Celtic Diary Tuesday February 13: CSA Send Rallying Call to Support

Wheels turn quite quickly in the digital age, although it may not always seem that way.

The Celtic Supporters Association have issued what many see-okay, me- as a rallying call to the support to get behind not just change, but the right type of change at the SFA.

With Stewart Regan gone, Andrew MacKinay going and a few others desperately scanning the Situations Vacant columns it looks like there will be a real opportunity for change, and the CSA main man, Joe O’Rourke, has urged Celtic fans to strike while the iron is hot.

From the CSA website..itself worth a visit..CSA

Maybe through the shambles surrounding the SFA and Stewart Regan’s resignation there can be a positive outcome, it would take a bit of time, but Scottish Football could be saved if the right action was taken and the right people were installed in the important positions.

Regan made all the promises at the start, he promised transparency and accountability, and although he certainly wasn’t innocent, he would never have imagined how much power and influence the people he was going to work with wielded in Scottish Football.

All the power doesn’t have to be inside Hampden, think of the influence you have if you are a main sponsor of say the Scottish Cup, or the company with the television rights to show games, with all due respect who wants to watch games that don’t involve Celtic and Sevco, and maybe for different reasons.

The main stakeholders in Scottish Football, the ones who pay through the turnstiles every week, are the ones whose opinions are ignored. The biggest support in Scotland is undoubtedly Celtic, and by that statistic the ones who invest the most financially is the Celtic Supporters, but in contrast, the ones who get shafted the most is the Celtic Support.

I have followed Celtic for over 60 years and can never remember a time when our support and team weren’t cheated by referees, and it’s still rife today, you only have to look at Saturday’s display by McLean, 21 fouls against Celtic resulted in one yellow card for a Thistle player, the previous week at Kilmarnock we had 3 yellow’s from 6 foul’s, using that analogy the whole Thistle team should have been booked.

But let’s look for a positive from the whole sorry episode. Peter Lawwell and Celtic tried to show a bit of leadership a few months ago by asking for an independent review into all the goings-on within Scottish Football, we never received any support for that from Regan and his cronies within the SFA, and by his cronies I would identify them as McRae and Petrie, they are the ones with the most to lose, and more importantly the most to hide.

There is now an opportunity for all football supporters to put pressure on their respective club leaders to now back Celtic’s call for an independent review. We also need supporters to demand the removal of McRae and Petrie if they don’t agree to resign with immediate effect.

Scottish Football needs to divorce itself from the influence of Sevco and Sevco men. There was a clamour for Smith to be offered the Scottish Managers job, why were the media not shouting for Kenny Dalglish who is four years younger than Smith. Dalglish actually played for Scotland, and had a very successful managerial career in the English premiership. Watty has exactly the same number of Premier League winners medal’s and International Caps as me.

At this stage I’m actually not sure who is in control, is it McRae, ably abetted by Petrie? The silence coming from Hampden is deafening, the supporters are once again in the dark. The best man for the CEO job in Scotland is Peter Lawwell, and thank God he is already in a better job with Celtic, and so therefore not available. But I’ll bet you one thing, ask him who he would recommend, and I’ll bet it would be someone capable of dragging Scottish Football into the 21st century, but McRae and Petrie probably don’t have Peter’s number, he probably refused to give them it. 

All of which is absolutely spot on.

In order to bring about any kind of change, those who hold the real reins of power must first decide to get together, and then decide how to use that power.

Celtic supporters coming together is just the first step, this concerns all fans of all clubs, including whichever entity is in power at Ibrox at any given time, after all, their fans have suffered quite a bit as well, with their club being passed around like a tobacco pouch in prison, from crook to crook and back again.

Get behind the CSA, get the Celtic Trust involved as well, and then reach out to fans of other clubs.

Nothing will happen unless we make it happen.

 

The excitement, or fear, continues to build ahead of Thursday Europa League match with Zenit St Petersburg, who for a team very few of us know anything about are sending the collywobbles through an already anxious support.

What do we actually know about them ? And what frightens us so much ?

Since they kicked back in after their break, they’ve only played friendlies, so its hard to judge any level of form…

MATCHES

Their league form ? again, largely irrelevant as their last game was back in Decemeber, but before the break, they’d won two out of five.
So why the hullaballo ? Why the talk of damage limitation ?
Dorus des Vries has been talking to the media.. the man who conceded seven to Barcelona feels he can make amends for that, which would put some of our fears to bed.
And look, he didn’t drop his gloves, so he’s getting better..
Celtic keeper Dorus de Vries applauds the Parkhead fans.

