The A.N.Other Brothers


As previews for the upcoming match go,this is a toughie. It’s the last league game of the season,the day we round it all off by receiving the trophy. A day we would all love to think of as an opportunity to,well,put on the style. And pile on the agony of course.

It’s doubtful that tomorrow will see any of that. For starters,we have a defining Cup Final to play the following week,and it’s the same opponents in both games. And most importantly,I haven’t a clue who NL is going to pick!

I very much doubt too whether Neil will have finalised his team yet either. Because he has a vastly diminished pool of talent available to him. There’s a hoary old quiz question for Celtic fans,to name three brothers who played together in the same Celtic team. The answer of course is Jock Stein,Bertie Peacock and Bobby Evans. Brothers from another Mother,so to speak. Sunday may well give us the A.N. Other brothers,with a guest appearance from W.H. Oami. Yes,the squad really IS that threadbare.

I touched on it in yesterday’s article,but I would reckon that what would widely be regarded by Celtic supporters as a first choice starting eleven has been greatly reduced. Missing on Sunday through injury will be Mikael Lustig,Dedryck Boyata,Kieran Tierney,Scott Brown,Ryan Christie,James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard. You could add that Scott Bain and Jozo Simunovic owe their places to injuries to Craig Gordon and the yet to return Filip Benkovic. That’s EIGHT first team picks missing,and possibly ten.

That’s frightening. Hence the appearance of TBC(To Be Confirmed) as suggested above. How we got into this mess is an argument for another day,but I give you as evidence for a lack of protection for our players the refusal to uphold a ban on John Flanagan for using an elbow on Scott Brown last week.

Now,in my opinion Kevin Clancy saw fine well what happened at the time,but took the chance to say his view was blocked by the players involved. TV evidence showed that to be a possibility rather than a likelihood. But it seems his own explanation was that he didn’t think that the elbow hit Scott in the face! That suggests two things,that he doesn’t know the laws of the game,and two,that even he would have sent Flanagan off if he hadn’t been able to think of an excuse not to,pathetic though it was.

So what of the judicial panel? Don’t ban him because he didn’t hit him hard enough? It’s only Scott Brown? “It’s him again!!!”? A disgraceful decision,and all the worse for it being typical and for Celtic being unable to do anything about it. Same with the assault on Ryan Christie by an alleged pal. If I had pals like that,I’d be in the jail with the key thrown away.

The list is endless so I’ll leave it at that,but it helps explain our injury problems. All those unpunished overzealous tackles add up over time,players end up with niggling injuries during the course of matches,weakening their ability to withstand further knocks,and here we are at the end of the season with a sicknote supporters club in the stands. Back to the team for tomorrow.

Goalkeeper has to be Scott Bain.*

Right back is a choice of Toljan or Ralston. I’ll go for the latter as Toljan won’t take the kicks from the Tynecastle thugs,he’ll just bottle it. Left back falls to Izzy as even Jonny Hayes is struggling to be fit.

Centre backs Kris* and Jozo*

In midfield,I’d go with Ollie and Callum* along with Euan Henderson and Tom Rogic.*

Up front I’d go with Sinky and Olly Burke,the latter preferred over Michael Johnston as the Hearts thugs will think twice about kicking him.

I’ll be honest,I don’t think we’ll win with that side,but it’s the best I could do! Hopefully Leigh Griffiths will be fit enough to play the last half hour or so and maybe cheer me up a bit. I suspect by then that I’ll need it.

Btw,if your wondering what the asterisks are for,they’re against the names of the players whom I’d be inclined to rest to ensure they are fit for next week. I honestly think that Hearts will do their best to maim some of our players,and they have the right referee in Thompson to facilitate that.

Though in Scotland,any bloody referee will facilitate that. And the judicial panel will pat them all on the head and congratulate them on a job well done.

Best wee country in the world,my arse.


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Above article by BMCUWP

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May 18, 2019 4:46 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!!!

