Test & Trace does not add up if you are Celtic


When Stuart Armstrong tested positive while on Scotland duty, Ryan Christie and two others in the squad were forced to isolate, missing important club games.  Christopher Jullien’s diagnosis led to the most extraordinary day in a Test and Trace lab in Scotland, resulting in 13 players forced to remain at home during the decisive stage of the season.

John Fleck’s diagnosis on Scotland duty resulted in no one being told to isolate.

I heard what happened in the lab when Jullien came in positive – the extraordinary focus on interpreting potential exposure.  I have seen photos from inside the plane journeys there and back – the extraordinary distances some forced to isolate were from source.

With media chat full of ‘Fergal Harkin for Celtic director of football’ speculation for months, you (and I) would be forgiven for thinking Man City’s Partnerships and Pathways (don’t ask me) manager was a serious candidate for the job.

Not so, I was assured last night.  And yes, I did let it be known that while getting the cream of the world’s talent to pitch up in sunny Glasgow can be a challenge, staying ahead of the game on persistent stories like this is easier.

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  1. CRC at 10:54


    Great to see you put in an appearance!


    Who’s your tip to meet in the final?


    Hope and trust all is well.



  2. JHB on 2ND JUNE 2021 6:24 PM


    MARADOMINIC on 2ND JUNE 2021 4:44 PM





    Brian Wilson used the riots in George Square to attacke the SNP… Defended the behaviour because SNP didn’t let them into Ibrox…..












    Is this your opinion, or, are you submitting it as a fact?







    If it is the latter, please name the source of the ‘fact’, in order that we can all avail ourselves.







    We will not be holding our breaths, as you will no doubt twig.




    There YOU go yet again, this time asking MARADOMINIC for ” Evidence” in relation to what he Posted about Brian Wilson.


    I Posted YESTERDAY, that YOU….of ALL PEOPLE have a cheek to ask anyone for 2 evidence2 etc…YOU are the one who has Posted on NUMEROUS Occasions that the attack on PL and the George Square Riots WERE the REASON WHY Howe and his backroom team refused to come to Celtic…..YOU stated that as FACT….I asked you yesterday ( Wednesday) IF YOU have Eddie Howes phone number/email address, and when was the last time you were in contact with him and/or his backroom team…in other words I asked you for ” EVIDENCE”….


    I am STILL waiting…and I aint holding my breath either….

  3. AN DÚN on 3RD JUNE 2021 3:04 AM



    If reports are true that the process for Ange could take “several weeks” then we simply move on – immediately. “Several weeks” is something we don’t have.



    We’re already getting close to next season (and instant CL qualification) being a write-off.



    We need to move to Plan D and sharpish….



    D66 & Big Jimmy







    Wben are you huys getting steamboats now ur in level 2 ?




    HOPEFULLY, it can be arranged for NEXT FRIDAY 11th June ?


    I will need to ask my Big ” China”..DAVID66 IF that suits him as he is a working man and needs to organise time off from work etc…unlike me !




    IF DAVID66 is okay with next Friday afternoon, then I will Post on here to the others who would also like to join us in the Beer frenzy that sadly was Postponed a couple of weeks ago ?


    HH Mate.

  5. celticforever on

    Whoever eventually get the managers job will have my full backing


    including AP



    The thing that worries me is that we have so few options as if


    if the board have been sitting on their ass doing hee haw for months



    For the way they have left my club they should all be sacked



    Lawwell this is your legacy the state you have left Celtic in

  6. MARSPAPA on 2ND JUNE 2021 7:32 PM


    HA HA , bad enough Celtic fans getting trolled on here .







    Seems a Celtic store selling a euro strip hellova like an aul Rangers tap selling for 55 pounds .







    Have we no suffert enuff 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣




    I Posted about this yesterday as its a disgrace.


    Either the Celtic Board and/or the Retail Dept have ballsed up…or BOTH ?


    Its supposed to be a ” Glasgow Top” ??



  7. 100 days since Neil Lennon left Celtic.


    Have the board done enough in trying to replace him?


    In my opinion, no. Not even close.


    However, we have become brilliantly proficient in making excuses as to why we have no new management team in place. I don’t see why today should be any different.


    I also expect todays lead article to be about international football, health pandemics or similar. Certainly not an acknowledgement of this shameful milestone.

  8. FAO DAVID66…..


    Would next Friday 11th June suit you for the Beerfest in my Local Pub ?


