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 I’m really pleased to let you know that the medal has been withdrawn from sale.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. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ says:


    7 December, 2011 at 13:29






    Did you miss an “I” out in the middle there matey? :-)))






  2. philvisreturns says:


    7 December, 2011 at 13:23



    I have a relative who’s been in prison several times, until they realised that his severe mental health issues weren’t best served by being inside. In both high security and low security prisons he’s never had any form of games machine in his cell. These items so often bandied about by the likes of the Daily Mail are a myth.



    In several short sentences he was never once offered a chance to do something that might rehabilitate him (which is the aim of prison as well as punishment). Is it any wonder re-offending rates are so high?



    Still I suppose he’s more deserving of jail time than the directors of Vodafone responsible for the tax evasion.

  3. philvisreturns says:


    7 December, 2011 at 13:18



    “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.”



    I watched Niall Ferguson’s Ascent of Money last night, and at one point he blithely asserted that, in Chile, all those years of Pinochet brutalism were worth it in exchange for low inflation. How many bodies hurled out of choppers would you say a half a percentage point is worth? A bit crass but then so was he.



    Besides the short term pain, isn’t every currency currently ‘racing to the bottom’ in an effort to export their way out of the doo-doo? Except there isn’t any demand, at least not until the good folk of Kebler 22b take up the slack in 600 light years time.



    Devaluing currency seems to be the neo-liberal equivalent of 1930’s protectionism to me.




  4. Sandman Is Neil Lennon on

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


    6 December, 2011 at 22:40



    Yes. But scale it back a little to increase the catchment.



    £3 a month/worldwide currency equivalent ($5, etc), with the proviso/guarantee that £1 of your contribution will be going to charity.



    Get all the involved charities on board to carry the CISCA logo in their advertising, get FIFA endorsement, have the logo on strips, on every relevant site on the net, thousands of links worldwide trickling back to the CISCA homepage/Celtic website.



    Massive rewards to be reaped, both financially and morally.



    But expect the mumbling dinosaurs of Strathclyde Police Authority to find some illegality…



    It’s a renegade marxist fan faction’s conundrum!

  5. BlantyreKev



    Talking of hard dirty cash – any news on the BIG tax case ;-)









    PS Do you think BRTH will still speak and meet with us, he’s got celebrity status now ;-)

  6. tommytwiststommyturns on

    BRTH – with all due respect mate, where’s this 9 million followers pesh coming from?!






  7. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Just saw the murderer on the news. Looks as if he’s getting 20 square meals a day instead of the normal one.

  8. DBBIA is correct. CFC should buy this medal.



    What’s the point of erecting a statue to the man if you then don’t follow up and acquire as many of his honours as we can.

  9. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Paul67 –



    Is that Groucho or Chico Marxist?



    Remember … be careful out there.

  10. Loss of freedom is indeed the idea. However, it is also meant to be a deterrent.


    If it’s too cosy inside, you may think it might not be so bad to go back when you are eventually released and how do you go about doing that?

  11. weeminger



    I work in one of those place’s and l can tell you they have indeed got play stations,(not the one’s linked to internet, for obvious reasons) Each cell has a TV , freeview and sky tv piped in to each hall, the wee souls all need to watch the same sky channel.



    Trust me they are well looked after.




  12. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    a a




    Spot on. CFC should buy the lot and put them beside the Big CUP!!!!

  13. The Battered Bunnet on




    There’s a pleasing rhyme in Investment and Arrestment, don’t you think?



    Doo be Doo be Doo


    On the subject of prison(er)s,I have a mate back in Kilwinning who has been in and out of them over the years,and always found it difficult to find a job in between sentences,so to speak.



    I asked him why he didn’t do some form of training courses when he was inside.



    He told me he had done,in fact he was a trained commis chef.



    Well then,apply for a blinkin’ job as one,ffs! I said.



    Nae use on the outside,he said. His psychiatric profile barred him from working with sharp implements……..

  15. mickthetic says:


    7 December, 2011 at 13:39



    ‘Trust me they are well looked after.’




    It can’t be that good otherwise they wouldn’t have to be locked in there.

  16. BRTH



    Just how much money are we supposed to give to Celtic? Is close to £600 for a season ticket not enough.



    Rather than seeking more money from supporters, the club are going to have to give serious thought as to how it can maintain ticket sales.



    Current prices are not sustainable unless we want season ticket and individual match ticket continue their steady decline.



    I’ve been following Celtic since being taken to my first game in 1966. I’ve had a season ticket in the main stand since 1983.



    Celtic will get my money as long as I live and breathe because I’m a diehard.



