Welcome to the Jungle

Writing a GTF article today would be like taking candy from a baby, it might actually be expected of us.
But I’m not going to go down that route, tempting as it is.

 

The truth is we can only truly access Peters full reign next year at the earliest, but would anyone bet against another few on or off- field twists n turns in this season from hell, or maybe possibly a skeleton coming out of the closet from a man who has nothing to lose now?
If he does have a ‘hit list’ now the time.
Doesn’t strike me as the sort I admit, but stranger things have happened, like Fredo getting pulled for his dark arts.

 

I thought the choreographed praise cringeworthy, giving the bloggers manna from heaven if they so choose, but again I pass.
I’ll look forward, not backwards thanks.

 

With that in mind, thoughts turn to the new man. I would have preferred an outsider, I will state that clearly. The need to fill the top positions with folk native to the isles given high preference is at best folly and at worst suspicious.
The need for someone ‘who knows the lay of the land’ or ‘who had a season book/sat on a bus’ must be heavily questioned given events of the last decade or so. It’s a fresh pair of eyes we need, just some freshness in general, and natives don’t tend to rock boats, for many reasons, some of them not so pleasant.

 

Now don’t get me wrong there are some things I do like with the appointment. Rugby is a growing sport I believe, and has taken leaps and bounds towards modernising. Mic’d up refs, video replays, and the ability to have a beverage at the game are all signs that sport is more mature than football, in the law makers/police eyes at least. That might well be because it’s many of the establishments game of choice, having played at university and now it’s become a conduit for business away from the football riffraff, that’s you and I by the way.
Point is, we have someone who knows the actual legislation and intricacies involved with some of these steps the national sport should be taking, which can’t hurt at all.

 

Whilst rugby has gained itself a lot more sponsorship money in recent times, this young mind fails to see anyone coughing up more than a pittance for the bent never boring SPHell but as sure as James Bond gets the girl the new guy will try.

 

Something he will also try is to start off with a clean slate, perhaps even expect it granted to him. If only it were that simple.
If one fresh face pleading clean slate can simply take away the sins of the entire regime, they will forever throw them at us!
A new regime is one thing, but with the main characters still in play, still pulling the strings, then any new guy is a puppet, not the puppet master.

 

First and foremost actions speak louder than words, on behalf of a fanbase who have been able to strip away all the sorry soundbites and cliches that we have been tossed, maybe expected to be unable to rationally break them down as false. You’ll have your own ‘favourite’ no doubt but ‘generation of domination’ is sure looking sorry now, and that replaced ‘every penny’ which replaced,,,,

 

Something all of us want to see is the existing Remunerations Committee moved on with much more up to date replacements who subsequently offer only the average salary in that sector, further incentivised through onfield success, not the balance sheet. Our salaries need looking at, that is a major understatement.

 

Another thing, no more favourites. Halt selective leaking and introduce transparency or simply hire a competent Public Relations team to keep the faithful informed, which surely is not too much to ask given we are a ‘Champions League Club’, which almost made the above list. With a PR background hopefully the benefit of positive relations and being pro-active are well ingrained into our new man.

 

The job is huge, for the club needs a rebuild if not some new facets added, yet positive cash flow is at it’s tightest for year’s.
And thus Dominic finds himself caught in a rock and hard place from the very first day in that he must either downsize the footballing operation to meet the available budget, yet the available budget depends on the supports season book sales primarily, and they won’t take up in large numbers unless a semi name manager is brought in and backed somewhat.
Yet this is the very last thing the business side of things needs or can afford, which brings us into speculate to accumulate territory.
That’s a good option only with the correct structure to take advantage of those funds you borrow or sell shares for, and those funds can easily be frittered away unto nothing, just like our infamous 36 million splurge on flops that helped cost us the ten.
Big decision right on day one.

 

Of course he will know this, maybe Dermot has arranged a war chest of some sort, but can you see him or anyone at this stage entering and initiating a large spend?
While the club is at war on two fronts, Covid and a fanbase who are not accepting the footballing department propping up the business and feel it should be the other way around.
Given the Preston pre-contracts, signs point to the slow lane, belt severely tightened.
The very worst thing that could happen to a disenfranchised fanbase who fully stepped forward then were severely, no embarrassingly, let down by the puppet masters or their puppets, or both.
If you like speculation about next season’s (V)ST sales we then Monday will bring you proper opinions but it ain’t looking good at all.
The words that spring to mind on that front are ‘they dug their own grave’.

 

So yes a new guy and hopefully ideas sound great but at the end of the day our problems are much bigger than one man, even if that man is a megalomaniac.
We have structural flaws, are not prepared one bit for the modern game as a giant club (as our good friend TeT keeps pointing out we are in the top 60 clubs in the world), and shorter lack the means to fund the primary business to a standard deemed sufficient by it’s furious lifeblood, despite being the biggest club in the land.

