An Accountant and a Lawyer walk into a football club,,,

,,,and both manage the club very differently under the same owner. Polar opposites almost, and the arrival of Harry Kewell will be further proof of a new strategy.


The accountant wouldn’t have sanctioned him I suspect, not with four coaches already in situ, and Harry aligning with Ange gives him more of a power base within the footballing department. Peter was loath to see footballing operations or its figurehead grow too strong, he liked to wear the trousers in the relationship and not be dictated to, especially over hires.


Given Harry’s age and nationality, he has the opportunity to become an integral part of our Greek Australians backroom staff, and as such would most likely move on with him. He’s not necessarily an asset for the club, I don’t think he’s a long term coach we can count on down the years, rather an extra hand for the here and now.
He’s an asset for Ange though, and that’s what counts these days. Changed times indeed.


One can imagine the gaffer asking the CEO to have his preferred players signed early, so the entire unit gains a full preseason together with zero disruption and late comers.
Michael acquiesced.
One needn’t imagine Peters response to the request, we witnessed it often enough.
The EPL squad culls and navigation through the early season qualifiers dictated our transfer strategy for many years.
With no qualifiers and eyes looking much more afar than our immediate neighbours to the south, his way of doing business would have been obsolete, and incompatible with Ange.
Thank goodness he’s no longer involved.


Its ironic that upon Peters departure the club shall break the magic 100million barrier, something he achieved only once.
However unlike his predecessor, our CEO is taking steps to secure the income stream and not gamble with it.
The big hundred should be our new benchmark, our yearly aim and a lofty platform from which to dominate domestically whilst making an impact in Europe.


Step number one, get a good manager and keep him happy but within budget.
Michael is making this look easy, hiring early and not pennypinching, plus the exotic targets cost less so the budget is safe. Both men are on the same page here. The gaffer has no reason to complain and feels supported thus wanted.


Step two, lay down the building blocks for success. While Ange gets compared to Martin occasionally, look at the age of the Derry man’s signings. Most were for the here and now, already in the prime of their career. Some key players depreciated in value over the course of their Celtic career such as Lubo, Boyd, Lambert, Sutton, Lennon, and Thompson.
Others such as Joos, Jacky, Henke, were entering their footballing prime and as such needed prime rewards for their perceived last big contract.
They were great times, but footballing operations wasn’t in the healthiest position.


That’s been fixed.
A lot our our signings are not in their prime, but aren’t punts either.
Ange has a fantastic eye for talent, that’s a fact. Abada, O’Reilly, Ideoguchi, Hatate, Juranovich, Taylor, Welsh, even Ralston, have all yet to reach their prime, and they haven’t had a taste of the insane money floating around the EPL so their salary ambitions stand a chance of being fulfilled at our club. It won’t be enough for some, I imagine Jota will earn much more elsewhere one day, but our maximum salary will entice a few to hang about.
Nir and Tam were happy enough for instance.


Our players in or around their prime aren’t depreciating yet, as they are on the better side of thirty. There’s no aging talisman ala Broony or Lubo, so overall the outfield ten would have a low average age, around 25 I suspect which is very healthy indeed.
That’s a team for today and tomorrow, and tomorrow’s something Celtic managers often forget or ignore.
The building blocks of success have been laid, the train is on the right track and need only be continually fed the correct fuel to keep running.
Michael seems to have cottoned onto this fact.


Of course as fans we are entitled to ask why such a big swing in policy?
Dermot is the simple answer.
Hands off failed us in Peters case, I’m not saying he’s hands on now but Michael is clearly doing the job much differently.
Is it simply the Accountants love of figures and balance sheets that has departed, to be replaced by the Lawyers efficiency and expediency?
I believe so.
One can just imagine the lawyers brain ticking over thinking ‘you get your players, I keep my balance sheet looking good, silverware flows and fans are extra happy, it’s a deal now please sign here, here and here.’


