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Celtic Diary Sunday September 26: The Show Must Go On

Celtic face Dundee United today, hopefully with a little more confidence than in the last couple of outings.

 

Injuries mean manager Ange Postecoglou will be forced to make do and mend again, and there are signs he’s getting a little frustrated with the run of bad luck that has hampered his first few months in charge…

 

 

Three months? It feels a lot longer, I can tell you! It is a hectic period but, particularly after Thursday’s win, we are looking forward to playing another game at home.  

 

“Our home form has been really good and we are playing good football.  

 

Don’t tell the SPFL, they’ll ring the council and ask them to close the ground.

 

There does seem to be a few things going against us, the opening three away fixtures couldn’t have been more difficult, and the timely return to form of key Ibrox stars such as Bobby Madden, evident yesterday when he failed to send off the “rangers ” keeper for a last man foul, might well have dimmed any initial enthusiasm the Aussie had for the Celtic job.

 

 

We have an opportunity against Dundee United to make sure we start getting some results in the league on a consistent basis.

“We have had a disrupted start, an inconsistent start, so I see this as a chance hopefully to start a bit of a run.”  

 

 

The results haven’t been great overall, but there are signs that things will get better. I guess we’ll have to be patient.

 

We hear a few names are on the radar, such as the promising defender Jordan Brown at Derby, who had been attracting the attention of Arsenal before deciding to stay at Derby for promised game time, which never materialised.

 

He does fit the model of getting them in and developing them, and i’m fairly certain there’s someone who used to scout for Arsenal now doing that job at Celtic.

 

 

 

 

The new captain . Calum MacGregor has signed a new five year deal, which means the core of the new look Celtic should be together for a while, which hints at a long term plan running alongside the immediate concerns.

 

 

MacGregor seemed pleased to put his, and everyone else’s , mind at rest.

 

“The club’s very close to my heart. I’ve been here for a number of years now, I’m happy here, I love my football and representing this club, and I want to stay here for as long as I can.”   

 

 

This deal seems to put to bed a few concerns had by some that the board had put a stop to any more spending on the squad. new contracts cost fair bit of money, and MacGregor will have been looked after.

 

Those concerns sprung after the financials were published last week, which seemed initially to back up reports that Dominic McKay and his supposedly one man crusade to rebuild the team quickly had annoyed the board and crucially the owner Dermot Desmond.

 

I’m still not sure though.

 

The financials point to a board doing it’s job, and doing it well, which would have made any change in policy high risk, and whilst the support see a return to the biscuit tin days of the Kellys, it’s hard to criticise those charged with keeping the club in the black for doing just that.

 

There was talk of significant change behind the scenes, but it’s hard to see who would be ousted and why, based entirely on their results and their remit.

 

Though there is talk of a new CEO, and everyone from Ramon Vega to golfer Paul McGinley has been mentioned somewhere, Michael Nicholson still looks the best bet not to upset the apple cart.

 

 

Frustrating, but probably the right move.

 

Desmond isn’t likely to throw caution to the wind and appoint someone he doesn’t trust, and with the ghost of Peter Lawwell still haunting the corridors, then the practices of the last few years will likely be the way forward as well.

 

 

Does the ghost of Lawwell  float through the building, watching over all and sundry ?

 

 

We did hear that there’s a straw man who sits in on meetings wearing a Lawwell face mask, and this story gained credence when some board members were heard to discuss how quiet the boss had been of late.

 

 

For todays game, it’ll be a case of the manager making the best of whats available, and without Kyogo the problem of scoring goals raises it’s head again.

 

Ajeti seems disinterested, largely because he is disinterested, the Greek fellow injured himself putting his socks on, which might well be why the big Dutch clubs ignored him, and Leigh Griffiths is at Dundee.

 

Pending trial.

 

 

He kicked a flare into the crowd and now faces police charges, which could see his loan cut short.

 

Thats how the law works in Scotland, whereas Ryan Christie did the same at Bournemouth the other day, but English law means they will have to wait for the flare to land before assessing the situation.

 

 

 

We have to hope that results get back on track very quickly, or the league will begin to slip away from us.

 

 

There is an air of suspicion that the Ibrox side will be given all the assistance they need to make the promised land of the champions league group stages next season, with some even hinting they couldn’t pay last months wage bill, largely due to the cash flow problems of not making it this year.

 

 

One or two honest mistakes have added to this feeling, and frankly, the sooner we get the show back on the road the better.

 

 

 

During the last week, and in the wake of the financials, one or two little snippets about the start to the season began to emerge, keep an eye on this, as there seems to be the beginnings of an anti Ange campaign.

 

 

Comparisons appeared with the starts made by such luminaries as John Barnes and Tony Mowbray , and one even appeared on Celtic Quick News, which in the past was the unofficial official source.

