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. St Stivs


    Twins!! Yep, all coming back to me now. I remember that now


    ( I’ve got twins too)


    Glad you bhoys are keeping me right:-)




  2. !!Bada Bing!! on

    SS- who will be the first player to clap a ref like that after a red card…..or Lenny….:)

  3. St Stivs


    I’ve not seen Vinny post for some time either. I dropped him an e mail , perhaps a year ago, to enquire as to his well being.


    All seemed good with him.

  4. A pal in work is tracking Vinny on his cycling app they all share.


    I cant remember what its called.


    They are astounded by the miles and hours that Vinny puts in.



    Ps, calling Dunky “that bhoy” ………… he is 70 now. hahahahhaha

  5. WITS






    Tea and scones????



    Aye right!!!!



    Guess thats what married life can dae tae a man!!!



    I remember the day when he got hungry he went hunting wild boar on the Irish moors with nothing but his bare hands.



    Looks too complicated for that beer which is a shame…….the Thursday night might be possible but it depends when you arrive as i start at 7am on the Friday and would need to cease consumption pretty early in the evening!

  6. St Stivs


    It’s strava I think. I got an invite to connect with Vinny on it but I was only testing it out for a day or so, therefore no point.



    Hey! 70 is the new 25.

  7. Thunder Road



    For me, it’s less about results….it’s actually about performance.


    I can handle us dropping points as we blood young players. I’d actually like us to blood more and for longer – ie Henderson, aitchison.


    And we have an unprecedented opportunity to do so as deidco are in such doldrums.



    My criticism is more about how we’ve played at times. Simple stuff. Ball into space to run onto for eg. I’d expect a 22yesr old professional to be doing that. And moving into space too.



    Yes they’ll get better at it over time – we’d hope and expect – but surely we should be looking for anyone playing for the first team to be doing so?



    HH jamesgang

  8. Been saying for long and weary ‘ we need to toughen up the side . No doubt we have some top players , but unfortunately not up for a battle , a few harry hoods and vic Davidson’s on show . We have gone back this season , but we have the man to sort it out , over to you brendan .

  9. talking about catholics and protestants, it is only in scotland and northern ireland the word protestant is used, my wife is an anglican she hates the word protestant, remember a while ago a lovely old man was in our shop, and religion came up. joan is a protestant i sad to him and im a catholic. bloomin heck he said ive never heard the word protestant in years, its usually anglican or non catholic that gets used.ktf.

  10. Jamesgang



    My understanding of the sideward passing is that its meant to wear a team down.


    If a player runs about 10k during a game and you can make him do 6 of them in the 1st half, then he will struggle to keep doing that pace in the 2nd and when he doesn’t, the gaps appear and its about exploiting them.


    It is also mean’t to be done at a higher tempo in order to get defenders isolated as defenders shuttling back and forth don’t do it quickly enough and it then gives attackers like Sinclair, Forrest, etc. a 1 on 1.


    Im not a fan of the tactic but IF its exploited well enough it can get results.


    It sure as hell can be boring to watch though if the ball isn’t moved quickly enough!

  11. TWISTS N TURNS on 20TH MARCH 2018 5:50 PM


    As SAINT STIVS posted, Ton Che Dan, Daniel not related to VHMAN but they are friends. I keep in touch with both through text now and again.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    TR- agree, i thought Musonda would have ran from MF on Sunday , to try and open them up v 10 men

  13. jamesgang/thomthetim



    Further to the original question, I note that campaigners have succeeded in their quest to buy the Hebridean island of Ulva, just off Mull by receiving over £4 million towards its’ purchase. Ulva earlier, was the beneficiary, if I can use that word, of having a Parliamentary Kirk, (Presbytarian of course) built there in 1828 for the Gaelic speaking community. Bought out by a new Laird in 1845, the faithful were soon replaced by the sheep, and by 1850 only a quarter of the residents were left. The Church is still there mind you.

  14. SAINT STIVS on 20TH MARCH 2018 5:58 PM





    I watched that programme about the Masons. Leery of them, myself. The programme itself wasn’t exactly investigative journalism.








    what about the rythmic handclap daftness. I found that really funny.





