Celtic Diary Thursday August 24: Save The Glamour Until After Christmas

All eyes are on Monaco later today for the draw-well, arrangement-is made for the group stages of the champions League. How Celtic fare in this phase will determine where we play our European football after christmas.

As with all showbiz events-thats what the draw really is, a bit of razzmatazz-there was a rehearsal yesterday..

Due to the curious rules about the way its done, the biggest factor being that no group can have more than one team from each country in it, the final draw won;t look too much different from the one above.

Fact is, we are likely to have at least two “big ” teams-possibly even three, and we’ll just have to get on with it.

The preference for me is to avoid the glamour until after Christmas, Barcelona, Bayern ,Real and Juventus can all wait their turn. Spartak, Porto and Anderlecht would do me just fine.

However, whoever we get doesn’t matter, as long as we don;t fall for all this nonsense about how much the opposition players love it at Celtic Park;

Gianluigi Buffon eyes Celtic draw for ‘electric’ Parkhead atmosphere

I want to experience the electricity at Celtic Park again.

“Playing in the Champions League allows you to experience the most exciting venues in Europe. And when you are young, you take it for granted because many other experiences lie in front of you. But the older you become, you understand that there are things that you may not experience again. “I want to try myself on Bernabeu and Camp Nou again. I want to play a special match on Old Trafford.

And I want to experience the electric atmosphere at Celtic Park again.”

I suppose we could use a half decent back up keeper if he fancies it.

 

The point here is that other teams shouldn’t look forward to coming to Glasgow. We’re the ones supposed to be inspired, not them.

Divert their planes to Inverness, dig the roads up around their hotel. Get their team coach caught in traffic and turn the sprinklers on when they inspect the pitch.

Make sure there’s no hot water in their dressing room, and pump muzak over the speakers.

Anything to make their visit a nightmare.

 

As usual, the media have dug out some ex players and managers to boost our sides hopes.. (Scotsman )

Graeme Souness: Celtic are weak, and Champions League will prove this

If you’re a Celtic supporter it damages them as well.

If there is a real challenge from Rangers, do Celtic sell their best players? No they don’t.

“If you’re a Celtic supporter, are you seeing the same quality on the pitch as you would if Rangers were strong?

No you’re not. You’re team is weaker and that will be proved in Europe.

“That is the reality, they don’t need to keep their best players because they can beat Rangers and everyone else without them – the likes of Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk.”

Worth pointing out that Celtic haven’t sold any of their best players for a while now ?

Thought not.

and then there’s further proof they read the Diary… (Record )

Monaco eye Celtic striker Moussa Dembele as ‘Kylian Mbappe replacement’

The French champions have a ‘particular interest’ in the France U21 striker as they search for Mbappe’s replacement. 

It gets worse, in fact , perhaps we should just withdraw…(Evening Times )

Kieran Tierney is Celtic’s only top-class defender – Alan Stubbs

The only top-class defender they’ve got is Tierney,” 

“Domestically, [Erik] Sviatchenko, [Dedryck] Boyata, [Jozo] Simunovic are competent, but the Champions League is a whole new ball game.

“[In the Champions League], you need to allow Tierney to go forward, and that puts extra pressure on the two centre-backs and the opposite full-back. That’s where the problem lies within.

“Last year when they went into the group stage, people thought they just needed to be competitive and do themselves justice – I don’t think anyone thought they were going to come through that tough group.

“But the mindset’s changed now, people are potentially looking for Celtic to progress, to see whether that’s a measure of Brendan improving in Europe, and to do that, I don’t think they’re good enough [defensively], apart from Tierney. I really don’t. 

Another ex player was dragged out to point out the obvious…

Today at 5pm: Champions League group stage draw. Scott McDonald says Celtic need to defend better than on Tuesday, no matter who they get.

Nowhere will you see the fact that Celtic have moved up three places in the overall UEFA rankings…

 

Nowhere else will you see this simple fact..

