Them’s the breaks. Every season shall see an element of luck and some of the opposite, Saturday it was our turn for the rub of the green, while happily rubbing blue up the wrong way.
I felt the starting line up really showed our newfound squad depth. Used to seeing Taylor and Jota out on the right, Scales and Forrest were different, with the aim probably to provide the ‘first choice’ duo a bit of rest.
Hatate, Bitton and O’Reilly graced the middle of the park, which is a far cry from the usual stalwarts Calmac,DT and Tam.
Tony slotting in for JJ is another example of first team ready players not only available but deemed suitable by our Greek Australian.
This makes me wonder, does Ange have a starting eleven in his mind, or is the situation fluid with anyone called up on any given day?
I very much like the idea, I recall Potchetino didn’t have a first choice eleven but rather two players constantly rotating for each position.
I’m sure there was an element of withholding some to keep them fresh with Wednesdays huge clash in mind, but given the dropped points earlier in the day and the subsequent enhanced pressure, calling upon several fringe was very gutsy and has backfired before.
Given it was at home and who we play next I understand, but it was almost a bridge too far. Almost.
Now in fairness, the manager couldn’t have reacted to the earlier result and dropped points, nor would I want him to. The team would have been known earlier in the day if not the day before, it would be extremely unprofessional and hurt morale to change things last minute and maybe callup Jota, JJ and Taylor at the expense of others.  That we pulled through and delivered the maximum points was vital, but it’s disappointing our starters didn’t impose themselves and score a few. 
Ange got away with it and that won’t happen everytime.
I’m not complaining though. We started the first half of the season wobbly, but have started the second half swimmingly with four wins out of four, exactly what the doctor ordered. It was hugely important to approach Wednesday’s game with no further points dropped, task complete.
Others only wish they could say the same.
I don’t believe the title shall be decided by a large margin, not double digits, which makes every dropped point huge in terms of the bigger picture. Saturday’s victory might not be remembered as the game momentum swung, that’s next up, but wins such as that decide the title’s destination.
As for our match winner, he’s like a greyhound, fast out of the blocks. He burst upon the scene as soon as joining, starting the first half of the season spiffingly well, was referred to as a snip and potentially a big profit maker upon departure.
He tailed off, found himself with competition in James, and occasionally warmed the bench.
Many correctly stated inconsistency is prevalent among younger players.
As such there was no reason to suspect he would again explode upon the scene but Boom!, he only goes and starts the second half of the season just like the first!
Haven’t a Scooby why, maybe the competition forced him to raise his game, maybe he’s truly settled into his new life, but if Ange can stop him from tailing off the young Israeli shall become a huge player for Celtic. That in itself brings global footballing recognition, at his tender age the potential to improve is obvious, he has a fantastic platform to both learn and display his skillset.
Jota is clearly going to have a good career and has more natural ability, but he’s not ours. Having thrown us a mixed bag in the past, Dudu Dahan unearthed a diamond in the rough with Liel Abada.
Watching him mature should be a real pleasure.
You don’t need me to tell you which team enters the midweek clash under the most pressure. Beating them while reaching the summit would be a hammer blow.
They had a tough six weeks post break, could have placed one hand on the trophy with a maximum or close points haul, but instead opened the door offering their rivals the opportunity of a never to be forgotten, title swinging victory under the floodlights.
If there’s one thing we know about Ange, it’s that when opportunity knocks, he answers.
By Mahe.
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Enjoy your week.

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January 31, 2022 6:13 am

Nice one, Mahe.
I agree that we don’t have a 1st XI. We have a 1st team squad from which a team can be selected for any given game. We will always have injuries, suspensions and international call ups to deal with, so this approach makes sense. Folk have their own opinions re certain players, but I trust Ange’s judgement. Some of the negative comments towards certain players from so called experts who have never kicked a ball annoy me, but everyone is entitled to have an opinion.
Calmac’s injury means that he gets an extended mid season rest, which could mean he is back firing on all cylinders in the clutch games later in the run in. Given the enforced absences this season, Ange has shown he can build a great squad with the gumption needed to win close games. I’m well pleased.

Jobo Baldie
January 31, 2022 8:40 am

Good morning, friends.
Thanks for the article Mahe. Today is the last day that our squad may change for this season. So long as there’s no “didn’t see that coming” departures it’ll have been a very successful January window, for a change.

January 31, 2022 9:06 am

Morning all. A good summary Mahe – thank you.
A win, any win, on Wednesday will be fine – just do it Bhoys.

Big Audio Dynamite
January 31, 2022 9:13 am

Cheers, Mahe 👍

I seem to remember Garry raving about Ange before a ball was kicked, and long before we signed anyone.

Smart cookie was oor Garry 💚

January 31, 2022 9:21 am

A success today would be moving on Barkas, Bolingoli and Ajeti.
Freeing up wages.
Doesn’t look like happening.

