With a tip of the hat towards Paul Larkin for the title..as it was inspired by his trilogy on the referees, and this weekend we certainly saw what could be the beginning of Operation Stop The Ten in earnest.
Celtic beat Aberdeen 2-1 . The score does not reflect the sheer one sidedness of the game, however, as these statistcs show.
There is something that stands out from that chart, as it appears neither side completed a pass, and sometimes when one notes one mistake in any kind of statistical review, it casts doubt on the other bits.
But in this case, Celtic really did overrun Aberdeen, and anything between what Celtic did score and double figures would not have been a surprise to anyone watching.
Or in my case, listening. Every now and again I listen to BBC sportsound, as it reminds me of the distant past when it was the only way to find out the scores and events from the other side of the border, and it cannot be denied that there are similarities between now, and any pther period in the history of Scottish football when whatever entity that is playing out of Ibrox is in trouble.
From Fridays Diary…
Celtic face Aberdeen tomorrow, and the referee is a chap called Euan Anderson.
He doesn’t do many Premiership games, 8 so far this season, and around eleven for the last few years.
Could he be less , er career minded than others ?
He is noted for handing out a lot of bookings, however, as he hasn’t quite got the people skills required to control adults, and resorts to the equivalent of detention by showing the yellow as much as oif not more than anyone else-Back in March of this year the Scotsman did a piece on what they called the most card happy referee, which at the time was Anderson, and that was enough to for my paranoia gene to kick in.
With what could be the most pivotal game in the League title race just two games away, could we see a card happy referee ensure a player or two of ours are suspended for that one.
A sneaky fiver on Scott Brown getting sent off ?
Or another of our core players ?
Well, it didn’t come to that, but we did see one of the most memorable refereeing performances in a long while.
What concerns me and should concern the rest of us, who weren’t paranoid the last time round, is that Euan Anderson actually got the big calls right, thus avoiding any major criticism, but got an awful lot of the smaller issues completely wrong, and those are the ones that dictate how a game is played.
Had Neil Lennon not changed things by bringing on Mikey Johnston, Anderson could well have made a significant contribution to the league title race.
First, let’s get the big calls out of the way, with the help of former referee Derek Crothers… which also covers the sending off of Ryan Porteous of Hibernian, for his tackle on a guy called Barisic who plays for a club/company called “rangers ” , who were hurriedly rushed into Scottish football in the hope that no one would notice the original Rangers had gone into liquidation.
A lot of discussion over Porteous & Cosgrove’s red cards. Both are correct and correctly punished as serious foul play. The constant argument is “he played the ball” Have a look at the guidelines Referees adhere to for SFP, who cares if the ball is played
“We only had one shot on target and Big Ajer was just too good in defence. I’ve no idea what to do next. I’m very worried about my future.”
There, fixed it for you Derek. No worries. Here’s a tissue. No. For your tears.
Caption: “I said, SMELL my finger”
it was YOU that done the poo in the shoe
You fly through the air like a big fairy you twat.
The first half Refereeing was pathetic, but if we put the chances away then they have no chance.
Sort of thought the tackle was fair then I thought it a 51per cent red card. The new interpretations deem it a red. If it was a Celtic v ‘Rangers’ game in the first five minutes it wouldn’t even warrant a yellow. Ryan jacks tackle on Bolingoli was much worse and more dangerous. Jozos on miller about a similar amount of recklessness.
Ian my take on it he gets the ball sweet as a nut. When it used to be a mans game it was a great tackle and one that got the supporters motivated.
I’m sure the laws of the game deem it to be red now. But if that had been Ajer on Cosgrove would we have been saying the same thing? Put me in mind of Jozo on Millar.
What about Logan though if Edouard doesn’t score would we have got a pen and a red card for Logan. He should have at least been booked for his late challenge.
Agree. Though the area he commuted the tackle was hardly worth it. Better trying to put him off. Anyway on a sad note Duncan McKay just passed away in Melbourne. I went to school with his sons. Paul and Duncan. Duncan’s now a butcher in Melbourne. Good player himself. As was Paul.
Jozo and Miller were face on, the former had his foot down and it was the impact of the ball that knocked him over, from which he got up unscathed.
Cosgrove came in from the side, flying through the air, with his trailing leg always going to catch Ajer a sore one, despite trying to evade it.
