Drawing The Short Straw


The ink on the AP contract is hardly dry yet-in fact,it is likely to have been done on line,as would most of the recruitment process and interviews with him-and the revisionism on his predecessors has already begun. I rarely reference other sites in these articles but for once doing so will serve a purpose,illustrating the danger of eulogising our new man while denigrating the reputation of his predecessors.

There is little wrong with that of course,but to suggest that we were well rid of Brendan Rodgers because he didn’t sign a single good player after Scott Sinclair ignores a number of factors. Not least that Ntcham,Jullien and Edouard arrived afterwards,and while we can certainly question their later input,it would be more difficult to question their input under Rodgers himself. It also pointed to us being told that we rehired Lenny because he had an eye for a player,ignoring that it was sadly lacking in those two years with us.

The big factor in our recent decline was,naturally,ignored altogether. And that is the lack of input that the managers-and those before them-actually had in player recruitment and sales. We are all aware where I stand on that one,with our managers over the years finding their judgement subservient to an unofficial but de facto Director of Football. And while I will weep no tears on his departure,the arrival of his replacement from a business and rugby background but with no sign of our desperately required Director of Football to assist between DMcK and AP is definitely a source of concern.

As I pointed out yesterday,we effectively need to rebuild in every part of the park,whether those be first team ready players or the back ups for those already there. There is too an argument that signing that number of players in one go will store up problems in the near future,with so many players on contracts of similar length which run out at the same time. This then might actually be the correct time to fill,say,half of those vacancies with loanees as it would give us some breathing space-except that I suspect our credit is running low on this one. 

Clubs usually lend out players for a number of reasons. The first is to give their youth players a chance at first team football. I’ll argue against this one being applicable at Celtic Park as we have some very good youths of our own who surely deserve to be given their own chance over some prospect regardless of how good,from other clubs. The other reason is to get a high earning squad player off the books for a period,again get them some game time and hope that they can return with their confidence at a new high. Here,I’ll argue that with the exception of Fraser Forster,none of those players we have taken recently have done their prospects any real good,and some indeed may have caused their prospects some real damage.

Put it this way,I don’t think the likes of Everton,Brighton and Inter Milan will be picking the phone up to us any time soon.

The real elephant in the room is AP himself,or rather his lack of local knowledge. He can hardly be blamed for that,of course. And we mustn’t forget the impact of Brexit on all of this. For instance,I think only Elyounoussi and Laxalt of our overseas players would have qualified for a permit based on the new rules if they had been deployed,say,a decade ago. We have been buying in the bargain basement during that time,to great effect on occasion,but that will have to stop now. There are appeals based on the potential of a young player,and we last had to use that route for Stilyian Petrov over twenty years ago. I wouldn’t be putting too much faith in that route for some time,I can tell you!

So it looks likely that AP,even though his specialist knowledge will lie in the Australian and Asian locales,will be restricted to the sort of market that may not actually improve us much. There are,of course,some gems in the lower English leagues-the likes of Vardy and Toney spring to mind,and I think that over half of the current England squad have played there at some stage of their careers. Equally there are some also to be found in EPL youth teams-but it is rare that they are available for transfer. It is also true that our own leagues throw up the occasional nugget from unlikely sources,but none of this alters the fact that our signings have usually been from abroad,and of players who would no longer qualify for a work permit.

This is a huge burden to place on the two new men in charge,because even when DMcK has agreed that someone is the right signing for us and that he will Go Get ’em,Floyd,he is likely to find his hands tied by red tape. Yes,we are all happy to see the back of Lawwell,and yes,we are happy to see a new manager at last. But our troubles are far from over,and I have a feeling that we are going to be relying increasingly on those youth players who didn’t get a chance before.

Maybe we will now see the value of Lennoxtown at last? If we do,we had better get them signed up on proper contracts for some time! But then,we’ve came through worse and we are still here!!!


Above article by BMCUWP

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June 12, 2021 12:12 am


As most of you know,we are running a tandem Euros competition,and there are still a couple of teams available from the second one. Tenner a throw,with half of the income in prizes and the rest to charity.

Updated entries are available on yesterday’s site,so if you want a team,leave your name please.

June 12, 2021 12:19 am

The next competition is the one where I finally get to dip my hand into my pocket. TWISTY coughed up for the NAPS competition and Aintree,while CHALMERSBHOY took care of the predictor competition for us.

These may happen again this year too,so stay posted. They take a lot of work though,so I will understand if they decide to stand down.

Anyway,Royal Ascot is almost upon us. Usual rules,we will set up a dedicated article for it and you leave a selection for each race,each day.

1st-10 points plus SP

2nd-5 points

3rd-2 points

Prizes are fifty quid to the winner,plus a score for the runner up and a tenner to the bronze medalist.

