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Celtic Diary Monday December 20: The Winner Takes It All

Celtic won the League Cup yesterday, the 55th trophy of Ange Postecoglou’s reign.

 

And there was much rejoicing.

 

 

Groucho Marx Dancing GIFs | Tenor

 

 

Kyogo Fuhruhashi took two paracetomol , washed them down with a bottle of lucozade and declared himself fit for duty.

 

 

And that, I suppose, is an understatement matched only by the one made by Boris Johnson when he said one or two of his ministers had made a few bob on the side.

 

Hibernian took the lead in the second half and while they were still in shock, the Japanese forward hitched his hamstring together and scored an equaliser, and then, with a finish so exquisite it will be on sale at Southeby’s this week, he scored a goal that would grace any cup final….

 

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1472606544449585155

 

 

 

I think we should watch that again.

 

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1472606544449585155

 

 

Not since Henrik Larsson nearly twenty years ago have we had such an instinctive striker, a goalscorer who doesn;t even have to think about it before he strikes.

 

 

A full on team player, and his reaction at the full time whistle brought almost as much joy to supporters as his goals had…

 

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1472613004030005248

 

 

 

And then, finally, all the excitement caught up with him and he was carried off up the wooden hill to the land of Nod…

 

 

Watch as Celtic star Kyogo and manager Ange Postecoglou embrace in  celebration at final whistle | Glasgow Times

 

 

Wim Jansen gave us Henrik Larsson, Ange has given us Kyogo.

 

 

Which coincidentally, will be the name of my first grandson, unless he’s German, when he will be called Fritz, as in a grand old team to play for.

 

 

Winning the League cup has given Celtic fans our pride back, after a pretty poor season last year, and a sense that the club was on the brink of collapse. Unsurprsingly, BBC sportsound made that point in their first question to Nir Biton post match, presumably to continue their somewhat morose tone now that Celtic were back on the winning trail, now that normal service has been resumed.

 

 

One thing they didn;t mention was the hundreds of jobs created locally, as work begins on the new trophy cabinet….

 

An aerial view of a huge and busy construction site on a puddly ground.  Colorful construction cranes are standing between multi storey building  frames. The background is filled with leafless forest Stock

 

 

Then again, even Kyogo can’t please everybody….

 

 

 

 

Watching the Japanese forward reminds me of Bobby Lennox rather than Henrik Larsson, although it would be fair to say that he’s more a combination of the two than a direct comparison of either.

 

 

Whatever, he’s bloody good, and yesterday capped a great week for him where he also won an award for the best goal of the Europa League group stage….

 

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1471833972623785988

 

 

 

No wonder his manager was singing his praises…..

 

 

‘This football club and him were a match made in heaven.

He’s a fantastic player but what a person. He just had it in his mind he was going to play.

‘I feel a responsibility with him because I am the one who brought him here. 

 

‘You are bringing someone from the other side of the world and I don’t think anyone would have said he was a cast-iron guarantee to be a hit for a lot of people.

‘I knew he would be a fantastic player and he is an even better person.

‘From the moment he picked up the injury there was no way he was not going to play today, irrespective of what I was saying or the medical team were saying.

‘He wasn’t 100% but I knew he would play.

‘To have that composure in such a big game – they are two world class finishes in a big game.

‘He knows that everyone is watching him and that’s one of the challenges we had.

‘We are missing some significant talent at the moment, but these boys keep finding a way.’   

 

 

The last line there is interesting.

 

Coupled with the late winner against Ross County, so late that some media outlets, including the Daily Mail and the BBC missed it, there is a new found fight in the team, a reluctance to give up that hasn;t been there for a while.

 

Arguably, thats because it hasn’t been needed, but of late other sides, probably due to the injury problems have a  perception that Celtic are weaker, and put a little bit more effort into games against the hoops, and when you factor in that they will get a little assistance from the man in the middle they seem to be more willing to put up a fight.

 

 

It’s a bit of a myth that Celtic score a lot of late winners, you’d have to go back nearly forty years to see any pattern that fits the story, but now that it’s needed, and for a variety of reasons, this season it is needed, it’s encouraging to see it’s there.

