Celtic Diary Wednesday October 31: Its All Rather Emotional, Old Boy

I thought for the title I’d stay in character from the podcast. Its on the site somewhere.

Celtic travel to Dens Park tonight , hoping to put on a hooptacular Halloween show of heart lifting football.

Its even on the telly, as broadcasters have now been given permission to film at Dens as there is no chance of frightening the kids or the dogs as they will not be exposed to the bitter and twisted face of Neil McCann, who has lost his job in the City of Discovery when they discovered he’s only good enough to talk about being a manager, as opposed to actually being one.

From the outside, it looks like he’s left his successor Jim McIntyre with too much to do , even this early in the season, to avoid the drop into the first division, as the Dens side have lost seven goals in their last two games.

Celtic have scored seven in theirs…well, if you don’t count Liepzig.

Usually these midweek trips into OorWullieLand are dour and drab affairs, the idea being just to get in, get the points and avoid being accosted by single mothers.

Tonight, however, with the team having rediscovered its confidence domestically, we may be in for a treat ..

(Is that enough Halloween references ? ) (Aye, and leave Dundee alone-Ed )

However. in an almost Gerrardic defiance of reality, Glen Kamara of Dundee, says things aren’t that bad at his club..

We have a good bunch of boys in there and if everyone pulls together, and we get firing, I think we can do it.

“Celtic is a tough game. We probably know what to expect already and hopefully we can get a result at home.

“We just need to do the right things on the pitch, working hard and working as a team as well so hopefully we can do that.” 

So, whats different under McIntyre ?

Hard work, really hard work,” 

“(He is) pushing the boys to work even harder in training and cutting out any slackness, which is good.

“Things are going well. Probably results don’t show that but training has been good.

“We need to work hard and bed in what the manager wants us to do on the pitch and hopefully we can kick on from there.

“He has a different way of playing so obviously it is going to take a little bit more time so hopefully we can do it as soon as possible.” 

The player was speaking to Dee TV, so I thought I’d reproduce his words here so that at least someone will be aware of them.

As for Celtic, there’s no good news on Leigh Griffiths yet.

Manager Rodgers explained..

“He’s getting better and his calf injury is coming towards its end. He’s not on the playing field yet but he’s working with the medical team and the sports science team to get as it as he possibly can

Olivier Ntcham and Eboue Kouassi are also doubtful, but Tom Rogic has recovered from the shock of playing a full ninety minutes at the weekend, and will travel. Simunovic and Mulumbu won’t.

There was a wee boost for Rogic when whoever writes Kenny Dalglish’s column for the Sunday Post said;

Tom Rogic missed the midweek game and I’m sure Brendan Rodgers didn’t want to risk him as he is such an important player,” 

“He is maturing into one of the finest players in the UK in the role he plays just off the main striker.

“If he is fit, he brings so much more quality to the Hoops.” 

There should be a recall for Craig Gordon tonight, and he will sit behind Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic and Tierney. MacGregor , Sinclair, Forrest and Rogic to form a diamond perhaps, with Christie just slightly in front of Edoaurd.

Ryan Christie now has a chance to seal his own place in the team. He’s up to the fitness standards required after a lengthy lay off from proper  training at Aberdeen, and appears to have the will to make a name for himself at Celtic.

As we discussed at length on the podcast-available elsewhere on the site-we may have unearthed a gem.

With Dundees poor form and Celtics resurgence, this game could be quite a spooktacle (No more with the Halloween -Ed )

Elsehwere, and theres a possible two match ban for Steven MacLean after his frantic fondling of Kouassi Eboue. He’s been charged with violent conduct.

His manager, Craig Levein , said..

“Steven says he’s been doing it for years,”

 “I did have a wee chuckle at that — he just seems to like doing it! 

That’s fine, each to his own, but if I were to bring my hobby into work with me, ( which, incidentally, does not involve touching people where they wee wee ) I’m sure the gaffer would have something to say.

Brendan Rodgers was a little more serious about it.

“I haven’t seen that since Vinnie Jones on Paul Gascoigne. It was a stupid thing to do – he was probably a bit emotional at the time, he’d been booked at the start of the game so he was probably fired up. We didn’t make any comment on it; it’ll be up to others to deal with it. ” 

Emotional ? couldn;t he have just sent him some flowers or bought him a drink ?

