Celtic Diary Wednesday August 21: A Sense Of Foreboding

There seems to be an underlying panic about the recent lull in transfer activity.

Though not over the proposed loan move for Jack Hendry-remember him?-who is being eyed by Kilmarnock and Motherwell.

The word is Hendry will be used as a makeweight or bargaining chip in a deal to secure another player, be it Greg Taylor or Scott McKenna.

You’ll note that McKenna is still at Aberdeen, despite handing in a transfer request, and the two Kilmarnock targets haven’t moved yet either.

We expect three more signings, and you’ll note that McKenna is still at Aberdeen, despite handing in a transfer request, and the two Kilmarnock targets haven’t moved yet either.

Before you scream about shopping locally on the cheap, consider this…John McGinn.

He’s gone on to do quite well, as did James McCarthy, another who slipped through the net. And one you can definitely blame on Lawwell, who more or less did the deal, and then promised to phone McCarthy to confirm.

Perhaps he’d ran out of credit..

If Brexit goes through, and this must be on the minds of those at Celtic, there’s a real possibility that foreign players, who come over here and take all our jobs, will be deported, interned or even rounded up at night in black vans and thrown over the side of a cross channel ferry.

Where we, as supporters, demand signings, they, as businessmen, must consider all the possibilities when spending millions of pounds.

Personally, if Britain does withdraw from civilised society on October 31, I’ll enjoy watching all the little Englanders finding out there’s no doctors, no nurses, no medicine , no food and more inportantly, no EPL because they’ve sent most of the workers home.

Those in charge of scouting and recruitment at Celtic, if, indeed, anyone is, cannot win.

If they sign a Scot, they’re accused of not spreading the net wide enough and downsizing. If they don’t, and someone else buys him and he does well, they’re accused of not paying the going rate for him, which, of course was the going rate before they went on to improve elsewhere.

It’s a tough call that got considerably tougher with the exit from the Champions League. Football at that level was a major selling point for the club, with ambitious youngsters able to play on the biggest stage of all much sooner than they would ordinarily.

Then there’s the fact that the Scottish league gets little exposure in itself, and is talked down by it’s nearest neighbour in England. We’ve all heard the pub league jibes and the English mainstream media, intent on comparing their league-55 million potential customers, with ours, 5 million.

You don’t see the Germans or Spanish comparing themselves with Austria or Portugal to make themselves feel more secure.

And thats before we start on the wage difference, which forces Celtic to pay more to players who simply aren’t worth it.

We’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, and until someone goes cap in hand to John Park and asks him to come back, it will remain thus.

Which is why the backroom staff does need a shake up. If only to allow Lennon a chance to truly make this team his own. At least then, if he blows it, he will be entirely responsible. As it stands now, the support is divided, Tom Boyd apart, over who is to blame for the way things appear to be at the club.

 

Although thats easy, because as we know, Lawwell controls the money, and in any organisation, the man with the money has the final say.

And it’s not just the staff. There are a few pieces of tittle tattle , not confirmed, that suggest the players are disappointed with the new methods employed by Lennon and his team. Although he promised to keep the much improved set up that was instilled by Brendan Rodgers, it appears he hasn’t.

Two key players are rumoured to want away, whilst another has had a chat with the manager about perhaps getting things back to the way they were.

 

So, thats the cheerful bit done.

Well, almost. Bjorn Tvore Kvarme is the agent for reputed Celtic target Birger Melling, who is on the radar of most fans having played quite well against Celtic for Rosenberg, and he put their gas at a peep by saying;

Birger will probably move on at some point. But they are still playing to get into the Champions League so that may influence things as well.”

“In general, it is always interesting for players to go to bigger leagues to play for bigger clubs. You just have to find the right moment. But if Rosenborg get into the Champions League that is interesting for Birger as well.

On that basis, perhaps we should be a little more patient with the club. We can have a moan when the window shuts.

