Celtic Diary Saturday January 16: What Transfer Window?

Suspicions that the football seasons north and south of the border are about to be halted , either temporarily or permanently, refuse to go away, and with hardly anyone buying or selling players during this transfer window, there is a feeling that the clubs are fully aware of this.

 

Mostly from me, to be fair, but that feeling won’t go away.

 

 

And you can tell its starting to worry others as well, including Barry Ferguson, who somehow managed to get a full time job writing for a newspaper, despite not being able to construct a meaningful sentence.

 

 

Null and void. Those three words ripped right through Scottish football last season as arguments raged over whether Celtic should be crowned champions.

I’ve heard them muttered again over the last couple of weeks as football and the entire country continues to fight this dreadful virus, which has forced the suspension of all leagues below Championship level.

Well, the only thing that should be null and void is all talk of null and void – even if Neil Doncaster refused to completely rule it out yesterday.  

 

It’s obviously being discussed at some level, and Barry has been tasked to get the hordes onside.

 

 

But if it were to be called early, they’d need to do the same as they did last season. And that would mean Rangers winning the title because they are so far in front.

Celtic were 13 points clear, with Rangers having a game in hand last season. This time, even if Celtic win their three games in hand, they’d still be 12 points behind. Anything other than Rangers being awarded the title just wouldn’t be right. 

 

Cleverly, he omits to mention how many games were left last season, and how many are left this season, as it doesn’t suit his argument, which is quite simple…

 

At the top end, though, Rangers are out in front and there really wouldn’t be much of an argument for anything other than the Ibrox club being declared champions. 

 

Well, it’s not even Rangers, for a start…..

 

 

Neil Doncaster, the supermarionated SPFL boss, is now on record as saying that null and void is a possibility….

 

 

You’ve got to bear in mind over 75 per cent of games had been played in all four divisions of the SPFL when the season was curtailed.

“We certainly hope we will complete 100 per cent of the fixtures in all four divisions this season. It will be for the members to determine what happens in the event they are not.

“In the event the games couldn’t be played, then once again the members might have a decision to make.

“I’ve never ruled out anything. It’s up to the members to rule things in or out.  

“We are a members organisation and the members want to retain the power to decide whether the season should be curtailed or not rather than give it to the board.

“The consequences of a void season are much more dramatic, partly because of the commercial contracts which underpin the game but at the moment there is no reason to believe the Premiership and Championship won’t be completed.”  

 

 

 

Whilst the bit about null and void got all the headlines, the claim that he can see no reason why the season can’t be completed is somewhat bizarre, given the daily infection and death toll, which is higher now than it was when last season was curtailed, and that is puzzling.

 

But then again, that might explain that feeling that something is about to break.

 

 

Maybe the season will be suspended, probably quite soon, and then the lie of the land can be considered, so to speak, regarding null and void or whatever.

 

 

It’s going to be fun, whichever way it goes.

 

 

Peter Lawwell has come in for a bit of stick lately, largely due to the perception , rightly or wrongly, that everything is ultimately his fault as Celtic career from calamity to catastrophe on pretty much a daily basis.

 

Yesterday, the Green Brigade threw in their tuppence with yet more banners….

 

 

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Maybe a wee bit more time on the demand needed there-fired or resigned ? Isn’t that the same thing ?

 

Then the statement …..

 

 

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By the way, we hear that review has been done, and not by anyone at the club…..yet.

 

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Ah. The Celtic Trust.

 

And the Green Brigade.

 

 

I’m afraid both would need to do a little more than merely point out what we already know, which is that this season has been a disaster.

 

 

Burning down a building is all very well, but one tends to find oneself gazing at a pile of ashes afterwards.

 

 

I understand that this season hasn’t gone to plan, but screaming for everyone’s head isn’t going to make things better.

 

 

Theres no point in having clean bathwater if you’ve lost the baby.

 

 

I suspect Lawwell has a plan, in fact, I’d be disappointed if he hadn’t, and we should at least wait until seasons end-or beyond-to give him a chance to implement it.

 

 

For example, I think Celtic fans, on the whole, would be fairly pleased to see the season null and voided….and so if I was him, I’d propose that if the season could be struck from the record books, Celtic would be prepared to back a plan which meant that visiting teams could get a percentage of gate receipts from the hosts….on two conditions.

 

Firstly, that clubs make more tickets available for Celtic when they visit them, and secondly, they back null and void.

 

 

Then we can look at maybe going further for the new season, by making changes that benefit the game on the whole, but i’d settle for null and void to start with.

 

 

It’s not been a great season, and many things have been done badly, but to operate a scorched earth policy is mere hysteria.

