Celtic Diary Tuesday July 28: And Breathe…..

Supporter panic seemed to ease over the last couple of days, though some will still find something to moan about, as Celtic duly recorded a couple of wins in friendlies against Premier opposition.

 

Ross County were beaten on Sunday by 2-0, and Hibernian went down 3-1 to a second string side as Celtic tepped up the pace ahead of Sunday’s league opener against Hamilton.

 

It now appears we have a goalkeeper lined up as well, with Vassilis Barkas on his way to Glasgow to sign a four year deal with £5.5m going the other way in exchange.

 

Ismael Soro and Luca Connell showed they can play a bit, Patrick Klimala socred a couple of goals as well, including one which was net bound anyway after a delightful run and chip from Leigh Griffiths…thats right, him…which showed he was either a selfish greedy bassa or just hungry for goals.

 

Frankly , either suits me. A strikers job is to score goals, and I dont care what else he does. Goals win games, and Celtic fans will recall that Henrik Larsson was often the man to get results with many a goal in a 1-0 win,especially against tougher opponents.

 

Thats not to say Larsson wasn’t a team player, as he was, but there’s nothing wrong with having someone who just scores goals, although perhaps a better comparison would be John Hartson, who also harassed defenders as well as scoring, which seems to be Klimali’s style.

 

Anyone who reckons we needed a new striker might well consider that we couldn’t really do much better than someone who could be described as a fast and mobile John Hartson….even if it’s only me who describes him like that.

 

And what of Leigh Griffiths, the man who makes Lazarus look like he didn’t know how to make a comeback ?

 

There he was, back to his cheeky best..alert, hungry, dare I say even fit ?

 

Yes, I dare to say even fit.

 

Suddenly we have three strikers.

 

Suddenly we have two keepers

 

Connell can play centre back and is already a full Irish international.

 

Celtic have been buying up players over the last few years and quietly getting them ready for the first team, and this season we might see the benefits of that particular policy.

 

Optimism ? On Etims ?

Has someone else started writing the Diary ?

 

I don’t normally care much about pre season friendlies, as they are absolutely not an indicator of what will follow once the real stuff starts, but this season they have taken on a new importance, not in results, but in getting players used to playing in empty stadia.

 

Though to be fair, if you didn;t know, you’d be hard pushed to decide if this picture, from the Ross County game..

 

Celtic make winning return to Parkhead with friendly victory over ...

 

was a behind closed doors game or  taken with ten minutes to go of a December league match under normal circumstances…

 

 

There’s still talk that Lennon will pay £5m to borrow a striker from West Ham for a year, and this may well happen.

 

If it does, and given that Griffiths and Klimali played as a two up front for a bit against Hibs, one wonders if Oddsone Edoaurd has changed his mind about hanging around for twelve months….

 

We’re almost certainly going to lose more players this summer, with Ajer and Christie probably the ones we’ll miss the most, and if Edouard is added to that list, then optimism may fade.

 

But there is no sign of discontent, and no word of any offers.

 

I think we’ll all feel better if we don’t get the West Ham guy though, as there is no way we’d pay that sort of fee for a player we wouldn’t start every week, unless he was really bad.

 

It’s worth watching how this one pans out, and the reasons behind any move.

 

 

Maybe it was just to give Leigh Griffiths that kick up the arse he needed…on the evidence of yesterday it seems to have jolted him back to reality, and credit has to go to superb man management from Lennon if this is the case, but it may be in the back of his mind that Griffiths is only ever one step away from a crisis, whether self inflicted or not, and perhaps his race is run.

 

Though in fairness, he’ll probably have had a few quid on the outcome.

 

One other thing caught the eye, Tam MacManus , former Hibs player turned pundit said that he has it on good authority that Stephen Fletcher is very keen on a move to Celtic…

 

chrissy three's company gif – notes from a chair

 

 

 

Elsewhere, and reality may finally have dawned on Hearts supremo Ann budge when the arbitration panel set up to tell her to fuck off finally told her to fuck off yesterday.

 

SPFL Chairman Murdoch MacLennan said: “The formation of this SFA Arbitration Panel was an important step for Scottish football and one which enabled a minutely detailed examination of the entire process of ‘calling the season’.

“Directors and officials from the SPFL co-operated with the panel to the fullest possible extent, during which they were subjected to forensic examination by QCs, all under the scrutiny of a very experienced tribunal.

“No-one should be under any illusion about the rigorous and challenging nature of this process. I would fully expect all those involved to agree that no stone was left unturned, no allegation left unanswered. Every aspect of the various arguments put forward by both Heart of Midlothian and Partick Thistle was examined minutely, with full access to all relevant documents, records, emails and telephone logs. 

“The panel heard from many witnesses, including senior figures from across our game and three members of the SPFL executive team. Thousands of pages of evidence were considered.

