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Celtic Diary Monday August 23: Lazing On A Saturday Afternoon

For the second home game in a row, despite the manager’s instructions never to stop, or even ease off, Celtic recorded a 6-0 home win. As it takes just a moment to score a goal, questions must be asked why the players spent the other 84 minutes footering around admiring the scenery.

 

This unacceptable level of lollygagging has to stop, and more effort is needed this week, or I’m off to the car park.

 

 

Already there have been whispers of season books being returned and scarves thrown away.

 

 

Actually, the only whispers have been from thise who say that Celtic haven’t actually played anyone yet. The opponents to date have been weak, or the team have just got lucky.

 

Funny that, the more we keep the ball and move it towards goal, the luckier we seem to get.

 

 

Even the defence has stopped leaking goals now that we’ve settled on a regular back four and put a proper goalkeeper behind them.

 

 

As for the rest of them, you can’t help but notice that the quantity of goals has not diminished the quality.

 

Or the variety.

 

Everything we had hoped for under a new manager has so far materialised, and maybe that is down to an outsider coming in with his own ideas, although he has to take credit for the speed with which he has managed to put those ideas across to the players.

 

He sort of explained it, and the simplicity of his style is wonderful.

 

 

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Optimism for this season is evolving into confidence, and nowhere is that more evident than in the players.

 

 

Groucho Marx Dancing GIFs | Tenor

 

 

Yup…everybody’s happy….aren’t they ?

 

 

Feck Off GIFs | Tenor

 

 

Former manager Neil Lennon, who had a lot more to deal with than most , has re-appeared in the media to offer his opinion on the revitalised side, and he really shouldn’t have.

 

He made some interesting comments on players who wanted to leave, such as Edouard, who will be the subject of a take it or leave it bid from England this week, which Celtic and Edoaurd will either take or leave, and Kris Ajer, who has already gone.

 

 

Ryan Christie was also mentioned, and he , too, will have a decision to make this week. But don;t worry, someone called Lovric is apparently lined up to replace him.

 

Oh, and a couple of loannees and maybe even two more incomings we haven’tt heard about yet.

 

In one sense, Lennon was up against it, he was never going going to get the investment Ange is being trusted with, and when you add one or two players with extreme personal circumstances and issues, you can see why he looked a little rough in some interviews.

 

However, it was his job to sort them, and he didn’t.

 

 

Whereas with Ange, all of those in fan media who claim he would walk away if the board didn’t back him are right, but one has to realise the board are probably already aware of that.

 

Still, get those clickers clicking…

 

 

In his recent media appearance, the press predictably ignored the more rational things he said, and went with the sensationalist

 

“I always believed the return of fans would bring the buzz back,” 

“Not only to the club but the players. I think that’s what’s evident now.”  

 

 

Which has been spun as the reason for the Celtic collapse, prompting fans to vent their fury on him.

 

 

It’s maybe better for him to stay out of the limelight, because no matter what he says or does, short of fully opening up on internal issues, this is how he will be remembered.

 

Peter Lawwell has destroyed his own legacy, for Lennon to do likewise would be a tragedy.

 

 

 

 

Elsewhere, and the Daily Record has put out a story that Everton, presumably terrified that they might have to field John Jo Kenny at right back, have bid £5m for Nathan Patterson, the next big thing to come out of Ibrox.

 

Of course, there are no quotes from the English club, only the usual “understands ” line, but the narrative predictably spins out of control, as the story centres on the size of the bid, rather than if there actually was one.

 

Steven Gerrard, who says he hasn’t been told of any offer, which may well be because there wasn’t one, said that £5m was..

 

 

You carry on with the jokes – £5m, wow.

“Look, I’ve only just been told about this.

“It hasn’t been brought to my attention by anyone above me at the club.

“I’ll ask the question when I go back on the bus but if you’re going to talk about Nathan Patterson you need to get real. 

 

£5m is, I don’t know, that’s definitely come out of a joke book surely.

“I don’t make the decisions in terms of when the right numbers are hit.

“All the players have got a price, we’ve said this so many times.

“We want to keep all our best players, especially our homegrown and local ones.

“There’s a big future here for Nathan. He’s got to be patient and he’ll get game time and minutes.

“We’re delighted with him, he’s not someone we’re looking to move on but every single person has got a number. But let me tell you now, £5m is so far away it’s unreal.”

