Celtic Diary Tuesday August 6: Victories and Victims

Celtic duly began their domestic campaign with an uneventful 7-0 win over St Johnstone on Saturday, a routine performance during a routine trip north for the game.

Alright, if you don’t count getting thrown off the train at Carlisle. Long story short, everyone remembers the reaction, not the provocation.

Still, pretending to be a doctor on the Sunday train to get two junkies out of the toilet was quite funny.

Anyhoo, its safe to say that trains will not be the preferred mode of transport any more.

And to anyone who does use them, make sure you have a paper ticket, and not a block booking on someones phone.

Better still, walk or drive.

 

But this Diary isn’t about me, its about what I see…and what I saw on Saturday was a swashbuckling Celtic who made sidieways football a thing of the past.

The first 7-0 of the season was registered not only by some great football, but by some players clearly enjoying playing great football.

Ryan Christie Again, to give him his full name-at least thats what people in the ground were saying after each goal-was outstanding, Oddsone Edoaurd played a level above what he was last year, and the rest of them weren’t bad either.

With Cluj now firmly in the sights for tomorrow night, however, perhaps the thing that brings me most comfort is that Neil Lennon won’t try the same style over there.

Cluj, remember, don’t fear Celtic’s long ball game…which may well have given anyone from the club watching on Saturday something to think about… like who they may face in the Europa league..and it seems they aren’t as confident as our own media would like to portray us, with the Sun reporting that they are trying to make as much money from this game as they possibly can, presumably to try to offset the money they’d make in the UCL…

CELTIC have called out European rivals Cluj over a ticket-price scandal.

It has emerged the Romanians were trying to fleece Celtic fans flocking to Transylvania for this week’s Champions League qualifying clash. 

They have asked Celtic fans to pay £36 a ticket, while selling them to their own fans for under a fiver with kids getting in free!

That represents a whopping 700% hike in prices for Hoops fans compared to home supporters and the Scottish champions have contacted Cluj for answers and to demand refunds.

If the Hoops’ plea falls on deaf ears they will take up the case with UEFA as Cluj are in clear breach of competition rules. 

One note of interest..should Celtic overcome Cluj, they will face Slavia Prague, which would be a great trip. (As long as you don’t go on a train )

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This was back in 2015, as the Czech club celebrated the 150th anniversary of his birth.

However, its Cluj first.

Who, it appears, play at Tynecastle.

Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu

The game will be live on Premier sports, or at least thats what they are saying at the moment.

The Romanians are four games into their season, and have registered three wins and a draw. They’ll be up to speed, and certainly no pushovers.

However, thats not worries me.

Celtic have only faced Romanian teams in european competition twice-Politechnica Timisoara ( lost on away goals ) and Astra Guirgu ( scraped through 3-2 0n aggregate, a win and a draw ).

It’s not a great record, and I’m even more worried by this…

Fotbal Club CFR 1907 Cluj, commonly known as CFR Cluj (Romanian pronunciation: [t͡ʃefeˌre ˈkluʒ] or [ˌt͡ʃefere ˈkluʒ]), is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Cluj-NapocaCluj County. It was founded in 1907, when Transylvaniawas part of Austria-Hungary, and the current name “CFR” is the acronym for Căile Ferate Române (“Romanian Railways”).[3 

 

Railways ? Trains ?

I’ve had enough of trains to last me a lifetime, and it is now firmly in the back of my mind that the metal beasts are not finished with me yet…

 

Elsewhere in Scotland, there was delight for the “rangers ” manager as his side scored a late winner down at Rugby Park…

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There was considerably more delight for fourth official Andrew Dallas, as we can see, and he’ll be pleased that no one noticed.

But there weren’t too many smiles anywhere as the media took stock of the scenes before , during and after that game…

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Scottish football ?

Seriously ?

There was one club involved, and one club which must be held responsible for what happened.

It started before the game… as Club 1872 explain in their statement..

Well, when I say “explain “…

“Club 1872 has received multiple eye-witness reports from supporters trapped outside prior to and following kick-off in yesterday’s match.

It looks terrifying…

 

 

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“We are aware of a video which appears to show Rangers supporters opening an access gate in response to pleas from supporters further back in the crowd.

“This has been characterised negatively by various media outlets including the Daily Record and BBC Scotland journalists. 

The video is out there somewhere. Find it, watch it, make your own mind up whether the media have characterised it negatively.

“Having watched and listened to the video in question, there is genuine concern from distressed supporters that there is a dangerous situation building up in the crowd and that this gate should be opened to relieve pressure.

“This concern matches the eye witness accounts, from those further back in the crowd, which we have described above.

