Celtic Diary Wednesday August 12: We All Stand Together

Boligoli Boli, the defender who makes an occasional appearance to remind us that he’s here, got a little bit fed up of people asking if he was still at Celtic, and presumably because he has a sideline in cheap cigarettes, popped over to Spain for a day or two and it’s probably fair to say that we all now know he’s still at Celtic.

 

Except, if course, that probably won’t be true for much longer, and he’d have been as well using the time off to look for a new house and a new club.

 

In fact, if he’d picked up an automatic rifle and headed into town to a shopping mall he’d probably be more warmly thought of than he is this morning.

 

With the plague still in town, any sort of foreign travel requires quarantine or isolation either on return or on arrival. Boli not only ignored that, he was horrified to find that he was in the squad for the next game, and found himself on the pitch as well, something that lets face it, neither he nor us could have imagined in our wildest dreams, and most of us would admit dreams can be pretty wild.

 

A long story short, Celtic now have had their next two domestic  games postponed, meaning that plucky new rivals “rangers ” will probably never have a better chance to secure their first major trophy and although we all know deep down this level of dominace on Scotland, where we keep winning everything we enter, would come to an end one day, none of us imagined that we’d do our level best to make sure it was sooner rather than later.

 

Party politics aside, the football supporter is an easy target for vote seeking non entities, as we saw with the re branding of a number of offences under the OBFA, which made it difficult to go to a game without attracting the attention of the police or the papers.

 

Given the chance to have a pop at players, well it was too much even for the normally placid Nicola Sturgeon to to ignore.

 

First there was the “misunderstanding ” of the Covid testing rules by one particular club/company, which caused the SPFL and SFA to apologise profusely and promise it would never happen again, which was largely let slide, but certainly noted at Holyrood. That was followed by Aberdeen players popping out for a beer after a club meal, which got the hackles on the first ministers neck rising, and when Bolingoli topped the lot by taking to the skies on a spectacularly ill judged day out, she simply played her three strikes and out card and reminded everyone that the reason there haven’t been any deaths in Scotland for a couple of weeks is down to a lot of people making a lot of sacrifices, and announced that she was

 

sick of people taking the piss

 

although to be fair her initial speech was redrafted in case it went out before the watershed.

 

It then transpired that Boli, although far and away the worst offender, wasn’t the only one. and Celtic aren’t the only club with young , wealthy men who have a priviliged lifestyle that means they can;t quite understand why they are not getting the same attention as they would normally get when they go to the shop in the moring for fags and milk when they have to wear a mask.

 

Footballers, by and large, need that love and attention.

 

On matchday, they thrive on the abuse and encouragement from the crowds.

 

They’re not getting that now, and quite a few of them, north and south of the border, have had to be spoken to by their bosses and reminded of their responsibilities.

 

In England, the same people who plough money into the sport are largely the same people who report on it. They are not going to draw attention to any minor misdemeanours…or major ones, in fact, that might lead to the Westminster government taking any sort of action.

 

Although they do have the added advantage down there of a government that actively puts wealth over health so even of a whole squad of players went on a drink and drugs spree across Europe, it would not go reported.

 

 

In Scotland, it’s different, as we know.

 

In Scotland, there are plenty of hacks and plenty of papers ready to seize on any mistake by any Celtic player.

 

Along with the Bolingoli escapade, the club are looking into a few indiscretions by a few other players, which are nowhere near as serious, and ordinarily would be explained away as daft wee boys having a daft wee time.

 

You can brace yourself for one or two bar owners sightly exaggerrating an instance or two, that actually didnlt even happen, but there’s publicity and money on thise tales, and to the delight of the media, which has been and will continue to bring a negative light into anything Celtic do that will derail the express train that only stops to pick up another trophy.

 

 

We knew that would happen, and it is happening now.

 

It’s had one effect already, a furious squad of players have woken up from a bout of complacency that could have seen it be another decade before we had a shit at ten in a row.

