Celtic Diary Thursday December 29: Getting The 55

Celtic’s win over an enthusiastic Ross county last night puts the hoops on 55 points, which with one game to go before the break is a fantastic achievement.

If only there was some sort of hashtag or display we could think of to show the players on Saturday how much we appreciate it.

Image result for going for 55 display

Bugger. Its already been done.

Goals from Erik Svaitchenko, who seemed rather pleased with his daisy cutter, as the sunday Post would have described it,

Erik Sviatchenko Retweeted Read Celtic

and the ever improving Stuart Armstrong overcame a stuffy and physical highland side , and whilst it could have been more, we’d all have settled for the points before the game.

Second placed “rangers ” earned a plucky point with a draw at St. Johnstone, and with results from Tuesday taken into account, the Premier table now looks like this..

TEAM P W D L F A W D L F A GD PTS
1 Celtic 19 9 0 0 26 4 9 1 0 26 9 39 55
2 Rangers 20 7 3 0 15 4 4 3 3 12 15 8 39
3 Aberdeen 19 5 3 1 16 6 5 1 4 18 13 15 34
4 Hearts 20 6 3 1 23 7 2 4 4 15 18 13 31
5 St Johnstone 19 3 3 4 13 14 4 4 1 12 7 4 28
6 Up Partick Thistle 20 2 3 5 12 16 3 3 4 12 13 -5 21
7 Up Motherwell 19 3 2 5 16 18 2 3 4 8 14 -8 20
8 Down Ross County 20 2 4 4 11 18 2 4 4 9 16 -14 20
9 Down Dundee 20 3 3 4 11 13 2 1 7 7 15 -10 19
10 Down Kilmarnock 20 2 4 4 9 12 2 3 5 7 23 -19 19
11 Hamilton Accies 20 2 4 4 10 14 0 6 4 10 16 -10 16
12 Inverness CT 20 2 4 4 16 18 1 3 6 8 19 -13 16

Updated 28/12/2016 at 21:44

 Celtics next game is at Ibrox against “rangers “, and a win in that game would mean the hoops are a slender nineteen points and a game in hand in front of their newest rivals.
We’ll just have to hope for the best in the second half of the season, I suppose.
There was consolation for the newest club in the League however, when the Evening times led with this story;

Rangers have bragging rights over Old Firm rivals Celtic

on League Cup trophy wins.

Which should cheer a few of them up as the Ibrox fanzine tries to make them and itself feel a little better about how the world is rotating, but the paper, as ever, is way off the mark.

Lets compare and contrast the relative histories of the two clubs ahead of Saturdays game;

As you can see, the “rangers ” haven’t actually won any of the major trophies in Scotland, a fact which the Times seems to have overlooked. And no doubt they will be joined by the other mainstream outlets as the build up to the clash between first and second at the weekend.

Though even they must secretly be dreading it.

There are a number of things to watch out for ahead of the game.

With the transfer window about to throw itself open, we can expect at least one story on Saturday where sources claim a key player is unsettled. Leigh Griffiths is the most likely, followed closely by Moussa Dembele, as they are the two that are most feared by the Ibrox defence, though I wouldn’t rule out Swansea making a big money offer for their old boss, probably around Friday teatime, after the hacks have had a few drinks and put their heads together.

Or will the story be that the game is cancelled ?

With anyone who knows anything about football, which rules out the Scottish sports media, expecting a rout at Ibrox, then perhaps the issue of safety will come to the fore…maybe the ground has suffered damage from the elements which mean that the game has to be called off…thus meaning that the Ibrox support, whose cash is badly needed to sustain the club during the break, won’t be too downhearted and will remain interested until the league and cup start at the end of the month.

But as the club need the cash badly, then its unlikely the game will be cancelled. Abandoned, maybe, at 2-0 to Celtic, but not cancelled.

Then they can charge us another £50 for the replay, citing operating costs as the reason…

More likely than any of these scenarios, Celtic will face an understrength “rangers ” who will announce they want to go one better than last year and win the Scottish Cup, as its their only chance of winning anything this year unless the unlikely happens and they get an away game against decent opposition.

Yeah, I know. That’s not going to happen.

But the injuries are piling up. Lee Wallace has a hamstring injury, and manager Mark Warburton indicated that he won;t play him if its too much of a risk…

‘I wouldn’t risk him. I wouldn’t risk anyone. The health and welfare of the players is always paramount. Someone asked me if I could risk him because we have a three-week break after Saturday, but absolutely not.

