Celtic Diary Tuesday October 6: Let’s Get To Work

There was a boost for Celtic fans last night before the transfer window was closed when Diego Laxalt of Milan joined the club on a seasons loan.

 

That means Greg Taylor has a multi million pound international competing for his jersey, which will do the boys confidence no end of good.

 

Milan signed the Uruguayan for around £13m , depending on where you read it, making him the most expensive player in Scottish football at the moment.

 

A player’s price does not determine his value to a team, though, which may be why thats not being trumpeted by the media, who seem to be a little more enthusiastic about the deadline day signing on the other side of the city…

 

Bongani Zungu left Mo Salah in tears as Rangers new boy proved he has mental strength for hostile crowds

The midfielder joined Rangers on loan and his old boss Stuart Baxter believes he will be a huge player for the club.

 Stuart Baxter, if you remember, is the guy who was touted for any job that came up anywhere a few years ago, but he never got any of them.
 Gavin Berry in the Record does his best to give the hordes something to cheer, even if one of them needs to perhaps spend more money on drink for his pish stained sources…
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by getting Baxter to say a few words… no doubt to cancel out the words of an In The Know fan

“Bongani can be anything he wants to be. He has the temperament to handle big occasions so the Old Firm won’t faze him.

“We played Egypt in the
 Africa Cup of Nations in front of 75,000 screaming Egyptians and he was up against Mo Salah, Trezeguet and Mohamed Elneny were all playing.

“That would have been the equivalent of an Old Firm game in terms of hostile atmosphere and pressure
 situation. Egypt were managed by the Mexican Javier Aguirre and we were leading 1-0 so he was facing the sack.

“Bongani went down right in front of the bench and he was standing shouting in Spanish, ‘Get up you p***y’. I understood and had a go at him and told him to sit down. Bongani came up to me after it and thanked me for sticking up for him.

“He just likes that competitive environment and that night showed me what he was all about. We got to the quarter-finals and lost 2-1 to Nigeria with the last kick of the game but
 we played Nigeria away in
qualification and beat them 2-0. Bongani was outstanding on that occasion.

