2 cheeks of the same arse

Last night we got another dead rubber out of the way, only this one resulted in an actual victory and that rarest of events, a clean sheet, however a better team would have breached the sieve.
Its a bit of a new look sieve actually with a proper fullbacks, plus an actual defender to slot in alongside our best defender this season, who is originally a midfielder but also not a bad right back at all.
The four rounded out by goalkeeper Bain, who looks to have the jersey until seasons end or maybe until the expected blooper, which Murphy’s law states will happen in the possibly title deciding derby game due end of March.
4 goals were scored with summer flop Ajeti bulging the oul onion bag as well as our Captain with no red card were issued.


Theres really no need to say anything else regarding the game, which I didn’t watch having zero interest and judging by not one email for a free VST pass, I wasn’t the only one. I have already found it extremely hard to garner interest in football during these empty stadium times, with artificial noise only going so far, that empty feeling only compounded by our woes on and off the pitch. Banners are no substitute for fans we can firmly say once and for all.


Unfortunately the season from hell is looking likely to be fully played out, at this juncture most would opt for early curtailment and subsequent awarding the title to the worthy champions I believe. Securing second and keeping the gap under twenty one points wont tempt every Tim out there to tune in that’s for sure, which hopefully helps foster the determination to remove those responsible for our current mess.


From hoping to witness history, to wishing it was just all over in the space of six months is quite a swing.
So is Invincibles to Want-always in two years, but dont worry we are a Champions League club according to our highest ever paid employee, a man who Dermot incredibly pleaded with to stay in situ showing ust how severe the disconnect has become.


The football is actually talking a second seat to the off field events now, something that would have been hard to believe a short while ago. After the most embarrassing capitulation in the national sports history, all that remains now is to get the cup and manager out of the way before this years big battle commences.


The battle of the Season Books.
Fan versus board, support versus PLC, Celtic lovers versus Old Firm lovers, it’s the big one that actually needs to happen if truth be told. Once and for all we deserve to find out if this really is a club like no other, more than a club, or simply a vehicle for the upper class to take our passion and spending money under false pretenses.


Speaking of false pretenses, when all of us are getting the number 55 rammed down our throats all summer long, how about the club, or the company, ensure they prominently advertise we are Scotland’s most successful club everywhere at the same time, placing the onus on what Uefa’s Andrea Traverso appropriately referred to as the ‘new club’ to challenge our claim?
Of course having just lost the title we will be called sore losers, but when exactly is the correct time to point out it’s not 55 except when it is claimed?


That’s what good Celtic men would do, speak the truth and darn the hare we care, but then again having sold the soul of the club for ‘ten million a year’ the very last thing those who have went out of their way to foster the dreaded Old Firm relationship will do is broadcast information that may harm the partnership.


In their eyes Old Firm fans are simply wallets and two cheeks of the same arse.
Funny enough that’s exactly what I think of Dermot and Peter.


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February 3, 2021 5:15 am

Morning all
Unlike yourself Mahe, I watched the match, though I must admit it’s hard to get too excited these days, when you’re watching knowing the title has, even if not mathematically, has in all reality, gone.

Dead rubbers? I get the comment but I’d urge caution. A 6 point cushion over Hibs with a couple games in hand should in all likelihood ensure we finish in second spot barring a total collapse, but as I say, we can’t get complacent.

I thought Kenny looked competent, Broony must’ve got new Duracell’s fitted yesterday, ( incidentally, that was a stunning header), and the more I see of Turnbull I feel we should be thinking about making him the mainstay in midfield and building around him.

Other than that? A few of the usual scares at the back, which, you’d think would’ve been sorted out on the training ground and video room by now, but we do not seem to make much headway in that regard.

I thought overall Kilmarnock were absolutely dire. They did have one man on the pitch who tried, really tried, to influence the game, but his efforts were in vain due to just how bad they were. I think though we seen enough to know that he’s definitely one that’s worth watching. Despite last nights loss he’s certain to play his part in the remainder of the season. His name? Clancy.

If there was a question put to Celtic and Rangers as to whether they felt we should bring English referees ( or indeed European referees) into the Scottish game, Celtic would approve and Rangers wouldn’t. Says it all.

I’ve already had my say on Neil’s position. He has to go, and he will go, but, I’m sure he’d get a decent night sleep last night and that genuinely pleases me.

Mahe, incredible eh?

