Celtic Diary Thursday July 23: Frantic Frank Sups The Soup

Frank MacAvennie, one time hero of Celtic fans , sat down at the table with his spoon to further his attempts to get a mainstream media gig.

He’s decided that Scott Bain isn’t good enough, Scott Brown is telling lies , and Scott Tracey never flew Thunderbird One.

 

I like Scott Bain as a keeper but not for the whole season,” 

“He would not be my pick to go for the 10. I would be confident with him being the club’s number two.

“He is liable to throw in a couple but he is definitely a good keeper. Lennon wants somebody that is commanding, coming out of his box to collect the ball.

“I heard Scott Brown sticking up for him and saying he would be happy with Scott Bain as number one. No you would not. 

 

Brown previously had said;

“We’d trust Bainy to do the business, definitely,”

“He came in and was brilliant for us when he arrived. He was chucked in at the deep end at Ibrox. Dorus de Vries got injured the day before and Bainy went straight in and he saved us that day, to be honest. He kicked on from there and he was fantastic for us in that run-in — as he has been whenever he’s been asked to play. Bainy never lets anyone down and I’m sure he’ll step up if he plays this week, the next or whenever.”

“He’s a top goalkeeper, he is very composed with the ball at his feet and he’s a shot-stopper. Bainy’s a good one to have, and if he starts the season then I’m sure the lads would be delighted with that.

I’m sure he will be pushing himself regardless of whether someone else comes in or not to try to focus on getting that No 1 jersey,”  

 

So much so, in fact, he was handed a long term contract, and at 26, still has much to learn, but like all goalkeepers, will make the odd mistake.

 

Frank MacAvennie is noted for the piss poor parody of him played by Jonathan Watson on the traditional New Year episode of Only an Excuse, which ran out of jokes about fifteen years ago.

 

Scott Brown is the Celtic captain with a plethors of medals and awards in his cabinet, who holds the respect of team mates, supporters and management alike.

 

Not surprisingly, I’ll go with Brown on this one.

 

The chase for a goalkeeper continues, as Bain is the only experienced number one, and that is not a good situation to be in, but lets not confuse needing another goalkeeper with needing a goalkeeper.

 

Celtic have reputedly opened the bidding for Vassilis Barkas, of AEK Athens, with a bid of about £3.5m, whilst Athens want £6m, but would settle for £5m.

 

According to the media, that is, so no doubt Celtic have no intention of bringing him in.

 

This “bid ” has prompted the usual criticism of Peter Lawwell , which is sometimes justified, in that he won’t pay the asking price again and therefore we’re going to lose out.

 

Nothing wrong with a bit of haggling, and when you consider some of the money spent on some of the dross lately, there’s n harm in keeping costs down if possible.

 

If we don’t get Barkas, attention could shift to Robin Olsen of Roma, who has offered to bring his own gloves as part of the deal…

 

 

Robin Olsen has been on loan at Cagliari from Roma.  Picture: Enrico Locci/Getty Images

 

This has alerted Lawwell, and talks are ongoing, and could hinge on whether or not he’s prepared to supply his own soap and towels for the dressing room.

 

 

Tiresome, isn’t it ?

 

We need a keeper, yes, but all this does is encourage lazy journalists to scroll down a list of keepers we’ve previously been linked to and claim we’re linked to them again.

 

Football is an uncertain industry at the moment, and Celtic have been trusted woth millions of pounds of money from supporters who have no guarantee of actually seeing a game, certainly in the near future.

 

I’d like to think they’re taking their time and trying to make the right decision, instead of a hasty one.

 

 

With main rivals “rangers ” winning 4-0 in a friendly against Motherwell last night, panic seems to have set in in some quarters, but this happened last season as well, and the squad that Celtic has far, far outweighs the one at Ibrox, where if you remember we were exposed to the same nonsense when they hammered Marseille, drew with Blackburn and thrashed Lokomitiv Tashkent before their season petered out with a home defeat to Hamilton.

 

And there are other things for them to worry about as well…

 

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In eight years, they sure have earned their five stars….

 

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Interestingly, the only one of those trophies that featured Celtic saw the Ibrox side play a round robin against the other two sides involved, therefore only two thirds of fixtures were completed….and I don’t recall a vote either….

 

 

Here’s a bit of history…..

 

 

 

Astonishing that it’s twenty five years since then, and how much it’s become part of the teams ritual, and also the fans who have made it famous worldwide….

 

We lost that game, by the way…..

 

Kickers Emden Pre season Jul 95

 

 

Also on this day, back in 1920, Winston Churchill asked the British Cabinet

“What would happen if the Protestants in the six counties were given weapons and charged with maintaining law and order and policing the country”?

The Ulster Special Constabulary were formed soon after.

