The Deadwood Stage

With a bloated and overpaid squad to trim, Neil Lennon knows he only has to ask us for our opinions if he needs any help…and Timposter has started the ball rolling..

 

The Winds of Change are Sweeping Through the Corridors of Celtic

Oh, the Deadwood stage is a-rolling on over the plains
With the curtains flappin’ and the driver a-snappin’ the reins
A beautiful sky, a wonderful day
Whip-crack-away, whip-crack-away, whip-crack-away
De Vries        Contract up
Toljan            Loan over
Izzaguirre     Contract up
Hendry         Not good enough
Gamboa        Contract up
Boyata           Contract up
Bekovic          Loan over
Lustig             Contract up
Compper       Not good enough..and overpaid.
Ralston          Not good enough
Bitton            Not good enough
Sinclair         Cash in
Hayes            Not good enough
Allan             Contract up
Ntcham        Cash in
Kouassi        Not good enough
Bayo             Not good enough
Griffiths       Cash in
Burke           Loan over
Mulumbu    Not good enough
Miller          Not good enough
Benyu         Not good enough

As some of you might already have seen, above is a list of players who have either already left or should leave the club. Now before anyone gets their knickers in a twist this list is NOT up for negotiation.

Nah seriously, of course it is. It’s a subject for discussion. Some might even take offence at using the word “DEADWOOD”. Come on folks it’s a word I use in mirth. No offence was ever intended.

You see the thing is we are told( so shut and listen and hand over yer cash) by The Great and Powerful all Knowing (Part time Director of Football) Wizard of all things Celtic PLC that is Peter Lawwell (All bow down before your master) that we do NOT need to overhaul the squad.

I beg to differ.

We are being told that a new age of AUSTERITY is sweeping in to Celtic Park. I think we’ve seen this movie before. All due to the overspending by, he who’s name shall not be mentioned, Brendan. Ooops. You know the guy that had that held all sway over everything at Celtic, including the Biscuit tin. Unfortunately for those who are spinning this line, yes that’s you Peter Lawwell, we ain’t swallowing it.

All spending was authorised by YOU. You are the one who controls everything at Celtic. There is no shifting of blame. Res12 anyone?

I always use this to little analogy to best describe Peter Lawwell.

His philosophy is best summed up like this.

Two men are cornered by a Lion.

One puts on a pair of running shoes.

The other man says, “They won’t help you escape the Lion”.

He replies, “I only need to outrun you”.

To cross my metaphors, “A Leopard NEVER changes its spots”.
So Mr Duplicitus Maximus we are on the march towards a historic 10-in-a-row and you decide to downgrade us to just above SEVCO and the rest of the SPFL, well we are not having it.

If you are allowed to get away with this your legacy will be not only the man who refused to act on the irrefutable evidence of Res12,  but the man responsible for throwing away 10-in-a-row.

Some legacy.

Unforgivable

Time for us fans to start “Cracking the Whip” 

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D'Fhinnein Mick

History will not be kind to those we hold responsible if we fail to achieve Ten In A Row,Ralph.

There won’t be a place on the planet that they can hide. Lawwell should do well to think about it.

Jbhoy

Considering all the money made in the last few years its unbelievable how many sub par players we have. I would agree with most of your ratings with the exception of those who have played so little that I dont have an opinion. But do we have more Andy Robertsons / Ryan Christies who havent been getting a chance? Treble treble in the bag and 8 in a row but Lawell has made us feel a bit second rate. Cant help but feel we can be better.

Paddybhoy67

Can’t be arsed working it out but it seems like the majority of those lads were signed by Rodger$. Too early to write off Bayo and Hayes has done well latterly. Worrying news that Lennon wants to give Lustig a contract.

I seen to be watching different matches than SMSM who I am not surprised has Lustig written off . If they had their way Celtic would be selling Mc Gregor & Christie for two million each . I would expect Celtic supporters to value their players better . This Lustig man that many. gullible fans can’t wait to get rid off , only scored the ipening goal that won the SPL with a magnificent diving header but also set up the winning goal last Sunday when he pounced on the ball in his own half & headed it into space… Read more »

Paddybhoy67

DJ … Lustig is indeed a good full back and has been ok in the last couple of games he’s played. What’s worrying is the “Old Boys network” aspect of the recruitment strategy. Offering Izzy a new contract is out of the same script. I’ve watched every home game and most of the away games this season and both have lost more than a yard. I’m waiting to see if Mulgrew and Ledley turn up. It shows lack of ambition, ideas and a scouting policy. I really do hope I’m wrong.

