Wacko Jacko


MAHE refers to Wednesday as Hump Day,as  that is the day that most of the week has been and gone. Mondays though are Get The Hump Day,as I’m with The Boomtown Rats on this one-I don’t like Mondays much either. On the plus side,once I’ve got it out of the way,the rest of the week is a pleasure by comparison.

Another plus to Mondays is the regular column by Keith Jackson in The Daily Record. This is a real tonic on a toxic morning. How he maintains such levels of consistency as he brings us his regular insights into the game in Scotland is beyond me. He really is one of the funniest writers around,and if you don’t read his stuff regularly,you are missing a treat.

His latest offering yesterday was the theory that’s Ange and his team will be in for a difficult second season,because everyone will have worked out our strengths and how to nullify them. Yes,that will be the same sides who regularly raise their game against Celtic anyway,not that it did them a lot of good last season. To read oul’ Wacko,you could be forgiven that Ange was actually the leader of a band who had just made a hugely successful debut album and were under pressure from their record company and their fans to come out with an even better album as the follow up.

The problem with that is that bands tend to have built up a fair old repertoire of songs prior to the release of their debut,and then have to come up with a pile of completely new ones. This is really not the case at a football club,especially one where the personnel are largely the same in that second season as they were in the first. Indeed,it could just as easily be argued that the longer the manager and the players are feeding off each other,the more successful they are likely to become.

The players will know what is expected of each of them when they pull on those Hooooops and the manager will be aware of the strengths and limitations for each too. The players will be more familiar with each other after such  an enormous rebuild last season,which saw only CalMac and Greg Taylor as regulars from the previous season. That level of disruption has a serious effect on continuity and familiarity,two important factors in building a team. And although there have been a couple of new signings already this summer with the prospect of one or two more,I think that the first choice eleven next season will have a very familiar look to it. And one which was learning on the job last season while sweeping all before them for a famous championship campaign.

Of course,the same could be said about our rivals across the city. They too have been busy signing up their regulars to contract extensions. That a couple of these extensions will probably see the beneficiaries through to pension age is neither here nor there. They too have some continuity about their side,but for their fans,I think they will have been expecting more activity in the transfer market. It is certainly very unusual for neither side to be making major signings in the summer window,and I think we would have to go back to the early 80s or so for that.  If the situation remains as it is,with the squads we and they have,I would be confident of another big-hitting season,domestically at least.

Still,that’s not to suggest even a smidgin of complacency. Things can and do go wrong,the best laid plans of mice and men,etc. The wheels can come off with a bad run of injuries or suspensions,or even a simple loss of form,for example.

No,there is most certainly no place for complacency. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day,and I’d rather not have His Wackoness smiling smugly at the end of the season. We have it in us to wipe the smirk from his dial,and we should grasp that opportunity with both hands.

Above article by BMCUWP

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No harm done. Twas a cracking post.

Hail Hail.



Agree,Hopefully the ex CEOs son has a better grasp of that simple concept.Huns and potatoes 😄.

Up at 5 so heading to bed but re your earlier post about Albert Kidd do you recollect a song afterwards from hoops fans celebrating that famous victory?

It was to the tune of Dads Army and it started with

Who do you think you are kidding Wallace Mercer if you think the league is won?

Some of my favourite Celtic players were in that team and as you say it was one of our historical days that will remain forever in our minds.


Brilliant. He certainly can’t be any worse, can he? Can’t remember that particular song, if truth be told.

Hail Hail.



Hail Hail and good night

St tams

How can a player, signed on a free transfer, have a £10m release fee.
That doesn’t add up

St tams

Good point. Then again, nothing ever adds up, when it comes to that mob.

Hail Hail.


SeS @ 9:04 pm,

Well, ’86 or ’22 -’86 was an incredible and unique season, great to see some of those top Celts become Champions

But ’22 saw us return to our values and qualities and get our rewards – if it is truly a corner turned it may turn out to be more meaningful.

In Ange we trust!!

Hail Hail

Call me Gerry

St tams – Magua

Am I missing something?

Why can’t a player, signed on a free transfer, have a £10m release fee?


Call me Gerry

No reason at all…at any normal fitba club. With that mob though? Maybe I’m becoming a tad cynical. Given their previous, who can blame me.

Hail Hail.


Love Street 86 .. Champions.


I was lucky enough to be there that day.



Night all. HH

Call me Gerry

Re Aribo possibly having a £10m release clause

It wouldn’t surprise me if most players contracts include a release clause. A good agent will negotiate the best deal for his player. This will include the wage negotiation and level of release fee.

Eg Club offers £15k/week…agent asks for £25k/week. They will negotiate until they agree a deal (or not). Similarly, the release clause fee, inserted in contract, will be negotiated. Club will want a higher release fee (to ward off suitors & protect their asset). Agent will want a lower fee (to entice “bigger” clubs, should the players form attract interest) which could give his player more/better options in future.

That’s what I’d expect, anyhow. Whether the contract is for a free player or not.





I remember being at the game at Fir Park, a few days before the match at Love St. If the Celts had dropped so much as a point on that evening, it was game over. Making my way back to Stirling that night-after a 2-0 victory-I had a feeling that we were gonna do the biz on the Saturday. It’s kind of hard to explain…but I was absolutely buzzing.

Call me Gerry

That makes sense.


Chairbhoy & Magua – tough call eh?

Almost 40 years apart and both brought immense joy, and satisfaction

Someone played the clip of ‘that’ goal in ’86 when Danny and Maestro just decided to turn it on..

Fitba really does not get better than that … and to do it on a day when the league was won

Classy stuff!


Aribo is the one player at Rangers whom I think made a difference between points won or lost against other clubs, Celtic apart.

Replacing him will not be easy.


Call me Gerry…I think if a club insist on a sell on clause of £10m, for example or any huge amount that is an early understanding that the player is likely to be extremely valuable to the team and they are looking to protect against an early sale. My view is this plays into the hands of the player who presumably then can bargain for a better deal based on how important the club feel he is to them. With specific regard to TRFC and Aribo my guess is a £10m clause is very unlikely and is more likely to be another feelgood message to massage their fans’ inherent superiority complex.
On my opinion, of course!


The Albert Kidd game.

Dropped son off at Love St before match. 2.30

Returned to in laws in Mosspark. 3.00

Left In laws to collect son with Celtic leading 5 0 and 0 0 at Dens. No car radio. 16.20

Park car at KGV grass pitches and wait for son at bus stop 200 yards from Love St. 16.45.

No crowd exiting ground, start to hope its a sign. 16.50

See Billy Connolly and kids sauntering down from the ground all smiles. Hopes rise. 16.55

Guy turns up at bus stop so I ask score. Hope replaced by joy and delight. 17.00 to 0055 on 6 July 2022.

Call me Gerry

McCaff @ 12:49

Agreed 👍

It’s all about negotiation between club and players agent. The higher the club wants the release clause fee, the more ammo it gives the agent to demand a higher wage….agents argument being, if club thinks the player is good enough to warrant £Xm release fee, then he must be worth £xxxxx per week in wages…Club doesn’t want to pay the higher weekly wage?…agent then negotiated a lower release clause fee.

How I see it, anyway.