Celtic Diary Monday December 28: We’re Beginning To Look A Bit Like Champions

Maybe a 3-0 win over Hamilton isn’t the best evidence to suggest that Celtic have begun to turn their season around, and maybe it wasn’t a scintillating display of total football, but all over the pitch there were little bits that when put together show that Celtic may well be over their tricky start to the defence of their title.

 

We don’t normally start until about now anyway.

 

Sky TV, clearly suffering from falling viewing figures, offered the games on Sky One featuring Celtic and “rangers “, which gave those of us who haven’t really got into this televised season a chance to watch both clubs and make our own minds up as to whether or not that lot are any good, and we’re falling apart at the seams.

 

I don’t have Sky TV, but the Now TV package I have includes Sky One, so I could watch both, and even Amazon let their staff have a couple of days off a year, so with a few bottles of rather splendid German beer and some crisps i settled down to watch the games on Saturday.

 

First up were “rangers” against Hibernian at Ibrox, with the Ibrox side welcoming back Willie Collum after his recent exclusion after he refused to implement their version of the rules in one of their games. Happily for them, his re-education is almost complete as he failed to spot one certain and one probable penalty for the Edinburgh side, which allowed Beales boys in blue to record a 1-0 win, and put them an astonishing nineteen points clear of Celtic before the hoops had kicked a ball.

 

What was noticable, however, and its there to be exploited, was that the Ibrox side are thoroughly pedestrian, and one doubts that they could lift their pace and imagination to another level should they have to…

 

Although they have a  significant lead, and psychologically it will help them, once Celtic start to chip away at it, it will decimate very quickly. They don;t seem to have that little bit of dig or resilience required when things aren’t going to what seems to e a rather one dimensional plan.

 

That, of course, is if Celtic chip away at it, and there were a couple of signs in the second game of the day that they might just do that.

 

Lennon started with Oddsone Edoaurd and Leigh Griffiths up front, and there were signs, not least when Edouard played Griffiths in for his goal, that both strikers are beginning to remember how to play with a partner after so long being asked to do the job alone.

 

Kenneth Williams, Montage animated gif

 

 

David Turnbull and Ismael Soro have revitalised the engine room at Celtic. If the former Motherwell man had a French or similarly exotic sounding surname, he’d have it emblazoned all over replica tops.

 

Soro ? Well, there’s a song there somewhere….

 

 

The re-introduction of Greg Taylor has settled the defence. Diego Laxalt may have the exotic name, but sometimes we need less flair and excitement, and more stability and reliability.

 

There’s less panic at the back now, something that has been evident since he came back, and suddenly whatever goalkeeper we choose looks to be adequate.

 

Ryan Christie is a better bet than Mo Elyannoussi, if only for the energy he brings, and unlike the Norwegian , he at least lifts his head to see if there is a tam mate nearby, even if he doesn’t actually pass to them, and although he could be criticised for shooting perhaps too often, some of them will go in, and as Bobby Charlton would tell you, they are the ones people remember.

 

Even if Bobby  himself can’t remember them these days.

 

Dundee United are next up on Wednesday afternoon, and three more points will add to the growing confidence among the players, and more importantly, they will get used to having a settled side and formation , just in time to put that lot back in their place.

 

 

Elsewhere, and the Celtic Trust have taken me off their christmas card list, after a recent diary questioned their desire to hold the board to account over their involvement in Britains Greatest Sporting Scandal.

 

They still haven’t clarified their position, for reasons best known to themselves, but there’s time yet.

 

And CQN, the pet forum of Peter Lawwell, have banned all talk of Resolution 12…. clearly its getting on someones nerves.

 

Again, all Lawwell has to do is explain why he doesn’t think its worth making a fuss over an incident that cost the club anything up to tens of millions of pounds.

 

And speaking of making a fuss, we all joke about incidents like that in the “rangers ” Hibernian game, where match-and indeed season changing -decisions are made, and yet still not only Celtic, but other clubs are not banging the door down at Hampden to demand explanations.

