Down With This Kind Of Thing!


Looking back for hopefully the last time to Sunday’s match,a couple of things are still really rippin’ ma knitting’. Firstly,all the attention and praise has been for R2ngers second half comebacks,firstly from two down at half time and then from going behind again straight from their first equaliser as ninety minutes loomed on the clock. 

Little has been said outside of Timternet about our own first half performance which,but for a couple of outstanding saves from Butland,would have seen us out of sight. Or about Beaton setting up to protect their weak left flank with the early bookings of our own right flank,nor the disparity in awards of free kicks to each team. 

I’ve not seen much either about how they received a free kick on at least five separate occasions for simply falling on the ball when they lost it in a tackle,at least two of which were in very dangerous areas and would probably have led to a goalscoring opportunity. Zilch about the TikTok Dancing Queen trying to start a rammy at full time and running away,though I’d love to see him trying that on in a pub in a Friday night if he was just yer common or garden Joe Bloggs. 

Jarringly and glaringly absent also from the post-match reaction has been proper scrutiny of the damaging behaviour of Fabio Silva on the day. I’ll cut the likes of Michael Stewart and Chris Sutton some slack here,for they were right on the case straight away and in real time. But the primetime pundits and the print journos have largely glossed over this,even finding the most spurious of reasons to justify his outrages,his shame and embarrassment. 

Silva joined the growing enclave of Portuguese players at Wolves in 2020 for £35m,having just turned 18yo a few weeks earlier. He was signed by Nuno de Spirito Sancto,who had shown himself to be a major addition to the managerial ranks in England in his previous three years at the club. Silva was a regular immediately,but saw that change when Nuno left a year later. In and out,usually the latter,then sent on loan last season to first Anderlecht and then PSV. He still wasn’t in the plans for Wolves this season so they sent him out on loan again,this time to Ibrox. 

At the time,he still had two years left on his contract. Time to show his parent club what they were missing as he tried to show he was worth a new contract; time also to put himself in the shop window for potential suitors when his current one is up. His Ibrox performances have hardly had the desired effect-despite his youth being an extenuating factor,his performances in his three loan spells have not been encouraging. And then came Sunday. 

His histrionics in the first half were simply embarrassing. There is no way to sugarcoat this. An embarrassment to him and to his club-even if his club has a history of celebrated players who went down faster than (insert own tasteless comparison here,my sisters would shoot me if I wrote my own.) And an embarrassment to the referee too who tolerated it throughout. 

Give Beaton his dues,though. First time he pulled that stunt in the second half,out came the yellow card-an appropriate colour,given the circumstances. It was no worse really than the first half efforts and does make me wonder if someone had had a word in Clement’s ear at half time,along the lines of-get him off,or the next time he dives he’s getting booked-only to be ignored. I firmly believe that Beaton got the call right at the time,that Walsh was completely wrong to call him to the monitor. Had Walsh stayed out of it,I think Silva would have been the scapegoat for the defeat that would inevitably have followed-every pundit would have been queuing up to outdo the rest in their criticism of the diving wee scrote. 

As it is,the story was all about the comeback,the three point swing against them avoided,very little about how he and his team mates are clearly being coached to hit the deck at every opportunity. Certainly nothing pointing out that he is a cheating wee runt,and like others is encouraged in his behaviour both by his club and a friendly approach by the officials. Had the post-match conversation focused on that behaviour,I think he would have found it difficult to find a suitable contract offer any time soon; as things stand,there might be some club mug enough to offer him one. 

We’ve all seen players make a career after springing to prominence with one outstanding game,or even just an outstanding goal or tackle. Most of them just needed the springboard and boost of confidence it gave them to go on and show their worth as a player. Other times it can be joining a club which lets you play to your strengths for the first time. This might be the first time that a player has had his career saved by a VAR intervention,and a wrong one at that. I’ve nothing against Silva personally,not even that he plays for a club that I quite clearly despise. But almost every football fan I’ve ever met has the same opinion about diving that I have-there is no place in the game for such behaviour,it should be severely punished,I wouldn’t have one in my team. 

