Celtic Diary Sunday February 5: A Fundamental Fault With Society

Just to make things a little easier, we’ll sort of divide todays piece down the middle. Unless I start rambling and we go off on all sorts of tangents, which lets be honest, wouldn’t be all that unusual.

We’ll start with Friday’s sleep out at the Bet 365 stadium, home of Stoke City, and then we’ll move on to todays game and matters concerning that.

Actually, today Celtic play St. Johnstone. Its on the telly.

Lets move now to part two.

The sleep out. I’m making no apologies for making this the main theme.

 

 

 

 

Leaving work on Friday the enthusiasm for a night out with what the radio was calling Storm Doris, which sounds more like a character from a Dickens novel, was beginning to wane, not least when a works colleague and fellow Lennon CSc man-lets call him Billy, because he hates that-pointed out that in the rules of the sleep out alcohol was “not allowed inside the stadium” which presented difficulties for him in is bid to “get into character “. A shocking stereotype, but then, as you’ll see thats kind of the point.

We were trying to deal with the subject with our usual childish humour.

To cheer us up, on the way back from Widnes, a northern town near  1920 if you fancy looking for it, we rang the Radio 2 drivetime show, hosted by a chap with the unlikely name of Simon Mayo, to get a song on and get a shout out for the event.

Image result for simon mayo

We were fortunate to be able to tune in as my clock only goes up to twelve, and even more fortunate to get through to the show, where we explained to a lass who sounded very young, very blonde and very squeaky who told us we would probably get a call back.

After much discussion we agreed You’ll Never Walk alone ” would be the appropriate choice, ignoring Bill’s suggestion of YMCA by the village People-he was already “getting into character ” -admittedly more through fear than anything else.

We never got a call back, and it was only later we worked out why. You see, someone obviously upset him in the past, and he now wants no further part of anything connected with Celtic.

Image result for simon mayo

 

We can only wonder what was said to the man who makes blandness an art form. ( and at Radio Two thats an incredible achievement )

Anyway , he didn’t ring back and so therefore is a knob and will take some catching for this weeks award.

 

Undeterred, I went home to “get into character “, which involved several layers of clothes and a collie dog before we headed over to the stadium.

One of my sons had given me two sleeping bags to go with two thermal type mattress thingies to sleep in, half of which were plundered by fellow members which added to the sense of being in character as one of the real worries of sleeping on the streets must be what happens when you finally get some sleep and someone else helping themselves to whatever little you may have.

Thats where the collie dog comes in useful. And the steelie boots.

The layers of clothes weren’t overly practical either. At one point I got my feet tangled in my sleeping bag and fell forward, unable to move my arms quickly enough to break my fall, but luckily enough my forehead got there in time.

Anyhoo, we managed to get ourselves together and settled in for the night… and we needed to

We were settled in the concourse, cleverly using the still warm wall under a food bar to lean against, at least until it cooled down. Strictly speaking of course, its not outdoors, which ruined all of our earlier attempts to get into character, but believe me it was still bloody cold. Had we actually been out on the pitch or the car park, then the paramedic chap on duty would not have been moaning about having had nothing to do when he came over to us at around  six in the morning.

We did have a suggestion for him, because one of our lads, lets call him Bill,  had fallen asleep the other evening after a curry, which he described in a text to his girlfriend  “I think my ears are bleeding ” before falling asleep .

We’ve all described a curry as “making our ears bleed ” at one time or other, so imagine his surprise when his girlfriend , after having found and contacted me via social media, was speeding towards his house-and they live in different towns- with Cheshire Emergency services on standby and the Air Ambulance pilot grumpily getting his jacket on.

Anyway, as yer man slept on, I asked the paramedic if he minded waking him up, and in a soft and concerned voice, telling him not to worry too much, but his ears were bleeding.

He refused, probably correctly, citing that “you should never wake a man when he’s asleep, leaving me to ask-and I’m still a bit bemused –

“Well, when do you wake him then ? ”

“That’s the real NHS, bone bloody idle “, I explained to another colleague, himself a medical man at the NHS.

“Fuck off ” , he gently advised, from below a pile of material that made him look like a jumble sale with a hat on.

