Celtic Diary Friday February 23: Nope. Definitely Not The Messiah

Well, we tried.

We, the support , that is.

I’ll keep it short today, not as short as my original intention, which was to simply type “bollocks ” as todays offering.

Instead, we’ll expand on that theme.

Because last nights offering in St Petersburg was just that.

Bollocks.

Within ten minutes it was apparrent the referee was going to clamp down on the physical side of the game, and if you answer him back, you’re in the book.

For me, and anyone else with an inkling oif common sense, that was the signal to give James fiorrest the ball and tell him to run. That was the signal to ditch any previous plan and say, hey Scotty, get stripped, we’re changing the plan.

Get the ball and run with it until you get tripped.

but no, lets do tippy tappy and hope for something to happen.

Zenit spotted a weakness, big dopey Dorus, and they just aimed the ball at him knowing he’d move out of the way at least once.

Having given the performance of the season last week. the manger opted to break up that team for the St Johnstone game, snapping any momentum before it became, well, a momentum.

that showed last night.

I can handle getting beat, but that insipid cap doffing Celtic were back in St Petersburg. too scared to take a chance, to blinded to see what was written on the wall.

Brendan Rodgers was out of work before we got him. for quite a while, as I recall.

We should have left him where he was.

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henkesdreadlocks
2 years ago

Bollocks

Weered
2 years ago

Henke…succinct and to the inevitable truth…

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

I forgot to mention that BR was probably not to blame but his flagging team were…

john young
2 years ago

Give Jamesie the ball and let him run ffs he is a player out of the school pantomime frilly skirts and all,Calmac the same both weak and wimpish a left back who,s legs have gone for a time now a diddy keeper and a wimp at c/b ffs.

henkesdreadlocks
2 years ago
Reply to  john young

Wank.

The real Anton Rogan
2 years ago

Ooooft.

Unbeaten treble. Top of the league, 9 points clear. League Cup won. In the next round of the cup.

Last night was abysmal but that last line is too strong.

jimmybee
2 years ago

Ralph, I called it as soon as it was reported the ref was book happy,it was in the media,out there for everyone to see.
That’s why I said Sinclair should be down one wing and Forrest the other,it wasn’t a game for the diamond it was a game for guys who could actually take people on with speed and flair.
Forrest Sinclair and even Charley should have started this match. The manager in my opinion blew it. The players on the pitch have to take responsibility yes,but if no player from the midfield is prepared to get beyond Dembele then the ball simply can’t go forward. You simply can’t play the same tactics again because they worked the first time.
The first half hour was crucial,get the speed players get them in the book. It was a disgrace.
Brendan knows a lot more than me, no doubt about it,but that was terrible tactics last night.
He blew it. Yes we don’t have the players,but tactics win games when your not of the same standard. Ask Hearts, Kilmarnock, etc.
More hurt and an embarrassment to this great club of ours.

Macca
2 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Spot on!

D J Smyth
2 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmy bee, any idiot even one like yourself can tell us afterwards how it all went wrong . So what it doesn’t matter one damn whether your useless analysis is right or wrong . Brendan Rodgers has to decide before the game his line -up & tactics .
He can send his players out full of confidence for them all to do the right thing . He & his defensive coach have taught them how to defend corners , is it rRodgers fault they allowed a player to take a step away & head a bullet into the net . He tells & shows the player how to defend as a team , yet about a half a dozen stand around & allow a Zenit player to pick the spot where he wants a clear shot at goal .

Jimmy bee are your sure your wonderful tactics would have prevented these happenings because if u are not 100% sure , then your tactics with the benefit of hand sight are worthless .
What the team needs bests is fools like u to try to build confidence in the whole team & coaches support & encourage everyone involved in our club , we are supporters arn’t we . We want our team to improve don’t we ?
We are not trying to blow our own trumpet

Cortes
2 years ago

Very harsh.

Zenit played in Glasgow at 11pm their time and were out of sorts. Last night was a much truer opportunity to see the relative strength and weakness of the two sides. The officials were homers of course but man for man there’s a big gulf in class between the teams. Barring a huge infusion of talent via (a) the promotion of a “class of ‘92”/Quality Street Gang or (b) the board loosening its purse strings, any improvement in Europe, under BR or any other manager, will be of the incremental nature that this season’s campaign represents compared to last season’s.

