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Celtic Diary Monday September 13: Don’t Start Believing

With the hullaballoo surrounding recent boardroom changes, credit has to go to manager Ange Postecoglou for not only keeping the players focused enough to win, but by playing only forty five minutes instead of ninety to show he’s a little peturbed.

 

A 3-0 win was only half of what we’re getting used to in home games, but since the players had a sort of work to rule in the first half, thats not a surprise.

 

 

The win means Celtic move into fifth place, three points behind leaders “rangers, and within striking distance of Hibs, Hearts and Motherwell.

 

For the manager, the priority must be to get his charges to perform away from home with the passion they show in Glasgow. And sooner rather than later.

 

 

All eyes were on the Aussie at the weekend as fans and reporters alike watched for any sign that the recent resignation/sacking/kidnapping of Dominic McKay would alter his own views on managing Celtic.

 

Pre match, he said:

 

 

“We have to be careful with the narrative of who brought me to the club.

“I was surprised as anyone that Dom resigned but I am going to be respectful of him and his family. When people cite personal reasons, there’s reasons for that.

“Michael Nicholson is now in charge and that’s good because I already know him.”   

 

 

Wait till he knows him as well as the rest of us do….

 

 

Curiously, he seemed to be saying that it wasn’t McKay who brought him to the club, adding credence to the story that Ange had been under observation for a while, probably even before the club had asked Eddie Who if he wanted a job.

 

As long as he’s happy though, I suspect the fans will be happy.

 

Boardroom shennangans make for great discussion and debate, but it’s the football we pay to see.

 

 

After the game, Ange commented on a banner…this one…

 

 

The Green Brigade's latest banner

 

 

Everyone is allowed to express opinions in whatever way they choose to, our job is to send the 60,000 who are here home happy and that goes for the millions around the world. 

 

“Sometimes it’s good to be kept on your toes and I am sure our supporters will do that.”  

 

 

And, presumably, sometimes its good to just have it on your toes, which means entirely the opposite.

 

 

He also laid out his own plans, in a sort of roundabout way, but it left one feeling that with McKay out of the way, he might just have removed anyone who would interfere with them….

 

“I’ve never said anything about a Director of Football.

“Do I need one? What I need is to continue to build a football club and a football team that can bring success to this great institution.

“What that entails is something we’ll deal with over the course of time.

“What I’ve never done over the course of my whole career is do what other people suggest. I’ll always do what I feel is the best for the situation.

“We’ve come through a really hectic period where I felt getting our squad together was the number one priority. Now I get the chance to build a structure around it. 

 

If I think or I feel changes need to be made we’ll make those changes. At no stage has the board got in the way or anyone at the football club got in the way of me doing anything.”

 

 

Maybe we were giving McKay too much credit, and less to the strength of the managers own personality.

 

One wonders what social media and guff like this would have made of Jock Stein’s move to eliminate Robert Kelly from team selection at the time…..

 

 

So we’ll have to wait and see, the main thing is that neither manager nor board seem to have any issues with each other.

 

 

After all, when someone says he likes working with someone in the business world it usually suggests he feels he can house train them, if he already hasn’t…..

 

 

Or maybe that was just me.

 

 

The tittle tattle surrounding McKays exit continues, with an audio clip featuring what is claimed to be Charlie Mulgrew suggesting McKay was removed because he wanted to do things his own way, without board consent or interference.

 

The narrative seems consistent with other tittle tattle from other sources, although Mulgrew has denied any involvment.

 

 

McKay does appear to be somewhat headstrong, and that may be because he was frustrated with the board, who it could be claimed, with some degree of truth, not to be as enthusiastic abut doing things for Celtic as they have other commitments that pay better.

 

A glance at some of their other interests, as we have shown before, does indeed make one wonder how they manage to find time to fuck up a football club.

 

 

 

But what is really going on ?

 

 

One theory, told to me at a bar by someone who had clearly been there since breakfast, and a liquid one at that, is that Dermot Desmond was horrified by the hands on approach by McKay, and decided he was already getting too big for his boots.

 

To be fair, thats usually what is meant when someone says owner manager relations have broken down irretrievably, which was mentioned in the mainstream media.

 

The good ship Celtic being the only vessel of its type that springs leaks from the top…

 

 

However, and this is where we launch into speculation again, Desmond will have noticed that McKay felt the need to act on his own, which will have exposed the incompetence of the board to some degree.

 

 

Owners tend to notice that if they are doing their managers  jobs for them, then there is no need for those on the board.

