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There’s something I’ve never been able to figure out for the last nine years.  When Gordon Strachan was announced as Celtic manager, on 1st June 2014, he apologised to the media for bumping their calls the previous week, as he was due to takeover on that date, and the announcement was embargoed until then.

No idea why the news was embargoed, but it was.  Tomorrow’s the 1st June.  If the same rules hold true now as when Gordon Strachan was appointed, there was little chance of an appointment in late May.

If you’re not going to the CQN 10-in-a-row Charity Golf day on 4 July the Sean’s Trust Charity Dinner is on the same night at the Fullarton Suits, Glasgow.  Sean’s Trust is run by the late St John Doyle’s partner, Linda.  If you’d like to attend let Lennybhoy know, lennybhoycfc@gmail.com

Let me know if you would like to attend the CQN Question and Answer evening at the Manor Club, Wimbledon, on 21 June, with a confirmed line-up of Lisbon Lion, John Hughes, and our own Brogan Rogan and Auldheid, celticquicknews@gmail.com

Visit the CQN Bookstore to get Tommy Gemmell to sign your personal copy of his tome, All the Best.

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  1. 16 roads – Celtic über alles…

     

     

    15:01 on 31 May, 2014

     

     

    Magnificent gesture or a realisation that some are at the end of their tether.

  2. I think Roy would be a gamble that if it paid off would be seen as a great move by the board.

     

    Roy is a world class name to have at the head of the team. Success in Europe would increase our prestige if Roy was running the show as he is a box office name.

     

    Hail Hail

  3. bournesouprecipe

     

     

    15:18 on 31 May, 2014

     

     

    That had crossed my mind. Your heart goes out to them.

  4. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Those nice guys at Sky are charging punters an extra fiver if you buy the PPV fight tonight

  5. Always had the feeling big Peter read my posts on here….had been advising Celtic all week to go out and sign wee Gordon…….right decisions now being made at last…..stand by for a great run in the CL…….all them other chancers have only heard the music

  6. I don’t have a clue who our next manager is going to be but I don’t think he’ll be subjected to what Tony Mowbray’s team was subjected to. Well not this season coming up anyway, but there’s always the season after….

     

     

    Just to remind you of old.

     

     

    The Top 40 honest mistakes Season 2009/10 which favoured Rangers and went

     

    against Celtic.

     

     

    Celtic fans, ex players and some of the media have stated that this season

     

    more than any other season has seen a lot of key decisions go against Celtic

     

    and for Rangers. For evidence of these decisions a list has been compiled

     

    highlighting the Top 40 Honest mistakes by the SFA officials.

     

     

    Within this list is quotations from 3 SPL managers (Levein, Gannon & May)

     

    making admission to the poor decisions against Celtic. Also quotes from 5

     

    managers (Craig Brown, Gus McPherson, Peter Houston , Billy Reid & Jocky

     

    Scott) complaining publicly about decisions that have favoured Rangers. Also

     

    included is an apology from a referee admitting he made an error of

     

    judgement.

     

     

    The 40 Honest Mistakes are categorised as follows:-

     

     

    – 12 STONEWALL PENALTIES DENIED (for Celtic or for Rangers opponents).

     

    – 8 GOALS CHOPPED OFF (for Celtic or for Rangers opponents),

     

    – 5 SOFT PENALTIES (for Rangers where opposing team complains about decision.)

     

     

    – 4 NO RED CARD (for Rangers player when proper rules being applied should

     

    have resulted in red.)

     

    – 3 NOT EVEN A BOOKING (for Rangers players when there was a case for a red.)

     

    – 3 FOR THE SAME OFFENCE – CELTIC PLAYER BOOKED. OPPONENT OR RANGERS PLAYER

     

    NOT BOOKED.

     

    – 2 HARSH RED CARDS (for Celtic players.)

     

    – 1 UNUSUAL DECISION (Celtic goalkeeper penalised for handling ball inside the

     

    box!)

     

    – 1 LACK OF SHARPNESS/PACE OF ASSISTANT REFEREES (Keane offside again.)

     

    – 1 WILL GIVE REF BENEFIT OF DOUBT BUT SEEN THEM GIVEN.

     

     

     

    The Top 40 honest mistakes Season 2009/10 which favoured Rangers and went

     

    against Celtic.

     

     

    1. Clear 2nd goal for Motherwell chopped off against Rangers.

     

    No need for various views of this one. No marginal decision or checking

     

    replays. Forbes was 3 yards onside. Former Rangers captains summarising on

     

    ESPN Butcher & Hendry agree goal was clearly onside. Daily Record “Craig

     

    Brown last night accused bungling linesman of costing Motherwell a famous

     

    victory over Rangers. The furious Fir Park boss had to be dragged away from

     

    John Gilmore at full-time as he protested the controversial decision to

     

    disallow a second-half Ross Forbes goal for offside. Forbes poked home Stephen

     

    Craigan’s knockdown to seemingly put his side 2-0 up and on the brink of a

     

    first home win over Gers for seven years. But Gilmour flagged despite TV

     

    pictures later clearly showing the goal should have stood. Well boss Brown was

     

    in no doubt his side had been robbed and said: “I’ve seen the TV evidence and

     

    it indicates the goal was OK.” (GOAL CHOPPED OFF)

     

     

    2. Ref apologises for not awarding Celtic a blatant penalty at Ibrox.

     

    Davie Weir chops Maloney down in box in first Old Firm game of season. Ref

     

    waves play on and Rangers go up the park and score. STV website and various

     

    media – “Old Firm referee Craig Thomson has admitted he’s ‘disappointed’ at

     

    getting his decision wrong when he decided not to award Celtic a penalty in

     

    the 12th minute. Hugh Dallas said: ‘Craig and I have had our post match

     

    de-brief. Whilst I would compliment Craig for his overall handling of

     

    yesterday’s encounter, he is disappointed at his error of judgement when he

     

    decided against awarding a penalty to the visiting team in the 12th minute.'”

