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Celtic Diary Tuesday September 21: Reasons To Be Cheerful

The end of year-to June 30 2021-financial results are out !

 

 

This is what being a fan is all about, never mind trophies and all that nonsense. Get those books balanced.

 

And what’s more, Iain Bankier wrote the summary, throwing his bubbly and infectious personality into each word….

 

 

could this day be any better?! - Chandler Bing Could I Be | Meme Generator

 

 

So sit back, and enjoy another triumph in the annals of our great club…..

 

 

Announcement of Results for the year ended 30 June 2021

SUMMARY OF THE RESULTS

Operational Highlights

  • Runners up in the SPFL Premiership
  • Winner of the delayed 19/20 Scottish Cup for the 4th season in a row and completing an unprecedented ‘Quadruple Treble’
  • Qualification for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League
  • 28 home matches played at Celtic Park (2020: 26 games)*   

 

Those were the highlights ? Thank the lord he left out the bad bits.

 

Oh, wait, here they are….

 

 

Financial Highlights

  • Group revenue decreased by 13.4% to £60.8m (2020: £70.2m)
  • Operating expenses including labour decreased by 7.6% to £74.4m (2020: £80.5m)
  • Gain on sale of player registrations of £9.4m (2020: £24.2m)
  • Acquisition of player registrations of £13.5m (2020: £20.7m)
  • Loss before taxation of £11.5m (2020: Profit £0.1m)
  • Year-end cash net of bank borrowings of £16.6m (2020: £18.2m)

* Due to the early curtailment of the 2019/20 Scottish domestic season, 4 home SPFL Premiership matches were unfulfilled.  

 

 

Shall I add the bit that’s missing here…

 

The board would like to thank each and every season book holder for pledging their support during a difficult time when it was clear that there would be no product on offer in return. 

 Without that investment, we would be well and truly fucked  from all angles.

 

 

Perhaps he’s saving that for matchday, so he can thank everyone in person.

 

CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT

These results for the year ended 30 June 2021 show that revenue fell to £60.8m (2020: £70.2m) and we recorded a loss before tax of £11.5m (2020: £0.1m profit before tax). This was driven by revenue attrition and significantly lower gains on player trading, compared to the prior financial year. In the face of this adverse swing in financial performance, we are satisfied that we took sufficient and appropriate steps to mitigate the losses and control costs in the business. Our year end cash, net of bank borrowings, was £16.6m (2020: £18.2m). This gave us a base to invest in the summer transfer window as discussed further below. 

 

Again, there’s a bit missing…

 

And, in order to prevent further adjust outgoings, we’ve fucked off the guy who sanctioned the spending, putting a stop to that and saving a few quid on his wages.  

 

 

The persisting trading restrictions from Covid-19 translated into lost earnings and, taking account of the seasonality in our trading, this was the key factor in the widening of our losses in the second half of the financial year. Conditions have improved markedly since the year end and we were delighted to welcome our fans back in July 2021. Although our stadium has been operating at near full capacity, recently announced Scottish Government restrictions on large venues will be a further challenge. Whilst we look forward with optimism to a more normal operating environment, we are mindful of the inherent risk of the pandemic continuing to affect public health.  

 

The Board was delighted to welcome new manager Ange Postecoglou to the Club in June 2021. Ange is a modern, progressive coach with exciting, attacking football as his philosophy. He has received a host of prestigious coaching accolades, including being named as Australia’s PFA Manager of the decade in 2015. He has been well received by the media and our supporters.  

 

However, we felt it necessary to keep a couple of Strachans and a Kennedy around to help him settle and show him how we do things around here. 

 

 Over the transfer window, post year end, we successfully accomplished a major overhaul of our playing squad. At the season end, we returned a number of loan players that had amplified our squad. Then we invested significant sums in the registrations of Liam Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide, Liel Abada, Carl Starflet, Kyogo Furuhashi, James McCarthy, Joe Hart, Josip Juranovic, Liam Scales, Georgios Giakoumakis plus the loan signings of Filipe Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers. And we  achieved good value from the transfer out of a number of players, notably, Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie, who have moved on to other opportunities. 

 

We couldn’t find anyone who wanted the other diddies, though Gordon helped find someone who’d chip in for Leigh’s wages. 

 

Our strategy of balancing player development and player trading is fundamental to our self-sustaining business model. In particular, the disposal of the registrations of Odsonne Edouard and Kristopher Ajer demonstrates our core strength of being able to transform young talented players into seasoned professional footballers. In turn, we invest the proceeds of these transactions back into the first team squad to enable us to continue to develop our squad and to challenge for future honours. 

