Mooy Selecta!


We are now into Day 24 of The World Cup,and with only three remaining games before the winner is decided. Yet Celtic are back in action the day before the final,surely the first time that we have played competitive matches during the finals stages of any tournament.

The supreme irony of it all being that it is probably the first time that Celtic has had the possibility at this late stage of a tournament of having a player involved in the final itself! Yes,in Josip Juranovic,there is every likelihood that we will have our name-vicariously-in lights during a World Cup Final.

Croatia play later today in the first semi-final against Argentina,an Argentina where Messi will be pulling out all the stops to finally win the trophy in what is likely to be his last venture,his last tilt at his own personal windmill. There will be plenty of footballing romanticists willing him to do it,more as a reward for a magnificent career than as the leader of this particular incarnation of his international side. While The Netherlands were certainly far from blameless for the petulant and sometimes violent behaviour-the incident where the ball got slammed into the Dutch bench came about as a result of Messi being kicked without sanction three times in as many minutes-the reaction from Argentina was considerably over the top,and frankly unforgivable.

Of course,this was all abetted more than aided by the weakness and downright incompetence of the referee that night. And it means that Croatia are more likely to attract the favour of the neutral on the day. In this,I suspect that also includes the vast majority of Celtic supporters,as it is a Croatia player I referenced at the start of the article. And not just ANY Croation international,but one who was named by many as MOTM against Brazil,of all people,in his role at right back as they knocked out tournament favourites Brazil in the quarter final.

There won’t be many players who can put on their CV that they had Vinicius Jr in his back pocket to such an extent that he was subbed just after an hour,and made sure that he had room there for his replacement Rodrygo too. Though I doubt that the CV will make much mention of CL performances against the same player,Friday was a match with the eyes of the footballing world on it. And it is something of an open secret that Celtic are not averse to losing JJ in either of the forthcoming transfer windows,nor that the player is looking to an ever-dwindling future in the game at the age of 27. An age widely regarded as being towards the upper limit of a player being able to maximise his contract demands.

Celtic have no need to even pay lip service to the value that JJ places on himself,as he is under contract until the summer of 2026. Nor are we likely to even make an attempt in that direction,as even making him our highest-earner ever,more than even Henrik earned at his peak-with or without adjusting for inflation-will be well below what the player expects at his new club. Having recently read that the likes of Juventus and the Milan clubs no longer have players on wages over £100k pw,his likely destinations will be the top three in Spain,or somewhere in England. The game isn’t quite as awash with the money elsewhere as is widely thought,and JJ will try to strike while his stock is high,and I expect Celtic to be willing to play ball,given a price approaching that which we received for our last big money full back departure.

We will,after all,have two capable deputies,each of whom has experience at international level themselves. And one of them even played in the World Cup itself! Sadly,neither JJ nor our Canadian signing Alistair Johnston will be available for Saturday in Aberdeen. Johnston won’t be available until we play the huns on 2nd January,and I don’t expect JJ to be available until the Christmas Eve tie against St Johnstone,at least. That will only give him our match at Easter Road to get himself match fit for Ibrox,so we have to hope that Tony stays fit and up to form until then,even to the extent that he gives AP a selection problem.

Of course,AP has another selection issue which has been only exacerbated by the World Cup. I thought Aaron Mooy was Australia’s top player during the tournament,where they were knocked out though hardly disgraced in the last 16 by Argentina. He played in a deeper role there than how he is used at Celtic,and it is one which I have long said favours him. However,even though he has never let Celtic nor his country down since he played himself back to full fitness,he will find it difficult to get into the Celtic midfield when CalMac returns to the favoured triumvirate of Hatate,O’Riley and CalMac. Which is a shame,as his performances certainly deserve better.

However,this is where the versatility of the four comes into play. Mooy can come off the bench-or into the first team when we decide to rest one of the three-and the remaining two of the three can slot into place. It’s not a bad problem to have,is it? Especially when Haksabanovic can fill the 8 or 10 role too,if required.

