Celtic Diary Wednesday September 4: A Quiet Moment Of Contemplation

After a pressurised run of matches, from which he emerged with reputation not only intact, but endorsed, Neil Lennon can sit back and stick two fingers up at his critics.

And he can stop sending me those images now.. he was right, I was wrong.

Ladbrokes announced their manager of the month for august yesterday, and the Lurgan Legend was the recipient.

He seemed happy enough when he waved it at the assembly of hacks and informed them it won’t be the last trophy he’ll wave at them this season, the bastards..

Then he went all mature again. Which, frankly, is starting to get on my nerves..

“You know if you’re getting heavily criticised then it can change very quickly. Or if you’re being treated as God’s gift that can also change quickly. So, it’s just important you keep a perspective on everything, which is what we try to do.

“Now we’ve seen a really strong end to the week and month which puts us on a really good footing for the rest of the season which we’re looking forward to. 

Don’t worry, I’ve been assured, if assured means hopeful without any grounding in reason, that before too long the gaffer and the young Irish players he’s brought in will soon be marching arm in arm down in the Gallowgate singing about dreary New Years Eves…

Back to this imposter in Lennon’s skin.. on dealing with criticism..

I don’t think I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread. I think I’m alright. I know how to win games and get results.

“And there aren’t many people who get the opportunity to manage a club like this for a second time. So, that makes me very proud, and it’s a privilege – and it makes me very driven as well.”

“I think it’s a sign of the times and again you can’t control that. So, I’m not aware of it. 

“You know it might be out there. But again you just blank it out. You think ‘Yes, it didn’t go well, where did it go wrong, let’s see if we can improve on that, let’s see if we can get the new boys up to speed as quickly as we can and make the best of the rest.’

“And we’ve done that so far.” 

Can’t argue with that, overall.

 

It’s international break, hence the chance for everyone to take their minds of nine in a row, and for those involved with Scotland, they can at least forget about the stress of trying to qualify for a major tournament.

For those who want to know who they’re playing, it’s probably on the telly.

Celtic are next around on the 14th, when they play Hamilton at Hamilton, followed by the 19th, where they play Rennes at Rennes, if thats actually a place.

So, we can have a closer look at what’s been going on elsewhere, that which is relevant, of course.

The real reason Keiran Tierney headed south has emerged…

Evening Times:

Well, sort of.

The real reason, of course, is that he was encouraged to look after his family , which, incidentally, he’s done, apparently having a fair chunk of his wage paid direct to his parents, a noble and commendable move.

That encouragement came from Brendan the Rodgerer (of truth ) who even helped him find the right agent, and talked him into London rather than Liverpool.

Still, there’s now less than five years of his loan deal to run, and who knows, maybe he’ll get homesick.

Did Steven Gerrard really threaten to walk if King didn’t release the funds for Ryan Kent ?

After putting up with the shysters hicks and Gillett at Liverpool, have the scales fallen from his eyes as to the credibility of King, and the remarkable similarities in the way both the americans and the south African based fraudster do their business ?

As in with other peoples money ? Which reminds me..

“rangers ” have announced the prices for their Europa League matches, which will test the staunchness of the most gullible of the gullibillies…

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And no doubt transferred to Merseyside on Friday morning, because if they don’t, then Kent will probably be heading back there next week.

We await the media asking those tricky questions about financial fair play, and how a club thats running at a loss of £53.9m since it’s inception , and facing enormous legal bills that they claim they cannot pay, suddenly found £7m to keep the team nearly as strong as it was last year.

Liverpool are more than delighted to get money for Kent. He’s never played a competitive game for them, never likely to, and there was no one else interested in him.

Whereas, down in Manchester, Lee O’Connor heading to Celtic seems to have caused a bit of a kerfuffle..

Two thousand and gbese@Scamzel

I rather we let go of Brandon Williams. Lee O’Connor is so so special

Andrew@19drew86

A bit shocked to see United sell Lee O’Connor to Celtic rather than a loan deal. Was definitely one to keep a hold of.

Nathan@mcgarrymate

Cannot believe united have sold Lee O’Connor

Manchester United @NewManUtdNews

LEE O’CONNOR:

Lee has moved to Celtic on a permanent four year deal.