 

We may end up losing a title, but at least we haven’t lost a club.

 

And when you see them crawling out from under the floorboards, flushed with the prospect of their 55th title in just under a decade, you can remind them of that…..

 

 

 

 

 

Elsehwere, Moussa Dembele has moved on loan to Atletico Madrid, and you have to love the introduction he got…

 

 

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And finally, a caption competition, I know its been a while, and I can’t remember when the last one was, so we’ll declare everyone a winner and move on to todays…. ( you lazy fat bastard-Ed )

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monti
1 month ago

Caption: ‘ 10 in a row ‘

Yoker Bhoy
1 month ago

Caption: Fans of the blue box getting ready to come out from under the floorboards.

Monti
1 month ago

Caption: The Green Brigade prepare for the boards exit plan

Yoker Bhoy
1 month ago

We can expect a tough game today against high-flying Livi. Some more new faces could come into contention.
4-3-3
Diphshtyk
Skoobie Nummy Duffo Trialist
Shystir Shmeliboz A.N. Other
Phartipantz Deadhead Plum
Subs: Dee Dee, Potz, Flounce, Trumpit, Shpuhnkstein, R. Slicker, Biggins Jr, Shpamheid, Hugh Jarce
C’mon lads, make this one really count.
COYBIG

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Danger. (Goaly) Table Tennis (right back) Malu cachu (centre half) Bit Coin (centre half) Salt (LB).

1 month ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

I’m going out on a limb here but I don’t think you’re being entirely serious.

Yoker Bhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

It was just an idea for a possible dream team but as usual I didn’t get too many right in my prediction.

Seppington
1 month ago

Are you taking the p*** here or what? Lawwell has already shown that he can’t be trusted to do what’s best for the club. Any “plan” he has will be to the benefit of the “O** F***” brand not just Celtic. His ego matters to him more than the club. He needs to go right now, and though it pains me to say it, he needs to take Lenny with him. Whether N&V or not this season is done for us, the 10 is gone. We need a root and branch clear-out to ensure we are ready to bury the newco (in every sense) next season.

Evilgenius9
1 month ago
Reply to  Seppington

Totally agree. We are talking about a guy who has given us Mowbray & Delia. Mowbray a few days after he got West Brom relegated. Delia just because he was cheap and without “Rangers” he lowered our ambition- massively. Then he reappointed Lenny again after BR, which was a clear step back the way. Much as I like Lenny. He must have chosen Nick Hammond as well who hasn’t covered himself in glory by any means.

But the worst was allowing “Rangers” to keep their trophies during the EBT years. Then not suing them for loss of earnings for the years they got automatic qualification for the CL. Disgraceful. What sort of business allows their closest competitor to fleece them and just rolls over and takes it.

Back to today and we have another top prospect leaving in Harper, plus Dembele is leaving as well. So that’s 4 of our best young players going in just over a year. Not to mention the queue of 1st team players looking to leave. What’s going on?

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago
Reply to  Evilgenius9

It’s shit at Celtic.

The manager won’t play them and Peter would rather blow millions on prospects.

Which leaves the young lads with no prospects of a game.

It’s shit at Celtic.

Peter’s Sevco’s bumboy.

Monti
1 month ago

Caption: DIY Brits in the attic, uncover these coffin shaped boxes in the home of private baldrick Mcfadden.
They were a free gift to loyal subscribers of ‘commando ‘ kids magazine.

1 month ago

kennedy’s zonal marking training exposed

Tyrone9
1 month ago

CAPTION

“Sammy, get back in your box. Null n Void is on its way.”

Stessano
1 month ago

I still believe if we sack Lennon now! We can pull this back it’s possible but God to see him back in our dugout next week will deflate everyone! Many changes needed throughout the club and he should been sacked long ago but now the time to make it official an interim guy in if we haven’t got who we want but that’s all they would be no more lennon type appointments, lawell needs to go also but he is and was good at his real job thats proven, lennon has never been a good manager and had no right or creditals to every be in the job. Let’s win today and keep winning! Without lennon surely! To God now is the time for he to be moved it

Stessano
1 month ago
Reply to  Stessano

For him to be moved on and out I meant

CalledByCthulhu
1 month ago

If Lawwell’s new plan is as good as the one he’s had in place for the last fifteen years, we’d better hope there’s space in that grave next to Rangers.

