Celtic Diary Wednesday June 13: Soon Be Time For The Football

Despite all the players and the manager angling for a move this summer, (copyright Scottish Mainstream Media ) Celtic have announced that they have sold all of their available season books..

WE are delighted to announce that standard Season Tickets for the 2018/19 season are now officially sold out.

A magnificent show of commitment from supporters has seen them snapping up Season Tickets in their thousands, ensuring their place at Paradise to watch Brendan Rodgers’ Double-Treble-winning team in action once again.

Disappointed fans who missed out on a Season Ticket this year can now join the 2019/20 Season Ticket Waiting List for a chance to buy a seat for next season.

Fans are also encouraged to keep an eye on the official Celtic website and social media channels for match-by-match ticket availability. There will be a limited number of match-by-match tickets available for selected games throughout the season. 

There are a limited number of seasonal hospitality tickets still available in Club Celtic and the iconic Number 7 Restaurant overlooking the famous Celtic Park pitch. Full details, which are now selling fast, can be found HERE

The club has enjoyed phenomenal success in recent years, lifting its seventh successive League title in May and completing an unprecedented Double Treble.

As we look ahead to next season, everyone at Celtic will be doing all we can to bring you more and more success and continue to give you a club you can be proud of. Thank you to everyone who has bought a 2018/19 Season Ticket, we look forward to welcoming you to Celtic Park throughout the year. 

There’s no word on how many tickets will be given to “rangers ” for the first Glasgow derby clash if the Ibrox club lasts that long, although the amount requested will almost certainly depend on how well Steven Gerrard ingratiates himself with the support once he finally has to do something, like win a  senior match as manager.

Celtic have said they will reciprocate the amount, which means there will be a few more tickets available for our home support.

 

So, thats the season book money in the biscuit tin, soon to be joined by just under a million for the participation of four Celtic players at the World Cup, which makes it possible, if permitted , for the manager to spend a few quid at the sales, as it were, in order to make sure that Celtic clear the hurdles to the group stages of the Champions League.

No one else will be leaving before then, and it will be interesting to see who is on the squad list when its submitted to UEFA for the tournament.

As we know, its a bit more difficult to get through the qualifiers this time round, as it appears that tv audience size is taking precedence over mere domestic supremity, and an astonishing 53  teams will be involved in 91 fixtures just to get there.

It’s already started, with a mini tournament taking place in Gibraltar to eliminate three of the four teams involved.

Santa Colomo of Andorra play Drita of Kosovo while Lincoln Red Imps ( remember them ? ) face La Fiorita of San Marino. those games will take place on the 26th of June at the Victoria Stadium in gibraltar, though presumably not at the same time.

 

The two winners meet in the “final ” on the 29th to decide who goes into the First Round, with the other three dropping into the Europa League.

Incidentally, this is how its all worked out, click on the link to see it.

Club‘s Co-Efficients are now determined EITHER by the sum of all points won in the previous five years OR by the association coefficient over the same period – WHICHEVER IS THE HIGHER (under a new system introduced for 2018/19 onwards).  

Next week, on the 19th, sees the draw for the first round, and its not regionalised this time, so you can forget Ireland or Iceland and look forward to Georgia and Armenia, if our luck in draws is anything to go by.

Quick note on registration for players.. which might give us a clue as to when Edouard and McGinn are finally announced. Thanks to John Bradshaw on twitter.

21 June for preliminary round

5 July for 1st qualifying round

19 July for 2nd qualifying round

2 August for 3rd qualifying round

16 August for play-offs

3 September for all further matches

 

Also next week, the players not involved in the World cup, which is most of them, report back for training.

That means that the club will finally announce the couple of deals they’ve done, and possibly even some they have yet to complete.

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The players have been away relaxing..

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But who cares ?

They’re back, and we’ll be bringing you all the stories, all the news and all the tittle tattle as the guys get ready for eight in a row, just as soon as we can make something up.

 

The big news yesterday was the resignation of SFA Compliance Officer Tony McGlennan, who will leave his post at the end of the year, or thereabouts. no one seems too sure.

