How We Dit It-Part 2


Mahe covered the defence and James Forrest on Tuesday,so here’s my review of the other parts of the team,how they performed,where we are strong and where we need some new faces.

The main man in midfield was once again Scott Brown. A colossus in the centre of the pitch,and a captain worthy of the armband. This season wasn’t his best in Europe,though he may have been carrying an injury at the time to which he eventually succumbed,missing a portion of the season before Christmas. None of us should be fooled that we can build a team around Broonie;he is 34 in June. We will do well to get two more seasons from him. If they continue to his own high standards,that will do for me!

One problem we have with Broonie is that he doesn’t seem to fit well with any of his obvious partners in the midfield. Olivier Ntcham had a dreadful season by the standards of the previous one,he really looks more suited to an instead of,rather than as well of Broonie. But everyone can see the lad has it all in spades. Is he still pissed off at his pal Moussa leaving? I dunno. If he is,he will need to snap out of it this season. Or the only way is down in his career. He’s 23yo,he needs to cement a first team place with us. And he needs to shine there,or he can wave goodbye to the big bucks. Ditch the chip,son-get the fitba’ head back on,there’s a good lad.

Callum McGregor struggled for large parts of this season for two reasons-the poor form of Ntcham and the emergence of Ryan Christie. The former meant that Callum had to cover the vacant role,the latter was performing well in Callum’s favourite position! Ironically,it took the loss to injury of Scott Brown for Callum to have his best spell. He grabbed the opportunity to be our ball-winner and quarter-back. If he couldn’t win it himself,he’d be there for the short pass and then play the killer one. I’d say he still had a great season,but he’ll know himself it wasn’t his best. He’ll be back,better than ever-he’s now a more-rounded player than before,just struggling for his ideal role!

And so onto Ryan Christie. We sent a wee laddie,a bantamweight,up to Aberdeen,hell knows what they fed him on up there. He came back looking like Rocky Graziano! With attitude!!! This boy can play,and once he got into the team-coming on as a halftime substitute in the League Cup semi final against Hearts with a matchwinning display-he showed us what we had been missing-and why Ronny Deila signed him. An unbelievable act of thuggery from his “pal” at Aberdeen put him out for the season,but he will be back,and he should be a regular for a while to come.

Jonny Hayes was largely luckless during the season,much as he was last season. More thuggery,this time from Naismith of Hearts-am I the only one who would give him three Adam’s Apples the second he started with his pish?-put him out right from the start. He still can’t find a regular role in the team,but whenever he has played he has rarely let us down. He was one of the few players who seemed to improve as the season progressed-perhaps being selected more often gave him that bit of previously absent confidence. Jonny will be there next season,ready to be called on when needed.

Of course a number of our midfield options missed large parts of the season,such as Bitton,Kouassi,Rogic,Arzani. Injuries are becoming too frequent and it should be a prime area for us to improve-somehow! Maybe referees applying the laws of the game in a proper and impartial manner might help. Maybe I’ll win the lottery anaw.

Up front,wow. Brendan Rodgers finally persuaded PL to sign Odsonne Edouard,a signing I’d called for from the previous October. He would have been a fraction of the price then too. His plan was clearly to play both him and Moussa Dembele together and that lasted till both Rodgers and Dembele threw their toys out of the pram. Of course,we still had Leigh Griffiths,underused by BR but the scorer of 40 goals for us prior to the change of manager. Sadly,Leigh has problems in his life which have nothing to do with football and I wish him well. I hope he can get whatever it is sorted,and put his best efforts into hunskelpin etc.

Eddy though has been outstanding! Asked to lead the line-a role for which he is not naturally suited-he has done so with grace,style,panache and some deadly finishing. Especially so when it mattered. The man for the big occasion? Well,he’s no shrinking violet,that’s for sure. And it takes a brave man to kick him,not without a disguise and a getaway car. If we can sign a Sutton/Hartson type striker to play alongside him,I’ll be viewing the future with green-tinted glasses for sure.

