Whats in the pipeline?

Change is inevitable, but despite that simple fact it is often unwanted. Some people fight against it while others fight for it,,some embrace it some shun it.
The wise see it coming, take steps to lessen its impact, and adapt with it.


In this respect our beloved Club are not looking very wise at all. Change, very much needed in order to fully embrace the modern supporter in the modern world, has been ruefully accepted as being forced upon the club. Dermots words of trying to convince Peter to stay on, when taken with modern Brendan’s badgering out the door in preference of the old school Lenny and other examples, show us our leaders prefer things as they are, as they know and are comfortable with.
And many grew much too comfortable.


Despite being a self proclaimed Champions League Club or as widely believed a well run club, there is an excellent chance Glasgow Celtic will find themselves scrambling on a few different fronts next year. Dominic spoke of a smooth transition but quite how that could work while he is otherwise fulltime employed is a mystery. The Whitehouse keeps a series of folders to cover each scenario, the Tangerine famously rejected the in situ Pandemic Playbook,but it’s hard to imagine anything so organized at Parkhead.
‘Ask Peter’ looks to be our preferred playbook.


Off the field our new CEO will be faced with either his own recruits new to the position and seeking to find their own feet, or he is faced with the current directors. Considering they stood idly by making them architects of the mess we find ourselves in, they are best away from our club altogether.
I cannot under any circumstances see them as the way forward, I hope Dominic shared this conviction.


On a boardroom level, transition looks sketchy. Accept the bad or no-one, a little like Brendan being given a choice of Commper or zilch, and we know how that worked out. Some of the incumbents may stick around, perhaps giving the impression of assisting, but that’s locking the gate after the horse has bolted.
They are 15 years too late to be scrutinizing the CEO.


Infrastructure wise, it’s hard to make a case we are in a better place now than when Peter took over. Our playing surface is at its worst and needs major work, the Stadium is a generation older, no hotel or cafe or museum. The first team dont have an indoor training pitch, which could double as a reserve ground but there are plans already drawn which is a slight advantage.
The Kerrydale Bar has opened yes and that will boost matchday revenue significantly one would imagine, but given its propensity to quickly fill to capacity, it cannot serve as a reliable meeting place for families or friends, forcing many to make alternative plans.
Whilst not a mess and suitable for the short term, the clubs infrastructure needs medium and long term planning then finance, another challenge for the new bloke.


The clubs relationship with the fans needs no clarification,,we dont trust them and the relationship is at its lowest ebb for a generation.
Theres is no successful transition available.


A successful transition could be massively aided by cold hard cash of course, but again on that front bad news is expected with the financials most likely poor.
However given Covid and the 40 million next egg, I’m not sure if we should use this as a stick to beat the PLC with,,but it must be stated we dont look financially ready for huge changes.


Relationship with other clubs and our standing in the game I feel has regressed a lot. We weren’t a punching bag when storming our way to Seville under a proper manager but sure enough embrace the dreaded Old Firm and the big nights delivering the best atmosphere in global football dissipates. What fools to not capitalize upon something world class being given for free! They should have made a point of packing the park for every big game and helping the faithful astound the sport again and again.
That atmosphere they all rave about needs a good team on the park to inspire the faithful, a fact which looks to have been overlooked by someone somewhere.


Finally, the odds of a successful transition on the Park?
Depends on your definition of success of course but entry into Europe and winning the title very much look a stretch too far where I’m sitting, for many that would be a poor transition.
Of those who are considered staying and committed (by us that is) we can just about name a starting eleven. That eleven will never have played together, some of them have yet to prove themselves Celtic class or in Mikeys case that he has a body that can handle the rough and tumble of Scottish football.
An eleven from ‘the remainers’ would look something like,


Taylor, Welsh, Julienne,
James Forrest, Soro, Turnbull, Henderson,Mikey,
Ajeti, Klimala.


Trusting the remainers to take us places would be folly.
We therefore need to supplement them but that’s were the problems begin.
The Glorious Balance Sheet looks likely to ‘consume’ the lions share of player sales, and hitting the PLC in the pocket will serve to compound this issue.
That starting eleven, which doesnt exactly strike fear into hearts but has potential, needs improved. It also needs backups for some of those players dont tend to last full seasons, not our long, hammer-throwing campaigns.
It needs well spent investment, two things we have flopped at in recent years.
Yet we have a brand new face at the helm, most likely without the necessary transfer market knowledge or the capital required.
The smart play of a Director of Football to do the legwork on transfers, is also a gamble considering he has never appointed one or worked with one.
Signs point to a few local lads coming in simply to add numbers,,Gallagher and Nisbet spring to mind supplemented by couple pre contracts and the traditional couple EPL loans.


