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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. BMCUWP

     

     

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

     

     

    That could also be seen as a criticism though. His fundamental, life-long deeply held principles were nothing compared to his desire to hold on to power….

     

     

    … as soon as he knew the game was a bogey

  2. petec 13:39 on 12 September, 2014

     

     

    Help petec get the link creator back, pwease, pwetty pwease.

     

     

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    Nope, that is mental Jibber Jabber.

     

     

    Hardly, its just HTML ;-}

     

    What exactly do you want to do?

     

     

    If I’m interpreting you correctly, just a simple way to create code for a link?

     

    http://easyhyperlinks.com/

     

    Does it all for you… after inserting target and text, just copy Your HTML code: then paste & post. Hope that helps.

  3. glendalystonsils on

    Paul 67

     

     

    that’s a great mental image, Imran squeezing Sevco by the pips.

     

    Or to put it another way, he’s got their hawmaws in a vice.

     

    Ouch!

  4. TBB

     

     

    “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.”

     

     

     

     

    I can strongly empathise. I found I was an Orange Order member who votes for both UKIP and the BNP, and marches with a hun top. What’s more so did my da and your da and their das.

     

     

    Our history has been supressed.

     

     

    P.S. I don’t have your e-mail adress. Is that ticket for tomorrow still ok? Name a meeting time and place.

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MACJAY

     

     

    !

     

     

    I assume that you enjoyed my 0407 post?

     

     

    Pretty clinical stuff,I thought.

     

     

    Seems to suggest that a question can be met with a “wouldnae happen,beat it!” response,and no questions asked.

     

     

    Kinda reminds me of how the huns went bust the first time.

  6. Mon The Hoops!

     

     

    14:27 on 12 September, 2014

     

     

    petec 13:39 on 12 September, 2014

     

     

    Help petec get the link creator back, pwease, pwetty pwease.

     

     

    petec try this: http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/html-allowed-in-comments-2/

     

    ####################################

     

     

    Nope, that is mental Jibber Jabber.

     

     

    Hardly, its just HTML ;-}

     

    What exactly do you want to do?

     

     

    If I’m interpreting you correctly, just a simple way to create code for a link?

     

    http://easyhyperlinks.com/

     

    Does it all for you… after inserting target and text, just copy Your HTML code: then paste & post. Hope that helps.

     

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    You don’t know me very well.

     

     

    HH

  7. Heard last night Challs owed plenty when he got the keys to poundland, he allegedly got his debtors on board the Sevco gravy train to pay them back………

  8. Moonbeams@1428

     

     

     

    Not always. Here’s a totally random one from before his hiatus.

     

     

    “philvisreturns

     

     

    12:19 on 9 November, 2011

     

    ernie lynch – You don’t half spout a load of nonsense at times. (thumbsup)”

  9. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Brilliant stuff, Paul. That Charlotte Square paragraph is up there with your best. Think I might do a wee copy/paste of that one to read back on a down day.

  10. SFTB

     

     

    The politics debate on here is a reflection of how modern politics works in general. It’s conditioned,Ya boo – shout each other down in a cycle to the point where people have no where to go as far as giving concessions or consideration to alternatives.

     

     

    Add passion and it soon gets messy (I have no solution to that one and I’m as guilty as anyone)

     

     

    What is your opinion on the resurgence of democratic engagement here (Scotland) in general?

     

     

    I think it is a positive but the dangers of it exploding are obvious, weigh that up against the return to apathy if devo max gets ‘kicked into the long grass’ and the status quo of (as I see it) plutocracy

  11. bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers – I’m no expert on animals, but that appears to be some sort of sea-lobster. (thumbsup)

     

     

    geordie munro – See? (thumbsup)

     

     

    phyllis dietrichson – I… don’t know :( (thumbsup)

  12. Dr Paisley arrives at the pearly gate. St Peter consults his list and can’t find his name. “But I must be there for I served God faithfully all my days” “Sorry,” says St Peter, “but the Catholics are right and you always abused them.”

     

     

    “Talk to God for me please” says Ian, “i changed before the end”.

     

     

    So off goes St Peter, on returning he says, “The big guy says if you can give 3 worthy examples of how you changed, you can come in,”

     

     

    Paisley thinks for a while.

     

    “Once I saw a Catholic scout help an old lady across the road, that was kind I said, and I gave him a pound for his troop funds. Secondly I saw a nun ministering to the sick . ‘You are doing God’s work’, I said, and I gave her a pound for the nunnery’s funds. Finally, I saw a Catholic priest blessing infants. ‘Well done’, says I, and gave him a pound for the church roof.”

