Tomorrow Is…Another Season!


It’s been a long wait-132 days to be precise-but tomorrow finally sees Our Bhoys return to action. It’s been a turgid few months in many respects,and having to live without football for this long has just been one more boot in the baws in a long litany of them. Of course,certain old-timers will tell you that ”twas ever thus back in their day. That the season would finish around mid-April,and not start again till about late August. Don’t know how they survived that!

The three games over the extended weekend are all friendlies,of course. That’s absolutely normal for pre-season,but in a departure from recent years,it’s against some quality teams from the French Ligue 1. It will also give us a chance to compare our former hero Moussa against his successor,Odsonne. Even if such a comparison so early in the season is pretty pointless. 

However,one way in which they don’t compare is in a willingness to at least discuss a contract extension to stay with us for a while longer. Odsonne is at the same age as Moussa was when he left us,and while I understand his reasons,I still disagree with them. Odsonne,meanwhile,has entered into talks with the club about a contract extension. I’d expect that the deal being offered is for four years till 2024,with an agreement that he can leave when our valuation is met. Additional carrots will be built in to it too,such as a slice of the fee. 

That gives him a wee while longer to find a nice Glasgow girl who gets homesick when she jumps on a bus at the end of her street!

We are also in contract discussions with Ryan Christie. Ryan signed a new deal for four years in 2018,and I expect his offer to be for the same duration as the one offered to Eddy. The difference is that I actually think that Ryan sees his long-term future as being with Celtic. He is 25 years old at the moment,and should have another decade or so in him. He has been absolutely outstanding for us ever since he first burst into our team at Murrayfield,of all places,single-handedly destroying a Hearts team when they were half-decent. That was less than two years ago,and came after he had signed his new deal. 

I suspect the terms on offer will be a significant improvement! 

He missed a few matches for us last season,yet still finished as second-top scorer with 19 goals. That’s impressive stuff for a striker. It’s bliddy unbelievable for a midfielder. 

I’m confident that both players are willing to put pen to paper. Whether they feel that the offer is what they are looking for remains to be seen. But this is not the time for Peter Lawwell to play hardball. It’s not the time to plead poverty,pointing to the carnage caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic carnage which has resulted. The club is still hugely solvent,with a cash pile which most clubs worldwide would kill for. And as ever,the fans have stepped up to the plate and provided the club with the financial backing that they were asked for. And I expect that the new deal with Adidas will surpass all expectations-and sales figures!-which will bring in even more cash to the club. Not forgetting the associated one with JD Sports,of course. That may be a masterstroke and I’m damned certain that Peter Lawwell won’t have signed a deal that resembles in ANY way the one that the huns signed with Sports Direct. 

When PL performs well,I’m always there to give him the credit. It’s only fair,as I throw the brickbats his way when the opposite is true. He has done his bit with deals like these,that’s for sure. And the fans have done their bit by ponying up for the Season Tickets,despite the unusual circumstances of not being able to use them! We will also be ensuring that our commercial success is assured by buying the new kit in droves. 

Opening negotiations with the two stars whom I’ve mentioned is another step forward too. But this can often be when Bad Santa turns up on the scene. Seriously,Peter-this is no time for playing hardball. No time for chiselling a few percentage points. Eddy and Ryan have probably been our best two players on a consistent basis for the last two years. Each of them seems to really enjoy being at the club. 

Give them what they are looking for. Give them what their achievements have clearly merited. Give the fans too the reward that our loyalty in very difficult times,as well in more normal times of years past,deserve. 

And once you’ve done that,keep the chequebook to hand because there’s still a bit of strengthening to be done with our squad!


One area of the team that definitely needs strengthening is at centre back. Particularly the left side. This would give us the opportunity to play three across the back if the game dictates it,but will also definitely improve the balance in a back four. Both our first choice centre backs are generally excellent-though we’ve spoken before about their impetuous tendencies in some situations,etc. Hatem Elhamed has also looked very capable as a centre back,though a run of injuries deprived us of the chance at a properly informed opinion. He will,though,provide cover-if fit!

And it might be needed too if the stories about Ajer are true. He also is 22 years old but he seems to think he’s Beckenbauer. Frankly,I’m amazed at the transfer rumours swirling around him,and the club’s involved. And I’m f…..g astonished at the figures being bandied around as well. I’ll be honest with you all,it was a good bit of business when we bought him. It will be a better bit of business when we sell him-particularly for the amounts being mentioned. And quite honestly,he drives me nuts far too often,so in that case I hope Peter decides that we can do without him in the team. 

