Celtic Diary Thursday January 31: Magic Moment

Celtic finally asserted their superiority in the league by moving six points clear of the pack with a 2-0 win over St Johnstone.

Calum MacGregor and Ryanaldo (copyright Dominik Diamond ) Christie scored two great goals that lit up another stuffy encounter, within a minute or so of each other, that knocked the stuffing out of the stuffy Saints.

Mikael Lustig made another serious bid to get his contract extension, , Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic performed admirably now that they’ve been called on, and Scott Brown looks a lot more settled now he’s put the Australian adventure to bed, and Calum Macgregor looked more comfortable now that his captain is more comfortable.

All in all, a good day at the office. Well, it would have been if the heating was working.

Apart from a couple of incidents that suggest the referees have now got over their initial shock at being called cheats and have now resumed their in house honest mistakes competition, there is little else to talk about.

Murray Davidson confused the officials by having two surnames, which led to a reluctance for the referee to book him, although eventually one assault on Lustig did the trick, and the serial blindness in the penalty box meant that James Forrest was denied a penalty when Saints reverted to backie ins as a tactic.

That leaves the table looking like this..

and depsite the experts telling us that its still a wide open title race, it really isn’t. The nearest challengers would have to win three more games than Celtic out of the remaining fifteen, and that simply isn’t going to happen.

Eight in a row, after a few hiccoughs along the way, is now more likely than not.

Thats not to underestimate the effect that dishonest refereeing can have, but it would take a monumental effort on their part to make any difference now.

They’ll concentrate on the Cup. Much easier for them to deny a treble treble.

 

Its transfer deadline day, and I thought about sitting outside Celtic Park with my phone and tweeting all the comings and goings as Celtic swooped into the market to strengthen, but figured that would be a waste of time.

Even the ones we sign aren’t hanging about, as Brendan rodgers explained re Maryan Shved..

“Medical is done. He’ll go back to Ukraine, finish his season there and then come in. By the summer he’ll be ready to go.” 

Where ?

 

The injury to filip Benkovic isn’t as bad as first thought, but he will be out for five games minimum. That means that Jack Hendry may not be allowed to go on loan, which could see him step up to the plate when-or if-called on.

Yes, I know, I’m looking for a silver lining here.

 

Aberdeen hesitated to sell Scott McKenna to Celtic with no replacement lined up, and have even turned down a £5m bid from Stoke City for the defender.

Stoke are in freefall just now, and McKenna will be relieved that the Dons have saved him from a move to the midlands, where he could well pass into obscurity.

If Celtic are to bring anyone in today, he still remains favourite, although there is a chance that Jeremy Whatsis name from dortmund could end up in Glasgow.

Jeremy hasn’t played for his own team for quite some time, and if anyone is anywhere near Lee congerton at any point today, steal his phone while he isn’t looking, and remove the app that contains details of Bundesliga Players Who Can’t Get A Game For Their Clubs.

It didn’t work last January, and it won’t work this time either.

There is also a story which says Celtic have had a loan bid for Paris SG right back Colin Dagba knocked back, confirming the diary suspicion (see yesterday ) that the scouting department are combing through the list of reserve players at the French club, along with those at Manchester City.

The squad is strong enough to win the remaining domestic trophies, whether or not anyone else is signed today.

However, the loannees will go back, Weah, Burke and Benkovic, and there is a likelihood that Lustig and certainly Boyata will move on.

Keiran Tierney is injured, and no one is telling us what the problem is, which suggests its more serious than we’d want it to be.

Already the warning signs for the Champions League qualifiers are there, and its not enough to blame the board for a lack of investment.

Players who could strengthen the side should have been identified and sounded out long before now.

Yet again, the recruitment department appears to have badly failed the manager, who , it must be acknowledged, is no great shakes at identifying a player. That , in itself, isn;t an issue, but its time to bring in someone who does have an eye for a player, and a contact list that doesn’t include German hospitals or youth coaches in Paris and Manchester.

 

Even this early, it appears our best chance of being involved in the champions League group stages will be if the Europa League trophy ends up in Glasgow, and with Valencia improving on a weekly basis, whilst Celtic have lost their best two defenders, that doesn’t seem likely.

 

So, the support must focus on the treble treble, as it seems that is the pragmatic decision of the board and management .

Unambitious ? Possibly, but there may also be a heavy dose of reality in there as well.