In the meantime, I’d suggest we take all of the media stories about us missing out on targets with a pinch of salt.. as we have seen, they love a chance to make Celtic fans miserable, and if they can;t find one, they’ll concoct one.

 

On the subject of Scottish football, despite what everyone else says, it’s hard not to love it..

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As Aberdeen fans queued for their half-time refreshments in the Bob Shankly Stand during the weekend Betfred Cup game against Dundee, they were surprised to see a large bed frame and a number of black rubbish bags on the roof of the pie stall.

The club launched an investigation into the bizarre incident and claimed it had been an error by stadium staff.

Where were they supposed to put it ?

And then there was this..

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During their 3-1 win over Celtic Colts, Clyde brought on Danny Lennon, who is fifty years old. Steven Gerrard has enquired about his availability.

 

By the way, there’s no sign that “rangers ” have paid Mike Ashley the money the court said they had to. That could get messy.

 

Celtic will face AIK Stockholm in their seventh European game of the season, and their first in the Europa League tomorrow night at Celtic Park.

So far, ticket sales don’t look good, with the ground expected to be only half full.

However, they are ranked 237 in the current UEFA rankings, level , coincidentally , with Nomme Kalju, who Celtic beat before the Cluj catastrophe. Grounds for optimism ?

Right now, I’ll take anything.

There are far too many negative stories out there, and far too many of us willing to believe them.

Whats needed is a clear the air with the players, and the manager to listen to and respond positively to any criticism from within.

Lennon may be coasting onto the rocks, and he can’t say the warning signs weren’t there.

 

Of course, all of this will go away with a convincing win tomorrow night…which would be the best way toi silence the critics.

Get it right…and then one day we can look back and laugh.

Yesterday, we had this…

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Charlie Saiz August 20, 2019 at 11:01 am · Edit · Reply →

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Furfucksakes maw they’ve run oota Rivita again look

Today…

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Finally, the last word for now on John “Cheatin ” Beaton.. for now, at least…

  1. R.St.Parsley August 21, 2019 at 9:11 am · Edit · Reply →

    He was a hun by the name o’ John Beaton
    Fae the auld toon o’ Effin came he
    And one day this Effin hun Beaton
    Got a text fae an Effin RC.

    So the Effin hun Beaton he took tae his heels
    And for a big Effin polis he ran
    For there’s naeb’dy can batter an Effin RC
    Like a big Effin polisman can.

    The big Effin polis he said:’Follow me’
    And they ran doon the main Effin street
    In his haun’ he’d a big Effin baton
    And he’d big Effin boots oan his feet.

    They finally caught up wi’ an Effin RC
    And they battered him aw roon’ the heid
    But the Effin RC got his ain back
    And soon left them baith there for deid.

    Noo if ye go tae the Effin museum
    In an Effin glass case there ye’ll see
    Beaton’s sash, two big boots an’ a baton
    A gift fae an Effin RC.

    (With apologies to the late Matt McGinn).

     

 

 

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BJF
1 year ago

Caption:”Monti brings back happy memories but which one is you?” Can’t make tomorrow night but Cmon the hoops.

Mike A
1 year ago

Caption: Well one of then sniggered. Now where were we? Oh yes, “ till death us do part.”

Paddybhoy67
1 year ago

“There are far too many negative stories out there, and far too many of us willing to believe them” … and far too many bloggers reprinting them. I can’t believe the amount of quotes from the SMSM that some of your colleagues cut and paste into their articles … If it’s shit in the first place, it’s just regurgitated shit in a reprint. It’s not going to smell any sweeter. Real Tims don’t read the Record, don’t click on links to the Record, and don’t publicise the crap from the British, BC.

1 year ago
Reply to  Paddybhoy67

PADDYBHOY67

I co-host a blog. Believe me,we don’t print a fraction of the stuff we get told. RALPH will be the same.

