No change, big change, bye-bye

Straight off the bat I will admit I’m happy this reconstruction chat is over and done with.
I didn’t trust it one bit as it seemed to come out of the blue pushed by those with an agenda only, and with something so important why rush headlong into change without detailed prolonged considerations of the effects of the proposed actions?
I’m not against change in any way shape or form but to myself this was more flinging mud at the wall than genuine concern for all professional clubs.
It’s nice to see democracy in action and good that two big boys couldn’t bully the rest.
I hope they both learn their lesson there, and with the saga over Anne must surely come under pressure to initiate real change at the Jambos. The Championship will enjoy them whilst thereabouts but anything less than an immediate bounce back would be a complete disaster.


I’m also not in favour of colts teams on the terms proposed. Yes it would have benefits and brought more money to the coffers probably, but there stood a great chance of our second string becoming serial winners of the first division, hardly great for the game at large?
Placing a ceiling on a team isn’t right in my eyes either, winning and not going up just wouldn’t feel correct, I assume that goes for the players but would you yourself be happy to show up knowing that normal rules of competition don’t apply to two teams in that league?
Not sure I could commit to that.
If Lenny had taken the view the colts team would be used to bring first team squad players back to form after injury, or get them up to speed before a first team introduction for instance that would just skew the league even more as the quality gap between what should be a European standard player and a local league one laddie will be wide, perhaps embarrassingly so.
Boli,O’Connor,Soro,Bayo,Henderson,Dembele,Shved,Arzani,Johnson,Ralston, Welsh, Miller and more would more than likely be prime candidates for a lower league spell, and probably clean up everything going.
I’m not sure that’s best for all at this stage, and again I’m kinda glad it’s not going to become an issue.


Secondly I would like to point out that the sport has no idea what its in for regarding the acceptance of political displays now within football. You all know where my allegiance lies but now we have teams officially allowed ( German teams at the weekend ) the cat is out of the bag and how long before the harsh reality of that decision comes to all our screens. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter the old saying goes, so while the Black Lives Matter tributes are rightfully displayed what happens when a team in say a communist country displays their own leanings?
Or an ultra right wing team, if sanctioned they could easily ask is left ok and not right?
Who will be judging this and will it be a global multi cultural group?
It’s a box of worms.
I do consider the current protests by players ethical as you will have gathered but the previous system of keep it away was there for a reason, even if we continually fell victim to the rules. The reason imo was because it’s a minefield for a sport that wants to be apolitical.
The shifting world turned that on its head like many other things and football better brace itself to face a very ugly problem.


Finally Jozo hits the hills. Been a long time coming.
I was delighted when we signed him thinking that’s great business as typically they are tough yet technical on the ball, he’s a physical specimen which is sometimes needed let’s be honest, and he was heading into his prime years. Felt like a steal from a team I wouldn’t be confident of beating ( Croatia Zagreb ).
Then you find out the bhoy is made of glass and you just simply can’t count on him to last a campaign at all and infact ten games seemed to be his limit before another break down.
And then the plastic pitch issue meant the defence just couldn’t get fully settled, needing tailored to the occasion.
The fact that a kid midfielder with clear flaws has emerged above him in the pecking order kinda says it all to me and the club should have done more homework, it looks that simple.
Some might say its maybe not the smartest what with the ten in play, perhaps best to keep all your assets at hand just incase, but I think we can safely say a replacement defender will come in now that slot and wage has been freed up, and Lenny will have his man lined up I have no doubt.
Once he strolls through the door Jozo will be forgotten and the only question will be who partners big Julien, new guy or Kris?
You lived the dream Jozo, thanks for your service. All the best big man.


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June 16, 2020 5:13 am
June 16, 2020 5:15 am

Chalmersbhoy has very generously made the following offer,,

Charity bet for royal ascot,open to all on the blog.
All will have a virtual free £1 bet on the Tues,pick a horse.
If it wins your total will carry forward to the next day,if not you will start again on Wednesday with another £1 stake and so on till the Friday.therefore a punter could have 4 winners.
The person’s with the most virtual £ in the bank will receive
£20 free bet on the Sat.

Runner up
Will receive £10 free bet on the Sat.

Will receive a £5 free bet on the Sat.

Half of any winnings to yourselves the remainder to a charity of your choice or the blogs.

Good luck.

June 16, 2020 5:24 am


Hearts may well be in for a rude awakening. Not many teams get relegated from our top division on the back of a boomerang. Although I don’t think they’ll fair as badly as Thistle did.

