Celtic Diary Sunday January 21: Five Goals, Three New Players

Celtic eased back into the swing of things yesterday with a 5-0 win over Brechin City. It wasn’t the most difficult of games, but whilst watching one could not shake the feeling that if you could transfer the enthusiasm of the Brechin players into the Celtic players you might well have one hell of a side.

Not just based on yesterdays game, but on the season so far.

The early James forrest goal -just two minutes in-undoubtedly settled the nerves, and further goals from Sinclair, Ntcham, Boyata and Edouard made it all look rather easy, although there were a few dicey moments as Brechin refused to be overawed by the occasion.

Brendan seemed happy enough to get it all over with..

I think that you come back and you want to get into your rhythm as soon as you can,” 

“Brechin came with a good spirit. They have had a tough season so far but history tells you these types of games can be difficult for you.

“We started the game well and created chances and took our goals well at good times. It was a professional performance.

“I never disrespect any opponent as there never any easy games now. I felt I could have picked whatever team and would still have a strong side, but it was important to get our rhythm back early and get a good result.

“Similar to last season when we came back and played a team from a lower division, it’s important you go and work well, and we did that.

“I said to the guys that the plan today was to see if we could get the job done as early as we could, as I wanted to give some oxygen to the players who hadn’t been playing so much.” 

Presumably to keep them awake.

Oddsone Edouard started up front, still the only forward to start in consecutive games for the last few months, and he did score, which is what he is paid to do, but it does raise doubts about the other two.

Leigh Griffiths didn’t even make the bench, as he is injured.

He had an ankle injury at the beginning of the week so he hadn’t trained and it was too much to risk him today,” 

“He is going to join in a session after the game and hopefully he will come through and that will allow him to be available for Tuesday.” 

Well, that explains it. If I join in  a session I’m usually not much good for anything the day after.

And Moussa Dembele, who was on the bench ?

The problem, apparently, is in his own head.. he’s fretting over the fact that so far only Brighton and Crystl Palace are considering  a bid. Which wasn’t how it was supposed to pan out.

Rodgers explained…

There has been nothing official as yet. I know some enquiries have come through to Peter [Lawwell, chief executive] but nothing concrete,” 

“The boy is fine, he is training, he is working but it is clear that he has probably not been quite the same as what he has been for probably over a year or so. My job as the manager is to ensure that the focus is purely on Celtic and the team.

 “He is a good kid and for a lot of players January is a difficult window – lots of speculation – but my job is always to protect the club and make sure that everyone who plays is totally focused. We will see what happens between now and the end of the month and will take it from there.” 
The sooner we cash in on him the better. There are two other strikers who will not hang around to be his understudy.
As for players coming in, we are reliably informed there will be three more signings. McGinn, despite what you may read elsewhere, is already done.
Either that or our informant is.
The other two ?
The manager said after the game yesterday, when asked about incoming..

“Not that I’m aware of as of yet, but there is obviously work going on with the club behind the scenes.

“It’s just about getting the right type of quality that can improve us – that’s what’s important and that’s never easy.  

“A lot of work has to go in before you do that. We are hoping between now and the end of the month we can do that, and that injection of quality into the team will then serve us well hopefully for the rest of the season.” 

That sounds to me like he knows who he wants and is just getting them over the line, but as ever, the top players will wait until the last minute before committing themselves, and quite rightly so, from their point of view.

Any names mentioned ?

There are a couple…

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Robin Knoche (born 22 May 1992) is a German footballer who plays as a centre back for VfL Wolfsburg.[1][2][3] Knoche represented Germany youth teams from 2012 to 2015 but has yet to feature for the senior team. 

Knoche is a product of VfL Wolfsburg‘s youth academy, first entering the club at the age of thirteen. Knoche made his senior first team debut in 2011 and was part of the squad that won the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final against Borussia Dortmund and the 2015 DFL-Supercupagainst Bayern Munich

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Neven Subotić (pronounced [něʋen sûbotitɕ]Serbian Cyrillic: Heвeн Cубoтић; born 10 December 1988) is a Serbian footballer who plays as a centre back for German club Borussia Dortmund.[1] He made his first-team debut in the 2006–07 season for 1. FSV Mainz 05. In 2008, he signed with Borussia Dortmund. 

Born in Banja LukaSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, to Bosnian Serb[2] parents, father Željko from the village of Kulaši (sr) and mother Svjetlana from Brestovo, Subotić spent his early childhood in Prnjavor. In 1990, when Subotić was two years old, his father went to Germany in search of work. In 1994, with the Bosnian War raging, the rest of the family including five-year-old Neven, his sister and their mother joined their father in Germany, settling in Schömberg. Neven took up football at the age of seven with the local outfit TSV Schwarzenberg.[3]

In the late 1990s, the Subotić family’s residence authorization in Germany expired and in order to avoid being deported back to Bosnia,[4] they opted to move to the United States in 1999. They settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Subotić’s father had a cousin.[3] Subotić played football with Sparta Gold and Impact Black youth clubs.

Within two years, the family was on the move again, this time to Bradenton, Florida, so that Subotić’s sister Natalija could pursue a tennis career at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.[3] The city also happens to be the base for the United States under-17 national team. Subotić trained on his own in G.T. Bray Park, where he got spotted by Keith Fulk, one of the American team’s assistant coaches who then informed the team’s head coach, John Ellinger, about Subotić. After arranging a tryout, they offered Subotić a spot in the residency camp. At the time, he was not attached to any club sides, but eventually started playing with the University of South Florida team.