     

    Motherwell manager Jim Gannon later said: “Right now there is a question mark

     

    over the standard of our refereeing, and it affects the SPL table. After the

     

    last Old Firm game Hugh Dallas had to defend the referee [Craig Thomson]. But

     

    the result of that match might have been different had the ref got the big

     

    decisions correct.” (STONEWALL PEN DENIED)

     

     

    3. Perfectly good Marc Antoine Fortune goal chopped off against Rangers Sky

     

    Sports Moment of the Match: “Marc-Antoine Fortune’s wrongly disallowed goal

     

    could have changed the game and the title race.” News of the World Richard

     

    Gough reflecting on the disallowed goal“”Look at the last game, the one

     

    where Celtic have had the Fortune goal disallowed. “I admit that it does look

     

    like a goal. The referee (Steve Conroy) has not ruled the goal disallowed

     

    because he’s a Protestant or a Catholic. “He’s made an honest call and guys

     

    make mistakes.” (GOAL CHOPPED OFF)

     

     

     

    4. Perfectly good Hamilton equaliser is chopped off 10 minutes to go.

     

    Sunday Mail “ANGRY Accies boss Billy Reid last night blasted the officials

     

    for denying his side a deserved draw at Ibrox. Hamilton were trailing to Mo

     

    Edu’s first-half opener when James McArthur knocked home Alex Neil’s cross 12

     

    minutes from time. But linesman Steven Craven flagged for offside against sub

     

    Joel Thomas – even though McArthur was well onside. And ref Stevie O’Reilly

     

    chalked the goal off to hand Rangers a 1-0 victory. Raging Reid said: “I don’t

     

    think anyone could deny we deserved a point. “I haven’t seen McArthur’s goal

     

    on the monitor but I don’t need to.”I knew Joel was offside when the cross

     

    came in but James wasn’t. He came from deep, timed his run well and I’m told

     

    he was three yards onside.”I was celebrating the goal so I’m disappointed it

     

    wasn’t given. I had a word with the ref but he had a hard decision.”Some they

     

    get right, some they get wrong. He called this one wrong. Sunday Herald –

     

    “Rangers doing just enough to win, with a dubious officiating call thrown

     

    in: this game was like the 2009/10 SPL season in microcosm.”(GOAL CHOPPED

     

    OFF)

     

     

    5. Dundee United player admits he handled ball in injury time. No penalty. 1-1

     

    in injury time in a game that Celtic also had a valid goal disallowed, Darren

     

    Dods arm moves in direction of the ball inside box and Steve Conroy waves play

     

    on. Darren Dods later admits he handled it and Levein said he was disappointed

     

    Dods did not catch it. Scotland on Sunday “Much later, a couple of minutes

     

    into injury time in fact, an Andreas Hinkel cross hit Darren Dodds on the arm

     

    and many a spot-kick has been given in such circumstances. Asked about it

     

    later, Levein offered a cheeky response: “I’ve spoken to Darren about it and

     

    he said he was really disappointed he never held it. Dodds said: “The ball hit

     

    my head and then hit my thumb.” That’s that, then. It should have been a

     

    penalty.” (STONEWALL PEN DENIED)

     

     

    6.Rangers heading out of cup 3-2 down and awarded a very soft penalty.

     

    The Times “ Rangers also got lucky to a degree — the penalty awarded to

     

    them after 61 minutes, when Stuart Elliott was judged to have stopped the ball

     

    illegally while lying on the ground, looked harsh.”

     

    Scotsman – “They needed a touch of good fortune to equalise when referee

     

    Charlie Richmond rather harshly penalised Hamilton debutant Stuart Elliott for

     

    handball, awarding the spot-kick from which Kenny Miller converted.”

     

    Hamilton player lying on ground while trying to move his hand away hand ball

     

    penalty given. A gift given to Rangers by ref to keep them in the Cup. It’s

     

    okay saying Richmond denied Miller a penalty in the replay but if it was not

     

    for the ludicrous decision in first game there would have been no replay.

     

    (SOFT PEN AWARDED)

     

     

    7.Rangers awarded ludicrous 2nd penalty in match after Boyd dives.

     

    Losing 1-0 in a Scottish Cup quarter final Rangers were awarded 2 very soft

     

    penalties. Peter Houston was livid at both awards but especially the second

     

    BBC website:- “I am disappointed and I just wonder if the penalties would have

     

    been given at the other end. I hope they would have been,” said the Dundee

     

    United manager. “Dougie McDonald is an honest referee in normal circumstances,

     

    I think he is one of the best in Scotland. But I was disappointed that he got

     

    there early to give the penalty kicks.” And the United manager added: “The

     

    second one, if we are going to give penalty kicks for that, we’ll get penalty

     

    kicks left, right and centre on a regular basis.(SOFT PEN AWARDED)

     

     

    8.Last minute penalty awarded to Rangers. Offence took place outside box.

