Celtic Diary Wednesday March 8: Low Key Build Up From Celtic

Old Firm showdown ?

So they would have us believe, it seems.

Perhaps at board meeting up and down the country media executives will look at themes such as this one and make the connection between it and their falling sales figures. Unlikely, but you never know.

The big story ahead of the game is the choice of referee-and his support team..

Bobby Madden will take charge of Sunday’s fourth Celtic v Rangers derby of the season.

The SFA confirmed the appointment today with the East Kilbride whistler preparing for his first Old Firm clash.

He will be assisted by David McGeachie and Dougie Potter with Kevin Clancy as fourth official.

The SFA decision to appoint a former Ibrox season book holder as referee would be mystifying to anyone outside Scotland, but up here it provokes little comment. Well, there was one…

Happy days his dad is in the same Orange lodge as me 

Surely the referees commitee, seen below as they promote another candidate to the A list, would consider the possibilty that even if Madden has the game of his life, mistake-honest or otherwise-free, that he is in a no win situation ?

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Still, at least he’s going into the game with his eyes open. Which will make a change.

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It doesn;t matter in the long run whether or not “rangers ” win this game, but there are season books and Cup semi final tickets to sell, and a hearty hammering for the huns could put a dampener on Ibrox income streams, so the referee must be one who is absolutely impervious to any outside influence.

Happily, Madden won’t need any outside influence.

His support team of David MacGeachie, David Potter and Kevin Clancy will need watching as well.

MacGeachie ran the line in the 1-0 cup win over the Ibrox side, which was unremarkable in itself, and there’s no real reason to suspect he will try to make a name for himself.

 Dougie  Potter is the one to watch here.

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The media, of course, make little mention of Maddens connection to the Ibrox club, in all of its forms, and therefore a little mention of it by the manager in his pre match press conference, along the lines of

” I don’t understand why anyones worried, Madden is a fine referee and he will not allow his feeling for “rangers ” to affect his performance. “

then all will be well.

On the field, Moussa Dembele, who has popped the ball into the net against “rangers ” once or twice this season already, is looking forward to the game..

“I am always calm, relaxed. I try to focus on the game, on my own game, and not be distracted by the talk that goes on round about it.

“I look forward to every game, not games that everybody talks about. I have played football all my life, this is what I do, and I just enjoy every moment of it. I want to get better and the best way to do that is learning on the pitch. So that is all I think about, not that I must score.

“Also, it is never about one player. It is about the team. The first thing for me will always be that the team wins. Thankfully we have enjoyed a lot of that this season so far.”  

Something that hasn’t really been in the headlines is the fact that Scott Sinclair has made a tremendous contribution to Dembeles success, in fact the duo have fifty goals between them, which isn’t bad for any two forwards playing together.

“We have worked to get a good partnership and I think you can see that on the pitch But he is a top player. He is excellent.

“He seems to know how to get the ball to me in the best position. It also says a lot about his game that he scored so many goals for us.” 

The big man was asked how he thought he do against the plucky , cash strapped First division winners, and he was suitably respectful..

“They’re fucking shite. If I don’t get four or five I’m going to chuck it and go and live on a boat.” 

Well, thats what I would have said if I was him, which is pretty much the same thing.

Speaking of respect, Brendan Rodgers has come on for a bit of flak after he said that St. Mirren were the best team we’d faced domestically this season.

Apparently, that means he was being disrespectful.

So he was rather guarded when he was asked how he felt about Sundays game..

“They’re fucking shite. If we don’t get four or five I’m going to chuck it and go and live on a boat.”  

Thats what I would have said etc…same thing etc…

“rangers” current manager Graeme Murty is the sacrifial lamb for this game. With the Ibrox club waiting on a decsion from Pedro Caixinha so they can go cap in hand to MacInnes/Ferguson/Brown/MacLeish, the flexible coach is looking forward to the game.

Joe Garner, for instance, will miss the game. (Who ? -Ed   big fellow, waves his arms around and falls over a lot-Ralph )

“It’s a shame for him that he is going to miss out on an experience, it’s a shame for the squad that you take those goals out of the game. 

