Celtic Diary Monday August 31: The Tiger and The Tank

Celtic restired a bit of pride yesterday with a fairly comfortable 3-0 win over Motherwell. It won’t go down in the memory as a classic, and it certainly won’t be out on DVD anytime soon, but it might just be remembered as the game where Neil Lennon remembered he was the Celtic manager.

 

Criticised heavily for not starting with a striker against Ferencvaros, despite having spent a fortune on them this summer, he opted to do exactly the same thing against Motherwell, which drew sharp intakes of breath from a now thoroughly distressed Celtic support.

 

But, it turned out nice again as this time he remembered that substitutes can be used at any time during the game, and Patrick Klimala entered the fray, which gave me a chance to try to spell his name right.

 

The man described as a tank by his team mates in pre season training hustled and bustled, and caused enough of a problem to allow Celtic more of a threat in front of goal, and although he didn;t score this time, if Oddsone Edoaurd does leave soon, then we might be okay with a partnership of Klimala and Ajeti, with the latter keeping up his record of scoring every time he touches the ball.

 

Well, nearly every time.

 

James forrest looked to have put his woes behind him and was more like his old self, especially when he scored which means he has now scored in twelve succesive seasons for the club, putting him up there with names like McGrory, Lennox , Gallacher ,Quinn and Cascarino in the lists of Celtic greats.

 

He’ll still get stick from some fans, but I’m quite certain those other legends had their off days, in fact had social media been around back when football was played in black and white, one wonders if the constant abuse would have got to those who went on to be immortal.

 

Then again, Jock Stein would probably have been in prison for sticking someones phone where the sun doesn’t shine given the protective aura he had around his players.

 

Speaking of abuse, can we leave off Greg Taylor ? He isn’t Keiran Tierney, and probably won’t be if supporters don’t get off his back. Even with no fans allowed in the ground he must still hear their voices in his head as he gets blamed for anything that goes wrong and everything that tries to do right.

 

Although it would be nice if Lennon allowed his swashbuckling qualities in training to be used on matchday…then again, his confidence could be that low that he’s afraid of making a mistake.  Notably, he’s deleted his twitter account….

 

 

So, are we all happy now ?

 

Lennon has proved he has the balls of a tiger and will face down any pressure or criticism from those of us who think we know better, and so it’s all going to be fine from now on ?

 

He even may have tried to nail a leak in the dressing room… a bit silly if you ask me..if you nail a leak you create another leak….not to be tried on a boat….by releasing early team news on the quiet that suggested wantaway stars Olivier Ntcham and Kris Ajer weren’t in the team, and the bait was taken by certain outlets which would have allowed the manager to pinpoint the source.

 

The ranch is a big place though, with lots of gaps in the fences.

 

 

The problem is there is little point in trying to find out early team news, as it doesn’t take a genius to work out who will play in any given game, bar the occasional surprise, and it;s usually such a surprise that everyone knows about it ahead of the game anyway.

 

 

What it could mean is that Lennon has been shaken out of his lollygagging with a form reminder of his responsibilities from the CEO and quite probably thats becuase the CEO has had his arse kicked by the majority shareholder.

 

When Lennon is in this mode, firm, decisive and unswerving in his cimmitment, he can be quite a good manager, it;s when he doesn;t appear to give a toss that we have problems, as all of that attitude filters down to the troops on the ground.

 

 

but if you look at the reactions of a couple of players when the ball hit the net yesterday, you’ll see what happens when Lennon is back to being his fiery best.

 

The players are too.

 

 

We now go into an international break, which gives everyone time to take stock and reflect on the season so far. There are clearly probelms, but it might just be that the management has a handle on them.

 

 

thats not to say a freshening up of ideas within the staff wouldn;t be a bad idea, it would be a very good idea, so we’ll wait and see if that thought has occured to them as well.

 

Shane Duffy is expected to conform he’s joining us for the season on loan at some point today or tomorrow , which takes our total of natural central defenders to two, and allows us to fulfill our obligations to new goalkeeper Vassilis Barkas, who was promised at least that when he joined, as its what most clubs have.

 

According to the Record today…

Shane Duffy set to head to Glasgow tomorrow to seal dream Celtic move 

 

If only we had a private jet so he could “jet in ” …times are tough indeed as he;s merely heading to glasgow, probably hitch hiking or getting a lift off a pal when he finishes work.

 

 

Rugby started to have fans back at grounds this weekend, but any hopes that football would follow soon may have been dashed as staunch fans of Scotland;s newest club/company showed yet again that they can;t be trusted to follow basic gudelines…

 

Image

 

 

Although i may be mistaken, perhaps, as the sign suggests, some entreprenuer has set up a sort of wildlife walk, and they’r emerely the wildlife.

 

I don’t suppose you’d be allowed to feed them, but you can listen to them grunt.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Desi Mond rewrote the words to Nothing Ever Happens, by popular beat combo Del Amitri, to describe the mood among Celtic fans after another early Euro exit, it;s elsewhere on the site, and he received critical acclaim from none other than Del Amitri himself , whose real name is Justin Currie

( Have I got this right ? -Ralph )

(Have you fuck -Ed )

 

justin currie
@thejustincurrie
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Ha! Ha! Marvellous!

