The Gombeen Man

Morning,all. Bloody awful night last night at work,welcome back! As you know,this site is keen to involve its readers,even to the extent of you writing the daily article. We are always keen to hear the opinions of others,and welcome them all-even if you don’t see them as being in keeping with any perceived “editorial policy”

Although the following wasn’t offered to us as an article-it was posted as a comment yesterday-I think it is well worthy of a more prominent position. As you might have guessed,it is from The Gombeen Man.


The Gombeen Man
Happy 2019 to everyone here and thanks to Mahe, majoc and SeS for providing this (almost) rancour free, independent, advert free blog.

As time has passed all of my worst fears about the Sevco saga seem to be becoming a reality.

Dave King’s prophesy about Celtic folding like a deck of cards are an exaggeration. The PLC have a pile of money that PL will use to pay the bills if we fail to make the CL because of a loss of the league or a failure to get through the increasingly challenging qualifiers.

Mr Lawwell knows what numbers are required to trigger the maximum bonus under the incentive scheme. That’s why he looked so unhappy at Brendan’s first press conference. A big salary and an expensive backroom coupled with likely demands for transfers upset the numbers.

A wounded Sevco were back. Income would increase and qualification for the CL is a gamble. We’d win the league with a cheaper less troublesome coach but Brendan represented a challenge to the formula Mr Lawwell had calculated.

Mr Lawwell hit the jackpot.

Back to back CL qualifications under Brendan and Double Trebles. A thinner skinned businessman might have been embarrassed.

The problem is the management of costs. The crafty CEO got Sevco into the SPFL but the cost is huge. The failure to secure any checks and balances into the game will cost Celtic. Sevco’s ego is fully charged and they will do anything to win the league.

Mr Lawwell knows this and that’s why we have the money in the bank.

The summer transfer window was typical. Brendan Rodgers knew that the writing was on the wall for Scott Brown. An affordable Celtic minded prospect was identified. The transfer was bungled over relatively small money.

Several of our better players were sold and our nett spend wasn’t even zero.The priority is getting the numbers right. Spending wasn’t prioritised because spending and selling are key to making the numbers work.

The best run club spin is now worthless. We have a costly bloated squad with deficiencies all over the park.

We have no fit experienced strikers, a centre defence approaching crisis, problems in both full back berths and we are now coming to terms with the likelihood that Brendan Rodgers will leave in the summer.

What a damning indictment of our CEO.

If we can and do spend it will be a gamble. The money is already spoken for. It’s to plug the holes in the Balance Sheet. The players drawing the salaries and making no contribution are the real cost of years of incompetence.

The financial spoils of Scottish football and the European bonus has now got too greedy mouths to feed. The trouble is one club makes no ‘secret’ of it’s cheating. The cheating is more than tolerated, it’s an entitlement. Having spurned the opportunity to address this Celtic PLC have got a problem.

If Brendan is going it could be sooner than we think. If he is handed projects and loanees an offer from a cash rich club might be enough to persuade him to walk and leave Me Lawwell to it.

All the above is speculative of course. The following however…

1) Last Saturday wasn’t speculative.
2)The continuity myth isn’t speculative.
3)Resolution 12 isn’t speculative.
4)The limitations of the squad isn’t speculative.
5)The bloated squad isn’t speculative.
6)Brendan Rodger’s dissatisfaction isn’t speculative.
7)Today’s unprecedented bonus isn’t speculative.
8) Failure to address biased refereeing and protect players isn’t speculative.
9) A questionable player recruitment policy isn’t speculative.
10) The hiring of Ronny and Tony Mowbray… classic Lawwellism.
11) Neil Lennon’s dissatisfaction with PLC policy isn’t speculative.

The spin of the best run club feels somewhat hollow today. The numbers on n the Balance Sheet have been manipulated for financial gain. A competitive league has been manufactured to generate money.

The problem is that it’s corrupt and relies on bigotry and social division to generate money.

