Celtic Diary Friday June 4: One Hundred Days Later

A mere hundred days after Neil Lennon finally realised his laid back style had destroyed his credibility with the support and quit, Celtic agreed a six figure sum -thought to be £3 8s 6d -for Ange Postecoglou, the manager of Yokohama Marinos.

 

If thats how you spell it.

 

When the cries of “Oh for fucks sake why couldn’t we have Stevie Clarke ?” finally die down, it might be worth taking a look at what we’ve got for our money.

 

After reading, watching and listening to anything I can about this guy, one thing is for certain.

 

He’s going places.

 

A forward thinking manager who will do exactly what we want a manager to do, Ange will adapt his system to the players at his disposal, and let’s be honest, there hasn’t been a Celtic manager in many a year who has done that.

 

there’s an article by a fellow called Tim Palmer, who writes about football, and he’s been writing about Ange for a while now, and for the doubters out there, have a read of what he says….i’ve had to copy the whole piece because there are one or two gremlins in the site just now, as i’m sure you’ve noticed, but it’s well worth doing it, as it gives you a better profile of the manager than perhaps anything you’ll find elsewhere.

 

Understanding Ange Postecoglou’s football coaching process

Ange Postecoglou has divided opinion with his 3-2-4-1 system, but his coaching philosophy is fundamentally about his key principles, not the formation  

 

Ange Postecoglou has been clear in his mandate as Australia’s national team coach. Right from the start he indicated he would set out to challenge and change the mentality of the Socceroos from plucky underdogs to a team capable of dominating games with a modern brand of proactive football. Challenging established norms has been a common thread across his managerial career – from setting out to be the first NSL team to win back-to-back titles with South Melbourne, to changing expectations of what A-League teams were capable of playing with his possession-focused Brisbane Roar.

“I’ve been a little bit frustrated by our constant painting a picture of a team that’s not good enough, a league that’s not good enough, players that are not good enough. Regardless of the state of the game — and it’s been a lot worse than it is right now — we’ve never taken a backward step.

Underpinning this ruthless ambition is a set of key principles that define Postecoglou’s philosophy. As a coach, he is not bound to a specific system or structures. Rather, Postecoglou brings his vision to life through key principles that define the actions his teams perform on the pitch. If Postecoglou does his job well, even without any knowledge of what the coaches communicate with the team, outsiders should be able to determine what the key principles are, based on the characteristics of the team with and without the ball in the game.

Postecoglou himself has given us an insight into the philosophy that underpins his key principles.

Our motto is never take a backward step and this is incorporated in everything from our preparation to even our style of play. It is also distinctive to us as a nation

‘Never take a backward step’ translates into some of the following key principles as evidenced in any of the 40+ games of his regime.

  • Proactive
  • Play forward
  • Verticality in possession
  • Create midfield overloads
  • Rotations
  • Combination play
  • Penetration in wide areas
  • Pressing to win the ball back quickly

Accordingly, Postecoglou’s primary aim as a coach is to manifest these principles in the game. We often hear in press conferences about his emphasis on the performance of the team, which, in the context of his coaching process, is how well they brought the principles, and therefore, the philosophy, to life. That is the very heart of Postecoglou’s coaching: about playing a certain way, and in a way that reveals his values and his vision.

However, while the key principles are constant, we have seen Postecoglou constantly adapting his tactics to get the best out of the players at his disposal. Furthermore, and crucially in the context of the current debate regarding the 3-2-4-1, we have also seen great flexibility in formation. Ultimately, Postecoglou’s vision and philosophy are about the key principles, not the system.

The formation is simply a framework and a starting point to allow the principles to come to life. For example, in the first nine months of this regime (including the 2014 World Cup), Postecoglou used a 4-2-1-3 formation.

The primary remit of this system was to create penetration in wide areas (a key principle) by allowing the wide players moving into pockets of space between the lines, to create space for the full-backs to overlapping on the outside. This would get a player free in a wide area, where they could deliver an early cross towards the far post. This was a strategy designed to suit the ability of Tim Cahill in the air, who scored twice from this approach at the World Cup.

