Another Day At The Office


On the eve of our biggest game of the season-so far-allow me take take you back in time. Not too far back,only ten weeks. We had blown a seven point lead and were now two points behind R2ngers. Worse,they had a three goal advantage over us and a game in hand. Their upcoming game was at home to struggling Motherwell,while ours was away to a rampant and fired-up Hearts. What could possibly go wrong?

As it turned out,quite a lot. The huns were roundly beaten on the Saturday,a result that didn’t exactly put us in the driving seat but certainly provided some encouragement for us going into the Sunday match. A win would put us back on top,albeit they would still have a game in hand and could overhaul us if they won it. We were certainly fired up for this one,as were Hearts. Sadly,so too were the match officials.

I don’t need to remind anyone of events that day. Suffice to say that it was a perfect example of a match official using every opportunity to affect the outcome,to use every weapon in his armoury to undermine sporting endeavour and The Beautiful Game. Yes,our arch-foe Beaton played a blinder on the day. He stepped up to the plate,but it was just another day at the office for him.

And why wouldn’t he? It’s not like he needs any encouragement to dish out the favours to his team of choice,and don’t be fooled by the favours being handed to Hearts on the day. The simple fact is that his favoured team for the day in question were whoever was playing against Celtic. He had the chance via his senior role in the VAR room to influence the result,the opportunity to wind back the play and search for anything damaging or incriminating our players. Even if the breaches weren’t breaches at all,Beaton was on his game and would not be denied.

All our lives we’ve been told that there’s only so much damage a referee can do to a team to affect the result. That it’s only another day at the office for them. That if you are good enough on the day,the officials don’t matter. This is certainly true in many cases,but turn it on its head for a moment. What if it’s the officials who are good enough on the day? If that’s the case then the players don’t matter. There’s very little the players can do to overcome a determined bigot with a whistle-or a remote control and the benefits of slomo. Instead of relaunching our title charge and returning to the top of the table,the standings after the dust had settled were the same on Sunday eveningas they had been on Saturday morning.

So why am I dredging up bad memories like this when we have more important things to consider? Tomorrow is a virtual title decider,we are at home and we are three points clear. Win tomorrow and the league can only be tossed away by us losing both remaining games. How likely is that? Well,ask me on Thursday morning,or a week on Sunday. It’s a scenario I’d much rather not think about. But you can bet that it has been occupying the minds of our officials.

The best chance our rivals have of grasping the title arrives tomorrow. They won’t want to be taking chances on Killie and St Mirren helping them out,they will want to do the job themselves. On the day and against us. And no,that’s not the huns I’m talking about,it’s the bloody match officials! Given an even playing field,the huns aren’t close to us. Given match officials of the calibre that it has been our privilege to watch in the latter stages of the European competitions,tomorrow would be just another day at the office for us. And what do we get instead? Collum in the middle and McLean on VAR. 

I don’t think that Collum is a bad referee,just a spineless one. Were this a Sunday league match of little or no importance bar personal pride,I’m sure he would excel. It isn’t. And my concern would be that he crumbles under the pressure of the occasion. He has form for that,after all. A much bigger concern is McLean. It’s no secret that I think he is the worst of a very bad lot,that he knows every trick in the book and has  invented a few others himself. He’s way more subtle in his endeavours than the likes of Beaton. Not for him the blatantly wrong decision and deal with the fallout later,he’ll find an obscure regulation to bend to his will and affect the outcome. Though if blatantly wrong decisions are necessary,he won’t shy from them. 

Our most difficult opponent tomorrow is unlikely to be the likes of Tavpen or Butland,Cantwell or Dessers. It will almost definitely be a bigot sitting unrestrained in the VAR room,doubtless with a couple of phones and laptops wired to receive advice from his MIB chums watching the match in the nearest ludj. It’s not the pre-match speech from their manager that can drive them to victory,it’s the pre-natal conditioning of the background and heritage of McLean and his ilk,and their subsequent lifelong immersion in the sewers of their own bigotry. In short,the most dangerous man on the pitch tomorrow won’t even be anywhere near it. And I have every right to be concerned. And every precedent. 

Tomorrow,Celtic can effectively win the league. And I honestly don’t believe that our opposition are good enough to prevent that. Except that the opposition on the day is not limited to the players on the pitch. Football should not be like this,subject to the whims and prejudices of “conflicted” officialdom. We all know that this is nothing new,but the advent of VAR has seen it being used and abused in a manner that was not part of the design. When does Scottish football decide that enough is enough? It’s a fair question,for I think that stage was reached a long time ago. That we haven’t done nearly enough over the years to eradicate this pollution comes back to bite us on the arse all too often. And my fear is that tomorrow McLean will show us in no uncertain terms the folly of such lily-livered submission. 

