Celtic Diary Friday January 24: Boyd, Barcelona and Ballbearings

I say ballbearings because I’ve resolved to give up swearing.

Which has been difficult after my laptop, presumably having read what I have written on here, decided to lock me out of the internet for a few days. The problem has been solved, for now at least, but I’ve got no idea how.

So, what did I miss ?

Kris Boyd, the elite analyst from Sky sports, available on most good free streaming sites, had a pop at Leigh Griffiths.

Oh, you hypocrite, I hear you scream, but I’m allowed to because I have an emotional and finacial investment in what he does.

And I don’t get paid by a national broadcaster to be impartial and fair either.

Fact of the matter is Leigh Griffiths has one or two issues, and if his way of dealing with it is to abuse Kris Boyd then that works for me, and dare I say it , quite a few Celtic supporters as well.

Boyd launched into a prepared dig at Griffiths live on the telly, and was visibly shaken by the message from Griffiths after he had scored, to which end one wonders of there has been a little bit of behind the scenes afters that we don;t know about, but frankly, whatever Boyd thinks is irrelevant, because we appear to have got our Griffiths back, evidenced through his second goal in two games and his trademark set piece-if you don;t count his first half free kick-delivery which led to Chris Jullien thundering in vintage header from a corner to the accompinment of whatever the French is for “Get the fuck out of the way ” .

That swearing ban hasn’t lasted long, but it was in French so that one doesn’t count.

Griffiths also threw his sock tape towards a bin bag when he was substituted, which, of course , has been turned into a violent attack on a Kilmarnock fan, prompting outrage amongst those intelligent folk who ring the Daily Record hotline…

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His return to action, knowing what he is capable of, has terrified supporters of a club who are equally terrified of him…

 

The ineptness or bias of referee Don Robertson was to blame for the harsh tackle on Jeremie Frimpong that led to him being stretchered off after he was scythed down whilst attempting to run down the wing.

The Kilmarnock side had been allowed to foul their way through the game and only picked up one booking.

Celtic picked up two, one for Olivier Ntcham and one for Max Bauer, who kicked the ball and not a player, which is presumably more of an offence than trying to break someones leg.

I don’t need to tell you that this kind of laissez faire approach to Celtic’s opponents will be the norm in every game from now to the end of the season, whilst our own will be subject to an entirely different interpretation of the Laws of the Game.

Scott Brown went so far as to explain the bemusement of the players… in the aftermath of the Frimpong assault

“If that’s me I’m off. Everyone surrounds the ref trying to get me sent off. 

Actually, if he had played like Poer, the assailant, he’d have been off long before that tackle.

“I thought it was a red card at the time, and looking back, for me, it’s 100 percent a red card.

“His two feet are off the ground, I’ve seen it back. To be fair, he wins the ball, but I went to the SFA meeting and it’s reckless, there’s pace in the tackle and his two feet are off the ground. That’s three out of three.

“For me, he’s hit all three of them on the head.

“Five or six years ago you might get away with that and it’s a great tackle, but now the game is changing.

“You don’t want to see that and the lads getting injured, especially picking on a young lad like that.” 

“I think I get treated quite fairly, but if it was me, I’d expect to be off. If I lunged in recklessly then I know what I’m doing if I’m doing that.

“You’re getting beat 3-1, you’ve lost the plot, and you are going to try to either smash somebody or try to get the lads going.

“It happens now and then, you lose the head, and I think you can see at the time he’s lost the head.

“He’s done it and he’s walked away from everyone thinking ‘oh no, what have I done here?’

“You don’t want to see the tackle, and you would rather he came back and made sure everyone was alright, but I don’t think he’s even walked up to Jeremie or anything.” 

“If I got away with a lot I’d be up in front of the SFA all the time, because if you don’t get booked for the tackles, they automatically pick you up.

“I run about, I put my body in, but I don’t go over the ball and I don’t dive in with two feet.

“It’s about learning the game, and I’m getting older as well, so I’m getting a wee bit slower. I need to stay on my feet because my big fat a*** can’t get up as quickly as it used to. 

The law is there to protect the players. The tackle was reckless, it was done at pace.

“It’s one of those ones where it’s just waiting for someone to break a leg.

“It would be nice though if they made sure they protect the lads and you don’t see those long-term injuries, because you don’t want to see that for any team.

