Celtic Diary Saturday March 2: Concerns Grow For Health Of Ex Manager

Celtic face Hibernian in the Scottish cup at tea time tonight. Whoever had that bright idea will probably go far in the SFA.

For manager Neil Lennon, a visit to Easter road will be relished as its a chance to meet up with old friends such as his former boss, Leanne Dempster.

There might be a few sub-plots with me going back but the major issue is for me to help negotiate a very difficult cup tie.

“What kind of reception am I expecting? I think I’ll get a better one than I got at Tynecastle. It will be a bit surreal going back so early but I’m ready for it and there will be no bitterness, not at all.

“I don’t know if I deserve a warm welcome but it would be nice. I had a great relationship with the Hibs public in my 2½ years. We feel we did a good job. Things went a little bit dry for four or five weeks but Paul Heckingbottom has come in and the players are playing well, so we’ll be coming up against a very confident team.” 

And Dempster ?

He said that he’d be in the dugout, and “her majesty ” would be in her box.

Lennon has said that he won’t alter things too much as far as the playing style goes, and the promotion of John Kennedy, who himself is turning into a bit of a Sean Fallon, is a sign that a lot of things will stay the same.

Although  we hear the intensity of the training will lessen to help the casualty figures fall to within a manageable range.

The organsiation behind the training though, will remain constant. The former manager did put in a system that is way ahead of anything that existed before his arrival, and those who have taken that over will keep the good bits and quietly lay to rest the bad.

In fact, in years to come the set up might even prove to be the legacy of the former manager, but that still won’t mean we’ll be able to say his name without the taste of betrayal on our tongues.

 

One aspect of the paying style that will change is the slow and ponderous piddling about in our own eighteen yard area. Decision making will be delegated to the players and they must choose whether or not to clear their lines or if its safe enough to pass, as opposed to just passing and hoping the opposition don;t see it as a chance to press the defenders back further.

The steelier edge to the midfield should discourage the heavier challenges from opponents, and give players a little more confidence in that those who perhaps don;t relish the physical confrontations will be protected by those who do.

We may see more of Nir Biton in this set up.

Rogic , MacGregor and Christie won’t make tonights game, but Dedryck Boyata will be in place.

The team will likely be the same one that started at Tynecastle, although if it isn’t it will be different.

Hibs have in in form striker in Marc McNulty, on loan from Reading who will be their main threat, and Paul Hecklebottom , their new manager, has given them a little bit of their confidence back. Which is good, as it gives us something to take away from them.

After the high pressure situation at Tynecastle was dealt with, the Easter road confrontation should be a little less nervous, and Celtic should march into the semi finals.

If there is the added bonus of a few goals and a high tempo high quality performance, then there’ll be no need to think that the third consecutive treble is out of reach.

We recorded a podcast last night, now on the site elsewhere, and the one thing that kept me thinking after wards was the thought-yeah, i have them every now and again, that had Neil Lennon not been available immediately, indeed maybe even decided not to take the job after all the hassle it caused him last time, then Celtic would have been entering the business end of the season looking for a manager .

That hadn’t occured to me previously because I was well aware he wanted to come back, and knew in his heart of hearts that one day he would, although if you recall in one of his first interviews, he did say that he dodn;t expect it to happen so soon.

Lawwell got a break there, and perhaps that as much as anything explains his little dance at the end of the Hearts game.

No manager of any mark would risk coming to a club where there was everything to lose and nothing to gain, so its likely that John Kennedy and Damien Duff would have been asked to hold the fort.

However, Lennon and Kennedy have proved in the past that they are real Celtic men, though duff maybe has a ways to go yet..

He worked with Celtic’s former manager at chelsea, and said..

He was brilliant with me down there. We would obviously talk about Celtic; it’s my dream club, it was his dream club then, 

Which brings me neatly to the former manager, who has begun his campaign to seek forgiveness for his betrayal and the manner in which he betrayed us.

But to give us a sense of context and a feeling about the man, we refer to this extract..

 

In a full interview with noted PR outlet the Daily Record, he tried to put the record straight..a paper noted for not telling the truth featuring an interview with a man noted for not telling the truth.