Having said that,I think they came back first time of asking the last time.

June 16, 2020 6:49 am

You’ve got to laugh. Critics of clubs who are against reconstruction reckon that those clubs are motivated with ‘self interest’. Really?
So what exactly motivates Hearts’ position? Stripped of all the bluster and self righteousness, they are trying to avoid a merited relegation. Simples!
Take the medicine Ms. Budge. Let it ‘DROP’ (Ha Ha)

June 16, 2020 7:00 am


Morning,young fella. Up early again? Trying to pick your Royal Ascot horse,pinstickers guide for the handicaps btw.

I actually feel for the teams who were relegated. Two wins when you’re at the bottom can save you,whereas two wins when you’re challenging at the top are likely to be equalled by those around you. But it’s hard to feel sympathy for Hearts,hard to see them get two wins in a row when they’ve won four from thirty.

And although they signed up for a 38-game season,tough. It didn’t happen,it couldn’t happen. You were a big loser from it,Ann,you and your club. But coronavirus didn’t get your team relegated.

You did-by sticking with Craig Levein all those years.

A lot of people have lost a helluva lot over this. No fault of their own. Many will lose their jobs,some will lose their businesses. Many more will lose their house,or their marriage. They have done nothing wrong,they were perfectly secure in February,only four months ago.

You were already making plans for dealing with relegation. You saw it coming,the inevitability of it because of a disastrous season. Deal with it.

June 16, 2020 7:11 am

Morning all
Looking forward to Chalmersbhoy Ascot competition today.

Update on the Saturday naps.

3 winners .

Bada steals the main honours with a nice 9/2 winner.

RayMac had a 15/8 selection which obliged and BP was our 3rd successful punter with a 2/11 shot.

Well done all 3. Updated table below and GL in the Ascot competition.

I’ll double check the results shortly. (Still not had my full morning coffee intake yet.)

* 2 Saturdays left . I’ll be kicking off the new season nap competition on Saturday 4th July with a slight change to the format. More on that later. Concentrate on the Chalmersbhoy Ascot competition for now.

Twists + £22.75
Bada £10.00
JNP +£7.85
BP +£0.95
Mahe -£4.00
ATOB -£5.50
Gordon -£7.34
Jim The Tim -£10.12
Chalmersbhoy -£11.00
Bobby -£13.28
1 Tim Malloy- £16.67
TET -£16.75
CCE -£17.27
TGM -£22.52
CCB. -£26.50
RayMac -£26.63

June 16, 2020 7:18 am

This fella is a fairly recent recruit to the sports pages of The Guardian,and I have to say I’m impressed.

Doesn’t pull any punches,if you’ll pardon the pun!

June 16, 2020 7:44 am

Morning Packy. so, it’s all out war at the horse racing? Betting against your pal eh?
Well, we will see! 🙁

June 16, 2020 8:02 am

League reconstruction. I have to admit I haven’t thought too much about it but my gut feeling is to go back to a larger league where we play each other once home and away. 20 teams. More variety, a bit of unpredictability, spread the money wider. But mainly for one reason.

This obsession of playing them 4 times per season in the league. I don’t give a toss what the broadcasters want. If it means less media money, so be it. It is a bigot fest. Way beyond local rivalry. Steeped in hatred of the worst kind. It pours over into wider society, not just football. It is billed as one of the largest derbies in the world, but it’s for the wrong reasons! It’s embarrassing.

To lose 50% of these games in season’s league every year would be a bonus.

June 16, 2020 8:12 am

Morning bhoys
Can i have your naps before the first race on the previous post.
Good luck to all

June 16, 2020 8:25 am


Our tv deal is a drop in the ocean. If we lose 50% of it-unlikely,I think it might be nearer half of that-by going back to the original 18 or even a 20 team set-up,who cares.

50% of eff all is still eff all.

If we can’t get out of this league-and clearly we can’t-we need to do what we can to encourage growth domestically. Your idea works for me,it gives more of the smaller clubs access to a lot more,even if it reduces income for the bigger clubs.

So what,get used to it. Most of our income in Scotland comes from the fans,not from Sky. Tell them to like it,lump it,or GTF.

We can fine-tune it from there.

