Hail,Hail! The fitba’s Back!!!


Bloody hell,that was a long fortnight. I honestly can’t recall an international fortnight which has dragged in like this one has. Maybe it’s because we went from the euphoria of gubbing the huns to,well,sod all for a fortnight.

I dread to think what it would have been like if we had lost-I’d probably have had to hide the razor blades!

But we’re back,and thanks to those nice tv people we don’t even have to wait till 3pm to see The Hooooops in action again. Nope,tomorrow sees us kick off at noon,Hamilton time. ATHINGOFBEAUTY doesn’t allow me to do predictions on the site-she’s a right miseryguts until the game is over,then she goes bananas celebrating!-so I won’t,all I’ll say is that we have the opportunity to turn the screw on any potential challengers by opening up a six-point gap before they’ve even got their boots on.

Six points after only five games,the prospect of that would scare the proverbial out of them. And players don’t always deal well with that kind of pressure-I can still remember Regi Blinker turning white when he heard the din as he ran out of the tunnel for the first time at Ibrox.

Turn the screw,Celtic. Starting tomorrow. Our teething problems as we bedded in an entire new defence should be a thing of the past,and as I’ve said before,I expect NL to have used the break to get them drilled and used to playing together,used to playing how he expects them to. Of course,I exempt Fraser Forster from that as I hope he was down in Southampton putting his house up for sale and getting ready to move into a permanent place back here.

I will be most displeased if he doesn’t sign a permanent deal with us.

Talking of deals,hot on the heels of the rumours of an improved and extended contract for CalMac comes news of similar being lined up for I Wanna. I suspect that PL must be kicking himself for not thinking of it earlier. Eddy made his first two appearances for the French U-21 team during this break,scoring twice.

In each of them!

Now,given that Moussa Dembele gained his international acclaim at the same level,with 13 in 25,I think that having a Forward with a scoring rate four times as high means that we throw everything at keeping him till at least 2022. He’s already under contract till then,btw,but it makes sense to improve and extend a contract for someone of his quality.

He’s not even 22yo until next year,so I seriously doubt that we have seen the best of him. And that’s a scary thought,and a delightful one at the same time.

Get him signed,Peter. Give the huns and their cohorts in the media the heebie-jeebies just thinking about him. They’ll need a defence from another universe to stop him!

The thing is,I was all for resting him for tomorrow’s game-until I saw him on international duty. He has been absolutely superb this season already,and he’s absolutely on fire. So play him,even if only for an hour or so. Keep him up to speed for that game in Rennes on Thursday.

Thing is though,that a game like this really is the ideal time to use the squad,rotate a little. I’d say we probably have to start with the same defence that finished off the huns,even if only to give them experience of playing together,but the rest of the team is ripe for a temporary turnover.

I’d go with CalMac and Ollie in the engine room,with Ollie given a freer role to support Ryan Christie as required. Bring Broonie on for one of them with twenty minutes to go,just to loosen up the muscles and get tore in. I’m sure that by that time one or two of the Hamilton thugs will have put the boot in a few times. Gives him something to look forward to…

Up front,I’m inclined to give James Forrest the weekend off entirely. Tell him to use it to find his mojo. It’s probably in Stockholm,I know that’s where I saw him with it last. Once he finds it,great. No better player on his game.

There are a multitude of options available to replace him,even temporarily. We could give his place to Maryan Schved,assuming that he can be bothered to impress Lenny in training. Honestly,son,I know I’ve said it before,but Tony Watt is a prime example of what happens when NL thinks yer a lazy no-use basturt in training. Get out there and show us what you can do-bit you have to show it in training first,and to your manager.

An alternative option would be to go with two strikers,either Bayo or Griff,with the “loser” coming on after an hour for I Wanna. This option is heavily dependent on how good “Jack” Bauer is at storming up the right wing. Only one way to find out,cos we can’t play to the same shape for every game.

The left side of the front line is the one where I’m seriously conflicted. Michael Johnston has really grown into his jersey this season,a sign both of maturity and of the trust of his manager. He has been offered his opportunity,and in his favoured position. He has been given game time,and he has seized it with both hands. And both feet. He has performed excellently,in fact.

But I’m old school. Even as a fan of Bob Dylan-who knows that The Times,They Are A-Changing-I’m with The Greatest Manager on this. Don’t play youngsters all the time. Drop them out for a bit,maybe a few games at their own level,bring them back. Jock by and large knew when it was time to do that,and I don’t pretend to know a fraction of what he did about,well,anything,but a weekend off with his pals will do him no harm.

