Celtic Diary Friday April 6: Major Shock As Media Find Player Wants To Stay

Leigh Griffiths wants to stay at Celtic.

Several journalists were sent on a crash course in writing positive stories about Celtic after the Scotland international expressed a wish to be made a Celt for life.

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We probably should have seen that coming.

He told tearful reporters;

My representatives are working behind the scenes to try and get me a new deal,” 

“Why would you want to go anywhere else? You are playing at a top club with a top manager in front of 50,000 or 60,000 every week.

“There’s no reason to go anywhere. You have Champions League football every season. It’s hard to get there now, but when you do get there, those are memorable nights. It is early stages just now, but hopefully we can get it done sooner rather than later.” 

“Hopefully if we can come to an agreement, I’ll not be far off Broony,” 

“I think he has deserved his testimonial. The type of guy he is, he is deserving of everything he gets.” 

They did try to make it look like he was unambitious, with several English clubs keeping tabs on him, but he shot them down brusquely…

“Everybody keeps mentioning I was put off in England and that I came back up the road because I was scared,”

“But if you look at the records, I still finished joint top scorer when I left in January.

“Fair enough, we were in the Premier League and I got put on loan, but that stood me in good stead for going back down. I had a good crack at it when I went back down, but when Celtic come calling, you do not reject it.”

And of course, they had to bring up his flag waving..

You want to go to your fiercest rivals and show what a good team you are,”

“Being injured you aren’t involved on the pitch, but you want to make sure you enjoy it off it as well.

“I don’t think I am the only one. I think KT (Kieran Tierney) and everybody else all go to the away games if they can and mix with the fans. I am no different. It just so happens that the one I went to was Ibrox.

“Maybe I got a wee bit carried away. But after the game you are happy your team has won and have beaten your fiercest rivals. You want to go and celebrate with the fans.

“Some guy handed it to me. It was just one of those things. It wasn’t intentional. I just wanted to show everybody how happy I was that the team got the three points.”  

Had he been a player at another Glasgow club and been in the stands waving a sash and a red hand flag, he’d have been praised for his passion and commitment, but as it was, he received all sorts of harsh words, including demands he played for Ireland, or moved there now that the famine is over.

Then again, they say that to all of us, so its no real surprise.

Another happy camper is Craig Gordon, who has now reached the 200 appearance mark for Celtic, and that hasn’t really registered with a few of us.

His career was all but over when Celtic took a risk on him, and for once a gamble has paid dividends. With the likes of Boerrigter spending a couple of years undergoing treatment and being paid for it, its good to be able to point to a success story for whoever does the pre signing medicals.

And Gordon is pleased with himself..

“I’m 35 now.

When these things come along, even if the worst-case scenario is that it’s career ending, I’ve still done remarkably well to come back.

“So it’s easier for me. I’m not a young player anymore and I can deal with that.

“I’ve already had what could have been the end and managed to come back from it. So when that time comes when it’s the end of my career through my choice or through an injury, it probably won’t hold as much weight as it would for someone else because I have already been there and managed to get back.

“I’ve managed 200 extra games in my career and that’s just for Celtic, not including internationals.

“So it’s more than 200 from a time when I thought I wasn’t going to play another one.

“Whatever happens from now on is always going to be a lot easier to deal with.” 

Its great to see him back.

I’ve included that quote from the Record, however, for another reason. Its yet another example of piss poor journalism, where they can’t even get the basics right..

Celtic keeper Craig Gordon reveals why he no longer fears the end of his career after 200 Hoops appearances

The 36-year-old stopper battled back from a knee injury to rack up a double century in green and white against Dundee.

And the quote.. from Gordon

I’m 35 now. 

And they wonder why we don’t trust their exclusives…

The mood in the camp ahead of Sundays trip to Hamilton, after the debacle of Dundee..hang on, I feel a song coming on..

Dundee , Hamilton, an underground tunnel to the Vatican…

Ach, there’s probably copyright issues.

So, can Celtic bounce back and hammer Hamilton ?

Three points would do, and i don;t care if the winner goes in off their keepers arse.

