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. Donkey’s endeavours began 5 years ago, building on the work of the then SFL, on whose website, in a feature announcing the October winner of the SFL Phenomenal award for the 3rd Division manager of the month, Greig McDonald, it was stated that his club Stirling Albion’s 1-0 win over Rangers (sic) was “the club’s first win over the Ibrox side in 58 years”.



    This claim was all the more remarkable coming as it did just 9 days after Lord Hodge had approved the handing over of the former Rangers Football Club to liquidators BDO.

  2. What is the Stars @ 20.15



    I have had a deal with a guy for 2 swaps for the games .But he cannot now make it to Munich so i have 2 Tickets spare .Not seated together but one block apart so relatively close . They are print at home tickets and cost €125 for the pair if you are interested .Does not have to be part of a deal but would appreciate any help in getting 2 for Glasgow Game against Bayern . Going out for a few hours so will check responses later HH





    Seems some Americans have won it for their theory on gravitational waves.



    Is one of them Oddball from Kelly’s Heroes?

  4. glendalystonsils on

    The suggestion in some of the reports seems to be that Jozo joined his international squad WITH the injury.


    Unless he has picked it up in training?


    We really need him for Bayern.

  5. Jozo is apparently a hamstring tear so could be out for up to 6 weeks.


    Sviatchenko’s fit and back in training, he’ll come straight in beside Boyata.

  6. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    **** MUNICH UPDATE *****






    Just back from Celtic Park, and delighted to report that, after a nerve-wracking few weeks, I now have in my carefully buttoned jacket pocket, three FC Bayern Munchen versus Celtic FC tickets in the Celtic End.



    I have updated Wee BGFC via text message – he is currently in school. I quote his responses verbatum below:



    “Yer kiddin !!!!!!!!”


    “OH MY JINGS !!!!!!!!!”


    “I’m freakin out !!!!!!!”







    I believe he had to go back into class at that juncture – I doubt whether they will get his absolute and full attention for the remainder of the day :-))



    Can we just say a big thanks to everyone who made efforts on our behalf – as always, it is very much appreciate. Honorable mentions specifically to:



    – Delaneys Dunkey


    – HamiltonTim


    – Favourite Uncle


    – WicklowBhoy in Bavaria



    and to anyone else who was looking out for us (especially also the wife of one of our posters who was checking out the Garmisch Partenkirtchen Bayern Munich Supporters Club on our behalf).



    We are in Garmisch for four days before heading up to Munich for the game, so will give the GaPa BM boys a preview of the Celtic atmosphere they can expect at the game.



    So – me, Wee BGFC and Mrs BGFC can now relax for a couple of days – I am knackered with the pressure !!!



    Hail Hail, and thanks again to fellow-Tims for keeping us in their minds.






    PS – Anyone got any spares for Aberdeen away :-))

  7. Ok, so I’m lying by the pool here in Alicante with the headphones in and the Tears for Fears song ‘Head over Heels’ comes on my phone



    The song contains the lyrics “this is my four leaf clover” to a corus of “la la lala la”



    How has this never made it into the Celtic song book?!



    Make it happen




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