Mike
1 month ago

Never heard so many of the Celtic support so united in their anger at this Board, the phrase ‘they don’t represent me’ comes to mind, never since the 80s / 90s since the old families. Its as if there is a recurring nightmare, where there is a gradual build up of their disconnect, mistakes and misreading of the support stretches our patience. Social media gives the support a better knowledge and understanding of what they get up to and to make us all aware of their dirty little secrets, which in turn makes us all angry and creates even more mistrust. They profess to be intelligent and successful businessmen but that reality has been scuppered by their words and inaction on different issues that is important to the support. Business does not include helping your competitors, helping them at the cost to your own business, that is not just stupid but it is also immoral. The Celtic support are not stupid they can see what’s going on and will not be prepared to support the club going forward until changes are made. Football in Scotland is led by men of low moral standing, there should be no secret agreement at the heart of Scottish football…

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

When the Celtic Boardroom’s famous biscuit tin held 5000 shares in the club from Govan. When Fergus found them he sold them immediately, he said ” I remember thinking what a mess”, you wonder what the next Board will find? A file on Resolution 12, marked do not disturb, a file containing the 5 way Agreement, ‘secret not to be opened’ And the rest you could only hazard a guess at….

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Who nose Mike, who nose?

Stessano
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

So true monti and I cant believe that lawell has never been more closely scrutinised for his previous working relationship with that kelly and white regime as he is helping to run our club yes OUR CLUB! In the same way they did ! Covid has shown the contempt theses bassas feel for us they are done! No coming back for them or lennon who has proven to be a total fraud in my book Celtic man! My arse

Stessano
1 month ago
Reply to  Stessano

As he ,lennon knows his presence is hurting our club and probably cant believe he wasnt sack after that disastrous run in November! The obviously have a strategy for keeping him! Which seems madness but he be there next season if they could get away with it! Downsizing in full swing maybe ,I also blame lennon for dubia and the fallout from it which totally deflated our season tho there is players in our team that are a disgrace no heart, no real effort or fight accepting that today! Covid saving them! Big bitton should never been back in there he is trying take on 3 men in first half when never on and playing long diagonal passes out the park! Never tried that shit if we were back in the stadium that shows the amatuer level lennon has brought no propuse no shape we should still had the player to win thise 2 games but there no transition when young player come in under Rodgers it was seamless as everyone knew their role, now it like the ” big mad mental” games we had as kids over the park basically a free for all. Sack this amatuer now! Lennon goes first!! He has to

Uralius
1 month ago

“For example, I think Celtic fans, on the whole, would be fairly pleased to see the season null and voided….and so if I was him, I’d propose that if the season could be struck from the record books, Celtic would be prepared to back a plan which meant that visiting teams with home stadium capacity less than 40k could get a percentage of gate receipts from the hosts….on two conditions.”

Fixed it!

henrik
1 month ago

lawwells plan is do nothing! while handing opposition teams money to save face is ridiculous

Uralius
1 month ago

Caption: With an ongoing global pandemic the US national guard are called up from some of the worst hit cities and made to sleep back to back on the Capitol floor.

Monti
1 month ago

Caption: DIY SAS prepare to pick up what’s left of their mates from Warren point.

TicToc
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

……..after they were ‘cleansed’ by the Narrow Water!

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

Lol

obz
1 month ago

I am baffled that we think PL has a plan. There is nothing in his whole tenure to suggest we do much forward planning as a club(see squad preparation and transfers prior to CL qualifiers) or even when PL is handed a “smoking gun” that he will do anything about it. I believe the root of all of the issues is about power and control.

The support for the last few years has expressed concern about us sleeping at the wheel. The club has slept at the wheel and it has bitten us hard this year. The fall out from Dubai sums up a lack foresight and accountability and change is absolutely necessary.

Caption
Glasgow Rangers Squad photo 2011.2012
Back Row Left to Right EBT tax evader Barry Ferguson , EBT tax evader Kris Boyd, EBT tax evader Kevin Thomson, EBT tax evader Alex Rae, EBT tax evader Graeme Souness, prepare for for the death of their club and discuss their forthcoming media strategy to pretend it never happened.

Tonydtic
1 month ago

Caption‐These debenture seats feel like you’re lying in a coffin but they’re great for watching the deid klub .

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Caption……..

Hey Shane, it’s the first time this season I’ve seen you relaxed in the box.

Andrew Coyle
1 month ago

Caption,The stop the ten Dubai 5 enjoy their first night home,cough cough

Cesar
1 month ago

Caption: Dermot finally responds to the horde threat by appointing Negan as C.E.O. & Rick/Daryl to take over the first team squad as all three have 10 in a row experience

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago

Right Ralph, you keep trusting Peter to turn it around …

Fvckin joker.

