Celtic Diary Monday April 6: It All Depends Where You Stand

Two metres away is the recommended distance, of course, which has led to an awful lot of pickpockets struggling to make a living.

 

A couple of high profile people have made statements to their followers , one of which where we’re actually interested in what they have to say…

 

I know you will be very aware of the continuing developments in respect of the COVID-19 crisis. Clearly for some time now, the Club has been monitoring the situation closely and, of course, its potential impact on our supporters, our colleagues and our organisation.   

We continue to do this, and through daily executive management briefings we are doing all we can to play our part in tackling the spread of this virus. 

This is a worrying time for us all. In such a difficult situation for everyone concerned, above all, the health and well-being of people is of paramount importance. I would like to thank all our staff for their ongoing commitment and professionalism in very challenging circumstances, and I thank our fans for their understanding and tremendous ongoing support and engagement.  

We all continue to navigate our way through these unprecedented times with continued teamwork and support for each other. We urge all our colleagues and supporters to do all they can to stay safe at this time.  

With regard to the present domestic Premiership League situation, our strong preference is, of course, to complete all remaining matches. To date, we have had a magnificent campaign, undefeated in this calendar year, completing 30 league matches already to create a commanding lead and we are now on the cusp of winning our ninth successive title.     

As many have already said, the season cannot be voided as the consequences of that are so severe. In the event that the matches cannot be completed, then the responsibility to find a fair and reasonable solution for the finalisation of all domestic leagues will be with the Scottish football governing bodies.     

We hope that the governing bodies are able to provide some clarity to clubs and supporters as soon as possible on the way forward, although we appreciate that this is a hugely demanding time.   

During such a difficult period, we also extend our thoughts to all other football clubs who are affected by these events and facing such uncertainty. We realise the hugely damaging effect these circumstances will have on clubs of all sizes across Scotland, Europe and beyond.

The health of everyone in football and society is always the priority, but we hope clubs find a way through these testing times and ensure that the game we all love can thrive again as soon as possible.    

Everyone at Celtic Football Club and Celtic FC Foundation is aware of how Coronavirus is impacting on our communities. We are pleased to announce today that we are putting resources in place with the aim of helping the most vulnerable in our society during this period and we will make an announcement shortly with regards to these plans. Our aim is to do as much as we possibly can to help those in need.  

We know Celtic supporters are famous for their spirit of solidarity and togetherness. We understand that this is a hugely difficult situation for everyone across the globe, but by working together we know we can overcome these challenges. 

While this is a situation which is developing constantly, we will continue to keep our supporters updated as much as we possibly can. We thank you for your continued support, we wish you and your families well and we look forward to you being back with us as soon as possible.    

With sincere best wishes from everyone at Celtic Football Club. 

Peter Lawwell
Chief Executive  

 

There is a genuine sentiment in that, and it’s also pleasing to note that the club has not only not forgotten the impact on those less fortunate to be able to ride out the current crisis, but they intend to help out where they can.

 

It’s also worth noting that the club want to fulfill their fixture obligations and conclude the season in such a way that no one will be able to put an asterisk next to a ninth successive title.

 

No doubt that particular announcement will have struck terror into the club chairmen who are worried for their own clubs ability to survive the pandemic, but it cannot be left to Celtic to help all of them.

Notably, the SFA have not offered to dip into their own funds to even offer bridging loans at this stage.

And with no new sponsorship deal in place, there is little sign of new money arriving to help anyone out.

In fact, one might be tempted to say that Scottish football is in a mess of its own making, which is an interesting microcosm of society in general at the moment.

 

The Queen was dusted off last week and placed in front of a camera to record a message to the peasantry with the hope that she could make us all feel a little bit better about thousands of our own dying a little earlier than we had hoped.

The message was broadcast last night, causing panic amongst those who had forgotten to put the christmas tree up.

To do that, she invoked the old wartime spirit of togetherness and resoluteness, which largely fell on deaf ears.

Firstly because some of us took no notice, and secondly because the rest had their heads so far up her anus horriblis that they couldnt hear a thing.

 

Nick Robinson
@bbcnickrobinson
I confess that I was moved by the Queen’s closing declaration “We will meet again”. A message only she could have delivered. 
I was moved to, but in a more physical way, which involved an object or two hurtling towards the telly.

 

The wartime spirit is often invoked by royalty, and to be fair to Brenda she’s been doing it since she was a young lass….

 

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This tradition has been followed more recently by her grandson…

 

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Of course, some would argue that they are merely the victims of pressure from those around them, which coincidentally is one of the arguments for the prosecution when her son finally ends up in the dock.

 

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Johnson was rushed into hospital last night and is now believed to be on oxygen as he battles against the fury of the virus, and apparently it’s not looking good.

