Another beast needing slaying

Remember that time Hearts and Burley were storming the league, flying high at the top of the table, looking favourites for the title until a meddling owner forced him out the door and the train inevitably came off the tracks? In my humble opinion the entire episode was a lesson in maximizing potential, I assert the hungry manager who wasn’t fearful of the two Glasgow clubs plus the numerous foreign draftees (Lithuanians?) hadn’t grown up with a natural fear of either giant, helped propel them briefly to the summit.
That was a lesson for every club to learn, but especially the Jambos. They had genuine experience of what it takes, for a while, but they stupidly changed tack.


As of today they sit 15 points adrift in third place, pretty standard for them. There was a Twitter account recently showing the top fives results against each other over the past few years, you won’t be surprised to ‘discover’ that Hearts had a good record against three of the those teams, but the worst record of all against one certain team.
No wonder they are called ‘the diets’.

They clearly don’t try a leg when facing R2ngers, presumably because their current manager is of the mentality that they won’t win the league anyway, so help his preferred club be one Champions rather than the club he obviously hates. I had previously read he was questioned about this, in football one can often hide behind ‘lost to the better team on the day’. But football is also factual, distance covered, goal attempts created, possession etc.
I posit it is actually possible to highlight any difference in approach.
This Saturday will probably become a case in point.


Should Hearts actually come to to Parkhead with the aim of winning again, then not only is that club being cheated but Scotlands top flight is also.
Burley would have won the league if allowed time and space, the top flight would have returned to a three way fight instead of the usual two only, a real travesty and true loss to the game.


That was then, what’s happening now is also a travesty. As mentioned there’s an 18 point gap between them and R2ngers. For the sake of argument I’ll assume the refs are worth 12 points at a minimum to the Ibrox mob, for the sake of argument I’ll assume a Hearts team properly motivated would take 4 points of the Ibrox mob at a minimum. That’s 16 points Hearts fans are being cheated of, that’s a mere two points ie one extra win against another or turning two defeats into draws versus R2ngers away from having a shot at the world famous Champions League and its riches. Riches which would transform that club and Scottish football.
Riches which could cement them as our biggest title rivals, maybe expand for more income to help fund the battle for higher than third, the chance to get Scottish football back on the map and genuinely more interesting.
We are all being cheated by this points swing.


And here’s the rub. These new outsiders are supposed to be fixing the refs, there’s that 12 points swing gone if true.. Which means their games against R2ngers bear much more importance next season onwards.
Which means they cannot afford the Naismith approach any longer.
With clean(ish) refs the picture changes, as should the entire clubs approach, starting with the manager.


While this should be good news tomorrow, it’s not necessarily good for today. That NED must suspect the writing is on the wall, or at a minimum he drops the Ibrox allegiance. As he has never yet forsworn his allegiance, I’ll discount that as he’s unlikely to change now, the Board are more likely to change their approach in a different scenario,,I reserve my right to change my opinion when the facts change is very apt.


So he’s a cornered rat,,on the one hand coming to Parkhead getting a result would help his club of choice which isn’t the one he’s managing, on the other hand doing so could see him lose his job as there’s your proof he only gets his team to show up against others, and he’s not even that good at that.
My suspicious mind tells me if he helps out a certain club perhaps a role could be found in the future, when he’s rightfully unemployed by his current employers who see through the scam and have the best chance for betterment since Burley.
As if Saturday wasn’t big enough, the internal politics of Hearts and in particular their manager increase the stakes. He will want points not for his club but to aid another. We’ve had the 5 Way Agreement, Twitter helped expose the ‘diets’ agreement, Saturday will expose another shady agreement in Scottish football.


That agreement could be be ended by a stroke of a pen, Hearts once again appointing a manager who see’s both Glasgow teams as there for the taking.
Lord knows, we are both very poor sides, the worst of recent times. Any serious observer could see that, any serious Hearts board should see that, and dispatch the old mentality with a fresh approach.


So on what I believe and truly hope to be Naismith’s last visit to Parkhead as opposition manager, I have genuinely never wanted a victory soo much. That piece of shit, that mindset, that cheating of the entire set-up, needs to be left behind and beaten down. They and especially HE will give it their best, their all, with dishonor.
Beating them come Saturday wouldn’t just be good for the game, good for us, possibly lead to a new dawn.
We need, and it would be very fitting, to help end the ‘diet days’.
Infact it would be perfect to truly put them to the sword and slay that beast.
Whip ‘em to help force change.
Please, this once, this sacred 3pm kickoff on a Saturday at home, stuff the Jambos bhoys.
It’s necessary all around.


