Celtic Diary Saturday April 3: White Smoke Across The Sky

It seems that Eddie Howe will be announced as Celtic manager early next week. He’s agreed in principle to take over the reins, and with Lawwell out of the way, it’s unlikely there will be any last minute hiccups…..

 

Sort of ironic, in a way, given that Lawwell is a man of principles….

 

 

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This despite late gossip concerning Crystal Palace, which a quick google search revealed is a football team in Londonland, and not the final instalment in Disney’s Aladdin franchise.

 

Having received the assurances he wanted and checking that the removal men have been booked for Peter Lawwell’s office furniture, Howe is ready to take on the challenge of putting the Celtic brand back together.

 

Whether he will be in charge for the rest of this season remains to be seen, but given the tales of a dysfunctional dressing room, the sooner he lays down the new rukes the better, and there is still a Scottish Cup to be won, starting this weekend with a game against Falkirk.

 

Celtic must be wary of the lower league sides in this competition, as they have already sprung a few surprises this season, not only in the cup, as Brora Rangers showed with their win over Hearts, but with “rangers ” , who came up on the rails to win a league title after just a few years as a senior outfit.

 

You never know whats around the corner, and I suppose thats what makes our game great.

 

 

Whilst there has been a collective sigh of relief around Timdom, one has to hope that the enormity of the task ahead has been fully disclosed to Howe, because if it hasn’t, he’s likely to throw a sickie on day one and go into self isolation for the rest of his contract.

 

With the mainstream media lining up to discredit him, he will have to learn quickly to arrange a couple of words, off and fuck, into the correct order to deal with the crap thats coming up.

 

Even Talkshite Radio got into the act, in an attempt to drive their audience figures above single figures to please their advertisers…

 

 

“The sort of club he needs is someone like Palace.”

“Palace is a better job for Eddie Howe than #CelticFC.”

“It’s a bigger achievement to finish 6th with #CPFC than win the Scottish title with Celtic…” What’s a better job for Eddie Howe: Crystal Palace or Celtic?

 I’ve got no idea which of the Talkshite shitetalkers said this, but it’s the kind of crap he’ll have to put up with when he finally takes over.
 You’d think our own media would be more gracious, given that we have lured a genuinely talented coach, who if it were not for Sky money and the desire in england for glamorous foreigners, would almost certainly have been managing at the highest level down there.
 Kris Boyd, who somehow landed a job as an analyst, claimed;

CELTIC fans will be hoping Eddie Howe brings them as much success as Brendan Rodgers.

But for me he could just as easily be the next Tony Mowbray.  

 

I remember a similar headline when a Liverpool youth coach landed the Ibrox job….

 

Those supporters seem to be welcoming this appointment as the second coming.

But there’s a real danger this job is too big for someone who has never worked for a club where the only thing that matters is winning.

Howe did a good job at Bournemouth — but there is no comparison with Glasgow and the intensity of working in that environment.

Does Howe know what he’ll be letting himself in for?

Is he prepared for the expectation and intense level of scrutiny he’ll be under?  

 

 

I’d argue that he’s more than capable of dealing with pundits such as boyd, who construct arguments as though English isn’t actually their first language.

 

Another quick to criticise was Jermaine Defoe, ( remember him ? )who had a pop at howe’s managerial ability…

 

“I went to Bournemouth and just didn’t really get an opportunity, didn’t get a run of games.

“I’ve scored goals everywhere I’ve been. Before I went to Bournemouth, I’d scored 15 goals in back-to-back seasons.

“I got back into the England squad so I was going to Bournemouth to play.

“But I just didn’t get the opportunity to be honest.

“I didn’t really have a relationship with the manager. I was closer to his assistant Jason Tindall. 

“I just felt like the manager, he probably didn’t know how to manage me for whatever reason. That was it really.  

 

Oh, I think he did. Which is why he couldn’t be arsed with him.

 

You may have noticed a not entirely tenuous link between Howe’s critics here….