“I’m therefore very pleased that the tribunal unanimously held that the challenges to the written resolution of 15 April 2020 failed, and that the SPFL were entitled to pass, and give effect to, the written resolution and all that flowed from it.

“Throughout the process, and whilst under the most severe pressure, criticism and media scrutiny, the SPFL has followed appropriate legal guidance and acted in accordance with the best interests of the SPFL as a whole at all times.

“It is regrettable that the league had to be concluded in the way that it was. However, despite calls to the contrary from some parties, subsequent events, including the virtual shutdown of our entire country for months, confirm that there was no viable alternative. With contact training only being allowed to resume on 29 June, it was simply impossible for games to be played or for Season 2019/20 to continue. 

“I want to make clear that it is unfortunate the early curtailment of the season relegated Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer. However, in circumstances where reconstruction was comprehensively rejected by SPFL member clubs, there was no viable alternative. I sympathise hugely with all three clubs, but given this clear and unequivocal tribunal decision, it is imperative that everyone accepts it and works together to ensure that our game can move forward and tackle the enormous and continuing challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “This is a clear, comprehensive and unanimous decision.

“I am absolutely delighted that our approach has been vindicated throughout, following an intense period of legal scrutiny and review.

“It has been a very demanding process, but I had complete confidence in the actions and decisions of the SPFL board and the SPFL executive team.”

 

Predictably, she promptly threw all of her toys out of the pram with a rant about unfairness and anything else she could think of, but perhaps now we can get on with trying to rebuild the game in Scotland.

 

“By now, most of you will know that the SFA arbitration panel has found against us in our “unfair prejudice” challenge, following the relegation of Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer, as a consequence of the early termination of Season 2019/20.

“For those of us involved throughout this process, sadly once again, we cannot say we are totally surprised at the outcome, despite firmly believing in the power of the arguments and evidence we put forward. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank our legal team, who despite the result, were quite simply first-class.

“They acknowledged from the outset that this would be an uphill battle, but nonetheless it was a battle we felt we had to fight.

“We could not simply sit back and accept the unfairness that was being meted out to us.

“What has been allowed to happen in Scottish football, where fellow member clubs and our governing bodies have stood back and allowed totally disproportionate financial damage to be imposed on three of its members, can only be described as shameful… as indeed, should the SPFL’s recent self-congratulatory statement. 

“For too long, chairmen and owners have stood on the sidelines bemoaning the decision-making processes, the perceived lack of leadership, the lack of commercialism; the general shortcomings, as they see it, of Scottish football.

“However, if they really want things to change, it will take more than words. They will have to stand-up and be counted.

“We tried to do just that. Unfortunately, the very fact that we tried and lost, will cause many others to be even more wary.

“I can hear them now… “You can’t fight the rules; you can’t fight the establishment; we must support the centre.”

“Sadly, I see little cause for optimism that things will improve any time soon in Scottish football. I hope I am wrong.

“My rant is over for now.

“While frustrated, disappointed and angry with much that has gone on over the last four months, we must now move forward.

“We will suffer serious financial losses as a consequence of losing this particular battle but we will survive and we will come through this stronger than ever.

“We have suffered a series of blows over recent months, but our spirit has never been stronger.

“We will continue to run our club with honesty, transparency and integrity.

“These are the values we have always adhered to and we will continue to keep them front and centre of everything we do.

“We will also lead with strong financial management and importantly, with confidence.

“We look forward, once again, to celebrating a successful year, culminating in winning the Championship and getting back to where we belong.

“Robbie has done it before and with your support, we can make this a year to remember for the right reasons as well as the wrong.

“I make these statements, confident in the support I know we will have from our incredible fans and sponsors.

“The messages of support that I, personally, have received throughout this enormously difficult period have been absolutely amazing.

“Let me say “thank you” to each and every one of you.

“I am sorry we did not win this battle but as we all know, it is winning the war that counts.”

She doesn’t know when she’s beaten, which is sort of admirable, and in the sense that both the SFA and SPFL are unfit for purpose, she’s right again, but she isn’t going to win any war with anyone picking battles she can’t win.

 

There are many, many examples of where the game’s controlling bodies have shown that they are bloody useless, but in this one they were right, and only following the rules that all the clubs had signed up to.

 

Including Hearts, Partick and Stranraer.

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the sale of Alfredo Morelos is getting closer to falling through, as a cash strapped Ibrox board demand all of the money up front-around £6m -as they have a few bills of their own to pay, including 30% of the fee for Ryan Kent…otherwise, he might well be recalled to Anfield.

