Semi date definitely not in Celtic favour


I’m not one for conspiracy theories; you will read less here about referees than most other places, so don’t misconstrue, but moving our Scottish Cup semi-final to the Sunday, to be played on the fragile Hampden surface after it has been dug up by Falkirk and Inverness, is definitely not in Celtic’s favour.

We need a good surface to play our natural game, domestic opponents need a poor surface to help upset our rhythm.  This call went against us.

That aside, more positive news continued to flow.  Cameron Carter-Vickers, whose only World Cup appearance coincided with the USA’s best performance and a clean sheet, against Iran, was left out of their international squad for next week.  Unlike Japan, Cameron’s inclusion or otherwise will have little influence on which players pitch up at Lennoxtown in the near future.  It is better he stays home and prepares for the run-in.

It’s going to be an unusually noisy quiet week ahead.

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  1. LAST day of this Cheltenham Festival…..



    I won a few quid on the 1st day and on Day Two, but I lost a few quid on the 3rf Day ( Thursday )….NO MATTER…



    This being the Final Day ( FRIDAY and St Patricks Day )…..If I go DOWN Today…I intend to go down with ALL Guns Blazing…





    MON the IRISH…..God Bless ALL those Brave Horses whether they are Irish or not ?



    Will the TOP Irish trainer WULLIE MULLINS have a ” Field Day” Today….I live in hope.




    Happy Punting to all, IF your having a Bet.




  2. Mod


    Put one foot in front of the other and carry on the best you can.


    May your aunt RIP



  3. The other day, Steve Clarke made a reference to Celtic when explaining why Greg Taylor was not in the Scotland squad. Anyone know what Celtic`s stance on that matter was? It felt like a wee dig by Clarke.

  4. Big Jimmy on 17th March 2023 7:16 am



    MODERATOR1888 on 16TH MARCH 2023 11:28 PM……………..


    Sorry to read of your Aunts passing.









    I add my condolences, Moderator1888.



  5. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Good Morning all.



    Hot Smoked – thanks for link to ospreys video.



    I’m one of the one or two CQNers.



    Quite amazing actually how compelling it can be watching a stream in which nothing happens 98% of the time.

  6. Tom McLaughlin on




    Turns out Greg is carrying an injury and Celtic had requested his exclusion from the forthcoming international break to give him more recovery time.



    Nothing sinister in Clarke’s comment.

  7. FAO BRRB,



    Seemingly the Laurieston serves the best pint of the black stuff in this fine city.



    I won’t mention the worst, I’m sure you will have worked that out for yourself 😆

  8. HOT SMOKED on 17TH MARCH 2023 8:26 AM


    Big Jimmy





    Was Chairman Meo a snooker player?




    You were right on CUE with that one werent you HOT SMOKED ?


    I will CHALK it up as a bad joke.





    HH Mate.

  9. This is by far my BIGGEST amount that I have ever Punted at the Cheltenham Festival.


    My only regret is NOT being there on the first TWO days in person, as I would have cleaned up with much larger Bets



    On my two Bookie Accounts, I have SELF IMPOSED Betting RESTRICTIONS in place on BET365, so I can only gamble a certain LIMIT each day.


    On the other Account with HILLS, there are NO such Restrictions and it is a NEW Account that I opened a few weeks ago. However, I havent went TOO MAD when betting with HILLS, because they are likely to start asking for PROOF of my INCOME etc, and I do NOT AGREE with that whatsoever.


    I would REFUSE to give ANY BOOKIE THAT kind of information….Bank Statements etc etc.



    I hope that the Good Guys on here have a great Day IF your having a Bet ?




  10. Tom McLaughlin on




    Reading back and saw your comments on the Russian writers. I have been a big fan of Russian Literature since the 1980s and have read Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, Chekhov, Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn, Gogol etc.



    It all started when I read Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution.



    It took me 3 attempts to read War & Peace but eventually, in my mid 50s it finally clicked and I loved it. I still pick it up now and then and read a few random chapters. Dostoyevsky’s Crime & Punishment is another favourite.



    I spent a week in St Petersburg in 1993 and did the big literary tour. Regretfully I never saw Moscow or Leningrad.



    I have read several books on the siege of Leningrad — Gerlach & Grossman — a fascinating historical event of human endurance and courage.



    Putin has many faults, but there are two sides to every conflict. If people are happy to listen to and believe only one side of the propaganda machine, it’s a lazy cop-out and ultimately a false comfort.

  11. Tom McLaughlin on

    I’m off to Motherwell — the old home town — for a St Patrick’s Day celebration in the Railway Tavern.



    Meeting up with old friends and family.



    ☘️ Happy St Patrick’s Day CQN ☘️




  12. Weebobbycollins on

    Tom McLaughlin…


    And Quiet Flows the Dawn by Mikhail Sholokhov is a fine novel set at the time of the Revolution…

  13. Happy Saint Patricks day to Irish folk everywhere.



    And a Hail Hail for tomorrow at Celtic Park.

  14. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Genuinely feel sorry for Patrick Vieira.



    Might be purely uninformed bias but whenever I see Steve Parrish ….



    I think of Arthur Daley & Del Boy Trotter.

  15. Big Jimmy,



    Seemingly the worst pint of Guinness was in Partick.



    Cheers and HH.

  16. What is the Starz on

    Quietly Flows The Don


    great book,Was there a connected book …The Don Flows down to the Sea ?


    I have read and enjoyed several Russian writers,Dovstoyetski and Turgenev stood out for me



    Still think Putin is a nasty fascist see you next tuesday…Or am I a brainwashed dupe…Anyhow better finish The Daily Mail crossword


    Happy St Patricks Day

  17. scullybhoy



    What is your connection to Scotland and Ireland?


    Doesn’t appear to be a very positive one

  18. bigrailroadblues on



    The Laurieston Bar does serve a great pint of Guinness. A cracking pub.

  19. Weebobbycollins on

    Wits…And Quiet Flows the Don was a four volume novel. Parts three and four were given the title The Don Flows Home to the Sea…

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