 

 

It looks like Desmond has checked their input over the years, and since the likes of Brian Wilson and Iain Bankier, like John Reid before them, were hired because of their connections in London, largely because Desmond had set his sights on the cash rich EPL, with that not going to happen he may well have decided it’s time for them to step down as well.

 

 

The media leaks certainly hint at boardroom changes, and I doubt it will be just the wallpaper.

 

 

Intriguingly, and given the ongoing crisis at the club south of the river Celtic helped out by ignoring certain UEFA regulations back when they were Rangers, where does that leave the new Old Firm ?

 

Having decided there will be no EPL, does that mean Desmond…and Celtic… will now stop aiding and abetting them by tolerating their old firm and 55 nonsense ?

 

 

Have recent racist allegations tarnished them so much that Celtic no longer wish to be associated with them at any level ?

 

 

Or does it mean we’ll embrace them as he deems it neccesary for our financial model ?

 

 

The changes in personnel will be nowhere near as interesting as any changes in policy.

 

Celtic have signed ready made first team players in bulk over the last window.

 

Was that a deliberate change in policy, or was it the reason McKay was asked to leave ?

 

 

No doubt all will become clear soon, but at the moment there is an uneasiness among the support.

 

Or maybe it’s just me.

 

 

Thursday was the last time we had a caption competition…this one…

 

 

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Damian Gallagher

Meanwhile the queue to receive a backbone grows, due to the amount of press reporters waiting to obtain theirs. In the hope that they can highlight racism towards Irish Catholics in certain clubs and sections of society in Scotland

 

 

 

 

Today

 

 

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Honest Hoops
2 months ago

“Peter…you can come out now, Dom has left!!

BornCelt!
2 months ago
Reply to  Honest Hoops

You beat me to it! HH!

2 months ago

That poxy Paradise windfall ticket wasnae gonna find itself

Cesar
2 months ago

Police Scotland clear Ibrokes company of stealing water from local church. It was all a big misunderstanding due to hundreds of side letters being flushed down a boardroom loo.

Pat O' Hara
2 months ago

Caption.
ibrokes accountant opens safe and peers in.

the real Anton Rogan
2 months ago

Caption: Onlooker searches for SMSM morals

Una
2 months ago

Caption

A supporter asks the stadium tour guide to see the boardroom

Michael Annis
2 months ago

American legal representative trying to serve a warrant on Prince Andrew.

Pat O' Hara
2 months ago

” the only type of ship that springs a leak from the top.”
Very funny and very true.

John E Mitchell
2 months ago

Caption – ‘IT’ : “We all float down here” (Says a passing jobby)

portpower
2 months ago

Caption:
Alert the wurld, we have come upon the SFA`s bunker.

2 months ago

David Edgar of Heart and Hand searching for replacement bloggers for his podcast !

The Green Machine
2 months ago
Reply to  James Mills

Why, our very own Uselessly Unfit For Purpose will be right there!

Won’t ye, Useless?

You love those Hun sites, don’t ye, Useless?

Pat Higney
2 months ago

Caption: Ange surveys the work being carried out on his emergency escape route back to Oz.

kevlar
2 months ago

caption

Still looking for the deeds

2 months ago

“They were cheaper, than Andrex, but are a bugger to flush”, moaned money saving hacker, as he rues filling his box-room with Sevco share certificates.

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
2 months ago

Caption: Hugh Keevins “nope I can’t see any Racism in their stands.”

Cartvale88
2 months ago

Caption
Nothing to be seen here, move on!

Journo tries to listen to the Rankers press conference

With so many new starts in the team on Saturday thought the team did well, RC were there to block and try breakaway. Ange did a few tweaks at halftime and looked good in second, RC were also tiring.
Wankers got there usual penalty at the weekend, what will the tally be at season end, if they make it? Noticed the stats regarding unbiased officials appearing to make Celtic a team of cloggers, majority of the ball 78%, but gave more fouls away, seems to have happened in every game, the Wankers do not seem to suffer from overtly fussy officials. Especially as they should have had at least one red card against the Fairmers.

jpm88
2 months ago

IF – he was asked to leave for signing first team ready players then what would that say about Celtic PLC’s real intent with regards to trying to win the league and THAT CL money ; you know , the money (albeit a season on ) the Malmo boss referred to .

sfa unfit for purpose
2 months ago
Reply to  jpm88

IF the board didn’t fancy signing First team ready players then they wouldn’t have sanctioned any of them.
Thats a Green Herring

The Green Machine
2 months ago

No, Useless, Desmond & the board knew that the support was on the edge of outright revolt after last season’s collapse/deliberate destruction from within that allowed Sevco to win thi first league title and stop the 10.