Its all about results at this stage when the silverware is on show, and with the league all but sewn up, perhaps we should look for professionalism over pride.

The Cup , however, is a different matter.

Bobby Madden has been appointed referee for the Hampden semi final, and sadly, he’s probably the best we could get. But…and its a but that should have “wide load ” attached to it, I feel a conspiracy coming on.

Why ?

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No, its not that. his religious beliefs are his own.

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No, its not that. He can vote for whoever he wants.

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No, nor that. He can do what he wants in his spare time, with goats as far as i’m concerned.

It’s just that he has done well in two previous Glasgow Derbies this season, meaning that in my poisoned and paranoid mind, he’s been saving up his honest mistakes, for a game where it will make a difference.

Or will he ?

From the Times , May 26, 2017;

Bobby Madden goes on to a pitch carrying more than the usual referee equipment. Whistle, watch, notebook, pen, earpiece – yes, all of those of course – but there is something else. It is small and unobtrusive, easy to miss on a line along his neck, but it is there. He carries a scar from the cancer surgery he underwent at the start of this season.

…..this time last year the 38-year-old had just received the first indication that a fatty lump on his neck, something he had dismissed because there were similar harmless bumps on his arm, was actually thyroid cancer.

A hospital appointment he thought would last 10 minutes took four hours. “The doctor told me he was 80 per cent sure I had thyroid cancer. It was a shock and I didn’t tell my family for four weeks until it was confirmed because I didn’t want to alarm anybody. It was confirmed in the April and the prognosis was quite positive. After the surgery to remove the thyroid I was to have radioactive iodine so, there was no chemo or radio therapy. It all went very well. I delayed the treatment until after the Euros [Madden was part of the Scotland refereeing team at Euro 2016].  

The doctor was unsure whether I would get back to refereeing because I would need to take drugs to replace the thyroid, but it became clear that I would return. I think people are out longer with a calf strain! I was really focused to get back to refereeing better than I was before. That is how I looked at it, I was just so focused on coming back. I think my first game back was Brechin v Livingston and then ten days later I was refereeing Portugal. That was good, Ronaldo etc. Portugal v Latvia in a World Cup qualifier. It went well and gradually I was put back in.” 

Perhaps he has had his St Paul on the road to Damascus moment, and is now an honest and decent fellow. Major surgery can do that to a man. ( Except me, after I had mine most of my mates agree I’m still a word that even I hate to use. In fact, I asked my wife to describe me in 5 words. She said I’m mature, I’m moral, I’m pure, I’m polite and I’m perfect. Then she added that I also had a fundamental lack of understanding about apostrophes and spaces.)

What confuses me, or maybe I missed it at the time, is that Maddens illness received little or no attention in the Scottish media, and even less support and sympathy ?

Could this be why he has turned into a decent and honest referee?

Relatively speaking, of course. This is Scotland.

We will wait and see, but I will say he’s the best we could have hoped for, although there is always going to be a nagging doubt at the back of my mind.

 

What are you doing on Saturday morning ?

Here’s an idea..

I’ve not watched this for years, largely because it is dross. but for those of you with Sky, it might be worth looking into.

Then ring the bastards up and cancel it. They’re taking your money and giving it to English teams who spend it on our players.

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Speaking of campaigns,,,

 

A wee update for everyone following our movements to get free sanitary products. Heard back from Celtic last week who said they were looking at options for product provision going forward. Stay tuned! Fight isn’t over yet x 

P.S. If you follow Celtic and we succeed in getting these products provided for free, it shouldn’t impact ur ticket prices. Neither should it impact who we can/can’t sign, players wages etc. Same way the free provision of toilet roll and soap doesn’t. Any questions, just ask! x

If you haven’t signed the petition, sign it now. Keep the pressure on.

C6n9jKnBb3

Its Friday, and that means its time for the Etims

Knob of the Week  

and as he was on the football pitch, always an 8, Barry Ferguson is proving equally consistent at racking up Knob of the week awards.

