The good news is that David Turnbull has signed for Celtic….
He told the official website;
“I’m absolutely delighted to be here, especially after what happened last year, and I’m ready to hit the ground running. I feel I’ve started well this season and I want to carry that on with Celtic.
“It’s great to join the biggest club in Scotland and I want to help us win more silverware in what I know is an important season for Celtic.”
Add to that there is a report on Sky sports that the agents of Kris Ajer and Olivier Ntcham have asked Celtic what they will accept for the two players and you can see the merry go round is about to begin.
Ordinarily, you’d applaud the management for getting replacements in before others leave, but somehow we’ve contrived to even make an arse of that.
His arrival takes Celtic’s spending to around the thirteen million pound mark on permanent deals, with another couple of million on top for the inexplicable addition of Mo Elyannoussi on loan.
Well, there probably is an explanation, and we could do with hearing it soon, as he’s due an injury any time now.
Turnbull’s arrival takes the number of midfielders to roughly the level of season ticket holders, which means that when we have our Christmas parties we can have one each as guests.
I think I’ve sussed out the new formation Lennon is working on.
Crowd the middle of the park so that the other team gets tired having to run around them, and then, with ten minutes left, bring on a striker to see if he can score.
We’re at the crossroads already this season, and we hear that Peter Lawwell had john Kennedy in for a one to one chat yesterday, which is an unusual thing for him to do.
He doesn’t normally talk to any of the coaching staff beyond asking them what time they are in in the morning.
The coaching staff could be a big part of the problem.
Kennedy seems to have a lot of power but little responsibility for results, Gavin Strachan’s dad is pals with Lawwell, and so probably thinks he’s got more power than he should have, whilst everyone else is there because they used to play for Celtic or know someone who did.
Except for Henrik Larsson, who apparently wasn’t up to a place on Celtic’s staff despite being keen to help with the forwards, maybe even teaching them not to hit the ball straight at the keeper…you’ve probably noticed how many “good ” keepers we seem to play against, ones who are always in the “right place ” .
No, Larsson has had to take a job with Catalan side Barcelona, where no doubt he will try to impress enough to be offered a job at Celtic.
Whatever was said between Lawwell and Kennedy we can only hope it wasn’t along the lines of a job interview, Kennedy is too close to the players and therefore will not instill the respect that is needed.
As it stands, we have a squad who take no notice of the manager, as they know that there will be no repercussions.
I’m afraid that the horse may have bolted for Lennon, and that makes me sad. It seems the old habits die hard, and whats worse is they are picked up by others.
We need a complete clear out of the management and coaching staff. Stevie Woods apart, there is nothing that they can point to and take credit for.
The two major sales, Dembele and Tierney , were the result of Deila and Rodgers developing the two, and to be perfectly frank, rodgers almost destroyed Tierney’s career, as the player was made to play despite the hip injury that left him in agony, and has taken him around eighteen months to recover from.
The open goal interview with Si Ferry is available on You Tube, and in it Tierney is quite revealing about what went on. The bit where Scott Brown told him to take the injections and play through the pain is horrifying, especially as it could have ended the lads career, which in turn should be taken into consideration when Tierney is criticised for leaving the club for money instead of legendary status.
Frankly, those involved should be axed for that alone.
It must have been common knowledge, as even the Diary talked of the possibilities of the injury being career ending at the time, and understood why Tierney wanted out, so quite why he was treated the way he was remains a mystery.
There’s a lot of things that remain unexplained, and it;s time for some answers. This morning quite a few of you would have noticed money going out of your bank for your season book.
Thats when some fans will start to question if their commitment is matched by the commitment of the club, and those in positions of authority, on and off the field.
Some of you may not like to look at this as another potential crisis, and we’ve been criticised for telling it as we see it, social media in particular was a giggle yesterday, with one in particular deciding that our made up nonsense was “dangerous ” made up “garbage”.
So, it’s not fact on here, but as soon as it hits whatsapp….fuck me, I’ll just publish on Whatsapp then, and restore my credibility.