DD wants Peter to stay and Peter wants Neil to stay. The vast majority of the fans don’t want any of the triumvirate.
( Incidentally, the very first triumvirate consisted of Pompey, Caesar and Crassus, and whilst I’m not advocating our three depart in similar circumstances, the daggers are definitely out)

February 3, 2021 5:57 am

I see 4th Tier German side Essen knocked Jeremy Frimpong’s Leverkusen out the cup. Jeremy only came on for the last 8 minutes of extra time with the score at 1-1.
Essen scored in the 117th minute to go through 2-1. Not the start he’d have wished.

February 3, 2021 7:39 am

Morning all.

“Of course having just lost the title we will be called sore losers, but when exactly is the correct time to point out it’s not 55….”

Yes Mahe it’s one thing for their fans on the street to claim 55 but if the Ibrox club officially endorses that, then that it a different matter. Especially if there is no objection or correction from Hampden. Will there be new ’55 themed’ official merchandise range?
That would be like saying that the clumpany did not liquidate. As you say even Andrea Traverso mentions they are a NEW CLUB.

If that happens, Celtic must take action.

it might not be the dream start for a new CEO but on the other hand, by doing the right thing he would win over the Celtic fans in a heartbeat. And begin the process of calling out the corruption in Scottish football.

February 3, 2021 7:51 am

Wouldn’t be surprised to see a “ congratulations “ message sent across the city!

February 3, 2021 7:58 am

If I were Peter I’d send one.

“ Celtic fc would like to send our congratulations to The Rangers FC on winning the title , a relatively 8 short years after they were founded. We feel it would be churlish if we didn’t acknowledge the part played by the SFA and Scottish Referees in this achievement, and we therefore include them in our congratulations.
We would hope that TRFC would be equally magnanimous in recognising the part that we, the board of Celtic FC, played in ensuring this achievement.”

February 3, 2021 8:06 am

Twisty, LOL 🙂 Good one! There would be a lot of truth in that diplomatic message!

Paddy’s Maw
February 3, 2021 8:19 am

Great message – spot on and made me laugh!

February 3, 2021 8:21 am

Dermot Desmond might not realise it but it will become easily apparent within 6 months of the new CEO’s appointment just how much he (DD) pulls the strings in the club. After 17 years of PL seemingly in charge, patterns have emerged. Typicalities. There is now such a thing as the ‘Celtic way’ in decision making.
If nothing much changes with the new CEO it will be confirmed that DD is the power behind the throne, as we always suspected. Peter Lawwell nothing more than a greedy, compliant puppet with no principles.

Will we be saying things like: ‘Wow didn’t expect that!’ ‘Well that makes a change!’ ‘Thank God, at last!’ ???

I hope I am pleasantly surprised.
Shocked more like!

February 3, 2021 8:37 am

If PL does not dispel the 55 leagues won this year he is leaving the new guy behind the eight ball. The fans have gone too far now, to back off the Boards inactions. on many fronts,I don’t have to list them they are posted here daily
The football may not be worth a mention but the lead up to the new season is going to keep our attention , it’s like the OJ trial , the Liquidation, the Nino Smith farse, the registrations , Trump etc etc you are watching it , it is real but you cannot believe it’s happening right in front of you how is it going to end, buckleup

February 3, 2021 8:41 am

Its weird watching a league game now. We’re playing for 2nd place in a piss poor league. Sevco are no great shakes at all, and we’re looking over our shoulders at Aberdeen and Hibs, neither of whom are up to much.
The only interest we have left is the Cup. Five in a row would be quite nice but even if we win, it will feel hollow. Come on Celtic: start the needed clear out ASAP and give the new manager a fighting chance for next season. Or do we allow King’s “pack of cards” prediction to come true?

February 3, 2021 9:12 am

As the leader says, it is hard to focus on last night’s game when off field issues seem to not being addressed. However, that win was really needed. From the highlights it did seem to boost the morale of some of the players. One of the frustrating aspects of our decline is the feeling that most of the pieces of the jigsaw are in place…….they have just been forced into the wrong positions. Still enough has been said about the reason for that.

However, one swallow does not make a summer so it is too early to suggest that we have turned a corner……..remember December and more recently the 2-0 versus Hamilton. Killie are clearly in a bigger shambles than we are.

