Celtic Diary Thursday August 11: Poetry In Motion-Welcome Back Celtic!

One or two of you might think its a bit early to get carried away after last nights 5-0 drubbing of motherwell. You may indeed have a point, after all, Ronny Deila’s Celtic took seven off them just a few weeks ago.

And I’m not entirely sure he didn’t have a hand in lat nights triumph either…

Someone, it seem,s is missing him…

Thing is, thats the whole point about getting carried away with anything, except maybe a new stretcher you’re thinking of buying, is that you do it early.

There was plenty to get carried away with last night. Apart from the general euphoria , that is.

The fluidity of movement, the variety of passing and the willingness to take players on while in possession. All of that showed what Celtic are supposed to be about, probably for the first time in decades. The wide men, especially, simply drove towards the box, instead of hiding in one, and that is the most significant difference. Proactive , instead of reactive football.

And when the hoops weren’t on the ball, they fought like tigers to get it back.

So, forgive me if i do get a little carried away. And shame on you if you don’t.

Tom Rogic opened the scoring with a half volley on the turn after Calum MacGregor had cleverly chipped the ball over to him. Motherwell were playing the tried and tested nine men behind the ball system, which is how most teams approach a one off cup game. Presumably they were hoping that Celtic had an unregistered player or something , which looke to be their only possibility of progress once the game got underway.

Moussa Dembele caused a storm  after he was pushed off the ball, the refere awarded a spot kick,prompting BT commentator Stephen Craigan to draw parallels with the Jamie Walker incident on Sunday.

In the interests of fair play, we can examine both incidents..

Walkers penalty…

Demebele’s penalty…

Yeah, not much between them.

After that Celtic continually swept towards the Motherwell goal, Rogic especially seemed to be particularly lively, possibly because he had signed his new deal, but also maybe because he had a free role, and was doing pretty much what he wanted to.

On more than one occasion, the Motherwell keeper saved his side, but he was really only delaying the inevitable, as further goals from Rogic, Dembele and a classic from Sinclair completed the rout.

Sinclairs was a thing of beauty, as with five motherwell defenders surrounding him, he checked, looked up and made the sweetest of finishes look remarkably easy.

Whatever it is Rodgers sees in him is becoming apparent to the rest of us.

Motherwell are not the greatestteam we’ll play this seson, but the thing that impressed me most was the desire in Celtic. They never let up, never took the collective foot off the gas, and that alone is a major improvement on last year.

Again, theres no clear man of the match, with several candidates up for special mention. Rogic , Sinclair, the reborn and re-signed Forrest-(who’d have thought that would happen ?-except maybe diary readers), Brown, even Mikael Lustig looked far more in control and composed than of late.

Ominously, Celtic finished the game with six homegrown players on the field, Jamie McCart, Liam Henderson, Tony Ralston, Eoghan O’Connell , Calum MacGregor and James Forrest.

Our very own Quality Street Kids ?

Time will tell, but , and yeah, maybe a note of caution, because we have been here before, there is a real hope that we are on the verge of something memorable.

The reason for this is a little more than just the arrival of Brendan Rodgers. It’s the arrival of a man who knows football, and is not afraid to stand up to Peter Lawwell to get what he wants.

Thats evident with the signing of Forrest, who was not wanted by Lawwell.

After the game, Rodgers played down the performance to an extent, but still managed to praise everyone involved. something which his predeccesor hardly ever did..

I thought we were very good this evening. Our intensity and the speed in our game were excellent.

“It was always going to be a difficult game, especially early on. Motherwell set-up to try and block spaces, and that is what we expected, but we worked the ball really well side to side and looked to penetrate centrally.

“We got five goals and our intensity in the game could have got us more. I’m very pleased to have qualified for the next round and that was the idea going into the game. 

“Game on game we are getting better and you saw the introduction of the type of players I’m looking to bring here.

“Scotty Sinclair added a totally different dimension to the team. He can break lines, he runs without the ball and that encourages others to run without the ball and all of a sudden the dynamic of the team totally changes.

