Oldest trick in the book

If you’re someone who hasn’t yet realized off the field events are more important than those on the pitch, just have a look at the squad for the derby clash. Misfits, projects, overplayed, wantaways, loaners and possibly loners,,we have mixmash that’s much of a muchness, so much so that clicking for a game is beyond them.
This goes to show it’s essential to fix things behind the scenes or it will heavily possibly publicly impact your business.

Behind the scenes really, really does need fixing, that’s for sure. Next seasons plans should already be in motion, but thats easier said than done in this climate. An unemployed manager taking up the reigns now to get some knowledge of his squad could face two derby defeats that would impact upon season ticket sales should they be considered a flop after defeat(s).
That’s one reason why now doesn’t suit new guy (if unemployed which looks very likely) even if it would help footballing operations.
That’s why I expect a summer announcement, earlier the better but his arrival and impact will be strategically planned for maximum impact.
When the dust on the season from hell has settled expect an unveiling, and an explosion of ‘get your season book now’ messages across all platforms.
Not a dig at anyone but I’ve already read comments from posters and season book buyers saying a good name in the dugout and the right words from our new CEO will see them renew again.
And that’s when I feel like yelling ‘have you learnt nothing?’
Think back upon all the embarrassment and frustrations of the last campaign, recall the fact this PLC have been caught lying and sent four fans on a merry chase for justice after pretending they were interested, look at the managed decline around the club, settling for second best simply because we’ve had our fun, or so it seems. Never strengthening whilst ahead, renewing the Old Firm trademark not denouncing the dreaded partnership etc.
Then look at the appointment to be made and it’s implications. If it happens to be Keano, it’s reactionary. It simply must be taken as reactionary for in no way shape or form could he been seen as part of a bigger plan, not even being involved in club football for a long time.
Reactionary equals,,we don’t have a plan.
They never did, never do, and Roy would just triple confirm that. Going down the director of football route with a true coach would show intent, show us as a club getting our act together.
Dermot grabbing a high profile Irishman is pure lazy thinking, the type of thought process that should be finally walking out the door with Peter.
As a support and fanbase, we must show the puppet master we are smarter than a simple switcheroo. It’s the oldest trick in the book and we should be wise to it.
Stick in a fresh smiling face with different cliches and we are all expected to just lap it up, shut up and pay up (again).
“It’s a new exciting era, sign up and enjoy the ride”
‘We intend to be at the forefront of tackling the domestic games issues”
“Fans do have a right to some unhappiness given what’s unfolded in the past”
“Successful together”
All of which conveniently ignores the fact our Rangers loving majority shareholder is,,
Still at the helm to call the shots as normal, something that ‘helped’ get us into this mess.
At polar opposites from the rank and files thoughts and feelings which can never be good.
Doesn’t actually have a plan for us beyond cashing in if we reach a different league.
We remain at his whim, powerless.
If we give in to the switcheroo, they will simply repeat the same trick time after time. In 9 or 10 years if Dominic is feeling the heat, stick another man in there with the latest cliches and Bobs your uncle, the season tickets sell?
When they realize the manager isn’t the best, grab Popular Paddy and that will sort it?
Please forgive me but are we not a tad smarter than that?
We should be.
Stumbling along being a reactionary club with egos at the helm got us into this mess, a couple easy rolls of the dice isn’t going to fix our issues. Throwing your season book money at Dermot won’t entice him to fix things, infact quite the opposite, he will take it as an endorsement of his appointments and methods.
For this new era, maybe we should adopt a brand new attitude towards buying season tickets, as the old ‘honour’ system has badly let us down.
Handing over cash and hoping it’s spent the best way possible has just backfired.
The club needs a full rebuild, our cash was far from spent well, there’s zero guarantee it will be now.
When they ask for your money, ask them what’s the plan. They ask for trust, you ask for answers.
They pull a lazy one and grab the easy option, tell them to get serious.
Dominic asks us to move on and buy in, tell him you’ll judge his actions not his words.
Dermot tries an old switcheroo, we must show him we are smarter and better than that, or thats all that you will get from him.
We, via our wallets, must become the clubs invisible guiding hand.
That starts renewal time.
By Mahe

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March 20, 2021 3:21 am
Noel Skytrot
March 20, 2021 5:11 am

Mahe, good article that’s got me thinking as I sit here on the night shift. Personally, I would like someone in with fresh ideas rather than most of the managers mentioned. On Keane, if was between him and Kennedy, I would opt for Keane. All this speculation is driving me up the pole. On buying into a rigged game, I think we’ll be waiting a while or maybe forever before any of that is addressed and we as the dissenters are facing an uphill battle at this time.