    Its the day that the EIRO’s begin but the opening game isnt until 8pm ( Turkey v Italy). IF we waited until the following Friday, then the EURO’s are in full swing with Three games on TV….which is maybe NOT ideal for those of us just wanting to Drink Beer and have a few laughs etc in good company…Without missing any EURO fitba ?


    HH mate.




    Apols I missed your post on the Euro Tap subject.



    When i saw it, the first vision in my head was wee rid faced McColl and big gough running aboot with the hands in the air doing the ten.



    Very similar to that top I think or am I just being twisted? 🤣🤣🤣

  10. So the Players were booed at the Taking Of The Knee before the England game, does anyone know how they explained the reason for this.

  11. Big Jimmy – I have my Grandsons communion on Saturday 12 June and we are having a small family gathering in our Garden.



    I might have to take it easy. But aye am up for it.



    D :)

  12. BIG JIMMY on 3RD JUNE 2021 7:15 AM



    As an aside, and in case you’re interested, I think this is the article by Brian Wilson about the huns.



    I don’t agree with him, (I would have deployed water canon with a priest pronouncing the Baptismal Rite over a loudhailer) but I can understand the thrust of his argument, which is not what it has been portrayed as.



    You have to remember that the cult have a special loathing for Brian Wilson, so anything they say about him should be taken with a pinch of salt.












    It may be unfashionable to point out but football can create really joyous occasions. Take last Saturday’s FA Cup Final at Wembley with 21,500 people in the stadium, an intimation that normality is again conceivable.



    There was an emotional quality to the singing of Abide With Me, dedicated to victims of the pandemic. “When other helpers fail and comforts flee; Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me”. Old words with special meaning as people came together after so long, in this way.



    Then there was the game itself, turning on two acts of beauty – the goal from Youri Tielemans which won it and the save from Kasper Schmeichel that thwarted Chelsea. So Leicester, one of our cities hardest hit by the pandemic, had its morale lifted to the heavens.



    The occasion was possible through a balanced approach to risk. Putting 21,500 people into Wembley’s open air must carry a scintilla of risk. But keeping them out and playing this special game behind closed doors would surely have done far more harm than good.



    In Scotland, such thinking is taboo. Even before the latest Glasgow shutdown, there were to be just 600 supporters inside Hampden for the Scottish Cup Final. Now the vast terraces will be empty. To what good effect or elimination of risk, I wonder?



    Last Friday I was in Glasgow Airport, a place of eerie silence these days but suddenly raucous sound announced the arrival of a flight from Belfast which disgorged a platoon of Rangers tops, clearly here for a party. I should make clear the colour of tops is irrelevant to the thrust of my argument.



    If anyone had doubts, this confirmed that the following day’s celebrations were going to be a big event attracting supporters from far and near. Given that entry to Ibrox stadium was precluded, the logic pointed to a big event somewhere else – ie the streets, bridges and squares of Glasgow. Who had decided that this was a good – or at least, less bad – idea?



    It seemed basic common sense – which would have applied equally regardless of which club had something to celebrate – that the thousands congregating in Glasgow should be allowed to do so in their preferred environment, their own stadium. The choice was not between whether or not people would congregate; only where.



    I have still to hear any rational explanation of why it was thought preferable for this to happen in the aforementioned streets, bridges and squares where, as soon transpired, absolutely no rules would apply, than within the confines of a stadium where they all wanted to be and within which some degree of regulation would have been possible.



    Then, while I was waiting for my flight, a friend in the hospitality industry phoned in despair to tell me about the latest disaster – the decision not to move Glasgow down to level 2. At this point, the contrast between what everyone knew was going to happen the following day and the latest extension of Glasgow’s lockdown moved from being merely irrational to grotesque.



    I have never quite understood why it is forbidden to have a glass of wine with a meal within permitted hours. However, the idea this would continue to be banned in Glasgow on public health grounds while the same politicians and experts had put exclusion from a football stadium before all the blatantly obvious risks inherent in the alternative now appeared incomprehensible and irresponsible.



    Yet who does one turn to for an explanation? Who can the beleaguered hospitality industry ask for the right of appeal, based on reason? In what respect is the public health advice in England different to that in Scotland? There are so many questions and after more than a year of this, so few detailed, satisfactory answers.



    The decision makers hide behind the mantra that anyone who challenges their edicts is less interested than themselves in public health or protecting the community. That has never been true and should have been called out long before now. The longer this goes on, the more urgent the need for scrutiny.



