Celtic Diary Friday July 27: More Trouble At T’Mill

Oh dear.

There could be a reason as to why there’s been a bit of a delay in strengthening the team over the summer.

Before the Rosenberg game, Brendan Rodgers was asked about transfers and he said :

Not my job. I work with the players that are here, develop them, improve them, that is my job.” 

That could simply be a tactic to change the subject, as hacks tend to have their own agenda in these circumstances.

However, we’ve had a drunk on the phone and he says that there’s been a bit of a to do over who is supposed to be doing what when it comes to new players.

It seems Peter Lawwell is , well, being Peter Lawwell again.

Apparently, and as usual, I’ve no idea if this is true, so its another one of my attempts to join the ranks of the Scottish mainstream media, Brendan gave Peter the names of two players he was keen on.

The idea then is that Peter goes out and enquires about them, and should he receive encouragement, he then tries to bring them to Celtic.

However, it seems the CEO “lost ” the paper with the names on it, or at least I’d guess that what happened, because Peter doesn’t want to pick the team, right ?

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So Brendan didn’t get his men, but Peter and his crew should still get their bonuses…

Sometimes that man behaves like a military dictator.

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Brendan , we hear, has demanded a meeting with the CEO, and he isn’t happy. but he is approaching it maturely, and has worked out exactly how he thinks he can best get what he wants.

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Meanwhile, on the subject of finding new players, my own extensive network of spies and scouts has thrown up two names…

Dayot Upamecano (FRA, 19 – Leipzig)
Once a trainee at Valenciennes, the teenager has become a commanding central defender at Salzburg and now Leipzig. Expect big things. 

Malang Sarr (FRA, 19 – Nice)
The central defender has been on the books at Nice since he was five but may soon move on, with foreign clubs tracking his form.

Well, when I say extensive network I mean UEFA newsletter listing Europes top 50 youngsters, ( and yes, Keiran Tierney is on there ), but its the same thing.

Two more young Frenchmen ?

Well, we do have a trio of allies to help persuade them where their future lies…

There does look to be some movement on the transfer front, with Peter the Team Picker popping down to Manchester City asking if they’ve got anyone they don’t want.

They haven’t, but they did go out and buy someone they don’t want and could well be sending him up to Glasgow.

Daniel Arzani is a team mate of Tom Rogic at international level, and is currently with Melbourne City. Thats where Manchester City bought Adrain Mooy from, who they also didn’t want but they sold him to Huddersfield for £10m, where he had been on loan.

One wonders why we don’t just cut out the middle man and go for the kid ourselves, if he’s that good. Get him to speak to Rogic, and then ask Ntcham, Boyata and Biton what life is like at Manchester City…

Have I got to do all the work for the scouting department this summer ?

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they could use the money they’ve saved on John McGinn, who now looks certain to join Celtic for nothing, and notably the media are claiming it’s Neil Lennon who has set the fee, and not Rod Petrie….

The Daily Record report that McGinn has his heart set on a move to Celtic Park but has been forced to wait because Celtic and Hibs are around £2m apart in their valuation of the player.

They say that Celtic have had three bids for the Scotland international rejected as they refuse to go up to the £4m asking price set by Neil Lennon. 

Petrie, of course, is hanging on for grim life at the SFA, and wants the support of Peter Lawwell to ensure this.

Looks like Peter has lost that slip of paper as well, though.

Tam MacManus, who does a bit part time for the BBC, claims that Celtic may lose out on the player as plenty of English sides are interested.

Tam, they may be interested in McGinn, but he isn’t interested in them, so tell Rod his wee gambit has failed, and he looks like he will end up with the square root of fuck all.

But hey, at least you tried to help !

Speaking of the SFA, Ian Maxwell has put his foot firmly in his mouth, with a crass remark about the abuse of young boys within Scottish football.

SFA chief Ian Maxwell ‘should go over insulting comments’ – abuse victim

Keep your eye on the papers for this one. It promises to be a major story, with P45s all round.
Well, when I say papers, I mean proper papers. Not the ones on sale in Scotland.
Still in the legal world, and a man has been arrested and charged after he spat at a priest on the day an Orange Walk went past a church-at least thats how the BBC reported it..

A 24-year-old man has appeared in court charged with spitting on a priest outside a church.

Bradley Wallace, from Uddingston in South Lanarkshire, is alleged to have assaulted Canon Thomas White near St Alphonsus’ Church in Glasgow on 7 July.

