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Celtic Diary March 23: The Future Starts Now

Thats the internet fixed.

 

There was a problem in the box outside, which caused the problems, and you’ll be delighted to know that normal service can now be resumed. Normal in the loosest possible meaning of the word , of course.

 

All the talk this morning is of Scott Brown embarking on a new chapter in his career, with several journalists -and Keith Jackson-claiming he’s off to Aberdeen to assist Stephen Glass, who is apparently taking over from Derek McInnes, who was mutually resigned last week.

 

Jackson said:

 

Scott Brown is on the verge of agreeing a deal to move to Aberdeen this week where he will become Stephen Glass’ No.2.

The Celtic skipper held talks with Pittodrie chairman Dave Cormack and he and former Hibs team mate Glass are expected to be confirmed in the next 48 hours.  

 

 

And incredibly, despite a pititful contribution this season when it was most needed, Celtic fans would rather he stayed on to help with the transitional period under new management.

 

Brown has been a tremendous servant to Celtic, and last season’s debacle will be remembered as a step too far for him. When all around him was crumbling, he failed to step up and assume a captains role.

 

There may be a valid reason for this, but whatever that is, the facts remain that he is as culpable as the likes of Lawwell and Lennon for the astonishing rate of collapse at the club.

 

He will be remembered for his incredible achievements as captain during the quadruple treble/second nine in a row period, but it’s time to move on now, and herald in what the word on the street claims to be an exciting new era.

 

Perhaps thats part of our problem, whilst it’s impossible to deny that there have been fantastic achievements during the clubs history, we should maybe concentrate on reaching more milestones rather than harping on about the past.

 

Was it not Stein himself who said this…?

 

“It is up to us, to everyone at Celtic Park, to build up our own legends. We don’t want to live with history, to be compared with legends from the past. We must make new legends.”

 

 

That time has now surely come.

 

Perhaps the most significant pointer in that need for change was on Sunday, with yet another half arsed performance, especially in the second half against the young pretenders from Ibrox, a side that has nowhere near the resources of Celtic, who in less than a decade have usurped the champions and taken their crown, all without any semblance of a fight from the east end corner.

 

Those who had even the slightest thought that John Kennedy would assume the role of manager and sweep away the malaise at the club with bright new ideas would have found it difficult to argue his case after another hour and a half of inept defending, creative unimagination and most worryingly, after a couple of weeks of intensive training, a complete lack of match fitness.

 

Celtic haven’t scored in the second half of a game five times on the trot now, which is inexcusable. The club that would fight to the end has been replaced by a club that will give it a go but doesn’t seem to care either way if it brings a result.

 

Disappointing to say the least that a large part of our on field identity has been lost.

 

We can point to various conspiracy theories, and it is remarkable that the new club/company haven’t conceded any penalties, nor had players sent off, for instance, this season.

 

It’s also interesting that only one of their first team players tested positive for Covid , under their independent testing scheme, which had been the subject of a channel 4 documentary, and Celtic have had a considerable number of first teamers out for a considrable length of time.

 

But should that not have fired us up ? Should that not have been a reason to work harder, to pull together closer and above all not to give up ?

 

It’s hard to believe the likes of McNeill, Aitken or, more recently, Mjallby would have “taken it on the chin ” in the way our club has over the last year or so.

 

Would a manager such as Stein, McNeill, Hay or O’Neill have remained quiet about the various suspicions raised around refereeing decisions, or Covid results ?

 

Would Fergus McCann have sat back and allowed the authorities to take a dose of laxative and stand legs akimbo over Celtic Park ?

 

Metaphorically speaking, of course, they’re not that tall.

 

So that time has come to make a change, and the removal of Lawwell and Lennon should clear the way for new ideas, such as fitness and health, defending set pieces and players capable of playing for more than a hour and a bit.

 

Players who have committed to the club, and who are prepared to work hard to achieve success for it.

 

That means no more loannees, and whilst we shouldn’t expect them to learn all the words to the Soldiers song, a little bit of appreciation of the clubs history and ethos wouldn’t go amiss.

 

 

Whilst “rangers ” have had to embark on their own campaign to try to convince their support…and the rest of us… they have just won their 55th title, we maybe need to remind our own club of its history.

 

I can’t for the life of me understand why the clubs official twitter feed didn’t record the score on Sunday as Celtic 55, “rangers ” 55.

 

Thats how they do arithmetic over there.

 

Which reminds me…. the end of the season is coming up soon, and I know where you can get a nice wee gift for any Ibriox supporting friend you have, just to show there’s no hard feelings…

 

Amanda Wilson
@mandacfc
before i burst & bin these does any The Rangers fans want them for next week? 
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 You’d be helping them with their arithmetic as well…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frodshambhoy
1 year ago

It’s hard to believe the likes of McNeill, Aitken or, more recently, Mjallby would have “taken it on the chin ” in the way our club has over the last year or so.
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That’s why I’d get Roy Keane in now.
Should’ve got him in as soon as Lenny left. I’m not saying he’s what we need long term as a manager. I’m not even saying he’s a good manager but the league was lost months ago. I just know he wouldn’t put up with; non triers, show boaters, lack of fitness and more importantly cheating refs and biased media.

