Celtic Diary Sunday November 22: What Celtic Did Next

Or, rather , what Celtic should do next.

 

It’s easy to criticise and demand change, and yet far more difficult to implement change that will be effective.

 

Yesterday, depending on how you look at it, Celtic slavaged a point with a determined fightback against a high flying Hibernian side in an enthralling game at Easter road, where Celtic have not won since 2014 in the league.

Hector Bandido tweeted as such last night on the etims twitter feed, and it’s probably fair to say that this is a minority view.

 

Or we could say that yet again a rudderless Celtic blundered to a lucky point when Shane Duffy earned a penalty , ust by being in the Hibernian box, and it was only then that the hoops, playing in black, which never works, woke up and realised they had a game on their hands.

 

I suspect most of us tend to lean towards the latter.

 

Although we are not privvy to the games and therefore cannot really judge what is going wrong, there are a few things that are glaringly obvious.

 

The forwards have gone back to the old habit of shooting straight at the keeper, and the propensity to stick one up front has led to defences simply crowding him out. It’s not working.

 

The midfield are therefore limited in their options to create, and with at least five of them in there at any given moment, it might even be that they are just getting n each others way.

 

The defence is , well, not really a defence, featuring, as it did yesterday, two wingers and two midfielders. Criminal negligence really, but it is what it is.

 

Goalkeeper ? For fucks sake, just pick one and stick with him.

 

There are a few problems obvious even when we watch on television or listen on the radio.

 

What to do ? What to do ?

 

 

So, whilst it’s easy to demand that Lennon either resigns or is sacked, let’s look at what would happen in that event.

 

Well, he’d have to be replaced.

 

And let’s face it, having won eleven out of eleven trophies and a twelfth just ninety minutes away, what manager is going to say that he would take that job bearing in mind what appears to be the intense pressure from supporters and claims that it’s not good enough ?

 

And which managers are available ?

 

Alex Ferguson ? We know his name has been mentioned.

 

Roy Keane ? Hardly the type of guy who would get results from the delicate little flowers in our squad.

 

Martin O’Neill ? We’d just be getting a more worn version of Lennon

 

Gordon Strachan ? Well, I have to be honest, no one with ginger hair ever solved anything, and he’d keep his son, who we hear is a major part of the problem.

 

Paul Lambert ? Oh, fuck off.

 

 

Wholesale change creates uncertainty at best and panic at worst.

 

 

 

 

No, the answer isn’t to replace the manager.

 

Continuity is important in any line of work, and the board should be looking to help Lennon, as this season is not the same as any other season, and with covid,  new signing David Turnbull is the latest to play Hold The Virus , and injuries, such as Forrest and Jullien, Lennon could reasonably claim to have had a run of horrendous luck.

 

Jullien is our best defender. He;s been out for a while, and is missed.

 

Then there’s our most consistent performer not just this season, but over the last decade.

 

James Forrest is unique in that even when he isn;t playing the support don;t see him as the answer, yet over the years he has scored goals, created goals, been that outball and offered a genuine creative threat combined with a defensive work rate unequalled by  an other player.

 

Add to that the exclusion of other key players for the first part of this campaign, and maybe we should cut the gaffer a little slack.

 

And, this is what Celtic should do next.

 

The board should help him out a wee bit, ease some of the back breaking pressure brought on by the quest for immortality.

 

 

And the answer, my friend, is simple.

 

 

Well, fairly simple.

 

We need Swedes. Three of them. all of whom have the same feelings for Celtic as You, I , and the manager, and they all have something to offer that is missing.

 

Off the park, we need a legend, someone the players can look up to.

 

There’s only one man that could fill those shoes, and he comes with the added bonus of being able to help the others use their shoes to good effect.

 

Watch Celtic legend Henrik Larsson on how Lyon leg break made him love the  game even more - Daily Record

 

Henrik Larsson , as a coach , would demand respect, and offer a little bit more than anyone else could. A genuine world class performer at every level, who rates his Celtic years as the best of his career.

 

That would put firmly any doubts to the back of the mind of any player about exactly who they represent when they put on that shirt.

 

Add Johann Mjallby, a fierce competitor who doesn’t understand how to lose, and suddenly you have the heart and spirit back into a side that has looked anything but a team looking to make history.

 

Joe Miller on Twitter: "Johan Mjallby a boyhood AIK fan, also a Celtic fan,  he's 50/50 on who to support in this tie #Celtic 🇮🇪🍀 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿  🇸🇪… "

 

Thats all well and good off the pitch, but there are one or two problems, as we have seen, on it.

 

 

Of all the players who have left Celtic over the last couple of years, only one has truly not been replaced. a man who could bring law and order to a chaotic defence, the man who has been missed probably by captain Scott Brown more than anyone else, and lets face it, if every manager needs a captian, then every captain needs his number two.

 

Police Scotland 'very disappointed' in Mikael Lustig cop cap celebration  and speak to Celtic FC about his actions - Daily Record

 

Mikael Lustig, as anyone who watched him when he didn’t have the ball, was the brains behind the back four. Bring him back to play behind two centre halves.

 

It’s time to put the band back together, and time to start to play those old familiar tunes….

 

 

 

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Stessano
3 days ago

Utter drivel larrson coming back maybe but lennon has to go !! Everyone knows it he should never got the job in a million years even the first time! Change is needed right now! No more off it we know this isnt going to work ,we always knew this day would come he lost massive games all through his two stints Rodgers showed the level domestically and improved nearly every player there plus he created the ” holy trinity” as belief spread like gold dust! Think back to that day at hampden at how you truly felt after a TREBLE TREBLE! Deflated was 99 percent of the fan base because of that joke appointment, Cektic man give me peace he ain’t no Mcstay or even a grant he was lucky to play for our great club and managed it once but twice! So so lucky he needs to go and go NOW!! HAIL HAIL LETS SALVAGE THIS CELTIC! And no more ” who we get pish” WE ARE A MASSIVE CLUB I wonder did lennon pen that himself ! Utter drivel

kennybhoy
2 days ago
Reply to  Stessano

so who do we get in then ?

