It is always a pleasure to hear from The Gombeen Man,and today’s article is written in his usual thought-provoking style.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

Matthew 7:3.

There’s more than a whiff of hypocrisy in much of the West’s coverage of the first World Cup in an Arab Nation. 

Where’s the pictures of the children in Gaza proudly watching the opening ceremony?

“I did not think that one day it would be in an Arab country. I thought that the World Cup was only for the West and America – not for us.”

Khalil Ahmed, Erbil, Iraq.

Take Britain for example… 

The country that wants to send refugees to Rwanda. The country that has a pitiful human rights record –  Including the Gulf War and 800 years of brutality in Ireland –  A senior royal currently mired in a sex scandal. Even the pristine Red Arrows have been exposed as in an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.

Ironically, the sanctimonious British media has a moral problem with the Arab World Cup.

Nobody’s denying FIFA corruption. Nor Olympic Federation corruption. 

Was there such a hue and cry at the Chinese Olympics? Even Amnesty can’t tell you how many people are executed in China per year.

Or similar protests about the World Cup in Argentina, Mexico, South Africa the USA or Brazil.

Where were the protests at the Euros in England? A country with a deplorable Human Rights record. Whose history is built on shameful abuse and revisionism.

Alarming claims (that are disputed) relating to deaths of migrant workers should be investigated. If these allegations are substantiated, penalties should be imposed and compensation paid. 

It’s entirely right that Amnesty are supported in their pursuit of FIFA and other potential liable parties.

(See Aljazeera reference above.)

That said, there’s been too much casting of the first stone in Celtic cyberspace in recent days. A product of relentless media and social conditioning, no doubt.

Some Celtic supporters loudly profess, ” It’s great to be a Roman Catholic!” 

What’s the RC Church’s position on homosexual acts? Aren’t such acts still viewed as sins? I’m not interested in debating abstract theological concepts but how can any practicing Roman Catholic criticise Islam’s interpretation of this issue and not challenge current Church teaching?

“Women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way men…committed shameless acts with men…” (Rom. 1: 21, 26-28).

How can some Celtic supporters shout their support of the RC faith and ignore the Church’s homophobic bias? 

What’s so bad about Islam’s stance and yet, ‘its (still) great to be a Roman Catholic?’ While the Church treats homosexual acts as sins?

Are some Celtic supporters simply, cherry picking their own makey- uppy religion? À la carte Catholicism?

It’s easy to wear the rainbow laces. Not so easy to walk the walk, it seems.

Adidas might be improving in their exploitation of staff employed in the manufacture of sports clothing and apparel but questions persist.

We won’t go down to the troublesome path regarding Dermot’s ownership of the biometric outfit Daon, and they’re involvement in the hugely controversial Aadhar identity programme in India.

Where’s the next World Cup? 

The USA/Mexico/Canada.

Apart from the obvious concerns about the US’s military policies.

–  What about the Fentanyl epidemic? 100,000 fatalities by drug overdose last year. 

– Excessive alcohol consumption causes 90,000 deaths per year in the US between ages 20-64.

– 45,000 gun deaths in the USA in 2020 (murder – 19,384  – suicide – 24,292)

– Spare a thought for the 125 American souls who will commit suicide today.

– Or a prayer for the 2,414 prisoners suffering today on death row in America.

The dreadful reality of the inequalities and barbarity of America is completely ignored and yet the culture of the Middle East is castigated. The Opening Ceremony shunned by your TV Licence fee recipient the BBC…(sadly an organisation, no stranger to hypocrisy and controversy).

Have a look at what the drug Fentanyl is doing in the USA…

Kensington Ave, Philadelphia, August 2022.

– The American Nightmare –

Tragically, images so reminiscent of An Gorta Mór .

“Deaths involving synthetic opioids (in 2021) — largely fentanyl — rose to 71,000 from 58,000, while those associated with stimulants like methamphetamine, which has grown cheaper and more lethal in recent years, increased to 33,000 from 25,000.”

New York Times 11th May 2022.

– Are US cities safe places for the World Cup in 2026?

Mexico. The problems in that nation are widely known. Corruption, drugs gangs to name two. 