 

And as soon as the club south of the river are stable again, we’ll put one hundred per cent into winning the league as well. 

 

Dominic McKay, who was appointed CEO on 1st July 2021 chose to step down on 10th September for personal reasons. I thank Dom for his contribution over the summer and everyone at Celtic wishes him well for the future. Michael Nicholson, Director of Legal and Football Affairs, has been appointed to the Board as acting Chief Executive Officer. Michael carries the confidence of the Board, he is experienced in Celtic, highly regarded in football circles and is a most effective leader of 
our executive team. 

 

And Chris Duffy will take on Michael’s old job, short term, until we find a successor for Dom, which will be when we think it’s safe to tell people that Michael has the job full time, probably on a Sunday night, after we win an away game, and Michael is in the shower.

The entire season captured in the year ended 30 June 2021 was characterised by the absence of supporters in football stadiums and the huge disruption to our operations. On behalf of the Board and everyone at the Club, I thank the Celtic support for their backing and understanding last season whilst also sharing their frustration and disappointment. I must also express my gratitude to our sponsors and partners, who were also challenged by the unique circumstances. As we  progress through the current season, our objective is to work with the authorities to ensure that we can continue to operate in a safe manner and in a way that facilitates our players being able to give their best and our supporters being able to attend matches at full capacity. 

 

Thats the stadium at full capacity. Not the supporters. You’re not going to be allowed in if you’re at full enough capacity that you’re slurring and staggering.

We look forward to the season ahead with measured confidence in both our footballing prospects and the robustness of our business model. Celtic PLC is directed by a Board of individuals with demonstrable experience both of Celtic and wider business, its operations are managed by an executive team of talented specialists led by our Chief Executive and the executive is supported by a dedicated cast of colleagues who have worked tirelessly for the Club over this most difficult financial year. I thank them all for everything that has been achieved. Celtic is in good hands.  

 

We thought it better not to use the phrase safe hands, as some might say that means we’re unambitious. 

 

Ian P.Bankier
September 20, 2021    

 

 

 

Well, if you ask me that’s right up there with Lisbon, the Coronation Cup and two nine in a rows.

 

 

 

Back in the real world, Celtic now have three home fixtures, which should help get the show back on the road after a couple of stumbles.

 

Three games in three competitions , Raith Rovers, Bayer Leverkusen and Dundee Utd in the next week or so, and hopefully we’ll get some players back to keep an interest alive in all three.

 

 

We said earlier in the season we’d keep an eye on referees, and one overriding statistical anomoly of recent matches seems to be that whilst dominating possession, Celtic seem to regularly outfoul opponents.

 

Which is odd, and one wonders if it’s down to the old Beatonism of breaking up play to give opponents a rest.

 

 

This may sound a little paranoid, but as we know, sometimes we weren;t paranoid enough, and whilst moaong about it publcicly may be seen as “poor form ” or “sour grapes “, there may be another way.

 

 

This weekend, an Australian referee, Jarred Gillett, will officiate in an EPL game, the first overseas man to do this. Overseas refs have worked SPL games before, but raised the standard so high they were never asked back, but if you watch this video, where Gillet is hooked up to a microphone, you’ll see an opportunity to dismiss any perception of bias in Scottish officials…..

 

 

 

 

 

The biggest surprise for me was that the referees earpiece is used elsewhere for the purposes of improved and instant communication between officials, because as we all know in Scotland it’s merely so referees can listen to their favourite marching tunes to help them make the tricky calls….

 

 

 

Perhaps a call for more openness and progress using the mics would be a way forward, and help to dispel any notion that honest mistakes were not really honest mistakes.

 

 

After all, if they are honourable men , maybe even a little annoyed at the perception they weren’t doing their jobs properly, they would surely welcome the move…..

 

 

Back to last Wednesday for the last caption competition….

 

 

 

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Frank McGaaaarvey
 5 days ago

“Here is my sturdy backbone. Looks like I won’t be considered for the CEO job at Celtic after all”.

 

 

 

And we jump to today for the next one….

 

 

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Mark
4 months ago

caption;
Far Right Said Fred pictured filming the video for their new single Deeply Dobby

Monti
4 months ago

Caption: A pair of orange noel hunts

Monti
4 months ago

So Ian Bankier thinks the board have ” succesfully overhauled a complete squad “? On sunday v Livingston there wasn’t a striker on the bench.