See, told you I’d ramble. I want to show a contrast which you’ll hopefully see later.

At the start of the night, the Stoke City FC Community Trust came round to take what I figured was the “before ” picture in a series of two, presumably primarily designed to take the place of an early morning body count.

The guys from along with Izzy are ready under the Lennon CSC flag

 

From the left, thats me with Izzy, the border collie who can play left back with a somewhat unpredictable temperament, Jeff, Stuart, Bill, Ryan and Jimmy.

I’ve already aged quite a bit by the looks of that.

Shortly after wards, and we had been the subject of a fair bit of attention from others, well the dog had, a TV camera loomed into view, and we were asked if anyone wold say a few words to camera about why we were here..I was shoved to the front, as bloody usual, and with no make up people on hand, stumbled an explanation about how we were honouring the roots of a football club which was founded with charitable purposes.

Explaining how we were all local, but with different backgrounds, Celtic had brought us together now, but we must never forget why where we came from and why we should do all we can to help remove conditions that now, over a hundred years later , were still prevalent.

I though I came across quite well, and if I could remember the name of the  tv station, French sports channel PRF or something similar, I’d have a look for it.

 

The lights soon went down and hot soup was served, putting me in mind of Springsteens Ghost of Tom Joad, itself a song about social inequality…

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Especially the bit about sleeping on a pillow of solid rock.

And I doubt the hot soup in the song contained the special additive that ours did, which explained the copious amounts taken by some of our number. An additive which found its way into my coffee, and I have to say it improved it verily.

Concrete is incredibly uncomfortable to sleep on. Wearing so many layers made it incredibly difficult to move, and there was little prospect of falling asleep, not least because Izzy was intent on doing the rounds making sure we were okay.

In fact, she stayed on guard pretty much all night.

You’ll notice from the picture that most of us are roughly the same age, except for Ryan, who had stripped to t-shirt and trackies so that he would feel the benefit later on when he put his layers on.. He’s one of those young , fit and strong people that get on your nerves by being young , fit and strong.

To be fair, it must have worked. He slept later than anyone of us. Then again, he’s got thirty years or so on the rest of us.

Oh, and there’s the first pic i sent.

Which gave us the mysterious reply..

there’s a big crack on that wall ‍♂️

To keep ourselves amused , we passed the time in light hearted banter, and the conversation turned to food, thanks largely to local pie makers Wrights, who had supplied 200 pies for those taking part, most of which seemed to end up near us.

“Much better than a MacDonalds” was the general opinion, as indeed would any food of any kind have been.

I explained how the fast food giant had started out, to a largely disbelieving audience. Largely, of course, because i was making it up as i went along.

“Wullie MacDonald was an old shipyard worker who had a spare room and kitchen near one of the big shipyards in goavn, and in those days you only got fifteen minutes a day for your dinner. So you had to be quick. ”

“What he did was let guys in his front door, where his wife would give them a roll and meat , and as they went out the back way they’d get a can of lager to wash it down with. ”

“Thats where the Happy Meal comes from ” added Stuart

“Exactly, ” I continued “Two cans was the deluxe one, a Happy As fuck meal, but when he moved to California and patented the idea they wouldn’t go for the beer as it was unhealthy, and the meat had to be improved a wee bit as well. ”

” And do you know something else, Kentucky Fried chicken wasn@t always called that either. That was a wee woman in Possil  who used to do fried scampi for kids on their dinner breaks, but one day her cat fell into the fryer and she found it tasted even better. ”

“But Unlucky Fried Kitten was never going to take off, so when she moved to america she used chicken. ”

My audience was impressed.

 

 

Of course, sleeping rough isn’t easy. Our banter had begun to wear thin, and you could tell the guys were starting to muse over “what if..”

Even we didnt want to seem to face the actual reality of those who were sleeping rough in the city, when we were drinking hot soup and tea in a watered down simulation. (Some of them were in the stadium, of course, )

But I guess if we did the real thing, no one would turn up.

I took the dog out for a walk, just to make sure she didn’t disturb me later. It took over an hour for her to do the neccesaries and it had dropped to one degree out there.