“Importantly for us, particularly in the second half, we were aggressive in our pressing in the game. That counter-pressing was very important. When we lost the ball, we were very quickly able to regain the ball back. If you can do that high up the pitch, you get more chances to score goals.

“As the game went on, we had a pleasing moment in the 88th minute when we still had the players running, pressing and being aggressive.” 

And the two new/old boys, both of whom were outstanding ?

 “They are wonderful footballers but in order to play in this team and this way you need to press the game and you have to be able to work in the framework of the team.

“You looked at the level of both players this evening – James with his pressing in order to get the ball and then his quality with the ball, his movement without the ball, while Tom Rogic is a wonderful footballer.

“You forget he’s an Australian international. He’s had a lot of injuries and I really hope and pray that this season he can stay fit, physically, as when he does you can see his quality and finishes and his ability to link with good players. He was a great connection between our front three and midfield. Both those boys were excellent.” 

Then he calmed it down a little..

 “We still have a way to go. We can still be better at times and I said that to the players afterwards.

“What is very pleasing is they are playing in big games yet they went into last Sunday’s game, (Hearts) a big game, and showed that resilience.

“Tonight was a wonderful football demonstration but there was also a real aggression in our game in terms of our intensity to win the ball.

“We won’t get carried away. It’s still very early and If I can get one or two in before the window shuts I will be extremely happy and that will set us up for the rest of the season”.  

He’s not getting carried away. Hah. miserable bastard.

Well, that won’t stop me. I can assure you of that.

The one or two he speaks of will be a goalkeeper, we need cover and competition for Craig Gordon, and probably some sort of defensive midfielder,  who will be at least seven feet tall with muscles on muscles.

Creativity and goalscoring doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore.

Stefan Johansen to Fulham ? It seems they are getting ready to bid.

And don’t be surprised if Nir Biton is on his way.

Which brings me to my next point.

A serious one.

Over the last couple of days, there has been an explosion of hatred and bigotry reported by one particular newspaper. One which has blocked me on twitter, because . I guess, of my honest views on the standard of its reporting.

And this has kind of made my point.

The day before yesterday, a lunatic bus driver made us aware of his views on bishop Daly, the man who waved the white handkerchief on Bloody sunday. Turns out this chap has it in for all creeds and colours except red, white and blue. Actually, not red in particluar, unless its the colour of blood which he is dreaming of being knee deep in.

Then we have a Celtic fan who reckons Bitons nationality and religion are reason enough not to have him at the club. Which actually goes against the ethos of the club he claims to support.

I’m guilty of hypocrisy to an extent here, because by mentioning these  two fuckwits, I’m doing what the Record has done and given them the publicity they crave.

Okay, sort of.

but is it wise and responsible reporting to give front page space to a hate rant a couple of weeks ahead of a visit to Israel by many Celtic fans ?

Can the paper be accused here of endangering life ?

Yes, they have a duty to report it, and of course it should not be swept under the carpet, but does one headcase on twitter justify such coverage ?

Especially as its coverage he seeks ?

A trip to Israel is not something I’d be undertaking, and in fact, if the club had any sort of moral fibre, perhaps some kind of protest would be in order here.

Back in 1969, Celtic drew Ferencvaros in the European Cup, but , due to a Soviet bloc invasion of Czechoslovakia, some western countries were protesting about having to play eastern clubs. Robert Kelly, the Celtic chairman, was one of the loudest protesters, and subsequently, the eastern sides withdrew from the competition, and the draw was done again, Celtic this time came up against St. Etienne fo France, who hadn’t invaded anyone for years, at least anyone with guns, that is.

Some believe that Kelly’s knighthood, a year later, was given as a reward for his anti communist stance, yet others remarked on his morals not quite stretching to an end to the tours of the USA, who were involved in Vietnam in an uncannily similar campaign to the Soviets in eastern Europe.

Sport and politics, eh ?

