Selection question, casino gambling at United


Ross County started their league campaign on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat at Tynecastle.  Last season that kind of result was title winning form.  Prior to that, they had three League Cup wins without conceding, although it took penalties for them to overcome Buckie Thistle in their first game in that tournament.

The big moments of last season are easy to recall.  The 3-0 win over Newco in February and the 1-0 over Dundee United a few days earlier.  Our first domestic away win in 8 months, at Pittodrie, and coming from behind at Ibrox in April.  High on the list, though, is our visit to Dingwall in December.

Playing with 10 men for the last 18 minutes (including added time), Tom Rogic dinked a cross to the far post for Tony Ralston to outleap a clutch of defenders and score a 97th minute winner.  You will not need to be reminded that Ross County have caused Celtic problems since they first emerged on the scene.

They lost Regan Charles-Cook and Blair Spittal, which will blunt them, but you know to expect a battle.

The big question for me is about selection.  Celtic failed to build on an early lead against Aberdeen, prompting Ange to hook Kyogo, Hatate and Maeda.  David Turnbull will be hopeful of a start.  It is too early to expect Moritz Jenz, Aaron Mooy or Alexandro Bernabei to force their way into the starting 11.

Delighted Dundee United got the win over AZ Alkmaar last night.  The moved the dial for Scottish clubs in European qualifiers, who until then recorded three defeats without scoring.  Tony Watt provided more evidence of the quality he has had for a decade, without being truly fulfilled.

Jack Ross is a manager I have admired since he took his Championship St Mirren team to Celtic Park on Scottish Cup duty five years ago.  His time at Sunderland was captured in the Netflix documentary, Sunderland ‘Til I die, a perfect example of why not to join a shambles of a club.  It is worth watching, if only to try to figure out how Sunderland managed to replace ex-Rangers chief executive, Martin Bain, with a less empathetic, David Brent-type character.

Last season he was rewarded for getting Hibs into the League Cup Final with the sack, a decision that looked strange to begin with, and now just looks ludicrous.

European group stage football would give United a chance to curtail the baked-in structural losses they have experienced in recent years. Their smallest loss in the last three years was £2.52m, their highest turnover in that time was £3.9m.

This is a club living way beyond its means, maybe they caught the casino bug off Monaco all those years ago.

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  1. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Up late tonight here in Oz, thinking about a tough game ahead


    against the heilanders.


    My instincts tell me Ange will go with big Gio up front and Mooy


    midfield, but I think Tony the Tiger will be stick on ahead of Jura


    for the right back/ mid spot.


    After all he has previous up there in that beautiful part of the




    H.H. Mick




    That’s 4months now C and you are correct about learning to live with it, I’ve just not mastered it yet. I really miss our get togethers at Celtic Park,and at times, regret giving up my ST, but my health dictated it. I also miss our wee gabs on twitter. God bless you C and, hopefully, meet up soon. 😀😀 HH

  3. MM – would not be surprised to see GG start but Juranovic should keep his place, with a role for TR after an hour if the game is going ok. On the left, GT also deserves to keep his place even though Bernabei must be desperate to get going. Would also like to see Jenz in action but Welsh is another who deserves to keep his jersey following last week. Great to have what appears to be decent competition for places.

  4. Have we quite literally no way of watching the game tomorrow, links included (think Hesgoal’s gave up on league ?)



    Is it on the radio ? Radio version of Celtic TV (does that exist) for Engalndshire ?



    Apologies. Haven’t really had the time to investigate / see if it has changed kind of thing.




  5. WEEFRATHETIM on 5TH AUGUST 2022 2:49 PM






    That’s 4months now C and you are correct about learning to live with it, I’ve just not mastered it yet. I really miss our get togethers at Celtic Park,and at times, regret giving up my ST, but my health dictated it. I also miss our wee gabs on twitter. God bless you C and, hopefully, meet up soon. 😀😀 HH






    Frank, there’s not an hour that passes that I don’t think about Helen but that was once a minute. Like you with D, she was my soulmate and you’ll never meet her like again.



    My faith means that if we live good lives from now on we’ll have a chance of seeing them again. And if we live well they’ll be smiling.



    Apologies for the serious pish everyone else :-)

  6. Melbourne Mick on




    Big Welshy has surprised me so far, definite starter


    young Greg is improving every game and starts just for his efforts


    for the cause.


    Let’s wait and see who’s right ? Jura or Tony, I’ll be happy either way.




    Always good to just talk.




    Same same.


    H.H. Mick




    Cheers mate!



    All well here thanks!



    Wonderful to see you posting!




    You have no idea how reassuring your words are. I also look forward to meeting Dot again in some kind of afterlife. Sorry to be so morbid folks but 52 years is a long time. Will slip off now and pour myself a Stella Artios, er Artoys, fk it a Budweiser. Lol. HH

  9. Melbourne Mick on




    Why slip off, stay here amongst yir ain folk.


    Let’s hear your memories from way back, I’m listening and I’m sure


    many others.


    Just wait till I pour another wee rid biddy.


    H.H. Mick

  10. boondock saint on

    Ron Bacardi,


    Sorry for the late wishes, and prayers. Just got out of hospital meself as I got a left hip total replacement. Partly down to being a very one footed player back in day. Aipple, hope you and your family are good in KY. If you are ever in Bama, give me a shout. Got to go to physical torture now.




