Hoops bring the pain in Paisley

Well folks, another weekend of football has passed and once again I report that it was business as usual, meaning the top two teams both won, and the officials delivered more questionable decisions.
For Celtic, it was a game of two halves. Ange was extremely unemotional in his post match presser, perhaps those emotions emerged at half-time? A reinvigorated team certainly emerged, so I safely file ‘halftime galvanisation’ under Ange’s managerial assets, without knowing the in and outs of what exactly was said (or yelled) to provoke such a fine response.
It was indeed.
Twenty minutes, give or take, that’s what it takes for a fired-up Celtic side to blow domestic opposition away.
Another gear was found, belief never faltered as it never does, and Bob’s your uncle a quick succession of goals wraps the game up.
Then its impress the boss time for those still on the park, we get even more dangerous! We play with a swagger, and everyone attempts to get on the score sheet, a beaten opponent’s worst nightmare.
What a team indeed.
Some mentionables in my humble opinion.
Johnstone, it’s a credit to the lads name that Juranovic is barely mentioned at all through Celtic cyberspace, such has been the ease of transition.
The lad himself scores then gives an inhouse interview where butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth,,, presentable, pleasant, and soft spoken.
Put him on the pitch and he’s a bloody terrier.
What a find indeed, he looks like an upgrade to me, and long may that trend continue.
Next Liel Abada. Did anyone else notice Matt didn’t jump for joy upon scoring but pointed straight to the young Israeli? Scores and assists, that’s like a 180 in darts, all that can be asked.
This kid started even with Jota, got inconsistent and got benched while Boy Wonder mostly started every game, but now tends to flourish when called upon.
That right wing battle is exciting, but I’m thinking Liel deserves a run now. He’s more hot than cold.
Lastly our unsung hero, Big Cam. You know come seasons end the talented Reo Hatate will be the POTY league winner, but the rock of our team will be just as deserving imo.
Some chap on Twitter was saying he’s better than VanDijk and while that’s arguable, his consistency would see me pick him over the Dutchman, who was and still is prone to the odd strop. I’ve yet to watch a game and honestly state Cameron was very poor today. He might get caught once and look bad, but on the whole I bet he cut out the majority of other chances created. Can’t win em all, that’s just football and life.
They called Big Virgil the Iceman, until the true Iceman arrived. Where Virg could get flustered, visibly upset, our American doesn’t go down that road.
He reminds me of the bouncer who just felt a chair getting broken across his back slowly turning to face the perpetrator, a ‘are you serious’ look is all it takes.
And as such he’s Mr Smooth, nothing is too much trouble, and I can take everything in my stride.
Calmac Captain, Big Joe has the nets, Kyogo scores the goals, but Big Cameron Carter-Vickers is at the heart of this teams success. He’s immense, he’s improved since he was first called upon and has every game since. He just needed a place to call home alongside a manager that believes in him, he’s found that entering his prime athletic years.
Great for all concerned.
Finally, the weekends officiating was a repeat of a story told. There’s really no point in showing different outcomes on different occasions, even a blind man could see this happen. The masons in black continue to dig their own grave, for in this day and age of technology prolonged excuses cannot be accepted. In their foolhardiness they fail to recognize that by pushing the boundaries of sporting integrity they simply force the issue of confronting them, and all that entails.
They can’t stop this side though, nothing in Scotland will.
By Mahe

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March 6, 2023 4:08 am

POTY Competition

March 6, 2023 8:01 am

I’m sure there is footage of some posters in this

Prestonpans bhoys
March 6, 2023 8:23 am

According to Kris Boyd all the VAR decisions were correct, said so on Sky without being challenged by the presenter, there lies the problem

March 6, 2023 8:42 am

Prestonpans bhoys. 8.23.

Look at this skulduggery from BBC, too.
So anyone not looking into it, in any depth, would think Dallas was correct, when he was wrong.
Foul continues and Kyogo clearly on the line, which is in the box. Pen should not have been overturned, yet BBC try and prove ( by omission ) that Dallas was correct.

Split second between both images.

Guess which one Sportscene went with?

Dickinson originally awarded a penalty then changed his mind. Why? https://t.co/AYbYs1KpMj

March 6, 2023 8:42 am

An excellent summation, thank you.

March 6, 2023 8:45 am

There was no priest in last night or tonight. They stopped me from seeing my solicitor tonight, as another part of the isolation process, which, as time goes by, they will ruthlessly implement. I expect they may move me sooner than expected to an empty wing. I will be sorry to leave the boys, but I know the road is a hard one and everything must be conquered.

I have felt the loss of energy twice today, and I am feeling slightly weak.

They (the Screws) are unembarrassed by the enormous amount of food they are putting into the cell and I know they have every bean and chip counted or weighed. The damned fools don’t realise that the doctor does tests for traces of any food eaten. Regardless, I have no intention of sampling their tempting morsels.

