Celtic Diary Wednesday February 12: Low Lie The Mainstream Media

The drive to nine continues tnight with a rare home match , aganst Heart of Midlothian. Those of you who go on a regular basis will be delighted to learn that since the last home game the stadium gets all lit up at night and we might even see the famous disco lights in action.

Well, thats how long it seems.

In fact, it is only the second game at Celtic Park since the break, which makes the run of wins even more impressive.

I’ll bet the manager is chuffed. Let’s ask him…

“I’m really pleased with the form that we’re in and I’m really pleased with the form of some of the individual players as well, so we just want to build momentum and keep it going.

“It’s a home game and our home form has been superb this season, but we’re not taking anything for granted.”

It’s the third meeting between the sides this season, with the Hoops having won the two previous encounters – 3-1 in Glasgow in August and then 2-0 at Tynecastle in December.

 “Hearts had a good window and brought in some good players. We know Liam Boyce from his time at Ross County and I know him from when he was a young player in Belfast, so he’s a talented player.

“Toby Sibbick looks like a good find, as well, and obviously, under Daniel Stendel it’s going to be a new style of play and new principles.

“It’ll be a test. Daniel’s a positive, forward-thinking manager and I think the game may be open. 

It won’t. all of these clubs play open football until they face Celtic, then it’s a different mentality, which is a shame, because it stifles the possibility of entertainment. Then again, sitting in a freezing cold stadium on a Wednesday night isn’t actually entertainment, it’s more of a habit.

Lennon continued…

“We will certainly try and attack, and we’ll be ready for whatever Hearts try to throw at us. Sometimes teams sit in, but sometimes teams come and have a go, so we’ll see how that pans out.”

Incredible insight there, and to be honest, thats probably him being honest.

His style is to let others worry about us, certainly domestically, and quite right. once or twice the players appear nervous and take a while to settle, and it’sthought that over emphasis on the opponents can lead to this.

Thought by me, at least.

 

Lennon also took a moment to mention Jackie MacNamara,who is improving after he collapsed outside his home the other day….

“I am lost for words, I don’t know what to say.

“I spoke to him on Tuesday, so I am devastated by the news and hoping he pulls through.

“People have been keeping me abreast of things. He is a strong guy, a great guy and a fit boy for someone of his age.

“He has been fit all his life so I am hoping and praying he comes through okay.” 

So are we.

Tonights game is intriguing,Hearts have shown signs of improvement under their new manager,and could just as easily derail the unbeaten run, but Celtic do have that strength in depth and ability to claw themselves back from any unexpected twists in a game.

Biton and elhamed are back in training, which is good, but there’s little sign of any progress for Jeremie Frimpong, which isn’t so good.

 

Given that Lennon plays four at the back at Celtic Park, we may see a different approach to this game, and al we can be sure of is that Johnny Hayes will feature at some point.

Daniel Arzani won’t. He scored Celtic’s goal in a 1-1 draw at Middlesborough last night.

 

And probably Oddsone Edoaurd, who spoke to the media yesterday and put Celtic fans minds at rest about his future.

Well, that may have been what he was trying to do..

On his ambitions, he said;

“I would like to become the best striker in the world. That’s it.” 

Then he sort of realised that things can get lost in translation in Scotland…

“One of the best strikers anyway. I don’t know when that will happen.

“I live day to day and I enjoy my life. We will see in time. We will see. 

Surely though, Scotland, being cursed with racism, such as that endured by alfredo morelos, is not the place for a black fellow ?

“Personally I have never had any experience of that,” 

“If I had then you would all know. But I haven’t had it and I don’t get involved in issues that don’t really concern me. Life is good. I live well in Glasgow and I really like the city.” 

Does that mean he’ll be around for a bit,as we all hope, and we can put any stories about him wanting to leave..or about the club trying to sell him.. to bed ?

He’s being linked with quite a few clubs…

“It’s very flattering but I try not to listen too much to that so that I can focus on the team and helping them to win titles.

“Henrik Larsson is a Celtic legend – when I was little he was one of the best players in Europe so it’s amazing some people compare me to him.”

Edouard has already been compared to Larsson, by those who should know as well, chris sutton, for instance, and if he does stay in Scotland, he might even improve to a level where he could be compared with Kris Boyd.

