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A CQN’er prepared this forensic analysis of the relative poverty of Newco (formally named for analysis) compared to Celtic.  It covers where they currently are and, more importantly, brings into sharp focus their financial projections for next season.

A storm is coming.

It’s International week, so it seems like a good time to look forward. Whilst most fans will be focusing on the matches remaining between now and the end of May, Managers and Football boards have to look further ahead. Budgets are being planned, appointments being considered and money, as always , is foremost in the thoughts of Directors and Managers.

Money, if you have it , can solve short term challenges, set in place long term strategy and is a mechanism to energise the fanbase. When you don’t have money, the problems and challenges are of a completely different nature. Celtic have money, a lot of money.

The cash balance on 31 December 2018 was £44m. Of course, some of that money has to be spent on wages and suppliers before the year-end. However, Celtic will also receive stage payments on Dembele sale circa €7m before 30 June (it’s common for large fees to be spread over 2 years), management team contract buyout of £9m, SPFL final distribution for 2018-19 season £2.2m, Valencia gate receipts and Hospitality £2.2m, and close to another £2m in match day ticket sales for the 11 SPFL home games taking place since 1 January.

None of this cash was shown in the Interim accounts. Payments will be received for players sold as well as payments made for players already purchased. The Year End cash balance will be a record high beating last year’s figure of £40m.

Everyone will have an opinion of where and how much we should invest, and that will be the subject of another article nearer the season’s end.

The challenges across the City are of a completely different nature. As always the demands there aren’t supported by financial reality, and having gone all in on Caixinha and Gerrard, a new and more challenging reality is looming.

Rangers posted an operating profit of £3.8 Million in the 6 months to 31 December 2018. The Rangers Chairman in his financial review that accompanied the interim accounts stated, “the Club is forecasting to be close to break-even for EBITDA for the year”.

I’m sure that was designed to provide comfort to shareholders and fans alike, however some context is required.

In the full year to 30 June 2018, Rangers produced an EBITDA of a loss of £4.18m. I guess that’s close to break even in some eyes. In the full year to 30 June 2017, Rangers produced an EBITDA loss of £105k. There is no question that is close to break even.

The problem though is that EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) is only part of the picture. The more relevant numbers relate to Operating Profit. That and Cash Flow tell a more complete picture on financial health.

From a 2018 EBITDA loss of £4.18 Million, Rangers produced an operating loss of £13.16m and from a virtual break-even 2017 EBITDA, Rangers produced an operating loss of £6.3m. The 2019 Operating result will be another significant loss.

REVENUES

·      Rangers had Revenue of £35m in the first half of the current financial year

·      Much of that Revenue will not recur in the second half of the year

·      There were 7 home games in the Europa League that will have generated close to £9.6m in gate money

·      Rangers earned £4.4m in Uefa prize money in the first half , nothing in the second half

·      Rangers will play 3 less home SPFL games in the second half resulting in a £3.1m reduction in gate revenue, as season ticket money is allocated to each individual game

·      With 10 less home games in the second half , Hospitality and Match day revenues such as parking, catering and programmes, will be down by possibly £3.3 Million

·      Other less significant revenues will reduce in line with less games played at home in the second half

·      It’s estimated Rangers will have revenues of close to £14.9m for the second half which is 12% growth on the second half of the financial year to 30 June 2018

EXPENSES

·         Rangers won’t have the cost of travel and accommodation for European away games. This should deliver a saving of around £1.5 Million

·         There are 10 less home games, which will deliver savings on part time staff, security, Police and utility costs. Should save around £400k

·         Pena is now gone. It’s unknown if he was paid off or fired without any contractual settlement. It’s anywhere between a £340k saving or if paid in full (unlikely) an extra expense of £2m. Assumption is he got nothing, so a saving achieved

·         Defoe and Davis won’t be cheap, and even Kamara will add a significant amount compared to the first half. Estimate an increase of £1.1m in player wages for these 3 for 6 months

·         The first team squad and the management team will have earned bonuses for Europa League Group entry. That won’t recur in the second half . Estimated at £1.5m

·         Nothing much happened in terms of players being bought, only Kamara for a small fee. Amortisation charge should be similar to the first half

·         All in all, expenses will have reduced by around £2.65m to £26.4m for the second half, making a full year total of £55.5m

The second half of the Year will deliver a large loss of over £14.5m, unless significant player sales are undertaken in June, making an annual operating loss in excess of £11m.

“Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity”, Periander

Nobody could argue against the reality that Rangers have had a mountain of adversity to deal with since 2012. Equally, nobody is ever going to claim they have been prudent. They have borrowed money from the likes of Mike Ashley, raised significant sums in multiple share issues organised by

Charles Green and Dave King, been loaned large interest free sums by shareholders and borrowed at ferocious rates from Close Bros.

What they have never done is provide funding through operational profitability. They are now on their fifth manager since 2012 with none of the major trophies available in Scotland to show for all of the debt and losses incurred. They have only managed to reach one Cup Final in 21 attempts, and even then lost memorably to a Hibernian team inspired by individuals with strong Celtic connections.

The question for Rangers now is what appetite do the shareholders have for risk? There is very little opportunity to grow revenues. Ibrox is full for every game, season books are maxed out. It would take Champions League Group revenue to be a game changer. Celtic are 1/100 to win this year’s SPFL. Rangers are 25/1.

It’s highly unlikely Rangers will even have an opportunity to qualify for the Champions League Group stages before season 2020-21. Even that remains a long shot. In the meantime, the Rangers board have to decide how much appetite they have for risk.

This season is likely, as shown, to deliver an operating loss of £11.2m, which will be reduced by the £2.8m already banked as profit on the sales of Windass and John. Give Gerrard the same budget for 2019-20 and if he delivers the same result, then another £11m operating loss will be the outcome.

Selling Morelos for £20m is the stuff of fantasy . His record pales next to Dembele’s . In fact his record isn’t as good as Leigh Griffiths and we weren’t fending off bids for even 30% of what it’s claimed Morleos will be sold for. Fail to qualify for the Europa League Group Stages and the operating loss will be rocketing towards £22 Million. Who is going to cover that? Will the shareholders continue to fund ever increasing losses for no silverware, or will they prudently use whatever they raise in asset sales to fund some of the losses, and take a long term view by living within their means.. History would suggest they will roll the dice yet again.

As noted earlier, Celtic have very substantial cash reserves. Rangers do not. They effectively have no cash. They exist on Close Bros debt and shareholder loans once the Season Book money runs out, which with the significantly increased budget given to Gerrard, happens earlier than ever and without Europa League Group Revenue, could happen well before the next winter break.

Gerrard improved the European record significantly; he was aided though by as soft a draw in the qualifiers as was possible. There is a strong chance of much better opposition next season.

The Rangers Directors have provided the funds to cover shortfalls up to this point. They are now facing significant challenges. They have seen Gerrard in action for a year. His League and Cup record is no better than Pedro’s. The money from shareholders has all been spent. The Close Bros money will be gone in a few weeks and will then have to be repaid.

Celtic will rebuild in the summer. No guarantees it will be successful, but it will be funded by our own resources and financial reserves. Rangers have no resources of their own and absolutely no financial reserves. At some point those lending money and buying shares will realise this isn’t a calculated risk, it is extreme rashness.

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  1. In ither news……….

     

     

    Sunny Scunny have bagged The Haircut That Time Forgoat ……..leaving the mulleted muppet and Leeds-born Scotsman, perfectly positioned to take over from The Hapless Kat In The Hat.

  2. Gerry

     

    So, just saying what I think and it’s no like him imo, could be wrong right enough.

     

    Aye, it’s times like that when you wished you had bet more.

  3. TET 9.23pm

     

     

    My opinion, young and old totally bought into BR and whether you or me think he was “influenced” by other factors why not tell his adoring public ? On the gambling front I was 2 goals away from a crazy line last night, “if” and a gambler loves an “if” Finland & Lichtenstein (I know) scored a goal each I would have had a crazy £3 accie on Spain 2-1, Bosnia 2–1, Greece 2-1 & Italy 2-1….. scary stuff, but at least I got Spain & Bosnia up :-)

  4. Gerry

     

    I think we all bought into BR, some of us haven’t taken his departure to heart, it’s modern day football, loyalty doesn’t get a look in, it’s all about the money.

