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Celtic Diary Thursday August 27: The Storm Breaks

The gathering tension at Celtic Park finally exploded last night as Celtic crashed out of the Champions League before the big cheques are written.

 

Before I start, let me say that I didn;t see the game, as I was working. I was in a part of the country where the internet is a bit of a myth, the radio picks up only static, and the television still scares children.

 

As a result, I can;t really comment on the performance, which is just as well, though I can leave that to someone else.

 

The Lennon CSC had gathered in the pub to watch the game, with social distancing in place to prevent anyone hearing anyone else shout “It’s your round ” , and I got one of them to ring me with updates.

 

I got the 1-0 fairly early, then the equaliser, and then…

 

“It’s 2-1 ” 

 “thank fuck..who scored ? ” 

 “they fucking did ” 

 

Which put a bit of a dampener on the evening.

The president of our CSc put it quite succinctly….

 

Looks like some star players are going to be moving on. 

 

 For the life of me I can’t understand why they can’t stay for a crack at the ten but that’s their mentality. 

 

Money obviously matters more. 

 

I’m afraid Eddy,  Christie, Ajer and MacGregor my be the ones and Celtic without them , well , I leave it to your imagination the impact this will have on the club 

 

We will get money but we will be severely weakened. 

 

 I’m not a pessimist but I feel completely dejected. I will lay low for a few days becauseI might regret what I say as I’m really disappointed and disillusioned with football especially in the current crisis. 

 

 If that team had half the passion and desire I see in our members love for the club, despite going through some monumental life changes we would have won last night. 

 

 Memebrs who have paid out for a season book with little or no chance of actually seeing a game. That’s commitment. 

 

 Our players don’t have that. We have to ask why. 

 

Basically, their heads have been turned and they don’t give a fuck. 

 

No sleep..working in an hour…Is it worth it ? 

 

I’m sure it is, but I’m not feeling it right now. 

 

Right. Let’s try and explain it.

 

Our pish stained operatives have been out and about and they tell us a few things that maybe we already knew, but didn’t want to admit.

 

It pains me to admit it, but the attitudes and standards imposed on the players by Brendan rodgers have been somewhat diminished. There are only three players left from the Invincible season, Brown, Forrest and MacGregor, and those three are the only ones who have experienced the difference that the rigid discipline and structure can make.

 

Under Lennon, at least two players should have been axed for their misdemeanours.

 

Standards have to be enforced, and Bolingoli Boli should have gone after his rugby Park tantrum when he took a cab home after finding out he wasn’t playing. Getting away with that made him think he would get away with his trip to Spain.

 

We’ve already said what we have to say about Leigh Griffiths, and again it’s an example of behaviour that would not have been tolerated under Rodgers. Putting his sports bra into a car to pretend he’d been training may be a laugh, but it’s unacceptable behaviour from a professional earning thousands of pounds a week.

 

As our man in the Lennon says, supporters have backed the club and the players with their money in unprecendented uncertain times, and they are not getting that level of commitment back from players or management.

 

As a result, other players see that behaviour and begin to copy it. Maybe not to that extent, but the rot sets in.

 

that is the fault of Neil Lennon, and thats before we talk about his bewildering team selection of last night. In fact, let’s leave that to one side because the attitude of the players, which has been if not encouraged by the manager, but certainly condoned, is the reason why this morning we are all feeling a bit raw.

 

Some of them were thrown under the bus last night when Lennon said that those who wanted to leave could leave.

 

We are aware who those players are.

 

We are also aware why they want to leave.

 

Oliveir Ntcham is not a fan of Neil Lennon. He came to Celtic to work with Brendan Rodgers, and took a significant pay cut to do so. He now sees the club as a semi professional outfit, a view enhanced by playing in empty stadia.

 

Ryan Christie has said he was open to a move south last year, and nothing has changed except he;s probably more open to it now.

 

Calum MacGregor wants to, and always wanted to join Rodgers at Leicester. It’s why we went in for Turnbull last year. It’s why we’re back in for him this year.

 

Kris Ajer wants to be a midfielder, and will go wherever they let him be what he wants.

 

Tom Rogic simply wants to go home, or at least as close as he can to home. And he’s earned that right.

 

And thats just the ones we can be fairly certain about, if our deputation of drunks are to be believed.

 

The worrying theme of all of this is further enhanced when you filter in the fact that Henrik Larsson wanted to be a striker coach, at Celtic, and this was vetoed by Neil Lennon, who wnated to bring back the thunder, but not hand it to someone else.

 

Lennon has his style of management, and unfortunately it’s just not good enough for a club that had to be shaken out of its bad habits and brought into the 21st century.

 

Thats the problem right now, and I’m not entirely sure he knows how to fix it.

