Celtic Diary Wednesday September 25: Bring Your Boots Wednesday

Celtic are but three games away from a tenth successive domestic trophy, and the next one is tonight, at home to Partick Thistle, and there must be no let up in the momentum.

Partick have removed Gary Cladwell and his unfeasibly large head from the dugout making way for Ian McCall, formerly of Ayr United, who says he wants to put the “red and yellow ” back into the club.

We hear he’s also looking for a speechwriter.

“It’s a club that is very dear to me,” 

“It’s one that is geared for success and the Premiership. I’m not talking about that right now, in the short term it’s just to win football matches.

“But it’s a very special club and it’s been through a lot in the last couple of years with legends dying and poor results on the pitch at times.

“We are here to put a bit of red and yellow back into Partick Thistle.” 

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There is also a bit of a kerfuffle behind the scenes..

 

A Partick Thistle fans group – backed by EuroMillions winner Colin Weir – says it has made an offer to take control of the Championship club.

Thistle For Ever (TfE) proposes to buy the south terrace area and main stand from Firhill Developments and run the Glasgow club “for the community”.

Weir withdrew his support in August citing “uncertainties” about a mooted takeover by a foreign consortium.

However, he would fund TfE’s purchase “without conditions

Weir, who estimates he has invested around £2.5m of his £161m lottery win to date, would play no part in the running of the club but would resume his funding of the Thistle Weir Youth Academy.

He had previously set aside £6m for a new training ground.

TfE was set up earlier this month after it emerged Thistle were in “active dialogue” with foreign investors who have stakes in French club Nice and English Championship outfit Barnsley.

The fans group’s announcement was followed shortly by a statement from the Partick Thistle Football Club Trust stating that it did not believe the foreign consortium, led by Paul Conway, “would be in best interests of the long-term future of PTFC”.

Partick are currently bottom of the Championship, or the first division as it was called before Neil Doncaster imaginatively renamed all the leagues after their English counterparts, with just two points from their opening six matches.

Celtic, of course, have maximum points from their opening six, and based on that alone must be clear favourites.

Referee Steven MacLean will have to be at his most staunch to have any bearing on the result, and Celtic should be able to afford the luxury of resting a few players and still progress to the semi finals.

Once more, we defer to Yokerbhoy for a pre match summary..

Thistle have always been a friendly fun team for me, always good for a laugh but now they find themselves lying bottom of the Championship table after a disastrous fiasco (0-3) at home to Dunfermline last weekend. It’s a team that’s been on the slide for 2-3 seasons tbh.

There’s decent highlights on that game available on YouTube (Pars TV) so I had a ganders and wow, that’s one fked up leaky defence they have at the moment.

They didn’t even look interested.

Ex-Celtic youth goalie Scott Fox will have to get his shit together soon as well. A serious downgrade in their strike force has been to introduce old fave Kenny Miller as a replacement for the equally well-known Scott McDonald. Jozo won’t be around to stop our 39-year-old bean-headed friend from running amok but I wouln’t worry too much.

Kenny tends to bring the kiss of death to the clubs he plays for, last season with Dundee and now this. Livingston dodged a bullet and improved out of recognition after giving yer man the boot as player-manager after only a couple of games at the beginning of last season.

Anyway, enough of that.

After sacking Caldwell and I believe rightly so, the Jags could find a new lease of life as the experienced Ian McCall takes over after working wonders for Ayr Utd, taking them to joint top of the league. Unquestionably a skilled man-manager, he has a knack of getting modest clubs to punch above their weight so I expect him to turn things around for them, which would be nice as I wouldn’t like to see the Jags get relegated yet again. They just need to string 2 or 3 wins together and the landscape changes. I don’t believe they should cause us too much grief tomorrow evening though.

It’s a tightrope Spud, it’s a fkn tightrope.

Does Lenny completely reshuffle giving a break to those who need it or does he go with a very strong side? It is a quarter final after all. As far as I know Greg Taylor is cup-tied for this one while newly recruited development prospects O’Connor, Frimpong, Afolabi and Connell are all likely to feature later today in the Reserve Cup against Morton.

