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Johnston curve: time to be honest

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Newco director and former Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston is getting a hard time for saying “We are probably doing a little better than we would have imagined back in the dark days of running out at Brechin in the fourth tier” and “we are probably ahead of the curve in reality if we finish second or third”.

Newco are not ahead of the curve if they finish second, given their budget and the experience of their playing squad, they are where they should be.  Another third place finish would be behind the curve, but these are semantics.

The big question is, are this club ‘going for 55’ or was that phrase no more than a device to sell season tickets?

Second for Newco is right on the curve.  If they don’t reach there this season, they will soon, and they will finish second more often than any of their direct competitors.  Johnston’s job is to convince 40,000 people to buy tickets for a competition they know Celtic will win.

I understand why Newco do not run with the phrase “going for second place next time” on season ticket renewal campaigns, but they were only delaying the inevitable.  Many other clubs can be frank with supporters on what their ambitions for the season are, but can you really imagine this level of honesty at Ibrox?

Me neither.  They will spin some old tat to an ever dwindling demographic.  Still, at least the club is in the hands of Dave King and not Mike Ashley, one of Europe’s richest men.  That whole effort worked out well.

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  1. TheLurkinTim on 21st April 2018 3:12 am

     

     

    Petec…..Spiritual is fine…..as long as it’s not organised ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

     

     

    ……………………………………………..

     

     

    Nothing can Stop Believers.

     

     

    Dinnae Ever

     

     

    philv.CSC

  2. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on 19th April 2018 6:57 pm

     

     

     

    DESERTBHOY..DESERTBHOY..DESERTBHOY..DESERTBHOY..DESERTBHOY..

     

     

     

    Good evening Celtic men and wummin. Serious post from me. Aye, that doesn’t happen often….:_)

     

     

    I’m getting increasingly concerned about the CQN poster desertbhoy. Desertbhoy (Rob Blackwood) was one of the CQN’rs who bought into a whisky cask I purchased four years ago and is part of the CQN cask syndicate. I’ve been trying to email him to no avail regarding a sample I have for him. I also have a mobile number which appears to now be disconnected.

     

     

    If anyone on here knows desertbhoy and is able to contact him, please ask him to get in touch with me asap.

     

     

    Thanks and could someone kindly post this over the next few days on the off chance that he may see it.

     

     

    HH

  3. HH ACGR….yer on good form tonight!! Nice!

     

    I am with you, I want them gone…period!!

     

    Just gone!!

     

    Hope ye can track doon our missing drammer.

     

    TC45

  4. Dessert bhoyy is yummy sweet, desert bhoy is dry and gritty ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  5. Mahe and AoW,

     

    Thank you both for another great Friday evening quiz. Timing does not work for me, I am 2 hours ahead of Mahe and not able to access CQN at that time.

     

    Reading back and going over the questions and answers, I can report that I scored 100%!!

     

    And if y’all believe that, all y’all will believe that Them will achieve 55! ?

     

    Champion tomorrow…Hibs 1 Celtic 3…

     

    HH

     

    TC45

  6. TheLurkinTim on 21st April 2018 3:56 am

     

    HH mate,

     

    ye got that one right….do not ever get yer ambitions and your capabilities confused. It will end in tears.

     

    I enjoy your posts, keep them coming.

     

    TC45

  7. TC45,

     

     

    If there is a law of diminishing returns, and that the universe tends to entropy…..how many decades after I die will Celtic be relevant ;-))

     

     

    RhetoricalCSC

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  8. oops, hav I killed the blog….bunch of a”holes….am no gonna die….furra couple of decades min ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  9. Morning all.

     

    Delighted to see that Weefrathetim posted last night.

     

    I look forward to ,hopefully, another positive post today.

     

    Corkcelt.

     

    I’m not sure why you have taken your Omerta vow, I had noticed you hadnt posted since I returned from holiday. I know you’ve said in the past sometimes you need to take a break, so hopefully see you back posting, on a more regular basis, soon as I always enjoy your posts.

     

    Lastly. Here we go for 7 in a row, for all attending today, enjoy.

     

    Hail Hail

  10. Dallas.

     

    I meant to say, after you mentioning Provan free kick against Aberdeen, I seen it on Twitter days later.

