Media placeholders ahead of more foreboding news


I have lost track of who each of the newspapers back in the battle over the bones of Newco.  Have the Record always been so critical of Dave King or is this a new phenomenon?  Yesterday’s piece in that ‘paper, which left responsibility for Newco’s plight at the door of chairman King, read like a placeholder ahead of more foreboding news.

You and I knew how King’s tenure would play out.  We rooted for him as he rallied fans and all pliable outlets to subvert the club into a position he would be able to buy a controlling interest. We want him to stay forever (which in a corporate sense may not be that long).

Now the future is writ so large even those previously sceptical can see it.  Towards the end of next month the Scottish Cup semi-finals will take place and season book renewal forms will arrive across the country.  A similar scenario convinced the Easdales to give up the fight three years ago; ultimately, they were pragmatic.  From what we know about King, I don’t expect a similar abdication.  He will stay until it is impossible for him to do otherwise, irrespective of the best interests of the club.

Which is a good thing.  His team is so much fun to watch.

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  1. VFR



    An interesting character ole Licio Gelli, never spent a day behind bars if I remember correctly, perhaps he was an “asset”



    Strange bedfellows are made in “The War On Communism”



    His plan to ” rebirth ” Italy would be mirrored decades later in ” The Project for a New American Century”



    These cats never disappear they just shapeshifter through time and space but their ideas live on..



    Fascism pure…

  2. South Of Tunis on

    Masons in Italy –



    ” Mafia with ties and laptops ” -La Repubblica .



    Armed Italian plod raided 4 Italian Lodges in late 2017 . They learned that 193 masons were also big cheese Mafiosi ..



    It’s taken as granted that there are lots of Masons in Italy — the Vatican / the Church / Banking / Big Business/Politicians / Law Enforcement and Law Making .



    It’s also taken for granted that the Mafia use Masonic lodges as places where they can meet up with politicians /entrepreneurs etc.

  3. Seeing as we have an International break, I thought I’d ask who we all think will be leaving the Celts this coming summer? Here are my musings.



    Armstrong – the 1 year deal in hindsight was folly, will be sold for £3m+ Christie will replace.


    Roberts – as above, cannot see Celtic agreeing to any extension now Charly has been brought in and Morgan comes in.


    Lustig – will be allowed to leave for free


    Gamboa – same as Lustig.


    Henderson- off on a free or a makeweight in a potential McGinn deal.


    DDV- will be let go as we look at Bain as the contender for the No.1 Jersey.


    Jozo – arguably our best CH, but too many errors of late. Sold for £3m+


    All our loan players- bar Christie – will be left out on loan and/or sold for nominal fees.




  4. South Of Tunis on

    The recession / austerity politics hit the likes of the Calabrian and Sicilian Mafia big style Less money in circulation meant less pickings for them . They took to finding other markets . -Eastern Europe / The Balkans /Germany etc .. The Calabrian mafia recently assasinated a Slovakian journalist who had revealed the degree to which the Calabrian mafia had infiltrated Slovakia and indeed,the Slovakian Government.

  5. Delaneys Dunky on



    A friend of mine is a high ranking mason. He is also a millionaire drug dealer. The polis know all about him. Amazing what a handshake does.

  6. San Luis on 20th March 2018 12:15 pm



    Christie, Ralston and Morgan will return from loans and will be given a chance IMO. Lustig will stay another season but probably wont play as much if Ralston is fit and improving (he’s also at the WC so will miss at least the first two rounds of qualifiers). I think McGinn will be bought if Armstrong leaves and Edouard will be signed when Moussa leaves. Musonda is Roberts replacement.


    De Vries, Simunovic, Gamboa will all leave with Boyata, Bitton, Sinclair, Rogic possibly going, but not all of them in one window (2 from 4 at most), too much upheaval.

