Celtic Diary Thursday June 6: Say No ! To Tittle Tattle

For all the hullaballoo surrounding incomings and outgoings this summer, it’s perhaps worth remembering that the media don’t usually find out who is joining Celtic until he’s paraded at the ground.

For all the hullaballoo surrounding the appointment of Neil Lennon , it’s perhaps worth remembering that the guy has been over the course before, and knows what it will take to lift title number nine.

Can we all calm down now ?

The leaked document has scared a section of the support, as it appears to indicate that the new kids in town will not be the A list superstars that we had perhaps hoped for, but as Celtic haven;t signed an A lister since the days of Sutton and Hartson then perhaps we shouldn’t be too disappointed.

Even Rodgers stayed away from bringing in players that were ready made for the first team.

We don’t do it any more. It’s really that simple.

So we need to be looking elsewhere.

For once, English championship players and SPL players don;t seem to be as much of a bad bet as they were previously.

Andrew Robertson has proved that young Scots can reach the highest level, Virgil van Dijk has proved that someone at Celtic knows a player when he sees him, and Marvin Comperr showed that even the big name managers can make an arse of it as well.

With the possibility of a no deal Brexit looming large, which would lead to the execution of all foreigners followed by deportation, it’s perhaps wise to hedge our bets and continue with a largely Scottish core, hence interest in players from Motherwell and Aberdeen.

In England , though, there is conseoderable scope to bring in players who have largely seen their careers stall as big money foreigners come over there and take their jobs.

They might see us as a stepping stone, but frankly as long as they commit for a couple of years and give it their best shot, I couldn’t care less.

The core of the team to take the ninth title is already there. It does need a wee bit of freshening up though, and there’s a reason for this that maybe didn’t occur to us.

Watching the team “stumble ” across the line this year showed us that there was more a sense of relief in winning the title than actual joy. That was only visible after the Cup final, but when these players look back on this year, and perhaps the last couple of years, they will admit that the weight of expectation is getting heavuer every year.

Maybe even every month.

In short, all the fun has gone out of it.

So maybe a few new characters around the place is exactly what the doctor would order.

But they would need to be big characters. It’s going to be a difficult season.

Fortunately, we have a big character at the helm.

Lennon knows what we need to do, and he is fairly fresh as he’s been away for a while.

Scott Brown , too, has been over the course and come through everything that has been thrown at him.

Mikael Lustig is out of contract, and when he returns from international duty, perhaps the club should realise that his experience and ability is far more important than he’s getting credit for.

Then there’s James Forrest, he’s been around a while, and he has a tremendous amount of experience that defies his boyish looks. He reminds me of me, in fact.

Others, such as Calum MacGregor and even Leigh Griffiths, should he come back as good as he was before he went away, have important roles to play.

Another who has a massive part in this story is Keiran Tierney, who again will be the subject of transfer speculation, but he’s already been as close to a move as he will be for a while, and looks now to be settled at Celtic.

Kristoffer Ajer has the passion and power to draw comparisons with Roy aitken, and Scott Bain will improve with experience. Spare a thought for the keeper, who has done so well that conceding a goal or two every few games is now seen as a poor spell for him.

Ryan Christie is another who won’t want to go anywhere else.

Thats before we consider the two “new ” guys already here…Maryn Shved and Daniel Arzani.

Scott Sinclair has been heckled and harassed by the support, and may decide he’s had enough, but when push comes to shove he never hides, and has been consistently among the top scorers and providers in his time here.

 

A few new faces certainly won’t hurt.

 

It would raise the morale of both players and fans.

 

We just have to make sure we get the right mix of ability and personality.

As I’ve said before, piece of piss this management lark.

 

So. you’ll excuse me if i ignore the tittle tattle in the papers, but as soon as any of us hear anything that has anything like credibility attached to it, we’ll pass it on.

Or we’ll make something up.

 

All of this nonsense serves to take away from what was a marvellous achievement last year, and so lets pause for reflection..

And above all, lets not allow a fear of failure this year to overcome a desire to win.

 

In yesterdays Diary, we showed a tweet from Hutchison Vale FC which indicated an attitude towards their players that appeared to be indicative of poor treatment of their charges.

But it seems there is a little more to the story.

The club has defended it’s actions..

That’s as may be, but again, there seems to be a lack of concern for the player or players themselves, and with their welfare in mind, surely any issues or disagreements must be kept out of the public eye ? (  said Ralph Malph, keeping it firmly in the public eye . )

I’m sure all those concerned will get round the table and sort it all out.

 

Something else from an earlier diary. Remember those vacancies at ibrox ?

No, not the one’s between the ears of their supporters.

The stewards..

Detective Desi Mond was on the case…

The  Rangers caterer doing recruitment ….seems a strange outfit…the caterer mention of Rangers on their website….seems to be in using College staff for work experience!