The SFA and its employees don;t like to specify times and dates, unles they absolutely have to, as we saw when the report McGlennan compiled lay around in the office before anyone decided to actually read it and act upon it.

Many reasons have been given for his departure, the official line being that he is to return to his private practice, but as the officials who released that officially are known to be bloody liars, we can safely discount that theory.

As Lord Nimmo Smith will be forever associated with the farce that was his enquiry, McGlennan must be hoping that only good will come from his report. After all, it will have his name on it for eternity.

Which will either help or hinder his private practice

We hear Gordon Smith is being sounded out as his replacement, and he could well be handed the job, as Graeme Spiers of the Times reckons he’s a really nice guy, and even went so far as to d a feature on him last weekend, for which the reason has now become clear.

The SFA appear to be carrying on as though they haven’t just lost a CEO, as though they haven’t just lost the guy they asked to investigate him, and as though they haven;t got a care in the world.

That will be their downfall.

We are aware that events behind the scenes will reflect this rather soon.

Meanwhile, the media were falling over themselves to welcome Nico Katic, the latest star of the summer to join up at ibrox..

He claimed he would have walked to Ibrox to play for Gerrard, which was rather fortunate as the airline refused to accept the Ibrox credit card.

Notice the top he’s wearing…

 

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It’s a t-shirt available on the Hummel website for just £26.50…and if their big new signing cannot be paraded in a new replica shirt, then there is something far more seriously wrong over there than we are being told…

But it doesn’t matter. Hummel, a company with profits around the £10m a year mark have bought the naming rights to the auchenhowie training ground, gauranteeing even more pennies for the people, who must surely now be approaching the money needed to pay back the Close brothers.

Which might even get more interesting with Craig Whyte now back in court arguing over who owns what. just think, if he is proven to own the bits they have mortgaged we won’t need to worry about where the laughter is coming from next season.

Even the most avid “rangers ” fan must be a little concern at this incessant drive to raise funds.

One or two on twitter have had a moan about Celtic bloggers writing about “rangers “, and they may have a point. but frankly, if we didn’t mention their shennannigans no one else would, and we all know how that usually ends up.

They may have been awarded a licence to play in Europe, but at least they know they are being watched. Small consolation, but they won’t get away with it forever.

Elsewhere, programme makers at Channel 4 have decided not to continue with International Countdown as the conundrum at the end proved a little too difficult for the latest contestants. Thanks to Have I got News For You’s twitter feed for leaking that particular story.

Yesterdays picture, for which you had to think of a catchy , witty or thought provoking caption…

George Lazenbhoy June 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm · Edit · Reply →

Caption: they should just extend the demarcation around the whole stadium. 

Today, for your perusal…use your imagination…

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Monti
2 years ago

Ralph,
Loved the pics of the players relaxing, i particularly liked the one of Charlie Saiz in the Omaha bunker.

Monti
2 years ago

Una,
Good morning to you, was watching a tv ad this morning on a new steam cleaning product called the X5……
Think you’d like it.

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti… Is that the BMW variant?

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Weered,
Steam powered cleaning product, looks really good.
Might get one for her indoors.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Weered,
Steam cleaners would have been handy in the cordite residue days. 🙂

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti… There is a certain something about the smell of cordite 🙂

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

🙂

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Weered,
I second that…..

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti… You’d end up wearing it 🙂

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

C S …nah none of that foreign muck…

I’m a BRUT man masel……
yep I SPLAASHED IT ALL OVER…
And still do during the night 🙂

Una
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

That’s what i drive monti, how’s your forklift?

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Una

Una,
Up & down….up & down.

Una
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

In & Out In & Out
You do the hokey cokey

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Una

Then i turn you around…..that’s what i’m all about 🙂

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Una

Una… They do make a great tractor

Una
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

I have to say you and weered acted like tories and the bbc just because my reply to your x5 cleaner was pretty funny you had to bury it on down the page. Just like the tories do wait on something bad to happen then release something like the nhs will have 10 million took of their budget. Really disappointed with both of you.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Una

Una,
You are the first woman to say they are disappointed with me…..cough.

