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Celtic Diary Sunday November 21; Saints, Sinners and Streetfighters

Celtic overcame St Johnstone yesterday at Hampden with a late goal by James Forrest. It was enough to set up a potential final against Hibernian which would be a an occasion that Bertie Auld would have looked upon with satisfaction.

In fairness to St Johnstone, they paid their own tribute to the late Walter Smith who recently passed away, adopting the Wattenacio style favoured by the former Rangers former manager, which almost destroyed Scottish football a.few years ago.

In the end it was their novel and refreshing remuneration policy that almost killed the game, but Walter’s contribution on the field cannot be overlooked.

The Green Brigade played their part yesterday, with a magnificent 67th minute tribute that brought a tear to the eye which was probably as much to do with the smoke, but at least that gave anyone who did shed a tear an excuse for any show of emotion.

I’d add a picture or two but my dear wife has tidied up and I’ve no idea where my laptop is, so I’m cobbling this together on my phone. If I woke her at 7 on a Sunday morning she wouldn’t just tell me where it is, there’s a chance she’d move it to another place that would leave walking difficult.

Celtic were that much better yesterday in a number of ways.

A couple of early enthusiastic challenges on Saint’s Chris Kane let him and his teammates know that Celtic were going to give as void as they got, and as the players knew that with Nick Walsh as referee they were going to get booked at some point anyway, they made it worthwhile.

Except for Kyogo, who got booked when his studs damaged the Hampden turf.

Saints didn’t alter their style, they can’t, and continued to try to bully their way through the game, and indeed almost scored when Joe Hart dilly dallied with the ball, seemingly unsure of what tondi next, allowed O Halloran a lunge at goal. It went wide, but had one or two of us thinking of Gordon Marshall, the keeper who only on retirement discovered he was actually allowed to use his hands.

In the end, didn’t matter, and the first real target of the Angera was hit.

Celtic are in the first domestic cup final of the season, and despite the ramblings of some in the media, such as Mark Guidi, who despite 8 trophies out of ten at Hampden in  5 years, suggested Celtic had a Hampden hoodoo, that’s as much as we could ask for at this stage.

After the AGM, the papers picked up on what was clearly a crowd pleaser line from chairman Ian Bankier, who had said referees were a matter of “deep concern”, and Nick Walsh again proved it to be so.

Whilst Bankier will feel he’s done his bit by mentioning it, there must be a real effort to draw attention to and take some form of action over the level of incompetence on show yesterday.

Stephen Welsh was a victim.of an assault by Sean Rooney’s elbow, which wouldbhave merited a sending off anywhere else in the world, and what went largely unnoticed was his ..and indeed endemic…refereeing style of evening up the stats by booking a number of Saints players late in the game.

Booking Celts early means they are forced to play within themselves, whereas a later booking allows more enthusiasm for longer.

 

It doesn’t matter now, but may later on in the season.

 

Elsewhere, the second semi final is today, and new Rangers have a new manager in Giovanni van Bronckhurst, who has taken tje job , it seems with eyes wide open.

Then again, if he was looking at claims such as the one made in the week where four of the five most valuable players in Scotland ply their trade at Ibrox…David Turnbull is the only Celt in the top five, then he might be in for a shock.

The report, clearly sanctioned as a sort of January sales promotion, is part of a wider narrative that tries to hide the problems over the river, and to avoid comparisons with another club who had the same loose and carefree attitude when it came to matters fiscal.

Our board may be despicable, they may treat us like something they stepped on in the street, but they do know how to run a business.

Doesn’t make them any less a bunch of self serving ignorant bastards, but at least we’ve still got our club

Next up are Bayer Leverkusen, and if Celtic can get a point, then we might well have a shot at staying in the Europa League, and maybe even a run in the knockouts.

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but apart from the result yesterday, the  most pleasing aspect for me was that the players seemed a little more streetwise yesterday.

They knew what to expect amd knew hiw to deal with it.

For all the pretty football we’ve seen under Ange Postecoglou, there were signs that there was a rod of steel running through the team.

 

Fitting indeed on the day we paid tribute to a legend.­

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Phil McEachen
15 days ago

I don’t think there’s been enough said about Craig Bryson’s behaviour in the last two games against St Johnstone, getting involved with CCV in the first game and then Kyogo yesterday.

