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Celtic Diary Friday December 27: Nearly There…

Celtic triumphed in what could have been a tricky tie in Paisley yesterday thanks to goals from Calum MacGregor, who was due one, and James Forrest, who showed he can play on the left after all.

A late, deflected free kick from the buddies made the last minute and a half or so vaguely interesting, but in the end there wasn’t that much to worry about.

In fact, if it wasn’t for a diligent performance from Douglas Ross on Saint’s left flank in the second half, Celtic would have doubled their tally, but he was on hand to thwart Oddsone Edoaurd first with a superb waving of his flag after the Frenchman had timed his run to perfection, and showed remarkable close control to notch the third.

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I missed the fourth one due to having to pop to the toilet, but I heard Ross raced onto the pitch and cleared a long ball before any Celt could get near it. Or something like that.

Actually, what happened was..

The 2nd “offside” – Ntcham has already passed the ball – it’s on its way to Edouard who is still level with last defender & there’s another out of shot on the left who is deeper still…. 

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Ross, a dedicated follower of anyone but Celtic, may well have played his way into Steven Gerrards plans for the New Year, as the Ibrox boss looks to replace the ever less dependable Bobby Madden.

Ross, not surprisingly, in his daytime job, is a Conservative member of parliament, and is still, bewiklderingly, allowed a position of responsibility in his part time work.

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By the way, he’s not the sexpest-that was Ross Thomson. This Ross is the one who shouted “Red card ! red card !” , which got a Celt sent off some time ago…

Peter Lawwell, when he gets round to watching the game, will probably complain privately to the SFA about Ross, receive a private reply, and privately decide that the matter is now closed.

There is, of course, the counter argument that Celtic would not have won ten consecutive trophies had there really been a conspiracy, but I think we can safely say, on the evidence of our own eyes, that although the gap in quality on the pitch has been enough to see us through, the trophies have not been lost due to a lack of effort on behalf on the men in black….

 

Manager Neil Lennon seemed pleased with yesterdays  result, and thanked his backroom boys for guiding the team to yet another three points, reassuring them that he’ll just do the press conferences from now on…you’d be surprised what we hear….and so he dutifully did his part after the game…

“Today’s result is a great win. We could have made it a little more comfortable for ourselves, but their goalkeeper had a fantastic second half, to be fair, and some of the chances we created and some of the football was good as well.

“We were a bit slow getting our shots off at times, but we also scored two great goals on the counter-attack. I thought we looked dangerous all day, but I would like us to put a more flattering scoreline on the board – but in terms of the performance, it was good.” 

Nice work if you can get it. He continued…

“Callum McGregor was brilliant all day again today. The run he made for the goal was fantastic, and the way he’s playing at the moment is to such a high standard. I’m delighted for Jamesy as well – I said to him before the game that he was due a goal and it was a brilliant goal. It was a great ball from Odsonne, James kept his composure, at pace, and finished it off brilliantly.

“I can’t criticise the players, they’ve just won their 11th game in-a-row in the league, which is fantastic form. The form we’re in, are we looking forward to Sunday? Why not? We know what’s at stake on Sunday, and we know if we win how much we’ll be in front. After that, the players can get a well-earned rest.

“From here, rest is our focus and then getting prepared for Sunday. We won’t listen to any outside noise, and we’ll fully-concentrate on one more big game of the year.”  

In fact, he’ll make some noise of his own.

Already in his sights is Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack, who had ao go at Leigh Griffiths for stamping on Lewis Ferguson, after Derek McInnes claimed that Kris Ajer had winked at the Celtic bench when Sam Cosgrove was sent off.

The Dons chief tweeted..

Dave Cormack
@CormackDavie
Law = fairness & consistency. Sam will take his ban but the compliance officer has a duty to review Ajer feigning injury with his triple salvo and miraculous recovery after Sam gets the red. Griffiths lunges into Ferguson’s knee with both feet in the air. Fairness for ALL please! 
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Of course, fairness for all didn’t apply when Aberdeen were the offenders…resulting in serious injury for a couple of Celts..
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 Aberdeen, struggling to retain relevance, have taken to controversial outbursts to keep them on the back pages, whilst slipping down the league.
There’s a real danger they will be eclipsed by Hibernian and Motherwell on the field, leaving them perilously close to the bottom six, and possible obscurity.
Lennon responded, without mentioning the previous injuries to Celts…

“It’s absolutely embarrassing. I’m not having that at all. Kris is the victim in this and was on the end of a very heavy challenge.