I think his post match interviews and media comments would’ve put a few people straight. Even if he only lasted a few months we badly need someone to tell it like it is.
Now that I think about it that’s exactly why the board don’t want him or anybody else who would call out all the crap that we face day in day out.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Frodshambhoy

Frodsambhoy, My thoughts exactly, i’m not convinced that Roy Keane would be the best choice for manager but i’d love to see him involved at Celtic on the training field.
Good luck to the ” I’m not fit yet seven months into the season lot ”
Keano get’s a lot of negativity & some i understand, however i don’t accept this guy has nothing to offer.

1 year ago

Sevco’s OTT celebrations for their FIRST ever trophy and their pathetic attempts to convince THEMSELVES that they have fifty five, Untainted, Un-stolen titles at least gives us all a good laugh.
The dawn of a new Celtic is on the horizon, we know it and they know it.
The future is Green and White.

BornCelt!
1 year ago

Well after the sevconians damage with his pliers has been rectified, after attempting to quiten our head voice, we can now all carry on moaning. With a cause, naturally. Knowing life is a con, and as you say, they cheat, but knowing does no change a thing. Neither will it as orange only hires orange, keeping things in their deluded sick world as they are. So we await a revolution, a manager with guts and a dream needed to fulfill. Leaving the bitter taste of this so sour of seasons behind. Broony off to the Dons suits us too, as he is not jumping on Lenny’s back, something Kennedy will have to live with. A chance to show us if he can be the legend as a manager he is as a player, once Glass’s position lays shattered. Then we can await the wrath of our Highland cousins as we poach Broony if he shows exceptional ability. Going away did Jock no harm and wwe could see just what wwe were missing. This of course, only if the newish board including a Rugger coach who may just fit in as they to do things differently over at Murryfield, do not pish up their next inspirational pick. Or just prick. Odds for Broony being the next coach after next seasons last minute appointment and unbacked sucker please? As for players such as Ajeti, even playing tiddlywinks needs desire and practise. Sitting on a cold, plastic bench week in, week out, improves nobody. Seems Hendry, who is now getting a chance, is showing form. If new recuits are shy on the ‘Soldier’s Song’ wording, ‘God Bless the Green’ may suffice. Here is hoping many interesting and succulent articles are coming from your good, or bad if you prefer, self. And the 52nd is being celebrated this time next year. As for Lawwell and his failure to collect hundreds of millions and this seasons collapse, in the depairing words of George Taylor, ‘You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!’ HH!

Monti
1 year ago

I see this clown McGrath thinks he’s ” put me in my place “?
Aye ok my man, good luck with that.

The Green Machine
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

I put you in your place Six years ago, fat lad.

1 year ago

Just listened to your podcast. The inro referredto the match as Celtic v NEW Rangers…the huns try to explain away the name SEVCO , but the more we use ” NEW RANGERS” the more apoplectic they will become.
Furthermore ticket prices for the Derby games should never go above £54.54….just like their ill- gotten title haul will never be added to.

Cheated , Lied and Died….. at 54…

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Tyrone9

Tyrone9,
Welcome tothe ETims diary comrade.
If you are looking for inaccurate reporting of facts, you are in the right place. 🙂

Monti
1 year ago

Good morning Wee Redcoat….cough

Weered
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

All ok with you today

Monti
1 year ago

Surely to hell a director of football will be announced this week ffs?
What are we fkn waiting on?
The applications will be in, sifted through & whittled down to anyone employed by Man City….so get fkn on with it.

Monti
1 year ago

Weered,
Have you snitched on anyone this morning?

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Weered,
Can you make sure that 50p goes in the tin….wink wink

Devoy45
1 year ago

Welcome back Ralph. I’ve been thinkin’ Roy Keane too. Give him a year to show what he can do. We need someone who will fight for our club but for our pride too.

Monti
1 year ago

Scott Brown to Aberdeen?
I honestly don’t know what to think, even if we had won the ten ( depressive wave passes through there ) this squad would be getting dismantled, so it’s still getting dismantled but without the feel good factor, bragging rights or sheer unadulterated fkn girfuy to the huns.

Brown has played his part in our unprecedented domestic success, he is rightly a legend at the club & i think Ralph is being a bit harsh on Brown today.
Maybe it’s time for Broony to start his coaching at a diddy northeast club where in between the bleating of sheep & hum of tractors, he will be able to learn the ropes.
Good luck to him.

What Celtic require now is an English premiership class manager, coaching staff & standards.

God bless the Pope & those who hunger for Justice

Tiocfaidharla!

