Gullible Isn’t In The Dictionary


I was criticised in some quarters recently for referring to the ongoing omnishambles that is Scottish football as a pantomime. Those critics have a point,as recent events have seen the pantomime descend into farce. 

We still don’t know,of course,what allegations are actually being made by the huns as they demand this,that and the other,but that wasn’t enough to stop Keith Jackson asking Neil Doncaster if losing the confidence of Rangers meant that his position at the head of the SPFL was now untenable. Don’t bother wondering if he would have tabled that question had it been any other club because,after all,nobody else is quite that important.

We have the national broadcaster replying to complaints about the common or garden bigot of the DUP being given a platform for his poison with a standard reply,and one which notified the plaintiff that it was being sent from a no-reply address. Again,don’t bother asking if they would have afforded the same red carpet to a member of Sinn Fein. 

We had this yesterday too. Published in the influential and highly respected Forbes Magazine,the writer told the world just how ridiculous Scottish football looked to the outsider. And he didn’t miss and hit the wall!

We also had articles in various other Scottish organs such as The Scotsman,who really should know better-and indeed would,if their journalistic standards hadn’t been so comprehensively downsized in recent years. Some of his peers even make me yearn for the days of Hugh Taylor. Bloody hell,even Leggatt had a better grasp on things than the current lot!

But the zenith-or nadir,depending on how you look at this-of the whole episode has to be the revelation that various hun media sites have been slavering over the findings of their own investigations. That’s right,they do a bit of digging themselves-that’s how they found out about the secret tunnels connecting Celtic Park to The Vatican and Glasgow City Chambers,and it’s no coincidence that the latter was completed in 1888!-and who can forget the famous coup of finding out about our access to state aid to purchase Lennoxtown? These guys know their stuff,and clearly count the descendants of Alan Pinkerton amongst their cadre of top sleuths. 

Thanks to them,we now know the reason why Dundee voted in favour of the SPFL proposals. The offer of a lucrative pre-season friendly from Celtic coupled with a large injection of funds in the form of “sponsorship” from former Celtic director Dominic Keane. Difficult to find a more Timmy-sounding name in the absence of a Seamus O’Flaherty or summat,and the hun hounds were soon on the scent,even turning up the e-mails which confirmed the offer. 

Frankly,I’m ashamed to be a Celtic supporter,given that we would ever sink to such depths and I’m minded to march on Celtic Park with my pitchfork. The board are lucky that I wouldn’t get very far due to the lockdown. This revelation will be the undoing of Lawwell,and rightly so. It will shake the game to its foundations,and we will never be trusted by anyone again,even under an overdue new regime. With information like this,it is no wonder that Rangers have put their demands in place,and in fact they are to be applauded for it. 

I’m just so glad that the big reveal came on the last day of April and not the first. Even the most gullible of the gullibillies might have smelt a rat on that one. Though their fawning over Dave King for five years certainly doesn’t fill me with confidence in that regard. I doubt,if I’m honest,that the Rangers allegations were ever about the contents of this faked e-mail,and if they were then they’ll certainly have been scribbled out rather rapidly,but it matters not. 

In difficult times like this,we could all do with a laugh. Aye,the machinations of the huns piss us off a lot,but let’s give them an NHS-style round of applause for cheering us up just when we needed it. 

And the Tim who thought of this and went to all the effort involved?
Hail,hail-we salute you!

Above article by BMCUWP. Get your entry in for Article of the Day,folks. Nothing else to do. Mail MAHE

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Twists n Turns
May 1, 2020 6:32 am

I’m looking forward to the huns’ next move. Odds on it’ll be “ we’ve decided to move on for the good of Scottish football”

Are the fishmongers still open? I think we all need to have a kipper sent to Ibrox .

May 1, 2020 6:43 am

There is not much difference between the White House and the Shite house in Ibrox , it’s like watching satire on a daily basis. Thank god for blogs
Can anyone tell me if the Huns have published their financials?

