Celtic Diary Wednesday October 28: Multiplying The Divisions

It’s perfectly clear that those paid to run the game and those who are paid to comment on it do not want to see Celtic win a tenth consecutive title. That may come across as slightly paranoid, but you’d be paranoid of everyone was out to take away what you have.

 

What we have is a team that has ruthlessly dominated Scottish football for almost a decade, and in the last few years won every trophy that is up for grabs.

 

Unprecedented, and some would say that is bad for the game, bad for business.

 

Especially those who earn a living indirectly from the game. If it’s seen as uncompetitive, its deemed to be unattractive, predictable and even boring.

 

Somewhere, sometime over the last couple of months, some people got together in a darkened and smoky room to see what they could do about it…

 

What appears to have been decided is that at the first sign of weakness they would pounce, they would divide the Celtic support. They would cause unrest and construct a narrative designed to further weaken the cause, and make subjects such as the dismissal of the manager, the demise of Scott Brown and the quality of the new signings a major issue, and attempt to polarise an otherwise fully supportive fan base.

 

My suspicions were confirmed when Tom English, the token non-EBT recipient at the BBC, came out with this…

 

‘He doesn’t really need Celtic fans support when they’ve won 10, 11, 12, 13 trophies in a row. He needs their support when they’re in a little dip’ 

 

He’s absolutely right, which in itself is unusual for him, and one has to ask why he’s suddenly talking sense.

 

In doing so, he’s stirring an already frothing pot by subtly having a go at fans whose immediate response would be to defend their own hysteria, and causing those who agree with him to align themselves for the civil war.

 

Elsehwere on the site, there are other articles which outline the case for maybe taking a step back and looking at where we really are, and it’s difficult to disagree with them.

 

Covid, and i know i keep coming back to this, has altered this season and society in a way that probably will be permanent, and it’s upset the gentle balance and therefore relationship between the club and the fans.

 

The unspoken rule is that in the ground, we support the team, and later, on social media or in the bar, we criticise them.

 

Then we go back to our normal lives until the next game, and the process starts all over.

 

We’re not in the ground, and don;t look likely to be there for some time, so the supportive aspect of the relationship has gone.

 

On social media ,and on forums and phone ins, the criticism spirals out of control.

 

Day after day, week after week all that we hear is criticism, fuelled by a media desperate to see Celtic fail.

 

that was also evident in yesterday’s Daily Record , when they “reported ” on the financial report issued by Celtic PLC…

 

Celtic take £13m Covid revenue hit as Kieran Tierney sale can’t stop Parkhead cash blow

 

that was the main headline, dwarfing the really important bit below…

 

The accounts were in the black by £100,000 despite the coronavirus shutdown. 

 

Of course revenue will be down, it will be everywhere, but one has to wonder at the motive behind the forensic, if not entirely realistic, wording of what is actually quite an achievement, given the circumstances of the day.

 

Celtic have announced a £13million crash in revenue for the 2019-20 season – as the sale of Kieran Tierney just pushed the accounts into the black amid the Covid crisis.

Clubs across football have been financially impacted by the shutdown, with the Premiership season ended early.

The impact of the pandemic has been laid bare in Celtic ‘s accounts as revenues fell 15.8 per cent to £70.2m against £83.4m.

The Parkhead club were still able to post a £100,000 pre-tax profit for the year, largely thanks to the sale of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal

The accounts show the Scotland international brought in £24.2m, with income from player sales increasing from £17.7m for the 2018-19 season.

 Reporter Gabriel Mackay, presumably still smarting that his parents wanted a girl and decided to name him as one anyway, mentions a “crash “, and that Celtic were “impacted ” as a result of the pandemic, and that the disaster has been “laid bare ” in the books, hinting that if it wasn’t for the sale of Keiran Tierney, who remember wanted to go and it is company policy to sell players who want to go, then we’d have to have our own asset sale and come back as “The Celtic “.
Even though a profit was posted, he added..
Profit was significantly down, however, on the £11.3m up to June 30 2019.  
 Remember, these accounts don’t include any money from Adidas and the shirt sales last summer…
 Mackay then gave a sort of doom laden round up of the statement….

Celtic also spent £20.7m buying players, a significant increase on the £6.2m the previous season.  

 

Investing in the future, spending ambitiously, deternined to hold on to their dominance…er, no, it’s a subtle criticism, as compared to say what he might have said about another club/company investing on the field

 

The Premiership champions also saw their cash in the bank take a £10m hit as cash net of bank borrowings sank from £28.6m to £18.2m. 

 

In fairness, he probably doesn’t understand the concept of paying back loans or any other bills…. It;s not the done thing with at at least one other Glasgow club/company

 

That led the club to increase its revolving credit facility from £2m to £13m after the end of the financial year. 

