Celtic Diary Wednesday December 26: Forget Saturday. This Is The Big Game

There’s two games to go until the winter break, and whilst the media would have you believe the important one is at the weekend, they’re just saying that to keep their core readership believing in christmas miracles.

Todays trip to Pittodrie is the one that matters.

Celtic currently sit atop of the league and Aberdeen have finally found the form that has made them consistent challengers and today they will feel that they can wound Celtic.

Then Saturdays game might take on a little bit of significance, but its still a trip to a ground to face a team who regularly succumb to a heavy defeat.

The manager is focused on today…

“We have always played well there in different types of games. 

“When we’ve had to battle, we’ve battled. And we’ve gone there and played incredible football to win. They are games to relish.” 

Will Celtic be completely switched on today ?

“One hundred and fifty per cent. No reason to doubt it again.

“It’s one of the things that I’ve never done with this group is to doubt them.

“To sustain our success we’ve had to retain hunger. We’re not a timid team.” 

The last time the two sides met was earlier this month when Celtic lifted the first trophy of the season with a 1-0 win. The match could be described as bad tempered with one or two Aberdeen players chucking their toys out of the pram when they lost.

It was certainly a lot closer than most of us would have liked, and the dons players will be up for revenge, as they genuinely thought they had a chance that day.

The media are trying their best to remind those cheery teuchtars of that…

Craig Swan, in the Record

Celtic could be afforded a hot reception at Pittodrie after Aberdeen’s players were unhappy with Hoops stars such as Scott Brown and Mikael Lustig after the Betfred Cup Final at the start of the month. 

Rodgers has played down the events at Hampden, but also confirmed his team won’t get caught up and lose focus if the game gets tasty. 

Tasty ? Fackin Ell ! Claret everywhere.

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Rodgers, of course, played all of that down a little.

They are a good side and have been our nearest challengers and have been second throughout my time here.

“After you lose finals, and that was the third to us, there is so much emotion attached.

“It’s emotion of the game. I’ll just let it go.

“You have to be aggressive, but I think it’s been the measure of our performances in the last three seasons that we’ve played well because of temperament as well as quality. 

We look to be as honest as we can to play good football and win.” 

Craig Fowler in the Scotsman continued with the narrative..

Pain of Aberdeen’s final loss to Celtic spurs Lewis Ferguson to seek revenge

Lewis Ferguson, the man responsible for the Pittodrie club being in the latest Hampden showdown thanks to his late winner in the semi-final against Rangers, insists payback is at the forefront of everyone’s minds when the two teams square off against each other for the first time since the cup final.

“That one hurt and you’ll always remember it,” admitted the summer signing from Hamilton.

“I remember when we played Hearts at Tynecastle and they beat us and that one hurt. I remembered that when we played them again and I wanted to go out and not feel like that again. I wanted to make them feel the way I did. It would be good to do that similar type of thing to Celtic because they won the cup. Credit to them they played well on the day but that hurt for us. We’re just looking to get a bit of payback.”

One sort of payback Ferguson is not interested in is that of a personal kind. His manager was furious with Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig at the end of the final when the experienced Swedish international tried to goad his 19-year-old opponent with some pre-whistle celebrations as the clock ticked down on Aberdeen’s chances, while captain Scott Brown also came in for criticism as Celtic were accused of being bad winners.

Ferguson insists he wasn’t overly concerned with the actions of the opposing players and he won’t be riled if anybody in a green-and-white shirt looks to target him again.

“I’m not really bothered about Lustig,” he said. “I never think of him. I just get on with my own game. I try and win for Aberdeen. I’m not bothered about other players. If he did come at me in that game, I just took it in my stride. I’m not really fazed by anything like that.

“It’s because we’re the two top teams. In the last four years we’ve been up the top of the league. There’s always going to be that edge to the game compared to when you’re playing somebody who’s maybe lower. The two teams are real top sides and it’s a physical battle out there. There’s going to be a wee bit of edge on the game.”

On facing Brown in the final, he added: “I just got stuck into him when he came on. I don’t really care. If I’m playing against somebody, I don’t mind if they give me it back. I quite enjoy that side of the game. I like a tackle so I’m not really bothered about it. The gaffer and [assistant Tony Docherty] have told me there will be players who will try and noise me up, but just stare at them and walk away and just do your business on the football side of things.”

Note the narrative, which leaves little doubt that Lustig and Brown were picking on that poor wee boy, who is telling us he’s going to rise above all that  nonsense…

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The manager could call on Scott Brown, Oddsone Edouard , Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata and Keiran Tierney today, which is no disrespect to the guys who have stepped up recently to fill in, but there is a feeling that the experience of these four will be needed in the frozen north.