Noel Skytrot
March 20, 2021 5:17 am

Thirty plus coppers who were on duty when the carpetbaggers celebrated last weekend have tested positive for Covid 19, oh dear.

March 20, 2021 6:41 am

Are you sure they were on duty and not actually in with the crowds celebrating?


March 20, 2021 7:40 am

Morning all.

Twisty, I put £10 into my Paddy a/c for Cheltenham. Today I have £31 in the account! 🙂

Them paying out on 5,6,7 places in some races helped!

A thing of beauty
March 20, 2021 7:57 am

I shall post my thoughts on the article later when I have more time.
I see Tierney is saying that if he was still at Celtic he would want Kennedy. Extolling his virtues as a top coach and he is the man for the job. Good job he walked out the door first chance he got and has no say in who will get the job. I am actually beginning to think that this talk of Roy Keane is to make us think that when Kennedy gets the job we have dodged a bullet and should rejoice.

March 20, 2021 8:18 am

That’s good. Yeah place numbers at Cheltenham are always upped. Definitely helps.

I’d a lot of places first 2 days. Last two not so good.

Footy bet helped!


I’ve been reading the world news for 3 hours this morning. This Covid stuff would drive you up the wall. There’s no logic to some of the stuff . The lies, the deception. For the sake of my sanity, and the fact my wife is telling me to “ let it drop now – you’re gonna end up in an early grave” I’m gonna try to ignore it now.

JK wants Celtic to “ put down a marker v Sevco”

It’s a dead rubber . Winning proves nothing. Losing proves nothing. A draw means nothing. It’s a nothing game John . Only game v them that in my lifetime, I can truly say I’m not interested in.

What’s going on in the background worries me more. Wtf is happening?? Time is not our friend. Geez.


March 20, 2021 8:19 am


March 20, 2021 8:23 am

Is that not just the same?
Police Scotland = Huns with Helmets.

March 20, 2021 8:32 am

Twisty, being an expert gambler (LOL 🙂 ), 3 of the jockeys in my Yankee bet today are wearing green hoops, and paddy is paying out on an extra place!

March 20, 2021 8:37 am

Thanks Mahe for the article. Roy Keane, not for me. He is too volatile a character and his no prisoners approach to management would not work. It’s a no to John Kennedy also because I fail to see how he is a fantastic coach. He has been a first team coach this season and a large part of the responsibility of this season’s disaster falls to him. He is a defender and for years our defense has been all over the place. Where is the evidence of a fine coach? Now, if we beat der Hun 5-0 on Sunday with free flowing European style, well structured football for 90 minutes then I will say I could be wrong but I doubt it. It’s time to try a DOF/Coach combination that gives us hope that at last we will take Europe seriously and try to restore our battered reputation on the continent. JNP should add another column to his bookies odds on our new manager, season book sales. That is the no 1 criterion for DD.

Jobo Baldie
March 20, 2021 8:48 am

I don’t want a new manager I want a new coach who can improve players, change tactics, make game changing substitutions, etc.
As for tomorrow’s game, it is still important to me if only that it gives us a chance to silence the ridiculous invincibles talk.

March 20, 2021 8:55 am

This is not any invincible season

Who won the League Cup ?
So some other teams got beat

March 20, 2021 9:03 am

As I said a few weeks ago. you only need one of those daft low stake bets in a lifetime. Names, colours whatever.

I don’t know if I ever said but many moons ago, when I was a kid, my mum used to pick three horses every Saturday and my dad would put them on for her.

At the time, you just wrote them on a pice of paper and used a nom de plume. She was always “ Meg R”

If she won, you simply went to the bookie and asked for the returns for Meg R

Now I can’t remember the exact details ( I’ll be seeing her later so I’ll ask her) but one Saturday 3 things had happened. I’m pretty sure one was that an old tramp had came to the door and my mum made his breakfast before sending him on his way with some clothes, or shoes or something, plus 2 other events that same morning.

Anyway as she was picking her nags there were 3 horses whose name had a connection to that mornings events.

Let’s just say one was called “ Tramp” or similar.

So she put three doubles and treble on. Back then it would only have been 3 x sixpence doubles and a sixpence treble or a similar small amount.

Anyway all 3 won and she got quite a few ££ back.

