LWYRUP. Youth recruitment. Newco cave


John Beaton was the man who put pressure on referee Don Robertson earlier this month, not Brendan Rodgers.  Robertson had already awarded Celtic a penalty in the game against Hearts when VAR Beaton recommended he rewatch a high boot by Yang, who had already been cautioned for the incident.

Right then we knew the chances of a referee awarding Celtic a penalty, then declining to change his decision after a VAR recommendation was non-existent.  Beaton was left helpless at the Celtic penalty, there was simply nothing he could do about it.  The Yang incident, though, that was an open goal for him.

Celtic arrived at yesterday’s hearing LWYRUP, which was material to the SFA Disciplinary Panel’s decision to award the manager only a one game touchline ban, which he will serve on Sunday against Livingston.  Disappointing, though this is, Brendan will be available to continue his dominance at Ibrox the following week.

The CIES Football Observatory this week issued a report on the average age of recruitment of first team players over 10 transfer windows (to July 2019) for over 800 clubs in the world’s top 48 leagues.  It’s a fascinating read and documents a period after an incredible change at Celtic.

The Red Bull stable are unwavering in their commitment to The System.  RB Salzburg top the table (ave. age 20.93 yrs) and RB Bragantino (Brazil) are second.  Also in the world’s top 30 are RB Leipzig and New York RB.

Salzburg have taught the world how to recruit on a budget.  They sign lots of young players, develop them through a collaborative network, then bring their graduates to the first team, before selling them on and promoting the next generation.  The only UK clubs in the top 30 are Liverpool and Brighton, two impressive examples of how recruitment should be done.

Scotland’s highest entrants were Hibernian (41st) and Celtic (59th, ave. age 23.53 yrs).  59th out of over 800 is a high placing.  It would be higher still without the likes of Kolo Toure and Scott Sinclair.  I know what you’re thinking – don’t say a word against Scott Sinclair.

Scott was a stand-out in the Celtic team which won the first of our Quadruple Trebles; without him, one of the most historic periods of our history may not have happened.  But there is a cost of this success.  While we were spending money on Scott’s wages, Salzburg were signing hordes of teenage talent.  Most of those would not make the grade (few as spectacularly as Kolo at Celtic), but this is always the way in football.

Apart from that Quadruple Treble, our most common 21st century reference point is the Martin O’Neill era.  Martin transformed us from always-underdogs to always-favourites.  He remains an inspiration.  But Martin recruited old men with no notion of what tomorrow would bring.

Sign them at their peak and let them leave when they’re done.  It was exciting, but despite all the trophies and European runs, we lost money every season Martin was here, as we marched a pace behind David Murray’s Rangers towards the cliff.

Change came just in time.  Spend was curtailed and the club built a recruitment strategy which did not rely on Match of the Day.  Murray’s Rangers, gloriously, stepped over the edge alone.

This season has seen us commit to a plan Salzburg would endorse.  We are not as good as them (yet), but honestly, if you think there is an alternative strategy that would better serve our interests, you have an unhealthy need for short term fixes.

Celtic and Newco have agreed to allow around 3,000 visiting fans at their games after Celtic insisted on having a safe segregated area of Ibrox or nothing at all.  After years of torment, Newco reduced Celtic’s allocation to 800 tickets (Celtic responded in kind).  Celtic fans were left vulnerable in a corner of Ibrox and had to egress from the area through usually unhappy Newco fans.  In the stadium, Celtic fans were subject to missile attack from above, while the journey home was far from pleasant.  Eventually, Celtic decided it better to have no visiting fans at these games than allowing an unsafe situation to continue.

There will be some satisfaction at this decision, however, the devil is in the detail.  I have been going to Ibrox since the days we got half of the old enclosure but only a third of the stand above; missile attacks from above have been around that long.  Make it safe or don’t have Celtic fans there.

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  1. If we don’t get this game wrapped up by half time tomorrow, we give the Huns at the SFA their chance to influence proceedings.



    Let’s get it don’t and dusted by half time Celtic! 3 or 4-0 please!




