Treble talk, farewell Big Mike


Talk of trebles can disappear over the space of 90 minutes, and Ronny Deila will be forced to learn new patter if his team cannot regain the edge which was lost on Wednesday night at Celtic Park.  The challenge will be all the greater for the absence of cup-tied Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven, with others, including Kris Commons and Emilio Izaguirre.

Dundee United have fallen apart in the last few weeks, the departure of Armstrong and Mack-Steven has probably had something to do with this, which means they will be hurting.  Make no mistake, Celtic harmed their season by signing their best two players five weeks ago.  United will have an edge to them.

Just loving the celebrations that one of the world’s richest 400 people no longer controls a Scottish football club.  He still controls pretty much all profitable revenue streams, and holds security over assets, but he’ll no longer be asked to provide loan players, or loan cash.  They have swapped an ‘off the radar’ wealthy man for a glib and shameless liar.

Ashley repulsed many.  He was the archetypal fox let into the Ibrox hen house.  The juxtaposition of Celtic announcing a £29m shirt deal with New Balance, rights Ashley bartered for £1 at Ibrox, gives you an idea of how impaired newco are.  But allowing him to walk off with all those revenue streams, without the responsibility of running football operations, which will always lose money, is inexplicable.

I know people in the game who were concerned about having an opponent with the resources of Ashley.  That blocking SFA decision was crucial.  I don’t know anyone concerned about King, in fact, there is quiet delight at how things transpired.

Farewell Big Mike, thanks for all your work.

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    Best wishes to the family and friends of Tony Conway.



    A difficult day for them today.



    R I P Tony.

  2. I note that Jason Denayer has effectively served notice that he will be going back to Man City in the summer to fight for his place.



    Now, young Jason is a good prospect but putting aside the fact the Man City have at least 3 proven internationals ahead of him in the pecking order, I noticed today that they also have a young centre back called Karim Rekik, who, like JD has been out on loan this year.



    He has played 42 games for PSV on loan and also been capped by Holland.



    I’m guessing both him and JD will not be included in the Man City squad of 25.



    Furthermore, they have a boy who will be 19 in the summer called Mathias Bossaerts who, again, is a centre back. He is Belgian and has a good pedigree.



    Given our relationship with Man City – via the Lawwell family and Ronny – i’d think we would have a chance of getting one of the 3 on loan next year.



    I know not everyone agrees with loans but more and more clubs with budgets larger than ours use the loan system.

  3. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Malc 12:35 on 6 March, 2015



    Great adverts – especially the “We’ve overdone it with the sherry” one.

  4. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Paul67. If we cant beat Dundee Utd. we dont deserve to win the treble simple as that. H.H.





    Some going,mate.



    Last post on the old article,’New Article’ alert,and first post there-all on same timestamp.



    I bow to your multiple-browser genius!



    Always good to have your insight and irreverence on here. Now,time to burp your baby son and heir…





    No denying that-if we don’t win,we don’t have any chance of the treble.

  7. Will we now have to remove the chairs with the big Nike whoosh and replace them wiith the New Balance logo ?. Hardly seems worth it for a measly £29M.



    We’re going to need more than that to keep up with Newco, now that the Lying King’s in charge.



    Celtic, why do you always let me down ?. :-)



  8. The Battered Bunnet on

    Paul, is this what you had in mind?



    Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing,



    And like enough thou knowst thy estimate.



    The Charter of thy worth gives thee releasing;



    My bonds in thee are all determinate.



    For how do I hold thee but by thy granting,



    And for that riches where is my deserving?



    The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,



    And so my patent back again is swerving.



    Thy self thou gav’st, thy own worth then not knowing,



    Or me, to whom thou gav’st is, else mistaking,



    So thy great gift, upon misprision growing,



    Comes home again, on better judgement making.



    Thus have I had thee as a dream doth flatter:



    In sleep a king, but waking no such matter.

  9. thetimreaper on




    12:55 on 6 March, 2015


    I don’t think Big Mike has left the building just yet…





    Took the words out of my mouth.

  10. I see Super Ally is at the EGM…surely he and Bomber Brown should be reinstated as a new management duo?



    Looking forward to glib and shameless Liar’s plan to pay off MASH…I’m sure he’ll be easy to deal with. NOT.



    If Lambias is removed and that is a condition of the loan does the loan require immediate repayment or can MASH take control of the securities that have underwritten the loans?


    Murray Park – could become Ashley park?



    I think the fun is just about to begin… oh and has anyone commissioned a condition report on Ibrox or checked the contractual status of the players – 13 are leaving soon and the rest are staying. I don’t know what is worse… seriously I dont.

  11. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    starry plough. Simple Dundee Utds form recently has been terrible now they will raise there game no doubt about that but outside our defeat mid week our form has been good.Now if rony plays Joe Hanson, Broonie and Bitton I feel confident there is a large gulf between the two teams in Celtics favor and I we will win by two clear goals . Now if Utd.pull of a shock win we will not win or deserve to win the treble in my opinion. H.H.

  12. Y





    You deny that Scotland is institutionally sectarian.



    Ok here goes.



    Scottish Parliament. Recently passed the OB act. Admitted it was to equalise against celtic fans via ensuring anything erm political would be deemed as offensive. Includes singing irish songs and of course blessing yourself incorrectly. Add to that the position of the SNP and their cabinet, an unwillingness to tackle OO walks and presiding over sectarian attacks on catholics being 6 times more likely than anyone else before ahem losing the statistics etc etc.



    Judiciary and the legal system. Quite apart from being riddled with masonry (big nans favourite) then we have instances such as the bizarre NL decision in Edinburgh. There are many more examples to quote but I am sure you get the point.