After the tournament, Postecoglou began the natural shift towards a more collective attacking approach, in the process easing the team’s reliance on Cahill. This involved changing to a 4-3-3 formation, with a midfield triangle facing forward (so there were two #8s, rather than two #6s). The purpose of this was to two-fold: it got another playmaker in between the opposition midfield and defensive lines to play forward into, and it allowed Postecoglou to introduce specific midfield rotations to open up defensive blocks. This allowed the likes of Massimo Luongo to flourish, breaking through to be the player of the tournament in Australia’s successful 2015 Asian Cup campaign.

Australia’s new-found emphasis on dominant, possession play saw teams begin to defend deeper in response, forcing Postecoglou to come up with new solutions. As always, the key principles were pivotal, particularly midfield overloads. This was achieved first by bringing the wide players inside into narrow positions, essentially as #10s; then, as the challenge became to fit Tom Rogic, Aaron Mooy & Luongo into the same team, by switching to a 4-4-2 diamond.

A recurring issue with both of these latter formations, however, was that it made wide penetration difficult to achieve. That, combined with the ongoing influx of #10s, lead to the development of the 3-2-4-1. Postecoglou has previously said that he always saw three at the back as a natural part of the team’s evolution. At this current stage, with Jackson Irvine now competing for a spot alongside the aforementioned playmakers, it is a logical step to accommodate the key players.

It is also, in theory, the closest Postecoglou has come to fulfilling all his key principles. The back three can split to build up from the back, with the two #6s moving behind and in front of the opposition’s first pressing line to get free and play forward. Additionally, the cover of three allows the middle centre-back, Trent Sainsbury, to bring the ball out by carrying it forward if there is space in midfield or looking for penetrating passes to break lines.

In the build up, Australia’s primary aim is to get one of the two #10s, who form a box midfield with the two #6s to overload the opposition in this zone, facing forward between the lines.

If the #10 gets free, that allows the wide players – positioning as high and as wide as possible while in a line of pass – to provide the penetration from wide areas. This is illustrated in the example below, when Rogic gets free with a vertical, forward pass, which is the cue for the wing-back to get in behind the last line.

It has also allowed Australia to press high up the pitch. Kate Cohen provided an excellent breakdown of Australia’s defensive strategy against Brazil for Fox Sports – highlighting how Australia took the game to the world’s no.1 ranked team by closing them down high up the pitch.

Pressing as a front two, Robbie Kruse and Tim Cahill worked hard, forcing Brazil into a pass out wide which triggered an Australian press. Wingbacks Aziz Behich and Mathew Leckie raced forward to get tight to Alex Sandro and Rafinha, forcing Brazil into a packed midfield, where gold shirts were up their clackers

As we can see, the common thread throughout Postecoglou’s tenure is that the key principles are fundamental, while the formation is a tool to get the best players on the pitch, and to get the best out of them.

While the formation changes a players starting position, it has not changed the way the players interact with each other or the football actions they make. For example, regardless of a 4-3-3 or a 3-2-4-1, the #10s position high and between the opposition midfield and defensive lines. The 6s always look to receive with their body open to be able to play forward quickly. When the ball is lost, the nearest players counterpress to win it back as quickly as possible. These are fundamental concepts that remain intact, regardless of the system.

These, in turn, should be the topics of debate for the new 3-2-4-1. Does it create midfield overloads? Does it allow for verticality? Cam the players press as an organised block and counterpress when possession is lost effectively?

This last question is a particularly important one to consider. One of the first and most justified criticisms of the 3-2-4-1 is how it can leave the back three vulnerable to being overloaded on counter-attacks. However, Postecoglou’s key principle for this phase of the game is to close the ball carrier down as quickly as possible to prevent a forward pass – to, quite literally, never take a backwards step. That, therefore, is what the formation should be judged upon: whether it allows the team to counterpress effectively to prevent forward passes. Then, it should be considered whether the system provides adequate balance behind the ball to allow players to be able to step forward to try and win the ball back as high up the pitch as possible.

In this context, it is worth remembering that when using a back four, Postecoglou often encouraged both full-backs to get high and wide, leaving a #6 to protect the space in front of two centre-backs. That, in essence, was a ‘back three’; a different shape but the same numbers to this current 3-2-4-1 providing balance behind the ball. That, combined with the fact the 3-2-4-1 naturally overloads the midfield zone and creates width high up the pitch, gives us a logical rationale to Postecoglou’s decision-making.

