In Deep Dudu



A week away from our opener in the Champions League,and we have been unable or unwilling to sign one single player to slot into our starting eleven. To think that we celebrated six months ago with the news that Lawwell was for the off.


“At last! No more going into the early games of the season unprepared,with signings put on the back burner!!”


Aye,right. Here we are again,and in an even worse state than normal this time. Not only was last season deeply disappointing,with so many of the team underperforming,but many of them are desperate to leave. Players like Ajer,Edouard,Christie are unlikely to be with us in seven weeks. Broonie has already gone-as have various loanees-the future of Griff is at best uncertain and Jullien is still months away from a return from injury.


Sure,we have actually signed a few players. All of them for free or for a development fee,none of them yet to celebrate his 21st birthday. More of our fabled projects,in other words. Alan Hansen may have famously got it wrong with his pronouncement that “You’ll win nothing with kids” but it would be a gross disservice to our four new signings to expect anything from them other than an occasional run out from the bench.


There are a couple of glimmers of hope on the horizon though. The first is that,as I’ve said before,Ntcham realises that he has one season with us to rescue his career. The only way that he is going to be offered a contract commensurate with his own lofty opinions of himself is to play out of his skin for us this season. Even at that,I reckon that he is on to plums,he is the architect of his own destruction here. While his early form might have attracted interest,those suitors will have scored his name firmly out of their scouting reports given his stinking attitude and performances in the last three years.


But it’s either Player of the Year or the scrapheap for him. If it’s the former,we will benefit. If it’s the latter then frankly I couldn’t give a damn.


The second is the encouraging comments from Karamoke Dembele,a terrifically gifted young player who seemed to have fallen out of love with football,particularly Celtic,under our previous manager. A run of games from him as he plays himself into the side,with the senior players ready to offer him the support and protection from the hammer throwers,could be enough for him to realise some of the enormous potential that a few of us were fortunate enough to witness five years ago in Dublin. He will have my support and encouragement,and I think I speak for the vast majority of the support on this one.


Which brings us to the subject of the title of the article. Another thing we thought we had seen the back of with the departure of Lawwell was the club hotline to Dudu Duhan. This man,who mainly represents players from a relative footballing backwater,has seen a disproportionate number of his charges joining us over the years. To date,I would say the only success was Kayal Beram,and even he went off the boil before too long. I have high hopes for Ismael Soro,but the list of failure and disappointment is a long one with him.


His latest is another youngster,one who plays primarily in the berth occupied for so long by James Forrest and coveted by wee Karamoko. Should we really be giving him a call-or even taking calls from him-to discuss players for this position when we have glaring deficiencies elsewhere? I have no idea how good the youngster is,but that is not the issue. We have a finite transfer pot and I think we should be prioritising those areas of greatest need. Let’s face it-there’s a good few of them!


And we should definitely be widening the gene pool when it comes to dealing with agents. This is an unhealthy relationship,one where the club and a particular agent have far too close a relationship. We need to move on from a reliance on his client book,and we need to give AP our full support-in a way that has been sadly lacking to date.


Above article by BMCUWP

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Maestro Fan
July 14, 2021 7:51 am

Never mind all that, buy this Adidas crap!

The club is rotten to its core.

July 14, 2021 8:03 am

Morning all…a few good points, Bobby. I’d tend to disagree about Kayal though. I thought he had the lot and could’ve gone further with us but the timing of his injuries put paid to his career with with us. I thought from the first time I saw him at Parkheid he looked like captain material for us! Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for him or for us!
The Club’s links to Duhan are suspicious. How are we so reliant on one man? I had a wee Google search yesterday looking for links between one DD and another DD but tbh I didn’t have the time to do it properly – maybe TGM who seems to find some wee nuggets in his background checks can establish a link! I think there’s more to it than meets the eye anyway. If there is it comes right back to the Chairman of the Club, again, to ensure the PLC is managed properly in everyone’s best interests!
#WhatTheFeckDoesIanBankierActuallyDuDu CSC