Ah, well, just a few hours to go I thought.

It’s just the one degree now…..

Please tell me there has not been a double celebrity death. Limmy will come out with that tiresome tweet. 

That made me laugh, which was much needed at that point.

I spent the time tweeting to those other insomniacs which made a long night a little shorter, whilst trying to ignore Jeff, who was doing a mean impression of a motorbike, did his best to make a long night longer.

And some of the other things he mumbled were frankly disturbing, and he needs help.

“Yes, it hurts, but I quite like it. ” was the phrase that concerned the most.

Thats why I just kept talking to my phone . I really didn’t want to know.

 

Eventually, of course, the night came to an end. Lou Macari, the man behind the homeless centre which puts people back on their feet came over to us, he’d been doing the rounds and for a man of 67, we checked on google, because Jeff felt that was better than asking him, looked in far better shape than we did.

As I said earlier, though, had we actually had to sleep outside, it would have been a damn sight rougher. As my car showed when we went back to it.

 

It took two sprays of de icer to clear it, and that disappointed Bill, as there was none left for his breakfast.

 

And thats kind of the point.

We could get back into a car, put the heaters on, go home, maybe something to eat, and then off to bed.

A soft warm bed where we could stay in safety and comfort until we felt like getting up. 

For us, the ordeal was over. We’d spent the night in adverse condtions, but the company of friends and the supply of hot soup and pies made it more bearable. Immensely more bearable than the reality would be.

We were in a sort of halfway house.

Its not like that on the streets. 

There you are cold. Much colder. 

There you are lonelier. Much lonelier. 

And there’s nowhere to go when the sun comes up, if indeed, it does. 

And all you can look forward to is doing the same thing, night after night, day after day. 

I did this to get a look at the situation from the ground. Literally. 

It wasn’t pleasant. 

We were praised for doing what we did. Don’t get me wrong, that is much appreciated. 

For those who live on the streets, there’s no praise.

There’s distrust, disgust and disinterest.

Thats the reality out there.

If what we did can change a little bit of that. If people can become aware of the reality and the depth of the homeless crisis, then it would have been worth it. 

More than worth it. 

But its not down to us to change it. Those who can do something are well aware of the situation, but they don’t think theres any votes in it. 

This is the twenty first century. 

If by now, a society cannot find a home for all its citizens then it has failed. 

And if those who can change it won’t do it because they don’t think it will be popular, then we’ve got the wrong people in charge. 

They are put there for the benefit of those they are appointed to serve, something they have forgotten. If they ever knew it. 

Everyone has the right to a place to live. It is the most basic of human rights, and there is no excuse for a cosiety that does not provide it. 

Its not just in Stoke, its all over the country. 

Things have to change, or we have to change those who refuse to change it. 

 

 

Stoke on Trent Central is looking for an MP after vacuous Tristram Hunt resigned to pursue a career in rhyming slang.

The prospective replacements, including one from UKIP who pretended to live here to increase his credibilty, which is known as “electoral fraud ” are holding a public questions and answer session next week. I’ve got a couple of tickets.

I will endeavour to make them feel as uncomfortable as I felt on the concrete.

 

If you haven’t chucked a few quid into the pot for the cause, please do so.

LennonCSC Macari Centre fundraiser

Or get involved with the homeless, do something to help them.

Better still, make those who can change it, change it, before we change them.

 

 

 

 

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CarllJungleBhoy
4 years ago

Great stuff Ralph and well done to all the bhoys who took part. Walfrid would have been proud of you!

BondiBrian
4 years ago

Well done for even getting the message out there. Homelessness in Sydney is a huge problem, don’t be fooled by the sunshine & beaches. As I know from a professional capacity there are many many families, couple and single people doing it very tough in this city.

Mikelele
4 years ago

Nice one Ralph, we don’t know how lucky we are at times. Great piece today.

Oh in one of the pics it looks as if someone pissed on the wall lol

Level 5 plant
4 years ago

Great stuff Ralph, donate link isn’t working for me.

waco61
4 years ago

well done guys,
what you guys have done is help bring this terrible problem society creates to people’s minds,no one should be invisible in a caring society

Big Shuggy
4 years ago

Well done Ralph. i’m in Glasgow city centre every day and it is frightening how many homeless you see these days.