The Gombeen Man
January 31, 2022 9:28 am

Tomorrow marks the 1st of February, better known as St Brigid’s Day or La Fhéile Bríde.

In recognition of the sacrifices during the Pandemic. From 2023, the Monday closest to the 1st of February is becoming an annual Public Holiday in Ireland.

Time for those in East & West Kilbride (Church of Brigid) to add another holiday to their schedules.

“St. Brigid is one of Ireland’s three patron saints, alongside St. Colmcille and the world-famous St. Patrick. The origins of her Feast Day, on 1 February, are thought to originally be a Pre-Christian festival called Imbolc, which honoured Brigid as the goddess of poetry, healing and fire, and marked the beginning of spring. The day is also seen as a way to celebrate women, and the Celtic goddess’s heritage as a “symbol of feminine energy”. Lá Fhéile Bríde celebrates the arrival of longer, warmer days, and an emergence from the darkness of winter.

The To Be Irish initiative was launched in 2020 by the Department of Foreign Affairs to create meaningful connections with the Irish diaspora and those who have a grá for, or are interested in, Ireland and Irish culture around the world. In 2020 and 2021, with the invaluable input from Local Authorities, Embassies, venues and organisations, To Be Irish was able to host a programme of over 400 events as well as 150 personal stories shared by our global Irish family”

St tams
January 31, 2022 9:36 am

Considering the players that will be unavailable on Wednesday night.
I wouldn’t be too disappointed with a draw.

January 31, 2022 9:42 am

A draw would not be a disaster under the circumstances.
It would definitely suit the Huns, giving them a renewed belief whereas at the moment there must be doubts weighing heavily on them.

A win for us and their fragile mindset would be dealt a severe blow.

January 31, 2022 10:42 am


Football should always be a squad game,though a manager should know his best eleven. AP hasn’t had his best eleven to choose from too often this season,but he is utilising the squad well. Players know they will get the chance to impress,and to make a starting place their own.

Personally,I’m always in favour of using that squad so that they are up to speed when called upon,and also to avoid overplaying some of them. In the last five and a half seasons,CalMac has played nearly 300 games for us and over 40 more for Scotland. Over 60 games a season!

At the moment,I’m well pleased too-but it is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine…

A thing of beauty
January 31, 2022 10:43 am

I thought Ralston was poor on Saturday and looks like a player who needs to play every week or he seizes up. I am also worried about the number 6 for Wednesday night. I can’t see McCarthy coping and Soro likewise. Is there a possibility of moving juranovic into number 6. He’s good on the ball, lots of energy and I think he could adapt. Big game to try it out though. I see the Daily Record are linking Aaron Ramsey with a loan move to ibrox. That would be some signing for them if they can pull it off though he must have other irons in the fire surely.

January 31, 2022 10:44 am


Given injuries,etc,I can see your point. But we HAVE to go for it on Wednesday. Knock their momentum for six AND shut Keevins up!

January 31, 2022 11:03 am


Yip, a nice double whammy.
Scuppering them and scudding the “past his sell by” journo with the pathetically constructed opinion pieces. He produces some Logic defying rubbish.

January 31, 2022 11:26 am

The Gombeen Man,

I am from East Kilbride and have just declared to Mrs L and it’s now officially a holiday and I’m off to the pub.

She took it well, I think, as I sprinted out the door, avoiding the various projectiles heading my way 😜😜😜

Here’s to St Brigid !!!!!! 🍺🍺🍺

January 31, 2022 11:36 am

Found these two comments re Aaron Ramsay:

Despite being one of the highest paid players in the world Ramsay has only made three appearances this season in Serie A. 

#Juventus is ready to pay the 30% of Aaron #Ramsey’s salary to help #RangersFC to close the deal on loan. #transfers

Sevco paying 70% of “one of the highest salaries in the world”. How does that work? Hopefully this is just another story to keep the bears happy.

The Gombeen Man
January 31, 2022 12:00 pm

Yes Leggy, I had you in mind when I posted the good news about the new Public Holiday.
This year can be a warm-up for Wednesday too.

Fair play for making the sacrifice.

It ‘officially’ starts next year.

They’ve made the day after Paddy’s Day, the 18th of March, a one-off Public Holiday this year.

I’ll leave it to you to break the news to Mrs Leggy.

Enjoy the celebrations in EK.

January 31, 2022 12:15 pm

The Gombeen Man,

Your having a laugh !!!!!

St Brigid day on 18th March, during Cheltenham Festival.

You trying to get me divorced or killed, or even both !!!!

I’ll try today as warm up for Wednesday.