It’s regrettable that qualities like integrity and honesty appear to have been ommited from those all important Key Performance Indicators.

As Bill McLaren might have said,

“They’ll be dancing and singing on the heated driveway tonight.”



As we are now in our winter break,we are also looking for articles from you on MOST MEMORABLE MATCHES. We ran this successfully during an international break,but we are Celtic,and only scratched the surface.

I’m hoping to persuade my Dad to do one,back from when Adam was a lad,maybe the Coronation Cup or 7-1 Hampden in the Sun. As always,all contributions are welcome,all are printed,just send to at

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January 2, 2019 8:09 am

Perhaps I should have headed the article with a quote from it.

“What a damning indictment of our CEO.”

big packy
January 2, 2019 8:32 am

THE GOMBEEN MAN, great but frightening because its true, we were miles ahead of sevco now it saddens me to know they have caught up, a club with apparently no money and journeymen players, but I doubt mr lawell will lose any sleep over it.hh

Awe Naw
January 2, 2019 9:20 am

It would be interesting to see what the first team squad numbers have been since MON very slim squad.

It would be very interesting to see the balance of the squad over these years i.e at least two players for every position, age distribution, transfer market value , cost(wages fees etc.)

The average age of the squad etc.

I don´t believe that the size of the squad is due to any kind of mismanagement. I reckon that it is deliberate policy that has been a little more indulged recently due to present Old Firm woes. We are a player cash and carry for two markets mainly. The EPL where we lose our best players to and younger players who haven’t made the grade at Celtic but mainly other SPL clubs that are willing to take a chance on them. That helps with player development costs and makes the decision on whether a developing a player is worthwhile a lot easier.

These players must be internally categorised with regards fulfilling their potential.

It is this potential that we need to look at more carefully. Potential for and in order of importance;
The corporate division, The football management division, The player himself, The supporter. They are all different and often collide (Dembele and Boyata being perfect examples). Player and supporter collisions are almost irrelevant especially compared to collisions between the other two

With the extent of our stated ambitions of maximising profit and just qualifying for a European competition and by setting the benchmark there and being open and honest about that I don´t have an issue with. Well not really I do think we should have far more ambition within Europe and by playing our part in cleaning up sectarianism within Scottish society rather than acting daft and cashing in on it. That is pure unadulterated scummy behaviour but if the cap fits Mess’rs Desmond and Lawwell then wear it.

I do have an issue when these limitations and factors resulting in what can plainly be seen as manufacturing a title race in the hope of creating some manufactured excitement due to where we have clearly steered the club.

The numbers will either prove that the policy (which is allowed to be changed .. and not publicised) is made up on the hoof as we go along.

The Gombeen Man
January 2, 2019 9:41 am

Morning all,

Thanks majoc for posting that, I didn’t know what was coming when I saw my moniker as the headline.
There’s a couple of typos in there that I’d of changed reading back but I’m delighted to have the post highlighted and if it gives you lads a break all the better.

The truth of the matter is that our club has and is being mismanaged. The PLC are a corporate entity that don’t share the same goals as the support.

Mr Lawwell runs the club on a day to day basis and he has led us to yet another crisis. This happened with Tony Mowbray. It happened when Neil Lennon left. It happened with Ronny’s appointment and dismissal.

His preoccupation with the manipulation of the numbers for personal gain has left us with a squad with deficiencies all over the park.

Over the last few years I’ve worried about his competence particularly with the Sevco issue in mind.


At the recent Dundee game the woman sitting next to me said “I don’t know how they (Sevco) can sleep at night.”

Your words reminded me of her statement. Whatever has happened within the walls of Celtic Park over the last few years it’s the average Celtic supporter that’s having sleepless nights at the moment.


Reply to  The Gombeen Man
January 2, 2019 9:59 am


Perhaps we should give PL some credit-after all,he has only fired one manager in fifteen years.

