It’s All About The Ten!


Bummer. Blade runner is no longer set in the future. Still,there’s always Celtic.

It’s been an interesting TEN days or so for those of us in the Celtic World. It all started with a wonderful performance and victory over Lazio,a night which brought back memories of so many other fabulous European nights at Celtic Park. Not least,of course,because Fraser Forster was back to his La Gran Muralla best! Lazio,btw,are a decent team with some decent players,and they largely refrained from the type of gamesmanship-cheating,to you and me-that we normally experience from Italian teams. Their fans though,they are vile trash. Goose-stepping through the city centre,recreating a wee bit of home-their own version of The River Tiber,a torrent of pish in the environs of the stadium,their actions inside the ground-all calmly viewed by Plod. Nothing to see here,move along.

Fraser sorted them though-with a little help from his TEN friends,of course! While the fascist scum were sticking their hands out all over the place in reverence of their long-dead leader,our own leader was sticking his hands out all over the place to stop everything that was thrown at him! He probably saved the best till last though,plus a wee v-sign in their direction. Still,it was nice of them to remind us why we revile such scum.

On the back of that,we faced a difficult trip to Aberdeen. On paper anyway. We were ruthless with them for fortyfive minutes,opening up a four goal lead that could have been a lot more. TEN,say! Toyed with them for the main part in the second half as we took our foot off the pedal,rightly mindful of a packed pre-Christmas schedule which will see us perform as often as most panto stars this festive season!

In between those two highs,we had a kick in the nuts from the board. They sneaked out the details of the AGM on Friday night,presumably hoping we would all be blootert from drinking Kestrel with our devil dugs or summat. An AGM is normally the highlight of the year for a Plc,but that’s for a normal Plc. This is Celtic Plc. But they got away with it,the crafty blighters. None of us noticed their reference to Res 12,thus…

“The Board does not consider it to be in the best interests of the Company to take the steps proposed by the resolution. The Board recommends that you vote against this resolution.”

To paraphrase Fergus McCann,it is not always easy being a Celtic supporter,but…

Ach,make up your own paraphrase. I’d get barred if I finished that. We can have our first ever Caption Competition-on which point

Best Wishes to RALPH MALPH from e-Tims,and his family.

There’s been a lot already written in reaction to the board’s actions. Previously there had been a lot written about our board’s inactions! I think we now know our place in their own little view of the world. Utterly shameful stuff.

More utterly shameful stuff was to follow,with news that UEFA hadn’t forgotten their cash cow in Glasgow. They hit the club with two charges,one relating to illicit banners,the other to illicit chanting. That’ll be a reference to the anti-fascist banners displayed by The Green Brigade. So much for the “UEFA Respect” campaign,eh.

The Green Brigade have decided to make amends for their wicked ways though,and you’ve got to love it! A fundraising campaign for refugee organisations in both Rome and Glasgow! I’ve got to tip my hat to them for that one,that’s brilliant. UEFA though,they should be hanging-upside down?-their heads in shame at all of this.

You can read about it here…

While I have no doubt that it was the official UEFA observer who reported all this,another organisation which should be hanging its head in shame over their part in it is The Daily Record. That a supposedly left-leaning newspaper should give publicity,oxygen and coverage to the fascist granddaughter of a murderous fascist dictator absolutely beggars belief. I hope she spends the money she earned from the interviews on a white stick and a guide dog for her plastic surgeon. Oh,and a mirror. That way we might never see her in public again.

The two-way traffic of good news,bad news continued with James Forrest-now in season TEN as a first team regular for us-and Scott Bain both signing extended contracts at the club to keep them here for another four seasons. I’ve always been a fan of Jamesie-for a club who pride ourselves on developing youth,I think the lad has had a lot of harsh criticism over the years. To be fair,some of it was from me,because like most wingers,he can be helluva frustrating at times! And yes,I have compared his running style sometimes to that of a shoplifter running out of a supermarket with a frozen chicken doon his jooks,but there is little doubt that he has been a great player overall for us. Will he be that rarest of things,a one-club man? Time will tell,but it’s looking good for us. And for him.

The retention of Scott Bain is important too. He had become first choice for us and Scotland for a time,but lapses in concentration have cost him both places. I still think he’s a great keeper. I think he has a future with us. Sadly,his main chance will only come if Fraser Forster is not available for us. I still hope that Southampton will let him go on a reduced fee to save on the expense of his contract,so watch this space.

Which brings me to The Main Event. A semi-final at Hampden. Against Hibs. A chance to remind them who’s the daddy,after their theft of two points from us a few weeks ago. I expect us to field our strongest line-up for this-even though we have an important game in midweek,the second leg of our double header against Lazio.

I know that this is the least regarded of the three domestic trophies,but it is the first to be awarded. It puts down a marker,it puts everyone else back into their box. Everyone is hoping for our bubble to burst as we march towards TEN.