“Barcelona are exceptional and they were exceptional on the night,” 

“Everything went for them. It seemed like shooting practice at times. But that is part of being a team, it is part of being a goalie.

“You learn from it, you go on and you make sure that you keep on going mentally and prepare yourself for the next game and keep going. It is just part of it.

“Of course, you are always looking to rectify certain stuff and be better in the next game. You learn from every opponent in every game whether you win, lose or draw. You always try to take the positives, look at the negatives, and see what you can learn.

“That counts for Barcelona or Partick Thistle. It doesn’t matter, it doesn’t change. You want to perform and you want to win, if you don’t win, don’t lose. And if you lose, you see what to learn.” 

Er, that hasn’t made me feel any better at all.

And I was quite optimistic up until I read that.

I know, lets look at some stats. We can dress them up any way we want, cant we… ?

Zenit have been winning at both half time and full time in 6of their last 7 matches (UEFA Europa League).  
Zenit have won 6 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Europa League).  
Celtic have failed to win their last 11 matches (UEFA Europa League).  
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Zenit‘s last 6 games (UEFA Europa League).  
Zenit have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (UEFA Europa League).
Well, perhaps not all statistics.
And we won;pt bother at all with Celtic’s home record.
so is it worth us actually turning up, now that I’ve managed to talk myself out of even checking the score afterwards?
Of course it is.
Well, taking all of this into account, there should be no pressure on the team. Perhaps that is the plan. Lull them into a false sense of security, the ultimate mind game between managers…
This is a team short on belief, but that will come back at some point. Thursday would be nice, and all the manager has to tell his players is that they are good players, more than capable of dealing with anything at this level,  and they must believe that.
They are capable, in fact if they were half as good as I think they are, then they’d be twice as good as they’re showing.
Off the park, here’s an idea.
Russians aren’t used to heat, this, for example, is St Nicholas Cathedral, which is in the city, in mid July last year        ( probably )
Image result for st petersburg in the snow
In Palace Square, on the same day, all transport was taken off the road and replaced by horses due to the weather..
Image result for st petersburg in the snow It played havoc with the councils Summer Festival schedule.
So, here’s the plan…
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Turn the heating full up in the away dressing room. Put the chairs next the radiators and nail them to the floor.
You can also get a wee silica based powder which heats up when shaken about a bit. Put it in their boots. Their toes won’t know whats going on and their bodies will shut down the supply of blood to them, causing them to remain in their boots when they take them off at half time.
From our own point of view, we should just give it our all, both the support and the players.
And perhaps someone could tell Keiran Tierney that its great doing everything he can for the support, but surely filling in at their work is a step too far…
Piece of piss this management lark.
Now that we’ve solved that problem, we can turn to a new section in the Diary, called

Practical Parenting 

Today we have some helpful advice from Twenty Rothmans on twitter, and its for those of you who feel that your son, or daughter, is perhaps secretly texting about the IRA, an organsiation still frowned upon by police and Manchester shopping centre owners…

how to know if your child is texting about the IRA

LOL – Loathe Orange Loyalists

ASAP – Armagh Sniper Attacking Paratroopers

BTW – Black & Tans; Worst!

TBT – Touts Be Targets

SMH – Shoot More Huns

IRL – Irish Republican Legends

BAE – Balaclavas Are Everything 

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There’ll be more hints for parents as and when we come across them, if we can be arsed.

Ach, lets try to cheer ourselves up.. here’s the crowd figures across Europe so far this season..

Notice that all the other teams come from countries with populations quite larger than Scotland, and from countries where their media genuinely encourages them.

I think we can be proud of that.

As we type out our application to join any of the English, Spanish or German leagues.

Yesterday, we asked how you, as a referee, would deal with this incident..

Two answers in particular got the sides tickled

The real Anton Rogan February 12, 2018 at 10:02 am · Edit · Reply →

Having looked at the SFA rule book the correct decision is free kick to Thistle, Dembele red card for dangerous play, 4 match touchline ban for Neil Lennon and the removal of the flag from Celtic Park. 

Southside Bhoy February 12, 2018 at 10:12 am · Edit · Reply →

Confer with the Stand Side Linesman – as he is furthest away. Send Neil Lennon to the stand. Award a penalty against Celtic and report Hoopy the Huddle Hound to the local dog catcher. 

Poor Hoopy. do you know at least one member of our CSC was convinced for years that the mascot was actually called Lenny The Lisbon Lion ?

