Celtic Diary Friday October 11: Green Brigade Cross The Line

Yet again. Celtic find themselves faced with a charge from UEFA concerning the use of pyrotechnics at a European match.

Yet again, the Green Brigade feel that down to the occasional tifo and a hearty rendition of a tune or two, they are above the law.

Fair enough, there are some people who ignore the “Danger : Hot Surface ” signs no matter how large the print is, and somehow expect not to be burned.

The sooner they get down from their high chairs and realise that they are simply thirty quid each per game to the club the better.

No amount of tifos, no amount of good publicity and certainly no amount of “there’d be no atmosphere without us ” is going to keep the board from concluding that it was good while it lasted.

In short, at around £250,000 a display, the club will put a stop to their disregard of the real world.

 

You can’t blame them.

The rules are simple. No pyro.

Which bit of that is beyond the comprehension of an otherwise bright bunch of chaps is beyond my own comprehension.

And thats before we consider the possibility of someone getting hurt, scarred or even wrse as a result of their juvenile antics.

 

Judging from the tone of the statement issued by the club, there may soon be a few hundred half season books for sale in the standing section.

FOLLOWING the latest UEFA charge against the Club for the use of fireworks at Celtic Park, it is with real disappointment and frustration that the Club needs to appeal again for this behaviour to stop.

UEFA’s stance on the issue of pyrotechnics is unequivocal and very well-known. 

The Club has been sanctioned on numerous occasions and yet, very disappointingly, this behaviour by a small minority persists.

The serious safety concerns associated with such behaviour are obvious, as is the reputational damage which this behaviour and these charges have on the Club. In addition, the numerous financial penalties placed on Celtic continue to come out the pockets of supporters who invest in the Club. 

Celtic will be introducing further measures in order to deal with this behaviour. It has to stop.

The club does not want it, our supporters do not want it and UEFA will continue to punish the Club whenever it occurs as it is a clear breach of their regulations. It really is as simple as that.

Given the number of repeated offences, we should also be very aware that there could be further, very serious repercussions which could have hugely detrimental consequences for the Club and our supporters. It is hugely unfair that the enjoyment of Celtic matches could potentially be affected by the negative behaviour of a tiny minority.

Additionally, in the interests of all our supporters’ safety, it is imperative that all fans when attending matches at Celtic Park use their designated seat. This is important in ensuring a safe environment.    

Our supporters are fantastic and we greatly value the huge contribution you make to the Club. It is the positive support of our fans which makes the difference, week in, week out.

Our win against CFR Cluj last Thursday represented another great European night on the pitch for the Club. Supported brilliantly by our fans, the team were magnificent in driving us to top of our Europa League group. This should be our focus.

Neil Lennon, our players and our backroom team will be doing all they can to deliver a similar performance against Lazio. 

The Club and our supporters need to work together to make sure pyrotechnics and any other form of unsafe behaviour have no place at our matches.

 

The original draft, we believe, started with the phrase “either tell them to fuck off or we’ll fuck them off ”

 

Perhaps more concerning is the perception that the GB don’t actually think they’re doing anything wrong, with arguments for their use of pyro ranging from comparing it with the good old days of pitch invasions, random violence and whatever else we used to get up to at the football, to their claim about it only being a bit of fun.

After all, nobody died, right ?

That’s not the point, and it seems to be a point they’ve completely missed.

It’s against the rules, and every time they break it, it costs Celtic a considerable amount of money.

A strange way of showing one’s love for the club…

 

Elsewhere, and there was a serious setback to the clubs league campaign when an elite team of investigative reporters revealed that “rangers ” will go on to win the title after they consulted a supercomputer…

Presumably the exact same computer that has made it’s creator a billionaire via the fixed odds coupons….

 

Supercomputer makes Celtic and Rangers title prediction as Kilmarnock tipped for stunning season

Here’s the probability of either side lifting the coveted trophy come the end of the season 

Rangers are set to beat Celtic to the Premiership title while St Mirren will be relegated and Kilmarnock will finish third.

That is according to Five Thirty Eight – a website that uses a specific formula to determine the outcome for sporting events.

Neil Lennon ‘s men are on course for nine league titles on the spin, but according to this set of results, the trophy will be in the hands of their city rivals come May.

If it pans out that way, it will be one of the most dramatic title races in years. Rangers would pip the Parkhead outfit by just three points with the Light Blues finishing on 92 points compared to Celtic’s 89. 

The authorities have issued a statement concluding that they would still like all clubs to fulfill their fixture obligations anyway, as they’ve sold loads of tickets and have a television contract to service.

Meanwhile, “rangers ” are to be congratulated on continuing to win everything when there’s no actual football taking place.

 

If you don’t count international football , that is.

Earlier this week, Scotland thrashed Russia 61-0, and last night the deficit proved too much for the plucky easterners to overcome, although they did hit four without reply in Moscow.

