Celtic Diary Monday May 29: When History Was Made

After a nervous start, Celtic finally overcame a resolute and enthusiastic Aberdeen to win the Scottish Cup and become the first team in the world to win all domestic competitions without losing a game.

The hoops started a little nervously and struggled to find any sort of rhythm and it wasn;t a surprise to see the dons take the lead after some shoddy defending from a corner,

It also wasn’t a surprise when Celtic equalised a moment or two later, as Aberdeen struggled to adapt to being in front.

Despite what the papers said, the hoops then played the long game, very similar to the great Mohammed Ali against George Foreman, when th tactic was simply to wear out the opposition.

Long before Tom Rogic drove through the defence to score the winner, the Dons were not defending out of neccesity, but simply because they didn’t have the strength to run any more.

It may have been a little closer than we’d expected, or hoped, but as I’d been certain it would go to extra time ( See Saturdays diary) my sense of relief wasn’t perhaps as great as that of others.

Indeed , if it had gone into 120 minutes, we’d have been 3-1 winners, as I explained to the bookie, but apparently that doesn’t count as a winning bet.

One moment of controversy in the game highlighted something that I’ve been harping on about all season.

Jayden Stockley, presumably aggrieved at having a ridiculous first name, has been waving his elbows around all season. As many a mother warn their sons about having someones eye out with that, Stockleys elbow connected with Keiran Tierney, and the prediction that someone was going to get hurt came painfully true.

There has been little condemnation of Stockley, Tom English nobly apart, as the general opimiom seems to be it was an accident.

English was a little more realistic in his assessment.

If Jayden Stockley had whacked Kieran Tierney by accident then surely his instinct would have been to show some concern. He didn’t.

He’s right. It would have been the first thing anyone would do after such an incident.

Lets look again at the “collision ”

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And lets remind ourselves of Stockleys reaction..

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Well, thats me convinced.

Sadly, it meant that the referees failure to clamp down on attacks on Celtic players throughout the season had made a difference to this game, and of course, led to a second horrific injury on Keiran Tierney.

We can only hope it doesn’t affect him psychologically, and that manager Rodgers calls publicly for better protection from referees.

Still, captain Scott Brown had some words of comfort for the left back..

The player had been to hospital and raced back to the ground for the presentation, which is what you can do when your employer pays its medical insurance..

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Meanwhile, if Tierney is in need of a chat, there’s a fellow at Celtic Park who can help him deal with recovering from injury and still go on to be world class..

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There was also a little battle going on between Scott Brown and Ryan Jack, who is leaving aberdeen, possibly for “rangers “, depending on if the Ibrox side can find any money down the settee, which was summed up..

So with domestic dominance achieved, next year, supporters will be looking for a bit more out of the European campaign.

Former striker Henrik Larsson, who knows a bit about European success at club level, had some words of caution when he arrived in town yesterday for the legends charity match, astonishingly watched by Celtic Parks biggest crowd of the season. He scored a hat trick, by the way…

“It’s going to be tough in Europe, but if they progress the way they are progressing then maybe one day they will do well. But let’s give them time to build,” 

“If he wants to achieve a European final he will need to add players.

“Here we are putting pressure on Brendan Rodgers to try and reach a European final. I think he will need time. If he can achieve that straight away it would be amazing.” 

Patience is the key.

It could be argued that the record breaking undefeated season of 2016-17 has set the bar too high already, but there’s always another trophy to chase, always another memory to carve.

The manager seems to be up for the challenges ahead, as he curtly told a BBC Scotland reporter,

“I was born into Celtic,”

There’s been only pride for me and it is a huge privilege to manage Celtic. I was born into Celtic, into the Celtic family and I always wanted to manage Celtic. It was the right time for everyone, myself, the club, and now we’ve created an identity this season that allows us to hopefully build on this and improve over the coming years but to achieve what we did this year is a really spectacular achievement and it’s surreal really. 

And he’s already thinking of next season…

Uruguayan defender Manuel Cacares is “on the radar “. He’s currently at Southampton, but with the saints likelt to lose Virgil van Dijk this summer, maybe we shouldn’t get too excited.