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti…did something bad happen…
I am disappointed that the “Chelsea Tractor” reference wasn’t picked up on…or dropped off, huh…
Ya try to give someone a compliment and it gets thrown back in yer face…bloody typical of the Mid Ulster working class … cough

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

🙂

greyheid
2 years ago

CAPTION

‘Continuing the legacy of displaying false hopes to a gullible nation…the Brexit bus is resprayed!’

2 years ago

Caption: Douglas Park reveals his latest scheme to offset his losses at the good ship Sevco, by hiring out the hun bus to the team who, I am led to believe, won the world cup in 1966. I’m not sure if that statement is actually true, because nobody South of Hadrians Wann has mentioned it for at least 10 seconds!!

Mike
2 years ago

“That will be there “Downfall” As Phil scribbles away on his notepad.

“We are aware events behind the scenes will reflect this rather soon”
Spill the Heinz, nae farting aboot, get us telt.

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike… spill the Heinz ..farting…funny 🙂

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Weans are us. 😉

David
2 years ago

Caption Driver to parking attendant, ” We wont be long mate we are off to the world cup, we all know how that turns out, see you soon”

puggy67
2 years ago

Caption: In keeping with the English coach tradition a tax-free bung is handed over at the end of a short journey.

VooDude
2 years ago

“That will be their downfall.

We are aware that events behind the scenes will reflect this rather soon.”

I hope you’re correct Ralph but I don’t see it. I see someone who runs a holding company, mouthing off about a couple of Tims and within weeks both Tims have chose to step down. I’m sure they won’t be replaced with fair minded, honest people, more likely more ex-Huns.

Someone else mentioned that they thought King had nothing left to lose, he had the SFA over a barrel re: the 5 way agreement etc. and could threaen to release it. I really don’t know whether that’s pie in the sky but I tell you what, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  VooDude

VooDude,
I agree with you, the compliance officer choosing to leave now is no fucking coincidence.
Took him eight months to complete his findings, then resigns?
Bullshit.

The Cha
2 years ago
Reply to  VooDude

They got 1 of “ours” ie Gary Hughes.

The other one they wanted hounded was Murdoch Maclennan not Tony McGlennan and (so far) they haven’t got their man.

Whether it amounts to a hill of beans remains to be seen but it can get disillusioning, coupled with the strong evidence that new CEO Maxwell is a (c)ludgie member.

VooDude
2 years ago
Reply to  The Cha

True, and thanks for the correction, I’d mixed up my MacLennan’s and McGlennan’s 🙂

I blame it on Ralph’s spelling.

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha… would Murdoch Maclennan be the token taig?

The Cha
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Not sure what school he went to. 😉

He’s the chairman not the CEO, where I assume the power resides.

He seems to have had a career in the media, which is probably why he hooked up with Desmond and O’Brien rather than as part of any “irish papist” conspiracy as the hunnish hordes would have it.

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  The Cha

“They got one of our’s”, Hughes was on the SFA board for years, he wasn’t “one of ours” when he was spouting.. lets move on. Gary Hughes fell on his sword, he wasn’t pushed out the door, he could have done a Turnbull Hutton and stood up to King and stayed where he was, not run for the hills. Its also possible that he didn’t want to muddy the waters with the JPDT coming up on the 26th. Anyone associated with the SFA board over the past few years should be viewed with suspicion and I include Lawwell, until this all pans out. I will reserve judgement until after this JPDT. Murdoch MacLennan is a business man involved with Dermot Desmond, I have no idea what he is other than that, except to say that he has clearly more balls than Hughes.

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Ironic is it not that Hughes was part of the decision makers who declared King “fit and proper”. Ironic also that Lawwell gets kicked in the baes when he calls for “accountability transparency and leadership” from the SFA with “Rangers ” demise but Hughes he, “respectfully disagrees” for a fresh review into the saga in light of new information coming from the court cases. “lets move on Hughes” is one of us, but Lawwell who calls for “accountability, transparency and leadership is……..