We were also accused of publishing purely for clicks, a bizarre notion as there are no adverts on here and therefore no need for clicks.
I’m used to getting abuse when I mention bad news, and conversely, the praise that comes with the good, but what I find strange is that some, not all, supporters will laugh at those on the other side of the city when they ignore bad news, yet castigate the messenger when the news is bad from Celtic Park.
We can’t have it both ways.
Either we’re full of shite, or we aren’t.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out all is not rosy in paradise, what we are trying to do, with a certain degree of veracity , is to find out why. We’ve invested financially and emotionally in the club, and we should not ever take what they say for granted.
Look what happened when we did….
So, where does that leave us ?
Somehow, the train needs to get back on the tracks.
Motherwell are next up , on Sunday, and even the thought of defeat is unpalatable.
If Lennon, and the rest of them, want to keep their jobs, and keep us on course for a season that will be remembered for the right reasons, then they have to start work now, and stick to that path.
There’s no point in getting all professional for a week or two and then slacking off again.
The message here is that they need to buck up.
Or buck off.
On Tuesday, we had this….
Peter Lawwell evidence emerges that even as a kid he had short arms and deep pockets.
The highwaymen of Celtic Park,………. sitting and not delivering.
Comment – Even the board can smell the stench they created. HH!
Caption, Lawwell, ‘ Right, which team is Celtic and who is Danny Mc Grain ‘?
Here’s an idea, lets support the team, still loads to play for.
Einstein once mentioned – ‘You never fail umtil you stop trying!’ Though I understand the board want a team good enough to secure domestic trophies, we have that, or did, just as Chempionship clubs want promotion, do not invest in the team and laugh all the way to the bank when they qualify without meaning for one second to stay there, same with our board, just want to qualify to ensure the millions without for one second meaning to stay there. I ain’t no Einstein, but between the board and some of our green tinted support, BornCelt now mentions, ‘It ain’t only sevco fans who are deluded!’
Eh Peter why can’t we have the same masks that we punted to supporters ,you know the ones with the hoops and crest…
Caption , caption competition :
What was peters reply ?
Ian, paper mache Hoops masks can make a good aaiaas empty seats advert.
Just keep doing exactly what you’re doing Richie, and ignore the blubbering, attention seeking wankahs for whom every utterance on social media betrays their lack of humour, intelligence and knowledge. As The Lord said to Moses on Mount Sinai, after the Israelites were caught dallying with a graven image; “Fuck Them! Fuck them and all their get!”
Imagine naming your son after an Aberdeen left back.
“So I went into this wee shop on Argyle Street and there they were. More Green facemasks than you could shake a stick at, and only £1”
“Muzzled toffs” for another sparkling European campaign.
CAPTION: Celtic Dividends & Bonuses 5-a-side squad assemble before big bottom line clash.
Caption: ‘ It’s not good enough Peter is it ‘?
Muppets await their jitters
Lenny appears to be a recreating Cloughie, at the post match interview he looked in a bad physical and mental way. It is inherent on the club to look after him for all the years service he has provided.
We urgently need a new leader that can stand up to a Liewell and his cronies, their only interest to buy projects to move on, they do not realise this is the year that they could alienate a lot of supporters. Remember the rebels, have stuck with the club through thick and thin, the majority thin over recent years, the Brenda at least did well in Scotland. Lenny track record in cup games is horrendous, he was lucky against Sevco in the League Cup last year, currently he is running on empty.
Turnbull is probably another project, as are the others signed. Sinclair, Hayes were better than the current dross signed.
The shocker is Boli still at the club, as for Leigh sad to say it he has to go, his wide boy crap cost us a lack of a forward.
