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. Cosy Corner Bhoy , girls going to Madrid



    Madrid Emerald CSC have a facebook page and I’m sure they would advise the girls were to go.



    Gran Via is typical tourist area but little side streets have plenty of tapas bars


    Casa Mingo on Passeo de Florida, just uo from Royal Palace is famous for its Chicken and excellent Cider. next to that is “San Antonio de la Florida Church” and the ceiling has been painted by Goya. worth a visit

  2. Delaneys Dunky on




    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Travelling Willburys. You being serious M? :)

  3. Also saw Tom Petty in Dublin about 5 years ago. The crowd took over during Free Falling. Tom and the band stopped playing and just went with it.



    Thanks for the memories Tom. Anything that’s rock and roll is fine.

  4. News from 5 minutes ago…….Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is clinging to life in a Los Angeles hospital, according to TMZ. An earlier LAPD report which confirmed the singer’s death, and which CBS reported, has since been clarified.

  5. 1/2)The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertantly provided to some media sources




  6. DD- A lot of news agencies saying he is on life support and unresponsive, widely reportrd an hour ago he had passed.

  7. MADMITCH on 1ST OCTOBER 2017 9:04 PM



    BFDJ — options for a professional contract. Seemingly we were in touch in the late 60’s.



    *he’s the only person I’ve ever heard mention that. Seemingly the Big Mhan was “hiding’ in his car at the end of the street waiting for the deidco scout tae leave. FFS.



    I did hear way back that we were interested in the wee Fife ned and allergy medicine aficionado. Deidco got him first, thanks be to God.



    We also had the goalie that only played one game for them, the Glasgow Cup Final that our reserves won, training with us, he also opted for them. There is a God.

  8. Delaneys Dunky on




    McIntyre and Dodds are certs for Killie job.


    According to Michael Stewart on Sportscene, Jim McIntyre is an Ayrshireman fae Dumbarton. Geography is not Michael’s thing. :)

  9. told this story before but here goes.









    I spent the pre-match passing out KANO FOUNDATION leaflets.



    warmly received by most , i still had a couple of hundred tucked up my jookes, to take into the match. i had a seat in the posh , just above the media platforms,



    end of the game . celtic won 3-0. i decided to walk along the seats handing out the leaflets to anyone left, thinking posh seats, they wil have money.



    allmost last person in the south stand, all celebrations done, i was in the row behind the media, who are now finished, no cans on , i give them a tap on the shoulder, hugh keevins takes a leaflet, gives me a nod, a sort of aye ok.



    Andy Walker , gets annoyed when i hold forward the bit of paper.



    looks me up and down, snears, puts the kano foundation leaflet down. turns away.



    i could have so launched myself at him there and then.



    weirdo, arrogant, self centred, arsehole. not a man, not a tim, single action, showed me he is not






    interesting snippet on irish land history




    I’m familiar with this part of our history – my grandmother spent nearly 6 months in Limerick jail also – Elizabeth Cowhey – and we still have Ardnapreghaune



  11. Delaneys Dunky on

    Tontine Tim



    I lived in Kirkcaldy for a few years. Had many pints in the Port Brae Bar. Host Willie Johnston loved to talk to Tims in his pub, and made me most welcome. Got me tickets for Ibrox games and cup ties. He would have signed for Celtic given the chance. He is a Jambo.

  12. Tom Petty was put on life support Monday (Oct. 2) after suffering cardiac arrest, and conflicting reports now say that he has died at the age of 66. CBS News’ breaking news tweet citing LAPD has since been deleted. The LAPD later tweeted out an apology: “The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertantly [sic] provided to some media sources. However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting.”



    Earlier in the day, Petty was found in his Malibu home in full cardiac arrest, not breathing. Authorities told The Hollywood Reporter they did respond to a Malibu home around 10:52 a.m. for a man who suffered a heart attack, but they could not confirm it was Petty. Emergency responders were able to get a pulse back, but the man is in critical condition. He was then rushed to the hospital. 

  13. THE GREEN JEDI on 2ND OCTOBER 2017 12:50 PM


    my despair of watching the unfolding scenes in Catalonia yesterday afternoon were compounded by an insensitive tweet from Kris Commons where he asked “why are there no fans at the Barcelona game?” You really should have seen some of the responses he got back!!




    in the week that was in it, I am under no illusion that Commons WAS undoubtedly the leak in the Celtic dressing room to the SMSM during Ronny’s ill fated final season. There is also no doubt at all that BR knew this also…..hence he wanted Commons nowhere near the first time dressing room or training sessions






    your talking shite.



    several separate recorded interviews. Kris Commons not only took part in Brendan Rodgers training sessions, once injured he was allowed access to BR playbooks and training manuals.