Well done to Stevie Clarke, whose collection of has beens and never weres can now look forward to putting Scotland back on the world map, and one has to praise the vision of the men at the SFA, often subject to criticism, for putting him in charge.

 

It helps deflect from other issues, such as this, spotted by Celticbynumbers, who asked..

Refereeing consistency. You’d imagine given the same ref for both sides, over the season, the number of fouls that are committed before a card is shown would be largely the same for and against. Yes?

 

The chart shows the number of fouls committed for and against by each SPFL side per card shown in the season so far. Hamilton and Killie fans may wonder why their opponents need to commit 19 and 13 fouls before cards are produced The rest of the league will despair at the top 2 

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This does add to the idea that the rest of Scottish football is there merely to serve the two big glasgow clubs, and when factored in with the same club myth and all the rest of the bullshit, you really begin to get the impression that history is repeating itself, just with a new entity in one of the lead roles…

 

Then again, further analysis shows what we all knew…

Here is the difference between fouls needed to produce a card for and against. One clear “winner” The Rangers get a card every 11.75 fouls. Their opponents every 4.74 Leading on both counts and easily the largest “positive” differential in the league. Hamilton and Killie

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Going back to the club statement at the top of the page, and their reaction to the pyro predicament, whilst having absolutely no sympathy for the Green Brigade, it does beg the questions…
Why aren’t the club issuing statements about a clearly obvious lacl of a level playing field in the game ? 
Why aren’t they demanding an investigation into and a massive improvement to refereeing standards ? 
Why aren’t they showing a similar enthusiasm about a club who repeatedly broke the rules before hurtling into oblivion and damaging the image of the game to such an extent that even bookmakers won’t put their name on it ? 
The smell of hypocrisy from the boardroom is overwhelming, and if they are suddenly going to be sticklers for rules, shouldn’t that be all rules ? 

 

Usually, at this point in the week, we choose the Etims

Knob of the Week 

 

Read those questions above, and you’ll understand why it’s a collective award this week…

 

  • Ian Bankier Chairman ( Since 2011)
  • Peter Lawwell, Chief Executive (since 2003)
  • Chris McKay, Finance Director (Since 2016)
  • Tom E. Allison, Senior Independent Director (since 2001)
  • Sharon Brown, Independent Non-Executive Director ( since 2016)
  • Dermot Desmond, Independent Non-Executive Director (since 1995)
  • Ian Livingston, Independent Non-Executive Director (since 2007)
  • Brian Wilson, Independent Non-Executive Director (since 2005).  

 

On Wednesday, we had this…

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The Bahia Emerald October 9, 2019 at 11:01 am · Edit · Reply →

Superfan misinterpret’s Mario Puzo’s famous “sleeping with the fishes” line, at Godfather Convention. 

Today…

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1 year ago

Nissan Juke replaced by new Nissan Jaked

1 year ago

The general sentiment of this has an aire of truth. It’s difficult to understand the breaking of the pyro laws.. As well as an apparent inability to appreciate the level of risk of injury from well intentioned fans. However I suspect that the pyro users are a minority and once they are set off there’s little that can be done.. Other than point out the ‘culprits’

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: Glasgow driver arrives to pick up a three piece suite.

Southside Bhoy
1 year ago

This is Carstairs. Where the criminally insane go

GuigsyBhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Southside Bhoy

ah dammit – beat me to it 😀

GuigsyBhoy
1 year ago

Caption: Man tries to prove he was listening when the wife said something about shopping in Carstairs.

Mike A
1 year ago

Driver confused as he changes tracks on the CD, Stairway to Heaven or Highway to Hell?

Martin67
1 year ago

Caption: Pivet!

George lazenbhoy
1 year ago

Caption : the wife said it’s hard to park the car. I said take it one step at a time ‍♂️

1 year ago

Old philip opens new housing project

Chris67
1 year ago

I thought you said right not left!

David
1 year ago

I suppose it’s my fault I said bring the car down and pick me up

greenmaestro
1 year ago

“Alexa. Play something’s cooking in my kitchen by Dana.”

Tim Buffy
1 year ago

As Eric Morecombe used to say: “Get out of that. You can’t, can you?”

Oleg
1 year ago

It’s ok we’ve got Ole at the wheel

Cortes
1 year ago
Reply to  Oleg

Superb!

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: The Dukes of Hazzard premiere, get’s under way in tower one, world trade centre.

Gary
1 year ago

Simple answer is, identify the culprits, take legal action against them to recover the fines. In short Bankrupt the wee barstewards, and see how they like an outside influence affecting them financially!

