Spartak sack manager Emeri after derby defeat


Spartak Moscow today sacked manager Unai Emeri after a 1-5 home league defeat against eight placed Dinamo Moscow.  Spartak are confirmed as bottom of Celtic’s Champions League group before they head to Celtic Park for the final game on 5 December.

Emeri has been increasingly unpopular since taking over earlier this year when his spell at Valencia ended, while rumours of dissent in the dressing room were never far away.  I had hoped he would remain in place for the visit to Glasgow but there will be a new man in charge by then.

A group of around 200 supporters demonstrated after the game, many chanting for the foreign players to ‘Go home’.

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  1. Long shot information quest ——– very long [ trying to sort out a a hazy memory ]



    Celtic played Hearts at Celtic Park on Christmas Day 1971 . Celtic won 3-2 ..



    Were pubs in Glasgow open on Christmas Day 1971 ?


    Was the Burns Howff open on Christmas Day 1971 ?.



    Warm and sunny — most of you lot would think it was summer -way down south.

  2. Folly Folly


    09:23 on


    26 November, 2012



    Sevco 15 – Would that be a world record number of arrests for a 4th tier club ?

  3. I just found out that Alexander Dumas started life as a black slave in Haiti.


    Plus, I have loads of Stones recordings, but after Ronnie Wood joined they turned into a pastiche of themselves.


    If no one paid those ridiculous ticket prices then such an awful precedent would’ve been set.







    £3.75 for a pint of Carling.



    Does for me.



    Sky Sports too.

  5. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    On Christmas Day 1971 the ooooooollllllllle Burns Howff was indeed open.



    Sadly the proverbial wise men and virgins were in short supply, but regulars were treated to a glass of mulled Toilet Duck and a wagon wheel biscuit.

  6. RavenCelt



    ‘Good shout’!



    You’ve also got me wondering how many 4th division clubs would actually have a police room, let alone a room for visiting Guinness Book of World Records officials?




  7. The Battered Bunnet on

    Data relating to convitions is held on the Criminal History System managed by the Scottish Police Services Authority, formerly the Criminal Records Bureau.



    CHS is subject to the same legal framework as any other information stored by public sector bodies, and I have found that they have been very responsive to FoI requests.



    I ran a wee project last year looking at Hate Crime in Scotland, as distinct from Religious Aggravation (S74) crime. The results were rather revealing in terms of the extent, both metrically and geographically, of Hate Crime in Scotland, and I posted a few comments to that effect.



    In the intervening period, there have been a number of developments in the Law, for example S38 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 which has been applied for the first time in the last 12 months, the Offences (Aggravated by Prejudice) (Scotland) Act 2009 which defined further statutory prejudices including disability, sexual orientation and gender/transgender status, and of course, our new old friend the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2011.



    These serve to provide the Police and Fiscal Service with a range of new laws against which an alleged offence can be prosecuted, and together serve to 1) Increase the number of statutory offences; 2) Increase the diversity of charges brought.



    This means that on the one hand, some behaviours that were not previous offensive can now be prosecuted, and on the other, comparison between one year and the next is very difficult.



    Nevertheless, what we can see from the trends in the data over the past 8 years – since the introduction of statutory aggravationsunder S74 – is that Scotland has a considerable issue with attitudes towards ‘the Other’, irrespective of who ‘the Other’ is.



    While expressions of hatred related to religion get all the headlines – Scotland’s so called Shame – the fact remains that offences aggravated by religious prejudice represent only 13% of all hate crime offences brought to court.



    For example, in the 5 year period 2006/07 to 2010-11, there were 21558 charges brought with a Racial aggravation, as against 3299 brought with a Religious aggravation.



    The number of charges brought for offences aggravated by prejudice relating to sexuality is equivalent to the rate of religiously prejudiced aggravation.



    Offences are recorded in all areas of the country, from Lerwick to Langholm.



    The instinct of many to assign or define a hierachy of discrimination serves I think to mislead.



    In Scotland in general, we are pretty indiscriminate in who we discriminate against.


    PF AYR



    This is Englandshire,mate. Their beer’s utter garbage (I still retch at the memory of Young’s London Lager,25 years later).



    Carling is the best of a bad lot.



    Besides,my taste buds have been wrecked wi years of fags,curries,booze,etc.



    The rest of me too,come to that……..

  9. Actual hate crimes in Scotland will not be prosecuted in full against the orange establishment droogs.


    Against everbody else they will be mercilessly pursued even unto stitch-ups.

  10. I am STILL blown away by the Barça game @ Celtic Park. Starry eyed memories.


    Thanks again, ‘shady’.



  11. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on




    My experience of a pint a lager is much better doon here than up the road,what choice is their up there anyway,Miller n Tennents?



    Give me Fosters or Carlin’ any day.