One player who is increasingly dividing the support is Scott Sinclair. His stats actually hold up to scrutiny,but his performances have not. He is still only 30yo and now in the last year of his contract. He has to step up to the plate this season,and I think the signing of a Sutton/Hartson/Dembele striker would help him immensely too. I hope he gets his mojo back,we all do!

Then of course we have the potential of youth,with Maryan Shved,Armstrong Okoflex and Karamoko Dembele. I expect those players to take more prominence in the corresponding article this time next year,and I’ve got high hopes for all three.

As Celtic supporters,we certainly have a B-I-G season ahead,there is more history there for the taking. The players and the manager will have our support all the way through,and I doubt if the players will lack for effort.


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May 30, 2019 5:40 am

MAHE from earlier

Craig Beattie in one sentence?

John Hartson without the talent or the finesse.

A thing of beauty
May 30, 2019 6:36 am

Broonie. He’s w conundrum right enough. It seems no one can play with him but it appears we can’t play without him. There are so many players, stretching back to Hartley and robson, jarosik, gravesen and donati who couldn’t play alongside him. Now we’re saying Ntcham and McGregor can’t either. Something no right there. As for Johnny Hayes – god loves a trier but I don’t!!

Twists n turns
May 30, 2019 6:38 am


Christie I feel will be our midfield mainstay this season . I’m admittedly biased , I’ve harped on about this lad for a long time. I really rate him. He has an exquisite touch, and can finish superbly well. His energy levels are immense.
An injury and assault free season and he can prove me correct.

Broony? What a wonderful servant . I fear though he won’t last another season, I mean they’ve gone now. Both of them. Fatigued. Muscle wastage I suspect.No strength left in either of them.

No. No. No. Not his legs. His arms ……..from lifting all those trophies ?

A thing of beauty
May 30, 2019 7:04 am

Lol. Sharp for this time of the morning though knowing you you’ll have been up for 3 hours already!! Similar to myself this morning as I head off to Berlin. If I bump into boyata I’ll get a picture and ask him the real story!! Any tips for places to eat and drink in Berlin would be most welcome.

May 30, 2019 7:27 am

Morning Bhoys,
What i’m looking for from an incoming players viewpoint, is first team ready players, not projects.
It’s time we stopped this 17 year old Man city development pish, let’s develop our own players, is that no what Lennoxtown is for, apart from training obviously?
I think we need about 6 or possibly seven players of first team standard brought in.
In my opinion we need solid competition for Bain, i’d get rid of DeVries & Gordon.
We need a right back, i’d keep Lustig for one more season but as back up to a new right back.
We need a central defender & would like to see McKenna of Aberdeen brought in.
We also need cover for KT, not Hayes tho, a proper left back.
In midfield i think we are fine but l would like to see a replacement for Brown added, like Lustig, Brown could then be used sparingly, i don’t think Broony has another 60 game season in his legs.
Up front we need a striker who can have the same impact & the same attributes as Moussa, someone who Edouard can support.
For me it’s last chance saloon for Griffiths, one more mistake & get him tae fuck.


Twists n turns
May 30, 2019 7:36 am


Are ye for or agin?

The introduction of cashouts must’ve been what? 2 years ago? A bit more than that?

For those who don’t gamble, the cash out was introduced by most leading bookmakers to give you an option to cash out on selected markets, before the event you’ve bet on has ended.

So you bet 3 horses. £5 treble. First and second selections win at 2 to 1 and 3 to 1, so you have £60 running on to your last selection at 5/1, with the chance to collect £360 if your last selection obliges.

Or – you can cashout. You might get offered £130 to cash out now. A bird in the hand and all of that?

I think the cashout dilemma lets you know the type of mindset you have. Cautious, or carefree?

Of course I suspect circumstances can determine your decision. Are you flush this week or a bit short?

The reason I ask is I was recently following a thread on this on another site. The majority of opinion was that cashouts are a bad thing. They’re loaded in the bookies favour. Why else would a bookie offer you a cashout? They’re not known for giving away money freely.

