Super Celtic powered their way to a decisive victory over Ross County last night, ruthlessly extracting a level of revenge that has the highlanders begging for mercy as the hoops ran them ragged with what could be described as total football 2020.
David Turnbull scored what would have been goal of the season if Leigh Griffiths hadn’t bettered it to consolidate a win where the scoreline just doesn’t do justice to the level of power, pace , creativity and skill on show at Celtic Park last night.
If you hadn’t seen the game, and trusted my viewpoint, you might believe that bullshit, and it would serve you right.
We’ll come back to trust a little later…
Celtic were bloody awful again, but County were bloody awfuller.
We’re taking longer to turn this season around than John Hartson used to take to turn in the penalty box. And I’ve watched ships on the Forth in real time from the Easter road stands do quicker turns than the big welshman.
Though I must apologise to the big fellow, because his attitude on the pitch is exactly what we need right now, and if we don’t find it from somewhere soon the quadruple treble could prove to be the biggest false dawn since John F Kennedy told his wife he thought his headache had gone.
We’re now at the halfway stage of the season, and given the ongoing health crisis the league could be called at any stage and awarded on a points per game basis, just as it was last year.
The table does not make for satisfactory reading..
Yesterday, two of the three games in hand were rescheduled for February and March, which could turn out to be an advantage of Celtic do manage to put a convincing run together, but also a huge disadvantage if they don’t.
And there are no signs that we will.
Lennon started with two strikers last night, which did give us a bit of hope that he has identified a problem in the way we set up, but given that one of those strikers is still recovering from a mental illness and the other a severe physical one, did we really expect them to gel immediately?
Griffiths has the heart but not the legs, and Edoaurd isn’t the same player he was pre covid. We’d be better off waiting until he is.
Goals win games and although the team has been criticised for not being creative enough, perhaps we’re blaming the wrong department. Maybe the midfielders aren’t making that crucial pass because there isn’t enough movement in front of them.
Maybe thats why they are forced to pass sideways.
David Turnbull and Ismael Soro have made a difference, but there needs to be more change around them if Celtic are to overcome this years challenge, and it needs to be soon.
The defence still looks shakey, and talk of Fraser Forster coming back may or may not prove to be right, but the probelms are in front of the goalkeeper, and the persistence with wing backs who can’t defend leaves us vulnerable to any side that can whip in a few crosses, and thats exactly how the new club at Ibrox set themselves up.
We’re in a lot more trouble than we think, and it’s going to take some brave decisions from the management to make any changes that will actually make a difference.
Can we trust him to do that ?
Do the players trust him enough to have confidence in is overall plan ?
The evidence on the pitch suggests otherwise, and it looks like we’ll stumble along until the Ibrox game in a week or so, which may yet ultimately decide the future of Neil Lennon and his staff…..
It’s a strange season all round.
One could be forgiven for thinking that “stopping the ten ” is being given more attention than recognising the possibility of a club achieving that milestone,,,,records are there to be broken, and in sport it should be encouraged to go out and do better than those who have gone before you.
Yet the media and even to an extent those running the game have all decided that an unparalleled run of success is in fact a bad thing, and must be stopped.
So, can we trust them to ensure a level playing field ?
We know that the referees are somewhat less inclined to be impartial, and with a more than acceptable number of them perceived to be supporters of one club in particular, one would think that media scrutiny would be at an extremely high level, given the possibility of a club achieving unprecedented honours in the game, such is the hard work and dedication required to attain that level of consistency, and yet time after time, little rules are flouted , game changing decisions are made, and the playing field becomes slightly lop sided.
There appears to be one set of rules for Celtic, and another for everyone else.
Only in Scotland is sporting excellence frowned upon, and actively discouraged. Or is that because of who is reaching that level ?
Again, there is more than enough evidence, played out on a weekly basis in front of an audience of millions, that at the very least there is a perception of bias, and that alone should mean everything should be done to ensure that level playing field, which is all any of us ask for.
And this is where we get to the crux of the matter.
Do we actually trust the club-the board-to draw attention to this, and more importantly, do we trust them to do something abut it ?
Which brings me to the Celtic Trust…who recently asked for money to buy shares with , which would give fans a collective voice to help ensure that those in the boardroom not only listen to our concerns, but do something about them.
