Celtic Diary Friday December 26: Happy St. Stephens Day.

 

Good King Wenceslas looked out,

on St. Stephens morning

There wasn’t any snow about, 

because of global warming 

 

 

 

After “ruining Christmas ” during the last minute shopping trip, you’d have thought it couldn’t get any worse.

I opened an unlabelled present under the tree yesterday morning, thinking , as everyone else had opened theirs, any left would be mine. alright, not so much any left, as the one that was left.

Turns out it was a load of clothes for my two year old nephew, who was arriving later, put there by my mother in law.

So, someone who doesn’t live in my house left a present for someone else who doesn’t live in my house and somehow its my fault I didn’t consider that possibility before I opened it.

Which meant I had to go up into the loft, where all the wrapping stuff had been stored away in a big box ready for next year, get the box, and re wrap it in case the wee fellow was traumatised by having had his present opened. My argument that he “was only two , for fucks sake, and won’t even remember he was here” seemed to make matters worse.

Anyhoo, up into the loft, and after much cursing I got the box down, nd into the front room, where i discovered that the only wrapping paper in there was roughly the size of a couple of squares of toilet paper. The wrapping paper, was of course, in another box behind the christmas tree, apparently in case “some stupid bastard opened the wrong one ”

So, I re wrapped the present, put all the paper away, and put the paper in the box, and took it all back up to the loft.

Then my youngest son, seventeen, came down, saw a present under the tree with no name on it, and presumed it was his.

Then, my wife, who had returned to the kitchen to carry on making the dinner (nine vegetables-nine fucking vegetables. Growing up in the west of Scotland I didn’t even know there were nine vegetables ) came back into the room and asked me why I hadn’t “wrapped that present yet  you lazy, lazy bastard. ”

By the way, she had also cooked three types of potato. Boiled, mashed and roasted.

I know exactly how they felt.

So I went back into the loft…..

It wasn’t even ten o’clock by then.

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Still, as they say, any port in a storm, and I found a bottle in a cupboard, comforting myself with the thought that somewhere, Peter andre was taking a mouthful of that £2.99 three bird roast from Iceland. Theres always someone worse off than you on Christmas Day, people with young children, for instance.

So, you could say a wee bit of cheer is needed.

Arsenal and Southampton target tipped to reject move to the Premier League

Virgil van Dijk tipped to reject Premier League move ! Manager Ronny Deila says;

“He’s worth a lot of money. but I am very calm. Virgil is enjoying his football, playing well and when I speak with him he’s happy here. That’s positive. He is such an important player for us.” 

Ronny was trying to re-assure us then, but the opening sentence has alerted one or two people;

Well, just one.

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The optimist would say that the big Dutchman is enjoying himself, and theres plenty of time for him to seek out the big money move, whilst the pessimist, or Celtic supporter, is a little more realistic, and knows full bloody well that once that offer is made, he’s going to be wrapped up and posted south.

Theres ben little or no movement forward on John Guidetti, the Swedish loannee from Manchester City. Deila simply keeps saying we are making progress, and everyone will be happy if agreement is reached, which loosely translated means we are still at the stage we were lastmonth.

The players  run of form has ended while he considers his options, and there do appear to be a few of them. Again, it will come down to the player, because if he’s happy, he will stay.

I’m still a little nervous about the possibility of him joining Southampton, where he would be re-united with Ronald Koeman. And if I’m honest, ronny telling us that he wants to prioritise keeping players rather than buying new ones doesn’t fill me with any confidence, and its just another example of him filling pages for sports hacks.

But, if he were to go, Ronny might revert to two up front, which would mean Scepovic and Griffiths, and there does appear to be a partnership there, although thats entirely based on about half an hour at Tannadice.

Why might Ronny go with two up front ? after all, he has said-and players have publicly agreed, that he is sticking with his system, known as the General Douglas Haig formation, which will be adhered to no matter how badly it performs.

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But it does look like the manager is going to be flexible, and he has proved that he isn’t afraid to drop players if they don’t perform, something which the likes of Martin O’ Neill and Neil Lennon found it impossible to do.

So, with Ross County in town tomorrow, Saturday, , could we see the 7-0 win thats been predicted by the Diary finally happen ?

If he does drop Guidetti, who doesn’t sem entirely happy in his loan role up front, especially as at professional level, defenders soon get wise to your style, and can quickly negate it, and play with two up front, one of whom could actually be the Swede, then sit back and enjoy the show.