The other four have walked out!

Reply to  Awe Naw
January 2, 2019 10:07 am


My fear is not that PL is manipulating the situation to create a challenge,make it interesting. I genuinely don’t see why that would work on paper for a well-known money-grabbing basturt.

How does it enhance club income-which leads entirely to his bonus,remember!-if we fail to qualify for the CL? Or worse,fail to even qualify for the qualifiers by dint of effing up the league?

All this Machiavellian stuff that people attribute to him,it’s dream/nightmare territory. The reality is even worse-he’s an incompetent greedy sod with the keys to the tuck shop. And worse,as has been said,his ego has long been out of control. He needs stopped before he does any more damage to our club.

Awe Naw
Reply to  majoc
January 2, 2019 10:30 am


I have often on my CQN days alluded to “making up policy on the hoof” and our “Old Firm Partners”

10 million was bet on the game on Saturday. That´s a lot of dough for Dermot to hoover up. More money the closer the competition and that has nothing to do with Celtic directly. Conflict of interests you bet there is.

I don’t buy the challenge or the crisis cries. One comes from the other.

Gerrards Sevco is no more potent than Warburtons or Brother Pedro´s or Murty´s

So it is less of a challenge and more of a dip in our fortunes as highlighted by failing to qualify for the CL. As TET says regularly we lost 30m in talent none of it was replenished. It was strategically placed on the balance sheet.

In answer to your question would we have qualified for the CL if Dembele and Benkovic were present and the Boyata situation had been resolved ? 20m in the bank compared to a possible 5m EL money. How much was Boyota going to be sold for ? ( See Player cash and Carry comments above ) Bird in the hand etc., That is far more concrete than investing in a possible CL qualification which we admit will happen approximately “3 times out of 5” – Peter Lawwell. Those two years gives the makers and shakers some breathing room

“And worse,as has been said,his ego has long been out of control. He needs stopped before he does any more damage to our club.” Peter Lawwell to Paul Brennan the day John McGinn signed for Villa 🙂

Peter Lawwell is a lackey. He is given some leeway but he works in between fixed parameters given to him by our majority shareholder(not owner) … that´s where all the troubles lie.

The club is ran for the benefit of one man and that´s the problem.

The Gombeen Man
Reply to  majoc
January 2, 2019 10:42 am


Ran out the door more like.

When you think of the signings of Amido, Derk etc…The Tonev window, Kouassi and Marvellous Marvin…this has gone on too long.

Till later.

Reply to  Awe Naw
January 2, 2019 10:46 am


Your bro posted an interesting snippet yesterday about PL’s wages in his first four years,starting at £165k. He will pick up £3.1m this year,nearly 20 times his initial salary.

He has manipulated the remuneration committee because we have an absentee landlord,whose only care is that the club doesn’t ask him for any more money. He is a white-collar thief,inasmuch as his emolument bears no relation to his achievement.

His income is around 3% of last year’s entire turnover. But in the financial year in which it will be paid,it is likely to be more like 5%. Because our turnover will have slumped.

And why did it slump?

Anything to do with him going on strike during the summer?

I utterly despise that man and how he treats our club,and I’m none too happy that DD allows him to get away with it. You might have noticed(!) But he carries on regardless,endlessly undermining his club management team,and sniggering at Celtic supporters while dobbing them into the police,and refusing to act on Res 12 and a host of other inconvenient issues.

He is fast approaching Desmond White in my eyes. I can honestly give no worse epitaph than that.

Awe Naw
Reply to  majoc
January 2, 2019 11:50 am


yeah tell me something I don´t know. I think calling him a thief is a step too far. Have you ever booked an extra hour when none existed or left the office early and did not own up to it ? I think Peter Lawwell could and would argue that he does an amazing job considering that his boss has absolutely no interest. That would be a difficult one for him to argue while he is still in his employment but your only shooting the messenger as far as I am concerned.