The alleged assault took place on the day an Orange walk passed the church.

The charge against Mr Wallace, who was released on bail pending a further hearing, said the offence was aggravated by religious prejudice.

Mr Wallace appeared in private from custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court. He was released on bail and is expected to appear in court again at a later date.

As we know, the Orange Order have said that the man has nothing to do with them, (The Sun )

AN Orange Lodge boss has blasted march followers who “sing songs about the past” and told them they are not welcome.

Jim McHarg, the Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, hit out after a Catholic priest was spat on and branded a paedo. 

Mr McHarg said: “The Orange Order is founded on religious liberty for all. Unfortunately, a number of people seem unwilling to adopt this tolerant approach.

“Indeed, many allude to beliefs and sing songs about a time in the past they probably know very little about or fail to understand.

“I have one message for them: Stay away, you are not welcome at our parades.” 

And here he is, not being welcome at their parades…

 

Elsewhere, and there’s no game this weekend, as Celtic continue to fully concentrate on fitness-and they do look far, far sharper than in previous pre seasons, so we’ll have to find other ways of amusing ourselves.

 

And there’s always a chuckle to be found at Ibrox.

“rangers ” won their first ever away game in europe last night, beating Osijek of Croatis 1-0 as Alfredo Morelas “silenced his critics ” when the ball hit his head and flew past the goalkeeper who didnlt put down his phone in time to catch it.

But thats not the real talking point from the game…as unusual as it is to see morelas hit the target.

The side lined up in what looked like training tops, with no sponsors name on them..

From the Sun…

SEEING RED

Rangers wear red training top against Osijek leaving Gers fans baffled.. as club confirm reason for change

We told last week how the Ibrox faithful wanted to see their players in the new orange Hummel kit for the Europa League clash 

RANGERS fans were left mystified after Steven Gerrard’s men wore a TRAINING TOPagainst Osijek.

The Croatian outfit – defeated on their own patch thanks to an Alfredo Morelos header– play in blue and white hoops. 

But tonight’s red training strip had Gers supporters scratching their heads.

The club’s supporter liaison officer Greg Marshall later confirmed Gers – sponsored by 32 Red – were adhering to the ban on gambling sponsorship in Croatia.

He also said the red top was the club’s FOURTH strip. 

Fourth strip ?

Of course it is.

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As to a ban on gambling companies on sports shirts in Croatia, I’ve found no evidence of that being the case.

Though I’d be happy to have evidence.

Perhaps I just didn’t look hard enough.

All fucking morning.

Maybe the answer is much simpler.

Could Hummel have pulled out of the kit deal, or refused to let them wear the orange kit for fear of a backlash of bad publicity ?

Could  32Red have decided not to extend their contract ?

I suppose not having a sponsor isn’t that bad if you haven’t got a shirt to print it on….

I’m sure thats just gossip….and I’ll thank you to stop repeating it.

It’s Friday, which means its time for the biggest announcement of the week, that of the Etims

Knob of the Week 

For many of us, Radio Scotland was the only place to catch the Rosenberg game this week. Despite the champions League being the pinnacle of club football, the qualifiers are routinely ignored by the major television companies.

There are illegal streams available for the morally flexible, but for those of us with pure souls, the radio is the only option.

During the natch commentary, the man dexcribing the action said that the Celtic equaliser was a “savage blow for Rosenberg..”, which i thought was rather an odd way of saying that Scotlands champions had hauled themselves back into the game.

The commentator is Liam Macloed, and for that moment where he let his feelings show and hinder his professional objectivity, he is this weeks convincing winner of Etims

Knob of the Week 

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He’s a bit , well,

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Caption competition time..

And there was a superb entry from a truly talented guy..

ralph malph July 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm · Edit · Reply →

Caption. Where it asks DOB on the contract don’t put ” Yes,I am. “

 

today… its that man again…

Steven Gerrard

 

Away from all that, there was a wonderful picture of a young lad at his first soght of the inside of Celtic Park…and for me it probably sums up how we all felt when we first saw it, in whichever incarnation it was…

Brilliant.

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portpower

CELTIC Football Club today announced that Hoops legend Danny McGrain will unfurl the Scottish Premiership Flag on Saturday, August 4 when Celtic take on Livingston at Celtic Park on the opening day of the League season. Danny McGrain is one of the greatest players to have worn the green and white Hoops and was the best full-back in the world during his 20 years with Celtic. He signed for the club in 1967, and was one of the famous Quality Street Gang of young Celtic players coming through the ranks at the club, alongside the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Davie… Read more »

Monti

WE ARE ALL DANNY MCGRAIN!