Canada. What about the discrimination against the indigenous people of that nation? Didn’t Pope Francis refer to the treatment of her indigenous people as “genocide.” Thousands of deaths in residential schools (The Lancet).

Will the BBC boycott the Opening Ceremony of the next World Cup? 

Will those guardians of public morality Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker distract the nation and snub the US President?

Not a chance. 

Will the decent supporters of Newcastle United be asked by Shearer to shun the Saudi Arabian millions? Will the Man City Group be given the (very much) belated Abramovich treatment?

Not a hope.

And yet we’re expected to believe that Qatar and the Arabs somehow deserve to standalone and receive international condemnation as pariahs.

It’s ironic that Celtic supporters are so critical of media coverage of the Club and yet fall so readily for the tripe fed to them by the West’s propaganda.

It’s much easier to take the moral high ground against the Arab and ignore the suffering on your own doorstep.

Britain, the only country in world history to impose economic sanctions on herself via Brexit needs a distraction, a scapegoat.

Smarting from losing the bid for this World Cup, the West are overplaying their hand in an effort to undermine the Arab, their culture and traditions. It really is reprehensible, especially given the decay and despair throughout Britain and the US.

The carpet bombing of the public with anti-Arab/Islamic propaganda is something that should strike a chord with Celtic supporters.

The population of the West are simply hypnotised by their media…

They lurch through life in a state of media- induced hypnosis, while being ripped off by corporations as their children are lost to addiction and anxiety.

There’s more than stench of self-righteous prejudice about the coverage of this World Cup.

Blame the Arabs, this month. Blame the Rwanda bound refugees, next month. And suck up this unnecessary recession, as the usual suspects make off with the proceeds of the mini budget.

Commentators would be better employed focussing on shortcomings closer to home. This recession is likely to be the longest in history, apparently.

You’ll likely to be still be up to your knees in it in 2026.

It’s ironic that the renouned hospitality of the Arab and the scarcity of alcohol provides the  England squad with their best opportunity of success since ’66.

They don’t have to worry so much about the drunken hooligans who normally undermine the preparations of the squad.

Lessons learned one hopes.

Let’s hope too that Qatar 2022 provides some respite and joy for the children of besieged Gaza.

Alhamdulillah rabbil alamin

Above article by The Gombeen Man

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November 24, 2022 12:23 am


Thank you for the article which certainly asks a few questions. It is difficult to argue with much of it,except to say for instance that times have moved on significantly even since the Beijing Olympics in 2008. I believe were they held now,the protests would be overwhelming.

Or that many Catholics question or ignore instructions from The Church on many matters,or UK policy on immigration,etc. Blind obedience has never got us anywhere. We might have been brought up to be unthinkingly obedient,but education and life itself soon changed that.

Doesn’t alter the fact that you are right to highlight these and other issues of course,and yes,we should all do better,do more.

Always a pleasure to hear from you. I know that you have a lot going on currently,and I look forward to you having the time to be back here again regularly.

The Leopard’s Rimshot
November 24, 2022 12:35 am

Top quality insights, TGM! 🎯👏

My own thoughts on the devious West and her media reflect almost precisely what you’ve written here.

The problem with being hypnotised is you don’t know you’re hypnotised.

That’s why I no longer harbour any illusions about what’s this World Cup is nor what all the others were.

Fitba is a double edged sword which is best danced along the edge of.


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November 24, 2022 12:46 am

“Food For Thought”

Ivory Madonna dying in the dust,
Waiting for the manna coming from the west.
Barren is her bosom, empty as her eyes,
Death a certain harvest scattered from the skies.

Skin and bones is creeping, doesn’t know he’s dead.
Ancient eyes are peeping, from his infant head.
Politician’s argue sharpening their knives.
Drawing up their bargains, trading baby lives.

Ivory madonna dying in the dust,
Waiting for the manna coming from the west.

Hear the bells are ringing, Christmas on it’s way.
Hear the angels singing, what is that they say?
Eat and drink rejoicing, joy is here to stay.
Jesus son of Mary is born again today.