July 14, 2021 8:17 am

Leggy…from yesterday – Heraghty’s is a long established Celtic shop on Pollokshaws Rd. I’ve had many a beer in there over the years. My favourite memory was heading to Heraghty’s after the ’94 SCF when Big Pierre finally broke our duck. The pub was mobbed, obviously, and operating a one out one in policy. We hung about until a taxi pulled up and a girl from the close next door to the pub ran out and jumped in…as the close door slowly, slowly closed we realised the fire exit from the pub into the close was open! We got through the door before it shut, into the pub…just in time for the barman to say “Do us a favour lads, close that door, I don’t want anyone sneaking in!!” “Aye, no bother pal!” 😁🍻🍻🍻
Heraghty’s is still going strong although it’s been a while since I’ve been in, we used to go to Heraghty’s to watch Celtic games after our Sunday 5-a-sides. The Bay Horse in Shawlands, an ex-Rangers pub changed hands and became the Inn on the Park and instantly changed to a Celtic pub, the new owner putting on live Traditional Irish folk music and driving away some of the Neanderthals. So that became our choice of boozer to watch games after our 5-a-sides. I’ve still got a soft spot for Heraghty’s.

July 14, 2021 8:23 am

Some of the Soo’siders on here will surely recognise faces in the crowd…

bada Bing
July 14, 2021 9:01 am

Lawwell to stay on the Board, for another 2 years….

Prestonpans bhoys
July 14, 2021 9:19 am

Yes Bada always said Lawwell will maintain a role within the club to foster his UEFA ambitions😵
On today’s article nothing has changed for the PLC, they have our money and completely impervious to accountability. Role on nothing to see here……..

July 14, 2021 9:50 am

Plus ça change at Celtic Plc.
DMcK obviously knew this appointment was afoot.
PL has a place on non PLC board to protect and indulge his ECA and UEFA credentials.

What functions do this board perform – separate but subordinate to the main board?

One can only imagine his “paternal” influence will continue with blessing from DD.
DD’s consigliere/ placeman to keep an eye on the young whippersnapper?

July 14, 2021 10:52 am

So it’s official. Lawwell stays on board.

“Will no one rid of me of this turbulent pest?” as Henry II nearly said.

July 14, 2021 11:08 am

Morning all,


Thanks for info on Heraghtys.

Cracking boozer. Might have to pay it another visit sometime.

HH 🍀🍀

Big Audio Dynamite
July 14, 2021 11:59 am

Big Kris gathers up all his toys and violently ejects them right oot the pram.

How predictable

July 14, 2021 12:58 pm

Thinking of my friend and sparring partner,MACJAY,as his Requiem Mass takes place.

Fantastic day had by one and all at the end of May,with grateful thanks to GARRY for facilitating it.

R I P,John.

July 14, 2021 12:59 pm

R.I.P. John.

July 14, 2021 2:10 pm

RIP John Mac Gowan.

July 14, 2021 2:19 pm

We are a shambles let’s face it.
They don’t know how to run a football club well at all. Scramble about this time every year with no set plan.

The news Peter stays is a kick in the teeth to us all.

Sometimes I wish my da never supported that club tbh.

It’s gonna be another long long campaign with little good, but they will ride out the flak, and the Tims will pay as usual,
And the needle returns to the start of the long and we all sing along like before,,,

July 14, 2021 2:33 pm

I wish it was August/September and I could stop thinking so much about our board of directors!

Big Audio Dynamite
July 14, 2021 2:35 pm

Mahe, enough will always sing along, and it makes it impossible get any real change. When you step back and analyse Scottish football, what are you really paying into ..just a scam?

As heartbreak as this process has been, I’d still rather stick to my own principles and stop paying for it.

big packy
July 14, 2021 2:45 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, once again ghuys and ghals on behalf of dave thanks for your lovely thoughts regarding angela, was round at daves this morning he looks to have aged overnight, told him ill bring round my laptop when he feels better and he can read the lovely comments, that should make him feel better, as i was talking to him his family arrived from liverpool so i made my excuses and left you feel in the way when family members are there,.BTW regarding wee joans accident, can anyone give us some advice, wee joan is reluctant to put it through the insurance incase the premium goes thru the roof, so she thought of delving into our savings we had put by for a rainy day, we have never ever claimed on our insurance, any advice would be appreciated.H.H.

Big Audio Dynamite
July 14, 2021 2:52 pm

The board’s only reason for being, is to skim the maximum amount out the club each year, hence the reluctance to spend.
We are run EXACTLY how they want to run us. (Rich people making their rich friends richer)
You can see how much public perception matters to them …they Don’t gaf!
The news PL is still there, really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

Ask yourself, are the club doing everything in their power to ensure we are competitive in both the league & The champions league this coming season? Buying kids from SW.
And the idea our new managers is, at least, not a “Yes man” is daft …of course he is!

