Celtic Diary Wednesday February 6: Down to The Bare Bones ?

Celtic face Hibernian tonight as the players pay the penalty for having a couple of weeks off. A mid winter break is all well and good, but the intensity of the domestic programme since it all kicked in again could be one of the factors in the ever increasing injury list.

Ryan Christie, James Forrest, Oddsone Edoaurd and Mikael Lustig are unlikely to feature tonight, while Kristoffer Ajer is suspended.

That should set alarm bells ringing as when Celtic have to make a number of changes they do struggle to find a rhythymn, and with tonights fixtures providing further opportunities, depending on other results, to increase the lead at the top of the table, perhaps it would be the right time to call on referees to start to provide protection for those few players we’ve got left who aren’t jostling for space in the doctors waiting room.

Only James Forrest can say his injury wasn’t down to an assault, the noble warrior over stretching his leg to open the scoring during the Battle of Perth and doing himself a sore one.

Assistant manager Chris Davies outlined the problems..

James is having a scan on his hamstring, so I’d be very surprised if he’s available on Wednesday; we’re not sure yet about the severity of it.

Odsonne had a bad knock on his foot and he’s a big doubt – the physios are looking at x-rays if need be. We’re hoping he can improve day by day.

Mikael is doubtful with an Achilles problem.

Ryan also took a bad blow to his hip so it’s about monitoring and assessing him; we’ll see how he is and make a call on him in the next 24-48 hours. 

Disappointingly, the club appear to be content to lie back and have its tummy tickled rather than call out the lack of protection for players, but then again, its a feature of modern day Celtic to fail to protect not only its players, but its image, its supporters and as a result, its credibility.

Steve Clarke, Kilmarnock manager, has no such qualms about referees, calling them out for a lack of consistency..

You sit here on a Monday after a weekend where everybody talks about referees, consistency of refereeing. 

“One player runs to the crowd yesterday to celebrate a goal and gets a yellow card. One player runs to the crowd to celebrate a goal and doesn’t get a yellow card. 

Weah, reports indicate, wasn’t booked because no one in the crowd fell over, whereas someone did when Forrest ran to the crowd. They’re just making these rules up now.

“Five penalty decisions in one game, one correct, four wrong. There was an offside decision in our game on Friday night. Insignificant. 

It wasn’t in a dangerous position, it was offside, given by the east stand linesman. Three metres onside. The length of this desk and more.

“Has he been pulled up about it, has he been shown it? Has he been told he was wrong? Probably not. Probably doesn’t know it’s a mistake. It has to be sorted.

“It would be nice to see people in authority start to address the situation.”

That prompted a response from Steven Gerrard, which was clearly inspired by the PR firm that controls him, and we look set for an interesting second half of the season as Celtic head towards an eighth consecutive title, and possibly a third consecutive treble.

Well, when I say interesting, I mean blatant abuse of the rules to try to help one club at the expense of all others.

John Fleming, the referee supremo, is presumably hding under the same table as the poor, persecuted John Beaton.

Don’t worry , Mr Beaton, we won’t forget that you have given up your liberty for the game you love, even of the police seem to have.

A victory tonight for Celtic, combined with an Aberdeen win at Pitttodrie over “rangers ” would put Celtic eight clear, and its unlikely that Celtic will lose three more games than their nearest challengers between now and May.

Expect Derek McInnes to be having a moan in the morning, although they do seem to have the upper hand over the Ibrox side this season, winning two out of three games, with the other drawn.

 

Dedryck Boyata is set to return against Valencia next week, but reports indicate that he is fit again now, so manager Rodgers might throw him into the fray tonight to get him back up to speed and get his customary first game back cock up out of the way.

Nir Biton looks set to return to the midfield, allowing Calum MacGregor to play further forward, and if Boyata isn;t selected, there will be a chance for Jack Hendry to give us something to talk about.

New bhoy Jeremy toljan should continue at right back, with Emilio Izaguirre keeping the seat warm for Keiran Tierney on the left.

Tierney has returned to training, which surprised a few people, but there is little prospect of him appearing in the team for a while yet.

He will be on light duties, as they say, doing little more than turning the lights on when everyone gets back to the changing rooms.

Scott Sinclair, Timothy Weah, Oliver Burke will probably form the front line, and thats kind of a shame.

After the St Johnstone game, Weah made a point of saying that before he came on he was analysing the game. As soon as he took to the pitch, he exploited what he had seen as a weakness, and the game was won. A lot of people missed him saying that, r thought nothing of it, probably because we’re not used to intelligent statements from footballers, but for me, what he said was probably the most revealing thing I’ve heard about any footballer and the way his mind works since charlie Nicholas said he preferred to go to Arsenal rather than Liverpool.

