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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I reckon that the current painful experience is part of the breaking of the shell that encloses our understanding.

Become a starfish thrower. One at a time.


A brilliant post. Well said.

Oh aye, forgot to say earlier…Happy Thanksgiving to all USA based Sentinels.

Hail Hail



TGM’s post takes us out of our caves and into spiritual territory.

It’s a good path to follow although more thought provoking and challenging than how Celtic or Rangers are doing, but that keeps us going and connecting whilst reality is unfolding a nano second at a time outside the cave.

In mid 90’s I was a poster on a site called Spiritual Paths which made me think differently as result of sharing experiences with others.


On this Thanksgiving day (what an irony) it’s an honour to wake up and read that fantastic but very humbling article. The truth expertly laid out.
Thanks my friend and great to see you on here again.
All the best.
Hail Hail

Drop into the Mayflower for a pint.🍻


Auldheid…”Become a starfish thrower. One at a time.” My original post, before an inadvertent ‘refresh’, was a litany of how our local parish and school cluster do so many things for the local community. So many good things that are no doubt replicated across the world and generally go unseen and unspoken of. They are unselfishly done for the right reasons…these people are the starfish throwers!

Margaret McGill

The starfish are trying to get out of a polluted sea.


Happy Thanksgiving to all USA Sentinel Celts.

Hope you have a great day.

Who is all going to the Laurieston Bar, Glasgow on Saturday at 1.00 pm. ????

It’s going to be a cracker so hopefully old and new friends will meet up ??

See you there.


The Gombeen Man, firstly we don’t see enough of you, i always looked forward to your input.

Secondly an outstanding article, you are correct, we should always look closer to home. I have been reading up on how the British Empire were so brutal in their hey day, with attrocities such as The Opium Wars, where they traded opium for goods from the Chinese, and continued to do so, in an effort to steal Hong Kong, and force China to heel. Their takeover of India who had a very rich culture before being plundered by the British, no doubt the worst of all their other countless attrociaties was starving the Irish people, and stealing their homes.

As you have so rightly pointed out, history has shown the others you mentioned to be just as bad, if not worse. Shame on them that they pretend all is well on their end. Fittingly, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.



Interesting article — no holding back regarding the global basket case that is current active strands our supposed human civilisation.

Couple of points missed out that are closer to home:

The Scottish epidemic of drug deaths — I know that we have always been a hotbed of drug misuse and the damage it causes but over the past 10 years we have fallen of a cliff regarding casualty figures and avoidable deaths. The issue is more than political it is systemic but the lack of political will / action to deal with this slow motion train wreck shames our current rulers.

The 26 county tax haven over the water really needs to be addressed– they are stealing bread out of the mouths of poor American children with their tax gymnastics and their support of corporate greed.

26 county tax rules for corporate America — spend millions on local professional hires to save billions on your tax bill.

Better the money is spent in rough parts of Philly than in the BMW garages of south Dublin.

As for Baroness Chicken Fillets — interesting that all this info is coming into the public domain as she and her new man are in court over a £142mill case of PPE that was not fit for purpose.

The VIP lane for budding PPE suppliers is / was rampant corruption in plain view — hopefully she will be the first of many.


At one time, the British government were the biggest drug dealers the world has ever seen…or ever will see. This was achieved by their pushers by proxy…the East India Company. It is reckoned by serious historians, that approximately one third of the population of China was hooked on opium at one point When various Chinese rulers resisted this policy, two wars broke out as a consequence of this resistance, in 1839 and 1856. The Grande Old Dame Britannia, did what she always did, when the natives resisted murder and oppression. She sent in the gunboats.

Hail Hail.


Magua Yes very interesting read of the atrocities by both the British and Americans one of the prolific opium traders smuggling opium from Turkey was Franklin Roosevelt’s grandfather (and they wonder where their riches came from) rather like the Kennedy’s dad being a bootlegger/smuggler during prohibition.

Danny Mac 23

The Gombeen man

Your posts are always profound and todays leader is no different and is as thought provoking as ever.

We seldom look inward as life is to most about gain self happiness and status.