All of them ? He’s only scored about half a dozen.

“But I’m always been a firm believer that it’s a massive opportunity for someone to go and impress, and you couldn’t pick a bigger game.

I think you could.

“What game do you come to Rangers to play in? You come to play in this game, so someone is going to get the opportunity to go and play against our biggest rivals, at their ground and put a shift in for the team and make a statement for his career and for the club. If I’m brutally honest, if I’m a player I’m thankful for that opportunity.” 

Towing the party line there, building it up. Yet, as a true Tim at heart, deep undercover, he doesn’t say “Old Firm ” ..bless him.

Actually, he could bless himself. That would be funny as fuck.

Of course, he sees everything differently.

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Perhaps Murty was just getting into character here. As a Celtic supporter in his younger days, maybe he was just trying to be like the supporters of his own club..

 

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Caixinho is supposed to be flying into Glasgow anytime now, where he will become the new clubs fifth manager in as many years, but oddly enough, we’ve not actually heard from him directly.

Should he not arrive, it will be another blow for the club who failed to lure Ross Wilson, a scout at Southampton, to be their Director of Football, after he turned the club down.

Apparently he had a look on the company check website, which allows you to study a company’s finances, and when he finished laughing, he rang Ibrox to tell them he would rather stay where he is as he prefers paid work to voluntary labour.

The ever optimistic media now claim that Paul Mitchell of Tottenham is next in line, as they work through the list that ends in

Brown, J, Currently unemployed and cheap.  

Away from all that, and quite possibly of major concern ahead of the cup semi final, is this little nugget, which demands attention..

Got my phone bill and have £26 in call charges for using your number to buy tickets..on one day.Ridiculous charges! 

Hang on, haven’t we got a ticket office to deal with, er, tickets ?

Why are we paying an outside agency call charges ?

Premium numbers are unacceptable, especially when the cost of tickets is prohibitive to some.

Sort it out Celtic, or the pitchforks coming out.

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There was also a move by the Ibrox support to disassociate themselves with the darker aspect of their supporters reputation..

RangersQuickNews Retweeted GJ

Going to OF game? Help them with their hygiene standards by leaving cleaning products in the toilets…

RangersQuickNews added,

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Dziekanowski's nightclub child
3 years ago

Murty shows he likes the rough and tumble

Monti
3 years ago

Caption: Taysides version of ‘ Come dine with me ‘ series 1 episode 1.
Here we see Maggie flogging Mike after he questioned the standard of her Peh making.

Ken.

Monti
3 years ago

Is that Margaret Thatcher on top of the mantlepiece?

Leões de Lisboa
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Cannae be, Monti. That’s an urn – she would surely be in an urinal. Pish !!

Monti
3 years ago

🙂

3 years ago

Caption: after “Hun wife” takes several batterings when Sevco get beat, she finally gets her turn after Sevco hammer Accies 6-0.

CarlJungleBhoy
3 years ago

Caption: A paler than usual Kenny Miller is fooled by his wife’s promise to “tan yer arse”

TicToc
3 years ago
Reply to  CarlJungleBhoy

Ha, 🙂

CarlJungleBhoy
3 years ago

BTW When the pitch at CP is resurfaced – I wonder if Celtic have considered the possibility of selling pieces of the old turf to fans – with proceeds going to charity? Or is there an obvious reason I’m missing which would make that impossible?

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  CarlJungleBhoy

Carl,
Yes there is….the pitch is shite!
Would you want a brown muddy patch of turf on your lawn?

CarlJungleBhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

.. True 🙂 . but there must be the odd blade of grass here & there. Anyway, I don’t a lawn. I have a brown muddy patch

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  CarlJungleBhoy

🙂

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  CarlJungleBhoy

Maybe we could ask Mick for all his nose hair, dye it Green and hey presto…..state of the art pitch? 🙂

mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Better to ask John Barrowman at the Olympics opening ceremony, held at Celtic park.

