Trials and tribulations

It’s Monday, and once again I repeat Monday mantra,,both Glasgow giants and yes there was officiating controversy.
Same as it ever was.


We beat the Hi-Bees to keep the gap at nine points having witnessed our city rivals win earlier in the day, aided and abetted by some scandalous decisions. Same as it ever was.


The match itself had something for everyone, including some humble pie for myself. I gave Lee Johnson some praise for the job he’s done on Saturday morning, by that evening I was cursing him.


The expectation of a proper game of football never materialized, instead it was a scrappy battle, which happens far too often in our top flight, and maybe below.
I’m very disappointed a young ambitious non native manager would approve of the tactics displayed, and Lee now joins my long list of unrated managers who are failing the game itself, Hibs fans, and as far as I’m concerned his employers historic penchant for attempting to play the game in the correct style.
They have some decent players, so there’s really no excuse.
Especially when some Celtic players weren’t at the races, and the team was forced to rejig after injuries. We were there for the taking, maybe.
When a team goes one up against the Champions the best thing to do is actually attack and attempt to build on that lead, counter attack the Hoops who will obviously by looking to claw the deficit back by throwing numbers forward.
Oh no, they tried to grind out the win by frustrating the home side, turning it into a physical scrappy battle.
Wrong choice, and as it turns out the wrong team to try that against.


These days Glasgow Celtic pass whatever challenge is thrown at them, and when your opponent won’t try to play the beautiful game properly, simply putting the ball in the back of the net by hook or by crook is called for.
Now that we can do.


I was happy with all three goals. I didn’t expect Jota to become chief penalty taker, but he scored which means job done, and a confidence boost for a very talented player who has been somewhat surpassed by others but remains a serious threat. I thought he was lively and showed good attacking intent throughout, so I consider his goal a just reward. The fact he’s never lost his place since joining (unlike Abada who he started equal with) tells me he’s highly rated by the gaffer, and confirms my view that he is a very very good football player. I’m very glad we bought Boy Wonder.
He has some gallus, a good attitude, and he’s with the right club, squad and manager to help him rise to the next level. He will be worth a fortune someday.
I look forward to seeing him at his peak no matter where that might be. It’s also good to raise the clubs profile in Portugal which tends to produce good players constantly but they are mostly homebirds I reckon, that Mediterranean lifestyle is hard to beat so I understand why. Even still I’m certain Jota would speak highly of the club and manager to any potential countrymen weighing up their options, and that can’t hurt. Especially if he eventually lands in the EPL, the club can certifiably offer a great platform to catch English eyes to any Iberian talent.


I’m very curious to see how his future pans out, a feel he’s on the verge of a breakthrough, knocking at the door of the next level. The player himself will realize the Champions League is the biggest shop window of all, and he’s virtually guaranteed another six games in that competition, plus now he’s playing the bench somewhere else won’t look very attractive even if the pay packet does. Standing out in the biggest league of all is the difference between Bournemouth taking a punt or AC Milan pushing the boat out to capture this talent. He’s the man to watch in next seasons campaign, I’ve no doubt he will attempt to make an impact on that stage which really would be good news all around.


The second goal saw me purring like a kitten. First he gets in the optimal position, second he restrains his marker through sheer strength, thirdly there’s a finish with precision and conviction, fourth comes the whoop-de-doo celebrations.


This kid doesn’t just want to score goals for the world famous Glasgow Celtic, he is bursting at the seams to bulge the old onion bag.
He loves it, clearly it’s his drug of choice. Kyogo is usually delighted after hitting the net, but Oh takes it to the next level, and that desire cannot be bought, it’s priceless. If Odsonne had his drive he would be a household name by now, and France might have lifted the big one in Qatar.
Oh clearly wants to explode upon the scene, and revels at at his new opportunity.
To be honest I’d love to pick his brain and find out why exactly he insisted, absolutely insisted, on coming to the club, what moved him so much? Or who?
‘I couldn’t keep breaking his heart’ stated his former coach upon departure, but at this stage it’s my heart that’s in danger of breaking the day he leaves such is my ‘mancrush’. I could what him all day, a constant menace and threat or around the penalty box, good finisher from what I’ve seen, amazing attitude and drive, still very young with soo much football ahead of him, and then there’s his physique.