 

 

If Kyogo seems to be enjoying himself, then the manager is positively over the moon.

 

 

He seems to have found a home from home, and somewhere where his talent will be genuinely appreciated. Perhaps not financially, but certainly emotionally.

 

 

He get’s it, as they say, and he’s enjoying it. Born to be Celtic manager ?

 

 

It’s starting to look that way.

 

 

This is the start.

When I took over I knew after the last year that this club couldn’t wait another year for success, it had to happen right away. 

“From the moment I arrived it hasn’t been smooth and we had to withstand significant obstacles almost on a daily basis.

“They’ve always found a way and they really believe in what we’re doing. Even today, the challenge of conceding a goal and their response is one of a team worthy of being champions in this competition and I’m sure proud of them.

“This club’s had a lot of success in recent times but this is a new team and yet they’ve been determined to lay their own mark right from the start.

“I took that responsibility seriously and if I didn’t think I could take us to this point then I wouldn’t have accepted it because that’s the expectation. 

“This is part one and we still have a lot of growth but if we keep showing the same sort of resilience then we can do it.”

 

 

It’s only a few months since Eddie Howe turned down the Celtic job because he couldn;t bring his pals with him….minutes later, ange Postecoglou told his wife he’d be late home that night, as he was popping over to the other side of the world to look at houses….

 

 

 

It’s been a while since the last caption competiton…

 

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R.St.Parsley 

 

 You can lead a hun to water but you can’t make him think 

 

 

Today….

 

 

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7 months ago

Caption: Naturally, Ange handled it with his usual level of authority, but don`t you just hate it when the waiter gets overly friendly and thinks that he can sit at your table??

Pat Higney
7 months ago

Caption: “Thanks for meeting me for lunch Gio…are you sure you’re comfy in that high chair? Do you want a booster cushion?”

Kevan Kearney
7 months ago

Thanks for bringing my booster seat uncle Ange

Pete_R L
7 months ago

Caption; “ no mate, sorry, but I could text Henrik and ask if it’s ok to give you his number.”

John E Mitchell
7 months ago

Caption: “Follow the yellow brick road…”

Honest Hoops
7 months ago

Caption; that’s a bummer Gio…all the high chairs have been taken…

7 months ago

Caption.

” ……and a Happy Meal for the wee fella, please. “

Jimmy Doc
7 months ago

No … eat your alphabetti spaghetti first, then you get a shot on the chute.

Sancheto
7 months ago

Caption – Ange to Gio. Cup final tickets? of course mate, if you call me tomorrow I will make sure you and the wife are on the official guest list.

7 months ago

You’re kidding me mate. No coffee machines at Murray Park?…….What about the world class brekkies?

dingbat
7 months ago

Chicken nuggets and fruit shoot ok, Gio?

Justshatered
7 months ago

I may be wrong but I also think he might have been the steward who prevented Griffiths tieing a scarf round the goalposts at Ibrox.

7 months ago
Reply to  Justshatered

Yes it is but I assume his sourpuss has been photoshopped onto a steward from yesterday.

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

His Mammy sprogged that. Poor woman.

BJF
7 months ago

Brilliant atmosphere yesterday. I could see why the Hibees wanted to call offside because Kyogo’s movement is so quick. Sure VAR will lead to some cancellations but the guys speed of thought never mind any other speed is incredible. Walked in at the Hibs end, nice to mingle with other team’s supporters who are not knuckle draggers. The Angie doubters will be back in their caves snd give us peace for a bit. Will Kyogo be like Larson snd stay? He will help the other Japanese players settle in the New Year,hope our game against the 55 wonders has a full house.

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  BJF

If you think Kyogo is fast, wait until you see Maeda? He’s like Mike going to the bar…..cough.

Mike.
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Whereas Oscar Pissed-orious (springs) to mind when you partake of the Guinness.
Two, sublime goals from Celtic’s own ‘Divine Wind’, the second straight out of Lennoxtoun methinks and Celtic’s own Joe BraveHart’s world class save made it a game to savour.

Mike.
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Oscar Pissed-orious (springs) to mind when you partake of the Guinness.

