Celtic Diary Tuesday March 30: A Time For Healing

 

Yesterday’s Diary, which tried to explain the thinking behind what is thought to be on the agenda for this summer stirred a few drunks from their sleeping bags, and prompted them to add little bits that they had heard , seen or made up as well.

 

In that Keane is the talk of the steamie amongst those who wear the shirts, there is no doubt. However, one should not read too much into that, or at least as much as maybe we would have in previous years.

 

What is certain is that the certain is that the club are happy for talk of Keane, Howe and anyone else who happened to be linked with the job to keep their real target under the radar. That’s under it, not off it, because one journalist in particular specialises in off the radar stuff.

 

What is also certain, however, is that there are far more problems under the surface than what we could possibly have thought.

 

Hence its why we need a period of healing, a reminder to those who want to be at Celtic what that should mean to them, what it means to the supporters, and what it means to those who work behind the scenes.

 

A time to emphasise what is good about our club, and celebrate what brings us together, rather than focus on the problems, and that which drives us apart.

 

If what is coming from our army of intrepid investigators is true, things are going to take a little longer, and require a little more surgery, to fix than simply a new manager and a couple of coaches. Whoever comes in had better have a knack for group therapy…

 

We had been aware of one or two issues, but there could be more, and something that needs to be ironed out immediately is just who will be in charge.

 

Already Dominic McKay is making noises about wanting more control, not least in the appointment of a new manager. In one sense, that means he is not going to be Desmond’s lapdog, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why he thinks his rugby background entitles him to be a competent judge of a football manager.

 

Isn’t his remit supposed to be on the business side of things ?

 

We’ve left the proverbial frying pan only to leap into the fire if thats the case.

 

In fact, it would seem he has much more on his plate than looking for a manager, as strange as that sounds.

 

The board, silent for so long apart from the occasional accusation of racism towards the support, are suddenly talking the the media again, well, at least one of them is, and thats not going to end well.

 

 

The dressing room, you’ll be relieved to know, isn’t split down the middle. There are at least three cosy little groups who keep their own counsel, though which group is most like the little bitches in Mean Girls, the film about, er, mean girls, the mention of which allows a gratuitous picture of Lindsey Lohan when she was sober.

 

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It’s one thing to demand a clear out, but there’s a real danger that should that take place, we’ll be forced to play a back four of McGrain, Clark,  Kennedy and MacManus in the European qualifiers….

 

Which probably won’t be as bad as the ones we had to endure this season, come to think of it.

 

 

 

Elsewhere, and one has to praise “rangers ” for taking full advantage of the chaos at Celtic this season. They’ve pulled together and fully deserve their title win, their first major trophy, and however much we begrudge them their moment in the sun…it can only be a moment as their skin can’t adapt to being away from their usual habitat of eternal darkness….you have to say well done.

 

It’s not as though they had any help, say from UEFA, or at least a friendly face at UEFA, who maybe tipped them off about the relaxation of FFP rules, thus allowing them to spend money they haven’t got to go all out to stop the ten, which for some reason seems to be more important than stopping a second club from going under.

 

It will be interesting now that the Kamara affair has brought the club/company to UEFA’s attention, and one wonders if their friends will be able to protect them this time…maybe that explains why they have suddenly decided that all men are equal.

 

I can’t fathom it out.

 

Whats the point in what will turn out to be the most pyrrhic of all victories ?

 

 

Unless, of course, it was all just a scam to fleece the gullibillies one last time…55 and all that.

 

Still, I wouldn’t get too upset, it isn’t 55, and it isn’t Rangers..

 

Let them enjoy it while they can, it’s likely to be quite short lived.

 

 

In the meantime , though, we’ve got problems of our own, and someone needs to start fixing them .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mike.
21 days ago

Let the healing begin, *Merry Christmas.

21 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Mike… In the true spirit of Easter My 6 yr old Grandson wore a Christmas pullover 🙂

Mike.
21 days ago
Reply to  Weered

Happy Easter to your Grandson, get the Christmas Crackers banging.