I’ve wondered if Michaels council or input was ever heard by Peter, given he clearly has a different modus operandus.
But then, he’s a lawyer.
I mean no disrespect but if asked what’s your preferred profession for your CEO, a lawyer wouldn’t top my list.
Ironically an accountant would be up there as I always envision him/her running a tight ship,,,this much pays the bills, this much for a rainy day (hotel), and here’s your pocket money.
I never imagined he would actually resort to spending your pocket money for you, on new toys that sucked for the most part.
The Lawyer seems much more prone to satisfactory agreement between all parties, who could have seen that coming?


Dermot apparently. After a scathing internal review, the footballing department has adopted a grownup attitude at long last. No longer on the hoof, no longer doing favours for agents (Rami Gershon), we identify and recruit, not take the best of what’s offered.


The footballing side of the club is doing well, and should run seamlessly for a few years yet.
We are in a position of strength.
Traditionally, we don’t build from here.
If times have truly changed, we will.
Stay tuned.


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16 Roads
June 13, 2022 5:33 am

Mahe – Trust ye got back to the good old US of A in one piece?
Thank you for organising the wee Beal Feirste shingig/hoot.
Magic to meet up with yous all it was.
Said to the melter,a mean the belter after yous dropped us up to the ‘Murph – that Bhoy can drink!!
Ah well ye were on holiday a suppose.
God bless ye mo chara.
HH. 🙂🍀🏆

June 13, 2022 5:35 am

Morning all
Busy day – just leaving for work so may not get back on today . Just to say one of my horses ( syndicated with the British Racing club) runs tonight at Nottingham in the 6-20.

Electric Love. Currently 3/1 on 365.

Assuming the weather stays as is, she’s gotta have a vg chance tonight.

She’s never been a lover of starting stalls but the hood seems to be having a positive effect on her so hopefully she can jump out on relatively level terms tonight. If she does , as I say she’s bound to go close.

Hayley Turner rides . She’s ridden her before ( Epsom) and says she got squeezed out at a critical stage or she’d have won the race in her opinion.

The form of her run at Epsom has worked out well. The winner won the Epsom Dash at the derby meeting and the second has also won since.

Nibras Again and Grandfather Tom are obvious dangers but we’re hopeful she’ll go in tonight.

As always, only bet what you can afford to lose if you decide to have a go tonight.

Incidentally the Racing club was formed some time before I got involved, so I had NO say in those colours!!!😀


16 Roads
June 13, 2022 5:49 am

Best price 5/2 now Twisty.
Nothing guaranteed at this ungodly hour.
See what ye mean with regards to the colours!!
Hopefully drifts between now & then.
I’ll back it regardless.
Thanks chief.
HH. 🍀🏆

June 13, 2022 5:53 am

16 Roads

Still 3/1 on 365 bud

16 Roads
June 13, 2022 6:19 am

Barred from 365 Twisty.
Long story, but they used to do gambling on the financials, not sure if the still do.
Anyway won about 4 bags of sand in the space of one afternoon.
Philosophy was what goes up must come down – they had levels say £ v € graph – there was a way to bet certain levels high or low, like a no lose gamble – cover one,then cover the other.
Don’t even know how I did it myself, but it worked.
Stupid thinking.
Closed my account because of that, wasn’t doing any harm.

June 13, 2022 6:48 am

ROYAL ASCOT competition will,as usual,have its own dedicated page. I’ll put it up around tea time tonight,along with the details.

Results will be updated EVERY morning,when I return from work. Probably around 10am.

June 13, 2022 6:50 am

Thanks for the tip-off,TWISTY. Hope you come up with a stoatir!

June 13, 2022 6:55 am

Thanks Mahe you’ve restored my hopes for this season and hopefully beyond.
A lawyer, pleasantly surprised myself, mind I was at the stage of putting up a statue to any CEO in charge if we didn’t need to rely on Bitton at CH fot big cup qualifying

June 13, 2022 7:34 am

16 Roads
Yep. Same. Barred me some time ago

Limited me to £5 on nags. Unlimited amount n soccer

I tried to get around it one time by setting up new account on my work e mail. Got a bet on ok

Next day got an e mail

We’ve linked your account to a bank account that is barred

When I semi retired- moved back to Scotland., set up an account under different home address, used wife bank account , got back in . Where’s there’s a will…..😀

Bobby – welcome

June 13, 2022 7:45 am

Gooooooood morning all.

