Celtic Diary Thursday April 26: The Madness Is Contagious

Alex MacLeish, the man who got the Scotland managers job when he perhaps thought he’d never work again, is having ..or hoping to have…talks behind closed doors with Celtic gaffer Brendan Rodgers.

“I am still to have that second conversation with Brendan who was very honest about everything. I need to pick a squad and he knows that.

“I am prepared to make a concession here or there. There is the term burn-out which has happened in the past and I understand all that.

“I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot, either, and I don’t have somebody available for us later in the campaign.

“I will have those closed talks again before I name my squad.” 

We have been told, by someone who knows absolutely nothing about any of this, that Brendan will tell Alex to go and take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut.

Poor Alex, not only will a lack of talent work against him in his new role, it seems the gods are conspiring to make sure he can’t ride on the back of anyone elses talent.

He also spoke of “embracing ” the Celtic Rangers rivalry..

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They are two powerful clubs, two fantastic supports, but they have to show dignity in these games – win, lose or draw – and enjoy the spectacle,” the former Rangers manager said.

“We are lucky to have this derby. People all over the world want to see the Celtic-Rangers, Rangers-Celtic game before a lot of other huge clubs.

“It is a spectacle to behold. If everybody can keep their control, we should be proud of that.” 

To see an Old Firm game, all you need is one of these..

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And back at the ranch, there’s a horse about to bolt.. Charley Musonda appears to be on the point of realising he’s not as good as he thought he was…it must be a Belgian thing…and is sulking after failing to break in to the Celtic team alongside his nan etc…

The gifted attacking midfielder/winger has long been regarded as one of the finest talents in the youth ranks of the Blues, but he’s been unable to break into the Blues first team.

Musonda had appeared just six times for Chelsea this season (two starts), contributing one goal and one assist this campaign.

But are the midfielder’s days already numbered at Celtic?

That seems to be the case after Musonda has deleted all traces of Celtic from his social media accounts.

Musonda has only played four minutes in Celtic’s last seven fixtures.

To be clear, there’s been no official confirmation that Musonda’s Celtic loan deal is being cut short. However the Chelsea loanee has made it clear he’s not happy at Parkhead. 

So…bloke who couldn’t get into the team doesn’t want to stay.

Maybe the management got this one wrong, it happens. At least Musonda wasn’t a permanent signing at a cost of millions of pounds plus wages, so the try before you buy was wise here, if indeed he has expressed a wish to head out of town.

Marvin Comperr, however is a different story.

And not one that should be repeated. A panic buy back in January who wasn’t eligible for Europe was seen as some as the solution to Celtic’s central defensive problems, Comperr has been compared unfavourably to the half dozen candidates for the jersey at Celtic Park, and even though his nan could hold a place in the team, it seems he can’t.

And Jack Hendry, who could yet end up with a league winners medal without starting in more than one game Celtic won, will at least get better.

Won’t he ?

January wasn’t the most successful transfer window the club has ever had, and when Brendan goes to Desmond for money this summer, he might have to show what its to be used for.

Personally, if I were to give Brendan money to go shopping with, I’d make sure I wrote the list.

Keiran Tierney got side swiped by a Sky TV reporter at some dinner dance or other, and he was asked if he was jealous of Andy Robertson,  the left back at Liverpool, who has just played in a Champions League semi final.

His reply should be on a t shirt…

It was a great performance from him and he’s been great this season, he deserves to be there, but for me when I was younger, it was Celtic.

If you want to play in the Champions League you play in it with Celtic and that’s just the way it has been for me.”

“All I really think about is Celtic.”

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There are reports that Scott Allan could now be the bait to lure John McGinn to Celtic.

Thats not quite right.

McGinn , as regular readers know, has already agreed to join Celtic, he did it months ago as we told you, but now the move will be easier for him with a ready made replacement already at Easter road.

He likes Hibs, Lennon has created a great camraderie there, but knows its time to finally move on.

You see, in the normal footballing world in Scotland, most people get on, and most people work together for the good of the players, and for the good of the game.

The new breed of managers has improved the game, and will continue to improve it.

Derek McInnes, the last of the old school will be away in the summer, and might even consider the Ibrox job, because he ain’t going to get anything else.

Over at Ibrox, they need to shift season books, and that need is becoming akin to the fiend on the corner looking for a blast.

Rangers in talks with Steven Gerrard to become new manager

The former Liverpool and England captain is in the frame to replace Graeme Murty.

There then followed a work of outright fantasy that would have had JRR Tolkein on the line asking for advice on how to make an imaginary world full of eleves goblins and orcs seem feasible to the reader.

