Better Days

Im an expat but when I did live at home I was truly engaged with the sport in general.
It was easy to do,,the papers are full of it and its common ground between workmates or even strangers over a pint . Then you had the wall to wall Sky Sports coverage going “ Rooney!!! “ all week to get you hyped up to nothing.
The package started an hour at least before the actual kick off by which time you had settled with cold beer and usually mates for a football feast to match the week of hype.
And it didnt did it. Jose set up for a draw or a narrow win and “ Rooney “ was only world class in the advertising industry . But still it was freezing outside and it was an excuse for a night out so you went along with it.
It took me to move away to break that cycle. Instead of a week of hype there was none or little that I encountered and then when you found time to watch the game you really werent impressed as it was dont lose for the most part. Slowly but surely I realised I had been suckered by the media hype and ad’s and once I realised that it was fairly easy to start to switch off.
A couple or even 3 games a week became 1 which has become the odd game . On some website or other, no more subscriptions or ads,,just watch the two halves one after the other to avoid the BS. Thats where I am right now,,pick and choose the odd “spectacle” game to watch.
But it had dawned on me that it was more habit and socialising than the spectacle we were being promised . My love of the game has just diminished a lot and it wasnt that hard at all to lose me.

Ironically my two closest friends who I shared those times with did not emigrate yet have gone down the same road .
One , a West Ham nut , told me last year that the team was dead. Words I never expected him to utter. He loved that team and wished for nothing more than a good cup run. The fans were gutted when certain managers played the kids in the cups and focused on survival. Betrayal my mate called it. Expected managers to really try at their only shot at glory ( a cup ) they did.
Can you believe that the owners actually thought they would get away with lying to the fans ? Did they think no one would go back and check to see if their promises were kept ?
You will be no further away from the pitch,,,and surprise surprise some enterprising chap measured it and shock horror he is further away.
Will help bridge the gap to the next level,,,yet it has brought in only 17 million more than they would have had. Lawsuits are still ongoing with the owners of their new home ground and the fans have just reason to grumble.
My friend assures me a lot of tickets are “ premier league tourists “ . People who just wanna watch the games without much allegiance to those in front of them. Some find it abhorrent. I say what do you expect of the modern day game. They chose there because its the cheapest ticket he tells me and they were available en masse in family size blocks.

The other is a long standing Real Madrid fan believe it or not and has watched them since the early 80s , in person . Now he tells me the league is the training ground for the “ Big “ cup and they couldnt care if they dont win it. The prestige that comes with those stars they are racking up enables them to sign more “ galacticos “ and tear away further in marketing , tv rights , and stars racked up . They are in effect a corporation who has a football team . He’s disgusted.

On the world stage the game might have did well out of Russia recently but that is a spark in what has been a dark chasm for the sport since FIFA started to implode . It has yet to be finalised just how a winter world cup will work, if it goes ahead and I myself would not lay money on that.

In Scotland its never been more farcical. Celtic themselves through circumstances that are beyond my comprehension have made a pigs ear of this transfer window and the fall out may well be fatal for someone’s career . I doubt we will ever know the full story and that’s another ugly facet of the beautiful game.
Rangers have signed an entire team despite certain Celtic facing bloggers telling us they are skint and due to go under and with their chairman they won’t get any dosh anywhere as he’s cold shouldered.
And on calling them Rangers,,I’m done with the sevco and the zombies lark.
A podcast I respect and listen to was telling us Rangers took a 1 nil home win away into Europe.
Tells me strangers and the sporting world at large recognise them as the same team.
The hype accompanying this Sundays hatefest will cement that, and I imagine many sitting down to watch it thinking it’s the Old Firm .
Now for all intensive purposes if you are playing in the same strip , badge , stadium and in front of the same fans while having the list of Rangers honours alongside your name then you are Rangers. I know they died. Some of them know they died. But that’s not the point here.
Nothing has changed. Nada. So I have faced up to the fact that what they did was cheating and unethical and I would disown my club if they done it , but they appear to have gotten away with it and are going for their 55th title so no matter what I think Rangers are alive. If a small pocket keep saying no they aren’t what difference does it make ? None whatsoever I am sorry to tell you.
The Celtic fans didn’t care when they snapped up every ticket going for the hatefest within an hour.
And try explaining to an outsider they are dead when they are all over the tv hyped up even more now. No . I’m over that. Its done as far as I am concerned.
I doubt future events will change that.

So this sport,,this “ beautiful game “,,, when your social life doesn’t revolve around it and when you can truly just take it or leave it , not need it , then its a lot easier to analyse it and see what youre really dealing with.
And truth is bhoys,,,aint beautiful at all. Infact she’s ugly , and shes seen better days.

Mahe the Madman

Many apologies for the technical hiccups, please bear with us and hopefully soon she will run seamlessly . Thanks for your patience . To post comment no log in is required. Simply type your comment in the box , add a name and hit post.

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September 3, 2018 9:01 am

Clear, concise & honest article today.

There will always be a ‘Rangers in Scottish football such is the size of their constituency, however having suffered only consequential damage and no real targeted punishment for their many misdemeanours still sticks in the gullet of many.

The ‘horlicks’ of the last three months must be addressed and never repeated at Celtic Park. The fans have put their money where their mouths are, it is time the board & management did likewise.

There will always be, in our situation, the inevitability of a regular ‘one step back’ as we have experienced with Moussa and others who have gone before – so it is vitally important that we make intelligent decisions in all other matters.

