Get ready for it,,,

Now that we have passed the halfway mark with a sizeable gap separating us from the leaders, everytime someone or indeed anyone within the domestic game registers a positive Covid-19 test, get ready for someone to bring it up,,

 

“Curtail!”

 

With Scottish football, or more implicitly everyone but Her Majesty’s favourite team, on a yellow card, after the next high profile breach look out for it to be screamed by all but especially the forth estate, in what would be a tacit form of support.

 

And now we have managers within the biggest league in the world saying this is wrong, football should be halted for safety reasons, which serves to strengthen the hand of the above who will gladly hide behind faux public safety when suits, yet we don’t hear much for the safety of those on the receiving end of many an agricultural tackle up north which goes unreported and to often uncarded.

 

In fairness, I doubt any of us would complain should we see our title handed over as let’s face it they’re going to win the league. I’m thinking a straw poll of supporters, realising the above, would probably prefer to just end this season from hell happily foregoing the remaining ‘torture’.

 

I would posit any signings made would peak some interest, but if the Park was open would expect to hear of 30k crowds ala Ronnie and the Closed Top Tiers (their second album was the best – badoom tish) towards the tail of this campaign assuming all stays as is.

 

So prepare for phone in shows and drive time radio stations to give airtime to those in favour of curtailing but especially Celtic fans. Expect the topic to become a hot potato on blogs with the ‘until it’s mathematically impossible’ brigade yelling no way while the rest say ‘take it’.
“It went your way last year!” the shock jocks (pardon the pun) will rightly point out, but there was no vaccine in sight then and calling it was genuinely done with safety in mind.
That won’t be the case for everyone yelling it this time. And somehow I don’t see our board rocking the boat on this decision.
‘Bitterly disappointed but ultimately supporter safety must come first’ will more than likely be the message and I would reply if you’re going to talk of safety upon fans return there better be hand sanitizer freely available and or soap and hot water available in all toilets at all times.
Can’t have it both ways.

 

As for our title rivals, having covered up one major breach, should they discover another would close things down, would you put it past them to leak one, preferably someone else of course. The hacks are on sniffer dog mode I reckon.

 

If it goes down it goes down, won’t change my outlook, and I believe many here would feel the same. But mark my words watch the campaign emerge, go from snowball to avalanche rapidly backed up by every Tom, Dick, and Harry,,then be phrased as for the best all around.

 

Curtail will soon be the cry.

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While I remember…

HAPPY HOOOOOOOPY BIRTHDAY to

ACGR!!!!!!!!!

Heinz Day for him,I think. I also think it is CORKCELT’s birthday too,not sure as he has so many these days!

I hope you enjoy them as best you can,even if not in your traditional style.

Nana Mouskouri C.sc

I am conceding nothing to that mob yet. We are playing Russian roulette with 5 bullets in the chamber but who knows we could go on the perfect run and they could falter

GER57

Were we to win the league this year, it would be the most amazing comeback. I fervently hope it happens.
But I’m definitely not holding my breath. Our performance at Ipox was encouraging, but we now need them to lose two games to us plus another two, and for us to win all our games. There is no real chance of that happening.
So, I’d be quite content if they got awarded the league. Sooner the better because this season has been torture. Use the time to get a new back room team from DoF, chief coach right through to kit man.
Say it costs £10/15 pa in salaries for a top team behind the scenes. If it saves the fee/wages of one expensive dud, it’s paid its way. Such a team would improve the players already here, thus further proving their worth. We really could have done far better in Europe this season. How much did that cost in lost revenue/prize money. Even by their own metrics, it makes total sense to get the best manager/chief coach we can afford.
How much revenue have we lost on merchandise etc by not winning the ten? There’s got to be a reckoning for such a massive failure.

Noel Skytrot

I’m with Nana on this one. Until its mathematically impossible to catch them i’m hanging in there. If we manage to turn this around it would be after Lisbon the greatest achievement on a footballing field I’ll witness and I say this after all that’s happened over the past few years. It’s unlikely but you just never know.