Nevertheless, the performances of the players can still be debated and there is certainly merit to questioning current form and ability. However, the difference between a good performance and a bad performance is not the formation. Rather, and particularly because of Ange Postecoglou’s deliberate coaching process, it is about the key principles, and how well they are brought to life. It is not about 3-2-4-1, or 4-3-3 – it is about never taking a backwards step.  

 

 

One of the biggest criticisms of Lennon, Rodgers , Deila et al was the constant resorting to sidieways football. i think we may see that eliminated, which if nothing else will save a few throats from aching in the morning.

 

In fact, that alone would be worth the admission money.

 

That article deals with his technical ability, which could be important as there’s all sorts of nonsense flying about that suggests he won’t be able to start for a couple of weeks due to the fact he hasn’t got a UEFA pro licence.

 

Newspapers, and I use that term loosely, such as the Sun (very loosely ) have claimed it could take weeks for him to get a licence, which has been applied for on the grounds that he has the required competency anyway, and it’s difficult to believe that it will be refused.

 

I mean, it’s not like there are any  peepil at UEFA who would try to throw a spanner into the works….

 

Even given that, there won’t be any problem that cannot be overcome with a bit of back scratching or knob fiddling.

 

 

There’s also the prospect that Ange will be forced to self isolate , which is a tautological nightmare, even though football bubbles are currently bouncing around the world infecting each other with all sorts of diseases, including Covid, which unsurprisingly has affected the Scotland squad, but fortunately for Euro 2020 hopes, has an entirely different effect than it would have on say, Celtic players.

 

When we sit down to see exactly what went wrong last year, and why Celtic didn’t clinch a tenth title, settling instead for a unique , if undervalued, quadruple treble, there will be much much mpore than just a manager who handed over control of the team to a couple of coaches who never looked up from their laptops for long wnough to see that the players had no faith in them.

 

 

But thats looking back, and right now we must look forward.

 

Ange Postecoglou comes from a country where football isn’t highly rated, to a country where, er, football isn’t highly rated.

 

But the potential in Scotland is there, it’s always been there because players and supporters alike have a passion for the sport in a way that isn’t replicated anywhere else.

 

In footballing terms, Celtic are the proverbial sleeping giant, which when roused, as shown by Jock Stein, can and will sweep all before it.

 

What we needed though, was what was needed then, a move away from the traditional methods, a move away from the same old faces with the same tired ideas.

 

For Ange, it’s a chance to put his ideas onto a bigger stage, and the piece above shows that they are good ideas, and whilst it would be disrespectful to dismiss the players he has been working with before as inferior in ability to Celtic players, i’m a Celtic supporter, and with the possible exception of Lionel Messi and one or two others, as far as I’m concerned, all other players are inferior to Celtic players.

 

So with players who want to learn, and players with a desire to achieve success rather than higher wages, ambitious players, ange could well turn out to be the best thing that has ever entered the world stage from the southern continent.

 

Cultural and sporting giants such as Kylie Minogue and Dame Edna Everage will pale into insignificance alongside the man with a point to prove and the club waiting for someone to lead them back to the top.

 

 

The board have either done their homework on this guy, or just got lucky, and although I’d like to think its the former, it’s probably the latter.

 

There’s a nervousness and uncertainty about the clubs decision makers just now that is worrying, especially if it is true they sent the staff home the other Friday when the Howe deal collapsed as they were afraid the fans would converge on the ground in anger at having been turned down by a manager who got his last team relegated.

 

We dodged a bullet there, as howe wouldn;t commit immedately, and when someone does that, you have to doubt their enthusiasm for the job.

 

And if he does end up at Everton, that kind of shows he wouldn’t have hung around in Glasgow for long anyway.

 

 

Elsewhere, and Chris Jullien, the fragile Frenchman is looking forward to getting back on the pitch….

 

I can’t wait to see the fans again and to have them in the stands. It would be the best present for my comeback,” 

 

  

At least, we think it was him.

 

bandaged.man - SF Weekly

 

 

 

A new season, a new manager, maybe some new players ?

