Coming Together Nicely


Yesterday’s news of Jota’s permanent signing for Celtic certainly came as welcome news for us all. It may have been the worst kept secret in football,but unless that contract has everyone’s name on it and every t crossed and i dotted,there are still too many things that can go wrong. 

As we know only too well,we have seen it all before. 

I’m glad he has a fairly convenient nickname,for his Sunday name of João Pedro Neves Filipe is a bit of a mouthful. And it would take a bit of doing to fit on the back of a jersey too. I still smile at the convolutions the designers had to go through to fit Vennegor of Hesselink onto one a few years back. Thankfully,he was a bit of a size,so they had something to work with.

Jota was a revelation last season,living up with us to the reputation he had earned at Benfica as a wonder kid. He struggled to make an impact at his parent club,and manager Bruno Lage-now at Wolves,so rule them out as a future interested club!-quickly cast him aside. Farmed out on loan to Valladolid in Spain,he found himself struggling for form as his team battled unsuccessfully against relegation. Hardly the place for a winger barely out of his teens to make an impact!

You’ll gather from the above that Celtic actually took a bit of a leap in the dark by signing him on loan last season. There was little in his three years previously to recommend him to us. But someone at our club has clearly done their homework here,and praise is certainly due. 

Joining us at the end of the summer window,he fairly exploded onto the scene-and into the hearts and minds of the fans! This was certainly helped by his late goal at Aberdeen a month later,one which brought us our first away league victory of the season. And his partnership with Kyogo-who can forget THAT pass?-helped us power up the table as we approached Christmas. He seemed to go off the boil when Kyogo was injured,and indeed picked up an injury himself at around the same time. And in truth,he took a bit of time to settle back in from that setback. 

Then Kyogo returned,and so too did the Jota we had grown to love. Coincidence? I think not. 

We have a player now who feels that he has found his happy place,one where he is loved by the fans,and has the appreciation and respect of his colleagues and of his manager. He also has the security of a five year contract-as do we,of course-and I think that is of prime importance to a young man who could certainly be forgiven for fretting about his future only a year ago. I think we are going to see some envious eyes cast his way in the near future,and I hope he will remember the dark days of not so long ago when it comes to making decisions about that. 

I’ve got a feeling that he will.

So now that we have our three former loanees signed up permanently,along with a challenger for Greg Taylor’s position at left back and a back-up keeper,we are really only in the market for a left sided centre half and that elusive defensive mid of quality. Given the general excellence of CCV and Starfelt,especially as the season wore on and they got more used to the partnership,it is fair to say that a left-sided centre half will be unlikely to be a first pick. Will a player with ambition be likely to accept that,or will he,as it should be,accept that as a challenge? We certainly shouldn’t be in the market for a player who is quite happy to warm the bench-we have enough of them already,thank you!-and I don’t think AP will be happy if we do. Watch this space.

Ideguchi was certainly signed with that central midfield role in mind,and after an unhappy experience at Leeds will not be happy to be sidelined again by the arrival of someone to take the place that he has yet-thanks to Alloa-managed to make his own. He has been very unlucky with us so far-though he hasn’t actually had much in the way of luck at all in Europe-and will want to make an impact with us. He looks to me like the type who is hell-bent on being a success,you don’t battle back from a cruciate injury if you are a shrinking violet. In this case,I doubt that we will make a signing,and will simply chop and change if necessary while giving Gucci his chance.

So,overall? One more signing for the left sided centre half,and that’s about it. Yes,our transfer business is virtually done by the first day in July! And done in a way that has most of the fans very happy indeed. As is the manager,who clearly knew that the Jota business was a done deal. I wonder why we didn’t consider going down this road all those wasted years ago?


Above article by BMCUWP

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July 2, 2022 9:01 am
July 2, 2022 9:02 am


Point taken about putting the link up earlier. I will do so from now on. Probably both Friday and Saturday,which seems sensible enough.

July 2, 2022 9:16 am


Great news on Jota – a solid investment in playing success.

Got to disagree on the CDM role – it’s been a colossal gap in our team for years.. even with Broony…that role so important we can’t leave to chance. If a team of clogging bassas can take out our main man in a cup tie – we need cover there ( even if he is the right guy)

Square pegs in square holes!

