Celtic Diary Friday December 28: Job Done…Almost

At the start of the month, all we wanted was a League Cup win, Europe after Christmas and top of the table at the break.

Barring a four goal defeat at Ibrox-which isn’t going to happen-the players and management can pop off to dubai with a sense of so far…so good.

Aberdeen provided a stiff test on Boxing Day, with new signing Willie Collum turning in an almost match winning performance for them with two penalties and an onset of blindness as Sam Cosgrove caried out an assault on keeper Craig Gordon.

Three shots on target were all Aberdeen had to show for an hour and a halfs work. Two were penalties-at least according to Collum-and the other a foul on the keeper.

And Niall McGinn somehow stayed on the pitch presumably because Collum didn’t see it…

And still it wasn’t enough. In a dazzling display of derring doo, Celtic gave Aberdeen a taste of east end spunk as the hoops moved up a gear and scored three times in the last quarter of an hour or so, which was enough to bury the northern sides hopes and dreams for another season.

Scott Sinclair scored three perfect strikers goals, and Oddsone Edoaurd put forward evidence that he can still be the perfect striker with the gentlest of dinks over a despairing Aberdeen keeper to put the seal on his twenty minute cameo.

Maybe it doesn’t matter how bad the referees are after all, this one gave Aberdeen a three goal lift, and they are far and away the second best team in Scotland, and still Celtic prevailed, and away from home as well.

And that may shatter a few illusions..

So, there’s just one game to go now, and its over in the land that time forgot..

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The picture above illustrates just how much they have been forgotten by once friendly benefactors, especially when compared to the approach to Celtic Park.

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Its not just appearances where the two clubs differ. The term “well run club ” can only apply to one of them..

I can’t make the Old firm game, as the motor is in for a service..

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and anyway, they’ve put a wall, or ” tarrier barrier ” , as one of their support called it. displaying an almost unique sense if humour, in that he has one…so parking could be difficult.

Judging by the SLO over there, a number of guests, sponsors and lodge members won’t be going either. It seems like they have sold some of the tickets more than once, which I’m fairly sure is against the rules, but as we know they don’t have to worry about rules and things as they are far too important to the brand for that, as this report from the Sun quite possibly confirms..

DERBY WAGER 

Rangers vs Celtic – Ladbrokes forecast punters will bet more than £10m on Old Firm clash as it looks set to break Scottish football betting records

The bookies expect punters to wager more than £7m in the run-up to kick-off alone which would eclipse the money spent on last year’s Old Firm New Year derby

And who sponsors the league? Ladbrokes..!

The article contains a handy list of odds and ideas to get anyone thinking of having a bet to think even more about it.

Events have proved we weren’t paranoid enough some years ago, so lets make sure we’re properly on the ball this time.

Sponsors won’t want to lose that kind of money, and they’ll no doubt make that perfectly clear to those who run the game in Scotland.

Ladbrokes’ David Macdonald said: “The highly-anticipated New Year derby means Scottish football betting records will be smashed on Saturday. 

New Year’s Day  is on Tuesday, and this game is on the preceding Saturday, so its not a New Year derby. It doesn;t even take place in the same year as Tuesday.

“While the market points towards a Celtic win at this stage, but when it comes to this classic game all bets are off.”

Classic game ? One of the clubs has only been playing top table football for a couple of years, and has never won a senior trophy.

All bets should be off.

Especially with a company that is raking on money on the back of perpetuating the myth that there’s nothing corrupt about Scottish football.  

 

Somewhat tediously, we’re now in the middle of the build up to Scotland showpiece match, where anyone and everyone has an opinion.

I frankly couldn’t care less. They’re not very good, their support is ludicrously badly behaved and if the game is in the headlines on Saturday night, it’ll be because of the trouble at the match, and not the exquisite skills on the park.

But its the screams of anguish and the look of pain that eminates fron those same flies now circling a different shite that makes it all worthwhile.

Theirs a minutes silence befiore the game, in honour of the 1971 Ibrox disaster, which was the more tragic of sevral incidents at the ground over the years.

Then there’s about an hour of sectarian abuse, with references to child abuse and famine thrown in, before they start chucking golf balls, batteries and stale urine into the Celtic support.

Then they’ll go home and beat their wives up.

And someone, maybe someone nipping into a garage for fuel, or a ship for fags, will get stabbed and spend the night on a life support machine.

If this is Scotlands showpiece, then its time to call it a fucking day.

 

 

Transfer news…as it stands nothing has been confirmed, either officially or unofficially, and as we have repeatedly stated, if its in the Scottish press then unless it has appeared elsewhere first, then its bollocks.

