Hey big spender

Yesterday my partner in crime highlighted the fact a large turnover is not necessarily a hindrance to on-field success, evidenced many times.
I happen to believe the spine of a good team was already in situ on those occasions, such as Martins 21 point turnaround.
I wish I could state that now with any degree of conviction.
This is probably the biggest squad rebuilding job I have seen at the club, something very exciting in normal circumstances. A rebuild should be carried out from a position of strength, that’s not the case here, and it certainly shouldn’t be forced upon a club, but a planned for event. Again, not so and we are simply reacting to the circumstances we find ourselves in.
A massive rebuild should have a direction, the semblance of a plan.
Whether that’s going young and hungry, experienced and first team ready, mostly Bosman captured with big wages and a large chunk of the sell on fee, or maybe a little sprinkling of everything to balance the squad, the purchases should be pieces of the jigsaw deemed necessary.
There’s zero indication of that, still no Director of Football and Head Coach, or just Manager.
As well we know the outgoing CEO with over two decades of transfer dealings has finally decided to shift, which while welcome news due to his penny pinching, leaves none at all who knows about closing deals.
As we stand the rebuild is fully needed, can be mostly self funded through the wantaways, but we as a club are in no way well positioned or set up to approach the transfer market confidently. The quality of those incoming will be a large part in swaying wavering Tim’s to sign up again, which puts even more importance on a splurge we are Ill prepared for.
We’ve all read the list of those signed who played less than thirty times for the Club, a fair and decent benchmark of a hit or miss signing. The reason Peter kept trying to unearth a diamond in the rough was because he previously had actually found a few whetting the appetite, and their selling fees had more or less covered all those frogs we kissed. The Midas touch fizzled out of course, no one can be that lucky or a bigger club than ours would snap him up, but the ‘kissing frogs’ policy is the main reason we have such a disjointed squad, it has failed.
Now we look for a new policy to approach our biggest ever spend, but without any collective know-how, without acquisition experience, without a cohesive plan, without qualified people in the footballing department calling the shots.
And with a Euros the window is double hard, if shopping in that arena.
Having seen how easy it is to squander hundreds of millions on projects, we look set embark on the most important process for decades, with collectively little more than cash to spend. An agents dream but supporters nightmare?
Even the selling process could see us taken advantage of, easily so, school of hard knocks for new guy at the helm. Now we know what an unhappy player delivers (see Odsonne all season) it’s imperative we shift on rather than keep and hope. Some of these players should bring in proper transfers fees, yet are being touted for much less than possible worth, an International in his prime years should be at least five million not the paltry couple Tom Rogic may leave for.
Kris, Odsonne, Ryan sales should deliver a sizeable warchest,with Frimps ten or so still to come in.
Fifty or Sixty million isn’t actually that much in relative terms, not when you’ve an entire squad to build. Look what 36 million poorly spent just delivered, next to nothing, showing there’s zero guarantee a decent fee leads to a decent player.
Dominic himself will be heavily scrutinized, and making a horlicks of our squad rebuild would be a nightmare start, he should publicly absolve himself by leaving that hiring in other more qualified hands and stating as much to the world. Showing the CEO isn’t involved would help all move on from Peter, reassure us we aren’t on the same frog kissing projects trajectory, and give him time to focus on other important issues. This time next year, he should be reviewing the new hires for pay rises and contract extensions, not being held responsible for any flops.
This upcoming splurge sets the tone, for the CEO, for the current Champions, for the current players.
It’s huge and could make or break some reputations.
The next couple seasons, and any goodwill left for this PLC, depend on it.
The spend of all spends must go well.
By Mahe.

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March 30, 2021 2:58 am


Fuxake,might as well top myself now!

On the other hand,might £25m Business Interruption Insurance help?