2020-21 is the new 2012. There whole Raison d’etre, was to stop the 10, shame on us for allowing that to happen. But that now is history, just like they lost their history, their club, their players tuped, the 7,000 debenture seats, the face painter and all the other debtors lost their money. Scottish football lost its honesty, all for the sake of one mans ego, with his succulent lamb munching hangers on. Scottish football became the new ‘Chamberlain’ the appeasers, all for the sake of ‘Scotland’s Shame’. How many opportunities to run an honest club do they need? How often will the Scottish governing bodies need to run football openly – honestly – transparently? At least two apparently, do we need them? No. Clean up the game, clean up Scottish football….

BornCelt!
21 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Agreed, but not shame on us. We who coughed up for the top and the season-ticket are not to carry the can. Shame on the decision makers. HH!

Mike.
21 days ago
Reply to  BornCelt!

Never said, never will say, ‘shame on honest supporters’, the shame belongs as you say with the decision makers.

Mike.
21 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Does UEFA know about the 5Way Agreement?
Does UEFA know that there is a court document that prove “Rangers” accepted liability BEFORE 31st. March 2011. “Calamara CQN 7th. September 2018”?

Charles Greens Basket off Assets, buy a stadium for peanuts and get an £11.00 million training centre free. But no history. LNS, like Downton Abbey, revisit. EBTrs on the BBC in the Scottish press.
Super Tupers, maggots that crawled back to the carcass.

BJF
21 days ago

I understand that no mention of a new manager should be made until we have finished competing for the season’s final trophy. It would totally undermine Kennedy and maybe distract some of the players. It is a diversion we don’t need. Even announcing it after the semi final, assuming we get that far, would be OK with the new man watching the final.
Whoever is CEO will be a strong character not a cheerleader asking for supporters views but balancing Dermot, the Board, the supporters, the media, UEFA and the various Scottish Gootball bodies. It’s just the way organisations work. I bet a few guys will be crying for Lawwell’s return by this time next year.

mabozzaRitchie
20 days ago
Reply to  BJF

lets undermine kennedy hes sh!t

Daniel F Docherty
20 days ago
Reply to  BJF

When did big Jock take over

MabozzaRitchie
20 days ago

1965

BornCelt!
21 days ago

JFK, problem solved. Mandela, problem solved. Michael Collins, problem solved. Jock Stein, problem solved. Weak leadership, including deluded narcissists, failure. Strong leadership, people follow, show up, realise their talent and perform. On the battlefield, in the streets of the world and on the pitch. Including and especially Celtic Park. HH!

21 days ago
Reply to  BornCelt!

Deary me 🙁

Mark McDonagh
20 days ago
Reply to  Weered

You say as Nero plays while Rome burns. HH!

20 days ago
Reply to  Mark McDonagh

And???

desdamoaner
21 days ago

lots of talk, here and elsewhere about problems. but very little on what they are. are they leetle problems like dicanio had or daft problems like Pierre had or are they acting like prima donna’s because they didnt get their move and Nando’s is shut.

mcklintop
21 days ago

I’m confused, yesterday it was definitely Keane, today Keane is a smokescreen. I think a new cadre of p!sh stained drunks need to be recruited.
If we aren’t careful the european qualifiers will be a disaster. Ah I see a bit of continuity there.

mabozzaRitchie
20 days ago
Reply to  mcklintop

they are always a disaster

SteveNaive
21 days ago

Given the calamitous back line he came into, I think Stephen Welsh has done well.
Come the qualifiers, he may well be the only fit centre half at the Club.

Mike.
21 days ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Declan Gallagher – centre back.(30) Ex Motherwell… Free.
Stephen O’Donnell – right back (28) Ex Motherwell….Free.
Both are Scottish Internationals, both are ex Celtic youth players.
David Marshall – goalkeeper (36) Derby, one year left on his contract.

Monti
21 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Oh dear

Mike.
21 days ago
Reply to  Monti

Yes my son, go on, I’m listening.

Five Sevco players booked for breaching Covid rules in February, have only now been suspended for five games. The SFA are riddled with corruption.

mabozzaRitchie
20 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

didn’t know thistle were that desperate.

Mike.
20 days ago
Reply to  mabozzaRitchie

Wow, witty, stinging response.