That’s the very definition of a red card and has been the case for a decade or more.
I’m baffled why Celtic fans would mourn that which favours the football player over the thug.
Terrific comment Cha. Baffles me too, but look at what the electorate (illiterate) did in the USA and then here; “baffle’s” just not enough. But we’ve just done 10 in a row and we’re going for 9 in a row…..fuck me, that’s baffling! 🙂
HH FC not PLC.
PS Remember the ‘tackle’ on Super-Leigh in the box by a big lumpae shit and Madden saw it coming and looked away up the park to cover himself….DOB.
Not mourning at all. Trying to look at a decision fairly. I’ve said it’s a red just commented that if it was at a certain game at a certain time it would’ve been overlooked. Jacks hit on Bolingoli was worse
If one of our players does that early on Sunday he’s not staying on the park.
Jack and other Huns don’t get their just desserts but don’t believe for a second that our players will get the same benefit.
I agree that the refs are influencing our performance during a game. Madden was a better example midweek than Anderson who I thought had a reasonable game. However, there are two other factors that are under our control that are having a bigger effect upon our results. These are a) our wastefulness in front of goal, and b) team formation. On a) there is a reason that we are chasing a striker. Eddy is working his way back from injury and is not as efficient as before, and the other candidates have issues. Item b) is related to the striking situation. Yesterday’s forward formation was moronic. Christie is most effective through the middle or as a second striker, so we play him on the right wing. Forrest, who showed some signs of getting over his own PR, is better on the right, so we play him on the left. Little wonder we have difficulty finishing off teams! We have better players so we will get a lot of possession but if the pieces of the jig-saw puzzles are in the wrong places then we shall get a forced result, rather than a comfortable one. Hats off to Lenny for trying different formations but when it works there is no need to fix it. If we keep leaving it late to finish off teams then we shall never be able to blood youngsters and fringe players.
What Taylor has to do to get a game is beyond me. Boli was OK yesterday, sometimes good, but you feel he is an accident waiting to happen. On the other flank, Ping Pong needs a rest. He is starting to second guess himself on the dribble. His entry to the team needs to be managed. Again he was caught, wrong side of an attacker and pushed him in the back. That needs to be coached out before he blows a big one against you know who! Bauer should play versus the Saints. Rest Brown as well to avoid adding to his collectables before the big game on 29th.
Do I come across as pessimistic? I do not mean to because this is a great time to be a Celtic supporter but it is smart to head off trouble before it happens.
It was a red card, Mr. McGoatface can greet all he likes but it was a red card. You can only assume that Lenny has the January sales in mind when he plays Ntcham in midfield, because he slows down our attacking play. The team did pick up considerably when he went off, Forrest went wide right and The Count of Monti Christy reverted to his best position behind the strikers and Mikey came on. It seems churlish to complain about a win, but I feel that we must put out our best team “till January”.
Disagree with Ntcham think he’s worthy of minutes a creative player and along with rogic and calmac to a lesser degree the only players who offer forward passes that split defences. Forrest was excellent I take back my selfish comment about him big Jullien a danger in the box and a classy fucker. Eduard something else a future world star. I include broonie as one of those who can put a brilliant pass through. The guy amazes me
He really is a great player. Felt like strangling him after the Cluj cl qualification game but I couldn’t get my hands across his neck.
I posted similar but it has gone to be moderated, I guess. Not sure I agree on Ntcham, tho, but there were a lot of square pegs etc.
I’m just not convinced that Ntcham suits our style of play, for me he just doesn’t do enough, but its just my opinion. Much as we may dislike it, they are still hanging in there and there is a big gap below them. Two good wins and it should be a very merry Christmas. Hope you and yours have a great one.
Mike, I didn’t get to see the game.
Your passion and analyses above, I trust. (I also much respect your involvement with the Celtic Graves fellas.)
This is why/where eTims gives us an open forum, allowing unregulated opinion etc.
On this note I would recommend, in general, a minimum of contributing more than opinion, e.g buying one of the gifts on offer or contributing a few bob directly. (Ah’ll mibbaes consider the same masel’)
No food today, except for that most tasty of ALL foods, alcohol. Early breakfast was any Port in a storm. Henry Weston’s finest is becoming hard to find as ‘some fucker’ is drinking it all….a la McEwnas Champion Ale and SE Aussie red (Shiraz)
I just hope tae fuck that you guys in south east Aus are surviving and are well. If thoughts are indeed forces, you’ll be fine, wi’ mine.