In which case,bring back Scott Sinclair. Remind him that this is likely to be his last season with us unless he performs miracles. Even Jesus didn’t perform miracles sitting in the stand. He is only 30yo and probably has four more seasons in him at a similar level to ours,but not if he chucks it.

How hard did you work as a kid to get where you are,Scott? Go out there and be that kid again. Your stats for the last two seasons have been very good,but you know as we do that your performances haven’t. This isn’t the last chance saloon by any means,but did that kid really think he would have chucked it at 30?

Naw. So prove it. Starting tomorrow.


Bit of a cock-up on the charity initiative. The obvious time to announce it was on the weekend of our first anniversary,and the obvious choice for first bite at the cherry was THEEXILEDTIM. But we didn’t think it through. His weekend included the international fortnight,a really diddy cup in Scotland and the bottom two tiers in England.

So I’ve decided to call that a dry run. THEEXILEDTIM did not have a hope last weekend,it was a poisoned chalice. He can have his go again shortly. Meantime,I’ll have the next go. Not because I want to but because we forgot to ask who wanted to go next!

So,to remind you all. I’ll have a fiver to use in any way I see fit. Once I lose it,I’m out and another person has a go. But I only have a maximum of three goes,so if I win tomorrow,I’m in for Hootenanny Weekend! Win there,I’ll have the next weekend too. But that would be my turn done. Lose ANY of them and I’m out.

Pre-emptive strike though-I’ll always be two people ahead. So it’s me tomorrow,TWISTSNTURNS next. After that,it will be THEEXILEDTIM again. And we will cancel it during international fortnights unless the competitor wants to have a go.

If you want to have your place on this-which we intend to run for as long as the site does-drop us a line to the usual address.


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September 13, 2019 7:30 am

There probably won’t be an article tomorrow as I’m heading up to Scotland. Train from Euston to Glasgow,but I’ve got to leave pretty early to get to London first! And straight off a nightshift too…

Reminder that The Hootenanny will be in McChuills on 21/9 from around 230pm. Get there earlier,you might get a seat! There will probably be a bit of music,but not of the Jack McLaughlin type that gave us the boak as a kid. Not 100% guaranteed,but pretty much.

September 13, 2019 7:31 am

Oh,and I’ll be posting the charity bet selections around lunchtime. Haven’t looked at a coupon yet-no mirrors in my house!

big packy
September 13, 2019 8:16 am

MORNING ALL, bobby I would rest eddy tomorrow because of the pitch, we don’t want any injuries before the rennes game, give bayo a run out and see what he is made of.hh..ps. cant you get the train from Bristol temple meads to Glasgow.

September 13, 2019 9:25 am


I took the train to Scotland from Swindon once. To Cheltenham to meet the train you mentioned. It took me nearly nine hours!

As Swindon is about the same distance from Glasgow as London is,I was expecting it to be about half that time. My mates were expecting me in the pub around teatime,so they phoned me.

“Where are you.


Well,what was the last station you were at.

F…..g Blackburn!

Whit train stops at Blackburn.

This wan.

Where are you now?

F…..g telt ye,dunno! Aw I can see is f…..g sheep. And they’re moving faster than this f…..g train! See ye the morra. ”

So naw,train from Euston for me,thank you…

September 13, 2019 10:01 am

Still on for the BV beforehand?

September 13, 2019 10:21 am


I fully expect Pistol Pete to offer Eddy an improved and extended contract. However I am of the opinion that this will only be to ensure the PLC receive the maximum return on their Investment rather than any serious attempt to keep Eddy for another season or 2. Does Eddy have a release clause? Chances are he does given the, alleged, amount we paid for him -£9 mill – and that most modern football contracts usually contain one. An improved contract would certainly included a release clause. Now Eddy’s agent isn’t going to allow the PLC to set this too high and frighten off potential suitors. I’d say that given the max we would likley be prepared to pay Eddy £30k – £40k p/w any release clause would be similar to KT’s circa +£20mill and remember that’s only if OE’s team agrees to an extension. Now the £20 Mill question is why would they if, as reported, there are teams already showing interest in our star asset? If I were them I’d wait until after Jan before even considering discussing any new deal. Ya snooze ya lose Pete – not that it would be the 1st time.

As for Calmac – is he really worth £35k a week? Is Scott Sinclair worth £35k p/w given that he has been a shadow of the player BR bought recently albeit his goal ratio is still very decent. Did we offer Boyata £30k p/w to stay and if not why not?
Lets see, potentially, £30k p/w for Calmac, definitely £30k p/w for Scott S, at least £30K p/w for a loan with no buy clause = + £90k p/w now just how much would big Vic W want in wages p/w? Did we even try?