Johnny Hayes of aberdeen has been mentioned, meaning no one is getting excited anyway.

As for players leaving, there was a little bit of bad news regarding Patrick roberts, as Manchester city suddenly remembered who he was..

 

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Manchester City Retweeted Patrick Roberts

Congrats !!!👏👏👏🏆🏆🏆

Glancing at the stories circulationg this morning, and nearly every Celtic player is being sold this summer.

No wonder it was difficult to get a cup final ticket. They all went to English scouts.

Sure its a sign we’re doing well, but hopefully these clubs will be sent packing with their pennies, and hopefully we can get a chance to build on what we have, instead of starting all over again.

This time round, I’m certain we’ll keep everyone the manager wants to keep…

Sometimes , though, to change the subjext with a cleverly thought out link, one can be forced to keep something one doesn’t want.

Something one didn’t want in the first place.

A couple of weeks ago, under pressure SFA chief had a chat with Dave King the latest in a line of businessmen tasked with fleecing the gullible Ibrox support.

We hear from an astonishingly well refreshed and almost indecipherable source that the subject of their discussion was the issuing of a European licence to the cash strapped Ibrox club, and repercussions should the SFA refuse to grant one.

King , it appears, has threatened to shut the club down should no licence be forthcoming,

Regan must be forced to either confirm or deny this, as yet again it shows that one partcular club is asking for favours, and disregarding the rules.

I;m not interested in Kings view of events, he doesn’t tell the truth anyway.

But Regan still holds a position of power, and must be made to remember that he has a job to do, honestly and transparently.

Either that, or we get someone in that does.

I’d also like to take a moment to thank bobby Madden, Saturdays referee, for having one of his better games. Stockley incident aside.

It must have  been tough for him…

It doesn’t matter , to a certain extent…

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Next season it will be tougher. Of course it will.

Aberdeen may have been thrity points adrift, but a record points total for the club suggests they are improving. And theres no denying that Saturday was a lot closer than the stats suggest..

 

Hearts, too, will settle and become more consistent.

Hibernian won’t be a pushover either, they have a manager who knows how to succeed at this level.

Then there’s “rangers “, if they survuive the summer, who will be armed with a new song…

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On Saturday we gave you this picture.. and in no way suggested it had anything to do with David Murray and bonuses for journalists…

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Weered

Caption… It looks like mikes farm is expanding into well schooled pigs

Morning bawsack,
Cannae be Mikes pigs…..they don’t have an ear trumpet attached.
Nose is about right tho….who nose 🙂

Weered

God nose

Mickelele

That song hahahahahahahahahahah

mike

Caption, The mason’s have run out of goats.

Mickelele

I can’t stop laughing at that “repeat x50” lol classic

mike

Pig’s flee from Ipox, they coudnt stand the smell.

Frank and Ronald Deboar are heading for there testimonial.

Weered

Mike… good morning sirrah

mike

The SNP convention heads to Perth. 😉

Morning big nose,
Ken.

Gaz

Pigs looking after their own….

Dziekanowski's nightclub child

Caption: Police Scotland practice there marching

Weered

Mike… that caption is in your field of endeavour :)… pardon the pun……makin bacon now

Gaz

O O holding up traffic. Then, now, always..

Caption: The British set Trotters in Ireland to quell the Easter rising.

Weered

Del Boy and Daves…

Cortes

Pedro’s superstars message to the fans after another trophy laden season:

Th-th–th-that’s all folks!

Caption: A group of local lassies head out for a hen night in Dundee.

Mike Annis

Caption: Eary marching practice for the newly formed BLT rue Blue Defenders Orange Band

🙂

maryhillbhoy

Good morning lovely etimer isnt it just a joy to follow the Celtic

maryhillbhoy,
I just can’t get enough 🙂

Caption: Hun wags head out for the end of season player of the year comedy awards.

Oink oink!

Danny Bhoy

Caption:
Our intrepid reporter Dave King has just sent this to the newsroom,

“I can categorically state that the pigs did in fact fly at no time did they cross the road!” (see photo)

More on this story when we have it….