 

 

Ajer wants away, as do quite a few others.

 

Ange will have his work cut out, and we may have to be patient, but bear in mind a lot of these guys have wanted away for quite some time, so whoever had come in would have had to deal with that, which might even be a reason for Howe dithering…

 

 

And a new chairman as well, we hear, although that won’t be for a couple of months, as the man in question has still to clear his desk at the other end of the corridor….

 

Chatting With Peter Lawwell | The Celtic Underground

 

 

It’s time to buckle up because I’ve a feeling its going to be a hell of a ride.

 

Be honest, you wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

Rollercoaster Tycoons - YouTube

 

 

It’s been a couple of days since the last Diary, largely because i’m a lazy fat bastard, but we did have a caption competition….

 

 

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Henrik
 3 days ago

Caption :here’s the new Celtic plane let’s see how quick we can crash it  

 

 

Today, in line with the current spirit of optimism…just me, I know …here’s this.

 

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4 months ago

Amazing how many people are trying to pretty up this dire, dire, dire appointment.

All that “beautiful football” might work against Mauritias and Tongo and fucking Aussie pub teams but in a few short weeks we’re going up against a top European side and this “vulnerable to counter attack” system will get thoroughly taken apart.

And one man upfront in the SPL? Haven’t we fucking learned anything???

Apparently not. My one consolation is that since this goes doesn’t come with his own cult, it will unravel fast and no-one will be making excuses on account that he’s a “club legend.”

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  James Forrest

’Ello, Janice!

What you doing here?

Stesano
4 months ago
Reply to  James Forrest

Totally agree Jame’s posted on here the other stating simmilar views! And look at the little fraud today in the times cant stand the man, Celtic man my arse! He was the entitled one given the job of manager twice! When totally unqualified! Made a multi no doubt millionaire in the process all to suit Desmond and lawell! Club be ran like a joke in thst sense we need a coup! A takeover! Forget this dud appointed! We need change at the top and now!

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  Stesano

I told James and all the other blogs this was gonna happen 5 year ago, mate.

And all I got was abuse and then banned.

Proven right now though so all I do is laugh at all these frauds in this world of flatulent fraudulence.

🙂

henkesdreadlocks
4 months ago

Caption………..

Taking the Lawwell flavoured soup can make you look like a right cupid stunt.

The Cha
4 months ago

Behave yourself, he’s a young stripling that’s headed places.

“Young” as in no longer able to go for 55 and probably eligible for an early pension.

It’s the same desperate shite we were fed about Deila from Scandinavian football “experts”.

I wonder if he’s got the next world superstar to bring with him like Ronnie did with Ødegaard.

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Odegaarden Odegaarden
Odegaarde Inclement time
Give me hope & consolation
Odegaard Inclement time

James
4 months ago

Being able to spot a midfield is being overrun would be a welcome trait in a new manager but if Ange is so tactically astute as to see where changes are needed all over the pitch in game time then I’m all for him. Fast flowing,attacking football with players who’ll bust a gut to win back possession are the principles in all successful teams, let’s give the guy a chance and time.

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  James

A very reasonable call indeed, James, but we don’t have time.

We’ve just lost 3 months and Lawwell’s still in the building.

Which means Ange, whilst serving his Two Weeks Solitary Confinement, will have Kennedy & Strachan foisted on him as his back room team.

We are proverbially fvcked.

Monti
4 months ago

Caption: ” Have you got a fag Monti “?

Mike
4 months ago

“A forward thinking manager who will do exactly what we want a manager to do” (do as he’s told), “Ange will adapt his system to the players at his disposal” ( meaning he will have no say on any new players coming in) – See, previous years. We did have a forward thinking manager once before…Brendan Rodgers. After him came the manager appointed in the Hampden showers, then he was sacked… 100 days ago. (365 days in a year) Other football clubs can appoint a manager in 7-10 days. Which begs the question if the new manager, (if he ever comes) is so special, then why are their not any other clubs, clamouring for his services? instead of Suchi it’s to be a deep fried Mars Bar Supper. The Green Brigade only got one thing wrong, their banner should have read, “In a Coma At The Wheel”. To mitigate – WGS as DoF, Shaun Maloney and John Hughes Assistant Managers and put the men in a coma, out to graze. Mind you it’s only 204 days to Christmas, will our new manager be in situ? Happy Birthday Silver Lady.

