Celtic Diary Wednesday July 28: Whatever Happens

We should be used to these games by now.

 

We should be used to the media, both fan based and mainstream, pointing out that we’re not ready for them.

 

Followed of course by a list of why we’re not ready for them.

 

This season, it’s the fault of Neil Lennon to an extent, but mostly down tonthe board for a stunning lack of preparation not seen since, well, this time last year.

 

And of course, there’s some truth in it. But it’s not the whole truth.

 

With probably our biggest selling point not being able to be used as a selling point…champions league football….then the quality players demanded by the support..amd the manager…simply won’t commit beforehand.

 

You can’t blame them, and so you shoud maybe understand the difficulties involved

Should we pay over the odds for players just to fill a gap when surely it would make more sense to take a step back and make two forward later?

 

The brutal truth is we’re not ready for champions league football yet.

 

We might not even be ready for Europa League

 

But that’s not to say we should chuck in the towel.

 

Far be it from me to criticise anyone else who offers an opinion, as a supporter , on the way thinhs are going, but it’s becoming somewhat tiresome to read, see and hear voice after voice telling us what we already know.

 

And how to fix it.

 

Tonight four youngsters in defence have a chance to become heroes.

 

They’re up against it. They’re not expected to last longer in the team than it takes to replace them as soon as the manager cam find someone.

 

All of  which is encouraged by a relentless storm of voices from those who really should know better.

 

Pages amd pages of statistics of who is doing well and who is doing poorly.

 

All completely irrelevant when the house lights come up and the game starts.

 

We can’t be at the game tonight in body, but we can be in spirit.

 

The roller coaster of European football is open for business.

 

How about we ride it instead of complaining about it?

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SteveNaive
2 months ago

Admirable sentiments Ralph. Given where we are it’s the only thing left to do. We know we won’t storm the gates and the sleekit board know it as well so support the boys on the park in our homes, pubs and hearts.
Except Eddy !

BornCelt!
2 months ago

Wonder how many Celtic supporters will be present? They are all over the world and some will reside in Denmark so will hopefully grab a ticket. This is great news if true, A move to Celtic Park was mooted for Hart last summer when he left Burnley, but then-manager chose to sign Vasilis Barkas from AEK Athens. However, the Greek has failed to impress in his time in Glasgow and his performances, and those of fellow goalkeeper Scott Bain, mean addressing the position is now a matter of urgency.Respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that Celtic have opened talks with the Spurs hierarchy and that negotiations are “ongoing” between the two parties. We shall see. Hopefully French Eddie leaves us with a smile and a couple of goals if it is his swan-song. HH!

Andy
2 months ago

I fear for us tonight, I hope to God I’m wrong and the young lads put in a great performance. I suspect the big call tonight will be Bain in goals, both poor goalies but Barkas has lost it. Up front, you keep hoping that Edouard will burst into life but in my head I keep seeing that image of him standing with hands on hips, his face tripping him, waiting to be substituted after another poor performance (we should be used to it by now)

If we go out, there’s no guarantee we will even make the EL group stage. I would rather not participate in the UEFA Conference league as it will detract from what would would become our absolute priority, winning the league this season. Remember, whoever wins it walks straight into the UCL and £30m -£40m…………..I for one am dreading the huns getting that.

Woof Charlie
2 months ago

I think if Eddy is sniffing the big money there’s nothing going to get him there quicker than a hat-trick tonight. What we never know is how many offers we make are rejected by the player/agent or used as leverage for another move – as opposed to being bad offers.

Monti
2 months ago

I’m going to keep moaning

Weered
2 months ago
Reply to  Monti

keep that woman away from you then

2 months ago

I have purchased a Tibetan singing bowl and some meditation bells. Heres hoping that the tele doesnt wear them.

Celts by a last minute winner.

Woof Charlie
2 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Ding dong bong?

Salad queen
2 months ago

The danes only managed one shot on target from which they scored, so let’s keep the faith. As long as barkis is not playing we have a chance. Pity the grifflo has not travelled his confidence and mental health will have been seriously affected by the booing on Saturday. Criticism is acceptable but booing is a no no for anyone in a Celtic shirt.
Maybe just concentrate on the league this season.

highseastim
2 months ago
Reply to  Salad queen

Ah but the “he men” amongst the support want those who cheered him at the weekend to STFU, the aforementioned “he men” can whistle dixie as far as I’m concerned!! Mon the hoops.