So stick with it Jim. Ya never know when it’s gonna be your day.


March 20, 2021 9:03 am

Indeed. 😁

Andy Pandy 2
March 20, 2021 9:13 am

Invincible? Just another stick to hit us with, like the continuation myth, and 55. Say it long enough, and in their own inimitable fashion, loud enough it becomes the norm. Add to that the unquestioning loyalty of the MSM and what chance do we have of highlighting the inconsistency in all of their garbage. The only thing we’ve got at the moment is the ram it right back down their throats on the pitch. Do I think it will happen, not the way we’ve been playing. Still, hope springs eternal…..same can be said about our new boss. I too would prefer the coach, because at least there would be some structure and method in what we would be trying. But, I fear reactionary is what we will be again. Revolutionary is not s word that would sit easy with our Board.

The Gombeen Man
March 20, 2021 9:24 am


Good read this morning.

Dermot doesn’t say much. He’s only really said two things…

1)Rangers are a great club etc.
2)A move out of Scottish football.

Everything is predicted around those aims.
He knows how to employ a proper coach, if Pedro is involved in the decision, it’s just more of the same.


Thanks for the reply yesterday. I’ve been surprised by the reluctance to sing certain songs at parties here too.

You’re right the Civil War really affected people. So too did WW1 and the War of Independence.

Twenty percent of the Black and Tans were Irish. Ten percent were Catholic. Others worked for the RIC.

I remember a pal of mine telling me that his grandad was at the GPO but he was “Shooting in.”

All just a question of where you were born and what you were told as a child.

I suppose culture is an evolving thing. Not the property of anyone or group but living, vibrant and free.

We’re the lucky generation I guess.

A few months ago I’d a thought when I was out for a walk, ‘Im probably the first generation to be free here in about 800 years…’

In relative terms that 800 years is a short period of time. There’s a richness in Ireland beyond and deeper than that.

I try not to blow that freedom and the sacrifice of others on resentments. Holding resentments means you’re still a prisoner.

Cosy Corner Bhoy
March 20, 2021 9:39 am

Amongst all the musings on DD’s next managerial appointment I always wonder why he ‘appointed ‘ Brendan Rodgers. We had already won the league 4 times I think and the new Rangers were about to enter the big stage. Surely to give emphasis to the Old Firm concept they would have to at least challenge us from the beginning? Why then appoint BR? The hasty departure left an unforeseen gap.
Personally, I think PL filled it and exacerbated the error by appointing NFL to the post permanently in the never to be forgotten shower scene, not the Physco one…ours. It was downhill from then on and I hope PL’s removal precedes some forward thinking.
Does DD’s Irish appointments extend to his golf coaches? Just a thought.

March 20, 2021 9:50 am

Morning all.Reading the posts this morning ,all this talk of It’s Kennedy or it’s Keane is giving me the urge to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head and sleep thru the summer(at least until a hard luck story as we lose to a Cluj in the qualifiers).If these 2 are as good as our thinking gets we better get used to Euro games being in this new 3rd tier tourney.Totally agree with post by Jobo earlier needs a forward thinking tactically aware guy who can see the way games are heading.But I said all this earlier this week starting to sound like a broken record( if you young guys know what they are).Cheers

March 20, 2021 9:53 am

Great article Mahe!
Intelligent people who have seen through the spin of Blair and New Labour and the string pulling of Cummings and the lying buffoon that is Johnston, but are fooled by Lawwell and Desmonds spin? If the support buy into a new old firm manager then truly our board will have Got Brexit Done.

Bada Bing
March 20, 2021 10:07 am

Peter Lorimer RIP

Noel Skytrot
March 20, 2021 10:08 am

aye, in with the brethren doing the bouncy.

Kieran Tierney was coached under JK and might have the oul pals act going on. I just wish we had something concrete on a few fronts rather than all the constant speculation.

Bada Bing
March 20, 2021 10:16 am

Amazing how they can hear a whisper, but not up to their knees in fenian blood every week?

March 20, 2021 10:20 am

We will see tomorrow surely how good a coach Kennedy is, hes had a fortnight to work with the plays full time with no interruptions with what was going on over the river, like to think he has something up his sleeve for the huns, shut the cunts up for a few days!!!

Jobo Baldie
March 20, 2021 10:58 am

Just to clarify my earlier post, all of us on here know that an invincible season includes the cups. But my point is that even though it is ‘only’ in the league that they have remained unbeaten (and let’s be honest, that is still very hard to do), us winning tomorrow completely removes any possibility of there being an argument over what an invincible season means.