 

Living in a bubble, without input from the stands and the adrenaline rush it gives, players had fallen into a sort of sleepwalk of routine, training, home, training, and so on, woth hardly a bout of reckless abandonment to be seen.

 

 

Not now, the wagons have been circled and the ranch is secure.

 

Our season started at roughly the same time Nicola Sturgeon decided she might put an end to it.

 

 

Celtic are going back to work, and those trophies and titles will have to be wrenched from our cold dead hands….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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johann murdoch
1 month ago

Good article as ever but we are only 1.5 weeks into a 40 week season and already Scottish fitba is on a yellow card….subject to the further actions of some young very wealthy[not always the brightest] boys from all clubs who we are hoping will toe the line..

BJF
1 month ago

I hate picking on one individual, never sits well with me but Boli has pushed even my tolerance. There are always these sweeping statements about footballers being ‘ thickos’ with too much money and you hate the stereotyping but Boli……10 IAR got harder because of one of us. OK lets us see the squad step up. We have had Killie type results before, we always come back stronger, ask Glasgow Espanyol.

highseastim
1 month ago

It’s only last week a picture of Morelos was all over the Internet behind a bar arm and arm with three barmaids. No masks!!

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  highseastim

How do you know it wasn’t someone with a Morelos mask on?

Bobby Russell
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Because he failed to ‘score’ that night.

Monti
1 month ago

Utterly dismayed today, to say i’m disappointed doesn’t do it justice.
Sickened.

TonyDtic
1 month ago

Can’t believe how stupid Boli is and how it could effect our league chances.
Cue the calls from the dark side for sanctions and points deductions for Aberdeen and Celtic when the football authorities and msm found looking the other way the best choice during the cheating years.

Finbar Muldoon
1 month ago

SFA should follow the government’s lead and ban Celts from representing their country. That would teach us a lesson. HH

Mark McDonagh
1 month ago

Wonderful post, now up to the Bhoys to channel their rightful fraustrations and anger into raising it and having another invincable season by using their resourcefulness, skill and determination to ensure history. Nothing better than an ibrox crowd heading for the exits and silenced. HH!

Chris
1 month ago

‘It’s had one effect already, a furious squad of players have woken up from a bout of complacency that could have seen it be another decade before we had a shit at ten in a row.’
I know things aren’t great just now, but is that not a bit extreme?

1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

Constipation relief in 2031, cannae wait.

Admin
1 month ago

I still cant believe Bolingoli even got in the squad let alone on the pitch at Rugby Park. Madness from the management team and just smacked of pure desperation..take off right back, take off left back..

Wreck-e-yir-Vick could be our next game, if we are lucky..how will we prepare…a bounce game against St Mungos?.

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Desi Mond

I didnt say Lennon was to blame for Europe or a lack of games this week in preperation.

I do blame him for Kilmarnock.
Neil Lennons job is to ensure we have correct personnel for each game and through the season. Nothing of benefit will come from Bolingoli, ever. This we have all knew for a long time.
We changed personnel by bringing on same style of players and telling the team to all keep doing what had been failing…did anyone see any changes in tactics of note in that second half or from any of the substitutions?

Bgbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Desi Mond

Here we go

The throw ins and corners will be back soon

Lennon is as much a dick for Sunday’s performance as anyone

Bgbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Desi Mond

Sure Griffiths will be back soon eh to save us all

1 month ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Methinks you might be not entirely serious or were you invited to his party and have now taken over from Sodger boy as his number 1 fan?

bgbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

tongue firmly in cheek

he should be out the door with boli

Bgbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Not yours Brit boy. You still traininn and ready to be called upon if needed?

Fantasist

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

………and that is the fvcking problem. Unreliable.

Bgbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Is that how many times he has lapsed with his gambling addiction? Or maybe is that the milligrams for the tablets he has to take?

He’s a racist Ned fucking zoomer and can fuck off to Hibs now

How many times has he let down the support with his pish? 115 times and counting

1 month ago
Reply to  Desi Mond

Actually, are we allowed to have a bounce game or even full contact training?

