Keep pushing!

I should have known.
It was going too swimmingly.
The nation’s largest club had found the man with a plan, was producing scintillating footie, and looked set to rise above all with their newfound swagger and squad. Alongside a support energized, we witnessed the very best of Scottish football.
That however is not to everyone’s liking, so when the establishment club yelled out SOS the call was duly heeded by headquarters and an old friend.
The subsequent war of attrition leaves us paying a very heavy price for a meager cup victory against lower league opponents.
The last few days have shown us the very worst of Scottish football.
But yet part of me thinks, believes actually, that these nefarious tactics are actually playing into our hands. There’s no need to create a siege mentality, others are doing a fantastic job on that front.
We know Ange is a great man manager, he can and has motivated his charges, so when presented with such strong attempts to derail our progress, I for one believe he can use it to his advantage.
As Clubber Lang landed blow after blow upon Rocky Balboa his brother in law noticed the effect stating ‘he ain’t getting hurt, he’s getting mad’.
Call me naive, but attacks have been known to galvanize groups before, bringing more togetherness.
Call me naive, but I just can’t see this group and manager not getting fired up at this hideous treatment.
Calmac has a fractured cheekbone, a spell on the sidelines awaits. But our Captain doesn’t strike me as the type of guy to slink away hurt and hunker quietly down, no Siree.
I think we shall see a more motivated man wearing that injury like a badge of honour, it’s very existence allied with courageous determination inspiring and not demoralizing the troops.
I think we shall witness him returning early with a face guard as an act of defiance.
That’s the Captain, there’s also the crocked new arrival to consider. I’m not stating Ideguchi is the most popular in the dressing room but one could imagine the rest of the bunch feeling a little protective of our talented Japanese quartet.
These well meaning and well mannered chaps through absolutely no fault of their own are finding themselves marked out for serious roughhouse treatment, it infuriates me so I sincerely hope the rest of the bhoys feel at least the same.
They need guardian Angels in green and white hoops out on the field of play, for they have no protection from the man in black.
But just like Calmac, I envisage the attacks on new and innocent to help build up an anger within the squad, some desire to fight on their behalf.
With the attacks on our momentum, the pressure on the PLC drastically increases.
Having witnessed public referee call outs to be very effective in the selection process for other clubs, a simple and impossible to prove ‘wrote them a letter’ is becoming more and more harder to countenance.
I think the manager stays silent simply out of duty to his team on matchday, being in the stand could be harmful and is undesirable.
More onus on the board to act, to do something, anything.
The supporter and their reaction to these very disturbing events are being overlooked, and that might be a spectacular mistake. While it’s true fans in the main have shown themselves to be say we shall unperturbed by a certain amount of rule bending, I get the impression ‘stealing’ a dream debut title from Ange would be a bridge too far for most.
Allowing resurrection to provide another century of rivalry was one thing, undignified as it was.
Allowing refs to blatantly decide the league is a different kettle of fish altogether.
It won’t fly, not in today’s modern world with replays galore. Sportscene can and do ignore the ugly side of the game when it suits, but that means less and less everyday. I’m not just talking Celtic fans here, decent fans of every club don’t want bent refs, how could they?
The backlash of backlashes awaits in the off season, if this keeps up.
The Tims were conflicted over the liquidation affair, and that has been mistaken for weakness.
It might actually suit to appear weak and disconnected, upset and without a clear target.
But there are lines in the sand, the Higgins affair showed that.
The establishment can poke and prod, can muddle and meddle, but stupidly they are creating an even bigger mess.
In their blindness they have chosen the wrong time to attempt to manipulate the league outcome.
This isn’t a conflicted fanbase with the echoes of history ringing loud ala the liquidation farce.
This a fanbase fully united behind their team and ignited by an unexpected title race. They love this new team. This new team loves them back.
This isn’t Peter and Lenny at the helm, but a new leadership duo who have taken very significant steps to correctly become league Champions, and are making strides at building a force to be reckoned with.
Their hard work is now challenged. They must choose how to respond.
This is a club that lost a lot of face over it’s handling of the last decades affairs, and could easily be said to owe the fans something considering their phenomenal support then and during the pandemic.
Standing up for the team is an all around winner, the one true action that can unify one and all.
Handing the Sellic fans a unifying issue on a silver platter,,
Forcing them into action, making them angry enough to get enraged,,
They really are stupid.
This will backfire on them.