By Mahe

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May 1, 2024 12:01 am


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May 1, 2024 12:03 am



Good evening, friends.
For the most part it was not an enjoyable watch yesterday although ultimately it was a result that I think all of us would have gladly accepted at the start of the day. With 3rd and 4th places in the league pretty much assured it is the battle for 5th spot and the resultant European place that gives a huge incentive to both Dundee and St Mirren. And both of those teams gave it a real go yesterday, with both just losing by the odd goal. Arguably that is our toughest fixture out of the way. Celtic only have one more away game to play in the league and it might even be that the title has been won before our trip to Rugby Park. But only if we play better than we did yesterday!
To be fair, I thought Celtic started well, creating several chances and getting a few shots on goal during the opening 15 minutes. But from then on Dundee came much more into the game and our early promise soon faded. But then, out of nothing, came a moment of real quality when Kyogo’s touch sat the ball up nicely for James Forrest to volley home our 100th goal of the season. James was to double our lead in the 2nd half to briefly calm the nerves until Adam Idah’s unfortunate own goal gave us a nervy final 15 minutes. Apart from a very good strike off the post from Reo Hatate, who had grown into the game and was producing our few moments of skill, we didn’t really look to threaten Dundee’s goal.
4 minutes into stoppage time and referee John Beaton decides to book Joe Hart for time wasting. I mean, what is the point in that? Showing a card for time wasting is surely designed to make the offending team get on with things for the rest of the game. Joe didn’t even have another touch of the ball after being carded. Oh and an additional minute was added on to the already generous 5 that had been shown. But all to no avail – Celtic came away with the 3 points and remain on top of the league.

We have now played 45 competitive games. We have managed 30 wins, 7 draws and 8 defeats, scoring 101 goals and conceding 47. We have 4 league games left, 3 of them at home. We are 3 points and 5 goals ahead of our nearest rivals. Match our closest rivals results and that will be enough to secure our 54th league title.
My thanks to the 75 who voted this time around. One voter cast just 1 vote and one other donated one of his votes to the St Mirren ball boy! And, for the first time in a very long time every single one of our 14 players received recognition! The total votes cast for each player are as follows, with my own nominations asterisked.

Hart: 11
Johnston: 2
Carter-Vickers: 40
Scales*: 48
Taylor: 3
McGregor: 1
Hatate*: 15
O’Riley: 5
Kuhn: 6
Kyogo: 2
Forrest*: 72
Iwata: 14
Idah: 2
Palma: 1

And so, the players receiving POINTS for the game against Dundee are –
Forrest – 5 points
Scales – 4 points
Carter-Vickers – 3 points
Hatate – 2 points
Iwata – 1 point

The overall positions after 45 games played are as follows –
88 points – O’Riley
86 points – Scales
62 points – Carter-Vickers
57 points – McGregor
42 points – Johnston, A.
40 points – Hart
34 points – Kyogo
28 points – Maeda and Palma
25 points – Yang
22 points – Bernardo
20 points – Oh
19 points – Kuhn
18 points – Taylor
16 points – Idah and Iwata
15 points – Forrest and Hatate
10 points – Ralston
9 points – Johnston M, Nawrocki and Turnbull
6 points – Lagerbielke
4 points – Bain, Bernabei and Holm
3 points – Welsh
2 points – Abada
0 points – Frame, Haksabanovic, Kelly, Phillips, Starfelt, Tilio and Vata

The Player Of The Month award is based simply on the total votes received across all games played. There were only 4 games during February – away trips to Sevco and Dundee, the cup semi final at Hampden against Aberdeen and our home win against St Mirren.
In 3rd place with 95 votes is Reo Hatate and the runner up on 119 votes is James Forrest. The player of the month for April, with 139 votes is Cameron Carter-Vickers.
So far the monthly winners have been –
August: Kyogo (4 games, 164 votes, average 41)
September: O’Riley (5 games, 259 votes, average 52)
October: Scales (5 games, 243 votes, average 49)
November: Scales (6 games, 191 votes, average 32)
December: McGregor (8 games, 281 votes, average 35)
January: O’Riley (3 games, 132 votes, average 44)
February: Hart (6 games, 206 votes, average 34)
March: Kuhn (3 games, 142 votes, average 47)
April: Carter-Vickers (4 games, 139 votes, average 35)

Our next game is a 3pm Saturday home tie against Hearts and a chance to open up a 6 point and 6 (at least) goal gap at the top before Sevco next take to the field on Sunday (they’re at home to Kilmarnock).
Hail Hail!