To have made two signings for the January transfer window by the start of December-!-is hopefully a sign of how well run the club is these days,certainly when compared to the high stakes poker played by the worst poker player in history in Lawwell. Back then,we entered the new year new window filled with hope of a new dawn,only to get a couple of duds on loan on the last day. To have such versatility in the squad too is a mark of how well it has been managed and coached. This is Ange’s fourth window,and each has been better than the last. I hope it is a sign of an upward trend,and of the changing of the guard.


Above article by BMCUWP

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December 13, 2022 7:44 am
A thing of beauty
December 13, 2022 8:40 am

If what you say about Lawwell being back to oversee the abuse case is true then we have to accept that. I would like to think he can ensure that anyone abused during this shocking period in our history is given the support and recompense they deserve.
I have always enjoyed reading the Celtic blog but lost a bit of respect for James Forrest when he said he knew from meeting Lawwell that all was not well between him and BR but chose not to say anything. Why have a blog if not to inform your readers of what you know. I’m sure he had his reasons.
Like PPB I am also in Amsterdam. Well seen Celtic are not playing. I have a 2ht 30 mins walking tour booked today with Mr ATOB. If I’ve not checked back in by 5pm
Tonight I’ve probably died of hypothermia.
Copied over from previous article. Too sleepy from all this dope that is in the air here!!

Prestonpans bhoys
December 13, 2022 8:42 am


From last thread……..pity I left on last night’s boat, now near Newcastle, or we could have arranged a drink in Amsterdam😱

The Gombeen Man
December 13, 2022 8:47 am

Thanks BMCUWPS for a fine read this morning.

For Jimthetim 53,

Some months ago while watching an EPL game involving Brighton I heard the name MacAllister mentioned. The revelation that the tough, red haired Alexis MacMacAllister is Argentinian came as a bit of a surprise. There goes any hope of a new recruit for Scotland or Ireland, I thought.

Alexis MacAllisters’ ancestors arrived in Argentina from a small rural village called Donabate, in North County Dublin.

Approximately 600,000 Argentinian folk have Irish ancestry. A similar number of Mexicans have Irish roots too. So it’s not too much of a surprise when an odd Irish or Scottish surname survives.

Joseph MacAllister left Donabate in 1865 for Argentina. Later he sent for his two nephews John and William. One was 8 and one was 10,  the remaining family never heard from the boys again, the family lost touch.

These were the dark days of the aftermath of An Gorta Mór. One million lives lost and another million forced to emigrate.

In Donabate, the remaining MacAllisters apparently dropped the ‘a’ in Mac, in favour of the more anglicised equivalent – ‘Mc’. The family successfully integrated, making their living by farming.

Generations later a photograph in the Irish Times of Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dick Spring meeting the President of the Hurling Club in Buenos Aires, provided an unexpected reunion.

The President of the Buenos Aires Hurling Club had an uncanny resemblance to the McAllister’s in Donabate. His name  – Dickie MacAllister

Contact was made and Dickie MacAllister forwarded a photograph of his lost ancestoral home, a cottage ‘somewhere in Ireland’. It turned out to be the old McAllister farm in Donabate.

Alexis MacAllister is a member of that extended, Irish –  Argentinian Clan.

Alexis’ father, Carlos MacAllister was a very successful footballer in his own right (he played with Maradona). After football, Carlos entered politics. He served as the Minister for Sport in Argentina, 2015-2018.

Alexis has two brothers, Kevin and Francis both accomplished footballers

The boys have an Uncle Patricio, another ex professional soccer player.

All tough looking dudes.

The family even started a football club, Club Deportivo MacAllister, in their hometown of Santa Rosa, La Pampa.

But what of the Irish McAllisters?

The family arrived in Donabate shortly after 1690. That couldn’t of been easy. Prisoners from the Battle of Aughrim were held locally, on Lambay Island, just off the coast from Donabate. Dangerous times with much resentment and hostility from the beleaguered locals.

There’s a steely pugnaciousness coupled with an admirable connection to their communities, in both the Argentinian and Irish McAllisters.