(https://www.elior.co.uk/news/elior-uk-develops-young-talent-new-partnership)

Elior UK

The Courtyard, Catherine St, Macclesfield

Oh hold on…

Saturday 27th June is Armed Forces Day – a chance to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. Elior UK is committed to supporting this event and showing support for all Reservists, especially those who work within our business.

Remember Walter Smith LEGNED? 

But they do seem to help some…

Elior helps long-term unemploymed Scots get back to work

Elior UK has given a ‘life changing’ opportunity to 10 previously long-term unemployed people – getting them back into work at one of its Tesco café sites in Scotland.

They got someone a job in Tesco. That kind of achievement cannot be overlooked.

 

And there’s some heartening news for the success starved support over at Ibrox, as one of their own scooped a major award..

A kitchen porter with 22 years loyal service to Elior at Rangers F.C. has been named as Site Colleague of the Year at the 2013 Elior Awards for Excellence, winning a trip to Morocco – only his second ever trip abroad.

Taking home a trophy as well as the seven-day trip in June, Martin Duncan was praised by his team for being a “true ambassador for Elior, with an incredible work ethic and someone who is genuinely adored by his colleagues”.

Arran McDowell, HR director, Elior UK, says: “Elior is proud to have the lowest staff turnover in the industry, and Martin is the perfect example of a happy, long-serving colleague who is working as part of a team to deliver an exceptional customer experience every day. He’s a great guy who’s given his all year after year to the company and he thoroughly deserves this recognition.”

On receiving the award, Martin said: “I was so proud to be nominated for the award and I couldn’t believe it when my name was read out as the winner. I really love my job and the people I work with at Rangers. It’s such an honour to win this trophy and I’m really looking forward to the trip to Morocco – it will be only my second time abroad.” 

Site Colleague Of The Year.

That’s just one letter away from an award I won….

Mind you, the good times can only be just around the corner for the Ibrox club..

Dave King group set for controlling interest in Rangers

After all the fuss and all the efforts from the Takeover Panel King seems to have got his way.

And when it all goes tits again, the support will no doubt blame everyone else, yet here, in Martin Williams Evening times report, we see exactly what the plan was all along..

King fleeces Them again

note, when I say good times for them, it’s entirely subjective. They will think it’s the good times, but it might be worth noting what else is going on today..

Outcome of Rangers’ High Court fight with Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct expected

Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley and bosses at Rangers Football Club are waiting for a judge’s ruling on the latest round of a long-running High Court fight over merchandise sales.

Judge Lionel Persey finished overseeing the latest in a series of hearings in London earlier this year.

He is scheduled to publish a ruling on Thursday.

Lawyers representing a company in the Sports Direct Group, SDI Retail Services, say Rangers are in breach of obligations under a deal relating to replica kit.

The football club disputes claims made against them.

Rangers lost a round of the fight in October.

Another judge ruled Rangers had breached the terms of an agreement made with SDI.

Mr Justice Teare concluded bosses at Rangers had made a new agreement with another firm without giving SDI a chance to match that firm’s offer.

That’s from the same paper as the King piece.

Surprisingly light on detail, it ignores the fact that its not really a ruling, more a sort of confirmation that King will need to find a few quid sharpish, although a man with his considerable legal experience probably won’t be too concerned.

 

Picture Ponder time again..yesterday we had this..

Wee Red 

June 5, 2019 at 10:17 pm · Edit · Reply →

Caption:) Scottish orange order trial the new maps for their followers on the re-routed parades 

Today..

Image result for may trump press conference

By the way, on a serious note, am I the only one a little bit disturbed by the over use of flags in that picture ?

 

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Weered
1 year ago

Caption: Ya just gotta hand it to them

Weered
1 year ago

Caption: The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand’s doing…

1 year ago

Caption: “may I say, Teresa, that British pussy is the finest pussy I’ve ever grabbed – the rest is just fake news!”

Iancelt67
1 year ago
Reply to  Steven R

Belter

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: ” To me to you “

Corrib 04
1 year ago

That diary was a breath of fresh air. I agree with all the players you chose as a core group.
Bringing in McKenna and the motherwell kid would also recyle 10 million within the Scottish game which can only be a good tbing imo. Forget these overpaid imposters from England, they are a complete waste of money.
Oh, throw in Johnston, Dembele, Henderson and Okoflex to the first team squad please and thank you.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Corrib 04

Corrib,
We need to be careful with Dembele, i’d rather he went to a smaller club like Man City, on loan for a season, develop him for us, then bring him back.

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago

They are both pointing out the Golden Fleece of Celtic! Behind this,there are Treble Trebles,replacement bulbs and WorldClass biscuit tins……

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago

Talking of tittle tattle…..wait till I tell you about this…….