March 30, 2021 7:09 am

I am not a business man ,but who is first to be hired the DOF or the Manager? If we have a footballing philosophy we need a certain type of player to make that work on the pitch, and the manager has to coach them on how to play to that system.I read a suggestion on here if we adopt a playing style that when the manager or another coach or science guy leaves the next hire has to come in and keep the system going . That way there is not a rebuild every time we change managers. If that is how modern teams work or its the flavour of the era, and if we adopt that system why dont we hire the DOF now rather than wait until July for DM . The DOF will be in the front office to hire the manager. N American sport teams usually have a President (DM), a General Manager (DOF), Manager (Head Coach). The Presidents runs the whole club ,sets budgets, advertising, front office, ticket sales,League liaison etc, the buck stops at his desk. The General Manager hires ,fires coaches ,negotiates player purchases , contracts, and sales of players. The Head Coach is responsible for coaching ,fitness, and results on the park. Rarely does a team change all three positions at the same time. They meet regularly to discuss all facets of the business because they are all dependant on each others success,I am sure the people in charge at Celtic Park know more about running a business than I do , but I hope they don’t have blinders on ,the type the Ragman and the Coal-man used to have on their horses when I was a kid.

Jobo Baldie
March 30, 2021 7:36 am

Good morning, friends and Happy Tuesday from a finally dry though cloudy and breezy East Kilbride.
Thetic – to me, logically the DoF has to be in place first or at the very least has to be involved in the discussions around the Head Coach with a twin announcement being made. And whilst there’s understandable concern around the time that it is taking to replace Neil Lennon, it is after all important that we get this decision right. Of course, with the likely overhaul of players and the need to get off to a good start next season then every day that passes just brings more worry.

March 30, 2021 8:00 am

Jobo Baldie There are big decisions to be made hopefully not like the rush to confirm the last managerial decision
, I don’t think any of us expect Celtic to win any European cups so the team build has to be geared to being Scottish Champions The good thing is we are the richest team in Scotland I know LMS says having more money to pay players is not a sporting advantage, but money spent wisely can sure make it an advantage. With proper planning and hiring in the front office we can be top dog again on the field We don’t need to swing for home runs, as Leonard Cohen says first we take Manhattan. Win the League then worry about Europe

March 30, 2021 8:39 am

When Brendan left us there was £170+ million on the balance sheet. When we approached the start of the next season there was

£43 million on the balance sheet. I haven’t said where the ‘difference’ has gone, neither has anyone else.

This “money” could be secreted away and used to offset 5 years losses of season ticket holders boycott’s.

How do we propose to help our club when we’re incapable of getting to the point?

I’ve just described how our club can’t be saved – its gone, and it ain’t coming back.

The proposal by some is to give these already stinking rich people more money by purchasing shares.

Maybe I’m in a tiny minority, but if you play by their rules, they’ll move the goalposts and screw you all again.

Are you all incapable of learning ANY of their lessons?

What should’ve been done BEFORE Brendan arrived. 👇






A lung bursting campaign for the removal of at least 50% of seats, even Liverpool fans want them gone!

I’m not proposing any violence but, the removal of PLC squatters from within the stadium which was built by share flotations being

oversubscribed by supporters, these squatters MUST be removed from premises that WE built.

I know a lot of you cannot get over your indifference to me, shooting the messenger is hunlike only saying.

I’m not saying I’m a prophet, or even a messenger, but I did tell you all about the ‘Same Club’ ticket trap £49 per soul.

Consider this….

LNS. PLC silence.

No Trophy Stripping. PLC “surprised”.

Same Club issue. PLC silence.

Kettled Celtic fans. PLC silence.

Res:12 thrown under the bus by PLC swamp of liars in 2013.

5WA. Lawwell lied about its existence.

NFL 100% blamed for ‘Shame Game’ fallout. PLC silence.

NFL quits as Lawwell sold best players, replaced by mediocrities in 2014.

RD appointed as NFL replacement, Roy Keane says on ITV CL highlights “I was 10th to be interviewed, RD was AFTER me!”