Let’s face it,I’ve been saying that for long enough-and that was without an offer of £30-40m being mentioned!

So that will be two centre backs required,though I’m quite happy to see promotion from the youths here too.


One thing I’m not happy about is the return to the club of Leigh Griffiths,disguised as Fatbelly Lardbucket from a Not The Nine O’Clock News sketch forty years ago. Fat belly was a darts player,not a professional athlete. His condition lacked any semblance of or connection to the words professional and athlete. 

He needs a good kick up the arse for this. The club have shown incredible tolerance and patience with Leigh over the last three years or so,way beyond the duty of care required of a responsible employer. He was showing us earlier this year that he was back,and even scored a hat-trick in our last game. 

And now this…

I’ve been one of his biggest supporters ever since he joined us,but even I can’t defend this one. I’m certainly not in the same camp as some bloggers who clearly think the best way for him to lose the excess timber is for him to be flayed alive ,but it is indefensible. 

I do wonder about the monitoring process that he was under during the lay-off,but that is no excuse. The rest of the players didn’t come back with a gut like the butter mountain. Yer a bliddy idiot,Leigh. 


Above article by BMCUWP. If you fancy putting your thoughts in writing,send them to us and you can have Article of the Day. Mail Mahe on

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July 15, 2020 6:08 am

Morning Bobby
Is that extra article this morning for Leigh? ?

July 15, 2020 6:19 am


Funnily enough,when I posted mine-after my usual laborious typing process of about an hour in total-and saw that one there,I could have screamed! I thought MAHE had put the weight loss one up,and like you say,all about Leigh.

Took me a while to delete it,though it’s done now.

It has provided one bonus,mind. Click on the link for a pleasant wee surprise…

July 15, 2020 6:26 am

On my iPhone . Not seeing much – though – is it the pic in the background that I should be focusing on?!!

July 15, 2020 6:27 am

Which I can vaguely make out….

July 15, 2020 6:30 am

PUFFPUFF and everyone else who has been having wee digs at JAYHAWK.

JAYHAWK is NOT a timposter. It’s completely out of order that nearly every time he posts here that he gets accused of that.

There is nothing in any of his posts to suggest that,so I’ll assume it’s because the Jayhawk is a blue bird.

So what-I’ve gone out wi loads of them in my time. I’d be surprised if any of you can say that they haven’t done so too.

JAYHAWK doesn’t need to explain himself or his moniker. But I will,because I know a bit about him. And if you did too,you wouldn’t be having a pop at him,believe me. You’d be praising him to the heavens-and rightly so too. He doesn’t post on blogs,but he’s enjoyed reading ours. So he thought he would join in. Then he realised that he needed a moniker. And this came to mind,because it was his son’s favourite album.

Sadly,his son can’t confirm that as he is no longer with us,for reasons that I won’t divulge as I’ve said enough on this.

July 15, 2020 6:30 am


It is,mate. Check it on a larger screen later.

July 15, 2020 6:33 am

Glad you posted that about Jayhawk

I hope you don’t need to raise the matter again.

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
July 15, 2020 6:43 am


Your input is welcome always as are you.HH?

I am sure apologies will be forthcoming, play nice SentinelCelts.
Hope you & yours are safe & well ?

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 15, 2020 6:44 am

Morning all you fine Tims.

I’ll be forking out the tenner for Premier Sports coverage of these 4 games. Can’t wait.

As an aside…
Back to the future of the ole game in general…

We need to change things. We all know this.

I suggest we try a 2 year league.
But qualify it with a first to 200 goals is winner. Or first to win 50 games in a row. Or first to sell a player for 10 times the values of its nearest rival club. Or simply first to a hunner points.

Football has been changing for the past hunner years, so we’re fools if we think its going to stay the same to suit us.

My argument is this. Get in there with some changes before the hun establishment do, as sure to fk, they will have the rags pushing a league win for the club with most penalties awarded, before you can say ….hun !!.
Here endeth the lesson.
All my love to one and all, and belated happy birthday to the amazing legend that is BMCUW.

I mind reading this mans posts years and years ago on CQN thinking, feck, I’d love to meet this fella for a pint….
And the pints in personal company proved to be far far better than I’d imagined.
Happy 49th, BMCUW. One of the best.

