That Friday Feeling


Hard to believe that we are little over a week away from a Scottish Cup Final,where a win will give us The Rebel Treble Treble. I can barely remember such a house divided as is currently the case at Casa Celtic. We sure have experience in shooting ourselves in the foot,which seems so pointless when our weaponry should be aimed elsewhere.

Where to start?

Well,I could start with the latest interview from our interim manager in which he reminded us of his feats as Celtic player,captain and manager. Then suggested that anyone questioning his right to be where he is is either too young to remember the 90s or simply immature. Let that sink in for a minute,folks…

Neil,no-one has EVER questioned your past achievements. That is why you are rightly regarded as a Celtic Legend. You gave us some wonderful performances,some memorable occasions. Your honours list speaks for itself-and it speaks volumes. I also happen to think that if you had been a racehorse trainer,you would have been accused of schooling in public on occasion,but that’s by the by. Nothing can take your achievements away from you.

And nobody wants to either,Neil. Those achievements are not up for debate,and they aren’t part of the current debate either. The current debate is whether you are the man to take us into that new decade which is just around the corner,the man to lead us to another title to add the the eight already won.

The man to rebuild a team which is badly overdue a massive makeover.

That’s what the question is,Neil. Not the past-certainly not your past-but the future. Celtic fans are perfectly entitled to ask that question,and they deserve better than the childish remarks you delivered to an eager audience.

Another topic of disquiet is that very team rebuilding. What an utter shambles our squad has turned out to be. The only players good enough to be in the first-team squad have already been in it-regularly-and now that we have an injury list longer than our shopping list,who can we turn to? The folly of having only one fit striker available to us-BR stated that the club had been aware of Leigh Griffith’s problems for a while-has finally come back and bit us on the backside. For a team with millions of wingers,the only decent one all season-James Forrest-is now injured,while the rest have been very poor all season.

Our midfield choices are limited to Callum McGregor and Broonie plus a clearly not fit yet Tom Rogic,Olivier Ntcham who has had a terrible season,and a couple of youngsters who still have a lot to do to merit a place.

Defensively we are struggling with both full backs injured and cover which has not been up to standard. If Jozo or Kris get an injury on Sunday,we will have to play a loan player who has been out for three months. And an injury to Scott Bain simply doesn’t bear thinking about!

What the hell our CEO was thinking of when he downed tools in last summer’s window beats the hell out of me. But the results of his petulant power play are becoming more and more apparent to everyone except his personal glee club.

This must never be allowed to happen again!

Another thing which must never be allowed to happen again is for a highly-rated manager to be undermined by a signing policy which is in the gift of non-footballing personnel. But three months ago,BR walked out-a move which can surely have come as no surprise to the powers that be. I’ll be charitable and say that succession planning should have begun at least six months ago,even if only “war-gaming”. I’ll also be charitable and suggest that if NL was given the interim job until the end of the season then it is only fair that we hold off any announcement of a new manager until then. After all,we did Ronny that courtesy,telling him that he was out,but delaying the announcement till after the trophy was awarded. So I’ll be expecting the announcement of our new manager to be as soon as is possible after next Saturday. PL will not get away with dragging it out for so long that the transfer window is missed because finding a new manager took priority. It should have been his priority at least three months ago,and probably much longer.

There are other concerns of course,mainly to do with the internal operations of the club and with how it is run. These are being aired more and more frequently on here,and I had intended to post an article or two on them. But events,dear boy! I will get round to them,but they will take a bit more time and research as I don’t want to get it hopelessly wrong! For instance,the huge costs associated with running our club,which as The Lions Roar suggested have come to £1.3bn over the last twenty years-or since Fergus left! The accounts lack the transparency required to track down exactly where it has all gone,with so many costs being lumped together without explanation. Probably the only way to break them down is by forensic accounting of the kind associated with an officially-sanctioned investigation,such as Due Diligence or even a fraud investigation! But there are legitimate questions apparent even from reading them as they are. I hope to get back to that soon. Also on some of the topics raised by the likes of The Gombeen Man and Twists n Turns only a week ago.

I might have to find a job with less onerous overtime for all that!

