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. Delaneys Dunky on



    I have watched John McGinn sinçe he was 10 inClydebank boy teams. He is the real deal and a Celtic man.

  2. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    I don’t think we would be taking a big risk in signing Mc.Ginn, especially id Armstrong moves on.



    The Hibs boy is a forceful, driving midfielder, who has a presence on the park.



    We will be lucky if we get another season from Scott Brown playing at the level he has been at.



    I think he will play out his time more in a sweeper role, protecting the defence


    A season’s transition, with Brown in the team, would be a big help in transforming a Hibs player into a Celtic player.



    As always, I trust that our recruitment staff will have weighed up their options.

  3. Delaneys Dunky on



    McGinn is Celtic standard. The best player Clydebank has produced since Kevin Gallacher

  4. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    I don’t think it is a matter of who is the better player.


    I think it is more like what kind of player we want.



    Mc.Geogh and Allan are different types of players from each other, never mind Mc.Ginn.



    That difference is why it works for Hibs and why they have arguably the best, or at least, second best midfield in the country.



    It’s all about balance.

  5. its all about how BR wants us to play in the midfield , pass and move or charge forward with the ball like a ‘headless chicken’.

  6. There’s no Scottish midfielder who could replace Scott Brown, McGinn is the only candidate and there’s seems to be some kind of strange story round Kouassi, we seek him here we seek him there and so if he’s not Broony direct replacement I can see us signing McGinn…



    Failing that we’re looking abroad to sign a battle hardened deep lying middy to replace Mr Brown and that costs!

  7. On the way back from a funeral this morning, I popped in to the butchers in Kirkmuirhill for some lorne sausages. To my aurprise, they were doing a whole lorne for £6.50. Fully sliced and packed in 4s, a no brainer. Made on the premises as are their pies and sausage rolls. Guess what I had for lunch. Mmmmmmm HH

  8. Hibs midfielder John McGinn has been hit with a two-match ban after picking up his 12th yellow card of the season.

  9. Couldn’t give two hoots wether somebody is a Celtic man or not,if they can can improve the team get them in. Some of the best players and managers we’ve had weren’t steeped in a descendant Irish catholic Celtic supporting background

  10. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    CORKCELT – Clonakilty link sausages are the business.



    Bring two packets home every time I travel back from Ireland. Found a place online that delivers them to the UK ( – treated myself to a rake of them last Christmas.



    Now that my roasted cheese – sorry DD, ya even dafter daftie ;-)))) – has settled, I think I’ll go and order myself some more…



    Gamorrah – brilliant TV series – bleak and realistic – a non-fantasy version of Game of Thrones. Gripping, and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes drama.









  11. Delaneys Dunky on



    The best butcher in Clydebank is a fiveŕ a lorne. Had two this morning

  12. mike in toronto on

    RON67 on 20TH MARCH 2018 2:05 PM


    its all about how BR wants us to play in the midfield , pass and move or charge forward with the ball like a ‘headless chicken’.






    At the moment, I would take either option …. because we seem to be doing little of either.



    People have been critical of our defenders, but, when I see them with the ball, I see a bunch of midfilders far away from then, usually standing still … giving the backs no passing options.



    As for the criticism of our forwards, who are scoring less than the zombies…. again, we eventually pass the ball out from the back, but by the time we do, the defence has settled in (had a smoke, coffee while they waited for us to stop pointlessly passing the ball across the park)….



    We seem so obsessed with maintaining possession that we usually look for the safe pass … to a man facing up (and away from the goal) … sure, it pads the pass statistics, but does it really advance our cause? In most cases, no.



    I know the argument that by applying pressure, we wear the other teams down, and are more likely to score in the last quarter of the game… in the past I would say that was true, but (and I havne’t looked at the stats), but that seems to be less the case now…



    and, as others have said, if we have a physical advantage, we have to make better use of that … moving more forces the defenders to move more … and, on the theory that we are physically stronger, they should tire before we do …. plus, out strongest asset might be our bench … it would be of more use.



    In short … I dont care if we pass and move or blooter the ball forward …. either would be preferable to this bloody safety first,/play the ball sideways game!

  13. SAN LUIS on 20TH MARCH 2018 8:52 AM



    Good to see John Beattie getting his retaliation in, the influx of Oldco fans into the Rugby clubs must be a worry for the middle classes. Their fightback has begun. I wonder if the politicians will comment on this latest anti catholic hate crime by Scots……in Rome of all places?



