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Strathclyde Police seem unprepared to decommission the loose cannon that is providing the regular leaks of largely inaccurate information about Celtic fans to the press.  The country’s largest police force have become a regular source of material and hilarity for our media, perhaps best illustrated by their unattributed comment to the Scotland on Sunday, suggesting they plan to “smash the Irish Republican, Marxist, Green Brigade”.

While the police officially claim “these comments do not reflect the view of the Force” the damage is already done.  The stage is set for an inevitable confrontation by a group of supporters who now believe they are being unfairly picked upon (for being Marxist, good grief, I thought they all shaved and suited-up under Tony, including the men!), and a police force, which employs someone who has told the press they are picking on the Green Brigade and which is asked by the Government to challenge pro-IRA chanting.

All political chanting must stop, of course, but I don’t fancy being an officer on the ground who has to pick up the pieces after a very loose tongue has set a scene for confrontation.

Make no mistake, the police are being laughed at by grateful recipients of their media comments, who cannot believe the utter naivety of the Pitt St operation, I have heard this laughter first hand from more than one journo, but the consequences of such dire behaviour will be severe.

I would like to thank everyone who bid on the ebay auction for the Jimmy Johnstone medal. I’m really pleased to let you know that the medal has been withdrawn from sale. Thanks again and sorry if you had already bid.

We are not short of history at Celtic, but there are very few occasions a unique memento of the Greatest Ever Celt becomes available.  The medal is a 47-year-old slice of Celtic folklore, check it out on ebay.

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  1. Serge (10) Tommy Burns on

    10 hours on CQN & still going strong, Only 3 hours to go at work. Have done nothing today but read CQN & it has been excellent.

     

     

    Only 13 more days of the same to go!

     

     

    HH

  2. The Honest Mistake on

    weeminger 7 December, 2011 at 12:50:

     

    I’d have to agree with you.

     

    The Celtic support are getting it from every angle here.

     

    The public are manipulated by a demonisation of our club into believing that Celtic Park is where all the sectarian crimes take place, that Celtic are sectarian by nature, that we are terrorists, marxists thugs. We are responsible for Rangers fans singing sectarian/racist songs. That Neil Lennon is to blame for the shame game for some reason.

     

    The same media fail to report on churches being burnt to the ground in sectarian attacks, deception and fraud at rangers, racist/sectarian singing by rangers fans.

     

    The agenda is clear and it will result in a confrontation that I believe is being engineered as part of a bigger plan.

  3. ASonOfDan, not surprised but it’s easy to talk things down in private, they have done nothing to inhibit the source, though, nor have they demonstrated to the public how unacceptable it is.

     

     

    Good call on that article.

     

     

    Honest Mistake, true. Celtic will lose out of this, all of us. The police and government will not be remotely distressed at the scenario.

     

     

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP, excellent.

     

     

    philvisreturns, indeed.

  4. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ says:

     

    7 December, 2011 at 12:36

     

     

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    Jude, they were determined not to accept a reduced charge for Maxwell, the one who landed the fatal blows. He attempted a plea bargain but that was quickly thrown out – murder means murder, according to the PF (one of the only times I can praise them on). T’other one, Smith, was culpable homicide. Even though he did not strike Reamonn or young David, he went out that night with the intention of robbing someone, and was tooled up with a chisel. That’s the reason his charge wasn’t murder. His sentence is still not anywhere near as long as it should be however.

     

     

    HH

     

    Giggs

  5. LiviBhoy says:

     

    7 December, 2011 at 12:34

     

     

    Excellent idea!!! Not the same visual effect but certainly a better impact in the long term and a permanent record of their sectarianism.

     

     

    hh

  6. It’s a strange thing Paul67 and others, that even some on the right are starting to use Marx to explain the constant reoccurence of crises in the system we currently operate under (That’s the capitalist system not the 4-4-2 formation with two wingers!)

     

     

    But that’s neither here nor there.

     

     

    The comments display a mentality that would not have been out of place in 1950’s America or indeed 1922-1997 Ireland (north and south of the border)

     

     

    Reds and Greens under the bed eh? It’s even worse when they are out from under the bed and in yer face.

     

     

    Wonder if the polis intend to smash the Fascist and Loyalist BNP outside Ibrox every other saturday? I look forward to the next leak.