Werthers and nappy Grandad?
Exclusive Julien,Frimpong, Cosgrove pic
Downside was the casual response to the free kick they scored from. Just a few out of sorts just now. Should have been 5.
“They” really should put something obnoxious into alcoholic beverages; as they are, they’re just too fucking nice. I’ve yet to eat today, which in itself is nothing new, but holy mary, I’ve improved the economies of Portugal and SE Australia, not to mention Hereforford and wherever TF McEwan’s Champion Ale now comes from.
An unsung hero one may say?
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Lawwell look away now….. 🙂
PS, Francis isnae the worst but he still upholds the politics of the worst; which is worster?
Embdy spot my intentional error in ‘cider country’?
Ha, and you think it’s only me who’s bladdered?
Rebus , comments are vetted now. I think , only those acquiescing to the agenda get through. Being the gold standard representations of the ‘true fans’ thoughts we must mind our P’s and Q,s.
Blotto, a word that has no discernable connection to anything.
Blotto, a state in which I am now.
Blotto, a state which has no inter-state highway nor extradition treaty.
Blotto, an exceptionally accurate description of me, now.
Let he whom is innocent, cast the first stone.
FC not PLC
Weered, sorry but I’ve no clue how ‘The Reds’ are doing over last coupla weeks. The only ‘reds’ I’ve really been in contact with are generally srrounded by glass bottles! (Port/Shiraz)
I’ve no idea which/why clown(s) have voted our comments down (I’ve levelled yours) but it’s not too important anyway. I hope The Reds are doing well, but more importantly I hope your wife and yourself are doing well.
There’s no doubt in my mind that you’re a good man….I hope you appreciate my Best Wishes for you and all your family.
I nearly lost my wife a couple of years ago, it puts football firmly in its place.
TicToc… All is reasonably good here. Reds are doing well sitting 2nd in league after a tough 1 0 home win over Coleraine on Saturday 🙂
Enjoy the festive spirit(s)
Weered, GOOD on you Pal, I liked the (s) on spirit! 🙂
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RED not orange!
I could do with casting a few stones 🙂
Monti, brilliant Pal! Double brilliant!
But to get masel’ back on script, mind ye dinnae hit yersel on the backae the heid as yer casting! HaHaHa, well it FN amuses me anyway!
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Went to Glasgow yesterday with the full intention of finishing off the Christmas shopping.
Got to Glasgow ten mins before kick off so i nipped into St.Vincents to watch the game…..left at 9pm pished 🙂
Did ye aye?
I did aye, did ye aye?
Monti, I hope you spent plenty as I (Vinnie/Vincent) get a hunner an eleven per cent of all takings. (But I split them wae ma brother, Paul! 🙂
Ah must’ve drank too much the day, but in any case big fella, I wish you well. I look forward to the day when a few of us get togeher, take an interest in History (Hic, so that McAllan’s actually older than Highland Park’s finest? Ach well, they’re both far better than smoke and rotten seaweed AKA The Frog (Laphroaig)
Saint Vincent? The fuckers named a street efter me afore ah wiz even born?
Okay, afore it’s pointed out, ah’m offtae ma kip…..
HH FC not PLC.
Lawwell? What goes around comes around, you’re fucked.
It says, on opening on here, something lke “join the discussion”.
Let me be absolutely fucking clear here; if/when I’m invited to “join a discussion”, I decline, always.
The ‘invitation’ is guaranteed to be from some form of fucking clown. Ralph Malph is hugely better than this 🙂
I’m a big bit Brahms’ (and Listz) now, hammered the pop all morning/lunch/dinner/now….yet still make interesting and decent conversation. This Tim stuff comes awwfy easy, to me.
Hail! Hail! FC n ot PLC, furr peter the bastard lawwell, pointless as it’ll be; in nominee patre, et filius and the holy fuckin’ ghost, LET IT BE.
Ha, I was reminded from good old days at the backae the goal, …..we’re all offtae Dublin in the Green, fuck the queen, where the helmets glisten in the sun, fuck’re son…….
