No regrets bhoys !

How Big Eck managed to best Martins dream team soo many times is still one of lifes greatest mysteries to me but something he said in the build up to a derby game years ago has always stuck with me and gave an insight into his mentality and that which he attempted to instill into his charges .
“ The most important thing is youre able to come in here at half time and look me in the eye! “ would be his final words before kick off .

The reason I mention this is I was pondering what Brendan might well say in our dressing room at about twenty to eight tonight .
I doubt its the above . We have players like Sinky who can look terrible to everyone but then bang in a couple . Odsonne , our record signing striker , is rarely in the box ffs .
Mc Leish seemed to be hinting that he preferred an all action , swashbuckling player in his bigger games .
Brendan seems the type to spend time preparing his players for a specific tactic for that day , giving them the belief and confidence that he is behind them and they can and will pull it off , and that its all on him should anything ever go wrong ,, which thank goodness doesnt happen often .
Hes had three clear days to train and talk tactics , and will surely recognise that we must attempt a victory tonight . But will there be an upset ?

These European nights under the floodlights are the stuff of dreams ,, surpassing by miles the antiquated sectarian Old Firm as the best nights of the year for a bhoy or ghirl .
The exotic names ,, flowing styles of play ,, supposedly proper refs ,, the Dutch courage since youve nipped off work early making you roar more than usual .
Aye , these nights have been the stuff of legend ,, and that list of quotes from every famous player going was built on nights like this .
And then its us or them ,, no group stage to fall back on ,, just plain and simple do or die .
Of course if you are gonna do history shows it will be right at home 99 percent of the time .
I think its a fair prediction to say the fans should be in for a game.

Being the fancied opposition brings its own issues, staying in a strange place with strange food , freezing cold , and unable to hear teammates because of the wall of noise , for sure they will feel any pressure more than us .
A fast start getting the fans quickly onside and vocal would be just what the doctor ordered , and its what Im expecting and looking for. The gaffer must surely insist on a straight out of the blocks mentality .
The gaffer himself though ,,, is this not one of the big reasons he wanted this job in the first place , for nights like this ?
As every inch the professional , he also will realise that these games are reputation builders .
Doing well in games such as these brings professional rewards later , whether that be suitors for your signature or more leverage in negotiations for instance.

Speaking of suitors for signatures that other rookie Santiago Solari was extremely fortunate to see his Real team take all three points in Amsterdam .
In what was a hell of a game with numerous talking points many will feel the Dutch giants were denied a valid goal plus a goal scoring opportunity by Var mishaps / calls , depending on which side of the fence you sit.
It was the first time I had seen it used in such a fashion and it didnt leave a positive impression thats for sure. Even the winning goal had a hint of a foul in the build up , missed by the man with the technology .
Although this Var thing is still in its infancy fans and media not to mention those involved in the games wont be very understanding should it start resulting in bad calls .
And as discussed before where humans are involved mistakes happen .
It was an eye opener to see the regular fans in the stands with ( plastic ) pints in their hands ,, ya bassa ‘s was my immediate response , then I realised its perfectly normal in most of the world , and at many sports .
Its just “ us “ that cant hold their drink ffs , in this case literally .

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I think tonight is only important with regards Brendan’s future. We will have three rookies playing for us tonight. Come the summer we will have possibly more than likely twice that number. A severe humping tonight and he will know that his Celtic team has progressed in real terms very little since Lincoln Red Imps beat us in his first European game.

The plastic pints in the Johan Cruijff ArenA are alcohol free pints.

UEFA are acutely aware of Real Madrids need for CL money

Awe Naw

Brendan Rodgers wants Celtic to ‘attack the game’ against Valencia
• Hoops take on Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday
• Rodgers: ‘Let’s go and attack the game and enjoy it’

Ewan Murray

Recurring trauma against continental opposition in recent times might have afforded Scottish football an inferiority complex, but Brendan Rodgers has urged his Celtic players to appreciate the level of their own talents when facing Valencia.