Stessano
3 days ago

Waiting on approval awww so lennon did write it ha ha joke he needs to go and did moths ago disgrace

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago
Reply to  Stessano

Aye, we wait all week for a blog only to be told that the otherwise employed Swedes will save us.

portpower
3 days ago

Diego Laxalt is just coolness personified.

Peter Lawwell does not do common sense.

TicToc
3 days ago
Reply to  portpower

Ha! Port an’ giddy, ye will be if ye drink as much Port as I once did (the gout got me before the polis). Anyway, after a 16 bore from 70 yards his “common sense” will at least be, er, em, diversified!

Weered
2 days ago
Reply to  portpower

Port I posted a similar Laxalt comment. Apologies…. small minds seldom differ 🙂

TicToc
3 days ago

I never got past the 1st/2nd para. Go fukk yourself Ralph, and, er, em, all who sail with you (doon the watter).
Madden made it, in hell (tho’ I don’t believe in hell) but I meet him he’ll wish for it…..
Call Broonie daft but it was a legal challenge going nowhere. I watched, expected and saw Broonie’s tackle (sh to sh) and NEW the regurgitated bastard would call it.
I fixed the fukkin plumbing and lost 2 points that we had to win, plumbing the fukkin depths?
The only cunt on this planet that currenrtly makes me look sane is Danald…scuse me, a wall or two to bust……
Hail! Hail! The Celts are here…….what a team tae go tae jail for….
Fritzagrandauldteamtaeplayfur (fuck the ‘official wan’)….. Monti, when ye’re up there tearin’ doon them fucking lights, tear them speakers that embarrass us weekly (strongly) wi’ that styoopit fukkin Glen Daly ould shite….and replace it forthwith..”We’re on the one road……… on the road to god know’s where……..North mhen South mhen comrades all… soon there’ll be…We’re on the ONE ROAD, singing a song, Singing the Soldiers’ Song…….In reverence, Buckie and Lanny, Singing The Soldiers’ Song. Today was not the best day to be a Tim, but it’s ALWAYS a great day tae be a Tim,
……’Twas on a dreary New Years’ eve, as the shades of night came down, A lorry load of Volunteers, approached a border town………..most of us know of that fateful night, but many could learn it wasn’t quite so long past……..New Years’ Eve 1957, the same year The Celtic beat the original huns 7-1.
in October (I think), so Sean and Feargal had the World of Fenians supporting them: Aye, then and NOW.
If you just excuse me now for a week or two, oil be bein’ moderated, bejasus, can’t wait, oi’ve a wee moderation to ‘pass on’ mesel’.

TicToc
3 days ago

Well, den, so oi’ve craiced dis fuckin’ craic. If yeez want to fook a good craic/site up, joost fakkin ‘improve’ it.
The black an’ tans like rabbits ran from the rifles of the IRA. Oi wiz tryin’ tae incorporate animals x 2, so I got dem boath!!

TicToc
3 days ago

I’ve taken the time to write several comments recently, mostly gone.
I wont put into words my fury, of this HUGE waste of MY time.
SO, I’ll offer some really critical, constructive advice, before the site has lost it’s SPINE.
Explain, as we’d love to get, say, on injuries from CP. Explain the current problems. (if some smart cunt says “issues” to me, it’ll need fuckin surgery from it’s scalp to its toes, and everywheree in between…)
This terminology may help! ‘Sorry Tims, the site’s currently fucked (not as fucked as Jullien’ll be if I get hold of the big gobshite) but soothing words, like that, nonetheless.
Take a week off…take a fucking month off…….make a small mandatory ‘enrolment’ fee, recurring monthly.
Orrawise? Go fuck yourselves. But STOP pretending and fucking about. You want a diplomatic, experienced manager? I’d do it, but Brian Epstein would cost a lot less.
What TF?
FC not PLC

Celtic Mikey
3 days ago

There are enough quality players to put out a second side and win this league. It ain’t happening. The manager looks like Mowbray at the end and he should realise this as he was there in the background.
He has bolloxed his position at every managerial post. He can’t man manage players or his own behaviours, for what ever reason.
I wonder if we would have won this league with a full squad anyway.
I don’t think any of the swedes would do anything and I doubt lennons pride would accept them in.
There must be another Bielsa out there but do the board want that to happen?

TicToc
3 days ago
Reply to  Celtic Mikey

Sorry C Mikey, if it’s a clear-out it MUST be Lawwell first. And Kennedy. Defensive coach and ass’t manager and we’ve been shite at the back, a walk-over for piss-poor teams…okay Pal, have a go as I do but FFS don’t dismiss “swedes” without naming them. I’d have Johann back tomorrow if he was an option. But he’s not. The real questions are 10 What TF is going on with Eddie, Ollie and Big Fearty? (3 frogs?) Why is Anita starting before The griff AND Eddie? What’s happened to CalMac’s driving force? FFS, and on and on.
I wont waste my fucking heart on this much more; get Lawwell tae fuck and MAKE Desmond know why. Get Desmond tae fuck and let HIM know why and/or what. Get NFL tae fuck and let them ALL know why. Interim management? We can pay what Sean Dyche is on, he makes sense and he’s called Sean. Make him an offer he can’t refuse. (Godfather) Put Monti in charge of Ra Floods, The Fermer in charge ae yon stuff that helps growth but stunts it by shrinkage away fae it, pit me in charge ae ra Bevvy, I’ll no’ even take a wage……FFS, sorted or not? 4 minutes!

