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Celtic Diary Thursday December 26: Back To Work

Celtic make the short hop to Paisley this afternoon for a 3pm tussle with St Mirren.

Yokerbhoy has previewed the match in great detail elsewhere on the site, so, as usual, I’ll defer to his greater analytical skills.

All I can add is that Celtic have not scored more than two goals in their last six games, which made me stop and think when I read it, and whilst Paisley is a difficult place to rack up a score, today would be as good a time as any to find those shooting boots.

The problem isn’t, and never has been, with creating chances, it’s putting the ball in the net that’s the problem. Sooner or later, as the cliche goes, someone is going to be on the end of a hammering, and if it’s not today, I suppose I can live with waiting until Sunday…

Six points from these two games, however, is the priority, and whilst a few goals makes the world feel a better place, it doesn’t matter if it’s two 1-0 wins from a dodgy penalty and a deflection off the keepers arse.

Celtic will be without Johnny Hayes, Daniel Arzani and Jozo Simunovic, and with only the former being any kind of regular, that means the hoops are at full strength.

If you already accept that Scott sinclair is on his way out…which could free up a few quid for Victor wanyama. Lennon wanted the big Kenyan in august, but Lawwell put his foot down until Sinclair left.

The provisional squad is

Forster, Frimpong, Bauer, Bolingoli, Taylor, Ajer, Jullien, Bitton, Brown, McGregor, Christie, Rogic, Ntcham, Forrest, Johnston, Edouard, Bayo, Griffiths, Morgan and Gordon. 

The Continuity squad will be announced later.

St Mirren haven’t been beaten on their last three outings, and manager Jim Goodwin is happy enough about that, but said that Celtic would have have to take their eye of the ball if his team were to even get a point, which tells me that they will battle for everything, so it might be an idea to hit them hard, fast and above all, early.

 

It’s all about winning, if you want entertainment as well, then there’s plenty of movies n the telly this time of year.

Although let’s be honest, the papers do their best to make us laugh as well.

They haven’t got a clue as to who Celtic are going to sign.

And the manager isn’t giving anything away. he’s far too streetwise for that…

“I’ve done lots of business on the last day of windows which has worked out fine. Sometimes it’s a game of patience.

“I know the fans will be impatient and other people will be impatient, but it’s just not the way it works sometimes. 

He’s more or less saying there that the first bit of business..or bits…are already done. We just don’t know who.

Well, we sort of do.

All we have heard is that David Turnbull, as long as his doctor signs him off , will be wearing the hoops in time for the medals.

Lennon continued…

There will be other clubs interested in the players that we are interested in as well. Agents, presidents, they will hold on to get the best offer and best deal. I get that. That’s their job.

“If we can get them out to Dubai, brilliant. It’d be ideal. If not, we’ve got the whole month to do a bit of business.

“And, if we don’t do anything, I’ll be quite happy with what we’ve got, although I don’t think there are one or two areas we can strengthen.

“As a unit and as a squad, they are in a really good place.” 

Yes, they are. They’re at Celtic.

“As long as they are the right quality. It pushes the squad on a little bit more.

“The ones we brought into the club in August have given the squad a lift through either their personality or the quality of their play. They have really added something and a real good level of professionalism as well.

“Jullien has really kicked on and Elyounoussi was flying until the injury. Forster has been amazing and Frimpong has been a revelation. [Moritz] Bauer, Boli and Taylor have all done very well and added solidity to the team. Hatem has done well, too.”

Lennon is emphasizing that he is happy with his lot, but possibly has one eye on the UCL qualifiers, as it’s not certain Celtic will win the Europa League…

All of the media talk of transfers, bith in and out, is speculation, although our man is in place undercover to let us know anything else, as long as we keep it to ourselves.

Which , of course, we will.

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As for players leaving with Edouard, Ntcham and anyone else they can think of before Sunday about to be tested with big money bids , there must be a big game coming up….