  2. the long wait is over on







    Also it’s hardly a level playing field is it?



    Who knows how today might have gone had Ra Gers not been given 8 minutes extra time in the first half to go in one up at half time , instead of level?

  3. don’t know who the mib are for next week , but don’t be surprised if david roome is given a flag.

  4. glendalystonsils on

    Crawford Allan will have his brotherhood well briefed . His wants his parting gift to the huns to be the league title . Only we can stop them by winning all our remaining games .


    Crawfords boys will be even more determined to stop us after Brendangate, but we will be fuelled by the deep anti Celtic injustice festering in our corrupt game .

  5. fourstonecoppi on

    RC on 30TH MARCH 2024 5:06 PM


    don’t be surprised if we get a key player sent off tomorrow

  6. An T



    I will try to find out Re the golf. Sorry for not getting back to you.



    I watched the entire game today. My son was at it in the Hibs end.



    I thought there was about 5 mins time for 2 VAR checks. They plated 8 or 9 which was odd.



    Never a penalty despite Dallas influence. No surprise Dickinson went with it. Ridiculous call though.



    Rangers were ok when they needed to be. Hibs were pathetic with no real nous about how to play there. Trying to play from the back for 100 mins is not a recipe for success.



    That said rangers. We’re weak on both flanks defensively. Especially the right where Silva does nothing.



    Downside is they got Sima some time and most of their better players were either on the park or bench.



    We will score I am sure. Keeping them from scoring will be harder.



    That said tomorrow comes first and a nice win by any score will do. By a few would be great.



    Nice to have 7500 or so behind our team at Almondvale for the last time ever.

  7. Nice to have 7500 or so behind our team at Almondvale for the last time ever.



    how so B78 ?

  8. Watching England women’s rugby really should carry some kind of health warning. To me it is a hideous freak show of a sport.

  9. !!Bada Bing!! on



    BRRB,.what Victoria’s are you in?




    It’s a Secret…






    An early nothing penalty to the huns.


     Hibs equalise. 7th minute of injury time in the first half. SEVENTH. IN THE FIRST HALF!!!


     Crawford Allan remains in place till the end of the season with no incentive to even provide the appearance of playing fair.


     The game is rigged. Check out Thursday’s special ACSOM episode if you’re any doubt.


     And Crawford Allan left in place to do his worst with no further consequences.


     As victories go this looks to be pyrrhic one.





    How does the sleekit Celtic PLC fitting up their own fans with £49 fake tickets to maintain the same club lie ie: Rangers = Sevco tickets after Sevco FC got promoted in 2016….why does this blatant lie never get discussed by these new kids on the block…moralists?



    Did ACSOM discuss the ticket deception that has gone on for EIGHT YEARS? 👀️



    If not why not? Are they part of the PLC cover up of the 2016 PLC cheating of Celtic fans?



    Do they enjoy dumbing down their fellow Tims?



    Does ACSOM even know about the same club lie deception of silence from Celtic PLC that has gone on for EIGHT YEARS and was obscured for some by the street parties which celebrated the arrival of Brendan1 in 2016?



    Has PLB ever mentioned this PLC deception on Celtic fans?



    If not why not? Is PLB also a carefully planted PLC cover up agent planed by PLC 3rd parties….or cliques?



    Do you even know about 2016 £49 ticket Timmy Watergate moment or are you part of the Timmy cover up clique?



    Is PLB just another fake like CQN, SC, PhilMac, Auldheid, Mahe, BMCW, SFTB, Clunk, BSR, CST, CSA, and the entirety of Celtic Cyberspace Bhorefest?



    Is it only [trolls] like Kev J, Canamalar, The Lions Roar, who will ask [real] questions?



    Real Tims don’t accept VicTimhood from anybody.



    The Kelly’s and White’s wouldn’t have put £49 price on Sevco FC tickets after Sevco’s promotion in 2016 and tricked Celtic fans into cementing the [same club lie] to lick cheating Hun wounds.