Bgbhoy
2 months ago
Reply to  Salad queen

Unbelievable

This is a guy who asked a 15 year old girl for nude pictures. Let that sink in…

He should have been brought out to the centre circle and caned never mind just booing him

Phil McEachen
2 months ago

Win, lose or draw.

henkesdreadlocks
2 months ago

I see the pussies among our so called ‘fan’ base still enabling that little shitehawk. He shat on the club last season and shat on it again before this one started. Weirdos and pussies.

Mike
2 months ago

There’s not much fun sticking your head in the sand and whistling Dixie, praying that everything is just dandy. Because that’s what Huns do, that’s why we call them gimps and gullible and were no.
Still waiting since January for the promised review, the reality is that we are in a state of limbo, devoid of real leadership, rudderless and drifting in a sea of inner turmoil, doing now, what we should have been doing since January 2020. The directors get paid a fortune to lead Celtic FC, you would feel that paid a fortune for success, but will they still get paid the same for failure. the ostriches bury their heads and would tell you of the many success’s in the Peter Loyal’s years, quoting the titles and many trophies won under his tenure, never mentioning the many different failures and how much he earned during that time. Judge for yourselves….

2020 Salary £1,093,97. Benefits in kind £17,772. Total £1,111,709.
2019 Salary £1,161,500. LTPIP (Long Term Performance Incentive Plan) £2,370,153. = £3,549,026.
This years AGM and Accounts are going to make interesting reading.

henkesdreadlocks
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Joe Hart? Who is making these decisions within the club. It’s getting more bizarre by the day. We shunted Gordon out the door after offering him a bumper 2/- 6d a week and we’ve been left with with two guys who couldn’t keep a wean out a close. Now, if true, they’re going after Hart. Dysfunctional FC right enough.

Mike
2 months ago

When Brendan Rodgers was forced out the door, so did any kind of professionalism. The amateurs once again took over the football department and chaos returned. I’m not sure that we even have a proper scouting system or someone, versed in handling player transfers in. Dysfunctional, defo. We were promised big changes, but so far its only got worse, that’s why I think DD getting involved might be a good thing, IF he phones MON.

henkesdreadlocks
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

As I said on the phone Mike, they’ve got the season ticket money in, they’ll try and get away with bare minimum investment in the team. Ange may have a very early decision to make. Should I stay or should I go. There is no structure at the club, it’s a mess quite a few of us saw coming over the last few years.

Mike
2 months ago

You did indeed M8 and you were 100% correct.

Funkyy
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

He’s writing his autobiography titled “Celtic-My Part In Its Downfall”.
The first chapter is “My Legacy-Failure Reaps Dividends….for shareholders”.
I don’t think he gives a flying fuk what the fans feel, he’s off to his next too highly paid position. He’s a professional…and so are whores.

Woof Charlie
2 months ago

Let’s nail the poor wee Leigh guff right now. He’s taken us for mugs (including me last year) and played every card in the deck – it’s the players that want to pull on the jersey and give their all for the cause that I’m supporting not the sick note specials.

Iancelt67
2 months ago

Play Forrest right full back

2 months ago

Never thought I’d see the day when Celtic supporters booed one of their own.
Let he who is without sin . . .
We have the Green Brigade in one corner giving great support and doing great things and
we have the Holy Willies Brigade in the other corner screaming . . .”Look at how
perfect we are compared to ‘that guy’.
Good luck Leigh some of us are not that shallow.

Bgbhoy
2 months ago
Reply to  Nickybhoy

You’ll not remember the banner for Leigh Griffiths after his racist tirade about skacel then…

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

The club should never have taken up his one year option, it was the wrong thing to do. His personnel conduct has been terrible and he comes across as a right wee ned. You can understand why they did it though, because our player recruitment has been utterly shambolic for years, this just being the latest example. Last year was unbelievably bad, but there is a helluva lot riding on this year. The Huns should win against Malmo (echos of 2011-12) and I’m dreading them getting an easy tie in the last round of the CL Qualifiers. But if we don’t get our player recruitment 100% right and they win this years SPFL, then that gives them direct entry into next years CL. Their big gamble has paid off. Eff me, that doesn’t bear thinking about.

Bgbhoy
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Correct. But I’d even have big Monti up top than Griffiths

Would have enjoyed playing against Monti, would have kept him nice and snug in my pocket

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

I think your in lurve, ‘but I’d even have big “Monti up top’. keep your hands off and “Stand by your ain Man”, Dolly.

