Celtic Diary Monday December 9: Ten Out Of Ten

The first trophy of the season found its way back home last night as Celtic stood firm against a plucky performance from new club “rangers ” to win by the slenderest of margins.

The solitary goal in the game came from an inch perfect cross to the foot of Cris Jullien who simply placed the ball beyond Alan MacGregor, who had had little to do during the game and when he did have to do something, he found he couldn’t.

It finished 1-0 , and there was a kind of justice in how the game went.

One guy would certainly have had a smile on his face if he had seen it.

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During the cheating years, Burns put together a side that played football the way it should be played, and countless matches against Rangers, as they were called then, ended with Laudrup or Lovenkrands snatching a winner that secured titles and cups.

There were also claims that Jullien was offside yesterday, a claim that also reminded us of another cup final..

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As far as I’m concerned, justice was seen to be done yesterday.

Although there are some who say that Jullien wasn’t offside… an arm played him on..

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I’d like to think that he was, and anyway, it doesn’t matter, the history books will record it as a 1-0 win to Celtic, and a tenth successive domestic trophy, a unique achievement in world football.

Fraser Forster earned his coin yesterday with a performance not seen since the famous win over Barcelona, although to be fair, morelos and co. are not exactly Messi and his mates.

Morelos even missed a penalty when he was asked by his terrified captain Tavernier to take the spot kick after he was nudged over by Jeremie Frimpong, who was having the game of his life out on the right flank.

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Frimpong was sent off for having denied a goalscoring opportunity, which was nonsense as it was Morelos and therefore never going to be a goalscoring opportunity.

Morelos had predictably dived and fouled his way through the game, even running his foot onto the ankle of chris Jullien when he thought no one was looking.

For Jullien to score the winner, and Morelos to miss a penalty, well, perhaps the gods of justice were indeed looking down on Hampden yesterday.

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Morelos Cup Final Stats: 1 Game 90 Minutes 14 fouls 0 cards 1 penalty 0 Goals 2 Hairstyles. 
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Still, it’s christmas, and it was good to see the Celtic support wishing the opposition fans seasons greetings..
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Speaking of greeting…their players took it badly..
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As did their fans..
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And their manager…well, clearly he’d been too close to the Celtic dressing room and appeared to join in with one of the tunes blasting out…
“On the evidence of today, our day will come, our day will come.” 
It is not known whether he then said “ooh ahh ..up the rah. “
Poor “rangers “, even the advertising hoardings seemed to be taking the piss…
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Last word has to go to the manager, who now joins Billy McNeill as the only men to have won all three domestic trophies as player and manager.

There are many ways to win a game of football, and obviously over the past eight to 10 weeks, we’ve been playing some scintillating, brilliant and breathtaking football,” 

“On Sunday we had to roll up our sleeves and dig in because we weren’t there, but you have to accept that and be resolute. They’ve dug it, they’ve won again and that trophy’s back in the cabinet and we march on.

“It’s massive for the team, a huge psychological lift for the team. We’ll have a good week. We’ve obviously got the Cluj game, but a few of them will get a rest and, psychologically, it’s a massive shot in the arm for them, under the circumstances.

“Our motivation will be – that’s the first trophy of the season in the cabinet and the focus now for the next few months is on the league.”  

 

Back in July, if you had said by mid December we’d have the league cup won, the europa League group won and be a couple of points clear in the quest for nine in a row, you’d have taken it.

If we knew then that Frimpong, Forster, Jullien and Elyanoussi would improve the team in the way they have, you’d have been delighted.

And if we’d known that a revitialised Scott Brown would still be wnding them up and standing up to be counted when it matters, we’d have been over the moon.

 

It could still be a great season, it’s just that even when we have an off day there’s enough in the tank to see us over the line.

 

You can buy players, but you can’t buy heart.

 

 

Yesterday, we had this image to peruse..

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Whitearra

Caption : “F##k’s sake Sean, where did you the kegs. Everybody’s staring at us.” 

Today…

 

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Actually, the last word isn’t with the manager…it’s from  Mikael Lustig… on Instagram..

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Cartvale88
1 year ago

Has Gollum not apologised to the Stevie G yet, this is so unfair, the Lanarkshire branch will have to speak to him.

The bias and spewing of vitriol from our so called intelligent media, the BBC at the forefront shows their bias. Probably our best victory ever as it fooled the demented zombies, how they bleed.

Fredo is a Nasty individual, continuously niggling and the tackle on Julien a shocker, but nothing said, only Celtic at fault for not allowing the mighty Sevco to win.