If its not safe for other teams to be near us, not sure we won’t be back to socially distanced training in small groups.

Reykjavik defo next game unless anymore shit happens.

Cartvale
1 month ago

Disagree with some of the points Ralphie, Sturgeon and Co suggested to the SFA and SPFL yesterday AM that Scottish football should shut for seven to fourteen days, but the SFA/SPFL thought only Aberdeen and Celtic should be punished, I wonder why.
In relation to the clown called Boli Boli and the erstwhile Leigh boy what do you think Stein would have done, our current manager and JPK are lost, this can be seen when games are going against us. yes he raged at the media conference but what is his remit? Liewell seems to be the puppet master and the Queens shilling his master.
We have a shocking transfer policy where we scrape the barrel, , no forward planning on the field, accepting every bit of crap that falls on our doorstep, Accept lies in the media, but still we are saving a few bucks. Liewell seems to be the problem a cheapskate. There is no preplan, let Gordon go when you are unsure if Forster is a deal. The performances so far this season have been poor both in France and against Hamilton and Kilmarnock.
You can dress it up, against Hsmilton we should have lost more goals, Kilmarnock should have beaten Celtic.
The Boli issue will be used by the media to deflect from Sevco and Liewell will use it to deflect from the fact we need two quality defenders, he will probably bring in Fletcher.
I have supported and gone to games since 1958, some of my bst experiences were at home and away games in the sixties and seventies in the jungle or enclosure..
Currently we have a vapid board and CEO that are doing the club no favours by mismanagement and no matter who you blame, the Krankie, SFA, SPFL the media there are issues at Paradise that need addressed urgently.

Fans will claim that Celtic are being hung out to dry, the truth is they have constantly shut themselves in the foot and run away from issues like Sevco and the shambles that has run since lockdown. Someone needs to get a pair of cohoes and manage this club, dealing with the bottlers on and off the park.

1 month ago

maybes a bit para but how come Boli got on the park the same week he goes to spain ,was it to put him in shop window and he was meeting agents ,smells of peter or
maybes a bit para .you decide

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago

Congrats to the SNP and Sturgeon. It took them a full week to realise and accept they had made a monumental mistake with the exam results. Even though Swinney the education secretary had publicly backed the SQA 2 days after the results came out.
Took less than 12 hours for them to threaten scottish football , or effectively threaten Celtics 10 in a row.
As soon as Swinney gets this mess sorted , he should be on the dole.
He , as education secretary would have all the facts and figures of what schools and areas had been hardest hit with the results fiasco , and he still came out to publicly back the SQA.
Another buffoon in a powerful position.
How many of these ‘ mistakes ‘ does a leader get to oversee before they admit they are just not capable of doing the job.

highseastim
1 month ago

So the unionist parties have been rambling for years about how poor Scottish education is. Now that they have got their way in getting the teacher’s marks put in place, we have record breaking exam passes!!

Who is wrong the unionist parties for undermining Scottish education or the teacher’s for giving too high marks?? It has to be one of them as both can’t be right!!

1 month ago
Reply to  highseastim

The teachers didn’t give too high marks. They gave accurate marks based on pupils’ attainment, which were scandalously downgraded.

No points for that but, as the cover up is usually worse than the crime, bonus points for correcting it before it went on too long.

The vast majority of independence supporters supported that and any ones that can’t brook any criticism of the SNP are no better than the Unionists.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago

Celtic will not sack Boli. And that is the correct decision.
Because Keevins and muppets like him are trying to force their narrative.
He made a mistake. If it was Eddie there would be no clamour from Celtic fans for him to go.
Boli is a Celtic player.
Celtic will do the right thing…

highseastim
1 month ago

Can’t believe I’m agreeing with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SteveNaive
1 month ago

Holy Moly Bolingoli.

