Mather, Green, precontracts, Swedish record


I know I’m not the only one worried about tonight’s game.  A few bombscare moments is all it takes to crash out of Europe, think Big Dan in Sion (we don’t get to play a joker every year).  We now have four games under our belts but there are still lots of cobwebs to blow away.

On the positive side, we’ve never lost a competitive goal to Swedish opposition and this Celtic squad have the wherewithal to raise their game and see this one through.  A week ago we said Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras would be crucial, this will be even more so tonight. Georgios is the most effective ‘out ball’ in the squad, while Kris’ ability to prize open defences has, if anything, improved since the summer break.

Elfsborg are at home tonight after four games on the road. Piling away games together always taxes a team. They will be pleased to be back at the Boras Arena but fine tuning is everything in this business, and apart from the seven goal whipping of Daugava Daugavpils in the last Champions League qualifying round, they have not had a tactically-conventional home game in almost a month.

Take them, Celtic.

Ranger Charity Foundation have, unfortunately, reset the dial on what charities can get away with without consequence.  One trustee even refused to answer questions from the Office of the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR), who, incidentally, decided to take no action.  OSCR had the temerity to lay new guidelines for charities associated with other football clubs. Other football clubs charities are nothing to do with that lot and I hope this incident does nothing to dent enthusiasm for our 1254125 campaign.

Last week, Rangers International chief exec Craig Mather, demanded to know why group of clubs were fined by the SFA following financial collapse, while Hearts and Dunfermline were not. Yesterday the SFA spelled out the considerable difference in scenarios, while informing us that Rangers (sic) actually asked for a financial penalty, presumably instead of a sporting penalty.

Yes, you heard right….. Duff and Phelps, who were appointed to recover creditors money, who attempted to sign new players during their tenure, asked for a financial penalty. Consistent with creditors interests and their considerable fee?

Mather is a ‘keeper’. I don’t know about you but I feel I am getting my £500k per year’s worth of entertainment out of him.

Congratulations (again) to STV’s Peter Smith on another excellent interview with Charles Green yesterday.  It was Green’s “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth” moment, as he appeared to suggest deviousness was a positive attribute.

There were more highlights than we have time to cover here.  I am sure Walter Smith was delighted his private view that the current Rangers (sic) team are the worst in history (yes, I am aware of the short history).

Green did his best impersonation of a statue when Peter Smith mentioned the Dallas Cowboys but the former Rangers International chief exec was clear that despite the critical financial challenge ahead, he was not going to cancel pre-contract agreements with players due to join the club in September.  That’s the thing about contracts, pre or otherwise, you can’t just cancel them unilaterally.

The eight players Rangers International have signed will join the club and there is nothing Green can do about it.  Unless, they fail their medical….  Do you think Charles has been studying the Ricky Fulton book on Rangers management? This is how they used to do it down Ibrox way…….

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  1. TBB



    Very many congratulations to that young mhan for looking adversity in the eye and laughing at it.

  2. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    BRTH- is the cost huge because the children are being treated abroad?



    The NHS is skint, by the way.



    There is no money.



    So the decision for the likes of Ex-Aloysian Sir Harry Burns may go along these lines:



    Option 1 – treat 1 child with disease X, at cost of $200000ea.



    Option 2- treat 100 children with disease Y, at cost of £2000ea.



    Option 3- treat 1000 children with disease Z, at cost of £200ea



    Option 4 -treat 10000 children with disease W, at cost of £20ea



    Which is the ‘best’ decision,the ‘fairest’ decision, the one which benefits ‘the common good’?



    I’m glad I don’t have to make those decisions; I’m also glad and thank God that [so far] my children have enjoyed good health.



    I’m also glad that there are selfless people like your good self raising funds and raising awareness, but unfortunately the NHS is teetering on the brink.

  3. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    TBB- congratulations.



    More glory added to the palmares of the ole Gazebo.

  4. maleys bhoy



    Any of you guys out there played golf at Archerfield?




    Shortly after it opened I was fortunate enough to be invited by a member to play. From what I recall it’s a bit like a flat, tree lined links course, tricky greens, but I don’t remember it being particularly difficult, alberit that didn’t help me compile a low score. Not busy though, very well maintained, very nice clubhouse. If you get the chance (particularly if not paying the green fee) then go.

  5. The Battered Bunnet on

    Dick Byrne


    Cheers, like yourself, clearly he has a Cannes Do attitude, only without the champagne and codpiece canapés.





    Thanks. I’ll make sure the bhoy reads your kind words.

  6. proudbhoy




    13:56 on 7 August, 2013




    Someone said..roy croppie i think



    That johan hinted homesickness wasnt kelvin wilsons reason for leaving ? Anyone know why then…



    *I believe it’s his family that don’t like it in Scotland, shame really as after 1 poor season he looked good last year, a bit like Paul Elliot who also only lasted 2 seasons,


    I also think he had a family issue as well.



