The Baldy Bhoys

I’m more baldy than scruffy and not through choice believe me, but I do believe that was a serious team of Scruffiness assembled yesterday and it would take something special to beat those comb dodgers.
Could the Celtic Baldies take them?
Well it depends on the team of course so let’s find one.
Now I’ll admit to stretching the boundaries here by claiming crew cuts as Baldies but I’m sure you understand.

In goals, who else but the eternal number two all over please Sir , Big Rab Douglas.
He was gifted with height and an athlete’s physique, seemed the type who avoided a fish supper whilst playing.
Craig Gordon is of a similar stature and I’d take Gordon first, that kinda says it all.
Martin only had a certain amount to spend and with Mr Okay between the sticks he opted to improve the outfield, wisely in my humble opinion. The outfield brought us to Seville after all.

Would a better keeper have made a difference on the night?
Not in these eyes.
I watched wave after wave of Porto players arrive in the box as they broke our lines and cut the ball back time and time again.
The winning goal was coming.
That heat, no five subs, no water breaks,,,today that game might, just might, turn out differently, but I genuinely thought they were the better football outfit on the evening despite the heroic fightback.
Big Rab was decent, and suited having little up top.
He gets the nod in goals.

The next player is the lynchpin of the defense and he’s Baldie by name, baldy by nature.
What a defender he was.
“Bobo, take your shirt off and walk up and down that corridor” Martin told him, and with damn good reason.
The trick worked.

‘Bobos gonna get ya’ became infamous, but Scotland being Scotland, and Europe being a different kettle of fish meant he was an easy target for the savvy opponent.
He was prone to diving in with those long legs for good reason, and wasn’t the greatest with the ball, but hand on heart I would be delighted if Ange signed that Bobo today for he stopped attackers and goals more often than not.
My different team supporting friends raved about him, and not only that he’s in our top five bargains of the twenty first century list alongside some esteemed company.
Let me say this, I would find a place for Bobo Baldie in my team every day of the week.
He’s Captain of The Baldy Bhoys.

Alongside the big man is one of the few who could genuinely look him straight in the eye.
Daniel Majstorovic was a fearsome looking giant and of course he opted for the old Telly Savalas hairstyle, ie none at all.
Many a striker must have inwardly remarked ‘Oh shit’, but not by the time he came to Celtic.

The chap was finishing up his career, giant club came calling for experienced backup, better wages etc, and he said yes as most would.
Unfortunately he often got exposed by a high line and his lack of pace, too often for my liking and the clubs as his deal was never extended, and for good reason.
This Skinhead makes the team.

Our right back is one of the few Italians to have played in the Hoops, and he proved himself very capable on the park.
Enrico Annoni was a cultured player, just like the beard thing he had going on.
Sometimes sporting a Kojak up top, he opted instead for the facial hair and seemingly enjoyed nullifying his opponents as Italian defenders are prone to.
We got two seasons out of the chap, he gave us some good memories, he was baldy as a coot.
Hes in the team.

However,,,being tactically astute I’m gonna shunt that baldy Italian over to the left hand side of a back four to make way for a right back we never saw coming.
Didi Agathe didn’t have much hair, he had buckets of pace.
Pace enough to make him undroppable and as such Martin turned the Hibs striker into a right back?!
It worked!

For a couple years he was unstoppable, had a serious engine with great conditioning and there can be little doubt we witnessed the best of his career. He also chipped in with a few goals and with his very modest pricetag must be considered an absolute bargain.
Thanks for the memories Didi, you and your lack of hair make the cut, pardon the pun.

In the middle of the park we have a few options, more than a natural bald anyway.
There is of course one standout candidate.
“We’re gonna sign Scott Brown,we’re gonna sign Scott Brown” sang the Ibrox stands.
Ermm, nah.
Gordon swept in with his vision and the young man was sold on the dream, his decision vindicated by medal after medal in that cabinet.
We offered him glory, the chance to establish himself as his nation’s number one midfielder. Not the most technically gifted he divided opinion especially early on but it’s a fact his shaven head led the Tic to title after title.
I thought the 3-3 Man City draw his best game for the club but it’s up for debate. He made the right choice though, he would never have settled across the city.
Scott makes the Baldies team.