Ivory Madonna dying in the dust,
Waiting for the manna coming from the west.
Ivory Madonna dying in the dust,
Waiting for the manna coming from the west.


Margaret McGill
November 24, 2022 12:54 am

I think I just read the greatest article ever on sentinelcelts.

Margaret McGill
November 24, 2022 12:56 am

Are we going to discuss it? Trivialize it ? Or ignore it?

The Leopard’s Rimshot
November 24, 2022 1:02 am

Well said, Mags 👏

Night all.


Margaret McGill
November 24, 2022 1:02 am

Do we really care what other people do with their genitals ?

November 24, 2022 2:17 am

So is the essence of the article think globally, act locally? Or is it the opposite?


November 24, 2022 2:23 am


I do not think there is a generalised answer to your genitals issue. Context comes into it. For example, does it involve me? Does it involve children, animals and consent?

If it is purely a gender issue, who cares?


November 24, 2022 3:39 am


An excellent thought provoking article.

Hypocrisy in life is rife and the population at large is malleable enough to be treated with complete disdain via meaningless distractions, and faux outrage, and self examination by challenges of “what are you going to do about it?”
The answer is usually nothing. There will be another distraction along shortly and something new to get outraged about. That’s why we are fed a diet of bad news.

Self interest is the name of the game.

The media set agendas approved by those that benefit the most, and a bent democracy legitimises it.

Bent because the population at large can be readily swayed to reward the corrupt, the mendacious, by being allowed to think that they have some form of collective representation.

November 24, 2022 6:02 am

The Gombeen Man
Utterly brilliant. Twice I’ve read that article and I’ll undoubtedly read it a few times more over the coming weeks.
You’ve written what I’ve been thinking for the last few months, though there’s no way I could have expressed my thoughts in the manner you just have.
That article deserves to be published on the front pages of every newspaper in the world.

A simple thank you seems inappropriate given the quality of that piece of writing but nevertheless, thank you.

November 24, 2022 6:53 am


Wow. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a brilliant thought provoking article.

Take a bow Sir, 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

Prestonpans bhoys
November 24, 2022 7:24 am

So many targets in that article hitting the 🎯👍

November 24, 2022 7:37 am

My predictions for next phase.

Tunisia. 1-1 Australia
Poland. 1-2 Saudi Arabia
France. 2-0 Denmark

Japan. 2-1 Costa Rica
Belgium.2-1 Morocco
Croatia. 2-1 Canada
Spain. 2-2. Germany

Cameroon. 2-1. Serbia
South Korea 2-2 Ghana
Brazil. 3-1. Switzerland
Portugal. 1-1. Uruguay

November 24, 2022 7:40 am

Great thought provoking lead Gombeen Man,

Yes Catholics moaning about Islam when many of the tenants of the Abrahamic religions are the same.

Wanting your cake and eating it has never been so readily available, yet as Marie Antoinette found to her cost, not all have access to “the cake”.

No chance of a Revolutionary Tribunal these days as the mass ranks of automatons are testimony to – why design, programme and manufacture robots when it’s far cheaper to breed them!?

Keep posting the logos…


Only one point from yesterday, finding it tough to predict these games, we’re seeing our last batch of countries, so hopefully I’ll have a better grasp of form next time… looks like I’m hoping for a draw or two today.

Thursday, 24 November

Group G: Switzerland v Cameroon (10:00). ~ 0-0

Group H: Uruguay v South Korea (13:00) ~ 2-2

Group H: Portugal v Ghana (16:00) ~ 3-3

Group G: Brazil v Serbia (19:00) ~ 2-2

Hail Hail

November 24, 2022 7:50 am

We in the west must realise that our prosperity is based on ripping off the Global South. The folk there are copping on. Our media can no longer hide the truth. A reckoning is coming and our leaders have proven they have no intention of dealing with it.
The misguided dog whistle criticisms of human rights abuses will cut no ice when the west’s gorging of limited resources will be called to account.

November 24, 2022 7:57 am

Great post gombeen man.
Can you.please post your predictions on the dedicated page please.
I have already copied your scores onto the said page.

