Celtic Diary Friday May 12: Friday Night Is Football Night
Frdiay night football is taking a bit of getting used to, but theres no doubt tonights game promises to be a cracker, and those fortunate enough to be heading up to Pittodrie should have a great time.
After all, as summer breaks across the land where could be better than Aberdeen, where it doesn’t go dark until the pubs shut ?
Alright, you might be able to think of somewhere, but that doesn;t detract from the occasion, a cup final rehearsal and the chance to either lull the dons into a false sense of security or to damage them so badlt psychologically that they won’t even bother coming down to Hampden later in the month.
Perhaps the two sets of fans could get together and organise some kind of anti SFA protest while they’re up there as well…..
Tom Rogic is fit, and may well start the game, especially as Scott Brown is still suspended..
“I feel great right now. I don’t feel that there are any problems because I feel good and I feel fit. I’m looking forward to an exciting period with the club,”
“We want to show that we can beat Celtic, because we know we’ve got the players that can,”
“I think that we are the best team to stop the unbeaten run – and stop the treble.”
They are, of course, the only team who can stop the treble, if you don’t count this one..
MacLean then went on to sort of talk himself out of winning…
“We’ve not taken anything from Celtic this season and we’re disappointed from that.
“We have done well, but ultimately we’ve not picked any points up, which is disappointing, no matter how well you do.
He gets his cheerful and enthusiatic attitude from his manager, who said
“For me, I’m living the dream, I’m a Celtic supporter and I don’t want it to end. It will one day but while there is work to do and there is progress and whilst there is development I hope to be here to see that through.
“It won’t always be like this. There will be some bumps along the way. But, at the moment it is a young squad that has energy and happiness. They want to learn, are coachable and want to become better and better.
“I have confidence in what I do. I am realistic and the reality in this modern world is that quickly people can fall out of love with you. One day you are the devil, the next you can walk on water. I never get too carried away and make rash statements that I will be here for ten years.
“It would be a huge pleasure if I was but the reality is that may not be the case. I signed for four years because that is what I want to be here for to help the club develop on and off the field. And then after that you see where it takes us,”
If he’s happy, then we’re all happy. There’s no denying he is responsible for the feelgood factor at Celtic these days, and the lift he has given the club runs right through from the support to the players and beyond.
He also went out of his way to praise Derek McInnes…and took a shot at the pre season predictions of quite a few people, predictions that were made more in hope than expectancy…
“I remember back in pre-season the drums were being banged about Rangers going on to win this league, be the closest rivals to Celtic,”
“But Aberdeen are nine points ahead of Rangers and will finish in second place that is because the great work Derek – his team of coaches and support staff and players – has done.
“They have done very well and so we anticipate a tough game as have been the other games.”
FIFTY years ago today, a nation stumbled through the fog of a ginormous collective hangover with the vague recollection of having done something amazing.
Had we got married? No, that wasn’t it, no one was moaning at us. Had we won the Pools? Unlikely, though it felt like something in that delirious ballpark.
His imagery too, is , er, imaginative. Stumbling nations, delirious ballparks…
but he’ll never scale the dizzying heights of balanced reporting the way he used to, which is why Jackson will continue to lead the way… ( Record, 1997 )
And then there was Thursday and the news that the finest player I have ever seen in Scottish football wasn’t doing a runner after all.
All I can say is, massive respect is due to Rangers – and Muz in particular – for keeping Brian Laudrup in the game.
Who is that signing? I’d go for Batistuta – though Muz says no – but whoever they end up with he will be big time and he will be here soon.
It’s enough to make any Celtic fan hide behind the couch. Sorry? Oh, you already are ..
Knob of the Week.
Despite early headway being made by Colin Johnson, who boasted about having £500 on Madame Le Pen winning the French presidential election, before claiming his 13 year old son had done it and demanding his money back, he’s not the winner.
Any other week he would have been.
speaking of politics, go easy on Theresy.
Looks like she’s one of us.
This week it goes to a former Celt, who missed a sitter, as they say, that would have sent his side , Celta Vigo through to the Europa cup final and a shot at a place in the champions League…
John Guidetti, who thought he was too good for Celtic, made an arse of this chance with just six seconds to go…
John Guidetti-this weeks
Knob of the Week.
Caption time now, yesterday we had this…
What were they talking about when the cameras weren’t rolling ?