“You don’t want to see anyone injured long-term, it’s a short enough career and you don’t want to be out for six months or whatever.” 

Not widely quoted, he also made reference to the players not really understanding why the rules appear to change from week to week, but in fairness that also depends on whther or not “rangers ” need a penalty.

 

In fact, he had a lot to say about a lot of things regarding the trip to seventeenth century Ayrshire…

“We take satisfaction from every game we win.

“It’s a tough place to get the points, going to Rugby Park on that AstroTurf. It was huge for us.

“It’s always been a hard pitch and they’ve made it even tighter than it was before. They’re clearly trying to do everything they believe is right. 

“You could still see the old lines!

“If you’re going to do that then you have to do it properly so it doesn’t look bad on television or to the fans.

“There are people down in England watching that game and it makes us look bad.

“We need to try and make the game look as good as we possibly can up here so people are impressed to come up here.

“Their stadium is brilliant. They have 10,000 to 12,000 seats and they have good fans as well.

“But they need to do the small things which will improve the game up here.” 

They could start with not cheating.

 

No doubt Peter Lawwell has already privately leapt to the defence of his players, and received quiet assurance that it won’t happen again…

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Of course.

Peter is an honourable man, a little forgetful, but honourable.

Like the time he forgot he’d told the AGM that he hadn’t seen the five way agreement, and then lo and behold, the darn thing was in his emails all the time.

Sent to him for consideration-maybe even approval-on the 26th of April 2012.

Perhaps he’d like to reconsider his answer to the shareholders he represents…

 

Then again, perhaps he didn’t read it, maybe a little too caught up in his Old firm duties in getting the package moved to England, which of course is dereliction of duty and a sackable offence.

I bet right now he’s drafting a statement to clear the air and remind us he’s worth every penny of the three and a half million notes he banked last year.

 

We’re lucky to have him, you know, otherwise we could have gone into liquidation as well.

Hang on, he’s written Sky a stiff letter, regarding Boyd’s comments…

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Let’s hope the admin staff at sky are a little better at opening emails than his own lackeys…

 

The transfer window remains open, and Dudu Duhan will be sending Neil Lennon a list of his available players soon, so don’t worry, we’ll soon have enough to cover the injuries we’re about to get, on and off the field.

One of the more bizarre tales, and there have been a few, was that Tyrese Campbell has turned down both Celtic and “rangers “, despite a statement from Lennon saying he’s not on the list, and a statement from the Ibrox bank manager saying that they can;t have any money.

Then again, when the media are pulling clubs literally out of a bowl and claiming interest in colombian liability Alfredo Morelos, we shouldn’t be surprised..

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Yes, I know. Swearing. But he said it in Spanish, so it doesn’t count.

First name out…

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The Spanish club were a little perplexed, and sought clarification..

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Latterly, it’s Sevilla who are apparently after him… Vital football have a “rangers ” page, and they dutifully carried out the lines given to them by the Fat controller, as the Ibrox side look to stave off another insolvency event at the dilapidated old shitpit.

Rangers striker, Alfredo Morelos, is the subject of more interest – this time on the continent – in the shape of a potential bid from La Liga giants Sevilla according to a report on Sky Sports News.

Sevilla have just lost Javier Hernandez to LA Galaxy and are believed to be eyeing up Morelos as his replacement.

Rangers have stated on more than one occasion through Ross Wilson and Steven Gerrard that the Colombian international will not be sold during this transfer window – even for £50m – such is his importance to the side attempting to wrestle Celtic’s grasp away from the Scottish Premiership title.

Morelos has been attracting attention from both the Premier League and Europe in recent weeks with Tottenham HotspurInter Milan and now Sevilla linked with the 28 goal forward in the last few days alone.

There’s something wrong with the people who write this stuff, there’s something wrong with the people who read this stuff, and as for those who actually believe it, I’m looking for investors in my new business scheme, and its so good, and so secret, that I can;t tell you what it is until I’ve received your money and er, invested it.

 

It’s Friday, already, in fact, it’s nearly February already, but don;t let that bother you.

Instead, let’s have some nominations for Etims Knob of the Week, and why.

Most conclusive argument will see the announcement tomorrow.

We’ll do it this way because I’d just pick the referee from Wednesday night, and that wouldn;t be fair, as I’ve a feeling he might win it a few times this season.

