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. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    DD, the huns will all be away by about 60 to 70 minutes into the game next week. You’ll be eating your chib for breakfast on Monday.

  2. Am worried about VFR….seems to have changed his name to an empty box/square….;-)) Hoping my phone can’t cope with a motorbike emoji….;-))







  3. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Right, team for tomorrow:



    Karamoko Dembele and a few of the boys from the 16’s. KevJ in goal.

  4. Celtic Squad v Hibernian


    04 Games 1 Shut Out Craig Gordon


    01 Games 1 Shut Out Dorus De Vries


    22 Games 2 Goals Scott Brown


    13 Games 3 Goals James Forrest


    08 Games 4 Goals Mikael Lustig


    04 Games 2 Goals Moussa Dembele


    04 Games 2 Goals Callum McGregor


    04 Games 2 Goals Scott Sinclair


    04 Games 0 Goals Dedryck Boyata


    04 Games 0 Goals Kieran Tierney


    03 Games 1 Goals Leigh Griffiths


    03 Games 0 Goals Nir Bitton


    03 Games 0 Goals Olivier Ntcham


    03 Games 0 Goals Tom Rogic


    02 Games 0 Goals Stuart Armstrong


    02 Games 0 Goals Odsonne Edouard


    02 Games 0 Goals Jonny Hayes


    02 Games 0 Goals Patrick Roberts


    02 Games 0 Goals Jozo Simunovic


    01 Games 0 Goals Kristoffer Ajer


    01 Games 0 Goals Kouassi Eboue .

  5. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    TLT, don’t worry, its your phone. His emo thing is actually a poor Japanese replica.

  6. barkin mad….has it’s place….;-))



    if it helps…am glad M…..u do what u need to do when yer mind’s made up ;-))







  7. Delaneys Dunky on



    Father Joe’s Eulogy about Wee Flo was dynamite. Delivered in that Drumchapel Tim way. The Drummy bhoys like us Clydebank bhoys both know that the huns are not the peepul anymore. The Times They Are A Changing for the better up the Drum.

  8. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Fsssss Sake, just shows how much I know about motor cycle vehicles.



    Anyway, my good pal google informs me that a vfr is a motor cycle made by Honda in japan.




    Frankie, I died a notch when I googled that, I thought you had more class bro. ttt

  9. DD, my email from FlyBe said it was an auto-confirmation, and no action needed as it is only 10 minutes difference. CT may have received some other information in his email, so might be wise to check if you need to accept the change(s).



    CT – ?, see you both at the airport ? HH

  10. Gerryfaethebrig on

    DD 12.13am



    I am the youngest of 5 one of my brothers is taking the mantle of my father, my dad had loads of brothers & sisters and he was chief mourner he sat up awake the night before the funeral, as a wee Bhoy I was a bit scared, I sat up with him myself just “to do what he done” might all be in the head but I think that’s where I got the strength from …. funerals should always be a celebration …. but I know that is only easy to type… again, have lurked this week on way to work (& in work) today was a big day fir your whole family and am sure Flo will be delighted with you all

  11. Delaneys Dunky on




    Pumping the rotten mob rotten next Sunday after a guid Coia brekky, would be a Lou Reed Perfect Day indeed.



  12. Delaneys Dunky on




    Fine words G. Today had a Celtic buzz in the place. History about to be made Drumchapel Bhoys are excited. 2 buses leave from John Olivers now.



  13. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on



    Bet this fat dob is hurting, if he survived the 2012 stuff. Looks like a heart attack is stalking him, fat DOB dick.




    Lets all pray for his DOB soul…………………




    Our father who despises the DOB, blackened be his DOB sole, and his shoes.




  14. Gerryfaethebrig on




    The young team want a hun entity to hump and humiliate …. in fact a lot of the auld team want the same



    Cqn seems to be a bit different



    Each to their own :-)

  15. ACGR,



    it’s got the sentiments of my prayer…..but mines asks for a continuing shambles laugh….forever and ever Amun….just to annoy Petec ;-))







  16. Delaneys Dunky on




    I want to be the pilot of the big wrecking demolition ball, that smashes to a pulp, the big masonic temple, that looks like a Victorian Lavvy on Edmiston Drive. I came to this decision for a load of reasons. Them pissing on baby ACGR is the straw that broke this camel’s back. Destruction sometimes is positive.

  17. Gerryfaethebrig on




    The last few Sevco games by some chance on Cqn I have had the pleasure of watching 3-2 & 4-0 with Weet Weet Weet from here, if not fir Cqn or the Sev games I would never have met this poster …. sometimes, in fact most times Cqn is pretty pretty special, some might mock but this site does far more good than most people realise



    (By the way Weet Weet Weet might disagree getting landed with me TWICE … once is unlucky :-)

  18. TheLurkinTim,



    Chaos theory underpins the Dark ones agenda.



    Praise the Lord for the Finest Fighting Unit…. the family.



    The attack on the Family is in yer Face…..



    Funnily enough Switzerland is totally Family orientated with their Taking kids oot of school for a few hours. You need to be privileged for that Howevaaaaaah.




  19. Here’s an embarrassing moment…..meeting up with Freisdorfer…..and asking him if we’ve met before…..spending some great hours with him chatting….only to realise later that the first thing I sed to him…..on meeting previous…..was his real name should b easy to remember…..sorry A…..brain fart ;-))



    Havin a dejavu moment….hav I already typed this ;-))







  20. Delaneys Dunky on




    A perfect song called Perfect Day.


    Thanks paĺ. That is a Lou Reed thing of beauty.

  21. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Gerry, the young team want what they want. I want them gone, as do most I know who grew up in the shadow of the bigotry.



    The young team didn’t go through the same as us so it’s understandable they want some excitement.



    Never the less, the hun team needs to die. And, it will.



    The young team will quickly forget.



    Hun supporters of today are already giving us the Celtic supporters of tomorrow.



    The glorious Green Brigade told us this would happen and it is.




    They’ve had their time. Now its ours, I wish my dad and gradparents were here t see this day.

  22. Holy shit DD reading that… have a wain called ACGR that they pissed on…..the inhumanity….;-))







  23. Delaneys Dunky on




    Your self deprecation I like about you. I met you once for 2 minutes. Not enough to form an opinion or judge the character of a man. But I love the love and honesty in your posts Gerard. Keep on keepin on.



  24. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on




    “Them pissing on baby ACGR is the straw that broke this camel’s back. Destruction sometimes is positive.”




    I’ll invite ma auld maw, she hates the huns more than both of us.



    The destruction of Ibrox Stadium will make her a happy wee wummin.