PLC ‘fix’ £49 trap same club priced tickets as Ibrox club enter top league in 2016, this was conducted under the table as 53,000

season ticket holders “Happy Clapped” Brendan into the club, they would later stab him in the back, called a “”Rat” and a “Snake” by

the conceited “Best Fans In The World” who are always incapable of emptying a Bankers Tory PLC Board -THAT – is hunlike.

Brendan quits in 2019 as Lawwell screwed the transfer window, MO’N warned us about this in 2004, sadly only some of us acted

accordingly and put away the tools, rather than stay and prop up a swamp of unbelievable proportions.

There is lots more to add to the above, but I can’t be arsed.

So, there was no season ticket holders boycott, for any, or all, of the above scenario’s!?!?

That is f***ing damming!

And yet….these so called “Best Fans In The World”….are prepared to boycott in large numbers, IF, Roy Keane becomes manager?!?!

Celtic is dead!

Sacrificed on the altar of easily mugged Dimm Timmery!

Unf***ing forgivable!

Off oot.

March 30, 2021 8:53 am

Morning all! What a sobering article Mahe! The current state of the team should see a mass resignation of our PLC for gross negligence! There has been no forward planning for years culminating in the disaster that Season 20/21 has been. Relying on a far from guaranteed Scottish Cup success to try to put a positive spin on it really just highlights how widespread the rot is. I’m now starting to feel sorry for Dominic McKay. He surely must be getting regular updates from DD and PL as to which players we are looking at and how much we can/will spend on them. Similarly, if we intend to appoint a Director of Fitba, a position I think is vital to stop us getting into the same position we are in now we need to change the recruit and retain operations of the Club, I would hope that DM is actively involved in the process.
As far as rebuilding the team is concerned I can’t ever remember us being in the position before that we’re in just now. Even back in the days of the late 80s/early 90s we knew and accepted that the Club was being mismanaged so could understand defeat and failure was a direct result of that. Jump forward to now and the support have done everything and more asked of them in terms of investing in the team only for the Club to bank our investment. It’s all been said before, and analysed and over analysed, but what’s happening right now to the Mighty Glasgow Celtic is nothing other than a disgrace. That these guys on the Board are so well renumerated for this shambles would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious.
I’m not of the opinion that the rebuild needs to cost us success next season but the longer the Board take to establish the New Order the less chance we give ourselves…

Balornock bhoy
March 30, 2021 8:54 am

Kev Jungle@8 39
Correct me if I am wrong but you seem a little unhappy!!

Ps not that I disagree with much👍

March 30, 2021 8:59 am

Leaving aside the hyperbole Kev, what you’re advocating is Pay at the Gate and somewhere to stand when you get in? 🤔😁

Balornock bhoy
March 30, 2021 9:02 am

That’s a hard leader this morning Mahe. But I feel a good management set up can get us back on the right road quickly and back making a proper fist of all competitions again.But that takes a DOF and set up pulling in the same direction from the start not the oh so obviously fractured set up we have had recently at the end of BR s tenure and NL s time.If we get it fight at the top of the structure we can and should crack on.But why we are in this position beggars believe.

March 30, 2021 9:15 am

I bloody slept in for my dental appointment!

Saltires en Sevilla
March 30, 2021 9:20 am


Agreed 💯

You are wasting your breath…unfortunately!

March 30, 2021 9:28 am

Saltires…Kev may well be right but unfortunately it’s amounts only to a resume of our PLC history, a resume which could pertain to any PLC anywhere. The priorities of the Board have always been commercial whereas ours are ours are emotional. It’s virtually impossible to align the two!