    Unfortunately we overestimate the number of ‘diehards’ who are out there as the fall in attendances has shown.

  17. Serge (10) Tommy Burns on

    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 3 weeks.

  18. Rafik Halliche kept Wayne Rooney in his pocket during Algerias match with England at the world cup.





    Excellent piece of news.



    By reporting it as such,repeating the lie time and again,it becomes accepted fact. And fne they know it!

  20. weeminger – severe mental health issues weren’t best served by being inside



    I agree, there are too many people with mental problems in prison. We need more mental hospitals for violently disturbed people.



    In several short sentences he was never once offered a chance to do something that might rehabilitate him (which is the aim of prison as well as punishment). Is it any wonder re-offending rates are so high?



    Rehabilitation doesn’t work. The government is not capable of making people better people. We should stick to what we know we can do via the mechanism of prison: deterrent and retribution. (thumbsup)





    TootingTim – How many bodies hurled out of choppers would you say a half a percentage point is worth?



    I don’t know Toots. What does that have to do with Ireland or the Euro?



    Besides the short term pain, isn’t every currency currently ‘racing to the bottom’ in an effort to export their way out of the doo-doo? Except there isn’t any demand, at least not until the good folk of Kebler 22b take up the slack in 600 light years time.



    So what we’re talking about here is the people of Ireland being forced to pay, through their taxes, a crippling burden of debt that they cannot afford to repay, and that they didn’t run up in the first place, to bail out the Euro, a currency that is inherently unsustainable.



    The Treaty of Versailles was less vicious, and that was imposed on a country that had lost a world war. What on earth have the Irish done to deserve this?



    In economic terms, demand is the desire and ability to pay for something. Being locked into a currency union governed in the interests of Germany and France is making Ireland a far too pricey place to do business. So Ireland is in the worst of both worlds by being in the Euro. They are being looted to preserve a currency union that is making them poor.



    And more fundamentally, the Irish should govern Ireland. That just isn’t possible within the EU, as is now painfully apparent.



    Devaluing currency seems to be the neo-liberal equivalent of 1930′s protectionism to me.



    No, the modern equivalent of protectionism is the preposterous EU project, with its dodgy currency, its sanity-defying penchant for hobbling growth in its member countries, and indeed its deliberate policies of protectionism. Except the only thing they are “protecting” is the lavish perks and pay of the EUrocracy.



    Revolutions have been fought over less. (thumbsup)

  21. Aldersyde avenue


    I dont think it is supporters like you that BRTH is talking about.It is the untapped support in Ireland ,America and Australia etc.,Celtic ihave a massive pull all over the world,this idea should had been implemented years ago.Slan

  22. bournesouprecipe says:


    7 December, 2011 at 14:00


    ‘Celtic are taking legal advice regarding continual misreporting of the alleged singing offence.’




    That will be a stiff letter to the PCC then.



    Why not just withdraw cooperation until suitable corrections are published?



    They need us more than we need them.

  23. ****TKF PREDICTOR POST****



    Bhoys’n’Ghirls taking part in the TKF Predictor, please note that this coming weekind’s fixtures are now on the website.



    Get your predictions in now!



    Even those who have slipped a wee bit in recent weeks…….or indeed anyone who wants to join up (albeit a few points behind now) please feel free to do so.


    You almost certainly wont win the first half season comp, but theres always the 2nd half and the overall comps still to have a shot at!



    Any late entrants, please email me at: predictor@thekanofoundation.com with your details and we’ll take it from there.






  24. aldersyde avenue



    Afternoon bhoys, sun is out and it’s hun free.



    I understand about the diehards and parting with more cash, but I think Brogan was meaning people like me who can’t get to the games, live abroad etc. I would happily pay a pound a week if it was going toward specific things, other than the general day to day running of the club, and I’m sure there are many many thousands like me.

  25. Due to working very very hard indeed, I may be out of the loop as far as Celtic news is concerned and it seems I may also be off the pace with the sociological musings of celebrities…..I saw a headline in the Metro that said “Katy Price blames TV for divorce”. Now, it strikes me that her statement is far more controversial and harder to prove than,say, “Doctor blames TV for child obesity” but if she is right, then perhaps we need to reappraise our view of the likes of Henry the Eighth, Mickey Rooney and Zsa Zsa Gabor.



    Off course, Katy may be talking about her divorce from Peter Andre (whom she met on a celebrity TV show) in which case, I fully expect the next headline to be “Katy Price blames TV for marriage”.



    I understand that in recent weeks Celtic has closed the gap to 4 points, is playing Peterhead in the Cup and all fans are required to read Das Kapital (except philvis). Anything else new?

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