 

Caption competition from Monday…

 

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henkesdreadlocks
Caption………

Wee Willie the Weegie, wedgied in Wishaw.  

 

Today..

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7 months ago

CAPTION

Mick D’Fhinnein prepares himself for the marathon trip back down to Swindon tomorrow.

Mike
7 months ago

Caption, Haw Jimmy, you’ve got your suicide vest on back tae front. Ah blame the fermers for giving us such succulent lamb.

alzyerpal
7 months ago

2012 and a Rangers* fan* equips himself for ‘The Journey’.

Mike
7 months ago

Before I read the diary, it was going through my mind, does anyone speak for Celtic, anyone?
The BBC. filled up to the brim with ex EBT. receivers.
The MSSM. filled to the brim with succulent lamb takers.
Sky. filled to the brim with ex Celtic players whose sole intent is to criticise the club and support that once paid for their big wages.
So who does speak up for Celtic? Hartson and Sutton, the Celtic captain and 1-2 players perhaps.
Anyone but Celtic as Paul Larkin suggested, certainly not Lawwell, Bankier, Wilson, Desmond, or anyone else, it seems like its just a monetary investment for them, perhaps even the prestige of being on the Celtic board.
But they don’t defend the club in any way, quite the opposite, to me they are just Quislings, Quislings who collaborate with the governing bodies, conspiring for their own benefit. Res.12- The 5Way agreement, assisting the Huns for what? For their own benefit, they do not speak for me.

Bognorbhoy
7 months ago

Caption….

Can’t bring myself to post the caption that came to me after Wednesday night’s Boyd rant…

But a wee clue…

Exhun…upgrade …rescue package…

charlie
7 months ago
Reply to  Bognorbhoy

like bruce lee said kickum in the balls he he

Anthony Brannan
7 months ago

Caption. sevco’s new catering facility is a pop up sandwich bar.

7 months ago

🙂

Mike
7 months ago

The blogs are filled with, Celtic F.C. should ban Boyd (the sky man), Celtic should ban BBC. Scotland’s, Thompson from Celtic park. But don’t be holding your breath, because this board will do SFA. Eric Riley and Peter Lawwell were both sent copies of the 5 Way agreement, both guilty of collaborating with the SFA and SPL. Lawwell and his board have continued to subvert Res.12 and yet supporters still cry out ban him or him. They still haven’t grasped the fact, that NO-ONE speaks up for Celtic, no-one. Do nothing to obstruct the income stream, pats on the back, bonus’s paid. No-one speaks up for Celtic.

Patrick O Hara
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Caption.
M and S showcase new spring range after the Brexit debacle.

John mchee
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Peter corrupt lawwell and the rest of our board should be chased out of paradise for voting against there own fans shareholders not interest in the fans only there money ill say good bye to 9inarow and i blame our corrupt board for letting all the cheating go on im finished way celtic untill that corrupt board are out of paradise..scumbags

ED C
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

wonder when the SFA and Sevco -The- Rangers will approach the Celtic Board for help in selling the Red Cards Throat Slitter Gesturer to help ensure that Rangers 2 survive a bit longer ?
PLC probably poised waiting for the call.

Sack the Board.

Puggy67
7 months ago

Caption: I’d have taken a chance on the sausage but the steaks are too high.

TonyDtic
7 months ago

We have a special button on our telly called the arsehole alert button (aa)known to most as the mute button and it’s always activated when anything sevco is on.
I therefore didn’t hear the prize knob that is KB’s words of wisdom on Wed. However I would still like to submit the conclusive evidence needed to nominate him knob of the week.
Kris Boys-looks like a knob, speaks like a knob, IS a knob.

Albert Kidd
7 months ago
Reply to  TonyDtic

Puzzles me why anyone is still watching after the game, especially with Sky.

TonyDtic
7 months ago
Reply to  Albert Kidd

The aa button is deactivated for interviews with the celtic players or manager, that’s why I’m still watching after the game, wouldn’t let the “knob” stop me from watching celtic coverage.

7 months ago

Small correction to month.

“Sent to him for consideration-maybe even approval-on the 26th of July 2012.”