The Gombeen Man
June 16, 2020 9:05 am

Ireland’s pubs get ready to reopen from 30th June, it looks like a very different experience and interesting times are ahead.
This is how one Dublin pub is handling things…

“Smartphone ordering and payment only. This is done from the table.”
“To help control numbers all guests must remain seated at all times unless going to the jacks.”
“Speaking of jacks, if you are swinging by the bar, it would be great if you dropped the empties off to help minimise staff contact.”
“Substantial meal must be ordered in order to get pints. Ordering guacamole dip is not a meal.”
“We WILL NOT be taking bookings. Tables will be on a first come first serve basis.
“Two hour limit on tables at peak times.”
“Our new off-licence will be available but only for booze consumed 100 meters away from premises.”
Online pick up for food and booze will be available.

All pubs in Ireland will be allowed open at the end of the month in phase three provided they act like restaurants and serve food.

Bada Bing
June 16, 2020 9:19 am

Well done to Marcus Rashford of Manchester United, fighting the case of feeding hungry kids during school holidays……it’s 2020 ffs……

June 16, 2020 9:38 am


There’s been some discussion during this about the likely increase in depression,the backlog of routine surgery and treatment,even the huge reduction in A&E admissions. Also some mention of the likelihood of poorer kids with less home schooling falling behind.

Marcus Rashford has highlighted something that has largely crept under the radar,unnoticed perhaps except by those on the frontline of social care and social work. That six months without school meals will lead,for many,to six months of malnutrition.

I’m not a fan particularly of the government response overall so far,but I give Sunak huge credit for his initial initiatives over furloughing. The cost of providing the school meals requested will be a tiny fraction of that already spunked on this debacle. You have to wonder about their reasons for refusing it.

You also have to wonder why they are willing to land the NHS with the bill for dealing with that refusal.

Mysterious Lady
June 16, 2020 10:24 am

Championship fixture list is out:

Heart of Midlothian

Sheriff Court ( H)
Sheriff appeals court ( A)
Court of session ( A)
UK Supreme Court ( A)

June 16, 2020 10:33 am

Mysterious Lady
VG, and welcome.
?? HH

Mysterious Lady
June 16, 2020 10:45 am


Shamelessly plagiarised from someone else but it made me laugh.

I’m only here to win Chalmersbhoy’ very generous competition. Once I’ve collected the prize, all of it will be left with SC to be given to whatever cause they wish.

I couldn’t live with the thought of someone else winning and handing it over to Peter Lawwell for a season ticket, so I thought I’d make sure that wasn’t a possibility.

Once I’ve triumphed I’ll reveal who the Mysterious lady is. All I’ll say at this point is that I am indeed female.

June 16, 2020 11:05 am

Paddy Power giving free £5 bet on the 1-50pm Ascot. Open to new and existing customers.

Just log in and the “ click here” for the free bet is on the racing page. Simples.

A thing of beauty
June 16, 2020 11:07 am

Just received my letter from Celtic renewing my season ticket automatically. There is a tear off slip that I can send back if I do not wish to renew. They tell me in the letter “my investment in the club will not be taken for granted and we thank you for your support.” They also thank me for “supporting us through this unprecedented period” and how they want me to “stay with us for the journey ahead.”
I must say that makes me feel ever so much better about handing over £1000 for close to damn all.
Not one word in the letter about how the executives at the club plan to make an investment in the club In this unprecedented period or how they plan to stay with us, the support, in these uncertain times.
This whole episode has Sickened me to the pit of my stomach. I wish I had listened to my mum when she told me to take up knitting and stay away from football. As ever she was right in the long run.

pilsbury dough bhoy
June 16, 2020 11:12 am

Mahe, with regard to colt teams, I agree that an artificial ceiling runs counter to sporting integrity but the alternative could lead to Celtic A and B and Sevco A and B (more unlikely, my money’s on B) in the top flight. Can you imagine the potential conflict of interest and feverish conspiracy theories. So it’s a no go, I think.

June 16, 2020 11:19 am

Interesting wee quote from Craig Levein on the BBC site today:-

“I was quite fortunate at the time I was offered the Scotland job because I had two pending suspensions from my behaviour as manager at Dundee United and funnily enough they both disappeared when that job offer came.”

Sol Kitts
June 16, 2020 12:44 pm

The idea of having colts teams isn’t unheard of, and it does have some merits and some problems.
When I first started refereeing, the first league I reffed on was the Mid-Essex League. This is an amateur league, consisting of 5 Divisions.
Each team had to have a first team and a reserve team. The reserve team were not allowed to gain promotion to the same league as the first team, but they were allowed to be promoted to.a league below them. In addition, if the 1st team were relegated to the league with the reserve team in it, the reserves also were relegated to keep them in different leagues, regardless of finishing positions. It was not uncommon for teams finishing second to a reserve team promoted because the reserve team had a 1st team in the next league up.
The merit to this system is that it didn’t stop a non colts team getting promoted, it allowed the 1st teams to give their upcoming players match time against similarly skilled opponents, and it also allowed young referees the chance to gain the necessary skills to start progressing through the game.
Hard to believe that an amateur league could attract 5 leagues of 18, but it did, with a healthy waiting list of teams wanting to join.

