Celtic Diary Thursday August 26: Smells Like Team Spirit

You would be hard pushed to remember that Celtic have an extremely important match tonight if you depended on the newspapers for information.

 

Two up from their impressive performance at Celtic Park last weeks, the hoops travel to Alkmaar for what will not only be their most important game under ange Postecoglou, but their most difficult one as well.

 

Whilst some sections of fan media are already looking ahead to the group stages, let’s hope that the players and management are still focused entirely on getting through this round.

 

As for the professional media, one of them, I’m not sure who, asked if Josip Juranovic was in contention to play, even though he played and scored not only in this tournament for Legia Warsaw, but in this round of matches.

 

 

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The game presents a dilemma for the manager, and another chance for him to show if he’s an idealist, which isn’t an issue when the team are in full swashbuckling flow, or a pragmatist, because even though Celtic start the game at 2-0, things can go wrong pretty quickly in European ties, as we all know.

 

 

Will he stiffen the midfield ? Common sense would suggest that James McCarthy will be added, possibly at the expense of a forward.

 

However, we will have to wait and see.

 

 

It certainly won’t be dull.

 

 

One encouraging aspect, despite what you read in the media or hear from experts, is that despite a few scary moments, the defence looks less likely to be breached every time the ball goes anywhere near it. Even the achilles heel of set pieces seems to have been dealt with, although you can guarantee this paragraph will be deleted post match if we return to the old ways of more or less chucking the ball into our own net.

 

 

Due to the plague finally mutating enough to infect some who have mutated themselves, Celtic have largely been left to get on with their own preparations without any interference from the media, which is a good thing, as no doubt we’d have heard more about Edoaurd and Christie leaving, or even late bids for other key players.

 

 

Postecoglou cleverly deflects any questions from the media about these, or any other players, and whilst a few weeks ago we might have worried that our press would have proved too much for him to handle with their leading questions, he’s consistently batted away their nonsense in a style that may yet leave them afraid of him, lest they make fools of themselves.

 

Alright, even bigger fools of themselves.

 

 

In fact, such was their narrative when his name was linked with Celtic, there’s a few of them, and not an inconsiderable amount of supporters, who owe him an apology.

 

One thing about travelling the world to make a living is that you learn a lot from a lot of different cultures, and that makes a man wise. and to an extent, fearless.

 

 

Scottish hacks may have high opinions of themselves, and they’ve certainly had things their own way for a while, but its taking a refreshing attitude from an outsider to put them in their place.

 

 

Frankly, it appears he gives not a fuck about what they write, or about who reads what they write.

 

 

 

With Celtic looking to a higher level, and thats evident from the way Postecoglou speaks of his charges, the media are going flat out to keep “rangers ” relevant.

 

 

they, too, are in action tonight, over in Armenia, and with money tight over there, they’ve hired a smaller plane which means they’ve had to leave some players behind.

 

 

As their budget plan for this season is already in tatters due to UCL elimination, they now have to make sure that someone somewhere will buy some of their players, and with no bids on the horizon, or anywhere else for that matter, they’ve decided that they need to keep the blue pound going through the tills by prioritising the Glasgow derby on Sunday, with several key players rested due to a sudden outbreak of covid over the river.

 

 

We’re reassured they’ll all be fine for Sunday, which makes you wonder wny whoever is in charge of Health at Holyrood hasn’t asked them how they not only managed to avoid the pandemic for so long, but swat it away so quickly when it hits them…. perhaps they really are the master race.

 

 

Or was it  down to other draconian measures ?

 

 

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At first glance, I thought this was about the actions taken by the club to punish those on a supporters bus who shamed them with their racist outbursts, as the club only tolerates anti Irish racism.

 

Then i thought it was merely a cost cutting exercise to keep the wage bill down.

 

 

In fact, it’s neither, and it’s about real bears, and that makes me sad.

 

 

Maybe the club/company would consider my options to cheer me up again ?

 

 

 

As for their Armenian trip, the rules over there are fairly plain….

 

 

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One assumes that positive tests were not available for those who haven’t travelled….which makes it all a little bit murky where sunday is concerned.

 

 

However, no doubt any skullduggery will be exposed by our media, who were so swift to condemn Celtic when a similar  outbreak more or less put an end to ten in a row.

 

 

 

Also in the news over the last couple of days was that old favourite Charlie Adam, who in fitting with the fenian free policy at BBC Scotland, was bizarrely allowed to compare the serious offences committed by Ibrox fans to the singing of a song about his sisters pants, which offended his family, who much prefer singing offensive songs to listening to them…

 

 

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Sorry, wrong clip…I couldn’t find the one where he was fined for singing sectarian songs.

 

 

The song about his sisters pants pertains to an incident on a supporters bus many years ago where the offending time was paraded by someone who had happened to claim them as a trophy.

