You Can’t Always Get What You Want


Today’s article is inspired by an excellent comment by INIQUITOUS IV,and the title by his love of The Rolling Stones.

And it covers a topic which MAHE and I,strangely had somewhat neglected.

The resignation of Bankier,little loved by the Celtic support during his tenure,actually might just be a precursor to worse times,rather than happier ones. He is due to vacate the role on New Year’s Day,nearly five months away.

While that should give the board ample time to get in a replacement,it is widely feared that the replacement will be in-house. And that it puts Peter Lawwell in prime position.

Gone are the days of Brian Quinn and John Reid,it seems. Independent and brought in from outside,but Celtic to the core,and bringing with them all the experience they have built up elsewhere over the years.

They both came from left field,so to speak. Surprise announcements. We must hope for another one just like them. I don’t think I could cope with the elevation of Lawwell,to be honest. I know that I’m not alone in that.

We have become used over the years to governments leaking to newspapers. They are still widely read,and unfortunately,influential. We might not touch them with a bargepole,but others do. And when they are considering new legislation which might be controversial,the media somehow gets a hold of these entirely confidential proposals,and leads with it on their front pages,or their flagship bulletins.

Governments use the reaction to this as a means of checking the water,will the proposal be popular or a vote loser? Commonly known as running a flag up the pole,or flying a kite.

Phil Mac suggested the very same thing about the Lawwell theory,flying a kite. He had spoken to a friend much more informed than I could ever be,who suggested that the whole thing was a non-story.

That Brand Lawwell was tarnished by his previous time in office as CEO,not just among the support but in the eyes of Dermot Desmond too. This was good news,of course. My opinion of Lawwell has never been a secret,and I’ve never expected to be invited to the inner sanctum.

The club is very much aware of the site though. It’s why we are always invited to the fan forums that have recently evolved. MAHE is 8000 miles away,I am a lot closer at a mere 400 miles. Neither of us can do that,and even the online ones don’t work because of the time difference in California,or me being pillow deep,preparing for a night shift.

But is it all an exercise in futility,with Lawwell approaching his pet hacks and bloggers to push his credentials-?-for the role? Is it even,perhaps,a softening-up exercise for worse?

I dunno. But I can tell you a short tale about kites.

Thirty years ago,they were reintroduced to England,having been extinct in the UK,small areas of Wales apart,for centuries. I remember my host at a wee family gathering in Caterham being excited at the sight of one in the trees beyond his garden.

Now,when I drive along the M4,they are everywhere. More prevalent than the bloody speed cameras! Oh aye,flying a kite works. And we should be careful about the thought of bringing back a scavenger,the European equivalent perhaps of the infamous vulture.

Dermot and his friends who own the shares in the club will decide on the appointment prior to the AGM later this year. As Celtic supporters-the people who pay the bills-our voice,votes and pockets are deemed unimportant.

This is very much on the agenda. And we should be making clear our opposition to the coronation,rather than idly sleepwaking into it. And by the way,kites are all over the Central Belt of Scotland now too. So don’t say you haven’t been warned.


Above article by BMCUWP

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Prestonpans bhoys
August 11, 2022 9:49 am

Morning all from another sun blessed East Lothian, 20° already, folk on the beach, swimming in the forth and a wee motor boat passes to catch shell fish. Yes this is Prestonpans😂😂😂😂

Anyways, yes Bobby the elephant in the room. Is it a kite or more like a shite! If as you say his reputation is tarnished in the eyes of the missing landlord, then he’s mince, if not………Remember that PLC don’t give a hoot about your opinion.

On a happier note yes INIQUITOUS IV’s contributions yesterday were excellent, CQN’s lost will be this blogs gain👍👏👏

August 11, 2022 9:59 am

Morning all,


Welcome to the blog 💚

Please please please, not Peter Lawwell !!!!!!

It’s going to end in tears methinks.

Anyway enjoy the ☀️ Everyone .

August 11, 2022 10:06 am


Some excellent contributions all round-and not just yesterday. Bloody shame I missed almost all of it.

August 11, 2022 10:18 am


Why announce a resignation so far in advance – with no replacement named?!

We know why – deep down in our boots – we do!

Succession Planning my arse…

August 11, 2022 10:25 am


My sincere apologies for not being more active yesterday on the article you kindly offered us.

Put it this way-I can remember when saying “It’s been a helluva night!” was a good thing!

The team that day,what a joy to behold. Such a shame that,only five years later,we had lost the lot,apart from Kenny who was persuaded to stay that bit longer.

