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Celtic Diary Wednesday June 23: Getting Down To Business

Stevie Clarke’s cloggers crashed out of the Euros last night, having clattered their way into everything that moved for a few games, before exiting with a solitary goal, a solitary point and demands that clarke is placed into solitary confinement.

 

Indeed, we couldn’t boogie after all, and despite having two games at Hampden and one just down the road against a piss poor English side, it was a massive failure on the big stage again.

 

Frankly, we’re better off out of it altogether for another twenty three years.

 

 

But it did serve as a welcome distraction for the media, and most importantly the SFA/SPFL.

 

While eyes were focused on the tournament, there was news that a sponsor has been secured for league football in Scotland, and its not a bookie….

 

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), the organising body for club soccer in Scotland, has named online car retailer Cinch as its new title sponsor.

A five-year deal, which will run until the end of the 2025/26 season, has been agreed.

The contract, which will span all four divisions – the Scottish Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two – represents the largest title sponsorship deal in the SPFL’s history and has been welcomed by chief executive Neil Doncaster, who faced criticism for failing to secure a title sponsor last year.

 

I don’t even know how to pronounce it, which is never a good sign where sponsors are concerned.

 

Doncaster said;

 

This is an enormously significant partnership for our member clubs, and for Scottish football as a whole.

“Our discussions with Cinch have been extremely positive and the duration of the sponsorship agreement demonstrates their long-term commitment to Scottish football.

“Despite the economic situation and the challenging nature of the global sponsorship industry generally, this is the largest-ever sponsorship in the SPFL era.

“It’s a ringing endorsement of the enduring popularity of Scottish football, not only north of the border but right around the world.

“It’s an exciting time for the Scottish game and I look forward to building on this new partnership as we continue to showcase Scottish football and maximise its exposure to a global audience.”

 

 

There’s no mention of how much its worth, though it’s thought to be in the hundreds.

 

Though they do promise

 

Faff-free returns with a 14-day money back guarantee  

 

If only the SFA/SPFL came with the same promise.

 

 

So, a second hand car dealer that doesn’t want you to look at what you’re buying before you buy is now a partner with an organisation that would rather you didn’t look too closely at what it does.

 

Colour me surprised.

 

 

 

The end of involvement in the Euros also means that the Celts involved with Scotland can now get a bit of a break and recharge their batteries after their , er, exertions over the last year or so….hang on….actually they can report for training in the morning and get down to some real work.

 

Ange Postecoglou has taken up his role as manager, and might be getting an idea of what he’s got himself into by now.

 

 

One major difference in this years tournament has been a lack of Celts playing for other nations, something that has been a feature of previous finals, and gives an indication of how much work has to be done.

 

Ange will assess what he has, but with a number of players already gone, and a few more packing their bags and heading for Central station, it may be a while yet before he sets out a plan.

 

There are rumours that Oddsone Edoaurd may sign a new deal, which would be a boost for all concerned, but if its purely to make sure we get top dollar for him next summer, then one would have to question whether his heart would be in it.

 

 

If we are to rebuild, it might be worth starting as we mean to go on, and putting the foundations in for a side that will play together for a few years, as opposed to making it up as we go along, something that has , judging by the amount of loannees, been a company policy of late.

 

Ange will not have a great deal of time to assess what he has, and rather than looking at ability, he may choose to look at attitude as the key, which may see players of lesser ability promoted simply becuase they want to play for Celtic.

 

After last season, I think I’d prefer that.

 

The clear out must also apply behind the scenes.

 

There was talk that Gordon Strachan would take over as technical director, taking the Strachan contingent at the club to three, with one son designated laptop holder and the other a scout.

 

Neither of them have contributed anything of note, and the senior Strachan might be good for a one liner now and then, this job requires someone who can complete a coherent sentence, so it may be a step too far.

 

 

Mind you, Frank MacAvennie said;

 

That’s not happening. There are going to be so many half-truths and maybes until Ange gets going.

“Gordon is doing well at Dundee so it’s a strange one but I was told yesterday by my sources that it’s not happening. 

 

Which, of course, means absolutely nothing.

 

 

 

My guess is that having travelled halfway around the world to take up this job, Ange is going to stamp his authority on the club, the players and the media very soon.

 

He doesn’t seem like the sort of guy who does things half heartedly.

