Finding The LCD


We play Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday,five months since we played them up there in a somewhat strange match. (You can all relax,folks. This isn’t a match preview,I’ll leave that for MAHE tomorrow.) When I say strange,it isn’t every match where the away keeper makes an excellent double save at 0-0,gets a hefty kick on the head which necessitates lengthy treatment,watches the ball rebound twice off his woodwork and is called upon to make another couple of excellent saves. Yet gets the win bonus because his side won 9-0!

This,of course,came the day after Liverpool had handed out a similar drubbing to Bournemouth. You don’t often get a result like that,so to have two on the same weekend will be a bit of a first. Certainly at that level. (Probably since a 36-0 and 35-0 way back when.) In fact,it is the first time I’ve seen two Celtic players-Kyogo and Abada-score hat tricks,though at the back of my mind,I seem to recall Stevie Chalmers and Bobby Lennox scoring FIVE each against Hamilton. Anyway,both managers,Scott Parker and Jack Ross,were bulleted in short order. Possibly harsh,given their previous records. But that is the business they are in,there is little consideration given to someone’s past record. Though it is of paramount importance when they are being hired,go figure. 

The same weekend,Aberdeen fairly hammered Livingston 5-0,and that against a team who don’t usually end up on the wrong end of a drubbing. Yet,here we are,that five months later,and Jim Goodwin’s job is hanging by the most slender of threads. Little wonder,given that his side just got knocked out of the cup by sixth tier Darvel,who only recently gave up their Junior status. Lose against Hibs on Saturday,and it will almost certainly be curtains for him. 

But there is an added frisson to this match. The opposing manager also has his jaikit on a shoogly peg! Little wonder they are already terming it El Sackico! Lee Johnson took the job at the start of the season following the short tenure of Shaun Moloney,who was frankly a major disappointment in his first full managerial role. Johnson has a fairly decent record at Championship level down south,but has failed to transfer that to Leith. His chances of ever succeeding at that will be greatly reduced by losing Nesbit and Porteous to sides in that very division. 

I realise that it is no fun watching your team lose,especially against sides that are there for the taking. Aberdeen actually have a decent record of showing loyalty to their managers,and Goodwin may yet survive all this. Why he should want to is a mystery to me,but again that is the business they are in. Johnson though is likely to be toast. Since McLeish took the job in 1998,lasting almost four years before jumping ship to HMS Dignity,only Bobby Williamson and Neil Lennon have lasted more than two years,and that barely. The list includes the aforementioned Jack Ross,btw! 

Firing Johnson will doubtless lead to them being flooded with applications,but I struggle to see how anyone can turn that ship around,especially after losing two more of their top players. And the same goes at Aberdeen too,bearing in mind that they only hired Goodwin last year because he was probably the best young manager in the country. The gene pool for potential managers in Scotland is not particularly strong at the moment,that’s for sure. 

There is one candidate who springs to mind,even though he has only had one successful season at the level required,and that is former Dundee United boss Tam Courts. He left at the end of last season to join Hungarian side Honved. I’m not sure what went wrong there,but his United side performed really well under him. I might be tempted with a wee quid on that. 

Of course,this is not the first El Sackico this month. They had their very own version of it last weekend in London,with David Moyes and Frank Lampard both on the brink. The particularly strange thing here is that both were being tipped for the other’s job if both ended up sacked. Again,go figure. As it was,Lampard was bombed out-and it must have been a blessed relief! That Sam Allardyce is being widely quoted in the running as replacement tells you all you need to know. He might get it too,if Marcelos Bielsa knocks it back. Bielsa is no fool,he has already said that the players are too slow for his style. I’d suggest too that too many of them are neither committed enough nor good enough to be playing for a side like that. I’d love Bielsa to take it,just to see their reaction to Murderball!

And yet,and yet… Clubs change their managers hoping for major improvement. It happens often enough that there must be statistics somewhere that prove that it works. Fifteen managers-plus caretakers!-in just over two decades at Hibs suggests otherwise. Seven managers in as many years at Everton should be QED. Yet,we know from experience as Celtic supporters that it DOES work,and to hell with the statistics that say otherwise. 