In a similar vein to the Argentinian MacAllister’s,
the County Dublin wing of the family are mainstays of their local GAA Club. Church notices also confirm that the McAllister’s play an important part in the life of St Patrick’s RC Church in Donabate.

Originally the MacAllisters came to Ireland as Galloglass warriors, fighting on behalf of the Lord of the Isles and Clan MacDonald of Dunnyveg, Argyll. In recognition of their courage and loyalty they were granted lands in Antrim by the legendary Sorley Boy MacDonnell.

Galloglass were crucial in the defence of Ireland and played a prominent role under Gaelic Chieftains for generations. English society was terrified by the prospect of them. Shakespeare immortalised them in the Scottish Play.

“The merciless Macdonwald,
Worthy to be a rebel, for to that
The multiplying villainies of nature
Do swarm upon him, from the Western isles
Of kerns and gallowglasses is supplied.”

Macbeth, Act 1 Sc2.

The McAllister’s integrated into local Irish society possibly too well, from a British perspective.

Noel McAllister is a well known locally and a highly regarded patriarch of the Donabate McAllister’s.

I’ll let Noel bring you up to speed with the recent exploits of the McAllister’s in County Dublin.

From : ‘Irish Life & Lore’

‘Noel explains that he heard some stories about life on the run from his uncle Charlie. Charlie McAllister’s role in 1916 was to act as a runner, ensuring that Benny and John McAllister and Charlie Weston were provided with food and clothing while they were staying away from home. They knew that the home farm was being watched so they had to avoid the place. Thomasina Weston, sister of Charlie Weston, was a member of Cumann na mBan, and just recently Noel has discovered that she hid Mike McAllister in her home to prevent his arrest. Noel reflects on the unpopularity of the Rising among the people of north Co. Dublin in general. An anecdote is told about a British officer who cursed the McAllisters’ house in Turvey (Donabate) and his ghost which has apparently been seen by several people…The McAllister family farmhouse was raided several times by the Black and Tans and badly damaged. If the McAllister men came home to help on the farm they would be informed upon and the house would be raided. Noel recounts an anecdote told to him by his mother about an incident involving Benny McAllister…Noel explains that Benny McAllister got one of the last guns from the boat at the Howth gun-running in 1914.”

Statement from Michael McAllister,  Turvey, Donabate.

“I was born and reared where I now live at Turvey and went to school in Donabate and Swords. There was nothing of an ultra national nature in the curriculum of the schools then, and I felt it was from reading English papers that I developed any sense of patriotism I had. The English papers were very biased and hostile towards anything Irish. Any little concession tending towards further liberty for the people of this country was always the occasion for an outburst of hostility and puerile articles about Ireland.

The late Thomas Ashe was a frequent visitor to our house, where he used to play cards. On one occasion I mentioned to him that we in this country should have some kind of intelligence organisation to counteract the propaganda about this country in the English Press. He said we had such an organisation here and asked me if I would like to join. I said I would…”

Eyewitness Account, Thomas Ashe (Tomás Ághas).

Old Tales of Fingal 1984, An Taisce

The martyr, Thomas Ashe died as a result of forced feeding by members of the British authorities while on hunger strike in Dublin, 25th September, 1917.

From the Western Isles to Antrim to County Dublin.
To Argentina to Brighton, to Qatar and a World Cup, Semi- final.

– Once a Galloglass – always a Galloglass. –

Alasdair Mòr macDòmhnaill,1st Chief of Clan MacAlister started something very special.

A thing of beauty
December 13, 2022 9:00 am

Thanks for the info. Saves me scrutinising every 50 plus guy and his wife thinking I wonder if that’s PPB and he fancies going to watch the game tonight 😂😂

December 13, 2022 9:03 am

Morning all…looks like you’ve taken no time at all to appropriate a touch of Dutch liberalism, ATOB! Have the locals been warned!! 😂🤣😂

Jobo Baldie
December 13, 2022 9:08 am

Good morŕrrrrrning frrrrrrriends, hope you are all keeping warm.
Thanks for the article, Bobby. I really dont mind who wins tonight’s semi final. Obviously I hope Jura has another great performance but I’m more looking forward to some magical moments from both Messi and Modric. Semi finals aren’t always great games, with so much at stake. But fingers crossed.
The Gombeen Man – some amount of research into that post so thank you for that. Really interesting.

