The Next Ten Days


Some good stuff on display from us at the weekend,not the least of which was to deny St Johnstone as much as a shot on goal. There are two ways to look at this of course,and the first method is to dwell on the failures of our opposition on the day. I prefer though to look at how they were set up,which was the familiar method of the opposition when we play-to wit,two banks of five and try to hit us on the break.

Well,they never looked remotely near to hitting us on the break,and that is testament to how quickly they were closed down whenever they tried that,whether it be by our midfield,our fullbacks,or our two central defenders.

As I said on the day,CCV and Starfelt are really looking the part in recent games,and the longer they continue to play together,the better that partnership will become. They are really gelling as a unit,and we have a short schedule of four games in ten day to come prior to the next international break for them to continue their development. AP can then sit back and have a review of how the first third of the season has gone,individually and collectively.

He will know that mistakes were made early on as we struggled to assimilate so many new players into the team,and for him to impress upon the players old and new how he wanted them to play within the system that he preferred. He hasn’t allowed the early setbacks to bother him or to knock him off his stride. He knows full well too that our media up here are waiting with sharpened knives and pitchforks for any sign of a stumble. I’ve got news for them-stumble or not,title or not,AP is no quitter,he is here to stay.

So too,I hope,are Jota and CCV,who are both on loan with an option to buy at £6m and £2m respectively. Considering that Starfelt cost us £5m and Jullien £7m,I’d say that CCV is a bargain at that price,so snap him up ASAP. I suspect that he is on a higher wage at Spurs though,which might be a stumbling block.

There should be no such problem with Jota though,and the sooner we tie him up,the better. Sign him before the word gets out,before his form attracts perhaps more attractive suitors!

It wouldn’t have been a Celtic game if there hadn’t been a refereeing “controversy” to contend with,and this one gave us two individual moments as well as the usual mishandling of the game in general. As the oxymoronic Saints resorted more to thuggery in their efforts to contain us,we were rightly awarded a penalty-which was hotly disputed by the usual suspects in the media,and also by the Saints manager after the match. I dunno what constitutes a penalty in their book,but I’m assuming something along the lines of an amputation without anaesthetic? The other one saw Kane being merely booked after bundling CCV to the ground and then having three hard kicks at him as he landed on top of the ball. Stuff like this will only continue while the club remain supine in their acceptance of it.

And so we move onto the next ten days of football which sees us away in the double header against Ferencvaros,plus three important league games-one of which SKY has graciously deigned to cover for the armchair fans. They really are ripping the piss on this one,as I think they have declined to show three away matches of ours come tomorrow night. Presumably their pundits are using their home season tickets elsewhere that night?

Win in Europe,and we give ourselves every chance of remaining in the tournament after Christmas. Win the three league games,and our momentum carries us into and hopefully out of that international break. These are targets which we should be setting ourselves,breaking the season down into segments with the breaks being the internationals and then the winter shutdown. Keep that momentum going as we approach the latter,and we will see which side is best equipped to handle pressure.

It’s these imminent four games that we must concentrate on first. Then when we return we are faced with two more matches in Europe plus a League Cup semi-final. Then from the last weekend in November till the first weekend in January,we face no fewer than NINE league matches.

We know what we have to do,the manager knows it,and we are seeing with our own eyes that not only do the players know it too,they are actually beginning to show real belief. Maintain that belief,lads. It’s half the battle done for you!


Above article by BMCUWP

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October 26, 2021 1:21 am

Was Jimthetim53 quick enough?

October 26, 2021 2:11 am

I thought CCV buy out was about 7ml. if it’s 2ml…………no brainer.

October 26, 2021 7:10 am

Good morning all from Govanhill.

