Ronny will value having game on Friday night


Yesterday I caught myself moaning about potentially winning the league without playing a game (epitome of first world problems).  How quickly we forget the pain of the 90s.  Let’s bring the title home as soon as possible, no matter where we are or what we’re doing.  There could be people doing the Ronny Roar in shopping streets across Scotland on Saturday.

The one place Ronny will not be doing the Ronny Roar is out shopping, though.  This time of year managers’ weekends are fully booked: one day for the game, one day scouting at another game.  With a game on the Friday night Ronny will be able to take in games on Saturday and Sunday.  Scouting opportunities before the end of the season are limited, so he’ll value the extra day.

A year ago Hibs asked to allow their season ticket holders into a play-off game for free – there’s your rule.  The opportunity to deny another club the same has gone.  Faux indignation about not even asking permission doesn’t register with me.

Club sponsor Magners have offered us a pair of premium tickets to the Jock Stein Stand for Friday’s game.  All you need to do to win is send me an email with the name of the team we play in the SUBJECT line of your email.  Competition closes at 9pm tonight (Wednesday), so not a lot of time.

If you would like to do something enormously constructive while entering the competition, you could always donate £1 (or more if you like) to our Mary’s Meals school kitchen appeal, which you can do right here.  Many thanks.

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  1. Tom McLaughlin at 13.52



    “Are (the) Rangers in effect working a scam here?”



    That’s their default position.

  2. Geordie Munro on

    Queen of the South 16/1 to win play off promotion with bet Victor




    Worth a quid Shirley??




  3. non dee ploom on

    Am i right in thinking that when Hibs were allowed to let their fans in free there wasn’t a rule in place to prevent this and the rules have since been changed by agreement with all member clubs as i understand other clubs benefit from a share of the the 50% of the gate money from all the play offs, if so surely the CEO’s of those clubs should be making their voice heard. If this is totally wrong please ignore me as i’m more of an old lurker than great poster like most of the regulars on here Hail Hail.

  4. sixtaeseven - Gardez la Foi on

    On This Day, 29th April



    1978 : Jock Stein’s last competitive match as Celtic manager results in a 3-1 defeat to St Mirren at Love Street.



    2001: Lubomir Moravcik hits a double and Henrik Larsson nets his 50th goal of the season as Celtic demolish Rangers 3-0 at Ipox.



  5. Herbo



    Of course he’s going to his daughter’s Confirmation.



    It would be a bit of a slap in the face for her if he didn’t!

  6. non dee ploom



    Hibs have questioned this.


    The SPFL have made it clear what the rules are. I don;t understand why the clubs are still complaining.



    Hibernian insist that they are not involved in a “cash grab” with a proposal to change the rules over the distribution of play-off funds.



    All 42 Scottish Professional Football League clubs will vote on 23 April on a motion from Hibs, their Edinburgh rivals, Hearts and Motherwell.



    The three clubs want to halve the amount of Premiership play-off gate receipts going to the league.



    League bosses have recommended that the clubs vote against the proposal.



    Motherwell, who are second bottom in the top flight, and Hibs, who sit second in the Championship, could both be involved in a series of play-offs for a place in the Premiership next season.



    But Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster said: “No club will receive less from the play-off levy this season than they did last season.



    “This is possible because the board of the SPFL has negotiated a live TV broadcasting deal for the Premiership play-off matches – all six games could be broadcast – at a match fee which is just 10% of what clubs receive from televised Scottish Cup ties.



    “The TV deal has been approved by the Premiership clubs, but only one Premiership club will feature and the Championship clubs whose home gates could be affected by live TV were not consulted and didn’t have a vote.



    “All clubs benefitted from the levy last season and will continue to benefit this season.”



    The rules governing the play-offs were agreed by clubs – including Hibs, Hearts and Motherwell – two years ago, when the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League merged to form the SPFL.



    Current rules state that 50% of the cash generated through gate receipts goes to the SPFL, with every club not involved in the games getting a share.



    It was designed to reduce the financial impact on the 42 clubs by paying parachute payments for a possible two clubs being relegated from the Premiership.



    Hibs’ proposal would reduce that to 25% and the difference in cash distributed could be as much as £500,000.