 

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, where those less fortunate live, we’ll take a moment to gloat,

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Whilst there are always negative Celtic stories in the media ahead of a New Firm game, the positive “rangers ” one’s can be equally amusing.

Olivier Giroud, the veteran Chelsea forward, has been contacted by the Ibrox club, which is the first of a plethora of good news guff aimed at the bears.

We can only guess what his reply was, if , indeed, he was contacted.

But he does fit the pattern of spending a lot of money on older players, which in turn makes me wonder of the younger ones available have been told by their agents to block Steven Gerrards number…we’ll never know, of course, because our media never question the Scouse Guardiola, in case he makes an arse of the interview.

Like they continually make an arse of their business image…

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Whilst that sort of nonsense appeals to their staunch support, it kind of has the opposite affect on potential outside investment…

Speaking of staunchness, this is of the scale…

McBurnie, O’Connell and Fleck refusing the huddle for Sheffield United 

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They’ve probably got a game as well today, but I can’t be bothered looking to see who it’s against.

 

There are concerns for player safety after someone lobbed a bottle at a “rangers ” player, although our investigative media seem to think thats not what happened at all…

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It’s not known if it was his own bottom, or someone elses.

 

 

 

In the big wide world, Phil the Greek is out of hospital, and looking much better.

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There are heartless rumours that he’s already dead, and the Windsors are waiting for an opportune moment to announce it, especially with Andrew facing all sorts of problems with his private life, as a way of deflecting from their sordid lifestyles.

If you fancy a debate, or a even just a blether , the Daily Record have asked what your favourite memory is from the last decade…so feel free to add them in the comments and if there’s enough, i’ll round them up into a separate piece.

I’ll go first… with my tweeted reply to them…

The liquidation of Rangers after years of financial irregularities and the subsequent media investigation into alleged malpractice at thenSFA. Just kidding, the media weren’t interested and have perpetuated the myth it didnt happen.

 

We go back a few days for the last caption competition….Sunday, in fact..

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Charlie Saiz

Is that supposed tae be The Broony?
No mate am calling it The Reddy  

Today…

 

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tony carlin
2 years ago

Eh La who booked Dumbarton? I said Dubai!

Martin Mccarthy
2 years ago

Sure we scored 4 at ross county

Mike
2 years ago

THE OPENING OF THE CELTIC FOOTBALL CLUB’S PARK.

Finally all the hard work in building the new ground was complete and Celtic Park was opened on the 8th. May 1888. In a match between Hibernian and Cowlairs. Once again Dr. John Conway’s involvement was central, as he led the teams out alongside Joseph Shaughnessy.
And so it began, a long, long legacy of a football club set up to feed the poor and this fine tradition carry’s on to this day, with a support that raises huge sums of money for many good causes and whose good heart is sympathetic to the poor, old and infirm. We take a great pride in our club, its players and managerial staff, its such a pity that those that run our great club do not remember why it was founded and the truthful honesty of those involved in setting it up, we can also be proud of our founding fathers whose souls were hearty and generous, Almost 132 years of unbroken history. Life goes on Ralph, but we never forget our own personal history and those that were close to us and what they did for us and what they stood for, their memories will always live on.

Yoker Bhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Brilliant diary and great stuff Mike. Right, here goes… My greatest footballing memory of the decade would have to be during the season of the first of the recent three trebles, where all kinds of records were broken and the football (apart from what happened in some of our CL group games) was a joy to watch. Best memories of all were the two 5-1 games when we ground the grubby soapdodgers into the ground.

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Eintracht Frankfurt V. Real Madrid, the 1960 European Cup Final, 3-7 to Madrid. My very first game watching Pro. Fitbaw. I joined 137,000 supporters of every hue inside Hampden park. Eintracht had two players, Stinka and Stein, (was the big man at it? of course he was along with Alex Ferguson). The game nearly got called off, because Puskas had alleged drug taking by the West Germans, who forced him to make a written letter of apology. What a game, inspirational stuff. In 1960-61 I returned to Hampden to watch Jock Stein lead out the Pars against my team in Hoops.(my second game) Jock’s Pars won 2-0 in the replay (which I wasn’t at) Phew. Imagine a young bhoy just beginning to explore and to play football, that love affair continues to this day including the love of the Hoops. “Mon the Hoops”.