     

     

    “OK ” says St Peter. “I will go tell Him and see what He says”

     

     

    A few minutes later the rock comes back with the Boss’s message for the old shouty one,

     

     

    “Here’s your 3 quid back, now piss off”

  13. ACGR

     

    If I am going, it will be by train. I have just walked about two hundred yards and was in pain in many areas (!). I am keen to go so retain some hope but, realistically, I have my doubts.

     

    Right, thats my stint for today done.

     

    Cheerio,

     

    JJ

  14. philvisreturns

     

     

    14:31 on 12 September, 2014

     

     

    “No colons in the (thumbsup)”

     

     

    …and no thumbs up the colons either I hope

  15. geordie munro – 90’s Dutch pop-dance sensation 2 Unlimited are backing Better Together. (thumbsup)

  16. Very disappointed in the blog today.

     

     

    I was taught never to speak ill of the dead.

     

     

    Even if they were horrible bastards when they were alive.

  17. NegAnon2

     

    07:35 on

     

    12 September, 2014

     

    Pjbhoynyc. I think it’s breathtaking that, whilst you don’t have a vote and don’t live in Scotland you are looking forward to letting us who do live with the chaos and mess of a yes vote.

     

     

    Good on you. No consequence to yourself.

     

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    I know you are negative by nature but consider for a moment what I said…

     

    The participation of so many people in this political process is something I find breathtaking. I believe it should be celebrated that Scotland is demonstrating political participation, rather than apathy.

     

     

    As for the ‘chaos and mess of a yes vote’….

     

    The chaos and mess unaccountable politicians and bankers have created already is a reality, not an opinion or possibility.

     

     

    Where I live? You do not know me or my plans. An engaged civil society that Scotland is showing signs of (IMO) becoming, may well be the kind of place I would want to raise my kids.

  18. Sandman

     

     

    14:34 on 12 September, 2014

     

     

    Ian Paisley dead. Hope Satan’s got earplugs handy.

     

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    Your hatred has no logic.

     

     

    Rest assured , Im gonnae be a lot mair unpopular than anyone ever, on these hallowed pages, when I talk the Religious Crap. I will continue to do so.

     

    Protestant/Catholic… Same in my simple mind.

     

     

    Yeshua died to take away the Sins, every sin, of this World.

  19. Monteblanco what democratic resurgence? From what I see it’s simply lots of misinformation and screaming and shouting.

  20. NegAnon2

     

    14:44 on

     

    12 September, 2014

     

     

    97% registered, Expected 80%+ turnout. That’s as close to a democratic decision as you’re ever likely to see in this country.

  21. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    Ian Paisley has died and gone to heaven. When he got there he knocked long and hard on the pearly gates. St.Peter came out and asked his name.

     

     

    YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME ? I’M THE REV. IAN PAISLEY He roared at St. Peter. St. Peter looked at his list and could not find his name. Sorry said St.Peter you’re not on the list.

     

     

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN I’M NOT ON THE LIST??? DO YOU NOT KNOW WHO I AM? As a matter of fact I do, said St. Peter, but your name is not on the list, THAT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH I’M A VERY IMPORTANT PERSON MY NAME SHOULD BE ON THE LIST. St. Peter tried to explain that it’s not easy to get into heaven, especially if you are an anti-Catholic bigot. When Paisley hears this he starts to complain. So St. Peter says that had he had been good to Catholics he would have some chance.

     

     

    WELL, roared Paisley, I’LL HAVE YOU KNOW THAT I HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD TO CATHOLICS, WHY ONLY TWO WEEKS AGO I MET A YOUNG GIRL WHO HAD MADE HER COMMUNION AND I GAVE HER A POUND AND TWO WEEKS BEFORE I MET A YOUNG BOY WHO HAD MADE HIS COMMUNION AND I HAVE HIM A POUND AND JUST LAST WEEK I WENT TO A CATHOLIC CONFIRMATION AND GAVE WEE PADDY A POUND, NOW WHAT DO YOU SAY NOW MR. ST. PETER!

     

     

    St. Peter took a few notes on what he said. He told Paisley to wait that he would have to go and talk to GOD and get some advice. About ten minutes later St. Peter come out and said to Paisley, HERE’S YOUR THREE POUNDS BACK, NOW F@*K OFF YA BIGOTED BASSA!

  22. Neganon

     

     

    I said ‘engagement’ in democratic process and was speaking in general terms (agree it has sometimes descended to what you portray as the norm but disagree on the extent)