November 24, 2022 8:00 am

On a happier note the images of the Japanese fans clearing up and the way the team left their dressing room is a testament to how humanity could be – phenomenal spirit.

Hail Hail

November 24, 2022 8:06 am

Chalmersbhoy @ 7:57 am,

Cheers but I’m just c&p from my original predictions on said page – I’ll give you the next batch later today!!

Many thanks for running the predictor it has added a fascinating dimension to this WC – some great performances and unexpected results, well done the fholk at the top of the table, been a tricky one no doubts

Hail Hail

November 24, 2022 8:21 am

Chalmersbhoy from the predictors’ page

If you already have posted your predictions for Friday earlier you can change them…

Thank goodness for that.

Hail Hail

big packy
November 24, 2022 8:23 am

MORNING ALLand JIM TGM fantastic article cap doffed👍

November 24, 2022 8:26 am


It is 3 am here and I cannot sleep. Let me congratulate you on a fine article. There is too much content to reply to all of the inequalities that you cite. It is also not rational to deny the existence of hypocrisy in the West but may I extend your point and say the same exists in the Arab World as well.

What concerns me is the implication that we should not throw stones because we live in a glass house ourselves. If we do not highlight human rights issues in Qatar, who will?

It is rather like being in a lifeboat and seeing others struggling in the water but you do not attempt to save anyone because you cannot save all.

Forgive me if I misinterpret your intention.

I do my best to help others but I know that I cannot help all. I do my best to speak out about injustices that I know about, but I do not speak out against all. If I attempted that I would be doing nothing else.

Yes, self awareness is important. For me, it is a big part of life’s journey. I know I am not perfect but do not dissuade me and others from trying to tackle issues that are of concern because of imperfection.

Thank you for making me think about this.


Jobo Baldie
November 24, 2022 9:11 am

Good morning, friends.
Now THAT’S what I call a lead article. Superb writing, The Gombeen Man.

St tams
November 24, 2022 9:16 am

Excellent article and so eloquently put .

November 24, 2022 9:41 am


Shared your last article on the idea of a five year plan of targets for supporters and those who run our club to solely focus on. Thought it excellent as is your latest here. Many of the wrongs mentioned have been manufactured over decades to maintain the current abhorrent iniquities and its difficult to impose monocausal explanations for complex social phenomena. If that sounds like an apology and excuse it is certainly not.
Lucky enough to have been at many games home and away this season. Haven’t heard of anyone ( and other friends at different parts of grounds) proclaim how good their, or anyone else’s religion is. I know it happens but rarely now.
A recent Mass commemorating the birth of Bro Walfrid had speakers focus on the importance of maintaining his legacy at the Club and collections were split between the Foundation and other charities. I’ve heard sermons which openly welcome anyone in same sex relationships yet state that it is contrary to Catholic teaching.
Have yet to find anything of Jesus saying this. The laity are the church as the supporters are the club and the myriad good and positive are among the things that keep many coming back to both.

November 24, 2022 9:58 am

Morning from my work

An interesting article to put it mildly

Have to say I have not watched a kick of the World Cup. The lack for me of having a team I want to do well competing in it , the inanities of the commentators and pundits as well FIFA and its corruption mean its not for me. Thousands ( allegedly) dying in building the stadia and the status of migrant workers don’t sit too well with me as do the legal rights of women and gay people but I’d imagine that if Scotland, Ireland or Italy was competing I’d watch at least until all were knocked out.

I do find the posturing of many in the west hypocritical – many of those in this country who are posturing from the political rught see ‘human rights’ as a thing to be reduced in their own backyard and have also opposed every bit of legislation to liberalise laws tooth and nail. But the louder voices who share my unease re Qatar itseld are I have found are those who criticise the west’s failure to acknowledge its own , often shameful, history most often.

Anyway great article all the same – quite made me forget my own recent worries


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November 24, 2022 10:04 am

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The Gombeen Man
November 24, 2022 10:05 am

Thanks everyone for your replies.

I suppose the images of those poor souls in Philadelphia were the catalyst for writing the article.

Thanks to BMCUWPS & Mahe for providing the platform.

The purpose was just to gently promote some thought.

I don’t have time to go into detail at the moment.