By Mahe.

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January 24, 2022 5:58 am


Too true. We’ve complained about it for years,and on only one occasion was even lip service paid to it. Tothis day,I’m still pissed off about the outcome.



We had a heavy hitter as chairman about fifteen years ago. Cabinet minister in government in Westminster. An absolute Rottweiler in a suit,who never issued a threat to anyone-simply stated the facts and the likely consequences.

We all cheered when John Reid spoke the previously unuttered truth,we thought,as he said,that our days at the back of the bus were gone. That we would not demand to be treated better than others,only as equals.

The result of that was the departure of John Reid,normal service resumed.

The only conclusion to be drawn from all of my days watching Celtic,since 1967,is that Celtic Plc are not interested in the welfare of their employees.

(Willing to bet that a minor sweary in the club shop is treated with more alacrity than a thug trying to break the leg of one of our players)

January 23, 2022 7:58 pm

Andy Pandy 2
January 24, 2022 8:54 am

Good morning all from a dull and dreary Yorkshire, a description which cannot be associated with the site recently. In the space of a week we’ve gone from schoolboyish excitement, to a state of “Hulk like” anger and frustration.The main topic of conversation has yet again turned towards our silent custodians’ ineptitude in standing up for our Players and Manager.
As such, I fear for us on Wednesday. Not that we can’t win, but that we are subjected to another kick fest. Wonder if Soutter might get a run out on Wednesday, just to assist his future employer? Paranoid, you bet, but still “not enough”.
Have good week Bhoys and Ghirls!!

Maestro Fan
January 24, 2022 9:04 am

I’m not sure. Saturday felt significant. Ange was down post-match. Giokaumakis is a self-confident big guy, but we’ll have to adjust to cater to his playing style. The midfield decimated for key matches at Tynecastle and vs the huns. Probably facing them with about half our first choice 11 missing (Rogic, Jullien, Turnbull, Rogic, CalMac, Kyogo, Maeda).

Ferguson and Malcolm clearly sent their hackers out to do a number on us, ably assisted by ‘three monkeys’ Robertson. To be gaslit by yet another Sportscene hun thereafter just confirms what we’re up against. Our odds just lengthened significantly and Ange knows it.

We gone from 40/60 to 25/75.

St tams
January 24, 2022 9:10 am

Must admit I’ve been disappointed with the reaction of Ange to all of this.
I’ve never once heard him call out or critise a referee or any challenges made on our players.
But I suppose he’s doing what he’s told by our cowards on the board, which I find surprising.

January 24, 2022 9:40 am


I hope 25/75 is not the prevailing mindset at Lennoxtown.
I’d be shocked if professionals thought that way.
All very well for the outsider to think like that, but that percentage split is tantamount to throwing in the towel. Not an attitude I associate with Ange or this group of players.

I don’t go along with that thinking. My view is this scenario can be a galvanising force.
We are still very much in the battle, with them slight favourites because of a points advantage.
48/52 as far as I’m concerned.

The Gombeen Man
January 24, 2022 10:34 am

Auldheid @ 1.21.

You’ve put your finger on why so many have walked away from organised religion.

Over the years I’ve been amazed by how just talking to a switched on Priest or Minister can sort a lot of this stuff out.

Most of us were brought up with this judgemental God. That notion seems to have conditioned us into a judgemental mindset.

Life’s challenging enough without man-made theological tripwire all over the place.

If we’re brought up with an image of an omnipresent Judge sitting on our shoulders, we’re going to live a wretched life. Spending our lives judging everyone else by impossible standards.

All we can do is do the best we can.

The image of God today is much more about Good News and Unconditional Love.

