many who facilitate the SNP could not live their lives without the social changes enacted by Labour, Tax Credits among the many. I could fill four A4 pages with Labour achievements that are now taken for granted – SNP would struggle to cover the back of a postage stamp.



    Labour at the very least deserve another chance, but it will only happen if those who have fallen away get back involved. Labour have only been able to do what they gave done because they secured power. Power can only be achieved if you appeal to a broad spectrum of the electorate – Corbyn again proved this fact.



    The Nationalists would destroy Scotland to secure their outdated & divisive goal. Nationalism it driven by hate and the need to crush dissent.

  7. MARKIEBHOY on 2ND DECEMBER 2021 4:20 PM



    Simon & Garfunkel, The Boxer, excellent track, :)) por cierto

  8. “put the working-class where it is today.”



    There is no “working class” now.



    There is a “lower class” a “lower middle class” and a “middle class” after that there are just riches beyond belief, por cierto.

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

    POR CIERTO on 2ND DECEMBER 2021 5:00 PM




    Simon & Garfunkel, The Boxer, excellent track, :)) por cierto





    Current favourite for me and WeeBGFC is ’50 Ways to Leave your Lover’



    Paul Simon at Central Park:













    Off to get SUPERBRU picks done :-))

  10. SAINT STIVS on 2ND DECEMBER 2021 5:06 PM



    the ither 3 will be on in a minute, i think its shift handover time






    So you’re allowed to argue but they aren’t? See the hypocrisy with that?



    It was as said before the SNP who targeted the blog and changed it forever more.

  11. If either sides political arguments were good enough you wouldn’t need to target football blogs. Ffs.



    There. Is. A. Game. On. Tonight.

  12. prestonpans bhoys on

    Enjoying the delights of the Edinburgh bypass, bus in second gear, cut drinking time at the Oak😈😵

  13. What’s this about Virgins not being able to see the game tonight?



    Asking for a friend

  14. lets all do the huddle on

    i think it was P67 who changed this blog from being a pure football blog to being part politico



    it was around the same time as the constant pop up adverts started and he stopped replying to any posts



    but its his blog so he can do what he likes with it



    and if Rogic is fit enough to be on the bench then get him in the starting Ex Eye

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    Circled ideograph advantagePolice cars revolving light €12.50 https://easons.com/old-ireland-in-colour-2-john-breslin-sarah-buckley-9781785374111



    Miles Byrne


    Paris, 1859



    Born 1780 near Monaseed, Wexford


    Commander in the 1798 Rebellion


    Trusted lieutenant of Robert Emmet in 1803


    Fought for Napoleon


    Awarded the Legion of Honour


    Buried at Montmartre/Paris




  16. lets all do the huddle on

    “Hibs have won their fight for extra Premier Sports Cup Final tickets – with SPFL chiefs handing over another 2000 briefs for the Hampden clash with Celtic”




    im trying to work out what sections these 2000 seats will be in the ground

  17. One for BGFC,



    a song i have never heard before, have you ?






    My Uncle Dan McCann







    Old Ireland in Colour






    Nov 23


    Scenes of a young boy, Dennis Donahue singing with his fishing pole in a river. He sings the song “My Uncle Dan McCann”. He grins half way through as if he catches a fish. Closeup of the cork bobbing in the water.



    [Takes 5, 6.]


    Filmed May 15, 1929.


    Movietone 2-873 © USC Libraries





  18. onenightinlisbon on

    Would like your thoughts, if you saw Ange being questioned about Julien at his presser.



    Asked if there was a timescale for his return and he just answered no…..



    Ange seemed annoyed, not sure if it was at the question or there was something more to it/



    Thoughts appreciated….



    “Hibs have won their fight for extra Premier Sports Cup Final tickets – with SPFL chiefs handing over another 2000 briefs for the Hampden clash with Celtic”











    im trying to work out what sections these 2000 seats will be in the ground









    either the west side of the north stand



    or the west side of the south stand (the dearest seats)

  20. ONIL



    Ange was asked about Julienne last week and he said he would need to play in a couple bounce games first, if these could be arranged.



    They obviously haven’t been arranged yet!

  21. onenightinlisbon on

    PHILBHOY on 2ND DECEMBER 2021 5:48 PM




    Many thanks, maybe I read much too much into his reply.



    He seemed pissed off at the question.

  22. prestonpans bhoys on

    SAINT STIVS on 2ND DECEMBER 2021 5:46 PM



    My guess is they have cut the number of columns between rival fans

  23. bigrailroadblues on

    Good evening all from Shawlands. Gerrintaethum Celtic!!!! And looking forward to my old pal Philbhoy going into meltdown about 8.30 with some unwary negaton. 😂

  24. BRRB



    My wee sister Clare passed away in January. She lived in the US of A so travel was not possible due to covid.



    She would have been 68 today, so feeling a wee bit down.



    Expect I’ll behave myself tonight!



    Hope you are good!