Those long trips up the M6 used to just fly by…

Today…

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Monti

Caption: Regan exists his post with full knowledge of where the bodies are buried.

Monti

As far as the Europa league goes, i think we will go out with a whimper over the two leg. We have a defence that can only be describes as the new sieve, we almost lost three goals at home to Partick Thistle? What do people think the Zenit strikers are thinking watching footage of that? With DeVries in goal and a collection of Statues and comedy acts at the back, makes it a formality for Zenit over two legs. So how do Celtic prepare for the Europa league? We sign a 32 year old ineligible defender? Utter fucking nonsense… Read more »

D J Smyth

Do you get off on spouting negative nonsense . It definitely illustrates two things one you are no supporter of Celtic & also you have a very immature mind . The basic definition of a supporter is someone who encourages their team to do well. You do the opposition & the sad thing is that their maybe some other idiots who may actually believe you & go to the match & think it is quite reasonable to abuse our players . Old fatherless people like yourself should not try to impose your lack of parenting skills to the rest of… Read more »

Monti

” You’re obviously Bunny “

Monti

” Old fatherless people like yourself “?
Oh dear

Macca

We’ve been “encouraging” Lawwell to spend all season but he is yet to perform. £31M in the bank tho. Tell me, whats your prediction for the tie?

Old but not fatherless.

Mike

Well said D J, That’s the only way that he can get his rocks off, spouting negative pish, boring for us, but that is what gets him off.

D J Smyth

Every normal person has disowned the negative idiot years ago.
He asked his mother years ago ” who is my dad”!?
She replied “!how do you expect me to remember”‘

puggy67

Caption: The Austin Tinnitus: For the man who likes to get telt twice.

My wee granny used to collect those wee silica sachets you get in packaging to keep stuff dry. She had over 10,000 just before she evaporated.

Mike

Eh sorry puuggy, please could you repeat that!! Well done Joe O’Rourke, a Celtic man through and through, sound advice from Joe, this is our chance to get the SFA sorted, there has never been a better time, grab the nettle, our successors are depending on us. The Russians are coming, get ready, get ready, cos here they come, Soul mahn, never met a girl who keeps me moving, never met a girl who keeps me grooving. oh yeah!! And remember to feed the wee birds, it only costs a few bob to buy some seed and a fat ball… Read more »

Mike

Austin McPhee develops a new Hertz tactic to park the bus, in the boot out jumps Craig Levein and shouts…Surprise Surprise!!

Monti

Mike,
I take it the absence of criticism from yourself, regarding strengthening the defence, is confirmation you feel happy with the defence?
Or are you unaware playing midfielders in defence is…well…disastrous?

OA ( Owen Archdeacon )

Mike

Read my post on yesterdays diary at 2.32pm.

Never met a team who makes me feel the way that you do, Celtic, that’s right, So fi-fi-fo-fum look out Zenit cos here we come, were gonny make love to you, oh Zenit get ready, cos here we come.

Monti

Just read your post from yesterday…
Not exactly criticism tho is it?

Monti

Still detecting notes of Prawns…..

Mike

Well said Joe O’Rourke, said much the same yesterday, this is our best chance to get the auld men out and with the CSA and the Celtic Trust leading the way, we can all unite together, to try to cleanse the game.
Feed the Birds, make them know its Christmas time again, so buy them a few packets of bird seed and a fat ball (unless your name is Monti, he just’s dangles from a tree). They need your help through winter. Yours, on behalf of… St. Francis.

Monti

Strong tree 🙂

D'Fhinnein Mick

That photograph reminds me of our trip to Dublin, Easter 2016. We were slightly mob-handed. Well,250+ at the “do” on the Saturday night gives you a clue.

Five of the lads were crossing the road to get a bus to The Gravediggers at Glasnevin. Dublin lad of our acquaintance nearly ran them down,then insisted on giving them a lift there!

Tight squeeze,I can tell you-only one of them is less than 6′ and it wasn’t a people carrier he was driving!

So my Dad gave them a rendition of Johnston’ Motor Car on the karaoke as a reminder!!!