  7. Paul67et al

     

     

    Strathclyde Police, moving to a football stadium near you! Despite opposition from our old friend, and mentor Kenny McCaskill, Scotland’s most democratic Police Force is insisting on moving to a new HQ, just across the river from Paradise. Last years’ estimated costs were £24 million, but this year the costs are now guessed at £40 million. And who would have guessed that? Anyways, apparently it costs over £3.7 million p.a. to run the Pitfield Street operation, but it is not clear if that figure includes the janitor! £3.7 million pa? You just cannot find a decent auditor these. Still, there are advantages to moving, one they will be closer to Celtic Park, and two, there will be more cells available, for those arrested, at er, oh that’s right, Celtic Park. Could be some good sing songs in those cells mind you!

  8. Cheech and Chong cfc on

    Br\o/gan R\o/gan Trevin\o/ and H\o/gan says:

     

    6 December, 2011 at 22:40

     

     

    Inspirational.

  9. RobertTressell – even some on the right are starting to use Marx to explain the constant reoccurence of crises in the system we currently operate under

     

     

    Good one. (thumbsup)

  10. 19 years of free food and accomodation, TV, playstations, camaraderie and all the forced manlove you can handle. Maybe not so bad after all. Hope he enjoys it.

     

     

    C’mon Big Bubba, you know you wanna. :-)

  11. GiggsyBhoy says:

     

    7 December, 2011 at 12:50

     

     

    Reading about Reammon and watching him with the Thai kids almost has me in tears everytime I watch them. Not one for hatred but I hope these guys rot in hell.

     

     

    LB

  12. Headtheball – You jest, but it’s a serious problem.

     

     

    Our prisons are far, far, far too lenient on criminals.

     

     

    They’re allowed to keep electric kettles in their cells – human rights, don’t you know? – which are routinely used to attack guards with boiling water.

     

     

    The Victorians had the right idea. (thumbsup)

  13. Philvis – for once I agree with you on Irish sovereignty. But probably for very different reasons.

     

     

    Ireland has been sold away and the people of Ireland are paying the price and will do so for another generation at least.

     

     

    Best to bite the bullet, default now, re-issue the punt and get on with it. It will be painful but it’s already looking hopeless for the next decade or two. Virtually all of the pain in yesterdays budget was directed at the low to middle income earners and small business people (those under 5′ 2″!!!!)

     

     

    No doubt we will get back to disagreeing with immediate effect.

  14. Consultation on this one ending on 9th Dec

     

     

    Patrick Harvey, as per Offensive Behaviour Bill, and as per several bills on the QT, is inserting as many gender and trans-gender redefiniton amendments as he possibly can

     

     

    Plan from his people is to indoctrinate the kids who are already confused enough as it is

     

     

    Currently 25,000 signed cards from the Christian peoples and over 3,5000 from the Islamic peoples in opposition have been submitted

     

     

    12 week assessment period follows the consultation after which there is due to be a government response

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esPAwzxNNmM

  15. BK 12.56

     

     

    I couldn’t agree more.

     

     

    On a daily basis i have to sieve ideas,and act on very very few.

     

     

    With the right amount of focus and marketing this could work.

     

     

    P.S. I don’t have a Celtic credit card.My perception (without ever checking) is that the interest rates and conditions were uncompetitive,and i don’t like credit cards.I see them as a sometimes necessary evil.

     

     

    TT

  16. jude2005 at 12:51

     

     

    I think the traditional next line to my own would be, ‘And what ‘ave we here, then?’

     

     

    Or, in more modern parlance, ‘Green Brigade, eh? You’re nicked’

     

     

    Hail, hail.

  17. Oh good. Philvis at 13.08 – what bunkum.

     

     

    Too lenient?

     

     

    Have you ever set foot inside one? Know anyone who has been in one?

     

     

    I have and I do.

     

     

    Loss of freedom is the punishment. Anything other than that is nothing more than vengeance and vindictiveness.

     

     

    The prisons are full of people from low income families, broken homes, peple with addicitions wo grew up with parents who were addicts or inadequate at parenting.

     

     

    People have to be punished and some have to be locked away for the good of society but the problem is we lock up too many people for crimes which do not merit a jail sentence. And in some cases there are people walking free who should be in jail.

     

     

    That feels better.

  18. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Lets all phone R C & R R tonight and voice our disgust at this sentence!!We can phone abt thems cheating which is nowt compared to this travesty!!