Which , in turn, leads me to wonder why they said that Res 11/12, now in the hands of the club, who have said they will pursue the matter, was a “futile and pointless exercise ” during their recent zoom meeting ?
They haven’t even got a seat on the board yet, and appear to be indulging in their policies already.
I hope I’m wrong, indeed, I fervently hope I’m wrong, but after claiming to be the voice of fans, and asking for contributions to ensure that they become that voice, why then would they describe supporting the single most important issue of the last decade, that which concerns possible collusion with those who sought to damage the club financially by allowing both a club and the authorities to ignore rules on admission to the cashpot of the champions League, and all the benefits that come with it, as a
“futile and pointless exercise ”
Is Lawwell approving their agenda before or after it is declared ?
Trust has to be earned, simply adding it on to the name of an organisation does not earn it.
I’m hoping for some sort of clarification from the Trust on this one.
Are they going to take up the mantle against corruption and help to force the club to either act on the issue or at least explain why they won’t, or are they, too, looking to see it swept under the carpet as Scottish football looks to re invent the Old firm brand ?
They may well, have underestimated the depth of feeling on this one, and it might also be worth pointing out that should “rangers ” win the league, then thats not all that they will win.
They will have won back their name, and in doing that they will have made it perfectly acceptable to cheat, lie and steal their way to sporting success, and it will all be lauded by those in a position to do so as a good thing for the game.
Which is unacceptable to anyone who follows sport for the right reasons, anywhere in the world.
But hey, Scotland isn’t anywhere else in the world.
Not when it comes to the Old Firm and its marketable hatred….
In effect, did we get distracted by our success of the last nine years, perhaps even appeased ?
I can’t help but feel we’ve been played….and if that sounds like paranoia, just remember that in the past, we weren’t paranoid enough.
By the way..
If the Celtic Trust cannot even get their reasons right for not ensuring Celtic honour what they undertook to shareholders do in the AGM notice, then how can the CST be trusted to act competently for the support whenever the day arrives that they have enough votes to carry resolutions at AGMs?
There is an absurdity in their approach that the only Way the Board can be brought to account is to outvote the largest shareholders, but they will bring the Board to account at every AGM presenting resolutions they know will not be passed until the magic tip over point is reached at some point in the future.
They know full well that the Celtic Board cannot be trusted , it was even discussed how untrustworthy they were at the Zoom meetings yet they have passed up a great opportunity to bring the Board to account by failing to understand, or not wanting to understand because they were told, that Celtic undertook to shareholders to engage with relevant authorities in return for removing Res12 and keeping from the gaze of the Celtic support how Celtic passed on 3 occasions the chance to have the LNS Commission overturned, something the Chair of the CST has knowledge of for certain although it is unlikely the CST officials did not know either.
The Trust met Celtic to discuss various issues and listening to the feedback of that meeting it was like any other meeting with Celtic – a mushroom one – keep us in the dark and feed us shit.
To go back to Richie’s point about their decision not to ensure Celtic honour their undertaking to shareholders in a timeous manner, shareholders whether they are CST members or not that the Trust need onside to vote with them, if one were to put forward the theory they were being controlled by the man who loves to control, it would be a hard case to refute.
The CST are an anachronism, not fit for the purpose of speaking meaningfully for the support as currently set up, appear to have rejected suggestions to rebrand in line with their non shareholders can be members and seem to have taken the rush to join as in any port in storm, as a mandate that their dubious in time frame terms strategy of acquiring enough votes is the only way forward, with the absurdity already mentioned, that brings.
Ironically the best way to bring about change is join the CST in large numbers then call for an EGM and vote in people who will bring the support together as a whole and in doing so form a buying power base that the Celtic Board will fear because the shit will be being fed in a a different direction.
Thy ordinance since 1887-
IF and WHEN the Celtic Trust beg enough money to acquire the necessary shares, do they intend to change their name to CLUB 1888?
The Celtic Football and Athletic Company Ltd
I think when you have been asked the same question about six times in a few days it’s worth explaining the issue here. If a football club is liquidated it’s finished. Continuity with its history and records ends. This is not the same as a football company changing its name.
Celtic was established as a sporting club at a meeting in a church hall in November 1887, in many ways, no different than a million other football, karate and badminton clubs. It subsequently registered with the SFA in 1888. In April 1897 it incorporated as a private limited company, registering as The Celtic Football and Athletic Company Ltd at Companies House. It was the 3487 th company to register in Scotland and was given the incorporation number SC003487.