Some weeks ago, actually it was Aintree week, I said to my wife and youngest son I’d try to get a betting fund for the 3 days at Aintree.

I chose 3 horses. The first 2 won and the there was an hour to go prior to the last. I’d bet them in a patent at £2 units , so, a £14 staked bet.

As the second wins, my wife immediately goes to the cashout offer. She had bet them in £1 units, so staked £7.
£110 to cash out. “ oh I’m taking that” she says.
I said to her something along the lines of “ I don’t know why you bother betting my tips. You always cash out. No point in you even betting them”

My own cashout offer was obviously double hers as I’d staked twice as much. I didn’t consider it. I knew I was getting money back for the double anyway, so that guaranteed amount needs to be subtracted from the cash out to get the true amount you’re being offered.

My son had bet the same as his mother, so had the same offer available.
He said he wouldn’t be cashing out, as he’d been stung with the same thing the previous weekend. Cashed out… last horse won. Gutted!

After badgering her for a bit, the wife very reluctantly let it run. The last horse obliged and both she and my son collected £640 each.

I took great delight in this. No, not my tips winning. My wisdom?. “ See… told ye. You would’ve lost £500 if ye hadn’t listened to me. Listen to me, I know what I’m doing”. ….brag brag smug smug – ye get the picture .

Fast forward to Hamilton yesterday. I’m at the races and I’ve placed 3 x £5 win trebles and a £5 accumulator.

First wins at 2/1. Second wins 3/1. So £60 running on to 3rd selection.

Majeste. Gets up on the line to win by a nose in a photo. 8/1.

So I’ve now got £540 guaranteed for the treble.

Plus – £540 running on to my last selection.

The entire line is worth just short of £5k.

So I’m sitting in the bar. I’ve got less than 30 minutes to the race. I look at the cashout on the accumulator. ( not even thinking about cashing out the trebles part)

Cash out is £430.

Ffs. Now I’m in a quandary. Worse, the missus is sitting next to me. I’m thinking… if I cash this out and it wins, I’ve cost myself £2k plus. I’d still be £2.5k to the good though. It could’ve been £5k though. Hmmmm

If I cash it out for the £430 and it loses I’ve got the £430 plus my guaranteed £540. I can basically guarantee walking out with £970.

All this time it’s in my mind what I told the missus all those weeks ago about her cash out policy. Mugs game.

My last runner is in the second last race. Keith Dalgleish runner. 10/3 favourite. Dalgleish is in sparking form currently.

By now it’s 15 minutes to the off.

I’m now 90% sure I’m cashing out the accy. However, I need to justify my change of strategy to the other half. Don’t want to look like a hypocrite eh ?

“ I’m just thinking” I say.
“ we’ve got ladies day at Musselburgh on Saturday. If I cash out this bet, that’s nearly a grand I’m guaranteed. That’ll more than cover the digs, dinner, bets etc “

With her cash out mentality I’m expecting an easy ride here.

“ oh what if it wins though”?

Awww man.

“ yeah but we will still have over £2k so it’s a win – win really”

Logic is now out the window. ? It’s a win – lose ain’t it?

I cashed out.

The last horse never really struck a blow. Didn’t pick up as they hit the uphill finish. I suspect the rain softened ground and that steep hill didn’t help.

So I made the right decision. In respect of profit of course. Did I really make the right decision? You tell me what you’d have done, and why, though I don’t really need any advice…..

Cos….As I said to the wife as I walked to the car “ see, told ye, listen to me, I know what I’m doing” .. smug smug ??

I’ll be watching for that last runner by the way. Dalgleish. Euro implosion. It might have been the ground, or, he might just have been getting it ready for a tilt on an easier course… such as Musselburgh on Saturday. ?

Twists n turns
May 30, 2019 7:42 am

A thing of beauty

Yeah I sleep 5 hours, 6 at a push. Generally get up at 4-30am. Always been the way.

Berlin ? I’ve never been.