Bluegrass Celt

Sorry Noel, but this new mob should never have been so far out of reach from us in the first place. Absolutely criminal neglect there from our board. To catch up and overtake them should never be put up there on the podium and compared along side the Lisbon Lions achievement.
The league is gone bar a Sevco collapse and Lennon going now and replaced by a tactical genius.
Don’t think I would be too upset if the season was called now. Rather suffer now than the possibility of getting grannied by thems. Now that would be unthinkable.
At least if it got called now, we could at least say it was “taintedly” won 😳

Thetic

Is Damien heading back to Celtic Park?
Is DD making a move?

Friesdorfer

Good Morning all

Well, I listened to the SFM Podcast with David Low, as highlighted by Auldheid. To say that I am underwhelmed would be stretching it. My take from it is that the CT have undertaken to work with Celtic PLC on shares, and precious little else. Passing mention of OMOV and a democratic organisation taking forward members’ views, but how that is reconciled with the recent decision by the CT committee not to pursue Res 12/11 with Celtic – without consultation with the members -remains to be seen. The upcoming Zoom meeting will be interesting. The Agenda for this meeting does not invite members to submit proposals by a certain date prior to the meeting, for inclusion and discussion. Democracy…
HH

Auldheid-a-

Good Morning all

Well, I listened to the SFM Podcast with David Low, as highlighted by Auldheid. To say that I am underwhelmed would be stretching it. My take from it is that the CT have undertaken to work with Celtic PLC on shares, and precious little else. Passing mention of OMOV and a democratic organisation taking forward members’ views, but how that is reconciled with the recent decision by the CT committee not to pursue Res 12/11 with Celtic – without consultation with the members -remains to be seen. The upcoming Zoom meeting will be interesting. The Agenda for this meeting does not invite members to submit proposals by a certain date prior to the meeting, for inclusion and discussion. Democracy…
HH
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I didnt want to lead too much but I wouldnt give Low a lift across a puddle never mind a river or stream.

leftclicktic

Hoooooopy Birthday to ACGR & Corkcelt.

Oglach

Friesdorfer

Perhaps Jeanette Findlay, who seems to have been side-lined, may consider forming another supporters group, one that is actually willing to hold the PLC to account as well as take up the challenge of Res 12 and corruption in Scottish football.
Maybe it is just a forlorn hope but imo we need someone like that, an individual who is not afraid to stand up for the support, to be the focus of any meaningful direct action against the PLC – ie a boycott. CST Share collection!! – ‘Yer ‘avin a laugh’

Auldheid-a-

Oglach

I couldnt see this marriage of convenience lasting long from Jan last year knowing a little about the parties involved.

However knowing what the CST knew from 2018 and much more recently I’m not so sure the appetite exists to do a bit of introspection.

bada bing1

New coaching team- Mick McCarthy, Damien Duff, Scott Brown

A thing of beauty

Bada,
Ffs are you trying to send me over the edge.
Great night shift readback guys. You really know your music. I am going to ensure the shins and snuts are added to my Spotify. As bmcuwp alluded, he’s been banging on about them to me for 10 years so I’ve no excuse. I liked the sound of the snuts in the video G64 posted so will give them a longer try.
As for calling the season early. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be true. It’s been over since October anyway. We can sell the players who are not staying or at least plan for life without them. Lennon can go and tend to his garden though knowing him he’d put the spade in the frozen ground, break the shaft and say it was just bad luck. Peter Lawwell can also go and it gives us a bit of time to find his replacement. Talk on acsom that we can’t get rid of the manager and the ceo at the same time, Darn tooting we can. Utter failure needs the reaction it deserves. Anything else just compounds the error and prolongs our agony.
Auldheid/freisdorfer
I will listen to the sfm podcast over the weekend. I have already been disappointed by the trust and it sounds like I better steel myself for another one.