    The Kelly’s and White’s wouldn’t have accepted that Rangers fans be punished because David Murray was a crook who got caught, they would have demanded that a precedent be set to avert other teams supporters losing their club because of the deeds of dodgy owners.



    Two wrongs don’t make a right.



    Celtic fans haven’t had a club led by a leader since the MON era finished, paving the way for the crooks charter which was ushered in after MON who went out of his to warn us about “The Slow Lane” which crooked Lawwell brought in with him to [downsize] the quality of manager in the dugout and team on the pitch, because Rangers started downsizing, but we never hear about that, hmmm, and the Celtic product on the pitch would be staffed by bus loads of projects is the respect that a crooked PLC pay towards the product on the pitch…ie ZERO respect.



    Only x-60,000 Celtic fans who don’t respect themselves would allow such blatant shameless PLC crooks to run Celtic…the Kelly’s and White’s allowed 30% of the crowd to be allowed in for free with a lift over the turnstyle and were then accused of pocketing 30% of the gate money, mainly from these new bland and boring historians and their carefully redacted versions of Celtic history. 👀️



    It pays to be careful who you choose to listen to…the hounded ones are usually were you find any truth which is unique on blogs filled with carefully planted agenda pushers and their glibby deflectors.



  11. Majestic Hartson on




    Thought you might have been in the old Victoria bar at the Briggait.



    I managed to get away early from work and nipped in for a couple of pints – turns out it’s just part of The Clutha now, which may have happened years ago 🤷



    There was a band on – The Carlton Jug Band – who were excellent. A great atmosphere for a Saturday afternoon.

  12. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Roll on tomorrow.



    Can’t wait.



    Sevco getting help is unsurprising.



    Don’t let it get to you.



    Of more interest should be their patchy performances in last month …. resulting in them needing help.



    The last lingering fart of the Beale era has dissipated.



    Almost half a year in the job it’s all Philippe now.



    Infused in part by an orchestrated wave of anti-Celtic negativity, it was almost all rosy on the slopes on the way up from Beale valley.



    That negativity has now largely stopped.



    And Inclement has taken this team (who’ve had a VERY long season … while he hasn’t) as high as they can go.



    And they know it.

  13. saint stivs



    Thanks for those great images. No need for anyone to ask why Celtic supporters referred to going to ‘Parkhead’ any more. Interesting too the fantastic rail network Glasgow had back in the day, train right to the game. Watched the Michael Portillo episode you referred to the other day, he really is a great historian and advocate for the Railway industry. Also covered the construction of the M8 right through Glasgow. Seemed like a good idea at the time. As did High Living….

  14. Prestonpans bhoys on

    Hibs manager says:



    “But they are a quality team and for me are the best in the competition right now. They have some quality players and you can’t leave them unmarked in the box otherwise you get punished which is what we did today.”




  15. Majestic Hartson on

    BURNLEY78 on 30TH MARCH 2024 10:58 AM


    Meaningful competition and rivalry are key for any sporting entity to survive and thrive.



    Discuss ?



    Both are important but I think competition is key – and of course thriving is a different world to surviving.



    As we see on here, and I’m sure P67 has confirmed, more people log on when we get beat than when we win. If the team are losing all the time then I’d imagine that number drops as it becomes the norm.



    I read once that when gambling it’s not winning that gives people the buzz (probably not the term they used) but losing.



    There will be plenty of teams who’s rivals won’t be in the same league as them but they can still thrive. Cardiff/Swansea spring to mind.



    The Champions league for us isn’t about rivalry, it’s about putting ourselves against teams we feel we should be competing with.



    If you have competition and rivalry, that’s the holy grail of a sporting experience for me.



    Personally I lost a bit of interest in the game when we were strolling the league when the Huns went bust. And when we played the new team I didn’t bother with the games initially.



    Then thankfully I discovered I could put the same hatred on the new team as I did the old… 😅



    Now I’m happy to admit I get almost as much pleasure out of their misery as I do our celebrations. 🤷



    That’s me home so I’ll leave it at that 👍