Mike.
1 year ago

It was Scotland’s first threesome marriage, a civil partnership. Those taking their vows was.. Stewart Regan, (SFA) Neil Doncaster (SPL) and Charles Green (Sevco Scotland) he said.. ‘I do’. The registrar for the licence was Ron Petrie, chairman of the SFA-licencing committee in 2011. They had signed a prenuptual 5Way Agreement, that incorporated some, the most important Scottish football clubs including two representatives from Celtic. When asked at the ceremony ‘if there is any objections to the marriage’, only one voice objected to it, Turnbull Hutton. At the reception they offered up a sacrificial lamb, it was the carcass of Scottish Football – RIP. The first song at the reception was…
You by my side, that’s how I see us,
Your hand in mine, happy and smiling, was sung by Peter Lawwell, he was of course referring to, his policy of Oldfirmism…

Mike.
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

To the memory of one of my most favourite players. # Love Tommy.

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Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

God be always at his side!

Monti
1 year ago

Ralph,
I fear something is being missed by some, no not defensive headers or clearances, but the fact that the remaining board members still should be getting forced out, it’s not just a battle on the field we face now but also in house.
These cretins like Bankier should be following Lawwell through the door, open or closed but preferably the latter.
They accept our club to be cheated, nothing they say will change that sad fact, we need people who fight for Celtic & under no circumstances allow our club to be cheated or portrayed in poor light.
Change has to start at the top & it’s time the Cetic support reminded this board who we are & what we are as a support.

Standards should never again be allowed to drop, it’s time this board felt the very earth move from under their fkn feet.

Signed,
P.O’Neill

Auldheid
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

I have not listened to the podcast with David Low of CST but I read that at a meeting with Celtic the CST were very critical of the Board composition so that needs a follow up.

The route is a resolution propsal at CST AGM for members to discuss and agree and have tabled at next Celtic AGM.

SFA Reform and Board reform proposed by a formally recognised group cannot be downplayed by the media and in either case it would be interesting to hear Celtic’s justification to vote against.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Auldheid

Auldheid, spot on sir, hope you are well & do not give up the ghost comrade!

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Their is a malaise at Park head, the feeling that we have done well with the quad and made monies from selling on. The truth is that it is a rudderless boat bobbing about and could be heading for the rocks. The PLC must get a grip and begin restructuring now. Realize that there is more to Celtic than the crap blue pound. Basically get cohones, control the media, raise concerns with the SFA/SPFL. Ban media such as the sun and the BBC that have made disgraceful comments about the fans.
On Sunday there was no fight. Yes nice footie. But no fight. Brown trotting over to show solidarity about an incident did not help. He could have commented on social media. Then doing the stand against racism, all very nice and lovey dovey. You are there to win matches not be nicey nicey.
No concerns raised about the antics of the Orcs as they painted signs demanding a certain part of the population be killed
In general JPK stands out as Mr Nice Guy, the problem at Paradise.
The trash media have built the Kamara rascism issue into a nuclear explosion, ignoring all other issues as they sing the Wankers song sheet.
Brown moving on is a good thing for both his future and the clubs. Wish him well

Jinkylarrson
1 year ago

Great to read etims back. Am I the only one who thinks McGregor should leave with Brown. Too many misplaced passes. Christy and the Aussie are too much the same. I would love to see Keane and Malby given chance as management team.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Jinkylarrson

Jinky,
Are you being serious? McGregor is class!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

JimboH,
I just ignore it m8…..it’s probably Duncan.

Paul Goggins
1 year ago
Reply to  Jinkylarrson

Agreed on Calmac, we can get a better player in his position, I have no doubt.

1 year ago

We were let down by Lenny. The players had just returned to training and what did he do. He gave them a couple of days off. Bolingoli fucked off to Spain and the establishment seized their opportunity. We were playing catch up ever since.
Big Duffy should have played on Sunday we shoud have went 3 at the back. But we were feart. Same old from Kennedy,Brown Christie and McGregor hasn’t worked all season but the clique was back in.
He has to go also.
We need new eyes and I would bring Shaun Maloney in. Developing under one of the greats in modern day football. We don’t need a Roy Keane his days are numbered bring in guys moving with the times.
Shaun Maloney for me bring back Damien and put in a director of football . Bring back John Park also instead of laptop scouts.

SteveNaive
1 year ago

If ever there was a time for a gradual, leading to a complete, restructuring of the whole Club it is now. We need a whole football system in place possibly similar to Ajax where the youth teams play the same system as the first team and players rotate positions to learn how other players think. I’m not saying be as rigid as that but players knowing the system and how to play their position is surely a basic. Liverpool know exactly the type of player needed for a position from myriad stats on their first team and have a data base that flags up players best suited to fit it. Then they go and get him. Doesn’t always work of course, Ben Davis being an example. The next appointment(s) is crucial in this respect and I’d even give up winning the next league (puts tin hat on) to get it right and lay the groundwork for dominance again. Not Keane.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

” give up the league “?????
Whaaaaaaaat?