 

Whilst it could be said that Celtic are down to the bare bones for tonights fixture, its still a very strong side, and there isn’t a single player listed that wouldn’t be an automatic choice for our opponents should he be in their squad.

A fact which applies to any other team in the league.

Only complacency and the referees can prevent a third treble.

We seem to have removed any thoughts of complacency, but are doing very little to counter the offensive from the officials.

 

 

Celtic have finalised their squad for the remaining Europa league games. rules allow for three players to be added, although none can be removed.

The players added are Toljan, Weah and Burke, all of whom who have played for the first team, while Bayo misses out.

Some might point out that Leigh Griffiths remaining in the squad is a positive thing, but he’s there simply because he cannot be taken out.

Hopefully, Celtic will have enough of a cushion in the league before the Valencia games, as the Spanish side look to be improving almost on an hourly basis, and the two ties will take a lot out of our players.

 

Elsewhere, a story in the Border Telegraph caught the eye..

AN anti-sectarian charity has voiced its anger and concern after a vandalism attack at a local football club.

Vile anti-Catholic slogans were painted onto doors, signs and windows at Vale of Leithen’s Victoria Park ground.

And more than a dozen pro-Rangers phrases were also daubed onto the enclosure and dug-outs.

It is estimated the clean-up will run into several hundred pounds.

But it’s the repulsive sectarian slogans which have caused the most anger with some.

Dave Scott, director of Nil By Mouth, tours the country educating schoolchildren about the divisiveness and dangers of sectarian behaviour.

And he finds it hard to believe that it is happening on his doorstep.

Dave told us: “This is utterly moronic behaviour and you wouldn’t need two hands to count the IQ points of those behind it.

“As a Gala Fairydean Rovers fan I’ve been to Victoria Park on numerous occasions and know how hard the club’s committee and volunteers work to keep the Vale going and the last thing they need is having to clean up after mindless acts of vandalism.”

Sectarianism in the Borders is rare with minimal convictions when compared to other parts of the country.

And Nil By Mouth hope this attack in Innerleithen will be a isolated incident.

Mr Scott added: “As part of our Kiss Bigotry Goodbye campaign we will contact the club and offer to sponsor a game in the very near future to show that true football supporters love the game and hate this sort of nonsense.”

Vale of Leithen’s committee have already forked out thousands of pounds to bring their ground up to Lowland League standards.

And they regularly have to carry out clean-ups and repairs following minor vandalism.

But chairman Stuart Robertson admits this is the worst attack he’s witnessed.

Mr Robertson said: “This is the worst case of vandalism I’ve seen in all my years of being involved at the Vale.

“There is paint everywhere and we are going to have to clean it off the best we can before our next game.

“People work so hard at Vale of Leithen yet you get people who come along and undo all the good work.”

Police Scotland confirmed an investigation has been launched.

A spokesperson said: “Police in the Borders are investigating following a report of vandalism at a football club in Innerleithen.

“The incident took place between 9am on Friday, February 1 and 9am on Monday, February 4 in the Victoria Park area.

 

The cancer, once thought to have been eradicated, is spreading…

 

Don’t forget, place your bets on “rangers ” . Two penalities or more in two or more games, including cup games.

Or at least try to, I’m aware that several people have tried, but no one will take the bet…

 

On monday we had this picture to ponder..

Paddybhoy67 February 4, 2019 at 11:04 am · Edit · Reply →

Hun cloning programme announce major success. 

Today..

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George Lazenbhoy

Caption : Russian bodyguard trys to shoot protestor with his fingers

VooDude

Ha ha ha. Winner

Monti

Pish, his name isn’t Puggy 🙂

D'Fhinnein Mick

RALPH

Bare bones,indeed. I think Ewan Henderson will make an appearance tonight from the start,and I’m sure that Brendan would rather that wasn’t needed at this stage in his career. (You know where to find my musings/rants)

I can’t do a CAPTION today,I’m afraid,as I don’t know the Russian for Phwooooaaaar!!!

Puggy67

Caption: The last thing the line-up needed – another two tits.

Puggy67

Caption: Woman seeking breast enlargement asks Putin who did his top lip.

Mike A

Caption: Putin keeping abreast of world events.

Caption: What’s that Angela, Global Warming yes that’s terrible. You go on I’ll catch up after I ahem, check out, I mean, hear this young lady’s grievances.

Bognorbhoy

Caption…

Looks like merkel’s favourite disco song has just hit the decks…

Putin …I have fought in bear pits …not I fight bare tits

Mick

Caption : nice try doll but the real tits are at ibrox.

