Celtic Diary Thursday June 21: Proper Planning To Prevent Poor Performance

It’s all gone quiet at Celtic, as the squad get down to some hard work ahead of the UCL qualifying campaign next month. Its only a couple of weeks away, and although Celtic should overcome Alashkert, no one is taking any chances.

A glance at the faces of the two players in this picture is all the evidence needed..

Forward Leigh Griffiths, who is about to agree a new deal with the club, looked ahead..

We’ve been here before,”

“We know what’s required. We got off to a good start last season and hopefully that continues.

“We’ll be well prepared for it. We’ll give ourselves plenty recovery time to get over there and get the job done.

“It’s hard enough with six games but eight makes it even harder but the boys are capable of doing it. We need to be as fit as possible. The gaffer and the backroom staff will have us all fit so it’s all about getting the job done.

“We just need to take it on the chin and get the job done as quickly as we can. It’s no easy feat to get into the group stages but we’ve done it the last two seasons so we want to do that again this year.” 

Griffiths also admitted he hadn’t had a holiday this summer, instead concentrating on his health and fitness..

“I didn’t go anywhere this summer,” 

“I had a wee tidy up hernia operation a couple of days after Broony’s testimonial. That put me out for a couple of weeks then after that I was back in the gym working on my fitness. The op was my reason for not going away with Scotland to Peru and Mexico but I spoke to Mr McLeish about it and he was fine with it. He wants me fit and ready for September to fire us in the qualifiers.

“I had a decent rest. I gave myself plenty of rest time and I spent a lot of time with my kids. I’m a home bird anyway. I like being around my family and kids. It’s difficult enough to take them out of school and away. But I feel I’ve had a decent enough break and I’m ready for the new season.” 

It was to do with my hip muscles blocking my full range of movement,” 

“As soon as that got released I’ve not felt anything in my calf. I got deep tissue massage and I’ve worked in the gym and done prehab before and again after training. The muscles that weren’t working properly are working properly now and I’ve now been injury free since the second week in March. Hopefully that keeps going. I am fit and ready.”

The first friendly is less than a week away…

June 2018

Wed, 27th Jun SK Vorwarts Steyr Friendly 17:30 A
Sat, 30th Jun Bohemians Prague Friendly 14:00 N

July 2018

Tue, 3rd Jul Sparta Prague Friendly 16:30 N
Sat, 7th Jul Shamrock Rovers Friendly 15:00 A
Sat, 14th Jul Standard Liege Friendly 15:00 H
Wed, 18th Jul Alashkert FC UEFA Champions League 19:45 H

You’ll notice the away leg in Armenia has yet to have a time and date confirmed, but most people at the club think it will be the week before the home tie.

Which gives the manager four games to get a bit of practice in, and four games for someone to get injured.

As we know, he is concerned about one or two things about training that may have been a factor in the lengthy injury list last season, so it will be interesting to find out what the difference will be this year.

The new training kit could provide a clue.

Image result for wrapped in cotton wool

 

Tom Boyd, now an ambassador with the club, was out and about with the Glasgow Taxi Outing fund , handing over a £7,000 donation from the Celtic FC foundation…

Very often the things the club does in the community goes unheralded, indeed as charity should be, but every now and again its not just about the money, its about being a part of something..

Supporters, and I’m proud to say, especially the Lennon CSC have achieved something as well..

There is still room for improvement though, and with just a little bit more effort we can get that figure even higher.

 

I’m thinking of a career change..this job sounds like it could be for me..

Compliance Officer – Scottish Football Association

Reporting to the Head of Legal/Company Secretary, the Compliance Officer is responsible for the observance of the Disciplinary Rules by all those involved in Association Football in Scotland. The job holder will identify and evaluate which cases need to be referred to the Judicial Panel, including the preparation, pursuing, and advocacy of notice of complaints, and will oversee the process thereon, up to and including the management of Appeals.

This is an exceptional opportunity to work at the heart of Scottish Football and have an impact on the development of the game in Scotland.

If you believe you have the relevant skills and experience for this role, please go to the relevant vacancy on the Scottish FA website where you will find all relevant information.

I’ll put in my application later, but there’s a bit of groundwork to be done first.

Now, what to say about myself ??? I need a concise description that will endear me to the selection panel..