 

Undoubtedly, Celtic fans will take Palestinain flags to next weeks game with Beer Sheva, and undoubtedly , the club will be fined.

And nothing will change in the middle east.

The point is, if the support, or the club, wants to make a stand, then do it properly. Like this guy on the left..

Egyptian Hero Islam Mahmoud has withdrawn from the Olympics after he refused to compete an Israeli competitor

Though its unlikely any knighthoods will be handed out for doing so this time.

I’m not advocating a withdrawal, or even a boycott.

But there’d be no harm in letting the world know how we really feel, and not how some papers would portray it.

And more importantly, let everyone know that Biton is welcome at Celtic, as we are open to all.

No matter what  country or ideology  he was brought up in.

 

 

 

Back to the nonsense, and could Mark Warburton be casting his eyes at another Ibrox old boy, who has made a sensational comeback in Irish football ?

The new groundsman at Ibrox is happy with the new grass he’s put down…

And there’s concern that too many days are being taken off work while the Olympics are on…

Caption competition now, and yesterday we saw this..

which was explained with this…

MaestroMcStay August 10, 2016 at 9:15 am · Edit · Reply →

“Lee Griffiths couldn’t find a babysitter for Celtic’s trip to Astana”  

Now, they tell me that this is what police officers in London today look like, but i’m not sure. does anyone know what it really is ?

Photo published for Armed police on the streets of London won’t stop terrorism while ordinary Muslims are labelled...

 

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mike
4 years ago

I love the way we play and that Brendan kens what he is doing,tactically astute,confidense building, reinvigourating players its a dream to see,along with the appearance of some young players.
Last night we played a good brand of fitba,but a wee bit of common sense against a team that has had nought investment in 5 years at least with ageing players only going one way.
Bigger tests will come and i know that we will be better prepared to meet them.
Targeting players about colour race religion,is beyond contempt and i wilny grace it anymore by commenting on it or a media i wouldny soil my arse with.

Dziekanowskis' nightclub child
4 years ago

It was Sinclair who was felled for the stonewall penalty, are you trying to get a gig with the Sunday Mail?

Caption: The Celtic Tifo Supporters Flag Organisation(CTSFO)get ready for the trip to Israel.

A little political there Ooh ur!

Donegal
4 years ago

Beer Shiva’s back four arrive for training.

connolly's chair
4 years ago

That wee hun in Ireland should leave off the nachos.

Monti
4 years ago

Ralph,
It was Sinclair that was fouled for the penalty, not Dembele.
As for this ‘ Celtic fan ‘ who hates Bitton, someone needs to administer a thick ear to the Rod Fanni!
Great performance from the bhoys last night, that is the standard of performance i expect in a home match!

Last season when i was shouting for Moyes or Rodgers to be approached to replace Deila, more than a few said i was being “unrealistic” they ” wouldn’t come here “?
Well we did and one of them did, what is being built now and what we are witnessing was exactly what i was going on about, think big, aim higher, bring in a higher standard of player…..then we can all start to dream and enjoy our football again HH

bgbhoy
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

nut monti, we only had 9 corners last night, and 18 throw ins….. how is that acceptable?

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

🙂

Monti
4 years ago

Caption: Police Scotland turn their backs the other way as Ajax hooligans head through the Gallowgate!

wulz
4 years ago

CAPTION
HMRC arrive at £1brokes
HH

Delbhoy
4 years ago

People need to get off craig gordons back , noticed the witch hunt in a lot of other forums , forrests signed a new deal so the moaners need a new whipping boy.

last night just as it did at the weekend the defensive four changed again, any goalkeeper will tell you that if the defense is being chopped and changed it will make him uneasy and a bit unsure of when to come out etc.

when we had lustig van dyk denayer and izzy playing consistantly the big man was outstanding, he is also pulling off saves which are being forgotton, if it wasnt for gordons saves away and at home to astana we would be out so give the guy a break

4 years ago
Reply to  Delbhoy

Well said m8.
For some reason so called fans of our club have become greetin faced gits.
Not every pass will reach its target not every shot will get a goal,not every dribble will get past defenders not every shot will be saved.
Get a grip HH

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

But every Ambrose mistake will cost the team 🙂

Rebus67
4 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmy,

I do not jump on bandwagons. I am too slow to catch them! Take a look at Gordon’s kicks to the outfield. His execution of these has nothing to do with the defence in front of him.

