Overwhelming benefits of being organised


St Mirren’s late goal at Ibrox yesterday was as welcome as it was unexpected, but it means little for us.  It was only the fourth league goal Rangers have conceded all season and Celtic almost conceded a fourth goal in the final minutes against Kilmarnock.  Four goals conceded in 11 games is championship winning form.

Rangers are certainly not a European-standard team at the moment but they are overwhelmingly organised.

We’re in trouble.

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  1. I’ll bet Kayal will sign. I don’t think the stumbling block is his wage increase, it’ll be the guaranteed buy out of his new contract.


    Celtic will want to put it at £8m + and Kayal will be looking at £4m +

  2. Dick Byrne says:


    17 October, 2011 at 12:24


    I understand from my Ibrox insider that M/s Greig & McClelland have suspected for some time now that they were being deliberately excluded from Ibrox boardroom matters.



    Is that similar to DD not turning up at Celtic AGM’S

  3. It may be that Peter Lawwell’s comments were to prepare us for some kind of rescue plan for them. As it sounds to me that he is preparing the way to say that if they didn’t , Scottish Football would have died.



    That sounds a more likely scenario from a PLC CEO perspective por cierto.

  4. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    gallacher 12.22 The Kayal situation may have been mis-managed by Celtic that would not surprise me.I look at the Scott Brown situation and feel like many other Celtic supporters that he is working his ticket.We paid reputedly 4 Million for him and yet it looks like he is going to walk away for nothing imo he should have been sold during the summer and at least we would have got some return for him.H.H.

  5. Joe Filippis Haircut



    He wasn’t then and isn’t now a reliable commodity because of the ankle problem por cierto

  6. Celtic keeping tabs on Rankers FC finances



    Given we had an ex BOE deputy governor and our largest shareholder having banking and financial contacts par excellence, that is a given

  7. Joe Filippis Haircut says:


    17 October, 2011 at 12:29



    I don’t believe he is working his ticket, i just don’t understand why his contract is being negotiated whilst in its final year.




  8. DBBIA @ 12:12 –



    NO! The rowies would have reverted to their base elements of salt and lard by now.



    Also don’t think she who must be obeyed is capable of knitting rowies!!




  9. McNair is the greatest



    I agree, Sion getting reinstated will be the straw imo. and I would hope that Celtic are activly helping with this.


    Euro League reconstruction may well be in the pipeline.

  10. lionroars67 says:


    17 October, 2011 at 12:32


    Celtic keeping tabs on Rankers FC finances



    Given we had an ex BOE deputy governor and our largest shareholder having banking and financial contacts par excellence, that is a given



    Which is more than our keeper is?




  11. Por Cierto says:


    17 October, 2011 at 12:28


    ‘It may be that Peter Lawwell’s comments were to prepare us for some kind of rescue plan for them.’




    The rescue plan will be the Celtic board supporting the phoenix huns application to be allowed straight into the SPL.



    Good luck with selling season books after that, Dermot.

  12. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    If Broonies ankle is the stumbling block on us selling him on why are we offering him a new contract? H.H.

  13. Dick Byrne says:


    17 October, 2011 at 12:24



    Good to see you posting! Hope you’re well. You in the same room as BlantyreKev? ;-) lol







  14. Celtic used to hold shares in the huns years ago before selling them (foresight there) they had a financial inkling into their health.The big hitters on our board will have kept upto date with the goings on there, mind you the huns know what our accounts are all about.

  15. CultsBhoy hates being 2nd on




    My thoughts exactly… Same strategy as deployed with Sammi.. Prospective asset management. Now all they have to do is find buyers in January.



    Personally I felt from last season that Kayal’s departure was an inevitability as he is too good for SPL. I would make him captain and highest earner… And wave goodbye to SB.



    James F


    My heart’s ideal ‘end game’ is Hun collapse and Lawwell emerges victorious. My head tells me that there will be a Hun version of Fergus in the background ready to save them.