June 16, 2020 1:03 pm

Hi bhoys/ghirls
Only15 mins to go for the off,if you want to enter post selection on previous post or follow link at start of this one.

Bada Bing
June 16, 2020 1:12 pm

Rashford 1 Johnston 0
U turn on free school meals

June 16, 2020 2:52 pm

Oh well, everything’s riding on this next race at 3pm. Packy, Garry & me on the edge. Good luck Garry!

(I have the same horse as Garry 🙂 )

June 16, 2020 3:08 pm

Afternoon bhoys/girls
Well what a start…
Well we go again tomorrow hopefully with luck on our side.

June 16, 2020 3:14 pm

SECOND! Bloody Nora. The good news is Garry and I lost only a virtual £1. The winner of the race got £65k. Second place £24k. So he lost £41k! (O’Brien)
Packy with his usual odds on favourites came in 4th. ha Ha. 🙂

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
June 16, 2020 3:22 pm

For the last 10 days or so i have received an email every day from Celtic to renew.
Today i received a text to go along with my email, usually at this time it’s 1 email every week at best.
I wonder if the rumours they are worried about the uptake of season tickets is true ?

big packy
June 16, 2020 3:27 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, FFS, that was the favourite I backed and came in 4th, I give up, at least garry and jim got beat as well???

big packy
June 16, 2020 3:39 pm

AFGHAN, nice to see you posting ? luv to you and the dug

June 16, 2020 3:40 pm

Afghan I hope there is some truth in that rumour.

big packy
June 16, 2020 3:46 pm

would you believe I asked my best buddy jim for some advice on apple trees yesterday, yes he says you can eat them, although they are only small, FFS I bit into one this morming sour as hell?? jim please don’t give me anymore advice, ill ask mcaff next time???

June 16, 2020 3:49 pm

Dear God I give up! I told you they would be sour! Stick to grapes if you like wee green things to eat.

June 16, 2020 3:50 pm

4.10 Nazeef

June 16, 2020 3:51 pm

The late Mr Mahe. Good luck!

big packy
June 16, 2020 3:52 pm


June 16, 2020 4:13 pm

The late Mr Mahe is buried back in Ireland 😉
Hope you and your partner in crime are well Sir.
I totally forgot about the nags tbh.

Bada Bing
June 16, 2020 4:17 pm

Mahe- heading to Belfast on Saturday, to meet my grandaughter, still nowhere open to wet the weans heid……bint Foster….

June 16, 2020 4:24 pm

Bada, ferry?
If you want to go drinking Saturday night let me know, I’ll sort it.
Hail Hail

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
June 16, 2020 4:29 pm

Afternoon Jim & BP ?

Hope you & yours are safe & well ?
Aye it would be nice to think that was the case Jim.
They have made a right baws up of this.

big packy
June 16, 2020 4:35 pm

MAHE, nice to see you posting? hope all is well with you and yours?

big packy
June 16, 2020 4:40 pm

AFGHAN, feck the plc, love saying that for some reason? afghan im 67 and have supported celtic all my life, but that lot brings me to despair, but I will go down fighting?, jimthetim53 eat your heart out?

June 16, 2020 4:43 pm

My horse won.

Bobby when is the tentative dates for the Hoot?

big packy
June 16, 2020 4:52 pm

for garry,, puff puff,, mcaff, aswg,l afghan, and all you glesca laddies, a wee choon ,

June 16, 2020 5:21 pm

Stewards enquirery
All bets on before the 1st race
Mahe’s fate is in your hands fellow napsters..
What you say??

June 16, 2020 5:23 pm

Haha. I have never seen that video. The last minute of it, is driving through my birthplace Partick. Thanks for that ??

June 16, 2020 5:27 pm

Apologies Sirs.
I’m just not on the ball these days.
A ton of stuff going on.
Hail Hail

June 16, 2020 5:27 pm

Mahe’s hoose. His rules ?

June 16, 2020 5:34 pm

We have a leader on day 1
Mahe on £4.33 stake for tomorrow’s leg
The rest of us back to £1.
Please ensure your tips are in before the 1st race,no exceptions.