Funkyy
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

If you think the huns got loads of help last season, just imagine how many “un-sighted” refs, upheld appeals and anti-Celtic propaganda the media are gonna come up with this season to make sure they get the Champions League dough to stay solvent.
They’ll be loving that Griffiths is still there ‘cos that almost guarantees another juicy headline or two. He’s been given plenty of chances to act like an adult proffessional, so any other player who “makes a mistake” will be looking for the same consideration.
Griffiths could have been and should have been one of the all time Celtic greats, but he’s blown it.

Monti
2 months ago
Reply to  Nickybhoy

NickyBhoy,
Away and raffle yourself ya dk!

henkesdreadlocks
2 months ago
Reply to  Monti

What a stoater.

Broxburnbhoy
2 months ago
Reply to  Nickybhoy

Nicky some Celtic players have been booed by Celtic supporters as long as I can remember and turned on viciously for various perceived violations either while playing or in their private life. I used to wonder if the people I stood next to in the jungle week after week were their to support Celtic or dish out abuse to players they seemed to personally dislike. It’s piss poor that happens and it happens all too often. Apparently in another age players who performed poorly because they were drink the night before the game never really got held to the same high standards as today’s social media emblazoned players where not only to you have to be great on the park but also held to a standard fee of us meet ourselves off the park. You will also note from this forum that Celtic supporters regularly and quite viciously abuse each other

Salad queen
2 months ago
Reply to  Broxburnbhoy

Two true

Charlie Green
2 months ago

Love the Daily Sevco’s article on Joe Hart.
We learned lots of thing s about him. He can’t dive to the left but he is showing awareness by trying to correct it. Out of favour. Once strutted around like a peacock. He struggled at Spurs and Man City. Pep Guardiola wasted no time in telling Hart his time was up at the Etihad. Lost his England spot. To conclude bringing in someone like Hart who has had his own issues doesn’t appear an obvious solution.
He must be doing something right, get him signed.

Monti
2 months ago

GRIFFITHS OUT

The Cha
2 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Aye, another wee calf.

Salad queen
2 months ago

Police Scotland, no crimality happened, not guilty until proven otherwise.
Let that sink in.

henkesdreadlocks
2 months ago
Reply to  Salad queen

A chaotic chancer with sprogs here, there and everywhere , taking hundreds of thousands pounds out of the club for little or no effort. Messaging underage girls, not keeping fit when that is the least of his obligation to his employer. Seriously?

Cartvale88
2 months ago

Currently the behaviour of DD and his merry men is farcical, the rebels had issues with the Kelly’s and Whites, but this shower are cynical, lining their own pockets.
As for Griffiths what has he contributed over the last five years. Delilah criticised him as being work shy, Rodgers did not see him as flavour of the month, he sold Lenny up the creek with his Tik Tok garbage, but according to some he is still a Celtic man. These are the people that believe Liewell has done well for the club, he has done well for himself, ignored Res 12, supported the rebirth of Sevco in all its ugliness/ superiority garbage, and he now sits as an advisor to the new CEO.
Celtic will not be ready for Europe, until the current clowns go, we will continue to bring in projects, the best of the club was under MON, and Rodgers who had enough of the guff from to so called Celtic men. Hope the boys do well tonight as it is unfair to fling Murray and co under the bus. As for not being ready Ralph, seriously? Compare our penny pinching behaviour to the mob across the Clyde, it’s pathetic.

Iancelt67
2 months ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

Awful and gutless thought the goal was offside but they’re a hungry shite team no better than Aberdeen

highseastim
2 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Odsonne Édouard, you are an absolute charlatan and a disgrace to the shirt, shame on you.

henkesdreadlocks
2 months ago
Reply to  highseastim

What the fvck does that make Griffiths.

Iancelt67
2 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Postecoglu ( and I’m a fan) looked stressed and unwilling to change things. Goal was offside he was in front of the assist but they have heart

henkesdreadlocks
2 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

On the plus side, at least we don’t have to suffer a complete and utter shafting from PSV……Look at the positives Ian.

