Celtic Diary Tuesday November 27: What Are They Hiding ?

Something is rotten in the state of Scotland.

Alright, something else is rotten in the state of Scotland.

Brendan Rodgers came out in defence of his players yesterday, after a leaked memo blamed them for crowd trouble amongst “rangers ” fans at the end of the last match between the two sides.

He began by pointing out the change in narrative that has actually become accepted as a depiction of the events…

It’s not necessarily a lap of honour,” 

“You guys will have seen it travelling up and down the country to all our games where we play. We always show an appreciation to our support wherever it is. The players’ behaviour on the pitch is important.

“But I think, off the field, of course, it’s the responsibility of everyone. I don’t think you can blame the players on the field if you have supporters that are trying to get over disabled supporters.

“That’s not the fault of the players on the pitch. There’s a responsibility to come and behave. “Like I’ve always said, give a real staunch support of your team.

“But every supporter, Celtic, rangers, whoever, when you come it is a ground, you have to behave.

“It’s an interesting one because when I first came into Celtic, I said to the players that what was going to be absolutely vital for us as a team is to have this incredible support with us,” 

“I made a point with the players that after every game, whether we win, lose or draw, we shall acknowledge the support. And from that very first game, the players have always done that.

“So whether it’s been at Parkhead or Ibrox or away at Inverness or Ross County, whether they’ve won, lost or drawn, we always recognise the incredible support we have and the efforts they are making to come up and down the country and fly in from all across Europe.

“So I think it’s a little unfair if the Celtic players are blamed for another team’s behaviour.

“‘Listen, there are enough issues around these games. You just take yourself back to the root of what the problem was. We’ve had a couple of years here when the games have been great.

“The intensity and the support. Everything. Now there seems to be more issues with it.” 

The club itself, of course, was silent on the accusations.

Regular readers will be aware that the clubs PR department is not high on the diarys “Great things about Celtic ” list.

In fact, its not on it at all, and this particular episode highlights why.

We’re used to the club not defending the fans, but the players ? Thats a whole new level of ineptitude.

It’s the boards policy not to react to these kind of attacks. They see it as beneath them, and prefer to ignore such outbursts as they do not wish to validate it by recognising it. Their attitude is that we know they are talking shite, so its not worth getting involved in a slanging match.

During the Brexit campaign, David Cameron refused to get into a slanging match as Boris Johnson tottered around the country talking shite and making all sorts of nonsensical claims and accusations. It became personal,

Cameron let him carry on, refusing to stoop to his level, and we all know how that turned out.

Thats why every time the media spout their Traynor written propaganda, the club must call it out.

We hear that the upcoming report on the Janefield underpass will not be kind to the police, largely because they were, in fact to blame, as many witnesses have stated. That may explain the move to get their story out forst, in an attempt to discredit what will undoubtedly be dismissed as a Celtic commissioned report absolving the club of any blame.

As the police originally didn’t want to take part in the investigation, its no surprise that now they are being blamed they will try to discredit it.

Seriously, wait and see.

If the PR department needs a bit of help in putting a statement together, I’ll happily help.

In fact, as long as they use the words “off “, ” fuck ” and “you’re taking shite ” in there somewhere, it should have the desired affect.

Lee McCulloch, in the Evening Times, has been handed the Boris Johnson role by the Fat Controller in this particular attempt to distort the facts..

Lee McCulloch: Old Firm laps of honour, like Leigh Griffiths’ against Rangers, have to go

You see, a subtle change to describe the action of thanking your own supporters after a game to a “lap of honour ”

What we should ask the players to do is lie on the grass, and spin rapidly to one side.

We could call it a “Roll of Honour ”

 

I’M not surprised to see the police looking at the laps of honour in Old Firm matches. 

Me neither, it must really piss them off that their team hasn’t had the chance to do one for a few years.

Sadly, we all know about the coin-throwing incidents that have blighted our game of late, and safety has to come first. 

And the batteries, and the pitch invasions, and the racism, and the attacks on players…none of which warranted this much attention, but we know why, don’t we…?

If the powers that be feel that players are provoking fans or giving them a reason to be upset, then maybe we shouldn’t be doing it. 

