Celtic Diary Wednesday November 6: Bringing It On Ourselves

Celtic return to Europa League duty on Thursday when they have arguably the most difficult tie of the competition so far.

Lazio in Rome was the one that caught the eye when the groups were drawn, and unsurprisingly thousands of Celts have made the journey.

But, oh, are they in trouble. that’s if you believe the media, that is.

A banner featuring wartime dictator Benito Mussolini in his last public appearance, where he was hung upside down alongside his mistress Clara Petacci was displayed by Celtic supporters. Which upset his granddaughter, who presumably didn’t quite know what her pops was all about having not been born until 1962, who demanded that there should be prosecutions and jail time handed out.

Extremist politicians tend to get a lot of airtime, so the Scottish media, happy to find something to harp on about after Peter Lawwell asked them to try to ignore the fans furore over his alleged complicity in the cheating by Rangers and the subsequent cover up by the SFA , duly obliged.

So much so that we get the impression that Il Duce still has some sort of underground battalion ready and willing to extract vengeance on anyone who has the gall to point out what a fat little shit he really was.

We’ve even had Celtic SLO John Paul Taylor issue a “Roaming in Rome ” list of do’s and don’ts …mostly don’ts to be fair..

FOLLOWING the important travel information for Celtic fans heading to Rome shared by the club last week, additional guidance has been provided to Celtic by Lazio and the City of Rome police for the forthcoming UEFA Europa League match on Thursday,  November 7 in the Olympic Stadium (KO: 6.55pm local time).

After liaising with all the relevant authorities, we strongly advise that supporters making the trip to Rome read the guidance below before embarking upon their journey.

Alcohol

– No alcohol on sale in the city centre from 6pm on Wednesday, 6 November, until 7am on Friday, 8 November.

– Be aware that drinking alcohol on the streets will be prohibited and will incur an on the spot €100 fine.

Supporter Safety

– Stay in large groups where possible.

– Keep a low profile whilst in the city particularly in the evening.

– Avoid wearing club colours whilst walking around the city particularly in the evening.

Buses to the game

 – Buses will be provided for fans from 2pm on Thursday, 7 November, from Villa Borghese.

– Stay patient whilst waiting on buses, these will operate on a shuttle service.

– Do not to take or consume alcohol to the meeting point for the shuttle buses.

– Under no circumstances should supporters make their own way to the stadium.

– It is important to comply with Police instruction at all times.

– Before boarding the buses to the stadium all fans will have to show their match ticket and will be searched.

Arrival at the Stadium

– Once at the stadium fans will be searched.

– Fans will be asked to produce photo ID before entering the stadium, this must contain name and date of birth.

– Bags will not be permitted in the stadium and there is no storage facility.

– All banners coming in to the stadium will be checked, only Celtic FC banners will be allowed.

– Banners containing any political message or symbols will not be allowed.

– Phone chargers will not be permitted in the stadium and there is no storage facility.

Post-match

– After the match fans will be kept in the stadium, this could be up to an hour or more, Police will decide.

– On exiting the stadium there will be buses taking fans to Termini on a shuttle service.

– Fans may wish to arrange taxis for uplift after the match to avoid delays travelling back to the city centre.

More travel information is available HERE

Consular Advice for fans travelling to Italy is available HERE  

 

Whilst it appears to be a big deal, and the media are certainly making it sound like it is, much of that is common sense, given the Italian sides supporters reputation for engaging with opposition fans, but when you consider that Lazio have sold less than 20,000 for the game, and 9,000 have gone to Celtic, one wonders if they aren’t going a little bit over the top.

No drink I can understand, but no phone chargers ?

 

 

Derek Clark, of Talkshite Radio hit out…

 

Derek Clark
 
@derekclarksport
 
Let’s hope every Celtic fan who travels to Rome comes back uninjured but you can’t help but feel the football club should never have allowed a ridiculous antagonistic attention-seeking banner to be unfurled at the game at Parkhead which puts thousands of innocent fans in danger 
Ralph Malph of Etims replied..
Ah…the brings it on himself syndrome, used by the mainstream media to great effect to play down the violence amd intimidating racism shown towards Neil Lennon. Next week.. man hit by car found guilty of crossing the road.

 

Speaking of Mediterranean climes, how about this….?

Ilir Meta
@ilirmetazyrtar

Happy birthday to

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💚

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🎂

Hail Hail!

🍀

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#TheBhoys!  