Morally flexible ?

I could certainly provide a few references to that effect.

That should do it.

And as there is no such thing as a second impression, its important to create the right image, and therefore the clothing should reflect the man, at least a morally flexible man..

For the interview, does anyone have this outfit they can lend me ?

Image result for orangeman

 

I think I’m a shoe in for the post.

Well, a brogue in, to be more accurate.

 

The draw for the Europa League qualifiers threw up an interesting tie, as Aberdeen will face Burnley, who are in Europe for the first time in fifty one years.

Aberdeen fans, who may have been looking forward to a trip to foreign climes will instead head into 1950s England, and a place where they still look around the room to see who’s talking when the radio comes on.

Burnley’s chairman, Mike Garlick,  looked ahead to the game..

I gather their stadium has a capacity of about 20,000 so I think we’ll sell all our tickets and it’s a game to relish,” 

“As for the players, it’s not a problem there. A lot of our players have played international football and in Europe before for other clubs, so they are used to the travel and we’ll take it in our stride and see where it takes us.”

A tie with Aberdeen wasn’t top of most fans’ wishlist for Burnley’s return to Europe, but having had time to digest it Garlick is getting used to the idea of a journey up to Scotland.

“The more I think about the game, the more excited I am,”

“It wasn’t something that was perhaps top of our list before the draw as it’s not the Amalfi Coast or the Cote d’Azur, but I do like a drop of whisky and I am sure the locals will be very hospitable and good fun, so we are very much looking forward to it.

“The main thing is we are actually in the competition, so whoever we got was kind of secondary for the club and the fans.

“We kind of didn’t care where we went; we just wanted to be there.” 

A refreshing change from the normal English media outlook on “Battles of Britain “.

It won’t be easy for Aberdeen, they still have Derek McInnes in charge, and given their tendency to fall apart under pressure, it might be a very short campaign for them, but just once, is there any chance that McInnes could get one right ?

Hibernian and “rangers ” also found out their opponents, and and  the Edinburgh side have a trip to the Faroe Islands to play Runavik, and of they get through that they’ll be up against Asteris Tripolis of Greece.

“rangers ” will be starting their campaign against FK Shupki of Macedonia. Almost unheard of outside their own country, “rangers ” were formed from an asset sale by Rangers, who are now in liquidation.

Shupki, as spotted by diray reader Tic toc, are actually an anagram of their opponents in a sense…UK Pish.

If the Ibrox side manage to get through that one, they are up against Croatia’s Osijek, a far more serious test than the Macedonians, but its one new manager is getting his lads ready for..

We are loving it,” 

“we are enjoying it, and to be fair to the boys, they have emptied the tank for us. 

So, there’s , er , nothing left in the tank ?

That should work….

 

He’s going to keep us entertained more than the previous four or five managers combined, isn’t he ?

Meanwhile, for anyone who wants to book a ringside seat for this circus, now in its sixth season, there are still plenty of tickets left..

That waiting list of 12,000, it appears, may not be entirely accurate.

Yesterday, we showed you this remarkable image..

jimmybee June 20, 2018 at 11:54 am · Edit · Reply →

Caption ffs bhoys some fecker must have a telly with the game on keep fuckin looking.
Glasgow May 25th 1967.

 

 

today..

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3 years ago

http://celticbynumberscom.ipage.com/assists-and-chances/

Celtic scored 126 goals from 1120 chances or a goal every 8.89 chances. Sinclair led the way with 15 assists but does that make him the most creative Celt? Who were Celtic’s creative craftsmen sculpting the Double Treble?

3 years ago

Caption…….

Scotland’s version of VAR . Nothing to see here Timmy.