Yoker Bhoy
2 months ago

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

CELTIC: Bain, Ralston, Welsh, Murray, Taylor; Soro, McGregor; Abada, Turnbull, Christie; Edouard

SUBS: Barkas, Doohan, Ajeti, Rogic, Bolingoli, Urhoghide, Shaw, Robertson, Forrest, Montgomery

For me, having Bain in for Barkas is the lesser of the two evils. Whilst the former is lacking in stature and commanding presence, the latter is, along with Dorus De Vries, the worst shot stopper we’ve had in a good couple of decades. Strange that two goalies are named on the bench while Leo Hjelde misses out, leaving us even barer at the back. Maybe it’s a mistake made when issuing the list?
Our game plan for this evening is vital – the fragile defence has to be protected and the onus will be on our midfielders and front runners to take the game to the home side from the off. If the match follows the same pattern as the home leg, we have enough fire power to do the Danes a lot of damage.Soro will be a key man for us in shielding the back four. That said, I expect M’land to be stronger this time around and give us a very hard game. The one’s on a knife-edge and I reckon we’re in with a 50/50 shout of getting through. Mon the Hoops!!!

Broxburnbhoy
2 months ago

We are simply nowhere near ready for CL football. Terrible result and a lot of work to do to turn this around and win the Premier league this season. Winning the SPL is the best route to CL qualifiers and block SEVCO getting there. All resources focused on winning somatic league please

2 months ago

You do it. No you do it… Soft cocks, the lot of them.

Cartvale88
2 months ago

That was a total horsing, Eddie really portrays the team, running about with a could not care attitude. We have become a forth tier team in Europe, but remember we one the Quadruple against crap, that must be a bit like 55 in a row, wonder where I have heard that before?

Yoker Bhoy
2 months ago

Totally gutted. Could have put the game to bed but instead totally wilted after their equaliser creating absolutely nothing going forward during the whole of extra time. Heartbreaking to fvck up in the CL qualifying at an early stage yet again, especially after such a sensational opening goal. The team seem drained of energy although both Ralston and Murray put in surprisingly good shifts. Time to cash in on Edouard and get some proper signings sorted. The goalkeeping, RB and main striker positions have to be addressed immediately.

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Hope you are good M8. Take care and awerabest.

Yoker Bhoy
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

You too Mikey. Let’s hope for better times ahead as the re-build kicks in.

Andrew Coyle
2 months ago

There is something Rotten in the State of Denmark

Monthehoops
2 months ago

Can we honestly be surprised by the performance or the shambles of a team selection?
Great to see some appreciation for Rodgers who done everything he could to take the club forward. Unfortunately we have a few years of pain ahead so better start getting behind the team

Monti
2 months ago

I give up Celtic, i give up!

Eddie Griffin
2 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Never give up, Monti.

It’s weak.

Fight til the last.

You should know this.

Frank McGaaaarvey
2 months ago

Thank you board of directors for your inept dithering in refusing to see the canyon we were freefalling into under Lennon and for taking an eternity to appoint a new manager swiftly after Lennon finally seemed to see some sort of light and did the right thing. No thanks to this board who would probably still hsve him in charge if he thought he was up to the task. Thank you for your endless dithering and for showing all the urgency if a dead slug in the garden shrivelled by the summer sun. We have gone utterly backwards, never mind stood still, since the very day someone thought it would be a good idea to give the job to Lenny permanently while the rest of the footballing world strode ahead.

For what it’s worth I’m sure Ange will get it right domestically but we have slipped back in European terms to where we were at pre Martin O’Neill.

Woof Charlie
2 months ago

‘Anyone who doesn’t want to be here is welcome to go.’ The speech you don’t ever want to make but he’s forcing the hand/ calf of the players who aren’t interested. Thanks Eddie but the huff ain’t good enough and your cash can fund the rebuild. Griffiths you can pick up your gear – training gear – from the carpark.

BornCelt!
2 months ago

Just how much really serious money have we seen flushed? Move on and hopefully the board will just simply listen to Ange. We are never going to get passed PSV as we are, some real hard work to build this team up which would take 2-3 windows normally if the cash is made available and guys like Lawwell stop trying to save a million or two such as with Paul McGinn and end up costing us hundreds of millions, really serious cash. If this board of businessman, which they are, worked for any other corporate, they would be out on their ear. Unbelievable by Édouard, he was picked up after shooting people with an air gun and was close to being dumped, and he repays us by just not bothering. Did he think he would be told to stay if we got through? Disgraceful. What a finish by Callum Mac, such a tragedy. HH!

Salad queen
2 months ago

It’s with a heavy heart that I have to respond tonight that my cousin James ( Jamie McCarron passed away today. A devout Celtic man all his life, a season ticket holder for over 30 years, of which I paid the First one. James suffered from mental health problems, but he was always a tim. I would like all the true Celtic supporters to say a prayer for him , not as he would say the leigh Griffiths haters.