Monti
3 years ago

Caption: The Armadale domestic abuse super sunday loyal, get their retaliation in first.
Here we see Wilhemena give William a post match flogging.
” Dembele has scored fucking four…fucking four Billy? You said Clint Hill would have him in his pocket”?

Danny
3 years ago

Caption: Am heavy hoachin ya wee bastard, spring tae life and give mummy some sweet love. Caaamon ma flaps are juiced up little Angus. A don’t like hittin’ ye but am tellin’ ye if ye don’t come tae life, so help mae?

Tim Buffy
3 years ago

Caption: “Beat me on the bottom with your Woman’s Weekly.”.(With apologies to the late Victoria Wood).

puggy 67
3 years ago

Caption: Snapped broom handle will make the trip to A&E precarious.

charlie
3 years ago

caption that picture is on ma lobby wall next tae the ootside door its to remind me not to stay oot awe night when drinkin wae ma pals

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

mike the fermers got wan anaw but it reminds him to stay oot he likes the rough stuff allegedely he he

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

pentioner bhoy is on the waitin list for wan he likes the rough and the smooth………randy auld devil he he

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Ootside door? Surely a door is on the inside?

TEX
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti,

Depends where u are standing.

mike
3 years ago

Well done Craig Gordon, we lost big Fraser, to our EPL development team. changed days indeed, the Brendan effect.
Oh he is handsome, he is pretty,
we luv his every little bitty,
our pretty little Brendan Rodgers,
bless his heart, we luv him most of all.

Caption, Torro, Caixn hahaha. I telt you no to sign for those DOB.
Charlie your deed, deed, deed.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  mike

Mike,
Craig Gordon signing a new deal is good business for him and the club, but his distribution needs to be a lot better.
He was at it again on Sunday v St.Mirren, trying to dribble out past players.
When it comes to Craig Gordon i’m 50/50 mate, we need real competition for him.
His shot stopping in general isn’t an issue but i just feel we can strengthen this area,it’s time we brought in a real challenger to Gordon, i think he is too comfotable at Parkhead.

HH

mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Canny argue with any of that, seen big Darren Randolph in goals the other night for West Ham, or mibbee the bhoy Scott at Dundee.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  mike

Mike,
We should have went for Randolph when he was at Motherwell, Scott Bain of Dundee? No sure but we seem to keep being mentioned with a move for him.
Whoever it is he needs to be good enough to raise Gordon’s performance levels!

The Charlie Saiz International
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Keeper?
I would have a punt at securing Stuttgarts (Ex Dortmund) Mitchell Langerak
Aussie International now 28 hitting his prime as akeeper.
https://youtu.be/BySA3FgiIKw

Monti
3 years ago

There you are, where the fuck have you been?
Welcome back numbnuts!!

The Charlie Saiz International
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Decided to have a wee break from the net and try reality for a bit Monti.

Ya fanny 😉

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Well it’s good to see you posting again!

Putz 🙂

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  mike
mike
3 years ago

Caption, Montis partner gets her retaliation in first as he scoffs her dinner as well as his ain.
or

Charlies misses cleans the auld cunts breeks, cos he refuses to take them of.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  mike

Mike,
She’ll slap your pus 🙂

mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

No she wilny cos a widny eat her dinner.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  mike

You saying she cannae cook ya cheeky cunt? 🙂

TicToc
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

You two should be on the telly! You’d certainly have given Francie an’ Josie, or Rab C and Jamesie a run for their money. Keep at it. 🙂
HH

mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

shut yer pus granddad and gie wee Sam a big hug from all the ETIMbhoys.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Tic Toc,
It’d need to be a fucking 80″ widescreen to fit mikes nose in shot!

mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

We all ken that she can cook, we see your girth looking cough slimmer and slimmer.

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

tic toc radio maybe we wouldnae want theyr ugly mugs frightening the wains

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  mike

mike your sheep are going going gone he he

mike
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Sheep rustling alarm,

Look out charlies looking for love,
if you see him about,
ge me a shout.
haud oan a minute,
ive got my gun out.
bang bang.

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  mike

ha ha

portpower
3 years ago

Caption:
Right Willy,it`s time for your fly strike treatment.