Almost like the unconditional love of a loving parent embracing a sick child than all of this talk of guilt and sin.

Most of that programming has to be let go.

For years now you’ve been dealing with really negative aspects of life.

Naturally that’s wearisome and can paint an unnecessarily negative picture.

Unfortunately so much about the Old Firm seems to dwell on those negative aspects.

I’m happy to mail you with a more technical answer but the main message is simply,

: Keep it simple and love what we have.

January 24, 2022 11:24 am


If I can add my view-
Dogma declared as binding, and hypocrisy evident in many examples are enough to make me question the notion of organised religion.

My life is no less wholesome by refraining.

The Gombeen Man
January 24, 2022 11:46 am



As they say,

‘An ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory.’

Sometimes the key is to concentrate on the good in ourselves.

A phone call or a kind word is often enough to make a significant difference to someone.

Till Later.

January 24, 2022 12:09 pm


Agree wholeheartedly with those sentiments.

Paddy’s Maw
January 24, 2022 12:30 pm

Good article. Be interesting to see if anything comes of it

Son Of Gabriel
January 24, 2022 12:34 pm

The Gombeen Man
I like that saying, going to use it.

As for bhoys in green; I felt before this weekend we are attacked less when the bricky is on the field. Didn’t work this week. The rest of this squad still has to learn to hit the mattresses

January 24, 2022 2:27 pm

I wonder if something as simple as a petition – short and sweet – to the effect of ‘We wish the Celtic Board to tackle the SFA in the dangerously faulty refereeing system in Scotland’ could be effective? Let it spread around social media.

January 24, 2022 2:52 pm


A brilliant leader, mirroring my own thoughts exactly. The PLC board consist of lazy and incompetent individuals, quite content with their lot. They do not give a flying f**k about Celtic FC, players safety or the supporters. Until this lot realise that the football dept. is Celtic we will get nowhere. These cowards must be held to account. How this is achieved is another matter. We witnessed the toady Bankier at the AGM. His views just about sum up the whole mindset of the board. Do nothing. Say nothing. Keep the head down…and planted firmly in the trough. So we cannot count on these eejits doing the right thing by Ange or the players.

One possible solution would be to have Ange and the players hold a press conference at Celtic Park or elsewhere. Have them spell it out in the strongest possible terms, that from now on, the individuals responsible for these thuggish assaults will be facing legal action if the situation does not improve. The individuals allowing these events to happen on the field of play-referees and others-will also be facing legal action. That should put their gas at a peep. ‘They’ of course being thuggish players and corrupt officials.

Ange clearly adore his charges, as they do him. It is only a matter of time before the manager goes tonto in a presser, in defence of his players. I for one, would not blame him for this.

The Gombeen Man

I am always learning something new from your posts. Keep ’em coming. 😀

Hail Hail.

January 24, 2022 3:01 pm

Magua you mentioned this yesterday:

“Or when CCV got booked for being assaulted while lying on the deck. Every instance of this type of cheating must be called out. These refs are out of control.”

I totally agree with you, when I read it I thought of Duncan Ferguson. Being assaulted while lying on the deck is a police matter. The referee Nick Walsh (who works at the school used by Sevco youths) should have been prosecuted for allowing all the thuggery to go unpunished.

St. Johnstone are bottom of the table. Karma!

January 24, 2022 3:12 pm


A brilliant leader, mirroring my own thoughts exactly.”
Thanks Magua.

Happy day of the Moon everyone.

January 24, 2022 3:18 pm


Bankier got off light at AGM as a result of an astonishing intervention by CST Trustees that CST shareholders subsequently questioned at

Astonishing in many respects in that not only subvert the wishes of CST members it killed forcing using the findings of Res 12 investigations of SFA skullduggery as leverage for change as set out in the full narrative Phil published at

That narrative ended with a suggestion for a Membership Service that needs cash investment and nothing has been forthcoming so far.

An alternative with CST AGM coming up is to flood them with new members to vote against the current CST Trustees.