Craig Gordon in goal, Darnell Fisher at right back, Emilio on the left, O’connell and van Dijk in the middle of defence, with Nir Bitton protecting them.

Scott Brown and Stefan Johansen could play central, with Anthony Stokes supporting Guidetti and Griffiths, or Scepovic and Griffiths. Any of those combinations would be fine.

If you are out of work, and can prove it, theres a ticket sitting for you at the ground, and all you have to do is call in and get it. Its free, and thats a marvellous gesture by the club, showing that they have an eye on the community, and realise that times are still tough, and theres litttle sign of it getting better.

Oh, and well done to those who gave to the Celtic foundation. £70,000 was raised in their recent appeal, and thats done everyone proud.

 

In the spirit of the season, can I just take time out to congartulate Scotlands newest club on appointing their new management team ?

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Someone wasn’t impressed, but then he knows the shit he’s left them in.

Will the new team work together as well as the old one ?

Kenny MacDowell, in charge until they go tits up, clims he can win the first division, despite his side being twelve points adrift

Does he actually know how bad the team is ? And how far off the pace they are ?

More importantly, we hear he has been allowed a glance at the clubs accounts…

And he definitely did not stab Ally McCoist in the back.

Seriously. Lee McCulloch as coach. We won’t get the pleasure of seeing McCoist humiliated in February, but McCulloch is probably the last one of their kind left now, so all the oain and hurt will be on his face.

Which has cheered me up no end.

As has the news that despite Ashley apparently in it for the merchandising over at Ibrox, they appear to have missed out on the christmas market, as it appears the support are not spending their money at the  official outlets.

Not a penny did I spend the first time in years usually the Mrs gets me something from the store not a thing did she buy **** the Wigs. 

That comment mirrored the general view of the club and where its at.

So, its only fair we give them something to look forward to, in the spirit of the season.

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Oh, meant to say. Bumped into an old pal the other day. He says hello.

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Caption competiton-and theres two pictures today. Whats being said in this one…

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and whats being said in this one ?

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By the way, nice touch from all those players involved in those pictures. It would have made those kids happy.

Which is what its all about.

 

 

 

 

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dziekanowski's nightclub child
6 years ago

Broony asking ‘so which team are you going to support next season?’

THEY are saying ‘thanks for coming in to visit us son, no one else likes us but we don’t care!’

jim
6 years ago

in the first one Broony is saying to the wee laddie……”So whens the surgeon gonnae take that shite aff yer back”

and in the second photo……a delegation from ibrox has been sent around yorkhill begging for money and selling big issues……Kenny’s just whispered in the bhoys ear……gies a tenner or Boydy will sit on ye!”

Lenny Bruce
6 years ago

The second photo has the young lad asking

“Sorry, but who the fuck are you?”

6 years ago
Reply to  Lenny Bruce

That was first thought as well, who are they – didn’t recognise anyoe

6 years ago

Ralph,there’s a lot more than 9 vegetables in the west of Scotland.They gather in the ‘Big Hoose’ alternate weekends.First caption…I told you once,haun aff ma shoulder or you get ma elbow in yer nuts again!!! Second…what’s a Sevco onesie called?? a Hunsie. I’ll get ma coat…

andybhoy
6 years ago

Broony ‘So what are you in for wee man?
Chronic & convenient memory loss, the doc calls it Sevcoanitis, so like you think that something is alive when it’s really dead n’stuff like that, really mental so it is.’

2nd pic.
‘So what are you in for wee man?
See that mental case in the picture above, stuck his fuckin thumb in ma eye when a told him Rangers are deid.’

Brencelt
6 years ago

Ist photo: If I take this off can I put on a Hoops jersey Scott?

2nd photo: I might have a sore eye, but I can still see that you’re shite. Close the door on your way out. Where is Scott Brown and the rest of the Celts?

tom campbell
6 years ago

Confidence is fine… but triumphalism? I fear we are rubbing it in too much about their troubles, and I hate all this talk and premature gloating about what will happen at the League Cup semi-final. We should win the game and gloat a wee bit afterwards – not before.
I seem to remember Celtic supporters cheering sarcastically the name of a Rangers’ Dutch defender when it was read out before the game and then standing in silence when the same boy scored the goal of his life to knock us out of the League Cup.

Monti
6 years ago
Reply to  tom campbell

Pish…..they deserve to be mocked, relentlessly!

andybhoy
6 years ago
Reply to  tom campbell

Agree with you Tom, spot on.