     

    The reason I’m bringing it up, on Twitter today from 21 April 1982.

     

    Celtic 3 Dundee Utd 1 McCluskey double and the third, a Provan free kick, so that’s 3 we’ve got now.

     

    Hail Hail

  11. JNP,

     

     

    when we win it today….it’s a kick in the balls to sevco…..long may it continue ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  12. 5 1/2 hours….to kick off…..7 till we turn up as Champions…..not elect ;-))

     

     

    FTSFS

     

     

    H.H.

  13. I don’t have any stories about how my da/uncle took me to Celtic….I found it all on my own…..how sad/how awesome;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  14. The Lurkin Tim.

     

    Good morning.

     

    The last time we done 7, that’s the first league title I can really remember.

     

    A couple before that ,I can vaguely remember.

     

    So I’m looking forward to enjoying this one, whenever it comes, hopefully today.

     

    Hail Hail

  15. The Lurkin Tim 7.08.

     

    How awesome!!!!!.

     

    My family is very mixed.

     

    I’m glad I choose the right team.

     

    Strangely enough some members of my family prefer Rugby now. :–))

     

    Hail Hail

  16. 25 years ago in season 1992/3 we were a club in disarray both on and off the park. We hadn’t won a trophy for 4 years, we finished 3rd in the league and our then fiercest rivals were on their way to a treble coming close to reaching the European cup final. Remembering those difficult times supporting Celtic makes days like today all the more sweeter. Hh

  17. Goooooooooooood Morning CQN

     

     

    This is the Day, this is the Day

     

    That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made

     

     

    We will rejoice, we will rejoice

     

    And be glad in it, and be glad in it

     

     

    Hail Hail, and good luck today Bhoys & Ghirls

  18. JNP,

     

     

    hope yer over the worst….best advice…..don’t eat or drink…..I forgive them…..;-))

     

     

    H.H.

  19. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Jimmynotpaul

     

     

    Canny believe you had an empty and didn’t have a wee party :-)

     

     

    BMCUWP

     

     

    Not like you not to be on for a few days, your Cqn coupon pick us in so get your bahookie back on here, canny have you & Corkcelt in exile when their is a title that could be won

     

     

    CqnCelticCliqueCSC

     

     

    Open to all :-)

  20. Gordon64

     

    ACGR is looking for a guy who now stays in Comrie , maybe you could ask your mum if she knows Robert Blackwood he works in the Middle East and posts on here as Desertbhoy. He is not of Comrie origin as he didn’t know Muthill was TIm Village when we corresponded on the blog. ACGR Comrie is more of a hun village if you do drive through try Gerry in the Fruit shop , I tried the phone book but nothing for that surname. There are a lot of white settlers in Comrie so other than their immediate neighbour they wouldn’t know anybody. HH

  21. Now, I’m with ACGR

     

    I want the team we play next week gone, finished, to be never seen again

     

    Just like the previous mob

     

    I will be giving my ticket for next week away

     

    Refuse to acknowledge they are a team

     

     

    FtSFA and the knuckle crunching cabal

     

     

    ACGR – papajoe is from the neck of the woods that desertbhoy belongs

     

    I know a man who knows papa joe, and will drop him a message today, to see if he know of desertbhoy

     

     

    Hail Hail

  22. 50 Shades….or as old predictive wanted to call you Hades…..I believe yer right…..5 from 5….;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  23. Hold the buckin bus a minute, I’ve just realised something…

     

     

    Are we gonna win the league playing in that pink strip????

     

     

    Not sure how I feel about this.

     

     

    Actually, I do. And that feeling is best summarised by Scott Brown’s high pitched squeal at the second goal last Sunday…

  24. Gerryfaethebrig.

     

    Morning Gerry.

     

    I know I’m a old git.

     

    I was zonked just after 10.00.

     

    Have my day planned out today, will watch the mighty hoops and then see if I can pick the winner in the national, then FA Cup semi.

     

    Incidentally, you will appreciate this, I always back on the nose, last week the youngest picked her horses. She had the second, so she asked me how much she was getting back, I didn’t have the heart to tell the truth, so it cost me a tenner. :-) worth it to see her face light up.

     

    My wife strongly disapproves, animal cruelty, in her opinion,but to be fair she lets me enjoy it..

     

    Hail Hail

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