Newco: Dead in the water


Your grandad will tell you Jock Stein was master of the news the week before a big derby game.  He would seed positive news stories about players or the club to make sure everyone had a spring in their step and to put pressure on opponents.

Graeme Murty is not the master of his own domain, so has few levers to pull in this respect, but he must have despaired when news broke that Newco were unable to retain a 21-year-old central defender they bought from Raith Rovers in January 2017.

Newco are dead in the water if they cannot retain recruits from Raith Rovers who have played a dozen league games for them this season.  Dead. In. The. Water.  They cannot buy the finished product, they cannot even compete for the French youth international talent Celtic seem partial to.

The only team development strategy available to them is to develop, retain and benefit from young domestic talent.  And according to Murty, they cannot afford to offer competitive wages for David Bates.

They couldn’t even convince him to keep his contract business to himself for a few days until after his team face Celtic tomorrow.  What a hopeless shower.

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  1. And on to the more important matters of the day. Celtic to reign supreme with a hard fought, and lucky, 7-0 victory.



    I’ll take 2-0.

  2. Good morning friends. Another day that The Lord has made. Another opportunity to Rejoice and be glad in it.


    In sport there is no divine right to win anything. On most occasions it will be the best team that wins. Today we simply need to be the best team out of the 2 that will be on the park.

  3. In managing expectations and appreciating the task in hand we face today,


    perhaps it is worth remembering that we come up against two opponents today – the rainjurrz and scoddland.



    For the guid o’ scoddish foo’ball it is vital that the Tims get beat, ( doesn’t really matter how, the win’s the thing).



    After the whistle sounds and it kicks-off…it is anyone’s guess how the 90 plus minutes will unfold but we can expect them to be characteristically rabid, in our faces and ferocious in the tackle……confident that initial transgressions will be overlooked. Boaby wull be a big player for thums……..



    Celtic can expect to be penalised for first offences, often sight unseen.



    I expect a tight, bad tempered game where unless we dominate the midfield we will see hunned-up brutality and stuffy sleekit resistance from the grizzly bears, especially the season buik hun with a whistle…….. As much as i’d love it ( really love it) I don’t see us steam-rollering thums……….I think it’ll be nip and tuck with genuine goodness and quality being the difference.



    Here’s to a Tim victory and a right good drink later!




  4. Don’t give der hun a sniff I think we have actually made them look better than they actually are when we’ve played them. So no complacency 100% commitment & focus today Celtic .That should overcome 300% brawn & lack of skill plus dropping like flies when touched

  5. Gerryfaethebrig on

    DD 10.08am



    Puts the football in perspective



    As a daft 16yr old at the Celtic v Liverpool memorial game was a poignant time, probably didn’t appreciate being there at the time as much as I should have

  6. Sipsini,


    Hope it’s a fantastic return to action for you today.


    You old Bhoys are getting too fragile for the old Euro away games :-)


    Seriously though, glad you’re back to full health, and look forward to catching up before the end of the season .


    Hope we stick it to ’em hard today. Hard and often.



  7. Delaneys Dunky on

    My young team neighbours are out early in the morning sun, in their green and white Hoops. Nice to report today that;


    Dalmuir Is Green and White.



  8. …….



    And…and,………………… keep the guns trained on our sleekit opponents.


    Clearly, they neither like it up thum or can deal with it bein’ put up to thum.



    It’s good to be a Tim.




  9. Delaneys Dunky on




    My sister and I took her pal Liz to that Celtic v Liverpool memorial match. Liz was from a Knightswood hun family and at her first Celtic game. Her dad was raging that she was going to a Celtic match in Paradise. Today Liz is as big a Celtic fan as you and I. She saw the difference between Celtic and her dad”s team Rangers that day, and at 19 year old, converted to Celtic for life. Hope she is celebrating today in her dad’s house.



  10. What is the Stars on

    As regular readers will know I am not one to repeat myself…


    However I feel I must make an exception today



    Carthago Delenda Est

  11. An important game today, as all semi finals are, I expect it to be tighter than it should be, BM will be in the spotlight from the get go.



    It’s important for me too that we vanquish the pretend cheats as they should be nowhere near a cup semi final and without their placement all through the stinking rotten game they would be nowhere near a semi final.



