Celtic Diary Thursday June 4: Life, Death and Football

In a sense, you can understand it. There’s no football, so there’s nothing to write about.

In another sense, there is plenty to write about when you consider Resolution 12, the incompetence of the football authorities and the “rangers ” financial problems.

 

Yet they are simply glossed over, and referred to, if at all, on the back of what others say about the issues.

 

For example, the all new deal with Sky sports, which means season book holders can watch streamed matches on the piss poor tv channel, instead of getting the seat at the ground  which they have paid for.

Anyone who isn’t a season book holder can presumably pay on the day, though if its around £25-£30 quid it’s unlikely to be a success, and season book holders may well be wondering why they’re paying that much for it as well.

 

But no one is asking that question, instead they merely repeat the SPFL party line…

 

Keith Jackson attempted to explain it all…

 

Record Sport revealed yesterday morning that a deal to allow our clubs to stream matches into the living rooms of their own supporters was imminent.

By lunchtime the groundbreaking agreement to sanction the sale of virtual season tickets had been officially announced in a joint statement released by Doncaster and the broadcast giants.

It’s been widely hailed already as an innovative piece of thinking that could provide Scotland’s cash-strapped clubs with a lifeline to haul them through the other side of this global pandemic.

 

 

“Groundbreaking “…”innovative ” …televising matches has been around for some time, even of Sky’s amateur coverage of Scottish football would suggest otherwise, and when all is said and done, all this is is a rebirth of the SPL TV idea, except it looks considerably more expensive.

 

And here Record Spor t attempts to explain to fans all over the country how this futuristic emergency plan will enable them to keep on supporting their team even when they are locked out of their favourite ground.

” futuristic emergency plan ” ?  
Give me strength

Aberdeen chairman Dave Comack revealed yesterday he envisages his own Pittodrie stadium might not be fully opened to fans until early in 2021.

It’s little wonder then that he spoke with such enthusiasm about the new deal, which will unlock access to crucial matchday income even while his own turnstiles remain closed down.

“AFC welcomes the Sky deal brokered by the SPFL,” said Cormack in a statement.

“Given the current circumstances we find ourselves in, it is an excellent deal and we really appreciate Sky’s constructive, partnership approach.

“From the outset our commitment to supporters has been to deliver full value for our season-ticket holders.

“Under this deal, AFC will be able to offer virtual access to season-ticket holders for all closed-door home games and will continue to work with our colleagues at fellow Premiership clubs to explore potential arrangements to show away games.”  

 

“From the outset our commitment to supporters has been to deliver full value for our season-ticket holders. 

Give me even more strength…

 

Again, no one has thought this through.

 

The pandemic is still with us, and looks increasingly like it’s going to hit us with a second wave of death. People are ignoring the basic rules on masks , social distancing and going about their business as though someone has waved a magic wand and ended the crisis.

 

The business secretary taking ill yesterday highlighted this, and although it’s been played down, this is a warning to adhere to your own common sense, and not the rules set by governments who are more worried about the economy than the nations health.

 

So, when football does return, and it’s being pushed not ecause it’s safe, but because it will cheer us all up and make us think it’s safe, how many houses will see people congregating to watch the game, which bearing in mind the high level of communicability of the virus, will cost lives ?

 

Put bluntly, if the game is on, fans will want to see it.

 

One almost thinks that the financial health of clubs is more important to some than the actual health of those they are asking to pay for it.

 

But our weak and compliant media aren’t asking those sort of questions.

 

But then again, they never did.

 

Celtic released a statement explaining their point of view…

 

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It will be an exciting season, as Bill Shankly once said, although he meant it in jest…

 

TOP 25 QUOTES BY BILL SHANKLY (of 74) | A-Z Quotes

 

I don’t suppose he meant to be taken literally…

 

Another club seems to be ignoring everything, and whilst the media should be asking how they are going to finance it, instead, they merely promote it… Stewart Fisher in the Sun….

 

RANGERS managing director Stewart Robertson has revealed ambitious plans to turn Edmiston House into a 1,300-capacity conference centre, concert venue and museum – using funds from selling off half the Albion Car Park.

