Police being laughed at by grateful media, Jinky medal comes onto the market


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 I’m really pleased to let you know that the medal has been withdrawn from sale.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. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Starry P…,


    been in Partic all my days,


    started in mansfield street from baby to bhoy (St Peters Infants)


    then to the channy from bhoy to adolescent (St Peters boys)


    then up top of gardner St to nearly adult (Summa Aquinas:o)


    and back down to fordyce st to date (School of life)


    and still no closer to being an adult :o)


    hail hail

  2. Paddy Gallagher on

    voguepunter says:



    8 December, 2011 at 11:43



    Paddy Gallagher says:


    8 December, 2011 at 11:40



    Are you trying to say Airdrie’s full of artful dodgers?





    Artful in Airdrie, naw :-)

  3. Malin


    Gale warning issued 8 December 09:48 UTC



    Westerly hurricane force 12 decreasing violent storm force 11 imminent, veering northwesterly and decreasing severe gale force 9 soon



    Wind West severe gale 9 to violent storm 11, occasionally hurricane force 12 at first, veering north or northwest 5 to 7.



    Sea State High or very high.



    Weather Squally wintry showers.



    Visibility Moderate or poor.

  4. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire says:


    8 December, 2011 at 11:53



    One of the best places in Glasgow, I made a wee Pilgrimage to Partick last time I was home, I watched Cetic cuff Aberdeen in the Dolphin with a couple of old mates, good night was had, also had a grub up in the Criterion, not bad, Ken McCluskey was playing the music, it’s where I head when I home.




  5. Vmhan



    You and THM way ahead of me then, no spoilers:))






    The clobber was well-researched wasn’t it? Did you get the feeling the lead was modelled on Carlin in Scum? The look of him, mannerisms, everything.


    Also watched Tickets recently, one of those multi-director episodic flicks with Ken Loach section peopled by young Celtic fans on their way to a CL game in Rome by train from their supermarket job in EK. A really lovely film.



    Hail, hail deffo off oot this time:)

  6. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Starry P…,


    Criterion being the Ettrick now, and choc a block with the onl hyndland mob, the new aladdins cave :oD

  7. Br\o/gan R\o/gan Trevin\o/ and H\o/gan on

    Canamalar/Starry Plough



    I used to go to both St Peters schools too and knocked about White Street as opposed to Chancellor Street, Stewartville Street, Fordyce Street etc although knew guys from all around there.



    Particularly remember getting haircuts from Jimmy the barber in Stewartville Street with his one arm longer than the other– just like the photo in the Record lol.



    Soent more time in the Smiddy than the Dolphin though was in the Dolphin more recently on the day of the Scottish Cup final in fact.



    Fuuny was thinking of a Childhood pal the other day— Donald Campbell— who stayed in White Street as his birthday is on 6th December and for some reason always remember that too and think of him.



    Brimmer– great video clip– there are a few places shown in that clip where I had the odd job and a few others that brought back a memory or 20—- I will have to watch that again.




  8. The Battered Bunnet on

    So, Hardie is pulling Aluko’s arm.



    Aluko is pulling the referee’s leg.



    Has the SPL morphed into a giant game of Twister?

  9. The Honest Mistake says:


    8 December, 2011 at 11:39



    I have Saturday off, the missus is off to the xfactor final, so see you on Saturday!

  10. FNG says:


    8 December, 2011 at 12:00


    ‘just seen that photo of Aluko. if his arm is being pulled, his body is defying the laws of physics’




    Maybe not all of them, but certainly Newton’s Third Law of Motion:



    To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

  11. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    from the sound of it and your age group, we probably went to school together maybe a year apart.

  12. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire says:


    8 December, 2011 at 12:03



    The owner died didn’t he, that was when I was home in January this year, I was there early on to get grubbed up before a session with my old muckers, never made it to the Smiddy tho’ we headed off to some bar poncy bar in Gibson Street..



    The Smiddy was always a good place to get quietly drunk without meeting too many people for me!!

  13. TheGreenManalishi(WithTheTwoProngedCrown) on

    tomtheleedstim says:


    8 December, 2011 at 12:02



    Off to our xmas bash tonight, going to the German Market, It will be the 23rd before I head home so plenty of time to fit in a few sherbets.




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


    8 December, 2011 at 12:04



    Not have grown up in Glasgow, Partick was the perfect place to live for me, I knocked around the West End for a couple of years until I got married and moved down to Partick, I loved it there and now I am getting thouroughly home sick!!




  15. Br\o/gan R\o/gan Trevin\o/ and H\o/gan on

    Starry Plough



    Oh I knocked about all over the West End and Partick– still do whenever I get the chance to come in from the country. The Old Yins stay round the corner in the new flats in Crow Road and what passes for my “Offishul” office was moved up to the top of Byres Road just so that I could go there and take in some familiar surroundings— pubs etc.






    Well what d’ye know lol— you will remeber the mad Misses Broadley and Barker who must have aged about 240 between them, Big Mick, and various other loons that taught at St Peter’s at that time.



    I left at the start of P5 right enough but still knocked about the area.

  16. The Honest Mistake on



    Aye mate the game will be on, just consulted the satellite list to confirm.


    Think I’ll have to head soon after it though.

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  18. Rangers’ support remain completely in the dark about Whyte and his motives, and show no desire to question the rolling series of debacles he is presiding over…




    RANGERS Supporters Association general secretary John McMillan has backed the club’s decision to postpone its annual general meeting until early in the new year as they bid to resolve their ongoing tax issues.



    Craig Whyte, the Rangers chairman, confirmed that the agm will not take place by the 31 December deadline set by stock market guidelines. The Ibrox club could also face a legal penalty for failing to file audited accounts within six months of the end of their financial year on 30 June.



    Rangers published their annual figures last week but they have not yet been signed off by an independent auditor. The HMRC first tier tax tribunal into Rangers’ use of Employment Benefit Trusts, which could see the Scottish champions face a bill as high as £49 million if it goes against them, is due to reconvene in January.



    “I don’t think there will be any great concern among the Rangers fans that the agm is delayed,” said McMillan. “The biggest issue for everyone connected with the club is the tax case, so if the chairman is holding fire until there is a resolution to it one way or another, I believe it makes sense.



    “There are obviously a lot of questions shareholders will want to ask Mr Whyte but as long as the agm is held early in 2012, then I think that will be acceptable. The outcome of the tax issue is going to determine the mood of the meeting when it does happen.”



    Former Rangers director Paul Murray expressed his concerns over Whyte’s tenure of the club in The Scotsman last week, questioning the Motherwell-born venture capitalist’s talk of potential administration and the failure to have the annual accounts formally audited.



    But Whyte has insisted he can cope with the personal scrutiny he faces, following the SFA announcement they were seeking clarification on his disqualification as a director of a company from 2000 to 2007 and whether it breached their ‘fit and proper person’ regulations for office bearers at a club.



    “I feel there is too much focusing on negatives from my past, but I put myself up there to be shot at,” said Whyte. “I can handle that. But I hope there will be a more positive atmosphere by the time of the agm.



    “We’d still hope to have our accounts signed off before the end of the year. It will not be logistically possible to have the agm in what remains of 2011, though. We will have it in the first quarter of 2012 when we’ll have a better indication of how the tax case will play out. I’d like to face that agm with more certainty and positive news on the way ahead for Rangers.”