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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. CQN friend Jim Murphy’s expenses –

     

     

    2012-2013 – £80,767

     

    2013-2014 – £196,969!!

     

     

    Plus £67k salary for being an MP. Better Together?

  2. Chavez

     

    15:16 on

     

    12 September, 2014

     

    CQN friend Jim Murphy’s expenses –

     

     

    2012-2013 – £80,767

     

    2013-2014 – £196,969!!

     

     

    Plus £67k salary for being an MP. Better Together?

     

     

    In fairness MSPs won’t be exactly waiting on giros.

     

     

    It is income from outside interests that I object to.

  3. Can anyone truly, hand on heart, say that the YES Campaign will really have a mandate for radical change when, after over two years of campaigning they are still struggling to convince even half of the Scottish Electorate?

     

    Many YES voters on here have been suggesting that after a YES vote, the current make-up of the Scottish Parliament will alter dramatically after the next Scottish Elections.

     

    Out with Wee Eck and In with some, as yet to be undefined, morally pedigreed brave new leaders.

     

    There seems to me to be hee-haw chance of getting any consensus on the way forward even among the 50% that voted YES never mind trying to get the buy-in of the NO voters.

     

    The whole business is likely to end up mired in internecine squabbling and mayhem.

  4. Neganon, you huv many perceived haters, the interNOT.

     

     

    You are more powerful than so many.

     

     

    You are a Leader.

     

     

    IMO, obviously.

  5. Gorgeous George sitting outside the croon plaza with a bevvy…was going to give him a piece of my mind…but I didn’t have a bit to spare.hh

  6. neganon2

     

     

    14:55 on 12 September, 2014

     

    Weeminger the yes leaning voters are behaving like attack dogs at every opportunity.

     

     

     

     

    Really?

     

    I must have missed these hounds of hell.

     

     

    Some old dugs and pussy cats on both sides but Lebanon it (still) ain’t!

     

     

    WoofWoofCSC

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  7. Monteblanco I don’t agree :). This notion that we will be able to hold an Edinburgh parliament to account more than Westminster. If the SNP win an election I will be in a minority again. How will that make it any different for me? When will it all stop?

     

     

    The mayhem won’t simply be political. It will be economic. When it’s economic and will impact jobs, it will become civil unrest. Particularly with around 50% of the population dragged angrily and unwillingly into the mess.

  8. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Neganon2,

     

    I think there is a big difference you are dismissing

     

    We can’t remove the Westminster power brokers together and that’s a proven.

     

    We will be able to remove the power brokers in Edinburgh if we’re no happy.

  9. Ray Singh-Carr

     

    15:18 on

     

    12 September, 2014

     

    Can anyone truly, hand on heart, say that the YES Campaign will really have a mandate for radical change when, after over two years of campaigning they are still struggling to convince even half of the Scottish Electorate?

     

     

    Apart from the good old Stormont Day when jokers like Sir Knox Cunningham had majority’s of zillions have West Minster politicians by and large represented a majority of those on their electoral register?

  10. geordie munro – How do you make a ouija board?

     

     

    Take away his jellies and buckfast. (thumbsup)

  11. Quonno, the expenses claimed at Holyrood are far lower than for Westminster. It’s far less of a gravy train but also MSPs are closer. But almost £200k in expenses in one year? That’s a liberty. Murphy has taken almost £1million in expenses at Westminster.

     

     

    Ray Singh-Carr – I take your point but rules are rules. I think there is a consensus that Scotland should be independent…but some question the timing or viability. I’d like to think that if it’s Yes and Scotland is successful that everyone would buy into it. We had to suffer Thatcher’s horrible world and the most she ever got was 45%.

  12. quonno

     

    15:13 on

     

    12 September, 2014

     

     

    I know, and we’re used to it (as Celtic fans). You’d be amazed at how many have been surprised by it.

  13. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Ray..,

     

    Hand on heart, me

     

    Not only will it shake up the Scottish but everyone else in the UK

     

    I would expect England and Wales to change dramatically

  14. Neil Canamalar. I’m not missing the point but I think you seem to be imagining that the scottish people will all act as one. When has that ever happenned? Also tell me how would you feel if you were a Tory voter in Scotland. What about their democratic deficit? Or don’t you care? For the record I am not a Tory voter in case you all want to attack me.