 

Or created a rainy day fund should things get any worse …perhaps another way of putting it, and again, raising a loan facility is entirely alien to some club/companies, largely because the bank won’t let them.

 

 

The accounts are made up to June 30 so the impact of Celtic Park being closed to spectators, as well as this summer’s signings, will not be felt until the next set of accounts.  

 

 

It’s almost as though he’s forgotten that the league and Cup were suspended way before June 30…. or chosen to forget, so there would have been a considerable impact at losing a potential cup final, quadruple treble, and of course, the second nine in a row and all the match day and memorabilia associated with such events.

 

 

The result of such an article ?

 

Our support will largely call it for what it is, bollocks, but the subject is out there, and further doubt is sown.

 

He implies Celtic are in trouble, but at no point does he mention what should be a major concern, and that is the wider question of if Celtic have taken this big a hit, how much doo doo are the other clubs in ?

 

 

 

Again, its about creating division in what should be a time of unity.

 

 

All of that is before we even mention the piss poor radio phone ins, which take place every night and are encouraging the more extreme views by giving them airtime, and even though nearly all of the content aired is complete bollocks, it still provokes discussion…very similar to the Diary in that respect, but at least we like a laugh.

 

It’s all more than a little sinister, and perhaps I am being paranoid, but history has taught us we were simply not paranoid enough.

 

 

 

If, however, you need cheering up, and we all do, then go to the BBC sounds app and find last sunday’s edition of File on four, which is part of an investigation into the use of loans instead of salary to pay employees.

 

Take note of the unscrupulous behaviour of tax advisors, and the money they made.

 

Also , when you see who they claim is behind the scam, you will wonder exactly how deep the whole Rangers meltdown goes into Scottish society, and you will shed a tear for those poor ET recipients who are still to be hit with the “loan charge “, as well as back taxes and interest.

 

Well, when I say shed a tear what I mean  is laugh yourself into the accident and emergency ward to get your ribs mended.

 

 

 

In the meantime, ponder these words, from the pen of journalist Kevin McCarra, who sadly passed away this week…

 

“Celtic is a tale of adventure, success, failure, exasperation and hope that will never cease to unfold.”  

 

 

Let’s be honest, we wouldn’t have it any other way….as long as we’re all in it together, and a word of warning to those who are trying to divide us…if you multiply divisions, all you do is end up back where you started.

 

 

And now, we’ll rally around a caption competition, to bring laughter and comfort back into our lives…

 

The last one, last Saturday, was this…

 

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BornCelt!
 4 days ago

Caption – But Gavin, I think you are taking this a wee bit too far when Lenny told you to be quiet, take a seat and be off with you. HH!     

 

 

Today…

 

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1 month ago

Caption: Parking around here is getting worse by the day.

GreenMaestro
1 month ago

I bought it online, free delivery too.

alzyerpal
1 month ago

Caption- “Aye, ah heard the guy was wan o’ they EBT recipients, tryin’ tae hide his assets fae Hector.”

BornCelt!
1 month ago

YYYEEESSS! My first and only win on the caption contest, almost as grand as the 10! Firstly – a warm thank-you to my parents, all on ETIMS, Jimmy Johnstone, Jock… Enough of that! When your brave warriors fight to the bitter end with much bloodshed, we honour our dead. The easier way is propaganda. During the war, leaflets were dropped for all to cause despair to any who read their nonsense. The quickest way to stop an army is to shoot their generals, leaving many armies running around like headless chickens. Not saying anybody should reach out for theeir Claymores, but strong leadership is needed here to steady the ship and set sail up the Clyde in the Birlinn with confidence and a swagger. Jock’s strength was to make you feel invincible, a term we honour and our rivals yet to cherish. Yes, I am a spoilt brat fitba wise. Going for the Scottish Cup this weekend, hoping for 12 consecutive trophies with Scott going up for the Cup at Hampden to let out the hounds. It is not going to help losing our heads, we must look at the positives and let our bitter critics do the worrying, our reserve players still have too much quaity than their rivals, though, yes, some are not yet nailed-on Celtic, early days for the new boys in the classroom. I do not do delution, that is for sevconians, but we do need to be strong, united and Celtic. And just like my new shiny ETIMS caption plaque, (do you have my address?) success puts us back at the top and others in the shade. I love walking on rainbows, the others can only see cloud. Come on Lenny, put up the hands. HH!

desdamoaner
1 month ago

I said the multi storey car park ya clown!

Jinkylarrson
1 month ago

Be interesting to see what the scrum post as accounts. If they post accounts!

BornCelt!
1 month ago

Caption – Aye, wee Jimmy wanted a new Dinky car this year. We had to discard the box to get it under the tree, but like the Celtic defence it should be in place for Christmas. HH!