Well, perhaps not orcs. We know where to find them.

Rangers have held talks with Steven Gerrard over the possibility of becoming the club’s next manager.

Ibrox director of football Mark Allen is leading the search for the next boss and Gerrard is in the frame to replace Graeme Murty. 

It’s understood a number of candidates have expressed an interest in the post. 

The former Liverpool and England captain, who retired as a player in 2016, was appointed manager of Liverpool’s under 18s team last summer.

It’s understood Allen is speaking to a number of candidates to take over the Ibrox hot seat, with Gerrard’s name expected to be on a shortlist. 

Understand ?

What is also “understood ” is that season books need to be sold in their thousands, otherwise there won’t be a “rangers ” next season, and that kind of scares people in the media, who to be fair have done their level (5) best to promote the same club myth, and tried very hard inded to pretend that industrial scale cheating and collusion has occured in Scotland.

And its not just in Scotland, remember my old mate from Monaco ?

It seems that even if Scottish police aren’t particularly interested in digging up the events surrounding a Glasgow club, a steel company and some dodgy handshakes, other police forces are.

Monaco especially is concerned about how “ithers see us “, even if Scotland isn’t.

Especially when it concerns banks, who have their own way of circling wagons when the shit hits the fan.

Someone, you see, has to take the rap.

I’ll find out more over the weekend.

 

Meantime, there’s a big-sort of -game at the weekend, and Celtic had better watch out, becuas edespite regular spanking over the last couple of years, the “rangers ” have found their safe word…

And now, it appears, the Rangers are coming.

You might need a violin for this one, from Number 4, over on a “rangers ” website..

Actually, you will need one, so here it is..

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For nothing more than my own sanity I’ve attempted to break down my thoughts and opinions on each contributory element to this never-ending appointment process, and the lack of urgency or direction therein. It’s approaching fever pitch and I’ve tried to arrive at at least a concrete opinion, if not on the target individual, but the strategy that should form the shortlist. 

Its a long one, hopefully you will stay with me to the end. 

The fact is, that if the boards original plan had materialised, Derek McInnes would be approaching 6 months at the top of the marble staircase. That was the level of ambition and creativity applied…..and ultimately rejected. 

Serious questions must be asked, and the answers must be decisive and expedited immediately. 

Rangers Football Club

Rangers, to us, and thousands around the world are an iconic and celebrated sporting institution. A club with an endearing reverence of a century and a half’s worth of tradition, intertwined with all the expectation and trust we must have in the transient custodians to form and deliver on a future that surpasses previous achievements and maintain the standards that have hallmarked the badge since the haunting words of Struth. The very nature of the football fan is to expect more, but never be expected to accept less. The ritual of your first strip, your first hero, your first match with your dad, the first roar, the first championship, the first away trip, you get the gist. It never leaves you. Before you know it, you are the father handing down the first strip. And so it continues. It means so much to so many, and it falls on so few to protect our position as the world most successful football club. 

The mantra is ‘First is everything, Second is Nothing’. The manager of Rangers Football Club should be a winner. A leader of men. A charismatic and intelligent communicator, who can make the average better, and the good great. A man worthy to wear the blazer and represent our (until recently) tradition of great managers representing the great tradition of the club. The Managers panel of portraits was one of my favourite corners of the famous Ibrox Stadium. So few, so revered and so successful. 

The Board

Dave King and his assembled merry men truly saved Rangers from a worse version of oblivion, and his outmanoeuvring of the Ashley cancer deserves our eternal gratitude. However, operationally, we are in complete and utter disarray. Almost every opportunity the Board has had to prove themselves the powerful and slick executive branch, they have failed. From appointing Pedro before Allen, to McInnes, to Murty and everything else in between. Not only have we publicly been led a merry dance by a bang average SPL manager, TWICE we have had men managing the club on three separate instances who openly did not want to be there. I mean, WTF?

There is an ever increasing chasm between our board and the support metastasising into anger and a lack of trust. These are estranged emotions to harbour towards the men who have done so much, but frankly, they have dined out on the accolades for long enough. We were promised vision, strategy, transparency, but most importantly: action. We see none of these things at a time while the most average of Celtic teams canter and swagger towards the easiest back to back trebles, while we are managed by a nervous and unconvincing u-20 coach, our captain and vice-captain are suspended, but we are still targeting players who don’t know who they will be playing for? 

All the while, we have an elusive DOF lurking in the shadows apparently concocting a long term secret masterplan? Rangers have a huge pull under normal circumstances. We have signed phenomenal talent way above SPL level in the past based upon the whole Rangers experience. The calibre of player required to slam the brakes on the the 8IAR gravy train simply will not risk a move the clusterfuck our club currently has become. Our public persona is approaching toxic, simply because it has been allowed to.