 

Welcome to the Jungle Dominic McKay.

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MAHE

Very dodgy line in that song,mate…

Mahe
Mahe
Mahe

Bobby, I’m off to bed, switch versions if need be or just delete the thing 😉
My beauty sleep is too important

Goodnight folks
Hail Hail

MAHE

Sorted,mate.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP

MAHE

Game first,then chat later?

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Could probably do with my bed,tbh. This schedule of 3pm kick off and 8pm Skype call-and having to be halfway sober for them!-is playing merry hell with my body clock.

Family Zoomer call for Sunday at 2pm isn’t helping either…

Well that was a great day – yesterday – the day it is announced that Peter Lawwell is leaving us. And no, I will NOT cool my jets! it is a time for celebration. The main stream media are quick to point out he was CEO during a very successful period of Celtic’s history . So much so that I had to rub my eyes to make sure they weren’t talking about Jimmy McGrory! Was Lawwell the top goal scorer? Yes he was In Place at this time but others were involved too like players and managers.

To be fair I can’t knock him for being involved in all that has gone wrong this season on the pitch, without giving him some credit for the good things that happened previously. I’m a Libran, the sign of the scales, of balance. But when I put Peter in the scales I’m afraid they are weighted down very much in the useless, egotistic, corrupt, greedy, incompetent side of things. Just as an example, for every very good signing there were about twenty duffers. Did he recruit our best manager during his tenure? No? Did he help to get rid of him? Yes?

Members of The Secret Lawwell Lovers Society point out the silverware, and the finances. Whoopee!! But ignore the rest of the stuff that went on during his tenure. They reckon we should feel sorry for him in his retirement, he will be hurting over ten in a row! Don’t make me laugh! A blowtorch wouldn’t burn his neck. A Celtic man? You have got to be joking! It takes more than wearing a green tie and sitting in the luxurious seats at Parkhead to be a Tim.

The Secret Five Way Agreement
The Nimmo Smith Commission
Resolution 12
The Continuity Myth
Financial fair play In Scotland
Refereeing in Scotland
Illegal Registrations
Title Stripping

Need I go on?

All the stuff Bro. Walfrid would be proud of.

But it’s only a game! It’s only fitba! Or so we are told! calm down, nobody died!

Ok.

But it’s corruption and collusion and dare I say it FRAUD!
That’s not just a game! Excuse me if I dislike him and lack sympathy for him.

Here’s what Broony Should have said:

‘I’m sure Mr Lawwell enjoyed our success on the park during his time here and I wish him all the best for the future.’
Stop
End

Twisty

Jim

I’m with you.

Mowbray, Macari, Barnes, Ronny D, and others, who didn’t exactly shine, I bear no ill will. It didn’t work out.

Peter L? I hold so much resentment towards that man. Trebles, quadruple ones at that, do not outweigh the nature of other stuff that happened under his leadership. Not for me.

The res 12 and 5WA stuff in particular.

Unforgivable for me.

Harvey

Good morning Gents!

JTM …. a fellow Libran! Agree totally with your balanced post on Lawwell…. I’ve nothing to add to his departure, other than the ‘success’ he had is down to the players and coaches…. a successful CEO would have put the club’s assets first ( the fans) …. therefore I’m hoping Dom McKay will actually resolve this otherwise the board can kiss goodbye VSTs

How strange the team actually played better on Wednesday night… did they know of the impending departure?!

The second job after VSTs would be to sort out the players salaries and bonus structure …. there’s obviously something in there that has had players down tools this season …. maybe they didn’t get their bonus from last season as they couldn’t fulfil all 38 league fixtures …. hollow victory indeed ….

Lastly, we need this CEO to sort out the coach and players before the start of next season to ensure we are equipped in the UCL qualifiers… we all want to be a champions league team … time the board with this CEO match the same ambition…… otherwise they’ll be driving fans further away

Time for a jog in the pissing rain!

HH
Harvey

Friesdorfer

CFC2021
Thanks, not a situation I would be comfortable with. Hope some clarity is publicised to allay my fears, and no doubt others too.
HH

JimmynotPaul

✍️ Cliftonville Football Club are very pleased to announce the signing of Barry Coffey on loan from Celtic.

