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Celtic Diary Friday December 18: The Thrill Of The Cup

It’s Scottish cup final weekend.

 

Sunday at 3 sees Celtic face Hearts in last years cup final, a game that one way or another will bring the curtain down on an unprecedented and probably unique period of domestic dominance in not only Scottish but world football.

 

The run of consecutive trophies will either have another one added to it, or it won’t.

 

But it will end, and only Craig Gordon probably doesn’t care how it ends, as he’ll apparently get both a winners and a runners up medal, due to his participation in the tournament with Celtic.

 

As he is no doubt all fired up for the game, and more than capable of reminding us what we are missing, lets hope he has a stinker.

 

One wonders if his heart will be in it, and given Hearts could be said to have worked themselves up for this game, for a couple of reasons, he probably will be.

 

One also wonders if he has a bad game, sections of the media and supporters of other clubs will doubt his allegiance to his new club.

 

In fact, should he be allowed to play-he is cup tied in the usual sense ?

 

Had Hearts been facing “rangers ” and a former Ibrox man been in their line up, would we have seen a rule change then ?

 

Then again, referees are allowed to play for their favourites, so rules in Scottish football are perhaps a little different from anywhere else.

 

The Hearts players will all wear 26 on their shorts, a tribute to their former captain Marius Zaliukas, who died of motor neurone disease recently..

 

Hearts players will don the number 26 on their shorts in tribute to former captain Marius Zaliukas.

The Lithuanian defender tragically passed away in October on the day Hearts beat Hibs to reach the cup final with fans heartbroken at the news.

Zaliukas was skipper when Hearts last won the trophy with a 5-1 thumping of Hibs at Hampden in 2012, and now the club will show their love for him on Sunday.

Every player will wear shorts with 26 on them during the game at Hampden as they look to overcome the odds and beat Celtic to win their third Scottish Cup in 14 years.

The club confirmed on Twitter: “This Sunday at Hampden, every player will wear no. 26 on the front of their shorts in memory of Marius.” 

 

Not only that, the Edinburgh club felt a little aggrieved that they were relegated as a result of a show of hands last season, despite it being fairly obvious they would have been anyway, having had a dreadful season.

 

Though one could argue that at the business end of the season, making a cup final would have boosted the players and they may well have escaped their sentence, which means they might well try to make amends for that on Sunday against a Celtic side that could at best be described as inconsistent this year.

 

Factor in Neil Lennon talking about giving the players who got to the final-apart from Gordon, obviously, though you never know when Lenny speaks these days, and suddenly we have a game on our hands.

 

 

And so it should be that way.

 

It’s a cup final, the showpiece end of season game where everyone started equally with the same dreams and hopes of making it to the big day.

 

Alright, maybe the last weekend of christmas shopping isn’t the normal time for the game, and lifting the cup in the dark without any fans present will be sort of surreal, its still the Cup, and its still another trophy.

 

And I’ll bet you’ve forgotten how we got there, haven’t you ?

 

Here’s a short refresher….

 

 

There is a  dilemma facing the manager.

 

As another manager in Glasgow is beginning to realise, once teams spot your weakness, your form goes out of the window.

 

Celtic under Lennon have been predictable for a while, but the pace things were done at meant that although other sides knew how to beat us, they couldn’t actually do it . The recent malaise saw a slwoing down of action o the pitch, and lesser sides capitalised.

 

It will be the same with “rangers ” over the next few weeks, especially given they have a smaller squad, less flexibility and an over reliance on referees.

 

Lennon has to decide if he will risk a return to the slowmo style, or stick with the more bustling performances of late.

 

In Cup football, there are no second chances.

 

Thats what makes the quadruple treble such an achievement if it does happen. One bad result in the cup, and there’s no treble.

 

Celtic have avoided that for four years, truly remarkable in any  sense against any level of opposition.

 

One more game, one more win, to close the circle and possibly even define an era is not so much desired as necessary.

 

 

These days, football is entirely governed by money…more games means more revenue, and traditional one off Cup tournaments don’t appeal to TV and betting companies, even though fans love the excitement generated by the whole matchday experience.