HH 🍀🍀🍀

Bada Bing
January 31, 2022 12:49 pm

Ramsay is on 400k a week, which probably includes his signing on fee as he was a Bosman, another sicknote

Bada Bing
January 31, 2022 1:50 pm

SFTB- i got a pic sent by a pal last week of a game between a Trigger’s Broom 11 v EK Thistle in a Testimonial, Ramsay ,Nisbet, The Fat Gardener are in blue……..

January 31, 2022 1:52 pm

The Dundee Utd fan who assaulted Aberdeen’s Funso Ojo has been sentenced at court. Bobby Madden – our esteemed referee – showed a second yellow card to Ojo for the clash resulting in the player being sent off. Even though it was the fan who started it and was the guilty one!

The Fenian Whaler
January 31, 2022 1:52 pm

Aaron Ramsay to Sevco🤔 It could happen if they are about to offload wee Kent (the e is pronounced as u in this instance BTW) or El Lardo Morelos or both even. Placate the zombie hordes by spending most of the cash received straight away. It’s their modus operandi after all. As ATOB pointed out already Ramsay must be well short of options if Sevco is the front runner for his signature albeit on a temporary basis.
Me I have my fingers crossed that we can offload a couple of expensive mistakes in the next few hours.

As for negative comments about players. Some of us have kicked a ball at a decent enough amateur level, some at an even higher level. Watching highly paid professional footballers absolutely struggle with the basics of the game, trapping or crossing a ball for instance should lead to criticism just as fecking up the simple basics in any other job in life leads to having your ass verbally kicked and ultimately dismissal if you don’t get your act together, that is what happens in most other careers apart from football that is.

January 31, 2022 2:36 pm

Howdy y’all,
Happy day of the moon in what could become a very memorable week.
Ps I reckon Fredo stays so they can claim a moral victory in keeping him. Either way I’m easy, he doesnt impress me at all.

Up The Hoops!

January 31, 2022 3:40 pm

Good leader Mahe. I have to disagree on one point however. We should always be starting a game with our best players on the field of play. We got out of gaol on Saturday. Ange should have played Taylor, Juranovic and Jota from the start.
Look at the difference these three made, when they eventually came on. Get the points on the table, and then rotate players. Now, once Ange has all the players back from injury/international duty, even he may struggle to decide which midfield or forward lineup to play. Which is fair enough. Jock Stein was a great one for ‘freshening up the side.’ The midfield and forward line were the ‘beneficiaries’ of this policy. The defence almost always, remained the same every week. There’s an old truism, which states that ‘strikers win matches, but defenders win titles.’ Quite so. A settled defence helps the whole team.


Thanks for the link on Kitson, and his murder gangs. Very informative. If you haven’t already done so, you should check out the book ‘The Dirty War’ by Martin Dillon. I read this book years ago, and it was certainly an eye-opener.

Hail Hail.

January 31, 2022 3:45 pm


Or go all in to secure CL qualification and damn the consequences.
They arra Peepil after all.

January 31, 2022 4:01 pm

Blackford kicked out of Commons for saying Johnson lied 🤔

St tams
January 31, 2022 4:14 pm

Can’t agree that Taylor made any difference on Saturday

big packy
January 31, 2022 4:33 pm

MAGUA, how are you pal ,posted this on CQN years ago, i live close to the M56 in cheshire, which is the main route from holyhead to manchester, when out walking the dugs, the amount of coaches passing by when man utd or liverpool are playing is something else,the the irish flag plus the liverpool and man utd flags is something else if they supported us we would need An 80 thousand plus stadium

January 31, 2022 5:04 pm

The best defence of the PM I heard was from a Lady backbencher (that sounds sexually risky when I read it back) who quoted her constituent as saying “We know he’s a wally but there are Riussian forces gathering on the Ukraine border so we need him to stay and sort it”.

Brilliant- we need to send a Wally to sort out Putin

Bada Bing
January 31, 2022 5:36 pm

O’Riley had to wait days for international clearance before he played for us, is Ramsay getting fast tracked here?

big packy
January 31, 2022 5:41 pm

BADA ,this is bonny scotland here, you know the rest,,HAIL HAIL,

January 31, 2022 5:57 pm

St tams

My point was that Ange should have started with a settled defence. It would have saved a lot of unnecessary huffing and puffing and achieving nothing. It would also have saved the support a lot of unnecessary anxiety, if both Jota and Juranovic had started the game. Still, can’t complain. It did end well.

Big Packy

All good here, pal. Your post stirred something in my memory banks. When Newton Heath decided to change their name, the choice was between Manchester United and Manchester Celtic. I’m glad they chose United. There is after all, only one real Celtic. 😀

Hail Hail.

big packy
January 31, 2022 6:12 pm

MAGUA, a true story when i was driving for a living, used to pass by newton heath, stopped in a little cafe there called the polar cafe, lovely breakfast ,it was a spam and egg barm cake, another true story,,LOL.