“There was no feigning injury, there was no play acting. Kris is a model professional and I am not having someone from the Aberdeen board, or anyone else, talking about my players like that.

“First of all, it isn’t true. It’s a lie. Second of all, these things should be kept in house.

“I’m not happy. It’s embarrassing for him to basically lie about my player’s actions. For a chairman or owner to come out and say something like that, we’re not tolerating it.

“I wasn’t aware of the timing. I saw it and it made me very angry because we’ve been very balanced about things. For him to come out and attack one of my players like that, it’s naive to say the least.

“We have been very balanced on the whole issue and have tried to play it down, but when you see comments like that coming out from the Aberdeen chairman, we are not tolerating it as a club and I’m not as a manager.

“I’m hugely disappointed. It’s an attack on my player and he has done nothing wrong. The comments are absolutely disgraceful.”

With Lennon now in charge of handling the press, watch out for a comment about how glad he is that Celtic are at home this weekend, as the players are not overly happy with the state of the pitches around the country, and someone has to say something sooner or later.

 

The transfer rumour pages are already up and running for the mainstream media, and as they have to fill them, look out for some red faces come the end of January.

Celtic have gone into lockdown, with hot even the mamager aware of who is likely to come in. As we know, Lawwell is in charge of that side of things, but the mamager is allowed to make the occasional reccommendation.

He wants Wanyama, Lawwell doesn’t, as the main man has been on a remit since 2003 to cut costs and wages, and has been suitably rewarded for doing so…who can forget when he was elevated to his current position in 2003, and the famous reaction of the then manager Martin O’Neill ?

Who said ;

Celtic had better get used to living life in the slow lane

Which, as I recall, came as a bit of a surprise to a support that had just seen the club in a European final, and were expecting the team to kick on from that particularly solid base…

 

 

Anyway, Leigh Griffiths may well be worried about all the talk of new strikers, as the manager may well talk him up in public, but it looks increasingly likely that he will go out on loan to recharge his batteries, or even be sold in a cut price deal or swap , as there are some who feel a fresh start is just what he needs…

 

“rangers ” kept up the pressure at the top of the league, relatively speaking, and it was that man Alfredo Morelos who dug them out of a hole yesterday with a late winner against Kilmarnock.

Captain James Tavernier, still searching for his first major trophy after four years as on pitch leader, tweeted…

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showing a sense of humour, but he quickly deleted that and replaced it with..

James Tavernier
@James_Tavernier
The only way to stop him

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Presumably he couldn’t find a picture of Fraser Forster…although its now 0 in 11 for the chirpy Colombian, and although the law of averages says he will score eventually, he’s probably only got one game left to do it in..
 Last season, and for parts of this season, the Ibrox public relations guys have pushed all sorts of stories into the national media…how “rangers ” would have won the league if all games lasted 86 minutes, and so on.
They may not be so quick to have this one out there, the all time Scottish league…
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 Still, at least they are still the most successful team in the world, presumably if you don;t count the European cup…
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 Celtic managed a more than respectable 12th in this table, and although I’m not sure what the criteria are, it’s fairly clear whatever it was it didn’t sway over towards Ibrox.
As Sundays Glasgow derby approaches, we’ll see as much support as is possible for the new club, and hear how good it would be for the game should the Ibrox entity notch a first ever win at Celtic Park.
 We’ll also see all sorts of bad news stories surrounding Celtic, including players leaving, wanting to leave or already having done so.
Lennon will act on our behalf in public, and absorb all the criticism and deflection, leaving the guys on the training pitch a chance to work undisturbed with the players…after all, it’s worked quite well so far.
Yesterday, we had this image…
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R.St.Parsley

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

Today…

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Paddy Mo
2 years ago

“Think he was Columbian … missed every time.”

Whitearra
2 years ago

Caption : ‘Things have never been the same since that face-painting gig at Ibrox.’

BTW, what ever happened to this :
And yesterday SFA chief exec Maxwell said: “I would expect that to come back to the board in the not too distant future.
It [going to CAS] is still under consideration. We’ll come back on that’s in due course. I wouldn’t want to put a timescale on it . . . but I don’t think we would let it go for ever.”

2 years ago
Reply to  Whitearra

He will be waiting on Peter Lawwell giving him the go ahead once what is stopping him comes out.