 

 

Embarassing, yes, a serious offence carrying a possible jail term ?

 

No.

 

 

Still, you have to give credit to Adam for having the courage to bring it up after all these years, becuase i’m fairly certain his siter will want to knock his block off.

 

 

Tom English defended him, and in between mouthfuls of soup, tweeted…

 

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Whataboutery is a deliberate deflection away from an issue you don’t really want to talk about. Whatever you think about what he said, it wasn’t whataboutery

 

 

And neither was his tweet….

 

 

 

It was left to the grand old man of Scottish punditry, the Voice of Confusion himself, hugh Keeviins, to bring a little common sense and dignity to the whole affair.

 

 

Alright, eventually bring some dignity to the whole affair, as he intially claimed there was no racism at the football sixty years ago, as anti Irish racism doesn;t count.

 

It’s worse now than it was sixty years ago

 

 

He then went on to use sectarianism, the made up word for racism to soften the problem, as an excuse for his views.

 

 

However, he had the balls to apologise, and for that, he deserves praise.

 

 

Fair play to you Hugh.

 

And doesn’t he look well for his age….?

 

 

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All of that aside, I can;t help but feel we’re seeing a massive deflection from the real issue here.

 

 

Scottish football is about to be big news, not only because there’s a club/company in the shit up to it’s knees, they are determined to take everyone else down with them this time…Cinch won;t pay their sponsorship money because there has been a breach of contract, and a lot of clubs depend on that money.

 

 

That , in  turn will make it more or less impossible to find another sponsor, and it was already difficult enough.

 

 

Dark days ahead….but not for us.

 

 

We’re getting on with things, on and off the park.

 

 

You may have noticed the tone with which the club condemned the racism from the Ibrox support.

 

 

you may also have noticed that St mirren had a guy sent off for doing what used to be allowed to Celtic players.

 

 

The proof of the pudding will be on Sunday, but it is beginning to appear that dominic McKay is making his presence felt, and that Celtic are going to leave them behind this time.

 

Well, helping them out came back to bite everyone in the arse, didn’t it ?

 

 

 

 

On monday, we had this….

 

 

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John E Mitchell  

 

 

 The Police Service of Northern Ireland reveal their new “Outreach to the catholic community ” officer   

 

 

 

Today…

 

 

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Woof Charlie
2 months ago

Caption: Ralph reminds Desimond that happiness is found within and then posts a caption pic of a scientist looking at a test tube. Cue the thumb thumpers.

Woof Charlie
2 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

If this was the Record I’d win a fishing rod.

Woof Charlie
2 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Struggling to remember. Was it the time you suggested French Eddie didn’t care about Celtic because he hadn’t learned English and I posted a video of him talking to a Celtic fans forum in English? Was it that time?

DST
2 months ago

CC:

Stock photograph algorithm confused by 500% increase in “speccy tube” search queries.

Michael Annis
2 months ago

Caption
its amazing what came out of Charlie Adams’s sister’s pants.

Luke Warmwater
2 months ago

Taking the p*ss? Put a cork in it.

Tony Carlin
2 months ago

caption: of course he’s a Tim, even his pish is green!

shootthum furapassback
2 months ago

Another scientist just taking the pish

2 months ago

Caption…” I hold before me the complete DNA makeup of every hun…No sorry, my mistake, this is a dogturds DNA, their just so alike”..

gerry
2 months ago

Caption
Congratulations Mr Park.
Another new Club appears to be on the way

Owen Mullions
2 months ago

Is it yer pish?

Owen Mullions
2 months ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

Hey, four ‘thumbs up’ Gringo! That must be a record for you pal – looks like your pish is flavour of the week!

Owen Mullions
2 months ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

The fifth was me! Just having a joke with you. Don’t do a Charlie Saiz on me!

Admin
2 months ago

Will he stiffen the midfield ? Common sense would suggest that James McCarthy will be added, possibly at the expense of a forward.

Would have helped if McCarthy had flown to The Netherlands!
Tsk!

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Desi Mond

McCarthy’s playing by Zoom. There’s a wee screen at the bottom right of Celtic TV, showing his range of passing, his tackles and his shot’s on goal. Impressive.

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

It might, if he has a good game and Celtic TV stay’s on the air.

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

James McCarthy Man of the Match.

Pat Higney
2 months ago

Caption: Club doctor to manager at medical …”Gaffer, I think we’re trying to sign the wrong ‘Hulk’…

Bognorbhoy
2 months ago

Caption …
Scientist inspects Scottish mainstream media and finds a higher level of pish …

the real Anton Rogan
2 months ago

Caption: Scientists puzzle as there remains no sign of intelligent life in Larkhall

Cortes
2 months ago

Aren’t the McStays from Larkhall?