Salad queen

9 in a row is going to be very difficult. Lawwell is hoping we can get better loan players than sevco. If this doesn’t happen he and not lenny will be to blame. The masons in the black were bad this past season, wait till they ramp it up in August. The lying king has pulled off a master strike by limiting away fans at the Glasgow derby as no referee is going to sent off a hun at home, so 6 points guaranteed anything else a bonus. Even if after the match with the corrupt officials red cards are… Read more »

Monti

Salad queen,
It is possible to win the league & participate in the CL group stages.

” Build a side for europe & Scotland will take care of itself ” – Jock Stein.

Neil Lennon must be allowed to reshape the team, if Lawwell penny pinches, he should be hounded out.

Broxburnbhoy

Correct. Seems like we are writing off the next season already before a ball is kicked. Before any player leave or any players are signed. There is a core of very good players at Celtic and a lot of peripheral players taking up space and money. Some wise decisions on those to leave and some good decisions on bringing in two or three very good players. Seems like anti Lawwell hysteria is a bit premature this year given he had a manager and the manager walked away for big money and the EPL. Players brought in should be able to… Read more »

Trying to get a run in Europe has never been mutually exclusive to winning domestically . I cannot imagine Lawwell changes very much from what has been successful in the past , winning 8 in a row & a.treble treble .
I would imagine P L like the rest of us doesn’t want to sign a load of players not good enough to go a job for us & so we may see less than in BR ‘s time but those we sign will be very useful to us .

BJF

Paddy spot on, Ralph exactly what evidence are you using to conclude Bayo isn’t good enough? Ralston, Griffiths, Bitton and Hayes offer good back up. For years we have been assured the Hun are going to the “wall” but they get a bit better each year, funny wall. However we always move ahead so that doesn’t matter, Lenny says the squad doesn’t need major surgery true it is good enough and above all young enough. We all know we need a right back, a centre back and a striker for Eddy to play off. They need to be ready to… Read more »

BJ F , Spot on , we need to be careful we don’t over load by buying average players who get more game time than our young players . As u have mentioned, our future has to be Toby bringing through our own

TicToc

Aye, my ‘asre’, DJ. You’re a FN Lawwell plant, at best, and just a FN plant anyway.
Fcuk off tae follow, follow, ye’ll be ‘loved’ there. PCRIK.
HH

Mike

There aint nothing like a dame,
nothing you could name,
oh its such a shame,
Peter is the one to blame.

Quick put your crack away,
Cos there’s nothing more to say,
Set em up Joe…

Monti

Ntcham is a quality player, build the team around him.
F.F.F.

Uralius

I often see Ntcham panic under pressure, especially when he’s closed down quickly. The quality player is definatly there, but he’s not a big game player. If he can sort this out, he will be World class.

TicToc

Tom Rogic ditto. Not FN tough enough,
But, BB’s got a ‘ball-bearing’ instead of a walnut similar to Reagan’s in Spitting Image to, er, calculate how to spin PTL as nice and necessary.
F my old C boots!
FC not PLC

TicToc

As a post-script, I’m watching a real class player, Tom Rogic, under-perform since around November 2018.
But that guy scored a wonderful winner under extreme pressure when he helped us deliver the Treble of 2017.
Jesus HC, I’ve goed and gotted bladdered again, time for bhed.
HH

Monti

Whoever is brought in, they must be established players, no more loans or projects unless there is an option to buy. I would also add Craig Gordon to the out list, has served the club well but like Izaguirre, time is up. In my opinion we need back up to Scott Bain, why not go for Fraser Forster & let him & Bain fight it out for the number 1? We need a right back, a central defender & a left back to cover KT. A Scott Brown clone is also needed, a Wanyama type. Neil has said between the… Read more »

Monti

Does anyone know how much we mae for hosting the rugby final last week?

Mike

Motherwell Inflation:__£1.2 mill.__ £1.75 mill.___£2.00 mill.___£3.00 mill. and counting.___ For David Turnbull.

Marseille Marseille Se defonce vers mar. Get him tae feck.