Perpetually Grassed
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

They gave it up this seasons, didn’t they?

Sancheto
1 year ago

Scott Brown has been an exceptional servant to the club a tiger who would fight tooth and nail for the team. This year however has been very cruel to him. This season as captain he has shown no leadership whatsoever. He has been at training he knows the vibe that players are unhappy about tactics/money/lockdown/ still being there and still the appears not to have raised this issue with NL or even PL to have a clear the air to try and get the club back on track in the short run to give us the time to make the changes required. On a personal level it has appears that his legs have gone, that is not a criticism of SB it is a fact that the older we get the less speed/stamina we have, SB’s game was all about this. He has not adapted to this loss very well, he has not become a great organiser who moves players around the park telling them when to go forward or when to hold their position etc as he (other team members) have it covered or a tactical genius who when the team is in front can organise them tactical to see out the game from a winning position to either full or halftime. But this season is not all SB’s fault it is a bit like it has with PL & NL, time has caught up with the club’s long/med/short term management and the team management/tactics respectively. All three have been unable to look at their own or each other’s performance critically and ask themselves am I/they doing the best I/they can for the club/team or could someone else be doing a better job even though that may mean that you have to say that you/they don’t have the answer(s) to put it right. They have all taken their collective eye off the ball through a malaise of mismanagement, friendship, complacency and arrogance!

Monti
1 year ago

This is where we are as a squad & if any of you are of a nervous disposition, look away now.
This is just my opinion on the squad:

Keepers: Barkas- out
Bain – Out
Hazard – back up to new number one keeper.

Defenders: Kenny – keep if possible
Duffy- out
Ajer- keep but will be sold
Jullien- keep
Welsh- keep
Laxalt- keep
Taylor- out

midfield: Rogic-out
Turnbull-keep
McGregor- Keep
Soro-keep
Forrest-keep
Brown- out
Bitton- out
Christie – keep
Elyounoussi- keep

Strikers- Edouard- out
Griffiths- out
Klimala- out
Ajeti – out

gulp

Weered
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Are you looking for a start. Cough

portpower
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Christie needs to be brought back down to earth. Someone needs to tell him that his close ball control is atrocious.

Ryan, here is a ball. Now go find a wall and spend an extra 2 hours after training kicking it up against it.

1 year ago

Happy Birthday Ten Thirty
83 years young today.
God Bless you Bertie and all the Lions.

1 year ago

The Edinburgh huns oot the cup ha fuckin ha.

Weered
1 year ago

When am I going to be approved ffs

Whitearra
1 year ago

Kamil Charyszyn RIP. Thoughts with and condolences to his family.

From the SUN :
“A MACHETE gang chased a man for 500 yards before fatally slashing his throat in a suspected drunken Old Firm rammy.

Attackers emerged from flats decked out in Rangers colours”

This description is then subtly softened:

“The killer is said to be 5ft 10in tall and was wearing a dark jacket and tracksuit trousers with a light baseball cap.

The second man had dark clothes and short or shaved hair, while the third was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie top.

The woman is said to be blonde, with a heavy build and wearing a light-coloured sweatshirt, dark body warmer or waistcoat and light trainers.”

Remember, they were decked out in “Rangers colours”

A RAMMY?

Stop buying this RAG. Stop your SKY subscription.

1 year ago
Reply to  Whitearra

So they came out of flats that were decked out in rangers colours and we are led to believe that no one had any rangers gear on. It was all dark clothing. I find that hard to believe.

highseastim
1 year ago
Reply to  Whitearra

Never bought a paper for 10 years almost, and you’ll never see the Rupert Murdoch regime get a penny from me!!

Monti
1 year ago

Hearts lol lol

MabozzaRitchie
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

anyone would think we weren’t total w@nk

1 year ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

Yip team that toom us to penalty kicks not so.long ago

Owen Mullions
1 year ago

Caption (okay, not really): Secret footage of title celebrations at a house in Stoke reveals the real reason behind the diary’s nonappearance this week. “Ah’ve always said etims is run by the masons” claims man in tinfoil hat.

R.St.Parsley
1 year ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

He’ll be after you next! Is it true you’ve packed in Pat’s blog, Owen

Owen Mullions
1 year ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Yeah, with you and Christina in semi retirement there’s only Jimboh left to banter with. Was getting a bit disillusioned with it anyway.

portpower
1 year ago

Dermot Desmond…

I.E. saturation of bullshit.

Mike.
1 year ago

Limbo, I feel like I’m in Limbo, not where unbaptized weans go, no, not that kinda Limbo, the kind of Limbo where you spread your legs wide, square up your shoulders and shuffle your toes forward under a bar. Montit knows how you do that kinda Limbo, shuffling past a bar, while others dip into their pockets. Not that kinda Limbo either, the kinda Limbo where your always waiting for news on who the next Celtic manager might be, that kinda Limbo. BUTT I’m not KEANE on HARKIN back to the past, to get someone like MY MY MY DELIAH, never that kind, more like the BUCK RODGERS kinda kind of manager. One things for certain it will not be one of the Beatles, like JOHN LENNON. No, he’s had his song swan and his record’s are dated. But I’m feeling PEP ed up, Wooohoooo.
Wake up Mike, I’ve got something to say to you, wake up FFS.