 

Then again, we saw the lengths the authorities went to to ignore the liquidation of a certain club, and now stage one, their re-admission as though nothing had happened, appears to be complete, it’s obviously not enough to have Rangers in the league.

 

Stage two requires a successful Rangers….and as we have seen before, they know exactly how to , er, encourage that.

 

Is Scottish football so dependent on the blue pound that all rules and regulations can be ignored to keep them there ?

 

And does that mean when it happens again, they’ll be excused again ?

 

It’s hard to believe that something that something so akin to match fixing is going on right under our noses, and even harder to believe that all of the clubs are turning a blind eye to it.

 

Then again, thats a lot easier when the media are ignoring it as well….

 

Caption competition time, and we go back to last Tuesday for this one..

 

Hearts star Steven Naismith facing ban sweat after late challenge on Scott  Brown - Daily Record

 

henkesdreadlocks
 5 days ago

Caption…….

This is what I’m like when I put all my medals on. 

 

 

 

today…whats he doing ?

 

 

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Andrew Coyle
9 months ago

Caption,Lennon gets gumsheild on as he gets ready for the battle for 10′
C O Y B I G

9 months ago

Fresh from the boardroom meet, Lennie reveals Peter’s Covid restrictions includes the use of “masking” tape.

henkesdreadlocks
9 months ago

Caption……..

Hamilton on a wet, cold and blowin a hoodie St Stephens Day? I’d rather be pulling my teeth.

henkesdreadlocks
9 months ago

…..hoodie?? Ffs….hoolie.

TicToc
9 months ago

Aye AB, ah always thought there was a ‘Hoolie’ in you…….
PS I noticed, but wasn’t pedantic enough to call you on “hoodie”.
HH (Hoolie in a Hoodie)

Mike
9 months ago

Marx said that religion was the opium of the people, football is the new religion and cheating is the opium of the peepul. They practise it frequently, in Scottish football especially. Wearing aprons and white gloves to keep their fingers nimble and warm, letting their fingers doing the talking. At one time one religion was banned from taking the hypocritical oath, but now everyone of like minded cheats can join this select group, why work? when you can signal your intent with the shake of your hand. Lockdown gives you the time to stress test your thoughts wondering if football has changed over the past decades, applying the Lance Armstrong test for cheats. Sadly there has been no betterment in Scottish football, in fact quite the opposite. When the cheat Regan left his post at the SFA, I thought now is Scottish footballs big chance to wipe the slate clean and right the wrongs of past injustices, but that chance has been lost and new fresh allegations of the cheating has emerged. Don’t you just hate that. My faith remains strong, but my faith in Scottish football has spoiled my enjoyment of the game, now I only have past Celtic memories to enjoy. Scottish football has failed my Lance Armstrong stress test of honesty…

Paranoid celt
9 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Sad but true

whitearra
9 months ago

Caption : ‘Oh my god, these cheese triangles are freakin’ awful’.

Pat Higney
9 months ago

Caption: Neil rues the day he told Desmond he would “Do anything” to remain the Celtic manager, as he picks another silver pube from his teeth!

Bgbhoy
9 months ago
Reply to  Pat Higney

If he changes brown back in after not losing a domestic goal with Soro he will deserve all the criticism coming his way.

He simply can’t lose. A win and they will start to shit the bed.

TicToc
9 months ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

If we don’t take 6 points (and a similar number of clear goals would help too) in our next two games, we can forget The TEN IMO and would be better to start planning for next season. Getting Lawwell out, replaced by a football-minded replacement, not a bean-counter nor lawyer would be where I’d start. Kennedy, NFL and all would have to go too so it’s a root and branch job. And encourage our young stars of the future by bringing them in when possible. However, 6 pts in next 2 games, better performances and a good few goals would give them all breathing space and could even start to turn this around. We’ve got enough talent but it’s not functioning. I’m almost reduced to ‘prayer’ (if thoughts are indeed forces) and wishful thinking as the pragmatist in me just can’t see it happening. Maybe time to reflect on the difficulty and pleasure of achieving the QUAD-ro-Fenian Treble? Being a Tim has never been dead easy, but it’s always been ‘dead’ worth it!
HH

TicToc
9 months ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Ha, 1st attempt at a comment in days and it’s the dreaded “Awaiting for approval” shit!
WTF?

