Losers of the Durrant outburst


Who are the losers from the recent Ian Durrant outburst?  It’s certainly not the Pope, nor any his co-religious.  I don’t even know if it will be Durant himself, who, incredibly, “meant to cause no offense”. Durrant’s status, whatever it is worth, will be assured by what happened.

The consequences will be imperceptible, part of a slow drift of affinity away from a football affinity which was once elevated by such sentiment and, in the 21st century, limited by it.  Sponsors are not the first to leave, it’s the fans with more between their ears than Durrant. The losers are the club and fans.

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  1. Colour Blind Bhoy on

    I don’t know you MAH but as a regular CQN lurker want to wish you the very best and you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.



  2. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Being as it’s Wednesdayand I am off to the golf (notice off to not off to play as it’s not golf as others play) I will make a slight detour and light a candle and do NorrieM’s double for MAH that he gets a good result today at the hospital.


    Keep the Faith Stephen we are all on your team.

  3. 50 shades of green on

    Morning Tims…



    Did you see Jim Whites coupon last night when Paul Merson mentioned the 2 best grounds for atmosphere on champions league nights.



    Bitter wee hun nearly chocked.



    P.s Anfield was the other one ( he was talking about UK grounds).



    Otherwise I think Dortmund blows away the Scouse song thieves. Imho

  4. morning bhoys from a dreich looking Cheshire. Murdoch auld and hay, best wishes hope all goes well.hh.

  5. Good morning friends from a dry but chilly-windy East Kilbride. Murdochauldandhay – thoughts and morning prayers with you today.

  6. Murdoch Auld & Hay



    Prayer said and positive thoughts with you for today Stephen.




  7. the unthank road on

    Murdock Auld &Hay


    Just about to type the prayer to St Jude (thanks Norriem) and to St Peregrine ( thanks to the poster). I’ll stick them above the computer, so prayers on their way from the Southern Hebrides. Stay strong, stay positive.

  8. Jnp/ dallas



    Paris paisley lol.made me smile.was there not also a pub called Armstrong’s,paisley answer to Midas in Glasgow.i recall going a night in Cotton club in Glasgow,walking past ebt McLeish and wee david speedie both huggjing the bannister pist as farts on international duty.they could barely stand lol.no mobiles in them days.lol




  9. Greetings from the silent coach on the ICE 599. What started off as a dreich morning in Hamburg has developed into a lovely sunny Autumnal day. Chilling at the moment in preparation for the anticipated ‘carnage’ tonight ???


    Thoughts and prayers are with MAH this morning, we are all rooting for you Stephen.


    One or two need to develop an understanding for WITS‘ sense of humour or maybe I need to? ?



    Anyhoos, Hail! Hail! PMTYH

  10. NORRIEM on 24TH OCTOBER 2018 7:53 AM


    Stephen (MA&H)





    A wee prayer





    O most holy apostle St Jude





    Faithful servant and friend of Jesus





    The church honours and invokes you universally, as the patron Saint of hopeless cases,





    Of things almost despaired of Pray for me.





    Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege given to you,





    To bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of.





    Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly “Stephen Houston” and that I may praise God with you





    I promise, O blessed St Jude, the ever mindful of this great favour, to always honour you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion yo you.












    All the best today Stephen

  11. Wow thanks ghuys I wasn’t going to post but reading back I’m totally overwhelmed by all your messages of support from on & off the blog it comes as no surprise though I’ve seen you all support those in need many, many times over these past years before I may not know you all personally but what we do have is our common humanity & our love of Celtic fc this brings out the best in us all.



    So a hearty Hail Hail to one & all




  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,


    that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,


    implored thy help or sought thy intercession,


    was left unaided.

  13. MAH,



    Thinking of you today pal.


    Fingers crossed and Prayers said.






  14. FESS 19,



    From yesterday. Likewise sorry I missed your post last night. Unfortunately I was not drinking beer though :-)


    Not been to Jakarta recently – more likely to be in Semarang, Medan or Surabaya these days – but if I find myself heading there I’ll give you a shout.



    Looks like i’ll be heading out to SE Asia next week, Malaysia and Singapore (probs be in Sing to watch the Hertz league game with the SingTims) but no Indonesia this time.



    All the best mate.






  15. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    This week’s fun from refereeingworlddotblogspot.



    Blessed are the givers of 45 fouls, 11 cards but no reds, 3 penalties but Aberdeen’s when they were 2 down. Theirs shall be a winter citybreak by the Mediterranean Sea.



    Sevilla fc v Akhisar thur 25oct



    Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO) – so willing to learn the ropes


    Assistant referee 1: Alastair Mather (SCO) – I’ll take your word on it


    Assistant referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO) – token tim to take the basilica tour I guess


    Fourth official: Graeme Stewart (SCO) – wasn’t this bloke called Stewart Graeme last month


    Additional AR 1: Greg Aitken (SCO) – saw him playing rugby


    Additional AR 2: Euan Anderson (SCO) – another madeup name. Probably in witness protection



    Team Madden, in exile in Moscow this week, take note. Referee observer jollies don’t just drop into the laps of good folk like Iain Brines. You have to put in the hard yards.

  16. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Good luck MAH.



    You have the strong wind of CQN beneath your sails.



    Mary, Health of the sick, Ora Pro Nobis

  17. Am I the only one that raised an eyebrow on seeing the Dundee v Hearts fixture was on last night’s card?



    An easy 3 points on paper for Hearts turned into reality, but what was the pressing need to play the game last night?



    Whatever it was it gives an illusion of a competitive league and puts pressure on Celtic to deliver every game. Now that is not a bad thing as pressure brings out the best in us.



    Two possibilities:



    The SPFL don’t want another Celtic title or



    They know the value of the illusion of competitiveness on attendances and want to keep the illusion alive as long as possible.



    Both motivations kneel at the altar of commercialism, but are they fair?



    or are Celtic so strong they need handicapping?

  18. Auldheid,



    Isn’t it just the case that as Hearts had a free midweek they we able to play this game, presumably brought forward from next weekend when Hearts have their semi final? We couldn’t do the same ( we were due to play Motherwell) due to our European involvement.

  19. JOBO BALDIE on 24TH OCTOBER 2018 1:18 PM



    Possibly. The SPFL marketing guys are unlikely to be so cunning.

  20. Philbhoy,



    yep they did.


    Ordered to pay all legal costs.