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Howe, Falkirk with a grievance

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You and I have seen enough of the football business to know that even when someone verbally commits to joining Celtic, we should assume nothing.  Eddie Howe wanted his next destination to be an English Premier League city, not Glasgow.  Right now, the Bat Signal is lighting the clouds, anyone who wants to secure English football’s best young manager had better make their move over the weekend.  This is how football works, so let’s not get carried away.

If he arrives, it will be an appointment at the higher end of expectations, compare and contrast to Man City youth coaches who have never been in charge of a dressing room full of adults.  Or even Roy the Intense.

Having filtered through so many possibilities in recent weeks, I can find fault with every one of them, even Brendan Rodgers, who is clearly the best manager in British football right now, did not get a tick in the box when it came to recruitment.  We will critically assess Howe if and when he becomes Celtic manager. For now, let’s just hope we get our man.

Falkirk are atop the third tier and nurse a grievance from a year ago, when they were pipped to promotion by 0.03 of a point per game average by Raith Rovers.  Tomorrow’s Scottish Cup tie has all the hallmarks of an underdog fully motivated against an inconsistent giant.  Some of us will remember a comparable freezing cold night 15 years ago when a young Falkirk striker, Anthony Stokes, scored at Celtic Park on his way to a penalty competition victory in the League Cup.  Let’s turn up prepared and hungry this time; I want the Scottish Cup.

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  1. kevinlasvegas on

    Not encouraging at all Paul.

     

     

    Have a top weekend bud and i hope its Howe.

     

     

    KLV

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

    We’ll see in due course has to be the message.

     

     

    Roy the Intense – very good. Not a fan then?

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  3. Gents,

     

     

    When I travel abroad I usually find a Celtic pub or club.

     

    I see Celtic tops all over the world .

     

    In my experience of working and travelling abroad we are well known and respected.

     

    No disrespect to Newcastle FC, but the above does not apply to them.

     

     

    We lose players to lesser ( yes lesser ) teams in the EPLit is for one reason: Money. TV money to be precise.

     

     

    Not one player mentioned has left us for less money. However some have flopped and their careers and international aspiration would have been better served remaining.

     

     

    Now outside Tyneside, we are a far bigger club, brand and institution compared to Newcastle.

     

    However our friends and comrades in the Tyneside Celtic even think we are bigger in Newcastle.

     

     

    If the likes of Umbro can see our potential, why can some on here not see it. ?

     

     

    HH.

  4. quadrophenian on

    GEEBEE and SFTB (from prev)…

     

    According to Euro football rankings, the SPFL has a very middling status; lower than Swiss or Belgian. And across the world – esp Asia and MLS – leagues are growing and developing: Are Celtic and Scotland growing?

     

    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/786046-power-ranking-the-top-30-leagues-in-europe

     

     

    Folks Downunder ask what level of football I think the surprisingly entertaining A-League (Australia) is…

     

    (they know it’s not EPL, but hope it’s Eng Championship ;)

     

     

    I reckon it’s more like Eng Div 1, or the lower half of the SPFL).

  5. Paul is spot on – how many targets have been pinched from under our nose….Davies from Preston the most recent – snapped up by by Gerrard pals at Liverpool. Of course he will probably never get near the first team, but it ensured that Celtic could not strengthen a vital position whilst there was a mathematical chance of catching the Ibrox club – job done!

     

     

    I expect Crystal Palace & Newcastle to be right in the shake-up for Howe – so even though it is Easter, it’d be safer not to be ‘counting our chickens’.

  6. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Without putting a damper on it,Howe would be excellent, but if he does well next season, will he jump ship to the EPL first job he fancies? Ideally we need 3 years minimum to build the Club from Lennoxtown up…..

  7. LIONROARS67 on 2ND APRIL 2021 12:33 PM

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I only ask because so far as I’m aware he didn’t.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    And if he had I think it would be better known, given that it would have been very much against the current of then contemporary Marxist thinking.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    And, call be a stickler for detail, but the fact that some people who have a nice flag assume/imagine/fantasise that he did isn’t evidence , never mind proof, of anything.