Celtic would be above Liverpool, Valencia, Monchengladbach, Bilbao & Brugge in UEFA coefficient’s if the country part was not accounted for. 

which would have made a difference to todays draw…but the media won;t mention that, as it spotlights the shambles that is other Scottish sides records in Europe.

It hints at them dragging us down, whilst , of course, thats the job of the media.

As ever, it feels like the whole country wants us to fail.

Image result for fuck them

We’re doing this for us, not for them.

Too much has been read into the Astana return. Celtic were unlucky to lose four goals, but that kind of balanced out the two own goals at Celtic Park in the first game.

Its all water under the bridge now, and we move on.

Speaking of moving on, Harry Brady published the minutes from his meeting with Rod MacKenzie and Neil Doncaster, who are trying desparately to move on as well.

When you read them, here..Meeting minutes its important to remember that Doncaster is speaking for the clubs, nit for himself, and that MacKenzie is acting on their behalf.

The standard excuses seem to be rolled out, the deflector shields are on full power, and its going to take a massive effort to get rid of these people, and that mentality.

The first round of talks is over, and its maybe now time for a little more direct action.

Meanwhile, the lass who presents Rangers TV, which i think can be accessed on either the history channel, or Comedy Central, has been outed…

I’ve a couple of suggestions…

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Tam Sellics son on twitter predicts there may be a surprise for anyone watching should that channel cover the draw today..

Their former player Andrei Kanchelskis lamented how they used to be the people back in the day…(Evening Times )

“In Glasgow, we used to go to a Chinese restaurant, particularly after we’d won.

“One evening some official cars drew up outside and a man, dressed in a suit, came in to ask if they had a table for Prince Charles. He was on his way back from an official function in Glasgow and wanted something to eat.

“The official was told that the restaurant was fully booked.

‘But it’s Prince Charles.’

‘Well,’ said the owner, indicating the room, ‘which of these people do you want me to ask to leave?’

“Prince Charles and his entourage drove away to seek out a more pliable restaurant owner.” 

Had Charles of Wales known the Rangers were in the restaurant, he’d have been straight in, demanding the money owed to his mum.

Yesterdays picture…

This is so awesome that proves that People will go far to make a buck of foolish people who want to believe.

Lenny Bruce August 23, 2017 at 1:56 pm · Edit · Reply →

Ok, it’s a mermaid skeleton, I said I believed you….. but the same club? The same f**king club? No way I’m falling for that. 

Today…

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3 years ago

Caption The aroma of the latest caption comp decisions floats over billingate…

3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Decision and Billingsgate ‘

Hey Steve Jobs Apple knobs
Sort out yer predictive text
For it has me vexed
Ever so slightly perplexed
And on occasion over sexed

3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

That took ten attempts to write
Predictive text is so shite
Causes mayhem of a night
Buy another apple product?
Aye right.

GTF

Puggy67
3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Off your struggling with predictive text jest turn it aftershave

3 years ago
Reply to  Puggy67

🙂

ROB O'KEEFFE
3 years ago

As long as it’s not puggy, no offence. Looking forward to the draw, funny how the non Celtic fans at work don’t want to chat about it. Passports at the ready…

Puggy67
3 years ago
Reply to  ROB O'KEEFFE

Don’t worry Rob – the ‘anybody but….’ I’m familiar with.

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago
Reply to  Puggy67

Don’t worry young man,you have a Treble,we’re just sending you out on loan for a wee while….

tony carlin
3 years ago

its ok missus its only one of brother Pedro’s team talks you can smell, just go over there till the stench dies down

IRISHGUY
3 years ago

CAPTION…………..

” Now dont forget Mrs, keep the mask on until you get past the big building with the curtains on the outside “

Weered
3 years ago
Reply to  IRISHGUY

No drapes allowed

Cartvale88
3 years ago

Caption
You need earplugs as well to escape their shite.