I am sleeping well at night so far, as I avoid sleeping during the day. I am even having pleasant dreams and so far no headaches. Is that a tribute to my psychological frame of mind or will I pay for that tomorrow or later! I wonder how long I will be able to keep these scribbles going?

My friend Jennifer got twenty years. I am greatly distressed. (Twenty-one-year-old Jennifer McCann, from Belfast’s Twinbrook estate, was sentenced to twenty years’ imprisonment for shooting at an RUC man).

I have no doubts or regrets about what I am doing for I know what I have faced for eight years, and in particular for the last four and-a-half years, others will face, young lads and girls still at school, or young Gerard or Kevin (Bobby’s son and nephew, respectively) and thousands of others.

They will not criminalise us, rob us of our true identity, steal our individualism, depoliticise us, churn us out as systemised, institutionalised, decent law-abiding robots. Never will they label our liberation struggle as criminal.

I am (even after all the torture) amazed at British logic. Never in eight centuries have they succeeded in breaking the spirit of one man who refused to be broken. They have not dispirited, conquered, nor demoralised my people, nor will they ever.

I may be a sinner, but I stand — and if it so be, will die — happy knowing that I do not have to answer for what these people have done to our ancient nation.

Thomas Clarke is in my thoughts, and MacSwiney, Stagg, Gaughan, Thomas Ashe, McCaughey. Dear God, we have so many that another one to those knaves means nothing, or so they say, for some day they’ll pay.

When I am thinking of Clarke, I thought of the time I spent in ‘B’ wing in Crumlin Road jail in September and October ’77. I realised just what was facing me then. I’ve no need to record it all, some of my comrades experienced it too, so they know I have been thinking that some people (maybe many people) blame me for this hunger-strike, but I have tried everything possible to avert it short of surrender.

I pity those who say that, because they do not know the British and I feel more the pity for them because they don’t even know their poor selves. But didn’t we have people like that who sought to accuse Tone, Emmet, Pearse, Connolly, Mellowes: that unfortunate attitude is perennial also…

I can hear the curlew passing overhead. Such a lonely cell, such a lonely struggle. But, my friend, this road is well trod and he, whoever he was, who first passed this way, deserves the salute of the nation. I am but a mere follower and I must say Oíche Mhaith.

Big Audio Dynamite
March 6, 2023 8:52 am

I consider Cameron to be our most important signing in years.
I don’t believe the whole thing comes together so quickly without him.
He is the most important cog in our defence.
A defence that doesn’t get the credit it deserves.
Above any other signing Ange has made, he is the one I hope is here for years to come.
He is my fav player by some distance.
A colossus.

March 6, 2023 9:04 am
March 6, 2023 9:12 am

Since our draw at Ibrox we’ve recorded 11 straight wins in league and Cup. Margins of victory ( goals) have been

1 (cup final)
5 (SC)

They’re gonna have to ramp up the cheating. That dominance ain’t gonna be overcome with the current level of MIBbery and miVARry.

Prestonpans bhoys
March 6, 2023 9:38 am

Yip as I said yesterday was in a pub in the lake district full of Liverpool and Everton fans totally bemused at the var decisions. Would have stayed for the Liverpool game but 4 pints before 2pm I sensibly stopped.

March 6, 2023 9:48 am

I ran my expert eye over Cameron when he arrived.

My first thoughts were that he was too stocky to have enough speed and mobility to make it with us. Adding in his various loan spells and his failure to get on the park for Spurs I didn’t hold out a great deal of hope.

Maybe I’m not really an expert 🤔🤔

Jobo Baldie
March 6, 2023 10:07 am

Good morning, friends, from hot and sunny Costa Adeje. Missed yesterday’s game but I’ll catch up if it rains OR not week, whichever comes first!
Keep the votes coming, please. However as Tapas and Rioja are on my schedule from 8pm tonight the results may be a bit later than usual. Or tomorrow. HH

March 6, 2023 10:20 am

Morning all,

Excellent summary Mahe 👍


Maybe I’m not really an expert Or a footballer !!!