Illr Meta is the President of Albania, and he’s wishing Greg Taylor a happy birthday, which is not something I thought I’d be discussing in any Celtic Diary ever.
Perhaps the next time you think about a holiday, think about Albania instead of Spain, the USA , Turkey or anywhere else where the light of freedom is dimmed due to oppressive dictatorships..
Albania has changed a bit since the time Celtic played Partizan Tirana when Danny McGrains beard was a source of consternation, and from what I can see it offers everything that other destinations offer without the drawback of fellow tourists…
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Whilst Celtic are away on European duty, there’s bad news from the home front…
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I have no idea what “expected goals ” in this calculation are, and can only deduce the compiler meant “expected penalties ” to help arrive at his conclusions.
So, thats that then. We might as well concentrate on the Europa…
Unfortunately for lovers of the beautiful game the League Cup final will feature Celtic take on their newest rivals, as NTV magazine called  them first, plucky little cash strapped “rangers ” , who have bravely defied the odds and combined a promising start to the season by holdong on in second place in the league and making it to Hampden for their first ever cup final against Celtic.
Are they about to pick up their first senior trophy ?
They might, and there’s no denying key figures such as Alredo Morelos, Ryan Kent and Andrew Dallas could all have a say in the outcome, and thats before we take into account the match winning influences of others such as Beaton, Madden and whoever else has no professional pride now that UEFA have ditched Scottish referees…
But we’ll worry about that next month.
 Before that there is an AGM, and suspicions of collusion within the SFA, the media and both big Glasgow clubs deepened this week when not one single outlet picked up on the reactions of Celtic fans to the decision made by the Celtic board to ask shareholders to vote down the new Resolution demanding action on the scandal surroundiong Rangers and their european licence.
Not one.
A media that will happily put the boot into Celtic at a moments notice has said nothing about the groundswell of anti board feeling, which will manifest itself at the AGM and possibly even at City of London police headquarters , has yet to comment on the matter.
Thats odd, considering ahead of a previous AGM they picked up and published my own comments when Iain Bankier decided the support were all racist when his fellow board member Iain Livingstone opened his mouth to show he had nothng to say of any consequence.
Has Lawwell asked them not to mention it in case the train that is already picking up speed becomes unstoppable ?  
This whole issue is throwing up more questions than answers, and I’ve a feeling that getting those answers will require a little more than the occasional article and banner….
Which reminds me….
Celtic AGM Voting.
Note anyone wishing to vote at the Celtic AGM can do so remotely by following the instructions on this link. You can vote for or against any resolution you so choose.  
We ask every shareholder to vote for the new Resolution.
Tom English, the Irishman based in Scotland who works for the British state broadcasters was aghast yesterday, and truly flabbered everyone elses ghast as well…
Tom English
@TEnglishSport
Wow! England’s ‘model’ club exposed. The Saracens success story has a giant asterisk beside it. Should some domestic titles be stripped?   
It appears the rugby club were quite creative with their accounts….

Premiership champions Saracens will appeal against a 35-point deduction and £5.36m fine for breaching salary cap regulations over three seasons. 

The punishment comes after an investigation into business partnerships between chairman Nigel Wray and some of the club’s players. 

 

European champions Saracens described the sanctions as “heavy-handed”. 

 

Both punishments have been suspended until the outcome of the appeal, leaving Sarries fourth in the table.  

 

Some detail… from Chris Jones of the BBC.. no point in asking English, he’ll say trophies were won on the pitch and probably repeat the claims made by BBC buddy MacLeish about prising them from his cold dead fingers and so on…

 

 

This story revolves around Saracens’ owner Nigel Wray’s business co-investments with a handful of senior players, with the panel judging that the club have in essence been paying players outside the salary cap. 

 

Wray disputes this and insists these dealings are all above board and are helping set up his players for life after rugby. 

 

He says investment is not the same as salary. Either way, Saracens were found not to have disclosed the full details of the financial arrangements, which they have put down to an “administrative error”.  

 

In 2015, Saracens were one of two clubs who reached confidential agreements with Premiership Rugby Limited – the league’s governing body – over salary cap issues. 

 

The league was accused at the time of turning a blind eye to any misdemeanours, and wrote the slate clean to the dismay of some clubs. 

 

Therefore, while Saracens have been under scrutiny for a while over their management of the cap, the latest findings only apply to the last three seasons and do not take into account the investigation of 2015. 

 

But there certainly was a widespread determination amongst others clubs and players for Saracens not to get away with it twice.  

 

 

Interestingly, which may explain why English has asked about title stripping, Jones goes on to say that he doesn’t expect that to happen, clearing the way for English and his chums in the media to use this as a precedent to dismiss any claims against the old Ibrox club.

 

 

Could the club lose their titles?

As it stands, no. The punishment only applies to this season and not retrospectively. Saracens are confident they will not be losing any of their eight major titles – five Premiership crowns and three European Champions Cups – won in the past decade.  

 

English, of course, stands accused of having form when it comes to trying to dictate opinion…

 

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We haven’t had a caption to comment on for a while, so let’s do one today…

 

 

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mcklintop
10 months ago

Sinn Fein’s new candidate for Belfast North vows to cast Nigel Dodds into the fires of hell and deliver a remain victory.

tony carlin
10 months ago

Pope Francis “Hail! Hail! the Celts are here!