1 year ago

Ohhh my days.
Happy Hoopy Monday fellow Tims
Sure it’s just a grand old team
God Bless the Celtic

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

I just can’t get enough!

Gerry
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

The Frimpong interview is possibly my favourite ever!
Sutton winding up Rae is always enjoyable as well; “I’m impartial Darryl, but the good guys won”

Legend07
1 year ago

Congrats on a massive win probably the worst football performance we’ve seen from the team since watching BR’s teams in Europe. What’s happening with LG seriously we’re struggling for strikers and we’re messing about with probably the best finisher at the club what the f*ck is going on.
To be fair to Morgan he did try his best and put a shift in but he’s obviously not a striker.
The question must be asked how long is going to take for people to wake up to James Forrest another invisible performance yesterday. He can get carried when we’re winning and we have at least half a dozen players on it but in games where we are struggling to get to grips with games he’s not interested before I get stats thrown at me about the goals and assists if he didn’t hide in games they would be a lot better.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Legend07

Oh dear.

Forrest played his part, providing an out ball when we were under pressure and good link up with Frimpong.

Also no primadonna stuff when he was substituted, exactly what the team needs.

Griffith’s hasn’t been a thing for 5 seasons.

Legend07
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

There was no primadonna stuff cause he was glad to get out of it! Out ball?? What are you talking about he was non existent I think you where in the Cha yesterday. Same as last week at Dingwall/ Easter road/ Pittodrie when he’s not in the mood we’re a man short

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Legend07

so that’s 3 games out of 30 odd so far this season he hasn’t performed?

Legend07
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

3 games?? I could give you a lot more the most recent til Sunday was hamilton last Wednesday. Tell you what bgb tell me the last game Forrest really tore a team and had 2 good half’s and not cameo roles. Next game do yourself a favour watch him constantly. He plays the safe ball hardly takes his man on the outside hardly ever makes a move to really show for it ( in comparison watch Johnston making space to receive passes in behind) the guy on his game is a player but it’s nowhere near often enough. You can throw stats at it all you want. Sinclair stats are very much like for like except for even when having a poor game Sinclair would always make himself available, but look how his form was viewed before being dropped. IMO Scott was playing better regularly more than Forrest but Forrest gets little criticism. Games like last Wednesday and Sunday where crying out for a player like him to grab it by the scruff and gets us through it but was no where to be seen!

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Legend07

hes on 14 goals before the halfway stage, you want to remove that from the team?

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  Legend07

Legend 07, I’ve seen for many a year and still see that ‘wee Jamesy’ makes us either a man short or does something commendable. We were men short AGAIN yesterday, but Forrest was only one of them. Anyway, there’s a fuckin’ love affair on here from Monti, Andy and his wean (who knows “wee Jamesie”). Fukkit, just let me say this: Legend07 is correct and provably so. The ‘others’ treat Jamesie as if he was a wee wean. Tell me this: just how many tangible offers have we had for “wee Jamesie” and if none (which is accurate) why so? James Forrest is VERY LUCKY to have had the career he has had with Celtic. We’ve been occasionally lucky to see his incredible skills, but you’d need to see the Bhoys every time they played to witness this.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Legend07

Leg end,
Quite an apt moniker sir.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

or Legned, take you’re pick.

Legend07
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Cunti the man who’s views only count!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Legend07

Aye & don’t you forget it ya orange cunt, now fuck off!

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Legend07

oh dear

Legend07
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Oh dear?

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Legend07

Leg end,
James didn’t play well yesterday, you seem to think that he must turn in a Messiesque performance every time he takes to the field.
Our players are only human, sometimes they’ll be great, other times average or off form, so what?
This group of players have delivered three trebles & 10 consecutive trophies, with James being heavily involved in all of that, so as we say in Fife….shut yer pus!

Whitearra
1 year ago

Caption : “Canny get any worse? Ye think no. I’ve left the car roof doon…”

Puggy67
1 year ago

I’m pleased for young Frimpong it’s asking a lot (too much IMHO) to throw the lad in to that game from the get go and if it had gone badly after his sending off the psychological effects could have been severe.
However he has something many of his mates down south will never have and the chance of 3 more (beer’s not worn off). Well done Lenny the team done us proud and on an off day showed the mentality of winners.

Mike
1 year ago

Ooh, it feels like Christmas has come early.

Adeste Fedeles,
Laeti triumphantes.

Oh come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago

Caption: please somebody from England giz a job!

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago

I see the bold Gerrard has demanded VAR in Scotland. I agree let’s have VAR and see how many penalties they get after that. Steven be careful what you ask for you’ll lose the only advantage you have – the MIBs!