The Gombeen Man
December 13, 2022 9:19 am


Thanks for that. I’m a bit of an anorak I guess, when it comes to this kind of stuff. Fascinating really how things only change at a superficial level.

Don’t get stuck beside me at a social event, it can be a long evening when I get started.

It’s a nice feeling having Alexis and JJ in the semi-final. On a winner whoever wins.


Thanks for the article yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Till later.

December 13, 2022 9:34 am

Could be argued ( and it is ) that Josko Gvardiol of RBL and Croatia has been one of the standouts. Aged 20 !

December 13, 2022 9:41 am


May the most deserving team win tonight and JJ enhance his global reputation even more. Taking a £10-15m player into the £20m plus bracket.

Re Ange’s fourth window- we’ve had the initial necessary summer transition, the exceptional January supplement and the recent permanent recruitment of the outstanding loans, with squad depth added.
We’ve already had a glimpse into the approaching window and brought in AJ and Yuki.

The young Canadian’s recent presser is very impressive. His enthusiasm, intelligence and grasp of what we are about shines through. Has a steeliness about him too. Have high hopes for this Bhoy.

The fourth window feels like it could be the start of a trading cycle, with JJ likely to be the first.

It remains to be seen if replacements for outgoings are at least equal in quality.

The important aspect is obviously maintaining competitiveness and hopefully dominance domestically.
The spin off, on a trading model like ours, is we’re seen to nurture overlooked talent and improve players for the markets that pay top dollar.
Young ambitious footballers then look to us as a favoured destination, where they can thrive and ( though it hurts to say it, it is a truth) eventually move on to bigger things.

Win win all round.

The Leopard’s Rimshot
December 13, 2022 10:59 am

Dear God, ATOB, is that true, James Forrest knew all along there were problems between BR & PL and has since admitted that he refused to tell his readers?!

Those same readers he let call me every filthy name under the sun for alerting them to that same fact?

I was simply expressing my own observations from afar on there being trouble backstage while he was actually having meetings with Lawwell therefore knew implicitly what was going on yet kept up the pretence, the LIE, for months on end to his readers that everything was fine between both men.

He then kept this charade up right up until the day BR left then spent weeks abusing, insulting and deriding Rodgers’ character, as though it were a ‘bolt from the blue’ when I’d been telling his blog since the previous December it was coming thanks to Lawwell’s overblown ego and that Dermot Desmond would always take Lawwell’s side in any dispute no matter who the manager was.

I have to say, I lost a massive amount of respect for James during that period for allowing his readers to act like rabid dogs against me and I know he foolishly put two of them on my case to try and get rid of me but what you’ve revealed here, that he was keeping crucial Celtic info from his readers all the while writing phony articles pretending everything in the garden was rosy, is just unforgivable, even if it does vindicate my general mistrust.

For what this means is, James knew I was telling his readers the truth of the BR-PL feud that I’d discerned for myself and therefore knew I was correct in my assertions, which he then deliberately chose to obscure and deny, then willingly went on to cover the whole thing up, for reasons known only to himself and which remain undisclosed to this day …

Thanks for the info, ATOB, I honestly shouldn’t be as incredulous as I am right now as I had him down as a gatekeeper from the off and told him so at the time but this just puts the tin lid on it.