 

 

Well, I fucking hope he isn’t.

 

 

One thing we have heard is that Dominic McKay has been reaching out to bloggers and other influential supporters.

 

 

Whether it’s to genuinely seek out what people think or simply to get them to toe the party line isn’t known, largely becuase he hasn;t asked anyone at Etims.

 

 

Then again, until he changes the locks on the boardroom and ousts those who pose as directors, he needn’t bother.

 

 

 

I’ve had enough of CEO’s who promise one thing and do another….. I’m sick of a board that would rather perpetuate the old firm brand at the expense of our own supporters and shareholders.

 

 

Whilst Ange has a team to rebuild, McKay has to rebuild trust between a club and it’s support, a support that feels less and less that Celtic are the same club our fathers and their fathers supported as the years go by.

 

Resolution 12 and the five way agreement are just two examples of disconnect, and there are many others.

 

 

Before McKay rings around, he should maybe learn a little history.

 

 

 

And now, a caption competition….

 

The last one …..

 

 

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Karl King  

 

 The rebuild continues at pace with the introduction of the new sports science department    

 

 

 

Today….

 

 

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Monti
5 months ago

Gringo begs Monti for forgiveness!

El Gringo Machino
5 months ago
Reply to  Monti

You read what I told you about Cup Final day on the other page and you can thank me later.

Cos I saved your skin by seconds that day, mate.

George Lazenbhoy
5 months ago

Caption – that’s ruff

Binkabhoy
5 months ago

Caption: Cinch become new SPFL sponsor after pictures emerge of negotiation breakdown with preferred sponsor

bartly cole
5 months ago

Caption: “I’ve GOT a dog; give me some biscuits!”

pilsbury dough bhoy
5 months ago

Caption:
“Stop tormenting him. Are you putting it out or taking it in?”

SteveNaive
5 months ago

Eddy stays then doesn’t try a leg protecting himself for a pre contract in January from whence he will be ‘‘injured’
Spare me the top scorer last season. When it mattered he worked to rule like the rest of them.
Sell him and buy a striker who gives a damn.

Cartvale88
5 months ago

Caption

But you can buy a Cinch car son.

Lenny is now becoming sad as he gitters on about everyone being against him. with whatever crappy media outlet will let him air his genius.

Carl Bigginslater
5 months ago

Caption: We’ll take Irish or black biscuits if you have them. Thanks

mcklintop
5 months ago

Does your dog bite hen?

I dunno he’s usually eating a biscuit, I guess we’ll soon find out.

5 months ago

Caption: Ain’t life a bitch

Whitearra
5 months ago

Caption : ‘Is your dog mad?’ ‘Well it’s no very happy’. (With thanks to Chick Murray)

Btw, who was it that voted for Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo coming back ffs.

mcklintop
5 months ago

Can I start by saying Feck the SFA. We were royally shafted by the powers that be during this season. If Dom wants to start somewhere he can start by comparing the different treatment received by our club during the pandemic. Gilmour tests positive and 2 England players need to isolate but not a single Scotland player needs to? How does that work?

Jullien tested positive and 13 members of staff had to isolate. Ryan Christie missed the first sevco game because he was playing playstation with Stuart Armstrong and KT on Scotland duty. Yet Andy Robertson can played ping pong with Gilmour, how’s that work?

1 club, and the Scottish national team conduct their own covid testing and never seemed to have a positive test? Gilmour was tested under UEFA protocols? Again how’s that work? Sevco played a 2nd string match at Tannadice and took to the field despite not having the results from their mandatory testing. How’s that work?

They were then allowed weeks to appeal the punishment to the 5 players who broke the protocols, after the punishment took weeks to be decided. Anybody know if you can make a freedom of information request for the arrest records, say, around the time of Arfield’s birthday? I wonder what that would show?

Yes we were shoite but we were never going to be allowed to win the 10.