Depending on your point of view, of course.

After helpfully telling the nation that we should take it on the chin and that he himself had been shaking hands with those unfortunate enough to have contracted the disease, the real worry is that some may have believed him and treated the most serious threat to life in over a hundred years with rather less caution than they should have.

Remember,  Johnson had access to the finest and most up to date medical knowledge available, yet chose to ignore it. To date, several of his colleagues also have contracted the disease, including his partner and presumably unborn child.

If he didn’t care enough about them to follow medical advice, where does that leave those of us he doesn’t care a fig about ?  

 

Perhaps they are following his example, but some people don’t seem to have worked out just how bad this really is.

 

There are people running down the street shouting “Go home ” at other people, although most of them used to sing a similar song at football matches.

 

Then again, they are already thinking ahead… because there are some things that really matter…

 

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I say…let em walk, and to hell with social distancing.

 

We see ambulances tearing up the street with their sirens on, although I’m not sure why. There’s no one else on the road.

One scurrilous story is that Boris asked a nurse if he could have a bed bath, and the overworked health professional said “no, but you can have Bath’s bed ” -a reference to Lord Bath, who died this weekend from the illness, an example of the other worry that elderly people will not receive the treatment they need, and in the case of Lord Bath, some doctor somewhere was obliged to pull the plug.

 

Xenphobia, that popular right wing pastime, has appeared in the papers again, as the government try to deflect blame for their own piss poor handling of the nations health and well being, with the Daily Mail claiming that China should pay Britian £351 billion as compensation for sending the virus over here to take our jobs and our people.

 

Danny Boy
@Care2much18
Daily Mail reckons China owes the UK £351 billion for coronavirus. I’m just gonna consult an accountant before I send the invoice for the Famine. 
Some are just hankering after the good old days…..
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All the while those who are exempt from the same rules as the rest of us continue to be looked after…(The times )

 

“Tax exiles, who are usually limited to spending only 183 days in Ireland, will be allowed to remain longer this year, without taxation consequences, if they can prove to Revenue they were forced to stay because of the coronavirus.”

They have spelt “dodgers ” wrong….
 The country does need to come together, but not in the way they want it to.
Strong leadership is required, transparency is required, and those who need help must be offered it.
That isn’t going to happen under the present government.
 Yesterday, we considered this….
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Prince Andrew tells police he has never appeared in Panto and that he doesn’t have a right hand !

 

Today…

 

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11 months ago

Caption Sou Side Cumbie on tour !!!

Puggy67
11 months ago

Caption: The notorious ‘cannabilisation of the Ant Hill Mob’ scene was pulled from the final edit of Wacky Races The Movie.

henkesdreadlocks
11 months ago

Caption……..

I’ve never seen that area of Liverpool.

SteveNaive
11 months ago

Budget cuts hit filming of Fitzcarraldo 2.

SteveNaive
11 months ago

Prince Charles arrives at Balmoral

SteveNaive
11 months ago

Enterpise determined to keep going during crisis.

Warriorthruandthru
11 months ago

Caption.
Someday, somebody will invent the wheel. That should make this job a hell of a lot easier.

Sancheto
11 months ago

The natives can’t see the wheels have actually come off the bus!

Whitearra
11 months ago

Caption : ‘The Royal Family’s “We’re all in this together tour” circa 1950s’.

Bannockburn Bhoy
11 months ago

A prominent royal takes deliver of Morris, their new minor…

Monti
11 months ago

Caption: The Gerrard’s on hub cap patrol, Stanley Park.

11 months ago

Twelfth of July parades all cancelled here in the North

Frank McGaaaarvey
11 months ago
Reply to  Weered

Let them have a 14-day isolation lockdown at their local ludges and they can march round them til their wee bitter hearts are content. By then proper testing may be in place so they won’t be allowed out of they are a risk to the rest of society which, covid or not, they are anyway. Foster, Campbell, Poots and Dodds & co can lead the marches.

11 months ago

Frank… It means that they can extend the 11th night celebrations… Double the hangovers:) not that I’d gloat… Excessively

charlie
11 months ago
Reply to  Weered

wit forever

11 months ago
Reply to  charlie

Charlie… We should be so lucky but it’s a silver lining of sorts 🙂

Puggy67
11 months ago
Reply to  Weered

With them stuck in the house all summer there will be a lot of 6 fingered flute players in a generation’s time.

11 months ago

With joyful singing and grateful thanks for putting *rangers back where they belong, the South Africa Loyal True Blues help Dave King back across the Limpopo.