I think Gordon is a good keeper. He would have to be to make us forget about Foster the season that he left. Like all players he has weaknesses. Recognising them is the necessary first step to resolving them.

Against better teams than Well, this could cost us. I presume that the coaches are working on this with him.

Rebus

Uralius
4 years ago
Reply to  Delbhoy

Hear, hear

Uralius
4 years ago
Reply to  Delbhoy

Ah that’s why I got some anti facing, racist etc. lot on Twitter. I am now of those things, but don’t fancy being associated with a group that have to fuzz out their faces on pictures.

wulz
4 years ago

Great to watch last nite ripped them to bits without LG and Roberts, the players we’ve signed look the part and the existing ones have a spring in their step. Happy days
HH

Elcormaco
4 years ago

That was the Celtic way last night. Energy, invention, desire, if you aren’t happy with that check your pulse. I have a piece up with predictions for the season, I tipped Sinclair for player of the season. I am the Oracle!
Thanks for reading, commenting, I really appreciate it.

CarlJungleBhoy
4 years ago

Ralph & co. Looks like somebody forgot to post today’s diary on your @ETimsNet Twitter a/c- I’ve RT’d it from here, but you might want to give the culprit a kick up the boys gate.

4 years ago

Caption Dermot cranks up security in case epl clubs want to speak to Brendan.

CarlJungleBhoy
4 years ago

Caption: CTSFO guards await arrival of John Paul Taylor as he brings biscuit tins & shopping bags full of spare cash from the Celtic Superstore & Ticket office to Brendan Rodgers?

Steven R
4 years ago

Caption:Dave King’s millions arrive at Ibrox under heavily-armed guard.

Alternative caption: Craig Whyte takes delivery of his new armoured vehicle and a team of chauffeurs.

FredCDobbs@hotmail.com
4 years ago
D’Fhinnein Mick
4 years ago

FoCUS prepare for a dawn raid on Green Brigade member.

John McCloy in tasmania
4 years ago

If there is a more bloody annoying pundit voice on tv than craigan I don’t want to be within cooee of it.i also thought I heard Derek Rae say that he (craigan) had been at Celtic early in his playing days.can anyone confirm this? Z. Caption! Police Scotland prepare for Celtic v huns league cup final when we go three up.HH

Delbhoy
4 years ago

Its a shame johansen cant reinvent himself like forrest and rogic have , looks like he will be away. One small critisism of the team last night the delivery from full backs can be improved, can hardly remember a cross that reached the head of a celtic player. Jimmy surely people can see that yhe constant changing of defense is effecting gordon

4 years ago
Reply to  Delbhoy

Agreed m8, I also believe Johansen could be a star under Brendan,but if his mind is made up to go,so be it.
He still has plenty of years ahead of him,people forget how young a squad we actually have.
Izzy to be honest hasn’t been the greatest crosser of a ball,and come to think of it I don’t think we have had one since Tosh McKinley from the full back areas. Though we’ve not had a striker to aim at.Tierney can put one in as can Lustig,so it will come.

4 years ago

I still think it is too early to get carried away and we must guard against hyperbole when playing against poor teams. As you say deila took 7 off them a couple of months ago. Next week will be a test, not only of ability, which we have more of than the Israelis but of bottle. However. I too am finding it hard not to think too far in front. For the moment I am delighted to say my face is shut and long may it continue. Sinclair appears more talented and, more importantly, more committed than I though, but he is just in the door. It is too early for comments on Forrest, who has turned more corners than a 16 bus, but he is undoubtedly a talented player and if Brendan Rodgers can get the best out of him and keep hi head in the game we will have saved millions. James runs in a very weird manner, always as if he is carrying an injury. Why is this? It looks as if BR does have a way with players but I am not one to tempt fate. Remember, it all went very wrong, very quickly at Liverpool. However, I am well on my way to being a full convert and will relish in admitting how wrong I was and how little I know or understand when we are watching Wednesday night football at Celtic Park. But a team is only as good as its last game…. delighted to be wrong though.

connolly's chair
4 years ago
Reply to  john

I think your happy John,it’s hard to tell though!!

