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Celtic Diary Wednesday February 16: Faking History

There’s another season defining game coming up.

 

Not tomorrow, not next week, but game 6 of 6 on this list of upcoming fixtures.

 

 

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On March 6, if Celtic have maintained full points in the preceding games against Dundee, Hibernian and St mirren, regardless of anyone else dropping points, a win at Livingston will give the players enough belief and confidence to go on to great things.

 

If Bodo Glimt are overcome as well, then the scene will be set for a spectacular end to the season.

 

 

Ange Postecoglou has been putting his band together and the stage is set for a rousing performance.

 

 

 

And tickets are going like hotcakes…so much so that even our new rivals, “rangers “, are looking for ringside seats..

 

Stewart Robertson, the latest chairman at Ibrox said;

 

 

There will be away allocations in the next two games.

“Because of the Covid situation we had back in August, the two clubs got together agreed that we wouldn’t have away fans.

“Because we had red zones, we weren’t sure what the situation was going to be for that period of time.

“So there will be away fans for the two games remaining.”

 

 

Thats not actually what happened, as we all know they stopped giving us tickets, partly because our fans had upset them by enjoying themselves, and partly because our club had asked for payment up front when releasing tickets for Celtic Park.

 

Curiously, Celtic haven’t commented on this, and it is beginning to look like another rewriting of their short but hilarious history to deflect from the issues they have over there.

 

 

Especially when you remember what Robertson said back in January of this year…

 

 

The challenge with actually changing that at the moment is both teams will have sold season tickets in those areas.

“How do you change that back? Those supporters have renewal rights.

“You have a challenge there in changing that.

“It’s not something I see changing in the short term, I certainly don’t see it changing in the short term.”  

 

 

Short term is another phrase that clearly needs explaining to him. along with “going for 55”  and “same club timmy”.

 

He said that last month, so what exactly has changed in the last few weeks ?

 

 

Thats easy.

 

They’re no longer confident of winning the league, something somewhere has latered that view, and it’s obviously not just on the pitch.

 

Maybe their accounts are in a worse shape than they were due to not selling any of their golden generation of players, or maybe a sponsorship deal we didn;t know about has fallen through.

 

It could be any number of things, and it might just even be that in their own little world their second title and guaranteed UCL money was not only in the bank but allocated to pay one or two outstanding bills.

 

Suddenly, there’s doubt creeping in, which means that those who have thus far provided a safety net are now beginning to wonder if they’ll ever see their money again.

 

 

And it’s quite a lot of money since their inception….

 

Rangers’ losses by season:
2012/13 -£14m
2013/14 – £8.1m
2014/15 – £7.5m
2015/16 – £3.3m
2016/17 – £6.7m
2017/18 – £14.3m
2018/19 – £11.3m
2019/20 – £15.9m
2020/21 – £23.5m
2021/22 – £12.2m*
*estimated current season.
Source
…https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/SC425159/filing-history…  

 

 

Sooner or later someone is going to pull the plug, those kind of figures are a sashes width away from the figures that liquidated the first club to play at Ibrox.

 

 

Two things spring to mind, one is the mind boggling amounts involved, and secondly, where has it all gone ?

 

 

We’ve often compared Scottish football to the political situation at Westminster, and to that we refer once again.

 

whatever you might think of their business capabilities over there, their marketing is superb.

 

 

Like Johnson and his “Get Brexit Done ” , ” Get Boosted Now ” and other, simple three word jingoistic phrases, repeated often enough until they sink into the national consciousness and become truths as opposed to merely slogans, over at ibrox, “going for 55” and “Stopping TerryMunro ” overshadowed the immediate and ongoing crises.

 

They’re stepping closer and closer to oblivion, and will do and say whatever is required to give them a shot at that UCL money, which as we have seen before, is itself a repeat of what killed the first club.

