Celtic Diary Thursday January 3: Likeable Rogue To Be Banned ?

Well, at least we got the day right today. Taking the total of accurate points in the diary in 2019 to one.

Two full days into the transfer window, and still nothing.

But something must be happening because the media are full of bad news stories about Celtic. I know, new year, same shit.

Timothy Castagne, the Atalants right back, is for sale, but according to the sun, the Italians want £10m. Tony Ralston hasn’t stopped jumping around his living room yet.

Then an expert offered his advice… adding to the general feeling of gloom and despondency…


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“I’d look at Liverpool’s Divock Origi. He has quality as he showed recently in the Champions League clash with Napoli. The Belgian isn’t getting a regular game so why not go and ask the question?

“Brendan could try to get Jermain Defoe in from Bournemouth or Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace.

“He has been poor at Palace but he would score goals for fun up here. If Celtic are serious about retaining the title then they need proven players to hit the ground running.” 

“I would also target a keeper,”

“Craig Gordon’s days at the top are numbered and I am not convinced Scott Bain is his long-term replacement. 

“I would look at Freddie Woodman at Newcastle United. He has been up here at Kilmarnock and Aberdeen and he has real potential.

“He could also push into the England squad and add real value so now’s a good time to make a move for him.

“Right-back Mikael Lustig is coming to the end of the line and I wouldn’t be surprised if he leaves in the summer.

“Cristian Gamboa is inconsistent and the jury is still out on Anthony Ralston or he would be playing every week.

Another player I would look at had a spell at Rangers from Newcastle.

“Kevin Mbabu is now a defender at Young Boys.

“He is playing every week and has proved himself at Champions League level. At 23 he would be a real asset although he would maybe cost £7m or £8m. He plays like a right winger but I can see him going on to become a £30m man.

“Ezri Konsa, 21, from Brentford is another I would think about. He is an England international who can be the long-term answer to the central defensive issue but could also play fullback in the short-term.

He is quick and highly thought of. A lot of the big English teams are looking at him but Celtic could be a stepping stone for him.

“The only problem is that he’d cost £7m or £8m.

Why not bring in Gary Cahill on-loan from Chelsea? He is on big wages but it would be worth the gamble to keep the likes of Filip Benkovic and Jozo Simunovic right, especially if Dedryck Boyata is sold.

“It might be a small price to pay if it helps seal another treble!” 

Nobody buys the Daily Star anyway, for reasons such as the piece above, but charlie does work for Sky…

“Hello, is that Sky?…. I’d like to cancel my subscription. Can you do that for me?….. You can? Oh that’s wonderful….”

Can’t wait to hear what Andy Walker thinks…

Yes, there is a problem in persuading players to come to Scotland. Apart from the support and Champions League football there isn’t a great deal to offer them. But a proper scouting department would have surely uncovered which ones would want to come, and which ones wouldn’t.

Long before any window opens…

Scouring the papers today, its difficult to find anything even remotely positive from a Celtic point of view, let alone sensible, and there was a major surprise in the Express…who strangely for them, gave space to a black fellow… who offered food for thought.

John Barnes, who but for a leg break to Henrik Larsson and the fling of a boot from Mark Viduka, could still be Celtic manager today, spoke out in support of the current players, and he made a lot of sense.

Even if we’d rather Peter Lawwell didn’t read it…

They just need to get their mentality back in terms of playing with the right intensity and desire,” 

“And then they will make it easy once again.

“But that’s a difficult thing to do, to lose that and then all of a sudden pick it back up again.” 

It’s been so easy for them that it’s difficult to maintain that level of football,” Barnes said.

“Look at Bayern Munich, it’s the same thing that they’re going through, where you win so confidently week in week out, but the harmony isn’t right.

“Boyata wanted to leave in the summer, Dembele left, so having players who are happy to be there and who have something to prove will play with an intensity to show that.

“A lot of them are like ‘well, do I really want to be here?’ and the harmony is so important.” 

When this team plays well, it really does play well, but when it doesn’t, they’re bloody awful. If we can’t have the players we want then there’s little point in bringing in faces just to look at.

Loans seem to feature highly in most of the tittle tattle out there, which, unless its a long term deal and an option to buy, would be a waste of time.