    Keeping Glasgow closed is a blunt instrument which fails to recognise vast differences within its boundaries. Concentrating on postcode areas seems more sensible than relying on boundaries which were drawn in the 1990s for entirely different reasons – primarily to keep more prosperous areas out of Glasgow.



    The idea that people are not going to travel from Glasgow for a meal in Bearsden or Kilmacolm does not accord with reality. So the major impact of this blanket ban within the confines of the city is not to limit the spread of the virus but to put another nail in the coffins of good, responsible businesses that are struggling to survive.



    If the politicians believe their own rhetoric, why did they not act last Friday to limit the public health damage from the Rangers party? Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf could have made a recording of his pious strictures to be released around 6pm. and then taken the rest of Saturday off. What did he expect in George Square? Community singing of Abide with Me?



    Ditto the First Minister who should surely have seen the need for containment within her own constituency? The lesson is that while it is easy to ban things it is within your authority to ban, a greater talent is required for seeing a bigger picture – and that is what they made a complete mess of last weekend.




  13. GEEBEE1978 on 3RD JUNE 2021 7:16 AM


    AN DÚN on 3RD JUNE 2021 3:04 AM



    If reports are true that the process for Ange could take “several weeks” then we simply move on – immediately. “Several weeks” is something we don’t have.



    We’re already getting close to next season (and instant CL qualification) being a write-off.



    We need to move to Plan D and sharpish




    We had several weeks, a long time ago. It’s incompetence beyond belief. These clowns are close to writing off next season and beyond.


    Probably 90-95% of professional managers worldwide would take the celtic job. Let’s say the vast majority aren’t good enough. It still leaves a large pool of good managers who’d take the job. What’s so hard to identify these guys and go get. Unbelievable.

  14. And the club have unveiled the away kit they’ll be wearing for the campaign.




    Ismaila Soro in the new Celtic away shirt


    The jersey is dark green with gold outlining, with dark green shorts and socks.




    Sorry don’t know how to copy the photo.



    I like it. 😀👍

  15. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Ah … “reports”



    If they’re all true then Freddie Starr must have had the worst indigestion imaginable.

  16. TIMBHOY2 on 3RD JUNE 2021 7:30 AM



    I wouldn’t take any of them. MON has a special place in my heart but that his day has well and truly passed. I was hoping that any silver lining from last season would be a reset – fresh start and a club that looks forward, ahead of the curve.



    It’d be like Arsenal bringing back George Graham….

  17. glendalystonsils on

    I really like the new away kit . It’s just a pity it won’t shrink to fit the few players who will still be hanging around when and if a new manager appears .

  18. B2B



    REPORTS that FARIA is linked with us.



    If and its a Big if he takes the job on



    Will we be known as the HOOFS..



    Or is there NEIGH chance hell take up the REIGNS.



    Big Jimmy makes it look easy being funny.



    Aff oaf furra bitta scran.

  19. From 9 in a row and 4 consecutive trebles to finishing 25 points behind sevco, a club struggling from financial crisis to financial crisis. Is this the greatest collapse of a football club anywhere in the world since the 1970’s when we went from European cup finals and semi-finals to failing to even qualify for Europe.


    How not to run a football club.


    Why is lawwell the only one leaving?


    Will Lawwell receive a large payoff as a reward for his spectacular failure?

  20. DAVID66 on 3RD JUNE 2021 8:27 AM


    Big Jimmy – I have my Grandsons communion on Saturday 12 June and we are having a small family gathering in our Garden.







    I might have to take it easy. But aye am up for it




    Good man…dont worry as I will look after you LOL !


    The following Friday ( 18th June) is NOT ideal, cos there are Three games from the EORO’s that day, INCLUDING ENGLAND V SCOTLAND with a 8pm Kick Off. Personally, I want to be Sober enough to see that Game. On THAT Day, I will probably spend a couple of hours in my local Pub that afternoon, and go home early for dinner and to watch it ?



    FAO… to ANYONE who wants to Meet up around 2pm on Friday 11th June in my Local Pub for a Chat and Swally, then let me know before next week in case I have to ALERT my Pub Landlord ?



  21. ERNIE 8.33am


    “I have still to hear any rational explanation of why it was thought preferable for this to happen in the aforementioned streets, bridges and squares where, as soon transpired, absolutely no rules would apply, than within the confines of a stadium where they all wanted to be and within which some degree of regulation would have been possible.”




    Brian Wilson or ( NOBODY) could have GARNUTEED that the Hun Mob would NOT STILL have descended to George Square, once they were finished being INSIDE IPox. Dont forget, many of the Huns were STILL in and around George Square at 11PM !

