Celtic diary Saturday May 27: Madden Upset At Social Media Slurs


This week we’ve hailed the invincibles, lauded the immortals and now have a chance to salute the incredible.

Should Celtic win todays Scottish cup final against Aberdeen, it will arguably put the seal on the second most memorable and successful  season in the clubs history.

Unbeaten already during the league campaign, victors in the League Cup, and now on the threshold of a rare treble.

Make no mistake, it would be a fantastic achievement.

It won’t be easy, but with Aberdeen missing one of our most influential players in Ryan Christie, it will be a little tougher for them unless the new guy on loan from Ibrox, Bobby Madden, can get a grip on the game.

John Fleming, the referee supremo at an under pressure SFA , has chosen Madden because collum, far and away the most impressive whistler this season, is out on U20 world cup duty.

Steven McLean has improved, but isn’t quite as reliable as the SFA would hope, but could please his bosses with a staunch performance as additonal assistant.

The SFA themselves are about to face a storm when  the Craig Whyte trial finishes, and so for the men who run our game, today might be their last chance to wield their influence to the detriment of Celtic Football club.

Madden himself claims to have been stung by online criticism, though he admits to not using social media..

‘I don’t use it. Some of my friends will occasionally take a screenshot and forward it to me, if it’s a funny comment. Some of the comments there are frustrating — but what can you do? Someone says something and it’s accepted as the truth and someone retweets it and it serves as an endorsement.

‘It’s frightening. I keep away from it. Some of the comments are not even worth discussing, casting aspersions about your family and… it’s better not to talk about it because some of these things are so factually incorrect.

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‘I tell my friends not to get involved, not to go in and try to correct it because they will only turn on you. Amazingly, they’ve said I have a son — I don’t have a son. That my dad was at a game. Well, my dad has actually passed away. 

Notably, he isn’t denying that he likes a bet, “rangers ” and goats.

‘I’m a referee, I’m there to do a job but, unfortunately, social media supports this type of mentality, not just for referees but players, too.’ 

‘The problem you have in football is players. The rugby boys tend to say: ‘Yes sir, no problem, sir…’ I tend not to get the same reaction!’

Thats because the rugby referees are fitted with a microphone, and therefore the audience can hear what they are saying.

Referees in Scotland are not fitted with a microphone because whenever they get near one they have an instinct which makes them leap onto a stage and sing about the sash their father wore.

Like the SFA themselves, they have no wish for the public to hear what goes on when they talk to each other, or anyone else for that matter.

Last season, Madden disallowed an Aberdeen goal…and conspiracy theorists would do well to note that it was during a win over Dundee united at Tannadice that kept Aberdeen in contention for the title. Had he wanted to he would have allowed it to stand.

He was right to have a go because it was a mistake. But immediately after he was in to apologise as he knew there was a line and he had overstepped it.’ 

And anyway, there’ll be a time when these things even themselves out…

But hang on, does Madden owe Celtic one for the foul on Leigh Griffiths, where the player claimed the referee had admitted to him that it was a penalty when Clint Hill prevented a Celtic win in the latter stages of the recent 1-1 draw ?

‘That’s incredible. You can see me on TV saying twice he played the ball. I was adamant he played the ball. Leigh maybe misquoted me.’

Have a look through FIFA’s laws of the game. Find me this bit on playing the ball….

A foul is a foul.

So, bearing in mind that Madden stands accused of some novel and refreshing interpretations of the rules, can we expect him to “influence ” the game ?

And if he does, will it see Celtic fail to get a treble and put a wee blot on a fantastic season ?

Yes, it will.

Can we expect a controversial sending off for Scott Brown ?

Early bookings for the centre halfs ?

A few free kicks in and around the Celtic box ?

I don’t expect Madden to be pro Aberdeen, but anti Celtic ?

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Both managers will be well aware of the refereeing style of Madden, who hasn;t even blown the whistle yet to start the game, which will influence their thinking.

McInnes will instruct his players to kick anything in green and white, especially Scott Brown and Jozo simunovic, who are physical players who might be tempted to react, thus getting themselves penalised.