In 1994 the company became a public limited company and changed its name to Celtic PLC but, of course, remained the same company, with the same incorporation number and retained the same registration with the SFA. You can check our corporate history, from incorporation in 1879, to name change in 1994 to our most recent annual return, dated 31 December 2011, at Companies House here.
On the same day Celtic changed its name to Celtic PLC, Fergus McCann changed the name of an off the shelf company, securing the old trading name ‘The Celtic Football and Athletic Company Ltd’, which is fully owned by Celtic PLC, but is not registered as a football club. I assume this was to secure our old name for the club and to protect it from potential abuse.
Darling reach out.
C/O LMC (U8502).
🙂 I was referring to the gullibillies at Klub1872 and how they are led by the nose and have their pockets continually emptied by the sevco board. The Celtic Trust appears to want to emulate them.
Sorry alzyepal, Have a grand day.
They call me mellow Green, White and Gold.
Merry Christmas Ghirls and Bhoys. Santa comes first to the Aussies first
cause weve been nice.
Tiocfaidh ar la.
Enjoy one`s repletion after feasting and adjust.
Sorry about the Daily Ranger link but given the subject matter, hopefully an exception is okay?
Not a fatal blow to David but a cause of some concern.
There may be more on that front but its only business.
Totally agree Auldheid, someone hast get hold of the issue, also the clear anti-Celtic agenda in the Establishment and their pack dogs.
Last night finally Ping Ping cut to the byline and Turnbull standing still scored a beaut. Eddie and Griff still look stale, but a few games should solve that. Ewen Anderson even tried to take Eddie out of the game with a cheeky foul, could be they are desperate as they see the faults in the mighty Wankers. Yogis plan last night was to limit County getting a hammering, at times this made Celtic look better, but the defence is still rank.
Hopefully a Hoopy 2021 for ten, a great Christmas and a successful and celebratory New Year to all Tims
Oh hold on…it is like the usual. They made their decision about Steven John Naismith.
Nothing, not at all though. Nothing was answered. Kids crippled and not to be.
Put a Referee up for manslaughter within a game.
ralph am no wan fur stating the obvious but if the trust dont speak out about the cheating we all know who is futile and pointless COYBIG
Merry Christmas charlie.
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (Live in Houston, 1978) – YouTube
Is @knighthawk1970, the green bear,Richiestoke?
There is a possibility that the basis on which they reached there decision is not true. They might even have been played.
The alternative that they are knowingly supporting the Board does not bear thinking about, but if they are there rise to prominence on the back of poor performances will fade if performances pick up. A strange position to knowingly put themselves in.
More to come after the hols
Dropkick Murphys – “The Season’s Upon Us” (Video) – YouTube
TicToc, mine was approved. Merry Christmas tae you and yours.
Is it true you`re the same age as Santa?
Put your Trust into people that you don’t know? I don’t think so, we put our Trust into people we know to be Trust-worthy. Trust and respect, has to be earned, you need to know that their motives are honest and sincere. So, our shares will stay where they are and they remain in your Trust. Supporters surely know that Celtic FC. takes part in a dishonest game, both on the pitch and off it,the stats don’t lie, our eyes don’t lie, our brains don’t lie. From the ‘same club’ myth, totally debunked by the 5Way Secret Agreement, imagine a sport being run by a ‘secret agreement’ one that factor’s still in todays game. The Lord Nimmo Smith Commission, being led by the SFA, who’s result is still in situ. that allowed them to retain all their titles and trophies and still to this day remains unchallenged. Res’12 – 11. allowing them to cheat our club out of millions of pounds and our board allow’s all of the above to continue. How they can look at themselves in the mirror remains one of life’s mysteries, they must tell themselves that it is ‘good for the business’, perhaps it is, but it surely it isn’t good for Celtic FC or it’s support.
Are we all though because we can not get in?
Sad news. Big Gordon the flag seller just passed away. He sat just along from Turnstiles Bar near the ground. I loved his ‘Erza hats, scarves…. ena flags” He gave my son Cathal something every home game.
Gordon was as far from the Board as you could get but more of a Celtic man than they will ever be.
Sad to hear of this!
