Celtic Diary Wednesday May 8: An Idea for Ibrox

There will be no guard of honour for the eight in a row champions at Ibrox on Sunday. Well, so the media “understands “.

There has been nothing in the way of an official statement, as that would require an explanation, and it’s quite possible that the news has been circulated in this way to gauge reaction.

Frankly, who cares ?

Alex Rae, not the brightest chap in the media, reckons its all the fault of society…

It’s the right call by Rangers, but it’s also time for people to calm down about it all,” 

“I think relations have fractured between the Old Firm clubs in recent times. They really have the look of polar opposites to them.

“There are sections of society now who are not just happy to celebrate success. They want to rub it into their rivals at every turn and it’s quite pathetic.

“Rangers are within their rights not to have a guard of honour. There are people in society who are simply waiting to be offended.

“I actually think this issue is more indicative of where we are as a society today. Things have changed dramatically in recent years.” 

Yes, it started at roughly the time a football club plunged into liquidation, and the media said the one formed via an asset sale-a seriously undervalued asset sale-was , in fact the same club all along..

But i love the bit where Rae likens a guard of honour to rubbing their noses rivals in it tells us a little more about him than he perhaps intended to reveal.

I think Celtic should do something different, however, and perhaps when the players line up alongside their opponents on Sunday before shaking hands, maybe something like this would lighten the occasion..

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With nothing at stake except pride there have been calls for Celtic to play the reserves, or the youth team, or maybe even call out a dozen or so seat numbers and give some fans a day to remember.

But with a Cup final still to come, perhaps its better to keep some kind of rhythm going.

Thats if the players haven’t been affected by the latest round of transfer rumours.

James Forrest and Tom Rogic have been linked with moves south, although that wise old sage Frank McAvennie reckons is “too wee ” to play in England, which shows a remarkable lack of ignorance from the former Celtic hero.

Well, maybe not that remarkable.

Tom Rogic is a target for Southampton and Leicester, and according to the papers the price mentioned is about £15m.

That kind of money would be hard to resist for someone who is not noted for his consistency.

It’s also worth noting that the last man who negotiated a contract with Rogic is now one of his admirers. Was something said during those negotiations ?

Not, of course, that I distrust the previous manager, but because I’m naturally suspicious.

Then again, we always get these stories ahead of a big game, and with the Cup final just a few weeks away, then it’s probably fair to say they’re just making an earlier start than usual.

 

There will be players leaving, of course.

Emilio Izaguirre has told Neil Lennon, in case the latter gets the managers job, that he won;t be staying. He wants to go back across the Atlantic to be nearer to Honduras.

 

Neil has spoken with me and wants me to continue at Celtic. But I want to be nearer to Honduras to play for the national team.

“I hope something will come up in the MLS. That is my desire and that of my wife, as well.

“It is hard to say what my future will hold. We will see when I get back to Honduras. 

We wish him well.

 

Speaking of the constant chatter around a new manager, Jose Mourinho has neem mentioned, and while there has probably been contact, its fair to say that Dermot Desmond has been shopping around.

It’ll be mentioned after it is finally confirmed that Lennon has taken the job, in such a way that it can be shown top level candidates were approached, but they weren’t interested.

 

Meanwhile, as the new “rangers ” has never actually won a major trophy, plans are afoot to claim some more for the old club..

Rangers supporters are backing an online campaign to have Scottish football’s governing bodies recognise their titles won during the Second World War.

The Ibrox club claimed seven Scottish League or Southern League titles between 1940 and 1946 but these are not recognised as the championship was deemed unofficial during WWII.

Normal competitive football was suspended during those years with many players signed up to the war effort. 

They do have a case of sorts, having been allowed to keep the trophies they won in the nineties , despite Normal competitive football being suspended  then as well, due to some rather creative interpretation of the rules.

Fair play to the BBC though, who try to keep morale alive at Ibrox..

Scouting for “rangers ” ?

The best they could hope for is that he was doing his level best to secure Ryan Kent on loan again.

 

 

 

There’s been another story in the papers..

And once again we are first with the exclusives…this time a picture of the child..

Phil the Greek was the first relative to dash over to see the new addition to the family..

 

 

Today we say goodbye to another hero, the man who scored the goal that gave us our greatest moment. 