 

 

Although he enjoys the support of the support, there are some on the media who don;t like his forthright and honest approach, and they would like to see him fail.

 

Over the next week or so, we’ll highlight these as they happen.

 

 

These little digs at ange could just be to take the spotlight away from the impending train crash at Ibrox.

 

 

In court last week, it was revealed that the club/company were talking with Cinch about renaming the stadium, even though it;s unclear if they actually own it, and when Cinch didn’t take them up on their offer, for whatever reason, and signed up with the SPFL, out went the toys from the pram and despite a spectacular losing run in the courtrooms of the land, they decided to make another appearance, where the judge told them that heavily redacted offerings don;t count as evidence.

 

 

They’re going to lose again, which makes you wonder why they bother, unless it;s just to foster their siege mentality, which has strengthened after the marching season and various outbreaks of racism and violence among their support.

 

 

The media are well aware of the problems among their support, but as usual, blame catholic schools, with a series of articles pointing out that being a catholic of Irish descent is the reason that catholics of Irish descent are being abused in the streets.

 

 

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By the way, I’m objecting to the gratuitous use of a partially clothed man here. We’re not just lumps of meat for her pleasure, you know.

 

Her antiquated views have no place in a modern Scotland, but then again, every now and again something comes along that makes you wonder if Scotland is modern at all.

 

 

Kris Boyd, writing in crayon in the Sun, astonishingly escaped any kind of censure for this blatant call for abuse of a professional footballer….

 

 

KARMA has a way of catching up with people.

Leigh Griffiths is about to find that out the hard way at Dens Park.  

 

 

He was laughing when he tied that Celtic scarf to one of the goalposts at Ibrox a few seasons back.

Grinning from ear to ear during an Old Firm game the day he waved his Irish tricolour from the Broomloan Road Stand.

When he wiped his nose on a Rangers corner flag he thought he was being clever.

Well, let’s see how smart he is when Rangers supporters tell him what they think of him.

Griffiths is about to get bombarded with 90 minutes of relentless abuse and if he’s got a brain in that head of his he better be prepared to take it.

Listen, I’m not going to go into the reasons why supporters all over the country are going to give him a hard time this season. Frankly, I want nothing to do with it.

 

Apart from reminding the hordes that he doesn’t like them, and implying that anything they did during yesterdays game was perfectly fine as Griffiths deserved all he would get.

 

See also Neil Lennon…

 

 

 

Boyd is well aware of what he’s doing. He fronts a mental health charity in memory of his brother, who tragically took his own life.

 

 

At the very least, he will be aware of the consequences of causing distress to those with mental illness.

 

 

 

When he says Karma has a way of catching up with people, one wonders how long it will be before both Sky and the Sun realise that apart from not being the most insightful of commentators, he is also the most irresponsible ?

 

 

Back to tuesday for the last caption competition, which proves what a fat lazy bastard I am….

 

 

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Lenny Bruce
 4 days ago

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

 

 

 

Today….

 

 

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Honest Hoops
10 months ago

Caption; you put your hands on your hips and you do the hokey pokey.

Michael Annis
10 months ago

Caption….Oh God, he’s farted again

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
10 months ago

Caption: does my bum look big in this?

portpower
10 months ago

It is a funny auld game this Foot-on-ball malarkey.

Celts by ?

Caption:
John,John I reckon I have swallowed the wrang tablet.

The Green Machine
10 months ago
Reply to  portpower

I like foot on ball.

It’s when they take it off ball the problems start.

Andy Coyle
10 months ago

CAPTION,
I,m a little teapot
Short and stout

JohnnyManc
10 months ago

Caption; Ange does the Macarena while Strachan practises his De Niro impression

10 months ago

Caption “Oi, oxygen guy, can you see if you can breathe life into my near comatose players”

Cesar
10 months ago

Of course I want my own backroom staff in, just look at Strachan, he’s played candy crush on that IPad so often his eyes have gone skelly

The Green Machine
10 months ago
Reply to  Cesar

It’s beginning to dawn on Ange that he is the workhorse that’s been saddled with two donkeys.

You can see it in his face, eyes, posture, everywhere.

D'Finnhein Mick
10 months ago
Luke Warmwater
10 months ago

It’s the pelvic thrust that really drives them insane

The Green Machine
10 months ago
Reply to  Luke Warmwater

He’s gonna boogie woogie oogie til he just can’t boogie no more.

Effarr
10 months ago

Dermot appointing someone he can trust?

Is this rather than someone who doesn`t trust him?

Someone like Dom McKay maybe?

TicToc
10 months ago
Reply to  Effarr

Brilliant Eff, just brilliant.
The NECESSARY future (integrity) of Celtic FC (not PLC)
depends on you and your ilk.
WELL SAID!

Effarr
10 months ago

Caption

Once they supply me with a belt I`ll be more activated.

Cartvale88
10 months ago

Caption
Christ how did I manage to get eleven?

