The Big Shrug

Apologies folks if you’re wondering if everyone has fallen into a coma here at Etims Towers.

Output has been non existent here online and in the land of Podcasts and a few folk have been raising concerns.

Im glad to say No Comas but its just a dreadful feeling of malaise….a great cloud of  “Just fucking end” in respect to this season.

Even Ralphs diary has been struck by a combination of Toothache, work demands and downright bugger all to say!

Its all just one big Shrug.

 

Not even the Scottish Cup game at Ibrox could get us very excited and even more so when we watched that dourness unfold.

Being a Celtic fan is like Droopy the cartoon dog  – We all sit around with the permanent “Life is Pish!” expression and dire lack of anticipation in life.

Not even the joy of St Johnstone surprising Stevie G at the last minute in subsequent cup tie could shake off our Celtic inflicted fug, although it did raise a smile and a laugh or two.

 

Of course, you already know this. We are all feeling the same. Well almost all of us. It seems the Board are quite content ambling along doing whatever The Board do ( does anyone really know? – Ed).

Dominic McKay arrived on 19th April and we have heard heehaw but we did get to see Peter Lawwell and Brian Wilson sitting comfortable at Ibrox last week so that was nice. Hope the half time provisions were tasty.

The search for a Manager may currently go on, we don’t know. No one knows anything!

We dont know if The Board have found the man, or management Team to take us forward or if we are in final negotiations with the Chosen One.

We all just sit here wondering if the sun will rise again and lift this darkness.

Every week seems to suggest someone close and then that rumour dies on its arse, which has been our main reason for avoiding Podcasts, why talk on pure empty speculation just to “generate content” , thats Hugh Keevins and SuperScoreboard’s job.

Its the same regards the new super modern structure wishes that we all have for the Club.

That Director of Football role?….yip still not filled and no idea if we are even going to hire one..its just one of those gossip points we all convinced ourselves was happening by our ‘forward looking Board’.

As for a Head of Sports Science….A visionary Head of International Recruitment…a World renowned PR Guru..even The bloke in charge of installing a decent pitch at Lennoxtown….cue Situations Vacant sign.

And that’s all before we even consider The Players!

I asked on Twitter recently if anyone could hand on heart state which of the current team players would start the first League game of next Season.

A few suggested Turnbull. A few ventured Calmac. Many more just gulped and said “Not looking good is it?”

We are almost in May and have known we are a shambles since Autumn 2020.

We now face the prospect of not only losing most of our first team through exits, loan returns and an actual admission that the players arent good enough but also losing kids like Dembele after their progress was utterly ignored by the Board and previous Management Team. The neglect for future planning is truly outstanding.

At present our guaranteed first team players for August 2021 looks like being

Bain

Ralston  Welsh  Bitton  Taylor 

Soro 

Liam Shaw     Turnbull

Forrest              Mikey Johnston

Ajeti

 

So thats

Bain ( never a first pick)

Welsh ( Lot of pressure on young man)

Nir Bitton ( sigh sigh sigh)

Antony Ralston ( yip he is still there!)

Taylor ( Great effort but limited)

Soro ( Hoping to not be compared to “SuperBroony” every game next season)

Liam Shaw ( new Boy from Sheff Wednesday)

Turnbull ( Pressured to be The new Messiah when he should just be allowed to grow and  flourish)

Forrest ( The new captain by default)

Mikey Johnston ( possibly injured reading team sheet)

Ajeti ( If he can be arsed)

 

 

We basically have a decent 5 a-side team for a friday night in Shawlands Pitz…we could just about make The Tennents Sixes if they brought it back!

And thats it!

Apart from loan returners going home, our current squad could be getting their cases out the loft –

 

Jullien will quite possibly join Ntcham and Edouard on the French Taxi out of Parkhead.

Kris Ajer will finally fulfill one of those exit rumours and head off somewhere exotic, or Southampton.

Calmac may finally give up having to play 4000 minutes of football a year and seek a trip to England along with Ryan Christie.

Broony is off up North and may well be joined by Griff who surely cant be expecting that £1m signing extension?

Tom Rogic will join Barkas as they fly to sunnier climes and hopefully Tom wont get injured walking through Customs.

 

We do have some young starlets like Luca Connell who deserve their chance but its questionable if a new under pressure manager will dare risk it. The cycle of self inflicted pain repeats.

We do of course have returning stars like Ntcham, Hendry and Schved…ha..who am i kidding!

So its looking like some job for next manager and all the while time continues to run down and down and we know that no one can beat time.

 

Like every other season, once again Celtic will be running around like green arsed flies at the last minute trying to secure loan deals and pick up second and 3rd choice players for key roles OR The Board will be throwing fans money around like confetti to purchase over priced players as clubs look to cash in knowing we are desperate.

But hey, its not all doom and gloom…the Clubs Marketing and Media Teams have had great fun telling us how the Superstores are now open again and whose birthday we should be out there celebrating.

So sadly, for now, it doesnt look like we have much to say or to discuss. 3 games to go and the League is over. The players will disappear and all eyes once again will be on The Board wondering just what in the Hell they are going to come up with to appease a very dissatisfied crowd. Just how lucky are they that the public isnt allowed inside games at present?