A thing of beauty
October 26, 2021 8:22 am

Thanks for the tune. You were playing some good stuff last night though for some reason I never liked manic Monday though.
I wish I was more of a glass half full girl. I can see why people would be optimistic but when you factor in our record at Easter road and our recent away form this is a big banana skin. They also have Porteous back who, for all he is rash, he is a good player for them. If we get three points, it will be a huge result but it is far from
I see the momentum is building for OGS to get the boot at Man U. The parallels between us and them are striking. Another club not full filling it’s potential and pulling the wool over the eyes of their support. I’m surprised by Gary Neville defending OGS so vehemently though I suppose that is when pundits become compromised and again we had that last season with Neil Lennon. Neither man was qualified or competent enough for the job and the longer Man U let it go on the further back they’ll go. Just imagine if we’d got ange in by November last year.

St tams
October 26, 2021 8:29 am

Can’t agree re. Starfelt, still not doing it for me .
Looks so nervous and uncomfortable.

Jobo Baldie
October 26, 2021 8:32 am

Good morning, friends from a very wet and dreich EK.
ATOB – if we HAD decided to relieve Neil Lennon of his duties last November it would have been a decision made to try to “save the 10”. As such, I don’t think we’d have gone for somebody like Ange given that an instant turnaround was what was required.
Ange has arrived at a good time for us and has restored some real hope and belief probably a bit quicker than I expected. But we must continue to look no further forward than the next game or 2 – 6 points in the next 5 days would be fantastic. But 4 wouldn’t be a complete disaster.

Saltires en Sevilla
October 26, 2021 9:39 am


Aye, we need to keep matching the run of teams above until head to head games – then we see how they handle a pitched battle, that’s what it will be, and Ange will have to understand that.

St. Tams agree with you on Starfelt as he seems a bit hesitant, but is he playing in his natural position?
Sure he will settle into the system, if he gets the tne necessary time.

October 26, 2021 10:01 am

Morning all,

Jimthetim 53, some excellent tunes last night !!!!!

Agree with Starfelt, a bit hesitant like SeS says but I definitely think there is a player in there somewhere.

Totally agree with Bobby regarding CCV, and Jota.

CCV a big unit who we should definitely go for now,rather than later. Get Jota signed up asap as teams will be circulating and ready to pounce for his signature. Remember he is still young and learning.

Have a good day everyone HH 🍀🍀🍀

October 26, 2021 11:29 am
October 26, 2021 12:35 pm
Saltires en Sevilla
October 26, 2021 12:44 pm


Great stuff.

Were you there buddy?

Fairly sure I wasn’t, doubt my dad took me before I started skool, he would have wanted to no doubts, but he didn’t have the casting vote in our hoose 😆

October 26, 2021 12:55 pm


Remember there’s some youngsters on this site 😜😜😜

October 26, 2021 12:57 pm

Saltires en sevilla
I wasn’t even born until 11 years after that 😀

October 26, 2021 12:58 pm

I’m the youngest I think 😀

October 26, 2021 1:28 pm


Probably by about 20 years !!!!!!!!


October 26, 2021 1:41 pm

Got to know our demographic,lads!

October 26, 2021 1:59 pm

RIP Walter Smith

big packy
October 26, 2021 2:17 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM,, craig76, yes i was there, being a lanarkshire tim could not miss a game against motherwell 👍

big packy
October 26, 2021 2:21 pm

sad news about walter smith, to be frank could not stand the man when he always got the better of tommy, in hindsight now we know why, but he went up several notches when he carried tommys coffin, rest in peace walter,

October 26, 2021 2:52 pm

So Walter joins his beloved Rangers in death.

Dharma Bam
October 26, 2021 2:54 pm

RIP Walter Smith

Craig76 – I wasn’t there that day, I was too busy catching up on my sleep, having been born that morning in the Belvedere.

big packy
October 26, 2021 2:58 pm

talking about motherwell, there used to be a bakers shop in motherwell called dalyzells as in tam dalyzell the politician, they made the best well fired rolls in lanarkshire, my aunt isabell got a dozen well fired rolls delivered 3 times a week, and i remember they were in a white bag, with a horse lying on its back with the caption, a good roll does satisfy,.stupid piece of trivia but all true,👍

