Celtic Diary Wednesday July 29: Early Business-As Usual

Contrary to popular belief, the main business of any transfer window recently has been done fairy quickly, a sign that targets have been identified and sounded out long before the window is opened.

 

With Fraser Forster deciding to reject another spell in Glasgow to spend more time with his bank balance, the pressure was on to find a replacement.

Forster was never our player, and although he had made noises -without a megaphone-about it being good to be back, a plan had to be in place in case he changed his mind.

 

Vasslis Barkas stepped off a plane at Glasgow airport and will undergo a medical at Ross Hall today and should all go well, he’ll provide competition for Scott Bain’s jersey.

 

We didn’t know a great deal about the player, but we have the benefit of a world wide web and we used that to see if Greece has the same problem with drunks as the rest of the world….and it did.

 

Adrianos Moleos , our man over there, told us….

 

Yes I know him well.

I would probably characterise him as the Greek van der sar. He reads the game, he is young, but he is still developing and requires a lot of work. But he is probably a very good deal.

Whether he will make it in Scotland I don’t know. He doesn’t have the international experience Samaras had 

 

An honest, and somewhat frightening assessment.

 

Edwin van Der Saar was the man who shouted “oh Fuuucckkk ” at Old Trafford when a Shunsuke Nakamura free kick hit the net before he’d even seen it was coming, and then a few weeks later shouted ” Oh fuuucckkk not again ” when the Japanese magician put one in the far corner at Celtic Park from roughly a mile and a half out, prompting Alex Ferguson, the then Manchester united boss to point out to van der Saar that he will be in every video ever made about Nakamura.

 

Other than that though, van der Saar had a decent career, and if Barkas has anything  near his ability we’ll have dropped on another quality keeper…

 

Or is it the case that we “drop on ” quality keepers ?

 

Or do we take good keepers and turn them into quality keepers ?

 

We’ll see soon enough, I suppose….

 

 

Two medicals were booked for today, but the forward from West Ham, Albjen Aleti wants more time to think about a move to Celtic, and so he has jetted off to Switzerland for a break. It’s also worth noting that he’s currently playing for a team from London, where the plague is sill in town, and he might not have fancied a medical.

 

Or it simply might be that after being out of the team at west Ham, he didnlt fancy fighting for a place against Edouard, Griffiths and Klimali.

 

Or even Ivan Toney, the Peterborough lad who has been the subject of a bid from a Scottish club, according to the Cambridgeshire outfit, and since the Posh want upwards of £5m for him, it doesn’t take Pinkertons to work out from where the bid came.

 

This might worry some of us that Oddsone Edoaurd could well be sold, especially if Celtic don’t make the champions League, but at least there is some kind of plan B in place if he is.

 

We’d all be delighted to get one more year put of the Frenchman, but maybe he wants to go home to be nearer his family during what promises to be a difficult winter as a rejuvenated virus can;t believe its luck with people forgetting its still around.

 

We also said earlier this season we’d keep an eye on the media narrative around the new campaign, before durng and after, and former Celt Andy Walker took a mouthful of lamb and announced that

Legendary status will be afforded to the players and manager if they can stop Celtic winning 10 titles in a row and the tone will be set for the rest of the season if they manage to secure all three points on the opening day. 

 

Though in fairness he was doing it in the context of a match preview of their gane against aberdeen, but somehow forgot to mention that the Dons could put down a marker atraight away as the main rivals to Celtic..instead reminding us that

 

Aberdeen have been very prudent in this difficult time and have chosen to operate a one-in, one-out system for their squad.

Players and staff have had wage cuts imposed upon them and new signing Johnny Hayes has even offered to defer his entire salary for the season to give the club as much financial breathing space as possible.  

 

 

Then Charlie Nicholas , a colleague of Walkers at Sky…can you spot the connection and reason for the narrative yet ?-narrative added his overvalued tuppence worth…

 

“I am a Celtic fan. I want another Treble, I am not camouflaging that but I do think Celtic will have a problem with no or limited crowds. 