Where and when exactly was this alleged meeting, as a lot of fans I trust (sic), who attend meetings, say they have no recollection of it?
They wankers in Melbourne and Sydney that carry.
Jet plane a heading in. Stop so it is.
Although Bad Santa Billy Bob Thornton (above) has said it better than me, I wish all the Celtic family peace and good health over Christmas and the New Year. Kindness and compassion have been in pretty short supply recently. The great American Socialist Victor Eugene Debs once said that “God must love the common man—he made so many of us.” Same goes for us Tims.
and mine is quarried?
What an effin year.
You are not allowed to vote for this comment Santa. See you.
A longer post than Saiz and makes more sense.
Help! I tried to attach a Father Christmas and got all this bullshit instead!
Ah, I thought you had indulged in the Xmas spirit a little early. 😉
Signed, centre back.
“the quadruple treble could prove to be the biggest false dawn”
I doubt any sentient fan thought Sunday was anything other than bringing the curtain down on a glorious period and not a portent of the good times rolling on and on.
The fact that it came down to penalty kicks against a lower league side showed that any recent ‘improvements’ were the merest baby steps when we need giant leaps.
The Quintuple Treble already gone and in all likelihood 10IAR as well, as our current mismanager sits without a care in the world because Desmond & Peter have his back and the fans can feck off.
Only once in 3 months have we bettered the Huns result in the league and, if this is progress, it might be in time to stop the Huns doing 10IAR.
Please send The Wall back to Celtic FC from Southampton urgently along with a solid professional CB and, if you could also throw in a classy winger as part of the package, that would be nice. Oh, while you’re at it and if it isn’t too much trouble, could you also send us a new management team and CEO asap please?
All entirely sensible requests and I’m sure he’ll satisfy them.
Actually, I don’t want Forster back in another loan deal as it only kicks the problem back down the road 6 months or so.
Permanent or nothing for me.
Totally agreed on Forster, got to make that one permanent. Have a nice one Cha!
A peaceful and safe Christmas to one and all. Thanks to Ralph, Desi and the rest who do the graft. This year in particular the diary has been a bit of relief in a tough time on and off the park. And to fellow posters, followed the Hoops all my days but actually know very little about the game so it’s great to have kindred spirits.
Wow straight through a Christmas miracle.
Wishing all of you a Happy Christmas & a better new year than the one about to end!
God bless each & every one of you….even those among us who are big of nose!
Spare a thought for the people in Cornwall enduring Tier 5 lockdown. Seems a group of pirates wanted to spend Christmas with their families in Penzance and came ashore. Well, the authorities have made a huge song and dance about it as the Aaar Rate has risen dramatically.
A bit of a rum do for them.
Merry Christmas to all Tim`s worldwide ,keep the faith .HH
A very Happy Christmas to one and all . I hope Santa brought all you wished for .
Up the Hoops
MERRY CHRISTMAS FELLOW FENIANS!
UP THE ‘RA!
Monti, good cheer and good health to you and yours. Like you, I hate losing to the Huns, new or old. My gut feeling is that 10 in a row is almost gone but we’ve supported Celtic long enough to know that miracles can happen. I expected Newco to implode but they haven’t. We have to beat them in the New Year but I’m not confident. I have no answers but maybe a 4-4-2 would help. We need to support our defence but still get forward for more goals. I think losing big Forster was the cause of all that has followed. A good defence allows attackers to get forward and score, knowing that one or two goals will usually be enough. If we lose to the Huns next week the 10 is gone. I don’t think Lenny has a plan to stop that from happening.
Enjoy the rest of your Christmas day. My own eldest grandson got his first Celtic strip this Christmas and is wearing it proudly in his pro-Hun neighbourhood. Ach, us Fenians! p.s. I won’t try any more graphics lest my computer get another bout of whatever that was!
Merry Xmas Monti ya Legend
merry christmas crackpots a hope yees urny takin back as many presents as me heh heh aint wains wae a differnt taste tae ye grand
see if we win 1 o tae the endy the season aint zombies gonny know who the champions ur am no wan for sayin its writtin am sayin its read happy xmas tae ma pals that aint christians COYBIG
goodness me devoy thanks fur the late heids up a wis trying tae decipher that awe night ha ha ha ha aint tims who aint as bright as they thought they wur grand heh heh
ile end wae a wee tip ………………..never buy yer grandwains boxin gloves heh heh
Merry Christmas it work out well.