 

On the pitch, perhaps the awareness of this and other blogs is keeping the spotlight on the referees, who seem closer to breaking than they were a decade ago under the pressure of constantly having to support one half of Scottish footballs top brand, and are clearly less than happy with the attention.

 

Which in itself is a reason not only to keep it up, but to intensify it.

 

 

The SFA and SPFL have remained silent on issues for a while now, and that will remain the case for probably the rest of the season.

 

The other clubs, which is the remit of doncaster seem quite happy to let events take their course, whilst the SFa will be collectively terrified that UEFA will pay attention to its little fiefdom if another Rangers goes under, especially as new rules brought in when the last one dies mean that any new club this time around can take the place of the old one in the top flight.

 

Which will surely , finally, shake the rest of our game out of its slumber.

 

 

Even our own board might finally realise that even the our own support will bite back if you kick it hard enough.

 

 

For us though, its relatively simple.

 

Support the team, with even more passion than before, as the more succesful we are, the more chance we have of killing off a second ibrox entity, and this time we need to make sure it dies.

 

 

Then we can welcome  a new order at ibrox, one that doesn’t cheat, one that respects all others as equals, and would probably even have Irish catholics round for lunch.

 

Or we could just build a shelter for refugees on the site of the old ground.

 

They’d like that.

 

So would I, come to think of it.

 

 

In the meantime, I found this, an old classic that is best described as a work of outstanding contemporary art. If you’ve never seen it before, you’re in for a treat, if you have, well, you;re in for another treat…

 

 

 

It’s taken me a while to find it again, and thats the best i can do for now, though i’m open to any suggestions as to how to make it more accessible.

 

 

Last time out, we had this…

 

 

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Cesar
 2 days ago

SFA Head of Referees says VAR testing is coming along nicely and added that they will also use Bluenose technology not available anywhere else in world football.

Today

 

 

 

 

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Cesar
11 months ago

Artists impression of what will happen the next time Bitton passes the ball backwards when Ange is in charge.

James
11 months ago

Caption – A Daily Record cameraman sneaks into the Celtic managers back garden to take pictures of Craig Whyte at a barbeque.

11 months ago

Listen ” mate”, I’m Ange’s new body guard, so f##k off back to your Scottish Sports desk and write some proper stories..

TonyB
11 months ago

Has From Sashes to Ashes ever been available in printed form, eg along the lines of a graphic novel?

I would pay good money for that and I suspect their would be a market for it, certainly thousands of Tims for themselves and Christmas/Birthday presents.

TonyB
11 months ago
Reply to  TonyB

there Doh!

R.St.Parsley
11 months ago
Reply to  TonyB

Ralph, don’t know if this helps the guys but I managed to download Sashes to Ashes from here as a pdf (sorry about the link).

https://fdocuments.in/download/from-sashes-to-ashes

Sancheto
11 months ago

Caption – the worlds 1st selfie shows how a discussion about who is/has the best jumper gets out of hand!

Bognorbhoy
11 months ago

Caption …
I’ll box brownie ye…ya Arran jumpered tosser

John E Mitchell
11 months ago

After 456 takes to get this picture just right, the photographer went on to invent the selfie-stick…

Bognorbhoy
11 months ago

Caption 2…
World’s first drone camera , captures a kangaroo giving Paul McCartney self defence lessons

John McDermott
11 months ago

Johan Maljbys kangaroo goes to the toon!

11 months ago

What’s that Skip?, the Invisible man wants to film us making a Bluey!

Weered
11 months ago

You’ll not tie this Kangaroo down SPORT

Pat O HARA
11 months ago

CAPTION
Tie me camera down sport
Tie me camera down.

Magdalena’s Chestnut Gelding
11 months ago

Caption

Barkas is on hand to take a picture as big Ange Posticogroo sorts out another Scottish Football pundit………

The Cha
11 months ago

All games are important.

Hibs (a) aren’t in great form but neither were Aberdeen and they gave us a fright.