    *For me rugby in Scotland was always a middle class sport with the likes of Ken Scotland starring and the wonderful Bill McLaren commentating when I was a boy, probably in England tae except Rugby League which was all blood and thunder especially in the northern cities and towns where Ryan Giggs da starred.



    IMHO Scotland is a generally decent and caring country but what we are witnessing, and not just now I hasten to add, with the scruff attaching them tae a sport like rugby is a segment of society who enjoy a better lifestyle than most decent people due tae the ludge, they are mutton dressed as lamb, or trailer trash as they call it over here.

  14. mike in toronto on

    Starry … i also rate Kouassi … he can be a bit impetuous… so he will pick up a few bookings … but he will hopefully outgrow that, and I think he brings a steel and a focal point to the middle of the park ….he seems to move the ball well and quickly …. he is young, and still learning … but I think there is a real talent there …



    … having said that, he doens’t seem to be in the squad even sometimes, so maybe there is something going on of which I am not aware … injuries? fitness? attitude?

  15. JAMESGANG on 20TH MARCH 2018 1:20 PM



    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??



    *our goalie in Lisbon, he of the back heel fame, was lol

  16. DELANEYS DUNKY on 20TH MARCH 2018 12:26 PM



    SoT, 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.



    *I had an acquaintance who became friendly with a breest barer in Dumbarton, he was originally fae Liverpool and didnae have that bitter steak the local born ones have.



    He gave him a wee book called “The Ritual of the Three Degrees” which I have in front of me as I write this. Every time I open it the song “when will I see you again” comes tae mind lol.



    Anyway, the wee scouser told him that the ludge can get you away with anything, except murder, and even that’s debatable.

  17. MIT



    Blooter the ball forward, there ye have it:))



    Gerrrrrrituprapark CSC



    Patience is a virtue Michael:)))







    Aye it’s weird about Kouassi, he’s playing then not even in the squad, I thought Sunday’s game would have been perfect for him???

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



    You also forgot Bitton in that summary. I also left Morgan out of the equation. So 7 “centre/holding” players and 6 wide boys (7 when Benyu comes back) for 5 positions across the midfield.



    Brown, Ntcham, Armstrong, Rogic, Kouassi (from what I have seen), Bitton (on his game) and McGregor are better IMHO than McGinn so why spend £3M or £4M on a squad player who would be way down the pecking order?



    You also say he would give Brown assistance in the physical areas – but again, no more than Ntcham and certainly less than Kouassi IMHO.



    Driving forward – no better than McGregor and not as versatile. Miles behind Tom Rogic. So would be 3rd choice in that area if Armstrong leaves; 4th if he stays.



    I cannot see any midfielder coming in to make up the numbers; any who will come in would be north of £4M and an upgrade on the first 3 or 4 in the pecking order (Brown, Ntcham, Armstrong, Rogic) and first-team ready. McGinn ain’t that man.



    PARKHEADCUMSALFORD mentions Scott Allan who I’d forgotten about and I agree, he is a better football player than McGinn and a free replacement for Armstrong.



    I just don’t see it making sense; however Brendan Rodgers may disagree.



    STARRY PLOUGH on 20TH MARCH 2018 2:08 PM Brendan Rodgers has already stated that Kouassi is the replacement for Scott Brown. he has said this on more than one occasion.





  19. VFR



    I would love to see Kouassi get a run of games to see what we’ve got in him I like the look of him any time I see him, now if we can only teach him how tae gerrrrrrrituprrrraaaaaapaaaark:))))




  20. that Mason programme, i found it quite funny.



    i did go look at their website.


    and included in the list of famous masons is Jock Stein.



    I assume he must have been a member as a young man.



    Anyone have any insight into this ?

  21. Like No Other @ 11:16



    Gie the wee souls a break don’t you know that they were singing their lungs oot at masses up and down the country on Saturday morning

  22. whitedoghunch on

    Saint Stivs


    yes he famously was


    we old fella in my local who sadly passed last year would tell me of john being in the same lodge as him

  23. CELT45









    Aye, but that is the posh end of kirkmuirhill. Lol.

  24. mike in toronto on

    WDH ….



    no email from you, so I’m guessing that I’m not going to be the next Mr. Clare Grogan?



    damn … I already had my new shirts and handkerchiefs monogrammed “MiTG’ .. Mike in Toronto-Grogan..



    well, thanks for trying.




  25. VFR on 20th March 2018 3:05 pm



    Bitton is now considered a centre half, he says so himself. Same as Ajer.