Monti
4 years ago

Ralph,
Fantastic stuff, proud of you and the Lennon Bhoys!
There really shouldn’t be a homelessness issue in Britain in 2017.
Theresa May? Open your eyes…..and just as importantly, your heart and your arms!

HH

Uralius
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

What heart?

Monti
4 years ago

Boyata :/

Uralius
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Agreed, I really was hoping that he had turned that corner, but it looks like the consistency bungie cord has him still in it’s grasp. Now we have to see how he reacts for the next 20 minutes. This is make or break time for him. If he doesn’t react right, he needs cut loose.

Bgbhoy
4 years ago

What the fuck is he doing there?? Gms? No thanks.

Uralius
4 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

GMS normally plays on the left. Agreed, what is he doing there?

Uralius
4 years ago

We need to play narrower, or we need to play with all 3 midfielders (Bitton, Brown and Henderson) playing as a 3 or we need to keep our FBs from bombing forward too much while encouraging our forward wide men to go to the byline more often.

Uralius
4 years ago

PLAY WITH MORE WIDTH IN THE FINAL THIRD!

Honest Hoops
4 years ago

That paton Hun needs sorted, we should be well up, gms…more composure son

Uralius
4 years ago

Celtic win a penalty for a “hand-ball,” which was never a penalty. Dembele slots it in.

Uralius
4 years ago

Replays not a penalty.

Uralius
4 years ago

Brendan now has a decision to make about Boyata. Interestingly enough Brendan didn’t look him in the eye when they shook hands, could mean anything, but he seemed happy enough with the rest of the team (even Çifti) to maker sure contact when shaking hands.

charlie
4 years ago
Reply to  Uralius

uralius…..ure anus

charlie
4 years ago
Reply to  charlie
Uralius
4 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Oh yeah very funny, never heard that before.

Big Shuggy
4 years ago
Reply to  Uralius

okay yer an asshole… I bet you’ve heard that before. 🙂

BroxburnBhoy
4 years ago
Reply to  Uralius

Easy decision keep him develop him get three good years from him and sell him on for big money

rebus67
4 years ago

What a game! Tremendous value for the money. If I was a StJ supporter, I would be sick. Paton should have been sent off for the shocking tackle and then the ref tries to even up his mistake by given a penalty. The St J player did not touch the ball with his hand. IN any case the ball was driven on to the player who did not have an arm in an outstretched position. Never a penalty. However Dembele gave the keeper a chance by hitting his shot quite high, but there was too much power in it for him. After that it was curtains for StJ. At several points in the game, it was the beautiful game with both teams going for it. All through the game the defence did not look comfortable with dealing with crosses into the box. That needs to get fixed.
Replacing Hendo with McGregor was a strange one. He does not have the vision of Liam. Several times McG missed the obvious pass to Roberts which could have created a chance. He prefers, as of old, to cut inside across the penalty area.
I would have settled for a draw just after half time but, hey-ho, five is better.

What did we learn? Dembele is a great player…so much power from very little backlift when he shoots. The team has fight. We need Roberts. The defence needs work. Lustig is getting very slow and is easily turned.

Rebus

rebus67
4 years ago

Ralph,

Congratulations on highlighting a cause that is often overlooked and under played. Every year in Canada, we read about some poor soul who perishes overnight in the cold.
I need to think about how I can help with this problem here in the frozen North.

Rebus

Cartvale88
4 years ago

Bhoyata overall had a good game, he is improving with every game. We were lucky with the penalty, but we would have won it!
Love McCann sitting between two Celtic greats, looks like a wee boy lost.
Onwards and upwards.
Great story about Friday night, people that matter and who care.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

Cartvale,
In what way did Boyata have an ” overall good game “?
He is fucking awful….has the world gone fucking mad?