1 month ago

So financialy Celtic have taken a big hit because the plagues in town, exactly like every club in football will have, but with the Adidas revenue, Overdraft facilities, and having an Asset probably worth more than the KT sale, and a couple more worth £8/10mil, then its naw financial meltdown just yet. Which brings me tae the hun tramps, how on gods earth ate they surviving this season, with only ST money, soft loans and worthless share issues, how their even meeting monthly wages as they fall in incredible…History taught us we certainly were not Paranoid enough, and with a more favorable chance of CL qualification next season fur the league winners, and the £35mil that comes with it, could we be witnessing another RES12 scenario being played out behind the scenes again, with full compliance of all parties, the SFA, SPL and the CELTIC BOARD, it would keep the huns alive for sure financialy, make Scottish football look more competitive and so more attractive tae sponsors ect. We know our Board were complicit in the 5WAG and RES12 the first time round, would we be to Paranoid tae think they wouldn’t do it again….KTF

Rob O'Keeffe
1 month ago

Important points.The MSM and those on Snide (not so super)Scoreboard etc hate Celtic with a few exceptions.Celtic have not been playing well while those on the Darkside are rolling along quite nicely and have been bossing Celtic in recent derbies.This is leading to a rising panic amongst our support who also have to deal with a virus which has led to pubs,restaurants etc being forcibly closed with people being told not to visit anyone.Our support,therefore,are being bombarded by our haters in the news,even ex-Celts are getting in on the act.The younger Bhoys and Ghirls,used to success,don’t have us auld yins to put an arm around them and tell them that We will get better and the Sooside Sectarians will have a dip in form and will be hit by injuries which will disrupt the bestest coached team in the whole wide world.We shall return and it would help if Our Fans decide to fully support everything Celtic and don’t say anything if it’s going to be negative.We have a semi final to look forward to on Sunday,then a final to complete a quadruple Treble.That would be a brilliant get it right up you to all Our haters…..Keep The Faith!

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

‘Don’t say anything if it’s going to be negative’ … 😀

Right you are, Mr Lawwell!

Will you give me a discount on my VST in return as the fitba has been atrocious?

Mike
1 month ago

It is ‘A Time For Reflection’ to ask ‘ More Questions’ and then to put it all into ‘Perspective and Context’, then to seek solace and guidance from the ‘Diary’. We reflect back to last season, to 9 years of total Scottish football domination, looking ahead for that ‘dominance’ to continue. Then..
Covid 19 struck, if it struck Celtic FC. that badly, think then of the damage it has inflicted on all other Scottish football clubs. For in the land of Hunnery, we can only guess the damage caused to them, because after purposely delisting their accounts, they disappear into the black hole of secrecy, all done on purpose. The damage to all other clubs must be horrific. To ask ‘More Questions’ is our right, we are not mindless morons, so we must question everybody and everything including team performance and motives, from board to ball bhoy’s, to put the manager and the players under the spotlight, questioning every detail of performance, or lack of it, but at the same time trying to remember that they are only human, our support for and to them is vital, vital to the wellbeing of Celtic FC.

Cartvale88
1 month ago

Caption
It lets him see his Maw and no break Covoid rules.

Ah the journos what can u say, all stories on Lenny and Celtic are full of urine. It’s a pity that supporters still contribute to this crap by subsidising it. Even CFC advertise in these rags. They should be avoided at all costs, the Daily Wanker should be banned from Paradise, as for the Billy Boys Club that appears to have a problem with anything Celtic stuff their license, so the answer is in your own hands.
Lenny proved the point when he stated certain rags were running a vote to see if he should be sacked, on that alone we should back him.
As for the a House of Cards if the Covoid continues they will collapse, King seen and exited.

1 month ago

Losers find excuses winners find solutions.
Find the solution to the abysmal way we concede goals.
Nit the excuse of covid or injury.
It isn’t hard. Stop asking your full backs to be wingers. Stop getting them up the park, to give you width for opposition managers to tell their team let them have it, as soon as we get it back go down the wing, huge gaps are there. This will bring over their centre backs and leave huge gaps in the box.
It is why we have Duffy being out ran down the wing,why Ajer constantly goes to ground down the left side. Its why 2 central midfielders gave away penalty kicks as last men inside our own 18 yard box.
This is the way we keep losing goals recently. He has to stop being reliant on the full backs to give him width. Set up not to concede then let others get us the goals.
Find the solutions not the excuses.
If he can’t he has to go.

1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Bitton is a midfielder m8 not a defender.

1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Rubbish hes a midfielder all day long.

1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

What i make of that is that we are happy to use a quality midfield player as with Ajer and try to make them into something they are not.
Ajer when he moves forward from defense you can see the opposition back off that shows me where his strength is.
Like Brian O Neill before those guys lose their rightful first team position to become a utility player. Ask Nir Bitton what his preferred position in the team would be.