“The situation would never have arisen if the ticketing entry system at Rugby Park had been working properly.

“As usual, there has been a rush from certain elements of the press to blame Rangers supporters for this incident.

“We would remind them, Ms McLeish and others that it is the responsibility of Kilmarnock FC and their directors to ensure that visiting supporters are safe. 

“It is quite clear that the ticketing entry arrangements were not fit for purpose and that this created an unnecessary situation at the turnstiles which placed Rangers supporters in danger.

“We will be submitting the reports we have received to Rangers and urging them to ensure that Kilmarnock FC and their directors make proper arrangements in future and that they are held to account for the shambolic and unsafe situation prior to kickoff.

“It was Kilmarnock FC’s responsibility to make suitable safety and ticketing arrangements – it is absolutely clear they did not.” 

Yeah, if only the Ayrshire club provided a great big open space where people could queue in an orderly fashion….

 Queues of Rangers fans waiting to get into the game yesterday afternoon

Quite simply, as a neutral observer, it seems that some supporters got in to a part of the ground where they shouldn;t have been, and ended up on the pitch ….which seems to happen quite a lot to that lot.

 

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As for dancing on the disabled persons enclosure…

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There are people in there, for fucks sake.

How can anyone, or everyone, possibly condone that behaviour ?

 

And how can the authorities not take action, before someone is killed or seriously injured ?

Oh, hang on, I might be on the point of spotting why…

The monster that should have been laid to rest in 2012 was given new life. The cowardice shown by the authorities back then is going to haunt us this season.

Someone, somewhere, will have blood on their hands.

 

Journalism such as this, from the once respected Times, sums it all up..

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Marc Horne, you’ll recall, has a thing about child abuse investigations, but only at one club…

 

According to Twitter, Former Rangers former player Alex Rae added his tuppence worth, which at that price is surely overvalued..

Alex Rae just put blame on

not having the disabled shelter properly fenced. A disgusting view 

Even more bizarrely, one angry bear felt severe sanctions should be put in place..

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One of the more practical among them suggested a solution..

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Away from all that, in fact as far away as we can get from all that, there’s talk that Brendan Rodgers may make a move for Kris Ajer, that Lille have agreed terms with Jozo Simunovic, and that Arsenal haven’t given up on Keiran Tierney.

The English window closes on Thursday. Hopefully someone will board the bloody thing up.

 

The last Diary was on Friday, and we had this to ponder..

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Tyrone9 August 3, 2019 at 7:53 am · Edit · Reply →

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BJ…so the D Record says they won nil nil !
NS….Aye, but I don t think even you would get away with that in Westminster 

Today..

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Finally, its five years to the day when Celtic recorded their greatest ever European performance…

Connor
 
@_CLMike_
 
5 years ago today Celtic staged the greatest comeback of all time. 88th minute of the second leg against Legia Warsaw, 2-0 down on the night, 6-1 on aggregate, we somehow ended up winning 3-0 and going through on away goals after a 4-4 draw. A night I will never forget. 
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D'Fhinnein Mick

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I asked him if we could watch his car for him,but he said naw.

D'Fhinnein Mick

Great article,Ralph.

Btw,I always get a paper ticket when I travel by train. Except,when I booked my train to Glasgow for September,it wouldn’t let me have one. I’ve got one of those stupid print-outs in an e-mail. Could be interesting.

Caption,Sevco.s new Grand prix team get car ready for action

Arsene Parcelie

WARNING!
You are about to enter [Insert Area Here] Safari Park.
The local wildlife WILL climb on your vehicle and WILL
cause damage.

Do NOT get out of your car. Do NOT open your windows.

These ANIMALS ATTACK!

We Accept no responsibility for ANY damage of ANY kind
to ANY part of your vehicle.

To exit the area take the next right ahead.

D'Fhinnein Mick

ARSENE

Park warden to two Glasgow kids playing football in the safari park…

“Ho,you two! Watch out for those lions!!!”

“Wur no gonna touch yer fucken Lions,mister”

Monti

Caption: ” Did our parents really not vote for independence “?

jimmybee

Caption: He won’t tell us to fuck off the next time we ask him to watch his car.

jimmybee

Caption: He won’t tell us to fuck off the next time we ask to watch his car.

Puggy67

Caption: Car manufacturer criticised for failing to prevent people climbing on the roof.

tony carlin"

Caption. “ Sevco going for 55 suffers a mechanical issue……..again!”

Count Cluj Ripula,Celts by 3 in the sun.

