Celtic Diary Wednesday April 22: The Pot Simmers

There are all sorts of problems within society these days. Covid 19 has , and will continue to , change the way we live beyond recognition.

Social distancing has become the norm, but there is now a look on peoples faces that wasn’t there before, there is a genuine fear of contracting the virus.

Regular readers will know I’ve become a key worker in the courier business as the job of climbing up walls is exclusively the domain of Spiderman, and that has given me the opportunity to observe peoples behaviour.

I’ve been told I’m a hero, something I never have been before and never will be again, and of course, I’m not. Real heroes save lives and make a difference, I just drive down a street chucking parcels at people and hope they’ve ordered something.

Alright, thats not strictly true, but the response of people when I arrive, and the genuine fear on their faces and relief at just seeing someone who should be there , usually through their window, is indicative of the fear people have of each other.

 

And this is going to go on for a while yet…

 

Households, in most cases, are operating on a reduced income, but in the short term, as pubs , clubs, theatres, cinemas and football grounds are closed, it’s not yet biting in the way it will.

The current stagnation cannot go on without causing considerable damage to each and every one of us, bth at home and in business. Put simply, if a business has no income, it cannot carry on.

 

Down in the English Premiership, vast sums of money are paid out by clubs and vast sums of money come in. Or they did do, and one can only be optimistic about the entire set up crashing in the next few months.

Manchester City, already in bother with the financial fair play people, pay an astonishing £145m a year in player wages alone. At the moment, and for the foreseeable future, there is no income to offset that. consider clubs throughout the land who don’t have the option to borrow from a billionaire owner and you can begin to see where it will all grind to a halt.

 

In Scotland, emergency payments have been made to clubs to keep them ticking over until….well, until when ?

This virus isn’t going away anytime soon, and mass gatherings will not be permitted until there is a vaccine available, and that is going to be a while yet.

The economy is not at a standstill just yet, but it is heading towards that. Businesses will go under, and property values will shrink accordingly.

Football clubs are just another one of those businesses.

 

Granted, they do have a core customer base that will dig in and support where they can, but if money is in short supply, and it will be, that particular reservoir is not going to be able to be tapped indefinitely.

 

At the moment, we are seeing a struggle for taxpayers money between business and the health services, which is largely masked by the Protect Our NHS soundbite, a task which has been handed to the public when it is actually the job of Westminster to fund.

Even “rangers ” have done their bit, melting down all the silverware they have accumulated since their inception in 2012 to help provide essential equipment for local hospitals, and the Royal in Glasgow say they are delighted with their contribution.

 

2018 Wholesale Brand Stainless Steel Pair Of Tweezers Professional ...

 

So, where does that leave Celtic ?

It leaves them being very cautious, to be fair. We can expect them to soldier on for some weeks yet, but sooner or later tough decisions will have to be made, and not only around players and staff salaries, which are the immediate issues regarding outgoings, but season books, which is the primary source of income.

Can Celtic, or any other club,  reallistically offer season books for sale when there is uncertainty about whether or not there is a season to be played ?

Will the 2020-21 season actually take place ?

More likely at this stage is a half season, starting in winter and finishing next summer, but even that may not happen.

Whilst there are talks about a behind closed doors resumption throughout Europe, there are doubts that even that will be allowed, as it involves a lack of social distancing on the field, and it would only take one player to be unaware he’s infected to infect others who would go home and infect others….

 

Testing is an option, but they would have to be tested every day, and when the health service cannot get tests for frontline staff, football cannot expect to be given priority.

 

So, we had better get used to not having a game to go to, when  the real fear is having a club to go and watch…

 

Meanwhile, in the Guardian, Ewen Murray continues the narrative of the Scottish media in his recent article, described in his tweet…

Reconstruction remains a red herring until the SPFL properly address what happened with their resolution. We have only the sound of silence.

(Er, they have )

The voting farce questions the SPFL must answer – but hasn’t

The shambolic ballot and ensuing mess needs answers from the SPFL as the clamour for an independent inquiry grows  

 

Ignoring the fact that a vast majority of clubs voted for the resolution, Murray asks what he considers to be vital questions and then answers them himself, displaying a level of arrogance which hints that he knew the answers all along and is going to keep moaning until there is an investigation into the SPFL that brings about the removal of those in power who wouldn;t give “rangers ” their own way, and would have seen Hearts being relegated for not being as good as the other teams in the league.

