Jacko Strikes Again!


This article is somewhat unlikely to match the standards of yesterday’s tour de force from Mahe,seeing as I’m writing it on my iPhone five hours into a stint in a lay-by near Cambridge. You can stick yer AA where the sun don’t shine,I could have pushed the van back to Swindon quicker. 

Anyway,I couldn’t let the day pass without a comment about the article by Keith Jackson. He really surpassed himself with this one-almost as though he had read the Sunday one from Keevins and realised that he had to up his game. 

Keith revealed to us all that the reason Scotland got hammered by a poor Ireland side was that Steve Clarke had the temerity to drop Billy Gimour,described as “a once-in-a-generation talent – a player of such outstanding natural ability Scotland’s future should be being built around him.”

It gets better,as he realised that Gilmour had also been dropped for the win against Armenia following a woeful performance against Ukraine. Took a bit of verbal gymnastics to explain that,given that a once in a generation talent of such outstanding ability surely can’t perform as badly as Gimour did that night!

I wonder if Billy Gimour of Chelsea is in some way related to Billy Gilmour,formerly of Rangers? And whether that goes some way to explaining this blinkered opinion of a decent young player who is still miles away from fulfilling his early potential.

 Don’t misunderstand me,I believe Gilmour is a promising talent. He could yet fulfil that early potential. His progress clearly stalled at Norwich but that will happen to a young player in a poor team. Especially when he has rarely figured in it. Indeed,it could be argued that the mistake by Clarke was to play him against Ukraine in the first place!

But Stevie isn’t daft. To leave Gilmour out in such an important game as that against Ukraine would have seen him hounded from office! It’s a strange way to run a national football side to push the thinker by that playing for Rangers makes you a stick-on for the Scotland side-especially these days so few of them are eligible,much less good enough. 

Yes,I agree that everyone is entitled to their opinion,and that football especially is full of them. But Jackson is so completely hard of thinking on this one that the article should have him considering his future-which,ironically,he suggests for Clarke. But it gave me a laugh on a Monday morning,so I suppose he isn’t all bad. 


Above article by BMCUWP

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June 14, 2022 4:43 am

Don’t forget,we are running the annual Naps competition for Royal Ascot.


June 14, 2022 4:59 am

16 Roads

From last night :

Frustrating amigo. Frustrating.

Taken out twice in running and carried wide, away from where the action was developing. Hayley simply said “ put a line through it”

Tom was philosophical and just said “ she’ll now be on a very dangerous mark”

The jockey on the horse who done us twice, was given a two day suspension for careless riding.

Thems the breaks – or not.

A thing of beauty
June 14, 2022 6:24 am

I also read the article about Gilmour. I feel sorry for the guy. He’s only young but in my opinion is too slight to get anywhere near the top level. You have to be exceptional to flourish in the middle of the park if you’re small nowadays.I can only think of Xavi and Kante who would be similar in size and have succeeded at the very top. The problems Gilmour encountered this year started with his bigoted mother. She came to his unveiling then refused to touch the Norwich scarf because it was partly green. I doubt this endeared him to the support so when his form dipped he became an easy target for the fans. When a manager is under pressure he’s not going to play someone who the fans have decided doesn’t respect their club. The woman is clearly as thick as shit but she put him on the back foot straight away. One thing I will say in his defence regarding Scotland. No matter how poor he has been he has not reached the level of John McGinn in this batch of games. He has stunk the place out.

June 14, 2022 6:50 am


To be fair,Jackson did mention that Gilmour was hardly the only player who played badly. He didn’t mention anyone specifically because the article wasn’t about them.

June 14, 2022 7:00 am

Seven and a half hours in this lay-by already. Next time you see an ad for AA 24 hour assistance,be warned. It means 24 hours till they can be bothered.

And my phones-plural,just in case!-are running out of power with all the bloody phone calls.

June 14, 2022 7:03 am

That’s a fkn disgrace. You should’ve said you’d kids with you. That would get them moving.

June 14, 2022 7:24 am


I’m teaching a guy this route this week. So far,I’ve taught him to pull over first hint of vehicle trouble,and to bring your phone charger with you.

Oh,and some new sweary words he hadn’t heard before.