Brendan Rodgers will instruct his players not to retialiate, nor to question the referees judgement, again for fear of being penalised.

Still think the ref doesn’t matter if you’re good enough ?

Legendary manager Jock Stein may have said that once, but that didn’t stop him from blasting Tom “Tiny ” Wharton after the 1970 cup final, when the referee-a hero to todays lot-disallowed a goal, refused two penalties and renewed his Ibrox season ticket at half time .

Celtic need to be on the ball today, so to speak.

We need to play as a team, and there is one thing that does worry me.

Moussa Dembele is back in training and the manager says he’s “fit to start “

Leigh Griffiths is being touted for a summer move to either Leeds or Wolves, both of which are well below his standard.

Why is no EPL side willing to take a risk ?

Griffiths is a feisty chap, which is great on the park, but off it ?

Rodgers has a difficult choice to make for the striker position.

Though in reality he may be playing mind games.

Griffiths is fit and raring to go.

Dembele is returning from a lay off.

Common sense dictates starting with the Scot, but will Rodgers stamp his authority on Griffiths, especially after his rant the other week ?

For what its worth, I doubt it.

Especially as stories suggest that Milan are the latest club to express an interest in the Frenchamn, and contact has already been made…

Fancy that. Both strikers linked with moves away.

The Cup final must be important after all…

Rodgers has indulged in a bit of psychology, touting McInnes for the Sunderland job, which isn’t usually how you’d speak in the run up to a Cup final…

“He is perfect for it,”

 “A really, really good fit. They are a big club that has had a change and now needs someone who can organise: someone who has been at a big club.

“Derek played at Rangers. He has been down in England and had a difficult time so he gets that. And he has done a great job with Aberdeen, which is a big job.

“He would go in, give them a bit of life, get them organised. He knows the game, he can motivate players, and the Championship is a tough league. I got promoted there with Swansea and it is 46 games of graft and commitment.

“It would be brilliant for him if that is what he wanted. A club of that magnitude — it is a big club, Sunderland — would be perfect.” 

I suppose he knows what he’s doing.


The Diary didn’t appear yesterday, as my wife has had a week off work to spend time with our new wee puppy, who herself found one of my old rebel cds and spent the afternoon with a few drinks..

We are also having a new floor down as the dear lady hates to see me doing anything she hasn’t thought of, and when we had a surplus, we took it back to the store to exchange it for the required trims and reducers.

The store gave us the full price in credit against the next purchase as opposed to the half price we had paid during a sale a few weeks ago, which cheered me immensely, but I was a little peturbed to begin with when the wife asked the lass at customer services if she “could return this as its surplus to requirements ” and the lass thought she meant me.

We missed out on

Knob Of The Week 

and with a nod to Ibrox, mainly to keep them relevant as although Celtic and Aberdeen, the two domestic giants, are playing today, their season finished weeks ago, and they may think they have nothing to play for.

Yet they have a manager who consistently puts in a tremendous effort to secure the prestigious Etims award, none more so than this week..

Perhaps he’s counting the referee as one of his players..

Pedro, my perplexing pal, you’ve done it again-you’re this weeks

Knob Of The Week 

This despite a strong sense of feeling that someone , somewhere , deserves it for this strange set of affairs…

First, this, from Celtic..

FOLLOWING the recent tragic events in Manchester, and further to liaison and discussion with Police Scotland, Celtic Football Club today outlined some important safety announcements in advance of this weekend’s matches.  

Clearly, with absolute respect to Aberdeen Football Club, we would not wish to pre-judge the outcome of the Scottish Cup final in any way. However, it is very important that supporters are fully aware of all organisational arrangements which may affect them.     

In the event of Celtic being fortunate enough to win the Scottish Cup, the club would like to confirm that the team would not be able to ‘present’ the trophy to supporters back at Celtic Park and there would be no supporters’ event there.  

Therefore, we urge Celtic supporters not to travel to or congregate at Celtic Park following the match.