You never know,it might just be that certain managers fit certain places. It might be that there are other forces at work,like the players not being good enough or uncommitted.

It might even be that the board themselves are the source of the problem,perish the thought. 

It’s a funny thing,that. I’ve seen plenty of crowds lashing the manager,the players,the board. Often enough,the manager will pay attention and drop certain players,or the board will pay attention and sack the manager. 

I’ve yet to see the board of any club sack themselves due to the state of the football club they control. But when a club is consistently screwing up,manager after manager and season after season,maybe it is about time a few of them did. 

Above article by BMCUWP

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January 27, 2023 12:11 am
January 27, 2023 12:12 am

POTY Competition

January 27, 2023 2:21 am

Oh uses his head and both feet to score in these clips, which is good, but some of the defenses look pretty woeful.

Jobo Baldie
January 27, 2023 8:19 am

Good morning friends and a Big Happy Friday to everyone who post or lurks on this fine site.

Jobo Baldie
January 27, 2023 8:37 am

Oh and may I ask (at the risk of a complete D’oh! moment) but what’s the LCD in the title of the article? Cosmic we are straying into MM territory then IOOH!!!!

Billy Bhoy
January 27, 2023 9:35 am

Liquid Crystal Display? Naw – that’s a calculator!

Lowest common denominator?

Prestonpans bhoys
January 27, 2023 9:45 am

Or LCD is a sharp light……..on a subject……

Anyways… wonder the huns can’t sell any of their crap. Aribo dropped at Southampton and Patterson only played on occasions, meanwhile this belter from Perez about Bassey:

“I really have the feeling that every time that round thing rolls towards him he thinks: ‘oh f***, what am I going to do with that thing again'”

Billy Bhoy
January 27, 2023 9:58 am

The Aberdeen Board have made a complete James Hunt of this Bobby. Their “holding statement” virtually DEMANDS a victory at Easter Road – or else! Christ, The Fraud couldn’t even get a win there during his “almost” Treble Treble!

I’ll be going 2-2 on our Superbru. Of course, we need to wait on ATOBs expert view. Not that she’ll share it in advance mind.😉

Hibs and Aberdeen deserve to be where they are due to the incompetence of successive Boards. The list of managers who have been binned hastily is frankly ridiculous. They should both install a turnstile to replace the Managers door. Young managers like Glass & Maloney have been discarded after a few months. Barely getting two transfer windows to improve their squads.

Goodwin did so well at Alloa he got the St Mirren job. Then he did so well there he got the Aberdeen job. They’ve just gone toe to toe with Sevco twice in 10 days and for large spells looked the better team. An injury time collapse at home and a red card at Hampden done for them. On such fine margins a career hangs in the balance? Farcical.

This game on Saturday is now a crisis in both dressing rooms. On reflection, I might go 5-5!

January 27, 2023 11:28 am

PP Bhoys @ 09:45

“I really have the feeling that every time that round thing rolls towards him he thinks: ‘oh f***, what am I going to do with that thing again’”

A similar thought enters my head whenever that round thing is in the vicinity of our own Carl Starfelt.
Dave Cormack and Ron Gordon have both been successful in their own respective fields. But this Scottish football malarkey appears to be beyond them. The vainglorious Dave was only in the building two minutes and he’s naming the training ground after himself. The man who demolished and rebuild 3/4 of Celtic Park doesn’t even have a wee lounge named after him. No one will ever put the words vain and Fergus McCann in the same sentence.

Whilst we enjoy dishing out regular skelpings to SPFL journeymen, this does us no favours when faced with proper footballers from outwith our shores. We already know how Sunday at Tannadice will pan out, Celtic with 80% possession, faced with every tangerine shirt camped in their own half for most of the game.

Forty years ago Dundee Utd won the 1982/83 title, pipping ourselves and Aberdeen by a point, with TGER leading his team to fourth, a mere 18 points adrift. And 21 year old Charlie Nicholas left Celtic for Arsenal.

Competition might not be good for the heart rate of the support, but it would challenge our players to step up to a level of performance that they don’t currently need to.