St Mirren (h), although we hammered them the last time at home, we dropped points away, they’re the form team in the league behind us and we’ve also dropped points at home and nearly did again against United.

We can’t just focus on where we lost points before or we risk losing them elsewhere.

re (current) Huns finances – I don’t think its very useful in looking at historical debt, as most of this has been paid off by their mug directors/investors and, as long as they continue to do so, they’ll survive despite how grotesque this seems to anyone who believes in the La-La Land of FFP.

It was Hector what did for the old Huns, as they had a £50m tax debt that wasn’t going away.

The only significant external debt (realistically the only thing that can sink them) is to Sports Direct and although this is estimated to be £10m+, they currently earn millions per year from the Huns, so its in their interest to keep them on the hook.

Caption “Harvey, hold the camera still and take a photo, and I’ll box the ears of this middle class bollox who thinks putting on an Aran sweater and writing his Ma a goodbye letter, will make him a folk singer”

Woof Charlie
11 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

They don’t want to survive they want to dominate. If it was us they’d (including SFA have had their foot on our neck until we died. We almost let them off the hook last season. Let’s put an axe through their skull (metaphorically) this time.

The Cha
11 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Agreed.

At the moment, by hook or crook, they’re covering their £10m+ per year losses but if those backers stop then they’ll keep doing the same and won’t implement (m)any cuts.

In the last game before the original Huns folded they walloped St Johnstone, who finished 3rd, 4-0 in Perth.

Its 1st or bust, 2nd or cutting cloth etc isn’t an option for them.

Brencelt
11 months ago

Caption reminds me of this:
what do you get if you cross a kangaroo with a sheep? A woolly jumper

Cartvale88
11 months ago

Caption
Angiball proves successful in Ozieland

The bill still outstanding is tax as the UK Governmen has allowed companies to delay paying the full amount. The question is where have they got the cash from, they claim investors, but nothing is clear. The articles recently about Paul Whitehouse the receiver proves that Scottish Establishment sings from one hymn sheet and it is not a very pleasant one. A Third World Country could not be as corrupt as our legal system, it will cost the taxpayer more that the Sevco debt figures to extricate them from the shambles of prosecutions raised by the zombies

Charlie Green
11 months ago

Rolf Harris attempts to blackmail a big ‘roo with pictures, when he had him “tied down”.

Iancelt67
11 months ago

Caption
Penalty to rangers

TicToc
11 months ago

It’s (well at one time) a Celtic blog and around 16 of 21 comments are for the caption thingy as opposed to our football and other club matters? FFS!
Has eTims lost its way? I think so. Many ‘improved’ things go that way.
WC (unfortunate initials!) in response to the Cha makes a good point, almost.
Celtic PLC, under Lawwell/Lennon (in THAT order), gave the new huns the Title to keep them alive and also stop us making a record in achieving THE 10. SCUMBAG TRAITORS.
If we throw the Title again to save the ‘scum across the water’, I think we’ll see an honest Armageddon from our supporters, unlike Regan and Doncaster’s threat to try to keep the new scum in the SPL. Just remember here, Sevco was NOT even a club, just an off-the-shelf company with NO footballing history and NO RIGHT to enter ANY tier of Scottish football. Lest ye forget!
Now let’s see our Bhoys run amok vs the Norwegians later tonight and that, hopefully after the new huns have taken a battering off the, er, em, once-huns? in Dortmund.
COYBIG and Up the Republic!

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

You WILL be found out.
May your god have mercy, I will not.