10 months ago

“I’m sorry to I’m late” Said His Holiness after The Scottish Polis pulled the Popemobile in for a search near Perth

Dermot Mullins
10 months ago

El Papa gets ready to welcome the Bhoys to Rome

John McDermott
10 months ago

Bobby Maddhun jumps on pope mobile and is ready to pull out the red card!

Martin67
10 months ago

Caption: Is that alcohol you are smuggling in El Papa? Eh… no…it’s the blood of Christ

Cole Burns
10 months ago
Reply to  Martin67

M67 9.10am

Not funny at all. In fact,blasphemous.

David
10 months ago

This is an example of the transportation which the Celtic support will require in Rome tonight K. Jackson

10 months ago

Caption

IL PAPA looks forward to a record sum in the collection plate over the next few days.

10 months ago

STEVEN R

If IL PAPA still had the transport available to previous Popes-the famous sedan chair of yore as told by Billy Connolly-he could have been out on the lash last night with The Bhoys.

BJF
10 months ago

“C’mon the hoops,get tore into those facist bastards, Domini sit semper vobiscum.”
I have seen both Roma and Lazio at the Olympic stadium and was struck by the police presence, they don’t negotiate, Italian or rather Roman police, and they don’t do gallows humour either.
I hope the bhoys are safe , Lazio supporters seem pretty evil to me, whether they go trophy hunting I don’t know but I just hope guys wearing the colours stay together and look after each other.

Whitearra
10 months ago

Caption: ‘Tickets! Tickets! I’ve two spare. Great seats. Tickets! Tickets…..’.

Whitearra
10 months ago

Ralph, welcome back by the way.

10 months ago

It will be interesting to see if the media report on Res12 discussions at the AGM.

Last year one unhappy shareholder did get a mention, so if there are a lot more unhappy, nay angry shareholders voicing their opinions, you would expect some mention.

However with Scottish journalists including those with Celtic leanings who have been well briefed in the past saying nothing, never mind those leaning the other way, I wouldn’t bet on it.

Cole Burns
10 months ago
Reply to  Auldheid

There`s one certainty, the crawler who always voices his support for Lawwell will be there.

TicToc
10 months ago
Reply to  Cole Burns

Cole, there’ll be loads of place-men, we KNOW. We also know that even if the floor carries the new Res 12, it wont be enough.
Celtic FC (not PLC) NEEDS us supporters to take over. The tory scum are always prepared to run, when push comes to shove, and they’ve no other credible option.

CELTIC FC (not PLC) supporters the world over, vote for decency, vote for truth, vote for our heritage, vote for the Res 12 guys, my goodness, do I really have to PLEAD for this?
A CLUB LIKE NO OTHER with SUPPORTERS LIKE NO OTHERS and SCUM in the Board-room? WHY?
Let’s begin with backing the Res 12 guys and carrying on to oust the scum whom conjoin with the SFA, SPFL and New Club in CHEATING day-by-day. ENOUGH, I say, ENOUGH.
HH

portpower
10 months ago

Sublime.

Callum McGregor has signed a new five-year contract.

portpower
10 months ago
Reply to  portpower

A wee gift,if you will.

Ryan
10 months ago

El Papa arrives for his audience with Paul the Tim.

johann murdoch
10 months ago

Caption

The shuttle bus has been unveiled -2 in the front and the other 9000 in the back

portpower
10 months ago

Are the rumours true that all of the 9000+ supporters are to wear a David Moyes mask, Celtic FC tie and collar?

10 months ago

Caption,After losing his job ,money and respect with Sevco fc stevie g takes a job driving our Holy Father ,H H

Monti
10 months ago

FCK LAZIO!

portpower
10 months ago

sevco Orctec/Sports FC.

liftedinmoscow
10 months ago

Given the precedent set surely the SPL will enforce a 35 point penalty on rangers given their insistence that they are the same club. Aye as if.

R.St.Parsley
10 months ago

Caption:
Sevco parade new signing under ‘Everyone, anyone’ initiative

Christina
10 months ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Winner- absolute belter 🙂

10 months ago

Caption.
As he looks on from his car, the Pope announces,
“Roma, it is green and white”

10 months ago

Pope Francis out ti meet his Hero Paul the Time…got tickets for tomorrow…going to be in the Lazio end unfortunately. No entrance allowed with British passport…so me and my Bro using our Irish Ones…where are the Celtic season ticket holders going to be? Tribuna monte?

Mike
10 months ago

It is much easier to vote by Proxy online by using your AGM Attendance Card. All your information is on the card, you just type in..

http://www.investorcentre.co.uk/eproxy and type in your preferences: I.E. vote for Res.12.