Celtic Symphony

Reach out to fans of other clubs ? ‘re change at SFA.
Sorry,Ralph,history has shown,we stand alone as fans,as we do as a club.
Zenit ? Is a bonus.We can get a result on Thursday,but will probably get knocked out,after game in Russia.Will be disgrace.
For me,historical back-to-back Trebles,is our No1 ‘goal’ now.
If we achieve this,all the negativity towards Brendan and the team(even Monti lol) will be quickly forgotten.
HH

Celtic Symphony

Correction !
Meant to say,being knocked out by Zenit,WILL NOT be a disgrace.
HH

BJF

Excitement and fear a rare mixture and it about sums it up Ralph. Of course the support will start out magnificent as ever and hopefully the bit you do watching behind the hands can be done silently and not sweep down to the pitch. Apart from spending £60 m on players afterwords what is the difference between the clubs? Hard to see a way beyond this, we have £30 m in the bank but we couldn’t get established stars to come to Scotland for that, blow it on a couple of big stars on their way down? Getting a Victor… Read more »

Bognorbhoy

Caption

As reagan drives away from hampden ,he is sure no one Wil figure out where the bodies are buried

D'Fhinnein Mick

Great stuff from Joe. A call to arms,well argued,no hyperbole,just the facts.

So nothing to see here,Timmy. GTF.

Which is why,of course,the SFA and the Scottish game,is in the shitstorm it is.

Maybe it’s time for them to realise that it’s better to have us inside the tent and providing the brains,than outside and providing a target.

Boyceybhoy

Monti,
I agree 100% with your post HH

Monti

Cheers Boycey!

Celtic Symphony

I agree with 50% of your post,Monti.lol
I do share your concerns ‘re defence.
Yes,I’d be happy if we only spent £s this summer on fixing the defence.
However,I reckon,with a quality defender beside him,Ajer has a great future at Celtic as a CB.
KTF HH

Monti

Celtic symphony,
I think Ajer is useless, he strolls out of defence with the ball looking promising, then get’s lost & dispossessed, time & time again.
I don’t give two fucks m8, he’s a midfielder playing in defence & it isn’t solving the defensive lapses.

Mike

I think symphony is correct, I have said exactly the same, I said previously that young Ajer is going to be a big star. He is a player, a good one and if Brendan thinks he is a central defender then that is what he is.

Stiofan

I think you were sitting behind me on Saturday- do the faithful a favour and don’t bother taking your loan ticket. Faithful through and through – unless you are monti. FFS

Bob

And you are a “FAN” and not a supporter

Monti

Stiofan, I’m arguing that Brendan & Lawwell could & should have done more to strengthen the defence for fuck sake…. Are we all to sit down face the front and not comment on the team, when there is a fucking glaring problem, that has not been solved over FOUR fucking transfer windows? You say you were at the game on Saturday? I wasn’t and neither was another 30,000 …my bad. So you watched the comedy act of DeVries & Simunovic? As Thistle missed out scoring a third by the width of a football boot, dd you react by puting your… Read more »

Monti

Bob,
And you are a FANNY!

Mike

But YOU are the one calling a young Celtic player useless, he isn’t useless, he is a great YOUNG player doing the best that he can for the team, give him a chance!!

Monti

Mike,
FFS are you having a laugh?

Celtic Symphony

Going by your logic Monti,players cannot be converted to play in a different position ?
Many fine players started as wingers,then became very good full backs ?
Likewise many a decent midfielder,has been pushed forward to become strikers?
Ajer is 19.Captained a club in Norway’s 1st division,when he was 16.
Brendan seems great potential in him at CB.
Who are we to question a very successful Celtic Manager ?

Mike

Logic, logic ffs. his interpretation of logic, is an Australian fitba. player.

puggy67

Caption: Tactics for Zenit – one up front, pack the middle, mind you don’t rip your tights in the rear.

Fuctivano

Caption:- “ How many midgets in a Midget” competition cancelled due to lack of midgets.

Morto

Caption: Well it beats getting a lift over.
(for those old enough to remember that sort of thing).

Bognorbhoy

Caption 2
(As my first looks like a ripoff of Monti at 8-24 am)

Down ibrox way a supporters idea of boosting income is tried out ….

Watch the match pitch side and the new hotel combined…

I wonder when people in the Celtic support are going to wake up and realise that Peter Lawwell is part of the problem not any sort of solution. He has done nothing to support action against Sevco and old Rangers for cheating and writes a letter every five years when forced to. he has been in on the same club myth from the start. If the shoe had been on the other foot we would be like Belfast Celtic, no longer playing football. They would have destroyed us and insisted we start at the very bottom and the majority of… Read more »

D J Smyth

John so you don’t go to any Celtic v Sevco games nor watch them on TV or on the wireless. Good man yourself . As far as I can see Sevco don’t need any help from Peter Lawell to implode . Rangers managed to do it all by themselves in 2012.& I have no doubt they don’t need an outsiders help this year or next . By the way Belfast Celtic Board decided to withdraw from the IFA because the RUC didn’t want to protect their players . I don’t think any normal person could link if Celtic died like… Read more »