May 18, 2019 8:06 am

Morning Bobby
Perceptive article today. Much to agree with regarding the injury situation. It’s well overdue for Celtic to get a grip with their duty of care to our players and go public with the fabled dossier of incontrovertible evidence which must surely exist. If it does not, why not, surely another abrogation of duty of care responsibility And let’s not forget Res 12 while we are at it, recent comments from Auldheid suggest that the time has come for more concrete action to force the issue – but what? If Celtic (not the SFA) fail to progress within a defined timescale – say 2 months (this should not be allowed to drag on until the next AGM), then notice could be served of intention to take legal action against the Board for malfeasance . Is this desirable, necessary and/or feasible? I have long thought that a token action in the Small Claims Court, where costs are minimal, with a view to providing a short, sharp kick in the gonads might be the shock tactic needed to galvanise the Board. Why v Celtic Board rather than the SFA? Well, that is the genesis of Res 12, and requires CFC to deal with it. The SFA should flow from that.

In other news, I think your proposed team for tomorrow is probably as good as it gets, bearing in mind the injury situation and the cup final.


Noel Skytrot
May 18, 2019 8:07 am

A makeshift side will be cobbled together for the game against the Diets. Lennon will be trying to keep players from being subjected to the Diets ” industrial” style of play, if it moves kick it.

Regarding the Compliance Officers decision over Flanagan, they’re shitebags who’ve bottled it after hun pressure. The clubs “statement” although only one sentence doesn’t miss, we need more of that from them. It is an embarrassment to Scottish football.

Noel Skytrot
May 18, 2019 8:29 am

I’ve read numerous threads on Twitter by commentators talking about the Flanagan incident and the responses by the scumbags are all about child abuse, disgusting. Can anyone explain to me why a person would resort to this as a response just because the team they support are second best to another team? I just can’t get my head round that.

May 18, 2019 11:12 am

Celtics silence on the issue of safety of their employees is yet another reason( to add to the many more) why I won’t be renewing my season books. The game in Scotland is rigged and our plc are happy to sit and do nothing as long as season ticket money rolls in, well not another penny from me. I’ll always support Celtic and hope beyond hope we go on to win 9 and 10 but until this board grow some baws or get tae fuck I won’t be back

Hai x2

Bada Bing
May 18, 2019 11:20 am
Margaret McGill
May 18, 2019 11:31 am

The sustained inflicting of injuries on Celtic players is a national disgrace. It’s one of the reasons some players don’t sign for Celtic.
The attritional aspect of this continuous assault bears out at the end of the season as we are currently witnessing. The lack of motivation of the club to address it verges on sabotage.

The Gombeen Man
May 18, 2019 11:53 am

The agenda of the PLC is simply to create a profitable environment.

That means it’s not about football excellence being paramount.

Celtic Football Club is a cash cow for the PLC. The club, it’s ethos and it’s support is as sacred to them as a burger is to a backstreet vendor.

They will only budge when they lose money.

In their addiction to money they have rationalised every let down, every failure.

Only money counts.

Money is their ‘soul’ KPI.


The Gombeen Man
May 18, 2019 11:59 am

Excellent article BMCUWPS,

It’s amazing when players sense instability at a club how the injury list always seems to grow exponentially.

That isn’t helped when the opposition is given carte blanche by the so called administrators to kick lumps out of the team.

To be honest the incompetence of the PLC is making us into a laughing stock.


Bada Bing
May 18, 2019 1:29 pm

RB Leipzig fans view of You’ll Never Walk Alone at Celtic Park

May 18, 2019 2:00 pm

I often wonder why successive coaches have never used the momentum created by the fans to start the game on the front foot?
Liverpool did just that at Anfield against Barcelona and got an early goal and spooked them.
Barcelona completely lost all sense of being a top European side and never recovered.
Liverpool did not conquer them with silky football.
Football should be a simple game where good coaches take any opportunity to gain an advantage.
Our coaches have been so enthralled with turning us into a silky European side they have negated our most positive weapon.