     

    Drawing 1-1 with Hearts Craig Thomson awards Rangers last minute penalty. The

     

    offence took at least a yard outside the box. Daily Mail – “The Tynecastle

     

    side thought the penalty was harsh, arguing that the foul by Ismael Bouzid on

     

    Steven Naismith was committed outside the penalty box. Telegraph – “and the

     

    referee – poured salt into Hearts’ wounds in the final minute of normal time

     

    when Mr Thomson judged that Ismael Bouzid had fouled Steven Naismith inside

     

    the box, a dubious judgment call at best. (SOFT PEN AWARDED)

     

     

    9.Celtic score in injury time winner v Falkirk but wrongly disallowed.

     

    Daily Record – “Celtic fans yelped in frustration – and their mood would not

     

    have improved when television replays showed assistant Lawrence Kerrigan was

     

    wrong to flag for offside when Samaras was played in behind the Bairns defence

     

    in injury time.” “His shot may have been blocked by Olejnik but it dropped

     

    to McDonald who poked the ball into the net only to see the flag fluttering

     

    along his line of vision. To be fair, Celtic players kept their protests to a

     

    minimum.” The Sun – “TV pictures showed that linesman Andy Tait was wrong

     

    to flag, but Mogga insisted: Note different newspapers quote different

     

    linesman so unsure which one raised the flag. (GOAL CHOPPED OFF).

     

     

     

    10. Kyle Lafferty assaults Hinkel with a horrendous tackle. Stays on park!

     

    Mowbray is seen squirming with his hand in hands after seeing the tackle which

     

    could have been career threatening. 99 times out of 100 this tackle is an

     

    automatic red. Daily Mail “Then came the Lafferty-Hinkel incident, arriving

     

    after the Rangers player had earlier been lucky to escape a booking for three

     

    fouls. This time, Lafferty slid in, studs up, in a shocking challenge that

     

    fully impacted on Hinkel’s shin, one which had the Celtic fans howling for a

     

    red card. And Conroy should have administered it.”.Two months later Herald –

     

    “The tackle is not in my head any more,” said Hinkel yesterday. “It’s

     

    still on my shin, though. I still have the mark there.” (NO RED CARD)

     

     

     

    11. Samaras header v Dundee United wrongly disallowed for offside.

     

    Celtic had a Samaras goal incorrectly chopped off for offside. Scotland on

     

    Sunday – “Levein left the field quietly at the end and there was probably a

     

    reason for that. His side appeared to come out the right side of two highly

     

    contentious calls in the second half; a Georgios Samaras “goal” chalked off by

     

    linesman (unsure if it was Andy Tait or Lawrence Kerrigan ) and a Celtic

     

    penalty claim waved away by referee Steve Conroy. The “goal” was put away by

     

    Samaras just before the hour mark.” Daily Record “ The Greek said: “I went

     

    square on the defender and knew exactly where he was. I also know the move I

     

    made to keep me onside.”TV replays backed his claim. (GOAL CHOPPED OFF)

     

     

     

    12. Dundee United score 3 mins to go 1 nil up on but wrongly disallowed.

     

    BBC Website -United were dominant for most of the game and David Goodwillie

     

    had the ball in the net, only to be flagged offside (by linesman Brian

     

    McGarry.) United were dominant for most of the game and David Goodwillie had

     

    the ball in the net, only to be flagged offside. TV showed Goodwillie was

     

    onside. (GOAL CHOPPED OFF)

     

     

    13. Eddie May admits Celtic should have had a penalty in 1-1 draw.

     

    Mail on Sunday – ‘Falkirk manager Eddie May said: “Overall, I thought it was a

     

    fair result. But I think they should have had a penalty.” Daily Mail – ‘Alan

     

    Muir denied the Parkhead club a late penalty claim – when Brian McLean tangled

     

    with Fortune – in the 1-1 draw with Falkirk on Saturday. (STONEWALL PEN

     

    DENIED)

     

     

    14.Artur Boruc penalised for handling the ball 2 yards INSIDE his box.

     

    This has to be the most ludicrous free kick given all season 20 yards from

     

    goal to Falkirk This was as he was throwing the ball to then kick it out his

     

    area. When ever have you seen such a free kick given this season or any

     

    season. TV evidence clearly showed Boruc was 2 yards inside his box when he

     

    last handled the ball. The free kick was given by linesman Francis Andrews 5

     

    minutes to go when game was 1-1. Daily Mail “Hinkel was also unhappy about

     

    Celtic keeper Artur Boruc being penalised for apparently stepping out of his

     

    area late on. “It’s not really my thing to say something about referees but,

     

    once again, we had some very strange decisions,” said Hinkel. “Not even just

     

    the penalty – look at the situation when Artur had a free-kick given against

     

    him.” Falkirk very nearly scored a winner from the free kick and if they had

     

    this ridiculous decision would have been highlighted much more than it was.

     

    (UNUSUAL DECISON!)