Mike.
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

Jibber jabber, talks of exotic birds, who like parakeets fly in to become the Celtic manager. With full – on colourful plumage, settle on their perch for a few months before being taken by the Hun raptor for breakfast. Stick with the C-Eagle, big and bold who knows the territory and can devour the Hun raptor for breakfast.
Thoughts with Kamil’s family, who has to live without his presence, no family should suffer such pain, his family, joins with the family of the 16 year old Mark Scott murdered near Bridgton cross in 1995. Some things never change. RIP my fellow Celts.

SteveNaive
1 year ago

So put out a Pravda piece written for DD whilst the MSM do the club’s dirty work for them re Keane. Then when the bold Roy is appointed we will have been half expecting it anyway. Nope, not for me. Can’t see Keane accepting our player policy anyway.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Celtic FC. What an utter shambles of a club if Keane is the chosen one. We went backwards with Lemon, now we’re moving into the dark ages if he’s appointed. Fvck off Desmond and take your useless cronies with you.

highseastim
1 year ago

Lemon? How old are you??

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  highseastim

Go fvck yerself w@nker.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Roy Keane isn’t my first choice as manager but i think a lot of Celtic fans are writing him off a bit too quickly.
Roy’s media personality is a show, it’s not an accurate portrayal of the man.
What we have witnessed this season from our team has been a combination of poor application, organisation, motivation & fight, Roy Keane would not stand back & watch an unmotivated Celtic side.
It would be interesting to know who Roy would bring in as his assistants, i’m sure Roy knows the size of the club & the demands that are placed upon it.
I’m not against Roy Keane coming in but the coaches are vital.
Everybody has their opinions & will have valid issues with Keane, i’m not 100% myself but i think if this guy got it right it would be box office stuff.
The Rafa’s & Pep’s aren’t coming to Celtic guys, don’t listen to the media’s portrayal of Keane, he is a warrior, a winner & would demand the highest standards & application from each player.

Can you imagine Griffiths or Ajeti telling Keane they aren’t fit yet?

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

There’s a reason he’s not had a management job in ten years. A shambles.

Monti
1 year ago

Assistant manager at the ROI between 2013-2018, plus a brief spell at Nottingham Forest.
Like i said earlier, not my first choice but i’m not totally against the idea m8.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Being a manager in your own right is totally different from being an assistant and being an assistant is probably his level. If he’s appointed then I foresee a rerun of this season’s calamity.

MabozzaRitchie
1 year ago

Our players are lazy unfit b@stards than cant run for 30 mins never mind 90. Keano would certainly change that.

The Cha
1 year ago

From BBC “Brown joins Aberdeen as player-coach” bbc .co. uk/sport/football/55258684

The right thing to do.

Whereas normally you’d expect such a seasoned player to move up to a coaching role, we’ve got such a disgusting level of cronyism in the coaching ranks that he needs to pay the price to address this.

An absolute legend and Hunskelper, 10 League titles (550 in Sevco logic) and 12 domestic cups.

He wasn’t able to bring home the 10 but that’s not his fault, he’s been declining for a couple of years and should have been gradually phased out over time.

That’s primarily on our wretched ex-manager and also notably our (still 🙁 ) CE, who seems to want to stick around to bugger our future.

Hopefully he goes on to do more Hunskelping at the Dandies.

Frank McGaaaarvey
1 year ago

The time has finally come. And it’s goodnight from Broony. Fair to say he can absolutely be entitled to legend status as a Hoop. Is it the right time for him to go? From a playing point of view no question about it. He will be back at Parkhead in some capacity in the future, of that I have no doubt. How spicy will those Sheepy v hun games be next season?

Farewell and Hail Hail Scott Brown and thanks for some wonderful memories. My favourite being the goal at owebrox and the first sight of the ‘Broony’ aimed at Morelarse even uglier brother Joof.

portpower
1 year ago

The Celtic PLC conclave appointment, Roy Keane?
Egotistical man v Egotistical players.

This`ll be fun.

Devoy45
1 year ago

Best title race in world football? Look at Romanian League Two. The top 12 teams are separated by 4 points and all are seeking promotion playoffs to their top flight!!!
 
W

Mike.
1 year ago

It doesn’t matter who the board choose to be the next Celtic manager because we have no say in the matter, they have the power to choose whoever they want. If the Celtic board make their choice and we don’t agree with it, then we the Celtic support have the power to purchase or renew our season tickets, that is a powerful weapon to have at your disposal. The Celtic board’s past history in appointing managers is not one to be proud off and mostly do not reflect our choices, but, whoever they appoint it will be a gamble, but you mitigate that gamble by being professional in your choices, by looking at the past and recent history of the applicants success or lack of it. Trust in our board has been eroded, the new appointees will give them another chance to try to regain our trust. I will not be holding my breath. Go on, regain our trust, I dare you….