Tam the tim
2 years ago

God Ralph, that was short and not very sweet. I agree that we made all those changes v St.j and shouldn’t have. Keep the team that played very well together for the next match, it’s the continuity that counts in football. Every player wants to play in every game and for the manager to make so many changes interrupts the cohesion in the team. We now see too many results like last nights and I feel that we’re a spent force in Europe. There is no confidence amongst the players, they just seem to meekly accept the inevitable.
HH

Fuzzy D
2 years ago

Yip, last line is out of order.

Last season was literally a once in a 2 or 3 generation one. This season hasn’t come anywhere near, not surprisingly, but there’s still a chance we win a treble this season and there’s still time to start turning in the performances we know the team are capable of.

Lisbon Lions Upper
2 years ago

4 domestic trophies in a row, CL qualification two seasons on the trot, European football after Christmas for first time in several years. Your justified criticism of last night’s very poor show is overshadowed by a concluding line too pathetic for words.

If constant success is what you crave, off you go and support Man City. Or Melchester Rovers. And, after many year’s browsing, I’ll not bother visiting this site again.,

Monti
2 years ago

Calm down

Neil
2 years ago

Having been at the St.Johnstone game on Sunday and looking at Celtic performance over the last few months,if the players could play as well as some of the statements they make in the press? we would be world beaters.The fans could see the lacklustre performance lately over the last few months,how could the management team not see this.Last season we were uncatchable in the league,if we lose on Sunday it will be trouble at the mill time.Sinclair ,Lustig,Simunovic,Dembele are all underperforming since last season.It is time for them to be held accountable to wear the hoops.

Noelskytrot
2 years ago

Ralph, fair assessment of the outcome, we were pish. The remark about BR is nonsense imo. That’s your opinion though and yer entitled to express it. A wee question, who would you have in place?

Iancelt67
2 years ago

I wouldn’t say just go until we get the whole story. If he wanted funds and got knocked back for improvements then we have a corrupt board and it’s not his fault but he should have boundaries that say he won’t work under that kind of tyranny
Conversely, if he thinks what he’s got is alright and is arrogant enough or stupid enough to believe that back line and keeper wouldn’t wilt then he should walk. He’s taken us as far as he can. Challenge over either way.

Corrib 04
2 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

lancelt67, I think you are right too hold fire. My own view is that we dont need anymore players, we have plenty of quality players. The missing ingredient is courage. James Forrest and perhaps KT had courage last night and were not afraid to make a game of it. However the format of the team was focused on protecting the lead with no one prepared to be brave and make a forward pass. I’m getting annoyed just thinking about this now.

john young
2 years ago
Reply to  Corrib 04

You have to be on something Jamesie “courage” I have to find a fcuking dark room and lie down.

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  john young

🙂

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  john young

John Young,
James Forrest is a strong contender to be player of the year this season, not that i’m saying you’re a bell end or that.

D J Smyth
2 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Ian , it isn’t necessary either of the extremes you list . The most likely thing was that Brendan & his scouts represented specific targets for key positions & for what ever reason these players refused to come to Glasgow.
Ian it’s unlikely that everything bus black & white & that the Board is bent & or Brendan is a dithering yes an .

Corrib 04
2 years ago

Brendan was haunted by performances in Paris and Barcelons hence the defensive format. He bottled it in St Petersburg as much as our players did. I was of the view that after 10 mins we just needed to get stuck in and attack them as Zenit are decidedly average.

At home Celtic can be like super heroes, Gods even. Then away from home they become mere mortals full of fear and trepidation. Samson without the hair. This has been going on for years. Worse is that I expect them to perform abysmally. It’s a major surprise when they perform well. Spartak 2 celtic 3, Anderlecht 0 Celtic 3, Ajax 1 Celtic 3, Rosenbourg 0 Celtic 1, We can raise our game with so called inferior players with the right attitude. By all means close up shop against Barca and PSG etc but Zenit are really no better than us. Brendan and his team should not have been fearful. I want Brendan to stay and improve us but he needs to re evaluate where we are and how to go forward.

Iancelt67
2 years ago
Reply to  Corrib 04

Corrib 04 we need a decent keeper and two more defenders it’s ludicrous to say that 3 out of four defenders can have a bad game in the one night and the keeper. It’s because they’re out of their depth. Either too old too young or like simo, not fucking interested because he’s over having to do his job and others jobs as well. Like boyatas who can’t be blamed for last night. It was a matter of time before that back line imploded. Ajer is a work in progress so is hendry we needed ready made defenders drafted into the side.