A big blow for us at U23 level.
Celtic have got themselves a fantastic, versatile player.

Thank you Lee for the kind words and brilliant performances over the years, smash it mate!

Manchester United @NewManUtdNews

LEE O’CONNOR:

Absolutely gutted Lee has gone to Celtic, was given a squad number for the Champions League last season so must have been in Oles plans.

Guess Laird & Williams have been put before him, the only reason he has to move on really.

 
The lad just wanted to play for a big club, that’s all. Though he’s a lot luckier than another irishman who had to prove himself for a lot longer than him at Old Trafford before earning his move to Celtic;
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Perhaps that was on his mind when he signed.
Having said that, he might well be thrown into action at Hamilton. Kris Ajer, Nir Biton and Jozo Simunovic are all injured, with the latter being forced to see a specialist.
Ajer will be the first of these to return, possibly in Rennes, if it’s actually a place, but the other two will be out for a bit longer.
As for the other young lad from Manchester, Jeremie Frimpong, there wasn’t much of a fuss from their support, but then again, there isn’t much of a fuss from them about their club on the whole, but Manchester City have , according to the Sun, placed a 30% sell on fee on the lad…so they clearly rate him.
Incidentally, Liverpool have inserted a 25% sell on fee for Kent, not so much because they rate him, but because if there is anyone else out there stupid enough to spend money on him, they want their cut.
In the meantime, the elite Daily Record sports team continue to see the world through their own fading eyes…
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Gordon Parks, who sees £7m Kent returning to “rangers ” somewhat differently from how he saw Patrick Roberts returning to Celtic..
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We’re used to it, I suppose, and maybe it’s time for us to adopt the more mature attitude of our manager when dealing with these idiots.
Then again… we could send them an image…
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Yesterday, we had this..
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The Bahia Emerald September 3, 2019 at 10:20 am · Edit · Reply →

Caption: Early evidence of the success of the Anyhun Everyhun Initiative, this photograph clearly shows the wide diversity within the “Rangers” support.

Today..
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John McDermott
1 year ago

Well I am glad that lenny got a recognition for his hard work.
I have to admit I doubted if he could. But I am also glad he made me eat some humble pie.
I may have doubted him but always had him in my heart. So proud to see him happy at final whistle.
Caption= GTF wee johnny hayes is right through on goal am no f***ing moving!

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  John McDermott

🙂

m1kks
1 year ago

Caption ‘Dave King enjoying the view from the directors box’

Good read again Think we now have the making of a pretty good backline. But they will still need time to gel.

Hail Hail

Dennis Doherty
1 year ago

Ralph, good of you to admit you were wrong about the gaffer.

Hail Hail

Arsene Parcelie
1 year ago

Caption: Thinks – “Did I turn the cooker off?”

mcklintop
1 year ago

Sevco latest everyone, anyone initiative, releasing white smoke to announce the signing of Clark Kent. Auld Billy is not impressed.

jimmybee
1 year ago

Caption yup Celtic won again just another domestic said the fire fighter.

Whitearra
1 year ago

Caption: ‘It wis you that set the felt on fire no me, so you go and tell him…’

1 year ago

Dave Nero King enjoys his day

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Desimond

Waiting for his dueling banjo hillbilly mate to turn up to get the party started.

TTQtKK
1 year ago

Caption: Firefighters apply Scottish Sports Media investigative techniques with predictable results

Mike A
1 year ago

Caption: It’s not a problem, I’m insured with The Rangers Bolt From the Blue Insurance company backed my Mr King.

Mr D King
1 year ago

“Why should I be concerned, I didn’t any off my money into this dump. I am only a squatter.”

Bognorbhoy
1 year ago

Caption

Daft Billy proves the point that you can’t have a smoke without starting a fire.

Bognorbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bognorbhoy

Caption 2..

The union bears leader regrets having a quick fag during the hold your flares aloft training season

Una
1 year ago

Caption

The morelos smoking shot from Sunday finally lands in South Dakota

Tam the tim
1 year ago

Ralph, Rennes is the capital of Brittany. It has a beautiful old town and is much more civilised than Peterborough. Then again anywhere is more civilised than that dump.
HH

Michael Boyle
1 year ago
Reply to  Tam the tim

You are not wrong ..what you say about it is very true .
it’s only two hours away from where I stay , so I’m
expecting some visitors from Glasgow to drop in soon …..
as on the 19th September !!!!