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The Funeral Mass will take place at 11.30am today, Wednesday May 8, 2019 at St. Mary’s Church, Calton, Glasgow (G40 2DQ). The Chalmers family would be delighted if those attending the funeral wear something green, in celebration of Stevie’s connection to the Club. 

Following the Church service, the cortege will pass through the Celtic Way at approximately 12.45pm. 

The family have, with respect, requested family flowers only at the funeral. However, anyone wishing to make a donation to Alzheimer Scotland would be very welcome. This can be made at the following link: http://bit.ly/StevieChalmers  

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Paddybhoy67

Ralph … The photo of the baby is just a no, mate. Please remove it.

bob

Up until now only one other person on this Forum would disagree with you Paddybhoy67! Can you guess who that would be?

Monti

Mike?

Mike

😉 <8

Paddybhoy67

That a Celtic – minded blog would exploit an image of a child is bad enough, that it would use a doctored image of a child is appalling, that it would use a doctored image of a black child to promote a racist meme beggars belief.

Whitearra

Need some help please. As a youngster I used to bags Stevie’s name doon the park. In later years I was told he had a nickname ‘The White Arra’. Can’t find anything in any Celtic books. Any info anybody? RIP Stevie, hero.

Mike

Whitearra, Celtic wiki record Stevie’s nickname as: Di Steviano, as you know big Jock sometimes would use Stevie’s pace as a “front runner” clever man big Jock and very tactically aware. Anyway, Stevie’s unselfish running would terrify opposition defences, creating space for other Celtic players. That and the Di Steviano link could be a reference to your “Whitearra” Alfredo Di Stefano was nicknamed the “Blonde Arrow”…

# Wear the green for Thomas Stevie Chalmers RIP. LEGEND.

Monti

Ralph,
Love the baby pic, the only thing missing is some chains & a Polo stick.
I hear the baby boy is to be called Django Hewitt.

bob

Racist!!!!!!

Monti

What’s wrong with Polo?

Monti

Anyway, i said Polo stick, not Polo spear 🙂

Una

How? Monti’s black, bob ur the racist assuming that this site was like your kkk forums for whites only. Absolute Moron

Weered

Una… It is said… that once you’ve tried black you’ll never go back 😉

Weered

But I don’t subscribe to that…

Monti

🙂

Una

Good 1 red ha ha

Monti

Una,
It’s been suggested i could easily be black 🙂

I was a really talented footballer in my younger years 🙂

Weered

Una… How is the real UNA keeping?????

Monti

RIP Steve Chalmers, thank you for your contribution on & off the park to Celtic f.c.!

You are a Lisbon Lion & your name will live on for eternity!
HH

Monti

That would do nicely!

Turkesh

Alex Rae is bang on the money as usual.

He says with pinpoint accuracy:

“I think relations have fractured between the Old Firm clubs in recent times. They really have the look of polar opposites to them.”

Well Alex the Old Firm (sic) finished in 2012 when Rangers died but Celtic are alive and thriving. That looks like polar opposite to me.

Having won the league again the Glasgow derby this weekend is so irrelevant I wont even bother watching it.

Have you noticed that the “deader” Rangers become the more the press patsys use the O*d F*rm in relation to Sevco The Rangers.

puggy67

The Khmer Rouge
The Waffen-SS
Lucifer, Mammon, Asmodeus, Leviathan, Beelzebub, Satan and Belphegor
The frontbench of Her Majesty’s Government
Showaddywaddy

All preferable as a guard of ‘honour’

The Cha

Ooh Showaddywaddy, ooh Showaddywaddy, ooh.

bob

Well said that man.

Monti

How do you know ‘ Turkesh ‘ is a man?
Are you saying females aren’t capable of producing a reflective, comparable, statement?

Sexist!!!!!!

bob

Sorry my friend you are correct as you may well be a Women yourself.

bob

Woman

bob

What did you say half an inch less and you would’ve been.

Monti

…related to Ron Jeremy?

maryhillbhoy

Ralph I am in total agreement with Paddybhoy the baby photo is something you would expect on one of their forums mate I genuinely believe it has no place here.