Holy crap! As ripped as your old Levi’s from the 90’s, with a body like that I half expect him to be fighting Chuck Norris on the big screen, no wonder that defender just couldn’t budge him once he was in the right place. This kid will take no shit, will not be outmuscled but will outmuscled himself, and for some strange quirk of nature every fiber of his being just wants to score goals in the green and white Hoops, amazing and a heart warming.


I would no longer be concerned if our talismanic striker was forced to the sidelines, his back up is the business. Ange was second choice and so was OH, maybe we should always go for the second choice. It’s seriously working out.
Unlike Jota who I don’t see being here beyond the summer of 2024, I feel our South Korean will be around for the short and medium term, but we could be looking at the next cult hero in Oh. Talk about ‘getting’ the club, and talk about a find, I’ll bravely stick my neck out and like Jota state this kid will be worth a lot of money one day. That’s not me attempting to sell him (like Jota), it’s actually a sign of respect and admiration. What a player, again, we (Ange) have discovered and signed. He’s a joy to watch, and watch closely we will.


Sometimes watching is all the keeper can do, and so it proved with the third. With another Robben-esque goal from the opposite side, he’s made it his trademark.
Like Robben everyone knew what he could and liked to do, and even still they just couldn’t stop him.
I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a Celtic substitute stating such a strong case to start games, very impressive in my eyes and a joy to behold.
‘Start Saed’ might just become the new Monday mantra on SentineCelts, that’s how strongly I feel.


The two mentioned above are good players, Hacksabanovic is a very good player, and the lack of fanfare surrounding his arrival just sweetens the deal. He’s went under the radar, naturally you might say given Reo, Big Cam, and Kyogos stealing the spotlight, but that’s over now.
Oh is exploding upon the scene, but the Montenegrin is grabbing opportunity in a bear hug when it knocks.
Oh is making the case for a start, but this guy is twisting the manager’s arms up his back while taking the black marker and writing his name on the board. He’s that good at the tender age of 23, and he’s ours, under contract until he’s 28. And all for a very modest fee. Which God did we please?
An outrageous talent dirt cheap is the Postecouglou pattern. He’s been a bit of journeyman, and settling down at the right club under the right man might just suit all parties involved plus help bring out the best in him.
A best that’s yet to come, how very exciting.


My final words of player praise go to Alistair Johnstone. He’s an upgrade in that position, I’ve seen enough to state with sincerity.
Before we signed Juranovich or Alistair, if there was a blog poll on whether we would prefer the Croatian International right or the Canadian national team right back, the former would have come out on top due to perceived notions and footballing history.
That’s a sign of the growing impact of the beautiful game on the globe, the far flung backwaters have become great breeding grounds as Ange continues to show.
I thought the lad played well at the weekend, and the shirt isn’t shrinking to fit him, not one bit.


Collectively the above mentioned goals and displays were the highlight of the day as the match itself was nothing to write home about. The team didn’t sparkle but individuals shone and did enough damage to take all three points. While a good performance overall would have been very sweet, the win was the most important thing on offer. We needed that victory, so from a certain perspective it’s very pleasing the group ‘won ugly’ as is sometimes necessary. Now the Bhoys know for certain they have that tool in their locker, eff the silkiness just score, to be called upon as needed.
Ange will be happy as a problem was presented and overcome by his charges, again. You can’t buy character, you instill it if you’re capable enough, he most certainly is and instill it he has. I sense the mental fortitude of the players growing, alongside their individual skills, and it’s no surprise that a team full of characters have some character. Big Joe, Big Cam, and Aaron Mooy plus the fatherly nature of the gaffer must be a great foil for players with most of their career in front of them.
Alan Hansen famously said you’ll win nothing with kids, clearing forgetting they weren’t all kids, there was an older leader called Eric Cantona, and the pack followed his lead and example.
We’ve got the young talents and some wise heads, successful today while laying down building blocks of tomorrow’s success.
Martin in his prime grabbed that club by the scruff of its neck and gave us a never to be forgotten rollercoaster for three years then started descending.
Ange is in position to better that, with the main differences being his players in the main haven’t reached their prime years, and being self sufficient there’s no need to turn the tap off ala Martin.