Mike
1 year ago

FORE- Duck, sorry about that.

Courage is such a wonderful thing, it was on display in Govan on Sunday, it wore a grotty tracksuit, needed a shave, is inclined to speak up for its club and was ginger on top. It had a plan and had the players to implement his plan, they too, the players were courageous, they showed no fear, they had trust in ginger and faith in his tactics. Put them on the back foot right from the start by firing the ball into the top corner, they were unnerved by that, if only the son of “Thor” had been on the park to throw his missile into the box, they might have conceded immediately. In the two previous games it was we, who were on the back foot and we were the ones unnerved. If the Gimp Arfield had ripped off Ntchams breeks on Sauchiehall street, he would have been arrested for attempted rape. Just think of the misery defeat would have caused to every Tim and having to listen to the triumphal noise coming from the Sevvies.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption……….

Old Paddy enjoys the afterglow of Sunday’s win at the slaughter house as young Tim tries out the latest new vaping flavour ‘bitter hun tears’ in the bedroom.

Patrick O Hara
1 year ago

Caption. My first wife died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
My second wife died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
I wonder how wife number three is getting on?

charlie
1 year ago

caption am bettin its an insurance job so onion berr raises the cash fur his 3 match package

BJF
1 year ago

Caption: Hun “Don’t care it’s going to be a long season.”
It’s Wednesday and I still can’t stop smiling, thank you Bhoys. Yes Ralph Rennes does exist I have been lost in Rennes, in fact most people driving in that part of France get lost in Rennes, it’s what Bonnie Tyler was really singing about only she substituted France for Rennes .

Rebus67
1 year ago
Reply to  BJF

BJF,

I see you disagreed with my view of Madden on the last thread. All I can say is, shame on you!

Rebus

Rebus67
1 year ago
Reply to  Rebus67

What happened to the emoji of the laughing face? Censored?

Rebus

Jinkylarrson
1 year ago

Caption…is it just me or is it getting warmer.

1 year ago

Ralph,

I think anyone who did not have some wobblies about NL is not being completely truthful. Personally, I lived in hope and saw little alternative. I was not duped into imagining for one moment any of the top names in football management would give a toss about a Scottish club no matter how “big”. In the end I accepted what happened and, as I say, had a little faith and a lot of hope things would turn out all right. I firmly believe they are heading that way. I still do not think we have the best manager but we have a decent one and he is head and shoulders above any other in Scotland.

An apology is always a sign of strength. That is why I apologise a thousand times a day to the wife. It guarantees I’ll be fed after the dug.

Caption: “The two alien alter boys go a bit too far with the incense.”

“Wish that plonker wid stop blowin they f****ng smoke rings.

H H 3x3x3x3 x………

1 year ago

Ralph,

The moderator let me off yesterday but he got me big time today.

Rennes – French for wet stuff from the sky!!!!

H H 3x3x3 x…………

The Cha
1 year ago

No pyro, no party.

Admin
1 year ago

They never paid Vienna for Jelavic!

Admin
1 year ago

Billy Joels lies were finally exposed!

The Cha
1 year ago

Liverpool turned down £5m for him, so no matter how it’s structured, they’ll be paying a lot of money they can’t afford.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Maybe but I think UEFA insist on football debts being paid so doubt Hun II would be allowed in Europe unless the Rapid debt was paid.

As you say, Everton may have paid it.

Fun Fact of the day:
Ryan Kent scored 10 goals in 104 games. Efe Ambrose scored 11 in 113. Efe Ambrose > Ryan Kent

🙂

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

…….. or Ryan Can’t , maybe more appropriately Ryan Cu…..

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Henke has scored more but not sure about Efe ie are you counting Boyd’s goal in a dead rubber during Huns I?

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: At the home of the Sevco secretary copies of Ryan Kent’s side letter are ‘filed.’

hector
1 year ago

Caption The heated roof to go with the heated driveway did not work out .

