Celtic Diary Friday October 20: Better, Much Better

I’m not commenting on the performance, I missed the game because I was working, down in Ironbridge, a town that hasn’t evolved since the last time a plague was in town, and as a result, it’s unsuitable for motor vehicles, and I was forced to listen to updates intermittently on Radio Clyde.

 

But I knew we had played well as the presenter kept saying Celtic were “two goals to the good ” instead of waxing lyrical about the goals, the performance or the attitude.

 

It’s not just about technical ability, or how many passes find a teammate, although of course that helps, it’s about character, the digging deep into oneself and shrugging off criticism, and let’s face it, no one has had as much criticism as the current manager and team since John Barnes said if he was white he’d have got more time at Celtic.

 

Some in the media today will describe it as “blowing a two goal lead “, where as I prefer to remind ourselves that we had a two goal lead to blow in the first place, and perhaps becuase of that the foundations are being laid to begin a run that will land at least four trophies before the end of the season, with a decent showing in Europe as a bonus.

 

Getting a bit ahead of ourselves ?

 

Maybe, maybe not, but there were signs of character last night that had been missing for a week or three, and that tells me the green shoots of recovery have taken hold.

 

Great move by Neil Lennon to give Mo Elyannoussi an old pair of Lubomir Moravcik’s boots, by the way. I saw the goal later and it showed what he is capable of, and here’s hoping we see more of that on Sunday.

 

Diego Laxalt confirmed that he can play a bit, and his influence will spread among the rest of the defence, given a few more games. We’ve not had an organiser since Mikael Lustig, and although not a vocal player, he could lead by example and inspire others.

 

Last night saw the re-introduction of Nir Biton and Oddsone Edoaurd, which again would have given everyone a lift.

 

There is a case to argue that the introduction of Biton upset the rhythm of the team, as Kris Ajer had been having one of his better games before his injury, but as they are two different types of player, thats not surprising, and perhaps praise should be due for holding on for a draw against a side that are flying high in one of the top leagues, and we should look at it as a point gained and not three lost.

 

Indeed, had we not been going through such a rough patch, it would have been remembered as another terrific away performance and result….which it was, and instead of looking at a half full glass, we, too, should see it as not only a turning point but a sign of what we are capable of.

 

So, on to Sunday, a cup semi final and maybe we can watch this one, only on Premier, right enough, from the front of the couch and with no need for excess refreshemnt to see us through.

 

Then again, there will still be some among us who don’t quite understand whats going on…

 

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No wonder the hysteria has reached a crescendo.

 

Some cannot even grasp the basics..

 

 

One other thing from last night, I’ve finally seen a name on the front of the jersey that deserves to be there, and after this contract with Daft to Bet is up, maybe we should forego the revenue and stick with this one…

 

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The SFa have attempted to dampen any enthusiasm we have for Sunday’s game by releasing the names of the match officials…

 

Celtic v Aberdeen William Hill Scottish Cup Sunday 01/11/2020 2:30 pm

Referee: Don Robertson

AR1: Douglas Ross

AR2: Daniel McFarlane

Fourth Official: David Munro

AAR1: Kevin Clancy

AAR2: Gavin Duncan

 

 

Had they named one more they wouldn;t have been allowed to sit together and discuss their tactics for the big game due to the rule of six, introduced after scientists discovered the Coronavirus can count.

 

The name that stands out on that list is clueless Scottish conservative party leader Douglas Ross, who would have missed the gae had the NHS not been so overwhelmed as he had been booked in for surgery to remove his tongue from Prime minister boris johnson’s arse, but then again, he has already proved he can be in two places at the same time, when he ran the line at St johnstone last week, and also managed to tweet at the same time.

 

Speaking of referees, for the next league game, against Motherwell, the SFA have gone for consistency and given yet another Celtic game to Andrew Dallas, presumably because they won’t need to advise him on whats needed, he has shown in the past he has the right kind of mentality to do what he;s asked before he’s asked.

 

 

Leigh Griffiths, making a comeback that puts Lazarus in the shade, caused yet more controversy and shame for the club when it was announced he single handedly raised the complaints from TV viewers to record levels.

 

GAEL
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In the last year Ofcom (UK) have received 552 complaints in total for all live football matches show on TV. A total of 457 of those complaints were made when Leigh Griffiths came back after his absence in January, scored and done this celebration to Kris Boyd. 83% it works out

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When he gets another goal at Ibrox, perhaps another gesture to Kris Boyd, who we hear went over his minutes on his phone that day and made nearly all those complaints, would raise the bar even further…

 

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Oddly enough, putting the idea of complaining about offensive gestures or chants to Ofcom into supporters minds has only been done when there are no fans in the ground, which kind of lets telephone operators off the hook, as no doubt if we’d been aware of the facility, there would have been one or two made about racism from the Ibrox stands.

 

Don;t worry, I’ll remind you when the time comes.

 

Just make sure your phone is topped up.

