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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. Mahe the Madman on

    Dallas, one of my favs also. The music in the tunnel scene,,,classic.

     

    Hail Hail

  2. Am pretty sure that the curve AJ was referencing…..is actually an arc, which is part of the circle….round the drain which Sevco are swirling ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  3. Mahe the Madman on

    General Sports Answers

     

     

     

    1,,,How many throws are needed for the quickest checkout in a game of darts ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,9

     

     

     

    2,,,In ten pin bowling what is three strikes in a row called ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,A Turkey

     

     

     

    3,,,Who made the first live televised 147 break in snooker ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Steve Davis

     

     

     

    4,,,The first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic Ski Jumping ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Eddie the Eagle

     

     

     

    5,,,Which competition has a pineapple on top of its trophy ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Wimbledon

     

     

     

    6,,,The largest fish ever caught by rod and reel weighed in at over one ton,,,true or false ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,True

     

     

     

    7,,,Legendary American motorcycle daredevil ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Evil Kinieval

     

     

     

    8,,,Which two former number one tennis stars got married in 2001 ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi

     

     

     

    9,,,The youngest manager in the Bundesliga manages which team ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Hoffenheim

     

     

     

    10,,,In what sport would you find jammers and blockers ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Roller Derby

     

     

     

    11,,,Which footballer was called “ the one man defence “ ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Jaap Stam

     

     

     

    12,,,British boxer who lost to Ali in 66 ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Henry Cooper

     

     

     

    13,,,Who was the last permanent player – manager in the top flight of English football ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Gianluca Vialli

     

     

     

    14,,,The sport that draws the most spectators in the good old U S of A is,,,

     

    NFL

     

    NBA

     

    NASCAR

     

    BASEBALL

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Nascar

     

     

     

    15,,,Early in his career he was called “ the Black Pearl of Inchicore “ ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Paul Mc Grath

  4. Mahe the Madman on

    The scoreboard

     

    Jobo 11

     

    Gary67 22

     

    JNP 16

     

    David17 11

     

    Bognorbhoy 14

     

     

    Celtic questions next

  5. Delaneys Dunky on

    Mahe

     

     

    Tried to excuse myself from the wake, to get home for your quiz, but kept meeting someone I hadn’t met in years. Sadly, the only time you make a reaquaintance with old friends and family are at funerals. Today was a celebration of a great life though.

  6. Mahe the Madman on

    DD,

     

    Eff the quiz,,much bigger things going on for you . Weddings and funerals eh,, its more the later these days for us both I suspect. Keep yer head up partner. Would you have got the Bob Marley question?

  7. Mahe the Madman on

    Celtic questions page 1

     

     

     

    1,,,Which former player left on a free transfer in July 2012 and signed for Real Zaraogoza ?

     

     

     

    2,,,This player joined in 08 from Middlesborough and later joined Chris Sutton’s Lincoln on loan ?

     

     

     

    3,,,The chairman of which club said this 3 months before Wim the Tim won the league

     

    “ “The only thing they should discuss [in Scotland] is how long they’re going to play the League each year before giving the Championship trophy to Rangers.” ?

     

     

     

    4,,,Which 3 players were arrested during a Christmas night out in Newcastle ?

     

     

     

    5,,,This former player also graced St Etienne, Hull City, and Rapid Vienna ?

     

     

     

    6,,,Who was unveiled alongside Eyal Berkovic and Bobby Petta ?

     

     

     

    7,,,Which of the following has scored the most goals for the club ?

     

    Georgious Samaras

     

    Kris Commons

     

    Gary Hooper

     

    Shaun Maloney

     

     

     

    8,,,Which of the following has had the most appearances for the club ?

     

    Neil Lennon

     

    Paul Lambert

     

    Aiden Mc Geady

     

    Georgious Samaras

     

     

     

     

    9,,,Croatian who also made first start for the Hoops in Victor Wanyamas debut game ?

     

     

     

    10,,,Which former player has since invented his own instrument called The Dube ?

     

     

     

    11,,,John Barnes was sacked after a 3 – 1 defeat to Inverness . Who scored our only goal ?

     

     

     

    12,,,In the 10 men won the league game,,which man was ordered off ?

     

     

     

    13,,,Former boss who has Sanfreece Hiroshima on his managerial resume also ?

     

     

     

    14,,,This former player was granted asylum after walking into a police station ?

     

     

     

    15,,,From south Lanarkshire he has 19 caps to his name and joined Leicester after the bhoys?

  8. DD

     

     

    Hope you are good mate!

     

     

    Still a tough day.

     

     

    God rest wee Flo.

     

     

    She was, in fact, a giant!

     

     

    I’m sure we will here wee stories about her soon!

     

     

    Take care.

  9. On the day before we ( hopefully ) clinch our 7th title in a row, the subject of todays blog is the huns and Alistair Johnsons opinion of how good they are ?

     

    Surely something Celtic related would have been more appropriate ?

     

    Not my blog, I Know, but less and less CELTIC Quick News these days.