Some will come on with theirgreen tinted glasses and remind us of the nineties, we are well past that date, Celtic should be run as a professional club, not an organisation that has no forward planning and accepts every bit diarrohea flung at it. It appears that the morons in the picture want a strong Sevco to increase the green pound, sad clowns
Neil Lennon – great player, great Celt but great manager? Time he walked and took his duff signings and duff ‘tactics’ with him. Can anyone name one of his signings who has actually improved the team? We’re reliant on what remains from the Rodgers’ era for any quality in the squad and it looks as if most want to follow him out the door rather than play under NL.
Could it be that that headcase JJ was onto something when he hinted at Neil having a drink problem? He doesn’t look well to me (Alex McLeish anyone?) and seems to be in another world half the time in the dugout. I loved the guy as a player but his time is up – he’s clearly not cut out for the demands of modern football management. Time to bite the bullet and say thanks Neil but when even a moron like Gerrard can present a challenge it’s time for a new face and a fresh approach.
Calm down Mary, you’ll break a nail!
Lennon out !!!
Owen M, NFL PLAYED often like the obscure and useless tactic of side-ways passing and then back to keeper. UNDER “the blessed martin”. I’ll ne’er forget losing 2-0 in Milan against the worst AC team I’ve ever seen. It was ALL about “holding the ball” regardless of doing fuck-all with it, and that was in Milan. IF we’d attacked them we’d have hammered them.
If I’m the only person whom sees the perennial congestion in forward mid, then Amen.
Using wingers PROPERLY, pulls the opposition’s defence apart. We habitually run into each other, and the opposition, in an area of about 18 square yards. Fuck this, it’s clear to a fucking blind man……..EXIT now, Lawwell you bastard and take NFL with you.along with Kennedy. A defence coach and assistant manager? We’ve the easiest defence on the fucking planet to penetrate. Oh, don’t get me fucking started. Monti and I (instead of NFL and JK) would ‘turn this ship around’, Pronto. Lawwell would be so fucking terrified of facing proper Tims he’d resign or be ‘resigned’. Enough…..just enough!
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Caption : ‘Well Peter, if I was you I’d be downstairs right now, thinking up really good porkies for the AGM’.
Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you
Ye are many, they are few.
The Mask of Anarchy, Shelley.
Caption too …
as far as I know peter the magic shower rooms shut due to COVID , plan B?
Caption three ..
messi as player coach ?
Peter , one wage or two ?
“look on the brightside..thats Wednesdays freed up”
Sunday fitbaw (if we get lucky) yippee
Peter, do you like my new teddy bear ear bling?
At least Turnbull is no green to the officiated SPFL.
Ten is back on the plate with this Bhoy. Looking forward to his development.
a wouldnae say yeees wur fulla shit ralph …….hawf full but no full
I have a truism Peter, “RAG.”
Red = serious issues, dates being missed, recovery plan required.
Amber = some issues, being managed, needs to be closely monitored.
Green = project is on track.
All this Wailing and gnashing of teeth .
We all knew that Lenny was appointed because he will tow the lawell line.
Seems pointless to me to go on about replacing the manager or finding a ‘leader’.
For real change Lawell has to go.
He dictates transfers , in and out.
He picks the manager.
Rumours he may dictate certain members of the playing squad.
But Lawell is also the man Dermot relies on for his dividends.
Hence the huge wage for lawell.
Sure get yourself annoyed and angry about players , management , commitment desire etc , but nothing changes until Lawell gets reigned in or leaves.
Until then i will back the manager and the Team.
As the old saying goes , you can only piss with the cock you’ve got
That old saying is very true and if you manage the old cock well it will stand you in good stead.
The manager fucked up, the recruitment policy is a fuckin joke and we have a defensive coach who continually watches players out of position and getting caught out time after time. The picture of 5 celtic players in the one area is a joke.
The midfield is done Brown and McGregor is not working it hasn’t been for a long time now.
Broony a true club legend but has played one season too long.
Ajer would have been the ideal replacement he is so much better driving at people than sitting at the back. Its been a complete waste of his talents at Celtic.
He even should have started as the striker instead of Christie the other night. Would gave given us an out ball instead of playing down the wings time after time.