Fans of The Beautiful Game are by nature a very partisan lot. Sometimes we will defend the indefensible,especially in front of outsiders even as we admit the truth amongst ourselves and our friends. Maybe even that has to stop if we are ever to rid the game of such cheats. After all,not a single fan in camera-shot of the incident on Sunday claimed that penalty,they all saw what we did. And at a club reared on the battle-cry of “Penalty!!!” that speaks volumes. 

Above article by BMCUWP

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April 12, 2024 6:10 am

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April 12, 2024 6:11 am

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April 12, 2024 6:12 am


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April 12, 2024 6:13 am

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April 12, 2024 6:15 am
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Craig 76
April 12, 2024 6:33 am

Right i’m off to the fitba, got my scarve, got my ticket, now were did i put that whip

April 12, 2024 7:12 am


Incredible stuff. Who takes a whip to a football match? I doubt many football fans,even in Saudi,attend a match on a camel.

16 roads
April 12, 2024 7:16 am

Excellent read, thanks BMCUWP.

First half @ the Hate Factory was the best 45 minutes of football I’ve seen for a long time.

Looking forward to Saturday and more of the same from Celtic.

Thon zombie manager really is a contemptuous character.

Aff oot to study the form,try to improve yesterday’s abysmal showing. 😩


April 12, 2024 7:46 am

Grand national sweep.
At present we only have 16 entrants,there are 18 places still available.
All you have to do is put your name down for a horse on the grand national sweep page.

Entries must be in for noon.
If any spaces remaining you can have another horse if you wish.
Will keep you updated.

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Thank you all for your continued support.

Hoop hoop hooray
April 12, 2024 8:24 am

Great article bobby
However when beaton booked him it wasn’t his first dive of the second half. He literally dived in the box minutes before. You can see it on one of Lints compilations. And this is what I was amazed at. (Well one of the things I was amazed at in one of the sleekiest ref performances I have ever seen). Any other player in any other team was getting booked for that blatant dive. Beaton waved play on. Had he booked him then he wouldn’t have been so keen to launch himself at AJ moments later. Just one of the umpteen ways in which beaton directly affected the flow of the game.

April 12, 2024 9:08 am


Aye,I forgot about that one. It happened so often that they kinda blended into each other.

Jobo Baldie
April 12, 2024 9:18 am

Good morning friends and a Big Happy Friday to all who post or lurk on this fine site.
The 2 things that annoy me most with footballers are divers and those who feign injury. It was almost understandable when there was only a halfway oi e camera covering the game. But with every angle now covered why do players seem to think they’re invisible to that? The worst moment of allon Sunday was when Silva fan into Johnston about q0 yards from the halfway line. Silva’s subsequent rols and half pikes were ridiculous, as was Johnston’s booking.
Anyway, a chance tomorrow to go 4 points clear before a packed Celtic Park and, hopefully a united and supportive fanbase.

April 12, 2024 9:21 am


Correct. When we played,diving or play acting wasn’t permitted. An unwritten rule. As was the one about giving the diving cheating bastert something to complain about first chance we got.

April 12, 2024 10:06 am

Anyone need a ticket for tomorrow? 106 or 107 lower,I forget which. Pick up at Crown Creighton on Duke St.

San Luis
April 12, 2024 10:50 am

Regarding last week, we should have been out of sight, but for a great save and poor finishing by Maeda. Kyogo was very quiet too. The Ref was playing true to form, we all expected him to be as he was. Biased.

At the back, we still allow teams to come on to us and, legitimate or not, they had the ball in our net 4 times in that second period.

Our defending under pressure is calamitous at times. Europe highlights this every season when we ship goals for fun. The Huns know this too.

We need to be much , much better in seeing games out and clearing our lines.

If we do that and convert our simple chances we can still win the Title, but we are where we are due to our self inflicted wounds all season.

