Scotland, consolable in defeat


I want Scotland to win at pretty much anything.  For me (fourth generation), this is my home and my country.  I also want Celtic players to be successful.  But the engagement with tonight’s qualifier against Serbia is not there.  If I’m really honest, my biggest wish is for Callum McGregor to have a midweek off.

Memories of the 1998 World Cup do not help.  Celtic contributed more players to that tournament than any other club in world football.  We paid a price the following season as exhaustion took its toll.  Do I really want Celtic players on international duty in throughout the summer, before another tortuous European qualification campaign?  Do you?  No need to pull that plaster off yet.

My country’s position on the international stage has always been viewed through pragmatism.  Will it hurt the poor, or the soon-to-be-poor (hmmm)?  Will it hurt what I really care about, like Celtic?

So good luck to them tonight, but if we are beaten by the better team, I will be consolable.

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  1. Happy Friday eve all!



    With you Paul, not always a popular view but I do hope the wee Scottish team makes it. 



    No injuries please.




  2. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Stevie Clark might teach the Celts something about team structure and tactics while they are in the Scotland camp :-))



    Ooooonly a joke – calm doon!!






  3. Sky etc and all TV deals, the champions league on tap have killed International football for me.



    Its the complete ambivalence and the decades of failure that mean I couldn’t care less if the win 5-0 or get beat 5-0

  4. Sent to me by a friend yesterday. Worth a read.



    An open letter from Dr Michael Yeadon (ex head of Pfizer) to Matt Hancock



    Dear Mr Hancock,



    I have a degree in Biochemistry & Toxicology & a research based PhD in pharmacology. I have spent 32 years working in pharmaceutical R&D, mostly in new medicines for disorders of lung & skin. I was a VP at Pfizer & CEO of a biotech I founded (Ziarco – acquired by Novartis). I’m knowledgeable about new medicine R&D.



    I have read the consultation document. I’ve rarely been as shocked & upset.



    All vaccines against the SARS-COV-2 virus are by definition novel. No candidate vaccine has been in development for more than a few months.



    If any such vaccine is approved for use under any circumstances that are not EXPLICITLY experimental, I believe that recipients are being misled to a criminal extent.



    This is because there are precisely zero human volunteers for whom there could possibly be more than a few months past-dose safety information.



    My concern does not arise because I have negative views about vaccines (I don’t), Instead, it’s the very principle that politicians seem ready to waive that new medical interventions at this, incomplete state of development- should not be made available to subjects on anything other than an explicitly experimental basis. That’s my concern.



    And the reason for that concern is that it is not known what the safety profile will be, six months or a year or longer after dosing.



    You have literally no data on this & neither does anyone else.


    It isn’t that I’m saying that unacceptable adverse effects will emerge after longer intervals after dosing. No: it is that you have no idea what will happen yet, despite this, you’ll be creating the impression that you do.



    Several of the vaccine candidates utilise novel technology which have not previously been used to create vaccines. There is therefore no long term safety data which can be pointed to in support of the notion that it’s reasonable to expedite development & to waive absent safety information on this occasion.



    I am suspicious of the motives of those proposing expedited use in the wider human population. We now understand who is at particularly elevated risk of morbidity & mortality from acquiring this virus.



    Volunteers from these groups only should be provided detailed information about risk / benefit, including the sole point I make here. Only if informed consent is given should any EXPERIMENTAL vaccine be used.



    I don’t trust you. You’ve not been straightforward & have behaved appallingly throughout this crisis.



    You’re still doing it now, misleading about infection risk from young children. Why should I believe you in relation to experimental vaccines?



    Dr Michael Yeadon

  5. People will not be allowed to drink alcohol on trains or at stations in Scotland from Monday, ScotRail has announced.



    It said the temporary policy had been put in place to support public health measures and keep people safe during the Covid pandemic.

  6. Former Chief Scientific Advisor with Pfizer Dr Mike Yeadon has claimed the Covid-19 pandemic is “fundamentally over” in the UK.


    Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, he said: “We now know that loads of people had prior immunity, there’s an unbelievable amount of data, Whitty and Vallance have ignored it…I believe firmly we are now at community immunity.”




    I’m sure he did.



    However, his view, as an expert in this field, that a safe and successful vaccine anytime soon is fanciful, misleading and potentially reckless should be believed.




  8. I partially disagree with you there, Paul.



    I’m well up for tonight but I do share your concern about international football.



    The thing is , unless UEFA, FIFA or whichever body your national side falls under intervene in health, safety and travel during this pandemic then it’s going to continue.



    So whilst we are still expected to send players on international duty – and it isn’t just Scottish players we have to worry about either – I’m hoping for a win tonight and a chance to see my country back in a summer tournament again.



    The only thing I would say is that my usual following of the Scottish national side has waned over the years, more so since Strachan stepped down, and I feel like a bit of a fraud having barely watched Scotland for quite a few years now.

  9. As long as we have a team from the Union to support. Scotland, England, Wales or NI, it will save us looking for a new flag we can reuse our beloved Union Flag.

  10. PHILBHOY on 12TH NOVEMBER 2020 12:46 PM



    He’s being very reckless if he’s telling people not to get vaccinated. It’s dangerous.



    It looks like he’s in a tiny minority in the scientific community. Governments around the world and the WHO have advisers who are closer to this than him and haven’t been using dodgy data to push a disputed argument about community immunity.



    He’s heavily invested in an argument that disputes the need for a vaccine

  11. TIMMY7_NOTED on 12TH NOVEMBER 2020 12:59 PM


    Even Julia Hartley Brewer getting a mention on CQN today!!