A pity as I’d have liked to have seen all 4 in the squad for tomorrow. You never know, one or two of them might still make it. The good news is that Jullien’s hamstring issue looks to have cleared up already as the big man insists that he’s fine. Bauer, on the other hand, took a knock and might not be risked. Although the Thistle players could show a reaction to impress the new boss and try to put the Dunfermline debacle behind them, I fully expect the bhoys to rattle in a handful of goals. Predicting our starting XI is anyone’s guess so here goes:

Gordon

Elhamed Ajer Jullien Bolingoli

Ntcham Rogic Hayes

Elyounoussi Griffiths Bayo

4-0 Celts COYBIG  

 

There may yet be a place for Frimpong or Connell, as neither featured in last nights 4-2 Reserve cup win over Morton..

CELTIC: Hazard, O’Connor, Paterson, Church, McKay, Coffey, Harper, Robertson, Afolabi (McGrath 89), Burt (Dembele 63), Oko-Flex.
Subs: Oluwayemi, McRobb, Moffat, Mazis 

 

Many were surprised when the manager didn’t make many changes against Kilmarnock, and perhaps there are one or two who suffered knocks or signs of fatigue who will be rested tonight, but the dilemma for the manager is that this is still a trophy, and the run of winning them shouldn’t end because someone phoned in with a sore foot.

Complacency is the enemy, and it must be defeated.

There are all sorts of stories flying around about who will be rested, and Lennon has said he will start Craig Gordon, who is clearly his favoured number two number one.

There will be no Bauer, he’s injured and won;t be risked, and no Griffiths, who may well have to buy a half season book if he wants to watch any nine in a row celebrations.

Brown, Christie, Forrest, MacGregor and Boli are also apparently getting a night off, which might mean one or two of us get a little jittery, but surely there is enough quality left to secure a semi final spot ?

If you’re going to the game, perhaps take your boots with you.

Just in case.

 

On paper, it’s simply no contest, but as Dunfermline showed in an earlier round, that can have no bearing on the actual match.

Especially if players are unfamiliar with each other..

Still, we’re due a second 7-0 of the season any time now, and tonight is as good a time as any.

 

Elsewhere, and the debate over who is the top striker in Scotland continues in the minds of our elite sports reporters.

To settle it, the Sun thought for some reason they should ask Charlie Adam, and he declared..

 Alfredo Morelos is better than Odsonne Edouard. 

Well, thats that then.

Charlie Nicholas, one time darling of the Celtic support and now gluttonous soup slurper, said that Oddsone Edouard is better, bt it really annoys him how he celebrates his goals..to which Edouard replied..

I celebrate my goals how I want..if you don’t like it. That’s not my problem 
As long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, I don’t care if the Frenchman so much as smiles when he scores.
Football has altered from the days when players played for the jersey, and the obscene wages on offer have taken their toll on players, turning some of them into right little bastards, and perhaps this, from Warrenpoint FC, should be posted at all Academy training grounds to try and instill a wee bit of humility into some of them, before it’s too late..
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Sounds like common sense to me, especially the bit about not being a muppet.
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On Monday, we had this..
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R.St.Parsley September 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm · Edit · Reply →

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‘If this disnae titillate ma ocelot, Ah’ll oscillate her tit a lot’ 

Today..

 

 

 

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Stevie D
11 months ago

For me Edouard can celebrate goals any way he likes. Just keep scoring them. Some of these choreographed celebrations are cringe-worthy anyway, eg an entire team simulating cradling a baby. Embarrassing! And who could forget McCoist’s ludicrous “Ally shuffle” or his equally ridiculous put on “overcome with emotion” dramatic nearly greeting coupon? An complete tit.