With major reform coming to the game and our club of choice excellently placed on any and all fronts, I am very glad to state the future looks bright for those who cherish the green and white.
The final quarter of the season awaits, and I’m reminded of Clubber Lang’s infamous line in Rocky3,,, ‘My prediction? Pain!’

By Mahe

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March 20, 2023 3:47 am

Good evening, friends.
A 3pm kick off on a Saturday was great. A 5.02pm finish not so good! A combination of Hibs’ time wasting tactics (never addressed by the referee) and VAR delays saw a total of 15 minutes added. But whilst the correct time was added, personally I’d have far preferred the referee to caution someone for the time wasting and consequently improve the flow of the game.
A decent performance and a deserved win where the 2 highlights for me were goals 2 and 3, both by substitutes and both being enjoyed without any real fear of a subsequent VAR reversal.
Domestically this season we have now played 35, winning 33, drawing 1 and losing 1, scoring 118 and conceding 24.
A huge thank you to the 54 who emailed me with their 3 nominations. The total votes cast for each player are as follows, with my own nominations asterisked.

Hart: 1
Johnstone: 20
Carter-Vickers*: 35
Starfelt: 1
Taylor: 0
McGregor: 14
Hatate: 0
O’Riley: 0
Jota*: 43
Kyogo: 1
Maeda: 2
Turnbull: 3
Oh: 25
Abada: 1
Bernabei: 1
Haksabanovic*: 15

And so the players receiving POINTS for the game against Hibs are –
Jota – 5 pts
Carter-Vickers – 4 pts
Oh – 3 pts
Johnston – 2 pts
Haksabanovic – 1 pt

With Hatate going off injured early in the game the gap at the top has closed again. After 42 games the overall standings are as shown below –
86 points – Hatate
74 points – Carter-Vickers
56 points – Jota
51 points – Mooy
44 points – Kyogo
43 points – McGregor and Taylor
31 points – Abada
28 points – O’Riley
26 points – Maeda
22 points – Jenz
21 points – Johnston
19 points – Starfelt
17 points – Haksabanovic
13 points – Giakoumakis and Juranovic
10 points – Ralston
9 points – Bernabei and Welsh
8 points – Forrest
7 points – Hart
5 points – Turnbull
4 points – Kobayashi
3 points – Oh
0 points – Abildgaard, Iwata, Lawal, McCarthy, Siegrist and Vata

Oops, almost forgot about the player Of the Month for March which is simply calculated on the total votes for each player over the 4 games played during the month. The previous months winners (August to February) were Jota, Hatate, Hatate, O’Riley, McGregor, Mooy and Hatate.
For March in 3rd place with 97 votes is Jota and 2nd place with 98 votes goes to Johnston. But the clear winner with 151 votes and winning his first monthly award is Cameron Carter-Vickers.

We are now entering an International break and so our next league game is a trip to Dingwall on Sunday 2nd April to face Ross County, kick off 12.00pm.
We need 19 points from our final 9 games to be crowned Champions. Again!
Hail Hail!