 

Thankfully, that had no long lasting effect on the island….

 

Churchill  offered his “blood , sweat and tears ” at the outset of him leading the coalition government into the Second World War, largely because civil servants had advised him not to do any more thinking.

 

 

Speaking of idiot leaders, it’s not gone unnoticed that Boris Johnson is touring Scotland to strengthen the bonds of the union…

 

 

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Yesterday, we had this…

 

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Celtics new Pay per View wasnt quite as expected

 

 

Which reminds me, they’re doing a trial run with a friendly soon, so keep your eyes open for your new password, and make sure you’ve got a note of the helpline number beside you when the game kicks off.

 

I’m wondering if anyone has a drone they’re willing to hire out every second Saturday…..

 

Today, lets stare at this picture and hope something funny comes to mind.

 

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Puggy67
1 month ago

Caption: Thankfully the ‘Isa takes a gun to the Clansman’ scene in the final episode of Still Game never made the final cut.

Ian fenney
1 month ago

Absolutely zero time for this guy speaking from a personnel experience

George Lazenbhoy
1 month ago

Caption: aye son, this used to be Ibrox before the board converted it to a hover pitch.

1 month ago

Machine Gun Annie waits for Frank McAvennie to pay for a new coat for her and son

Whitearra
1 month ago

Caption “Right, before this all kicks off, are you sure that’s him with your bike”.

Warriorthruandthru
1 month ago

Grandad used to talk about a football team who used to play here. I can’t remember what they were called. . . . Sevco rangers or something like that.

D'Finnhein Mick
1 month ago

Caption

Stevenston.

pilsbury dough bhoy
1 month ago

Sergei “The Hit Man” Krakov’s latest disguise was brilliant. It had also been a genius idea to bring his maw

Puggy67
1 month ago

So 37 year old Defoe does a hamstring, Morelos has a for sale sign on his misshapen napper and they have no other senior strikers. Ibrox crisis headlines? Nothing to see here.

Bognorbhoy
1 month ago

Caption
It’s 2070 ,
Villanelle has one final go at killing eve …

Sancheto
1 month ago

Caption – Gran you say there used to be a great stadium and team play here but look at it, it’s a shit hole and everybody knows that there’s only been one great team in Glasgow since 1888!

Humpty Numpty
1 month ago

CAPTION
Nostalgic look back to when I bought guns for the KGB and CS bought the bullets.

SteveNaive
1 month ago

Mum persuades fan to pay up in “watch your car mr” dispute.

Frodshambhoy
1 month ago

Caption
Her Maj goes looking for prince Andrew with his girlfriend’s brother

Cartvale88
1 month ago

Caption
Are you sure this is where the Buffalo lives?

Most of the ex Tic media pundits are not the brightest, their words twisted to suit an agenda. As for the idiots that are terrified of the Rankers after a few friendlies, we have a bigger stronger squad. The zombies are already panicking since grandad did his hamstring last night.

alzyerpal
1 month ago

Caption – ” Mumski? How long do we have to guard Karl Marx Towers from the filthy, Fenian capitalists? “

1 month ago

Ryan “Rat Tails” Kent hires bodyguard to protect him from Hairdresser Police

1 month ago

Mother of Fluffalo’s girlfriend unexpectedly visits his luxury apartment, offering to blow-dry his hair.

Puggy67
1 month ago

Caption: On Boris Johnson’s tour he is about to be reminded of a historical Scottish union that he’s not so keen on maintaining.

1 month ago

Caption: We haven’t gone away ye know says the proud old woman.

R.St.Parsley
1 month ago

Caption:
BBC headline
Huge crowds turn out to welcome Boris Johnson to Scotland.

‘I want to talk about the mere shite…I mean sheer might of the union between mighty Engerland and poor little Jockoland’ Bozo tells the grateful natives.

TicToc
1 month ago

Caption: Granny: “huv ye spotted Charlie Saiz yet son, he owes me a fiver?”
Wee fella: “naw Gran but he’s in wannae thae 2 lofts…..jist try an mind the pigeons.”

TicToc
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

Changa? What ayahuasca is that all about? 🙂
HH
FC not PLC
BTW, the ‘wee mhan’ Leigh has gone OTT in my view and has to repent and re-prove himself or be removed. No one, absolutely no one is above Celtic football club. Leigh currently owes us a lot. He’s at the pinnacle of his career if he knuckles down, works like fukk and emerges the player we know and love. We’d lose a quality player, Leigh would lose a quality career. He’d quite possibly end up like one of the junkies from Trainspotting (in Leith). As opposed to Sunshine on Leith, a beautiful Hibs anthem which gave me so much sheer joy in 2016.
Come on wee mhan, heid doon and graft and save ALL of us from your demise, except the scum you correctly told “yer club’s deid mate, beat it”, who’d ABSOLUTELY love it. COME ON WEE MHAN!