 

Be that at home, in the pub or at Hampden, the latter of course , having played its own part in diminishing the appeal of cup football with its own unique design and lack of atmosphere.

 

Every cup game has its own story, every final the last chapter in a book in its own right, and Sunday will be no different.

 

Despite what seems to be a media campaign, led by a staunch BBC Scotland,  to play it down, get out there, or stay in there and damn well enjoy it.

 

I don’t know who Martin Watt is, but there can be no doubt as to Martin Why…

 

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Football has been spoiled by group stage formats, by home and away ties, and by endless seeding arrangements to keep the big clubs in around the business end.

 

The Scottish Cup remains football in its purest form, between clubs whose fans still want to go to games to watch and enjoy them, and not to record it on their phones or wear half and half scarves.

 

Sporting integrity and honesty at its peak, although i did read that John Beaton was going to be the referee, which shows that the SFa don’t see the tournament through the same eyes as the fans.

 

Winner takes all and to hell with the loser.

 

 

Long may it continue.

 

( Though preferably out of the hands of the SFA. They’re cheats. )

 

 

This is the fundraiser we will be taking part in this weekend, where we will be doing a one hour stint on a podcast…

 

 

Those are the charities the money goes to, and as one or two of you have offered a few quid to sponsor our one hour programme, undoubtedly a better idea than having to listen to it, and all of the money will of course go to the fund, we’ll let you know how to contribute during the course of today, as I’m not very good at that sort of thing,

 

I’m more your sort of brown envelope untraceable used notes sort of guy.

 

We’ll put details on the site when we have them.

 

 

Caption competition from yesterday, the unique late edition of the diary…..

 

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Puggy Sixty Seven 

 

 Gran, your post calling for McGrory to be sacked, that’s it up on Etims  

 

 

Today…

 

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Spudscave
1 year ago

Footballs the new rock n roll Comrade

Tonydtic
1 year ago

Anyone else notice that ebt Scotland lost the football results on Wednesday night and still hadn’t found them in time for the morning bulletin on Thursday.

Spudscave
1 year ago

Dynamo Moscow defenders are trying the new training technique of Shadowing the opponent’s strikers

John McDermott
1 year ago

Donation given to ACSOM

Spudscave
1 year ago

Whits the goalie playing Tom whits the goalie playing

Frodshambhoy
1 year ago

Talking about EBT Scotland what about this yesterday:

Two men wrongfully arrested during a fraud probe relating to the sale of Rangers have settled a legal claim against Scotland’s top law officer.

David Whitehouse and Paul Clark were appointed administrators when the company which ran the Glasgow club went into administration in 2012.

Nice we truth bending exercise in the second paragraph. So the club has survived liquidation. It was the company what did it gov!

Puggy sixty seven
1 year ago
Reply to  Frodshambhoy

I’d love someone who knows what they are talking about to explain exactly what went on here. It sounds like our justice system in Scotland is fundamentally corrupt. It can’t be. Can it?

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  Frodshambhoy

Frodsham, the new huns are not even a CLUB. Just a COMPANY (Sevco Scotland Limited) renamed The Rangers Football Club Limited, a COMPANY with no association (excuse the pun) to football. Accepted into SFL 3 on a conditional licence, a made-up Licence to accommodate some form of hun in Scottish football…….Gggrrrrrrrrr! A proper Scottish disgrace, but I’ll never stop trying to highlight the myriad cheating, sadly including our CEO/Director of Football/Arsehole, Peter Thomas Lawwell.
FC not PLC

Bognorbhoy
1 year ago

Caption …
Status quo kick about before a gig ?

Una
1 year ago

Caption

Dickheads

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Caption
Lennys new defence strategy revealed.

pilsbury dough bhoy
1 year ago

Caption: Tribute band The Dave Clark Five A Side

Ringy
1 year ago

‘’Daddy, is the ball near enough to the man in green’s hand to award a Penalty?’’ Good boy Andrew, but don’t forget the Red Card in all the excitement.

Frank
1 year ago

Pedants Corner. It’s a 2:15 kick off on Sunday. You’re welcome!