He’s actually getting paid for his opinions, which is nice, as he needs the money, although it probably goes into his wifes account, like everything else he acquired during his stay in tax free Govan, and those opinions are up there with anything Monty Python could come up with.

And there were six of them.

 

We’re fast approaching that time of the year for nominations as Scotland’s Player of the Year.

Record Sport readers recently chose Scott Brown as their star man for the campaign.

Me? At this stage I can’t choose between Brown and Kris Boyd, who have been the two most consistent performers in the Premiership over the last nine months. 

Its Player of the Year, not a fucking pie eating contest.

At least the current season has thrown up a debate over who is most deserving of the prize. 

However, with Ferguson seems to have got his editors instructions mixed up, and has listed players who are not deserving of a new contract, let alone a prize.

Here are my magnificent seven, with honourable mentions also for the likes of Trevor Carson and Cedric Kipre at Motherwell, Christophe Berra at Hearts, Graeme Shinnie at Aberdeen, Celtic’s James Forrest and Daniel Candeias at Rangers. 

so its actually more than seven, but numbers aren’t his strong point

Scott Brown, 

Kris Boyd,

What more can you say about my old Rangers pal? He has been written off more times than Del Boy Trotter’s Robin Reliant but continues to come good.

Give Boydy a sniff and the ball’s in the back of the net – and he also has a wonder goal in his locker too. He’s 34 but to score 20 goals for a team that was meant to be battling relegation is some return.

He’s the all time top scorer in the SPFL to boot. Largely because he fell flat on his fat arse in England,

Youssouf Mulumbu,

Ferguson remembers thinking “what a player ” when he played against him in England.

Scott McKenna,

I asked Kris Boyd about playing against the Aberdeen defender and he raved about him-seriously, he picked someone because someone else in his list said he was quite good.

Dylan McGeouch

For the first time in his senior career he’s free of injury and Hibs are reaping the rewards.

Dylan is now delivering on his promise from his Celtic days at Easter Road. He’s technically very gifted and capable of gliding past two or three midfielders.

He can handle the ball in tight areas and is always demanding possession and uses it well. He’s industrious too and a great foil for John McGinn. 

No way did Ferguson write this bit. It makes far too much sense.

James Tavernier

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John McGinn

 

My guess is he picked Boyd and Tavernier, wasn’t allowed to pick Morelas and Foderingham and someone else picked the rest.

Thats why he had to ask Boyd about MacKenna.

Perhaps its unfair to award him Knob of the Week after making me laugh so much, but I’m going to.

Thats because I genuinely think he believes what he is saying, which is why he isn’t a manager any more.

Barry Ferguson… Etims

Knob of the Week 

Again.

and now, a message for the police.. courtesy of El Franko on twitter.

 

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D’Fhinnein Mick April 5, 2018 at 10:09 am · Edit · Reply →

 

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Undercover Hun tries another way round those pesky water rates 

Today..

 

finally, this is real, I think..

 

 

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Bognorbhoy

Caption ..

It’s a rat trap.. and you’ve been caught…

Mike Annis

Caption: Mrs Fluffy preparing school lunches for the kittywinks.

Mike

Brilliant Ralphy, I nearly fainted when you mentioned summit roond Madhuns neck, I thought it might be a Crucifix!
Mibbee this was the wee ditty that you were nearly singing.

He’s wee, he’s blunt,
just a little c–t,
Its Barry the Chump and see.

Yoker Bhoy

Hi Mike, I’ve just posted a lengthy text for you about Spanish footie which you’ll find at the end of yesterday’s thread. Have a good day.

HH

Mike

Got it Yoker and did reply, thank you so much for that, it was a brilliant post, same Yoker enjoy your Spanish and Scottish teams weekend, lets hear it fur the Bhoys…WhhooooHoooo.

Mike

Why would the Griff. want to leave? he’s happy here with his friends like Broony and K.T. and the rest of his Scottish team mates and his large…family. Mikel…not so sure about him, my own opinion is that its time for him to move on. KTF.