Puggy67
11 months ago

Caption: Millport 1912 – “how can the prick no’ just hire a bike like everyone else?”

charlie
11 months ago

thats wit used tae happen wen ye didny pay the wains tae get yer motor watched on nuneaton street

por cierto
11 months ago

Caption: The early days of the Govan Ferry.

Arsene Parcelie
11 months ago

“Dr Carol Calderwood returns from Earlsferry after locking up her AirBnB to be greeted by her accusers who in the rush to get her strung up seem to have ignored her message about keeping a safe distance but will take the risk purely because she’s a bit of a hypocrite.”

sfa unfit for purpose
11 months ago

Bit of a hypocrite ……….are you a spin doctor ?

Spudscave
11 months ago

Caption The local Umbongo tribe pay a fitting tribute to their favourite mob actor George Raft

Pensionerbhoy
11 months ago

Ralph,

I enjoyed the Diary today, because it made me think quite deeply about some of the issues it raises.
To begin with, the statement from Peter Lawwell is really interesting, not so much for its content as for its implications. It is obvious people who have criticised the club for “doing nothing” misjudged the situation and made their comments without solid proof, a not uncommon trait in us humans. I am referring particularly to those who have commented on the interrupted payment of the board’s and players’ salaries versus the furlough payments of ancillary staff. We are presuming without any proof the adjusted wage structure is but one way. Do we really know or are we just enjoying the criticism?

I would contend we have been universally making unfounded insinuations about a lot of people in the public eye without knowing all of the facts. Now, can I state here, quite unequivocally, I am no supporter of capitalism or organisation, party or person whose life is founded on its principals, nor am I in even the slightest way, a supporter of the conservatives or their hideous policies. However, as I see it, and this is perhaps merely a theoretical rather than a practical opinion, many of us have been coming down on the Prime Minister and the government like a ton of bricks. Yet, if we are honest, how many of us really know what is happening behind the scenes. I know what it appears to be but I have no idea about the reality. Yet, I confess to joining in with those who often delight in such criticisms and take great pleasure in the gloating over the put-downs of others when reading the diary and other commentaries. But I also admit to having twinges of conscience. Please note I am not condemning the criticism of proven wrongdoing such as obvious lies, mismanagement such as the original plans to tackle the virus or incompetence such as shaking infected people’s hands or going off twice to a holiday home after giving strict instructions to everyone not to. We also have clear evidence of people, some in lofty positions, who are simply flaunting the regulations being enforced on others without even a glimmer of admonishment never mind punishment. There has been quite some evidence of such behaviour by people who ought to “know better”, as we are regularly told. However, I also think it is wrong, for example, to judge decisions we have little or no knowledge of. A case in question are the many and varied claims that highly paid footballers are not contributing towards supporting all or any areas of the fight against this virus. I am not seeing any sound arguments for such a claim. I have no idea who is doing what but I do know many people who are doing lots of very generous things but whose good works are not in the public domain nor do they want them to be. So, for the moment, I will fall on the not proven side of the fence on all of these matters until irrefutable evidence is produced.

While we are on the subject of footballers’ and their contributions, I thought the article about the differential in tax contributions between continuance of full wages and a % payment was very sound. At the grossly high level of income, a deduction would only be sensible if done after tax (if it is paid??? But that is an entirely different issue requiring volumes).
Otherwise it is a case of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. Of course, the problem with doing this is we are unable to determine who is contributing to what and who is not. Once again we are open to unfounded criticism based on unproven judgements.

I know I am not in the mainstream with this, but I believe the same argument goes for wealthy businessmen too – once again, at least those who pay their tax. I would put forward similar arguments on their behalf. I am also aware there are a number of wealthy people who are not paying tax, who are avoiding being affected by the consequences of the virus, who seem to be protected by government and, worst of all, are going to make huge profits from the current hardships and sufferings of others. I cannot find any justification whatsoever for their behaviour.

Finally, when all said and done, if we are truly honest with ourselves, can we say we would behave differently in the same circumstances. I am not asking if we hope or wish we would. Nor would I question the power of a moral conscience. But all being equal, I know I could not say no with absolute certainty to this question. That is why, when not overcome by overwhelming temptation, emotion, desire to gloat over the misfortune or downfall of another, in quieter moments, I try to reflect on my judgements and to understand and forgive. Someday I might manage it.

God bless the whole world at this time and lets all just try to love one another. What a place our world would be.

H H

Monti
11 months ago
Reply to  Pensionerbhoy

PISH^

Mike
11 months ago

Hearts gone astray, heading for another CVA.
Huns going bust, as their dreams turn to dust.

You canny have too many Charlies, i.e.
The Charlie that Saiz’s he’s Charlie, but isn’t.
There’s Charlie Aznavour, who fondles himself as he sings, She.
Charlie Tyrwhitt he’s from Brigton, now he is whitty.
But there is a proper Charlie hiding in plain sight, who talks unadulterated (cough) good sense, sometimes, but not a lot…

11 months ago

CAPTION
Prince Philip gets roadside assistance to complete 3 point turn.

