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There’s only one John Guidetti

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I’m beginning to believe some of the ‘Unseen..’ paranoia that goes around town myself.  Absolutely delighted, and a bit surprised, Fifa ratified John Guidetti’s transfer to Celtic.  He’s a player we have tried to buy for three consecutive summer transfer windows; this guy has been watched, courted and pursued by Celtic, Feyenoord, Ajax and no doubt a whole lot more.

Since his marquee season in Rotterdam he’s come through debilitating illness but is now healthy, if in need of some match sharpness.

He is ineligible for the Europa League group stage but will be available for the round of 32 through to the final in Warsaw.

There was a real meeting of minds between player and club on Monday; he liked the way we went about our business and people at the club were impress with his personality.  Apparently, he’s another “strong character” to add to the others who have arrived at the club over the last week.

If only we had a song for him….

Guidetti as a teenager in Holland:

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  1. Frank Ryan's Whiskey on

    RogueLeader

     

     

     

    11:33 on 5 September, 2014

     

     

     

    Frank Ryan’s Whiskey – that stat is 100% true, there was a 50.4% turnout for the last Holyrood election.

     

     

    Democracy innit

     

     

     

     

     

    Snake Plissken

     

     

     

    11:33 on 5 September, 2014

     

     

     

    Frank Ryan’s Whiskey

     

     

    That would be a valid argument IF Scotland had compulsory voting like Australia.

     

     

    The system in the UK and in Scotland is based on whoever turns up to vote. You cannot count those who did not.

     

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    So massive voter apathy in a Scottish national election lead to the SNP triumph. Anyone know what the expected turn out will be for the divorce vote? I am guessing unknown.

  2. Livi bhoy ,

     

     

    Your entitled to your opinion re Sammi, I for one is delighted to see the back of him!! With his speed and build he should have been destroying teams , instead he choose all to often to hide, or for a better word shat it!!! If you had constructed a prototype footballer in a lab Sammi would probably be a close fit, unfortunately having a big heart with desire is enormous! ! Ps if he really wanted to stay he would have, the contract was on the table long enough , plus the fact he’s a millionaire several times over, facts are facts he didn’t fancy staying! ! Thanks Sammi but the memories were few and far between, I mostly remember him for costing us the league with his pish poor effort of a penalty at ibrox , feckin telegraphed it…

  3. Frank Ryan’s Whiskey – pollsters are predicting 80% + turnout. I hope that is the case, at the start as went as far as saying it should have been written in to the bill if there wasn’t a 75% turnout the vote wouldn’t count. For something so important it should require a majority from the clear majority of the electorate.

     

     

    It is very good seeing so many engaging with politics, the trick will be to try and keep them engaged post vote, no matter what way it goes.

  4. Frank Ryan’s Whiskey,

     

     

    The stat includes those who did not vote so is really rather disingenuous.

     

     

    What is true is that we have a majority government elected on the support of 45% of those who voted. So we did not get the government we voted for …

  5. kitalba

     

     

    11:43 on 5 September, 2014

     

     

    ‘ernie lynch:

     

     

    Australia does have compulsory voting. If you don’t vote you are fined.’

     

     

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    You are required to attend the polling station. You are not required to vote.

     

     

    A remarkably deft and nuanced approach to the issue.

     

     

    Not a description normally associated with public life in Australia, if I may say so.

  6. lennon’s passion

     

    11:40 on

     

    5 September, 2014

     

    Independence debt FUCK off to another forum this is a Celtic site. Also who cares who you are voting for.

     

     

    Leaving your foul mouth aside, the outcome of the Referendum could well affect Celtic’s long term future.

     

     

    There are plenty in FIFA and UEFA who would eagerly interpret a NO VOTE of confirmation that there is no longer any reason for the four Home Nations to be treated as separate entities.

     

     

    A removal of this individual status would then remove one of the objections to Celtic playing in England. It is just another example of how, no matter how desirable, we cannot completely divorce sport and politics.

  7. Hoopy Birthday Tom, have a good one.

     

     

    Lennons Passion, that was passionate, good luck with that:-)

     

     

    CowieBhoy, there are worse places to be than on a list with ACGR:-)

     

    We’ll be fine as long as we have enough drams to keep us going.

  8. What swung the Holyrood election and handed victory to the nats was the Lib Dem vote collapsing and switching en bloc to the nats.

     

     

    For me the significant figure was the turnout.

     

     

    50%.

     

     

    Hardly suggestive of a people yearning to breathe free.

  9. Ernie Lynch

     

     

    You’d better tell the couple I got on the plane with in July that because they say that it is.

  10. el maestro

     

     

    There is no doubt that Samaras was not prolific but we would have beaten Maribor with Sammi in the line up both home and away.

     

     

    LB

  11. lennon's passion on

    davidopoulos

     

     

    11:41 on 5 September, 2014

     

    lennon’s passion

     

     

    11:40 on 5 September, 2014

     

     

    Independence debt *&$! off to another forum this is a Celtic site. Also who cares who you are voting for.

     

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    Red card.

     

     

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    Ok blog police seen umpteen people use that word in here. Know stick your head back in

  12. ernie lynch,

     

     

    I have never experienced so much interest in a vote in Scotland. I am sure the turn out will be something like 80%, which is great, however the result turns out. As RogueLeader says, the trick will be to keep all those engaged afterwards.

  13. Voting

     

    Is voting compulsory?

     

    Yes, under federal electoral law, it is compulsory for all eligible Australian citizens to enrol and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums.