Monti

PISH

Maryhillbhoy

Monti , witty and eloquent as usual I see

Monti

🙂

Honest hoops

Another sad day, thank you Mr Chalmers for being a true legend RIP and god bless …as for Alex Rae…what a hypocrite..yet he is quite happy to attend sports themed lodge nights as a guest speaker..look in the mirror before spilling your bile…double standards at its best..

henkesdreadlocks

Ralph…..

Could you make the ‘photo’ bigger?

Monti

Give it a few years & it’ll be the same weight as Sarah Ferguson….
She’s big enough!

jimboh

Is the photo the Caption for the day?
Just asking, for a friend, well acquaintance, actually the guy behind me on the Bus.

TicToc

I have to say a storm in a teacup over the baby pic. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it. But stop all the inane calls to “ban” it. One man’s laugh is another man’s insult. Deal with it, and try to smile too. Anyway, I found it funny, tho’ not half as funny as the “Phil the Greek” car crash. So there! On another note, let me say I loved the Diary today and, with no intention to ‘hurt’ anyone, it’s just not the same without Ralph writing it. We got information, irreverence and then deep respect… Read more »

TIC TOC… I’ll start mixing “stuff”

TicToc

Good on ye, Weered, I’ll meet you at the big hoose, huns end, about 1.15PM on Sunday. They’ll all be heading home by then as they cannae take their medicine and we can start placing our “stuff”. We’ll finish preparations as our supporters leave that midden and tele-detonate from the subway as we head tae the gallagate for celebrations for another highlight to this terrific season. 🙂 I look forward to it! Boo-oooM.
Nae mer huns, ach, ah’ll have to have a wee swally tae that.
HH

Monti

🙂

mckenzke67

When they walk out the tunnel at Iboke on sunday, each of them should have a letter/number on the back of their training top, so that when they line up or do the huddle it will be there fore all to see…..CHAMPIONS19

Monti

Ski masks & camouflage jacket training tops 🙂

Monti

I hope they name it ‘ James ‘ after it’s grandfather.

Sniff.

They couldn’t beat them so they joined them!They couldn’t beat Celtic so they cheated them!only in jockville!

Broxburnbhoy

Racist!

BJF

i think mckenzie67 is onto something. I wouldn’t give them a guard of honour and i don’t want then doing it, can you imagine the media, what a sporting gesture, “Rangers” show sportsmanship and maturity,” pass the sick bucket. Above all just beat them.

charlie

a concur a widnae gie thum the steam aff ma pish so a dont need nor want any guard a honour affy they cheatng zombies

charlie

somebody said yesterday the bhoys should start tae run oot then stop and awe gie broony a guard of honour ha ha ha ha that would send yon zombies over the edge he he

Weered

charlie… I saw that… bloody good idea it is too

charlie

make it happen celtic he he

The Cha

Broony is our number 8, so that would just be Gr8.

charlie

dont know f this is a wind up or no but if big virgil wins the premiership or champions league a heard we get a bonus oan his transfer anybody heard anything ……………..apart fae me before ye say it mikeybhoy he he

Weered

charlie…Mike isn’t bothered where money comes from
As long as he gets his finger in that pie first 🙂

charlie

weered i mean heel say am the only wan tae have heard it he he

Charlie… He’s well deef himself

charlie

a wee heads up heer dont say c..t oan heer or yer no gettin yer post oan aint mods grand he he

Mike

Listen bhoy’s I jeest herd a rumour that the club gets a bonus if big Virgil wins the C.L. or EPL has any of yez heard anything? 😉 <8

charlie

great minds and awe that mikey noo yoov started startin the same ruours as me ha ha ha ha

charlie

if leicester want tom and he wants to go weel accept 20 mill and benkovic ………see this transfer lark its a piece a pish

The Cha

I heard, if he wins both, we get to keep Thunderbirds 2.

