Celtic Diary Friday September 25: Super Celts Power Through

Well, we won.

 

Thats about it really.

 

And thats all that matters.

 

Forgotten man Mo Elyannousi replaced the man who seems to be trying to forget , Oddsone Edoaurd, and trundled a winning goal in Riga last night after Celtic hadn;t even raised their energy levels to huffing and puffing.

 

It could be described as a patient , disciplined performance in an unusual setting at a difficult venue, but it won’t be, and indeed there are even fears that Celtic are about to blow it big time, as the manager doesn’t know what he’s doing, the players don;t care and we can’t even get into the ground to let them know.

 

But hang on, who hasn’t lost a domestic game in 2020 ?

 

And who has won every domestic trophy up for grabs in the last four years ?

 

One defeat, to Ferencvaros, has caused untold panic and misery throughout Timdom, and whilst the team may not be entertaining to watch, and after all, thats not unique in football right now, there is , in fact, little cause for alarm.

 

Celtic are into the  play off for the Europa League qualifiers.

 

Job done, and if they can do the job without firing on all cylinders, then what will they be capable of when they are ?

 

 

It’s still only September , and hsotory dictates that we all enjoy a good moan at this time of year. Maybe thats got more to do with the general sense of unease than we’d care to admit.

 

It’s also probably why Neil Lennon’s post match comments on the sides performance were met with derision from some quarters….

 

“It was dominant. We had to be patient, we left it a little bit late to get the winner. We should have had the game wrapped up a lot earlier, we had a couple of great chances. 

 

In actual fact, only a couple of freak bounces kept the score down

 

“I thought the subs did really well when they came on, but the starting XI I felt played very well. Riga set their stall out early and I just said to them ‘you’re going to have to keep probing, keep wearing them down, make sure the door is shut at the back’.

 And it worked. One telling moment was when Shane Duffy brought down the Riga sub who looked like he might break through.

“It’s not an easy place to come and win, and we’ve done it very professionally, so I’m delighted. It’s not an easy game to play, a lot of pressure on us going into the game, but we’ve negotiated it very well.” 

 

We won. Not the most entertaining game, certainly not free flowing fast football, but trying that away from home hasn’t always worked in the past. Dare I call it a mature performance ?

 

“There was a calmness about us. We didn’t get frustrated, we kept going. 

 

Well, the players were calm….maybe not having a crowd bellowing their frustration actually helped last night.

 

“There was aspects of our play we can do better. But I felt 2-0, 3-0 wouldn’t have flattered us. We missed good chances at big moments in the game, but thankfully we’ve come up with a brilliant goal towards the end. 

 

Er, brilliant maybe not the right word. But it was important.

 

“That experience I think has stood them in good stead. We’ve got another real difficult one next week. I felt the performance thoroughly merited the win.” 

 

The play off against Sarajevo is also away from home. It’s also a one off tie.

 

Know what, maybe he’s right, and it has done us good to get a result with such a low key and professional performance.

 

Although .as he says, the players weren’t frustrated, there’s little doubt the fans were.

 

Take a deep breath, and remember it is about results, and the team went to Riga and got one.

 

If that result and performance was replicated until a tenth title was secured, would we hand it back, not having won it on  artistic merit  ?

 

Of course not.

 

For those of us who have seen the dark days of the nineties, and I know those who didn’t are sick if the comparison, every win and every trophy counts.

 

No matter how we do it,

 

 

On the other hand, maybe we should just ignore the critics, as this happy “rangers ” fan suggests his own do….

 

 

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Aberdeen and Motherwell had their campaigns ended last night, in Portugal and Israel respectively, whilst the “rangers ” won convincingly in the Netherlands, which coincidentally is also where they keep their accounts.

 

 

Next up for them is Galatasaray, which will be a tricky tie for them, but fortunately their badly behaved and almost psychotic fans won’t be in attendance.

Nor will the Turks, come to think of it.

 

 

After what could prove to be a very important game against Hibernian on Sunday, things start to get a little busy next month, and we might even have something to cheer about.

 

 

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Although the St Johnstone game will be moved due to the Sarajevo game the night before, and the St Mirren game is postponed to make way for the Scottish Cup semi final against an Aberdeen side who look significantly stronger than they did on the opening day.

 

Lets hope that the months football gets to be played uninterrupted.

 

 

There may actually be a way out of this pandemic, as scientists at Bristol University have discovered a fatty acid in the viral structure of SARS covid 19 , described as a “pocket “, that may be vulnerable to anti viral drugs, which could render the virus non contagious.

