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Celtic Diary Monday March 25: Doncaster In New Club Admission

 

 

Scotland played yesterday, and they won.

The next games are in May. Or June. Or whenever.

Alex McLeish made half a dozen changes to the side that crashed in Khazakhstan, and it worked, becuase they beat San Marino. 2-0.

I didn’t watch it.

From all accounts the players were only watching as well.

what I did notice was that there were a few players in the side that I had no knowledge of whatsoever, and having just read a book called Football Leaks, where all sorts of shennannigans involving brown envelopes and agents are cited, its a good job that in Scotland there is no chance of unknown players being capped purely to boost their value, that sort of thing couldn’t happen here as the Scotland manager is well enough paid and wouldn’t need any extra money for any thing.

Scottish football , thankfully, is staffed with honourable men.

Until you ask them something, that is, such as whether or not they intend to do anything about clubs-or companies-trading whilst insolvent..or breaking any other rules..

Like they do in England.

In Scotland, however, we have man of action Neil Doncaster.

Lets ask him about rules, and the implemantation of rules..

Hi Neil

You may remember from previous correspondence and conversations in that I questioned clubs seeing their way through half a season never mind a full one, isn’t it time for a form of financial fair play and not backdated!

We currently have at least 2 teams playing outwith their earnings, the only way for fair play is that, do you want new rangers to fail?

The is a serious concern and one not just from a Celtic fan, many others have said this. You as CEO of SPFL should have addressed this sooner however that is then and this is now. FFP is simple, play with what you bring in, an investor comes in full disclosure!  A man with tax convictions well…..

As for SFA they are a  basket case

 

His reply ?

As you may be aware, the Board of the SPFL has no power to impose any such new rules on the clubs. Our role is to apply the rules that the clubs agree to be bound by.

However the last club insolvency amongst the 42 clubs of the SPFL happened in 2012. Following that, the SPFL clubs agreed to bring in stringent requirements that clubs make all payments of player wages and tax due to HMRC.

At present, I do not see any appetite amongst our clubs for any further rules in this area. 

Kind regards,
Neil

Hang on, did he say “club ” ?

Surely it was the company ?

But thats the trouble when you tell lies, it gets more and more difficult as time goes on to remember what you said to who and when.

And of you’re chewing that over, you may well be asking where it all leads to.

The man behind those emails has written a few thpoughts about that, which will be online tomorrow, or perhaps even tonight.

The thing is, whilst his piece is thought provoking, it may not be far from the truth.

 

Anyway, back at the ranch, and Don Hutchison has some advice for Ollie Burke..

There’s no need for Ollie Burke to move away from Celtic because at the present time, the form he has been in, not amazing form but better form from where he was a year ago.

“He probably wouldn’t get in most Premier League sides at the moment, not starting anyway. 

“So this is no disrespect to Celtic but it’s a great place for Ollie Burke to try and improve, play well, and have an atmosphere and a crowd that are going to drive him on and a manager in Neil Lennon, or whoever it may be in the summer, that will drive him on to the next level. 
Thats it, you practice at Celtic, and you might just get a chance at West Brom.

Money has distorted the game down there, but having said that, Burke is more than welcome to stay. As long as he remembers who helped him out when he needed help when he decides West Brom isn’t for him.

There’s a player in there, but the one who needs convincng is Burke himself. Not surprising really, when you consider the attitude of some in the south.

 

Celtics next game is against “rangers “, and the media will turn it into some kind of clash of the titans, when in fact, it isn’t.

Already, the Record has tried to make it some sort of talking point..

Can Rangers shock Celtic to keep faint title hopes alive?

No.

Still, there was much high fiving in the office when someone managed to put the words “Rangers ” and “alive ” into the same headline.

Makes them feel better.

Anyway, four of their hacks offered their opinions-Keith Jackson, Craig Swan, Gavin Berry and Euan MacLean..

3. Rangers head to Parkhead on Sunday needing a win to keep their faint title hopes alive. Can they get it?

KJ: Having played Celtic off the park last time out at Ibrox they will cross the Clyde with plenty of reason to believe. But the chances are the champions will not allow themselves to be rag dolled like that again. Expect a relatively comfortable home win.