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption……..

Lenin finally gets a tune out of Barkas and Duffy.

whitearra
1 year ago

Caption : ‘Guards at Moscow’s Cocaine Pound let things slide’

Putin the net!

Btw, has anyone found out why Ger’s 2 were really wearing THOSE shirts on Wednesday?

1 year ago

This is hilarious, I happen to know Martin watt and have done for years. He is anything but staunch hes a fellow celtic fan and has been for years. He’s getting pelters for this story on twitter too, hopefully nothing abusive though. Ah that’s made my day!

Cesar
1 year ago

This slow motion replay shows conclusively that The Ragers were denied a clear penalty in Paisley that Dallas would have spotted with his eyes closed, facing in the opposite direction whilst talking to his da oan the mobile.

TicToc
1 year ago

Caption: The Ball-shy Ballet Back-up Band Buggering aBout in Bryansk!

TicToc
1 year ago

1 short (caption) comment in days and straight to “Awaiting for approval”!
FFS, lads?

Monti
1 year ago

Ralph,
Can you fill us in when etims will be on the Celtic podcast, this will allow me to tune in immediately after you finish. 🙂

Good luck to the ACSOM boys & all involved in the charity event.
Do not let us down ralph & i want fkn name checked live lol.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

*Celtic podcast = ACSOM podcast.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

* Can i just confirm to my learned friend Henkesdreadlocks, the guy who runs the ACSOM site is PAUL John Dykes, NOT John Paul Dykes.

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: ” MERRY CHRISTMAS FVCK THE HUNS “

Desdamoaner
1 year ago

2:15 start on Sunday. Hopefully we’ve it won’t by 3.

Puggy sixty seven
1 year ago

Caption: Action Man Drummer with injectible veins and sniffing nostrils is shagging Cindy Groupie.

portpower
1 year ago

The exaggeration technique is the new age way of cheating in football when it comes to Jamie Walker.(Beaton is a well known when it comes to capers.)

Josh Ginnelly is the player to watch, I hear.

Celts 6-1.

TicToc
1 year ago

Could I ask that my caption comment is rescued please?
Posted a moment or two before my comment around 1.30 PM today.
BTW, I’d consider putting a few quid for the charities you’re doing the podcast for but at this time of year my wife and I make donations of various items, food, clothing, toiletries et cetera and a fair few quid to help those poor local unfortunates who find themselves homeless. If it gives more credibility to eTims I’ll try to support your chosen charities too. If you sort out the shambles of Akismet/Wordpress/whoever, I’ll buy you guys a drink too.
FC not PLC

portpower
1 year ago

He wouldnt would he?
Having the pleasure of the presence of the Moustache tomorrow?

Lawwell was seen buying a large bottle of shampoo...17 times youre to wash it Pedro.

portpower
1 year ago

Caption:
Celtic reserves no-go phone zone.

portpower
1 year ago

Gday TicToc,
even clicking the shite out of the left side of the mouse does not work anymore to reply.

Sandra spam effed my email account up with the last eTims platform.
I am on my own, the kids told me. They are getting a pillow case for Christmas with lollies I like.

Thy one more sleep and an afternoon deserved short nap, to endure from the single malt procurement and setlist.

Enjoy.

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  portpower

G’day Port, hope you’re in fine fettle. The game is on BBC iPlayer if you can get that and leave your kip about 7.00AM your time? For anyone else who wants to watch the game on iPlayer, go to ‘Categories’, scroll right to ‘Scotland’ and click on BBC 1 Scotland. I think it starts at 1.15 PM in UK and kick-off is 2.15 PM. (In Scotland it’s on BBC 1)

Devoy45
1 year ago

Sunday:

Hazard
Ajer/Duffy/Jullien
Frimpong/Brown/McGregor/Taylor
Christie/Turnbull
Edouard
Griffiths, Elyounoussi and Soro to figure.
At long last, it isn’t easy to pick a good starting 11. I want Edouard to play a blinder.
C’mon the Celtic.

portpower
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Leigh Griffiths and Mohamed Elyounoussi, give me some kind of sign Ghirls .
Poofter left wingers, hold me tight. Not sure!

portpower
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Nut your knee in a Cup Final. Keep the ball in. They`ll tie their cord at 6 yard box.