    To be fair, rhythmic clapping used to be a regular feature at Celtic Park



    Da DA!


    Da DA!


    Da da-da-da DA!




  15. On the stone cutters I do remain concerned with the police membership and the dunblane records restricted for 100 years.

  16. Bada



    An auld manager of mine would get us all into 1 v 1 exercises in training both as the attacking player and then as the defensive one.


    I guess it was one of his things and a big bugbear of his!


    Although we were mere amateurs he recognised the importance of being able to win those particular duels when they came about.


    Anyway………the thing is……..he was a bluenose but not a hun and whenever we watched an old firm game he would slaughter Rangers defenders because of their lack of being able to handle those types of situations.


    20-25 years later and nothing has changed……..get those defenders isolated and in a 1 v 1 then stick your money on the attacker.

  17. Thunder Road



    It’s more likely to bore them to death than tire them out!



    I’d love Celtic By Numbers to do comparable stats for SS this season versus last. So often this year he seems to receive it stationary, with his back to goal and simply passes it straight back to the deep player he’d got it from.


    Last season he’d get it, turn in a jiffy and leave his marker trailing in his wake.



    THAT’S how to tire out the opposition!!



    I’m not picking on SS. But I do think he personifies the change from last season.



    HH jamesgang

  18. Celtic MAC – thanks again



    St Sivs – much darkness has been covered up, of that in sure.



    HH jamesgang

  19. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    Re the rhythmic clapping on the programme about the goat shaggers, it made me think of a bunch of decrepit old Alf Ipititimusses, or should that be Alf Ipititimi? WAHEY!



    BTW after going on about having no secrets, they then asked the BBC to leave because errrrrrrr there was a secret ceremony about to take place.



    Bring in the goats!!!

  20. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Masons is it?



    As some of you will know, I was the unexpected and unwitting speaker at a full blown Masonic Lodge dinner recently.



    I had no idea that I was attending a Masonic dinner and I had no idea that I was going to be asked to say anything. I was just there to pick up a check for the organisation that Brother Jamesgang works for!



    Anyway, here is what I didn’t say!



    Secrets! Mair Secrets and “how old is yer Granny?”


    Said the local Grand Master sounding just like a Fanny.


    “Ma Granny’s deid” I said, no catching on


    and wondering why he had one trouser leg on?



    I was introduced tae Sammy who pressed my third knuckle


    And recognising the sign, that made me fair chuckle


    So ah gave the sign back, as quick as a flash


    Catholic Lawyers will do anything for cash.



    Then came wee Willie, Big Boaby and fat Alec too,


    By now my right knuckle’s gone pure black and blue


    We toasted the Queen, Her Right Royal Highness,


    Ah wis oan next and had to force down my shyness



    I wis toastin a Copper I had never even met


    A good guy apparently, liked a pint and a bet


    He was a regular flatfoot, A Stewart Street Patroller


    But Ah couldn’y help wonder, was he wearing a Bowler?



    After a wee introduction ah got tae my feet


    Looked out oe’r the room at the brothers in seats


    They’d been chattin away making a pleasant wee din


    But suddenly there was silence when ah said “I’m a Tim”



    The silence was stunning but then there were boos


    When they awe realised, ah didn’y follow the blues


    And then it got worse when it dawned ah’m a Pape


    Have ye ever seen 50 Bretheren wi the mouths awe agape?



    Ah told them “Ma team’s not blue, ah follow a green wan


    Ah’m a bead rattler, a Paddy, and a bloody good fenian


    Aye and there’s something else that you’d better all know


    Brendan Rodgers is here – for ten in a row!”



    But it was when ah shouted “So here’s tae the Celtic


    That Fat Alec stood up and went pure apoplectic


    “Who invited this pape tae oor loyal congragation?


    Whits’s he got tae do wi the British Heart Foundation?”



    They listened politely enough …. about Heart Disease


    And they really sat up when I mentioned “up tae ma Knees”


    but when they saw I was talking about guid Cowboy Boots


    Interest transformed into dusgusted looks.