October 26, 2021 2:59 pm

Dharma Bam
Not a bad day to be born on 😀

October 26, 2021 3:02 pm

Packy, D.L.s (as everybody called them) had bakery shops all over Lanarkshire. They were indeed very good. If i remember right they were from Airdrie and the owner was a big Airdrie FC supporter.

big packy
October 26, 2021 3:13 pm

OK jim they were from airdrie, thanks for pulling me up on that😎 but your right they were from airdrie, why did i say motherwell auld age creeping in,.well im nearly forty😎 😎

October 26, 2021 3:18 pm

Packy they had a shop in Motherwell. I wasn’t pulling you up mate, you didn’t say they were a Motherwell firm! 🙂

October 26, 2021 3:24 pm

I always remember the paper bags they used, it had a cartoon picture of a horse lying on it’s back rolling about, with “A Good Roll Does Satisfy!”

October 26, 2021 3:27 pm

You’re right a good roll about does satisfy 😉😉😀

The Real McCoy
October 26, 2021 3:33 pm

Craig 76 🙏🏻
An everlasting memory for a wee 8 year old McCoy. I’ll be in that footage doon the front near the corner flag.
I went to school and worked in that part of Motherwell for over 30 years and had a constant reminder of that day thanks to the Cooncil who put pictorial tiles of old Motherwell from that time in a display in an underpass. I remember the crowd joyously making there way from Fir Park down Windmillhill St and Brandon St through the town centre to the train station.💚🍀🇮🇪

Thanks again C76👍🏻

October 26, 2021 3:37 pm

The Real McCoy 👍

big packy
October 26, 2021 3:43 pm

JIM, bought my first drumkit from the coatbridge and airdrie advertiser our local paper, dont know if its still going, but it had a picollow snare drum, dont know if thats the correct spelling, it was only half the depth of a regular snare drum, but i loved it, move forward 30 years i had stopped playing drums and was on a job in my truck to sheffield, still remember it now 227 london road, right next door to brammal lane sheffield uniteds ground, as it was lunchtime had a wander round the shops, came across a musical insrtument shop, in the window they had a picollow snare drum, i went in and asked if i could have a look at it, of course the guy said, well, i just started giving it the alex duthart treatment rolls and paradiddles, the guy was astonished please join our jazz group he said ,sorry but i live in cheshire a bit far to come,another true story,😎

October 26, 2021 4:05 pm


Thanks for posting that clip, of the title winning game in 1966.

How different would our history be-and that of the Huns for that matter-had we not won that title?

As it is, we won the big cup the following year, achieving a feat that the Huns never would. They paid the ultimate price in 2012, by trying, and failing to match that wonderful achievement…and we’re still celebrating all these years later.

What’s not to like? 😀

Hail Hail.

October 26, 2021 4:15 pm

Packy, 👍😀

October 26, 2021 4:19 pm

The first game my father took me to was Fir Park. He tried to get me to go down to the front with all the other boys but I was too shy! I stood beside him. Could hardly see a thing! I had to shuffle around a lot 🙂 Obviously it was Celtic playing Motherwell but a few years earlier than the one posted about.

big packy
October 26, 2021 5:08 pm

JIM, remember my uncle packy taking me to cliftonhill to see albion rovers playing airdrie,in a benefit game, it was a local derby, the atmosphere was electric, christies pies and bridies were the highlight of the game,another true story,😎 😎

October 26, 2021 5:10 pm

If we had to wait 12 years for our next league trophy how many of the younger generation of fan would chuck it

PS To clarify we won’t have to wait 12 years,the trophy coming home in May 🏆

October 26, 2021 5:37 pm


It’s not so long ago that we had to wait ten years for one. SOLKITTS eldest was born in The Centenary Season-well,1988-and he must have been considering reporting his Dad for child cruelty by the time he saw us win his first title.

October 26, 2021 5:39 pm


Some celebrations in Lisbon 2017 for the 50th Anniversary. The locals couldn’t believe how many of us travelled over despite there not being a match on.

October 26, 2021 5:42 pm


Some of the present generation of younger Celts, have no patience whatsoever. 12 years without a title? Don’t think they could handle that. FFS, they’re slaughtering players that have a couple of bad games.

