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Celtic Diary Friday August 20: World Turning

The balance of power, if such a thing exists in Scottish football, is shifting again.

 

After the collapse of Celtic last season, a line has been drawn and the rebuild is well and truly underway. Maybe so far only the foundations are in place, and maybe not even that, but the architect is probably happy with the work thats been done.

 

It looks like a couple of full backs will be here, probably even announced today, although the two in question, Liam Scales and Josip Juranovic played for their current clubs in europe last night…both scoring, incidentally, surely they won;t be allowed to play in the return matches ?

 

There’s also talk of a striker, with the Greek fellow Giorgas Giakoumakis apparently in negotiations to join beofre the window closes.

 

 

Should all three end up in the hoops, and have even half the effect of those who have already joined, it will be an astonishing window.

 

Perhaps the best ever.

 

 

But we’ll see. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, as there is a long way to go.

 

 

Hang on, sod that.

 

The Europa League final is in Seville this year….we’ve unfinished business over there, and I might just have a look at hotels and flights for next summer.

 

 

Why shouldn’t we be optimistic.

 

Whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic about something won;t alter the outcome, so you might as well be cheerful  during the process….

 

 

Then again, he said, as he crashed back down to earth, the best we can hope for this season is that the team gels and we have a squad capable of handling the intense style of football demanded by the manager.

 

 

What’s interesting, and probably a huge advantage , is that the core of his team will all be on long term contracts as they signed at the same time, which means that we do have a couple of years to get it right, and with automatic champions league group stage entrance should Celtic win the league this year, the sky really is the limit.

 

 

Ironically, the one time when players are in place to handle the qualifiers could be the one time we won;t be in them.

 

 

 

But we are getting ahead of ourselves.

 

St mirren are next up tomorrow, and there must be no sign of complacency, which may yet become our biggest enemy.

 

 

As we saw last season, empires crumble from within, although the emergence of a couple of new leaders on the pitch in Hart and MacGregor point to that being a one off.

 

 

Maybe history will prove last year to be a glitch…or maybe there’s more to it than that.

 

 

Some time ago there were whispers of additional work being done on players at certain clubs, and whilst i’ve no idea if its true, its certainly something that got me thinking.

 

 

Liverpool apparently introduced a three year plan which , given certain scientific advice, re training and supplements , would see them peak in year 2 of a three year cycle.

 

They did, winning the champions League.

 

After that they kind of fell apart.

 

 

A club..or company…in Glasgow was rumoured to have undertaken the same course of treatment, and they may have peaked in year two as well, with a league championship to their name.

 

This means they are now in year three, which means they will fall apart.

 

 

Of course, there is no evidence for any of this, save a few whispers on the wind….

 

 

Everyone at Ibrox looks pretty normal to me…..

 

 

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and concentration levels are still high, with attention to detail a priority…..

 

 

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The manager isn’t panicking at all…..

 

 

“I’ve got confidence and belief we can get going and restart and show we can get back to the form we need – but we need to wake up now.

“We’re in competitions and we’re at a club where you can’t afford to be where we are right now. 

“We should have made this game so much more comfortable than we have. We’ve only got ourselves to blame.

“It was way beyond tactics in the first half. Before you kick a ball or worry about tactics, you’ve got to show fight, desire and heart.

“You’ve got to be committed. You’ve got to run through walls. You’ve got to show these fans here that you’re prepared to be all in.

“The first half performance was so far away from where I wanted it to be”.

 

 

Mind you, the support are right behind him…although he’d probably rather they were in front of him where he could see them..as there seems to be the sound of steel sharpening in the air…

 

 

 

Rangers Football Club
@RangersFC
43′ 0-0 | RED: John Lundstram picks up a second yellow card.

   

 

Scott
@scottm1872
Replying to

Al drive him back to Sheffield if use want  
 An idea which didn’t seem to appeal to at least one person in Sheffield

 

Josh
@SUFC__Josh
Replying to

and

Please dont     
 The standard of their few signings this summer so far can be judged by the reaction of the supporters of the clubs they left…
 Factor in the immediate need for cash and they seem certain to lose a few players to raise the desired amount…as it is now clear their share issue failed….
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 The reason I mention all of this is not to gloat.
 Well, not entirely to gloat, but to serve as a warning.
 They are in serious trouble, on and off the field.
 Back in 2012, I mentioned that this particular cancer needed to be cut from Scottish football in order for the patient to survive.
 The cancer is back, and the patient is seriously ill.
 This time, no five way agreements, no hiding behind a compliant media or complaining about the top tier being shut.
 This time make sure it’s gone, and take away enough of what surrounds it to ensure it won’t come back.
 We have a second chance, and it must not be wasted.
 Which reminds me, it’s Friday, and that means it’s time for the

Knob of the Week

 It’s a blast from the past, so younger readers might not remember that this guy once more or less made the title his own.
 Well, he’s back to claim what is rightfully his…..
Seven of the biggest Stewart Regan gaffes as SFA chief executive finally  quits - Daily Record
 Recently, almost unnoticed…and if it wasn’t for videoCelts, i wouldn’t have seen it…regan offered his opinion on the current political scene…where he condemned those involved in “cronyism and corruption
Welcome to you're "DOOM!"
 Stewart Regan, former head of corruption at the SFA, this week , you might well have earned your place in the

Knob of the Week

Hall of Fame - Phil's Quick Capsule Review
 Yesterday, we had this….
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the Real Anton Rogan  
 I’ll sort out the back line, you sort out the rest   
 Sometimes it’s better to tell it like it was….. which means an honorable mention for this one….
Binkabhoy
 18 hours ago

Caption – ‘Tactics? What is this witchcraft and sorcery you speak of..??’   