It’s great to be a Celtic supporter and watch them wallowing in their hatred. The Daily Ranker drags up their usual garbage, followed by the rest.
Love the article about Pedro bringing back the smell of fear at Ibrokes, think it’s already there
Note Qarabag qualified against Copenhagen, puts it all in context
Would love to draw
Benfica
Manchester Untd
Basel
Think we would stand a fair chance of making it through, agree we want to avoid the heavies, but will probably draw Barcelona?

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
3 years ago

Caption: Are you my mummy?

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
3 years ago

Caption: Watch out, the Level5 PR offices are doing overtime so don’t take the mask off till your about a mile away

3 years ago

I don’t care who we get all that matters is we are in the hat and have secured finances for the next 2 windows by being there.
Whoever we get will be a massive challenge because at this level there are no mug teams as a result our team a treble winning team will only get stronger from the experience.
We will be facing the worlds best while the rest watch Eastenders or whatever shite TV is on at 8 pm during the week?
Fuck them and fuck the MSM

God bless the Celtic
HH

TicToc
3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

HaHaHa, Charlie S, remember:
“We’ll be in Seville
And you’ll be watchin’ The Bill.”
HH

3 years ago
Reply to  TicToc

😉 Spot on.

Weered
3 years ago

Caption: …”Yes madam you aye very close to Ibrox now…hence the need for gas masks…”

Weered
3 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Are very close… Ffs

charlie
3 years ago

ffs thats takin it a bit far its only gym trainers underpants ……….or maybe not

maryhillbhoy
3 years ago

Ralph you need to get over your infatuation with that Hunnette its becoming embarrassing mate.
Was going to say fat ugly hunnette then I realised that the term Hunnette made the rest redundant

Weered
3 years ago
Reply to  maryhillbhoy

🙂

Devoy45
3 years ago

Caption: “Better Together? That way Miss.”

Devoy is trouser tenting
At the CL draw that is pending
He doesn’t care who we draw
He is still in awe
Of our Bhoys and their leader, Saint Brendan.

Puggy67
3 years ago

Hope we get Monaco. Our record against clubs that don’t pay tax is outstanding

Apricale
3 years ago

So PSG pay €220m for a fast, left-sided attacker. And now they are looking to pay around €140m for a fast left-sided attacker.

The really big clubs are becoming like these Hollywood epics of the 1960 where they had the likes of Frank Sinatra and John Wayne with walk-on parts, but the whole movie itself was pretty crap.

3 years ago
Reply to  Apricale

Spot on analogy mate.
Though I am looking forward to seeing Marco Veratti in both games hopefully.
Terrific wee player worthy of a decent script.

Pat Higney
3 years ago

Caption: Wee girl: ” Mammy, I don’t want to see that stinking mermaid’s corpse again!”

Mike Annis
3 years ago

Caption: Tanks God we got out of the blue room. Talking shite again.

ewanbhoy
3 years ago

right fuck this getting a glamour tie, i want the easiest draw possible….so for me i am hoping for
pot 1 Shakhtor Donestsk
pot 2 Porto
pot 3 Anderlecht
i would be well happy with that draw but knowing our luck we will be in the group of death again

jimmybee
3 years ago

Caption: Yes Tommy Robinson has left the building.

BJF
3 years ago

“They say its the smell of fear back at Ibrox, smells like
sh-te to me, but there you go.”

I have no great expectations about progressing further in the champions League becasue the draw could be very unkind but I wouldn’t rule out a third place and the Europa League, that has real possibilities.