Charlie Saiz

Agreed on Lustig we need to get a quality RWB in I think as it’s a weak spot in our defence.
He’s too slow and often gets caught drifting inside leaving large areas to knock the ball into.

TicToc

Charlie, that’s pish. Lustig is still one of our better players. And, like me, he FN hates huns. Cover? R.A.L.S.T.O.N. Job done. (and Jamie McCart) oh, and Gamboa is quick, decent crosser/tackler and another who was bought and then got no game time. Well capable in SPL for sure. A real QUALITY CB is not maybe, it’s fucking essential, as we punt Dumb and Dumber. BOGOF wid be fine tae me. We’ve got the talent all over Mid and strikers? I think the Griff, our best CF by a mile needs cover and Moussa and Eddie (at aboot £6 Mill… Read more »

Charlie Saiz

He’s not got the legs for overlapping now Tic Toc,Ralston/ Wardrop are adequate backup but if we are serious about Europe we need a quality finished article on the right to balance things up with Tierney on the left. Gamboa has not proved anything in the time he’s been here and is more or less a waste of a wage IMO. Agreed on th rest of your Tictastic Post Griffiths is the main man for me but at £6m that’s way too much for OE.We could only lay that out if Dembele is sold for the £300 m some (… Read more »

Noelskytrot

Ralph, agree on Madden, maybe he’s had some sort of epiphany and has left the dark arts days behind him or he knows he’s under far more scrutiny these days. Time will tell.

Caption…Club1872 meeting…all the rats together.

Stevie D

I thought I passed a fried donkey on the Dalmarnock Road the other day . . . . .

Monti

Charlie saiz?

Charlie Saiz

Nay bother

Caption: Procter & Gamble reveal their secret lab where floor cleaning products are tested to remove a horrible, dirty stain from hard flooring.

..oh, sorry – I thought that photo of the hun ceiling light thingy was the caption contest entry!

I’d install it in my cludgie so that when I’m constipated, I simply switch on the light, and frighten the shite out of myself!

D'Fhinnein Mick

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Canny wait for the weans to see what’s in their Christmas Stocking.

franko

Free toilet roll & soap? Obviously he doesn’t sit in the main stand.

Puggy67

Caption: Ach Tam ahm scunnered with this psychotropics malarky, I’m putting in for a transfer to cosmetics.

Is that how King is going to beam down his war chest from the mother ship? If David Ike’s lizard illuminati needed a spokesman….

Charlie Saiz

Caption
“Look maw I’ve hung up they rats we cought who deserted HMS OldCo when it sunk and there are seven in a row… ain’t life grand “

Charlie Saiz

Caught’

IRISHGUY

CAPTION……….

My pet mouse Elvis died today….

He was caught in a trap

jimboh

Clever…
I presume he couldn’t walk back.

mr greene

Caption.

Cool Cat Geldof gets the rats back together.

Charlie Saiz
TicToc

HaHaHa, Ralph, “She said I’m mature, I’m moral, I’m pure, I’m polite and I’m perfect. Then she added that I also had a fundamental lack of understanding about apostrophes and spaces.” Fuckin’ excellent, HaHaHa 🙂 Come On You Bhoys In Green on Sunday; us supporters really DESERVE a PERFORMANCE from our team, and an indication of what we’re looking forward to. If not to play him, and I’m sure he could’ve opened up Dundee, why did we pay £2.25 million for Charly on loan? Why was Paddy not involved? I really don’t get this. Anyway, Dumb and Dumber should NEVER… Read more »

Surely there can be no doubt , Kris Boyd must be SPL player of the year .
He has scored 2 or 3 goals against Rangers 2012 when he was trying his best to help the new club by not scoring .
No greater deed has any man done than give up his scoring against his previous cheats & bigots

Alzyerpal

Caption: After filling the Club !872 Kitty, the remaining Sevco fans are hung out to dry

portpower

5 star stadium and the players bus goes down a private road unharmed?

Go to play the game of Football and your bus is attacked.
UEFA`s kind of straight in here.

Pegged by a projectile while you`re playing on the pitch?
It`s carry on as usual.