With the Accies injury/illness list not easing (up to 10 of their top players could be out for this one), there really will be no excuses for failing to capitlise and come away with maximum points today, artificial pitch or not. I’d expect the run to continue but hopefully with a better performance and a few more goals this time round. It could be a good time to unleash wee Hendow down the right and see if he can bring more to the team than Christie (the wee man was great against Lille recently) and woulld like to see 2 up front once again together with the diamond midfield formation. If we are well in front maybe Laxalt can come on to give Calmac a wee rest while the likes of Johnston, Christie and Elyounoussi can come on later and make an impact.
Frimpong Jullien Ajer Taylor
Henderson Soro Turnbull McGregor
Accies 0 Celts 4
The only obstacle I can see that might affect the result is, Storm Bella Caledonia, you know, ‘Wind over Scotland’. Still think it stinks though, Eboue Kouassi, leaves Celtic on loan to Genk and then Ianis Hagi, leaves Genk for the Huns. Another helping hand perhaps? Hope you are good Yoker, keep it lit.
Hendo didn’t even make the bench while Bitton is in for Jullien. An early goal should set the tone. I’m fine Mikey, hope you had a great time yesterday. Enjoy the game mate.
Nice easy 3 points and we should have scored at least a couple more times tbh. As good as we could have hoped for really in atrocious weather conditions. Encouraging to see French Eddy showing more signs of returning to top form, some of his movement and dribbling were top knotch and what a lay off for Griff to bag the second goal. I expect the Arabs to be a tougher nut to crack on Wednesday, even though we’ve got them at home.
Easy? A bunch of kids and reserves held us for 45 mins and the penalty turned the game.
Well, it was one way traffic throughout the game and I don’t think the Accies looked like scoring even once. We should have been at least two goals up at half time but with the number of chances created, it was just a matter of time before the goals came. It should have been a lot more than 3-0 in the end. A penalty counts the same as any other type of goal and it was a deserved one. Young boys on the field or not, you can only beat whatever is in front of you.
Er, unfortunately, the state of our pitch could be a “leveller”.
Just another symptom of our lowering standards all round.
Fair comment and important to bring it up again as we (or I at least) tend to sometimes forget issues like that. I think the poor playing surface probably has had a bearing on several of our below par performances in recent months although it’s difficult to determine to what extent this has been the case. I take a bit of heart from our last 3 games there (2 decent enough home league wins and a remarkably good display against Lille, albeit a dead rubber game) marking the possible beginning of an upturn in form largely thanks to the introduction of new players. We should be okay on Wed but Utd are a stuffy physical side with a goal in them so can’t be taken lightly. The negligence re pitch maintenance is probably one of Lawell’s sneaky little schemes for cutting costs.
Yes a mini run being put together. Clean sheets are good and getting the winning mentality as well. Pressure of quadruple treble lifted and playing a bit more freely. Keep it going!
Good solid performance from the bhoys today should have been6 or 7. Merry Christmas everyone.
And on a plastic pitch with hellish weather conditions as well. On a dry sunny day we would have scored double easily. “They” just won today, with the usual wee bit of help from the ref (ignoring two Hibs penalty claims). Their dreams of an invincible season went up the spout thanks to St Mirren and now they scrape a win against Hibs. Somebody say it first tae them….the Celtic are coming!!! hahaha. COYGIG
COYBIG (I’ve been drinking!!)
Sad to read that Jim McLean just died. He was a great manager for Dundee Utd. I remember winning a correct score bet (2-1) against Barcelona because his team was dangerous to any defence. RIP Jim McLean.
Duncan, even when we lift the tenth title you get the feeling that there are still some on here who will grumble!! This is a marathon, no a sprint. I still believe we can do it. COYBIG.
We move on to Wednesday, if we win that then the Ibrokes game is a chance to break their hearts and fill them with the dread of failure.If you think our manager got pressure and abuse , can you imagine the perma rage of these f-ckwits? A couple of months ago when they drew, some of their fans on Twitter were saying “Get tae fuck Gerrard” and “That’s what happens when you let a pape be manager”. They’ll crucify (hahaha) Gerrard when he fails to stop the 10.
Well played Bhoys.
With the heart of a lion
and the short stature too
the only thing Neil
that we want from you