Gerry

I’m finding it hard to pick my XI for Thursday, if we were picking players based on form then only James and Broony would get a jersey, so I guess I have to pick it based on what they have shown they can do in a Celtic jersey. De Vries Lustig Jozo Bitton KT Forrest Brown Kouassi Sinclair N’tcham Dembele I don’t want fling Armstrong, Ralston or anybody else who is not fit straight back into a game of this importance, and Ajer is too inexperienced so might as well pick our other central midfielder who plays there on occasion.… Read more »

Symphony But there is not a quality CB beside Ajer. So your point is moot. He is being left to develop on his own and taking an absolute hammering in Europe is going to do precious little for his development. Especially if he is left to shoulder the blame himself. You would imagine that someone in a management position might have worked this out and took appropriate action. However someone thought it was best to throw 1 million of the cash at hand/bank on an injury prone 33 year old who couldn’t even play in Europe anyway. Let’s hope the… Read more »

Celtic Symphony

Regards,John.
Point isn’t moot.When he has a quality defender beside him,Compper might be that man ? Nobody can say otherwise,until we see him play ?
For me,he’s doing really well at CB.Yes,he’ll make mistakes,but he is still very young,and is competent in our league.
Mark my words,Ajer will be a top class CB for us.
He has height,good in the tackle,can come out with the ball.He needs to learn his positional game.But,that comes with games and an experienced CB beside him.
Cheers HH

Monti

Farewell and adieu farewell spanish ladies
Farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain
For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston
So never more will we see you again.

” Here lies the body of Mary Lee, next year like Mike, she turns 103
For 15 long years he kept his virginity,
Not a bad record, for a Tayside vicinity “

Mike

Just think about it, every Celtic supporter uniting under the common cause of getting truth and justice over the lies and the cheating from the conflicted peepil. Forming a common bond to cleanse the AULD MEN and the blazers at the SFA. There was some good men before, like David Taylor or Andy Roxburgh and there still is some good men at the SFA, like Michael Mulraney. We need the Compliance Officer’s report, which if he reports the truth, then some of the lies and the cover ups will be confirmed, that in itself will open up a new investigation… Read more »

Pick that team Gerry and Celtic will be in for the biggest ever doing in any Euro game home or away. Jozo, Lustig and Bitton? Are you serious? Good Lord. that is not a back line it is a suicide pact. I think the last time Lustig and Bitton played together at the back was against Astana. remember 4 – 1 down and they missed a couple of sitters. Honestly, that team would boost Morton’s chances in the Scottish Cup. Play defenders at the back. If Hendry was the one they pushed the boat out for and pursued then play… Read more »

Mike

We are not stupid, we know what the failings are, every day, day in, day out, its been shouted out, it doesn’t alter anything, its the same regurgitation of negativity, it changes nothing. Life is full of ifs and buts, if Steven Caulker had come to Celtic, when he was asked, if the South African Cotezee had not failed his medical, they both have the same common theme, they are cheap frees or buys. We know that the board are accumulating cash, the accounts prove that, we can all assume why. Is Brendan fully on board with or charged with… Read more »

Monti

Steven Caulker is at the start of his recovery Mike, not the right time to be put under the spotlight, he needs time & support!

Mike

Absolutely, but once again you missed the point, if he came he would be a free, cheap, that was the point.

Monti

So you want a player who is probably not 100% fit, mentally or physically, hasn’t played for months……but you would take him because he is free & cheap?

Nurse

Iljas Baker

Don’t think Mike is saying that Monti. He’s saying that the bottom line for PL and the Board.Mike obviously doesn’t approve of that.

Monti

” We are not stupid “?
You definetely aren’t, especially when avoiding going to the bar!

D J Smyth

Mike , as a general rule over the last 60 years everyone who writes or says he is not stupid , is stupid . No person with even normal intelligence feels so insecure about his intelligence that he has to try influence reader or listener

Monti

🙂

Mike

Aye but that is as you say the GENERAL rule and that is one rule that doesn’t apply to me…..mibbee.

Monti

Mike,
He has a point tho……:)

Macca

Great post Mike. £31M in that biscuit tin now.

DJ
the comparison I made was the fact that Celtic would have ceased to exist. I was not implying any similarities in the reasons for the death just the fact that football from the club would be no more.