Mike
1 year ago

Dermot Desmond said this: in 2014, “I just had to save Celtic, my heart ruled my head, when I invested”. Perhaps he meant it, lets give him the benefit of the doubt. But his “Investment” has certainly paid off. Initially he invested in 1995 £4.00 mill. since then his investment has quadrupled in value to £16.1 mill. giving him a healthy £12.00 mill. profit. Most of his shares are ordinary shares 14,393 shares, although he also holds according to what I read recently, some 51,313 convertible preference shares, which pays a 6% dividend, the ordinary share pay out no dividend. Today you would have to pay £163.90 for one ordinary share, they continue to rise, a reflection of the success that Celtic enjoy. That matters not one jot to us the Celtic support, whose soul reason to invest moderately was just another expression of the love we have for our club. Today, age must be a concern for D.D. and others on the board, our KOTWs. Watching across the river as the Huns, like all of Scottish football are on CPR, how they must be boaking at our financial and team success. Will the auldies wait until Newco follow, follow Auldco into the shite filled sewer, perhaps we are watching Scottish football hit the buffers with no Huns and a corrupt, severely conflicted SFA-SPFL, hell mend them…

Mike
1 year ago

Its gone again, skip to the loo, Celtic Da.

Martin
1 year ago

“Hi babe, I’ve park the car on floors 3 AND 4 just next to the stairs!”

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: Una fails her driving test.

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: ‘ I wanna I Wanna I wanna be a Ford, I wanna be a Ford ‘

Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Pish

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Do you like water sports?

1 year ago

never Mind the bollocks, what about the results?

1 year ago

On 11 October 2019, The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers published a statement on their website(link is external) on the ‘cold-shouldering’ of Mr David Cunningham King, the Chairman of Rangers International Football Club PLC.

1 year ago
Reply to  portpower

sevco can`t stop the rot FC.

Una
1 year ago

Caption

Monti gets carried away with weereds gear stick

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Ah…talking of old bangers 🙂

1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Una I’m semi- automatic

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Definitely wee semi 🙂

1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti… the weather is cooler now

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: Hello Rentokil can you send somebody oot there’s a massive Beetle in the lobby.

por cierto
1 year ago

CAPTION:

Fuck these electric motors, fkn trying to get them near a plug in the hoose!

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: Driving school for femalesses.

1 year ago

Caption….
This is what hapens when you try to charge an Electric Car frae the hoose sockets.

H.H.

Fra Stone
1 year ago

Caption: the wife said she would pick me up at the door

Patrick o Hara
1 year ago

Caption.

35
36
37
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On the next step I will discover the secret of the Human Historian John Buchan.

Mike
1 year ago

Guy Fawks liked Pyro’s, just saying,… Squinty needs a Pyro, if his shooder is cold..

jimmybee
1 year ago

Fuck the board. God Bless the GB
No pyro no party.
Pay the fine you’ve got plenty in the bank.
Stop fuckin moaning looked amazing.

1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Typical selfish Barsteward.
Feckin grow up.
Would you have a pyro in your work place, in your house, at a family gathering,in a pub, in a disco etc.
There is a reason these things are illegal. THEY ARE FUCKING DANGEROUS.
So you are quite content getting your jollies letting off munitions in a crowded place, putting all the other folk around you at risk either from the flare itself or the fumes.
As for the Board paying the fines that’s the least of their worries. How long before the SFA/Police Scotland get in on the act You are putting the safety certificate in jeopardy. No Certificate Nae Footbal for 60K fans.
Do you think the corrupt establishment in this country wouldn’t jump at the chance to close the gates. Have the teaam play to an empty stadium. How many honest mistakes then at every game and nobody to wittnes them.
Youe selfish juvenile behaaviour impinges on everyone associated with the club. But hey The GB is bigger than the club.
If you want to set of flares go hire yourself a dingy and sail aff the west coast and let them off. You can party all you fucking want and nobody will stop you. Except maybe the Coastguards.

Munti
1 year ago
Reply to  Jimboh

Jimboh

Munti
1 year ago
Reply to  Munti

Should have been a thumbs up emoji there. Well said that man.

jimmybee
1 year ago
Reply to  Jimboh

Pish ^ 🙂

1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Look up.

Beware the basics.
You`re wasting your time with make the numbers up right footer coonts.

Drama is displayed,fanny lazy fvcks.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: A busy day for James Traynor as the marble staircase sees a second car crash.

1 year ago

CAPTION….Glasgow City Council relax parking restrictions around Celtic Park.

Monti
1 year ago

FCK THE BOARD…..UP THE GREEN BRIGADE!

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

but, but, but “it costs Celtic a considerable amount of money.”.

What, £10K?

Cost of mismanagement leading to 2 avoidable CL misses, £100M?

Cost of not pursuing Huns/SFA’s curruption, £100M?

Keep sweating the small stuff and a certain someone will be cackling his head off on his heated driveway.

