Celtic Diary Monday December 11: We Are Where We Wanted to Be

There was no diary over the weekend.

Not that anyone noticed.

We had our christmas due to all of us being in the same country for once, and it all went really well until the board games and drinking bit…

I had just won my second consecutive game of Frustration, as the green tokens, when i was ordered to become the yellow ones, as it was close to orange and would put me off.

Bloody did as well.

Thats when we all remembered why we don’t live in the same country any more.

 

Forced to play on christmas Day, ( in this part of Staffordshire, anyway, )Celtic chucked away a two goal lead to Hibernian at Easter road-despite what you may have read in the paper..

Half time at Celtic Park and it remains goalless. Follow the second half live in our blog

Goalless at half time, but then Scott Sinclair reminded us that form is temporary and class is permanent. His two goals put Celtic in the driving seat, but Hibs didn’t give up.

Neil Lennons side fought like tigers and secured a share of the points, and frankly could well have won the game during a frantic last quarter of an hour that had us on the edge of our seats.

Much has been made of Celtic’s inadequacies, but little has been mentioned of the fact that Hibernian have now scored six of the twelve goals Celtic have conceded domestically this season.

They deserved their draw, and whilst you could argue Celtic should have won, sometimes you have to give credit elsewhere rather than criticism at home.

 

There is a growing undercurrent of dissastisfaction at the way the team are playing just now.

But lets consider where we are.

The first trophy is in the bag, as they say.

The club are clear at the top of the league, still unbeaten domestically since Brendan rodgers took over.

Today, we will find out who Celtic will face in the europa League knockout stages.

Celtic have played twelve games to get to this stage, and qualified ahead of last seasons quarter finalists Anderlecht, which we knew deep down was the most realistic thing we could expect from a group containing two of europes most powerful sides in Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain.

All of this was done with a side that had suffered several injuries to key players, and several others forced to play out of position.

We are where we wanted to be, and its been a bit of a slog. Players are tired, supporters are edgy, and its all getting a bit tedious.

There’s a winter break coming up, and frankly we all need it.

There’s a lot been achieved this season, especially as now domestically every game is a cup final, with every team wanting to be the one the beats the invincibles.

In europe there is a lot to look forward to as Celtic are the only side from the qualifiers to make the europa League. Indeed, the only side to start in pot four and make third place.

There’s still a lot of football to be played before the break, so maybe kets leave the moaning to one side for a minute, and be thankful we still have a lot to look forward to.

 

It’s important that we give the players some encouragement. They read the papers, and its difficult at the best of times to find anything positive to read there, so as we do in the ground,we need to close ranks on the web.

With rumours of “invoice financing ” at Ibrox, which is where a company-or club-sells a debt to a finance firm for less than its worth, the signs are that the tribute act are about to go the same way as the original band, and as a result, the media, who have failed en masse to draw attention to the ongoing custerfuck at Ibrox, will seek deflection.

There’s an example of this in todays Evening times, which actually promied to be an interesting piece , yet it collapsed into a collection of how much money Celtic lost on a player..

FORGOTTEN Celtic flop Derk Boerrigter has blamed the Parkhead medical staff for ending his career by failing to diagnose his broken ankle after finally breaking his silence on his Hoops nightmare.

The former Ajax winger cost Celtic a staggering £3 million in July 2013, before he was quietly released from his four-year contract in 2016.

His spell in Glasgow was an expensive error after making just eight starts, which worked out at an incredible £587,500 per start for his transfer fee and hefty £12,000-per-week wages.

However, Boerrigter – who never kicked a ball again after his exit from Celtic – has put the blame for his calamitous spell in Scotland squarely at the door of the club.

Boerrigter said: “Ajax loaned Isaac Cuenca from Barcelona and put me out of their team. He cost Ajax about £100,000 per game so had to play.

“I was furious and decided I would join another club. My career at Celtic didn’t work out because of silly injuries.

“Those injury problems actually started at Ajax, but at Celtic things went badly wrong. 

“Celtic then stuffed me full of painkillers, so I could keep playing.

“Then it turned out that it was ultimately a bone fracture in my ankle. 
I really blame Celtic’s medical staff for that. It was a real shame what happened.”

( there’s the story…but lets concentrate on some figures, because then the hordes can have a laugh…)

An injury on Boerrigter’s Hoops debut set the tone for his stay. He made just five starts in the league, one in the League Cup and two in Europe.