 

Just Celtic mind, everyone else will be fine.

 

“I think they will find it the hardest to adjust to that lack of energy they get from 60,000 fans every second week.

“That is a massive thing to lose and I can see it causing Celtic a stumble, especially in one of the cups.

“If Nicola Sturgeon decides to continue to take control then the best we can hope for is very small crowds, but if it is long-term then Celtic would be impacted more than any other team. 

 

Apart from the ones facing insolvency events, presumably, which is most of them.

 

“The other major worry I have about the club is that they have lost a few players and don’t have the same numbers in the squad.

“The new season is action-packed and it will be relentless with Europe and internationals.

“It might be that Celtic need to prioritise and if they were to look at the trophies then the Betfred Cup is probably the least important now.

“It is a competition that has lost its way. I have won it a couple of times but it is one that Neil Lennon could look to play some of the youngsters and fringe players.

“Celtic will still want to win the Betfred Cup, of course they will, because they are used to winning everything.”

 

Incredibly, he gets paid for that nonsense.  Though its not his insight that earns his money.

 

As with Walker, its his moral flexibility.

 

Referee Kevin Clancy has also laid his cards on the table by declaring…

 

“I can guarantee that the referees officiating know exactly what’s at stake this season.

“We are under no illusion that every decision, in almost every game, is going to be scrutinised to a level that even the media probably haven’t seen for a long time.

“We really do know what is at stake.  

 

which turned into headlines such as these…

 

Kevin Clancy on the looming Celtic and Rangers storm as he revisits Michael Beale incident

The whistler is well aware that Scottish football is heading for its fiercest season in decades. 

 

Michael Beale, the coach who pulls Steven Gerrards strings called him a cheat and received a ban, and the referees will have to be strong as without crowds , they’ll hear more of the abuse from the sidelines…and the pitch.

 

The Scotsman headline was

 

Celtic’s ten-in-a-row bid will pile pressure on referees says Kevin Clancy

Official says lack of VAR and no fans to keep focus will not help in such a vital season

 

 

The real pressure, deftly put aside by the paper will come from challengers, and isn’t reflected in the title…and probably won;t be all season.

 

 

It’s going to be tough, and with the odds stacked against any real challenge on the field from Ibrox, we need to look for another strategy, because make no mistake, they’ll do, or try to do whatever it takes to stop the ten.

 

Including the use of a new team bus, loaned to them from the private collection of former chairman Dave King..

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1287694135869059072

 

 

 

Yesterday, we had a somewhat disturbing image…

 

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prompting an equally disturbing reply…

 

Jazzy K

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

 

Today…

 

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George Lazenbhoy
1 month ago

Can someone copy and paste something funny in to my comment. It’s too early in the morning to use my brain just yet.

Bognorbhoy
1 month ago

Put a tiger in your tank

Bognorbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Bognorbhoy

I’ve got a Propane dog ,a Propane cat
Propane running all around my brain …
================

If you want to hang out you’ve got to take her out propane
If you want to get down, down on the ground propane
She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie propane
If you got bad news, you want to kick them blues propane
When your day is done and you want to run propane
She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie propane
If your thing is gone and you want to ride on propane
Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back propane
She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie propane
She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie propane

We shell over come …

Puggy67
1 month ago

At the Chuckle Brothers funeral Paul Weller played You do something to me to you.

portpower
1 month ago

Hey Mike,should we throw on a set of Tomket Tires for a laugh?

A Vanntguard
1 month ago

Fredo and his agent borrow a vehicle left behind from Imperialst Forces Day to escape to victory, any victory, at any club, just as long as it is not Sevco The Rangers.