Weered
1 year ago

ANY CHANCE

Paul Mc
1 year ago

Brown has had one bad season, along with almost the whole team. I think there’s a danger of moving on swiftly here, as some form of continuity can help transition for a new manager and hierarchy. You need to communicate the messages on the pitch and lead by example. Our captain could do that. He wasn’t the coach, Lennon and his staff were the one who needed to work on player’s fitness and tactics and that, alongside abysmal decisions higher up and poor recruitment, all contributed. It’s not about just axing half the squad, this is not realistic. We really need 2 players for each position, as good teams like City have (although we don’t have to spend the same on players). Also, a new coaching set up might get more out of underperforming players? Elyanoussi might kick on again, McGregor will rediscover his mojo, Turnbull and Soro are bright and exciting…but there’s another factor.

A new manager will always want a couple of their own players in. So we will replace Edouardd and Klimala, don’t know about Bayo, probably say tata to Ajeti. So basically we need a striker. We need a defender and we need a right back possibly. A left winger would be ace too. This will all take time and first off, we really need to see the new “team” in place.

I’m 50 – 50 on Keane. He hasn’t managed directly in years, only as an assistant but Gerrard was a rookie and did he get all this negativity? Also, Keane will have picked up a lot of man management tips from O’Neill and they clearly respected each other. That said, he will have to remain calmer than he used to be as a player. And maybe it won’t be Keano! It could still be Maresca or someone from the Bundesliga. And it has to be someone who actually says yes but is good enough.

So the closer this gets, it does look like Keane is the favourite to land the gig. Whoever it is, I think it’s important we give the benefit of the doubt and back them. Maybe Duff coming back with Keane would provide some continuity, some of the players would remember working with him too and with Harkin in place aswell, I think we’d see the folk in charge having a good working relationship….

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul Mc

Absolutely agree!

Monti
1 year ago

Is it beyond the realms of reality for a football club board ( in this case Celtic ) to engage the support & show us who has applied for the job?
Then allow a process to follow that allows the support to look at the applicants, take a period of time to digest the names, pros & cons, then poll the fans to vote for the man they want?
Is it not our club?
So let us have a say then?

Mike.
1 year ago

David Marshall – Stephen O’ Donnell, great Celtic men, going for a song.
He goes on about Broonie another modern day Celtic legend and a £4.4 million pound steal. Broonies natural successor was there, another great value for money player – John McGinn, but he let him slip through his fingers, wouldn’t pay the money for him, another Lawwell fail.
KT – another awesome player, who also could have been the next Celtic captain, if he had been paid the wages that he was worth. (Boli – Taylor – Laxalt) ???
James Forrest, another great Celtic man and player, one whose talent is not fully appreciated.
You see, all of these talented players have Celtic in their hearts and should be at the club, playing and fighting for the Celtic cause.
Those that want to ply their trade elsewhere do not deserve to be at our club, why should the Celtic support pay their wages? all of them can GTF. The players are out there and will come if asked, they recognise the size of the club and know about its passionate support. Stop wasting money and pay the players their worth. We can afford them, bring them home…

Mike.
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

Covid 19, is also infecting Scottish football club’s balance sheets, there is no vaccine to mitigate Scottish football clubs accounts books. Hibernians balance sheet has been reduced from £5.5 million to £2.6 million pounds. Aberdeen FC and others are hanging on by their finger tips. Scottish clubs like Kilmarnock (thanks to Taylors transfer fee) is scratching by, add Hamilton FC and Livingstone FC who survive thanks to their Community facilities. Who knows how Skinto FC are doing? not too good that’s a certainty, not that they will care. Other Peepuls Money and from Cash In The Attic, a new club whose reputation proceeds them. Scottish football pays an extremely high price for keeping the blue pound filtering through into the smaller clubs. If our balance sheet is diminishing due to Covid, we at least have good sponsorship incomes and high player value to fall back on, Celtic FC will survive Covid and will thrive once again, our support will ensure that it does.

portpower
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

Someone from within did not want the McGinn. It was not personal, just the whys & wherefores.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  portpower

That sounds pretty personal to me!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  portpower

Port,
McGinn wanted to play for Celtic, he said himself that was where he was expecting to go.
Brendan eased the pathway for Lawwell to secure & sign McGinn, Lawwell simply didn’t move quick enough.
Lawwell’s fault entirely!

* Ivan Toney was apparently at Celtic park to conclude negotiations & sign for the club.
The fee was to be around £6.5m with add ons….again the deal wasn’t done due to penny pinching.
Toney was match fit, ready to play & WANTED to sign for Celtic.
He is now top scorer in the Championship & will not cost about £30m to any suitors.