CCB, I’ve followed your progress and I’m delighted your on the mend.

Rebus, I hope your asleep by now.
Matthew 7:3 sums it up.

Keep on calling it as you see it. I suppose the BBC’s boycott backfired and prompted the debate?

Have a great day everyone.

November 24, 2022 10:05 am

My last day in Tenerife. Sitting in the sun having a wee coffee to wake me up gently and catch up with SentinelCelts.
Wow – didn’t need coffee to wake me up. My eyes are wide open now. 👀
Brilliant piece of work. Totally thought provoking as said by many others.

November 24, 2022 10:08 am

My post disappeared
In short – thanks for a brilliant piece of work.

November 24, 2022 10:08 am

Rebus67 @ 8:26 am,

You make an excellent point, think it was Auldheid that posted the “starfish thrower”.

It’s important though to understand that although the western philosophy still works in so many places and in so many ways, it is fundamentally damaging to humanity and distracting us from our own failings by pointing the finger at others and manufacturing enemies such as Russia and China is not only a hugely mistaken ideaology is hugely dangerous.

Love reading your posts – Keep throwing the starfish…

SteveNaive @ 9:41 am,

Great post, just to make it clear I wasn’t having a pop at the Catholic Church in my earlier comment, just agreeing with TGM that using a stick to condemn others for their beliefs and culture (tenets not tenants) is fraught.

Hail Hail

November 24, 2022 11:01 am

The Gombeen Man- great to see you on, hope you and yours are well.

A humbling reminder of how easily, subconsciously or otherwise, we sometimes echo local prejudices without thinking it through.

A Cafeteria Catholic for many years because it suited me … then finally rejected perceived stifling constraints completely…now rejected all organised religion. Totally respect anyone who holds and practices their faith. Jealous of the comfort it seems to bring.

Ger57 aye buddy, the plundering of the Southern Hemisphere and enjoying associated comparative ‘wealth’ is yet another dilemma to wrestle with … conscious, but too weak to give it up.

Twisty spot on, item deserves to reach a wider audience. Now forwarded link to a few folk.

Jimbo67 resonates on how our own personal woes can pale in comparison to issues elsewhere.

TGM – encouraged excellent replies today on a Timely reminder and another pause for thought.

Thank you

Angel Gabriel
November 24, 2022 12:36 pm

The Gombeenman .

An article that’s more than just thought provoking , it challenges even more.

It deserves a wider audience .

The 2 Dudes that started this site , and others who contribute, deserve some credit as well .

Dipping into this site is always worth the time. HH

November 24, 2022 12:53 pm

The Gombeen Man…thanks for sharing your dismay and anger. The poor victims of circumstance on the Philadelphia streets filled me with horror, helplessness and a sense of a distopian system that cannot be real! And despite all your soundbites and examples of injustice and hypocrisy I’m left feeling guilty for things that are not of my making nor in my name. I know how that sounds and I understand it appears to be washing my hands of things I might otherwise be able to change but the reality is different. Politics across the World is at a juncture…the rise of the Right Wing in the “Free World” is a disturbing phenonenom. The ideals of Nye Bevan are lost in the greed of the modern world. The UK voted for this. What can I do to change it? The teachings of the Islamic and Christian faiths are NOT as portrayed by the media. I don’t recognise the accusation of the Catholic church being anti-gay -although it may be the case it is not something I have ever heard any priest mention in my time attending Church or even school. On these pages and in general I doubt there is faux outrage at the Qatari award and subsequent associated issues, there is genuine anger at 6500 deaths and all Human Rights issues in that small country – but unfortunately any small response can be regarded only as tokenism. If I choose to stop buying ADIDAS products it does no harm, the message is not widely enough proclaimed. ADIDAS spends and spends and spends to counteract any negativity, creative advertising sells their products…as it does for Nike, Urban Outfitters, Zara etc etc. We are helpless! There are, of course counter arguments “But, you could shop elsewhere” “But you don’t need to vote” “Have you challenged your MP” “Did you question the Priest”…to what effect, who cares? Who is really interested in listening to the lone voice. Can we assemble a voice big enough to challenge…well, most recently Brexit and IndieRef tells you no. At the first sign of insurrection the big guns are out. Project Fear put paid to any idea of Independence for Scotland and only a couple of years later saw us withdraw from the Euro community. Look at this current UK Government and the Trump Administration…they don’t give a fuck for anyone but themselves. Look at the PPE Billions scandal, they care only about one thing.
Please don’t read this as a disagreement of your thoughts, it’s more a frustration that you are bang on the money!