Alongside the legend plays a well travelled Danish International with a head you could fry an egg on.
I recall the hype when Tommy Graveson signed, watched him poach a derby goal that was going in already, but just never fell in love with the erratic player.
Turns out he needed us more than we needed him and after a few seasons he had split the scenes having lived the dream. The fact he never played for another big club tells me we caught him on the way down not up.
We bought into the hype, though I actually think Everton and David Moyes got the best out of Tommy.
Serious baldy though, undroppable for this team.

Out on the left wing is a controversial choice, but I’ve found a slot for the Krew Kut Kid himself, Mr. Marc Crosas.
The lad had something about him, and also a profound admiration for the club and it’s faithful support. Technically gifted, the Spaniard wasn’t given much of a chance in the Hoops which is unsurprising given we were generally stacked in that area with Brown, Hartley, Robson, even Donati all above him in the pecking order.
He enjoyed the game and played with a smile, but at the end of the day Scotland’s often agricultural approach didn’t suit the man, who was also slight of stature which never helped his cause.
A decent player and apparently a good man, on this occasion he gets a starting slot for the big battle of the noggins.

On the right side of midfield I’ll look no further than the black cobra himself, Mo Sylla. He joined the club just as footballing operations was being placed in the slow lane by Peter, but the man himself wasn’t slow. His pace, pricetag, and natural athletes physique helped convince Martin to take a punt, yet playing time eluded him.
His lack of follicles and being accustomed to right midfield force his inclusion on this hallowed occasion.

Up front, the deeper lying of the two is another Balde by name, baldy by nature bhoy.
Big Amido Balde had Danny scratching his head asking is he truly a professional footballer? He wasn’t the only one who wondered.

The big man scored against Brendans excellent Liverpool side who were almost EPL champions, which might just be the goal he’s best remembered for during his time with the club.
He’s my target man, assigned the task of receiving, distributing, and then supporting the attack with all he’s got. Gulp!

His strike partner sported a buzz cut, and had pace to burn if not the footballing skills to match. Kenny Misser fully earned his nickname, I watched him get put clean through one on one seven times in a row and all seven times he fluffed it, which cost him his place in the team and cost Gordon his beloved clipboard.

The Scottish Michael Owen had a good career in the game, is one of the few who played for both Glasgow giants, but lacked the natural tendency to finish of Larsson or even Scott McDonald. A bit more composure and footballing prowess would have seen him go a lot further, and made him unaffordable for the club.
He was worth a punt, nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say.
And nothing much was actually gained.
Even still, he’s the leading striker of the Baldies.

Managing this collection of barber shop dodgers falls to the Lurgan man with the number three all over.
But it wasn’t always thus, upon joining the club he singlehandedly launched the bleached blonde trend, but that soon gave way to a natural red buzz all over that he sports to this day.
A phenomenal reader of the game during his playing days, his potential as a manager was stymied by resting on his laurels and not attempting to expand his horizons by embracing modern coaching practices, hence finding ‘new stuff’ in the manager’s office after taking over post Brendan. No old wise heads on the coaching staff looks a mistake in hindsight.
That’s a pity, but he collected quite the trophy collection nonetheless.
Lenny is tasked with organizing and beating the Shaggies for the big clash.

The Baldy Bhoys line up as following,,
Rab Douglas
Bobo Baldie (captain)
Daniel Majstorovic
Enrico Annoni
Didier Agathe
Tommy Graveson
Scott Brown
Momo Sylla
Marc Crosas
Amido Balde
Kenny Miller
Manager – Neil Lennon

Now the teams have been announced, let’s have your score predictions and maybe a fictional match day report please.

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Sol Kitts

BMCUWP
Do you remember the time we dropped into the High Tide en route to a match, and decided to have a game of pool? On the table was a bloke who was known as Peter Pigeon (because he kept pigeons). Like your guy at the Tap Shoap, he was beating all comers. Then it was my turn, and I was playing utter rubbish. But, despite nothing going where it should, I either had the most outrageous flukes to pot the ball, or landed him in impossible snookers. PP was getting more and more annoyed as the game went on, and when I fluked the final black round the whole table, that just flipped him over the edge. As he departed the table, he angrily said to me, “You couldn’t beat shit.”
‘Aye, but I beat you,” I answered. Cue laughter from all his mates, and PP leaving the pub in a hurry.
Think you were up next, so I let you win. 😎. Another true story.