2 months ago
Reply to  Cortes

The exception that proves the rule.
In reality they were a prototype SNP/VATICAN initiative at Fenianisation of the area. It’s currently classed as a Work In Progress.

R.St.Parsley
2 months ago

Caption:
“Ye try tae book Charlie Adams fur Sportsound and they send ye a tube full o’ pish”.

Jim
2 months ago

How did this slip through? It looks very like some of the piss rangers have been taking with the COVID tests.

John E Mitchell
2 months ago

Caption – “…after wringing out the panties, police forensics have determined that they do indeed belong to Charlie Adams’ sister.”

2 months ago

Should that not read Sister / Wife?

Bognorbhoy
2 months ago

Caption too..
SFA drug tester checks the last test they done and find its wee wullie Johnson’s pish …

Albert Kidd
2 months ago

Somewhere in Belfast.

Nothing to see here Timmy, move on.

Mike
2 months ago

Ralph’s in the dug hoose,.. again. McCarthy’s playing by Zoom, i have his stats in front of me. He covered 3.5 Kilometres, made 67 tackles (65 successful), made 35 passes within 10 metres, 33 were successful, 3 shot’s on goal, two hit the target no goals and was subbed by Soro in the 57th minute. Caption, In a sealed Covid lab in Govan, Woo-Hun, there is the sound of hissing coming from the sliding doors. Good luck to Ange and the team tonight, COYBIG.

2 months ago

I’m pleased to say your Covid tests have come back negative Mr Kent…..And also pleased to confirm you are pregnant.

Luke Warmwater
2 months ago

Billy McPhial

Woof Charlie
2 months ago

Caption: Only ex-keepers with ponytails are qualified to test Seaman samples.

Woof Charlie
2 months ago

Caption: At the sperm donor clinic an investigation is started into why all of Woof’s progeny are Tims.

2 months ago

Chicago police dept check post St Paddy’s Day DUI urine sample.

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
2 months ago

Caption: The Sevco Covid eyeball testing facility say it’s okay for Sunday!!

Pat O' Hara
2 months ago

How green is my phially.

Cortes
2 months ago
Reply to  Pat O' Hara

Fantastic!
I might have used up my votes but that’s stupendous. Daft but stupendous.

The Cha
2 months ago

“The past cannot be changed”

Yes but it can be learnt from and that’s what we never do and hence repeat old mistakes over and over again.

Alkmaar Bhoy
2 months ago

Tonight’s the Night. Can’t wait to see Celtic running out in the stadium instead of the usual Dutch teams. AZ fans in fine voice in the Alkmaar Irish pub, Gunnery’s. Not used to so few Celtic fans for an away game. Last game for me was AEK in Stockholm. Cannae wait!

Whoriskey
2 months ago

Caption: Hmmmm…Well it’s certainly green and it’s definitely full of pish so I’d hazard a guess that it’s from the little Green Machine.

Cartvale88
2 months ago

Caption
Sevco scrutinise the Ange serum

The desperation and whitabootery of the Scots rag journos incredible. Never admit that the real sectarianism is on the South side, but drag up guys who fell down stairs twenty plus years ago and highlight he is a Celtic fan as he is found guilty of rape.
As for Keevins, English and their ilk, deluded fools that take the Queens shilling, slavering up to morons who go to court at every opportunity.

Iancelt67
2 months ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

Caption
Well it’s not starfelts piss his is red

Iancelt67
2 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Well done Celtic. Ralston welsh

Yoker Bhoy
2 months ago

FFS Starfelt, no again. About as cool as a pool of steaming diarrhea big man. 🙁

Yoker Bhoy
2 months ago

No you again Starfelt. About as cool as a pool of steaming diarrhea big man.

henkesdreadlocks
2 months ago

Caption………
Following the Europa League playoff qualifier, UEFA drugs testing lab test Carl Starfelt’s urine sample for signs of life.

Cartvale88
2 months ago

Brilliant, the Sons of William out, the commentators hacked off. They are a team and they move on, now onto the next Sons of William

2 months ago

Effin hell !
The less said, the better.

2 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Tenor, Baritone and Bass were my range of screaminnotes at the tele.</span>
<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">It
s been a long long time since i`ve woken the Better Half up. Her coffee in bed was well worth it.

2 months ago
Reply to  portpower

^^^ ????? glitches.

Woof Charlie
2 months ago

Couple of Hart attacks tonight. Great shot stopper, bleeper sweeper. But job done and well done, tidy team dispatched and time to learn and supplement.

Whitearra
2 months ago

Caption : ‘Make that 41 shades, Kermits been in the pool again’.

2 months ago

Could somebody pick up Ianis Hagi fae the airport. His lift didnae turn up.

sevco terminal FC.

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