henkesdreadlocks
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

It’s quite staggering the amount of Celtic blogs and twatterati that seem to be rolling over and having their bellies tickled by ‘in the know’ sports correspondents that wouldn’t know a football from a pun a shite. Same pish that was spun when Delia got the gig….. ‘oh they’ll be super fit and their diet will be that of supreme athletes… whilst collectively blawin oot their arses after 55 minutes. Heard it all before and this is just what Lawwell and his disciples want the gullible to hear while skimming all your cash and delivering a substandard product

Mike
4 months ago

It’s a hard sell; Ange Postecoglou the current manager of – Yokohama – Marinors ( ?).
Did they advertise the position, Ha! or phone a friend – Fergal Harkin, of course they did.

The ten top sports in Australia are as follows:
1.- Australian Rules Football.
2.- Cricket.
3.- American Football.
4.- National Rugby League.
5.- Golf.
6.- Rugby Union.
7.- Soccer (that’s what it’s called cobber).
8.- Tennis.
9.- Basketball.
10.-Rugby League.

Iancelt67
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

There’s more people playing football/soccer in Australia than any other sport. Making it the top. Media outlets keep the other stupid games on to the women’s World Cup is happening in2023 here. Lol American football isn’t third. That’s crap mike you can do better

Iancelt67
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Rugby league would be second.

Iancelt67
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Football remains the largest team sport, with an estimated 1.43million Australians playing what is considered organised football

Iancelt67
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

In fact you’ll probably find schoolkids play 2-3 sports at once. I think that’s a good thing. Anyway it is limited re coaching that’s why postecoglu got the fuck out. We were singing some yanks praise not so long ago. Soccer isn’t any more prominent over there. Bigger poplulation though.

Mike
4 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Ian, That’s what comes out when you Google it, exactly as I have posted.

But the point is, that we all want what’s best for Celtic FC. After one hundred day’s without a manager who didn’t know his erse from his elbow and who should have been let go over 12 months ago, we were promised wholescale changes. 100 day’s ago (let that sink in) and throughout World football they came up with Eddie Howe, gubbed that deal and phoned a friend who works for City Group and hey- presto, came up with Ange. Who has managed in Australia (Football to our C’ship level) and Japan, never in Europe, I bet you they never even considered anyone else. That isn’t Ange’s fault, it’s the ones who inhibit cyborg space, a far away planet.

Iancelt67
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Subjective to whether a league is championship level. Style of football is more European than spfl is. Old firm would walk a league. Other teams are about on par. Anyway our credibility is low the name of the club is high. We got to get real on where we stand. A whole lot of potential unfulfilled more money than the conquerors. Second choice isn’t always second best. No time unless an A lister wants a high risk project

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

What I always wonder about football in Australia is, why doesn’t the ball fall off?

raymond barry
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

says who?

Mike
4 months ago
Reply to  raymond barry

Say’s who, what? that he’s only ever managed in a second rate league, that’s patently obvious. That they never did due diligence by interviewing others? that too is patently obvious, put all their eggs in Eddie Howe’s basket and failed to sign him up. The previous manager interviewed in the Hampden showers is on record, admitted to by them, they are undeniably shite at bringing in decent managers. BR and MON the exceptions.

John McDermott
4 months ago

Mark Warburton waits anxiously for his interview for Celtic job.

R.St.Parsley
4 months ago

Caption:
The Hun has got his hat on
Hip hip hip hooray
The Hun has got his hat on
And he’s thick as sh*te all day

Broonybhoy
4 months ago

Caption: celtic launch the new Adidas quarantine kit.

Owen Mullions
4 months ago

Christina (from yesterday), I often get the same problem trying to reply – you have already voted in red letters. Sometimes it’s easier just to post your reply as a new comment further down and just address to the relevant poster. Worth a try if you’re having difficulty anyway?

obz
4 months ago

Any manager coming will get my full backing but PL has to go and stay away. I sense he will want to hang around just in case someone with a backbone looks at Res 12 and challenges the 5WA. The club is falling like a pack of cards and that is PL IB and DDs responsibility.

