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

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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. coolmore mafia

     

     

    13:37 on 12 September, 2014

     

    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.

     

     

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    I’m left with a vision of an incredibly downmarket version of Dragons Den …..Loyalist Lizards Lair if you will….

     

     

    Big Mike cries, wayie A’m oot and reaches for another packet of salt n vinegar McCoys to dip his yorkie bar into…..

     

     

    A Sleasdale gently strokes the box of matches snuggled in his lap……..

     

     

    While all the while …… in the murky shadows a feral creature shuffles papers….,

     

     

    Ogilvie! Where’s ma Dieet Coook?shouts Ashley, apparently devoid of self irony…..

     

     

    To be concluded……soon I hope!

     

     

    aff oot.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  2. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    BT,

     

    Can’t agree, Neither Biton or Johansen stay involved in a game, they appear to share the cloak of invisibility.

     

    However I would thoroughly enjoy a bit of humble pie on that but I don’t see that happening for at least a season.

  3. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family

     

     

     

    13:59 on 12 September, 2014

     

     

     

    David

     

    mini bt first birthday 7/4/2001. Pay per view on sky sports..

     

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    Braw. Was there not a part up the Garngad that evening? You went a bit overboard for a first birthday party…

  4. BT and JJ

     

     

    more to the point, how are you both doing after your operation and accident respectively?

     

     

    BT, the recently retired good doctor is aiming to be working a few days a week….well, he does have a new wife to support.

  5. Sftb,

     

     

    Most of those unsavouries you have posted are disliked in the main for football reasons.

     

     

    I don’t think you youngsters are taking this referendum seriously enough :)

  6. Geordie

     

    Better……in the sense that I feel as though I have only gone 14 rounds with Tyson whereas yesterday felt like 15 0:-).

     

    Thanks for asking.

     

    JJ

  7. I think ernie lynch is a fantastic contributor to this site.

     

     

    He has isloated himself so he cannae be influenced. A Massive thumbs up from me.

     

     

    That link creator text?

  8. Re Harvie

     

     

    Yes he is an intolerant anti-Catholic secularist bigot.

     

     

    He is the one remotely credible figure in Scottish contemporary life (assuming one discounts Lorraine Kelly and Kirsty Wark) who has openly advocated the abolition of Carholic schools.

     

     

    Over recent weeks I have been rather more assured about his future role if any in an independent Scotland.

     

     

    His utterances on YES campaign duties have basically been limited to idealistic pish about renewable energy, leaving oil in the ground and attempting to live without fossil fuels. All the while wearing a smart suit and avoiding the charge of being a lentil eating swampy type.

     

     

    I would say that the likelihood is he has a high profile with YES given, ahem, “inclusion issues”.

     

     

    In an independent Scotland he will be dropped by the Nationalists like a hot totty.

  9. Jungle Jim,

     

     

    Good to hear my man.

     

     

    Acgr painted you as some wee girls blouse but I knew it musta been serous ;(

  10. traditionalist88 on

    Voters forced to send in their ballots by post a week ago say they are “regretting their choice” after recent, dramatic events in the referendum debate.

     

     

    Out of the 4.2 million referendum voters, almost 800,000 registered to vote by post.

     

     

    Many are from remote communities like Fetlar island in the far north of the Shetland Islands. This small island only has 71 residents and no voting station.

     

     

    Islanders there say they are angry that the Yes and Better Together campaigns have “moved the goalposts” since they had their say.

     

     

    Murray Cooper moved from England to the island to retire. He’s been here for five years and voted No, but regrets it.

     

     

    “If I could vote now, I would definitely vote Yes,” he said.

     

     

    “Since I sent my ballot in about a week ago, so much has happened what with the party leaders coming up, new powers, more clarity from the Yes campaign on certain things.

     

     

    “I’m quite angry that my vote has been wasted but I think the Yes will win anyway so I’m happy about that.”

     

     

    Elsewhere on the island, Kenny Ritchie says he is happy with his decision but has heard from other postal voters who would have changed their votes.

     

     

    He said: “I know a few people who aren’t happy with their votes. The ballots went out early and the campaigns have moved on.

     

     

    “It’s left people wishing they could vote again.”

     

     

    On Friday in Edinburgh, postal votes were already being processed with a week left of the referendum campaign.

     

     

    A couple on Fetlar island told Sky News it’s unfair that so much new information has come to light, particularly from the Better Together side in the last four or five days.

     

     

    They have backed the No vote, but said: “The Better Together have shot themselves in the foot.

     

     

    “They’ve offered all the extra powers to Scotland but it might be too late to persuade lots of postal voters. We are still hopeful that it’s a No vote though.”

     

     

    Elsewhere on the island, Kenny Ritchie says he is happy with his decision but has heard from other postal voters who would have changed their votes.

     

     

    He said: “I know a few people who aren’t happy with their votes. The ballots went out early and the campaigns have moved on.

     

     

    “It’s left people wishing they could vote again.”

     

     

    On Friday in Edinburgh, postal votes were already being processed with a week left of the referendum campaign.

     

     

    A couple on Fetlar island told Sky News it’s unfair that so much new information has come to light, particularly from the Better Together side in the last four or five days.

     

     

    They have backed the No vote, but said: “The Better Together have shot themselves in the foot.

     

     

    “They’ve offered all the extra powers to Scotland but it might be too late to persuade lots of postal voters. We are still hopeful that it’s a No vote though.”

     

     

    Elsewhere on the island, Kenny Ritchie says he is happy with his decision but has heard from other postal voters who would have changed their votes.

     

     

    He said: “I know a few people who aren’t happy with their votes. The ballots went out early and the campaigns have moved on.

     

     

    “It’s left people wishing they could vote again.”