Cheers again, enjoy the Dam, and don’t push the kush 😊


December 13, 2022 11:24 am

Excellent articles, comments and debates over the last few days

TGM @ 8:47 am,

Very interesting stuff again – I’m still going to route for Juranovic, one of our own

AULDHEID @ 11:14 PM,

I replied to your post on CQN, thought some on SC might be interested…


Croatia and Morocco have some great players and showed technical ability, physicality and staminia – the team work and attitude of the players has been supreme

Both in the semi-finals on merit, you don’t get there any other way – although it is not quite as rigorous (yet it is more intense), tournament football is similar to league football, in regard of the top teams getting placed

Croatia has an eighty million pound defender and the priceless Modric, the only thing they have in common with us is their right back.

And as far as I can see he played a similar role against Vinicius Jr and Brazil as he did against Mudryk and Shakhtar

The Moroccan defence and the Croatian midfield have been outstanding and team work and playing for the Jersey has seen these “teams” advance.

We have to remember that Ange’s Celtic is a work in progress and that the squad was a shambles when he came in

He has been working on the players’ attitude, technical ability, staminia, conditioning and physicality – Ange knows it’s teamwork that makes the dream work.

We are in a similar situation now as with MO’N in 2004/05 and BR in 2018/19, in that we need to strengthen in a very careful and tactical manner and bring in a few (3!?) quality players to take us to the next level. (over and above our current signings).

Us competing with the best of our peers is palpable and we need to grasp the nettle and not bottle it again.

You pointed to an article by James Forrest on the “Celtic Blog” t’uther day – in that fine piece he states exactly what BR wanted to do in the 2018 summer transfer window.

It was simple; three quality players in and keeping his best players at Celtic – high value players that were replacable like Armstrong, Ntcham, Boyata etc could go – the strategy for the churn was excellent imo and getting those players in early would have made a huge difference

This is crucial in Managers’ planning and implementation to maximise his performances and results

For various reasons BR never had the players he wanted to utilise his strategies and tactics to the max, so at times his team looked limited

Likewise, we can’t assume Ange’s tactics are one dimensional, it has very much been horeses for courses, so it is totally unfair to criticise his teams performance at the highest level when he inherited a basket case of a team

Let me give you an example; my understanding is that Ange likes a back five sometimes, we haven’t had the players to make that work at the top level, yet it has been a highly effective formation for some Nations at this World Cup

With Kobayashi and Johnson coming in that formation is now an option – whether Ange intends to utilise it or not, I don’t know but my feeling is this could be highly effective against better opposition yet still allow for Angeball

In his excellent first interview at Celtic Alistair Johnson said he can play in a three, four or five at the back – that gives us options

Over the next nine months Ange needs backing and serious backing at that, sniping from the grassy knowl doesn’t help.

Hail Hail

A thing of beauty
December 13, 2022 12:41 pm

He says as much in his article and I’m sure he’s said it before. I could be wrong and apologise wholeheartedly if I am. It sticks with me because I thought if you wanted to curry favour you were in the MSM and a blog was different. Everyday is a school day as the saying goes. Right off to try that walking tour again. Got on the wrong tram this morning. Pair of eejits!!

December 13, 2022 1:20 pm


Yes if you want to curry favour at Celtic you must tread a careful path.

Blogs are what they are and in commercial enterprises like the Celtic Blog and CQN having an inside track is so important

Being uninformed ruins a sites credibility…

My disappointment with Sentinel Celts being misinformed on Peter Lawwell’s return means that I look again at the site for lively debates and interesting opinions but as far as insights go, zero cred I’m afraid

James Forrest taking the Fraudgers line was very disappointing at the time but which Celtic blog didn’t!?

It was obvious that parkhead was spinning like a birling centrifuge – yet it seems few wanted to upset the PLC heavies.

It is disappointing though, if they told it like it was there is no chance that Peter Lawwell would “return”.

Hail Hail

December 13, 2022 1:51 pm

Just an early reminder that the Superbru predictor re-starts in 2 days time on Thursday evening at 8pm with the Sevco- Hibs game. The remaining 5 fixtures are on Saturday from 12.30 onwards

December 13, 2022 2:21 pm

Good afternoon all from Morrisons car park, Newlandsfield. Mrs BRRB has gone missing, last seen at the sweetie shelves. 🙄

big packy
December 13, 2022 2:26 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM , the gombeen man, on jims behalf thank you very much for your post this morning, jim loves that kind of stuff, im sure when he is feeling better he will come on and thank you himself.H,H,

The Leopard’s Rimshot
December 13, 2022 3:34 pm

Cheers,ATOB, but I read what’s in the article as just more revisionism from him to make himself appear smarter than he is for he came across as totally clueless as to what was really happening at the time, which his blog archive should stand as testimony to.