 None of which is entirely relevant, so then comes the kicker….
“At club level he’ll have come up against PSG, Marseille and Monaco in Ligue 1 so if you can hold your own there then you know technically he’ll manage.  
 He’s played against some good sides. No anecdotal evidence of him doing well or catching the eye, but he “will have come up against them “
 Interesting that in a world where no crowds are allowed at the football, they’ve signed a player whose biggest attribute seems to be the ability to handle a hostile crowd.
 Taking into account what Mark Dingwall says, I’m tempted that this is a panic signing dressed up a wee bit to hide the fact that they couldn;t sell Morelos or Tavernier, two key players who have intimated they really don’t want to be here for the ten….
 Meanwhile, Laxalt has caught the eye on an even bigger stage, the last World Cup, which the paper fails to give a similar fanfare to….
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 The defender has a bit of a reputation as a hard man, as well as being quick and more than technically competent, and as he looks fairly clean cut, I’d suggest he probably can look after himself, as we know the ones to watch are the ones without the marks of battle.
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Hang on….
Confident David Turnbull believes he can justify Celtic's huge outlay | The  Scotsman
 bit of make up, glasses and dreadlocks….have we signed the same player twice ?
 Then again, we might not have….
Celtic announce the signing of a 13 year old lassie just back from a holiday in Benidorm wae her family. 
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 Anyway, the player seems happy enough, and is raring to go.
 As none of the core players left, no one seems to have been willing to pay what Celtic wanted for the players, and given the uncertain times we live in, thats understandable, especially if you factor in the trauma of having to move to another country when there’s a plague in town.
 Or, I wonder, could it be that the manager has appeared distracted of late because he’s decided that those who wanted to go were worth persuading to stay….his pre match radio interview on sunday seemed to hint at that, when he said he had showed “those ” players the upcoming fixture list and asked them why they would want to leave all that.
 Maybe now he can focus on winning again, and getting that winning mentality back into the team, and I’m reminded of these words , from the man himself, Jock Stein….
https://twitter.com/i/status/1313140259115368454
 Our squad……
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Not bad at all.
 Mind you, they’ve strengthened considerably over on the other side of the city as well….
 If you want to make some money, get a line on every game they play this season. Bet on penalties for them…. thats always a given, and bet on no one getting a penalty against them, as they are never given.
 Referee Greg Aitken missed this one at the weekend……
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 Thats this Greg Aitken…..
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  The media, of course, won;t ask any questions. They tend to limit themselves to headlines rather than stories, such as this one….
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 Absolutely no detail, and no chance of them trying to find any.
 Something they could be doing is looking into both sides of the argument surrounding the clamour to get fans back into the stadia safely to help stave off clubs going into financial difficulty.
 It’s quite odd that none of the clubs themselves are actively pushing for this, as guess what, it wouldn;t be financially viable to open up for just a few fans.
 I asked John Ward if Livingston had costed allowing a few fans into the game, and whilst he admirably wants to see it happen, and would still do it if he could, the answer confirms to me, at least, that clubs don’t want the hassle of opening up, especially as they’d lose money….. and he also hints at the issue of fans demanding refunds for games they haven;t been to, which would be catastrophic….
We have and the answer is no. But football needs fans in and the reality is that fans have the right to request refunds if they don’t get to attend. That would bankrupt quite a few clubs. So something needs to happen
 The problem is those running the game in Scotland are completely clueless, and have offered nothing in the way of een an attemot to try to find a solution, let alone come up with one.
 At the same time, Douglas Ross is running around trying to make himself popular by whipping up support for the return of fans, again, without really thinking it through, in an attempt to make himself popular , when all he has to do to attain that status is see how long he can hold his breath underwater with someones foot on his head.
 It’s time for those at the top of the game to justify their salaries, and come up with some sort of workable plan to safeguard the clubs if thats possible, and if it isn’t , then they have to at least go for damage limitation.
 Yesterday, we had this….
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Whitearra 
 Right lads, back to the hall. Billy’s got it wrong. It says Fruiterer not Fluterer  
Today, more from the Old Glasgow Pics twitter feed….some cracking stuff on there, by the way…
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Johnny Green
14 days ago

At least the bus drivers picked a good day to go on strike.

alzyerpal
14 days ago

Caption – The Rangers* Brake Club in their inaugural outing; leaving Glasgow, en route to Brechin (circa 2012)

TicToc
14 days ago
Reply to  alzyerpal

Sorry for the pedantry Alzyerpal, but it’s crucial to keep focused here.
When Brechin played a new company from Ibrox (and that’s ALL it was, not even a club), it was still called Sevco Scotland Limited. 2 days after this game, played on 29th July 2012, Sevco Scotland Limited changed its name to The Rangers Football Club Limited, still just a company NEVER a club.
THAT is the Truth of the matter and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
HH
FC not PLC

TicToc
14 days ago
Reply to  TicToc

Sickening, just fukkin sickening. An attempt at a joke aimed at winning the Caption thingy versus a considered evocation of fact about cheating huns and you fukking infants play the mhan and miss the ball? Ralph, it’s certainly not your fault that playground minds infest YOUR site, but that IS what it is. Enough said.
I’ll repeat for fucking clarity; make any vote acceptable PROVIDING it has comment to show understanding and expose the fucking jellyfoish whom crawl around on here.
Any cunt wants to call me out, DO IT. I’ll accommodate you. Sickening, a top Tim site reduced to a fucking playground by anonymous pricks. Fuck off you pricks and take yer like alang. Gone from a good night tae this…..you fuckin pricks beware…..no-one, but no-one fucks me about and gets away with it…..but, of course, I’m willing to be proven wrong.

alzyerpal
14 days ago

“Een an attemot”
Vory shuy
Gan Blenkeranst
Fen carroy

*One of McGonnigal’s very early poetic sagas. Written in the style of Samuel Taylor Coleridge…after an absinthe and crystal meth cocktail.