I hope you have a great time.

Awe Naw might be able to oblige. I don’t think he’s in Berlin but it’s a certainty he’ll know the place well.

Twists n turns
May 30, 2019 7:53 am

Whilst you’re off to Berlin I’ll be off to Glasgow at 9am to see about these directors seats at CP.

Should have been yesterday but forgot Hamilton was on when I made the appointment.

If I get offered them… will I take them??

Cash out dilemma all over again…

Aye? Naw?


big packy
May 30, 2019 8:05 am

MORNING BHOYS AN GHIRLS,.good article bobby food for thought cant disagree with any of that, really looking forward to see the new bhoys and hoping we see a lot of dembele okoflex and Johnston, as you say someone to partner Edouard, wonder what craig beattie is doin now,?

big packy
May 30, 2019 8:11 am

TWISTS AND TURNS, I love ryan Christie as well he has got some engine in him, definitely been missed, by the way I would keep ncham think their is a player there, why not give scott brown a rest and give ncham a run of games.hh.

Twists n turns
May 30, 2019 8:39 am


Ntcham definitely talented from the neck down….
It’s the neck up he needs to get straight

big packy
May 30, 2019 8:49 am

TWISTY, your on the ball this morning?

May 30, 2019 8:52 am

Bobby, great article could have read similar all day long. The midfield? We have really good players, its the combinations of them that counts. (As ATOB mentions). I thought the best football we played was after the winter break for a wee run of games, Broonie and Ntcham were out. That’s not to say both these players are poor but the experiment without them worked. Then BR walked! It just leaves you with the impression that we have a good midfield but tactics and selection from the manager is crucial. Good captain as he is I think we should rely less on Broonie. I know he is very much needed as a CB but I wonder if Ajer might be the answer to a replacement defensive midfielder and captain.

May 30, 2019 8:53 am

Morning Packy how’s things?

big packy
May 30, 2019 9:04 am

morning jim ,was getting worried about you posted you last night, anyway fine here was just on my way out with the dugs when I seen your post, will speak later .hh.bruv.

Noel Skytrot
May 30, 2019 9:05 am

Fair assessment Mick. On Broony, he’s our captain, a born winner etc but I noticed that when he plays deep we slow down a bit. Whereas with Christie we have more power and pace going forward. Im not denigrating Broony, but from what I saw last season our play was a tad slower. Was that due to Broony carrying an injury, or is it just how he’s had to adapt due to his age? Sinclair, sorry, I think he’s a confidence player and he looks bereft of any just now. NtCham, sort it out lad, he’s clearly a top player but looks as if he’s a million miles away from Parkhead.

May 30, 2019 9:17 am

Great article, totally agree regarding that wee ratbag Naismith. He’s got a face you’d never get tired kicking. Hail x2

May 30, 2019 9:39 am

Naismith? He’s a certainty to get a job as a punter at the BBC when he retires. Regardless of his voice, diction, sentence structure or train of thought, Tam English & Packie Bonner will put a good word in for him.
Tam English because he likes Rugby types and Packie because he is totally neutral don’t you know.

May 30, 2019 12:04 pm

I appreciate its off subject (although I agree with thrust of main article. Cut down injuries if possible and add strength in the obvious positions) but here is a follow up to conversation on CQN on why credible club licensing is an absolute essential for Celtic (and the other clubs) well being.


On other clubs, they dont have to spend more, just put effective controls in place so “Rangers” behave in the same financially careful way that they do.

It will not remove the wage gap inherent from crowd size but it might narrow it enough to improve their chances of a UEFA place. Look at Killie.

The problem is their supporters aren’t putting pressure on their clubs.

With regard to rinse and repeat that cannot be countenanced because it will endanger Celtic, who are not out of the Res12 woods yet, to a point of supporters realising they are being taken for mugs in a game where rules don’t apply at Ibrox.

As a shareholder I question the idea that ” protecting Rangers” comes at no cost to Celtic.