 

Now , the current media kerfuffle, which has neatly allowed the SFa to remain in the background and turn the spotlight away from some of their bizarre referrals to the Compliance Officer, herself under a wee bit of pressure, and avoided the new refereeing supremo from being forced to explain the incompetence of his charges.

 

With one or two honorary exceptions, notably Graeme Spiers and Ewen Murray, the media have to a man failed to unite and protest about the nonsense that has been published on behalf of Level 5 and “rangers “.

That can be taken two ways, the first being what has been the status quo for years, in that they are afraid to say anything remotely critical of whichever entity is playing at Ibrox for fear of being pushed out, and the second, more interestingly, is the possibility they are waiting for the Ibrox board to remove the Fat controllerfrom his position of influence so they can get on with the job.

Phil MacGhiollabhan, who is normally right about things down ibrox way, claims that a meeting of the ibrox high heid yins, sans Dave king, who is recovering from the shock of those IRA volunteers, still in balacalavas, who mugged him to the tune of Get Out Ye Black and Tans, outside his office in johannesburg.

At that meeting, it was only when they should sack Traynor, and not if…

It is also possible that the 12 year old boy charged by the police in relation to racism may not have actually done it at the game. Details are sketchy but another possibility emerged last night…

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Could that see an improvement in the journalistic standards north of the border ?

they could start by clarifying this story, but then again, would the Fat controller allow it ?

 

Doubtful, but we can always hope.

 

And given that he knows the entire nuts and bolts of the machinations at ibrox, since the new club was formed, will the Ibrox board risk him writing a book to sit along Whyte’s tome and further shine light on the corruption that has taken, and probably is still taking, place ?

 

Sky TV will no longer receive the co-operation of Celtic after the Morelos Translation scandal, so at least someone at the club has finally had enough.

that could develop over the next month or so with another clash with “rangers 2 on the horizon, as the tv company is desperate to keep this fixture, and at one time, don;t forget, inserted a clause guaranteeing them four league games between the two as a dealbreaker, despite the fact that technically the league set up doesn’t guarantee that.

Maybe it’s part of a wind of change blowing through the game, maybe there is another broadcaster ready to step in if the Scottish football authorities cut ties with Murdoch’s empire….

 

We can only hope.

whoever is in charge of publicity and public relations at a club needs to be calm, level headed and above all know exactly how to use the medium he is working with, as a chap at Ayr United discovered…

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Yesterday, we had this…

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TonyDtic
Caption – SFA unveils the level playing field that will be used if celtic make the cup final for the 4th year running.

 

Today…

 

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Oh, by the way, club 1872 , the somewhat staunch Ibrox fanzone, have released a statement to back up the one Traynor scribbled.

 

Cartuja on twitter gives us a brief history of the group…

 

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7 months ago

Hmmm,reminds me of an old joke about an old crone in Spain eating a melon,with her legs splayed apart…

Monti
7 months ago

The Judean peoples front!

henkesdreadlocks
7 months ago

Caption……….

Oh feck, ma verrucas are killing me.

7 months ago

Charlie,

I think we need to stop looking for insults where none are intended. We’ve got enough to fight against without starting a fight amongst ourselves over fuck all.

Monti
7 months ago

Mick,
He doesn’t get much company up in the attic, just eagle eyes and an armoured division of those grey soldiers & Amazon purchased ‘ WWII paraphernalia ‘

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

There is a consensus tho….

Monti
7 months ago

Tit^

The Cha
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

A right one.

Spudscave
7 months ago

Caption Awe yoose can lick the soles of ma bogin plates a meat then ye can 69 me says sevco sadie

Mike
7 months ago

Tesco’s new assistant manager Jill Blain’s.

Puggy67
7 months ago

Caption: The organic chicken marinaded in Stilton was a surprise hit.

Spudscave
7 months ago

Caption keep your sandals oan the next time ye step in the meat fridge ya klatty bitch

Puggy67
7 months ago

Caption: After eating this chicken I was stuck in the Ayr Untied Twitter all morning.

Bognorbhoy
7 months ago

Caption

Sevco put fredos price tag in the market place…

Spudscave
7 months ago

Caption bet she’s singing Tip toe through the Tulip while in the bacon section

The Bahia Emerald
7 months ago

CAPTION: “Huv ye goat a price for they corn dogs in the chill cabinet?”

