Sure things don’t exist in football


St Mirren lost at Tynecastle in November, their fifth consecutive in the league, but since then they have lost only twice: at Celtic Park and last Saturday, when the roof fell in against Ross County.  During that run they recorded good wins against Dundee United and Motherwell.  They sit second bottom of the league but this is an incredibly tight league.  Saints are as close to bottom Dundee as they are to second top Inverness.  In straightforward terms, St Mirren are a form team.

Anyone who believes Celtic are a sure thing better think again.

Remember the days when it would be impossible to get past 8pm and still not know Montrose earlier took a point at Ibrox? Sign of the times it wasn’t really news, I suppose.
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  1. woke up…saw the mankies result…….today is gonna be a good day……..bouncing around kabul gettin it right up the huns we have here……should i feel guilty these guys are here for months at a time….not a bit…theres nowhere…NOWHERE…in the world they can hide…..every where theres a hun…theres a wee tim to stick it to them…..happy days………………..happy happy days….(dont think the nyquill has wore off yet)

  2. A Ceiler Gonof Rust



    I like the way we are operating, the MSM think they are destablising us but they are ultimately making things very easy for us.



    We are losing all our Stars dontcha know? It makes it easy to bring in a cracker under the radar when the impression is the Club is a selling Club.




  3. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Kabul Celt, I’m liking your style, go forth and find some huns to rip.



    Stay safe bud.





  4. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Four days to go petec, I’m not fussed about us bringing anyone in. In fact, I’m not fussed about us moving on any player we need for CL progression. Let the DR do its work while NFL quietly goes about his business with a smug and knowing look on his cheeky wee coupon.



    We Are All Neil Lennon, We Are Celtic.




  5. ACGR….out here you really need a hobby….theres a few huns walking about with 2 xxxxxxxxx…….even some of our local labourers have tim tops now…lol…….



    roll on juve….theres a toutch of majic about neils team…..i can feel it…..cant see much of it, as its really hard to chase a squad of 6ft fully armed US marines away from the tv when there watching throwball…or net ball…or whatever it is they like to call sport….. but lets see them try and wrestle the remote out of this wee tims hands come that juve game……

  6. A Ceiler Gonof Rust



    I think you are getting the same feeling that Neil is ‘utilising’ Sir Alex rather than the other way around .



    The way Neil dealt with Barca really opened eyes. ;)) And I still maintain that if we were to face Barca again we would be even better the next time. That doesn’t mean to say we will be a better footballing side than them, I’ve already said they are the Best ever footballing team IMO but I never had the privilege of watching the Lions. Jock had his teams hammering Every team no matter how good they were ASAP. Barca, most of the games I have watched, win the game in the first half.




  7. Good Luck Andy in the Final.



    You are an inspirational person with your sheer determination to become the best player in the World.



    Scotland, Armageddon????



    Get the deceitful cheats exposed for what they really are and Good things happen all over the place.



    A quick kip before the big match.



    The Resident \m/O\m/






    One of Kiss FM’s finest.

  8. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Kabul Celt, I hope you can wrestle the doofer from them big american home boys today to watch the bhoy’s progress to the final.



    Are you special forces, just special, contract, or catering?



    This post will self destruct very very soon.




    Hail Hail Bruv:-)

  9. a wee update on charles,today he was responsive,although in a lot of pain.he did ask me how long the pain lasted,as i reminded hi i cant remember the first few weeks of conciousnessand his bone flap is at the front mines is at the side(dont think he took it in though)he does prefer dark and quietness we have that in common…thanks again cqners for your support ynwa ktf

  10. The Resident \m/O\m/ on




    I remember buying that at 23rd precinct, great track, great snare, great dj tool too when you need to nip to the bog, used to fire that on with a 16 loop ;)

  11. z my sincerest condolances parents are what makes us,your mother must have been wonderfull may she rest in peace

  12. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Charlieboy, stay strong, your young one is a fighter,and by the posts I’ve read so are you..



    We’re all with you and your family in spirit.




    Keep The Faith Charlie boy.