May 1, 2020 6:58 am


Good idea. And a good day to send it too. Catholic steak-and on a Friday!

May 1, 2020 6:59 am


Story seems to be that their interims are with the SFA as the licensing authority. Not seen the light of day otherwise.

Twists n Turns
May 1, 2020 7:22 am


Yes, been the talk of the steamie from late afternoon yesterday.

Been down to Tesco there. Lockdown really taking a hold. Clean outta popcorn ?

Dharma Bam
May 1, 2020 7:42 am

Glad to hear it – I suspected I wouldnt have a scoop!

I onlyposted this as I must’ve misread your article and I thought you had believed the stories of this backhander were true.
Sorry for doubting your abilities.

May 1, 2020 7:59 am

Morning all and Packy. Condolences to Big Pink (John Cole) over on the Scottish Football Monitor who has lost his mother after a long illness.

big packy
May 1, 2020 8:22 am

MORNING ALL and JIM , BOBBY brilliant post, did not know about the tunnel underneath parkhead going to the Vatican, but I do believe there is a tunnel underneath ibrox going to the whitehouse? ffs bring back hugh taylor and jack harkness? and throw in that other good tim doug baillie?

big packy
May 1, 2020 8:26 am

JIM ,had to play this

May 1, 2020 8:26 am

Packy, I heard a rumour that the tunnel between Parkhead and the Vatican is operated by the Swiss Guards. On match days they dress down as the Green Brigade.

May 1, 2020 8:28 am

Morning all, thanks for the article Bobby, if nothing else they provide a laugh.
When they reveal this dossier I hope I am not at a disadvantage by being overly distracted by a pig flying past my window, on such a momentous occasion.

May 1, 2020 8:29 am


I’ve said (suggested) before, that the “interims” are the main reason for all of this “propaganda” coming from Govan, not forgetting the SMSM. Apparently they are not getting a pass mark. So will Motherwell, Aberdeen and Livingstone all vote against the EGM, !! I think so… HH

I do understand that this info is with the SFA and not the SPFL, so a bit unsure why the vitriol is aimed there ?

big packy
May 1, 2020 8:29 am

JIM, I heard that also?

May 1, 2020 8:33 am


Not a bother,young fella! Believe it or not,I had intended leaving the article with me demanding we march on Parkhead with pitchforks,etc. I only added the last few paragraphs-beginning with the April 30/April First comment-and thought oooops! Better be careful with the wording here-plus it gave me the chance for a well-deserved doff of the hat to the super brain behind it all.

The best wind-up ever,and it deserves to be recorded in that font of all Celtic knowledge,The Celtic Wiki. Yes,it’s that good!!

May 1, 2020 8:36 am


Thanks for the info. Condolences also to BIGPINK. SFM isn’t a preferred site,though I dip in on occasion and he is a top poster.

May 1, 2020 8:44 am

Surprised to hear you say that Bobby the vast majority on SFM share our feelings towards football governance at Hampden, the continuation lie and the media amongst other things. Including the non Celtic posters.
Anyhoos, John is a good Tim and a fine singer/guitarist!

May 1, 2020 8:49 am

Packy, a beautiful hymn for May Day. 🙂

May 1, 2020 8:52 am


Beautiful stuff,mate. Reminds me so much of my pal,THEBARCAMOLE who died around this time three years ago. He was buried on 25 May 2017,the 50th Anniversary of Lisbon,and about the same time that we were all gathering for a wonderful Mass hosted by CONNAIRE 12 and prior to our pilgrimage to Estadio Nacional.

CONNAIRE12 and I had shared a journey back the previous day from another pilgrimage. Fatima. Well,ninety minutes on a bus,but not my scene. Until I got there!

Very strange,and the trip back was probably in the correct company for my frame of mind at that time. For which I’m forever grateful.