 

 

 

 

 

One of Howe’s first jobs will be to heal a fractured dressing room. We’ve alluded to certain cliques before , and we are fairly sure he won’t have too much trouble in identifying them, though a working knowledge of French would be advisable…

 

Cameron Harper, the young forward who returned to the  USA, outlined what we already all knew….

 

I think that’s one thing at Celtic that sometimes did lack, in terms of our reserves or our first team – there were kind of cliques and there wasn’t a full togetherness.  

 

 

That will go down as the understatement of the season….

 

 

A game against Falkirk was what ultimately ended Tommy Burns’s Celtic tenure, and perhaps it’;s fitting that it may be the beginning of a new influence on our club.

 

It’s about bloody time.

 

 

Caption from yesterday…

 

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Charlie Saiz  

 

In 1872 four young men from a Glasgow Rowing Club had a dream….in 2012 that dream turned to nightmare as it ended up shit creek without a paddle in 2012   

 

 

 

And so to today…

 

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Andrew Coyle
1 month ago

Comment,The back of the bus
They cannae hing
Cannae hing
Cannae hing

Whitearra
1 month ago

‘That fillum wis pish by the way, no worth skippin’ school fir’.

Happy Celtic Lass
1 month ago

Well done Charlie Saiz on the caption Competition.

Mike.
1 month ago

If it is to be Eddie Howe, then that surely is good news, he has a good reputation as an intelligent young manager, a re-builder, a motivator, a man manager who is tactically astute. I hope that if he comes, he makes his home in Edinburgh, away from the Glasgow fish-bowl and away from the unsavoury scrutiny of the MSM. No doubt but that prying eyes will follow him mercilessly. I hope that he is made well aware of what our club is up against in Scottish football, with its penchant for one club football politics, that always makes allowances for the truth deniers and its despicable supporters. Someone will need to warn him about the ‘goat men’ that referee the Scottish game, he will find out quite quickly about what he is up against. I also hope that Dom McKay has his back, someone who will offer him vocal support, he too, has the reputation of engaging with the support, he will need to be strong with his conviction. For what is all the change at our club all about, without real change happening, otherwise its the same old, same old, fight for Scottish football honesty.

1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

Good post Mike .Hail. Hail.

Mike.
1 month ago
Reply to  gerald allen

Thank’s Gerald, Have a great Easter, to you and to yours. Hail, Hail.

Bgbhoy
1 month ago

If he does get announced it will feel like such a lift. The standards that the previous manager let us fall to is a disgrace when you think about it. Howe appears to pay a lot of attention to detail, tactics (what are they) man management and actual coaching.

J Celtic fan
1 month ago

I think some guy called cunt something at talkshite said that!

Frodshambhoy
1 month ago

I hope he starts straight away. I guess a lot of the malcontents were just hacked off at the way the club was being run. Would like to see the effect he has on training, team selection, defending dead ball situations etc. Might find that some of our better players start to find some form and start to enjoy being at the famous Glasgow Celtic

Paul Mc
1 month ago

I’m delighted Howe could be on board but concerned that doing so means he gets to pick his boss? As in Hughes not Harkin. Harkin’s extensive contacts far outstrip Hughes and he would likely be there longer than a manager so I hope that McKay and Desmond have been clear that the job DoF is already Harkin’s and that’s non negotiable. Perhaps Hughes could be a specific head of recruitment, with Harkin as his boss. That might work, prove a strong team and in time when EH departs in 5 years or whatever to take the family back home, instead of losing a DoF at the same time, that won’t happen. Fingers crossed

BornCelt!
1 month ago

Caption – Aye clippy, two ta Celtic park please. Pish ta school, Howe’s in toon and I will na miss a kick! HH!

Cortes
1 month ago

If it’s not a misdirection and Howe is indeed appointed, then good luck to him and his staff – the publicity surrounding the last “changing of the guard” was such that the incoming manager will have sought at minimum a clause guaranteeing him some degree of control over the players to be retained and acquired – whether formal input into scouting targets or regular discussions with the new head honcho of the football side of things.

Bognorbhoy
1 month ago

Caption…
Right you look upstairs , I’ll look doon , any grannies we’ll see who canny shove them aff the bus …

Cartvale88
1 month ago

Caption
Is this no the 55?