Mike

It just does not make any sense to me, my understanding is that we must get some kind of result against Zenit to raise our co-efficient to help us qualify for the C.L. next season. Are they hedging there bets, in that if we do not qualify next season, then there might be money in the bank to protect the club from the failure to do so. Why not then bring in two good quality players to help achieve back to back trebles (something that has NEVER been done before) and to give us a better chance to qualify next… Read more »

jimmybee

Man in bookshop: I’m looking for Arseholes at Night
Bookseller: What?
Man: It’s a novel. Recently a movie. Arseholes at Night
Bookseller: (annoyed) Are you just being vulgar for the sake of it? Arseholes at –
Me (interrupting) I think he’s saying Our Souls at Night. By Kent Haruf
Caption, did you get the shopping done,yes hunny done what you said and got two boots.

jimmybee

Our displays in Europe have been bad no doubt, but the games against City Rosenborg away and Borussia away,should give us hope. But a fatal flaw was allowing Eric and izzy to leave,without proper cover,injuries also to key performers in those games Armstrong Rogic Paddy,has weakened us. But we have players who should come in and do a job. We have to protect a makeshift centre back pairing. Ajer is the best in the position at present,Jozo is out of sorts so Hendry it would be for me. Big Kennedy went in against Barca as a rookie and was brilliant… Read more »

jimmybee

I’ve posted a long version which has went awol.
Our team is missing 8 first team players. That’s why we haven’t reached the form of last season. We haven’t had a full team to pick from.
Key injuries not reserve players or squad players but key players.
We have hope, we are Celtic.
Bring them on I say and a 3-1 victory to the bhoys.

Monti

Jimmybee,
I admire your optimism….however the facts speak for themselves, the defence is the weak link, with the lethal combination of those not good enough and playing people out of position causing me palpitations.
This will haunt us Jimmy, i’ve raised it on a fucking daily basis but apparently i’m not knowledgeable about the game…cough.
I just want Compper t get fit quick to help us go far in Europe….oh no….wait,

Signed,
Celtic scouting dept.

God help us.

Weered

Monti.. I guess all we can do is hope for the best but considering recent displays, notwithstanding Forrests standout hat trick etc, I think that a draw is as much as we could expect.

Monti

Weered,
V Partick? 🙂

Weered

Yes Monti dearest.. Partick

Weered

Monti… I think that a draw is as much as we could expect… Against Zenit

Monti

Weered,
I think a draw will be about it m8, as for the away game?
Behind the couch, Oxygen tank & Valium……

SteveNaive

Say you are Ajer and say you start on Thursday or the return. Despite the result, you and good coaches (and John Kennedy) will look at the games and what you did, didn’t or should have done. He will be exposed to situations, double teaming, false nines, one on ones and balls over the top of a quality he will rarely see in our League. He seems to be an intelligent lad and will learn from whatever happens. The rags, and some of our support,will slaughter him ( and others)if he is at fault. Don’t do it. Good footballers learn… Read more »

jimmybee

Monti you have raised it since last season m8 and quite rightly too. I know you want only the best for Celtic like the rest of us, it is what it is m8 and the duty of our supporters on thursday is to forget whats right or wrong, and just give their all to the players picked by Brendan. By doing this we have a chance, without it none.

Monti

Agreed!

Macca

We will all be cheering the team on on Thursday and hoping for a victory. It what Celtic fans do. We probably even start the game believing we can win. That said, when I look at anybody’s suggested team sheet and see DeV, Lustig and Simo I get angry at the board for failing to invest when they had ample opportunity and considerable funds. Ajer MAY make it as a CB but if that is the plan he should be a work in progress being developed alongside experienced pros for the longer term, not thrown in at the deep end… Read more »

Monti

Jimmybee,
I’m glad you can see what i’m on about and where i’m coming from, it actually amazes me that a lot of others aren’t saying the same?
Brendan has deserved every plaudit he has received since he walked through the door…but he has had long enough to sort this defence & hasn’t done it.
Can he see the problem?
Why is he trying to turn a midfielder into a defender( Ajer )? Again it’s fucking nuts man.

Brendan knows a lot more about the game than i do…but i know what i’m talking about.

Brendan needs to get this defence operating!

D J Smyth

Monti , every time I think you have a brain you let me down by stating something stupid . Where is your evidence that Ajer is a midfielder? When he signed from the super Norwegian league as an experienced 16 year old he described himself as a midfielder, centre defender , who had also played up front . Why not complain about K Tierney been picked at full back , he was previously a winger . You are truly an example of empty vessels make most noise , in your case write most shoite . I fear you may be… Read more »

Ralph,

Testing, testing before the disappearing trick.

