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Celtic Diary Tuesday January 25: Deja Vu Again

Hi! It’s been a while.

 

Though it’s also been a fairly prolonged period of time that we’ve been harping on about the duty of care that referees, and by extension, the football authorities have towards football players, Celtic layers in particular.

 

I think i can say, without fear of contradiction, we’re at the point now where the consequences of failing to remind the authorities of their responsibilities is a dereliction of duty from the Celtic board.

 

Or, should I say, another example of negligence from the board.

 

 

Having worked towards saving one entity from Ibrox, by refusing to complain about novel and refreshing financial policy, the board now seem hell bent on saving another.

 

Perhaps the cost of building a bigger medical centre and the rising insurance premiums will jolt them into action…

 

 

The performance by Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Cup left a sour taste in the mouth. There was simply no intention to play football from the club known as the wasps…apparently a nickname derived from their strip, and not from the mentality of their management duo…. and there was even less from referee Don Robertson to discourage such antics, which led to a number of Celtic players being injured.

 

Referees are obliged to ensure the safety of players , and Robertson failed in that respect.

 

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou must be astonished at the level of physicality in the Scottish game, and it won’t be long before his comments aren’t restricted to a failry mild “the referee should have dealt with it at the time

 

 

Indeed, one would find it hard to dismiss stories that he’s already asked the board why they are not making a little bit more of a fuss about things. Their policy of having a quiet word with the authorities isn#t working, and when they accept matters such as this on the pitch, one begins to wonder what they are accepting off the pitch.

 

 

Still, it’s not like they turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to allegations of impropriety that led to a possible £40m loss in revenue around a decade ago, and suspicions that they would do exactly the same thing to protect the new Old Firm brand would simply be churlish.

 

 

The evidence is mounting, the prosecution case already has enough to suggest the board are once again letting the club down.

 

As fans, we’re used to it.

 

The players, however, must be wondering if it’s all worth while.

 

 

Barry Ferguson, who once was considered to be the cheap and popular option to replace Steven Gerrard, must still be disappointed that they found an even cheaper and more popular candidate in Gio van Bronckhurst, and his partner in crime, Bob Malcolm sent their players out to injure Celtic players.

 

There has been no comment, let alone any action, from the SFA.

 

There has been no comment from Celtic.

 

That is, shall we say , concerning.

 

 

Ferguson took to the media to deny allegations that his players had been instructed to adopt a physical approach to the game…

 

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Calum MacGregor has a serious facial injury, Ideguchi a serious ankle injury.

 

So, his players did get in a few faces and bite a few ankles.

 

 

Bob Malcolm, his assistant , was a player at Brisbane Roar when Ange took over the side. He was released, along with fellow ex Rangers men Craig Moore and Charlie Miller,

 

Indeed, Malcolm made the top ten worst ever players in Australia, according to a poll in Four four Two magazine, something which is hardly likely to endear him to Postecoglou.

 

 

More interesting, or more sinister, depending on how you look at it, Malcolm knew that ange doesn;t employ hard men footballers, so he would have been fully aware that retribution on his players would not have happened, so not only would the referee ignore it, the Celtic players wouldn’t kick back, though fair play to James McCarthy, who got one back in an off the ball incident.

 

 

Maybe that’s the solution.

 

An enforcer in the style of Hay or Balde.

 

If the authorities won;t put a stop to it, then pop down to D wing and find someone who hits people for a hobby , give him some boots and put him on the bench ready for when someone gets clobbered.

 

Then bring him on for five minutes…..

 

 

 

Of course, all of this in the headlines , and a few other stories , are deflecting away from the real story of the moment.

 

 

Over at ibrox, they’ve had a moan because one of their players got sent off. The Record then, wrongly, claimed that the referee, Kevon clancy had been banned for a few weeks.

 

He hadn’t, he simply wasn’t down for a game, and that decision was made before the Aberdeen game which he admittedly didn;t have a great game. but at least he was equally poor for both sides.

 

That keeps the real story out of the headlines, and away from awkward questions toward the Ibrox entity.

 

 

Despite pulling in millions, so they say, from the sale of Nathan Patterson, signed by Rafa Benitez to deputise for exCeltic loannee Johnjo Kenny, a move which saw Benitez promptly sacked, they seem to be taking their time in bringing in new players.