    Hail Hail

  11. Very poor analysis Paul. Dundee United are yet another example of a club that, this century at least, has failed to reach, or better still, to realise its potential. Much like Scottish football generally. Not so much as spent too much money, but having spent too much time in the lower divisions than is good for its’ morale. Last night gave a hint of what is possible, a 15000 crowd against a team, AZ, we did well to get past early doors last season. Not to mention fourth in the SPL. We all need to get away from the Old Firm model of Scottish football, open it up to the other Dundee Utds, ie Dunfermline etc, broaden the league, which will produce more good young players, again. Celtic will benefit too.

  12. ROTTEN News..



    Celtic midfielder Reo Hatate will miss Saturday’s trip to Ross County through injury. Boss Ange Postecoglou revealed at his Friday press conference the Japan international has been ruled out of the clash in Dingwall.



    Hatate made a bright start to the campaign, catching the eye in pre-season and in the opening day victory at home to Aberdeen. But he will play no part against Malky Mackay’s side as the champions travel north for an early Scottish Premiership test in the Highlands.




    The 24-year-old was withdrawn in the latter stages of the 2-0 win over the Dons with a facial injury and Postecoglou will likely now call on David Turnbull or Aaron Mooy to replace Hatate in the Celtic line-up.




    Funny you said that. Was sitting thing here about the first time I met wee Bertie. About 25 years ago when my lovely wife worked in the Drumclog Inn in Strathaven, Bertie was a regular and my mrs told him how much I loved watching him play. He asked for the house phone number and phoned me and told me get my ass down to the pub there and then. There started a wonderful friendship.

  14. Scaniel at 8.02 am



    It would be good to see a picture of big Jimmy and big Jimmy

  15. Melbourne Mick on




    O.K Whos for Mooy, who’s for Turnby ?


    But….. but ..what about McCarthy ?




    H.H. Mick

  16. My team prediction for what it’s worth-






    Ralston CCV Welsh Taylor



    O’Riley McGregor Turnbull



    Maeda Kyogo Jota



    Used subs will be Mooy, Giakoumakkis, Abada and maybe Jenz or McCarthy



    I expect a win but Ross County played very well last week against Hearts with Edwards and Hiwula-Mayifuila looking very sharp in attack. I predict another tight 2:1 win for us

  17. big wavy



    One of the conditions of allowing Saudi Arabia to buy Newcastle Utd from Mike Ashley was that they would stop hosting/broadcasting pirate versions of the EPL to all and sundry. Hence no EPL on Hesgoal. Likewise, UEFA has also put the kaibosh on Hesgoal showing Champions League and Europa League games. As far as I know the Celtic – Aberdeen flagraiser last week was available, and quite probably the Ross County game tomorrow. Or, for totally unbiased coverage, Radio Scotland.

  18. Melbourne Mick on




    Isn’t it amazing how that amazing wee bhoy Bertie had such


    an influence in all our Celtic supporting lives.


    Truly epitomised “ A Lisbon Lion “


    H.H. Mick




    Thank you so much Tim it means a lot. The comments I got on here and Sentinal Celts were quite amazing. It definitely goes a way to help ease the pain. Also Paul 67 was equally very sorry.

  20. bigrailroadblues on

    To HAMILTONTIM and WEEFRA. It would be lovely if you could attend a meeting of the Shipbank Shipwrecks next month or sometime in the future. Finger buffet and canapés supplied.




    Indeed Mick. He actually knew Dot better than he knew me. I remember meeting him in Strathaven and was telling bmcuw we blethered for about 45 minutes. Bmcuw replied that I got away light, just 45 minutes. Lol. HH

  22. Melbourne Mick on

    Now ghuys and ghals this I’ve got to see, a picture of


    BIG JIMMY and the real BIG JIMMY whiiiit


    How much would that be worth ?


    Maybe a wee donation to the donkey sanctuary ?


    Could it happen?


    Let’s wait and see.


    H.H. Mick 🥰

  23. Wee Fra.



    How you the day? Come on any time,your among yir ain’t ma friend.


    We must try and organise you to a game at Celtic Park sometime,and get to see yi ya cheery tim.In the meantime keep postin.





  24. MELBOURNE MICK on 5TH AUGUST 2022 3:53 PM









    O.K Whos for Mooy, who’s for Turnby ?





    But….. but ..what about McCarthy ?










    H.H. Mick




    TURNBULL Bhoy for me Mick.


    Sad to say, but Aaron Mooy looks slower than a Tax Rebate from the little I have seen of him ?


    HH Mate.

  25. BRRB



    How’s that plantation outpost with its big wide street of Cookstown treating you?





  26. FRED COLON on 5TH AUGUST 2022 3:50 PM


    Scaniel at 8.02 am







    It would be good to see a picture of big Jimmy and big Jimmy




    NOT for me it wouldnt…..My Four Legged version will be a lot better looking.








    See you’ve got me started. My late brother in law had a brother who played for Celtic in the 1940s. His name was George Hazlett. I met him a couple of times as I got older but never had the pleasure of watching him play as I was born in 1946. An absolute gentleman who, I think, finished his career playing for Belfast Celtic. I think they payed a big tribute to George when he departed this world. HH

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