Bgbhoy
2 months ago
Reply to  Salad queen

Sorry to hear

Monti
2 months ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Salad Queen, may god be at his side

2 months ago
Reply to  Salad queen

RIP Jamie.

highseastim
2 months ago
Reply to  Salad queen

Sad news, may he rest in peace.

2 months ago

We cant entice players to Celtic because of no Euros. 4 years on the trot.
Yet the board are entitled to resume their inadequate employment. It is vile.

SteveNaive
2 months ago

“We haven’t got players in. Obviously I haven’t done a good enough job convincing people we need to bring people in.

“I’m not going to shy away from it. I don’t say that because I’m some kind of martyr. I just think that’s my responsibility. That’s why I was brought in.

“I’ve tried to be as forceful as I can about what we need to bring in. The challenges we’ve had are well chronicled, but irrespective of the result, we had a really young squad out there with young players on the bench, that’s not the situation we need to be in.

“Maybe I wasn’t clear enough, I don’t know. I think I’ve been pretty consistent in saying we need more players in.

“The club is working hard to get players in. We talk endlessly about the challenges we are facing.

“For our supporters they just want to see us bring reinforcements in that we need.

“I’ve just got to keep reinforcing my views on it as strongly as I possibly can.”

Monti
2 months ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Walk away Ange & show this board up for what they, inept, incapable & downright incompetent!

Embarrassing!

Monti
2 months ago

My disillusionment & apathy is now turning to outright rage at what is unfolding at our club.
We are a fkn joke!

highseastim
2 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Saves a pumping from PSV, but game was list in first leg when chance after chance was passed up. Last night was the first time, I’ve saw Celtic this season for a full match, I kept reading on forums about high press, etc, etc, looked to me more like last season’s tippy tappy, backward passing and slow build up, but when you have a static front line it’s to be expected.

henkesdreadlocks
2 months ago

How low do some people get to try and point score over a personal tragedy. Shameful and pathetic.

Owen Mullions
2 months ago

Blind devotion to whoever wears the hoops is why we ended up hanging on to a managerial dinosaur long after his type became extinct.

2 months ago

Not to worry Ghirls and Bhoys. Dermot is on the case.
New curtains and throw pillows, sorted.

Cambs Bhoy
2 months ago
Reply to  portpower

As the fellow poster stated above, they have the season ticket money they could not give a toss about you. DD will get his usual £6m dividend payment, the board will get their share of the trough and they can all shake hands and backslap one another. Eddie, Christie will be sold or move on for free in January and we retain our status as a selling club here to act as a tax vehicle and source of income for DD, PL and the board. Until you boycott the ST and merchandise, not a lot will change. McKay is the Piewter Liewell Mark II. Only leaves McGregor to be sold next year.

Monti
2 months ago

Salad queen, earlier i sent you my sincere condolences in regards to your loss, i have to point out though your finishing sentence about Mr Griffiths.
This is a thirty year old man asking a fifteen year old girl to send him naked pictures of herself to him.
Have a wee think about that for a moment.

Owen Mullions
2 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Don’t be a ‘Holy Wullie’ be like Griff, ‘Wholly Willie’ and chase after wee lassies on social media – what have we become ffs?

Mike
2 months ago

The great communicator has fallen asleep. His made up temporary bed set up in the Panic Room within Celtic Park, he is joined by Ian Maxwell,Eric Riley and Peter Loyal, it’s their go to place when faced with mounting critisism. The steel reinforced door, with steel shutter windows automatically close’s and locks when the Panic Button is pushed. How dare they treat supporters like the shit on their shoes, how brave they are to let the new manager take all the supporters flak, the modus operandi of the coward. This the custodians of a very proud club that was the first British football club to win the European cup. That history is embedded in every Celtic supporters heart, hard wired into our DNA.
Europe means a great deal to this club and its support, recent years has seen us get lower and lower in the pecking order of European football. Do they not see this? that there will be no top seat at the top European table soon enough, do they even care? It doesn’t seem like it does. These Celtic Titans that run our club, whose first breath tells us how much they love and have supported the club since they were bairns, if they do, then quickly get up from your @rses and prove it.

Charlie Green
2 months ago

The rumour was that Dermot Desmond went out and hired Rodgers because he felt humiliated by the animated rejoicing of the Sevco board after a defeat. How has he been able to stand the constant “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” that has befallen the club since his departure?

2 months ago

Celts 8-1.

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