Snout in trough required, Champions League frustrations


The frustration at the news Derk Boerrigter is injured, again, and will miss another important Champions League game, is enormous.  Derk was a big part of our summer signing strategy but he came with a caveat concerning his propensity to suffer injury.

We have seen only flashes of him since he joined from Ajax in the summer.  His opportunities to exploit his undoubted speed in SPFL games will be limited by opponents tendency to defend deep, denying him space to run into, making Champions League games all the more important to his season.

Our other pace player, James Forrest, will surely come into sharp focus for the visit of Ajax on Tuesday.

I see Alasdair Johnston is expressing concern that Our Hero is still pulling the strings at Ibrox!  I never thought of that!

Let’s see…. He is a director of Sevco 5088 Ltd, the firm which had an irrevocable right to buy the assets of liquidated Rangers, he issued a pre-action letter to exercise those rights, there was in independent ‘inquiry’ which completely failed to investigate control of Sevco 5088 Ltd, then he went quiet. Why are we always a day behind the news?

Does that mean he got bored and went away, or is he conducting his business in private?  I am sure it’s the latter but Craig Whyte is the least of Johnston’s concerns when it comes to who is able to pull strings at Ibrox.  All the action is offstage.

Speaking about what is happening offstage, whenever Rangers International’s advisers confirm how the company can appoint sufficient executives to be compliant with AIM requirements, they will need a new chief executive.

Going by recent (and not so recent) trends they will need someone with their snout constantly in the trough, with impeccable Rangers credentials, with their snout constantly in the trough, who is currently available for work, with their snout constantly in the trough, who has previously worked in the game and with their snout constantly in the trough.

If only they could find another genuine fan who would be prepared to do whatever necessary in return for a remarkable contract.  Can’t think of anyone.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in Show Your Hand yesterday.

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  1. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Brown was stupid



    Neymar is a diving swine



    Mutually exclusive ????

  2. DeniaBhoy in awe of wee Oscar's Courage on

    Tallyboy – You and your dad will have plenty more conversations in the year to come. That wee voice in your head that tells you what he would do, what he would think, what he would say – his wisdom and love will always be there.

  3. HailHail CQNers



    I would like to ad my belated condolences to Tallyboy and add a very poignant A A Milne quote courtesy of Zybek earlier:



    “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”



    I would also like to add my heartiest congratulations to Oldtim 67 for his inspirational contribution yesterday.



    I am of the same generation and a very similar profile to Oldtim in that I found CQN via NewsNow Celtic some 7 or 8 years ago. My late brother Sanny 43 and I had some great discussions especially around the time of Dougiegate when I was probably more active than at any time on the blog.



    Anyway fellow Tims isn’t it wonderful to watch as the manky mob continue to give us reasons to be cheerful?



    God Bless Tallyboy and family and Well done Oldtim 67



    Hail Hail

  4. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    Brown was an eejit ….however Neymar rolled around as if he’d received a hard kicking

  5. Ajax suggested Boerrigter was a sick note ……he denied it …obviously lied




    Is this Ajax the club.


    Ajax the sellers.


    Did this raise the price


    Or lower it.


    Somebody better explain this one to me as the logic has escaped me.


    Maybe he had a yellow sticker on him

  6. Philbhoy - Bring it on!!!! on

    I listened to the podcast of SSB last night and found Chick’s performance to be so ludicrous and full of lies and inaccuracies, I felt there was more to it than just a diddy hun journo supporting his dying club.



    His performance was designed to get us all listening again tonight to see if he makes as big an e*se of himself as he did last night.



    It’s a ploy to get their listeners numbers up!



    So don’t listen in!



    But if sumdy does can they post a link please?



    This is Philbhoy for news at 10, Lithgae.

  7. @PFayr



    Regardless how much it hurt, its a sending off. I am pretty sure if the shoe was on the other foot we would be all going on about how Neymar should have been off.



    This was the third offence in a row for Brown. (stamp against Karagandy and off the ball incident against Milan).



    His luck ran out. Hopefully it will be reduced on appeal.

  8. A deserved suspension for Scott. He will now miss our 3 most important games of the season and he has no one to blame but himself.

  9. The Honest Mistake loves being first on

    An dun.


    He could probably blame neymar for play acting, fabregas and busquets for influencing the ref, the ref for being easily influenced, the uefa disciplinary body for upping the suspension.



  10. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    Best wishes at this difficult time



    Your story about the old man and his Metallica records always makes me chuckle

  11. So the first game back for Broony will be against Barca.


    Will the diver be playing.