March 20, 2023 7:40 am

We are definitely in a great place with the talent available- particularly in the forward areas. Add Daizen, Kyogo and Liel to the options we have and keeping up our scoring average of 3 per game should see us over the line with 4 games to go.
To the split:
Ross C (a), Huns,(h) Killie (a), M’well (h) then Huns at Hampden.
We’ll need our fully functioning midfield for the 8th April. Matt and DT together would be too lightweight, pedestrian and lacking in guile.

An area of the team for priority summer improvement, along with the left side of defence.

Five victories in April( and there is no reason to suspect that isn’t possible) and we are within touching distance of another treble.
With the added bonus of Hun meltdown and internecine warfare.

Jobo Baldie
March 20, 2023 9:35 am

Good morning, friends. A very optimistic lead article Mahe which is never a bad thing.
Given the tendency of our friends from Govan in copying our lead I wonder if Morelos will soon show us that he has an even better 6 pack than Oh. Discuss…. 😁

March 20, 2023 9:40 am


There are always pleasing aspects to our performance,especially if we win. They were hard to find on Saturday! You highlighted the main ones. Oh!!! is one helluva unit,a real handful for opponents. He was being dragged to the ground,but still got a clean header away,which takes some doing.

Jota was perhaps our best performer in a poor first half,and only improved after the break. He only wanted to twist blood-and the knife. Which he duly did. Haksabanovic did what he does,comes on and scores a peach.

CCV,I’m struggling to recall a poor performance from him. And Big Al seems to not have one in his locker!

That said,the three points were greater than how we achieved them. Once,we would say that we have played better and lost. Now,we just say that we have played better. It really is a remarkable level of consistency.

March 20, 2023 9:46 am


Oh,very good. Nothing like a solid chuckle on a Monday!

The only six-packs Morelos is likely to have come from an off-licence or a fast food takeaway. Seriously,I’d be very surprised if he passes a medical. And a beep test? Only if the beep is censoring “fuxake,who’s this fat bastert?”

Sol Kitts
March 20, 2023 9:53 am

Morelos has got an impressive 6 pack, just keeps it bubble wrapped.🤣

March 20, 2023 10:46 am

Looking down on the Rainjurz

VAR continues at pace, sucking the lifeblood from the game, with ridiculous decisions see Dundee Utd verse St Mirren this weekend. Better still catch Sevco for any home or away, “ Oor Baw Alex “ caballic controversy.

‘Technical’ is the new most overused word in the football rule book and if Gary Lineker says live on the BBC, nobody has a clue what’s handball and what isn’t, what chance is there unless you’re an Andrew Dallas.

Too fat to officiate he’s still the elephant in the video room picking up £1,000 a week all for the love of Sevco. The thin red Sevco line is so bent, it’s zig zagged and backed by bushels of Zombies keeping the Big Hoose lights on.

What irony the Lineker impartiality debate, when the flagship sports programme in Scotland giddy ups with three partial ex Rainjurz players and nobody else., what a surprise

Time to join forces with Dundee Utd for starters VAR is the new unlevel playing field.

March 20, 2023 11:19 am

What a free kick this is, take a bow. Outstanding.
Almada free kick goal again😮‍💨just look at the angle on the second replay

March 20, 2023 11:22 am

Incredible VAR DRAMA 🚨

Bayer Leverkusen’s Amine Adli was given two yellow cards for simulation on two separate occasions, but BOTH were overturned and given as penalties! 🤣

March 20, 2023 11:33 am


I watched the German game. Adli must have thought the ref had it in for him! Fair play for admitting he’d got it wrong. Twice!

That free kick! Wow…

March 20, 2023 12:21 pm

Jobo…if you’re lurking, I had an email ready to send on Saturday but left it in drafts because Ryan and Paddy had both chosen CCV, Starfelt and Calmac. I had queried this but both were out on Saturday night and never got back to me! Me and the Wee Guy both went for CCV, Oh and Haksa. Given that CCV would have got 4 extra votes on Saturday this would probably have made a material difference to the table! DOH!! Apologies, that’s the second time in a couple of weeks!