 

They’ve signed a loannee from the USA, Wolfe Tone or something, and have agreed a pre contract with John Souttar of Hearts, who have refused a low offer for immediate release of the player, but that’s it.

 

By the way, wait until after Celtic’s visit to Tynecastle tomorrow and you’ll see the next deflection, as the media try to force Hearts to release the player on the cheap…. but they won’t unsettle him before that…

 

 

As the second half of the season begins, and we’re focused on just getting our players through games without giving BBC writers an idea for an episode of medical drama Casualty, watch out for those little things that point toward collusion from those in the bowels of Celtic Park.

 

If the Ibrox club/company are in as much trouble as they appear to be, you can bet their old buddies who still want an Old Firm will be right there on speed dial ready to help.

 

 

And they’ve already got away with it once.

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BornCelt!
1 year ago

Well that was, ehm, stimulating. Yes, disgraceful refereeing against the white anglo-saxon protestants thugs and Barry shows himself to be a con along with his gangsta’ family. We move on, we are 4 points away and Ange is quieter than normal, hopefully a good sign for the rest of the season as actions speak louder. The rest must step up, be prepared for a war, McCarthy showed some bite, maybe he can fill in form Callum Mac who we all feel for, Giorgos simply must take chances until Daizen is back and hopefully Kyogo is not far off. Winning the League will hurt the sevco crowd far more than shouting at a brick wall or expecting justice. HH!

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  BornCelt!

The Athletic had an article suggesting “Yosuke Ideguchi shows he can set the tempo for Celtic in the absence of stricken Callum McGregor”

archive .ph/erdrD (remove space)

Ange said post-match that he wasn’t too concerned about his injury and hopefully that still holds.

I think he’s too shrewd to start ranting and raving about officialdom, as like most of us, he knows manager, players, fans can do nothing about it and those that can ie board, refuse to.

TicToc
1 year ago

Ferguson, by his own hand, has effectively told the truth by accident. It’s a football match FFS and he publicly uses words like “what do you want us to do, roll over?” “I told them to get in their faces and bite a few ankles.” It just makes you wonder what he admits to in private. I said it at the time “Ferguson and Robertson, both life-long huns, got what they wanted out of that disgrace: Injuries to Celtic players. The PLC can’t be allowed get away with this by not PUBLICLY raising concerns for our player’s safety. Auldheid’s proposition regarding a Members Service for Global Celtic supporters is, at least in part, aimed at getting to grips with the PLC Board’s lack of care for its employees, Celtic FC footballers. Get behind this terrific initiative and let him and others of similar mind know the backing is there.
For tomorrow night, just 3 points and no more assaults on our players thanks!
HH

Weered
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

Vinnie. Well put my man

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Ah, Weered, the top of the afternoon to ya!
Sorry to see The Reds have stumbled a bit of late.
Is there an ‘Alloa’ in your League helping the orange scum currently at the top? Tell your ‘Bhoys’ to roll their sleeves up, get stuck in (fairly!) and get back on top!

Weered
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

Tic Toc we are using good football to be in the good position in our league. We have a brilliantly skilful squad

Weered
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Tic Toc. As I alluded yesterday linfield scraped a 2-2 draw with us last night

Andy
1 year ago

I suspect that John a Souter will move to theRangers on Thursday, only after he has tried everything to kick Celtic players off the park…..er em….I mean take points off us tomorrow night. Also, he didn’t play against Auchinleck loyal in the Scottish Cup last Saturday, perhaps the Huns had asked for him not to be cup tied? as big Goldson could move down south in the next week. Watch this space

Mcklintop
1 year ago

It’s been open season on our players since the first game. Halliday on McGregor. We’ve also had Butcher take out Turnbull, Chris Kane have not one but two kicks at Carter Vickers, Porteous studding McGregor at Easter Road. And then Niang on Saturday. Not one of them sent off.
Sevco have their first red card in 2 years and submit an eight point letter of complaint. I hope someone in our directors box is paying attention.

Disappointing it looks like we need to take on sevco without either Maeda or Kyogo, the way to beat them is straight through the middle, if we had either of those two running the channels we’d mollicate them. I hope we still do. I think Hatate and Bitton to replace McGregor and Rogic might be the way to go but Ange isn’t scared to throw the new players in so we might see O’Riley in their.