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago
Reply to  Celtic Mikey

If they wanted that to happen they’d have Bielsa.

The board don’t want Celtic to win the league because they need a strong Sevco to keep up their business model as part of the 5WA.

And what do the support do?

Bleat on forums instead of marching en masse to the ground tomorrow demanding all out change from this Sevco compliant garbage they’re feeding us and most are lapping up like kittens at the milk dish.

Every second Lenny stays in situ is a second wasted.

BroxburnBhoy
2 days ago

Pish of course again. Celtic don’t want to win the league ? Pish

TicToc
3 days ago

See (in terms of UNDERSTAND), can you clearly envisage someone being garrotted?
Well, worry not, I only ever do it late November, shit! Roll up, roll up ……..

Just FFS let us KNOW?
We’re not ALL bad guys! Well apart from the cha, the monti, the duncan, him that’s always blotto, the fermer, the naiive steve, the carntyne (reminds me of the longest known line in song), the weered, the devoy and then the devoid, of all sense and hope…..which accounts for 90% on here…..OUCH! I’m gettin’ TF, them ‘pelters’ hurt………………………………..

Weered
3 days ago
Reply to  TicToc

Tic Toc… 🙂

Duncan
3 days ago
Reply to  TicToc

You having another the meltdown?

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

While you have ‘no issue’ with Celtic losing The Ten?

To Sevco?

Who have lost over 80 million quid in 8 years so they can beat us to the league and collect 30 million in CL money?

In collusion with the Celtic board?

You don’t mind Glasgow Celtic being cheated by our own in situ Masons to favour the newest and most financially doped club in Scotland to maintain a chimera of fitba past?

Get the fvck outta here, ya halfwit.

Away oer tae Follow Follow and see if ye can’t get a part time job swinging off the Ibrox roof, they love clowns like you.

sfa unfit for purpose
3 days ago

Walter Mitty

Monti
1 day ago

sfa,
Can you sit down & face the front while adults are talking?

sfa unfit for purpose
1 day ago
Reply to  Monti

Your already in the dunces corner

Keep sooking your thumb

Monti
1 day ago
Reply to  TicToc

🙂

portpower
3 days ago

There is an eerie lassitude within Celtic FC.

Is there a problem with some board members signing-in to the zoom app?

We have always been that one transfer window behind when it comes to the Euro competitions.
This is a perfect opportunity to introduce a new Managerial Team.

I love you you Lurgan lad but there is confining decisions that need to be made here.

God Bless.

Devoy45
3 days ago

I forgot how tough it is to support Celtic when our expectations are so high.At Easter Road I actually thought we would get that third goal in the last second! We are at a crossroads: keep Lenny or get someone else in. I think we should keep Lenny but… I wish he would listen to somebody. Here’s my tuppence. Goalkeeper? Doesn’t matter. At least Bain saves penalties! So Bain.
Back four: Frimpong is a winger not a right back. Elhamed should always start at right back. Ajer/Jullien/Laxalt. Then, a midfield 4. Frimpong/Brown/Christie/McGregor. Always, two up front. Right now, Edouard and Griffiths, Klimala and Ajeti.to figure. Use Turnbull and Soro more. We have dropped 9 points already, having dropped only 10 in 30 games last year! We are running out of time! What really bothers me is that head coaches should inspire teams to win big matches. Has Lenny lost that mojo? I would also like Celtic to question the curious goings on at Ibrox about Covid testing. Who tests over there? Who issues the results? Why have no key Newco players tested positive this season? Fenian paranoia? No wonder.

Also, the MIBs ( last second handball penalty, Tavernier scores) need to be watched closely over at Ibrox this afternoon. If we lose our 10 in a row, a level playing field would be nice. Good article Ralph. Maybe bringing in Swedes is the answer for a team playing like neeps! I don’t care what we do in Prague. A good opportunity for Soro/Taylor/Ntcham/Klimala/Turnbull not eligible? C’mon the Celtic?

3 days ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Are our expectations really that high?

We have a vast financial advantage over everyone including the Huns, so is it unrealistic to expect to win the league with that significant advantage?

We had upped our game significantly 4 years ago and despite getting £9m for the last manager we replaced him with an unemployed guy who had failed in his last 2 management stints.

Its taken a couple of years to completely unravel but it was always likely to happen.

Is it unrealistic to expect a profit making £100m to make the key appointment commensurate with its size and stature; I don’t think so.

I’m pretty sure any similar sized successful company won’t be appointing an unemployed guy who happens to be a mate.

portpower
3 days ago

G`day TicToc, (reply button is being choosy again)
Port shall cure all ills.

They board members sit in an empty Celtic Park on the edge of reality and laugh at us with mockery.

portpower
3 days ago

Are players more concerned with the international catwalk than their own club`s payslip?

It is a short career in football. Prove yourself to one and you will make more than enough to survive.

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago
Reply to  portpower

If their priorities lie with the SFA 11 they can empty their CP lockers.

22 years waiting for Scotland to qualify and when they do we can’t even celebrate it knowing that it’s our own SFA that are stitching us up.

22 years of rank incompetence, cheating, collusion and conspiracy at every level, mostly against Celtic but also against every other club in the Scottish league.

If Ryan Christie wants to wet his knicks in public mibbe he should’ve saved it for the club that pays his wages.

Una
3 days ago

I was thinking the same about Henrik & Johan last night with Stylian Petrov alongside them what a management team they would make, if only wishes would come true

Weered
3 days ago
Reply to  Una

Una… there’s always Santa 🙂

Una
3 days ago
Reply to  Weered
Una
3 days ago
Reply to  Weered

I know lol

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago
Reply to  Una

Henrik Larsson works for Barcelona.