  19. RobertTressell – Best to bite the bullet, default now, re-issue the punt and get on with it. It will be painful but it’s already looking hopeless for the next decade or two. Virtually all of the pain in yesterdays budget was directed at the low to middle income earners and small business people (those under 5′ 2″!!!!)

     

     

    Yep.

     

     

    It’s generally a good idea in anything to take the pain now rather than prolong it.

     

     

    If Ireland announced tomorrow it was leaving the Euro and relaunching the Punt, there would be short term pain and uncertainty, but very quickly Ireland could export its way back to prosperity. Irish goods would become much more competitive in other markets, Ireland would once again be an affordable tourist destination attracting more people from the UK, Europe, and America to spend their money there, inward investment would flood back into the country and Irish unemployment would plummet in short order.

     

     

    The major losers from this would be the EU and the banks holding Irish bonds. The big winners would be the ordinary people of Ireland.

     

     

    Not a difficult choice, unless one is taking the EU’s soup. (thumbsup)

  20. I’d like to see the Club step in with a sizeable bid for the GC medal ; thry’re happy enough to use JJ on their merchandise.

     

     

    I remember talking to Blantyre Tim about how well the Club looked after former players -‘not very’ was his assessment.

     

     

    And this isn’t just any ‘former player’.

     

     

    Some of BRTH’s excellent subscriptions could go to a proper benovelent fund for former players, and the team could play one high profile friendly a season towards it as well.

  21. Tiny Tim.

     

     

    On the face of things BRTH’s proposal seems an extremely attractive proposition.

     

     

    Two questions though.

     

     

    1. If it is such a viable proposition why hasn’t it been undertaken before?

     

     

    2. If is is such a viable proposition why haven’t other clubs run with it?

  22. Snake Plissken on

    ANOTHER TRIALIST

     

     

     

    Stopper on trial with Celtic

     

     

     

    Rafik Halliche came up against Frank Lampard during the 2010 World CUp finals

     

    EXCLUSIVE by RONNIE CULLY

     

     

    Share

     

    7 Dec 2011

     

    CELTIC have taken Fulham’s Algerian international central defender Rafik Halliche on trial.

     

     

    The 25-year-old was given the chance to seal a deal in the bounce game against Hibs at Lennoxtown today.

     

     

    Halliche is under contract at Craven Cottage for another 18 months, but Fulham boss Martin Jol is willing to offload him.

     

     

    And, if the imposing, 6ft 2in defender impresses Neil Lennon, he could be brought to Parkhead as soon as the transfer window re-opens in three weeks.

     

     

    Halliche was signed by then-Fulham boss Mark Hughes in August last year after impressing at the 2010 World Cup finals.

     

     

    Partnering Madjid Bougherra, he played in all three group games for Algeria, including the goalless draw against England.

     

     

    That intensified the race to sign him from Benfica, who had loaned him to Nacional immediately after signing him in 2008.

     

     

    Arsenal were reported to be leading the chase, but it was Fulham who got in first and bought Halliche for an initial payment of £1.3million, with the same amount again due on completion of a specified number of games.

     

     

    However, injuries severely curtailed Halliche’s first season in England. And, when Hughes was replaced by Jol, he fell down the pecking order behind the likes of Brede Hangeland, Chris Baird, Aaron Hughes and Zdenek Grygera.

     

     

    Jol agreed to allow Halliche to sign for Swansea on loan in August. But a delay in finalising the deal meant it could not be completed before the transfer window closed.

     

     

    Swansea continued to try and push it through, supported by the FA and the English Premier League.

     

     

    However, Fifa refused to issue an international clearance certificate, and eventually Swansea had to admit defeat.

     

     

    Halliche has remained in the reserves at Fulham this season. And, with no prospect of forcing his way into Jol’s plans, a quick exit is considered best for all parties concerned.

     

     

    Halliche was a first-pick in the Algerian national side and has accumulated more 21 caps for his country.

     

     

    But his lack of games has seen him lose his place in Vahid Halilhodzic’s team, and he is desperate to move to a club where he can once again play regularly.

     

     

    Algeria – who are currently 30th in Fifa’s rankings list – just missed out on qualification for the African Cup of Nations, which takes place next month, so Halliche would not be arriving at a new club just in time to head off for four weeks on international duty.