They knew that without a bulk of new signings there would have been no season ticket money so they were forced to buy a full team of players ready to produce the hoods rather than projects.

Everyone else knows this.

You’re just too stupid to see it.

Because you have no idea of the facts that have long been established regarding the criminal conspiracy that has seen Celtic enable both Rangers & Sevco with the full collusion of the SFA.

If you don’t believe me because of all that tinfoil just ask Auldheid.

He knows.

Betters still, go to his Resolution 12 page and read about the facts of this self evident conspiracy for yourself , you lame brained one eyed halfwit.

Iancelt67
2 months ago

Caption
Alfredo hurry up your Uber has arrived Gerard hares tardiness

Owen Mullions
2 months ago

Caption – Govan, and the hunt for a buyer for Morales continues

BJF
2 months ago

Rumour rumours about Dom. The one I heard is he came up with a plan to restructure the Board and the Board struck first. But presumably, something as high profile as that would have been agreed at least in principle with DD.
Anyway, I liked CV, a good central defence option apparently particularly good at defending set-pieces, Ross County didn’t get a corner. Jotta offers a lot of potential but again I must rave about Adsm Montgomery, he looked a serious class act, as I said after pre-season best prospect since KT( back to his best with Arsenal).

The Cha
2 months ago
Reply to  BJF

I don’t believe that, as the board are nothing to do with the day to day operations of the club, which is the head employee ie the CE’s responsibility.

The board should be there for an oversight role to ensure that the business is being run correctly within agreed targets etc.

As the head honcho, the CE should be responsible for everything that happens in the day to day business. Sure, they’ll devolve responsibility and can accept help and guidance from the board, especially if they are new to the job.

If anyone on the board has been interfering with this and appointing others to carry out operational aspects without the CE’s approval then I don’t think any CE can accept this, as its weak management and would be noticed and hamper their future career prospects.

Similarly the CE has no responsibility for overseeing the board, which should be the Chair’s responsibility. Sure, they can raise issues but I doubt a complete overhaul by the new guy would have much traction.

sfa unfit for purpose
2 months ago

Gordon Chapman , former SNP finance boss shows evidence of some of the places Nicola suggested he might find ‘ The Money’

sfa unfit for purpose
2 months ago

Gordon Chapman , former S N P finance boss shows evidence of some of the places nicola suggested he might find ‘ The Money’.

sfa unfit for purpose
2 months ago

SNP finance staff continue to look for ‘the Money’

The Green Machine
2 months ago

What money?

They have your money.

And soon they’ll have you under their full control with their passport scheme that even the Tories knew was not only illegal but wholly unworkable,

Are you happy to share your medical information with some nightclub bouncer or steward at the gates of CP or,, indeed, anyone other than your doctor?

You’re living in a fascist state, mate, and you’re so blinded by yer tinfoil that you don’t even know it.

Thomas Cochrane
2 months ago

The one with the tinfoil would be you, what a tirade of utter piffle and absolute tripe, the fascist state to which you allude is in your own head. Please tell us what colour is the sky in your world, I hope your feeling better now .

The Green Machine
2 months ago

I was feeling better until Dom McKay left.

Now tell me, Thomas, what do you do with a tinfoil hat?

What purpose does it serve?

The Cha
2 months ago

Caption “Dom! When you said you wanted to do a complete drains up, we thought that was just patter to placate the plebs”

Dan Dwan
2 months ago

Dom Dom are you down there?

BroxburnBhoy
2 months ago

Caption: Green Machine searches in vain for the hidden Masonic hand behind Global domination. Cuckoo!

The Green Machine
2 months ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

It’s not hidden, it’s self evident, they wave it mockingly at you every day in the media and on the screens.

You’re just so used to it that you can’t see it, dummy.

And I can.

It’s right in front of you.

The Green Machine
2 months ago

But if you so what to see proof of the Masonic conspiracy read this article.

It proves that the entire Second World War was a conspiracy by the oilmen and military industrial complex of America who were financially backing Hitler & the N a z i s.

These scum deliberately kept the war going for as long as possible, not only to maximise profit but also to ensure that they had a clear aim to kill off the volatile, strong and then extremely powerful, and politically aware, working class, an act they failed to achieve in World War 1 and the Spanish Civil War.p, which was a trap laid to ambush the strongest and boldest for hem from across Europe.

You mind and read it now, bawheid.

That way you will learn something about how this world really works rather than how their media tells you it works.