 

More worryingly, I’m not even sure he wants to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SteveNaive
1 year ago

Not angry, just sad. Seen it coming. Becoming a pattern. Let’s fix the system now and start again from here.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

That would require the removal of Lawwell. Ain’t going to happen.

Gerard Hart
1 year ago

He should do the honourable thing and walk. But he won’t, so he should be sacked, as soon as.

Devoy45
1 year ago
Reply to  Gerard Hart

I wanted to give Neil Lennon the benefit of the doubt, but after last night I have severe doubts about the man and his club management and team selection. What next bhoys?

Billy Bhoy
1 year ago

I can’t argue with any of that. Succession planning to replace Lennon has to start now. He’s not professional enough to take Celtic forward. Let him complete a quintuple treble and say thanks very much.
We need an actual coach who thinks shape and tactics are important.
He clearly didn’t do his homework for last night. He obviously thought we just had to turn up. To play 77 mins without a striker in a must win game is unacceptable.
The current Hibs manager is worth watching.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Billy Bhoy

Are you on crystal meth?

Billy Bhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

No, but Lenny decided to play our biggest game of the season without either striker – so maybe you should put that question to him!

Andy Steel
1 year ago
Reply to  Billy Bhoy

Totally agree

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago

Eddy? Thigh niggle? Could you imagine telling Big Jock you didn’t fancy playing because of that?…..

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

What would he have made of Griffiths and Bolingoli?

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

FFS. You really need to get a hold of yourself.

Monti
1 year ago

Did eagle eyes just compare Griffiths with Jimmy Johnstone?

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

He wouldn’t have signed Griffiths either, or if he was already in situ , he would have booted his arse up and down Kerrydale Street.

The Cha
1 year ago

Dixie had a reputation before he came to us but can’t remember any problems while he was with us.

Compare and contrast the indulgences given to Griffiths to the detriment of team morale.

TicToc
1 year ago

A well deserv-ed Ravioli?

I still laugh at the Jinky ‘incident’ when Jinky inadvisedly threw his top at Big Jock on being subbed. In Jinky’s book (co-written with Archie McPherson) he says something like “ah jist heard these big thundering steps behind me, and realised ah’d blew it. So ah locked masel in the lavvie. Big Jock banged on the door…ah says “ah’ll come oot if ye promise no’ tae batter me”…..the wee man then hears chuckling from Big Jock as he ‘gently’ walks away tae leave Jinky thinkin’…….
Brilliant book, BTW, maybe best of all.
Tommy’s book (FFF) was so poignant it’s incomparable.
Of course, there’s no challenge here, both just genuine Celtic ‘heroes’ and I’ve been lucky enough to watch both in action from ‘the backae the goal’ and/or Jungle.
HH
FC not PLC and get PTL tae fukk first. NFL can drive the taxi/’plane.

The Cha
1 year ago

Comparing Griffiths with Jinky. 🙂

Jinky was indulged because he was an exceptional talent.

Griffiths isn’t, he’s an SPFL level striker like McCoist and Boyd, who didn’t cut it in the lower leagues in England.

Jock wouldn’t have wasted any time on him, as he knew there were other similar talents who had the added bonus of being reliable.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

A really stunning comparison from that madman.

Bgbhoy
1 year ago

Yet Lennon did. You you shamefully compared Stein with in a recent post.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

My God, have mercy on your soul.

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

A win ratio that had a scum team competing in euro finals.

Your beat pal. Do us all a favour and leave it

Andy
1 year ago

RANT warning……………..Raging but was anyone REALLY surprised.?? Posted here for a few weeks that it was a matter of time before we would be found out. The goals we concede particularly at home in Europe are an absolute shambles, a pub team could have dealt with the 2 last night and the list goes on on.

Rodgers and Lennon talk about learning from it but WE NEVER DO. Players earning fortunes and can’t do the basics properly, it’s a disgrace. WHY does Alhamed not put the ball out for a corner? WHY? WHY?

Your article after the Dundee Utd game when you mentioned that “Lenny looks as if he’s got something on his mind“ prompted me and various others to agree with you, I also mentioned that Édouard did not look interested, and I suspect he, Ajer and one or two others will be away after Lennon comments post match. Something is rotten, is it fallout from the Boli affair, Karamoko wanting a move (allegedly)

A clear out is necessary and real quality brought in with the significant money we make. It may still be early enough to save the 10 but failure to act now and we will blow it.

exiled Tim
1 year ago
Reply to  Andy

all roads lead to Lennon re the team but Lawell is responsible for accepting domestic dominance at the price of Europe. The only way he’ll go is if the shares dividend drops- drastic and painful action from the support required. Lennon ain’t up to it, I’d change it immediately