CS: Current form would suggest no. Rangers haven’t won in four games and were pretty average in their last outing against Kilmarnock. It’ll take a Celtic off-day for the visitors to win.

GB: They need to be more adventurous than their last trip but confidence is low. Having said that, their derby win at Ibrox was unexpected and Celtic aren’t firing on all cylinders so don’t rule out a shock away win. 

EM: Sure, they can win but it won’t make a blind bit of difference to the outcome of the title. Their challenge fizzled out on the back of too many draws since their last big win in the previous Old Firm match. In a one-off game like that they can lay a glove on Celtic, but not in the long run. 

RM: (Me )Don’t talk shite. Just make sure that the “rangers ” dugout has a towel handy for Gerrard to throw onto the pitch at 5-0.

Speaking of “rangers”, recently their club and manager both spoke out about the efforts they are putting in to remove bigotry and sectariansim from their club, and its supporters.

Presumably they’ll work on their travelling fans at a later date..

At a fundraiser for former player Fernando Ricksen, a friendly against Blackpool, there were plenty of party tunes..

You may not see condemnation of this in the mainstream media.

At least, not unti

 

 

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D'Fhinnein Mick
2 years ago

RALPH

Incomplete article?

Mike
2 years ago

Money distorts many things and its not just football.. if Petrie takes over from McRae as President in June, then the game is truly Donald Ducked.

Young hearts feel free,
driving down to paradise,
over tarmac and potholes,
beating the Huns by three,
Young hearts up for this game,
Winning the league, Celtic will be the name on the cup and that’s a shame, Haw Haw.

BobbyRussell
2 years ago

No caption competition, just guess what was coming after ‘unti’

BobbyRussell
2 years ago

My guess is ‘L hell freezes over’

Puggy67
2 years ago

The natives are revolting. Who knows what skeletons would be unearthed at the SFA during a Hampden Spring…but it’s not going to happen as the nature of our generation of Scots has been shown to be subservient. Let’s just dress up like a box of shortbread and see if you can get a photo of you kissing a polis woman. Deluded shite bags.

Monti
2 years ago

GOD BLESS THE POPE!

Monti
2 years ago

IT’S TIME FOR A HUNSKELPING!

The Cha
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Capital.

Ciaran
2 years ago

I have noticed recently, (last 2 years)
The old adage trotted out that in these games “form goes out of the window”
Slow realisation that Celtic are so far in front of them, it’s got nothing to do with form.
It really is a shock if they take anything from Celtic.
As Broony says,” we knew if we turned up we’d win”

The Cha
2 years ago
Reply to  Ciaran

I’m actually encouraged by the way the Hun and their MSM cheerleaders talk about the game eg can they “shock” us.

Candyass mentioned trying to “stun” us again.

That’s the language of a lower league side playing against the big boys and it’s good to know that they know their place.

bgbhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  The Cha

if they don’t win on sunday the manager is under extreme pressure

as has been stated, if we turn up we will win the game…

right now I want to see us giving them a hiding, but come 12 on sunday id take a scrappy 1-0

just win ffs

The Cha
2 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Ditto but given it’s in Paradise I’m hoping for a good performance and a few goals.

John mccloy in Tasmania
2 years ago

At least not unti what?

The Cha
2 years ago

The Last Rebel.

Mike
2 years ago

You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can full all of the peepul all of the time. Listening to the noise coming from Govan, squinty has certainly led them a merry dance and they soak it up like a sponge. Has the penny dropped into the sporrans of the tartan army? Why spend good money following the national team when you know the manager was unemployable elsewhere. Regan’s failed pursuit of Michael O’ Neil ended his lying tenure, in that respect alone Michael did us a big favour. But look at the dinosaurs sitting at the top of the table, more of the same is coming down the track. Until the SFA undergoes a root and branch clear out and adopts an honest policy, then the sporrans will continue to remain closed. Time for a fresh approach…

rebus67
2 years ago

Part 1

Around the mid sixties, Keith Richards awoke with a guitar rift in his head. He reached for his guitar and recorded it before going back to sleep. Next morning Jaegar was working on the lyrics to go with Richards’ effort. By the end of the day, we had “Satisfaction” as in can’t get no.
Contrast this with how many of the hits of today are produced. Computers analyse which drum rolls and guitar rifts generate hits. Key words and phrases in previous hits are recorded and slotted in according to a formula.
The first method involves inspiration whereas the second is based on a process and data. I know which I prefer. But what has this to do with football. Watch for part 2.