November 24, 2022 1:05 pm

Apologies, Gombeen…I had meant to start my post with a “Good to see you back!” That got lost as my ramblings started to spew. It is good too see you back on, you’ve been missed on here, along with others. Hopefully, things are good with you and yours. Don’t be a stranger, I always enjoyed your posts even although they always seemed to be directly kicking me in the hawmaws!! 🤣🤣🤣

November 24, 2022 1:15 pm

From yesterday’s Guardian, it does stink a wee bit of tabloid-ism but the message is clear…

November 24, 2022 1:18 pm


No worries, bang on. Consistently good posts from yourself.

November 24, 2022 1:43 pm

Apologies, Gombeen…I had meant to start my post with a “Good to see you back!” That got lost as my ramblings started to spew. It is good too see you back on, you’ve been missed on here, along with others. Hopefully, things are good with you and yours. Don’t be a stranger, I always enjoyed your posts even although they always seemed to be directly kicking me in the hawmaws!! 🤣🤣🤣

TLR – just to help you here. I’m pretty sure “hawmaws” is the same as testes 😁😁😁

November 24, 2022 1:48 pm


November 24, 2022 2:03 pm


I am delighted that today’s excellent leader was written by your good self. I miss your regular insightful and thoughtful posts.

Hail Hail.

November 24, 2022 2:11 pm

McCaff at 12.53,

I can offer no greater criticism than I might have written that!

Sadly, I think it is very difficult to have a proper debate on the issues raised by TGM on a blog. We all need to be in a room together, eye balling is important.

What I find exceptional is that a) such a topic appeared on a football blog, and, this is the cruncher, b) that a respectful debate occurred.

What I think TGM and my own humble response indicate is the interface between theory/faith and pragmatism. In short, Yes, there is a lot of institutionised hypocrisy, but I need to act on some of it.

Perhaps, it is also related to how I see myself. Attractive and intelligent, of course, but spiritual rather than religious. As I walk past an empty church, I ask why is a heated, empty building not being used to help the homeless? What part of that fits with Christian teaching?

Since we are all imperfect and carry a baggage of History, surely the cry should be to act on one good cause, rather than the “glass house” approach?

I did reply to your response yesterday to the Canada/RM games but my machine ran out of power and I lost the lot, including pearls of wisdom aimed at others. I did read everything yester morn and apologise to those who did not receive acknowledgement or response. The fact is I can only pedal so fast to generate power and long blog posts tire me and both my legs and ipad run out of juice.

Without TGM I would not have been able to compose this thesis so blame him(her?)


November 24, 2022 2:25 pm

Anyone know what happened to poster on CQN early days….I think the pen name was The Evil Rum Baba?

It is my favourite dessert apart from Panacotta and all the others.

Right, off out as the Rebusette is getting her hair done in Ottawa today and I am the philosophical taxi driver. Three hours of wandering the malls awaits.

Be nice to one another and thank whoever/whatever for your blessings.


November 24, 2022 2:35 pm


The thumbs-up thingy. What a lovely thought.

Hail Hail.