BornCelt!
1 year ago

Surprised about Callum Mac, but I am naive, as we all are putting up with our Season Ticket prices while peeping at the team through a keyhole, they didn’t even have the decency to throw in the aways. Just cannot ask for a refund, just love the Hoops too damn much. Hope all is resolved soon, a new fighting man such as Duffy might give the squad a new lease, guess seeing KT’s flash London life effects some of the players more than I realise. Lenny looked frustrated last night, I feel he cares, what do I know?, but wants to sort out the pish without being allowed. Board rooms do go bananas, but keep it in-house, saw that with Delia when Desmond threw a wobbler. He knows we may not be mad enough to renew so many briefs next season. Is Dembele Jr sulking as he is not getting a chance? If he is fit, let ‘Well suffer the concequences, not us, I’ll be watching, just hope someone doesn’t ink the hole! HH!

BornCelt!
1 year ago
Reply to  BornCelt!

Oh, and the past three seasons lacking in European League money has cost us at least 90, NINTY, millions pounds, without the stadium full and extra retail sales etc, which the Europa reduced some, but only some, though I am hoping for more lazios this season as well as the ten, but Desmond must be throwing a fit and what he says goes when he does not leave it too PL! HH!

mcklintop
1 year ago

Well I know I watched the Great Escape about 1000 times but I’m getting tired of this same old movie. Every year we go into the qualifiers in the same shape as Patsy and Edina. Who carries the can for this? Ultimately Pistol Pete, we could excuse him if it only happened under Lennon but we walked the tightrope under Rodgers as well. Now following the business plan we’ll sell a couple or more of our valued assets and then wonder why we’ll struggle next year again.
Lennon doesn’t get a bye, the likes of Kilmarnock and Livingston have shown that a reasonable coach can put a defensive system in place no matter the level of player. Why the feck were we chasing the game like we were last night, to the extent that one clearance, and that’s what it was leaves El Hamed 1 on 1 with their most likely forward. We were open all night. I’m no tactical genius but their 3 up top caused us problems all night. If I can see it I expect Lennon to fecking fix it. Match up 3 at the back, 5 in the middle and here’s a radical idea 2 yes 2 not no strikers up front. A system the majority of the team know and like.
But even despite last night’s result I was uneasy about holding onto out best players. We’ve spent big money on a goalkeeper, a striker and are looking to add Turnbull as well. And maybe a centre back as well. Peter doesn’t spend that money without knowing he’s getting some back. Now he’ll be looking to get even more transfer fees in.
We need radical change, not just a new manager but a manager who can stand up to Lawell and tell him to keep his nose out. And one who wants to coach the players. 10 in a row? Fingers crossed. Criminal that it’s come to this.

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Anne Emergency(@backupadmin)
1 year ago

Interesting to see Henning Berg coach another side to go through again last night. The man who skelped us and has raised standards at every club he has been to so far. He is just another example of a Modern coach, a Man of football principle who can instigate change and improve players wherever he goes.

Thats the sort of modern set up we are crying out for rather than going for heart over head.

I did a piece going live later which also highlights that we now have Lenny, Kennedy, McManus and O’Dea coaching at the club…we tend to look inward rather than out.

Danny P
1 year ago
Reply to  Anne Emergency

Agreed.
and here comes a long winded one (warning)
The most important time this was correct was in replacing Rodgers.
Introducing the standards he set was the hard part, maintaining an existing rules, standards, procedures etc arguably a lot easier.
Lennon has said himself hes not big into tactics (ffs) but accepts the modern day footballer is so lets Kennedy do all that.
Hes also said hes not big into diets and fitness (ffffs) but accepts in modern football its important so lets Kennedy and the Sports Science guys do all that.
So really, it left our choice of a replacement nothing more than a man manager (which is now called in to question)
Poor John Kennedy has had it all lumped on his shoulders.
JK had Damien Duff, another coach of the same ilk (and someone who explained the most rigorous interview process he had ever heard of as a consequence of the Rats standards) to help.
When he left the most important signing of the season was his replacement – someone to not just help Kennedy keep the wheel ticking, someone who would come in and add.
Instead we got a Peterborough coach.
Its just not good enough.
The key appointments are not those who would cost £20-30m like top footballers – they are affordable because generally they just need to be paid a good wage.
Incidentally the football manager is often the highest paid non playing member of a football club.
Lo and behold, all roads lead to the highest paid CEO in British Football who fights tooth and nail to hang on to as much of his bonus money as he can.