     

    With respect, if anyone gets upset cos someone told a few porkies and left when THEY didn’t think they should leave, they really need to get out a bit more.

     

    If he had been a disaster I could see the point, but he was to total opposite, to go from idolising him to calling him a snake, a rat etc says more about the people who are saying this, imo obviously.

  5. LAST MAN STANDING 12 ROUND 2

     

    Congratulations to all who made it through to Round 2, and commiserations to those who fell ( not many ). Remember, in rounds 1-3 you have the opportunity to ‘buy back’ your history at a cost of £10. Please let us know if you wish to do this, if you haven’t already.

     

    After the drama and excitement of an International weekend, Round 2 see’s a return to Domestic bliss and club football.

     

    Pick the team you think will win ( or predict a drawn match )and send it to us at [email protected] or via Whatsapp. As long as your pick reaches us before kick-off time in your selected fixture, you’re in….until you’re out☹

     

     

    Fixtures for round 2 below

     

    Bateen Bhoy Pick for Round 2 is MANCHESTER CITY

     

    Celtirollercoaster picks for Round 2 are KILMARNOCK and MANCHESTER UNITED

     

     

    Saturday 30 March

     

    Fulham v Manchester City (12:30)

     

    Heart of Midlothian v Aberdeen (15:00)

     

    Kilmarnock v Hamilton Academical (15:00)

     

    Motherwell v St Johnstone (15:00)

     

    St Mirren v Dundee (15:00)

     

    Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth (15:00)

     

    Manchester United v Watford (15:00)

     

     

    Sunday 31 March

     

    Celtic v The Rangers (12:00)

     

    Cardiff City v Chelsea (14:05)

     

    Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (16:30)

  6. quadrophenian on

    Re Dedryck. If he knew Martinez planned to play another CB, mibby his withdrawal is part-huff and part self-preservation so he’s in no danger of injuring himself for nowt, and that he’s fit to play v Sevco. I hope he knows he owes us after the AEK debacle, as our strongest defence is needed for Columbia’s number 2;)

  7. TET 9.38pm

     

     

    I posted last night about what BR gave us, his improvement in the squad he inherited & the 7 domestic trophies should never be dismissed… I used to love his analysis after a game, now if o hear him on motd I question his words … petty ? I have been pettier :-) I wanted Brendan here for as long as possible but Brendan done his stuff and choose another path … I wish a former Celtic manager no ill… but am afraid I judge Brendan on his actions 7 trophies = amazing .. dream job = bullshit …. By the way there is no sadness here, as soon as they choose to walk out of Celtic Park it’s their choice in my lifetime .. Kenny D when I was 7 (probably knew more back then than I do now), Maurice Johnston when I was 18 and thought he was “coming” home, and finally Brendan… maybe 3 disappointments in 40yrs shouldn’t be big things :-)

     

     

    Paul McStay CSC

  8. celticrollercoaster on

    *** Last Man Standing 12-round 1 results***

     

     

    Good Evening folks

     

     

    Welcome back to Last Man Standing and our 12th competition under this name

     

     

    Easy week with it being International week, or indeed so you would think, but then if you came out from behind the couch to watch the team you selected you might have thought different. Having said that 93 teams successfully navigated their way through to Round 2

     

     

    Big Archie Republic of Ireland

     

    20Hats Republic of Ireland

     

    Kelvinbhoy Republic of Ireland

     

    Hot Smoked Scotland

     

    SetantaBhoy Italy

     

    Murdochauldand Hay Spain

     

    LennyBhoy Republic of Ireland

     

    StephBhoy Republic of Ireland

     

    Mouldybhoy67 Italy

     

    PMTYH Scotland

     

    Shuggiebhoy67 Scotland

     

    Shuggiebhoy67 2 Republic of Ireland

     

    Greenpinata Scotland

     

    Greenpinata II Republic of Ireland

     

    Fess19 Republic of Ireland

     

    Travelbhoy Scotland

     

    TBDR Republic of Ireland

     