March 20, 2021 11:22 am

Jobo…you’re bang on it’s not easy to win a League undefeated. It’s some achievement right enough, and without doubt the Huns have been consistent in team selection and how they play. Aided and abetted of course by a Covid testing regime that has come under scrutiny elsewhere, Covid breaches that have been ignored whilst others have been punished and an Ibrox-facing refereeing fraternity that has point blank refused to play the game honestly. So actually, it’s no that hard to go undefeated when you think about it!! 🤔

The Star Above The Crest
March 20, 2021 11:34 am

If John Kennedy or Roy Keane is the absolute very best manager we can attract then we’re in bigger trouble than I thought. The 1 big benefit of having Dermot involved is that if anything went catastrophically wrong he had the gravitas (money) to rectify it fairly quickly.

March 20, 2021 12:12 pm

Peter Lorimer RIP
One of my favourite childhood players.

March 20, 2021 12:14 pm

The star above the crest

Totally agree.

If our new guy, albeit he hasn’t actually started employment officially yet, has started basic gap analysis, he surely have already come to the same conclusion as you have, that neither JK or RK are suitably qualified?

In fact the idea of either is too ridiculous to even contemplate, so I’m not going to. That applies whether the result tomorrow is a win, a loss or a draw.

March 20, 2021 12:15 pm

KT and JK are both Motherwell bhoys.
JK was KT’s youth coach.
This is a pal speaking up for his older pal and mentor.

March 20, 2021 12:18 pm


Sprake Reaney Cooper, Bremner Charlton Hunter,
Lorimer, Clark, Jones Giles and Gray. Still trips off my tongue.

Leeds were very much my English team as a young kid.
I also liked City in the days of Rodney Marsh, Colin Bell, Franny Lee etc.

RIP Peter.

March 20, 2021 12:24 pm

My Uncle Danny took me to Elland Road many times to see that great Leeds team, though Scotsman David Harvey had replaced Sprake by then.
Eddie Gray, Billy Bremner and Peter Lorimer were my three favourites in that team. 3 Scotsmen, and 3 Tims, who should have been Celtic players.

March 20, 2021 12:35 pm

Never been to Elland Road Garry.

I was in Forest’s ground on the night it was almost a Hillsboro’
I ended up on the pitch. I was young and as fit as a flea which I’m still grateful for. That was a traumatic experience. How anyone older or unfit wasn’t killed I’ll never know.

March 20, 2021 12:40 pm

Was at that match at City Ground. Horrendous crush. I climbed up a fence to escape the crush.
There by the grace of God, it was not a disaster.

March 20, 2021 12:42 pm

Peter Lorimer RIP

Bada Bing
March 20, 2021 12:49 pm

Twists- I’m 6’3,I was off my feet facing away from the turnstiles, arms crushed by my side,trying to get in to the ground, terrified. I got fired through the turnstile about 15 minutes later,a cop was in front of me, he came in to the crowd to try and help, he collapsed as soon as I went through, he has putting his hand on his chest, initially I thought it was a heart attack, I loosened his tunic he had an inhaler……just then another cop threw me off him,he thought I was attacking him…..horrible experience, really close to a disaster that night.

Bada Bing
March 20, 2021 12:53 pm




Slavia Prague team locked outside their dressing room for 30 minutes after the game, stay classy Dignity FC

March 20, 2021 12:56 pm

Celtic are closing in on the appointment of Fergal Harkin as their new director of football, allegedly deal just about done🤔

Me I know little about the guy but I am just waiting for the ‘ FFS not another of DD’s Irish appointments’ type posts if he is appointed

Maybe Glen Kamara should be chasing a few Tims up the tunnel😏.

March 20, 2021 1:07 pm

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wejaLs8Qi4g. The Snake With Eyes Of Garnet, Shane MacGowan And The Popes

A thing of beauty
March 20, 2021 1:11 pm

I read your article and agree with lots of it but it falls down on the basic fact that you don’t have a season ticket. You want the hardcore support to give up what going to games be so you can have the idealistic version of Celtic that you want. I intended to cancel my automatic renewal and make a decision based on the new manager especially if they intend to appoint Keane, but and there is always a but, I said this to CCB last week and he was apoplectic. We will be going to see Celtic together for as long as we are able to and no board or shit manager is going to change that. I would like to be principled and tell him no but I’m not going to because he is right. I want to go to the football with my family and if that goes against your hope for Celtic utopia I’ll live with it.