Rebus

rebus67
2 years ago

Part 2

Think about the great moments in football that you remember fondly. I bet many involve inspiration or individual skill. For example, Jimmy Johnstone beating an international FB hands down, then pulling the ball back to beat him again; or even, a quick fire counter attack with Dembele crossing one leg behind the other the slot the ball home!
On the other hand, who remembers that a 4-2-3-1 system beat a 4-3-3 one in a vital game……..I vouch that very few think of a particular game that way. Yet this is how managers approach the game…..they have a favoured process, 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-1-2, whatever. Watch out for Part 3.

Rebus

rebus67
2 years ago

Part 3

What is my point? It is simply that concentration on systems stifles individuality and inspiration. It may keep a team of average players in a game, but its very conformity destroys the entertainment value. Sadly, the need to win, will drive more and more managers to adopt a system and stifle individuality. Just think about the side to side passing that we have seen from Celtic under many managers…..that is the consequence of formulaic thinking.

Rebus

rebus67
2 years ago
Reply to  rebus67

Charlie,

Thanks for the reply. What we saw with Scotland over the last two games was a clueless manager trying to instill a flawed system(s) on a bunch of average players. No thought to letting players play to their skills. As a result we got cuffed by an ordinary team, and struggled against the lowest ranked team in the world.

Will things improve? Nope, not while we have this manager and this SFA. How these people can look themselves in the eye after their record of serial failure, is beyond me.

Last night, the Rebusette asked, “Don’t these people realise how bad they have allowed Scottish football to become?” No, they don’t, and therein lies the problem.

No ideas coupled with no shame……a lethal combination.

Rebus

rebus67
2 years ago

Sorry for the bitty posts but long ones tend to disappear.

Rebus

BroxburnBhoy
2 years ago

PISH

BroxburnBhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

Democracy works when people are well informed. The Leave campaign produced reams of fake points which we now know were fake and they themselves admitted. Given what we know now I think we can give Democracy one more chance – now we all know what was real and what was fantasy. I’m pretty sure that even some of those jingoistic English will have a major case of buyers remorse about the first vote.

BroxburnBhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

Neoliberal EU same as Thatcherism? You may be kesninformed than you imagine!

jimboh
2 years ago

In reply to Charlie Saiz 2.47 pm

Yet 60% of Scots voted to remain.

Stop Buying European… buy home produce…
Typical insular shoite. Why not send all the immigrants home as well. When we’ve done that we can start to go back a few generations. Right problem solved Britannia will be great again.. Well behind the drawbridges at least.

Why don’t we Stop mail from the rest of the world and shut down that interwebby thing while we’re at it. Don’t want the plebs to what’s going on in the rest of the world. They might find out what they’re missing. Then we can get back on screwing them again. Nothing like a captive labour market and a docile population for maintaining the Status Quo ..eh what Clive, Top Ho Charlie what a spiffing wheeze. That will put those pesky serfs in their place again.

you know what Charlie for a while I was feeling quite sympathetic towards you regarding a lot of the criticism that was coming you way. Thank Christus I woke up
It was richly deserved. A cross between a Tory Board lover, Talking head prawn sandwich merchant Unionist.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  jimboh

CS,
” stand alone ” what just like Rambo?
Can just see you with your headband pulling along your cart on Blackpool beach.

John J?