    We also lost Andy Paton as his misses didnae like living in Cumbernauld

  7. derbyshirebhoy on

    Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Kano 1000


    13:53 on


    7 August, 2013



    Publish the costs. Break it down into business components and let those of us who dally in the business world see if we can reduce those costs and reward others for providing the treatment and research that is so badly needed.



    Absolutely. Just look at the many innovative themes that emanate from discussions on this blog. There are many out there I’m sure who could positively contribute – if only they had the facts.



    As for that beer I’ll try to mimic one as we score our 5th. Ach – maybe just getting a wee bit carried away. I’ll settle for four.

  8. darwinsbeautifulidea on

    Those looking for that st andrews ale could try hippo beers in queen margaret drive,or valhallas goat in gt western road,or maybe even the cave on gt western road,even if they dont have it just know they may get it if requested,hippo do already stock st andrews brewery beers but cant see the one mentioned,beware it will not be cheap

  9. Getting £2.5m for Wilson is decent money for a player of his ability in the last year of his contract …



    with one proviso …a replacement is brought in



    What we have will not do …just like what we have in attack will not do and what we have in CM will not do



    we cannot afford to sell the spine of the team and not adequately replace them



    young projects and the previously perpetually injured are not adequate replacements

  10. proudbhoy



    I heard (disclaimer it’s not from the p*sh stained Hielen Jessie dude but someone not far from it) that Kelvin’s motivation is more to do with money and the lucrative deal awaiting down Sherwood way…and that’s not the garage in Tollcross Rd!



    Big Johan did point out that Glasgow and Nottingham are quite close in the modern age but we move on…




  11. Cheers abzmike.



    Going this weekend for an overnighter and playing both courses.

  12. Kayal33



    Same as mine! (WHAT are the chances???)



    Have a feeling Lenny might well go for an attacking 4-3-3, based on his comments, with Ambrose in midfield, Wilson/Mulgrew in defence – would be riskier, but he may be after a goal.

  13. maleys bhoy – Fortunate man – Are you staying at the country house there? It is also amazing…

  14. The draw for the second round of the League Cup takes place at Hampden this afternoon following a thrilling weekend of fixtures.



    I wonder who Sevco will… oh wait a minute…

  15. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ASonofDan -and wee Charlize got her done specially to make the draw.




  16. A comfortable 2-0 victory tonight will see us through. A goal in the first 15 minutes to allow us to control the game and see it out.



    I didn’t see anything last week from Elfsborg to really trouble us.



    KC and Sammi to shine again.

  17. ….PFayr



    Surely we’ve already got out replacements in. We’ve released Rogne and looks like Kelvin will be away. We’ve signed Virgil and Mouyokolo.


    So we’ve still got Efe, Mulgrew and any of the young guys to cover. Thats 4 ‘senior’ centre backs plus the kids.


    If we do sign another what was the point in signing the 2 new boys?




  18. Kitalba


    I’ve sent mail to your US account with the rest of the info you need.





    Sannabhoy and HH

  19. Anzhi transfer list their entire squad? Whats going on there? Sugar daddy pulled the plug?Players might be on some big wages but there might also be some bargains.

  20. All the ghuys who saw nothing to trouble us must have been at the ‘facilities’ or ‘restroom’ or ‘lavvy’ when Anders Svensson cracked a shot off the Celtic bar at 0-0.

  21. BRTH & DBBA



    I agree that there should be a full and open debate about what the country can and can’t afford. Why should this debate be restricted to health and welfare? I would love to see how much would be raised on flag days. marathons etc for a nuclear weapons system or an aircraft carrier with no aircraft. Open the books on everything and let the people decide.



    Btw, 2-0 Celts tonight. Commons 1st goal.

  22. as_i_thought





    I know nothing about this but hope it’s true. Sugar daddies are the worst thing ever to happen to football. Ever. And I’m including the Ian Skelly audio advert at Celtic Park for the return leg against Nottingham Forest in that.

  23. Off topic – It’s the people vs Sports Direct. Companies abusing zero hours contracts have been all over the news this week. The stories started after it was revealed that Sports Direct employ 90% of their staff on contracts with no guaranteed hours week to week, no holiday pay or sick pay….



    SD being taken to court by former employee….. it might be some other “peepul” v Sports Direct soon!!

  24. Paul67 et al



    Forgot to congratulate Newport on their victory over Brighton last night. In the Football League for the first time in twenty eight years. Crashed and burned in the Conference before going completely out of business in 1988. Restarted in 1989, on record as the Reformation.


    Surprised the hordes never went down that route! No?