IRISHGUY

Caption…..

Pedro…………….

“Idiota, what is zis, I said a dozen of ze wine”

Mickelele

Anyone else notice our equalising goal? Aberdeen didn’t touch the ball after ko I don’t think. Great football after being under the cosh.

Weered

They were probably in shock after scoring and taking the lead…

Bailly Mackay-Steven Allan Commons Ciftci Ambrose Bitton Out. Boyata? Would consider a decent offer. In? Strong goalkeeper to push Gordon Ball playing central defender to partner Jozo, Boyata while effective and handy to have in the squad, simply does not have the ability to move comfortably and link up play from the back, distribution lacking. This has to be a priority position to strengthen. Armstrong, Mcgregor, Rogic, Brown, Forrest and Sinclair will fill the midfield positions but i think Brendan will try and get a top signing in midfield. Dembele & Griffiths up front, another striker is a must. So… Read more »

Mickelele

Defo another central midfielder. Brown has been nothing short of phenomenal this year and proved a lot of people wrong, myself included. I thought he was done after last season. Maybe just get another in to push him even more and maybe rest him the odd game. That sounds terrible after the season he has had but I mean it in the nicest possible way, it will benefit us big time.

Monti, I thought Boyata was more reliable than Jozo m8.
He at least tried to get Celtic moving but the space was so compact,I don’t think he has put a foot wrong since he came back in. I think we need a left sided centre back,as the ones we have are all right sided.
But under Brendan Boyata is growing in stature,and has changed my opinion of him completely. Another couple of years under Brendan and he will become even better.
Give the lad a chance.

Yip…Big Jozo seems to get a lot of praise for not doing that much in reality. Boyata is constantly involved and makes countless clearances as the man charged with doing the ugly defensive work. Anyone citing his bringing the ball out from the back should consider 2 things

1: Why arent the quality ball playing midfielders like Armstrong able to go take the ball more when a team are playing a high line against us?

2: Name a team with 2 ball playing central defenders?

So are you saying Boyata’s distribution is ood enough?
Aye ok Desi.

Where did I say anything about his distribution?

I suggested he does the ugly work..why doesn’t Jozo bring the ball out a lot more if he is the classy ball playing defender?

Desi,
My point which i thought i made quite clear, is that we need to be better at the back in terms of distribution.
Look at the Van Dijk & Denayer partnership for an example, it was very comfortable and nerve free watching those two, because they were equally comfortable on the ball, it took the pressure of the midfield.
Boyata did a job this season Desi, but for me he is NOT to be trusted in Europe.

Jimmybee,
I respect your opinion but i disagree with you on Boyata, i’ll stand by my beliefs and views on him.
He would be in the same taxi as Ambrose for me.
We will see in time what Brendan does but i firmly beieve Boyata will be nowhere near the first team next season.

Caption: World class breakfast on its way to Murray Park.
GIRFUY. COYBIG.

Johnny Hayes and McGinn nah,we have better in reserve at the moment.

Who?

Mickelele

We need to keep a hold of Armstrong!! The vultures will be circling, an exceptional talent and a wonderful footballer.

Alzyerpal

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With the prospect of a half time Sherry and a wee game of bingo, the Ibrox lassies arrive in their droves.

The real Anton Rogan

The Larkhall ladies head for a night out

Weered

Caption… Alpha pig at the front says “See the black boys at the back, they’re Special Branch…and this one beside us hasn’t a clue about kettling… I think I’d rather go to the abattoir than Ipox”

Players for the off…Most of us know who they are, the fringe and forgotten. best of luck one and all. What about Players to file under “Will they be there next year?” – ( note this is conjecture – not opinion or wishes) Griffiths – Great distribution and heart, can score but lacks that touch of class and awareness at times to see bigger picture and play the odds in attack which means he wont ever be 1st choice striker in Brendans long term vision Rogic – Im hoping he’s our “number 10” but talent like his doesn’t go un-noticed… Read more »

Desi,
Disagree with you about Forrest, only the scintillating form of Roberts form kept James out, which i’m sure James himself would acknowledge.
The fact Brendan played regularly start to middle of the season would suggest how much Brendan trusts him.

mike

Its gonny be difficult for Brendan to find any top notch players to strengthen the team.
One strong central defender is needed to add a more physical presence, preferably a good heeder of the ball.
In midfield we seem to have a lot of creative midfielders, a wee bit more physical presence with the ability to link play, like Joe Ledley would be ideal. We also need another striker to back up Griff. Sometime soon Dembelle will be gone and will need to be replaced.