For weeks and months on end he ignored all my observations and continued to write his usual speculative puff pieces that ‘Brendan would never leave us’ and ‘especially not for Leicester’ on the very day he did just that and I’ve pulled him up for this revisionism of his numerous times since though he never publishes any of my rebuttals now that he’s installed a moderation filter for screening out any unpleasant truths he’s neglected to mention which might come back to haunt him.


The Gombeen Man
December 13, 2022 4:08 pm


‘I expect the case to be in the hands of the club’s insurers,who will be in charge of every stage of any future defence or negotiated agreement. The club will no longer be in play,so to speak.’

December 12, 2022 9:41 pm.

It’s an Interim Hearing on the 19th of December.

Celtic PLC are the Defenders in the case and contend that the Boy’s Club was a separate  entity and they are therefore not liable.

The paperwork that Celtic claim proves their assertion is ‘missing’ (according to reports of court proceedings.)

Thompson’s are trying to prove there was a link and Celtic are responsible for any harm caused.

If those things are proven in court, Celtic will have to prove that whatever Public Liability insurance they have covers the historic misdeeds of ’employees’ in an organisation they claim, wasn’t a part of the Club.

(That they didn’t specifically purchase a contract of insurance to cover).

What do the terms of specific policies say?
Who or what is covered?
What Public Liability insurance covered the Boys’ Club?
Will Celtic Plc’s insurers accept responsibility?
(Historic abuse, Celtic FC Limited?)

It’s got appeals and a possible dispute between the insurers written all over it.

At 30+ litigants, it’s not to be taken lightly.

Just general ramblings, I won’t venture into this topic again, given it’s sensitive nature.

Thoughts and prayers with the litigants.

I’ll leave it there.

The Gombeen Man
December 13, 2022 4:10 pm


Thanks for that. Tell Jim I was asking for him, he’s missed on here.

Hopefully we’ll see him back soon.

Duty calls.

Big Audio Dynamite
December 13, 2022 4:38 pm

Take care, Jim, and all the very best for the holidays 💚

Cosy Corner Bhoy
December 13, 2022 4:38 pm

Great lead article and an even more informative than usual ‘stoater’ from TGM!
TLR: I commented on CQN re yesterday’s lead article as being virtually puppetry. A load of condescending shite. No more, no less
Having had the all clear from the consultant yesterday I am looking forward to Saturday for a great day. The Celtic, good company, including BMCUWP, and consultant says Guinness is back on
What more can you ask for? A defeat for the Govan Works X1😀.

December 13, 2022 4:50 pm

Hi Everyone,

This may appear to be Rebus67 but, like much of life today, it is a scam. I am about to be banned from the site for using foul language, so close your eyes and minds now! Peter Lawwell, Peter Lawwell, Peter Lawwell….!

Yes, that is the theme of my post on behalf of the little missed Scottish detective.

Firstly, I have to compliment CCB for a post a couple of days ago….the one where he mentioned Catholic for life, and Celtic supporter for life. That post had a bigger effect on Rebus than eating a black pudding supper with his brother on a friday night in Byres Rd. People have fallen off donkeys for far less.

A Celtic supporter for life? I know Rebus has struggled/is struggling with that concept. Can you just stop being a Celtic supporter? If you do, who is being punished the most?

One day I arrived at his castle and there, just on the other side of the drawbridge was Sir Rebus struggling with the demon that is the Celtic Supporter. It was a mighty struggle, forsooth, and precarious to wager upon. The fight was so tight that it was difficult to separate Rebus from the beast that is the Celtic Supporter, so entangled were they!