How Bush’s Grandfather Helped Hitler’s Rise To Power

https ://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/sep/25/ usa.secondworldwar

Bognorbhoy
2 months ago

Caption …
It is blocked , the biggest shite I’ve ever seen , oh feck , it’s Derek johnstone

Man in Denial
2 months ago

caption

Bankier continues to frantically search for the biscuit tin hidden by Big Dom during the transfer window

henkesdreadlocks
2 months ago

Latest News

Aberdonian drops 5p. Major recovery operation swings into action.

2 months ago

Caption…
That Social Media ‘echo chamber’ feeling strikes again. (Boak) well the SMSM one at least.

portpower
2 months ago

It suits the suits.

A good Football man stood on the Hampden Park steps and told us all that the SFA/SPL/SFL were wrong`uns.
Not one Football Club backed this man.

When this man passed, they shed a tear, though inside there was a cheer.

Corrupt to the core.

The Green Machine
2 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Very well said, Port, Not one Football Club backed this man.

Theres the evidence of the conspiracy in the Scottish game right there, when the big yin told the entire world that the SFA is corrupt and run by a cabal.

Rest In Peace, Turnbull Hutton.

The Green Machine
2 months ago

‘Definition of cabal (Entry 1 of 2)
1
: the contrived schemes of a group of persons secretly united in a plot (as to overturn a government)

also  : a group engaged in such schemes

The Green Machine
2 months ago

A cabal is a group of people who are united in some close design, usually to promote their private views or interests in an ideology, a state, or another community, often by intrigue and usually unbeknownst to those who are outside their group.

The use of this term usually carries negative connotations of political purpose, conspiracy and secrecy. It can also refer to a secret plot or a clique  or it may be used as a verb (to form a cabal or secretly conspire).’

The Green Machine
2 months ago

What kind of person Dislikes an RIP message?!

You’re a truly sad pathetic little man, Useless, even more pathetic than I first thought.

R.St.Parsley
2 months ago

Caption:
“Well, Donegal Phil keeps tellin’ me Sevco are headin’ doon the drain”.

The Green Machine
2 months ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Over & over & over again.

For all his ridiculous pish he does have a way of keeping his dumb readers on the hook, they all think the sun shines out his @rse (n parsley).

😉

Yoker Bhoy
2 months ago

Let’s talk about Betis. Having watched the full 90 last night in their vital away encounter against Granada I was happy to see those boys in green and white finally pick up full points for the first time this season. The lads from Seville dominated the first half and could easily have gone into the break with at least a three goal lead had it not been for some second-rate finishing and some heroics from Portuguese goalie Luis Maximiano. It took a brilliant goal from wide midfield starlet Rodrí Sánchez to break the deadlock with the final kick of the ball in a first 45 that was completely dominated by the verdiblancos. A splendid 40 yard through ball from Guido found the 21 year old Extremaduran in full flight followed by a deft first touch, cutting inside at unstoppable speed and unleashing a fierce unstoppable across the goal and right into the top corner. Brilliant stuff and a real hammer blow for the Granadians.

Yoker Bhoy
2 months ago

Took in the whole of the Granada v Betis game last night and enjoyed it a lot – 3 spectacular goals and plenty of incident. The pick of the bunch was the one by Sergio Canales that sealed the points for the away side. The Cantabrian had come on as a sub and hadn’t made much of an impact on the game until the 89th minute when suddenly he picked up a loose ball just inside his own half, showed incredible ball control and trickery to get the better of four opponents while romping up the park and battering in a low left-foot drive into the bottom corner – a goal that Maradona or Messi would have been proud of and will no doubt be a strong candidate for goal of the season. If you haven’t seen it yet you’ve just got to check that one out on the Youtube. The man’s a genius.
The verdiblancos completely controlled the first half and should have scored at least three goals but there was some wasteful finishing and the Portuguese goalie for Granada, Luis Maximiano, was performing heroics. The second half was a different affair after ex-Levante legend Rubén Rochina came on and transformed the game with his vision and long-range precision passing. Where Betis could have a problem is in the centre of defence as their best CB, Algerian international Mandi, went to Villareal in the close season while ex-Barça stopper Marc Bartra was taken off injured last night. Both Víctor Ruiz and the Argentinian newcomer Pezzella are experienced and competent central defenders but if anything happens to either of them, Pelligrini would have no option othen than to either play a DM out of position or draft in a youth player. Should be an exciting game on Thursday anyway and a highly emotional one for me as I’ll be wishing a defeat for the Betis boys for the first time in my life. I’ve had some unforgettable moments in the past at the Benito Villamarín supporting the home side and it’s a brilliant place to be but, of course, it’s nothing compared to Paradise 😉

Paddybhoy67
2 months ago

“Elvis! Elvis!!!. Huv you seen Mikey Johnston?”

