House Of The Rising Sun

Ange Postecoglou once stated if he and his team found themselves in a one off game, he would always send his charges out to win the tie, no question. 

In some respects, the last derby clash was a one off tie, as it offered the opportunity to go top, and shift the momentum.

That’s very rare, almost a one off (game).

And he did what he claimed.

Had his bhoys fired up, had a gameplan to best the opponents, and went for the jugular so to speak.

Boom! Fantastic win, exhilarating football, a game to remember.

Sunday’s game has a one off feel to it. We have the chance to swat away the nearest challenger, placing destiny firmly in our own hands, and stating firmly ‘we’re the best team in the land’.

It’s a title decider in all but name. This team won’t drop six points in six games so close to the finale. The jockey need only guide his horse home, the hard work of getting into the lead already done.

With goal difference, you could call it seven points.

And both teams aren’t on an even keel. With those big European ties, and a decent chance to reach the final, I don’t see their manager putting absolutely everything into an unlikely title charge.

That means jaded players some weekends, less time to prepare for the upcoming opponent, less time on the training ground.

All a hindrance rather than a help.

Ange will go for the win, I’ve no doubt. It’s often stated on here their defense hates being run at with pace,,and if we know that you can be sure the gaffer does also.

Maeda and Jota first names on the team sheet then.

It also means Kyogo gets the nod over G-Mak. The big Greek would have foul after foul called against, men in blue rolling everywhere clutching every body part, appealing very vocally and in numbers, a dirty play on the old belief ‘if the players are appealing that much,there must have been something’.

Besides, those chaps are more used to having a big, physical, penalty box striker over a skillful, pacey and nimble alternative.

Plus Kyogo has done the business before, knows how to get the job done.

A Meada, Kyogo, Jota front three would be my choice.

Usual back four containing JJ and GT, with a midfield trio of Hatate, McGregor, O’Reilly. A very strong bench in reserve.

Should that selection come to pass its surely the very first derby game containing three Japanese players, another indication of a changing world. 

In times gone by I might have wondered if the occasion might be too big, the game too physical, the pace too frenetic for such a selection, remembering Koki Mizuno’s anonymous contribution to his wildcard inclusion way back.

But I have no such qualms at this juncture. If Ange selects a player, he’s been deemed ready on all fronts, WGS take note. Our players have shown real character to reach this point, at this stage a big game is  much more likely to fire them up, than leave them flummoxed.

They will remember how they embarrassed this team, totally had their number, and turned them into ‘shitebags’.

They will know a victory more likely than not seals the title.

They will be up for this.

I predict on Samurai Sunday we shall witness Ibrox become the house of the rising Sun, our Japanese bhoys coming to the fore despite the hatred. 

Calmac should stick up a photo of the ‘Nakamura ate my dog’ banner just for extra fire in the belly, though the hatred will still pour forth.

Then their tears.

By Mahe

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Bada Bing
April 2, 2022 9:28 am


April 2, 2022 9:30 am

Good news,folks. TWISTY will run an Aintree competition from Thursday this week!

As usual,the competition will be on a dedicated page,and we look forward to you all entering.

Prestonpans bhoys
April 2, 2022 9:48 am


I think Der Hun will go for it in the first 20 minutes or until they burn out, which shouldn’t be that much longer.

Therefore they are open to the speedy counter from our 🎌🎌🎌 bhoys. So G-maK can come on later in the game for a change in tactics.

April 2, 2022 9:58 am

Morning all.
BMCUW/Twisty. 9.30
That’s great guys, thank you so much.
I will forward to it.
I’m killing myself laughing at the car story.
I’m imagining your reaction, indeed I don’t need to imagine it. 😂😂😂😂
As you know, I’m on social media a lot, oh man, I really hope a tik tok of you, appears. 😂😂
Onwards to tomorrow, just play our game,, I know we slag Morelos, but he is a master at winning cheap/ non existent fouls and getting them up the park. They will miss him.
As they say, only a fool would predict the score, so it’s 2.1 Celtic for me.

St tams
April 2, 2022 10:18 am

Personally, I would stick with GG upfront and bring Kyogo on later in game. Don’t think there is any need to risk him , when he has been out for so long.