If a backroom staff is given to Postecoglu then that is a major issue. If players are picked for him, that is a major issue. Both of those problems are legacy issues from PL and that needs to change now.

Looking at Postecoglu’s approach. I think it will bode well domestically but I can see us getting hammered in Europe. As a club we have to stop comparing with the teams in Scotland. The game in Scotland is corrupt. We need to improve how we compete with clubs on the continent. This will increase our brand with players and sponsors. Our standing in Europe has plummeted over the past decade. Celtic Park is now a nice day out for European players, not the fortress it once was. I wonder who is responsible for that? The top paid so called ‘great negotiator’ who has failed in negotiations with Howe, Toney, McGinn, Castagne, Spl, SFA, UEFA.

Pedro71
4 months ago

Caption. “Hey kamara ya ****** ******”

BornCelt!
4 months ago

FFS Peter, the b’tards have burnt down the garage agin’ and I think I left the strap-on in the back seat.

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  BornCelt!

That is GROSS, mate.

What sick part of your mind thinks about Lawwell’s missus pumping him up the @rse with a strap on?

Gie ye the fvckin boak, mate, and the racist clown up above ye is no better.

desdamoaner
4 months ago

mighty turd polishing there.
from those 1999 championship manager tactics boards I see inverted wingers = no width= sideways football against a low block or where its wing backs, one pass into the gap behind taking out the whole defence.
no harm at all to the guy but at 55 he’s an unknown for a reason. leave him be and let him enjoy his career, he’ll be sacked by february if he comes to us.

as for the caption i would say send in the clowns but they’re already sitting in the celtic boardroom.
hunt the fecking lot of them.

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  desdamoaner

Turd polishing indeed.

All bloggers now suspect.

SteveNaive
4 months ago

Caption
‘Celts unveil new Hoopy the Huddle Hound as season ticket sales slump’

No word on his coaching staff ?
It’s Kennedy and Strachan isn’t it?
Or Fran Alonso.

henkesdreadlocks
4 months ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Ex hun Kevin Muscat…..
they’re trolling us now.

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago

With Craig Moore as DOF

Jim
4 months ago

I must have wandered onto a parody version of etims today, because reading that crud is like a Lawwell wet dream in trying to pull the wool over the eyes.
Was it a guest blog by Paul Brennan?

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  Jim

I thought exactly the same thing, Jim.

That’s 2 CQN blogs in 2 weeks here now.

Caption: Ralph wishes he’d never converted.

TicToc
4 months ago

Thank you Ralph that’s JUST what I needed, a brilliant, positive Diary to lift a very subdued Tim.
Que sera, sera…..but you’ve got me on your side here and I’ve a strong feeling this may turn out to be a terrific big PLUS at CP. Eddie Howe clearly didn’t want to come to us so fukkim. A man-manager to fill his charges with enthusiasm in what is really a simple game may just come up trumps.
Thanks again Ralph.
HH and COYBIG

Charlie Green
4 months ago

McCoist on why Gerrard won’t leave Sevco for Everton, “He’s got Champions League football to look forward to! He’s looking to get two in a row!”
“Two in a row”. Telling the truth but with the comback he meant the manager’s second if questioned.

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  Charlie Green

It’s called Masterful Speaking, a common trick used by all Freemasons to tell the truth while hiding it in plain sight.

That way they can say they didn’t lie.

Kind of like crossing yer fingers behind yer back when lying to the teacher so that God wouldn’t strike you down.

You can hear it all the time in the media once you know what to look for.

Scott Osprey
4 months ago

Caption

Fool me once, shane on you, fool me twice shame on me, fool me thrice…bring out the clowns!

The Celtic Board

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago

‘In fact, that alone would be worth the admission money.’…

And so Ralph whips the beleaguered Celtic support into a frenzy of Season Ticket buying to watch the three at the back mauled by every team in Scotland.

Again.