     

     

    For further information see Compulsory Voting.

     

     

    What happens if I do not vote?

     

    After each election, the AEC will send a letter to all apparent non-voters requesting that they either provide a valid and sufficient reason for failing to vote or pay a $20 penalty.

     

     

    If, within the time period specified on the notice, you fail to reply, cannot provide a valid and sufficient reason or decline to pay the $20 penalty, then the matter may be referred to a court. If the matter is dealt with in court and you are found guilty, you may be fined up to $170 plus court costs and a criminal conviction may be recorded against you.

     

     

    Why did I receive an apparent failure to vote notice?

     

    You will receive a letter from the Australian Electoral Commission if according to our records you did not vote at a federal election. If you did vote, you should respond to the letter before the due date.

     

     

    What is a valid and sufficient reason for not voting?

     

    It is at the discretion of the Divisional Returning Officer for each electorate to determine what is a valid and sufficient reason for not voting.

     

     

    See Electoral backgrounder – compulsory voting

     

     

     

    I would say that means it is compulsory then.

  14. Ernie:

     

     

    Courtesy of the Australian Government:

     

     

    Voting

     

     

    Is voting compulsory?

     

     

    Yes, under federal electoral law, it is compulsory for all eligible Australian citizens to enrol and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums.

     

     

     

    What happens if I do not vote?

     

     

    After each election, the AEC will send a letter to all apparent non-voters requesting that they either provide a valid and sufficient reason for failing to vote or pay a $20 penalty.

     

     

    If, within the time period specified on the notice, you fail to reply, cannot provide a valid and sufficient reason or decline to pay the $20 penalty, then the matter may be referred to a court. If the matter is dealt with in court and you are found guilty, you may be fined up to $170 plus court costs and a criminal conviction may be recorded against you.

     

     

    Why did I receive an apparent failure to vote notice?

     

     

    You will receive a letter from the Australian Electoral Commission if according to our records you did not vote at a federal election. If you did vote, you should respond to the letter before the due date.

  15. ernie lynch

     

     

    Voting IS compulsory in Australia. Get your facts straight.

     

    Still, I suppose since H L Mencken didn’t do much research on the matter, you won’t know much about it.

     

    How many other “honest mistakes” have you inflicted on us?

  16. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    leftclicktic

     

     

    I know mate

     

     

    When I think back to my youth

     

     

    My aul man, aunties and uncle’s singing that song gives me goosebumps

     

     

    HH

  17. lennon’s passion

     

     

    Why don’t you post about football?

     

    That’s what happened yesterday and thers will engage.

     

     

    Samaras – Aye or Naw?

     

     

    LB

  18. Frank Ryan's Whiskey on

    Well i for one hope it is a decisive result either way. The poll being endorsed by the overwhelming majority of those eligible to vote doing so.

  19. Happy Birthday Tom

     

     

    Will be in the Tav later this afternoon.

     

     

    Any news on Imran Ahmed today?

     

     

    Kikinthenakas

  20. weeminger

     

     

    11:42 on 5 September, 2014

     

     

    In which case I stand corrected. I was misinformed.

     

     

    Sadly I also have to withdraw my comment about the Australians’ deft and nuanced approach and revert to my stereotypical view of how they deal with their public affairs.

  21. Ernie @1147

     

     

    In the words of Bamber Gascoigne……Hmmmmm I’m going to need a little more than that.

  22. lennon’s passion

     

     

     

     

    Ok blog police seen umpteen people use that word in here. Know stick your head back in

     

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    Stop being such a wee swear word.

  23. Gordon J

     

     

    Two points –

     

     

    1. when was the last time UK turnout was over 50%? Genuinely I do not know.

     

     

    2. How do we know how those who had a vote would have voted in the event that they had?

     

     

    I think neither of us can say for sure on the second point.

     

     

    If there is a 45% turnout in under two weeks the Aye’s have it.

  24. ernie lynch

     

    11:47 on

     

    5 September, 2014

     

     

    Actually Ernie, you still have to put your ballot paper in the box, although it can be blank or spoiled. It’s a pedantic point, but I can’t help myself.

     

     

    I only know because I have a bit of an interest in the idea of a compulsory vote with a ‘no confidence in any candidate’ type of option.

  25. Ernie can you direct us non believers to where you saw it is compulsory to attend the polling station but you don’t have to vote. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  26. Gordon J

     

     

    Sorry

     

     

    I mean how do we know which way those who did not vote would have if they had gone to the polling station?

     

     

    Long day for me already.

     

     

    Apologies.

  27. Fair play to you Ernie, first time I have seen these words typed by you fair hand “I was misinformed” Hail Hail Hebcelt

  28. weeminger

     

     

    11:58 on 5 September, 2014

     

     

    ernie lynch

     

    11:47 on

     

    5 September, 2014

     

     

    ‘Actually Ernie, you still have to put your ballot paper in the box, although it can be blank or spoiled. It’s a pedantic point, but I can’t help myself.’

     

     

     

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    It seems the policy acts as a disincentive to people registering.

     

     

    I had always thought, wrongly as it turns out, that Aussies had to turn up to vote, but weren’t required to actually vote.

     

     

    To me that’s the ideal system because it allows those who have a genuine, principled reason for not voting (ie anarchists, possibly others) to make their point, but at the same time ensures the general bulk of lard arses actually engage to some extent with the political process.

  29. What does compulsory voting in Australia have to with Celtic signing Guidetti ?

     

     

    Enjoy your day everyone !