Celtic invested £4.7 million on the wide man, for which they got one goal in return – against Aberdeen in 2013.

Of his eight starts, Boerrigter played for a total of 512 minutes in the league for Celtic.

That meant it cost Celtic £9,180 for every minute he played in the Premiership.

 

I await the backlash for this…

Even though any right thinking man agrees with the sentiment in both statements, there is little doubt the media have failed to condemn it simply because they can’t find an angle yet.

No doubt it will come though.

 

So, before you have a moan about a failure to score a dozen past Hamilton on Wednesday, just remember where we are, who we are, and how we got here.

And lets stick together, like we did in the bad times…

Europa League ? It’ll be one of these..

If its Sporting we’ll have to wear that shocking pink outfit, which is another reason why New Balance should be allowed to pay us to wear their strips, but their input should finish right there.

Caption from Friday…

Hoophooray December 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm · Edit · Reply →

Pull my finger… and a club statement will appear!! 

Explains a lot, come to think of it.

Today…

 

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John mccloy in tasmania

Caption,Darling,I,ve missed you so much.

henkesdreadlocks

Caption……

Tell Monti I love him.

Monti

🙂

We can dress it up in whatever way we like but the team is nowhere near as good as they were last season and have actually gone backwards. Arrogant and complacent. Europe was a disaster and we only qualified because we drew the worst team in Pot three and played them at their lowest point in over 20 years. they are having their worst season in a generation. If we had played them 2 weeks later than we did we probably would not have qualified for the EL. We paly absolutely no one in the league yet have dropped points… Read more »

Thomas

Hibs: “Amateur outfit” St Mirren/Dundee: “Dumplings” Anderlecht: “Lowest point in over 20 years” I think those statements are more arrogant than the current set of players and management running the team. We have no right to win any single game and without these ‘dumplings’, there is no league! To label Hibs, one of the in-form and more attractive teams just now, as an ‘amateur outfit’ shows a complete lack of footballing knowledge. Anderlecht had a fantastic season last season and their current position is not ‘the worse in 20 years’, I would predict they will finish at least 2nd place… Read more »

Monti

🙂

Macca

On the money John!!

Kenny

Well said, Some of the stuff I’ve read about our recent performances has been doing my head in, yes it’s been poor recently but ffs some people need a reality check, last season was a one off and a lot of our younger fans seem to think it’s going to be like that every season which is just crazy but as someone who grew up during the the *Rangers domination in the late 80s / 90s I’m just enjoying the ride .

You are only as good as your last days work.

henkesdreadlocks

Stupid saying.

henkesdreadlocks

Zenit it is then. Was wanting Milan or Bilbao.

portpower

Celtic v Zenit

Celtic Park on Thu 15th February.

Away on Thursday February 22.

Mike Annis

Caption:You want to come up to my bit to play hide and seek?

Yoker Bhoy

Not a bad draw, could have been better and could have been worse. I hope the coppers will be well-prepared to deal with a bit of the old ultra-violence when the Ruskies come over as Zenit ‘supporters’ caused some real havoc when they visited San Sebastian a few days ago before and during their game against Real Sociedad.

el_guapo

Thought we were very complacent at 2-0 yesterday which was the big disappointment. We aren’t playing as well as we were last season but I fully expected this as last season was an anomaly. It will be a long time before we go through a season and only drop 8 points again.

Leões de Lisboa67

Caption: S’appening Efe ?

Devoy45

Zenit, possibly the most racist club in Europe, both fans and club management. There are tougher teams we could have drawn in footballing terms. Like Sevco, their fans never get punished for the things they shout and sing.
Ralph, your diary today is balanced and fair.

ROB O'KEEFFE

A slur on Roberto Mancini, a victim of homophobia and racism whilst in Italy, poor reporting

Cartvale88

Complacent, Celtic ad an attacking force 10/10, our defence 0/10. Both the Hibees goals came from poor defending.
The problem with the team John, is Simo, Boyata and Gordon, it affects the rest of the players, BR must rep,ace them or the chaos at the back will continue
Zenit a good draw as they are on their winter break.
Caption
Give us a job, I miss Paradise

Monti

Cartvale,
” Zenit a good draw ” ?
What do you think the Zenit fans made of the draw?
Those pink shirts will have them running
…….

charlie

great article ralph heers something fur the haunringers tae worry aboot

charlie
charlie
charlie

ther fans better no dae this ower heer or theyl hing the green brigade

charlie
Monti

Where’s Mike?