BornCelt!
15 days ago

Well put Ralph and yes, a GREAT send-off for Bertie Auld from the Green Brigade and all the Bhoys, pitch and the stands, Hamden back to it’s best with that atmospheric light-up on ’67 and a wonderful two banner displays helped by the night sky. There will never again be a dull moment in Heaven, God Bless you Bertie, Lisbon Lion! HH! ’67!

Morto
15 days ago

In all the puff pieces about how wonderful Van Bronkhorst is going to be no one in the MSM mentioned he finished 11th in the Chinese league and has been out of work for a year.
Worried? I don’t think so.

The Cha
14 days ago
Reply to  Morto

Yeah, Uncle Tom over on Aunty praises his time at Feyenoord by talking about Ajax’s successes (!) and then this gem about his Chinese failure:

‘Since leaving Feyenoord he hasn’t done much apart from bouncing around in China for a brief spell’

It’s as if he was simply on an extended holiday rather than being a full-time manager for a year and doing that poorly.

The Green Machine
14 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

English needs his Irish nuts kicked out the Scottish game.

All he does is make mockery of it at every turn, just like Sevco, the SFA & SPFL.

It’s almost as though they have an agenda together.

The Green Machine
14 days ago
Reply to  Morto

I did, the day before he was appointed.

The Green Machine
13 days ago

Welcome back, Useless!

Ready for some more?

Pete L
15 days ago

That display was astonishing. I was watching the game at a ridiculously early hour here in Australia and through my bleary eyes I think we came close to scoring on the 67th minute…
I’ve always tried to, for want of a better expression, rise above it but this ongoing refereeing issue really needs to be addressed head on by the club.

PaulrevereCSC
15 days ago

A good result but I think we are really struggling to break down blanket defenses. When we played them at home a few weeks ago it was the same but we got an early break through (with some luck). Same against Livi at home – but this time no chances, I cant think of any decent, clear cut chances yesterday. We are great and fast on the break but cant use that speed when teams are sitting back. Kyogo looked lost and I couldnt believe I was thinking GG shoud have started!

Sorry to be a little negative after securing a final spot but this has to be sorted

BJF
15 days ago

Yup the Hampden hoodoo continues, log may it be so. Such a ‘ feel goid’ factor’ at the moment. I guess Leverkusen might lead to a dose of reality but not too much I hope.. Van Bronkhorst did well with Feyenoord but in general Dutch managers don’t last the pace. Now Australians, them the boys!

The Green Machine
14 days ago
Reply to  BJF

Hard to find reality in lederhosen …

Dan
15 days ago

Well put regarding a bit of steel, because for all Bertie had the wit and personality and could play, along with the Tommy Gemmell and the greatest player of them all, Bobby Murdoch, we had a trio of enforcers. If anyone took liberties with Jinky or Bobby Lennox, wee Bertie was usually first to “remind” them to rein it in. Small in stature but huge in courage, he wasn’t afraid to dish it out off the ball either. Playing great football is only one side of the coin. Imposing yourself physically when necessary is also key when required, and Murdoch, Gemmell and Auld had that in abundance.

Our great fortune was that these guys weren’t just hod carriers brought into protect their mates, they were among the best footballing talent of their generation or indeed of any generation. That darker part of their role was vital to our great successes.

As Bertie asked “could they play?”, they sure could but they could dig as well when called upon. Great to see a wee bit more steel emerging in our current team.

Charlie Green
14 days ago
Reply to  Dan

I remember Murdoch being the worst inside right I had ever seen. Slow, indecisive, stumbling frustrating etc. (not just me, Google it!) Stein pulled him back into the midfield and for my money made him into one of the greatest players in the history of the game. I guess that is what you call genius.

The Cha
14 days ago
Reply to  Charlie Green

Interesting that Bertie was also a left-winger earlier in his career (before my time), although a successful one.

I believe it was Stein who converted him and with Lennox and Hughes playing there, it was another of his master-strokes.

Martin McK
15 days ago

Agree on every point, the dig, rod of steel, shady refs and pig ignorant board members.

Martin McK
15 days ago

Just to be immature, it’s Giofanny Van Honkhorse, over the Clyde.

Magdalena’s Chestnut Gelding
14 days ago

The fannying about at the back simply has to stop.