Mike
1 year ago

If you stay cool under fire, it may help you to offload nothing but the Deadwood.

jimmybee
1 year ago

Caption: The smoking gun hasn’t gone away you know.

charlie
1 year ago

an onion ber is driving doon the moterway a guy waves um doon and sais onion wull ye take these monkeys tae the zoo fur me …sure sais onion ….2 hours later the guy sees onion driving back doon the motorway away fae the zoo the guys sais onion a thought a telt ye tae take them monkeys tae the zoo ……a did said onion but a had a few quid left so weer off tae the pictures noo

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

no the way a heard it but its better this way he he

charlie
1 year ago

a met two onion bers this morning a always wondered why they called thum onion …noo a know unhygienic disnae cover it

Mike
1 year ago

I’m still baffled by the signing of the two American full backs, Andrew Gutman and Manny Perez. I mean what is the point of signing these two players who signed 3.5 year deals back in January of this year. We have just signed ElHamed for four years with Moritz Bauer on loan as back up. Likewise Mbombo has signed along with Greg Taylor, both permanent signings. So what is the policy for the two American players and how much has it cost the club? Like so much of the signing policy (is there one) It just doesn’t make any kind of sense…

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

From yday diary:
Manny Perez North Carolina FC End of loan Nov 30, 2019
Andrew Gutman Charlotte Independence End of loan Jun 21, 2019
Andrew Gutman FC Cincinnati Loan

I assume Perez’s end date is simply end of season but what then?

Gutman looked quite good in pre-season but would be way down the pecking order now, as this isn’t MLS but lower league stuff.

The other issue for all our project players is when are they going to get game time, as I’m not sure if there’s a Reserve League anymore and the fishal site only has 3 Reserve Cup and 1 friendly before the end of the year listed!

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

I assume that the coaching regime is quite good over-there. And yes I would agree that Gutman looked good in some clips. Its always a good thing to keep your eye on overseas markets but still these signings look daft, in that, they are too far away to monitor their progress weekly and we have nothing real to compare them with, in league terms. So the question remains why, what is the purpose? If we are going to bring them back to try to field them we have already lost out on one year of their contracts. How after bringing in four new full backs are they ever going to, as you say, get any game time, even if we do obtain International clearance. I cannot get my head around it, it just seems like another nothing project unless there was another motive behind the signings.

Mike
1 year ago

Rennes is a beautiful city, my family enjoyed many a holiday in that locale, happy days and happy memories. Renton is a shithole, so he is going upmarket, for him.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

If you like the masons, they breed goats there.

Mike
1 year ago

Pope Francis enjoy’s a puff as he realises he’s been re-elected for another lifetime term. Safe in the knowledge that no-one knows that it was he, who sent the smoke up the chimney from his Capstan full strength fag…

The Cha
1 year ago

Walk Away Rennes.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Your name and mine in a heart on a wall.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

The empty sidewalks on my block are not the same,
You’re not to blame

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Ask the lonely.

1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

CHA… Very good

Monti
1 year ago

Grandpa Epstein awaits young Jeffrey & friends,for an Omnibus edition of Glen Micheal’s Cavalcade.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago

Caption . All I know is I rent the room to a mr Cheech and a mr chong.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

I was in Renton the other day but didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of the blawhard.

Monti
1 year ago

Mark Renton?

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Googled said name, ya cheeky bastard.

Anthony
1 year ago

Wanna laugh, check out “peak zombie rage” on twitter or YouTube. You will pee yourself.

1 year ago

Caption,Ralph is the doorman at the etims North Curve Pyrotechnics Pool Party

Monti
1 year ago

VOTE PALANTINE

” We are the people ”

🙂

Uralius
1 year ago

Caption: The Green Brigade is in the “big house”.

jimmybee
1 year ago

Dunno why the huns are upset about paying the ticket prices in the europa league they were going to crowd fund to buy Kent anyway Big Dave listened and delivered. Whats not to like 🙂 If Kent is worth that then Jamesy must be at least treble.
COYBIG.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

I can’t wait til they turn on their heroes, probably before the clocks go back.

You mad about ETims or just plain mad? Why not buy the t-shirt at http://etims.spreadshirt.co.uk/