As much as I would like to hire a dignitary to officially declare our site open perhaps a more low-key preface would be more in keeping with the demeanour of your humble correspondent. The following was made in a comment by one of our site’s more generous benefactors. Richard wrote:
“Hopefully enough will step forward so you can continue and prosper in 2018. I particularly liked your keeping of original site open and free. Firstly of course many are not in a position to contribute even modest amounts and they are not
abandoned. Secondly, assuming the worst and your second site is not a success (fiscally) all your work doesnt disappear into the void – as doubtless some few would wish – and at the same time provides advertising and publicity for your second site for those who view the original site At any rate for me your solution – a year’s subscription – is ideal.
Assuming the wheels come off for King & co & Rangers lite goes into admin or more likely liquidation what do you anticipate will then be the focus of jj2-Scottish fb generally or other topics? For myself supporting Celtic naturally these are good times.Still think the league is better if it’s competitive although for tv contract reasons a two team race is more marketable.I plump for competitive since over here we get only a few games.”
It’s traditional at this time of year to wish everyone good health and prosperity. As I typically take a different tack I am going to wish my esteemed readers something more precious: peace of mind.
No-one pursues a career in blogging to be prosperous. I would rather be rich in friends. As was clearly demonstrated when I met Left Side Red on Saturday my readers are rooting for me. They know the obstacles that I face when presenting fearless prose. The death squads who would assassinate me as one would put down a chronically ill animal, continue to dog me. I also have some other concerns that never leave my thoughts.
I don’t have peace of mind. However I’m not one to feel sorry for myself. I know the part I played in creating this rod for my back. I salute Phil Macgiollabhain for having the courage to come out and talk openly about depression. Neil Lennon also spoke of his mental health issues. Bullets and parcel bombs do not engender an easy disposition. What I most wish for my readers is not to fall into despair.
This site will always be open to the disadvantaged and the unwaged. It will never be diluted. It will continue to be uncompromising. It will continue to be my first priority as we move onward and upward to 17.5m hits and beyond. This award-winning site is my pride and joy. It will always be free at source.
This site is read by the judiciary and the Faculty of Advocates. It’s the talk of chambers. When I exclusively revealed details of the Craig Whyte witch hunt, the talk was of contempt of court proceedings. I defied reporting proceedings.
This site is read by members of The Speculative Society and the Freemasons who striate Scottish society to their own self-serving ends while masquerading as a parochial concern.
The Sitonfence Speakeasy is read by the SMSM and BBC Sevco. Have a look at some of Tom English’s recent pieces and note their origin on this site. They wake up to the same blank screen as I do but I’m better informed and agenda-free. I don’t have to pander to any supporters demographic. This gives me an edge.
The struggle in 2017 was to keep this site open. When I made appeals for more donations I was dismissed by my detractors as a ‘bheggar.’ I offer a service. If this service informs and entertains, if it provides exclusives, then please consider donating.
I cover every issue and more often than not you will read it here first. If I were a Superhero and not a mere blogger I would literally champion the oppressed. However as one who believes that the pen is mightier than the sword I revert to keystrokes. I have never had a tattoo but if I ever decided to go down this route I would choose the Palestinian flag. However as this might offend one of my my best friends, Max in Tel Aviv, I continue to demur.
I often go against the grain. I supported Ched Evans when it was unpopular to do so. Those who derided me for backing a convicted rapist – Matt Leslie was the first on this bandwagon – have never apogolized. This innocent man was sent down to further the careers of ambitious Welsh police officers. It was an outrage. As was the hysterical reaction of heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Jamie and Neil Acourt and their lieutenant Luke Knight, who all plunged knives into Stephen Lawrence, have never been convicted of murder. I will continue to remind everyone of this incontrovertible fact for as long as these vicious racist bastards remain at large.
When it comes to murderers who remain at large this site will continue to hold the most the most odious mass murderer since Pol Pot, Tony Blair, to account. Given half a chance I would fell him with a single head-butt or induce irreparable damage to his frontal lobes with an upward punch to his nose. Suffice to say I have sufficient training in martial arts to make this blow count. People like Blair are immune to the pen. This lily livered pansy deserves the sword.
JJ II will also have a cutting edge. Its primary focus will be the law and injustice. As I have proven I will defy reporting restrictions to deliver real insights to my readers. This site will also host exclusives such as The Whyte Prologue. I make no apologies for stealing his thunder. JJ II will be exclusively subscription based. The minimum monthly fee will be £5. The maximum for Bitcoin millionaires and other well-heeled readers, will be at their discretion. One hopes that the fees raised will make up the shortfall in The Best New Football Blog – The Fans’ Choice – at the FBA Awards 2016.
There will also be a third site: JJ III. This will deal with issues such as the murder/manslaughter of Madeleine McCann. It will look at issues like Kincora and Dunblane with a fresh forensic eye. No stone will remain unturned. If it’s technically feasible I will offer each piece at 20 pence. I may drop this to 10p if it’s too much of a burden to the unwaged and disadvantaged. This is not a hobby. JJ I, II and III are full-time endeavours.
The first part of Richard’s second point, JJ II, has already been covered. If what we witnessed in the second half on Saturday is indicative of a Lite renascence then his desire for a competitive threat from a Govan based team might well become a reality. People are too keen to proffer excuses for Celtic. Apparently these young men in the prime of their athletic lives, with all the advantages of dietectics and sports science at their disposal, are tired. My heart bleeds. Try putting in a full shift in the yard before an evening kick-off for one of the lesser lights in the game.
As Scotland’s richest club Celtic have a wealth of talent in their squad. This squad can be rotated. I do not accept that this team are jaded. I posit that this team have become predictable and are susceptible to a high-pressing opposition. The defenders stroke it around laterally awaiting a forward pass to Scott Brown. He then looks to a more attack-minded midfielder to carry the ball to an advanced position. This player invariably passes it to the flanks. Tierney and Sinclair work well in tandem, Forrest/Roberts/Hayes with Lustig are less of a threat. Teams have learned to double up on Tierney/Sinclair, to close Brown down and to man-mark Celtic’s sole striker.
Rodgers does not seem to have a Plan B. He does not play a diamond formation in midfield. He does not have a settled midfield. Those in advanced midfield positions are not posing a threat.
To my mind Rodgers is guilty of showing too much loyalty to Dembele. I understand his rationale. Should he put him on the bench too often his agent will agitate for a move. But by denying Griffiths a starting berth he is denying Celtic of their most gifted striker. If McGregor, Rogic, Armstrong and Bitton continue to underperform, he can call on Ntcham who carries an attacking threat. Edouard must be given more game time. If he came on for a tiring Griffiths Celtic would continue to be a threat for the entire ninety minutes. Anthony Ralston is expected back from his knee injury on the 8th of January. With some warm weather training in Dubai he should be ready for the visit to Firhill on the 23rd of this month. Lustig is a liability. Compper’s debut cannot come soon enough.
I digress. With no income until the home game against Aberdeen on the 24th of this month, one can understand why Lite are soliciting invoice financing. They are running on fumes. There is a clear and present danger that the bastard progeny of Rangers will go under. If King continues as chairman this ship is going down. Should they do the right thing and keep King at arm’s length, their solvency will be predicated on a successful equity release. Club 1872, the patron saints of lost causes, will pony up.
As this shares issue will not be underwritten by anyone on the incumbent board there is a risk that they won’t raise the required quantum to continue.
My sources are beating the ground. If their demise is imminent you will hear it here first.