Brian (not the messiah)
7 months ago

Absolutely Charlie, I have noticed a bit of a criticise lenny vibe….dont know where its coming from but you know he brings it on himself..

Brian (not the messiah)
7 months ago

Caption: she stood on my loin chops and nows she getting cold feet for the 69

Puggy67
7 months ago

Caption: After a hard day in the store Betty had feet like an Ayr United PR’s scrotum.

bgbhoy
7 months ago

if you don’t agree with his opinion you don’t have to read it

The Cha
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Every Celtic manager should be backed and most of us do that.

You don’t.

Cartvale88
7 months ago

Caption
Ma hunks of meet are freezin!

bgbhoy
7 months ago

quality patter….

7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

C S… May the hairs on yer arse turn to drumsticks and beat the shit outta ya. 🙂

Mike
7 months ago

Its very sickening when you are always the “second club”, the press fill their pages with made up exaggerations and lies, for them. Powder puff items that always put them in a good light exaggerating their players worth, while downplaying our players values. The National television companies are like minded, we don’t need reminding of their made up lies, from past EBT. recipients and soup takers. Responsible they are not. One of the things about the 5 Way agreement was how it mentioned them as “Sevco” not “Rangers” admitting that they are a new club. So a pandering press filled with negative stories about Celtic, while always positive about them. A continuation myth trying to sell a mythical storyline from the governing bodies and the other clubs, plus implicating Lawwell. It also has a detrimental affect on the laws of the game. Remembering back to their EBT. supporting success and the triumphalism of them that headed the dead club. Just one more day to the anniversary of their demise, keep on telling them, because that is all they deserve.

John mchee
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Well said ranjurs football club 1872 liquidated there CVA was refused means everything goes except their scum fans just apity eh..

Mike
7 months ago
Reply to  John mchee

Copied from the 5 Way agreement:

“You will recall that “oldco Rangers” is the currant holder of the SPL. share. Sevco is the new company that will be re-named “Rangers” upon transfer of the membership.
The 5 Way Agreement from Neil Doncaster, head of the then SPL. now SPFL. copied to others including Peter Lawwell and not to his P.A.
They know, we know and they know that we know. Fairy-tales, lies, deflection and spin.

Iancelt67
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

5 way agreement sounds like one of frank Mcavennies after parties

The Cha
7 months ago
Reply to  Ralph Malph

What you got against his boat race?

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Have you seen Ralph?
He’s a lovely lad but not a picture……:)

Puggy67
7 months ago

Did you get James Traynor’s Bumper Book of Righteous Indignation for Crimbo? It’s a Diarists job to question and satirise and a PR’s job to write a colonoscopy report.

charlie
7 months ago

she sais and the next coont that asks fur pigs feet will get the backy ma haun

desdamoaner
7 months ago

russian entrepreneur offers free chicken with every 69.

Devoy45
7 months ago
Reply to  desdamoaner

I am now a veteran of Etims. For my sins:
I always supported Scott Brown in his early days, when others thought he was a headless chicken.
I supported Ronny Deila because he had new ideas and a 4-2-3-1 which was new to many of us. He won us 2 out of 2 and did what he could, let it be.
I supported Efe Ambrose and Boyata as good athletic defenders who were both good in the air!
I supported James Forrest when most just made fun of his haircut.
I still think Boli,Klimala and Bayo will get better, enough to really help us.
I am no prophet but I admit, I didn’t think Lenny was the right hire at the right time. Now I do. Lenny is the man and we should support him and our team. Let’s wait see after this season when we can judge this team properly. Meanwhile, he is doing a fine job.
Get well Jackie. You’ll never walk alone.
Versus Hearts, a 4-4-2.
Forster
Bauer/Ajer/Jullien/Taylor
Forrest/Brown/Christie/McGregor
Edouard/Griffiths
Klimala/Bayo/Ntcham to figure
3-1 to the Bhoys. Hail,hail…

selkirk casual
7 months ago
Reply to  Devoy45

A proper celtic Man
. HH

Rebus67
7 months ago

Charlie,

The time to judge him will be the end of the season. Meanwhile, he is the Celtic manager and should be treated respectfully.