Tubbytubthumper

Zenit…..not impossible!

Monti

Based on?

Tubbytubthumper

Caption…..A hug seeing you’re missing Paddy!

Monti

Caption: KT-“Efe…Efe…you’re standing on my fucking foot man”

Monti

Based on what i’ve seen from us in Europe this season, i think Zenit will comfortably get by us. Unless we sign one or two central defenders in January, i expect to lose heavily over the two legs. Anyone who thinks we will get through past Zenit is scary as TicToc appearing on university challenge, for Cambridge. Domestically it’s worrying the amount of coverage the unbeaten run is getting, unbeaenruns ae great but we need to remind some folk WINNING is what matters. Ralph is right when he say’s we need the winter break, we need to charge batteries. Don’t… Read more »

Monti

Unbeaten

Puggy67

Caption: Effe you canny pass a baw so you can forget a Paso Doble.

charlie

caption keiran sais have ye booked yur holidays yet efe ime gon tae lyon in may but its a workin wan

Monti

Nurse Ratched

charlie

monti take a bitta advice fae oddball he he

ROB O'KEEFFE

Charlie, nae chance. Care for a wager?

charlie

ive already got ma bet wae ma bookie gamblin against strange people oan the internet is a mugs game

Rob O'Keeffe

I’ll do it through Ralph then.If Celtic get to the Europa League final,please no laughing at the back,I’ll donate £200 to a charity of your choice……

TicToc

Rob, that’s very kind of you!
So, just to repeat “If Celtic get into the Europa League, please no laughing at the back,I’ll donate £200 to a charity of your choice……” Yes, very Christmas spirity.
For his continuing, excellent comments on here, over an extended period, and to help with his current needs, I want you to send your cheque for £200 to TicToc Account, Babycham, UK.
Signed, er, Ralf.

Rob O'Keeffe

TicToc,you missed out Final…..signed Lonely in Lyon(Charlie).

TicToc

Rob, you missed the point, I didn’t miss anything it was part of a cunning plan……
all for, er, charity, you understand….so read it again and then forward cheque. Thank you.
HH

Weered

Charlie… And they don’t come much stranger 🙂

charlie

weered ime no wan for concurrin but a concur he he

Rob O'Keeffe

I wouldn’t be a stranger if you had done me a turn regarding tickets,we would be best of pals regularly discussing all the things we have in common,maybe one day…..

BondiBrian

Bet against Celtic?

Why…need money that badly?

Don’t care the odds, ah could never bet against Celtic.

The gemms nearly 3 months away, lot can and does change in that time.

Good diary again Ralph.

Rob O'Keeffe

Take note Bondi,money would go to charity…..it’s an old Celtic tradition…….

Rob O'Keefe

C’mon Ralph,collate for the Blackpool man.Money is offered to charity and the game is just over two months away……

charlie
Weered

🙂 One of my favourite fillims

charlie

wan fur weered

charlie
Weered

Charlie…cheers…

Monti

Charlie,
You had a Babycham? 🙂

charlie

your mixin me up wae tic toc ha ha ha ha ha ha

Monti

I see he wastryig to claim to have drank TWO bottles of the stuff?

Pish 🙂

Weered

Pish…yes he would have been profusely…

Monti

🙂

ROB O'KEEFFE

Maybe a buckfast shandy.. At least Max Clifford died… Yes..

Weered

Rob… In the spirit of the religious vein recently evident… Will those of you without sin cast the first stone…

Rob O'Keeffe

Strange post Weered,sex offender against young girls dies and you seem to advocate that we don’t think ‘Good ‘but in an earlier post you make a joke about a man tormented by demons who died today.Strange,maybe next time you light a candle,remember Max in your prayers……

Monti

I could do with casting several stones!

Weered

Those kilos just don’t budge the older ye get 🙂

Monti

🙂

Gerry

Can anybody confirm when their season starts again? We keep moaning about playing vital qualifiers in July/August when we’re not up to speed, but we can’t have it both ways; Zenit will not be at their best for this tie, but anybody watching that Anderlecht game will know we still have it all to do. Let’s see what the winter break does for us, who we recruit in January, and what level we can reach come early February. It’s far too early to say whether we have a good draw or not, best wait and see where we’re at when… Read more »

charlie

gerry ther break ends in march by that time at least theyl no need tae worry aboot europe he he

Gerry

Your positivity is a breath of fresh air Charlie!