Rocky
2 years ago

The Alan Macgregor she said no stall.

Rob O'Keeffe
2 years ago

Caption: Celtic unveil toilet facilities for Huns for the “big” Derby game on Sunday….

Puggy67
2 years ago

Caption: Arlene Foster’s former chauffeur gets a new job firing into pigs.

Mike
2 years ago

I never ever watch them, the telly gets switched of every time the mankies appear, even for their many cheer leaders. But they have improved, why could they not? when they have spent some serious cash on new players, my pleasure, deep pleasure comes in humping them and their expectations, of course the business men within and outside the club are very happy that their could be a challenge, money is money and that is how they get that cat like satisfaction at the money cream. but the biggest threat to our expectations is the men in blue-black-yellow, Ross is a known bigot, Collum well he’s just useless and the next clown to appear is Clancy, how do the SFA. get it sooo wrong? I think of Maxwell, Doncaster as a pair of perrs, clowns juggling those spinning plates, waiting till they start to slow down, then spinning, spinning them up again, waiting until the next crash. It must be difficult trying to keep a lid on the secret agreement, Res.12, is that the next set of plate’s slowing down? And then there is putrid Petrie, the 2011 licence approver in chief, his every pore excretes selfishness and greed, where do they get them from? Hmmm.

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

the biggest threat to our expectations is quality where is matters. We need another front man (possibly 2) a centre half a left back and browns replacement. And lets no be forgetting a goalkeeper!

Una
2 years ago

Caption

charles green demands that sevco get catapulted into the spl

Mike
2 years ago

They say that cheats never win, but in football they can have a greater degree of success, its hard to win when so many SFA. employees pull out all the stops to stop you and are quite blatant about it. But we turn up, we win, simple as that. It still doesn’t sit right with me that we have to have 2-3 players having to play out of there best, most recognised positions to fit one man into the team. Clancy the clown, coming to a park near you soon. Maxwell, Doncaster and putrid Petrie, what chance does an honest game have with those three. Doncaster the “move on” specialist, Maxwell the invisible man and putrid Petrie the 2011 chairman of the SFA. licencing committee- Wooft.

Rebus67
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

I am concerned if the coach really believes what he is saying. The team is not playing well…individual players are. As a result, we are winning.

Sunday will be a real test and we cannot afford to get the tactics wrong.

Rebus

2 years ago
Reply to  Rebus67

In the context of a tight race and given the punishing schedule we’re playing well to win 10 games in a row and keep ahead.

One more win and then they can recharge the batteries and hit the ground running with improved performances, as we normally do after the break.

Mike
2 years ago

From The Celtic Graves Society:

Celtic and charity.

On new years day, 1889, the parishes of the east end, under the auspicies of the conference of the Saint Vincent De Paul Society, treated the children of the parishes to dinner, with 230 in attendance at St. Mary’s. After the dinner, songs and entertainment were provided with Doctor John Conway on the piano, with John Glass and James McKay also in attendance. After the children’s entertainment, the Saint Vincent De Paul Society held a little party at which members of Celtic Football Club were present, with Father Van Der Hyde presiding over “an hour of mirth”.

This was a fitting gesture by the Saint Vincent De Paul, to show their appreciation towards Celtic and it underlined their thanks in particular for the funds raised by the club towards the Society in order to maintain the Dinner Tables, in particular at the two matches over the New Year.

Credit where credit is due, for Celtic’s, huge charitable donation over the festive period. The match with the Corinthians who also donated their share of the whole proceeds of the game nearly £400.00 towards the dinner tables.
WOW, in appreciation of this remarkable gesture and that wasn’t a single gesture but it began the charitable donations that continues with the Celtic Foundation.

R.St.Parsley
2 years ago

Caption:
Dave King denies budget constraints have affected quality of new star striker targets.

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Tibet,richly varied language from most eared.
Quantitative system of classification.

They`re.

Monti
2 years ago

Beats firing shots into a civil rights march!

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

I think if you put down your action man for a minute & google ‘ children murdered by the british army during the troubles ‘ you’ll find your colleagues are leading that particular crime count.

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

and find you condoning the other count

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

do you refer to your cock as “your action man”.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

No….but your wife does

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

awe no son, whits you and yer maw been up tae

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

British army weren’t innocents, they, along with their loyalist friends, were joined at the hip in murder.