Should the team miss out on Europe and the Champions elect qualify, we face the situation not only of being outspent in the transfer market, but supporter interest via virtual season book sales tanking, next season becoming another season long dead rubber, which isnt good for any of us and begins a downward spiral.


Based on my projections I firmly believe it’s time to invest in the footballing department in order to arrest a downward slide. The risk can be mitigated as much as possible through a mixture of hiring a manager with a track record of improving the players he has been given and/or has a good record in the transfer market.
We could also front the new mans transfer kitty to provide an instant oomph.
Not investing and sticking with what we have is probably the worst thing for the club right now.


Yet all this must be viewed through the eyes of a fresh pair of eyes. One of his very first acts could be to put the club into debt which might be fine in normal times, but normal times these aint.
It’s the hard call, especially when you’ve just walked through the door with no one reliable to trust with it.
The easy call of ‘just make do for now’ will cost Dominic short, medium, possibly long term if the Ibrox mob spend enough to tear ahead and ‘generation of domination’ us.


Transitioning from also ran to worthy Champions will take some imagination, a good manager and some spend whether debt or not. History tells us this, St. Martin did that exact thing. We should know what to do.
Dermot or Dominic need to find and fund the new Martin to manage the onfield transition, get that right and the rest will fall into place.


Grab a winner and let him spend his budget as he deems fit.
That change alone may work wonders.


Above by Mahe.
God Bless the famous Glasgow Celtic, Pride of Ireland.

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February 13, 2021 5:06 am
February 13, 2021 5:07 am
Dharma Bam
February 13, 2021 8:18 am

Another excellent article.

After the publication of the review on Thursday, I think we need to take into account the costs of the ongoing court cases, financial and otherwise, and the cost, once the cases are completed, of the PLC’s reaction.
Since Thursday, this issue has been discussed, in the football blogging world as an entirety, so much less than i thought it would be.
What has happened is almost beyond belief but it’s real and it’s not going away.

Dharma Bam
February 13, 2021 8:41 am

Perhaps the reason is that people want to read and digest the 192 page document. Or simply just don’t know what to say at this moment other than what has already been expressed.

Bada Bing
February 13, 2021 8:53 am

Some cracking stories last night…👍😁

February 13, 2021 9:39 am


A fair summary and a lot to digest. Much of which has been discussed and debated.

Poor Mr Mc Kay will have a desk groaning with matters to be actioned.
In which case what does he prioritise?

My list, by no means exhaustive is:

Football Department Dismissals
Football Department Appointments
Football Department Budget;

Player sales
Player recruitment

Football Department Development overhaul.

That’s before tackling supporter engagement on the myriad issues affecting the Club.

What a baptism for the fella.

Bada Bing
February 13, 2021 9:45 am

Cfc- he will need some good people around him,Lawwell ran it to suit Lawwell, and wouldn’t show embdae a bird’s nest, the schmoozer Bankier will go as he will be out his depth with what’s required, I’m sure he will be headhunting guys he can trust to do a job for him. Get good folk in and spread the load,not like the megalomaniac who has gone.

February 13, 2021 9:51 am

bada bing 1

Totally agree.
Delegation is essential- obv in appointment of a DoF.
I’ve no idea but I assume he wasn’t alone in changing the Gentleman’s Club ethos of the SRU.

Appointing some more SLO’s would be a step in the right direction too.

Dharma Bam
February 13, 2021 10:04 am


February 13, 2021 10:18 am

Dharma Ban
Replying to the leader does not in any way demonstrate a reluctance to address the point you raise. If that is the reason for your comment at 10.04

Dharma Bam
February 13, 2021 11:24 am

If there is no reluctance and you have had time to digest it, then I would be interested to read your thoughts.

February 13, 2021 11:30 am

Dharma Bam

It’s a topic that should be aired.
I haven’t read the document- 192 pages is novella territory.
If you have why not submit a leader?
I’m sure our hosts would welcome your contribution.
And it can be specifically discussed.

February 13, 2021 11:33 am

The appointment of a quality Director of Football, should be Dominic McKay’s first task.
Would be the biggest and best decision he will make. Delegate all Football Department matters to the DOF.