However that requires supporters to join, shareholders and non shareholders alike and stand as officials on a platform of SFA reform , in particular the Refereeing Service and Domestic Club Licencing service.

The CST have around 1000 members, at least half proportionally voted to adopt the Resolution of Concern the CST Trustees nuetrred.

The other platform is CST reform as set out in a e mail to David Low that I have posted here.

I’ll fetch links to the latter and to the case CST Members put to Trustees challenging their intervention.

The people at Trustee level really have to stand down for their failure to appreciate the top priority that the support at large wish to see at the SFA.

Big Audio Dynamite
January 24, 2022 3:20 pm

We are gonna reach a stage where good players just won’t want to risk a career ending injury by signing for us.
Unless we literally force the board to act (Cause it’s obvious they don’t want to), things will never change!
Problem is, the people who we think represent us to the board, have most likely been bought & silenced.
Even though our players are now suffering assaults resulting in broken bones, the silence from the Parkhead bunker is deafening.
The Big question is WhY?!

January 24, 2022 3:30 pm


This is a link to the case posed to CST Trustees by their own members.

No answer has been received to date justifying the reasons given for change and Trustee re-election should be opposed if none given by CST AGM in April.

This is the link to the suggestions for reform put to CST in the December Zoom meetings everyone was invited to attend. That has to be Dec 2020 when 10iar was vanishing before our eyes.

Until all of Timdom is singing from the same song sheet nothing will change.

January 24, 2022 3:36 pm


The petition idea certainly could work. After all, a petition was successful in the Higgins case.

As you say Jim, these assaults should be a police matter. In any normal country, that would be the case. But in a country with an institutionally racist and sectarian police force? The cops policing Sevco matches, are the same kind of bigots that facilitated mass law-breaking by thousands of their fellow loyalists in Glasgow earlier last year. So, no joy there then. The only legal action that would work would involve civil, rather than criminal proceedings.

Can you imagine a player or players up before a civil court, facing paying out a hefty sum in damages for injuring a fellow player on the field of play? That if nothing else, would have quite a warning effect, on other thugs prepared to deliberately injure fellow players. If such a scenario came to pass, I’m pretty sure that more than a few managers in Scottish fitba would be totally crapping themselves. What’s the betting that a player’s defence would be:

“I was only carrying out my managers instructions.”

Yes indeed, the legal route is the way to go.

Hail Hail

January 24, 2022 3:55 pm


Problem is, the people who we think represent us to the board, have most likely been bought & silenced.

A conclusion based on actual events into lead up to AGM that is difficult to avoid.

January 24, 2022 4:00 pm


Thanks for the link. I too was fizzing at the behaviour of certain trustees of the CST, in moving the goalposts before the AGM.

The anger shown by all sections of the Celtic support over the Higgins debacle, has shown that the PLC members can be forced to change their minds on certain issues.


If anything, the current situation facing our players is even more important than the Higgins issue. This is players’ careers we are talking about here. A similar petition-as JTT suggested-could fore the board into really challenging the SFA-in public if necessary-over player safety concerns. This would be something that every Celtic can get behind. The booting of our players all over the park is something that appears to have been embraced with enthusiasm, by most clubs that we play against. It is the pattern of behaviour that is most sinister here. This indeed could be a master plan to prevent skillful players signing for us.

Big Packy

If you’re lurking, howdy partner. 😀

January 24, 2022 4:00 pm



As they say,

‘An ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory.’

Sometimes the key is to concentrate on the good in ourselves.

A phone call or a kind word is often enough to make a significant difference to someone.

Till Later.
I couldnt agree more and the beach is covered in stranded starfish.

January 24, 2022 5:07 pm
Billy Bhoy
January 24, 2022 5:10 pm

If its true what we’re hearing and Clancy has joined Collum on the Sevco naughty step then this is surely a positive thing? All our Board need to do now is send an email to Hamden and politely request that we no longer are subjected to referees from the reformed faith. That takes out at a stroke Madden, Beaton, Dallas, McLean – in fact practically everybody.