Monti

Celtic 4-4-1-1 Bain Toljan Boyata Simunovic Izaguirre Burke Brown McGregor Johnston Weah Sinclair Midweek Scorecard predictions: Celtic 6 Hibs 1 Boyata o.g. Weah 2 Sinclair 2 Johnston, McGregor Aberdeen 8 The rangers 7 Cosgrove 3 Tavernier pen Mcginn 3 Tavernier pen Davis o.g. Tavernier pen Morelos o.g. Tavernier pen Tavernier pen Tavernier Pen Morelos Pen, missed & retake scored by Tavernier.

Monti

He’s a bastard an orange bastard his name is Jimmy Bell,
He’s a bastard an orange bastard his name is Jimmy Bell

Awomaye awomaye awomaye

🙂

Bgbhoy

🙂

Me and you in an empty room doll

No you Merkel you like the that arsewipe budge

Cortes

“I believe in Merkel’s, you sexy thing”

Monti

Wonder if Barasic & Katic are aware of what the Huns are singing about, maybe Stevie G could tell them, after all they are singing about killing you as well.

Monti

Don’t know if anyone caught ‘ Breakfast News ‘ this morning, but the sister of Emiliano Sala posted a pic of the players dog, sitting at the house door waiting on it’s owners return.

Sad.

RIP Emiliano.

HH

Gash67

Caption

Oi out the way and gae me a swatch at her t1ts.

the silent mafia assassin having a little holiday in Jockland, wondering if its a working holiday, or not

Traffic lights are green, amber, red

Weather warnings are similarly colour coded

Threat levels to GB are graded from low to critical.

So i’m very, very disappointed that the media has not devised a John Beaton alert, the lazy bastards.

Such an alert could range from “next breath is the last” to “sitting outside the Loyal Crown Bar in Bellshill having a beer, wearing just a The Rangers* top”

We deserve better.

puggy67

Caption: Putin thinks: Черт, я забыл упаковать свой дафлкот!
(Fuck I forgot to pack my duffle coat!)

Hoop hoop hooray

If you’re blue and you don’t know
where to go to
why don’t you go where fashion sits
Putin on the tits
Different types who wear a day
coat pants with stripes and cutaway
coat perfect Fits
Putin on the tits

Caption:

Merkle, “Hey, Vladimir, What’s the score? We just got rid of that pair of tits, May and Trump, and now another pair turn up.”

H H

You`re customers to the Fine Fenians: Breakin` `em in Mammy! Bloo is bloo, what Weah is my shortcut? EBT past particle inserts…phrasal verb;Follow follow victims. Hahaha. Again,tripped circus denied a ding-a-ling. To ought to. Stevie-G,it`s maybe our back yard. Avoid pollutants, chemicals, and scouse sevconian orange scented products. You`re through though.Thank you. Not only for the game. Hooked on a Hoop feeling. I want to thank you for being a friend Newco. Bain of the world they Scott bean counters. Hits the 2 posts and it is in. Celtic`s intended general-purpose…those that play in the middle,play them there at the… Read more »

The Cha

Caption “This is a protest against women being portrayed as sex objects”

“You’re Huns, aren’t you?”

Weered

🙂

The Cha

Happy with your new manager?

I watched the Irish League Show, forgetting that the Reds lost in the last round.

I enjoyed it, especially the amateur teams, with 4 red cards and plenty of less than athletic physiques in the Larne one and a ridiculous penalty given against Crumlim Star.

puggy67

Caption: Putin thinks – fuck I forgot to pack my duffle coat.

ScottyBhoy16

Caption: last time I saw a pair of tits like that was Monday’s caption!

puggy67

🙂

Caption:

I`m to see the yankie drones puttin` in at Celtic Park.

jimmybee

God Bless the flowers of Manchester the Busby Babes so tragically taken on this day.
RIP.

My Thoughts to all.

My Uncle told me it was the best side he`d went to watch besides John`s.
It was an attitude for a game for all post war.Said he cried for days after the crash.

“Then we all went and seen a Northern Irish kid called George play.”

Uncle still remembers;
Matt Busby. The telegram simply read:
“I think I’ve found you a genius”

Different change of the game.
Working class got paid what they were worth.

Monti

Jimmybee,
Indeed m8!

Didn`t know The bloo would be jammie up till the break…

Nancy Pelosi says no to sevco FC.

It`s a matter for Maxwell’s “terrific reputation” hailed by SFA president, Alan McRae,that the world is too beautiful for the both!
Pick it,roll it up & flick it! Scottish Football pictured.

SFA enchanting landlady twist.

Thy new gers gaze. Only in the distance.

We don`t do walking in the park…
We are the Perceiving.

The Cha

Attention Monti!

