Celtic Diary Monday November 20: This Defining Week.

This week, where Celtic face PSG again, followed by Motherwell in the League cup final, could set us up for a great season.

There’s also a few rumblings elsewhere that could add to the general merriment if things go to plan.

First up, on Wednesday, are PSG in Paris.

Yet to concede a goal, never mind drop a point, the all star oil company side are among the favourites to become European champions. They do look capable of that, having yet to even concede a goal.

Maybe Celtic should field an ineleigible player and take the 3-0 loss.

Or maybe we should roll our sleeves up, play our own game, and strive fpr the point that would secure a place in the Europa League. After all, playing a side of PSGs calibre at our own game , and maybe performing quite well, will show us that against lesser sides in the Europa, we can expect a decent run, seeded or not.

As long as we don;t sit back and admire them, I’ll be happy.

They’ve already qualified, so they might not be up for a toe to toe kind of game, as, indeed , Manchester city weren;t on a couple of occasions last year.

 

Then its a cup final, and the possibility of the first leg of a second treble.

If Celtic are humiliated in Paris, it may be difficult to raise the players for the game with a much improved Motherwell. The Steelmen will fancy their chances, and they’ve got someone who can make their chances count in Louis Moult.

On any given day, Celtic should be too strong for anyone in Scotland, but one off cup games can be a nightmare.

If both games go well, however, the team will get a lift after a very intense first half of the season, and that could set us up nicely for the run in.

Ahead of the PSG game, though, there are signs that the Paris side won’t be taking it lightly..

“Each match is different in the Champions League. And Celtic will play against us with a different face. 

“I don’t expect an easy game. Of course, we are a better team but in any 90 minutes, the situation can change. 

“We’ve watched Celtic’s last few league matches and it’s not the face they had against us in Glasgow.

“It is not a bad team. And the key for us will be to score early so Celtic will need to react and that will make the match far more open for us.”

The words of Edinson Cavani, who outshone Neymar and Mbappe at Celtic Park.

He could just be paying lip service though, but he may have noticed what we did.

Celtic paid too much respect to the French side, and he doesn’t expect a repeat.

Neither do I.

 

Nir Biton will play in central defence against the fearsome front line of PSG, and he’s not as scared as you might think he should be.

Or as scared as we are with the prospect of a central midfielder playing out of position at this level against those players.

We need to face it, 

Well, that should help. Turning your back on them would be a disaster.

“PSG beat us 5-0 at home but I think we can get a better result and I hope we can do it on Wednesday.

“The pride is still there and we will go there on Wednesday night and do our best. In every game you go out there and try to get the best result that you can.

“PSG are better than Celtic and they showed that in the first game. But we need to go to Paris and you never know – maybe we’ll be in the Europa League on Wednesday.” 

Aye, maybe…

To be honest, when you play games against that kind of team you make one mistake and you pay for it.

“When you play against Neymar, Mbappe, Cavani – it doesn’t matter who plays there – you need to make no mistakes and compete. 

“If we do that hopefully Wednesday will be another kind of game.” 

Well, at least he knows what he has to do. Whether he can step up is another matter.

Perhaps he will. Its not the end of the  European campaign if Celtic lose, even if its a heavy defeat.

Maybe that lack of pressure will relax him a little, and allow him a little more confidence, because its confidence in themselves that the players need at this level.

They’re still learning, and who better to learn from than some of the best ?

 

Also this week, it might be worth keeping an eye on the news, and then digging around to find out what lies beneath the story.

Lord Bannatyne, according to some drunk on the phone, is about to confirm that Dave King will be cold shouldered..

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Well, actually it is.

The Scottish media either don;t understand the implications, or don’t want to.

Should Bannatyne enforce the Takeover Panels decision, and thats really only a formality, then no financial institution will deal with “rangers “.

Including whoever they use now.

Otherwise no financial institution will , in turn, deal with them.

Other suppliers, such as caterers, kit manufacturers et al will not be affected in the short term, but they will feel pressure and eventually will not want to deal with the Ibrox club.

Effectively, its the beginning of the end for this particular entity, although it won’t be administration , they’ll just grind to a halt and disappear.

Thats if no one appears on a white horse and displaces king before all of this. Which isn;t likely, although we do hear there are others on the sidelines waiting to clear up the mess, but it all depends on whether or not King has taken enough out of the place to satisfy whatever motive made him go there in the first place.

 

All this talk of Kings and white horses will no doubt excite the hordes, but the reality was explained by one of their own, well, two or three of their own..