Cynics are us CSC

September 13, 2019 10:30 am


BV before 1pm is very much in my plans. Hopefully that doesn’t get scuppered inbetween times.

It’s a tradition,after all!

Looking forward to a right good catch up with you and a few others. At least we won’t need to worry about trying to catch a taxi from Sandy Row to Divis flats,what a f….g nightmare that was!

Still beelin’ about that,thinking about it.

September 13, 2019 11:31 am

Thought it was 21st for your Hoot ?

September 13, 2019 12:18 pm

Norrie, Bobby must be in bed after the night shift. It is the 21st for the hoot. I think Bobby is coming up a week early for a bit of a holiday with family & friends.

(and catch some football!)

September 13, 2019 1:58 pm

Apologies for any confusion,folks.

Hootenanny is on 21/9. Earlier post was misleading and has been amended.

Grateful thanks for pointing it out!!!

September 13, 2019 2:11 pm

Right,here’s the charity bet for the week

I’ve broken it down a bit,so pay attention. It’s a bit scattergun.
1st part.

Bet 4x40p ftrebles and 40p acca. £2
2nd part

The following teams to win 2-1.

Bristol City

Bet 10p L/15 and 50p acca £2.
3rd part

The following teams to win.
Forest Green

Acca £1

Mike in Toronto
September 13, 2019 3:19 pm


I think it was you who mentioned drummers and singing ….

here is a band I have posted on here (including a track recently) , The Lucksmiths, where the drummer is also the lead singer … this is one of my favourite tracks ….

The Year of Driving Langorously ….

yes … this is just a shameful excuse to get the Friday evening music session started early …

September 13, 2019 3:38 pm

???? see you there

September 13, 2019 3:45 pm

The Clash.

Straight to Hell


The Exiled Tim
September 13, 2019 3:59 pm

That’s the leccy back on, these storms are a efin pain, the pool is full of garbage again, I have cleaned up twice now and am gonna wait till I start clean up three as there is supposed to be another week of this, but after the hottest summer for ever according to my neighbour he reckons it’s just what happens.
Yip, delighted the real football is back. shame about the plastic pitch, three points is all that matters tho.

September 13, 2019 4:12 pm

Tet, my sister got caught in it last night. The roads were in chaos. Took her 2 & half hours to get home from Alicante. She couldn’t make out the pavement from the road, like driving through a lake. Frightening.

September 13, 2019 4:17 pm

It has a Waterboys feel to it. ( Who I like )
Why did you post a drummer singing though? It will only encourage Big Packy.??.
Straight to hell, are you thinking of anyone in particular??
It’s been a really hard time of late for you, I hope things improve, soon, for you.

The Exiled Tim
September 13, 2019 4:44 pm

When it’s bad you really don’t want to venture out, I hardly slept a wink last night, the sound of the rain battering down knowing the damage it was causing didn’t bode well for a decent sleep, but thankfully it’s not every year, we have been here eleven years now and this is the third time it’s been this bad, people are losing their lives, the last storm a couple on holiday no far from Valencia were sitting outside a cafe having a drink, nothing untoward and the water just appeared and swept them away, it’s that bad, we are bad here cos of the terrain, if you recall the Spaghetti westerns, they were filmed less than an hour away so that’s what the land is like here, akin to a desert then the rain comes and it’s flash flooding everywhere, thankfully I am at the top of the hill so very little damage in comparison to some, I really feel for some folks, the last storm I watched a house slide down the hillside, yer man was quite philosophical about it, he just said he should have build better foundations and it wouldn’t have slid away, and he was serious.

Mike in Toronto
September 13, 2019 4:53 pm


They are (were) a great band … a bit of waterboys … but a bit of Violent Femmes… and TSC ….as I say, one of my favourties…

quirky, wistful, melodic pop music at its finest …

maybe BP can entertain everyone at the upcoming Hoot by learning a few of their songs, and singing /playing drums at the upcoming Hoot


If you do, and some music industry bigwig hears you, and wants you to become the next Justin Timberlake, you will need a good lawyer/manager…. so, dont forget me when you are famous!


September 13, 2019 5:29 pm

I have always thought that Australian bands have never been taken seriously or have been underrated in the Northern hemisphere. There are many examples of this, The Lucksmiths being one.

September 13, 2019 5:35 pm

That is a good version of ‘Straight to Hell’, different from the Combat Rock album version I am used to listening to. ?