Its easy to think what is happening elsewhere in the world does not adversely affect me so let it pass it is only when something hits close to home we react.

The World cup is what it is,countries clamouring to host at whatever cost not for the prestige but everything else that goes with it.

In all that you have so articulately detailed where could there be a sanitised world fòotball tournament be held?

As Celtic supporters we can only live our lives in what we deem to be an integral moralistic way and support our football team that in essence helps the poor and needy.(maybe loose terminology) but its a sad and corrupt world and we can only do what we can to make it a better one.

TGM can I ask why the moniker?

Having looked it up your posts are somewhat contrary.

Mags starfish comment 😁😁


Portugal would be as well getting a taxi hame just now, they’re keech, and CR7 was just shot by a sniper, ffs he’s getting worse than Ryan Knut

bada bing1

Should have been booked for diving ffs

Jobo Baldie

7 bets so far on World Cup matters and 7 bets down the drain leaving Bet365 a whopping £9(NINE) richer. One game left in this first ’round’ with Brazil facing Serbia at 7pm. But as we know, so far the so-called big guns either win easily (England, France, Spain) or struggle badly (Argentina, Germany, Which category will Brazil fall into? No value in simply betting them to win (odds of 2/5) so might need an imaginative bet builder to stake another £1 and try to get £10 back leaving me ‘eachy peachy’ for round 1.
You may notice that I do practice what I preach in terms of the golden rule ‘only bet what you can afford to lose’! For me it’s always about just trying to beat the bookie, even if it is just by a few pennies 😉


Go Ghana


Fascinating stuff, re FDRs grandfather. Joe Kennedy Snr, was a bit of a rascal. Not only was he a bootlegger, he made his fortune in some dodgy dealings on Wall Street. Just before the 1929 crash, he sold all his shares…luck or something else? He also dabbled in film making, producing low quality movies, that somehow were popular, with film goers in the 1920s. Then of course, is the famous story/fact, that he ‘bought’ the vote in Illinois/Chicago for JFK in 1960, by conspiring with La Cosa Nostra. It is fair to say, that these lads-most notably Sam Giancanna-were none too pleased, when RFK, as Attorney General, went after the mob. Of course, J Edgar Hoover, till his dying day, denied that such an organisation as the mob even existed. So that was tickety-boo then.

Hail Hail.


McCaff at 14 something,

The first thing to do is appreciate what you have….your family. Being part of raising a child is as good as it gets. Hold it together, somehow.

Your post could have been written by my youngest son who lives in London….sorry, is trapped in London. He and his wife are university lecturers. He works in Leicester which means 100 mile commute one way. The cost in money and time affects his life radically. The strikes add to his burden.

I try to talk down his frustration. The university switches back and forward between online and in class teaching, giving one day notice of shifts. It can take him almost a week to prepare and load a video for one class so his work load is through the roof.

It is almost as if there is a plan, deliberate or otherwise to create two classes of people after the feudal model.

Something has to give. A General Strike? I would not rule it out. Hunger/Poverty marches? Again, very possible.

You are not alone,



Sod it
My 3-1 prediction was looking good


Tim Horton,

I am in the St Laurent Mall waiting for my wife.

I cannot make the Mayflower but if we can arrange a date, I can be there. It is a 70 km drive but I shall be delighted.

Like the Mayflower,



The percentage of goals scored from chances created in the 2nd half of this Portugal – Ghana game must be high.


Group H is tough. Portugal keeper nearly sells jerseys in final seconds. Puts ball down forgetting Ghana player is behind him.


Can we throw the starfish during the next AGM?

Was suggesting you have a pint while waiting on your wife i live in Mississauga but when in Ottawa on business i would have a pint their.The Irish Club is my establishment for a beer five minutes from my house.☘️


The Celtic Star site is doing a 50% off all books sale, for Green Friday. 😀 The authors, chiefly Matt Corr or David Potter, produce writing of the highest standard. The best part? All the books are in hardback format.

Hail Hail.

bada bing1

Stoikovic up there with the best ive seen live

The Gombeen Man

Thanks everyone for the generous responses.
I’ll take my time reading through them and post replies in due course.

