Apologies firstly for yesterday,and that the mess was allowed to continue for as long as it did. Next time,I would really appreciate a text from someone to let me know,and I will remedy it in the now time-honoured fashion.

However,events elsewhere have added to an already good week for Celtic. Two excellent debut performances from our latest tranche of Japanese superstars which included that goal on his first appearance for Maeda,as well as a Man of the Match performance from Reo were followed by the delightful news of Rangers dropping a point or two. The fact that Aberdeen’s equaliser was via a penalty added to the joy,and the dismissal of Kent was just the icing on the cake. 

Broonie’s reaction was the candle on it! Brilliant,son. 

Of course,once again McGregor managed to escape the early punishment due to him which could have seen his side a goal and a man down. Just the latest in a long line of Teflon men at Ibrox,he has been getting away with murder for years. I think we should let his ex referee their games-she soon found him out for what he was,I seem to recall. 

But this is not a sour,despondent article,oh no. This is our welcome to signing number five of the window,and SEVENTEEN of the season. We know that our squad is bloated due to being unable to get rid of some previous bad buys,paid well above their ability and unlikely to receive that elsewhere. And the law of averages says that some of the seventeen signings since the arrival of AP quite simply will not cut the mustard at Celtic Park. I think that is unlikely in the case of Matt O’Riley. 

Arriving on loan at MK Dons-or Franchise FC,to give them their proper title-as a loanee from Fulham,he soon decided that his career would progress better and faster at that club than at his parent club,who,given their status as a perennial yo-yo club,can rarely afford the luxury of blooding a youngster. That decision has paid off for him,and probably quicker than he expected. Having only seen clips of him,only read what others have been saying about him,I view him as very similar to Joe Ledley,who joined us 12 years ago and in my opinion should never have been shown the door. If I am right,if Matt shows the same qualities for Celtic as Joe did,we will have some very happy chappies and chapesses in the stands and in front of the television screens. 

And while I don’t want to burden a young player with expectations or even comparisons with former favourites,I’m willing to take the chance that in this case I am right. We have Matt under contract till 2026. By summer next year,we will be looking to extend that. You heard it here first!!!

Above article by BMCUWP

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January 21, 2022 7:21 am

From yesterday…
Mark Colhoun
Yes Mick. We had a good day out in Bristol about 8 years ago. I was on CQN earlier looking for you and they sent me here. Are you still in Swindon man?

January 20, 2022 12:55 am


Good to hear from you,young fella. Aye,that dayoooot in The Foresters was a blast. Although I went to the wrong The Foresters at first-who knew there was two of them on Gloucester Road!!!

Are you back in the area,or still over in Ireland?

PS-contact me on bmcuwp@gmail,if you like. Be good to catch up.

January 20, 2022 7:32 am

See if you can spot the choob who didn’t enter his addy properly!

My apologies to RIEPERMAN,please contact me on


Sorry for being a wuckfit!!!

Colour Blind Bhoy
January 21, 2022 8:13 am

Good morning everyone.

Mahe, I’m very much a newcomer here but have enjoyed being part of the blog. I have to say though yesterday was atrocious.
I see eventually the perpetrator had his messages deleted but IMHO it would also have made sense to delete the responses.
Despite several well intentioned interjections the quantity and quality of responses from the other main poster involved were shocking.
If you don’t know by know that you can’t blow out a light bulb then you never will.
Not a good day on the blog but onwards and upwards.

Jobo Baldie
January 21, 2022 8:21 am

Good morning, friends and a Big HappyFriday to you all.
Matts welcome was on Celtic TV and what a really impressive measured interview it was. And clearly Ange is becoming a huge factor in convincing players to join. Exciting times

January 21, 2022 8:33 am


Delighted to have you here,as you know,and that you are enjoying the site. The fault for leaving the replies up was mine,and I apologise for that. A number of replies should have been deleted,but by the time I found out what had been going on,it was nearly time to leave for work.

So,not enough time to delve into admin for all of them,but enough to clear his. That is the simple explanation.

January 21, 2022 8:40 am

RIP Meat Loaf 🙏
Meat Loaf – Paradise By The Dashboard Light / MeatLoafVEVO

January 21, 2022 8:47 am


I’m really looking forward to seeing this lad perform. If the clips are anything like the real deal,we have a winner. I am serious about the comparison in the article-and we all know how good Joe was,and much admired especially by many.

