Johnston curve: time to be honest


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. JNP,



    That reads as animal cruelty….ref yer daughter…..who skinned you….;-))







  2. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Good luck to the Celts today, five league wins on the bounce from now would be a fine statement of intent about what Scottish football should expect next season. Every player can take pride in a brilliant achievement.



    I think I’m right to say Jamie Lindsay is the only Celt involved in the bottom six teams of the premiership. All good luck to Ross County today and for the four games remaining.

  3. Gerryfaethebrig on




    Both MissGFTB and my big sister backed the winner last week £1 eachway for both our MissGFTB’s horse on my phone but as my sister picked 4 horses I put hers on a slip on the bookies, only realised on Sunday I marked total recall ? Instead of tiger roll, couldn’t own up so had to give her £13.25 out of my own cash, might not sound a lot BUT to a gambler the mistake was massive, still gutted :-)



    Anyhow will miss start if the game OT 8am-12pm…. need to recoup that £13.25



    For those heading to Easter Road enjoy, for those watching or listening enjoy …. and for DavidO hope your bread making is uplifting



    Hail Hail fellow Celts :-)

  4. Good morning, friends. It’s here!


    No more sleeps! Today we have our first chance to win the league for the 7th (SEVENTH) time in a row.


    8 more sleeps till Rangers* applaud us on to the park as Champions (or alternatively try to stop us becoming Champions!).


    23 more sleeps till we lift the league trophy following our home game against Aberdeen.


    28 more sleeps till we try to complete the Double Treble.


    We will Rejoice and Be Glad in it!

  5. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Jimmynotpaul at 6.38.



    Thanks for shout about that 3 1 game versus United 36 years ago today. I juist watched it . Excelent free kick froom Davie Provan and two good finishes by George McLuskey.



    I was at that game but it went right out of my head Davie’s free kick. I didnt miss a league game that season like many others of or support.



    That was the season both Frank McGarvey and Nicholas were out with long term injuries . Danny Crainie came , doing a great job up front with 7 goals in 14 games. He had came into the team on the right wing initially .



    Looking at both teams at that match, there were at least 15 home grown players playing . I think Bannon and Hegarty were the only two bought players in the United line . That Billy Kirkwod was a really bigoted swine according to a former Northgate colleague of ours who knew one of the United youth players who played there in the early 90’s when Kirkwood was his coach.



    A similar result in our favour today would be most welcome .

  6. If Brendan goes to Arsenal I hope Desmond goes with him.



    I know Desmond is the biggest single shareholder……….but he he does not own a majority of the shares.



    The rest of us do!



    Why do we have to suffer the pish he spouts?



    I am in Cowie later today on papa duty as my son and lovely Cowieghirl daughter in law are going to a wedding.


    I hope to be watching the hoops winning the title but granny may overrule and I will be watching peppa pig with my 3 year old granddaughter and relying on updates from the blog HH.

  8. If we lose or draw today, can we still win the league today if other results today go our way?

  9. Goooood morning fellow Celts from a dry and sunny North Glasgow or the Garden of God to be precise ( the Garngad)



    Here we go 7IAR, Here we go 7IAR



    So we march onto Hibernian today, always have loved playing the Hibs, used to love going to Easter road.


    Today however I will be cheering on the Bhoys with mates in my local (1-3) the Tic


    Fergusslayedtheblues if you are lurking I wasn’t on last night, I just got your message this morning on catching up. Great news if you are up for the day (11.45)






    D. :)




    Thanks mate! Hope the bhoys dough the business today…



    Ok, no more bread puns!

  11. garygillespieshamstring on




    Hopefully it won’t matter.


    Still a wee part of me wouldn’t mind waiting till next week to help hibs get second and also stick it to plod, Huns and sf pl “computer”

  12. Dallas.


    Yes, Danny Crainie, he was a friend of a friend.


    A big Tim was our Danny.


    I’m fairly sure not the view apologised after including him in thy shamed the hoops or something like that.


    They received a fair few complaints, probably from Danny ” Puffer” Crainie’s family.


    Hail Hail

  13. * as they were all Tims too*


    They’d read the article and weren’t best pleased.


    That’s not to say others wouldn’t have complained too, as Danny’s record was fine.


    Hail Hail

  14. Papajoe55


    Contact your friends in Cowie – they will be going to the bowlers to watch the game, as will your daughter in laws uncles and cousins


    The granddaughter will be a welcome visitor with the family ??



    Hail Hail

  15. Aff oot for a walk and hoping that by the time I return the remaining 8 (EIGHT!) Last Man Standing picks for this week have finally been sent! Nae wonder I’m retiring after this season! ;-)




    I would rather win it today.



    Then strut our stuff next Sunday.



    7-1 has a nice ring to it!

  17. POG,



    Do u need another… back up….where today…..or is it a secret…askin for a friend;-))









    Cheers Norrie I have an open invitation to the bowlers, and it is a good option. It has been a good place on here this week with positive thoughts for the bereaved and unwell and it’s makes this site special ,good news from Weefra and hope you make a quick recovery and return to Celtic Park soon. Corkcelt can I echo GERRYFAETHEBRIG and say I enjoy reading your input on here and hope you are back posting soon. HH

  19. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Jimmynotpaul, I was not too chuffed when Danny was included in they embarresed the hoops . He played very well for us when called upon with our main two forwards being out injured.



    His six inch thunderbolt against the now defunct club , was my favourite .



    Danny’s celebrations after the game we won the league in 1982, were fantastic .



    Another big day for us today . We have not won 4 league games on the trot this season, lets finish with winning our last 5 league games and take that form into the cup final.

  20. 4th watch of you were never really here….still not got to why….annoyed ;-))







  21. TLT, sorry I missed your post last night, had already hit the hay. Nae worries bro, enjoyed our chat and look forward to the next time, if you survive an encounter with the mad ACGR! HH

  22. Friesdorfer,



    ACGR….is already wishing I didn’t hav his number ;-))…..Thank you ;-))







  23. Mahe, my Monster isn’t as fast as the Blade. I hade a Blade RR05 for a couple of years and it was scary fast.



    Mrs VFR wasn’t keen on riding pillion on that.



    I had it up to 175mph once. Too fast and only tried it once.







    GUTENBERG on 20TH APRIL 2018 9:30 PM



    IMO it would be wise for the club to remove all the fixtures and fittings from the toilets prior to the visit of the hordes next week .



    Leave the breezeblock walls and stick in a couple of buckets and a packet of hand wipes .









    That’s a stupid suggestion. They wouldn’t know what the hand wipes were for!





  25. So the papers are running with the Dermot Desmond will allow Arsenal to talk to Brendan story and hoping to upset us.


    I see they are also running with a story about the new strip and Celtic fans not liking it, again trying to upset the feel good factor at our great club.


    Nothing about What Brendan said the other day about unfinished business at Celtic or the fact he wants Super Leigh to sign up for life at Celtic, does that sound like a manager who is going anywhere?



    You watch when Hunnel bring out the orcs King Billy away top ( Orange) there will not be a word uttered from the press.



    Come on Celtic, let’s get the back to back treble.



    Hail Hail



    D. :)

  26. Damn. travelling @ 175 mph…..i would b smiling ;-))










  27. My friends in Celtic



    BR will stay. He will get a payrise.



    He will get a bigger budget to work with.



    That is the consequence of being linked to Arsenal.



    ( See how the huns cope with that reality )




  28. THELURKINTIM on 21ST APRIL 2018 8:42 AM




    Do u need another… back up….where today…..or is it a secret…askin for a friend;-))






    The Admiral on Waterloo Street might be a good place to start looking from midday onwards ????????

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