May 18, 2019 2:08 pm

Good summation of our unnecessary present situation.
Hard for our players to stand up to the thuggery when they know refs apply differing standards.
Couple that with the knowledge that the board won’t have their back.
Just ask Tonev?
The disconnect at the club is a huge issue always.
From board towards fans and players or first team coaches to youth teams there is a clear disconnect.
The powers that be are too arrogant to notice any of this as they are to busy being blinded by their own brilliance and gold in the bank.
If only we had some real Celtic supporters on the board?

May 18, 2019 3:30 pm

Canny beat a good few hours kip after a nightshift,bit late to head into town though. So nipped over the road to Asda for a few essentials-down to my last can and the FA Cup Final is on soon!

Just to annoy our Scottish-based readers,18 x Magners cans for £9 but thought I’d try something different for just over a tenner anaw,a bottle of Irish whiskey. Practically jumped into my trolley at those prices!

I’ve seen many variations on spelling of Irish surnames,but I’ve never seen Callaghar before. Nor heard of Callaghar’s Irish Whiskey. Blinkin’ flip,for a tenner,it’s a peach. Hope it’s still there the next time I’m over.

HH hic…

May 18, 2019 4:59 pm

Bobby, who you supporting? I’m not bothered much either way but I’ll go for Man City unless anyone can give me a convincing reason to support Watford.

May 18, 2019 5:01 pm

Bloody hell,just about to switch on my telly for the first time in a month or so and I canny find the remote control!

May 18, 2019 5:02 pm


Unless Celtic are playing,I’m always a man for the underdog.

Scant chance of that today,I reckon.

May 18, 2019 5:13 pm

First time Henrik dink,Watford are one up. There’s the difference between a journeyman and a footballer.

Great break though,and City should stop being so careless.

May 18, 2019 5:28 pm

Good goal. Some left foot on him, looked like an awkward angle.

May 18, 2019 5:29 pm

If ever there’s a player I would like to score a defining goal-and I doubt Watford will come back-it’s David Silva. I’ve simply marvelled at this fella for years.

Delighted for him

The Exiled Tim
May 18, 2019 5:43 pm

Aye Watford missing a sitter and they also should have had a pen imo, Cty arny a bad them tho 😉

May 18, 2019 6:05 pm

Jesus nearly scored there!

May 18, 2019 6:16 pm


In our day,Dalglish would have scored the rebound…

May 18, 2019 6:16 pm

Decent chance for Watford No. 7. Watford has some decent runs and passes.

May 18, 2019 6:18 pm

Some substitute that laddie!

May 18, 2019 6:23 pm

Man City fans doing our huddle!

May 18, 2019 6:25 pm


big packy
May 18, 2019 7:00 pm

HI GHUYS hope you are all okay cant talk about football at the minute, my mother in law has been rushed into hospital at lunchtime today she is 86 going on 87 now she is not of the catholic persuasion like me and you but she is a Christian and would not have anything said against us, she has always denounced mr paisley, I have come home from the hospital to feed the dugs there is nothing I can do anyway such a sad time my wife is distraught,hh.

May 18, 2019 7:05 pm

Well that’s settled things for me.

New manager – Pep Guardiola

Signings – Silva, Jesus, Sterling and De Bruyne. Maybe Kompany too if we have enough money left.

May 18, 2019 7:09 pm

Sorry to hear that Packy. Doesn’t matter about her religion, she’s Joan’s mother and your mother in law. I hope she is alright. Prayers will be said.

The Exiled Tim
May 18, 2019 7:09 pm

That’s sad news BP, stay strong for your Mrs, she needs you more now than ever.

Twists n turns
May 18, 2019 7:14 pm

Big Packy
Stay strong.

May 18, 2019 7:44 pm
May 18, 2019 7:46 pm

Big Packy , sorry to hear the news. Hopefully it all works out okay. Tell Joan we are thinking of her.
Hail Hail

Bada Bing
May 18, 2019 7:49 pm

G64- emotional memories, loved The Jungle

May 18, 2019 8:00 pm There goes my miracle Bruce Springsteen

Sol Kitts
May 18, 2019 8:23 pm

Thoughts and prayers with you tonight, mate.