BANKIER OUT!

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  Monti

LAWWELL OUT!

DESMOND OUT!

SACK THE BOARD!

The Cha
4 months ago

Green Machine out!

Only messing, soft lad. 😉

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha Cha Cha Out!

Me too, boss 🙂

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
4 months ago

Caption: fannies

John McDermott
4 months ago

Reg Holdsworth LOL get ready for a march up Coronation street.

Jim McGuire
4 months ago

Just waiting on Neil Doncaster to arrive for the presentation

Bognorbhoy
4 months ago

Caption …

Do they fannies come from fannyside ?

Luke Warmwater
4 months ago

We are the Purple

Pat Higney
4 months ago

Caption: District 12’s finest, from the movie, ‘The Hun. Ger Games’ .

Whitearra
4 months ago

Caption : ‘Turned ma back fur two minutes and the thieving bastard stole ma matching shoes’

Joe Mcaleer
4 months ago

Just watched the Rangers game on Sportscene,was it my imagination were the microphones toned down from the Ibrox terraces

Cartvale88
4 months ago

Caption
The Chuckle Brothers reinvent themselves.

The statement from Celtic shows how the boards minds work. It is not a football club it is a business, the supporters are customers.
As for the referees look at the Standard at Ibrokes, offside goals, even the Billy Boys Club were shocked, penalties not given except for the zombies, SPFL and the SFA bringing the game into disrepute, also no monies coming in due to the lunacies of one bitter club,

Honest Hoops
4 months ago

Caption; only 2 left in the original 12…dinosaur mentality!!

Andy Coyle
4 months ago

HEART AND HAND,show off their
Everyone,Anyone clothes line

Tony Carlin
4 months ago

Caption “cue Jackson Brown singing “doctor my eyes!”

Kevin McKenzie
4 months ago

what a bunch of cnuts!

rab wallace
4 months ago

Caption: Participants at the Dom McKay farewell party.

Lenny Bruce
4 months ago

Caption

”Good evening. I’m Kenny McIntyre and your listening to Sportsound on BBC Radio Scotland. Joining me tonight…….”

4 months ago

Sports socks..
2 fir a pounda..
2 fir a pounds…

Iancelt67
4 months ago
Reply to  Keith

Caption
Fuck this acid trip is strong

Pat O' Hara
4 months ago

Caption.
Nurse, I am now ready for the very hot poker treatment to my eyes.

Woof Charlie
4 months ago

Caption: The William Bentinck and Arnold Van Keppel memorial march.

Iancelt67
4 months ago

Caption
2 colostomy bags in suits

George Lazenbhoy
4 months ago

Caption: fucking backwards idiots.

Sorry, these bigots make make me angry and sad so can’t think of anything funny.

Frank McGaaaarvey
4 months ago

Ange appears to be an intelligent individual. He realises that he has an amazing opportunity at Celtic to make a name for himself in Europe and prove all the naysayers wrong that no managers from that part of the world can be a success here.
I would like to think that he can quickly spot weaknesses and anything holding him back like, for instance, a backroom team that is perhaps not entirely gelling with his ideas and philosophies. He surely wouldn’t want to live with the burden of thinking “If only I brought my own team in” in years to come as he looks back on a failed reign?

Mind you, I sincerely thought that, when he was appointed, he would have brought in his own backroom team by now.

James
4 months ago

How many decades have Celtic fans talked about cheating officials and still ploughed their wages into the game?

There’s your problem.

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  James

Or as some wag with a woman’s name put it, ‘I eat Chicken Noodle soup and demand Campbell’s change the recipe.

But if they don’t I’ll still buy it anyway.’

Cheers, Mags.

Always nice tae rip ye off 😉

Michael
4 months ago

Marvel’s Captain Britain auditions identify the final two at Bridgeton Cross

4 months ago

CAPTION

The SFA announce 2 new recruits to implement VAR next season.,

San Miguel
4 months ago

Our is very small three letter word, however, sometimes small words can say a lot.

Note from the “Chairman’s comments on the interim accounts”

“The persisting trading restrictions from Covid-19 translated into lost earnings and, taking account of the seasonality in our trading, this was the key factor in the widening of our losses in the second half of the financial year. Conditions have improved markedly since the year end and we were delighted to welcome our fans back in July 2021. Although our stadium has been operating at near full capacity, recently announced Scottish Government restrictions on large venues will be a further challenge. Whilst we look forward with optimism to a more normal operating environment, we are mindful of the inherent risk of the pandemic continuing to affect public health.  ”

Its not ours , its theirs , and oh and a spelling error too, customers is not spelled “F A N S”.