It is appalling and will cost us at some point.

The Cha
14 days ago

“Our board may be despicable, they may treat us like something they stepped on in the street, but they do know how to run a business.”

No, simply financially comparing us to the Huns isn’t a sign of a successfully run business.

Our successes are predicated on the fan’s investment (STs, merchandising, matchday etc), which enables us to build a successful domestic team, which then attracts higher commercial, TV income etc. The board should then add value to this solid base and that is something they singularly fail to do.

This is the base which the board should use to further develop the club and they never do this and are as much failures as their friends in the south.

From the failure to sign Fletcher in 2009, through McGinn and Toney, they simply fail to capitalise on the base strength given by the fans to enable us to improve our poor Euro record (2 CL out of 8), where we lag substantially behind comparable clubs.

Instead of comparing us to the financial basket case that is the Huns, we should be comparing our performance to those of the top teams in the likes of Portugal and Holland and on every metric the board are total failures.

The Green Machine
14 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Aye, Cha, and that’s without mentioning their creaming off the top.

The Cha
14 days ago

“Next up are Bayer Leverkusen, and if Celtic can get a point, then we might well have a shot at staying in the Europa League, and maybe even a run in the knockouts.”

If we get a point, then we will definitely have a chance of qualifying by beating Betis in the final game.

If we beat Betis by a single goal and finish level on points with them, then I’m not sure if the old “away goals rule” still applies eg if we win 1-0, 2-1 or 3-2 we would go through.

The Green Machine
14 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Can de Leather Belts beat Der Lederhosen den leather Betis ..?

Say what ye like about life but it’s always full of more questions than answers.

The Green Machine
14 days ago

Though fitba beats it when the Hibs beat ‘A Rangers’ at Hampden then sing The Celtic Song on the 67th minute for wee Bertie Auld …

For that’s what true sport is about, the appreciation of your rivals.

Those Hun scum couldn’t even wear a black armband if respect of or one of the true greats not just in Scottish fitba but in life itself.

And fir that they will get what’s coming to them.

Walter Smith himself would have made them wear such respect on their sleeves and the fact that they didn’t is their own bad karma and it will come back and bite them on their pale blue arse.

Aye, now they’ve really got it coming to them, the pathetic hate filled c*nts that they are.

The Green Machine
14 days ago

‘Fitting indeed on the day we paid tribute to a legend.­’

Ah wrote that last night!

But Ah’ll let ye aff since ye let me oan …

😉

The Green Machine
14 days ago

Shite game really and a brutal first half but wee Jamesie brought the magic once again,

Btw, emdy any idea who this ‘Jamsie ’ character is ivdy keeps mentioning ..?

portpower
14 days ago

Can you dig it

The Green Machine
14 days ago
Reply to  portpower

I can dig it, bro!

Can YOU dig it?

The Huns away!

Hey hey hey!

😀

James
14 days ago

Yaaaaaasssssss Huns pure broken now ,

TicToc
14 days ago

To be sure……I think it was on here, just a day or so ago, that I mentioned The Coronation Cup Song.
Well, let’s look forward to another “sure Hampden was covered in BANNERS OF GREEN”
New huns 1 – Hibees 3 (Boyle x 3)
Welcome to Glasgow, Gio EBT Bronkhurst ya prick.
We’ll see how “WATP” behave tonight as they riot, batter children and wives.
But you are glad to be back? Ya prick.
It’s a different company, not even a club, Ya Prick.

Magdalena’s Chestnut Gelding
14 days ago

Thank you The Baby Jesus

Thank you

The Cha
14 days ago

What about the wee donkey?

14 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

He missed 4 sitters. Heehaw,heehaw.
El Donkeyo posted again, must be a mule now.
All he can do is fire blanks.

The Cha
14 days ago
Reply to  JimboH

That’ll wipe another £10m off the value of the ass. 😉

Funkyy
13 days ago
Reply to  JimboH

He’ll soon be oan the “burroo”-

The Green Machine
14 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

I prefer its strap myself.