Morto
2 years ago

Caption:
This football manager lark is much easier on me phone.

Arsene Parcelie
2 years ago

Caption:
“It’s from me ma… ‘get yer fechin’ trainies off the fechin’ table, soft lad’…”

Hoop hoop hooray
2 years ago

Caption
There a 50m bid in for alfredo. Must be a japanese club. Imaja Naishun FC

alzyerpal
2 years ago

“In Liverpool restaurants, shoes are often left on the table to reassure staff that the customer does not intend to ‘Pull A Runner’ whilst the dessert course is being fetched.”

charlie
2 years ago

jozos 67th minute goal in tribute tae big billy it could only happen wae celtic COYBIG

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  charlie

saiz a know muslum tims chinese tims and maist every type a personwho ever drapped shit in this big world and we are blessed by every fuckin god they all love cause we are the human beings aint being a tim grand

charlie
2 years ago

slippy sais see this cheap training gear its brought ma arse oot in a rash

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago

Caption: ‘Right,thats Moreorless’s totally unused trainers up for sale on EBay.We’ll throw in his boots that can’t score against Celtic as part of the deal.Maybe that billionaire Craig will be interested?

Mike
2 years ago

If only we could tip the world, from the floods of Yorkshire to the scorched earth of fire ravaged Australia. Matilda isn’t waltzing, there’s flames in the billabongs and the wildlife is burnt alive. Tip up mother earth from the northern hemisphere so that the water gushes downwards to Asia and while your at it, send some of the rain south, spread out the sunshine for vitamin D. If only we could, if only it was that simple and while your at it, give the Celtic two big victories over the buddies and the Huns, to, shut the F. up.

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

mikey a wish you wer the king ae the world

SteveNaive
2 years ago

Wouldn’t mind Jordan Rhodes fetching up at Celts. We need to convert more of those chances to break teams.

Puggy67
2 years ago

Caption: Jim Traynor says these gutties are worth 10k on eBay…

Cartvale88
2 years ago

EEE Giroud is that a horse running at Musselburgh?

Great the wee huns getting

Put in their place

Mike
2 years ago

From Airmiles A… to Airbrush A… I prefer the latter.

Yoker Bhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

With today’s home derby defeat the Edinburgh huns are firmly on the road to relegation. Not only that, you’d think they’re out to break records – that’s four straight defeats on the bounce. Long may it continue.

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

The standard of refereeing today was once again appalling. It looked to me that Eddy’s goal was onside, but the bigot Ross put his flag up. Serious studs up fouls, push’s pull’s all never given, we won today because of the great play by our players, despite Collumn and his officials. You could tell that they would score at the end, a deflection when we should have scored 3-4.
Beat the mankies and we are 8 points clear at the break, last season we went into the break level. Well done team, pedal to the metal on Sunday and then a well deserved break in the sun.

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

mike we dont wake up tae efter the new year ile take the treble and europa leauge they can hav player ae the year and awe the shit that means nuthin aint seeing the demented ones be mer demented grand ha ha ha ha

R.St.Parsley
2 years ago

Caption:
It’s from Olivier Giroud. It says stop pestering me you thick Scouse bastard

Yoker Bhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Good to get 3 more points in the bag. Great work by Edouard to set up both goals with the second being superbly finished by James Forrest. Fast, ruthless and effective sucker punches that proved to be enough at the end of the day. In a game that wasn’t unlike the one we saw recently at Tynecastle, we didn’t start too brilliantly and we also allowed the home side plenty of space in the second half. There was even the odd lapse in concentration with Broony guilty of two or three stray passes while Jullien didn’t have the best of afternoons. The St Mirren goal took a flukey deflection though and the positive points from the second half were Mikey Johnston’s impact when he came on (some wonderful footwork saw him about to break right through on goal before he was fouled) and finally to see Boli (apart from his silly confrontation with Morias) coming on to a good game in the second half. Great save from Forster after a defensive slip from Jullien. I’m sure the bhoys will raise their game splendidly for the big one on Sunday.