With the prospect of three mainstay defenders leaving at the end of the season, there’s a possible disaster that needs to be averted for when any European qualifiers kick in.

A disaster that we seem to watch unfold every time the summer comes around. We need to be planning for that eventuality, although there may have been a change in priority from the board.

The desire for ten in a row, which would be the jewel in supporters crowns, may now be the priority. Europe may now just be a bonus, although those of us who look at the bigger picture would suggest that any team built to succeed on the continent would have little trouble in succeeding at home.

The idea of a loan, such as Timothy Weah, or even Olly Burke, suggests that the plan this January is to make sure the league is won.

There may be something in that, stories abound again of “rangers ” being denied fresh capital to cling on until the end of the season now that the season book money is gone, means that they could be killed off before the summer.

With the rest of Kings concert party, and a few Asian investors genuinely worried that they will be affected by a cold shoulder from the Takeover Panel, largely because outside Scotland it doesn’t matter who you drink with when the sashes are a-shouldered, then maybe this time Lawwell et al will try to kill them off properly, although the media would disagree, but then again, look at the milage they got out of the new clubs rise to the top league, and the so called title race this season…

The next six weeks are crucial for “rangers “, and there are ore than one sources saying that King will be gone, on condition that those in his concert party foot the bill for the TOP demand that he makes an offer for all the shares.

The can he’s been kicking down the road has finally landed in a cul de sac.

Today sees Alfredo morelas, the cheeky chappy who plays up front for “rangers “, in front of the SFA cmpliance officer, where he may receive a ban for his on field antics in the 1-0 defeat to “rangers “.

Cast your mind back to what one referee allegedly said of the Columbian…” he’s a bit daft “…and you may be on the point of spotting why he didnt even get booked on Saturday.

So maybe the referee,  his linesmen and the fourth official, all of whom have been known to follow follow the ibrox club at some point, and all of whom therefore may have the view that Morelas is merely a likeable rogue.

Maybe the wrong people are facing a ban today…sorry, i meant peepil.

The peepil , of course, are still raging about the racial abuse Morelas apparently receives from everyone he comes into contact with.

Even, it appears, setting up fake twitter accounts to abuse the man to make it look more widespread, such as angela188…

Word is that Steven Davis, one of the first to walk away, has agreed to join the new club, and the hordes proved again that they may speak of loyalty, and staunchness, but struggle with what it means..

Steven Naismith could also play out the rest of his career at Ibrox, and everyone seems to have forgotten what they thought of the pair back in 2012.

And Charlie Adam is another…they’re all “coming home “…although its a sure sign that no one else wants to go there, the bizarre “return ” of three aging midfielders will give their support a lift.

In the meantime, Celtic are happy that an on loan defender can stay another six months.

We need to be careful…and anyone who says they’re not more than a little nervous that things aren’t going our way this year isn’t telling the truth, no matter how many times they say it’ll be fine, and we’ll still win the league by ten points.

On paper, we should, but on the park, I’m less convinced.

Yesterdays picture…

Yesterdays winner..

BroxburnBhoy January 2, 2019 at 12:32 pm · Edit · Reply →

Caption: hey gaffer where does this go? 

Today, something a wee bit different..


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….from Monti to Charlie Saiz


Boyata out!


….Tuesday to Thursday


The three players that you mentioned would make a difference at pound land and its a sure thing that they got encouragement on Saturday. There can be no doubt but the Momentum is with them. So our response must be appropriate, if you listen to the support, they suggest that we need experienced players to come in, not projects. Projects from other clubs are no doubt talented players, but they are for the future the future somewhere else. We need experienced pros to deal with the reality of Scottish football, experienced talented players preferably the bigger the better. Its not… Read more »


agree we need dig – and anybody who is scared of smoke bombs stay on the bus. I’m fed up with all these snowflake pictures and bleating about the big boy that did it and ran away. Get intae them. A Tim said to me ‘that’s not the way the modern game is played.’ Well watch the Scottish opposition in our games and I think you will find it is. Retaliate first.


That’s the way the Scottish games is played and it will never change when the Huns play it and while the rest of the SPFL are short on cash
Lower English league players short on skill big on muscles. Puggy I’m preaching to the converted but when Broony goes who is going to have the dig that we need to compete, every successful team always has its enforcers. Get in there…


My reply has gone fishin but I agree with you!