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago

Please Ghod,cut out the rain eh? It’s ruining my golf practice and fees cost even more than a ST to sit and watch lights …..just politely asking….
P.S.Thanks Donald for bringing your lovely daughter with you,oh yes…..

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago

Remember to offer up thanks today to the armed forces…..of America……who stepped in and stopped all Brits becoming even more Hunnish….
We’ll fight them on the beaches….aye right…

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob,
Probably the most idiotic thing posted on here!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob,
You need to think about it, imagine if you can how those men who landed on those beaches were feeling, i would have shat my pants instantly i think & if you are being honest, so would you & many others.

Grow up son!

Iancelt67
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

True Monti it would’ve been hell

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: Please give a big hand to the President of the United States of America. Actually he needs two.

1 year ago
Reply to  Puggy67

@Pugy… Most of us mere mortals need only one for the important uses 😉

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

you do need the other one for the rewind button, I’m so miserable I like to rewind porn to see the hooker giving the money back.

Weered
1 year ago
Reply to  Puggy67

🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Good morning Wee redcoat 🙂

Weered
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Good mornin bawbag…oops it’s now afternoon

Monti
1 year ago

D-Day 6th of June 1944

To ALL who gave their lives to secure our freedom from the Nazi evil, i simply say THANK YOU!

RIP each & every single one!

jimmybee
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Well said comrade.

Uralius
1 year ago

Quick question for those in Scotland. I’m looking to get a Masters Degree from a US institution, one of the best places for business is ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE NY. Do you think this could cause problems when applying for jobs in the Glasgow area.

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

I think Aloysius O’Flaherty MA’s application to Brigton Welders would have struggled anyway Uralius.

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

Although if you had a masters from a school of nursing you could put Ma SoN on your CV – that should help.

George Lazenbhoy
1 year ago

Caption – the two winners of the ‘you’re a heartless cunt award’ congratulate each other.

BJF
1 year ago

Ralph good diary except I think the only people excited about “the list” is a few newspapers. I don’t really think any Celtic supporter would take it seriously, I understand the club need to know how it got in the public domain but to me yesterday’s chip paper. Whatever our differences with the British army, really their political masters, I admire those grand old men who fought on the beaches, so many laid down their lives and current generations are the beneficiaries. When you think about it a fully fit Tierney, Christie and Griffiths would be like 3 seriously big signings who “get” Celtic.All good news for Celtic today.

1 year ago

Wee couple of things on ELior caterers curently hiring at Ibrox..can you guess how they got that initial relationship…

By buying the last catering and cleaning company at Ibrox, a company that had 10 year conracts no less…which company?…AZURE..remember them…it was one of Sir David Murrays sons many cash cows from inside Ibrox Free Monely Ltd!

Also..interestingly, Elior don’t seem to mention having to renegotiate their original Ibrox catering deal when it went tits up at Ibrox in 2013 but in the Rangers accounts, they prodly state a new 10 year deal has been agreed with savings no less!!

Weered
1 year ago
Reply to  desimond

desimond… I like the Freudian slip with “prodly state” 🙂

The Cha
1 year ago

No, no, no.

We’ve had a massive Dembele sized hole in our team since Moussa had his “leetle problem” and it needs properly filled and not a sticking plaster that will fall off pretty quickly.

This needs substantial investment on a ready made replacement and not a project or broken down has-been or, god forbid, someone like Cosgrove from Aberdeen.

This would probably take a Ntcham or Eddy style fee not a Bayo punt unless we can get a Dembele style deal but the quality player comes first and then we pay what is required.

This needs replicating at RB, CM (?) and elsewhere it’s required.

Those advocating for Lenny assured us that this wasn’t the cheap option that would lead to cheap investment but the optics aren’t good.

Ryan Ellis
1 year ago

I’m more concerned about the number of feckin arseholes in that picture.

Iljas Baker
1 year ago

Take the pressure off the new squad and signal early that another treble is not a priority and the development squad or those not playing regularly in the first team will compete in the league cup.

But we do need another striker who can bring out the best in French Eddie. Is a big target man still an option these days or is it too old fashioned?

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Iljas Baker

Too late, from the Beeb “Lennon wants ‘fourth treble’ at Celtic”. 😉

Puggy67
1 year ago

Intersting news on Barrowfield redevelopment. The Lions used to clear up the broken glass before training. Indoor and outdoor pitches and stand for watching the ladies. No disco lights mentioned. World class in everything we do my arse. Seriously though if accessible for locals another step towards the regeneration of the East End and to be commended.