Owen Mullions
14 days ago
Reply to  alzyerpal

Not een an attemot too say slurry for the atroshus spelin. If you ask me, Ralph’s ether illegitimate or needs two imploy a poof reeder .

Duncan
14 days ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

😀

Duncan
14 days ago

Caption
The SFA launch investigation into possible Rule Breaking and time travel being used at Celtic Park as photographic evidence appears of “The Leigh Griffiths Brake Club” with a banner declaring “116 weans and counting”

John mccloy in Tasmania
14 days ago

Izzat rangers comin noo mammy?

Rob O'Keeffe
14 days ago

New left back doesn’t speak any English, that’ll certainly help the lack of communication that has been plaguing the Celtic defence, not.
Caption :Look Gretha, there’s a car on the road, give us one of your How Dare You speeches…

Cesar
14 days ago

The entire Aberdeen support leave the granite city for Hampden hoping fans will be allowed in to the semi final by the time they arrive.

Bognorbhoy
14 days ago

Caption ….

You wait all day for a coal cart ,and they all come at once ,and to top it off they are all full , not even a seat beside the Wagoner …

Bognorbhoy
14 days ago

Minis were really small back in the day , like stationwagons these days ..

Duncan
14 days ago

Caption
Sevconia City Council 2012
”Bring oot yer deid”

TicToc
14 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Excellent ‘Duncan’. For some of the sh1te you get on here I hope you win it. It’s worthy.
Fair’s fair! (I’d vote + for this but don’t have that facility)
Anyway, voting should ONLY be allowed when submitted with a comment.
The fearties would, at least, have to take their masks off then, and say something that would face the same scrutiny. Jellyfish I can do without. (but I’ll still have the chips, thanks)

Duncan
14 days ago
Reply to  TicToc

Ach all is fair in love and war Tic Toc so long as you are still being read it means you are at least still being heard 😉
Hat tip tae Ralph
As both Lenny and Griffiths are all too aware the haters are always gonna hate.
Fuq them all,the long,the short and the tall.
HH Terrific Window furra change

btw if you click left of the 0 it goes up and if you click to the right of it it votes down.
But not all the time.

^ 0 v

TicToc
14 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Tried the voting thing Duncan, it disnae work on my browser.
Nae worries, it’s for FN infants anyway, if they dinnae back it up wi’ some craic.
Fuckem. Ralph, get it sorted; muppets away, no’ be missed, no’ by me oanyway…… ah’m a fair shot wi’ anything fae a javelin tae a sling, fae a 16 bore tae a wee revolvin’ thing,
……..aye, ah get it, blowin’ trumpets an’ a’ that.
I wiz NEVER meek, but a FN good pretender, an’ this meek cnut has ‘inherited’/acquired as much of this Earth as he requires. Lucky?
HH
FC not PLC

Duncan
13 days ago
Reply to  TicToc

God loves a trier TT
Stay meek 😉

HH & GBNL

R.St.Parsley
14 days ago

Caption:
Castore announce expansion into luxury coach business.

R.St.Parsley
14 days ago

Stevie’s Lament

Yesterday, thought Morales would be on his way
Now it looks as though he’s here to stay
Oh I believed in transfer day.

Suddenly, he is twice the size he used to be
With his big fat a*se and beer belly
We couldnae shift him on a free.

Why he didn’t go we all know
No one would pay
They said:’20 million for that!?’
‘Is it All Fools Day?’

Yesterday, thought some transfer dosh would come my way
Now I’m left with all these duds to play
And piles of f*cking bills to pay.

Duncan
14 days ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Quality

Yoker Bhoy
14 days ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Brilliant.

TicToc
14 days ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

RSP, The Skelly Chairman is still (IMHO) your best, but this is another belter.
HH

Billybhoy
14 days ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Brilliant!

SteveNaive
14 days ago

Very good Duncan.

‘ The back end of JFK’S motorcade’

14 days ago

Duncan …. :-))))) a belter . Thumbs up.