Mike in Toronto
September 13, 2019 5:52 pm


A few from there or NZ have done well …. Split Enz, Crowded House, INXS to name a few…but,I hadn’t really thought about it, but I think you are right in that there is real talent there, but I think they might be under appreciated elsewhere …. here are a few that I like …

Hunters & collectors … lead by the brother of the Crowded House Drummer….

and Bic Runga … I think her first two albums were the top selling albums in NZ … great albums …. and she is soooo cute… but didnt really take off elsewhere …

Hunters and Collectors – Throw your arms around me..

Bic Runga

big packy
September 13, 2019 6:11 pm

JNP AND MIKE I can play drums better than I can sing believe me, funnily enough my father could sing better than he played the trombone, he had a lovely tenor voice, he sang mostly the songs of an irish singer called john mcormack, maybe you have heard of him, and yes mike, you can??

big packy
September 13, 2019 6:13 pm

THE EXIILED TIM, feel for you pal??

big packy
September 13, 2019 6:15 pm

ok quiz question ,this person was a lovely singer and drummer sadly no longer with us.

Mike in Toronto
September 13, 2019 6:17 pm

karen carpenter

Mike in Toronto
September 13, 2019 6:18 pm


My dad used to play John McCormack alot … he is someone, like Pavarotti, that I still play because their music reminds me of my dad.

September 13, 2019 6:20 pm

Good tunes M. Midnight Oil, Jet, Gang of Youths and Avalanches are great Antipodean bands also. AC/DC, INXS and Crowded House are probably the exceptions, having made it worldwide.

Mike in Toronto
September 13, 2019 6:25 pm

To their credit, the Church of Scotland has come out and rejected the Orange Order position that the banning of marches this weekend is an attack on Scottish Protestantism.

big packy
September 13, 2019 6:30 pm

MIKE, correct karen carpenter,as regards john mcormack our dads had good taste in music.?

Mike in Toronto
September 13, 2019 6:35 pm

as does DD l… two of my favourite tracks from one of the Australian bands he mentioned …. if these videos/songs dont make you want to dance, you are dead….

A thing of beauty
September 13, 2019 6:45 pm

Fan a tic,
I was interested in your chat last night about the cycling. I cycle a little myself and I’m thinking I need a new bike. I have a specialised hybrid but I am fed up getting passed by people who make that lovely tick tick whoosh sound as they go by. I’d appreciate your thoughts. I’ve been looking at a canondale evo – basic level as I’m no minted!! It gets great write ups but you may know different or know something similar but not as dear. Anyone else who knows anything about bikes I’d appreciate your thoughts. Those who don’t cycle, scroll by before I bore you all to death.

September 13, 2019 6:54 pm

Love The Avalanches album ‘Since I Left You’. Very underrated.

Mike in Toronto
September 13, 2019 7:00 pm


Im not a huge fan of music videos … but there are a couple that I think are great …. London Calling by the Clash might be my favourite … I cant watch Since I Left You and not feel uplifted by it….

big packy
September 13, 2019 7:13 pm

GARRY AND MIKE, just put on the turntable, pink floyds dark side of the moon and relax into it ?

September 13, 2019 7:26 pm

Archie Bronson Outfit –

Cherry Lips


The Exiled Tim
September 13, 2019 7:27 pm

September 13, 2019 7:30 pm
September 13, 2019 7:36 pm

The Black Angels

‘Sniper at the gates of heaven’

Twists n turns
September 13, 2019 7:49 pm

A riff from my riff raff days….top drawer ?


Twists n turns
September 13, 2019 7:51 pm
September 13, 2019 7:52 pm

The Pink Floyd album I listen to most. Work of genius. Enjoy

Twists n turns
September 13, 2019 7:54 pm

…. and for the hat trick one from BP’s era… 1948 ?


September 13, 2019 7:59 pm
big packy
September 13, 2019 8:03 pm

TWISTY, that was bmcuw era?

big packy
September 13, 2019 8:05 pm

JIM AND WEEFRA, please come on and join the fun?

September 13, 2019 8:15 pm

All my bikes are Giant.
My roady bike is a Giant Defy which is an endurance bike so has a slightly different geometry than the other Giant road bikes.
Endurance bikes are built with longer rides in mind without the accompanying saddle sores.
I find it pretty fast and the gearing is smooth though that Cannondale is probably faster as it’s a pure race bike.
I just race against myself and try to beat previous times.
Where i live though is quite hilly so smooth gear changes are vital.
I don’t know much about Cannondale.
My oldest bike was a Giant so i just stuck with them as it had never given me any issues.

September 13, 2019 8:26 pm

Another walks away.
BREAKING: Mark Allen has left his role of Director of Football at Rangers.

Mike in Toronto
September 13, 2019 8:26 pm
September 13, 2019 8:28 pm

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L5jI9I03q8E Nina Simone- Ain’t got no, I got life

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