While playing with the under-17 team in the Netherlands, Subotić was approached by player agent Steve Kelly, who inquired about his career plans and offered a possibility of playing in Europe. After impressing at the tryout for 1. FSV Mainz 05, young Subotić was on his way there, initially playing for the club’s youth and fourth-division teams (1. FSV Mainz 05 II).[3] Subotić holds a German passport, an American passport, a Bosnian passport, and a Serbian passport.[5] 

Bigger hands than old Charlie Green, apparently.

1. FSV Mainz 05[edit]

Subotić made his professional debut for 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the last match of the 2006–07 season against Bayern Munich, as his team was relegated from the Bundesliga. In the 2. Bundesliga the following season, he seized a starting role in what was the league’s best defense, conceding only 37 goals. The team finished in fourth place, missing the promotion back to Bundesliga by only two points.

In the 2008 summer off-season, Mainz head coach Jürgen Klopp got a job coaching Borussia Dortmund and was instrumental in bringing Subotić along with him.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

On 4 June 2008, it was announced that Subotić had signed with Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract. He debuted for his new club in the unofficial DFL-Supercup match against Bayern Munich, which Dortmund won 2–1. Subotić’s defensive displays quickly turned a lot of heads. In December 2008, he was named in the ideal XI team of the first part of the 2008–09 Bundesliga season, alongside such defensive stars as Lúcio and Philipp Lahm.[6] In addition to confident and effective defensive displays far beyond his years, Subotić was also a factor on the offensive end, scoring six league goals throughout the season.

In June 2009, he signed a new contract which lasts until summer 2014.[7] In the 2009–10 Bundesliga season, Subotić was one of only four players in the entire league to play every minute of every league match.

On 15 December 2010, Subotić scored his first ever goal in the European competition, scoring a header off a corner at Sevilla in the Europa League to tie the score at 2–2. The match was a decider on which of the two teams would go on from the group stage, as Borussia needed to win away while Sevilla was fine even with a draw. It ended 2–2, however, and Borussia were eliminated.

On 27 July 2013, Subotić won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against rivals Bayern Munich.[8]

On 27 May 2015 he signed a new contract until the end of the 2017–18.[9]

On 1 April 2016, it was announced that Subotić would miss the remainder of Dortmund’s season as he was suffering from thrombosis in his arm.[10] On 26 June 2016, Subotić confirmed that he planned to leave the club.[11] He moved temporarily on 26 January 2017 on loan to Bundesliga rivals 1. FC Köln until the end of the season.

At the start of the 2017–18 season, he was brought back into the Dortmund team under the new manager Peter Bosz

This guy is only 29, but seems to have been around forever, and seems to be just short of having made the big time, for whatever reason. At international level, he chose Serbia…

Subotić was eligible to represent the United StatesSerbia,[3] or Bosnia and Herzegovina.[14][15] During September 2008, when the issue of his national team eligibility first started getting wider coverage in the football media, playing for Croatia or even Germany[16] were mentioned as possibilities as well. Both options, however, were soon revealed to be media concoctions more than anything else. Bosnia and Herzegovina fell out of the running early as Subotić publicly rejected overtures by the country’s football officials and head coach Miroslav Blažević.[17][18]

By late fall 2008, it became clear that only Serbia figured in his international choice. Citing sources close to Subotić’s family, many reports in the Serbian press appeared about his decision to play for Serbia already being made, but waiting for the right moment to state it publicly since he had until 10 December 2009 (his 21st birthday) to declare his choice. In mid-December 2008, Subotić informed national team head coach Radomir Antićabout his decision to represent Serbia.[6][19] Then in late December 2008, Subotić notified the US Soccer Federation about his decision, the first official step in the process of changing national team attachment.[20] 

On 28 March 2009, Subotić made his debut for the Serbian national team in the 2010 World Cup qualifier against Romania in Constanţa that Serbia won 2–3. Coming on as a 65th-minute substitute for striker Marko Pantelić with Serbia leading 1–3, Subotić played the slightly altered central defensive role as Antić looked to protect the lead for the remaining 30 minutes in the crucial qualifying match. Afterwards, head coach Antić was very supportive of his new young defender, comparing him to Fernando Hierro.[21] After starting against Sweden in a friendly, Subotić’s first competitive start took place against Austria on 6 June just after the end of club season, partnering Nemanja Vidić in central defence (if only for one half, since Vidić got injured and replaced by Antonio Rukavina) — the contest in which Serbia displayed a very lethargic overall team effort and was lucky to win 1–0 after numerous defensive breakdowns. Four days later, on 10 June 2009, Subotić scored his first goal for Serbia in a fairly straightforward 2–0 win over the Faroe Islands. For the next qualifying match, at the end of summer against France, Serbia’s chance to seal qualification by winning at home, Subotić got benched and didn’t enter the contest at all, as Antić preferred Aleksandar Luković to partner Vidić on this occasion. The same central defensive pairing started the next qualifier against Romania at home (another chance to automatically qualify with a win after failing to beat the French), while Subotić got a chance to run out for the last 15 minutes as a sub for Vidić with the score 2–0 for Serbia as it eventually clinched the World Cup spot with a 5–0 thrashing. In the last meaningless qualifier against Lithuania, Subotić played the full 90 minutes in a free role on the wing as Antić looked to experiment and try different setups without any fear of dropping points.