 

“rangers ” don’t want that, and Liverpool certainly don’t want that, and with no other bids on the table for the striker, they are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

 

They could actually begin the season without Katic, Defoe, Morelos and Kent. And maybe even Tavernier who has said he wants away, but yet again the unrealistic price demanded by the selling club is putting clubs off.

 

A difficult trip to Aberdeen on Saturday could end their campaign before Cetic’s has even started….

 

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And frankly, if they don;t get the money up front for Morelos, we could be looking at Third Rangers even sooner than we thought…

 

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On Saturday we had this….

 

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Sevco demand Bridget O’Fenian’s under-10 hopscotch title be asterisked as ‘she didnae complete a full grid’. 

 

 

Today….

 

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Arsene Parcelie
1 month ago

Caption:
Social distancing: FAIL
Mask wearing:PASS

Weered
1 month ago

It is great to see Celtic continuing their winning ways. It augers well for the coming season 🙂

My Reds lost a penalty shootout last night after a fast paced And skillful cup semi final against Glentoran. Again it augers well for our coming season

Gerard Hart
1 month ago
Reply to  Weered

It’s O’Connor who is a centre half , not Connell

Brencelt
1 month ago
Reply to  Weered

That was a great game. Shame about missing the 5th pen to win it

1 month ago
Reply to  Weered

Unlucky, I thought after the Glens hitting the post twice late on it was going to be the Reds day but not to be.

Astonishing that the players kept going for the full 120 minutes on a heavy pitch in their first game in 4-5 months.

Onwards and upwards.

Weered
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha… yes it was a credit to both teams to play at such an energetic pace for 120 mins.

The reds played at this pace last season and was rewarded in the County Antrim shield final with 2 very late goals to beat Ballymena.
Methinks that linfield will be looking over their shoulders this season

Weered
1 month ago

The less said about the caption pic the better… I can think of better ways of suffocating ffs

Bognorbhoy
1 month ago

Caption
Sevco win the pre season cup … Smell the skiddies…

Bognorbhoy
1 month ago

Caption…too
Billy and Sammy , on a magic carpet ride .

1 month ago

CAPTION
“Sammy, were you on the Guiness again…”

Jazzy K
1 month ago

Caption : Charlie Adams tries to sniff out why everyone sings about his sisters pants

1 month ago

CAPTION
When TV broadcasters convince Michael Gove that wearing a facemask makes sense after all as well as improving his appearance..

Luke Warmwater
1 month ago

Kris Boyd hits the skids

Blantyre88
1 month ago

Just to say, its Luke O’Connell that has played for Ireland at right back (was on loan to Partick Thistle last season), Luca Connell who came on yesterday in midfield has been in squads for the Republic but never played

1 month ago
Reply to  Blantyre88

No, its Lee O’Connor.

Iain in Alberta
1 month ago
Reply to  Blantyre88

The young Irish guys’ name is listed as L. O’Connor. If I remember right his first name is Les. (or is it Des) I am not sure why he isn’t being considered for the first team squad as he looked good playing for Ireland under 21s. Luca Connell is from Liverpool (in the Irish squad also) and played really well in centre midfield on Sunday.
HH

Sancheto
1 month ago

Caption – The Daily Radar send top reporter to get to the bottom of the Morelos transfer deal but can’t smell anything fishy!

Charlinick
1 month ago

funny as fuck

there is no way we’d pay that sort of fee for a player we wouldn’t start every week, unless he was really bad.

Charlinick
1 month ago

funny as fuck

there is no way we’d pay that sort of fee for a player we wouldn’t start every week, unless he was really bad.

Puggy67
1 month ago

Caption: Keith Jackson receives a Sevco briefing.

Kevin Sweeney
1 month ago

Caption: Gary Ralston with another hard hitting article on Sevco

Puggy67
1 month ago

Caption: New from Ronco*! The Rangers** TV virtual reality mask. Smell and taste the unique Ibrox atmosphere while enjoying the game through a blue-tinted filter and join in with flatulant versions of your favourite sectarian songs.
Here we model the exclusive shareholder model with added Chairman that periodically shits on you. Only £16.90! Available as soon as we get authorisation from a third party.
*Died 2018. **Died 2012.

Bognorbhoy
1 month ago

Caption tree..
Prince Andrew revisits Woking incognito…

alzyerpal
1 month ago

Caption – ” Daily Record Exclusive : Keith Jackson in In-depth interview with James Traynor. “

Village idiot
1 month ago

CAPTION .
Two a**e holes.

Johnbhoy57
1 month ago

Tom English wakes up next to Ann Budge to smell the COSTA of relegation

Broony
1 month ago

Caption: leicester City fans after another Brendan rodgers press conference.