 

 

Yesterday, we had this…

 

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Pilsbury Dough Boy

Caption:
Nobody is social distancing. The worst culprits are those two sets of identical twins

Harry Worth | Nostalgia Central
 This particular talentless entertainer makes me almost want to watch Miranda.
Talking Shop: Miranda Hart - BBC News
 Imagine her doing that trick with the mirror….
 Actually, don’t. I tried it, and it wasn’t pretty.
And I’ve just awarded myself the Etims

Knob of the Week 

for doing so.
 Today….
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Oh , by the way, in the spirit of friendship, I’d like to wish the new “rangers ” superstore all the best, as they plan to open a new outlet during what is likely to be a three or four month lockdown.

 

 

13 car boot sales in and around Surrey, opening times and social distancing  rules - Surrey Live

 

And they wonder why they’ve got no money, no credit line and never invite examination of their true accounts…

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BornCelt!
26 days ago

Pity we didn’t sneak it and garnesh the 3 points. But Laxalt is amazing, great finishing by Ely, Duffy needs to stop and take a breath, trying too hard, Baines looked a better bet for now, loved it when he was totally f*^ked off at the defence letting in an effort from Lilles, Callum Mac and Broony did not stop, Welsh looks a find, Ntcham was shattered after 70, are the team fit enough for 90 and occasional extra time? Though to be fair, 4 games in 8 days, well. Good to see Bitton and French Eddy back, Ajer, hope he is back soon. All the Bhoys did give it their all, results good or bad. We need a good result, hopefully Sunday at HP, and confidence will come flooding back. HH!

Duncan
25 days ago
Reply to  BornCelt!

Welsh is a good solid defender I just think he was out of his depth v Milan but there is plenty potential with him.
Another good young prospect from Lennoxtown.
We haven’t produced that many decent CB’s in recent years (Kennedy might have been the last not sure?) so it is good to see him emerging.
As far as I am aware he’s been at the Club since he started?

BornCelt!
25 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Certainly seems it, cannot hold Welsh to blame with so much unease at the back against the italians but playing regularly against better opposition will bring him on and with celtic in his blood, all the better! HH!

Bognorbhoy
26 days ago

Wow a thank you from Ralph , honoured I am ,but nooooo
not Miranda

Bognorbhoy
26 days ago

Caption …
Right you little twat , two metres ,get behind the red line or I use the stun gun and you are pie…

Mike
26 days ago

Enjoyed the game last night, the goals were great, the first half was ours, the second was there’s.

Now, here is my all time favourite Celtic player. Andy Williams song captured my feelings entirely.
A song for Bobby.
You were just to good to be true,
We could’nt take our eyes off a you,
You had such a heavenly touch,
We all loved you so much.
Bobby Murdoch, Celtic’s ‘Lionheart’… RIP.

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Tim Buffy
26 days ago
Reply to  Mike

It’s a Frankie Valli song. Record company gave it to Williams.

Mike
26 days ago
Reply to  Tim Buffy

Frankie wrote “your too good to be true”, but Andy wrote “A song for Bobby”.

Mike
26 days ago
Reply to  Mike

The nearest we have to Bobby Murdoch in recent times has to be Callum McGregor.
Who, like Bobby has a great ‘first touch’. If anyone thrived under Brendan Rodgers, it was Callum. His ‘first touch’, pass and control and with great stamina, are some of his greatest attributes. But for me, its his reading of the game, his heads up approach that stands out the most. I watched him closely last night and thought him awesome. He is as good as any modern midfielder in the game, anywhere in Europe. Another Celtic legend in the making and a great attribute to our team…

Duncan
25 days ago
Reply to  Mike

A true Regista is McGregor and there aren’t too many of those around in the game now Pirlo and Xavi have retired.
I should imagine Italian Clubs will be monitoring him as I noted the Milan coach highlighted him pre game as one for watching.
Kroos and Verratti are two players McGregor keeps an eye on I gather from his interviews.

Mike
25 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Tom Kroos?

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Cock tail?

Mike
24 days ago

Sshakin but not ssttirred? How many five fingered members did I have for yon Ursala Von Leydon? rising outa the sea in that white mini bikini, like a goddess ready to be loved? too many to mention… rrrrr.

BelfastBhoy
26 days ago

Such a strong performance last night. I just don’t understand the need to change tactics at half time and protect our lead rather than go for a third. They were there for the taking . Never a penalty. Still huge positives. 4-5-1 really suits this current squad. They seem comfortable. Laxalt immense, Frimpong just needs to add more defensively.

BrenCelt
26 days ago

Great to see an improvement last night, with players coming back from Covid absence it’ll be onwards and upwards.
Caption: Temperature, temperature, I’ve got a bloody high temperature. So would you if they made you wear this fur coat

tex
26 days ago
Reply to  BrenCelt

Get the cheque book out now Liewell and get Laxalt bought now!

26 days ago
Reply to  tex

I don’t think there’s an option to buy.

Even if he doesn’t stay that’s the calibre of player we need next season, not projects, not SPFL level players.

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

5 million wasted on Bolingoli & Taylor when around double that amount could have had us Laxalt …

Go figure.