  12. The Battered Bunnet on




    Statistically, in Scotland a transgender Manatee is no more likely to be the subject of prejuduce than a homosexual long eared Asian Hedgehog.




  13. DBBIA



    Weren’t The Transgender Manatees’ the last act to appear at the Ol’ B.H. withouth the aid of the chicken wire screen … ?




  14. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Folly Folly- yes; they were last minute replacement for Snoop Dogg, who decided to go to a League Cup section tie against St Johnstone instead.



    His loss.



    And Willie Garner’s.

  15. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    TBB- Peter Tatchell the source of that ‘fact’?



    He’ll be chainin’ hissel’ to the Gazebo next.

  16. South Of Tunis


    09:59 on


    26 November, 2012



    I used to work with a big blue nose who told me that he remembers spending his entire Christmas day circa early 70’s going to Pittodrie for their match up there.



    My old man says it was regular when he was younger for his dad, my grampa, to go to work (joiner) on Christmas day if it was a weekday along with most ordinary working men. All the online stuff says 1871 for the relevant Act to declare it a public holiday but it was 1958 before it was made a bank holiday in Scotland and football was played on Christmas day if it fell on a Saturday up until the early 70s.



    Nothing scientific but from the mid 70s it went full tilt to pretty much Christmas shutdown and that lasted about 20 years till the 90s when pubs and shops started opening for a couple of hours and that has extended to pretty much normal bank holiday hours today.



    That’s my uneducated brief history of Christmas in Scotland. I’m sure others will have more factual references.




  17. DBBIA



    Bet you didn’t know that the chicken wire was actually put up to protect the patrons, rather than the other way around, as one might expect.



    That performance [of the The Transgender Manatees] finally exploded the myth that they were fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals …




  18. Is it a transgender Manatee?



    Is it a homosexual long eared Asian Hedgehog?



    No, it’s Kirk Broadfoot cooking eggs again!

  19. Regardless of any appeal from HMRC the verdict of the SPL investigation and the nature of any sanctions is now a PR war. We are about to witness a nauseating combination of outright lies, disinformation, misinformation and intimidation lead by Jabba and the other succulent lamb cheerleaders.



    ‘We have been punished enough’


    ‘But we won the big tax case’


    ‘Stripping of titles is the most severe punishment available’


    ‘We are not going to accept stripping of titles’


    ‘We won fair and square on the field of play’


    ‘It’s all Craig Whyte’s fault’




    etc etc



    They deliberately fielded numerous improperly registered players over many seasons. The precedent from other footballing bodies is to record a 3-0 defeat in these instances. Spartans were thrown out the Scottish Cup for a genuine administrative oversight involving a single player in a single match.



    I can understand why some posters despair that they will ever face a proper punishment but the Celtic community need to send out a consistent message regarding our expectations otherwise we make it far easier for the authorities to decide on a lesser punishment. We expect a guilty verdict on the basis of the detail contained within the FTTT decision and we expect at the very least 3-0 defeats to be recorded in each and every instance of improperly registered players.

  20. Lennon n ….



    Thanks yes. The Lord Clyde.






    Half a Young’s Special with a cold bottle of Ram Rod is a champion tipple.



    Where are you watching the Wed night game?

  21. DBBIA @ 10 11 .



    Many thanks . .



    A complicated tale ——- the Burns Howff being open settles an argument and eases the worry about the old memory box .



    Tale involves a mate losing a choon I bought him for his Christmas and him leaving it [ and not getting it back ] in the Burns Howff .. The choon was Wendell Austin – LSD . . He managed to get another one in 2010 . It cost him $ 1500 . I paid $ 1 for the one he lost .



    Highly recommend Wendell Austin- The Truckers Chapel CD only

  22. Off Topic but didnt the Chelsea “fans” confirm themselves as probably the second worst group of supporters yesterday. Im no big Rafa fan but cant imagine many other home grounds that would have welcomed a new manager like that. When they were singing for their previous manager on 16 minutes I wondered would they have been doing that if Pep had been the replacement??

  23. BlantyreKev @ 10 49.



    Many thanks .



    My Uncle Sol took me to Celtic Park on Christmas Day 1957 [ Celtic lost to Queen of The South ] It was his Christmas present to me . We walked from Maryhill , we walked back to Maryhill .

  24. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Sadly petty larceny and cutpursery was ingrained in the ooooooooollle Burns Howff mindset.



    over the years I lost at least one pair of satin pantaloons, 3 copies of ‘H to He who am the only one’, by VanDGG, a Qualcast lawnmower and a chihuahua.

  25. rebelbhoy72



    I agree to an extent but there’s history with Rafa, it wasn’t just about Di Matteo. When at Liverpool he slaughtered Chelsea as a club and specifically said that if asked he would and could never be their manager.



    Imagine we hired Dick Campbell. No, actually, don’t!