 

It’s not worth repeating the questions and answers as they are clearly adhering to an agenda, and anyway, as some wag pointed out on twitter, if there really is s desire to investigate the SPFL/SFA cabal, and just because they haven’t got any evidence of malpractice, none is forthcoming from Ibrox, then there is another way…

 

Richard McGinley
@Richiestoke
Whilst ” rangers ” still refuse to offer any evidence of wrongdoing at the , SPFL , why not pick up the Res 12 torch as it has plenty…? More than enough , in fact. All you have to do is ask…if you really want an investigation into the authorities   
Murray has yet to respond, as indeed have all the hacks, largely because they don’t want to bring down the SPFL/SFA at all, they just want to hide the fact that , and they are not entirely without guilt on this one, a second Ibrox entity is about to go to the wall.
They know there is no evidence, and that the SPFL are not going to order an investigation, so the bosses at cash strapped Ibrox can blame Covid 19, the SFA, the SPFL and anyone else, in fact, rather than themselves when it all goes down again…
If you think it’s bad at Ibrox, be careful, because apparently we’re all going to be in tears soon….
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 Might be a long wait…..
 Yesterday, we had this…
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alzyerpal

Hun is astounded to find, that the bottle of water he was drinking has miraculously turned into dog pish, in his gub.

 Today….
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Warriorthruandthru
1 year ago

Caption.
Can I get a link to that banger?

Bognorbhoy
1 year ago

Caption …
Sausage supper ?

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption…….

Monti’s died and gone to heaven.

Puggy67
1 year ago

I’ve got purgatory on the sweep…

Monti
1 year ago

Oh aye 🙂

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption…….

‘I said I want kinky sex’

Oh….I thought you said links.

Sancheto
1 year ago

Caption

Pat the dog whisperer lures all the local strays with a sausage or two!

Bognorbhoy
1 year ago

Caption too..
(apologies if posted twice )

Studies have found a link between eating and sex games …

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago

Today marks the 1st anniversary of Billy McNeill’s passing. Our greatest ever captain and most emblematic player of all time, the memory of this great man will always be in our hearts. There’s a lot of really good stuff about Big Billy in the CQN and the Celtic Star this morning.
Hail Hail Caesar. YNWA

alzyerpal
1 year ago

Caption- Everyone loves their dog, but some people take it to extremes…

Level 5 spy
1 year ago

Caption, where did you get that photo of my wife?

tony carlin
1 year ago

Caption “thats not what I meant when i said I wanted to slip my sausage in your buns!”

greenmaestro
1 year ago

During the COVID-19 outbreak Victoria’s Secrets is a non-essential business, but the butcher was still open.

Danny
1 year ago

My favourite, Bangers and mash.

50 S Of G
1 year ago

Not the wurst I’ve seen.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: Keeping a vegan hostage: an idiot’s guide.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: Show us yer totty scone.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: A Benidorm brothel for Yorkshire lads.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: What Mr Punch did after escaping from the crocodile.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption…….

‘Professional lady’ shares her Linkedin profile pic.

Mike
1 year ago

“The fans came in their thousands to see the bhoys become champions”. Who could ever forget that iconic picture of the Estadio National in Lisbon when Billy McNeill lifted the European Cup with his home grown team mates and friends. His statue sits outside Celtic park and his iconic picture adorns the E-Tims header.
The fans also came in their thousands to attend his funeral of our long term captain- manager- player, hero, one year today, we remember him with love and pride.
Billy McNeill Cesar. RIP.
One European Cup.
Nine League Titles.
Seven Scottish Cups.
Six League Cups.
One of the greatest ever Celts.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

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Mike
1 year ago

822 Games over 18 seasons. Like a stick of Blackpool rock, cut him open and the words, Celtic- Celtic- Celtic. Farewell our hero!

1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike the campaign goes on for Billy’s statue in his hometown.
Sadly the corona virus has stopped all fundraising nights that were sold out but donations still come in. The target of 70k is within reach and 60k has been raised so far. Here is the latest update provided by the committee and a lovely article in the Irish Voice recently.

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Billy McNeill Commemoration Committee still set on 2021 statue launch
By The Irish Voice -15th April 20200

UTILISING Zoom conferencing technology and adhering to social distancing guidelines, the Bellshill and Mossend-based Billy McNeill Commemoration Committee, met recently to discuss recent events around their fundraising to build a permanent memorial to the legendary Captain of Celtic FC.