We all know which tournament will determine assessments of his performance.

Rebus

Iancelt67
7 months ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Until he puts money Johnston back on the wing and McGregor full back in a brain explosion

Uralius
7 months ago
Reply to  Rebus67

I just want to win the league.

George Lazenbhoy
7 months ago

Caption: old dear for sale £6.99, shoes sold separately

Uralius
7 months ago

Caption: Ma feet are the least of your worries. If you tried the 69 everything would taste of fish.

Whitearra
7 months ago

Caption : ‘There is no fresh food kept in this container overnight.’

The Cha
7 months ago

Oh FFS, dry your eyes soft lad.

You hated the Treble Treble years and slaughtered the manager and certain players, whilst praising those who contributed little and were disruptive influences.

“Hypocrite” doesn’t do you justice.

bgbhoy
7 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

still questions why moussa was picked over Griffiths, still thnks Griffiths is more important than eddy, belittles Rodgers at every turn but praises donkey deila et all

bizarre behaviour

bgbhoy
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

so would I be if I was a striker at celtic for near 7 years

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

No you wouldn’t……

bgbhoy
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

haha you think so…

bgbhoy
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

only one moron who was hung up and in love with donkey deila

now away and play with your ‘bravery’ medals and let the real fans of celtic who pay good money discuss current affairs

bgbhoy
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

not as much trauma as you experienced im sure

im willing to bet you anything you wish that I have seen them more in the last 32 years x3 than you have your life… easy

I don’t give up on them and hide behind some moral argument about a PLC

The Cha
7 months ago

Are you sure an adult forum is the right place for you, as you seem awfully sensitive?

Dish it out but can’t take it.

bgbhoy
7 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

you do like talking about men’s cheeks an awful lot

a keeping warm technique you learned in the forces perhaps?

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

🙂

bgbhoy
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

again, speaking about mens bums

worrying but not surprising

7 months ago

Maybe those who dont actually attend Celtic park dont see or hear the love and appreciation our supporters have for Lenny.
Everyone around me appreciates and supports the manager. He wasnt the first choice as I felt the bar had been raised by Brendan much like when Martin came in. A new freshness I was delighted to see Lenny get us home and he deserved all the plaudits for his achievements.
The 2 performances against sevco was a boot in the baws and ge deserved the criticism for the way the team was set up and performed the blame lay with him. Are we not right to criticise when something goes wrong especially the game at Celtic park.
So please stop Charlie with the everybody hates Lenny it just isn’t true. Go to Celtic park see for yourself.

Uralius
7 months ago
Reply to  jimmybee

I don’t hate Lenny, I wanted him all along.

bgbhoy
7 months ago
Reply to  jimmybee

I absolutely don’t hate neil lennon

but it is my right to offer the opinion that I believe there are far better and more professional managers out there that we can appoint

he has been completely let off the hook for failing to adapt to the abysmal cup final performance

at the end of the day if im wrong then celtic are champions and anyone that knows me will know how happy I will be to be proved wrong

I still think we have a horror show or two in us to let them creep up

I wont be convinced until they are celebrating the league

Iancelt67
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

It was rangers title to lose not Celtics to win. I don’t think there is much change in Celtics approach all along until rangers approach the game in the way whet did the last two times. Lenny will never play two up front against rangers

Uralius
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Lenny brought us some of our greatest European nights with some of the smallest budgets of the modern era. We will have them again with this budget! 100% behind Lenny as long as we won the league.

MabozzaRitchie
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

blah fucking blah.

MabozzaRitchie
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

@bgbiggob blah fvcking blah.
failing to adapt?
Hes gone 2 up front ya tw@t

bgbhoy
7 months ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

bit late for the 29th

Iancelt67
7 months ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Hear hear. CZ seems to be some self ordained protector of everything Lenny

Iancelt67
7 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

I take that back -4 is my record. Charlie likes Neil Lennon Neil Lennon is doing a good job. However, everything is going our way domestically. If Lenny does get us a wee bit further in Europe. He will be lauded by my good self. No more McGregor at full back or Mickey Johnston in games he’s not suited too. I’ll be happier. We have cover for this not too happen. No more development players in crucial games.

R.St.Parsley
7 months ago

Caption:
Miss Sevco 1690 models next season’s kit by Lidl after Hummel deal collapses.