It’s obvious our ‘accountant’ can’t.

mattybhoy
26 days ago

sevcos head honchos find another way to brainwash the bears

henkesdreadlocks
26 days ago

Caption……
Get tae fvck ya spooky bitch, any closer and yer haun will no be in the same place, but geez that thing you’re using, it’ll come in handy for checkin oot ma porridge.

pilsbury dough bhoy
26 days ago

Caption:
Akela implements strict new covid protocols at cubs meeting

Iljas Baker
26 days ago

“One other thing from last night, I’ve finally seen a name on the front of the jersey that deserves to be there, and after this contract with Daft to Bet is up, maybe we should forego the revenue and stick with this one…”, i.e. Celtic FC Foundation.

Excellent idea. Hope someone starts a petition to the Board saying they never buy another Celtic shirt that advertises betting or alcohol. I’m not suggesting people should n’t do these things, that their choice but let’s not advertise them.

Duncan
26 days ago

Caption
Govt.Scotland Update

SEVCOVID 20 Symptoms

Memory Loss
Salivating Heavily Throughout October
Feverish
Sweating profusely
Glazed Eyes
Alcohol Blood count over 55
Adverse reactions to silver
Simply Depressed

Andy
26 days ago

Lots of positives last night but feel we will finish 3rd in group after not getting 3 points.

Why Lennon didn’t make changes earlier when it was clear we were toiling in 2nd half I’ll never know. Ntcham did himself no favours and I see the French press are slaughtering his performance.

Duffys decision making is appalling but Laxalt and Frimpong played well.

26 days ago
Reply to  Andy

We’re still in the mix, 4-6 points in the head to head with Sparta and the same for Milan against Lille and we’ll be in with a shout, probably for 2nd.

Duncan
25 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

I agree the point we got a Lille negates one dropped v Milan and provided we can take full points from Sparta and Milan do a job on Lille it is far from over.
Plenty football left to get out of the Group in 2nd.
Milan were clear favourites going into it.

Village idiot
26 days ago

CAPTION. Tell me what you have done with the real Shane Duffy or the mutt dies.

26 days ago

Caption: Why is she oot with a
Scaletric controller.

26 days ago

Well done bhoys good to see some passion back. Rogic for Ntcham on Sunday ?Ajer will be a big loss as his speedo recovery is so important. Will be important who Lenny chooses if Ajer doesnt make it.

26 days ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Speed of ffs

26 days ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

I was getting worried that you were admiring his budgie smugglers.

Cartvale88
26 days ago

Caption
Union Bear ignores the Covoid restrictions.

Team played well last night, but Lille are a class outfit, any criticism unfair.
As for the Wankers they were the usual crap and again scraped through against a mediocre team
Someone has to speak to Duffy and get him to take a breath before becoming involved, he dominates the area with headers as Lille were a big team

Devoy45
26 days ago

Draw last night was a good result. I have seen Celtic teams in the past see out a tie properly, retain ball, go to the corner flag,etc. But it was good. Laxalt is looking the real deal and Frimpong is terrific at times. Saw shades of the old Edouard as well, somehow skipping past defenders. Ajeti holds the ball up really well. Last year, we lost 2 and drew 2 in thirty games. We’ve already lost one and drawn two after just 10 games!

Let’s work on that 4th treble though. Sunday:
Bain
Welsh/Bitton/Duffy/Laxalt
Frimpong/Brown/Christie/McGregor
Edouard/Griffiths
We have to support Lenny and the team he has. Eddie and Bitton coming back will make a difference. Down but not out. Duncan (the Fenian formerly known as Charlie Saiz) has been a valuable contributor to this forum over the years and his rational voice is welcome. Although he can take it, we’re all Tims here so cut him some slack.

I’ve seen three 9 in a rows. I’d like to see the 10. Sevco has yet to face what we have with Covid, injury and of course, the Mibs. Lenny needs to call the officials out on their curious penalty awards, which seem to go most often to the Sheep and The Huns at critical times. It takes great courage or ignorance to be so sure of a penalty that you award one with no time left on the clock!

Duncan
26 days ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Appreciated Devoy hope you are well.
HH

Monti
24 days ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Devoy,
Nope

henkesdreadlocks
26 days ago

Dallas to referee yet another of our games? Blatant and ridiculous.

Duncan
26 days ago

The sooner we get back to playing at a level where they become an irrelevance the better.

Big Don Gazpachio
25 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

I don’t see what’s ‘rational’ about constantly berating the Tims on here who actually pay to see the team while he sits in his ivory tower paying the PLC for Celtic TV, do you, Devoy?

Some would call that a disgusting Janus faced hypocrite but I’d just call it a fud.

Puggy67
25 days ago

As posted before he is getting to choose his games and he is choosing us.

Monti
26 days ago

During the first half i was very impressed, using the ball well going forward, creating chances, defending well & scoring two goals, more like the Celtic we know.
Second half & as anyone who knows anything about football ( look away Duncan) knew that Lille would go through the gears & eventually score a goal or two.
Bain did well but did drop the ball when it was easier to catch it.
Was screaming at Moi to ” SHHHHOOOOOOOT” when he was straight through but he didn’t here me, pretended to be Greg Taylor & misplaced a pass.
Thought Turnbull should have been on for Ntcham.
Overall a bit of pride restored & put one drawing pin back in my Neil Lennon poster in the garage, just three more drawing pins to go & it will be secured fully on the wall again.