Tammy65

I heard 3 to 4 million

Chris

I agree with the list and they fact we should remove deadwood However the attack on Lawell is not justified Consider his record and yes he has made errors and some serious however over the past 16years he has been good for Celtic football club and anyone who states otherwise. Should take a long hard look across the river to see the type of characters that could have come our way. In addition name me one person who could have done a better job alongside Dempsey? He has steered Celtic as a CLUB in in the right direction some scary… Read more »

BroxburnBhoy

Chris a good post. If everything bad can be attributed to Lawwell so can everything good. Seems to be more good than bad. We just keep winning while moaning all the way

BroxburnBhoy

No Mike against other club CEOs. Don’t know if someone else at Celtic would be better because we have only had Lawwell. That said seen in comparison to other CEOs without Arab or Russian sugar daddies I think Lawells record speaks for itself. It the most successful the club has ever been ( outside of European play ) the most financially solvent weve ever been and our dominance looks set to continue domestically. Compare King to Lawwell.

Mike

By your logic, Lawwell has to be judged against the convicted criminal, well I beg to differ. How do we know that no-one could do better than him, because he has been in situ since 2003. He arrived and was appointed to be the club accountant. In his time we have signed a succession of projects, loans and inferior players, he has brought players into the club without consulting the football manager or his staff. The latest manager was appointed in the shower and by his own admittance he never even opened the applications from agents of any managerial candidate.… Read more »

henkesdreadlocks

Brilliant Mike.

jimboh

Green Brigade should do a banner at every game next season
” when your C.E. serves advantage to the Huns to the detriment of the club, its time for “Lawwell Out”

BroxburnBhoy

Rogers was appointed by DD and Lawwell Mike and he walked out on Celtic. Let’s be very clear on this. Rodgers walking away was all about Rodgers and no one else

BroxburnBhoy

Mike I have to beg to differ. Making Lawwell the pantomime villain for everything bad at Celtic is just daft. One things is we have no idea what went on during the Rangers Liquidations. To this day we are unaware of any role Celtic or Lawwell had. We can speculate and we certainly do assume the worst most of the time. Personally I don’t think Lawwell is the enemy – in fact I think he’s Celtic through and through. The real enemies are in the SFA and SPFL and over the city.

Mike

Broxburn, Consider this, any qualified accountant would be delighted to work for Celtic, at a fraction of his salary, there would be more than enough to appoint a real qualified DoF like say Gordon Strachan, currently in talks for that same position at Dundee. We all want the tainted titles and trophies removed from the Huns, which they got by cheating, under Regan’s direction LNS delivered the wrong judgement. If you, like me and all Celtic supporters want them removed, then we must fight for Res.12. There is a direct link from Res.12 to the LNS enquiry. Res.12 with all… Read more »

Mike

All the proof was provided of cheating, all of it, painstakingly provided by Auldheid and his amigo’s including the man who wrote todays Diary, hours and hours of thankless work, all carried out at their own expense.

BroxburnBhoy

Mike on the Resolution 12 stuff I agree. He and the rest of the Board and the rest of Scottish football did not do enough. No argument from me on that. That said it’s not only him or the Celtic Board it’s all the CEOs and the Boards. Why are they silent on this? I don’t know and it perplexed me to this day. I still hope that we can get those tainted titles and cups struck from the record. I hope our Board do too.

Mike

Broxburn, We will never fall out about stuff, disagreements perhaps, but I always considered you a Celtic pal and I always respect your opinion.

jimboh

Pl & The Tory Board by their inactions on Res 12, against the lies & slanders and misrepresentations about our Club from the SMSM and their acceptance of the “same club myth” as displayed by Pls Economic Model of Scottish football relying on the ” O-d F–m” would suggest, at the ,least foreknowledge of the 5 Way Agreement. Not to mention that their lame mealy mouthed responses to the idiosyncrasies of the SFA would tend to suggest authenticity to the, often repeated claims, that Pl & the Board were either integral to, or at the least, complicit in the knowledge… Read more »

Mike

Brilliant Jimboh, well said.

Doc

By your rationale, we won the big cup with the Kellys in charge so any criticism of them is “unjustified”. It’s the ‘be happy with what you’ve got’ and ‘it could be worse’ attitudes that keep us at the ‘back of the bus’ and put us on the path to destruction. We have to continually improve because those we compete against will improve. As for who could do better, off the top of my head I would say Mick Dawson. He understands the Irish connection, has a sports and business/stocks background and is very successful, not just domestically but against… Read more »

BroxburnBhoy

No not unjustified – things that anyone did wrong they are rightly blamed for and for the successes we had then rightly praised for. Lawell and previous regimes had their bad decisions and their good ones. I understand many see the world in black and white it’s either this or that. Well it’s more this and that black and white and spectrum in between. We are not a bunch of kids at a pantomime for God’s sake. Lawells tenure has happened to coincide with one of the most success spells for Celtic in our history. I agree with Mike on… Read more »

Doc

I’m not saying its black and white, I’ve praised him in the past, recently for signing non-EU, uncapped players. I have no idea how he was able to get work permits.