Justifiably so, too. Celtic progressed to this last-32 tie in the Europa League after emerging from a group in which RB Leipzig were left behind.

“This is a challenge for us,” Rodgers said. “I said to the players this morning: ‘Listen, we are playing against a good team, everyone recognises that, but let’s not forget we’re a good team as well.’ That’s why we are at this stage of the competition. We are through on merit. We had good teams in our group and we qualified. We deserve it. So let’s go and attack the game and enjoy it.

“You are just trying to constantly reinforce the belief. Sometimes you don’t play well and if you don’t play well against teams like Valencia you get hurt. But that’s always a constant. The players arrive into this game having been playing well – their commitment in the games has been very good.”

Since the turn of the year, Celtic have won seven domestic fixtures in succession without conceding a goal. Their task, quite obviously, is to adapt from matches in which they dominate possession towards handling a La Liga side. Valencia are eighth in Spain’s top tier, where they have only lost four games.

“Valencia is a club I know well,” Rodgers said. “They have a great history and there is always a demand to do well. They have very good players and some of their recent results tell you everything about the level they are at. But it’s an opportunity for us. I never see a good team as an obstacle. No matter how good they are or how much money they have, they can’t put 12 players out there. It’s 11 v 11 and we have to give everything we can to get a result. The longer we are together, the more experience the players are getting.”

Sixteen season have almost passed since Celtic reached the Uefa Cup final under Martin O’Neill. Interim accounts this week showed Rodgers has presided over a business in rude health – the club had £38m in the bank at the end of 2018 – but the manager was circumspect over whether the Scottish champions can ever emulate the run of 2002-03.

“You always have to believe you can,” he said. “I think if you look at the teams in it, there’s a real array of top teams.

“The competition gets stronger each year because now there is a real onus on it where you can qualify for the Champions League. Because of that there is a real hunger there for teams to do well in it. But you always have to go in and do the very best you possibly can, that’s the idea. And that’s what we’ll always believe.”

Key to Celtic’s attacking hopes will be Oliver Burke, the West Brom loanee who has seen his career reinvigorated since moving north of the border. The 21-year-old had struggled elsewhere despite moving for combined fees of close to £30m.

“There’s a perception of him,” Rodgers added. “If you dig deep you’ll find out. Some players aren’t learners and they will struggle. The one thing I found with him is that when I spoke to him on the phone I felt there was a hunger to improve.

“He’d been on the sidelines for a while and I loved his strengths. If you focus on his strengths and polish up other aspects and give him clarity then you can help him and for me he’s been a joy to work with.”

Celtic (4-2-3-1, possible): Bain; Toljan, Simunovic, Boyata, Izaguirre; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Sinclair; Édouard. Valencia (4-4-2, possible): Neto; Piccini, Gayà, Roncaglia, Garay; Cheryshev, Parejo, Barragan, Kondogbia; Gameiro, Mina.

Awe Naw

Rangers keeper Allan McGregor’s response when Barry Ferguson asked if he meant to hurt nephew Lewis
The Ibrox stopper failed in an appeal against a two match ban for a studs up challenge on the Aberdeen midfielder.

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Barry Ferguson has revealed Allan McGregor “looked him in the eye” and insisted he did not mean to hurt his nephew Lewis.

The Rangers keeper failed in an appeal against a two-game ban for a studs-up challenge on the Aberdeen teenager during last week’s powderkeg clash at Pittodrie.

McGregor was retrospectively cited for the incident and now faces a period on the sidelines – a decision which has disappointed his club.

Rangers legend and Record Sport columnist Ferguson believes McGregor is telling the truth over the incident and reckons it was only worth a yellow card.

Speaking to PLZ Soccer , Ferguson recalled the full exchange: “Me and Allan were in bed on Sunday and I asked him.

“We were talking about and, I’ll be honest with you, I looked at him direct in his blue eyes and asked: ‘Did you mean it?’