For instance, if King is removed…

Or the increasingly aware Ninjaman , on twitter..

£16m in loans. £7m shares. Buy them out & have to offer to buy the rest of the shares. Could be looking at over £30m just to get control of the club. Then you need to invest in EVERYTHING. Who in they’re right mind would do that? Sorry, but we are f*****. 

Didn’t we see this film about five years ago, are the producers using the same format for the sequel ?

All they need is a motherwell born billionaire…

But this time, no one will invest..After Bannatyne, they cannot even if they want to.

 

As long as King is there, after Bannatyne confirms the cold shoulder, no bank will go near them, no investor will touch them and they’ll just wither away and die..

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There are a few of them who think Walter smith is the answer, but he apparently has been asked the question and told them in no uncertain terms that he isn’t interested. In fact, we hear one of the words in is reply was “off”.

Which is a shame.

I’d have liked him to spend the autumn years of his life doubting that he ever was a capable manager, as he leads whatever is left of the club into oblivion.

The curtain is coming down, its common knowledge in the game, and amongst the media.

Why else would it take so long for them to being in a manager ? On the first Zero Hours contract in professional football…

Even if all he has to do is beat this overrated lot..

I believe that was from her CV, which she sent to BBC Sportscene.

 

Yesterday, we asked you to explain this..

A city gentleman maintaining his look by getting his shoes polished, London, 1954-1955, by Frank Horvat

Devoy45 November 19, 2017 at 2:31 pm · Edit · Reply →

Caption: Shoeshine Scotland serving her Westminster Overlords. 

Today..

 

 

 

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Kev T
2 years ago

Caption: Potential Sevco manager prepares his C.V.

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
2 years ago

Caption: Not even the dignified Taylor would deal with the ‘rangers’ club secretary after the cold shouldering.

VooDude
2 years ago

If anyone ever needed proof of Ralph’s commitment then this is it.

I can assure you this is a genuine, rare, photo of Ralph Malph on last Summer’s Holiday, getting up early (oooerrr Mrs.) to write that day’s diary.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  VooDude

Can’t be Ralph, no cans of Lager lying about.

BJF
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Caption. Dave King writes to confirm South African courts have removed all his assets.
Feeling relaxed about PSG but a bit concerned that we might have post European reaction on Sunday, can’t see Brendan letting that happen though.

Monti
2 years ago

I can see a Zombie on the street, only has one eye, staring at his feet,
Shuffling around, his clubs not around, craigy make us whole again.

Looking back they died coz of debt, this they can’t accept & we won’t let them forget,
” rangers “they are gone, rotten flesh & bone,
140 years of ‘istory gone.

Lustig you’re the one, you still turn me on, you can make me whole again.

Southside Bhoy
2 years ago

Caption “Thought it was only a cold shoulder FFS”

Just thinking. Have seen about 4 remakes of the original Spider-Man in recent years. Each one with a slightly different twist but his Da gets shot, he gets bit by a weird spider and develops superpowers thereby saving the world.

Looks like a remake of a similar plot. Accounts are shot, bitten by a weird snake eye man, gets MSM superpowers. Struggling to find an ending to match the plot. Ah, I’ve got it. Fade into oblivion removing their toxic fan base from society thereby saving the world.

And we all lived happily ever after.

John mccloy in Tasmania
2 years ago

Keech jackarse making an arse of himself again.HH

Weered
2 years ago

Caption:…His hard drive still wont connect…at least he got a ribbon on it for his pains…

Westendtim
2 years ago

Caption.
I’m sure my space bar used to be bigger!

the bhoy with mcgrain in his side
2 years ago

Caption: Christ almighty it’s 2017 ffs. Just use the laptop & put some clothes on you fecking hipster.

Alzyerpal
2 years ago

Caption: “And now for something completely different!”

Melvin Udall
2 years ago

Caption: After feeling the full weight of the Take Over Panel’s decision, Dave King plotted ahead for ‘Rangers Mark 3’ regardless.

henkesdreadlocks
2 years ago

Caption……

…….. and if you thought Pedro was nuts, wait til you get a load of me.
Please find my CV enclosed. I look forward to hearing from you.

Monti
2 years ago

🙂

2 years ago

Can believe you didn’t spend the whole Diary saluting the new Wonder of the World that is Tynecastles new stand…the media are still damp in their excitement!

Brencelt
2 years ago

Caption:Intrepid journo gets on the case.