TicToc
11 months ago

As a PS to my earlier comment, it seems Bodo Glimt are where they are (top of Norwegian Premier League) more due to defensive ability than offensive ability. We’re improving at the back but still suspect so our mid players will need to work hard to cover our defence at times. I’m guessing they play a holding game and flood the defence, then break quickly. We need to be very aware of that and not be wide open. But, we’ve got the players to put them under severe pressure and keep them in their own half. Bring it on. If we’re not quite ready for Euro 3rd tier then so be it. The SC can go to anyone but sevco,
but we MUST WIN THE LEAGUE.
HH

SteveNaive
11 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

I would agree with you in the main. We must not allow our good domestic form ( with in game lapses) cloud the fact that Bodo will be a stern test. Maybe the first forty five versus Raith was a ruse. Could be a difficult balancing act going for blitzkrieg and safety so suppose the best form of defence should be attack. They will know this of course and may do the same from the off.
On the league, I may well be wrong here ( usually am) but isn’t there a chance of qualifying for the CL groups finishing second and depending on other leagues ? Of course a much harder route as we know but is it still viable ?
Is the qualifying money earmarked for players ( CCV, Jota) and to offer Ange more than a one year rolling contract ?

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Steve, I’m not sure about 2nd in the League going into CL qualifying but I’m aghast at the possibility the new huns would go straight into CL (and the attached money) if we don’t win the league. It would keep the new lot alive and prove cheating trumps honesty.
Last night was a painful game to watch and, TBH, I’m not THAT concerned. As I said the League, to me, is paramount for all the RIGHT reasons.

Woof Charlie
11 months ago

See WGS has hired his pal as Dundee manger with a 6 match touchline ban to serve. Up there with our courting of Howe for knob of the season award.

Woof Charlie
11 months ago

Caption: Tic Toc meets an etimmer entering the caption competition.

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Ha!Ha!Ha!, belter. Accurate too! ; -))
Actually, I don’t mind the caption comp. but a blog is supposed to be about football opinion and discussion. To vote without comment is inane and to put forward caption suggestions without footballing comment too is a waste of a good blog!

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

I replied WC but it’s gone to the black hole. I laughed out loud at your caption but it was with added opinion about the blog, rather some of our clientele!

Owen Mullions
11 months ago

Caption – Sevco’s new centre half is introduced to the press.

portpower
11 months ago

We are making passes that are not there in the final third. The simple pass will open this defense up. Rogic is not at the races today.

portpower
11 months ago

With Ange being a defender himself, he shows too much leniency to ours.

  1. Taylor is NOT an attacking fullback defender.
  2. Starfelt plays like a new born fawn.
TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Agreed Port. But it was poor all over the park. Their fluked 3rd killed it when we just might have come back.

portpower
11 months ago

A heads up to Ewen Murray.

Maladroit, steer clear of your tools of employment.

portpower
11 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Ewan*

portpower
11 months ago
Reply to  portpower

🙂 I am still a QWERTY trainee.

portpower
11 months ago
Reply to  portpower

PS:
You just know you are in a digital world when your 4 and a half year old Grandson calls his shadow, a selfie.

Woof Charlie
11 months ago
Reply to  portpower

When my 3 year old tried to swipe the telly

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Must be a helluva big 3 Y O! I never ‘swiped’ a telly until I was at least 7!!

portpower
11 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

Very good.

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Cheers, Port. I’m just ‘chilling’ with a large glass of SE Aussie Shiraz and some Guiness and Henry Weston’s best cider.
Hard Life!
Just for the record, those homeless and foodless are growing (in numbers) fast, and whilst I do my bit locally, I know it’s systemic. The UK is a very rich country with hungry children and £billionaires.
Does anyone see a fixable problem here?

Woof Charlie
11 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

You could start with taxing the rich oh and see you self-employed guys who think it’s smart to defraud the welfare state that made you – you’re traitors. And while I’m here paying much less for a piece of crap made by a kid in China is unsustainable. Tax home delivery you’ve slaughtered the high street and created lives spent in silos.

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

WC, I hope your comment makes sense to you.
It does not to me.
“Unsustainable”? Only if we accept and allow it.
BTW, it’s NOT the ‘wee guy’ whom robs the Welfare State, it’s the fukking scum, like those south of the Clyde, money-laundering pieces of shit.
I mentioned on here, probably long before you frequented this site, that the SS Shieldhall had failed to collect the biggest shite in Glasgow when it docked nearby.
A shit too far?

