Celtic Diary Wednesday September 20: McCann Takes Swipe At Celtic Fans

Celtic Diary Wednesday September 20: McCann Takes Swipe At Celtic Fans

Celtic face Dundee tonight in the League Cup, and Neil McCann, formerly of Rangers and Sky TV , thinks he’s in for a torrid time.

Well, he will be, as long as Celtic supporters think he’s still worth it.

McCann is a sort of modern day Maurice Johnston, a man who went for the tax free blue pound when it was offered, and when his career moved off the ptich to the tv studio, he never hid his admiration for the club who showed him an entirely new way of doing his annual accounts.

Here he is when he heard Celtic had won a corner  against Rangers..

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Here he is when that corner lead to a goal..

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And here he is after the hoops won that particular game..

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McCann struggled, to be generous to him, with impartiality, and would show this with the occasional tantrum , the one where he waved a rule book around sticking in the mind more than most.

Thats a football rule book, not a guide to tax law.

Anyway, he’s been whinging in the papers.. presumably not looking forward to tonights game..

“I expect a nice cheery, warm welcome.

“It’s never changed since I’ve been playing football. I get the same adulation from the Celtic fans. 

“There’s nothing they can say to me that I haven’t heard before. 

Ah, he’s writing us off before the game.

I’m sure someone will think of something to sing to the man who makes Piers Morgan seem  like the kind of guy you’d want to share a long train journey with while you’re already on a suspended sentence for hitting people.

“I’ve heard some disgusting, despicable things but nothing they say will bother me.” 

Oddly enough, so have we, but then all we did was turn the sound down when he came on the telly.

Whilst reaching a semi final is obviously the priority tonight, a post match interview with him waving his rule book around and bemoaning a couple of referee decisions would round off an  incredible evening.

See, there’s something else.

I know what incredible means. Not everyone does.

Cuddling my little nephew Luke… the best part of an otherwise incredible day!

 

And she’s the smart one in that family.

 

Speaking of smart people, though i think this was a little tongue in cheek.. Faissal El Bhaktaoiu, the Dundee forward, has been watching Celtic, and thinks he knows how to win the game tonight..

I was at the PSG game after Scott Allan got me tickets and I went along with my friend.

 “PSG are a great team and produced one of the best performances I have ever seen. To be fair to them, PSG have some really good players.
 “It just didn’t happen for Celtic on the night. It is not often you go to Celtic Park and see a team exploit Celtic’s weaknesses like PSG did.

“Watching the match gives teams like Dundee some hope. We know Celtic are beatable.Now Dundee just have to play like PSG!” 

Well, they might…

Not only has McCann declared his team will not park the bus, he’s going to call it over if they do.

It looks like Celtic will have the strongest pool of players available for selection this season, with Dedryck Boyata back in contention, though he will be nursed rather than rushed back to full fitness.

Will the manager go with Griffiths and Dembele up front again ?

The luck we’ve had with injuries this season already suggests he won;t chance it. It wouldn’t entirely be a surprise if they bumped into each other, knocked themselves out and then broke their legs falling off the stretcher.

But Gordon Smith, the Sunday Posts Man in the Know, had a word of two of warning for hoops fans, with his expert and impartial opinion..

“The likes of Olivier Ntcham, who has impressed since his £4.5-million move from Manchester City, will have had his confidence bruised by an experience which saw him struggle to keep up,” 

Don’t forget either that Moussa Dembele, who hit the hat-trick in that 5-1 win at Ibrox, has been out for a long time.

“Even if he plays, he is unlikely to pose the same threat he did then.”

 

With three away games in a row in the next seven days, no doubt the full squad will be utilised, but the important thing right now is to join Hiberian and “rangers ” in the semi finals.

Hibernian eventually overcame a spirited Livingston, whilst “rangers ” needed extra time to defeat Partick.

The Ibrox side made four substitutions during the game, new rules allow an extra one in extra time, which baffled a few onlookers at first, but lets be honest, its not the first time they’ve had rule changes that seem to be for their benefit alone.

After their favourites pulled ahead conclusively in the tie, the old party tunes were back in evidence.

Singing their usual anti catholic ditties about where their knees are, how much they hate the pope and so on.

And the Fuck the IRA ? What will their Portuguese heroes know about the IRA ?

 

A number of their players -notably Bruno Alves -were injured last night and may miss the third consecutive Glasgow derby for their club at the weekend, though we hear thats nothing compared to the amount of players who will be forced to sit it out after an outbreak of malaria or food poisoning or kit theft expected around Friday lunchtime.