Big Audio Dynamite
July 14, 2021 2:53 pm

Hope you’re good BP .👍

July 14, 2021 2:58 pm

“When you step back and analyse Scottish football, what are you really paying into ..just a scam?”
There’s a lot of mascerading in Scottish football. It’s a vehicle for sectarianism with possible money laundering, that has masonic undertones.
It’s rotten to the core.
This Irishman is shocked how bad it is. We aren’t talking one bad period here, it’s ingrained.
I was telling Auldheid what the national sport should aim for is a period of stability in order to shut up folk like Auldheid, and say to them look that was just extraordinary circumstances but we know what we are doing. But no,,its year after year, scandal after scandal.
The rest of the football world probably know what we know, it’s just the unwritten rule you don’t analyse it in depth or probe deeply into it.
I mean the English tags could have a field day breaking down the corruption, but it’s always hush hush as if there are tentacles that reach far ie Masonic brotherhood connections.

I’m never giving them another penny, they won’t get my little one following iny footsteps either.
Well done Celtic.

I was telling a fella the other day those kids from the Kano foundation ,,how many of them are going to end up like me? At least my dad had an excuse in that he saw Lisbon and the Centenary season as miracles and felt moved to pass the love of the club on. Now however we all know it’s corrupt, no doubt about it.
In the twenty years time so e of those Kano kids are going to turn to those who got them involved and say did you know this was alla scam? You did sowtf did you get me addicted to a scam for?
I hope those running that organization have some answers for them and not just sure c’mon it’s a grand old team.
I doubt it though.

Jesus wept.

Hail Hail

July 14, 2021 3:03 pm

Big Jim Packy… easiest thing to do is check your insurance policy and check if your No Claims Bonus (NCB) is protected. If it is there should be no penalty on your next policy. Even if your NCB is not protected it is unlikely your premium will rise by the amount of the cost of repair. In my humble opinion if you put it through your insurer you’re likely to get a decent standard of repair and also a courtesy car while it is in the shop. Think of the years you’ve paid for insurance and why you actually have it, this is the time to use it!!

July 14, 2021 3:04 pm


“Sometimes I wish my da never supported that club tbh.”

I can sypathise with that view to an extent,but I will never agree with it. Celtic has often been a glue holding friends and family together,IMO-even if the reason is our disdain of the board!

Even more so,it has provided plenty of chances for meeting new pals and acquaintances,and plenty of celebrations. And some great memories.

IMO,our despair at the moment is caused by our powerlessness,not by a fading love of everything we hold dear. Though they’re bloody pushing the envelope!!!

July 14, 2021 3:06 pm


Call you,mate.

July 14, 2021 3:10 pm

Bobby I would say most clubs offer that, the characters and the good times we shall never forget etc.
It’s not exclusive to our club of choice.

I struggle deeply with that club. Wouldn’t have signed up for a massive struggle. Thought it was a pleasurable journey I was signing up for.

‘From pride to hide, the true story of Glasgow’s biggest football club’ is getting started and will be coming to a bookstore near you.

Hail Hail

July 14, 2021 3:14 pm

Afternoon bhoys, another good article Bobby, even though it doesn’t bode well for our preparations, I feel the same as BAD at 2.52pm they only want yer hard earned dosh, board are the biggest shower of wage thieves, wb Mr Liewell (oh did you ever leave?) so little to celebrate can be depressing.

Big packy as MCCaff (the highest paid floor layer in the Uk) has said claim your insurance, it’s what you pay it for.

Oh meant to say I left you a draft yesterday Mahe & BMCUW


July 14, 2021 3:16 pm

I’d certainly go for this as a third kit, superb 👍‍‍

Big Audio Dynamite
July 14, 2021 3:53 pm

Mahe, I know exactly what my dad would have said about all this, had he lived to see it. He gets a pass on introducing me to Celtic, as there was no way he could have known how bent things really were. We live in an age where news is instant, and the truth a bit harder to hide. Celtic done the worst thing possible with the fans, and have done it hand-in-hand with our detestable neighbours.

So Celtic lose people like you & i, but they keep the charade going for …how much longer? Just doesn’t seem right or fair, does it?