June 12, 2021 12:21 am

Oh,and while I will do my best to post an updated table each evening,I am hoping to be over visiting SOLKITTS and his wife for a long weekend. Final results may take until I sober up.

About the following Thursday…

Puff puff
June 12, 2021 2:12 am

You still around Bobby .

Puff puff
June 12, 2021 6:23 am

Another wee track from 67 …

A thing of beauty
June 12, 2021 6:58 am

Jim White quits Sky Sports News. Now just about another ten Huns to clear out from there and we might get some decent reporting.

Celtic Champs Elect
June 12, 2021 7:04 am

Morning Bobby I will take a team

June 12, 2021 8:15 am

I’m seriously concerned that we are on the point of becoming an unofficial academy for Man City. Appointing a coach from their group who coaches to a similar philosophy as Pep – what better way to give a season of experience to their best academy prospects? I don’t care if they send us the next Messi, we are no-one’s training division. If it comes to pass, and we accept it, we’ll be every bit as dead as Rangers in every way that counts.

The Gombeen Man
June 12, 2021 8:24 am

Good read BMCUWPS,

The article you reference encapsulates much of what is wrong at the Club.

A priceless opportunity to unite the support and start again was lost in favour of fear, toxic resentments, denial and deflection that have bedeviled Celtic for years.

The rebuild required on the pitch is a reflection of the clear out and rebuild off the park.

Unfortunately, the editorials of the blog in question have become the Japanese Knotweed of Celtic Blogs.

The tiresome politics, vendettas and downright misleading content is at the root of much of what’s wrong with our Club.

Japanese Knotweed is removed by a concerted attack at the roots. A similar approach is what’s required here.

Hopefully Ange’s cards have been well marked and he’ll steer well clear of the Mé Féiners and Gombeens.

No matter how Ange’s teams perform, these people will stab him in the back to protect their ‘earners’ on the back of Celtic Football Club.

They probably did Ange a favour yesterday by giving him a taste of the unacceptable face and stupidity of the Plc.

Sol Kitts Hygge
June 12, 2021 8:33 am

I’ve invited a couple of friends over for next weekend, Glen Farclas and his mate. They’re looking forward to seeing you. 🥃🥃😎

The Gombeen Man
June 12, 2021 8:38 am


The fiasco that surrounded the job offer to Eddie Howe and the wait of in excess of 100 days to appoint the new guy is typical of the Plc.

We’ve become so accustomed to failure at an Executive level, we’re almost desensitised.

The spin and deflection from the Plc in the face of another embarrassing fiasco is the icing on the cake.

The point about Manchester City Group is well made. All we can hope for is that we’ve stumbled across a guy with a thick enough skin and sense of purpose to begin the process of claiming the Club back.

Mr Lawwell planted Knotweed (known as conduits) at every level of the Club.

It will take time to clear the Mé Féiners out.

It’s not Ange’s fault that he’s walking into such a toxic environment.

Till Later.

big packy rumenigge
June 12, 2021 8:38 am

BOBBY hope you fare better than i did at sols house, been there 4 times now and he is yet to answer his doorbell😎😎,another true story.

June 12, 2021 8:42 am

Packy, you need to know the secret chap to the door. It’s Ratta tat Ratta tat tat, tat ratta tat.

big packy rumenigge
June 12, 2021 8:44 am

CHEERS JIM will try that next time, going to pick a dog up for grooming catch u laterl

Maestro Fan
June 12, 2021 10:01 am

There is no end to the gaslighting on that site. Best ignored.

We’re effectively at a year zero moment. The future is highly uncertain… despite the BS peddled elsewhere. Some of these factors are beyond our control (Brexit), but for most part we have been architects of our own downfall.

June 12, 2021 10:03 am

Morning Bobby,

If that was an attempt to put a positive spin on things, it’s got me worried again.

Help ma bob.😀😀😀

Maestro Fan
June 12, 2021 10:11 am

Bobby – I’ll take a team. Who do I pay on PayPal?

June 12, 2021 10:14 am


Maestro Fan, this is the payee address once you are on PayPal.
It was posted by Bobby at 5.20am on yesterday’s article if you want to confirm.

Maestro Fan
June 12, 2021 10:57 am


Hopefully with you now. Cheers.

Awe Naw
June 12, 2021 12:06 pm


and why Howe called time on his dalliance with Celtic when it became apparent that his DOF would be Fergal Harkin. Harkin clearly no longer needed now that Ange Postecoglou is in situ, Celtic´s new manager unlike former prospect Eddie Howe is clearly in on it. The Celtic board always get their cake and eat it. Eddie Howe must have realised he was mainly being courted to justify EPL ST prices. I wonder if Mark Lawwell, Head of CFG Scouting and Recruitment · Manchester City Football Club will benefit personally from this ?

