Celtic Diary Friday September 13: Fitba’s Back..And With A Few Surprises

At last, proper football that people give a toss about returns tomorrow, and Celtic head down the motorway to Hamilton as the second phase of the season begins.

This one will run until the christmas break, when the hoops will head out to Dubai , a ritual that has seen the players recharge their batteries and return to claim the trophies for a couple of years now.

Celtic will be without Biton, Ajer, Simunovic and Johnston, so far, at least, so there may be a few surprises in the line up.

Fraser Forster has made the number one jersey his own, even if he spells it 67, and will continue in goal. chuckball expert Moritz Bauer should feature at right back, with Elhamed and Julien in the middle. Boligoli Boli will get the nod ahead of Greg Taylor.

Expect continuity in the middle, with Brown and MacGregor operating as a unit behind-and here we may see something a little different-Maryan shved and possibly even Elyanoussi.

Ryan christie picks himself- I think it’s in the terms and conditions of his contract-in the number ten role.

The Europa league campaign starts on Thursday in Rennes, and James Forrest will be a key player. If anyone is to be rested, it will be him. If anyone else is rested it will be Edoaurd, and surely now it’s time to give Leigh Griffiths a run out, in case he’s needed for Thursday as well.

 

Neil Lennon has spoken out about the rumours-long since debunked in the diary-that he had a bit of a to do with captain Scott Brown;

I don’t know where that’s come from at all. It’s complete nonsense, honestly. I can’t control the rumours.

All I can say is that I love him and, you know, we have a great relationship – a very strong bond with a huge amount of respect – and it goes back a long, long way. 

I trust him and he trusts me. It would take a lot for anything to come between that. 

Internet sweetie wives hear these stories, and it’s often very difficult to trace where they started. Common sense, however, usually discounts most of them.

You’re best sticking with us for tittle tattle. At least you know it’s made up.

 

Meanwhile, Scott Brown revealed gentle and patient way he explains how he’d like players to operate on the field when he disclosed the conversation between hinslef and Oddsone Edoaurd directly after kick off at Ibrox in the hoops last league outing..

“I turned around and said, ‘What the f*** are you doing, Odsonne?’.

“I said to start by pressing them up the park. I wanted the ball to come back first but my French is not what it used to be! 

The captain couldn;t hide his admiration for the Frenchman, and hinted that he may be around a while yet, depsite what the media thinks…

“You look at him and you look at Moussa Dembele, the two of them came here to show how good they were and the both of them turn up in big games.

“Odsonne has been a breath of fresh air. We all knew Moussa would leave eventually and he would have to step up but he has done it phenomenally well.

“He is also doing it for France Under-21s as well as Celtic. Hopefully he keeps doing that and that’s the test. He needs to be doing it week in week out. Moussa did it week in and week out and got a huge move. 

We want to make sure Odsonne does it week in and week out as well but that he stays with us.

“He’s very quiet, very chilled. He plays the same way. He’s relaxed on the ball. He never gets annoyed with anyone.

“He makes those runs and when it doesn’t come off he doesn’t throw up his arms and shout at everybody.

“That’s what makes him the fantastic striker he is.

“He’s happy as Larry if someone else scores. If he scores he looks kind of happy! I think he’s happy to be here! 

“Seriously, he speaks away as his English is getting better and he’s a good guy around the changing room even if he’s quiet and keeps himself to himself.” 

Edoaurd, as we’ve mentioned before, couldn’t speak any English when he came to Glasgow, which was later revealed to be something no one at Celtic actually thought to check.

Something I picked up on in that form Brown was that the team want to help edoaurd score goals, and if he does move on, like Dembele, thats how it is.

And that is a tremendous selling point to any young forward who wants to come to Celtic. The captain will instruct the team to help him make a name for himself.

That is a win win all round.

 

It looks like it won’t be long before Adidas announce that they will be taking over the shirt contract from piss poor New Balance. There’s a few concept kits floating around the internet, such as these..