Paddybhoy67
1 year ago

I take your point, Mick, we all hear stuff, and I’m sure you check your sources before publishing. But what I’m talking about is the amount of coverage that stories in the red tops get in many Celtic blogs. We have to try to educate our support that these publications are not our friends. Reprinting the vomit that Keith Jackson, or Gary (my wife left me for a toy boy) Ralston spews is simply giving them a platform to infect the minds of people who only hear this stuff in blogs. The reason I subscribe to social media is to read about Celtic from a fan’s viewpoint and not the negative crap in the SMSM.

Mike
1 year ago

Are you going to Scarborough Fair, R.St. Parsley-Sage- Rosemary and Thyme, if you are please put on my line. 3-1 evens @ Kempton Dooda-Dooda, Dooda Dae.

But McKenna, O’Donnell (great writer) and young Greg Taylor are still available and in part exchange you can have Jack Hendry or he goes in part exchange to Motherwell and we can get the recovered Turnbull.
Downsizing replaces Downfall its the same old song, with a different meaning, where we come from. A new wee ditty in the Peter Lawwell sop opera… and we the sops..

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: ” Yes honey, when we have kids, Prince Andrew said he & Jeffrey will babysit “

Whitearra
1 year ago

Caption : ‘The soup was OK and to be be honest, I didn’t think the chicken was that bad. But it’s your day so…’

Paddybhoy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Whitearra

Winner.

Tom
1 year ago

Caption.- obviously a shotgun wedding

tony carlin"
1 year ago

Caption: is that a Walther PPK in your pocket or are you expecting a good wedding night?

tony carlin"
1 year ago

Caption: Bride. I thought you said you fired blanks!

Desmond and The Dekkers
1 year ago

Caption: is that rifle in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

Patrick o Hara
1 year ago

Caption. Shotgun wedding couple make public appeal for godparents on a short term basis.

Mike
1 year ago

Ambition, aspiration and all hope went down the Clugi, all that’s left is the floaters that keep bobbing back to the surface. Sick as a parrot me. I remember when I looked forward so much to the transfer windy, with high expectation’s of new players coming in and the hopelessly infirm hobbling out the door. Now that’s all gone, positivity replaced with the numbness of negativity. Looking forward to the excitement of exotic foreign players like DiCanio, the fast feet and the long curls of Jorge Caddete or big Pierre, there’s only one Pierre. Now its the lump of wid called McKenna, fuxsake, it’s depressing…

1 year ago

Never mind the caption,what kind of mindset thinks that is acceptable?

Hi,honey. Do you mind if I pose with my assault weapon while I gaze adoringly into your eyes?

There’s a mass shooting every day and more on average over there and they can’t figure out the common denominator.

Well,if you can’t figure out that fucking elephant in the room,you shouldn’t be near a gun.

Puggy67
1 year ago

What kind of man thinks that hair cut is acceptable?

Ian Mcguigan
1 year ago

We will never lose the biscuit tin mentality. Absolutely sick of the board.

Navarro
1 year ago

Im just interested in signing good players, which rules out McKenna, Taylor and O’Donnell and not because theyre scottish its because they’re shit

50 S of G
1 year ago

Anybody else object, nah didn’t think so

Hands Cant Hit
1 year ago

This is a really bad article. Really bad.

It’s Brexit- even though no other team seems to be affected by Brexit. Was it Brexit last year as well? How about in the Ronny years or at the end of Neil’s first time in charge? What about the Willo window, was that Brexit?

On wages. Of course we can’t compete with the EPL or certain teams in the Championship. Thankfully there are only about 30 teams in that category. Of course, we can compete with Dutch, Belgian, Scandinavian, eastern and central European teams and the smaller teams in the major (non-EPL) leagues. I mean, our CEO ears £1,15m a year basic- we aren’t struggling in paying those top dollar wages!

Comparing McKenna to McGinn? They are both Scots who play/have played the in the SPFL- therein the similarities end. People want Celtic to pick up good players and if they are on our doorstop, Celtic daft and available for a decent fee, pick them up. McKenna, like Jack Hendry and Hayes, is not a quality player; he would be another squad player. McGinn was quality and we all knew it- two goals at CP proved as much but hubris let him slip away.