SteveNaive
7 months ago

I didn’t think Neil was the best Celtic could do. I still don’t. The manner and timing of his appointment lacked class. He came in and has done brilliantly so I reflected and learned from making rash statements, especially within earshot of young supporters. I support him and will continue to support him because I support Celtic. Given the hatred against him (and us), we owe him.
We are all Neil Lennon.

MabozzaRitchie
7 months ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

we are all NL

sfa unfit for purpose
7 months ago

Copy and pasted this from police scotland website. This was published on the 10th of this month , and is still listed in the news section of police Scotland.
Police Scotland can confirm that a 12-year-old boy has been charged and reported in relation to racist chants directed at a ‎Rangers player at the Celtic v Rangers SPFL match on Sunday, 29 December, 2019.

Doesn’t specify what the charge is , which could be significant.
So does that mean the boy had a video of himself at the game on the 29th , and in that video he’s verbally abused a player and then shared the video ‘somewhere’ .

Murky

Iancelt67
7 months ago

22 year old boys spouting racism is a learned thing from his immediate surrounds it’s up to the community to sort him out.. maybe a good thing for re education. He must realise our best player is a black man. His bedroom is probably splattered with odsonne posters

Iancelt67
7 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

12 yo

7 months ago

Celtic team tonight
Forster
Ajer Jullien Jozo
Forrest Taylor wing backs
Brown Ntcham McGregor
Edouard Griff
6_ 0 the bhoys.

Uralius
7 months ago
Reply to  jimmybee

2-1 The Bhoys
penalty and chalked off goal

Uralius
7 months ago
Reply to  Uralius

So happy to be so wrong! HH

sfa unfit for purpose
7 months ago

Caption
In a country far away , the new WTO rules burgers for middle england are prepared .

Iancelt67
7 months ago

Caption
Rangers superstore vow to give youth employment a go

Puggy67
7 months ago

Caption: Mad cow Denise.

Iancelt67
7 months ago

Looks like a p45 for Gerard don’t worry there’s an opening for Liverpool under 11s. Aribo may get dispensation to play for them

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Stupid, stupid huns

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Mwahahahahaha mwahahahahaha

7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Yes early xmas prezzy 🙂

7 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Iancelt67… Could end up being a Colt 45 🙂

Puggy67
7 months ago

Oh happy day when Stevie pished three points away.

Rob O'Keeffe
7 months ago

Yes,you beauty! Trifc? By your lies,karma is kicking your asses…..

Puggy67
7 months ago

An open invite to the SMSM ‘if he doesn’t win the Scottish Cup Gerrard is gone’ you can cut and paste if you want. Anybody?

7 months ago

Happy days had a tenner on killie at 10/1 yaasssss
Mind the gap 🙂

7 months ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmybee… Nice one £££££

7 months ago
Reply to  Weered

Weered I just had that sneaky feeling all day killie were going to do it then at half 7 I said fuck it go for it.

SteveNaive
7 months ago

Good lad Eamon, Hoops supporter.

Uralius
7 months ago

What Tom Boyd said about tactics.

Cartvale88
7 months ago

It’s all Hurricane Eamons fault, it’s no fair, the referee is a Tim, Jaba get typing

Mike
7 months ago

OHHHHHHHHHHHHIIMMMSSOOOHHAAAPPPYY.

highseastim
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Was playing pool for my local in a pub in Lossiemouth, a table o’glesga huns(working at the raf base) watching the sevconian game, all chirpy as f* ck, the roar fae oor pool team when Kilmarnock’s 2nd goal went in saw a drastic change in their coupons!! Absolutely marvellous.

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

MMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTOOOOOOOOOOO

sfa unfit for purpose
7 months ago

Oh get yourselves onto the yootube and watch the slippy sky interview. Near the end the Kilmarnock team must be watching replays of their goals ,and slippy jumps out his skin twice.
Quality

Monti
7 months ago

Get Murty on the line

7 months ago

Beaton disallow a goal at 1-1 ohh my days 🙂 🙂

7 months ago

Only seen restricted highlights but Taylor looked to be enjoying himself and having a good game at left wing back. 2 centre halves score and 3 midfielders brilliant well done lenny and the bhoys.

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