We’ll certainly need Brown and his maturity.

However, the boss might just chuck a googly by not making so many changes before an away game , as it has tended to go tits up when he does that.

I’d lke to see Edoaurd-if fit-alongside Mikey Johnstone , with James Forrest and Tom Rogic completing the front four. Scott Brown and Calum MacGregor in the two midfield slots, one forward, one sitting, with the traditional back four of Lustig, Benkovic , Boyata and Tierney in front of Craig Gordon.

And at this point, I’d take a 1-0 win. Three points is all that matters.

Take note of this, from John Paul Taylor , if you are travelling today. He’d like you to get there early..

Info for Pittodrie: Fans will be filtered through a cordon at the away turnstiles, advice is please be early, turnstiles open at 1pm. Banners🇳🇬 can be hung at Section P but not on advertising as indicated. There is a charge of £10 per Coach for the Coach Park 🚌🍀

 

Briefly looking ahead to the newest derby in world football, the quest to stop the ten moved up a notch when the SFA appointed John Beaton as referee, Douglas Ross as linesman and Bobby Madden as fourth official. Andrew Dallas, presumably, is on stand by for when the other assistant calls in sick.

There’s little  to be said about the competence or perceived bias of these guys that hasn’t been said before.

Also, with regards to Saturday, the club is not laying on buses to Ibrox from Celtic Park, as was previously thought, but we’d like to think they’ll reconsider.

 

The French press are reporting that Timothy Weah, son of one of the finest players to grace a football pitch, George Weah. is poised to join Celtic on loan from Paris St Germain, where he can’t break into the team ahead of Mbappe and Cavani. Then again, not many could.

MERCATO.PSG: WEAH CHOSE CELTIC

Little used by Thomas Tuchel this season, Timothy Weah (18) had asked PSG to be loaned this season. His wish will be granted and the American international should engage with Celtic Glasgow.

Its unclear at this stage whether its a six month loan, (reports vary ) or a longer try before you buy deal, in the Oddsone Edouard style. From the above passage though, we’d suggest it is merely a six month sojourn.

 

Another signing took place ahead of Santa popping down our chimney, and arguably it could turn out to be the best one of the lot..

Karamoko Dembele has signed a three year deal, the maximum allowed for a player of his age, that will keep him at Celtic until 2021.

It means a lot to me to start my professional career at Celtic. I came here at a young age, and, after all the stuff me and family have been through together, it’ll be good to make them proud.” 

I’d like to say thank you to everyone, and I’d like to thank everyone for everything they’ve done for me,” 

“I’d also like to thank everyone for the training I’ve received, the discipline I’ve been taught, and the advice I’ve been given all the way.

“Getting attention at a young age has been hard, but I’ve obviously had my family to help me through that. You need to be strong mentally, you need to stay grounded, and you just need to get on with everything that you do on a daily basis.

“Seeing players come through the Academy and into the first team gives you hope, because you know they’ve taken the same path. That means you’ve got a chance to make it into the first team if you work hard and give it your all.

“My brother Siriki, who plays for Peterborough United, first taught me how to play football. I wasn’t always interested in football, but he brought me in and he helped me. He helps me in everything I do. If I have a bad game, he’ll talk to me and he’ll say, ‘don’t be down, keep your morale high’.”

My goal is to play for the first team,”

“As soon as I can, I’m going to try to get into the first team, 100 per cent. In the Reserves, every training session, every game – it’s all to prove myself to the manager that I can play in the first team.”

 

And now, a christmas message emphasising that most precious gift of all, the freedom to do as we please..

We made a bit of an effort this year, decorating the kids pressies with artificial snow to enhance the xmas atmos…

Caption competition from christmas eve..

Aahh…memories..

Salad Queen December 24, 2018 at 9:46 am · Edit · Reply →

Oor bus after we played juve away in the 80’s 

Today…

 

 

 

 

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Una
1 year ago

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Look derek Una’s put some cracker caption comp entries in over the past couple of weeks and hasn’t won. Yeah i seen them Brendan, what do u think is going on? To be honest derek i think monti is ralph.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Ralph Malph

Ralph,
Do you not mean pie taker? 🙂

5TB
1 year ago

Caption;

BR; “Have you heard the one about the South African, the Liverpudlian and a crow?”.

