Heavy Weather


Aye,we really did make heavy weather of that last night,didn’t we? Absolutely cruised the first half,and much of the opening exchanges of the second half,then we seemed to run out of steam. Of course,the fact that the new national sport of kick boxing continued its rise to prominence may have had something to do with it.

In the fact,the first bookings of the night came about right on half time  NOT because of this new-fangled kick boxing stuff,but a regression to the time honoured sport of wrestling,as Devlin pinned Jota to the ground in a blatant leg lock-sorry,I don’t know the technical term,but I’m going with a half Nelson here!

Unbelievably,Jota and Taylor were carded as well,and I honestly don’t know how Beaton could justify that. He will know fine well that in any other game,that is a borderline red-becoming red from his later antics-and the Celtic players involved get,at worst,a talking to. 

However,there was little anyone could do just before the half hour mark to stop us taking the lead. And what a goal it was! Reo picked up a loose ball just inside the Hearts half,took a couple of strides and unleashed a thunderbolt past Gordon from over thirty yards. Jota was in acres of space to the left,and screaming for it-but I reckon his reaction to the goal showed just how much of a team spirit AP has instilled already in this team. 

He celebrated it like he’d scored it himself!

And our latest Japanese pearl had a hand too in the second goal. Spotting O’Reilly loose on the right-the youngster had a fine debut,considering he’d only just met his new team mates-he gave him the chance to put an excellent low cross into the danger area. G-Mak got to it first in a three-way race with Souttar and Gordon,finishing it off with a sublime touch with the inside of his heel. 

G-Mak is looking more like the striker he was last season,and the one we expected to sign. That it hasn’t yet really come off for him yet is down to injury,and perhaps confidence. Being injury-free and scoring regularly will sort both of those problems. A year ago,he scored eleven goals in a month. Well,it’s February in less than a week,and he can make a good start to repeating that feat by putting three past the huns next week. 

In fact,if he fancies hitting all eleven in that game,I’ll maybe even let him have the rest of the month off. 

Second half,as I said earlier,we started well but couldn’t keep up the tempo. And with Beaton ensuring that Hearts still felt they could snap into a “tackle” they came back into it. They got one back just after the hour when Boyce scored from an offside position. To be fair,the linesman probably got G-Mark’s goal wrong too,even if the strongest proponent of VAR  could never argue that the latter was a clear and obvious error. Still,them’s the breaks and we have to deal with them.

Which we didn’t,not at all. Ten minutes later,Bitton and O’Reilly were caught playing the hokey-cokes in the box at a Hearts corner. Blinkin’ flip,even I’d have given a penalty for that one! Boyce stepped up,and was most unfortunate to see his penalty come off the inside off the post and spin across the goal without crossing the line. Still,them’s the breaks and Hearts have to deal with them. Which they didn’t,as our lads dug in,protected our lead and saw out the game to take a deserved three points. 

Tynecastle is rarely an easy place to go to for our team-or our support,come to that! Any victory there is a cause for celebration. I’ll make bloody sure I do some of that at the weekend,that’s for sure!

Above article by BMCUWP

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January 27, 2022 10:14 am

Apologies for the article being so late. Gonna be a regular occurrence the day after a match,I’m afraid.

January 27, 2022 10:15 am

Just been reading back,and I see that ATHINGOFBEAUTY has also mentioned the wrestling hold!

Great minds…

Jobo Baldie
January 27, 2022 10:51 am

A fair assessment of the game, Bobby. It was the most exciting game I’ve watched this season. No lull in the 96 minutes. The Hatate strike saw me literally jump from my seat. A great evenings entertainment.

Off at a tangent but I do notice that you’ve not yet followed some recent advice to adopt the “space after a comma” rule. Which, of course, makes the article easier to read 😉

Sol Kitts
January 27, 2022 11:15 am

Yep, space after a comma and 2 spaces after a full stop. Works for me..

Prestonpans bhoys
January 27, 2022 11:17 am

Disappointed, my dig walk didn’t encounter any hertz fans, damn!