I never bought into the idea that Celtic lost millions as result of what took place in 2011. The team at that time would have been unlikely to get past qualifying so hard cost would be qualifying payments circa £300k.

However under previous UEFA rules covering 2009 and 2010,there is a requirement that even although tax due to HMRC is in dispute, nevertheless full details of individual players that tax payable is in respect of, must be provided or a licence application should be refused.

This creates a snooker. If all details provided then Rangers in the clear but SFA guilty of not investigating the basis of tax owed, which was ebts with side letters.

If details not provided then licence should have been refused.

(There is also another reason to refuse under ” fair presentation ” of accounts that also applies and might apply to the other earlier years Rangers won titles, but you get my drift)

That puts a different complexion on the cost to Celtic and there surely has to be some assurances that it cannot happen again and yet Celtic are being dependent on the very organisation that may have cost us millions to establish if they acted properly?

That makes no sense whatsoever but it was at Celtic’s insistence that Res12 tried to obtain answers domestically rather than pass Res12, which would have ended the matter given knowledge at that time on UEFA FFP and tax matters was sparse.

It will get worse for Celtic if they are perceived as not upholding shareholders interests by allowing an organisation on whom they depend for fair play, to put Celtic’s chances of continuous CL participation at risk when that organisation (the SFA), have been shown to protect their own interest above Celtic’s.

However although the sums lost may have been higher than just 2011, it’s about sending a message to the SFA and Celtic that they are accountable especially if it can be shown both have been less than honest with shareholders in the handling of Res12.

Or does no one really care and both Celtic and SFA are depending on that?

May 30, 2019 1:24 pm

I am a fan of Broony but the reality is there is no room for sentiment in football.
He is a marauding old school footballer whose natural instincts make him the less than perfect choice as a midfield anchor.
Our central midfield has struggled for balance for years.
Scott is a lion but his natural instincts make him take on too much responsibility with the consequence of others avoiding theirs.
I think he is more of an old fashioned inside right who would have been good as a pressing player.
It’s a conundrum and i wouldn’t mind seeing him switched to right back position where his driving ability could be used without exposing our soft centre.
Another thing that would help is if our team acted more as a unit instead of three separate compartments.
The gaps in our central area are not just the fault of the midfield.
Our press fails as the mid are to far back then react late and charge forward leaving large gaps.
If we cant execute properly we shouldn’t do at all.
Our defense has to learn the half way line is a friend and stay closer to the mids and trust Bain as a sweeper for long balls over the top.
Our coaches need to learn to make the team a singular unit and not be blinded with an individuals merits.
Time to put the team first.

May 30, 2019 1:38 pm

The idea that our best football was with Brown and Ntcham out is not quite true
Ntcham played in the game against StJohnstone 6-0 when our form started to improve.
He played in the following Hibs game we won 4-2 and the following 3-0 bettered cup win against Hearts where he was injured.
In between he played in our 2-0 loss to Leipzig away
He was played as a centre all those games.
On his comeback from injury BR’s tinkering affected him dearly as he was played on left and his form struggled.
Being made scapegoat for BR’s ibrox debacle also affected him.
He has not featured much but in our recent 2-1 victory over Hearts at Celtic park he controlled play from his central position.
He has it but needs to be played in a position and team that suits.

May 30, 2019 2:31 pm

The squad needs major surgery where I sit. There has been very little succession planning if any. A good manager replaces a player slowly, edging him out over time.
We tend to sell or drop and new guy has the position. Chopping and changing gaffer every three years doesn’t help I suppose.
My take on in and outs needed

One keeper out and youth keeper moved up.

Left back is KT,,Hayes,,or new Yankee fella . Although Lenny offered Izzy a one year deal I think that is insane and not good news . We don’t need 4 left backs . Let Izzy go.

Right back,,not sure why some people still refer to Lustig,,he is no longer our employee and has departed. If he was going to sign it would have happened long time ago. He’s gone. Goodbye. And ain’t coming back.
That leaves Ralston and new Yankee Perez but we should have one more.