1 year ago
Reply to  Danny P

It was abundantly clear from minute 1 that Lenny doesn’t do tactics Danny. Celtic were all over the place for much of the game. Even when going forward for long periods the attack broke down due to no one appearing to have a clue what to do. It is brutal to watch as there has to be a plan. In fact the players have to take some credit for not resorting to just running en masse at the opposition as they were not following any particular strategy. A new approach is needed. Some imagination and guile

1 year ago
Reply to  John

Nice post , though at the first goal , I’d say they were … ( running en masse ) after the corner from the left , the ball is knocked out in that direction… there are about six players a few metres apart ball watching …running in a half circle like startled wildebeests….watching the ball played out to the scorer …six of them !

Tony Brazil
1 year ago

I didn’t even bother watching the game last night and was not at all surprised when I saw the result. I can’t be bothered spending another penny of money on the club, what’s the point?
We’ll go and smash Hamilton, St Johnstone and Ross County and suddenly Ajer, Julien and Ntcham are worth £15-£20million each.
Not playing a striker(s) against the champions of Hungary who sit between Turkey and Romania in the rankings shows Lennon thinks we can just turn up and that will be that.
The Bolingoli and Griffiths stuff wouldn’t be tolerated at a properly run club but we’re going to win 10 in a row so whofucking cares right? I feel sick.

charlie
1 year ago

celtic had enough chances to win 3 games and lenny never missed them ……..a heard eddy didnae want cuptied same wae turnbull tonight nwards and upwards COYBIG

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

You’re right Charlie, but no striker, Lennon’s culpable for that.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

Are you using the same pish-stained sources as Ralph, as Eddy played last week? 😉

I think you might be able to play for more than 1 club but either way not the reason for his absence last night.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

Well said Charlie.
Any blame has to start at lawell.

Monti
1 year ago

With Edouard out with his ‘ tights strain ‘ ( not a typo ) & Griffiths pretending to be Compper, that left us with just the £8m worth of strikers to choose from.
Klimala & Ajeti, now call me old fashioned if you like but did we not need a couple of goals last night?
Normally you would turn to your strikers in this event, not Lennon though, he gambled & lost & he should fuck off with whatever players don’t want to be there.
Our biggest domestic season in a decade & we are imploding.

I hope you slept well last night Lawwell, i didn’t!

It’s not good enough!

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Terrific post Monti, terrific.
Lawwell’s got away wi’ ‘murder’ for years (too many years) and yet SOME supporters still back him!
WTF is that all about?
Get him tae fukk, NFL alongside and mibbaes Leigh too now.
If, and only if, NFL has an acceptable reason, e.g. “my hands are tied by the CEO”, AND he publicly states it, then maybe, just maybe he gets to stay? Have no doubt, Lawwell is at the core. A pretendy catholic, a pretendy Tim, a fukkin self-indulged tory arsehole is what he REALLY is. And SOME of us have been pointing it out for donkeys.
CELTIC FC (without whom there’d be no PLC) should be way better than what we’re being fed. DO NOT FORGET OR DISMISS THIS.
Revolutions don’t happen without good reason; they happen when good folk can’t/wont tolerate any more. It’s clearly time for one at CP.
Aside from that, does Ajeti look disinterested, or is it scared? Does he intend to just be an onlooker? The goal against Dun U was much needed but his expression doesn’t inspire much confidence. Hope for all it comes good.
HH
FC not PLC

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

TicToc,
Are we seriously paying this guy £3m a year, to win the spfl?
It’s certainly not for building a side that can cope in europe?

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti, it’s clear to me NOW that NFL isn’t up to managing Celtic, but worse, much worse, the CEO is a bean-counter whose influence creates irreparable damage, except to himself and his £3m. of course.
I’m delighted to see you commenting more; our wee spats aside, we’re just passionate Celtic supporters whom see the FN obvious, and state it.
BTW, I was initially surprised at your (negative) view of our LB, Greg Taylor.
Last few games I’m having doubts too.
Hope all’s well with you and yours,
TicToc V.

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti, it’s clear to me NOW that NFL isn’t up to managing Celtic, but worse, much worse, the CEO is a bean-counter whose influence creates irreparable damage, except to himself and his £3m. of course.
I’m delighted to see you commenting more; our wee spats aside, we’re just passionate Celtic supporters whom see the FN obvious, and state it.
BTW, I was initially surprised at your (negative) view of our LB, Greg Taylor.
Last few games I’m having doubts too.
Hope all’s well with you and yours,
TicToc V.

Level 5 plant
1 year ago

No bloody forwards! He should be sacked for that alone! Ffs

Setao
1 year ago

I am not convinced Lennon’s departure would fix things. I believe Lawwell would want to appoint John Kennedy as manager. I don’t believe this would be a positive appointment as I like John Kennedy, however would prefer him to learn the ropes, prior to being handed the job. I would rather he went and proved himself in management prior to the appointment. This season is far too important to gamble. ALSO why does it take us so long to sign players??? Where does the issue lie???????