“Which is why the backroom staff does need a shake up. If only to allow Lennon a chance to truly make this team his own. At least then, if he blows it, he will be entirely responsible.”

So are we due to shake up the backroom staff in the next 10 days and then make the necessary signings? If not, don’t go blaming Neil. Neil is being made the fall guy; the teflon-don strikes again.

I really can’t get my head around this article. It is such a nonsense.

Iancelt67
1 year ago
Reply to  Hands Cant Hit

McGinn is a great player and would be our best player along with rogic. Brown would be outta sight and filling in for league cup games if we had a manager with balls. Brenda and Lennon are scared of brown.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Hands Cant Hit

CS,
” Decidedly average for Scotland “?

So was your hero Kenny Dalglish!

1 year ago

Caption: Yes, it is a gun but I’m still happy to see you…
Caption: A National Rifle Association sponsored wedding…
Caption: For happy ever after in Trump’s America…
Caption: New type of pre-nuptial arrangement…
Caption: He’ll no be shootin’ blanks on his honeymoon!
Caption: Outlaws deal with their Inlaws!

alzyerpal
1 year ago

EPL League ***55*** million potential customers? Maybe that’s what the Huns are talking about with ‘Going For 55’. Are they hoping to move to their beloved nirvana homeland after Independence?

1 year ago

Celtic supporters don’t believe the lying jock media or heed them.The Tory Plc only act when their salaries and bonuses are threatened,time Desmond and his little helpers were chased to fuck and let honest celts take on the corruption in jockville

alzyerpal
1 year ago

Caption : Remember the good old days? A “Shotgun Wedding” would result in, at most, 1 killing. These days fully automatic rifles mean that whole guest lists can be wiped out. Pre nuptial agreements MUST include a ‘Non Slaughter’ clause.

1 year ago

Caption:
Plan ahead!

1 year ago

Time Desmond and his little helpers hit the road and let Honest Celtic tackle the corruption in jockville

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: Jeeso honey it’s usually enough to just make the bridesmaids wear a stupid dress.

Gerry
1 year ago

This wage thing does my nut in; if a player is worth £5k a week then that’s what he should get offered. Not £10k a week because we’re next door to the EPL, how does that make sense? If an agent tries it on then tell him to ram it and him and his player can stay on whatever wage he’s getting at whatever p!sh club he’s at!
Lenny said they were making preparations back in April ,and it took him a week since the offer (in the showers) to accept the job. My naive mind figured he was getting assurances on autonomy, budgets and transfer business. If Lawwell is reneging on any of that he should quit and tell us all why, then we’ll know the real story. This putting up with it and keeping schtum serves nobody. “We have a contingency plan if KT goes”, where is the evidence of it or any of the early work being done before the window opened?

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Gerry

I just hope tae fk that Lenny’s clanger against Cluj of deploying Calmac as a left back had no connection to his so-called ‘KT contingency plan’.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

I think people are getting confused.

The ‘KT contingency plan’ wasn’t about getting a replacement if he was sold but about who would be sold if KT wasn’t.

Calmac? Edouard? or a job lot of Ntcham and a few others?

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Quotes fom press conference:

“We’ve lost one game and we scored three goals in it”

“There’s a narrative going round that we are maybe a bit off colour,” added Lennon. “We’re absolutely not. We’re fine”

He just doesn’t get it, does he?

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

hes losing the plot

the next 2 weeks will be telling

if anyone is still backing him after we go out of Europe and get pumped by the scum then they really are just as bad as the other lot

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

I wasn’t being entirely serious when I wrote that comment CS but stranger things have happened and nothing surprises me anymore. I’ll feel a lot better if we can get Meling or someone of a similar level through the door asap.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption…………

Just another day in the good old US of A.