A thing of beauty
March 20, 2021 1:12 pm

Dundee Utd 1 Aberdeen 2
Hamilton 0 St Mirren 2
Killie 0 Motherwell 1
Livi 2 Hibs 1
St Johnstone 0 Ross Co 0
Celtic 3 Sevco 1

March 20, 2021 1:22 pm
March 20, 2021 1:27 pm

Take that ya hun bassas:
You trust your player, We trust ours. But I saw the most disgusting football with your players, criminal fouls, kicking players on the ground, frustration and disgusting attacking a player with their fists in a tunnel. For that, I know about Ondel Kúdel that he is a great boy. Slavia is a multicultural team, we know the great atmosphere in the cabine, they are all one big family. This is the greatest power of Slavia. Ondra is one of the most polite and among our black jokers on the team he has great friends.
But what you did with the Rangers yesterday was disgusting and very low. The whole hype around the undefeated Rangers fell apart yesterday, when they showed nothing at all in 2 matches. Instead of apologizing to you for the criminal and shameful game, you try to wash away your guilt and abomination by creating a racist case. The whole match had nothing to do with football and Gerrard just watched. Two red cards were supposed to be by half time. Kamara didn’t even have to finish. The only xenophobes are you here, when you think that everyone who didnt grow up in the “western world” is a rasist. But Slavia is different. Much better than you and your team

As reprehensible as racism is, it is insane Gerrad watches the totally disgusting murder of Slavia players for 90 minutes and doesnt move his eye. You can hurt as much as you like, but you’re untouchable yourself, aren’t you? We have the opposite scale of values. There is no evidence. By the same principle, we might ask what Morales said to Olayinka. No one knows what he said to him but everyone is clear. Comedy. Rangers played like pigs throughout the match, totally unbearable as little boys. For me, the Rangers team and especially Steven Gerrad is a real waste. I hope that he will reconsider his lamented and childishly uncontrollable attitude. He didn’t even have the decency to ask about our goalkeeper’s condition. There must be an apology from the Rangers for yesterday. Even if the players swear at each other in the son of a bitch, it is not possible to cowardly attack a player in the tunnel in the presence of a coach. Gerrad hopes that UEFA will not sweep anything under the rug. I hope he meant an insidious intervention on the goalkeeper or that he was watching a cowardly attack on Kudela. Without respect. Or maybe he meant not letting players in the cabin for 30 long minutes. Scotland emerged as a third world country yesterday. No effort to Fair Play. I’ve loved SG my whole life and it’s a huge disappointment. I don’t remember the greater shame in football.

March 20, 2021 1:33 pm

Kamara must be defended in this instance HH

March 20, 2021 1:38 pm

I read your article and agree with lots of it but it falls down on the basic fact that you don’t have a season ticket.”
I put as much time towards the Celtic cause as you if not more and if/when we like what we see we are buying two STs to have around the blog.
Enjoy yer cycle lassie 😉
Hail Hail

March 20, 2021 1:48 pm


There it is again equating ‘hardcore support’ or real support of Celtic with possession of an ST. That, with all due respect, is utter bullshit. Thousands of individuals are just as ‘hardcore’ as you claim ST holders are but for very many varied reasons aren’t in a position to attend Celtic park on a regular basis, or at all, and yet, as I have mentioned before still financially support the club via other means, shares, merchandise, TV subscriptions etc.

I can only speak for myself but I just can not understand why those ‘hardcore supporters’ that claim to have an affinity with or indeed love for the club and that are in a position to influence the direction the club takes by withholding their money refuse to do so simply because they ‘wish to attend games with their family ‘. But yet those very same ‘hard core’ supporters would happily reap the benefits of the work and sacrifice others are willing to make to pull the club back on the path I am sure we all want it to take. Where would we be as a club if the same apathy was shown by the support in the early 90’s.

As we say in Uldah ‘It’s easy to sleep on another man’s wound’

March 20, 2021 1:56 pm

Scotland gets slammed.
Everyone else lumped in with them.

March 20, 2021 1:59 pm

From Opta Joe.
100 – Ivan Toney has now been directly involved in exactly 100 goals in all competitions across the last three seasons;

18-19 – 31 goal involvements (23G, 8A)
19-20 – 32 goal involvements (26G, 6A)
20-21 – 37 goal involvements (28G, 9A)


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