TicToc
1 month ago

Ralph: “There’s still talk that Lennon will pay £5m to borrow a striker from West Ham for a year, and this may well happen.”
You’ve surely got crossed wires here, Ralph? He, Ajeti, was bought by WHU for £8M but hardly played. There’s talk he’s coming to CP on loan for a year with an option to BUY for £5M if loan is successful. I suppose this is what happens when you’re driving all over the place and trying to write The Diary as you go! 🙂
HH
FC not PLC

charlie
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

tic toc ajeti played wae elyounoussi for a coupla year at basle and by all accounts they wer great together we shoul sign him in my opinion

TicToc
1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

charlie, I replied to you but it’s disappeared…..FFS, lads, sort this late, missing comments thing, it’s way past annoying!

Spudscave
1 month ago

Cause of death COVID-19

Spudscave
1 month ago

I hope he doesn’t dream about licking a big oyster aff the ice cream van things could get messy

Spudscave
1 month ago

Big Tams wife finally gets photo evidence to prove him and wee Billy are certified bum chums

Cartvale88
1 month ago

Caption
The smell of shite keeps a Sevco fan happy

There is an ongoing implosion at Ipokes which our media are ignoring, as they listen to sycophants such as Rae, McCann, Dodds, Miller and Sally. The end could be extremely near for the Rankers

charlie
1 month ago

sumdy should ask mini budge wot she thinks aboot res 12 thatl shut her up

SteveNaive
1 month ago

Heartened by the football and performances yesterday. Very well played by all and credit to Ralston. Looks fitter and more comfortable on the ball and Klimala looks like McNamara with a skinhead. ON a class above everyone and Griff just a goal threat straightaway. Industrial strength tackling again let go with only one yellow for Hibs. We were looking for strength in depth and it’s been there all along.

charlie
1 month ago

caption dont ask tendermeatballs or sally mc moist …his heids up his arse

TicToc
1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

Charlie, that FN eejit Jackson was no doubt trying to take the piss out of “succulent lamb” with his handle, ‘tedermeatballs’. He even fukked that up by missing the ‘n’.
The clown. And ‘sally’, he should use his verbal shite in his gerden work! 🙂
HH
FC not PLC

charlie
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

heh heh

SteveNaive
1 month ago

And Darren O’Dea was excellent as well.

Salad queen
1 month ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Caption
The fairbrass brothers practice the covid follow up to “I’m too sexy”

Brencelt
1 month ago

Caption: the onion bears come up with the novel fundraising idea – smell morelos jocks

Puggy67
1 month ago

Caption: Despite the disguise an omnipotent post soon revealed the true identity of RIB.

1 month ago
Reply to  Puggy67

on impotent

San Miguel
1 month ago

Caption -Do you smell shite ?

Spudscave
1 month ago

Caption BigTam shouting Billy Billy can ye hear me brother where ur ye.Tam a can hear ye mate a think a fell into a big dark crevice and Tam it’s smells like an ancient burial site the stench of rotting flesh a think am gony vomit don’t worry Tam once a see daylight al come an get ye

Schrodinger's Cat
1 month ago

After hearing of the results from the SFA Appeal Tribunal, Tom English finally emerges from Anne Budge’s arse

TicToc
1 month ago

Interesting. Where did you watch it? Askin’ for a friend…..
DM me, Ralph’s got the necessary.
HH
FC not PLC

1 month ago

Caption: Now over live to a shady spot in Drumcree where the loyal are waiting still.

mattybhoy
1 month ago

sevco supporters after 10inarow

1 month ago

Caption: Whits the goalie daein Tam

Uralius
1 month ago

What a shit Caption competition.

Spudscave
1 month ago

Caption there’s a buzz about the place

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Spudscave

Pizza Express, Woking.

Monti
1 month ago

Caption: ” Mr Mountbatten, what time does the boat pick us up “?

Uibh fhaili
1 month ago

After celebrating their latest cup win a hun lies shit faced in Glasgow airport waiting for his team to get back

Puggy67
1 month ago

Caption: Bull Dyke thanks for the protection but is this really necessary? Oh absolutely Ghislaine! In fact it would be best if you turned round, you know, for your safety.

portpower
1 month ago

Alfredo Morelos – Going for 55 Psi.

portpower
1 month ago

Caption:
5 stars on the crest.

Whitearra
1 month ago

Caption : ‘and that Johnnie boy, is how I met your mother’.

1 month ago

Just seen a clip of referee kevin Clancy there and I should be shocked at what he said but I’m not.
He says that the guys (all the refs in the spl) know whats at stake this season?
I’m sorry but as a referee whats at stake in the league or cups has fuck all to do with you. Just you go out and do your job as best you can without worrying what your lodge m8s are going to say when you meet up in midweek. I mean would that happen in any other league in the world.
Its a fuckin disgrace and Lawwell better be ready to protect our club with the shit that will come this season.

1 month ago

caption: Welcome to the lodge brother.

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