I’ve said many times on here that Lawwell is good at making money but poor at spending it. He has brought in record revenues, rejuvenated properties and opened up so many other, untraditional income streams. But his spending record is poor. To me, he is a finance officer and not a CEO, I don’t think he would take a reduced role in finance so, therefore, the only way is out.

BroxburnBhoy

Mick Dawson that runs is CEO at Leinster rugby Club? I think Celtic is too big a job for him.

Doc

Lawwells executive experience was at Clydeport and Mining Scotland. How did he do with them?

BroxburnBhoy

He has done a good job at Celtic Doc no need to speculate. On and off the field success.

Monti

Chris,
What has Lawwell done about res 12?
What has Lawwell done about title stripping?
Why did Lawwell argue against paying the living wage?
Why does Lawwell criticise the green brigade, yet say nothing about the racist, illegal/ sectarian singing aimed at our support from the filth at ibrox?
Why is Lawwell taking over £2m per year out of the club, yet he can’t conclude a deal for a Hibs player?
Why does Lawwell feed us the line ” we aim to be World class in everything we do “, yet fail to sign a Hibs player who wanted to come to Celtic?

charlie

great post chris any tim moaning the noo disnae deserve celtic any huns kiss ma ar.e

Salad queen

Monti
Lenny will get sfa from lawwell, more chance with rockall.

Monti

I disagree.

Hendry Needs more work. Loan him out. Ralston Needs more work. Loan him out. Bitton Is good enough Sinclair Our second leading goalscorer. Plenty good enough for Celtic. Hayes Is good enough.Valuable squad player. Ntcham Is good enough Bayo We don’t know yet how good he might be. Griffiths Griff is a proven goalscorer, maybe better than many we can buy. We need quality not quantity. Even Lenny says so. Good right back. One or two good central defenders to support Ajer and Sumo. Backup left back and one good striker. We don’t yet know how good Perez and Gutman… Read more »

Steve Naive

Devoy
Good enough for the CL, or even the EL ?
But we are just a small team, in a small country with no competition and minimum tv money. They are good enough for the SPL only and even then don’t turn up on occasion. Eddie’ penalty was our first shot on target ffs.

Timposter, Sounds like the dodgy sheriff of Deadwood or the dead sheriff of Dodge. Personally, I am off to the range. After all, it’s high noon and there are guns ablazin’ all over this site. Looks to me as if PL is no longer a pard and many ranch hands are lining up to chuck him under the herd of “has beens” and “won’t dos” being stampeded out of Celtic Park. As is my wont, I will happily sit on the corral fence and watch the mayhem unfold. I just hope the summer window doesn’t prove to be a bum… Read more »

Ralph,

My Deadwood stage must be run by Ryanair. My comment has landed somewhere up the Amazon.

H H

Monti

RIP Jose Antonio Reyes, killed in a car accident.
Sad news!

Monti

🙂

Monti

Lawwell should have walked when he argued against paying the living wage.
A Celtic director arguing against making families better off?
Andrew Kerins would be furious!

BroxburnBhoy

Monti I also agree – living wage should have been a no brained. A mistake for sure.

What about nimmo Smith arsewipe?

Cartvale88

At the beginning Of the season Brenda desperately wanted McGinn, it was botched. Christie was being punted to Aberdeen for a small transfer, fell through Christie has shown how good he can be, the issue is that we have no one that can look at a player and say this guy is a prospect. Instead we bring in zKouassi, Comper, what in Christs name is the plan. Liewell is a bead counter, but we seriously need a director of Footbal with a plan and a vision, let Lenny run the team and give his input. Do not agree with your… Read more »

BJF

I think we had this debate this time last year. It’s a “ look behind you” Christmas Panto feel to it, “oh no I didn’t..” The villian is Lawwell, the hero is whatever sad pathetic wee manager who has no influence and the Fairy Godmother is Dermott, Una Monti even. We are where we are : 8 leagues in a
row, three trebles, a squad with Tierney, McGregor, Christie, Forrest,Ajer, Johnstone,Jozo,Bain, Ntcham and a manager with a proven track record. Al that without any signings, it doesn’t get much better, bring em on!