Despite evidence to the contrary, Scottish football admins say “Nothing to see here, move along”

Melvin Udall
2 years ago

Caption: The SFA Compliance Officer over turns Ryan Jack’s red card for stabbing the fourth official in the neck with the Referee’s pencil.

steff
2 years ago

Caption, I knew when i applied for the job at the Record sports desk i would have to go through a masonic ritual of some kind but come on!!

ewanbhoy
2 years ago

the huns r fucked and they know it now too…..oh happy days 🙂

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  ewanbhoy

ewanbhoy…yes, their pennies have finally dropped 🙂

tony carlin
2 years ago

Caption, “he’s only here for the crack”

Una
2 years ago

Caption:

Dave kings letter of intent stinks of shit.

Monti
2 years ago

Caption:

” Dear Mr.Murray,
Absolutely delighted you have accepted my offer of one pound for ” rangers “.
As i sit here & write this, i can’t help but think there will be many other cases in the future.

Signed,

C.Whyte.

Minister for general mayhem.

Wisnae me
2 years ago

Caption:
SMSM finally get round to reporting the naked truth.

Dave King’s new clothing line gets a favourable review from the SMSM.

Lenny Bruce
2 years ago

Caption

The Emporor’s New Rangers

George Lazenbhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  Lenny Bruce

Emperor’s news reporters

George Lazenbhoy
2 years ago

Caption: I just rest it on the space bar

Devoy45
2 years ago

Ralph, did you get that £50 note I sent you in the post the other day! (see today’s caption winner!) Move ower Fairmer Mike, new kid on the block)
Caption: MSM journo regrets investing everything in Sevco…
Caption: Monti pays dearly for betting against Boyata becoming a GOOD centre half.
Caption: MSM receives Knob of the Week Award.
Caption: Fairmer Mike goes organic and invests in latest technology.
PSG? Let’s play as we can play. A point is very unlikely but not impossible.
C’mon the Hoops.

Weered
2 years ago

WHERE IS MIKE… OUR POET ILLUSTRIOUS…

Rebus67
2 years ago

Ralph,

I agree that Sevco are in a death spiral. However, I do not expect the “rangers” brand to disappear completely. I hold this view for two main reasons. Firstly, their crowds are in the 40,000 level. That is a lot of potential for the correct business model. What that model is, I do not know, but it will not include King, and will involve an admin event. Admin may lead to another liquidation but I think that an entrepreneur willseek to avoid that as it slows down the development of the business to full profitability.

The second reason that I think we shall see a “rangers” is that there are investors out there who either have an affiliation to the brand, or who see both a profit opportunity and a means to massage their ego.

Sure, let us enjoy the death throws but do not be deceived by what it means for the future.

Rebus

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Rebus,Sir Bribe and Lie is apparently waiting in the wings to take over whatever is left when King disappears.His brass neck is not scorchable…..

henkesdreadlocks
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Caption……

and if I was David Murray, I wouldn’t be able to sit on this case.

Monti
2 years ago

Heavy conflicted? 🙂

Rebus67
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob,

It occurs to me that one option may be to sell Ibrox for development, assuming they have the deeds. Move the team to Hampden for the rest of the season. In 2012 CQN reported that Celtic Park was valued at around 50 million and it will have increased since then. The same article also indicated that Ibrox could not be sold for less than 20 million. So a get out of jail card for Sevco is to sell Ibrox. However, such a deal could not happen quickly enough to keep the lights on, unless some form of financing was included in the deal. With King around could financing be possible, given the cold shoulder? Perhaps King could be bought out by funds from the Ibrox sale. Ibrox is the only asset that could raise enough funds to sustain Sevco for a period of time.

Is this being negotiated with SFA knowledge, given the nearing of the end of the leasing agreement between the latter and QP?

Sevco are not done yet. Will they use the one valuable asset that they have?

Rebus

BondiBrian
2 years ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Rebus,
Id take great delight in seeing ibrox sold off a la Arsenals Highbury, but ah honestly canny see it happening.

It would appear their basket of assets are getting bigger holes in it by the day but the lights are still on, single wattage but on.

Hell mend them.

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Rebus,no chance of King getting finance once cold shoulder is applied.All institutions play by the rules once it has been applied.He will be gone pretty soon.Did Whyte not state that he has the deeds to Liebrox and Don’t call it Murray Park? However,if it is able to be sold,oh yes,the Berlin Wall coming down was amazing but that would Trump it,happy days.HH

Wee Wizard
2 years ago

Billy Davies typing up his CV for Sevco job !!! Sorry KevT

JoeKSG
2 years ago

Caption:Fuck it, that was daft betting everything on getting 55.