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
July 15, 2020 6:46 am

We signed anybody yet Peter ?
Naw !!
Back tae lurkin then ?

July 15, 2020 6:54 am


Good to have you on again,old son. Though the thanks for the company every time we meet up are mine,I can assure you.

I can’t lie though. I’m not 49. 25. And I was 18 for 32 years before I turned 25 seven years ago.

As for your ideas on implementing change in the game,they’re as good as any that the professionals have come up with. And better than most! I propose you as the first Commissioner of Scottish Football. That’ll explode a few hun heids…

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 15, 2020 7:01 am

Ooft. Hope ole Jayhawk sticks around.

Can be tricky material this internet thing. I mind having a right go at KevJ many moons ago on the CQN nightshift. He’d appeared slating Tommy Burns in my defence, but he turned out to be okay, just doing his thing..although it took many years for this to be clarified…?

. So many of us have been guilty of attacking the wrong folk trying to protect our heroes online ?‍♂️

Hopefully all can move on now.

Hope to chat with you soon on matters Tim related, Jay.

And can I say, how nice it is to be on the moral high ground for a change…. won’t last long though ?

Ooft…I best jump now before the height gives me vertigo.

Hot Gossip in 1981. Anyone remember them??

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 15, 2020 7:03 am


I reject all attempts to put me in a place of authority, in true Roman tradition
But since you insist.
I will take on this role.
But steadfastly.
And with integrity.
And decency, honesty and humanity.

Now. Where do I collect my crown and first pay cheque.?

From big Pete? ?

July 15, 2020 7:07 am
July 15, 2020 7:13 am


If it’s a crown you’re looking for,Lizzie left hers at Celtic Park in 2014. I think you’d look cute in it.

If it’s a pay check,don’t bother going to CP. You might get the crown placed somewhere that Her Maj has never worn it.

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 15, 2020 7:41 am


2014??? ?

Meh….you KNOW I’d look good in that.

Did I ever tell you that I’m a legitimate descendant of King Kenny?
No, I didnt, because it would be nonsense ffs ?

But I am, in fact, distantly related to the true Big Man, even if it’s just by marriage and distant cousins…
I hereby claim my crown as Commissioner of the Shite Show that is Scotttish football, in the name of the one and only…..great 2nd uncle by 2 cousins …

“Gran, shhh…you were at the wedding ffs!!”…
“Aye, but Gran, he doesnt know that ?‍♂️”,
“Awe ffs, Gran, geez me pocket money, am aff tae the pub”….

My gran was a legend – really was

And all joking aside, i was watching the Scotland game with her when the big man passed. She was in absolute tears. That I didn’t understand as I was only 11 or something ?‍♂️ I’d never seen her cry before. Her niece/ nephew married his wean…. I was too young to memorize the details. But she thought the world of the big man, and that makes him special in my book, regardless of our Celtic ?‍♂️?

big packy
July 15, 2020 7:48 am

MORNING ALL and JIM and UBER, good to see you posting,, BOBBY, if pedro gets his chequef book out, i will fetch a lorry load of guinness for you, and leave it at birdlip, you can drink it and watch the lovely view?

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 15, 2020 8:29 am

Morning BP !!

You beautiful soul you.
I love you’re presence here. Really do.

Not sure about that Jim one though. Needs folded into taxis.

The beautiful Senga fecked off as soon as it was tea time. Big Jim folding Time….. no one wants to be a part of that….????
Especially when he’s 8ft 2 ffs.

Rumour has it, he’d have been in the LL squad, but big Billy told him to feck off and look after his fellow tims on SC ?

This old tactic of getting your tallest player to lie along the goal line was long gone.

This is when big JTT decided to try stopping goals by standing upright. Didn’t work either.

So then he just became a great big giant to have a wee drink with…..???

July 15, 2020 8:34 am


How’s trix,mucker? You and Joan settling down a bit now? This has been bloody awful for you both,so we are just delighted you’re keeping the chin up.

By the way,I was told the other day that the Balloon at Birdlip is closed! Dunno if true,I’ll try to find out. Place is a legend so I hope it continues.

July 15, 2020 8:39 am


Aye,Jim is a big oul’ unit,right enough. But I think I know where Senga disappeared to.