Bognorbhoy
3 years ago

Caption …

Oh ye canny kick di canio off the park…

Mike Annis
3 years ago

Caption: Ref starts the marching season early.

jimmybee
3 years ago

Caption : Ref proves hes a hun with the goose step.

jimmybee
3 years ago

Caption: Ok ref thats Cadette transfer delayed you may kick him now.Over and out Mr Farry.
Fuck the SFA

jimmybee
3 years ago

Hi Charlie i said as much yesterday, but Brendan really needs to step up in Europe his record is fuckin shocking m8.
We are much better than the defeats we have suffered and for me he has been very fortunate to get into the champions league so far.
He needs to step up and take the blinkers off when it comes to Europe.
I also agree with you on Flanagan he looked a proper player at Liverpool and i remember watching him on tv he was outstanding.
They may have got a steal there.
Though depends on how his temprament will be.
Im sure he will be delighted he hasa willing press on board to help him, and is not across the city. Where if you make a remark about the great unwashed more than 10 years ago your out of a job. Never mind beating up a girl.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmybee,
How would you ” step up ” against the likes of PSG then?

jimmybee
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Not psg m8 anderleccht, zenit, we were hanging on in tel aviv, astana,those displays were well short i think he has to wisen up but only my opinion.

3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Thank God , Jimmybee its only your opinion, I would hate to think you were stupid enough to believe it .

jimmybee
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

DJ did you watch the games we were dire but if your happy with that bigger the fool you.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

PISH

Noel Skytrot
3 years ago

Caption…..Jim Farry asked me to deliver this to you Paolo.

Fascista, fascista

jimmybee
3 years ago

This reminds me of our csc first trip to London the mini bus was bouncing.
https://youtu.be/GvvtZIwh4Bs

Una
3 years ago

I just read an article from the daily record saying the leigh griffiths prayed that Celtic didn’t get drawn against linfield in the champs qualifiers, don’t know how this could be possible as crusaders won the league. Once again an inaccurate bullshit story from a shitty rag

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Una

How do you find the time to read?
And why would you read that rag?

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Una

Weered,
You’re wasting your breath m8, it’s like explaining offside to a barmaid!

Mike
3 years ago

1950’s Engerland verses 1690’s Scotland, the sheep face a dilemma.

For me retaining the players we have is the critical point, a settled side used to playing together, knowing where their team-mates are going to make their runs and where to find space. All supporters want to see their team improve with new signings, but for me that can mainly happen because of the bond that exists with the players who are already at the club. A band of brothers, tight together, fighting for each other. The lions were such a team, I notice the similarities. Sometimes a club face’s a moral dilemma in signing players who become available, Celtic did not, should not sign wife beaters, we are better than that. Diouf, Barton and now Flanagan are/were such players, a club with a known criminal chairman, an old club who did not pay their taxes and ignored its social duties, well that is a different matter entirely.

Mike
3 years ago

I see his blood upon the rose,
and in the stars the glory of his eyes,
His body gleams amid eternal snows,
His tears fall from the skies.

I see his face in every flower,
The thunder and the singing of the birds,
Are but his voice- and carven by his power,
Rocks are written in his words.

All pathways by his feet are worn,

His strong heart stirs the ever beating sea,

His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn,

His cross is every tree….. Joseph, Mary Plunkett.

Monti
3 years ago

Caption: ” Paolo i passed your wage increase request to Fergus, he told me to place it here “

jimmybee
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

🙂

Noel Skytrot
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Hahaaaa

Cartvale88
3 years ago

We can compete in the UCL with a defensive formation, note Iran v Spain. The expansive style of attacking football is OK against the pish in Scotland, but Lenny played the right way against big teams, setting up the team to defend and play breakaways.
BR can and will do better In The UCL this time, but we still need two quality defenders Compere is not the answer. We also need a quality defensive coach, maybe Kole has improved Boyata, he has looked strong for the Belgies.
Oh how the fools are deluded, McAlluster drooling that they can do the Europa, wait till they meet UK Pish.

Noel Skytrot
3 years ago

Uk Pish (tic toc) will probably punish them, Cvale88. They’re a load of shite. #letsfail

MattyBhoy
3 years ago

“Mr Dallas, there’s no Bishop Brennan in sight, will I kick this fenian up the arse instead?”

The real Anton Rogan
3 years ago

Caption: Goose stepping Nazi gets toed up the arse

Puggy67
3 years ago

Caption: Blackshirt ties his lace.

Broxburnbhoy
3 years ago

If I were the team Sevco played in Europe I would ask UEFA if they should even be there. They are a compliance nightmare and that will not escaprenthe attention of their opponents.

