The Times,They Are A-Changing?


In a strange twist on the traditional nativity story of Christmas,three stars came from the east in search of a wise man. Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi, and Reo Hatate will join up with their new colleagues when they start back in training shortly after their brief respite over the New Year,and will be looking to make an immediate impact. 

Unbelievably,the total fees for all three look like coming in at around £5m-or change from an Albian Ajeti-and the people involved in getting this deal over the line deserve all the praise that has been coming their way. 

Maeda has only just turned 24yo,though the suggestion remains that he had a hard paper round. Having flattered to deceive in the last couple of years since his breakthrough season in J2-league four years ago,he really blazed a trail in the season just gone,with 23 goals in 36 games,finishing as top scorer in the J-League. If you’ve seen the video of his goals which has been circulating,you will see a show of strength,a blur of speed,a range of finishes. 

Reo Hatate,slightly younger than his compatriot,has played at left back,on both wings and as an attacking midfielder. While these are handy strings to anyone’s bow,I hope he settles into one of them at Celtic,and preferably the one where he is most comfortable and most effective. 

Yosuke Ideguchi is “the old man” of the three at 25yo,and also has the most international caps. A central midfielder,he could be the Broonie replacement we have been looking for. 

We should not,of course,expect miracles from these three. Not at first,anyway! They have just completed an arduous season in Japan,and I think they will be “played” into the side over the next few weeks and relied upon less frequently than we might expect of experienced new signings. Burning them out with a relentless schedule would not be the actions of a wise man!

But rather than welcome these new signings with open arms and abundant joy,our media darlings have been somewhat sparing in their praise. Keevins for instance wonders whether we can afford them-which is hilarious,given that it is our former Chief Financial Officer who completed and signed off on the deal. And that he hasn’t raised his snivelling pus above the parapet once to enquire about the source of the finances over Ibrox way. Michael Stewart,who has never been the same since being kicked off the BBC for not toeing the party line,questioned whether having four Japanese players meant we were sacrificing our identity. That will be the identity that his SMSM colleagues are always questioning anyway,I suppose?

As if any of us CGAF about their opinions,we are hardly their target demographic after all.

Now,these signings should NOT mean that our business is done for the month-but it is a bloody good start. And we really need to offer praise where it is due. Apart from being completed a month earlier than we have been used to in the January window,which strongly suggests that the three were identified a while ago,with feelers put out and negotiations begun in earnest,the fact that they all come from the J-League can only mean that these were players targeted specifically by our manager. Prior to the arrival of AP,I think the only time we have been sure that a signing was the work of the manager would be Scott Sinclair almost five years ago. Other than that,we have to go back to the days of Martin O’Neill. 

So,the times,they are a-changing?

Well,it is far too soon to say for sure,but the early signs are certainly encouraging. Perhaps we will never again hear of a player turning up for training to be asked by the manager who he is. Or a manager saying we have millions of wingers,on hearing of our latest signing. Perhaps,in Michael Nicholson,we have a CEO who is happy to allow football people to deal with the football while he deals with the finances. And one,at that,who knows how to cut a good deal without causing lasting resentment from the other side. 

Sure,there are a number of reasons for Celtic supporters to be absolutely delighted at these three signings. But if that last paragraph turns out to be true,then that is the best reason of all. 

Above article by BMCUWP

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Would like to see us sign a couple of guys with a bit of height and of course good enough to play for us.


My apologies to THEGOMBEENMAN,whose post on Hogmanay got caught in our filters. Here it is.

A good insight into Ange’s thinking.

Yokohama F.Marinos manager Ange Postecoglou spoke to Stats Perform News ahead of the 2021 J.League season.

There are similarities between Yokohama F.Marinos manager Ange Postecoglou and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Pressing is a vital feature of Postecoglou and Klopp’s teams, with both managers enforcing a high-octane brand of attacking football.

Postecoglou and Klopp were also coming off drought-ending title triumphs as the coronavirus pandemic set in.

In 2019, F.Marinos boss Postecoglou guided the Japanese club to their first J.League title since 2004, while Klopp ended Liverpool’s 30-year league drought in the Premier League last season.

But F.Marinos were unable to back it up, finishing ninth and 36 points adrift of champions Kawasaki Frontale last year. Klopp has already publicly conceded Liverpool’s title defence is over – the Reds are sixth and 19 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City with 13 matches remaining in 2020-21.