 

 

Fair play to him, admitting that £5m for a player with only a handful of senior appearances under his belt is indeed laughable, but should  he actually be inferring that the player is worth more than that, then he can expect a phone call from Patterson’s agent demanding a significant wage hike….

 

 

 

Oh , by the way, when he says he’s going to get on the bus and ask the question, he wasn’t referring to the video that emerged of “rangers ” fans “doing the Kyogo “, an explicitly racist gesture , on a supporters bus .

 

 

No, he, and the media, would rather no one referred to that bus at all.

 

 

Thats the one that runs from the Crown Bar in Bellshill, an establishment we’ve seen make the headlines on a previous occasion…

 

 

The John Beaton Crown Bar Loyal Belshill": ScottishFootball

 

 

The John Beaton named here is a professional Scottish referee, who has been known to frequent that particular establishment…

 

 

Celtic Diary Wednesday March 11: Brave Beaton Makes Comeback – eTims

 

 

 

Now, it’s not my place to call into question the integrity and honesty of Beaton, but if I ventured into a bar that , as it seems perfectly reasonable to assume, was frequented by the sort of chaps that publicly parade anti Japanese racism, sing songs pertaining to anti Irish racism and have had several public displays of no tolerance towards other black and ethnic minorities, then I’d probably just get some cans and go home.

 

 

Actually, fuck it, it is my place to call into question the integrity of a man who is entrusted with a position of influence who is open to the perception that his views may..or may not …be tainted by his own opinions.

 

 

I asked my dog about this, you’ll have heard her opinion every time Peter Lawwell was mentioned on podcasts, and she said simply

 

 

If you lie down with fleas

 

Well, she just barked, but I figured thats what she meant.

 

 

Interestingly, St Mirren had a player sent off against Celtic for a violent challenge…and if you watch his reaction, it’s one of surprise and bewilderment.

 

Not because he thought his challenge didn;t warrant exclusion, but becuase he thought that sort of thing was allowed where Celtic players are concerned.

 

 

Does that mean that Dominic McKay has quietly moved onto stage three of his vision for the future ?

 

Has he had quiet words about the perception of bias among the refereeing fraternity ?

 

 

We’ll know this time next week….

 

 

 

On Saturday, we had this assault on our optic nerve…

 

 

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Phil McEachen
 1 day ago

Ah yes, the new Partick Thistle away top

Today….
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Desi Mond(@desi)
3 months ago

PC Murcdoch reveals the new PoliceScotland AI Cop Machine…mates gasp at it reacting to his every move.
A new era in Scottish policing awaits…Silent, deadly but shite on stairs!

John E Mitchell
3 months ago

The Police Service Of Northern Ireland unveil their new ‘Outreach to the Catholic Community’ officer.

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
3 months ago

Caption: Sevco deploy their new media control manager

Michael Annis
3 months ago

Kyogo given his kit for the next Sevco game.

portpower
3 months ago

The 1000 allocated supporters who travelled to Dingwall were representatives of
The Rangers football Club.

The supporters who travelled to Dingwall on the bus were racist representatives of
The Rangers football Club.

Jamie Campbell
3 months ago

“One more time. You’re too late. The huns have already been exterminated!!”

3 months ago

Aye but are ye a Catholic Dalek or a Pradasant one?

3 months ago
Reply to  TonyB

Caption…..
‘ a Billy or a Tim? Are you blind, whatever, I’m Jewish. Can you not see I’ve had my tackle snipped?

BornCelt!
3 months ago

Caption – While complaining of rust due to Glasga’ weather, the Orange Orders new flute player John Beaton explains to his fellow lodge members of his struggles as the R&D section forgot to add a hole for his mouth and a prosthetic arm that can reach his mouth and if one could escort him with a tin of tennants and a long straw to keep him refreshed.

Bognorbhoy
3 months ago

Caption …

Ok , you all know the daleks,
” i am a dalek ,I am a dalek exterminate,exterminate ”

This is the ibrox version…
“We are the people ,we are the people… Irish caflics we hate , exterminate….

=============

Is that a bit to much ?

Cesar
3 months ago

Police Scotland question shady character seen near Peter Lawwell’s classic car collection on the heated driveway only to discover its a novelty wheelie bin.

SteveNaive
3 months ago

Everton line up replacement for JJ Kenny.

Man in Denial
3 months ago

caption

Pest control officers provide directions for the Japanese Ambassadors gift to the Crown Loyalist Bar Bellshill.

It sets off with a jovial

Exterminate ! Exterminate ! Exterminate !