LEGEND!

Noel Skytrot

Stewards enquiry into yesterday’s caption winner. Lol I’m only speculating like everyone else does, but methinks BR will bolt if he’s not getting what he thinks he merits in terms of a transfer kitty, thoughts? We have the dough, we do have a large wage bill, but get a couple of quality players in at least and stop fannying about with fucking hotels. I’m paying money for a successful team on the park not a hotel or lights, either.

Sevco, just tramps, nothing more.

John Maciver

Caption : I’d give my right hand to get out of this contract , here , take it please !!

VooDude

Caption: That way Morelos, you fucking tit, you’re shooting that way!

Martin67

Caption: Stevie G: ‘Eh Jimmy told me it was a red hand salute’

TC

Taxi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

portpower

Caption:
I am Scrotus (So-called ruler of the unionist sevconians).

Rebus67

I sincerely hope that there is no truth in your “lost paper” story. Sure, I can believe that there is politics at play within Celtic as there is in any sizable organisation that is successful. However, what you describe is a destructive force that will very quickly hamper success on the field.

I shall post this in installments as posts go missing.

Rebus

HailCesar

Caption: Stevie drops the mike after giving the troops his rendition of The Broad Black Brogues with laces frayed and torn.

I think Liam MacLeod might be the same guy who used to do the Rangers\Sevco games on BBC Alba and almost broke his tongue in one excruciating half time interview with Charles Green. Regards the red tops…why didnt Rangers just call up Hummell and get 20 tops without sponsors logos on them…they had plenty of notice to get such a simple thing done.. i love how the Rangers manager now has a standard uniform…its like something from a by-gone age…”must look smart!” I watched their game last night and they havent changed. Still headless chickens and Allan MacGregor is gonna… Read more »

Monti

Desi,
Quality!

The Cha

Re:d tops – Celtic have played with sponsorless hoops and more recently changed to Celtic Foundation logo when alcohol ads weren’t allowed so its no biggie.

I doubt if Croatia has a ban on gambling ads and this is just a compliant media covering up the latest clusterfuck.

The guy at http://www.thefootballlife.co.uk/ knows his onions regarding Croatia footy, so if Ralph is still on his gumshoe beat, he should head on over there. 😉

Rebus67

Post gone missing again. Are others getting the “Resource Limit….” message when trying to log on?

Makes it difgicult to post to the blog.

Rebus

Aye, have raised the issue to tech support, if its not the lawyers pulling down the site its the gremlins!

As for posts going missing, thats just unavoidable until we ever leave WordPress and that wont happen for at least another season. I will keep looking into the bins for stray posts each day.

Rebus67

Desi,

Thanks! Some of my stuff deserves the bin.

I was just thinking about my errors of judgement. I did not rate Edouard, McGregor. Similarly, I thought Rogic a luxury….still do.

Some of what I said about these players should be in the bin.

Rebus

Cortes

Q. Who’s the aging ginger guy peering over the group at the top right of the photo of the gallant band? Please let it be who he looks like.

Puggy67

Caption: Ref I’m bringing myself on as a sub, taking all the penalties and awarding myself man of the match, the name’s Ralph Malph

Noticed him too,thought it was Mr dignity himself Alex McLeish

Caption: further financial cutbacks at sevco, as Sevvie G is seen stopping every bus outside Auchenhummel, asking the driver “do you go to Paisley Road West, mate?”.

Keeping BR for the next few years is crucial, especially if there is some internal politics going on within the club. The third and fourth years will be critical in determining if BR is in for the long haul. Domestic success w.r.t. the league is very likely so it will be performances in Europe that will provide the challenge to him. Wednesday’s game showed that acquiring players in the 4-7 million range is crucial for winning in Europe. So we need to add one or two players in that range for each of the next two or so years, plus… Read more »

I do not understand the pursuit of Arzani. He had an impressive WC but he plays in a position for which we have plenty of resources. Forrest, Sinclair, Johnston, Henderson(on the way) and Morgan.

Hopefully this is merely rumour.

Stick to the areas of need…i.e. defence.

Rebus

The Cha

I think this can only be a mutual back scratching with City.

If he does exceptionally well he goes back to them and we get 1st dibs on some of their cast-offs, which can goon to be very successful for us.