1 month ago

Bolingoli travelled to spain just to see if his eyesight was OK.
His girlfriend joined him just to make sure it was.
It was a couple of hours flight , much better than risking driving to Durham his agent has said.

1 month ago

I see bayo has gone to toulouse on a season long loan maybe an incoming one now?

1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Born Toulouse.

Stories that we’re back in for Posh Toney.

charlie
1 month ago

let the zombies and thur lackies celebrate a coupla posponed celtic games like the man said build them up tae knock them down its more fun that way

1 month ago

This season will be called by Christmas as a vaccine won’t be made widely available until early/middle of 2021. The virus is on the rise all over Europe. Hence when everything looks bad again football will be suspended and if we are behind them the call will be to end the season probably in January. We will need to make up these points before the hammer comes down. It would be best if the shut comes October/November because we might have a case for null and void but I doubt we will get that. If 20 games are played and we are in 2nd bang goes 10 in a row and we will have no case unless football is able to return within a matter of weeks. We need to make up 12 points in about 18 games. That requires them to lose 2 and we beat them twice. Not easy. A new cluster in Bailleston today, including 8 kids on the first day the schools go back. There is no way this season is going to be 38 games.

Salad queen
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Could be thrown out of Europe, that will do for me.
As long as we get the TEN.

1 month ago
Reply to  John

Considering the stooshie over calling last season after 30 games, I can’t see how you can call the season much earlier.

I would have thought that, at the very least, you would need to play each other home and away and given the various postponed games that is likely to be the high 20s.

Also if the league is called early then its based on points per game not total points eg if everything else remains the same and we beat them in October we will be 5 points behind with 2 games in hand, so we will be ahead on points per game.

Its a different way of looking at it but that’s what’s crucial if the league is called early.

The league was called early last season, so give time to prepare for this season and due to the new TV contract kicking in.

The same urgency isn’t there this one, so unless there’s a dramatic deterioration of the situation then I can’t see it being called.

If people are going to be on further lockdown then football is going to be crucial to provide entertainment and diversion during these periods.

SteveNaive
1 month ago

Swinney had the results from the SQA five days before the kids got them. Plenty of time to correct their mistake.
Fixed to u turn. How much for teenagers mental health opening those envelopes.
Him and Boli share KOTW

Puggy67
1 month ago

Will you cheer up ya bunch o’ whinging malcontents! Altogether now!
He went to Spain, Bolingoli
And the stink, it’s unholy
He’s Belgique
And he makes us all seek
Coughing in a Boli blunderland

1 month ago

The season will be stop/start. We will be lucky to play 25 games before March. That is the point of course they won’t call it in October but it could be suspended for weeks, then a few games, then a break and so on. But playing catch up will make it difficult to gain equality and if we even find ourselves 6 points behind with 25 games played and into a suspension watch the clamour to call it. We need to be on parity at least as soon as possible.

Bgbhoy
1 month ago

Almost as cringey as anyone who did the Ronny roar

Of course you don’t actually go to the games so that won’t include you

Bgbhoy
1 month ago

Signed by who btw?

portpower
1 month ago

I`ll be in a jet eh…

Weclome to Celtic Albian.

portpower
1 month ago

C/O Bognorbhoy (CQN).

Aberdeen 1 game: 18 fouls 1 yellow 1 red

Celtic 2 games: 23 fouls 2 yellow

Dundee Utd 3 games: 40 fouls 4 yellow

Hamilton. 2 games: 22 fouls 3 yellow

Hibernian 3 games: 37 fouls 4 yellow

Kilmarnock 3 games: 36 fouls 5 yellow

Livingston 3 games: 50 fouls 4 yellow

Motherwell 3 games: 36 fouls 5 yellow 1 red

Ross county 3 games: 57 fouls 7 yellow

St Johnstone 2 games: 18 fouls 5 yellow 1 red

St mirren 2 games: 24 fouls 5 yellow

The Rangers 3 games: 33 fouls 0 yellow 0 red

Not Paranoid Enough.

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