I met WESTWALESCELT from the old CQN days in Cardiff about a year or so after he joined. Turns out that WWC is not from West Wales,nor is he a Celt! At least not by birth or background. His job had taken him from Norfolk to West Wales,and he loved it. His love for Celtic-which was absolutely genuine and thoroughly researched,because there’s nothing worse than a convert!-came about solely from his politics and hinged on The Show Maggie The Red Card protest!!!

Anyway,I took him to the Celtic pub in Cardiff,Dempseys,I think. I’d been in it a few times. Waxing lyrical about Joe’s performance in a difficult game against Aberdeen.

“Well,don’t tell me about that performance,Mick. I’m already sold. Better off talking to that fella over there.”

I assumed that someone needed football explained to him,the philistine-but WWC added…

“Cos that’s Joe’s Dad!”

And yes,just one look was enough to confirm that! He told us that Joe was loving it,etc. And anyone who met him at club events knows that is true. It’s why so many of us were furious at us getting rid of a 27yo top player just to shill on his contract.

January 21, 2022 8:52 am


Just heard that on Planet Rock. While I wasn’t a huge fan,Bat Out Of Hell was a staple at parties in the late 70s and early 80s. So some fond memories!

And some not so fond ones,of course…

Cosy Corner Bhoy
January 21, 2022 8:57 am

COLOURBLINDBHOY: Unfortunately this site is a two man operation in the persons of Mahe and BMCUWP, ably assisted on graphics etc., by ASWGL. and is a non-advertising, not for profit site. The timing of the latest show of shit from TLR (and his many pseudonyms) was undoubtedly chosen in the knowledge that Mahe is a Californian resident and BMCUWP is now on night shift, PTL for personal reasons.
Big Packy was drawn into the diatribes and worse, most probably by personal circumstances at this time, but he contributes in a mannerly fashion though he does tell some porkies sometimes😁.
Differences of opinion are welcome here and robustly defended positions also. Last night’s childish tantrums are not, especially the intemperate language. When you tell someone they are an fn idiot that should be the final word…. who talks to an idiot?
I must declare a personal interest here, but if I come across TLR I will be ‘having words’ with him, albeit in a long queue!

Bada Bing
January 21, 2022 9:00 am

A Grammy and an Emmy, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad

January 21, 2022 9:07 am


Not forgetting that guest articles are available to everyone. And that is why we have a weekly offering from SALTIRES,as well as regular contributions from AULDHEID and our resident ref,SOLKITTS,to name but a few.

But you are correct that it is very difficult to monitor 24/7,which is why I’ve requested a text in future.

The Gombeen Man
January 21, 2022 9:16 am

Auldheid/ Chairbhoy,

Thanks Auldheid for the link yesterday about the Templeton Foundation. They’re not an organisation I’d come across previously.

It’s clear from watching the debate for a couple of months that there seems to be a reluctance to accept the toxic nature of Hate Speech.

There’s been a great deal of work done on these areas. Templeton and others may be of assistance.

(I’ll look at the the Scottish Football Supporters Association survey at the weekend.)

Denial is a key issue. It’s common for folk to turn away and refuse to accept that they’re part of the problem.

They often do this while churning out Hate Speech and bland rationalisations for their own fear based tribalism.

Unfortunately many in Scotland seem quite happy to plough along explicitly or implicitly peddling Hate Speech.


– The Truth.

Much of this stuff is built upon a resistance to the Truth.

The truth about our lives, individually and collectively.

History can be dangerous and easily manipulated topic. It’s best approached with caution.

Can History be used to build bridges?

Nobody seems to get that Presbyterians in Scotland cite that Celtic Christianity of Columba as central to their beliefs.

Rightly or wrongly they believe that Rome lost the plot. How many have spent much time investigating what was actually happening, at the time in Rome?

Surely the tragic experiences in Ireland (and globally) at the hands the instititions of the Church over last century, have made room for dialogue here?

Nobody seems to cite the suffering endured by both Scotland and Ireland at the hands of Cromwell.

Why not?

Ten years after Drogheda, Cromwell’s men killed approximately 2,000 in Dundee. Symbolically the steeples of the churches in both towns were raised to the ground.