It is also important that supporters know that the planned Heroes and Legends bus parade, which was to be staged in advance of this Sunday’s Celtic FC Foundation match at Celtic Park, has also been cancelled.    

Given the situation and the pressure on police and security resources, we are sure that our supporters will fully understand these measures which have been taken. We thank all our fans for their assistance and co-operation. 

Fair enough, but there are no fewer than six “Orange Events ” scheduled for Glasgow today.

Including one in Rutherglen, and a march around the Gallowgate..

It starts at noon, and will be passing through the Gallowgate just as Celtic fans are taking on fluids…

Happily though, the timing means that one guy at least should make it to work afterwards…

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 During the weeks celebration of Lisbon, an iconic picture has been appearing all over Glasgow.. and its good to see that the city, known worldwide for the friendly “banter “, has united to acknowledge the achievement if fifty years ago

Captions now, and we go back to tuesday for this

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where Brendan admitted defeat in the quest to secure the most Knob of the Week titles this season to a very worthy adversary.. and Pedro himself admitted something

Weered May 23, 2017 at 8:13 am · Edit · Reply

Caption “…Don’t say a word Brendan… I know we’re shite…” 

Today..whats this, I wonder ?

Prediction for today ?

I’m not so sure…

Celtic to win 3-1, but with ten men and in extra time…..

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Note-there is no suggestion that I’ve seen Bobby Maddens bookie line…

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4-0 to the hoops

Tobias Lodge

Big Tam to score, 3-1and Aberdeen to score from the spot.


Brilliant Ralphy (again)!!

Special thank yoose to E Tims for the remarkable coverage about the Lions and thanks to posters for sharing your memories.
Its only about the Tic. nothing else matters today, cos today Brendan and his bhoy’s will make history.
I’m going to a wedding,
although I am dreading,
the thought of meeting yyyyoooohhhoooooo.


Mike… Here here… Wonderful memories shared and deeply appreciated THANK YOU

Surely the referee in 1970 was one R.H.Davidson of Airdrie? Stein apparently chased him down the stairs at Hampden as he was leaving. Griffiths should start with Dembele coming on with 30 minutes to go. If he doesn’t start I think we will have seen the last of Griffiths today. Which I think is a pity. The guy has scored nearly 60 goals in two seasons, one where he has hardly played.

Rob O'Keeffe

Correct John,we were Robbed!First time I saw my dad and uncle go truly “aff their heids”.Ralph’s bottle has totally crashed.It doesn’t matter what Agent Orange(sorry) does,the Scottish Cup is coming home to rest in Paradise!KTF

Tim Buffy

Wasn’t it Bobby Davidson who refereed the 1970 cup final?

tom campbell

It was R. H. Davidson (Airdrie) who refereed the 1970 final between Celtic and Aberdeen. Some Celtic supporters used to think ‘Airdrie’ was his surname while others felt R.H. stood for ‘Right Hun’.

Morning Bhoys,
Let’s complete the treble as one united force today, players and support as one!
Let’s get right behind each and every single Celtic player and our great manager, sing yourselves hoarse and will the side on to victory and an historic, unbeaten, unprecedented treble.
The Spirit of the Lions is with Brendan and the Bhoys today.
Fuck Madden and his Sash!
As for the marches taking place today….hopefully they pass on peacefully…cough.



Caption: Dave King opens up a shop for suckers.

Caption: ” What time does the shop open “?



“If Carlsberg did shops……”

Celtic 4 Aberdeen 0

Dembele 2

Rob O'Keeffe

Caption:Those windows look nice,thanks to Ivanka…..


Did the windy cleaner shift those stains ye left behind Yavanka. Wasn’t difficult for him to reach though, no stretching involved


20 Regal and some gum drops, please.


1) Do not bring flares or fireworks to the game or you will be arrested.
2) Do not behave in a way that will frighten the public.
3) Drink responsibly or you will not gain entry to the stadium.
4) whatever you do, do not win the treble.
5) Whoever wins the cup today, you will not be allowed to show the cup to your OWN supporters at YOUR own ground.