Doc

Their season started 16 July, their break started today so their next games are against us and, as Charlie said, their next league game is in March.

Cartvale88

Monti
Zenit naw, Zenit maybes

They are on their winter break till March, they play this tie in February, this gives Celtic a big advantage. Think the pre qualifiers when teams are stale.
Our wee break is in January, with an addition or two in defence we have a better than evens chance, or are u John in disguise?

Monti

We’ll just have to wait & see Cartvale…..i see we have been linked with a young defender from..err..Dundee?
That should help….cough.

ROB O'KEEFFE

World Class Signed Ralph or Peter…

VooDude

Efe to KT, “I see you beat Ralph at the weekend. I told you before, don’t let him be green, he always wins. Try and get him on the orange pegs, it messes with his mind. Oh, and stop biting your finger nails”.

BJF

Don’t know why people slag off an unbeaten team that’s won 4 trophies in a row. That is not supporting Celtic, just being a smart arse. Champions League group stage is simply above our pay grade. Nearly 29 years ago the Bkessed one signed 3 x £6m players in Sutton, Hartson and Lennon and he had Henrik Larson. WGS had to sort those finances out, especially the wages which are probably more significant than the transfer fee. The team is showing the effects of 32 games and very short close ( recovery) season. Zenit play their last game tonight until… Read more »

Monti

BJF,
I remember the 90’s, in the words of Jeff Lebowski ” what the fuck are you talking about “?
Valid concerns are NOT slagging the team, there are issues with the side that we are discussing….

Did you bring the ringer? 🙂

Rob O'Keeffe

Yes,the 1990s when the Bank of Scotland gave the Huns a massive overdraft to try to destroy Celtic.Celtic’s debt was trivial compared to the cheats but that crooked bank called in Celtic’s debt.Are we meant to be happy now because the cheats died,the bank went bust and Celtic are struggling but we’ve not to mention it or you’re a smart arse?….

Macca

No one is slagging the team. Most are concerned that the current squad is not good enough to make any impact in Europe. Criticism is that the board is happy with domestic dominance and resultant profit and does not see value in investment to see progress in Europe.

Cartvale88

Supposedly interest in a Leipzig defender, anyone is better than the flowerpot men we have.

Monti

Apart from Awfy….

ROB O'KEEFFE

Spot on. NO diary for days, no collation but abusive posts seem to slip in no problem. Todays diary sounds a bit P.L.ish.M is correct, too many draws against teams that have small budgets compared to us. Defence is terrible, we should be cruising this diddy league..

Weered

Caption…Efe…this is what it is to be Celtic

Rob O'Keeffe

Yes,not very good……

Wisnae me

“Indeed, the only side to start in pot four and make third place.”
Apart from CSKA Moscow, Sporting CP and RB Leipzig?

You mean half the teams in pot 4 got 3rd place?

Are you trying to get a job for the SMSM?

charlie

aye but they wer in diddy groups

Monti

Some people need to understand that there’s a difference betwen raising real concerns over certain positions in the side, and slagging the team, a big difference. My concerns are this shrugging of the shoulders mentality to dropped points, it’s getting to the stage where it doesn’t matter if we win as long as we don’t get beat, stll unbeaten has replaced being pissed off at not winning. We are throwing a fair amount of points away, needlessly. We need to get back to WINNING, then the record continues alongside that, but winning comes first. Look at the Shaw equaliser, Simunovic… Read more »

Big Shuggy

Caption: K.T. tell Monti that Brendan is bringing me back to play beside Dedryck

Monti

Big Shuggy,
The thought of that makes me ill.

TicToc

So Monti, “……is scary as TicToc appearing on university challenge, for Cambridge.”…..ya big twat, how did you know it was me? Was it the slurred speech or the empty Babycham bottle next to my water glass? Ya big twat! Hope yer next shit’s a hedgehog. 🙂 So Zenit? There was never going to be an easy opponent, so bring it on. Before that we need to start really performing at Paradise to get back the WINNING mentality as we’ll need it against them. If Brendan STOPS trying to force big Craig to be a ‘footballing’ ‘keeper, we’ve got one of… Read more »

BJF

Monti read the posts some are the usual boo boys never happy. Concerns fine, no problem with constructive criticism but make them relevant and based on football not just dissing some players for the sake of it and some seem to do that.