‘Clint Hill also come off but that was an impact injury, more of a dead leg type. He is a quick healer, so touch wood we can get him ready.

 

As you can see, the excuses are piling up as quickly as the injuries, and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers must be able to smell the fear. He was as ruthless as his players when he indulged in a spot of mind games, quite an achievement when you consider those hailing from south of the river are particularly difficult to engage in mind games due to having a bloody great big space where their minds should be.

He told the media after last nights game;

 “There is huge pressure on them to get the result at home.

“For us, we have played in big games under pressure and dealt well with it. 

“It finishes off a remarkable first half of the season for us and we aim to go there and win.

“We have had a fantastic start to the season and, irrespective of the result, we will be happy with our work.

“But we are greedy. We want to win every game.” 

 “The players amaze me in their mentality and are very much worthy of being 16 points clear at the top. It was an excellent result.” 

“Am I worried about “rangers ” ? Are you fucking serious ? I could pick eleven of you to play them and you’d still beat them. alright, maybe not that fat bloke at the back who used to be in Thomas the Tank engine, but honestly, that team are shite. If we don’t get double figures I’ll show my arse in Woolworths window. “

Alright, I made the last bit up. Even Brendan knows that both the original Ibrox club and the high street favourite no longer exist.

The BBC aren’t so sure, though, as the similarities between Darlington, now defunct, and Rangers , now defunct, seem to have eluded their reporters,

In greater detail…

as they insist that the Rangers we face on Saturday are the same as this one, which er, also went into dissolution..

Case update:

RFC 2012 PLC (FORMERLY THE RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB PLC) – IN LIQUIDATION

16 December 2016

 

RFC 2012 PLC (formerly The Rangers Football Club PLC) was placed into Liquidation on 31 October 2012.  Malcolm Cohen and James Stephen of BDO LLP were appointed Joint Liquidators.

The Joint Liquidators’ statutory reports to all known creditors will be published on this site within six weeks of each six-month anniversary of the date of Liquidation.

The documents are to be used for information purposes only.  They must not be reproduced, quoted or distributed without the prior permission of the Joint Liquidators.

– See more at: https://www.bdo.co.uk/en-gb/rfc-2012-plc#sthash.Qoc8Uw0P.dpuf  

As I’ve said before, they can call themselves what they want, and they can believe whatever they want to believe. Its their money.

The problem, of course, is that the establishment are desoerate for them to survive, in whatever form, and will do all they can to bloody Celtic’s nose, as a full knockout is beyond them at this stage.

Thats why Steven MacLean will referee the game at Ibrox, and thats why he will be their best player on the day.

Here he is shaking hands..

If only he had paid as much attention to peopes hands as we are…

Image result for josh meekings handball

McLean is a regular at Ibrox on his days off, indeed his brother used to play for them. It may be that the club should officially announce that they are , perhaps , “puzzled as to why a known supporter is officiating one of his teams matches, and hope that it doesn’t affect his decsion making “.

That way, the spotlight will be on him as the game is shown worldwide. There will be plenty of evidence to help decide which were honest mistakes and which were cheating.

He’s refereed two games involving “rangers ” this season, the opener against Motherwell, a 2-0 win, nad the win over Aberdeen earlier this month, where nine players were booked and two sent off.

He won’t surpass that total of eleven cards on Saturday, unless he books all the substitutes as well.

The only game featuring Celtic he’s refereed this season was a 1-0 win at Pittodrie, so maybe its Aberdeen he hates.

 

Transfer speculation now, and Get Reading reports that Celtic are keen on Irishman Liam Kelly, as, inded are “rangers “, but its very unlikely someone with a name like that would end up at Ibrox;

Reports circulated on Tuesday that several English clubs – including some in the Premier League – are keeping tabs on the 21-year-old and that Reading ‘face a battle’ to keep hold of him.

Rangers and Celtic are also believed to be interested in the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.

But getreading understands talks with Kelly’s representatives about a new contract are progressing smoothly and the club are calm about the situation.

They believe a new deal will be agreed imminently which will see the talented youngster extend his stay in Berkshire. 

Throughout the season the Diary has mentioned a few trips to watch Benfica, and it appears someone has finally found out who the scouts have had their eye on..