  22. Tom McLaughlin on

    Our first CL qualifier is 7 weeks away. If UEFA say it can take “weeks” to give Ange the green card, then that doesn’t mean he can’t be head coach in the meantime, so therd is still enough time.



    All of which assumes that it doesn’t take 5 or 6 weeks for the board to tie the man down to a signed contract. It couldn’t could it?

  23. BIG JIMMY on 3RD JUNE 2021 9:34 AM



    It shouldn’t have been allowed to happen. They should have been told well in advance that if they tried to gather they would get hammered. But instead there was some mealy mouthed pious nonsense about hoping they would be responsible, when the dogs in the street knew what they had planned. So if the authorities ie the government and their police force knew what was coming they should have allowed them into their midden, where they would have been contained, because the alternative was what happened.



    As Brian Wilson puts it ‘What did he expect in George Square? Community singing of Abide with Me?’, which was maybe a little too subtle for the cult or maybe they just choose to ignore that bit because it doesn’t suit their agenda. He’s saying that they’re huns and would be expected to behave like huns. He’s pointing out what they’re like, not apologising for them or excusing them.

  24. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    I’m looking forward to sneaking along to the early Lowland League fixtures where I expect our teenagers to be splattered across varying qualities of turf. Walk ups, cash at the gate, football at the touchline.



    What I’m not looking forward to is the inevitable Police Scotland intervention; tickets only, dogs and horses, no access to town centres.



    Then we’ll steer ourselves through the Tommy (Celtic 0) McIntyre factor, our away brief allocation thieves, the antisocial Green Brigade tag alongs. I can imagine our players leaning down to hear Shaun Maloney whisper his cunning instruction in their ear, even as I’m typing.



    It’ll be brilliant.

  25. “ we aim, very shortly, to announce the appointment of a Manager”.



    Six days ago.



    It’s clear we didn’t appreciate the significance of Ange not having his licenses.

  26. Big Jimmy – Canny wait for the Friday Beer Frenzy.🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺



    Oh and 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺



    D :)

  27. glendalystonsils on

    AN DÚN



    Our due diligence procedures seem to be as thorough as those used by the SFA on Dave King .

  28. He didn’t condemn them .. wasn’t subtle at all … they would have turned up in George Square anyway.

  29. MARADOMINIC on 3RD JUNE 2021 10:30 AM


    He didn’t condemn them .. wasn’t subtle at all … they would have turned up in George Square anyway.







    If Brian Wilson said orange juice was orange the cult would disagree.



    He seems to press their buttons.



    Can’t imagine why.

  30. BABASONICOS71 on

    Couldn’t give 2 funks what Brian Wilson said, he’a a politician so it will be slanted & expedient.


    Reverse the roles & he’d say the opposite. Billy Connolly was right about folk who want to be politicians.



    At least we’re a well run club so he can take satisfaction from whatever role he plays in that.



    Farcenal FC



    Here’s a song. Music > football.









    Back to Lurksville

  31. welcome back Tom McLaughlin, good to see names from a few years ago posting again. Bit like the Hotel California here, no-one ever leaves , they just check out for a bit!



    Re: Brian Wilson. I always liked him as a politician as he clearly got his and the Gov point across in the media better than some others. He was part of a highly successful group of Labour politicians from Scotland who made an impact at UK level (whether you agreed with the policies or not)


    The drive to remove the Tories was the breeding ground for this talent and i suppose it was inevitable that the team who came into power in 1997 would be talented and have drive to govern and carry out policy. Being in power so long plus the lack of talent left behind for the Scot Gov would se the opposite result.


    In contrast, that vacuum in Scotland was filled with another pent up emotion, nationalism, and the driven have gone into the SNP. I don’t really see the talent though (apart from Strurgeon ) or the ability to govern as well as they can do politics. The young Finance Minister looks promising but what happened to the youngster Black in London with the firebrand speeches?



    In my opinion, the UK and Scotland were lucky to have people like, Cook, Brown, Browne, Reid, Wilson, Beckett looking to advance people’s lives. Blair, Mandelson, Prescott less so but they were key in the political arena to get the others into government. There haven’t been ministers of that quality since



    On a personal note, i went through security in GLA beside Wilson a couple of years back. Because we were beside each other and doing the belts, phone, keys thing, i didn’t initially twig who it was but he started a conversation about the game. Once through security, the niggle i had formed into recognition that it was him. Down to earth chat with a fellow Tim without any ‘do you know who i am?’ guff. Nice fella