Well,winning our TENth successive trophy would be a good start. To do that,we need to win later today. In this case,it IS all about the TEN.


The south side zombies know all about TEN too. In their case,it’s the projected shortfall in millions of pounds between now and the end of the season. This on top of their accounts sneaked out in the dead of a Friday night-hmmm,reminds me of someone else!-revealing losses of £11m in the last financial year. That’s about £70m since they came into being,which doesn’t include a debt for worthless equity swap of £35m to their useful idiot directors and gladhanders.

On top of that,the auditors only signed the accounts off on the condition of stating their belief in a “material uncertainty” Those are words which are poison in business.

It might do them some good to concentrate more on FFP and less on FTP,methinks.


Above article by BMCUWP. As always,we welcome contributions from our readers. If you want to have your thoughts published as Article of the Day,mail it to Mahe. We always publish them.

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November 2, 2019 3:04 am
November 2, 2019 3:11 am

Seems it’s not just us on here who are concerned about players facing burn-out due to playing too many games.

November 2, 2019 4:18 am

Charity bet placed. Mahe’s turn next week unless I stott it this time.

Arsenal and West Ham at 3/4,Swansea at 7/5 and Plymouth at 17/20. Returns £67.98

That’s an omen surely. Won Big Ears in 67. Stopped their TEN in 98.

Sticking a fiver on it myself now,come to think about it!

Twists n turns
November 2, 2019 6:53 am

Morning all
Been really busy this week. Eventually got sat down and scanned the latest news.

Rangers’ accounts. Wow. Just fkn wow.

So. They ARE skint. Once again they’ve spent all the income from the various sources – season tickets , sponsorship etc, before Santa has boxed his first present.

£2m plus per month required from now till May to keep the lights on.

Having read through the accounts – and the “ going concern” comments in particular- I diverted straight to the papers. What would they make of this astonishing set of numbers?

Had to scroll down the page to find an article on it. Incredible. Well not really I guess. Expected actually.

They will be headline news though – for sure- as we approach December. Morelos HAS to be sold. Or 2-3 others. The press will do their bidding.

Since 2013. £74m raised in loans and share offerings. £74m!

The Mark Allen transfer is the one that makes sense now eh. Failed to offload anyone of value . New guy clearly has a remit to sell sell sell.

The powers that be , you know, the ones that are charged with the governance of our game, FFP, will be looking at these figures this morning and thinking:

“This is absolutely terrible. Can’t believe what I’m reading here. Better be some mistake. They’re planning to sell Alfie?? “

If I was the face painter I’d be getting over to Ibrox pdq.

November 2, 2019 7:11 am

FFP and not FTP. Excellent!!

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 7:13 am

It’s not always easy being a Celtic supporter, but if you just keep buying the £50 tickets and ignore the stench of corruption, we can keep on celebrating winning trebles.

Twists n turns
November 2, 2019 7:18 am

Definitely not easy – I mean – not going along.

Since I jacked it – this weekend whilst the bhoys are playing in the semi- I’ll be watching Armadale v Fauldhouse. ?

Jist not decided who I’m cheering today. I think Fauldhouse. Some good tims up in the hoose…..?

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 7:30 am

Morelos …£20m-40m
Jack …£20m
Barasic …£20m
Katic …£10m
Tavpen …£20m
Haribo …£40m
Kamara …£10-20m
And Superman’s wee cousin, Ryan Kent, is worth anything up to £100m!

I can see a few undisclosed fees on the horizon.

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 7:39 am


Me and the wee guy have his football most weekends, and I made him a promise a long time ago to make his game the priority. And although I give myself a hard time for it, he is the only reason I can bring myself to still buy tickets to the charade that is Scottish football.

big packy
November 2, 2019 7:52 am

great article as always bobby, best wishes to ralph malph.?

big packy
November 2, 2019 7:54 am

TWISTY / BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE, if them bassas were 100 million in debt, they would still be playing in this bigoted wee country.?

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 8:23 am

On this day in 1983.

On the 2nd Nov 1983, Celtic took on Sporting Lisbon in the 2nd round of the UEFA cup needing to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg in Lisbon. Goals from McGarvey, Burns, McClair, MacLeod and McAdam, insured the 40,000 crowd were treated to one of our best nights in Europe (Still one of my fav games at CP). Unfortunately, in the next round we met Brian Clough’s great Notts Forrest team and were eliminated at the 3rd round stage.

November 2, 2019 8:26 am

come on the mandela fifteen!

November 2, 2019 8:59 am


One of my favourites as well. I think it was the first time at a European night for SOLKITTS. Though he might have been at the Ajax match-also an outstanding game-in the previous round. I’ll ask him when I see him later today,inbetween mouthfuls of Guinness!