But back to THEBARCAMOLE. He had a shrine in his back garden,dedicated to Our Lady. His place-sorry,palace!-backed onto The Pacific Ocean,and he had shown me photographs. Despite all that ocean expanse,he also had a bloody big pool in the garden. Apparently the doctor had told him to avoid salt! Emptying it before coming home from a trip saved his house from being obliterated in a hurricane,so a good idea to have one if you ever move there…

Anyway,every so often I would phone TBM and ask him to request an intercession for someone. He was VERY sceptical at first,but as the successes rattled through he became less so. It was like a standing joke between us,and we continued to do so,the only rules being that we couldn’t ask for personal intercession.

Otherwise I’d have won the lottery and wouldn’t be talking to plebs like you(!)

I wish I’d asked Virgie,his wife,to request an intercession for Franny though. A really lovely guy,the kind that everyone should be so lucky to meet.

big packy
May 1, 2020 8:53 am

JIM, always loved that hymn?

big packy
May 1, 2020 8:58 am

BOBBY, yes remember the barca mole from cqn, and I don’t think anybody had a bad word to say about him, a sad loss,HH.

May 1, 2020 9:01 am

Packy, wonder if they will say that about us when we’re gone! Besides I was told you have a statue to Lassie in your back garden.

May 1, 2020 9:02 am


A man can get very old,very confused and very skint trying to figure out the inner workings of the hun mind. It has been suggested elsewhere that the plan is to take down the SPFL simply to allow the SFA to assume complete control of the domestic game. But I’m not going with that,even if I can follow the reasoning-that the SFA is so pro-hun in its admin that the accounts would be passed.

I think,as I’ve previously said,that it’s a scorched earth policy-interestingly a term also used in the linked Forbes article-designed as a powerplay. This is what we can do,this is what you can expect.

I think they’ve fucked it up and overplayed a very very bad hand. That the rest of the game is just shrugging their shoulders and saying-That all ye got?

May 1, 2020 9:03 am


Lassie? Well,according to his post last night,BIGPACKY has a new hobby.


big packy
May 1, 2020 9:14 am

JIM// BOBBY, don’t tell everyone??

May 1, 2020 9:16 am

Packy, you cut out that dogging business or I’ll be throwing you into Lanark Loch when you come up. Me and Weefra. 🙁

big packy
May 1, 2020 9:25 am

JIM, will do??

big packy
May 1, 2020 9:26 am

right dug walking catch u later?

May 1, 2020 9:28 am


Man’s gotta have a hobby…

May 1, 2020 9:31 am

Bobby, he’s a typical drummer!

May 1, 2020 9:49 am


Well,as least we know what he has in his hands…

May 1, 2020 9:55 am

I see there is a meeting of the Premiership clubs at 2pm. I honestly don’t have a clue what to expect from this. No one seems to know the agenda for sure, except there is always the final item – ‘Any other business’ !
Will they decide the end of the season? What is the consensus opinion on the EGM? Will the huns reveal all?

Could be an interesting day 🙂

Awe Naw
May 1, 2020 10:12 am


9 years today. R. I. P Stevie

Awe Naw
May 1, 2020 10:16 am


Thanks again. Very good. Sorry but I had to make a bit of a staggered run to the bed and in stages last night.

Happy May Day to BMCUWP… I know the rest of you don’t have to work and live a life of luxury from your undeserved pensions 🙂

May 1, 2020 10:17 am

Bobby, interesting article in the Guardian. I always remember Harold MacMillan, an old school arch Tory, accusing Thatcher of ‘selling the family silver’ with her fanaticism for privatisation. She destroyed industry in Britain, sold everything in sight so that the rich could get richer.
And yet so many working class constituencies in England voted them back into power. Crazy.

May 1, 2020 10:21 am


Have a pleasant Public Holiday in the land of my birth-not that it matters if I ask for a passport.

I can’t keep The Red Flag Flying High,as I don’t have one. But the other day,I found the HOOTENANNY FLEG,and it is indeed a thing of beauty. Trying to figure out how to put it on my bedroom wall without damaging it.