 

Emotions are running high in  mainstream and social media with the news that James MacLean, now of Stoke City, isn’t going to change his fundamental principles and wear a poppy this year.

Stoke City fanzine “The Oatcake “, named after a local delicacy made from flour and water that resembles a pancake and is wrapped around whatever you have for breakfast , presumably to hold it together, had this to say.

To my knowledge that is the first publication to differentiate between the terms “Irish Republican ” and “IRA supporter “, and considering that a fairly significant amount of Stoke City fans could be considered to be a little British in their political outlook, its a brave statement.

Enlightened words such as these are rare these days, and the Oatcake deserves praise for raising what is seen as a contentious subject with intelligence and respect.

I might even buy one this week. The magazine, that is, not the delicacy. Although the taste would be similar.

There is a phone in show on Radio Stoke in the morning, and surprisingly, to me at least, there was significant support for McLeans stance.

Though one guy said that McLean should go back and work in Ireland, as his priniples didn’t seem to stretch as far as not to take the English coin. The presenter did well to explain McLeans reasons, but that didn;t impress the caller.

I did feel the presenter missed a trick by not asking if the caller felt that all of those who had been victomes of Imperial aggression and their descendants shouldn’t take the English coin either, but another caller shut him up by pointing out there were rather a lot of Germans living in England as well…

So, as you can imagine, they quickly cut back to the debate around the axing of Apu from the Simpsons.

The Simpsons is an American cartoon comedy centred around  a boorish white middle aged drunk of limited intelligence and his family, and in order to show they’re not racist, they’re going to ditch the Indian shopkeeper.

Emotions were high at a press conference at Ibrox as well, and it appears Stevie isn;t as staunch as we thought. The pressure is getting to him, presumably because he knows that he’ll never get another high profile management job after this one goes tits…not only because he hasn’t got the paper qualifications, but because he’s being found out…

In order to get the full support of the dressing room, he put an arm around his players and said if they didn’t improve he’d replace the fucking lot of them.

Oh dear, its that time again. We hear his replacement is being lined up and is head over heels with happiness at getting another chance…

Image result for graeme murty

Now its time for me to express an emotion…anger.

Are you still paying for Sky TV ?

I’ve long since cancelled this, as i don;t want my money, metaphorically speaking, to pay for Celtics top players to head south.

You see, with the television money paid out down south, you get this distortion in revenue…

 

 

Now look at the revenue without tv money…

 Which affects wages paid…

Can we get someone in to negotiate the next tv contract who is actually quite good at negotiating ?

Of course, we cannot expect to command as much money as the English league, it has a bigger audience and population base, but as we know, Sky sell to an advertising and betting market which includes Scotland…and therefore we should be getting a bigger slice of the pie.

Ten per cent of the English revenue would be fair.

 

After all, for tv revenue purposes in Europe, Scotland are included in the UK pool…which is the biggest..

Thanks to the huge BT Sports deal, the UK’s TV pool is by far the highest in Europe at €164m, followed by Italy €115m, Spain €90m, France €75m & Germany €68m. Deducting 10% given to Scotland (if a club qualifies for Group Stage) meant €148m for England in 2017/18. 

Yesterday, we had this picture..

Bognorbhoy October 30, 2018 at 10:30 am · Edit · Reply →

Caption 2

William III dresses up as his favorite village people character and rides his unicorn…

Today.. what are they laughing at ?

 

 

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D'Fhinnein Mick
1 year ago

Caption answer

Gerard’s latest post-match interview?

Jabba/King Chuckle Brothers statement?

Lafferty’s cock?

D'Fhinnein Mick
1 year ago

Btw,folks-if you have time,kindly have a gander at this site.

https://sentinelcelts.com/2018/10/31/why-doesnt-the-game-judge/

Thanks.

Martin67
1 year ago

Caption: “rangers”

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: ” Boss have you seen this yet?
Fifa 19 have rated Halliday as a 54 & counting “

Monti
1 year ago

Celtic 4-2-3-1

Gordon

Lustig
Boyata
Benkovic
Tierney

Ajer
McGregor

Forrest
Christie
Sinclair

Edouard

1 year ago

Caption:
Flyblown on the asshole, reminds me sevco of you.

the 6 men of the apocalypse
1 year ago

caption

and then Niall McGinn swings in a corner

Monti
1 year ago

Listened to an interview with Christian Nade, talking of his depression & suicide attempt…
Dreadful thing this depression, i wish the guy & his family all the best for their furure!
Hail Hail!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Future

Cortes
1 year ago

Caption: “Doesn’t Stretch’ s hair look great sitting on that bench?”

puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: 10.30am and it’s Puggy67’s ETims caption time.