Sol Kitts
January 27, 2023 11:56 am

I’m assuming it means lowest common denominator.

Jobo Baldie
January 27, 2023 1:30 pm

Sol Kits and Billy Bhoy – I assumed lowest common denominator too but have a general detestation of all things abbreviated! Well apart from well known commonly used ones. Half expected to see that Madmitch penned the lead article. Harrruuummmmppphhhhhh!!!!

January 27, 2023 1:40 pm

John James has published a letter purporting to be from Peter Lawwell in 2021 agreeing to terms for the appointment of Benitez as manager ( prior to the pursuit of Eddie Howe ). Stunning if true.

Sol Kitts
January 27, 2023 1:56 pm

Hard to disagree with you about abbreviations. I skip right past most of madmitch’s posts as by the time I work out what the abbreviations mean I’ve lost the sense of what he’s trying to say (along with the will to live). Shame, because I’m sure he’s got a lot of good things to say.
TTFN 😂😂😂

bada Bing 1
January 27, 2023 3:33 pm

Livvy game on Wednesday on PPV, for all

Prestonpans bhoys
January 27, 2023 3:44 pm


I stopped lurking on John James some years ago, primarily because I was sure I was reading shite , he may have changed 🙄

January 27, 2023 3:48 pm

Good afternoon all from the Victoria Bar.

January 27, 2023 3:55 pm

Lordbridge girl 12:33 Lingfield.
Thanks as always twisty.
Busy tomorrow so getting in early. HH

January 27, 2023 3:57 pm


January 27, 2023 4:02 pm

Wee reminder to get Superbru predictions in by 3 pm tomorrow

bada Bing 1
January 27, 2023 4:10 pm

Celtic v Sevco, 8th April, 12.30 ko

January 27, 2023 4:41 pm

Sky have moved 3 of our games to midday kick offs, on a Sunday, and as Bada posted above, 12.30pm on a Sat for Sevco game.

Sunday February 5: St Johnstone vs Celtic, kick-off 12pm

Sunday March 5: St Mirren vs Celtic, kick-off 12pm

Sunday April 2: Ross County vs Celtic, kick-off 12pm

Saturday April 8: Celtic vs Rangers, kick-off 12.30pm

Weet weet weet
January 27, 2023 6:05 pm

Firefighter Barry Martin injured at the fire in jenners dies
R I P comrade

January 27, 2023 6:25 pm

Huns and AC/DC

Anti Catholic/Dead Club


big packy
January 27, 2023 6:27 pm

EVENING ALL and JIM, SOLKITTS got a phone call this morning, they found my satnav in dagenham, apparently a tall handsome chap with a scottish accent found it and handed it in to the great essex police 😎 knew it wasnt you by the handsome bit😎 another true story😎

January 27, 2023 6:45 pm

Weet weet weet
Firefighter Barry Martin injured at the fire in jenners dies
R I P comrade

Very sad to hear that weet, God bless him.

big packy
January 27, 2023 7:04 pm

OK, six quiz questions, cyber bottle of Glenmorangie for the correct answers
1 After Martin O’Neill took over at Celtic, who were the first team to take a point from Celtic Park?
2 In Martin O’Neill’s first cup final (CIS Cup) Larsson scored a hat-trick to sink Kilmarnock, but which Celtic player was sent off in the match
3,Who scored Celtic’s first goal in European competition under Martin O’Neill?
4 Dr. Josef Venglos’ first competitive match as Celtic manager was a Champions’ League qualifier at Celtic Park against which team,
5 In Dr. Josef Venglos’ first domestic match, who scored a hat-trick?
Henrik Larsson scored his 100th league goal for Celtic against which club?

Sol Kitts
January 27, 2023 7:14 pm

Big Packy
It was me. I found it and set the address of the nearest pawnshop in it, but it directed me to the police station instead.
Would you believe that? I would, it’s a true story.😃😎

January 27, 2023 7:17 pm

Evening all.

Fictitious football club linked to fictitious rock band.