  14. Delaneys Dunky on

    Saint Stivs



    My cousin is close friends with Andy Walker’s brother. Andy is persona non gratis now.

  15. DELANEYS DUNKY on 2ND OCTOBER 2017 10:56 PM


    Tontine Tim



    I lived in Kirkcaldy for a few years. Had many pints in the Port Brae Bar. Host Willie Johnston loved to talk to Tims in his pub, and made me most welcome. Got me tickets for Ibrox games and cup ties. He would have signed for Celtic given the chance. He is a Jambo.



    *interesting, their greatest ever player, jardine and the beast were originally jambos tae, must be something in the watter in govan.

  16. DELANEY’S 11-06pm


    I remember when souptaker Walker and his brother John played in the Girvan Sunday league , their elder brother ran a pub in Girvan

  17. DELANEYS DUNKY on 2ND OCTOBER 2017 11:06 PM


    Saint Stivs



    My cousin is close friends with Andy Walker’s brother. Andy is persona non gratis now.



    *similarity with mccann, wonder if wee nevins family talk tae him.

  18. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Evening all.



    Just checked out Phil MacG’s latest.



    Interesting to see Celtic will receive £332k prize money for being champions last season.



    Worth comparing with the EPL.



    The team that came bottom of the league, Sunderland got £312k ………..





    ……. every day of the year except Sundays.






    Hail hail and good night

  19. tontine tim


    rumour has it we were in for dj but he wanted a signing on bonus 500 or 1500,



    that was the end of our interest. good player imo.

  20. SID



    Reading back apart from the last 2 draws I believe Celtic have a near perfect record for the last 19 or 20 games with WG in charge



    Against Accies , the first Accies goal the linesman had a perfect view which the ref had to go with … our disallowed goal was chalked off as the corner kick bend out the park and a goal kick awarded – Nialls was a swallow dive although memory could be playing up – only wrong decision was Jasmie. ….

  21. Delaneys Dunky on

    Tontine Tim



    I watched a wee guy on Saturday that I have watched since under 9 fitba in Clydebank. He played with my nephew who is playing for Dumbarton. They went to Saint Peter the Apostle Clydebank together, and still go to our European games in Paradise together. His two goals was a please sign me message to Brendan. John McGinn Celtic is his wish.

  22. Can’t see what McCann did that was so unforgivable. He wanted to play for Celtic but Celtic didn’t want him. So, he signed for the undesirables for the money. Not particularly noble but no hanging offence.

  23. DELANEYS DUNKY on 3RD OCTOBER 2017 12:06 AM






    The brother I am talking about owns the Ayrshire McDonalds franchise.









    Took my kids to a party in ayrshire (was a huge kids play zone thing) I didnt know the parents/anyone at the party involved so i just planked my ass down and started talking to all the people.



    After sitting there for about 20 mins talking away (kid was running around talking and having fun with all the kids) the parent of the party came around with cupcakes for all the parents to thank them for being at the party so early on a sunday.



    Went for a pish and came back to see everyone had f*cked off.



    Only then did i realise i had sat down at the wrong kids party.



    Took my kids to the local ayrshire mcdonalds and the host with the cupcakes was the boss of my local ayrshire macdonalds…………

  24. Delaneys Dunky on




    My favourite ever Celtic player was in a similar position to Neil McCann.


    Difference being, McCann couldnae lace the boots of Drumchapel’s greatest ever son, Daniel Fergus McGrain.

  25. Delaneys Dunky on




    Andy is a fud. He is playing the Level 5 tune for the dirty money.


    Sold his soul for the false God £££.

  26. Ek bhoy



    Niall McGinns was a stonewaller, I agree about the Stokes corner however the Hamilton goal the player was standing in an offside position and at no point was onside WC should have seen it as I remember pointing it out to my dad before the replay.


    I don’t know if their is footage of that 90 minutes but WC performance was shocking and that of a cheat.


    His demeanour and spite was evident, he was punishing Celtic because Celtic had the audacity to complain about a penalty in a previous game that he admitted he didn’t see.


    If you take everything in to account added to what we know now that in 2011 Rangers needed CL money to survive, we were never paranoid enough.

  27. Delaneys Dunky on




    We were never paranoid enough. They bassas have been at the Buster Keaton since their inception in 1872 and their reincarnation in 2012 lies. New mob will die soon I pray.

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