➡️ https://t.co/YMjJ87jirb https://t.co/VZTeREaCQb

Ayrshire Bhoy

Peter Lawell….. wank! Don’t care what he did financially I’m a football fan not a stockbroker. His shenanigans are the reason I’ve spent nothing on football since may 2016 so no praise from me.

fan-a-tic

I would settle for Dominic turning us into a Well Run Club.
Forget the fawning blog pish pushed by Peter,Paul and the Acolyte’s.
No really Dominic leave the soundbites in the background and immerse yourself into turning Celtic plc into a club deserving of its fans.
There is nothing to be learned from the lying bonus thief so move forward with vision and engage the fans so they understand you and the club are actually moving towards being a professional football club.
Take stock of the landscape we exist in and plan accordingly to undo the trashing of our international reputation and aim to be a force in world football rather than whipping boys with a brilliant support.
A plan for the best in sport science, diet,fitness and analytics to be used from academy to first team.
Succession planning where no man is bigger than the club so loss of players or personnel is minimized.
It may take time to be successful with so much building and implementation required but as long as you include the fans in this endeavor you will have the love of one of World football’s greatest supports.
HH

Auldheid-a-

On the matter of CL qualification if I were a CEO with supposed clout I would be trying to address the risks about not being able to qualify then not qualifying.

The first is obvious, particularly if only the title winner qualifies, get the rules applied fairly and if SFA not willing to address, argue as in ” my way or the highway ” for reform of referee service , domestic FFP and fit and proper background checks.

At the same time start building for CL qualificaton success by reducing a huge risk factor – churn.

No more the CB meeting the Goalie in the tunnel at first qualifying match approach. No morr having to play dear Effe Ambrose against a pub team who sells the jersey as fans knew was most likely but even BR didnt.

That means recruiting in January to have players bedded in by July.

However there is a risk to buying in January not just quality of player available but if it’s a neck and neck race for the title having not addressed the first risk then top qualifying spot might be at risk apart from denying them a title.
So.
You move the bloody football season so that in July the team has had say 3 months football under its belt, removing another risk, lack of match fitness.
Let it run to say Nov and league stops.

Start again in Feb or March with cup competitions to fill the gap until April.

Have a transfer window near our new season end to to hire replacements from players ending contracts elsewhere which will be a bigger and better quality pool than January.

Games are played during better playing and spectating conditions and best still. TV companies looking for football sporting content in the summer will pay higher prices to broadcast.

In a Euro or World Cup year perhaps have a two week break filled by a short U21 competition if players lost to the international game.

Now that for me is the kind of thinking and leadership Celtic have failed to give Scottish football because there are benefits for all clubs looking to play in Europe.

Underwrite losses to some clubs if change results in that by topping up the UEFA solidarity payment if necessary by a cut in the CL income to the qualifying clubs.

It’s not rocket science is it? Asks a rocket.

Gordon64

What was Peter Lawwells biggest achievement
No Euro knockout wins
9.9%
Chasing Rodgers out
21.8%
Not sacking Lennon
27%
His ridiculous salary
41.3%

D R M

Brilliant posts this morning 👍.
Auldheid perfectly put as usual as to how the season should look, what is the reason given for not playing in the better weather, sounds like the old civil service excuse but it’s always been done this way.

bada bing1

Gary Caldwell on Celtic TV for today’s game, can we not get anyone better? A guy who was giving Radio Scotland the anti Celtic, anti NL stuff they love a couple of months ago.

fan-a-tic

Gordon64

Valleyboy

Twisty
Have you posted the update of the horsey info from last night ?

Garry

Great opening article Mahe.
Some excellent posts this morning too.
JTT53, Fan a Tic and Auldheid especially.
In for a tricky match today. Saint Mirren fancy their chances. Should be a good game to watch.

Gordon64

Good piece about Pollok Juniors on Football Focus

Gordon64

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55864412 Peter Lawwell: Changing of Celtic guard offers different landscape for Dominic McKay

D R M

Gary remember 5-0 eddy first goal scorer. 😂😂

Garry

McCaff
From last night.
Saw NorthSide once, supporting Inspiral Carpets. They got a bit of abuse from the Barrowlands crowd. Very poor live band.
Their lead singer tragically hung himself.
Got tickets for Happy Mondays supporting James at Hydro Glasgow this year.
Looking more in doubt as the weeks pass, due to Covid19 restrictions.

Garry

DRM
5-0 I would take.
Have 2-1 on Chalmersbhoy predictor.
My nerves would prefer your prediction. 😊👍

óglach

A wee repost of part of Twistys brilliant post this morning* regarding Broonies fawning over PL😃😃 (* previous article)

SB “Compare where we were when he first came in to where we are now?”

Ok Scott, I’ll indulge ye.
Then? We were just back from Seville.
Now? We are just back from Dubai.

D R M

Put it on this morning but only a quid just in case my drunken prediction happened.

óglach

Does anyone know, or suspect, that ‘Wile e Pete’ has a sizable guaranteed retirement bonus due from us? Me – well I wouldn’t doubt it.