Having said that,three points tomorrow and let the party commence!!!

Above article by BMCUWP

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May 10, 2024 8:33 am


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May 10, 2024 8:33 am

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May 10, 2024 8:35 am
May 10, 2024 8:47 am


A lot of big German businesses involved in football here and the 50+1 rule keeps them in check. Massive economy here in Germany behind it. No big businesses wants to touch the Scottish game. I wonder why?

Jobo Baldie
May 10, 2024 9:50 am

2 points, looking ahead to tomorrow. First, am I right I thinking that in this seasons previous Derby’s we haven’t had either CCV or Hatate at our disposal? We go into this one full strength.
Point 2 is that I’m pretty sure there are 10 starters who ‘pick themselves’ tomorrow – last weeks goalie, back 4, mid 3, Kyogo and Maeda. So who fills the remaining wide spot? I’d start Kuhn with James as super sub.

May 10, 2024 9:58 am

I’d go with Iwata ahead of Hatate tomorrow

Lost in translation ...
May 10, 2024 10:00 am

Tomorrow’s game — wary / wary / wary.

What is Ludge MIB / Ludge VAR capable of?
What would be a bookies friendly result?
What would be a SKY friendly result?

If we were 2 points behind then I would be confident that we could win the game and kick on for the title.
Football is being bent out of shape at all levels — including CL SF’s — so to me anything is possible.

Played straight — everything is in our favour.
We will score more goals than we lose.
But it has been a strange season.

Natural Born Worrier CSC

May 10, 2024 10:00 am


Kuhn’s idea of tracking back is to pull a jersey,conced a foul and get carded. I’d take Jamesie ahead of him at the moment. What better way to have an Indian summer?

Just Sayin’
May 10, 2024 10:01 am

Full strength, we are best when at our boldest, attack them from the off. No let up.
Get game done this time over 90 plus minutes

May 10, 2024 10:02 am


I can see your thinking on that,though I’d favour the option of CalMac,Reo and Matt. But I think our midfield options of Bernardo and Iwata are superior to our options elsewhere.

May 10, 2024 10:03 am


We are all natural born worriers,and with good reason.

Bada Bing
May 10, 2024 10:05 am

Awe Naw- thanks for reply,going by European results, German football in a good place

Big Audio Dynamite
May 10, 2024 10:06 am

We have won every game that Callum, Matt and Reo have started together.

May 10, 2024 10:13 am


Reading back I finally found your post that had everyone wishing you well.

You can count me in.

When you get to the point of hopping around on one crutch I think I can source a stuffed parrot that can sit on your shoulder for balance.


May 10, 2024 10:24 am

Awrabest for your rehab. You can buy me a beer when you’re fit.👍

May 10, 2024 11:15 am

William Sean Collum is at best eccentric and at worst completely incompetent. A bit of a mystery how he made it to Grade 1 ref level. But much of Scottish football is a bit of a mystery. The toy that is Scotia VAR will, no doubt, come into play on numerous occasions tomorrow.

The mood music around Celtic has certainly been positive this week, especially from Callum and the boss. Not quite so much from across the Clyde.

I cannot see us losing this match.

May 10, 2024 11:49 am


I think German footballers would be in a better place if they weren’t so concerned about playing against Lyndon Dykes and Kenny McLean this summer

Bada Bing
May 10, 2024 12:10 pm


May 10, 2024 12:42 pm

A club with real ambition. Contrast this with our corner sweetie shop minded Board.

May 10, 2024 12:58 pm


I reckon the cost would be beyond out dreams,ambition and imagination. Simply because of the cost itself.

May 10, 2024 1:03 pm


Thanks for your kind wishes. I’ll try that wee tip ye gave me tomorrow. I can feel the nerves kicking in already.


Despite me having another 5 weeks until the leg brace comes off, the physio has started already, to build up the other unaffected leg muscles, and to improve my upper body strength for the long road ahead. Thankfully, I’ve got tomorrow off. Thanks for the kind wishes.


Indeed I will, good sir. Hope you are in the pink.

Hail Hail.

