Motherwell game encapsulated much of our season


After exploiting the inadequacies of Aberdeen and Newco with 10 men in consecutive league games, it was all a bit ineffective against 10-man Motherwell yesterday.  This game encapsulated so much of the football we watch: how to generate clear scoring chances against defences that stick to task and do not make mistakes.

The one gilt-edged chance we made was a late counterattack, when Motherwell had the audacity to try to win the game.  The script was written for Scott Sinclair, whose first touch was sublime, but his shot fell victim to a lunging defensive block.  The lesson, surely, when facing Celtic, is not to venture too far up the park.

Brendan should reflect on this when next we face tier-one Champions League opponents.  If Motherwell can stop Celtic, Celtic can do likewise to the PSGs of this world.  How to unlock a packed defence is another story.

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  1. Delaneys Dunky on



    Naw pal .I have bigger tits than my daughter.


    Bikini looks good on me. ;)))

  2. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on




    I would assume those dobs where not in the same area as you on Saturday?

  3. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    So there I was, the four walls and me


    It was silent, dark and I just couldn’t see


    There was nothing, a void, just a really deep hole


    and in it was me, my heart and my soul.



    The walls closed around, now the silence was screaming


    Was this real? Was I there? Maybe just dreaming?


    The deep cold descended and cut right through my bones


    I was there alright, in that hole all alone.



    And then in that miserable dank rotten place


    There suddenly appeared a familiar oul face


    It gave me a fright “Who are you?” I exclaimed


    The face smiled a warm smile and began to explain:



    ” Well you see, I am God, but I look just like you


    and I’ve come to ask why you’re feeling so blue?


    Why are you here, far away from the light?


    And why are you considering not going on with the fight?”



    “If you were God you would know” I said to the face


    “I just can’t go on, I want out of the race


    I don’t see a purpose, and don’t like what I see,


    Go away, just get out and please let me be.”



    But God laughed a laugh that rang in my ears


    and told me I was suffering a dose of the fears


    somehow he produced a strong cup of tea


    and using my voice said “Son listen to me”



    “Have you heard of the story where I was nailed to a tree?


    And a feckin centiurion stuck his spear into me?


    Well I cried out, to my father in heaven


    “You’re having a laugh, you have got to be kiddin?”



    Talk about feeling down, feeling low, feeling blue?


    How would you feel if that happened to you?


    They threw me in the ground and told me “You’re deid”


    Then they all buggered off, disappeared for a feed.



    So I’ve been in this dank hole a few times before


    and I know that right now you just can’t feel any lower


    You’re here on yer jacksie, and everyone’s gone


    So, I have made an appearance just to give you a haun.



    So, up you come let’s get out of here,


    We’ll grab a fish supper and go for a beer


    You’ll hear signing and laughter and see people you know


    and when they see you their faces will glow.



    You see, you bring cheer to your friends and relations


    That’s the great thing about all my creations


    you all have a purpose, a value, a role


    and that’s why I need you to get out of this hole



    I need you, just to keep others right


    as without you, they too, would head out of the light


    and maybe they would be down in that hole


    Keeping them out of there, that is your goal.



    So, don’t despair, don’t be down, don’t give up, don’t be blue,


    There’s a reason why there is only one you


    Get on out there, have a laugh and be kind,


    Don’t sit down in this hole feeling deaf dumb and blind.



    You are never alone, help is always nearby


    when things aren’t good just let out a cry


    I will always come running via sisters and brothers,


    yer ma or yer da, your weans or your lovers.




    And with that God the face disappeared out the door


    But I could still see him laughing as he shouted some more


    “And if you come across a centurion with a spear in his paws?”


    do me a favour, boot him right in the baws!”

  4. Delaneys,


    You’re right, but our wee bhoy is as tall as Jamesgang and has hollow legs.


    You don’t want to meet his big brother ;-)

  5. CQN is as bright as the morning itself.



    A good roll, ye cannae whack it. Nor skwer.



    I have to say the best kebab I’ve ever had I’d from Kew. Me and me classy Mrs sit in to eat them and we get served with cutlery and their best plates.



    A girl who loves a donner kebab as much as I do. That’s a sign you’ve met your match for life!



    HH jamesgang

  6. Delaneys Dunky on




    Bet D is glad they wurnae that size at birth.


    Love her and you. Met your big bhoy earlier this season. Can he play centre half for Celtic?

  7. South Of Tunis on

    JAMESGANG -last night .



    Roger Steffens .