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Setao

EPL window doesn’t close until 5th October EFL until 16th. Think that’s part of it but agree our recruitment looks shoddy.

Iancelt67
1 year ago
Reply to  Setao

Don’t know about fixing things but it would brighten up my days

Bgbhoy
1 year ago

It just doesn’t get any better the more you think about it. And yet some posters have the absolute cheek to come on to here and say “I can see why ‘lenny’ would start with no striker’

Things have looked off for a while and that last night was the proof.

No strikers for 65 mins of a one off tie.

Shameful

Thanks Lennon but you have to go now before you send the club back to the dark ages

highseastim
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Whilst not defending last nights team selection, plenty of striking options at Killie and Dundee United, same woeful finishing, it was going to catch up with us sometime. As for Christie, he looks the only one “busting a gut” to get on the scoresheet.

As I said last week, do we practice shooting in training??

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Turnbull signs, who’s getting sold?

Frank McGaaaarvey
1 year ago

All of us, down the river that is.

Monti
1 year ago

Every season book sold!
Tens of thousands of three replica shirts sold!
The support answered the call of the club during a pandemic!

We get Greg Taylor

charlie
1 year ago

bolongoli heh heh a heard hickey knocked back bayern but the bug was playing silly conts wae peter so his contracts up in may

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

Hickey?
FFS

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Yes he is but we need established players, not potential!

Monti
1 year ago

Probably Ajeti

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Where is charlie’i can why Lenny played no strikers’ posts from yesterday. Did he have a moment of clarity and asked them to be removed? Or has he thrown the toys out the pram realising he talks utter garbage

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Ye cannae have a peace process with the British army. That’s why they were removed

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Is it too heavy for you?

Bgbhoy
1 year ago

“I can see why we played no striker”

Monti
1 year ago

Oh well let’s all sit around a camp fire & sing some songs of joy then.

Bgbhoy
1 year ago

Go away soldier boy

You “can see why we started with no strikers”

Bgbhoy
1 year ago

Neil Lennon. The man who couldn’t win a treble with no rangers

But Brendan won 2 in a row. One without losing any games but rangers simply weren’t good enough according to you and your Mental views

Now away and get your posts removed wee man

Paddybhoy67
1 year ago

I got toasted back in the day when Lennon took over after Rodger$, by pointing out that it wouldn’t be long before the drinking culture would be back. Look at the state he’s in … and then imagine how that filters down to the players. I rest my case

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Paddybhoy67

Not by me you didn’t.

His previous training sessions were described like a stag do. It’s what happens when you appoint 3rd rate managers.

I’d rather have lost the 9 than lose the 10 in this way.

Through our own stupidity

Steve M
1 year ago

To be honest – and I hate to say this – but I just knew we’d lose, I just knew it. I am depressed as hell. It seems to be the Celtic thing – the “let’s see how we get on in the qualifying rounds and then spend if we get through” approach. Surely we know by now from bitter past experience that that just doesn’t work – if we really do have ambitions about competing in Europe (and I’m seriously beginning to wonder) then we need to spend the money before we start our campaign.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve M

No, the PLC have no ambitions to do well in Europe. They seem to enjoy mugging off the fans dedication to the club. No certainty of attending the games in any numbers for the full season and bringing in huge quantities via replica strips and training kit. Fvck, they can’t even get the log ins to the tv season tickets right. They’re taking most of us as mugs, though some seem to enjoy getting shafted without any lubricant. As long as we have C st re giving them a laugh, that’s all that seems to matter..

Monti
1 year ago

You can point out Neil Lennon’s previous record until your nosebag is empty, the fact remains his team selection & tactics last night were lacking.
The hun played 3 at the back last night so why did we go with one, a midfielder at that, up front?
Klimala should have been on at the start of the second half, he’s been with us 6 or 7 months but he’s not fit?
Utter nonsense.
Of course we could have played Leigh Griffiths…oh wait there hold that.

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

I can explain that. He didn’t pick a striker so we didn’t score.

Easy

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Excuses buddy, 3 balls from wide right players went to exactly the same spot only to be met by nobody. I guarantee you Edouard would’ve been there, and I think it highly likely any of our strikers would’ve been there too…… For a tap in. Klimala for 60 minutes to tire out the defense and A Yeti until the end.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

Surely, battering ram?

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

A headless chicken being marked. Pulling defenders around after him. Doing exactly what we were after, tiring out the defense.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

Why do you say that?

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

I don’t need to explain anything, the only fact that matters is we put the ball in the net once & our opponents twice, in a knock out tie at home.