But our recruitment team our management team seem to think its ok to use midfielders as centre backs.
Bitton the other in question.
Its a shambles and Lawwell is to blame.
Ann budge’s knickers on our faces we have been told gives COVID no chance of getting through
Puggy, not as catchy as “What do I Get” or “ Ever Fallen In Love…”
Give Lawwell’s money to Eddie Howe
Peter,they fans demand Hairo of Parkheid, Johnny Higgins be back.
At least your no getting any fines this season peter no pyro no party
Forster Gordon now Bain Barkas
Lustig now Frimpong
Izzy KT niw Bolingoli and Taylor.
Boyata Jozo now Jullien Ajer
Dembele Edouard now Kimala Ajeti.
Midfield the loss of Armstrong has never been dealt with. Big Tom getting pushed out the door,and of course the wing play of Roberts and Sinclair to a lesser extent Hayes who could all play and score goals from various positions.
Now Kimala Ajeti Shved Bayo Ellynoussi.
The head of recruitment has to go.
He would have turned down Larsson given the chance. Is he a Mason? because he seems to be doing more damage to us than anyone else, and if its Lennon who has final say then it would say it all really.
Hey jimmy agree with the rogic comment he still has the ability no other player at the club has regardless of his proclivity to not last games. If we built the team around the guy the team would fare better
No one else in the last ten years has his talent or vision. We play a decent game with no real cutting edge that rogic alone could offer. Neil Lennon’s approach is ten years old. I pray for a guy like rebroadcast to take us over and approach the game in a more European way, broony is a luxury we have been hiding for years. Good player but not good enough at his age to contribute enough to go a step beyond where we are now. The Huns are better than we are now because of our archaic thinking. Lenny is playing more with hope than logic. People have a shelf live if it goes on any longer than his stock will be destroyed
Rebrov not rebroadcast
The guy at the back is wondering if the mask should be over his eyes instead of his face.
Shaysda, obviously doesn’t visit many other Celtic sites then?
Most are full of ads and just repost shite from the tabloids.
Oh! and who needs credibility?
Here is the team for Sunday.
I’ve gone with another experimental formation which if nothing else will allow us to waltz through the Motherwell players with ease as they’ll all be pishing themselves laughing and be unable to concentrate.
Dembele in goal, Christie Forrest and Ajeti in defence(for the last 10 minutes obviously), and everyone else in midfield.
As usual I have gone with the tried and tested no striker option which has stood us in such good stead up to now.
Neil Baldric Lennon The Green Levein.
Caption “Jim, do you think you’d get in this team in your prime?” “I’d effin’ get in it now!”
I’m assuming that’s Jim Craig to Lawwell’s right but, to be honest, other than him I’m not sure I’d recognise any other board members.
I can’t use the “Read more >>” link to see the rest of longer posts.
I’m using Edge on a PC, so does anyone else get this issue?
PS Apologies to any such poster who are puzzled that their entirely sensible post has been voted down, it wasn’t deliberate, honest. 🙁
It’s weird because the ‘read more’ function works perfectly well on the smartphone but only on some of the longer posts on the laptop using google chrome. The voting function is stuffed in both cases.
Glad its not just me.
Also had problem with “Reply”, as this tries to vote also if I click on it, so need to do slightly to the left.
I can vote by clicking left (up) or right (down) of the score.
I wonder if etims have been getting the statistical whizzkids at Lennoxtown to help out. 🙂
I hope this isn’t another virus. 🙂
See you lot. Whit a bunch o’ fannybaws. NFL will gub the Huns and once more he will be the Messiah and not a naughty bhoy. Course he has a fecking drink problem – 5 months in the hoose who doesn’t? Clearly most of youse. The EPL/EPFL window is open to 6th/15th that’s screwed us. KT is Instafecking his millionaire lifestyle to his old mates who are thinking what about me? And let’s face it Calmac, Broonie and Forrest care about 10 and that’s it. Letting go Peaky Hayes was shocking. Keeping Griffiths after the break was shocking. Not being ready for our biggest games of the season, shocking. But get a grip…glad you lot ain’t my haunners.