Monti

BJF,
Agreed!

Cortes

Caption:

Efe’s advice to a youngster:
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
Yer a better man than me Gunga Din.”
Today’s caption is sponsored by a cake manufacturer.

Devoy45

I too am beginning to think our unbeaten streak is becoming an albatross around our neck. If we are afraid of losing, then we are starting to be afraid of winning as well. Hibs was a good example. A confident team should see out a 2-0 lead for victory, especially in the 70th minute. Upstart Sevco recently made a big fuss about its first 3 in a row this season and we mock them but I too would like 3 in a row—victories. We have six games before the January break. home to Hamilton away to Hearts home to Partick… Read more »

Rob O'Keeffe

The darker times in our “recent” history were caused by crooks,financially doping and has no relevance to our situation now……

Monti

🙂

Weered

Deary me… Cheggers just went pop 🙁

Rob O'Keeffe

Please reference your strange reply to me about Max Clifford……KC(R.I.P.) really nice guy…..

Weered

Rob…sin is sin…whether it be in deed or thought…
That’s the way the Catholic church sees it…

jimmybee

Embrace what we have and do not be afraid. 68 games unbeaten is not a noose around our neck it is a british record which shows no signs of stopping no matter how hard they try. We should have won yesterday chances missed and yes defensive errors but i wouldnt change this feeling i have right now following the bhoys. I rememeber the dark days too well. Being beaten by Clyde Falkirk Raith Rovers Ross County Motherwell Inverness Caley etc etc. Its a brilliant time to be a tim. Embrace it for all its worth and keep the good times… Read more »

Rob O'Keeffe

Zentit? Thank God,I thought we drew another team.We might have a chance ……

Weered

Devoy45… The albatross is around the necks of those who expect the unbeaten run beyond the to continue beyond the last game played…

Weered

Oops I messed that up… A goldfish moment

Weered

I fucked that post up… Brain freeze or something other lame excuse

Rob O'Keeffe

Let’s stop the unbeaten drivel and get this Club on a winning run.5 draws out of 16 games is garbage,call it what it is.Draws destroyed Tam Burn’s chance of winning the league…..

BJF

Decoy pretty much agree, let us focus on the domestic league and cup. I think we can take Zenit, obviously I would like the squad strengthened although the best thing would be a return to form of Sinclair, Armstrong, maybe Lustig, Gordon and Boyata as well. What about De Vries against Hamilton? My only worry about strengthening in January, you rarely get a finished article then. Wouldn’t It be brilliant if Paddy could be back mid February or is that asking too much?

Monti

De Vries against Hamilton?
Why does the goalkeeper need a rest? Not to mention puting the unbeaten run at greater risk 🙂

Weered

Monti… Different keeper might help defenders..

Monti

Not our different keeper tho….trust me.

BJF

OK Monti I like Gordon, a brilliant signing especially when you think Ged was training st Ibrox, and you are right he won’t
need a rest but a shake up in the defence different/ better communication,maybe? I have defended Boyata but even in my eyes he has been off the pace lately as has Lustig, even Tierney is playing like a more average player.

Macca

Tierney is a a young lad who prob just needs a wee rest. Boyata = Ambrose and needs to be replaced. Lustig has been a great servant and a real fans favourite for all the right reasons. Sadly he is now where Izzy was and it’s time to wish him well and say goodbye.

jimmybee

De Vries had a horrible start to his Celtic career he is a much better keeper than people on here give him credit for.
He has played well when called upon this season.
He won’t let us down if called upon .
The players are playing ok without being at their best.
They will come good. We played well on Sunday far better than the result shows more of the same and we will take care of business no problem.
HH

Weered

Here’s an interesting link that enlightens us on ancient Ireland…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment

Weered

Robbie Keane is the captain of ancient Ireland I hear

Weered

Thank God it’s not Roy

Monti

WE ARE ALL ROY KEANE!

Weered

Monti… I once had a Roy Keane alarm clock…
If you wind it up it’s liable to go off at any moment…

Doc

We have played a lot of games but we have, or should have, the squad to deal with it. We have an all time british record, each game makes that record harder to topple, this should be a huge motivator for us, not a source of pressure or nerves.

Caption: Efe’s marking has got better since he joined Hibs.

Monti

Boyata out!

Weered

Good morning Knobs

Monti

Morning bell end!

Weered

You called sir? You can be king ding…I’ll be king dong 🙂

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