Cole Burns
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

MBDBTYD

It WAS tactics that cost Celtic the game: Ferencvaros’
tactics. They were quite happy to give them 70pc possession obviously knowing their frailties, to be kind to them, at the back. Twice down the park, two goals.

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Two main strikers weren’t injured one came on ( excluding Griffiths ) another who’s scored a few already is a better option than christie.

1 year ago

So first team players arent fit to play even 45 minutes each.
Yet after defeating Hamilton Accies he gave them 2or 3 days off?
Big Rogic one of only few players at the club who can turn a game can’t get near a first team bench never mind a jersey.
Players like Lustig and Hayes allowed to leave who would have run through brick walls for you.
Now Lenny has some said has won 4 of the 9 titles those early ones were easy the huns had exploded and weren’t in the league for most of them. The last one he was gifted and thank fuck we didnt need to play them again because they would have beaten us. Even though they were exploding in the league.
He hasn’t got it simple as..
He should resign today.

1 year ago

Players are not fit to play 45 minutes each. But gave them 2/3days off after beating hamilton ffs
Big O Dea had their tactics and formation worked out after 5 minutes
Go and go now lenny before we lose the title.
Make no mistake Slippy G will wipe the floor with him and us

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Its not Slippy, its the experienced guys behind him and that’s something we’ve not got.

When there’s a vacancy its never “who’s the best coach we can get?”, rather “which old bhoy is looking for a gig?”.

Cartvale88
1 year ago

People cannot see the trees for the forest. Last year he got a break by playing two up after the break. Sevco gave us a fright in the Cup Final, does he do anything? No we get beat by Slippy at Parkhead.
Since the start of this season Lennon has appeared clueless, look at him with a blank expression on his face at SPFL games we should have won easily. He does not change tactics but leaves the players to figure it out, as his substitutions get later and later. As for last night his team pick was a joke, Rebrov taught him a lesson in tactics, then he spouts the biggest lot of rubbish about it was the players fault as they want to leave.
Totally agree about Griffs and Boli he has not handled the situation well. I feel sad to see the demise of Lenny but his time and JPK are up, otherwise we could have a serious problem with ten in row and give that shower at Sevco a boost they could only dream about
As for Liewell he usual he Pisces on the deck as the boat burns

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

One thing i would like to raise as well is the negative impact Bolingoli’s actions have had on our preparations for these european ties.
We would have had two games more under our belts heading into this game, that has also proved to be detrimental to the team.
Boli should have been sacked by now, also Leigh Griffiths has let the club & fans down once too many & he like Boli should be out the door, we need people we can rely on & trust.
It’s sad to see Celtic failing again on this stage, it hurts more when it’s self inflicted, folk might be bored with me going on about John McGinn, but you have to see what this guy would have brought to Celtic, drive, passion, goals & most important of all he WANTED to play for Celtic & would be playing for Celtic if Lawwell had moved quicker, he cost the player this move & it was a mistake, a costly one.
We have regressed & after NL revelations about players wanting to leave, i am very concerned about the future going forward.

Dermot,
Could you leave the golf club & raise the standards again, this is not where Celtic should be, we should not be regularly beaten by sides like Ferencvaros, Molde, Copenhagen & Cluj.

Time to wake up!
Signed,
Bitterly frustrated & disappointed.

Tamthetim
1 year ago

The players in the defence are too slow. A quick ball through and a fast forward are going to catch them out. Other managers watching last night will have noted that and if we keep passing those square balls at the back with one of them not controlling the ball properly, we are in trouble. Came close a few times last night. Frimpong coming on nearly changed the game, he just needs to show a bit of savvy as regards his final ball. I felt Elyounoussi and Forrest were too tight to the touch line, got to go inside or to the line a lot quicker and in Forrest’s case with a more accurate ball. Mind you, with no striker on the park there’s no one to aim at. Must say, why was Klimala on the bench? In reality the Tic are no CL team. Europa league is our level.

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Tamthetim

It is I agree. Doesn’t mean we should lose to that mob and Cluj.

Devoy45
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

I would ask Lenny why two strikers on the bench (Ajeti and Klimala) are fit enough to be subs but not to start? Klimala looks pretty fit to me. Strikers are more likely to convert our many chances than anyone else. We should always now be 3-5-2 and no lone striker should be isolated on his own (as Edouard often is) Lenny has actually adjusted formations merely to accommdate Elyounoussi! Our 10 in a row has historical importance and should be respected. No player should want to leave before that history is made. Also, we shouldn’t start collecting midfielders who will never play: Kouassi, Scott Allan, Shved, Soro, etc. Lenny has done this before. Both Griffiths and Boli could/should legally be sacked immediately. Morale can’t be very high for Soro, Klimala, Ajeti and others. Edouard needs his arse kicked. You are either a Celt or no. We have met the enemy—and THEY is US! Ten in a row is important, so is Europe but above all, our fans should be respected not treated to the rubbish we have been seeing lately. I love Celtic but I want our management and players to respect us fans. Many of us have been here longer than them and some of us may outlast them. Most fans want 10 in a row as well as our pride.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Napoli?? Playing too much FIFA.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Three of the most fortuitous victories in our history, bit like the one at Hampden last December against the cvnts.

