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

    Petec, the almighty wisnae there when some durty DOB bastirt gave no care for a young lady with a pram with two wee fellas in it.



    Naw, the almighty allowed the big durty DOB to point and aim and hit they wee babies square on the rosie red cheeks with a full on bladder of DOB pish.



    Ma wee mum will dance on their grave. The big hoose must be destroyed.

  2. Gerryfaethebrig on

    ACGR 12.56am



    I don’t disagree with one bit of your post …. part of me would love them gone but part of me loves the fact that Celtic have got to the top dislike everything …. am 47 and I know for a fact they are more insignificant than ever, they latch on to their outdated hate walks, for me I love watching our younger fans enjoying Celtic winning but I do realise these games do mean a bit more, Dembelle loves them, Sinky loves them and most of Celtic team & fans love them … we do live in great Celtic times !



    I love Neil Lennon and hope he gets second but I hope Celtic pump his Hibs mob the morra ….



    Hail Hail

  3. Delaneys Dunky on




    My mammy too. She says she does not hate but pities the huns. Pity in her mind is close to hatred I think. ???

  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    DD 1.00am






    I think it was in McHuills and Lennybhoy was escorting me to High Street at 7pm, so no way I could make Belfast, getting to McHuills without wee Columbo (MissGFTB) on my tail was hard enough…. enjoy Belfast with many good Celtic fans like yourself

  5. Delaneys Dunky on




    Thanks for info. Will sort it no probs. Belfast will be fine.



  6. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Gerryfaethebrig at 01.09



    “Dembelle loves them, Sinky loves them and most of Celtic team & fans love them”



    No, the players you quote had probably never heard of Celtic, or rangers until a few years back. They love a big stage, the CL games at CP where both of these have shone means more than gubbing the shite from the southside.



    I think you want them Gerry. Me, I want them dead and gone.

  7. ACGR….I’ve always thought that u wer exaggerating… I understand where you’re coming from…..;-))







  8. Delaneys Dunky on




    The young team want a hun type team to destroy on the park. Also destroying them off the park in intelligence, and handsome looks.


    GFTB sounds like an OldFirm fan, like my sons and their mates. There’s thousands who think like that.

  9. Gerryfaethebrig on

    ACGR 1.20am



    Would we attract these players without “them” ??



    I know Bhoys who have followed Celtic everywhere and are not in the least bit interested in Res 12 they know they cheated they just want to annihilate any team who those sane fans/flies follow, I could tell a few stories on here as funnily enough their hate walks attract all of the occupied 6 counties fluters to the Brig, the guys I know who follow Celtic everywhere want to hammer some sort of hun, if you want them gone forever fair play, I think the majority of Celtic fans want to pump/play some form of the Sevs

  10. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on 21st April 2018 1:08 am



    That is horrific behaviour, that isnae just done by dobs.



    I’d guess attention seekers.



    I’ve been there dude.



    Believe it or not.



    They probably thought it was funny.



    I wasn’t aware so.




  11. Gerryfaethebrig on

    DD 1.30am



    Old Firm fan ? FFS I get slagged on here for not attending games I think you meant



    Realist, maybe :-)

  12. Neustadt-Braw on

    smiley Carmylie thing…



    whats that braw wee cask that DB is missing oot on …



    ma good self has a distinguished palllettoo !




  13. When Dermot jibber jabbers….. it usually means a lot.



    I prefer to Listen to my youngest older Sister… TBH.



    She is Fighting for Every Life.



    Donald is effecting stuff on the Abortion thang.



    God Bless Y’all.

  14. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Fellow Cqners good night n god bless



    Hopefully another title tomorrow then that Brendan can join our Ronny, just think if Brendan had to leave (which he womt) two titles are just the same as our Ronny achieved, hope Brendan stays for 3 @ row….. just remember Brendan might be here for 10 (hopefully) but he did appear well after the party started



    Good night n God bless :-)



    Hail Hail

  15. ACGR,



    never forgetting we’ve been cheated to the nth degree ( pardon the pun ) for a lonooooong time….but karmas a bitch, with a long memory…..lets play the longer game…..what do I see…..a united Ireland, a Celtic team that are going for their 27th in a row… a romantic… should u be ;-))







  16. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    HA ha lurkin tim. I like it. Brendan Rogers wee fella here for 27 in row.



    I think it will be Henky or his bhoy, maybe both, Neil Lennon, or the Killie Manager who will be here for that 27th title……………………………….:_)

  17. Gerryfaethebrig on

    ACGR 1.53am



    Maybe not in our lifetime



    But times are a changing :-)



    I know I might be posting shoite but trust me they are becoming less and less relevant AND the more the young team enjoy these times that mob will leave that sinking ship !



    Petec … stuff that sleeping stuff :-)



    We have a Jimmy Johnstone / Henrik title to hopefully win tomorrow



    7@row and hopefully a few to go

  18. Gerry,



    No lies.



    Celtic will have 14 players wanting to catch the eye of Brendan Today.



    Celtic will win, probably by 3 goals.



    I reckon Hibs can get 2nd. Tough efter…

  19. GFTB,



    we all know…..hopefully…..7… pish….8 hopefully…..noo there’s a hope ffs ;-))







  20. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Petec 2.05am



    Lurking on way home from work today a poster mentioned wee Lenny would love to beat us so we didn’t win the league on turf, 100% correct that’s the way it should be



    I think our team will win every game in the last 5 league games, the final, anything can happen but never dilute what our Brendan has brought to that dressing room …. belief :-)



    Broony CSC

  21. Gerryfaethebrig on

    The lurking tim 2.09am



    I think 8 is pish and 10 is a goer but didn’t want to sound too confident !

  22. GFTB,



    “wee Lenny” is a GIANT in terms of Scottish Fitba, IMO.



    808 state Celtic…. Magical……Brendan is kicking it to Every Manager…pass the ball.




    Sky is the problem, a Big Problemo…..

  23. Gerryfaethebrig on




    Neil Francis is true to Neil Francis



    I love Celtic people trying their best against Celtic



    Scott MacDonakd CSC



    No cheating in our DNA :-)

  24. Gerry, ye dae yer very best when it comes to competing.



    The Almighty has in-built that into us All.



    Arthur got so very frustrated about me, being a Parent now (the Bhoy is 18 soon), I can kinda understand….. His 2nd Son Runs Marathons etc and is just Awesome. Love the Dude so much, he will indeed say that he cannae play Fitba.

  25. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Petec 2.36am



    In your own words if you don’t think the effort has been put in that means you have the chance to put more effort in :-)



    Never too late CSC

  26. The Left Winger from wee St Petes, he worked his gonads off to get shafted by Ross County.



    Replaced by Who?



    Stay strong Jamesie Bhoy.

  27. Gerry, the Great 16 Roads has been highlighting the Humblisim of the Celts.



    TBH – All the articles on CQN lately seem to be about their demise…. Nowt about just CELTIC.



    Anyway. There is a BIG BIG Spitirual Battle Thang goin on.

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