Though he came in with high praise and even higher hopes, Subotić’s initial performances for Serbia weren’t stellar. Following unconvincing defensive displays and fairly frequent mistakes, he had to deal with plenty of criticism in the Serbian press.[22] 

At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Subotić was left out of the starting lineup for the opening group stage match against Ghana, with Nemanja Vidić and Aleksandar Luković the preferred choices for central defensive spots by coach Antić. Subotić’s benching came as a result of his poor starting displays in the friendlies leading up to the World Cup against New ZealandPoland, and Cameroon. During the second half of the Ghana match, however, Luković received a red card and was sent off, forcing Antić to bring Subotić into the game for the remaining 14 minutes.

Due to Luković’s one-match suspension as a result of the red card, Subotić started the next match in a must-win situation versus Germany, putting in a confident and effective performance against German forwards who despite mounting great pressure spells throughout the match ultimately failed to score as Serbia recorded a famous 1–0 win. Playing against the players he knew well from Bundesliga, Subotić showed excellent positional play with several crucial reactions, including the clearance in front of Mesut Özil to prevent the rebound following goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković‘s penalty save on Lukas Podolski.

For the group decider against Australia, Subotić was back on the bench as Luković returned from suspension.

 

Subotić returned in the starting lineup for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers that began under beleaguered head coach Antić, who was serving a four-match touchline ban as a result of the verbal altercation with the Uruguayan referee at the World Cup. The youngster played the full 90 minutes at Faroe Islands in the opener and also in the following match versus Slovenia. Subotić’s somewhat inconsistent form continued as he established a strong presence in central defence with Vidić, but also the duo’s hesitant reaction to Milivoje Novaković‘s run off the ball led to Slovenian go-ahead goal. Following the Slovenian draw, Antić was fired and Pižon Petrović took over the job. Subotić got called up for the new coach’s debut match against Estonia, but was an unused sub as Serbia disastrously lost a competitive match at home for the first time in nine years. Petrović gave Subotić a starting assignment for the next qualifier away at Italy in October 2010, but the infamous contest in Genoa got interrupted after six minutes due to rioting by the traveling Serbian hooligans, which resulted in an automatic 3–0 loss for Serbia.

As the qualifying resumed in late March 2011, Subotić got the start at home against Northern Ireland. Since center back Luković announced his retirement from international football before this match, 22-year-old Subotić essentially became an automatic first-team choice. However, partnering Milan Biševac in central defence (on instead of injured Vidić), Subotić again had a shaky performance as the duo failed to properly deal with Chris Brunt‘s set piece cross that led to Gareth McAuley‘s headed goal. Furthermore, Subotić picked up an injury during the match that ruled him out of the next qualifier four days later at Estonia. 

With Siniša Mihajlović‘s May 2012 arrival to the head coaching post, Subotić featured in a few preparation friendlies and even scored a goal in the loss to Sweden, but was omitted from the final friendly at home versus the Republic of Ireland reportedly due to injury.

Once the 2014 World Cup qualifying cycle began in September 2012, Subotić was benched for the opening match away at Scotland as the duo of Biševac and 19-year-old Matija Nastasić got the nod in central defence. Three days later, at home versus Wales, the same situation repeated.

The following qualifier was a big test at home versus group favourites Belgium, and it still brought no change in Subotić’s status, as Mihajlović continued with Nastasić and Biševac as his preferred central defenders. Despite creating many opportunities, Serbia failed to convert them, losing the match 0–3 in the end. The heartbreaking loss brought Mihajlović media criticism, including that over his continual omission of Subotić. Four days later, however, playing Macedonia away in Skopje in a must-win situation, Mihajlović once again left Subotić on the bench without a minute of action. In a match of poor quality, amid reports of discord within the squad stemming from the Belgium loss, Serbia conceded a late penalty and disastrously lost 0–1 thus almost losing a chance of getting one of the top two spots in the group with only four points from four match at the winter break.

Throughout October 2012, Subotić continued with stellar performances for Borussia, both in the Champions League and in the Bundesliga, leading to more questions and criticism for Mihajlović in the Serbian press over continually leaving the player on the bench in national team matches.[23][24][25] Asked about it explicitly in interviews, Mihajlović said, “Subotić missed the final friendly versus Ireland because of injury. He was supposed to start against Scotland, but out of the five training sessions we held leading up to the match, he did very poorly at two of them. I decided to give Biševac a chance in the match at Hampden Park and he was excellent. Then, before the Belgium match, I said a had two question marks over the starting lineup and one of them was if I should start Subotić. Now Biševac picked up a second yellow card of the qualifying, and Neven will start the next match in March versus Croatia, if he shows commitment in training, of course. It is now up to him to make that spot his again. Second part of the problem is that both Subotić and Nastasić aren’t very vocal during matches, Biševac is the only one who talks and commands the back line. Neven is a very important player for us, and of course I’m counting on him, but these things happen – I had it happen to me as a player on occasion that a spot competitor on the squad makes the most of an opportunity coach gave him thus relegating me temporarily to the bench to wait for my next opportunity.”[26][27]

Subotić did not play in qualification matches for Euro 2016. After new Serbian coach Dick Advocaat announced his squad for qualifying rounds against Armenia and Albania, he also announced that Subotić may have finished his international career.[28] 

Thats a fairly lengthy assessment of the guy, taken from Wikipedia, and the reason I’be included it all is because while reading it, I formed  the impression he would be ideal for Celtic. And I’d like to know if I’m the only one thinking that…

He probably already sings that he’d “rather be a doctor than a Dick” which means he’d be Celtic minded within a week of being here.