 

 

 

Today….

 

 

 

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Desi Mond(@desi)
3 months ago

Nina was so into ballerining she didnt even notice the giant spider approaching in the distance

3 months ago

Caption: This is one of those modern art pieces that has 2 names.
Stinking fat truck meets graceful artist OR When morelos met Kyogo

Patrick O' Hara
3 months ago

By jove Watson the game’s afoot.

Bognorbhoy
3 months ago

Caption …
Lorry fae dennistoun on Clyde complaining about the Celtic woman’s teams changing facilities ….

By the by that’s no a challenging wan&…
Sean Lock superstar

henkesdreadlocks
3 months ago

After a long hard day trucking (yes trucking). Theresa Maria Henrik Lubomir, likes nothing better than pulling into a quiet spot and laughing at huns on Clyde Superscoreboard.

Cesar
3 months ago

She does love a day at the beach even though the sand always gets into her nooks and cranny.

Michael Annis
3 months ago

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Justshatered
3 months ago

Caption:
Ryan Kent finishes putting on his strip for the next match.

Glen
3 months ago

Enjoying the Craic as new to your site and looking for accuracy in player movement reports as fed up with repeated drivel Celtic News and fan sided daily send me several times a day Report what is fact and we are all avoiding being misinformed . Nothing worse in my view HH

paddybhoy67
3 months ago

Caption: When ye get cramp and there’s nobody to push yer toes.

Pat Higney
3 months ago

Caption: Dave the lorry driver quickly realises his big mistake of supergluing his Mrs’ stockings in that position at his favourite dogging spot.

pilsbury dough bhoy
3 months ago

Caption:
“Sport socks two furra pound? I’ll have no truck with that.”

Pat O' Hara
3 months ago

By jove Watson the game’s afoot

tony carlin
3 months ago

I know it stinks of fish but it keeps the flies aff my pizza

SteveNaive
3 months ago

Caption

‘The SMSM Soup Truck takes in the test blast in New Mexico’

portpower
3 months ago

Ally McCoist has lifted the lift on his jubilant Celtic FC banter, only to be told, on a platform, it is not border line, it is.

Alistair, what is Angelos Postecoglou`s name ? Ring a myth.

portpower
3 months ago
Reply to  portpower

lid*

portpower
3 months ago

That is me away to buggery with awaiting approval. I just typed ring a myth on this platform.

portpower
3 months ago

Podcast was shite

portpower
3 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Above is approved!

Woof Charlie
3 months ago

Caption: How to put on a Castore sock training video launches.

portpower
3 months ago

Approval. Thank you.

Buddy Bhoys by 1.

Can we handle a sneaked in defeat ?

Bognorbhoy
3 months ago

Caption too…
Box van
White Sox fan…

portpower
3 months ago

First in thinking they are all above. Arr, you Fenian bassa and those the same.

Want for nothing peepul.

Ask them if they`ll do the next 8 leagues to equal that they were second to.

Hey Judas, make it better.

Mcklintop
3 months ago

After many years rangers minibus driver Jimmy Bell decides he cannot keep living a lie. Now wants to known as Loves Bell-End.

portpower
3 months ago

Caption:
Celtic Ghirl tells Tommy McIntyre, “i`ve nae blisters, put me on.”

Owen Mullions
3 months ago

Caption-“There’s definitely something different in these new Yorkie bars”

portpower
3 months ago

La Bamba.

portpower
3 months ago
Reply to  portpower

If you are to ring up to vote you have no ear for music.

portpower
3 months ago

There is an inclination of letting the propensity of a upcoming Rangers franchise to be again. HH

portpower
3 months ago
Reply to  portpower

an*

The Cha
3 months ago

No, Liverpool didn’t slash and burn the year after they won the Champions League.

The following season they blew everyone away winning 26 of the first 27 games and winning the league at a canter.

They struggled last year due to numerous injuries, Van Dijk, most of the defence and others but not sure that can be put down to “supplements”.

I realise pointing this out probably makes me a moaner but hey ho. 😉

Uibh fhaili
3 months ago

The servco beauty queen collapses after seeing the ugly truth in the mirror

Monti
3 months ago

Looks like the sniper hasn’t slipped away after all……RIP Aidan Mcanespie

Andrew Coyle
3 months ago

CAPTION Big Senga loves nothing better than advertising her Fish Van with her own Fishy Fishy smell.

Woof Charlie
3 months ago

Caption: “Get yer lighters, sport socks, three pairs for a Sevco.”

CarlJungleBhoy
3 months ago

Caption: Castore launch their latest high-fashion range of heat resistant sports wear with a groundbreaking new advert: One Vision. One Title. One Desert. One Sock.

Oztim
3 months ago

Caption: Ange trucks in his stretching coach from the outback.

Hope we sign a quality CH before the windows closes.

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