Went against the grain cheering on as the team in green and white hoops got a thumping at Celtic Park. We were absolutely unplayable that night. Everything clicked. Btw,their manager was Dr Jo!

November 2, 2019 9:06 am


We have done a few trips down memory lane during the international and close season breaks. They are in the archives if you fancy having a look. This one is my recollection of that night.

November 2, 2019 9:07 am


With you on that,mate. They’ll be bliddy insufferable down here if they win.

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 9:08 am

Bobby, it was Aarhus prior to Sporting Lisbon.. 1-0 @Parkhead and 1-4 away for a 5-1 agg. Ajax was the European cup the previous season 82\83 ?

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 9:14 am

That was an excellent read, Bobby. Not like me, but I had totally forgotten about Dr Jo being their manager at the time. I will always remember him fondly for giving me a fantastic few years watching Lubo. Ahh Lubo! ?

Anywho, have we ever played better at Parkhead than that night? Scintillating ?

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 9:15 am

Mon the Springboks.


Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 9:19 am

Bobby, it was Aarhus prior to Sporting Lisbon, Ajax was the season before ?

big packy
November 2, 2019 9:21 am

as my wife is from Liverpool, ill have to support England sorry ghuys ? aye that will be the day, come on you springboks

November 2, 2019 9:22 am


Indeed it was,mate. I’m getting old and forgetful in my dotage.

Twists n turns
November 2, 2019 9:24 am

I’ve stuck £8.75 on your selections. Brings exactly £100 profit.
If it pulls I’ll send ye £50 for the charity fund.

If it doesn’t I’ll send the boys down to recover my £8.75.?

Gl – yer due a wee turn ol pal.

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 9:24 am

Bobby, we have a helluva lot of memories to process, bud! ?

November 2, 2019 9:27 am


Aye,and it doesn’t help when mine is still running on a Sinclair Spectrum 16k…

November 2, 2019 9:27 am


Fingers crossed,old son!

Twists n turns
November 2, 2019 9:29 am

I’m really starting to toil on memory recall

I try to listen to popmaster every day. Have a competition with my son.

My party piece used to be that folks would name a song from the 70’s and I’d tell ye who sung it and the year.

It was instant recall for me.

Most recently I’m getting frustrated. A couple during the week that were on, I knew really well, but I just couldn’t get the band or singer out.

Very frustrating. ( and a tad worrying ?)

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 9:37 am


I seem to be able to recollect Celtic events much better than most things… I’m putting that down to being an avid Celtic programmes collector and spending every spare minute reading our history as a kid.

Please don’t ask me what happened yesterday though, my short term memory is crap.

November 2, 2019 10:22 am

Rangers Accounts.

Two words.

Moral hazard.

The conditions that led to season 2010/11 and the granting of a UEFA licence on what looks like immoral, and actual breach of regulation, grounds have reappeared.

Going for 10iar? Is it about bragging rights for us but stopping it survival for them in financial terms? How far would the SFA go to rescue TRFC from their self destructive folly with collateral damage to all clubs? How far would Celtic?

What lengths will TRFC, aided and abetted by a paralysed SFA, go to to stay alive?

Look what they did in March 2011 to get access to CL money. What has been done to deter more of the same?

How will other clubs with dependency on there being a TRFC, view matches against them and us? Even if Celtic are stand alone, they are at risk because of moral hazard (apart from natural leanings of those with influence on results.)

Celtic cannot remain silent on the SFA’s apparent inability to act to save our game. We have every reason to demand reform so why isnt it being demanded?

Why mess about for 6 years when all the leverage required to make Scottish football honest was there to be used to that effect?

It is unbelievable that those in charge at SFA and clubs dont seem to realise the current “do nothing” course is steering Scottish football on to the moral hazard rocks.

If it’s not in Celtic’s interests to take Res12 to UEFA does that apply to not getting the SFA to commit to an acceptable timetable to complete their stalled “investigation” and somehow restore some sense of integrity and honesty to Scottish football?

Bada Bing
November 2, 2019 10:39 am

So the huns are telling us they are incapable of completing the season without another crisis loan,WTF are the SFA doing about it?

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 10:47 am

“We will need another £10m just to get to seasons end”

WWE has more credibility than Scottish football!

Twists n turns
November 2, 2019 10:47 am

Those accounts are astonishing.

It so happens their accountants are also my accountants. When I met with the senior partner of that company, I was gently probing on a number of questions I had. I was trying to do it as a kinda ‘ passing interest’.
Didn’t want to just launch in. As they were touting quite hard for my business I was thinking I’ll get some answers.

Nope. Very guarded. Not surprising of course. Kept switching the conversation to rugby .

In fact I got a message from him saying he’d recently seen some coverage in the press re my company and he’d like to come and see the set up. I’ve not actually responded yet.

I might try again …. purely in the interests of nosiness you understand.