Half_Fool
4 years ago
Reply to  john

The taking of 7, was when nothing was the line – it was party time for us, and murderwell weren’t interested.
Last night it counted, that makes a big difference and we skinned them well.

4 years ago

The guy is a dick m8 no need for him to be one or the other,just a moron,who hides behind a keyboard.
Celtic is a club open to all, and that’s what bonds us together.
I met some young Celtic Jewish fans at Manchester,when the young guns played Man City,they were loving it,and to be honest first time I had ever saw Jewish fans at a game.
I always brought up to show respect to everyone,I shall do so again when the champions of Isreal come calling.
HH

4 years ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Sorry that was in reply to the anti Jewish statement made, on Fredc post.

connolly's chair
4 years ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Jimmy,I’m embarrassed by those comments(his,not yours).
By his surname (Yahid), it’s not improbable that he is of Arabian extraction.
Myself, being born in Govan of good Irish stock, understands his stance against aggressive occupation of his homeland.
Nir Biton was born a Jewish Israeli,he didn’t make that choice,it was fate.When I was younger I watched Danny,Kenny ffs Jock Stein,and didn’t give a toss which form of religious b’shit they ascribed to.
I remember reading an article in a Spanish newspaper, I think called El Deportivo, which battered the huns. It suggested that Celtic,like Barcelona, was a club that wasn’t acceptable to the host country where they resided.I get it,we support the underdogs.
Thanks to modern media,this kind of shit could cause trouble for visiting tims.
I’ve been to Be’er sheva,lot’s of soldiers,every Israeli carries weapons.
Keep the heid lads,you’ll come off second best if you don’t.

BondiBrian
4 years ago

I’ve no concern re Celtic fans going to Israel, aye there are soldiers everywhere but they are no really interested in a few thousand Scottish folk goin to watch fitba. Id be mair concerned goin ti Amsterdam re trouble.

Anyhoo, Celtic open to anyone? I give you one …Mohammed Salim.

HAIL HAIL N aw that !!!!!!

Frank McGaaaarvey
4 years ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Hear hear Jimmy. In no way does that fud speak for the majority of Celtic supporters. Sure, we all have views on the great height that Palestinians have been shat on for many years but to target a player simply for his nationality is disgusting. Would he also have targeted some of our legends from the 6 counties in the past due to illegal occupation from a foreign invader/settler? Is he going to have a go at our current manager because there isn’t a united Ireland?

As for the rag making this a front page story, well if we give Fat Traynor and his L5 goons the ammunition they ain’t gonna waste it are they?

4 years ago

Can I ask a question? why is Nesbitt going out on loan again? I know BR maybe thinks he needs a bit more first team action to prepare him for the step up, but he was such a promising player should he not be used in the first team squad? Dembele is only 20. Nesbitt could be used for some games with Dembele dropping to the bench or one of the other forwards/wingers could make way in some games. I always think it is better to give them eperience of playing for Celtic rather than lower league teams. How much do we really learn from youngsters playing at a lower level? For strength and physical training possibly but the mental aspect of playing for Celtic is also very important. This boy appeared to be a real talent. i also thought he done OK at Thistle. Should we keep Big Jozo? I reckon we should and give him a proper chance. But he may be injury prone. Hard to say?

Mark
4 years ago

i do not agree with anti-semitic, Catholic, for obvious reasons, Christianity of any kind, palestinian or any other form of view or excuse for hatred.