    TBDI Scotland

     

    Travelbhoys Pardnur Republic of Ireland

     

    The Roeside Allstars Scotland

     

    Jobo Spain

     

    HamiltonTim Scotland

     

    Weebawbabbity Republic of Ireland

     

    GG Scotland

     

    BognorBhoy Republic of Ireland

     

    Toor-A-Loo Spain

     

    Spot The Ball Scotland

     

    Big Al Spain

     

    johnbrady78 Republic of Ireland

     

    Celtic Soul Brother Republic of Ireland

     

    Delaneys Dunky Italy

     

    StPatricksBhoy Republic of Ireland

     

    Jamabhoy Republic of Ireland

     

    Postie148 Scotland

     

    DougC Republic of Ireland

     

    Thom’s Sellik Republic of Ireland

     

    GoogyBhoy Scotland

     

    Hanheart Italy

     

    Timabhouy Republic of Ireland

     

    NorrieM Republic of Ireland

     

    Bobby Evans Superstar Republic of Ireland

     

    Angelgabriel Scotland

     

    Thecelt45 Scotland

     

    Bateen Bhoy Scotland

     

    Letterkenny Bhoy Scotland

     

    Mursheen Scotland

     

    SFTB Republic of Ireland

     

    ElHarto Republic of Ireland

     

    Tully57 Scotland

     

    AndyF Italy

     

    CiaranF Republic of Ireland

     

    ChannelIslandCelt Republic of Ireland

     

    Celticrollercoaster Republic of Ireland

     

    Celticrollercoaster II Republic of Ireland

     

    Londonbhoy Republic of Ireland

     

    Mrs CRC Wales

     

    Smashing Milk Bottles Sweden

     

    Mobyfugrumble Republic of Ireland

     

    Bada Bing Spain

     

    The Exiled Tim Scotland

     

    The Stand In Republic of Ireland

     

    The Young Fella Republic of Ireland

     

    The Boss Republic of Ireland

     

    DannyMac Scotland

     

    Celtic Rose Scotland

     

    OneMalloy Republic of Ireland

     

    Grangemouth Girl Scotland

     

    Norfolk Enchants Scotland

     

    Deccyrollercoaster Germany

     

    HunderbirdsAreGone Italy

     

    BMCUWP Republic of Ireland

     

    Gerryfaethebrig Spain

     

    Ripon Black cat Republic of Ireland

     

    Praecepta Italy

     

    Scaniel Scotland

     

    TimsinOhio Republic of Ireland

     

    Koln Celt Scotland

     

    Liamin Toronto Spain

     

    Jonny the Tim Spain

     

    BlantyreTim Spain

     

    BlantyreTim2 Scotland

     

    Gutenberg Republic of Ireland

     

    Gutenberg’s Dad Scotland

     

    The Token Tim Scotland

     

    Zico Maltese Bhoy Italy

     

    Mrs ZicotheArab Sweden

     

    A Source said Scotland

     

    The Source Scotland

     

    Neustadt Braw Republic of Ireland

     

    Park Road 67 Republic of Ireland

     

    BRTH Republic of Ireland

     

    The Babysitter Wales

     

    Paddy’s Maw Scotland

     

     

     

    Four teams were unsuccessful this week, but have the option first introduced by the FtSFA/SPF(hel)L of the “olehandshakeythingy” and buyback your history for another 10 golden nuggets. Just let us know on the QT and the deal can be done. No questions or schools attended asked

     

     

    FalkirkBhoy No team selected

     

    Jsticks No team selected

     

    GuyFawkesforeverahero San Marino

     

    16 Roads Netherlands

     

     

    Good luck for all in Round 2 which must be surely to goodness harder, Bateen Bhoy

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  9. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Russell Knox ? The Russell Knox from Aberdeen who speaks with an American accent ?

     

    He’s a monkey supporter. I was reading Golf Monthly in the dentist and they were doing a profile on him. Traitor on all levels.

  10. Something called Bear ass itch is trending on FF.

     

    It’s not what it sounds like though as it appears to refer to a Croatian hamstring injury.

  11. TET

     

    I can only assume that the Sevvies are confusing Euros with the old Pesetas!!

