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. Tom McLaughlin on

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    Sky Sports are only allowed to show one Scottish game per round of games.

  2. Tom, last weekend they had Livi v rangers on Saturday and our game on the Sunday.



    They showed both the Edinburgh and Glasgow derbies in the same round of games last February.



    It’s entirely their decision to show Norwich this lunchtime and not us.

  3. lets all do the huddle on

    Very sad news today that Judith Durham of The Seekers has died at 79.





    what a great singer



    here’s my favourite



    R.I.P. Judith

  4. Fourstonecopi: look forward to it. I will wear my ‘AlBhoy’ cap.



    There are two Fibbers just doors away from each other. I’ll be in the one without the red telephone box.

  5. news reaches me that Judith the weather has been spotted in Belfast, keep your eyes open bhoys.



    BIG JIMMY 7-36 am





    Can’t top that jimmy





    The lassie must have been well smitten if she gave u a showt owt





    On the airwaves.





    Big jimmy Clooney fae the Shipbank





    Has certain ring too it









    Im more like ” UNCLE FESTER” these days.


    HH Mate.



    Very sad news today that Judith Durham of The Seekers has died at 79.





    R.I.P. JUDITH.


    A Wonderful Voice.


    Very sad that she is gone.

  8. Last wee pre-match reminder….


    Today, if you DO manage to catch the game can you please consider voting in the ole POTY competition thing. I hope I’m wrong but I’m expecting numbers to be down compared to the opening fixture. So, even if you’ve never voted before just stick the names of Celtic’s 3 best performers from Saturday’s game in an email to me at


    Oh and if you’re watching it in company, ask them to vote too (separate emails please) – a competition open to all 🙂


    Thanks in advance

  9. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Scotland had an outside hope of a 1-2-3 in the men’s 1500m at commonwealth games.



    Great race.



    We got a 3.

  10. TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 6TH AUGUST 2022 1:18 PM


    HT Liverpool trailing 0-1 at Fulham.



    You sure Tom? :-)))).




  11. Tom, neither one of us will care too much so long as we get the right result come 5pm. I don’t know the intricacies of the tv deal so there may be a contract reason for today’s blackout.



    I admit to having a dislike great dislike for Sky, which does cloud my take on them – from their Morelos translation to having black outs on our games.



    And next weekend they’ll likely foist Kris Boyd on their paying public while he attempts to string some sentences together in a coherent manner.



    Scotland had an outside hope of a 1-2-3 in the men’s 1500m at commonwealth games.



    Great race.



    We got a 3.




    I think Wightman went a fraction too early.



    The carnival is over… What a song. As were, Georgy girl and I’ll never find another you. It’s funny, I remember load of groups from the 60s, who I probably thought were a bit square, at the time. But, they had some brilliant songs and I was just a daft wee boy. Remember Island of dreams, by a very young Dusty in the Springfields? Brilliant.

  13. does anyone know the half-time score at craven cottage ?



    there are confliting reports that both teams are leading 1-0 while bbc teletext has it at zero zero.

  14. Tom McLaughlin on

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    I think we’ve been spoiled by what happened over the last two seasons when, because of Covid-19 crowd restrictions, clubs were allowed to broadcast games live on pay-per-view and Celtic ST holders got all home games on the pass to paradise.



    Prior to covid, not all Celtic away games were broadcast live on Sky or BT Sport. Only now when a Celtic away game is not broadcast do we call it a black-out.



    The TV companies have a limited number of games they can show each season and generally they spread that throughout the season. It is unfortunate that some Celtic away games will not be broadcast live. We have no more right to have all away games televised than any other club and as I say, we’re just back to where we were pre-pandemic.



    I missed out on a ticket for today and am disappointed the game is not on TV but it’s not a black-out as such. With a full weekend of English fixtures, I doubt we’ll get more than one Scottish game broadcast.

  15. LETS ALL DO THE HUDDLE on 6TH AUGUST 2022 12:54 PM



    I love The carnival is Over also. I have posted this before on here but the tune comes from a Russian Volga river boatmen’s song Stenka Razin. There are many youtube videos of this by Russian choirs.

  16. CELTIC: Hart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, Taylor, McGregor, Turnbull, O’Riley, Jota, Kyogo, Maeda.


    Subs: Siegrst, Starfelt, Giakoumakis, Abada, Mooy, McCarthy, Bernabei, Forrest, Ralston

  17. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Back in da hoose, big decision now, coupla drinks, stay up till


    2am and watch the bhoys, and awaken in the morn and not


    remember a thing.


    Or, have a Kip, awaken just before the game, pour a hauf and


    still not remember what happened, it must be an age thing.


    I’ll just have a wee rid biddy and decide.


    H.H. Mick

  18. No doubt many arm chair fans will be howling at Welsh not being in the squad when he was our best player last week. Ange will calm everyone down when he explains he had the covid or a knock.

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