Mike
11 months ago

There wasn’t much fun around early on in the early seventies, when I watched Thistle gubbing us 4-1 in the League Cup final, it was rough, rough, rough, Allan Rough. To say that we were miles off the pace would be understating it. Every pass they made, they found their man, every pass we made found “their man”. Jinky took a sore one and went off and despite having some of the “Lion Hearts” in the team, nothing went our way. 4-0 to them ten minutes before half time and we scored (Dalgleish I think) very late on in the game. “Shock and Awe” and I still have blackouts thinking about it. The moral of the story is, treat every game very seriously and expect the unexpected, no game is a given. COYBIG…. blackout.

Stevie D
11 months ago
Reply to  Mike

My Ma’s cousin was in that Thistle team. Denis McQuade. Never spoken to again. The only other one with any claim to fame was filmed with Ross Kemp in a candle-lit Possil flat with no leckie snapping off his black frost-bitten toes and putting them on the mantle piece.

Mike
11 months ago
Reply to  Stevie D

Ah memories Stevie, earlier that year I got married, she’s sitting in the kitchen daen her crossword puzzle. “Loves Sweet Dream” thank fuck I had her to go home too, to wipe away ma tears.
Thistle had a good team and as I remember Denis scored that day. Allan Rough in goal and my brothers pal Hansen, Glavin and big Bone-y M. How we missed big Billy. But we still had Davy Hay (sigh) Tommy Gemmell (bigger sigh) Connelly (i’m starting tae greet) Jinky who got injured, Dalgleish, Harry Hood Callaghan and Harry Carry Hood. You think to yoursell how did we get beat? but we did. After the game Thistle got a standing ovation from the Celtic support, you don’t see that often and it tells you how good Thistle was. All of us standing greeting, clapping away…. Blackout. 😉

Stevie D
11 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Stunned everybody Mike.

Mike
11 months ago
Reply to  Stevie D

Reply gone Stevie, mibbee just as well. 😉

Mike A
11 months ago

Caption. “Hello darling, I’m smiling from ‘ere to ear…….oooops.

Charlie is just pandering to his bosses and target audience and guess what, it ain’t us.

Una
11 months ago

Caption

“Lone” shark decides its time to collect

Monti
11 months ago
Reply to  Una

Una,
Morning dear, is it wet your way, a bit moist out this morning?

11 months ago
Reply to  Una

Una… Yep he’s on borrowed time…

Monti
11 months ago

Warrenpoint eh?
Nice for a wee stroll i hear.

11 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti… There isn’t very much in Warrenpoint. Best day there is 15th August.

The Cha
11 months ago
Reply to  Weered

Perhaps not the team to take inspiration from:

P W D L F A GD Pts
12 (last) Warrenpoint Town 7 0 0 7 2 26 -24 0

11 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

CHA… Yep but they have the knack of finding really good young players

The Cha
11 months ago
Reply to  Weered

Fair do’s.

Them and Institute look miles off the pace in the Irish Premiership.

11 months ago
Reply to  Weered

CHA… They do although institute frustrated our attempts to hit a cricket score last Saturday but we did win 1 0.

Admin
11 months ago

After declaring Rangers would get 55, Nacho Novo headed off to that holiday which he had predicted would be very uneventful!

The Cha
11 months ago
Reply to  Desi Mond

Mind you if he had a Going For 55 T-shirt on then even a shark wouldn’t swallow it.

11 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

CHA 🙂

11 months ago

If Ralph is going for 7-0,whack a tenner on for double figures.

Caption:
I`m to Bruce Jenner you.

RIP Fernando Ricksen.

11 months ago

Caption:
An Aussie taking his pet for a Sunday arvo swim.

Puggy67
11 months ago

I thought the Ally shuffle during the Madison Square gardening leave bout was outstanding.

Stevie D
11 months ago
Reply to  Puggy67

Ha!

Puggy67
11 months ago
Reply to  Stevie D

Roped several dopes. OK I’ll stop.

11 months ago
Reply to  Puggy67

Ruined Thursdays.

Puggy67
11 months ago

Caption: The big pool must stay open!