The default position of the e mail to all SPL Board members, which is why Riley got a copy and direct to Lawwell in an unknown capacity, was that no reply by the following morning would be taken that the SPL Board and PL agreed to the contents of the attachment ie the final 5 Way Agreement Draft.

A clever attempt at plausible deniability but it either means gross incompetence at not checking if there was anything to object to or prior knowledge of the contents which they were content with.

Standing back Celtic have given the appearance of being surprised at or contesting the SFA since 2012 but since actions speak louder than words the reality is they have no intention of breaking the 2 club appearance of competition and if their main rivals are so debt ridden they face insolvency Celtic have a business/commercial decision to make re the strength of the team they put out on the park.

It’s called moral hazard and it nearly destroyed Scottish football in 2011/12 and the toxicity from them and the hazard remains still.

Imagine had we won on 29th by having the quality of player we can afford on the park.

The league and with it TRFC would have been over.

That thinking may be wrong but as long as the game is being run on current lines, who can dismiss it? It explains much of the attempts to derail Celtic not because of bragging rights, but survival.

Res12 if you read the interview on Celtic Star began with PL pretending he wanted a professional SFA. That pretence continues still but will fail eventually under the stress of maintaining it.

TicToc
7 months ago
Reply to  Auldheid

Auldheid, reading between the lines of recent comments on various Tim sites it would seem you have/know the content of the (final)5 way agreement? If that’s the case, why oh why are you holding back with it. There are wide and serious rumblings of discontent amongst our supporters; the revelation of 5-W-A I’m sure would bring this to a head once and for all. Lawwell also has obligations to his regulator to act with honesty and integrity, and he’s clearly doing neither. If crowd-funding is needed then I’m sure there are plenty like me who would support that.

TicToc
7 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

I’m delighted to see the email to Lawwell/Riley has been released on some other Tim sites. If you’re behind that, Auldheid, I thank you personally and I’m sure this move will meet with huge approval, outside of those who’d rather it was ‘lost’. In any case thanks for all you do/have done in this crucial issue.
Sorry to end like this but where are the attachments, the 5-W-A and side letter?
Anyway, it’s high time to get this opened up in full. RESPECT!
HH FC not PLC

TicToc
7 months ago
Reply to  Ralph Malph

Ralph, what you did was a simple error. Anyone following this closely, and paying attention, would have saw just that. It couldn’t have been “April” as the CVA wasn’t rejected until June 14th and hence it had to be after that. June 14th 2012 is the date the original and true Rangers was effectively consigned to history, as History will one day show. The Tribute Act will be shown up for what they are, a Tribute Act.
HH,FC not PLC.
PS, that’s not necessarily to say you’re not a “fuckwit”! 🙂

TicToc
7 months ago
Reply to  Ralph Malph

Do you think my comment from earlier this morning, in response to Ralph’s above, could be retrieved and posted please?
Thanks.
HH FC not PLC

TicToc
7 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

Unusually, I kept a copy! Here you go (from about 8.00AM today):
Ralph, what you did was a simple error. Anyone following this closely, and paying attention, would have seen just that. It couldn’t have been “April” as the CVA wasn’t rejected until June 14th and hence it had to be after that. June 14th 2012 is the date the original and true Rangers was effectively consigned to history, as History will one day show. The Tribute Act will be shown up for what they are, a Tribute Act.
HH,FC not PLC.
PS, that’s not necessarily to say you’re not a “fuckwit”!

TicToc
7 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

If there’s a valid reason why my TWO attempts at posting the same comment in response to Ralph’s above is being ‘edited/monitored’ out I’d love, at least, to know why. It’s innocuous, informative and with an ending intended to raise a laugh!
Pray tell!
HH FC not PLC.

Puggy67
7 months ago

Caption: Chaos at Sevco as new signing Deli Ally is unveiled.

Fra Stone
7 months ago

what was skys’ role in boyds attack on Griffiths, i don’t think Boyd would have the wit do come to a game prepared with the bogus and defamatory statement against Griffiths, so did sky prompt him, or did he ask sky to to get him the stats during the game, either way that broadcaster is complicit in his statement and the attack on Griffiths! Just like the time with the wee rat McCann waving the scottish football ‘rule’ book, not sure that he would run about with that in his back pocket.

Konrad
7 months ago

Caption: Artur Boruc lunch packs now available from Aldi.

Knob of the week: Kris Boyd for being Kris Boyd.