Blinkin’ flip,a thousand words already and I haven’t mentioned Sunday’s game yet! Or the huns moving Flanagan’s hearing beyond the end of their season-I doubt he will be around to serve any suspension,btw. Nor Stevie Clarke getting a two-match touchline ban including their game against the huns what a coincidence,not even the lack of action taken against the huns for their shocking song repertoire last week. Suppose they can wait,eh? Like everything else I forgot to mention this morning!

Enjoy That Friday Feeling,folks. You’ve earned it.


Above article by BMCUWP. There’s an Article of the Day with your name on it,you know. Just mail it to Mahe.

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May 17, 2019 6:52 am

I’d be very grateful if any of you took a few minutes to read this. It concerns plans for the future of the area around Hunterston on the North Ayrshire coast.

If completing the survey,of course you should only offer your own thoughts on the matter-but my home area could sure do with the employment this plan is offering,so none of the Eurovision Nil Points please!!!

big packy
May 17, 2019 8:29 am

HI BOBBY, once again your writing skills leave me in awe, no not awenaw? seriously it would take me a week to write that with my one finger ,anyway agree with all that, but deep down I fear its going to be lenny or moyes hope Iam wrong, if it is either of those two I fear we are back in the slow lane that is iif we ever came out of it.hh.

May 17, 2019 8:34 am

Comprehensive article there Bobby. I agree with much of the tenor, but a deal of supposition in my estimation. Don’t believe any of us really know what happened last summer, and subsequently, but of course what is undoubtedly the case is that a lot of vital work is needed right now in terms of a new manager, trimming the waste, and renewing the squad for the new season. Naturally, the true state of affairs will lie somewhere in between. But, the proverbial finger needs to be withdrawn quickly. Onwards to the cup final and hopefully a rebel treble treble. Hope you are well. HH

May 17, 2019 8:36 am

P.S. meant to add that I completed the survey!

Twists n turns
May 17, 2019 9:08 am

Thoroughly enjoyed the article Bobby. I agree there is a growing number of supporters becoming, to say the least, restless. Undoubtedly a large proportion of those supporters are unsettled due to looking over their shoulders and seeing a dark blue cloud looming over them. Awe Naw referred to it earlier in the week. The point he made was a large number of our support will be happy in just beating the Huns.
Listen, I’m like all other Celtic supporters. I want to beat them every time we play them. That for me though is certainly not the be all and end all.

I keep harping back to mismanagement of our club. I still see it that way. When you are turning over anything between £60m and £100m per annum, CONSISTENTLY, you should be achieving more on the European scene than we are.
There’s no point in me covering old ground. One, it’ll serve no purpose and two, it’s merely my opinion at the end of the day, and large numbers would disagree with me anyway.

I’d like to refer though to someone who was involved in the game and had some meaningful stuff to say on running a football club.

I remember when we were signing Gary Hooper I was researching his background. Amongst the clubs he had served, was Southend United. I found they’d been struggling very badly financially, and I also read some stuff their businessman owner had to say.
I dug it out this morning and will post it here very shortly.

May 17, 2019 9:27 am

Very interesting article re Southend United, with a lot of common sense. If only…

The Exiled Tim
May 17, 2019 9:47 am

Good stuff as ever Bobby.
Alan Sugar, now a Sir said many moons ago that the day he crossed the threshold of the boardroom at Spurs all his business common sense was left outside, I paraphrase, it seems our directors are suffering from the self same syndrome.

May 17, 2019 11:14 am

Good article BMCUWP.
Worrying times.

May 17, 2019 11:16 am


Thanks-and also to everyone else who has or will complete the survey. Desert wi windaes for jobs up there.

Swindon might be the same soon,what with Honda about to take about 12000 jobs,directly and indirectly,out of the equation.

Re supposition,yes of course it is. Everything which cannot be proven beyond all reasonable doubt is supposition. But mankind developed intelligence over the years which enables an objective analysis based on facts available and on past experience.

And on instinct.

My instinct tells me to go with my past experience. We have a CEO who thinks that just enough is plenty,and when he comes up short and finds that it wasn’t enough after all,tries it again-because he MUST be right!-unless pulled up and told otherwise.

May 17, 2019 11:23 am


Sore one. I seem to recall that at the height of “The Mersey Beat”,our team of “Kelly’s Kids” were known as “The Easy Beats”.