The SFA will only then need to put in a wee call to the Luxembourg FA and our games can be refereed professionally and fairly. Works for me!

January 24, 2022 5:14 pm

Billy Bhoy
Clancy has not been dropped for next round of fixtures, he wasn’t assigned a game, that info was available before they played the Sheep but it didn’t stop the Record running a pointless article about him being axed

Prestonpans bhoys
January 24, 2022 5:24 pm

Has anyone seen a decent game in this African cup. Every time I put one on it’s rubbish😵

Prestonpans bhoys
January 24, 2022 5:28 pm

After saying that Gambia score an excellent goal😂😂

January 24, 2022 5:38 pm

Billy Bhoy I agree except for one thing. That we ‘politely request’! Nay, WE DEMAND! 🙂

Seriously though, referees should be made to declare past & present allegiances to participating clubs.

January 24, 2022 5:43 pm

Hugh Dallas loved John Greig. Fact. We had a face to face discussion about it many years ago. Long before he was a ‘neutral’ referee.

Bada Bing
January 24, 2022 5:53 pm

Craig76- not sure about that mate,i think they have sent out a subliminal message there……toe the party line or you will be demoted and lose money,possibly lose UEFA status,and even more money…..

January 24, 2022 5:54 pm

Any word yet if O’Reily has received international clearance?

Hail Hail.

Bada Bing
January 24, 2022 6:02 pm

STV saying McGregor out for a month

St tams
January 24, 2022 6:53 pm

Don’t know how stv can say . I was speaking to someone this morning, who is close to his father .
He hasn’t had an operation yet and been told to be very careful as he could damage is eye if coughs too strongly.

Bada Bing
January 24, 2022 7:37 pm

Guchi is out as well ffs

Bada Bing
January 24, 2022 8:00 pm

Sevco £45 a ticket v Dortmund

Bada Bing
January 24, 2022 8:23 pm

Barkas travelling, posted on his Instagram – hopefully out the door soon

January 24, 2022 8:28 pm Bohemians launch Bob Marley-inspired kit for 2022 season

A thing of beauty
January 24, 2022 8:30 pm

Thanks for the updates. That was a costly trip to Alloa. I can only hope the players realise what has happened to them and give every ounce they have to stay in this race. I assume Ange will be telling them what he expects. Not a f…n backward step.

January 24, 2022 8:51 pm

Wednesday is going to be a tough game, don’t forget Beaton.

January 24, 2022 9:23 pm

Packy come in please your time is up! 🙂

January 24, 2022 9:28 pm


I second that motion. 😀

January 24, 2022 9:50 pm


Addendum to my last post. I understand that if Packy feels like taking a wee break, then that is fine and dandy. I had to do so myself recently.

Hail Hail.

January 24, 2022 10:01 pm

Magua agreed. But like yourself I miss him on here. He helps fill in a lot of the gaps. Someone complained recently. They were bored about non football stuff. But the truth be told, quite often there would be huge gaps in this blog & most other blogs if it was strictly football only. We are human beings with a lot to talk about and share.

January 24, 2022 10:10 pm


Good man.

Hail Hail.

Cats meowing
January 24, 2022 10:34 pm

There’s probably half a dozen want to see that attention seeking fool back on here, and fifty plus who are too polite to say they’re glad to see the back of him.

As for him not coming back, bullshit, and you know it. He’ll be here soon enough with a reason as to why he’s just dropped in :

Almost certainly it’ll be a medical report.

He’s posted on here at least twenty times that he’s gone and always came back.

Here’s a thought. Why not set up a whattsapp group and chat yer repetitive childish gibberish on there?

January 24, 2022 10:42 pm

Away and crawl back under the rock you emerged from

I would rather read big packys true stories and tall tales than the shite you print.

January 24, 2022 10:46 pm


I see that our old pal is back on. Fair play to him. Mustn’t grumble I suppose. Probably best to ignore, I should think…that will drive him up the wall. 😀😀😀

Hail Hail