The actions of a sociopath, as we discussed on the podcast, include an ability to believe one’s own lies.

For example..

Brendan Rodgers stunned by Celtic fans’ vitriol and asks ‘What the f*** are you doing? I’m one of you’

But a look of horrified incredulity washes across the face of Brendan Rodgers when he’s told that his decision to bail out on Celtic has been received by the club’s supporters as the biggest single act of betrayal since Maurice Johnston crossed the great divide to sign for Rangers more than 30 years ago.

“Is it that bad?”, he says as his eyeballs bulge in sheer disbelief. “So who is fuelling that? Where is it coming from?”

Rodgers appears to be genuinely shaken by this news from up north. 

….this one has knocked him for six.

He’s asked what message he would give the Celtic support if given the opportunity to address them as one.

Rodgers pauses for a moment to reflect then says: “I’d ask them, ‘What the f*** are you doing?’Bloody hell, I’m one of you!’.

“Okay, I made a career decision. But that doesn’t make me any less of a Celt.” 

One could argue that it doesn’t make him any less of a Celt, simply because he couldn’t fucking be any less of a Celt.

You see, he genuinely believes he is a Celt, and is probably having difficulty in coming to terms with realising his own beliefs are based on his own lies.

See what I mean ?

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic revelation as he hopes to return as manager one day

He needs help, I am genuinely concerned for him, as he seems as far detached from reality as its possible to be.

 

There was one piece that does approach the truth in the paper, and Diary readers will be familiar with the gist of it if not the detail..

Brendan Rodgers suggested to Moussa Dembele he join him at Leicester LAST SUMMER – Duncan Castles

Duncan takes you inside the inner workings of a relationship which crumbled under the weight of false promises. 

Of course, this piece is aimed at making Celtic fans think that the former manager will return waving his cheque book at his former charges, but there is every chance if he does he will discover a new place to put it, which may limit the establishments where he can comfortably pull it out.

 

Spare a thought though, for Record hack Keith Jackson, who had the big story and tweeted to whet our appetites last night..

Big interview with Brendan Rodgers in tomorrow’s … not to be missed. 

The whole weeks shennangans were summed up in one reply..

Did he finish it or did he fuck off to the Sun half way through? 

Caption competition from yesterday..

Steven R 

 March 1, 2019 at 8:48 am · Edit · Reply →

Caption: Russia’s Got Talent in confusion and shock as THREE Brandon Walters (the guy that used to manage our club) impersonators compete to see who can talk out of his arse most like Quentin Todgers does.

Today..

Before I go, happy birthday to perhaps the greatest Celt…

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Cesar
1 year ago

Why thank you kind sir.

Rodgered, Hecklebottom, bare arses, there’s a kind of Homo-sapian feel to the diary. It must be the Peterborough effect.

Happy birthday Billy, you are never far from our thoughts.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: New! From Ronco! Tired of the the taste of false promises? Then you need the Brendan Rodgers shit swallower. In stores for Christmas! T&C’s apply. 3 year garuntee subject to short-notice alteration.

Mike A
1 year ago

A Haapy birthday Caesar but so sad to see such a great figure as Billy brought low by dementia. It’s a bastard of an illness.
Hard to think happy thoughts after that but here’s to pumping Hibs.

Caption: Some daft US president promised burgers if he can finish Putin’s friendship gift of home made cocktails.

Cesar
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike A

Cesar!

Brian53
1 year ago

The trouble is that he could only fail. He had won the double treble and got no recognition from outside the club.

I mean what was last years manager of the year all aboutery?

He didn’t have the balls to see it through, to try for eternal glory.

He took the easy way out and for what? A long ball team that were bitterly complaining that their manager was asking them to play football.

Anyway I have got over it now? Over to you Neil.

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Puts a lot of things into perspective. There’s always two sides to a story. Was Brendan too much to handle,? did he use us as a foil to look like he could do no wrong? And it was all Lawells fault ? One thing for sure is that we are a constant and if nothing else at least we are financially solid. There’s a mess to clear up at the end of the season and I hope we have targets in mind to replace the loanees when they go.