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

I’d love to know when we played Napoli you can let me know

Barca loses to a team like us once a decade.

We lose to shite like that under Lennon every season

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

It is clear for all to see that only one of us needs to catch a grip

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Yeah as unlike you it’s more than a game of football to me.

Once again shows you how out of touch you are with our club and it’s fans.

Do us all a favour and away soend your time at the legion.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Of course it’s easy to be pedantic when you are removed of involvement.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Tamthetim

I think we should hang fire in describing Celtic as Europa League level, if and until we get through 2 qualifying rounds.

Ppogda
1 year ago

Interesting discussion.

portpower
1 year ago
Reply to  Ppogda

Interesting indeed but not in the supporters control.

Ppogda
1 year ago

Who would be a better manager and MD?

1 year ago

From the very start it was obvious we were going out. Even a good spell before half-time and an equaliser did not fool most people. What in the name of God Hamed was doing at the goal nobody knows. He could have toe-poked it out for a corner but seemed to pull out of doing this. 8.5 million for 2 strikers that the manager does not like. Howmany times have Celtic paid 3 million or there abouts for dumplings. Klimala runs around and falls a lot but he looks nothing like a player. Ajeti seems to have Grif’s commitment to training and physical conditioning. They talked about sacking Grif they pursued and bought this no mark. Eddy will go as will Ajer. Forrest will not get a better offer. McGregor will become the new Paul Mc Stay, a great player forever wearing the stain of failure. We will win the League Cup but not the League. Not trying to keep Rogic is a mistake. Ntcham does not want to stay. I believe a lot of this stems from the failure to retain Forster. He had the confidence of the whole team, once one big figure goes others follow. The new goalie does not have the same influence as FF. Gordon will prove to be better. Lennon is lucky he is not sacked.

TicToc
1 year ago

An absolutely brilliant Diary and reflection of how things stand. Thank you Ralph.
The Lennon CSC may wish to put ‘John’ in front of it for…..well…obvious reasons?
NFL is finished at Celtic; only time will dictate when. DO NOT forget PTL who’s central to ALL our fukk-ups, and I’ve been saying it for years (decades?), and wont be put off by his ‘rent-boy’ apologists.
The 1st half was a fukking disgrace.
We came out 2nd half hugely impressive, got RC’s goal from his PROPER position…..and then lost out, and shocking refereeing was part of it. The prick was in the way of passing countless times and his decision-making was not far short of Dallas/Madden. I reckon Moi’s goal WAS a goal. Their 2nd goal tells me Jullien is positionally clueless. El Hamed HAD to be ‘careful’ (on a yellow and maybe a pen.) in his attempt to stop the winger and Barkas could’ve done more to reduce the angle and put the guy off. It wasn’t to be. Football’s sometimes like that.
Now, I don’t give a fukk. It exposes two over-paid employees of Celtic plc, Lawwell and now Lennon, and if we go out of Europe pre-Christmas it’ll be painful. Not doing THE TEN would be worse, a whole lot worse, and I wouldn’t ‘fear’ if some nutter saw Lawwell at the core and decided to put him out of his ‘blissfully’.
End of day:
We are the Glasgow Celtic FC,
With uninterrupted historee,
We’ve won titles near and far,
And only huns are Glasgow’s scar,
When the scum are proven,
Finished, phoney and rotten,
We’ll have done TEN,
And they’ll be forgotten.
HH
FC not PLC

1 year ago

Faling to qualify for the only competition that matters three years running, eliminated by clubs a fraction of our size with a fraction of the budget is not success, it is abject failure. It means that your big name, better quality players want out and no decent player wants to sign for you. But we might put 4 past Motherwell. Whoppy-doo.

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  John

7. And Barca lost 8 to Bayern. We didn’t over 2 legs. So based on that we’re better. Clown

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  John

We get to keep put best players if we make the group stages and then (hopefully) parachute into the Euro league with ALL our best players. Not qualifying for the Champions League means Peter has to make £20M somewhere else.

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

Not true, the big sales have always come after failure to qualify for Champions League.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  John

Where is Griffiths?

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Its his week aff.