BREAKING: Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli has been handed a 5 match ban by the Scottish FA for breaching coronavirus protocols by failing to quarantine after a trip to Spain.
2 of those matches are suspended pending potential future charges.
I take it that a friendly is still an official game and is still under SPFL/SFA disciplinary rules?
Celtic v Motherwell 4-4-1-1
Playing a striker up top, it’ll never catch on.
Caption The years have not been kind to Devo
Are they not men?
I still find it hard to tolerate what I witnessed from Celtic FC (PLC) make your own choice, on Wednesday night. However, the lock-down is not without its gifts.
I’ve been married a very long time, and to a wee diamond. We’d never actually sung much together sober, but I’m not ‘blotto’ all the time and she hardly drinks at all. Point is, I tried to learn songs quickly that Liz likes and then sing them together……not simple, but easy, when you care for someone as much as we do for each other.
I was amazed that REM’s “Everybody Hurts” was sung in the simplest key (for me) by Michael Stipe.
So we …………ach, of course, I’m jist blethering…..but I prefer “blethering” to contributing to the income of a fat, ugly, self-indulgent, catholic/mason cunt like Lawwell.
“Don’t let yourself go……” unless it’s towards the leafy, southern suburbs of my home town, with ill-intent (malcontent?) on your mind.
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It seems we are already in the early season panic status. All is falling about us and clear outs being mentioned and so on. Good to know nothing changes so much here. The European result was awful for sure and yet we had more than enough chances to put it to bed. Let’s try not to panic. The sky is still there and there is a long season to go. Hunker down it may well turn out quite well
We have succeeded in robbing the fans, why do we still have to wear masks ?
I don’t have the mental capacity just now to read the whole Diary. I’m seriously drunk again.
I trust Ralph implicitly to deliver, as he does, and unpaid? What a Tim!
Anyway, I remember the Lions. John Clarke, in that team, was indespensible as was Wee Bertie; wan managed the defence the other the attack. I nearly got to shake the hand of JC (aye,JC, he was THAT good) on a CP tour wi’ ma wee diamond a few years ago but the tour guide only told me that too late. Lovely guy, cannae remember his name but he had some connection tae referees, you know, GENUINE referees who love the game and try to be equal/honest.
Ach ahm fur ma kip. I jist hope that SE Aussie Shiraz makers, alang wi’ Guinness and Henry Weston don’t go bust when a regular, reliable ‘supporter’ like me, er, em, bites the dust (or is made intae it)
FC not PLC (Lawwell’s a self-indulgent bastard, NOT a Tim.)
Ha, we could now have “DOBs” and SIBs, a (Self Indulgent Bastard Lawwellism) 🙂
I’m drunk. However, I spent much time writing a comment on here, went to check some info and facts and when I returned to the site, the whole fucking comment had gone.
If you want me to FUCK OFF, just say so, that’ll be fine.
Otherwise try to get someone with reasonable intellect and ability to sort this fukk-up out.
The original site wasn’t perfect, but like many “improvements” in life, instead, we’ve just got shit in a blanket………… work it out you hopeless, fucking moronic website ‘developers’.
Couldnae develop a hard on.
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5 star article.
ETims online proprietary systems of Intellectual Property rights protection.
Stay in the Hoops.
In a quiet manner,man up the back loads the ESPN+ app.
Anonymous source of information:
Chris Davies has fallen out with Brendan Rodgers.
Would he not suit?
An apocalyptic conflict for Peter Lawwell could be the saviour for our season.
The signing of David Turnbull is a really good piece of business for Celtic, strangely & not in typical Celtic fashion, he is ready to hit the ground running.
Welcome to Celtic young man, give every ounce in every game, that is all we ask….well a few goals as well.
Good luck to you & welcome to Paradise!
A prolonged period on the bench as a non-playing sub will soon knock that match fitness out of him.