Mike

“Legend of the lost Bhoy”. George Connolly, his autobiography has just been re-released, “Celtic’s lost Legend, The George Connolly Story”, read it and greet, out on June the sixth.

I employ two people who are both paid far above ‘the living wage’. It is shameful that Celtic can’t do the same for the many in its employ.
‘Good enough for Celtic’ can also mean good enough for anywhere: Wanyama/Van Dijk/Dembele/etc.
Good enough for Celtic
Celtic is good enough for the SPFL
Celtic is sometimes good enough for European competitions.
We gotta start somewhere. Highly touted players who have come to Celtic haven’t even been good enough for the SPL
Juninho/Pukki/Hedman/Bangura the list goes on.

Steve Naive

Pukki has shown he can score when not blootered first touch. I banged on about Christie here for long enough when others wanted to punt him so they can come good if they have it in them. BR got a tune from many who we all thought were done, Brooney, Lustig et all but I’m worried NL won’t be well enough supported by Kennedy, Duff and Woods. Ask yourself … is nine the most important thing next season to find ourselves in the same position this time next year ? Of course the league but Europe as well. Better quality… Read more »

Monti

Stevie,
Celtic doing well and enhancing our name & reputation throughout europe, is more important to me than 10 in a row!

Monti

CS,
Not a classic, players seem to playing with weights in their boots.

Cartvale88

God awful final, either team beatable

HH

BJF

Post disappeared: I said I think we had the exact same script last season, its like Panto season. Lawwell the villain “boo”boo”, the hero whatever manager who isn’t apparently being supported, a fairy Godmother, Dermott, Una, Monti even. We have nothing to show for it, well 8 titles in a row, three trebles and a squad of McGregor, Forrest, Christie, Tierney, Ajer and Edduard, some feel Bain, Brown, Griffiths, Johnstone, Sinclair, Hayes,Jozo can play a bit at least in Scotland. Lawwell may be all some people say but a pound to a penny whoever comes after him will get slated… Read more »

Iancelt67

Agree with all of Ralph’s appraisals think Arzani who’s not on the list gets a go in showing his talents. He’s good enough easily could make the difference hope he gets a go

Cortes

So: was Champions League winner Andy Robertson forced aboard the Deadwood Stage by “Take It On The Chin” Mowbray or “Eye For A Player” Lennon or “Heated Driveway” Peter?

I’m sure John Gallagher could provide some clues.

BroxburnBhoy

I see Celtic have been conducting an independent investigation into child abuse at Celtic Boy’s club. Lawwell has clarified the misinformation and gave a window into why we hear little from him or the Board on controversial issues – they prefer to conduct their business outside the media rather than through it. It’s worth a read.

TicToc

HaFuckinHaha, monkey features More/less is going to Newcastle for 20 MULLION pounds.
It’s FN gospel, Jabba stated it!

FRITZ (I didn’t introduce this but I thank the Tim who did):

#fritz a Grand Auld Team Tae Play Fur, an’ the Tri-colour is fine, WE support The Celtic, whither-or-not we’ve been oan the wi-i-i-i-ne, WE don’t care what the animals say, they died in two-thoosand an’ twelve, but the media say that there’s oanly wan way, an’ intae THAT they’ll never FN delve.
R Soles, one and all of them.
HH

Steve Naive

BB
Good point but why not be open and transparent? It mirrors the wider Churches head in the sand attitude , shoot to kill, Bloody Sunday and Grenfell. Shine a light now, admit the failings, pay the victims if need be and ensure it cannot happen again.

Broxburnbhoy

Steve the cases you mention had a concerted effort to hide the facts. Try and ignore it. Now we see that Celtic have been actively investigating to get the facts and then take the appropriate action. They prefer to conduct this privately until the report is ready I guess. I hope and trust that Celtic will do the right thing and that these abuse scandals wherever they may be lead to much stricter and more routine vetting and oversight of adults who work with children.

TicToc

BB “Steve the cases you mention had a concerted effort to hide the facts. Try and ignore it. Now we see that Celtic have been actively investigating to get the facts and then take the appropriate action.” Really, Broxburn? Like Res 12? Facts? Action? Celtic PLC is as far removed from “facts” as you seem to be. Maybe you’re what I thought I’d called out years ago on here? A spin doctor with leanings/earnings to protect the self-centred scum whom ‘run’ our Club? For clarification here, I’m calling you out again. Explain yourself! Love and kisses, TicToc Vinnie. PS for… Read more »

Uralius

That was an awful lot of fat puns right after mentioning Monti.

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