As for the goals, there is a clear distinction, one needs VAR to be conclusive. The other is as clear as can be……😕

January 27, 2022 11:19 am


It’s a personal idiosyncrasy,from when I first got interneted up about 2008. I didn’t go to secretarial studies at school,that was women only. So was home economics at my school,btw!

Point being,my teachers,back in the day when we used paper and pencil,when a tablet was something that our ancestors scrawled on,rather than a rather fab piece of futuristic 21st C technology…

No-one told me to put a space after a comma!

Full stop and space after a sentence,aye. I got that around the same time as dotting an i and crossing a t. Now that I’m old enough to be crossing an eye or two-optician again on Saturday,and he can explain the dots in them too-I’m just too stuck in my ways. True. Check my back catalogue on CQN,I did the same there. I genuinely didn’t know!

Also,despite being an avid book reader-I didn’t notice that the printed word has that space after a comma!!!

Thankfully,I pay more attention on the roads. Always handy on a nightly trip across the Brecon Beacons,which I’m sure are wonderful on a summer day. I’ll let you guess my thoughts on them overnight in January….

January 27, 2022 11:22 am

Blinkin flip,grammar police are bad enough. Are punctuation police the equivalent of hobby bobbies? I’m off to my cot to sleep off a scanner that hates me. It must be a hun,cost me an hour last night by malfunctioning in the middle of nowhere.

Paddy’s Maw
January 27, 2022 11:40 am


you must have been dogging the school the day they told you about commas! There has always been a space after a comma and a bigger space after a full stop – just as Sol Kitts said

Tense game last night but we came through it fine. Totally agree about the leg lock – if I noticed it the referee deffo did! And speaking of schools – I hate it when the referee just books two players – one the fouler and one the foulee (I don’t think that’s a word but you know what I mean) it’s like getting detention because the big girl in the class slapped you!!

Angel Gabriel
January 27, 2022 12:00 pm

Delighted with our win last night, at a difficult venue, while with a new midfield .
Ange ball is proving to be very easy on the eye, but not without its dangers, especially when passing out from the back .
I thought Bitton was outstanding, and we’ve definitely got a player in O’Riley , who also delivers a decent corner. Hatate , like O’Riley tired in the 2nd half but he also showed his quality and what a goal .
Overall I’m delighted with our progress and our signings. When at full strength, complimented by a strong bench, we will take some stopping.
Onwards & upwards . HH

Prestonpans bhoys
January 27, 2022 12:07 pm

And Paddy Maw, whit aboot a space in between paragraphs.

Pedantic.csc 😂😂😂😂😂

Bada Bing
January 27, 2022 12:56 pm

It’s a return to league action for the Celts this weekend as they welcome Dundee United to Celtic Park on Saturday, January 29 (KO 3pm).

It’s a sold-out game, but you can still catch every kick of the ball and enjoy all the live match action from the comfort of home, with StreamDigital’s pay-per-view service available to buy online now, priced £12.99.

Bada Bing
January 27, 2022 1:03 pm

Celtic v Raith Rovers Scottish Cup tie,moved to Sunday 13th February, 4pm ko,live on Premier Sports

January 27, 2022 1:09 pm


Great news about the Raith Rovers game.

I can now take Mrs L and treat as Valentines Day 👍👍

I’m sure she’ll be well chuffed.

I will also say you gave me the idea so you can take some credit, being from EK, 😜😜😜😜

Bada Bing
January 27, 2022 1:19 pm

Leggy- a pleasure….😜

Paddy’s Maw
January 27, 2022 1:45 pm

Prestonpans Bhoy

Space between paragraphs – absolutely!

January 27, 2022 2:22 pm

Good afternoon all from the Victoria Bar. Leggy, yer missus will be looking forward to that treat.😂

January 27, 2022 3:03 pm

Paddy’s Maw…surely Paddy’s Great Grandmaw in disguise? Only one space after a comma and one after a full stop for as long as I’ve known. Two spaces after a full stop is an old, old fashioned way of writing…unless you went to the Proddy school!! 🤣🤣🤣

January 27, 2022 3:35 pm

McCaff, I was confused about that too. I thought it was just one space after a full stop and a comma. I have just checked a few BBC articles and they are the same! However, there is no harm done with 2. LOL 🙂

January 27, 2022 3:42 pm

Jim, I think it was two spaces for a full stop in the Old Testament! Paddy’s Great Grandmaw was obviously aboot when Moses was a boy! 🤣🤣🤣

January 27, 2022 3:42 pm

…and Noah’s Ark was front page news! 🤣🤣🤣

January 27, 2022 3:49 pm

Ah, Grammar….