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

You really should know better BB. It would be used to their advantage more so. Who do you think would be overseeing it?

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

It’s nearly always blatant. It would be used in their favour by the corrupt cabal that run the game here.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Really. Do you not think they’ll use their own interpretation of it to suit. It’s going to be the brethren in a room with funny handshakes, trousers rolled up and shagging goats whilst singling the billy boys. It will simply be used as a tool to keep the undead relevant.

tex
1 year ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

Slippy showed his true class telling his team to get up the tunnel after they received their medals,and not applauding the winners as they received theirs.Then when we put the ball out so Julien could get attention not giving us the ball from the throw in,the man and his team are all classless.

Uralius
1 year ago

Caption:
Gerard: “And I think to meeself, even the pitch is green and white.”

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: Oh, I can’t hide ‘neath the things
That the racist UB bring.
Their tifo like my gameplan’s in the bin.
But bananas turn to pies
And I can’t believe my eyes.
Morelos – 50 million and he mings.

Cheer up, Stevie G
oh my rancid team.
But I’ve still got my list for Santa
And a wee speech from the Queen.

Devoy45
1 year ago

Good stuff Charlie Saiz. What do you think of this idea? Until we get adequate striking support for Eddy (or if Griff and Bayo get fit and prove their worth) why not a 4-3-3, with Rogic providing at least some height and movement? We also need to stop asking attacking fullbacks to also be non-stop defenders. They get knackered. Here goes:
Forster
Elhamed or Bauer/Ajer/Jullien/Boli
Frimpong/Brown/McGregor
Forrest/Rogic/Christie
That way Frimpong and McGregor could go forward and still be backed up. It would also mean, when attacking our fullbacks could overlap. I think this would work better than trying to replace Eddy because we have nobody else like him up front. VAR cuts both ways and given the number of penalty awards to the Orcs, they would be found out. Also, as I suspected, Morelos hadn’t improved his temperament so much as the MIBs not punishing his diving, his persistent fouling and his nasty attempts to cripple the opposition. That stud scrape on Jullien could easily have resulted in an Achilles tear or rupture, which means several months on the sidelines.Finally, I am really surprised at Slippy G’s total lack of class as a manager. I liked him as a footballer. I suppose “class” is as “class” does?

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Shved/Morgan?
Aye ok then Mr Bassett

Monti
1 year ago

Griffiths is finished at Celtic, sellhim in January!

Thanks for everything Leigh but it’s over son.

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

I don’t know why anyone would be surprised Charlie you have been told several times.. and trying to use a heavy pitch as an excuse? that is clutching, it didn’t prevent proper pro’s like eddy making an appearance and changing the game for us

we need to get rid of dead wood like Griffiths for someone who can be relied upon

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

I’m not quite at the goodbye stage although its been 5 seasons since he’s made a significant contribution.

No sensible person expected him to start yesterday even if it had been a clear dry day and with Eddy on the bench, he wasn’t getting that option either.

Hopefully he can play a bigger part before the end of the year but my breath remains unheld.

Once again it highlights we need a top class replacement for when Eddy is unavailable and Griffiths and Bayo simply don’t cut it other than backups for low key outings.

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Aye, BG, ye wirnae too keen on NFL either, eh? Where are you coming from now?
Yer da’s got a clue, you huvnae.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

He rated him to be not good enough to be on the bench yesterday.

I agree with Lennon’s rating.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

He rated him to be not good enough to be on the bench yesterday. Fact.

Does that make it easier for you to comprehend?

Gerry
1 year ago

Caption:
If that useless cunt doesn’t stop crying like a little bitch I’m gonna knock him out!