Don’t get too excited, Mary, you’ll wet yourself:-)
caption,Its ok boys,you don,t need to wear a mask to rob the fans,
…..will you march with O’Neill to an Irish battle field,
for tonight we’re gonna free old Wexford town……
Dublin today, if Connolly’d got his way
would be the very first TRUE Socialist state on Earth.
JUST think about that…..the FIRST on Earth.
Instead it’s a tory bolt-hole and Erin’s still ruled by Brittania.
And consider why Catholicism raped us of that.
Is it merely co-incidence that Capitalism and Catholicism
both start with “Ca” and both screw every penny from honest (niaive) working folk?
Naw, ah didnae think so either.
FC not PLC
Lawwell and Desmond, your day will come.
And it’ll be wan fukkin bad day for each of you.
Unlike your income, THIS will be truly earned.
I was definitely a Lennon fan putting down previous European defeats to players or bad luck but now I am not so sure. Lennon keeps blaming his players’ lack of finishing power and pointing to the large amount of possession the team had as if that’s evidence of superiority. What it’s evidence of is the opposing team’s tactics. They’re happy to give Celtic the bulk of the possession and then use the counter attack to try to get something. Only poor finishers in Scotland and goalkeeping heroics have kept Celtic winning or not losing. In Europe it’s a different story: shooting is more effective and Barkas is no Foster, at least not yet. This has been evident for years but Lennon keeps thinking that dominating possession is evidence of superiority rather than realizing that conceding possession and counterattacking is the oppositions’ tactics.Hopefully after the Ferabcvaros debacle he’ll chnge his thinking.
Ralph, I just got up, kinda early and read, (slowly, as I am ‘slow’), a brilliant piece of writing.
The ‘heart’ is always in evidence, but it’s the brain that creates your wonderful Diary. A heart-felt, brain-driven piece of excellence, and your consistency in this amazes me.
IMHO, a Tim like no other.
I’ll be in touch to get your ’round’ in, (as long as it’s only you 🙂 )
Take care Pal, and many, many thanks for what you give us freely.
Tell any ‘knockers’ tae FO or better still, give them my address……they’ll no’ be ‘knocking’ for much longer.
A truly heart and brain felt THANK YOU, for all you do for us on eTims. I hope we meet again (some sunny day?) 🙂 (she’s got the same initials as me! but ah’m better at singin’ and guitar playin’)
Don’t be disillusioned by half-wits but, IMHO if it’s a burden, drop it. In either event you’re a perfect example of what I would happily call a TIM. Thanks Ralph.
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I’ve no idea if any of you follow or contribute to “Full Facts”
I just sent the email below to see if their “Full Facts” are indeed that.
I’ll happily contribute what I promised in my email. It’s not a lot
but it’s genuine, Full Fact even.
If just a few thousand of us contributed to Full Facts and eTims,
we’d have incredibly cheap access to what is NOT cheap journalism.
Food for thought?
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Cassie at Full Fact. I’ll happily set up a small donation (app £5) monthly and I’ll maintain it as long as I’m alive or you (Full Fact) get taken over by a Murdoch type bum. In order to ascertain your credentials I would ask that you investigate and then report on the truth (FACTS) behind what pretends to be “Rangers” football club with the agreement of the SFA, the SPFL and the CEO of Celtic.
I’ll help to evidence all of it; you only need to ask.
Vincent, an individual whom seeks Full Facts about everything.
I still like that post (above), by me.
I’ve had no response from Full Facts,
but I’ll wait, patiently
It’s honest, relevant and credible.
Those qualities I seek in life.
Feel free to attack my honest comment,
but I beseech you to evidence why…..
TicToc and Vinnie, the ONLY 2 names I’ve ever used.
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NFL will be paid ‘wages’ that all of us could only dream of…..
It’s NOT a part-time job for an idiot with more oh FFS………………..
aw fukk….anither telly gone…………….
Anger Management…..wiznae too bad…..but it diznae work……