June 13, 2022 7:58 am

Morning all,

Thanks for the info. Will have a small flutter.
Got nearly 3/1 with bet boost on Hills.

Looking forward to Royal Ascot and thanks for the work your doing.

Enjoy your day everyone and be careful out there !!!!!

HillStBluesCSC 🍀🍀🍀

Jobo Baldie
June 13, 2022 8:31 am

Good morning, friends.

June 13, 2022 8:32 am

Just read Keith Jackson article. Blinkin’ flip…

My article tomorrow just writes itself.

June 13, 2022 8:35 am


Holiday going well,I hope? You and P having a ball?

Would you be interested in doing your game by game POTY rankings again next season? Although I was no longer on CQN when you started it,it was a pleasure to read the opinions of others on how they viewed performances.

June 13, 2022 8:36 am


Always a pleasure to know you are around,bud. You got the Royal Ascot stash sorted?

Jobo Baldie
June 13, 2022 8:40 am

Bobby, returned from holiday yesterday after a great week in the sun, enjoyed by me and Mrs Baldie.
I’ll give the POTY things some more thought but I did enjoy doing it so, if theres enough interest I may well restart it. I’ll need to set up a new email address given that I no longer post on the other channel. Plenty of time yet though as, unusually, our first competitive game is still months away!

June 13, 2022 9:08 am


Delighted to hear it all went well. No flight cancellations! Ours wasn’t too bad,accomodation was excellent. But still made for a very dull Monday.

SPFL fixtures are on the last weekend of July,and I reckon a fair bit of interest will be shown too from your previous contacts on CQN. Most of us on each site know that the sites are complementary and not in competition-many of us read both,at least occasionally. I look forward anyway to it being proved by the weight of public opinion that I know eff aw about the game,something ATHINGOFBEAUTY has been telling me for years.

(Taught her all I know,turns out I should have been listening!)

Prestonpans bhoys
June 13, 2022 9:27 am

Just read jackasses bit in the DR, this sentence is one of Clarke’s problems

Clarke found a way of shoehorning all his most talented, reliable players into the same team at the same time.

Aye right, just keep playing players out of position and also play the MSM favourites, Billy Billy fills half his piece😵

June 13, 2022 9:36 am


Your last sentence sums up that article,and it is one that I pointed out after the Ukraine game. That playing a youngster,struggling for confidence after a ruinous loan to the worst EPL team in decades,was not a good idea.

June 13, 2022 9:38 am

ROYAL ASCOT gen just been posted. If I don’t have ten points after the first race,phone the Samaritans for me.

Prestonpans bhoys
June 13, 2022 9:42 am

I have criticised Clarke on here and the other channel. Completely negative mind set, as my Killie loving cousin said to me, they were bored to death with him, even though they topped the league for the first time since 65!

Prestonpans bhoys
June 13, 2022 9:44 am

Right aff to lake Windermere for a full day pass on the boats, need to reserve the drinking as yesterdays pub crawl was a bit over the top😱😵

June 13, 2022 10:15 am
June 13, 2022 11:37 am

As i stated the other day Billy Gilmour is one of Clarkes Get out of Jail free cards
The mssm have just reminded him of such.
Patterson also.
MSSM would prefer a defeated Scotland team full of huns over winning one with too many tims.
Personally i think Celtic players can learn nothing but bad habits playing for Clarke.
If Ange wants to play McGregor higher upfield he will have to unteach the negativity that Clarke has imposed on him.
And Ralston needs proper defensive coaching to improve in this area and the Scotland set up will negatively impact his defensive weaknesses more.