Pensionerbhoy
1 year ago

Ralph,

Advent is probably not the appropriate time to release all the pent up badness that regurgitates around one’s mind and emotions, particularly on days when east versus south. Instead, we are encouraged to use this period for repentance and forgiveness but I have not just struggled but, in truth, have no inclination to respond to the call. My feelings this morning, after the nerves and irregular heartbeats settled overnight (no double entendres, please. It is a medical condition), were of vengeance and justice. For a relatively long lifetime, I have seen the reverse of Sunday played out season on season. The tears being shed for many, many years were green and white with not the slightest attempt to wipe them away by those who regulated Scottish football either on or off the field. Yesterday felt like the court case that goes your way against all the odds; when your case is impeccably strong but looks like collapsing in front of you; when one of your best lawyers is dismissed; when suddenly the judge intervenes and declares in your favour. You have won, in spite of the adverse conditions that seriously hamper your prepared defence; in spite of your lawyers not at their best; in spite of the case against you being far superior to yours on the day. Yet, in the end, the judge declares you the winner and all the objections, real and imaginary, will not alter his decision. Instead, he refers the plaintiffs to previous cases in which precedents were established for this sort of outcome.
For split second – or maybe less – there is a twinge in the pit of your stomach that hints at remorse because, on paper, you should have lost, but it is soon dispelled by the sweet smell of justice, justice that has taken years to achieve. That is why I sit here typing without any guilt or need for repentance or forgiveness. In the final analysis, we battled the conditions, we absorbed the pressure, we overcame our disadvantages, we replaced the lack of skill with true grit and our builders did an impeccable job of building the great wall, all of which amply justifies the final result and provides a clear conscience. I have no need to check technicalities to determine whether we deserved to win or not. Others can develop hernias doing all of that. I am satisfied with what I have.

To sum up, we beat the (anti-Fenian) bastards and how we did it is of absolutely no consequence. If I am an evil so and so, then so be it, but I am buzzing and gloating as much as I did in 2012.

Now for the board and SFA. Sometimes it is simply the winning that matters, even if the playing is “durty”

Caption:

“The Sevco Tribute Band ‘Wet, Wet, Wet Again’ and their hit song ‘Tears for the misses’.”

H H

CarllJungleBhoy
1 year ago

I’m still somewhere over the moon >20 hours afterwards ..
#OhMyDays

Rebus67
1 year ago

I am still on a high from yesterday! Before the game, I feared the worst and would not watch it live. Everything pointed in favour of a Sevco advantage: the state of the pitch; the selected ref, who is both hopeless and biased; their motivation to win their first trophy; the absence of fit Edouard, Elyanoussi and Elhamed; Forrest’s form and Morgan out of position.

Then there were the tactics involved(or were there any tactics other than do your very best!)……long punts up the middle to a small, isolated winger playing in the middle. This was Lenny’s finest game, second time round, but he had little positive influence on it.

Lurking over all of this was the feeling that surely Morelos must eventually score against us!

Make no mistake, this is a game that Sevco deserved to win, but, heyho, that makes victory all the sweeter!

Stack all of the above up and you have as sweet a win as you will get. However, all involved at the club need to examine what happened to produce such an abject performance because the Gods will not always smile upon us.

Here are some of the low lights:

Why did the two Sevco CBs have so much success in the air in our box early in the game?

Given how vulnerable we are to diagonal balls across our defence, why play two small FBs? Injuries, I hope!

The Morgan experiment is a short term measure, surely?

Why did Sevco boss the midfield for all of the first half and much of the second? This also happened in the BR game at Ibrox but not the most recent.

Why was Morelos not even booked?

Celebrate, Yes, but hopefully, also learn from our performance.

Win against them in late December and the league is ours if we do not fall prey to complacency, but conditional on finding a solution to the striking problem. Neither Edouard, Bayo, nor Griff will last the full season.

Rebus

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Just to let you know, my seat was directly opposite the BT Sport commentary area and I had the opportunity to ask Alex Rae when he would be paying the money he owes to HMRC. Needless to say, a kid on look of horror came across his annoying visage. Many hoots of laughter from fellow fans followed as he hurriedly made his way to the hun side of the platform. As our Bhoys headed back onto the pitch with the trophy, Rae and fat Sally perched themselves on the Celtic side of the platform, again some mild ribbing took place with the pair of them, but Rae, obviously raging, proceeded to put his microphone to his crotch whilst simulating a sex act. Uproar, fat Sally tried to placate a raging Celtic support. I am surprised there has been no mention of this and I may well email BT to get the scumbag the boot.

Mike
1 year ago

Yesterday was painful to watch, a game played in atrocious conditions, refereed by someone who’s reputation goes before him. His self of himself is also painful to watch. All over Europe he is berated for his shockingly bad performances, how he is allowed to officiate is beyond me, but then again its the SFA. that employs him and his ilk. Like it or not it was the unbelievable skill of “the wall” that saved us time after time. Saved us from the pain of a defeat that would have spoiled our Christmas and beyond. So my own thoughts are this, we played them off the park at Ibrox but yesterday IMO Lenny picked the wrong team and how he could figure that hitting long balls to Morgan was ever going to work well it didn’t work at all. If you employ long ball tactics, you need someone skilled in taking the ball down, someone of a tall stature that has the physique and ability to do just that. Those dreadful conditions meant that that was our only way of getting the ball up to the front, the Huns squeezed us up the pitch. I couldn’t understand why he waited so long to make changes, it was clear that Odsonne asked him to get onto the pitch before half time. So for me, we got let off, any skilled finisher would have scored but for Fraser. Live and learn, Karma gave us one back, as Tommy’s team got done by Gormless, one back to the good guys.