Hail Hail.

October 26, 2021 5:45 pm


I was gutted that I couldn’t make it to Lisbon in 2017. A mate made it over, and still raves about the occasion, till this day.

Hail Hail.

Danny Mac23
October 26, 2021 5:49 pm


Another great article,

Hibs,Livi and Ferencenvaros will be a good gauge as to were we are currently as all 3 have proved difficult in the recent past.We are improving and would hope for positive results in each game and then its Dundee.Come the turn of the year I reckon it will just be us and the huns in contention. I might be previous in this but if it does come to be then our transfers in January will be crucial.I am on record as thinking the current Rangers team are bang average and I think we are a better footballing team.Watched their recent games and what stood out was the height differential in relative terms between them and us.Their aerial advantage proved crucial in our loss to them and is difficult to counter.We have to outplay them with the ball on the deck and not get involved in any rough house tactics,Glasgow derby.I believe we have the ability and the courage to beat them and Ange will provide the know how but as I remember at the start of the season an article stated buckle yourself in it will be a bumpy ride.The rollercoaster life of a hoops fan.Bring it on.

Saltires en Sevilla
October 26, 2021 6:01 pm


That explains the ’76 buddy!

I didn’t like being sent down the front as big boys would nick yer sweeties – but mainly because could never see fek all – the only place it seemed ok was at Arbroath – I remember that because Jimmy Johnstone came over and gave me a wave ( or so I thought ) turns out he had family in that section.

For a time my ‘solution’ was to stay beside the men and stand up on empty beer cans – the old strong metal types. It never worked … but kept at it …. for some reason never got a seat on the crush barriers which would have been the obvious solution.

Maybe they never had crush barriers until much later ? (After 1970??)

October 26, 2021 6:16 pm

jimthetim53, Big packy,

Yes Dalziel’s was from Airdrie, fine rolls indeed, they had shops all around the area so could well have had one in Motherwell.

St Tams @ 8:29 AM,

Ange has mentioned several times that he had to throw players in and it was unfair on all concerned.

You can tell by his approach to Giakoumakis that thorough preparation is his preferred approach.

It would have been interesting to see how Starfelt would have done with more time and preparation.

Hail Hail

A thing of beauty
October 26, 2021 6:23 pm

RIP Walter Smith.
From Earlier. I agree if we had got rid of Neil Lennon it’s unlikely we would’ve appointed Ange but if he’d had an extra six months I believe we’d be flying by now. Shows the importance of succession planning and forward thinking executives. Shame we don’t have any eh 😡😡

October 26, 2021 6:28 pm


Not entirely sure when crush barriers were introduced, but many Celtic historians, have mentioned the famous game at Brockville in the early 50s, when CPT scored from 2 consecutive corners…the first ‘goal’ having been ruled out. Most reports of that game state that the ‘crush barriers collapsed’ under the weight of celebrating supporters.

I would imagine that they have been around much longer, but cannot say for sure.

Hail Hail

October 26, 2021 6:36 pm

Evening all. Was never a fan of Wattie, thought he was a supercilious individual and from that I can understand SuperAlly’s fascination and devotion to him. Wattie hurt us more than any other manager ever did…we just couldn’t get near enough to him to hurt him, although Tommy did more than anyone to try to best him it was never enough! But I had total respect for him when Tommy passed, if he was good enough for the Burns family he should be good enough for the rest of us.
RIP Walter and condolences to his family.

Jobo Baldie
October 26, 2021 7:03 pm

Today’s full presser from Ange

big packy
October 26, 2021 7:07 pm

CHAIRBHOY, hi pal, you got the spelling right it was dalziels 👍 you are a lanarkshire tim like myself and jim ,no ifs or buts,😎

Sol Kitts
October 26, 2021 7:15 pm

Big Packy, one for you.
I blame the skoolz, and worryingly this numptie is teaching kids…😂

The Real McCoy
October 26, 2021 7:25 pm

Sol 😱
I thought that can’t be real.