    She wasn’t though. It was someone who was on her show.

  12. Julia Hartley Brewer DID get a mention ! Look :



    “Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, ” ( 12:39 pm).



  13. CELTIC40ME



    In his letter Yeadon said and I quote –



    “Only if informed consent is given should any EXPERIMENTAL vaccine be used.”




    So he’s not telling anyone not to get vaccinated.



    I don’t know enough about it to debate, however, I would trust the devil before I’d trust Hancock.

  14. I thought that , by not explicitly mentioning the words English or England in his blog, that we might be spared the concerted wrath of the SNP McGlashans but no…..



    Insufficient enthusiasm for the Scottish National team is now enough to have you deemed insufficiently Scottish for the new Tartan Kitsch Nation.



    Better paint your face with woad and wear some anachronous Scottish garb from a Walter Scott meets Brigaddon fantasy, if you want to pass muster here.

  15. Paul67 et al



    Might be better to look a wee bit closer to home to find out why Celtic have to travel around Eurasia playing every qualification round available. Our own failure to do better when we are in a good position to do so. Our recent failures to make the Champions League group stage are entirely of our own making, and not least our inability under Neil Lennon to win key games at home. At Celtic Park remember. We certainly cannot blame Scotland’s involvement in major tournaments for that. That said there is way too way too much International football. Arsene Wenger made the point recently how despite qualification for the Euros lasting over two years 24 of 55 Nations will participate next summer. Not quite half, but only a few short. Absolute nonsense, designed only to line the pockets of FAs and UEFA.


    But we have got this far, got a number of Celtic connections in the team, two of the group stage games to be played in Scotland next summer, so good luck to Scotland.

  16. Philbhoy is making a very strong point.



    A lot of Dr. Yeadon’s posts in the past have been OTT about the lockdown procedures and he is certainly quoted with enthusiasm by the wilder fringes of the anti-vacine movement.



    However, having been wrong in the past is not a barrier to being right this time.



    His simple points are:-



    The Pfizer drug has been subject only to in-house trials


    It needs further trials and results replicated by scientists not employed by Pfizer


    It is understandable that Govts want to have a drug as early as possible


    Yet, it is important that any olunteer KNOWS that this is still classified as Experimental


    There wil still be willing volunteers but they will have then given INFORMED consent.


    Oh and Matt Hancock IS a Numpty



    P.S. Just because Pfizer are first to declare does not mean they are going to be the best available drug in the long run

  17. SFTB



    Thanks for that post!



    The impact on stock markets around the world to news of this “vaccine” has been major so money is being made by some one!



    No me btw!

  18. I’m looking forward to the game tonight. What a turn round this will be if Steve Clarke can get a result.



    What’s the betting you will need a vaccine to watch football, indeed anything soon. Digital ID cards will be next and it will be mandatory to carry them.



    Be wary, be very wary.

  19. Tonight’s game , the last paragraph is a cracker…




    What about the referee?


    Antonio Mateu Lahoz, despite his wealth of experience, has never officiated a Scotland game before.



    The Spaniard did, however, oversee Rangers’ Europa League win over Feyenoord at Ibrox last season and Celtic’s defeat in the last 16 of the same competition at the hands of Zenit St Petersburg in 2018.



    Scottish referee Craig Thomson says he is “not a showman” and generally is “happy to take a back seat” in matches.



    “Uefa are taking no chances, with the four selected for the play-off the current top refs,” he says. “Lahoz is a nice guy and his English is very good, so Scotland should be happy.



    “But VAR [video assistant referee] will be used, so the Scottish players need to be wary that any subtle pushes and pulls in the penalty area will be detected and punished, unlike at home.”




    He’s suggesting that the vaccine shouldn’t be given to anyone until the safety profile is known, in six months or a years time.



    The volunteers he’s talking about would be taken from high risk groups and tested after it’s been made clear to them the experimental nature of the vaccine. They would be part of an ongoing testing program, not part of a world-wide vaccination program.



    He’s also suggesting there’s a world-wide conspiracy

  21. Won’t be watching the game tonight. Couldn’t care less (about all international football) as long as the Celtic players are:



    A) Not injured



    B) Avoid COVID-19



    I’ll be happy.



    If Scotland win that’ll make a few of my friends and family very happy, I’m completely ambivalent. Got scunnered by Celtic players getting booed, on and off the park when I was a regular at the Scotland internationals in the past.



    Even Judas, who was booed when playing for Celtic became a hero when he moved to France, same with Choccy McClair.

  22. Celtic40ME



    I am agreeing with that part of the statement that volunteers need to know the nature and status of the drug.



    I am disagreeing with him on the suggestion of the world-wide conspiracy.



    Well, apart from the one by anti-vacciners to Exaggerrate the risks and Diminish the benefits we all enjoy from a whole host pf previous vaccination programmes.



    Many of are alive, and many of are alive helathily, becauase previous debilitating diseases were almost eradicated. The anti-vaccineers who share a close relationship with the anti-mask and Pro-Trump constituencies are welcome to endanger their own health as they compete for their personal Darwin Award but, without decent uptake of the vaccine programme, all of us are at risk from their stupidity.






    I am agreeing with that part of the statement that volunteers need to know the nature and status of the drug.”



    It makes sense to do that, but included in that statement is the suggestion that its part of a new longer term trial period that would mean no one else get the vaccine in the meantime



    It would be typical of the world we live in today if through the brilliance of the human mind we found a vaccine in an incredibly short space of time and then rendered it much less effective because of ill-informed conspiracy theories



    Every getting vaccinated is essential.

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