He offered his services to Celtic prior to taking that job but word is that Lenny, or Peter, refused his offer.

Make of that what you will but it makes today’s diary look like an even bigger joke.

Monti
1 day ago

Maybe we should employ a female manager…….cough

3 days ago

We have conceded more goals than Aberdeen. Who are 3rd.
The goal difference will be an extra point to sevco.
If lenny is still in charge ibrokes i predict we will be humiliated.
He is rank rotten as a manager.
Has failed to beat any team of higher than average all season both at home and in Europe.
He has to go its as simple as that.
The manager is to blame no one else he has to go.

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

To be fair, Jimmy, Lawwell & Desmond are as much to be blame for not onky hiring him but keeping him on this long.

As for Kennedy, that boy is clueless, as is Strachan.

Sack the lot of them, with Lawwell first in line.

What good is a billionaire owner when all he does is rob the support blind & let the Hun refs run the league for their own team’s benefit?

We’ve been fvckin had.

BroxburnBhoy
2 days ago

Nine in a row, possible quadruple treble and still a chance of ten in a row and few times in Europe beyond christmas and we’ve been had? What’s your definition of had?

henkesdreadlocks
3 days ago

This was always on the cards the minute baw face Lawwell gambled once again whilst trying to be a smart arse. £9m brought into the club courtesy of the Rodgers buy out clause and that cvnt gambled the clubs future on a failed manager. Time to remove every single person on the coaching staff with immediate effect, as well as baw face. If the consequences of his meddling are not apparent to some, then the realities of his mismanagement will come as one hell of a shock to the happy clappers that seem to think everything is going to be fine. As of now, football wise, we are second best in Scotland by a long shot and as long as both baw face and the guy in the dugout are anywhere near the club this is only going to get a hell of a lot worse.

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago

Well said, HD.

Lawrie
3 days ago

Our general play is slow, complicated for the players and easy to break down. iPads to give players instructions fucking come on. Football hasn’t changed it’s the same strategy score more than your opponent and we have the better players. Bring in the Swedes is just stupid but at least we don’t need to read about the obsession with rangers and a resolution that no one cares about.
Season hangs by a thread and if we don’t make changes we could be living in the shadows for a long time. We have slept walked into this situation and only got ourselves to blame or maybe we hope rangers implode again which is a worrying strategy

portpower
3 days ago

The SFA have a kind of overt climax on their hands.

They will violate.
sevco revoke FC.

3 days ago

LENNON OUT….the league is done, Lennon has secured that already, so we might as well use this time tae clear out the whole management team, bring in a manager and allow him tae bring in his own team, and hopefully that includes a proper medical team, because that itself needs addressing, Lennon was never ever the solution and should never have been given the job, but he was always going tae accept it because he’s that poor a manager he was never getting a gig like that again…

highseastim
3 days ago
Reply to  KEIGHLEY BHOY

Of course we haven’t won a league game at Easter Road since Hibs came back up, including when Brendan Rodgers was our manager and Neil Lennon was theirs!!

Just sayin’.

3 days ago
Reply to  highseastim

In previous seasons we didn’t need to win there and still skooshed the league.

That’s the problem.

We needed to win yesterday to stop the rot and didn’t do it.

You and Ralph’s thinking is probably the same as Lennon and Lawwell’s and will cause us the league.

When circumstances change, you change, or you lose.

Cartvale88
3 days ago

Sorry garbage. The writing was on the wall in 20

Cartvale88
3 days ago

Sorry the writing was on the wall at the end of 2019, the Wall won us the cup as Lenny in his wisdom had Lewis Morgan upfront, at Parkhead the WNkers were made to look good. He had a reprieve with the turnaround in the new year then Covoid, how would he have done against Sevco at Ibrokes. He has blown games constantly through stupidity, Cluj, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and on it goes. Yesterday again lots of possession the Broonie does a Broonie and gives Madhunthe opportunity to give them a penalty.
Until supporters realise Brown is past it and Lennon although a true Celtic man is no better than Delilah we will continue into decrepitude.
What he sees in Frimpong bar a buss bomb, Ajeti a lumbering fool, Duffy can fall into that category. Ajer and Bitton are not defenders, but at least Ajer tries.
The momentum is with them, it is as if the board believes we need an Old Firm, whatever that is.
The next game against them is lost with the current management team of ‘Still Game’ characters, bring in Naveed he could do a better job as he runs a corner shop.

portpower
3 days ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

As soon as Kristoffer reveals his palms at the side of his hips, get him off.

3 days ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

“It is not as if The Board need an Old Firm” . There is no if.

They see Celtic and Scottish football as dependent on a club rivalry so toxic TV companies will pay enough money to keep enough teams in a league for Celtic to play in. Celtic’s percentage share of TV money is a lot less than the other clubs. To them it is vital.

However other clubs would fare better if there was more control in the rules on how much debt club could accumulate and by what means.

Rangers accounts show they spent £6.7m more on players but have £9m tax arrears. So taxpayers are loaning Rangers money to pay players. When you consider what the cost of Rangers business model has been to the tax payer between ebts, unpaid VAT/PAYE and malicious prosecution and yet no curbs introduced, no questions asked, that is why we are back to 2010/2011.

Back to the subject of Celtic depending on Rangers and I’m only mentioning Res12 because that is what it has revealed in the detail.

All the evidence and resistance from Celtic in using it points to fraud by Rangers in 2011. Not just a breach of FFP but of criminal law.