* Celtic signed Albian Ajeti for £5m and here, in March, is still not fit.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Sorry, WILL cost suitors £30m

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Pretty sure he cost Brentford less than £5m.

Sure there will be addons that may double this but these will only be paid after he’s proved to be worth several times this amount.

Another disasterclass from Lawwell, who incredibly still seems to be calling the shots (trying to get Brown to stay and appointing new manager).

Perhaps we need to prepare ourselves for another banter decade but this time at our expense.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha,
The only thing Lawwell should be doing is paying this seasons salary to the Cltic foundation….then fk off!

Oztim
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Monti, Flawwell should pay for every season ticket next season.

portpower
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Gday Monti.
Peter Lawwell
s suggestion box was fitted with a shredder.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

portpower
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

Petrie and Lawwell bung.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

But but Eboue Kouassi was his natural successor……cough cough

Monti
1 year ago

Bhoys & Ghirls if i haven’t done it already i have a wee update on the girl Riley Hamilton.
Her operation was a success and she is doing well. the family want to thank everyone for keeping her in mind & prayer.

Thank you!

portpower
1 year ago

Pot noodle League:

If EUFA introduce a salary cap, player agencies will start their own franchise European League.

portpower
1 year ago
Reply to  portpower

UEFA*

Monti
1 year ago

Whoever comes in as manager & coaches, they have to be given the time to restructure the whole thing from top to bottom.
We need to be modernised in every way imaginable, a forward thinking club that is implementing real meaningful change.
Celtic must build a side to compete at CL level, the ten is gone & the domestic tit for tat sideshow is gone.
Now we have the chance to grow, develop & structure ourselves into the club we know we can be.

The continued presence of the board members who have allowed the cheating to go on must be removed, there are individuals on that board who have no connection to the Celtic support, they need to go.

Whatever we do, the club must be built with Europe at the forefront of our aspirations, not a squabble with Sevco.

Note for Mr Mckay* Can you cancel the contract with Parks of Hamilton & commission our own team bus.

Mike.
1 year ago

Tittle tattle before certainty, which would you prefer? I prefer tittle tattle, why? because its great to chew the fat. Not Keane on, or Howe no? the bookies are having a field day and what the hell do we care, because it makes the bookies better off. My approach is…. just get it right, if it has to take another few weeks, I can live with that, if they get it right.

Covid has destroyed many things that we care about, not least family, friends, freedom to lead a normal way of life, many have died and that is tragic. Scottish football clubs have not escaped its ravages. Hibernian is the most recent club to post losses, Ha Ha Hearts are just lost, the Huns have always been a lost, and they have dragged Scottish football into a morass of dishonesty. Other clubs including Aberdeen have made significant losses, as just call me Dave Cormack has recently bleated – meh. Greg Taylors Celtic transfer money has helped keep Kilmarnock solvent, and the plastic pitches at Killie and Livvie help keep their income going through the community.

Cormack being American will have been kept informed of his new manager Glass’s coaching progress and that would be the reason the ex Dundonian player went to the dandies. IMO Broonie made the right choice in going sheep dipping and we wish our ex captain and legend all the best bro. in his pursuit of his next step on his coaching career.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

Who is doing the recruitment, Lawwell, Desmond or some of their cronies?

That’s the position we’ve boxed ourselves into.

That pair of rogues still don’t acknowledge that they’ve made a right pig’s ear of it and it was just an unfortunate one bad year, pandemic, no fans etc, as if those things didn’t affect others far worse than ourselves.

To have the failures at board and senior management level, who don’t take any responsibility, to decide our future is a recipe for? Driving me to drink for one thing. 🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha,
I’m not drinking tonight because i’m getting my covid jab in the morning.
Unlike Mike, i’m not fond of needles.

Mike.
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

I read that its Desmond – Bankier – Lawwell, doing the interviewing, although McKay hasn’t started yet, so its hard to believe that he will have much input. So its the usual suspects. Sure I read that Keane had been interviewed, but, if they are good at anything, it is Omerta. Lots of wild speculation, but nothing solid, except that Celtic the musical is making a return. 😉 Patience Grasshopper and get in lots off beer…

Monti
1 year ago

Jings crivvens & michty me, a peh or twa then puff o blaw,
Can of kestrel & swig of port, then stealing a telly in nearby tayport.

Whether oan ferm or in the hoose, coontin his chinge & bagging the loose,

Mist of the morning, they grey & the green,
The shimmer of his beak, drippin & clean,
A walk through yon field with his dug a braw lassie,
Gibbering pish aboot Eboue Kouassi.

Here by here by & whistle he blows,
Oot comes the hanky & a dicht of yon nose.

Mike.
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Ha! You’ve been practising hen, ken.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

Naw m8 the pvsh just flows naturally like ken.