April 30, 2024 12:14 am

Mike in Toronto
May 1, 2024 12:09 am


So, Hearts loses to zombies, but beat Celtic means Hearts arent trying against the zombies? Couldn’t it also suggest that Celtic dont try against Hearts?

Just Sayin’
May 1, 2024 3:08 am


Not quite following the arithmetic in your fifth paragraph.
There is a 15 point gap between the cousins.
9 points of which is three wins so far v Hearts. Even with one draw and two losses Hearts would reduce that to 12 behind ( 3 point swing) with it all to play for in the final game, if your assumption of ref assisted points is factored in.
If Hearts were to try a leg and even win one but lose two that would produce a swing of 6 points and reduce the gap to 9, and sit within the “pattern of assistance” points zone you ascribe to the Huns.

Ifs, buts, maybes but questions have to be asked not just by Celtic but the other cheated clubs’ fanbases. Particularly Hearts.
Even an abject Aberdeen managed a win, draw, loss versus the Huns.
Look forward to a stronger Dons team next season.

Hearts fans I know in Edinburgh equate us as part of the “Old Firm” duopoly and therefore beating us but not them is a satisfactory outcome. Historical mindset cast in stone over decades of being humped.

Lack of ambition is telling.

May 1, 2024 3:16 am

Hearts have beaten the huns twice in Glasgow during my lifetime. I’m nearly a pensioner. That’s part of the product that’s Scottish fitba. We have 82 million in the bank with more coming in.

Why are we looking elsewhere?

It has been determined/deduced that what we have is enough for a close title race.

What happened to The Gombeen Man ?

May 1, 2024 7:47 am

It’s a joy to read an article on this site that not only highlights the massive failing of Scottish football, but is not written for click bait and advertising money.
Most of the other rubbish on the quick news site is just embarrassing and only written for financial gain.
Keep up the great work and keep it advert free.

Bada Bing
May 1, 2024 7:54 am

This weekends game v Hearts, has been giving me flashbacks of the Game in Dunfermline in 1998……

Jobo Baldie
May 1, 2024 8:50 am

Good morning, friends.
Given our own problems when facing Hearts this season we should be really motivated for this weekend’s game. Top of the league with a chance of going 6 clear, a packed stadium where just about every seat will actually have someone sitting in it, a vociferous ‘back the team’ crowd. I’m already past the Kevin Keegan “I would love it…” stage for this season. Let’s get The Double!

May 1, 2024 9:17 am

Thanks for your good wishes yesterday,it was good to see you again.Will light a candle for you today.KTF.

May 1, 2024 9:23 am



Just Sayin’
May 1, 2024 9:26 am

Surely Saturday is what competitive sport is all about. An opportunity to take a major step towards glory. The stuff professionals live for, and are lucky enough to get paid for.
We have multiple winners throughout the team that need to show that mentality.

Positive attitude and focus. At home in front of a full house. Fear of failure is such a negative vibe.

Hearts are the ones that should be shitting themselves.

May 1, 2024 9:28 am


I think a fair few of us will view a title win this season as being as sweet as any we can remember. We’ve been up against it for most of the season,some wounds self-inflicted but mainly due to outside interference. Beating the opposition coalition of the huns and their facilitators at other teams-especially Hearts-the refs and the SFA-will be an absolute pleasure.

And one which I will enjoy reading about in a “heavily conflicted” SMSM.

Lost in translation ...
May 1, 2024 10:20 am

Need to put in the hard yards / put in the effort.
Keep the kettle boiling with pushback against Ludge MIB / Ludge VAR.

RH nearly got decapitated at the weekend — straight leg attempted tackle above the shoulder.
The culprit had a full view of the ball and RH and went for the ball in a very dangerous manner.
Did we even get a foul / did we even get a replay / Ludge VAR not involved — double standards in full view.

The club and its media agents need to highlight this and the many other similar incidents.

We are still hearing about a stolen shy in the Cup Final 35 years after it happened.
We were not hearing anything about a Ludge MIB / Ludge VAR travesty 35 days after it happened.

We don’t put in enough effort.

Billy Bhoy
May 1, 2024 10:42 am


I’m not so sure about your view on Naismith. This is a guy who, along with Whittaker, went on TV and stated that he had no intention of hanging around to see what League Sevco were going to end up in and joined the exodus. He made it clear he would not be transferring his allegiance to the new club.

I don’t rate him as a manager and I disliked him as a player but I don’t think I hate him as much as the huns at Hampden last week if their chants were anything to go by. That reception might partly be down to his pre-match comments about TRFC having been “rather lucky” with results, including v Hearts, this season. I thought it was a rather obvious dig at the officiating this season.