  8. Did James Connolly ever do, say or write anything that suggested he was in favour of Scottish independence?

     

     

     

    Take that up with the James Connolly Society, I’m sure they will indulge you with that debate, obviously chatting with them on that subject they absolutely believe 100% that Connolly was for an Independent Scotland, as far as I’m concerned a society who have James Connolly at their heart and study his lifes work means I will take their word for it, terrific lads

     

     

     

     

    James Connolly Society – Let Us Risehttps://jamesconnollysociety.com

     

     

    The 2013 James Connolly Commemoration held on June 8th at Connolly’s birthplace in Edinburgh. Organised by The James Connolly Society Scotland and the …

     

     

     

    Knock yersell oot

  9. Grrenpinata

     

     

    I can see more clearly the source of your confusion with my “realism”.

     

     

     

    Sure, if you take money out of the equation, we have a bigger worldwide support and loyal following than many more monied clubs. I eejoice in the loyalty and fervour of our support and count it as second to none ( though I think Benfica, for example, may register even more of a worldwide support).

     

     

    The wider world started to become more aware of European football in the 70’s and there was a chance for all the big, popular and successful clubs to have many fans overseas with no obvious connection to the club itself but choosing to fervently identify with it. Clubs like Benfica and Celtic with a large ex-pat community of migrant workers and immigrants could provide a focus for such clubs. Most were in the expected places of USA, Canada, Oz and NZ but the missions in Africa provided a few more for us.

     

     

    But this popularity added little to our economic power. When the triple threats of Bosman ruling, CL reorganisation, and the TV steroid money favouring the big leagues, the succesful clubs of the 90’s and 00’s rather than the 60’s and 70s, exclusively from the big leagues, rode this wave. They are the ones winning the trophies and signing the big players for big money.

     

     

    Clubs who can barely attract crowds of over 30k can outspend us and can, as a result, beat us on the field. Money and success are heavlly interlinked. You can denigrate Newcastle as non achievers but they have spent £39m on Joelinton, @22m on Michael Owen, £21m on Almiron and £20m on Callum Wilson.

     

     

    Clubs of the 60s and 70s that performed well in Europe no longer have that power or status. Not Celtic or Dunfermline or Kilmarnock or Dundee. Even our 80’s champions, Aberdeen and United are 4th or 5th tier clubs in Europe now. And Sevco went bust.

     

     

    In Europe Calgiari, Rheims, Offenbach Kickers, Anderlecht, Steaua and Red Star Belgrade are all fallen giants with various levels of diminishment.

     

     

    Despite continued emigration from Ireland and Scotland to the colonies, our worldwide following will diminish as 2nd and rd generations will follow local sports and local teams in the land they go to, by and large.

     

     

    Celtic will never diminish in my affections but I can see and follow the inevitable trend towrds our diminishing significance if we do not get access to more top table competition and finance.

     

     

    If Newcastle bid enough and offer high enough wages, they can wrest both Edouard and Ajer from us. Never be in doubt of that.

  10. LIONROARS67 on 2ND APRIL 2021 1:15 PM

     

     

    Thanks for the link, but I know who the James Connolly Society are.

     

     

     

    Still doesn’t answer my question though.

  11. ROBERTTRESSELL on 2ND APRIL 2021 1:19 PM

     

    Ernie, the ‘contemporary Marxist’ John McLean was in favour of independence.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Just a detail.

     

     

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    And he was regarded as a maverick (that’s putting it very mildly, a lot of the criticism was very trenchant and quite uncharitable) because he was so out of step with the rest of the Marxist left on the issue.

     

     

    Which supports my view that if Connolly was of the same mind it would be better known.