The issue about Irish racism is not the schools or the muppets marching about in their Orange and butchers flag outfits. It is the establishment who sit there and look down their noses at the Irish as less than human. In many organisations, authorities, legal establishments you are at a disadvantage if you have a connection with Ireland, in the old days it was your school, I experienced that, now they have moved on. If you think since April and the ‘March of the Zombies’ how many media outlets have blamed the Irish diaspora for overreacting, the ‘Famine Song’ banter, marching past chapels, it is the counter demonstrators that are the issue and the old chestnut, schooling, especially of the Catholic persuasion, irrespective of the fact that none is loaded with children from an Irish background. They justify the garbage spewed by the southside mob, the Police treat them with kids gloves, and the politicians sit with their fingers up the bahookie.
Celtic are subservient as they accept the ‘Old Firm’ garbage which allows justification to their beliefs and hatred.
Ange has had a few breaks but the media are out to get him as they are fearful of his promise 3-1 today,

John E Mitchell
10 months ago

Caption – Although not telling him in so many words, Ange has his own way of letting Gavin Strachan know how he rates him…**PARRRP!** “Good Arse!”

VooDude
10 months ago

Guy behind the dugout.

As the author of the new Where’s Wally book . . .

“I’ll never be found here behind Kennedy and Strachan.”

The Green Machine
10 months ago
Reply to  VooDude

Winner!

Cos the funny thing about those two is no matter how hard you look the evidence of them is nowhere to be seen.

10 months ago

CAPTION

Guiness and a curry on the same night , big man?
You’ll learn!

10 months ago

Caption…
Son of Strachan grimaces as he senses ‘the wind of change’ blowing his way from down under as Ange let’s rip.

Gerry
10 months ago

Caption:
“Are these referees having a fucking laugh?”

TicToc
10 months ago

Ah’m no’ a billy ah’m a Tim……..?

Billy S put into words and folk-lore:
The quality of mercy is not strained,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.

I’m doing this from memory, so please don’t be pedantic if it’s not perfect.

I wanted to embolden, or put parts in to parenthises;
I had no right to do so, so I did not.

Celtic FC will come and Celtic FC will go in our lives,
unless, of course, we collectively own it, and via inheritance our children
and our children’s children own it too.
I’ve only a few shares (around 120) in Celtic PLC, my way to FC,
but they’ll NEVER be sold. Just passed on., I’ll try to add to that amount but,
the codicil will remain as now, Celtic FC is NOT for sale.
We’ll oust the scum at CP in time.
Persistence beats Resistance.
Thanks Auldheid, and all your friends who stand up for Celtic FC.
I do too.

The Green Machine
10 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

Me too, TicToc.

And also the support, no matter how daft they act, but sometimes I really wonder why I bother.

TicToc
10 months ago

I never really doubted your intention, TGM.
There’s a Celtic strand through most on here.
It’s not always clear, evident, or obvious, but it’s always there.
Hail! Hail! The Celts are here…….
I wish you well.
Vinnie.

The Green Machine
10 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

Cheers, Vinnie, I don’t doubt you did, mate, though you might not like my methods.

But even my bevvy posts to you were nudges today keep an eye on yourself and try not to,post when phished, thought problem with being pished is we’re generally too pished tae know we’re pished 🙂

Take it easy, man, best regards, TGM

Yoker Bhoy
10 months ago

Third time unlucky off the crossbar, chances going a begging, plenty of pash refereeing from Clancy and jittery moments at the back and I think we got away with a couple. Starfelt doesn’t look like being the answer to our defensive problems so would like to see Welsh back in to face Leverkusen with Scales at left back. Rogic looked way off the boil and only started to pose a real threat towards the end and I would have liked to see the Jinky lookalike Owen Moffat coming on for the abominable yeti man pushing Jota or Abada into the main striking position but it wasn’t to be. I suppose this would have been a fine spectacle for a nuetral spectator and credit to Dundee Utd for making a game of it but it has been a very frustrating afternoon for us. More injuries and more points dropped – just what we could have done without.

bgbhoy
10 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

we have enough to beat drivel like livi abd dundee utd

the manager wont do

whole club in a shambles

The Green Machine
10 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

‘We have enough’, aye, but who are they, Kyogo aside?

Amd I feel shite for Mage as he’s a decent fella but he has no clue about subs or strategy or dance or much else.

Feel worse a helluva lot worse for the support, though if they’d paid just a little bit more attention to my alarm calls all those years ago this might well have been averted.

The Green Machine
10 months ago

*Ange, not ‘Mage.

Though she has it hard too being married to Home’ ..