They’re much appreciated.

Enjoy the game.

Happy Thanksgiving Mahe.


Bada Bing

Saw Stojkovic on Boxing Day 1988 playing for Red Star- 2-2 draw with us. He was very good although the guy who caught my eye was big Prosinecki who turned out to be a not bad player too. We were pretty flattered with tge draw.

Red Star had a great team – the fog stopped them knocking out AC Milan ( Van Basten, Gullit, Baresi et al) in the Champions League with ACM only getting through on penalties in a replay

I used to really enjoy friendlies like that Boxing Day game – they were played pretty hard with not too many subs like nowadays.


Evening all.

The Gombeen Man

What a powerful article.

The video clip is heart breaking.

Thank you for sharing.


big packy

EVENING ALL and JIM, not interested in the world cup, not even interested in celtic at the minute, more interested in the health of my mate jimthetim53, have been sending e-mails with no response, BOBBY have you heard anything from him ,you have got his mobile number,

bada bing1

Jimbo- was at the same game mate,cracking team they had


Just checked my packed diary 🙂

I may have a window of opportunity for Saturdays EGM



JIMTHETIM53 isn’t at his best at the moment,so is just lurking. Nothing major,mate.

big packy

BOBBY OK pal, was just getting worried about him not answering my e- mails


McCaff 4.09

My very point. Adversity brings out the best in us.

Very funny as a quip Mags but if it were true what does that mean for the efforts of folk described in McCaff’s post?

Does it mean no point to it? Its meaningless, dont bother?

Danny Mac 23


Mags 4.18

Would like to think thats just Mags humour,surely??

The deeper meaning resonates with most and it is a wonderful message.

Mags dont let me down?


Cheers for the heads up MAGUA 👍
Just bought the Willie Fernie and Harry Hood books ☘️☘️



Excellent. See you there.

I’ll make sure I bring my earmuffs for when the crappy jokes start 😜😜

HH 🍀🍀

A thing of beauty

A thought provoking article. As ever I feel the best thing we can do is treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves.
Sorry to hear you are still under the weather. Hope to see you back on here posting your tunes and hymns as soon as you’re ready.
Post up a wee tune for JTT that you think might lift his spirits.


ATOB. JTT53 will like this 1
Dario G – Sunchyme (Official Music Video) / Chrysalis Records

Prestonpans bhoys

Some second goal by Brazil, remember being in the back of the stand in 1982 world cup when David Narey did his ‘toe poke’ to score against them. Those memories will never leave you⚽😂😀

The Leopard’s Rimshot

Misplaced trust allied with self imposed wilful ignorance has been the undoing of humanity.

I’ve spent 7 or 8 years sharing valid testable quality information across the internet and all I got was vilified for it, with most folk not even having the decency to examine what I’ve shared.

Just because something seems too unbelievable to be true doesn’t mean it’s not true, in fact, it’s often quite the opposite, Make the lie so big that no one will believe it, as either Hitler or Goebbels are credited with saying.

And they should know, as both of them were part of the biggest lie in history.


82 PB!

Prestonpans bhoys

Yeah was just about to edit it but master chef came on….will do it noooow


Jim hope you are feeling better soon

A thing of beauty

Two crackers there for JTT. I enjoyed them both. I’d forgotten how ridiculous those guitar/synth things looked.


I’m watching How The Other Half Live on Channel 5 just now. episode 2.

In it Brian Cox (ex-Dundee) explores some of the issues TGM raises.

No more to go. Well worth watching. Sorry only two episodes.


It’s like watching an hour-long version of the video TGM posted sprinkled with those who live in a very rich world.

” You’re just realising the state the world is in” says Brian after visiting a food provider.

Hopefully solutions for ending it will emerge. after series ends.

Edit: They don’t only a cry to waken up.

bada bing1

Wee Murdo back home with his family 👍

Margaret McGill

Of course only joking
I appreciate all of your efforts both contributions on here and in real life
Catch you tomorrow
Busy tonight