    My frustration is that our time to bury them is now and has been for 3 years and we have missed the punch.

  16. gallagher says:


    17 October, 2011 at 12:22




    Iknow that and I agree with you 100%. Its Kayal’s attitude I find distasteful. I f he thinks letting his teamates down on the field is a viable strategy to secure an improved contract then that – IMHO – highlights a flaw in the man’s character.



    I could never trust him again. I really want the board to tell him if he wants away put it in writing and then grant him his wish.



    As for Brown? His contract should have been sorted. I fear he’s for the off. Pity because we need his type right now.




  17. Another piece of lazy journalism by the scottish media,


    Mr Craig Whyte Trazillionaire and saviour of the mighty glasgow renegers has released the following:


    “Contrary to the information currently being circulated within the media, I would like to personally clarify that renegers fc have not lost two directors, both individuals were playing hide and seek with sally and were hiding behind my personal £55 million war chest”



    statement ends

  18. fergus slayed the blues says:


    17 October, 2011 at 07:41


    Watched their highlights on BBC web


    Two things stuck out for me .


    1.how the hell did their player get away with the assault of a tackle 3min 45sec into the highlights ,look at the refs position with a clear view and it tells us all we need to know .



    Spot on m8 i was going to post this yesterday but got distracted by the the wee man and forgot all about it..

  19. tommytwiststommyturns on

    JF – even if our esteemed board were acutely aware of the perilous situation at Mordor, it doesn’t excuse their failed business strategy which has seen us tumble from a last 16 CL team to third in the SPL in 4 short years.


    And it certainly doesn’t compensate the fans for the misery we’ve had to endure during that period.



    Unless we have a cast-iron guaranteed route out of SPhell, then don’t kid yourself that our board won’t help them out. They’ve shown their Old Firm credentials far too many times for that, with the Carling deal being the latest example.



    The SFA, SPL and the other clubs will be only too happy to help out the establishment team to preserve the status quo and remove any threat to the current TV deal.


    The major fly in the ointment is HMRC – if they win the big case then the Huns are doomed and no amount of assistance from Scottish football will change that.




  20. (a) 4-2-3-1



    (b) 4-3-2-1



    (c) 4-5-1



    (d) 4-1-2-2-1



    this is the puzzle.



    One of the formations above is the system that will be good enough to beat the Huns.



    the trick is you can only work out what one it is by STOPPING playing 4-4-2.



    when you find out the system that protects poor defenders in stead of trying to make poor defenders better. (i am sure many fans know its a holding midfielder.)



    if the system is good enough to beat the huns then surly it will work against hearts,inverness you get my drift.



    we have the players to win the league, with that i am sure. we have more strength in the squad from last year. not by much i will say but by a small amount non the less.




    the concerning thing for me is that ONCE this season to my memory(im sure i will be corrected if i am wrong) we played with a holding midfielder and that was against Udinese. it was the tightest i have seen the balance,tempo of the side and that protected the shaky defense and made their job easier on the night.



    why are the management team not viewing our tactical game like this??



    well, i think they will be but not going with it for a reason i am struggling to see.



    tictalker talking tic

  21. Tictalker. The Udinese game was one of the few where the tactics were spot on – in the first half at least. We had to make changes after injury, meaning that Hooper (our top scorer) was pulled into the middle of the park, and Samaras (not a goalscorer) was played up front, exactly the wrong way to play them in my opinion. I was talking to a guy at half time and we agreed that playing in the hole was not Forests’s position, and that either Samaras or McCourt could do this – Not Hooper (yes Hooper comes deep, but he does that to come into space).



    Sometimes you can be lucky. I think that sometimes Neil gets it right, but more often he doesn’t. For several years now we have had limited link-up between the midfield and the forwards, meaning that we get overrun in midfield when not in possession….



    Why am I bothering writing this? Everyone can see what the tactical problems are in our team!