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Let`s go rally roon the sevconian close season treble-treble vehicle.

charlie

caption that picture reminds me ae the last time sumdy didnae pay the wains tae get thur motor watched

Proof that Ibrox is a UEFA Elite 5 Star Stadium Charlie.

charlie

the huns dont ask the wains tae watch thur motors port they ask thum tae steal thur motors for the insurance ha ha

🙂
Charlie,do you reckon Ralph was on the Community Shield Merseyside-London train instead of a virgin Carlisle one?
I`ve seen footage.

charlie

port a shudder tae think wit inapropriate behavior gotum slung aff the train bet he blames the buckfast ……….a fell aff a train at carlisle wance it wis shut he he

Their uber coracle back home must`ve been a squeeze.

charlie

ha ha ha ha port maybe we should hav a in what way did ralph make a knob ae hissel tae get threw aff the train comp instead of knob ae the week this friday

🙂
What happens on a virgin stays on a virgin!

charlie

ha ha ha ha ha fuckin peach port

charlie

ha ha ha ha ha ha peach port

Bognorbhoy

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Club 1872 invest in New company vehicle..

Bognorbhoy

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The tarrier carrier needs repairing…

So Ralph let’s the train take the strain ?

Sevco F1 team call the new car into bear pit

Markspur

Caption – Aye, the Porsche got Dad back from Lisbon okay last night, but it run out of petrol here in Govan and when Dad got back with the jerry can this morning…

Rob O'Keeffe

Caption: Edmiston Drive in about a year from now……
P.S.Huns locked out of the game and others jumping on each other’s heids,what’s not to like?…..

Rob O'Keeffe

Did you see some of the legs on the burdz at the Wimmin’s Open? Lovely wee short skirts…..golf,you know it makes sense…..Signed All at John Hartson’s Golf Foundation,maybe….

Una

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We buy any car, we buy any car, we buy any car.

Just not this one

alzyerpal

Caption : The The Rangers Club/Company, brand new £80,000 executive limousine, is attacked by rampaging Celtic fans, prior to being set alight. Fortunately it was well insured.

Mike

The Gurning, Grinning, Giggling Monkey faced Guru, sends out his divine message to the peepul.. ” I am one of thee”. “The monster that should have been laid to rest in 2012, was given new life”. How true, I hope the move-oners are happy with their choice, I hope that every single one of them who aided and abetted them, who facilitated the cheating, who stood silent and allowed the Hun hordes to continue with their shameful criminal conduct are happy and get what’s coming to them. I only hope that no innocent gets injured as they rampage and sing… Read more »

Warriorthruandthru

Vanguard Bears – The early years. (The car looks like an old Standard Vanguard)

Una

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Hummels MD is asked by his psychologist what he sees when looking at this picture?

He replies

It’s like our kit deal with “the rangers” a total non runner.

tony carlin"

The quote regarding liaison officers. He describes Police Scotland to a tee!

Patrick O Hara

Caption. And the crowd goes wild as Ryan goes for goal number FOUR!

Cartvale88

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When does the scramble start mister?

Or ma da says it was Kilmarnock that did it.

The crass thick journos, trying to deflecte from Sunsays game, pathetic. At least Michael Stewart has called them out, where are our ex players that take the shilling and say nothing.
When they kill someone it will be the Green Brigades fault, what a sad pile of Unionist poo!

Noticed that wee moron in the Black on Sunday having a celebratory chat with Stevie G after the goal, again our board should get a spine
Looking forward to the Cluj game.

Michael Stewart will get to where he wants to be politically and we`ll never hear of his concerned wavelengths again.

Charlie Saiz. Agree with you totally, especially if we have time to land the 3 players you mention. It seems ages since a fit Kieran has actually played for us now. We have a promising left back in Boli, with backup from Hayes, Johnston, McGregor as wingbacks. Nobody has even mentioned Gutman yet reports on him were good. Likewise, Perez on the right. We have no guarantees of Kieran’s long term fitness, especially with pubic bone issues. If Kieran leaves for Arsenal, he can also one day return to us, older, fitter and wiser. I don’t want to lose him… Read more »

charlie

hail hail devoy aint celtic grand

selkirk casual

while i agree with a lot o whit ye are saying Charlie, the only people that get bored with winning are losers ! if he is as big a Tim as he makes out he will still become a very Rich man but more importantly his medal collection will be up there with the all time Celtic Greats. why would he want to leave other than money ? he wont get champs league at arsenal !!!