Where’s our Commander-in-Chief? Anfield. Golf Course. Anywhere but Ibrox.

Our CEO is woefully ineffective and is the kind of smiling placeman, promoted way beyond his abilities nodding along in board meetings, you see the world over. A proper CEO at the opposite end of the table will sense his weakness a mile away. He wont disagree, because he doesn’t really know what he is supposed to be doing. 

Our media relations should have Traynor frog marched out of the building. It requires no more detail than that. An absolute non-entity.

The Fans 

The nature of the supporting any football club is the cyclical nature of healthy competition, there will be ups and there will be downs. Rangers fans expect to win more titles than lose, and demand when we do inevitably slip into second place we demand we go down fighting. I think even the most imbalanced of thinkers will accede that we have endured the worst and risen to and exceeded every challenge the past 5 years have thrown at us. We do truly deserve better.

While we pat ourselves on the back, we must also look in the mirror. This unbroken loyalty seems to have cultivated a perverse sense of entitlement to know each individual detail of every element under the banner of ‘transparency’. No organisation in the world can be entirely transparent, they have positions, interests and negotiation leverage to protect. Think Brexit. Theresa May is hamstrung, simply because her opponents in Brussels know she does not command the support of her party, her House let alone the people she has to lead and therefore she dances to their tune, making her increasingly weaker and weaker. 

Ibrox is an issue: Our team don’t enjoy playing there. That may well be their weakness, but its what we have at the moment, and our role on match day is to roar them on for 90 minutes. Not to have their arses twitching if they haven’t scored in the first 25 minutes. The biggest weapon in our arsenal has neutralised itself through a combination of apathy, mistrust, anger and lack of light at the end of the tunnel. 

Onto our site here. FF is a wonderful platform for fans, and I spend more time on it than I should. It does not, in my view, provide an accurate microcosm of the Rangers support. Such is the fervent obsession of our rivals, nurtured on a diet of constant disappointment and their inbred victimisation complex, are unhealthily motivated to spend any waking moment inhaling all things Rangers like an oxygen-deprived athsmatic. This runs from your average Kestrel drinker in the high flats (copyright G. Strachan), to the very top of the executive. Unfortunately for them, they haven’t yet managed to ‘nail us to the floor’ yet. 

Constructive and positive ideas are often shot down and treated with derision by stealth and negativity just in case they might move us forward. Always bear that in mind when you allow your own opinion to be swayed by the apparent consensus on a faceless forum.

 
 Having read that, I feel I must remind you to stop what it is you’re doing, or you’ll go blind.
Although some will never  see what really going on …
Hard to work out, I suppose
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It’s almost over for the second Ibrox incarnation, and a third entity may prove difficult as they have kind of sold off the family silver, or at least pawned it.

I’ll miss them.

Elsewhere, there is disturbing news about a minority group who aren’t allowed to express their feeling due to risks for their safety…

Women pictured at a Orange Parade, a separate event to the Ladies Day Parade

Orange Lodge chiefs call off Ladies Day parade over Old Firm clash fears

 

ORANGE Lodge chiefs have reportedly called off a march as it clashes with the Old Firm match this weekend.

Organisers feared there could be a fracas if the Ladies Day parade and Celtic fans ran into each other in Glasgow city centre.

The procession was due to set off two hours after Sunday’s noon kick-off against Rangers at Celtic Park – where the Hoops hope to clinch their seventh consecutive Premiership crown. The procession was to head through George Square to Cathedral Square – just as fans would be coming back into the city centre from Parkhead.

But angry march supporters have branded the decision to scrap the traditional outing as “diabolical”.

An Orange Order source told The Scottish Sun: “They cancelled it for fear of intimidation.

“There are concerns over reprisals from Celtic fans. But this is an annual demonstration and it has been going on for over 100 years.

Judging by the lassies in the picture, he’s right. And they do look tired.

Everything was agreed. All the Orange Ladies, all the bandsmen and the church was booked. Now they have backed down and cancelled it. It’s diabolical. A lot of people are up in arms.”

Glasgow City Council confirmed: “There was a notification entered on our system for a public procession on that date, in the name of the County Grand Orange Lodge of Glasgow. That notification was subsequently withdrawn.” 

Backed down ? Up in arms ?

Oh dear, I think a bout of steadfast staunchness is about to break out…

 

By the way, a grown up journalist is taking an interest into the doings and didn’t do’s of the SFA…

I have a feeling its going to be a lovely summer.

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Yesterday, we asked what you could make of this..