Is he a maverick ? A sociopath ? Self entitled ? Sociopaths notoriously leave messes behind and actually obtain pleasure from doing so. In the short term they can be the best operators ruthlessly getting and doing what they want. Lawell himself may be a sociopath. Sociopaths are rife in boardrooms.

There’s a woman. Martha stout who has written a book called the sociopath next door. It’s on audio book on YouTube for free it’s a good listen fuck all to do with football but handy to know what they’re about . Knowledge is power. Not historically a big Lennon fan but if nothing else the man has passion and it was heartwarming watching him after the game. It was genuine not like Rodgers. Rodgers was glib and always within himself . Almost automaton in interviews. He never seems to blink. He has what’s called “duper’s delight” portrayed by a grin and steely eyes. Good luck to Neil Lennon he’s never sneaky what you see is what you get. Just got to harness that simmering passion into positivity and quell with the flash points and unwanted media attention

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: 2029 and after opening Brendan Rodgers’ CV a window opens in the diary of Celtic’s HR director.

Bognorbhoy
1 year ago

Caption…

The Moscow celtic supporters club ran out of jelly and ice cream when the rangers died ,so it was back to vodka and caviar

AntonDeclan
1 year ago

The king is dead, long live the king.
This is what it’s like to be Celtic, champions again as you know, wee Neil Lennon is here for 10IAR, 10IAR…….a Celtic mhan through and through but would Lenny be the right option for next season and onwards? Who else would / could be on the agenda? Discuss! Or is it one for the 26/5/19?! COYBIG!

Noel Skytrot
1 year ago

I’m sick to my back teeth of reading about BR. Everyone is getting a bit of mileage out of the story when it really should be dropped. He brought tremendous success to the club and for that we should always remember his efforts. As for his departure and the manner of it all ???

We’ve moved on

Caption….I thought he said caviar not au revoir

Una
1 year ago

Caption

Russian Oasis Fan

Is it my imagination
Or have I finally found something worth living for?
I was looking for some action
But all I found was Vodka and Caviar
You could wait for a lifetime
To spend your days in the sunshine
You might as well do the white line
‘Cause when it comes on top
You gotta make it happen!
You gotta make it happen!
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You gotta make it happen!
Is it worth the aggravation
To find yourself a job when there’s nothing worth working for?
It’s a crazy situation
But all I need are Vodka and Caviar!
You could wait for a lifetime
To spend your days in the sunshine
You might as well do the white line
‘Cause when it comes on top
You gotta make it happen!
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You gotta make it happen!
You gotta make it happen!
You gotta
You gotta
You gotta make it
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You gotta make it
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You gotta make it

Noel Skytrot
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Like it Una.

Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Lol

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Fookin good Una

Uralius
1 year ago

Very nice.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

PISH

Noel Skytrot
1 year ago

I’ve just read an article in the Telegraph which states that there is a strong possibility that 4 ex paras will be charged with murder regarding the innocent people killed by the British State on Bloody Sunday. About time as well.

Charlie Saiz, I know you read the comments and I just wish to add that this is in no way directed at you.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

Noel,
Maybe an idea would be to let them walk around Derry, you know minding their own business & let a sniper from a nearby flat roof, take them out?

Noel Skytrot
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

You’ve such a way with words Monti, you never miss. Lol

Noel Skytrot
1 year ago
Reply to  Noel Skytrot

No probs Charlie.

Uralius
1 year ago

Caption: He won’t be applying for the Chelsea job Ikra and vwodka all round!

JIMBO
1 year ago

NEVER A CELT,,,,,,, ALWAYS A CUNT!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  JIMBO

JIMBO,
I AM STILL BURNING LIKE A FURNACE….I NEVER THOUGHT HE WOULD DO THAT TO US, FUCK HIM!

Gerry
1 year ago

Ralph I’ve always felt sorry for John Kennedy, such a promising career ruined by a terrible challenge. He’s had it tight from many within the Celtic support for years, but above you’ve compared him to our very own Iron Man. Not being in the know myself could you share the reason for the turnaround?
I hope he’s deserving of the comparison as I’d love him to have a rewarding coaching career to make up for some of what he lost.