     

     

    15. Jocky Scott -”The 2nd penalty claim? – a blind man could have seen it!”

     

     

    Dundee were drawing 1-1 with Rangers in League Cup quarter final when they

     

    were denied not one but TWO stonewall penalties according to Dundee manager

     

    Jocky Scott.Jocky Scott “We had two stonewall penalties, how the referee

     

    Dougie McDonald didn’t give them I don’t know ? “The second one – a blind man

     

    could have seen it!” (STONEWALL PEN DENIED)

     

     

    16. McCulloch looks at McGuire then elbows him in face. Stays on park.

     

    Lee McCulloch glances at Aberdeen’s McGuire then elbows him deliberately

     

    directly in face. Best to view the video to illustrate how deliberate this

     

    was. Daily Record – “Rangers midfielder Lee McCulloch, however, was fortunate

     

    not to pick up a red card from Iain Brines for an elbow on McGuire.” Rangers

     

    would have been playing 45 mins with 10 men if Brines had done his job. Next

     

    match for Rangers was Old Firm game. McCulloch escapes ban which could have

     

    been a 3 match ban for violent conduct.(NO RED CARD)

     

     

    17. Maloney brought down by Weir in box. No penalty and Maloney booked.

     

    Maloney clipped by Davie Weir in box. No penalty. Maloney booked for diving.

     

    TV showed penalty should have been given. Daily Mail – “Maloney, in

     

    particular, seemed harshly dealt with after being chopped down by David Weir

     

    with the score at 1-0 and was accused of simulating another tumble in the box

     

    following a challenge from his Scotland team-mate. TV pictures later suggested

     

    Craig Thomson got both calls wrong” (STONEWALL PEN DENIED)

     

     

    18. McGeady sent off for diving 45 yards from goal.

     

    Dougie McDonald sends off McGeady for diving 45 yards from goal after riding a

     

    few tackles after going on a run. After the match Mowbray said “If we hadn’t

     

    had the week we’ve had in the media, I would suggest the referee would never

     

    have made it a sending off.” In March 2010 Evening Times refelected on that

     

    incident- “Dougie McDonald sent off McGeady at Hibernian this season for

     

    diving. McGeady & Mowbray were both outraged at the decision.The alleged

     

    offence happened on the halfway line where “simulation” to gain an

     

    advantage was perhaps not the likeliest option for McGeady to take. Many

     

    believed he was merely trying to avoid being injured as a tackle was coming

     

    in. (HARSH RED CARD)

     

     

    19. Dundee United denied stonewall penalty as Kyle Lafferty handles.

     

    TV showed Lafferty’s hand moving towards the ball to block effort at goal but

     

    Dougie McDonald denies United the penalty. BBC website “Kyle Lafferty

     

    handled in the Rangers box in the first-half but escaped the award of a

     

    penalty against his side. However, despite strenuous penalty appeals from the

     

    United players, referee Dougie McDonald awarded a corner to the home side and

     

    booked Garry Kenneth for dissent towards the assistant referee.(STONEWALL PEN

     

    DENIED)

     

     

    20. Scott Brown harshly sent off after a clash with Lafferty who got off with

     

    it.

     

    Scott Brown controversially sent off after altercation with Lafferty who did

     

    not receive a card. The Scotsman :- Striker Kyle Lafferty has admitted Scott

     

    Brown was unlucky to be sent off by referee Dougie McDonald in Sunday’s Old

     

    Firm derby. Celtic have appealed against the red card dished out to their

     

    captain after a clash with Lafferty. Rangers went on to seal victory thanks an

     

    injury-time goal from Maurice Edu and went ten points clear of their

     

    rivals.Northern Ireland international Lafferty, now preparing to face Albania

     

    in a friendly tonight, said: “To produce a red card was harsh but it is the

     

    referee’s decision and is nothing to do with me!”(HARSH RED CARD)

     

     

    21.Boyd elbows Zemmama. When is an elbow in face classed as obstruction?

     

    Any other classification for the booking would have meant Boyd suspended for

     

    Old Firm game. If it was an obstruction why no hand up by referee Steve

     

    Conroy. The Herald:- “Merouane Zemmama last night claimed Kris Boyd “went

     

    for his face” with his elbow and would have been sent off in other

     

    countries. The Rangers striker was booked after his arm caught Zemmama. Walter

     

    Smith, the Rangers manager, said he believed the caution had pushed his

     

    striker though the 18-point disciplinary mark, thus meaning Boyd would be

     

    unable to play against Celtic in two weeks. However, Steve Conroy, the match

     

    referee, later confirmed that the booking would only amount to two points for

     

    obstruction, leaving Boyd one point shy of suspension” (NO RED CARD)

     

     

    22.Bougherra booked after 5 mins then has 7 fouls and stays on park.

     

    Dougie McDonald booked Bougherra booked early on but failed to send him off

     

    despite 7 subsequent fouls on Celtic’s forwards, Bougheera stayed on park and

     

    set up Rangers winning goal in injury time. BBC Website “ Former ref Kenny

     

    Clark said: “I’ve got to say that I did note a couple of times about Bougherra

     

    living dangerously, and I think he was on his very last life, as it were. “He

     

    was treading a very thin line. On another day he might well have been

     

    red-carded, but he got away with it. “I think he was very fortunate to remain

     

    where he was.”(NO RED CARD)

     

     

    23. Mcginn chopped in box with 5 mins to go. Dougie McDonald says no pen.

     

    McGinn chopped in box. Stonewall penalty denied with 5 mins to go. Daily

     

    Record – “The Northern Irish international was brought down inside the box by

     

    Lee Wallace with five minutes to go of Sunday’s SPL clash at Parkhead, only

     

    for referee Dougie McDonald to award a corner to the bemusement of everyone

     

    inside the stadium.”(STONEWALL PEN DENIED)

     

     

    24.Samaras blatantly chopped in box at Fir Park. No penalty.