February 13, 2021 11:42 am

Garry, I totally agree with that, BUT, at the end of the day whether we like it or not, the CEO is still judge and jury whether the DOF is doing his job well enough! Of course he has us to help in monitoring that! LOL 🙂

Dharma Bam
February 13, 2021 11:44 am

My first post was because todays blog post is about what is in the pipeline and I think this is most definitely coming down the tracks and should be discussed.
Not all that affects Celtic is foootball related but, out of habit, fear or reluctance this issue doesn’t appears to be given the attention it requires.

This issue needs to be discussed and acknowledged, not just pinging the ball back by asking me to contribute an article.

February 13, 2021 11:44 am

Reading back last nightshift.
Quality chat bhoys.
Two places in Paisley not mentioned.
Remember the Silver Thread Hotel?
Venue for Punk Bands in late 70s.
Bungalow Bar too. Great venue for post punk/new wave bands in the 80s.
Memorable concerts there, were Jesus and Mary Chain and Shamen. Paisley Tech was another good venue.
Paisley today, is dead in comparison. Sadly.

February 13, 2021 11:48 am

If our new CEO is smart and wise, then he will follow my suggestion. 😜

February 13, 2021 11:52 am

Dharma Bam
By posting QED, is that not you saying that the article is conclusive, and has been proven?
Sorry if I interpreted that wrong.

February 13, 2021 12:11 pm

DB I’m sure we would all agree that the priority for the club now is doing the right thing and any financial implications should be an afterthought. We are Celtic ! HH

February 13, 2021 12:44 pm


I think it is fair to say that the response from Celtic over the years to the claims has fallen short of what we would like to have seen. The responses have been paying lip service to the victims,if we are honest. There has been no hands-up,and little in the way either of empathy or a willingness to make right.

Though of course,how do we make such a thing “right”? It is not like we can magic away the pain and suffering,or the ruined lives.

But there may well be reasons for this,and reasons outside our control. And that is that the club is no longer permitted to comment on the issue,other than by agreed press releases such as we have seen for so long. I expect that claims against the club,due to offences largely committed via Celtic Boys Club,were long ago referred to its insurers,and as such the insurance company is now in control of the narrative on it.

And that includes making sure that any statements on the issue are at best neutral,expressing sympathy etc but with no admission of culpability. The club has been boxed into this situation by a mix of evil on the part of the perpetrators and stupidity on the part of those who invited them into the inner circle-despite a wealth of evidence at the time. And it seems likely that it finds itself further boxed in by the terms of its insurance claim.

February 13, 2021 12:58 pm

Bmcuwp Well said. In order for the club to do the right thing it needs to have a soul and a conscience and be more than a corporate entity. And what we need to do is rise above getting caught up in any sordid whataboutery and avoid making comparisons at the absolutely shocking way the victims of the worst disaster in Scottish football history were treated by their club and ensure that is not the benchmark of how we should behave in this instance HH

February 13, 2021 1:08 pm

Afternoon all, class leader again from our hosts.
Booked a table for Valentines day tomorrow
Mrs ASWGL not impressed
says she hates snooker


Bada Bing
February 13, 2021 1:17 pm

Sydney Devine RIP

February 13, 2021 1:20 pm

Steak and Kidney has passed away 🙏

February 13, 2021 1:31 pm

Watching Liverpool v Leicester and pool have a direct free kick about 25 yards out just off centre.
Leicester have a man lying down behind the wall to counter the old Ronaldhino move of shooting under a jumping wall.
I have seen quite a few teams now doing such.
To me it’s a dangerous tactic as guy lying down can play someone onside while being in no position to defend if attacking team chips ball over for men to run on to.
If the attacking team places a man at each end of wall with the remit to turn and run they could have a great chance to score.

February 13, 2021 1:33 pm


Seen that a few times too. Made me wish I was a ref-I’d tell the wall to move back a yard!

February 13, 2021 1:34 pm

My mum loved Sydney while may dad hated him and would leave the room if he was on tv or radio.
My dad will be up there blackballing to make sure Sydney does not gain entry.