Timothy Weah is still more likely than not to be at Celtic next week, Timothy Castagne, a right back might be as well, but all the other names are just names…including Scott McKenna, although he is leaving Aberdeen, because he wants to.

Someone in the scouting department obviously got a bit confused when he was told we would only be interested in good tims…

 

Caption competition from Tuesday..

Puggy67 December 26, 2018 at 3:01 pm · Edit · Reply →

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

Today..

 

 

 

 

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D'Fhinnein Mick
2 years ago

RALPH

There seems to be a problem in this photo. Some right ugly basturts,aye,but that’s to be expected at a hun match.

But there is definitely a fat slimy toad sitting near the back.

Ah mean,that’s frickinfreakyman.

Ruralbhoy
2 years ago

Even Alfred Hitchcock can’t unravel the mysteries of sevco

Ruralbhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  Ruralbhoy

Just above Arelene Fillpotts

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago

Caption….Hey Peter, don’t look but is that Arlene Foster (fat orange boot) and Jeremy Corbyn up for the annual hun skelping extravaganza?

See left of picture.

The Cha
2 years ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

Jezza!?

Am I missing something that a supporter of a United Ireland and of thrarmed struggle would be one of them?

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  The Cha

The man there looks like him Cha. On closer inspection he looks like that Unionist wanker David Mundell.

TC
2 years ago

mair fannies in one place than an Amsterdam brothel!

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  TC

TC,
Charlie Saiz’s local?

Norwegian Blues FC
2 years ago

Is that Arlene Foster bottom left? No wonder the old guy centre right is holding his nose!

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago

The caption picture is a belter, enlarge the photograph and clock the faces of the devastated, despairing, dour Presbyterians sitting in the stands. Their pain is delicious. More of the same tomorrow, please.

Cortes
2 years ago

Caption: Paul Murray gazes staunchly as he practices his Casey Kasim routine.

Corrib 04
2 years ago

Introducing
‘Staunch’ Eau de toilette.
New Yves Saint Laurant mon Ibrox
…..because you need it.

George Lazenbhoy
2 years ago

Firstly, glad the diary is back out. I near broke the refresh button on my browser.

Secondly caption: ‘this year, spare a thought for those less fortunate than you’ brought to you by the Save a Donkey Foundation

Iancelt67
2 years ago

How many times when a foul is commited is there a protest from the player who was fouled. 99% to 100? No complaints here from Gordon or Benkovic. And saiz Cosgrove doesn’t have to be looking at the ball. That was planned to get in front of the keeper and opposing players are entitled to do so if they want. Benkovic was trying to get in between them there was argy bargy. Cosgrove then moves away from Benkovic and gordon. Gordon has ample time to plan a save but doesn’t. Sounding like a two bob watch here. Tit for tat no complaints from Celtic because there wasn’t a foul commited. Hey I’m a fan and the first to get my back up but that’s all fair. You should watch Serie A and witness grabbing in the box. Players are entitled to stand in front of other players without playing the ball as long as they’re onside. I better stop before I’m booted out of town

BroxburnBhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Sounds like you got “Referring the SFA way” for Chrtismas mate. Watch it again.

Iancelt67
2 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

Yeah well I won’t relinquish the balls to disagree when I think I have a point. Not up for one eyed reporting or victimhood, it’s swings and roundabouts with refs and their decisions. They help and hinder everyone, no agenda , no masonry (probably was in the 60s, I remember the tiny Wharton picture) all part of being a fan going home robbed or rewarded by refs. Even with Var (refer to the final and the atrocious decision against the Croats ) they get it wrong. And it’s the admins job to play the provocateur to garner anger and blame. I think refereeing in Scotland is below par because it’s part timers doing the job. Nothing else and players and getting more clever into conning refs (salah v Newcastle ). So really every fan who pays 40 pounds to watch a game has the right to vent at refs. Think it’s easy to get bogged down with it all though instead of concentrating on the football. I’ll fuck off for a while and not post on here watch the game tomorrow and enjoy it. Not bothered and too old to fall victim to snide remarks.
Hail fucking hail

BroxburnBhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Nothing snide about it mate – I think you are wrong on both the penalty and the blatant shoving for the third goal. No way either would have been given in the EPL. That said they have a much better standard of referees there. Professionals who are forbidden to referee matches where they might have links to or gainst any particular team. You seem to be in a minority with your interpretations of the play and that’s fine. I simply think you are wrong about those decisions and I watched with both eyes open and the benefit of replays.

Maryhillbhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Iancelt67 did you miss the amount of complaining that Gordon was doing to Collum? Furthermore of course he has to be looking at the ball or else he is blatantly playing the man!

Iancelt67
2 years ago
Reply to  Maryhillbhoy

No he doesn’t have to be looking at the ball look at the rule book. What you think everybody has to be looking at the ball all game? No they don’t he stood in front of the keeper staying inside because it was a throw in then moved away. No foul only my opinion though.

The Cha
2 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Fuck me, (r)effing according to who shouts the loudest, just like in the playground.

How many Aberdeen players claimed for the first “penalty”?

2 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Iancelt67 I always doubt the word of any man who has to point out he is a Celtic fan. Celtic fans shouldn’t have to point that out . If u are comparing the interpretation of the carry-on that takes place I with Italian defences & anywhere else in the World that is fine . Most know Italians are wrong , in Scotland anything goes when blocking and holding the Celtic keeper but look side ways at the opposing goal keeper & it’s a free out .
Because certain interpretations take place in Italy or Scotland doesn’t mean they are right

Iancelt67
2 years ago
Reply to  D J Smyth

yeah well ok. Been on here for a few years now it would be odd if I supported anyone else. Really odd. Everyone here is a Celtic fan, think when I was younger I would blame refs and everybody else if we didn’t win or drew. Got to grow out of that shit. The lack of any mention of the first penalty being dubious or foul play on Gordon by. Cosgrove in the press or blogs or twitter tells me both were legit goals/penalties. There was something on kerrydale st but you expect that

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago

I can’t wait for tomorrow’s jamboree and to put it in simple terms….lets get right intae these orange cunts from the first whistle. If we turn up, we do them. Simple.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

Noel,
Couldn’t put it better m8!

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

If we turn up we’ll do the vermin no probs, Monti. I hope yer well mate.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

Noel,
All fine m8, got that nervy thing going on now, i just want it to be kick off time tomorrow.

I think we will do them 1-3.

Stupid, stupid huns.

Paul S
2 years ago

Dave, does this roof look safe to you?, dave, dave!!

Monti
2 years ago

Caption: Paul Murray checks his hairline & nervously,the roof as second rangers take to the field.

puggy67
2 years ago

Caption: Long faces in bigotdome as the half time auction of empty hospitality seats stops at £16.90 again.

puggy67
2 years ago

Caption: James Traynor is sent over to check if it’s Eric Cantona or Gerry Adams.

Puggy67
2 years ago
Reply to  puggy67

And both required interpreters on the BBC in the early 80s

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago

I see the oafs are saying we’re a certainty to mar the minutes silence for the unfortunate fans who died in the Ibrox Disaster. I hope the supporters who are there do whats right and have an impeccable dignified minutes silence. I despise that mob with every part of me but lets not give them any room to besmirch us for our conduct. In saying that, there will probably be the usual shite about Jock Stein who helped supporters who were in a bad way at that match and all the other songs they sing week in week out, so they can’t take the moral high ground. Let’s just support the team and leave them to it.

2 years ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

The behaviour of our 700 fans in the bigotdome at this memory of the tragic 66 killed at Ibrox should be the least of anyone’s worry. Biggest tragedy was Rangers 1872 , not heeding official pleas to improve the exits . The fact that Rangers Insurance refused to cover any claims & the fact that Rangers Board were so worried that their own supporters would claim for deaths of 66 & injury to hundreds more no minute’s silence or any commemoration was held for almost 20 yrs

2 years ago
Reply to  D J Smyth

DJS

So right. That club were let off the hook as usual by the media and all the legal stuff drifted silently into oblivion. For 20 years there was practically no public or annual recognition of the deaths, merely personal memories of those who were there. I would love to know what instigated the minutes silence after such a long gap. I am not convinced it was respect. Remember the last minutes notice a few years back. One just might suspect there was an ulterior motive.

By the way, I had personal knowledge of how much Celtic staff, including Jock and Sean, contributed to saving lives that afternoon. I do not expect the bulk of them to ever consider that when they spew their vitriol.

H H

Noel Skytrot
2 years ago
Reply to  D J Smyth

Indeed, DJ, that’s appalling. I just want our support to do what we do best.

BroxburnBhoy
2 years ago

I think if we play even at 50% of what we are capable of we will win this away game with room to spare. That is a classic photo of the Ibrox “high” society suffering another defeat no doubt. Made me feel very happy.

BroxburnBhoy
2 years ago

Caption: who said that Scottish Protestants are dour that’s no true!