Yes, he’s right. From now on don’t score any goals, as you’ll upset the opposition fans. In fact, if you even get a throw in, chuck the ball directly to one of your opponents.

Yes, we all like to celebrate with the fans, but if it is going to become hostile then it’s just not worth it. 

There’s nothing wrong with going up to your fans to thank them for their support and acknowledge that, but there’s no place for rubbing the noses of the opposition fans in it. All it does is give a certain element an excuse to behave badly. 

This line of thinking is right up there with telling women what not to wear in case they provoke rapists …

You can argue whether or not the burden of responsibility should rest with players or fans to ensure good behaviour, 

No you can’t. We are all responsible for our own behaviour. If you don’t believe me, try it as a defence in court.

“your honour, he made me steal his car by parking it in the street to show me he had a better one than I have. ”

but I would agree that things like Leigh Griffiths celebrating in front of the Rangers fans, as we saw after the last game at Celtic Park, should be stopped. That isn’t sour grapes from a Rangers fan, that is as much for his own safety as anything else. 

Seriously ? Read that again. He is telling Griffiths to know his place, and not to upset people by celebrating, or he’ll get whats coming to him.

With everything that has been happening lately, the welfare of the players has to come first, and if that means that players can’t celebrate wildly in front of even their own fans after victories then I’m afraid that’s just the price that has to be paid in the current climate. 

Or, and this may be a little radical, we could just arrest those who actually misbehave and fine or jail them accordingly.

Clapping your fans as you walk off? Fine. Swinging a scarf over your head close to the opposition fans? Not so much.

We have had coins thrown at managers and players, and a fan even decked a goalkeeper, so we have to look to do whatever is necessary to calm the tensions that are currently bubbling up all over the Scottish game. 

Ah…he means we should just let “rangers ” win, and then no one will get hurt.

And this attitude is given a platform in the media.

It would be interesting to see how “rangers ” players react should they ever actually win anything that matters.

But i guess we’ll never know…

 

As we know, when the establishment club is threatened, or they want to hide something, the media duly oblige with a little bit of deflection.

Yesterday it was cranked up a few notches.

I cannot for the life of me think why…

When is the Rangers AGM 2018?

The annual general meeting of Rangers International Football Club plc takes place on Tuesday November 27

By the time you read this, it’ll probably be finished, and we’ll know how deep they are in the doo doo by how much shite they throw across the city.

If we know that they lost £14m, and we know that they do not have the revenue streams or investors lined up to deal with that, and they know we know that, bearing in mind their tendency to dispense with the truth, how much trouble are they really in ?

And why are the SFA allowing them to do exactly the same-that is, to run their club with unsustainable losses-as the original Ibrox club did prior to the inevitable liquidation?

Image result for masonic handshake

It could be that, but it could also be that they are all in it so deep now that there is no option but to see it through to the bitter end, and what then ?

For now, they’ll keep the hordes happy with a few leaked stories about new players, and fresh investment, but the reality is that this entity is already on life support.

Then they’ll just fold and restart, this time without having to go through the leagues…they changed that rule, remember ?

They’ll just start all over, with no debt and fresh investment next season, in the top league, to launch a fresh campaign to stop nine in a row.

King will disappear into the sunset, and a new line up of old faces will return…

 

Make no mistake, there are an awful lot of peepil who are going to do all they can to prevent the ten.

Which the club are aware of, and need to be calling out at every possible opportunity.

We will need a wider audience watching when the next fix takes place, and perhaps we should be reminding them of the last one as well.

We’ve seen this film before, and I’m surprised anyone would allow a re-make…its all far too predictable.

Maybe we should all light up our phones on the twelfth minute of every games, in the same way as we do on the 67th.

Especially during European games.

That would draw attention, and prompt questions from outwith Scotland. In places where the media actually ask questions, for instance.

 

Another long running episode will hit the streets this week, Mark Hughes is about to be axed as boss at Southampton, and Brendan Rodgers is in the Controlled frame to replace him, which is a bonus for the fourth estate, as they thought they’d have to wait until the Tottenham job came up before they could his feet as itchy again.