TicToc
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

Aye, que sera, but I think the wee mhan’s feeling too sorry for himself.
He’s eaten a’ the carrots so he needs the other option, IMHO.
A right hard kick up the arse and some stories of people with bigger ‘problems’ than him is in order in my view. And, BTW, I love the wee mhan when he’s scoring goals and tying scarves roon goalposts! Que sera indeed.
HH
FC not PLC

Jimboh
1 month ago

Caption
‘ Bbbut Grannie can we no just have pebble dash instead of holes in the wall’.

H.H.
Stay Safe.
It’s still out there.

Uralius
1 month ago

Caption: See gran that’s the Catholic lad I told you about coming out of my sister’s bedroom.

Doc
1 month ago

I agree with MacAvennie, I don’t think Bain is at the level required for such a key position in such a milestone season. I notice Brown’s first praise is “he is very composed with the ball at his feet”, I still don’t believe that is a vital quality in a goalkeeper.

He is good but I think we should have better. I want the best for us and I wonder how many would claim that Bain is the best in the country.

It really shows how poor Gordon leaving was, losing out on players to other teams is poor but to have someone drop down a division is ludicrous, I can’t remember that happening before.

Caption: When your grandson is signing for Celtic but Lawwell is being tough in the negotiations.

Puggy67
1 month ago

Can we all please put the ‘taking the soup’ to bed. Here’s 2 good reasons. 1. You will never know what it is like to see your child go hungry to the point of starvation in this country. Poverty exists, food banks exist but the level of abject poverty that that saying stems from does not. If it was me I’d have taken the soup and then told them to feck off when I was back on my feet. 2. Who are they? They’re the Salvation Army that we enter into charity partnerships with. Time to move on as we are in effect giving them the soup back. 3. Aye and I can count but I’m on my feckin high horse. It’s a McAvennie article about goal keepers – hardly ban the tricolour stuff and there’s a fair argument there. 4. See 3 and keep safe.

Iancelt67
1 month ago

Caption
I’ll give them “Huns lives matter”

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
1 month ago

Caption: Peter Lawwell in disguise as a bag lady “right Jamsie, you get the dishes for the pay per view and I’ll shoot anyone that notices, every penny is a prisoner!”

Monti
1 month ago

Caption: The ice cream van doesn’t come round here these days, maw?

Uibh fhaili
1 month ago

This my boy is what Craig white got for two quid

charlie
1 month ago

caption fookin say aye yer maw again

charlie
1 month ago

the goalkeeper barkas looks a good signing ide put a video up but by the time yees get it his contract will be up

TicToc
1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

Ha, always a good laugh charlie, an’ by fukk we need it the noo!
HH
FC not PLC

1 month ago

So the huns have broken the law already and the sfa have stood back and done nothing.
Maybe they don’t have the money yo test their players who knows.
But if they are allowed to break such life saving rules without being punished then we do really have a more serious fight to win 10 in a row.
What else will the masons allow them to get away with.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Should be an automatic ten point deduction in the league.

1 month ago

They are the most corrupt club that has ever been in the Scottish game.
Scotlands shame.

1 month ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Nah, Rangers were the worst.

alan
1 month ago

Prince Andrew is in those flats, Your Majesty.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  alan

Caption: A young Wayne Rooney goes on his first date.

Monti
1 month ago

Caption: ” It could be worse son, we could be in Stoke on Trent”

Man in Denial
1 month ago

Caption

Having found not one single The Rangers tops in the Castore shop
Mrs Kalashnikov decides its another lie too many……….

Charlinick
1 month ago

The new hun superduper store attracts the unwanted attention of mike ashleys mum

Charlinick
1 month ago

The new hun superduper store attracts an armed response from mike ashleys mum

TicToc
1 month ago

Just been reading about SC (2019/20) semis and final to be played in December……..a notoriously busy month and with no huns competing? (Fukk me, that’s not new!)
Nor is the FACT that the scum who operate Scottish Football will do ‘anything/everything’ to aid their own favourite scum. AND LAWWELL WILL DO FUKK ALL. The new huns should give him his ipox ST gratis for all he does for them. But wait, I’m not the only one who sees PTL for the piece of filth he IS. As sure as TiochfaidhArLa, so too will his.
Anyway, main point is this: THE 10 is ESSENTIAL, secondary to the quad treble. If it’s so congested in December, send out our development squad against the sheep in the semis and the Hibs in the final. Show the contempt the SFA warrants and STILL lift the cup. And keep focussed on the 10.
LAWWELL, I do hope you read this site, it may just save your bacon, you fat, slobby, pig-bastard.
HH
FC not PLC (and CERTAINLY not PTL)

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