Bigdunno
2 years ago

Caption: Have you seen a handsome Hun, no-o, no-o!

2 years ago

puggy67, hee hee good one.

Puggy67
2 years ago

:)>

Westendtim
2 years ago

Another fine turnout of Scottish Football legislators and referees for their Christmas Day out !

Mike
2 years ago

There is no “Old Firm” there is no “Rangers” But Celtic are locked and loaded and Ready to go. Once upon a time in the distant past, we were unsure if we could beat them, usually because of them being MIB handed, but big Jock brought in the right players and instilled in them a feeling of great confidence. Brendan Rodgers has that same quality, perhaps he studied big Jock (if you know your history), but let the ashes of the dead club, fear us, because they certainly do, fear us. So we play on that fear and we SHALL overcome the shattered remains of the bigots.

Underground, Overground, everything is free,
The Mankies at the Bigot Dome are the stupidest Peepul you could ever see.

2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike,

“locked and loaded and Ready to go”.

I had to go take a shit after reading that.

Hope you, family and all the herds are well.

H H

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Pensionerbhoy

P.B. It has been hinted at that some of my posts are coated with lactose and syrup of pigs. 😉 <3 We are all fine, herds included and thank you for asking. Hope and trust that you and your family are all in good health, its great to see you posting, please, don't be a stranger…

Pat Higney
2 years ago

Caption: Paul Murray sits wondering why it’s taking Dave King so long in coming back after giving him his cash card and PIN to grab a couple of pies and bovril.

TicToc
2 years ago
Reply to  Pat Higney

Ha, 🙂

BroxburnBhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  Pat Higney

Classic

BJF
2 years ago

Caption Paul Murray : “ FFS their sixth was definitely offside!”
Everything is going so well so let’s hope the exception doesn’t creep out. The big questions are who does Brendan leave out, who is; left back Izzy or Jonny, up front, in the centre of the defence and which of these are Gerard’s excuses, “we had injuries, a smaller budget, manky supporters?”

Steve Naive
2 years ago

Caption… stage right… Fat Controller has the script ready for the soup takers after another bad day.
Seen the big guns out in The Herald… Mc Cullixh, Brown and, you’ve guessed it, Ferguson spouting ignorance for the middle class bigots.

Alzyerpal
2 years ago

Caption : John Greig’s a bastard

Cortes
2 years ago

Caption: Jabba hoping the Castagne story is an old chestnut.

The Cha
2 years ago

Caption “C’mon Arlene, it could be worse, we could be on the verge of an United Ireland…oh wait”

The Cha
2 years ago
Reply to  The Cha

Just invite Arlene, her teams always get pumped when she’s there.

Come on Arlene, too loo rye ay

Run Sammy Run
2 years ago

Caption: 116 123, Samaritans, we’re always here.

TicToc
2 years ago

Caption: Just confirms what I always thought, that Lawwell has always been in touching distance of being a hun!

Mike
2 years ago

Its in the stars. Watch the cheating Beaten, Ross and Mad-Hun.

Bain.

Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, K.T.

Broony, Ntcham.

McGregor.

Forrest. Odsonne, Sinclair.

Uralius
2 years ago

0-7

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Uralius

;-)<3 singing a happy song.

Cartvale88
2 years ago

Caption
The stunned masses praying for the final whistle as their world crashes around them.

Lancelt67 whether Cosgrov was or wasn’t, Gollum should have called Benkovic and Cosgrove over and told them to cool it, Cosgrove continued pushing, I did not know that was in the rule book, called cheating maybes?
Gollum evil wee man, trying to crawl into the good books of the Huns,

Uralius
2 years ago

Caption: Man 2 in from the left suddenly realizes that all those £1brox roof jokes were based on fact.

50 Shades of Green
2 years ago

Caption….Peter can you smell shite….

Jocsoc
2 years ago

It should be a straight forward victory tomorrow, but I have grave concerns about the handpicked officials who will be dishing out the ” honest mistakes”. I doubt very much over if we will finish with eleven players.