Duncan
26 days ago
Reply to  Monti

I was expecting us to concede in the first half last night and was pleasantly surprised that we kept a clean sheet.
I like most knew they were no mugs and the fact we sat back and decided to play them on the counter always meant they would create more chances.
Which they did.
Good teams will tend to do that.
The performance was what mattered most of course but the result we will gladly take as we have now clawed back 1 of the 3 points dropped in the home game v Milan.
Hopefully Milan do us a favour and beat them in the next round of games.
Soro did fine I thought when he came on certainly tackles like he means it.

Monti
25 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

The performance wasn’t the most important thing, we got a good performance but the result is the be all & end all.

Duncan
25 days ago
Reply to  Monti

It is for some but not all.

Monti
26 days ago

Caption: Was this hair dryer the inspiration for the ridiculously designed Scottish parliament building?

henkesdreadlocks
26 days ago
Reply to  Monti

Do you know what a hairdryer looks like?

Monti
25 days ago

Yes, the Scottish parliament building 🙂

Pcelt
26 days ago

Take off your green tinted glasses any top class team that can’t defend a 2 goal lead for 45 minutes is pathetic, Elynousi scored 2 goals, great, its the only thing he’s done all season, probably have to wait another 6 games before he has another good performance. Ajeti is a waste of space, lazy, falls over every time a defender goes near him. Barkas another waste of money, Marshall was the far better option. Duffy is worse than Hendry or Ambrose, can’t tackle without committing a foul, keeps losing him an and out of position.

James
26 days ago

Aye very good, it’s like trying to potty train a wean with all this support and encouragement for the management and team, it’s sickening the situation we’re in and don’t hold your breath on us beating Sevco this season,Lennon is tooked away in Gerrards pocket like the rest of they bawbags that call themselves a Celtic squad, the manager, the team and the club will be receiving pelters until they grow a pair n show they’re worthy of the hoops.

D J Smyth
25 days ago
Reply to  James

I thought our team are worthy of the hoops as they have won a treble treble and nine in a row , which is a record in Scotland. So they are not really doing too bad .

Duncan
26 days ago

@James

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JimboH
26 days ago

Caption….
MSF Volunteer administers revolutionary new vaccine to young bear.
After groundbreaking work, supported by funding from the Vatican and Glasgow City Council, it’s expected that recipients will grow up as well adjusted adults.
Unfortunately, as confirmed by the respected Anthropologist Richard Attenborough, the vaccine only works on the young.
GCC Senior Official Fr Tim O’Fenian stated that while he was delighted with the prospects for future generations it was unfortunate that the Citizens of Glasgow in particular and Scotland as a whole would have to suffer the Zombies from Hundom for a few years yet.

R.St.Parsley
26 days ago

Caption:
Broxi Bear banned from Ibrox after brain is detected.

Duncan
26 days ago

The EBTBBC Asks:

Does the quadruple treble still matter as much to Neil Lennon’s side?

It has almost been lost amid the swirl of discontent over their stuttering form, but Celtic stand just two games from completing a domestic clean sweep for the fourth season running.

The quadruple treble would be uncharted territory and so are the circumstances, with Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen held over from last season.

But as Neil Lennon’s side try to make history on two fronts in two separate campaigns, has the quest for a 10th successive league title become the only thing that matters to them?

My personal opinion is we go into each game hoping to win it regardless of what Competition it is in and if we do so it takes us a step towards the end game be that a Final or Title winner.
I think that is how our players view it from what has been said numerous times in interviews.
One game at a time and see where it takes us.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Duncan
26 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

I also prefer the Quad Rebel Treble to Quadruple but that’s by the by.
GIFUT

henkesdreadlocks
26 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

A Quadrebeltreble for the Quadrafenians.

Monti
24 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

You are no Rebel, you wore her uniform!

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  Monti

See, Monti gets it.

26 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Every game every trophy matters.
They are the ones trying to play it down,raging its not their club.
Fuck the huns, play up Glasgow Celtic stand up and play the game.
HH

26 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Every game ,every trophy it matters

26 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Written by Martin Watt, never heard of him but spookily I think I know what team he supports.

QuadroFenian Treble, 10IAR, The Mighty Quinntuple Treble, it all matters.

Duncan
26 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Defeat is never easy but even more so when the performance doesn’t match expectations.
Ive watched us lose games and actually left it satisfied having watched us punch above our weight and still lose.
I get the raw emotions perhaps I’ve been disconnected too long from experiencing it in the flesh.
Anyways hopefully a corner has been turned on the Season and we can put the Dons to bed with a strong message.
I was relieved to see the names coming back into the squad Eddie has been sorely missed as has Jullien Bitton and Elhamed not to forget Forrest who all too often can be the difference in these games.
Anyone got any idea how long he’s out for?

Bgbhoy
25 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

He won’t be back for the playoffs for the euros at a minimum. It’s a broken ankle and it’s taking forever to heal

Duncan
25 days ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

That’s bad news indeed he will be missed.
Hope he gets back soon.