     

    Celtic do get penalty but only after having 3 claims for a penalty, two of

     

    which were stonewallers. The first one was a blatant penalty when Samaras was

     

    chopped in box. Guardian – “Even if Celtic did have a legitimate claim for a

     

    penalty when Samaras was tripped by Reynolds. Another two poor decisions from

     

    referee Charlie Richmond denied them penalties after McGeady had

     

    equalised.(STONEWALL PEN DENIED)

     

     

    25.Lafferty has a shocking kung fu kick into Zhi’s groin. Not booked.

     

    Lafferty (again) high feet left in to catch ZZ’s groin, the Daily Record

     

    thought this was worth a full page photo with headline ‘Welcome to Glasgow

     

    China.’ Craig Thomson did not book Lafferty. (NOT EVEN A BOOKING)

     

     

    26.Dundee denied 2 stonewall pens in League Cup v Rangers. Penalty 1 :-

     

    Dundee were drawing 1-1 with Rangers when Dougie McDonald were denied not one

     

    but TWO stonewall penalties according to Dundee manager Jocky Scott. The

     

    Scotsman “I don’t care what anyone says. For the first one, Craig Forsyth

     

    says the goalkeeper definitely touched him. “There was no reason for him to go

     

    down as he would have been in a position to score.Unsurprisingly, Smith did

     

    not concur with his close friend’s assessment of the incidents.”I didn’t see

     

    the first one, because my view from the directors’ box was obscured by a

     

    pole,” said Smith,(STONEWALL PEN DENIED)

     

     

    27. Handball by Well defender in box. No peenalty.

     

    Motherwell player clearly handles the ball in the box. Richmond denies

     

    penalty. Guardian – “Even if Celtic did have a legitimate claim for a penalty

     

    when Samaras was tripped by Reynolds. Another two poor decisions from referee

     

    Charlie Richmond denied them penalties after McGeady had equalised. (STONEWALL

     

    PEN DENIED)

     

     

    28. Weir recklessly follows through on Scott mcdonald. No booking

     

    Weir follows through putting studs into McDonalds leg and adds a follow up

     

    knee to the back right in front of the referee Craig Thompson who had a clear

     

    view, free kick awarded but no booking.(NOT EVEN A BOOKING)

     

     

    29.Celtic goal disallowed against Hibs. Unclear as to why it was disallowed.

     

    The Scotsman”Celtic toiled to get back into their stride, although they did

     

    seem harshly dealt with on the stroke of half-time when Darren O’Dea stabbed

     

    the ball into the net, only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul on Smith

     

    which was not easy to identify.” The Herald “They thought they had

     

    regained the lead just before half-time when Marc Crosas’s free-kick into

     

    the box was jabbed into the net by O’Dea but referee Iain Brines saw

     

    something – either offside or a shove – and disallowed the “goal”.

     

    That stoked the atmosphere around Parkhead,” Celtic lost the game 2-1.(GOAL

     

    CHOPPED OFF)

     

     

    30. Keane continously flagged offside when onside. 2 yards onside v Falkirk

     

    The Times “A Celtic source made allegations of refereeing incompetence

     

    around Keane, the source added: “It seems that officials are struggling to

     

    keep up with his pace. Several key offside decisions have gone against him

     

    purely because of his speed.” This statement was made on 25 Feb a few weeks

     

    after fans claim Keane was flagged wrongly offside against Hearts on FIVE

     

    occasions. A fortnight later Celtic played Falkirk, Robbie Keane is running a

     

    good two yards behind play when Georgeos Samaras releases the ball into his

     

    path. The assistant referee James Bee , also behind play, so he has the

     

    benefit of a clear perspective on the action, is a pace behind Keane and

     

    several yards behind the ball. The assistant ref raised his flag, intimating

     

    that Keane is ahead of the ball.Pictures show Keane to be clearly onside.(LACK

     

    OF SHARPNESS/PACE OF ASSISTANT REFEREES)

     

     

    31. Samaras goal chopped off v Morton in Scottish Cup.

     

    The Sun says chopped off for offside. Daily Record says chopped off for

     

    handball. On TV highlights it did not look like it had hit his hand. Daily

     

    Record – “The big striker thought he’d scored in 75 minutes when he bundled

     

    the ball into the net. Referee Craig Thomson refused to award the goal,

     

    insisting Samaras had used an arm. The Sun “Celts thought they’d sealed it

     

    when Samaras bundled home at the far post from Crosas’ 77th-minute corner.

     

    They should have coasted home with Lee Naylor denied by the woodwork and

     

    Georgios Samaras having a strike ruled out for offside”.(GOAL CHOPPED OFF)

     

     

    32.Fortune handles ball and booked. Kenny Miler handles ball No booking.

     

    After 7 minutes Fortune handles ball. A free kick is awarded to Rangers and

     

    Fortune is booked. 19 minutes later Kenny Miler handles ball. Dougie McDonald

     

    blows for a free kick to Celtic. Miller is not booked. The Sun “Fortune was

     

    next in the book for handball with the whistler wanting to show his authority

     

    from the start. Gers had the ball in Boruc’s net after 26 minutes when Edu

     

    cracked home a loose ball from the edge of the box. But McDonald had already

     

    blown for handball by Miller. (SAME OFFENCE – CELTIC PLAYER BOOKED OPPONENT OR

     

    RANGERS PLAYER NOT BOOKED.)

     

     

    33. 4 players kick ball away. Only the Celtic players are booked for it.