Cosy Corner Bhoy
March 30, 2021 9:33 am

KEVJUNGLE: Ah well, that’s me aff oot! The 82 years old legs can’t stand for 90 minutes never mind while I’m waiting on the teams coming out. How do I know that? I get a ticket for Killie away only and have to sit down periodically to rest my auld legs DURING the game! Never mind, you’ve got the answers to all our problems! Unfortunately, like that answer, they’re not the answer!
As you’ve been ‘away’ since 2004 at least in body, I can tell you that you missed some cracking teams, players and games – not to mention a few trophies.
As to some other of your euphemistically named NO MORE SHARES shoutings, well, the first means the rest would be sequiturs. You’ve not thought it out very well as far as I can see.
You do make some fair and good points in your musings also. The lack of support for the support by the Board in matters highlighted by you is probably the most damning for them.
Anyway, I’m aff oot to the garden…..these weeds are like all Celtic supporters, ye cannae keep them doon.

Cosy Corner Bhoy
March 30, 2021 9:36 am

Trust that fn predictive text b to alter my last sentence……!! all Celtic should have been AULD Celtic.
KTF but it’s bloody hard.

March 30, 2021 9:36 am

Any forward thinking board should have a shortlist of potential managers at their fingertips at the start of each season, for the following reasons:
1) present manager might get tapped up and leave (for big money)
2) present manager might fall off a roof, get killed in a car crash, have the worst start to a season ever recorded
3) present manager might have major fall out with players
4) might have come to the end of his shelf life

To knowing change was/would be required at least 6 months ago and still being manager less now just tells us that everything is done on the hoof

Saltires en Sevilla
March 30, 2021 10:06 am


Can we agree that generally a PLC model is designed on a sociopathic model?


Doubt many PLC would survive operating as Mahe described today, and treat customers the way Celtic treat their ‘customers’

We saw what happened to Gerry Ratner’s business(es) – there are more examples, but not a lot.

Other football clubs aside, we claim to be different, we see that historic behaviour by Celtic FC and PLC looks very similar. The difference…. we now know that we are being shafted by our own board.

The evidence is recorded… one glance at an Auldheid post confirms that.

My closest friends still buy season tickets, we discuss these issues regularly, they tend to agree we are being shafted, but they argue ‘what can you do if you love going along’

Hence my comments about ‘wasted breath’.

March 30, 2021 10:24 am

We know that DDs ambition was for the OF to be admitted to the EPL after which the TV money would flood into our coffers, our world beating fans would pat top dollar, and Celtic would become one of the giants in the beautiful game. No problem.
Would anyone on here trust our custodians with hundreds of millions to spend? Me neither. Our acquisition record is appalling.
Football is a simple team game, the main attraction being to watch the development of tactics/styles of play of the different teams. The more attacking minded v defence, short intricate passing v more “direct” long ball etc. Our attacking brand of football is riskier, allowing more chances for our opponents to catch us exposed in defence by counter attacks. We accept those risks because we want to be entertained as well as winning. To achieve success with such a philosophy is harder than it’s ever been and a prerequisite is to have a top quality head coach. Simples. We cannot afford not to go down this route. Looking after the finances is an important job at the club but having a bean counter deciding which players we sign is putting the cart before the horse. Surely to feck we have learned this by now. Our lack of nous in the transfer market has been cruelly exposed by more savvy European teams since MON left, and now a bang average Sevco have done likewise at home.
If DM is what he’s cracked up to be, he will know this. Rome wasn’t built in a day and I’m prepared to give him some time to carry out the rebuild but he must get the fundamentals in place from the get go.
We are an attacking team. We get a DoF who shares this basic philosophy and who appoints a head coach who can build the team accordingly. Is that too much to ask?
We are under real pressure now because it looks like next season’s league winners will get straight into the CL group stages. If that team is Sevco, then their resurrection will be complete. They could leapfrog us financially and we could be playing catch up for years.
What a legacy Peter Lawwell. Thank you very much, ya tube.

The Gombeen Man
March 30, 2021 10:29 am

Any Plc?

We seem to have some dubious stable companions in Dermot’s portfolio…

A couple of examples,

Daon and it’s biometric database in India.