From fishal site:

“Celtic v Hibernian – arrive early for the new Paradise lightshow”

and full technical details in “STADIUM LIGHTSHOW”

What’s not to like? 😉

You forget the lights are Green.

They`re Solar Monti.They`re after a coin for the machine for after noon.

The light only changes colour from those wearing Green in the crowd.

Candle lit upside down slide show.

Borrow Lawwell`s BIC.

Monti

If i could do the index finger clip…..:)

The Cha

I hope you’ve got a giant foam hand and give a suitable “wave” when you’re picked out under the lights. 😉

Are there no any orange lights to complement the green and white…

Shadow show`ll do.

TicToc

Ha, here’s a Magic Shadow Show from a wee Tim mhan from The Calton, one Matt McGinn: HH and RIP.
If I remember correctly this song was a tribute to his older brother who loved Omar Khayham. And The Rubiyat.
(corrections to spelling gratefully accepted, if needed.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGL2mZNoUBY

jimmybee

Big night of football the bhoys to march onto victory and the sheep to beat sevco.
Bain
Toljan Bitton if Boyata isn’t fit Jozo Izzy
Brown Henderson
Johnstone McGregor Sinclair
Burke
Weah off the bench when tired legs set in.
3-1 the bhoys.
Light up Light up the Celtic are in town.

The Cha

Is Christie out?

Looked a bad kick in the ribs but I’d expect 2-3 days treatment to sort that out.

Henderson might be a good shout to come on later with Weah to turn the screw.

jimmybee

I think Christie is out cha

The Cha

Ta but not so sure; when Chris Davies was giving an injury update the other day he never mentioned Christie. Having said that, there was a lot of others to talk about!

The Celtic Star is predicting the following:

Scott Bain

Jerry Toljan, Jojo Simunovic, Dedryck Boyata, Emilio Izaguirre

Scott Brown, Callum McGregor

Timo Weah, Ryan Christie, Scotty Sinclair

Oli Burke

Even if true, would Burke be up on his own?

jimmybee

I can’t see him risking Burke and Weah together in case 1 gets injured. I think Johnstone will start on the wing Burke up top. But Brendan knows best m8

Una

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Putin u might think I’m making a tit of myself but wait till u see da pussy riot

Monti

🙂

I had heard that Lurgan pussy is tough-Hardcore

BJF

Caption “ Una can’t keep her hands of Monti!” Sorry Una. I see the point about us struggling when we make changes but Weah and Burke have been a breath of fresh air in and around the team and both seem really intelligent guys determined to make a mark during their loan spell. Regrettably dont see us keeping Burke, we have been here before with Paddy, but he is certainly doing the business at the moment. I really like Craig Gordon, to my mind he still our number 1 but Bain has done really well and there is less sense… Read more »

jimmybee

Caption Wasnt that a party.
Looking at the caption Putin just doesn’t give a fuck does he.

This`ll be some game.Usually is.

Can a keeper score an OG?

Henderson`s comfortable `cause Forrest,McGregor & Tierney.

If it`s true on the label…Young Bhoys from Cappielow,i`m glad to say, are giving Brendan the joy to have 2 bob to play with.

Puggy67

22/1 2+ pens (that’s penalties for Aberdonians not brothels) the night in the Sevco game. Makes sense to me and my two bob is on it.

Is the love for the game gone from players for his positional attitude?

One shot for a short employment career.Do we all miss out on the spoils?

The spoils form the game are from the bastards that never could,though telling us all,the way it should.

While in-between, we`ll just pretend PLC volunteer.

A broken back isn`t classed as a work injury to be covered.

jimmybee

Strongest line up tonight confirmed
Bain
Toljan Boyata Jozo Izzy
Brown McGregor
Burke Christie Sinclair
Weah
Bayo makes the bench
5_0 the bhoys

Monti

Any good links for the game tonight Bhoys?

Moderated Monti

hegoal.com

Boyatatata MOTM.

Somali cable Monti.

Magdalena’s Chestnut Geldings Saddle Strap

Caption

Elvis photobombs Putin & Merkel to completely steal the limelight from a topless protester

They`re to send that ref to Jenny Craig Whyte.

Child bearin` cheatin` bassa.

O`Yes.

Ref was waiting to see if Bain got injured there.

Has that linesman a Hibs flag he`ll never let go of?

Visions of tippy tappy…

Callum is two armed celebration.

Red card,red card,red card.

Do we score more goals at home at the other end of the Green Brigades corner?

As they like to do.

Tellin` us the sevco score…the crowd`ll let us know.

Piss off back with Shug.

What`s his name again.With Simon and Kelly?

What`s the odds for Broonie scoring a goal?

The goal frame`s to be painted.

Penalty sevco.

Where was one Celtic player to remonstrate to that hibs player.

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