They’d better hurry up this guys getting fed up of waiting..

But Gordon Smith, the Sunday Posts Man in the Know, had a word of two of warning for hoops fans, with his expert and impartial opinion..

“The likes of Olivier Ntcham, who has impressed since his £4.5-million move from Manchester City, will have had his confidence bruised by an experience which saw him struggle to keep up,” 

Don’t forget either that Moussa Dembele, who hit the hat-trick in that 5-1 win at Ibrox, has been out for a long time.

“Even if he plays, he is unlikely to pose the same threat he did then.” 

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Elsewhere, and Manuel Nueuer, the badly spelt Bayern Munich keeper will miss the group stage matches of the UCL. He’s broken his foot, and as he’s sort of their main man, thats apparently a good thing for Celtic’s hopes in Europe.

Well, it would be if it was contagious. Which it isn’t, and anyway, they’re allowed to field a replacement, who is unlikely to have one hand and a couple of glass eyes.

I think we signed that guy.

Time for one of those stories about the one that got away, and there might even be something in this one…

Japan international reveals offer from Celtic, opportunity to join in previous summer window

Following his arrival from Hannover 96 to Marseille on a free transfer, Hiroki Sakai took some time to adapt to French football.

 The Japanese right-back struggled at first, yet he has gradually become one of the key elements of Rudi Garcia’s plans, and his absence tends to be noted when he doesn’t feature.

However, things could have been very different for him, as he could have signed for Celtic.

In need of a right-back for his squad during the summer of 2016, Brendan Rodgers ended up plumping on West Brom’s Cristian Gamboa in August, yet his first choice appears to have been Hiroki Sakai. 

Here..Rodgers…you can’t go around plumping on people. no wonder Gamboa hasn’t established himself yet. He;s still traumatised.

Giving an interview to France Football, the Japanese defender opened up about his choice to move from Germany to France, and revealed what made him choose Marseille over a transfer to Celtic Park.

In short, it was his national team manager, Vahid Halilhodzic: “I had three offers (Ajax, Celtic and Marseille). He told me OM was a good club, but it was hard to impose yourself there. Since that’s what I wanted, I chose to come here. I think he’s happy that I’m in France.”

Currently using James Forrest, Mikael Lustig, Callum McGregor or Anthony Ralston down the right depending on the opponent and the formation, and only sporadically picking Gamboa during their undefeated campaign, you can see why Rodgers might have wanted someone like Sakai 

 

Couple of new things on the horizon, one symbolising the future and the way ahead for the club..

And more importantly,  for some of us at least, one remembering the past…

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From The Irish Voice..

THE Coiste Cuimhneachaín An Gorta Mór (Great Hunger Memorial Committee) has announced the final location for its proposed Great Hunger memorial, with the grounds of St Mary’s Church in the Calton being selected as the site on which it will be built.
After stalling for some months during the planning stage, the committee met recently to officially re-start the campaign and after deciding that no city centre site could feasibly be negotiated with Glasgow City Council it was agreed unanimously that the available site in St Mary’s (above)—placed at the disposal of the committee by parish priest Fr Tom White—should be selected as the site.
Having worked closely with the committee in the early stages, Fr White’s support for the project will no ensure that the Irish community in Scotland will see the victims of Great Hunger and the lasting impact it has had on the city of Glasgow commemorated in a fitting fashion.
With some fundraising work already undertaken by the committee, the challenge of meeting the cost of the ambitious memorial project as it moves closer towards becoming a reality now falls to the wider Irish community, but having received widespread support so far the committee remain confident that the necessary funds will be raised.
Already merchandise and donations have seen the work of the committee gain the necessary financial support—which also allowed a cash prize to be offered to potential designers—to carry out its early work, and now in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art the submissions are being sought from some of the finest artists in the country.
Once designs begin to be received the committee will start to work through them in order to select the one which best represents the story of how the Great Hunger threw the Irish people to the winds and changed the face of the city of Glasgow. 

Well done to all concerned, it’s always irked me that one of the biggest concentrations of the diaspora has never had a focal point to recognise and remember the struggles of their ancestors.

 

Yesterdays picture…

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Daddy would u ask that boy over there, if he’d like to dance with me. 

Its the expression on Neymars face that fits this so well…

Today..oh what is he saying, and look at that convincing fist pump…