 

A far better and quicker way of dealing with it, research s at an early stage, but much more promising than talk of a vaccine being available any time soon.

 

A vaccine has to be tested, dosage has to be monitored and long term side effects must be noted.

 

Whilst pharmaceutical companies were criticised for demanding that no claims could be made against them for any ill effects of a vaccine, its worth bearing in mind that for all thier profit motives, they know that any vaccine would not be safe, and fair play to them for not bowing to political pressure.

 

As with AIDS and Rhinovirus, which were both stalled in this way, this research offers the best chance of a return to some sort of normality.

 

And maybe even a big ten in a row party come next summer….

 

 

Hey, it’s been a while since we had something to look forward to…..

 

 

Yesterday, we had this….

 

 

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Owen Mullions
 18 hours ago

Caption: Goose goes stork raven mad, shoots the craw and swans off when attacked by pair of blue tits.

 

 

 

Today….. some readers might want to look away now….

 

 

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By the way, todays Diary title is a headline from a match report on a previous European game. For some reason it’s stuck in my mind since it happened, a long time ago.

 

Can anyone guess the game ?

 

 

 

 

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tony carlin
6 months ago

Caption. Williamina displays her post diet svelte figure to the Sevvies

alzyerpal
6 months ago

Caption – Morelos’ Motherwell tart; “Alfie? Naw ah huvnae seen Alfie for yonks. Nae idea where ‘es hidin’. Search me!?

Warriorthruandthru
6 months ago

Going for 55 . . . Stones.

Bognorbhoy
6 months ago

Caption …
see senga is chosen to attend the first match back at doomdome and decided to take her social bubble with her …

Arsene Parcelie
6 months ago

Caption: Castore’s Greenock manufacturing partner goes into meltdown.

Frodshambhoy
6 months ago

Mystery of where James Forrest hides during games is solved

Mcklintop
6 months ago

Caption: castore admit defeat in the “larger” ladies sizes.

Last night, you know what it’s a refreshing change that we see out a European tie 1 nil. Much prefer that to losing out in 5 – 4 thriller to Partizan Belgrade or conceding a late goal to Ferencvaros. We’re in the next round no dramas. Even if we had scored early Riga wouldn’t have opened up they had a game plan and stuck to it. Previously they’ve knocked out teams from Bulgaria and Poland so I’m just glad they didn’t add us to the list.
On to Sarajevo.

Cesar
6 months ago

Morag, a lifelong Sevco fan of 8 years is a wee bit deaf. She was mortified to learn after all these years that the fans weren’t actually singing swallow,swallow.

Yoker Bhoy
6 months ago

The Dutch Wilhelm goalie was totally pash last night. As well as being hugely important, the whole move that brought about our goal was terrific from start to finish: Christie’s perfectly weighted long pass down the right, Jeremie’s burst of speed, fine control and inch-perfect cross, Ajeti’s decoy run culminating in Elyounoussi’s decisive finish. A frustrating game to watch though. Frimpong was sensational, Christie was Christie (another mixed bag but he bust a gut for us once again), Bitton and Ajer played well but the likes of Eddy, Duffy and Ntcham underperformed. We’ll have to raise our game against Hibs but I think we can.

Mike
6 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Buongiorno.

Never watch the Huns Yoker, watching them raises my anger levels and makes my eyes bleed.
Thing is we moan if the defence breaks out from the back, leaving the back door open, it looked to me that our defence was more disciplined last night. Young Taylor was an out and out defender at Killie, hence his reluctance to move forward quicker. We did look timid last night or certainly more cautious, but that is quite understandable as the result was all important than the quality of attacking football. It was obvious to all that when Frimpong came on that he made the difference, he IMO is more suited to the wing back position, James’s talent is on wing play, pace and he has added quality goals to his play, thon heeder last week, cushioned by his barnett formula was fantastic, it was obvious that he was injured. See we seem to be playing some of our best players in other positions that perhaps do not suit them as much as the position that they should be playing.
Riga, even with their four players from Brasil were clugging Sheidt, no better than Dundee Utd. Was Lenny right to be cautious? of course he was, every team in Europe needs to be treated with caution. Frimpong was happy to take players on even if he did’nt get past them, he created fear in the Riga defence, while our fear in defence was created by our own defenders. I must say that Riga’s grey strip acted like camouflage on my buffering TV. i could’nt make them out, new specs needed. Watching Celtic just now is not inspiring, the hope is that this is just a blip, but results are all that matters, but in Europe we are playing well below the standard that we should be. The team is needing fresh legs more pace and fresh and perhaps younger and more ambitious legs. Looking back two years watching Christie make an impact, every team needs inspiration, he provided that in bucket fulls. Time for Turnbull to be introduced perhaps?
The tatties are calling Yoker, poker, Brian Stoker, KTF.