Prestonpans bhoys
August 11, 2022 10:28 am

Yes the advanced resignation is a puzzle, talking of a puzzle, below is a definition of the difference between CEO and Chairman. What qualities does Lawwell have for the latter:

The CEO is responsible, with the executive team, for implementing the decisions of the Board and its Committees. The Chairman is responsible for promoting the highest standards of integrity, probity and corporate governance throughout the Company and particularly at Board level.

August 11, 2022 10:32 am


Sorry to hear about your phone. Bestaluck with it.

Warning to everyone,that. Sometimes,you need to put your phone down-and I don’t mean down the pan! I hope the rice trick works,but the chances are not good if it was active at the time. If you need a new phone,go on e-bay and buy an old Nokia 6021. It’s the one I use,mainly. Probably about £20.

Drop that in the water,and it would treat it as a shark hunt! Hardy wee buggers,but you should maybe charge them once a week-whether they need it or not…

If you need my number,mail me on

Fingers crossed!!!

August 11, 2022 10:35 am


“The CEO is responsible, with the executive team, for implementing the decisions of the Board and its Committees.”

Or,as with Lawwell,the board is responsible for approving in their entirety the decisions of the CEO.

Who probably appointed them all,anyway.

August 11, 2022 10:52 am


Thank god you got my message I didn’t want you to think I was ignoring you. Off shortly to the podiatrist. Will let you know as soon as I’m sorted. And thanks everyone for letting Mick know. HH

August 11, 2022 11:06 am

Anyone out there know how to clean grout on floor tiles?


August 11, 2022 11:13 am


Try this. Or wait for MCCAFF to arrive to the rescue!

August 11, 2022 11:23 am

Seems Barcelona have been denied registration of their summer signings,including Lewandowski and Raphinha.

I wrote an article early summer,wondering how they hoped to get away with it. Looks like they haven’t-which will make their financial position even worse.

Prestonpans bhoys
August 11, 2022 11:25 am


My method. Spray cillit bang black mould remover then gently scrub with old toothbrush.

Wife method. Apply metal brush to grout.

Difference is mine works, wife takes whole grout aff and I have to reapply the whole feccking shooting match😱😠😕

August 11, 2022 12:27 pm

Bobby, thanks for the comment. I’ve been lurking on your first class site since it’s inception. But now you’re going to have to put up with reading my nonsense!
Thanks to you too. Would love to have a refreshment or two with you and BBRB the next time I am back home in Glesga ( next year ).

August 11, 2022 12:30 pm

Kite flying is overrated Bobby…👍🙄😉

Very timely reminder, awareness is key, complacency is the (known) enemy.

Early walk from Monifieth to The Ferry (Broughty Ferry for non natives, like me). Absolutely glorious along the coastline stretch, on which further work still being done, but a beautiful walk now anyway.

Have a great day one and all. HH

p.s. James Taylor on the radio just now, “You’ve got a Friend” 👌👍💚🍀

Awe Naw
August 11, 2022 12:34 pm

unless your the Celtic PLC

Tried changing it doesn´t work

August 11, 2022 12:35 pm


Looking forward to it already 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

August 11, 2022 12:37 pm

Don’t start without me. Hah! Fat chance!😊

August 11, 2022 1:14 pm

Awe Naw
That’s vg bud, HOWEVER, call me paranoid if ya wish but there’s been an awful lot of “stones” material on this blog since I opened my heart about my medical issue.

Can’t help feeling you’re all having a dig at me.

If I wake up tomorrow to a Rod Stewart article from Bobby and you suddenly appear with an acoustic rendition of “ the first cut is the deepest” I’ll be asking some questions.

St tams
August 11, 2022 1:21 pm

On the discussion of Chairman’s and CEO’s,.
Does anyone know any other PLC, where the major shareholder interviews someone for the most important position in the company.,I.e the manager of the club.

They have definitely being testing the water re. Lawwell appointment.

August 11, 2022 1:24 pm

Twisty 1.14.
This one is definitely for you, no need to be paranoid.
Jerry Lee Lewis.

August 11, 2022 1:43 pm


I’m losing posts from last item on previous blog and the c&p this morning –

it’s not a biggie btw so don’t go looking for it now …just fyi!

Maybe it was breaching done commercial rules?

Anyhoo – anyone here know how to set up a basic ‘ landing page’ already have the domain etc.

Maybe there is helpful software ?

Cheers in advance

Awe Naw
August 11, 2022 1:54 pm


Let it bleed

August 11, 2022 2:07 pm


Aye.., tumbling dice


August 11, 2022 2:09 pm

Awe Naw
August 11, 2022 2:13 pm


Just be thankful it wasn’t Like A Rolling Stone

August 11, 2022 2:29 pm

I don’t even need to open that…. I can say with some certainty I know what it is…. And now…. I can’t get that song out my head ya bloody eejit ye.