Bankier Out, Desmond Out, Nicholson Out, Wilson Out, The other ones Out, Lawell Out – Again – (we know your hiding somewhere) bunch of absolute chancing charlatans a cancer in this club that needs cut out. Do the honourable thing , OUR (the fans) club has stagnated..

The Cha
4 months ago

Caption “If you think we’re a couple of diddies, wait and see the nick of the others”

The Cha
4 months ago

Caption: Where’s the Purple People Eater when you need it?

sfa unfit for purpose
4 months ago

Own clothes day at Police Scotland HQ.

Iain McAllister
4 months ago

Twa purple headed warriors.

Bognorbhoy
4 months ago

Am a in moderation ?

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  Bognorbhoy

Unfair when the whole photo of the butcher’s aprons should be in moderation, BB.

What kind of Tim comes onto a Tim site and wants to see butcher’s aprons?

Those 4 fvckos above are sick in the head.

Mcklintop
4 months ago

Caption: Billy Jr posing proudly with his dad and brother Billy Sr. His mother and sister Wilhemina proudly took the photo on the camera specially adapted for her six fingers. Grand Master Funk i.e. Jim McHarg said this is what it’s all about, a great family day out.

Paddybhoy67
4 months ago

‘Everyone, Anyone’ campaign manager meets ‘Rangers Fans for Change’ director to discuss dress code for entry to Blue Room

Bognorbhoy
4 months ago

Caption two..(other in moderation )

Orange and purple = russet , get a shit jacket to cover your gusset .

Woof Charlie
4 months ago

Caption: “Does my arse look bigoted in this?”

Yoker Bhoy
4 months ago

Caption:
Dim says to Dimmer:
‘Brush yer tooth after dinner’.

R.St.Parsley
4 months ago

Caption:
“Ah’m an Orangeman an’ Ah’m depraved”
“Ah’m thick aw night an’ Ah’m thick aw day”
“Ah bang ma drum, Ah spit oan priests”
“The street is ma lavatory”
“Oan match days Ah’m at Ibrox”
“An’ Ah’m shoutin’ FTP!”

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Aw gawd, did you have to open the File Transfer Protocol can o worms again?

R.St.Parsley
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Oops! Never thought about that. Would hate to set off one of the site’s resident headcases (you can make your own nomination here) on another rant. It’s not even any good as a caption anyway.

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

I don’t mind that but the File Transfer Queue can do one.

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

I nominate the ever Useless Unfit For Purpose, R.St.P, with yourself a close second due to both the ridiculously poor quality of this song and the fact you called yourself Arse & Pee.

🙂

R.St.Parsley
4 months ago

I see myself as more of a smartarse than a headcase, Gringo, but if the tinfoil hat fits…

The ‘song’ was pretty rubbish but the standard has been in decline for a while – I blame Neil Lennon!

P.S. The name should be Arsene Parsley really but someone with a very similar name was here before me – I think he’s the only other person who has heard of it as a saying.

sfa unfit for purpose
4 months ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

hehehe

The Green Machine
4 months ago

Whit you tittering about, w@nkshaft?

Yer missus gies gammies doon the local bogs.

sfa unfit for purpose
4 months ago

Its funny watching you ‘ Winning’ as usual.

Tinfoil Charlie Sheen

The Green Machine
4 months ago

What IS your obsession with tinfoil, cuckold?

Do ye wrap it round yer bell end to keep it warm while yer missus is heating up the neighbour’s for him or what ..?

Cos we all know she’s no heating up yours.

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

I’ve heard of it as a saying, mate, ‘Yer @rse n parsley!’

So nae joy there either.

Tae go wae yer pope love …

Hehehe …

😉

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

And you wear tinfoil hats, do you, Arse & Pee?

Can I ask you what purpose they serve you?

Useless is too scared to answer so maybe a smartarse like yirself will be more forthcoming ..?

The Green Machine
4 months ago

Gringo’s Lessons On How To Be A Proper Smartarse, Chapter 3443 …

🙂

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

I was surprised you went for R.St.P after Arsene P had already logged the bog on the Celtic blog space, tbh, but no matter what, you’d still have been Arse & Pee anyway.

