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. IMTHETIM53 on 14TH APRIL 2018 4:50 PM



    Roy Croppie, C’mon the Tic. Great photo. Where is it?




  2. glendalystonsils on

    Some of the media doing their level (5) best to deflect by pushing the KT to Manure fabrication. One halfwit on Newsnow even mentioning a valuation of £4.5 million!



    Desperate men.

  3. Any guys on who can work odds out?



    Had £1 e/w on Pleasant Company @ 33/1


    Also had same bet on Anibale Fly @ 10/1



    2nd and 4th respectively.



    How much back please?



    I know it’s not much, my mum wants to know :-)

  4. !!Bada Bing!! on



    Paul 67




    Says in all the papers that David Bates is a money grabber?




    He was a vast improvement replacing Bruno Alves at Celtic Park when



    we got beaten in the 0-0 game, maybe Hamburg will get put on the banned






    Alves allegedly on 34k a week…

  5. as someone said earlier a couple of players are due a big performance tomorrow , no if’s or buts, lets have no regrets at full-time just go out and play them off the park from the kick off until the final whistle.

  6. AOW



    I’m no sure wether the bookies pay a fith or a quarter of the odds these days but I think you have roughly £10 to £15 back.



    Any money back off they charlatans is a good result and that’s from the grandson of Govan’s first bookie.




  7. AOW



    Should have said legal bookie he was an illegal one before that :-)




  8. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    Sorry counted the stake twice so it should be £11.75 and £9.60 depending on ew terms.

  9. Methil??? That’s stumped me! I was closer with Roy’s top of the jungle, I thought it might be the illuminated signage at the top of the North Stand.



    But Methil.

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

    Congratulations to Spartans on clinching the Lowland League on last game of the season !!!



    With a 0-0 draw against a stuffy East Stirlingshire team in front of a decent crowd at Ainslie Park and East Kilbride surprisingly losing 2-0 against University of Stirling, the point stretched Spartans lead to a 2 point gap at the top.



    The relief was palpable in the crowd when the Uni goals filtered through and the players knew the score at the final whistle.Think Cove Rangers will be a different proposition in the pyramid play-off though looking at their Highland League record …

  11. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    gotta watch the match on my son’s phone tomorrow – keep the updates fast and free flowing bhoys

  12. DAVID66 , MIKE IN TORONTO , sectarianism is alive and well and living in cumnock, scottish guy has been coming to the salon for about 6 months now, never met him before always seemed to miss him till about a month ago, was in the salon heard the accent, were you from says i, cumnock he says then shows me his badge on his top, the honest men im an ayr utd fan he says, who do you support, celtic i say, aw them well someone has got to support them, starts laughing and walks out the shop, now my wife books dogs in, 3 months in advance over the summer, so he was due in next weekend, got a text from him this morning cancelled all his appointments, do you think maybe he doesnt like celtic supporters, if id been a rainjurz man ill bet he would not have cancelled, the wife is more upset than me because she always got on well with him, she doesnt understand, she just said to me you mean to tell me he cancelled his appointments because your a catholic celtic supporter, yes joan believe me they are bigots, come on beat the scum by 3 goals to

  13. GreeninbingleyinOslo on 14th April 2018 6:37 pm



    Has your photo still got the big yellow stewards arm sticking out of Big John like a badly infected penis.



    As you can see if you look closely I tried to colour it in. The photo that is not an infected penis.



    LOL :-))))



    Congratulations to Spartans on clinching the Lowland League on last game of the season !!!


    With a 0-0 draw against a stuffy East Stirlingshire team in front of a decent crowd at Ainslie Park and East Kilbride surprisingly losing 2-0 against University of Stirling, the point stretched Spartans lead to a 2 point gap at the top.


    Congratulations Embramike and a commiserations to Jobo and TBB, who I know follow E.K.


    Whoever wins between Spartans and Cove will play Cowdenbeath.


    Hail Hail

  15. Dead in the Water, eh.


    This lot have been on life support for years now, yet they keep on going. Surely there must be something we can do to hasten their demise, surely. Obviously stuff it right up them tomorrow would be a start.


    Scotland will not let that happen, bet your life on it, they will be here for decades yet. Makes me sick.





  16. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    Tony Rome



    Haha – it does indeed, and I never thought of that – in the penis way – till you mentioned it!



    I used to play at centre back and every time I look at that photo I just imagine what opposition defenders would be feeling like, looking at those three.






    4-1 tomorrow.




  17. Big Packy


    In a valley a few miles away there lives a Norn Inr ex army hun bigot, Mrs TET loves it when she sees him, she always makes a b line for him, she takes the pure piss out of him, her latest was asking him if was taking marching lessons, you can see the hate in his eyes, he really wants to hit her, I mean really really wants to, he does everything to avoid us, when he can’t I always talk about the football, their cheating and the Mrs just takes the piss out of his pathetic bigotedness, they are sad feckers mi amigo.



  18. Celtic by Numbers



    Interesting read that, cheers. I agree abut McCrorie, boy has something about him. Also agree with your selection starts fo the Tic.




  19. Big Packy good evening I hope you and the bhoys are well



    Customers like that you can do without mate.


    God bless your wife’s innocce, mines is the same, they just don’t understand what these people are like.


    Hope your score prediction is correct my friend



    D. :)

  20. THE EXILED TIM, dont know whether to feel sorry for them or what, sad individuals, anyway feck them lets trounce them the morra, hope you and the dogs are well.hh.

  21. DAVID66 thanks pal, you know what, the sad part is he came in about 8 weeks ago, and said he had been laid off work, because he was on a zero hour contract and had no money, so my wife groomed the dog for free,and then he does that, people down here dont understand the bigotry, anyway enough of that, how are you and cheeko.hh.

  22. Now that St. Mirren have won their league can Lewis Morgan return and play for us this season?

  23. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Madden will put in a Craig Thomshun display to stop the game as often as he can…

  24. Stars


    You may well have a point, the kindest thing to do is to put then down, it’s kinder that letting them suffer.






    Aye, humiliating them the morra would be good, my last full day on my lonesome, the better half is back the morra, thankfeck :-)






    Absolutely true. In the event of another demise of the company/club/team from Ibrox all rules will be ignored to allow them to continue.

  26. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    any guesses on the fans’ forum to which this ditty belongs (sorry, couldn’t resist the night before a game):



    ‘ However, lately, we have seen a rise and an almost overpowering amount of personal abuse. Too many topics have been derailed by unnecessary and petty abuse’ ?

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