H H

Still didnae work!! I am amazed they get news anytime never mind now.

And me producing pearls for the first time in months 🙂

H H

Macca

I’ve also just lost one 🙁 (tho not sure it contained any pearls :-))

Monti

🙂

Monti

Pensionerbhoy,
Good afternoon sir, you better turn the heating up, Andybhoy is coming round for a cup of tea & a n Abernethy 🙂

Ken

Mike

Hello darkness my old friend,
I’ve come to talk with you again,
because a vision softly creeping,
left its seeds when I was sleeping,
and the vision was planted in my brain,
Still remains,

Within the sound of……silence.

jimboh

Caption…MG’s latest model comes with, as standard, Sun Lounger and Convertible Boot come Bunk bed.

Ralph, You have surpassed yourself or shot yourself in the foot. I am struggling to decide which. “Turn the heating full up in the away dressing room. Put the chairs next the radiators and nail them to the floor. You can also get a wee silica based powder which heats up when shaken about a bit. Put it in their boots. Their toes won’t know whats going on and their bodies will shut down the supply of blood to them, causing them to remain in their boots when they take them off at half time.” So, we make them nice… Read more »

Monti

Do you get discount on the pancakes?

Noelskytrot

Caption…FFS Dave I told you the warchest wouldn’t fit in as well. King and co escape from the BigotDome with the huns dosh.

Monti

Caption,
Fred & Rose West Driving School

Noelskytrot

Monti,
Lmao

Weered

Monti… CLASSIC WIT WITH THE LEAST TASTE POSSIBLE…. OUCH

Monti

Weered,
I can go lower but won’t 🙂

Mike

That is a despicable caption comment, I’m as open minded as the next person, but think if your family was one of the victims of those two disgusting human beings. FFS get a grip.

Monti

Shut your pus,it’s called black humour….
Nobody is poking fun at the victims.

Mike

Black it surely is, humour… not a chance.

Monti

Och…..

BondiBrian

Mike, he’s a contrary buffoon. The Wests were despicable individuals and a terrible couple. My thoughts go out to the victims families and friends who probably still greave over their loss

The E Tims resident Buffoon thinks it funny though…bBut its OK cos “Jesus Loves You” and God Bless The Pope” etc ) The Buffoon is almost – but not quite – beneath any decent persons contempt with his ‘black humour’

Monti

And you are a trolling bellend!

jimmybee

Caption: Go to sleep my weary Provos.
God bless the Cumann na mBan

Monti

I used to go out with this girl who had a squinty eye……turns out she had her eye on someone else.

Rob(SMH)O'Keeffe

The parenting tips are good stuff so LOL,LOL,SMH,SMH,IRL,IRL!
Nobody is going to “help” Celtic “clean” up Scottish football.
Budgie-Fiddled out of Euro qualifiers,nice new stand though(eventually).Dempster-20 years a ST holder at the Sooside Scumbag Shithole.Milne-Business loses a fortune but can build new housing development and wants to build a new stadium? Eh? But move along,nothing to see.Even PL stated time to move on the other day.Brick walls and headbutting…..KTF?

Broxburnbhoy

When did PL say to move on? Can you point that out? I heard him say the exact opposite. Diplomatically and inna measured way.

jimmybee

Caption: The new ford humpher.

Stiofan

Monti, Apologies, you are quite right in what you say – the defence is shocking. That doesn’t give me an excuse to have a pop at someone because I don’t agree with their opinion. i tend to ser everything through half full green glasses and make excuses on their behalf , when it’s obvious that they will not take the final step and seem satisfied with just getting into Europe and the cash in the bank. It’s a sticking plaster philosophy they just to spend enough to get by – cross the fingers and trust to luck. That philosophy has… Read more »

Monti

Stiofan,
All is well comrade, i think some folk think i want us to spend what we don’t have, but i don’t.
Europe is a massive place now, what the fuck are our scouts up to? A young lad from Dundee and an ineligible 32 year old is what they are recommending to the club?
I’d fucking sack them.

Jack the rack

Vested interests (SFA, media, Sevco supporters on many a board of other clubs! ) would easily detail a united fans movement.

Celtic fans have the power right now but it involves an emotional sacrifice.

One single season of home matches WITHOUT visiting Celtic fans, one single season (4 games maximum) of no Celtic fans attending semifinals and finals at Hampden.

Reform would be rushed through.

You have the power – go make it happen.