Naw it’s the number 1

Love how the knuckle drag Gers and the loyal journos have started to rubbish Eddie Howe.
Also the crap that they print Kamara for Arsenal. Blinded by their stupidity. As for Sky and Talkshiteradio totally worth ignoring

Charlie Saiz
1 month ago

Anyone who rubbishes Howe before he takes the job at Celtic is letting you know just how much they fear him doing well at Celtic.
Him,his own back room staff and some quality signings and we will be back to winning ways in no time.
A clear out of the snowflakes and want away superstars will make some room for decent replacements and development Bhoys hungry for first team action.
Gettimg Lawwell out of the picture should see more emphasis on recruiting well without penny pinching hopefully.

Iancelt67
1 month ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Agree Charlie. Unlike Rodgers I feel this guy isn’t the opportunist Rodgers was. He wears his heart on his sleeve and like Rodgers pays interest to the important small details. Good appointment. We’re not getting the cream of managers. Anytime soon. He may be a gem

Bgbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

The board spent 30 million in the summer. It was the manager that couldn’t manage.

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

hes going to newcastle

Charlie Saiz
1 month ago

Angus Young heads for the Apollo

Owen Mullions
1 month ago

Caption: “Back of the bus for you, young Timmy. Don’t you know the Gers are back where we belong?”

pilsbury dough bhoy
1 month ago

Caption:
“Wee Jimmy Krankie gets the bus to the Pavilion”

AntonDeclan
1 month ago

CAPTION: Aw nostalgia…..aye, back in the day when ye could get a wee swally oan the corporation bus – “Upper or lower saloon weans?”!

Dave
1 month ago

Here comes the bus
Here comes the bus
Will their be room on the top of the bus
Will their be room on the top of the bus for little people as small as us.

SteveNaive
1 month ago

“Watch your bus mister?”

Iancelt67
1 month ago

There’s a clique of snidely poms in my old over 45s team. I moved team we play them next Saturday. I’ll keep it clean

Iancelt67
1 month ago

Caption
Gettin a Hudgie hame

portpower
1 month ago

1st half…checker plate Football. Go on John Kennedy, take Christie off now.

Monti
1 month ago

Took my wee girl over to the local park today, with a football tucked under my arm.
A wee boy in a ” rangers ” top who is in her class came over & said hi to her ( hold Monti…hold ) he said to me ” I’m wearing my football top today, it’s a rangers one, i don’t like Celtic that much “……i just smiled & let them play lol.

1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Best way to do it Monti especially with him being in your daughters class, no doubt you will have given her her answers for when she is back at school, that’s if she’d need any answers. Hail. Hail.

1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

I blame the schools

Mike.
1 month ago

It seems that the club have been under a cloud these past months, it’s been hard for the support to take and to accept, lockdown has only added to the gloom. But at long last there is hope in our hearts, the huge boulder of uncertainty has been rolled away from the front of the cave. Hope for the future, for the many at our club who do so much for so many, they are our history and our future. “Football For Good”, is the sign that we belong to a club that cares for others. That is our roots. The support deserves only the best, a happy Easter to everyone. Hail, Hail.

Monti
1 month ago

There is no way any manager should be allowed to pick his immediate boss.
I would be far happier if the DOF role was as it should be, independent of the manager.
I want Eddie as manager but the tail should never wag the dog.

HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL & THANK YOU JESUS FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE!

GOD BLESS THE POPE & THE REPUBLICAN FALLEN!

The Cha
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

I had similar mixed feelings when learning about Hughes but, if true, the proof will be in the pudding, when Howe moves on in 2-3 years will Hughes go with him and will the whole structure collapse?

Although Harkin looks a better option on paper, our Man City connection is a Lawwell family one and we should be severing all ties with it.