Until the last rabble

Big Audio Dynamite
July 14, 2021 4:02 pm

Mahe, I believe only those of us who lived through this are in danger of walking away from the game, the kids in the KF will most probably not be affected by the events of the last decade, like we are. Remember, time also heals a lot of things.

Time was the boards whole strategy – Give time enough time. Judging by the amount of season books sold, I’d say they were right to batten down the hatches. These guys are old hands at running rings round us …they don’t even break sweat anymore!

Who do they have to worry about? Who could challenge their position?

big packy
July 14, 2021 4:08 pm

HI GHUYS, just back from my final quote, it looks like 150 smackers, thanks bobby for the call, aswgl/mcaff think we will go with your advice put it through the insurance cheers,,big audio dynamite im ok all things considered, thanks for asking, luv to you and yours,H,H,

bada Bing
July 14, 2021 4:09 pm
July 14, 2021 4:11 pm

Afternoon all,

There is a lot of doom and gloom on here but honestly, saying things like I wish my Da never supported Celtic !!!! Come on.

Let’s think
Lisbon Lions
10 men won the league
Love St, to win the league
Centenary Season
Quad treble

Plus add in the Euro run to Seville and big nights at Celtic Park when Juventus, Barcelona we’re sent packing.

Well, I’m no havin it. !!!!!

There’s too many memories to forget,so Keep the Faith and onward and upwards.

#GlassdefohalffullCSC🍀🍀 HH

Bring on the Bristol City 👍

July 14, 2021 4:11 pm

On PLs predeliction to persist purchasing players from a particular patch. See what I did there? 🙂

I heard PLs method was put under scrutiny by his boss’s men.

The over dependence on one particular source whilst perhaps above board (with a small “b” ) has its weaknesses.

It makes the job easier by cutting down the range to be examined and the cost of maintaining a proper world wide network, right up an accountant’s street.

That is PL’s legacy to DMK and building a proper network will take time, so DMK might have to work with what, for the moment, is. What isnt, hopefully for the moment , as far as we can discern, is a recruitment process fit for purpose of running a club of Celtic’s potential.

So I dont buy into the confirmation biased idea that DMK is PLs puppet that I see floating about on Twitter.

It may be true, but Rome wasnt built in a day, there were 7 hills to deal with ffs, so let’s hold off on premature judgements, anything premature can be messy..

Celtic and the support are going through a dark night of the soul but they will emerge as more than a football club in reality instead of a PR exercise to make easy money.

Big Audio Dynamite
July 14, 2021 4:14 pm

Kilmarnock charged for fielding an ineligible players for the last 20mins of the game with East Kilbride in the Premier sports cup.


What’s the point.

July 14, 2021 4:22 pm

BAD, about to walk dog but,,,
” the kids in the KF will most probably not be affected by the events of the last decade,”
They will be because once they died it was written into footballing law a liquidation event isnt fatal, that up north clubs can continue once they go bust, that the committee can file it under special circumstances.

Now they know they can get away with throwing the rulebook out the window the only real question is when’s next.

A poster said to me Scottish football was never going to let Rangers die and I thought if you actually realized that before everyone else, then you should have been shouting it from the rooftops everytime some Tim mentioned jelly and ice-cream or they will go bust.
Until then we all thought thems the rules you must play by, and liquidation meant death, plus you couldn’t separate club and company as shown by Southamptons attempt to do just that which was correctly nipped in the bud.

The game up north and those running it may have thought they were helping overall, but they’ve created a bigger mess and the malarkey has cost any trust there was.

Not sure if the game up north will ever recover.
The travelling Irish numbers will steadily decrease, they have been and will continue to. Just don’t need it.

Til later amigo
Hail Hail

July 14, 2021 4:24 pm


July 14, 2021 4:54 pm

Celtic star Leigh Griffiths cleared by cops over Instagram messages to schoolgirl
Officers say they have found no criminality in the social media posts following a “full assessment” by detectives.

July 14, 2021 5:05 pm

BMCUWP and Leggy

Totally agree,I am glad my Dad supported the hoops.

As do I and my family.Love them always have always will.

July 14, 2021 5:12 pm


Even during the darkest days, I’ve never considered myself anything other than a Celt for life. The club have given me some of the best days of my life, so I’m prepared to suck up the bad times, if need be.