The great suprendo
3 months ago

Castor unveils the new sevco kit “see? we can’t do ‘walking away’ if we’ve all got wheels!”

Cortes
3 months ago

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the screen – the ex Terminator

pilsbury dough bhoy
3 months ago

Caption:
“You’re illegally parked.”
“I’m waiting on the Doctor.”
“Doctor who?”
“Aye.”

BornCelt!
3 months ago

Just in case you have nothing to do in those 84 minutes, though it may take longer to get through, just seen this on Amazon, Changing the Game: Football in Australia Through My Eyes, by Ange, before Dom gets a copy and changes the front cover, adds Celtic, Scotland, adds a forward by Lennedy and triples the price! HH!

BornCelt!
3 months ago
Reply to  BornCelt!

Here is a copy of the covercomment image Oh sorry,comment image HH!

henkesdreadlocks
3 months ago

Caption……..

Are you a Billy, a Dan or an old tin can?

Mcklintop
3 months ago

Strolling down the Falls road with riot guns and gas…..and Daleks? Feck.

portpower
3 months ago

Caption:
I am a space uber.

Iancelt67
3 months ago

Caption
“ I’m looking for rangers hq “Retardis”

Iancelt67
3 months ago

Caption
Gies a lift oer the pavement of plod

Lenny Bruce.
3 months ago

Caption

Kyogo tries out his enhanced ‘Ibrox’ shinguards.

Woof Charlie
3 months ago

Caption: “and -then -he -dies-but-he-regenerates- as- someone- else- but -your -supposed-to-believe-it’s-the-same-doctor-what-a-load-of-mince.”

Frank McGaaaarvey
3 months ago

“A photo of the John Kennedy defensive coaching sessions from last season”.

Looking ahead to Sunday, every dirty trick in the book will be wheeled out against us. On and off the park. Ange has been very calm and collected in his post-match interviews up to now. I suspect that may change come Sunday…..

Whitearra
3 months ago

Caption : ‘Look, all we’re saying is, if you you’ll wear a Rangers scarf, act as if you’re drunk, piss in the street and carry a Union Jack, we’ll give you an escort into George Square’.

Whitearra
3 months ago

Btw, will the bus company (in a perfect world, it would be Park’s of Hamilton) be interviewed and charged with any offences?

CarlJungleBhoy
3 months ago

The Tribute Act respond to Celtic fans latest chant We’ve got a right Kent, he’s on the wing,

We’ve got big Bassey, but he Shirley can’t sing

Slippy’s our leader and we’ve ceramics from all over the world

Sancheto
3 months ago

Caption – The new centre half may take sometime to settle in to a flat back four!

BJF
3 months ago

I think he is the ‘exterminator’
Slippy was told to bring in.
Don’t object to Lenny’s( a legend as a player, captain and manager )comments, he just stayed 6 months.after the writing went on the wall. He has been positive about Ange as we all have been. I do recall Ronnie said the players weren’t fit enough when he came in, maybe Ange thinks the same but is too classy to say so publicly. This is very big week with a difficult game on Thursday against a good team, we only have to be as good as them, we might be better.

Cartvale88
3 months ago

Caption
We’re you no on the Dingwall bus?

Lenny cannot be justified he has lost it appearing on the Billy Boys Club with English and McIntyre. A bridge too far for an ex hero, he has destroyed his credibility. As for the Huns what more can you expect, it will be interesting to see how quickly the Polis move on this one,

The Cha
3 months ago

I assume that lennon has no friends, as otherwise they’d surely advise him that a bitter, pathetic loser isn’t a good look.

His media ‘pals’ will egg him on, as long as he comes up with the anti-Celtic goods but is that worth 30 pieces of silver?

His fanboy support must be dwindling fast and soon Ralph may be the only one left.

There were no extenuating circumstances last season. We were the 9 in a row champions, Quadruple Trebels, best players, squad and squillions in the bank taking on a seriously indebted rival.

Please Dukla Pumpherston, lower your standards and appoint this managerial genius, as no one else seems in the slightest interest.

Iancelt67
3 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Dukla pumpherston lol

Owen Mullions
3 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

In an asylum near Blackburn an ex-soldier still insists that Lenny was a great success.

The Cha
3 months ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

Don’t be cruel.

He’s got out the old fatigues and is on manoeuvres with the Warminster Home Guard to keep us all safe from the Taliban invasion.

I, for one, sleep easier knowing he’s out there for us.