The redevelopment – which will be at the centre of the club’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2022 – will also house a retail space and act as a fan zone on match days, generating revenue which can then be ploughed back into the first team.

 

The Ibrox MD does claim that the sale of half of the Albion St car park will finance it, but there are no actual figures mentioned, and no sign of any buyer….

 

But Fisher doesn’t follow that line, instead he goes with a long diatribe from MD Robertson…

 

“There is potential development in the Albion Car Park.

“We are looking at selling half of the car park and the funds from that will go towards the building of New Edmiston House.

“What we are doing there is taking what is essentially a non-revenue generating asset, taking the capital from that and putting it into an asset that will generate revenues for the club going forward.

“The more revenues we can generate, the more profit we can generate, the more we can provide to Steven and strengthen the team and strengthen what we have got on the park.” 

“Edmiston House is going to be a real centre piece of the 150th anniversary celebrations.  

 

Presumably to make up for the fact that they completely missed out on celebrating their only euroean trophy in their centenary season, although back then they thought they were formed in 1873.

 

“We are looking to create a really modern state-of-the-art facility that is hopefully going to lead us into the next 150 years of our history and will help facilitate the commercial growth of the club.

“It is going to be a multi-purpose offering. It is going to be the club-focused offering.

“We are looking at a retail facility over two stories. We will have a multi-purpose function, conferencing, event, concert space that will be used as a fan zone on match days.  

 

 

We’ve heard it all before, Murray and his floating pitch and so on, but the hacks don’t want to ask awkward questions or point out niggling facts regarding affordability and such trivia.

 

 

No, the return of Scottish football, albeit in a watered down state is good news, and the future is bright, and we’re all going to skip happily through the summer meadows, pausing only to take refreshment from the flowing stream of happiness.

 

Fucking idiots.

 

Fucking greedy, selfish idiots.

 

 

I may be sounding a little pessimistic here, but hear me out.

 

Shrewsbury, Telford, Stoke on Trent , Wrexham, Dudley…all towns I’ve been driving around over the last week or so, and all have featured one thing-or the lack of it.

 

Masks. Face masks won’t protect you from the virus in themselves, but they do reduce the chances of infection. Look at China, Hong Kong and other countries that take it seriously.

 

By not wearing a mask you are showing that you are not taking this seriously, and you haven;t adjusted your overall behaviour to these dangerous times.

 

 

Combined with a lack of social distancing, thats a ticking timebomb.

 

Britain removed the lockdown and businesses and schools are about to open again.

 

Yesterday, there were more deaths than in the rest of the EU combined, a chilling statistic and one that has been largely ignored.

 

Bringing football back shows that the industry is just like any other, more interested in its own survival than that of its primary customer base.

 

I keep saying this, but please keep behaving as you did during the first outbreak, and take no notice of those who put their wage packets ahead of your health and survival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On an entirely different note, some “reporters ” are even lazier than others…

 

Celtic are still showing an interest in Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna, according to Athletic journalist Kieran Devlin.

Speaking on the Cynic Agenda podcast, Devlin claimed that the Hoops are still eyeing a potential move for the 23-year-old as they look for a replacement for Jozo Simunovic, who they chose not to keep at the club.

McKenna, who is a boyhood Hoops supporter, handed in a transfer request last summer after clubs in England showed an interest in him, so it’s clear that he would be open to a move away from the Dons if the right offer came along. 

 

I wonder where he read that bollocks.

 

 

Have you noticed other little changes around the community as well ?

 

For example, the Madeleine McCann case took a twist yesterday when police announced they wanted to talk to a German..years ago they would have said a “Gerry ”

 

And childrens attitudes and manners have changed as well…

 

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Yesterday, we had this…

 

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Yes, I expected a plethora of mysoginistic replies, and you didn’t let me down.

 

Shame on you.

 

Humpty Numpty

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Air Force technician explains to new intake where the vanity mirror and indicators are.  

 

 

Today…

 

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pilsbury dough bhoy

Caption “You can’t move, can you Dom?” copyright Eric Morecambe 1972

Citibhoy
Puggy67

It’s tricky on the one hand they visually represent awareness of the virus and promote social distancing and on the other make some think they have superpowers and lean over the top of you to get at the bargain bin in the Co-op. They help but if you’re talking about opening pubs soon (as they are in England) they are an ashtray on a motorbike.

