Celtic Diary Friday September 20

Celtic Diary Friday September 20

Now that we’ve all got the disappointment of the San Siro out of our systems, which was best summed up by Andy Docherty in his reply to yesterdays diary, we can move on and look forward to a crucial league game at home to St. Johnstone tomorrow.

Andy simply said that the fact that we are so disappointed at coming away with nothing from the Italian trip, that it shows how far we have come.

And thats true. So, we’ll leave the champions league for a while, until the upcoming home banker against the group minnows Barcelona.

A home game, Saturday 3pm and its time to load the tarrier carrier and hit the M6 early tomorrow  ( 6am ) for another day out with in wonderful company with enlightened people, singing , laughing and joking al the way to the Gallowgate, where one or two may be persuaded to partake of a refreshing drink, to further enhance another fantastic day out, before going to the game and enjoying a feast of free flowing, highly entertaining football.

Or, they could all be pissed by the time we get to Carlisle, and play that game of I’ve never liked you because…, before singing that age old ditty that goes something like this

Ralphie is the driver, and he sits down at the front.

Ralphie is the driver, and he’s a big , fat miserable …

Do you know, I can never catch the last word, and am struggling to think of a rhyme that describes me, or even what they are hinting at.

Honest.

But I do them a disservice. We all look forward to the day out, and its never uneventful.

Lasts nights podcast failed to materialise when Desi struggled with what he called a faulty system, but we are going to have another go tonight, and if the equipment fails again, then we will all sit outside, and depending on the direction of the wind, shout our contributions into the night sky.

Back to the football, and with Inverness setting the pace at the top of the league, if the dream of ten in a row is to be achieved, Celtic cannot afford to falter tomorrow, and need to shake themselves down and give a rip roaring display to put us all in a good mood again. Motherwell, too, have recovered after a dodgy start, and with the absence of defunct Rangers are now no longer a certainty to drop their usual twelve points to the old club.

Inverness travel to fourth placed Aberdeen, who are not yet living up to their pre-season billing, in what may turn out to be the game of the day, while Motherwell travel to Tannadice on Sunday to face Dundee Utd, two places behind them in fifth.

Celtics opponents St. Johnstone are behind United in sixth, with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats from 6 games, in which they have scored 6, and conceded 6. Which has a nice symmetry about it when you look at the table.

The Perth side have not quite recovered from their European exit to Rosenborg, when it looked like they would go through, but they can still be a thorn in Celtics side tomorrow.

Fraser Wright is back in contention, and manager Tommy Wright will pick his team from an almost full squad, with only long term injury victim David Robertson missing out.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon, back  from the fashion capital of Europe and obviously influenced by what he saw there, took part in a charity golf match with rock band Biffy Clyro, to raise money for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.

Ben, James, Garry and Neil watch Donald in action

No, I’ve never heard of them either, as I haven’t paid any attention to the pop charts since music died, in the early eighties. But I believe they are quite popular amongst the young beatniks we see around.

He did, however , take time out to speak up for his captain Scott Brown, who has been the subject of criticism after his shove on Mario Balotelli earned Milan a free kick, and player a “Best Supporting Actor ”  nomination.

“Brownie’s just in the form of his life at the minute.

“He’s really matured. His all-round game technically is getting better. He’s reading the game so well.

“His technical discipline is a lot better but that just comes with experience. I thought he was one of the best players on the pitch at the San Siro, by a long way.

“It’s not really something I’ve worked on with him. No, it’s just natural. You keep coaxing him.

“He sees the game. He’s an intelligent footballer which he probably wasn’t branded with early on in his career because he was a little bit hot-headed but he has all the attributes now to be, and he is, a top midfield player.”

As usual, the Scottish press asked him a ridiculous question, wanting to know how much he felt Brown was worth on the open market, because thats the most important thing in their mind;

“You’re probably looking at £6-8m for Scott when he’s fit and flowing. He was the best midfielder on the pitch in Milan, by a long way. A long way.

“He’s injury free and he’s also got great natural cardio capacity but his football now is a lot better. He always covers the ground well but he’s passing, he’s taking the ball and manipulating it under pressure as well.

“He was probably disappointed not to score in the second half against Milan. The guy just got a touch on the shot. It was a great run and a great pass – it’s just sore.”

Anyway,  Barry Ferguson, who used to play for the now defunct Rangers, has a column in a national paper, which is bizarre in itself, so I figured it would be worth looking at what the great man has to say;

” I DON’T care much for the SFA. I’m unlikely to get a job offer from them any time soon, that’s for sure. ”

Well, he scores points for acuracy. Unless the SFA need someone to advise them on where all the good kebabs are, he’s right.

On the recent Ian Black betting scandal, he makes his views known;

” Would it have been so difficult for chief executive Stewart Regan to come out and explain exactly what had gone on? To give details of the games in which Black had bet against his team and the reasons behind his punishment?

Why would he NOT want to get the facts out there? I just don’t get it.

I’ve had my say on Black. If he was in my dressing room I wouldn’t be happy with him. “

Looks like he won’t be getting a job at Second Rangers either.

Barry now plies his trade at Blackpool, which is a surprise. I thought he was finished.

Then I remembered, it was his club that “retired “

Yesterday, the clan Fraser emblem and Forster Beach in New South Wales gave us Fraser Forster, though i had to laugh at BrisbaneCelts answer..

 Today, this one is for CarlJunglebhoy

  

And this one is for everyone else

 

 Neither of which should confuse anyone.