Especially that gaping hole in the middle of our team.

Jobo Baldie
July 2, 2022 9:27 am

The Jota signing, coming as it did on the morning of July 1st, was brilliant news. I did hear that as well as crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s there was some concern over a few missing gaps after the commas but glad to see it was all resolved quickly.

July 2, 2022 9:30 am



July 2, 2022 9:33 am


That’s BIGRAILROADBLUES’ own patented strategy. He plays so slowly that you fall asleep,he drinks your pint and his,puts all the balls down the pockets and takes the winnings.

Then tells you that it’s your round!

Mark of genius,that…

July 2, 2022 10:12 am

Morning all. HH

July 2, 2022 10:19 am


Spot on.


July 2, 2022 10:20 am

Hi Jobo how the devil are you? Haven’t seen you for yonks. Had to give up my ST for health reasons, but it stayed in the family. HH

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 10:21 am

Cheers, BAD, same to you, some quality craic n tunes last night.

And Leggy, I did consider introducing myself but the balls were flying thick and fast as I’m more of a Hurricane or Rocket man, though I’m sure you all know that 😁☘️😚

Besides, if Mick’s right, and BRRB really is The Grinder Mk2 he’d destroy my game along with my liver.

Aye, man, see you next time, cheers , HH 👍🏻☘️

July 2, 2022 10:24 am

Room for a couple of Loan signings with option to buy. Worked well last season.

With league, cups and Euro games there will be plenty of opportunities to utilise the entire squad.

A number of players were out of action last season due to injuries, so cover required particularly in Centre defence.
The more compact early season due to WC will place a lot of demands on the squad.

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 10:46 am

I like the look of Ideguchi but I don’t think he’s an enforcer when some wee raj from Alloa can take him out.

He looks more of a ball winner, in fact, his YouTube clips had me laughing out loud, just for the gallus way he can casually stroll up and take the baw right off the man’s toe no matter how fast he’s going.

It’s a rare art, that, and will be very useful in Europe to break up attacks.

Gotta be honest, even though I’m delighted we don’t have those CL qualifiers this year, I almost wish we did, as I cannot wait to see our full squad in action.

A mouthwatering season ahead, haven’t been this excited since I watched our Japanese Bhoys’ clips back to back on New Year’s Eve.

July 2, 2022 10:51 am

Assuming CJ’s heid has left the building, even if he hasn’t and we’ve lost TR n NB – at least two replacements are needed to complete the squad.
One for each position – CD and CM.

A couple of loans could fill those gaps.

Jobo Baldie
July 2, 2022 11:12 am

Weefra, apart from having the same terminal illness as everyone else – ageing! – I’m all good and enjoying life! That’s a shame you had to give up your ticket but if you get along to any games this season it’d be good to see you at the other channel’s corner! 😉

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 11:27 am

Anyone any idea what happened with big Tam?

He’d came onto his best game in years under Ange and I thought he deserved at least another year.

July 2, 2022 11:54 am

Good morning all from Shawlands. I see my moniker has been mentioned a few times recently. What have I done now? 🤔

July 2, 2022 11:55 am



July 2, 2022 12:11 pm adidas x Celtic FC reveal 2022/23 Home Kit 🍀

July 2, 2022 12:15 pm

Embdy seen Magua?🤔

Bada Bing
July 2, 2022 12:33 pm

Goram dead

July 2, 2022 1:21 pm


Just read that on my newsfeed. Aged 68.

July 2, 2022 1:24 pm

Oops, make that 58.

The Fenian Whaler
July 2, 2022 2:10 pm

Gordon 64@ 12.11

Celtic plc putting a huge amount of effort into the continuation of ‘ripping off’ the Celtic support. That is another home kit one season on from the last ‘new kit’. Adult sizes start at £65.00 for a shirt with no names or badges – they cost more – surprise surprise. Combine this with the new away kit, also priced at £65, and the new season training kit – and you have guessed it – yes exorbitantly priced as well. But don’t worry undoubtedly there will be a ‘third kit’ and more than likely a ‘euro kit’ on sale soon. So the question is how does the average Celtic supporting family with 2 teenagers asking for all the latest kit find the money to pay for this highly-priced, well-designed(for a change) but extremely cheap to manufacture stuff – almost £400 the Celtic family will have to pay for 6 new adult tops for the kids, but what about season tickets and mum and dads tops as well😧 And let us face it how many teenagers these days can fit into kids sized clothing? Never fear Celtic parents you can now split payments over a couple of months – easy peasy. Thanks Celtic, for helping keep the Celtic supporting family in debt since 1888, YNWA