Paul Mc
4 months ago

I’ll not knock the incoming manager. Innocent until presumed guilty and all that. The guy deserves a chance of success or failure with us. My worry is, does he pick his own staff like any manager such as Howe, Keane, O’Neill, Hughes, Faria and others would have demanded? If not, then it’s started badly. If he brings his own staff, great. Strachan and Kennedy should leave for now, maybe open up a laptop repair shop, they spend enough time looking at one. Kennedy could manage elsewhere, Gavin could work wherever his dad gets him a job. And the DoF? Gone so quiet its unreal. Almost as if we never sought that position. Which we know isn’t the case. So why now act like it’s no big deal? Who will be in charge of retaining academy players before they leave in droves, out of contract, incoming players….the manager will need to relay stuff to someone, is McKay going to do that? Not Maloney. So who? If this were any other private business, the mgmt team shake-up would have happened ages ago. Can only hope Postecoglou is given time and support and is doing a lot of homework on youth, academy and out of contract players, then look at who’s coming in and then gel with who’s there. The DoF still has to follow by next season start though

Monti
4 months ago

The board to a man must be forced to leave Celtic Park, nothing else matters.

GET THEM OUT!

4 months ago
Reply to  Monti

That`s a fact.

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Any ideas on how to achieve this, Monti?

Charlie Green
4 months ago

Caption: Why did I let Lawwell talk me into taking the job.

4 months ago

A company is only as good as its employees. Have those around Lawwell, who they know is leaving on the 1st of July, fed up with him and his lack of confidence in their decision making.

Caption:
Demarcation within Celtic
s boardroom is finally assigned.

Iljas baker
4 months ago

Obviously Deila (and he admits this) didn’t have what it takes to get the players to buy in and of course you can’t just replace them. Rodgers seemed to have the personality to get players to buy in to the system but as usually happens with just above average players asked to play high intensity football they cannot sustain it. Rodgers saw this but wasn’t allowed to buy new players of his choosing (thanks to PL). Had he been, he would have been there for 10IAR and we would have won it. If you don’t have a manager like Rodgers then you need exceptional coaches (his own coaches weren’t exceptional in terms of footballing experience). Had Damien Duff stayed things again might have been different for NL but which aspiring to bigger time players are going to run the extra mile for JK and GS? They didn’t and they wont even with Ange as manager. So let’s not get too excited: I’ll give him my support but will not expect much in terms of results unless PL goes, Ange has full control over the players he buys and there’s new coaches (good, proven coaches that players will look up to). Otherwise an early exit in Europe will surely be the beginning of the end.

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  Iljas baker

An early exit in Europe will be in the first round.

No team, no manager, no coaches, no DOF and a brand new CEO who’s had Lawwell breathing down his neck for a full two months doth not a harmoniouth thquad maketh.

4 months ago

RUMOR MILL:

Peter Lawwell is to be presented with a golden cigar humidor (cutter included) for his retirement.

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Filled with gold leaf covered cigars

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Filled with g o l d leaf covered cigars

( I forgot we’re not allowed to write the word G o l d on here.

Decided by judge and jewry.)

Norman Conk
4 months ago

Today was the last time i’ll ever read this page. Free is charging too much for this utter drivel.

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago
Reply to  Norman Conk

Quality, mate!

Gawn the Norman Conks!

Brigton’s finest Billy boy bashers.

raymond barry
4 months ago

australia is now in the asian federation not oceania so its competing with japan and korea. bit different

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago

I see there’s a new video doing the rounds on social media where people who’ve been jabbed find they can now stick magnets at the point of injection site 

That means there’s some seriously heavy and non bio degradable metals in whatever is in the toxin masquerading as a ‘cure’ being injected into them.

Cant say I didn’t warn you.

Let me know how you get on, cheers.

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago

I’ve posted the link below but given that we can’t even write the word G O L D on here as one word then I doubt you’ll see the video.

Anyway, it’s all over social media Magnets Stick To Injection Site, you can’t miss it unless they censor it and besides, given how many have been jabbed on here you can even try it yourself.

Stesano
4 months ago

The reason that clown pulled out those stats as girls play football in Australia in schools to its looked down on believe lived there long time that lance a complete knob

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago

Probe The Prod Juice

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago

Hope There’s Moss Due

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago

Dope The Re-New

El Gringo Machino
4 months ago

Pray Fur Fresh Chew

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