Ladbrokes PR aim for Ronny ahead of critical game


Before we get down to the business of the day, thanks to The Clumpany for alerting me to the incredible actions of SPFL main sponsor Ladbrokes, who on the eve of today’s big game, Tweeted speculation about Ronny Deila losing his job.

Let’s be clear on this one.  Any muppet can Tweet what they like about Ronny’s job, but it’s not the role of the league sponsor to engage in this kind of speculation.

If you don’t remember any actions like this previously from a league sponsor, it’s because it hasn’t happened.  Ladbrokes retained PR consultancy Level 5, who are up to their knees in the business of another club, to manage their engagement of the SPFL.  This is a clear conflict of interest, bringing wholly inappropriate pressure on the Celtic manager at a critical stage of the season.

Never forget the game going on behind the Game.
A few hours before an important game is also probably not the time to say I’m really disappointed Jozo Simunovic is out injured, but it’s impossible to look ahead to this game without that thought creeping to the fore.  Erik Sviatchenko had as good a debut as we have seen from a defender in some time on Sunday, but he needs to move from Crisis Management mode into Partnership Building mode as soon as possible.

My hope is that a Sviatchenko-Simunovic partnership allows Celtic to return to the kind of defensive performances we saw so often last season.  Until then, we’ll need a bit more protection from midfield.

The return of Scott Brown will go a long way towards this.   He has the menace required to get a foot in the way before threats reach the defence.

Aberdeen will be ready for tonight.  They lost four games in five weeks, culminating in a defeat at Celtic Park in October, but they haven’t lost a league game since, and they won their first 8 Premiership games before that period.  Whatever was going wrong inside the club at that time is resolved.  They are not quite on our heels, but a win tonight would change that.

They will also contrast our performance at Hampden with 10 men against Ross County to theirs in Dingwall a few weeks back, when they bosses the game, came from behind and left with three points.

For Celtic this is the perfect opportunity to dispose of whatever regrets they have from Sunday.  A win away to your title rivals is the perfect tonic, it will also need no motivational words.

Colin Kazim-Richards and Patrick Roberts are both fully fit but unlikely to feature in the starting line-up.  This is a job for those who know the script.

Three points please, Celtic.

Two other important points before you go……….

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To participate you need to do two things:

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Ask your friends to sponsor you for the Foundation.

You’ve had many great times at Celtic Park, this will be another, promise.  Book now.

I see an 18-year-old Motherwell fan (with no prior record) was jailed for 5 months for releasing a flare at New Douglas Park last year.  Sentencing sheriff said:

“Smoke bombs are noxious and potentially toxic. They are dangerous to those with respiratory problems, particularly asthma, and there is the very real potential of causing panic in those confined to the immediate vicinity who have no knowledge of what has been ignited.

“This presents a clear and obvious danger, and immediate action is needed from those charged with ensuring the safety of all those present, especially young children.

“You knew what you were doing and made efforts to conceal your identity. The court takes a serious view of this type of conduct which seems to be on the increase.”

Four months in jail!  The 18-year-old soldier will almost certainly lose his job and carry the consequences for a lot longer than he carried the flare.  It’s a life-changing action, no matter if you pull your pants up over your eyebrows.

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  1. Couple of questions.


    Anyone know why Steve Frail left?


    How much did we pay forCZR?





  2. Ernie Lynch



    I know the risks involved in crossing the road. I expect to see speeding vehicles and am ready to avoid them.



    But flyin’ objects at a football match.



    I’m not expecting that and shouldn’t have to look out for them.

  3. Ernie



    You obviously don’t have kids or you would post in a more responsible way, instead of making fun of a child losing their life.

  4. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    I think you are over reacting a bit, if you expect a smoke bomb to cause mass panic and the subsequent stampede, honestly, if you you think something like that might happen then I suggest you refrain from going to football games, if a smoke bomb could start it, imaging what a loud noise might start.

  5. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    the size of the club was too daunting for Steve when he realised how bit globall yit was along with the 50k a week TV money he has to fly to the moon for some repose and to get his head together.







  6. Surely Milan Misun is the alltime hide and seek champ



    He’s probably still hiding in the bushes at Barrowfield

  7. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Stringer bell is a pretend gangster … I thought it was a nursery rhyme character LMFAO

  8. PHILBHOY on 3RD FEBRUARY 2016 2:42 PM


    Ernie Lynch




    I know the risks involved in crossing the road. I expect to see speeding vehicles and am ready to avoid them.




    But flyin’ objects at a football match.




    I’m not expecting that and shouldn’t have to look out for them.







    This will explain why



    a. road traffic accidents never happen






    b. people die every week in stampedes at football grounds caused by smoke bombs.