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  Broxburnbhoy

broxburn bhoy a wis thinkng the same about zombie compliance but do you think losing to uk pish would be progres on last season

broxburnbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

hehehehe progress is not a word in the zombie vocab

Noel Skytrot
3 years ago

Ex Sheep loanee James Maddison transferred from Norwich to Leicester for 24 million rubles. WTF? English football is mental.

Monti
3 years ago

Charlie Saiz,
You could lift all the blankets off the beach at the end of your shift.

jimmybee
3 years ago

Fuckin burnley. What a shit hole remember going there in the late 70s with the motherwell 9 in a row bus. we played them in the anglo scottish cup or whatever it was called full scale riot fuckin bnp hun fuckers.

jimmybee
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

I remember them kicking blue and white balls into the crowd they were thrown back burst.
Guys were tearing the railings down and using them as spears.fuckin mayhem.
All we heard was rangers and that was that.

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jbee,I was there that night.1978.Our bus arrived at opening time and by the time the game started our fans were steaming.The Burnley fans kept goading us and when they scored all hell broke loose around me.I couldn’t believe it.The polis were feckin terrified.The riot at Hampden was nothing compared to that night.Celtic were utter crap and got beat at Parkhead as well.My dad was ragin when I got home and stated that he was so ashamed of the Celtic support.I can still see the look on his face….

jimmybee
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

My old man was ragin with me as well m8 he thought i was away to my grans. I got some doing when i got home 🙂

Mike
3 years ago

Around 550 Scotsmen and women went of to fight with the International Brigade, but there was thousands more who did their bit to raise monies and donate aid for the cause. 1936-1939 when the fight against Fascism and Franco ended and another dark force of Fascism entered the World stage, this time causing millions of deaths and destroying millions of lives. Most of those Scotsmen and women worked hard behind the scenes and in many different ways, times were very tough and although their lives were a continuous struggle they cared about the plight of the Spanish people. Many Scotsmen such as Jimmy Flynn from the Calton or Alex McDade who wrote the words of “Jarma Valley”, the International Brigades song, which was later made famous, both perished. And not just from Glasgow, Archie Dewar and Tom Davidson “Loons from Aberdeen” both killed in 1938, a republican flag used as their shroud. Scotsmen and woman fought the good fight against Franco, their are lots of memorials to the brave Scots. Trade unionist, their children and grandbairns still keep their memories alive today. A most unusual supporter was the “Red Duchess”, the Duchess of Athlone who inspired many Scotsmen and woman to raise funds in many ways and to back the cause, this from a Tory M.P. was extraordinary. Stranger still when she stood for re-election the communist party supported her in her local bye-election in West Perthshire. There was of course support for Franco in Scotland mainly from the Protestant League and Protestant Action, but the main support was for the Republican forces by committed ordinary Scots. As fighting broke out on many fronts, other Countries and political parties tried to ban people from going to Spain, but some 2500 people did go from the British Isles, some to die for their political beliefs. The first Scottish involvement was actually a medical support unit, this team with its ambulance was sent to Spain at the behest of the chancellor of Glasgow University, Daniel Stevenson, all of the unit was volunteers. The “International Brigade” made their first fighting appearance at the siege of Madrid and so did Franco’s bombers, killing some 2000 civilians. The Scottish volunteers were mainly working class people, most joined the British Battalion of the XVth “International Brigade” The first arrivals taking part in the “Battle of Jarama” near to Madrid in January 1937 and also the
the “Battle of Brunnete” in July. The Scottish contingent took heavy casualties in both battles. In the cemetery in Tarancon near to the site of the battle of Jarma their is a memorial dedicated to Dundonian Allan Craig and the other brave 38 Scots who died alongside him. This war dragged on until 1939 and by its end some 500,000 people had lost their lives fighting for the cause that they fervently believed in. Franco became Dictator who ruled Spain for the next 36 years. Of the 2500 British volunteer’s who joined the International Brigade 526 perished. Its so very easy to forget these brave Scotsmen and women, their many sacrifices, lost in the mayhem and the madness that followed, so time perhaps to think about them and pay a small tribute to those who fought for what they believed in and to help the Spanish people because they felt it was “The right thing to do”.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike,
Excellent!