Rietumu Bank and it’s Aggravated Money Laundering conviction in France and €80m fine.The President of the bank, Aleksandr Pankov narrowly avoiding prison?
It’s believed that up to €0.96bn of French dark money laundered through Latvia.

Dermot owns just over 30% of Rietumu.

The Datalex Accounting Scandal.

Datalex is a software company in which DD owns 30% of the shares. A PwC report said the company’s figures for the first six months of 2018 were “materially overstated”, with revenue recorded before it had actually been received. 
Ultimately the company posted a $50m loss in 2018.

It’s reported that the company had been in advanced stages of takeover talks at the time.

The audiors walked away. The senior management resigned. A new CFO was appointed and stayed for a couple of months before resigning.

Dermot has been keeping the company afloat by financial bailouts through a Isle of Man registered company @ an interest rate of 10%, since the “accounting scandal.”

The following is by, John Mulligan, Irish Independent,

September 18 2020.

“Former Datalex chief financial officer David Kennedy has launched a legal action against the company and its chief executive, Sean Corkery.

The High Court case comes a year after Mr Corkery made comments following a Datalex annual general meeting (AGM) in relation to Mr Kennedy and former Datalex CEO Aidan Brogan after an accounting scandal at the Dublin-headquartered travel software firm.

Mr Corkery said after the AGM last year that both Mr Kennedy and Mr Brogan could face potential legal action in relation to an alleged unlawful distribution of funds from a Datalex subsidiary that were used to pay a $4m dividend to shareholders in 2018.

Mr Corkery said that Datalex believes the distribution was unlawful because it was based on the premise that revenue existed which was “not valid”.

Mr Corkery went on at the time to raise further concerns he had about past management at the company.

When asked at the time about those comments, Mr Kennedy told the Irish Independent that he was taking legal advice in relation to them.

Mr Kennedy initiated legal action against Datalex and Mr Corkery on Wednesday, High Court records show. He is being represented by law firm Ivor Fitzpatrick & Co.

“We are aware proceedings have been issued but will make no further comment at this time,” said Datalex in a statement yesterday.

Mr Kennedy could not be contacted…

Datalex posted a $50m loss in 2018 and the scandal saw trading in its shares suspended on the stock market. They started trading again in July, and promptly collapsed by 75pc.

Before the accounting issues at the firm, its market capitalisation was almost €200m. It’s currently €42m, although its shares have more than doubled since they started trading again.

The software company has been kept afloat by billionaire financier Dermot Desmond, who owns just under 30pc of the business. He has also thrown it a €21m debt lifeline.

Datalex’s customers include airlines around the world, such as Aer Lingus, JetBlue, Air China and SAS.

Having been hit because of the accounting issues at the firm, Datalex then had to contend with the impact of the pandemic, which has battered airline traffic.

However, it recently stuck to its 2020 financial guidance.”

It’s suggested that the company was padding out the accounts by reporting orders as income. When there was a problem converting the orders to income, the hole in the accounts was identified.

There’s no suggestion that Mr Desmond did anything wrong, of course. Nobody could of seen it coming…

(Mr Corkery joined Datalex from the position of CEO and Chairman of  Actavo (previously branded as Siteserve.)This company is the subject of a protracted judicial enquiry into it’s acquisition by an Isle of Man based company controlled by Denis O’Brien.

The purchase saw the write down of €105m of debt at the taxpayers expense.

Mr Corkery joined Actavo a year after O’Brien’s purchase of the company from the Irish State’s toxic bank.

Mr Corkery remains Chairman of Actavo.

The Inquiry is pending and at the last count costs are north of €12m.)

Mr McKay has his work cut out.

Saltires en Sevilla
March 30, 2021 10:40 am

Just random search…


Was looking for a specific example illustrating PLC ‘promise’ to shareholders encourages/attracts ‘types’

Will post when found

Angel Gabriel
March 30, 2021 11:17 am

The Gombeen Man . 10.38am

In “Dermots dubious portfolio” , you missed out his most treasured allies in Scotland , The Rangers FC .Old version and the new version.

