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. Same team as last week tomorrow. Expect us to be at it from the off. Lenny isn’t daft and will target ML and DB. Hopefully we can stand firm. I think Hibs will need to score at least 2 to get a draw. they have done well this season but lets not forget in the grand scheme of things they are Tom Kite. Intae them.

  2. Hi all,



    Firstly, RIP WEE FLO. DD so sorry G.



    Secondly, thank you all who passed on their best wishes and prayers for me today. Got home around 6.30 from7.30 this morning. Feeling really shit now with the anaesthetic wearing off, so will give a full report tomorrow. Thank you all. CQN at it’s best. HH

  3. Jinky


    I was there, 8yo, because my dad was there and I just tagged along.


    Thanks dad, I know you’ll be watching tomorrow and what you have bred will be there multiplied by whatever.


    If we win I’ll have my first few on you…

  4. Gutenberg


    My wonderful uncle took me to Easter Road


    His spirit stands with me at every game.


    God bless Sanny Kennedy of Greenock CSC

  5. Like lots of other league winning away games . I think it will be an average performance with a 1-0 victory.



    Joecraig csc

  6. Weefea,



    Seen as how yer still under anaesthetic….remember that 10 grand you owe me ;-)) Glad yer bak home….means it went well







  7. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    First, Weefra good to see you back so quick after your op. Canny believe getting a knob extension is so much easier and quicker these days. Did hebcelt slip the doacter a stornaway to model it oan………:_)



    Hope all went well. Look after yourself Frankie.




    Second, am I to believe nobody on here knows Desertbhoy? C’mon, he was with us at the Legia game at Murrayfield, he came for a bevy with us before and after the game. Does nobody on here care about this guy. Where the kcuf is the Celticness? Where is the love? Where the kcuf is the love?



    I need help guys, I’m beginning to think the worst but need to be able to confirm it.



    One of you know Robert Blackwood, he lived in Comrie and worked in the middle east.




    He’s one of us and we should find out where he is or what the hell has become of him.




    Mon the hoops, and the blessed Neil Lennon

  8. Sat today with a huge Celtic fan and we were jousting to tell stories.


    Tomorrow I could meet the same guy and we’d do the same, only with different stories. And the next day, and the next.


    What a wonderful position to be in, who’d have thought it 15/20?years ago?

  9. Delaneys Dunky on

    Had a chat today wi the Drumchapel Young Tim Team. The subject became next Sunday’s game. They expect the huns to riot and possible pitch invasion. When I asked them what they would do, they said they would invade and chase them oot Paradise. Starting to get fears for this match.

  10. WEEFRATHETIM on 20TH APRIL 2018 10:55 PM



    Hi all, Firstly, RIP WEE FLO. DD so sorry G.



    Secondly, thank you all who passed on their best wishes and prayers for me today. Got home around 6.30 from 7.30 this morning. Feeling really shit now with the anesthetic wearing off, so will give a full report tomorrow. Thank you all. CQN at it’s best. HH



    *great news weefra, just noticed about 5 minutes ago that the tea cosy Mrs TT is using we bought last summer at the Drumnadrochit Nessie Centre.

  11. Delaneys Dunky on




    Good stuff my big tough pal. I remembered you in prayer at Holy Communion today.



  12. ACGR,



    huv ye tried Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter etc….how ye doin bawbag, thanks fur putting up wae my pish last week….appreciated;-))







  13. FRIESDORFER on 20TH APRIL 2018 9:48 PM


    CT, my email from FlyBe says it is an automatic change due to only being 10 minutes (to Belfast), and no further action is required. HH,



    HH, hopefully OK, mines came up on the works email flashing ‘This Has To Be dealt With’ …



    Bit of a panic in case date change etc.



    All sorted with accepting the change as was…




  14. Mahe,



    If all internal combustion engines died the morra… horses needed….jist hitch a cart to Hamish….;-))



    lovin the quizzes, originals were before my time on here, but I bet there’s a fair few like me who don’t compete….me, cause I’m a bad loser ;-))







  15. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Stivs, thanks for replying. I’m not a facebooker so wouldn’t know how to check that avenue. I’m going to take a drive to Comrie and ask around. Its gone beyond caring if he’s in the whisky syndicate and anything t do with that. I’m more concerned now if he’s still with us in the able to dram sense.



