The paradox of Sinclair not taking a dive in the box


We discussed on Friday how vulnerable our domestic unbeaten run was against Hibs, and so it proved. Footballers are not automatons, no matter how belligerent fans’ encouragement becomes. Their performance levels will inevitably peak and trough. After climbing so many mountains since beating Rosenborg away, we were vulnerable to a professional Hibs performance, designed by Neil Lennon, who knows how to squeeze results in challenging situations.

Brendan Rodgers is not short of options for central mid, but is anyone performing better than Callum McGregor? On Saturday, he was the difference between defeat and a draw.

We should have been awarded a late penalty when Efe Ambrose pulled Scott Sinclair, but Scott, dutifully, stayed on his feet.

There is a paradox for footballers. You are not going to fall is someone holds you around the torso, all that’s going to happen is you will not progress in the intended manner. But if you don’t fall, you are less likely to be awarded a penalty. The unwritten rule referees adhere to, is that if you want a penalty, you’d better hit the deck, no matter whether the foul is capable of knocking you off your feet or not.

That’s all fine and well, if a little dysfunctional, as long as everyone knows the rule, but when a team-mate was earlier booked for alleged simulation, there is a strong disincentive for a player to dive to the ground to indicate his choice, that the foul perpetrated upon him, should be awarded.

Unwritten rules in football refereeing are pretty unhelpful.  We should stick to the written ones.

Thank you to all who supported the Celtic FC Foundation through the Great Scottish Run yesterday. I’m sure the participant numbers must have reached a new high as the Foundation tshirts seemed to be everywhere.


Kevin Graham is back with a new CQN Podcast from Saturday. He talks to supporters on the bus on the way to Parkhead, interviews John Paul Taylor outside the ground and captures the atmosphere and action inside the ground before getting some more supporters’ views on the bus home after an eventful afternoon at Celtic Park.

Apologies for a few sweary words in this podcast near the end.


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  1. Delaneys Dunky on

    Tom Petty RIP.


    The sad news fae USA continues today.


    Loved the Heartbreakers and Travelling Willburys.


    Sad night.




    HOW do you upset your wife when you’re making love?



    Give her a phone.

  3. Delaneys Dunky on

    Bateen Bhoy



    The Travelling Willburys are all leaving us too early.


    Just listened to Free Falling with tears in my eyes.


    Tom Petty RIP

  4. Gerryfaethebrig on




    Have you ever saw any apples run ?







    Well there are plenty of orange walks :-)

  5. Delaneys,


    He was involved in so much classy music, on his own, with the Heartbreakers, the Wilburys.


    That one hits home.


    A sad loss indeed, and on top of everything else that’s come out of America today, makes for one shitty day.




    I had to explain that to the misses!



    Was up your way a few weeks back. Stayed in a lovely house called Birch Corner.



    Eight of us. We could only stay a couple of nights but absolutely stunning.



    Had a brilliant afternoon at the Highland Wildlife Park.



    Well worth a visit!



    Hope you are well!

  7. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    How many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb?



    … just the one, but the lightbulb really has to want to change.

  8. Delaneys Dunky on




    The primary school joke on that theme I remember was, What is the difference between an apple and an orange?



    There is no such thing as an apple bassa.

  9. Why can’t Harry Potter tell the difference between his best friend and his potion making kit?



    Because they are both called Ron!

  10. Hunderbirds are Gone on




    Glad you enjoyed it. I am good, thanks. Have booked a night in Glasgow on 11/11, so hopefully make the Hoot. Maybe see you there?







    How many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb?



    … just the one, but the lightbulb really has to want to change.






    I just heard that joke in a John Cleese speech on creativity at the weekend.



    That has really freaked me out………….

  12. RIP Tom Petty



    Can’t believe it. Saw him at Hyde Park Festival 3 months ago and he was in brilliant form. One of my music heroes.

  13. Probably the most tenuous connection to Tom Petty you’ll see on here…


    I once had ” the pleasure of the company” of a girl who went to the same High School as Mr Petty.


    Apart from being with me, that was her main claim to fame. ;-)


    RIP Tom.

  14. then theirs the joke fords. halewood okay lads you only have to work wednesdays. monday off tuesday off thursday off friday off then the guy says what every wednesday.

  15. RIP Tom. Loved the Travelling Willburys. Will be much missed.



    Bad times for America.




  16. Any Kilkenny based chaps out there?


    I’m heading over this w/end for a 50th, and got a big party on the Saturday, but looking for some decent pubs, with music, on the Friday…

  17. Delaneys Dunky on

    Bateen Bhoy



    My mate Mick was a roadie for many bands including the Willburys. He got Tom into Celtic along with Jeff Lynne the Brum Tim. Free Falling was the game changer for Tom rip.

  18. Delaneys Dunky on




    American Girl one of my teen fave tracks.


    Nearest I got was a Canadian beautiful girl. :)


    The cheating is obvious. Wee Willie Winkie and his North Stand linesman were at the Buster Keaton on Saturday. We need to be more clinical in scoring, to eradicate the cheatin masonic refs in Scotland and their game management.



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