“And his words were: ‘Look Baz, I’m coming out to protect myself’.

“Previous goalkeepers I’ve worked with would always come out and try and protect themselves.

“And I honestly believe that. Was it high? Of course it was high. Could it have been worse than what it was? It could have been.

“But thankfully Lewis never got hurt. It’s a booking for me and it’s outside the box.

“Why do I consider it to be outside the box ? I don´t know exactly why but TV Cameras and live footage can be deceptive, believe me I have a gut feeling about these things”

“I’m sure Rangers will be disappointed with him getting the two games. But he honestly said to me, and I know Allan and I know what type of guy he is – do I think he’s gone out to hurt somebody? No I don’t.

“I think he’s gone out to protect himself and if that means Lewis career being curtailed prematurely then so be it. I´m sure an opening for a young footballer with Lewis unquestionable ability would be valuable addition to BBC Sportsound. It shouldn´t just be for us old fuddy duddies ”

Ferguson’s perspective flies in the face of his brother and Lewis’ dad Derek’s take on the incident.

He reckons McGregor knew what he was doing when he rushed out to meet the Dons star.

Derek admitted there were times in his career where he was willfully going out to hurt an opponent and says he recognised plenty of that same intent from the 37-year-old.

He said: “When keepers do come out and they’re throwing their head, their body at the opponent, 99 times out of 100 it’s an unwritten rule that you don’t want to endanger the keeper.

“But I just thought the other night McGregor was just a teensy weensy little bit naughty in that he knew exactly (what he was doing).

“I’ll be honest, at times when there was a bit of a physical battle and you maybe lose the place… Have I tried to intentionally damage somebody on the park? I’m ashamed to admit this, but yes always.

“So I know! I´m as a big a nut job as Alan McGregor could ever hope to be and I know when somebody’s trying to hurt somebody else and it was evident to see, but it was only my boy and he´s a big daft lad and it was a very big game for Rangers”

McGregor will miss games against St Johnstone in the Premiership and Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup fifth round replay.

Awe Naw

“Club 1872 has today written to the SFA seeking explanation for the incomprehensible decision making of their compliance officer, Clare Whyte and the judicial panels convened by them to oversee disciplinary matters in Scottish football.

‘FLAWED SYSTEM’ Rangers urge review of SFA’s disciplinary system after Allan McGregor’s ban

“Rangers supporters have been left confused and concerned by the process of citing players for events that it is claimed have been missed by referees, despite clear video evidence that decisions made that have benefitted Rangers greatly have been rescinded .

“There are also major anomalies within the appeals process for red card offences and a complete lack of transparency and consistency in decisions reached.

“The following questions have been directed to the SFA and we hope that they will properly address this situation before the continued actions of their compliance officer and judicial panels make a mockery of this season’s competitions.

1. How are judicial panels selected prior to appeals being heard? We were told at the lodge meeting last night that there is a pool of around forty people to choose from but who decides which three of these forty sit on any given panel ? Are they freemasons ? If not why not ? Where is the consistency with regard Rangers decisions ? Why is this process not made transparent when we disagree with it and why is there no explanation from the SFA on the role of the compliance officer in these selections? If the selection is not random and transparent, at least to the clubs involved in any given hearing, then why is that the case ?

2. Since Celtic complained about Brother Beaton, the compliance officer appears to be ignoring the FIFA directive which states that citing cannot be used to correct bad refereeing. We now see instances since Brother Beatons master class at the last Old Firm Derby, where referees have awarded yellow cards but then appear to be encouraged to claim they have not seen incidents to allow retrospective action. Brother Beaton´s intentions were always good and honest it seems now to have been taken out of context. When do referees submit their reports to the SFA following matches and precisely what steps are being taken to ensure that referees are not subject to any pliagarising by John Fleming prior to submitting these reports?