As an old proof reader (double checked that 😁).

It used to be two spaces after a full stop and one after a comma.

Don’t get me started on Full and Semi Colons.

And, you can now start a sentence with And (exclamation mark) 😁


January 27, 2022 3:49 pm

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January 27, 2022 3:49 pm


Excellent leader. I was worried about last night’s game, and for a far graver reason that the 3 points. I honestly thought that Heart’s would set up their stall, to boot our players off the park, from the get go. Fortunately, apart from the Devlin incident, that did not happen.

Wee story for you all. Was in my local library this afternoon, and bumped into a fella I have not seen for ages. A Hun, but a decent sort. Even though he was wearing a ’55. Most successful club in world football’ t-shirt, I thought it would be churlish to point out the obvious. We parted on good terms.

The t-shirt got me thinking though, about the place of The original Glasgow Rangers in Scottish football, and the place of Sevco in Glasgow footballing terms.

Leaving aside that a Cairo club have won the most league titles in the world, I would postulate, that all the major titles that Celtic have won-including the European Cup win in 1967-make us a far more successful club in worldwide terms, than the original Rangers ever were. One star beats 5 stars if you will. I would further argue that Aberdeen have a claim to be the second most successful club in Scottish football history, given the major honours which they have won in the Scottish game, not forgetting their winning of the European Cup Winners Cup in 1983, and the European Super Cup in 1984. So that’s the claims of supporters of Glasgow Rangers(1872) FC shot down in flames. Easy enough done, eh?

So where does leave Sevco/therangers formed in 2012, in terms of the successes of other Glasgow clubs.

Well, here’s the list. I’m including Clyde in the list, as they won all their major honours while playing in Glasgow/Lanarkshire, but not 3rd Lanark, as they were lost to Scottish football in 1967

Celtic 51 League championships, 40 Scottish Cups, 20 League Cups.

Queen’s Park 10 Scottish Cups.

Clyde 3 Scottish Cups

Patrick Thistle 1 Scottish Cup, 1 League Cup.

Sevco/the rangers 1 League Championship.

The claims of the Sevco supporters can also be shot down. Far from being the most successful club in world football, they are in point of fact, the 4th most successful club in GLASGOW football history.


Thanks again for those clips you posted last night. Brought back some fine memories, the type that time cannot erase. 😀

Apologies for not remembering the name of the Cairo club.

I am indebted to Wiki for all other info posted here.

Hail Hail.

January 27, 2022 3:50 pm

Up the Hoops!

January 27, 2022 3:51 pm

CT…did you go to the Proddy school, too? 😱😁

January 27, 2022 3:52 pm

McCaff @ 3.42, LOL 🙂

January 27, 2022 3:54 pm

Magua… interesting post! I’m sure 442 did a similar survey a few years back with a view to establishing the most successful Club in the world. Obviously, Celtic are a bit off that but in purely Scottish terms Celtic beat Oldco as the most successful in Scotland. I’m working the noo but of I can look it out later I’ll post more!

January 27, 2022 3:57 pm


Too good looking to go to a Proddy School 😁


January 27, 2022 3:59 pm

CT, yes when I was at school we were told you cannot begin a sentence with And. But it is acceptable now. The one that irks me nowadays is when someone is being interviewed and they are asked a question they begin their response with So,………
I was listening to R4 about 10/15 years ago and someone mentioned this new fad with trendy folk but now it is commonplace!

Prestonpans bhoys
January 27, 2022 4:06 pm

I still don’t open a sentence with ‘and’ it’s purpose is to join up two lines of expression etc.