One person we could do without getting itchy feet is Karamoke Dembele, He turns 16 very soon, and will be able to sign a professional contract. Hopes are high that he’ll do it with Celtic, but there will be a massive sense of relief when he does…

Rodgers also plans to have a chat with Leicester about Filip Benkovic, who it appears is exactly the type of player Billy McNeill used to say he liked…those who can quickly become Celtic minded… this chat could be interesting, and beneficial..

The other centre half, Dedryck Boyata, said he wishes he had come to Celtic earlier than he did..

“I should have taken that step of joining Celtic even earlier. 

He can put that right by signing a new deal…

But over on Ghana Soccer net, there was a worrying development..

Already linked to Besiktas, Belgian international centre-back Dedryck Boyata (27), according to Bristol Post, has been targeted by Fulham. Playing for Celtic Glasgow since 2015/16, former Man. City player is currently on a deal with Scottish giants only until May 2019, and might be signed over on an about 4 million euros exit fee in January. 

This January the club will not make the same mistakes as last summer. We will be underwhelmed by the signings, to an extent, but remember, the policy is to invest in players we know…

And we know that our manager can develop players way beyond the level they are at when they arrive…

Caption competition yesterday…

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Steven R

 November 26, 2018 at 9:51 am · Edit · Reply →

Caption: Dave King launches a new mobile replica kit manufacturing company to circumvent the deal with Sports Direct.

They may well announce that at their AGM…

today…

 

 

 

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Monti

Lee McCulloch is a fuckwit!

George Lazenbhoy

Is that for the caption or just a general statement?

Monti

In general….

Phaco

And a thug. Hh

Monti

We are only at 7 in a row & the Zombies are imploding already, it’s only a game for fuck sake.

Stupid, Stupid Huns.

🙂

Mike

Caption, All the bells are a glistening, but the board are not listening, its starting to snow, on those that don’t know, walking in our Celtic wonderland….

Haw Isa, apologies for yesterday’s shitty little ditty, it wont be happening again, see yea down the Clansman the night. I’le buy you a wee sherry, well done ghirl on your late night postal delivery.

Christina Young

Thank you Mike. Apology accepted, no harm done x

Mike

Thank you Christina, I waited and waited for you last night, but I realised that you had given me a dizzy and I thought to myself, that I deserved it. Speak soon. 😉

Christina Young

Wee bit worried upsetting the neighbours with my chattering so thought stag do might be preferable? Caught up on all your excellent posts buy you a pint next time I’m in to make up!

Christina Young

Mike you read Celtic Research Twitter Account re FOI request to Police Scotland re game 2 September. Strongly recommend reading (I’m actually taking 5 mins out as temper getting better of me so can’t give full concentration) found this via Celtic News Now posts – can see where report came from now!!

Mike

Will do Christina! cheers.

Monti

Good morning Christina, i hope you are enjoying this fine Winter morning.
A little dew on the grass, mist on the field & the relaxing notes of the birds in the trees, tending to their young & mending their nests.

Christina Young

Beautiful imagery Monti

Mike

Light up your phones on the 12th minute at every Celtic game and back Res.12. Tell the World about the cheating, #Res.12.

Monti

Nae cunt will see it from my living room though….

Mike

You could always try a fairy light. 😉

Monti

😉

🙂

D'Fhinnein Mick

Hi,Ralph. My sisters were in Janefield Street that day. Terrifying,and they aren’t a pair of shrinking violets. I’m disappointed that nothing was said by the club about that statement,but do we really want to become like Statement FC? So,rock and a hard place,I’m afraid. The article in question arose from a FOI request by,of all people,The Daily Record,so that alone begs the question-who prompted that move? I somehow think I know the answer to that,and I reckon others share the same suspicions. more to the point,grateful thanks for the link to SC on Friday,very much appreciated and the favour will… Read more »

BJF

Clearly the police are getting their retaliation in first,to quote
Danny Blanchflower, because of their culpability in the Janefield incident. Any chance they could appeal to second Rangers fans to stop attacking supporters of rival teams and maybe they could actually police their games, that would be a novelty.