charlie
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

naw jeest you monti he he

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Possibly lol

john young
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

In a back three Monti Boyata was by far the best his control and distribution2nd to none,Eric gives the ball away far too often as did Lustig to-day,Boyata is very inexperienced and can only improve,we were again a man down in GMS,nether he nor Forest are strong enough/hard enough mentally or physically,I don,t think we will see much of them next season,Henderson seemed to fade a bit in the 2nd half? we scored a”Barca” goal so it was all well worth it.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

John Young,
Yaaaaawwwwnnnn

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

@John Young
Spot on regarding Lustig he was all over the place for 60 minutes with both his passing and receiving a pass.
Brown and Bitton were also slightly off with their passing I thought first half?
Yer man Monti has been waiting for 3 games to highlight any mistake by Boyata and will continue to do so…see if I am wrong.
Meanwhile Brendan (he of far superior knowledge) continues to pick him regardless.
I would like to see us go with a 3-4-3 at ssome point and see how Jozo Dedryck and Erik shape up as a back 3 push both WB’s up to midfield and go with a front 3?
We have finished this way several times in recent game hopefully we can start this way soon.
No need for Broonie or Bitton to keep dropping deep then leaving gaps in the middle.

henkesdreadlocks
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

This prick tries to convince himself that he knows what he’s talking about. An absolute roaster.
I’m not having a dig at Boyata, but he’s 26 ya zoomer.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Just you that’s gone fucking mad you are obsessed with slating players you deem as shite yet the manager obviously thinks and knows different?
2 quality deliveries done us today 2 deliveries had they been at the other end I doubt we would have finished as well with no striker up top.
Bitton was fouled on the first and Boyata got caught a bit flat footed on the second..though he did manage to make the yards up to try block the header which unfortunately for him was missed giving him little or no chance to re adjust.
These things happen when quality balls are launched into the box it was highlighted before the game it was probably their best route to getting a result and they were right.
Lustig for me was having a worse game than Boyata up until the final quarter when he seemed to wake up and start having an impact.

Monti
4 years ago

Drivelling pish!

portpower
4 years ago

Well done to the Lennon CSC and to everyone involved in the sleep-out.

Well done to the Celtic Bhoys.

I only caught the second half of the game.ISP gremlins as per usual.
And what a half to catch.

I missed young Liam Henderson`s goal.

Moussa: hat-trick
Sinclair: Scotland`s top goal scorer
Lustig`s sublime setup for Moussa.

And the Ghirls and Bhoys behind the goals and the team.HH

What`s not to like?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2gHDIFLNUY

charlie
4 years ago
Reply to  charlie

port yool get it on heer

portpower
4 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Cheers Charlie.

portpower
4 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Sweetly taken goal from Henderson.

portpower
4 years ago
Reply to  portpower

NB: All 5 goal were scored with the instep of foot.

charlie
4 years ago

well done ralph and the bhoys

charlie
4 years ago
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Monti
4 years ago

Could someone from Celtic E-mail Ronny Deila and thank him for that win today.
After all, it’s all down to him.
Cough cough and fucking cough.

Disappointed with a few things today about the Celtic performance (at times) today.

1) Craig Gordon’s slack distribution, needlessly giving away possession is a concern.

2) GMS like a few players needs games to sharpen up, having said that he should have scored at least once today.

3) Boyata is another Ambrose and needs selling in the summer.
He’ll score the odd goal but he’s not goid enough defensively.

Moussa Dembele is a god and i love him!
HH

27 points clear?
Stupid, stupid Huns.

Rob O'Keeffe
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Agree Monti.Gordon casually stroking passes out to opposition players?Why no Gamboa? KT looked lost for the first time ever and should’ve been at left back.Dembele just widened the gap between him and the 6 million pound man by a couple of million! Henderson,excellent vision for a pass.Heard Wilie Miller ranting on radio about Thomson hinting at conspiracy regarding Celtic,you honestly can’t take these guys seriously.HH

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob,
Thomson is shite, he may or may not be biased but he’s definitely shite.
If i was a St.Johnstone fan i wouldn’t be amused with some of those decisions today.
The penalty for us was just a joke decision, never a penalty, having said that by my calculations we are still due about three or four hundred of those ‘ penalty ‘ decisions going in our favour.

HH
P.S. don’t agree about KT m8, thought he was class again.