The 5 Way Agreement whether intentional or not that Celtic accepted, you can take that to the bank, stopped that being investigated. When the evidence suggesting fraud was presented to Celtic in 2018 they refused to use it and in 2019 AGM used the UEFA rules on sanctions to defend not approaching UEFA, ignoring the criminal element and compensation rights that would follow from the guilty parties, which might include the SFA who ditched an investigation because of a clause in the 5 Way Agreement Celtic accepted!

There is no way a club who are convicted of defrauding a member club via SFA could be allowed a place in Scottish football, so it is covered up, an explanation for Celtic’s resistance to passing Res12 in 2013.

What you see on the field of play are the symptoms not the causes of the underlying structural problems that determine those very symptoms that upset supporters so much and take up so much debate that goes nowhere because until the structure changes, which requires supporters to demand that rather than changing manager then it’s all shovelling green steam.

Supporters CAN change the structural problems by becoming part of the structure and they can get there by withholding what they pay clubs to keep the existing structure intact. The one that angers them.

It’s not down to The Celtic Board or SFA even, it’s up to you to force change unless of course you enJOY how things are.

portpower
3 days ago

We`re to be inundated with sevconian pamphlets.

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago
Reply to  portpower

You been reading that Celtic Blog again?

Joe O'Brien
3 days ago

Whatever happened to that famous song we claim is the Celtic anthem?
Walk on through the storm.
Did you all sing it at some point?
What does it mean to you?
Walk on through the storm?
First sign of trouble and you’re reaching for the toilet roll and the long knives, howling for the manager to be sacked.
Pucker up ladies, grow a pair and get some fecking backbone. What a bunch of whinging wasters , chucking the toys oot the pram and greetin for the managers head. Take a good look at yourselves in the mirror. Do you you like what you see?
Walk on ? You lot?
Rats on sinking ships.
No dignity. No heart. No loyalty. No staying power, and precious little brains.
Shame on you..
shame on you.
Look, anyone with half a brain knows that the pendulum swings both ways.
Some of us have been through the dark years before. We dont take things for granted. Too many celtic fans nowadays seem to have developed that sense of ‘entitlement’ that we oftimes accused the Rangers hordes as having . We’ve had a nightmare start to the season , a terrible run with covid and international duty inficting damage and disruption, tough fixtures cramned together( as compared to rangers), on top of extremely pro gers bias from the men in black as well as the persistent undermining by the press, Sky Sports and the BBC and, yes, we may not win the league this time. I agree that the answer is not to sack Lennon, but have his back and get behind the team during these difficult times. If we lose, we lose. But we go down fighting, and pick purselves up and go again.
A fan is a fan, through good times and bad times.
Rant over.
Good idea bringing in Mjalby and lustig. Pave the way for Larsson to return at some future point.

henkesdreadlocks
2 days ago
Reply to  Joe O'Brien

Oh fvck off .
Are we not entitled to have the best possible coaching staff that the club can afford.?
Are we not entitled to think that our commitment to the club is not taken for granted?
Are we not entitled to a team playing to its full capability?
Are we not entitled to challenge a CEO and board that have not acted in the best interests of the club?
We are entitled to so much more than the current malaise that has enveloped this club and that a stench of failure is emanating from boardroom to dressing room, particularly the coaching staff.
We’ve all seen this movie before with the Kelly’s and the White’s, so your sentimental guff doesn’t wash anymore with the vast majority or less gullible support.
1994 should be a glaring warning to people like you, when through years of bad management we nearly lost the club.

Monti
1 day ago

Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain 🙂

sfa unfit for purpose
1 day ago

You have a lot of Entitlement there Walter Mitty.

I do not know one real Celtic man that would ever say we are entitled.

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago

What’s this pish, you still drunk, mate?

We had a chance to bring back Larsson at the start of the season.
Peter refused.

Now how much money do you think Peter would pay Barcelona for their current striking aka Henrik Larsson?

Ffs, I can’t believe what I’m reading here.

You want answers?

Desmond sacks Lawwell, Kennedy, Strachan & Lennon today and brings in Martin O’Neil & Roy Keane til the end of the season.

Then the delicate little pussies who don’t know how to defend will get their delicate little arses kicked.

This will at least show everyone he means business.

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago

Btw, what’s the point of having a blog where your comment doesn’t show up til a day later?

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago

What would you do if you learnt Peter Lawwell had the photos of the Sevco team at the birthday party but knew he was refusing to take them to either the govt or the SFA?

Would you suspect him of being part of the stitch up to Stop The Ten?

Or would you call in Henrik Larsson like the Sevvies wail for Walter?

sfa unfit for purpose
1 day ago

Along with some footage of the fake moon landings and ships falling off the flat earth.

Spaceman Walter mitty

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago

What’s this rubbish, are you still drunk, mate?
We had a chance to bring back Larsson at the start of the season.
Peter refused.
Now how much money do you think Peter would pay Barcelona for their current striking coach aka Henrik Larsson?
And do you think any sane man would give up such a post in sunny Barcelona to come to the sewage works that Peter’s fiefdom has become?

Ffs, I can’t believe what I’m reading here.
You want answers?
Desmond sacks Lawwell, Kennedy, Strachan & Lennon today and brings in Martin O’Neil & Roy Keane til the end of the season.
Then the delicate little bawbags who don’t know how to defend will get their delicate little half arses kicked.
This will at least show everyone he means business

Duncan
3 days ago

If The 2angers win the League this Season it will be because they were the best team this Season.
I have no issue with that as that is healthy competition and it is something we should all welcome regardless from where it comes.
They are getting the job done with clinical efficiency at both ends of the park.
However if we do win this Title it would surely taste sweeter than any before?
We need to dig deep get behind the bhoys and stop worrying about anything else.
There are no guarantees in Football only hopes and dreams.
If this is the end of the run then what a run it has been.
HH and GBNL

Iljas Baker
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Sorry Duncan that is a bit too myopic. Do Rangers have better players than Celtic? They don’t but they are playing better and that’s down to coaching and management.That’s Celtic’s weakness.