Lost in translation ...
April 12, 2024 11:25 am

I think that the dam might be about to break …

TFOD2.1 penalty record — up there with peak Barca / only 5 to go with 7 matches remaining.
Tavpen’s scoring record from said penalties — 2 behind peak CR.
All we need is the penalty count in his record breaking goals from a RB stat.

M/well highlighting how the SPL / SFA jump through hoops for our friends in Govan.
The more the merrier — Team Govan have been less than subtle with their efforts to support their football team.
Stories will out / eyebrows will rise / threads will be pulled — if down south is involved then great.

Stuff still to do ….

The antics of “Greg Luganis” needs highlighting — Carry on Diving style acting..
Football cartoon guy in the Grauniad filled up six boxes with a fairly run of the mill incident in Aus.
On that basis he could fill up a whole paper with GL’s antics on Sunday — his reputation should be beyond salvation.

Fouls / yellow cards needs work.
Good start with some of the summaries but more publicity is needed.
Highlight SKY being in on the “act” — stamp on CCV’s ankle in the second half / the replay stopped just before the stamp.
That plus the VAR selective view of the “penalty” dive — very well executed / well planned manoeuvre.

This is being worked on heavily during the week — ideas raised / scenarios developed / tactics agreed / outcomes highlighted.
Finally football is a game of fine margins — sometimes they work for you / sometimes they don’t.


Then there is the violence emanating from the stands — buckie bottle and coins are not a good look.
In a properly functioning democracy these incidents would be leading the media coverage.
For many reasons — including political survival — they are hidden away.
Not good for the country or the football competitions.

Angry / bitter / privileged / over empowered man babies setting the agenda.
Not good — worth a watch everywhere though.
Us acting to their levels is what they want.
Grannies are always right CSC.


Very dodgy penalty / foul in transition / deflection / guy on Cloud 9 shot — not a great mix.
I would be more worried about the shot that flashed past the post in the last minute.

Plus JH seems to have settled down and JB looks to have the yips at the moment.
You have to wonder who GS was watching on Sunday and what lessons

We are a very unsettled squad at the moment — but we have talent.
If we find the energy / ambition / focus that we have struggled with then good things will happen.

April 12, 2024 11:31 am

So the huns are on the cusp of breaking Messi, Suarez and Neymar’s penalty record when Barcelona won the treble.

Not a hint of irony in the article either.

April 12, 2024 12:02 pm

Grand national sweep
Book is now closed.
We have only the 17 entries
You will be happy to know you all now have 2 horses to cheer on.
Good luck.

April 12, 2024 12:21 pm


Bloody ridiculous article. Shows you the mentality we are dealing with.

Lost in translation ...
April 12, 2024 12:39 pm

Team Govan booster club — when they are over egging the pudding let them carry on.
At some point their vanity / stupidity / verbosity will come back to haunt them.

Ludge SMSM are so blinkered that they don’t realise the effects of what they are writing.
They are just in it for the sugar rush rather than realise the damage their sycophancy will cause.

The more succulent lamb they devour the better.
Give them a platform and let them spout away.
Reality will confront them soon enough.
Down south is where it needs to be noticed.

They will hang themselves with their own actions / deeds / words.
Cat removal advice — strangle it with barbed wire or feed it a 5 gallon drum of carnation milk?

I would go for the latter — they do all the work themselves and think they are lucky to boot.
Consequently the more Govan friendly tripe Ludge SMSM put out the better.

Billy Bhoy
April 12, 2024 12:46 pm

Awe Naw and Bobby

What the article doesn’t point out is that Barca were at that time being lauded as the GOAT club side, full of world class players, whereas the hun has been the perennial runner up in a much inferior league for the last decade!

April 12, 2024 12:59 pm


It fails to mention Barcelona’s treble. The number of games played to reach that number, preferring to quantify it as a season and that at the time Messi was/is the best player in the world. Neymar the third best and Suarez also top quality. Added to their world class abilities they were also the greatest experts in the world at exacting penalties and that Barcelona are still under investigation for knobbling domestic referees.

A hun treble and another proud world record for them while we banked 70m with more coming in cause we can’t win a game in Europe.