    Dempster said: “The debate began in October when the board of the SPFL sought to introduce minimum pricing for play-off matches and to change the rules to state that season tickets were not valid.



    “We disagree, because we believe clubs should be allowed the flexibility to deal with their season ticket holders as they think best.”



    Dempster pointed out that the Scottish FA was presently funding the parachute payment and said: “In those circumstances, all the levy does is take money paid by supporters to watch the team they support and redistribute that to every other team in the league.



    “Any club which can imagine itself in that situation would say that was unfair.”



    The SPFL says that, as result of opposition from clubs, it will withdraw its proposal to prohibit admission via season tickets and impose minimum prices.



    However, its board recommends rejecting Hibs’ proposal, arguing that it is wrong to make a change that benefits only a few clubs at such a late stage in the season.



    Meanwhile, Hibs say that Premiership clubs benefit most from the levy, with the champions earning 50 times as much as the winners of League Two.




  7. patmcgrathtakesapenalty on

    Some sharp insights and sensitive suggestions from the aptly “anacronymed” S.O.S. site where the airport debate rages.







    Why dont Rangers new board buy it,pay ashley the £5M and sell our OWN stuff?




    Every SD shop in Britain should be shut down permanently !! One day we WILL re-open Rangers shops without the fat cockney!!




    Ffs don’t let yourself or your family put £1 into this evil fat basturd just keep your fingers Xd his mahoosive heart attack comes sooner than later ,,, make my day MA pass away




    This ***!!!’s in cahoots wi Craig Whyte , Peter Lawell n Dermot Desmond not to mention Reagan , Doncaster n Petrie…..there is a strategy in place to stop our return by these corrupt rats

  8. 50 shades of green on

    Re Liam Henderson, In days of old I would probably agree that his Celtic time had come and gone.



    However under oor Ronny I ain’t so sure, I think Ronny will welcome him back he might even loan him out again but I think that if we keep Ronny and buy into his philosophy, we will see a lot more of our own nurtured talent emerge in the coming seasons, and Liam and his wee brother will grace the hoops for a long time god willing.




  9. Herbo



    You must be younger than me. (who isn’t?)



    Didn’t you get a slap on the coupon from the Bishop then?



    I realise I may be being a bit presumptuous here.

  10. Geordie Munro on




    All fair shouts if I’m honest.



    I’d give it to big yogi if they win the cup But I’m not sure if award is before or after final.




    Who am I kidding?? Ronny all day long. :)



    Partisan csc

  11. 50 shades of green on




    14:23 on 29 April, 2015






    Of course he’s going to his daughter’s Confirmation.



    It would be a bit of a slap in the face for her if he didn’t!






    Pmsl mate, and nearly choked on my Guinness as well. :-) :-)

  12. 50 shades of green



    As long as ye didnae spill any!



    Not as if yer payin’ BMCUW prices for it, I’ll bet!

  13. non dee ploom on



    14:24 on Thanks for that, it’ll take me a while to take it all in :>).

  14. Beatbhoy



    I’m 38. No slap from Bishop Mone. I think I missed all that.




  15. Down in That London today. Discussion this morning with sevconian colleague about which pub to go to after work. Went out to grab lunch, turned the corner and first pub I see is The Hoop & Grape. Problem solved. :-)

  16. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Good Afternoon.



    I saw a wee debate on here last night about the death penalty, drug addiction, drug dealers and the moral ins and outs of how you deal with such a thing and such situations.



    So let me tell you a story, and my aopolgies if what follows lowers the mood or the spirits.



    In the early 80’s I was sat down by two men who were both recovering alcoholics. Both were active in AA and both were somewhat concerned about the rising figures for drug abuse in Glasgow and the surrounding area and wanted to try and do a wee bit about it if they could.



    At the time, I was a whippersnapper of a young solicitor and instead of doing the kind of thing I do now in those days I would spend a fair amount of my time running around the courts and the cells.



    My travels took me to the district and sheriff courts in Glasgow and the equivalent courts in Paisley, Dumbarton, Airdrie, Hamilton, Greenock, Kilmarnock and elsewhere.



    When I went to law school there were various programmes on the TV about being a lawyer. However, Petrocelli, The Paper Chase and various other programmes bore no relationship to the kind of daily routine I was following.