Bognorbhoy
3 years ago

Big Sammy’s wife has slapped more baws in the front room than Joe garner has in the net ?

mike
3 years ago

Celtic Park has never recovered since that wee shite hawk John Barromans feet touched it.

mike
3 years ago

On Womans day,

I’LL take you home again Kathleen,
but bring your mop and Mr, Sheen,
I need my shoes brushed, nice and clean,
cos your tits are the best I’ve ever seen,
my hoose is cleaner, than its ever been.
Oh Kathleen Mavourneen, your blue eyes are calling,
calling me softly, to come hame and rodger yooo.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  mike

Womens day? What a lot of pish!

Monti
3 years ago

Women are there for child bearing, cooking, cleaning and entertainment.
There should be no females in Employment (paid) and this notion (cough) that they are equals is absolute nonsense, empowering women with a voice is the worst thing society could ever have done.
They’re even allowing them to play football now?
The world has gone fucking mad.

3 years ago

Where’s ma Fucking ear rings Kenny, ya baldy cnut.

Leões de Lisboa
3 years ago

Caption: High hopes of McCann no longer speaking out his arse as prototype butt plug is deployed.

tom campbell
3 years ago

“His support team of David MacGeachie, David Potter and Kevin Clancy will need watching as well.”

I refuse to believe that DAVID Potter, Celtic historian from Kirkcaldy, has defected. It can’t be true.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  tom campbell

David W Potter……

Dr Sticky Boots
3 years ago
Reply to  tom campbell

I was at school with said Douglas Potter in kirkcaldy. Could they be related??

Brencelt
3 years ago

I told you before. You’re not going for 55. The rangers are not and never were coming. They died. Now go bring the weans down to Paradise

Brencelt
3 years ago

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gLEN0i9sDo4

A song for Sunday in Paradise

charlie
3 years ago
charlie
3 years ago

heers wan for monti

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie
charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

aint karma grand

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Cheers Charlie!

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Is there a floating pitch anywhere?
And i don’t mean Carlisle in January…..

charlie
3 years ago

well thats me away sumdaes got to dae the windaes and unfortunately that sumdies me

PeteCon
3 years ago

Caption: “Get out of there Houston. Dave needs to take a shite!”

Mike Annis
3 years ago

Caption: I’m telling you now Bobby, you send that. de belle off oh and it’s two penalties we need. What’s that dear? You want more?

5TB
3 years ago

Caption:

Bomber Brown just loves his weekly visit to The Loyal Govan Whorehouse;

‘I’ll no ask ye again! The deeds! Whur ir they?!’

5TB
3 years ago

Caption:

Grandmaster’s wife’s usual attempt at teasing the ceremonial hamster out of her husband.

Al Bundy
3 years ago

Have a wee look at page 26 of latest Private Eye.Who has not shouted that!!! (Sorry, but I do not know how to send pictures!!)

BJF
3 years ago

Charlie the DUP dancing to “Come out ye Black and Tans” made my year!
Sunday will be interesting all teams get lucky so they might keep us down to three. Glad to have Craig Gordon on board, Scott Bain was super at Alloa when on loan, done well with Dundee and would be a good young keeper to learn and push Craig. He has had to alter his game to suit BR’s expectations and hopefully he can still improve that part of his game.

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  BJF
3 years ago

The ref won’t matter on Sunday, this team is too good for even the ref to get involved. Years ago yes when they had some decent players,dunno how they could afford them to be honest, oh wait they couldn’t.
Celtic will simply blow them away, I have no fears.
There is nothing new to refs and their affiliations to secret lodges etc here in this wee sectarian country. But what is new is that this team are streets ahead of them.
So don’t worry about refs, for Celtic will win by at least 3 clear goals.
I feel for Madden, he is in a no win situation,but let’s hope he has a quiet match.
. I think his game will be easier with no Garner on the pitch as he is a thug.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmybee,
Bang on m8!!