Monti
25 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Bgbhoy,
Maybe we could arrange a wee sit down with Duncan & James so he can accuse him to his face for being the mole?

Duncan
25 days ago
Reply to  Monti

I’m sure James has far more important things to be concerning himself with than some bloke with an opinion on Social Media.
Have a speedy and safe recovery James.

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

‘And I’m sorry for insinuating that you’re the mole at Celtic Park’.

You missed the main bit.

Monti
25 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

” satisfied ” with defeat?
I suppose you & your squaddie chums have no choice but to accept defeat.

We haven’t gone away you know

Duncan
25 days ago
Reply to  Monti

The two 2-1 loss to Barca in the Camp Nou when Alba scored in extra time was a tough one to take after such a brave performance but I think most were satisfied with the endeavour shown in that game against arguably the best team in Europe for decades.

I have no idea what you mean on the last bit perhaps you could expand on it?

Big Don Gazpachio
25 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

So you were happy when Jordi Alba scored in the last minute of INJURY TIME, Duncan?

’That’s alright, it was a good performance’, was it ..?

Because for me & all the Bhoys I know it was an absolute sickener of a kick in the bollocks, the biggest low we’d experienced since the non penalty against they cheating bastards Juve in 2000 and one of my biggest lows as a Celtic fan.

But Duncan was ‘happy with the performance’ even though we’d just lost what might have been an invaluable point in the group.

And ffs DON’T start harping on about the return leg like you always do as that was irrelevant to what we’d just suffered that night.

You see, Duncan, I’d be happy to leave you alone if you’d stop coming out with all this backward pish of yours that seems to be deliberately designed to go against anything that any other Tim feels.

You can talk a good game at times but it’s all the excess you let spill out the sides of yer flapping gub that gets me.

Duncan
25 days ago

Have you tried a nice warm bowl of mulligatawny?
Just the ticket in the current climate.

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

What do you know about tickets when you haven’t bought one in years?

Duncan
24 days ago
Duncan
24 days ago

What about some Cock-a Leekie?

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Your mouthful a cock is leaky and you’re spilling it again.

Duncan
24 days ago

See what I mean about the fantasists…

Big Don Gazpachio
22 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Good clip, Duncan!

Are you the one asking where babies come from?

Duncan
24 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

@Monti
I’ve never claimed to be one there’s the difference.
I leave that to the fantasists.
”Cough”

Big Don Gazpachio
22 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

You got Covid, Big D?

Even a slight sly cough can be one of the symptoms of Covid you know.

Along with every symptom for every other known illness, disease or infection in medical history.

james
26 days ago

The Elynoussi love in sickens me after he shat it against the huns,it’ll take a lot more than 2 goals in the bloody europa league for him to redeem himself for playing like a fanny when it really mattered.

Funkyy
26 days ago

Caption:- First human volunteer of the Oxford vaccine gets check-up amid fears of
side affects arise.

sfa unfit for purpose
26 days ago

Caption

Unnamed SPL club accused of trying to tattoo a poppy on to a bears head.

Funkyy
26 days ago

Caption:- First human volunteer of the Oxford vaccine gets check-up as fears of possible
side effects arise.

BJf
25 days ago

Like everyone enjoyed the performance last night. Laxalt is excellent not good enough to be first choice at AC but probably too good for our league. Ajer has been pretty good all season and will be a loss. I assume we will dominate Sunday’s game with Eddy back.Last night showed the team is coached except for dead balls, what is that all about, a long standing problem. Boyata would have got total pelters for defending like that but he didn’t. I don’t know what to do about Duffy’s decision making he should have the experience not keep making such basic errors, I wound persevere for the moment. If El Hamed and/or Julien come back may help him.

henkesdreadlocks
25 days ago
Reply to  BJf

Laxalt is good enough for Milan, he’s just too much of an off the cuff type of player for your typical regimented Italian defensive set up. That makes him ideal for us, boundless energy and the heart of a Lion. To me he’s like a cross between Danny McGrain and Anton Rogan, dependable and unpredictable.

Puggy67
25 days ago

That’s the oddest crossing since Lassie with a rottweiler. It will maul you then run for help.

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago

Good comparison there, HD, well spotted.

Puggy67
25 days ago

Caption: Would I have been Celtic’s mascot longer if I was a polar bear? I think I would.

Duncan
25 days ago

The Celtic Casualty List So Far This Season:

Ajer Ajeti Bitton Christie Édouard Elhamed Forrest Griffiths Jullien Johnston Rogic
Attack and Defence have obviously been hit worst no surprises really it has been both these areas we have struggled through the Season with.
The fact we have so much strength in depth in Midfield has also been prevalent.
I can’t remember a Season as bad as this for losing players for a long time can you?

Haste ye back!

Yoker Bhoy
25 days ago

Viene cedido del Milan un tal Diego;
Que nos ha maravillado con la calidad de su juego;
Muestra precisión con sus entradas y es veloz como un rayo;
Casi nunca carece de entrega y empeño este uruguayo;
Como sus despejes y centros suelen salir a pedir de boca;
Hay claros indicios que para el famoso Celtic este lateral será una roca.