….”Yes we can” to “I know words. I have the best words.”

D'Fhinnein Mick

Wim The Tim to John Barnes!

(I’m not gonna let Dr Venglos ruin my point here.)

the 9 men of the apocalypse and craig whites pound coin


from the CSC convention to a lodge full of Zombies (who can no longer recall who TUPE transferred out of Rangers in Liquidation*)

*very bizarre that the Zoms are rebuilding the busted flush of 6 years ago #deathwish…………

Pat Higney

Croy to Larkhall.


Van Dijk to Boyata


I couldn’t think of anything more preposterous to ‘trump’ that caption, from Obama to Trump but well done Monti, you’ve managed it! 🙂

Boyata out an’ take yer Jack an’ Jozo wi’ you.
A MINIMUM of TWO accomplished CBs URGENTLY required as we start to prepare for the ‘business end’ of the season and next season’s long CL qualifiers.
COYBIG, come back and hit the ground running.


Winner for me!


I meant Monti caption – Van Dijik to Boyata! 🙂


Yeah Christina, I knew that (was what you meant).

That’s why I explained my comment, clearly! 🙂
I understand football. Seldom out-done as any shit I get on here is NOT about my football knowledge but about my supercilious attitude and vehement pissed-up definitions. 🙂
You don’t EARN that without having been ’round the block’, my football knowledge
However, understanding football is an evolutionary process and girls, even ghirls, are on somewhere near the neolothic era vs the 21st century of mhen,but you do add value; you have a nice name. 🙂


The Cha to BJF


Desimond to Ralph

Doffs cap!




caption:… Celtic to Sevco

Pat Higney

Etims to follow follow !

George Lazenbhoy

Batman to Robin



Dildo to traffic cone.


Anyone expecting big experienced player signings just needs to look back in anger at January 2018. Marvin Commper, looking to get out after 68 minutes played. Charley Musonda, one good pass and off he went. Lewis Morgan, has even started and finished a game. Jack Hendry, now apparently going out on loan. Its not difficult to see where the fault lye’s and how the teams efficiency has dropped. If that was your own transfer moneies (oh wait) then you would be very disappointed and skint. S.O.S. dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot. Who needs a strong Sevco… Read more »

Yoker Bhoy

They’ve simply got to splash the cash this time Mikey. A CH, an RB and a striker – all seasoned pros but not too old – are a must. If they want to sign some ‘project’ after that then fine but the priorities are clear. I briefly replied to you at the end of yesterday’s thread btw. Interesting to see what the windae brings.


Yoker Bhoy

There’ll be huge discontent if they don’t splash the cash on some quality this time round Mikey. The heat is on. I’m not holding my breath but we could be in for a nice surprise or two.

Yoker Bhoy

I hope the Eastern European leagues have been properly scanned this time. A great place to go shopping for tough, no-nonsense, technically and tactically adept defenders.


I agree completely Yoker, I cannot see us not spending, but the money must be spent wisely, if they don’t then it would question number eight. Lawwell and Congerton must get it right or Brendan will not stay around for long and that would be critical and watch the support unrest rise to a new height. But having said all that I am keeping my fingers crossed and keep on saying.. KTF, KTF. All the best to you Yoker, I take it that your brother returned home safely. I will await with interest your Valencia summation.. P.S. Eastern European leagues,… Read more »

Yoker Bhoy

Yes, of course. My brother got back without too much strife despite Ryan Air and arriving home on New Year’s Day. Thanks for asking.

Re Valencia, I’ll probably drop in the odd comment as I watch their games in La Liga and try to come up with something a bit more substantial in mid to late Feb.

Have a great day Mike and enjoy those books!


Sounds good Yoker!

George Lazenbhoy

Wolf tones to U2


caption is like going from being quite fuckin happy this morning to ralph startin yon fuckin nervous patter ……….fukit ime away furra jug



D'Fhinnein Mick

After the dross that was Saturday,some fond memories of a certain night in May 1979.



Fergus McCann to David Murray


Kate Beckinsdale is Gods solution to winter. XXXXXXXXXXX.