April 12, 2024 1:44 pm

Great lead mick . Watched it over a few times great goal by montondo ( god what am I saying ) but diazen had a similar chance but looked for the keeper instead of looking for a gap , he is bad for that , as is kyogo and MOR isn’t blameless either , it’s something that should be mentioned and coached into them .

April 12, 2024 2:22 pm

First class article again, Bobby. Here’s more grist for yer mill regarding foreign refs. Fenerbache actions pay dividends. Turkish FA action implicitly accepts claims of bias by appointing foreign refs for the rest of the season.

See? Mr. Nicholson? It can be done. Just needs some intestinal fortitude

Bada Bing
April 12, 2024 2:22 pm

Maeda injured, possibly out rest of the season

Prestonpans bhoys
April 12, 2024 2:34 pm

Been busy past few days so catching up on timland. This Dens Park stuff is a piece of nonsense, surprised Dundee have not replied yet. However a journalist in any other country would ask four simple questions to the huns:

(a) were you invited to play the game on the 3rd.

(b) did you appeal to the SPFL board.

(c) how many players were on a further yellow card suspending them from the next game.

(d) what rule or president justifies playing the game behind closed doors.

April 12, 2024 2:53 pm

And to think I was on a waiting list to play golf @ Dumbarton, generally regarded as an easy course, Dalmuir on public Holidays had the eyes of the group assembled waiting to play after you…. knowing they are watching yer Tee-shot.

Celtic were excellenton Sunday and they are turning it on @ precisely the right Time

BTW – The Vale of Leven course is a leveller. HEHE

I cannae post on CQN but I can access, sorry to hear that Ron Bicardi has went hame to our Lord & Saviour.


Grooverider outperformed on this day/event but he is the maist impressionable DJ, well Dave Angel isnae bad.

Easygroove just dropped in crazy tracks.

Celtic FFS sort this corrupt SFA finally!!!!!!!!!!

April 12, 2024 2:53 pm


Wow,that’s a terrific boost for integrity in the sport. As you say,it shows it can be done-and that it is acceptable to UEFA/FIFA.

April 12, 2024 2:55 pm


Oh,bloody hell. Just as we were getting the gang together for the run-in.

April 12, 2024 2:56 pm

The gaffers pre match presser…Maeda and Scales injured for this weekend, Daizen is hamstring related an could miss more than this weekend unfortunately…

April 12, 2024 3:31 pm

Michael, I wanted Brexit 100%. Scotland is a very Powerful Nation, at the mo we are perceived as being weak.

This SFA must be disbanded for the sake of the game in this Country.

Allan Crawford’s name disnae wash.

Dumbarton Golf Club also operated Masonic idealogies.

April 12, 2024 3:40 pm


We prefer to avoid politics on here,mate.

St tams
April 12, 2024 3:56 pm

Excellent presser from the boss.
Hopefully Nawrocki comes in tomorrow and keeps his place until the end of the season .

April 12, 2024 4:05 pm


Not looked forward to, too many games this Season.

We are hitting Top Gear @ precisely the right moment.

Calmac bench, Reo (he is Incredible) 75 minutes.

Ticket in for next weekend.

Aberdeen have gave Bach a lot as Aidan’s ticket is pretty far into the Hun end. We got tickets in the subsequent ballot.

April 12, 2024 4:31 pm

I see a few guys commenting on our 1st half performance at the lavvy last week as the best for a while , i totally agree but a few 2nd half performances have fell short of what we can do . Last week we fell out the game ,same last time at there place ,
same at Aberdeen earlier in the season . That’s not our never say die attitude. Are we running out of steam , getting too lazy .a game lasts 90 minutes 120 against newco we need to keep going in games.

Sol Kitts
April 12, 2024 4:36 pm

Maeda being injured is really only a concern for the Huns game, as his presence kept Tavpen quiet. He noticeably faded in the 2nd half at Ibrox, and I recall pointing out to Mr K Jr that something had happened to him, possibly an injury.
This is where BR earns his corn. If Maeda isn’t going to be fit, then he needs to find another way to stop Tavpen – stop his crosses and they’ve got nothing apart from cheating.