What about our old tip for the Tims Charley Musonda, who laid on a goal for chelsea yesterday after coming off the bench ?

Chris Sutton, of BT sport,  dropped a hint…

Rodgers says he’s looking for quality,”

“If you are trying to improve a team that has won the last four trophies out of four, went 69 domestic games unbeaten and made the Champions League group stage in the past two seasons, you might have to pay out and you might have to wait.

“It’s a game of poker. Clubs wait, wait, wait, then bang. Two days before the window closes all hell breaks loose.

“Celtic are being linked with Charly Musonda from Chelsea, for example. That deal can’t happen until Antonio Conte has sorted out his plans and that’ll likely not happen until January 30 at the earliest.

“It’s a game of chess and a game of patience which, in fact, may also have an effect on Celtic when it comes to players going out.

“Gambles will be taken down south in the final hours. A couple of daft bids will come in for players, I’m sure.” 

All I care really is that the guy who said Marvin Comperr was a suitable target isn’t allowed to speak at any meeting of the recruitment depatment ever again.

not only can he not play in europe, it seems he won;t be playing in the league either.

Nice touch, guys .

Is it true we were looking at these fellows ?

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So far, four transfer windows in, we’ve yet to see an inspring acquisition.

Yes, it can be difficult to tempt top players to Glasgow, but if that is the case, then we maybe need a better salesman.

Elsewhere, Ryan Christie shouted loudly with two goals against St Mirren for aberdeen that he might well be the elusive number ten we’ve been looking for.

And we’ve already signed him.

Cash strapped “rangers ” will need to wait a few days for a much needed finacial boost from their cup tie with Fraserburgh after todays game was called off, as the new club were struggling to find a coach company who didn;t want cash upfront for the hire of one of their drivers and vehicles.

The game will now take place in midweek, after one of the players discovered that by booking in advance you can save a fortune on train fares.

Oh, and that reminds me.

Police in the north east of England are on alert after hundreds of “rangers ” fans pledged to travel to Hartlepool yesterday to help save stricken Hartlepool United. Though not for the reason you’d expect..

Missing: Rangers fans at the Hartlepool game. If anyone see ls them can you please report to the stewards. They’re coming in bus loads apparently to save the club. Nowhere to be seen 

They’ve gone missing, but the top team are on the case..

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More from our high quality hacks today…

Rangers star Alfredo Morelos being targeted by Bristol City as they push for promotion to Premier League

Robins manager Lee Johnson is considering making a move for the Colombian striker this month but Graeme Murty will be reluctant to lose Morelos 

Oops….

Thats from a chap called Alan Nixon, who might be wishing he’d checked his sources…

Kirk Willoughby Retweeted Scottish Sun Sport

I can tell you right now that this is very poor journalism. As the Bristol City senior scout in Scotland there is absolutely no chance of Bristol being interested in Morelos.

And he is their Scottish scout as well…

Kirk Willoughby

@WilloughbyKirk

Family and Football. First team scout for Bristol City FC  ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️. Married to  ❤️💙❤️All views expressed are my own.

Glasgow, Scotland

 

 I suppose Bristol City not being interested in Moreles wouldn’t sell papers..
Someone is interested in Bruno Alves though.. remember him ?
Oops…
Someone else took their title as well, to compund their misery..
The final table for the florida cup is in…
I suppose there is no need for that open topped bus parade now, which is a relief for the club, as no one would hire them a driver and vehicle without a sizable sum up front anyway.
Admin ? If its going to happen it’ll be this week, when the Takeover Panel judgement reaches its deadline.
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Caption competition now, and yesterday we had this…

Alzyerpal January 20, 2018 at 10:42 am · Edit · Reply →

Caption: They were right enough Grampa, Bart and Lisa are Celtic supporters. 

Today, what could he be saying…. ?

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Arsene Parcelie

Caption:
“…oooooooooh-one,
You’ll never walk
Aaaa lone”

Monti

Caption: Mr Stein – ” Oh oh oh oh we don’t care what the animals say, what the hell do we care, for we only know that there’s going to be a show and the Glasgow Celtic will be there “

Rob O'Keeffe

No admin,Dave(crook) was given leave for an appeal against the court decision,this is scheduled for 28th Feb/1st March.If he fails he’ll take it to the Supreme Court.He tied up the legal system for 10 years in S.Africa.
Good name for hotel: Supreme 10… can’t see many of the wrong sort wanting/being forced by their company to stay there…..
I mentioned the Dortmund defender yesterday but probably still under moderation.Just wait till all my “poetry” makes it through.Notice Edouard is getting stick on Twitter,disgraceful,slagging Our own players,thank God we don’t indulge in that sort of thing…….

Monti

🙂

Weered

Never never never 🙂

Broxburnbhoy

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.insider.co.uk/news/rangers-chairman-dave-king-could-10021779.amp

This is a good read – it outlines what he cannot appeal against. For those who dislike folks that set up multiple companies in
Multiple low tax havens – King is the King of that. Once again the MSM are lauding his appeal without really setting out what he is actually able to appeal and what is decided.