There, fixed that for you 😜😜😜

Hope your well and need to catch up when your back up here 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

A thing of beauty
March 6, 2023 10:22 am

Frodsham bhoy,
I think you were not alone in doubting CCV. After all he had never played consistently before he came to us and had played a lot of his games in midfield. It’s a good job Ange has an eye for a player. He’s not signed many duds. That’s why he’s so crucial to us progressing. I’m heartened to hear him say he’ll be around for a while yet.
Mahe (from yesterday)
Alert – boring post!!
I saw you mention yesterday that you were thinking your next car would be all electric. Not wishing to put you off but I will give you a summation of my experience when going to look for an electric car with Mr ATOB.
We went to the Arnold Clark innovation centre where all the electric cars are under one roof. They don’t sell any cars from there, it’s purely to test drive and to get information. It’s a great place to have a look.
We looked at 3 cars – Mercedes eqa, Skoda something and a Hyundai ev6. The merc only got 250 miles to the battery, the Skoda was very basic inside so that put the Hyundai to the top of the list. It was a beautiful looking car but at £50k was dear for a Hyundai. Well that was my thoughts anyway but we got in to have a look. Beautiful inside, full vegan leather seats (that’s plastic to you and me), full screen that ran the length of the dash board and all sorts of other mod cons. Now the primary reason we fancied it was because it did 330 miles to the battery so when the full screen showed it had 95% battery but could only go 220 miles I was surprised and asked the salesperson what was wrong with her maths. She said it was because the heating was too high (26) so turned it down. That immediately added 20 miles to the battery. Still only 240 miles I said. Ah, the fan is too high, you need to turn it down. That added another 20 miles but we were still 70 miles short of what we thought we were getting.
We decided not to buy. It’s way too dear for a start. It’s also not much fun driving about watching the battery and turning off everything, including the radio. We also have very few charge points in our area ( not sure how well off rural California will be) and we worried that as technology improved and battery power got better we’d be left with a car we couldn’t sell on as it’s battery life was far less than newer models.
As I said, a boring post for those with no interest in electric cars. Apologies to the blog.

March 6, 2023 10:40 am

Jobo hope your at the “Gran” hotel

Leggy coming up on Friday 17th to see Stewart Lee. Couldn’t get a ticket for Hibs on Saturday 18th. Will be in Glasgow City Centre. If you go there for a pre match libation it would be good to meet up.

March 6, 2023 11:41 am

Electric cars?

Gonnae no


Jist gonnae no. 😬

Awe Naw
March 6, 2023 12:26 pm

“Sometimes it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” Says Keith Jackson in today’s Record ..

March 6, 2023 12:39 pm

🤔”I just don’t know where it hits him on the hand”

Dermott Gallagher believes Willie Collum was wrong to award Rangers a penalty and deny Kilmarnock one at the other end 🔽 https://t.co/DhoRSLsuXn

March 6, 2023 12:44 pm

Paisley Patterns.

Last time we were down there it was Moritz Jenz with Stephen Welsh, and no VAR CCV or Carl Starfelt. Having had cup final weekend off, Andrew Dallas elephant in the video room shot into action with a non Goldson award. Much coveted by eleven teams out of twelve, Celtic were knocked out of the rhythm they hadn’t started.

It took till near half time and bizarre VAR reversal for Celts to shake off ‘ family celebrations ‘ and to get Jota functioning on the wing. Ange the calmest man in Paisley began his ‘lucky’ squad assault and the Portuguese superstar scored whilst lying down on the job. Alistair Johnston made a nod for a Saints back, and suddenly it was a question of how many.

Abada scored a fine goal O’Riley knocked one in and Oh’s dance was better than his penalty, that went in under the radar of the keeper and VAR where it was red all day long.

In fairness most Celtic fans that maintained VAR would reduce ‘ the cheating ‘ were very quickly shot down after it came in. Theoretically VAR used without fear or favour should reduce mistakes in actuality, anything that could possibly go in Sevco’s favour is called by VAR. Anything that could go against them is not considered for VAR review, see the weekend for all the latest evidence.

MOM Alistair Johnston

March 6, 2023 12:53 pm

There’s been that many but here’s another penalty awarded against us, that was a joke.
Beaton the ref.
Scott Sinclair’s debut couldn’t have gone any better. On as a sub when the team needed a goal & he sure delivered. Seeing Griff play so well in that era was pleasing too. Have a great day HH https://t.co/25EXlhfqjc

March 6, 2023 2:02 pm


A fine positive leader.

I think it was BMCUW who mentioned before the League cup final, that we had four vital fixtures coming up. Two down, two to go. Neilson’s assassin’s will turn up on Wednesday with one thought on their tiny minds…to boot feck out our players. In the last few games, there has been a steely edge to our play. We will be well up for Wednesday.


Cheers for the book recommendation. Tis one to add to the list. As for the Huns slagging our team. Whit are they like? More to be pitied than ridiculed, I would have thought.


Thoughts and prayers are with you, Jim.

As for young Mr Dallas? A poster on another site, remembered Dallas Snr being interviewed before the 1999 Scottish Cup Final. In the background, young Andrew can be seen cutting about in a Huns’ tap. Just confirms what we all suspected. Not that either of these 2 feckers have ever tried to hide it.