April 12, 2024 5:08 pm

FSR is catching on it seems.

A domestic version for the SPFL that recognises the smaller revenue opportunities here should be a no brainer but brains in short supply at Hampden.

April 12, 2024 5:18 pm

Sol Kitts

Agreed re Maeda vs thems. They will also plant Sima on Taylor from the start next time and with no Maeda that left hand side begins to be somewhat of a concern. Max points till we meet them next and we’ll cross that bridge when required and keep everything crossed the reported injury to Daizen is but a tweak.

April 12, 2024 5:31 pm

After making a comment about Yamal the other night in CL game against PSG the pundit who said it has been sacked. Come on Sky etc and let’s see some action on Fat Ally.

April 12, 2024 5:58 pm

25+ still to get their Superbru predictions in for 3 p.m. tomorrow

April 12, 2024 6:06 pm

Mikey Johnstone wins English Championship Player of the Month Award for March.

April 12, 2024 6:19 pm

Friday sonics – the obvious wan its….

A Thing Of Beauty
April 12, 2024 7:33 pm

Everybody on here and elsewhere knows I am not Maeda’s biggest fan but I have always said he is crucial against the Huns. His injury is just another hammer blow in a litany of such blows all season. The way things have fell for us this season is unbelievable. Some are of our own making and some are just bad luck but it’s all contributed to a tight title race. I’ll start the list, feel free to add to it:
Starfelt leaves to follow his girlfriend to pastures new. Who has ever heard of a male footballer following a female one.
An incredible offer comes from a one time footballing backwater which has decided to go all in on the beautiful game and our top class winger leaves.
The board ignore the manager and captain request for power and quality and provide mostly projects not ready for the first team or even the bench.
Our other centre half comes back too early from injury and gets injured again before the season has barely started.
Our most creative midfielder is dropped in favour of David Turnbull, who plays well for two games then reverts to his usual mediocrity. Reo returns to great acclaim and promptly gets injured 5 mins into our first CL home game. He returns for one game before the Asian cup in January, gets injured and is out for another 3 months.
Genocide is sanctioned in Palestine and our other star winger from last season puts the tools away till he gets his move.
The board decide to turn their guns on the green brigade for what would appear to be their usual behaviour. The home games are flat as a pancake without them and our worst run of form commences.
Our Captain, who plays almost every game, every season succumbs to injury and is out for 7 weeks. Enter Tomoki Iwata, another who got injured on CL duty. He promptly decides to punch the ball in his own box and concede a penalty on the day we can go top of the league. Ok, that last bit is not true but the rest is.
All of the above is before we factor in peak Beaton, Walsh, Dallas et al.
It’s amazing to think we are still in the title race really.

San Luis
April 12, 2024 7:38 pm


Succinctly put. You couldn’t make it up.

As for Maeda, if he is hamstrung injured, I expect the Huns game to be the first after the break.

April 12, 2024 8:07 pm


Good point.

April 12, 2024 8:07 pm


Haw you. Stoapit.

April 12, 2024 9:24 pm

ATOB…let me help you – add in the unmitigated VAR help the Huns have received ALL season and the picture might look a wee bit clearer. There’s no way the Huns would be where they are without the help they’ve received. None of which explains our own misgivings, of course, but it does go some way to explain how tight it us at the top of the League.

Jobo Baldie
April 12, 2024 9:36 pm

Hearts B are currently beating Bo’ness 4-2. Which is good news for this old man… 😉

Jobo Baldie
April 12, 2024 9:45 pm

Our nearest challengers, Bo’ness, have just lost 4-2 to Hearts B which means that East Kilbride Football Club are the 2023-24 Lowland League Champions with 4 games to spare.
There’ll be a home and away game against the winners of the Highland league (could be Brechin, Buckie or Fraserburgh) and the winner of that then plays (home and away) the bottom team from Division 2 (Stranraer, Clyde or Bonnyrigg Rose).
EK are 4 matches away from the senior leagues. Woo hoo