I’m not quite old enough to remember that,so I must have read it in the ever-excellent CELTICWIKI…

Rolling Stone
May 17, 2019 11:51 am

New CQN article discussing the state of the Celtic squad with a dig at Brendan but no reference to PL or the board. P67 must be in Pedro’s pay or circle of trust as I cannot recall one article in which he was critical of our CEO.

May 17, 2019 12:17 pm

In the modern social media era it would be remiss of Celtic plc not to have an outlet to control the narrative.
A fan blog would be the perfect cover.
It would also be prudent to have posters planted to refute posts that do not conform to the message.

May 17, 2019 12:45 pm

That friday feeling? Today I cancelled my yearly subscription to CelticTV. It is the only season ticket open to me. If NL is announced as the new manager, I shall wish him well in my heart, and I shall not renew my subscription. If someone else is announced, I shall renew on a monthly basis and give them a chance. I do not think for one minute that my actions will a) even be noticed by the club, and b) have any effect at all.

Earlier in the week I indicated that Celtic are a well run club. I was taken to task on this,rightly. Relative to other SPL clubs, it is well run, but in absolute terms, it is not.

It defies my belief that we could have got to this point. Here are some of the issues:

A long injury list, in part caused by the club’s inability to challenge the lack of protection afforded players;
Poor succession planning on and off the field;
Poor scouting;
Little innovation from the Board;
A second rate transfer policy.

I do not know what happened in the BR/PL era, but I perceive fault on both sides. However, it is over now and it is the future that matters. Unfortunately, the same issues persist.

What has prompted this pessimism…..simples, the tone of the leader on another channel that usually peddles the drip feed from PL. Lenny it is, then.


The Lions Roar
May 17, 2019 12:46 pm

Or multiple ‘fan blogs’ filled with the board’s men ready and waiting to make mockery of those who dare raise this question of where the feck all that money went.

Of this there is no doubt.

For what businessman would stage a heist and not have a cover story ready?

May 17, 2019 1:27 pm

I have also canceled Celtic tv and would not be surprised if many others had not done likewise.
Pretty sure the plc will be nonplussed but the numbers won’t lie and any corporation that ignores declining sales from a captive audience is negligent.
Just now it looks like PL is playing a high stakes poker game with other peoples money.
He will walk away from the table in profit no matter the overcome leaving the fans to pick up any deficit.
Keep hoping the plc surprise me but history tells me otherwise as they have always treated the fans with utter contempt.
Will be an interesting few weeks.

May 17, 2019 1:36 pm


I joined CQN in January 2009. I’ve met some absolutely amazing men and women because of CQN,and had some very memorable times too. These were people whom I would otherwise have passed by,despite a vague-seen him before-thought,and then thought little more aside from that.

I’m very grateful to those members of the site,and to Paul himself. He-and they-know the high regard I hold,and that is for good reason.

I recall an article towards the end of that season,the one that gave us The Willie Windae,that marked the end of Gordon Strachan,that marked the end of Generation of Domination Mk I.

In it,Paul said that he intended to do an end of season review,in which he would make clear who he held responsible for allowing another high-spending Rangers to pull ahead of us.

And that he would be

“excoriating in his judgement”

It didn’t happen. The subject was never again broached.

Bada Bing
May 17, 2019 1:54 pm

Flannagan wins appeal might as well chuck it Bhoys,

May 17, 2019 1:56 pm

I was on CQN almost from the beginning.
While i was never particularly fond of the lead articles there were excellent posters for reasonable debate.
I was not one as i tended to post only on tactics and game performances.
Was never particularly popular but had no issues with many who differed with my opinion.
As time went on i noticed a nastier tone creep onto the blog from certain posters.
The blogs tolerance of them soured me particularly as they treated dissenting posters viciously and personal without any repercussions.
Many good posters drifted away and another bunch of plc lackeys appeared.
There is always that tipping point and when it went from being a cheerleader to a full on attack dog that ended it for me.

May 17, 2019 1:58 pm

Fairs fair he only elbowed a deserving fenian bassa in the chops.
Did police Scotland give evidence on his behalf?