We just have to hope the increase in squad size kicks a few arses among the players, as it seems to have done with Sinclair and Lustig, and the team gets its mojo back.

I’d be happy with that.

It does leave a doubt over the managers future, however, and no matter how many times he says he’s happy, things can change very quickly in this game, and if Neil Lennon returns to the club when he resurfaces after his parting with Hibernian in any capacity at Celtic, the writing will be on the wall.

 

By the way, we hear Lennon and his staff have been paid in full. Something has gone badly wrong at Hibernian, and we can only hope that if it was pictures of Leanne Dempster in the bath that were the clincher for the unusual statement yesterday, , that Lennon never feels the need to release them publicly.

 

Elsewhere, Cardiff City fans traveled to Nantes last night in a show of sympathetic unity for the player who died in a plane crash..

Reports indicate that a couple of seat cushions from the plane have been found, and scientists will test the brown stains on them to establish identification.

 

We like to scour the internet for the more bizarre stories out there, and this one raised an eyebrow..

Ultimately, though, the film of the story was a major disappointment.

 

There was another disappointment in the Motherwell Times..

Council recognises Orange Lodge anniversary despite SNP misgivings

No doubt locals would also recognise a few councillers at the Orange lodge, especially when the article reveals…

Anniversary celebrations for the Orange Lodge are to be recognised by North Lanarkshire Council, which will also gift them £500.

Hang on, for that sort of money, surely the council should ask for something in return…

Maybe they could put wee spikes on their drumsticks and as they march along the queens highway they could use them to pick up litter. Their drums could be used to contain it until a suitable receptacle is found.

Or maybe they could push a v shaped brush in front of them, removing debris to the gutter for  a vacuum truck to collect in their wake.

That would give them an excuse to march past churches, where they could help tidy away any confetti …in fact, if there’s been a wedding scramble, we could let them keep the odd coppers they find.

You see, its all about tolerance, understanding mutual respect and co-operation.

I can already see the movement and its supporters joining the rest of us in the 21st century.

In fact, it may even lead to Scotland being united under a new flag , a new symbol of the coming together of two former enemies, linking arms for the common good..

Lets see, we’ll need green, to represent the Irish diaspora, and orange, to represent our new found friends, and perhaps white, to signify peace.

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Poor Leigh Griffiths, another visionary condemned, and yet he was way ahead of his time..

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I think there’s an opening for me in the diplomatic corps.

 

Yesterday, we showed this picture, for you to comment upon..

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Caption Day 1 Language Lessons at Lennoxtown:
So Brownee I drink this tonic water and then say “Who you fuckin lookin it? 

Today..

 

By the way, we hear Donald Trump is coming to Scotland, an MSM reporter sent us this..

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Monti

Lawwell out
Boyata out!

Monti

Get Lee Congerton tae fuck & give the scouting job to Davie Hay.

The Cha

I say again, he’s identified good players, schar, Puccini, castagne etc.

It’s not his fault that the £4m a year man can’t complete basic paperwork to get “slam dunks” in the basket.

Monti

John McGinn….:)

The Cha

Salary just under £2m, bonus £2.3m, total approx £4m.

I never mentioned Eddy, fuxake, tell me that even you can see that?

D'Fhinnein Mick

We haven’t had a decent scouting system since the days of Davie Hay.

Westendtim

Another 2 survivors from the latest Sevco pitch invasion found alive, well as alive as a supporter of a dead club can be!

Mike

Caption, Spice up your lives, OK that’s an old one, your right, its Old Spice.

Yet again, the recruitment department appears to have badly failed the manager, who , it must be acknowledged, is no great shakes at identifying a player.

Its not the managers job to identify playersz…that’s down to the U16s players on Fifa19

The Cha

Let’s see:

Forrest, Brown and others who have contributed mightily to 7/7 were destined for the scrapheap

Young, going nowhere players developed into top ones, McGregor, Christie, Armstrong etc

Dembele, 2 great years that had us genuinely talked about in Europe, rather than just in our minds and a £20m profit to please the balance sheet CSC

Sinclair, pity, top goalscorer, creator etc

Ntcham, Eddy, who’ll contribute massively before generating massive profit (see dembele)

Hopefully, Brendan’s bad eye will be around Paradise for a long time 😉

Monti

Fine well he knows…..

Yet again, the recruitment department appears to have badly failed the manager, who , it must be acknowledged, is no great shakes at identifying a player.