Drew

Caption….”oh..oh oh oh oh….oh oh oh oh we’re Glasgow Celtic”

Monti

Caption: Herrera- ” Mr.Stein, do you not have a tie pin to keep your tie from blowing about”?

Jock – ” Don’t you worry about that, this tie is going to be controlled from start to finish “

Rob O'Keeffe

WorldClass……

Mike

Guff.

ed the ned

rangers fans must have found out people from hartlepool are called monkeyhangers

Honest hoops

Caption; an oar you say…they lost the oars!!!

Rob O'Keeffe

Roll of Honour: Vol John Kelly,2nd Batt.Belfast Brigade.1975.
Vol John Stone,2nd Batt.Belfast Brigade.1975.
Their souls cry out Remember……

Monti

Their deaths were not in vain!

Mike

Nor wood surrender heal their pain,
for God and Country, until your blood does stain,
That green green land, our Emerald Isles,
each one who made their stand,
and to cast the invader from our land.
until we regain our happy smiles.

Rob O'Keeffe

Caption: Big Jock says ‘Ohh Hampden in the sun,Celtic 7 Rangers( not in liquidation,but still cheats) 1…….

Puggy67

Caption:To match you in every area we’ve been feeding the lads Italian food. Smell.

If McGinn deal is dun why has he just done an interview saying he might be signing new hibs deal????? Sounds to me these sites make stuff up and guess just like the papers.

Rob O'Keeffe

Damn,we’ve been Sussed……Signed Ralph(caption fixer),D.Mond(trash trawler) and the feckin moderator thing…..

jimmybee

Caption : Spaghetti hoops tonight.

jimmybee

If anyone watched Man City Liverpool the other night then no wonder Brendan doesnt want to waste money on centre backs they were awful and cost a helluva lot of money. Go get us a new lubo or naka Brendan.

Monti

Jimmybee,
I was close there 🙂

Doc

Right now, I would rather a Bobo than a Lubo.

Monti

Doc,
We don’t need defenders m8….just sing ‘ walk on ‘ as loud as you can, that’ll stop Cavani in his tracks.

Doc

Maybe if we build the hotel in the goal mouth that would do the job.

Monti

Boyata would probably leave the front door open tho 🙂

jimmybee

Sadly those days of Bobo types are gone he would be sent off most matches with his style of play.
It was no surprise when Boyata went off yesterday the defence went all over the place.
Boyata and Ajer or Boyata and Jozo are a good pairing.
Should see us through the season ok.

Doc

Bobo was a bit of a bombscare with the ball at his feet and needed time to play it accurately. I don’t even know if Rodgers would play him.

jimmybee

Caption: you must be cold there in my shadow.

Mike

Its Green for grow, watch the Celtic go,
Green for go watch the Shamrock grow,
they might deny it, but we all know,
Celtic are gonny win ten in a row.

Mike

On a Sunday really Ralphy, hope your making double time.

Caption, Your team are beat, beat it!

Mike

From County Cork to Killarney,
from Gods own people to the barmy army,
From Tipperary to County Clare,
Feed the poor, if you care.

From California, to New York,
eat mair mutton, leave out the pork,
From Mombia to New Delhi,
order mair ice cream and buy in mair jelly,
and Watch the Celtic oan the telly.

50 Shades of green

Armani suit is it, never heard of him —- Get yirsell an aff the peg Ralph Slaters mate, they’re awe the rage in Glesga..by the way yir teams na chance the day.

Mike

Feed the Birds, let them know you care,
put on your gloves, go out if you dare,
give them seed and then some mair,
cos they to are feelin the cauld and their feet are sair.
Go on, you know you want to.

SteveNaive

No nerves… We took centre and passed until we scored. Still not passing and moving quickly enough for me and 2nd gear from the second goal on. Heard we have been looking again at James McCarthey… We’ve probably signed him after his bad injury yesterday !

Mike

Oh I love a laddie,
though he’s a little Maddie,
he’s a goody no a baddie,
he’s the love of and me and the wife,
he’s no trouble he’s no strife,
and he disn’y live in Fife,
where they all are full of life,
but they wid slice you with a knife,
and crime is very rife,
Wolfetone my Scots Sea Shell.

Monti

Mike,
Give my regards to the Wolf!

Mike

Will do, he will appreciate it.

Doc

Not posted for a while so a belated happy birthday to Pensionerbhoy and well done to Monti for his transfer updates, which should be read while impersonating the old Big Brother voiceover guy. Watched Aberdeen against St Mirren in order to see our latest signing, Lewis Morgan. He was rank, his movement to get on the ball was shocking and when he did get it, he took far, far too long and too many touches were required to do simple things. Christie was outstanding and GMS done very well (is Hayes better?) while Shinnie done well. Morgan wouldn’t get near… Read more »

FredCDobbs

anyone else notice a lot of our goals came from hitting the line and cutting it back. more of that please.

Mike

Naw, only you saw it, everybody else was blind.