Weered
25 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Yoker WTF

Weered
25 days ago
Reply to  Weered

Yoker .. some of the best stuff I’ve read on here for yonks 🙂

25 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

A poor online translation, missing out the poetry of the original:

A certain Diego is on loan from Milan;
He has marveled at us with the quality of his game;
It shows precision with its inputs and is lightning fast;
Almost never lacks dedication and commitment this Uruguayan;
As their clearings and centers usually come out of the mouth;
There are clear indications that for the famous Celtic this side will be a rock.

Yoker Bhoy
23 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Good stuff Cha. All efforts should get due praise so I don’t want to sound nitpicking but ‘salir a pedir de boca’ is an idiomatic expression which means ‘to come off perfectly (just as you woiuld like)?. Well done mate.

Funkyy
25 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

A certain Diego is on loan from Milan;How he has amazed us with the quality of his game;He shows precision with his tackling and is lightning fast;This Uruguayan is never lacking in dedication and commitment; His clearances and centers typically come out on call ;There are clear indications that for the famous Celtic this winger will be a rock.

Yoker Bhoy
25 days ago
Reply to  Funkyy

I’d have put ‘crosses’ for ‘centros’ but that was pretty damn good. Un punto para ti chaval!!

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

You forgot ‘Te quiero mucho’, Yoker.

I bet you’re one of those that call Eddy ‘I Wanna’, right?

Yoker Bhoy
24 days ago

No.

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Your love poem to Laxalt must’ve given us the wrong impression.

SteveNaive
25 days ago

Yoker bhoy is speaking in tongues.
On the bench today for Arbroath, Mr Rab Douglas, aged 48 .
Now that’s a Declaration !

Mike
25 days ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

He’s lost it Steve, its ‘lockdown fever’, if he posts in Spanish again, I will throw my castanets at the computer, if he’s looking in, tell him to look back at our previous correspondence. Yooohooo, you have mail. How do you say Yooohooo in Spanish?
The ‘Declaration Of Arbroath’. Smokies…

Yoker Bhoy
25 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Just read it now Mike and thanks a million for the update and your suggestion. I replied on the other page but it awaits approval once again. When the vaccine does become available, I’m sure all the other European countries will quickly follow the UK and, with a bit of luck, we’ll all have received our first dose by early next year. Here’s hoping! I’ll ask Ralph for your email anyway.

Yoker Bhoy
25 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Replied Mike (here and on the other page) but both have been temporarily blocked, AGAIN. ffs. Anyway, thanks a lot for all the info etc.

Mike
25 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

As long as you got it Yoker, that’s what matters. All the very best.

‘yer teas oot’ oh coming!

Yoker Bhoy
25 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Bon appetit. Looking forward to a big performance tomorrow.

mabozzaRitchie
25 days ago

QATAR Airways : Lets get fingered together

Yoker Bhoy
25 days ago

I just suddenly became inspired by greats such as Antonio Machado and Federico García Lorca. More than anything, it’s to be viewed as a cryptic puzzle. Tell you what lads, the first one to come up with a decent translation (doesn’t have to be perfect) of what I’ve written will receive a thumbs up point. Off ye go, get cracking now 😉
Mind you, if Laxalt himself happens to stumble across this, he’ll definitely give me a reply.

henkesdreadlocks
25 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Somebody’s bound to ask ‘ who did they play for?’

Yoker Bhoy
25 days ago

I think it must have been Betis 😉

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

I can guarantee you that if Laxalt sees that he’ll bodyswerve you like the plague, mate.

Unless he’s into mamadas mutuo (golpe golpe) 😉

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago

But fair baws to ye on Lorca Garcia, all puns aside 😀

Bourgeois bastart that he is, he does know how to write.

Yoker Bhoy
24 days ago

Yeah, both poets were geniuses.

Yoker Bhoy
24 days ago

The thought never even crossed my mind although it seems to have tickled your fancy ya dirty bassa. Good craic mate 🙂

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Hehehe, must be all the chorizo.

TicToc
24 days ago

First visit today, knackered after removing a kitchen sink/taps/accessories and replacing it over last coupla/three days with indesribably stupid gear.
Before any silly cnut gobs off, anyone who’s done such a bastard of a job, in such confined space, with such poorly designed fittings will need no comment.
Anyone whom hasn’t, beware……

Anyway, today, as often recently, one of my 1st thoughts was of ‘peas’n’barley’ (charlie frae the Gallagate) and wishing him well. A TOP commenter on eTims with intelligence, humour and wit in huge proportion; he chose a style of writing and it was never a barrier to the content.
‘charlie’, gi’e eTims a shout if you’re well and just pissed off with the moderation thingy and the preposterous “Awaiting for moderation”. I’ve FN told them, it should be ‘Waiting for moderation’ OR
‘Awaiting moderation’. FFS, some south of the Clyde will be laughing at us……….it’ll take them a long laugh to equal US laughing at THEM. Follow, following a company incorporated in 1899 and died in 2012 and believing it’s the same ‘club’! Tae borrow a Monti-ism, Stupid, Stupid huns. I’d just like tae add a clarification for the hard of thinking; the new huns is supported by the old huns’ trash. New shite, same flies.
PTL helped to commission this.
He’s a FN accountant (or so he says) and he, amongst other scum, have perpetuated the OF myth.
Lawwell, as Tiochfaid Ar La, so too will yours.
Not nice to live life looking over your shoulder, moreso as retirement beckons. What goes around comes around…….what have YOU started with your lies and cheating? I dunno, but I hope you get what you truly deserve. (I speak NOT of your undeserved, inflated emoluments, PAID FOR BY THE TRUE SUPPORTERS OF CELTIC FC WHOM YOU LOOK DOWN ON. You twat.
HH
FC not PLC