     

    Not being in Europe for 6 or 7 years can do that to you!

  12. ITSCALLEDTHEMALVINAS on24TH MARCH 2019 10:36 PM

     

     

    Re Russel Knox……Only going on my conversation with him. He definitely made mention of being a Dons fan and his first words to us were “ah, the hoops, good to see you guys”. Your right he does speak in a strange scottish/American accent but considering he has been in the US for the last however many years I suppose that’s what happens. I liked him for his chat and hanging around so we could get a photo with him.

  13. Mahe the Madman on

    Bsr,,,

     

    Youre right the rank and file were and have been abused and will be again . They come from many more places than Glasgow you wont need me to tell you .

     

    They , yourself and I included , now have platforms to unite so any attempt at abusing our love of the club is at least met with a united front and ideally a plan . As a senior established poster you would be an ideal candidate to articulate the facts that we should stand together for what is best and that no man is bigger than Glasgow Celtic.

     

     

    Yes people will come and go ,, and some will overstay . Just the way of the world. However there is succession planning and a DOF would also help ease some issues we face in a fluid landscape.

     

    And maybe some arent as good as we think , but is the bent farce really something be proud of?

     

    I would suggest the thrill of having 62k home fans and winning is quite a buzz and more so when you get it being one of the faithful through birth or conversion but surely we all must realise its a very poor league at best third rate and at worst fourth rate. The fact its being dominated by its giant despite said giant not running in optimum onfield shape ( hence the squad needing major surgery despite being in a period of domination )

     

     

    I would ask if you have gave up with coaches then who exactly are you putting your faith in as who else is there qualified or even tasked for that matter to oversee the footballing operation ?

     

    And if you believe they havent gave it any thought on the golf course you should be slaughtering them ?

     

    Theres many questions need asked such as whats the money for ?

     

    And I would say poor planning has left us with a mission impossible to quality for the Champs league. Jozo and Ajer ! These new bhoys better settle very very fast as we aint through with those two . Winging it but the domestic success keeps the masses happy .

     

    99 times out a 100 a one hundred million and change turnover operation will outperform a 39 million operation . Just life.

     

    Keeps em comin back though and kerching ! Who would move.

     

     

    Hope youre well . Hail Hail

  14. Mahe the Madman on

    Sftb,,

     

    Like Stevie Wonder ,,, is it me youre looking for !

     

    I simply cant roll with a lot of your post .

     

     

    The biggest problem was the timing ,,, that problem will be negated when the league is won so if the timing proves unproblematic then what exactly is the problem ?

     

    Disgruntled employee who wanted to leave leaves. Such is the way of things .

     

     

    Brendan told them he wanted to go to China,,,

     

    Ok so he could have walked in and handed in his resignation , but didnt . He went in and notified above of his desire to go take up that offer and package , and we are told received quite a substantial bonus not to take that offer I believe the commonly held story goes.

     

    Another common story in walks of life. I fail to see the big deal of person gets better offer and wants to take it except in this instance we the fans feel he owes us loyalty.

     

    One look around at the landscape of the game should abuse anyone of loyalty and Moussa should have cemented the fact that the game is fluid and money can talk at any moment and will.

     

    Ze modern world.

     

     

    Brendan knew what he was getting into,,,

     

    Aint going for it . And why would DD apparently tell Peter to support him to the fullest or else at the London summit post leaks ? That doesnt align and suggest Brendans beef is not receiving support thus Peter ordered to give it.

     

    Besides the only way he could find out the inner workings is through verbal contact with Lenny as the rest ( Martin , Gordon , Ronnie , Tony ) are all for one reason or another not in a position to know Peters lark recently.

     

    I think he certainly would have talked to Neil and that ultimately Dermots words swayed him allied with his wealth.

     

     

    And Leicester is ambitious compared to the Sphell . The best of the rest in the biggest league in the world with rich Thai owners who were ambitious in grabbing Ranieri and seen it payoff big time and so did their faith in their former non league star striker , Man Utd reject etc.

     

    Hell of a lot more ambition at that club that our club of choice.