BJF

Guys on this site early last season expressed concern that we were predictable even I cottoned on eventually and called for more variety just about the time Lenny came back in. The debate heightened and he fed it just a little which further heightened the sense Rodgers couldn’t seem to bring a change hence all the 1-0 victories. Last season our quality was enough this season it needed stepped up more. Hopefully that is what is happening. I recognised Tierney eventually would need a bigger platform as with Dembele it has come just a bit sooner than I wanted but… Read more »

R.St.Parsley

Fat Huns are falling on my head
Just cos I’m disabled and my team is fucking dead
I keep getting squashed
Those fat Huns keep falling on my head, they keep falling.

But there’s one thing I know
The press will not get silly
They’ll blame Killie
It won’t be long til everyone’s to blame but Billy.

Fat Huns are falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean our fans are stupid fucking neds
Fuelled by bigotry
You’re never gonna stop our fans celebrating
Because we’re pricks
Who can’t help being thick
We’re like a brick
We can’t help being thick
Don’t take the mick
We can’t help being thick…

Gerry

He’s not been missed this season? Two easy European ties and a home game against mince.
I won’t be as gutted now as I would have been in the past, but the day Kieran leaves should be a sad one for every Celtic fan. That’s regardless of what fee we get and if and who we invest it in.
I’ll wish him well for the wonderful memories but until he signs elsewhere I’m hoping he stays at Paradise.
Any mistake Boli makes it’ll be “if only we still had KT”

Broxburnbhoy

Caption: unfortunately Brexit turned out worse than expected

Ralph,

It was plainly Virgin’s fault you got throwed aff. They should have had a safety fence roon the lavy to protect ???? adicts and free drinks in the restaurant car so you could land softly. Write to DR with facts and you will come out the toilet – squeeky clean and smelling like a bluebell!!

On the other hand, what happened may be a direct consequence of going off the rails :).

Caption: “Hi guys, there’s a deid fitba club oan the back seat.”

H H

Uralius

Caption: Quick close that windae before Kieran climbs through it!

Uralius

There is a “new” form of football called vertical tiki taka, which is like sideways tipi tappy but turned 90 degrees and an interesting form of counter attack called direct counter attack. We seem to be generally playing that with an injection of wing play. They haven’t named this style yet anywhere except Scotland where it’s called the Celtic Way.

jimmybee

What will be will be I think KT will be here for 10 in a row 🙂

MabozzaRitchie

would rather sell him and use the money for a class striker. goals win games

MabozzaRitchie

sell. use the money for a class striker. Goals win games

MabozzaRitchie

^ @CS

£153 million for Harry Maguire?

All that spectate should be paid too.
I think i`m worth a million.A season? I`d complete.

Caption:
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Brencelt

Caption: venue announced for the next the rangers AGM.

The the rangers fans should boycott all away grounds immediately and forever and do everyone a favour

Binkabhoy

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Head zombie: If Celtic’s Ferrari is worth 100 million we want at least the same for this…

CS, Kieran will challenge himself.As far as medals go,he`ll hand them off to lucky young players.

It`s not the end,it`s just the beginning.

DJ Smyth

To me it would unbelievable for Kieran to go . He has spent his entire Celtic career to date reminding us how great a Celtic fan he is & if he wasn’t playing for Celtic he would be in the supporters . Although 22 K T is still only a child , he relies on his mother to cook his meals , wash his clothes , do his ironing & make his bed . He may get a girl in London to do many things for him , but they won’t replace his mother . We are now two seasons… Read more »

Broxburnbhoy

I’m amused by the MSM and their obsession with trying to have “Rangers” always mentioned alongside Celtic. It’s as if they are trying to drum up equivalency where non exists. The tribute act from Ibrox are rank outsiders and nowhere near the level of Celtic. That much has been obvious for the last three years – yet – they are apparently ready to displace us. It’s highly amusing. I also read some ex Hearts player saying Slavia Prague “don’t fear us” well first we need to beat Cluj then we can worry about Slavia Prague – I actually read the… Read more »

The CFR Cluj games`ll be harder than the SK Slavia Prague games.

In what pot will we be?

Doc

Either 3 or 4. Of the qualified teams, our coefficient is the 7th worst, so we would need two of the five remaining CL spots to go to teams ranked below us for us to be in pot 3.

We need two teams to do us a favour by knocking Ajax, Zagreb or Copenhagen out from our section or LASK or Istanbul to qualify from the ‘league route’ section.

This is why every game in Europe matters, just one more win in the last four years would have guaranteed we were in pot 3.

jimmybee

Caption: Johnstones motor car

Monti

🙂

Uralius

Caption: With Kieran Tierney set to make his way to London this morning for a last minute deal some young Celtic fans take action.

Monti

My wee ones 7th Birthday today 🙂

All she has known is Celtic are champions….
Long may that be the case!

Monti

Caption: ” It was the Kilmarnock fans “

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