Iancelt67
1 year ago

All true cs talking sense now. PSV are a case in point lower output in wages they play in a better league but only a marginal better league . Europe should be a priority don’t think there would be a precedent where players are rested for the league cup. It just shows how we play to the fans the fans who are obsessed with trebles. It’s about the club slowly lowering the hopes of fans. Treble is the carrot

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Iancelt,
PISH

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago

Dundee’s star player, Calvin Miller, won’t be allowed to face his parent club tonight. 🙂 However, they shouldn’t be taken too lightly as that recent fiasco at St Mirren Park is still fresh in our memories. Sometimes the presence of a new manager does have a positive effect on results and /or performances early on.

Tonight’s game should be fun and will hopefully produce a bunch of goals. Maybe Brendan will give a rest to his full backs but have them on the bench just in case.

Bain

Ralston Benkovic Boyata Izaguirre

McGregor Ajer

Forrest Rogic Sinclair

Edouard

Subs: Gordon, Lustig, Hendry, Tierney, Christie, Arzani, Okoflex

Christie to come on in the 2nd half

Prediction: Dundee 0 Celtic 4 (Forrest(2), Edouard(2))

Mon the Hoops and mon the Hibees tonight

bigdelbhoy
1 year ago

Caption:

Here lads did you see Bognorbhoy’s caption on todays Etims?

Bognorbhoy
1 year ago
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Bognorbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bognorbhoy

Should have had …

;-))

Honest hoops
1 year ago

Caption; hers a replay of leveins greeting face at the press conference…stupid hun!!

George Lazenbhoy
1 year ago

Answer : Andy Lacey’s twitter feed.

charlie
1 year ago

caption donnchadh shops for his halloween costume ……brendan sais will he pick the little generals or the little privates ..you decide ha ha ha ha

charlie
1 year ago
charlie
1 year ago

why james mclean doesnt wear a poppy on you tube s really funny

iBhoy
1 year ago

If

Celtic’s total income was £90.6m
Celtic’s non-TV income was £50.3m

then Celtic got £40.3m income from TV. Not correct.

The Cha
1 year ago

We’re not prioritising the League Cup over the Europa League.

We had specific issues last week with not fully fit players.

We might risk that in the SPFL but it would’ve been suicide to do so in Europe and risk Barca/PSG style hammering.

Unfortunately the 2 RB teams are different class to us and the lesser, Leipzig, are significantly better than A German Team that easily beat our Invincibles.

We need to keep going and hope to catch a break in Europe ie doable 3rd seeds in UCL or 2nd in EL.

In Rodgers 3y we’ve only had one of those, Anderlecht, and that was mainly because they were in disarray.

Slim the squad is a nice a idea in principle but Christie is the archetypal filler, who’s done next to nothing for 2y and suddenly after 45 mins, it’s let’s offer him a long term deal.

That’s the kind of short term thinking that leads to bloated squads.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Our chances of advancing in the EL are between slim and none.

Before the group and when we were shite, I thought we’d get 4 points and nothing in the games so far has given me cause to alter that.

The Right Said Fred Cup isn’t a priority of itself but obviously is the first part of the treble, which is probably our major ambition this season.

Next season with a favourable draw we can get to 8F/QF and, if that’s the case, I’d expect us to be resting players in league games before these.

To do that now, makes no sense, as we’re going no further.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Of course the league is the priority but we can afford to drop lots of points and still win it.

There’s no 2nd chances in the cups and 21 straight wins is excellent consistency and highlights when we need to raise our game domestically we can always do it.

This season we’re not competing in the EL and I hope for better next.

Off t’ pub t’ catch game.

charlie
1 year ago

ha ha ha ha serviced the forces fixed that fur ye donnchadh ya wee groupie ye

charlie
1 year ago

anybody wae a hole in thur arse knows they wont make james wear a poppy this is all about scaring other people into wearing a poppy wether they want to or not

SteveNaive
1 year ago

Monti
How would you be coming through to Celtic Park this Saturday ?
Can’t go to the pub as I have my boy with me but can get the ticket to you if you let me know where.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Steve,
Will you be in the town centre before the game or would it be easier to meet you at the ground?