If he doesn’t then either we consider he’s worth persevering with or let him go.

In some ways not a great situation but probably a realistic assessment of our place in the football firmament.

Iancelt67

He’s potentially better than all of the abovementioned here. Though I tend to agree I think it’s more rumour than reality it wouldn’t be a massive mistake though. I think Morgan Christie and Allan will be loaned out again. Sinclair won’t reach the heights he did in the first year he’s still good enough though. I think the whole support are flummoxed by us not bringing an experienced and hardy centre back who can play a bit. The Eastern European market must have someone suitable and affordable

Rebus67

Ian,

Are you in Australia?
Arzani was class in the WC and I noted that he had played only a few club games in the first team.

Players like that can fade as quickly as they burst onto the scene…….so he is a risk but not a large financial one.

I agree on Sinclair. He was impressive for the first 10 minutes vs Rosenborg and then the FB got physical with him.

Rebus

Iancelt67

Rebus currently back home but live in Sydney going back in a few weeks. Was here for all world cup games,though I watched Arzani last a league season and tipped him a few months ago on here to make a name for himself. Melbourne city are owned by man city so they must have first pick on any talent.so it would be a loan. He is a talent but nowhere near the finished article he may be a revelation I think Rodgers is just the man to get the best out of him. If he can prove himself at the… Read more »

BroxburnBhoy

A wise person once said don’t believe all you read or hear! Wise words indeed

Monti

It wasn’t Ralph then?

@ The Cha… I’m waiting for my brother to get the info on the Rory Donnelly thing. To me he was just a knob being a knob

The Cha

Ta. I thought my post had gone AWOL as didn’t see it.

I was just intrigued that it spoke about a social media post regarding the last league game against Linfield and suggested he was criticising the Reds rather than themmuns.

He played and scored in the Cup Final so didn’t look like the Reds took it that serious, which makes it even stranger.

portpower

CELTIC Football Club has confirmed that it will issue approximately 800 tickets to visiting supporters for the fixture against Rangers at Celtic Park on September 2. This mirrors the decision announced recently by Rangers. This is not a development we welcome and it is unfortunate that the initial decision came without any form of discussion. The previous arrangements worked well for both sets of supporters as well as contributing to the status of the fixture as a sporting occasion. Following the unilateral action by Rangers, we cannot allow our own supporters to be doubly penalised, by having access to the… Read more »

FredDDobbs

been waiting on this fuck them!

Noel Skytrot

That’s the spirit Freddie, fuck them all.

SFTB

If Celtic handle their transfer policy by writing names down on paper and allowing those names to go missing, with no checks and balances or updates on progress, which would bring those situations to light quickly, then we should just sack everyone including BR. Sometimes, stories are too incredible to be believed as they are told. There may well be friction on transfer policy or inadequate progress on deals, BUT….. bits of paper going missing in multi-million pound deals??? There’s lo-tech and then there’s primitive. Such an implausibly told story should never appear in print outwith the Daily Record or… Read more »

Noel Skytrot

No tickets for Willliam at CP. When Squinty said they were cutting our allocation to house the Union Dobbers the fuckwits sounded delighted. Guess what, loads of squabbling now among them about the inability to get tickets, it’s brilliant. I would give them fuck all and keep them to fuck out of the ground. They are the thickest fans on the planet. Just wait until the first game in September and you’ll hear the howls of derision coming from them when they realise they can’t back the Mandarin Revolution. They deserve all that’s coming their Hunnish way. They only live… Read more »

Noel Skytrot

meant to say only 800 tickets for them, it’s fuck all compared to 7,000-8,000 which they usually are allocated.

Monti

In my humble opinion we should not take one single ticket off these scummy cunts, beam the game back to Celtic Park & give the money to the club & other causes….

Noel Skytrot

My big English friend suggested the same Monti. Hope yer well mate.

Monti

Noel,
All well here m8 & the same to you…

Monti

I can think of one or two causes…….:)

Bob

Armchair Supporters clubs?

Monti

Or as your wife is more commonly known……the recliner.

FredDDobbs

perverts forum this way

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Bob

Yawn…..Too predictable.

BroxburnBhoy

I agree take no tickets for Ibrox and give them no tickets to Celtic Park. We all know this is about their inability unwillingnesss to watch away fans celebrate beating them at thisrnown stadium. Nothing to do with “demand”. Will the SPFL instruct them to reverse the policy ?