Yoker Bhoy
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Morning Mike, I didn’t watch the huns game either, honest ;-). I did see the goals yesterday morning on Youtube, however, and just watching those showed up how bad the Dutch side’s goalkeeper really was. It’s a pity your fine post above didn’t come through yesterday (and I see it’s happened again this morning). I don’t know which browser you use but it might be an idea to use Mozilla Firefox exclusively for etims (taking Cha’s advice) as that seems to solve a lot of the problems presented by the latest updating of the site. Lengthier posts not coming through is an old issue though so I don’t know if that idea would help or not but it could be worth a try.
You make a lot of good points. It’s very clear that if we go 3-5-2, Taylor is not suited to that attacking wing back role. We want to fill that void as soon as possible with a high energy player who is confident and competent enough to take the opposing RB on if necessary and whip dangerous balls into the area as well as defend. Someone with the energy and commitment of a Ryan Christie in that position. Could Ryan himself adapt to playing that role? I doubt it but it would be interesting if he could.
Re the defence, Bitton once again showed that he is an accomplished professional who deserves to play more regularly. I still have faith in his compatriot El Hamed too, who has always looked the part except for one nightmare evening capped by that monumental gaff against Ferencvaros. Both of them can make a large contribution towards easing our defensive issues. I’m hopeful that Duffy’s poor game the other night was only a one off and I have very mixed feelings about Jullien – a player with some wonderful attributes but he can be oh so shaky when under pressure (and sometimes even when he isn’t under pressure).
Up front we have the Odsonne mystery which is a serious cause for concern. The mystery part is we don’t know exactly what’s going on as regards his motivational and physical levels but when he’s left isolated and constantly mobbed by up to four defenders we see the need for an extra man up front to create a different type of threat and draw defenders away from the big Frenchman. I totally agree with you that an injection of new blood into midfield could make a great difference as Broonie seems to become less effective game by game. Turnbull would be the first name to spring to mind but both Soro and young Luca Connell could make an impact in the future and should be introduced onto the field against the weaker sides we face in the league. Oh and thank God we have Jeremie Frimpong! Once he has developed a bit more and has improved his end product, we’ll have a real gem on our hands. I think that’s enough waffling for now so I’ll let you get back to yer tatties.
Have a great weekend Mr Happy Harvester and enjoy tomorrow’s gaem. It’s a big one.

Jocsoc
6 months ago

Job done but how? Too many touches. Pace too slow. Passes sloppy and inaccurate. Taylor runs wide to receive a pass then plays it back to where it came from. Forrest receives the ball in a wide position and proceeds to come inside to the log jam! The backline, being sporting gents, pass the ball to each other several times to allow the opposition ample time to get back into their defensive formation. If Frimpong hadn’t come on we would still be trying to break them down! Forrest has no competition for his position and doesn’t have to up his game to ensure he is selected. Give Frimpong the berth or how about giving Karamoko a run. Where is he? Not long ago we were raving about this lad and looking forward to him becoming a top player. It won’t happen unless we play him! if we don’t, he’s gonna become disenchanted by the whole thing and seek his fortunes elsewhere. If so we’ll live to regret it!
Eddy is not fit and needs a rest before we have to face Sevco. We still have Ajeti, Klimala and Griffiths. Surely it’s not unreasonable to expect them to start producing the performances we pay them for! Lennon needs to take a long hard look at the squad and start to play to their strengths just as Big Jock did in years gone by. He had no favourites in his teams! He played those who could do the job. If Lennon can’t do that maybe we should find someone who will!

Cesar
6 months ago

Mick O’ Fenian has sent a complaint to his dating app.. He stated that he’s been swiping left for 4 days now but he can’t get rid of her.

BornCelt!
6 months ago

Caption – And sevco’s Miss October gives her reason for loving the sevconians and which first team player she would most enjoy a saucy love-in with too!

John McDermott
6 months ago

The 90s were a terrible time to be a Tim.
The undead were lapping it up…. Karma eh. I couldn’t care less how Celtic win as long as we do . Caption ( introducing Sasha this year’s Sevco Slimmer of the year!) And she is wearing her prize a signed match worn jersey from No other than Alfredo!