Weered
3 years ago

BJF… I hope you are wrong but I would like to thing that getting past first round is a distinct possibility and after that then it’s all up for grabs… Keep yer glass half full 🙂

3 years ago

If I hear one more crappy story about a big name player who wants to sample the atmosphere, and no doubt the free points, of Celtic Park I will scream. I don’t care if they like the crowd I want Celtic to compete. The easiest draw please. However, big Stubbsy has got it bang on we are in for a torrid time unless Lawwell allows Rodgers to go out and but at least 5 CL players over the next week . We need a goalie, two defenders, a midfielder and a striker or we will get hammered more than once this year. Every body wants Celtic because we do not have many CL players not because of the atmosphere. Too many people connected with the club from the boardroom to the stands are just happy to make up the numbers. These clowns are the enemy. We do not get a trophy for the best atmosphere or a participation rosette. This is a pathetic attitude. And as for the money. What is it for? If it is nort being spent on CL players then tell me what is it to be used for? We have hardly touched the Southampton cash or the money from last season and this years money will be banked for the Tories bonuses. And Rodgers is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the supporters as Big Peter’s bitch by telling nus a 20 year old South African is ready for the CL? This is clearly nonsense. If Celtic go into the CL with only Simunovic and Tierney as defenders then humiliation is on the cards. Boyata is not good enough, Big Erik is off and Lustig is very lucky he still has a job as he was a disgrace to the shirt in the second half the other night and can only be trusted in the league cup. Ralston needs to be promoted regardless of how much of a risk he is. And still he was better than Brown. Celtic are not a CL club at the moment but we have money in the bank to pay for players that will improve the team immensely. Why is it not being spent? Rodgers assured us this would not happen. But does he have any say. I for one do not want to make up the numbers but want to give it a go. But if we go into the games with the same players we have we are easy meat for any of the teams we can draw.

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  john

John sometimes your heartfelt posts come across nihilistic. But you are 100 per cent spot on. We need some reinforcements. At least two. Sell bitton and anyone else surplus to requirements. And don’t ever put young ralston or miller in cl games, no where near ready

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

I’ll reiterate you said promote ralston No fucking way not good enough yet.

3 years ago
Reply to  john

There is a lot in there I agree with John but the fact remains the type of player we need to be a competitive CL Club on a regular basis do not want to ply their trade in Scotlands backwater on the wages we offer.
Not until they are sure no cunt is coming for them will they consider Celtic Park as their first choice of destination.
Unfortunately due to our shite co-efficiency (not our falt and outwith our control) we are forced to navigate 6 games and 3 rounds in order to get there.
Which means we are left with around a week to try coax them in.
It’s not easy bud but with Brendan at Celtic we have more chance of getting them.
We do need players but not as many as you seem to think.
A quality keeper
Aquality CB
A ready made replacement for the aging Brown and we are sorted I think

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago
Reply to  john

Spot on John.Except for calling supporters clowns,a lot are simply delusional and glory hunters.That team will be ripped apart in the C.L. I thought we were to be World Class.I thought what BR wants,he gets.Get the cheque book out now.You are correct,where is the money going? As for “back away”Lustig,I have been pointing out this dud for years.Do you ever see him put in a KT type challenge?Gordon needs competition,he never takes responsibility for any errors.We need action.Well done John.

3 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

I don’t rate Lustig myself as a defender drifts in too much allowing wingers with pace room to get a cross in.
It’s an area of the Park we are weak on.

Macca
3 years ago

Caption “Ibrox? Aye, stay on the Broomloan Road and you can’t miss it. It’s got a big new banner covering the front so you might not recognise it but it smells the same so keep your masks on”

flinker
3 years ago

We could,nt beat Shaktar Porto Anderlecht Basle Rosenborg in the groups they were supposed to be the easy ones .
I hope we get that pork and cheese prick.

Monti
3 years ago

Celtic
Real Madrid
Paris St Germain
Liverpool

It’s all about the glory!

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Sounds tasty,but pumpings galore I would imagine,not of the Ivanka type….

Martin67
3 years ago

Caption: and the natural gas will burn your ass and blow you all to hell.