D J Smyth
2 years ago
Reply to  Corrib 04

Corrib 04 I would be amazed if every manager didn’t evaluate where his team was & try to move foreward
Not every manager is going to say we need to sign a new right back , as it is better to decide & do these things privately .

Corrib 04
2 years ago
Reply to  D J Smyth

Iancelt67

D J Smyth

Yes you are both right of course. I was a bit ranty earlier and probably needed a lie down – Like John Young 😉

The silver lining is that I think the team will be right up for it in Aberdeen and I expect us to bounce back in style.

Fudgeydoc
2 years ago

Can’t believe that when changes were needed at Half Time Rodgers brings on Rogic who is a passenger in Europe. Every time he got the ball it stopped or went backwards.
We needed pace and width and Sinclair should have come on at half time or at least Musonda in the role that Rogic was playing.
Defensively we keep cocking up – how is John Kennedy still in position? He was there under Deila and couldn’t organise a defence in Europe and it’s still the same now.
As for the tippy-tappy stuff at the back, nobody had the guts to run forward into space and stretch the Russians until Sinclair and Musonda arrived.
Domestically I don’t think Rodgers can be criticised but his team’s European displays actually make Deila’s team look decent.

jimmybee
2 years ago

Time the manager took responsibility Neil.

Noelskytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

JBee, yer absolutely right, everyone from BR to the coaching staff, the players has to carry the load. No one is immune from getting constructive pelters when it’s needed. I think our passion at times carries us along into dead ends especially when we get beat, and I know that we want to compete in Europe, but I think if we go and win the remaining two trophies, much of the consternation by fans will be gone. By the way, yer one of the more calmer posters on here JBee. I was at my friends book launch and couldn’t watch the game last night so I watched the recording and as per was,shouting and bawling at the tv, my partner and the kids think I’m mental, but this is what CFC does to us all.

jimmybee
2 years ago
Reply to  Noelskytrot

It certainly does m8,well said,and thanks for the kind words.

Iancelt67
2 years ago

Decent post

puggy67
2 years ago

Poor performance but a few points to ponder:

The injury list is shocking with very few from hard tackles and most from muscle strains – worthy of a steward’s enquiry into our backroom staff and training procedures. Gordon would have saved the second. Paddy would have been a good sub option when Forrest tired.

You do not pick up quality en masse in January. The summer is the time to pick the ripest fruit BUT £31 million is 3.5 games TV money for Wolves next season. That’s your competition.

Sack Brendan, aye sure. We’ve got a treble on FFS.

entitlement/ɪnˈtʌɪt(ə)lmənt/noun

the fact of having a right to something

We don’t and have never thought that like that. We fought and will fight for everything we have. The sense of entitlement is seeping in and it’s hunnery.

Need to go. Just told the boss I’m behind because of a knuckle email.

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  puggy67

Away and lye doon in a dark room and look at your book of logic’s and caption competition wins.

Una
2 years ago

I think most of them see future employment in other places br included.

Cortes
2 years ago
Reply to  Una

Agreed. Totally unwilling to tackle for fear of the injury which will stop the “big move” to Brighton etc.

Nevertheless, Zenit has far better players than Celtic.

Mo
2 years ago

Poor performance last night. Your last line is frankly disgraceful and belongs in a Hun forum. No doubt you will say it’s your ball and can say what you want. However, moon howling needs called out and you are King of the howlers.

Westendtim
2 years ago

The last sentence is nonsense, sober up!

2 years ago

I am so crap at putting words on stuff …
Thankfully this main piece is Exactly the way i feel tx

Noelskytrot
2 years ago

For those calling for BR to go, calm down and tell me in your opinion who should replace him?

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Noelskytrot

David Moyes 🙂

jrw
2 years ago

That last sentence – given what we have achieved thus far is rather over the top. Yes last night was an utter let down – but we’ve been here before. As my dad used to say about the fickleness of public opinion: ‘it was hosanna and palm leaves on Sunday, but crucify him on Friday’.

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  jrw

jrw…a nice biblical explanation there

Brian (not the messiah)
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Happy are the cheesemakers!!