Gerrymac
1 year ago

Morning Ralph – I hope that you and all e timmers had a great day yesterday and that the celebrations continue today. Any win by any score will do for me today.

David
1 year ago

you’ve NEVER BEAT US WHEN IT MATTERS Derick,Oh and you will always be second HH

1 year ago

Caption, look out he,s behind you,essay,

1 year ago

Look out ,he,s behind you,wohoho,
COYBIG

Mike Annis
1 year ago

Caption: yes team’s no bad but you are one big moaning jobby.

A Merry Christmas to one and all.

Hoop hoop hooray
1 year ago

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Right Derek.
My team.
Can you tell what it is yet?

1 year ago

Pssssst !…..Dobber !

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: BR -” Deek can you pass a note to Shinnie around the hour mark, i’ll get Broony to pass it to me a minute later “

Iancelt67
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Winner. Monti.

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago

Caption: He’s a prick,his dad’s a prick and his uncle is an even bigger EBT,kiddie on bankrupt prick……
If you reside in Green and Whyte Glasgow,Saturday is the Big Game for reasons beyond the fact that the opposition are a new “club”…..

Greenheart
1 year ago

Heads up Del, I’m playing five up front today.

The Cha
1 year ago

Caption “Christmas truce, if you get your players to stop kicking lumps out of mine, I’ll stop Broony and Mika smiling at yours”

Monti
1 year ago

COME….ON…YOU…BHOYS…IN…GREEN

GLASGOW IS FUCKING GREEN & WHITE, BY ORDER OF THE PEAKY FUCKING BLINDERS!

OOH AAH!

CELTIC CELTIC CELTIC!

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Ah yes the media, shower of Wankers, as all knuckledraggers are.

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Ar you eve going to give up?

Monti
1 year ago

Is this comedy gold from Gordon & Boyata going to stop?
Inviting trouble time & time again….

Just gonnae no dae that?

Iancelt67
1 year ago

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John Clarke might be retiring del jobs yours if you want it

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Definite penalty but stupid really. Don’t think Collin has made a mistake. YET

highseastim
1 year ago

Had a wee swatch on Kerrydale Street, seems everything that happened first half was Craig Gordon’s fault. Even giving away the penalty. I wonder if they’ll pin on him that the defence are wide open, the midfield can’t find a teammate with a pass and Forrest is being completely owned by Considine so far!!

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  highseastim

You really do know fuck all.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: Here’s the number of times Collumn will tell May the next one’s a booking

jimboh
1 year ago

Caption….
Br To DmcI ” *right ya grass If you breathe a word of this to that smelly Basturd Levein I’ll set Broonie on you”.

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Edouard. Class

Monti
1 year ago

FRENCH
EDDDDDYYYYYYYYYYY

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago

That was a big win. Well done the Bhoys!

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago

Caption: if we beat yez again we get to keep yez.

Noel Skytrot
1 year ago

Dolly shuttled, now for William at the bigot dome. Fucking bring it on. We shall not be moved.

Bgbhoy
1 year ago

There’s your 9m French eddy. Sensational.

charlie
1 year ago

brendan sais see that shinnie hees a divin bastard

1 year ago

Ralph,

Agree there was only one important game this week and it has gone to the best team. Two non penalties, one should-have-been-a-red-card tackle and two simulations and a typical shitting-himself McInnes iron curtain, highball game and girny grumpiness meant the true score should have been 4-1 going on a few more. Many will say it was a classic but, for me, it was a travesty. I am just grateful the football team won it. I think I need a pick-me-up – CHEERS everybody! 🙂 On the other hand, I could just start dreaming about Saturday. If we play half as hard and good, they will be up to their knees in wishy-washy crocodile tears after 10 minutes. There have been three wise kings and they have all come from the East and are the only ones with any gold.

H H

charlie
1 year ago

caption brendan sais a six point lead and a game in haun at the winter break is no bad eh dopey

1 year ago

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“Right, Derek. Let’s see if I can explain it as simply as possible. Football is a game where two teams…………Look, I’ll show you later today. And he did!”

H H

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption………….

You’ll get a typical Collum imaginary penalty, then we’ll destroy yous in the last 15 minutes.

Una
1 year ago

Looks like the zombies have a major injury crisis for saturday, oh dear just when everyone bar kt is back for us. It’s time to take the fukin jugular of this shower of dog shite bastards

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Una,
Well said!

BJF
1 year ago

What game was McIness watching, “disappointed not to get 3 points! “ Eddy and Sinky dynamic today, Willie added a bit of comedy with one of his penalties but what else would you expect? Well done Bogdan at Ibroke, So the best they can hope for is to go just behind us on goal average on Saturday, I can’t see us dropping 3 points roll on 2019.

