Riches available for Ronny, now let Imran retire to Charlotte Sq


The point was made several times below yesterday’s article that Ronny Deila needs a full strength team on the park tomorrow, as well as an impressive performance and result, which is hard to argue with.

The possibility that Scott Brown could return, as well as potential debuts for Aleks Tonev, Wakaso Mubarak, Stefan Scepovic and John Guidetti gives the manager an embarrassment of riches.  Enormous changes are needed, but their introduction needs to be measured.  Aberdeen will arrive having beaten us home and away last season; their Cup win at Celtic Park [a successful ground all round for them recently]was particularly impressive.

The Scottish media were clearly briefed that Mike Ashley was set to dump ownership of Newcastle United to take control of the dump in Govan, which was reported in good faith, but unfortunately for those hoping the Sports Direct owner would buy into the Rangers International share issue will be disappointed.  This morning a statement from Ashley read, “I will not be participating in the Open Offer which closes at 11am today, Friday September 12, 2014”.

I’m sure the Easdales and our man Philip Nash have another buyer swooping to the rescue.  Maybe our other pal Imran!

In a busy morning at Newco they settled with former director Imran Ahmed, who had claimed £625k in monies owed and costs.  You may consider Ahmed has a brass-plated neck to squeeze the pips from the club he co-founded two years ago, but when so many others in the management team have been superbly compensated, there was little chance he would hold his hands up and leave without consideration.

Hopefully the Scottish media will allow him to retire to Charlotte Square and put the matter behind him, before any embarrassing insolvency event, as is the way around these parts.

Many thanks for the magnificent response to the Magners’ competition, which has now closed.  Special thanks to those of you who helped Mary’s Meals at this difficult time for aid agencies in Africa.

I have the photos from the second and third school kitchens you financed for Mary’s Meals in Malawi.  The mood on the blog has been so…. challenging in recent times I wasn’t sure how to introduce anything off-message, but we’ll profile them soon.

There is also a survey coming up next week.  I’ve been working with a (proper) academic from our community who suggested we should record exactly who we, the Celtic support, are, in 2014.  Planning to run from Monday, so look out for it.

The draw for tomorrow’s tickets will be made shortly so check your inbox.

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  1. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I am surprised several posters have named there team for tomorrow but have not included Kris Commons our top scorer last season.I think there should be a pace for Kris in the side although I am not sure Rony would agree. H.H.

  2. Phyllis Dietrichson


    13:07 on


    12 September, 2014


    Wll there be a minute’s silence at Celtic Park tomorrow for the dearly departed reverend?



    Why not. Nowadays there are minutes silences and applauses for everbody and everything.

  3. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I was reading your reply to HT and how you tried to distinguish how you would judge harvie

  4. joe filippis haircut



    13:13 on 12 September, 2014



    KC has been poor this season. Awful in our last two league games. McGregor is in front of him at the moment.


    I’m sure he’ll be back to his best soon enough but for now should be on the bench. IMO.

  5. Joe Filippis Haircut



    13:13 on 12 September, 2014



    I am surprised several posters have named there team for tomorrow but have not included Kris Commons our top scorer last season.I think there should be a pace for Kris in the side although I am not sure Rony would agree. H.H.





    I think Ronny is getting annoyed at Kris insisting that he play with that spare tyre under his shirt. Why can’t he just leave it in the dressing room? No one is gonna nick it.

  6. MWD



    I have said from the outset that I am against the very idea of separation.



    I am because it is divisive and the last couple of weeks have shown me to be right.



    I have said it is a strange social justice that excludes some and pays for itself at others expense.



    Just general points but in this article those points are extremely well articulated.






    I am well aware I read it through self serving spectacles but the arguments put forward really do ask questions of independence as a means to a more just society.



    Independence is not an end in itself, a more just society is and that means no one within our power to include is excluded.



    The author is not for the status quo and suggests how to change it.



    This in my opinion is what we should be aiming for – pulling together not apart.

  7. Auldheid



    the human race is born of division. It is part of our basic human makeup.



    It is living peacefully with those divisions that count and not hating because of them not matter what level they are at. Accepting and respecting others views (apart from the occassional wind up as you just know you will get a bite on a blog or twitter :-) is as important as expecting other to accept and respect your own personal views.



    MWD says AYE

  8. MWD



    The pages of this blog have overflowed in the last few months with posters, particularly the YES advocates, claiming that this is a vote for independence and not for the SNP or any individual member of their party. Some of the NO campaigners have been almost as bad.



    Yet, after a scroll through some of last night’s offerings on here, I was met with support and derision in equal measure for or against individuals who took the platform at the Hydro.



    I find it highly amusing to see YES advocates dragging out reasons to support people like Harvey and Sturgeon when they’ve spent countless time claiming that it’s not about individuals.

  9. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    You Bhoys may be right about Kris but he still banged in over 30 goals last season. I think he still merits a place in the team if his form has dipped at the moment let him work through it. H.H.

  10. eddieinkirkmichael on




    12:38 on 12 September, 2014





    12:37 on 12 September, 2014


    If this isn’t about characters or political parties why are there so many YES people now defending that horrible, anti Catholic, bigot Harvey?!





    Any chance giving us that weren’t aware of his bigotry an insight mate?

  11. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    Naw a never, and a never called you an atheist, I asked why atheists who are not forced to send their kids to denominational schools should be allowed to impose their doctrine on religious people.


    It was a simple enough question I thought, apologies if it came across as a personal attack.

  12. MWD



    If I get the opportunity later I’ll get back to you on the Catholic Schools/Harvey thing but back to work for me now.

  13. Paul ,



    I’d like to nominate Monaghan 1900 for a bravery award … let’s call it the CQN medal of honour .