Whitearra
21 days ago

With the ‘party five’ punishments (I, know, I know), looks like the level playing field just got tipped further in the air. What’s that I hear? The Celtic Board to confront the Scottish football authorities? Alas no – more like ‘I’m sorry, would you like to mop the floor with us? Great. Can we do anything else for you while we’re down here?’ Honestly, they’re too f**king busy sending supporters emails selling us holidays, insurance and gin! FFS.

Joseph
21 days ago

Beep beep beep I hear the reverse tone. I guess it’s not going to be ‘former Middlesbrough manager’ Roy Keane. Who would have thought pottery wasteland Stoke would have been the source of so much ‘knowledge’.

The Cha
21 days ago

All of the problems have happened under Desmond’s watch, so its dubious to suggest that they will be addressed and corrected with him still at the helm.

5 years ago he apparently decided that Lawwell was interfering in team matters to the detriment to the club.

He then appointed Rodgers without Lawwell’s involvement and unbridled success, both on and off the park (eg record revenue/profits etc) followed.

Lawwell never accepted this and worked his way back in to frustrate plans eg failure to sign the ‘open goal’ of McGinn plus others, selling and buying inferior players etc.

All of this happened under Desmond’s watch so what did he do? To begin with nothing and then when Rodgers left he gave full backing to Lawwell.

This isn’t the man to address our structural issues otherwise he would have done so long before now.

Also, if McKay is agitating for more power, it sounds like Lawwell is still in full throttle mode planning for the future.

I support him on this, as he’s the one who will carry the can, when Lawwell’s long gone.

I don’t have a problem with him being involved in a new manager appointment, as he’s the top executive at the club and this is as it would be elsewhere.

He doesn’t need to know individual candidates etc, as no board and top executives would ever do, he just needs to cut through the BS and rely on bona fide experts in the field and filter out the noise. This is literally the function of the job and why the best are paid the big bucks.

I doubt he has an in-depth knowledge of rugby coaching, tactics etc but, as I say that’s irrelevant.

In the future there should be an autonomous football department and the head of that, whether its called DoF or whatever, is who should be making key football appointments eg Head Coach.

We aren’t there yet, so the incoming CE should be making this decision, based on expert opinion, as the buck will (or should) stop with them if this called wrong.

Puggy
20 days ago

We were once all Neil Lennon, but I’m not Keane.

20 days ago
Reply to  Puggy

I see what you did there 🙂

The Cha
20 days ago

“The 10 is going to kill them”.

“Stopping the 10 is going to kill them”.

Plus ça change…

Mike.
20 days ago

This’ Celtic board have ‘Erectile Dysfunction’. These old men have lost their energy and the will to perform and we have nearly lost our will to live, due to their incapacity. When the historians look back at this time, they will judge that the board could not rise to the occasion. A disasterous batch of signings, a silent approach to the support, a total failure to perform. We judge them and we are left with total feeling of dissatisfaction. The remedy is Davy Proven, a huge dose of Viagra, or better still cheerio. The support is suffocating from a lack of leadership.

Mike.
20 days ago

Lawyers from David Whitehouse and Paul Clark (Duff and Phelps) have requested that Charles Green appear in court to testify on their behalf in the £57.00 million law suit brought by *Rangers liquidators BDO. The ramifications of their demise continue to be played out in the court of session. BDO are not satisfied that they failed to cut costs sufficiently enough when they were brought in to sort out the Huns financial mess. You need ‘big hands’ to sort that mess out…

Monti
20 days ago

Still can’t fathom why the support can’t have a major say in who manages the club.
Ask the fans & engage with us on what & who we want at the club?

Monti
20 days ago

There are individuals on the board who are complicit in the cheating of our club.
Now, we either do something about that or forever hold our peace.

Director of football?
A new manager?
New players?

What does any of that mean if the board can’t be trusted?

Monti
20 days ago
Reply to  Monti

If this is what ‘ moving on ‘ feels like, the Celtic PLC will not get one more penny from me until the likes of Bankier are gone, we need to shake ourselves guys, the board are treating us with contempt & it’s been happening for years.

We tell them not one single season ticket is sold until the board is entirely replaced & all issues addressed.

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