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago

A mental game, shitey refereeing as expected from Collum but who the fuck cares. We’ve got the points in the bag and the cowboy team drops two points. I’m pretty sure we’ll raise our game and play better against them on Saturday than today’s performance. A very well done to Scotty Sinclair for being in the right place at the right time to bag a hat-trick and to big Odsonne for turning the game for us. Groovy times.

HH

Bgbhoy
1 year ago

Literally eddy showed his class today. Even James had a quiet game but in the space of 2 different moves shows the class. Delighted. What a day

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

That’s what he was doing at the start of the season, with Dembele.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Would love to have seen Moussa & Edouard together for a few seasons!

Devoy45
1 year ago

The Sheeps’ second ‘penalty’ was not only a dive but a handball as well! A big win at a tough time in a tough venue.
Well done bhoys.
I think we can do the same at Mordor. We found space and mostly, denied Aberdeen space.
Well done bhoys. Well done hat trick Scott Sinclair! And well done Hibees.

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Is that the same Hibees who took 3 points from us a few days ago?…..

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Aberdeen tried There usual bullying tactics, Gollum was shite, McGinn should have walked for his rash challenge on Christie, but Gollum ignored it, Penalty was a farce, but this is the clown with eyes in the back of his head, evil wee man.
Del Boy thinks he deserved something from the game, definitely dementia setting in.
Love the commentary on BT, Rory the Hun and Craigan, how sad they must be Lenny put the Huns back in their place

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Now Scotty is what u need, not the big heifers up the front.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

Cartvale,
What bullying tactics?
Are teams not to give their all against us?

Monti
1 year ago

OH MA SIDES..
STUPID, STUPID HUNS!

EDOUARD WILL BE A TOP, TOP STAR!

HUNS? HO HO HO

GIRFUYDOB

Monti
1 year ago

Well done also to Scott Sinclair!

That’s what we want from you son!

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

He was excellent on Saturday and deserved the MOM award, but I didn’t grumble when wee Mikey got it.

Monti
1 year ago

I’d seriously doubt Edouard feels threatened by Mikey Johnston.
Johnston has done well & may go on to have a fine Celtic career, he is a talented young man but he isn’t at Edouards level.

Monti
1 year ago

Or Sinclair…..

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

No surprise to me that he did, he’s a fantastic player who will only get better learning from Brendan Rodgers.

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago

No he won’t! Hibs 2-Glasgow Celtic 0! I would’ve preferred 1-1 ,call me picky…..

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago

Hurry back Super Leigh(bsaP) so we can actually start important matches with a striker….to take the corners….cough…

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago

McInnes is a particularly deluded individual

FredDDobbs
1 year ago

how many times does izzacunty have to make a cunt of it before he stops getting picked. he was shite when he left two years ago and is shitier now. for fuck sake forget about it and get him tae. surely to fuck he cannae start against the williams.

highseastim
1 year ago

Operation “stop the 10” was in full flow today, thankfully we pulled through!!

stephen Brown
1 year ago

Caption ” Look Derek I’ll give you 70min then big French Eddie’s coming on”

Noel Skytrot
1 year ago

Graeme Shinnie was moaning about dignity and class after we beat them in the LC final. He’s really quiet after that terrible theatrical flop to win the 2nd penalty. Tosser

Mike
1 year ago

How tickled I was,
Love is like a.. violin,
So get plucking and stick it under your chin.
Football, fiddling, fiddles Fans and Fuds.
Just think if it was Boyata, who had been caught half a mile out of position and gave away a stupid penalty, they would have been squealing like stuck pigs. Monti.. Out.

Tye a scarf to an upright and your a God, but ask yourself this… could Griffiths have scored that delicate chip over Lewis’s head after shrugging off the fouling Dandies, not a chance. The Dandies cheats one and all, it all comes from the goat at the top. Scottish football, is a joke. From the top, to the bottom.

Mike
1 year ago

If it was Boyata half a mile out of position and gave away a penalty and not Izzy, just hear the squeal’s of anguish. Could Griffiths have scored with a delicate chip after shrugging off two fouls, no chance.
How tickled I was. Love is like a violin, so get plucking and stick it under your chin. Scottish football is a fraud, rotten from top to bottom.

Monti
1 year ago

Back to work today 🙁

Fuck sake min????

Noel Skytrot
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Night shift for me. 8 till 8, total baw buster.

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