C. The process of citing players after Rangers games, and the appeals process for action taken by referees on the park appears to be heavily influenced by E-Tims. Incidents have included blatant acts of diving and violent conduct during live games which, when dwelled upon by the media, have not been ignored by the compliance officer. Is trial by media an accepted part of the SFA disciplinary process and if so, what safeguards are in place to stop clubs who are close to bankruptcy again and on whom undue focus is placed from being unfairly penalised. This could cost us prize money”

Gordon64

February 14th. Don’t forget the flowers, don’t forget the chocolates, don’t forget the gift but most important on this day the 14th February don’t forget that it’s the day the Rangers went into administration… Lest We Forget. Hh

big packy

HI BHOYS just lets go out there tonight and play the best football we can, if it doesn’t work so be it.COYBIG.HH.

Dubaibhoy

Not sure if embdy saw BT Sports coverage of the ManUre Chumps League match the other night, but who did they drag on for an interview about implementation of VAR technology prior to the game – yes, none other than ex-MIB Hugh Dallas, who is responsible for it.

The gravy train just keeps on rolling.

Incredible that the product of a country with such poor referees is training refs UEFA-wide on how to referee???

MAHE

I’m with you on this one-I want the players to come off the pitch fully convinced that they have given their all. If they can say that after 90 minutes,my Dad and I can say-let’s up the efforts for tickets for the away leg!!!

AWENAW

The DR should be ashamed of themselves for giving column inches to the original piece by Bawwy Ferguson. And by the way,the timing of its publication,just before the hearing,was utterly shameful.

GORDON64

On 14 Feb 2014,a gig was arranged in Glasgow,can’t remember exactly where,which took people on a trip down memory lane,featuring a couple of major acts from the 1960s.

Headlined by…

The Animals,and The Zombies!!!

DUBAIBHOY

Dallas got the job via his friendship with Collina. Arse-licking basturt.

I see that Hibs have employed a replacement for Lenny. Heckingbottom,formerly of Leeds and Barnsley.

Or Fuckingarse,as my Leeds mate,Dave,used to call him!

Awe Naw

UEFA packed to the rafters with masons, blazers and brown envelopes. The more stupid, pliable and loyal that you are the more likely to be rewarded. Brian Quinns presence within UEFA is far more rancid than Hugh Dallas and Campell Ogilvie´s

mahe

AweNaw,,you’ve gotta be kidding about the pints.
They were clearly Heineken marked , no surprise, and too many were drinking them to make me think they are alcohol free.
I would be interesting to know where you can get a beer and where not.
Was it the English hooligans got the drink banned?

Auldheid

On the Anniversary of Rangers Football Club (that is what it says on their application for a UEFA licence in 2012) entering administration I thought it worth while coping over a CQN post from the 2012 just to remind folk that nothing has changed at Hampden.

SIR David Murray.

Still a Sir in spite of betraying the integrity of Scottish football in 1999, a betrayal whose toxic effects linger on and risk killing our game altogether because the dishonest thinking that allowed SDM to act as he did without consequences for him, still prevails at Ibrox and Hampden to the extent of covering up their own lack of governance and resisting investigation of events from 2011 that would inevitably lead to reform and a change of their thinking that the welfare of our game depends on the welfare of a dishonest club.

Its like drinking your own pee to slake your thirst. Crazy.

What took place in 2012 and the consequences is excellently set out in a CQN blog of 30 June 2012 supported by a comment by The Battered Bunnett ending” the bus to ignominy departs shortly” has more than stood the test of time.

Please read and remember nothing has changed , in fact it has got worse as a dishonest club, emboldened by appeasement and cowardice, continue to push the boundaries of what Celtic and Scottish football supporters are prepared to accept.

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Abject failure of leadership

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By Paul67 on 30th June 2012

CQN BLOG & Comments

After they hatched their plan to blackmail Scottish Football League clubs into voting Newco into the First Division, Stewart Regan, Neil Doncaster and David Longmuir might have paused to wonder what reaction they would receive.