    No TV programme can prepare you for the piss smelling hundred year old cells that existed in some courts and even modern police stations with holding cells all had a disinfectant smell which failed to mask the smell of urine, vomit or worse.



    There is nothing whatsoever glamorous about being a criminal lawyer apart from the actual trial perhaps and even that is hardly a glamorous and fun day out. Unless you have a personality and at times a thick skin it can be as tedious as a week in a phonebox.



    On the telly the clients all have a atory to tell and something redeeming about them. That is not always the case in reality and at times you have to search for your own humanity and theirs.



    Anyway, my two older compadres sat me down this day to tell me about something that was coming, and that something was Aids.



    In the early 80’s everyone was terrified by the very word “Aids”.



    There was no cure for the disease, there was very little information about what could be done about the disease, how it could be prevented and most of all what someone should do if they came into contact with anyone with Aids.



    The two men concerend were at the forefront of setting up a drug rehabilitation unit and I was to be the legs who ran about the courts getting the clients out of whatever trouble they had gotten into.



    As a result of this chat, I was to spend the better part of the next few years running after both drug addicts and smallish time dealers.



    It wasn’t glamorous and it wasn’t particularly well paid but at the time i remember having a real sense of duty and that for some you could just maybe make a difference.



    For others …… well nothing you did was going to make a blind bit of difference no matter how hard you tried.



    I witnessed the abject misery that a drug addiction brings and had first hand knowledge of the desperate lengths to which drug users would go to get their fix. I would see good looking healthy young people ravished and emaciated by drugs. I would see young men pimp their girlfriends on the street and the girls happily perform the tricks just to get the money for the drugs.



    I would see people lose all contact with their families and watch mothers and fathers cry and weep with absolute dispair at losing their children to heroin.



    Family background, house postcode, public or private schooling all failed to make any difference as the drugs had the same effect no matter who you were or where you came from.



    And sure enough, then came the diagnosis of Aids.



    Have you ever seen someone’s face when they have just been given what was then a death sentence? The look of terror, dispair, fear, resignation, regret, hoplessness and sheer misery.



    Similarly, when you walked into a police station or a prison and you said to an officer that so and so had Aids,in those days you could see the same terror, the same fear, the same look of bewilderment on ther faces.



    In those days many HIV sufferers were kept in solitary confinement so that they would not infect others especially “staff”. Meals were literally thrown into cells and all plates were only touched with gloves and were immediately sterilised.



    No one wanted to come into contact with or be in the same room as an HIV sufferer just in case they “got it” with the result that people were literally thrown into cells and left alone.



    There were drugs available eventually which, while not a cure, could slow down the march of what was a disease which would eventually kill a sufferer.



    However, the drugs had a side effect in that some sufferers would smell as a result of taking them and on occasion that in itself was dehumanising and embarrassing.



    In due course, some of my clients simply died. They couldn’t kick the habit though many had helped them try. They would be so desperate that they would do almost anything to get heroin into their system.



    They would find veins to inject into which you would believe. I have known people to inject into their arms, legs, head, penis, vagina, ear, eyes and everywhere in between with the inevitable resulting infections, abraisions, sores, bruises and to be honest downright deformity.



    Some died up closes with the needle still in their arm or whatever. Others had heart attacks in their 20’s and others were knocked down or fell out of windows while they were stoned.



    At the end of the day how they ended up in the coffin didn’t matter.



    At times I was appallled by what people would do to get their fix. One guy would scrape sandstone scrapings off a church wall, put the scrapings in a bag and sell it to others as heroin. I have no idea what injecting bits of stone into your blood system does to you or if it is more lethal than heroin.



    Equally how clean was the heroin at any given time?



    Of course, there were people who beat it thank God and they went on to become great husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters and friends.



    I would meet all these people in the drug rehabilitation centre, in police stations and in the courts. I regularly spoke to counsellors, doctors, parents and others who were all routing for these young men and young women and i would have to report back to them that their son or daughter had been sent to prison or wherever.



    However, that was as nothing when you had to tell someone that a child had died.



    As someone said to Mick TT that is a knock on the door that I would never want to make.



    For me, there was one overriding conclusion which arose from this experience and it was that I never ever wanted to judge. I would never want the responsibility to determine someone whould lose their liberty or to be consigned into a system which to be honest just did not know how to cope.