Scarman
14 days ago

We can smile about it, but Covid safe ventilation on public transport still needs horse fart deflectors, say users

Duncan
14 days ago

Wan for Charlie Nicholas

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Bgbhoy
14 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

So you agree you have to go to the club to know all about it?

The Cha
14 days ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Gotcha.

Duncan
14 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

1

Duncan
14 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

2

Duncan
14 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

The Cha

 Gotcha

I certainly did 😉

mcklintop
14 days ago

The DUP climate change deniers refuse to upgrade their technology to the internal combustion engine.

14 days ago

Caption,After Wee Dougie Ross tells them covid is a fenian lie from inside his wee mini with windows shut.the glasgow Sash Bash starts with free ride for anyone sneezing.

Whitearra
14 days ago

Caption : ‘Ludge No. 27 lends it’s charabanc to Buchanan’s for the Sunday School trip’.
Btw : Buchanan’s sweeties?

14 days ago

Caption: Ach that a great picture of Rose West with the weans wonder where she went Agnes, dunno Jenny down south the last I heard.

TicToc
14 days ago

It’s not too often I have anything good to say about Peter Thomas Lawwell.
Now I don’t know if it’s in spite of him, or because of him, but I reckon, after window closing late last night we’ve got the best squad we’ve had for a long time. That is just BRILLIANT in this, the season of the TEN. Neil Lennon too has been criticised by me (although I was one who wanted him in the 1st place), never more than after Ferencvaros. I was less than supportive of him after Dun. Utd. and Ross co. too. In fairness to both the above, take a bow (if you know you’ve earned it).
“We’re on the one road………”
BTW, The new huns are conning everyone (daft enough to be a hun) again. They’ve just diluted the shares of all the morons who hold them, yet again. A twisted faced fcuk from South Africa (and Castlemilk) has no doubt had an eye on this 🙂 but if memory serves me well, the new company kicked off in 2012 with around 80 Mill shares and it now must have pushing 300 Mill.
HaHaHa! An ‘orange’ and water please, dilute it well, plenty of water!! HaHaHa!
FN mugs!
HH

Duncan
14 days ago

So with Forfar forfeiting their Cup game against Dundee that’s two ties down already.
This could be the beginning of the end for Football in Scotland for this Season if this keeps happening.
We need to keep winning simples.

Duncan
14 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

https ://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54441543

Dundee have been awarded a 3-0 win after Forfar Athletic forfeited their League Cup tie on Tuesday following a positive Covid-19 test by a player.

TicToc
14 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

So Duncan and ALL, the original and only, Rangers cheated by playing illegally registered players, hence a 3-0 reverse in EVERY game played by that cheating scum, both in Domestic and Euro competition. WHY, oh WHY don’t we congregate outside Hampden in HUGE numbers and DEMAND what is right? I’ll happily travel the few hundred miles to join you, outside Hampden, and DEMAND the Truth. Oh, and I’ll fight for it.
HH
FC not PLC (that’s why I state this; the PLC is run by a bean-counting, cheating bas!ard, NOT a Tim. He’s ‘balls-deep’ in ALL the cheating. The Cu!nts for binning, Celts For Change, again!
HH
FC not PLC.

Cortes
14 days ago

MP Margaret Covid’s pledge to “return to her people” sparks exodus.

Tyrone9
14 days ago

Caption
Wives n weans on their way to see their heroes in Govan Shipyards to celebrate the first ever Armed Forces Day.

BroxburnBhoy
14 days ago

Unsuspecting Glaswegians start their journey to their new homes in Livingston.