PeteCon
1 year ago

Caption: “Supercomputer installed in Satnav.”

desdamoaner
1 year ago

Caption – the latest attempts to brighten up F1 fail at the first corner

Or we are hearing of a major accident at Stepps

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Monti and Cha are Celtic supporters? The Board are they interested in Celtic or money and lights. Only a buffoon would not realise the harm this small group of individuals are doing to Celtic. The GB should call them out, or Celtic should take steps that ensure our safe competition in Europe

Caption
GB member tries to smuggle more sparklers into Parkhead, but screws up!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

Cartvale,
Having never met Cha, i’m fairly certain he is a Celtic supporter, as for myself? I’d say i am, very much so.

Binkabhoy
1 year ago

 the Green Brigade feel that down to the occasional tifo and a hearty rendition of a tune or two, they are above the law.

Fair enough, there are some people who ignore the “Danger : Hot Surface ” signs no matter how large the print is, and somehow expect not to be burned.

The sooner they get down from their high chairs and realise that they are simply thirty quid each per game to the club the better.

No amount of tifos, no amount of good publicity and certainly no amount of “there’d be no atmosphere without us ” 

– genuine question here…. I’ve heard loads of people who not green brigade members say that this is what the green brigade think, but anyone I’ve met who is in the green brigade has not said any of this.
Is there something somewhere that I can be pointed to where this kind of stuff is stated? Like I say I genuinely want to know as it will help me form my opinion if them.
Of course these types of pyro has to stop because it doesn’t matter how good it looks it’s beyond argument that someone could get seriously hurt.

Today’s diary talk about rules and them being applied all ways. A different situation to the pyro, but on the point of what the rules are – What do we do when the authorities ban songs and we think they are wrong to? Extreme example, if they ban ‘the Celtic song’ or the Irish national anthem (god knows they’ve tried that one a few times) does that mean we have to just accept because it’s a rule? What about banners, the perfect example is the Bobby sands / William Wallace (and Nelson Mandela) differences.

Oh and the be in your proper seats / standing bit – if it’s a well attended game I’m right behind that, but again… any time me or my pals have been in the standing section it’s not been GB members but other wee wankstains who are at those capers….

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Binkabhoy

Sorry to disappoint you but I’ve not come across any GB statements either.

Its the same smug attitude of “old” people complaining about young uns campaigning against, for exmple, cli mate change etc.

I’m a pensioner myself and don’t consider being older than someone confers me with the advantage of being wiser than them.

In fact, those that do assume that, are decidely unwise.

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
1 year ago

Caption: No, there should be a hole in a Polo not a Polo in a hole!

1 year ago

Caption:
We`ll come to you.
Bomber Brown`s pensioner season ticket deliveries.

jimmybee
1 year ago

Lawwell could act but doesn’t why simple he hasn’t got the balls.like He hasn’t got the balls as to why a referee after a derby match was celebrating in an orange pub. Why the sfa allowed a club to cheat their way to titles without punishment
He wants uefa to shut that part of the ground why else would you give the tickets out to the same supporters who continue to let off pyro.
He’s a shitbag and will wait to uefa to act like he always does and say it’s not his fault.

Monti
1 year ago

” Turning to YouTube for a pick me up “?

‘ Dad’s Army ‘omnibus?

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

YouTubeway Army?

1 year ago

It’s the king, bitch.

David Cunningham King has been punished(enough) for committing an offence of the “utmost gravity” in his takeover of the new Ibrox club in 2015.

We are the Papal Panel.

Whitearra
1 year ago

Caption : ‘Aw for f@@k sake, now we’re definitely gonae miss our flight’.

Mike
1 year ago

If the Huns dilute their shares any more then they will disappear into thin air. And now the Takeover Panel has told every FCA member to stay well clear of them, they are TOXIT. King has managed to achieve in Scotland what he did in South Africa, his reputation is in tatters. Like an Iceberg in the Barent sea they are cast adrift waiting for the rocks to finish them off. That’s why their new DoF has been appointed to sell El-Buff, their last throw of the dice. WHEN they go Scottish football is Donald Ducked. What then for the Celtic? back to playing the sheep for the league? Lets be honest, anyone bringing fireworks (Pyros) into a full stadium of men women and children should be hunted, no matter who they are..

Binkabhoy
1 year ago

Caption: ‘No dear I absolutely did not drive home after the pub last night and I resent the baseless accusation’

Caption: ‘Parking restrictions around Celtic Parkhead lead to some desperate action from some drivers’

Binkabhoy
1 year ago

Caption: ‘No dear I absolutely did not drive home after the pub last night and I resent the baseless accusation’

Caption: ‘Parking restrictions around Celtic Parkhead lead to some desperate action from some drivers’

*and I’ll bet some wee rascal was right offering to look after it during the game! 😀

Binkabhoy
1 year ago

Right there*

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