Weered
2 years ago

I like those cheeses from Nazareth…

jrw
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Always look on the bright side of life …

Monti
2 years ago

BRENDAN RODGERS IS HERE FOR 10, IT’S THE BOARD THAT NEED TO FUCK OFF!

WE ARE ALL BRENDAN RODGERS……JUST SORT OUT A KEEPER & DEFENCE!

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

AGREED IN FULL

jimmybee
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

MORNING MONTI

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

LETS ALL SHOUT AT MONTI..LETS ALL SHOUT AT MONTI… hahahaha…

jimmybee
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

🙂

D'Fhinnein Mick
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

MONTI

Correct,mate. DESIMOND put up a new article a few minutes ago,same thoughts,but it soon disappeared.

Blame lies with squarely with a control freak who won’t allow a team to develop. First sign a player has quality,sell him.

Who,in the last ten years,has been here for longer than three years despite being coveted elsewhere? Broonie?

And that’s it? At a push,Jamesie.

Ledley would have signed a new contract,but he wanted the same terms as before. Naw,that won’t do. We can get £800k for you,sign a new face to shoe-horn in for £2.5m and even though we’ll only get one year out of himin 30 months,I won’t be held to ransom just because NL trusts you.

Admin
2 years ago

I hit publish immediately instead of schedule..its coming online at 12:15 to give Ralphs Diary top billing for a few hours rather than a deluge

Weered
2 years ago

Looks like Desi Monds latest offering was like the teams performance…NOT FOUND

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

up soon, scheduled for 12:15

Bob
2 years ago

Bring back Neil Lennon at least he would have had us fighting for everything! last night I have never seen a Celtic side so poor we may have had bigger drubbings in the past but at least they were by teams on a different planet. that mob were bang average and there for the taking.

JB67
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob

I was talking to my Hibee pal last week and noted that last season Brendan looked miles better than Lennon – this year – not obvious. We have the players to walk the league like last year (even with the injuries) but the tactics are clearly wrong which I believe is impacting the team collectively and individually. We have lost the ability to play quickly through the centre of the park and if opposition implement tactics to negate our wingers we have limited credible attack options. Brown and Tierney are very clear standouts in the team as they actually put effort in for every game-the remainder – most of whom are a class above the performances they deliver do not.

jimmybee
2 years ago
Reply to  JB67

JB67 The team were fantastic last season,and it was magical.
Supporters who think the injuries don’t have an effect then they will never be pleased.
Gordon,Boyata, Armstrong,Griffiths,Roberts,Rogic,were all influential in that ,and they have been a huge loss. If they had been fit,I’m sure we would have beaten Zenit over the 2 legs.
Take into account Sinclair and Lustig not at their best then we aren’t at full pelt.
But then that’s when the manager has to adjust,he has to get the players to play to their strengths,and adapt,not ask players to do things they just simply can’t do.
Brendan will always be the man,the injury list has been horrendous,and he has had a tougher season,than I’m sure he would have expected. But tactically last night,was as poor as Ronnie did with Maribor. He got it wrong. Simple as that.
The players didn’t have the confidence in each other or the tactics and the ball was like a hot potato. He should have changed it as soon as they scored for the writing was on the wall then.
Bitterly disappointed last night,only because I genuinely felt we would go through,for the first time in Europe for many a year I thought we could do it. 1-0 after the way we played at home was a decent result not great,but enough to say get a goal,go for it.
You have one chance take it. Then all the injured players would be back making you stronger.
Alas it wasn’t to be,and it hurts.

D J Smyth
2 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

How many of the idiots on here have ever managed a team successfully in SPL . If a poster hasn’t how do they think they know better than B R .
Surely half drunk idiots watching on TV can’t know more than a professional manager .
Imagine if Celtic employed a continuous half drunk with no football experience , told him to stay at home , watch the match drinking a half doz cans & pick team for next game

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  D J Smyth

DJ blind faith in something is not a basis of real belief. Those who “pick teams” are offering their opinion on a very important facet of a football match…

BR is not infallible he just picks HIS “best team” available… Same as those in here… Think a wee bit before bumbling on about the HALF DRUNK perhaps it might be better for you if they’re FULL DRUNK?.

These guys show passion, and enthusiasm. DO YOU?

Noelskytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Bob, is Lenny’s European record any bettervthan BR’s?

jon richards
2 years ago

Yep; definitely let’s bin a manager who has delivered (i don’t tell you) and who truly ‘gets’ the club. Literally making me sick reading this crap because for Desmond BT was a big move: a big ticket. Wouldn’t trust the board to do that again soon. Deila Mk2 maybe out there. Shut up. Eat it up. Know BR hurts like any of us today and focus on Aberdeen. There’s a destructive streak here and it’s not impossible that even with another treble BR walks. We are better than this. The team is better than this. And with Gordon and Griffiths last night we’d still be there. PS. Most days love what you do.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  jon richards

Jon Richards,
Excellent m8 & fully agree, disappointed as we are today, we need to regroup and get the focus back, yes there are issues with the team, but until everthing is won or lost, we must unify for the battle ahead!

HH

Daziekanowski's nightclub child
2 years ago

1st goal Jozo loses his man too easily
2nd goal FFS Dorus
3rd goal Lustig ball watching

3 mistakes 3 goals.

I’m not too happy with the tactics employed however you can’t prepare for such sloppiness during the game in crucial areas. We should have brought in a full back, quality keeper and an eligible experienced CB during the January window.

Apart from the top sides every chance we have conceded this season has been from our own mistakes, if we can sort that out by changing the main culprits then we will have a solid team.

I believe the tippy tappy pish is due to movement in front of the defence but they are part of the problem as they need to push out with the ball to bring players on to them to make space for the midfield.

liatroimbhoy
2 years ago

seldom post but that last line is simply over reaction and totally out of order

Una
2 years ago

If this had of happened under ronnie d he would have been sacked by now.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Una

Jeremy kyle not on?

Una
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Ur not on knob head no 1 likes u, just beacause a woman knows more about football than urself it hurts u. Move on moron and harrass someone else u greasy piece of dung.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Una

Oh dear…..
Just for the record there are a number of Tims on here who i’ve met & do like me.
So put that in your iron & smoke it.

Una
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Probably ur immediate family

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Jeremy kyle finished then?

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Una

” KNOB HEAD, GREASY PIECE OF DUNG ” – UNA.

OH DEAR? RALPH IS THIS NOT ABUSE?..

i’m quite upset by this….

Can you delete ‘ Emmerdale ‘ from Una’s Sky planner.
That’ll teach her.

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Griff,best striker at Parkhead…….

Una
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

It took u all night to think that,or were u thinkin of me in the shower ?

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Having seen your pic, i can confirm that i was NOT & will NOT be thinking of you in the shower!

Una
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

I would love 2 know where or how u seen this picture of me. If u have seen one it proves that ur obsession of me is sexual.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

If it ever was ( which i assure you, it was not ) it most certainly isn’t now.

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti… I’m not who is more delusional…
you or Una 🙂

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

I’ll try that again

Monti… I’m not sure who is more delusional…
you or Una

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Que?

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

:)… Sorry about that… Easy to be drawn into mischief haha

Mike
2 years ago

For all those criticising Rodgers, I didn’t see him on the park, I saw a keeper who couldn’t save a ball hit from 25 yards, I saw a £3.5 mill. pound defender who stood and watched a 34 year old get the jump on him. The fact is those same players who played so differently at Celtic park, did not press the ball, could not pass the ball and did not fight for the ball, in short most of them didn’t turn up.
Tactics only allow you to carry out a plan of the game, but if you the player cannot do the basics, well tactics mean nothing.
For me £31. million pounds in the bank mean fuck all, some of it should have been spent on the 2/3 players that a blind man could see that the team requires. That’s where the blame rests.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike,
Well said!

Admin
2 years ago

Jozo, Dorus and Lustig..3 experienced players who all let the side down and caused 3 goals.

I don’t know how a manager can legislate for that OTHER than ensuring players with concentration lapses don’t get in the side or even in the squad. That then lies at Brendans and Peters feet.

3 errors in defence = 3 goals, I’ve said it before, time to review current defence strategy and defensive management team, John Keneedy is not the answer and jobs for the boys helping Kolo out is the last of my concerns when we are so useless at the back

Noelskytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  Desi Mond

Desi, I suppose you can only go with what’s at yer disposal. Maybe yer point about looking at the defensive responsibilities is one that needs to be perused. Get the dough out, Dermot, we deserve better.

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Desi Mond

Absolutely correct.