The Exiled Tim
May 17, 2019 1:58 pm

Some of the vitriol directed towards James Forrest on the other channel the past couple of days is so hun like, yet they wonder why the blog is going downhill when they are the cause of it, it’s the main reason I stopped posting there, I don’t agree with a lot of what James says but I defend his right to say it without the hun like comments, one posted said this about him………
“I just wish this pious, high-pitched narcissistic ringpiece would stay put on his own wee hun obsessed blog”
Better suited to a hun blog but if you don’t tow the party line……

Bada Bing
May 17, 2019 2:01 pm

Another reason why we need a Celtic man in the dugout next season, even as assistant manager, look at the cheating this season ffs,only going to get worse

Awe Naw
May 17, 2019 2:17 pm

Neil Lennon for me. I thought his press conference yesterday was the consumate Celtic manager press conference. Jock would approve. Hard not to when he is right about everything

Awe Naw
May 17, 2019 2:29 pm


I will show Mags how to do it when she is back at my place next week. Let him know I will be charging by the hour

The Lions Roar
May 17, 2019 3:06 pm

I never got into CQN or the SFM, cos for all there were clearly bright people on both, I found it hard to follow the subject matter due to the lack of a Reply option allowing us t9 keep track of each individual thread.

I have the same problem here, I’d read so much by the time I got to the bottom and scrolled back to the top, that I replied to Bobby bycalling him Big Packy and also confused TET with Mike In Toronto, :), so a Reply would be a handy addition while the Comments box is being shifted around, if possible ..?

Anyway, my point is that, although I thought BMCUWP was, and still is, one of the finest names online, there seems too much friendly chit chat and not enough scrutiny of what was really going on.

The Clumpany was my fave at that point, as his madcap humour caught the absurdity and guilt ridden contradictions of Rangers’ collapse perfectly, then I tuned into Phil, genuinely believing for a few years that he was the real thing when it came to truth telling for 2 or 3 years but, sadly, my few brief but cleverly phrased questions regarding the eye watering running costs caught him out as not really being into the truth at all but was rather more of a man for the old stonewalling deflection tactics just like the ‘high pitched narcissistic ring piece’ that is James Forrest himself, as he and his posters likewise do everything in their power to keep all eyes on Sevco ‘going bust’ rather than on where all Celtic’s money actually be going.

Then I knew for sure Paul B was simply yet another placeman for the PLC when he suddenly and out of nowhere got a gig as some kind of ‘spokesman for the Celtic support’ a couple of years back and I also knew, form what he’d been writing just prior, that this too was some kind of ‘reward’ for NOT writing that ‘excoriating’ piece mentioned by Bobby earlier and I realised that this was probably how they got Phil too, with promises of book releases and his plays being put into production, the old Pablo Escobar trick of ‘You want silver or lead?’

So for all their collective good work in some areas, I can only sadly conclude that a corporate giant like Celtic Plc don’t mind dishing out a few quid with a few favours to keep all eyes on the Sevco accounts and off their own.

Because, as David Murray could tel yo7 himself, it’s amazing what 800 million can buy you.

Have a good weekend, troops in the hoops.


Oh, aye, and fuck wife beater Flanagan and fuck the SFA.

And Peter Lawwell and the PLC while I’m about it.


Noel Skytrot
May 17, 2019 3:27 pm

The Augean stables need cleared out after yet another strange decision regarding the red card Flanagan received, the game here is as bent as a rollercoaster track. What the hell is it going to take to eradicate this cabal and usher in change?

The Exiled Tim
May 17, 2019 4:03 pm

Well well, you reap what you sew, we get teh authorities we deserve, we have allowed them to shaft us so shaft us they will, if we contribute to the sham, we have right to moan about it when they cheat you, it’s really that simple.

May 17, 2019 4:08 pm

I thought Flanagan’s Hearing had been deferred at Sevco’s request?

May 17, 2019 4:12 pm

Howdy Sentinels and indeed a big Happy Friday
Bobby aye how’s it come to this indeed yet the homebhoys podcast is telling me it’s glorious, just glorious to be a Hoop right now.
The divide is growing indeed.
I reckon many wouldnt wake up even if we lost a league,,something like
“ultimately 9 leagues out of ten is a hell of a feat and the chairman needs patted on the back for that ”
Instead of we blew it to a half our turnover rival through penny pinching and a football manager Ceo.
Gap between two sides is widening.