The Leopard’s Rimshot

‘Nations League Group B1: Scotland v Republic of Ireland

Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Wednesday, 24 September Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Cannae even trust the BBC tae tell ye whit day it is …

big packy

SOL are you sure thats ANOTHER TRUE STORY🤩🤩

Sol Kitts

Big Packy
99.99%. Can you work out which part was almost true?

big packy

SOL havent a clue🤩🤩

A thing of beauty

Fan
Kenny Miller should never be mentioned in any Celtic select.
A cheating little hun who we had the misfortune to witness sullying the jersey.
Mediocre talent elevated by being a Rangers player.
Check out his career stats to see how different his scoring percentages where with the huns.
Was it just a vast improvement in performance or was he aided by wearing the refs favorite colors?
Became harder to defend due to the refs preferential treatment.
Fear and an extra half yard can help a striker v defender enormously.
am Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Hibernian 45 (12)
1998–1999 → Stenhousemuir (loan) 11 (8)
2000–2001 Rangers 30 (8)
2001 → Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 5 (2)
2001–2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers 164 (50)
2006–2007 Celtic 33 (7)
2007–2008 Derby County 30 (4)
2008–2011 Rangers 81 (49)
2011 Bursaspor 15 (5)
2011–2012 Cardiff City 43 (10)
2012–2014 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 43 (13)
2014–2018 Rangers 114 (35)
2018 Livingston 2 (0)
2018–2019 Dundee 33 (8)
2019–2020 Partick Thistle 21 (5)
Total
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👏👏

Leggy

Just back In from Celtic the Musical.

Absolutely fantastic and so glad I went.

When they sang The Fields of Athenrye, I must admit I had a few tears in my eyes, as I used to sing that sing for my wee Mum.

Jobo will testify she was a lovely wee woman !!!

God bless you Mum 🙏🙏🙏

Brilliant show 👏👏👏 💚💚💚

Leggy

Glad you enjoyed the show. That was a nice story about your mum.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

SOLKITTS

I don’t remember the bit about you letting me win! Learn the hard way,that was the rules back then.

CFC

BMCUW

Players wi two left feet?

Sol Kitts

BMCUWP
I can’t remember who won, I was still laughing at Peter Pigeon’s reaction. 🐦🐦

Leggy

Forgot to mention,

At the SECC, there was a Comicon event on beside the Armadillo.

Spider-Man,Stormtroopers, Ghostbusters, Gouls, they were all there.

Funniest person I saw, was a guy walking about with an old telly covering his face and head !!!

Not a cardboard cut out but an actual telly !!!

Definitely not tuned in !!!!!

Evening all.

LEGGY

Glad you enjoyed your show. Now I know he says he’s in Zante, could it possibly be that old BRRB was inside that TV set? 🙂

This well worth 10mins of your time, a cracking watch, Jinky in his pomp.

https://youtu.be/zXlnA8Xw8E8

HH

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

SOLKITTS

We had some serious”high jinks” back then,just glad to still be alive after some of them. And that there were no mobile phones/cameras around either!

BelmontBrian63

That puts me in mind of an episode of ‘Father Ted.’ 😀

Hail Hail.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

LEGGY

I don’t sing for my Mum,cos I have a shocking singing voice. I’ve been told to shut up during The Soldiers Song,as I’m wrecking it for everyone else in The Jungle!

Strangely enough,she mentioned today that while it took me ages to start talking,as soon as I did I was off knocking on doors offering to sing to the neighbours-who were a lot older than my parents-in return for a Penguin biscuit.

I suppose they were the Kilwinning version of haute cuisine for a 3yo in Kilwinning in the mid-60s. And I wasn’t too choosy about the colours of the wrappers either.

A thing of beauty

I should have added earlier that I appreciate there is not a lot to write about in the international break but I can’t stand Kenny Miller. He was a shite player who made a living masquerading as a burst crisp poke. When big simunovic launched him into another orbit it truly was a thing of beauty. In fact every time I see it reappear on Twitter or blogs I stop whatever I’m doing and watch it over and over. Just a shame he never exploded on re entry.

Sol Kitts

BMCUWP
Open goal, would have been a shame to miss out. 😂😂😎

Sol Kitts

ATOB
Just for you. Enjoy.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

ATHINGOFBEAUTY

Miller and Gravesen in the same side nearly drove us insane!