Jack the rack

Derail

Monti

Caption: ” Rose, we should have got a transit “

Kris

Is there anything more insufferable than the fan that thinks because he’s 60 odd hes somehow an expert “cos I was watching when you were a…etc etc ” fuckin yawn

jimmybee

Go to your room

Monti

Kris,
Absolutely m8 🙂

BondiBrian

“Is there anything more insufferable than the fan that thinks because he’s 60 odd hes somehow an expert “cos I was watching when you were a…etc etc ” fuckin yawn”

Aye, someone who thinks its a yawn cos a man that’s been following Celtic over 60 years makes a sensible comment, a comment where he mentions within context his 60 years following Celtic.

So Kris, get ti yer kip, set yer alarm as you’ve probably got a big paper roond the morn.

jimmybee

🙂

Iancelt67

Agree with Brian here I’m in my fifties. Should listen to your elders and respect them. They’ve seen the worst and the best and still hold out hope. 1000 of pounds put into the team out of their own pockets to stand in sludge and risk getting a hot pie or a bottle in the back of the head in the terraces. Risking crowd crushes and humiliation from hun work mates

Hats off to the 60 plus crew with their unfaltering allegiance, they never had live streaming and the ensuing opinion offered to fans today

Monti

Iancelt,
What if the ” elder” is talking pish tho?

Iancelt67

Monti their memories of the grand old days is priceless personally I caught the cohort who got into the final with Feyenoord as a kid , though remember watching the Lisbon game as a 7 year old. Saw Johnstone Murdoch charmers Connolly and the rest . Still one of the top teams in the world My point is from the older guys perspective they’ve lived the great times and you haven’t. It gives them the latitude to talk posh occasionally but from my experience the older guys like mike rebus and pensioner bhoy talk good sense most of the of… Read more »

Iancelt67

Personally not o Malley. Though o Malley would probably agree

Mike

Aulder bhoy’s like Mike, Mike FFS!! since when did 69/70 become auld ffs.

Mike

But looks 49/50.

Broxburnbhoy

I see the best of the rest FC Basel were completely destroyed at home by Man City tonight. Man city had 74% possession. Different class.

BondiBrian

Basel got brushed aside.

BOOM BOOM.

Monti

Told you….stoned

Let’s have a certain left winger converted to an inside left. Then and the sixties become the seventies we call him a midfielder. Then he gets another area to play called a sweeper/central defender by the mid seventies. Surely a left winger can’t be a decent defender? What’s his name? Does anybody know? The Kaiser. Ajer is not Franz Beckenbaur but right now he is the best defender we have. Who plays alongside this young man has a huge say in what happens on Thursday. Jozo or Lustig or Hendry? What a shambles. We have let a decent defender go… Read more »

Mike

Great post Iain, I remember a winger playing at inside right, his name a hallowed name (like the rest) was called Bertie Auld, great coaches can redefine a players position, the name of the position means nothing. It wont happen but if it was me picking the team, it would because of necessity be young Hendry with Scott Bain in goal, they played together at Dundee. Young Ajer will be the best centre-back that we have in the next couple of years, he is still raw but will develop into a great centre-back. These two young men need our full… Read more »

Monti

Lol aye ok…….more insanity from Barry Manilow…..
Why don’t we just sit the whole squad down at Lennoxtown & ask Brendan to ask everyone where they want to play?
A number of guys on here obviously haven’t played football to any degree.
Obviously there are examples of players changing their natural position and doing a job for the team.
For example Chris Sutton was a striker but could do a job in defence when required.

I just fail to see what people see in Ajer…..i see a young midfield player being asked to be Guiseppe Bergomi…..it’s nonsense.

Monti

” At the copa Copacabana ” 🙂

Mike

That’s cause you ken fuck all about fitba.

http://celticbynumberscom.ipage.com/odsonne-to-flourish/

Edouard is approaching 10 games worth of match time and some of his numbers look impressive. A look at shot effectiveness.

portpower

Carn the relished rebels.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUnU-4SfRSI

Celts by 1 haply 2.

portpower

Dear Lord, in the battle that goes on through life I ask but a field that is fair, A chance that is equal with all in the strife, A courage to strive and to dare; And if should win, let it be by the code With my faith and my honor held high; And if I should lose, let me stand by the road, And cheer as the winners go by. And Lord, may my shouts be ungrudging and clear, A tribute that comes from the heart, And let me not cherish a snarl or a sneer Or play any… Read more »

Monti

Was he related to Amos Braley, old landlord of ‘ the Woolpack’, Emmerdale Farm?

” Gee Mr Wilks “

Monti

Amos Brearley

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