There are some similar policies in the middle-east being practised as we know, with similar consequences as a Man with a handkerchief being confronted by murdering bastards carrying arms. The amazing thing being how denials are offered by the guilty, though existing film and confirmed words are ignored except by 99% of sane peoples. Who also offer, we know, they did the same to us.

If any wish to express an opinion, especially in this case, any facts must be researched and expressed coherently so as not to be misquoted or used against the person by a controlled and manipulating press. But yes, the futba is grand!

Monti
4 years ago

God bless the Judean peoples front…or is it the peoples front of Judea?

Big nose 🙂

stuart
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Splitters !!!

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  stuart

Bwian eh?

BondiBrian
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

There is no god.

endof.

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

Monti
4 years ago

” I only said Jehovah….Jehovah Jehovah Jehovah ” 🙂

Delbhoy
4 years ago

I
I agree about nesbit john , maybe its to toughen him up , if you look at oconnel he went oit on loan twice and its done him the world of good. Jimmy the more i see patterson and his crossing ability on sunday i think we would be daft not to bring this boy in for what would be a modest fee with him going out of contract

mike
4 years ago
Reply to  Delbhoy

Been singing the Paterson song for over a year or two,out of contract or not, he is a must for me,he is going to be a big star,just what we need.Played at striker,long throw in ,tough tackler, great engine,great crossdresser just a guid player,who scored again last night.Bhuy him please.

Rebus67
4 years ago
Reply to  mike

Mike,

I agree, based on one observation of him. Perhaps, he is one of the two that BR wants?

I suspect it is triage this window….which is BR’s first……how best to spend the limited funds.

Rebus

mike
4 years ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Rebus,

Supporters sometimes IMHO get carried away,they forget that we play in a country in which there is a substantial lack of funds.(not the only one though)and that opposition teams are very clearly at a substantial disadvantage.
That is not new,remember when the boot was on the other foot.My point is that other teams try to curtail our advantage by purchasing bigger more robust players,so we need in some positions, our own form of robustness and for me thats another reason that i rate him,he is never injured and reminds me of a past hero D.F.McGrain.

charlie
4 years ago

caption strathclydes finest arrive in israel to advise on the policing of celtic fans

Mark Gallagher
4 years ago

Big Sutton was quick to slap down Creighan on the Walker / Sinclair penalty comparison !

charlie
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark Gallagher

ive been quick to criticise sutton on here a few times but he put that abomination craigan straight so good onum

FredCDobbs@hotmail.com
4 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Chris Sutton is a tim, if you dont think so fuck off.

BondiBrian
4 years ago

Whuts wi the’so fuck off’? Nae need for that.

charlie
4 years ago
Reply to  charlie

awe fred have i upset you flower

charlie
4 years ago

celtic were great last night but we should play the young bhoys on saturday canny wait till wednesday ime tellin yees i have a recurring dream of cardiff green and white next may

4 years ago

Any Celtic supporter who wants to exclude people from our club on the basis of religion, race, creed , colour, sexual orientation knows nothing about our club and should themselves be excluded from supporting our club. Celtic is a club for all. Criticism of the state of Israel is not anti-semitism. Israel is a state that follows barbarix policies towards the Palestinians, many Israelis believe this and protest against the actions of their own government. But to suggest a player should not be playing for Celtic because of who they are sickens me. They obviously know nothing about the history of Celtic. How this has happened I have no idea. The shops are full of reasonably priced books which will give them an idea of what the club stands for. Celtic and bigots don’t go.

Rebus67
4 years ago
Reply to  john

John,

Excellent post! Agree with every word. Wish I had said it.

Rebus

BondiBrian
4 years ago
Reply to  john

Ah agree John, but we canny deny that Celtic have there share of bigots.

And that’s the last am saying on this matter.

HAIL HAIL N aw that!

JIMBO
4 years ago

There is a BUZZ about the place.