So they’ve got Aribo back, so what. What does concern me is they drop Shirley Bassey, he is one of the worst players in the league. We have to get at him. His second touch is often a tackle and he normally just hoofs the ball in the direction he’s facing.

Straight through the middle Celtic.

Thomas Cochrane
1 year ago

I’m sick to the back teeth of the attitude of this craven board, when will they stand up for our players against the seemingly criminal combination of media, refs, and assorted ex rangers and Sevco peepel, it will never even begin to stop until Celtic take steps to stop them. Oh for a Wee Fergus among the money men at Celtic but then there isn’t one to be seen among those “o.. f… dinosaurs and blue pound desperados”

Auldheid
1 year ago

The game is corrupt and the evidence of it is there for anyone with eyes to read and ears to here.

Celtic are part of it but as long as supporters pay to watch it, what you pay for is what you get.

There is no unifying force in the support, indeed SFA reform is not even a priority of the one organisation who purport to speak for shareholders but dont.

Until SFA Reform, starting with Celtic becomes the highest priority amongst the support in general nothing will change.

Bankier’s stance that tackling corruption using evidence of it is not in The Company’s interest begs the question why?

We at least deserve an explanation. Perhaps an Open letter asking for one might put pressure on him?

Use his own words at AGMs to put him on the spot.

Auldheid
1 year ago
Reply to  Auldheid

Hear.

Effarr
1 year ago
Reply to  Auldheid

The only problem with SFA reform would be an even worse, if that`s possible, regime.

Where, in this bigoted cesspit, could you find any just men or women that would even come close to being honest when
deciding on anything associated with Scottish football.

Their brains, if they have any, are programmed from birth to hate anything associated with Celtic.

Even the colour green can set them mad.

James
1 year ago
Reply to  Auldheid

Well said,Auldheid

Christina
1 year ago

I’m sick, sore and tired of hearing about our ‘bad luck’ with injuries- bad luck my aunt fanny our players are being assaulted on football pitches the length and breadth of this ‘best wee country’ of thugs and bigots! That is blatantly obvious to all and sundry and, one would hope, the employers of the people who are being assaulted. The people to whom they have a duty of care lest they forget- if this was in US there would be litigation flying around all over the place! Maybe that’s what we need – personal injury lawyers involvement you know “Have you been injured in an ‘accident’ at work that wasn’t your fault?” …… I know, I know a bit ridiculous but hey if some employees are entitled to protection from careless employers…. Speaking of said ‘careless employers’ why aren’t they contacting SFA about all this – after all Barry Ferguson freely admits he told his players to be aggressive, lthe referee does not seem to have had a working knowledge of the Laws of the Game (example he did not immediately stop the game or allow medical personnel on to deal with Calum McGregor’s potential head injury) so one would say they have pretty good grounds for an investigation. Certainly better than “the wind blew the baw aff spot” or the teasing of an opposing player that prompted action by our neighbours across the city! For those sweetie-wives who say we shouldn’t bring ourselves down to ‘their’ level I call bullshit – this is exactly what we should be doing! Along the lines of ” As our esteemed colleagues from Ibrox have recently highlighted the standard of refereeing in this country blah blah” Get smart and play the frigging game don’t leave everything to Ange ffs!

Jinkylarrson
1 year ago

I repeat sack the board, Back the team. Use the banners to call out the Attilas.

James
1 year ago

Aye and you’ll still buy a season ticket n merchandise!

Effarr
1 year ago

I feel Postecoglou, or Kennedy even, has to to take some of the blame for the fiasco at Alloa.

Surely their second string of players should have been good enough to get a high- scoring result against a pack of has beens
and never-will-bes, not to mention caber tossers.

To risk the league title for a low priority cup tie was irresponsible. If he thinks these players are not up to the task, then they shouldnt be there. An ideal opportunity to see what he has got in his locker and he scorns it. What about all the talk about resting players, giving them a chance to recover from injuries, etc., or man-management, as they call it now.

If he didnt know, then surely Kennedy could have given him an idea as to what fergusons plans would be.