Season book renewal notices should be dropping ( the prices wont – Ed) soon and thats usually when The Board need to have produced the rabbit out the hat.

We can only look forward to having something to discuss with you then…meanwhile we can all keep staring at the floor or the wall and grumble inwards to ourselves.

Hail Hail

Desi.

 

 

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SteveNaive
4 months ago

Hard not to think like that just now but you are right. Plus the Euro’s plus players getting a break. I’d have thought Wilson would be less inclined to take us for mugs than the others. Maybe they are waiting for the season to end before those renewal notices come in. Whoever it ( the team)is, they have a big task ahead… unless they are working on it just now ! Nah.

Devoy45
4 months ago

Hi Desi, good to hear from you. Good points as well.

Our starting 11 next season might be:
Hazard
Kenny/Welsh/Jullien/Taylor
Turnbull/Soro/McGregor
Forrest/Ajeti/Johnston
I would like to give Griff one more chance. He can still score when physically and mentally unfit! I would also like us to sign Kenny and Elyounoussi but we will have a lot of gaps to plug. Give Bayo a chance? Get Ntcham playing well again?
I was thinking that Hun McGregor, probably the best goalkeeper in the league is not used to facing penalties! That’s because he hasn’t (until Edouard) seen any penalties all year! Justice. What goes round comes round. Well done Saints.

The Huns Invincible has a funny sound to it when Newco has lost two trophies already. “Invincible” means winning all three trophies. Perhaps our rivals will understand how difficult that is—4 times in a row!
Anyway, what a season. I’d like a good new manager and for the season to end and get ready for full stadiums in August. We play better in front of our fans and Newco will discover again why they play worse in front of theirs!

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  Desi Mond

A Damien Duff, a duff Kennedy and a Kenny-Duffy walked intae the Celtic Club …

Beyond a joke.

alzyerpal
4 months ago

Nice to hear from you, Desi. (Nice to hear from anyone at Etim Towers.)

Good, if somewhat bracing, take on things 🙁

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  alzyerpal

He’s being conservative.

As we all know.

Paul Mc
4 months ago

If Howe is stalling for any reason, I don’t think he even now understands how massive this job is. Not the rebuild or work to be done but the job itself and the prestige and expectations. If that’s the case, I hope the board have a plan b. I’d honestly be okay with Keane, as long as he had good coaches to do the tactics each week while he did the ‘motivational’ team talks. If Howe casually waltzes up in June, he will be putting massive pressure on himself to win the league. Otherwise we won’t get the increased pot of Ch Lg cash next season. Has no-one at the club thought about this? Millions more income if we sort a new mgr asap

highseastim
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul Mc

Go for Shaun Maloney, if not now, a future Celtic manager.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  highseastim

Celtic are no more.

Old Firm now from here on in.

Dethmond hath thpoken.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul Mc

They’ve thought about it, Pail.

Unfortunately they thought about it while putting together the 5WA to give the cash strapped Sevco a free run at the CL riches once again.

Just think, after those 9 years of Celtic being champions and having to struggle through three qualifying rounds, we now decimate the entire club just in time for Scotland’s champs to gain direct access and it won’t be us.

Ever get the feeling you’ve been swindled?

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul Mc

They’ve thought about it, Paul.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Unfortunately they thought about it while putting together the 5WA to give the cash strapped Sevco a free run at the CL riches once again.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Just think, after those 9 years of Celtic being champions and having to struggle through three qualifying rounds, we now decimate the entire club just in time for Scotland’s champs to gain direct access and it won’t be us.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Yet now that we’ve done all the spade work to gain direct access to the CL, Peter & Dermot rip everything they can out the club and give Sevco the free run …

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Ever get the feeling you’ve been swindled?

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

You wouldn’t, squaddie.

You worked for the queen.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

In Ireland.

Shooting Catholics.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

So a grasp of what true betrayal is clearly is t your strong point.

In fact, going by the shite you spout on here you don’t have any strong points at all.

Nor ethics, morals nor integrity.

Nor much else, apart from a few Action Men and an attic you’ve spent 25 year paying for which the bank can still take back tomorrow if the mood takes them.

Cartvale88
4 months ago

Hope the food was good where you were away. Agree with the sentiment but we’re being taken for mugs. Two full backs sold for 36million, brought in two loanees, neither of whom are Celtic quality.
DD and his merry men have lost the support, they cannot wait till June/July or the rebels will return. We do not have a preordained right to win trophies, but we should be able to play with skill and heart, that is sorely lacking. Griff’s might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he has more heart than Eddie has in his pinkie. JPK has proved he is a fool by sticking with Broonie, try something else or is Lenny still picking the team? Delighted to read your piece, you have been missed

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

Griffiths has the heart of the cowardly lion.

For the past 5 years he’s been unfit and whereas for most of that time its not been noticeable due to the brilliance of first Mousa and then Eddy, this season he was needed and has been posted missing.

What was his contribution to the Quadruple Treble, a goal in the Cup Final at the fag end and that’s about it.

