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. Ray Singh-Carr


    15:32 on


    12 September, 2014



    Would you have us believe that should either side poll say fifty one percent, the other side will quietly sit back and accept it as being the settled will of the people. I for one don’t.

  2. quonno



    15:34 on 12 September, 2014



    Bangers has already teweeted that he has lost a friend.



    People change over time, not always for the worse.



    Circumstances change.

  3. Hoops_Neil_Lennon_diditagain on




    15:26 on 12 September, 2014


    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.



    Lonely, that’s how I would feel.


    It,s a yes from me, it’s a yes from mrs hoops and a yes from teenage hoops.

  4. Neil my whole argument isn’t based on fear. That tag line has become tiresome and dare I say it somewhat lazy. Firstly I am genuinely afraid because I know what will happen. See posts last night about what happenned in Quebec (and they didn’t even get a yes vote).



    But on top of that I believe we are stronger together, in a larger community, with greater influence, in a bigger market with more diversity in both social and employment opportunities. That splitting is a strange thing to do when we need to get scale to compete in the world.



    And as I have said time and time again, we seem to think Scotland is some great wee place and we as a people are different and much more socially conscious etc. well I really find that bizarre given all that has happenned to us as a celtic support, sectarianism etc.

  5. quonno



    15:37 on 12 September, 2014



    Opportunity of a lifetime, mate.



    Do you have a view on reincarnation?

  6. Quonno,


    It would be impossible to reconcile a lower bar being set for a Democratic Poll of this magnitude. I am astonished that the figure of 50%+1 was ever agreed upon in the first place to be honest.


    Possibly (strike that, almost definitely) the Westminster elite totally underestimated the levels of support for an Independent Scotland and felt that a high water mark of 50% was way beyond their ken.


    Once again they were wrong, so what’s new I suppose?


    Whatever the result now I just foresee lots of disgruntlement and disunity for Scotland.


    Nobody wants that.

  7. Hoops Neil Lennon so does that make you feel good? Alienating a sizeable proportion of your population? is this just all about revenge?

  8. canamalar – One side is painting an unrealistically rosy picture of the economics of independence.



    The other side is warning (albeit, cackhandedly) about the very real risks.



    A Scotland without a central bank underwriting its debt is going to be a very fraught and hand-to-mouth place for many years. That has unavoidable consequences for jobs and public services. If you think what we’ve seen since 2010 is “austerity”, you’re in for a shock.



    And it’s not just evil neoliberals like me saying so. Saintly leftwingers like Paul Krugman have been vocal on this point too.



    The Yes campaign can ignore economics, but that doesn’t mean economics will ignore Scotland.



    If, despite all that, people still want to break Scotland away from the UK, that’s their choice. But they should make their decision under no illusions about it heralding a land of milk and honey. There’s no going back if they feel buyers remorse. (thumbsup)

  9. Neganon



    I didn’t actually say ‘on the edge’ my whole point was based on the fact that in decades to come, under the present political system, civil unrest is unavoidable.



    Or are we an island who just manufactures wars that appear to be closing in all around us without it ever having an impact?



    Or am I taking it too far? I’m thinking 20-30 years tops. And would a YES vote make one iota of a difference? Probably not but that is my chain of thought which is as open to ridicule as anyone eles’s I suppose

  10. Canamalar take their chance just like everyone else in a democracy? Isn’t that what we already do in the uk?

  11. Hoops_Neil_Lennon_diditagain on

    mon the hoops!



    15:37 on 12 September, 2014


    Geordie Munro 15:20 on 12 September, 2014






    My mate works in a ouija board factory.



    He’s undecided :)


    How do you make a ouija board?


    Nick his jellies.




    That would just leave his ice cream.

  12. Latest stats



    51% in favour of No



    49% in favour of Yes



    4% of posts on this blog about Celtic



    I know the Referendum is the big story, but still, we have a game tomorrow…

  13. NegAnon2



    14:53 on 12 September, 2014



    You really are a belter,you are quite possible the most blinkered individual I’ve ever read on this blog.There is no grey in your world,you are 100% correct end of debate,right?

  14. mobile phone companies have backed away from a joint statement,on Cameron’s orders,with the increased prices threat

  15. Ray-Sing



    given the Yessers were so far behind being this close at this point is a fantastic result for me. If the polls are correct and almost half the population of Scotland want change away from WM and 97% the eloctorate is registered. How can that be a bad thing? Except of course that almost half the population want change from your point of view.



    What was it Ernie reckoned 2 or 3 to 1. i laughed at him then and I laughed at him now.



    I did not expect to be this close. I expected it to be in the mid 40’s leading up to last week of poliing ie. 44\45\46%.



    I can only thank the Bitter FEARFUL scaremongering together campaign for bringing us so close to the wire. I wonder how strong a position they would be in if they had just highlighted whatever it is they believe is positive with the UK. As at now with the the Banking\Finances and the messages operators like ASDA I am hoping it sees a wee tip over the line for the Yessers. Scots are not stupid and we know when we are being fed a line.



    Standard Life left in 1997 – Oh wait No they didn’t


    ASDA is going to increase prices – but wait, assuming Independence is voted for and SNP get inat next election they will receive a 3% reduction in corporation tax. Ah! They must be passing that saving onto the English consumers.