1 month ago

Good luck to the bhoys today let’s get a victory at least to cheer us up for a little while.
God Bless the Celtic
Celtic first Celtic last Celtic over all.
COYBIG

Whitearra
1 month ago

Caption : (a) in the foreground “It says here that you’ve got a really good sense of humour, Joseph Vissarionovich….” (b) in the background “so Peter, that’s Peter Lawwell, says to God……”

1 month ago

Sticking up fur Lawell eh..So he must have resolved RES11/12 then, he must have clarified what involvement he had with the 5WA, he must have spoke oot about how he doesn’t recognize Rangers as winning 54 league titles in 9 year..NO…Well then the bstd can GTF away from Celtic, and he can take his finger puppet Lennon with him, null n void might give us a bit of the Banter years back, but does it cover up the fact we’ve been a complete embarrassment as a club both on and off the park aw season, as much as i detest the huns, they’ve horsed the league, and theres absolutely no way we were catching them under this management team in a month of holy Sunday’s…..

Fred Rodgers
1 month ago
Reply to  KEIGHLEY BHOY

Spot on mate.

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago
Reply to  Fred Rodgers

Incredible that anyone far less a blogger would defend Lawwell now that almost every part of the support have lost all faith in the treacherous smug faced scumbag.

It makes me wonder who’s really behind these blogs.

Owen Mullions
1 month ago

Caption: Celtic squad arrive home from Dubai. ‘It’s economy class for youse’ says Peter Lawwell.

Devoy45
1 month ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

Caption: Our wonderful Celtic scouting team has discovered several candidates for the “box to box” players we have missed in recent years!
Today: Hazard
Frimpong/Welsh/Bitton/Taylor
a diamond of:
Soro
Henderson/McGregor
Turnbull
Rogic/Johnston
Need to win.coybig
Null and void this season and last. Begin when the fans can come back, when we can play the full 38 matches, home and away.

charlie
1 month ago

ralph wits rang wae this site hawf the time ye canny get oan

charlie
1 month ago

caption 35 -9- 48 -16 it musta been a zombie who lined up yon coffins oonly they can go fae nuthin tae 55

BJF
1 month ago

Caption:” I know I paid for a box at Ibrox but I thought at least it would be inside the ground.”
Ralph what a positive diary, season null and void, more Celtic fans at away games. You have my vote.

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago
Reply to  BJF

For Lawwell too?

charlie
1 month ago

dont shoot the messenger but the last time celtic had a complete clearoot in 94…………….. by 98 we had won 1 league title 1scottish cup and 1 league cup be careful wit yees wish for COYBIG

1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

That was because we were spending most of the money building a complete new stadium and clear up all of the sh1t from the Kelly & Whites.

The Huns were also all in for nearly £200m of tax cheating.

I see it similar to summer of 2016, when everyone thought all the players were finished, the Huns were back, blah, blah, blah.

This is easily fixable but major changes in all management need to be carried out ASAP.

charlie
1 month ago

summy the stuff aimed at lenny oan heer lately has been a foockin disgrace yees should be ashamed

Bgbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

Pish

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

I agree. Its not been bad enough

alzyerpal
1 month ago

The ‘Gif’ was actual footage, taken in the Harland & Wolff shithouse in 1945, when VE day was announced.

charlie
1 month ago

wan thing a noticed oan desi s scunnered article wis that things seemed tae fall apart when damian duff left thers a rumour him and robbie keane are takin over in the summer a know its a rumour cause a started it ha ha ha ha,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ps lifes no as grand as it used tae be but its still grand COYBIG

SteveNaive
1 month ago

Caption,
After Dakota cancels agreement Lawwell reveals new away game overnights.
This is the coffin beds started in the Victorian era, 4d at the doss house.
If you couldn’t afford that you could get a 2d ‘hangover’… a rope strung across the room which you did just that standing up. Origin of the word. Home learning, I thank you.

Uralius
1 month ago

Rumors that Calmac has been dropped. I really like the lad and appreciate his service, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen him win a challenge. He sends to backtrack and force players into the LB which can often result in the LB (LWB) being overloaded.

Uralius
1 month ago
Reply to  Uralius

Apparently just that, rumors. I’ll be watching the game later on, let me know how many tables Calmac makes.

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago
Reply to  Uralius

He didn’t make any tables.

But he made the arse of a chair.

Uralius
1 month ago

Ha,ha of course I meant tackles

1 month ago

Caption “We bet our house on 10”

Puggy
1 month ago

Caption: The atmosphere in the gulag was tense when Stalin started to crack one off while Lenin read out Dialectical and Historical Materialism.