January 2, 2019 12:06 pm

Good afternoon all,is there room for another straggler in here? :)))))

January 2, 2019 12:07 pm

There may be some serious political infighting extant at Celtic Park, quite honestly I don’t know; however as I write, our success, even with a non-existant and now weakened Ibrox threat has been largely uninterupted in the last seven years and has become the second most successful football period in our history.

Seven titles in seven years, seven consecutive domestic trophies in thirty months, one season unbeaten domestically, two CL qualifications and EL knock-outs in those thirty months. Coupled with the strong financial position, there is much to be proud of.

The defeat at Ibrox has persuaded some that we are now looking at impending failure and fingers are being pointed almost exclusively st the boardroom. Our eight defeats and numerous draws over the past season and a half have, in my opinion, their roots firmly in the football side of our club, and have nothing whatsoever to do with those higher up.

There is a great article available today from Celtic By Numbers, which forensically examines the defeat at Ibrox and links it back to the 1-0 reverse at Kilmarnock last season and indeed to practically all our disappointing results over the last eighteen months. The main focus is our inability to deal with the ‘high-press’. I highlighted this in an earlier post when discussing the aftermath of our Anderlecht defeat and our subsequent drubbing at Tynecastle which ended our unbeaten run.

What opposing teams do without the ball is now our Achilles heel domestically in away matches. We have not a ‘Plan B’, to cope with it. The Rangers, like all others, including Hibs the previous week, were able to neuter our passing game, bully us into mistakes and deny us any real chances. I don’t expect us to win every game, but I do expect us to compete – we simply don’t when faced with the ‘high-press’ tactic.

Our ‘Plan B’ must be to do to them what they are doing to us – yes that means abandoning playing out from the back, going long and fighting for second balls – winning ugly sometimes. Doing this I believe that we would not have lost to Kilmarnock, Hibs and Hearts this season and would have won at St Mirren, Motherwell and Livingstone – that’s nine extra points, (3×1) for the first three and (3×2) for the latter three.

No new personnel would have been needed and there would be no panic if we had been sitting nine points ahead with a game in hand – the Ibrox result would have been accepted philosophically….”it had to happen sometime”

Of course I look for a good January transfer window and a ‘clean-out’ of those who are picking up wages and adding nothing to the team; but I also look for a more pragmatic approach in some games. We have thirteen matches to the split, eight at home and five away – I see no reason that we cannot pick up a minimum of thirty points, giving us seventy-two at the split – this will be a winning position as I guesstimate that eighty points will win the title with something to spare.

Let’s do it financially off the field, but let’s also do it with more savvy on the field.

Reply to  The Gombeen Man
January 2, 2019 12:11 pm

Hi Gombeen – enjoyed your post in both categories HH

Reply to  leftclicktic
January 2, 2019 12:18 pm

Good afternoon,sir. You are most assuredly welcome!


The Gombeen Man
Reply to  Gold
January 2, 2019 12:23 pm

Cheers Gold, Happy New Year.

This seems to be a repeating theme with us.
The titles in the last seven years are fantastic but in my view misleading given the implosion at Ibrox.
Over the last 50 years outside the “Old Firm” Aberdeen have won it twice, Dundee United once.
If we couldn’t win it without a challenge from Ibrox there would have been something really wrong.
The downside was the loss of income, guaranteed income.
There have been question marks with Brendan’s strategy going back to the Barcelona game.
Question marks too over signings and transfer negotiations. Lee Congerton is another issue…The problem here is transparency. We don’t know fully who does what.

Will check in later,

Welcome to Leftclick.


Reply to  majoc
January 2, 2019 12:26 pm

Thank you.

Por Cierto
Reply to  leftclicktic
January 2, 2019 12:37 pm

Hi Bud, enjoy, lmao.

Awe Naw
January 2, 2019 1:01 pm

Mahe, Majoc,

Be very careful a lot of these new bhoys are in fact old ghirls from PLQN

They probably got a red card over there for language violations and plagiarising good independent Scottish journalists work.