Nae luck again, pal, genuine smartarses would never make such a foolish mistake as it looks like you’ve got this entire scenario the wrong way round, mate, and it is you that’s the headcase after all ..

For amartarse you are certainly not but hang around if you really want to learn how to be one, as you’ve clearly missed a lot already …

Hehehe …

🙂

The Green Machine
4 months ago

Hoho, a fine day’s fishing once again!

Hehehe …



The Green Machine
4 months ago

Are all these butcher’s aprons really necessary, Ralph?

The Green Machine
4 months ago

This meant to be a Tim site, haven’t we all seen enough butcher’s aprons for one fvckin lifetime?

The marching season’s just over, ffs, and I’d be happy if I never seen another one, or another Hun, again.

Who the fvck comes onto a Tim site to look at Huns in their aprons, ffs?

The Green Machine
4 months ago

4 Huns want to see their butcher’s aprons …

I knew tiger was always Hun lurkers on her and I know for certain that the ever Useless Unfit For Purpose is one of them.

Away an lick Lizzie’s vag, Hun scum.

The Green Machine
4 months ago

Did ye know King Billy asked the pope for permission to kill all the Catholics on the Boyne, did ye?

I bet ye didn’t as Hun scum know nothing about anything, except that their mates sometimes shag their missus.

Eh, Useless ..?

The Green Machine
4 months ago

And that the pope gave him permission for the slaughter ..?

Such lovely lovely lovely men those popes …

They really truly LOVE their flock.

Except when they’re slaughtering them or letting priests away with centuries of doing the dirty on them, of course.

Ask Ireland, for example, when Home Rule suddenly became Rome Rule literally overnight.

After all that bloodshed too.

Pure coincidence that all the leaders of that reluctant revolt were all Proddies,of course, same as it was pure coincidence that all the leaders of Russia’s reluctant revolution at the same time were all Semites who handily changed their surnames prior …

Aye, the world is just chock full of coincidences like that, Ah tell ye …

henkesdreadlocks
4 months ago

Caption…….

Not only does a bear shit in the woods, but a bear can also look like shit in the woods.

Iancelt67
4 months ago

Caption
Roll up first prize this crown. Second prize two weeks in Epstein island!!

BroxburnBhoy
4 months ago

Morris dancing takes a ugly dark turn

Monti
4 months ago

BANKIER OUT

Monti
4 months ago

Caption: FK THE CROWN

4 months ago
Reply to  Monti

How hangs it ould hand

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Aye but no literally, there’s jaggy bits round the edges.

Yoker Bhoy
4 months ago

Tonight’s League Cup tie should provide the Celts with an opportunity to re-energise, reorganise and introduce some fresh blood. Although our opponents are currently unlikely to reach the heights of the mid nineties when they won this very competition and went on to give the mighty Bayern Munich two tough matches in the UEFA Cup the following season, they have to be taken seriously as they’re playing consistently well in the Championship recently breaking into the top half of the table. They also ousted the sheep in the previous round. They have a couple of veterans in the side such as goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald along with ex-Wolves and Hearts 40+ cap Scotland international CB Christophe Berra, whose experience helps to compensate his lack of pace. Their main goal threat will come from their nº 11 Dario Zanatta (the Canadian with the Italian name), who at only 24 has already featured for a number of Scottish teams such as Hearts and Partick Thistle. Although he hadn’t found too much joy with previous clubs, he’s now enjoying his best football yet with 5 goals notched up in all competitions so far.
It’ll be interesting to see what XI Ange decides to select for this game but I’d like to see a bit of a shake-up with Scales coming in for Welsh, Ralston at RB and Montgomery at LB. McCarthy was lousy at Livi but probably needs a lot more game time to help him click back into form whilst this could be an interesting time for Hendo or Shaw (or both) to be brought back in from the cold and freshen up the midfield. Calmac isn’t ready to come back yet but we know that Juranovic has experience playing in the DM position so I wonder if Ange has taken that option into consideration. With Jamesie Forrest still out I’d maybe go with Jota down the right (where he looks a lot more effective) and Mikey Johnston on the left, unleashing Abada and Giakoumakis in the second half. Very important for the Bhoys to get back on track with a good win and for the fans to be treated to a real show and I don’t mean the fackin disco lights.  

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

D-I-S-C-O, you love it. 😉

Normally this would be a time to rest a few/many first teamers but they’ve been so many changes its difficult to work out our settled team.

If Boli is being reintegrated into the fold then perhaps he’ll retain his place to get his match fitness back, similar to McCarthy.