Mike
1 month ago

Jim Spence writes in the Courier of an, “Out – of – touch club has lost its soul” Blowing 10 IAR, despite a huge financial advantage over ‘the club from Govan’ and then embarking on a trip to Dubai despite being in a Covid – 19 Pandemic. This including banjaxing their elite athletic disguise when pictured taking poolside beers. Topping it off by furloughing its under 18 squad. A club with a social history that no other club can match. This is a tired Board, its been in situ well past its sell by date, with befuddled brains and questionable ethics. A Board in trouble and decline.

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

He forgot signing Duffy, taking the field in Europe with no strikers, continuing to play father brown, freezing out Griff Soro and Turnbull, not telling Lawell to fuck off with Dubai, losing to the hunz twice despite every man and his dog seeing the midfield was spent. Not dropping the want away prima donnas and one of the worst Euro campaigns ever. A manager in trouble and decline.

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Not a ‘tired’ board.

A gang of crooks.

SFTB
1 month ago

Am I reading this right?

You are proposing that our club pay a monetary bribe (a permanent future share of our gate money, paid by Celtic fans) in exchange for a chance to pay more money to those clubs to allow us to go to away games and to bribe them to declare this season Null & Void?

I think someone’s moral compass has gone crazy.

One league title is not worth that.

I hope I mis-read this.

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  SFTB

Thats what I read. Not even sure its legal.

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago
Reply to  SFTB

Ralph’s constant lack wearing is clearly causing some level of hypoxia to his brain.

Either that or he’s constantly drunk when writing the Diary.

But this article and its Nutty Professor proposals are just off the wall insane.

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago

*Mask wearing.

It’s causing him a sever lack though, a lack of logical coherent thought, as week on week he seems to get more deluded.

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago

Lawell has to go any argument to the contrary is sh!te

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  mabozzaRitchie

Correct numbnut

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Watching big Shane Duffer and I find myself shaking my head. To think this guy gets paid £45,000 a week. Wow… just fvckin wow.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Big Efe meant to miss that header.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Just grim. Pathetic nothingness. Go fvck yerself Lawwell & Co.

Iancelt67
1 month ago

Well they’re already asking Celtic supporters to return the duffy shirts bought with exuberance back so the can take the y off each shirt. Sorry Damien

Puggy67
1 month ago

Caption: I’m telling you I’ve seen Zombieland five times and that Woodie Harrleson reading the book!

Puggy67
1 month ago

Caption: Naw it’s no it’s Lenin!

James Hester
1 month ago

Caption..
Members of the Rangers Shipyard Volunteers are revived,( well they got away with daein it fur a Klub ), in time to celebrate 54.5 titles in 9 years. A Wurld record never to be repeated unless the current Klub, Kompany, Entity, Thingimmy goes the same way as the first.

Cartvale88
1 month ago

Caption
Some stalwarts finally give up the Ghost as they watch the Livi game.

Have given up watching that dross after seventy five minutes. Sick to the back teeth of people trying to excuse the mismanagement.

portpower
1 month ago

The chickens want their heids back.

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago
Reply to  portpower

There is no hope, Joanna.

Yoker Bhoy
1 month ago

Unsurprisingly another lacklustre performance leading to more points dropped. A draw was a fair result at the end of the day but what a pity Oko-Flex wasn’t able to capitalise on that tremendous cross from Ralston. Frimpong passed up another great opportunity in the first half where he should have squared the ball instead of shooting from a tight angle. We were very lucky ourselves a couple of times. The fight is very much on now with the sheep to secure second place in order to get another shot at CL qualification and I’m definitely not joking here.

Bgbhoy
1 month ago

6 wins in 20? Just how can this guy still be the Celtic manager?

Big Don Gazpachio
1 month ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Collusion.

You haven’t copped onto this yet?

Yoker Bhoy
1 month ago

We’ve got a fight on our hands now with the sheep to secure 2nd place in order to get a shot at CL qualification. Even this looks in jeopardy unless sweeping changes are made.

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

The sheep got dipped by Ross County.

Yoker Bhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Yeah, I’ve just seen that now Mike. Just as well. Hibs got a win though to put them back in the frame and both teams are only a few points behind us. If we get beat at the Macaroni next week, we become part of that pack struggling for second place.

Yoker Bhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Just as well mate. Both them and Hibs are still too close for comfort.

charlie
1 month ago

met a zombie roon the shoaps ther he said a see yoov no been commentin on e tims lately charlie is it cause weev took over the gaffwhile his burd clapped and said you tellum billy

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  charlie

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henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

….. CAIRD PISH.

charlie
1 month ago

well a call hur a burd but she looks mer like a chimp only her bum is redder

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