TicToc
24 days ago

2nd attempt to comment at (different) comments.
I seldom comment now, no doubt a boon to some, but I’ve just attempted a 1st comment today.
The INANE “Awaiting for moderation” appears which kinda guarantees it’ll never see daylight whilst still relevant.
FFS, guys, and I don’t think this is our beloved Ralph, but FFS get back to a proper site where Political Correctness was shit on from a great height and we bantered, threatened, laughed and cried, but we just got FN on with it, immoderate or otherwise.
“Sticks and stones…….et cetera!”
FFS!

Monti
24 days ago
Reply to  TicToc

Agreed Tictoc,
Keep posting m8

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  Monti

Aye, something has happened to this site lately, it was a great laugh mostly down the years but I do t know if it’s the new format or what but it’s lacking something.

i can’t even Like or Dislike, which is no great loss as it’s a bit infantile anyway, but when folks comments are going missing that’s not very good.

The young yins tell me that Google and all the big engines have been on a bit of censorship clampdown lately so maybe it’s to do with that, though only Ralph could answer that, if it’s the new format is designed to cut out the swearing or if it’s a managerial decision.

Either way, it’s lost something down the years and if ever we needed a good fvckin laugh it’s now.

Some of the wags on here have had us in stitches at times, even herself has had the light come back into her face when I’ve shown her some of the patter.

Moderation is for modernists, we’re old school and weren’t made to be moderated.

By fuck, if they couldnae get us at school they were never gonnae get us.

TicToc
24 days ago

Disregarding fitba until tommorrow’s 2.30 KO against The Sheep, I give you this:
A seriously mentally ill guy breaks free from ‘hospital’ and heads into town.
He happens upon an unprotected lady in a Launderette, and rapes her.
He then takes off at speed.
Next day’s headline in the Sun:
“NUT SCREWS WASHER AND BOLTS.”

24 days ago

Craig Gordon outstanding today silly decision by Celtic.

henkesdreadlocks
24 days ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Direct that to Mr Lawwell after he made Gordon an offer he or anybody else could and would refuse. A reduction of 80% of your wage would certainly make you fvck off and not look back.

24 days ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

He did make a couple of good saves but also flaffed at others and was extremely fortunate not to concede.

Hibs simply awful. 2 v 1 several times and effed it up every time.

I’m never going to criticise Celtic players ever again, well, at least not until tomorrow night.

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Pistol Pete’s decision to sack Gordon, Hayes & Big Jozo might well be the difference between winning The Ten & losing it.

Last I heard Jozo was still without a club and given Duffy’s headless chicken routine I’d call the big yin with one year contract offer so he could celebrate the ten with all the rest of us.

He has, at least, earned that right after scoring in the 67th for Big Billy and his immaculately brilliant tackle on Kenny Miller that the bold boy still hasn’t recovered from.

Aye, bring back Jozo, Hayes too, one of the most articulate men I’ve seen in the Hoops since Lenny himself.

Big Don Gazpachio
22 days ago

I suppose you’d be happy if we’d sold Rogic too, anonymous Disliker?

TicToc
24 days ago

An intelligent, far-reaching comment of mine has been forcibly withdrawn just a coupla minutes ago.
It involved thanking, and appreciating Monti.
Fukk this: a site without (rapidly approved) comment and visitors is NO SITE AT ALL.
Historically, eTims WORKED, it now clearly doesn’t.
I’ve definitively pointed all this out before.
eTims is now unworkable, ‘improved’ by half-wits and ruined by fear of standing up against establishment or any other shoite.
PS – alarming change to wreck a great site, whose idiotsyncracy is this?
Instead here we go,
#Soldiers are we (some are big) whose lives are pledged to Ireland…………#
HH
FC not PLC

mabozzaRitchie
24 days ago

so every game you watch players take a knee at the begining. but where are the BLM mob? yet another muslim maddie goes berserk in france and cuts a black womans head off but not a word. disgraceful

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago
Reply to  mabozzaRitchie

BLM & Antifa belong to George Soros.

One law for the rich …

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago

There’ll be plenty happy Huns soon.

A 9 point lead with a nationwide lockdown till December?

Where we can’t have gatherings of more than six?

Atza gimmae to they cvnts.

The league might be called around Christmas.

