Treble chasing; business, not personal, the dirty battle


Amid the general hilarity on Scottish football at the moment I’m sure it’s not escaped Ronny Deila’s attention that we have one of our most important games of the season coming up on Saturday.  The league is a marathon without any specific focus, the League Cup final is another huge game, but facing Dundee away is exactly the kind of game a club who are chasing a treble often lose.

It was Dundee who knocked the Aberdeen bandwagon off its tracks.  Given half a chance they will do the same to Celtic on Saturday.

Kenny McDowall must have felt a bit humiliated at being told he has to pick players on loan from Newcastle United, although clearly not humiliated enough to tell them to stuff the remainder of his contract.

Llambias’ instruction appears bizarre, but there’s always two sides to each story.  If McDowall informed his chief executive that he would not use the players, for reasons other than sporting merit, Llambias may well feel justified in making the instruction.

This public shaming of Llambias, the board, and by extension, Mike Ashley, is another act in a dirty battle.  Still, “It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business”, as Dave King almost said about Ashley yesterday.

Ashley’s men may be robbed of the ability to pick the team after an EGM next month, but he remains able to inflict a lot of ‘assistance towards the club’ before then.  If I can paraphrase Tom Hagan, ‘Mr Ashley never asks a second favour once he’s refused the first, understood?’  When personal offence has been taken, sometimes even good business isn’t enough to bring a ruthless patriarch to the table.

When news of the attack on the 10-year-old boy broke on Monday I assumed it would be a matter of hours before the offender was charged.  Three days on without news is concerning.  It appears that those who associate with people who believe random violence is acceptable and care little about the application on justice – which has nothing to do with any specific policing issue.

Hard cash is now available to anyone with information leading to an arrest. If you can’t report the offender for the sake of the victim, do it for the money.  You don’t need to be a witness to report the issue and collect the reward, you just need to know enough to get the ball rolling.

Well done to all who have gotten involved in the appeal to help the victim, especially organiser Rod Lee.  Stunning work, Rod.

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  1. Imagine resigning Commons, added to the resigning of Brown this shows how the bored take the supporters for granted.

  2. KC resigning is like a new signing.


    Except this time we know exactly what we are getting, and it’s all good.

  3. Phil saying the Auf Wiedersehen 5 are having their wages paid by the team that picks itself.


    I’m sure the monkeys aren’t paying peanuts either

  4. weebobbycollins on

    rwe…@15.59 ‘I hope the assailant is found and prosecuted, but think that the full version of events will make more interesting reading.’…Unfortunately, I doubt we will ever get the full version of events.

  5. eddieinkirkmichael on







    Agree on that mate, even if someone is charged, if the evidence doesn’t suit the narrative spun in MSM then it wont be reported.

  6. There’s plenty of literature that indicates that Hitler’s ideologues Goebbels, Himmler, Rosenberg and Bormann hoped to de-Christianize Germany, or at least distort its theology to their point of view.

  7. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    Just one question from me: Is there any EVIDENCE that a Celtic supporter threw a bottle into a mini-bus and said bottle hit a ten year old boy?


    NB newspaper reports are NOT evidence.




  8. Chairbhoy,


    “The Child was a victim of thuggery and didn’t deserve a bottle in the mouth, whatever way you cut it.”


    That terminology is more accurate I’ll go with that .

  9. archdeaconsbench on

    Some thoroughly depressing/moronic posts on here re. the wee boy that was injured with the bottle….


    ‘Was the bus door already opened?’


    ‘Was the guy actually a Celtic fan?


    ‘Remember the ‘thugs and thieves….?’



    FFS, its embarrassing….

  10. archdeaconsbench



    16:32 on 5 February, 2015


    Some thoroughly depressing/moronic posts on here re. the wee boy that was injured with the bottle….


    ‘Was the bus door already opened?’


    ‘Was the guy actually a Celtic fan?


    ‘Remember the ‘thugs and thieves….?’



    FFS, its embarrassing…..




    There will be an ongoing police investigation, we should all be leaving it out IMO.



  11. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    This was a genuine question :



    “Just one question from me: Is there any EVIDENCE that a Celtic supporter threw a bottle into a mini-bus and said bottle hit a ten year old boy?


    NB newspaper reports are NOT evidence.”


    Incidentally, by `said` I mean `aforementioned.`. I don`t mean `someone said` !




  12. South Of Tunis on

    A book that explores the moral complexity of Fascist Italy-



    Mussolini’ s Italy: Life Under The Dictatorship.- RJB Bosworth. ( Penguin History )

  13. Hamiltontim


    I thought about it then thought about it again then tought about the climb to get to the zip-slide and thought “*”* that, I will donate when I see you :)))))))))))))))))))))))))

  14. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Many years ago, when I was a young teacher, my school team played in the Glasgow Primary Schools’ Cup Final at Rosebery Park in Oatlands. After the game, our coach full of parents and 11-12 year olds passed along London Road on the way home. Out of a group of five guys crossing the road, one of them threw a bottle at our bus. It was a Friday night and no one was wearing football colours or behaving in a wild manner. The bottle hit my fiancee (now my wife) on the side of her head causing her a lot of distress and injury. No one was concerned about the semantics of whether she had been attacked, targeted or bottled. It felt like all three and another mindless thug escaped justice.

  15. This sevco thing is hugely entertaining.



    See the board have now issued a stare met sat KMDowell is lieing, surely gross misconduct and a sacking is tomorrows instalment.

  16. mike in toronto on

    As you know, I think KC can be quite frustrating … great individual skill, and a great goal scorer but never really been able to integrate himself into the TEAM concept as much as I would have liked …. and I would rather we had a great team, rather than a bunch of more talented individuals …






    the guy and his family seem like really good people, and genuinely seem to love being part of the Celtic family. You gotta respect them for that. And there should always be room at Celtic for people like them.



    glad you are staying Kris (and Lisa).

  17. Remember folks if your looking for accurate journalism, Keevins informed us all that Kris had played his last game at Hamilton and that was a fact he would stake his reputation on.






    @kcommons15 · 41 mins 41 minutes ago


    Absolutely delighted to have committed my future to this incredible club for the next 2 years

  18. gordybhoy64



    15:15 on 5 February, 2015





    without getting into any arguement about the bottle throwing incident,


    how do you reach the conclusion that it was done seemingly in your name





    If you don’t see how, then would be a waste of my time trying to explain it, so I will just concentrate on the good news that KC is staying