TLR,,we ditched the reply button for a straight threads option. Posters preferred it. With replys everywhere we were getting lost. Newest post bottom of page is fairly simple.
There can always be improvements of course .
Won’t stay like forever I don’t think.

AweNaw cheers bro that would be a big help. You two on the lash would be fun, wish I was there.
My coz builds Airbus planes in Cologne I think and is a regular at bundesliga grounds also. Best atmosphere I’ve seen. Wish I had access to that . But I do have access to many good things so can’t complain .
He has bright fire like red hair and tells me in Kenya everyone rubbed his head for luck!

Bass player is 48 today so day trip up to his pad then the mother of all jam sessions and probably hangovers. Will be back , maybe in spirit only , soon enough.
Jim the Tim blogs in your capable hands 😉

Hail Hail

May 17, 2019 4:27 pm

My own experience of Cqn is that the tone you go on with is generally the tone you will be replied to in.
I always try to be polite,,and I think that helps a lot in debates/blogs, and as such can’t actually recall getting any grief on Cqn ( the other channel makes us look joined a the hip)
So for myself it wasn’t poster tone per se that was offputting.
Had some great times and reckon I can hold my head high over there.
However as a young man who will probably be blogging the rest of my days I realised if this blog won’t address or acknowledge even certain problems within the club itself then we need a new blog that will and here we are.
Quite simply the biggest Celtic blog must , Must, question things going on in our club.
Why or how any change in direction occurred is not for me to comment or speculate on but we can stop that happening here by giving out keys / article space and having no set policy but rather just the views of whichever poster is writing on that day.
A different author each day of the week is our goal and when you think if 14 people write one post per fortnight only thats it done then it doesn’t seem beyond us.
Numbers are up and with 2k hits on a busy day we just need YOU lurkers to take the plunge and post to become hopefully part of shaping the clubs future.
Hope alls well pal from a stormy California
Hail Hail

May 17, 2019 4:53 pm

Have to disagree with you there about tone being returned.
That only applies if it reaffirms their views.
I generally posted about tactics and occasionally defended others who were being ganged up on.
Some were willing to debate tactical differences but others took it as digs at our former coach who they now vilify and responded with very personal insults.
Playing the man happens often.
One well known poster replied with long winded posts of obfuscation and condescendence that usually had a petty jibe at the end.
The moderators showed them great leeway with the blogs rules.

May 17, 2019 5:06 pm

Fan-a-tic, ,
Totally see what you mean, and there is a lot of playing the man recenter and a strong united blog would say hey stop that and play the ball.
I think I tended to just long debate with the same few posters,,long winded or not I reckon I won 😉
As for tactics and the actual play , yourself and Atob see the game well. Congrats and we benefit from that.
We need three in the middle , agreed?
Hail Hail

The Gombeen Man
May 17, 2019 5:21 pm

If I was a Celtic player having experienced the last two trips to Ibrox and subsequent failure by the game’s governing body to protect the game and follow the rules.

I’d approach the club and ask them to act on my behalf.

If the club/plc sat on their hands and prevaricated…

I’d ask for a move.

It’s that simple.

Accordingly any player considering joining us should ask how committed the club are to the safety of our staff..?

May 17, 2019 5:34 pm

Happy to hear the traffic is growing.
Nice to be among good Celtic men and women.

The Exiled Tim
May 17, 2019 6:24 pm

Players talk, agents talk, this imo is the biggest challenge we have in recruiting players, had our club stood by our players over the years we would have a level playing field on the park, as it is our players are refereed to a different set of rules to every other player in scotland, the best manager we have ever had said the if we score more than the opposition we take the referees out of the equation, he said this fifty plus years ago FFS, our club have done nothing to right this wrong, fifty plus years things are only getting worse because of our silence, why should a player come to us and get kicked about with total impunity, why, I couldn’t blame them for telling us to GTF, the scottish league has feck all to do with players turning us down, players know what it’s like, they are refereed like they are the enemy and there is nobody willing to stand up for them, what a sad state of affairs.
I have been saying for years that unless we stand by our players we will be the big losers, it’s kinda looking that way, we are winning cups to beat the band and the club is in total disarray, we have no plan, it’s a feckin shambles.

big packy
May 17, 2019 7:24 pm

evening bhoys, the Flanagan decision sums up our status in bonnie Scotland, move along timmy nothing to see hear, the exiled tim is spot on, my late father was telling me all this in 1971, when he applied for jobs as soon as he said he came from croy it was ok we will let you know, but nobody let him know, so faced with a young family he had to move down to England to find work, where they did not ask what school you went to, feckin scum then feckin scum now,.sorry for the rant luv ya all to bits.hh.