Martio67
1 month ago

Caption: With the parking restrictions around Parkhead on match days the neds are going to extreme lengths for their £1

mcklintop
1 month ago

I might add the Jorge Cadete incident confirmed what we already know, we aren’t paranoid enough. As my big mate Murphy used to say there are only two types of fans in Scotland, Celtic fans and anti -Celtic fans.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the sevconians to publish an accurate set of accounts, the lying King didn’t remove them from public listing for no reason.

And a wee tip, avoid the SMSM, they are no friends of Celtic but you know that already. Any Celtic fan that engages with them is just enabling them. You’ll feel better for avoiding it.

Caption: El Duffalo employs enhanced security measures to prevent ahem…Celtic fans tampering with his car.

Mike
1 month ago

That basturt moderator, he shot ma paw and stole ma post.

Malcolm Content
1 month ago

More head in the sands nonsense from eTims. Let’s turn our attention away from the real problem at the club which is Neil Lennon who at this point in time is being owned by Steven Gerard. Lennon never has been or never will be a good football manager certainly not one, good enough to manage Celtic. He did the club a massive favour when the rat left but should never got the gig on a permanent basis. He did so because he was the cheap option and Lawwell wanted a manager in the dug-out he could control. Just look at Lawwell’s record at appointing managers, Mowbray, Delia and Neil Lennon (twice). However, when Dermot Desmond takes charge we bring in O’Neil and Rodgers. The club is now paying the price for not appointing a quality manager after the Scottish Cup final in 2019. By all means, have a pop at Celtic’s enemies in the media but when the self-same people are telling the fans to get behind the manager, you have to ask yourself why?

Cortes
1 month ago

What sort of statement does it send out when your line managers tolerate the highest profile employee to appear in an official capacity looking hungover and uninterested? Lennon isn’t a good manager and his managers are allowing his lackadaisical attitude to affect other members of staff. But maybe that’s the plan?

Not arguing for a Dignity FC style dress code with obligatory waistcoat btw, but if you’re going to appeal to the Rab McGlinchy market segment, how about some enthusiasm and energy? Lennon is like Reverend I.M. Jolly’s neddish nephew slouched in the dugout desperately waiting for the chance to get a slug of Buckie.

Malcolm Content
1 month ago

Actually, I’m spending my time trying to fend of the effects of COVID-19 so fuck you Duncan.

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago

Says the British soldier that hasn’t been to a game in decades!

Ye’re a petulant hypocritical wanker, Charlie Saiz/Duncan, and yer constant licking of Neil Lennon’s shite trail puts YOU in the nursery school bracket.

The site was a lot better when you were back up in yer attic sulking with yer Action Men.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

It never ends does it?

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago

‘Permarage’ haw haw haw, this fae the muppet that spent all last night compiling Nir Bitton’s games as a defender rather than a midfielder, taking up half the page in the process, all to prove a halfwitted point to Jimmybee that was wrong in the first place.

Since you’ve nowt better to do since your Missus took yer Action Men, why don’t you send us a detailed list of this ‘plethora’ of midfielders we have at the club, bearing in mind that a ‘plethora’ means ‘an abundance of’, to have too many, an excess …

And how you can defend us converting two midfielders instead of buying two Centre Halves down the years is off the chart bananas, squaddie.

Next thing we know you’ll be wanting Callum McGregor at Left Back …

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago

Cheers, squaddie.

Triggered much?

😀 😀 😀

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago

That’s a full team of midfielders there, soldier!

Shame that we don’t have our own Centre Half, our own Left Back and either a Left or Right Winger now that Forrest’s out, eh ..?

Angelgabrial
1 month ago

Good article Ralph .
My concerns over Lenny haven’t disappeared but thank feck I don’t click anything from the Daily Dafty or waste my time listening to pish talk on phone -ins .
Circle the wagons, the main prize is still well within our grasp.

Joseph Healy
1 month ago

Imo Neil’s press conference was sad. He looked and sounded like a broken man. What do his employers think of it? He protested far too much, continuously. Someone should have stopped him.

BroxburnBhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Joseph Healy

Like the fat Controller you mean?

1 month ago
Reply to  Joseph Healy

Says Duncan/Charlie Saiz/Renton/Unfit and other multiple aliases too numerous to mention.

Hypocrite.

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago
Reply to  Joseph Healy

Jokes about the blind too now, Charlie/Duncan?

Anything to deflect from the fact that Lenny’s lost the plot!

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Joseph Healy

Oh my, I’ll agree with you on that one. Think I’ll go and get a lottery ticket.

1 month ago

Caption….” Who was driving?”
” Think it was some guy called Neil Lennon..”
” Aye, that wont be the only car crash he’s involved in this season.”