Uralius
9 months ago
Reply to  Pat Higney

You’ve likely got both.

Sean
9 months ago

Please remove the dementia joke. Surely you’ve higher standards than that?

Lifted in Moscow
9 months ago
Reply to  Sean

Totally agree Sean. My best friend at church was diagnosed with early onset dementia on the Tuesday before Christmas. He is eighty and lives on his own so in effect I’m his carer. We are currently working with the doctors to develop a long term care plan that will take us a couple of months to put together. Ralph I am hoping you will put up an an apology for a crass and insensitive attempt at humor.

alzyerpal
9 months ago

Neil Lennon has to resort to flossing, in an attempt to remove Peter Lawwell’s Dangleberries from between his teeth.

Norman Conk
9 months ago

No need for the Bobby C comment, please remove

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago
Reply to  Norman Conk

Correct.

But the guy works for Amazon so mibbe it’s him that needs his head examined.

Cartvale88
9 months ago

Caption
Lenny tries to pick Bitton out of his mouth.

Notice latest disrespectful crap from Keebins, , wee rat McCann seems to have brought a new word into the Hun media. Agree Ralph watched most of the Rankers game, they were rank and Gollum only ensured their victory, sad wee man. Celtic are getting stronger and the visit to the Crumbledome might not have come at a better time, the media and it’s acolytes are salivating at a Hun victory, arrogance will give us an advantage.
Turn over United with the team, only change Julien for Bitton and on we go.
Notice that Sky always try to catch the Celtic bench out, like Boyd they detest Celtic, he showed that, Hartson put him in his place.

BornCelt!
9 months ago

Caption – Aye John, the guy on the corner of Renfrew St. absolutely guaranteed these will take away the pain. Strangely I then had this revelation, play French Eddie and Grif togeather! In the same team! HH!

Uralius
9 months ago

Caption: If I hold this box of dipp maybe nobody will notice it’s actually cocaine on the gums that has turned our season around.

Uralius
9 months ago

One of our lyrical geniuses should familiarize themselves with “Man of Constant Sorrow,” by the Soggy Bottom Boys.

SFTB
9 months ago

“And CQN, the pet forum of Peter Lawwell, have banned all talk of Resolution 12…. clearly its getting on someones nerves.”

Erm…. naw they huvnae.

Same rules- no personal abuse & no libel.

Not like you guys to get things wrong just for oneupmanship purposes 🙂

Puggy
9 months ago

Caption: Before another ‘outstanding performance’ quote the tongue is secured to the cheek.

Yoker Bhoy
9 months ago

I see Neymar is hosting a 5-day megafest for 500 of his cronies in a luxury mansion near to Rio de Janeiro which started on Boxing Day and will go right through to Hogmanay. Complete with an underground disco and zero covid restrictions, it seems that the fascist fanny of a president Bolsonaro is happy to permit this sort of activity. I hope at least he’ll get sanctioned by the football authorities, what a horrible wee shyte of a man.

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

The Irish government officially admitted last week that ‘Covid’ doesn’t exist, that it has never been isolated in any form and therefore no vaccine can possibly be effective against it, since it simply doesn’t exist.

For proof of this you can watch this admission by the Irish govt by clicking on the link shared elsewhere on this page.

That means all yer ‘Covid restrictions’ have been a 9 month long con against humanity.

So you can take your mask off now and go and visit your family.

Puggy
9 months ago

Caption: Desperate attempt to show who the gaffa is.