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

that was a typical performance we came to expect from a lennon team in a final… soon as I saw morgan up top my heart sank, Sinclair for me with his strength a far better option.. bizarre

we got away with one but I suppose it doesn’t matter how we win in finals

leaving for cluj tomorrow and it really is a reserve side were sending

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Enjoy, really nice place but I doubt you’ll have the 30 degrees we had in the summer!

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Enjoy and that is how it should be, after the teams brilliant Europa performances. If there is any spare blood, bring me some back from Transylvania, as the Doc says that I am slightly anaemic.

BJF
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Morelos committed 6 bookable offences yesterday, two would have had him sent off. Thank goodness for our Wullie, if Morelos has been sent off they might have done better, the guy is a liability against us. Worrying we only stepped up after a Frimpong was sent off. No repetition at the end of the month.
I can’t see us being able to afford keeping the Wall, still 9 Leagues will do nicely. I wondered about Griffiths not being even in the bench, I hope he is not playing for fitness to go in January. Interesting challenges for us with Hibs and Aberdeen coming up, also Hearts away, maybe rejuvenated under a new manager, there is often a wee spin of that. They have Motherwell, Hibs
and us,interesting.

BJF
1 year ago
Reply to  BJF

It’s funny how watching on tv changes things. I came away from Hamden yesterday thinking Frimpong and Hayes, along with a Morgan, Forrest and to a lesser extent Calmac had made little impression on new Rangers. TV allowed me to see it in a clearer way and Hayes and Frimpong did much better than I initially thought. The media are living playing the “ Rangers” sympathy card.
Yes Sevco had more possession, more chances and were first to every ball much more often and of course our goal was offside but thing is the best team is the one that’s won the Cup, they had 90 minutes and an extra man, a good team doesn’t pass that up.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  BJF

Interestingly, the BBC report gave possession as 50-50.

That’s not the way it seemed and, I wonder, what it was when we went down to 10.

You would think they would have had far more but perhaps not.

1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

I noticed that too. I watched the game back a second time and even in the first half we had the ball more than I had realized (watching live on CTV) but never really put anything together. Too many players not up to snuff.

Funkyy
1 year ago
Reply to  BJF

Especially if Thursday’s Young Boys do a repeat of Sunday’s young Bhoys…the huns’ chins will be on the floor and Motherwell can make them suffer some more.

1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

As it should be bgbhoy the bhoys deserve a real rest before the madness of December fixture list.
Enjoy your trip.

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Fair play mate. You’ve called it since the summer I just find it hard to forget that’s all.

charlie
1 year ago
henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption……..

Tiocfaidh ár lá.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

………. the end is nigh.

The Cha
1 year ago

Caption “Shat it again, boss”

1 year ago

Caption: Why does it always rain on me.

TicToc
1 year ago

So, did Lawwell give the team talk yesterday?
And were 3 mhen too proud to listen?
It nearly fuckin’ worked, keeping Sevco and relevant alive in the same sentence.
There was Forster, Frimpong, Ajer, proud to wear the green, Forster, Frimpong, Ajer the best ye’ve ever seen…….., the rest were Lawwell’s side-kicks, an’ am no’ really mean, but if Lawwell survives another term, a ‘batin’ ah’ll gi’e him.
Get Lawwell tae fuck, and his brother fleas alang wi’ him.
Ya bastard, yer caird’s marked.

Auldheid
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

Noted 🙂

TicToc
1 year ago

Occasionally, just occasionally a song is written and performed with near perfection…..this is one of those rare “occasions”.
Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat”, here:

1 year ago

Caption: At least Lourdes will be happy.

Devoy45
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

At Cluj:
Gordon
Bauer/Ajer/Jullien/Taylor
Ntcham/Bitton
Morgan/Rogic/Sinclair
Griffiths
Save the rest of the bhoys for some tough domestic matches coming up: home to Hibs, away to Hearts.

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

I’ll give you Hibs but Hearts are gash.

1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

I wouldnt send Jullien or Ajer over either Devoy.
Give some young under 21s the chance to see what it’s all about.

1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmyb, we are really short of centrebacks. Only Jull, Ajer and Bitton available. There are no reserves registered not even Hendry!!