But not in that way …

The Green Machine
14 days ago

Well, maybe occasionally …

TicToc
12 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

What about the flea, “we’ll take the baby and flea tae Egypt”

Woof Charlie
14 days ago

When I was a kid the old man had to work in Edinburgh for a few months. He brought us back a Subbuteo pitch with Celtic and Hibs teams. To my eye the combinations of green and white of the three components are a work of art. Add in the crowd at Hampden and you have perfection. If they are on their game we better be on ours. This is no gimme.

The Cha
14 days ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Remember that from memorable Cup Finals in the early 70s, 6-1, 6-3 etc.

Sadly, these days, 1 if not both teams will be in changed kit.

Iancelt67
14 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Was at those games

The Cha
14 days ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Same here.

Missed 6-2 LC in 68 but saw 3-5 Drybrough Cup in 72, I think, plus several l league humpings as well. If I remember correctly, Dixie scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 at Parkhead a week before doing the same in the 6-3 League Cup Final.

It might look like Hibs were poor at the time but they had a fine team, which finished highly in the league and had a memorable 7-0 Ne’erday thrashing of the Jambos at Tynecastle.

Iancelt67
14 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Didn’t marinello get a hat trick

The Cha
14 days ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Joe Harper, although think 1 was really an OG by Big Billy.

The Green Machine
14 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

That Dixie hat trick was my first game, Cha.

But all I remember was Jinky ripping the piss out big Pat Stanton and co and to this day still I can’t believe what I was seeing, the way the wee man seemed to be moving in three different directions at once ….

Utterly phenomenal to this day yet.

Hh

The Cha
14 days ago

You’ll need to be more specific as he scored hat-tricks in the 6-1, 5-0 and 6-3 (and perhaps more) games. 🙂

The Green Machine
14 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

I was either 2 or 3.

Gie me a break!

🙂

The Green Machine
13 days ago

But it was the league game.

portpower
14 days ago

sevconians, No Direction.

James
14 days ago

Howlin reading the game thread on Hun media, when Goldson missed that sitter near the end one of thems wrote-

“Goldson doing the old I’ll kick it to Birmingham and ask if I can go and get the baw”

Funkyy
14 days ago

I watched the Hibs v them semi on a stream fro Hesgoal today. The commentator was that wee guy that screams like a Fife fish wife and bhoy was he sick to the gills today. You could feel the air of triumphalism escaping from his voice the longer the game went on. I noticed an awful lot of orange being worn by the *rangers fans giving out the usual subliminal message.
At half-time they had an advert (made in Ipox) that was more like a challenge or a warning…it started with the “Gallant Pioneers” and went on about their club’s 150 year history, it’s heroes etc etc and finished with “we were here first before anyone else….Glasgow is our city”.
I wonder who that message was intended for? Funny they didn’t mention pitch invasion and fighting with the police in Spain in the old Cup Winners Cup, or trashing Manchester, or George Square etc etc…must’ve forgotten to include those highlights of their imaginary story. But at the end they did say they’d be “ready”. I think it’s more like they meant a “riddy”……a total embarrassment to civilized society.
Well done the Hibees…Glasgow truly is green and white.

The Green Machine
14 days ago
Reply to  Funkyy

I heard that two of their buses were seen stopped on the M74, with the Hun inhabitants knocking seven shades of shite out each other on the hard shoulder, so Aye Ready for a riddy they clearly always are.

They never were good losers, even before their first club died, but that’s just feckin ridiculous.

14 days ago
Reply to  Funkyy

I don’t see how Glasgow can be their city, given that most of the huns come from Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Norn Irn.

The Green Machine
13 days ago
Reply to  TonyB

It’s cos they’re robbing bastards, mate, they’ll claim anything that isn’t theirs.

The Green Machine
14 days ago

For all I’d prefer they weren’t there the hilarity caused by their humiliation is still a splendid sight for any Celt to behold.

Even 10 hours later.

Aye, at times like this it is worth it for the big laugh at least.

Fvckin Hun MUPPETS! 😀 😀 😀

Iancelt67
14 days ago

Connor Goldson “ 2 down and the game is over” fucking glad he isn’t playing in my team.

R.St.Parsley
13 days ago

At the going down of the Huns, we will remember them.

Iancelt67
13 days ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Lest we forget

Monti
13 days ago

Henkesdreadlocks,
Hope you had a good birthday sir, was a pleasure to spend the day & night with you.
Still no idea how I managed to zig zag back to my hotel.

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