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based on a simple green and white hoops design, and who knows, some of us of a certain age may even secretly favour an away top designed along the lines of a seventies classic…

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Following on from yesterdays Diary, and the controversy surrounding the banning of marches in Glasgow, the Orange Order have expressed disappointment they won;t be allowed to spit at any priests this weekend…

Subliminally, the Evening Times knew where to place the blame for the enforced laying down of drums and flutes…

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and they’re still calling them Republican marches, and not marches for unity…one wonders of any marches for independence will be banned, after all, nationalism is nationalism….

The council, whilst trying to do good, have opted for keeping the whole class in after school, instead of just those who caused all the bother, and in doing that, have just made things much more difficult for themselves.

Speaking fo those who make things more difficult for themselves, the club/company at ibrox have scored a treble of their own with three more awards..

 

 

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Things are looking up over there, and the Express, which used to be a newspaper, got firmly behind this latest surge of the feel good factor, which apparently started when Celtic beat them 2-0 at ibrox..

Why Rangers’ Celtic loss was ‘a good experience’ for Steven Gerrard’s side

Rangers squad and boss Steven Gerrard can take positives from Old Firm loss to Celtic insists George Edmundson.

I don;t know who George Edmundsen is, and I’d never heard of the hack who put this together either. His name is Lloyd Johnson, by the way. Make a note of it. He seems to have found exactly where his tongue needs to be to ensure a rise through the ranks of shame.

In fact, he’s earned recognition already with this piece, which has earned him the title of Etims

Knob of the Week

Rangers defender George Edmundson insists lesson have been learnt from their 2-0 loss to Celtic at Ibrox at the beginning of the September. 

Going in to the clash Celtic had lost their past two visits at Ibrox, but they got off to the better start when Odsonne Edouard opened the Hoops account just after the half-hour mark.

The game remained close until Celtic winger Jonny Hayes then found the back of the net in stoppage-time before Gers’ Jordan Jones was given his marching orders for a very late tackle on Celtic defender Moritz Bauer. 

Close ? Late tackle…a little selctive description there..

However, Edmundson insists Rangers have learnt their lesson from the clash.

It was a good experience, even though the result was not the best,” he said.

“But we have watched it back, we learn from it and we go again.

“The atmosphere was good. I feel like I know how big a club Rangers is. 

“But the atmosphere will be better next time – when we win!” 

Hoorah for the Empire !

The derby was the last game played before the international break and the victory gave the Hoops a three point advantage at the top of the Scottish Premiership over Rangers, who sit second in the table.

However, Edmundson can’t see Celtic going undefeated this season and he believes the Gers are ready to pounce on any slip up from their rivals.

“It’s still early days in the season and I’m sure Celtic will slip up at some point,” Edmundson added.

“I don’t think they are going to go the whole season unbeaten. 

It was a little hiccup, but there’s a long season with ups and downs to come.

“We didn’t feel we played our best but it’s early days and there’s a long way to go. There will be highs and lows along the way.” 

He sounds a bright lad. cheerful, optimistic and completely unaware of what he’s got himself into.

Yesterday, we had this…

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Monti September 12, 2019 at 1:10 pm · Edit · Reply →

Caption: ” Great chance for Morelos “….

” Hi guys, can i get the ball back please “ 

today…

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Mike A

Caption: Hoy, Broony, stop horsing around.

CAPTION

Haw,lads! Do you like my new transport?

Seats four!

Southside Bhoy

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“What’s its name? Its called The Dobbin”

TonyDtic

Caption – Squinty Dave turns his biggest piggy bank upside down but there’s f*** all coming out.

Bognorbhoy

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A Trojan flogging a dead horse ?

Bognorbhoy

I think I backed that horse at fontwell park last Sunday 🙁

Whitearra

Caption : “Aw right, now I get it. When you said pony up, I thought …….never mind”.

John McDermott

The Express that used to be a newspaper lol
Caption. Sevco cant get the hang of this two horse race thingy!

Mike

Change the ON to ING and we may have found an amazing new top.

The Cha

Agreed, those tax-dodging feckers would be more at home on the soo’side.

Patrick Street

The match commander at Ibrox devises a cunning plan to sneak up on the Celtic support to try to catch them singing “sectarian” songs.