June 14, 2022 7:46 am

I bought an Anker power pack for my iPhone about 4 years ago. Thought it would last a year or so then die. It’s still going strong yet! It’s been at just about every racecourse in the UK and never let me down yet. Get 2 full charges from it. One of my better value buys. Only a small unit too so fits in the pocket no problem

June 14, 2022 8:20 am


Got a pack. Can’t find the charger lead! Plenty of charge points in the van-if I take the lead out with me in the first place…

June 14, 2022 8:26 am

I have just popped in ,been away for a couple of weeks, just here for fresh clothes then off again.I took me hours to catch up but it was worth it Some great reading, really enjoyed the blog about the Trust, it was very well written.Miss my daily read, wish I was in Vegas with my brothers for the NA Convention.Everyone keep well and keep posting.Good Luck to Scotland today

Prestonpans bhoys
June 14, 2022 8:54 am

Never read that story about Gilmours mother, must be a thick bigot and agree that none of that would endear their support to him.

Never understood the media love affair with the boy, he left Old Firm FC very early in his career😕

June 14, 2022 9:36 am

Just been picked up.

June 14, 2022 9:44 am

Just been picked up.

Is she nice? Didn’t you get in trouble before for that? 😆

June 14, 2022 11:02 am


I was just glad she didn’t get into trouble-that would be my carefree single life,erm,screwed!

Bada Bing
June 14, 2022 11:20 am

Gilmour stuck 2 fingers up at Sevco, surprised Keech and the like are not torching him….

Sol Kitts
June 14, 2022 11:36 am

They say you have to be mad to be a goalie…..this fella’s aff his heid 🤣


June 14, 2022 11:49 am


You tell them!

Thick as shit.

Loved it.

June 14, 2022 12:11 pm


There is a lot of irony in the use of trust in the CST blog and my follow up blog responding to questions has helped to identify a key ingredient in terms of building better trusting relationship between Celtic supporters and the custodians of the club.

Trust is a two way dynamic forming a bridge between party A and other parties B etc.

Thus all sides or both sides in terms of Celtic are responsible for being trusting.

When trust is broken as it has been by custodian actions or lack thereof then both sides of the divide need to take responsibility for restoring .

Trust is an essential ingredient of harmonious relationships from which great things grow. There appears to be a degree of trust between the manager and the custodians , the benefits of which are beginning to manifests themselves but not much sign that trust is extending beyond the inner walls.

How to restore trust is the subject of this article which sets out the steps.


A thing of beauty
June 14, 2022 1:55 pm

Mr ATOB was cringing watching that performance from the goalie. I was also. I thought it was ridiculous and for the coach to sub a goalie with the experience of Matt Ryan and replace him with him beggared belief. In my opinion he got lucky and if the result had been different his career would have been over. Make no mistake, the keeper got lucky although the save he made at the end was when he did actually have his feet set for a split second. If a Celtic keeper did that in a shoot out I’d spontaneously combust.
She is typical of so many from my part of the world. Man or woman, their aversion to anything green induces near apoplexy. She thought it was funny but you just knew the guys from Norwich were completely perplexed. The clip is widely available but I’m also as thick as shit so links are beyond me 😂😂

Sol Kitts
June 14, 2022 2:09 pm

There’s nothing in the laws of the game to prevent the keeper moving about on the line. He must, however, have at least one foot on the line when the ball is struck. If I had been the ref, I’d have said he was in the air at the point of contact and ordered a retake (also a yellow card). VAR would have had to take a long hard look afterwards. Even if they overturned my decision he’d still get a yellow for unsporting behaviour.

A thing of beauty
June 14, 2022 2:29 pm

I thought when the guy hit the post he was well off his line. Either way it was ludicrous. Not sure the reaction in oz but probably a national hero. Don’t get me wrong I’m glad as it gives me someone to follow at the World Cup but ffs, embarrassing.

Sol Kitts
June 14, 2022 2:58 pm

That’s one of the inconsistencies of the penalty kick law. If the keeper offends by coming off his line and the ball hits the post, the kick is only retaken if the keeper’s offence clearly impacted on the kicker. He’d have to be a long way off his line for this to be the case.
My ref’s view is that the kicker has a target 8 yards wide and 8 feet high to aim for. Unless the keeper is 3 to 4 yards off his line he isn’t reducing the target enough for it to impact the kicker. If he hits the post, tough. If the keeper saves it, retake the kick. Simple solution, get it on target……

June 14, 2022 3:25 pm

ATOB, I was speaking to a girl who worked in a shop in Airdrie. She told me about one day a woman came up to her and asked if it would be alright if she swapped the green plastic screw on cup of a blue vacuum flask she wanted to buy. ‘It’s for ma man to take to his work, he would go aff his heid if I brought home one with a green cup. He’s Rangers daft!’
Well she got the daft bit correct! She picked a red one! LOL 🙂

Jobo Baldie
June 14, 2022 4:36 pm

Armenia v Scotland kicks off in half an hour. Maybe the Boys in Blue will play better knowing that this old man is cheering them on. 🤞

Jobo Baldie
June 14, 2022 4:37 pm

Calum captains his country. Taylor starts.