Duncan
3 days ago
Reply to  Iljas Baker

They do at the moment given that so many of our better players are :
Underperforming
Injured
Recovering from injury
Not 100% fit
They are definitely playing better as a team which in a team sport is kinda important.
So myopic?
Naw just honest.
I seen this coming 18 months ago when they started getting results in Europe.
So as far as being short sited then I’m sorry you are way off there Iljas.

Duncan
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Note how my response is polite and to the point.
HH and GBNL

Duncan
2 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

The 2angers have had a settled squad for two years haven’t had the major upheavals we have had this Season and have played consistently well all Season.
Our Season had been hit hard with Covid,injuries and disruption.
We still have two games in hand 15 games into it.
Whilst I agree players like Soro and Turnbull need game time you have to ask if both have shown any great strides when given the nod?
Both are young with potential but are in a que with better in front of them.
Perhaps their extra hunger and appetite could make up for the lack of finished quality who knows?
Maybe it’s time to find out.

Iljas Baker
2 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Thanks for the respectful reply but why are players underperforming? Why are some perfectly fit players ( e.g. Soro and Turnbull to name just 2) not getting a chance to perform in place of underperforming or not fully fit players? Isn’t the fact that Rangers are playing better as a team down to better coaching? How can players “dig deep”? How does that work Duncan?

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

You have no issue with Celtic losing The Ten?

Is that fvckin right?

Is THAT what Charlie Sez?

Because of Neil & the board’s rank incompetence you have no issue with Celtic losing The Ten?

Away and polish yer Maj’s badges with yer tongue.

portpower
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

The rite accolades of the one blind eye Duncan.

Though weve no the two of sight,cause they within joined `em.

Finest silver.

henkesdreadlocks
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Wow, what utter pish. A failed manager given the job to ensure the snide Lawwell his overpaid salary. A failed manager who has pished the best part of £20m on guys that shouldn’t or can’t get a starting slot in the team. £20m? now just let that sink in. An astronomical sum of money given the current situation and spunked by a man that is bereft of all the attributes that you would demand from a modern football manager/coach. From a position of overwhelming financial advantage over every club in this country, the guarantee of continual dominance was within our grasp, but what happened? we ended up with a manager that has dragged this team back to utter mediocrity whilst spending vast sums of money. The 10 was put into jeopardy as soon as he got the gig, lots of people knew it and he will be forever remembered as the guy who fvcked it up.

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago

But Duncan has ‘no issue’ with that.

Duncan
3 days ago

I have no problems losing to a better side on the day.
I also have no problem in losing a League to a side that has won more games by scoring more and conceding less goals over the Season.
Thats Football.
No my problem you cannot get your tiny minds round that concept.

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Fvck off, squaddie.

You’re a dyed in the wool Bhun.

Duncan
3 days ago

I’m afraid the only ones displaying any hun traits on here are the usual suspects.
Real Celtic men can take defeat with dignity and pride,can acknowledge when they have been bested or out fought on the day.
We should have won that game yesterday but unfortunately we didn’t.
We have issues in defence and profligacy up front both are a recipe for disaster against sides who can and will punish mistakes just like Hibs did yesterday.
I can accept that.
Deal with it.

henkesdreadlocks
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Real Celtic men? Oh my. Pathetic. ‘We should have won that game yesterday’? Dearie dearie me. After getting it back to 2-2 we could easily have lost the fvckin game you moron. How many times have we seen it this season? The guy in the dugout is not capable of absorbing information and he is the sole reason for the shite performances.

3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

You’ve displayed racism and other forms of bigotry, as well as a fondness for right wing nut job conspiracy theories.

But, yeah, others are hun-like.

LMG!

Duncan
3 days ago

You should contact Martin W. at the Rothesay Glen Daly CSC and check the validity of that slanderous statement of non fact.
I went through Secondary school with him though not Primary seeing as I am RC and he isn’t 😉

Mr No name.

henkesdreadlocks
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic from you. Simply not prepared to accept you were wrong again. Wouldn’t like to see you in a casino or as head of a recruitment department, not unless it was recruiting suicide bombers for a job, you’d probably send them to the Arctic looking to cull Penguins.

3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

You had constant problems during the Invincibles, Double and Treble Trebles.

Now you have no problems when the league, 10IAR is slipping away.

I’ll say one thing for you, you don’t hide it.

LMG!

Duncan
3 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

I had a problem with Rodgers inability to have a plan B for Europe whilst enjoying the largest budget at Celtic for decades and no real challenge on the Domestic front.
The first sign of a challenge in the League and a job offer from his beloved Premiership he bolted.
He knew the circumstances when he was offered the job and took it regardless of the restrictions at Celtic.

3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

yet no problem with Lennon Plan A that has yielded Cluj, Copenhagen, Ferencvaros and Sparta catastrophes.

After his 1 Hun blemish, we went on a winning run that blew the Huns away and when he left we were in a similar position to last season when the league was called.

You’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

To say that a manager, one of the top in the EPL, ran away from a quickly extinguished Hun revival under a rookie, frankly I’m embarrassed for you.

Rodgers was promised funds and non-interference but with the McGinn and Boyata debacles courtesy of Lawwell, then the writing was on the wall.

That is the facts of the matter and whether you choose to ignore them, as it doesn’t suit your agenda, it doesn’t change them.

Stop comparing a top EPL manager with one who would be lucky to get a gig in Div 2, as its just embarrassing for you.