He also seemed very frustrated at his teams performance, particularly their decision making in the final third which spoiled lots of good possession. I thought for large parts that Hearts were the better team until the second goal killed them off.

I’ll still despise the wee turd on Saturday, mind you!

Big Audio Dynamite
May 1, 2024 1:03 pm

Bobby 9.28,

I’m still worried there’s a twist to come but …

My feelings in a nutshell.

San Luis
May 1, 2024 1:44 pm

Mahe, the gist of your article is spot on. Hearts are the team that loses the most due to the pattern of assistance shown towards Rangers. To keep them sweet , however, they get the self same assistance when playing us and Hibs. Third suits them as a club. That’s their ambition.

With regards to Naismith, he is a rookie, but you underestimate him at your peril. He’s shown enough guile and tactical nous this past 6 months to make him stand out amongst his peers in Scotland. I think he’ll be around for a good wee while yet. Probably not at Hearts though.

May 1, 2024 2:17 pm
May 1, 2024 2:48 pm


I was at that game. Next time I saw Bertie Auld was a year later when he came on as sub for Hibs in the 6-1 final.

A Thing Of Beauty
May 1, 2024 2:49 pm

I see VAR refs have got 26 decisions wrong that they are admitting to. Interesting to see who they favour and who they don’t. Not sure we’ll get the answer to that though. The very fact they can get so many wrong means they should be replaced with foreign referees. Those operating the system are simply not fit for purpose. I expect Celtic to push hard for this in the close season. There should be no reward for bias or incompetence.

May 1, 2024 3:03 pm

We have to beat Hearts on Sunday regardless. I’ll take a shitey undeserved 1.0 win right now. Then we have to absolutely slaughter the huns regardless how they do against Kilmarnock. Make sure they don’t want to turn out at Hampden for which for many of them will be their last game in Scotland.

May 1, 2024 3:32 pm

A Thing Of Beauty
I see VAR refs have got 26 decisions wrong that they are admitting to.
Both Robertson penalties at the recent Tynecastle loss declared erroneous. Yang dismissal ludicrously was not.

P.S. I responded to a post of yours late last night on the last blog. Time zone difference my convenient excuse.😊
Iniquitous IV😊

May 1, 2024 3:36 pm

Also worth noting and I’m being kind here but the robust style of play the diets thrive on would not be tolerated against the Huns.
Against us they bring a very physical and feigning of injury type of game gladly tolerated by cheats with whistles.
When they take on the Huns such aggression and cheating would result in them being short handed.
Meek acceptance suggests they know their role.

May 1, 2024 5:12 pm

AweNaw if it’s beating hearts on Sunday, you’ll be watching the highlights, the game is on Saturday 😜

May 1, 2024 6:27 pm

Good evening all. HH

San Luis
May 1, 2024 6:36 pm

Fan @3.36

Again a good point that highlights the pattern of assistance the Huns receive in respect of yellow cards for and against.

On Sunday it was noticeable that Celtic were taking no risks in tackles – given Beatons desire to dish out maximum punishment to Celtic players in recent games.

However, on Saturday, it will be a battle we need to win before we are allowed to play ball.

May 1, 2024 7:13 pm

Every day I stumble across crazy values. You must as well. Back in the late sixties I was in the BBC bar in White City after seeing Rod Stewart perform in a TV show. Rod was on good money then but nothing compared to what he would go on to earn/receive later. On the other hand, I, a lecturer at a London university was earning 2000 pounds…not bad for the time but not in the same league as Rod and others in the Entertainment business. What can I conclude? Society seems to value entertainers like Rod so much higher than someone who helps people get started in their careers and in life.

What has all this to do with football and Celtic in particular, you ask?

Take the last game versus Dundee. Our opponents had a midfielder, Luke McCowan who played Calmac off the park. He was tireless throughout the game. Good at disrupting play, good at moving the ball forward, has a shot, plus an engine. He is valued at, maybe, half a million. He was in the game as much as MOR and more so than McGregor, yet he is valued way below these players. He is playing on our doorstep and yet we go out and sign Holm and loan Bernardo, valued at 3.5 and 5 million roughly. So half a mill on the one hand and 3-5 mill on the other. Which is value?

Now I admit I have only seen McCowan once but the disparity in values seems stark. Hey-ho, it was ever so, and probably always will be.

