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Celtic Diary – 24th August

According to ESPN, Yuki Otsu has “received an offer from Celtic and are in negotiations” adding “Once we settle on the terms the transfer should go through.”

Actually, its only a one year loan for the Borussia Moenchengladbach striker, but at least its something. The Japanese striker scored three times for Japan in the Olympics, including the winner against Spain as Japan made it to a fourth place finish.

Still a fantastic capacity to underwhelm the supporter. Well done Peter

Tomorrow sees Celtic travel to Inverness in a live Sky sports game, and the club currently lying mid table (thats us, by the way) need to get back on track to avoid being left languishing behind the pace setters of Dundee Utd.

In order to do that , Lennon will have to muddle his way through an injury crisis which is starting to cause concern throughout Timland. Especially since Mo Bangura is in contention for a starting place. Joe Ledley, Beram Kayal and Thomas Rogne are all doubtful, joining an already overflowing treatment room and the manager has appealed for travelling fans to bring their boots “just in case”

Inverness, from the Gaelic for “bloody miles away”, was granted full city status in the year 2000, and is described as a “prosperous hub” in “an enviable location”

The city is also proud of its “pink crenellated castle,” which has to be worth a visit to see what crenallated means. Still, the VisitScotland website says there are plenty of places to buy something tartan to take home, which is a relief.

The “enviable location” claim puts me in mind of the time a match up there was called off, and having already driven for about three hours and reached the Kilmarnock turn off, you can imagine our delight when, at about nine in the morning, the announcer on the radio declared that “all of you thinking of going to Invrerness for the game today can turn over and have another hour in bed. The game is postponed.” What made it worse when I got home was she made me go shopping with her.

We did make it up there for the re-arranged game, but it was a long haul. Getting back to glasgow and realising you are only half way back is quite an eye opener, which due to the fact it was a night game, was more than helpful.

In fact, anyone who has done the last three games and is planning to go tomorrow as well needs a good therapist, and probably help in finding a divorce lawyer.

Ki Seung Yeung has revealed why he chose Swansea to, er, develop as a player. “Swansea city is a very cohesive team that relies on passes, and you don’t see that often in England. Thats what makes the team so attractive, and i would be able to play the kind of football I want to play.”

The Korean also said “It will be an honour to play in the world class Premier league”, Well, for a bit anyway.

Theres a video doing the rounds showing former Celt and loonball Efrain Juarez, who broke his arm in a recent match. Its impossible to watch without saying “ouch!”

Rangers have had their upcoming Ramsdens cup quarter final rescheduled as they will have some players on international duty on September 9, but as Andy Goram , the former goalkeeper says, that the Murray Park conveyer belt will save his beloved club.

“I can’t tell you of my joy when i clapped eyes on little Barrie McKay for the first time” crowed the loyalist sympathiser. A remark which would have had the player closing his curtains and cowering under his bed. He goes on to say that during a game of golf with “Coisty and Durranty”, they told “fatty” that there were four or five other players on the verge of a first team place. Neglecting of course to add its because they haven’t got anyone else.

“One thing is for sure” he concludes “under McCoist, Rangers are at last on the road to recovery.”

Drink is a terrible thing.

Another one talking up the Ibrox cheats is Lee McCulloch, one of the very few who didn’t walk away. He says winning the third division would be “special”, which is exactly how his teachers used to describe him.

The fallen giants travel across the border into another country this weekend when they face Berwick Rangers, a game also on tv. As Stewart Regan said, there would be no interest in covering them, and footballs tv deal will suffer.
His negotiating skills are laughable, and even his wife won’t let him work a car boot sale with her.

Anyway, wherever you watch the game, enjoy it, and spare a thought for Liverpool this morning, a side who’s top scorer this season plays for Hearts.

Finally, we can reveal the real Photo that the Royal Family dont want anyone to see

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