March 20, 2023 12:25 pm

Just checked…it wouldn’t! Forget that! 🙄

Jobo Baldie
March 20, 2023 12:42 pm


March 20, 2023 12:45 pm

Afternoon all,


What a free kick !!!!!!

Comes straight into the charts at number 2 behind Nakamura’s against Man Utd 😜😜😜

March 20, 2023 12:56 pm

Thanks for posting that clip. Reminded me of a favourite bugbear of mine. Next season, we will hopefully face 3 first class teams over 6 games in the Group Stage of the CL. Each of these teams will have a 1 or 2 designated free kick experts and over the course of games against us, will inevitably have opportunities from the same range ( or closer ) than Almada. Each round of the 3 major European competitions, you see examples of goals from direct free kicks. We will have our own opportunities, but it is unclear who will take ours. The last belter I can remember was Jota’s in Madrid when the game was long gone.

I think we should have Jota practice these until he is sick of them. Naka and Beckham would take 40-50 after practice, and look what it did for them. We should also find someone who can reliably and accurately belt them left footed from the other side of the box, a la Griff in his prime.

You don’t get many chances to score at the top level. We are not doing enough to increase our opportunities at either free kicks or corners. Oh now looks a threat from the latter, but a Juve team, for example, would probably bundle him into the net, ( we have seen that before ) so we either need multiple threats, or vary our corners considerably.

Just some thoughts.

March 20, 2023 1:05 pm

A nice interview with Mika.

Mikael Lustig kindly joined Gerry and @SimonDonnelly13 on the #CELHIB pre-match show on Saturday to reflect on his career and being back in Paradise!

Thank you, Mika, for taking the time to be on the show! 😁

Here’s how the chat went ⤵

@CelticFC | #COYBIG🍀

March 20, 2023 1:09 pm

Dermot Gallagher on ref watch saying Sakala was “Onside” during the Motherwell game and it was an optical illusion !!!!!!

That explains the Var referee, who at the time of said incident was pushing his car uphill on The Electric Brae shouting “ I don’t believe it !!!”

When referred to Var he said the goal should definitely stand, nothing to see here !! 😜😜😜

I’ve heard it all now !!!!!!

Gallagher, what a tube 👎

bada Bing 1
March 20, 2023 1:34 pm

A lot of comments on the 3 huns on Sportscene this weekend. This is obviously deliberate, and aimed to bury the the contensious VAR decisions, we see every week ,so VAR is working perfectly, nothing to see,and any bad news is buried.Radio Shortbread have also given the odious Stuart Dougal his own slot,to bat away any pro hun VAR decisions, has anyone ever heard him shout for a decision, that goes against the huns? No…….job done,again to reinforce the myth that all is good in Scottish football, all accommodated by the BBC.

March 20, 2023 1:35 pm

A new issue of the Shamrock coming soon ☘️☘️

Jobo Baldie
March 20, 2023 1:45 pm

Just been sitting here thinking….
There will now be a sale of tickets to Celtic fans for the league game on Holy Saturday against Triggers Broom. A fantastic open goal here for us to price those tickets as for any other home league game, say £32? Would consequently put some pressure on Sevco to not overcharge their own fans after the split.
I’m sure Celtic could live with the loss of, say 800 x £20 = £16K. But maybe not so for them?

March 20, 2023 1:56 pm


Just seen they are £52.

People can make of that what they will 😁


March 20, 2023 2:03 pm

It’s more complicated than that, for Celtic
We still have season tickets that don’t include games for Triggers Broom.
They are seated where Sevco used to get the 7,500. I don’t know the exact number.
James Forrest, of The Celtic Blog, was talking about this, he has one of those season tickets and if Sevco allocation is restricted to 800 or so, rather than increased, then they are allowed to buy their own season ticket seat for those 2 games, at £52 .
So it’s many more than 800 x £20, I just don’t know how many though, but I’m thinking a couple of thousand, it wouldn’t be the whole 7,000 or so, as I know Celtic PLC like to offer match day tickets for fans on a one off basis, as its statically proven that fans who attend as a one off, spend more.on merchandise etc.