You better believe they didn’t anticipate the reaction today from Clyde and Raith Rovers. Rovers chairman, Turnbull Hutton, told BBC Scotland’s Jim Spence, “If we are at the stage of bending rules and accommodating, threatening and blackmailing, we want to give it up.”

“Bending rules… threatening… blackmailing…we want to give it up”.

Hutton went on to suggest heads should roll at the SFL, SFA and SPL. He’s the first from within the football establishment to call for sackings but he’ll not be the last.

An extensive statement by Clyde FC concluded, “The papers include a proposal to allow a Newco to enter the 1st Division. This is contrary to the rules of the SFL and nothing within the papers justifies this proposal.”

Regan, Doncaster and Longmuir will now be contemplating that their bully-boy tactics will fail. SLF clubs will vote against their recommendations and SPL clubs will not stop promotion from the lower leagues based on merit. It looks like abject failure of leadership.

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The Battered Bunnet on 30th June 2012 5:34 pm

“Senior Hampden source tells #c4news cannot see how RFC were allowed to play last season at all. Doesn’t believe they met finance criteria…”

Alex Thomson’s tweets yesterday re ‘senior Hampden source’ casting doubt on Rangers’ eligibility to obtain a Club Licence last year were rather intriguing.

We have by now a clearer picture of the failure of governance at Rangers through the David Murray/ John McClelland/ Alastair Johnston/ Craig Whyte years, albeit we await further definitive details from the judgement of the Tax Tribunal. Essentially, over a period spanning 2 decades, the means that Rangers used to sustain its football operation utterly disregarded the requirements of both corporate governance and football regulation. While the scandal related solely to payments and procedures within Rangers, we could hope that it was contained internally.

However, the revelation that Rangers paid former manager Souness via EBT while he was manager at Blackburn Rovers confirmed for the first time that the scandal had become external. I understand that RangersTaxCase and Alex Thomson have further information on the extent of payments to Souness and also to Walter Smith, and look forward to the details being revealed, but it is now clear that the Rangers ‘toxin’ had leached out of the club by 2001.

The compelling question now is: How far did the toxin spread?

Was it contained within the ‘outer circle’ of former Rangers employees, however inexplicable such payments may appear? Or did it extend beyond that outer circle, and contaminate senior figures in the Game in Scotland. The contamination does not relate solely to payments from Rangers’ offshore trust, but more subtly perhaps, the behaviour of individuals in positions of influence.

We know that Rangers’ Executive Chairman John McClelland was an SPL Board member during the startling ramp up of EBT use from 2003 to 2005, and was himself a beneficiary of the scheme.

We know that Rangers’ Chief Executive Martin Bain was an SPL Board member 2008 to 2011, coinciding with the receipt by Rangers of the HMRC assessments on the EBT scheme, of which he was himself a beneficiary.

We know that current SFA President Campbell Ogilvie was simultaneously an SFA Director and Executive Director and Company Secretary of Rangers, and was a beneficiary of the scheme.

These parallel functions of course present a profound conflict of interest for each man, at once implementing a scam on the Game to disguise a fraud on the Revenue, while owing specific legal duties of care to the Game being scammed.

So far, so shabby.

Thomson’s tweets yesterday indicate a doubt on the part of a ‘senior Hampden source’ that Rangers were eligible to hold a Club Licence last season, thus disqualifying them from participating in European competition, and perhaps Scottish Football too. Is this doubt grounded in a retrospective review of the licence qualifying criteria given what has emerged recently? Or was there a ‘blind eye’ turned by the SFA’s Licensing Committee to information in the public domain at the time of the Licence application? In this respect the ‘Wee Tax Case’ represented a fundamental failure against at least one Licence criterion.

The proposals to the SFL clubs this week make it plain that should the SFA conclude the outstanding Disciplinary issues against Rangers with either suspension or expulsion of Rangers from the SFA (perhaps the only sanctions remaining available to the SFA following Lord Glennie’s Judicial Review) that the Game will face ‘financial meltdown’.