HH

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

yoker we are only gein yon zombies hope so we can break thur zombie hearts build thum up tae knock thum down a think einstien mighta said that but it wis probably me ha ha ha ha COYBIG

Yoker Bhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  charlie

The new huns huv never won at Celtic Park Charlie an’ a cannae see that changin’. COYBIG

BJF
2 years ago

Good diary Ralph. Started well against Buddies. Fancied Killie having seen them against Motherwell, more of a Steve Clarke
type performance. Ticking over for Sunday but chances have to be taken, “Eddie FFS SHOOT!

TicToc
2 years ago

A game of two halves today? Thought we played some terrific stuff today (mostly 1st half), but interspersed with some schoolboy errors both halves. I had nagging doubts about this game for last few days and just delighted really to take the 3 points and come out (hopefully) injury free. Results elsewhere matter not if The Celtic do their job.
So Hail! Hail! The Glasgow Celtic, and Hail! Hail! our world-wide supporters.
On another note, watched the film “Two Popes” yesterday evening; fantastic film with superb directing and acting from Anthony Hopkins as Benedict and Jonathon Pryce as Francis. Regardless of faith, a study of humanity in one of the most difficult ‘jobs’ on Planet Earth.
HH FC not PLC.

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  TicToc

TIC TOC YER A MAN EFTER MA AIN HEART A THOUGHT THEY WOULDA SENT AFF BROONY OR BIG CHRIS TODAY CAUSE HUNS DAE WOT HUNS DAE GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS MATE EVEN IFF YE DONT LIKE UM HA HA HA HA

TicToc
2 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Ah ‘charlie’, I’m delighted to hear that. Yer patter’s always the funniest on here and your optimism’s just sooo infectious. Good on ye Pal, for now and for the New Year.
HH FC not PLC and let’s bring ALL our skills tae the new huns game on Sunday, put them firmly back in their box and march gallantly on tae the 9. The Europa and the SC would be nice but the 9 is paramount IMHO.

2 years ago

Another good day for me… Hoops win and Stay top 🙂

Reds win away at Crusaders.. Linfield lose away at Glentoran
REDS GO TOP JINGLES ALL THE WAY
🙂 🙂 🙂

2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

I hope you weren’t baiting the Crues fans by telling them who their MP is.;)

2 years ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha… Don’t worry they already know 🙂

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

WEERED WITS THE HAMPDEN ROAR WAE BIG ARLENE

2 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Charlie… It’s pre-withdrawal issues 🙂

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

WEERED AD A LUVED TAE BE A FLY IN THE MOTOR LISTENING TAE THE CHAT UP LINE HE HE

2 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Charlie… The motor would be limousine for a limousin 🙂

charlie
2 years ago
Reply to  Weered

ha ha weered see yon belfast patter it translates tae glaswegian as sweet as a nut

TicToc
2 years ago

Now,I gave up gambling many years ago (and I suggest anyone reading this does likewise); I eventually saw my chances of success for what they were, virtually nil. However, I’ve never given up on the Bookies’ ability to call it right. Approx. odds for Sunday gives us about 11/10 to win (I expected about 8/15).
Approx. 11/4 draw and slightly less new huns win. I considered this and concluded the Bookie’s are expecting us to be shown a red card and/or concede a penalty. Some of you will know how to easily chase up the odds for a pen/red card agin us. I’m thinking short odds, if any on that.
I can’t wait to see our squad run out on Sunday and hopefully win the game; I’ll accept ANY win under present conditions, but it wont come easy.
HH FC not PLC.

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