TicToc
1 year ago

From today’s Diary: “….another who slipped through the net. And one you can definitely blame on Lawwell, who more or less did the deal, and then promised to phone McCarthy to confirm.
Perhaps he’d ran out of credit..”
Aye, “Perhaps he’d ran out of credit”.
IMHO Peter The Bastard Lawwell ran out of credit a long, long time ago and he should now be run out of town.
FC not PLC
HH

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

Weered, I’ve been ranting about getting him TF for years, with very good reason. Grassing fans to the ‘polis’, spats with the GB, refusing staff the living wage, etc., etc. oh, and of course ‘downsizing’ and let’s not pretend that’s a new thing.
“…..extended gardening leave……”. I prefer suspended.
Clue: I used to like The Scaffold. (I didn’t really, well not much but it fits the bill here) 🙂
FC not PLC
HH

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

Weered, I think I’m correct in saying that P(TB)L stated that if he was provided with a ‘smoking gun’ he would do the rest. He WAS and he DIDN’T.
A fucking disgrace and a liar to boot. He MUST be complicit in all of this given his ‘positions’ at CP and in Scottish football over the years. Even without all this WRT the huns/new huns the bastard shouldn’t be within miles of CP. Adding Res12 et al on top, I just can’t believe he’s still ‘with us’. If he was found face down in a river, I’d have similar feelings as I did when Thatcher was stabbed in the back by her peers and again when she snuffed it. Ding Dong the wicked witch is dead kinda feelings. 🙂
FC not PLC
HH

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

Weered, I responded to you but it’s Jew’s foreskin; offski! 🙂
HH

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: Una’ ” Now Monti, i’ll ask you again, who is doing the ironing tonight “?

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: ” Barry, if i say yes will we have a joint account “?

Gash67
1 year ago

They shouldnt have said my ponytail looked poofy

Jinkylarrson
1 year ago

Sack Lawwell.Back the team.Back Tom Boyd.

Arsene Parcelie
1 year ago

Caption:
“I’m sorry to have to tell you on this, our wedding day, that, you know how you always said you wanted kids? well, the bad news is the doctor said that I’m firing blanks…”

TicToc
1 year ago

Also from today’s Diary: “On that basis, perhaps we should be a little more patient with the club. We can have a moan when the window shuts.”
So, we can have a moan when the window shuts. My arse.
It’s too FN late by then. ‘Lest we forget’, we had a moan when the window shut last year, and the year before, and the year before ad nauseum. FFS Ralph, you’re a whole lot better than that! Stick it those who deserve it NOW. Not when the window shuts. No procrastination. NOW. (please) 🙂
FC not PLC
HH

BJF
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

Charlie, you are right we don’t call the shots. I was pleased Lennon came in if the back of BR sudden departure and he delivered. Over the summer there was no suitable candidate who wanted to excite themselves in the Scottish league only a BR type trying to rehabilitate might have been up for it, too late for Moyes and I can’t think of anyone else. However a lot of promises have been made about transfers and although Boli and Jullien seemed a good start but they are struggling hopefully to come good, a lot of negativity from the media which we shouldn’t feed. Until the Cluj result the season started well, I understand Ralph’s call for calm, I support Celtic in the hard times too.

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

CS, don’t you think they’ve had all the fucking time in the world, year after year, to bring in CELTIC QUALITY players.
FFS, don’t give them ANY encouragement, they don’t fucking need that. They need dragged and thrown tae fuck out and away from CP. No more shite here CS, please.
FC not PLC
HH

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

CS, I responded to you but it’s joined my reply to Weered. Gone.
FFS!!
FC not PLC
HH

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

TicToc,
Don’t listen to CS, he revels in mediocrity, all the way from a Lancashire attic.

1 year ago

Maybe what we need and want isn’t in France or Austria but in Scotland? Our best players recently have been Scottish ones: Armstrong/Christie/McGregor/Griffiths/Brown/Bain/Gordon/Forrest. Our best 3 players right now are McGregor, Christie and Forrest. If we have to get a fullback or other defender in Scotland then that might work well for us: Taylor/O’Donnell/McKenna

Iancelt67
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Get rogic back he’ll blow those midfielders away also give arzani a run he’s better than Morgan so is Shved

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
1 year ago

Caption ‘Right, who else wants to say he’s punching above his weight?’