     

    Iain Brines books McGeady and O’Dea for kicking ball away against Aberdeen. In

     

    same match Stephen McLean kicks ball away and is not given a 2nd yellow card

     

    for it. 4 days later the same Mr Brines is refereeing a match at Ibrox against

     

    St Mirren, Lafferty kicks the ball away and is given a lecture from Brines and

     

    no yellow card. (SAME OFFENCE – CELTIC PLAYER BOOKED OPPONENT OR RANGERS

     

    PLAYER NOT BOOKED.)

     

     

    34.Ian Murray handles ball twice in box. Richmond denies penalty.

     

    The Evening Times “Charlie Richmond’s performance was inconsistent and, at

     

    one point, left Lennon leaping like a truculent teenager in his technical

     

    area. Had Richmond focused more on getting decisions right – like Ian

     

    Murray’s double handball in the box when pressurised by Keane after just 16

     

    minutes – and less on posturing dramatically when blowing his whistle, it

     

    would have made for a much more efficient performance. As it was, Celtic

     

    managed to overcome his shortcomings and their own sluggish start to grind out

     

    a win. Daily Record “On Ian Murray – Lucky not to concede a penalty in the

     

    first half but showed plenty of effort. On Charlie Richmond – Got too many

     

    things wrong. Missed Murray’s handball in the box although he got the actual

     

    spot-kick right. (STONEWALL PEN DENIED)

     

     

    35. Falkirk player handles ball in box. Referee does not give penalty.

     

    Hand ball by Falkirk defender in the box. Alan Muir denies Celtic the penalty

     

    when TV evidence on the BBC highlights showed it was a clear handball.

     

    (STONEWALL PEN DENIED)

     

     

    36. Kenny Miller dives and gets soft penalty v Hibs to go 2 nil up.

     

    Kenny Miller goes down easily in box. Steve Conroy points to spot. Daily

     

    Record “Zemmama, who also claimed Kenny Miller went down “far too

     

    easily” for the penalty which Boyd converted in the second half.” (SOFT

     

    PEN AWARDED)

     

     

    37.Peter Houston complains about penalty awarded to Rangers.

     

    Losing 1-0 in a Scottish Cup quarter final Rangers were awarded 2 very soft

     

    penalties. Peter Houston was livid at both awards. The Scotsman “ Houston

     

    said: “I was disappointed to lose what I thought were two soft penalties.

     

    The goalkeeper got his foot to the ball for the first one. BBC website:- “I am

     

    disappointed and I just wonder if the penalties would have been given at the

     

    other end. I hope they would have been,” said the Dundee United manager.

     

    “Dougie McDonald is an honest referee in normal circumstances, I think he is

     

    one of the best in Scotland. But I was disappointed that he got there early to

     

    give the penalty kicks.”(SOFT PEN AWARDED)

     

     

    38.3 players leave field of play to celebrate goal. Only Celtic player

     

    booked.

     

    Rasmussen correcly booked for leaving field of play to celebrate with fans.

     

    Two weeks later McLean scores against Celtic, takes off his shirt, jumps the

     

    hordings along with half the Aberdeen team and celebrates with the fans at the

     

    Dick Donald. No second yellow card issued by Brines. The following day

     

    Whittaker scores a cracking goal for Rangers and runs to the fans at the east

     

    enclosure. No booking issued by Conroy.. 10 minutes later, with the score at

     

    1-0, Whittaker puts in a challenge that is deemed a bookable offence so gets

     

    yellow carded but although he should be off the pitch for 2 bookable offences

     

    he isn’t. (SAME OFFENCE – CELTIC PLAYER BOOKED OPPONENT OR RANGERS PLAYER NOT

     

    BOOKED.)

     

     

    39.Ki fouled in injury time. No free kick. Hibs score from breakaway.

     

    Celtic players were unhappy that an apparent foul on Ki was not awarded by

     

    Iain Brines in the 92nd minute when Hibs broke forward. Miller and Stokes

     

    combined to set teenage Danny Galbraith, who has yet to start a game, free to

     

    score his first goal in senior football and collect the points for Hibs. (I

     

    WILL GIVE REF BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT IN THIS ONE BUT I HAVE SEEN THEM GIVEN.)

     

     

    40.Gus McPherson – “A different set of rules applies when coming to

     

    Ibrox.”

     

    From BBC Website – St Mirren boss Gus MacPherson was angry Rangers’ David Weir

     

    was not punished by referee Charlie Richmond for a foul early in the Buddies’

     

    loss at Ibrox. “I’m not wanting players booked or red-carded but there are

     

    laws to the game,” MacPherson told BBC Scotland after Saints’ 3-1 defeat.

     

    “David Weir impeded Michael Higdon in the process of shooting, he affected how

     

    he was shooting. “There’s a decision to get made there. No decision was made.”

     

    MacPherson feels guidelines set down at the start of the season are not being

     

    adhered to. “It’s compulsory that we must go to a meeting at the start of the

     

    season, it’s not optional, and we’re set down guidelines,” he said.”And during

     

    the course of the season, these guidelines change. I’m not just talking about

     

    St Mirren games, I’m talking throughout the game as we see it. “We watch

     

    games, we go to games and we see clips on the BBC and we see a different set

     

    of rules getting applied. None more so than when we’re coming here (to

     

    Ibrox).”(NOT EVEN A BOOKING)

     

     

    List of the SFA officials who featured on the Top 40 Honest Mistakes Season

     

    2009/10:-

     

    Dougie McDonald 10

     

    Steve Conroy 7

     

    Craig Thomson 6

     

    Charlie Richmond 5

     

    Iain Brines 5

     

    Alan Muir 2

     

    Linesman – 2 Lawrence Kerrigan OR Andy Tait 2 goals chopped off in 2 games

     

    but unsure which one of them raised flag. (games v Dundee United & Falkirk

     

    both times Samaras flagged offside.)