  10. Mahe – appeals allowed as I think I’;m on 12 with a European place up for grabs? Maybe you didn’t give me UAE (the correct answer) when most others went for that famous non-country, Dubai?? ;-)

  11. Actually, no worries. Something’s come up (nowt to worry about) so need to e=make my excuses and leave.

     

    Great work, Mahe and keep it up!

  12. Delaneys Dunky on

    Mahe

     

     

    Island Records was easy for me. Have Bob’s full catalogue. Knew the UB40 answer too. Love the Glaswegian Campbell brothers.

  13. 1,,,Which former player left on a free transfer in July 2012 and signed for Real Zaraogoza ?

     

     

    Juarez

     

     

     

    2,,,This player joined in 08 from Middlesborough and later joined Chris Sutton’s Lincoln on loan ?

     

     

    Blackman

     

     

    3,,,The chairman of which club said this 3 months before Wim the Tim won the league

     

     

    “ “The only thing they should discuss [in Scotland] is how long they’re going to play the League each year before giving the Championship trophy to Rangers.” ?

     

     

    Kilmarnock

     

     

    4,,,Which 3 players were arrested during a Christmas night out in Newcastle ?

     

     

    Sutton Lennon Mjallby

     

     

    5,,,This former player also graced St Etienne, Hull City, and Rapid Vienna ?

     

     

    Janko

     

    6,,,Who was unveiled alongside Eyal Berkovic and Bobby Petta ?

     

     

    Viduka

     

     

    7,,,Which of the following has scored the most goals for the club ?

     

     

     

    Kris Commons

     

     

     

     

     

    8,,,Which of the following has had the most appearances for the club

     

     

    Lennon

     

     

     

     

     

    9,,,Croatian who also made first start for the Hoops in Victor Wanyamas debut game ?

     

     

    Majstorovic

     

     

    10,,,Which former player has since invented his own instrument called The Dube ?

     

     

    Pass

     

     

    11,,,John Barnes was sacked after a 3 – 1 defeat to Inverness . Who scored our only goal ?

     

     

    Berkovic

     

     

    12,,,In the 10 men won the league game,,which man was ordered off ?

     

     

    Murdo McLeod

     

     

    13,,,Former boss who has Sanfreece Hiroshima on his managerial resume also ?

     

     

    Venglos

     

     

    14,,,This former player was granted asylum after walking into a police station ?

     

     

    Pass

     

     

    15,,,From south Lanarkshire he has 19 caps to his name and joined Leicester after the bhoys?

     

     

    Rab Douglas

  14. 1. Sammy

     

    2.Don’t know

     

    3 Dunfermline

     

    4. Don’t know

     

    5. Lubo

     

    6. Don’t know

     

    7. Commons

     

    8. Lenny

     

    9.Don’t know

     

    10. No idea

     

    11 Burchill

     

    12 Doyle

     

    13 Don’t know

     

    14 Don’t know

     

    15 Dont know

  15. Delaneys Dunky on

    Phil

     

     

    It was all great stories today I heard. Heard a few about Dallas Dallas of this parish too. All good about him and his much loved Drumchapel family.

     

    Doris Day tunes were fun. Flo’s favourite singer.

  16. Mahe the Madman on

    DD,

     

    I didnt know it tbh. Found it during my research time. Speaking of research i dont know if you noticed the ford capri question.

     

    Now they were a bit before my time but perhaps you could help answer these couple personal questions i have about them.

     

    Terry in minder had one and they looked the business,,where they a magnet ?

     

    And was she fast ,,the capri that is? Im almost sure i was told they were junk ala the de lorean. Although I wouldnt mind either in the garage tbh.

     

    Ever own or drive one? Thoughts on them?

  17. D.D.

     

    Que sera sera. That’s the first Doris Day song that springs to mind.

     

    Hail Hail

  18. 1. Glen Loovens

     

    2. Barry Robson

     

    3. Yorkston

     

    4. Mjallby, Valgaaren, ?

     

    5. Perrie Doumbe

     

    6. Stephane Bonnes

     

    7. Commons

     

    8. Lambert

     

    9. Majstorivic

     

    10. ?

     

    11. Burchill

     

    12. Johnny Doyle

     

    13. Dr Jo Venglos

     

    14. Rudi Vata

     

    15. McManus

  19. 1.

     

    2.

     

    3.newco

     

    4.

     

    5.

     

    6.

     

    7.commons

     

    8.Neil lennon

     

    9.

     

    10.Dion dublin

     

    11.

     

    12.Johnnie doyle

     

    13.

     

    14.Rudi ( out of jail) vata

     

    15.

  20. Delaneys Dunky on

    JNP

     

     

    It was a very Celtic friendly funeral today. A few of the words to que sera, were changed to “We’re gonnae win the league, at Easter Road. Magic??

  21. Mahe,

     

    3.0 litre Capri was quick, as was the later 2.8 fuel injected version..

     

    Favourites with the Boy Racers in the same way that Subarus’s are nowadays, but they did have a fairly stylish look………no E-Type for sure, but similar in that it had a long bonnet or ‘hood’ as your neighbours might say.?