6) 8 orange sectarian marches, celebrating the killing of Catholics and used as a vehicle to intimidate the Catholic populaion of Scotland….go ahead, perfectly ok!


Monti, what a dreadful cynic you are. I refer you to point (2)…the rest is fair comment 🙂

Rob O'Keeffe

Number 5,Whoever wins the Cup?? This is Ralph’s fault.Weered,what time are you wandering away from all links to civilisation,thus missing the Treble tanking?
P.S.Pesky sexistist won the caption.Signed Una and Ivanka……


Weered accepts all accolades from grateful accolytes who raised my profile to a new height without really trying too hard… oops is that remark to be moderated or will I just let it fly whee hee


Weered is in complete contact with civilisation both modern and ancients and missed nothing.

Rob… Thanks for the impetus and idea to allow me to string an alliterated something for the female Tims… I care for them all

Rob O'Keeffe

It’s a pleasure you sexistist etc.As you state,any publicity etc.By the way,did you see that Tim Ivanka at the Vatican? If only I was a “Motherwell Billionaire”.Lovely day in Glasgow today for the game.You might get it on a live stream cos it’s on Premier Sports,but you’ll need electricity,hee,hee.


Does ” frightening the public ” include blessing ourselves aggressively?


Possibly if it is done with Lourdes Water


Caption ” fags and sweeties.. Ahh the good old days… Anyone seen my inhaler and insulin syringe?…”


I would be reluctant to field Moussa today. If he were to break down again, his chances of making the CL qualifiers would be almost zero. Griffiths has performed well since his return and we know he never gives less than 100%. We still have more than enough in our armoury to comfortably see off Aberdeen, provided everybody “keeps the heid” and doesn’t give Madden the opportunity to influence the outcome.HH

Yoker Bhoy

2-0 for the tic. Griffiths and Boyata.

Caption: My girlfriend just asked me what i was doing in that shop for 15 minutes…..especially when i don’t drink or eat sweets.

Or smoke….


A quarter of cola cubes, a single and a match please.

We have something through the back, wink wink…if you care to follow Rob O’Keeffe, he’ll take care of you 🙂 cough

Rob O'Keeffe

Hee hee,Broad Black Brimmers and smokin’ armalites available(allegedly).For mind altering whatevers,please see Tioc67(feckin head case,caused by Erudite).Hope TicToc is playing today!Right,that’s my lift for the game here,coming officers……


That brings me back 🙂


Have a Grand Day Ghirls and Bhoys.

South Aussieland is Green and White.

This is Only the Beginning.

Celts by 2.

Oh it’s Beautiful Magical…


What a week, what a season it’s been. I think SM has done a great job in highlighting the behaviour and antics of Scottish referees and we know they read what is written within. This lets them know (even if the mainstream do not) that we are watching them, we know what they’re up to and we will continue to highlight it at every opportunity. saying that, I do think Celtic will prevail today I cannot predict a score but I do believe Celtic will have too much in the tank for Aberdeen, it will be a fitting end to… Read more »

Mike Bhoyle

First up…
My brother lived in EK many years ago…and was able to tell anyone who would listen…that Bobby Tait was a Hun bastart of the first order.
Anyone involved in local football at the time knew this.
Surely there must be some residents of EK who could confirm the stories about Madden ?
As for the game…
Wee Leigh has done everything to justify his starting position today..and I’ll be really pissed if he’s on the bench…He doesn’t deserve that.
As for a score…
4-2 fur ra Tims.

Mike Bhoyle,
I hear what you are saying about Griffiths m8, but a fit Dembele would be first choice in my opinion, every time.
Dembele hasn’t played in a month or so but if he has trained to maximum, i’d be tempted to start him.
I feel Griffiths will start though.



Proprietor. Kenny Lingus.



Monica Lewinsky Found!

Steven R

Caption: financial dilemma as customers can only afford to buy two things from this shop.


Quote of the season:

Is Brendan Rodgers the first to kiss Griff and nae up the duff?