So what might be learned from last night? I say “might” because currently the club is a slow learner. Playing at least two up front is desirable if we want to score goals……and we need to score goals, given our defence. The defence that we saw last night deserves a chance to gel…..keep it in place, with the possible exception of Taylor. Laxalt is a better player. Brown does provide on field leadership, something that other experienced players seem to lack. However, there has to be a role for Soro. Ajeti needs games and if played with a partner will come good. Klimala also needs games but should be played out wide. His control is not good enough for a central role but his pace will be an asset on the wing. If Griff is still not fit enough for 90 minutes, his time at the club should be up. Rossi is worth keeping an eye on. He could be a diamond in the rough, or a Jack Henry…….time will tell. Edouard definitely wants and needs to move on. I hope we are scouting his replacement now.

Who do we play next? Whomever, I hope we give that team another chance, but………I would not bet on it.


February 3, 2021 9:22 am

I bet Fraser Forster is glad he wasn’t in goals last night. 9-0 !!!

Jobo Baldie
February 3, 2021 9:28 am

I may be in the minority here but when any Celtic game comes around I do always look forward to watching in and cheering them on. Dead rubber or not, a game’s a game and in these days it’s one of the few escapisms that come around. So I’m already hoping that we take some of last nights performance into the weekend and get another good win against Motherwell. After the last 9 seasons I accept that it’s a new challenge for us to watch domestic games with little at stake. And I also recognise that, for me I don’t have any other associated difficulties in watching the game (e.g. getting up at silly o’clock…). Anyway, my first wee mini rant on here but that’s about as bad as I get!
Hail Hail. And 3 more sleeps…..

February 3, 2021 9:35 am

Morning bhoys and ghirls..
A bit happier this morning with last night’s result though a hell of a long way to go..

Quite a few forgot to put in their scores yesterday..
3 games tonight,
2 have a 6pm kick off

Follow the link

Good luck.

February 3, 2021 9:36 am

I watched highlights of Southampton and it would not have been 9 with FF between the sticks.
Some were very savable.
Did FF steal the coaches lunch money.
He had been good since getting a start but this coach seems determined not to play him.

February 3, 2021 9:36 am

Auldheid good you can put a face to whos posting the repetitive posts about someone in power slaying the 55 myth 😬.
The wife and I were supposed to go out to see KW the time you saw him but I ended up at the Beatson for 4 weeks getting the old prostate zapped (all ok now thanks to early detection) and then covid hit so didn’t get out.
If everywhere opens up again it will be busy over here so will be really busy but if we do manage out it will probably be the first 2 weeks of new year. I’m sure we will all catch up well before then.
Played more like a team last night but killie not the best just now.

February 3, 2021 9:44 am

Jobo, I’m the same, I was looking forward to the game all day. Put all the bad stuff aside for 90 mins and hope for the best!
As you say esp. at the moment. bloody lock down. 🙁

February 3, 2021 9:53 am

TET, I remember you talking about the pool loads of times but that’s the first time I have seen a picture of it. Looks terrific!

February 3, 2021 10:06 am

Twisty, Got a Lucky 15 on. All the jokeys are wearing green and yellow stripes. You can tell I’m a pro.!
Potential winnings £7,452. Not bad for a £3 bet!

February 3, 2021 10:16 am


For someone not renowned for his “blue sky thinking”, the Lying King’s words were very prescient , if a little garbled!
Wishful thinking on his part or a wee nod down the Lodge?
House of cards surely, I normally associate pack with Lies. Much more his style. A Freudian slip perhaps.

February 3, 2021 10:26 am

Last night was a typical Neil type of win with our better players securing victory.
A lot of meandering but supplemented by some good individual goals.The passes for 3rd and 4th goals were excellent.
Browns header was good but Killie had decided to use the Celtic blueprint in defending set pieces with the expected result.
Brown had a good game and his pass for Ajeti’s goal was sublime.
For me Turnbull was again our best player.He is a great reader of the game and creative.
Even though we won our first game in a while i think Calmac and Christie should be dropped.
Neither offered anything positive last night and both often got in the way of teammates.
A good team does not have to have great players in every position but balance is essential.
Calmac and Christie have decent skillsets but neither possess the mental strength or game intelligence to be able to utilize such.
I would replace Christie with Mo who despite constant criticism contributes with goals and Calmac with Soro and have he and Brown in a 2 man defensive unit and put Turnbull in No 10 role in front of them.
Soro has the ability to read games and cover when Brown goes chasing unnecessarily .
Ed and Ajeti should continue though i think a target man would be a better foil for Albian.

