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Comment on Time to Make Things Happen by jimbo.

I was trying to magnanimous there Tony, Linfield lose their home advantage so Celtic should do the same. 

A compromise – Celtic play their home tie at Firhill!  It’s Glasgow but not home.

Besides I would never tire of seeing that scary PT mascot image around the place, best ever!

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I remember AJ saying a few days ago that he might not always remember exact details (like Auldheid & EJ  et. al.) me even more so.

One thing I seem to remember is that long before 30 June Rangers legal/ financial advisors? told them they were in shit street with the wee tax case, they accepted that apparently.  The side letters were the killer.  HMRC had already won a similar case – Aberdeen Asset Management?

God only knows how Regan thought this had no bearing, he seemed to believe something along the lines that negotiations were on going.  They weren’t, not even a payment plan nor size of interest/ punishment payments.  They were due.  Full stop.


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Hope it’s OK to bring this subject up, if not, happy to be moderated.

There is a possibility that Linfield FC could qualify for round two of the CL qualifiers.  I don’t think they would be seeded, however Celtic would be seeded.  These ties usually have a geographical element to them, to avoid long hauls. 

The problem is the first leg is held on 11 or 12 July.  I don’t need to spell out what Belfast will be like on those two days.  It’s a potentially explosive and dangerous fixture.  Hopefully it wont fall that way and it likely won’t.  But what if it does?  What to do?  Play both ties in a neutral venue, in Wales?


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Oh well, seeing as it’s so quiet I’ll make mention of the draws for the first two qualifiers,  Champions League & Europa League, tomorrow starting about 11am BST.

When you look at the teams in the first round draw for the EL there are hardly any familiar names other than the Irish and Welsh ones.  Both St. Johnstone & The Rangers are seeded so should be OK to go through to the 2nd. qualifiers.  This is where it gets a bit trickier, some familiar faces there who should be seeded so that’s a plus for St. Johnstone who should also be seeded. Good luck to them.  On the other hand TRFC will be unseeded,  the DR says it’s because this is their first time in Europe in 6 years, but it could also be because it is their first time in Europe EVER!  Heaven knows how they will do, they are such an unknown quantity now.

Aberdeen get a bye to enter at the 2nd. qualifier and are seeded.  Let’s hope they get through this stage.

In the CL qualifiers Celtic enter at the 2nd. qualifying round seeded, indeed they have the second top seeding.  This will present absolutely no problem and they will progress to the group stages and providing we can avoid Barcelona 0701 should be ok for the Final next May.040421


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John Clark   0212

The things that should happen to Bryson in hell?

You might like this, Old Harry’s Game.  All about life in hell.  Whenever they are torturing Thomas, think of Bryson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOMgBFFG47s


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I’ll be sorry to see Stuart Armstrong go.  He has the best haircut in Scotland. 

But at least he will still be available to turn out for Scotland.  He would be one player plying his trade in England I wouldn’t mind coming up. 

And Robertson of course.


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I was too kind with Lee Wallace, he had one game in 2016.

9 caps for Scotland since 2009. 

Club captain too! Maybe he should have had a word with Broonie.


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jingso.jimsie, if I’m being brutally honest, none.  We are well covered in all positions without the need to go there.  They used to give Lee Wallace a game now and again to make them feel relevant.  But that’s out the window now.

For goodness sakes one of the best players in Scotland, Kieran Tierney, has to play out of position for a game!

And plenty of other players from all over Scotland were being ignored in Strachan’s fascination of players playing in England.

I wouldn’t read too much into those recent friendlies, for obvious reasons.  The squad is there to put up a better showing.  It’s all down to the ability of the manager now, that’s my worry.

Btw, Look at Iceland.  If anyone is interested look up ‘Football in Iceland’ on Wiki.  – ‘Modern Developments’.  It’s fascinating.  Do you know 1 in 500 of Icelanders have a UEFA coaching badge?  In England it’s 1 in 10,000.


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So James McFadden, the Scotland Assistant Coach, reckons other players in the Scotland squad need to step up so that we are not so reliant on Leigh Griffiths for goals.  Quite right too, to a degree.

What a difference a couple of years make.

Back in the day of 2014, wee Strachan (yes the stubborn one) was loathe to play Griffiths.  In 2014/15 season Griffiths scored 20 goals for Celtic.  From 7/9/14 to 18/11/14, Scotland played 5 games.  LG played in none.

From 25/3/15 to 4/6/16 Scotland played in 12 games.  LG played in 3.  2 as a sub, 1 as a start but was subbed on the hour mark.  In season 2015/16 Griffiths scored 40 goals for Celtic.

It wasn’t until Strachan woke up to the fact we had decent Scottish players at Celtic that his fortunes began to turn.  But it was way too late.  His reliance on average to below average players playing in England was a disgrace.

Sometimes we are our own worst enemy.

I just hope McLeish doesn’t buy into the old idea that Scotland should be well represented by players from the establishment club. Regardless of ability or form.

He shouldn’t even be in the job, so he better keep looking over his shoulder.

 


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