James
1 month ago

The Scottish media have always been the same,Celtic know this and so do we so it’s no excuse, this is why the board should’ve made sure long ago this historic season was well prepared for and that wasn’t done by appointing Neil Lennon permanently the way it was done, as fans we’ve been left again with no choice but to get behind the club and hope for the best,I’m actually glad I couldn’t get hold of the new adidas gear I wanted because it was out of stock, this board does not deserve fans and families spending what little money they have when the board have led us to this situation where we’re living in hope now,I’ll say this too, after this season I’m finished with the whole rotten edifice that’s Scottish football and Celtic for its absolute lack of ambition and compliance in the sham thats supposed to be our game.

1 month ago
Reply to  James

Dearie me, your nappies must be almost full again, hopefully the nursery staff will sort you.

James
1 month ago
Reply to  James

I look 99 the way Celtic’s ageing me ffs

James
1 month ago
Reply to  James

pmsl more power tae yae Duncan 😉

James
1 month ago
Reply to  James

To be fair we never had the luxury of such an advantage in the 90s,that’s galling thing about it all.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago
Reply to  James

As the pile on against you continues i note you have been accused of being a drug dealer now.
Covid really is causing mental breakdowns.
That guy must wake up every day thinking how he can lower the bar for himself.
Shameful.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

What a creepy individual you are.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago

Hahahaha

Only common sense comments are accused of being hypocritical in here … you know that

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

What the fvck are you talking about? That creep has a hard on for me and you’re digging me up. Away and raffle yerself. By the way, the racist Luigi jibes better stop wee man.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Luigi is a slight on my heritage. Like someone with an Irish accent getting called Paddy or Mick by ignorant cvnts in this wonderful United Kingdom. When you take the soup in the Army I dare say it gets ingrained into your character.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago

Your a drug dealer Duncan , according to the victim with heritage.

Andrew
1 month ago

Tom English is dreadful, particular this Monday. I switch off from BBC Sportsound if he is on.

Frank McGaaaarvey
1 month ago

“That’s a braw taxi company – they take ye right tae yer door”.

Puggy67
1 month ago

Caption: January 2021 and Celtic scouts spot another good window for picking up a write-off.

Puggy67
1 month ago

Let’s face Neil Lennon looks like crap, the before picture in a S.A.D. lightbox advert. Standing in empty training parks and stadiums isn’t his bag at all. He needs to sort his head and ship in someone to his backroom team that can light a fire. And to all you new names look forward to your continued contribution after 10IAR – Ralph et al don’t you think registration should involve one of those questions like ‘who did Michael Fagan sh-g’ ‘what’s a tax return?’ ‘where does the water come from?’ ‘how do you get to stay at home during a war’ that type of thing.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Puggy67

Hahahaha!!

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago
Reply to  Puggy67

Also do you consider the earth to be flat ?

are you a member of a cult ?

and do you walk around town abusing people you don’t know ?

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago
Reply to  Puggy67

There is no registration, it’s an open site,, Puggy.

And you should know, otherwise you wouldn’t be here 😀

Morto
1 month ago

Caption: Driver takes a “cavalier” approach to Parkhead parking restrictions.

pilsbury dough bhoy
1 month ago

Caption:
The new Ford Veranda is unveiled

mattybhoy
1 month ago

when they asked me would i lke meals on wheels. i thought sounds good to me

Tonydtic
1 month ago

Having played every team once albeit Aberdeen out of sync we’re 2pts worse off than the same stage last season, with the players that have to come back into the team which hopefully includes a fit and firing eddy and Forrest there should be no panic.

highseastim
1 month ago
Reply to  Tonydtic

It makes little difference to me what the rags say, as I haven’t bought a newspaper for almost 10 years due to their pro unionist /Sevco rantings!!

How any Celtic fans still buy these rags beats me.

1 month ago
Reply to  Tonydtic

By this stage last year we’d played the Huns, Hibs and Dons away, whereas this year we’ve only play at Aberdeen.

Also the Huns have played Dons, Hibs and ourselves i.e. the Top 4 away from home.

They may have their traditional collapse but they look stronger, the rest look weaker and simply expecting last season to repeat itself is the complacency that loses titles.

1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

cha take into account Forster won’t be saving us around 9 points this season then your spot on m8.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

Agree that last season we had an ‘ harder ‘ set of opening fixtures.
But In context though , Home advantage is so far no advantage in this strange season ,
I don’t think anyone is expecting any repeat of a previous season , same as you wouldn’t expect half the support to look for the Managers head after 1 loss in the league.

1 month ago

We’ve lost once and they haven’t. We’re not playing in a league with several top teams, there’s only 2 and in that binary choice they’re ahead of us.