  9. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    RIP the wee wean that died from being hit on the napper by a smoke bomb, we thought it could never happen but philbhoy has pointed out, it’s already happened and he’s just chastised a fellow blogger who probably missed the incident, like we all did, you’ve taken it too far now philbhoy, no wee kid is dead and no wee kid is likely to die or even be injured by flying smoke bombs at Celtic Park ffs, get a grip.

  10. The SPFL will have a right good laugh at any complaints re Ladbrokes,their official website had a mock up of O’Halloran in a Sevco top,when he seas still a St J player. Celtic complaining about anything resembles a Lord Melchett/Captain Dahling sketch

  11. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Everyone was well warned that the permament cap in hand morons would come out to the fore to protect their captors. Man we are saddled with some real numpties




  12. Canamalar



    You are doing what you usually do.



    Not reading or understanding the post, misquoting, putting spin on and talking rubbish.



    In an aggressive manner too.



    Maybe TD was right.

  13. So the sponsor announces Ronny is the League’s manager of the month, then in the same breath is promoting his sacking?



    Corporate own goal there. Not a betting man myself, but for those who are, just boycott the sleekits, simples.



    2 articles in Scottish Review by Kenneth Roy and Gerry Hassan on the Herald and Sevco



    Both very interesting thanks Eddie.

  15. What is the Stars on









    “You made a clear statement about undermining and how you can’t see it as undermining yet when you’re asked what it was about then, you completely avoid the question and haver about what you’d do if you were manager ffs it was a simple enough question that followed on from your statement. ”



    Yes and my answer was very straightforward and simple



    I have no idea why Ladbrokes or anyone else in their right mind would want to undermine Ronny.



    Go wallow in your paranoid self pitying ghetto if you want.Everyone hates us,its the masons,the referees the media


    Its all nonsense.


    Have a look at the huns fans websites sometimes


    Guess what,eevryone is against them also,including the media and the SFA



    Childish nonsense really

  16. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    I was laughing at the SPFL´s new chair lady on the news last night. Her appointment was being announced.



    I said to myself how long before she starts to trot out the line that society has to deal with these “sectarian” problems and how long before we get a primary school analogy for comparison purposes



    I thought maybe one or two weeks … it was one or two seconds.



    A Lawwell approved appointment for sure




  17. Hamiltontim on 3rd February 2016 3:06 pm







    I’m no playin…..but I’ll do my best :-)





    That’s it, get the excuses in early ;)



    2 articles in Scottish Review by Kenneth Roy and Gerry Hassan on the Herald and Sevco

















    Thanks for posting these Eddie. The Hassan article in particular is a well thought out presentation of institutional bigotry. It’s hard to ignore this argument but, in the view of the mainstream press, well worth the effort!

  19. I see it’s another fine morning/afternoon on CQN with the usual stirrers setting the real Tims against each other.



    A plea for the usual fine updates on the match thread laters please Bhoys.

  20. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    stick to the gee gees .. even there your going downhill




  21. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    I’m simply taking your over reaction to the nth degree, there is no stampede coming and while there is the remotest chance of a flying pyro causing a burn, it’s more likely slipping and tripping down the stairs will be a far more severe risk, especially if your spending all your time on the lookout for flying pyro.


    As for TD, your welcome to share your opinions with that

  22. ‘Scotland has a problem with sectarianism and the behaviour of sections of Celtic and Rangers support.’



    Gerry Hassan.



    Scotland does indeed have a problem with the behaviour of sections of the Celtic support.



    Which says a lot about Scotland.

  23. Awe_Naw, Stringer Bell, comments deleted.



    We cannot have personal abuse on CQN, this has been made clear repeatedly, please refrain.

  24. “And how words on a page or silly tweets affect the outcome of football matches is beyond me.”








    Geordie Munro@2:27






     How many think the epl is the greatest league in the world?



    How many believed Lewis mcleod was worth the oodles of dosh that helped sevco limp towards season book renewal time?



     Don’t underestimate the power of word.”






    How many people still think Sevco is the same club because the SMSM, football authorities, Celtic FC website continue to call them ‘Rangers’?



    Take some of your own advice, Geordie.

  25. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    I think you should ban the person that starts it



    Simple rule. It is there in black and white and timestamped.




  26. Canamalar



    A reasoned post from you, at last on this subject.



    At least you agree with me that there are potential risks attached to a lunatic throwing a flare/pyro.


    Potential burns, slipping, tripping.



    No one has died from a burn, slip or trip?



    Very good.

  27. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    You really do make no sense at all, there was a point to their tweet because you don’t know does not mean there’s nothing to be suspicious about.



    “Go wallow in your paranoid self pitying ghetto if you want.Everyone hates us,its the masons,the referees the media”



    Jeez What is that about ? somebody’s got a bit of a chip eh, I’m no one to visit hun sites but you are so I’ll take your word fot it.


    Paranoid self pitying ghetto :OD))))) must have touché a raw nerve there eh :oD)))

  28. Canamalar



    Can we agree to disagree?



    And sorry about my earlier post!



    Take care.