    MWD says AYE

  16. Monteblanco sure there are lots of issues in the UK. But that’s true everywhere. I think you have a particularly jaundiced view of the uk but you are entitled to your opinion and I’m not ridiculing it.



    But it sounds like a protest vote from you. And as I said you are exchanging the uncertainty of mayhem in the future for the certainty of it with a yes vote.

  17. neganon2



    14:50 on 12 September, 2014


    Pjbhoy NYC I took from your post that you were hoping that no voter apathy would win the day for your side. Hardly an encouraging way to look at things don’t you thin.


    The only side I am on is having bankers and politicians being held accountable, the more locally, the better…and yes it is not very encouraging that you look at things that way.



    As for your point about bankers. What on earth has that got to do with the independence vote? Drawing these parallels which have no semblance on connection to our decision next week is what I see the yes campaigners doing all the time. It’s just a smokescreen.


    Bankers have everything to do with it, politicians just secured your kids future to pay off the bail outs reckless banks received for failing. Banks have more influence than the electorate.



    As for where you live. I repeat you are shouting from the sidelines and have no skin in the game. Scotland will be a mess for a generation and it’s my children’s generation.


    You are making assumptions!



    Nice of you to sacrifice them and then maybe think of moving here when the dipstick has settled!


    You finish by saying I am sacrificing your children….??? Is this the hyperbole you accuse attack dogs of? Hmmm…






    My post last night stated i found the level of engagement and the quality of debate breathtaking. In general, Scotland should be proud of the extent to which young and old are participating thoughtfully. There are zealots and bams on both sides, but the focus should be on the positive, rather than the negative. Whatever the outcome, Scotland will not be the same with respect to participation in politics… I think that is a better state of affairs going into the future.

  18. MWD



    “I can only thank the Bitter FEARFUL scaremongering together campaign for bringing us so close to the wire. Scots are not stupid and we know when we are being fed a line.”



    Those two sentences seem a bit contradictory to me.


    Might it just not be the case that because so many Scots are not stupid ( a point I wholeheartedly endorse) that they are pulling back from the brink?

  19. Timm7 noted. All I am doing is giving my opinion. Why do you feel the need to attack me? Because you disagree with me?

  20. Anyone on here know much about currency etc ?



    Have some oz dollers saved, moving home end of next year so saving as much as possible, wondering if i should change what i have at minute into sterling ?



    as alot of people saying if yes vote is successful sterling will drop.



    Any advice would be great, heading out now but will check in soon.




  21. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    Firstly, you have no idea what will happen, you may think you know but you really don’t, secondly your fall back is always the fear you tell me your argument isn’t based on.


    We are not Quebec, and even the Quebec argument seems very strange as they were punished economically because they voted no yet you don’t fear a no vote.


    I disagree about being stronger together, and the market is the same size whether we are together or not.


    I don’t believe Scotland is a great wee place, it’s full of inequalities and prejudices but I’m beginning to think they can be better addressed in a smaller democracy where the govt can be held responsible directly without the extra judiciary layers prior to the European courts.

  22. Neganon



    last one from the now, off to get the wean



    Agree there are lots of issues in the UK just now, a lot of shouting and screaming. I am glad we are. It is better than the issues of Ukraine and Gaza who are also fighting for autonomy. Avoiding that is what we are all after, no matter if it is next year or next decade.

  23. Hoops_Neil_Lennon_diditagain on

    Proudboy hold on to your dollars, they are choice C. If you can still buy beer with them I’ll still vote yes.

  24. It was not an attack it was an opinion unlike yours.You batter away at the keyboard for hours presenting your opinion as fact,you know something its just your opinion its not a fact just because you want it to be.

  25. Bada Bing – you mean Cameron ordered the phone companies to make a joint statement and they refused? Or Cameron ordered them not to make such a statement?

  26. Philvisreturns



    I don’t believe 1 has painted an unrealistic rosey economic picture ( I assume you mean the yes side here).



    They have painted a picture that it will be better and that it will take time to make it better as it ain’t going to happen overnight. Remember us Scots are not stupid. We can think as you well know being one (unless you are not). No one has suggested that it is going to be Utopia. I have heard a number of times that is will face challenges. But the ultimate goal is to produce an econimicly stable society were the majority rather than the minority are treated fairly. i know you don’t believe in that concept. i understand your life is your wee community and you are all that matters in that community. But thankfully up here we are more inclined to want a better nation for as many as possible.



    as for UK economics. How wonderous they have proven over my lifetime. Bank failures, bank bonus’s on top of bank failures, minority rich getting richer by the day while economic gap opens betwen the rest of us. UK economic policy is a dead duck.



    1,7 trillion £ tells me that.



    It’s actually laughable that it is being defended.



    I agree the NO campaign is completely CACKHANDED though.



    MWD says AYE

  27. DiCanioWasADream on

    If people of this world had just sat back, and were too afraid to try new and to sometimes scary things. We would still be living in caves.



    No offence to those who choose to live in caves today. ;-)



    Just my opinion.


    Born 67

  28. Timmy7noted. Think about what you are saying here. Your not attacking me? Read your post to me. And what on earth am I meant to do? Do I have to put a disclaimer on every post?




  29. Apologies for a Celtic related post





    New balance looking like the new shirt manufacturers.


    1:28pm – 12 Sep 14

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