 

 

On Friday , we had this…

 

Neil Lennon's scathing attack on 'wantaway' players was direct message to Peter  Lawwell, says Jordan | Glasgow Times

 

 

Monti 

 

Caption: ‘ It’s not good enough Peter is it ‘? 

Today…
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1 year ago

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

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The Prague Alk
1 year ago

Caption: Celtic manager Neil Lennon is warned he’ll be forced to run the gauntlet if he ever again selects a team without a recognized striker.

Jinkylarrson
1 year ago

Caption… nope still canny see them coming.

George Lazenbhoy
1 year ago

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Cesar
1 year ago

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1 year ago

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Gerard Hart
1 year ago

Still not too late to get a new managment team in. In fact the international break would be ideal.

Kevin McGinnigle
1 year ago

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Man in Denial
1 year ago

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The inaugural * I-can-look-more miserable-than-Morelos * competition gets off to a strong start

BornCelt!
1 year ago

Caption – And Ralph Malph is wecomed home with a congratulatory tunnel walk for enlightening all on this weekends lineups! HH!

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: ” Is Una in “?

Monti
1 year ago

So Davie Provan ‘thinks’ Kris Ajer to Milan is laughable?
Did he not say something about VVD not being able to cut it in England?

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1 year ago

sevco /castore promote new away strips

Whitearra
1 year ago

Caption : ‘Ranger’s* guard of honour for Celtic’s 10 in a row team’.

Bognorbhoy
1 year ago

Caption …
Stardate 2050…

The newco ” We’re no shaving till 55″ club meet up for chat …

1 year ago

Caption:
Where`s Mike?

Andy
1 year ago

Caption: Ghod! I’d hate to see the wummin…

por cierto
1 year ago

The COVID-19 lockdown has taken a heavy toll on The Chippendales.

SteveNaive
1 year ago

Boli “ You sure this is a CSC “
Lenny “ Sure, they just want to congratulate you as you run through them “

SteveNaive
1 year ago

Etims readers react to news that Monti has won the Caption competition.

Morto
1 year ago

Caption : This is not the sort of glamour away tie I was hoping for this year.

1 year ago

Motherwell sit bottom of the table not won a game. We play them without a striker.
Lennon has to go and has to go now before the huns take about 5 of us. For believe me Stevie G will rip Lennon to bits its only a matter of time. No Forster to save him this time.
The guy simply can’t admit he got it wrong and gave a 2 fingers salute to everyone connected with the club.Lennon out.

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Jimmy I have huge respect for you and in this case I think that you are wrong. Lennon is Celtic to the core and cares about the club, fans and players.

1 year ago

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pilsbury dough bhoy
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Sonofcelts
1 year ago

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Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago

Mikey the Tayside fermer – hope you’re keeping ok bro. Your pertinent points, patter and poetry are being badly missed on here. Haste ye back pronto.

Christina
1 year ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

I was thinking same thing! Where is Mike? Miss him big time!

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Village Idiot
1 year ago

Caption
The Dirty Dozen.

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Caption
Red Imps prepare for their tilt at a new Scottish entity

The Well game worth forgetting about, let’s hope the CEO gets his finger out, as the zombies must be stopped.

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

Three goals for and a clean sheet – could have been 10 goals for. I think it was a very useful win for many reasons

Uralius
1 year ago

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Puggy67
1 year ago

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Puggy67
1 year ago

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SteveNaive
1 year ago

JimmyBee

Bayo no use, sold
Eddy injured
Klimala, ‘ blowing’ ( NL)
Ajeti, right knee strapped ( check the picture of him scoring)… not fit.
Griff… who knows ?
Who else was he going to play ?
Calm down Jimmybee, keep the faith.

1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Steve sadly my faith in Lennon went when great goalkeeping won us the cup against the run of play in the next game same tactics guess what we lost.
Sorry to say the guy hasn’t got it.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Duncan please don’t insult my intelligence with comparing Neil Lennons ratio to that of Stein and O Neill.
Lennon had free reign was it in 2 or 3 seasons without sevco to worry about get real.

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Jimmy I hope you don’t accept the Hun argument that leagues won without some form of rangers are without merit? Again I respectfully disagree

1 year ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

BB not my point at all m8
Jock Stein and Neil Lennon comared stats please give it a rest. The writing is on the wall fir Lennon he threw the players under a bus after the hungarian champions beat us he in my opinion has lost the trust and faith of the players. Our strikers aren’t fit yet gave them 2/3 days off after beating hamilton ffs.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

3 league games
Hamilton accies youth team the promoted team from last season Dundee utd and Motherwell lost to Kilmarnock
Beat a pub team in europe got put out with the champions of hungry which gives it credit because?

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Seems like the facts are clear.

Iancelt67
1 year ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

We lost at home against inferior opposition it can’t be sugarcoated as losing against “ the champions of Hungary”. It was an abject failure.
We have to win those games by any means possible. Ie unfit strikers 2 of them to play some part of the game. Resort back to original idea of christie up top to see out the game. Terrible management even Ronnie would’ve got that right.

1 year ago

Sorry Duncan trying to do this on my phone and jumping all over the place I really do hope I’m wrong but thec3 wins and the draw to killie so far isn’t wasnt great viewing the defeat to the hungarian champions well wait and see how they get on in the next round. But let’s hooe fir all our sales your right and I’m wrong i will be so happy if thats the case and buy you a beer come the 10. HH

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