Celtic Diary Sunday October 14: Groundhog Days

When Aston villa snubbed Brendan Rodgers by not even asking him to be their new manager, the media, undaunted by this temporary setback, decided to move on to clubs who don’t have a managerial vacancy, but might have one soon..

Brendan Rodgers lined up by Newcastle to replace Rafael Benitez – if Magpies can’t end winless run

This story was picked up and run in many publications, online and in print, and yet the Trinity Mirror Group seems to be the theme running through all the outlets…

They’re getting desperate.

Sure, rodgers let people know he wasn;t happy in the summer, but a sit down tell me why you don;t like me conference with his two colleagues at Celtic-Lawwell and Desmond-cleared the air and will allow the manager to continue his quest for ten in a row.

Oh, and by the way, there will be a few quid spent in January. Not only that, we hear that under no circumstances will Rodgers or Congerton be allowed to choose the players.

Well, not all of them. Credit must go to rodgers , however, as he has held his hands up and admitted he may have chosen badly last January, and to be fair, at least he has realised what he did wrong, which means he now knows what not to do next time.


Incidentally, despite the fantastic success of rookie boss Stevie Gerrard at “rangers “, no English clubs have been linked with a move for him. Thats because he doesn;t have the necessary coaching licence to hold a managers job down there.

Or up here, come to think of it, but the SFA don’t care about that, because they are as bent as a nine bob note.


Alex McLeish must be disappointed as well. The last time he was Scotland manager he got offered a job in England, and there have been no offers to date for him to walk out on his country a second time.

That may explain his confusion in front of the cameras when he’s asked to speak publicly about the national team, as he has only prepared a speech accepting a job down south.

Either that, or he really is pissed, puddled or just pathetic.

Scotland are playing today, a friendly against Portugal, and its been difficult for the SFa to shift the tickets. There is talk the game may be played on the car park at the Asda on the corner of the road opposite Hampden, but the feeling is it will be too big.

Which reminds me..the managers going, and one of our players has had to withdraw from the Scotland squad because of a fear of burn out…


Celtic star Kieran Tierney out of Scotland’s clash with Portugal amid BURNOUT fears

The 21-year-old has played 82 games in the last 15 months – and Big Eck has excused the Hoops left-back in a bid to protect him

Hang on…Big Eck has sent him home to protect him from burnout.

Seriously ? not as part of an agreement between the national team and Celtic to excuse him from the friendly ?

I’m not one for advocating Celtic coming out to argue every point made by the media that turns out to be nonsense, which might explain why they keep doing it, but this one needs correcting.

Not only is it implying that McLeish gives a toss about his players it implies Celtic don’t..

Unless thats why Celtic players are being dropped like stones by McLeish, and we’ve all got him wrong, as he’s a deeply caring guy who loves Celtic and their players, and is doing all he can to help us win the league.

He’s not the only non Celtic manager with a love for the club, it seems…

You can’t blame him. all the omens and portents are lining up to suggest his own job may soon turn out to be a bit of a millstone…

Former player Willie Wallace claims that his comments about Brendan Rodgers were taken out of context. The Lisbon Lion had been forthright in his views about the treatment of Australian forward Daniel Arzani and the ability of Tom Rogic in an interview with Neil Cameron of the Herald.

The Celtic Star published Wallace’s bewilderment at the reaction to his criticism…

On Arzani…

Yeah that doesn’t read too well and it is NOT what I meant. Look, I live in Australia and have done so for a very long time. You forget what the Scottish press are like.

“What I was saying was IF the manager had signed a player and then didn’t plan to play him for 2 years then what’s the point, especially as we have seen that this Celtic side has been crying out for quality additions to the squad.

“I said IF the manager had signed him, I don’t know if he has or not but I do know that the manager should be deciding on players coming in and no-one else,” Willie said, adding “If that’s not the case, then that’s not right.”

On Rogic

Yeah I made a joke about Tom Rogic’s lack of pace but only after singing his praises. The goal he scored in the Scottish Cup final was one few Celtic players could have scored. He may lack pace but he has brilliantly quick feet, I rate him very highly,” 

“And if Rogic did have more pace he’d be at one of the top Spanish or English sides and not at Celtic, in the Scottish Premiership, so it’s a blessing in disguise really,”

So, was he taken out of context ? Thats not unusual , given the narrative of the SMSM.

Cameron, who conducted the interview, defended his article, to be fair to him.

I did the interview. He’s quoted accurately. He gave an opinion of which he is entitled. Have it on tape. 

To which I replied…

You’ll note I don’t question the veracity of the quotes, merely the context and tone. 

Can I listen to the tape? 

