Industrial performances, Ignorance of causality


Going by the looks of the photographs coming out of Romania today Ronny Deila and his players will be going a culture shock; the Stadionul Marin Anastasovici isn’t the Camp Nou, our more familiar European haunt.

The industrial surroundings should set a tone for the players, though, and industrial performance is required tonight, where the attributes of effort, attention to detail and strength of character are required.

Astra surprised many of us at Celtic Park last month.  After their capitulation to Dinamo Zagreb they were supposed to be the whipping boys of the group, but they can play and extended Celtic more than any domestic challenger would be able to.

A victory would be an enormous boost to our season, and to the development of Ronny’s first Celtic squad.  Question is, are we ready yet?

Ignorance of causality

Sometime between when the link between tobacco and cancer was suggested, and when it was proven, cigarette manufacturers mocked the research by pointing to a study which linked dental hygiene with cancer.

A perfectly valid piece of research found that – in their sample – the group who brushed their teeth daily had less cancers.  In any research you would expect random links, which is why the medical industry requires many studies before concluding on a linkage or treatment.

Yesterday Community Safety Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, told the Scottish Parliament that recent years has seen decreases in religious hatred crimes at football, which she attributes to the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act., which she informed us we spend £3m per year enforcing.  That’s a lot of police overtime to pluck fans out of their beds at 4am.

I respectfully disagree.  Ms Cunningham is blind to causality.  Top flight football in Scotland these past few years is a completely different place than it was previously.    The change had nothing to do with her government’s “horribly drafted” [Sherriff Richard Davidson] legislation.

She knows this, of course, but the landscape has changed over the last year.  The Scottish Government received an independent report on the Act in December last year but refused to debate it in Parliament or at committee.  This is unsurprising as the issue could have been toxic at a sensitive time.

Jim Murphy yesterday pledged to scrap the Act “right away”, adding “Sectarianism is a deep rooted and hate filled long-term problem in Scotland. It was allowed to fester and grow over many decades. Shamefully it was celebrated by a minority and silently tolerated by far too many”.

No other political party supported the Act, so it will not survive a change of government, but going by the polls that day could be a long way off.  That £3m per year is lubricating a lot of wheels, but the real cost is the politically motivated criminalisation of the non-intolerant innocent in order to “equalise” them with the absolutely intolerant.

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  1. Mentioned the Likely Lads episode a few weeks back where they try to avoid the score of the England game so they can watch the highlights.



    Spoiler alert for anybody who hasn’t seen it (it was first aired 40 years ago). Bob accidentally catches sight of a newspaper headline but all he sees is ‘England F…’. He worries that it was ‘England flop’ or ‘England fail’. On the other hand it could be ‘England Five !’



    It turns out to be, of course, ‘England flooded out’.



    Well, tonight, anybody watching it vioa a recording might see ‘Celtic F..’ where it means ‘Celtic fogged out’.

  2. Paul67,



    Credit where credit is due for calling out the absurdity of an Act funded by taxpayers money that does zero to stop sectarian behaviour.



    On the game in Romania it will be difficult and low scoring. Would take 1 nil in a heartbeat.



    Good luck to the Bhoys.

  3. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Oh right, so none of that money was used to bring failed prosecutions

  4. The Battered Bunnet on




    That’ll be sometime around Julember 2020…



    ECtHR cases take a long time to get to hearing, and take cash, lots of it, to get there.

  5. Syd Negakev



    15:14 on 6 November, 2014



    Will our passing be any less accurate if we play in fog? That is the question. :-)





    Will we be able to see? If not, could we claim Barcelonian levels of possession domination?

  6. Davidopoulos



    “Barcelonian levels of possession domination?”



    I like it!



    Would be a shame not to see it.

  7. English clubs vote on Artificial pitches.


    Artificial pitches will not be allowed in Leagues One and Two in 2015-16 after a tied vote by club chairmen.



    The outcome was a surprise after a majority had indicated in September they would vote in favour of permitting the use of plastic playing surfaces.



    At Thursday’s meeting, 34 chairmen voted in favour of artificial pitches, with 34 against and four abstentions.



    “This issue divides opinion amongst clubs,” said Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey.



    “While the outcome is different to previous indicative votes, it demonstrates that there is still a desire amongst clubs to find out more about artificial playing surfaces before taking such a significant step.”



    Clubs were balloted on whether to permit 3G (“third generation”) surfaces in their competitions from next season.



    Artificial surfaces were outlawed from professional football in 1995 over issues with ball roll and injuries.



    However, they can be used in the FA Cup and at Conference level

  8. South Of Tunis on

    Must be raining heavily in Giurgiu———-lots of streams .