BTW i really like the retro look of both the home and away kit, wonder what this season’s 3rd & 4th kits will look like? However, I do know how much they will cost already

July 2, 2022 2:29 pm

Great post TFW! I’ve always bought the wee guy’s stuff from the Superstore but one occasion sticks out in my mind…in season 14/15 we played at Murrayfield due to the Commonwealth games at CP. On arrival at Murrayfield I was buying the wee man the new away kit. This was the first season I’d had to buy him separates as previously it was a “mini kit” set of top, shorts and socks – the full kit up to age 8 or thereabouts for a total of £38. Now, I think that is reasonable enough, and it is good quality gear that he definitely gets both the use of and wear out of. Anyhoo…back at Murrayfield, I bought him the separates, remember this is only ONE size u from the previous year, top £38, shorts £18, socks £12 – a total of £68!!
A couple of years later he bought himself the full home kit with “TIERNEY” on the shirt, the SPFL stickers etc on the sleeves,the shorts and socks – £96!!! Feck me – £100 quid for a fitba kit for a wee boy!!

July 2, 2022 2:55 pm

I realise it’s an old fashioned notion but perhaps don’t indulge your kids.

St tams
July 2, 2022 3:26 pm

My son just dropped off a nice bottle of the Eden Mill limited addition fusion whisky , for my 62nd birthday .
Trying to decide whether to open tonight, or wait until we win the treble next season.

July 2, 2022 3:52 pm


Happy birthday Sir!

Hope you have a great day!

Oh and by the way, whisky does not age in the bottle………I know what I would do!

Bada Bing
July 2, 2022 5:01 pm

St Tams- Hoopy Birthday

July 2, 2022 5:19 pm

St Tams,

Happy Birthday and enjoy the rest of your day 🍀🍀🍀

16 Roads
July 2, 2022 5:35 pm

Say hello to…
Saint Pauli!
Say hello to the brave..! 🦅

July 2, 2022 5:45 pm

HOOOPY birthday St.Tams

St tams
July 2, 2022 6:12 pm

Thanks guys, for the birthday wishes.

About 3/4s of the way through a nice bottle of Malbec just now. Will have a few halfs out my whisky gift later.

Sol Kitts
July 2, 2022 6:21 pm

St Tams
Happy birthday. My advice is go for it, get the bottle open, he’ll get you another to celebrate us winning the league next season. 🥃🥃

Prestonpans bhoys
July 2, 2022 6:21 pm

Happy birthday St Tams 🍻🍷🍸👍

Prestonpans bhoys
July 2, 2022 6:22 pm

PS Bitton also sends his best wishes😂😂😂😂

Sol Kitts
July 2, 2022 6:30 pm

Big Packy
Greetings from Disneyland Paris, where the temperature today was 29C, and now at 7.25pm it’s cooled to 27C. That’s unheard of in Ardrossan, where the taps are aff when it hits 19C. I have to tell you I’m exhaustipated. Our wee granddaughter is still going strong and I need to sleep. Was in a German restaurant where they serve beer in 1 litre stein glasses. Mrs Kitts said to me to have a glass of beer, you should have seen her face when the stein appeared. 😃😃😎

Bada Bing
July 2, 2022 6:31 pm

Ronaldo wants to leave Man U, to play Champions League 🤔🤔😃

July 2, 2022 6:32 pm

Evening all

What an excellent week for many of the competitors, with no less than 10 winners tipped up!!

The 10 winners’ prices ranged from a nice 11/4 ( a price landed by no less than 5 tipsters) through to a magnificent 10/1, a price which was shared by two Sentinel Celts.
In between we had 7/2 11/2 and 6/1 winners to make up the 10.

Fantastic stuff bhoys.