10 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Nominate The Chairman to cast vote on your behalf but be sure to put x in For box to make sure it is to support the Res not the Board who are against it.

Mike
10 months ago
Reply to  Auldheid

Done X 2.

Puggy67
10 months ago

Caption: An infallible man’s day is made when Charlie Saiz gets a wave from the Pope.

portpower
10 months ago

Caption:
Pope Francis wonders about the steward’s choice of footwear.

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
10 months ago

Caption: ‘bye bye rangers’

Paul boyd
10 months ago

Pope uses his own shuttle bus(no phone charger outlet) to watch his Beloved Celtic shame lazio

Admin
10 months ago

Pope Francise tells Paul the Tim and Eddie Toner “get that tent doon and get tae fuck!”

#onefortheCelticDads

10 months ago

Caption :Halloween parade in Larkhall

Puggy67
10 months ago

Are we not Albanian girls?
We are Devo.
Are we not Albanian girls?
D-E-V-O

portpower
10 months ago

Are they seriously charging £47 for The Scottish Professional Football League Mickey Mouse Cup at The Scottish Football Association`s newly purchased ground.
What a bunch of scabs.

Patrick o Hara
10 months ago

Caption.
Il Papa tries out new Moonmobile for the very, very,very long trip to convert the heathen Martians, Moonies and Mysteries.

Patrick o Hara
10 months ago

Mysterons!!!

10 months ago

Caption..
Il Papa “nope, I still can’t see them coming”.
H.H.

desdamoaner
10 months ago

Caption – up the RA!

10 months ago

‘think about Albania instead of Spain, the USA , Turkey or anywhere else where the light of freedom is dimmed due to oppressive dictatorships..’

A bit silly.
Undermines any serious comment.

portpower
10 months ago
Reply to  Martin47

Fincantieri?

portpower
10 months ago

Caption:
Franny`s here for Terry Munro.

BroxburnBhoy
10 months ago

do you think if there was no banner at Celtic park that a trip to Rome to play Lazio would be any different? no it would be exactly the same

Monti
10 months ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

CS, shut up ya dck!

The Cha
10 months ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

There are those in the media willing violence against our fans.

Utter scum, including anyone on here with the same view.

BroxburnBhoy
10 months ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

Yes – they are fascist thugs always looking for a fight. Maybe we could be nice to them instead. Don’t be daft CS banner or no banner Celtic or any other team they are spoiling for trouble. Maybe you can go to the new den and be nice there too?

portpower
10 months ago

Could someone let Monti know that Efe Ambrose’s to return. I`m not!

bgbolingoli
10 months ago

caption

nope, I cant see the rangers coming that way either

Monti
10 months ago

Caption:
” Here we go again, we’re on the road again “

portpower
10 months ago

Derek Clark@derekclarksport

What I don’t understand is the reasoning behind the banner? Surely you want something supporting the team?

It`s a plot Derek.

TicToc
10 months ago

Caption: Pope, “I’m gonnae be ‘Frank’ here, any of you scummy Lazio huns lays a finger on any of those bhoys in green, if yer LUCKY ye’ll end up in that hospital behind me, ged it?”

Hope things are looking up, Ralph, good Diary.
HH

R.St.Parsley
10 months ago

Caption
Pope Francis:
“All together now”
“We’re on the one road, laughing at huns loads”
“They’re on the road tae God knows where”
“We’re on the right road, they’re on the wrang road”
“The road tae ruin but who cares?”
“Auld huns, young huns, thick huns all”
“Let Dave pish their cash against the wall”
“We can get Charlie Saiz tae come along”
“Singing a Soldier’s Song”

10 months ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

🙂

10 months ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

RPG… YET ANOTHER BELTER

TicToc
10 months ago
Reply to  Weered

FFS Weered, ye already know that it SHOULD be RSP, not RPG, a Rocket-Propelled-Giro fur the dossers around the Govan shit-hole tae piss up, congregate and crowd-fund a few stabbings rather than feed their wee weans! FFS!
“Let it be”, aye, let them just die. Amen.
HH

10 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

TicToc RPG = Rhymimg Prose Genius

portpower
10 months ago

CS,what you have for when the present board leave donate it now to The Foundation Christmas Charity Appeal.

10 months ago

Who ever thought that shield at the front and no cover at the sides would protect his holiness from harm needs fuckin sacked.

10 months ago

Caption: Happy Birthday Celtic in about them COYBIG

10 months ago

Happy Birthday and God Bless the Celtic .
Our founding fathers we thank you for giving us this great club and the joy we have witnessed along with the tragedies along the way.
We remember all of our heroes who gave their all.
You protected us fought for us and demanded we were treated with respect. Peter We only want the same today if you cant do it fuck off and let someone who will.

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