Monti

You’re close to it 😉

Mike

Noseblind. 😉

Monti

😉

Doc

They did but we didn’t have much of a choice, as I said, Forrest, Ntcham and Boyata made some good 1-2 runs into potential scoring positions but there is no front man do so throughout the game. About half an hour in, Sinclair got the ball out wide, held it a bit then cut it back and then it was deflected out for a corner. Brechin had eight players in the box and we had none. To me, that was symbolic of how we have played recently, especially in Europe. We get the ball into creative positions but don’t have… Read more »

Broxburnbhoy

Doc you think Lewis Morgan was signed with the idea of throwing him immediately into the team and expecting him to perform? He’s a development bet and plays for a terrible team.
Up against the second best team in Scotland I wouldnt expect much at this stage. The Brechin game was a cakewalk – a training game. We are all reading a bit too much into it I think. If Celtic are in crisis as I might believe reading a lot of posts on here then it’s a great crisis to be in!

Mike

Plus some of the other St. Mirrin players were minging.

Doc

He looked a lot worse than expected, only improving as quick as Tierney will see him getting anywhere near the first team. Mikey Johnston looks far better and we’ve still got Karamoko Dembele.

Mike

Nobody should make a predetermined observation on a player after only one game, I watched that game and while I thought him unimpressive, I was prepared to think that it was his first big game on camera since he signed for Celtic. We have to give the laddie a chance, don’t you think? Christie was outstanding and has been so all season, GMS also performed well and I was so pleased for him.
Common Doc he deserves his chance.

rebus67

I would say that Ntcham was a very good BR signing. Kouassi is as well and the little evidence that we have seen on the park, but something is holding him back. Could it be attitude, or could it be the terms of payment in his contract? Once he has played so many games, a further payment kicks in? Something tells me, the McGinn signing is dependent on Kouassi going out the door. I do not see us signing two CB’s unless both JOzo and BOyata go now. I think the club want JOzo out now but no suitable offer… Read more »

Mike

I agree with that both Ntcham and Kouassi are good signings B.R. said that the only reason that Kouassi isn’t getting game time is he was signed to take the strain from Broony, but his Broony’s performances and excellent display’s are keeping him from getting games. It seems clear that Brendan does not like to change his first team players and likes to keep a settled side. For me that means that we are not interested in McGinn, why would we be if he feels that Kouassi is Browns replacement. Likewise I will be surprised if he will go after… Read more »

FredCDobbs

no way mcginn is browns replacement. mcginn and koassi can play in the same midfield. mcginn will replace mcgreggor, who I feel had his best season for us last year. This season mcgreggor has been wank, plus the hairdresser will finaly be fucking off. Unfortunately he stuck around long enough to show his true worth.

Mike

Yes, which is why Rodgers said that is why Kouassi was brought in and I think that he has the makings of a great player, as for McGinn he plays and looks like Broony looked and played when he was younger, the general perception being that he would take over from Brown. McGregor looks a totally different type of player to McGinn, he is playing what looks more like a number 10, at present. If Brown gets older he will no doubt play a more defensive position and that might give Kouassi his current role. I have always liked McGinn… Read more »

FredCDobbs

its a stick on

Mike

Then good fur us, he will add that bit of extra steel that’s missing at the mo.
Sharing is caring. 😉

FredCDobbs

I hope the intel is good, I like mcginn. fingers and toes crossed.

Mike

Ditto, but to be fair to Ralphy…

FredCDobbs

Ralphy made it up … 🙂

Mike

Fly cunt. Foxy yin him. 😉

Rebus67

Mike,

A giy on CQN yesterday…Treble Winning Captains….hinted that Kouassi has an attitude issue and BR wants him out. He is usually in the know, but the targeting of his comment was vague…he could have meant Dembele.

Rebus

Mike

Rebus,

My take on his post was that it was between Griffiths and Dembelle, but that would explain his not playing Kouassi and according to Fred, it looks like it might be Dembelle.

Monti

Transfer Window: Day 21 TWENTY ONE DAYS!

Absolute fucking shambles!

Three fucking weeks into a transfer window and nothing doing…

Joke

Weered

Monti how many months are left in this transfer window? 🙂

Monti

I thought it was closed 🙁

Weered

It must be open… Yer still causing a draught 🙂

VooDude

When these players aren’t performing ‘cos of speculation on a move then don’t pay them their fucking wages, that’ll soon sort their heads out.

Monti

VooDude,
Well said!

Broxburnbhoy

Would you apply that to yourself and all other workers? If your mind wanders off the job for a while – stop your pay? We may up earning 25% if what we do today. You can treat players harshly I suppose and maybe that will motivate hem and that said supporting them, helping them and focusing on their strong points might just yield better results. Just saying

BondiBrian

There a world of difference between yer average man & woman who work ti food on the table for the family, and the petulant and over developed sense of entitlement todays professional footballers seem to have.

Broxburnbhoy

There is the “average man or woman” is unable to play professional football at a high level. Those “salt of the earth” pay in a packet days are over. While it’s always nice to reminisce time to get to grips with reality dudes

Rob O'Keeffe

Exactly VooD.Could you imagine telling Big Jock that transfer talk has affected you? That would be a Conor McGregor type moment……

Rob O'Keeffe

D.Mond…..please check the trash cos Ralph is doing hee haw…..

D'Fhinnein Mick

Rob

I’m glad I’m not alone,and I doubt it’s only the two of us.

I don’t see the point in having a blog if posts have to be moderated prior to posting. And particularly not when that moderation isn’t applied across the board.