What’s described as The Killing Time only came to an end with The Glorious Revolution.

The Killing Time was dreadful.

There’s a need to examine the suffering endured by both countries. Not out of nationalism or revenge but to highlight the Truth and prevent the present being hijacked.

When the years preceding King William are examined in a Scottish context, it’s easier to understand the importance of The Glorious Revolution to many.

Paradoxically, in Ireland, The Glorious Revolution led to the exclusion of Catholics and Presbyterians. What’s known as the Protestant Ascendancy resulted.

The joys of fragmentation and artificial divisions All in the name of Power.

Honesty and a willingness to investigate with maturity are key. That means deeply entrenched conditioning needs to be challenged.

Is there a willingness to ask those questions?

In who’s interest is the continuance of the Medieval Mindset of Old Firmisim and wider Scottish society?

I guess it’s down to what type of a legacy you want to leave behind.

A commitment to honesty and a willingness to accept responsibility are more challenging than many think.

The trouble is we build up these attachments.

Till Later,


Jobo Baldie
January 21, 2022 9:23 am

BMCUW – re yesterdays spat, knowing that both you and Mahe were probably offline at the time I did suggest that both posters email me and I’d have then put them in touch with one another, meaning they could have their argument away from the blog. But neither took me up on that. I know it wasn’t my place to do that as I’m only an occasional poster but was just trying to nip it in the bud. I also share Colour Blind Bhoy’s view that it wasn’t all just from one side.
We move on.

The Gombeen Man
January 21, 2022 9:27 am

Welcome to The O’Rahilly.

I know it’s not an exact fit but couldn’t resist.

Michael Joseph O’Rahilly…

The O’Rahilly.

“It was a good fight anyhow.”


January 21, 2022 9:52 am

The Gombeen Man,
“History can be dangerous and easily manipulated topic. It’s best approached with caution.”

When I read that it reminded me of when I studied History with the Open University. The first thing that was said was, ‘History’ is an INTERPRETATION of past events.
In other words a note of caution.

As an example imagine folk in the future studying Scottish football and having a look at what was written & said by the Scottish media at the time 🙁 . Let’s hope they also have a glance at social media to balance things up! 🙂

January 21, 2022 10:02 am


I saw that as I was flicking through admin,and my grateful thanks. Given a certain unfortunate and unforgivable mistake on my part-much more than one,to my shame-I am loathe to ask others to take on the onerous task of moderation. But MAHE and I are going to have to discuss it.

I’ll suggest that we offer the poor unfortunate volunteer a third of our advertising income,as that is only fair. But having said that,even 100% of eff all is still eff all.

But,I repeat,I really am grateful for that offer to defuse events.

PS-maybe a moderator can be rewarded by being invited to a BRRB/LEGGY Dayoooot!

Colour Blind Bhoy
January 21, 2022 10:03 am

BMCUW and CCB, I’m with you both 100% on your responses. Thank you both and hats off to BMCUW and Mahe for all they do to keep the site going.
Onwards and upwards as I said and here’s to the continued success of the site.
Busy day ahead, I’ll check in later as ever.

Jobo Baldie
January 21, 2022 10:13 am

Bobby, just for clarification I wasn’t suggesting becoming involved and certainly not as a Moderator! As the exchange developed my first thought was to suggest they both contact you, get each other’s email address and so take their discussion offline. But as you had indicated you’d be asleep during the day I just thought that I could do that and provided my “non personal ‘Jobo’ ” email address that I only use for blogs, twitter, etc. I do enjoy most of the exchanges on here and will continue to chip in. But that’s as far as it goes 😉

January 21, 2022 10:14 am


Glorious Revolution,my arse. A glorious capitulation,following William landing his troops at Brixham. Brixham is hardly adjacent to London! They just let him waltz in. And it’s not just Ireland paying the price of that capitulation a third of a millennium later.

I love going to Bristol,smashing place. Wee wander from the station,walk round St Mary,Radcliffe church,couple of pints on the way to the docks,totally gentrified.

So I take a swerve to the traditional pubs nearby!

On the way,I go through Queen’s Square which has a huge statue of William III on his horse. Grade 1 listed.