I do however, detest the corrupt, thieving bastards who call themselves the PLC. I also completely understand those among us that can take no more. The straw that broke the camel’s back etc. The board must be crapping themselves at the thought of a full Parkhead again. There will be a few wee sweary words thrown in their direction, that’s for sure. Now what rhymes with ‘Bankier’?…


The Bay Horse was always one of my pit stops, any time I went on the razz in Shawlands…along with the Corona, The Georgic and The Quaich. Some terrific times were had in that special part of this town. Not been up that way for some time. Last time I was in The Bay Horse it had changed its name to Sweeney’s. Of course, a few stops on the bus along the ‘Shaws Rd is The Star Bar at Eglinton Toll. They still do a three course dinner for £3…used to be £1.50. Robbin’ bastards.


July 14, 2021 5:23 pm

I think the PVH Cup Final was 95, as I had just moved to live in Germany, which sticks in my mind.

July 14, 2021 5:23 pm


Just read your draft article.


I’ll schedule it for tomorrow,unless MAHE tells me otherwise.

July 14, 2021 5:24 pm

Beram Kayal was absolutely fine for us until Elbows took him out. Never the same after that, sadly.

July 14, 2021 5:28 pm


Ah,The Star Bar…

Happy daze,indeed!

July 14, 2021 5:36 pm

A bit about UEFA from 2011.

After Sheriif officers turned up at Ibrox in Aug 2011 UEFA were looking at the first Rangers monitoring return dated 30 June 2011 on 19 Sept 2011 that said the status of the tax liability at 30 June was “postponed” with ongoing discussions.

This did not stack up with SOs calling to collect the tax due six weeks before. The SFA gave an explanation that allowed UEFA to give verbal acceptance of the submission.and removed the need for Rangers to provide a future financial forecast 6 months before they went belly up.

By 19 Sept 2011 Rangers were no longer in any UEFA competition which reduced the risk of any club they had vanquished en route to Group stages asking the same questions any Ranger’s watchers asked when SOs turned up. How the feck did they get a licence?

The advice the SFA passed to Rangers in an e mail beginning ” good news” was that the next monitoring submission at 30 Sept had to provided but UEFA CFCB were unlikely to subject it to close scrutiny. In the event that Sept submission included a claim £500k had been paid towards the bill. Both submissions in June and Sept were a load of pish.

It would be in UEFA’s interest not to have any investigation and having PL in their pocket would have made it easier to do a bit of leaning.

Now whilst Traverso in his famous new club/company reply said UEFA would not pursue because the club in breach of UEFA FFP in 2011 no longer existed to sanction, the SFA had to ignore that when at CW trial Rangers officials, particularly Donald McIntyre, admitted to accepting the liability in Feb 2011 having been shown evidence of Rangers fraudulent/negligent response to HMRC enquiries in 2005.

That SFA enquiry began on 25 June 2018 into monitoring breaches only,ignoring evidence presented to them by Res12 lawyer of non compliance when licence was granted.

Park that for the moment and let’s look at what happened to the SFA charges of obvious non compliance during the monitoring period.

It was fecking abandoned in May 2020 because a clause in the5WA that Celtic accepted required CAS to be the investigating authority which Rangers ( newco) were quick to point out.

Celtic undertook to engage with SFA on the surrender of SFA judicial process in 2020 at last AGM under Res11.

7 months later no progress reported but you can see why as SFA can point out you accepted the 5WA, which was never subject to UEFA scrutiny, why complain now?

This goes beyond sham, it is the biggest ripping the pish exercise by a club on its support in history and what is despairing is so many not only accept it, they appeat prepared to drink it.

July 14, 2021 5:39 pm

Bobby, the drafts are full, I’ll leave it up to you when to use them.

I think our new strips suck tbh.

July 14, 2021 5:40 pm


Was it not the studs down the achilles from the Sevco CB(name escapes me) that did for Kayal?


I know, I know, it is like saying he died from a cut administered from a five inch blade rather than a six!

July 14, 2021 5:46 pm


Which is why I identified him as the best of the Dudu clients. Long time ago though,not many successes since.

July 14, 2021 5:49 pm


How did you get to know The Star Bar?

Not many non-southsiders know of it.

Hail Hail.

July 14, 2021 5:52 pm


Can’t find the clip of the tackle,but here’s Kayal’s opinion. He doesn’t mince words.

July 14, 2021 5:53 pm


Fairly well known den of iniquity back in the early 80s,so right up my street!

Celtic Champs Elect
July 14, 2021 5:55 pm