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago

Looking forward to the World Cup with multiple WorldClass players participating,let’s not be parochial.I hope Lee and his “team” of scouts are going to attend in order to source some top class,coachable,technically sound defenders for the coming season.
As for walks wasted.Would you rather be on that lovely,manicured golf course or walking where Family Guy Gordon is walking?
Remember the U.S.Open Golf starts tomorrow,no cheats,superbly skilled competitors,loads of prize money,top class sponsors,what’s not to like?…..

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

C S…correct sir 🙂

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Weered,was the nicest sodger to ever appear in Ireland your superior? You call him sir,the truth is out…..

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob,
What do you mean by the ” family guy ” inference?

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti,you must have heard about his off the field activities.Check it out on t’internet.Brendan couldn’t say much considering his participation in similar activity but there were more than a few ripples of discord around Parkhead…..

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

CS,you posted that before.The U.S.Open isn’t for yer average golfer.I suppose you prefer to watch yer average Scottish footballer who tries to jump on your captain’s balls and kicks the sh.t out of young Kieran?
You’ll find that if you do that at the golf that the door wouldn’t hit you on the erchie after you appear in front of the committee .Mind you shiny lights,look at the shiny lights….

puggy67
2 years ago

Caption: The back of the bus they canny play, canny play, canny play, the back of the bus they canny play, canny play for peanuts. The front of the bus…., the middle of the bus…, repeat until group stage is over.

2 years ago

See when Rod Petrie steps up to take over as SFA President, will we all finally ask “So Peter…this is justice?”

Monti
2 years ago

DESERT BEAGLE DAY 1:
A Charlie Saiz production!

It was a cold night as we sat in the trench, insurgents in front & behind us, the sand drifting into our eyes…

” Charlie Saiz…your tea is ready ”

Thanks mum…i mean Capn….

To be continued…..

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

HAHAHA:)

Billy Johnston
2 years ago

Caption.
Just “Park” it round the corner we’ll not be long.

Mike
2 years ago

McRae and Petrie the “dear ladies” of Scottish football, Hinge and Bracket there new DVD is out on the 26th June 2018. At the same time their latest book is released. “How we fucked up Scottish football”.

and lined oor ain pockets, its a story based on Judas Iscariot, a kiss on the cheek and 40 pieces of silver. I think we all know who pays out and who is the betrayed. The tale is about a secret agreement between the three governing bodies and two auld and new clubs. Its the base for fraud, someone wins and someone loses, will Pontious Pilate wash his hands and pass the buck, or will he have the balls to save Scottish football, breathe in and hold….

jimboh
2 years ago

Caption..
With Austerity being the watchword for all things Sevconian, Parks of H have resprayed the Celtic Team Bus, to fulfil a side letter job South of the Border down Ruskki way, in the sure and certain knowledge that it will be back in plenty of time for the New Season’s Kick Off.

Weered
2 years ago

C S…there were so many of that type..
It was those that said fuck all and kept wise counsel were the key personnel… under the radar 🙂

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Or the loft 🙂

Weered
2 years ago

Caption: That would fit across the Falls road nicely…
Anyone got a box of matches?????

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

I do….

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti… I’m not marrying you…

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago

Caption….I hope to fuck that the English team get beat every game. Nothing against English folk but A.B.E. when it comes down to sporting events.

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

Noelskytrot… Same here but I’ve a suspicion they’ll do well

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

They’ve got a group that they can qualify from but as soon as they get in with the real quality they play as only England do, shite. I’m shouting for the Argies, Red.

Devoy45
2 years ago

I think I’ll go with Australia, Iceland and Costa Rica. I wish all our Celtic bhoys the best too. I always like to see England get humped, no reasons necessary…our Imperial masters and all that.

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago

Russia v Saudi human rights abusers Arabia isn’t doing it for me as the opening game of the World Cup.

I want Argentina to win it and every Celtic player to have a good tournament.