Hail Hail The North England division of Manchester City’s recruitment Program are here , what the hell do we care…. that will be 600 quid thank you … oh lord have mercy .. Christ have mercy .. that will do nicely

Well done the English FA and Englands Players. Nice to see Scotland kneeling for their English masters.

June 12, 2021 12:09 pm

Maestro Fan, It’s not me that’s organising it all pal, it’s Mahe! 🙂

June 12, 2021 12:21 pm

June 12, 2021 12:26 pm

I will take a team as well, send by paypal shortly

June 12, 2021 12:30 pm

bada Bing
June 12, 2021 12:38 pm

Can’t post Sweep money on PayPal via an email address……asking for bank account details….

Garry Enrique
June 12, 2021 12:44 pm

I am having the same problem with paypal.
Is there an alternative way to pay the tenner?

June 12, 2021 12:59 pm

Can’t understand the problem.

-search Pay Pal, enter the site with the sub heading send money
-Send money now – (click on)
-Log on
-There’s a box with “Name, Email or mobile No”

Enter the email gutterkid1…….

It will come up with Mahe’s name, select

Garry Enrique
June 12, 2021 1:47 pm

Ange Postecoglou knows the European football environment well. Most of his Socceroo team were European based. He knows European football alright. Don’t be kidded on by the SMSM.

ASWGL Czechia (the artist formerly known as Bohemi
June 12, 2021 1:47 pm

Interesting article Bobby that plainly states that due to brexit transfers will be limited, my feelings are we’ve always had some good players and they just don’t suddenly become bad ones, AP may be the answer to some career revivals.

As fan has pointed out time and time again, they need proper coaching and maybe, just maybe AP is the man to do it. Time will tell whether we dodged a bullet with Howe, in that he was really only going to be here until he worked his ticket back down south to a bigger paying club and was a PLC stopgap to sell tickets.

I see we are already being linked with Mitoma, he excites me, i know it’s hard to judge from youtube videos, but i see a lot in his play that could bring back some style.

Garry Enrique
June 12, 2021 1:56 pm

Mon the Swiss!

Lubo Friesdorfer
June 12, 2021 2:25 pm

Slovakia r us..!

Garry Enrique
June 12, 2021 2:32 pm

Lubo Friesdorfer
A gift from God😊

St tams
June 12, 2021 2:34 pm

Good article Bobby.
I would just add that any loans should only be if we have an option to buy, like we did with Eddy

Craig 76 (3 leopards 🐆 on a shirt )
June 12, 2021 3:11 pm

C’mon the Welsh don’t bust my coupon 2nd match

Garry Enrique
June 12, 2021 3:15 pm

The Swiss should be about 3 up here.
Total dinosaur tactics by the Welsh.
Robbie Savage clamped. 😁💪

June 12, 2021 4:07 pm

The spirit of 92 🇩🇰

big packy rumenigge
June 12, 2021 4:39 pm

HI all and jim and sol,,and, aw forget it😎😎 wee joan is delighted, her great grandfather came from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, try saying that when your sober never mind drunk, so she has welsh blood, she was born in wavertee in liverpool so she is english, she married me im scottish with irish ancesrtry, so she realy is quids in,.another true story.😎

Sol Kitts Hygge
June 12, 2021 5:22 pm

Big Packy rumenigge
Seeing your post reminded me of another Welsh town, well known to Newcastle fans. 😎😎


Sol Kitts Hygge
June 12, 2021 5:45 pm

Omg. Eriksen just collapsed, now being given CPR.

Sol Kitts Hygge
June 12, 2021 6:02 pm

Praying for Christian Eriksen right now. 🙏

big packy rumenigge
June 12, 2021 6:18 pm

SOL, was not watching the game, but hope the young man pulls thru.👍🙏

Garry Enrique
June 12, 2021 6:37 pm

Christian Eriksen sitting up and breathing on his own.
Praise the Lord 🙏

June 12, 2021 6:41 pm

GARY @6:37pm
Where did you read that.

Sol Kitts Hygge
June 12, 2021 6:42 pm

Garry and BP
Thank God, indeed. The TV coverage was harrowing and really should have been cut short. Looked touch and go for a while. Thoughts and prayers are with him for a good recovery.

big packy rumenigge
June 12, 2021 6:46 pm

SOL, yes 🙏

June 12, 2021 6:47 pm

Daily Mail has a report.

Garry Enrique
June 12, 2021 6:50 pm

Tweet from UEFA.

June 12, 2021 7:32 pm

DanishFooty (@DanishFooty) Tweeted: Danish FA director Peter Møller confirm to DR (Danish Broadcasting corporation) Christian Eriksen has spoken to the Danish players from the hospital bed. He is well. https://twitter.com/DanishFooty/status/1403779252969951244?s=20

June 12, 2021 7:36 pm

Denmark v Finland game resumed

June 12, 2021 7:55 pm

Finland 1-0 Scmeichel blunder