I made my feelings plain about it yesterday,and will continue to do so while this continues,or until I get an explanation-even if I disagree with it,I’d still appreciate it.

Rob O'Keeffe

Correct,it ruins the experience….a bit like Sevco fans wherever they go…..

Monti

D’ Fhinnein,
Hi m8.
If posts don’t instantly appear it’s because of WordPress, not because Ralph or Desi, dinnae like a post.
If that was the case, my fucking posts would never be cleared 🙂

Pat Higney

Caption: Mr Stein….. ” Just one Big Cuppo, geev eet to me!”

jimmybee

Here’s a little bit of viewing for those bored with the telly the day.
https://youtu.be/ecWw_TcsG3U

Cortes

Caption: “Al alba vincero, vincero, VINCEROOOOOO,”

(No opera stars were injured during the making of this caption).

Mike

But ma baws are stinging wi the singing.

Weered

Mike sure it was the Dettol you use in that region

Mike

How are you? Hope your feeling better, Dettol, I brush my teeth with it. ;=)

Weered

Feeling a tad better thanks. The cold air is a problem though. Going back to work the morra TF

Monti

FFS he has a fucking cold, take a Lemsip and shut yer puss 😉

Weered

Monti… Are you a reincarnation of Dr Death…

Monti

Or sheep dip.

Mike

Nout wrong with a wee dip, into the shhepies. 😉

Weered

My Reds won 3 0 yesterday. I stayed away which made all the difference 🙂 match reports state the reds were on fire…

Mike

His Reds they were on fire,
to sooth his feeling’s of moribund ire,
a win for the Reds,
a bigger healer, than any meds.
Well done them.

Monti

Weered,
Mary Lou?
Thoughts comrade?

Monti

Ram it right in, baw deep!

Weered

Monti… This Mary Lou is no country and western song … I think she is an able politician but a loose cannon… Better be careful with her forceful nature…

Monti

Weered,
Not so sure about Dettol, but they like the methadone….
Ken

He has the nose for Quack Cocaine…..
Surprised his parents didnae call him Donald 🙂

Mike

Every supporter at every club wants their team to improve at the signing times and every supporter has a different idea of who is a good player and who is a bad player. One mans supporter is another mans detractor. Why bother paying a manager who has years of experience of playing or coaching, why not leave it to him, after all that is why he is the paid big bucks, its good to speculate, its an enjoyable pastime, but you will never ever satisfy every supporter, no chance. There is an easy way to judge a managers performance and… Read more »

FredCDobbs

big man : Off!

Mike

Dembelle is it? it was hinted at on CQN yesterday, that it was either him or Griffiths.

FredCDobbs

I hear its dembele.

Mike

I will be sorry to see him go, a great bit of business by the club, hope we get many millions for him, he will go with my best wishes.
Sharing is caring.

FredCDobbs

I will be happy to be wrong on this one. but lets face it, this season …

Mike

Some players take buying speculation in their stride if its upsetting the big fella then it might be the right time for him to go, like you……..

FredCDobbs

oh do go fuck yourself. you both need it

Mike

HAHAHA didny mean that ya daft cunt, I meant like you I will be sad to see him go….like you.

FredCDobbs

ok..Ive put the pointy hat on

Mike

Stand in the corner and repeat after me…sorreeee. 😉

BondiBrian

Dembele? Sell. Get big shekels for him and reinvest it in the team. Good business.

Monti

Celtic v Partick Thistle

Rob O'Keeffe

Pure fix.Sevco(if they beat the F guys) get an away draw? This isn’t the done thing in Scotland.Surely this should go to appeal,like Dave(crook) always does,about anything. Signed We used to be the Establishment……Going for 55,well 1 really but we can always kid ourselves on……

Devoy45

Scottish Cup Draw today: Celtic at Home to Partick Thistle
Draw finished a few minutes ago.

Devoy45

Aberdeen vs.Dundee Utd.
Killie vs.Brora
If Sevco beat Fraserburgh, then the new Huns are away to Ayr, the highest scoring team in the land.
Hearts vs.winner of Albion and St. Johnstone

Weered

Ayr to win by 2 goals

BondiBrian

Ah genuinely think Fraserburgh will cos an upset. Certainly hope so.

Puggy67

Another Sevco away draw. Looks like the cold ball has been black balled.

Noelskytrot

Caption…..Stein, “so Herrera, you think the wee guy with red hair is a ballboy!”, “Lets wait and see.”

No,Mr Herrera,I don’t need a tie pin ,that was wee jiky running past!!!

Mike

As he goes next door for his dinner,
his wife shouts out to him…”oh Mike your looking a lot thinner”,
Its true darling, its true,
but please, please do not take the rue,
Stick in and enjoy your stew,
its sumptuous i’m telling you,
that is the best way to reduce the flu,
eat heartily and then GIRUY.
SEX is a good way to stay thin. 😉

Monti

Go fuck yersel 🙂

Monti

I took the bairn sledging up the local Golf course today Mike, carrying a wee bit of weight is good for building up speed on the sledge.