Finally, one of our top Tims on here and everywhere (a Dundonian fermer) recently (I think) referred to “Faither”. It’s fair craic. I think ‘wee’ Ronnie was 36 when Big Jock signed him. I remember some craic doon at Cappielow?, (FN Morton), when we were behind the goal….as is our wont….we’re havin’ the craic wae Faither, he was having nothing else to do….and I cannae for the life of me remember what, but one of our crew shouted something funny, as Tims do, and ‘Faither’ looked up the park to maintain his concentration, laughed like fuck, looked back at us and then applauded whatever patter it was. It could’ve been his 37th birthday, a cannae remember.
I now need to put the keyboard down…still nae grubs, except fur Port (about 4 teaspoons left of a litre, HW’s finest, another cider which shall remain nameless (but the bitch is dead) and McEwans Champion Ale. FFS, ye huvtae be a touch mental/strong tae dae this a’ day drinkin’ patter.
Reminds me, ‘charlie’ how’s it gaun? Ye’d be proud. Yisterday, ish, ah gave it big licks of wee Frankie’s “Drunken nights in the city”….the neighbours were so FN enchanted that they couldnae stoap clappin’….wan ae them clapped me oan the heid the next morn as I wiz goin’ for refreshments….izzat no’ jist FN speshill?
Just another great day tae be a Tim.
HH, FC not PLC.
HaHaHa, “I don’t care who you are…..get that Reindeer tae fuck aff ma roof” HaHaha!
Nae fukkin’ wonder ah drink! 🙂
HH (Happy ‘Hristmas)
I would like to make something abundantly clear on here (and everywhere else I visit), and it’s this:
I don’t believe in ANY god, and I feel free, at liberty, to say this. If this hurts anyone’s sensibilities, I regret that, but I will NOT apologise for someone accepting/inviting hurt when they could either ignore my words or enlighten themselves with research and considered thought.
And breathe…….. that’s thirteen straight hours on heavy-duty ‘pop’, before you attempt to castigate me, try considering that I, a seasoned and aged thinker, IS ALWAYS FUCKING RIGHT! 🙂
HH Historically Henlightened
Plenty of “Guid Protestant Brither” comments by Sevconians who claim to know yesterday’s referee over on Marcia Dingbat’s site for candidates for the State Hospital at Carstairs.
My goodness, I’m sure when I ‘went for a wee drink’ it was around the middle ae the month? Whale Oil, Beef Hooked. 🙂 say it fairly quickly and all will be revealesd. Byyyeeeeeeee
There’s something special about this ballad…words are often insufficient to describe what one feels…there’s another version oif this which I can’t find at the moment where the lead singer (or similar in voice) on this is backed by a wee ghirl in perfect harmony.
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It’s the PLCs who’ll drive the ‘worker ants’ into the ground. Only solution is to refuse to create the “ants”. (They’re already outlawing the human rights of workers (begun by Thatcher) all those years ago, but we’re better than this….they THINK that controlling the “star-seeking” clowns is enough. Difficult to argue aagainst that.
Years ago, in desperation, I sought divine assistance/intervention, via ‘his’ maw. I battened down the hatches of my troubled mind, considered in depth, and came out stronger…..I came out KNOWING that, whilst a reasonable crutch for many, i.e. religion, was just a fucking con of the Capitalist world. I’m now in my 16th hour of seriously strong drinking; difficult to pronounce myself sober, so I wont. Difficult to argue against my stated belief, that there is NO sustainable religion/belief, so I wont.
If one derives benefit from belief in something, I would really dislike sowing seeds of negativity.
Ultimately, there’s no guarantee of right or wrong, religion or no religion, it’s all down to personal choice, and I’m in FULL agreement with that. As Dave Allen used to end his shows “and may your god go with you”. Top comment from a top entertainer; it is ALL about personal choice.
Good night, and may your god be with you.
Caption: You dirty cnut! You may be wearing 16, but you’re half the man I am!
This is a great site, the best of all Tim sites. I actually thought I had a point to make, but perhaps I’ve made it with my opening assertion. Bladdered I am again, but conscientious too.
I played fitba’ on the ghorrid shale at the KTA. It’s a real good grounding, but that isnae correct here.