AntonDeclan
11 months ago

Caption: All smile for the camera…..!

Mike
11 months ago

Can you see my plaque?

desdamoaner
11 months ago

Caption, Klopp reveals the inspiration for his teeth.

11 months ago

Caption
Expats`free new dentures selfie.

Yoker Bhoy
11 months ago

Caption: Big Tam Forsyth moving in for yet another dodgy tackle from behind.

11 months ago

I hear bone China bowls have been priced up.

Monti
11 months ago

” You are a fanny ” – Monti on Charlie Saiz.

Fra Stone
11 months ago

Caption: Watch out, Mike Ashley is behind you!

Iancelt67
11 months ago

That warrenpoint list is a lot like Jordan Peterson’s 12 rules for life

Iancelt67
11 months ago

Caption
Be careful of what you wish for on Tinder

Iancelt67
11 months ago

Like to see arzani get a go

Iancelt67
11 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Dunno

Iancelt67
11 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Charlie ion known to waffle a lot of shite under the influence on here and some of it is cringeworthy I revere doing it. But I’ll give a sober appraisal of arzani I believe he’s every bit as good as Jamesie or even better I know he’s a loanee but he won’t be playing ing in Manchester city’s first team. They are monopolising emerging talent and will continue to fuck up young lives. Arzani given the opportunity can be one of our best I’m not Joking he is talent. Given a chance we may have a diamond that citeh will eventually offload let’s face it citeh will get the Creme de la creme of world football given their network before anyone else will. So my point is give the young fucker a chance same with shved who is ours not anyone else’s. The l ague cup though we want to win it is a good opportunity to show the fans what these young guys are about. Arzani is a future star. I’m sure of it.

Iancelt67
11 months ago

Just a thought, Celtics best ever player surely it must be Virgil he’s just been voted the 2nd best player in Europe. Imagine this team
Boruc
McGrain
McNeil
Virgil
Tierney

Murdoch
Connelly
Mcstay
Johnstone

Dalgleish
Larsson

Subs
Lennox
Di canio
Nakamura
Nicholas

Can’t tell me that team wouldn’t give Manchester city a good run for it’s money

Monti
11 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Bonner

McGrain
McNeill ( cpt.)
Van Dijk
Gemmell

Johnstone
McStay
Murdoch
Lennox

Larsson
Dalglish

subs: Boruc, Tierney,P.Elliott, Collins, Di Canio, McClair & Biggins.

11 months ago

Caption: You’re safe pal, sharks don’t eat shite!

Iancelt67
11 months ago

Be fucked if a defender got injured though

Mike
11 months ago

Hale Hale.

Iancelt67
11 months ago
Reply to  Mike

And pace

George Lazenbhoy
11 months ago

Caption : Derek Johnstone prepares for his next shark jump.

R.St.Parsley
11 months ago

Caption:
Dave King goes for a swim before meeting latest Sevco investor.

11 months ago

My team for tonight.
Gordon;
Elhamed Jullien Ajer Hayes;
Ryanaldo, Ntcham;

Morgan, Tam, Elyounoussi:
Mr T Bayo;
subs BFF, Frimpong, Boli, Shved, Arzani, Eddy, Kouassi

Kouassi, Shved and Arzani featuring last half hour.

Puggy67
11 months ago

Caption: Is that shark’s breath or is your cystitis back?

Owen Mullions
11 months ago

Caption:
New luxury pool opens at Hummel training centre.