     

     

    As Halliche hopes to move into Celtic, Badr El Kaddouri appears to be nearing the end of his time with the Hoops.

     

     

    The Moroccan full-back has struggled to command a starting place since signing on loan from Dynamo Kiev in August as cover for the injured Emilio Izaguirre.

     

     

    And, with the Honduran defender ready to resume playing in the next couple of weeks, and left-back Andre Blackman already signed until the end of the season, El Kaddouri could be headed for St Etienne, who have declared an interest.

  23. BRTH great post and like many others I’d sign up immediately.

     

     

    There have been many on CQN who have made the case for a Celtic tv channel, where Celtic supporters around the world can view games on a decent format and watch e.g. under 19’s tourneys etc. The current internet format is ok but only available to subscribers outside UK and Ireland, I’d like to see a modern world class Celtic TV and you’re membership scheme could help quantify the costing for “Celtic Worldwide TV”

     

     

    CFC board, is there anybody working on this? If we’re finished downsizing can we start with the upsizing please.

     

     

    V

     

    HH

  24. RobertTressell – The prisons are full of people from low income families, broken homes, peple with addicitions wo grew up with parents who were addicts or inadequate at parenting.

     

     

    Oh, those poor murderers, thieves and rapists.

     

     

    We are not a nation of social workers, Robert.

     

     

    People have to be punished and some have to be locked away for the good of society but the problem is we lock up too many people for crimes which do not merit a jail sentence. And in some cases there are people walking free who should be in jail.

     

     

    The problem is, we don’t lock up enough criminals, and when we do, we don’t imprison them for long enough.

     

     

    Prison works. It keeps the dregs of society from preying on decent, law-abiding people, on account of the former being held in a secure place at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

     

     

    We need more jails and harsher sentences. And let’s get rid of the playstations and xboxes while we’re at it too.

     

     

    If the convicts want something to do with their time, let them read the Bible and contemplate the error of their ways. (thumbsup)

  25. gebhoy is the taxmans tick tocking clock, tick...tock on

    One intersesting point came during some chat about all these moves by Strthclydes finest, most of the regional forces have seen their budgests slashed by the recent austerity measures and budget cuts. All the talk of moving to a Police force for Scotland, the higher echelons of each force the chief constables are jostling for position and Strathclyde seem to see this as an issue they can use for increasing their resource and influence.

     

     

    They have become the SNP’s political police force. This will all end in tears for us, why for years have we had early kick off’s in this powderkeg fixture? Yet on the police’s advice we have a game scheduled for 1945 during the xmas break.

     

     

    Most of the support will be on holiday and in the pub well before kick off, a recipe for mayhem?

     

     

    Yet all to save money as the 28th, it avoids Strathclyde paying their plod any kind of enhanced payment for working that night!

     

     

    The SNP and the POlice are marginalising us a support using every trick in the book to intimidate and goad us into causing trouble, on a few occasions this season already we could have seen major disorder erupt because of their heavy handed tactics, we have to use our full restraint not to fall into thier trap.

     

     

    Never mind what will happen when the Bill becomes law………jeezo lock me up now!

     

     

    gebhoy

  26. TopCorner – Patrick Harvey, as per Offensive Behaviour Bill, and as per several bills on the QT, is inserting as many gender and trans-gender redefiniton amendments as he possibly can

     

     

    People who bang on about “gender” (whatever that is) should be shot in front of their families.

     

     

    While Jeremy Clarkson laughs and does a merry jig. (thumbsup)

  27. BlantyreKev - Hail Hail to the Kano Foundation on

    TinyTim

     

     

    You don’t have a credit card because you pay for everything with cash. Cold, hard, filthy, cash.

     

     

    And rubber cheques.

  28. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Thers going to be a big TO LET sign going up on the Copland Road soon. Can the polis no move in there once they get the asbestos sorted?? Naw just leave the asbestos!!

  29. The Battered Bunnet on

    Bourne

     

     

     

    You could be onto something there. Lemme think…

     

     

    Rangers in a plight

     

    Their dire finances

     

    Managed by Craig Whyte

     

    What are the chances

     

    They’ll have closed the gates

     

    Before the season’s through

     

     

    Take it away Frank

  30. Just got a look at the replay of Barca’s game v Bate Barisov. Willie Collum looked magnificent in that green shirt as he confidently blew for the penalty which gave Barca their 4th goal.

     

     

    M

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