George Lazenbhoy

Caption: at the sevco AGM Dave King denies they can’t afford the underground heating.

Monti

Christina she walked through the fair, eyes like diamonds and ribbons in her hair,
Her walk so graceful each step a velvet touch, her long silk dress, encapsulating & fit like a glove.
She left men breathless with her beauty & her wit , not least an old man, bag o sweets & walking stick,
He was madly in love & for her love he would fight,
With his plastic hip, glass eye & his stick, it looks like the fight was one by Mike.
So it’s farewell & adieu to Mike & his Rose….fuck knows what she’ll say when she sees that nose.

Mike

HAHAHAHAHA.

Monti

🙂

Monti… I was filling up there reading you prose… Then I want for a slash…

Cortes

I blame Big Yogi for scoring the two penalties which FORCED the defenders of Her Madginess to attack him as he left the pitch at Hampden. If only there were footage…

“I could have swore the League Cup final is on the Sunday but youre the pilot of the tarrier carrier so you must be right!”

Monti

Desimond,
He’ll be looking to nip into a Golf club, mixing with the Findlay’s & Trevor’s.

The Cha

He could always add “R&A” to Beautiful Sunday.

Monti

Sure it’s Royal & it’s ancient & the colours they are fine? 🙂

The Cha

I, R & A.

Philly

Caption….We actually won but Lee McCulloch says we canny celebrate

Monti

Caption: ” What happened here “?

” This is what doing nothing about resolution 12 looks like “

Monti

Ian Bankier is a fucking disgrace of a man, the club is being shat on from all sides & he let’s the manager answer this shite from the Police?

Vote of no confidence in this fuck, get the fuck out of Celtic & take a few others with you.
Do they not understand they are duty bound to stand up for the club?
They get annoyed at a few Rebel songs but are allowing others to kick the club?

Celtic needs people, individuals who say ” fuck you we aren’t taking it “!

I was born for the Celtic PR job, let me at it!

The Cha

There’s a vote of confidence in him everytime he’s up for re-election and he usually wins with about 99% of the vote.

Sad/poor/disgraceful but, unfortunately, reality.

I wish the SPFL would introduce a law that no Chief Executive can earn over half a million a year.

Then you’ll see Lawwell’s big swinging dick.

D'Fhinnein Mick

MONTI

Bankier clearly didn’t think that calling us racists,or telling us “you lot,behave yourselves!” was enough.

No,he had to call us sectarian.

Now,many in Scottish football will state that ones as bad as the other when it comes to us and the huns. I usually explain diplomatically-as is my wont-why that is wrong.

For our chairman to do so is a disgrace,and,see above,he has form for it.

He should be nowhere near our club.

The Cha

Anti-semitic as well, if I recall correctly.

The muse Bankier`ll be too busy on TripAdvisor.

Monti

At what point are you going to realise that grown men shouldn’t be playing with their soldiers in a loft on a daily basis?

Monti

New signings paraded at the main entrance with a ski mask on.
Shebeen on the tannoy!

Caption: the Ukrainian FA restricts Russian away fan numbers to just two, fearing a pitch invasion, and their stadium being taken back to Russian-controlled Crimea.

Uralius

Caption: “When did they say they were coming?”

Uralius

Caption:
Man 1: So you are sure the assets are here?
Man 2: Yeah they are here, but they were frozen by the bank after the AGM on the 27th.

Honest hoops

Caption;Its true…hell has frozen over…

The Cha

Caption: The massed ranks of The Rangers fans prepare to greet the victorious Celtic players.

Mike

You know that as a club we have never been stronger, never been in a better position financially. We have a brilliant manager and in my humble opinion both the finances and the manager are co-joined. HE has brought the support back to the club, season ticket sales are up with even a waiting list, HE has delivered domestic success never seen before, except the legend that was Stein and his Lions. Double trebles (going for three) had never before been achieved. But its the monies that he has delivered both domestically but especially the C.L. qualifiers and the Europa… Read more »

Mike

Don’t focus solely on the negatives, remember where we are, who we are, try to enjoy our currant success, its so easy to get caught up in negativity, try to appreciate more the success that is Celtic. On Sunday the first of a possible treble for the third year, top of the league. Push the bigotry to the back of your brain and enjoy the team, the way we are playing is a reflection on Brendan’s first season, points may get lost because for all teams when they play Celtic it is their cup final. Enjoy these special times, enjoy… Read more »

The Cha

Half empty stadium, as opposed to a full one, is simply related to how well the team is doing.