Looking forward to going to the Kerrydale bar tomorrow to watch the game. Then back to the Anvil for a celebration afterwards.

April 2, 2022 10:22 am

Delighted wee Kyogo is back available. Got to say though that I can’t see past GG as our CF at the moment. Bhoy is on fire 🔥 that said I’m hardly going to complain if the wee fella is in from the start. What a great position to be in. I genuinely look forward to seeing our lineup before each game, there is so much competition for places in the squad! COYBIG

John A
April 2, 2022 10:42 am

Don’t agree, save Kyogo for them tiring. Big man has earned his place up front. Last game he was getting into the positions against them but was just unfortunate. He is on fire at present so def gets my vote! Coybig

Bada Bing
April 2, 2022 11:00 am
Saltires en Sevilla
April 2, 2022 11:12 am

Mahe… (edit)

Got to agree with others…keep GG in and bring Kyogo on later, maybe even at HT

Both teams will go for broke … the first 15 will probably decide this and doubt both teams will have 11 players after that period.

Who knows?!

So, the first period will probably turn out like the slowest chess match …ever…

April 2, 2022 11:18 am


That is why we have taken your suggestion the other night about organising for charity very much to heart. We have tried before,but we need to get it right this time.

We also need to ensure,of course,that there is no real or perceived pressure applied. After all,not everyone will be in a position to donate,while others may only be in a position do so on occasions. MAHE is unavailable at the moment but I hope to speak with him shortly about it.

My thoughts are to set up a Paypal account,ask someone to audit it on behalf of the site,and disperse any income-received with guaranteed anonymity-to those causes identified by the readers. But ALL ideas on the subject are most welcome. Yes,the fundraing is important,but I think it is more important that we do it properly,and for the medium to long term.

April 2, 2022 11:19 am


Above article by MAHE. Personally,I would hold Kyogo in reserve. Let G-Mak et al wear them out.

Saltires en Sevilla
April 2, 2022 11:22 am

Bobby – cheers ( edited)

Aye-agree but probably hook GG soon after his first ( inevitable ) booking

Saltires en Sevilla
April 2, 2022 11:28 am

Bobby/Mahe – happy to follow lead on charity plan here.

Worthwhile keeping in mind we will all probably know someone close that needs a wee bit of assistance … hearing some quite horrendous examples of hardship, sadly it will be no worse than what anyone else is hearing tbh

Hard times ahead

April 2, 2022 11:30 am

Yes I like the idea of starting with GG to tire them out and swap him for Kyogo at half time, that would suit Kyogo more coming back from injury. But as SeS says swap them earlier if GG get’s a booking.

April 2, 2022 11:32 am

SUperbru pick reminder for Chalmersbhoy, Cosy Corner Bhoy, Craig76, McCaff and wee McCaff plus St. Tam’s, amongst others

April 2, 2022 11:36 am


The stories of hardship being endured are nothing new to some of us,but heartrending nevertheless. I know most of us here have always helped out when we can and will continue to do so,but now more than ever I think those of us able to do so need to step up to the plate.

And that also is why,if we get this up and running,anonymity of donations will be guaranteed. I’m hoping to measure the total amount,not the posters who have contributed or not.

April 2, 2022 12:27 pm

Bobby / Jimmy NP et al

I’ll send comp rules soon. I’ve been working trying to get through some processing issues at the factory which will hopefully be resolved within the next week.

Anyhow – re charity- as Bobby says, it’s important people don’t feel obliged or pressured into anything so whatever is agreed I’m sure will be done with sensitivity.

On the Aintree competition ( as I say – full details soon) but the intention was I’d donate £50 to Marie Curie as part of the comp, but given my earlier comments that I’d like to see struggling families, or single parents or whomever benefit from the charitable efforts of the SC community, that £50 will go to the SC fund once the administration and logistics of that venture are settled.

April 2, 2022 12:37 pm

Gotta laugh eh!

M said to me – “ you’d have been better just moving along a bit to save an argument”

That just makes me angrier! I’m saying to her “ I wasn’t parked up ffs”

So she gets me even more angry with:

“ well you were parked really”

“ I bloody well wasn’t – I was stopped”

Her – “Same thing eh!”