Hail Hail.

big packy
March 6, 2023 2:12 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, ok tin hat on, thought jota was having an off day yesterday, and should have been replaced after about 25 minutes, lovely fancy footwork but no end product, when abada came on we were more direct, IMHO.HH

big packy
March 6, 2023 2:15 pm

FRODSHAMBHOY could you give me a lift up hame on the 17th, im going to the T,REX concert and dont want to put miles on my car, ill give you a fiver for the petrol🤩🤩

March 6, 2023 2:57 pm


I’m more of a Peter’s and Lee man myself 😜😜😜😜

Will E Mail you about a possible meet up In Glasgow City pre match on 18th 👍

HH 🍀🍀

March 6, 2023 2:57 pm


Agreed re Jota. He was outpaced early on by the St Mirren left back,and was bloody awful in the first half. When Abada came n,I was surprised it was for Maeda and not Jota. Though Maeda hadn’t been much better.

March 6, 2023 3:02 pm

Leggy 👍

BigPacky £5 should get us onto the M6

big packy
March 6, 2023 3:12 pm

BOBBY👍 hope that essex bhoy from ardrossan has not been leading you a stray 🤩

big packy
March 6, 2023 3:14 pm

FRODSHAMBHOY OK, ill give you a tenner🤩

March 6, 2023 3:53 pm

Where’s my invitation to the bevvy on the 18th?🤔

16 roads
March 6, 2023 4:26 pm

Imagine even contemplating the banning of petroleum?

Think the Great Leap Forward, on a global scale.

Insanity, total insanity.

March 6, 2023 4:27 pm

I have no problem with my electric car apart from leaving the road if I approach a bend too fast, but that’s Scalextric for you.

16 roads
March 6, 2023 4:31 pm

How is it even possible to construct an electric vehicle without using petrochemicals? 🤔

big packy
March 6, 2023 4:33 pm

as im bored and wee joan is having a facelift and by god she needs it🤩🤩 5 quiz questions
1 Which was the only trophy Celtic won in 2000?
2 Who was Martin O’Neill’s first signing for Celtic?
3 Who scored a hat-trick in the 2001 CIS Cup Final against Kilmarnock?
4 Who did Celtic knock out to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages for the first time in 2001?
5 How many Celtic managers did Lubo play under? (including caretaker managers) good luck ,cyber pints all round for the right answers

16 roads
March 6, 2023 4:40 pm

1.That Wembley tournament?
5. Four

Check back later for the answers.


March 6, 2023 4:52 pm

Big Packy

1. The League Cup
2. Valgaerren or Sutton
3. Henrik
4. Ajax
5. Four


March 6, 2023 4:57 pm

Who’d be a full back against us. You have just chased the shadows of Taylor Jota Johnson and Maeda for an hour and then Abada arrives. The fullback he isn’t against must give a huge sigh of relief until Haksa appears. Don’t you just love it.

Margaret McGill
March 6, 2023 5:01 pm

1.League Cup
2. Sutton
3. Henrik
4. Ajax
5. 4

Big Audio Dynamite
March 6, 2023 5:06 pm


1 – The league cup
2 – Big Joos
3 – Henke
4 – Ajax
5 – 4

big packy
March 6, 2023 5:13 pm

HEY you ghuys are on the ball, will deliver the results at 6=0clock, eastern standard time, that is for mags👍 or western standard time that is for solkitts or maybe even greenwich standard time🤩

March 6, 2023 5:36 pm

In depth analysis from spostsound again, compared to Sky’s analysis


March 6, 2023 5:49 pm

Big Packy

1 League Cup 2-0 v Don’s

2 Sutton

3 Henrik

4 Ajax

5 Dr Jo. Barnes. Kenny. MON.

Great questions. Hope you and Joan are well.

March 6, 2023 5:55 pm


Your more than welcome if Frodshambhoy can handle you 😜😜😜

Big Audio Dynamite
March 6, 2023 5:58 pm

Stagger Lee throwed seven, Billy said that he throwed eight.

Wrong ’em boyo https://youtu.be/8oZxBDLK3FU

Big Audio Dynamite
March 6, 2023 6:03 pm

The Who.

Who are you – https://youtu.be/PNbBDrceCy8

Big Audio Dynamite
March 6, 2023 6:10 pm

Talking Heads.

This must be the place. https://youtu.be/Fb2q141rMNE

big packy
March 6, 2023 6:13 pm

HI GHUYS, my internet connection is very weak but from what ive seen MAGUA got all the questions right, hail hail buddy and thanks for asking about wee joan 👍

March 6, 2023 6:29 pm

Big Packy

The thumbs-up thingy.

Hail Hail.

Danny Mac 23
March 6, 2023 6:32 pm

Big Audio Dynamite

The Who were a big part of my youth.

Baba O Riley intro,…….


March 6, 2023 6:33 pm

Leggy 5.55
You make me sound like a mad drunkard. 🤔😂