Mike,
Another Bobo Balde please….but with the ability to keep the ball and pass it!

mike

That would do it for me, just to gives us that wee bit extra security at the back.
Mighty pleased with Gordon and K.T. Lustig, not to sure, Broony, Armstrong, Rogic all good, with Roberts to stay and would swap GMS for Hayes. Add another striker, job done, I would love to see a Paul Elliot type centre back, he was majestic.

Not at first…..but big Paul came good!

henkesdreadlocks

Caption……

Orange walk passes off peacefully.

mike

How hard it must be to balance the budget that Brendan will be offered to strengthen the team, to identify players who will add value and the ability to raise the level of the teams performance.
Competition from the EPL and other big money leagues means that he will have to be smarter both to identify and beat of that financial competition, will other loans be the answer? I don’t think that he will want that, but he may be left with no alternative.
That balance, between the SPFL and Europe, good luck Brendan, that is where he will earn his lolly.

mike

Scott Allan,
Saidy Janko,
Nadir Cifti,
Logan Bailly,
Doris Defries.
Ryan Christie.

Henderson, we all want the latter two, to make it at Celtic, but will that happen? I’m not so certain.Still early days for them though. Could be a big clear out, that will depend on who comes in.

Don’t forget we also have izzy, Efe and Kris Commons off the wage bill so that’s a few quid saved

just watch Brendan spend it on:

Joe Hart
Yaya Toure

That should cover their wages for the first qualifier

Izzy?
I thought he was staying?

He was in the crowd yesterday getting pictures with the kids. I thought he would be away. Time to move on and all that although could be here another year according to reports:

CELTIC have activated the one-year option on Emilio Izaguirre’s contract.

The Honduran full-back has played second fiddle to Young Player of the Year Kieran Tierney this season.

rebus67

Desi,

Out of that lot, maybe only Christie and Henderson would fetch fees. The rest may need to be payoffs. Allan and Cifti to Hibs perhaps.

Rebus

mike

and who is selt.

SteveNaive

Great family atmosphere yesterday strangely offset by the presence of heavily armed police about the ground. Took me twenty minutes to realise it was Stephane Mahe and not one of the guys who donate big to get on the park. Great laugh throughout especially Neil Lennon bustin’ a gut to score. Somebody forgot to tell Bobo it wasn’t a real game !

mike

Who will we Hail Hail,
and who will fail fail,
who will be selt,
who will be telt, GTF,
pondering, thoughtful enquiries,
thought’s for the posters, in the Diaries,
will Ralph’s inside knowledge count,
or his drunken blethers be found out,
will Desi’s predictions come troo,
or like in the past all fall through.
Who kens, but its good to talk,
better fun than an orange walk,
funny marchers one and all,
minds reduced to very small.

very good…now a wee piece for end of season
“4 trebles in my lifetime” will be welcome

Weered

Mike, after an iffy start you finished so well 🙂

charlie

mike ime using that funny marchers one and all as ma caption entrant if it wins ime the champ again and you can be knob ae the week he he

Weered

charlie…you in good form today or yer usual auld fucker

charlie

jeest the usual auld fucker

Weered

charlie…nice to know that some things don’t or can’t change
🙂

charlie

weered its no dont or cant its wont he he wheres this epic poem yoov been slabberin about for weeks

Weered

charlie… I don’t do the slabberin…
I’ll leave that up to you 🙂

It will be well worth waiting for.
You will have one of the starring roles, probably the best stuff I included

I want the hiatus over the Invincibles treble to die down a wee bit…mebbe early tomorrow if Ralph puts up a new page 🙂

charlie

canny wait

Martin67

Caption: What’s that coming over the road is it a piggy is it a piggy.