The honour of top tipster this week is shared by both Jungle Gerry and BMCUW. Their runner in the Newton Cup, Get Shirty, recorded a very cosy win at a handsome 10/1.

Jungle Gerry was knocking in his second winner in 2 weeks which has put him at the top of the table on a very handsome £15. First class and a very well deserved top spot.

St Tams was bang on the money too and emulates Jungle Gerry by starting off the competition with a perfect 2 from 2. Super stuff. St Tams slots into third spot just £1.50 behind Jungle Gerry.

Sandwiched between the two, 16 roads is the third runner to hit the perfect start of two winners, with his selection obliging at 7/2. That sees 16 Roads on £14.50 in 2nd spot , only £0.50p behind JG. Super consistent tipping from 16 roads.

GFTB kicked home a lovely 11/2 winner and finds himself well positioned in 5th spot in table.

Making a move from the red into the black, are

CCE , Big Packy, Jobo, DRM and McCaff. All five hit the mark with 11/4 winners and move up to fill the top ten positions. Well done to all 5. Again, excellent.

(I couldn’t see selections from Raymac, ATOB and Hashadenough. If I’ve missed them, please flag up and I’ll adjust accordingly)

Also- if I’ve erred on your total, please just shout and again, I’ll amend.

Table after week 2.

Jungle Gerry. £15.00

16 Roads. £ 14.50

St Tams. £ 13.50

BMCUW. £ 10.00

GFTB. £ 5.50

Weet WW £3.00

=BP. £2.75
=CCE. £2.75
=DRM. £2.75
=Jobo. £2.75
=McCaff. £2.75

Lefty. £1.88

Mahe. £1.00

Everyone else on minus £2

Jimmy NP, VP, ATOB, Bada, Twisty, Jim, Charlinic, Gordon, Leggy, Chalmersbhoy, BRRB, Craig, Hashadenough, Raymac, TRM, Danny M, CCB. Call me Gerry.

Bada Bing
July 2, 2022 6:46 pm

Kyrgios on BBC 2,Liam Gallagher with a tennis racket,very entertaining

July 2, 2022 6:50 pm

16 Roads

Saint Pauli 💚🍀

Happy Birthday St Tams enjoy the whiskey.🤪

Well done everyone who’s selection won today.

Thanks again Twisty for running the competition .

It’s much appreciated

July 2, 2022 7:02 pm
July 2, 2022 7:06 pm

St Tams

Enjoy your birthday … maybe Jota was holding off signing the deal just to give you a great birthday weekend

Twisty … the naps competition is a great wee interest, a bit like Jobo’s man of the match / player of year wee competition, apologies to Jobo if it isn’t going ahead but having took part before it’s a cracking interest and in my opinion adds to watching the game … then when the “results” are tallied up it’s interesting to see fellow fans views … as per usual we can all disagree but for me Celtic (& the nags) are two things that interest me even when not got a penny on either 🙂

big packy
July 2, 2022 8:02 pm

EVENING ALL and JIM, SOL thanks for making me jealous, enjoy your break pal👍

big packy
July 2, 2022 8:04 pm

TWISTY, thanks once again for your competition,,more power to your elbow👍

July 2, 2022 8:22 pm

Danny, Big Packy, Gerry FTB, no problem, a pleasure.

GFTB, I think Jobo posted fairly recently that he was considering running his competition again.

July 2, 2022 8:30 pm

🎾 Kyrgios losing the plot 😜

July 2, 2022 8:39 pm

Twisty 8.22pm

Good stuff if Jobo is up for it, I find it hard at times picking a top 3 so it will be a lot more work for Jobo to gather all the opinions (and the wee remarks 🙂

“If” it goes ahead it’s certainly a terrific addition to the blog and the Celtic chat

July 2, 2022 8:42 pm

🎾 Great game by Kyrgios and now the roof comes on

A thing of beauty
July 2, 2022 9:10 pm

St Tams,
Many happy returns. Hope you’ve managed a few haufs.
Not sure about the home kit. I’m sure it’ll grow on me but for the moment Naw. Did I read somewhere that the Huns have not got the five stars on their jerseys this year? Was it on here?

July 2, 2022 9:20 pm

🎾 Kyrgios beats Tsiptspas 😎

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