Awe Naw
January 2, 2019 1:50 pm

Mid April 2017

Rodgers said: “The reason I brought in Lee Congerton was because he’s one of the best at it. This is the guy who found me Coutinho.

“When I worked at Chelsea I remember Lee was away in South America, and he came back and told me about two players who were 14 or 15.

“He said: ‘Wow, there are two players out there we’ve got to try and get’. They were Coutinho and Neymar.

“At that point no one had heard of them.

“Alexandre Pato was another one I remember that he mentioned, so the reason I’ve brought Lee in is because of that.

“I’ve brought in one of the best in his field. Someone who has a worldwide network available.

“He can really help us in a lot of markets, to get the best possible players we can.

“The profile and everything has to be right to fit in with the club.

“Coutinho at 14 was great. He was at Vasco de Gama and Chelsea tried to do a deal, but one had already been done with Inter Milan.

“He went there at 16, but I was always aware of him. When I was at Liverpool I got the guys to find out about how Coutinho was doing.

“Inter Milan were struggling for money, and young players very rarely got a chance.

“So it was an opportunity for us to get him. He cost £8.5million, what’s he worth now?”

As Rodgers was talking, it begged the question: Would Celtic sanction £8.5m for a young prospect?

Tellingly, he replied: “Well, we’ll find out — if there’s one available. We’ll see.

“But Celtic have backed me 150 per cent since I’ve been here. I just think it has to be right in every sense.

“We have a very clever board, so if we can make an investment of £8.5m, and in two years it can get you £40m-50m, then I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t do that.

“You look at what you can gain against the risk.

“I couldn’t be at a club where the intellect in the board could be any better. It’s incredible, I have to say it’s been so impressive every time I meet them. I speak to them collectively and individually, and the strategy they are pretty clear on.

“But we’ll see. We’ll look at what’s available.”

He added: “I would like to think going into the qualifiers we’ll be a stronger squad.

“We’ll retain the ones we have, and then be able to make the additions we want.

“I think that there is a real happiness in the group with the way they are being asked to play and how we work.

“They will see the benefits of it, and our goals are beyond this season.

“So arriving into the qualifiers, hopefully we’ll be in a good place.

“We’ll certainly be in a much better place than we were last year.

“It doesn’t make it any less anxious, goodness me, but at least we’ll be much better prepared for it.”

:“I don’t think of it like that, I wouldn’t ever just sign a name for the sake of it.

“I want a good player. I want a player — however old he is — who wants to still improve, who wants to work hard, who has humility, and who wants to come in and win here.

“If that’s a blue chip player, great. If it’s not then he won’t be any good here, he won’t be what we need.

“Blue chip is Celtic, that’s the profile. This is the club, and the players who come in come in to work for the club.

“So it has to be the right type of player.

“But my game, and the way I always ask the team to play, means it’s always going to be a dynamic and exciting and aggressive team.

“Players who come in have to have that.

“Look at Scott Sinclair, for example. OK, people knew him, but they didn’t really know his quality.

“You look at him now and he’s one of our most exciting talents. If he keeps going he could be in an England squad soon.”

Reply to  leftclicktic
January 2, 2019 2:05 pm

Leftclicktic, welcome aboard and good afternoon to you also ! Hail Hail

Reply to  Awe Naw
January 2, 2019 2:21 pm

The Gombeen Man.
A good, thought provoking, read Thank you.
Welcome and enjoy.
Hail Hail