Matt
2 years ago

Caption…”EXCLUSIVE IN TODAY’S EDITION…Court reporter reveals all!! ‘I’ve been sitting on this case of severe piles for quite some time’.”

Hail Hail

Matt

Danny
2 years ago

On the case of the naked truth.

by Keith Jackson

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago

Thank you PSG for showing us respect unlike Ralph,who blithely states that we’ll take 4 or 5 off of Ross County with hat tricks on offer.That Lucy looks quite nice,surely not a Hun.Maybe it’s Una in a bad mood.Agree with her about Sinclair.Brendan,give him the money and get the pics back,then you can sub him when he doesn’t perform which is becoming pretty regular.
Caption: Lustig’s lover posts from the caravan park…..

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago

Caption: The Donegal “journalist” types something about Sevco High Command…….

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago

Breaking news: Rihanna(lovely stuff) wants to go out with the Sevco squad because they never beat anyone……

Monti
2 years ago

JOHN THOMSON PARK, CARDENDEN, FIFE.

Celtic captain Scott Brown & Tom Boyd today officially opened up ‘ John Thomson park ‘ football pitches to be used by the local community.

Well done & good to see!

2 years ago

How do you find porn on these things.?

Rebus67
2 years ago

Corrupt,

You hold the screen up to your face until you see it reflected back to you.

Rebus

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago

Such sad news.BDO( the liquidators) are sending cheques out to former Club Deck members of the dead club,who paid about £1500,for the princely sum of £58.Don’t laugh,ok do.
The Sevconians are considering an appeal for a share issue at their forthcoming AGM.Who are these chancers? They make Joe Pesci’s character in Goodfellas seem not so bad…..

Monti
2 years ago

Was good to see Fernando Ricksen & Doddie Weir being given good receptions this weekend.
Both men suffering from Motor Neuron disease, the same disease that took Jimmy Johnstone from us.

My partners mother suffers from MND so i have seen first hand the effect this disease has.

Best wishes to Fernando & Doddie & all who suffer from this disease.

HH

Puggy67
2 years ago

Caption: Opening scene from Terminator 10: Rise of the geography teacher.

Devoy45
2 years ago

I echo that Monti. MND is a vicious disease and a horrible way for any human to suffer and die. I wish the families of Fernando Ricksen and Doddie Weir whatever peace and courage they can muster. Peace and good health to all.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Devoy,
Absolutely mate.
Football rivalries are fine but when it comes to things like MND, i don’t care what colours someone favours.
Not nice seeing someone suffering and deteriorating.

HH

Monti
2 years ago

Caption: ” Dear Stewart,
Just a quick few words to confirm the Huns are indeed dead.

Signed,

G.Treviso
UEFA
NYON
SWITZERLAND.

Bognorbhoy
2 years ago

Caption…

Paulo Nutini styleeeee…..all together now…

I’ve got thongs on ma feet
A case fur a seat
A keyboard tae bash
A pipe full off hash

Nothing’s gonna stop me now

Bognorbhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  Bognorbhoy

That last line should be…..

And nothing’s going to bring me down, oh, ooh

Cortes
2 years ago

Caption: Stan Collymore’s journalistic duties dog him everywhere.

Devoy45
2 years ago

Caption: (Limerick)

There once was a man named Roger
Who quite often typed with his twadger.
The keys sometimes would stick
so he used his small prick
to loosen them, the miserable auld blodger.

In a parking lot not far from me
A man naked was composing his diary.
He typed on a Remington
which he bought cheaply in Leamington
“I’m typing the naked truth” was what he telt me!

I’m trading in for a computer
which is better for my old six shooter
My return bar is rusty
and my keys are quite crusty
It’s all one helluva plooter!

portpower
2 years ago

Caption:
Billy Davies` tripadvisor.

Robert McEwan
2 years ago

Caption sars finally strip king of his remaining assets

FSTB
2 years ago

Caption lights out for RIFC
Nothing left to sell
Dave King signing off

rab wallace
2 years ago

Caption “cracking the EBT case”.

Celtic Mikey
2 years ago

Caption: rangers fans
write to Emperor Dave King to congratulate him on how great they look in the new kit.

BondiBrian
2 years ago

MON Celtic in Paris. Don’t bottle it.

HAIL HAIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  BondiBrian

Adelaide United FC by 7.

jimmybee
2 years ago

Caption: The naked detective cracks the case.

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