March 20, 2023 2:05 pm

Wonder what the numbers would be regarding Police Scotland 🤔

March 20, 2023 2:17 pm


“ I think we’re going to need a bigger Abacus !!!!”

RoySchneiderCSC 🍀🍀🍀

March 20, 2023 2:19 pm

Here comes that feeling again! Should I call it a day with watching Celtic and Scottish football. Why, Oh, why should this even be an issue, given the excitement generated by the current Celtic squad?

The sources of my discontent are very clear to me. They are the governance of the game, the refs, the VAR, the biased media including so called pundits. These are major influencers on how fans perceive our game.

I know my own expectations were high on the introduction of VAR to our game but these have been dashed. The inconsistent interpretation of the hand ball rule; the delays over decisions; the imbalance of favourable decisions to one team in particular…..all combine to suggest the same old, same old.

Then there is the media campaign to unsettle our manager and our players derived from an unnatural control of the media by the usual biases in Scottish society.

I won’t restate the, by now, well known critiques of a moribund governing body. We all know of them, right from youth development, through league reform to the performance of the national team.

Put it all together and it defines a sorry mess.

And yet, there is the thought is it much better anywhere else? The on going scandal in La Liga over payments to refs by, at least, Barca, the architects of the beautiful game. Was it all just another brand promotion strategy? Then there is UEFA, FIFA….and the recent scandals over WC allocations and vote buying!

For me, the crucial practical issue is could I stand not following and seeing Celtic after more than half a century of supporting the club? I have tried in the past…noteably during NL2 up to the “resignation “ of PL. i also had a wobble during the Deila era, who I regard as a fraud of a coach/manager. Style but little substance.

Could I do without the buzz that I got when Oh scored his header? Frankly, I just do not know, at the moment. Perhaps, it is just another ageing crisis. We shall see.

There having got that out, I feel better.


March 20, 2023 2:22 pm

The Club should support Dundee Utd’s call for VAR discussions, and include the attached superb analysis of the significance of penalties to the Hun, which defies statistical probabilities.
Over one third of league goals we have conceded are penalties. The Huns have not conceded one single league penalty. Is there a single other team in the 4 top leagues in England or 3 in Scotland who have not conceded a single penalty all season?

March 20, 2023 2:24 pm

Jobo/JNP/Bad…the tickets are £52 for the Top Tier and £30 for Lower Tier and Concessions. Would I be right to assume this is reflected in the Season Ticket cost at the start of the season eg I’m in the North Upper 404, if my ST is £600 then the equivalent in the Lisbon would be £500. Anyone on here affected by it?

March 20, 2023 2:25 pm

Very Good Leggy 👏👏

Billy Bhoy
March 20, 2023 2:29 pm


I’ve always been of the opinion that the price of the hun game was inflated largely to cover the increased Policing cost and partly to fleece the huns. I may have read that in the Celtic View back in the 80s.

So, it is with sadness that I see the news that its now £52 at a hun-free Parkhead. Kev will be having a migraine right now!

My annoyance is compounded by watching Sky Refwatch earlier. What an absolute scrotum sack Dermot Gallagher has become. The spineless little shit can’t bring himself to call out what is in front of his eyes. They’d be as well shutting the show down if he’s going to just side with the official decision all the time.