Noel Skytrot
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Excellent Mike. I’ve a massive collection of books about the SCW and have visited parts of Spain and it’s autonomous regions looking at sites etc My friends grandfather went to fight at 27 and never returned and they’ve never had any closure regarding his death or whereabouts. If you ever want some books to read I can post them to you no probs. NO PASARAN

Noel Skytrot
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

“Fascism is nothing but capitalist reaction.”

Leon Trotsky

TicToc
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Charlie S, I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. Social justice, let’s call it **Socialism, is I believe dear to the majority of Scots, except of course the usual suspects when it comes to equality, truth, justice and decency. We were badly let down by the real “wolf in sheep’s clothing” Tony Bastard Blair and his other new labour, right-wing cronies.
I think Scottish Nationalism could well be a means to an end; if we get nationalism and form a republic, I think us Scots will revert to type and bring in **Socialism. I hope I’m right and I’d die a very happy man if this was to come about.
Of course, it’s only my view.

Great comment from Mike. Such a pity that it takes so much bloodshed to ‘aim for the stars’. A very human condition is man’s inhumanity to man.
HH

JTT
3 years ago

Caption: Kick fascism out of football!

Kris
3 years ago

Tim’s Romanz…Next season-

.rangers win 6-0 v someone no us
.Gerrard gets a good winger in on loan
.a 3 doon comeback for rangers cos SG gambles and is a genius
.Hoops win Treble Treble( had to teach Android that ) uncanny ability of BR starts to emerge…..

Mike
3 years ago

As the John Terry to Celtic rumours begin to grow, pushing Jack Wiltshire aside into second place at £90.000.00 per week BTW
Pensionerbhoy looks out his werther’s and cosy blanket with slippers attached and gets his spare zimmerframe out of the garage and oils up the wheels. New signs are erected around Celtic park with arrows pointing out the nearest way to the Department for Work and Pensions, with the emphisies on the latter. Monti gets his autograph book ready and pencil sharpened to stand on the front steps of Paradise. “I stood on the front steps with big Billy” he saiz, blushing profusely he stands ready to meet his hero, Terry Your pure Gold, he saiz, Terry’s Pure Gold.

Doc
3 years ago

Caption: “Paulo, there’s a likeness of Mussolini on the skirting board”

Iancelt67
3 years ago

Aussies played well fuck all up front Croatia Masterclass getting used to these white nights with jet lag. Gartnavel hospital next on the tourist trail

Iancelt67
3 years ago

Tis the equinox. I need some Druid sacrifice stuff longest day of the year it isn’t natural

Monti
3 years ago

I note Jon Flanagan has warned Brendan he is here to ” steal Celtic’s title “?

Firstly you shouldn’t be warning anyone about anything and concentrate on your domestic violence issues & community service.

A scouser talking about stealing eh?

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

🙂

Monti
3 years ago

Weered,
They are hugely disappointing, not the Argentina i remember!

Mike
3 years ago

There was a Celtic supporter on here talking about stealing tatties and turnips, this from a good Catholic. I never ever thought that I would read such a disgusting thing, stealing tumshies ans tatties, what about the farmer whose goods he stole, its just like going into M @ S to steal tights… # Free the Taaties and the Tumshies.

Remember the farmers.

jimmybee
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Its no that monti leant me a cracking pair of troosers so i could carry more.

Mike
3 years ago

Goldson is at it as well.. “We are going to take your title Celtic”

Same pish every year, keep it going, all you are doing is to motivate our manager and our players. # WE WERE THE PEOPLE, BUT WE DIED AND NOW ALL WE DO IS TALK SHITE.

Iancelt67
3 years ago

You know on days of your lad mike it was legal to kill a sheep or take some produce from a farm if one was hungry then move on

Iancelt67
3 years ago

Days of old

Iancelt67
3 years ago

Definitely going to this second leg match when do tickets go on sale

Iancelt67
3 years ago

I’ll use my universal credits.

Mike
3 years ago

For every fat fermer there is a dozen slim ones, bending doon, lifting sheep, putting their haunds up coos arses, working their kilts of providing food for lazy bastards who wont get of their arses to do a days work. # Power to the fermers and doon with lazy bastards.

3 years ago

http://celticbynumberscom.ipage.com/the-sharp-shooters/

Shot accuracy and conversion rates tell us a lot about attacking effectiveness. Part 3 of today’s striking trilogy.

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