Central we need two and Hendry can move on.
We should buy our own quality one and probably loan one.

Middle,,Scott Brown should be phased out starting now. Retire after ten campaign.
Ncham and Rogic gtf. Bitton can eff off also, another who has been there for years yet isnt first choice .Calmac and Christie and Euan is a great start,,add a couple. They are not hard to find are midfielders.

Left , Sinky cheerio,,nay heart son and we can’t waste time every week making sure you’re ok. Hayes and Odsonne can play there and Shved to come in. Good there.

Right wing,,back up for James needed and that’s not Paddy Roberts. Young dembele should start seeing game time but don’t count on him. A new guy on a season loan probably best.

Upfront,,we ain’t gonna play with two up top as that exposes the middle of the park. No one really plays two strikers anymore,,it’s usually an attacking midfielder behind the main striker.
If Odsonne is gonna be thrown left a lot we could do with a good finisher. Lee can leave with thanks.
We need more goals in our play to win the next league and that is a huge problem as it already looks turgid. Gary Hooper,,I really liked him first time around but he’s not our answer now. Could be a third choice behind Odsonne and Mikey. But I would not be confident of those 3 hitting enough goals.
I think we need a top striker and they are hard to find, plus Eduoards price tag means he must play. We are in a pickle here. He must play but we need more goals than he seems to provide. Stick him left and supporting a good goal scorer I’d my solution but that’s a lot easier to type than implement.

So overall 1 right back , 2 central defenders , 2 midfielders , 1 right wing , 1 striker.
Thank goodness we have been saving up for a splurge. Great lesson in how not to plan properly . A DOF should see that this never happens again.
Gonna be a hell of season next year.
Hail Hail

May 30, 2019 3:09 pm

” Or does no one really care and both Celtic and SFA are depending on that”
I think we are gonna have to accept that and each of us decides how much to withdraw / invest from this point on.
One things for sure anyone staying should never be in this situation again ,,, helpless and divided with no say whatsoever ,,
while the board make chioices no one agrees with and the disconnect grows . I know very very little about our club, why they are even in charge and the medium plus long term plan.
Never felt soo apart yet on field we are cleaning up. Well done Plc.
Recorded letters unanswered
Emails left hanging
Zero speaking up for justice or the support
Record salaries for the easiest decisions
No team succession planning as can’t keep a manager long term and don’t want a DOF as he could affect KPI’s.
Well run club my arse.
Hail Hail

Twists n turns
May 30, 2019 3:10 pm

Agree with most of that. ( by the way unless I’m not mistaken Izzy has gone. Or at least knocked back the new contract)

We definitely need a Wanyama type player. Strong in the tackle. Workhorse.

Griff? Well it depends what griff ye get. I’m not giving up on him yet… but he’s using up the goodwill. I like what he brings. He moves defences around with his own movement.

I pray we do not look at McKenna. I think the guy is nowhere near good enough. Ajer isn’t a natural centre half but McKenna is no better than him. £4m or so? No no and thrice no.

The next month or 6 weeks will be very informative.

May 30, 2019 3:47 pm

That’s good news about Izzy.
I forgot Marvellous Marvin and along with Hendry that makes 4 defenders on the books. Most clubs have 4 but our four ,, we have relied on Jozo to our woe before,,Kris is an honest trier and will improve but lacks a bit of pace,,The other two forget it.
Last year the defence won the league for us now we need big reinforcements.

Likewise we have three strikers for one spot,,that’s usually enough.
Yet one doesnt or can’t play due to life issues and the other is a raw punt we haven’t seen but certainly can’t rely on. Leaves us with a wide drifting striker so we can’t target the box with Shved or James pace as Eddy usually behind the play having linked it and passed on.
We are disjointed currently.

McKenna,,TeT says not good enough, I’ve learnt he’s usually right.