Monti
2 years ago

Mike Bassett^

Monti
2 years ago

Pïsh!

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

whit age ur you hen

charlie
2 years ago

rangers ur deid so wer do sevco sit in them all time league tables

Mike
2 years ago

The tide of honest mistakes flows down the river Kelvin, drops into the river Clyde at the Yorkhill basin (afternoon Yoker) before it rushes down river towards Govan. It stops off in Govan where it discharges its cargo, then bobbles downwind just like a jobby after passing Ipox. N.B. No mankies get washed in the river Clyde, washed down it perhaps. Zombie killer coming to a place near you this Sunday.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

I’d love to volley that Dougie Ross in the balls!

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Caption: Sevco….you’ll float too…..

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

The Douglas Ross Hall, a private hospital dedicated to de-radical’ing the stereotype bigot.

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago

our midfield right now is weak, because they only have eddy up front. The hunz have exposed this in the previous 3 matches now. We need to sacrifice a winger for a midfield player or Griff and get hayes back in at LB. The winners of Sundays match will take the title.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

Aye ok hun boy

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Our midfield isn’t weak, our wingers are a source of skill and talent AND we will have a fully fit Odsonne from the start, its the huns that should be worried AND we will be the winners AND winners of this seasons league title.

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

naw. goalie MOTM in the cup final. thank fuck for morelos.

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Goodwingers but one per game is enough. btw morgan is minging as is ntcham (slow and cannae tackle).

Emjay
2 years ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

So is playing macgregor at left back. Lennon still copied it. Any other mistakes coming along you can tell us about..?

Iancelt67
2 years ago

Story going around that the sfa have banned Morelos for the 29th. But don’t worry Celtic are appealing the decision

Bognorbhoy
2 years ago

Caption

bt hundit Alex Rae, man’s the stall at rangersfest

Mike
2 years ago

Trust the players, trust the manager.

Treble, treble winners.
Who always raise’s our game to win, despite the SMSM, despite the naysayers, despite the T.V. comics, despite the Mibs best attempts.

League Cup winners,
5 points clear at the top.
Seen off, Rennes, Clugi and who TF is Lazio?
13 games unbeaten,
Sevco who is Sevco? (naebody).

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

sevco made us look like a bunch of kunts at hampden.

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

Still won though Eh!

Broxburnbhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

Not when we were parading the cup around and celebrating with the players. I know who looked like Kunts them. Must have really sickened you

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago
Reply to  Broxburnbhoy

it did, that was one of the worst performances I have ever witnessed against them. if you want us to play like that against them on Sunday, you must be wan o they dobbers

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

“Us”?
Fuck off ya monkey hun fuck

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago
Reply to  Broxburnbhoy

is it true they tie sheep to lamposts in broxburn and call them sports centers?

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

Close…it’s your wife that’s tied to a lamp post & it’s called an ‘ help yourselves as usual centre ‘

MabozzaRitchie
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

look son me and yer maw need tae talk

Owen Mullions
2 years ago

Caption:Peter Lawwell prepares to take action on res12.

2 years ago

The elephant in the room regarding the criticism of our players is the manager can’t do anything other than speak about it.

The real defence of our club needs to come from the board and, unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.

jimmybee
2 years ago

Caption: Family fun at Larkhall orange day

Puggy67
2 years ago

Caption: I’m stickman, I’m stickman ya clowny bastard.

funkyy
2 years ago

More-or-less in top secret training with a new method for the anticipated penalty in Sunday’s match.

Mike
2 years ago

Hi Peter, just making a list of my New Years resolutions, what’s yours? Just the 12 then?
Res.12 coming back to the table sometime soon.
Persistence is the key. Resistance is futile.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Caption: Prince Andrew awaits the stars n stripes ice cream van.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Caption: Prince Andrew waits for Epstein to pick him up from Pizza….cough….express.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Does Pizza express have CCTV btw?

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Evening Micheal,
Was Santa good tae ye?

portpower
2 years ago

If Bayos to come from the bench,put him down for a goal.
Celts 4-1.

1: Kids 2 ring pool and no pump to be found.
2: 2 brothers-in-law and myself blow-up said pool.
3: 3 heads in the well emptying Christmas grub.
4: All kids dip their toes in and head inside for Santa
s play station.
5: 3 men in a 2 ring pool gettin`stonkered…How was your Christmas?