     

    Linesman – 1 John Gilmore chopped off Motherwell goal.

     

    Linesman – 1 Francis Andrews penalised Boruc for handling ball inside his

     

    own box.

     

    Linesman – 1 James Bee flagged Keane as offside when he was 2 yards behind

     

    the ball.

     

    Linesman – 1 Bran McGarry disallowed a Dundee United goal v Rangers.

     

    Linesman – 1 Steven Craven disallowed a Hamilton goal v Rangers.

     

     

    Celtic fans are ridiculed in the media as being paranoid and are told they

     

    have no facts to back up their claims. I hope these decisions in the one

     

    season 2009/10 (so far with 5 weeks of the season to go) provide some evidence

     

    to at least make sure there is no future seasons with so many “Honest

     

    Mistakes.” Video evidence in place would have overturned the majority of

     

    these decisions with most only requiring one view to see the decision was

     

    wrong.

  7. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Deriguier?? Is that no that big lazy prima donna weve had in the treatment room for 6 months??

  8. And if you like moving pictures as well as words you might want to visit here…

     

     

    50 Honest Mistakes

     

     

    But yeah Tony was a Fud who took it on the chin. Well he didn’t get a lot of back up from the supporters or the club did he?

  9. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Kitalba

     

    I would love someone like Steven Craven to be intervied by CQN.

     

     

    Till later all

  10. Had a look at last night’s blog.

     

     

    I can’t believe the abuse and language on it was what Paul67 had in mind

     

     

    Some of the posters would not be good company in a social setting with alcohol taken.

  11. Sir Paul

     

     

    Na… Poppycock!

     

     

    Didnae Tommy Wolfe say ..”Naw.. It jist Canny Be done..son!!!!!”

     

     

    Gordon, comin Back?… It wid Be a disaster… Although… When Ah think aboot it..

     

     

    It widnae be any Worser than.. Gloomy Gus, bein oor Nooly Appointed Pilot.

     

     

    Tell Ma .Pal..

     

     

    Diz Celtic hiv a Death wish?

     

     

    Ur we oan a Course Tae Nowhere??

     

     

    Seems like it.. Tae Me..

     

     

    Look.. we Messed up.. when we appointed Mowbray.. Big Time..so we made a Boo Boo..wi Appointin Him. So Where diz it say that We should be Hell Bent tae Mak anither wan??

     

     

    Fir it looks tae me that We ur Set tae Mak anither Bloomer of even Vaster Proportions..

     

     

    Why don’t we Furget aboot this Irish Stuff?

     

     

    Ah hiv Nothin Agin the Irish.. But if we bring in the Dark Enforcer.. Ah think that we wid hiv Pushed oor Luck .. Too Faur.. Three Manager’s oota Four.. Irish.

     

     

    Fur Noo, we ur Wantin tae bring in a Third..

     

     

    Are we No over doin oor journeys tae THAT Well….in Erin’s Green Valley.. Jist a Wee bit too Much?

     

     

    Is That Well… no in Danger o’ Pumpin’ Dust… This Time?

     

     

    Me.. Ah am sure that it must Be aboot Due… We must Look Elsewhere…

     

     

    Ah wid Try..wan o’ The Clyde Valley,Wells…. fur a Chinge… ( Mr. Mackay.. where ur Ye??)

     

     

    There is Nae way in Hell.. that Keane Could Handle the Joab.. in any Case.

     

     

    He is Unsuited .

     

     

    He is a Guy who Likes..Naebuddy… He has Said that ..

     

     

    He said..

     

     

    “Ah hiv Nae Friends.. in Fitba”

     

     

    Managin a Fitba’ Team is A Heckava loat Different than Playing the Hard Man..

     

     

    Yes.. Keane wiz a Hard Man..But he didnae PLAY at it..

     

     

    He lives/lived it!.. Breathes it~..N.. LUVS IT!

     

     

    Na..It is/wiz hiz life’s Work.. n.. He Iz/Wiz…. DEAD SERIOUS aboot it.!

     

     

    Like Ah said.. If Celtic Bring in this Guy..

     

     

    It wull Smash awe Ma Respect n Admiration fur oor Celtic Movers n Shakers..

     

     

    PERMANENTLY!..

     

     

    Show me that they Hiv ..NAE MALUM!

     

     

    n Wi’ Not even a Soupcon ..o’.. Savoir Faire… Eethur!

     

     

    Fur.. Ah jist canny believe that We wid be so Stoopid… as tae Cut oor Ain Throat

     

     

    …wi a Dessert Spoon!

     

     

    n Tae Me.. Fur us tae Appoint Keane .. wid be Tantamount tae

     

     

    Committing Suicide..

     

     

    THE HARD WEY!

     

     

    Nice Chattin’.. as usual..

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still,Laughin

  12. The more I read about Keane actually the more I realise it will not work – he craves privacy – that alone should discount him from the job.

  13. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    ernie lynch

     

     

    15:19 on 31 May, 2014

     

     

    ———————————————

     

     

    Ultra cynical.

     

     

    Is there any other football club on the planet that is subjected to such scrutiny,by its own supporters?

     

     

    There doesn’t always have to be an ulterior motive ya know.

     

     

    Celtic IS the greatest football club in the world, and I say this in sobriety and without the bias.