Bgbhoy
1 year ago

Since when does anyone say “I’m a Celt?”

SteveNaive
1 year ago

Nope and further nope. Playing out from the back is the best way. We just don’t have the quality of players to play it really well although have improved in doing so. It also creates space for players in midfield and upfront and you can see, from where I sit, everyone on the park is in or near a certain position when it is played out. Go long…? a throwback to the 70’s ? Edouard and Burke are not that type of player anyway . Players make mistakes and zonal marking, offside and playing out will always be highlighted when teams lose a goal but we are past lumping it and losing it. Of course there is a time to row z but intelligence is the thing. “Football is a game you play with your brain” J. Cruyff.

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago

Enough of the former manager. Let’s fixate on the new managerment team winning the league and the cup. Also I’m doing so putting enormous financial pressure on the “Rangers”. Who are busy cooking the books and I think the tax office and others ought to have a close look. Once again they are running up unsustainable debts, soft loan land have been transformed into worthless shares ( scam ) and the GASL still has to comply with the takeover panel order. He doesn’t want to do that cause the shares are worth way less than what he’d have to pay. Hence every glib and shameless dodge in the book going on.
Let’s get past HIbs today and win the league quickly. Build for CL qualifiers.

1 year ago

Forever our Celtic potentiary.
Happy Birthday Billy McNeill.

Celts to take 5 over Hibs.

Caption:
The toad faced git`s personal dietitian.

Monti
1 year ago

Brend….ah fuck it i can’t even type the cunts name now, he is a fucking rat, to walk out on everything at this stage? Fuck him!

WE ARE ALL NEIL LENNON!

Honest hoops
1 year ago

Caption;finally there is phorographic evidence to prove that when you get home after a piss up…you will eat anything…

1 year ago

Celtic cadence:

I don’t know what you’ve been told.
They huns have gone and sold the wall.

highseastim
1 year ago

I’m over the Brendan saga now after the initial shock. Pains me to say it but there’s been a lot of really hunnish behaviour from Celtic fans this week, really disappointing!! I for one am glad of the tremendous days he has given us over the last couple of years, and yes i’m disappointed Brendan has gone,but he’s still one of us. I’ll tell you what, if a competitor of my employers came to me and said, we’ll triple your wages and give you more resources to do your job, you wouldn’t see me going out the door for the dust!! Anyone who is in denial of this, is a LIAR, end of!!

1 year ago
Reply to  highseastim

G`day Highseastim.
We`ve all been had.
This behaviour would be the same at any Football Club Worldwide.

Based on a hypothesis:
Rodgers is living with-in his own means.

I curse him.

1 year ago
Reply to  highseastim

Brendan Bolt is the new Men’s 100 metres world record holder.

bgbhoy
1 year ago

lustig to start? dembele on the bench? surely not?

Monti
1 year ago

Shut it ya bell end ^ 🙂

1 year ago

Shut they car doors…
Oli Burke to score four.

1 year ago

And now the good news:

Young Bayo can position himself in and around the 18 yard box.

Monti
1 year ago

Happy Birthday Mr.McNeill!

It’s about time the North Stand or the main stand was named after this great Celtic leader!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

They could name one of the food halls after me….i give them enough!

1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti… They can’t call it Bawbag 😉

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Weered,
After me i said, not Mike 😉

1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Yabba-Dabba Do!

Dumb-dumbs.
Rodgers,Davis and Toure want Marvin Compper.

Monti
1 year ago

WE ARE ALL NEIL LENNON, GET THEM FIRED UP NEIL & LET’S MAKE THIS A SEASON TO REMEMBER!

RODGERS OUT & STAY OUT!

1 year ago

I heard on the VHF it’s blowing a hoolie at Easter Road.

Corporate hospitality has windshields to either side and a large perspex strip just below the roof.

Lawwell; One`s man Mexican wave.

Eat at Biggar on the way home!

PS:Willie`s a wanker.