Under Ronnie Deila towards the end, attendances plummeted, not due to unhappiness with governance issues but due to the perceived sterility of the football.

When Brendan Rodgers came in, the governance issues were probably worse, as they’d still not been addressed but the Full House signed went up.

We may not like that but, sadly, the reality is that performances on the park is the sole determinant of crowd size.

broxburnbhoy

I agree with that. In fact only a very small minority of Celtic supporters care about what the Board does at all. The reality is that we are financially strong, have a very good squad, have a good youth system, have an excellent stadium and a first class manager. Brendan Rogers came out in support of the players. That makes sense to me. As Ralph points out, best to avoid being lured into a Celtic v the rest trap. The continued focus on our own Board as the enemy is exactly what the MSM and others want. We would be… Read more »

Mike

There is not much negatives that relate to the team, that is my point don’t let your enjoyment of the fitba. detract from all the negativity surrounding the board, or football governess, If we cannot enjoy the team’s success on the park, then what is the point. The point is this… that thousands of Celtic supporters will enjoy the League Cup final on Sunday, the last thing that they will be thinking about is the Celtic board, or football governess… Enjoy the team, enjoy the day, there is a time and place for everything, if we cannot enjoy Celtic at… Read more »

Mike

BTW if supporting your team and enjoying its success makes me a “Happy Clapper” then I am proud to be called one. I will enjoy the football like many other thousands because I can enjoy my team, you on the other hand, you sit at home watching Celtic T.V. and continue to talk shite. Have you ever actually played football? probably a kick about with your pals but hold on a minute while you pollute us with tales of mince about tactics, the really sad thing is that you actually believe it, what a wally…

Bgbhoy

Why are you on a football site for a club that you have no intention of supporting?

The Cha

“football governess”.

Is that the type of governess who disciplines you when you’re a naughty bhoy?

Mike

Then there is a lot of Celtic supporting fools, is that what your saying???

The bhoy with mcgrain in his side

Caption: souness to return to galatasaray now that hell has frozen over?

Iancelt67

Good to hear Rosenborg May field a weakened side due to their cup final on the weekend they’ve already wrapped up their league, so here’s hoping

Uralius

PISH! It’s just mind games being played by our own f’king media in Scotland!

The Cha

No, its come from Christian Wulf who’s a Celtic/Rosenborg supporting Norwegian journalist, who knows his onions.

The theory is that they’ve won (or will do shortly) their league, they’ve got a Cup Final at the weekend and are already out of EL.

I’m ambivalent, as we seem to play better the harder the test and when we get it “easy” we tend to mess it up.

The Cha

Correction: Rosenborg can still qualify if they win their 2 remaining games by big scores and us and Leipzig lose our 2 badly.

Cartvale88

The Evening Rag is now just a mouthpiece for the Wankers, a rag that I ignore, Jiggsy a nasty piece of work that tried to Finnish Kayal, as usual the media called it a coming together. Look at the knuckledraggers in he media, if the following had happened to the Wankers w would be having an enquiry Robertson attempted to cheat us on Saturday, when he ignored a blatant penalty. Also the issue with the seven balls being soft, the officials are supposed to check them. That is one reason Lustig should get a contract, he is truly Celtic minded.… Read more »

The Cha

No, Lustig should only get a new contract if he can still do it for us on the park and not simply because he’s good at pumping. 🙂

Uralius

Yeah all those pull-outs and church is still full of bairns on Sunday! 🙂

Pat Higney

Caption: Jim Traynor releases photographic evidence that the banking cold shoulder at Ibrox is sustainable and under control.

The Cha

Exactly, did you see first choice Matt Ritchie’s stunning finish for Newcastle last night?