Uralius
1 year ago

Caption: Aw shite someone’s posted a link. Bets are on, how long before Charlie Saiz complains?

1 year ago

Uralius… would those be Daftybets ??

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered
Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

I don’t know why it doesn’t recognize my emojis

iBhoy
1 year ago

Yeah, not disagreeing with the principle, just the figures.

Patrick Street
1 year ago

The Celtic squad see that Mike Ashley has bought Evans Cycles and wonder if Rangers are going to award their first team squad with bikes at the end of the season to try and emulate the late owner of Leicester who supplied his squad with £100,000 cars.

Hartson's comb
1 year ago

Caption:

“Look boss, we’ve made the ETims caption contest!”

BJF
1 year ago

Charlie Saiz agree with you about the poppy, lots of guys from Eire as it was then called ( before the declaration of the Republic in 1948) volunteered to fight against Facism but I understand that James McLean is too close personally and culturally to his Irish Republican roots to take that step and
the righ thing is to respect his principles and better still try and understand the long standing nature of his perspective. The other issue I agree with is should the League Cup take precedence over Europe. Don’t disma treble treble it’s a record only Celtic will have. I would love us to be able to compete in the Champions League, ain’t going to happen anytime soon but we should be able to make an impact on the Europa League. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be on this year sonInwill settle for the League Cup….for now!

The Cha
1 year ago

Caption: “He’s still going on about links after everyone has told him it’s pish”

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Everyone else understands that if the problem happens when no links are posted then links aren’t the problem.

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

ffs donnchadh leave it alane …..nae wonder they lock you in the loft

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

No! Ralph mentioned that there was 1 link that contained corruption that may have caused 1 problem. He didn’t say links per se were the cause of all problems.

If Ralph thinks there’s an ongoing issue about posting links then I’m sure he’ll mention it and, if he doesn’t, well you do the math.

SteveNaive
1 year ago

Monti,
At the ground would be best.We are in Lisbon Lions so maybe just up from the Celtic Way. There is a burger bar on the pavement so just behind that. It’s ten seconds down from Turnstiles Bar which can get Rebel rough.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Stevie,
Perfect m8,
14:15 a good time for you?

R.St.Parsley
1 year ago

I was walking past Ibrox late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For a zombie from his grave began to rise
When suddenly, to my surprise,
He did the mash
(He did the zombie mash)
His brain was bashed
(From that cup final clash)
He took a slash
(He’d been on the lash)
Then sang the Sash
And danced the zombie mash.

From the Record office at Anderson Quay,
Radio Scotland and the BBC
The press all came from their humble abode
To join the dance in the Copland Road
They did the mash
(They did the zombie mash)
Their hopes were dashed
(Those title dreams were rash)
Their sales have crashed
(Their reportage is trash)
They’re unabashed
They love to zombie mash.

The zombie was having fun
The party had just begun
The first guests were Keith Jackson, Chris Jack and Chic Young.

Regan and Doncaster were hanging around,
Jabba chained up like some rabid hound,
Fat Derek Johnstone was next to arrive
With the supporters’ bus from Radio Clyde
They did the mash
(They did the zombie mash)
Their teeth got gnashed
(They’d seen their team get thrashed)
The bogs got smashed
(Those Huns have no panache)
Whit a stramash!
At Sevco’s zombie mash.

With Dave at the head of an Orange band
The zombie mash is sweeping the land
All you Tims can join the dance too
Just go to Ibrox and say the madhouse sent you
Then you can mash
(Then you can zombie mash)
Don’t come from Mass!
(You’ll need a gravestone fast)
Don’t carry cash
(It will be gone in a flash)
Nae need tae waash
You’re at a Sevco bash.

Cortes
1 year ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Just wonderful!!!

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Haha, brilliant!

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Feckin’ brilliant m8.

Cortes
1 year ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

So many excellent lines but the best at the end

“Nae need tae waash.”

Sublime.

jimmybee
1 year ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

That’s what the caption picture is laughing at.
Brilliant stuff 🙂

1 year ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

RPG… YET ANOTHER OUTSTANDING OFFERING….
BRILLIANTLY FUNNY.. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Bognorbhoy
1 year ago

Caption …

Look boss Aberdeen scored from a corner kick…

SteveNaive
1 year ago

Monti,
14.15 is perfect.
How will I recognize you?
Balaclava and armalite is not allowed on London Road…not on game day anyway.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

He’ll be wearing a poppy.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Lol

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Well, it’s hardly Easter Lily season.