Btw . You made a very interesting point about DD in a brilliant post recently , regards him observing entrenched belief , while working in Afghanistan years ago.
By that, did you mean that he thinks it pointless in moving away from Celtic being associated with the Old Firm , because ultimately, that’s what many fans want ?

That was the way I read it . If he thinks it’s going to be a profitable relationship, why declare that the other half of the double act popped it’s clogs in 2012 .

Or did I get your drift wrong ?

Easily confused CSC .

The Star Above The Crest
March 30, 2021 11:34 am


I couldn’t agree more. It’s the 3rd time in recent years we’ve been caught out with a manager leaving unexpectedly. We ended up with the guy who was supposed to be the assistant being offered to top job.

I think incidents like that show us what the boards priorities are and what they’re not.

Being the very best football club we can be & achieving sporting excellence are not the boards priorities. If we achieve these things then great, they’ll bask in the success.

The boards priorities are to sell the full allocation of season tickets, to prioritise the football dept as a finishing school for players headed to the EPL for huge profits & reprise the Old Firm brand.

If they do this then bonuses & dividends will be paid and the all important share price & balance sheet will look healthy.

March 30, 2021 1:17 pm

Afternoon all
I posted last week that I was having a few days out, and I did. I didn’t really elaborate on why but basically I was concerned about my health. Horrific pain from my stomach hernia, which has been troubling me for over a year now, but despite 2 x visits to A and E I was advised that I’d need to wait. ( Covid taking priority)

Anyway I was in a really low spot last week. Fed up with pain and fed up with not being able to get it seen to.

There were a few other symptoms as well, evidence of blood being passed being one of them.

The hernia bulge itself was kinda discoloured too, and seemed to be getting bigger.

After much pressure from my family insisting I go back to hospital, I did. Probably a good job too!

Seems the hernia is strangling or at least partially strangling my bowel. Thst can lead to major , indeed life threatening, conditions. Sepsis amongst the most dangerous.

So I’ve been given medication today, and most importantly, despite the 12 month waiting list ( a list which is growing daily btw) I’m being fast tracked to the operating theatre.
Should be done in 4-6 weeks or sooner. Gotta wear a support until then, and for some time afterwards, but, all going to plan, I’ll be right as rain in 2-3 months.

My blood tests were all clear . Massive relief.

Now I’m not telling you all this for no reason.
The point is this:

1. Don’t hesitate to go to hospital if you’re worried. If they turn you away, go back and keep going back if you’re convinced there’s a problem
2. Try not to diagnose yourself on the internet. I got myself into a real panic reading the potential causes of my symptoms.

Finally, I’ve been very critical of the hospital fobbing me off in the past 12 months.

Today I was dealt with by:
Admission nurse
Junior doctor
Junior surgeon
Porter who took me to meet surgeon
Surgeon who will perform the operation

All of them were brilliant. Can’t praise them highly enough.

Me? I’m just looking forward to some pain free time 😁

Oh. Jimmy not Paul. Thanks. You’re a very kind and considerate human being who despite facing a helluva lot more challenges than I ever do, are always ready to listen and just generally be an ear when it’s needed. Yer a top bloke

Andy Pandy 2
March 30, 2021 1:33 pm

Team Sheet or Balance Sheet? Supporters want quality from one, directors and shareholders want quantity from the other. Unfortunately these two are goals are at odds with each other, because to achieve the former, you potentially dilute the latter…..unless you have a proper coach and DOF utilising and improving what we have, with a few additions of first team ready players in the key positions. Mr Mackay has his work cut out to find them. Oh sorry I forgot, Pete’s on the case 🤦

Had double hernia op a few years ago, take your time getting back to normal, it’s better in the long run.