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

That was meant for Desimond.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Desi Mond

Desimond,
What’s wrong with tbe defence? 🙂

Wisnae me
2 years ago

First 7 mins looked quite good.

jimmybee
2 years ago

I think Brendan wanted Boyata and Compper as the preferred Centre backs. Jozo and Ajer would have been the back up.
Or played as a 3 man defence.
Gordon Armstrong Rogic Roberts Griffiths Hayes have been huge losses from last seasons invincibles.
We are not as strong as we were,and until they come back we won’t be. If they had been fit we would have qualified I have no doubt. But Brendan has to take responsibility,the team was set up wrong. The players didn’t look happy in the formation,the ball a hot tattie. Courage was required,only Jamesy showed it,and then he got hooked.
The manager got it wrong,it’s as simple as that. More attacking players would gave got us up the pitch more,gave them something to think about,instead we were pedestrian.
Stop making excuses for Brendan,he got it wrong,the buck stops with him,as it did with Ronnie against Maribor.

Joe in London
2 years ago

Martin O’Neil first season; Bordeaux knocked us out in 3rd round of uefa.

Martin O’Neil second season; Valencia knocked us out the uefa at the same stage as last night, having dropped in from 3rd spot in our Champs league group.

Martin, in relative terms, had more cash to play with.

Should we have sacked Martin?

Yer talking pure rubbish saying BR should go.
Embarrassing post.

JB67
2 years ago

While the defence is justly criticised again the tactic of continually playing slowly out from defence puts additional pressure on them/ In many games the players with most possession seem to be the ones we have most concern about. Its been apparent for weeks that the manner we are playing in is predictable, pedestrian and now ineffective. Last weeks game was a revelation and showed the capabilities of what is a very talented squad

jrw
2 years ago
Reply to  JB67

Agree – that’s what makes last night’s result so frustrating.

Broxburnbhoy
2 years ago

After sleeping on this poor performance, I did expect shrill rumblings of discontent. Rightly so it was an insipid performance for which both manager and players must be held accountable. That said calling for an end to Brendan Rogers tenure or to replace the whole Board is cloud cuckoo land. A sense of perspective is required. We are short at the back and we all know it. BR actually has to address it. If he was hoping for the best with what he has today, I think he can stop hoping and start acting to fix that. All that said, I think Brendan is the man for the long term and we will get beat every now and then.

Fr7ank
2 years ago

A disgrace of an article in keeping with recent attacks on one of the best managers we have ever had at the club.

2 years ago

I disgree completely with the sack Rodgers stuff. But the man gets away with murder because of how thick a lot of our supporters are. Sevco-esque thick. how long is he going to get away with mis-management, because that is what it is. Ronny Deila’s team, remember them in Ronny’s second year, were one point better off than this Celtic team. Brendan has been in charge for a season and a half the same length of time as Ronny and to a man on this site, you all wanted Ronny strung. He was the guy that was responsible for the dwindling crowds however now it is cold weather. Celtic have played as badfootball, if not worse since getting thrashed by Hearts than we saw under Deila. Yet for many it is everybody elses fault but Rodgers. The board. Yes but Brendan id their bitch. He is every bit as controlled by Lawwell as Ronny was yet this is something else Deila was criticised for . Unbeaten treble. So what. we play shite every week and the team played out of their skin lasts season. Average failures like Sinclair had the season of their career and were carried by the 50th anniversary and the feel good factor throughout the club. Rodgers was the same . He was unemployable, Delusional Brendan , getting mocked on the telly every week for his bizarre interviews and towards the end commentators were actually saying I can’t watch him any more someone put him out of his misery. Somwe of our supporters think he done us a favour by joining us. this is where some of our supporters think we are.
Rodger’s record in Europe at Liverpool is a stain on that club’s European history and he has done the same at Celtic. His European form is a sackable offence but I do not think he should be sacked before anyone jumps in. But his background and the unbeaten treble are saving him and he deserves that. But what about the worst ever Rangers/Sevco team, who were managed by a lunatic until nearly half way through the season making up 30 points on us. What if we get beat on Sunday after they thrash Hearts. Does anyone have the belief in this team to be able to fight to the end. Rodgers was wobbling before the unbeaten run came to an end. Since then Celtic have been garbage 90% of the time. They say it is in defeat that you learn. If so then we have learned that Brendan is not quite the manger we thought he was when everything was going well. And it is nonsense to call for him to be sacked as that will not be necessary Rodgers is going. He appears to have already chucked it. He is simply not up for the fight. We will win the league but they will win the cup and we will win the league by about 3 points. Next season? We have allowed our rivals to catch up from where they were, which is absolutely astounding. But Brendan will leave a she has taken us as far as he can. He probably regrets the second season. But he will be unemployed before Leeds or Villa give him a chance to ‘rebuild his career at a sleeping giant’. Wonder if their supporters will be as grateful as we have been for him deigning to give us his precious time.

Broxburnbhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  john

Oh Celtic get beat and John is back! Draw your own conclusions

2 years ago
Reply to  john

Absolutely right. Well thought out and realistic reply.

Broxburnbhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  ralph malph

Are you sticking by your Brendan should go position Ralph? Were you serious in the first place? Our friend John calls Brendan the “board’s bitch” what do you think about that?

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago
Reply to  john

John,good piece.I liked Ronny and he was meant to be the assistant.When “real” Tim RK turned us down,Ronny stepped up although deep down he knew it was too big a job for him….

Spectrum is Green
2 years ago

67 minutes to get a shot on target and make a suspect keeper actually do something. Pathetic.

Sure, at 2-0 we just needed to nick a goal, blah, blah, but how about being adventurous and going at them early on and trying to get a goal to put the tie to bed? This ‘wait and see’ method rarely works for us because we concede bad goals and then have to chase the game.

Contrast our game-plan with how little Ostersunds approached their game with Arsenal. They went down fighting and gave their fans something to cheer and did their club proud.

Stu67
2 years ago

Fucking ridiculous post , a whole team of players injured
We were never going to win the trophy!!
I personally couldn’t give a shit anymore about the
Europa , we’ve made our money this year!!
Let’s hope we spend some of it on a right back –
Focus on the treble!!!
That’s all I’m interested in!!

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Stu67

Stu67,
Bullshit!
Football is all about results, the team & the support seeing their team take on the top sides and give them a fucking fright!

” made our money “?
Who gives a fuck about the money?

SteveNaive
2 years ago

Be quiet John, you’ve well over egged it there. Your good points lost in the invective you have for Rodgers.
A stain on Liverpool’s European record you say…I thought that was Heysel.

2 years ago

Stu are you related to Peter Lawwell? ‘We have made our money this year?’. Really, are you waiting for a dividend as a large shareholder We made our money, that is all that counts. And what about investement of some of this money. Go on, “we huv a hotel tae build ye cannae buy players when ye huv planned a museum and a hotel!’. The treble means nothing as we play nobody. although we have been reduced in recent months to their level as we have players of a similar standard. Just because you are not going to win the trophy, does that mean you just bend over for even second rate European teams (Anderlecht and Zenit are lucky if they are second rate European clubs. The second now includes Arsenal and Dortmund). Every club has injuries, thats football. To blame it on injuries alone is crap. Our players are not good enough and we have done little about it for two years at least. We play a guy who last plyed for Nottingham Forest in goal. Is it a surprise taht the fella is shite and should be nowhere near a team in Europe? Did we search for a replacement for Gordon? No we looked for a deputy for our shite reserve goalie and managed to reach all the way to Dundee to get him. Who should take the rap for signing an injury prone CB who couldn’t even play last night if he was as fit as Captain fuckin America? And what about the prospects who are on loan as they are not deemed good enough for the squad yet we are off signing another load of prospects for buttons in the hope than one of them might actually make us a few quid in a few years when we flog him to Chrystal Palace. In short who is running the show at Celtic Park? And why are they resistant to signing solid, quality players, not world beaters, to improve the first 11 immediately. Why spend a million quid on an aging guy, looking for a decent wage to top up his pension fund. How is this ever going to make the team better.

Noelskytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  john

Quote…” the treble means nothing.” By your reckoning John winning all 3 trophies isn’t a great achievement, if that’s the case we might as well forget about turning up week in, week out. Yer either a tad emotional after the poor result or just talking shite.