We’ve played poorly for most of the season, which is the issue. If we’d play well in the other games it’d be excusable but it was the hurtling train crash that only the blind couldn’t see coming.

They’ve got our number, so can the manager rectify that and/or will they do their traditional New Year collapse?

I see no evidence of either. For the former the 6 head-to-heads have seen a degeneration of our performances. For the latter, the other teams are getting worse so won’t pressurise them and we don’t seem capable of applying any either, like we’ve done the past 2 years.

1 month ago

You were in permanent panic during the Treble Treble years.

Hypocrite.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha,
This is what i’m talking about, whenever there is negativity & cause for concern among the support, he positively revels in the fans fears, yet when Brendan was smashing record after record, he’s downbeat & irritated?
Definite hun.

1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

The championing of Griffiths over Dembele and Edouard over the previous 4.5 years mark him out as one for the watching.

1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

I’m sure they prefer that than Dembele and Edouard terrorising them.

1 month ago

The press hate Celtic.

The press denigrate our Accounts and will no doubt accentuate the positives in the Huns likely horrific ones.

The SFA, SPFL, referees etc hate us.

None of this is new and is completely irrelevant to our poor performances this season.

If it did we wouldn’t be sat on 9IAR and 11IAR of all trophies.

This is the complacency that always does for us (failure to capitalise on Stein/Lions legacy etc).

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Just bad management from this putrid uk government. Too scared of any size of crowd gatherings and I think they’re aware that once the really cold weather kicks in it’s going to overwhelm the country. The NHS can barely cope in a normal winter.

1 month ago

Disappointingly, they haven’t detailed exactly what they’ve done to achieve this. As its roughly a 1/3 of capacity, have they simply taped up 2 seats out of 3?

Given that Manchester is in the highest category, Tier 3, meaning little or no social mixing and cases rising then I can’t see anything happening anytime soon.

There’s a lot of nervousness about winter, so not sure anything will happen until next year.

Some of the European games seemed to have substantial crowds, a lot more than the 30% UEFA limit but perhaps they achieve that by leaving some stands empty.

TicToc
1 month ago

Another good Diary.
We’re all hurting and perhaps seeking scapegoats, I dunno. I just know it’s tough.
On another note Ralph, just an observation, but a critical one if Truth is to be told.
You try to take the piss out of ‘them’ by referring to them as a club/company. In fact all SPL teams are club/companies, including us but EXCEPT ‘them’. So let’s look deeper here; the new huns IS a company but, IN FACT, is NOT a club.
Viz. (forgetting Sevco 5088 for now), Sevco Scotland Limited bought the assets, and ONLY the assets, in 2012 of a club turned company, The Rangers Football Club PLC, which went from a club to a company in 1899 and DIED in 2012, albeit having changed its name to RFC 2012 PLC by sleight of hand and a blind eye from the SFA, SPL, Companies House, Celtic PLC and others. It is STILL in Liquidation today almost exactly 8 years after entering it which was unavoidable after the refusal of the Creditors Voluntary Agreement in the summer of 2012.
So, Sevco Scotland Limited, a COMPANY formed ‘off-the-shelf’ in 2012 bought the distressed assets of Rangers FC and then pretended, aided and abetted by the SFA, SPL, Celtic PLC and others to BE Rangers FC which they WERE not and ARE not. They’re not EVEN a football club as prior to 2012 Sevco Scotland Limited (later changeing its name to The Rangers Football Club Limited) DID NOT EXIST. A football club? How so? It had never been involved in football during its short life. It had NO RIGHT to be allowed to join the bottom tier of Scottish Football (never mind the SPL) as it had NO HISTORY in any form of football. Maybe ask the likes of Spartans fans what they think of it? This is ONE of the reasons I despise PTL; he is a FRAUD and a LIAR, even to his own shareholders’ meeting. He should face prosecution along with all the rest of the bandits who conceived of and then were allowed to carry out one of the biggest frauds/deceptions in football ANYWHERE.
The 5-Way-Agreement could not have been carried out without PTL and other members of the Celtic Board, hence it was really a 6 (SIX)-Way-Agreement albeit PTL and Co were not silly enough to put their names to it, but THAT is the TRUTH and I’ve every confidence it’ll come out, hopefully sooner than later. Res 12 was approaching 7 years ago but I’m sure if not in THAT format it will, in another one, bring the TRUTH to those whom deserve it. I can’t stress “deserve” enough here.
HH
FC not PLC
PS If there are any obvious typos or similar I ask that some ‘kind soul’ points them out but all of the above is true and accurate as far as I am genuinely aware. I only seek The TRUTH here; the rest would indubitably ensue. (I didn’t use ‘follow’ for obvious reasons!)

Rebus67
1 month ago

Ralph,

So what is the average fan to do as the ship steers towards the rocks?