Monti
1 year ago

Henkesdreadlocks not on tonight?
Must be watching ‘ Vera ‘ with a cup of tea & slice of cake.

portpower
1 year ago

The rumour that Howe was seen in Glasgow is false. The very man is out the back with me here in Aussieland, having a light refreshment.

Here Eddie, have a few words “Light beer is for pussies”

Iancelt67
1 year ago
Reply to  portpower

Port I’m convinced cliff richard is the new man he will be taking over after his summer holiday

Mike.
1 year ago

You can only guess who the next Celtic manager could be, one thing that sticks out is that they would keep it quiet, anyone interviewed and in with a chance will keep silent and not advertise their suitability. If Celtic are going to appoint a DoF, surely his appointment would be first, before the new manager is announced. ‘Football Inside’r ran a couple of pieces in the past couple of weeks, that Celtic had appointed ‘Nolan Partners’ to interview suitable candidates. What sticks out is the tie up between Celtic and Manchester City, something that strikes a chord in its simplicity as we have a good working relationship with City. So, Fergal Harkin the Man. City transfer chief as DoF and the possibility of ‘Enzo Maresca’ as first team coach. These two guy’s are eminently qualified to do a first class job and might perhaps be classed as ‘the Dream Team’. If they were the chosen ones then that would be great. Our tie-up with City has worked well in the past, with several of their players coming to Celtic, it just seems to makes sense, here’s hoping…

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

if harkin gets the DOF it will be the man city under 23 coach thats head coach

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

as you have said, farmer mike

Mike.
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

😉

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

What has Maresca done to become Celtic manager?
Not saying he shouldn’t be considered but what has he done to show he can be his own man?
If Harkin get’s the DOF and appoints Maresca, i can’t see the difference between Dermot appointing Lennon.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Glancing through his playing career & assistant manager career, he seems to be on the move a lot, rather nomadic feel to him.

Not for me!

Mike.
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Every new manager is a gamble. He has built up a reputation as a good young coach, his under 23 team play the ‘Celtic way’ fast flowing football. As a highly thought of young manager-coach, he is classed as an astute coach with a good analytic brain and with great tactical nouse. He will be used to working with Fergal Harkin at Man.City, that in its self is a positive. He will know all about the young under 23 players like Frimpong and will have access to them as well as knowing closely all the young under 23 EPL players. He is well respected and finally, he is forging a good career in English football. He has good knowledge of European football as an ex player.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

Man City won’t allow young players to come to us just because of Harkin & Maresca Mike.
Certainly don’t want an influx of young loan signings from City or anyone else.
It is good to have contacts & build relationships tho, i get that.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

” Classed as an astute coach ”
By whom?

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

Martin O’Neill wasn’t a gamble & neither was Brendan Rodgers.
John Barnes, Ronny Deila, Tony Mowbray were tho.

Mike.
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Jock Stein was young once, later on in his football career, injury led to him becoming the Celtic reserve coach. Someone at Dunfermline FC recognised something about him and then took a chance on him as Dunfermline manager, just think if they hadn’t taken a chance on him. Football is a chance sport, sometimes, someone must take that chance.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike.

I’m not convinced about Maresca Mike.

Monti
1 year ago

Celtic need a structure where everything is in place & only the personnel changes.
We have an opportunity to build here, a long lasting legacy, we shouldn’t be considering guys who want to move on quickly.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Depends what you mean by “quickly”.

The whole idea of having an overall structure is that everything isn’t invested in the head coach so when they move on the whole thing collapses.

In a proper structure if the head coach moves on every 2-3 years then its not a problem as everything else is still in place and a successor has already been identified.

Even if a head coach turns out to be a huge disappointment then they can be dismissed early with a replacement already lined up.

German teams seem to go through head coaches as quickly as over here but its never the great seismic shock that it is here, as everything else is still in place.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha,
I would consider quickly to be for 1-2 seasons mate, the points you make are what i’m thinking myself, i suppose the days of a manager staying for 10 years or so are gone.
You are right though if everything is in place structure wise, it shouldn’t be as disruptive when you bring a new boss in….hell we may even be organised for CL qualifiers???

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Steady on there. 🙂

portpower
1 year ago

BREAKING NEWS:

The SPFL have informed Charles Green that he will receive his receipt for the premiership trophy at the end of the season.

sevco faux fifty five FC.

Weered
1 year ago

Ralph Any chance?

Monti
1 year ago

Any chance we’ll get a DOF this week Celtic?
Maybe Lawwell could start getting some assets tied down to new contracts in the meantime?

Monti
1 year ago

Good morning fellow ETims, received my first Astrazeneca vaccine yesterday, i now feel like a sexual tyrannasaurus!
A tad concerned reading the pamphlet that side effects could result in loss of appetite….

Two slices of brown toast, two square sausages, mushrooms and a fried egg……i see what they mean.

portpower
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti, I heard that another side effect is short-handed grasping frustration.

Monti
1 year ago

One concern of lockdown is the amount of time huns have had to do a bit of interbreading?

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