May 10, 2024 1:08 pm


I reckon the cost would be beyond out dreams,ambition and imagination. Simply because of the cost itself.
Hi Bobby:
I wasn’t implying we could replicate it. Just that we have no long term plans to do anything to our stadium. When Nicholson was asked at the last Fan Forum what the aims of the club were, he replied, “To be world class in everything we do.”
I think it was Harry Brady who responded with something like, “That’s all very well, but other clubs have actual tangible long term goals that you can read in their Annual reports.”
We don’t even have a modicum of ambition. Looks like we are going to let the Main Stand just gradually deteriorate over time.
Iniquitous IV😊

May 10, 2024 1:09 pm


Indeed I will, good sir. Hope you are in the pink.
No, Magua, he’s in the Brazen.

May 10, 2024 1:25 pm


You’re a very naughty boy. 😁

Hail Hail.

Cosy corner bhoy
May 10, 2024 1:53 pm

On holiday so catching upfron long way back…
Magua :,Best wishes for a recovery and positive thoughts on the physio

May 10, 2024 2:03 pm


Sorry I missed your earlier post on your condition…..too wrapped up in my own worries. This blog is a wonderful place for receiving support. I offer you my best wishes for a successful rehab. I know I would find it hard…regular exercises and routines. Stick to it and all will be well.


May 10, 2024 2:21 pm


Thank you. Have a wonderful holiday.


Thank you for your kind words.

Hail Hail

Lost in translation ...
May 10, 2024 2:33 pm

INQ4 @ 12.42

Huge potential for us — and Glesga — if we could be bothered to get off our erse and look.

We desperately need to build a new main stand — built in 1929 / new roof in 1971 — and set up the ground for the future.
This is catalogue engineering just as Wee FMcC bought the new stands off the people who had rebuilt M/field for the egg chasers.

70% of our revenue comes straight from the fans every season.
The lazy board / growth agenda — rinse the support with a new strip.
No other club of our size / scale relies on the fans to that extent.
They get creative to spread the load / increase the wealth.

It needs to change but for too many growth and progress is not for the likes of us.
Beat Govan FC tomorrow and few will care about a growth agenda.
That is the caravan we are towing.

Every angle RM are looking at — we could do half scale for a quarter of the money.

Plus who would have guessed 25 years ago that the local growth / export industry would be education.
Or that Glesga would be building satellites and closing call centres.

May 10, 2024 3:03 pm

On the eve of the Glasgow Derby, the traditional feelgood story of new signings for the Deady Bears…

Big Audio Dynamite
May 10, 2024 3:24 pm

Welcome to the house of fun, ya hun.
Welcome to the lions den!

Just Sayin’
May 10, 2024 3:24 pm

Good presser by Calmac- calm and focused with a confident, not arrogant, edge.

The players are ready, it is up to those in attendance to add their voices of encouragement. Managed it v Hearts, so should be a dawdle tomorrow.

Let’s get this league won.

Just Sayin’
May 10, 2024 3:25 pm



Big Audio Dynamite
May 10, 2024 3:27 pm


There will be a bit of madness about the mora! 😉

Just Sayin’
May 10, 2024 3:36 pm

Perfect, controlled madness in … our house.

Mike in Toronto
May 10, 2024 3:38 pm

What team do people expect to start tomorrow?

I think it will be the same as last week, except for Maeda to start in place of Forrest.

May 10, 2024 3:40 pm

I’d say



May 10, 2024 3:41 pm

Last whine on the summer nine,

Nearly a year on, and James Forrest is “the best winger at Celtic” and Mikey Johnston the best winger not at Celtic. Both not really suited to start and finish in any stamina race the five sub rule and modern fitness seems to have manufactured a host of minute men, certain to be subbed on, and off. The spring windfall five point reversal arrrived in the nick of time for Brendan after an injury ravaged campaign, he unlike elsewhere has kept his dressing room en board and moved on staff as best he could. Results, team changes, formats, substitutes and overall personna reveals Rodgers ‘top, top manager.’

Most Celtic supporters, other than the fingers in their ears not listening brigade knew the VAR fiasco was in the post, if it’s dominated football, then it’s bound to be a disaster for perennial Scottish champions. One has a whistle, one has a flag, one has a TV monitor. VAR continues to blight the the beautiful game the world over, throw in a semi conscious committee cherry picking who is suitable for one game, and who gets another can only lead to a headache for the Celtic board, and our prize winning letter writers. Surnames for christian names, juggling with football rules currently bristling with doubt and ambiguity, UEFA need to reconvene sharpish if they wish to continue to sell VAR to football clubs. Proposed changes to offside and handball need to be radical, the last thing we needed is ‘subjectivity ‘ in Scotland.