The struggles are no coincidence amid demanding schedules and mounting injury lists as a result of COVID-19.

“Absolutely,” Postecoglou told Stats Perform News when asked if he could relate to Klopp as he prepares for Friday’s season opener against Kawasaki. “Not so much on the success bit, but you look at their football, it’s high intensity and it’s just not sustainable when you have such a congested fixture list.

“It’s not just them. Any team around the world who play that play that high intensity, particularly with the pressing aspect not so much in possession, have found it very difficult. Liverpool are a classic example of that. Even like a club like Southampton, who pride themselves on that pressing aspect have struggled this season.

“The way you struggle, it’s not just about the results, but you lose players to injuries, trying to maintain that kind of intensity. Rotation of players affects the fluency of how you play. What I found last year especially, you can kind of rotate the front half of your team and still sort of get some stability and consistency in results but if you have to change centre-backs and defenders regularly, you’re going to struggle. That’s definitely where we struggled last year. I don’t think there was more than half-a-dozen games where we had the same centre-back pairing and goalkeeper in a row because of the injuries we had. We conceded a lot of goals.

“You look at Liverpool and most of their injury problems have been at the back. The converse of that, I look at Kawasaki who were so dominant in our league. They were really stable in terms of their back four and didn’t really make changes. Had more depth in the front third where they could rotate players. Their game was based around keeping the ball, they weren’t as aggressive in the process. I think data wise they were the lowest-running team in the league. That was definitely the way to go last year. They had the quality to do it also, it’s not an easy way to play.

“Even reading about Pep Guardiola’s comments that his trying to get his team to run less through this period and they’ve been more effective. There’s definitely a correlation there with the amount of running you need to do to play your style of game. The more it is, the more effective it is during this period.”

Having changed the landscape of Australian football following back-to-back A-League titles and a record 36-match unbeaten streak at Brisbane Roar, plus a ground-breaking 2015 Asian Cup triumph with the Socceroos, Postecoglou took Japan and Asia by storm in 2019.

Cut from the same cloth as Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri – an emphasis on attacking football, with an unrelenting belief in their philosophy – Postecoglou’s F.Marinos dazzled their way to J.League glory in 2019, ahead of FC Tokyo.

However, F.Marinos – who are part of the City Football Group – were unable to go back-to-back after, as Postecoglou says, the J.League “congested a season into really five months” while the club also juggled Asian Champions League commitments.

F.Marinos made a red-hot start to the season before the 2020 campaign was initially suspended due to coronavirus. Their title defence quickly turned pear-shaped.

While their attacking and possession numbers were around the same mark from 2019 to 2020 – only champions Kawasaki scored more goals – the same could not be said in terms of F.Marinos’ defence.

F.Marinos conceded 59 goals last season, having only shipped 38 as they ended their 15-year wait for J.League silverware. Outside the box, 11 goals were conceded – up from three the year prior, while they allowed 47 shots from outside the box (21 in 2019).

There were also big differences in saves to shots ratio (69.1 per cent to 61.9 per cent), saves to shots ratio inside box (65.6 per cent to 55.0 per cent) and saves to shots ratio outside box (85.7 per cent to 76.6 per cent).

“We all had to deal with something that was unique,” Postecoglou said when discussing the impact of COVID-19 on football. “None of us in our lifetime had gone through something like that or remotely like that. At the beginning, it was kind of surreal because you thought it would pass but then it kept being part of almost your existence where you have these restrictions placed upon you. To be fair here in Japan, they dealt with it pretty well. We didn’t really have any major lockdown. Life, for the most part, was fairly normal. It definitely affected our football season.

“It took a heavy toll on players and staff, not just us but all clubs. We had the added challenge of being in the ACL [Asian Champions League], which affected our schedule even further. Playing without fans and empty stadiums, there was a surreal feeling about. The predominant feeling was lets just get through it the best way we can and make the most of it. We were still able to do what we love, work in a normal sense.”

The absence of fans due to the coronavirus crisis also cannot be understated. While a limited amount of supporters returned for J.League matches at the backend of the 2020 season after fixtures were initially staged behind closed doors, Postecoglou said: “It actually affects football games. Supporters, they don’t just provide the theatre and atmosphere, they have an effect on the players and coaches.