Garry

Oglach
Excellent line. 😂😂👍
Nice one Twisty. 👍😁

Jobo Baldie

In any other season betting Celtic with a minus 1 handicap at home to St Mirren at odds of 10/11 would have called for ‘mortgage level’ investment. But having predicted 2-0 in the predictor then a fiver on Celtic to win by 2 or more (i.e. minus 1) is my sole donation to charity for today. Only 90 minutes till the teams are in the tunnel (individually!)

Garry

DRM
Hope your bet stoats.
Eddy and 5-0. What odds?

Craig 76

Garry
Eddy and 5 nil is 122/1 on paddy power

bada bing1

Hearts v Dunfermline PPV £18.50……seriously….

ASWGL

Another good leader, i also applaud Twisty 👏

bada ffs the usual Hearts home attendance price is £24, that’s fekkin nonsense. £10 or £12 mebbe for TV aye but they’re rippin the yoorine

bada bing1
Auldheid-a-

Anyone intending to watch the game anticipating a nerve free afternoon is likely to be disappointed.

I see St Mirren putting our two error prone CBs under pressure waiting for the inevitable error.

If we take a higher percentage of chances made then it might be less uncomfortable.

Breath not being held.

Twisty

Valleybhoy

Sorry! Went to opticians and forgot!

Doncaster 3.15

5/2 Cap Du Nord, 5/1 Canelo, 13/2 One For The Team
9/1 Aye Right, Musical Slave, 12/1 Give Me A Copper
12/1 Mister Malarky, Rocky’s Treasure, 14/1 Boldmere
16/1 The Butcher Said, Yorkhill, 33/1 Guitar Pete
33/1 Takingrisks.

Skybet Chase (3m)

Covered this race midweek

10 Past renewals
All had this basic profile

Male Horses
Aged 7-8-9-10
Absent 3-9 weeks
At least 2 runs that season
Coming from 2m 4f or more
Not coming from Grade 1-2
Not coming from a Novice
Under 22 chase runs
Rated between 151 and 132

Horses with this profile
Produce a 10-58 record

Midweek shortlist

Cap du Nord 5/2
Canelo 4/1
Aye Right 10/1
Rocky’s Treasure 10/1
Boldmere 14/1
The Butcher Said 16/1

CAP DU NORD could win
But he has gone up in the weights
Having had 19 chase runs already
There could just be scopier types
BOLDMERE has sire issues
His sires runners in this class
Modest 1-44 at any distance

CANELO was a definite option
Comes here after a career best win
And from a significant stable as well
But he seems weak in the market
No obvious reason why that should be

AYE RIGHT is an 8yo
Unorthodox because of his prep
Ran in a Jumpers Bumper 10 days ago
Asking plenty to win off a mark of 151
Having had just 6 chase starts before

MUSICAL SLAVE failed the shortlist
As he has raced just once this season
Don’t mind that as he has 2 months off
He does not look on the bounce
His figures suggest he is well treated

ONE FOR THE TEAM is a 7yo
Did not make the statistical shortlist
As he comes from a Grade 2 chase
Going to overlook that

January and February
Handicap Chases over 3m +
Listed and Graded class
Horses aged 7
Coming from Grade 1-2 chases
With under 6 chase runs
Have a W W 2 W record
ONE FOR THE TEAM has this profile

Whilst none have won this race
Coologue was runner up in 2016
Hence the W W 2 W overall record
Why I left him off the shortlist
The other 3 that tried all won
Including Shotgun Paddy + Heltonic

On closer inspection
He looks a safer option here
Than most on my midweek shortlist
Going to split stake two horses

Selection

Win Bet ONE FOR THE TEAM 5/1

Gordon64

PLs resignation goes a long way to explain why the board have allowed Lenny to make a show of himself in recent weeks 🤔

Garry

Bada
Taylor and Duffy. 😔
That will be the left side of our defence getting targeted.

Noel Skytrot

Here’s to a strong performance and three points today. I wonder which keeper will be playing today?

Today marks the anniversary of the murder of 14 unarmed civilians in Derry by the British State, remembered.

Noel Skytrot

Garry,
I’m sitting just now with an Inspiral Carpets tshirt on, the Moo one. Lol

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, to be honest cant think ive ever seen st mirren beat us when i lived up there, either at parkhead or love st, mind you that was the lions era, hope i havent put a curse on us today,.2-0 celtic is my prediction.H.H.

Garry

Noel
The Cow smoking a doobie?
Cool as Fuck. Moo. 👍😁

Garry

Noel
Bain in goal.
Same starting 11 as Wednesday.

Garry

BP
I was at the game in Paisley, the night Saint Mirren beat us 4-0, and Tony Mowbray got sacked. The worst I can remember.

Gordon64

The one benefit of the VST is you can get a drink at the game 🍺🍀

McCaff

Afternoon all, let’s do this mob this afternoon Celtic and continue our great run to 10 In A Row!! 😉🤣

Garry

G64
😂😂👍🍻🍺🍀💚

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