  12. ERNIE LYNCH on 2ND APRIL 2021 1:05 PM

     

     

    It’s really safe making anonymous pejorative insults when no one knows who you are and have never met you

     

     

    To repeat having met the real live members of the James Connolly society, I take their view on Connolly, Jim Slavin is a respected historian in his own right, you on the other hand are a nobody, a CQN troll who nobody knows or has met, do me a favour keep your sleekit snidey shit from my posts you have some sycophants fans on here that indulge your shite, I wont reply again

     

     

    https://youtu.be/pLZQQImbBZE

  13. LIONROARS67 on 2ND APRIL 2021 1:27 PM

     

     

    Sorry for asking you about something you clearly haven’t got a clue about. It wasn’t my intention to embarrass you. Have a nice weekend.

  14. “Under a socialist system every nation will be the supreme arbiter of its own destinies, national and international; will be forced into no alliance against its will, but will have its independence guaranteed and its freedom respected by the enlightened self-interest of the socialist democracy of the world.”

     

     

    Guess who ?

  15. The Racialisation Of The Irish In Scotland – 107cowgatehttps://107cowgate.com › 2018/06/14 › the-racialisatio…

     

    14 Jun 2018 — Jim Slaven delivering the oration at the Dublin Trades Council 2018 James Connolly Commemoration in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. May 2018.

     

     

    Why did the Dublin trades Council invite Jim Slavin but, didn’t invite the world’s foremost oracle on all subjects including james Connolly from CQN, the enigmatic reclusive genius that is Ernie Lynch ?

  16. SAINT STIVS on 2ND APRIL 2021 1:34 PM

     

    “Under a socialist system every nation will be the supreme arbiter of its own destinies, national and international; will be forced into no alliance against its will, but will have its independence guaranteed and its freedom respected by the enlightened self-interest of the socialist democracy of the world.”

     

    Guess who ?

     

     

    Scott Brown? por cierto.

  17. Quick Quiz on relegation

     

     

    1) 5 teams have never been relegated from the EPL- name them!

     

     

    2) Only one team in all 4 senior English divisions has never been relegated- who is it?

     

     

    3) Only one Italian team has never been relegated from Serie A- which team?

     

     

    4) 4 German teams have never been relegated from the Bundesliga- name them!

     

     

    5) Only one German team has never been relegated from the top flight. Which one?

     

     

    6) 4 Dutch teams have never been relegated from the Eredivisie- Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV and who?

     

     

    7) In La Liga, Brcelona and Real Madrid are 2 of 3 teams never relegated. Who is the 3rd?

     

     

    8) 2 Scottish team have not been relegated for over a century. Celtic are one (never relegated) who is the other?

     

     

    9) All Russian teams have been relegated from the top flight but name 4 who have been there since their Premier League started in 1952.

     

     

    10) All French teams have been relegated but only 2 have been relegated just once from their top flight. Name them!

     

     

    Answers just after 2 pm

  18. SAINT STIVS on 2ND APRIL 2021 1:34 PM

     

     

     

    Which isn’t a demand for Scottish independence.

     

     

    Personal question. Are you married?

  19. squire danaher on

    GLASSTWOTHIRDSFULL on 2ND APRIL 2021 1:51 PM

     

     

    Thank God The Sharp Suited Man was on the ball!!!

     

     

    That’s £4m we saved…….

     

     

    Emmmmmm….

  20. “All these mountains of Irish dead, all these corpses mangled beyond recognition, all these arms, legs, eyes, ears, fingers, toes, hands, all these shivering putrefying bodies and portions of bodies once warm, living and tender parts of Irish men and youths – all these horrors in Flanders or the Gallipoli Peninsula, are all items in the price Ireland pays for being part of the British Empire.”

     

     

    when I read Connolly i tend to think he would have been ok with a break up of the union.

  21. POR CIERTO on 2ND APRIL 2021 1:37 PM

     

    SAINT STIVS on 2ND APRIL 2021 1:34 PM

     

     

    “Under a socialist system every nation will be the supreme arbiter of its own destinies …. and its freedom respected by the enlightened self-interest of the socialist democracy of the world.”