May 1, 2020 10:29 am


Aye,I remember that speech well. So did she,and made his final years difficult-within the party-as a result. The 57 pandemic was news to me though. The High Tory response wasn’t.

I recall in 1980 that my Dad’s idea of a driving lesson was for me to drive him to the pub. Just turned seventeen,and he had long made it plain that I wasn’t allowed to drink in The Castlehill Vaults. Fella walks in,face tripping him. Awright,Jim-having a pint?

J-Aye,cheers. A bit down. Just been binned.

CCB-Ffs,yer a plumber?! How come?

J-Usual shite,economic circumstances.

CCB-Ah,you’ll be fine. Always in demand,plumbers. Who did you vote for in May,btw?

J-Oh,I thought I’d gie the tories a chance.

CCB-Well,you can buy yer ain fucking pint then!

May 1, 2020 10:34 am


I didn’t get the chance to meet Pablo,but I was definitely intending to! Sure sounded like a good lad. IIRC,he used to pop into see OLDTIM67 of a match day with a regular refrain,part of his plan to get the oul’ fella out and about a bit more often.

Haw you,ya aul’ c…t! Pubs are open,get yer arse in gear!!!

Serious loss to The Diplomatic Corps,but more importantly a serious loss.

May 1, 2020 10:35 am

Talking about pensions.
In my final year working I paid almost £6000 in PAYE & NI.
On top of that I paid VAT on just about everything bar basic foodstuffs.
I paid massive Duty on Petrol, Alcohol and Tobacco.
Council Tax
Road Tax

I worked since I was 15 years old. (No off shore trust).

My state pension is about £9000 pa. With a life expectancy of 15 years after retirement, I think the government is in profit!

Awe Naw
May 1, 2020 10:40 am


Your the first one of a dozen today. 🙂

May 1, 2020 10:43 am

Awe Naw, Does that dozen include your goodself? 🙂

May 1, 2020 10:44 am


Well,they would be if previous governments hadn’t spent it. The original idea-simplistically-was that the various taxes would fund the running of the country and that “The Stamp” would cover health and social insurance like benefits and pensions.

Then some bright spark decided to spend the previous and current proceeds of the stamp and use future income to cover past contributions and projected costs. Some people call these bright sparks accountants,others call them politicians. History will,correctly,call them for the short-sighted thieving basterts that they are.

Hope that clears it up for you.

Awe Naw
May 1, 2020 10:54 am


It was a pleasure to know him and an honour to befriend him. Just a real good guy. My abiding memory of him. We only met 4 times over long weekends within a year. My abiding memory is when we first met. I took him into the kitchen to show him the green chicken curry my wife was cooking him. Still early stages of getting acquainted. I could see he was well impressed with what he was about to have for dinner. I then presented him Blue Peter style with a big fat one and that look of I don’t know what? instant acceptance, love, my four hours of worrying while driving that Awe Naw may be a prick but this is going to make it tolerable. The four times he came down he left on the Sunday evening. Work next day. They definitely had that feel that the party is over back to school tomorrow

Awe Naw
May 1, 2020 10:56 am


If those figures are accurate then no 🙂

May 1, 2020 10:58 am


Yip. That’s when you just click wi a pal. Happy days indeed.

Awe Naw
May 1, 2020 11:14 am

For the benefit of Mr. Kite

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die

May 1, 2020 11:54 am

Happy May Day to all workers and Celtic fans.
I met TBM a couple of times at CQN hoots and on one occasion in Ayr High St. As you do we rent for a pint in the Tam o Shanter. Great company. Turns out we had mutual friends and acquaintances from the 70s, mainly left wing politicos. Defo one of life’s good guys.

Bada Bing
May 1, 2020 11:56 am

Trump starting to slip in the polls,cue a war with China over the coronavirus, of course the Yanks will win,God Bless America, and he wins the election.

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