Ffs that’s what he said and I’m telling you the same as him. I wasn’t fkn parked”

30 seconds later – “ parked / stopped, one and the same”


RIGHT- If I’m at a red light , am I parked up??


What am I then?

“ well yer stopped but

“SAY NO MORE… buts…..

Silence , I win 😂

I’m dropping her back off at the caravan ready to set off to get back to work and she gets out the car and just as she’s shutting the door she laughing and says – Parked

Sent her a text – “Stopped “😂😂

April 2, 2022 12:52 pm

Twisty 12.37.
Although, you are now living dangerously, M will get her revenge.😊😊

April 2, 2022 12:59 pm

Twisty…too, too many similarities with so many situations I’ve found myself in!! It’s time we grew up!! 😂😂😂😂

April 2, 2022 1:03 pm

Twisty, LOL 🙂

Bada Bing
April 2, 2022 1:23 pm

BMCUW- cheers M,it was another Bhoy who suggested trying to help folk out,i thought a Direct Debit type system might help prolong any help we can give. HH

April 2, 2022 1:45 pm

With regards to the proposals for charity my thoughts are it would be prudent to ensure the correct platform was used for donating/distributing. PayPal for instance may incur a charge depending on which service you used. I’m not sure how best to go about this.
For info…I organise a gift donating service at Christmas in our local Parish for a few years now. In the last three or four years I’ve collaborated with Brightest Star Charity and HomeLink (a modern Social Services Dept based in our local Secondary School) to ensure those most in need can be identified easier. I know some old fellas in the Paisley Diocese who run a furniture donation charity on behalf of the SVDP, again these guys know peoples’ personal circumstances. I also know that our local SVDP/KSC already provide Food Parcels and Fuel Cards to people in need.
These types of organisations, in any of our communities, could be a starting point for any assistance as they are at the sharp end of the business. I would be willing to assist in coordinating or distributing as and when necessary if required.

April 2, 2022 2:15 pm

Anyone got a favoured donkey for the Scottish Grand National today

April 2, 2022 2:28 pm

Craig, I’ve put The Wolf on, not because I know much about horse racing but I used to have a pal and that was his nick name! 🙂

April 2, 2022 2:32 pm

McCaff, totally agree with the SVDP. They do a briliiant job where I live, and i think 100% of donations go to the causes.

The Real McCoy
April 2, 2022 2:33 pm

From the leader 👆
For our Japanese Bhoys
( used to play this in The Rising Sun pub in Bridge of Allan )
Medicine Head – Rising Sun

April 2, 2022 2:35 pm

That’s what the Mrs has backed at £2.50 E/W.

Prestonpans bhoys
April 2, 2022 2:37 pm

Craig, daughter says One More Fluerie. She had either two or three winners at Cheltenham👍

The Real McCoy
April 2, 2022 2:42 pm

JNP , you fool you 😂
Just to put it in context :
Davy White ( Ragers manager) was interviewed before an Old Firm game and predicted unequivocally
‘ Tha Rainjurs will win 2-1’
Jock Stein was then asked about the outcome, saying these games are difficult
‘ Only a FOOL would predict the outcome’ 🤡
Personally I think mibbery won’t allow us to win.
I predict a draw ( of course I hope I’m wrong)

Fool’s Overture – Roger Hodgson ( John Miles)

April 2, 2022 2:46 pm

Prestonpans bhoys 👍

The Real McCoy
April 2, 2022 2:49 pm

Bhoys I’ve got a free £5 bet. I’ve put it e/w on
Jersey Bean . Any returns to our charity 🙏🏻🤞
No excuse needed 😂
‘Who Can We Turn To But Each Other’
The Silencers:-

The Real McCoy
April 2, 2022 2:53 pm
April 2, 2022 3:38 pm

This is From Scope Twitter, yesterday
Scope are for equality for disabled people, in case you haven’t heard of them.
Today was always going to be a difficult one. But #BleakFriday just got bleaker.

❌ Government have announced they will cut support through the Warm Home Discount from almost 300,000 disabled people.

This is an insult.

April 2, 2022 4:11 pm

Seems we could have more deserving causes than donations.

I take BADABING‘s point about direct debits,and I hope people will be prepared to do so. There’s a lot of people though who can’t guarantee that,can only give as and when circumstances permit.