     

     

    Guess who ?

     

     

    Scott Brown? por cierto.

     

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    Not entirely convinced it is from Le Broonie.

     

    Can’t say for certain but it sounds very much like something Charlie Nicholas would say.

  22. “If you remove the English Army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle., unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts will be in vain. England will still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs”

  23. John le Carré, the great embodiment and chronicler of Englishness, saved his greatest twist not for his thrillers but the twilight of his own life: he died an Irishman.

     

     

    The creator of the quintessential English spy George Smiley was so opposed to Brexit that in order to remain European, and to reflect his heritage, he took Irish citizenship before his death last December aged 89, his son has revealed.

     

     

    “He was, by the time he died, an Irish citizen,” Nicholas Cornwell, who writes as Nick Harkaway, says in a BBC Radio 4 documentary due to air on Saturday. “On his last birthday I gave him an Irish flag, and so one of the last photographs I have of him is him sitting wrapped in an Irish flag, grinning his head off.”

     

     

     

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/apr/01/john-le-carre-chronicler-of-englishness-died-irish-son-reveals

  24. Howe’s eee?

     

     

    anyway – where do the board get the money from to buy players – I ain’t kidding, I don’t knoiw how it works- are they loans? actual moolah in the bank? Complicated terms and deals with other clubs? Feeder agreements?

     

     

    Season ticket money must just keep the lights on pay for TR not to get a game.

     

     

    Where is the money going to come from to build a team ( am I getting carried away – maybe the board think we don’t need to rebuild an entire squad )

  25. Answers

     

     

    1) 5 teams have never been relegated from the EPL- name them!

     

     

    Man U Spurs Liverpool Arsenal & Everton

     

     

     

     

    2) Only one team in all 4 senior English divisions has never been relegated- who is it?

     

     

    This question is badly phrased. Fleewtwood were relegated in 93/94 whilst a non;league club. The answer is Morecambe.

     

     

     

     

    3) Only one Italian team has never been relegated from Serie A- which team?

     

     

    Inter

     

     

     

     

    4) 4 German teams have never been relegated from the Bundesliga- name them!

     

     

    Bayern, Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim

     

     

     

     

    5) Only one German team has never been relegated from the top flight. Which one?

     

     

    Hoffenheim

     

     

     

     

    6) 4 Dutch teams have never been relegated from the Eredivisie- Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV and who?

     

     

    Utrecht

     

     

     

     

    7) In La Liga, Barcelona and Real Madrid are 2 of 3 teams never relegated. Who is the 3rd?

     

     

    Bilbao

     

     

     

     

    8) 2 Scottish team have not been relegated for over a century. Celtic are one (never relegated) who is the other?

     

     

    Aberdeen

     

     

     

     

    9) All Russian teams have been relegated from the top flight but name 4 who have been there since their Premier League started in 1952.

     

     

    Spartak Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, CSKA Moscow and Rubin Kazan (Zenit went down in 1992)

     

     

     

     

    10) All French teams have been relegated but only 2 have been relegated just once from their top flight. Name them!

     

     

    PSG went down for 2 seasons in the early 70s and Lyon went down for a year in 1953/54

  26. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Howe would be a coup. A post-Parochial Pete statement of intent.

     

     

    I want, but don’t expect the Scottish Cup. This group of players lack heart. The sooner they’re replaced the better.

  27. SFTB

     

     

    Everton, Arsenal, Man Utd, Spurs, Chelsea.

     

     

    Everton

     

     

    Hamburg

     

     

    Eindhoven

     

     

    Athletico Madrid.

     

     

    Huns ( liquidated not relegated l

     

     

    Zenit St P, Spartan Moscow, Moscow Dinamo, CSK Moscow.

     

     

    Lyon. Marseille.

     

     

    Cheers and HH.