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. RT


    Game is on Sky Sports Football only. Sky Main Event is Newcastle v Arsenal. BBC Scotland is highlights only at 10.30pm tonight.

  2. scoddland laps up a divided Timdom……………..imo.



    But they are scared of a strong alliance of positive, knowledgeable Tims who continue to drive the bus forward.


    Celtic Park is a big place with various views and vantage points, but when full of genuine Tims roaring their support, there’s no place in the world like it.








    Aye. Put ten Tims in a pub and you’ll get a dozen different opinions,and some heated discussions.



    Put the Celtic game on,and there will be only one!

  4. Delaneys Dunky on




    His daughter and grandchildren are Celtic supporters, because of Celtic v Liverpool. Wonderful



  5. Delaneys Dunky on




    Will do pal.


    Clydebank is Green and White today.


    You and G enjoy the match and stay safe.


    God bless


    One Club One Love CSC

  6. BMCUW.



    Yep. When it’s authentic and from head or heart – it’s the love of Celtic that remains.



    Tims are a good judge of character.

  7. if and it’s a big IF we get beaten today then the North Stand at Celtic Park should be raised to the ground (stupid phrase that) and the Jungle rebuilt were the Pollok Bhoys can recongrigate around number 7.



    That’ll fiX every woe.




  8. Well bhoys pub time for me.


    To all the guys going to game, sing like feck.


    To everyone stay safe and enjoy the game.





    D. :)




    With apologies to Jimi Hendrix:



    “Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that ticket in your hand?”






    Glad yer on the mend, and enjoy yer day oot!




  10. Yes we have deep divisions, but there is common ground for compassion and decency.


    An abundance of balloons from both ends will emphasise this.




  11. Delaneys Dunky on




    You and young J enjoy yer day oot to see the Celtic. Wish J a happy Hoopy Birthday and a Celtic victory


    Hail Hail???

  12. Give them no hope.



    Give them big sticks.



    Send them humping back to their ludges so fast they get friction burns on their knuckles.



    Just do them, Celtic.

  13. Just back from some spiritual refreshment: final hymn “Thine be the glory…..endless is the vict’ry”. Hope it’s a good omen. Let’s do it Celtic! HH

  14. I’m sure Scott Brown knows what to expect today. Matured a lot on the pitch over the last few seasons and became a very streetwise performer in pressurised games for us.



    Not worried if they ( ref or the sevco players ) target him he’s so experienced in these games , thrives on the attention if anything imo



    The harder they come the harder they fall…




  15. To all attendees today enjoy and stay safe bhoys and ghirls….



    Let’s hope we get the result we want ,up the hoops

  16. 10 o’clock Mass this morning then back. Roll wi’ double skwerr and tottie scone from Coias.



    Ticket in hip pocket and just getting ready to leave. Three or four tae the ghood ghuys today.



    Madhun to be taken out of the equation by a stellar performance again!



    Joint MOTM performances from Broony and Moussa!



    Stay safe and all get home safe!





  17. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    First game today of the new season for our Oz Bhoys 5-5 i suppose you


    could say it was a good open game but defensively a nightmare for us.


    We’ve lost four very good players to more senior teams and three injuries


    didn’t help but on the positive side the wee mhan scored two screamers


    and of course the top came off and the hoops were on show, surprisingly


    he wasn’t booked but he missed a sitter at the end to give us the win, now


    his face is tripping him.


    Hope the Celtic can cheer him up 8-))


    We were playing a team called Skye today, blue and white strip and the


    weather was pashing down, very not like Oz but we were loving it, i could


    almost imagine i was back in Scotia except the park was like a bowling


    green and the opposing team and support were very civilised, so not like




    Coming near game time now so time to ring the wee mhan and see if he’s


    out of his mood and ready to shout on the mighty hoops and of course


    pour myself a wee hauf.




    H.H Mick

  18. Let’s make history Bhoys stay disciplined don’t give them time or space play a controlled high pressing good tempo game like we know you can and we wil win.


    HH ?





    Tell the young fella he didnae miss a sitter,he worked himself into a great position for a hat-trick.



    Chin up!!!

  20. embramike says ” Yer team’s deid…Beat it!” on

    Starting line up …


    Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele.



    Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Kouassi, Roberts, Sinclair, Edouard, Griffiths

  21. Neustadt-Braw on

    Hebcelt ….



    maybe this wan….


    Waxy O’Connor’s. Piazza Spirito Santo N. 1, 95131 Catania, Sicily, Italy. +39 095 218 0701.



    worth a phone



    smiley have a braw day thing




  22. Don’t be fooled into thinking they can’t play quick fast flowing football on the deck , they are better than most on here give them credit for , kieran will have his hands contains Candeas and Tavernier .


    Their left side will cause us problems with their pace and movement , Morelas and windass will create problems too , make no mistake this will be a tough game for us .


    We need to be at it from the off till the final whistle


    I’m hoping we win as we’re not as good as most are making out .



    Stay safe





    Enjoy the game and your wee hauf , wish i was still in Melbourne but then maybe not if it’s raining !! HH !!

  24. Melbourne Mick on




    Couldn’t even bluff him with that, the keeper tried to throw the ball it slipped out his


    hand and landed at the wee mhans feet and he fluffed it, now he’s like a demon but


    the Celtic should cure that 8-))


    H.H Mick

  25. Anyone hazard a guess at the cost or value of our 6 outfield players on the bench!



    Thought Sinclair would start but Brendan always has a plan that involves 14 players. Often, it is the finishing 11 that’s important.

  26. Neustadt Braw thanks for that have passed it on to my mhate out there, he just arrived yesterday so has’nt got his bearings yet. H H Hebcelt

  27. Not sure if I’m totally happy with that starting 11 tbh…



    Hope Moussa gets some decent service and isn’t left isolated up front.



    Very strong bench however.







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