Yoker Bhoy
2 years ago

Brexit is shaping up towards becoming one of the worst catastrophic errors in UK history. I’m sure many who voted in favour and in good faith were completely unaware at the time of the lies, the impracticality of it and the seriously damaging economic repercussions that this will bring about at least in the short/mid term. The rest of the EU and the world look on incredulously as May and her tory government persist in digging themselves into an ever deepening hole. Add to this the lies told during the pre-referendum campaign by that twat of a man Farange, the fanatically patriotic idiocy shown by many as well as the ugly racist undercurrents ever present and it becomes pretty evident how nasty this whole scenario really is. Most damning of all for me is that the referendum itself was an anti-democratic sham – an estimated 4 million EU citizens living and working in the UK together with those UK nationals who have been residing in the EU for over 15 years, i.e. precisely those whose lives could be the most directly affected by this, weren’t even allowed to fucking vote! If this madness persists and we end up with a hard Brexit, I really feel for all the talented young people whose possibilities of studying, developing their skills and enhancing their professional experience abroad will be inexorably curtailed.

FUCK BREXIT

Puggy67
2 years ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

The EU is the triumph of jaw jaw over war war. I’d rather have beauraucrats pissing money up the wall than our youth in trenches. There is fuck all glory in war.

Puggy67
2 years ago
Reply to  Puggy67

Yip and you can add another 100 to your list of the EU breaks up including those who watch Brexiteers pissing all over the Good Friday Agreement which is international law.

BroxburnBhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

No so many zero hours contracts in “Europe” only the UK

Puggy67
2 years ago

Aye ye canny beat a Scottish motor I’ll be pulling the birds in ma hillman imp…

Puggy67
2 years ago

The only thing that should be out of Europe is Sevco in the the first Europa League qualifier preferably to a newly formed Irish team called
Kilmainham Gaol Strollers whose European change kit includes a balaclava.

Hairlikespaghetti
2 years ago

I’ve read some random pish on here in my time, but Charlie Saiz at 2:47 tops the lot. Dying to hear what good old British alternatives he has in mind that we can spend our hard-earned British pounds on instead of that European muck..
You stick it to ’em Charlie,..they don’t like it up ’em, you know!

SteveNaive
2 years ago

Europeans in the U.K… immigrants.
Brits in Europe and elsewhere… ex pats !
I agree there may be a player in Olli but he isn’t good enough, at present, in that position, to take us on.
Ask yourself, at full strength, with no players leaving, should we feel relatively confident of qualifying for the CL group. We need better and I fear we will be played for mugs once again. Season tickets will sell out for the next two years but CL or late Europa should be our target.

Puggy67
2 years ago

McAllister’s attacker should expect a penalty even worse than the one his victim took at Wembley

jimboh
2 years ago

Spot on Yoker Bhoy.

If we can see it and the majority of Parliament see it why are the Tories so hell bent on propelling the countries of the UK over a precipice?.

We all know now that Camerloon’s decision to call a Referendum was a sop to the hard Right Tory wing and with the rise of UKip he felt that it was odds on that the UK would vote to remain. He didn’t reckon with the disenchanted working class vote, left behind in the prosperity race and UKip had found the culprits. Johnny Foreigner.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes the Power Brokers and money men chaffed at the introduction of European Financial legislation on all the offshore tax havens. The thought of Her Maj and her ever breeding brood having to open up the books so that even Joe Soap could see the scale of the greed
& corruption that exists amongst our Lords & Masters.. Aye Right.

Even at this late stage May know, as a Remainer at heart, how damaging this will be to the UK but she would rather save the Tory at the expense of the peoples of the 4 Nations. All along proclaiming that she was acknowledging the will of the people and defending Democracy. The vote was ADVISORY. It said so on the Tin. But no sooner was the final count issued and all the main architects, Boris, Gove, Fox et al were diving for cover and Article 50 with wet ink was winging it’s way through the Chunnel to Brussels.

Selfish, Greedy Corrupt Shoite ra lot yae thum.

The only blessing is that INDYREF is now on again and the lies told in 2014 have been exposed as has the Brexit manure has that we were fed. But now people know what they are up against.

Hail. Hail

Maybe with Scotland in Europe we can join a European League and SEVCO can apply to the FA in Londinium and see how they get on.

jimboh
2 years ago
Reply to  jimboh

Utter SHOITE CS.