    Police. Well what have we here. A concerted attempt to criminalise the GB, including kettling etc. lower levels of catholics working in the police force than in the population. Ok with loads of Orange walks. Less so when a small group wants to walk to celtic park. Bizarrely always missing from hotspot attack areas against celtic supporters I.e. Bridgeton (despite previous tragedies). Filming the GB is clearly a higher priority.



    Military. Ah those celebration days at Ibrox. Nuff said.



    Media. Oh where to begin and end. Do I need to say more. From traynors the famine is over is just a bit of fun or Clyde going along with the tricolour etc being sectarian. To never tackling the hun on not signing a catholic (oh that could go in any of these colums here military apart) , denying it was a sectarian policy, then immediately praising them for ending it.



    SFA etc Jim Farry incident and all the hun scandal. Need I say more.



    Employment practices. I don’t know a single catholic who hasn’t got tales around racist employment practices whether to get in a job or once you have got one.



    Education. Constant attacks on the Catholic schooling arrangements as the cause of sectarianism despite the fact they are there because of the racism.



    Any other aspects of life in Scotland to cover??

  13. Fieldofdrams/thetimreaper – Aye, Mike will be back every month for his cash. Imagine being the new financial director and having to watch all that money walk out the door. And thats before the loans themselves are repaid…




  14. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    I would play Henderson before either Forrest or Stokes


    Hunger determination and a bit of dig, he can also score a goal or two

  15. philvisreturns on

    Starry Plough – Ole GG would have your freshly shaved haw maws prepared by bearded hipsters on toast matey:))



    How did you know they were shaved???



    It’s quite breathtaking. (thumbsup)




    son of gabriel – I am the way, the truth, and the thumbs. Nobody can come to the podium except through me. (thumbsup)




    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers – Thank you my friend in Celtic. And likewise!



    In Wee Philvis news:



    * He has teeth like Spongebob Squarepants and a grin like Terry-Thomas.



    * His favourite word is “Dada” but he has baffling conversations with me where he speaks some sort of crazy Moon-talk like “Bwah bwah nana urgle ah zub zub zub DADA!”



    * His favourite programme after Spongebob is “Katie Morag”. I think he likes seeing other ginger childrens.



    * If he hears “Uptown Funk” he immediately starts dancing. (thumbsup)

  16. begin the SPL season in April means bigger crowds, better times for TV games once the EPL is finished and team fully primed for Champions League qualification into the group stage and better pitches. Not rocket science.

  17. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    time for change



    12:51 on 6 March, 2015




    You mean “roll on Sunday 15.30” dontcha ….Hehe….and …. HH

  18. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Police Scotland held a post-match enquiry following offensive singing during the Raith Rovers v Rangers match on Friday, 20th February, at Kirkcaldy



    I’m sure the media will ask Dave King for comments on this development.

  19. Re Sunday –



    The biggest issue we have is the full back position.



    All our width comes from that area and if we go with Ambrose (who is not nearly as bad a player as some suggest) he cannot offer the same threat as Matthews on the right and offers very little width at all if played on the left.



    Wakaso and Fisher may be the best bets if neither Izzy or Matthews make it. Both are very inexperienced in the role tho.



    If we don’t get width then we will have problems.

  20. guernica



    12:54 on 6 March, 2015



    Alternatively we could go out and buy two centre halves identified by the manager. Denayer was a last minute loan deal to assist the manager who was hardly in the door. It’s worked out very well, Jason being one of our star performers this season but if we don’t have any of our own youngsters ready to step up to the first team we should be looking for permanent signings, even loan deals with option to buy but not loan deals for players who have no intention of staying for longer than a season.

  21. Exactly, Paul67.



    One thing you omitted was that the Huns in their infinite wisdom actually managed to piss-off big Mike along the way to dismissing his influence.



    Goodwill from MASH towards them will be austere and protracted. MASH will get every penny of his money’s worth out of his crippling merchandising deals.



    God bless the Huns, they’re like a mad dug that you feed and water yet will still try to rip your throat ourt because it’s their basic nature to be insular aggressive mentalists.



    Still, no shortage of entertainment coming for the rest of us; pass the popcorn, this’ll be a blockbuster.



    Incidentally, heard/seen quite a few soundbites from Zombie shareholders departing the EGM, a cross section of near-unintelligible bitter Orc to the well-spoken, bitter Orcs. Have yet to hear the word, ‘MONEY’ creep into their considerations on the matter. So well done, Dave King – you can’t fool all of the people all of the time but if they’re Huns it seems you can blind every last one of them with your ‘noise’ as you so ineloquently put it.



    Monday morning – ‘For Sale’ sign being hammered into the Murray Park turf.

  22. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on




    13:07 on 6 March, 2015



    Think you’ve covered most……..

  23. Like no other on




    13:16 on 6 March, 2015


    Police Scotland held a post-match enquiry following offensive singing during the Raith Rovers v Rangers match on Friday, 20th February, at Kirkcaldy



    I’m sure the media will ask Dave King for comments on this development.





    Don’t be holding your breath without a team of oxygen-bearing paramedics standing by.



    Flyingpigs CSC

  24. Gary67 – I know what you are saying but it’s unlikely – but not impossible – that we could get 2 centre halfs as good, if not better, than the Man City potential loanees.



    Our team would be very different if we did not have Jason and VVD. Both are fast, good on the ball and very able passers.



    Now, to go and buy centre halfs with those qualities will not be easy IMO.



    If you bring in more basic centre halfs then you have to change the style of play. Suddenly the full backs can’t bomb on as far and the midfield 2 need to drop deeper to make the play. The opposition can focus on them as they know the centree halfs won’t carry the ball out etc.



    I’m happy for us to loan players for certain positions where it may be out of reach to buy players of the same quality – CB, a creative midfielder and striker.



    The consequence is that the team is better so collective the players all improve.

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