TicToc
11 months ago

The Warrenpoint badge….it’s reminiscent of something….there’s Peter Rabbit and Cottontail, but something else is going on there, way in the background….could it be an explosion….or two?
BOOM! BOOM!
HH

Monti
11 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

🙂

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Naw Monti, there were TWO of them! 🙂 🙂 BOTH legitimate war-time acts. The good guys stuck one up the REAL international terrorists, the British state and its army. Fuck ’em both.
🙂 🙂 FUCK ‘EM TWICE. 🙂 🙂 x 🙂 🙂
That scummy orange bastard whom ‘paraded’ his filth on the streets of Glasgow should be called out big-time and hanged like a dog. A clear sectarian assault, a fame-seeking filth of a ‘statement’ from a buncha Butcher’s Apron acolytes. On the streets of that ‘Dear GREEN Place’ aka Glasgow, that scummy orange bastard, clearly a flute-playing fuck-pig has “Bloody Sunday
No Apology
No Surrender” on his back.
Of course it’ll go unreported. But they’re not THAT fuckin’ dim, are they? He ‘knows’ NO TIM will stab him in the back, he ‘knows’ we’re too nice and he KNOWS Ra Polis willnae ‘liftim’. Aye, ‘pal’ but ye didnae account for me. Ah’m as nice as any Tim, but ah have this wee Achilles thingy, ah get seriously pissed-off wae cunts like you, scummy, orange, hun (2) bastard. Yer card’s marked. Now back to my ‘clerical’ duties….the scummy bastard wore a maroon-typae tap wi’ disgusting words (as mentioned before). 1.76 CM height. 79 KG weight. Grey troosers. Biscuit-ersed cunt(a-la-Trainspotting). On his way oot………
Hmmmmm! Is ‘that’ really worth my precious time? Mibbaes Aye, mibbaes naw.
COME ON YOU BHOYS IN GREEN from that “DEAR GREEN PLACE” and world-wide, unite and act as one, A TIM, and crush the disgusting scummy hun, as hm queen has in her song “and crush the rebellious Scots”
Good wine! Good night!
HH
Hail! Hail! The Celts are here

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti, much as you have often gotten on my tits, I’ve carried a memory of points said, well made, from you and often think we’ve mibbaes too many similarities? Chalk an’ Cheese an’?
Of course, eloquence dictates the day. (Buy it in Tesco?)
WhaeGiesaFuck?
Given the impossibility of having any meaningful dialogue, I’ll revert to this: Hello there Monti, how’re ‘they hangin’ pal (note no capitals).
NB The “Fife an’ Glasgow” brigade of the ‘Ra (under ‘a’ commander from our are actively ‘blowing up’ dolls……..hadn’t got blootered for days….catcjimg up….elp

Monti
11 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

TicToc,
Ditto!

Tal.

Monti
11 months ago

R.I.P. Fernando Ricksen.

May God shine his love on your family today!

Hail Hail!

Stevie D
11 months ago

Glad for Sinclair

BJF
11 months ago

Good result pleased for Ntcham and Sinclair. Lenny all over Scottish football.

11 months ago

Caption…
Traditional Sea Shanty.

Row, row, row your boat gently…

FS,ROWROWROWYERBOLLOCKSAF

11 months ago

Caption….
At the Wedding Reception Disco the would be Cassanova’s Mother-in-Law has a cautionary word in his ear…………..

11 months ago

Caption…
Desperate to win this year’s University Boat race the Oxford Cox introduces a new element to training sessions………..

11 months ago

John Bradshaw@JBLuvsCeltic

FT Celtic 5-0 Partick.

Celtic have now won 29 straight domestic Cup matches, with an aggregate score of 90-9.

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Ha!, so WE’re not “going for 55 then?” but for (a legitimate) 30 LCs. Let me ruminate here, in a nutshell, last 8 (eight) SPL Champions………sorry, now blotto….byeee
Good onya Port….

hH

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

Not dead yet and it challenges ‘port’ to become EVEN MORE fucking ridiculous, informative and, er, em, just port. Aye pass me wannae them ma dear, or is it Madeira? Is Madeira a port or can Port be Madeira?
Fuck this for a GoS, I have sack-emptying duties, or is it Sac?
Byeeeee.
FC not PLC, get Lawwell and his blood-sucking acolytes tae be TTF (not)GTF (Thrown Tae Fuck). I’ve often crossed those lovely bridges where the DOB lemmings congregate and then jump. PITY. Pity the whole fukkin lot don’t join hands, scream “this is for the fleg” and then fucking jump…..lost and only lost, WILL NOT BE FUCKING MISSED.
Hmmmmm – makes ‘perect’ sense tae me.
HH

Monti
11 months ago

F.F.F. MAGNIFIQUE!