TicToc
14 days ago

See before I look to comments now, I need to comment again today.
And, again, thank Ralph and Co. for an unequalled Tim site.
I actually had a comment to add, but it’s lost in the Autumn of my mind.
Spittin’ Image, if you miss Boris the Pig, I’ll feel obliged to ‘have words’.
HH
FC not PLC

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TicToc
14 days ago
Reply to  TicToc

It’s almost time for me to go to kip or open some more grog.
I’d bet on the latter, but who knows? Anyway, two of my favourite short jokes, just to keep up Una and Monti’s blossoming affair…..OUCH…which one of you threw that?
And so (knowing they’re not new but still funny):

TicToc
14 days ago
Reply to  TicToc

….got weirdly cut off so following up here: A guy comes home pissed with a sheep under his arm, and staggers into the master bedroom. He says “this is the pig I huvtae shag when you’ve got a headache”. Wife (from bed) says “you drunken idiot, that’s not a pig it’s a sheep”. Husband says “I was talkin’ to the sheep!” HaHaHa!
In a similar vein: A couple decide to have a night in, get a few drinks from the ‘offy’ and watch a film.
They both get well bevvied, but, as usual the bloke drinks more and quicker.
He suddenly states “I LOVE YOU”! The wife says “I think that’s just the beer talkin'”.
Husband says “Naw, it was me talkin’ tae the beer”.
Sometimes those things near to one’s heart……… HaHaHa!
HH still just lovin the pics in my head of super-Leigh timing his jump from El Hamed’s perfect cross to perfection and having time to put it away from their keeper. FN BRILLIANT. And Paddy’s goal, scythed down, gets up, races to get the ball and SMASHES it into the net.
Just glad me old heart never packed-in as that was ceiling-bursting stuff at the end.
HH
FC not PLC
PS Opened some more grog, as forecast! 🙂

14 days ago

Eddy has tested positive for covid in France could have major problems for the hun game.
He will miss it?

Duncan
14 days ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Probably a blessing in disguise given how poor he’s been the last 4 or 5 games Jimmy
So long as he isolates and recovers that’s all that matters.

Duncan
14 days ago

Bit quiet in here considering the window just shut but hopefully it’s not just down to site niggles etc.
Change they say is seldom easy.
Which bring me to the point of this post…
It would appear that Lenny has been backed by the Board fully this time round and got most if not all of his preferred targets.
Truth he told you would imagine keeping Fraser Forster would have been a priority for him.
Alas it wasn’t to be as big Fraser opted for another Season bench warming at Southampton on massive wages.
More fool him a decision he may regret in years to come when he’s retired.
I think Barkas is a good addition,he may not be as imposing as our previous number 1’s or as good a shot stopper but he does seem to have strengths in areas where both had weakness.
Distribution being one of them and decent ability with his feet another.
Sweeper keeper territory.
Duffy has had an immediate impact and certainly an upgrade on Jozo on early showing,not only his prowess in the air at both ends but also as we seen against St.Johnstone on the 2nd goal he reads a situation well.
Ajeti although nowhere near full match sharpness has shown to be a very able poacher and penalty box striker ,very much in the mould of Hooper which is unsurprising given Lenny’s liking for that type of Striker.
He will be a hit at Celtic of that I am certain.
Turnbull I think has shown glimpses of what he can bring to our Midfield though I think it will take perhaps a Season before we see him grow into it as he is still young and the demands at Celtic are far greater than that at Motherwell.
He has the ability but I think like Christie will need time to grow into the jersey.
Yesterday’s late addition you would think but the MSM reaction was a last minute panic buy of a guy who wasn’t top of Lenny’s list?
Not so as Lenny pointed out we went in for him last year as he was impressed by him at the World Cup with Uruguay.
So with 20 odd International caps and just under 200 Serie A appearances this guy is no mug.
The guy keeping him out of the Milan side was signed by Maldini himself from Real Madrid via Atletico Madrid.
He’s been on our radar since.
Unsurprisingly.
Anyone who thinks Laxalt,Duffy or Ajeti will be fazed by playing in a Derby in an empty stadium is clearly deluding themselves.
We’ve kept all of our key men we are stronger coming out of the window than when we went into it.
We now wait ,hope and pray that they all come back from International duty unscathed and ready to go again.
I thought Lenny’s Manager of the month media scrum was excellent,
He’s clearly a very happy man with a weight removed from his shoulders that no late bids came in.
Once we have our full squad fit and ready for selection we have so many options going into games.
With the 5 subs ruling this also plays into his and our hands I think as squad rotation isn’t really an issue now.
For example both wingbacks can bomb on for 60 minutes and be replaced by two who can keep it going for the remaining 30 minutes.
You could replace the entire Central Midfield and still have two changes left say in attack.

