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. lets all do the huddle on

    i will take any win tomorow



    there has been nothing this season to suggest we will beat any team by 4 or 5 goals



    but the good thing i know we can



    and the huns know they cant

  2. Delaneys Dunky on




    Your old shop in Dalmuir was busy today.


    The National winner was well backed. Unfortunately not by me.

  3. how many stolen trophies is that stripped noo then ?


    Ach well, mibby wann day, mibby wann day!



    Only Empty Seats Git Stolen Trophies Stripped CSC





  4. FAIRHILL BHOY, been to all them places ,new brighton beach and west kirkby beach. are fantastic.hh.

  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    My wee mum isn’t well but we only have 1 mum


    One malloy thought oldtim67 was my dad and we have a good laugh about it..




    My nephew was married in new Brighton last year , my brother married a Birghenhead ghirls in 1995 so been about the area for a few years





    It’s goodnight from me


    Faith family then football tomorrow for this UFB

  6. mike in toronto on

    GFTB …. no worries… as I have said before, if a comment on CQN can be taken two ways, I assume that it is meant in the best possible way …



    besides, I dont argue unless someone pays me to do it … CQN is my fun/get away from work/dont want to fight with people place, so if someone on CQN wants to argue, they are going to have to give me a REALLY big retainer first…



    As for tomorrow, (i) my predictions this week have been wonky … called the score right in 3 of 4 CL games … but for the wrong teams!, and (ii) for the first time in a while, BR has pretty close to a full complement, and some have not been at the top of their game, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if BR has a few surprises tomorrow (including even possibly 2 up front with LG)….




  7. Gerryfaethebrig on

    BT 9.39pm



    Enjoy the PV



    (Family faith then fitba) each to their own :-)

  8. Delaneys,


    aye busy up in Milngavie as well,never had a bet,


    not a lot of profit for the cream cookies today

  9. Delaneys Dunky on



    Only empty seats git stolen trophies stripped, is a poetic line to me. I have a mini bhoycott going on, that I do not attend any FTSFA cup games. Never set foot in Hampden or Ibrox. I buy my season ticket and go to a few domestic and European away games. Empty seats in Paradise would kill Celtic. What good are stripped titles, if yer deid?

  10. Gerryfaethebrig on

    MIT 9.41pm



    I work beside Dallas, every Monday I chuck posting on Cqn, I know heehaw about Russia or dugs, I probably know nothing about Celtic either :-) but Cqn is my wee release, I will be “out” tomorrow too much other family stuff for me to go out every weekend but I will spend a good few hours with very good Celtic people who I can assure you will “rip the pish” out of me me for posting to strangers online ! If MissGFTB was posting to strangers I would fling her iPad out the windae… but at least it’s Celtic strangers for me :-)

  11. 16 roads - Protect the 8th. on

    I always thought that Fleetwood Mac were a half decent band.



    Watched them live there on Sky.



    Major mistake.




  12. Canny see a rout tomorrow, think we’ll edge it by the odd goal or two. Too much skullduggery at play.

  13. Delaneys Dunky on




    Good! :)))


    Noticed the Dalmuir clientelle had improved today. A few bonnie lassies in punting and chatting. Nice.

  14. Gerryfaethebrig on

    DD 9.49pm



    Celtic fans can be dissatisfied with the board, the sfa, whoever… not one thing to do with the team in the park



    Ma Da never trusted any Celtic board why should we…. although I think they are doing no a bad job :-)




  15. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    QGFTB: Noticed on Thursday in my ‘nearest the bus stop’ pub that ex-Metro legend Joe Deacon will be performing next month!


    Can we expect to see you there in Kilwinning??

  16. prestonpans bhoys on

    Just read McInnes’ speech about his players, that will get them going for the rest of the season!



    He doesn’t realise he’s the sheeps main problem. Arse of a man……

  17. Delaneys Dunky on




    The large red heided asst was offering excellent customer service to the ladies today. ?