Cartvale88
11 months ago

Caption
I thought we were getting a boat to cross the Channel.

UEFA show their new streamlined transport option to improve footballs image.

sfa unfit for purpose
11 months ago

Mountbaton chooses to have the darkies lift the car , rather than get a boat.

henkesdreadlocks
11 months ago

Really?

sfa unfit for purpose
11 months ago

I never met the man , but seeing years of old prince Philip getting interviewed , slanty eye comments and all , I am reasonably confident that mountbaton ‘ might ‘ have used the term.
Now that you have stripped any comedic value away , I will ask , in relation to your caption, where in Liverpool you expect to see natives in grass skirts with spears?

of course if there is something else behing your question , then man up and say it.

henkesdreadlocks
11 months ago

There is absolutely no excuse for using that kind of terminology this day and age, not even in jest. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you’re not back peddling from a very poor and ill judged attempt at humour.

sfa unfit for purpose
11 months ago

I watched a double bill of Porridge the other night , one of my favourite ever comedies. A warning over the ‘ terminology ‘ used in the show was read out. Darkies and poofs seemed to be the terms it warned about.
Really in this day and age a warning is needed ?
I would say my comment was aimed at being appropriate to the age of the setting and the colonial type I was referencing.
Your view is ‘ a very poor and ill judged attempt at humour’
I wasn’t aware the caption comp was subject to comedic critic , as I don’t think I have ever saw you offer an opinion on any ill judged or very poor comedy.
Duly noted.

henkesdreadlocks
11 months ago

Keep back peddling, you’ll get there eventually.

Uibh faili
11 months ago

Your right greenheart

Puggy67
11 months ago

Caption: Big chief order classic model with stunning chassis and no spare tyres. Me no think big chief will be happy.

sfa unfit for purpose
11 months ago

Cheers for the output Ralph , much appreciated in these dark times.
HH

mattyboy
11 months ago

sevco hoarde capture the pope mobile

mattyboy
11 months ago

£40million striker buys car from dave king and heads home

Monti
11 months ago
Reply to  mattyboy

Caption: Pizza Express,Woking

sfa unfit for purpose
11 months ago
Reply to  Monti

I think your chances with this caption get less every day…… but its still a good line

11 months ago

They must be triplets, 2 then 6 FFS they’re mutating faster than the virus. Not like the currants to be so prolific……..

H.H.
stay safe People.

sfa unfit for purpose
11 months ago
Reply to  Jimboh

lol green huns wearing yes badges……

Rob O'Keeffe
11 months ago

Check out David Icke’s take on this “virus” on yootyoob or David’s website…..very interesting……mmm…..we’ll see how things pan out.

Caption: MOTs while U wait………under new owner Honest Dave…

11 months ago

Wonder if the herald will publish their apology.
FOLLOWING the serious misrepresentation of Celtic FC, The Herald newspaper today made the following apology to the Club.

“On our front page promotion for a column on Saturday, we stated ‘Celtic cutting non-playing staff’s money shows how far football has lost its soul’.

“We are happy to clarify that Celtic have not cut any non-playing staff’s money. All staff on the Government’s job retention scheme are having their salaries paid in full by Celtic. We apologise to Celtic for our error.”

11 months ago

Boris has been admitted to intensive care. Even though we have nothing in common I wish him a full and speedy recovery and again stay hone is the message to all our family and friends.

Puggy67
11 months ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Well I got a letter from him today and if the slabbery git thinks I’m picking that up…

highseastim
11 months ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Really, he should know Thatcher awaits him as he is one horrible bar steward!!

highseastim
11 months ago
Reply to  highseastim

I wonder if Bojo and his tory buddies, have any regrets this morning about cheering to the rafters when winning a vote to deny NHS workers a pay rise??

11 months ago

(H)oops you’ve done it again!

That statement is from the 19th March:

“Message from Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell”

www{.}celticfc.net/news/17710

The only recent one I can find is the one mentioned by Jimmybee above.

11 months ago

Interesting article:

“Liverpool apologise & reverse furlough”

www{.}bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52191140

Scarman
11 months ago

You really are a disgrace, and you should ve ashamed of yourself.

highseastim
11 months ago
Reply to  Scarman

Just been watching the Lisbon Lions documentary on BBC iplayer again, would bring a tear to any elderly Celtic fan, I can still remember watching it through sleepy seven year old eyes wi’ my dad!!

R.St.Parsley
11 months ago

Caption:
The Sevco juggernaut is back on the road.

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