LMG!

Duncan
2 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Deflection.

2 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Answered your arguments point for point but yeah deflection. 🙁

henkesdreadlocks
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Typical response you get from huns regarding your take on Rodgers. Strange that or is it just a coincidence?

Duncan
2 days ago

Contact the Bhoy who runs the Rothesay CSC I’m sure he’ll put you straight soon enough.
Then you can get back to acting like a hun Cnut.

henkesdreadlocks
2 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

How many times can one sad little individual be so wrong? Eh Duncy.

Monti
1 day ago

Remember he is related to the McStay’s…..cough

3 days ago

Its knocking on for £50m now and for what? Not a lot.

£21m were in the accounts for last season and probably more this season.

Not one you could classify as a clear success.

Player development? If any haven’t stagnated and gone backwards then their probably the best.

Celtic First – Lennon Must Go

Duncan
3 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

It’s just over £32 Million in 2 Seasons he made more than that for Celtic with the players he did develop first time round.
For that he’s won every Competition entered and had a good run in the Europa.

3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Nonsense, it was £21m last season and projections were similar or more for this one.

What he did last time has no bearing on this time and his vaunted “eye for a player” has seen near £50m spunked and not one unqualified success. Grim.

Last season EL Group stage was good but Cluj and Copenhagen were dire.

This season we also had a dire exit from CL and have 1 point, having played 2 home games, one a wretched 4-1 home defeat to the bottom seeds fielding a reserve side. We are on course to be the worse top seed ever. Grimmer.

We won the Scottish Cup due to individual brilliance of Eddy and League Cup due to Forster.

The latter was unbelievably lucky and the luck has now run out.

LMG!

Duncan
2 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

You should do a comprehensive breakdown and back your statement up.
Otherwise stfu.

2 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

“stfu”, Help, someone has kidnapped the respectful Duncan, unless like your arguments when they hit cold logic they wilt and die.

Accounts show £21m spent last season.

Ajeti £5m Barkas £5m Turnbull £3m plus loan fees etc for DUFFY LAXALT ELYOUNOUSSI got to £5-10m.

portpower
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Candles in the rain.

Bgbhoy
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Saiz get yourself to fvck you absolute bell.

The only person to blame is Lennon. The Board backed him with more more money than anyone.

Do us al a favour and fvck off from this place and leave the site for people who actually give a fvck and pay good money.

That don’t hide behind a fantasy like you

You absolute scumbag Brit soldier C U N T

Duncan
3 days ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

You’re just a mere customer son.
Time you woke up to that then as a result hopefully the rage in you might just subside to levels low enough where reality kicks in and you realise it is after all only a game.
You are not defined by how many games you pay to go to but rather by how you choose to conduct yourself in life.
From the above post I would venture to suggest you need to get a life away from Celtic PLC.

Bgbhoy
2 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Celtic ain’t a choice. Was born into It and I wouldn’t have it any other way

I wouldn’t have had half the life experience I’ve had without them. From the all the good mates I’ve made to job opportunities on the other side of the world.

That would be jobs that wouldn’t involve invading other countries btw.

Duncan
3 days ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Amazing stuff from the ETims moderation team.
A fud openly uses abusing language and his post gets through whilst the response which doesn’t stoop to Hunesque levels awaits moderation.
We don’t need Swedes Ralph we need Sweet Beechams for clown shoes like him.

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

‘A fud openly uses abusing language’ …

Aye, and you’re that fud, bhun.

Duncan
3 days ago

The fud reference was in response to an abusive post.
Whats good for the goose…

henkesdreadlocks
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

I believe you were extremely fortunate to continue posting on here owing to some of your inaccurate posts. Nonetheless, you are a c u n t.

Bgbhoy
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

And it’s only been a good run since Rodgers came in and cleaned up the previous 2 managers mess

Duncan
3 days ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

I might suggest 9 in a row is a good run and as far as I am aware the Desert Rat only achieved 3 of those 9.

Duncan
3 days ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Relentless attacks on a genuine Celtic man whilst defending an absolute charlatan?

And I’m the hun Z 😀 😀 M ERS

henkesdreadlocks
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

Did Rodgers roll over and let Lawwell tickle his belly? Did he fuck, he got out of Dodge. Whereas Lennon?

Duncan
3 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

The 2angers after 15 games have managed to accrue 2 points less than Rodgers Invincible’s whilst having a Goal difference that is 6 goals better off.
Now no matter what you think of the current Celtic side or Manager that cannot be dismissed or ignored.
Regardless of how they got here ,they are here and it would appear that some of you aren’t dealing with this reality very well.
We are in a serious battle now for the Title.
Champions like our players should really be able to lift themselves for that battle.
It’s high time the likes of Brown McGregor Rogic Édouard and Griffiths etc raised their collective shit and started driving this team on.
There are some who are like Christie and Laxalt but others also need to take responsibility for their own input and output.
We have had cuntish bad luck with injuries and absence so far but even still we should be going at teams and burying our chances regardless.
I believe we can and will go on a run soon and if we do win those two games this bring us within 5 points and the pressure then mounts on them.
Thats the hope anyway.
If not?
It simply wasn’t meant to be.

Devoy45
2 days ago
Reply to  Duncan

In reply, my attitude is close to yours Duncan. Newco/Sevco are having a helluva season and could be invincible as well as setting a defensive record. 3 goals conceded in 15 matches!!. I feel that if we lose 10 in a row, it will be to a superior team: football and spirit. No fans benefits them too. The MIBs are free to do their thing but the players are also exempt from their own hateful fans putting pressure on them.