January 31, 2022 6:21 pm

News from the Born Celtic blog. Apparently, a few years back, Aaron Ramsey tweeted a ‘Happy St Patrick’s Day’ to one and all…and congratulated Joe Ledly upon scoring 2 goals for the Tic. A Hun jumped on this today…tweeting ‘Delete this quick bro.’
Too late, I should think. Certainly not the perfect way to endear himself to the Ibrox support.

There’s also a tweet from big Tom Rogic doing the rounds. Australian teammates often as him what it’s like to play in an O** F*** game. His reply:

“I don’t know, I’ve never played in one. Playing therangers on the other hand, is pretty good.”

I’m paraphrasing of course, but you get the gist. 😀

January 31, 2022 6:28 pm

Big Packy

I used to attend all the pre-season games that we played in England, when MON was in charge. I particularly enjoyed the games that we played against QPR, two years in a row. The games were played at Fulham’s ground, for some reason. We usually based ourselves in Shepherd’s Bush. Nothing better than the full works in a greasy-spoon cafe, after a night on the lash.

Hail Hail.

big packy
January 31, 2022 6:42 pm

MAGUA ,good god shepherds bush, some other true stories, wandsworth prison, used to go in the big doors they would shut behind you, the prison officers used to search us ,no cigs no matches no lighters no mobile phones, and then they would walk in front of my truck to the unloading bay, and who was doing the unloading only the fecking prisoners, boy was i glad when my POD was signed and i was outta there,,another true story,LOL.

January 31, 2022 6:51 pm

Big Packy


Hail Hail.

January 31, 2022 7:00 pm

Regarding Ramsay it won’t be long until he turns into a rabid hun, it happens to all players that set foot in that place 🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️

January 31, 2022 7:01 pm


About 30 years ago,I would regularly deliver industrial fluorescent lighting to prisons. Broadmoor was the only one I asked for my vehicle to be searched on the way out!

big packy
January 31, 2022 7:06 pm

BOBBY, that was a true story about wandsworth prison,H,H,

January 31, 2022 7:15 pm


I reckon so too Craig. Before too long, Ramsey will be belting out the Billy Boys along with the rest of them. I have to say, what is the lad thinking in joining that mob?


We should be in their faces from the get go on Wednesday. Put them under severe pressure for the whole first half.

Hail Hail.

Noel Skytrot
January 31, 2022 7:22 pm

Have the huns signed Messi ? According to the meeja it appears they have. We’ve bought players who are young and have sell on value, the huns have signed someone who hasn’t played much football and is always injured. They’re absolutely nuts. Appeasement FC.

big packy
January 31, 2022 7:22 pm

solkitts has not been on or jimthetim53, im sure its a birthday bash for one of them in february,,LOL.

January 31, 2022 7:27 pm

I don’t know that much about Ramsay but have a wee suspicion that he thinks it will be a stroll up here, now who else do we know had the same thought and ended up leaving sharpish (with the coffee maker) 🤣🤣

A thing of beauty
January 31, 2022 7:36 pm

There is a reason Ramsey has turned up at ibrox. He is desperate to play weekly so he can get back to playing for Wales. He’s not getting that offer from a premier league club so has chosen to go to ibrox. He is a very good player and if he stays fit he’ll be motivated to do well. It’s a long time since he played a game of football though. I feel if we’d signed him we’d be cock a hoop with his quality so no point saying otherwise when they’ve got the deal done.

January 31, 2022 7:36 pm

Anybody else having some technical problems on the site today.
When I post on laptop(chrome book) post seems to get stuck at top of comments, and have to refresh page 2 or 3 times for post to go to bottom of page

Prestonpans bhoys
January 31, 2022 7:39 pm

BBC Scotland talking about Ramsey appearing on Wednesday, yes please there is no way this guy is going to be match fit, naw nae chance😕

January 31, 2022 7:40 pm

MAGUA I went to the London games.
My memory is that we played QPR two years in a row at Loftus Rd on Saturday afternoon.
Next year we played Fulham midweek in an evening game at Loftus Rd as Craven Cottage was being upgraded. Next 2 years we played Fulham at Craven Cottage.
At one of the QPR games Jim Kerr sat just along from me and my son. He was with his / Patsy Kensit’s son. He had taken about 20 seats and had a couple of minders to keep us plebs at a distance.

January 31, 2022 7:40 pm

Prestonpans bhoys
The only thing Ramsey will be fit to do on Wednesday is the windfall draw 😃

Prestonpans bhoys
January 31, 2022 7:46 pm

Exactly but how could they afford him. More laundered cash from mob in the six counties😵

January 31, 2022 7:54 pm

Prestonpans bhoys
Unless they sell Fredo and Kent to free up wages then there definitely something dodgy (I know I know) going on, but I’m sure the bastions of fare governance the SFA will be looking into anything dodgy 🤔