Hopefully GG is up to speed enough for the bench, as his absence from even that has been conspicuous.

Obviously Raith tonight and DU on Sunday need to be taken care of but in a week’s time we’ve got Leverkusen (gulp) and seem to be a long way from having a settled match-sharp team!

Yoker Bhoy
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Boli actually faired better than I thought he would last Sunday so who knows. Agree with the principle of establishing a settled team but our two match a week schedule plus the multiple injury onslaught make it so hard to pull that off. We’ve often fallen into the trap of ‘overworking’ certain players so squad depth (something we’ve been seriously lacking) becomes vital. Kjogo, for instance, shouldn’t automatically start every game when he recovers as he’s already played over half a season in Japan without a proper rest in between and will be getting kicked week in week out in the SPFL. I just hope we’re in a better position injurywise when the Germans come to town. Calmac’s presence will be vital for that one.

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Agree on Kyogo who will also be away with Japan, although hopefully not for the games in October, as he will just be backing playing.

They’ve also got qualifiers in November, January and March. I doubt there will be any European games in January, so this looks like he’ll miss 2/3 games, if selected.

If they get through that then there’s a final round of qualifiers, although these may be after the end of the season or perhaps next season.

I thought McGregor was also out for a few weeks but I’m not sure if that’s true.

The official site used to give a weekly injury update but that’s gone, which is poor.

Because of the unsettled nature of the team, injuries etc, my current hope for Europe is to beat Ferenc in the head to head, finish 3rd and qualify for a Conference League P/O.

I know a lot of fans poo-poo that comp but there’s some decent teams in it and we’ve got to stop kidding ourselves that we’re currently at a higher level.

Yoker Bhoy
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Yeah, finishing 3rd in our group wouldn’t be deemed a failure but here’s hoping we can do even better than that. Re McGregor, I gather that he isn’t too far away from a comeback but won’t be risked under any circumstances. He’ll definitely miss DU at home but if we’re lucky he’ll be ready for Leverkusen. Enjoy the game!

sfa unfit for purpose
4 months ago

Great goal. Jota the star man so far…

Iancelt67
4 months ago

Thought McCarthy’s ball was superb there is a player in there

sfa unfit for purpose
4 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Agreed , but his play before that pass wasn’t great.
still doesn’t look 100%

Iancelt67
4 months ago

Scales is good. We have our left back. Height and skill.

Iancelt67
4 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Hugely disappointed the Greek didn’t get a run hope there is method in anges madness. He has to be better than ajeti. Ajeti needs A partner he doesn’t work hard enough to be the solo striker. I can’t see a lot in him as a player.

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

He’s a poacher who needs someone else to do the leg work for him.

Yoker Bhoy
4 months ago

Not a bad draw – up against the League Cup holders complete with Nigerian international superstar Efe Ambrose. The Hibees will give the currant buns a good run for their money in the other semi.

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Yeah, some good stuff, although slightly disappointing we couldn’t add a few more goals.

GG’s fitness must be something horrific if he can’t come on when we’re 3 up at home to lower league oppo down to 10 with well over 30 mins to play!

We had 5 available subs from 9 on the bench so assume he was just there as a “Hail Mary” if disaster was looming and it was down to “just lump it up to the lump up front”.

At this rate I can’t see him being available before Kyogo is back.

I assume he essential stopped playing for his old team at the end of last season so he’s basically still in pre-season training mode.

I would have preferred the Huns to be playing Saints, as they’re a tough nut to crack and have a far better Hampden record than them!

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Ah, according to BBC Gossip:

“Striker Giorgos Giakoumakis’ Celtic debut has been delayed again after he picked up a calf injury while warming up for Thursday’s League Cup win against Raith Rovers.”

Yoker Bhoy
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

I read that same news from various sources this morning so I suppose there’s truth in it. What a rotten bit of luck, eh? Pretty strange all the same. What’s worse is that wee Mikey Johnston got injured in training and had to be pulled out of the squad. The nature and extent of the injury have been kept hush hush (the poor guy seems to be made of glass). With us being so limited with main strikers at the moment, I had a quick glance at what the youth squad had to offer and one little stat jumped out at me – out of the 40 or so members (including the half dozen or so that are out on loan) you’d be lucky to find two that are natural strikers. Afolabi (now on loan at Ayr) has been a big disappointment as he promised so much when he first joined us two years ago but showed very little at Dundee while although Adam Brooks (more of an attacking midfielder than a forward) and the English boy Joey Dawson are bright prospects, they’re light years away from being considered for the first team. I can see Jota or Abada getting deployed as the main striker if things get any worse or you might even get your wish with Griff being recalled as emergency cover 😉

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Rotten luck or poor conditioning?