However, we are still in it and I believe Sevco will experience a few off days. We play them 3 more times so the league is still on. We need to go on one of our long good runs. We miss Forster, Forrest and have missed Jullien.I think we should go with Lenny, the Devil we Know. If Huns win the title, then we can have a big clear out then refresh the team and management and Lenny can go and coach Staleybridge Celtic!

But I want him and the team to prove many of us wrong.

portpower
3 days ago

The Dons will walk off at the end of the game having the 8 players still to deal with officially.

Hushed tunnel sevconian skirmish.

It will be a close favourable score.

portpower
3 days ago
Reply to  portpower

Scrap that, seen the score. I thought it was a late game. Bassas.

Una
3 days ago

The zombies weekly clean sheet/pen award goes on & on, this the same defence that struggled to keep a clean sheet for the past 2 seasons. No opposition has any paying fans to let down in the stadiums against them most of the opposition teams are full of ex zombies the refs are season ticket holders at ipox combine them alk together what have you got? The orange order/masonic kkk crew every way possible to stop the 10 happening

Monti
3 days ago

Lennon should have gone after the Ferencvaros game, he doesn’t know what he is doing.

Big Don Gazpachio
3 days ago
Reply to  Monti

I’ve never seen a more clueless looking manager stay in the dugout so long in my life.

Monti
1 day ago

I’m sick of it man, my energy is waning.

3 days ago
Reply to  Monti

You’re correct.

Before that because we were winning he ignored all the warning signs.

Then after that the players were thrown under the bus.

Then a few more unconvincing performances and “fans are hysterical and I’ve never questioned the players”.

Rinse/Repeat for Huns, Sparta, Aberdeen, Hibs etc.

Whatever he’s doing or not doing, its simply not working.

LMG!

portpower
3 days ago

Was Ryan Porteous part of the Scotlands U21s squad?

Duncan
3 days ago
Reply to  portpower

No he wasn’t.

D'Finnhein Mick
3 days ago

RALPH

“Eleven out of eleven trophies”

Who,Neil Lennon? He has won the last four,and that includes the first two which campaigns begun under BR.

Simple truth is that Neil has to go,that he should never have been employed past his interim period,and that the board are entirely to blame for giving a dinosaur in managerial terms the job in the first place. They wanted a yes man,and I never for one minute thought that would apply to Lennon.

Wrong again,sadly. Seems the paycheck is more important than his pride

3 days ago

Neil Lennon was unemployed and probably spending his days with his cronies down the pub.

He had failed in his 2 previous managerial stints.

He was not in demand and may have been otherwise unemployable but, at best, he was probably looking at gigs with Accrington Stanley or Dunfermline.

Of course, I want far better than that for our new manager but reading the diary and some comments, you’d think we were trying to replace a Klopp level manager!

There are hundreds of managers as good as him and dozens far better and its the latter we should be targeting urgently.

LMG!

Bgbhoy
3 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Absolute spot on article about Lennon on the Celtic star.

Re fitness and training etc

But hey he’s a Celtic man so leave him alone

Pretty sure we sacked guys like McNeill and Burns rightly or wrongly. The team is a busted flush and he’s responsible.

No time for romances and the rest

I’d rather have 2 years under Rodgers than not have him at all. It was my best time supporting Celtic and for that he will always have my thanks and praise. So many good trips and memories. Obviously Charlie you wouldn’t get that but try bare with me

3 days ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

I will read that, as I prefer a dose of reality to fantasy.

He’s basically been riding on the success of Rodger’s time, hell Deila would probably have kept the winning run going for a time until it started to unravel, just like its doing now.

In his first time, against a dying then lower league Huns, he only won 2 out of 7 Cups, which is really grim given our vast superiority over our rivals.

It took Rodgers to come in for us to start winning as we should.

By ‘winning’ I mean trophies and not meaningless ‘win ratios’, as what’s the point of having great ratios against Ross County, Inverness, Killie, St Mirren etc when those teams fecked you over in Cups?

Even if we don’t get a Rodgers type, I’d settle for a professional who understands modern football, tactics, fitness, medicine etc. Its not rocket science and other than dinosaurs all managers understand that.

LMG!

Iancelt67
2 days ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

I think I’d call the title for them now. It’ll take too long for a turnaround. Looking at a 20 point gap by January. Lennon will still be having it out with his players. We are fucked.

Weered
2 days ago

One great thing to take from yesterday’s draw was the equaliser.
It can be summed up in 3 words!

Laxalt , composure personified. 🙂

2 days ago
Reply to  Weered

I see the Reds lost at Larne, who are 2nd.

Why are they doing so well this season, have they bought well or have a good crop of young players coming through?

Weered
2 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha this bloody site is going from bad to worse with the crap platform

Weered
2 days ago
Reply to  Weered

Cha… 2 words, purple bricks…..
The guy who owns larne owns purple bricks. He has plunged a fortune into larne 🙁

2 days ago
Reply to  Weered

Ah, I wondered about that.

So not a feelgood small team comes good type story.

Weered
2 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha…Yep new pitch new stands

Weered
2 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha new teams half ex Cliftonville

Puggy67
2 days ago

Here’s one. Who are you going to get when you’ve sacked a manager waiting for a cup final and second in a league he can still win? Answer – 2020’s John Barnes. Yes it’s guff and I think we should thank Neil for his service and start a. new chapter next season. But we can beat them twice. The league ain’t over.

2 days ago
Reply to  Puggy67

A guy who is going to give the confidence to the players to do it.
At present we are no favourites to beat hearts who gave us a fright the last time. They also have a better keeper. We need someone to come in to give our players back the confidence to enjoy their football again.
We won’t best sevco under Lennon get that out your head we will get pumped by 4 or 5.
He has to go now even if it is just to win the cup.

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