All we`ll lip read from Madden today`ll be;

“Fuck off, no another one.” When Griff keeps hitting the back of the net.


Does the new arrival have a name yet?


Wee Spencer James…

Tried for months letting the daughter know the Brendan was a good name but to no avail.

I`m away out soon to sit with a crowd of bampot Bhoys but tomorrow me and wee Spencer shall watch the repay.

Have a good one Monti.HH


Spencer James it is then!
God bless him and your family m8


Port… A good solid name 🙂

The Cha

That orange walk around Parkhead seems to have been “withdrawn” not banned as it should have been but at least some peace for people.

Personally, if there’s doubts that Mousa may break down, I’d be tempted to start with him knowing that Griff can come on.

The Cha,
I just wished all their fathers had withdrawn, world would be a better place!

The Cha

Ah well, at least their grandkids won’t be into that shite, as it’s totally incompatible with being Tic fans.


Monti… Would that be the vinegar stroke


She gave me the king size and I gave her a gobstopper.


🙂 stylish

Leões de Lisboa

Caption: Well, blow me !! Sooky sweeties and a puff aw in wan go ?


Gonna do it anyway


Pedro is trying to show the shopkeeper tactics with sherbet lemons and. Humbugs

Hmmmmmm what channel to watch the game on….BBC have Micheal Stewart, Alan Stubbs and Willie Miller.
SKY? McCann, Commons and McLeish.

Sorry Kris, it’s BBC for me!

Maybe McCann & McLeish could share their EBT repayment plan?

Enjoy the game Bhoys & Ghirls,
I am shaking inside with hope & anticipation!


3 is the magic number!


Celtic find the solutions Bhoys, keep the faith!

Stockley is a disgrace but surprise, surprise the officials miss it???
They miss it again!

Celtic need to regain our composure and go again, we need to get the ball into Roberts and Sinclair in wide areas!

C’mon the Hoops!


As I feared the ref has influenced the match. His performance is one of incompetence in missing obvious fouls on Celtic players…Griffiths and Tierney. Tierney’s injury means the shape of the team has gone. McGregor is missed in the midfield and Rogic is contributing nothing so far. Aberdeen look dangerous on high balls into the penalty area, plus they have had shots from the edge of the penalty area that have goals written all over them if deflected. This is going to be a dog fight. This is the best that the Dons can play but Celtic are way below… Read more »


Good tight game we need this for Europe need to up it get dembele on Griffiths is gash


Tom rogic best fucking player in the league


The thunder is back!

Love from Lisbon!


Fair play to aberdeen could have won it last fifteen we woke up



Yoker Bhoy

Golazo from Rogic. Hats off to the sheep for making a real game of it although we had complete control of the game in the last half hour or so. It was only a question of time. A memorable end to a memorable season. We love you Brendan! We love you Kieran!



Big Tom secures the supa dupa treble. Immortals 2017


was something said to the ref at halftime because he fell out of it in the second half. He still made poor decisions or more to the point missed decisions but he did not influence the flow of play.
Aberdeen were out on their feet by the end and it was a kindness to score at the end.

Not a great game of football but certainly a competitive one for 75 minutes.



Without Fergus this wouldn’t have been possible a big thank you for saving us and making sure we didn’t end up like them.


Hail Hail… Second time ever tears in my eyes over a football match… Brendan’s interview opened the taps… HAIL HAIL


Very sayisfying indeed. Record breaking invincibles!

Rob O'Keeffe

Blood,sweat and tears,literally,from this Magical,Memorable,squad and management team.Thanks for this season.This goes down in the annulls of history.

I tell you the God’s honest truth.My pal turned to me and asked why I was looking skyward and I told him I was asking Big Jock for a last minute goal.Love you Jock!

First beer in my hand, i am fucking flying bhoys…flying!


Monti… Enjoy comrade

The last time i felt like this was at the birth of my daughter.
Just happy m8, just happy!


Monti I know that feeling very well, kinda like no other…
A boys a boy till he takes a wife, a daughter’s a daughter all the days of her life 🙂

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