To thy 2nd division embarrassment, lay your love.

portpower
1 year ago

Eff me, Hertz are full of huns and a half.

If, and I am saying if we lose, is it this/that, these/those, that those of ours within are of thou with?

Ballynahinch market?

portpower
1 year ago

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago

I’m far more up for this final than I was expecting and a huge piece of history is there for the making. I don’t think any team anywhere has ever won a quadruple treble. The centre of the jambos’ defence is vulnerable with Halkett and Berra both slow, cumbersome and guilty of frequently switching off. They’ve been doing well in the championship and have already knocked out the huns and Hibs to get to this final but they do ship goals and are nowhere near to our level, technically speaking. They’ll still give it a right good go though by cramming their midfield and relying on counter attacks as we are likely to dominate possession throughout. Ex-hun Halliday has been operating a lot for them in midfield, a mediocre player likely to put in plenty of dodgy challenges from which our players can expect little or no protection from the masonic referee. Naismith is lacking in pace but, along with Boyce and Walker, still provides a goal threat but as long as our defenders remain focussed, we should be okay. We just have to show plenty of mobility in midfield and up front, move the ball fast and be clinical when chances open up. I’d go with:
Hazard
Ajer Duffy Jullien
Frimpong Soro Turnbull McGregor Laxalt
Edouard Elyounoussi
Rogic and Griff can make a big impact coming off the bench with the latter (if fit) totally fired up to punish a team he detests.
4-0 for the Hoops tomorrow. Merry Xmas and fvck the hertz.

portpower
1 year ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Andy Halliday,
headliner of the day, in the corner palming down of his that is fiction. Is that good?

I sweat to love you.

portpower
1 year ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

It`s alright.

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  portpower

G’day Port, hope you’re keeping well and lapping up that hot Aussie sun mate. Enjoy the goal fest tomorrow.

Iljas Baker
1 year ago

Hazard
Ajer Duffy Jullien Taylor
Frimpong Soro Turnbull McGregor
Klimala Elyounoussi

Brown to replace Soro after 70 minutes, Eddie to replace Klimala after 60 minutes or after 45 if he hasn’t scored, Christie to replace Frimpong after 60 minutes or after 45 if he’s having a tough time.

Score: Celtic 2 Hearts 0

Mike
1 year ago

For its a grand old team to play for, for its a grand old team to see And if you know the history its enough to make your heart go oh, oh, oh. The Scottish Cup final, 1960-61, 22nd April 1961. Attendance – 113,618 (me tae). Jock Steins rejuvenated Dunfermline Athletic V. Jimmy McGrory’s Celtic. Hand knitted Hoop scarf, bus packed, songs sung, excitement, anticipation as we climbed the wooden staircase at Hampden. Memories are made of this. Jock took a team from nowhere and rebuilt it into a team to be feared. The Celtic team included Haffey (gulp) Billy McNeil, John Clark, Stevie Chalmers, Gallagher Willie Fernie and Hughes and managed by the legendary player Jimmy McGrory. It ended 0-0 and we don’t talk about the replay, its forbidden. But big Jock’s reputation was much enhanced as he began his long and extremely successful career. Of course we still had to be wary of the governing bodies and the men in black, but it doesn’t compare to what happened later. Scottish Cup finals are to be enjoyed, to look forward to and history to be made. Mon the Tic.

celtic scottish cup final 3.jpg
henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

I’m still feeling a bit pessimistic regarding this Cup Final. Yes the Quadruple Treble will be a remarkable achievement but history has a habit of biting you on the arse when it comes to this Cup. Ourselves, the sheep and the deceased club have been on a run of three wins in a row, some more than once and yet nobody has made it four in a row. Hopefully we turn up and Beaton the hun doesn’t intervene and hand the Edinburgh huns the trophy.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Forgot to mention Queens Park.