  18. 16 roads - Protect the 8th. on

    DD – Those God awful guitar solos ruined the gig for me chief.



    Some good songs, not so good live.



    Extortionate ticket prices as well apparently.




  19. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Cosy Corner Bhoy 9.59pm



    Joe Deacon in the Metro



    Happy days CSC



    We used to be leaving Coatbridge about now to get there fir 11pm, am our the morra and MissGFTB has earned me to e home for 8.30pm as am on the school run in Monday



    By the way my Saltcoats days I spent a year in Stevenston home & away tops all I wore :-)

  20. Delaneys Dunky on




    My dad was a red Clydesider. He was not fond of the tories Kelly and White running our club. My mammy still holds a deep dislike of Robert Kelly. I have never fully understood why.

  21. Roberts should be a cert to start tomorrow. No doubt he will be targeted for special treatment but imo he will ruin them. Hh

  22. GFTB & CCB



    Joey Deacon & Billy Reid were bangin’ out the Tunes Bach in the day. Neither could mix to save themselves howevaaaaaaaaah. Amazing nights until the Jellies spoiled the place.




  23. mike in toronto on




    Not arguing … but have to disagree that the Board has nothing to do with the team on the park … they are not discrete… rather they are two aspects of one entity …as we point out to Sevconians



    The players did their job, by winning titles ( which they were wrongfully cheated out of) … now that that is not disputed, it was the Board’s job to remedy that situation … the Board is not doing its job…..



    Our meek acceptance of the cheating has countenanced it … which is one of the reasons why it continues unabated

  24. Delaneys Dunky on




    Would never pay to see modern poppy Fleetwood Mac. Sadly can never see the original. Catch up on 9th June will be Belfastantastic J.



  25. Gerryfaethebrig on

    DD 10.12pm



    My da passed 1995, I was a daft 25yr old, he really disliked (hated) the board, I wish I spoke more to him about the actual football, the board & George Connolly were the things I remember him speaking of, maybe the fact his wife & my mum said we were too much alike to have a conversation as one of you always thought they were right … not sure what she meant because obviously I was always right :-)

  26. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    GFTB: When I was 17 it was the Regal cinema part of the Harry Kemp cinema empire.


    Just saw the flyer in the pub and thought ‘Wonder if he was a legend I’ll ask GFTB.


    Enjoy tomorrow.

  27. Delaneys Dunky on




    Couldnae agree more. Tomorrow is made for Patrick Roberts. His sitter 2 years ago will still haunt a pro like him. Hampden tomorrow is the place and time to make amends wi a goal or three.

  28. Gerryfaethebrig on

    MIT 10.18pm



    We debate not argue :-)



    Win trophies beat the cheats, what can Celtic supporters do ? When they break the law of the land and get away with it ? I know some on here and with great reason question buying season tickets or watching Celtic in cup tournaments …. beat the cheats by keep following Celtic, if any football fan wants pure football don’t watch a World Cup, a Euros, a champions league or a Europa tourney…. why not enjoy what we have ?



    Celtic winning is good, my Celtic never needed to win but it’s magic when they do… enjoy these good times, I can assure you I wish my Da and others were here to enjoy what we have



    Hail Hail

  29. They had joy in the wide areas at Ibrox in the last Glasgow derby because they lumped it forward early and got our defence turning. I’d stick pretty rigidly to a back 4 of Lustig, Ajer, Boyata (don’t play across your body with your right foot!!!) and Tierney.



    I think BR will go with



    Gordon Lustig Boyata Ajer Tierney Brown Ntcham Rogic Forrest McGregor Dembele



    That team will win.

  30. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Cosy Corner Bhoy 10.23pm






    I have said to BMCUWP I love the fact you can argue and (sometimes agree) about Celtic



    You take care :-)

  31. Gerryfaethebrig on

    HT 10.32pm



    I love Dembelle and don’t disagree with your team



    But to disagree :-)



    I would put our Leigh in just because the wee man is magic

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