2 years ago

This is the problem Steve there is no invective but too many supporters are willing to accept shite because it is Saint Brendan. Ronny Deila got the sack for these type of performances. when you are looking at where a team are look at the last ten games not August 2016. The unbeaten run is gone. How long can Brendan use it to escape criticism. He has led a charmed life. The easiest start to life as a Celtic manager in History. Rangers are dead after all. yet kiddy-on rangers are now just behind us despite us being financially in another universe from them, Our average wage is 2.5 times their, 6 times that of Aberdeen, 18 times that of Hamilton Accies. So mhow long can this temporary slump go on. If Celtic continue to play in the manner of the past few months and the unthinkable happens and we lose the league will he deserve the sack then?

Broxburnbhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  john

You’d be delighted though wouldn’t you john?

elcormaco
2 years ago

Rodgers has been criticised often for tactics in Europe – too negative in Barcelona, too open in Paris, but over this tie I thought the balance of the team was pretty good, and it was the players, their efforts and mentality that was so disappointing last night.
I rarely lose it too much with the players but last night I did: “these f***ers don’t want it enough” I tweeted out, and stand by it.
Collectively from the start of the game they seemed to think they could soak up pressure when it came and control the ball. Without any intention of attacking though, or running beyond the ball or pressing it meant at no stage did we put the opposition under any pressure at all, and kept waiting for someone else to do something. Calmac, so good last week for example, was completely anonymous, Forrest for most of the game was happy to look inside and pass backwards, Tierney, dare I say it, was poor, only once in the game tried to use his advantage of speed to get by the large bottomed Ivanovic.
They were poor, but it would be an overreaction to say “get them out”. However there are a few I think have run (or ambled) their race at Celtic:

Jozo – you just can’t rely on him – great last week; aggressive dominant, but he is so inconsistent in a position where you can’t be inconsistent, he is slow, cumbersome, switches off, he’s not trained on at all in his time here, and is as unreliable as when he came in.
Mika – he has been consistent for a long time, but this season he has been pretty bad – whether he’s playing through an injury or showing the effects of an accumulation of injuries I don’t know but he was truly horrible last night, couldn’t pass, caught out of position, passive
De Vries – he’s never impressed at any stage, but a goal keeper who consistently fails to keep out shots is failing in his prime objective – and his excuse that the ball was moving is frankly pathetic – “The bad man hit the ball really hard and I had to jump to get out of the way”
Gamboa – I know he didn’t play but when he is meant to be your back up right back and can’t make the bench when the first choice right back is horribly out of form then why is he actually there?

I can roll out the excuses; financial disparity, injury list, young team which are all true, and I never expected us to go through the tie but there is a way to lose, by trying, fighting, leaving it all on the line, and this group of Celtic players left me as flat as I’ve felt about the team as I have in a long time by showing none of these basic qualities in their play
There is now a real title race on as for whatever reasons this team are incapable of performing well consistently and have bought into their own hype while forgetting the basics that got them the hype in the first place, the only saving grace being the other teams are all flawed too and we already built up a lead but a pretty major overhaul is required in the summer

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  elcormaco

el cormaco your right some ae the players wer going through the motions and didnae want it enough we need mer tims in the team and ide start wae young mc ginn fae hibs

Broxburnbhoy
2 years ago

We got beat against Zenit in St Petersburg. We played poorly after we had played very well 10 days ago against the same team with the same players. The players and the manager had a bad game. This happens in football even PSG get beat or Man City. For Gods sake people we are in the midst of a good period in our long history. The modern game is completely different form the Lions era for multiple reasons. It’s BRs second season and things on the whole are going pretty well. Of course is disappointing to lose when we ha a chance to get through after a great garment at Celtic park ( where we could have had three of four ). There are things to fix and we have money to fix them. Less shrill ranting and a better sense of perspective required i think

Bigbhoy
2 years ago

Rubbish

Complete overreaction.

Brendan is the best manager for Celtic at present. This is unlikely to change unless we don’t do 10 in a row.

Level 5 are working hard to get rid of Brendan planting stories. I don’t expect Etims to jump on the Bandwagon

charlie
2 years ago

fuck you ralph fae new oan a pick knob ae the week and you winnit for the next year for that last line

charlie
2 years ago

knob ae the week =ralph

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Tic Toc wins it this week….surely?

IBhoy
2 years ago

So if you want Brendan gone, who’s the next manager then? Realistically?

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  IBhoy

a think we can safely say ralph was acting the cunt

Valenti
2 years ago

We got humped last night. Pure and simple. Humped.

2 years ago

Crap

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