Owen Mullions
3 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

I don’t know about that, Dunkirk… I mean Duncan tends to do a runner when he comes under attack.

The Cha
3 months ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

True.

“Come out ye Black and Tan and fight us like a man and show how you won your medals for up and flouncing”.

Owen Mullions
3 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Come out ye Lenny fan and tell us how we’ve got it wrang
Show us how his stats were better than that Rodgers
Tell us how things were okay though he threw the ten away
And gave a lifeline tae Sevco’s tax dodgers.

The Cha
3 months ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

Excellent. 🙂

Martybhoy59
3 months ago

we are confused what foot did you say you kick with?

Andrew Coyle
3 months ago

Radio clyde show off their new commentator Dalek Rae

Iancelt67
3 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Coyle

Poor Brendan 4-1

The Cha
3 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

We certainly dodged a bullet in not appointing Moyes as his successor. 😉

Magdalena’s Chestnut Gelding
3 months ago

Caption

Whit’s yer name son?

Dalek?

He must be drunk, it’s got to be Derek

No need to ask what team you support, on yer way brother WATP FTP GSTQ!

Mike
3 months ago

For Sale, One Milking Parlour 5 Years Old. Apply to Club 1872. Proud To Be Milked Since 2016.

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

And there you have it Ralph, another sign of newness. When they lost the 7000 debenture seats, when their club was liquidated. The dafties clinging on to an imaginary birth date, by naming themselves after the Old-co birth date, Incorporated in 1899, club and company and yet the signs of newness are quite obvious.
It’s a Cinch; invoking the SFAs own rule, rule 17 which means that they cannot be obliged to promote Cinch branding on their shirts – hoardings or media boards, due to a pre-existing contracts with Parks. If that is correct then the SFA – SPFL don’t know their own rules, what a Riddy.

weered
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike I do like the milking parlour piece, made me laugh

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  weered

What, you don’t like the udder one?

weered
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike… stop milking it ffs

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  weered

OK Nelly, I think that I have something to say to you,
The head of the herd was calling, far,far away,
They bevied all night, in a silver light,
On the road to Galway Bay.
I think they were looking for herd immunity.
But that will probably fly pasteurised.

weered
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike not much passes these eyes unnoticed and misspelt

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  weered

As long as they are not seeing thing’s that are not there Weered, as you know sometimes on a written blog where there isn’t the human interaction face to face, thing’s can be perceived that are not intended and people can take the wrong meaning out of those written words. It’s roasting here and an outbuilding roof needs replaced this weekend. The slates are off and the roof sheeting has just arrived. I think that I will start on Saturday at first light, before the metal sheets overheat.
Happy daze.

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  weered

Reply moderated again. As long as you are not seeing thing’s in the written word, that are not there, without human face to face interaction, the written word can have different meanings, especially on a blog.

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

It’s roasting here, an outbuilding is needing re-roofed, the slates are off and the new metal sheeting has been delivered. Start sheeting early doors on Saturday, before the sheets get too hot. Hope all is well, with everyone.

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

The penny dropped yesterday, me saying ‘the udder one’ and you saying ‘stop milking it’, wow, you actually meant that, did the all seeing eyes actually miss the irony of that? I mean WTF is that all about?

Owen Mullions
3 months ago

Caption – “Lift him! He says he’s oan his wye tae probe yer anus”.

R.St.Parsley
3 months ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

He’ll have to get past your asteroids first!

3 months ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

The ultimate destination being the Black Hole.
Gawd, I’m reverting to my spotty adolescent days for even thinking that.

Woof Charlie
3 months ago

Caption: Dalek Johnstone you’re a cheerleader, you’re a cheerleader.

Iancelt67
3 months ago

Caption
I’m telling you mr dalek the dr who you’re looking for is a woman you have to believe us

Cortes
3 months ago

The secret life of Bobby Davros

Bgbhoy
3 months ago

Comments were at 55 so had to write something

Cartvale88
3 months ago

Caption
‘Listen mate, if you believe 56 is coming, you believe in that’. B Specials day oot

Andrew Coyle
3 months ago

Caption.At last we find out why
THE GREEN MACHINE hates Doctors

henkesdreadlocks
3 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Coyle

Hahaha!! …..Excellent.

portpower
3 months ago

Wheel out the shibboleth sevconians, was the battle cry.

Yeah, but we are good peepil. What they do not like is is for others outside their bubble to remind them exactly what they are.

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