Bgbhoy
3 years ago

Paddy announced tomorrow

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Loan or permanent m8?
If it’s a loan i wouldn’t have bothered with it

HH

bgbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

I don’t know

but im happy with a loan, instead of blowing big bucks… lets see how he goes this season

3 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

I agree Bg though I suspect we may well get first dabs on him given the fact he’s evidently surplus to requirements and we have a good relationship with City.
Why we aren’t just paying the asking price is a bit strange if you ask me because that’s probably the best part of £3m gone in wages plus loan etc?
Anyway so long as he is here and willing to come happy days.
That would be the wingers sorted now on both sides.
HH

bgbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

hayes a strange one, cant see him producing it at all

3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

@Bg
Not necessarily so bud he’s better down the left than right.
This means 4 quality wingers with pace covering both sides of the park.
Sinclair gets tired or a niggle? Drop Hayes in he can deliver a lovely cross and can skin a man with his pace.
I agree not on the same level as the other 3 but better than GM-S

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Unless it’s a loan with the option to buy, i would have left it and used that money to strengthen the defence m8.
I love Paddy but i don’t see the sense in this if he walks away again next season.
Rodgars has said he could if he wanted to, break our transfer record, i would do that for Roberts, two or three years down the line we would double our money!

HH

bgbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

see what happens, does he walk straight back into the team?

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

If he’s a permanent signing yes ……

3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

I agree with Monti on Roberts.
That’s twice today… fs get me some hay some cunt quick.

Monti
3 years ago

The worlds greatest players have complimented our club, stadium and support throughout the years.
Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Messi, Ronaldinho, Xavi and Iniesta to name but a few.
These legends of the game are showing us respect, we should be very pleased with that state of affairs and return that respect in kind.
Xavi himself recently claimed Celtic shouldn’t have to qualify for the group stages, going straight into the groups themselves.
You know it is possible to receive compliments without a hidden agenda, these guys played for the biggest clubs in Europe, they love Celtic park because of the passion it generates not because it’s an easy three points, since when was Celtic park an easy three points?

Accept the fantastic compliments with the sprit they were intended!

3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

100% Agree with this ^

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

It’s just the team that’s not been World Class,the fans and atmosphere would have any player drooling as many have stated…..

Honest hoops
3 years ago

Great diary, Caption;this is the only way to avoid the stench from the media offices….

Iancelt67
3 years ago

Caption
If you get past the Copeland road alive good luck to you I’d avise you take another route. But if you insist pedal fast and keep going

jimmybee
3 years ago

As to the draw anyone but Chelsea please.
I dont mind who we get but chelsea would bring too much aggro for our fans.
It should be about celebrating being in the champions league from one of the poorest funded leagues in europe.To reach this stage is all we can hope for. Anything else is a bonus.
Players dont want to play in the spfl that is the problem we have irrespective of champions league football.So to say go and get champions league players is ludicrous.We cant simply because they wouldnt come.
So we have to continue with the policy of unearthing the wanyamas the virgils etc.This is where this league puts us sadly.
So bring on the great nights, lets celebrate one more time. HH

3 years ago

Caption
The year is 2025 The rotting corpse of The 2angers lies putrefied in the Summer heat as folk from the east travel to see the last days of the rancid beast.
All that remains is an old stairwell draped in a shabby blue plastic tarp and a field planted with tatties.
Oh the irony.
Meanwhile the the 14 in a row party in the Calton rages on…
GRFUYs

Weered
3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Saiz… I wouldn’t fancy eating tatties out of asbestos contaminated soil… 🙂

3 years ago
Reply to  Weered

The skins would make for some evil hooch mind 😉

Proitín

Weered
3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Saiz.. I took a bottle of the smoothest Poitin to a conference in groningen in 97…most dangerous stuff ever… Beautiful but fucking lethal.. I was on autopilot for 2 days

3 years ago
Reply to  Weered

I once left a full bottle at my pals house one new year (pure quality clearer than vodka) Himand his brother decided to tan it about a week or so later and thenhe went missing for 2 days.
Spent the entire 2 days in a drink induced Coma in bed unable to surface.
Reached about 10 on the Glasgow Coma Scale I gather?
Well he was warned when I marked the bottle with the wee black cross.