     

     

    And you can take that to the bank.(as they say in America)

     

     

    Magners time.

     

     

    Over & out.

  14. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Petethebeat

     

     

    The internet can bring the worst out in some

     

     

    Allows them to be a big shot …garrulous …keyboard hardman …very often different in real life …often why they are so exaggerated in cyberspace

     

     

    Sad ..really

  15. PFayr

     

     

    I imagine it will be the same tonight.

     

     

    I don’t bother looking in after 9 or so.

     

     

    On Sundays, it’s earlier when the abuse starts, especially after a poor Celtic performance.

  16. 16 roads – Celtic über alles…

     

     

    15:49 on 31 May, 2014

     

     

    I’d be interested to see a list of which players attended which supporters functions over the last few seasons.

     

     

    I think most people involved in running supporters clubs would be interested .

  17. !!Bada Bing!! on

    PFayr- I’ve bet Groves 4,5 & 6,@ 33/1, and a draw @ 25/1. If both are still standing after 12 rounds, a draw and a re- match, follow the money.

  18. ….PFayr supports WeeOscar …

     

     

    Do you think your last analysis at 15.56 holds true for all the bigots and racists that fly under the radar on here too.

     

     

    The guy last night swore a wee bit, it was not what you’d want to read but he did it in defence of another poster whom he perceived – in my eyes wrongly – to have been the victim of a threat.

     

     

    Where is all your high friggin horse judgements against the true bigots and racists on here. Or are you scared of bigots and racists who can bite back without breaking the blog rules? Where are the blog rules against the bigots and the swearers? Are we so disgusted with a man who dares to swear we throw our tainted offended hats at his face and walk away from the TRUE bigots and racists?

     

     

    Just curious like….

     

     

    I await with baited anticipation the pack of high horse riders next we get a subtle sectarian or bigoted comment on here. In the interim I’m away to put my whole arm down my throat and have a puke of a life time.

  19. timbhoy in spain on

    !!Bada Bing!!

     

    15:57 on

     

    31 May, 2014

     

    Many thanks to the bhoy who tipped Aeolus

     

     

    You´re welcome.Had a good few on it myself.

     

    Champers tonite !!

     

    HH

  20. Who tipped that Haydock winner earlier? .

     

    Am raising a glass oh zinfandel tae ye at the moment.

     

     

    hail hail, god bless ye.

     

     

    Sean.

     

     

    a happy tim.

  21. Celtic if they were to sign up Strachan wouldn’t be liable to pay SFA (forgotten their knew name) any compensation…..big Peter could easily double his salary…..I bet he is longing for those EURO nights…….go get yir man celtic better 2nd time round

  22. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    ernie lynch

     

     

    16:04 on 31 May, 2014

     

     

    ———————————–

     

     

    Fair enough Ernest.

     

     

    HH.

  23. Sydney Tim….

     

    I think it can be quite diversionary to try and trace the journey of specific pound notes.

     

     

    It is obvious that Celtic took in more in transfer fees than they paid out. There are other present day bills to be paid, plus concerns about the future.

     

     

    I think it these debates all come down to two things:

     

     

    1. Attitude towards risk, and

     

     

    2. Hostility towards what is seen as ‘authority’, ‘the man’, or ‘suits’.

     

     

    It also requires a willful oblivion to the ‘known unknowns’. Most recent example being ‘why did we not make an offer to Sammi?’

     

     

    I don’t know the answer to that question, but I assume that there were good reasons.

     

     

    For example, I am aware of the fact that, in the past, we extended the contract of a player, when the manager did not see a future for that player in his team. There had been little interest elsewhere, so the manager and CEO took a punt. Offered him a new contract with the hope that they could get money for him down the road.

     

     

    The player in question performed better than the manager thought he would. Everyone was happy.

     

     

    I would presume that there are a great many things like this that we don’t – and shouldn’t – know.

     

     

    But we pretend that they don’t exist. It allows us to play fantasy manager on a blog.

     

     

    The real world is more complex. It is also a real world where good people work hard in a terribly difficult environment to make Celtic better.

     

     

    And are slagged horribly for it.

     

     

    Summer is hear in North America. Enjoy your winter of discontent….:)

  24. Today’s Quote is

     

    At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles.

     

    BY Ralph Waldo Emerson

  25. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    kitalba

     

     

    15:40 on 31 May, 2014

     

     

    ….and the smsm think we want them resurrected..?…. Hahahahahahaha …never

  26. Paul67:

     

     

    Thanks for the mention of Sean’s Trust Charity Night, remember if interested get in touch at lennybhoycfc@gmail.com

     

     

    Linda also hoping as many people as possible will join Sean’s Trust on the Glasgow Green Great Scottish Run on the 05th October, which will be the first anniversary of St. John Doyle’s untimely passing.

     

     

    So far, Stephen Black, Vhman and The Token Tim have stepped up to the Plate.

     

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

     

    Hail Hail!

  27. weeron:

     

     

    How do they spell ‘ambition’ in North America?

     

     

    Does dare to dream bring the populace to their knees in fits of laughter.

     

     

    Does the will to be the best you can come a distant smell to the dollars dumped from dividends?

     

     

    We have no competition this year so where is our ambition to get into the group stages; where is the risk management; what are we bricking it from?

  28. 67Heaven:

     

     

    Every time I read your posts it is like reading Kojo’s post upside down and back to front. Are you capable of communicating in understandable English.

     

     

    HaHaHaHa that is the extent of your contributions… absolute drivel.

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