 Brendan Rodgers is looking to recruit Benfica’s Colombian international Guillermo Celis in the January transfer window. The defensive midfielder only moved to the Portuguese giants this past summer but has struggled for significant playing time thus far. Celtic face competition from Dynamo Kiev and Club Brugge for the 23-year-old’s signature. (The Sun)

Elsewhere, and a considerate old lady has set an example by not mixing with the crowds when she’s not very well, thus spreading her filthy germs all over the place..

 

And if only other members of the public had a fucking great big helicopter on cal as well, no doubt.  Thats a real letter  bythe way, which appeared in the Express.

Something else that has appeared in the paper caught my eye…

Rangers in crisis: SFA dossier reveals how David Murray was aware of Craig Whyte’s record

DAVID Murray sacrificed Rangers to save his business empire after bankers held a £700million gun to his head, it was revealed yesterday.

murray-finally-in-the-news

 

Craig Whyte pleading not guilty to fraud isn;t going down too well with the establishment, and note the tone of the headline-the bankers held a gun to his head, thus implying they were the bad guys, and he had no choice.

Keep an eye on this story, its possibly the beginning of the re emergence of Murray that could lead to him back at Ibrox in charge of Third Rangers .

It certainly seems to be the start of his image rebuilding…

 

Yesterdays Diary, which appeared a little later than usual, asked you to tell us what these legends were saying…

Somewhat aptly,

jimmybee December 28, 2016 at 3:51 pm · Edit · Reply →

Caption: We might get a decision going our way the day Danny,with these fuckin shitty colours on.  

Today, we go behind the scenes at BBC sportsound, and we try to work out what these pair are up to…

 

 

 

 

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The real anton rogan
3 years ago

BBC ‘experts’ keep a close eye on McLeans performance

mike
3 years ago

Well said Ralphy, The thing is we ken all the tricks,the articles about players being unsettled,the threats the intimidation,the bent officials,they are DESPERATE.
Discipline will be key on Saturday,with the sly digs,tugs,trips,we heard all about it last night at Perth,but the compliance officials at the SFA being on holiday means that they will not be reviewed until the new year.How good is that?
Fuck them we will still beat them and beat them well.
Stay strong Celtic,yoo are da BHOYS.

mike
3 years ago

Caption,watching the mankies,is so,so engrossing.

Mike Annis
3 years ago

Bugger, beaten again!! Google Fenian basterts will you?

mike
3 years ago

P.S. You will never see Minty back at the deed club,his off the wealth circumstances was financed by The Bank of Masterton he will never be in a position now to throw other peoples money into the mankies.
So,he isny daft and he is aware that the true wealth lyes with the Championies.He disny have enough wealth to give it away to the peeple.

Una
3 years ago

Sportssound bumdits use scientific calculator to work out how you can win 54 titles in 4 years

Paul McGovern
3 years ago
Reply to  Una

Got to go close with that one, Una.

3 years ago

Caption: gonnae Google liquidation again, Nah that cannae be right, that’s no what I’ve got in the script.

ewanbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

lol….r u trying to win 2 in a row ? 🙂

3 years ago

So a winter break is coming up, this Sunday for a month nearly,and the only compliance officer in the country is on holiday, before it breaks up.You couldnae make it up.
What a fuckin joke of a so called governing body.

john young
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

We are in grave danger of kidding ourselves that we are a good team,inmo we are about 5 players short,defensively we are not sound last night again we could have lost a couple of goals,as a defensive centre back I don,t rate Jozo at all,he doesn,t command his area he at times switches off,O,Connel was a better defender than him inmo,I don,t know how long it takes for people to come to terms that Forest is average,Henderson is Hibs grade,Armstrong is a good SPL player no more no less,Christie has potential but like most from Scotland lacks strength/first touch but could be a good player,we badly need cover on the left.

Broxburnbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  john young

Happy New Year John

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  john young

John Young,
Is it cold in our shadow?

Stupid, stupid fucking huns.

Iantm
3 years ago
Reply to  john young

Oh Dear, Oh Dear John, I feel your pain… I don’t actually, it was a stitch in my side from laughing too much at what you wrote. 😉

How pthetic can it get before Pr*cks like you chuck it?

Let’s have a revue:

Celtic?

LOADSA PLAYERS SCORING…

PretendyGers?