  7. STARRY PLOUGH on 20TH MARCH 2018 12:06 PM



    He did a wee stretch in Switzerland and when he was in prison in Italy he served a couple of years of a long sentence but was released in 1994 to house arrest because he was very ill (allegedly). It wisane that bad because he lived for over 20 years before dying in 2015.



    A very shady character indeed!





  8. Forgot Hendo was on a permanent out to Bari.



    Can’t see Moussa leaving in this window, but defo next. Ralston is a strange one, I’m not sure he has it to be able to play at the top level, looks a player…but. I think he will be loaned out to an SPL club though.



    Bitton may surprise us, I think BR rates his veratility and attitude.

  9. South Of Tunis on




    The Mafia in Naples are making mega money from providing Europe with cocaine . The Mafia in Palermo are making mega money from providing Europe with heroin . They have recently taken to feuding over the mega money made from selling industrial quantities of Albanian skunk in Europe .That was originally Sacra Corona Unita ( Mafia -places like Bari / Lecce / Brindisi) business but they lacked the manpower to stop the southern big boys moving in on their business.


    Mafiosi are interesting people — eg- plod in Napoli recently located and arrested a Capo who had been on the Most Wanted List for 16 years . He was living in a concrete bunker under a pig farm and urinating / defecating in a bucket . From there he was running an empire generating 50 million euros a year from cocaine…

  10. I’m working in Bradford this week so I didn’t catch the program. I didn’t need to , the trailer was enough. I recognised a guy I’ve worked with previously. Promoted beyond his capabilities. Seems the way they operate. The lack of of loud laughter is always a characteristic when they meet socially out with their lodge . Just an observation.

  11. GARY67 on 20TH MARCH 2018


    I think McGinn will be bought if Armstrong leaves and Edouard will be signed when Moussa leaves.



    McGinn not good enough and Edouard not the out and out penalty box striker we require.

  12. ron67 on 20th March 2018 12:52 pm



    Disagree re McGinn. Would make an immediate, positive impact on the team.


    Griffiths is the penalty box goalscorer we have. Add Edouard, the best link up striker we have, and one other (who can also play wide) when Moussa leaves. Leaves us with three forwards for next season and the option to play two up front as an alternative.

  13. Dunno what this love-in for McGinn is all about. Realistically, who would he replace?



    Brown, Rogic, Ntcham, Christie (when he comes back), Forrest, Sinclair (he’s not going anywhere IMHO), Kouassi, Musonda, McGregor, Hayes?



    Assuming Armstrong leaves, we have 11 midfielders (including 3 wide men and 2 “number 10’s”) for 5 places. that doesn’t even consider the young lads coming through.



    Who on that list is he better than? None that I can see and for upwards of £3m or £4m? Not for me.








    once you have read” In Gods Name” by David Yallop you can appreciate the movie Godfather 3.


    Stuart Armstrong is only 25yo,plenty of career in front of him.



    He’s had a shocking season,same as two years ago. Last season,and when he first signed for us,we clearly have a player.



    I think he’s had a wake up call,and will maximise his worth by playing to his full potential for the next two or three years,which gives him the last payday. Not as though he’s poorly paid as it is.

  16. !!Bada Bing!! on

    G67- agree, McGinn has more improvement in him, Eddie will cost €5-6 m, how much will we pay for another who would be untried and needs time to settle in? Christie needs his chance too.

  17. There was a suggestion that Lewis Morgan will be loaned back to St Mirren next season if they are promoted, which looks highly likely.

  18. FESS19 on 20TH MARCH 2018 1:07 PM



    Yes you do; though it can still be appreciated without that knowledge!





  19. GARY67 on 20TH MARCH 2018 12:59 PM


    ron67 on 20th March 2018 12:52 pm


    Disagree re McGinn. Would make an immediate, positive impact on the team.



    what ‘positive impact’ ,could you elaborate , i also feel as mentioned by VFR we have much better already at the club, imo mcginn will bring nothing to the team.