Billy McNeill’s anniversary is due shortly on April 22 and the committee were mindful of the tragic death of Billy’s grandson, Matthew McCombe RIP. The committee offered prayers and condolences were on behalf of everyone to Matthew’s family.

Joe McShane informed the meeting plans were ahead of schedule in terms of funding and progress of the works.

“The groundworks contractor is under contract; the statue has been ordered and the associated stone tablets have been agreed with the supplier,” he said. “Despite fundraising being temporarily impeded due to the lockdown, the committee plans on unveiling our statue in May 2021.”

Indeed, such has been the response of the local community to the idea of a lasting memorial that the committee has decided to register as a charity so that it can continue to raise funds in Billy’s name and use the funds to donate to dementia charities and local sporting initiatives.

Unfortunately, the committee recently lost its President, Mick Cassidy—a Celtic stalwart all his life. Mick—a friend of the McNeill family—confided in Will Markey, the committee’s Vice Chairperson, that his greatest wish was to see a statue of Billy erected in his home town and to see ‘Ten in a row.’ The statue that will be erected in May 2021, therefore, will stand as a fitting tribute to Billy (above) and Mick. Joe has also communicating with the North American Federation of Celtic Supporters Clubs (NAFCSC), to formally highlight the appeal in the US and Canada.

A report was delivered by committee Treasurer, James Dillon, demonstrating how far the project has come in a short period of time.

“The fundraising has been exceptional and is a consequence of a sustained and targeted campaign on our social media platforms and outstanding coverage from especially The Irish Voice, he said. “If we raise a further £10,000 we will have realised our 70K target.”

Social committee member, Kevin Maguire, added: “All scheduled social events have been postponed rather than cancelled and we remain positive and focused on realising our goals in the coming period.”

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

That’s brilliant Jimmy, a big thank you to all of those who organised and who donated to that very worthy cause. How quickly time goes bye, next week we will celebrate the passing of Stevie Chalmers. But what lives to celebrate, their achievement’s are in the record books for all to see and to remember, our Celtic history makers.
Such a very sad time for Billy’s family, losing him and then more recently his grandson. And lets not forget Mick Cassidy, the passing of every Celtic supporter is a tragedy to his family and to our club. We mourn them all.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

67 Thousand raised would be a fantastic amount to achieve…

Jamsey
1 year ago

Sausage roll anyone.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Jamsey

Yes please!

1 year ago

CAPTION
Woooof…..Woooof!!

mattyboy
1 year ago

bun likes a sausage or two

Whitearra
1 year ago

Caption : Sondra Locke appearing in “Smokey and the Banger”

1 year ago

Caption: Do you really still want to go vegan !

Puggy67
1 year ago

Cesar RIP
The Star

Well it was early one Christmas morn’

from the smiling face of my wee first born,

‘I love my Hoops Da’, I love the crest,

but why a star here upon my chest?’

The star first rose back in ‘67

The league, three cups and the Bhoys in heaven.

When in the warmth of the Lisbon sun

The mighty Inter got thrashed 2-1.

Simpson and Gemmell, Chalmers and Auld

McNeill and Murdoch and the Buzz Bomb,

Clark, Craig and Murdoch – our greatest team.

Watching out for Jinky, was big Jock Stein.

And to those Lions who have passed on,

to a golden sky and the sweet lark’s song.

You were our finest, your country’s best

God grant you light and eternal rest.

So on the Hoops now we wear the star

and follow Celtic both near and far.

Through good and bad times; what fortune brings,

we have our dreams and our songs to sing.

(A wee nod to Brencelt, the league, three cups)

Man in Denial
1 year ago

Caption

C’mon Frank, I’m ready for a right good Furter

dingbat
1 year ago

I said do you fancy some KINKY sex…

1 year ago

Caption Ohh you are offal but I like you.
One for us elder generation.
I’ll go back to the buckle:)

Man in Denial
1 year ago

caption

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago

Caption Before we do the business , you fancy throwin they links in a pan….

Patrick O Hara
1 year ago

Dear Ralph.
As you are in the logistics business can you please use your influence to get me a more suitable time for my home deliveries. At the moment I have to get up at the crack of noon and I really really need my beauty sleep. Thank you in anticipation.
Yours sincerely.
Pat

Patrick O Hara
1 year ago

Caption .
Bondage. Domination.Sausage.Masochism.