“Anyone who knows and has played in a stadium away from home with a passionate support, it can be intimidating, it can affect your game. If you’re chasing the game, having the support in the stadium can lift you or make your opposition nervous. It definitely affects. In the beginning, it felt like every game was a friendly game – it had that sort of lack of cutting edge and little bit of intensity that you feel in real games. Eventually, I think players and coaches got used to it and games sort of turned back to a normal mode.”

While 2020 did not go according to plan, Postecoglou is not dwelling on the past season.

“It was such an outlier of a season,” the former Australia boss added. “Are those kind of circumstances ever going to happen again? If they ever do, there is certain things you’d probably do differently – the way we trained and played games. If you try to make a major shift from what happened last year, even though this year is looking like a very affected year for all of us, we kind of expect things to get back to some kind of normal in the near future.

“If you just react to what happened last year and change in any meaningful way what you do, I’m not entirely convinced that’s a good sample to sort of say we can do things better purely focusing on what happened last year. In a footballing sense, if we are in that situation of playing so many games, we probably would’ve played differently and tried to play with less intensity because having so many games made it difficult for our players.”

Postecoglou, like Manchester City manager Guardiola and ex-Chelsea and Juventus boss Sarri, pushes the boundaries. His approach never waivers and success follows the highly rated 55-year-old in his pursuit of excellence.

All eyes will be once again on his free-flowing F.Marinos team, with Postecoglou steadfast in his beliefs as he attempts to establish the historic Yokohama-based club – the longest-serving team in the Japanese top flight along with Kashima Antlers, having played in the J.League every year since its inception in 1992 – among Japan’s elite.

“To me, it’s just about ‘can we play our football?’ To be fair, we did even last year. It’s a super competitive league. We had some fantastic success, but we aren’t one of the big clubs yet. For us to be a big club, we need to have a certain level of performance year in, year out,” said Postecoglou.

“Last year I thought our performances were quite good and stuck true to the football we wanted to play but the results weren’t. We were inconsistent. This year is about maintaining our football and just getting more consistent with our results. If we are going to become one of the big clubs in Japan, we need to finish in those top spots regularly and win silverware. That’s our target. It all begins and ends with me with our football. What I do know, when our football is good and we are stable, the results tend to follow.”

Postecoglou heads into 2021 on the back of a contract extension following F.Marinos’ run to the Champions League last 16, having topped their group.

F.Marinos finished 12th in his first season in 2018 – narrowly avoiding relegation but only being outscored by champions Kawasaki – while they also reached the J.League Cup final as Postecoglou turned the club on their head, leaving a pragmatic approach behind in favour of his entertaining football.

Three years on in his Japan journey, what does the future hold for the ambitious Australian – who has been tipped to make the move to Europe following a brief spell in Greece in 2008?

“Just keep doing what I have been – looking at challenging things and what excite me,” he said. “I’ve been coaching for a while now and I’ve been pretty fortunate that the clubs I’ve worked at, we’ve had some sort of success. I like to think I’ve left my mark at those clubs. That’s what I’m looking for future. Hopefully I have 10-15 years of coaching left in me, whatever the next project is and wherever it is, it’s something that will excite me.

“For me, the passion lies in the football. That was the whole challenge of coming to Japan – could I adopt to a different culture, language, the difficulty of the competition, could my ideas work here? It’s been hugely satisfying to see that it works, both on a personal basis but for the club because they enjoy the success. Whatever the next move is, it will be a similar scenario.”

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We can sign Ronaldo & Messi, means F’All

It has been written (CFC Board) that THEY need the CL bounty for what it’s worth to them.

Who The Fuck Knows with them what it’s worth?

Too little too late?


That’s up to our Old Firm Board….

Can see us winning the League in 3 years time (SFA Permitting)….

Enjoy, now, Explain to your better half (Me/Him/She/Her) how you can condone the spend?????

Feckin Bite me CSC


Couldn’t agree more with you Bobby about the elements surrounding this transfer window so far. It doesn’t stink of Peter Lawwell!.