A total and utter joke that can`t be blamed on the board this time.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Effarr

Not sure what was the fiasco, as we won and progressed to the next round of the Cup, which was the objective. Sure it wasn’t a great performance, missed chances and lost a sloppy goal but not a lot different from many other games.

Injuries? We’ve had plenty this season so this was in no way unique.

We changed almost half the team (Ralston, Welsh, Scales, Ideguchi and Giakoumakis) from the previous game, so clearly squad rotation was used.

Effarr
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

The fiasco was getting hoofed off the park. Nothing to do with whether
they won or lost. My point is that players like Soro, Irhugodire (?)
and even Kenny could have been used. Of course, there have been plenty of injuries but that is one game that injuries were going to be inevitable.
And fair play to Ferguson, he saw an opportunity to help the team he loves by crippling Celtic`s best players but he should have been denied that opportunity. Soro and Irhugodire can look after themselves and it would have been pointless to bother trying to injure Kenny. I would assume the
league title is worth more than a cup that can be won after a couple of
moderately difficult/easy games.

Woof Charlie
1 year ago

As welcome a return as Julien Ralph. Hope you didn’t sprain a thumb. The “this all started at the Celtic AGM” was stunning media spin on the Sevco ref response. There’s 2 reasons they complained. The names Kevin and Clancy are a bridge to far for their slabbering element and in a week of transfers out and poor or no replacements a draw with the Dons needed deflection. As much as I admire Ange’s total football we need lads like Ralston who will get stuck in. Fight fire with fire.

Woof Charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Wim Jansen RIP. A season in the sun. May it shine on you evermore.

BornCelt!
1 year ago

Love and thanks to Wim Jansen, remembered for ’70, the relief and delight of 97-98 and the young Henrick, King of Kings! You’ll Never walk Along Wim! HH!

TicToc
1 year ago

Really saddened to hear of the death of Wim Jansen. It said he’d been living with dementia, perhaps another victim from playing football?
I never understood why he left after just a year and such a crucial year in our history as he was in charge of the men who stopped the ten for the original, financially-doped huns. He also gave us Henrik Larsson. Thanks for the memories Wim. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
HH

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  TicToc

There was a major power struggle between Wim and the Jock Brown, with the former not prepared to play second fiddle to the non-football latter, who was McCann’s man.

This was the background to the so-called booing of McCann at the league flag unveiling at the start of the following season. It was simply the exasperation of the fans, as yet again, we had shot ourselves in the foot from a position of strength.

Wim The Tim RIP.

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Thanks for that Cha. I remember thinking there was something awry (again!) in the Boardroom but didn’t know what. If enough get behind Auldheid’s supporters’ Members Service then we can put a permanent stop to being fukked about by the Board. Let’s face it, it’s nothing new, it’s always been that way but it’s something we CAN do something about.
HH

Frank McGaaaarvey
1 year ago

I want to echo all the messages for Wim the Tim. Even though he only graced us with his presence for one season he will go down in Celtic folklore as a legend for what he achieved, and what he stopped EBT FC achieving. Rest In Peace.

Funkyy
1 year ago

Emotionally I agree with Ralph’s suggested solution on how to retaliate in kind to the thugs who are sent out to deliberately injure Celtic players….but that would be exactly what the media/huns/refs/SFA would delight in. Our players would be red carded immediately and suspended from upcoming matches for doing less than what they have been subjected to recently.
We’d be playing right into the dark forces’ hands and the media would love nothing better than to highlight “terrible, unforgivable, horror” tackles by Celtic players to deflect away from printing the truth.
Who the fuk do *rangers think they are? An 8 point complaint letter….they should have been ridiculed in the press and told by the SFA to go wipe their erchies with it and slapped with a fine for making the game a laughing stock. It just shows how self-important they feel, how necessary think they are to life on Earth, and how much clout they’ve got down at SS HQ (AKA the SFA offices). Do UEFA actually do anything except draw the sections in Euro competitions and occupy VIP seats at the big matches drinking champagne? Why are they never checking that their own Financial Fair Play rules are strictly adhered to by member Associations?
And meanwhile the Celtic Board do a 3 monkeys impersonation. I bet they’d have something to say if it was their ankles getting crippled.

Woof Charlie
1 year ago

Chanson d’amour ha ta te ta te ta…

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