     

     

    I will be offering the most thanks to the man who put Scott Bain between the sticks as I saw that decision as crucial at the time . The big call seems to have paid off. Neil can cross the finish line but to be handed the strongest team 8 clear and considered more worthy of the man who got them there seems harsh to me.

     

     

    People who choose to leave tarnish their reputation a bit ,,,

     

    Why is that , I dont see it that way . Just life , they come they go. Saturday through Sunday Monday , Monday through Sunday yo. Perhaps we should ask why did they leave and understand that clear oral answers simply cannot be forthcoming when one has signed an Nda .

     

    If the tarnishing is in the eyes of the support they need to wise up . Besides standard protocol says if a player isnt gonna sign a new deal you punt him . So we are selling him , hes leaving before contracts up to everyones mutual interest ,, ,, yet is he tarnished for leaving early ?

     

    Is Virgil tarnished ? Agree a deal you can talk to any Epl club that comes in and sign knowing you will leave early , yet hes tarnished ? No , sorry. They arent tarnished, the are footballers doing what modern footballers do.

     

     

    I would like your take on what the money is for ? Bankroll a move when der Hun dies again would be my bet if I gambled.

     

     

    Hope all is good Sir ! Hail Hail

  15. Tontine Tim on 23rd March 2019 11:16 pm,

     

     

     

    The team leaks p!ssed me off so much. That wasn’t right. It was every week.

     

     

    Cannae wait to see the Young Superstars ready to Break through.

     

     

    There is a good chance we might not win on Sunday, but we will have enough to get over the line.

  16. Sunday is so very important as Everyone can let their Mum know how good She is and the importance of the Family unit.

     

     

    Me going outside means crazy stuff happens.

     

     

    A petition to keep Petec indoors forever, should be started. 1967 Million.

     

     

    The most Amazing Big Sister, who frowns about any sort of farting etc was caught, inexplicably, asking for a clearance of a Double dump. Anne had dropped wan and put toilet paper that masked it.

     

     

    Thankfully – Switzerland was on it and they had Pipes – massive pipes, holding up traffic as we attempted to get to Les Roussses as early as possible as the Skiing was GOD GIVEN.

  17. Morning All – Mildish morning in the Chilterns, though spring has yet to sprung…

     

     

    Some interesting posts, and some straight from the gut invective this weekend, wish I’d had time to comment…

     

     

    But one thing, if we really are looking for managers that show the level of self sacrifice and commitment to Celtic that Bobby Sands showed to the cause of Irish Republicanism, we may have set the bar a little high… just saying like.

     

     

    FERGUSSLAYEDTHEBLUES on 23RD MARCH 2019 7:44 AM & 7:48,

     

     

    Yes, despite all that ails those at Ibrox, the cash appears for rebuild after rebuild after rebuild – what happens first, Sevco develop a football team that’s competitive or the cash feed ends?

     

     

    I’ve no idea why we need Old Firm MK II, but wiser folk than I have deemed that necessary… we’ll see how that works.

     

     

    SFtB’s @ 3:57 PM,

     

     

    As a wiser man than I once said… it wasn’t me;)

     

     

    Look to MAHE THE MADMAN @ 3:32 AM, for the reply…

     

     

    BTW – MAHE Liking what you ghuys are going with the blog… keep~on~keeping~on.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  18. Less than 30 euros a day for hire of ski equipment and the ski Lift pass.

     

     

    I dinnae ken the accomodation, I’m Blessed that ma wee Bro works there, well Switzerland not France.

     

     

    Seems a cracking rate for a possible hidden gem of a skiing resort.

     

     

    The grub @ the Top of the Mountain this Time was unanimously respected Big Time as well. WDH would, I think, have been impressed.

     

     

    When I was waiting for the Family to arrive after going on a different slope I heard really Cool Reggae Tunes. The Dude that was running the Restaurant was a dude wearing a cowboy hat.

     

     

    Fantastic food. And my wee Bro because of his work knows a lot more about fine dining than me. He said it was Top Quality.

     

     

    The Resort shuts this week, unfortunately.

  19. Good morning CQN from an overcast but dry and chilly Garngad

     

     

    Bring on the Sevco.