Weered
3 years ago

jimmybee.. the fact that Paddy is on his way back for this year, at least, will add further dimensions to the squad along with any other latecomers.
There appears to be a wee something missing in the squad at present…we have good , very good and great players but the show against Astana points to a team that is not quite together.

Saying that, there are some fabulous passages of play but not enough of them to maintain a constant pressure on opponents.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Weered,
I liked the way Brendan said in his press conference ” We know what we need “…. i hope he meant a central defender and a back up striker.
I repeat what i said to bgbhoy, if there is NO chance of signong Roberts permanently, i wouldn’t have bothered with a loan deal.

How good would it be if Celtic announced the Roberts deal as a four year permanent deal.

Weered
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti… BR has his own way of doing things. He knows about the CB issue and should deal with it

Weered
3 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Monti when PR played he appeared to be pivotal on the pitch and the other players used that as their kinda benchmark

Iancelt67
3 years ago

Also Ralph yeah I agree maybe too much can be read into the return leg and we move on, but for me there were some glaring red flags . We were asked questions we couldn’t answer for a good half an hour in that game the other night, better teams would have smashed us.
I think Brendan is being diplomatic with the press and fans and
It’s glaringly obvious he doesn’t have the latitude to get the players he wants in. Don’t think it’s a case of moving on I think it’s a case of the club being averse to releasing funds and lacking ambition. Hope I’m wrong.

3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

I think the signings of SIMUNOVIC Sinclair Dembele Ntcham show we have a bit of ambition think back to signing Willo Flood?
These are all low risk signings who will make us major money when moved on.
I suspect with the arrival of Roberts imminent (a player valued at £12m previously) this will herald a more expensive approach to solving our issues.
All within budget of course.
2 years continuous Champions League enables this to happen and if we can manage 3 or 4 seasons we’ll then we will be in a very strong financial position indeed.
I think the wage structure may increase over the next few years.
Time will tell as always.

Iancelt67
3 years ago

And well done qarabag. Lovely moment seeing their coach in tears in qualifying. Go the underdogs

Lapdug67
3 years ago

Caption: “The Ranjurs hen? Aye, i’ve heard they’re coming!!! probably fae that direction…….”

salad queen
3 years ago

Have we paid off the co-op loan yet?
Must be due in the next year or two.

3 years ago
Reply to  salad queen

July 2019 £12.5m final payment due.

portpower
3 years ago

Albion Rovers have been kicked out of Irn Bru Cup for fielding unregistered player & fined £2,000

Spartans back in and will play Linfield.

Them`s the breaks,it seems.

SFA/SPFL rotten to the core.

3 years ago

The club clearly lacks ambition. That has been the case with the board for a number of years but the supporters are exactly the same. I personally don’t give a toss what Maldini says about Celtic Park or Messi. I understand the problems with getting players to play at Celtic Park but pay them enough and they will come. That has always been the case. Celtic do not invest like a CL club. Our record signing was 17 years ago. Name me one club in the competition this year that have not paid a record transfer fee in 17 years! Regardless of what excuses you can roll out this is shocking. Two players in excess of 4 million in a decade! That is less than teams pay to get out of the English Championship. Rodgers promised he would hold the board to account. He has not done so. The first you will hear of his dissatisfaction will be him moving on because he has taken the club as far as he can. Personally I believe this will come next summer. Then he will join a club smaller than ours who are willing to invest to improve. Football is 95% at least about cash. It is why no one can touch us in Scotland and why we are no marks in Europe, praised for ‘our atmosphere’ (please fuck off with that shite, the lot of you). Plucky wee Celtic stuck in no mans land, playing nobody every week yet unwilling to buy better players to improve on the only stage that matters. This situation can quickly lead to pointlessness. Too many complacent people willing to accept thsis. We either move forward or die.