And don’t get me started on parenthesis…….😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😵😱

January 27, 2022 4:16 pm

Good answer, CT. Go to the Top of the Class! 👍😁

Cosy Corner Bhoy
January 27, 2022 4:23 pm

Prestonpans bhoys 4.06 pm. The use of it’s in your sentence is grammatically incorrect! That is an abbreviation of ‘ it is ‘ and the correct use in your sentence is its.
Even more pedantic CCB😁😇

January 27, 2022 4:23 pm

Rogic making it 2 nil to the Aussies earlier today


Cosy Corner Bhoy
January 27, 2022 4:25 pm

Probably the ipad’s fault as it is always correcting my spelling!

Paddy’s Maw
January 27, 2022 4:25 pm

On the grammar debate – can I just say, McCaff, that i did not go to the proddy school but was taught by very, very old teachers. On the debate of starting a sentence with And can I take your And and add also never start a sentence with However as this is a “joining” word!
I think this rule is included in “the Essentials of English”

Also was going through a presentation with a colleague far, far younger than me who had ampersands (&) all over the place. Eventually after about the sixth one I saw I had to point out that “&” was not actually short for “and”. She was very surprised and said she used it all the time. I am assuming it is the fault of twitter!
I’m away now as I have work to do.

January 27, 2022 4:27 pm

jimthetim53, Prestonpans bhoys (edit) and McCaff,


Back to work for another 33 mins.


January 27, 2022 4:29 pm

CCB….there are common errors in the use of it’s and its, it’s something I’ve got to think about when posting here or compiling emails etc. A few years ago, at Parents’ Night at the High School I queried its/it’s correct use with the English teacher, a woman about my age so plenty of experience, she didnae huv a scooby!! So, as a result I’m no really any wiser!

January 27, 2022 4:32 pm

…and another thing, I’m fond of ellipsis & parenthesis, I think they add a certain je ne sais quoi to my comments! 🤣🤣🤣

January 27, 2022 4:38 pm

“The ampersand may still be used as an abbreviation for “and” in informal writing regardless of how “and” is used”. Informal being the operative word. I often use it on here as a bit of shorthand. I never used it in dissertations.

Prestonpans bhoys
January 27, 2022 4:41 pm

Nice one👍.

I have five highers, only one is a ‘C’, guess which wan 😱 and that was after getting a comp ‘O’ in fifth year😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Took it and ran like hell🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃

January 27, 2022 4:43 pm

Prestonpans bhoys, LOL 🙂

Prestonpans bhoys
January 27, 2022 4:58 pm

Actually know a guy who had a whack of highers, all ‘A’ and ‘B’s. He got a comp O in fifth then got the same in sixth, a hat trick of English O levels !

I’m sure that’s why he never got into university😢

The Real McCoy
January 27, 2022 5:09 pm

‘ The elephant is a pretty bird
It flits from bough to bough
It builds its nest in a rhubarb tree
And whistles like a cow ‘
First Aid In English CSC💚

January 27, 2022 5:12 pm


The title:

‘Most successful club in the world’, must surely go to Real Madrid, given the number of European Cups won by them…to say nothing of other European honours they have won. Or domestic honours for that matter.

I realise that my argument is rather Euro-centric. Fans of South American clubs would probably disagree.

On the great language debate, I have nothing much to offer. Even though I was good at the subject-A in higher English-it was not my favourite subject. I particularly detested English Literature. Still cannot abide fiction books to the present day, Philistine that I am.

Hail Hail

January 27, 2022 5:43 pm
Paddy’s Maw
January 27, 2022 5:47 pm

An architect I worked with many years ago told me that “it’s not it’s unless it is”! Takes a bit of brain power at first but basically if you can exchange the word it’s for it is then use it’s – if you can’t then it’s its as in the cat was drinking its milk!

Always helped me

January 27, 2022 5:51 pm

Was that on the Pyramids job, Paddy’s Maw? 🤣🤣🤣

A thing of beauty
January 27, 2022 6:14 pm

Ooft you’re a braver man than many McCaff. Paddy’s maw is not to be messed with when she thinks she’s right 😂😂

Jobo Baldie
January 27, 2022 6:34 pm

Delighted to see that my early post has generated so much debate! But for clarification, is it now ok to start a sentence with &? 😁

January 27, 2022 7:29 pm

U2 – Helter Skelter [Rattle and Hum – HD] / Samia Bohórquez