In the middle of melee, there arrived a herald for Sir Auld of the Heid. With a great flourish, he announced the latest news from the town. A lord, Peter of the Law and the Well, had been appointed to oversee a tricky lawsuit that was due to start in the courts. This lord was unpopular in some quarters because he had visited upon many of the beasts, called Celtic Supporters. Many of the latter were surprised that Lord Peter had been selected for any position at all.

At this announcement from the herald, both Sir Rebus and the Celtic Supporter ceased their struggle and looked enquiringly at each other. Could the Lord Peter really be charged with such a responsibility? At thst moment, up popped Sir Charles What-the-Dickens, and exclaimed, “Are there no lawyers?”

Non Rebus

bada Bing 1
December 13, 2022 4:57 pm

Walsh doing the Sevco game yet again on Thursday, this is bordering on sinister now,how many penalties has he given them? His day job needs to be highlighted by the Club, a clear conflict of interests.

The Leopard’s Rimshot
December 13, 2022 4:59 pm

Agreed on all points, CCB, I never took to CQN as I knew PB was Lawwell’s mouthpiece even way back then.

Great to hear you’re on the mend and I’m sure a few jars of the refreshing black stuff will be the perfect tonic before and after the game 👏🍻💪🍀

The Leopard’s Rimshot
December 13, 2022 5:00 pm

Also, some very good stuff today from TGM and Non-Rebus 😁

And best wishes and health to Jim The Tim 💪🍀🙏🏻

December 13, 2022 5:14 pm


You have mail.


Danny Mac 23
December 13, 2022 5:15 pm

I am with non

Rebus 67 if that self serving cnut is back to help the hoops then it also helps me come to terms as to why he is once more involved.Auldheid.thanks?

Always enjoy your lead aritcles BMCUPW

JJ has and is proving to be an exceptional full back and I hope continues to excel in the world stage.Regardless of how much we attain from his transfer fee the fact that Ange has anticipated the move and filled the void speaks volumes for succession planning.

Stiĺl hope Argentina prevail.

The Gombeen Man
December 13, 2022 5:50 pm

Thanks CCB

Great to read of the good news from the Consultant. Good to read that you told them like it is elsewhere too.


Thanks for the comment. It can be frustrating trying to point out what’s patently obvious at times.

There’s just something about Celtic that hard to let go of…


A quick teatime teaser,

Any ideas what Mauricio Pochettino and Paulo Gazzaniga have in common with Wexford?

Mauricio Pochettino and goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga both come from a place in North West Argentina, called Murphy.

Why Murphy?

“In 1844, a 22 year old John James Murphy from Haysland in Kilrane, Co Wexford boarded a ship on Wexford Quay together with his cousins John and Lawrence Murphy, and friends John O’Connor, Nicholas Kavanagh, Thomas Saunders, James Pender, Patrick Howlin (and others), their first step on a journey to Buenos Aires…

Family lore has it that Murphy landed in Argentina with £1 in his pocket and initially worked in Chacabuco as a sharecropper and tenant sheep farmer sheep.  Murphy gathered sufficient capital and is later recorded as having purchased a number of holdings of his own, surviving trials including drought and contracting smallpox to establish himself as a wealthy and important man.”

And hence the town of Murphy got its name from an Wexford man, who was initially employed digging ditches.

Loch Garman Abú!=  ‘Up Wexford!! /Wexford Forever!!’

Enjoy the game.

JJ Abú ! // Alexis MacAllister Abú !

The Gombeen Man
December 13, 2022 5:59 pm


Re Nick Walsh,

The refereeing stats of Nick Walsh are quite interesting, nothing definitive but worth noting.

Compare the number of fouls by and against Sevco/Celtic.

Look at the ratio of tackles per foul.

The data for all refs is available by going to the All Tab at the top and typing in Scotland. Choose Premier and referees.

The detail/stats on Celtic are interesting too.

– Just select Celtic.