COYBIG!

maryhillbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Well said Jimmybee

mike
3 years ago

mibbee I didn’t get to see you,
not as often as I should have,
mibbee I didn’t cheer you,
quite as loudly as I could have,

I always knew you were the best team,
even when they park there bus,
but you were always on my mind,
you were always on my mind.
Celtic.

mike
3 years ago

HAHAHAHA fake news, from fake peepol.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  mike

Mibbes aye mibbes naw….who nose?

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago

Caption: Ah kicked him in the baws,then in the heid!
Now that Orangeman is deid!

Murty,your present team is 5 years old.Why would we be your biggest rivals,we are 129 years young.Unbroken Treaty Stone.Your managers will be Celtic fans,like Pedro C! Is Copland Road Halliday playing on Sun?If so ,I might make an appearance on the pitch to kick him in the baws etc etc

Pablomc
3 years ago

Sorry for the comment protecting Celtic, but the guy who has just spent £26 on call charges is daft. He tweeted his anger about the call charges but doesn’t know how to buy a ticket online?? My dad is 73 doesn’t know how to tweet, but he buys all his tickets online. If you have any difficulties you can call the ticket office direct and not ticket masters call centre . Number is on the website. From the football ticket office managers association.

Cartvale88
3 years ago

Charlie love your Black and Tans video, brilliant.
Think the upcoming game will be a kicking match, hope their are no serious injuries against the tribute act. They keep on giving who will eventually take the poisoned chalice.
Love how Celtic are playing the game down as it is not an Old Firm game
Caption
Arlene’s fantasy is uncovered by the Queens eleven

broxburnbhoy
3 years ago

Caption BBC journalist feels the pain after questioning the survival myth

broxburnbhoy
3 years ago

Sevco, the basket of assets or RIFC or whatever the fuck they call themselves these days are going to park the bus for sure. might take some time to break them down and yet I smell a good hiding coming to them.

Herbert
3 years ago

‘Mrs King orders Dave to ‘Get that Warchest oota there!”

And cheers for the ‘They’re fucking shite!’ lines, Ralph, that’s two laughs more in one article than I’ve had all month.

Great site too, by ze way 🙂

3 years ago

Caption: DUP leader black balls another member.

3 years ago

Caption: Mr Grays grandparents show how 50 shades started with a good old spanking.

Gerry
3 years ago

Do you think Paddy will start on Sunday or is wee James back? I feel sorry for GMS, it just wasn’t happening for him on Sunday; the boy needs games and confidence. He actually put in a shift (unlike most others) in that 1st half and it was his own closing down that generated some breaks. But left foot dependency and a bobbly pitch combined to make him a bit of a fall guy. Hope he gets more chances to prove his worth.

henkesdreadlocks
3 years ago
Reply to  Gerry

James was back training fully today.

Monti
3 years ago

Very happy to hear that!

3 years ago
Reply to  Gerry

I hope paddy starts then bring Jamesy on to finish them off.
I hope he starts with
Gordon
Lustig Eric Boyata Tierney
Brown Armstrong
Roberts Griff Sinclair
Dembele
But it will probably be Bitton and griff on the bench.

Rebus67
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmy,

Agreed!

Rebus

Monti
3 years ago

BARCA BARCA BARCA!!!!!!!!!!!!

YYYYEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Fredcdobbs,
I hope you enjoyed that…..i did!!!

henkesdreadlocks
3 years ago

FredCDobber…. get it right up ye ya fuckin twat….. hahahahaha!!!

Monti
3 years ago

🙂

Monti
3 years ago

One of the Epic games of our lifetime!

henkesdreadlocks
3 years ago

Caption……

FredCDobbers Mrs can only extract half the umbrella he got shoved up his hole after Barca score the sixth in an outstanding result for the Catalan maestros.

3 years ago

Incredible from Barca, What an effort,and great to watch. PSG players must be gutted, as they must have thought they were through when they scored.
Hail Hail Catalonia

Broxburnbhoy
3 years ago

That is a great football team. To score six against PSG and win the tie is amazing. What a game and what a team. I suppose it puts further perspective on other teams who have lost by a few to Barcelona. They are simply a level above. The Spanish league is still Europes best league and the tope four teams area really good.

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