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Simunovic now plays for a Croatian side,HNK Gorik. The first paragraph of their Wikipedia page is interesting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HNK_Gorica

Pity about his injuries. When he was fit,he was top notch. As we know.

Evening MAGUA

‘Bless me Father Ted, I have never watched an episode of your ‘fly on the wall’ documentary’

Brian

Sol Kitts

BMCUWP
You’re making the mistake of thinking that business laws apply to Huns…….

Sol Kitts

Ireland take the lead at Hampden.

BelmontBrian63

😀

Sol Kitts

NO laws whatsoever, apply to the Huns, whether criminal, civil or statutory.

Hail Hail.

Sol Kitts

1-1 at Hampden.

A thing of beauty

Sol,
That was bad 😂😂

Nite all.

Glen Scotia, kicking in.

Incidentally, Glen was a smashing singer. 🙂

Brian

jimthetim53

Scotland go top with a 2-1 win. Ryan Christie scored the 2nd goal.

Craig 76

Jobo Baldie

Good evening friends.
What a Super Saturday that was! EKFC secure a hard fought 1-0 won against Cumbernauld. We’re on the top of the (Lowland) league looking down on The Rangers (B)…..
Then tonight Scotland come back from an early loss to win 2-1. We’re on the top of the (Nations) league looking down on The Ukraine.
A draw on Tuesday against Ukraine (in Poland) and we are promoted to the top division, effectively taking Engurlaaand’s place.
Life’s Good!

Craig76

Paolo Nutini – 10/10 / Candy / Pencil Full of Lead / Percy K

Margaret McGill

Well done Jack Hendry

Margaret McGill

Oh look
Not so talkative tonight on SC 21st Century Schizoid bhoys.
Seems like the National Huns beat the National Tims in a fair game where many Tims or ex servant Tims won for the National Huns. Pure shite BTW.

CFC

M Mc G

Ya think?
Credit where credit is due.

You gonna live yer life in an angsty bubble?

Some of us like to see Scotland actually achieve summit.

Margaret McGill

CFC
I know a res12’r that was at the game tonight
8 Tims ex or otherwise played for Scotland tonight
I was at the Denmark 2-0 victory last year where Protestant in-laws got me tickets. That was the best Scotland I’ve seen since the 70s. I was hoping they could build on it. However, same old Scotland. Brilliant but in the end always disappointing

Margaret McGill

Well that red Red Robin goes Bob Bob bobbin along ….., along

CFC

M Mc G

Disappointment is the natural National reset.
But, surely an acknowledgment that a gleam of positivity is worth something?

Maybe your physical distance makes you cynical, but vehemence is not a healthy attitude.

Try enjoying stuff. I’m sure you’ll find joy outweighs constant excoriation

Margaret McGill

CFC
I’m totally with you mate. I agree.
I’m very happy. Trust me.
I’m Scottish.

16 roads

A contradiction in terms..

Margaret McGill

16 Rules
elaborate

CFC

Being Scottish like Being There is a Chauncey Gardner thing.
Rudimentary, functional, know yer place in the firmament.

Margaret McGill

Is that the old firmament?

CFC

😂
Yip. The duopoly exists for a reason.

Margaret McGill

No
The monopoly exists for a reason and you don’t even get free fucking parking because you’re a believer and I couldn’t leave her if I tried. Then I saw her pension. Do do do dooo

16 roads

Magill – So-called international football, nowadays.

It’s a nonsense.

In my humble opinion, obviously.

Some people enjoy the international game, which is also fair enough.

Not trying to be negative btw, merely a personal opinion.

Margaret McGill

16 Roads
I know. It’s a total facade. Mainly to fuel the World Cup. After Qatar hopefully we see changes or something other than money. It’s depressing

CFC

A monopoly exists for the benefit of one surely?

That economic model is not sustainable in Scotland.
Eg , Economies of scale.

That song is about positives- where’s all the disappointments that haunt your dreams. ?

The Real McCoy

Scotland did well tonight. Still got a difficult task to not lose against a resurgent Ukraine in Warsaw on Tuesday 🤞
Craig Gordon
Aaron Hickey
Kieran Tierney
Scott McKenna
Jack Hendry
Scott Francis McTominay
Callum McGregor
Stuart Armstrong
John McGinn
Ryan Christie
Anthony Ralston
Greg Taylor
All played tonight 🤷🏻‍♂️
Good Luck to them …