    But ah collected the cheques and posed for a picture


    and wondered how ah’d been invited to speak at this fixture


    So ah asked the Grandmaster, but he didn’y know


    So ah just sad nothin and pocketed the dough!



    Ah was told about the order and all things Masonic


    It didn’y sink in – I’d had eight Gin & Tonics


    And I was told about Rosslyn and all of its history


    But how Id got there? – A complete feckin mystery!



    And at the end of the night, as I said my goodbyes


    The Grandmaster unleasehed one mair surprise


    “Jim that was brillaint, they awe loved that nae fear


    So ah’ve been told tae ask – will you come back next year?”

  21. seamus larsson come out wherever you are. mike gonna try and send a photo of benny. actually using the software that comes with windows 10, wish me

  22. Move over rabbie


    Yir puddins all dun


    Us masons needed a wordsman


    And Jim is the wun



    Rapid handclaps

  23. JAMESGANG on 20TH MARCH 2018 6:19 PM



    Broonie is the worst at this, but he’s also been the most effective player in Scotland by a mile for years now.



    The dichotomy that every celtic manager faces was never more obvious than on Sunday when Brendan, rightly, said you have to win the midfield battles first and then play your football. How to do that on our budget? We’ve got 4 great wingers at the moment and one of the best attacking full backs around but attacking down the flanks doesn’t work against packed, well-organized, defences.payrivk roberts gets forced inside because he can’t go outside against 2 or 3.



    Brendan hopefully watches the best teams who face similar challenges every week. Or teams in Europe who seem to cut us apart easily. I actually thought we had stopped the sideways stuff on Sunday and had started to look for short passes inside the full backs as a different option. Rogic and Ntcham seem to be key to this, but then you come back to winning the midfield, which Rogic tries his best to do but is never convincing

  24. Jamesgang



    At some point a manager finds a way to nullify a threat and once a blueprint has been put in place, others follow.


    Ist manager to sort out Denayer and Van Dijk waltzing out from the back was Mancini when he got 2 men to press right up on them forcing us to play it long.


    Sincy isnt great with his back to goal so teams work hard to stop him from getting turned. Even when he does he can still face 2 or 3 men.


    I agree that he has not been the incisive tormenting figure of last season, yet he is still our top scorer despite having what some fans view as a poor season.


    Id not only say that teams have gotten to grips with him but that its been easier for them to do so without having to contend with the threat that we had from Rogic and Armstrong in the middle and Roberts on the right.


    Forrest has stepped up but they have had to carry us as an offensive force either from having to play most games or because of the injuries/inconsistency that Dembele and Griffiths have had this year.


    Id say defensively teams we have faced are not having to plug the gaps in the same way as last season due to these guys being missing but also, last year was a phenomenal, pretty much as perfect as it can get season that has perhaps raised our expectations too high.


    Id also say that there has been a lack of adventure or if you look at it really critically a bit of buck passing going on from the midfield and full backs but whether that is down to carrying out Brendans instructions/tactics i do not know but it has meant we then put guys like Boyatta on the spot and ask him to do something the full back or midfielder could have done in the 1st place.



    Sorry if thats tedious and im sure you would have used a fraction of the words to say it 10 times better(if this was your opinion)


    Its one of the things that keep me back from joining in.






    Take care of yourself and that lassie of yours big yin HH

  25. Celtic40me



    I don’t think he is mhate, though perhaps I’m too much of a Broonie acolyte to see it!



    I see it as a team-wide malaise



    HH jamesgang

  26. Thunder Road



    I’ve told you this before and I really feel it now….I have ONE problem with you.



    It’s that you have no idea how valuable and thought provoking your contributions are…and don’t even get me started on your art work!



    I completely agree with all that you say, both in terms of the challenge of having to constantly freshen our tactical approach and the missing incisive players like Rogic, Roberts and Armstrong….all of whom offer different dangers to a defence.



    Keep on keeping on, you.


    And trust me, you’re a gem.



    HH jamesgang

  27. THUNDER ROAD on 20TH MARCH 2018 8:27 P



    Fine post



    It’s a testament to Brendan’s methods that’s it’s taken this long for teams to work out how to neutralize us.