Staunchly Dunn
1 month ago

Sevco The Rangers players decide to collect their overdue wages but typically run out of fuel when it matters most
The Buffalo bottles it and fills up with petrol when it should have been diesel

Puggy67
1 month ago

Heard Martin Luther White talking to Simon Jordan on talksport. Jordan reckons Sevco won’t take a low bid for Morelos as ‘they don’t really need the money.’ The guy reckons he’s an expert on FFP. Have the BBC bumped Michael Stewart? Has his head been served up on a silver platter?

Puggy67
1 month ago

Caption: Do they do Nectar points? I want to get to Sainsbury’s before we blow it up.

Major Wobble
1 month ago

General Ashley is on the road again

Staunchly Dunn
1 month ago
Reply to  Major Wobble

Because when he says “exclusively for sale in my stores” he will back it up

Whitearra
1 month ago

Caption “Gary the tank Commander uses his Shell Go+ Card for the first time”

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago

they are out of unleaded , but i did get a beanie hat with a built in torch

1 month ago

Caption,Old Anne Budge gets on her way to have a word with Dundee

charlie
1 month ago

johnny hayes will destroy the zombie season on day wan and do it for nuthin ha ha ha ha aint johnny grand ye readit here first

TicToc
1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

Brilliant, charlie. The wee mhan will give it his all, that’s for sure. TBH, I didn’t really understand why we signed him but I was even more surprised we let him go.
Funny auld game………
HH
FC not PLC

charlie
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

cheers tic toc

Holysmokes
1 month ago

Is it just me or is Celtic crying out for a centre back every close season but always stubbornly refuses to get one?
What is that all about?

alkmaarbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Holysmokes

Julien, Connel and El Hamed last summer

charlie
1 month ago

caption john brown sais yool hav heardy tank man well am deeds man and am no shiftin tae a see thum

SteveNaive
1 month ago

The staunch refs now openly saying they are under more pressure this season. From whom and to stop what ? We need to steamroller everyone we come up against as their honest mistakes and leiniecy will be to the fore.
Uncle Tom Charlie Nicholas, who also refers to Arsenal as ‘we’, just toes the party line like the other sheep.

TicToc
1 month ago

Caption: Guy on left, “Just stay exactly where you are Mr Shell, I’ve left my cash in the glove compartment.” 30 seconds later, VRRrrrooommm, VRRrrrooomm, squelch!

Charlinick
1 month ago

Phils usual metaphor about ashleys legal forces comes true as he wants his money, again …

Village idiot
1 month ago
Reply to  Charlinick

CAPTION.
“Fill it up ,it takes ten thousand gallons, and send the bill to Sevco. ”
Question. “Where are you taking it?”
Answer. “To Ibrokes Stadium. ”
Question. “Why?”
Answer. “To sit on the sidelines on match days to remind Kevin Clancy where his allegiance lies. “

TicToc
1 month ago
Reply to  Village idiot

Ach, Vi, the world just loves a trier….keep it up Pal, nothin’ to lose……well except frae the other VIs on here, who’d be in the thousands if they didnae live in cities, and who’ll try tae strip ye of yer self-respect, yer dignity and probably yer cash, given hauf a chance. 🙂
Aye, keep it up Pal and welcome tae eTims. BTW, it’s no’ for the faint-hearted……..
HH
FC not PLC

TicToc
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

Sorry Vi, I forgot tae get yer bank details, for, er, em Security and Covid-19 reasons. 🙂

Brencelt
1 month ago

Not here billy, this is a fenian station

Cartvale88
1 month ago

Caption

This’ll stop ten in a row!

Love the crap as the media build up the mighty Rankers, Slippy for his genius, the knuckle draggers for their humility. The sheepies could give them a shock, or the unbiased referee will do everything to ensure a Sevco win.

Luke Warmwater
1 month ago

I think the tank’s empty

Cortes
1 month ago

Caption:

I realise that he’s denser than the matter in a black hole but not even he could’ve come out with


“I think they will find it the hardest to adjust to that lack of energy they get from 60,000 fans every second week.”

Owen Mullions
1 month ago

Caption: Charlie Saiz offers Monti a lift to work.