Mick21
1 year ago

A bit harsh ..but lennon is not management material ..good enough player in his day .
I think he’s to loud and brash ..a good manager must have the players respect

1 year ago

There has been twice in recent history that Dermot has took matters into his own hands.
The appointments of Martin and Brendan, both if whom told Lawwell to mind the business and leave the football to them. Of course Lawwell didn’t listen to Brendan and decided to start signing players behind his back.
Lennon is a yes man to Lawwell we have a squad of players that now don’t have a fear factor.
I said it before Forster was worth 9 points a season to us. We have a keeper now no better than bain not as good as Forster or Gordon. The 9 point gap is gone.
The recruitment policy is a shambles.
David Marshall or barkas Marshall all day long.
Strachan knows Tonev did Lennon just disregard his opinion and spitefully went for ajeti.
There’s doesnt look to be too much respect between them from what I’ve witnessed on tv.
Is lennon getting the final choice or is he just getting who peter wants.
Bolingoli the worst left back i have seen yet lennon persisted in playing him.
Brown and McGregor continually outnumbered in midfield but a failure to change it up.
Rogic the only player in midfield capable of turning a game on its head nowhere near the team.
Lennon has lost it he simply has to go and let’s go for someone who would bring back a professional set up to our club.

The Cha
1 year ago

Why did we let Bayo go out on loan if Eddy was/is our only fit striker?

Sure, he’s no long-term solution but surely he would’ve been a better option up top than Christie last night?

Schrodinger’s Cat
1 year ago

I refer you back to the article I wrote for Etims several months ago regarding strategy and the manager in place.
This situation is wholly foreseeable… and it will now get worse.
Downsizing and reduced revenue and Peter has complete control to do what he wants.
I do believe 10 is in serious jeopardy and not necessarily Rangers

The Cha
1 year ago

The fans are complicit in this; sold out season tickets and record merchandising sales.

We had economic power and gave it all away to Lawwell to do as he pleases, as he always does.

Keep doing the same thing, keep getting the same results.

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Don’t say that. Charlie saiz will claim he has purpose

Bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Keep your army pension money. I do fine without it

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

No, its not.

Wait, I’m confused. ;(

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

At what point are you going to raise Griffiths scored 40 goals once?

A long long time ago in a land far away….

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Yet a nosebag hung up in a barn is still a nosebag.

Cortes
1 year ago

I’m beginning to suspect that “for reasons the little people could never understand” the decision has been taken not to complete the ten. Business environment; political situation; overall health of the game…along those lines.

The fans? Tough.

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago

Over and over we will follow (sorry)You,over and over,We will see You through,We are Celtic supporters,faithful through and through…….don’t worry,things will turn out fine.Glasgow shall remain Green and White! ……..

Brian Hughes
1 year ago

Brilliant words Ralph. Too many players not playing and not caring.
Get the ones out who don’t want to be there and bring the kids through, adding some quality.

If Lennon and Co have to go, it’s better now and get someone in with fresh ideas.
Allegri, Blanc, Kilimsmann

nick66
1 year ago

Can’t argue with your blog Ralph, so, I’m not going to.

Monti
1 year ago

Do you ever leave your loft?

The Cha
1 year ago

Almost 3 years and a single opportunity, aye that’ll be shining bright.

It wasn’t halfway through the season, it was similar to last season when it was called and the league was in the bag…unless the new guy effed it up, which thankfully he didn’t.

Lennon was been working with a comparable budget since he came back, so again you’re talking through an orifice that’s not on your face.

portpower
1 year ago

That`s me slept on it…Neil, your line up was unforgivable once again.
Your departure? I think you already know the answer to that one.

Douyin is the destination for new Celtic signings.

portpower
1 year ago

Neil ≠ Scott = ?.

por cierto
1 year ago

I’ve been saying this since the middle of last season. You could clearly see then that something had changed and that it was down to how the players were being managed. Football players are the epitome of Give an inch they’ll take a mile, and some of them went on a marathon, which they’re still running. Would Moyes have put up with this nonsense, or any other manager of his type por cierto?

por cierto
1 year ago

Lenny said that both his strikers were not match fit, so if we had an injury in the first few minutes is really going to be sending on a forward who he says is not match fit for 85mins of the game? No, don’t think so!! I could see the El Hamed was blowing out his backside after 60mins, Frimpong terrified their tiring defence and should have been given half an hour to do so instead of 10 minutes, also he may have had the pace to get back and cover the second goal, though that’s open to where he would have been on the pitch at the time! por cierto.

portpower
1 year ago

G`day CS CSC.
ANYTHING but Champion League money leaves us dwarfed.

Thy on the cheap Celtic FC is an engendering besmirchment script of all that had gone before.

Frank McGaaaarvey
1 year ago

The same man who got us there 2 years running? As opposed to the man who has made an utter arse if it 2 years running?

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