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puggy67 April 25, 2018 at 10:38 am · Edit · Reply →

Caption: Two Rangers fans who have done great things for Celtic celebrate a Liverpool goal. 

Today… what could they be talking about ?

Steven Gerrard and Kolo Toure bumped into each in a chance encounter in Dubai on Tuesday

 

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Weered
2 years ago

Captio.: I fuckin hate IKEA

Smudger
2 years ago

Wanted to leave a comment but my eyes are filled with tears after reading that heartfelt cry(of surrender almost) from a hurting sevconut. Of course its tears of laughter and they just keep coming. Laugh out loud moment after laugh out loud moment with all things ibrox.

jimmybee
2 years ago
James61
2 years ago

Caption
Hahaha SEVCO hahaha. Get your wages up front lol.
HH

Brencelt
2 years ago

That sevvie thinks the sevvie situation is “approaching toxic”.
Approaching??

Caption: Brendan Rodgers is here for 10 IAR

charlie
2 years ago

the orange order guy said could you describe in one word this picture of our ladies and the sun guy said diabolical the orange guy said good word that a think ile use it in ma statement he he aint huns dumb

charlie
2 years ago

ffs ralph dont leave us hinging oan yon lovely summer patter gei us a hint ffs

charlie
2 years ago

caption gerrard sais it would be hard to make the huns any worse kolo but have ye heard ae the unseen fenian hand if they gimmy the joab ile try ma best he he

CarlJungleBhoy
2 years ago

Nice one Ralph. I’m amazed you managed to cover so much despite all all that jetting back and forth from Monaco you’ve been doing. 🙂

2 years ago

“Celtic gave me a song…Rangers will give you nightmares”

2 years ago

Good to see the Cup Final tickets on sale..cue

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CarlJungleBhoy
2 years ago

Caption: Toure follows up his Kolo Kolo hit with a remake of the duet “Ebony and Ivory”

BroxburnBhoy
2 years ago

Gerrard to manage Sevco? Puuleeeze. Ronaldo to come on a free transfer and Neymar on loan as well I suppose. Anything to separate the gullibles from their money.

Noelskytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

BBhoy, how the fuck did you omit that Salah’s coming up with Gerrard? Come on noo. Seriously, that’s a fucking shambles over at Ipox.

FredDDobbs
2 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

no first team management exp currently in charge of an under 18 team of weans. Sounds like a stick on

Noelskytrot
2 years ago

Such a shame that the annual men’s day orange pageant has been called off. I wonder if the orange order do an annual Miss Orange? You could imagine a line up of the ugliest harridans from Brigton, Larkhall, Antrim, Ayrshire and various other locations that are infested with these non progressive fuckwits, banish the thought.

Gerrard for the OrcDome, season tickets for renewal

Sunday….I hope that there’s an extra special atmosphere generated on Sunday just so William knows his place.

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  Noelskytrot

noel cop for sum of these outstanding candidates for miss orange

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  charlie
Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Noelskytrot

Noel,
I do like an Orange crush of a spring day 🙂

Noelskytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Lol, I like a wee jubley.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Noelskytrot

Spit or swally?

Celtic Mikey
2 years ago

Tierney already a true legend on and off the pitch.

Noelskytrot
2 years ago

Charlie, I watched the same video about 20 mins ago on YouTube, the nonce with the orange bands man uniform is a fucking belter mate. Ugly Hun bastards in the video and the song playing along to the images suits them.

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  Noelskytrot

they truly are a gift mate he he

Noelskytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Aye mate, that will give for eternity. Thick bastards.

Desmond and the Dekkers
2 years ago

Caption: Go for it Stevie, you were the last man to stop Brendan winning the league of course

Mike
2 years ago

And who Da guy, Dat’s taking Da Rap,
Is the Rapper, Snoop Dogg Regan,
or 50 Cent Dickyson,
or is it Jay-Z Dungcaster,
ENIMEN Petrofact Petrie.

Spill Da Beanz, is Whata Meanz,
Fess up your unholy sins,
Tell this Bitch on E-Tims,
Are ya messing or Confessing,
Tell us Dah trick Daddy please,
We don’t want no Stoke Coke tease, Fess up Mahn.

Mike
2 years ago

Fucking Puggy….Again FFS.

Puggy67
2 years ago

Caption: Sevco said “there is a massive moonbeam of success waiting for us” and I said that’s not the Galaxy I was playing for chuck.

