It doesn’t seem like five minutes since Celtic last played a European game in the Bosnian capital, such is the nature of European qualification football these days, though I did have to check to remind myself of the result.
On July 9 last year, the hoops won the first leg 3-1 over there, and rounded off a fairly routine win with a 2-1 home win.
On that occasion, Sarajevo took the lead and Celtic replied with goals from Michael Johnstone, Oddsone Edouard and Scott Sinclair.
Only Edouard will feature tonight, and given his recent lollygagging we’d be better off sending out Johnstone, or even ringing Sinclair and asking if he’s doing anything.
There’s a danger that Sarajevo will cause a shock, as there always is at this level, but surely Celtic will take this game seriously, as defeat will mean no European football , and given the strides made with the co efficient recently, that would be a disaster.
Though I have this recurring vision of a Celtic View headline that says “Now we can concentrate on the league….”
Albien Ajeti has shown how fragile he is, and hasn’t travelled, James Forrest will be out for a few weeks with his ankle that was causing him problems for a while, indicating that the medical staff still haven’t got the hang of properly examining and treating players, and when you consider what Keiran Tierney said when he compared the treatment at Arsenal with that at Celtic, that has t be cause for worry.
Factor in the kicks and trips that referees are already allowing to be dished out to players in the hoops and we’re storing up problems for later.
There should still be enough to see Celtic through in the squad, and their performance last week in Riga was focused and mature enough to offer hope, but I suspect a few of us will be a little nervous for a lot of the time tonight.
Premier sports, who made a big thing of covering Celtic’s qualifiers on their sports channel are not showing the game tonight, and as they had promised they would, not only should fans cancel their subscription , maybe ask for a refund as well.
Maybe the fact that Celtic should be into the play offs directly next season has influenced their decision to abandon their hooped clientele, knowing that they won’t be subscribing next year.
Instead, Celtic TV will have a go at showing the game, which is always an adventure, and the good news is that season book holders won’t have to pay. Though there is the suspicion that given the quality of the channels broadcasts this is merely to save them coming to work tomorrow to process refunds.
Website Celtic Quick News was the first to reveal the Provisional Squad this early this morning….
PROVISIONAL SQUAD: Barkas, Bain, Hazard, Elhamed, Bitton, Duffy, Ajer, Jullien, Frimpong, Taylor, Brown, Christie, Ntcham, McGregor, Elyounoussi, Edouard, Klimala, Turnbull, Soro and Griffiths.
We’ll be revealing both the “Real ” and the “Continuity ” squads later today.
Elsewhere, “rangers “, the only other surviving -ha, fancy referring to them as survivors- Scottish club /company still in europe host Turkish side Galatasaray, and their game is available on their channel for a budget busting £9.99….thats because if they lose their budget will be busted and that will be yet another revenue stream drying up as they struggle to make ends meet.
Joining Emma Dodds at Ibrox will be fans’ favourite Neil McCann, and alongside him, making his RangersTV debut, will be the club’s record goalscorer, Ally McCoist.
And that’s not all – RangersTV are thrilled to be welcoming Britain’s leading sports pundit and former Rangers and Galatasaray manager Graeme Souness back to Ibrox on Thursday night to provide expert analysis.
The former Scotland captain will be joined by the one and only Walter Smith who will continue as an RTV pundit, and will bring back memories of some famous European nights at Ibrox.
Once the pre-match discussion ends, the returning Clive Tyldesley will describe every kick of the ball with Rangers legend, Ally McCoist at his side.
It’s a top-class panel of guests for a game of huge significance between two of the biggest names in European football.
Last Thursday, Rangers fans backed the team in unprecedented numbers for the RTV coverage of our game v Willem II. The Rangers first-team are well aware of the incredible numbers in which you backed them from home, and they are desperate to deliver for you again this week.
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McCoist, McCann and Smith…with Clive Tyldesley….
Clive Tyldesley sacked by Soccer Aid bosses after fat-shaming remarks
Clive Tyldesley has already been stood down from his role as ITV’S senior commentator, but the veteran broadcaster has now reportedly lost his gig doing Soccer Aid
The show has “dignity ” written all over it.
That situation wasn’t helped when wantaway fat bloke with no shame Alfredo Morelos hinted that he might yet stay at the Glasgow club , and whilst fans might be happy with that, the accountants will be emptying their bowels en masse.
That means “as a group “, and not at mass, by the way. That sort don’t go to mass.
Morelos hinted at staying in a social media post, which I haven’t seen, but the Sun said he did, so it must be true.
Our pish stained mole at Ibrox reckons he has the full text though, which was in an email sent to his agent…. this extract may well prove telling
Estos cabrones me han dejado fuera de movimiento. Que se jodan. Me iré con un Bosman.
“He’s going to leave on a Bosman “….has a ring to it, and no doubt if we ever get to go to games again we’ll hear it aired vociferously from the stands.
This month is Black History month, a shameless nod to the history of a people that deserve a lot more recognition than a month of patronising nods toward their suffering, and you can count on the BBC to get even that wrong….