This Lenny decision,,theres legacies hanging on this. If your legacy is on the line and you have a ton of cash to splurge , who goes for the cheap option ?
You get quality , spend , and cement your legacy as best you can.
This gamble has the potential to backfire bigtime. Still cannae believe it.
And how anyone can say we don’t need major surgery is beyond me.
The suits better step up here, skating on thin ice me thinks. Eejits. And they are meant to be smart? Gifting the Huns a title through penny pinching would be the end of them surely,,wiser to splurge bigtime.
Very interesting window ahead indeed buddy.
Hail Hail

A thing of beauty
May 30, 2019 3:55 pm

In reply to your earlier question, I would not cash out ever because I don’t have a betting account, thank goodness. I’d be too tempted to throw my money away. A friends son had a few wins a while back on his account and his mum begged him to put it away but he couldn’t help himself. Got into some serious debt betting on…. disabled woman’s tennis. Wtf? So I take my hat off to those who can manage their gambling but I wouldn’t like to take the chance.
Did you go for the directors box seats? I hope you did and see once peter starves Lenny of cash or he spends it on another amido balde, ask fat Pete if you can cash out!!

A thing of beauty
May 30, 2019 4:01 pm

Auld heid,
I care about resolution 12 but as I have said before I reckon 70% of fans know nothing about it. Even when they do, like myself they find it hard to understand. I admire your resolve and sheer cussedness about this but I don’t think the board are going to take this up. It should be to their eternal shame and those involved in the whole charade should fall on their sword but again because so many fans know nothing about it they get away with it. Also it’s been going on so long it all points to nothing being done. I love Celtic and cannot contemplate not going. I also cannot stop myself buying merchandise as I want others to have the gift of Celtic. I am a 24 carat sucker and Peter Lawwell actually must love me and my ilk. ?

Twists n turns
May 30, 2019 4:24 pm

A thing of beauty

Yes, gambling is, even by nature of the name, a risk, and not just a risk to your funds. It’s ruined many a life and will continue to do so. I can safely say it’s one area of my life I’m in control of , ( I think!) and I always assume when betting that it’s money I won’t be seeing again, and a win is a bonus. I love the horse racing. I’ve owned a few horses ( you’ve probably seen a few of my old horses who now earn their keep working Blackpool beach ?) and I’ll probably take on another one or two in the next few years. If I ever, just once, wake up upset at money I’ve lost betting, it’ll be my last bet.

I do know at least one lad who spent all of his wages, week in week out, on a fruit machine in the local pub which only had a £10 jackpot. Dreadful addiction, and I’d imagine every bit as hard to break as smoking, alcohol or whatever your particular weakness is.

Tickets for the directors seats.

Yes, I’m taking them. I need to arrange a visit to CP in the next week or two to sort out the details but yes, they’re mine.
To be honest I knew driving through to Glasgow today I’d probably take them. ( driving home, I wasn’t so chirpy, knowing I was about to tell Mrs Twists not to look at the bank account in a week or so . I’m going to tell her our account has been hacked ?)

Seriously though, it’ll be unusual to be sitting in the other side of the pitch looking up to my old seat. I used to sit in the Huns end, then moved to the Jock Stein, and ultimately to the North stand. So that’s it…I’ve gone full circle – or square!

I wasn’t aware until today that I get away tickets too, ( Ibrox I’m not sure given the low allocation) but certainly for the other away ties. I’ll find out about Ibrox when I’m through there.

Anyhow, once I’m sorted, I’d be delighted to welcome you up for a match. Yer sharing with TET though. I promised him. If BMCUW can join us, that’s the table filled already for at least one game.

Just let me know.

Enjoy yer wee break .

May 30, 2019 4:41 pm

Congrats on the table. Would you place some listening devices around the inner sanctum pls.
Could we pull a coup from the inside?
Now I really hope we are playing home weekend I’m over !!! 😉
Hail Hail

Twists n turns
May 30, 2019 4:48 pm

Would be a good thing for this site eh? I plank a listening device in the boardroom. Sentinel Celts with exclusive after exclusive eh ?

You will be more than welcome to join me for a match. Just don’t be hitting anyone. I know what you Irish are like when ye get full of the amber nectar. I’ve been out drinking with WITS?