February 13, 2021 1:39 pm
February 13, 2021 1:45 pm


February 13, 2021 1:45 pm

Just mentioned to my mate there that Sydney Devine had died.
His reply “Aye, throat trouble, it should have been cut years ago”. No sympathy there then 😁


February 13, 2021 1:46 pm

Have had many a good night in Liverpool.
That was the best. Irish Club in Wavertree after Anfield. BBJ’s goal was dynamite ✊💪

February 13, 2021 1:47 pm

Sidney was the butt of many jokes, what has 200 legs and fifteen teeth..the front row of a Sidney Devine concert..and many others. R.I.P.

Bada Bing
February 13, 2021 1:48 pm

No need for Shirley to put the kettle on….

Dharma Bam
February 13, 2021 1:49 pm

No, QED resulted from my comment in which I wrote that this issue had been discussed much less than I thought it would be and then none of the posts after that actually mentioning it at all, which at that time I thought proved my point.

Yes, the issue of being limited to what can be written in statements has been discussed before rightly as a logical reason for the plc to do what they do in relation to this matter.

However, we are commenting ona blog post about future events affecting Celtic, for supporters to discuss, not the board/plc.

Like some of the commenters (?) On Fridays Erin’s post, I also think what the board/plc does/doesn’t do ‘in the company’s interests’ can be selective.

The Etims article and comments are quite relevant.

After the publication of the review on Thursday, I think we need to take into account the costs of the ongoing court cases, financial and otherwise, and the cost, once the cases are completed, of what the plc does.

Dependent on how the board deals with this (and I would hope they do more than just what they are legally obligated to do), I would be happy to contribute to crowdfunding by Celtic supporters if that is required.

February 13, 2021 1:50 pm

Sidney brought a lot of pleasure to a lot of people over the years,and even if he wasn’t quite for me he deserves credit for that. Plus,he was guaranteed to liven up every New Year party when his LP finished.

February 13, 2021 1:51 pm

‘Tiny Bubbles’ will be getting blasted in homes across Scotland as we speak 🍾

big packy
February 13, 2021 1:51 pm

ANDYPANDY2 thanks for your reply from last night, is sherburn in elmet on the A64 think there are a couple of, in elmets in your neck of the woods😎 if its the one im thinking of as you pass the village, there is a sign or there used to be a sign,saying something like, welcome to anfield or anfield L4 👍

February 13, 2021 1:52 pm

Kabak of Liverpool playing well.
Reminds me of a quiz question in our local CSC in Dalmuir.
Can you name an ex Celtic player, whose surname is a palindrome?

February 13, 2021 1:54 pm

Thank you.
I understand your point now. 👍

February 13, 2021 1:56 pm

Garry there were 2 Hannah bhoys

Bobby and Davy iirc

February 13, 2021 1:57 pm

Well done. 👍
1-0 Liverpool

February 13, 2021 1:58 pm


There are impending changes to legislation in Scotland which could potentially lead to an explosion of “vexatious” claims. If the club does not abide by instruction from its insurers,they will void the policy-and that will leave them open to such claims. The costs of defending each of them would run to six figures. This is precisely the type of scenario that we have to avoid,and simply hope that genuine victims see their cases dealt with compassionately and correctly.

I realise that it looks as though the club are trying to avoid their responsibilities,but in this case I think it is far from the case.

big packy
February 13, 2021 2:05 pm

WEE JOAN, is doing high fives dont ask me why, is liverpool playing, im everton to the core, come on you toffemen 😎 FFS she just hit me with her broomstick, another true story.😎

February 13, 2021 2:07 pm

Beating Leicester 1-0. Mo Salah.
10 minutes to go.

February 13, 2021 2:07 pm

Leicester City equalise 1-1

February 13, 2021 2:08 pm


February 13, 2021 2:09 pm

Another absolute howler by the Liverpool goalie 😱 2-1 Leicester

February 13, 2021 2:10 pm

Oh dear. 2-1 Leicester.

February 13, 2021 2:12 pm

3-1 Leicester City

February 13, 2021 2:15 pm

Howdy folks,
Hope all are well and healthy.

Dharma,, no joking hand on heart, I forgot. It’s that simple pal, it totally slipped me by and when you consider I dont watch TV or read Scottish rags hopefully you understand how that could come about.
Couple years ago heard a whisper the nest egg was for victims, and that made sense at the time. Covid has probably eaten much off that nest egg now, so were that leaves us no one knows.
But like Bobby I believe this will be covered by the insurance company, therefore its impact on Dominic and or the club should be minimal.
Is the issue not closed now therefore no longer in the pipeline?

Much needed rain here on the West Coast.

Hail Hail

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