Tam the tim
2 years ago

Just hope the Tims going there tomorrow all get out safely. And that includes our players. I was there in 1971, crap match. Only good thing about it was you couldn’t see the scum cause of the freezing fog.
HH

Monti
2 years ago

PISH

Celtic By Numbers
2 years ago

http://celticbynumberscom.ipage.com/the-european-gulf/

Celtic qualified by 2 points to the next phase of the Europa League. Can the stats help show the gulf Celtic have to bridge to achieve that? Of course they do.

jimmybee
2 years ago

Good evening bhoys and ghirls I hope your Christmas was blessed with family around you and you all had a great time.
Tomorrow the Bhoys must be intelligent. They must not get caught up in what they will bring,blood and thunder. The authorities have thrown all they have into this game the fix has been placed.
They can’t do anymore they have pinned all their hopes on decisions going the way of sevco.
Keep the head Celtic, play the Celtic way and victory will be ours.
If Tierney doesn’t make it I would play Hayes as the left back thought he was excellent when he came on for Izzy.
But whoever Brendan chooses just don’t give them cheating hun orange bastards the chance to award anything. Their whistles will be at the ready.
4_0 the bhoys. Edouard Sincy and Jamesy to run riot.

TicToc
2 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Really happy to see your comment Jimmybee as I’ve been wondering how you are as you’ve been kinda posted missing! 🙂
I don’t agree about Izzy but that’s immaterial; your well-being and input here are far more important than little disagreements about who plays, et cetera.

On another note, it occurred to me that Collum making a cunt of himself with awarding TWO pens wrongly against us and missing fouls on Benkovic/Gordon at their 3rd may not be all bad. We got the 3 points we wanted and the eyes of the world will be on the game later today; now IF ONLY we had a CEO who would SUPPORT our team as we do and call out incompetence/cheating then they’d have nowhere to hide in front of a world-wide audience. But Lawwell only supports himself……CUNT.
BTW, in conversation prior to K/O against the Sheep I stated that we were as likely to be talking about Collum after the game as ABOUT the game. He didn’t let me down nor surprise me. But just to be clear, I DO NOT accuse him of cheating, just incompetence and I think he’s the worst of all of them.
All the Best for the New Year to one and all and, if we’re not intimidated by the poisoned atmosphere today, I fully expect us to start the New Year 6 points clear with a game in hand. COME ON YOU BHOYS IN GREEN.
HH

Lenny bruce
2 years ago

Caption

1. McFadden’s Cold War output goes downhill

2. Diversity and inclusion is all the rage down ibrox way.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Lenny bruce

And your ETims cold war is played out from your attic ya fud 😉

rab wallace
2 years ago

caption: secondary seating fail.

The Cha
2 years ago

Didn’t they try that at Parkhead, targetting ‘weak link’ Mika, who had Lafferty in his pocket all game. 🙂

The Cha
2 years ago
Reply to  The Cha

Indeed, they wouldn’t be Huns if they didn’t keep doing the same failing strategy. 😉

Celtic By Numbers
2 years ago

http://celticbynumberscom.ipage.com/the-rangers-battle-constant-change-and-reverting-to-the-mean/

New season. New manager. The numbers show a nice bounce as conversion rates for The Rangers and opponents were favourable. But probably not sustainable.

Celtic By Numbers
2 years ago

http://celticbynumberscom.ipage.com/tough-selection-choices-how-the-numbers-help/

Injury, internationals and form vagaries. It isn’t a straightforward selection choice for The Rangers derby. But the numbers help make sense of it all.

Uralius
2 years ago

Aw FFS Charlie. Why? Why would we play a formation that hasn’t worked all fucking season. If we need an Xtra man Broony can just play his usual defensive midfielder(not a wee CB honest) role. This formation is garbage, it’s from the 70s and was designed for the Libero role. It’s not required anymore. We have Half-Backs and anchorman. It only worked for MON for a while and he eventually conceded and started playing 4 at the back. Phew, kept that bottle up way too long.

Uralius
2 years ago
Reply to  Uralius

So you say we need strength in midfield because Rangers are playing long? I’m glad you pointed out the real flaw with this formation yourself: the overloading of the wide areas. We lost almost all of our goals in that way in the Europa League. All Stevie G has to do to flock up that formation is sit his possibly 2 strikers between the CBs overload the wide areas and have 2 midfielders make attacking runs.

The Cha
2 years ago

Bravo two zero the morrow?

The Cha
2 years ago
Reply to  The Cha

Nah, Simu’s a bombscare and Smiler Mika plays well against them and should play.

2 years ago

A 2 goal cushion`ll do me.Though double figures`ll be the mutt’s nuts.

Enjoy.

2 years ago

Caption:
Steven Naismith is intrigued in how Paul Murray produces his hair gel.

Monti
2 years ago

” But we’re stronger now, they showed us how,
Freedoms fight can be won, if we all stand as one ”

UP THE ‘RA!

You mad about ETims or just plain mad? Why not buy the t-shirt at http://etims.spreadshirt.co.uk/