Old Firm FC – link – Spinal (any chance of a ) Tap. 🙂

Spinal Tap

Lyrics by Mick Beale. 🙂

big packy
January 27, 2023 7:25 pm

SOL, had an idea it might be you,.another true story.hh 😎😎

A thing of beauty
January 27, 2023 7:43 pm

Someone on Twitter saying GG on a flight to Amsterdam, a hub airport as we know. If this is true I will be fit to be tied. Why would we leave ourselves with one striker that knows the system when there are 20 games to play this season. A crazy decision.

January 27, 2023 8:19 pm

A Thing of Beauty
If you are correct, it would not surprise me one bit to see Kyogo with a big target on his back, and subjected to the type of late off-the-ball assaults we saw KT subjected to in his last few months with Celtic.

Sol Kitts
January 27, 2023 8:22 pm

Big Packy
3 nuns died and went to heaven. At the Pearly Gates, St Peter told them they had to prove their faith by answering a simple question before he’d let them in.
He asked the first one, “Who was the first woman on Earth?”
‘Eve,” she replied.
“Well done,” he said, “in you go.”
He asked the second nun, “Where did Eve live?”
“The Garden of Eden.”
“Well done,” said St Peter, “in you go.”
The 3rd nun was the Mother superior, and St Peter told her he had a trickier question for her as she was closer to God.
He asked her, “What was the first thing Eve said to Adam?”
“Oh,” the MS replied, “that’s a hard one.”
“Well done,” said St Peter, “in you go.”

I’ll get ma coat. 😂😂😎

big packy
January 27, 2023 8:28 pm

SOL, wee joan just had a laugh at that one😎😎

Sol Kitts
January 27, 2023 8:30 pm


big packy
January 27, 2023 8:35 pm

SOL, no comment😎😎

Sol Kitts
January 27, 2023 8:54 pm

Big Packy
As you can see from my edited post, I’m saying nothing.😵‍💫
Hope you and wee Joan are well, and if you get in touch with Jim, tell him I hope he’s doing ok too.

big packy
January 27, 2023 9:02 pm

SOL, thanks for asking about jim, if i hear anything ill let you know🙏

Sol Kitts
January 27, 2023 9:07 pm

Can you believe City paid £100 million for Grealish? More money than sense.

January 27, 2023 9:08 pm

One for big packy,

Pele goes up to heaven and Saint Peter meets him at the pearly gates.
Saint Peter shows Pele around heaven.
Pele notices a football match being played and stops to watch the game.
Pele says to Saint Peter, “I can see Eusebio, Puskas, Maradonna, Jinky and George Best, but who’s that player with the dreadlocks ?
Saint Peter says “Oh that’s God, but he thinks he’s Larsson”.

big packy
January 27, 2023 9:10 pm

listen ghuys was only trying to have a bit of fun with the quiz but obviously no one is interested ill post the answers in the morning,along with twistys naps,GNAGB.HH

big packy
January 27, 2023 9:14 pm

ASWGL, nice to hear from you, hope you are well,,st augustines ar us👍

January 27, 2023 9:17 pm

Yeah thanks not been on a lot, with r/l stuff going on, give my regards to your wonderful wife, St Augustine’s R Us 😎

big packy
January 27, 2023 9:20 pm


January 27, 2023 9:23 pm


Tragic loss,mate. Sometimes we forget the sacrifice some are prepared to make for the rest of us.

January 27, 2023 9:43 pm


Too difficult,them!

January 27, 2023 9:55 pm

January 27, 2023 10:03 pm

Music Maestro

January 27, 2023 10:05 pm

Interesting that Guardiola instructed today’s keeper Ortega to go long to Haaland up front rather than their virtually 100% normal pattern of playing out from the back. Ortega incapable? Or a ploy to thwart Arsenal tactics? Presumably the latter, as otherwise Ortega wouldn’t be at Man City.

January 27, 2023 10:20 pm

Not many singers could get 5 supermodels, to make a music video Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Tatjana Patitz

January 27, 2023 10:28 pm


I agree that we should hold on to G-Mak if no acceptable offers are made for him. But if a club meets our terms,should we knock that back and end up with another unhappy player on our hands?