Jimboh
1 month ago

CAPTION
Tank Commander “ … right Pvt Smithers, fill her up, check the oil level and load the ‘Enforcer’. I’ll ask Saddam in the booth for a road map to iBrokes. General Mike doesn’t do walking away”.

H.H.
Stay Safe.
It’s still out there.

Village idiot
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimboh

To TicToc
Just send me your PayPal details.

Puggy67
1 month ago

Caption: Embarrassing moment at Ibrox Armed Forces Day as a travel expense claim is more than the collection.

Cole Burns
1 month ago

PMcG can’t believe General Ashley’s tank is in such good nick after several years sunk in the lawn outside Ibrox.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Cole Burns

Caption: Una checks the for the tyre pressure.

Cole Burns
1 month ago

Caption

For sale after MOT.

1 tank in mint condition, 2012 reg., never used for original purpose and won’t now be needed. First offer of £1,690.00 accepted by owner “General” Mike Ashley.

Uibh fhaili
1 month ago

Get out British bastards leave it be , go on home

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Caption…….

Naw mate, a think yer sat-navs fvcked. There isnae a Tiananmen Square in Rutherglen.

charlie
1 month ago

ffs henke yon ruglonians dont need a tiananmen square tae fight oan theyv got dalmarnock bridge heh heh aint rollin aboot the grun when ye wura bhoy grand

charlie
1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

henke huv ye heard anything fae yon crackpot fermer a keep stealin his sheep and naebodies shootin at me am startin tae worry heh heh

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

I haven’t Charlie. I think Mike will be saving his poetic gems for when the real action starts this weekend and that’s something I’m really looking forward to .

charlie
1 month ago

wit the poetic gems or the fitbaw heh

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

Haha, both.

Droopy McCool
1 month ago

Charlie Adam’s sister’s panz-er the best

Steven R
1 month ago

Due to rising fuel costs, the British Army can no longer afford to put a tiger in their tank.

Brian t
1 month ago

Mike Ashely fuels up his new limo to head to Glasgow

TicToc
1 month ago

Does anyone know if we’ve signed Vasilios Barkas, the big Greek/Dutch ‘keeper?
He’s supposed to have had his medical yesterday.
Que sera………
HH
FC not PLC

TicToc
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

Thanks RIB.
RIB? Ah jist hope yer no’ wan ae them “Adam’s RIBS”.
Ne’er forget, misogyny started wi’ TicToc.
Monti and me’ll be huvvin’ a square go aboot this, over 3 days.
Ah’ve already booked my hotel and travel tae Dundee for WAN night only! 🙂
Havin’ said that, a long time ago ah loved the trips tae Dundee. We’d skelp them an’ then go for a shag, a bevvy an’ anither shag before the bus left at “10.30 PM sharp”.
Me an’ 3 others missed the bus wan time in December, near froze tae death. Yours truly said f cuk this, we coppered up an’ I got the 4 ae us intae a single room in a hotel; the floor (some smart cnut grabbed the single bed before me) wiz still better than the phone box ah’d been in! Riverside bus park, fukk me!
HaHaHa Happy days!
FC not PLC.
BTW RIB, ye never got back tae me aboot how you watched the game on Monday?

portpower
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

TicToc, we signed the big lad up from Morton.

TicToc
1 month ago

See, see the more that I see and experience of Lawwell and Celtic PLC, the more intelligently disgusted I become.
My son, at great expense for him, recently bought me a ton of CFC stuff, from the 9-IAR polo shirt, the Celtic Covid mask, and various other articles.
The 9 IAR polo top is cheap shite which doesn’t ‘incorporate’ washing instructions. FN tat.
The mask is re-usable to the extent of 5 washes. 4 if you read the attendant blurb. The cost, at a time of Pandemic and necessity, £8.
Typical of that piece of absolute scum, Lawwell. Robbing us supporters and our families too.
Believe me, his day is coming. The arseholes who back him are just as him, filth.
Who will Lawwell dream up to rob next?
Aye, thin ice……getting thinner.
HH
FC not PLC and get that FN arsehole Lawwell OUT.
And before you fucking pricks that ‘thumbs down’ me about Lawwell I say;
Do your own research and if you agree with him I guarantee you’d support Johnson and Trump.
Arseholes indeed. You pray to your stupid fukking god, then meet me tete-a-tete.
You’ll soon understand the bullshit of religion, AYE, all of them.
HH
FC not PLC