Even if it was true Scotland is a far better place now after the last 50 years with no thanks to Westmonster.
I’d rather sit at the top table in Brussels with a chance to shape the future than remain in a marriage of convenience where my hopes and aspirations were denied like a pre emancipation bride. Not now dear, we’ll talk about it later (if ever). Then receiving a slap in the face for daring to speak up.

No more. We will elect people to serve us in Brussels. If they don’t they pay the price. At the moment we elect 50 odd MPs to the House of Wax and they are totally ignored. Their votes are meaningless, lost in the Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem of the leafy Shires and Middle England.
At the top table in Brussel total unanimity is required. Wishes are respected, advice is sought, cooperation is undertaken and yes deals are made. However Scotland is a better place now due to Europe and despite the wishes and actions of John Bull and his Butchers apron in London.

Wakey Wakey ? It’s about time you went back to sleep or up to your Boys Own world in your attic.

BroxburnBhoy
2 years ago
Reply to  jimboh

As far as I know Charlie there are elected chambers in the EU that run it. Indeed I have voted for MEPs.

Una
2 years ago

Keen to get out of Europe but not out of Ireland typical brit ethos as usual

Una
2 years ago
Reply to  Una

Don’t talk shite u and pals terrorised the people of Ireland on the so called tours

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Una

Una,
Well put!

Yoker Bhoy
2 years ago

Excellent post Jimboh. Filly agree with all of it.

2 years ago

It will cost us money to split with Engerland The miserable jocks were shouting.Too tight for freedom that and the need to doff their caps to their betters

BJF
2 years ago

It was always about dealing with a 50 yesr split in
the Tory Party. It was not democratic because proper information like Brexit Britain having a land border with the EU was not addressed.Majority in NI voted to remain but DUP are propping up the Brexit wing even though the manority of the Northern Irish people don’t agree and that is called democracy. The majority was 600k in favour but how many didnt vote at
all, who speaks for them, have they no rights in a democracy? It id 3 yesrs since the referendum, enough time for another vote.

jimboh
2 years ago

tully, it’s costing us even more money to stay on our knees.

Yes sir, No sir Three bags full sir, and on and on.
That’s no way for a People / Nation to live.

As a people / Country we are more respected by other Nationalities than we are by Westmonster and the majority of the Engerlund Brigade. Whit Jocks, lazy, tight, benefit junkies a drain on English taxes. And successive administrations from the early 20th Century colluded to maintain that Stereotype.
Even in pre 1914 Scotland a basically Agrarian Country 70% of taxes raised in Scotland went straight to fund Imperial Services I think is was at the time. Can you imagine how much they drain away today. We subsidise Engerlund. But try getting the ordinary folk there to accept that.

Bgbhoy
2 years ago

No shocks again Tonight from our resident soldier

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Playing with toy soldiers in your loft in your childhood, doesn’t make you an ex soldier.

BJF
2 years ago

Charlie “fuck 30% of voters”, good democratic attitude. Maybe if they had been made aware of all the implications of Brexit they might have voted or maybe they believed the £350 million a week for the NHS.

Monti
2 years ago

Semtex will get them out of Ireland!

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Weered,
I second that…….;)