Joking of course . WITS is a lovely fella.

Seriously, would be a pleasure to spend time in your company.

( you can place the device ?)

Twists n turns
May 30, 2019 4:56 pm
May 30, 2019 5:09 pm

I’m a lover not a fighter, have no fear on the violence front. The smile and laughter grows the more I drink, not the testosterone levels. Would quit drinking if they did.
Invite your Canadian lawyer with you next time for negotiations and he is expertly trained in placing any devices. Keep them talkin when he goes to the restroom.
Hail Hail

May 30, 2019 5:38 pm

One for GORDON64,BADABING and a few others.

The author agrees with me on his best 8,but I would have

1-Darkness on the Edge of Town

2-Born to Run

3-The River

May 30, 2019 5:40 pm
May 30, 2019 5:48 pm

You say no one plays with two strikers now, but Neil is already quoted saying he ” wants to build his team around his strikers.


May 30, 2019 5:49 pm

BMCUWP Born to Run for me amigo followed by The River Hh

May 30, 2019 5:51 pm


When I was at Hampden a few years back,it was Born to Run night. I was certainly fine with that!

Bada Bing
May 30, 2019 6:10 pm

Paddy new 2 year deal at Man City, then loaned to Norwich

big packy
May 30, 2019 6:13 pm

EVENING BHOYS AND GHIRLS,whats this im hearing from phils site, that mr desmond might be pulling out of celtic, anybody heard anything.hh.

Twists n turns
May 30, 2019 6:28 pm

Can’t see anything on Phil’s site re that? Not that I believe much of the stuff he writes anyway….

The Exiled Tim
May 30, 2019 6:32 pm

Evening Timland, very hot just now.
So the break is well and truly upon us, it’s gonna get a tad boring without football, nothing compares, no amount of any kind of kid on stuff is just not at the races.
Don’t like the cash out, it’s only there because it reduces the bookies liability, they bank on people cashing out, I must admit I have a few times but it’s basically only so I don’t lose my stake money, it gets a 2 out of 10 from me..

big packy
May 30, 2019 6:36 pm

TWISTS AND TURNS,. thanks, thought it might be rubbish,hh.

May 30, 2019 6:43 pm

Hiya, could someone let me know when big packy is on? He said he would talk to me later on.

big packy
May 30, 2019 6:45 pm

HI JIM, how are you pal .hh.

May 30, 2019 6:51 pm

Fine Packy. HH

big packy
May 30, 2019 7:01 pm

JIM,.meant to ask you this,you and I have both been to the carfin grotto, but have you ever been to Lourdes, remember as a kid in glenboig everyone wanted to go to Lourdes,,my late aunt bella went about 1965 I was 12 years old, and brought back some holy water I was mesmerised, it was in a bottle shaped like our lady, ah memories.hh.

Twists n turns
May 30, 2019 7:16 pm

Big Packy
I got the same present from Lourdes ?
Blue and white statue of our Lady filled with holy water.

Memories eh.

I can also remember my first set of rosary beads. There was something special about rosary beads. Even mesmerised my Protestant pals .
Something fascinating about them.

Some of the older members of the parish has some lovely rosary beads. Looked expensive. Magnetic appeal I always thought

May 30, 2019 7:20 pm

Packy, Never been to Lourdes. I have a close friend who went often as a volunteer for the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust. He said it was like all major religious sites. Surrounded by businesses making a living from the site. But once inside the grounds of Lourdes itself it was beautiful and peaceful.

I’ve been to the Vatican but I honestly cant say it was ‘peaceful’. So many tourists, snap happy, talking loudly and that was within St. Peter’s. But I still loved it.

big packy
May 30, 2019 7:23 pm

TWISTY, yes rosary beads, it was like mobile phone now you just have to have them.,hh.

May 30, 2019 7:29 pm

twists n turns
TET makes beautiful rosary beads.
If you click on his moniker it takes you to his site.