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

was he forced to buy any of it? its not lawells fault your stupid. well done lawell on the signing of a goalie. only one thing remains to be said, fvk you forster

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  mabozzaRitchie

no doubt a derisory offer

exactly you know fvck all, Lawell just bought the most expensive goalie in celtics or scotlands history and fvckwits deduce derisory offers from that. ffs keep of the drugs renton. forsters been at celtic twice he knows the wage structure and accepted. I think you should get ramsey in about that menu your serving up.

oh I almost forgot..double fvck you forster.

1 month ago
Reply to  mabozzaRitchie

You’re stupid.

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

spelling police are the COVID-19 of the internet

portpower
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

A % has had and gone to good. Lawwell is not self-serving here. Not by a long shot.

Weclome to Celtic, Vasilis (Amphora Retsina) Barkas.

Halara Halara

portpower
1 month ago

“Celtic have always had an element of the fairy-tale in their make-up, and perhaps it comes from the sheer intensity of so many thousands who want us to do well, and let us know that every week.”

Celts 10-0.

portpower
1 month ago
Reply to  portpower

P.S. I reckon were going to get a few double figure results this season.
5 subs
ll be interesting on the managerial side of lonely things.

P.P.S. Have youse heard of the new sevconian slogan?

We are the Path.

portpower
1 month ago

New sevconian FC second sleeve sponsor: Bailiwick Bucktrout & Co.

portpower
1 month ago

Das reminder...
Don
t put your Green jocks in with the new away strip.

portpower
1 month ago
Reply to  portpower

Little canister of Green at the laundry sink keeping Green,Green.

Tim tie,Hun dye.

portpower
1 month ago

A natural left footer`s to be signed.Keep it to yourself.

Something good,to look inside!

portpower
1 month ago
Reply to  portpower

Celtic forwards lining up outside the 18 yard box is as if theyre waiting till Brother sends them back.
All shirked in the friendlies,strenuously.
We
ve a sweeper keeper that reads the flight.

If he`s in on Sunday,put a few bob on for one down early.

Celts 10-1.

Look on a step.

portpower
1 month ago

Umm, gaining adverse possession of the property…

sevco unused FC.

portpower
1 month ago

Why say why you`re behind sevconians?

Aye Ready to meet the shame and ignominy of yours provided?

portpower
1 month ago

Stewart Robinson, in making way, dobbed his Granny in, in UHD.

Tele seller.

portpower
1 month ago
Reply to  portpower

Stewart Robinson, in making way, dobbed his Granny in, in UHD.

Tele seller, one less pursuit on the SPFL board.

portpower
1 month ago

House of Pedro Phrygia.

portpower
1 month ago
Reply to  portpower

Expulsion is next sevconians.

portpower
1 month ago

Those that question are in a bad mood.
Wand of GOP.

charlie
1 month ago

ha ha ha ha lille have offered two bob and a balloon for wee chubby checker the huns are revolting …..ha ha ….see wit a dun ther

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

More accurately, I heard they offered two joob joobs and a blow on a rag mans trumpet. Huns seem quite interested..

charlie
1 month ago

a blaw oan a ragmans trumpet ye say ……dont tell charlie saiz heel get jealous heh heh …hows it hingin renton

portpower
1 month ago

Lip-syncing is a screening difficulty on the box.

Puggy67
1 month ago

Alfie red 25/1

johann murdoch
1 month ago

caption- “ffs struggling to get the tiger in the tank!”

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