Jumped into Jim’s back pocket for a lift round to Central. Fell asleep,pished on aw that port and woke up on the floor in Shotts.

I’ve told Jim a hunner times not to use his floor as a wardrobe when he’s had a few,but he disnae listen.

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 15, 2020 8:42 am


Hope you’re alright, ffs.

One day, I’ll send you a picture of the wee bollocks of a dug that rules my life.

Meantime, can I just say, there are rumours about that JimtheTim is 6 ft 4.


He’s 9ft 5.
Telling ye ?

Fucking murder to fit him into a pub and two trains now, ffs ?‍♂️?

All joking aside… he’s 7 ft 11 and a pain in the arse for social distancing airborne regulations..


Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 15, 2020 8:44 am


Senga has wisdom ????

But, any chance to spend time with big Jim, even if it’s folding him into taxies or last minute trains, is time well spent ??

July 15, 2020 9:07 am

I take on board all points you made in your well written article. The one glaring omission is the most important position, goalkeeper. We are an injury to Scott Bain away from a disaster. Only Conor Hazard back on loan from Partick Thistle, and Ross Doohan back on loan from Ayr United, are back up. Doohan incidentally, has agreed a year long loan with Ross County, not signed yet, however. Think it is imperative to get an experienced number 1in urgently. Be that, Forster, Barkas or A.N. Other.

July 15, 2020 10:02 am

I posted a link last week to the first part of this. It’s a long read,but it’s a superb bit of writing.

Dundee United during the Jim McLean years. It doesn’t hold back on the criticism when it is due. Nor does it pussyfoot around certain issues. Anyway,you can read it for yourself.

July 15, 2020 10:07 am


Damn. Absolutely correct. I’d so intended that to be the joint focus along with the centre backs,bloody idiot here forgot!

As you know,I just write these freestyle. Write about what I’ve been thinking about the last few days-or more likely,overnight! Which means that I have to hope that I remember it all.

It’s a well-known fact that I canny remember last week,but you’d think I’d remember my thoughts from a few hours ago? Or even the fact that I mentioned to you on Monday that the goalkeeper situation was gonna be the main thrust of today’s article?

That’ll be naw then…

July 15, 2020 10:18 am

Aye M, you have a bit of the Freewheelin Franklin Freak about you. Without being a stoner.
Favourite quote by FFF.
“Dope get’s you through times of no money, better than money gets you through times of no dope.” ?

July 15, 2020 10:41 am


Talking about people we know running to a bit of height,and I hope both people involved realise that this tale is told with affection.

A few years ago when I was home,I arranged a mini-hoot for midweek in The Three Judges at Partick Cross. It’s Senga’s local,so she was there with her niece and her partner. Also there were the likes of Blantyre Tim,Whitedoghunch and Ayrshire Tim. Garry and Jimbo67. I don’t think I’ve missed anyone out,but if I have,my sincere apologies.

And the star of the show. McTall,who was over from The Bahamas to visit his family but wouldn’t be available for the hoot at the weekend. So we set a few tables together and had a right good craic with each other,with McTALL sitting at the far end. About ten of us,but there was someone missing.

Still had a great time,of course. The drink was flowing,the conversation was as you might expect,and we were all having a ball. And in walked the late arrival. In fairness,he had told me when I invited him that he would miss the start by a good bit.

An Tearmann. 6’10” of big gallus Celt. A man who we all look up to obviously,but a stranger to a few around the table. It was only fair,of course,that I offer to make the introductions to everyone before I got the beer in.

So AT would lean over from his end of the tables and shake hands with people as I introduced them to each other. And when I introduced him to McTALL,he stood up from the far end,leaned across,and offered his hand.

And the 6’10” AT exclaimed-“bloody hell,whit height are you!”

7’2″,says McTALL.

We were all in knots at the thought of AT finally asking someone a question that he himself had been asked by so many over the years.

Little bit more to the tale,but I don’t want to make anyone’s identity too obvious. Suffice to say that there’s not much crime on The Bahamas…

July 15, 2020 10:50 am


Way too much going on in my head for once,G. Losing my ability to compartmentalise,so thanks for pointing that out.

These are times for clear thinking. Not muddled.


July 15, 2020 10:51 am

UBERTIM Is the £9-99 on Premier Sports a one off for the 4 Games or is it on a 12 month contract.

July 15, 2020 11:05 am


I’ve texted UBER about your request.