May 17, 2019 7:35 pm

I also was on CQN from the beginning. In the early days there were some great posters including NeilR, the Evil Rum Baba, the Hat, and still on…the Battered Bunnet, amongst many others. In the beginning, the blog was critical and broad minded. It was also the source for news on the club. The excitement of the Craig Bellamy saga…..would he come, would he not! Thoroughly enjoyable. Then three things seemed to happen to the blog. Firstly, cliques formed and debates tended to be within the cliques. Secondly, the blog became more commercial with the arrival of ads and magazine and book sections. Finally, the leaders became less critical of the club and senior management.

It used to be the first port of call in the morning for news on Celtic. IMHO, the leaders are no longer worth reading, but, around the transfer windows, posters such as Catman and Lennybhoy have interesting insights.
However, the messages put out in the leaders are tightly control by Paul67. Rarely, does as he permit guest articles, as on here. Still, it is his blog and, hence, his rules.

Generally, my posts were ignored, but that may have more to do with their quality than anything else. The one time that I received, shall we say, animated replies was when I posted on the fines levied on the club through the GB’s banners and displays, supporting the Palestinians. I objected to the club having to pay for deliberate actions of lobby groups. I have supported Palestinian causes in the past, as well as other misplaced national groups, viz the Kurds, but I objected to the club being held to ransom on issues, worthwhile or not. I raise this to illustrate that groups will strive to knock you off the blog with personal insults. However, CQN is by no means the only blog to have this problem, nor is it the worst. The anonymity of blogs encourages some to behave thus.


big packy
May 17, 2019 8:03 pm

HI REBUS, hope you are well, talking of cqn I don’t know james forrest but the bile being spouted against him is hunlike imho, now some of you bhoys might know him or read his blog I confess to neither, but does he deserve that abuse you tell me.hh.

The Exiled Tim
May 17, 2019 8:13 pm

I may well have been one of those who took you up on your stance re the GB banners, the kudos the club got from the support for the Palestinian cause was immense, they couldn’t have afforded the publicity, uefa had to be seen to do something so a token 10k fine was the outcome, money well spent, had the fine been a million it would still have been cheap at half the price for the benefit and kudos it brought the club.

The Gombeen Man
May 17, 2019 8:25 pm


I fully expect the Sevvies & their chaps in places of authority to cheat. It’s just part of my experience. They cheat. They are afraid of a level playing field.

There seems to be no coherent strategy to protect our interests. It’s time that we marked a few cards. Fergus was ridiculed over his stance over Farry.

When the time came he fired the proverbial silver bullet.

The PLC simply appear to be shoddy asset strippers, content to manipulate the support.

I’ve long questioned Mr Lawwell’s competence. as many others have. Let’s only hope that the current offield shambles isn’t an indication of the PLC’s failures with the SFA etc.


The tone of the editorials there this week was disappointing and I suspect spoke more about the state of mind of the decision makers at the club.

The posts there can be a difficult read at times and often become adversarial.

It’s natural given the size of the support that disagreements develop but it can just become too much when a hardcore of individuals seem to derive satisfaction by attacking others.

Sometimes it’s an easy source of self esteem to align with a group and identify easy prey.

Often those guys will give a wide berth to anyone they perceive as a challenge.

Anyway, I wish them all the best and await the hurried changing of the tune. If the board don’t get their act together.


The Gombeen Man
May 17, 2019 8:28 pm


Just noticed you’re on. I hope you put the forgetting of the anniversary down to Post Dramatic Stress, after Sunday?

I hope your week went well.