Monti
10 months ago

He just fkn stands there arms crossed, no passion, no clue….get him to fk

TicToc
10 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

BGB, your last ‘sentence’.
Does Desmond, via Peter Lawwell, spring to mind?
Did Dominic McKay leave on principle?
Money 1st! Keep the (same club) huns’ mythology alive?
Your evergreen source doesn’t really know. I’ve read (and retain) ‘his book’, an unsubstantive piece of pish, written/ghosted by Lawwell for Celtic PLC (and his own) profit. No harm to the wee mhan, he’s a REAL Tim.
Hypothesis: “I substantially ‘own’ Celtic PLC and hence the FC also.
I hold a huge amount of special, dividend-bearing shares. Without the scum pound, and the (pretend) Old Firm nonsense, I’ll never attain what I seek.
Another ‘fortune’: another fortune when ‘we’, the OF, get into the EPL.
Therein lies the base and IS the ‘basetard’ at Celtic.
Lives in Dublin (and around), never a Tim in his life. A HUGE flea.
Lawwell’s just a tory c**t who dances to ‘His Master’s Voice’
Solutions on a postcard please, nay, just on the stamp will do.
A penny-black (out)? 0.303inches/7.62 MM? Who knows? But, there IS always a solution to life’s ‘little’ problems.

The Green Machine
10 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Ange will walk at Christmas as summer’s better ‘Down Under’.

Winter tae in fact.

Innit, Port?

portpower
10 months ago

365 days of the year beach body ready , baby.

Guess what ! Soro will be Captain on Thursday ?

The Green Machine
10 months ago
Reply to  portpower

In the upside down world Soro is the greatest captain that ever lived.

The Green Machine
10 months ago

So I can only imagine what swimming must be like.

Doesn’t all that water go to yer head ..?

The Green Machine
10 months ago

See, I told you the media’s ‘Hate Griffiths’ campaign was all about the scarf round the goalposts.

Monti
10 months ago

Caption: : ” OUT NOW “

Monti
10 months ago

Postecoglou is out of his depth, that was hopeless today.

The Green Machine
10 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Agreed, Monti, I just wrote the same as I’d not scrolled through the comments.

Painful viewing, it hurts my teeth to even think of it, all the jaw grinding I was doing.

The Green Machine
10 months ago

Well, it is a show of sorts, Ralph, a showing up,and if this keeps up it’s probably best that it doesn’t go on at all.

Without Kyogo we’re a clueless side with, and I hate to say this, a clueless manager.

Oh, for the days when we were beating AZ Alkmaar to a Europa League spot …

By losing, of course …

We look like a team that’s exactly in the right place in the league at mid table and I can’t see any way of getting out of it after today.

The Green Machine
10 months ago

Amd what’s the story with the defence?

Who’s coaching them?

DJ Smith insisted to me the other day that Kennedy is NOT the Celtic defence coach, twice at that, though he wasn’t forthcoming on what Kennedy actually does.

Anyone know who our defence coach is and what the Brother Grimm actually gets paid for, all grassing to Peter aside ..?

The Green Machine
10 months ago

DJ Smyth.

The Green Machine
10 months ago

Caption:

’I wonder if my return flight’s still valid ..’

Monti
10 months ago

Carl Starfelt? £4.5m?
Lol lol

TicToc
10 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Starfelt? Star-struck even, M ?
Naw, he couldnae strike a captive coo on the arse wi’ a banjo.
But, gi’e him his due, he’s WELL capable of plenty OGs!
FFS, to whom are we paying millions for diddies?
Is Lawwell’s Lad on the phone to his ‘dad’?
(Hello father, got another tit for you, and we’ll both milk it!)

SteveNaive
10 months ago

Yoker,
As always the voice of reason, erudite and insightful but today, honest to God, I was embarrassed. You can look at chances and stats and all that but I’ve got to believe my eyes. IFB’s can’t work if the players aren’t good enough. Water break cos Juranovic was down, he didn’t even speak to them. Clancy a bastard, they wasted time from the start but we were dreadful all over. Except for Starfelt, he was much, much worse.

Yoker Bhoy
10 months ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Steve,
It’s all a bit of a shambles at the moment right enough and not the ideal time to be facing a strong German side in Europe. Sometimes it’s when the odds are stacked against us that we pull off big surprises but I’m fearing the worst. Whatever happens on Thursday night, it certainly won’t be boring (expect to see quite a few goals). Just hope Calmac is in perfect nic for it but if he’s not, he shouldn’t be risked.

Joseph
10 months ago

Stop blaming the fixtures. We were at home to The Huns and Livingston last season so, as per normal practice, the fixtures are reversed. We were away to Hearts first game which wouldn’t have been the case if we had done our job and won the effin’ league which would have given us a home start.

TicToc
10 months ago

It’s getting late, or early, who can prove either?
Anyway, my passion is this: Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to fukk the huns on new year’s day et……………

rab wallace
10 months ago

Caption ” Postecan”tdo”

rab wallace
10 months ago

Caption :”Ange Postecantdu”

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