I said to my other half, i’m going to stand up on the sledge and go for it.
She said ” you’ll break something…go for it ”

Cheeky wench 🙂

Mike

HAHAHA good fur building up speed on the sledge, Go Monti Go. 😉

Monti

Mike,
It was a sight to behold 🙂

Weered

Monti… Poetry in motion…. 🙂

Weered

Or should that be motions in the poetry…

Monti

I’d accept both as an accurate image 🙂

Bognorbhoy

Caption…

Jock. ” aye go ahead and take that bench…you’ll have Sean tae deal wae and it won’t be the last time the day that you’ll fill your pants “

Mike

How, How can this possibly be,
to kill the innocence of young Mylee,
what possible harm could this bairn bring,
that could possibly justify this savage killing.

What is wrong with people today,
when innocence should be outside at play,
what did she do to suffer so much pain,
her smile and laughter will never be witnessed again.
RIP Mylee, God be with you.

Monti

Mike,
I was doing a bit of work in my bedroom, the news was on the T.V. and i actually stopped what i was doing and sat down when i heard this.
It’s an awful, awful thing!

God keep her close!

Mike

This is happening more and more, there can be no excuse or reason to take a bairns life, its..evil, Every month you read or watch t.v. and hear about this, its beyond words.

Monti

Mike,
Just said the same thing to my better half, as you know i have a wee girl aged 5, i find myself ultra protective and very watchful of people.

It has to be that way now!

Weered

Sadly life is full of these awful moments..

Rob O'Keeffe

Disgusting……the guy arrested will come out with the old mental health issues defence…..

Monti

I would put a few tyres around the cunt and set it alight!

Weered

Necklaceing is not the answer to it… Similarly neither is kneecapping

Monti

I disagree!

Rebus67

I do not understand what the plan is at Sevco! Who does! I get thst they wish to reduce their wage bill by getting shot of many of Pedro’s purchases. I get it that they want to improve their player pool by bringing in loans that are likely to perform better than the Pena and Alves of the recent past. So, this suggests they want to improve their performance and their position in the league to qualify for Europe(remenber the last accounts?) Set this against either a planned or unplanned admin event with the accumulation of a10-15 point penalty. Suffering… Read more »

Mike

Rebus,

Also with loan signings obviously you get players who have had not much game time (why their home club wants them away) but that leads to injury, when the demands of game time take that heightened effect on the legs/body etc.

Rebus67

Yes, there will be bedding in problems for the loanees, but my main point was why incur these extra salaries now when you cannot qualify for Europe if an admin event happens. Either the 10 point penalty or the three year EUFA rule would bomb them out of Europe. Makes no sense to me. If admin is coming why continue to spend, they going to end up down the league anyway? I think Docherty isva tidy player…..good engine, fights for the cause and can score. Not for us, but a nice player to have. By the way, I think McGinn… Read more »

Mike

Rebus, When has the human brain ever understood what goes through their minds, they tried the Mexican trip to wrestle the league from Celtic….another disaster, now its there British equivalent turn and although that makes more sense with Murty as manager, they will not stop, its not in their make up. The consolation for us is that the more they try, the more it costs and that path leads only one way…for them. Incidentally Gamboa did not make himself available for C.L. selection when B.R. needed him, so my money is on him for the off, his contract must be… Read more »

Monti

Who gives a fuck about Sevco?

Weered

NOT A SINGLE ONE.. EFFING EM ALL

Mike

Know your enemy.

BondiBrian

Phils site usually has its finger on the pulse when it comes to that omishambles called sevco.

Rebus67

Long post gone into limbo!! I did not type in in Word, argh!

Rebus

Even Bigger Big Shuggy

Caption: Helenio that’s how you play football,none of that cattenaccio pish

Monti

Caption: Jock- ” SSSSOOOOOOOO go to sleep my weary Provos “

Rob O'Keeffe

Caption: Ooh,ahh,Up the Ra,ah said,Ooh ahh Up the Ra…..repeat 67 times….

henkesdreadlocks

Caption…….

Haw Helenio….. Smell the clove.

henkesdreadlocks

PS.
John McGinn?? No thanks.

Monti

henke,
Hi m8.
Why do you not think McGinn would be a good signing?

henkesdreadlocks

Simply not good enough M.

Monti

I dunno m8, a few guys talk Kouassi up but i think Mcginn would be better!

HH
How are you keeping in this cauld weather, would you like me to bring you an extra blanket or a hot water bottle? 🙂

henkesdreadlocks

I’ve been out in this weather morning noon and night.
Saying that, the longjohns and hot water bottle have been working overtime.

FredCDobbs

cannae be worse than armstrong

Monti

” Donny you’re out of your element “

FredCDobbs

and your outa yer tree

Monti

You’ve twigged on at last then?

Mike

Levein, Natural order has been restored, WTF. Lenny what does that even mean. Well Lenny that sounds like the guff that you hear from
Weeaara peepil.
And that is why the mankies have to be kept under the hill, or under the ground, give them a sniff of a chance and you get WATP.

Mike

Funny how Levein couldn’t find any money for his young coach/manager when he Levein was Director of fitba. but suddenly he has to take control of the team and a host of better players comes in.
Scum then and scum now. and the cry was ten defenders and a goalie.

Monti

Mike,
I challenged Levein one night in a bar not too far from us, do you remember Andy Websters assault on Didier Agathe?
I went up to Levein and asked him his thoughts on that challenge, after i gave him mine.

Monti

Has anyone else picked up on the ‘ monkey chants ‘ from Hearts fans at Tynecasle?
Ambrose got it today.
Sky turn the mic off but it’s happening, fucking out of order!

Monti

t

Derek Johnstone

Caption has to be “Looooser”

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