It includes the molehill under the horse’s left hindleg. Sets me up for the day,that…

January 21, 2022 10:15 am


I know you weren’t. But MAHE and I need to discuss this,as the time differences mean the site is unattended for too long.

Son Of Gabriel
January 21, 2022 10:20 am

Much more enjoyable atmosphere in the comments today

Any conspiracies I’m still blissfully unaware of?

The universal praise of the new bhoy is uncharted territory.
I’m going to hold back judgement until I can see him in person but love the style of signing.

January 21, 2022 10:25 am

Great clip of Matt O”Riley from Belmont Brian last night 👌 Between him and Reo Hatate, we should have more than the means of unpicking those opposition defensive blocks. Exciting times imo.

January 21, 2022 10:28 am

I don’t understand why Matt needs International Clearance, he’s English coming from an English club!

January 21, 2022 10:30 am


Always a pleasure to see you on here,young fella. I’m hoping to see the Ayrshire Tims in The Market next time I am home,which I thought would be about May,but might just be delayed a tad till September. Hopefully you and your Dad will both be there,you can be the Zimmer frame attendant.

That a date,then?

Jobo Baldie
January 21, 2022 10:31 am

jimthetim53 – his registration has to be transferred from English FA to Scottish FA? I’m guessing that Celtic wanted to announce the deal last night but by that time the offices were shut, hence the polite caveat ‘subject to international clearance’. It’s not about the players nationality but rather that the player is moving from one football association to another. I think 😉

January 21, 2022 10:32 am


It sure was a great clip! Solved my problems about the subject of the article.

January 21, 2022 10:38 am

Cheers Jobo.

Celtic Champs Elect
January 21, 2022 10:42 am

Good morning SC

Working from home today cannot beat it on a Friday hope all SCs are well I have not been on much recently but still looking in :-))

Scott Brown has sent the Huns over the edge FFS it’s insane how bad they have taken the dropping of 2 points although that’s really a defeat GIUT.

I was at the game on Monday we started well but I actually thought the Hibees passed the ball really well the entire game.

Ange what can one say I just love him and what he is creating at Paradise I know I know there is a long way to go this season but he just fills me with confidence so I guess the players must be jumping out their skin to play for him. PS HATATE IS WORLD CLASS

As they say One Night At a Time enjoy


January 21, 2022 10:47 am


They f…..g hate him!

But that’s fine,he thrives on it.

The Gombeen Man
January 21, 2022 10:52 am


Well done on the new job…You’ve kept us busy during Lockdown etc…


“…think it possible you might be mistaken.”

Why were Cromwell’s actions in Scotland erased from the collective mindset?

Why was William welcomed after Charles II. Why was James deposed?

What happened during The Killing Times?

Why is there such aggressive resistance to Catholicism in parts of Scotland?

What happened in Ayrshire?

What happened when Religion and the State took control in Ireland?

Why does Presbyterianism base much of it’s theology and practice on Celtic Christianity?

Why were the teachings and actions of Rome resisted and feared?

Is there a common Celtic Christian link between Ireland and Scotland?

Why would Scotland welcome William after the perceived betrayal by Charles II?

Why was William welcomed in Brixham?

If understandable mistakes are corrected. Is there any room for common ground?

There has to be a way to reconcile misconceptions about the reaction to the “The Glorious Revolution” in Scotland despite the prevailing entrenched attitudes.

I’m not expecting these to be answered or making statements.

Just food for thought.

Have a good weekend.

Till Later.

January 21, 2022 11:19 am

Morning all. O’Riley definitely talked the talk yesterday and he looks like he could walk the walk, too! Ange seems to be building something decent here now Bhoys! Celtic have never been so decisive in the transfer market, and a January one at that, since Martin’s days. The mob on the Soo’side are worried, the deflection of Broonie this and Broonie that shows they know something is happening that threatens their position at the top. I’m excited for the second half of the season, the team has improved dramatically under Ange and will only improve further with the guys we’ve brought in.
CCE…are you sure you’re working from home? That George Strait song sounds like a last dance at the Grand Ole Opry!
You should like this 😁…

Bada Bing
January 21, 2022 12:28 pm

The shameless huns have complained to the SFA about Clancy on Wednesday, i wonder if they will mention McGregor’s penalty incident? Make no mistake, they are bricking it,and this is a warning shot to all referees, to get in line,and support the Establishment Klub.