    Society had no cure, neither social nor medical and the legal and criminal justice system was far too rigid and ill informed to deal with the problem.



    Was a guy who sold two half bags of heroin a drug dealer in the same way as someone in a smart suit and who imported kilos of the stuff and then mixed it with talcum powder to double or quadruple the profit?



    No, of course not but it is easier and cheaper to catch a “stoned junkie” who is stoating about the street or local area than it is to catch a smartly dressed big wig who would never witness the devastation that they unleashed with their operation.



    I have no idea whether the guys executed in Indonesia were big fish or just dumb mules or unwitting minnows.



    I can’t imagine what it is like to have the power to sentence someone to their death and I would never want to.



    What I do know is that I detest drugs and am reluctant to even take prescription drugs which is possibly crazy.



    However 30 years on I can still see the human devistation, the weariness in the eyes of the drug addict and their families and on occasion the lack of understanding of people who have never been exposed to such misery.



    Thankfully, HIV is no longer a death sentence but if ever a personal experience made me appreciate people who are involved in running youth clubs, spots clubs, football clubs, rehabilition centres, drop in units and any other activity which keeps kids away from such evil then that was it.



    Never judge.

  17. non dee ploom at 13:48 on 29 April, 2015



    And quite a few played for the Maryhill Harp :>).



    Used to sneak into Kelvindale Park to watch the Harp: there were huge gaps in the fences. We were always on the lookout for ginger bottles with their black ‘corks’. Exchanged them for ice cream and ginger at The Falcon café.



    Played there often enough with our school team: St Mary’s Maryhill ya Bassa (a team of 10 year olds with attitude). There was a slope north-south and the surface was black ash with several streams running across from the north-east corner whenever it rained.



    We hated Maryhill Juniors who played in the blue jerseys which Rangers (in liquidation) used to wear. The Harp wore the Hoops!! The good old days!!!!!!

  18. BRTH



    powerful and informative as usual. Gripping reading. Very thought provoking. Thanks for sharing.








    The logic in letting this young lad go to Norway, seemed to be that he would get regular games and come back a more experienced player.



    How does that square with his time spent on the bench? – He would have been a more appropriate substitution than Tonev in the SC.



    I agree with a few others that, for whatever reasons, he is surplus to requirements at CP.



    I do not expect to see him back!

  20. jamiebhoy75



    You’d better buy some sunnies. And paint them!!!



    HH jamesgang

  21. patmcgrathtakesapenalty on

    Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma


    14:49 on


    29 April, 2015



    Thank you.

  22. !!bada bing!!



    14:30 on 29 April, 2015



    Only one winner for me, Ronny Bhoy


    2 trophies cheated out a 3rd.



    Mcinnes- won nothing and never in with a chance of winning anything.



    Hughes- one ‘honest mistake’ away from being out the cup, no where in the league.



    Neilson- done well with what he had to start with but came up against ronny and was destroyed twice.



    As I said Ronny at a canter

  23. BRT&H





    A thought-provoking, informative and interesting piece on the evils of drugs – I agree with almost all you with regard to the identification and punishment of drug offenders and the need not to judge the unfortunate souls who are damned by their addiction – however I do judge those ‘well-meaning’ do gooders in our society, who advocate a ‘laissez-faire’ approach to the consumption of drugs.



    It seems to me that to decriminalise the use of all and any drugs, would merely lead to an escalation in the numbers using and the quantities available.



    Of course someone, somewhere, will produce a study from somewhere that will dispute this – all I say to them is – this is Scotland and legalisation will inevitably mean that ‘all hell will break loose’

  24. hun skelper



    The only way Ronny would win it was if we were still on for the treble.


    McInnes might because they have challenged this year.


    Hughes might because they knocked us out.


    Neilson probably because he won the most competitive league in the universe at a canter.


    McInnes won it last year for being the only team to beat us in the league.

  25. Mr Pastry


    15:29 on


    29 April, 2015



    Why do you think we are different from elsewhere?



    Here’s one thing from BRTH’s tale that wouldn’t happen if drugs were decriminalised – you wouldn’t get folk risking the prospect of injecting sandstone.

  26. weeminger



    So has legal bevvy stopped people drinking wood alcohol?



    HH jamesgang

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