Mikelele
4 years ago

The fifth goal is goal of the season, fantastic football from Celtic.

HH

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Mikelele

Mikelele,
Absolutely outstanding goal!

Monti
4 years ago

Celtic ratings v St.Johnstone

Craig Gordon – 5 awful distribution.

Mikael Lustig – 6 maybe 7 for his Rabona.
Erik Sviatchenko 6 quiet and average display
Dedryck Boyata – 5 shite.
KT- 8 Quality and an inspiration.

Scott Sinclair- 7 good performance
Nir Bitton – 7 solid game
Patrick Roberts- 6 decent game but would have preferred James Forrest to start
Scott Brown – 6 battled away and lucky not to concede a penalty on Swanson
GMS – 3 Shite.
Liam Henderson – 8 showed excellent composure throughout and great goal.

Subs: Ciftci 3 out.
Dembele – 10 – Godlike
McGregor – 5 workmanlike.

Brendan – not as good as Deila yet but in time who knows 🙂

Support: quality

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Sorry Brendan got a 9 he would have got 10 if he dropped Boyata

charlie
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

brendan only gets a wan for no kickin mc cann in the baws in the sky studio

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Charlie,
I was watching and listening to that little fucking turncoat McCann, he was embarrassing himself, when he was asking our Brendan a question he was about stuttering, a clear sign he was intimidated/nervous….as he should be the fuck!

Monti
4 years ago

Where’s Mike?
Must have got lifted….

mike
4 years ago

Theres a Moussa, loussa aboot this houssa.

You have to feel for the Saints today, denied an obvious penalty and a penalty awarded to those terrible tims, which clearly wasn’t a penalty.
There is clearly a catholic conspiracy. Damn these papists, hanging is to good for them, we need to ask oor pals at the SFA for help, phone the Daily Record for an advertising campaign, its time this was stopped.
Yours in alternative sport Keech Jackson.

henkesdreadlocks
4 years ago
Reply to  mike

The only reason Thomson denied them a soft penalty and rewarded the Popes XI a penalty was the thought of the Perth marauders catching Sevco. These masonic goat shaggers will make the honest mistakes in the cup games. Of that you can be certain.

charlie
4 years ago

andy why thomson gave us that penalty weel never know but you can be sure ae wan thing there will be some masonic plot behind it and weel pay for it 100 times over in the cup

Monti
4 years ago

Quite agree Henke!

mike
4 years ago

The Norn Iron Managers have had an impact in Scottish fitba. In the past it was Scotias Managers who prevailed.
Jock STein (halleluya)
Matt Busby.
Bob Shankly.
Recently Steve Lomas and Tommy Wright at the Saints.
Martin O Neil raised the bar, oor Lenny and now the bar is raised even further by Brendan Rodgers, from a small area in the North, great talent has emerged to Manage the Scottish game.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  mike

Don’t forget that cunt Shiels….in fact yes, forget him, he is a horrible cunt!

mike
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Shields disny qualify for the Mangers tag, cos he wis a bigoted mincer.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  mike

“Mincer”?
Oh dear..i’m telking Desi on you….
Desi?
Did you read that? 🙂

Rob O'Keeffe
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monticello,you are a wise man.Could I ask you Why did BR bring Ciftci on with 4 mins to go? HH

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob,
Possibly ripping the piss out of St.Johnstone?

henkesdreadlocks
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Ripping the pish and the fact Forrest is suffering a bad eye infection.

Rob O'Keeffe
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti,prob true but fifth goal ripped them apart.What a goal,long time since seen one better.HH

mike
4 years ago

Well done Ralphy and the bhoys from the Lennon CSC for your endurance and indefatiguability.
Although it has to said that the sleep out was really a sleep in, I ken about sleep ins,cos I used to do that fairly often.
Here in Scotia a minus one at night is really quite balmy, we usually sleep naked in those temperatures, mind you being pished defo helps, along with a couple of tramadol a ding dongs.

mike
4 years ago

Jurgan Clumpity Klop is beelin, how could they get rid of a great Manager at Liverpool like Brendan, remember the money that he made, buying and selling the likes of Sterling (aprox. 30 mill. profit) and Suarez another huge profit.
After they got rid of Brendan, they brought in Clumpity on a 6 year deal, mama mia, how daft is that?
Liverpools loss is very much oor gain.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  mike

Klopp is a great manager….just not ask great as Brendan!