Gash67

The titles “Deer Hunter” you moron

Mark67!

Caption – ‘Got him Stevie G, our new centre half for only 5.5 million over 6 years and the Chinese may make a punt afore ye go.’

Hoop hoop hooray

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Can you see them noo?

Caption: Tesco turns to new supplier for its ‘beef’ ready meals!

Jez

Caption:

“Dave Kings latest appeal against Sports Direct thrown out of court after he starts flogging it! Animal rights groups horrified but the Scottish Sun claims that the horse was asking for it!”

SteveNaive

Griffiths on the plastic may not be the best idea if we need him at some stage versus Rennes.

alzyerpal

Caption : “You think that trying to flog a dead horse is stupid? For 2 years now, Jabba Traynor has been trying to flog a dead buffalo.”

Yoker Bhoy

It’s a good feeling to have the real football back again. Hamilton Accies, an out and out Houdini team of battlers and survivors who may not turn out to be pushovers tomorrow, have undergone a few changes in personnel since the end of last season. Seasoned campaigners Dougie Imrie and Ziggy Gordon no longer form part of their playing staff. Dougie’s now the Accies youth coach while Ziggy has gone down under to play in Tom Rogic’s previous team Central Coast Mariners. They’ve brought in veteran defender Brian Easton from St Johnstone and their new nº9, big old-fashioned style English… Read more »

The Cha

Great and informative post (not that Ralph doesn’t tell us anything, as I’m sure it was him that told us about the “bust up” between Lennon and Brown). Is Shved the only backup to Forrest? If so then that’s one for the watching, especially as the former hasn’t had a great start injury wise. Can’t we convert one of our many lefties to play on the right? Speaking of which, Lennon was talking up Sinclair during the break, so hopefully we’ll see him feature. Personally I’d start Bayo, as we need to find out if he’s the man to fill… Read more »

Yoker Bhoy

Interesting points Cha and the right wing berth throws up an interesting conundrum. Shved is extremely talented, no question, but it seems that his entire career has been hampered by injury. Jamesie really has no serious contenders for his position but we want to avoid possible burn-out at all costs. Morgan has been tried out on the right flank in pre-season and early CL qualifying games but is clearly stronger on the other side. Even Ryan Christie had a go there and did ok but he would surely be more effective as a right-sided midfielder in a 4-4-2. I’ve no… Read more »

The Cha

Arzani was due back about now provided he’s not had a relapse but, obviously having been out for a year, you’d imagine it’ll be a few weeks before he’s considered for the first team.

I’d forgotten about Dembele as well but think he’d just be an impact sub in low key games.

There’s also Connell, who made his debut in the pre-season gme against Rennes but hasn’t been seen since.

Yoker Bhoy

Connell is more of a DM Cha. I’d like to see him given a chance as well though.

Mike

Brrriilliiiaant. ^

Yoker Bhoy

Hope you’re well Mike. We’re expecting a really nasty storm later this afternoon but it might not be as bad as first feared. The bastard is I’ve got to go out to work this afternoon. Hope the bhoys produce the goods tomorrow.

Mike

Tickety- Boo Yoker, The rain in Spain is such a crying shame. 😉

Puggy67

Caption: After sawing its head off and putting it in Ralph’s bed, Monti wins the caption competition.

Monti

🙂

WTF was Monti doing in Ralph’s bed

The Cha

Giving him head according to Puggy.

Puggy67

Giving him head.

Monti

Weered,
I would never give anyone ‘ head’ 🙂

Monti

Well, not since the last time 🙂

The Cha

Caption: George Edmundsen is interviewed by Lloyd Johnson.

George Lazenbhoy

Caption : Steve Gerrard refuses that the team are carrying morelos

Uralius

Caption: With 2 new signings having ties to Austria the Lennox town catering manager sources a rare treat for the team.

The Bahia Emerald

CAPTION: Countryside Alliance slam new Foxhunting rules as “Going too far”.

Caption…Ipox pie meat source is discovered…every little helps

Buclot

caption “they told me it wasn’t the horse that died, just the stable that owned it!”

Monti

Caption: Hyde park rehearsal.

