Celtic travel to aberdeen today-noon kick off-without Gary Hooper, Thomas Rogne, Emilio Izzaguerre and James Forrest, while Lassad Niouiou, returns from his spell on the sidelines. Scott Brown and Joe Ledley are doubtful, but Kris commons should be okay. Aberdeen have their own problems, with anything up to five regulars missing, and the scene is set for a cracking game.
Celtic will have one eye on Tuesdays visit to Lisbon, but really need to get back down to serious business on the home front. Otherwise we will need to win the champions League to get back in it next year.
On the injury front for the Dons game, manager Neil Lennon said:
“Gary won’t make it. We are hoping he will start training on Sunday. Lassad Niouiou is back in the squad. Rogne willhopefully train on Sunday. Forrest, at first we thought it was a hamstring strain, but it looks like he has damaged a nerve. we are hoping it will settle down and he can travel with us on Monday. Brown and Ledley are doubts for Saturday but they should make Tuesday.”
Which is pretty much what I said.
Celtic held their AGM this week, and the big story to come out of it was that Peter Lawwell seems to think that UEFA may be looking to form regional leagues, as they are concerned at the disparity in european football. He said
“We are commited to the SPLbut nothing stays the same. There are initives in Europe. UEFA have opened their mind up to some form of regional leagues. I think they recognise the polarisation between the top leagues and the smaller leagues in terms of media values. There are very early proposals that may look at regional leagues.”
He was referring to countries such as the Netherlands, Belguim and the Scandanavian nations,
“Coming together to create bigger markets for media rights, they could try to close the gap,” he went on, but was already starting to dilute the news. “Our job at Celtic is to maintain standards. We believe we are a top class European football club in everything we do.”
Lawwell has mastered the art of speaking without actually saying anything, as that satement shows, whilst Charles Green has mastered the art of just speaking for the sake of it. His latest nonsense includes asking if “Barcelona and Real Madrid would like Celtic and Rangers in their league”, and answers it with “Of course they would!”
Er, Charlie , Barcelona don’t even want your lot in their city again. and could you stop putting the word “and ” inbetween the words “Celtic ” and “Rangers” as though they are some kind of joint venture.
Our support want nothing to do with your lot. Most of us would not care of we never played you again. As it is now, the purpose of your club is to provide comic entertainment for other football supporters around the country.
Why else would you still have Ally McCoist as manager?
The issue of joint sponsorship with the Newco was also raised, but new chairman Iain Bankier would not be swayed by those of us who feel we should cut our ties with the old/new/soon to be gone again club.
He might have to be persuaded by another means. The terms of contracts, he added were “confidential”, which makes you wonder exactly what has been sold to , for instance, Tennents, when it comes to shirt sponsorship.
Corporate businessmen are very wary of associating their products with, say tax dodging cheats who are defrauding the nation and about to set up a share issue that has been alleged to be just a quick money making scam before the perpetrators lock the doors, turn the lights out and get on a plane to the Cayman Islands.
Celtic should also be wary of being associated with them.
(Note; if David Leggat is reading this, or more likely having it read to him, tell your puppetmaster to stick his legal letters up his arse. Rangers oldco are a bunch of tax dodging cheats, and the newco is a very dodgy attempt to avoid paying their dues. Setting up as a new firm using the same premises, the same management , the same brand, the same staff and the same customer base is fraud.)
Celtic have taken US internationalist Jaun Agudelo on trial. This 19 year old has already played 16 times for the USA and has been praised by no less than his Red bulls team mate Thierry Henry, who used to be the support act for Henrik Larsson at Barcelona. Henry said he was “a great player who is going to be a top player soon” There is a video kicking around of a goal he scored against DC United, which does show he’s a lethal finisher, and if you look on you tube you will find it.
Now, yesterday in the diary was a shameful confession that i had bought the Daily Record-it costs ten bob nowadays!-and yes, I still feel dirty, and yes I’ll have to burn the evidence, and no I haven’t let the kids see it. They’re still studying the Readers Wives bums monthly one, and strangely enough that mag is spending a lot of time in the toilet as well.
The reason i mention it again is the little box they print on page two.
“For the Record,
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Where do you start with that? You’d be on the phone for months! Presumably those in the sports section don’t ever read that bit.
Darusz Wdodczyk, (pronounced “Dobcheck, which was his own answer years ago, ) was the man we were looking for yesterday. He was at Livingston for a few months in 2008, before heading off to Polonia Warsaw as manager. wikipedia sort of gives up then.
Today, who said of Wdodczyk, “He’s the best left back since me?”