Have a nice day,

Tout le Monde

Jobo Baldie
May 1, 2024 7:18 pm

The independent review of VAR decisions is a strange one to fathom out. In the opinion of the independent panel, there were 26 incorrect VAR interventions. But, tin hat on, that doesn’t actually mean all 26 WERE wrong. It only means that someone else, looking at the same footage, has come to a different decision from what the VAR did on the day. Most of these will still have been subjective.
As an example, thepenalty awarded against us at Tynecastle – ref decided it was not a penalty. VAR convinced the ref it was. Independent review think the original decision was right, no penalty. Same with the one we got when Idah missed.
Until we are told which 26 decisions were deemed incorrect (in the opinion of the independent review team) its hard to form any further opinion on this.

A Thing Of Beauty
May 1, 2024 7:28 pm

Thanks for the reply. I found your info on the throw ins very interesting and it certainly doesn’t seem difficult. Problem is the fullbacks can’t throw the ball!!
If I recall correctly we had Palma hitting corners and dead balls prior to injury/loss of form. He was another one in 10 man. I have no idea how we don’t try someone else because MOR is not reliable but who is the question.
McCowan was decent against Celtic but I read somewhere he is 26. If he’s got as far as Dundee at that age I wouldn’t think there’s much more development in him. We must also remember he is up against two midfielders who are no where near match fit and another who has been flogged like a dead horse this season.

May 1, 2024 7:32 pm

Independent VAR Review Panel is it?

Did they happen to mention all the Hun offences that didn’t even go to VAR?


Just Sayin’
May 1, 2024 7:38 pm

Rebus 67

Holm 21, was considered in a next generation 60 in 2020 and we bought him for £2.6m
Bernardo 22, is Portuguese under 21 captain. Both have potential and are experiencing the Scottish game in all its agricultural glory.

Luke McCowan is 26 and a late developer.
I’d say their respective values are about right.

May 1, 2024 8:32 pm

PSG hanging on in Dortmund. Incredible atmosphere with 75,000 crowd.

May 1, 2024 8:37 pm

Adeyemi playing brilliantly for Dortmund

May 1, 2024 8:38 pm

1-0 Dortmund.
Fantastic goal

May 1, 2024 8:38 pm

One touch control then laser like strike.

May 1, 2024 8:40 pm


This isn’t yet as good as Bayern v Real last night,but it’s trying its best. Great opener from BvB.

May 1, 2024 8:41 pm

These lads like Fullkrug will face Scotland in the Euros. A Scotland that is falling apart with injuries to Tierney, Hickey, McTominay, Ferguson and Flanagan.

May 1, 2024 8:45 pm


This isn’t yet as good as Bayern v Real last night,but it’s trying its best. Great opener from BvB.
Spot on, Bobby. I thought it would play out in a similar fashion – lots of pressure from the home German side, then counterattack goal from Mbappe. What’s interesting is that PSG have magnificent football players, but most are not household names, ( to me anyway ).

May 1, 2024 8:46 pm

Sabitzer unlucky. Hit with venom.

May 1, 2024 8:48 pm

Hummel is a smashing player, but he is in trouble in a 1 on 1 race with Mbappe.

May 1, 2024 8:49 pm

Dembele like Usain Bolt.

May 1, 2024 8:51 pm


The pace on both sides is frightening. And the skill levels.

May 1, 2024 8:56 pm

Rehearsed free kick almost comes off.
An absorbing game.
Here’s an early forecast for the Euros opening game.
Germany 5 Scotland 0
Hard to imagine someone like Lyndon Dykes up against scary good talent like Kroos, Kimmich et al.

May 1, 2024 8:57 pm


The pause on both sides is frightening.
Their hands look normal size to me, Bobby.🤣

May 1, 2024 8:59 pm

Celtic women drop 5 points in 2 games. Sevco going for trebles for both men and women.

May 1, 2024 9:01 pm

ATOB and JS et al,

Forgive my fumbling language. I was not advocating that we should sign LM but rather that the gap in values between him and some other players was not reflected in their price. Is Holm 5-6 times better than LM? Similarly for Bernardo, who I like, is he 10 times better than the Dundee man? I doubt it.

We have signed journey men before and they have contributed, particularly late bloomers, such as GG. Does being non- Scottish make a journey man more attractive? Somehow I am thinking of Amido Balde and a striker that we got from Swedish football(name escapes me..Bangura??)…..both awful when cheaper Scottish options would probably have been improvements.

In the round, it all comes back to scouting and recruitment.


May 1, 2024 9:14 pm

PSG hit one post then another.

May 1, 2024 9:14 pm


A very low blow to introduce Bangura and Balde to the argument. Dirty debating.