Friesdorfer

Oglach 11.22am
That idea is much more to my way of thinking 👍
HH

Friesdorfer

Happy Hoopy Birthday to ACGR and Cork Celt.
Lang may yer lums reek.
HH

Cosy Corner Bhoy

Happy birthday to ACGR and CorkCelt. Some good Tims born in January 😁😁🍺

Garry

Today’s nap is Everglow 15.30 Kempton.
Thanks bhoys

A thing of beauty

Don’t know where bmcuwp is but it must be pressing because he’s no here and he’s not in our family zoom call.

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, ive asked this before but ill try again, please all you season ticket holders keep your money in your pocket, its the only way we can fight back against the tory masonic feckers on our board, if we dont try and do something it does not matter a jot whether neil lennon stays or goes, lawwell will just bring in another manager who he can dictate too, pedro picks the team, manager and coaching staff, you better believe it, and we will never get back to the team we once were, when teams were scared to come to parkhead, remember fortress paradise, good god i could cry,.rant over👍

Gordon64
Oglach

94.00 GBX −5.50 (5.53%)⬇️👇

Celtic share price continues to fall. A year ago shares were trading at £1.60.

Albeit not the lowest the share price has been, around £0.24p in 2006?(🤔) However a wee ‘short sharp’ boycott come ST renewal time this year should focus the PLC’s attention as it would cause the arse to really drop out of the share price.

It will also be the chance for all the secret SC millionaires to hoover up shares on the cheap

🍀 HH

Garry

Corkcelt and ACGR, share their birthday with the guitar genius James Patrick Page, 77 today.

https://g.co/kgs/Xdhie7

Gordon64

After a long cold week we should be tuning into our exorbitantly priced VSTs to watch us play the Hibees. Unfortunately that small pleasure is denied us today instead we’ve to watch the gsme on Monday night because our team needed a weeks break in Dubai. Well fair’s fair they have put a shift in already the season. It must have taken alot out of them getting knocked out of the CL at CP in the second qualifying round, finishing bottom of the group in an embarrassing EL campaign, getting taken to penalties in the SC Final by a lower league side following a second half collapse of epic proportions and being 19 pts behind the league leaders in what was to be one of our greatest ever seasons. Hope they all had a great time HH 😜

Garry

G64
The Hibs game on Monday is on Sky Sports too.

big packy

SOLKITTS, sol think your doorbell is broken, have been pressing it for an hour,😎

Gordon64

Oglach Interesting 🤔🍀

voguepunter

Gordon64
Oglach Interesting 🤔🍀
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Stick yir pension on it big mhan…. btw nice winner today.hh:O)

Twisty

Oglach
The problem is that the volume of shares available to buy may be low.
Notoriously the Celtic shares numbers available are limited.
The vast majority as you know are with 4 people.
I do wonder if, for example, Nick Train decided to sell his holding, would they ever see the market or be sold in a private transaction at an inflated price?

Gordon64

VP Cheers mate 👍 unfortunately it was a WG price winner 😜

big packy

JIM, are you lurking, got a joke for you.

Gordon64

Twisty Could the fall in the price of Celtic shares reflect a lack of confidence by investors in our chances of winning the league thereby reducing the chance of increased future income from CL money 🤔

Oglach

Twisty

The hope being, irrespective of that hope perhaps being somewhat futile, that if the share value drops enough the likes of investors such Train will sell and that other investors of a similar ilk wouldn’t be interested in acquiring them – as not a good option for future profit with a proven bolshie customer base and that the likes of the CST and regular rank’n’file supporters would get an opportunity to buy them!
Would DD increase his portfolio to become ‘De facto’ owner or worse case someone equally as unscrupulous as him acquire the shares? But notwithstanding the purchase of shares the support refusing to renew ST and causing a further drop in share value will almost certainly, imo, force the PLC into action – hopefully in a positive manner – a clean out starting with the incumbent CEO and a board more focused on FC than PLC would placate many.

Oglach

Gordon64

I believe the fall in share price is an amalgam of poor on field performances = lack of CL income, reduced matchday income due to the pandemic and the general malaise surrounding the club at present with an equally bleak outlook for next season as well.