Una

Caption

Don’t eat yellow snow

Monti

Celtic need to leave Scottish football, we need to get away now, the Police thing should be the last fucking straw.

henkesdreadlocks

Caption……….

Do you think they’ll use an orange ball?

charlie

caption sevco delegation arrive at santa land looking for a tap ……..thats a loan no a blue rag …..see wit a dun ther

Goof stuff as always, Ralph!

Here’s a wee read about somehthing other than fitba, for those that are that way inclined.

https://carljunglebhoy.wordpress.com/2018/11/25/ij-witness-to-the-lost-city-of-mokum/

(NB Mokum is an old name for Amsterdam)

jimmybee

Caption: This summer fitbaw will never catch on.

Honest hoops

Maybe the media should focus on the last time the sevco won any silverware and the granting of licences and the current financial issues of the bigoted club, it would fill the sport pages easily…oh wait, they are puppets to planet traynor…

Honest hoops

Ferking great…Dallas is appointed as the official lodge member for Sunday…penalty to sheep and we are down to 10…can’t stand him..

jimmybee

It wouldnt matter who the ref is m8 they have an agenda but we have an Irishman in charge and in the words of Bobby Sands mp I quote
“They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn’t want to be broken.
We will win, we will then do a lap of honour,and the Aberdeen fans wont riot because of it.
The tri colour will fly proudly and green and white ribbons will be on the cup. HH

Steve Naive

Attendances didn’t plummet and whose perception was it due to the sterility if the football ? Ronnie didn’t know enough or have the ability to get his ideas to the players. He had some very good, good and less good players like nearly every team but his ideas were mostly flawed. I didn’t stop going because the football was sterile. Did you ? With the most expensive defender in the world we still got beaten by Hamilton. Snowflake “fans”

Rob O'Keeffe

I seem to remember Huns throwing their shirts into their “fans” after securing a draw at Parkhead and several of their “fans” invading the pitch at Firhill after scoring a winner late on,with Hun players hugging the intruders.Add in their invasion at Hampden after being pumped by Hibs in the Cup Final and a “fan” trying to confront Broonie.They talk about Provo cation! As Erudite would state ‘Stupid,stupid Huns’….

Rob O'Keeffe

Dave Glib and Shameless is going to get his ass tanned in court on Thursday,they gloss over a £14m loss at their “quiet” AGM,Gerrraarrd says he wants to stay longer,oh yes…they just keep on giving….they play Villareal (16th in Spanish league) on Thurs and Turncoat Stevie states they are a CL class team.Ghod really has a brilliant sense of humour,mind you,He invented it.
P.S.Tell Brendan to desist from using “staunch”regarding the Tim-A-Loy….

Rob O'Keeffe

Forever and Ever,we’ll fall in behind the Bhoys.The GLASGOW CELTIC,ra Tim-A-Loy.For We shall be mastered,by No O.ange B.stard,We’ll keep ra Green White and Gold flag flying high!
P.S.My Ivanka is innocent and Aberdeen are total bottle merchants….

Puggy67

Caption: It was fucking roasting in here before Celtic’s lap of honour.

Puggy67

An open letter to the Celtic PR team. Hey guys great work, I really feel that you have, going forward, a helicopter view of our transformation strategy that will be a game changer, taking us to the next level. I’m going to add value to your offer by chucking you a couple of bones and finding out whose the devil dog at Crufts (free gratis btw). PR also stands for per rectum and I’ve been undertaking some naturalistic observation on ETims, (I know but as a focus group they are totally representative of the not on message, rebel-dads demographic). These… Read more »

This business of discrediting Celtic dishonestly has a long ignoble history in this country: The SFA injunction re the flag in the 1950s. The lies of the Tory MP who blamed Celtic fans for the riot at the 1980 Cup Final.BTW this riot was a consequence of a police blunder. The Police Federation man, Grey, who orchestrated the OBAF in tandem with Salmond. The catalogue of actual and printed attacks on Lennon by pond life on the teraces and in the newsrooms. The conspiracy to cover-up Rangers’ fnancial disasters. The gleeful and premature stories of Celtic’s disintegration earlier this season.… Read more »

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