Reply to  Gold
January 2, 2019 2:30 pm

Gold , Im gonna have to defend the footballing operation here after reading your fine comment.
Yes the high press is our weak point , we all acknowledge that now .
I would contend that the plan , on the pitch formation and playing style wise , was thrown into disarray by a shambolic summer coupled with a few very untimely incidents such as Moussa throwing a last second strop and Lee’s problems have flared up soo bad we have lost him basically . Our first choice midfielder wasnt acquired , and a few others .
The quality of those targeted was an upgrade on what we have at the moment .
Me thinks if everything had have gone to plan we would be playing decent football ( as best you can on those pitches at this time of year ) right now with 3 new better additions . Me thinks hardly anyone can believe what happened , especially Brendan who could not have been asked for an iota more , and that he has handed the one year notice in.
I think its obvious , hence Scott Brown actually thinking of hitting Oz and not captaining , in a reduced role maybe . his club to the fabled ten or at least trying . He has watched this show many times also from an inside seat.
After two seasons of the same style teams have cottoned on , the players are jaded and probably pissed at the lack of protection , and the boss is leaving ( I reckon they know )

They will recharge , add a few bodies , and make one big push that will bring the league , I have no doubt . The playing style is one of the easiest things to change , and it no doubt will be next season whoever is in charge.
That high press is very popular right now , especially with the Pool using it to great success , and many managers now demand goalies who are good with the feet and can play as sweeper when needed , plus very skillful athletic fullbacks who are comfortable on the ball , to be the rapid outball when the high press is coming .

Hail Hail

Reply to  majoc
January 2, 2019 2:32 pm


You are a genius! You have uncovered the truth.

Incompetence is a major cause for dismissal. Stick with that to get a result.

There seems to be a natural cycle for managers, around 4 years, maybe three. After that they have difficulty recruiting and/or implementing successful tactics on the park. They move on or are moved on. Why should there not be a cycle for CEO’s? Luminaries like Wenger, Ferguson are exceptions and look at the mess they leave behind when they do finally go.

TGM, good article, pity some of your points did not get raised in the recent AGM. That should be the end game for a campaign to accurately evaluate the CEO.


big packy
Reply to  Jimmynotpaul
January 2, 2019 2:48 pm

LEFTCLICKTIC, welcome aboard, now any news on signings bhoys, we need to start now and not wait till the end of the window.hh

Reply to  Gold
January 2, 2019 2:55 pm


A great post and a timely one as well to broaden the debate! However, it seems to me, that there is a basic flaw in your argument. We cannot play long because we do not have a player that can hold the ball up. Dembele was it, neither Leigh nor Eddy can do it, so options are limited. The high press works because we are too slow at moving the ball forward. Brown is part of this. His forward passing, when it happens, is usually to a boxed in winger. Calmac and Christie are the two that can both carry the ball forward and pass it behind a defence. Moving the former to LB was nullifying his effectiveness against a team whose only chance was to stop our creativity. I know this strengthens your point that mistakes are made on the park but it also illustrates a tecruitment issue.


The Gombeen Man
Reply to  Awe Naw
January 2, 2019 2:59 pm

Something has clearly gone of the rails since then.
Maybe it boils down to matter of who do we believe.
Congerton came with so much baggage that Brendan was really pushing the boat out there to support him.

The recruitment process needs reviewed from top to bottom. No transparency, conflicting motives…Taggart would struggle to make any sense of it.

I believe Brendan has made mistakes but we have a systematic issue that existed well before Brendan’s appointment.


The Gombeen Man
Reply to  Jimmynotpaul
January 2, 2019 3:01 pm

Cheers Jimmynotpaul, Happy New Year.

Nobody is entirely responsible in my view. It’s time for a bit of humility and honesty.
Less of the pointing of fingers and distractions.

If we don’t get it sorted the only winners will be in the Blue Room.


Awe Naw
Reply to  The Gombeen Man
January 2, 2019 3:06 pm

I can’t see where Brendan was pushing the boat out in this article ?

Brendan obviously wanted Lee having worked successfully with him beforehand and recruited him. Three transfer windows later (Two non existent) and you have to wander why Congerton is being linked with a move to Anderlecht.