Puggy67
6 months ago

Caption: There’s nothing more that Betty loves than Derry’s Walls, Derry’s Häagen-Dazs, Derry’s Cornetto, Derry’s Ben & Jerry’s…

henkesdreadlocks
6 months ago

That thing must live near me, would probably explain why you can’t buy a fvcking roll of bog paper anywhere.There must be a tsunami warning issued when it goes for a shite.

Puggy67
6 months ago

Dire performance but how many saves did our keeper make? Passing the ball out of our 6 yard box while under pressure should have gone south with the narcissist.

Lawerence Molloy
6 months ago

The Covid 19 blog.

Removed from my Newsnow feed.

You can push your own fear and ignorance at others. Not I friend.

Mike
6 months ago

“Waiting Approval” come on, come on, come on come on, come on. 😉

SteveNaive
6 months ago

John Hughes said Big Jock did have favourites. Sensible diary, some of the criticism is bordering on hysteria.

Sean McGinley
6 months ago

Headline; Dunfermline extra-time following Cluj flop. Same issues? Interesting observation? Hopefully same result.

GreenJoCa
6 months ago

Introducing Miss Larkhall 2020, She enjoys very short walks and her hobbies include asthma and diabetes.

pilsbury dough bhoy
6 months ago

That fireplace is some size

Cartvale88
6 months ago

Caption
Reality hits when she sees her selfie, a bit like the future of Sevco

What can u say we do not learn. Continue with the same tactics one up front. Felt sorry for Eddie as usual surrounded by defenders Taylor and Forrest continue to cut in, only player that showed intelligence by cutting to the byline Ping Pong. Some of the squad appeared lost and out of ideas.
Yes it’s a victory but there has to be improvement, also it’s shocking when we continue with two midfield players in defence, Bitton and Ajer, they did a reasonable job against a crap team.

Uibh fhaili
6 months ago

Club 1872 wonders how Castore could run out of material after making only 50000 tops

Cortes
6 months ago

Caption: Big Daddy – the transgender years.

TonyDtic
6 months ago

Caption – The winner of More-loss’s match shirt says its taken a year to grow into it but it was worth the effort and it fits fine now.

Una
6 months ago

Caption

Gardening leave sally

Sonofcelts
6 months ago

Louboutin unveiled as sponsor for Glasgow airport’s 2nd runway.

6 months ago

Caption,The Castore 2020 calender shows miss jan,feb,march and april

6 months ago

Wee Wullie gets ready for his own battle of the Boiiing

Whitearra
6 months ago

Caption : ‘Come here, you little beauty’.

6 months ago

We were dire
The only time we had 2 strikers on the park and in the box we score.
The team was unbalanced Ntcham Brown Christie McGregor diesnt fit
Jamesy as a wing back doesn’t work.
It has to change.

Pensionerbhoy
6 months ago

Caption: “rangers jerseys are not for little people, they don’t shrink to fit average size players.” Jimmy Bell.

or “More than the logo needs to fall aff that yin in the wash.”

H H

BroxburnBhoy
6 months ago

I will take a 1-0 win away in Europe any day of the week. I’ll take a 1-0 win against Hibs too. Just keep winning get 10 have a decent run in Europe and get through Covid. I feel this team will click soon enough and as always we seem to be over critical of the manager and team. keep on winning

6 months ago

Caption “Alfie shows off his new head transplant”

Iancelt67
6 months ago

Caption. “ they call me twiggy in nachos bar”

Tyrone9
6 months ago

CAPTION
Sammy, Does this shirt make my bum look big

Bognorbhoy
6 months ago
Reply to  Tyrone9

Naw senga it’s aw the chocolate that you eat that makes yer bum look big

Funkyy
6 months ago
Reply to  Tyrone9

Sorry Tyrone9, just read your post.

Puggy67
6 months ago

Ralph/Desimond are there any tips you can post about getting through the spam filters. I haven’t had a post go through straight away for months and clearly they are only being approved as part of a new diary being published sometimes days later.

Puggy67
6 months ago
Reply to  Puggy67

That’ll be a naw then….cheers.

Paranoid celt
6 months ago

Sheebeen and friends jackets green. What a song. A wins a win.

JimboH
6 months ago

Caption…
Senga frae Brigton denies she’s goat a Big Hun in the oven.

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
6 months ago

Is the quote from the away leg of the 67 EC?

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
6 months ago

Caption: when’s the orange due… oops sorry, your just a fat bastard, my bad.

Funkyy
6 months ago

Caption.- does my arse look big in this?

Iancelt67
6 months ago

Tough group. Huns did ok

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