    With no regard for his own safety , M 1900 has repeatedly gone behind enemy lines in order to expose the ignorance , doolaliness and general insanity that is FFin’



    His bravery and dedication is an example to us all .



    Lest we forget …

  14. Geordie Munro



    13:11 on 12 September, 2014



    “Matthew 7:1-3″



    I’m pretty sure he’s injured Pete;)



    Bit defensive for the sheep is it no?





    I need the link creator text, badly.



    A track for the superlative DD,






    God was shining on me when the CQN Dumbarton night was postponed.

  15. Frank Ryan's Whiskey on





    13:11 on 12 September, 2014




    Frank Ryan’s Whiskey @ 13:02



    “One could simply turn that a*se over tit and say ‘despite the extent of relentless misinformation, dodgy propoganda, and minipulation of figures by the Nats.”



    Both sides would throw that accusation at each other’s campaigns. The same can’t be said of the Establishment and Media involvement though.




    The Establishment in Scotland is the SNP?

  16. tonydonnelly67




    13:16 on 12 September, 2014







    I mean for the lesser amount, he had a good case for the £650,000, he must have if they gave him an offer?




    Fair point – a bird in the hand and all that. He was due £500k as a bonus apparently. £150k to cover legal fees? Chances of that being there in a few weeks might be slim.

  17. HamiltonTim 12: 38


    I am not defending P.Harvie.i am comfortable in my catholic faith.it overwhelms anytIing forwarded by him.



    He has a right to his strand of thought,


    To me you are correct, it is not about party politics or individuals.it is for me about democracy and reacting to what its electorate want.


    The Labour/Tory assumption of power at westminster is being questioned by participation; popular participation.its what this plutocracy loathes and detests more than anythin.


    There is no workin class only an economic underclass full of despair and lacking hope with no future and if they do get a job it will be low paid.,i feel having democracy closer to its electorate and with the resources available in this country we can offer policies which redistribute wealth ( remember that folks) and make our society more cohesive and interdependent instead of its dug in historical imbalance.(och its always been that way)


    .Under our present market capatilism the poor and weak are crushed and trampled over whilst £ billions go unqustioningly into faslane and a banking system that alledgedly operates in a free market, yeh free to the finance sector as the poor pay for their errors.thro austerity


    I know your undecided mate and that is respected but imo you have a chance to make our democracy reactive to its voter.


    This wont happen from westminster.




    Hopr yir well

  18. jamesgang – :) (thumbsup)



    ginger – that was my wed homage to one of our great ginger managers. (thumbsup)



    moonbeams wd. – I am not aware of any reason why anyone would call GG a rape apologist. Can you enlighten me as to the detail.



    Yes. Patrick Harvie couldn’t play the ball, so he sleekitly tried to play the man. GG should sue.



    On Catholic education, Mr Harvie is a bigot. He wants to close Catholic schools down because he cannot tolerate Catholic values being taught in our schools.



    He has tried to get the Catholic Church banned from having representation on local education committees.



    He seeks to impose his own pro-homosexual values on our educational system.



    Mr Harvie is one of those people who uses words like “tolerance” and “diversity” while displaying intolerance of opposing views and demanding conformity to his opinions.



    He is a hypocrite and disgrace. (thumbsup)

  19. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    As long as Britain is unified then there will only ever be one winner, London

  20. Philvis.



    Welcome back.



    “GG should sue”.



    -Going by his track record , IF he has a case he’ll do exactly that.

  21. canamalar – People are not forced to send their children to denominational schools, so why is it ok for atheists to force non denominational schools on people who believe in god ?






    Patrick Harvie isn’t a parent, but he feels entitled to dictate what sort of education other people’s children may have. He is opposed to pluralism and diversity in our schools. That makes him a bigot. (thumbsup)

  22. HT



    Fair point on that. But given that both Yes and No posters were attacking the individuals put up to stage to debate on behalf of the two seperate campaigns, rather than attack the politics behind the campaigns it is reasonable that some would take to defending the personalities. Must admit i am neither here not there about any one of the 4 on the stage personally. I agree with some of their politics, even Conservative policies are not all bad, but when individuals are attacked, and I had a wee dig a GG’s aggression in front of an audience of 16/17 year olds, in my usual facetious manner, which I believe was a stupid thing for him to do if he was hoping to get his arguement across, I would expect others to defend him against that who disagree with me.



    And yes. This is not about SNP and Alex Salmond. It is about TEAM SCOTLAND which incorporates many politicised parties and groups, The SNP with their white paper, The SSP, The Green Party, Labour for Independence, Woman for Independence, Radical Independence etc… And on the other side we have a bundle of elitist knobs :-)



    MWD says AYE

  23. This the guy your talking about?



    Patrick Harvie is the co-convenor of the Scottish Green party, and member of the Scottish parliament for Glasgow. He was once described in the Daily Mail as the “voice of the irresponsible left-led anti-family anti-Christian gay whales against the bomb coalition”, which made his mother very proud

  24. Joe Fillippi



    Injured. Recuperating in Oz the last I heard.



    Liked him but it hasn’t taken off.

  25. Strange that Ashley isn’t buying into the open offer at RIFC. He is effectively allowing his 4% holding to shrink for no gain, even though he can easily afford to maintain his holding.

  26. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire



    13:31 on 12 September, 2014





    As long as Britain is unified then there will only ever be one winner, London





    Hi Mr C, I’d normally drop a techno mix at this point within the Mr C, cannae do that at the mo.



    There are 3 winners, 3 states and 3 places that influence everything, well according to the conspiracy nutters.



    Anyone gonnae help a desperate link creator wannabe?

  27. tonydonnelly67 – yes. So basically, he makes a living out of being smugly wrong about everything. (thumbsup)

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