If Peter came out and voiced his disapprovement he`d say,
“We deserve it.”

That`s the way it feels to me.

IBhoy

What nobody in the media mentions is why Griff and the other players are in the Broomloan in the first place – because their safety can’t be guaranteed in the main stand due to the rabid horde of bigots infesting it.

D'Fhinnein Mick

Very good point. Rarely happens elsewhere.

Noelskytrot

The mutants wkuld probably attack them unless they had a strong security detail in place.

Noelskytrot

Just heard that the zombies have gained a new record when it comes to the gender pay gap….worst in Scotland. No suprise.

D'Fhinnein Mick

Surprised. Usually they are happy to pay women a fair bit of money for some business…

portpower

Well,that`s the thumb away.

Cortes

Caption: The Italian defence: Cat and at you.

jimmybee

That wee down light would be nice shining down on the toilet seats or the urinals at Celtic park.

portpower

G`day Jimmybee.
Didn’t you get the memo?

Urinal Cakes glow in the dark when you pee on them.

portpower

Upon arrival at IOUbrox sevconians,would you pay to visit a friends at a caravan park?

sevco deadlock FC.

portpower

It doesn’t who the referee is.
Sides know that we`re there for the takin` at the moment.

This`ll be interesting.

portpower

matter

TicToc

Monti, I was reflecting on the horrors you must have suffered as your train approached ‘Bonnie’ station. Oooooohhhhhh!!
Thinks: “This joab thingy, whit if ah git oafered it?
Ooooohhhhh, it’ll a’ be a brand new tae me, ken? Approachin’ 50 noo and never worked before. Crivvens, jings an’ help ma boab”

Seriously, I hope it went well for you. Nae fun bein’ between jobs. I’ve suffered the indignity of unemployment and it’s hard fucking work, if that’s the right analogy. 🙂
I still think you’re often a big prick but I wish you no harm.
COYBIG (is bigger than all of us)
HH

D'Fhinnein Mick

Been unemployed,not nice. First few weeks,you can treat as a holiday. Anymore than that,and its four walls and a prison cell.

Had some serious crap thrown at me by people who are paid to help me,too. Bastards,what goes around…

I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

Monti

D’Fhinnein,
Just for the record m8, i’ve not been unemployed, don’t listen to that fucking header TicToc.

Monti

Fuck off ya bellend!

Charlie Saiz

🙂 🙂

portpower

It`ll be a convenient con Celtic,a convenient con.

Celts by 7.

portpower

If they knew Scott Brown was retiring from Celtic,he`d be a shoe-in.

Lafferty`ll get player of the year.

portpower

Tavernier does the same thing when he attacks outside the 18 yard box.He cuts inside and crosses the ball to the back post.

Yet, he`s allowed to do it every time.
You have to question the defenders why they allow that?

portpower

NB: There`s a reason for Tavernier though to win a game.
When he`s in his box he`ll take you down thinkin` he`ll get away with it.

portpower

When shall we read that Candeias has the better of Tierney?

Stevie D

In the 90s when the Huns bored everybody half to death with coma-inducing anti-football and fluked their way to the latter stages in Europe (if I mind right this was the competition where that big tit Nisbet scored with the ball they must’ve bought out of Tam Shepherd’s) the Daily Retard opined that this abomination was a greater achievement than Celtic actually winning the Big feckin Cup in 1967. They went on to give a man-for-man points comparative assessment and came to the conclusion that that mob were, indeed, a superior team to the Lisbon Lions. The comparison that swung… Read more »

Monti

Stevie D,
Bomber Brown?
What about the 1989 Scottish cup final?
Clear throw in to Celtic 🙂

Stevie D

Ha! Big Roy stole the shy. Remember it well!

portpower
portpower

NEWSFLASH:
David King has a new company in Aussieland called Man Dingo.
David was heard to have said “I`m gettin` it up here.”

Stay in touch.

Bhoris

James Forrest is player of the year. Hes carried us all season

Monti

Over the years,these tight games like we had against Dundee midweek would still be won, not always i suppose but generally.
Even in the MON years many games were won late, Moravcik free kick against Motherwell at Parkhead is still fresh, down to 9 men and still won.
The Celtic spirit!