  22. Delaneys Dunky on

    Mahe

     

     

    Have never driven a Capri. I have had a Cortina, Escort, Fiesta and Focus in the past. Always like the Ford brand. Got a BMW now though. My son drives an Audi and my daughter a Mercedes. We have become a German car family.

  23. Mahe the Madman on

    Cheers Vfr,,,although you never answered the magnet bit?

     

    by the way is your bike faster than the honda fireblade my mate used to try to scare me on?

     

    Not a Subaru fan at all,,they ask way too much cash,,but they are popular.

     

    Its a bit like stella i guess,,reassuringly expensive. For some.

     

    Hail Hail

  24. Mahe the Madman on

    Celtic answers page 1

     

     

     

    1,,,Which former player left on a free transfer in July 2012 and signed for Real Zaraogoza ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Glenn Loovens

     

     

     

    2,,,This player joined in 08 from Middlesborough and later joined Chris Sutton’s Lincoln on loan ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Ben Hutchinson

     

     

     

    3,,,The chairman of which club said this 3 months before Wim the Tim won the league

     

    “ “The only thing they should discuss [in Scotland] is how long they’re going to play the League each year before giving the Championship trophy to Rangers.” ?

     

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Dundee

     

     

     

    4,,,Which 3 players were arrested during a Christmas night out in Newcastle ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Petta,,Mjallby,,Valgaeren

     

     

     

    5,,,This former player also graced St Etienne, Hull City, and Rapid Vienna ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,JVOH aka Big Jan

     

     

     

    6,,,Who was unveiled alongside Eyal Berkovic and Bobby Petta ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Olivier Tebily

     

     

     

    7,,,Which of the following has scored the most goals for the club ?

     

    Georgious Samaras

     

    Kris Commons

     

    Gary Hooper

     

    Shaun Maloney

     

     

    Answer,,,Commons (64)

     

     

     

    8,,,Which of the following has had the most appearances for the club ?

     

    Neil Lennon

     

    Paul Lambert

     

    Aiden Mc Geady

     

    Georgious Samaras

     

     

    Answer,,,Neil Lennon

     

     

     

    9,,,,Croatian who also made first start for the Hoops in Victor Wanyamas debut game ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Stipe Pletikosa

     

     

     

    10,,,Which former player has since invented his own instrument called The Dube ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Dion Dublin

     

     

     

    11,,,John Barnes was sacked after a 3 – 1 defeat to Inverness . Who scored our only goal ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Mark Burchill

     

     

     

    12,,,In the 10 men won the league game,,which man was ordered off ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Johnny Doyle

     

     

     

    13,,,Former boss who has Sanfreece Hiroshima on his managerial resume also ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Wim the Tim

     

     

     

    14,,,This former player was granted asylum after walking into a police station ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Rudy Vata

     

     

     

    15,,,From south Lanarkshire he has 19 caps to his name and joined Leicester after the bhoys?

     

     

    Answer,,,Rab Douglas

  25. Back to football

     

    Heard from a good source…that there is a huge worry amongst Police Scotland re the game next week.

     

    Wonder why…

  26. Delaneys Dunky on

    Gutenberg

     

     

    Thanks. It was a spiritual and loving requiem mass. Set the tone did Father Joe Saint Laurence Drumchapel. Enjoy your trip to Easter Rd tomorrow.

  27. mike in toronto on

    DD

     

     

    You have mentioned Ali Campbell as Glaswegian. What is the connection? With his name, I’m assuming his dad was from Glasgow …

  28. In and out like a…..

     

    Anyway

     

    A Alianz

     

    B. Amsterdam ArenA

     

    C. Bernabau

     

    D. Anfield

     

    E.

     

    F. San Siro

     

    G. Pittodrie

     

    H. St James Park

     

    I

     

     

    Aff oot again…. ;-)

  29. A.aAllianz Arena, Munich

     

    B. Amsterdam Arena

     

    C. Etihad

     

    D. A field

     

    E. Heysel

     

    F. SAN Siro

     

    G. Pittodrie

     

    H. St James Park

     

    I. Starks Park

  30. Mahe,

     

    Not VFR…not good looking enough, or smart enough. Just having a bit of fun with the Sheep Emoji.

     

    Was it a magnet ? Not for the guys I knew who drove them. More of a macho thing. I did know one girl who had one but she was the definition of dumb blonde. She had a 1.3 litre Capri…….slow as a wet monday……..but it was green ?

     

    I don’t have a bike…..never have – too many eejits on the road for me to feel safe on a bike, so I’ll stick to four wheels. I drive a Tata ?

  31. A. Don’t know

     

    B. Amsterdam

     

    C.

     

    D Anfield

     

    E

     

    F

     

    G

     

    H. St James Park.

     

    I.

  32. Delaneys Dunky on

    MIT

     

     

    The Campbell brothers from UB40 were all born in Birmingham. Their father Ian Campbell was a Glaswegian Folk Singer. The bro’s are Scotland football fans, rather than England.

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