If the latter then hopefully Anto McElhone, the new Head of Sports Science, will start to sort out our poor injury record, although that’s not going to be in the short term.

Didn’t realise Johnston got injured in training. 🙁

I hadn’t realised how poor the striker situation was, we definitely need a 4th one for the first team squad but seems like we need them for the B team and Youths also.

Even if Dundee cancelled Griffiths loan I don’t think he could play for us before January, as I think they’re treated the same as permanent signings these days.

I can’t see Dundee doing that, as it can be put down to an unfortunate accident and I’m sure we’re paying most of his wages so its a “good” deal for them.

I doubt the fans would welcome him back and we don’t need the distraction, even if we’re light up front.

Yoker Bhoy
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

I wasn’t being very serious with the ‘rotten luck’ and the ‘Griff’ comments but yes we’re in quite a predicament and there could well be serious issues regarding training techniques etc. If anything happens to Ajeti (which could turn out to be a blessing in disguise) I think Ange would use either Jota or Abada as the false nº9 (Rogic is too slow for that position) and touch wood that Kyogo and GG become available really soon.

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Speaking of not being very serious, we’ve played Mikey Johnston through the middle!

Yoker Bhoy
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

And there’s worse – Lewis Morgan against the huns for instance.

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Or Christie the lone ‘striker’ …

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

I read that same news from various sources this morning so I suppose there’s truth in it.’

That it’s ‘the same club’, Yoker ..?

bgbhoy
4 months ago

awaiting charlie saiz heroically appearing in defence of his hero griffiths after another police charge against him

will enjoy that

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Another one, bg?

What was the first one?

Bgbhoy
4 months ago

Racism against rudi skacel

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Did he get done for it?

Community order, fine?

I mind it now but not if he got done for it.

Bgbhoy
4 months ago

He got charged im sure fuck knows what happened. I could be wrong. Either way he’s finished with us

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

So he didn’t get done fir it?

Again?

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Careful now, as Dundee might cancel his loan and we’ll have the “delight” of seeing him back at Celtic.

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

The fair toon of Dundee has seen a lot worse than that, I’m sure, Cha.

After all, it was fans throwing the fake Res in the first place and sure n tae fvck if some cvnt threw a flare at me I’d kick it right back in his face tae.

As would anybody with an ounce of sense and self respect about them.

The Green Machine
4 months ago

*Fans throwing the flares …

This feckin device of mine translates in a foreign language.

Literally.

It’s got confused because I write in so many it doesn’t know which one to chose from any more.

The Green Machine
4 months ago

*Choose!

Ffs! 🙂

The Green Machine
4 months ago

And if it was a Hun player that did it it wouldn’t even have made the news, far less the cvnt getting charged by the coppers.

It’s just cos it’s Griffiths, he’s the new Neil Lennon, the Huns’ preferred hate target, so don’t fall for it.

The Cha
4 months ago

Chief, any details of the Hun player who did this and it was covered up?

Asking on behalf of DHOTYA.

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

You understand the meaning of the word IF, don’t ye, boss ..?

IF it was a Hun player?

highseastim
4 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

It’s a pity the police aren’t spending as much time finding the cretin that threw the flare onto the pitch in the first place!!

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  highseastim

You’d think that would be the prime cause of the investigation, wouldn’t ye, HST?

Not in Scotland though, the victim is the one that’s arrested, so long as he’s a Tim.

The cops have had a hardon for Griffiths since he tied the scarf roon their goalposts.

Btw, Bg, if you’re missing Duncan he’s found a new home over on Phil The Shill’s page.

He’s even put a drawing of himself up replete with a Che Guevara bunnet and Wolfie Smith grin.

Phil likes him as he talks the same shite as he does.

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  highseastim

I’m sure they are but trying to find someone in a crowd is far more difficult than finding an individual imbecile who kicks a lighted flare into said crowd.

The flare was thrown onto the pitch and was no danger to any players or anyone else.

The only danger came after the intervention of the numpty.

It beggars belief that there are still Celtic fans that still carry a torch for this wretch.

PS I reserve the right to change my opinion if he scores a hat-trick against the Huns.