Friesdorfer
1 year ago

Is Bayo a punt? He’s not played yet.

jimmybee
1 year ago

Spoke to a couple of Charlton fans last night they say Arribo is the real deal. Would be a good bit of business as they are surprised none of the premiership clubs have came calling.

jimmybee
1 year ago

Scott Sinclair shouldn’t be out the team Ralph
Our top gòalscorer over the treble treble season.
I don’t understand the negativity which comes from our fans. He is a great asset to our club.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Agreed. I think he’s been involved something like a 30 goals a year since he’s been here.

Whatever non-scoring, little-assisting Johnny Hayes is the answer to its not Sinclair’s replacement!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

PISH

jimmybee
1 year ago

My only problem with Lenny is this, a player we go after and sevco they have Stevie G I think that’s more or a pull than Lenny if your coming from the English leagues ? A big name manager could be the difference in signing talks.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

If we were neck and neck with the Huns then I can imagine that but surely 8IAR, Treble Treble and odds on for TIAR has got to heavily favour us.

Where I can see an issue is someone like Dembele who came to work under Rodgers to develop him and, I wonder, if that’ll be the same under Lenny.

Signing Harper would go a long way to ease any fear.

1 year ago

was Biggest load of mince ever written!you ever watch the team / manager?and sections of support getting it again,Tory scumbags using our club to buy and sell players for their own benefit!Have Desmond and co ever put a penny towards Celtic?doff yer cap to your betters is Hun behaviour!

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  tully

Yes Dermot Desmond invested in Celtic substantially tens of
millions of pounds. In fact if not for Fergal and Dermot Desmond there would be no Celtic to follow. Check it Tully it’s a fact

desdamoaner
1 year ago

Caption – pass the hairspray love?

And McKenna. Naw. Just not good enough

Eddie
1 year ago

Caption – Right wing parties support flagging…

Owen Mullions
1 year ago

Caption
…And on the seventh day, God scraped the bottom of two barrels.

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Caption
Have u been to Ibrokes too?

The toilet wipe media are looking for any crap to stick on Celtics party, they are even prattling about 55, probably their IQ

Glad your back in full steam Ralphie

Stevie D
1 year ago

I’ve cracked it as far as being a pundit is concerned: just repeatedly say words and phrases like ‘obviously’, ‘in terms of of’, ‘all credit to’, etc and it’ll sound like you’ve hauf a brain to guys with no brain; eg Charlie Nicholas wise (I know- Charlie Nicholas wise!?!?!).

BJF
1 year ago

The Cha is spot on about a Dembelle sized hole in the team, it would brung the best out of Eddy. Also of course a quality right back and an experienced centre half and hey ho 9 in a row.I like the sound if the Blades player but would he really give up
the Premiership, but then a season fighting relegation
or medals and the Champions League, what would mean more at the end of your career?

SteveNaive
1 year ago

McKenna,? Turnbull ?Lennon,Kennedy,Duff and Woods..CL qualification ?
‘Do their best for two years’ How is that supposed to build any continuity where a quality core is replaced with quality additions ?
That’ll be the Tory board ‘austerity’ that will.
Win the European Cup…parade on a hastily hosed coal lorry
Biscuit tin.

jimboh
1 year ago

Ralph, your anxiety at the Head of State Foto shoot is just a recognition that the Hands Across the Water Double Act is just a pictorial confirmation that the Uk, since WW11, has been rightly recognised as the latest state in the Good Ole U.S of A.

Or else you are “disturbed” that so many millions of reputedly intelligent western voters could have voted for 2 outright Fannies. Of course only one had an excuse having been born into the role.

I’ll leave it to the annals of history to define which one.

H.H.

Danbreen
1 year ago

Somebody’s nicked the tricolour

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Danbreen

I’ve got one 🙂

Weered
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Mornin all…I’ve got one

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Weered,
I’m building a wall at the weekend & need a mixer, do you know anyone…cough…i mean have one? 🙂

1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti… It needs thoroughly washed and fingerprints removed before and after use.
Ya still want it cough

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Weered,
What’s it’s capacity? 🙂

Iancelt67
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Weered watched the movie good vibrations very inspiring the undertones etc . That guy did more for the peace process than anyone helped bring your country together fucking legend

1 year ago

Monti 500kg

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

🙂

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Drawing comparisons btw Ajer and aitken is a drawing a long bow. Aitken swashbuckling Ajer a more cultured prospect. I’d put Ajer as a replacement for brown and put him further up the field. He’s a central midfielder not a cb. He can play there if we don’t get a decent holding midfielder. A much more fairer player than brown who shys away from bringing controversy into the game. If we can get a combination of benkovic and simo at the back we can move forward as a team. Rogue has to come back as the player we know he can be. With Christie and McGregor we can return as a dominant force. Sinclair and the Ukrainian battling out for that left spot with maybe arzani put in when injuries start surfacing. Griffiths back and obviously Tierney. Still think we need a better keeper than Bain who’s far from the finished article.

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Rogic

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