Brencelt
1 year ago

Caption from NRA gazette:
Jed did bed his sister Red. Fed’s came a calling to her he had to wed. Forgot his med now all guests are dead.

desdamoaner
1 year ago

if the targets are Scottish players such as taylor (and I think we could do better by anyhoo) why not just get it done weeks ago?

Caption – Trump launches new wedding service

Uralius
1 year ago

Caption: Wedding of the Peoples Temple Movement daughter to son of high ranking NRA member in Jonestown goes exactly as expected.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption…………

‘They were all wrong anyway, I think you’ve got a great pair of tits’

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Caption.
There’s be no more worrying about exes stalking your social media honey. Now we can begin a healthy realtionshio

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Things do happen for a reason. As much as 30 million may have boosted us. There’s no guarantee it would be reinvested in good players. Fucking missed out on pukki the guy is a cracking player. Those goals he scored were class. Maybe we don’t have the right environment at the club to get the best out of players. Some of the stuff going around on podcasts are suggesting brown had a hissyfit when he realised the possibilty of McGinn waiting in line to take his position. Rumours no doubt. We may have a bit of toxicity in the ranks and brown may have a bit of clout in decision making. Who knows. McGinn and pukki firing can you imagine it. And why didn’t Denayer want to come back? He chose a shite Belgian team something’s afoot

Monti
1 year ago

Weered,
Both barrels 🙂

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: ” If they don’t reinstate the Kyle Files, soon, i’m going to lose it, hunny bunny “

BJF
1 year ago

So Lenny said clearly tonight that he wanted Jullien and Boli for his squad, some of the conspiracy theorists need to stop swallowing the media nonsense. Lenny is doing what Ralph ordered him to do saying calm down the Glasgow hysteria is ott. Sounded convincing to me, I noticed Tom Rogic training with the squad, I hope that means an early return.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  BJF

He said the following:

“We’ve lost one game and we scored three goals in it”

“There’s a narrative going round that we are maybe a bit off colour,” added Lennon. “We’re absolutely not. We’re fine”

Losing to the 288th ranked side and requiring extra-time to see off a lower league side at home and we’re “fine”.

Seriously?

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago
Reply to  BJF

I just listened to the press conference

Q are you happy with the players brought in ?
Lenny Yes
And are theses guys that you wanted in ?
Lenny yes

That looked like a lawlell hand on his shoulder for that 2nd yes , im not too convinced with that.
He did say he reckons these guys are players and that they just need bedded in , and also that we are looking to bring 3 or 4 more in.
Big response needed from the players tomorrow.
And if Sinclair doesn’t make the teamsheet ……..

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  BJF

Say what ever you like. You can’t tell people what to think, if you could governments wouldn’t need all this media.

jimmybee
1 year ago

With El Hamed reported to be out tomorrow no option but for Kenny to go 3 at the back.
My team would be
Gordon
Ajer Jullien Jozo
Forrest Boli wing backs
Brown def midfielder
Christie McGregor Sinclair
Edouard
But the defense is nowhere near good enough.
Really if they were in opposition you would fancy your chances wouldnt you.?

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmy, that seems a reasonable line up with Nir Bitton alongside Broonie for his calmness, defensive ability and passing. Not to mention the odd thunderbolt!!
Come On You Bhoys In Green, get intae thum!
FC not PLC
HH

jimmybee
1 year ago

Lenny even but who knows king Kenny might help 🙂

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago

Caption . So hunnybun , your holding your weapon back to front again !

Uralius
1 year ago

I see Lenny has asked certain former team mates to play his mind games for him.

jimmybee
1 year ago

Caption: God hope she doesn’t find put about me and her mum if that’s what she’s doing to her sisters.

Mike
1 year ago

Celtic its like a pan loaf, full of dough, but we get the crumbs.

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