Celtic Diary Wednesday October 17
Poor old Craig Levein, stuck working with this bunch of players. Thats his excuse for rooting Scotland at the bottom of the World cup qualifying group after Belguim surprisingly took 69 minutes to open the scoring last night, before ending it two minutes later. Gordon Smith, the former whatever he used to be, says he wouldn’t be surprised to see him go.
Insightful stuff, Gordy. The Scotland boss says he wants to stay on, but surely his time has come and gone.
The SFA are notoriously conservative, but the time is right for change after a campaign that lasted just five and a half weeks.
Back on the home front, it looks like the cheeriest Celt will be Mikael Lustig. he scored as Germany surrendered a four goal lead to Sweden, and with his star rising, he may well have dispelled any initial doubts about his ability. Mind you, he’ll have competition from Emilio Izzaguerre , who helped Honduras reach the final qualifying rounds as they thrashed Canada 8-1.
Other than that, its just fingers crossed that no-one sustained any lasting injuries.
Gary Hooper , on the official site has targeted himself six goals in one game, and says Celtic fans haven’t seen the best of him yet. as opposed to everywhere else that says he’s on his way. The Express says that victor Wanyama has been offered a new deal, though his agent says it “would be a little premature” to say they are close to an agreement. But then, he would. Especially as Manchester Utd are supposedly looking at him as a replacement for Paul Scholes.
Still, its good to see Celtic have players who are actually wanted, whereas Charlse Green may be about to find out he has a club nobody wants.
Richard Wilson, a journalist with no ties or favouritism to the phoenix club who are allowing supporters to register their interest in buying shares, claims the issue is “on target2 to raise £20m. Think he ought to check just exactly who is pledging this money, though. Phil MacGhiollabhan in his blog reckons that Craig Whyte is about to re-enter the scene, and Phil is right more often than not, so the pantomime might be up and running again in time for Christmas.
Actually, back in february, Whyte did say that he hadn’t finished with rangers yet…, and promised he’d be back. God bless him.
So, although the fans over there are to be given a chance to buy into the club, is Green trustworthy? Googling Panceltica will give you a clue , as it seems the Yorkshire businessman used the AIM to raise money before to build prefabricated houses, but it soon went under….
Perhaps he is just unlucky.
Sandy Jardine, always popular among Celtic fans , has played 38 times for Scotland, and twice for the Scottish League. No-one cared enough to get it right, although forty was close enough. So, he didn’t earn his place in the hall of fame, and hasn’t given it up either. Today, think about this. We have the Lisbon Lions stand, we have the Jock Stein stand, but the first pavilion at Celtic Park was named after who? And what was wrong with it?