Gordon64

Oglach If supporters refuse to renew their STs what outcome would we be hoping to achieve ? HH

Gordon64

Good Craic and good tunes on the night shift last night HH

Oglach

Gordon64

Realistically a change in the board make up and the tired money ball strategy. A modern footballing set up – FC before PLC. Success at a reasonable level in Europe competition should not be beyond a club with our potential turnover. I am not talking about winning the CL but regular participation in the group stages of the competition. With success comes profit. A 100% certainty being if we don’t act nothing will change and under the current set up we may well be chasing a club formed 8 years ago for the foreseeable future while being continually being knocked out of Europe by footballing minnows. A few brave souls warned this was going to happen, the majority of our support ridiculed them for doing so.

Twisty

Oglach
God forbid Nick Train ever sells to DD! I’d much rather, like you, see them snapped up by a syndicate of wealthy fans .

Gordon – I’m sure market confidence in the potential revenue drop is the catalyst for the price drop. I noticed at the time BR walked, Nick Train actually increased his shareholding. I still wonder why he did that. I guess he expected a better return than he has seen materialise.

He’s not the type to walk away and lose a small fortune so I suspect t he will hang tough, or sell in what is a limited market, in respect of available shares, at an inflated price.

Gordon64

Oglach Cheers. My preference and probably for many would eventually be 51% fan ownership of the club however that’s probably an unrealistic goal at this stage. In the interim do we want to force DD to sell his controlling shares and if he does is there not a risk in who he sells to 🤔 Is there anyway DD could be persuaded to work with the supporters to redistribute share ownership 🤔 HH

McCaff

Nick Train increased his shareholding simply because there is a history of excellent plc management and subsequent returns on his investment. There is no emotion attached to it. DD is slightly different as there is a bit of us in his background but he also knew form the very outset when he got involved with Fergus that there was a huge fanbase to tap into. This has been executed perfectly over the last 25 years with all parties happy to different degrees for different reasons. The investors were getting regular returns and the fans had their regular successes. Fan Control is but a very distant pipedream at the moment, which is why I struggle with the Trust’s stated modus operandi.

Oglach

Gordon64

As with just about everything in life there is an element of risk. Would a ST/ merchandise boycott thereby calling the PLCs bluff initially harm the club and is there a risk DD shares could be sold to a chancer because of it, albeit a rich one? Yes undoubtedly but sitting idly by and hoping that DD has an epiphany and looks to share ownership / control of Celtic PLC with the masses is, imho, not an option. Again imo any positive change we wish to see is going to have to be forced on DD / PLC – short term pain long time gain – one hopes.

Gordon64

If supporters are to be convinced of the merits in refusing to renew their STs they need know what the purpose would be and at the moment I’m not sure there is a shared view on the Endgame we’re all hoping to achieve HH

big packy

JIM ,are you lurking, where is mike in toronto when you need him,.good god almighty,heaven help us.H,H,

Gordon64

In order to be taken seriously by the board the first thing we need is a strong and unified supporters group to represent our views and at the moment there is only one show in town HH

Twisty

Gordon
Absolutely.
There seems to be as much disconnect between the supporters now as there is between board and support.

We all want fan ownership. We all want success on the playing field.

The board appear to have their own targets and neither of the above two appear to be priority.

The Celtic Trust say they want to accumulate enough of a shareholding to have a platform enabling them to influence board direction.

Already I see disconnect within that group ( see ATOB earlier)

Would another group similar to the CT serve any purpose? Or one more is too many?

Personally I’d like to see another one created , IF the objectives were aligned to the majority of the support.

It’s all over the place at the moment.

Oglach

Gordon64

I’d hardly refer to the CST as unified, they have already p’d off a lot of new members with regards to Res 12. Doesn’t bode well for them.
imo we need a Celts for change 2021.

PS Is it true that PL has had a coat of arms commissioned while waiting for his knighthood. apparently his chosen motto is the old Roman maxim that the Brits used so successfully – ‘ Divide et livorem superem’ divide and conquer 🤔

Gordon64

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac0KlbMu9uQ Billy Connolly observes Trump building in Chicago

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