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
1 year ago

Caption: That’s not the sausage I was looking for!

Jinkylarrson
1 year ago

Doggy style.

Warriorthruandthru
1 year ago

Caption.
What do you think of my Linkedin profile pic?

Richard Morrison
1 year ago

As regards the BCD getting going in the next few months, with games potentially all covered on a PPV basis or similar, this would be the ideal scenario for us to complete the season IMO, get’s things moving again and some income would be coming back into the club(s).

There is testing in South Korea (who have done very well through all this) that was a drive though type set up that took under 15mins to get your results, if things have calmed by July/Aug, it may be possible that the SPL could procure and use this system to test all players prior to matches or even potentially every day.

Worries that clubs would have to withdraw from the furlough scheme if football resumes are unfounded, as the great majority of the actual employees that are on it would still not be required on matchday, players aren’t on it, and most likely none of the senior staff, trainers, medical etc.

And worries from the Scottish Government that people would gather in groups to watch the games are unfounded IMO, as immediately after the social distancing restrictions are lifted people will gather, be it the footie, bbq’s, partys, etc etc, so they should’t use this as a reason to vito the idea of BCD games.

1 year ago

Behind Closed Doors, took a bit of time to work that out!

You can’t test players simply on matchdays, as what happens for positive players, stand them down but what about team-mates who’ve already been in contact etc?

I can see players and clubs refusing to play if any of them test positive, so essentially the league is back on hold.

As far as I can see, if you test players, coaches and all essential ancillary staff (dozens per club) they need to then be isolated from that point on until the end of the competition, which will be at least 2 months including training etc.

Are players etc going to be happy isolated from their families for this time? I’d doubt it.

The sheer logistics of it are substantial and costly and I cannot see it being profitably other than for the likes of the EPL, which Sky would bankroll.

Owen Mullions
1 year ago

Caption: Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to bang her?

PS Christina, if you see this, try creating a new WordPress account by using a variation of your name (middle initial for example) and log on to Pat’s site under that. It has worked for me in the past. Hope this helps.

Christina
1 year ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

Ok Owen will give it a go – don’t laugh at my middle name though right?? 🙂 🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Christina

Christina,
Is your middle name, beautiful?
If it’s not….it should be xx

Munti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Boak.

Owen Mullions
1 year ago
Reply to  Christina

You don’t need to use your real name for public display – mine isn’t Owen Mullions you know!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

I know…it’s arsehole!

Bannockburn Bhoy
1 year ago

Ah. Apologies; I thought you said ‘Lorna’ loves a sausage…

Monti
1 year ago

I knew a Lorna once upon a time….loved a sausage, so did her sister.

R.St.Parsley
1 year ago

We skipped the right financials
Threw the rulebook out the door
The Tims were feeling cheated
But the Huns called out for more
So we met with them at Hampden
As the Glib One flew away
And when they called out for another favour
We tried to find a way
And so it was that later
After null and void had failed
That a club at first just ghastly
Finally went beyond the Pale.

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

rsp that might no be a caption entry but it should win it anyway

charlie
1 year ago

caption av heardy liking the sausage but

desdamoaner
1 year ago

where did i put that missing link?

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  desdamoaner

Caption: “Nice try Una but i prefer my dogs hot”

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: John Wayne Bobbit’s ex shows off her trophy cabinet.

Puggysixtyseven
1 year ago

Does this work?

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago

Don’t know why , but loads of polis about today. I have been all over Glasgow , East Kilbride and Hamilton and there are loads of them about after virtually zero for 4 weeks…… Strange.

Monti
1 year ago

Maybe their lodge is shut…..

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti
1 year ago

Looking for greggs

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Caption
Lockdown makes you do strange things, wait till tomorrow and coleslaw.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago
RJP
1 year ago

kept the biggest sausage for last

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago
Cortes
1 year ago

Sausages are the Bhoys!

(One for the Jimmy Logan Generation)

Cortes
1 year ago

The Unchained Milady

Bgbhoy
1 year ago

Caption. Mrs McCoist is latest victim of phone hacking scandal

highseastim
1 year ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

I note Gregory Campbell of the DUP has raised a motion at Westminster regarding the SPFL shenanigans. So far he has one backer, a tory Mr Benton mp for Blackpool South, now why would an English mp be worried about Scotland fitba????????

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