Nick Walsh Referee Statistics

bada Bing 1
December 13, 2022 6:17 pm

ITV now……let’s go to the England camp……oh wait….🤦🏻‍♂️

December 13, 2022 6:26 pm

The Gombeen Man @ 8.47

Fantastic stuff. I have very personal reasons and happy memories as well as being too chivalrous to mention them but I have, since I met her, wondered how such an evidently Scottish name, came to Ireland ( and subsequently Argentina). Thanks for solving a puzzle!


December 13, 2022 6:26 pm

Non Rebus67 @ 4:50 PM,

They used this litigation as an excuse for hoarding money – at one point over 40 million pounds with transfer fees owing.

An obscene amount of money for a football club or PLC to sit on – 50% of turnover.

It’s the lack of transparency from the Celtic Board that make these rumours work for them, if we had a contingent liability the shareholders should know about it and the details clearly stated

If we need an accountant to be in charge of this process then the roles and responsibilities should be clarified.

If big Pedro can be the architect of the new FSR, mover and shaker in the ECA and all round UEFA top guy as a Director of the Celtic Football and Athletic Co.

Why can’t he work his Rumpolesque miracles in the Scottish Courts from that position!?

Hail Hail

December 13, 2022 6:30 pm

Good stuff again the Gombeen Man,

My G~G~Grandad was a ships Captain during the time of the famine – I’d be fascinated to see where he went, possibly all over the Globe.

Inhuman times

Hail Hail

December 13, 2022 6:34 pm

Evening all,

Sitting by the pool this afternoon ( Second last day in sunny Lanzarote ☀️) and the reading has been fantastic 👏👏👏👏

From the lead article, Loved the headline 😜😜😜

to the fantastic contributions from TGM,CFC,Chairbhoy. ATOB,CCB and Rebus67. Brilliant 💚💚

Also a special message for Jim, Get well soon and look forward to you returning to the fold 💚💚💚

Sorry if I missed out anyone.

Looking forward to the game tonight and hope JJ has another blinder 🍀🍀

bada Bing 1
December 13, 2022 6:59 pm

TGM-Thanks for reply, Walsh is Sevco’s 12th man,the number of their games he gets,considering his day job,needs pointed out,and the number of penalties he gives them

December 13, 2022 7:17 pm

Boy, the Argies have some great players on their bench – Foyth, Di Maria, Martinez, Correa, Dybala, Palacios.

Big Audio Dynamite
December 13, 2022 7:22 pm

Not looking forward to January and who we might be willing to offload.
Either Josip or Giorgios would be key players to lose.
I’ll be particularly gutted if G-Mak goes …and my wee boy will be heartbroken.
I think we could absorb the loss of JJ better right now, and if we used the fee to strengthen then …all good.
Still think the team lacks a bit of physicality.
I would love to see us buy a couple of right tasty bastards, 2 Roy Aitken types.

December 13, 2022 7:32 pm

Penalty Argies

December 13, 2022 7:34 pm

1-0 Messi

December 13, 2022 7:34 pm


December 13, 2022 7:35 pm

Argie keeper couldn’t watch.

December 13, 2022 7:39 pm

The best World Cup goal yet. Magnificent.

December 13, 2022 7:41 pm

Have you ever seen a faster breakaway?
Argie commentator already hoarse, screaming “Fantastico!!!!”

December 13, 2022 7:43 pm

Ball hits Croatian defender on arm in penalty area. No penalty, except against Celtic or for Huns.
Jura nearly scores own goal.

December 13, 2022 7:45 pm

Argies seem inspired.

December 13, 2022 7:46 pm

Jura nearly scores.

December 13, 2022 7:49 pm

Ronaldinho applauding from the stands.

December 13, 2022 7:50 pm

Ball hits Croatian defender on arm in penalty area. No penalty, except against Celtic or for Huns.
Jura nearly scores own goal.

His hands were clasped behind his back as they do to avoid penalties.
He then leaned towards the ball and moved his arm out slightly to divert the ball. Hands still clasped.
To me that was an obvious (on VAR replay) arm to ball so it’s a penalty.