Yoker Bhoy

Caption: hope to despair

Yoker Bhoy

VVD to Jozo


I want signed, no fee, no wages

all I would need is 30 seconds after we have scored a couple of goals in the next match vs them

Morelos would not be able to play football again after those 30 seconds

who was the goalie at the world cup before my time? was it Germany v france or something? that is what I would look like

but worse

Hopefully, a similar tackle to the one that ended John Kennedy’s playing career! With any luck, the next time the huns see him is when he geto to take part in James Hewitt’s son’s Invictus Games, or the Paralympics!!


Number one priority, keep Boyata at all costs, pay him whatever he wants , Peter rules, Monti is PISH!


According to most women i’ve met……you are quite correct 🙂


Morellos was allowed to cheat now even if the compliance officer deals with it correctly the damage was done. He will probably miss accies or Dundee im sure they will select a nice game for him to miss out on.


Come on the hoops get in 3 or 4 top players and keep that ibrox club down.

Daziekanowski's nightclub child

caption: Green to Whyte

The Cha

Caption “Going from 6 in a row to 10 in a row”


Larsson to Biggins!



From fish & chips to quinoa & beetroot


Ouch 🙁 Winner


Una… surely quinoa & beetroot can be battered also 🙂


Caption: … Puggy to Peggy.


From 55 to fuck all.


….BFF to LHO


Pakheid to Ibrox

Just back from Toto den den de den den den I hear the wild dog echo in the night


Chris Sutton to Chris Killen.


The Pope to the queen






I think it’s Puggy who is sticking something up Ralphs arse…


PISH!….mmm doesn’t really work.


Pedro caixhina to the Mexican border wall


Browns new Aussie contract 1 million Aussie dollars and a boot in the balls from behind everytime he gets homesick

San Miguel

In any progressive workplace, your performance is continuously monitored and appraised by your boss/superior or a panel. If the decision today is to cite Morelos, then surely the performance of the officials has to be questioned when he wasn’t even booked ? How is their performance monitored and dealt with ? If Morelos is still with Sevco the next time we play them at Celtic Park then Brown, Benkovic or whoever should take turns on sorting him out. He’s not that good and is less smart than he is talented and would lose it within 5 minutes. Oh and Ralph… Read more »

San Miguel

Now that Morelos got away Scot Free (pardon the pun (or is it hun ?)) after Saturday does that now mean we can kick other players in the goolies and get away with it ?

Nah – red card and a 3 match touchline ban for Neil Lennon.

Pathetically corrupt.

the 9 men of the apocalypse and craig whites pound coin

and Scottish football begins 2019




Penthouse to Club

That’s one for our older viewers.
Mike thanks for the kind words the other day. My uvva bruvva from a nuvva muvva!
Yes it would be good news to get a Benteke in but will we push the boat out?
GC George Connelly


No bother mate, but its the sheer scale of the corruption over here that’s doing my nut in. Beaton at Perth, Boyata argues with him, red card for Boyata. Collum at Aberdeen TWO questionable penalties. Even the Hearts player grabbing Kouassi’s privates a two game ban. Morelos grabs Christie’s privates and nothing. This cheating is beyond words and there is only one answer to it, bring in a thug and get him to ratchet up the tackles. If the SFA will not do anything about it, then needs must. Sisters doing it for themselves.


My aulder Bruvva without an fom nuvva muvva. 😉 <3

Openly corrupt. Beaton saw the three incidents and did nothing about it. Unreal! Give the thug job to Broony as he would enjoy it. Ralston can put a tackle in too.


That’s one of the things that I like about Ralston Iain, that he can and does put a tackle in, what is the point having a technically good player that cannot stand up to the rigours of the game.



Yoker Bhoy says what we all say I guess a RB, a centre half and a striker. But what is our overall style, is there currently a “ Celtic way?” I first recall Ronnie (2 titles and a cup, KT and Jamesie’ s fitness resolved but ultimately boredom and regression) first talking about diet, fitness and pressing much to NL’s irritation. Brendan took it a step further and the Invincibles blew everybody away but last year done got wiser more this season and we never kicked a ball against a quality European side, for every Anderlecht and Leipzig there was… Read more »


some not done got wiser.

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