We have something other clubs don’t & that will always be the case.

Mike

Lucky white heather?

Doc

I remember we struggled in a few vs utd, they were a sort of bogey team for a while

Mike

I’m off to watch..Rough Justice, there is a 6 foot blonde with 6 inch killer heels and a tight suit, she smells of truffles and chocolate, that’s right she is Belgiun. She has a penchant for kissing and making out with other beautiful woman, somehow that to me just adds to the ambiance of her love making, that and her humongous tits.
The only problem I have is it has sub-titles and I can never make up my mind to watch the text or her tits, usually the latter wins.

Monti

Filth.

Charlie Saiz

Talking of tits … here we both are Monti (.) (.)

Monti

You definetely resemble the right tit…..

Charlie Saiz

You left tit there…

Weered

Both you guys just hangin around?

Doc

Think ive got something similar on dvd, less story, more tits though

Yoker Bhoy
Charlie Saiz
jimmybee

Caption : Live auditions for lead role in Danger Mouse take place.

Honest hoops

Caption; as the Scottish media would see this as a “cat amongst the pigeons scenario” ….it’s true and an exclusive!!!

Mike

Caption, Jimmy Cagney hangs out his washing and says…..”put a sock in it, You dirty rats.”

jimmybee

In response to Bobby Madden the guy deserves great credit for the way he has fought the awful disease of Cancer. He probably deserves the semi final on merit as the rest are rank rotten. But he didnt give us a clear cut pen in the last minute when griff was clean through only to be booted off the ball by clint hill. Madden has had it easy the last 2 games as no decisions have been of match changing ones. Will the thought of back to back trebles be to much for him only time will tell. But what… Read more »

jimmybee

Caption :Socks away Ginger

Stevie D

Ha!

Doc
Doc

Am I barred? The gremlin has stolen at least twelve million of my comments (numbers based on morelos calculator).

portpower

When will Celtic bring out a singlet for us in the proper weather?
It`s 30.3°C here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsW8rXPcnM0

portpower

🙂
Alternative T-Shirts. I`ve the 5IAR smell this glove Artur Boruc shirt.

Matt McGlone`ll bring oot a summer singlets?

portpower

Are we just catering to Douglas Park for Docherty?

Kristoffer Ajer,bring me the head of Alfredo Morelos.
You can never be too early.

Mike

Seven in Heaven, The Irish Proclaimers.

Padraic Pearce, Edward Daly, Tom Clarke, Thomas MacDonough,

William Pearce, Michael O’Hanrahan, Joseph Plunkett.

Shot at dawn in the Stonebreakers Yard, Kilmainham Gaol.

Home rule from John Bull.

Mike

Wrong List, now post the correct Seven in Heaven, the Real Irish Signatories of the Irish Declaration and then wear your glasses and hang your head in shame.

James Connolly, Padraic Pearse, Thomas Clarke, Joseph Plunkett,

Eamonn Ceannt, Thomas MacDonagh, Sean MacDiarmada.

Devoy45

at Hamilton.
3-5-2
Gordon
Hendry/Ajer/McGregor
Roberts/Brown/Ntcham/Armstrong/Sinclair
Dembele/Griffiths
Musonda/Forrest/Edouard to figure
2-0 to the Bhoys
C.T. (Charlie Tully)

Mike

As Mikey runs quickly doon the street followed by a mob of e-timmy’s come back ya basstard, “it was an honest mistake” yels Mikey, hear that shouts Monti, its fuckin madhun, Mikey is madhun, lynch the bastard, “my artificial eg is hurtin now, run,run fast Mike quick, they are gaining on you. Too late Mikey’s caught. Take him to ma hoose yells Desimond, I hiv stock’s that I keep fur the wife. Whats that kangaroo daein here shouts Mikey, its a kangaroo court shout’s port, heed in stocks, “its no fair shouts Mikey”, fuck him shouts Yoker, et tu brutus,… Read more »

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