Packy sorry to hear about your wife. Enjoy every minute you have with her, tell her daily how much you care for her.
I hate how this will sound but I wish My doctor would tell me my health is looking like I have 10 to 12 years left

big packy

THETIC cheers for that pal, did not know about your own health problems, thoughts and prayers with you buddy.H.H.

Cosy Corner Bhoy

Best Wishes to wee Joan and the best of fortune for Big Packy. Keep on trucking on.

big packy

CCB cheers for that H.H.


I’m thinking that’s a fair 50/50 challenge 🤣🤣

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends.
Thanks for the lead article, Bobby. But I had an “every day is a schoolday” at Mass at the weekend when the priest explained that theres nowhere in the Bible that says there were 3 wise men, I.e. the number is only mentioned in Christmas Carol’s. There are 3 gifts mentioned, gold, frankincense and myrrh so it has been assumed from that that there were 3 men.
Aff out for a frosty walk…..



Excellent read 👍

Thought Danny McGrain was absolutely World Class.

Both at Right and Left Back .

Cheers for that 👍👍👍

St tams

Excellent read
Brought back some great memories 👍


The departure of a young talent like Henderson throws up a few warnings.
People will say if he was good enough he would have got playing time.
Untrue as he performed well when in the first team yet was frequently overlooked for underperformers.
I would suggest it’s our system to incorporate youngsters into senior team that is not good enough and frequently fails our youth.
Ralston impressed when he first appeared in BR’s team then spectacularly fell out of favor was loaned out without much thought and if we are being honest only salvaged his Celtic career due to player shortages and a change of coach who had no choice but to play him.
He has some excellent attributes but is clearly not the finished article which is why some harbor doubts despite him being one of our better players this season.
That he is not quite the finished article points at gaps in the coaching system as fans can see his weaknesses yet they have not been addressed.
All coaches have a myopic view of players which is why a Director of Football is needed to oversee and balance the entire football department.

A thing of beauty

Fantastic read about Ange this morning and thanks to TGM for providing us with the info. I hope he is better prepared for covid interruption as I have a feeling Sturgeon will not allow us into the grounds for many weeks yet. If this is the case it will badly affect us. Interesting that Ange talks about running less and how Guardiola made this change for Man City during the empty stadiums. I’m not sure form the article how he did this. Is Ange saying the high press cannot happen if the intensity of the crowd isn’t there to drive the players on? Hmm maybe fan can help me out and explain it.
Craig 76,
I enjoyed the article you posted but I’m not sure Danny’s family did going by the first comment. I hope the writer will take that on board and make the required changes.
If reports are to be believed and the Huns are getting £10m upfront for Patterson I am astonished. Why would Benitez, who is deep in the shit at Everton spend that kind of money on a player who has only played a handful of games in his professional career. He needs a player who can hit the ground running and improve his chances of winning games. Patterson is a very good young player but by the time he gets up to the speed and intensity of the football down south, Benitez could be out a job. This leads me to believe he’s already out a job and it’s not him that’s signing Patterson. Either way it’s good business for the ibrox mob though if they had the courage to play him instead of tavpen they may have got double the money in a years time.


When Guardiola talks about running less he is suggesting making a more selective pressing game.
Their positional play without the ball has to be better and more patient leaving opponents fewer options and forcing them into errors which allows City to then press.
Most of their opponents do not have a proactive gameplan so they often are unsure what to do leading to errors of judgement.
An empty stadium can generate a lot of noise/thoughts in players head.
On Ange saying hard to press without crowd i liken it to running outside or on a treadmill when the music you play on iPod subconsciously alters speed and positive mindset.
You may also like this book on crowds.


Leggy St Tams ATOB 👍


Good afternoon all you young rascals from sunny Ruglen.

A thing of beauty

Thanks fan, much appreciated. I get what you’re saying regarding the football but not the running. Treadmill or outside it is always a solid slog for me. Probably to do with the shit diet I have more than anything else.
As regards Henderson I have to fall in to the camp of if he was good enough he’s have played more. He was available for selection to three Celtic managers plus on loan at Ross County and was not selected for many first team games. I hope Shaun Maloney can get a tune out of him because skills wise he’s good enough. Maybe his natural fitness is letting him down. You need to be fit to play for Postecoglu and BR. I exclude Lennon as he is not exactly famed for promoting young players and in my opinion he would not have played whether he was in prime condition or not. I thought his brother Liam looked a good player but lacked pace. He was probably a natural successor to Brown, in fact would have played the holding role better than Brown but was let go. Maybe it’s a mindset thing. You need the full package to succeed at a big club and that includes self belief that is off the chart. Brown epitomised this as did Charlie Mulgrew. They have made great careers for themselves at a level they may not have got to had it not been for believing they were the dogs b…
As I often say, for every Darren Fletcher there are ten Scott Brown’s. I think Euan needs to start getting a guid conceit of himself then he’ll fly. I hope he does.