BondiBrian
4 years ago
Reply to  mike

Ah was thinking that aswell Mike. Then again we could have got Moyes. Cue slagging…..

mike
4 years ago

Well done to the trama doll a ding dong King and his bunch of very merry men, what they did was great, but the word on the vine is that there lady friends paid good money to get them oot the door. He even took his dug,who rounded up the local fermers sheep and he threw in a wooly jersey.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  mike

Talking of dogs, i’ve just been winding the fuck out of my Black lab.
My good lady just made a lovely sunday roast chicken dinner with trimmings, the dog was sitting in the hall doorway as he isn’t allowed in the Kitchen when we are at the table.
Anyway the smell of the chicken was obviously to his liking judging by the annoying whimpering sound he was making.
I got a row of my good lady for winding him up by going ” mmmmmmm mmmmmmmm ” whilst smiling at him after each fork full.
Lol lol
Good boy …..dad’s bad 🙂

henkesdreadlocks
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Hahaha!!!
I wouldn’t have got any and the wife would have given it to the dog.

Monti
4 years ago

Lol!

mike
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Your lady isny good shes a fucking saint,putting up wi your shit, we at least can shut of the computer/ phone, she canny, pair wimmin.
Get her some chocolates and gie the dog a bone,they deserve it.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  mike

🙂

portpower
4 years ago

SFA/SPFL are to supply the Renfrewshire Referees Association with
guide dogs.

Dereliction of duty since round 1.

Devoy45
4 years ago

Ralph, we’re proud of all you guys. Homelessness is a cruel thing and you’re all showing compassion down there.
Theresa May might be Iron Lady Mark Two but kind human beings are made of flesh and blood, not iron. The only solution for Scotland is to have a small independent socialist state that cares about its people. Make it so!
Today? Heard that cunt Willie Miller on the radio. What crap! Where has he been the last five decades? No, it wasn’t a handball but at 5-2 what difference did it make? Josh Meekings, remember him? That wasn’t a handball either!!?? That cost us far more than the decision cost St. Johnstone today. The best team won a tough gig today. I’ve become a big fan of Henderson.Well done bhoys off and on the pitch, from here to Stoke.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Devoy45

What was Miller saying m8?

4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Were only sheep shagging bastards

henkesdreadlocks
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Miller is usually quite balanced in his views, but he must be in the clutches of Jabba, going by his ramblings today.

portpower
4 years ago

Moussa Dembélé`s hattrick;

First goal: Penalty.

Second goal: Nutmeg into the net.

Third goal: Double nutmeg into the net.

Even my Stovies canny take that much nutmeg.HH

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago

The referee was shocking today that in itself was no shock because he is fuckin hopeless at the best of times.
It was never a penalty and in fact the defender did as best he could to keep his arm away from the ball without sawing it off first.
The dive when Broonie stopped the attcker in the box could well have been given but it was correct decision though I wonder why he never spoke to the player hitting the deck?
The one decision that did irk was the push on Bitton seconds before the first goal the attacker clearly nudges him forward in the back to gain the yard he needed to get up for the header.
Watch it again the ref should have blown.
On that goal and the second I see no difference between Browns attempt at a headed clearance and Boyatas other than the fact Brown had more time to react but both gave Gordon no or little chance with the change of direction of the ball.

Monti
4 years ago

Charlie saiz,
Do you have the copyright on dipshit.com?

Swanson didn’t dive today, if anything Broony DID foul him!

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

He and the rest of their attack were at it all afternoon as soon as any contact was made they dropped like sniper fire had taken them out.
Swanson was no different.
As for the rest of your comment stick that up yer rusty bullet hole 😉

Monti
4 years ago

Charlie saiz,
Noted your earlier comment about ” waiting 3 games for Boyata to make a mistake”?
Utter shite, i fully expect Boyata to make mistakes because it’s what he fucking does.