Do not criticise the manager? Do not criticise the performance of the team or individual players. Do not comment on the lost revenue from failing to qualify for the CL two seasons in a row? Revenue that would have made up for the current drop in turnover, thus reducing the need to sell top players.

What is the alternative? Say nothing, sit on your hands? Just pay your money and comment on the improvement between playing Sevco and Aberdeen? Yes, it is better to only drop two points as opposed to three.

If results of Celtic and Sevco stay as they are versus the other teams, we shall probably have to beat them twice and draw once to retain the league. Does that look likely at the moment?

The scene is being set for one of the biggest screw ups in Celtic’s history, given our resources, relative to theirs.

However, there is Plan B, waiting to save us. Sevco will collapse after Christmas. They did so last year.

Rebus

Alan Ryan
1 month ago

“All this to win a feckin Teddy ?!!”

James
1 month ago

Caption ‘Peter Lawwell Upgrades His Heated Driveway’

1 month ago

Where’s the positivity, he’s still not considered fit enough for 90 mins almost 8 months since his last start due to his own lockdown lunacy?

Edouard, our best player of the past 3 years, coming back, now that’s good news

Griffiths scoring works out about 15 goals a season and in our all-conquering run our best strikers have been:

Edouard
Sinclair (a brilliant return of almost 100 goals and assists in 3 seasons for a winger)
Dembele
Griffiths (a very distant 4th and very minor contributor to where we are).

“I’m the f*ing number 1!”. Yer having a laugh.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

This guy is not right in the head, either that and having seen a bizarre picture of his dog today for some unknown reason, he must be sampling his own gear instead of selling it.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Manic.

Barkas -private pilot
1 month ago

Look I have a theory. Big Shane plays to the gallery and if he had a crowd behind him singing rebel songs he may just find that sped of thought and animal he was bought for. Thoughts fellow Tims. The green brigade is fucking underestimated for what it’s achieved carrying tired players to perform over and beyond

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

I think the creepy unfit for purpose would like to be your dawg.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

By the way, the wee one has a crackin set of lugs.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago

Respect eh ?

Monti
1 month ago

How does he get his Comnando books delivered with that in the house?

1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

This is where you let yourself down badly.

Putting him ahead of Dembele (£20m) and Edouard (probably £30m+) is just embarrassing.

The other 2 are destined to play at a high level.

Griffiths is a good quality SPFL striker in a similar vein to the likes of McCoist and Boyd, who scored barrowloads in Scotland and failed miserably everywhere else.

I’ll support Griffiths if and when he gets and stays fit and starts contributing for a sustained period.

He’s been incapable of doing that for the past 4.5 years and despite that Celtic have won everything going.

That’s what the majority of Celtic fans celebrate, that awesome domestic dominance and not some personal glory largely from the Deila debacle.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha,
I think he is in your back pocket m8

1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

There’s the rub.

What’s paramount to me is the team’s success:

9IAR – check
Invincible Treble – check
Double Treble – check
Treble Treble – check
11IAR trophies – check

Sinclair, Dembele and Edouard played significant parts in these awesome achievements.

The only achievement that I can think that Griffiths had a significant hand in, would be the League title in Deila year 2.

None of this seems to be of the slightest interest to you and Griffiths’ personal goal scoring achievements is your only game in town.

I believe most fans would always favour team over individual achievements but perhaps I’m wrong.

1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

Oh my.

“Glory hunters” from the guy that never goes to Celtic games. No, honestly.

The only eruption in here is you filling your nappies again and again.

The Invincibles, Treble Treble winners were the “canter years”. Oh dear.

Scoring 100 goals in 8 years is “a milestone many would have thought is beyond it in the modern era”. You’re losing it.

The only abuse that Griffiths has received is because of his arsehole behaviour, something he has acknowledged and apologised for, which is to his credit. I’m sure he’s embarrassed by anyone who makes excuses for his behaviour when he has owned up to his failings.

I’d prefer not to keep calling you the “H” word but your every post seems to deserve it, so the solution is in your hands.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

Voted Down (like it really matters) on a Celtic Site for hoping that Lenny and Leigh shove it up them.
Says it all.

1 month ago

I’d imagine that’s to do with your mate preferring Griffiths personal achievements over the team’s.

You seem to be taking this very personally, has Nicola been annoying you again?