  20. South of Tunis



    Did you catch any of the mafia crime drama on Sky Atlantic called Gomorrah I think it was. Real gritty and set in Naples, then Rome before going back to Naples. One of the best subtitled series I have watched… not as good as sopranos but shot on location in some run down residential areas…worth having a look on catch up….

  21. VFR on 20th March 2018 1:06 pm



    We have 6 central midfielders (Brown Ntcham Kouassi Armstrong McGregor Rogic), 5 1/2 when you take into account Rogic misses half a season every season. We play 60 games per season and the formations BR sets us up we play either 3 or 4 of the above. We need 6 as a minimum and if Armstrong leaves then there is a space.


    Christie, Morgan, Musonda Sinclair, Forrest etc are wide players none of them would play in centre mid (Christie behind the striker possibly). McGinn is the best midfielder in the country out with Celtic. He would improve playing with better players and working with better coaches.

  22. My father’s father was one. No surprise given he was a country bobby in rural Perthshire and Angus. Didn’t do him any good, he was too frank to ever make sergeant. A decent man according to my dad, he died before I was born.



    My dad is too much of an individual for that malarkey so it was excised from my family. No ones ever asked me to join. I think they know better!



    A good footballer by all accounts. Was watched by scouts of the deid team but his bottle crashed under their gaze and nothing came of it.



    So I had a double escape. Imagine I’d been born a crafty grandson of a rainjurs great??





    Two things that I’ve never found a full explanation for…….



    1. Why are the masons so Protestant dominated in Scotland and NI yet have so many Catholics globally? Are international masons fussed by the anti Catholicism of so many of their counterparts here?



    2. How come the highlands became so strongly Presbyterian after the ethnic cleansing of post 1745.



    Don’t tell me to ask an historian btw – I was one!! (Yeah, I know …. ask a decent one!!!!)



    HH jamesgang

  23. GARY67 on 20TH MARCH 2018 1:18 PM


    McGinn is the best midfielder in the country out with Celtic.



    wow ,big statement, as i said earlier he is not good enough for us , he has found his level at hibs.

  24. ron67 on 20th March 2018 1:13 pm



    He would go straight into the first team squad and we would improve, as would he IMO. He would give us more options in midfield. He takes the ball in midfield and drives forward rather than the sideways/backward passes for most of this season. He would give Brown more assistance in the physical battles like when we’re playing the hammer throwers of Hearts, St Johnstone, Motherwell etc. His passing has improved greatly this season. He probably needs to score more goals and be less rash in challenges sometimes.


    Its a squad game, we need 6 players minimum to cover central midfield, if Armstrong moves on then he is the obvious replacement. He has a drive/hunger only Brown has, he also has a nasty streak that others in our team lack.

  25. ron67 on 20th March 2018 1:29 pm


    wow ,big statement



    not a big statement, an opinion

  26. South Of Tunis on

    NAS NA RI .



    Gomorrah ?



    Read the book – the author (Roberto Saviano ) lives in hiding like Salman Rushdie .



    Watched the film , watched all 3 TV series.



    All are accurate portrayals (IMO ) of street level ‘ Men of Honour ‘ .



    The Vatican recently made noises about excommunicating known mafiosi and barring them from church ceremonies re births , marriages and deaths . The Camorra responded by stating -do that and we’ll retaliate by revealing our contacts with some of you lot and much more importantly what we know about some of you lot.

  27. John McGinn can run around like a headless chicken at times but I think he is the beat midfielder outside Celtic at the moment,we should have a few players moving on at the end of the season and I think he is a player Brendan could improve.

  28. Wits@8.43


    Felt the same. Inclusion of Nuala was a strange one alright. Like yourself, felt that it might be allegorical as in look not everybody in this community is a bloodthirsty savage but that in itself is hardly being objective-))).


    Keep the faith skin.

  29. I have said it before on here. McGeough is a better footballer than McGinn (Allen is too, imo). He (and Allen) was surplus to requirement at Parkhead. Can’t see a place for McGinn. We already have much better.