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Hahaha, nice caveat there, Cha 😀

But I’m not ‘carrying a torch’ for anyone, I’m just pointing out the media slavering over every move Griffiths makes in ana attempt to nail him for tying the Celric scarf round their goalposts.

Also the hypocrisy of some folk on here who’ll happily sneer at his ‘criminality’ when they’ve spent the past two year calling Charlie Saiz under the sun and continuously threatening to batter him black & blue at every opportunity.

Thats all I’m doing, boss, cos I carry a torch for no cvnt but myself.

While you lot have fallen for the media’s claptrap into demonising Griffiths.

I couldn’t give a monkeys what he does or doesn’t do either way, he’s one of they daft boays that will stay a daft boay his whole life, the world is full of them, as this page proves …

Hehe ..

The Cha
4 months ago

What other players have recently been the subject to a week long investigation for noncing?

What other players have recently been charged for kicking a lighted flare into a crowd?

If there are and these incidents have been downplayed then you have a case.

If there isn’t then you don’t.

This has got eff all to do with tying scarves to goalposts and, if I remember correctly, Celtic fans loved that.

You can’t creditably cry hypocrisy comparing hypothetical equivalence.

Until others start acting like he’s done lately then he’s on his own and deserves the criticism he’s getting.

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

What other players have had full team parties and gut away with it through the silence of the media, Cha Cha?

What other players have had Covid and got away with it through the silence of the media, Cha Cha?

What other club died and dumped 200 million quids worth of debt and got away with it, Cha Cha?

Get yer fvckin priorities right before ye start jumping on the media’s full swing ‘Let’s All Hate Leigh Griffiths’ bandwagon or you’ll look like even more of a tube than you do already.

The Green Machine
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

What other players have had full team parties and gut away with it through the silence of the media, Cha Cha?

What other players have had the Convid and got away with it through the silence of the media, Cha Cha?

What other club died and dumped 200 million quids worth of debt and got away with it, Cha Cha?

Get yer fvckin priorities right before ye start jumping on the media’s full swing ‘Let’s All Hate Leigh Griffiths’ bandwagon or you’ll look like even more of a tube than you do already.

The Green Machine
4 months ago

Because here you are illustrating my point exactly, even though you’re too dumb to know it …

The point being that if any Huns had done any of that stuff we would never ever know about it because the papers would hush it up like they did with Rangers’ favourite 9InARow caption Richard Gough getting gammies affa rent boys doon Vincent St Toilets

So d’ye see noo, Cha Cha ..?

You’ve played right into my hands, and the Scottish media’s hands, all over again, like the unthinking halfwit that you are.

You failed to think it through again, or see the bigger picture, and the bigger picture is that fitba players all over the world do a LOT worse than Griffiths’ stupidity, from massive tax evasion and up to, and including R A P E, as the w@nk that is Christiano Ronaldo might, or might not, and probably won’t testify.

But the media cover it all up so it’s like it never happened.

See?

You starting to get the picture now, Cha Cha G’L’Amour ..?

The Green Machine
4 months ago

I can barely believe that after 6 full year of being instructed in this stuff you mugs are still swallying everything the media puts out as some innocent ‘truth’ rather than the agenda driven garbage that it actually is.

And a Hun driven agenda at that.

If you doubt me see ‘the same club’, ‘the birthday boy wasn’t at his own party’, ‘Craig Whyte did it!’ etc etc etc etfvckincetera ….

The same record plays ad infinitum, Cha Cha, so when are you gonnae start listening?

The Green Machine
4 months ago

So you tell me, Cha, is Richard Gough forever demonised as a nonce after years of getting gammies aff under age rent boys in St Vincent St toilets, even though the world and its granny knew he was doing it ..?

No, he is not, and do you know why, Cha ..?

Because the media refused to report it, therefore ‘it never happened’ …

You get it now?

Or would you like me to explain it in three other different ways so that the message might yet get through ..?

Let me know and I’ll see what I can do tae help ye it my patience is wearing a bit thin on this media stuff after 6 full year of telling ye how it works already ….

The Cha
4 months ago

No, the world and its granny doesn’t know about Gough.

Is there any credible reports on it or is it just a mirror image of the Huns BJK slur?

You sound incredibly angry.

I’m not sure if my inner serenity is down to my double Covid and annual Flu Vacs but it’s got to help.

You should try it before you bust a blood vessel or worse.

No need to thank me for the friendly medical advice.

The Green Machine
4 months ago

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