3 years ago
Reply to  john

Our best signing in the last 30 years cost us £650k I wouldn’t get to hung up on costs bud.
He went on to break many Club records I seem to remember.

3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

GORDON Free
LUSTIG Free
K. WILSON Free
LEDLEY Free
GRIFFITHS £1m (approx)
WANYAMA £800k
IZAGUIRRE £650k
DEMBEL £500k
ROGIC £400k
COMMONS £300k

All of the above have cut it at European level
It’s not how much you spend that is important it’s how much bang you get for your buck that matters bud.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Correct!

3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Oh PISH ^

TicToc
3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

And FFS, don’t forget Lubo, around £300k. I think that was down to Doctor Jo Venglos.
HH
Just lookin’ in now and then whilst on holiday and hoping to meet a VIP ETimmer tomorrow.

Caption: “It was Big Fat Derek Johnstone and he’s lurking over there somewhere.”

3 years ago
Reply to  TicToc

I was keeping it current Tic Toc due to the ever widening gap between the haves and have nots in Europe.
I agree though Larson and Lubo were both brought in on the cheap (Larson actually had a £600k release clause in his contract at Feyenoord) both Wim and Dr Jo knew exactly how good both players were long before any one else in Scotland.
It’s actually irrelevant how much they cost because all that matters is what they delivered.
PLENTY QUALITY

TicToc
3 years ago
Reply to  TicToc

Exactly, CS. I’ve just got a real soft spot for Lubo; a special talent who, like many others, may not have been Tims when they arrived but sure as fuck were when they’d spent some time with us.
HH
PS, I feel unusually confident, regardless of all the negativity (and some obvious truths) doing the rounds. Just hope The Griff stays fit and Moussa is back soon. We need Jozo at the centre of defence with one ‘other’. Probably too soon for our new defender.
Anyway, I fancy us to get 3rd and maybe better. BRING IT ON.
HH

3 years ago
Reply to  TicToc

Agreed mate you have to be in it to win it as they say?
Obviously winning it is stretching it a bit but I remember the last time we got a severe draw Lineker or someone posted Bye Bye Celtic on twitter?
We got to the last 16 that year so anything is possible.
I would say this side is a better side than the one Lenny had at his disposal.
So if we strengthen this week again an turn up for these 6 games I think 3rd is relaistic and second welll a dream scenario?
It’s football anything can happen.
A sending off a bad night for a fancied side and bang a cheeky wee result unexpected.
Let’s no get uptight about it let’s enjoy it no matter what happens.

5TB
3 years ago
Reply to  john

Nice one John. Peter Lawwell equals Celtic compromised.

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago
Reply to  john

John,agree with some points.I have stated BR will not be here in two years time however I know you are passionate but don’t resort to telling Tims to F off,it doesn’t help your case….

5TB
3 years ago

Caption;

Yes Madam. The huns are coming. Please take your family to shelter and hope that the Germans turn up instead.

Iancelt67
3 years ago

I agree with making our home a more hostile place to come. Port would agree here. When the Aussies put Uruguay out to make the 2006 World Cup we made the Uruguayans life hell when they touched down. Booed the fuck out of them and their fans all the way to the stadium, the team was spat on in montivideo in the first leg. Although we didn’t stoop to that level we gave them abuse and focussed on our own right to be with the elite as opposed to this friendly come and shag us and we will sing all night anyway. Fuck them all Messi ronaldo and every other overpaid show pony

portpower
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

G`day Iancelt67.

This was what we were up against:

Uruguay’s largest media organisation paid many of the fans to make Australia’s life hell, with the police “unable to prosecute” (ie. were probably on the payroll too) and with the blessing of the local FA.

The media organisation were so keen to see Uruguay to make it because they wouldn’t have made a profit on their World Cup coverage to boost subscriptions.

The second leg in Aussieland however, was called;”Hotel Operatives”.

Aloisiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

NB:Always pay your dues to the witchdoctor in Mozambique.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/soccer/safran-helps-lift-curse-of-the-socceroos/2005/11/19/1132017027452.html

BondiBrian
3 years ago
Reply to  portpower

Once again:
VALE LES MURRY.

portpower
3 years ago
Reply to  BondiBrian

RIP Les Murray.

The Cha
3 years ago

Caption: Rod McKenzie’s family have to move on after the big lad lets rip on what’s good for Scottish Football.

Monti
3 years ago

Iancelt,
You have missed the bigger picture my friend, to have the respect of the worlds greatest players is a great thing.

Iancelt67
3 years ago

Monti I disagree, of course I appreciate brilliance, but I also want to give our club every possible advantage. boo the fuck out of them, see how they perform. Fuck this cap ain hand wooing at their undoubted superiority. Make their time hell and give them plaudits after the game if they deserve it . Show some balls and ambition

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Iancelt,
Of course we must make the atmosphere as difficuilt for opposition teams as possible, i just think we should acknowledge these players sentiments to our club.

HH

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago

Caption: Weered (on active service) does a Taylor Swift!….

Weered
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob… Yer mumbling again 🙂

The Cha
3 years ago

“Celtic were unlucky to lose four goals”

Are you sure about that, as part from the OG the others were due to bad defending, which isn’t bad luck.

Iancelt67
3 years ago

Not dismissing that at all. But their admiration is for the setting and the atmosphere, not the quality of the team Quite taken by it to be honest. But we at least have to attempt to take that step up and get away from this being a great place to visit with 3 points in the bag. Just listening to this twat tim Sheridan writing Celtic off already as lucky to be where we are. Let’s do something this year, and give our great manager some cash to do what he wants, within reason of course

HH

Una
3 years ago

Have to say Buffon is one of the greats the game has produced, one of my favs.

3 years ago
Reply to  Una

Top quality like Maldini and Pirolito sustained it for an amazing length of time.

3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Pirlo’
GTF Apple…

3 years ago

Couldn’t agree more Ian. this plucky wee Celtic bollocks, don’t they support their team well gets right on my tits. And the 650k thing about Larsson is very misleading. Larsson had a couple of bad seasons and had fallen out with everyone at Feyenord, his best days were thought to be behind him and they couldn’t wait to get rid of him. We made him the player he began but that was a freak situation. And as for your list of players who have supposedly ‘cut it’ at European level. Well you clearly have a different idea of what cut it means than I have. Some of these players have played in Europe whether they cut it is a different matter. The truth is we have two players in the squad who are definitely CL standard. Rogic and Tierney. Most of the others are not. Brown and Lustig are finished for everything other than the SPL. Ntcham possibly, but he is a prospect. The others are simply not CL standard. Simunovic and Dembele are possibly good enough but they need more games. Cutting it means you play in the CL regularly and hold your own. You do not have a blinder and then crap yourself in the next game and hide, like Lustig did on Tuesday. I am not talking about spending 15 million pounds on a top level player, although this does not guarantee you a top level player, but a solid performer no nonsense player who will cost 6-7 million pounds. Celtic should be signing such a player every year to ensure that we are not 4 or 5 players short. I sound as if I am being ultra critical of some guys who have had good careers at Celtic but we cannot pretend that they are good enough at CL level. We fall behind further every year because others are buying quality, even the, so called smaller clubs. But we have the money. Unless the money is gone and if it is someone needs to go to jail. If you believe that money is not important you are delusional or that there is any possibility of picking up a gem for 1 million pounds. We signed johnny Hayes for 1.3 million and he was not on the park in the qualifiers. Why? Because he is not good enough. And now Rodgers is saying that the South African boy is ready. He must think we are all really stupid. There is no question that Lawwell and the Tories believe we should be satisfied just being in the tournament. Well we bloody well should not.

Una
3 years ago

Group D it will be

Una
3 years ago

Not bad C

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