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Here we have two opposing opinions, and a chance to once and for all see if an interview has been reported fairly.

I’m up for that. Is Neil Cameron ?

We said that we’d keep an eye on developments in Belguim as the investigation into shennanigans continues.

Respected journalist Keir Radnedge desribed the latest goings on..

Belgian prosecutors have charged a FIFA referee and four other people with match-fixing in the top division after an investigation into alleged domestic football corruption.

Four have been charged by a judge with criminal organisation and corruption and a fifth with money laundering. They are agent Dejan Veljkovic, referee Sebastien Delferiere and officials of KV Mechelen and Waasland-Beveren, who played each other on the final day of the regular season in March.

Delferière had been due to referee Saturday’s Nations League match between Georgia and Andorra. UEFA has replaced him with Cypriot Leontios Trattou. 

The full article is here.. Radnedge

We can rest easy.

Despite what we think of Scottish referees, there is no chance that they will be involved in taking bribes.

None of our referees need any financial (or other ) encouragement to help ensure the correct result for those with a vested interest.

Its how the whole system works in Scotland. Backs are scratched, knobs are fiuddled with and the authorities get the kind of referee who is completely above suspicion when it comes to taking payments to influence matches.

Our lot do it for free. Its even in their training.

In fact, its even part of their assessment as they climb the ladder of progress through the ranks.

Aren’t we fucking lucky ?


The fuss over Paul Gascoigne and his now non acceptance into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame has blown a little out of proportion.

There are fears, mostly voiced by “rangers ” fans-a club he didn’t even play for, so you can sense these are real and genuine fears on the grounds of compassion- that it may affect his already fragile mental health.

In a sense, this is an important development, as it allows us to talk about such issues in a proper manner, and offer support to those affected, as it didnt always used to be like that…

Its progress, I suppose. Sort of.

And they are right behind their man, who once scored a goal to knock Scotland out of Euro 96, a change from knocking out his girlfriend when he was pissed, according to her at least.

The internet is presumably a local thing down in Somerset.


On Friday we showed this picture…

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Andrew Coyle October 13, 2018 at 2:14 am · Edit · Reply →

Caption, And its good night from him, 


By the way, if you’re anywhere near this place on a Friday, pop in, sing the Sash, tell the barman you’re fucking loaded, and wait and see who asks you if you’re interested in an investment…

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D'Fhinnein Mick


I don’t know where you dig them up from,but that’s another photo where a caption is superfluous

There quite simply are no words.

D'Fhinnein Mick

Meanwhile,we have covered the two midfield positions this weekend.


Ima Timm

Shotts loyal weight watchers procession…..before and after!

Mike Annis

Caption: Oh feknit, that picture is beyond parody.

Caption:Dykehead Sons of William are pictures with a pair of dykes, who are in fact Sisters of Satan.


Honest hoops

Caption; we are not dykes.. we are lesbians…where’s Arlene???


Caption..Orange order love island contestants

Outrage in the Wshaw UVF as two Amish wummin refuse to bare arms.

Terry John

caption: Yes together we uglies spawned the loathsome spinster Megan

The Cha

Caption “Guard of honour forms to welcome Gascoigne into the Hall of Fame”

re “no circumstances will Rodgers or Congerton be allowed to choose the players.”; surely this is wrong?

i assume this is meant to be Lawwell who rightly royally fcuked up the summer recruitment.

If it is true re Rodgers then I doubt he’ll be sticking around.

re Neil “Historic Day” Cameron; Willie Wallace isn’t disputing anything in the report but the omissions from it. He praised Rodgers and Rogic, which Cameron ignored to give his negative spin.


Congerton needs hunted.


Caption….Band of Brothers (Ludge, ludge). Billy’s Weans frae Dickheid audition for BBC Scotland’s(Sevconia’s) adaption of the HBO broadcasts of the “Band of Brothers”. The BBC production moves from the original battlefields of Europe to the later battle of the Hampden Slopes in 2016. The story commemorates the valiant group of Staunch Sevco fans, numbering 200 or so , who defended the stalwart Rainjurs team against 250.000 crazed Hibees fans. This production from BBC’ fiction(Oops) Historical Drama dept seeks, in the interest of balance, to throw a new light on one more incident previously miss-reported by ” The Unseen Fenian Hand”… Read more »


Good luck to Portugal this afternoon!

The Cha

15 years ago, Huns were supporting a Portuguese team against a Scottish one.