  13. The Resident \m/O\m/ on




    I cannot even begin to comprehend what you, your family and most importantly the little guy is going through at the moment. I mostly post light heartedly but on this occasion, just want you to know both me and the better half are wishing the little guy a speedy recovery. HH

  14. The Resident \m/O\m/ on

    One for the hippies, both my parent’s were big tree huggers and used to play bonkers stuff like this. I used to think it was a form of physcological torture but it’s stuck with me ever since, probably due to subliminal messaging or something.



    Caprain Beefheart – Mirror Man




  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    The Resident \m/O\m/


    06:09 on 27 January, 2013





    You mean she wisnae hackit.


    And,amazingly,no comment about sexism.


    That,inevitably,came later.





  16. The Resident \m/O\m/ on

    macjay1 for Neil Lennon



    She was a bit before my time so dont know anything about her. As for sexism, none of that in this hoose, I’d just get ma haw maws toed.

  17. There all out to get us………………… IT’S A CONSPIRACY




    Published on Sunday 27 January 2013 00:53





    THE biggest date on Rangers’ 
calendar this week is not necessarily Saturday’s powderkeg Scottish Cup fifth-round encounter against Dundee United at Tannadice.





    It may be on Tuesday when the much-delayed independent commission, set up to rule on whether the “oldco” Ibrox club were guilty of improperly registering players between 2001 and 2011, finally begins.



    The contentious issue has become known as the “EBT case” and relates to the fact that the Employee Benefit Trusts operated by the club resulted in players being given “side letters”, which some have termed second contracts, detailing sums paid into players’ EBTS for bonuses and appearances.



    If it is judged that these side letters referred to payments that were not disclosed to the authorities, one of the 18 sanctions available to the commission, set up by the Scottish Premier League, is voiding the registrations of the players involved. A consequence of that would be all results achieved with these players being scrubbed, which could mean Rangers being stripped of the five titles they won during the period under scrutiny.



    Rangers manager Ally McCoist, in common with his club, who have refused to co-operate with what they perceive as a witch-hunt, believes the commission should have been disbanded once a tax tribunal appeal found in the club’s favour in November. Then, the sums not detailed in the players’ (and others’) SPL contracts were adjudged to be non-discretionary loans not liable for tax and national insurance.



    The fact the commission is still going ahead suggests to McCoist that there are dark forces at work. “My own opinion is that I’m a wee bit disappointed [it is going ahead]. I think it has been driven by individuals with their own agenda, to be quite honest with you,” said McCoist, who refused to name names because he “could start a lot of trouble” if he did. Let’s face it, the names of SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster and Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell would surely not be far from his lips if he had trouble in mind.



    “That’s only my own opinion on it, how I feel about it, and I just hope that common sense will prevail,” added McCoist. “Certainly the title stripping is a non-starter for me and a non-starter for our football club and indeed our supporters. So we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I’m becoming immune to worst possible outcomes. I would react to it hopefully in positive manner. I might not be happy with it but you’d have to react to whatever judgment was made, and take a stance on it. We would certainly do that. It might be positive, you never know, and it might not suit us. A decision will be made and we’ll have to react to it.”



    The case will be heard by a three-man panel headed by Lord Nimmo Smith, who will be joined by fellow QCs Nicholas Stewart and Charles Flint. They will rule on whether Rangers were in breach of SPL rules that state all payments relating to player activities must be set out 
on the contracts lodged with the football governing body.



    Originally due to take place last year, the hearings were delayed by a car crash involving Harper MacLeod lawyer Rod McKenzie, who had gathered the evidence. Now a complicated matter has become all the more muddied by the tax tribunal appeal ruling in November over a £48 million demand from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs for underpayment of taxes by Rangers.



    Five players were decreed to have been liable to tax in relation to EBTs – they were forwarded monies when not receiving their loans in time – but it has been claimed these sums were detailed in the contracts lodged with the SPL.



    For those such as former Rangers owner David Murray, who introduced the EBT scheme, the HMRC appeal verdict exonerated the club over any accusations of football rule-breaking. “The SPL rules variously required disclosure of all contract of service matters and all payments from a club to a player,” he said in November. “It would now appear that these are to be rewritten to incorporate non-contractual loans from independent third-parties and other non-contractual matters.”



    Not necessarily a helpful intervention, since payments to players from, or via, third parties (which in this case were the Trusts that the Murray Group paid in to for players to then apply for loans from) are also forbidden under football rules.