Cole Burns

Stevie Chalmers, God Rest His Soul. I remember seeing Stevie regularly on a Sunday evening attending Mass in Prestwick when playing golf nearby. He made no effort to attract attention and very few even recognised him despite the many Celtic fans in attendance. It was unreal to see this great man worshipping there as one with the congregation. Even at the supporters’ concerts neither he nor Bobby Lennox would accept payment, suggesting it should be given to charity. What a difference from the present day fly-by-nights who couldn`t lace their boots and who pass by the fans with their headphones… Read more »

Monti

Cole,
Very well said!

charlie

a wis a bit upset wae that photy anaw …..but ile get over it he he

TicToc

Brilliant CS. I’ve used that clip dozens of times in all kinds of locations, 3 really great goals. Charlie’s opener is one of my favourite goals of all time, just sensational, especially given the circumstances. It was the last EVER ‘Old Firm’ game and we beat them by 3 clear goals, just as we did the first time we met THEM (5-2).
DEID INDEED, HaHaHa 🙂
Hell slap it intae them.
HH

TicToc

The “purists” and the whole fuckin’ PC brigade can rev up and fuck off as far as I’m concerned, CS.
A complete buncha fannies. 🙂
HH

TicToc

I replied CS but it’s Jew’s foreskin; offski.
HH

The Cha

Mm, I don’t think Lennon has a great record at Ibrox, so, for once I’ll accept a sklaffed 2-1!

Hell, I’ll even take a neanderthal lump it in the mixer and hope for a favourable bounce, as we’ve now scored from our first in about a 1,000 attempts, surely it can’t be too long until the next one!

The Cha

Hibs record irrelevant and that 3-2 defeat just as their life support was about to be switched off. 🙁

The Cha

A lot of growing to be done to fully develop the septum (allegedly).

CHA… You win by a nose… Sniff

The Cha

From Johnson’s Baby Powder to Colombian Marching Powder, its a lifetime’s journey.

I see the Reds game is on BBC NI on Sat, so I’ll probably catch it on iPlayer, so good luck.

CHA… Cheers… I’ll give ye a wave 🙂

The Cha

UCL Celtic v Belfast Huns
EL Reds v Glasgow Huns

That’ll do for me. 🙂

CHA.. Yep that’ll do nicely… The Red spleen would be vented

CHA… THEY WOULD GET 800 TICKETS LIKE EVERYONE ELSE

SteveNaive

I would give up ten now for another Europa final

The Cha

A win and I might join you but a “look at me mum” photo op then, nah, not for me.

Monti

Nurse Ratched ^ meds tray for Steve, please.

jimmybee

Agreed 🙂

TicToc

SteveN, I’m often on the side of the wee guy, even if he’s big. You know, someone who’s so outnumbered that you just NEED to feel for them. Well you’ve put yourself there with that comment which you may now wish to retract? THE TEN is fucking everything, and we should aim well past that too, but one thing at a time. Now, getting to another Euro final, AS WELL AS THE TEN, that’s a lovely dream, and we’re a support full of dreamers, so who knows? Liverpool dreamers would have been put down for dreaming they could overturn a… Read more »

Iancelt67

Yeah NL set them on their way

Iancelt67

Hope to god Lawell sees sense and hires a proper manager. I see any surveys or word on the street opinion is against reinstating Lennon. Listen to the fans and give them what they want.

Iancelt67

Pretty unfair appraisal maybe, if the board appoint Lennon then we’ll ill get behind him he does deserve a go but we also deserve the best we can get. I don’t think it’s him but I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong if he can deliver. I think he has the wood on Rodgers as far as getting in a talent spotting collective. He’s not in Rodgers league though to be honest. Think it’s in outlet best interests though to appoint someone of Rodgers equal or better. Getting caught up in sentiment isn’t the way forward. But again… Read more »

Monti

CS,

🙂

jimmybee

God Bless Stevie Chalmers had the pleasure of playing golf with him at a function what a true Gentlemen. RIP Stevie scorer if the most important goal in our unbroken history. Sadly those days are gone with men like Stevie content to play in the greatest club jersey in the world. Now we are a stepping stone Forster Virgil Ki Wanyama Dembele among others away far to early if only we played in a league where we could compete fairly. No way those players would have went to Southampton etc if we were in the premiership. But it is what… Read more »

Monti

To all those Ajax hooligans who attacked Celtic supporters in the Gallowgate…..

Tonight…..GET ….IT…..FUCKING……RIGHT…..ROOON…YE!

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR…..THANK YOU!

jimmybee

Oh my gosh what a night for Spurs.