Its not the managers job to identify playerz!…that’s down to the U16s players on Fifa19

Monti

Couldn’t do worse than congerton….

Mike

Caption, Ralphy and Desimond prepare for their next podcast, Hectors under the weather…

ChrisBhoy

Caption VooDude and Thommo stop for their 5th piss break on the way back from the game

VooDude

Genuine LOL moment.

Devoy45

Bhoys, well done against ‘stuffy’ St. Johnstone. That will prove a big game in the longer run. 2 of our next three away, to St. Johnstone and Killie. We need to keep the pressure and momentum going. Calmac and Christie are vital to that.
Keep up the good work Brendan and the Bhoys.

Monti

…..and the board, Devoy….

BJF

Caption: Celtic’s new signings at centre half and right back misunderstand Scott Brown’s advice on how to mingle into Glasgow life.
So Scott McKenna isn’t going to Stoke, what sort of idiot would go anywhere near the place? We are looking good with March a big month but hopefully Benkovic, Boyata and KT might be back, well managed BR.

Mike

Just how many have their hands in the Celtic till. The Bigoted Broadcasting Corruption, where the many soup takers partake of the Minestroni Celtic soup. The Stupid Tunnel Vision, serving up the main course of succulent lamb The Scottish gutter press, filled to the brim of currant Buns. Ex Celtic players who gorge themselves on criticism of our great club, these partakers of soup embedded in SKY and elsewhere. And then we reach the stupid ones, who never ever played for Celtic, but who think that its appropriate to try to dishonour our club. Celtic has many many enemies, but… Read more »

The Cha

Life is a Minestrone

Mike

Cock-a-Leaky.

The Cha

Monti’s UTI?

Mike

Cream Veloute, a blend similar to.. Boyataoot soup.

Monti

No kidneys tho…..

Noel Skytrot

Caption….Boris and Theresa’s boat lake party to celebrate Brexshit goes tits up.

Stuart McGinley

Caption Morelos ‘Lee please don’t tell anyone about this’. Lee Wallace ‘Cmon Alfie am no a grass ye know’……

Mike

Magic moments, when the Hertz we are Humping,
Magic moments, when the Huns we are Pumping,
I’ll never forget the moment we skelped them under the disco lights,
The way that we sang and cheered was one of the highlights,
Magic moments, mem’ries we’ve been sharin,
Magic moments, mem’ries of Celtic show that we are carin,
Magic moments filled with love…

Weered

Mike…excellent…Perry Como would be proud of that one…

Mike

Catch a falling star and pay yer round at the bar. 😉

Weered

Mike…never let it spill away…

Mike

For cherlie may come an tap you on the shoulder..

Noel Skytrot

Caption….Sevconians celebrate winning the league three times in one season.

Sean O'Kane

Celtic wouldn’t pay £5 million for Messi. So there’s no chance they’ll bid for McKenna. Our board have long settled for ‘As long as we do better than Rangers.’
That’s the height of our ambition at the minute; I don’t think European progress causes them much thought. Transfer windows will remain a scramble of short-term fixes.

David

Well said The Cha. Let’s see: Forrest, Brown and others who have contributed mightily to 7/7 were destined for the scrapheap Young, going nowhere players developed into top ones, McGregor, Christie, Armstrong etc Dembele, 2 great years that had us genuinely talked about in Europe, rather than just in our minds and a £20m profit to please the balance sheet CSC Sinclair, pity, top goalscorer, creator etc Ntcham, Eddy, who’ll contribute massively before generating massive profit (see dembele) Hopefully, Brendan’s bad eye will be around Paradise for a long time This is what our faithful non supporters like Monti fail… Read more »

Monti

In what way am i acting like the unwashed? For a start i took a shower, brushed my teeth & headed off to work this morning.?

Mike

Bet you never combed your cough hair. 😉 <0

Monti

🙂

The Cha

Dunno what the boy David is on about, as I think you’d agree with my summation, which is a vindication of the bould Brendan.

Monti

So our first choice central defensive partnership, or should i say Brendan’s first choice, Benkovic out for six weeks & Boyata out for…erm…who knows.
You would think there would be one or two defenders, good ones at clubs who aren’t getting a game for their club, who could come in & do a good job?
I mean all the teams in Europe, there’s no one prepared to come to Celtic?

Nurse.