Mike
1 year ago

Where is Sumonovic. For the record I would give Ajer and Julian a rest also, even if it means playing Bitton with a midfielder as a centre back. We have nothing to gain but something Tolouse (gettit) a fit squad player to injury. Being that Clugi have a physical approach.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Gordon (confirmed).

Baur- Bitton- Hayes- Taylor.

Ntcham. Rogic.

Morgan.

Sinclair. Griff. Eloynousi.

Mike
1 year ago

All over the EPL the supporters cry “what happened to my club, we’ve lost it, its all been taken over by the money men”. Why go then its often asked, “well I go to sit beside my pals, I like a wee drink before and after the game, mostly berating players on stupendous wages and doing SFA. for the team, every club has them. At Arsenal its Ozil, who gets paid so much but they cannot afford to get rid, but who brings nothing to the team and everyone knows it. So an awful lot of supporters are disaffected. For us recently our success attracts all kinds of benefits including player loyalty, success breeds success, sponsorship flows, its just not all about the money. But you put up with a lot, like a banana shaped governing body and a corporate body whose affiliations are well know. So we ride the tiger of success and take what kind of joy we can from the manager, the players, the team. As long as success continues, then the support will ignore the banana and its skin and enjoy the success as much as we can…

R.St.Parsley
1 year ago

Caption:
Stupid Sevco go ballistic: “Collum was atrocious!”

Puggy67
1 year ago

Big FF did well but let’s not go overboard, he should have caught the penalty, sniff.

1 year ago

Well having settled down and sobered up from Sunday I watched the game again Phew we were shite. I hate being negative about Celtic and rarely post my negative thoughts but Sunday was terrible in so many ways and leaves me with more questions about Lennys selections.
Ellanoussi even fit I still have my doubts about him he is no where near Sinclair or indeed Griff in my opinion. That was a huge call by Lenny and one he got massively wrong the other was playing Lewis Morgan. If Sinclair cant get in ahead of them both then something very serious has gone wrong for him at Celtic it made no sense what so ever that team selection.
The team was disjointed from the off and never got to grips with the conditions or the opposition. Only a desperation appearance from Edouard and big Frazer saving all before him saved us from humiliation.
Let’s not sugar coat it any other way we should have been humped.
This following on from the Livvy game which I thought was just a one off is not great.
Lewis Morgan shouldn’t be in front of Sinclair in any team.
We need a striker to step up when Edouard isn’t available.
Brendan played Jamesy Sinclair and Paddy very successfully when both the strikers were out in his team. Lenny has to take full responsibility for Sunday he is one lucky man to have the cup instead of a 4 or 5 scoreline against us and someone really needs to ask why Sinclair is so far out the picture that lesser players are being selected.
We won but being a Celtic supporter it’s the way we play that matters to a lot of us.
If the result had gone the way the chances reflected what would have been the mood for the rest of the season in the camp. It could have been huge and demoralising.
We got away with it but Lenny needs to do much much better when faced with injuries.
Forrest Christie Sinclair would have given us more. Yes hindsight really is a great thing but with injuries you have to make sure your best 11 available players are on the park. This did not happen on Sunday. Morgan is not better than Rogic Ntcham Sinclair Johnston or Griff. Ellynoussi wasnt match fit he should have been no where near the starting 11 was it just to stop Sinclair getting a medal is that how low the relationship is at the club with him now?
Ntcham could easily have been deployed as the striker he has great movement strong and would have got in about the sevco back 4 more.
Lots of questions remain unanswered we won the cup it was by pure luck that got us there.
Let’s hope we dont have to be as lucky next time.

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

well said

1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Hate being negative m8 but that performance has spooked me. I thought we were and should be so much better than them. I hope you enjoy your trip. Up the Celts.

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

cheers lad

1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Totally agree JB

BJF
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

We were poor but they couldn’t beat us, if we had someone else sent off we would have given them a tanking,…….. well maybe not!
I am in the camp of resting Ajer and Julien, Bitton can play centre and maybe blood a young player, I would like to see Griffiths, Sinclair, Rogic and Ntcham get game time.
I really like Elyanoussi but he wasn’t ready on Sunday so maybe him too and of course Gordon keep him sharp.

R.St.Parsley
1 year ago

Caption1:
Tears for souvenirs are all you’ve left me
Memories of a cup we didn’t get
Let’s all try to forget
Those tears of regret
That come from years of Hunnishness.

Caption2:
We are the diddy men
Dodgy Davie’s diddy men
We are the diddy men
Again our bottle crashed
We’re the diddy men
Who need your cash.

Caption1:
Tears for souvenirs are all you’ve left me
Memories of a cup we didn’t get
Let’s all try to forget
Those tears of regret
That come from years of Hunnishness.