Repeat x 50

charlie
mike

Very good Charlie bhoy, the champion league tim malloy. 😉

charlie

aint life grand mike

mike

As good as it can be Charlie. 😉

charlie
charlie
charlie

this is how it feels to be sevco

charlie
charlie
charlie

ralph wit did ye dae tae yon jj character hees n the huff wae ye

Rebus67

The Strange Case of the Ebouie who Disappeared from Sight! We spent a fair chunk of change on this player yet he hardly appeared in the first team! Very strange! Reports are that he contracted malaria and this would certainly affect his stamina. Can he work through this and still perform? Is that the reason that he has not appeared? He would seem to be a natural replacement for Brown but, in spite of his injuries and age, he hardly misses a game. Perhaps Brown’s presence in the team is crucial and so Ebouie must wait. His signing would seem… Read more »

rebus67

I have adopted a new style of posting. Post first, then think later! My post on Ebouie got me thinking. Without knowing the personality of a player it is very difficult to judge if they will succeed. In my case, I had all the determination in the world, physicality and speed, but I lacked sufficient ball skills. As a callow youth I was convinced that given time and opportunity, I would improve the latter. Sadly, I got neither so I became something other than a professional footballer…..a critic! In my time I have seen players that I thought could never… Read more »

Weered

Rebus… I like the way you have started to shoot from the lip 🙂

It’s hard to imagine that I was once a shy, retiring type of guy also… who said nothing to nobody…
That lasted until I was about 5 or 6

charlie

brendans probably at the stage now big jock was at in 66 the futures bright and its green and white COYBIG

Paul Mac

Think the player you were thinking about is Martin Caceres at Southampton … but they just released him so even if they sell Virgil, there would be no problem in signing him. Only played one game for Southampton after signing as a free transfer tho .. maybe fitness problems ? I do laugh tho at these reports that we are going to sell such and such .. like Moussa .. DO the media (dare I say my colleagues) think that with this extra money .. Celtic won’t spend it and get even stronger ?? What is it they say ..… Read more »

mike

The best signing this year was Brendan’s signature on his four year deal, a truly gifted manager, we know that we are lucky, lucky to have him, he has given us a team to be very proud of.
His luv of the Tic. shows through his shiney molars it is contagious, Hail Hail Brendan, our lucky white heather.

rebus67

Mike,

Too true!!

Rebus

rebus67

I have been asleep for a year.

Can anyone tell me:

a) How Celtic did in the league?
b) How Celtic did in the League Cup?
c) How we did in the Scottish Cup?

Really interested to know how the new manager faired,

Rip Van Rebus

Weered

RVR… The manager did good. Now get back to yer bed

Rob O'Keeffe

Caption: Barcelona 1972

Rip,Celtic did quite well(Daily R.tard) all season.Even won the Scottish Cup without passing at all,same as their opposition??
Manager fared poor,awful,no sorry that was the young Bhoys who won the Glasgow Cup and the League.Imagine going home to him with an open pay packet?Don’t expect plenty of new players signed Mr.Davies(Club spokesman).So expect keystone cop style defending in the C.L.against teams that are pretty good.Hey ho,KTF

BroxburnBhoy

Fascinating debate about players leaving and their various merits. I’m going to wait and see what Brendan actually does and trust his view on the players. I know my lack of speculation is infuriating and when it comes to what he will do – hard telling not knowing!

Weered

Broxburn Bhoy… I have to agree with you in all you say. The enjoyment in reading the varying pros and cons of numerous squad members. I’m glad Brendan Rodgers has a Northern Irish mind of his own.. 🙂

Cartvale88

Caption Pigs to the slaughter, a bit like sevco. I watched the first game against Lincoln Imps and thought we needed a wholesale clear out. BR in that short time noted the weaknesses ignored by Delilah, and immediately put a plan in place, which ultimately achieved the treble. He has improved things and will continue to tweak the team. Some players will go and a few will come in, he is a master tactician and a great motivator, things will only get better. The last team to beat Celtic, the mighty Barca, it will be interesting to see how long… Read more »

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