Walter Daniel John Tull (28 April 1888 – 25 March 1918) was an English professional footballer and British Army officer of Afro-Caribbean descent. He played as an inside forward and half back for Clapton, Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town and was the third person of mixed heritage to play in the top division of the Football League after Arthur Wharton and Willie Clarke.
During the First World War, Tull served in the Middlesex Regiment, including in the two Footballers’ Battalions. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant on 30 May 1917 and killed in action on 25 March 1918.
No mention of Rangers…except this bit..
In 1940, it was reported in an article in the Glasgow Evening Times about Tull being the first “coloured” infantry officer in the British Army, that he had signed to play for Rangers F.C. after the war. Rangers have confirmed that Tull signed for them in February 1917, while an officer cadet in Scotland at Gailes, Ayrshire.
You would have thought the promise of playing for such a great club…it was a club in those days…, combined with a job in the shipyards for the rest of the war would have seen him snap their hand off….
Still, no doubt he’d have been delighted to have a postbox painted black in his honour. Thats right up there with this tribute, visible at Northampton’s ground..
Through his actions, W. D. J. Tull ridiculed the barriers of ignorance that tried to deny people of colour equality with their contemporaries. His life stands testament to a determination to confront those people and those obstacles that sought to diminish him and the world in which he lived. It reveals a man, though rendered breathless in his prime, whose strong heart still beats loudly.
Not to be outdone, Rangers also made their own tribute to a player who didn’t play for them….
This trophy got a mention on Follow Follow….
And there was a cup, the Walter Tull Trophy, generously donated by the Rangers Supporters Trust, and won by Rangers defeating Spurs 2-0 at Ibrox.
This could/should have become an annual event, alternating between Glasgow and London, but stand-in Chairman, John McClelland tried to trivialize it, and this saw Rangers captain for the night, Stefan Klos, ending up getting presented with the trophy in the dressing room post-match.
On the afternoon of that day, the RST football team beat the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust 6-2 for a mini-version of the proper trophy, in a match which had to be played at the Firhill complex, because McClelland decided there was no pitch available at Auchenhowie that afternoon.
The Tottenham website has a slightly different view…
Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham’s home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).
The winners of our friendly against Rangers at Ibrox will receive the Walter Tull Trophy – in recognition of a player with close links to both teams and in keeping with both clubs’ anti-racism message.
Tull was English football’s first black outfield player when he signed for Spurs in 1908.
He moved to Northampton Town and was due to join Rangers in 1914 but was prevented from doing so as war broke out.
He was keen to be closer to his brother who had moved to Scotland to become a dentist but he never played a competitive game for Rangers.
Tull became an officer in the British Army and was killed on the Western Front in 1918.
The cynic in me is drawn to this line…
in recognition of a player with close links to both teams and in keeping with both clubs’ anti-racism message.
One wonders if it was discontinued when organisers noted that there wasn’t a particularly clear anti racism message eminating from Ibrox….
There seems to be a problem with the trith nearly everywhere these days, including popular tv quiz show “The Chase “, where some dopey contestants answer relatively simple questions for cash prizes.
The Sun tells us that you can even get the prizes when you answer incorrectly, a new and refreshing approach to quiz shows…
Presenter Bradley Walsh asked: “Which Scottish football team was triple-relegated in 2012?”
One of the contestants, Ben, then answered “Rangers”, to which Bradley replied “correct”.
Oh, the kerfuffle.
Had I been that contestant I would have contested that particular outlook on the facts.
As have many Celtic fans, prompting much mirth in the media….
The Record’s Mark MacDougall, who clearly believes that Rangers are still the same club, thus rendering any opinion he has rrelevant, called it a “debate “…
Don’t let anyone tell you Scottish football isn’t the most bizarre place in the world.
When the creators of ITV’s hit gameshow The Chase made their questions this week, they wouldn’t have predicted the fallout north of the border.
A question asking which Scottish club was ‘triple relegated’ in 2012 sparked anger among sections of the Celtic support who insist Rangers were liquidated rather than relegated.
That’s a debate that has been raging on in Scottish football for eight years and although the vast majority of football fans moved on from it seven-and-a-half years ago, there’s still some who don’t agree.
This is a national newspaper. One which claims to tell the truth, one which has a definitive role in society to challenge statements such as this one, when there are no facts to back it up.
As for the vast majority of fans moving on….you’ll only believe that if your only source of information is outlets such as the Record, and it’;s piss poor collection of reporters….and I say reporters in the loosest possible sense of the word.
Right, enough of all that.
Back to the good guys….and here is something that features quite a few of them in the one place….
If you haven’t seen this before, have a look now…..
Tear in the eye ? nah…that’ll be a bit of grit…
Morning all, here is a wonderful tribute from November 1988 to honour Celtic fan and brilliant surgeon called Mr Roger Checketts. To say he was pleased is an understatement. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/GPCRygHStz
— Lisbon Lion (@tirnaog09) September 29, 2020
The Lions and the Centenary double team in the same room….
On Monday, we had this….
Overflow car parking for clubs “closing in” on Alfredo Morelos