     

     

    I thought all the internationals were done, but I believe there is a few this midweek😒

     

     

    D. :)

  20. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

    Some really good debating on reading back between MAHE, BSR and

     

    others on the moonlighters early defection.

     

    I know the footballing world has moved on and it’s not just the players

     

    who move about from club to club and kiss as many badges as they

     

    can, and when i start wavering and think i’ll cut Brandon some slack i

     

    always ask myself, would the late great Tommy Burns have done that

     

    to us?

     

    Will i welcome him back at some point in the future?

     

    Nae chance.

     

     

    OZ TIMS

     

    Another fantastic weekend coming up in the RE-PUBLICAN Main St

     

    Mornington this coming Sat & Sun.

     

    Sat, night has the Scottish – Irish group Claymore performing, should

     

    be a great evening of all your favourite music.

     

    And Sun. night 10 oclock k.o on Celtic tv. it’s time to put der hun back in their

     

    box and as usual all your favourite tunes will be played before during and

     

    after the game.

     

    COYBIG.

     

    H.H Mick

  21. To be fair to Eck he didnae start Jamesie and he took off Callum.

     

     

    Everyone makes mistakes.

     

     

    Some of the crossing was from the very bottom drawer.

     

     

    I think Davie Provan needs to just say No to commentating again – he sums up Skys fitba coverage – PATHETIC.

     

     

    Davie could actually cross a ball well, his jibber jabber is just sh!t and embarrassing.

     

     

    Stop it

  22. morning bhoys from a sunny but cold Cheshire, ffs I fell asleep watching Scotland last night, but then again maybe the Glenmorangie had something to do with it.hh,

  23. lets all do the huddle 🍀 on

    people say Eck made a mistake having Forrest as a sub

     

     

    im not so sure

     

     

    what happened yesterday kind of backs up what i have thought about Forrest for years

     

     

    that he is best used as an impact sub

     

     

    he starts every game these days for Celtic

     

     

    but has been virtually anonymous in most games for months now

  24. South Of Tunis on

    HOT SMOKED @ 10 34 -24 3 19

     

     

    ” Logically ,that means —–”

     

     

    I don’t care if Scotland win ,lose or draw . I do admit to hoping that one day those who do , get the connection between the 5 Star ,Business Class , All Expenses Paid Blazered Buffoons and the dross on the park.

     

     

    I’m not someone who thinks that the likes of China should beat the likes of Uruguay .

     

     

    I am someone who is interested in the politics of how and why San Marino ( population of @ 35 k ) became a Member of the thing called FIFA and that done , they were given Voting Rights etc.

  25. South Of Tunis on

    GFTB @9.28 pm –

     

     

    ” My opinion ,young and old totally bought into BR ”

     

     

    I must be middle aged ( I wish ) and a real thing Doubting Thomas . I was content with his appointment . I thought he would significantly improve the Coaching set up at Celtic . He did . I didn’t get the In Brendan We Trust Thing . I thought he was a snake oil peddling badge kisser . He was . He went .

  26. Delaneys Dunky on

    Scott Walker had a huge influence on many musicians. Thom Yorke of Radiohead for one.

     

    Scott Walker RIP

  27. Delaneys Dunky on

    South of Tunis

     

    Excellent Scott Walker rip tribute.

     

    Thanks and enjoy the terrace.

     

    Sounds like the auld jungle terrace. 😎💚🍀

  28. Guaranteed with many many more to be heard in the International Break

     

     

    “Some spot” – ( by the linesman or referee )

     

     

    “ Put his laces through it “

     

     

    “ Right on the money “

     

     

    “ Worked his socks off “ – ( how come they are still on his feet? )

     

     

    “ Penalty for me all day long “

     

     

    “There was contact”

     

     

    ” Set out his stall ”

     

     

    “Either side of the keeper and it would have been in.” – ( obviously )

     

     

    “I think he hit that one too well” – ( but he missed ?)

     

     

    “he’s capable of that” ( obviously, because he just did it )

     

     

    “He’s given the ref a decision to make” ( he’s already getting paid for it )

     

     

    The Davy Provan book of cliches

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