Celtic are bound to suffer most, in a title race when VAR is abused for one team, blatant handballs go unchecked, only the two, in a 0-0 draw the other week. tackles don’t even have to resemble a foul, for ‘their penalty’ . The key is not just who gets VAR decisions but when they get them, a penalty guarantee in every league game is like a new signing. Scorelines critical, it changes the complexion of every game, see eight minutes added in a first half at Ibrokes, see a Sevco goal.

The sheer lack of numbers swings a refereeing ‘pool’ from the physically unfit but consciously biased, to the unconsciously compliant. ‘Honest mistakes’ the new deluxe model is the worst thing to hit Scottish football since EBT’s, where Britannia and their great big guns, hang out in a room marked VAR. It’s helped develope a title teetering on the brink with a challenge from somewhere that wasn’t otherwise apparent. Big Gormless Kev, patching a Shankland handball he witnessed from four yards, because ‘super VAR’ is watching the monitor. Kafflik teacher not involved in any Ibrokes capacity, in any Ibrokes game since ‘they complained,’ predictably ( no pressure ) giddy ups for the Parkhead gig whilst Celtic get the loyal Royal to keep. We have three games left to ensure entry to our Champions League slot, and shut that window for good.

Mon the Hoops CSC

May 10, 2024 3:43 pm


Yip, that’s my team for tomorrow 👍

HH 🍀🍀🍀

Billy Bhoy
May 10, 2024 3:47 pm

A wee rant…
I can’t believe the number of Celtic fans who are concerned about the game on Saturday. I cannot wait for it!
This is not an Old Firm game. This is not Rangers. It’s a game against a 12 year old Tribute Act. A club that starts every season £10m in the red. That exists on soft loans from Directors who will unlikely ever see their money back.
A club that has won 3 trophies in 12 years.
A club who’s POTY is their goalkeeper – who has single handedly kept them in the race.
A club whose REAL best performers this season have been Beaton, McLean, Dickinson and Kirkland (VAR).
Without these guys they would be sitting third behind Hearts.
A club with a £9.5m legal case hanging over them.
A club with Alex Rae as assistant manager.
A club who will have Soutter and Davis in defense, Lundstrum in midfield and Dessers and Silva in attack. Not one of these would get a place on our bench.
And neither would most of the rest.

I’ll be very disappointed if we don’t win by at least 3-0 on Saturday. I want, and expect, a performance that will make them wake up on Cup Final morning full of dread. Many of them are there already!

Bring it on!


May 10, 2024 4:03 pm

Thursday no Cup Final ticket – The Cure Friday I’m in Love, me and Aidan urnae sitting together but we will be there as we go for a, hopefully, Double.

Callum is right up there with the Maestro now IMHO.

Annihilating Rhthym the morra.

Break them before they even take to the field.

big packy
May 10, 2024 4:03 pm

AFTERNOON ALL AND JIM, MAGUA hope you had a restful night, going to post you some quiz questions later, wee joan picked them, so god help us,another true story.LOL 😂

The Star Above The Crest
May 10, 2024 4:05 pm

Billy Bhoy

I agree 100%. That mob are pish. Without the refs help they’d be 3rd or 4th.

It baffles me that the other clubs aren’t up in arms about it.

May 10, 2024 4:11 pm

The gaffers pre match press conference….

San Luis
May 10, 2024 4:14 pm

Billy Bhoy

Love the optimism. I agree.

Visited the scene of our greatest victory earlier today in Lisbon. It’s a very spiritual place for any Celtic fan. It’s hard not to believe we can be Giants once more. KTF.

Big Audio Dynamite
May 10, 2024 4:18 pm

Good stuff, Billy Bhoy! 💚

Grinds my gears the club even use the name Rangers!!


Thought that was another good presser by the boss.

In complete control.

Win, lose or draw, no one I’d rather have in charge!

Big Audio Dynamite
May 10, 2024 4:19 pm

San Luis,

Brought a smile to my face knowing where you where today.


May 10, 2024 4:40 pm

A wee drop in standards from Real Madrid today. It’s the Jags vs Airdrie on Paramount. Ah well.

May 10, 2024 4:46 pm


Magic,mate. My Dad and I had a wonderful time there seven years ago.

big packy
May 10, 2024 4:49 pm

you younger ghuys dont panic, over the officials, FFS we have had to beat 13 men since time immemorial,,just ask cosy corner boy,,another true story.LOL 😂