Mike
1 year ago

What rips my knitting is younger players sitting on the bench just waiting for a chance to impress. Celtic supporters just love to see them coming through. Fresh legs, enthusiasm, talented and energetic, bringing a freshness to the side. When 4th. becomes 1st. Connor Hazzard. When 2nd. leaves to join your opponents, putting all your eggs in the FF. basket, only to drop the basket, p!sh poor planning. Suddenly Ajer must go to RB. and looks like a new player and becomes a threat going forward. Why can they not see his qualities at Lennoxtown in training. Turnbull takes much better corners than Christie, so he gives Jullien and Duffy more potency at corners. I’m not pessimistic about tomorrow, if he gets it right against the 12 men of Hearts Beaton included. But if he gets it wrong after a full week to prepare, then….

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

They are if they are utilised properly. The Celtic team have been there, done it and worn the jersey, Der Mini Hun hasn’t, experience counts for something. The Celtic players unusual for them, have had a full week to prepare, that too counts for something. What counts against them is that there is no Celtic support willing them on. Come on Celtic, make history…

The Cha
1 year ago

And Vale of Leven!

Amazingly, despite winning it the most often, the last time was first time we’d ever done 3-in-a-row.

I’m confident we’ve climbed back up to the first rung of the ladder ie beating the “others” in Scotland, so feeling pretty positive about tomorrow.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Yeh, forgot about them,
.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Can’t share your positivity, simply no trust in you know who.

The Cha
1 year ago

For me, its the first rung of the ladder and no more.

He who cannot be named has proved himself completely inept against the Huns and in Europe.

Without being able to do that, we’re not winning the league this year nor progressing in Europe next year.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

There will be no treble for Hun-Co either after mid week. And with debt up to June of £15.9 million, Roberson acknowledged that they need to raise £23.00 million next year. The only way that they can raise money is by player sales. Its now or never for Hun- Co. Lets hope its never.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

I agree but, unfortunately, having held it together somehow for 8 years, I just cannot see it falling apart before the end of the season, when (to them) the glittering prize is so near.

If there’s going to be no 10IAR, as a bare minimum, i expect a 5IAR Scottish Cup run.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Yes, I accept all of that, well the head part is, the heart part is saying completely the opposite, its a struggle…

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Mr. Moderator strikes again, oh well.

SteveNaive
1 year ago

Three at the back on the big Hampden pitch ?
I’d go four then push Ajer or a full back forward to beat their man/ line and create chances.
Us.

portpower
1 year ago

There will be behind.

portpower
1 year ago

News from? Morgans.

portpower
1 year ago

So we are to reckon though they are to.

Fanta fan. Top of the shoulders,.HNY Ghirls.

TicToc
1 year ago

Ralph et al, if Akismet takes prisoners, please at least try to come to the rescue and release them!
Good luck with the podcast. We’re due a real performance from Eddie, let’s hope it’s tomorrow.
FC not PLC

portpower
1 year ago

20 poonds Neil. Put me in before the south I heard get there.

Keep your shorts.

portpower
1 year ago

Unclipped nails is like a screen.

portpower
1 year ago

He will save a penalty though 2 without the dead ball.

portpower
1 year ago

What is the for Hampden being that there though empty. One ninety nine,hen.

portpower
1 year ago

Necessary 8.

Monti
1 year ago

Desi, Ralph,Monty Burns & Hector,
Good stuff today, good Craic!

portpower
1 year ago

Celtic have sent me on a binge.
Rattly tailor-made chest and riding the porcelain bus. I don`t know why.

Gotta love a Cup Final. It does it to us all. If not, you are a boring tit.

portpower
1 year ago

Monday. Win or loose.
Hotdog with the lot for lunch, chicken delight pizza for tea and all the while you can`t bear to look at a whiskey never mind a beer.

But a cup of tea, ahh…what was the score, did we win ?

portpower
1 year ago
1 year ago

Good luck to the bhoys today.
Hazard
Ajer Jullien Duffy Taylor
Soro McGregor
Rogic Turnbull Ellynousi
Edouard.
Quadruple yes please.

1 year ago

Caption: you put your right foot in right foot out, Xmas party fun at the kremlin.

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