Derek
7 months ago

It’s okay not to b okay , but it’s not okay to b a patron of a mental health charity and belittle someone trying to recover from mental health , Kris Boyd shld b sacked and sky sports shld apologise and let everyone know this kind of behaviour cannot be tolerated,

Mike
7 months ago

At one time you would rejoice at the news that Celtic had signed a lucrative new shirt sponsorship deal, but now it means nothing much. At one time you would think “good stuff,” it might mean another new Celtic player, but now, its just another income stream gathering interest in the bank. At one time you would be excited at the beginning of the transfer window, thinking that another quality Celtic player would be coming in. But even now with all the forty plus millions sitting in the bank gathering interest expectations have to remain muted, because the quality of the player coming in never meets with your expectations. So a new shirt sponsorship deal moves nearer, so what? Celtic F.C. or The Celtic Investment Bank plc. What’s it to be?

Uralius
7 months ago

Caption: With no Celtic supporters volunteering to drive Morelos to Milan, he prepares to cross the Alps.

R.St.Parsley
7 months ago

Caption:
Kris Boyd’s mammy forgets tae pack the Monster Munches in his piece for playtime.

Desmond & The Dekkers
7 months ago

Caption: Millets launch hipster backpack

Cartvale88
7 months ago

Caption

Toilet roll in place for more shite from Sky and presenters.

All the crap about Boyd deflects from the horrendous Refereeing by Robertson. Totally agree with Broonie.

Pensionerbhoy
7 months ago

Caption: “What’s the advantage? Well, I don’t have the hassle of tearing a bit off to wipe my arse.”

or “The ready made, all-in-one shit board; the jobbies, the scraper, the scrubber, the rinser and the wiper and a wee piss pot, just in case.”

H H

SteveNaive
7 months ago

Caption ‘ Middle of Lidl Brexit survival packs now on sale’
Why even read the Record, Talk Shite radio or Sky ?
KOTW… me. Was in someone’s house and sees “ Edison Cavani is on the move again, but to where ? Back after the break.
He’s pictured in front of Celtic Park with young fans about him getting his autograph. I think, surely not, they haven’t gone and done it and pulled him out of the hat ! Pictures him skelping in around thirty before June. Alas, to dare to dream.

xanturil
7 months ago

Caption: Jim Traynor’s play piece

TicToc
7 months ago

Caption: Q “Comrade, what you calls dose dat idiots walk aboutz wiz to adwertize?”
A “Ah yoo meanz a sandvich boardz!”

the real Anton Rogan
7 months ago

E-tims knob of the week.

Peter Lawwell. In perpetuity.

Monti
7 months ago

Caption: Gazza get’s tooled up to save Raoul Moat.

henkesdreadlocks
7 months ago

Caption……..

It will all turn out shit in the end.

7 months ago

Caption,Buy the new kris boyd
Diet Proof Vest.monster munch
Supplied

Iancelt67
7 months ago

Caption
It doesn’t matter how many times Monti turns around. He still can’t find his lunch

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

🙂

Monti
7 months ago

Caption: ” Did ye pack the slightly salted Lurpak “?

Puggy67
7 months ago

Burger King are promoting a rebel burger and their staff are wearing green t-shirts with rebel in white, how’s that going down in Lanarkshire?

Magdalena’s Chestnut Gelding
7 months ago

Caption

Stewicide Vest

Uralius
7 months ago

Caption: Kris Boyd; everything’s cured except his loaf.

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Uralius

Went to see the film ‘ 1917 ‘ the other night….
British soldiers being killed in huge numbers….i was enjoying my popcorn 🙂

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Caption: ” Room service for Mr Kris Boyd, it’s your starter, sir “

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Caption: ” Room service Mrs Thatcher….hello Mrs Thatcher…i’ll try one more time…..nope, no answer”

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Uralius

🙂

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Caption: MI5 show off their new informer Steak knife.

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Caption: ” lo lo lo lo lo lo lo lo lo Papa Fran Tesco ole

Puggy67
7 months ago

StMirren/Dons penalty taken/scored 7/4 and 9/4, Hearts/Sevco 6/5 and 13/8. Yip there it is.

Whitearra
7 months ago

Caption : BBC Scotland announce a brand new series ‘Psychopath : Come Dine With Me’

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