Yoker Bhoy
24 days ago

I’d like to see a robust and dynamic looking 4-4-2 against the sheep this afternoon. A team that can take a stranglehold of the midfield, do loads of damage from the wide areas with Taylor coming back and adding a bit more stability to the back 4. Duffy owes us a good performance. Want to see Eddy and Griff both start as their partnership could become the key to our success this season. We’d also have a very strong bench with quite a few potential match winners on it.
Bain
Frimpong Bitton Duffy Taylor
Christie Brown McGregor Laxalt
Edouard Griffiths
3-1 to the bhoys
COYBIG

24 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

I think Mo deserves to keep his place Yoker but I woukd go with him and Griff. Edouard and Rogic to come on and finish them off.
4_1 the bhoys

Yoker Bhoy
24 days ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Good shout Jimmy, I just wish Moi could find more consistency as he can be brilliant on his day. The fact is he, Rogic and Ajeti can all stake strong claims for starting places and it’s a huge advantage to have these options and such impressive firepower to call on from the bench, especially now that we can use more substitutes. His goals were brilliant the other night, talking of which, can anyone post a link of extended highlights from the Lille game? All I can find on Youtube is the goals. These crappy early European kick-offs are a bummer for those of us who have to work a bit late.

Yoker Bhoy
24 days ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Replied Jimmy but comment blocked again. Good shout and of course Rogic and Ajeti can also stake a strong claim to start. Btw, can anyone post a link to get extended highlights of the Lille game? I can only get find the goals on Youtube and these early kick-offs in Europe are bad news for those of us who have to work at that time.

Yoker Bhoy
24 days ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Two replies blocked Jimmy. Good shout and tbh we have plenty of good options up front.

henkesdreadlocks
24 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Pretty sure Ajeti will play from the off

Yoker Bhoy
24 days ago

More than a fair chance that Rogic could start as well. Can anyone post a link for extended highlights of the Lille game?

24 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Nothing on Celtic TV, so assume they don’t have rights.

This is 6 mins of highlights from BT Sports but not sure if its restricted to UK & Ireland:

youtube .com/watch?v=0fom9UjJ-vc

If you simply search for “Celtic Lille” in Youtube there’s a 27 min highlights and 2 hours (assume full game) but these are individual accounts, so not sure about quality.

24 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Replied but the Mods rocked up to block me.

If you search in You tube for Celtic Lille you will get a few matches but I don’t know if these are suitable.

Yoker Bhoy
24 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Yeah, the mods are getting worse and worse every time I come on here. In Youtube you’ll get the goals but the clips that come under ‘extended highlights’ are stupid video game images. I saw one link from Video Celts the other day that looked potentially tasty but it blocked me out because I live abroad. The problem with the early euro kick-offs is that those of us who work a bit late miss the games. Cheers anyway Cha.

Yoker Bhoy
24 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Tried to reply Cha but you’ll never guess what happened. Can the techy guys no do something about this moderation lunacy cos it’s getting beyond the ridiculous.

24 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Does anyone know semaphore or morse code,a that might outfox them?

Probably get blocked for “fox”!

Mike
24 days ago
Reply to  The Cha
Mike
24 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

I tried to put a link up, but same as usual, might come up the morra.

Yoker Bhoy
24 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Cheers Mike.

Mike
24 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Meh! COYBIG.

Mike
24 days ago
Reply to  Mike

How many Tavnier Penalties has that been this season and last season?
Answers on a postcard to Ian Maxwell and the head of the.. Lanarkshire Refereeing Association.

Mike
24 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Answer 10 penalties so far this year. infuquincredible.

Duncan
24 days ago

Good strong bench today a sure sign we have quality coming back into the reckoning.

Duncan
24 days ago

Yasss 1-0 Christie

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Duncan
24 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Yassss 2-0 Elyounoussi

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Bgbhoy
24 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Welcome back Celtic! Lennon looks a lot fresher than he has been. As does eddy

Mike
24 days ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Mibbee due to Rogic being back instead of Ncham.

Big Don Gazpachio
24 days ago

What’s the story with this second half exhaustion running through the team?

And why can’t Soro get on the park?

To go from a brilliant first half to this nail biting worrying if the sheep will get a penalty after their ‘consolation’ goal is ridiculous.

We’re in November and STILL neither Griff nor Ajeti are ‘fully fit’?
How the feck does Lenny get away with these 3 or 4 months of lame excuses?

He talks like it’s the preseason friendlies.

BroxburnBhoy
24 days ago

Pish

Monti
24 days ago

Gaz,
Wee bit harsh m8, the team played on Thursday night.

Big Don Gazpachio
22 days ago
Reply to  Monti

Aye, Monti, they’re professional footballers! that’s their job, to be fit enough to play football three times a week.

Theee’s something far wrong with the coaching if it’s taking 4 months to get Ajeti & Griffiths fully fit and that means someone isn’t doing their job to help them.

So not harsh at all, mate, just calling it as I see it and as it clearly is.

sfa unfit for purpose
24 days ago

Watching on Premier sports.
Coverage is pretty poor , but the stalling and buffering is a joke. Completely missed the second goal because the site went down.
More players coming back and getting fitter.
Let the positivity flow.

Barkas -private pilot
24 days ago

As soon as you ignorant Scottish cunts realise that rogic is the man the better

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