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

Nicola has her own worries
She is up to her neck in this Salmond enquiry.
Did you see the SNP communication Director Barbara Allison give evidence lol , a communication director who regularly deletes all her texts and emails…..nothing suspicious about that.
She will fold like a red hot mars bar when the questions get tougher.
But that is a mere distraction.
Getting voted down for wishing Neil and Leigh well , on a Celtic site is disgusting.
But there are quite a few disgusting characters in here , so no real surprise

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

If you find the accounts confusing, then you are in good company, are they produced this way on purpose? perhaps they should produce documented figures on all expenses. I too got a laugh at the Rags magnetically attaching themselves (like a rash) to the perceived negative figures reported. As for the Huns, who delisted their accounts for secrecy, if their shares get anymore diluted, then they will be like a bottle of orange crush with slim segments of shares floating around in it. Turnover £70m. good in these Covid times and any profit is good profit no matter how slim. Its the expenses of £80m (2019-£86.9) that seems huge, I would love to see that broken down into ? especially the labour costs which would be perhaps offset with Covid assistance packages, but I’m still searching for that.
Player sales, ‘Thank You KT.’ player purchases £21m. a hefty sum for this board, but surely a reflection on a dismal piecemeal purchasing policy that hardly sometimes makes any kind of sense. It proves yet again how much Celtic FC. must get into the CL. Qfrs. the teams that we usually face are pretty weak compared to our income streams. These figures only reflect up to June, there’s more of this to come, the pain for other clubs must be off the Richter scale. But the good news is the value of our playing squad some £90m +
And the Celtic support ‘they are there, they are always there’ God Bless Tommy.

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Scotland get two C.L. places next season.

Barkas -private pilot
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Excellent news mike. We finish second this time around then win the European cup again.

Mike
1 month ago

Celtic first- Aberdeen second. 😉 < 10

1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Yeah, 2nd place have 4 qualifiers, like we’ve had the past 3 years, and the champions only have 2.

They’re also in different sides of the draw and the latter is probably harder due to having 2nd teams from far better leagues.

10IAR. Failure isn’t an option. 😉

1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

D’oh, I mean the 2nd placed team has the harder route.

1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

I’d imagine that the £21m additional investment in players has led to a commensurate increase in wages for the new recruits. We might have “replaced” Tierney with 2/3 players at lesser costs but their total salaries will be much more. Given the vast reduction in player quality, that’s not smart recruitment.

The players, management and senior executives took pay cuts for 3-4 months and surely there were other savings in not hosting matches etc, so the reduction in overall costs looks poor.

At the bottom of the fishal site news item there’s a link to “Celtic plc results”, which is a 14 page document that gives more details, although I’ve not gone through this.

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

14 pages?I’ll need a wee lye down before I can read that. Yes, two lesser players x two wages, not smart player recruitment, but then again, neither is having an accountant purchasing players, especially behind the managers back.
To not getting number 10 is not an option, cannot even bear to think about that. The bed awaits.

1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream.

Barkas -private pilot
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

Caption.
Shane your Uber is here to take you back to Brighton we are just making sure you get on

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

It’s not a negative response, it’s the guys observation & opinion which he is entitled to.
Again because his opinion doesn’t fit your narrative, you try to argue his point down.
Like i said, bullying.

James
1 month ago

Caption

‘Peter Lawwell Upgrades His Heated Driveway On The Money Dermot Gave Him For A New Manager In May 2020’

james
1 month ago

Caption

‘ Shane Duffy Told To Park The Bus ‘

Barkas -private pilot
1 month ago

Caption.
Hey Shane here’s your fucking car now fuck off back to Brighton

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago

Caption
We told the daft fecker , dont build a kit car in your living room it will never fit out the close door

Monti
1 month ago

A close doesn’t have a door

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

You obviously have no idea what a close is then , they all have doors or any fool like you could just walk in…..lol

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

In bygone days, a close didn’t have a door. Lol.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Caption………

Following the introduction of new strict Covid restrictions one couple decide to try indoor dogging.

Mistertaximan
1 month ago

Caption

He said he wiz taking drive-in movies to the next level…

Bognorbhoy
1 month ago

Caption.
The Blue Nile had to rewrite their song lyrics ,as
“the grey car in the front room ” wouldn’t fit.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago

Brilliant picture of Matt Hancock on the etims twitter.

Ralph , can’t you try to arrange some pro celebrity fitba so we can get to kick a minister ? ( just a mis-timed tackle)

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Soooooooooook.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 month ago

TROLL , did you even see the picture ?

JimboH
1 month ago

Caption….
In order to escape the bedroom tax, Willie Loyal Mc Staunch, resident of Broomloan Court. decides to go into the Car Parking business.

H.H.
Fc not Plc
Stay Safe.
It’s still out there.

Monti
1 month ago

Caption: Welcome to Fintry

Monti
1 month ago

Caption: “Drop the hub caps off at the Gerrard suite i said, not the whole car Terry”

Monti
1 month ago

Morning all,
Any bullies fancy a one on one ?

Monti
1 month ago

Oh momma oh momma comfort me 🙂

You mad about ETims or just plain mad? Why not buy the t-shirt at http://etims.spreadshirt.co.uk/