Caption2:
We are the diddy men
Dodgy Davie’s diddy men
We are the diddy men
Again our bottle crashed
We’re the diddy men
Who need your cash.

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

“The trouble with Freud is that he never played the Glasgow Empire on a Saturday night after Rangers and Celtic had both lost.” Ken Dodd

PeteCon
1 year ago

Caption:
They said, “You’ll do it easily.
They haven’t got Edouard..
And if it’s tight we’ll cripple them
A pen and a red card.
They’re missing both their full backs
And their goalie’s an imposter.
The team sheet says it’s Frimpong,
Hayes and in the goals is Forster”
Griff’s not even on the bench. Is Lenny playing the c***?
He knows we’re slow as treacle but he’s gone with none up front!
We’ve got the rain, we’ve got the ref
El buffalo’s on fire
Kent’s worth 7 millionth and Alfredo’s even higher,
Or so the fat controller said but when the game began
Kent was in the pocket of a tiny Dutch man.
We huffed and puffed and kicked and ran. I couldn’t ask for more,
And if we sensed a Tim was near Morelos hit the floor,
We even tried to take them out and no return the ball,
But every time we’re through on goal we faced a giant wall.
So when I’m done, my race is run it’s time to depart,
Just write it on my gravestone that Forster broke my heart.

The Cha
1 year ago

From fishal site:

Former Celt, Ian Young passes away

I never saw him play but according to the article he could have been a Lisbon Lion but for bad luck with injuries.

RIP.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

“Fallon, Young and Gemmell who proudly wear the green,
There’s Clark, McNeill and Kennedy the best there’s ever been,
Jimmy Johnstone, Murdoch, Chalmers, John Divers and John Hughes,
And sixty thousand Celtic fans who proudly shout the news.

Celtic, Celtic that’s the team for me,
Celtic, Celtic on to victory”

Mike
1 year ago

Think I watched Ian wearing the hoops in the 60s, but I did watch the Hoops from the 1961 Scottish Cup final, when Jimmy McGrory managed the team, that team did include some future Lisbon Lions and of course big Jock managed the Pars. So RIP. Ian Young.

A song for Squinty:

Haste you back, we loved you dearly,
Come you back and we’ll share a beer,
All your days, you were on the borrow,
Leaving Parks to feel the fear.

Haste you back, dear old Squinty,
You went the same way as dear old Minty,
Never paying back, what you were due,
Leaving the Huns, with bitter sweet memories,
With broken hearts and left to stew.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

I thought you would have, Mike.

I’m not sure about 61 but he played in 65 Cup Final, 65-66 League Cup Final and start of the 9 In A Row before injuries curtailed his involvement.

Accoring to Celtic Star, in the League Cup Final in 65, he went through Willie ‘Junkie” Johnston in 1st min to set the tome that we would no longer be bullied by the Ibrox ‘Iron Men’.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Some wonderful players Cha, paid a pittance, playing on sandy pitch’s, thunderbolt shots through rain and mud, such special memories for young bhoy’s. Tommy Gemmell, Bobby Murdoch my two favourite players and of course the skill, talent and sheer bravery of Jinky. The “hard man” ten thirty, Cesar, magical players. God we were so very lucky to have watched them play. Too many to mention, but firmly embedded in your memory so that you can bring them out and savour.

