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Celtic diary Thursday november 15

Which follows on from Wednesday November 13, proving that as many have commented, that the author doesn’t even know what bloody day it is.

Last night was international night, where the finest young footballers of nations gather together to show the world what they can do. and Scotland were in action as well, storming to a 2-1 win over the mighty Luxembourg. I missed most of the second half, having spotted a book on Creative earthenware history which was infinitely more exciting, considerably more interesting, and didn’t have any comments from Craig Burley in it.

Billy Stark refuses to be drawn on whether or not he wants the managers job full time, and on the evidence of last nights team, he may well have realised exactly the magnitude of the task ahead, and decided to study creative earthenware instead.

Anyone elses heart skip a beat when they saw that England had lost 4-2 to Sweden? Thankfully, it was the worlds best keeper Joe Hart and not Fraser Forster between the sticks for the neighbours, and the big mans reputation remains intact.

Scotlands under 21s lost 3-2 in Portugal , with Islam feruz, the former Celtic youngster scoring twice to put the Scots 2-0 ahead at the break. Feruz is undoubtedly a talent, but is still viewed-and will always be viewed-as a kind of cross between Maurice Johnston and Ian Paisley. Still, as they say in the theatre, break a leg. Feruz now plays for Chelsea, and bearing in mind his own nationality, its good to see him at a club with such a stringent anti racism policy, which they have upheld for about a fortnight now.

The Scottish Football League have had their meeting about reconstruction, as they always do when it looks like Rangers won’t win the league anytime soon. As in 1975 when the Premier League was formed, they would like to change it in case the format is dominated by one team. And as usual its the team in green and white who they don’t want to surge ahead, unlike in the nineties when one team dominated.

Still, at least when we won nine in a row all our players just had the one contract, and the club still exists.

The new set up, due to start in 2014, as long as the SPL clubs are up for it, will see three divisions of 16, 10 and 16. The bigger Premier league assures the proposal of the support of SPL teams, and the 2014 start means that Rangers Newco won’t be skipping through the divisions any quicker. Although the season they are in the second tier, expect a resolution to enable the top ten teams to be promoted, with ten relegated. Just in case Ally McCoist is still boss.

There will also be a new, exciting “Champions League style ” League cup, which bears an uncanny similarity to the old sections that were the norm until it ,too, was restructured to help teams that weren’t called Celtic.

Its true something had to be done, but just because this is “something” doesn’t mean it has to be done.

Still, it should increase competition, and if this season is anything to go by, then lets give it a go.

It looks like Benfica are in bother. Their support are causing the club grief with their penchant for letting off flares and fireworks, and the club may have to play some games behind closed doors. The hearing is set for December 13, and that is obviously not going to affect their game next week, and with their final game away to Barcelona, then its unlikely to matter this season. Thats probably what frightened the eagle away. The club have already been fined 40,000 euros for this during the Barcelona game, and they were at it again against Spartak. Think we know what we can expect in Lisbon next week.

Hearts have been granted more time to pay the taxman, and are confident they will raise the funds required. Hearts fans have pooled their giros and a new local tax on the sale of heroin has been introduced to help. Plus, talks are ongoing with a major leisure industry in Edinburgh that could see a levy placed on young ladies who work on a self employed basis in the back of cars.

Edinburgh. Don’t you just love it?

The new Rangers issued their presentation yesterday, and reaction has been, well, minimal, as their supporters decide whether or not to be fleeced again. Although to be fair, most of them are still on page four, and haven’t finished reading it yet. All joking aside, no-one wants to see anyone ripped off, so even if they just wait until after christmas, the club will still be there if they want it. Oh hang on, thats what they thought about the old club.

On the playing side of the new club defender Emilson will be out for several weeks, and Ally McCoist reckons its a big blow, especially as the fans had only just worked out who he was.

Yesterdays teaser was another that evoked memories of that League Cup final when celtic beat an excellent Hibernian side 6-3. A game which I was at, and around thirty years later, when Celtic returned to Hampden and in tribute to Jimmy Johnstone all the players wore number 7.

In that game, as in the first, the fans sang of “Jimmy Johnstone on the wing” . When I closed my eyes I was nine years old again, siting with my dad and uncles , and Johnstone was on the wing again….

Oh, yesterday, leave me alone.

Anyway, today, following with the theme of one question suggesting another, who scored four for Celtic in one game, and still the team got knocked out of Europe?




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11 years ago

Jackie the pole

11 years ago

Jackie D

BTW you never gave the answer from yesterdays quiz ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gareth Savage
11 years ago

Big Darius aka Jacki v Partizan Belgrade. I remember watching it on Sportsnight. Cup Winners Cup. Still frustrates me!

Eddie Connerton
11 years ago

Dariusz Dziekanowski big Jackie the disco king – we won 5-4 but went out on away goals

Marcello Stefani
11 years ago

Dziekanowski against Partizan Belgrade

11 years ago

oh yeah, sorry. It was joe harper.

the lurgan tiger
11 years ago

It was indeed Jackie Jack.

I seem to remember that we were going through until Derek Whyte had a brain storm and thought he was Beckenbauuer

11 years ago

big jackapoofski as my wee hun mate used to call him back in the day. hes a heroin addict and lives in falkirk noo if anybody is wondering. ah well thats wit he gets a suppose !

11 years ago
Reply to  scholzybhoy

Dziekanowski’s a heroin addict living in Falkirk? That surprises me. I would have thought Edinburgh was more his style.

Anyway, I remember the game in question well. I left the stadium raging that night – mainly at Derek Whyte for forgetting he couldn’t play football.

11 years ago

If the old braincells aren’t too damaged by alcohol I think I recall he also laid on the other goal for Andy Walker. Fractured by elbow on the fence at the front of the Jungle that night, had climbed up to acclaim Jackie when I thought we were through and slipped whacking my elbow on the way down.

11 years ago

Dariusz ‘Call me Jackie’ Dziekenowski. Listened to it on a wee plastic radio i used to have, couldnae beleive it – and yet could.

11 years ago

I actually laughed out loud at the Hearts paragraph. ๐Ÿ™‚

11 years ago

Just thinking about Benfica fans chuckin flares onto the park and how much worse it would have been if it was drainpipes

11 years ago

Dunno about 20 years ago, but age 50 he looks like a chubby George Hamilton ( ). Me, I’m just a chubby 50 year old …

Lenny Bruce
11 years ago

Say what you want aboot Jackie. He fair enjoyed his Nat King.

Big billy waving the players to hurry up and get in with the game when we were 5-3 up always stick in my mind from that night.

Europe over for another year. Not so happy days!

11 years ago

I have never even heard of Darius whats his name, mind you I was in the navy at the time and nothing could filter through those navy type hangovers, anyway not happy to hear that he is a scaghead in Falkirk, Edinburg might be ok but Falkirk, what a fall.
PS whose Derrick Whyte??

11 years ago


I am just too knackered after being up for a whole 48 hours waiting for the 14th :>)

Great stuff today, funny, funny, funny! As usual, I am far too late to claim I knew the answer. Was there and it was heartbreaking being so near and yet so far. We were actually so far then, it would have been easier to take if we had been plastered like Jackie.


andy docherty
11 years ago

my recollection of the Partizan game (apart from Jackie’s 4 goals) is that Joe Miller had the ball when we were 5 – 3 up and had the opportunity to take it for a walk out to the corner flag and run the clock down, or square the ball to Jackie to score his 5th, but instead opted to have a shot himself, which was weak at best, allowing the Partizan goalie to ohof the ball down the park and that’s where the goal came from.

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