    Off oot ———-guy in Punta Secca has sourced me 10 TDK -D90s ..( getting harder to find)



    Old School CSC -way down south. ( where it is raining big style )

  9. In 2013 the Football Co-ordination Unit Scotland (FoCUS) was the recipient of £1.8 million of government funding, I’m sure that has been increased in 2014 but I can’t remember by how much.

  10. In present its ok but it is really cold and ground is near the river ,a bad combination on such a still night. Will be worried about the fog coming down at anytime.


    sorry Jobo don’t have your skills with weather reports.

  11. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    The Scottish Govt and their lapdogs in The Crown Office have been lying about OBF act since it’s inception



    Thankfully the judiciary don’t buy it ….shameful legislation …appallingly drafted

  12. The morning after the Astra game, myself and my bhoy met the players and staff at Glasgow airport. We were heading to watch Dortmund play.They were all very friendly but they all believed we were poor and that they should have won the game and were confident of beating us at home. Their number 10 was v good, they had a bit of pace about them. I told them there would be hoops fans at the game in reasonable numbers and would make a lot of noise, I don’t think they believed me. Tough game..another squeaky bum victory would do nicely.



  13. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    My son said the same about their no 10, I’d expect we’ll have noticed the threat. I’ll take the last minute nerves of our last two games in Europe if the end result is the same.




  14. themightyquinn on

    I haven’t posted in a while so I asked a Question:



    My property is not level. The terminal posts must be installed plumb. How do I connect the square end of the chain link fabric to a post that will not be square to the fabric?



    The Reply I got was this:



    What you need to do in this situation is to make an angle cut on the end of chain link fabric prior to terminal post hookup to allow for slopes. If the top edge of the fabric does not create a right angle to the terminal post, the fabric must have a bias cut and the tension bar must slide into that end at the appropriate angle in order to be parallel to the post. Failure to do so will leave the top or bottom of the fabric loose, depending on the whether the slope rises to the terminal post or falls down to the terminal post.



    Making The Bias Cut



    Install the top rail. Tie the chain link loosely to the top rail in the proper postion on the rail, so it follows parallel to the top rail. Pull it to the terminal post until the shortest of the two, top or bottom, just reaches the post. The other corner of the fabric will overlap the terminal (Figure B).



    Count the number of weaves (not diamonds) that overlap the terminal on the long corner. Let’s call this ‘Cut Count’. This count is the number of cuts that must be made ultimately. Next, count the number of full diamonds on the height (Height Count).



    Divide the ‘Height Count’ by the ‘Cut Count’. Round up to nearest whole number. This number (Diamond Count) represents the number of diamonds to count before making a weave cut. Figure B illustrates an upward grade. The grade could be exactly opposite, a downward grade. The grade type will determine which end needs to be cut. In Figure B, you must start counting down from the top. Count out the ‘Diamond Count’ and cut the last weave in the roll. Remove the bottom portion of that weave from the fabric, cutting the other end of the weave, if necessary. At the cut, count down your ‘Diamond Count’ and cut the next weave. Remove the bottom portion again. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the fence.



    The tension bar can now be slid into the fabric following the angle created by your bias cut. It is possible that the bias is so sharp (Diamond Count of 1 or 2), that it is nearly impossible to slide the tension bar into the fabric. You may have to bend the diamond slightly where the tension bar is hitting a weave as it is slid into the fabric.

  15. weeminger



    14:52 on 6 November, 2014



    Som mes que un club


    14:50 on


    6 November, 2014



    ‘CelticResearch retweeted


    Saltmarket CSC ‏@SaltmarketCSC 4m4 minutes ago


    We are across the road from Astra’s ground. The weather is absolutely fine. Anyone saying otherwise is a shit-stirring p***k.’







    I’m confused.



    Why the ****?



    And why there?

  16. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    15:10 on 6 November, 2014


    Winning Captains



    Simply more evidence of the Big Lie……and they’re all perpetuating the lie…..why ? money ?



    They can camouflage it all they like, but the rankers are deed…..and they know all know it…..

  17. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    16:11 on 6 November, 2014



    Hahahahahahaha…..Long over(foggy)DEW …… I’ll get my coat..!!

  18. Just bought tickets at ground- less than £5 in Celtic area. Need ID though.



    Great craic last night and today in the Bucharest old town. Locals are confident of Celtic win.




  19. Just on Twitter.



    “Latest from Astra…if it’s too foggy at ko time, they’ll give it another 30 mins. If the game can’t go ahead, tomorrow AM is the shout.”