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. 16 roads - Protect the 8th. on

    Roy C, G64, VP et all – try and get over for the hoot.



    Time was our enemy the last time, next one we do a wee bit of walking from town to the West, see the place better that way.








    Book bed only. The breakfast in Harlem cannot be missed.

  3. David Simon writer of ‘The Wire’ is currently producing a TV series on the Lincoln battalion of United States volunteers in the Spanish civil war. Hh

  4. Delaneys Dunky on




    Looking forward to it J. Have always loved the Belfast vibe. Edgy but exciting. Thankfully it has changed a wee bit since my first visit in the 1970s.




    16 ROADS



    Time will be your enemy in June too,old bean. My Dad and I have got hunners of it,so yer warnt!!!

  6. Delaneys Dunky on




    Do you have contact number for oor wee Bankie, Danny in Doire? Would love if he could make Belfast on 9th June. TCR are you lurking pal?



  7. 16 roads - Protect the 8th. on

    Petec – It would be good to see you back once again as well mo chara.



    An incredible sense of calmness about the place tonight.



    Fine times to be a Celt indeed.




  8. Delaneys Dunky on




    GNGB Thanks for the tunes.


    Only 14 n a hauf hours till we get to skelp dem stinkin huns.



  9. Shut UP



    Just Rolling with My Sons Rudi Vata.







    Celtic can do better.



    The Dinosaurs urnae in the Bible because….. that Word wisnae there translated..



    67 in Israel is gonnae be a hoot.

  10. My team for tomorrow –


























    Remember you read it here first :)

  11. Compare the incoherent rambling nonsense spouted by the current POTUS with the speech made by Robert Kennedy following the death of Martin Luther King. Hh





    Not sure his details are the same after his unfortunate incident a few years back.



    Remind me tomorrow-you know what my memory is like!-and I will call and mail. He certainly hasn’t replied to the original invitation,but he’s not alone in that!



    Still hoping Bhoylo83 and Big Aidy can make it. Remind me to give our middle-class young pup a reminder too,please.



    Good lad…

  13. 16 roads - Protect the 8th. on

    No worries Bobby M.



    Plenty of time, if God spares us all.



    Must give the boul TCR a call tomorrow, see what he’s at.



    Apologies to all for complaining about the price of drink :







  14. 16 roads,



    The Dark ones are so highly in tune with the Word. They know it Religiously.




    Wheres the Vodka?


    16 ROADS



    Price of drink? My nephew and I were on a tenner a round today-and that was cheap! I felt like someone was taking a moothfi for every one I took,but them’s that London.



    Got off lightly.



    And I introduced him to one fantastic Malaysian restaurant,and some off-piste pubs. Which ain’t bad going in Euston,he was somewhat surprised.



    Nothing you’re not used to,of course. Slip down a side street,here’s a gem!!!

  16. DD @ 9:49pm




    HH fella,hope yer keepin well.


    Eh, the empty seats is to get the inactive PLC to execute their highly paid executive duties, which entail the custodial governance of Celtic FC.


    That means, that when presented with overwhelming evidence, rubberstamped by Brittania’s Supreme Court, that the SFA and Rangers FC, cheated tens of thousands of Celtic supporters, for, lets say, since David Murray got the keys of ibrokes, imho, so presented with such compelling evidence, only for PLC billionaires to look the other way from it, and, for Celtic supporters to vote the PLC back into office again FFS ???


    If you think that Desmond and his PLC puppets would sit it out until Celtic die, well it wouldnt reach those extremes, plus, the seats wouldnt be empty for long, as the PLC would fold, if, the proper pressure was applied. Apathy emptied 30,000 seats and, the PLC folded and brought Brendan here.


    For example, AULDHEID could be doing with some hauners.


    So, why dont, the Celtic Trust, CSA, and the Res:12 Rebels close ranks, issue a statement to the PLC that, season tickets will not be renewed until the C.O. findings are made public ?


    Seats should never be empty at Celtic Park.


    But, empty seats, 30,000 of them were emptied by apathy, brought about by the “honest” PLC’s diminishing the quality of the product on the pitch, and in the dugout.


    Hopefully the PLC will action all of the mountains of evidence of cheating.


    But if they dont and, Celtic supporters keep turning up and, keep turning the other cheek to be cheated some more, well, maybe to be cheated is what the Celtic supporter base of 2018, deserve.


    The ghosts of the Parkheid Jungle are crying rivers of tears, seeing all those mountains of evidence of hun cheating, sitting there unactioned. I talk to a lot of Parkheid Jungle ghosts, every day, they are so, so, sad.


    Anywye,…..keep well fella. HH



  17. 16 roads - Protect the 8th. on

    Lol only drink the vodka when nothing else left Petec – killed more Russians than Trotsky that stuff did.



    It’s whiskey all the way.



    Hail Hail legend.

  18. Gerryfaethebrig on

    New Klub ????



    How come I canny sleep



    Never remember this with Gretna



    Who knows ?????



    For me it’s still the the same cheating badtirsrs in fact we should even give them the option of ditching their debt & hatred



    No hatred in this household but I really dislike any version of that mob



    Weebawbabbity… Hail Hail



    Get your bahookie back on here stiff that lurkin pish :-)

  19. 16 roads - Protect the 8th. on

    Bobby M – Horrific chief. They are slowly bleeding the working class people dry.



    God bless the poor people, the pensioners etcetera, they have been priced out of even leaving the house for a few beers.



    DD – Was Gerry Rafferty a Tim?



    Not that it matters, pure genius regardless.




  20. Delaneys Dunky on




    As soon as I saw those gorgeous huskie eyes, I got an early 90s flashback to a video and song I loved, but had forgotten about. Magical creatures huskies. Hard working, intelligent and loyal breed. I want one now.


    Thank you Pete.