A Fecking PRETENCE of a discussion about which player who scored THREE goals did best… I think Millar He feckin dazzled me… He brought new meaning to Orange B*stard, just by turning up… 😉

Celtic Will probably lose a domestic game, giving the best efforts of Hun Refs it just needs an excuse… Gollum you wee FUCKER, you try to rely on Religion as a way of life yet THAT knuckle crush tells all, when I worked in Industry it was called a Tame Pape.. A WEE Gobshite Clipe willing to grass his mates… That is YOU.

The rest of the SFA? THEY know where the come from and will do their best… I blame that C*nt Lawwell for allowing it. Feel free to bin this, but it is HONEST opinion.

john young
3 years ago
Reply to  Iantm

Iantim try watching the game try to understand the game ffs,we are far away fom being a proper team,if you have average players and I have named them then it follows you will have an average team yo ae le the hundos fcuking deluding yourself.

portpower
3 years ago
Reply to  john young

There`s no need to look at the ball.

But FFS first minute of the game if you get a chance, someone bump the keeper on his arse please.

portpower
3 years ago
Reply to  portpower

Nut the cvnt if he`s of Octopus Investments.

They`re selling ashtrays,want just the one?

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago

Doesnt matter even if Kris Void refs game on Sat,should be comfortable win amidst all the bile from their crowd! HH

Caption: Two assholes

mike
3 years ago

But, but what am a gonny do for a month,anybody up fur walking fitba.?
Or in Pensionerbhoys case walking stick fitba.watch oot fur his sticks tho,he can be lethal wi them.

Iantm
3 years ago
Reply to  mike

🙂 That’s me.

I am now on sticks, I got blootered by a big Dodge in The USA… Walking Football, that’s ambitious but I bet PensionerBhoy beats you all… Young Pups. 😉

mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Iantm

Pish, beware of auld yins taking the Mick,up for the fight but getting there digs in,yoo have to watch them very carefully,sound in mind and sound in body.
My walking speed 3 miles per hour,gasping for breath.
I!ve got my eye on you,i will be watching out for you bhoy.
Send your passport for proof of age.

H.H.

portpower
3 years ago
Reply to  Iantm

Iantm got his arse tattooied so I heard.

3 cherries`s the winning rumour?

Broxburnbhoy
3 years ago

I think BR shifting the story to pressure on sevco to win at home is brilliant. It’s actually right and the plucky newcomers will struggle against the better side with all the momentum. Reality will come crashing down on their deluded world. During the break would be a good time for the SFA to look at how some clubs like sevco and Kilmarnock are using borrowed money with little chance of ever being able to pay it back. An issue for EUFA licenses I think. I’m predicting a 3-1 wn for the Bhoys and I’m unsure who will score their penalty. I also predict we will finish the match with 10 men and still win.

SteveNaive
3 years ago

Thought Christie did okay last night and Izzy steadied after being caught behind a few times early on. Brown was superb again and would have reacted to the continual fouls on him in the old days. As it was his main fouler was booked. G.B great as always

class of 88
3 years ago

Has Rylan got a job at the BBC or is Michael Stewart on celeb big brother this year?

Monti
3 years ago

Funkyy,

Mon then? 🙂

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

monti thank fuck yoov cheared up i thought ye were startin ter bad week yesterday ha ha

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Charlie,
Last night i was actually taking the piss m8, was fun tho 🙂

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

monti good yin mate ye had us awe gon ha ha

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Lol

henkesdreadlocks
3 years ago

Caption….

Haw Steven, I see that loony john young’s just posted more shite on E-Tims.

Morto
3 years ago

Caption:
Dundee v Caley, away win…
You still doing the coupon? I’m betting online, less chance of getting caught.

charlie
3 years ago

caption thomson is doodling cocks as usual meanwhile stewart phones the samaratins

mike
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Thats cos he!s a Cock a Doodle Doo.
He!s as daft as a coo,
His colours are bloo.

charlie
3 years ago

st johnstone should have had 2 penalties last night its on the bbc highlights programme the shithoose garner should have been aff

Devoy45
3 years ago

Una’s caption is Numero Uno! I won’t even try.
Sevco on Saturday?
I would try get both Dembele and Griff in there, offering different things.On a ‘level’ playing field, they can’t match us. Also, the MIBs can’t be too obvious but our discipline must be perfect. I think Griff, Sinclair and Dembele will rise to the occasion. Brendan may also have a wee surprise or two tactically. Sevco haven’t lost yet this year at Snake Mountain but they have dropped points there.
2-0 to the Bhoys.
C’mon the Tic/COYBIG/Hail Hail

Cartvale88
3 years ago

Watched the tribute act last night, the clear cheating by Crawford Allan was a joke, still they could not win, a miserable shower of wanders.
I am sure that McLean and team will allow them a lot of leeway, even a soft penalty, but they are mingling.