Puggy67

Caption: “Spirits from beyond, we bring you gifts from life into death. Commune with us, and move among us, speak to us, through one of us, are you there?”
“We are here. Kill the fat blonde cunt.”

mattybhoy

boris the bad having a tantrum while his pal domadick looks on and thinks what a fookin dick

Anthony Brannan

In the annual Bullingdon boys versus Tottie fight, Bullingdon Bawjaws holds his own while his special adviser gets a Karate chop to the balls.

D'Finnhein Mick

RALPH Where can any of us get our hands on these masks? I’m still working as normal-though it is overnight with VERY limited contacts with others. Not been offered one. Not been anywhere bar supermarkets since March 20 apart from that,and that isn’t right. I understand your point about masks,but they aren’t nearly as effective as you think,because unless they are N95 standard,they are about as effective as a pair of tights over your face. I don’t know what the answer to all this is,apart from a universally-available vaccine,but lockdown is killing the economy,driving us all insane,and depriving me of… Read more »

the real Anton Rogan

Masks in public are recommended so that you do not spread large gobfulls of virus on those around you. They are not to intended to protect you.

I’m sure it was a rhetorical question but as I don’t know what that means, try these:

irishrepublicanartwork(.)co.uk/shop/ols/products/celtic-face-masks-10-pack

tufac(.)bigcartel.com/product/face-covee

Simple, single use cloth ones are available online from various suppliers for about 50p-£1 per mask when bought in bulk. Tenfold what they were a few months ago but hey ho.

There’s also plenty of videos to improvise your own from t-shirts, socks and, I dare say, tights, although preferably unladdered.

Profuse apologies to Ralph if he’s just generating demand before etims launches its own range.

Monti

Ann Summers

George Lazenbhoy

Caption: and I can even make the Borisbot do battle cries

Rob O'Keeffe

Caption: Dominic rests his cock on woman’s hand to see if it’s working properly…..

D'Finnhein Mick

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Strategically placed hand,make the rest up yourselves…

Mike

“Celtic withdraw Sky-sports co-operation as the Alfredo Morelos Translation-gate rumbles on”. Sky’s initial translation had accused Celtic fans of racially abusing Morelos. Until the real translation appeared courtesy of a Celtic Spanish CSC. Sky was forced to issue an apology to Celtic and *Rangers fans?!?? Now to me all of that was abhorrent, Sky should have been binned and charged with inciting racial hatred. In a fair world their licence to broadcast should have been revoked or, a hefty fine imposed on them for such a disgusting broadcast. And yet, “Celtic F.C. welcomes the work undertaken by the SPFL. (Doncaster… Read more »

Mike

Celt the jersey’s ^ Celt their souls.

Rob O'Keeffe

Totally correct Ralph regarding a bloody virtual ST.Disaster waiting to happen.Up here,last weekend,all the tossers who went to Loch Lomond,Kelvingrove Park etc clearly don’t give a flying f.ck and won’t think twice about packing out their mates’ house to watch the game and get pissed….

sfa unfit for purpose

Hilarious…….tell us all more ..

Straight from the mind of the mindless

SteveNaive

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Patel sees her chance and karate chops Cummings in the baws

Uibh fhaili

Dickhead tells gove he won’t give up the leadership without a fight

Puggy67

Caption: New Etims competition – Spot the Bollocks. Simply place a cross exactly at the centre of where you believe someone is talking bollocks. Whoever gets it spot on will win £1,000s, or not. As, like spot the ball, it’s a total scam set up to con the gullible. Good luck!

Danny Bhoy

‘Britain removed the lockdown and businesses and schools are about to open again’.

England removed the lockdown, other countries didn’t

Dziekanowski's nightclub child

Caption: ‘The BJ209 is working perfectly’ says it’s controller Cummings

SteveNaive

Game on tv is no comparison to actually being there so a no for me.
McKenna is nowhere near good enough so another no.