February 3, 2021 10:28 am

Good luck.

Those kinda bets pull every now and again, so I hope yer lucks in. If I’m going to a race meeting I spend a long time looking at the card. I’m talking hours and hours.
Went with the wife one day. I was very confident a favourite I’d chosen was gonna win.

Can’t remember the stake but probably a score or so.

It didn’t win. A 33/1 shot beat it . My wife says “ yeeees, I had a pound on that”

I looked at the form of the winner. It shoulda had no chance.

I said to her” how the fff did ye pick that thing???”

Her reply?

“ As we watched them leave the parade ring I just thought the jockey fitted it quite well”


As I say – Gl today. Ye never know!!

As an aside, I’m hoping a 33/1 shot Beaufort can run a place at 8pm tonight.

February 3, 2021 10:40 am


Largely agree, particularly re Calmac and RC.

I would like to see Paddy tried on the right, particularly if we now have a secure right back in place.
He has the pace and I think has played that position earlier in his career.

February 3, 2021 11:02 am

Twisty, the old guy I was talking about yesterday – trade union official – loved going to the racing with his wife. Musselburgh especially. When he had a good day at the races he was the most generous man you can imagine. Nearly impossible to buy a round. When I ordered a round he would literally push me away and hand the money over to the bar person!

His wife is now in a care home. Thankfully his daughter has moved in to his house to look after him.

February 3, 2021 11:06 am

Have to agree with Jobo.
I actually enjoyed watching the match last night.
Was happy to see a fit and energetic Scott Brown back in place. Soro I think still has a bit to go to reach Broony’s level.
I would never play Taylor again. Thought he would have been decent on the pitch he learnt to play on. I was wrong. Utterly dreadful showing from him. Don’t remember him doing anything well.
Impressive debut from Kenny. Would stick with a back 4 of Kenny Ajer Welsh and Laxalt for a prolonged run of games.
Some grounds for optimism there.
I don’t agree that any game is a dead rubber, we need to achieve 2nd place.
A bit puzzled by Mahe’s point about the VST.
The game was not on the VST.
Overall happy with last night.

February 3, 2021 11:26 am

I’ve been to every racecourse in the UK bar 13. My favourites are still Hamilton and Musselburgh.

February 3, 2021 11:26 am

Though I’m very fond of Ripon too

February 3, 2021 11:31 am

No racecourse comes close to Cheltenham for me. Ayr a close second, as I always back winners there. My lucky place is Ayr. Cheltenham not so lucky, but the Cheltenham gold cup day is the most atmospheric day I have ever experienced at the races.

Celtic Champs Elect
February 3, 2021 12:15 pm

I love watching Celtic play they are an addiction

Last night calmed the nerves until Saturday

We win our 2 games in hand it’s down to 14 points beat the huns twice it’s down to 8 points

Stranger things have happened

February 3, 2021 12:32 pm

On the horsey theme.
Devon Loch.

Bada Bing
February 3, 2021 12:37 pm

Scott Brown to face SFA judgment as Celtic skipper’s flashpoint in Kilmarnock clash will be studied by panel

Will be their last chance to get him on something…

February 3, 2021 12:43 pm

Is that for the alleged slap that Sky tried to focus on post match?
Or is it for the headed goal?
I would say the goal from ‘legs gone’ Broony really annoyed many.

February 3, 2021 12:46 pm


Unfortunately we are 20 points behind with one game in hand( two when Huns play tonight)
Unless St J do something special we will be 23 points behind and two games in hand.

At very best therefore 11 points behind.

February 3, 2021 1:02 pm

I am just going to watch every Celtic game in the relaxed manner that I watched last night’s match.
Only Greg Taylor got me annoyed.
Let’s go on a wee winning run, and enjoy the fitba, like I enjoyed last night.
Cannae wait for Saturday v Motherwell. Then revenge in Paisley next Wednesday.

February 3, 2021 1:02 pm


Loved the last line in your leader. Of course, slap bang in the middle of the two cheeks would be our esteemed Chairman, Mr Bankier

Every day is a school day on here… we’re all experts on anatomy now.

Hail Hail.