Monti

Caption: Charlie Saiz heads to Blackpool promenade for a ride.

Monti

Celtic 4-4-2

Forster

Bauer
Jullien
Brown
Bolingoli

Sinclair
McGregor
Christie
Elyounoussi

Griffiths
Bayo

Caption:
Ryan Jack`ll represent.

sevco burro a FC.

Patrick o Hara

Caption.
A horse ! A horse ! A bedsit for a horse?

Mike

Interesting team choices, good stuff. Such a pity that Sumunovic, Ajer and Bitton are injured, its like we are cursed with injuries at centre-back. I would like to see both strikers, Bayo get a start, but with Griffiths on the bench, purely in case one gets injured, even though Odsonne too would be rested. I would also like to see Sinclair get game time, a hungry to play player has all the ambition to do well. It will be up to Lenny to decide who gets the call, knowing how the players feel and whether they need rested. All the… Read more »

The AIK result shall be repeated away at New Douglas Park.

Great team choices bhoys. We need to win tomorrow but also with an eye to Thursday. Both matches on BT. With that and injuries in mind, at Hamilton:
Forstert
Bauer/Elhamed/Jullien/Boli
Ntcham/Mcgregor
Shved/Bayo/Sinclair
Griffiths
The bhoys 3-0
We need to sub to rest McGregor. Rest Christie. Get Taylor on as well. Wee Dembele? Sinclair must play, please

Forstert=Forster!

Puggy67

not daft on sports companies, people are so gullible paying £50 for a £1 top because of a logo, especially dislike Nike,second-world kid exploiters, got one of their infamous squinty sleeve tops as a gift and couldn’t return it a piece of utter crap, however I’ve always thought Adidas kit is good quality and looks the part too and is a company I don’t mind us being associated with.

Adidas Rome`s(named in Aussieland) were always hand-me-downs.

Monti

One of my bog brothers was & probably still is a wearer of Adidas Samba’s, he would actually wear them out on a Saturday night.
Denim jacket, Denim jeans & Adidas Samba’s???

Clueless fud 🙂

Monti

big

Mike

Caption, Man invents a new game, its a cross between tossing the caber and buckaroo.

Mike

Its called Tossaroo. One our Aussie posters play… 😉

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Close Bros.lasagne.

Una

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Head over heels takes the national

Monti

Una, Do you prefer head or heels?

5TB

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Another horse taken away, still in shock, stating it seen them coming.

R.St.Parsley

Caption:
Stevie G:’Nobody told me the ‘Rangers’ job involved flogging a dead horse’.

Jinkylarrson

Caption…am I allowed to March like this?

Puggy67

Inspired by the caption contest a bit of Friday afternoon sports trivia – Q.Who is the heaviest man ever to ride a Derby winner? A: Lester Piggot’s cell mate. If you’re over 40 you will be telling that tonight.

Owen Mullions

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Broony hands Morelos his fat ass.

Cartvale88

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Monti shows his knowledge of football is as good as riding a horse.

Notice the whining coming from Ibrokes, now we have counter stories of trolls abusing Ricksen, the media following the instructions of Jabba

kevlar

i agree with your line up apart from 1 thing. i think taylor might get a game on the shity hamilton astroturf ahead on boligoli. given his experience of playing on it at kilmarnock

Iancelt67

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Michael mols carries his new wife over the threshold

sfa unfit for purpose

Several papers notably ‘The Scotsman’ running the story of Humza calling for a temporay ban on all marches. But the headline is humza yousaf calls for temporary ban on all Glasgow republican marches Suiting the agenda ? I also think this has as much to do with the fact the police are just not interested in arresting any loyalists , whether at their own marches or trying to stop republican marches. With the way things are going with brexit and Boris i really believe we could see mass disorder throughout the uk . And I also believe police scotland are… Read more »

sfa unfit for purpose

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In the Renton countryside , a hidden blogger repositions the security horsecam.

CAPTION. 1 ……..

Next time Ah stuff sumfin this big ahm gonnae pit feckin castors oan it.

Caption 2 ……

Wit was that agin.. nite takes king prawn two…fuxake why dont we just put doon coloured squares….

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