Monti

PISH

alzyerpal

Caption – “So I grabbed that Jennifer Arcuri bint from the back, like this, bent her over the desk, and took her, right up the shiter. And all for only 150 Grand of taxpayer money. Luvvly!”

Whitearra

Caption : ‘Cabinet’s Fascist marching song “You put your right foot in….”’

Sancheto

Caption- “British Exceptionalism” is alive and kicking………….unfortunately!

Greenmaestro

Don’t the Close Brothers have first dibs on the magical Albion Car Park?
Might have been a question a journalist would ask.

Humpty Numpty

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Boris recreates his grandfather Winston Churchill’s speech “we shall fight the Huns in the pubs, in the stands and in the car parks. “

Holysmokes

I got the impression that the car park was going in lieu of paying the loan back. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was and this is just a cover up for that. The amount of money they’re spending at the moment reminds me of (you’ll see it in movies sometimes) the CEO of the company that’s about to go bust being driven around in a limousine. Keeping up appearances to fool people into thinking they’re still a sound investment.

Monti

Caption: A couple o fannies!

Cortes

A couple of phonies.

Caption: and now if I press the del.key he will sit back down again. Wonderful

R.St.Parsley

Caption:
Dr.Mental and Mr.Snide

Cortes

Just before becoming the most famous person in hospital for the virus, he gave voice “I’ll thcream and thcream until I’m thick.”

Holysmokes

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Boris leading by example by staying alert to the virus. Ready to throw down at the mere mention of Covid-19. Proving that crowds at football matches will be fine…as long as everyone drinks enough Buckfast before going into the stadium.

Was there not something a few weeks ago about flats being built on one half of the albion car park?

Monti

I take it the other half will remain a car park for the residents of the new flats? 🙂

Exactly m8

Tam the tim

Land of hope and glory, master of the meek.

Cartvale88

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If Stewart Robertson can talk pxsh, then so can I

Masks great if your robbing a shop or a bank Ralphie.

the real Anton Rogan

Caption: yes he might well look like a twat by wearing a scarf indoors but he is using it to see if its suitable to protect his neck against the blowtorch

Puggy67

Caption: Yes Prime Minister but perhaps something like ‘the death of George Flloyd was tragic’
would be more appropriate?

sfa unfit for purpose

Caption So I said ‘GO on and stick the pigs head on my cock….

sfa unfit for purpose

Big plans for the Albion car park will require Real Plans….like planning permission for starters.Local community will have to be included in any consultation , so usual moonbeam pish on the never never.

Puggy67

Caption: Yes Prime Minister but perhaps something like ‘the death of George Flloyd was tragic’ would be more appropriate.

Caption……..
BoJo demonstrates the age old Tory method of hanging out to dry, the minister who will take the blame for the latest f@ck up.
“Right Hancock, ready, Rock,Paper,Scissor.
Too late, You’re out.”
Meanwhile, as ever, the Grand Puppeteer Dom remotely manipulates BoJo’s last few remaining brain cells.
Plus ca change and all that…………

Monti

FFS it’s the masons again…..

The Name Of The True Idiot .. do you actually believe your own propaganda:: it’s time you read some new pamphlets on mental delusion disorders

Monti

Weered,
Could you send Charlie Saiz one of those?

Monti I think C S is up to speed on it already

Caption : I will huff and puff and blow your house down.

Monti

Come again?

Twisty says that you are twisted

puggy67

Classic Devon Loch moment CS you had the winning post in sight and you couldn’t help yourself. Now slagging conspiracy theories then citing your own is naughty. It’s just a shame that the No Bullshit Conspiracies training was on in the next room.

charlie

aws ffs saiz dont you start anaw why dont ye invite rebel up yer loft tae swap commando mags but remember social distancing so nae winchin ha ha ha ha

Monti

🙂

charlie

aint yon real rebel a real yin monti

Monti

He’s quite impressive ….

Monti

You certainly have serious issues lol lol

Monti

Do they do protective nosebags?

charlie

heh heh spluttered ma coffee ther monti

Monti

FFS 🙂

Some imagination on this chap.

Monti did he ever do Jackanory?

CS. The madhouse

C S that’s a tad deep for me, did you read a pamphlet about it

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