Merry Troppo Christmas. Roll on Hogmanay.

Caption:
You want me to what? Put my hat on?

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  portpower

Evening Port,
How are you sir?

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Caption: Oscar Pistorius does the Broony 🙂

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Caption: Kincora halloween party gets into full swing.

Guest appearance by MI5.

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti,Gday.
Best time of the year for the wee one
s.
To you and yours and all,I raise a glass.

Lennys to sign left footers.
Brown and Forrest are comin
to Aussieland.

Wheres my poster of Miss Harl you were meant to get me?

I canny crack one off over Pedros bhoy,Gerry McCulloch.

We`re only a pair of boots in the boot away.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  portpower

🙂

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

We do well on odd year return.

Correct choice,eff the Huns.

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti,would you forgive Pedro if he had 2 Popes sitting down the front playinKer plunk!

Greenock Bhoy to play.
The weight class there or anywhere?

Give the 22yo a taste.

Neils surrounded?

portpower
2 years ago

Have two sides ever had to sub their keepers in the one game?

After the Buddy game,watch James Forrest run a muck.
He did enjoy his goal.

Was that in? Those that streamll know what I mean.
The Tic that misses a cycle of contraction.

There seems to be a lot of times the ball rolls along the backside of the keepers net.

Hunsll play ugly like The Screen Actors Guild want rid of High definition.

Is the GB allowed in?
Korporal Kettle Kord punishment?

Beautiful Sunday.

Enjoy.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  portpower

Port,
It’s been a few quiet weeks for our James, he won’t be quiet on sunday though.

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Jamess a poofter left winger though Monti.
A game of donnies?
I
d have a habit of playing Elhamed with his close control.

Young Jeremie didnt think twice and got on with it.Have they coached that out of him?

Forget all, were fine?
We need a defensive coach to upset their hairstyles.

Back line has been useless for years.
Theyre the ones that see the game infront of them.

Forest shouldve kicked Jullien up the backside when he wanted to.

Rip your chest,ill rip you a new one.
“Im not playing behind him." Fraser Forster.

Shy is fallin up the line.

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  portpower

Youre the keeper. Its doesnt matter whos infront of you in the box.
Even your own get in the way.

See this with a player standing in amongst your own keeper,don`t stand in the middle,step off and read the ball and cover the back post.

If the ball hits your surroundings,flight of the a ball is a easy requirement. It is!

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  portpower

an*

portpower
2 years ago

Lenny, tell them to knock the jaw off of McGregor.
Maybe theyll make him work.

Kris off of the back of his 50 pence heidll get his own.

Subsequently they auld fae they private company into a public limited company shall sit in veneration.

sevco look it up now FC.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  portpower

The last voice i heard was the name Bobby Sands,
It’s good to hear Mandelas voice ringing through our land

RIP BOBBY

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Religion does not bother you.
Though he told a Woman on the corner he deserved.
He shat with his pal.
He did know why.

They`re the better.
I cried.

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Scrape and dont let it in the tank.
Your Boy
s fixing your fuel pump when his Mum is explaining what I did wrong.
I can drop the can but they wont let me.
Engineers can`t see.

Bless the boy that towed.

portpower
2 years ago

Caption:
Do you know you`re to play for us.
Yank and Canadian Podcast? How many have watched?
Thee orr.

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  portpower

Wheres the sweary boxinyank?

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  portpower

Theres my words though,moved.Dont listen to the groppers of.

Did Scott McDonald score hoppy/hoopy and get caved in in the first row from his own support?

Of course.

portpower
2 years ago

Neil,can I head off for a pee?

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  portpower

Nae a season ticket holder Charlie.

portpower
2 years ago
Reply to  portpower

Too long, open the curtains.
Not this game though Charlie but when we take 8 off of them at Hampden put that whistler in your two hands please. If no, sell his teeth.

portpower
2 years ago

fingers in a car door sevco.
They say youre but 5 against?
To know,though,to know.

Hows the DJ?

Poofter right footers,the use of – particularly.

The lime line cost the Scottish Sight of the temple football.

Bleached red white and bloo cake hole.

portpower
2 years ago

Even though,though.

Mike
2 years ago

Shush ttthe “Rraaannggerrrss” are coming.

Quivers down my back bone. The Cha, Cha, Cha,
He’s me Mammy’s Da, a member of the Ra, Ra, Ra.

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