Devoy45
5 months ago
Reply to  mcklintop

Mcklintop. Spot on. My biggest fear this year is that Sevco will do as they did last year: test themselves and keep the results hidden. Arfield never even went to his own birthday! Whit? Covid testing played a big part in their results as did no red cards against and penalties awarded whenever needed. One reason I think Bolingoli should be given another chance is that many came later who were never punished at all, mostly Slippy’s men

Mike
5 months ago

Neil Doncaster, Scottish footballs, ‘snake oil salesman’. Selling his “snake oil”, as a cure for all Scottish footballs ailments but in the process driving it into the gutter. The Constellation Automotive Group are Cinch’s backers, they also owned British Car Auctions and “We Buy Any Car”. So instead of betting, Scottish football is now backing pollution. Someone should tell Doncaster that football is a sport and as such, we should be looking for Green oppertunities, like Renewables, God knows but there are plenty of Green Energy companies looking to be associated with clean sport- oops, forgot. For we all know that Scottish football isn’t clean. Well over three months without a manager and not a smidgeon of news. “No News Is Good News”, wrong, all that does is to create a vacuum, a vacuum that is filling up with SFA. A void, where every two bit journalistic whore jumps in and fills the space, they are usually written by EBT pin badge wearers. The Celtic support is used to .no news’, for us it’s the norm, surely we can change that and change that for the better, by employing Celtic men, like yourselves, to write “The Celtic News”.

Mike
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Yes sir, I can shoogie…

Mike
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike

I went to the Isle of Dogs once, apparently it’s the best friend of the Isle of Man.

Owen Mullions
5 months ago

Caption:”That’s awright Mister. Ma dug only eats garlic – his bark’s worse than his bite”

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Desi Mond(@desi)
5 months ago

Pedro found himself out in the cold!

Woof Charlie
5 months ago

Caption: If you want to make more I’ll sell you him for a fiver.

Por Cierto
5 months ago

“C’mon Biscuits, yer barred”

Cesar
5 months ago

How can you own a business ffs, first ye’v nae biscuits and tae make things worse ye canny even spell dug right.

Woof Charlie
5 months ago

A fit and on form Griffiths could have had a hat-trick against England. What’s in that boy’s head?

R.St.Parsley
5 months ago

Caption:
“F*ck the dug biscuits pal – huv ye goat ma fags ‘n’ buckfast?”

henkesdreadlocks
5 months ago

Caption………

He’s been a wild Rover for many a year
If you’ve no got dug biscuits he’ll bite aff yer ear.
His farts always hummin and he’ll shite oan yer flair
So fur fvck sake shoapkeeper don’t try to go there.

tony carlin
5 months ago

It’s positive discrimination gone mad pal! Nae biscuits for a wee straight dug but plenty of soap for fairies!

Iancelt67
5 months ago

Caption
As long as you’ve got embassy regal the dug will be fine

Bognorbhoy
5 months ago

Caption …
girl..aw naw
Shopkeeper …sorry hen ,by the way does your dug bite ?
Girl …naw
Shopkeeper bends over to stroke the dug ,dug mauls him …
Shopkeeper … Thought you said your dug disnae bite ….
Girl …that’s no ma dug mister

Funkyy
5 months ago
Reply to  Bognorbhoy

The auld wans are the best….and that was ancient!!
Thumbs up anyway!!

Bognorbhoy
5 months ago

Tried to vote for some comments , but it went -1 so apologies to anyone who’s witty comments were voted down …

Iancelt67
5 months ago
Reply to  Bognorbhoy

Sanchez for Portugal. Get him in !!

Iancelt67
5 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Soft penalty France

henkesdreadlocks
5 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Jeremy Doku the young Belgian that plays for Rennes, he’s going to be, if not already, some player. Sanchez played against us for Lille in the Europa League.

Funkyy
5 months ago
Reply to  Bognorbhoy

When it does that, click the other side and it cancels it….then click the + again and it gives the thumbs up.

Iancelt67
5 months ago

I’d say Scotland are better than Hungary. But fuck they nearly did it against Portugal Germany and France. In comparison total underachieving

El Gringo Machino
5 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

If Scotland were better than Hungary they’d have gone one better and qualified.

As it was, they only scored one goal and lost their two home game at Hampden by two goals, one an absolute worldy due to ridiculous positioning by our keeper who for some reason fancied a stroll round the centre circle during the match, apparently due to clear instructions from his manager to do so.

Hungary were minutes from going through, at the expense of Germany at that.

Scotland never even looked like coming close.

Luke Warmwater
5 months ago

You have no pedigree, chum

MabozzaRitchie
5 months ago

not really. The VIPs have got plenty of money

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