Half_Fool
6 years ago
Reply to  tom campbell

Rangers are gone, kapoot, history.
They died in 2012.
They are a historical reference only.

We are due to play a tribute version of that former club, which was/is designed to fleece unwashed gullible zombies and should not be using the same name as that deceased club by all normal and legal trading arrangements.

Personally I hope we GUB, HUMILIATE and END their fake, phony club for spiv rip off artists and the last of the walking dead.

Charlie Saiz
6 years ago
Reply to  Half_Fool

So do I you crazy fool… HH

holy sea
6 years ago
Reply to  tom campbell

Cheer up Tom,it is Christmas,afterall m8.
Premature gloating ? NO,it’s called payback time.I don’t FORGET
them MOCKING us.Remember their ‘loads a money’ jokes ?
Going to away games,in the 90’s,only 7 on the bus,they would come out their Hun pub,and give it big licks !!
Therefore,I for one LOVE their MISERY,and the adage,what goes
around comes around is SO SO SWEET !!
A Merry Christmas to ALL TIMS !!

Monti
6 years ago

Broody asking the wee guy if he would like a bowl?

Monti
6 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Broony!!

Monti
6 years ago

2nd picture has the wee guy saying ” would you like a bowl”?

Buckie1967
6 years ago

1st one, Broony honest woke up after my operation and someone transplanted this on me.
2nd one, mummy, mummy I’m having a nightmare .

Tourtenay
6 years ago

Great diary as ever but someone please tell me, who was Stephen how did he meet his end and what Bible author was involved in his death? and if you have to look this up, well!

Charlie Saiz,
Good comment but there is no where in scripture where he instructs us to celebrate His birth only His death, why would that be, can you get me that date, the exact date please?
HH.

andybhoy
6 years ago
Reply to  Tourtenay

Yawn!

Tourtenay
6 years ago
Reply to  andybhoy

You mean you don’t know, that’s ok we son you’ll learn, but when?
HH

andybhoy
6 years ago
Reply to  Tourtenay

Yawn!

Tourtenay
6 years ago
Reply to  andybhoy

Don’t you mean YNWA, merry Xmas we son. HH

andybhoy
6 years ago
Reply to  Tourtenay

You seem to be a right fu zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tourtenay
6 years ago
Reply to  andybhoy

Oh dear I have upset you, I tell you what, I’ll stop posting for a couple of months, let you calm down.
So much for a tolerant and inclusive site!!
HH

andybhoy
6 years ago
Reply to  Tourtenay

Puoi parlare di calcio piuttosto che alcune questioni religiose oscure ?

Half_Fool
6 years ago

1st Pic: “Son, I know it’s hard but they are gone. Choose life not zombism.”

2nd Pic: “In the room of the blind, the one-eyed bhoy is king”

Charlie Saiz
6 years ago

Caption 1
Broony “Here son put this on that haircut make you look a right tube”
Caption 2
We Bhoy “I have as many good eyes on show as Kris Boyd has goals against Celtic”

Charlie Saiz
6 years ago

It somewhere between the 21st and 28th Of September I gather?
My birthday is on the 23rd so heres hoping me and Jesus share the same day 😉

holy sea
6 years ago

Great to see pics of Sleekit,it brings a tear to one’s eye.I sang Ally-A Man Called Dignity,copyright Hector, at our family party.
It went down a storm,so much so,we all showed our appreciation for him,by doing a conga in the GARDEN !

holy sea
6 years ago

A Merry Christmas,to my old muckers,Andybhoy,Monti and
Charlie Saiz.Did Tourtenay make a football point ? Or did he swallow a bible instead of turkey ?
Ralph,great to see you back in top form.All we need is Guidetti to follow suit.As promised,I sang,Ally-A Man Called Dignity,at our family party,copyright Hector.Well,it went down a hoot,so much so,to show our appreciation of Sleekit,we did a conga in the GARDEN !!

andybhoy
6 years ago
Reply to  holy sea

Would have loved to have seen the conga. Whatever did the neighbours think?
Merry Christmas HS.

holy sea
6 years ago

Mostly Tims where we stay.The Zombies knew it was payback
time.It was freezing,but all the weans had Celtic colours on,
and the adults had green/white Santa hats.Great time was had
by all Andy.Cheers m8.

Devoy45
6 years ago

Fantastic!

basqueceltic
6 years ago

Feckin’brilliant.full stop.

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