June 13, 2022 11:49 am

Morning all! The euphoria surrounding our achievements under Ange and the perception that Michael Nicholson is prepared to write blank cheques is a misnomer at the moment! So far we have signed CCV on a permanent contract, that’s it! We have lost two experienced midfielders, of which Rogic was (mostly) superb when he played last season. Other than that it is too early to get carried away. As always, the ball is firmly in our court but what’s important is that the momentum that Ange has created by the style of play and the League win, is not lost or dwindles due to counting our chickens too early.
Meanwhile, behind the scenes it’s good to see the Sports Science dept is being beefed up, and not before time! The appointment last year of Anton McElhone was the first step towards establishing a previously neglected aspect of player care and preparation. Ange, with Nicholson’s backing is now taking steps to remedy that. Fitter, Faster, Stronger…leading to Bigger and Better! We don’t stop!!

June 13, 2022 1:42 pm

Good afternoon all from Jamaica Street. Another day of fun and frolics for the intrepid beerhound. 🍺😜

June 13, 2022 5:06 pm


There are lots of indications of change that will require us to rethink previous attitudes as evidence emerges.

Being pedantic, when you wrote “Michael acquiesced ” I looked it up.

“accept something reluctantly but without protest”

Now we dont know if MN was reluctant to accept the Kewell proposal or saw its merits and proceeded.

Of course aquiesence was probably a step too far for PL but given the rest of your article iro MN there might have been no reluctance at all.

Old thinking dies hard. Like a Zombie.;)

June 13, 2022 5:10 pm

Wish I read your “be careful out there bit” before I decided to see how sharp the handsaw was on the back of my hand turns out it quite sharp 😀
Stingy Stingy CSC….

The Fenian Whaler
June 13, 2022 5:22 pm

Further to my posts last night regarding the outrageous price Celtic has placed on the reto away kit. I have done a wee bit more digging. There have been a lot of articles published over the past few seasons investigating how supporters are being ripped off and that third-world workers are being paid subsistence wages to manufacture the replica sports top sold by your club as well as the EPL elite. A recent investigation discovered that there is an eye-watering markup of over 1000% on what it costs to manufacture a replica shirt and the retail cost to us supporters. BTW Adidas don’t set the price – Adidas has stated ‘it is up to the retailer to decide how much they charge for replica kits’.

Celtic sure still has a canny accountant in charge of retail and merchandising – obviously in the mold of PL – “feck the support fleece them for every penny – aye and don’t forget to mention, history, culture, charity and such like in the promotional stuff just to keep them happy”.

Next time you are lashing out £65 of your hard-earned cash on a bit of cheap tat that cost no more than £5.00 to produce remember that some of those employed in its manufacture are being paid £1.00 a day, also spare a thought as to what Aindreas Ó Céirín from Co. Sligo would have thought of those making such obscene profits from the hard labour of some of the poorest people in society. Especially an organization that was created to help the poorest of the poor in the West of Scotland.
You would hope that walking past Ó Céirín’s statue outside Celtic park every day would shame the board into acting differently – but you know I jest.

Let them eat cake CSC

PS. forgot to add if the replica kit costs on average £5.00 to produce and the retail cost is £65 that is a mark-up of 1200%. Obviously celtic do not receive all the huge profit but rest assured they make a killing. Capitalism, ya gotta luv it🍀🍀🍀

June 13, 2022 5:43 pm


Hope your hand isn’t too painful.

Or as Del Boy would say, “ You plonka !!!!!!!!!”.


June 13, 2022 5:55 pm

Definitely a Plonka 🤪

June 13, 2022 6:22 pm

Good article Mahe!
I believe the proof is in the pudding. We’ve lost a game changer in Tam Rogic and a squad player in Bitton. CCV was here last year. Securing his services is great but doesn’t really add to last seasons squad.
I’m still suspicious of the Hun Living Criminals on the board. Their OF love in hasn’t been discarded yet as I see it. Could it be one to you, one to us, for the next decade to keep the business model alive?🤔
We shall see, but if our sole statement on the death of the Huns was a Rory Bremner quip from the gambler, then I won’t hold my breath.