Pcelt
9 months ago

We played Ross Co and a Hamilton reserve team and still struggled at times, both these teams created chances that better teams would have scored. We are still miles off anywhere near our best form with some players still looking uninterested.

Cole Burns
9 months ago

Would it not be better for the supporters to get together to demand the season ticket money back for the years they watched fixed games.

Mind you, I sent a couple of demands to Lawwell but didnt even get the courtesy of a reply. My family alone spent a few thousands during that time which certainly wouldnt have been spent had we known what Celtic were really up to.

Maybe forty-odd thousand doing the same would get a better response. A tenner in crowdfunding from all who were conned should be enough to cover legal costs which would also be recoverable.

The evidence is all there for a winnable outcome.

Uralius
9 months ago
Reply to  Cole Burns

The big issue is after 5 years the statute of limitations prevents civil action in the UK.

Uralius
9 months ago
Reply to  Uralius

Essentially by kicking the can down the road for 8 years, it’s likely to go nowhere in the UK legally

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago
Reply to  Uralius

If we can’t sue them starve them.

Not a penny more.

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago

Who disagrees?

Come out, ya cvnt.

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago

I bet you didn’t see this on the BBC, Bhoys

Irish Government Forced To Admit Co(n)vid Doesn’t Exist

https ://www.bitchute.com/video/9IbspR8lpNR9/

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago
Mike
9 months ago

20 games Hun-co have played so far this season and not one penalty conceded, this despite Hagi’s over the head tackle and Tavniers heel click both against the Hibees last weekend and all the other times that they have committed fouls inside their own box. All the rest of the SPFL clubs have conceded in total 45 penalties. Is the game rigged?

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago
Reply to  Mike

The world is rigged, Mike.

I’ve sent links proving but either Akismet or the boys don’t like it and won’t let them through, truth though they be.

And that very fact might also be the very reason why, as the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

Mike
9 months ago

I don’t really like speaking about anything not connected to football Big Don. Everyone has their own thoughts on thing, I just like to try to keep things simple. If you delved into the bigger picture then you would only mire your mind in shit.

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Thats hairy muff, Mike, but the Irish government admitting that Convid doesn’t exist plays a huge part in all our lives, don’t you agree?

That all the masks, lockdowns, social distancing, closure of small businesses etc etc has all been done under an act of fraud against humanity?

You think football’s more important than that?

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago

And you don’t ‘mire yer mind in shit’ if you know what you’re looking for.

The shit only gets you when you close your mind down.

Cole Burns
9 months ago

Caption

Now I know how a fish feels when it gets hooked.

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago

Last chance saloon

https: //www.bitchute.com/video/9IbspR8lpNR9/

Cos if this isn’t news nothing is.

Card marked.

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago

Here the WHO’s ‘chief scientist’ admits that THE VACCINE WILL CHANGE NOTH8NG regarding masks, lockdowns, contact tracing, pubs shutting etc etc, thereby admitting that the vaccine is totally pointless!

Oh, and that as for Covid, we’ll, it’s just a baby and we ain’t seen nothing yet

“I don’t believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines to be confident that it’s going to prevent people from actually getting the infection and therefore being able to pass it on,” Swaminathan said. “So I think we need to assume that people who have been vaccinated also need to take the same precautions.”

https ://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/29/who-warns-covid-19-pandemic-is-not-necessarily-the-big-one

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago

Ajeti’s still not fit in the last days of December?

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago

Wee Hendo tae?

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago

Griff barely making it despite three goals in three games?

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago

If you can’t see what’s really going on here then Ah can’t tell ye.

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago

And how can Lenny have so much girth when all the pie stalls are shut?

Big Don Gazpachio
9 months ago

As for the broken record fae the Calton, if you want a conversation wae me you’ll first tell us how we, the supporters, ‘owe Lenny The Ten’.

And you’ll do it with the respect your mother taught ye to show folk regardless of who they are or might be.

Do that and mibbe we can talk.

Continue in yer gibberish though and we’ll forget this even happened.

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