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago

Hope to see Stevie and his daughter Lourdes at Liebrox,until administration anyway.Thanks Ralph for posting that massive part of your diary that we can skip….
P.S.Remember who told you that Chelsea weren’t happy about the Charley situation….
P.P.S.Looks like my e-mail to Glesga Cooncil pointing out that there Would be a Riot,oops,fracas,if the “ladies” were allowed to march/wobble on Sun wasn’t wasted after all….Resistance beats Persistance….

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago

Well done Puggy,again.Sharing is Caring….money into usual account thanks….remember who really runs the show….

Puggy67
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Thanks for keeping the score Rob or can I call you Boswell?

Puggy67
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

BTW my caption for today’s a topper

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago

KT just been on the Scottish news,the fix is in.He states game will be tight so get your money on 2-1,remember,you have been warned…..
P.S.How is Dembele? Injured,fit or can’t be arsed…..c’mon BR…info…

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob,
You still taking the crystal Meth then?
The only thing close on Sunday will be the Huns leaving their sisters beds.

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob…your footballing predictions are as dodgy as Stephen Gerrards foresight

jimmybee
2 years ago

Caption: Hold onto me Stevie dont want you slipping now do we again

jimmybee
2 years ago

Stevie G to sevco shouldnt be discounted out of hand. They need a big name to sell season books, he will get a lot of players on loan with his connections,and would be a draw for top class sides to play in friendlies etc.
He would be a top asset.
Problem sevco have Stevie G wont jump in feet first to blemish his reputation.Im sure he will ask the same questions McInnes did, then he will walk away. But anyone who thinks it wouldnt be a coup for sevco to get him would be wrong in my opinion.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

John Barnes

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

What big names did John Barnes bring in on loan?

One thing i would say about Gerrard, IF he was to take their job….
He’d be doing it right by starting at the bottom & working his way up.

Who gives a fuck?

jimmybee
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

John Barnes didnt need loan signings m8 he had a huge budget. Its a different thing all together
But like you say who gives a fuck

Weered
2 years ago

C S… That’s one way to celebrate a culture 🙂

Wisnae me
2 years ago

Fair play to Gerard, if he takes the “rangers” job and does alright maybe, after Brendan does 10, he might get the Celtic job.

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Wisnae me

Nah…He’d be contaminated…

Puggy67
2 years ago

Mike I’m kinda feeling like Celtic in Scotland. So thanks.

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Puggy67

V

Broxburnbhoy
2 years ago

Gerard to Sevco is total moon beams – gullibles will lap it up and some other bozo maybe even Murty will be there come the new season. Total mince story

Devoy45
2 years ago

Why would any sane person go to a club that can’t pay its players, its repair bills and normal everyday invoices? Nobody with any class would.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Devoy,
He’s a scouser….they don’t do paying either.

Monti
2 years ago

Good morning fellow Tims…..
Ladies putting today Una?

Monti
2 years ago

Celtic

Bonner

McGrain
McNeill Cpt.
Van Dijk
Tierney

Johnstone
McStay
Murdoch
Di Canio

Dalglish
Larsson

jimmybee
2 years ago

Morning Monti,
My Celtic 11 m8 only with players ive seen.
Not to far out with your own.
Im sure PB will come on and blow us out the water with with Tully McGrory Thomson Quinn etc 🙂
Boric
McGrain McNeil (capt) Aitken Gemmell
Jinky McStay,Murdoch Lennox,
Dalglish Larsson.

Devoy45
2 years ago

Can’t match Pensionerbhoy but:
Simpson
McGrain/McNeil/Aitken/Gemmell
Jinky/McStay/Murdoch/Lennox
Dalgish/Larsson
Patsy Gallacher and Jimmy McGrory (LOL)
Just want to remind the Peepil who sing about Irish Catholics going home now that the ‘Famine’ is over…
Steven George Gerrard
Attended St. Michael’s Primary School
and Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School
family of Irish descent
Gonnae tell Gerrard to ‘go home’ too? It will end in tears.
Steven, begin your coaching career somewhere where the fans have some class…

Mike
2 years ago

Its like the TIC. are gonny be a seeded team throughout the C.L. qualifiers next year, according to Lubo’s chick 67 he’s been keeping a record of who has the best chance to be seeded next season.
So a big thanks to him for working out that complicated seeding position. How great that would be, it gives us a fighting chance to get through the qualifiers… again. Three years on the trot, sprinting ahead of the arseholes in blue, leaving the rest further behind. Might even mean a bigger type signing coming in… we live in hope.

Monti
2 years ago

Vega?
Nurse Ratched

Devoy45
2 years ago

More recent 11:
Forster
McNamara/Van Dijk/Balde/Tierney
Brown/McStay
Forrest/Sutton/Sinclair
Larsson
subs: BBJ/Paul Elliot/John Collins

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