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. bigrailroadblues on

    AN Tearmann, if my cousin didn’t live here I would probably never visit. Not a favourite town.



    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.




    I dont eat when I am Bevvying in a Pub….so NO Snails or Oysters for me, thanks.








    I am as well as can be expected. How the devil are you? Very well I hope. Seems years since we used to meet up at CP, but live in hope it can come round again. They really were happy times indeed. HH

  4. bigrailroadblues on

    Big Jimmy, they don’t do hulahoops in snail or oyster flavour. Thank feck.😳

  5. Melbourne Mick on




    These are the memories that bring people together, what’s the odds


    that some of the clever bhoys will know about him and his achievements


    Just like Bertie I suppose.


    I was born 1947 and thank the lord for all the years the Celtic have given


    me, maybe not too many more, but they’ll be filled with joy.


    After all you could have been brought up a hun 😂


    H.H. Mick

  6. WEEFRATHETIM on 5TH AUGUST 2022 4:26 PM









    Yer an nutter. (In the nicest possible way.) lol HH




    Your RIGHT Mate, sometimes I am ” Aff Ma Heid”…LOL.


    As for a Photo of me and the other Big Jimmy, I KNOW which Jimmy will look the best….These days I am an auld geezer, and not ” PHOTOGENIC” as I was in my younger days….My God….I was a real good looking younger Bhoy.


    I was a Babe MAGNET back then.




    HH Mate.

  7. bournesouprecipe on




    No Juranovic?



    I’m going same as Aberdeen except Turnbull for Hatate

  8. The Four Legged ” Big Jimmy” would not only be better looking than this auld Big Jimmy….but would also have more Brains no doubt !





  9. Meaning of ” VAR”…..


    Is it a secret code for ” VICTORY AGAINST Rangers” ?


    If so, that will do me.



    Hopefully the Huns and their vile support will be in for some surprises IF VAR does its job properly, when I think of just SOME of the shocking decisions by Match officials that have gone their way over the years.


    I have read for some time now that many Hun fans have been screaming for VAR……They are soon to get their wish….they may NOT like the OUTCOMES ?



  10. Big Jimmy


    Unfortunately as demonstrated last week if a cross is coming in that looks dangerous the ref blows up for a non free kick – game stops no VAR

  11. Re the presser …



    Some of , m them questions ,m were asked , m about, m 4 times with different , m words .

  12. Wee fra



    Doing grand and feeling great thanks,happy with the turnaround in Celtic from this time last year is good for the heart.


    Your time will come again with your good lady,I pray your loss is soothed til then with warm memories,


    don’t be a stranger F,it’s good seeing you on these pages.


    And hopefully in the course of the season we will get you up and see the bhoys.



    Hail Hail

  13. Bognorbhoy



    Think wee davie turnbull is practicing the eye rolls






  14. Petec



    “Don’t stop believin”


    Love this tune, you put a cover of it up the other day.



    Check out the original below if you wish.


    If you do read the comment by Luke Johnson it is in the first 10 🌝




  15. fergusslayedtheblues on

    BIG JIMMY 4- 36


    I too was a BABE MAGNET when I was a pup


    Now I’m an old dog I’m more of a FRIDGE MAGNET



  16. Rewind….





    Stephen was Aidan’s MOTM last week, when I watched the game back, as Aidan said to me “Nothing went past him.”



    I was undecided whether Reo or Callum.



    Brilliant Celtic.



    Its quite annoying waiting for these upcoming CL nights and who we are going to go toe to toe with.

  17. DalriadaBhoy,



    I’m a Believer, the Lord Almighty knows I’m a roaster.



    Just Njoi the Celtic ride as we are gonnae get whupped (haud on there pedro) but we are gonnae Win CL games playing the Glasgow Celtic way.



    There were complaints frae diehards about not putting Aberdeen away, Aberdeen were excellent and right from the Dino Zoff came out to Davie Hay. The Dandy Dons had 4 up front so many times. Magical.



    It makes for a Good game of fitba.

  18. GG will start against Ross County, IMHO.



    There is no doubt GG has the bit between his Teeth.



    I know nothing – Kyogo has a Brammer of a backup player.



    GG is gonnae Rock the…………………..

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