June 14, 2022 4:47 pm

Afternoon all, I hope you’re feeling better Jim, reading back from yesterday I noticed you were discussing the old mines. I don’t know what it is with apprentices these days, but the bulk that I’ve come across have nothing between the ears, They either have their head stuck in a phone, or are too busy listening to music with these pod headphones in, and don’t hear you or just plain ignore you when you need a hand.

We were sitting in the van at lunchtime, myself another Tradesman and cloth ears the apprentice, and as you did last night, the subject came up about old mines, in villages on the outskirts of Glasgow, and the boy wonder, obviously tuning into our conversation and his music at the same time, took his eyes from his phone for one second and asked “See these mines that are still there, if I stand on one will it actually explode, could i be killed ?”

The future of the construction industry is good hands CSC

June 14, 2022 5:11 pm


It’s absolutely ludicrous,mate. I’m the first to admit that items of green clothing are seldom the height of fashion-though Her Maj seems to disagree with me on this point!-and green and white hoops less so.

Rangers fans avoid ANYTHING green like the plague. Alan Brazil told his listeners a few years back about his team mate George Burley,from New Cumnock. His Dad. Wouldn’t accept a green Penguin biscuit in his piece for work.

One of my mates in Kilwinning was giving it loud about his team reclaiming the title after Martin’s debut season 2000-01. Bets on,I said. He said how much?

I said that if you win the title,I’ll wear a Rangers strip all weekend,last game of the season. Friday to Sunday. We win,you wear a Celtic strip. Eh,Naw.

My wee hun mate in Swindon,from Dundee,famously tells us all he’s not a bigot,but at least he realises the problem? I walked into The Dolphin in Swindon wearing a blue and white hooped jersey,he gave me pelters about it. I pointed out that he had played against The Buffs,and it was my local team. Fuxake,my Mum was giving me grief while I was home for always wearing jeans-guess what colour they tend to be?

Can’t wait to show off the rather smart t-shirt she gave me while I was home. Should get a few heads exploding. Grey with red blue and white stripes-or hoops!-across the chest. Maybe I should have worn it in the Glentoran Club,Newtonards Road,eleven days ago.

There are bigots and idiots and worse in our support,there is little doubt about that. Try self-policing now,like we did in the old days,and you run the risk of a coked up arsehole pointing out that he disagrees with you. But they’re still a minority,and still wearing blue jeans. And still,on the whole being corrected in the error of their ways.

June 14, 2022 5:24 pm


Btw,welcome back. Always a pleasure to read you and BIGPACKY doing your Stadler and Waldorf-apologies for not acknowledging the originator of that one!-and even better when you dredge up those memories from oh some time ago.

Funny how we can remember the dark and distant past but not yesterday. Caveat-yesterday in particular will live a long time in my memory,but you get my drift!

My Mum and I were discussing that a couple of years ago,it was worrying her. She was nearing 80yo and well,she realised that she wasn’t 20yo anymore. I told her not to be so silly,her daughters are in jobs which would identify any such problem,her granddaughter is a doctor,yer fine.

Plus,I related a theory-not mine and probably not realistic-that the brain is like a bucket. You pour in the new stuff and it overflows. Maybe 10% remains,same way as when you pour in fresh water to a full bucket.

Michael,she said,way back to cutting back those trees. You don’t half talk some rubbish at times.

(I was quite proud that it took her over 50 years to say that to me. I still think there’s some truth in it though)

June 14, 2022 5:31 pm

ASWGL, Bobby, LOL 🙂 Cheers mates!

June 14, 2022 5:52 pm

I did not know about the “Gilmour’s mum” story. I have a telative that does not understand how I could betray my own people by following Celtic. It is out there even with improved levels of education.

Gilmour seems to be struggling with consistency…….a common problem with aspiring players. Most gifted players can turn out the odd good game. Finding a consistent level of good play is a different matter. Gilmour is 22 now and should have reached a consistent level by now. His team mate, Mount, who is a year older, got there before Gilmour, even if the former’s form has slumped a bit.

Gilmour seems to be stuck in his inconsistency. The next year is critical for him.


Bada Bing
June 14, 2022 5:58 pm

3 pre season friendlies live on Premier Sports, Blackburn, Legia Warsaw, Norwich

Bada Bing
June 14, 2022 6:35 pm

How the fk is McGregor still on that park ffs

June 14, 2022 6:43 pm

Scotland winning 4-1
Packy, you over in Armenia?