Concurrently, the SPL has adjudged Rangers to have a prima facie case to answer in respect of SPL rule breaches on player registration, the outcome of which will confirm that the club fielded ineligible players in upwards of 400 SPL matches. The only possible disciplinary outcome given such a sustained breach of SPL rules, corrupting the completion as it did from its inception in 1999 to 2011, is expulsion from the SPL.

As a consequence, the SFA, as the authority responsible for implementing FIFA’s Rules on the Registration of Players, will be required to act on these breaches of FIFA rules. Again, expulsion for what amounts to Championship fixing is inevitable.

Curiously, the SFL, this week asking its members to vote to admit the Sevco Rangers club into their top tier, has the same issue given that its League Cup competition featured dozens of ineligible Rangers players through the years, and further claims by Hugh Adam that its ‘Premier Division’ competition during the 1990s was similarly bent through the use of ‘off the books’ payments to players by Rangers.

The scale of it all is breathtaking, and were the rules of the Game to be applied, Rangers FC would be expelled from each Governing body in turn, before we even consider the extraordinary breaches of faith and duties by co-serving Directors.

But according to the SFL/SFA/SPL circular to clubs, “Rangers Terminated or Suspended’ will cause “Financial Meltdown”.

To avoid this meltdown, it is proposed by the Executives of the combined SFL/SFA/SPL that the rules of the Game are not applied to Rangers, and that the clubs effectively rewrite the rule book to permit what remains of the club to compete at the top of the SFL.

In effect, according to the Governing Bodies, the Rules of the Game CANNOT be applied to Rangers or the Game’s finances will ‘meltdown’.

The corollary question this raises is: For how long have the Governing bodies been so unable to apply the Rules of the Game to Rangers? Is this a new epiphany, or a longer standing recognition?

When Rangers submitted their allegedly ineligible application for a Club Licence in 2011, did the SFA recognise that Rangers failing to participate in Europe would cause the club to fail, as it subsequently did? Were the Rules ignored to avoid ‘financial meltdown’ then?

How far did the toxin spread?

Did this recognition extend back to the period following the disintegration of Murray International, hitherto Rangers’ source of continuing funding? Was the season of ‘Honest Mistakes’ some absurd, dutiful reaction to the recognition that should Rangers fail, Scottish Football would melt down?

Was the ineligible status of so many of Rangers’ first team players noticed prior to the SPL’s Inquiry commencing on 5th March? Was it noticed in an Audit as part of the SFA’s Club Licensing process some years ago? Was it noticed by the recent SFA Chief Executive Gordon Smith, who as an Agent had represented players on Rangers’ books through his Directorship of Prostar Management and other Agencies?

Beyond the duplicity of Ogilvie, McClelland and Bain, were Rangers’ irregular practices known to others at the SFA and SPL, others who chose not to address the matter, thus further contaminated the Governing Bodies with the Rangers toxin?

It is heartening that the Liquidators of Rangers plc will be instructed to examine all of the circumstances surrounding the failure of Rangers as a corporate entity. Equally, perhaps the detail contained in the Tax Tribunal judgement will reveal further connections, hitherto unknown.

What is likely to remain hidden from view though, is the full extent to which key influencers at the Governing Bodies were aware of Rangers’ conduct and circumstances, and how this affected their behaviour and their decision making in applying the rules of the Game to that club.

What we can say with certainty now though is that the people holding office at the Governing Bodies are unable or unwilling to apply the Rules of the Game to Rangers, despite the breaches being fundamentally and profoundly corrupt. The SFA and SPL, despite having outstanding disciplinary cases against Rangers that will, in all other circumstances see the club expelled from the Game, are intent to delete the cases provided the SFL clubs accept the Sevco Rangers into the SFL’s top division.

The Rules of the Game cannot be applied to Rangers.