February 3, 2021 1:03 pm


It just clicked in my memory which is very image dependent, perhaps everybody’s memory is, and I could see your face, smiling, in my minds eye.

God willing I’ll be in Spain next Jan so keep in touch via KW.

Glad to hear you are in good health.

February 3, 2021 1:16 pm


Going for 55 is an assault on the integrity of Scottish football.
Traverso was using Art12 in his description of Sevvo as a new club/company but the “/” gave that mob an argument that the Rangers 2012 had an owning company and focussed on that rather than ” new”.

If Celtic do not oppose any attempt by SFA/ SPFL to officially recognise their next title as the 55th I reckon ST renewals will dive further. It might not be confined to Celtic either if other supporters see it as an attack on the integrity of our game..

I am reminded of Regan when asked to comment refused to confirm or deny, saying it would be up to fans to see it as they want. I think therefore both SFA and SPFL need to be challenged on football rules.

February 3, 2021 1:20 pm


I did too.
I would add RC and to a lesser extent Calmac to the names of poorer performers.

The current debacle surrounding our club makes the viewing experience less enjoyable but like the Mafia- once you’re in …….

February 3, 2021 1:26 pm

Must admit I found last night’s game much more enjoyable and relaxing. Not a world-beating performance,but vastly improved from recent ones. Two forwards,four actual defenders,four midfielders all working to varying degrees of effectiveness instead of ineffectiveness-we actually looked like a team for a change.

Maybe not a watershed,definitely too late,but a ray of sunshine in a long hard winter. They are hard to come by these days.

February 3, 2021 1:30 pm

Football rules in Scotland?
1-Anything that benefits the huns.
2-Anything that benefits the huns.
3-Scottish refs who benefit the huns are of impeccable character and honest to the core.
Anything else in the rule book is just superficial fluff to be interpreted to the benefit of the huns.

February 3, 2021 1:36 pm

I actually forgot that Christie was playing. 😁
Calmac I felt was too busy covering for Taylor to be able to play his own game.
Think we need to settle on a back 4 of Kenny, Ajer, Welsh and Laxalt, and play that 4 every match. See how we go from there.

February 3, 2021 1:41 pm

Fan a Tic
Clancy was at it last night. Ok he gave us one penalty which was soft, but to ignore the stonewaller in first few minutes for Eddy, was game management ie cheating.

February 3, 2021 1:43 pm

Totally agree.
Was impressed by the link up play between Edouard and Ajeti in second half. Was good to see AA get 90 minutes and a crackin finish. 👍🍀

February 3, 2021 1:55 pm

Not sure Calmac could cover for anyone?
He can’t tackle and is positionally poor.

February 3, 2021 1:56 pm


It was almost as though Clancy got a wee phone call at half time-Killie aren’t gonna score,might as well give that mob something,screw with their brains.

February 3, 2021 2:02 pm

Fan a Tic
He was playing two positions last night.
His own and Taylor’s. It is why he looks positionally poor with Taylor in the team.
He is much improved with Laxalt at left back, letting him concentrate on his own role.
Where I do agree with you is in his inability to tackle. Simply not a part of his game.
If he could, he would be in the EPL.
May still be next season?

Bada Bing
February 3, 2021 2:02 pm

The email will have been sent to the MIBs,re the huns having zero penalties against them,so give 1 before the season’s out,all about fairness, and things evening themselves out…..right?

February 3, 2021 2:05 pm

Said the exact same to my two sons last night.
“He’s had a call at half time from a Ref supervisor.”
Great minds an awe rat. 😁😜

February 3, 2021 2:16 pm


Aye,but only a REALLY dodgy one,and only when they are about five up already.

February 3, 2021 2:25 pm

As you know i am not a fan of the present version of Calmac.
For role he occupies in the side he brings little.
He had an excellent first 2 seasons in BR’s side in a clearly defined role.
In BR’s 3rd season when he moved deeper his decline started.
Under Lennon that decline accelerated and he has been poor.
For such a pivotal player in our midfield 3 goals and 5 assists in 25 games this season is hardly prolific especially when he offers nothing defensively.
He seems to get a pass due to the nostalgia of the 2 invincible seasons where his passing and movement in a forward role was productive.
I don’t think our lack of productivity is coincidental with the important role a player who lacks mental and positional strength has been given.
I think circumstances have overtaken him and he needs a coach and system that understands his strengths.
Just now he has neither unfortunately.