    Just one more added complication for the independent commission. In the tax tribunal’s 145-page ruling, one judge, Heidi Poon, took the view that the loans had “no commercial reality” and that they therefore were salary payments, designed to be shielded from tax.



    The tribunal, which described the EBT scheme as a form of “aggressive tax avoidance”, also highlighted a number of anomalies. One was that Rangers applied for insurance on an injured player on the basis of what his salary and his loan benefits amounted to, combined.



    No-one seriously believes that Rangers only provided loans to players for bonuses and appearance money. At the tax tribunal, players themselves stated they viewed EBTs as part of their salary and that they would not have signed for the club otherwise.



    What Rangers did successfully was create the necessary paper trail to take advantage of a since-closed loophole and abide by tax legislation. Football legislation is not necessarily the same.



    It would be no perversion of the facts if Lord Nimmo Smith and his panel took the same view as that expressed by Poon.



    There is very recent precedent for football following a different path from law. John Terry was cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in the courts but was then given a four-match ban for the offence by the English FA.



    The likelihood is an outcome that brings a wrist-slap for Rangers, so avoiding any real furore.



    Whatever the outcome of the independent commission set up by the SPL, McCoist will see it the context of the past year.



    “Since Valentine’s day last February [when the old club went into administration],” he said. “It has simply been unbelievable what has happened.



    “If someone had handed you a blank sheet of paper and a pen there is just nobody who would have come up with this. In that respect nothing else could really surprise us.”

  18. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    06:34 on 27 January, 2013



    I read that Grauniad critique of Niall Ferguson`s book “Empire.”


    I felt it was fair and balanced.


    Inevitably there will always be bias in dealing with history,particularly such a topic as this.


    Nevertheless,I still enjoy Ferguson`s treatment of history particularly because he presents it in an interesting way.


    Unlike the history teachers of yore.


    Not the bygone days.:-)



    The Saints for a doing today.

  19. Big Wee Oscar Thumbs up to following TIMternet bampots



















    The Token Tim




    Davy Bhoy






    Kaiser Soze












    Spirit Of Arthur Lee








    Farney Bhoy


    A Ceiler Gonof Rust


    Kerry CFC



    for donations to WeeOscarLife Cycle’s to Belfast St Patricks weekend March 2013 and helping take total to £719.50 of £2K target.






    On 15th/16th of March 100 cyclist will set off from 5 locations in the UK & Ireland for Belfast to raise funds that will go towards helping Wee Oscar Knox fund the Immunotherapy treatment he so desperately requires. We will be leaving from:



    Celtic Park – 32 Cyclists


    Leeds – 7 Cyclists


    Duleek – 25 Cyclists


    Roscommon – 10 Cyclists


    Dublin – 26 Cyclist



    We will be supported by 16 support team members over the 2 days also.



    Our team is made up of CQN’ers, KDS’ers, friends and family members and non Celtic supporters.



    You can support our cyclists and support team by making a donation to this event by clicking here (remember to leave your blog name):



    Wee Oscar 4 Life Cycle’s To Belfast March 2013



    or by texting BELF88 to 70070 followed by amount you wish to donate:



    To: 70070







    We would like to thank Morrisons Facility Mngt, Gardiner & Theobald Surveyors and ProAir Conditioning for their sponsorship of the WeeOscar4Life cycle’s to Belfast. If your company would like to sponsor this event please drop an email to weeoscar4life@gmail.com



    WeeOscar4Life Team

  20. The Resident \m/O\m/ on

    Right bhoys thats enough from me, keep your celebration pash taking to a minimum please, Dj’s have feelings too.



    Probably fight the sleep for the tennis, cant remember who mentioned it during the week but if any of you have twitter make sure you follow @WelshIrvine for his tennis commentary, the guy is genuinly hysterical







  21. Morning all!



    Looking forward to the game today – quite sure Neil will have the players fired up, and that they will respond accordingly.



    Only concern for me is Collum. Horrible wee turncoat!



    Thoughts with Mr Z, Dick Byrne and Charliebhoy.



    YNWA, KTF and HH!!

  22. Morning,



    I like the title and is very apt as we approach the Juve game.



    Juve sign Anelka for 5 months to cover an ’emergency’.



    When did he last kick a ball in anger?

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