Best free flowing football I’ve seen at Celtic Park in 10 years, and confident there is more to come 🙂 …. Keep The Faith

COYBIG

mike
4 years ago

Ring, ring,why dont yoo give me a call,
then we can all play spot the ball.

Sell Sumonivitc and bhuy Paddy Roberts,Centre backs are 10 a penny,
Roberts talents are rare,is he to wee for the Prem? naw cos talent will out,try before yoo bhuy,well done it,now bhuy him.
We have all been affected by religious bigatory,so nothing new there,but it must be STAMPED on severely.

jpm 88
4 years ago

I fear we have to take this Palestinian flag thing a lot more seriously.
We might be looking at far stronger sanctions than a fine if there’s some sort of protest .
Don’t be surprised if someone of SMSM has already thought of this possibility and expect them to stir things up , with this goal in mind.
We’re all getting excited about whats in store for us this season yet the actions by some could bring this all crashing down.
Make no mistake UEFA will be watching this one like a hawk .
There’s enough pressure on the team trying to qualify , without having to think about possibility of it being ruined even if we do.
Many have views on Middle East situation (myself included) but bring them to Parkhead next week and Celtic will pay a dear price.
As for the Bitton hater , he’s nothing more than a hun masquerading as a tim . ” our club ” he says. It’s not his fucking club . If he feels so strongly I’m sure the aid workers in Gaza could do with his lending a hand . Nah , maybe no that strongly eh , mate ?

charlie
4 years ago
Reply to  jpm 88

jpm88 great post mate the bigots in the scottish press will already be in touch with the isreali press trying to mix it

Rebus67
4 years ago
Reply to  jpm 88

Jpm,

I share your concern. We could be required to play our home games away from P’head, or behind closed doors. Think what that would do to the support.

Rebus

jpm 88
4 years ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Rebus 67,

I agree with some posters on CQN in that worst case scenario could be even greater punishment than the measures you’ve highlighted .
Whether we like it or not , as it’s UEFA’s competition , you abide by THEIR rules : or DON’T play.

FredCDobbs@hotmail.com
4 years ago
Reply to  jpm 88

correct. wtf has Palestine got to do with football and more importantly celtic fc. concentrate on getting a result.

BondiBrian
4 years ago

..whats it got to do if Sutton is a Tim? Double standards right there Fredirico.

Devoy45
4 years ago

Lineup for Inter(4-5-1)
Fasan
Ralston/Ambrose/O’Connell/Izzy
Armstrong/Henderson/Ajer/McGregor/Christie
Ciftci
subs: our young Celts: McCart/Nesbitt/Aitchison
“The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades…”
Timbuk 3

jpm 88
4 years ago

As for the football last night , Rogic , for me was the stand-out.
The only concern is injuries .If he can stay clear of that he’ll be a “world beater”.
Sinclair , as Brendan said , a proper EPL class player .
Hope to see Simunovic back soon , as again , injury free I believe he’s the highest rated “potential” in the centre back position .

Peter M
4 years ago
Reply to  jpm 88

I would keep Jozo and SJ. Who’s to say when match fit the Brendan effect will improve them both.

Delbhoy
4 years ago

Your right m8 rogic was the stand out for me , i made a toungue and cheek comment about him being like zidane last night but thats who he reminded me of with his size and graceful style, infact im sure i saw the great man score the exact goal rogic did!

In all seriousness if he does start to play every game and stays fit i think rogic will end up in a top top league one day , we should enjoy him while hes here

jpm 88
4 years ago
Reply to  Delbhoy

You’re right Delbhoy,

you jogged my memory ,ZZ did score a goal like Rogic’s ; wasn’t it a CL final maybe even at Hampden?

BondiBrian
4 years ago
Reply to  Delbhoy

gloat time…Ive been saying for years; when fit Rogic running at defences is like a hot knife going through butter.

Half_Fool
4 years ago

Speedy free flowing football utilizing dynamic formations and tactics – it will never catch on! What we need is a ponderous 4-2-3-1 every single game no matter what players are available, their skills and the opponents set-up 😉

Seriously though, that was a prime example of the way it should be.
Long may it continue. The hunger and desire of the players was there for all to see.