He’s shite and will never be anything other than shite!

4 years ago

Well done Ralph – great effort and great story to go with it.

For those Tims in the Slough area who would also like to do their bit for guys like us from every nationality, race, reed or no creed or colour though simply down on their luck please check out the London and Slough Run.

https://thelondonandsloughrun.com

https://twitter.com/londonsloughrun

We’re running with the help of donations of money and time a homeless shelter for c20 rough sleepers in various locations across Slough during the coldest of these winter months – if you would like to help or indeed need help let us know.

The shelter is run in various church halls and one civic centre every day of the week helping c 20 guys who would otherwise be out in the cold get a hot dinner, a safe place to bed down for the night and a decent breakfast.

A small but rewarding gift for those who receive it and give it.

G

Una
4 years ago

Hi Monti how RU keeping? Was it just me or do you agree that Sinclair didn’t look to happy today? When he scored no real celebration, after Moussa’ hatrick no real celebration. I’m starting to think he might be moving on in the summer.BTW after he scored one of them saints skanks kicked him on the ankle.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Una

Una i’m fine thanks, Sinclair? Nah i didn’t notice if anything was up with him, i don’t think he will leave us in the summer, Celtic are at the beginning of a beautiful thing, Brendan is going to take us to a higher level!

Monti
4 years ago

27 points clear at the start of February?
Stupid, stupid Huns!
Lol lol lol

BroxburnBhoy
4 years ago

Another handy 3 points and a decent team effort. I thought everybody did what they had to do. Five goals away at the Park the Bus crew. I’m happy there are so many very knowledge folks on here who could step into Brendan’s shoes tomorrow and manage the club and buy and sell the players and the like. I admit I’m the definition of armchair pundit. I played football for a while and watched a lot. That’s about it. I’m happy with Brendan’s decisions and the players he puts on the park. Very happy.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

HH to that.
Nothing we say changes a single thing BB it’s just opinion with a bit of banter with some limited experience of varying levels.

Monti
4 years ago

Charlie saiz,
The font of all bullshit….

mike
4 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

Scottish fitba. needs a kick up the arse, some leadership is required, its time to reorganize the leagues. W e have to start thinking about merging some clubs, the two on opposite sides of the street in bonny Dundee, should be merged. ICT showed that it could be done, traumatic at first, but a success soon after.
Sevco could be merged with whistle, Hamilton with Murderwell, mibbe, but certainly in the lower leagues, reduce the number of leagues and consolidate.
Wake up ya dafties at the SFA and SPFL, time to try out other alternatives,mibbee even merge the SFA and SPFL.

4 years ago

The dafties in the sfa/spfl are only there to accommodate one club Mike not for the good of Scottish football.
They should have been sacked over the dead club and how they lied and cheated to keep them in the game.
Scottish football needs summer football. It’s a must.
It makes better viewing for the fan,and would enable us to go back to grass pitches instead of the hated 3G.
But too many walks happen on a Saturday in this wee country of ours. So we wouldn’t manage to get any cunt to ref a match or a police to steward it.
Today’s game was a tough yin. Even before the match I would have taken a 1-0. But really GMS should gave had the game out of reach. Two great chances squandered, and they go up and score with two deflected headers.
My thoughts are this Forrest provides better defensive cover and can get back quicker to defend breakaways from our corners,where I believe we over commit players.
Two balls from the wide areas were crossed in, and we were unlucky at both goals. But too much space was allowed for the crosses.
The ref is a diddy always has always will be.
But for once we get a break, but if I was a Hun,I would be even more grateful to him rather than slate him.
St Johnstone on the performances against us should beat them.
They might now struggle for a top 4 finish. So they should be thankful that Celtic got the victory.
Boyata strolled the match,I thought he played well,could do nothing about the goal,one of those things.
I thought the two full backs defensively was one of their worst performances,but going forward they were great.
All in all a wonderful result from a tricky match,and something special is happening this season.
HH

Stevie D
4 years ago

“Faith, hope and Charlie Tully” as my wee Da was fond of saying.

Monti
4 years ago

Just watching lady Gaga perform at the superbowl….he’s awful.

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