TicToc
11 months ago

Hello there ya wee eTim mods. Ah’m often oaff ma rocker.
Point is this tho’: see when ah go to the trouble of constructing a loadae pish, I STILL demand it’s ‘published’, even if it’s going down the hms urinal.

I offer ma apologies as ah’m heavily Brahms’n’ but I inject one codicil as follows…………………
Byyeeeee.
Schlaff gut!
HH

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

Moderated comment? Interfered with comment?
Fuck THAT.
I am moderate or immoderate by the fucking second, and by ME (judgement) only.
Historically great site, best of all, until……
I wrote a ‘piece’ earlier which han’t passed muster (as it hasn’t been posted).
The ‘place’ we now find ourselves in is politically impossible to correct; the tory scum will fight tooth and nail to get their own way. IMHO, the shit could hit the fan here, and the Genie will be difficult to get back in.
In the confusion of ‘cloudy’ truths, downright lies, support from a (as I think Ralph put it some weeks ago) ????? sorry ah’m seriously….

TicToc
11 months ago

I note ‘press’ are linking the young Hearts guy, Hickey, with ‘Man Citey’.
Charlie Sais identified him as an exceptional talent.
Q: Is our de facto Director of Football (PTBL) asleep at the wheel here? Again?
Let’s be clear here, as I’ve done on here from Day I (when I’m not ‘industrially bladdered’) we have “trooble at ‘mill)”.
A bean-counter like Lawwell CANNOT be a Tim. An old pretender yes, but a Tim, NO!) YET, he is still ‘here’?
FUCK HIM, AND ALL WHOM SAIL WITH/WITHOUT HIM.
Scruff of neck, arse of trousers and wwwwhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeee
Now THAT would be an industrial, fantastic, terrific resolution to number 12.

jimmybee
11 months ago

Ntcham has great qualities and in any other team would be a first choice starter . With Celtic playing with 2 wingers it restricts his role.
With Brown and Calmac as the defensive midfielders is he better than Christie at the moment.
Christie has improved beyond all recognition but
Technically I think he is but in too many games he has been posted missing mainly because he is played out of position thats where Christie has it. Ntcham is a number 10 all day long not a sitting in midfielder.. Brilliant thing about him he never wastes a pass. We are blessed to have him, Lenny just has to find away to get him more game time.
HH

Mike
11 months ago

Yeah hopefully with Lyon, because far too often he isn’t there, he’s always posted missing, he only turns up when it suits him. Lets all just bear in mind who we were playing, Partick Thistle, bottom of the championship, coached by a Hun that knows SFA. Morelos and the old age pensioner is better than Odsonne, that tells you everything about McCall. Bring back big Vic and tell him F.F.F. to GTF (Go To France.)

Monti
11 months ago
Reply to  Mike

PISH

Monti
11 months ago

Mike,
I was at the Hospital yesterday, had an appointment at the ear, NOSE & throat department, had to get an ear syringed.
A guy came in with what looked like an elephants trunk for a nose & a bag of hair….Did you have an appointment as well? 🙂

Mike
11 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Funnily enough, I was dropping off my surplus nose hair for them to make a new rug for them to make a toupee. I heard this sooking noise and asked the nurse what was going on behind the curtains. She said someone’s getting his ears syringed, it was really liposuction, it went on for hours, it had an effect on the lights that kept on dimming, sure that wisny you? 😉

Monti
11 months ago

F.F.F.

Build the midfield around him!

Ooh la la

11 months ago

Nice to see the ould firm of Monti and Mike rattling friendly insults at each other… Jeez even TicToc was at it too overnight. I hope he has 2 paracetamol to sort out the aftermath 🙂

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