When the rules cannot be applied, the Game itself is broken, and we can say now with some certainty that the Rangers toxin has spread beyond the club, its former employees and Directors of the Governing Bodies, and contaminated the very Game itself. The Office Bearers of the SFA, whose FIFA mandate requires them to “protect and foster the Game” in Scotland, and “protect it from abuses”, have contrived to do the contrary, to the point where the Game is stricken.

It is for this reason that a thorough clear out of the Office Bearers in the Governing Bodies is now a prerequisite to the Game recovering from the poison inflicted upon it by Rangers. The dissolution of the Governing Bodies is perhaps appropriate.

Clear your desk Gentlemen, the bus to ignominy departs shortly.

mahe

Auldheid ,
Always good to see you on . I am pleased you posted that , essential reading in my humble view. Very well written and it makes me wonder does TBB still blog on any platform ? If not its a shame , such pieces are way above what the media up north churn out.
However upon finishing all I was left with was questions .
Im not asking you specifically , feel free of course , but what jumps out ,,,

AT had a source at Hampden and was getting quality info. What happened , why go silent?

Why as a matter of protocol did the English Fa not commence an investigation into Sounness’ Ebts ?

Was “ Meltdown “ just a buzzword or was it contained in a report of some sort ? Where did that word come from and could the implication be proved or was it a personal view(s)?

Seems to me the game is up , they got away with it. In the event the game and everyone “moves on” how many will just walk away and is it enough that they will be missed or just swallowed up by new season ticket holders?

Ive always thought we would see the long drawn out play in which everyone gets bored and the big crimes dont get due punishment . That would be pretty smart .
However when you take into account the current referee malarkey allied with clear breaches of ffp then I can draw no other conclusion that the domestic game is uncapable of self cleaning , and no one is going to come in and clean it .
We are playthings just drifting along and those at the top are fine with that as it brings in the cash.
Big decisions need made by many as to what they are committing not only themselves but future generations to .
Hope you and yours are well Sir.
Hail Hail

Mahe
AT was obviously warned off as he was getting too close to the truth imo.
He used to have a blog at the time about the hun stuff I used to post on it daily, never a bother till I mentioned the masons and never got another post published, coincidence, of course not, their tentacles are far reaching, Awe Naw said earlier that uefa is full of them, for sure it is.
Just ask yourself how may TV progs and the like you see about them, very very little, why did the Hillsborough inquiry take thirty years etc, come what may they will look after their own.
As for tonight, I have been reading that Valencia are not a great team as they sit eighth in La Liga, what utter bollix, considering the top half of La Liga is about three divisions above the SPL, eighth is pretty dam good imo, they are a very decent team.
HH

Awe Naw

Alcohol free I nearly got chucked out in 2001 for asking and then telling the 300 strong queue behind me that quickly dispersed. An unforgettable moment.

COYBIG 🙂

That’s the only emoji I know how to do. Any others?

😉

That’s the only two for me

😉 :))

That’s me got two now. Off to watch the game. And the disco lights.

mahe

Logging off now with the aim of settling down later minus child plus beers to savour the clash.
May the God’s smile upon us.
Hope you’re well MIT ya lucky bassa.
2 each I predict.
Hail Hail

Mahe!!!!!! MIT is NOT a bassa!

A link for anyone who may need it, it works fine with an add blocker.
https://www.vipleague.lc/6-celtic-vs-valencia-live-streaming

Auldheid

Mahe

Alex Thomson in one reply to your question said that he had done as much as he could in revealing what he did, but the SFA, clubs and Scottish media did not want to pick up the cudgel he had formed.

However circumstances change and poor national governance and poor Scottish football governance now have the same thing in common – no one loses their job for telling lies, and Alex Thomson still has an interest in good governance so I would not rule him out on an ideals basis.

I dont know if the English FA even looked into the Souness ebt matter matter although they were involved in questionning the Michael Ball transfer from Everton to Rangers in 2001 when Walter Smith was Everton manager. Nudge nudge wink wink. That will lie buried somewhere.