Eddy on the other hand has been a major part of that success and only Brown and Forrest would have contributed more.

Eddy’s not had a stellar season yet despite illness, injury, loss of form etc he’s still comfortably Scotland’s leading scorer.

It depends what type of player we want.

One who will tie scarves to goalposts, tells Huns their club is dead and won’t sweat the small stuff like getting and staying match fit.

The other who you will hardly notice off the pitch but on it will usually go about his business with brilliance.

I know which one I prefer and I hope that goes for the vast majority of Celtic fans.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

You’d know all about cowardly lions, eh, Cha ..?

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

How many goals have you scored for the famous Glasgow Celtic?

Uralius
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

I’d prefer the one who is where his team mates expect him to be when they put the ball into the box.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  Uralius

Reality and expectation are two different things.

Joseph
4 months ago

Bit much expecting Ralph to write a diary. That anti vaccine propaganda from dodgy right wing sites isn’t going to retweet itself

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  Joseph

Good to know he’s taking some common senses on board.

And if you study what’s in the thing you’re allowing the Brit govt to inject into your bodies you’ll son learn that dumb party affiliations Ah’ve nothing to do with it.

For the hairs of thinking there is Left Wing Right Wing and KNOWing.

Once you’ve achieved the latter you’ve obliterated the need for the stupid duality of the first two.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Apologies for the typos but the AI in my new device isn’t translating the language very well at all.

I’ll proofread it next time.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Cheers, Monti! 😀

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

You too, Duncan.

I can’t believe grown men would rather do this infantile thumbing down shite than talk about it or ignore it.

I always think of a self obsessed child doing all it can to silence someone when I see those little red marks beside what someone has written.

Pathetic behaviour.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Cue 5 more little red marks …

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

With Duncan & His Famous Donut Heid first out the traps …

G R I N G O
4 months ago

Nice to see you, Desi.

Tell Ralph I was asking for him.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Dislikes for sending genuine regards?!

Tell me who you are and why you did that and we’ll discuss it, here and now.

Ralph is suffering unbearable toothache and work stress yet you, the snivelling little worm that you are, have the temerity to disrespect someone’s best regards?!

Is this Follow Follow here or what?

Come out and defend yer patheticity, ya cvnt!

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Ha! 
Now there’s three w@nkstains their Da’s had wished they’d left on the pillow slips …

portpower
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

The white van men are a modest bunch.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  portpower

More sad than modest, to be honest.

Uralius
4 months ago

Fear, fear, fear. Belief is what we want!

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  Uralius

Belief is the enemy of knowing.

Uralius
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Hope is the enemy of depression.

Uralius
4 months ago
Reply to  Uralius

If you can make a support afraid you can control them.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  Uralius

You’ve been reading too much Auldheid.

And what’s worse, believing it..

G R I N G O
4 months ago

The war is over, ETims.

Guess who won?

4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

It was an ignominious draw 🙂

4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

It was an ignominious draw

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  Weered

Naw.

Wrong again, boy.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Even when you had to say it twice 😉

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

You know who won, Red.

It wasn’t us.

4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

at least we can agree on that 🙂

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  Weered

Yup.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

That’s not me thumbing you down, btw.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

You got a cataract?

No, I drive a Lincoln.

G R I N G O
4 months ago

The evil is not in the extremes

It’s in the aftermath.

Uralius
4 months ago

There are only two base emotions, love and fear. I love my club and am not afraid.

alzyerpal
4 months ago

28th April 2021
Dae somehin’ Dae somehin’ Dae Somehin’

G R I N G O
4 months ago

An out of wrk English manager who got his last team relegated or an out of work Irish manager who got his last team relegated …

We’re gonna need shades …

Not due to the brightness though.

MabozzaRitchie
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

hughes couldne pick his @rse. Check out some of the sh!t he’s signed. Another f_uvck up of a season en-route.

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

All part of The 5WA to save the Huns’ bacon via the Champions League, just like they did in 2010-11, Celtic capitulation on behalf of the Blue Pound of flesh.

Who’s Hughes, btw?

MabozzaRitchie
4 months ago
Reply to  G R I N G O

Richard Hughes is a former Scotland international who currently works as Bournemouth’s technical director

he is basically a total money grabbing hun c_uvnt

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

Cheers.

This is the guy Howe is insisting comes to Celtic with him, right?

If he can be @rsed coming at all.

I reckon the job’s too big and intense for a man with a young family.

All very well knowing how to motivate players but I can’t see him putting up with being called a Fenian b@stard every time he goes out for too long.

Weird that no one’s asking why the only managers we’re interested in are from the ranks of the long term unemployed either.

4 months ago

So you all go into hiding because we lost badly this season.
Ffs get the fuckin head up stick the chest out and remember we’ve been through worse times than this.
Fuckin been wasted these last 9 years.
Shit happens.
COYBIG

G R I N G O
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Nah, they’re all in hiding because now they know I was right all along, Jimmy.

portpower
4 months ago

Weclome to Celtic, Eddie.

Howe you doing, Howe you doing anyway.

4 months ago

Ffs Deja poo

4 months ago
Reply to  Weered

And then Eddy scores

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