The important thing though is for us to set it up properly and distribute correctly. Then everyone who can do so can donate,knowing that we have correct targets identified for those funds.

More importantly than that though is the enthusiasm from you all,and you should be proud of that.

I know I am.

April 2, 2022 4:23 pm

Li’l Ze (@LilZe_7) Tweeted: 2nd April 1984, Celtic 3:0 Rangers.

Paul McStay, Willie McStay and Davie Provan.

April 2, 2022 4:58 pm

Jim @2.32pm…the SVDP in Renfrew rely solely on the few coppers they collect after Mass and any other donations from elsewhere. You’re absolutely correct that 100% of the funds are allocated to charity. Unfortunately, it is mainly really old guys who are doing it and there appears to be no succession plan! I mentioned the furniture initiative earlier; I donated a couple of things to them and arranged to drop it off at their lockup as their transport was off the road for repairs. When I got talking to the old guy he explained he had tried to give it up but he had to keep on as the insurers wouldn’t cover Over 75s on the policy and he was the only one under 75. He was 73! I half-heartedly offered to help a day or so per month with distribution etc as my Catholic guilt kicked in!!

Jobo Baldie
April 2, 2022 5:03 pm

So, onto tomorrow’s game and rather than trying to pick a starting eleven, instead here are the 16 players that I think will be on the park at some point to cement a memorable win.
In no particular order, I give you –
Hart, Juranovic, Carter Vickers, Startfelt,
Taylor, Bitton, McGregor, O’Riley
Jota, Giakoumakis, Maeda, Abada
Hatate, Rogic, Kyogo, Forrest
With the Close But No Cigar awards going to Ralston,Turnbull, McCarthy,

April 2, 2022 5:18 pm

Jobo Baldie
I seen a report that Jota and Carter Vickers were out for tomorrow, although not sure how reliable the info was 😀

The Real McCoy
April 2, 2022 5:20 pm

Jamesie injured I think 🤔

The Real McCoy
April 2, 2022 5:21 pm

Craig ,
Hope you were on a April Fools report regarding your reported injuries 🙏🏻

April 2, 2022 5:26 pm

The Real McCoy
Not a belated April fools Unfortunately although it wasn’t an official site so it may well be made up pish 😀

The Real McCoy
April 2, 2022 5:36 pm

I know you’re on the ball Craig. 👍🏻
As you say, hopefully pish 🤞

April 2, 2022 6:15 pm


Only injuries I know of is to James Forrest. As far as I know,full squad otherwise.

April 2, 2022 6:43 pm

I disagree. Sevco will put everything into this game. It is their only real chance of catching Celtic and the CL bounty from next season. They have to do this for a chance at financial stability.

The result is too close to call and, sadly, may be decided by how it is reffed.


A thing of beauty
April 2, 2022 7:41 pm

There are so many deserving causes for our donations to go and that reflects the sorry state our country is in. I know there has been several suggestions for where the money should go and I would not like to be the one who picks the beneficiary but we cannot afford to hang about. The sooner this is set up the better.
As for tomorrow. Only a fool predicts a result
In a game against them as has been said earlier. As a regular user of social media I most certainly hope the players are a lot more grounded than the support. This team we are up against know how to get results when they need them. Their record against big teams at
Home is very good and anyone thinking we will win this game easily hasn’t been watching them. Functional, play for free kicks (and they’ll get plenty) and dangerous on the break. We are the ideal team for them to play against because we don’t know how to sit back. It’s going to be a nervous 90 minutes for us. Factor in shitebag Collum and we need a near miracle.
I don’t know if I’ve said this before but did you all know my glass is always half empty. Or as I prefer to say, I’m a realist.

Bada Bing
April 2, 2022 7:50 pm

The team i have just been sent,has Rogic instead of O’Riley

April 2, 2022 7:56 pm

Bada Bing
Is Jota and Carter Vickers in the team

April 2, 2022 8:02 pm

Yes, that was just made up nonsense, on Twitter.
Scottish Refs hopeless as per usual. Livvy denied pen.
“If I speak” 😭😭

April 2, 2022 8:10 pm

The real McCoy

Excellent choices 😁

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