Bada Bing
January 21, 2022 12:35 pm


Matt’s first interview

Son Of Gabriel
January 21, 2022 12:42 pm


Sounds good to me!!
The auld fella is off to the city of fallen angels in a few weeks – luckily Stevie Wonder is the only superstitious thing he pays any mind to.

Hope the new job is going well & all is good with you & yours.

Son Of Gabriel
January 21, 2022 12:45 pm

To the mods & admins of the site,

Is there any way to modify the comments section in the blog to allow direct replies & follow conversations? I enjoy the current format, just as I enjoyed CQN, but as it gets busier it become harder to differentiate between direct replies to follow conversations & people making their own statements

The comments section on SBNation (run in the states) is the type of format I am talking about; they have a (rather quiet) Celtic forum of their own as well.

Links for reference/example;

https://www.sbnation.com/ – main site
https://www.jerseydoesntshrink.com/ – Celtic site
https://www.ganggreennation.com/ – NY Jets site – posted as the comments section is particularly busy

January 21, 2022 12:52 pm

Good afternoon all from Shawlands. Read back and seen me and Leggy and moderator in the same sentence. Ffs we can’t moderate our beer intake. 😂. The language on yesterday’s blog was nearly as bad as a Mothers of Invention gig. And that’s before Zappa made the stage. 😂😂

Maestro Fan
January 21, 2022 12:58 pm

I liked the cut of his jib. Exuded a quiet self-belief, which aligns with all the positive reviews and stats. Got a good feeling about this one.

The quality of recruitment has improved off the scale since Ange replaced the fat cat as DoF.

January 21, 2022 1:10 pm

Bada If the SFA had any baws they would issue Beastie McGregor with a retrospective red card 🤔

January 21, 2022 1:59 pm

Maestro Fan

For years football concerns were secondary to financial ones and each transfer window ended with either a soft “wtf?” or a loud “WTF?” .

Preparing for CL in January was unheard of and icing on the cake would be a push for summer football.

That is one of the questions posed in the SFSA survey I referred to yesterday.


It asks interesting questions.

January 21, 2022 2:09 pm

The Gombeen Man.

The choice to love or hate is an individual one , a question of who we want to be.

A most uncomfortable question as it turns out real love is not about holding on but letting go.

In the case of Rangers I made my mind up that they would not dictate the terms of my life. Separation of the sinner from the sin being key.

In the case of relationships it came more as a surprise but one that changed my sense of being.

Prestonpans bhoys
January 21, 2022 2:24 pm


‘ if I come across TLR I will be ‘having words’ with him, albeit in a long queue!’

I’ll be a gentleman and let you stand in front of me before it’s my turn😂😱

January 21, 2022 2:27 pm

Celtic v Dundee United tickets sold-out

January 21, 2022 2:36 pm





January 21, 2022 2:42 pm

Rest in peace Meatloaf. A real entertainer and icon.

January 21, 2022 2:44 pm

The Gombeen Man

What is the Presbyterian stance on forgiveness?

A Christian church that reflects 77 x 7? that was turned into religious practice in Catholicism with the sacrament of confession?

I ask because what I observe is a marked difference on attitudes to wrong doing on both sides.

On the blue side a denial that any wrong took place, so nothing to forgive, using interpretation of the words in scripture as opposed to the spirit that lay behind them (Pharisees)


On the green side a recognition that humans get it wrong and the words “Father forgive them, they know not what they do” that became the sacrament of confession that gives green believers the key to heaven.

Is that why there can never be a meeting of minds because the truth is harder for the blue side to handle because they have no tradition of forgiveness and so have to justify their wrongs using words and arguments to say no wrongdoing occured. See LNS Decision.

I guess I should look again what it was about Catholicism they were protesting about but after reading To Hell or Barbados I think it was all an excuse to land grab.

January 21, 2022 2:48 pm

Lafferty joins Kilmarnock. Let’s hope they stay down.

January 21, 2022 2:58 pm

Thank you……..i asked the same last night.

January 21, 2022 3:00 pm

Yes last night was something else with TLR and BP took the bait.

January 21, 2022 3:09 pm

Looks like we need volunteer moderators unfortunately