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. Delaneys Dunky on




    My team for tomorrow is same as yours, except Patrick for James.


    Either team will win, however. ???

  2. Watching the guys in the wheelchair race – phenomenal strength , desire , endurance and mentality. I’ll take that tomorrow.



  3. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Roy C



    Just talking about my father and George Connolly and the St Joseph’s CSC appears :-)



    Will be catching up with AB tomorrow if at a loose end we will e in the GH :-)

  4. BT-I loved living in Birkenhead,I stayed on the woodchurch estate.wee prayer for your mum

  5. HAMILTONTIM on 14TH APRIL 2018 10:32 PM



    I agree that will be the team. It leaves us vulnerable to balls played in behind ML which is our weakest spot and asks a a lot of KT to give us width going forward but defend against Candyass and Tavernier with limited protection from CM. Both JF and CM will need to be aware of both Hun full backs running beyond them.



    If we cope with issues aforementioned we should win with a bit to spare.

  6. Gerryfaethebrig on

    RC 10.42pm



    Big AB met Weet Weet Weet the last game our AB is one of the good guys, one of these days we will invade “his” local he doesn’t realise I was frequenting Clouds in the Centenary season



    Fairhill Bhoy good to see you listening to your old man, stuff that not watching Celtic when you can :-)

  7. Delaneys Dunky on




    I love Souvenir by OMD, but was expecting their version of The Stuart Armstrong Song. ;)

  8. Last two games against them we have been sloppy at the back early doors, it cost us the first goal at Ibrox and we were all over the shop at CP which gave them confidence. ML was giving the ball away for fun that day as were a few others. We should be looking for some sharp passing and quick tempo tomorrow early on to set the agenda for the day.

  9. No butterflies in the tummy tonight.



    Keep eleven players on the field and we should be ok.



    Hasta mañana.

  10. Delaneys Dunky on




    Broken Land is the best you have played so far. In my top 10 ever songs. Magic

  11. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Leftbackagain 10.57pm



    In my opinion one of the best Celtic shops in the Brig :-)



    Am a bit biased ma maws 80th was there, me & the missus got married there and MissGFTB’s communion celebration after the chapel was there



    Only downside all the good to do season ticket holders that frequent the place :-)

  12. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Roy C 11.00pm



    I left the “royal” to go to Ekeren, it will always be the royle to us ML5’ers for me in 1998 Harald & Henrik it will always be the Blarney Stone :-)

  13. GFTB


    My last two occasions in there were purveys. Not my side but very good. My in laws – not my team – raved about the place. Good , honest people.


    Might be over in CB tomorrow – safe for a beer ?

  14. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Fairhill Bhoy 11.01pm



    Enjoy every minute going to the games with your old man



    Hail Hail

  15. GFTB



    Used to walk home to Rawyards from there as we’d done our money in Clouds and the ‘Royale’. A few folk songs on the way up the road.