November 24, 2022 2:44 pm

Handsome but Breathless Rebus…a wee tale – most churches in our area are unable to heat their premises, even prior to the Energy Crisis. Since Covid donations have fallen in line with attendances making the upkeep of the buildings nigh impossible. Our Church is still operating with Covid restrictions in place as our Parish Priest is terrified of contracting the disease and passing it to his elderly mother. But our local SVDP, through basket donations at the back of the church endeavour to provide food bags and energy cards on a weekly basis. The Phili video posted by Gombeen terrifies me. I am overwhelmed by these images and feel completely helpless, or rather guilty for not doing anything…but, seriously, what can we do. We’re not talking prejudices of sexuality or religion – we’re talking about actual practical help for a fellow human on his knees! What can we do? It’s a serious question with no answers. We can address the prejudices through education and tolerance but how do we address the gulf in wealth that just gets wider and wider if the political system is weighted against us?
My frustration today is almost causing palpations…been reading the Energy Cap has been increased by over 700 Quid whilst Michelle Mone from Glasgow’s East End supplied 200 MILLION QUID worth of useless PPE during Covid, the train strikes are likely to go ahead, the wee guy is off school today due to teacher strikes and the nurses are likely to strike in December…

Mike in Toronto
November 24, 2022 2:50 pm


Haven’t seen you on for a while, but that is a helluva return!

Posts like that should have a place on every football blog… if not every blog period.

So much packed into that, I need time to read it properly and digest and cogitate (love that word) on your post.

but wanted to acknowledge it and say thanks for sharing that.

November 24, 2022 3:14 pm


I was wondering where you had got to. Good to see you back.

My approach to life as it is and having discarded many of the unhelpful beliefs that I was brought up to think were true is , as Chairbhoy said, the starfish thrower I.e. make a difference where we can.

Rebus and I are of similar age and perhaps that longish life full of experiences has something to do with no longer being a Velveteen Rabbit and becoming real.

You mention the lack of thinking about the shit we are spoonfed , starting with parents who were fed it too and so on down the ages.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m attracted to M Scott Pecks idea that the original sin was laziness as in we took what was suggested was a quick road to divinity rather than learn knowledge through the experience of what then, before the cheat, was everlasting life.

Ok it’s a metaphor but it is something to think about as I think all of mankind’s illness in all its forms is down to judgements we are not mature or knowledgeable enough to make. Religious beliefs being a major factor in legitimising judgements, starting with the idea we are not worthy and all that leads to.

My thinking is that perhaps the painful consequences of the wrong judgement we make will lead to a correction in our thinking. Gibran’s ” pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses our understanding ” being an influence on my thinking.

Going back to the Starfish, for me Res12 was an attempt to throw a starfish ie Celtic, back into the water and I still hope that experience that those still at Celtic also lived through, will bring about a change of thinking.

That leads me to my next post which was a reply to Mags late last night which as it happens ties in nicely with the idea of rethinking.

November 24, 2022 3:18 pm

Repost from previous.


Margaret McGill
If new laws and rules and regulations are being enforced with the same rigor and compliance as the old ones Rangers have nothing to worry about. Now given that historically and collectively their behavior is sociopathic the only ones who are worried about Rangers are the Celtic PLC. Nothing worse than worrying about your gravy train. Ask Michelle Mone.
Whilst that perception stands up to scrutiny during PLs time I think it worth revisiting events over the last 18 months.

Celtic’s biggest source of football income is UEFA money.

The biggest risk to earning that income to maximum is an unbridled Rangers.

FSR which Celtic have played a part in introducing, is that bridle.

FSR also for the first time puts SFA under real scrutiny and if UEFA needed any evidence SFA needed watching Traverso who led FSR was provided with it in barrowloads in the pursuit of Res12 in 2016.

(Celtic were dead against approaching UEFA then but I suggested to PL that shareholder lawyers make the approach and Celtic clear the way for UEFA to reply..

That was the famous new club/company response that set hundom into a tale spin and surprised Celtic and the recipients. It was maybe a bone to the persistent dog to bring Res12 to a stop but Res12 guys persisted.)

A hard fact of life is Scottish football clubs need a Rangers to supplement their income and Celtic need all those clubs to have games to play.

Thus it’s not in Celtic’s interest to sink RFC Ltd but even more it’s not in their interests to let those cheating bassas carry on cheating at a level verging on if not actually criminal, hence FSR using UEFA’s desire for sustainable football as the vehicle since SFA had no intention of reforming themselves.

Churchill apparently once said When The Facts Change, I Change My Mind , what do you do madam?

I think the facts have changed.

I’ve since added today to summarise that I think UEFA is the new gravy train and Celtic want to minimise the risk of not being on board.