     

     

    On Friday in Edinburgh, postal votes were already being processed with a week left of the referendum campaign.

     

     

    A couple on Fetlar island told Sky News it’s unfair that so much new information has come to light, particularly from the Better Together side in the last four or five days.

     

     

    They have backed the No vote, but said: “The Better Together have shot themselves in the foot.

     

     

    “They’ve offered all the extra powers to Scotland but it might be too late to persuade lots of postal voters. We are still hopeful that it’s a No vote though.”

  11. Joe fillipis haircut

     

    I suppose we are paying his wages under the terms of loan.i would like to think the medicals for loanees are as stringent as they are for signing.My patience is limited but as I said before I hope he proves me wrong

  12. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Caddizy

     

    my was planned at least.( on the mend thanks)

     

     

    jj and Connairre12 are victums of unfortunate incidents…

     

     

    haven’t spoken to the good doc since new years day v motherwell, oldtims fault as he has moved away from my favourite watering hole BB’s. ?..

  13. The ability to cry foul and bias against the Yes campaign reached new heights or lows last night with the complaints that somebody official looking at the BBC had tried to make oor weans lie that they were not Yes voters.

     

     

    It stretched the definition of bias to breaking point.

     

     

    In the midst of an election campaign, a Broadcaster that has to pay attention to rules on impartiality and can be challenged legally on those, quite rightly, if it breaks them, found themselves with a demographic that was overwhelmingly for one side rather than the other. The audience had a massive bias towards the Yes Side but that, seemingly, is ok. Any question to ascertain if any were willing to declare themselves as less-committed Yes voters seems to have been treated as an attempt to persuade them to vote differently??

     

     

    Now, here;’s the thing about bias.

     

     

    We had a demographic selection which we know from pre-polling to be biased towards a Yes Vote. Nobody on the No campaign asked for them to be disenfranchised and not listened to, or that they should be balanced out by a group of No voters, outwith the age range, in order to balance the audience. We took it for what it was- a chance for young people to show their passions, interest, gaucheness, idealism, and, on occasion, their daft pre-occupations.

     

     

    However, we live in a democracy, not a paedocracy.

     

     

    Where is the balancing event of a massive audience TV event for the over 55’s to air the Yes:No arguments?

     

     

    If such an event were held and an audience with an inbuilt “bias” towards No voting was assembled, how loud would the cries have been from the YES people that this was a biased audience unrepresentative of the electorate at large? Would it have been a huge outcry or a bloody huge outcry?

     

     

    The question for me is a rhetorical one.

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    I reckon you took the man a few times in your leader,shocking stuff.

     

     

    I’m proud of you!

  15. Try again…

     

     

    Any Belfast lhads know of any good bars near the Sliabh Dubh Bar on the Springfield Road?

     

     

    B-)

  16. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    JJ, I hope you are fit enough to make the game tomorrow as I know how much you are looking forward to it.

     

     

    Normal service will resume with the acgr paradise mobile on my return from the 14th century.

     

     

     

    HH

  17. The Battered Bunnet on

    It’s been a long time coming, but in reading the last few pages I’ve realised today that I’m an anti-Catholic bigot.

     

     

    It’s come as a surprise to me right enough, but there you go.

  18. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    hamiltontim

     

     

    12:57 on 12 September, 2014

     

    I hated Paisley when he was alive. I won’t glorify in his death.

     

     

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    Paisley and Thatcher were titans of politics when I was a lad.

     

     

    That both of them were irrelevant when they died will do for me.

     

     

    In Paisley’s defence,he finally realised that the writing was on the wall and worked with Sinn Fein. Most had refused.

     

     

    Pity it took him until the last years of his life to realise that. A lot of lives could have been saved with that approach a lot earlier.

  19. blantyretim

     

     

    My guess is that either the jockey is female, and saw a wasp – or they are now being instructed to throw the race “in play”.

  20. The Battered Bunnet

     

     

     

    14:13 on 12 September, 2014

     

     

     

    It’s been a long time coming, but in reading the last few pages I’ve realised today that I’m an anti-Catholic bigot.

     

     

    It’s come as a surprise to me right enough, but there you go.

     

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    Boooooooo

     

    Hissssss

  21. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Billy bhoy

     

    thankfully I didn’t back it, hearing paddy power refunding bets on the horse..

  22. Player confidence, they say, is extremely important….and who am I to argue with them (whoever they are).. so how about this?

     

     

    Louis Van Gaal said he wanted rid of Danny Wellbeck because he just wasn’t good enough and he was happy for him to go to Arsenal

     

     

    Arsene Wenger has said that if he had been in the country at the time, he would never have signed him

     

     

    I imagine that Danny Wellbeck is well vexed.

  23. steve – Aye. It’s a fun game when you get to redefine time-tested Catholic moral values as “intolerance” and use it to attack our schools. Ian Paisley should have caught on to that one. (thumbsup)

     

     

    moonbeams wd. – great. Now I have a Pink Floyd song stuck in my head. (thumbsup)

     

     

    geordie munro – peacocks can’t take a punch. (thumbsup)

     

     

    canamalar – take some Kentucky and tell him it’s one of his young>/i>

     

     

    :) (thumbsup)

  24. The Battered Bunnet

     

     

    14:13 on 12 September, 2014

     

     

    It’s been a long time coming, but in reading the last few pages I’ve realised today that I’m an anti-Catholic bigot.

     

     

    It’s come as a surprise to me right enough, but there you go.

     

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    I backed Kojo frae the git go, he isnae daft at all.

     

     

    Christ, well he can never be corrupted, the DNA is being changed in plants through drugs apparently, what is to say, well.

     

     

    TBB, I hope the wee chap moves soon, hopefully to Clyde as they try to play fitba.