Bongo

Maybe they all read the PISH you talk about our defense and think better of it

Monti

PISH

Benjamin Lynch

Well BR himself said nobody he would want would come knowing that we already have a settled 1st choice pairing already. Nevermind that they’ll both be gone in 5 months and are both now currently crocked.

They need to be looking at all the teams who have qualified for Champions League and Europa the past few seasons and try and find quality players looking to make a step up. There are surely a few out there willing to win trophies and play in Europe after Christmas?!

The Cha

“Right royally humped”, oh dear the daily diarrhoea of Brendan Shite is skittering out all over the place again. What’s up, 4 victories since the resumption, 12 scored and none conceded, top of the league by 6 points, better goal difference etc, ah I now see what ails you. Yes, we’ve taken pastings from the creme de la creme of Europe but sadly that is the lot of all but a handful of clubs these days. Qualified for UCL 2/3 (nb much harder than previously) Qualified for EL k/o 2/3 (ditto) Some great results: -Knocking 5 past both Bersheva &… Read more »

The Cha

I’m not convinced but will suspend judgement until there’s a flicker of satisfaction as 9/9 hoves into view.

Monti

Did i actually read somewhere Brendan said ” He’s ( Congerton ) identifying players the club CAN’T sign “???
If that’s the case why is he doing that?

Nurse.

Monti

Caption: Mountbatten boat hire

iBhoy

Jokes about footballers who die in plane crashes. Marvelous.

Iancelt67

Caption

We tried to keep mike and Charlie apart then this happened

Mike A

Caption: Two Sevco fans relaxing after their third pitch invasion party in a month.

Bongo

4 clean sheets in a row
2 assists from right back
1 banging light show
and a Treble Treble on the way – not bad eh Monti

flinker

Never looked in the mirror though,you,d probably see one of THEM!

TonyDtic

It’s no wonder the Cheatco trolls love our sites. Seems you have to be either pro or anti the board, Boyata or whatever. What’s wrong with just getting behind the team? We read over and over on the celtic sites that Brendan is off at the end of the season. Ffs do the fans really think that Brown,Rogic and even young Henderson would’ve signed up if Brendan hadn’t signalled his intention to stick around for the 10 at least? Let’s just get behind what we’ve got and stick it right up the Cheatco every passing week and every passing title.… Read more »

Stuart McWilliams

Caption “Freakin’ hell Broonie, that was some night’!

Weered

Caption: …they’ve finished with the wine now they’re looking in the river for the Bass they were told about

Alzyerpal

Caption : “Manchester Memories”

Weered

I’m sorry to report that Roy Carroll’s goalkeeping days may be numbered. He did his Cruciate last weekend.

The Cha

On the plus side, he seemed to have been in great form this season, so any chance of stopping the Huns winning the league?

CHA… IT GOES WITH THE BAD HIP AND THE WEAK BACK HE COMPLAINS WHEN A FORWARD COMES NEAR Him. I don’t think it will make much difference to the league..
He is a big loss for them though, 🙂

Mike

Celtic Fiddle, while Tommy twists and turns.
Dilly Dally, Dilly Dally,
Ralph’s away fur a swally,
Oh he can be irritating,
His dugs go mental while they are a waiting.
Take him hame he’s auld and weary,
Take him hame he’s far too cheery.

Its the beer’s fault… blame it!

Jamie

Davie hay get my vote, he’d still be there if it wasn’t for that prick jock brown hun b…..d

Cartvale88

Caption Sevco in the gutter after Celtic go six points clear. There is a serious issue at Parkhead, buying players for the sake of bringing players in as a project. That is nothing to do with strengthening the team, also a lack of looking at what you have got. Christie and Forrest who could have been away for wallies. The sourcing of players isbroken, all we get are loanees and projects, BR has done brilliantly since he arrived, but we could have beaten AEK with an addition or two, qualifying for the group stages. Liewell is the issue, he is… Read more »

Mike

I see that the hole who spat on Canon White at the Orange walk was identified by the DNA left on Canon White’s vestments. Bradley Wallace from Uddingston pleaded guilty to the charge. Hope he gets what’s coming to him…

Weered

Mike…pool ball in a sock might be just the ticket 🙂

Mike

Or a claw hammer! 😉

Monti

Or Semtex….

Monti… What a waste of material… Big fucking stick… That’ll do nicely

The Cha

with a rusty nail

CHA… I wouldn’t want him to get a nasty infection like tetanus…

Puggy67

Caption:Celtic scouts ‘compiling a dossier.’