Is Lee the fall guy ?
Has Lee himself had enough ?
If he does leave is this an indication that Brendan is happy to see him go ?

etc etc

The Exiled Tim
January 2, 2019 3:12 pm

You have made me even more depressed 😉

Por Cierto
Reply to  Awe Naw
January 2, 2019 3:38 pm

In all his interviews and press conferences he has never once mentioned Lee Congerton’s role in any transfers. It’s hard to fathom out if he had faith in him or not over the last 2 windows por cierto

Por Cierto
Reply to  Por Cierto
January 2, 2019 3:39 pm

In all his RECENT….

The Exiled Tim
January 2, 2019 3:55 pm

People are saying that Brendan has full control of the transfers in and out.
I honestly can’t see this, the policy has not changed, we are a selling club so players in have to be… Cheap with potential, that is the bottom line, when we recruit on this basis there will inevitably be failures.
I saw a video of Brendan talking to Kris Kamara and the other bloke on Sky one sunday, can’t seem to find it just now, in it he was talking about the transfer policy at Lpool and how transfers were decided on, one thing that he said was interesting was that he would always take a player even if he wasn’t the one he wanted, better to have him than not, it looks like the same thing is happening at Celtic, now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this is a bad policy whatsoever, I actually think it’s the way forward, but it has to be a fine balancing act between a fair few people and we don’t seem to have the balancing act correct, fix this and we should be Ok, but they way I see it is that there are massive egos preventing this.

Reply to  The Exiled Tim
January 2, 2019 4:50 pm

TeT , Santa brought me an air fryer and thems decent chips yes and do give me a nostalgic feeling , but nothing like a chip shop.chip. Still good dont get me wrong .I remember you saying you had one and we’re impressed. I must say I am also.
There’s a fish and chip shop in Fresno where I am very often and it’s soo good I haven’t been there in years ! They have a ” London ” style fish supper , that has a thicker batter ,,wtf is that about.
However I do have access to In n Out burger over here ,, hah! Quite tasty indeed. Everything cooked fresh to order , hard to find that in a drive through or any fast food joint. The bun though has no preservatives and as a result I’ve yet to have one survive the entire burger without disintegrating .
Hail Hail

January 2, 2019 4:55 pm

Hi Folks,

I have decided to leave the blog for a bit. Nothing to do with the blog, just me. I shall continue to lurk but not post. I have experienced a growing disappointment with most things Celtic for the last six months or so. I need a quiet time to try to understand what is happening. Once the festive season moves into the rear window, I might do some research to try to reach a fact based conclusion on what is happening. After the holiday season, I tend to go into a bit of a downer as the weather worsens and the bills come in. I use this period to sort out how I feel about a variety of things. It is not a clinical issue just a kind of hangover from the excitement and hassle of the festive season. With Celtic there is a lot that I do not know and may never know, but, like many, I speculate. I am not happy just relying on my gut.

Majoc and Mahe…..keep on, keeping on.

Bye for now,


big packy
Reply to  Rebus67
January 2, 2019 5:10 pm

REBUS67, come back soon,.know how you feel.hh,

big packy
Reply to  mahe
January 2, 2019 5:16 pm

mahe, the best fish and chips I ever tasted was in stonehaven, coming back from a night game against Aberdeen,fresh haddock and chips fried in dripping.can still taste it now.hh,

Mike in Toronto
Reply to  mahe
January 2, 2019 5:19 pm


By co-incidence, I did a fried chicken comparison last night…. fried some chicken on the stove top and cooked some in the air fryer. Really good fried chicken is one of my favourite things… and surprisingly hard to find. The air fryer was not as good as the real thing, but not bad actually.

I haven’t done chips in the air fryer, but Liam has and says they were pretty good. The real problem with most air fryers is the amount that can be cooked at any one time…. I have yet to see one that could cook the amount of chips I eat ….

Canada’s contribution to the world of gastronomy …. dinner of poutine with butter tarts for desert … proud to be Canadian!