August 11, 2022 2:30 pm

When is Bobby due in here? I want to report trolling by Awe Naw, JNP and SES. It’s bullying I tell ye, or should that be ballying?

August 11, 2022 2:35 pm


Awe Naw
August 11, 2022 2:47 pm

All joking aside Twisty how is your little red rooster?

The Real McCoy
August 11, 2022 2:50 pm

That trolling is terrible, so it is 😱
Wouldn’t dare think of posting Rod Stewart-
The First Cut Is The Deepest.
On the other cheek though, what about
Pee Pee Arnold 😂

HH 💚🍀

August 11, 2022 2:58 pm

Twisty. 2.29.
Awe Naw 2.47.

August 11, 2022 3:02 pm


Awe Naw

I was joking about it and thinking it was a one off. Turns out it wasn’t. Had another bleed 😬.

Butterfly stitches now in place- hopefully that’s the end of the problem!

I’m afraid to go golfing , or do anything too strenuous in the event I do some damage, so I’m taking it easy amigo. I’m sure it’ll be fine now- better be, I’m off to York on Tuesday for the 4 day Ebor meeting. 😁

Awe Naw
August 11, 2022 3:09 pm


ok permit me one last joke then at your condition

as it seems more appropriate .. this song

You should consider plopping them into a covid mask with very long stretches of elastic for extra security and comfort. Mentally and physically

Get ball soon …. well well ok second last

August 11, 2022 3:12 pm

Awe Naw 😂

Oh and Awe Naw
On a similar subject:

I’d like to put to bed those rumours that girl from Whitburn was putting around about me all those years ago, you remember, saying I was useless in bed?

That was very unfair. How on earth can she make a judgement on someone after just one minute?

Awe Naw
August 11, 2022 3:21 pm


I have sustainability issues with posh birds too 🙂 How are you fae Easty expected to know the 9 times table ?


August 11, 2022 4:31 pm
Prestonpans bhoys
August 11, 2022 4:45 pm

This is a hun website talking about tavpen, no wonder they have difficulty selling players.

His market value is said to be around £10M, but that’s conversative. It’s more like £30M+ because he’s completely unsellable and Rangers wouldn’t consider it unless a crazy bid arrived.

August 11, 2022 6:46 pm

Just a wee word of advice re tomorrow’s article. It willl be really late-unless MAHE writes it.

Also we have a “special” planned for Saturday!

August 11, 2022 7:17 pm

Not sure.

Do we need 5 keepers !!!!

I would rather we signed another Centre forward.

Kyogo or GMac get injured, well it’s back to plan B .

Hope I’m wrong .

August 11, 2022 7:56 pm

What I’d give for us to find a player in the mould of Roy Keane. Would add so much to our team. Not a criticism of Hatate, McGregor et al, just simply that we need a player who will stiffen up our midfield. Break up play, crunching tackles. I still think we’re soft. We will get away with it domestically, ( the obvious four matches v them aside, that’ll be a challenge) but in Europe we will get punished with our current midfield.

Bada Bing
August 11, 2022 8:01 pm

Alkmaar v DU on BBC Scotland channel

Prestonpans bhoys
August 11, 2022 8:19 pm

Nothing happening after 18 minutes

Awe Naw
August 11, 2022 8:30 pm


Our fouls committed has increased remarkably under Ange.. Well that’s an unqualified observation from me. I reckon that Ange’s philosophy depends on buying into it and adhering to it. The principle being that if it’s done correctly his way then mistakes will be reduced over time as the squad and the dynamics of it improves. I suggest that mistakes can be illustrated via video and addressed in training sessions. The players though have to accept that and believe in it. They need to keep the faith far more than we do. The biggest concern here is if we go backwards, especially for Ange.

How many spankings in Europe by teams with far lower budgets than we have will be tolerated and for how long ?

Finishing fourth in this seasons CL may be a blessing in disguise for Ange and buy him much more needed time.

Craig 76
August 11, 2022 8:33 pm

2 nil AZ

August 11, 2022 8:39 pm

3 nil now to AZ
Keeper comes for corner as misses
Female UTD supporters not happy 🤣🤣

Prestonpans bhoys
August 11, 2022 8:42 pm

This could end up embarrassing if AZ go for it, and they score another

August 11, 2022 8:42 pm

Losing 3 goals in 14 mins has put their heads down, and it’s all AZ.
4 NIL now
4-1 on aggregate

August 11, 2022 8:45 pm

5 nil
Game set match to AZ