Meltdown/ Armageddon etc were all fear words coming from folk who feared their jobs going down the pan. Armageddon is attributed to Regan who prabably did fear Rangers disappearance would kill off clubs up to their necks in debt trying to keep pace with the reason they were up to their necks in debt.

The game will be up for Celtic supporters if TRFC ever win a title by dubious means (which might be be a first forTRFC but not their deceased predecessor. In a results driven game no one looks at the results until they manifest themselves at which point questions get asked.

The game is incapable of self cleaning but so far Celtic seem happy to stick with that arrangement despite it being 17 months since the SFA asked the Compliance Officer to look into whether or not Rangers complied with UEFA licence rules in 2011. Not sure that position can last beyond ST Renewal without some tangible result one way or another.

Mike in toronto

Hello lads

I hope all is well. Just back in from swimming with stingrays. Now having lunch on the beach with a lovely lady. A 2-0 win would round off the day nicely

If you shoot yourself in the foot, that’s what happens, this giving the ball away really has to stop

rebus67

For at least the second half of the game so far, we are getting a fotballing lesson. Valencia can keep the ball and are effective with both short and long passes. In short they can vary their game, unlike us. We cannot move the ball quickly enough to beat the high press. When we do, we give the ball away.

Brown is off the pace and some of his passing is terrible. Izzy looks unfit and is slow.

However, their goal was clearly offside and we can feel aggrieved at that. Similarly, Forrest should have got a free kick on the edge of their penalty area when he was brought down. The defender did get the ball but he took Forrest out of the play.

Somehow we have to get Burke into the game. He is getting no service. Both Christie and McGregor are out of it.

Rebus

Rebus67
Their goal was onside.
The rest I agree with

Obviously not going to plan,but the seedings for this round have skewed the scores so far. Wish I had thought of it beforehand.

Of 15 games,8 completed and 7 in progress,there has been ONE home win,with NINE away teams on top.

rebus67

TET,

Izzy?

Rebus

Rebus
Izzy played him on

Well beaten, no complaints apart from we keep giving the ball away, it seems to be a problem when we enter the european stage, it’s like we are gripped by fear.

THEEXILEDTIM

It’s not that we give the ball away-more that our passes are intercepted before they reach their target.

On bare reading,that’s me being a smart-arse,but what I mean by it is that in Europe,we are up against players who are ready to hit us,ready to attack the ball. In Scotland,we mainly face opponents who are content to sit back,just smother the danger areas.

big packy

well beaten by a better team, nobody fears coming to parkhead now, all you get is fancy disco lights and that will certainly put fear into the opposition I think not, sadly the big euro nights at parkhead have gone, we just cant compete with the big money leagues, so feckin sad it breaks my heart.hh.

Margaret McGill

You have got to hand it to Lawwell. Financial visionary, perfect business continuity plan and maximize self numeration in the millions. Its just a pity his gravy train is a football team with a wonderful history.

A thing of beauty

Disappointed with the performance tonight. You cannot compete with any team from la liga when your midfield 3 don’t turn up. I thought we started really well then unfortunately broonie seemed to get the jitters and that was that. Panic spread about like a virus and we couldn’t get out our malaise. I would also have liked to see Jozo attack the ball at the second goal though it was a peach of a cross. Which brings me to our delivery. Izzy delivers balls that come down with snow on them. James on the other side chips it flat again with a lack of pace. Sinclair and Toljan never got a ball in all night. I’ve already said that Burke is not ready to be a centre forward for us but in his defence he never got a decent ball all night. Not even a ball over the top he could chase. I’m afraid we are just not able to compete at this level. The players are not up to it. It’s disappointing but it’s fact. We are never going to gamble on buying the players that we need and even if We did there’s no guarantee they would come. I thank a very generous cqn’er for the extra ticket for tonight and viewed the game from high up in section 111 for the first half. A tremendous experience and when I wake up in the morning I’ll still be glad I was born a Celtic supporter. Onto Sunday COYBIG

mahe

Auldheid , noted and thanks for the reply.
Hail Hail

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