    I always thought you needed to draw your leg back before you could perform a kick.


    Obviously not .

  12. antipodean red on




    I sent an email to Uefa shortly after the game that night saying that I had no issues with the result but that once again the referee had ensured that the Big team would be untroubled as ever. The early penalty box exchanges where Celtic players were clearly manhandled and then penalised for trying to escape the clutches of their opponents show that it is not only in Scotland that the game is corrupt.




  13. the honest mistake loves being first



    Not imo. He should blame the hamster that once again seized the control room inside his head…

  14. @Honest Mistake



    Play acting and influencing refs is very much after the fact. Doing the crime means doing the time. This is a sport and it shouldn’t be acceptable for folk to have sly digs at people off the ball.






    Well I haven’t seen it since that awful night. Still 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

  15. A fan of the deid club at my work has just said he thinks 3 games is too harsh…it may be the most intelligent thing I have ever heard him say :-)



    For me the incident was a red card, punishment was:



    Miss the rest of the game


    1 game ban for Violent conduct – (minimal contact and force but intent was there)



    3 games seems very harsh, hopefully it will be reduced on appeal.



    Broony will be missed in the next 3 games.

  16. Morrissey 23, avoid this post.


    I am disgusted that Penguin Classics will release Morrissey’s autobiography. This label is a place for titans of literature generally. Why should Morrissey be on it? He is a most condescending individual whose lyrics on ‘Meat is murder’ are excruciatingly bad.

  17. Philbhoy - Bring it on!!!! on

    antipodean red



    Absolutely corrupt.



    We need to play on another planet!




  18. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Am I the only one who doesn;t get this good foul to give away tosh about the challenge by Brown on Neymar?



    Look at the incident again.



    Neymar was going nowhere


    He was running down the wing


    He was not running through the centre


    Neymar had done nothing all game to suggest that he was going to be a danger from there


    Brown should and could have chased him down


    Neymar would have either bottled it or ran the ball out of play



    A stupid foul to give away and an even crazier flick in the direction of the eejit rolling around.


    Brown has himself to blame and has let his team mates and the whole club down. He owes the fans big time for this.




  19. The Honest Mistake loves being first on

    An dun.


    Good reply. Glad that the hamster inside your heid is still working.

  20. Re SB’s 3 match ban



    Why the faux dismay by the posters on CQN?



    Brown should’ve been banned for considerably longer.



    He should also have been prosecuted for assault on Neymar.



    I also trust Barcelona and Neymar have lodged compensation claims at the High Court and that the National Crime Agency are moving in to seize Brown’s assets, including his family home, car and Playstation, all of which are proceeds of his footballing crime.



    Interpol must arrest Brown if he sets foot in Amsterdam and a space should be reserved at the Hague for a war crimes trial at the conclusion of the Group Stages.




  21. Woooft, the auld Old Firm agenda might be on its last legs….Sevco are like a chicken running about withoot its heid…ya beauty…GIRUY




  22. @LiviBhoy



    Neymar had started to get away from brown



    The Barcelona goal game from a breakaway in the wide area (Alexis this time)



    It was a pretty harmless position for a free kick and it seemed a pretty good foul

  23. Livybhoy and some other bhoys-a bit harsh IMO,does the punishment really fot the crime? Minimal contact from a stupid kick,milked by a diver and his team mates harassing the referee.He had a yellow card out before changing his mind.Busquets on Kayal ? Over the ball challenge ? A wee bit of perspective maybe.HH

  24. Timaloy29



    Play acting and influencing refs is very much after the fact. Doing the crime means doing the time. This is a sport and it shouldn’t be acceptable for folk to have sly digs at people off the ball.






    A sly dig is putting it mildly. He kicked or at least attempted to kick an opponent who was lying on the ground with his back turned to him.



    It breaks my heart this man is the Captain of the famous Celtic FC.

  25. – He had a yellow card out before changing his mind



    I believe that was for the initial foul. Not for the kick.



    – milked by a diver and his team mates harassing the referee



    He did the crime and has to do the time. UEFA clearly have an issue with wannabe hardmen having sly digs off the ball. He did something stupid.



    I hope it gets reduced on appeal because I rate him but I feel embarrassed by his action. Was hunnish behaviour I would expect from McCulloch.

  26. I don’t know why, but the decision not to prosecute the Ibrox show army scum shocked me.




    Well done Scotland again for lowering the bar