TicToc
2 years ago

Brexit is, without doubt, the biggest fuck-up in a generation and maybe in Britain’s illustrious fuck-up of a nation, or four’s history.
Personally I felt so ill-informed at the time of the vote that I really had no idea. I voted ‘remain’ for the simple reason that Jeremy Corbyn is the closest to my own political views and he felt ‘remain’ was the best option.
It’s now clear that I was not alone in being clueless at the time of the vote; fuck me, Parliament and ‘the people’ (but not THEM) are still incredibly divided today.
My view is that another referendum is the correct way forward and that it MUST be preceded by ‘genuine’ information being made available (as opposed to ‘lobbying and lies)
I watched a film 2 or 3 weeks ago, ‘Brexit: An Uncivil War’ (or similar) and was ‘freaked out’ by its content and the ‘association’ of Mercer, a fucking yank billionaire and his involvement in both Brexit and Trump’s election. I recommend all of you to watch that film, Channel 4 catch-up I think.
I ‘voted’ with the petition that is seeking the withdrawal of Article 50 and a fresh approach as it seems that a “no-deal” or May’s deal are both raw deals for most of us.
I’m far from convinced about the best way forward but consider this; two tory, old-etonian arseholes (cameron and Osborne) kicked this off, perhaps expecting the status quo to prevail. It didn’t. A fucking billionaire yank got involved in lobbying and more for Brexit. The film is instructive regarding the methods implemented to accommodate Brexit. It fucking stinks and should, IMHO, be shot down and re-visited once GENUINE INFORMATION is made available, probably via wonderful sites like this one.
As for Sunday, as for any day, Come On You Bhoys In GREEN, put that scum and its attendant flies to the sword.
HH
PS, of little/no interest to most but spent a fantastic few hours in lovely sunshine in the N/East of England at the Roman site of Vindolando today. Just so glad I ‘went with my heart’ and ensured we went there. Absolutely brilliant day out (from Hexham). Weather a serious factor in following suit. 🙂

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  TicToc

” I really had no idea “?
That’s because you are a stupid cunt!

TicToc
2 years ago
Reply to  TicToc

CS, it’s currently the best-supported petition EVER in the UK.
If you find that meaningless then perhaps you should have a word with yourself. Your prerogative, of course.
Monti, your joke of a comment says a lot more about YOU.
IMHO, you’re a fucking clown whom occasionally makes sense in much the same way a blind pig will eventually find an acorn.
Get well soon. Knob-head.
HH

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  TicToc

Dick toc,
Mwahaha mwahaha

TicToc
2 years ago

Now off to bed, more nice things to come!
If anyone responds to my comment then please accept my apologies, but I’m unlikely to get your response for a coupla days.
Great trio of comments from Rebus earlier, and great to see him commenting again. Hope your wee grandson is doing well, Rebus, and your whole family like-wise.
HH

Cartvale
2 years ago

Love the chatter, but no one appears to realise the truth.
In 2014 we had the vow to knock the Scots back into line.
The Brexit vote was one big bluff that went wrong for the great and the good.
The people are lied too, as the great and the good line their pockets.
The greater reich or the EU has bankrupted countries with the euro, look at the situation over the last five years in Greece, do as we say not as we do.
As for our crap, Universal Credit, food banks, children with no future, which is better or are we sinking into shit.
A bit like football run by the corrupt, not for the benefit of the fan, but to rip their eye teeth out.
But turkeys do vote for Thanksgiving

jimmybee
2 years ago

Engerlund play some mighty fine football theese days. With all the other major countries in transformation the euros look a good bet for Engurland to lift the trophy. Only France and Belgium look anywhere near them at this time.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

PISH

Cartvale88
2 years ago

Weered, my final comment was hinting at the Donald, another con accepted by Turkeys

Cheers

Anyways lets knock the stuffing out of Stevie G and his turkeys on Sunday

BJF
2 years ago

Tic Tocs mention of “Brexit An Uncival War” is a good shout probably still on Catch Up. Anyway lets show on Sunday what we think of intransigent right wing bigots.

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  BJF

TicToc is a fucking moron, nothing he will ever say is will be ” a goid shout “!
He is a fucking heeder.

Monti
2 years ago

” at least not unti.”….Tictoc learns the alphabet?

Monti
2 years ago

TicToc,
I notice you appear to have left out the word ‘ sausage ‘ from your Dicktionary thickaurus?

” sausage “

Monti
2 years ago

BRITS OUT & STAY OUT!

Mike
2 years ago

GOD BLESS THE POPE! and FUCK THE HUNS!

Monti
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike,
Good morning my unlearned friend 😉

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

We shall never forget their sacrifice. “Sharing is Caring” 😉

Monti
2 years ago

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER FOR JUSTICE!

WE SHALL REMEMBER!

TicToc
2 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti, I doubt you’ve ever ‘hungered’ for anything other than something to satiate your own appetites.
You fat, hypocritical cunt.
Have a nice day, knob-head. 🙂

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