COYBIG

1 year ago
Reply to  portpower

🙂

COYBIHi-Vis.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  portpower

Port,
Men at work…..;)

1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

G`day Monti,
it`s the blind spot for us from the MIB specsavers billyboarders i`m worried about.

It`ll be unforgivable if it`s only them that`s highlighted after the game.

We`re all short changed from these amateurs.

1 year ago

Scottish Cup games:

Face the day ahead.
Thy closer the game gets,the more you`ll question the end result.

Even professionals make mistakes.HH

Enjoy.

1 year ago

Reds 2 up away from home… I’m in shock 🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Have you looked down & seen your penis?

1 year ago

Monti… Not for years

1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Ghod bless warm weather.

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

That’s called “Spiegel Eier,” here in Germany. It has a double meaning. Commonly it’s used for a fried egg, but the word for word translation is mirror egg(s), meaning you only see your balls in the mirror.

1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

Uralius… Thanks for the info 🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

🙂

1 year ago

Reds win… great to get an away win. It will give the team a confidence boost YOU REDS…

1 year ago

It`ll be,when in doubt,Hibsed it out.
Long ball pressure.

Uralius
1 year ago

Goal shortly after 20mins and another just after that. Almost a 2 minute double.

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

Oh well, wrong about that then.

1 year ago

That`s effin BS from Collum.
He stops the game to tell us it`s our throw-in when French Eddie had just thrown it in.

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  portpower

Aye…..

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  portpower

86 minutes the ball has to be at a complete stop for a free kick. Yacnt

Uralius
1 year ago

Edouard’s touch has gone. Can he not play in the rain?

1 year ago

Low and hard and skim the ball off the pitch to either side of the keeper.

Poachers game today.

Uralius
1 year ago

Can somebody please go to the byline!

1 year ago

Were we with the wind that half?

1 year ago

Remember the games when the ball would go through the side netting for a goal.
They don`t make em like that anymore. DD Dixie Deans.

1 year ago

Well done Bhoys.

But i`ll tell you one thing though.
That commentator Gerry McCulloch,jezzo,he`s dire to listen to.

1 year ago

So that’s 2 x 0-2 wins today… Of equal importance to me 🙂

Uralius
1 year ago

So I’m pretty sure that tonight Lenny did in Easter Road what ¥ couldn’t.

Bobby Murdoch’s Crumpled Up Chip Wrapper
1 year ago

Caption

Mike Ashley celebrates after getting an update from his briefs on their latest Sevco Skelping.

Cesar
1 year ago

“Its only words and words are all I have, to steal your heart away! the wondrous lyrics of the brothers Gibb.

Wallop, its another beauty from Messi Xavi Forrest.

Bang, its another nuclear strike from Broony, Broony Broony.

Sugar Ray Lennon, who took on Duran, Duran, Wild Bhoy’s.

John Kennedy, Ask not what your club can do for you, but what you can do for your club. Sunshine on Leith for Lenny bhoy…

LithgaeBhoy
1 year ago

Great performance tonight and sets us up for an exciting March. Treble Treble still on. I’m not happy with the manner that BR left but I’ll always remember him for the Invincibles, the Double Treble, the 69 game unbeaten run, the 7 in a row and the foundation of 8IAR. Sadly money dominates our society – Van Dyke, Armstrong, Dembele all left ultimately for more money and BR has done the same. As my granda said “How others treat you is their story, how you respond is yours!”

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  LithgaeBhoy

Your Grandda’ was a very smart man. Now i just have to figure out how to teach a stubborn 6 year old this.

1 year ago

If Willie Collum is the regular standard of refereeing with-in Scottish Football…

Then there is a controlled personal comfort environment at the SFA and the SPFL.

Yet, there`s always next season and thereafter and thereafter and thereafter and thereafter for rectification.

Iljas Baker
1 year ago

You’re right about the tactics Charlie but the switch was John Kennedy’s idea.

Lennon says this in the after the match interview. See
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsGlWlQlQNg

Iljas Baker
1 year ago
Reply to  Iljas Baker

Perhaps what I said wasn’t quite correct. But Lenny definitely says JK made some tactical changes so they seem to be working well as a team. Let’s hope it stays that way.

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