  15. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire

     

    15:23 on

     

    12 September, 2014

     

    Neganon2,

     

    I think there is a big difference you are dismissing

     

    We can’t remove the Westminster power brokers together and that’s a proven.

     

    We will be able to remove the power brokers in Edinburgh if we’re no happy.

     

     

    Hopefully, if Labour gets its act together, there will be no overall party making policy in Edinburgh.

     

     

    It was Labour’s loss of credibility at last Holyrood elections that brought about the whole referendum scenario.

     

     

    Salmond and Sturgeon were probably both asounded when they found themselves in a position of having to deliver on a referendum promise.

     

     

    They would have been happy to remain the perpetually moaning underdog.

  16. Neganon

     

     

    You could argue that is already happening, Boris just ordered water cannons.

     

    I will never vote for Salmond so we share another thing in common as well as disdain for the PLC :)

     

    I also think No will see it out but it is a sticking plaster on the septic wound of democracy (I added that bit in for dramatic effect)

     

     

    What will be will be I suppose

  17. Sky News ask Peter Robinson if Paisley betrayed his party…’sorry i’m not hearing anything…..’ he said

  18. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    I always reckon that ouija was just a word made up by somebody who had a bad hand at scrabble…

  19. weeminger

     

    15:25 on

     

    12 September, 2014

     

    quonno

     

    15:13 on

     

    12 September, 2014

     

     

    I know, and we’re used to it (as Celtic fans). You’d be amazed at how many have been surprised by it.

     

     

    Such ignorance is no surprise where the Sun and Daily Record are major selling newspapers.

  20. tim malone will tell – I always reckon that ouija was just a word made up by somebody who had a bad hand at scrabble…

     

     

    It’s a perfectly zrgjftx word. (thumbsup)

  21. Petec I am not sure about that. I have gotten so angry in the past that I reacted the same way as those attacking me. I don’t see much leadership in that.

  22. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Neganon2,

     

    So your whole argument is based on fear of change.

     

    The economic discussion all depends on who you listen to and who you believe and in the end they are all conjecture. No one honestly knows how it will go if it becomes reality, many threats will simply dissolve when people are forced to deal with reality.

  23. “Apart from the good old Stormont Day when jokers like Sir Knox Cunningham had majority’s of zillions have West Minster politicians by and large represented a majority of those on their electoral register?”

     

     

    Not quite comparing like for like though is it?

     

    I accept that the First Past The Post system, coupled with the intransigence of the Electorate at large means that it is quite likely the Party returned to executive power does not achieve over 50% of the possible eligible votes.

     

    However, this is a straightforward YES/NO question in which the YES option consigns 100% of the Voting Public to follow a path of no return.

     

    In all fairness, if the aim of a Referendum is to permanently alter the entire political and economic landscape of a nation then it ought to be predicated on at least some level of general support from the country at large.

     

    If 50% +1 is sufficient then they might as well just have tossed a bleeding coin!!

  24. Monteblanco I don’t share your view of Britain being on the edge of civil unrest.

     

     

    Civil unrest is generally caused by poor economic conditions, lack of jobs etc. that’s guaranteed post a yes vote.

  25. !!Bada Bing!!

     

    15:28 on

     

    12 September, 2014

     

    Sky News ask Peter Robinson if Paisley betrayed his party…’sorry i’m not hearing anything…..’ he said

     

     

    Have Gerry or Martin appeared yet?

     

     

    Why I ask is that I remember under similar circumstances, Lord Fitt found himself describing Thatcher’s henchman Whitelaw along the lines of him being some kind of jolly old buffer.

  26. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Neganon2,

     

    I expect the Tory vote to return, there will be plenty when the nats break up

     

    I also expect they would have to take their chance like everyone else in a democracy

  27. neganon2

     

     

    15:23 on 12 September, 2014

     

    James gang perhaps that’s because you are blinded by your views?

     

     

    —//—

     

     

    Maybe. But as the old quotation states, there is no such thing as fact, only perceptions.

     

     

    It seems ours differ.

     

     

    Hopefully that was sufficiently civilised!?!

     

     

    :-)

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  28. Geordie Munro 15:20 on 12 September, 2014

     

     

    Philvis,

     

     

    My mate works in a ouija board factory.

     

     

    He’s undecided :)

     

     

    How do you make a ouija board?

     

    Nick his jellies.

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