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

Don’t mention Argentina to CS,he fought them single handedly in Las Malvinas….

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago

Just saw a pic on Twitter of some thick Hun with a tattoo that says…Stevie fucking G, Let’s Go. WTF is wrong with that mob? I think I’ll get my Liam Brady, Celtic Legend tattoo covered up.

puggy67
2 years ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

What’s the issue he’s only got ‘s to get removed when Gerrard is canned after the second 5-0 game.

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

Absolutely, Charlie.

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

Self inflicted mutations…
I blame the parents..

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

C S… Mutants… I blame the parents…

Mike
2 years ago

Edsonne Bienvenve a’ Cellic nous. Vous aimons Eddy Francais.

Mike
2 years ago

Messiiiiiii will win the World cup, with his supporting cast of ten.

Ten gleen gottles hinging from the wall,
Ten gleen gottles hinging from the wall,
if one gleen gottle should accidently fall,
there will be nine gleen gottles hinging from the wall.

Bognorbhoy
2 years ago

Caption …
Just park over there and remember their will be penalty charges if you over stay your time ….

charlie
2 years ago

caption jimmy bel sais fuck england if that wis sevco we woulda jetted in on the never never

Gav
2 years ago

caption: southgate to driver – I know yer parked on double yellows, but can ye hang around? We won’t be long.

Iancelt67
2 years ago

Standing on the corner swinging my chain
Along cane an Orangeman and asked my name
Kicked him in the balls and I kicked him in the head
Now that Orangeman is dead
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

🙂

2 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

We are ra Celic boot bhoys.

charlie
2 years ago

a wis gon for the germans tae win the world cup but then a watched oor frankies show and watched yon cabbage choppin guy the rumour is hees the captain ae russia and the resty the team need tae fightum fur a gemme so its russia fur me …..ps brendan sign yon cabbage choppin guy please

charlie
2 years ago

see watchin they motorbike fitba teams it reminded me ae big roy aitken wae hauf the energy

Monti
2 years ago

ARGENTINA ARGENTINA ARGENTINA 🙂

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Please stop,it’s bringing on my PTSD…..Signed Loft Converted Charlie S……

Monti
2 years ago

Think i’ll take a walk down by the narrow water 🙂

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti…it’s a lovely place…

Monti
2 years ago

Good morning Una,
Have you nipped into Argos yet?

Mike
2 years ago

Storm Hector is bringing some much needed rain, its really windy, oops
pardon me, must have been the Heinz, but they tell me storm Hector is blowing severely down Govan way, blowing through windaes, opening filing cabinets, opening safe doors, to explore the contents, rifiling through correspondence to check for any EBT’s. Some of the peepil will be transferring their assets into their wife’s name before
bankruptcy beckons, or checking their bank statements to see if they can cover the payments. Karma, the bitch is back, watch out…

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

My hair is all ower the place…..

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Someday it will fly away, leaving your heed bare forever and a day.

Weered
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike…for me …that bird has flown as you seen in the picture *** sigh***

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

And Monti, well his hair is as he was born, long and wavy, brilliant black, with a tinge of grey and with golden sparkles and that’s just his feet, eunuch bhoy.

Mike
2 years ago
Mike
2 years ago

Kolo Toure and classy Eric… The Auld Alliance, “There’s no limits”.

Kolo, Koko Kolo, Koko Kolo.. There’s no limits.

Monti
2 years ago

WAR DONKEY: A Steven Spielberg firm in association with Hay & cart productions.

Act 1: The donkey struggled across the mine strewn blackpool beach, a long summer of kids getting rides & pensioners feeding him ice crem n fish n chips….
This was going to be a long battle….

” Charlie, Charlie Saiz, that’s Monti at the door for ye, he has his ba with him “

Mike
2 years ago

Gott en Hummell, the mankies new training ground, did some of the income needed for… Goldson, Kattic, Arfield, McGreger come from that

You mad about ETims or just plain mad? Why not buy the t-shirt at http://etims.spreadshirt.co.uk/