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Celtic Diary Wednesday November 13

Billy Stark, now a contender for the Scotland job on a full time basis, due largely to the SFA having lost Gordon Strachans phone number and not actively looking for it, has spoken out to allay the fears of club managers as he prepares to face Luxembourg in tonights crunch friendly.

Neil Lennon had asked Stark to not use Kris Commons or Charlie Mulgrew, but the interim Scottish boss has flexed his muscles and replied that “hopefully he can trust me to be sympathetic and do everything I can to take care of them.”

Except not play them, that is.

Whilst we would prefer them not to play, its a sign that Stark is determined to be his own man, and you have to respect him for that, and if Strachan isn’t to get the job, then the former Celtic midfielder is as good a choice as anyone.

Lets just hope no-one gets injured and Scotland win about 9-0.

Ki seung Yeung , the former favourite of the diary and the man who inspired Celtic to -well, something or other once or twice, has been listed as one of “ten fooballers who solved a problem” The author claims that he has more than replaced Joe Allen, and Swansea have made a profit of £9m. Lets just hope the board bears that in mind if any Celtic players do move south this season. And price them accordingly.

Want a wee treat? Go to you tube and type in Atajic goal v. Hearts U-20. Then you can have a look at the guy who will be the next forward we are all talking about. It really is a touch of class.

Want another wee treat? Find the Sevco prospectus on this link


Hopefully, that will work.

This is the new prospectus for the new share issue from the new club down on the south side of the city.

They seem to have gone for style over substance, with a nice bright presentation, full of graphs and simply worded statements and promises. Nice to see they have seventeen million pounds in the bank, relieved to see they want to stay free of bank debt-although that is considerably easier when the banks won’t lend you any money, and its encouraging to see that they have an estimated five million supporters worldwide.

After reading through it, you may wonder if the serious investor could possibly take them, well, seriously, but then again, its not the serious investor they are after.

The timetable in the blurb says that all monies will be due on December 17.  a week before Christmas. someone either hasn’t thought this through or has thought it through and needs the money in very quickly.

Oh, and could someone show it to Alloa Athletic? I’m sure they will be interested in the £17m claim.

Anyway, enough of them, but it is comedy gold, and a work of fiction that deserves to be up there with anything by Dickens, Tolstoy or Stephen King. For its imagination and pure fantasy content alone. Can’t wait to see what the MSM make of it.

Hibernian have sacked their matchday DJ as he decided that the Bealtles “Taxman” was an appropriate song to taunt any Hearts fans who might have been watching or attending Sundays 2-1 win over Dundee Utd. Willie Docherty, from Leith is a lifelong Hibee who will be gutted at this, so if you can email the club or something to show support, it might help to bring back humour into the game. Theres only so many times you can laugh at Rangers, and its been very noble of their Edinburgh cousins to divert attention from them.

It reminds me of a visit to Tynecastle some years ago when the DJ there played Cher’s  “Gypsies , Tramps and Thieves” as the Celtic team came out. Only the most miserable of sods could fail to laugh.

Still, I’ve written a song called “The Hibernian board are a bunch of miserable gits who need to lighten the fuck up” Okay, the title needs a bit of work, as do the lyrics and the melody, but it has potential.

Last week before the Barcelona game, there was talk of of omens and portents, and happily we went on to beat the Catalan side, you might have missed it in the papers, on the tv or on the radio. But only if you live on Mars.

Well, it seems the Benfica Eagle, the club mascot which swoops and soars majestically around the stadium pre match-in the same impressive way as Hoopy the Huddle hound wanders round waving at people-has swooped and soared majestically out of the ground and disappeared. Perhaps he knows who’s coming to town next week…..

Pat Stanton was indeed the Hibs player who got injured after just a season and a bit in the hoops, and consequently Celtic went on to have the worst season I can personally remember. At one stage I was looking at the First Division to see where the following years away trips would be.

Following on from that, which Hibs player scored a hat trick against Celtic in a Cup Final, and still ended up on the losing side?

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the namesgerard
11 years ago

Joe Harper

Eddie Connerton
11 years ago

Showing my age but was at the game – 1974 — Joe Harper hat trick for Aberdeen

ps – wee Dixie scored a hat trick for celtic

Eddie Connerton
11 years ago

Definitely showing my age – Joe Harper for Hibs !!!

Marcello Stefani
11 years ago

I think it was Joe Harper who scored a hat trick for Hibs in their 6-3 defeat League Cup Final 1974

11 years ago

Was it Joe Harper and did Celtic win the match 6-3 with Johnny Doyle getting a bucket load of goals himself??

San Miguel
11 years ago

Joe Harper, Andy Ritchie, Mark Yradley-that’s what wrong with Scottish Football – overweight footballers who could play but couldn’t run !!

11 years ago

On that theme Senor Miguel you could also mention the following;

Chic Charnley
Pat McCluskey
Steve Fulton

And let’s not forget the overweight guy that really, really could play (2 European Cup winners medals) former Celtic asst manager John Robertson.

San Miguel
11 years ago

I am sure JR used to have a wee fly puff too at half time when Mr Clough wasn’t looking !

11 years ago

Indeed – heard a story that at half time during one of the World Cup 82 games Big Jock was going round the team with instructions, took on look at JR and sent him off to the lav for a ciggie before the second half!

11 years ago

Yup Joey Harper for Hibs who lost 6-3 with our own dixie deans getting a hat-trick in reply or was it jinky johnstone?? i’m sure both got hat tricks in cup finals v hibs the other cup win was 6-1 about 2 years before!! Great days!!

11 years ago


One small correction. That piece of nonsense from Chick the Chump is a presentation, not a prospectus. But as you say, more than enough of that lot. As for the DJ, I hope he had two massive fingers behind his back as he left. I have never heard anything so ridiculous in my life. No, that is not true. I have heard Chic on the radio talking about how his team is propping up Scottish football – aye, from SFL3. He has to be a history buff because he simply cannot resist using defunct terms like Rangers and Old Firm. But they should stand him in good stead when he himself is confined to history. I said enough, did I not. It really is strange that as soon a you refer to anything underhand, it brings you back to that lot. Anyhow, good luck to Willie in his new musical career. Maybe you and him could get together, Ralph, and become a double act i.e. chucked out twice :>) I am so p*****ed at Eddie. I thought I had sole title to senility on this site. To be fair, there were times when I saw the Hibees in red, usually a red mist after a good bevy before the game. But I know where you were coming from, Eddie. Like you, I probably remember the wee man at his best with Aberdeen. He went to England before going to Hibs but did not do so well down there. I think that is why he returned to Scotland. He was a right wee thorn in our flesh in those days but not so much with Hibs. Did he not return to Aberdeen and did his hat trick and losing not constitute a record of some sort then?
Here’s to Benfica on Wednesday after Scotland has managed to cut our oversized squad down to an unworkable size. They are determined to get us one way or another. Minty’s £10ner failed so now it’s national service tactics. We shall overcome and we should put the minnows in our group to the sword even with the reserves. Or was that last week? All the best to the boys – “Where Eagles Dare” they say!


11 years ago
Reply to  Pensionerbhoy

Meant to say that I had seen the goal before but it was more than worthy of another look. Another potential………… Thanks for the link, Ralph.


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