In the articles I posted at 09.28 if you click the box top right it brings up other articles he’s wrote only had a quick scan but I reckon there some folks on here would enjoy

Maestro Fan

Lawwell was repulsive. An arsehole accountant who abused his power to take direct control of football operations.

A thing of beauty

Dont hold back!! You are of course correct in that he was employed to cut costs and there is a great podcast with ACSOM speaking to Ewan Martin who is just a supporter where they speak about him being brought in for that purpose. Strachan wanted to sign Bellamy and team him up with Hartson but that would’ve been his full budget so he had to buy Zurawski instead. We all know how the cost cutting and down sizing continued in everything except Lawwell’s take home. Throughout Lawwell’s tenure he cut the quality on the park and in the boardroom ensuring he could set his own KPI’s without the sure fire scrutiny that John Reid or Brain Quinn would have brought. Couple this with NEDS who are long term associates and you can see why Lawwell made so much money during his tenure and we did not win a knockout round in Europe. People will always talk about the nine in a row and yes it was great but even that floundered under the first serious challenge from the Huns because again he went cheap and appointed Lennon. I worry that the board remain in place and the CEO is a Lawwell man but we must be fair and Michael Nicholson should get a chance to prove himself. One thing he needs to do is ditch the nine in a row bags at the Celtic shop. Again yesterday when we spent the guts of £150 in the shop we get offered a nine bag. I’ve had this out with them before and there is no point shouting at people in the shop, they’re embarrassed too. As bmcuwp remarked, they’d have ditched them n a flash if we’d got the ten. Sort it Celtic.


Not happy about young Henderson but we have managed to buy his replacement first which is a novel idea. In fairness he could come back later if he finds an extra gear or two. I hoped both him and his bro would succeed but it just that, hope.

Bobby I also hope the spending isn’t finished, another central defender wouldn’t go amiss. Btw it’s hard to believe Paddy Roberts is only 24, how time flies.

As for Patterson being worth ten million to an EPL team, that should be the starting point. At 20 he should have a big career ahead and is a decent player, so I can see how ten or so is the price.
They sell, we buy, let’s see who gets the positive headlines.

Hail Hail


This may be the 1 ATOB mentioned
Ewan Martin with A Celtic State of Mind – From Billy McNeill to Ange Postecoglou / A State of Mind

A thing of beauty

Craig 76,
That’s the one. It’s a really good listen but maybe because myself and Ewan are the same age so I could relate to a lot of his chat.



Packy, I’m playing saxophone in this one. (I wish!)


A fine read today, though you probably missed a trick with the heading. I would have gone with:

The Tims, They Are A-Changing. 😀

Some fine comments across the board today Bhoys and Girls, but my word, the post from TGM was worthy of an article in itself.

Big Packy

I am so glad for you, that Joan is receiving the care she needs. KTF pal.


Thanks for recommending the Hillsborough drama. As you stated, it was a hard watch. It is important to be reminded how grieving, innocent people were treated by the police, the politicians and the judiciary. Thanks again.

Hail Hail.

big packy

JIM yes i know😎 and im not playing drums on it😎 i hate those electronic synthesised drumkits,another true story👍

Prestonpans bhoys

This is from Everton’s website, no mention of mega million fee😕

Everton sealed the signing of promising Scotland international right-back Nathan Patterson on a five-and-a-half-year deal on 4 January 2022.