    It’s important too that we beat them and extinguish any hope they might have of “closing the gap”



    No quarter asked today Celtic and none given, the Double treble is only a few games away, let’s make history!



    Come on Brendan and his Bhoys give us a day to be proud of..




  12. when your going to the game …but you have to Kill Bill first….






    smiley improvisation thing






    4 to zero …first half ….a wee coast then finish strong ….



    a big six for the Celtic ….



    claim the middle ground and whack them pretendies …




  13. Lovely day for it, although heavy rain due circa 14.00hrs.



    Optimistic, confident but nervous.




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

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Good morning Timland. The cup hangs in the balance today. Hopefully a Celtic win. As always i am nervous – can’t stand all this positive talk. C’MON THE HOOPS!!!!!!!!


    P.S. Da, as always, is very confident. He’s giving me palpitations.






  15. Delaneys Dunky on

    Wee BGFC



    Listen to yer da. I am confident that we will pump the rotten mob rotten today.


    Keep da faith G


    One Love CSC

  16. Wee BGFC



    your big da wrote an awfy braw post late this morning …



    have a braw day ….no worries wee man we will rip intae thems…



    smiley Celtic thing




  17. Popped out to local supermarket for a wee swally to prepare for the game, had my retro hoops on and was met with dirty looks & rage.


    Felt good, dont think it was huns, think it was because their local team got pumped yesterday & they dinnae like thae weegies.?.

  18. Gerryfaethebrig on

    DD 10.31am



    Brilliant, open to all :-)



    Anyhow 2 Morton rolls with some Galloway roasted under the grill awaits, only time the wife makes me breakfast, “you need to eat something if your going out” she sounds like ma wee maw did on many of these type of games (semi finals :-)



    Hail Hail

  19. hey Burgas ….foo ye dain loon…..warm in Burgasland? …sweltering I bet…



    going to be an interesting day….




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

    Cheers Neustadt-Braw (and others).



    We are in a hostile environment – it would be helpful if we could avoid attacking each other.



    I’d go further and say we should foster a wider Tim alliance of ourselves, Dundee Hibernian and Hibs (and East Kilbride).



    The Huns, and their press lapdogs, like to sow division – we shouldn’t help them.






  21. Rumoured Starting eleven






    Lustig Ajer Boyata KT



    Brown Ntcham



    Forrest Rogic McGregor




  22. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Good luck to the Celts today, two steps to heaven.



    Been gifted some bronze debs for this one and will be on the road soon expecting our match winners to prevail after a tight game.



    Heard a good line on television this week from New Orleans, so come on Moussa, Leigh: laissez les bon temps rouler, let the good times roll!

  23. Delaneys Dunky on




    Light breakfast then visit to see my wee Celtic daft mammy, then to my son’s for a Fenian bbq around the match. This is the day…….




  24. This tv thing is doing my nut in. Any help appreciated:



    Thought the game was on Sky main event which I have through BT. Schedules say it’s not.



    Thought BBC might have it. Appears not.



    Is it on Sky sports extra which never appears to have anything on it as far as I can see?



    Failing that, any sausages?



    I pay through the nose to watch Celtic on tv and they are hardly ever on. Lesson learned. What I pay would account for a large part of a Season book. Maybe not the transport to get over but a few changes planned for the coming year might see me back in Alba a bit more than I have been in the last decade or more. To hell with this crappy tv deal.



    Any advice on getting today’s game would be appreciated.

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

    Any recent news on the appointment of the new CEO of the SFA?



    Very unusual for a national organisation to take as long to fill such a central position. Nefarious skullduggery and shenanigans definitely afoot.






  26. RT- if you have a Firestick, PC , mobile, download Livenet.tv, best app around for football, it plays with MX Player, good luck.





    Few things warm the cockles like the pleasure of watching a convert.



    Well done,that man. And well done,that girl!




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

    DD – give yer maw and your bhoy a hug from me and Wee BGFC.



    Have a great day – no matter the result, we are all still Tims together.



    HH to mad Dalmuir Timland from The Plains – a shining beacon of Timmyness in deepest, darkest North Lanarkshire !!!





    BGFC & Wee BGFC




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