16 Roads
June 13, 2022 6:33 pm

No luck Twisty.
Sure those sprinters can be highly strung, but wtf was the jockey doing on that other horse?
Thing was whizzing all over the place.
Good chance ours would have won if hadn’t been hampered.
Ah well tomorrow is another day.
HH. 🏆🍀

Margaret McGill
June 13, 2022 6:33 pm

To buy a £65 Celtic replica top?
Or a fiver to Mary’s meals?
To feed the starving schoolchildren?
Whose parents work for a pound a day
Making replica football tops?
Or both?
Choices choices
That’s what I love about living in the free world

16 Roads
June 13, 2022 6:39 pm

That Kilbeggan is another Mickey mouse course where it’s virtually impossible to back a winner at.
Same as Navan, Limerick & Bellewstown.

Margaret McGill
June 13, 2022 6:49 pm

I love the horses
Especially the gambling part
The more gambling the more races the more horses the more my Taco Bell shares climb
That’s what I love about living in the free world

big packy
June 13, 2022 6:56 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, as you all know its jims 70th birthday shortly, on the same day ill be 55, doesnt time fly by 😎 JIM told me all about the lions, the moon landings etc etc 😎 cant wait for my sixtieth birthday wee joan will be ,no comment another true story😎

big packy
June 13, 2022 7:07 pm

who was that poster who came from ardrossan, cant for the life of me remember his name😎 but if you came from ardrossan would you publicise it on here 😎 ,the ghuy deserves a medal 😎 no it wasnt jimthetim53, jim is larkhall born and bred, what the feck he is doing supporting glasgow celtic,ill never know, another true story😎

Bada Bing
June 13, 2022 7:13 pm

Juranovic starts at LB v France

June 13, 2022 7:14 pm

Packy, I beg you’re pardon, I’ll be 90 on my next birthday. I just look 70.

big packy
June 13, 2022 7:18 pm

OH my god jim has arrived, thank feck, knew that would get you on JIM😎

June 13, 2022 7:18 pm

Btw, I watched that programme on BBC Scotland a few days ago – My kind of Town? – it was Ardrossan. What a shame. It’s hit hard times and struggling. Not the thriving sea side place I remember in the 60s & 70s.

big packy
June 13, 2022 7:23 pm

JIM,ardrossan what a place, never ever seen the sun shine there, even the fish suppers were horrible,at least you got a pickled onion with your fish and chips in coatbridge 😎

June 13, 2022 7:28 pm

Maybe I’m being nostalgic Packy but I loved going on day trips to places like Ardrossan & Saltcoats. I wonder how Saltcoats is bearing up? Whatever, it can’t change happy memories! 🙂

16 Roads
June 13, 2022 7:32 pm

Margaret McGill
I love the horses
Especially the gambling part
The more gambling the more races the more horses the more my Taco Bell shares climb
That’s what I love about living in the free world

June 13, 2022 6:49 pm


Raytheon or Lockheed Martin would be your safest bet, now that Obama is back in charge of things.

big packy
June 13, 2022 7:33 pm

JIM ,yes was only pulling sols leg, ardrossan and saltcoats were part of our youth, we didnt care if it was raining or not, straight into the watter 😎

Sol Kitts
June 13, 2022 7:38 pm

Good to see you back. Big Packy’s been pining.😎

big packy
June 13, 2022 7:42 pm

JIM remember WEEFRATHETIM he posted on cqn, then here, seemed a good ghuy.👍

big packy
June 13, 2022 7:43 pm

SOL KITTS, have you ever been to ardrossan 😎😎

Sol Kitts
June 13, 2022 7:45 pm

Big Packy
When we used to swim at Ardrossan South Beach, our mum always told us to keep our mouths closed when in the sea. Good advice, given that the town’s untreated sewage discharged from a pipe around 400 yards out from the sand.
Mind you, it was also good advice when lying on the sand. My Auntie Margaret was lying sleeping on the beach one sunny summer day when a seagull dropped a large sh1t straight into her mouth from 20 feet above her. I can still hear her reaction, I learned a few new swear words that day. 😂😂🤮. And that is a true story.