    One way or another I need to know. He is a Celtic man, a CQN’r, a drammer, a good guy that I’ve met only twice, but he’s gone completely off the grid. He’s got family and they may not be aware he, like us was a part of a group covered by massive Celtic blanket that wraps us all up in a common bond.



    I just want t know he’s ok.




    Thanks again bruv. Now get back to your futile hunt for a handsome hummel…………………:_)

  16. And truth be told….an even worse winner ;-))…..fuk…. that sounds like hunnish behaviour…..







  17. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    DD, have no fear bruv.



    A belly full of Coia’s breakfast will see you on the pitch wi the young team beating off the DOB invaders. Hebcelt is bringing black puddings, you can batter the shite oota them wi that.



    There’s yer “chib” bro……………………:_)

  18. Delaneys Dunky on

    CT and Friesdorfer



    I am on the same flight as you two rascals.


    Do I need to do anything? Bar just turnin up.

  19. ACGR,



    here’s a novelty….is there such a thing as a Comrie phone book?….and call all Blackwood numbers….




  20. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Lurkintim, I don’t do any of the media you suggest, and no need to thank me for listening to your pish, I was ok wit most of it.




  21. Delaneys Dunky on




    You will be dreepyin doon fae the tap dancer to get at the hun hordes of shite. Hampden 1980 revisited ya grown up Rebel.



  22. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Aye, I’ll drive to Comrie, chap a random door and ask if I can borrow a phone book. FFS dude, I asked for help.

  23. ACGR, I have returned to being a one man Supporters Club but I am breaking my vow of Omerta, to see if I can help.


    I looked up Facebook on your behalf & there is a chap by the name of Robert Blackwood from MaryHill Glasgow, he has in the past posted a bit of Celtic stuff so I think we can assume he is a Celtic fan.


    Just open Facebook and put Robert Blackwood in Search & this lad will come up fairly easily.


    There is a pic there so you can see if this is your bhoy.

  24. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    DD, I’m prototypin a special hun seekin parachute as we speak. I’m the Barnes Wallace of loupin aff the upper North Stand and skewrin a hun DOB wi a TEN IN A ROW dabbity. I’ve bought 1000 green balloons…….again.



    Ha Ha.

  25. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Corkcelt, can you email the photo of the guy you found? I’m guessing my target is around 60… ish.





    If your find aint in that bracket, no bother.



    You;re a gem for caring and breaking cover bruv.



    HH to you Corkie and I hope yer next hole in one isnae on a golf course…………….:_)

  26. ACGR,



    At least it’d be proactive ;-))



    Thanks mate ;-))







  27. Saint Stivs on 20th April 2018 10:28 pm



    And by the way. They haven’t sold all their tickets. They opened up a general sale tonight because those balloted didn’t take them.






    That is Good News.



    They are gonnae dwindle.



    Not sure what Weefra has been going through but again Good News he has pulled through. Keep Fighting Sabre of Paradise.

  28. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Corkcelt 11.43pm



    Get your Cork bahookie back on here, gutted I didn’t read your thoughts of last Sunday’s game…. scroll by whatever but I for one would appreciate your Celtic input on our games coming up and especially on the 19th May when a wee double treble “might” happen



    Weefra delighted to see you posting for me that’s a good sign in itself






    Great news on the job front, even better seeing you posting about Flo, even to this day my pals say my mums funeral was a brilliant day, it is sad for us that are close but in time we appreciate what we had/have



    Hail Hail

  29. Sorry ACGR, I wouldn’t have a clue on how to do that. I don’t want to annoy you by repeating myself but honestly just open FaceBook & put Robert Blackwood in under search About 7 or 8 names will come up most of them are from Glasgow or thereabouts. Having a peep at their stuff they all seem to be Celts & they all have pics up. The first guy I mentioned looks to be in the sixties bracket.


    If you are still reluctant maybe your size 22 will do it for you, if you have any other info like school, job/self employed etc let me know & I’ll look again & the info might pinpoint the lad.


    However if you want me to look tonight come back fairly pronto as my size 22 has just gone off to bed & if I don’t get off the lap top soon I’ll be in trouble.