Yoker Bhoy

Unbelievable stuff from Tottenham to come back from the dead and knock out Ajax. Tomorrow’s EL semi of Valencia v Arsenal could well produce some fireworks too. There’s a great chance that all four contenders in the two European finals will all be from the same country. Never happened before.

jimmybee

Champions league final 2 English teams and not the champions of England in it So fucked up that competition now God Bless the lions.

jimmybee

Champions league final 2 English teams but not the English champions.
God Bless the Lions

jimmybee

3rd and 4th in champions league final
5th and 6th europa league final ?
It’s all about the money money

BJF

Not much English about these teams, only saying. Glens forever Red!

BJF…. Oh dear me…., 🙁

TicToc

Simple question: just WTF is going on with blocked/moderated/delayed comments?
“Football without the fans is nothing.”
Blogs without comments, ditto.
FFS, moderate as you wish, it’s YOUR site. But maybe consider publishing a dos and don’ts instead of a random shambles.
Just my opinion, but I’m far from alone in it as I’ve seen comments going back several months now on this infuriating topic.
Your call.

Monti

TicToc,
Only wallopers get moderated…..not seen you on much lately….cough.

TicToc

Monti, so how come you get on here AT ALL? 🙂
Ah well, everything in moderation!!
HH

Mike

Back to the future with 1966. As the richer clubs get protected and promoted and the less wealthy clubs get kicked like a can into the side netting. What chance do we have to become more relevant or to participate in the C.L. Qualifiers, as it becomes harder and harder to get in. 1966 the smiles light up camera’s and we get pummelled with unending PISH, awake and put on your cloak of invisibility, deflectors raised, ear plugs in, darkened Raybans. And what are we left with, live streamed PISH of the “Rangers” are coming. “Batter” intae them on Sunday,… Read more »

We but cherish his memory.
Rest in Peace Stevie Chalmers.

The die is cast,COYBIG.

Puggy67

So no manager announcement until the cup final – keeps the cyberspace hordes at bay. I don’t think posts are moderated as such as some of the most perceptive and erudite Celtic insights ever produced – by me – have gone AWOL. Think it’s just the kit. Some posters seem to have an executive toilet key though – or maybe they are just incognito Ralph on the buckey?

Monti

Ralph’s bad enough on lager….never mind bucky.

Monti

I hope Jozo terminates one of those fuckpigs on Sunday!

Steve Naive

Ten is to beat our own record and not that if the financial dopers. I get the league is the passport but to what? In our current condition and wilful lack of real investment I’m afraid I see more weeping and gnashing of teeth in Europe. Witness the remembrance of ‘67 recently and the tales of Seville. We should be winning here as we are the best but TicToc, Europe and the euphoria ( and money) is where it’s at, not the unhinged ones. So you may piss on this notion but I Pooh Pooh that. La Decima would be… Read more »

TicToc

SteveN, I thought I’d explained myself. I said I wanted us to do BOTH. However, in a binary choice, the TEN was more important than Europe. Just think about that for a moment. If we don’t win the League, we CANNOT get into the CL and thence (as the likely outcome is to help the new scum to survive) we have to tolerate that shit from the Govan area for longer. I’m sick of fucking saying this but the written word is, in some cases, ALWAYS misconstrued. Some delight in that. I don’t. If my articulation is not up to… Read more »

Mike

Holding back the fears, of Ibrox,
Thinking of the tears, Ive shed at the Midden,
Listening to the cheers, of the Huns,
Holding back the years, your kidden,
Wasted too many tears, as the SFA do their bidden,
Spilled to many beers,
Listening to their sneers.
Don’t keep them holding on,
Like a dog, with a bone,
Wont be long, till their gone,
Night and day on their mobile phone,
Don’t give them anything but Red Bull gies them wings, fly fly fly.

Mike

HAHAHAHAHA. Fly away and GTF.

Monti

Danny Baker take a bow son 🙂

Iancelt67

Agree with sending all the loan guys to their parent clubs benkovic was the only one worth it . Maybe Arzani worth it too next season I know this kid can be a star in the making. Wear and Burke are too green pardon the pun. If we’re going to loan players they need to be the finished article

Bain

Lustig Ajer Simunovic

Rogic Brown McGregor Tierney

Forrest Edouard Sinclair

Celts 7-1.

Una

I think the right call was made regarding the Weah decision, if you choose to play for an u20 usa team over playing in a cup final that could put u in the history books via the treble treble, then ur head isn’t in the right place. He’ll live to regret that decision.

Una

Look how that’s panned out

Weah wean.

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