The Green Machine
2 months ago

Some interesting theories, Ralph, but it has now been established that Desmond thought Dom was ‘getting too big for his boots’ and ordered him to take orders from the W@nkier so Dom told him to stick his job up his @rse, proving Dom McKay to be a true man of integrity.

He wanted to overhaul the entire club for the benefit of both the club & support while DD wants his private fiefdom kept intact and to keep the Celtic fans’ money rolling in to his offshore tax free bank accounts so that he can use it to set up spyware companies that engage in the torture of Palestinians and other repressed minorities.

Ironic, eh ..?

The Green Machine
2 months ago

For those of you like Useless who doubt me and still think Dermot is an above board kind of guy …

https ://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/ dermot-desmond-s-daon-will-know-all-about-us-yet-we-know-nothing-of-it-1.3270030

The Green Machine
2 months ago

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum—even encourage the more critical and dissident views.
That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.’

Noam Chomsky wrote that about how the majority of people are fooled by those they think are ‘rebels’ and that society is ‘open’ and free speech allowed …

He is of course referring to the majority of people like this blog’s readers who have been hoodwinked into believing the same simply because the truth is kept from them.

In referring to the general ignorance of the population he also wrote this favourite of mine

‘People have no idea what’s really happening and they don’t even know that they don’t know.’

Which just about sums the dumb blind stupidity of brainless ignorant clowns like Useless & Broxburn Bog up perfectly.

Lone wolf
2 months ago

Green machine, check UK column news out

Paranoid celt. Eugene Quigley
2 months ago
Reply to  Lone wolf

I’ve been watching the UK column 3 times a week this last 18 months. I’ve recently subscribed. Even if they’re not 100% they certainly put a different slant on things and worth watching.

The Green Machine
2 months ago
Reply to  Lone wolf

Cheers for the tip, Lone Wolf, but I can’t look at anything that carries the misnomer U.K. in the title as they’re usually Brit nationalists with an agenda.

And I agree about Chomsky, Eugene, I’ve always had my doubts about him since he never has told us how the system really works nor even tried to expose who sits at the top of the tree but I used the first quote to illustrate to the less informed on here just how misled they are and the second one simply because it’s the most concise description of society there is.

He’s still a bought out shill though or he would never have held his position as a spokesperson for the ‘alternative opposition’ as he has.

As I explained to Useless the other night, if they’re on your screens or in the media for any length of time they’re in on the overall scam or they’d never be allowed there.

Guys like Alex Jones, David Icke, Russell Brand, they’re all part of the controlled opposition in the same way as, say, Phil or any other chancer who is allowed to blab off in public without sanction.

You can always tell them by the fact that they never really give anything away about how the whole thing works at all, but there are plenty of other places we can find that if we know where to look.

In fact, I’ve shared them on here numerous times but I gave up eventually because the crowd on here just ridiculed them without even looking at them and usually after I’d put a few up I’d find myself banned from the site again with all the links, and all the rest of my commentary, gone from the page so there’s no much point trying to inform people about things that they’re not ready, or simply too stupid, to learn.

Cheers.

The Green Machine
2 months ago

As an example of the UK Column News’ ignorance they still write around the falsehood that we live in a democracy.

How can we live in a democracy when we can be locked in our homes for months on end and not be allowed to go anywhere without us having a say in it?

That’s not a democracy, that’s totalitarianism at its absolute worst.

And hardly anyone even notices it.

But I’m sure those writing U.K. Column News do , they just can’t tell us cos if they did they’d be shut down within minutes.

Paranoid celt. Eugene Quigley
2 months ago

2 posts waiting approval

Paranoid celt. Eugene Quigley
2 months ago

3 posts I give up

The Green Machine
2 months ago

Never give up, Eugene.

Just break it down into individual lines and you’ll soon find out what the ‘offensive’ word is.

Then you can space the letters so the word, and full post, gets through.

Paranoid celt. Eugene Quigley
2 months ago

Noam chomsky another who’s lost my respect recently.

The Green Machine
2 months ago

I have to ask why, Eugene?

The Green Machine
2 months ago

Caption: Peter bends for Dermot again.

The Green Machine
2 months ago

St Augustine was wrong, faith is for mugs, facts are all that matter.

You mad about ETims or just plain mad? Why not buy the t-shirt at http://etims.spreadshirt.co.uk/