The Exiled Tim
May 17, 2019 8:41 pm

The mere fact the club didn’t-couldn’t-wasn’t capable of cashing in on the publicity the club got from the free Palestinian exposure is just another example that shows how inept the board are when running the club.
On the TV income debate, we have big hitters, serious big hitters on our board who are raking in squilions via their tech and coms companies, yet they are numpties when it comes to providing a half decent Celtic TV, that is without even scratching the surface of exploiting the world wide supporter base, no we settle for a few bob from Sky, it’s a fecking disgrace and bordering on criminal towards the shareholders that they seem to care about, not.
Scunnered doesn’t even scratch the itch.

big packy
May 17, 2019 8:41 pm

THE GOMBEEN MAN, nice to see you on, yes ive been forgiven for yesterday, hope you are well, whats your thoughts on the next manager, or are you ok with neil hh.

big packy
May 17, 2019 9:35 pm

okay jim if your lurking are you ok.hh.

A thing of beauty
May 17, 2019 9:47 pm

Late on parade as usual. Good article bmcuwp. I found Neil’s decision to defend his record yesterday very strange and unnecessary. To combine his playing record and his managerial record smacked a bit of panic to me. It has no bearing on his management credentials as does the fact that he’s a “Celtic man.” He has done this, to my mind because he knows himself he has failed the audition. He’s disappointed in himself and that is totally understandable but the minute he said that he read stuff in Brendan’s office he had never seen before everyone with the best interests of Celtic progressing knew he wasn’t the man for the future. The man for the moment, absolutely but not the future, I definitely felt he was the man for the moment but he has come very close to blowing this title and the football has been abysmal. He can point to the fact it’s not his team, he can point to injuries but he has took us backwards and the person most disappointed in that is himself, I’m sure. Peter Lawwell will be raging about it too but his disappointment won’t solely be for Neil. Nope. He’ll be raging because even he must be know he can’t convince the support to accept an inferior coach because he’s a Celtic man. He’s going to have to pony up and get the real deal from somewhere and as has been alluded earlier he’s had plenty of time. In fact, if we believe what is said by other respected bloggers he had since before August 2018. We know this because such a blogger has told us Brendan was working his ticket since then. So peter over to you. Plan A shot himself in the foot so you better have a solid plan B or there will be hell to pay. As I keep saying, who wants to be the man who drops the ten?

May 17, 2019 9:57 pm

I’m Ok Packy, thanks. A bit pleased for Dundee Utd tonight in the play-offs. I’ve always had a wee soft spot for them. Except when they play Celtic!

big packy
May 17, 2019 10:11 pm

JIM glad your ok,.busy day tomorrow, lots of dogs to be groomed and walked, oh how I hate Saturdays unless celtic are playing,,good night and god bless everybody, and as jim and my mother used to say, sleep tight and don’t let the bugs bite.hh,

The Exiled Tim
May 17, 2019 10:12 pm

“but the minute he said that he read stuff in Brendan’s office he had never seen before everyone with the best interests of Celtic progressing knew he wasn’t the man for the future.”
That resonated with me as well, if you don’t know something why tell the rest of the world, you say feck all and let them think you know everything, kinda emphasises your point.
If Lenny gets the job and I fully expect that to happen, fine, we get on with supporting him 100%.

The Gombeen Man
May 17, 2019 10:25 pm


I’ve read in a few places that Neil and Martin O’Neill are similar, old school type managers or coaches.

They are completely different and I think Martin had an aura about him and a unique way of communicating, a real depth about him.

The game and the sports science may have moved on but Martin had an maturity about him. He called it right about the ‘slow lane’ for example.

Sadly, Martin’s has had his day and might lack some of the cutting edge skills we’re looking for.

Neil is a fantastic Celtic man but at the present he lacks that maturity and sense of judgement that is necessary for the top job.

He has a tendency to become distracted by peripheral things and invariably reacts. He’s a Hall of Famer in my book but just not right for us at the moment.

Unfortunately the PLC have for years undelivered. This current malaise is simply a symptom of an ongoing feck up.

Between the anti Celtic rhetoric of the media and the deflection of the PLC’s own media channels there’s a real lack of honesty and I treat anything I’m told by our executives or their media partners with a pinch of salt.

What we really need is someone at Celtic to take responsibility.

An executive who speaks up and puts his reputation on the line and proves his presence at Celtic is about more than his self centered interests.

If we recruit a capable coach we simply have to clearly define what the CEO does and exactly how our recruitment process works.

If we don’t fix those and don’t provide the coach with the best we can reasonably find…it won’t work.

Hope all’s well Packy,