The 20-year-old joined the Blues from Scottish Premiership champions Rangers for an undisclosed fee, becoming the Club’s second acquisition of the winter transfer window following the arrival of Vitaliy Mykolenko.

big packy

MAGUA, hi pal thanks for your comments, the doctor just advised her to act as normal ,so she is still going to groom one dog a day instead of two and the doc says as long as she is taking her medication she will be fine, also her own GP said he new of people who had the same condition as joan live for up to 20 years, that would make her 85, she will definitely outlive me😎 that made me feel better, it was a shock at the time, but now we have accepted it,was not up to posting, but i cant leave my best buddy on his own,H.H.

bada bing1

‘Undisclosed fee’ for the white Cafu, £16 million, my arse

Prestonpans bhoys/bada bing1

Ah, yes. The ould ‘undiscloed fee’ dodge. Not entirely unexpected, if truth be told. The MSSM are not doing their Ibrox pals any favours, in trying to sell Hun players for massive fees. HMRC may well be monitoring all this closely. I forsee a wee audit of the Ibrox accounts from Hector, at some point in the near future.

Big Packy

I know that you may not be able to post as regularly as before. Even if it’s just now and again, it’s always good to see you on here. 😀

Hail Hail.


Packy I’m with you on that one, if I get to 75-80 I’ll be over the moon. Esp. after all the smokin & drinkin I’ve done! LOL 🙂

big packy

MAGUA, you might not mean that after i tell my true stories,😎😎,MAGUA, got to be honest, what you did for joans mum brought us all to tears, and that is a true story, MAGUA, what ever happens you are my second best friend on here, cant say the best, jimthetim53 has been a rock to me the past few weeks,not to say you havent been,👍 like also to say a big thanks to the king and many more cant name you all, you know who you are and more importantly wee joan knows who you are,hail hail

big packy

JIM did i ever tell you you are the worst sax player i have ever heard, another not a true story👍😎😎


That ad-lib solo from the sax player about 2/3rds the way through the song blows my mind. He takes the heart & soul of the song on board and lets rip. I feel its curtailed a bit because of the time restraints in a hit single. Plus not wanting to steal the thunder of the brilliant singer. It reminds me of the same effect with the guitar solo in Goodbye to Love by the Carpenters. Totes amazing!

big packy

JIM, we had two sax players johnny jones and freddie jones, not related, johnny played tenor and freddie played alto as well as doubling up on bass guitar,,typical scousers always up for a joke, sometimes during rehearsals we would play each others instruments, andy our band leader would jump on my drumkit, freddie would jump on the bass, dave the bass player would have a go on lead guitar etc etc, only problem i could not play a musical instrument ,drums bongos tambourine was my limit, up comes johnny jones, he plays tambourine and i play bongos sorted,another true story,,BTW someone said to him johnny you play the tambourine better than you play the tenor sax,,cue a bigger mass brawl that even you would see in glasgow 😎😎

Big Packy

Thanks pal. Given the calibre of JTT, I will quite happily settle for 2nd place. 😀

Hail Hail.

big packy

MAGUA, having thought about it, you are both my fav friends. another true story,👍 😎😎


Packy you and Jim could start a band without drums or guitars and call yourselves The Beatless 🤣


Packy LOL 🙂

Magua I’m no saint I can assure you! LOL 🙂

big packy

ASWGL, i was just thinking the same thing,😎😎


ASWGL you can join too. The Three Beatless’ 🙂

Good afternoon all you young rascals from sunny Ruglen.
I’m guessing you staun at the bus stop and jump on the first bus that comes ? :O)

big packy

anyone ever heard of the undertakers, a liverpool band in the sixties well before my time, but the lead guitarist jeff nugent i met in 1974, he was just playing solo, the group had disbanded, jeff had lost some fingers in an accident at home, so his lead guitar days had gone, we struck up a good friendship, the nights i was not playing with the band i accompanied jeff on playing in social clubs around liverpool, just jeff and me and an organist ,FFS i could tell you some stories about that😎😎


Big Packy is this them
The Undertakers – Feat Jackie Lomax – Tell Me What You Gonna Do – Live at Vale Park 11/8/12 / Mark Whiteley

big packy

CRAIG76 yes thats jeff, got some fingers missing but could still play the guitar, thanks for that👍



Here is one of my favourite alto sax players at his best…Paul Desmond from the best Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Le Souk or the market place captures everything…technically good, good variations around the theme, never strays too far from the theme, captures the mood of the piece. Brubeck is inspired to follow on piano…simply excellent.



Another for you Big Packy

The Undertakers / Dylan Pemberton