    Would love to see more of Kouassi but Brown plays virtually every game so domestically there’s no need for both of them. Manager obviously sees a lack of leadership in the midfield (the team as a whole) when Brown doesn’t play, I agree with him. Hibs 2-2 at CP earlier in the season highlighted that, they overran us in the second half. McGinn bullied Ntcham that day and Rogic was posted missing. Ntcham has improved greatly since though. Scott Allan has no future at CP, manager has said as much. McGregor doesn’t drive forward, he gets into positions to take a pass then move it on, with great effect at times. He’s also a goal threat. He couldn’t tackle sleep. Armstrong wants away, pointless even discussing him when looking ahead to next season.


    We shall see what happens, interesting summer no matter who comes in and who moves on.

  26. Went into a mason’s lodge one time only (some wedding reception) stood at the bar and a Trooser-roller upper came up to me and said ……………”you turned the picture of the queen around on the main staircase” (so she was facing the grubby wall) …………..Not me was the quick reply………….”We need to ask you to vacate the premises” ………you dont need to ask me twice i’m offski.




    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!!!!)





    Poignant questions, I’ve always just put it down to their hate of Irish Catholics and the ancestors.


    In other words hun monkey bassas ;)))))☘☘☘

  28. TONTINE TIM on 20TH MARCH 2018 2:59 PM


    JAMESGANG on 20TH MARCH 2018 1:20 PM



    How very true!



    HH jamesgang

  29. whitedoghunch on



    I was unable to go, but don’t cancel the cufflinks yet


    might bump into in company and should be there next year


    there is a short video of her performance on youtube

  30. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Whether it’s Mc.Ginn or not, I would like to see a midfield stalwart in place to provide continuity post Scott Brown.



    I don’t think any of our home grown prospects would be ready and I can’t see any of the French Boys or Kouassi being around for more than a couple of years.



    Mc.Ginn, or someone of a similar age and style would be a major asset to us, I think.

  31. DD



    Miss days on end of CQN and seldom post these days.


    Thanks to Starry Plough i had a look back at the previous blog and now understand why you had taken time out.


    You always bring a chill with you when you walk through the CQN door and its always a cooler, nicer place with you about so it was shocking to read that you had felt so low.


    I have never gotten as bad as you obviously did but at times i get pretty far down that road. At one of those times a few years ago, you inspired me to shake off that grasping hand that was on my shoulder, with your blethering on here about all things Celtic and in particular Danny McGrain.


    You would have been oblivious to what it meant to me at that time but without you being here im not sure where i would be.


    I realise that must sound daft and unfortunately im not the best at putting what’s in my mind into words but you were a much needed bit of energy for me at that time and you dragged me clear.


    It is brilliant to see you back where you belong, yet in returning and being so open with how you had been feeling you have brought to these pages lots of love and wise words from many that have faced a similar battle and in doing so, you have immediately helped me for 1 as part of my problem has been that hand on my shoulder again.


    Hopefully it helps you though, seeing that there are many others just like you and also so many that love you(Barney is the exception) and you can gain some hope from that.


    I loved the picture you showed me of Ryan with Neil Francis Lennon, one of the greatest warriors to ever adorn the hoops, yet that man walks the same road you do.


    The darkness stalks us, it is always on our shoulders trying to suck the life from us. It bogs us down and tries to smother us.


    I don’t know if anyone can ever be clear of it, but my only advice is to keep looking forward to the light, your lovely family, your loved ones and friends, Celtic and all these good things in your life.


    It sounds like they were there for you when you needed them and you are already leaving it behind.


    Keep focusing on them today, and try to set out tomorrow to make all the times you want to have happen and try to stride towards them.


    Another way of looking at it is that that bastard is standing between you and everything you love and its a 50/50 ba.


    You are definitely not walking alone though so please turn to somebody if you even begin to feel its getting that bad again eh?



    Keep The Faith



    Keep it.

  32. STARRY PLOUGH on 20TH MARCH 2018 3:11 PM



    I concur. I like the cut of his jib and think he is a great prospect. Hopefully once we wrap up the title Kouassi will get some Tim win the last 4 or 5 games to show his talent.



    GARY67 on 20TH MARCH 2018 3:25 PM



    What Bitton said was that he is happy top play wherever the manager wants him to and if that is at centre-half, so be it.



    As for McGregor, he doesn’t get the credit I thin k he deserves and is very good at caring ing the ball forward.



    Allen may not have a future at Celtic Park, but that may be down to the fact that the manager feels we have too many midfielders? As for Armstrong, he has not said he wants away and he is Cleary in the managers plans when he is available. there’s more to run on that story!



    BURGAS HOOPS on 20TH MARCH 2018 3:26 PM



    That wee tale really made me laugh!