Things will unravel. Prior to Res 12 I’ve correctly called Lawwell out. It’s historically searcheable.
I stated openly around 2012 that PTL was not to be trusted…..very few then trusted me. Lawwell will have/did played on his ‘trusted sites’. Anyway, I’ve openly stated (with fuck-offs gfrom certain people) that Lawwell is a self-contained, self-promoting arsehole. Like Gollum, he’s sold his ‘soul’.
I don’t have one so noyhing to lose.
HH. FC not PLC.
Lawwell? Eh, what it COULD have been, ya fat, greedy, horrible bastard. Let’s call it as it is: you never EARNED what you robbed from our club, you stole it. Do you remember disenfranchising Season-ticket holders to gain a fucking pound or two? When you lied to them about “having to do what the SFA tells me” around about 2002 plus. You’ll mibbaes notice a rising temperature here?
Lawwell, myself and many others have been lenient up till now, but the gloves are off….if you’re not nailed by your own lies and regulators, you’ll only have missed the ‘bullet’ for a short time……I’m delighted to inform you, you scum bastard, you’re fucked……your ‘auld acquaintances’ and yer ‘grannie’s age’ willny/canny save you…..and unlike your disgusting emoluments, you’ve fucking EARNED what’s coming to you.
Caption: that’s it say it once more this time with your arms right up 10 in a row ok.
Interesting that the club has pushed back on the hotel and museum are they going to go with the Barrowfield training complex at the moment, perhaps the numbers didn’t quite stack up with the hotel. Maybe preferring to invest more in the team and have a real go at the Europa. A centre-back and a striker are the preferred options to come in, so is Jozo’s time up, if they do bring in a new striker will Bayo be loaned out along with Kouassi. Other players will be sold to make way for the new players, but who goes along with Sinclair? Interesting times lye ahead.
I am using you as a means of posting. Too many posts going missing. Certainly we need a striker but Rhodes is not the answer. I saw him vs Bristol City and he was poor……no pace, poor touch and nothing in the air. He is an old fashioned poacher who has nothing else to his game. Now that his scoring touch has vitually dried up, he is a squad filler. The lad, Seb Andersson from the German league would be a better acquisition.
Bruno Fabricio or Vise versa needs to be avoided….check the provenance. I doubt this is a serious target.
Rebus, “Vise versa”? I think I get what you mean. But if that clown PTL (our de facto DOF) used his/Celtic’s Visa card, we could mibbaes claim a few quid back from the fukkin’ ‘duds’ he’s bought “cheaply”? Or mibbaes we could question his inflated emoluments and claim a few quid back from here? He’s almost oblivious, almost, but even HE knows that his time’s running out. Tick Tock.
Hope things are good for you; Canada’s a long way frae Knightswood but ah’m confident you’ve handled it well. Gi’e yer wee grandson a special cuddle frae the open and generous hearts of our Club’s world-wide supporter base.
A’ the Best Pal.
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Lawwell opening the biscuit tin and spending big on players. Have you been on the Christmas sherry early? 😉
Seriously, I think the Barrowfield development is quite a small investment is £1-2m compared to the £30-40m we have in the bank.
I hope I’m wrong but can’t see any different than selling before buying despite the stonking surplus.
Well that was fun, one uses me to post and the other criticises my optimism.
I’m sure that I read that the Barrowfield development would be nearer £3-5 million. You canny get much in football for £1-2 mill. Even the ball boys cost more. 😉
So there has to be a reason for the push back on the hotel-museum and the K.T. money has still to figure in next years accounts.
It must be going on a new heated driveway, or bigger bonus’s. NO surely NO, players it is then, as he dreams in his slumber.
Forgive me Mike. If I use the Reply option, I get posted, otherwise it is a lottery. I always read your stuff anyway.
To be honest I have read so much negative stuff on the Board and investment that I switch off when it is mentioned. I know it is important but it seems to infect feelings of pleasure with pessimism.
I posted a version of this a day ago but it vanished. Regrets if two versions appear.
Frankly, we are winning in spite of the coach. He seems determined to prove he is not one dimensional and is showing us his tactical range. No need, I am a.ready converted..he is the-man for the job. The problem? Playing players out of position. Forrest on the left; Christie on the right. Are we trying to make a game of it for the opposition? It will come unstuck and very soon. Christie needs to support Eddy in the middle and Forrest, if selected, needs to be in his natural position. No wonder we over pass the ball in the final third because most are out of their natural position.