BJF
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti, you are just getting me excited, not good at my age!
Mike ah that’s harsh.

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  BJF

Master Monti taught the pair how to run. It`ll be good if the pair are paired together but the big but is is our Board of their wanting.

We are still leaderless within a certain section of our fold.

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Choice of a CEO does not sway with, we will get to that next year.
Effin annex ankers.

Graham
7 months ago

Don’t know about you Gio but I prefer to drink out of silver cups

Monti
7 months ago

Caption: Ange ( seated ) – ” Take a seat Giovanni ”

Giovanni -” I’ll just stand “

Andrew Coyle
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Winner El Monti

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Coyle

Pish !
Merry Christmas Monti. Whats Santa bringin ya ?

Iancelt67
7 months ago

Caption
See you in January. Enjoy your sushi because there will be more on the menu

Andrew Coyle
7 months ago

Caption,Aw C.mon Gio mate don,t get upset,the Tax is included in the bill.

Andy
7 months ago

The equaliser yesterday was similar to Kyogo’s goal of the Europa League group stage against Ferencvárosi.

Great ball, sublime touch and this time he dispatched it with his left peg at the near post. It is very refreshing to see a player who can strike a ball with either foot, how many times have we seen a striker attempting a poor effort with their weaker foot, or taking another second by attempting to adjust their body to strike ball with their other foot and the chance is gone. His second was also wonderful.

Kyogo’s finishing is instinctive, Larssonesque. Those two goals yesterday are the type of goals that Mo Sarah scores for Liverpool regularly. We have an absolute diamond on our hands.

Mike.
7 months ago

Six continuous day’s of cutting up trees after Hurricane Bawbag, the chain was running red hot, bad news if you are a tree hugger like me, followed by a continuous “Foggy Dew”, still, damp and drizzly weather with low lying cloud until yesterday afternoon, when Celtic’s “Divine Wind” blew the low cloud away and the sun finally appeared. On 51 minutes Hanlon scored for the Hibees, then the countdown to victory began, only a one minute countdown and Kyogo scored after receiving a brilliant through ball, his second on 72 minutes was just as brilliant, it seemed like it was created in Lennoxtoun. My heart was in my mouth till Joe Bravehart made that brilliant save, overall, a great team performance, what you would expect from this bunch of players. Roll on the January sales….

portpower
7 months ago

Caption:
Green tea, Giovanni

Bognorbhoy
7 months ago

Caption …
Hey gio did you know that Indonesians call Holland belanda ?
So that makes you Belanda bellend …

Gareth Savage
7 months ago

Caption: You know, we are sitting here, you and I, like a couple of regular fellas. You do what you do, and I do what I gotta do. And now that we’ve been face to face, if I’m there and I gotta put you away, I won’t like it. But I tell you, if it’s between you and some poor bastard whose wife you’re gonna turn into a widow, brother, you are going down.

Woof Charlie
7 months ago

Clearly this isn’t a forum for conspiracy theories but it’s a good day to bury bad news and I see Mr Higgin name is mentioned in dispatches as having withdrawn from the job he never had. I’m reminded of the European Super League fiasco. 3 years in the making but a lifespan 4 days shorter than Solomon Grundy. Fitba phone-ins were inundated with punters claiming to ‘have won their game back.’ And nothing had changed. Corruption and financial doping still rife, refereeing still dreadful, TV packages still hideously over-priced to accommodate couch totties while away fans travel hundreds of miles for Sunday kick offs. So as far as Mr Higgins is concerned was it ever going to happen? Or has a massive stitch-up just taken place?

7 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Yes, Celtic had informed fan reps that it was due to happen.

It was defeated due to an united fan base, the odd contrarian aside.

To actually force (no other word does justice) a stubborn board that normally ignores the fans other than to chastise them, to abandon their plans is highly impressive.

The lesson here is the hard work undertaken to achieve consensus and unite the fan base, not carping on the side-lines.

Woof Charlie
7 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

So that’s of interest that he used the phrase “speculation” regarding his appointment when the club has stated in a public forum they are appointing him without a proper recruitment process and now they are not. Although nobody from the club has said that.