March 20, 2023 2:38 pm

Regards Dermot Gallagher
Did he not the other week call out the Huns penalty against Livi as an absolute joke of a decision

The Star Above The Crest
March 20, 2023 2:45 pm

While the standard of refereeing is a disgrace, I can take some comfort in the fact that the last time the cheating was so bad (Mowbray season) the huns went bust soon after. I reckon the word is out that they’re desperate for European money and the refs are helping them out the only way they can. The difference is last time they had a competent manager in Walter Smith whereas now they’ve had a succession of diddys and serial losers and they can only hope to keep the points difference respectable rather than win a league.

big packy
March 20, 2023 3:14 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, as regards dermot Gallagher, think you’ll find he is more of a tim than a hun,,another true story👍

big packy
March 20, 2023 3:15 pm

JIM, do you fancy a true story🤩

March 20, 2023 3:27 pm


That was an enjoyable read. Another 3 points gained, and another game less to play.


Cheers, Craig. I’ll pop into Calton Books later on in the week.

Hail Hail.

big packy
March 20, 2023 3:28 pm

a quiz question
In 1936, Celtic were the first team in Europe to field a player from the Indian subcontinent what was his name? cyber pint for the correct answer.

March 20, 2023 3:37 pm

Regards Dermot Gallagher
Did he not the other week call out the Huns penalty against Livi as an absolute joke of a decision
He did indeed. Just another example of ill founded judgements that if not challenged become a fact if it suits a long held belief. Confirmation bias. We all do it subconsciously but if we are aware we MIGHT be doing it we can stop and ask why in any given situation.

March 20, 2023 3:48 pm

Look at the number of times this guy scores from free kicks up to 35 yards from goal.

March 20, 2023 3:56 pm

Big Packy

Abdul Salem

March 20, 2023 3:57 pm

Big Packy

He was a legend at the time as he played bare-footed.

Hail Hail.

big packy
March 20, 2023 4:03 pm

MAGUA ,a bottle of cyber whisky to you courtesy of wee joan, if you know his name.🤩

March 20, 2023 4:08 pm



Prestonpans bhoys
March 20, 2023 4:24 pm

A bit of a Andy Ritchie there, if memory serves me right I think Morton gave us a run for our money in the early 80’s for one of the leagues. 🤔

big packy
March 20, 2023 4:30 pm

OK you ghuys if magua doesn’t know the answer nobody will🤩 magua is a true friend of myself and wee joan ,and that is a true story, ,ANSWER, Mohammed salim

March 20, 2023 4:33 pm


I knew it sounded like Mohamed Salah,but that gave me a mental block!

big packy
March 20, 2023 4:40 pm

BOBBY, cyber pint to you as well.👍

Billy Bhoy
March 20, 2023 4:47 pm


My comments about Dermot Gallagher are not “confirmation bias”. DG has made no secret of his fondness for Celtic over many years. My comments today are based on what I’ve witnessed from him most Mondays over a few months now. If he’s not going to be critical of officials then what is the point.

Today, he wouldn’t even be drawn – despite repeated attempts – into giving an opinion on what punishment a player should get for lifting hands to an official. He then rounded of a pathetic display by suggesting that Sakala looked offside due to an ” optical illusion “. Really??

I won’t be tuning in again.

big packy
March 20, 2023 4:49 pm

another quiz question ,you know Jim’s moniker, jimthetim53 ,born the same year as me, but what month, give you a clue same month and same day as my wife wee joan, another true story.hh

March 20, 2023 4:50 pm


Yes, about right. I have had a no klan games ST in 116. for years now. By choice. Seen enough of them when younger. Still the be all and end all for some. Profess in Europe for me any day.
Just a small point. Some discussion the other day on set ups, tactics and formations. Hibs started 5,4,1 and had some joy with their number 8 ( Jegge I think) engaging ( and fouling ) Johnston early on whe he had inverted. Twice he hit him early and put it out, twice he fouled him and got away with it. Tried the same with Taylor but much less successful because he is better at the role.
Not a press against our central defenders but full backs when they invert. Although they went 5,4 after the red they sat in and Johnston came onto a better game.

March 20, 2023 4:51 pm

Big Packy

The thumbs-up thingy. I remember my old man talking about Salim. From memory, he played a few games for the reserves, but not the first team.

Hail Hail.