March 30, 2021 1:36 pm

Had an inguinal one done a few years ago. Had no issues with it since. This umbilical one has been giving me real issues. No end of chronic pain. Can’t wait to get it fixed

Jobo Baldie
March 30, 2021 1:43 pm

Twisty – glad to hear that there’s now a plan to get you sorted.

big packy
March 30, 2021 1:46 pm

TWISTY, just come on to say glad your going to get sorted,.glad your feeling a bit better now.H.H.

March 30, 2021 1:57 pm

Jobo BP
Thanks both. Honestly I’m fine though. Just glad I got hassled into going back. That’s the main reason I posted, to make sure folks do the same. Don’t take chances.

I learned a valuable lesson through this. I was truly convinced I’d bowel or colon cancer. Honestly, I’d all the symptoms.

As you can imagine, all sorts was going through my head. You always fear the worse. I was thinking that if I did have some terminal condition, how I’d be full of regrets. Stuff that bothered me that I now realise isn’t actually important.

Here’s one of them. Stupid fall outs on a blog. Using the time we do get given more wisely.

So here’s my advice to you. Do what makes you happy. If that’s posting on here, then you should do it. Life is too precious to get up worried or angry every day. 👍

Bada Bing
March 30, 2021 2:00 pm

Twists- that will be a weight off your mind,take is easy, hopefully taken sooner rather than later.

March 30, 2021 2:11 pm

Glad to hear you are getting things sorted.

March 30, 2021 2:14 pm


I’m disgusted that you’ve been so shabbily dealt with for a year,but delighted that they are at last doing something about it. The whole covid situation has been poorly dealt with,IMO,and has caused the NHS long term damage. It will probably take years for them to catch up on the backlog,and the population will take the same to recover from the mental and physical health problems caused by a single year of neglect.

And don’t even start me on the wider economy!

Meantime,Bawjaws refuses to initiate an enquiry?

March 30, 2021 2:17 pm

Twists, great stuff. You take it easy next few weeks pls.

March 30, 2021 2:17 pm

Twisty, that must have been tough going, the pain, and on top of that the worry about what it might be. But it’s great to hear there is light at the end of the tunnel!
Keep strong buddy.

March 30, 2021 2:18 pm


Our best financial results have come from our best playing performances in recent years,and vice versa. Go figure.

Celtic Champs Elect
March 30, 2021 2:23 pm

Hi Twisty so happy for you that your getting sorted and I agree with you looking on the internet can have you sick with worry when you read what your symptoms mean

As for me I am just trying to get my dentist to remove a screw that he has a broken the head off the screw on my bridge on my bio care dental implants :-))))

The Gombeen Man
March 30, 2021 2:28 pm


Good news about the meds and really worthwhile advice to all of us. Fingers crossed the operation will happen before the 12 months.


Thanks for the compliment.

I suppose it’s a balancing act with the term the Old Firm. The club might not use it but our actions don’t support that.

There’s been so much misinformation coming out of Celtic for years that it’s difficult to be certain what Dermot’s involvement is.

Does he just set parameters and leave Pedro to it?

There really needs to be meaningful change at the top and an audit from top to bottom.

When a strategy has been agreed, budgets etc the Reset button can be pressed.

It’s really unhealthy to have so much control vested in one or two individuals.

It’s important to acknowledge that Dermot has and is involved in dysfunctional businesses and the type of questions Celtic supporters are asking about governance are not limited to Celtic.

You can add the shareholders of Northern Provence Diamonds to that list. Dermot has purchased $100m of unsold diamonds from the company and taken over $25m of debt.

Another investment that has gone south is Rapt Touch, Dermot Desmond has had a receiver appointed to Dublin tech firm Rapt Touch, which was co-founded by entrepreneur Gerry Giblin.

Mr Desmond’s Netherlands-based Bottin International made up to a €4m loan available to the touchscreen technology developer in 2018.