Glad we got that one out the way, and we can get ready for the Beer boys and use the Inter game as a training sesh.

Half_Fool
4 years ago

Caption:

***Police Scotland Rapid Reaction Party Downer Force swings into action***

We hear there is adults with beer, that they paid for, on that Celtic supporters bus!
Singing Songs! Waving scarves and flags! Use of humour, wit and banter!

COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR! CELTS HAVING FUN IS SERIOUSLY FROWNED ON IN THIS COUNTRY!!

FuzzyD
4 years ago

Wonderful, wonderful stuff last night. I’ve been in a good mood since the game ended. I just hope we can maintain it.

ewanbhoy
4 years ago

that was a fantastic game to watch last night, loved the whole game.
in years gone by when teams came and defended in numbers it was often a frustrating game to watch but not last night, the flair, energy and desire was all there and the pace of our attacking players was lightning quick.
Rogic wan man of the match for me but Sinclair was outstanding too and i was very impressed with his qualities, even Brown looked backed to his best.
this is only the beginning and the team is only going to get better….in Brendan we trust

HH

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  ewanbhoy

Jehovah Jehovah Jehovah:)

Delbhoy
4 years ago

Jpm that was a diffrent goal when the ball felll from th air , dont know when but i do remember a similar strike where he brought it down with one foot and voleyed with the other.

lotvof rumours lucas is the next player we want

mike
4 years ago

I think i will keep my adoration of the fitba we play when the opposition are a wee bit better than that team of gereactrics that we faced last night at home. Hertz away were a sterner test,they provided a better objective overview.
Sumonovic has still to be tested,he has a good pedigree and all the makings of a great prospect and its clear that Brendan rates him.However only time will tell if he has the physique to cope with Scottish fitba,which is more about strenght than skill,will his style be suitable for the Scottish game?again only time will tell.He was after all a Deila/Lawwell purchase,mind so was Van Dyke.Deayer is reportedly a target for Galatasary,he Could read the game brilliantly.

Mike Annis
4 years ago

Great to see the change with a manager who knows his business and us not full if hot air and shite.

Caption: The Mets new synchronised diving team on the lookout for Walker to get help with presentation and merit.

Paul Miller
4 years ago

Caption- Lee Wallace is given an armed escort as he goes to give testimony in court

Uralius
4 years ago

nothing is posting!

Uralius
4 years ago
Reply to  Uralius

Oh that posted fine, my other 3 didn’t

Bgbhoy
4 years ago

Bastian schwiensteiger anyone??

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Would love to see it m8
Can’t get any more experience than him, would lift the profile of the club instantly!

4 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

FFS signing a German before we play a team from Israel and a Palestinian demo It wouldn’t be surprising if there be another rising says the man from the daily mail.

Half_Fool
4 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

If he still has the legs – absolutely!

Looking for precision passing? Then look no further.

mike
4 years ago

Poster pat, hes so fat,he talks like a hun so he must be a rat,
Poster pat, hes so hamsin, he talks only sense so he must be a tim.
Poster pat, he smells like a sheep,his erse is raw and he looks like a neep.
Poster pat, he luvs fitba, comes from wishaw and sings like a craw.
Poster pat awe feck aff————-.

Delbhoy
4 years ago

Seen that romour bgbhoy , i reckon lucas has pulled out of galatasary move because hes coming here , available for 3 million , more realistic than bastian S.

4 years ago

Showing solidarity with the people of Palestine is fine,no one should be punished for flying flags.The flag of Israel is common place in many grounds across Britain and Europe. So the flag of Palestine should be viewed in the same manner.
To call for a demonstration at our ground,is the sticking point.
This is where uefa would seriously take the hump. We must tread carefully.
HH

4 years ago

Rangers in for another Fanni,Move over,Barton

4 years ago

Sevco pulled out of Fanni ! So it says in the headlines.

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