Benjamin Lynch

Monti, I found that reference for 9m worldwide fans. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_F.C._supporters It’s old, but still… even if that figure has shrunk since the. To 5-7m, that’s still a massive number. And here’s where Peter Lawwell and Ian Bankier need to be taken to task. Of the 5+ million worldwide, how many of them are buying merchandise each year? How many are CelticTV subscribers? How many are patronizing Celtic’s sponsors and giving them some business? These are questions competent leaders in any other major company would be able to answer. I mean, look at Facebook’s annual report. They know exactly how many… Read more »

Monti

Ben,
Interesting stuff m8

Maybe one day our club can take the next step up, we are a wonderful support, yes even Bongo, & we will always be there when the club need us.
We all want the club to always aim higher & do better, never stand still.

We all want Celtic to prosper…..that drives me & all of us.

God bless the Celts!

Caption:

“Is that Jesus fella been around again? This wine is miles better than the bottled stuff.”

H H

Monti

Pensionerbhoy,
How are you sir?

The Cha

Hibs lost 4 goals in the Faroes and 6 in the tie.

Hammered by Molde.

Failed abysmally at Bolton and at Hibs performed no better than Mowbray or Stubbs.

At us, ‘rightly royally humped’ in domestic cup games.

We raised the bar in getting Brendan and shouldn’t be lowering it when he goes, we shouldn’t be lowering it.

If Lenny does anything of note ie EC promotion or something of a similar level abroad then after this (5 years?) he can be considered but not before unless we want to close large parts of the ground again.

The Cha

Caption: A few minutes before:

E-Tims Pish Stained Source 1 “Perhaps we should stay sober and do some serious scouting”

E-Tims Pish Stained Source 2 “Fuck that, crack them open”

Monti

I shouldn’t be but i’m fucking amazed how incompetent we as a club are when it comes to signings, anyone who thinks this window has been succesful is away with the fucking fairies.

A completely different approach is required at Celtic now, time to get Lawwell out on his fucking arse.

It’s a joke!

Monti

Braga, Utrecht, Ross County & Morton.

Monti

If we needed a couple of defenders who could do a job in the short term, even though we need defenders who can do a job in the long term, nurse meds…
What about the lad Halkett who plays for Livingston Thistle ( see Fergus ) or Paul Hanlon at Hibs or John soapy soutar at Hertz?

Domestically i’d have any of those three before Jack Hendry.

Bongo

You’ve totally lost the plot.

Peter Lawwell has tried to get players that the manager wants – but we are either priced out of a mad market and players who just want to go to England for the mad wages – so find it hard to understand why you want rid of him ASWELL.

Monti

Lawwell is a fucking bell end & so are you, now fuck off!

Caption the 29/12/218 hangover is just kicking in for SEVCO

Pat Higney

Caption: Test dummies litter the proving ground for Joso’s tackling class.

Cortes

Credit where it’s due.

Brendan wanted to sign Tyrone Mings, but the Heated Driveway Guy said,

“No way. He’s honking.”

Honest hoops

Caption; jimmy bellend and his assistant caught blootered when they should be washing the kits for upcoming match….

Monti

McKenna to Stoke £7m…….gonna match it Peter?

Monti

So fucking what?
How much did we get for Virgil in total?
About £20m?
Where is the fucking money?

Monti

…..and some lights.

Yes please but be sure they are LEDs

Devoy45

Sorry Monti but McKenna is no better than Jack Hendry and is worth no more than 1.5 million. Aberdeen is taking the mickey. Yes, let’s get a defender. If it has to be a SCottish one, Shaughnessy is better than McKenna. So is Berra, so is Considine. I do agree with your defenders you’ve listed in your previous post but McKenna is slow, bad in the tackle and injury prone. He scored against the Huns but that is a big club with many members!

Monti

Devoy, I disagree, i don’t get where you think McKenna is slow, pace is one of his main attributes, he is also strong in the air & in the tackle, not to mention he is only 21. I think he is a guy you could get 10 years out of, i’d pay £7m for him without blinking. You also have to remember Devoy, it’s a position we need to fill, there is a good young Scottish player, i’ll be totally fucking disillusioned if we lose this guy on the back of John McGinn. £7m is not a lot of money… Read more »

Brencelt

Caption: Sally mccoist and gazza doing a spot of gardening leave

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