NL please rest Brown against Saints. He will be red carded(2 yellows).
Please let me be wrong, but I sense an implosion.
It was the finishing on Saturday that was the problem and led to a nervy end.
If we had took our chances, it would have been another big score rout of the Dons.
saiz dae you ever read back wit ye posted and thinkye need tae get oot the loft
Caption “Shut it or wee Frimpong will sort you out”
I took a phone call an hour or so ago and was thinking it was Sunday. (I’ve been bladdered for days again) I was soon rudely awakened to the FACT it was actually Monday. If there’s any point here, in my addled brain I think there is, and it’s this: I often ‘sign off’ with “FC not PLC”, a sentiment with which every fibre of my being agrees, but I merely copied it. I often said years ago, “this is not mine” although knowing the depth of which I concurred. So AGAIN I’ll say FC not PLC and thank the guy whom coined it many years ago and it wasn’t on here. Sentinel Celts and the Celtic Star had yet to be born, I think…..Celtic Fanzone maybe? Truth is I don’t remember, but the point is valid and IMHO has to be stated; it wiznae me, it was some intelligent person whom concisely stated FC not PLC, with which I completely concur.
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Caption: one more word outta you big man and I’ll headbutt yer nuts
Must win against the Orcs on Sunday. Our best fit 11: Forster
Narrow win for the bhoys but it would be great to play the best we can play. No one can stop us when we rampage!
Maybe rest a few at St. Mirren so:
Christie/McGregor/Forrest/Johnston/Edouard can rise to the Orc occasion but might need some rest.No players out of position please Lenny. Peace and good cheer to all on this website, to you and yours, in 2020 and beyond.
I wax hot and cold against picking N’tcham, sometimes he really delivers, the goal against Hearts was absolute class given how he had to receive the ball. Sunday might be good for him slowing them down, not us. Disappointed in Ajer’s reaction, Celtic players should be better than that, just like the Sevconian playing dead after Porteous’s tackle then played the whole game, FFS I had a mass card written. Lenny is doing the business but please someone persuade Eddy to shoot and not try to walk the ball in.
Not often enough though, doesn’t tackle hard enough, mostly posted missing, but his passing ability is sometimes brilliant. But my biggest beef is when he plays, Christie moves outside right, James goes to outside left and Mikey is dropped till later. So his inclusion leaves out players out of their natural position.
Please, let me be clear here…..my general feeling is of open-ness, inclusion…..help for those less well-off than ourselves, completely non-racist…my donations of cash, toiletries, et cetera to help those unfortunates are consistent. BUT, see when the Jews play the victim card again, and again probably not even Jews, just a Cummings, a Bannon or any otheer fucking outrageous cheat, I’ll put my foot down.
Ben Netanyahu is a Yid, the lowest form of humanity that Adolph saw through and attempted to remove. In this instance, I believe Adolph was right; to remove the scum of Netanyahu and his ilk is praise-worthy.
It’s all a wee bit circular; if/when you join a circular discussion you’re stuch in that point. WHATEVER. The Yids are a negative force on most of humanity, good tailors, bad people. I’ll re-address my points; I’m NOT in any way racist but I’ll aver that I neither trust nor like Yids. That’s not small-minded, blind hatred/dislike, it’s an awareness of obnoxious beings, and MORE.
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Have a great Christmas to all on E-Tims, all the very best to you and to yours, I hope that you get everything that you want. Merry Christmas.
Let me add my best wishes to everyone at this time. Treasure your loved ones and make memories.
Happy Christmas and my thought is KILMARNOCK, feel they could have taken Motherwell but we don’t need any help, not with our squad.
Neil surfaced at first at Celtic FC to manage thy side and played Callum in the wrong pertaining throated position.
ll hold his own.Its no you playing Lenny, it
Dancinin the Green & White City.
2 afraid for New year.
sevco increments in HD FC.
ll score an OG in-off the post on his way down and Allanll stick the boot in while he
They to stay away?Theyre back to mingle.
All`ll for forgetting after a fortnight.
13 team SPFL League!
Those that need a wee bye.