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Congratulations to who originally penned: “We shall not be move, not by the Hearts, the Hibs or The Rangers, erm, we’ll not be moved, OK?”  Celtic stand alone, our historic rivals, those who half a century ago denied our grandparents, are gone.  Do we have a perfect season ahead?  Maybe not, but it will be a unique historical joy nonetheless.

Some of the chat yesterday was that the Premiership would be poorer without Hibernian next season, but anyone who watched Hamilton out-pass and out-play them on Sunday wouldn’t think so.  Hibs have offered nothing of note to league football for years.  Terry Butcher has got practically everything wrong since arriving at Easter Road but his post-match comment, that perhaps his team needed relegation to thoroughly clear the decks.

Whatever Hibs are they are not competition to Celtic.  Our domestic competition next season will come from Aberdeen, Dundee United and Motherwell.  United and Aberdeen both finished the season poorly after showing considerable promise early on.  Expect Jackie McNamara and Derek McInnes to build on their work over the last year.

If you were an aspiring Championship club you will not have welcomed the Accies result on Sunday.  Now clear of their administration travails Hearts have the strongest squad in next season’s Championship.  They will also be solvent, able to build on their squad and are likely to sell more season tickets than anyone else in the league.

Hibs’ newly recruited chief exec, Leann Dempster, is potentially the clubs most important recruit in 10 years.  She will surely attempt to fit her successful Motherwell template onto the Edinburgh club – and may even have more resources at her disposal.

Queens and Falkirk know they are up against it in their bid for promotion next season but they are two well-run clubs who will have an influence on who does go up.  I’m not even prepared to consider anyone else for the promotion spots, some just don’t have the players, some don’t have the management, some don’t have the money to end the season.  Some are afflicted by all three ailments.

With the potential of a rejuvenated Hibs making next season’s play-offs, Premiership clubs will spend the next 11 months anticipating the very real possibility that it’s odds on that two clubs will go down next season.  Accies and Dundee look more than a match for St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Ross County and Partick Thistle.  While Celtic will win the league comfortably, we’re likely to see intense competition between Motherwell, Aberdeen and United for the ‘Best of the Rest’ badge, and between the other eight clubs to stay up.

Visit the CQN Bookstore to get Tommy Gemmell to sign your personal copy of his tome, All the Best.

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  1. The Battered Bunnet on

    Despite making history as the first female manager of a professional football team in France, and the first in all of Europe to manage a team in a second tier division, Helena Costa has distance to travel before she achieves the same profile and credibility in the game as Owen Coyle’s granny.

  2. Neustadt-Braw on

    an interesting article on Faecal Transplants caught my eye….

     

    You would have to be desperate to take a sample of your husband’s excrement, liquidise it in a kitchen blender and then insert it into your body with an off-the-shelf enema kit.

     

     

    I mean however your day is going ………it will probably top this …..unless of course your a sevcomedian ……

     

     

    braw

  3. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    Neustadt-Braw

     

     

     

    you talk some sh”””e

  4. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on

    some just don’t have the players, some don’t have the management, some don’t have the money to end the season. Some are afflicted by all three ailments.

     

     

    so true funny how it seems….

     

     

    HH

  5. Neustadt-Braw on

    masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar

     

    12:27 on

     

    27 May, 2014

     

    Neustadt-Braw

     

     

    you talk some sh”””e

     

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    hahahaha but you have to admit there has been a lot of shoite posted over the last while…..thought we might as well cover the topic in depth …. :)

     

    braw

  6. Paul67 – You clearly missed the opinion of the erstwhile Alex McLeish. He believes Celtic will in fact be jealous not to be in the second tier of the game next year due to how good a league that will be.

     

     

    Yes, he really did say that.

  7. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    bsr

     

     

    Thats a hard one for this time of the day imo. Try again abt 1900 hours.

  8. bournesouprecipe

     

     

    12:30 on 27 May, 2014

     

    Can anyone explain how a league is weaker without the two relegated sides?

     

     

    Bums on seats. Or bums flinging seats in the case of the hertz.

     

     

    Football on pitch? No discernible loss. Possibly an improvement.

     

     

    Football integrity? Also an improvement with hertz now paying for tomanov’s non paying.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  9. Paul67

     

     

    Absolutely correct, Hibs were a very poor team, so outwith their size and stadium, from a footballing perspective are no great loss

     

     

    Hail hail

  10. Tomanov Romanov.

     

     

    Funny foreign names. All sound the same to me…. Aaaah ukip-itis had struck!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  11. I’ve got as much knowledge about the inner workings of the Club as the next man (yes, that’s right, – none!) but for what it’s worth I think the Club should be giving Paul Hartley some serious consideration as our next Manager.

     

    As reality bites hard and we have to acknowledge dwindling attendances, ergo revenue, it seems unrealistic to expect some of the names being bandied about to come in here and start off with a limited transfer budget and the possible loss of as much as 3 of your star performers from the Season just gone (V.V.D., F.F., Efe), then get to know and motivate the side for 3 crucial CL Fixtures, all in the space of a few short weeks.

     

    Hartley would know, more than most, what he would be coming into. No illusions. More than that though, I believe it can’t be underestimated what it takes to have your starting XI + 3 cross the white line every week and have them do exactly what you have instructed them to do in training sessions, to do it well and to win. That he did that 2 seasons in a row with one team and then took over midway through a Season and did it with a 3rd, has me thinking that he might be our man.

     

    His Mojo is Rising. We should grab it and go with it, before it crashes and burns and he has the tag of “damaged goods.”

     

    Like Owen Coyle.

  12. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    Yaya Toure has told France Football that he could not rule out a possible move to PSG

     

     

     

    FUD!!

  13. logical @ 12.37

     

     

    So I guess you’ve just outed yourself as no being owen’s granny!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  14. Neustadt-Braw on

    TimJim

     

    12:36 on

     

    27 May, 2014

     

    Neustadt-Braw

     

     

    I reckon your a stick on for job with the DR.

     

    !!!!Talking about toliet paper !!!!

     

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    braws comments are well researched and 100 per cent factual……no chance of a job or jobbie with the Daily .Retard……

     

     

    braw

  15. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    Rogueleader

     

     

    Surely Birminghams favourite son has got it right ? Real Madrid are even casting envious eyes toward the Championship next year. I think its going to beat the World record of best leagues ever ever

  16. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Is it fact and not drivel that QPR will get £134 million for going into the “best lg in the world”?

  17. Email scam warning

     

     

    Hi everyone

     

     

    Looks like Pat McGinlay’s email has been hacked and now everyone in his address book is receiving an email askong for money.

     

     

    If anyone know how to contact Pat (other than by email) can they warn him about this – he needs to get his account back and his password changed.

     

     

    Many thanks.

     

     

    Bhoys4ever

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