Duncan
14 days ago

Édouard Tests positive in France

Duncan
14 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

https ://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54443918

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has tested positive for coronavirus and is now self-isolating, according to the French Football Federation.

Edouard, 22, is with the France Under-21 squad for Euro qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Slovakia.

But he will not play in either match, with the FFF saying he was tested on Tuesday morning and the positive result discovered after training.

Edouard started Celtic’s 2-0 league win at St Johnstone on Sunday.

henkesdreadlocks
13 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

…… and so it begins.

highseastim
13 days ago

I smell a rat, somewhere along the line, the majority of the league’s teams have had a covid-19 problem, yet the team from down Govan way(despite twitter photos circulating of players and management posing for photos in bars), seemingly have not had a problem, just luck or Doncaster and his merry men happy to turn a blind eye as usual??

Duncan
13 days ago
Reply to  highseastim

They fielded 9 players in a pre Season friendly V Dundee Utd without knowing the results of testing.
The SFA let them off with a wrist slap as The 2angers provided them with a seemingly adequate excuse that they failed to comprehend the rules or protocols properly.
No fines,no bans and no game cancellations.

Move along Timothy nothing to see here.

Duncan
13 days ago

So do you see this Season concluding after 38 games?

I very much doubt it.

TicToc
14 days ago

Ralph, ma comment around 11.05 PM has been hooked. WOBH!
It’s mair important than moasty the sh1t posted on here.
Hence, mercy buckets if ye find it an’ post it.
HH
FC not PTLPLC

TicToc
14 days ago

Jesus H Christ. Ah just moved a’ ma equipment intae the kitchen. (Ah also took ma guitar and wee amp. 🙂 It’s (oor hoose an’ neighbours) are mildly affected from North but unaffected from E/West.
Kitchen suits. Next stop IOM. Anyway, ah decidet tae start wae The Troggs, Love Is all Around. Fukk me, from almost a ballad, me an ma wee assistants (in relatively plant form) just burst intae something ah couldnae play wi’ every chord/note called. Fukkin magic tho.
Then a calm doon an its The Rose, ma wee diamond an me love it. So ah crucified it, just for fun.
Eric Burden’s HOTRS then got caned, coke-ained…..then some cunt frae Douglas IOM screamed FFS, give it a rest……..a pit “Who Let The Dogs Out” (efter gi’in him a mouthfull) on recurring play at 138 Db straight intae ma/ootae him directional speaker frae west coast of engerlund straight intae number 13 (unlucky fur him) Solway View. The cunte.
HaHaHa, anither notch in ma heid.
Guten ahbends, alles istz verrucht! 🙂 Bit no as fukkin verrucht as ich! Ha Ha ha!
PS If this comment goes intae ra fuckin excuse fur dumpin shite, I will, travel tae mittle engerlund and ‘have words’ wi’ a certain CSC uniqeuly ca’d Ord as they cannae afford ra Staff an’ NFL huz tae bail them oot weekly (weakly?), tae stoapem frae cummin. HaHaha! it fukkin makes mre laugh oanyway.
I’ve seen Bill an’ Ben,
The Flowerpot men,
I’ll now see NFL,
As we pick up THE TEN!
HAIL! HAIL! The Glasgow Celtic, now and forever more.
COYBIG

13 days ago

Get well soon Eddy, stay safe everyone.
Football has no chance of playing a full season the way its going.

Duncan
13 days ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

I agree Jimmy and cannot understand why International Football hasn’t been shelved like they have the Women’s games?
Surely they realise that sending players into other Countries outwith the control of their own Clubs ( who pay their wages) is increasing the likelihood of infection?
UEFA are a shambles.

Monti
13 days ago

Bonne chance français Eddy 🙁

Monti
13 days ago

C’est quoi la vraie baise?

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