The latest set of publicly available accounts for Rapt Holdings show it had racked up losses of €34.7m by the end of 2017. No accounts have been filed by the firm at the Companies Registration Office since then.

Dermot holds security over patents etc.

He holds multiple financial interests and hopefully these represent just a blip.

I learned yesterday that Rietumu Bank is facing class actions from customers due to the forced closure of bank accounts in the wake of the Money Laundering scandal.

It does seem as though he doesn’t have his troubles to seek.

Sadly it just feels like the neglect and malaise we are experiencing at Celtic might be a factor across a number of businesses.

Hope I’m wrong.

March 30, 2021 2:42 pm


While those details hardly describe a crisis for DD,I do wonder if they make him more amenable to selling his shares for,say,£60m? That gives him a healthy profit,and a premium on current or likely forecast value,plus that bit more liquidity. Which means that all we need is for CHALMERSBHOY to get lucky with the numbers tonight!

March 30, 2021 2:43 pm

Hello pop pickers, it’s another day at number1 for Eddie Howe, he is still odds on, but has drifted a little, apart from that, there is very little movement, in the market.
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Roberto Martinez
Slaven Bilic

March 30, 2021 2:46 pm

Hey Twisty.
Great news, indeed.
Hopefully get it done in time to really enjoy the summer months.
Thank you for your kind words, too. Very much appreciated.

March 30, 2021 2:46 pm

Bobby, talking about luck. I put a £2.20 yankee on yesterday. Nothing! However when I was checking the results I noticed the winner at one of the races had odds of 125/1. I wonder if any lucky sod had that on!

March 30, 2021 2:52 pm

Any word yet about the covidiot huns? Naw? Well,what a surprise,eh?

Everyone else gets a lynch mob,they get swept under the carpet.

March 30, 2021 2:58 pm


The day started with a 100/1 winner too! Both paid a lot less on the tote,so some people got lucky.

Monday is Donkey Derby Day,as far as I’m concerned. Some of the Irish festivals are on then but apart from that I never look at a Monday for a bet. I should extend that to Tuesday-Friday too,after Cheltenham!

March 30, 2021 3:26 pm


Good luck with everything. It says a lot about you, that despite your own troubles, you have come on here with advice and help for others. Respect. Perhaps those of us that have a mind to during Holy Week, can say a wee prayer for Twisty.


You make a lot of sound points, that are rather devalued by your abuse towards a large section of the Celtic support…a generation that has given everything for the cause. Despite your protestations to the contrary, you obviously still care deeply for the club…or you would not take the time and effort to post on here.


March 30, 2021 3:32 pm

The five hun party goers have been banned for six matches, two suspended.

March 30, 2021 3:34 pm

Good luck and excellent advice to all on here.
Wishing you every success with your op. 🤞

March 30, 2021 3:35 pm


Thanks,mate. Took them long enough.

March 30, 2021 3:37 pm

Aye, waited till they were dumped out of Europe.

March 30, 2021 3:39 pm

That’s a disgrace. Over a month has passed.
One rule for them has never been so clearer.

March 30, 2021 3:41 pm

They will be suspended for the first two rounds of the Scottish Cup, and two dead rubber league games. Justice eh?

Andy Pandy 2
March 30, 2021 3:49 pm

So, good financials come with success, almost as if someone doesn’t want us to succeed!! It’s hard enough battling outside forces, nevermind internal obstacles.
Spot on ref advice. I held off my op for a number of reasons, wish I’d just got on with it. Hope yours goes well.

As for th Covidiots and their punishment…..no comment, because if I did I’d be kicked off the site!!!

March 30, 2021 3:53 pm


It would have been fast tracked like all the others,were it not for the fact that the huns had no cover at right back. And I’m still waiting for a plausible explanation as to why someone wasn’t at his own birthday party in his own house during a lockdown at 230am. It’s not like he could have nipped out for a kebab…