June 14, 2022 6:49 pm

Matt O’riley with his 1st goal for for Denmark


big packy
June 14, 2022 6:53 pm

hey who mentioned airdrie, myself, pat reilly, john mcdade, jim cunny cunningham, and my next door neighbour ,billy hendry used to follow a band called teargas, this was late sixties early seventies, now they eventually became the alex harvey band, we used to watch them in coatbridge town hall, when we heard they were playing in Airdrie only up the road we decided to go, great night great music, then at the end of the night we could see people giving us the eye, how the hell did they know we were tims, guy grabs billy and says your ok pal, we then got chased for about a quarter of a mile, big guy with red hair headbutts me, then started kicking cunny and john ,wee pat never got touched probably because of his height🤩🤩 I was wearing one of those fancy 70s shirts blue with a white collar, they chased us over the fields towards glenmavis then they gave up, when I got home my shirt was covered in blood, and I had lost a shoe, my mum says what happened, I said blame billy hendry 🤩 another true story,

June 14, 2022 6:54 pm

Craig, great goal by O’Riley. Didn’t know he played for Denmark!

June 14, 2022 6:54 pm

Jim aye too much Call of Duty for these yung-ins.

Armenia down to 9 men now, ill tempered, I must admit I’ve watched all this game with the sound muted, I can’t stand listening to Swally McMoist his voice just grates me.

Commentary would be bland anyway, McGregor to Taylor back to McGregor back to Taylor…. bore bore borefest….

June 14, 2022 6:55 pm


My sis,ATHINGOFBEAUTY,has long held the theory that if you haven’t made it by 21yo these days,forget it. We can remember the Jock Stein days when that age was still a young cub.

I think Gilmour is a very decent player,badly advised. And the Scottish press pushing him as a Scottish Messi hasn’t helped. He is unlikely to make it at Chelsea,despite his strong performances when Lampard was in charge. A lot of choices to make for a kid,and I know I made a lot of bad choices at that age.

And since,come to that…

June 14, 2022 6:58 pm

I think Matt has duel nationality the other being England, also I think that was why there was a delay in getting his clearance to make his debut

June 14, 2022 7:00 pm

Paul Krugman,Nobel Prize winner,spots something I also spotted. Whoa,ain’t I good!

Not so much,just surprised others missed it. But then,turning a blind eye to global heating seems to be a thing these days.


16 Roads
June 14, 2022 7:15 pm

Excellent finish there from O’Reily.
Thanks for posting Craig76.
Did anyone see Giakoumakis’ header for Greece the other night?
Powerful, powerful goal.
Great to see the players doing well on international duty.
Very good performance from Scotland.
Apparently Liam Scales is a target for Aberdeen, disappointing as I thought he was decent enough for Celtic when he was called upon.
Didn’t even make the bench for one of the worst Ireland teams in decades, maybe the player has regressed.

16 Roads
June 14, 2022 7:22 pm

That Michael Obefemi is injured.
Reckon he would be a brilliant signing for Celtic, although it probably depends on how Swansea’s finances are just now.

June 14, 2022 7:27 pm

Packy, Airdrie? That’s where my mother & father took us to see The Sound of Music in 1965. There was no trouble!

big packy
June 14, 2022 7:32 pm

JIM you were lucky believe me, im presuming you were not wearing celtic colours, another true story,🤩🤩

big packy
June 14, 2022 7:36 pm

dont worry jIM that big celtic supporter, jim traynor comes from airdrie,another true story,🤩

June 14, 2022 7:39 pm

Evening all.

Cracking review of Ange’s first season with Hamish Carton from 67 Hail Hail and Vince Rugari, an Australian sports journalist.

If you have a spare 30mins, (I know!!) well worth a watch


16 Roads
June 14, 2022 7:42 pm

Purchased 20 X 1.5 kilo packs of Canadian flour along with yeast to make bread during the impending collapse.
Began to realise that a couldn’t even boil an egg,never mind bake bread.
Got fed up looking at the stuff,so just after giving it all away there.

16 Roads
June 14, 2022 7:52 pm

Paid £11.99 for a 5 pack multiplied by 4 is just less than £48 plus the cost of the yeast is almost £60 down the swanny.
Checked the price there and it’s increased to £14.99 for a 5 pack.
That’s a £3 increase in the space of 5 weeks, yet government is trying to tell us that inflation is at around 8% !!
Think I’ll just do without bread when the lights go out.

Bada Bing
June 14, 2022 7:58 pm

Jobo- McGinn was captain, not Callum mate

June 14, 2022 8:04 pm


No need to go without bread,old son. Nip along to Harlem on Great Bedford Street for a breakfast. Plate is full of it. It’s about seven quid,fills you for a fortnight.