7 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

I happen to believe all the major Celtic fan orgs, websites, hundreds of CSCs etc.

Of course, you’re entitled to believe, err, the entirely honest and upstanding Higgins.

Woof Charlie
7 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

So can someone who was in the room when a Celtic official said we’re hiring Higgins clear that up?

7 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

They’ve already done that to the satisfaction of the vast majority of fans, which is good enough for me.

7 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

That’s got nothing to do with what’s being discussed here.

Woof Charlie
7 months ago

Last one moderated so here we go again.

Caption: Ange do you only have chicken nuggets, an eight inch pizza and cheesy pasta on your menu?

Salad queen
7 months ago

I was out with my grandson in Milngavie and passed the young sevcoians, about 15 of them from Boclair Academy picking up the litter on the streets.
Is this the punishment from pe teacher Walsh for Celtic winning the cup or community service?

BroxburnBhoy
7 months ago

A nice wine yesterday. Hibs, the media and pundits seem over upset again that Celtic win matches and silverware. We were well worth the win and Kyogo who attracts a lot of opponent and media hate is a class above. Instinctive striker. They establishment is worried about the league and Celtic winning it and simultaneously breaking the newcos dreams of digging out of debt. A treble would be very nice

7 months ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

Yes, Uncle Tom’s piece over on Auntie started with 2 paras underlining that narrative.

TBF The rest wasn’t too bad, emphasizing that Kyogo was far too good for them and pointing out that the Hibs non-penalty was cancelled out by a non-penalty when Taylor was pushed over in box.

The game was reminiscent of the 2019 Scottish Cup Final with the Jambos taking the lead and requiring 2 bits of brilliance from Eddy to win it.

Hopefully we’re working backwards from there to Invincibility and not forward to the dregs of last season!

I doubt even a CL win would dig them out of debt given that they’re estimated to be losing £3.5m per month!

Mind you selling Morelos £40m, Kent £20m and Hagi £12m will help. 😉

Cartvale 88
7 months ago

Caption
Ashley celebrates his victory over Sevco

What can one say, the Pope’s first team done well

Hoop hoop hooray
7 months ago

Caption
So that’s all agreed then. You will give us kyogo fir 30 million

Sure, which friendly did you say you wanted him for agan?

7 months ago

Caption “Ange, what about the vegetables…?”

Cesar
7 months ago

Listen Gio, I’m no contract lawyer but if you read it again I think you’ll find it says experience of huge debts preferred, not huge ebts mate.

Andrew Coyle
7 months ago

Caption,Hi Ange ,do u mind if i pick your brains?How the hel did you get Jota and we end up with Hagi

Anthony
7 months ago

It’s like mowgli and baloo from the jungle book. I’m the king of the swingers….

7 months ago

“Omicron: Festive sport ‘effectively spectator-free’ in Scotland”

bbc.co .uk/sport/scotland/59745054 (remove space)

A limit of 500 from Boxing Day for at least 3 weeks.

Good luck in the ballot for the Huns game, although I guess the corporates will get the lion’s share, if not all of them.

Cortes
7 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

It would be tragic if there were a major incidence of Covid affecting the Celtic squad just before Hogmanay., requiring the game to be postponed.

7 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

“Celtic ask for winter break to be moved”

bbc.co .uk/sport/football/59748682 (remove space)

I’d imagine that the Huns will oppose this, even though they’ll lose some money from their home game on Boxing Day, as it means playing in empty stadia at Pittodrie and Parkhead.

The problems are:

  1. Non-crowds are for at least 3 weeks and may be longer so potentially no benefit.
  2. Celtic can afford the expense to change winter break plans but not sure how many other teams can.
Funkyy
7 months ago

“Join the discussion” the site advert says…but try getting an inoffensive post accepted. I posted a short one 3 days ago and it went to the “approval” police.
I simply said that when we get to within a point of *rangers you can expect the League to be called early with Covid being cited as the excuse.
Now, already we’re getting hamstrung by having to play in our empty stadium instead of bringing forward the Winter break and re-arranging a few matches.
Isn’t it noticeably strange that there has been no “going for 56” howling from the darkside…..it couldnae be that they know something that we don’t???????

portpower
7 months ago

So, am I correct in saying that the vibe from Holyrood is that of that,
sevco are Super and they Catholics are Super spreaders ?