The Exiled Tim
November 2, 2019 10:47 am

Auldheid et all
If and it’s looking as likely as it can be, Celtic are a stand alone club, why as you say are we not shouting from the roof tops about this, it looks like that the huns are the proxy for all the other teams in Scotland as their representative that can deal with Timmy, it’s that sad in Scotland imo, so why don’t we call this out, the more we are silent the more our club are responsible for allowing the charade to continue, and trust me on this, the biggest losers are gonna be Celtic at the end of the day unless the board take off their blinkers and see that the short term money grabbing strategy is wrong, it will backfire, these things always do.

November 2, 2019 10:48 am


Just off to visit SOLKITTS et famille for our familiar Saturday routine centring round some of our favourite things. I know I had a go earlier at the Daily Recordand quite justifiably too.

However,I believe in fair play,so well done to them on the following.

Read it ASAP before it gets pulled!

November 2, 2019 10:52 am

And on the subject of fair play,financial this time,what an excellent contribution from AULDHEID. As ever,of course.

God,mind-boggling possibilities thrown up by it.


You have no idea how difficult it was to work that gag into the narrative. That’s the good thing about driving round Wiltshire overnight,gives me plenty of thinking time!

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 11:02 am

As TET just said, only one set of fans will end up losing here, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out who that will be …again!

The first time they win something, and they will, we will have to watch as that honour is added to their already wurld rekord trophy haul. I can see that being the moment I call it a day, as that will just be too much to stomach.

November 2, 2019 11:03 am

Rugby World Cup Final FT – England 12 RSA 32 ?????

Bada Bing
November 2, 2019 11:03 am

Celtic and Hibs fans are being warned to arrive early at Hampden Park for today’s League Cup semi-final, as a new entry system has the potential to cause chaos.

The national stadium has installed barcode ticket machines, which will be used for the first time today.

November 2, 2019 11:04 am


That’s about the size of it,mate. Astonishing how matter-of-fact the reporting is on it. As though this is a normal thing for a football club.

As TWISTSNTURNS alludes to above,it isn’t a normal thing for ANY company. Having the words “Material Uncertainty” attached to annual accounts would crash the share price on any quoted company. The Lying King knew what he was doing when he had the shares delisted,that’s for sure.

I wonder how the mugs in the debt for equity swap feel? Must have been a difficult read. Can’t help thinking that those accounts should have been released a day earlier,on Halloween. Much more appropriate.

Bada Bing
November 2, 2019 11:08 am

Last 3 seasons losses . £6.7m £14.3m £11m if Uefa keep to the rules they will be banned from Europe next season it states that no club can exceeded £25m loses over 3 years . Ac Milan were banned this season because of it .

Big Audio Dynamite
November 2, 2019 11:12 am

Yaaaaasssss, c’mon the Springboks! ?

November 2, 2019 11:16 am Union Berlin: ‘A rebellious club in a rebellious city’

Bada Bing
November 2, 2019 11:27 am

Great celebration from the Bokka..

Twists n turns
November 2, 2019 11:54 am

I think the huns will have a way around any ban for those 3 year losses:

Their rules state:

Are clubs no longer allowed to have losses?

To be exact, clubs can spend up to €5million more than they earn per assessment period (three years). However it can exceed this level to a certain limit, if it is entirely covered by a direct contribution/payment from the club owner(s) or a related party.

Direct contribution. I suspect will see them avoid any ban.

Margaret McGill
November 2, 2019 12:05 pm

TEN outta TEN

November 2, 2019 12:05 pm

It’s only a game but Siya Kolisi, who grew up in a township where his favourite toy was a brick, is about to lift the Rugby World Cup trophy. If that doesn’t touch you, then you need to check your pulse. #RWCFinal

It reminds me of the spirit of the Lisbon Lions.

Margaret McGill
November 2, 2019 12:10 pm

My own bias is that if TEN doesn’t happen our illustrious Tory custodians have already engineered their bag of gold escape. If TEN does happen then I genuinely believe it’s another hun death knell due to current debts already and these pricks won’t want to participate in a dried up gravy train. Just my 2c.

Twists n turns
November 2, 2019 12:14 pm

Fan a tic
With spirit like that in the South Africa side, Engurland didn’t have a Lego to stand on ?

November 2, 2019 12:21 pm


Dried up gravy,oh the bad memories!!!

November 2, 2019 12:21 pm

As you know i live in a country being divided by trump’s racist and hateful rhetoric.
But this morning i went to my neighbor’s next door to watch the rugby.
Bob is English (Man city fan)and his wife is American.
I am Scottish and my wife is Indian and we were joined by Brad a South African and his wife who is Korean.
A genuine multicultural gathering who had a great time watching a sporting event played in the proper spirit though Bob was a little crestfallen at the result.
It was heartwarming in a difficult time for this country.

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