The Cha

Of course this is all about them not wanting us celebrating at their place, so why the hell would we go along with it? I don’t go to Ibrox but love the sight of the Free Broomloan and feel for all those that are going to miss out and, I imagine, its all the armchair fans and non-attenders who are cheering this. I’m also not impressed with the Celtic statement, which is a complete volte face from the original one in May when they were “delighted” by the Huns action, as it allowed us to reciprocate and get more Tic… Read more »

Noel Skytrot

Fair points Cha but I suspect the “esteemed” Mr King would have just rode his buckled wagon right over the SFA cabal’s decisions if they raised the matter of allocation with them. I’m not sure if they have any say to be honest even if the opposing club was kicking up a storm. You know how they love having a go.

BroxburnBhoy

So this is all Celtics fault? Unfair points. This has been driven by Sevco based on their ultra group running a campaign to get Celtic fans out of the Away end. Nothing to do with Celtic. We can only react and reciprocate. I note Celtic have asked the SPFL to get involved as they set the rules or at least guidelines. To be fair this is Sevcos fault –

Noel Skytrot

That’s what I stated earlier BBhoy, it was driven by the Union Dobbers wanting their section back for games against us. They complained to the SevcoSLO, they raised a petition and got the most lumpen among the hordes to back them therefore putting pressure on the head Huns who’ve capitulated. In my humble opinion it’s got more to do with the Bearmacht being sick of seeing us punish them on each occasion we’ve went to the WilliamDome rather than the other reasons they claim. They know we’ve got them in a vice and will use any excuse to keep us… Read more »

Monti

Noel,
I’m intellectual….not to mention a great shag!

Noel Skytrot

Hahaaaaa, ye’ve done yer fuckin nut, Monti. I saw some tosser on JJ’s site a wee while back making derisory comments about posters on other sites and I thought we defo fit his categorisation. Total cockpit. Speaking on my own behalf I just despise the Bearmacht and don’t give a fuck what any fecker says or thinks.

BroxburnBhoy

Insinuating that this is somehow in some way Celtics fault
Is just inaccurate. No need for pseudo intellectualism for that.
Some people have the opinion that the earth is flat. It’s inaccurate of course and an opinion I am unable to give any credence to because it’s plainly absurd. That’s my opinion lighten up Folks.

Monti… Ye were told not to mention the great shag…

Monti

Weered,
True i just thought i’d save fred’s wife from raising the point.

The Cha

No one is saying it’s all Celtic’s fault.

If Celtic genuinely want dialogue then this should’ve been issued in May rather than the “delight” at Rangers action.

As we’re only about a month to the game and no doubt tickets will be on sale shortly meaning there’s no chance of changing things now.

It sounds like a statement to support Celtic’s away fans when it’s too late to do anything about it.

Colour me “not surprised”.

The Cha… Allegedly Yer man emailed a friend to bet on an opposing team to beat us. We actually won the game at the end of last season.

Monti

PISH

Wild goose

The look on that wee boys face is priceless man.

jimmybee

It says it all m8. God Bless them all who will be the future GB.

Monti

Wild goose,
Great picture!

jimmybee

2 players were identified a deal was very close to both only for it to be scuppered at the last minute as bigger wages from other clubs we couldnt compete. The transfers for both players was in the region of 10 million Celtic were very serious but we simply cant compete with wages from richer leagues. Peter had given the go ahead for the transfers that is the info i have.
Brendan was left frustrated because we were so close to bringing 2 top players to the club 1 was a centre back the other a midfielder.
HH

Monti

PISH

The Cha

Weered – thanks for update. That seems very bad even if he was pissed off for any reason (dropped?).

I assume it didn’t come to light until after, as I’d be surprised if he was picked for the Cup Final otherwise.

CHA… Both he and his brother are not known for their foresight. His brother shared “intimate” pics of him and his girlfriend… In trouble with police…. I haven’t heard if it has been resolved

Noel Skytrot

Weered, what the fuck is Pengelly going on about regarding the bus stop, you would think she would be tackling the far more serious matters that are affecting all communities over by. Waste of feckin space, that yin.

Monti

Noel,
Bus stops would have sone stories to tell if they could speak, excellent facility for a bit of sticky finger in ones youth 🙂

Noelskytrot… They keep on embarrassing themselves… It’s hilarious 🙂

Monti

” youth ” being between the ages of 16 onwards…obviously 🙂

Monti

🙂

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