1 year ago

Stevie G,I knew i shouldn,t have worn this effin badge

1 year ago

During the War of Independence, Cork was one of the main centres of resistance to British rule. In one of the worst atrocities committed during the War of Independence, British forces deliberately set fire to several blocks of buildings along the east and south sides of Saint Patrick’s Street during Saturday and Sunday 11/12 December 1920. Five acres of the city was torched, 300 homes destroyed as well as 40 businesses, leading to the loss of 2,000 jobs. The City Hall and the Carnegie Library were also completely destroyed by fire. A look back at those events, Lest we forget! In the aftermath of an IRA ambush at Dillon’s Cross in which one British auxiliary was killed and a number injured, Cork City went through a period of terror the extent of which had never before been experienced. Some time after the ambush, a large group of Black and Tans opened fire on civilians without the slightest warning or provocation near the corner of King Street (now MacCurtain Street) and Summerhill North. The shooting was totally indiscriminate. Women and children huddled in doorways or ran for shelter. The streets soon became deserted. Some panic-stricken people took refuge at the railway station, and could hear rifle and revolver fire continue for more than twenty minutes. However, the worst was yet to come. At 10 pm. Alfred J. Huston, the Superintendent of the Cork city fire brigade, ordered the ambulance from Grattan Street fire station to Dillon’s Cross in case there were casualties from a fire which was raging. (A number of houses in the vacinity of Dillon’s Cross had been set alight by irate British forces). As the ambulance was travelling through Patrick Street the firemen came upon a fire at Grant and Co., a department store at the southern end of Patrick Street. The driver of the ambulance described an encounter they then had – “On reaching the comer of Patrick Street, I, who was driving, saw forty or fifty men walking in a body in the centre of Patrick Street, coming towards us in very mixed dress – some with khaki coats, some with khaki trousers, and some wore glengarry caps”. At 10.30 pm Captain Huston received a report of the fire in Grant’s. He found that ‘the fire had gained considerable headway and the flames were coming through the roof’. The fire brigade was successful in containing this fire. If it had spread to the English Market, which was located to the rear of Grant’s, a major conflagration could have occurred. While the fire in Grant’s was being fought, Captain Huston received word from the town clerk that the Munster Arcade and Cash’s department store were on fire. It was now about 11.30p.m. These two buildings were situated on the eastern side of Patrick Street. All available units of the fire brigade were immediately sent to fight these fires, which were spreading rapidly. Despite the best efforts of the fire brigade, the fires spread to adjoining buildings and caused extensive damage. The blaze in the Munster Arcade spread to the following establishments – Egan’s Jewellers, Sunner’s, Forrest’s, the Dartry Dye Co., Saxone Shoe Co., Burton’s Tailors, Thompson’s and Cudmore’s. The fire from Cash’s spread to the Lee Cinema, Roche’s Stores, Lee Boot Co., Connell & Co., Scully’s, Wolfe’s and O’Sullivan’s. All of these buildings were totally destroyed. Shortly before dawn, two of Cork city’s historic buildings would also be destroyed by flames. On Sunday 12 December Captain Huston received word that both City Hall and the nearby Carnegie Library had been put to the torch. Seven members of the fire brigade tried in vain to fight the flames and, like the buildings in Patrick Street, both places were completely destroyed. As they fought the flames the members of the fire brigade were subject to continuous harassment from crown forces, who fired on them, turned off hydrants and slashed hoses with their bayonets. In his report to the Lord Mayor, Captain Huston wrote; “I have no hesitation in stating I believe all the above fires were incendiary fires and that a considerable amount of petrol or some such inflammable spirit was used in one and all of them. In some cases explosives were also used and persons were seen to go into and come out of the structures after breaking an entrance into same, and in some cases I have attended the people have been brought out of their houses and detained in by-lanes until the fire gained great headway”. Widespread looting also occurred throughout the night. A young girl who lived at Clankittane, near Victoria Barracks, recalled seeing a lorry-load of Auxiliaries returning to the barracks in the early hours of Sunday, December 12th. The lorry, which was full of stolen goods, stopped outside Hennessy’s public house. Some drunken Auxiliaries dismounted and banged on the door of the pub, shouting for the owner. When someone put their head out of an upstairs window, an Auxiliary made a threatening gesture with a revolver and demanded that the doors be opened and drink served. As to the question of who actually started the fires, many witnesses gave statements that groups of armed men, some in uniform, others in civilian clothes, were responsible for the destruction wreaked upon the city. From his office in Victoria Barracks Major F. R. Eastwood, the brigade major of the 17th Infantry Brigade, compiled the following report: Official Military report on the state of Cork City for the period from 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 1920, to 5.30 a.m. on Sunday, December 12, 1920, during which period the city was in complete control of the military. (1) Three arrests were made. (2) At 22.00 hours, Grant & Co., Patrick Street, was found to be on fire. Warning was sent to all fire brigades. (3) At about 00.30 hours, Cash & Co. and the Munster Arcade were reported on fire. (4) At 05.30 hours the majority of the troops were withdrawn, and the remainder at 08.00… Read more »

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: Ach well ah could be dat bird Swinson.

TicToc
1 year ago

Oh, fucking hell.
Oh, fakkin’ hell.
Oh, fekkin’ hell.
The illiteraty has conspired (in England) to give us that absolute prick johnson and his etonian pals a mandate to ‘govern’.
Hmmm, dirty tricks, a la Cummings orchestrating?
Naw, unacceptable………
In every one’s life, one reaches a crossroads; accept or fight…..
I see an opportunity here…..a double-entendre, one may say, to re-align the political spectrum and to remove the Lawwell/Johnson scum en interminum.

portpower
1 year ago

Sir[sic]Rod,the cuntox.

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