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  mahe
January 2, 2019 5:26 pm

Took a while to get used to it but it’s a great bit of kit, I agree about the chips tho, been here more than ten years and haven’t come across a chippie yet, in saying that if I went down to the costas I would, but there are too many brits there for my liking 😉
My nearest Indian or McDonalds or similar is an hour and a half away in Granada, needless to say we only ever go when we are down there, there is a Chinese half an hour away but it’s crap, or was, I have just been informed that it’s had a refurb and it’s ok now, we have to do with the bars here and they are no the may west, very bland, again have to go to Granada for decent bar food, but you canny beat the bread we get here, all the local bakeries bake every day so everything is preservative free, the supermarkets are different obviously.

Mike in Toronto
Reply to  Rebus67
January 2, 2019 5:38 pm


Whether you are posting or not, drop me a note when you are coming to TO and we can grab dinner.

I met Almore for dinner last week while he was in town, and took him to a brasilian steak house that had been recommended to me. I heard they did samba lessons, but I must have misunderstood ….it turned out that there was a bevvy of beaufitul young ladies who danced the samba throughout the restaurant… oops!


big packy
Reply to  Mike in Toronto
January 2, 2019 5:54 pm

mike, did I tell you when we visited Toronto in 98, the Toronto film festival was on in niagra, and we stood for hours wating to see some stars, finally we seen the director james Cameron and a guy that played opposite marylin Monroe in bus stop, think his first name was don.happy memories.hh..

Reply to  Mike in Toronto
January 2, 2019 6:04 pm


Sign me up for the steak house! I shall contact you. We should be travelling through to St Catharines in the next couple of months.


Mike in Toronto
Reply to  big packy
January 2, 2019 6:06 pm


happy new year pal. Hope 2019 is a good year for you.

TO is a good movie city … TIFF is always good, and TO stands in for NY in a lot of movies, so there are always stars and starlets around. I saw Audrey Tatou a few years ago …. (swoon!)

A thing of beauty
Reply to  leftclicktic
January 2, 2019 6:29 pm

Welcome aboard lefty. Always good to read your thoughts elsewhere so look forward to your input here.

A thing of beauty
Reply to  Rebus67
January 2, 2019 6:48 pm

I’m disappointed I’ll not get to read your input rebus but you know yourself what’s best for you. So I bid you farewell but hopefully not for long. I reckon actually it’s your wife who’s barred you as your new year cleaning was not up to scratch. Distracted by that blog I hear her say!!!

The Gombeen Man
Reply to  Rebus67
January 2, 2019 6:48 pm


Sorry to read your earlier post. I completely understand your decision to take a break.
You talk a lot of sense and I look forward to reading your take on things soon.


The Exiled Tim
January 2, 2019 7:28 pm

Hopefully you last as long as Gold did 😉
Take care

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  The Exiled Tim
January 2, 2019 7:30 pm

Sorry about that

big packy
Reply to  Mike in Toronto
January 2, 2019 7:32 pm

mike same to you and seamus.hh.

Reply to  Rebus67
January 2, 2019 7:51 pm

Rebus ,,, look after yourself pal. We shall be here if you ever fancy a yarn. Your contribution has been fantastic, and we are happy to know you. Would love a pint someday , until then
Respect and Hail Hail

Por Cierto
Reply to  The Exiled Tim
January 2, 2019 8:02 pm

BR is in charge of all the football department. He decides who comes and goes, no ifs no buts, but you’re right if there is a player put forward who he thinks can do a job then he will give the go-ahead, but not at the expensive of not getting the player he wants. That player will have been identified, or recommended to them, by someone within the Football part of the club. It’s his department budget to spend as he sees fit, the same as every other department head in the company, retail, marketing etc. BR has total control on the Budget. Now if the Budget is getting a bit thin on the ground, and he really wants someone, he then takes it to the board to sanction the extra spend, but that will most probably come out of his next budget expenditure por cierto