    Yes – read a lot of his stuff and occasionally saw him at choon auctions at Peckings record shop in Shepherd’s Bush

  8. South Of Tunis on




    Your Bob choon of the day -next in line on the shelf where Bob lives –






    A choon with a tale — end of first year at secondary school . Summertime soon come. Music teacher invited us to bring some choons to her class . People did – Beatles . Billy J Kramer etc . I brought _One Cup of Coffee. It fair cemented my burgeoning rep as a head case .



    B side is this- Ernest Ranglin –



  9. What is the Stars on



    Hard to argue with that analysis. I thought the “Nuala ” story was a strange one.Maybe intended as some sort of allegorical story how “ordinary members of the community ” were horrified by the events. I am sure they were,as I am also sure they were horrified and traumatised by everything their community had experienced since 69.


    As for the cheering,well war/conflict/trauma does terrible things to the pysche of humans. People just become “them ” “the other side ” and 4 legs good,2 legs bad takes over.


    Sean Murray’s comments at the end were very good,decent and generous and makes me optimistic for the future.

  10. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    I knew this place was a nut house, am I the only one that’s no needing treatment ?

  11. DD



    She’s an only child mhate. As a wean, she thought the term was ‘lonely child’!


    Definitely a one off!






    I really enjoyed the book. I think you would too. I gave a lend of it to some hirsute white Rasta Bhoy called Garry so he might post it to you when he’s done with it. ;-)

  12. BRTH I surely can’t be the only onwho read that and didn’t have something inm y eyes and throat. I’m at work too!



    Like the square sausage tales, took a slab and a dozen rolls and cans of Irn Bru to a mate in Madrid. It’s funny the things you miss whan you can’t have them.



    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?

  13. Delaneys Dunky on




    Your non commercial Robert Nesta tunes are magical. My son loved your 4 Lee Scratch Perry tunes yesterday. Magical and Mystical

  14. Delaneys Dunky on




    Like me you went to Saint Bams.


    What is your sanity secret? ;))

  15. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Just finished reading all our screwballs coming out the widwork to make DD fell at home, I know it’s no laughing matter but sometimes it is and should be or we end up thinking about it too much and forgetting to live.


    Hail Hail DD and the rest of you guys who’ve battled the darkness in you its the hardest fight and winning it provides and example to all those you love.

  16. Word of The Day


    Remise /rɪˈmaɪz/




    1. (transitive) ( law) to give up or relinquish (a right, claim, etc);surrender


    2. (fencing) to make a renewed thrust on the same lunge after the firsthas missed




    3. (fencing) a second thrust made on the same lunge after the first hasmissed


    4. a hired carriage


    5. a coach house



    Word Origin and History for remise


    in law, “give up, surrender, make over to another,” late 15c., from noun remise, from Old French remise, past participle of remettre “to send back,” from Latin remittere (see remit). Related: Remised ; remising.





  17. Delaneys Dunky on



    Story of my life pal.


    So glad you are happy in life.


    Listening to Bob Album Uprising. Redemption Song next. Marspapa’s favourite song.


    Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.



  18. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    The secret to sanity is cold showers and brushing your tooth twice a day ?

  19. Delaney..


    Pip the pie maker of Bognor town has just won the best pie of the year ..steak and ale


    Also won best small pie baker…he supplies Harrods ( not that that’s a recommendation ) I’ve got to keep away,serious weight adders..



    Stephen says high and hopes your well…


    Your posts over the past few days took guts..


    Patrick sends love and peace man…



    Take care

  20. Canamalar



    I hear you. Laughter, slightly dark sardonic laughter is a tonic in itself.



    I’ve been humbled and impressed by people’s warmth and openness. But not surprised. Some amazing folk on here.



    HH jamesgang

  21. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    I know I’m a hell of a guy ?



    Oh lord it’s hard to be humble when your perfect in every way…….

  22. At the risk of losing all my Scottish friendships built up here over the past 10 years or more, I have to say whilst Scottish sausages are indeed edible and far superior to the shite in England, they don’t hold candlelight to the Irish Sausage,


    In particular to the Cork Sausage, Clonakilty Sausages are the benchmark, beautiful.


    Unfortunately for me Mrs. Corkcelt is a bit of a foodie and is not prone to having sausages on our diet.


    However every now & then she relents and permits me to throw a pound of them into the shopping trolley.


    Happy Days,

  23. Delaneys Dunky on



    Don’t know it took me 35 years fae leaving Saint Thomas Aquinas to go aff my nut. Life surprises you. Mostly good but sometimes badly. Hope you are good J.



  24. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    No surprise there Scottish pigs can only walk and run, obviously flying pigs taste much better

  25. Delaneys Dunky on



    You are correct pal. Irish sausages are magic. Never had a square Irish sausage though. Scot skwerr are the business on a Morton roll wi lashings of broon sauce. ;))