Mike.
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

Beware of Nepotism – Fergal Harkin is/was in talks with Peter Lawwell, about taking over the DoF. job at Celtic. The two clubs have been linked for years. Harkin is currently Man. Cities football partnership manager and transfer guru. Harkin once played beside Neill Lennon at Leicester City. He works beside Peter Lawwells son, Mark Lawwell, who is currently employed at the City Football Group as scouting and recruitment manager. I’m sure that I read that he was tipped to take over Harkins job – Cosy.
Harkin recommended Delia to Lawwell and Delia still works for the 10 team City Group as manager of New York City. Harkin Lawwell M. Lawwell P. – Lennon – Delia.
Ntcham – Roberts – Arzani – Boyata – Guidetti. So, I completely agree about cutting all the ties with Lawwell.

Puggy
1 month ago

Caption: Glasgow in the 50s and the only way a Celtic lad could get a cap.

Uibh fhaili
1 month ago

Reminds me of one of the worse days of my life , my ex wife was hit by a bus and I got the sack from driving buses

Rebus67
1 month ago

Ever had a nightmare that seemed so real even after you have awakened? That happened last night. I know the source. Here it is…….

“Celtic football club today announced that Peter Lawwell has decided to retire from his position after 17 years…….”

why the nightmare? It does not say he will leave the club nor that he will not assume another position in the club, such as a director.

anyone else experiencing this worry?

rebus

Iancelt67
1 month ago
Reply to  Rebus67

No. He’ll move on.

1 month ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

If he stayed in any capacity an insurrection would ensue

The Cha
1 month ago
Reply to  Rebus67

That rumour has already done the rounds and its plausible because this isn’t a revolution but a continuation of Desmond control.

Just like our ex-manager, our soon to be ex-CE has been feted by the remainers, with the likes of Bankier (not a misprint) saying a statue should be built to him.

Personally I’ll be happier when the new CE, manager etc are in place and are starting to make a difference.

That’s the test for the future and, hopefully, like Fergus having to accept a Kelly as a honorary Chair, any continuance will be suitably marginalised.

BornCelt!
1 month ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Lawwell might be joining Doris in facilities. He is being issued with a toilet brush. Toilet and other cleaning supplies are running low, in danger of being bare due to Lawwell missing the delivery ordering date as he belived he could obtain a better price elsewhere. Unfortunately that fell through due to another customer taking what was on offer.

R.St.Parsley
1 month ago

Is it Cove Rangers or Covid Raynjurz next in the cup?

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago

this team is f_vucking sh!te

Charlie Saiz
1 month ago

BBC reporting….

James Forrest scored on his first Celtic start since September as the Scottish Cup holders overcame Falkirk’s stubborn resistance in the third round.

Possession 80-20%
Shots 42-0
On Target 9-0
Goals 3-0

Rangers set up an Old Firm derby with Celtic in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup after they easily dispatched Cove Rangers at Ibrox.

Possession 66-34%
Shots 27-1
On Target 6-0
Goals 4-0

Funkyy
1 month ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Charlie it has always been like that and not just on the BBC. Today the Daily Pravda reports *rangers “romp” after “barnstorming display” against Cove Rangers FFS. Everything about the Ibrox team is described in glowing terms while everything Celtic does is belittled and there is a marked difference in the adjectives chosen to report on the performances.
I remember a year or two ago Celtic won a game in Europe and *rangers drew on the same night and the reporting next day in The Daily Pravda was a venomous negative dissection of the Celtic performance, yet a very up-beat ass licking report of a great *rangers performance.
I always regretted that I never copy/pasted that disgraceful report ‘cos it was a perfect example of the Scottish free (Mason) press to underline just exactly how they feel about Celtic and how they don’t even try, or need to try, to hide it.

Charlie Saiz
1 month ago
Reply to  Funkyy

Oh I know Funky but it needs highlighting all the same.
The poor wee souls have been internalising their rage for a decade.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Funkyy

They would need to hide it if i was in charge of the club!

Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Funkyy

Just like the popcorn teeth reference to Neil in the Glasgow herald dirty biased media

Iancelt67
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

An insult to popcorn if I say so myself

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  Funkyy

what have we done?