Just saying like. 😉


Gazza to be welcomed into the Lurgan Hall of Fame, a new banner to be displayed

The journos twist every story to belittle Celtic, it’s all KTs fault for the loss to Israel. Sad stupid, stupid Huns.
Agree with your sentiments Monti

jpm 88

Just been reading an interesting article on Irish actress Maureen O’Hara – talking of meeting Che Guevara in the fifties whilst making film ” Our man in Havana ” She says :- ” he would sit and talk to me about Ireland . That was his only conversation- Ireland and it’s battles . He knew everything about Ireland – every mountain road . And he wore the “tam ” like the rebels used to wear in Ireland . Finally one day I said to him ” how does a man from Argentina know all this about Ireland ?” He laughed… Read more »

His name was Ernesto Lynch


Ralph Malph, E-Tims Flirt of the year, he writes, he speaks, his flirtatious banter, drawing you in, making your head spin with rumour and innuendo. “There is going to be a few quid spent in January, not only that, but Rodgers and Congerton will not be allowed to bring in the players”. So there you have it, but if not them, then whom, who is this individual charged with bringing these brand new superstars to Celtic. If its the C.E. then “Help ma Boab” and Jiminney Cricket. As we begin scouting in the Highland Springs for undiscovered golden nuggets. Does… Read more »


Another wan bites the dust, accompanying my long toenails.


Caption: Brave March by those tasked with nursing an EBT career back to life.


Caption: Ready take aim Fire


Caption: The Martian (extreme right) says:”I don’t care how fuckin’ styoopit a look, or how I fail to blend in; I’m no’ dressin’ up like yon crew of retards for anything. Now fuckin’ beam me hame, Pronto.”


” crew of retards “?

Oh dear


Sorry that you grabbed the chance to be offended Monti; I didn’t realise you were in the picture. 🙂
Now run along…..


Caption: NHS cutbacks exposed as a gynaecology ward has only two nurses for 26 cunts.



Seriously, have these balloons ever had the chance to look in a mirror?

* There were actually three more toy soldiers before this picture was taken, but the fat bastard on the left ate them.


There wouldn’t be a reflection


Caption: Gerard Butler hosts aiditions for the new Hollywood blockbuster

” Armadale has fallen….further “




Its hard to imagine three more shitey pictures than they three, “Let them eat Cake” oops, too late. And BTW Mr. Malph, who is this new scout that we have acquired, picking these new players, Hope its no the auld one, like Peter Picked, you know of the pish variety.


Italy looking good tonight,the young lad Chiesa? Is he any relation to Enrico Chiesa?


Caption: FIRE


That’s got to be spoof from chewing the fat or something. Not even that mob can be that lacking in self awareness to pose like that.


Danny its Shotts m8 they just dress like that all the time. 🙂


I concur. I’d never been there and for some bizarre reason decided to visit in July 206. Dearie, dearie me. An open air lunatic asylum.



So I looked at the predicted line up and I saw a number of Celtic players. Then I checked the scores at half time, then at full time. I’m assuming despite him trying to sell it as a 451 we in reality lined up as a 4231. We probably played well for the first 38 minutes. Then with the prospect of a team talk from McLeish getting closer the players started to lose focus and lost a soft goal. After the break there was a complete capitulation due to terrible tactics and the substitution of Celtic players where possible. So… Read more »


SAS… Scotland Are Shite, it pains me to say it but Jack Hendry is never Celtic quality and BTW that’s not me jumping on that bandwagon. Its got nothing to do with giving the ball away, its his layze fare attitude to defending. He shows absolutely no sign of urgency when the ball goes past him, he just.. gives up and strolls back with not a care in the World, so, not for me atall. McGinn is in that same category and joins Stephen O’Donnell in the waste paper bin, of not good enough for Celtic. If we are looking… Read more »


Mike whoever it was that said Celtic should sign Jack Hendry needs to be shown the door.The guy is not Celtic class.


Jimmy, That someone and I believe it to be Congerton has been responsible for wasting the supports money, some of the players identified and or signed have been or would be a disaster. Kouassi, Commper, Hendry, McGinn, O’Donneell, Piccini, every single one of them has no right to wear our cherished hoops. That in my opinion is why the summer recruitment was a disaster, someone rightly has called a halt to Congerton’s influence in bringing in players. I watched Hendry closely the times he has played and you are correct he is not good enough to play for Celtic, I… Read more »


Jimmy I did reply, if its Congerton recommending or identifying these players like Commper, Kouassi, Hendry, etc. he needs hunted…


Matt Lucas looks back on his role as Nurse #1 in “Went the Day Well?”


Caption: Nae wonder they all joined up and went to war if that’s what was waiting on them after been doon the mine all night.


Caption: Call the staunch midwife

rab wallace

Caption” carpark warriors on parade”


“brace yourself troops here comes Mr Cleese now with his dreadfully funny walk”

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