May 18, 2019 8:26 pm

Big Packy
Stay strong and positive for your wife and family, who will need your support. Thinking of you pal.

Sol Kitts
May 18, 2019 8:29 pm

Good grief, Mrs Kitts insisting on watching Eurovision. 3 songs in and it’s already a toss up between getting pissed to the point of numbness, or launching the TV out the door. Not sure the hotel owners would appreciate me doing a Keith Moon with their telly, so guess it will have to be the beer. Glad it only costs €1.50 for a 75cl bottle.

May 18, 2019 8:38 pm

Started watching Eurovision. Lasted 1/4 of an hour.

A thing of beauty
May 18, 2019 8:41 pm

Big Packy, thinking of you and joan.

The Gombeen Man
May 18, 2019 8:56 pm

Big Packy,

Very sorry to read your news. I know you’ve spent a fair bit of time with Joan and her Mam and enjoy the stories about the days out to Chester etc.

Stay strong and keep in touch.

I’ll say a prayer too,


A thing of beauty
May 18, 2019 8:56 pm

Busy day today out looking at our new dog so have not seen a single bit of football. 6-0 in a cup final is harsh but Man City are only doing what they should do – crushing teams that are clearly miles inferior to them. I wish we would do the same. Too many times I think Celtic are in the mood to run up a cricket score only to see us take our foot off the gas. Even in the times we were at our peak of hunskelping we let them off. Quite often we should have scored more than 5 and let them off the hook. It does my head in.
I also saw that Hamilton stayed up. Very disappointed about that. I realise that community clubs have their place but ffs it’s no in our top league. A ground with three sides and a plastic pitch makes our league Mickey Mouse and is another reason it’s so hard to attract players and managers of a decent calibre. That’s next season we’ll have three plastic pitches and a trip to Ross county (sorry Garry) which is another ground that I hate seeing on the telly. Hopefully Dundee Utd can come up. At least that’s a proper ground.
On the injuries to our players, I’m not sure how many have actually been sustained on the park but do agree we have never said enough when bad injuries do happen. The brand of football allowed in Scotland belongs in the 1970s and again that’s another thing that won’t help us attract the best. What interests me though is that you very rarely hear players who have played here including foreign players who seem utterly bemused for the first three months of their contracts by what passes for football and refereeing complain about it when they leave. I wish they would highlight it more but they don’t. That’s always been strange to me.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow as I do to every Celtic title party. We should never take these days for granted and I’ll revel in being with my family in our spiritual home celebrating or great club. I’ll go back to ranting about Peter Lawwell and a new manager again on Monday ?

big packy
May 18, 2019 8:58 pm

ALL YOU GHUYS AND GHIRLS joan is so humbled by your thoughts she has just texted me to say now this is her and not me god bless and hail hail to everyboby. now im just sitting here looking at this computer screen waiting for a phone call will let you know luv ya all to bits.hh.

May 18, 2019 9:00 pm

As much as City are a fantastic football team to watch as a club it is an abomination

May 18, 2019 9:24 pm

ATOB, Regarding ex players not speaking out about the way Celtic are treated, I have often thought about that too. The only player I can think of is Paul Elliot who said on TV that the referees in Scotland have an agenda against Celtic. He said that on national TV.

big packy
May 18, 2019 9:38 pm

HI ghuys she is off the ventilator and is breathing on her own, blood pressure was 150 now gone down to low twenties, god works in mysterious ways, love every one of you,too many to name but I will do eventually, joan is overwhelmed that so many of you took time to inquire about her mother, means a lot,hh.

big packy
May 18, 2019 9:49 pm

SORRY, should have said ghuys and ghirls,,sorry a thing of beauty.hh..

May 18, 2019 9:58 pm The Enemy- Sing when you’re in love