I do believe in the board, the CEO and the management, that said, they ‘dropped the ball’ big-time over the summer.

Let’s hope we can pick up a free agent to back up Eddie & Leigh.

September 3, 2018 9:13 am



That’s quite an indictment of the game in general,done through you and your two mates!

I have to pretty much agree. Apart from Celtic,there are very few matches I’ll watch-and I only have to cross the road for a pub with wall-to-wall tellies,all tuned to various sports channels. Nor can I recall the last time I arranged to meet the troops to watch one.

Re Real,Pop Will Eat Itself. People worldwide will decide-as you and many others including myself have done-that the subscription doesn’t match the hype,the product is poorer than the bling.

It’s been a long time coming. But think of NowTV,a one-off no subscription subsidiary of Sky. £8 a day because they too see vast numbers cutting the cord.

The Exiled Tim
September 3, 2018 12:31 pm

Ha, so Mahe is the host 🙂
Been reading a few things about the game yesterday and something that struck me but everyone seems to be missing, to a man, pundits n all have said how poor the huns were, even a few huns said they were rank.
We should be spanking teams like them for breakfast, to think our troubles are over cos we beat a crap hun team isny a road I would venture down, just saying like.
There is still problems in the higher echelons of the club imo, the footballing side needs to be backed, end of.

Reply to  Gold
September 3, 2018 3:41 pm


Reply to  Gold
September 3, 2018 3:46 pm

Test after change.

September 3, 2018 3:56 pm

My wife often comments that I am not a football supporter, only a Celtic supporter. I guess she is rift!


September 3, 2018 4:26 pm

Test 2

September 3, 2018 9:22 pm

Hi Mahe
Best of luck with the blog
Keep the adverts away, and sure you will get many happy to contribute to upkeep ?

As for yesterday
I’m one who does not recognise the team Celtic were playing
Pay for a season ticket knowing I am missing 1 (hopefully) or 2 games a season
Mind you my daughter gets a bonus if having her sister at game with her, or her cousin

Hail Hail

September 4, 2018 7:19 am


Another point to consider re TV subscriptions. There is roughly ten weeks between the end of the season,and the first league game of the next.

Add in another five international breaks of two weeks each,that’s only 32 weeks of the year that your megabucks subscription is any use to you.

The Exiled Tim
September 4, 2018 11:20 am


big packy
September 4, 2018 2:50 pm

gonna keep trying to post if it reaches you mahe keep up the good work.hh.

September 4, 2018 5:56 pm

Is it working now?

Yes it is!

The Exiled Tim
September 4, 2018 6:09 pm

So McGregor didn’t get done, now there’s a surprise, the new way the sfa have set it up makes it virtually impossible for any hun to be sighted, I would bet my last penny that a Celtic player will though.
Hopefully this goes through, teething problems are a bu*ger.

Mike in Toronto
September 4, 2018 6:11 pm


Site is looking good.

Fairhill Bhoy
September 4, 2018 6:14 pm

Hi Mahe
Seems you’ve upset a few poor souls on CQN ????

September 4, 2018 6:22 pm

3 points to make.
1st: Celtic’s profligacy in front of the hun goal facilitated the temerity of Sleazy Gee to get away with the “we wiz done!” lie.

2nd: Quit moaning about the filthy Huns your PLC love them.

3rd: Anyone else believe PL played the ‘ omg those bad Lyon types and greedy crocked Moussa left me no choice Brendan” while whispered to Lyon “Aye ok only £20m?” and to MD “talk to Brendan”

Fairhill Bhoy
September 4, 2018 7:13 pm


Saltires en Sevilla
September 4, 2018 9:37 pm

Fond memories of a car load heading to Troon or Prestiwck on Sunday afternoons in 80’s to watch the English Cup games (tv signals from Ireland?)

Not to be missed and every second of the action ( lots of it) actually watched.

Around ’92 sky or bskyb launched and Sunday afternoon live games not to be missed in pub and Monday night game and jammed pubs.

Fast forward 25 years and hardly bother even when I can access decent streams. The product is fairly garbage and we know it.

I sacked my Sky account after 25 years of constant subscription – partly bored, mainly brassed off with slant on commentary and more and more outrageous hunnery…

My Celtic access, due to work & travel, is mainly via Celtictv and despite some seriously dull commentary, (George McClusky and honourable exception) it is still unmissable for me as the only real source of uncontaminated chat when watching Celts.

Hopefully, the day will dawn when we can pay per view to watch games in real time and be confident that cash is going directly to Celtic with a fair share to matchday opponents and to a league development fund.

I prefer to pay my share and wonder if anyone has any idea how big that market could be for Celtic. Does anyone have any data or aware of any projections on potential revenue. Would it make a significant difference in terms of building a funded team capable of having a crack at the big boys?

Best of luck with the site Mahe.


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Fairhill Bhoy
September 5, 2018 12:37 am

Site looking very good now

September 5, 2018 12:48 am

test 1

September 5, 2018 4:17 am

All looking great,well done!

September 5, 2018 1:41 pm

lol , according to one of the board \ PB acolytes on CQN you are a, ” thief ” !! , stealing Pauls bloggers ;)) .

Good luck on your new venture , if you don’t fudge the big issues , i’m sure the site will be a huge success .

Fairhill Bhoy
Reply to  mahe
September 5, 2018 3:20 pm

I’m in Florida on holiday so I’m 5hrs behind Celtic Park time?