Mike.
1 month ago

Merry Christmas…

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

Mike, Merry Christmas to you sir

Mike.
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Just thinking about Lawwell and his COSY relationships. Lawwell and Man. City ^

Then you have Lawwell and Dudu Dahan the agent from the Middle East….
Kayal – Amido Balde – Rami Gershon – Efe Ambrose – Stefan Scepovic – El Hamed – Ismai Soro. All players from the Middle East. Are they all really suited to Scottish football?
Being tied in his COSY relationship, limits our freedom to explore other player markets, it also means that we are not getting the best players for those particular positions. Oh, we need a centre – back, I’ll call Dudu and find out if he knows anyone who might be available.
“Beware of Lawwell he is dangerous to our clubs health.” He needs to go ASAP. But reading about McKay’s imminent arrival, that can only be good. But if we lose Howe, because of Harkin’s appointment, then that would only be tragic. Howe must bring in his own men, no-one elses.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

Mike i agree with most of your points here m8 ( no pun intended ) but i’m not comfortable with a manager appointing his boss.
For me you have a CEO, Director of football appointed by the club & a manager & his coaching team.
I don’t know why but it just doesn’t sit right appointing your own boss.

Having said all that, i’ve had a few bosses that i’d like to have sacked 🙂

The Cha
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

I know what you mean but, hopefully, we’re in the unusual position going forward of needing to fill manager, DoF etc all at the same time.

When a proper structure is in place, when the manager or the DoF moves on the rest carries on as normal.

If Hughes comes in then it needs to be on the basis that he’s independent of Howe and his success is not dependent on Howe’s.

Harkin seems to be a Man City group employee, so it would probably be on the basis of doing 2-3 years before moving back into the company if he’s performed well.

That might just be where we are in the great scheme of things but I like more independence myself.

Cortes
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

You mean like Steve Cook? Bring him to Celtic?

Mike.
1 month ago
Reply to  Cortes

The World is his hamster. But no, I was referring to.. Richard Hughes. Steve Cook only plays for clubs whose names begin with a B’. We both know that managers succeed or fail due to their own decision making, their own choices, assistants, coaches, and other trusted backroom staff, no-one else’s choices, only theirs. Not to do so, show’s a weakness, to have others making his choices. If he decides to bring in Steve Cook, again, his choice. Favourite players tend to play better for managers who know their strengths and weakness’s.

Cortes
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

Thanks. That’s a good explanation.

Monti
1 month ago

On this Easter Monday, i want to thank our Lord Jesus Christ for being there!

Speak to him, he is there!

Monti
1 month ago

NOTHING IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST!

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Have you had the Jehovah’s Witnesses round your gaff for lockdown Father?

Monti
1 month ago

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Is Santa delivering a new manager today? 🙂

Mike.
1 month ago

It doesn’t take long for the Hun gene to infect some peepuls pores. “Gerrard wants leniency for the covid culprits”. One off the five covid players scored yesterday, Roofe also, the high tackling gymnast and nose breaker. You have to wonder at the continuing one-sided- ness of Scottish footballs governing bodies, actually you don’t. If Scottish footballs biased decision makers continue with this trend, then Scottish football is ‘Donald Ducked’ and supporters of every other SPFL clubs will start to walk away. Why watch blue tinted shameful governance? Perhaps its too late, the blue tinged dye is cast, it has been cast this way since one club joined the league. You would have thought that someone whose child has ‘Lourdes’ as one of her names would have a degree of tranquillity, but no. All that you witness is the snarling, vicious, boke inducing traits of a caged Tiger. At least Tigers have an excuse, he has none. #Save Our Decency. S.O. D.

Mike.
1 month ago

Clang clang, Hear yez, hear yez, hear yez, an announcement from the London Stock Exchange.. Managerial change at Celtic FC. PLC. The new manager of the fitbaw department is Mr. Eddy

Mike.
1 month ago

Murphy.

Mike.
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

His new assistant manager will be Miss Paige Spiranac and if that doesn’t put bums on seats, then your a bunch of p oo ffss.

1 month ago

The longer this continues the more likely we are to lose Eddie Howe.
Not so sure now if this is a done deal or not.

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