July 15, 2020 11:28 am

Anyone know a good, reliable joiner in Glasgow?
VFR needs someone for a day, to get Saint Mary’s Calton open for Mass on Sunday.

July 15, 2020 11:57 am

Timbhoy 2…

£9.99 will get you 30 days, then you can cancel it.

Bada Bing
July 15, 2020 12:37 pm

I think I read there wouldn’t be a compulsory ‘take the knee’ when the league starts,no surprise there,but it would be down to the individual. It would be a thought for the Bhoys to do it in The Huddle,on our game v Hamilton.

July 15, 2020 1:21 pm

McTall still going strong, he was tweeting the other day, asking about where he could buy Celtic merchandise that fitted him.
As all sizes were too small.

Bada Bing
July 15, 2020 1:53 pm

2pm SS3,that’s when we were 5 up after about 58 minutes…..should have been double figures that day

July 15, 2020 2:20 pm

Just found the solution to my ‘will i won’t i’ buy the new top dilemma. Just seen the official ‘Celtic FC Identity T-Shirt’ , as modelled by our own Ryan C. Emerald green Adidas T shirt with the adidas 3 white stripes on the arms. Celtic club badge on front with a small embroidered ‘the bhoys’ on the rear, just below neck. Just the fecking business – 2 of these for less than the price of one home shirt and i won’t feel like an eejit wearing a new footy shirt at my age. ???

big packy
July 15, 2020 2:26 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM BOBBY/ UBER apologies, when i was posting to you this morning noticed my phone was not charging, so had to dash to the carphone warehouse in warrington ,and wait in the queue for an hour, then they told me the phone connection was faulty, and they would have to send it away to samsung as it was under warranty, and this is the best part, it will take 2 weeks, and no replacement phone, im feckin going mad here, just phoned samsung to complain,waiting on a call back.H.H.

July 15, 2020 2:31 pm

Hiya Packy, Would probably have been as cheap to give you a replacement phone as repairing it. The cost of mobile phones is a fraction of what we pay for them.

big packy
July 15, 2020 2:36 pm

HI JIM, yes i tried my best but he would not budge, good job ive got an old pay as you go phone i can use, till it gets fixed, but what about someone who lives in a remote area, and have no spare phone, try and find a red telephone box, you would have a job?

Puff puff
July 15, 2020 2:38 pm

Jayhawk my apology as right after you came the very long post about penis enlargement so got it wrong 2+2 =5 or 8 inch .

July 15, 2020 2:51 pm

Went for a much needed hair cut earlier – closed! Normally it was closed on a Wednesday but I felt sure that after being shut for months he would reopen today and be packed out! He’s an OAP and set in his ways it would seem 🙂

big packy
July 15, 2020 2:52 pm

JIM, was walking down the country lane at lunchtime, those apples are the size of your fist now, with the tree full of them, but the pear tree still has only small pears on it, but did notice an orange tree, and a lemon tree, and a coconut tree, which i had not noticed before, so i will be bagging them up and selling them as well? maybe another true story and maybe not, where have you been hiding anyway, uber was on this morning

big packy
July 15, 2020 2:54 pm

them old age pensioners do my nut in? ? wee joan cuts my hair by the way, only charges me half a crown?

July 15, 2020 3:04 pm

I noticed Uber was on earlier – good to see. Those two tall guys Bobby was talking about would have made feel like a midget. And I’m 6 feet!

July 15, 2020 3:13 pm

For those outside UK/Ire, who have Celtic T.V.
Join us tomorrow as the Bhoys take to this pitch for the match against ⁦@ogcnice_eng⁩ ??

⚽️ 5.15pm KO (CPT)

? Available LIVE to subscribers outside the UK/Ire

? 10pm replay for all other subscribers

big packy
July 15, 2020 3:14 pm

JIM, think i might get that premier sports package, think its 9-99, for the friendly games coming up?

July 15, 2020 3:27 pm

Sounds like a good idea Packy. Can’t wait to see them playing live again. Even if it’s friendlies!

big packy
July 15, 2020 3:32 pm

JIM, yes its been a long time, any snooker on tonight??

July 15, 2020 3:38 pm

Naw there’s no snooker until the begining of August. I like watching tipping point at 4pm then the chase. That’s about my level of quiz questions especially the questions where you get a choice of answers!

big packy
July 15, 2020 3:44 pm

JIM, you got mail?