Give these bassas an inch and they`ll take a royal mile.

portpower
7 months ago

NB: If the winter break is pushed back to after Christmas ? All Football Clubs still have the opportunity to sign new players in the January window. ‘All Football Clubs’

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Know your bedside manner, plebs.

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

For they shall find the cure (wee pill to help).
They need their racist repartee at the ruggers game. It helps, you know.

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Sports Direct are selling 1IAR transfer tattoos. Billionaires, what are they like ?
If they`re not going into outer space, their expanse exists within sevco FC.

Paranoid celt.
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

It’s a crafty little virus. I see the fascist vax passes are working well everywhere. Never minds its not all bad news since the moronic scariant arrived pharmaceutical share prices got a welcome boost.

Paranoid celt.
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Don’t question the science. Don’t question anything just obey. Blind obedience is virtuous.

portpower
7 months ago

SPFL mandate:
sevconians do not have the authority to lament.

portpower
7 months ago

The Rangers are to ridicule. Shame on us.

portpower
7 months ago

The fellow, fellow brethren digital memo has been received and understood. ABC.

Merry Xmas you hun bassas.

portpower
7 months ago

sevco Ltd Gazette:

March for thee 2IAR, it will be a cinch,
Bring a blanket for the next Title donations.

sevco shonky used car salesmans bin you cant use for it is thee that is a full bin of thy FC.

Emptied by the end of January.

Enjoy.

portpower
7 months ago

You have to pay for your players, you know.

portpower
7 months ago

What is wrong with this Scotland ?
Well, effin 100 to 200 million pounds plus from your fabric of but this is dependence. (Why are you`se no the same)

Common amongst of said sitting. Lord Nimmo Smith, where is Rangers ?

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

were* that bloody h

portpower
7 months ago

Is there nothing out of the ordinary ?
David Graham is giving tips on how to grow a plum tree.
Regular fertilising but i`ll leave it till the Spring.

Fuck the Pears.

Mike.
7 months ago

The Double Injected Kyogo Vaccine, the best vaccine of them all, cannot wait for the booster.

portpower
7 months ago

The 2nd, if it goes ahead. Will Ange pull the players off the pitch so they can run for the next game ?

Retaliation is in the eyes of the militaria referee.

The sad thing is, it has been foretold.

portpower
7 months ago

Posh bassas with outdoor service of servants get poured flat lemonade. Garden bed at the door, Some peepil call me Boris. Three or four and he`ld want a phone call to who is his Mummy.

Stick at length in hand is for those who show to thou beneath.

Do not let them lift their hand to you.

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Effin kick the shite out of Boris and his top shelf crew. Australia is full.

portpower
7 months ago

Though he put peoples lives on the line, and they were. Held a few thousand blank white pages of those that gambled to try and earn that of his.

One was but not the other, though he was not manager in the dugout by registered manager certificate though cost a Manager to be carded and suspended.

sevco, the protected species, Alistair Murdoch McCoist, MBE, is coming hame to get youse ready.

He`s planning on.

portpower
7 months ago

Protected species sally is planning on it.

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

A return to silverware. Hard work is done, do not accept spare parts of the old hedge. Be bloody funny though..

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

It is they though. A sally shall or of they will come after the hard work is done to indulge in all in their fictional written fantasy.

sevco hiccup FC.

Woof Charlie
7 months ago

See the thing is I don’t like stories about Celtic appearing in the Daily Record or The S*n with the word ‘rumoured.’ That’s usually journalistic shorthand for a few lies I’ve made up so that I cannot face defamation charges. I also don’t like the idea of closed door meetings with any supporters groups. So can anyone, using the anonymity that this forum allows confirm they were in a room with a Celtic official who said they intended to hire Higgins?

Iancelt67
7 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Caption
Square go now bronkhurst you flamin drongo

portpower
7 months ago

Celts, a Buddy Bhoys draw or double numeral digits. A decimated game of no fault of all.
A player to dance..

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