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

6-0 to the champions tonight COYBIG

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

monti have ye heard anything fae mike the fermer a hope hees no fell in his slurry tank he he

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

He’s on the bench

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

why …are ye lookin for something else tae cry aboot donnchadh

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Stevie,
Harold Sakata without the tache 🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Oddjob Goldfinger

Desmond and the Dekkers
1 year ago

Caption: Gather round lads I want to take a group shot and send it to Naismith to say get well soon from the cellick

Monti
1 year ago

Dundee 0 Celtic 8

Sevco 1 Kilmarnock 2

Hearts 1 Hibs 2

Puggy67
1 year ago

From BBC One year in post, Steve Clarke can reflect on a job very well done. In 39 Premiership games, Clarke’s Killie have won 21, drawn 10 and lost eight.

That’s 73 points in 12 months. Champions Celtic have registered 78 over the same period.

Our next manager?

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago

Soft penalty but who the fuck cares? Wouldn’t have had any effect on the result. Wonder if we can get to doublé figures.

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago

Hearts drawing 0-0 with Hibs and Huns drawing 1-1 at home to Killie at HT.

jimmybee
1 year ago

Singing from our fans needs addressed.
When a broadcaster has to turn it off because it’s embarassing its time to take action. I love a reb song but singing stick yer poppy up yer arse is an embarrassment.
Wear it dont wear it i dont give a fuck but don’t bring our club down with such embarassing songs.
4_0 up we should be loud and proud with Celtic songs no.need for any others.
My coupon is bust already had Big Tom and 4 _0 looks Monti could be right with 8 🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmybee,
It wasn’t loud enough!

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago

Job well done although the game petered out in the 2nd half. Our goal difference is starting to look good for the first time this season and we’re the only club in the top six not to drop any points tonight. A crying shame for the boy Arzani to be stretchered off on his debut. Hope the injury isn’t as bad as it looks.

HH

highseastim
1 year ago

I’ll tell you what, the players got no protection from the ref. Some brutal tackles fae the Dundee cloggers,some bordering on assault!! on the positive side, it was great to see such a young team on the park!!

Philly
1 year ago

Brilliant results all round again. Bring on those Jambo bastards. Fucking animals! We are all Neil Lennon. Gary Caldwell can go to fuck, on Radio Scotland saying Lennon brings it on himself. Big ten bob bit heided wank. Heard that shit for 18 years, imagine he still had bleached blonde hair.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Jambos show themselves for what they are. Another sickening assault on Lennon. What a cesspit Scottish football has descended into.

Monti
1 year ago

Great stuff from the Celts tonight, looking forward to breaking Hearts on Saturday!

HH!

Ade
1 year ago

Caption:Gaffer, you seen how fat Kris Boyds gettin!

Philly
1 year ago

BBC 1 Scotland tonight reported first on the Hibs fan incident then the Neil Lennon ‘incident’.

TicToc
1 year ago

Another terrific performance last night; if we could play a 1st half like last night and a 2nd half like Sunday we’d fuckin’ hammer all-comers and that includes Europe.
Brilliant, Celts. Fantastic individual play and what a player CalMac is becoming. He’s been reliable wherever he plays for quite some time now but in Broonie’s role…..well he’s just magic. The show’s back on the road and it’s just wonderful to behold. Philly, you’re spot on highlighting them fuckin’ huns at the BBC and big styoopit appearance Caldwell. Looks like we’ve got another bitter ex-Celt to suffer, in amongst the same old shit we’ve had as far back as I can remember but it’s becoming even more open; the bastards used to at least PRETEND but not any more. The sooner that fuckin’ shower go bankrupt and are flushed down the pan to the sewers where they belong the better and OUR club better stop pretending the original scum still exist. Their ground is a cathedral for all the scummy Klan-types in Norn Irn as well as Scotland to worship at. Get it and them tae fuck forever and things’ll improve no end.
Oh and as I’ve often said before, the BBC should be targetted; the other media are NOT supported by Licence-payers as they are. I’ve had a go at them before but it needs a wide-based concerted effort and we could at least shut the mouths of many DOBs in privileged places.
Roll on Saturday; back Neil Lennon and hammer that fuckin’ Edinburgh scum.
HH

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