Caption
Stewart tweeted ‘ does this dick only wear blue?’

wulz
3 years ago

Brotherly love from the officials @ the Sevco game last nite, just like in their previous games. A boxer fighting in Italy can only ever win if he knocks his Italian opponent out, that’s what we’ll need to do on Saturday.
HH

George Lazenbhoy
3 years ago

Caption ‘how do you spell controversial decisions’

mike
3 years ago

Och,Eh Hud Meh Ehe oan a Peh.

She huza nerse like m!auld ermchair,

Itza naffy cerry oan gettin cheenge furra cerryoot.

desdamoaner
3 years ago

Fecking stuck here with a poor man’s Sutton, wonder whats on BT Sport.

badgerbhoy
3 years ago

Caption: Aw man, I’ve got that Saltcoats lot on Hundr

Monti
3 years ago

Not sure why i feel like this, but i think Celtic are going to cruise this on Saturday!

Huns really are stupid!

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago

Monti,they have scored 15 goals in 20 matches at Greyskull.No wonder you feel like a cruise.If Celtic play even 80%,we’ll win.We’re just a much better team.The SMSM can’t spin their way out of this fact.HH

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob,
We need to go there and make a big statement, i think it’s squeaky bum time for the Hun.

Monti
3 years ago

Caption: MS to ST ” Tommo i make it 273 unpaid creditors.

ST to MS ” Naw it’s definitely 274 mate “

Gerry
3 years ago

Quite surprised by some of the above chat, I quite like Michael Stewart as a pundit. He can string a sentence together and seems quite fair and balanced with most of what he says. If we can find a presenter and one or two others like him for the analysis we might actually have a show worth watching in Scottish fitba’!

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Gerry

Gerry,
Likewise!
Micheal Stewart is refreshing to listen to, like me he always talks sense!

HH

charlie
3 years ago
charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

the loonies have took over the asylum

3 years ago

Had a great night at Paradise last night. Stayed late to get the grandson autographs and pictures taken with some of his heroes. I must say they were all a credit to our club,and took time and chatted to so many of the youngsters outside.
Also had a great wee chat with Tom Boyd,an absolute legend.
HH

3 years ago

Monti as long as the bhoys keep it simple and play to our strengths then victory will be ours.
I would tell them to keep the Heid,coz those fuckers will be booting everyone in sight. Don’t be silly stand tall,and smile.
Victory will be ours I am sure of this. Just a little uneasy at the back recently,with lack of concentration we need to get it sorted.
But we will be too powerful going forward and I expect us to win 7-1 Dembele would start for me,with griff coming on later.
Gordon,
Lustig Eric Jozo Izzy
Armstrong Brown
Forrest McGregor Sinclair.
Dembele
Subs Goalie Gamboa Toure Roberts Griff Christie Bitton
3 for Dembele Sinclair Armstrong Griff Forrest on the score sheet.
COYBIG

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmybee,
The hun is in full panic mode, they know they are getting fucked on Saturday, i watched their fans reaction to Mclean scoring the equaliser last night and there was hardly a moan.
They know they are shite.

Gordon

Lustig
Sviatchenko
Simunovic
Izaguirre

Forrest
Brown
Bitton
Sinclair

Armstrong

Dembele

Close to going for Griffiths to start but opted for Moussa…..he likes to score against them!

3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Bitton before McGregor M8?

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

I know what you mean m8 but Bitton is well capable of holding his own in these games.
My thinking is that Bitton would more likely to hold his deep lying CM role, allowing Armstring to go roving.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Armstrong

portpower
3 years ago

He`s a killing us,

Camel up,

have fun, the cain`s parked.

au pair graphite Mr. Lawwell.

He better bring on they Belly Dancers?
(centre forward if/if)

portpower
3 years ago

Auction Young Christie?

Effin` slavery, Citeh.

portpower
3 years ago

Celts by 14 or so and The Ton to do the same against The Buddies.

Hard hat free`s for me… Enjoy

portpower
3 years ago

sevco are to cark their behind FC.

MSM wobblie

Jez
3 years ago

Caption :-

‘The sportscene team prepares for the forth coming programme as Stuart reads out Big Jim Traynors txted instructions while Thompson takes notes!’

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