Woof Charlie
11 months ago

Back to business Sunday and I’ve a feeling Dundee will take a spanking of the 5-0 variety. We are smarting from a trouncing by a Hobbit extra and their new manager bounce landed in the director’s box. I’ve always had time for Strachan but he’s lost the plot. Goal difference is your friend this season.

portpower
11 months ago

Final score…

Celts 3-1 at half time.

portpower
11 months ago

Ally McCoist:
The wee sleekit man who put peoples family and their lives in serious danger. He is a nasty piece of work.

We need to know.

PS. WATP.

portpower
11 months ago

Tom English, if I may have your attention. The following is the true.

Rangers FC and The Rangers FC … never the twain shall meet, son.

portpower
11 months ago
Reply to  portpower

truth*

Woof Charlie
11 months ago

Caption: Kangaroo settles out of court with photographer he never met and certainly didn’t punch.

Woof Charlie
11 months ago

Tic toc seems we can’t talk about the ‘tic on previous post. Think a serial slightly touched poster chased away a fair few. Don’t see many of the bhoys of the old brigade posting either. Time for the new kids to step up.

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Oh! father why are you so sad, on this bright Easter’s morn…..?

Woof Charlie
11 months ago

Aye and vote me down if you like but it’s a forum not Eurovision so state your case

TicToc
11 months ago

So, Ralph Malph and your other ‘improvers’ tell me this: Just WTF does your up/down (sans comment) voters do to help the site? A blog without debate?
A few fannies allowed to anonymously take precedence?
NAW. Watch this fukkin space. Prodding me is NOT a good idea, and you “proddies” WILL find this out.
Vinnie BB
PS Ralph has all my contact details, so, ‘I’ll show you mine, if/when you show me yours’. Fukkin pricks.

Thru and thru
11 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

Can I nominate the so called finance guru (guffaw) Keiran Maguire for the next knob of the week. Any day any week. Thanks.

portpower
11 months ago

sevco FC win second half by 55.

Woof Charlie
11 months ago

If you’re a bit younger and wondered why Scotland didn’t just play the vast majority of the Lions here’s a BBC quote on a guy who has just scored a hat trick “his desire to get on the end of things never wanes no matter how wayward his finishing can be.” In a royal blue jersey the same hack would be speculating if Sevco could fend off Man City bids.

TicToc
11 months ago

I’ve been joined by the huge black dog…..never saw it coming nor any indication of its intention to leave. Amen. (so be it)
I don’t thing it entered via the chimney, it’s blocked. The letter-box is too small…..but somehow it got in.
I generally NEVER miss a game, but I missed this one. So too did my wife, who sits next to me.
Jackie Mac got a hat-trick I hear. Good on him. McGregor denied him 3 times in the last derby agin the new huns. He’s taken it on the chin and bounced back. THAT’s a guy I want in the Hoops.
When I call him Jackie Mac, he’ll mibbaes not quite GET IT. A finer right back I’ve seldom seen (except Danny Mc) who could’ve played anywhere…..
I’m losing it…….can’t get comfortable……………………………………

Woof Charlie
11 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

Chuck him a bone and shut the door on him. You’re valued here.

TicToc
11 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

You’ll maybe never find out how decent of you to say that.
i’m not even sure I’m making any sense
You’ve ALWAYS been a grand addition to eTims. Thank you.
Monti and Mike, ‘charlie’ (and his Bhoys) and Andy and his Bhoy wont be far away….. It wasn’t the best Tim site ever for nothing. I regret the negative input I’ve sometimes typed….. I’m just a die-hard Tim sometimes looking for an outlet.
HH

Funkyy
11 months ago

I think they shot themselves in the foot with their letter of complaint(s) about the referee to the SFA. Imagine for a moment how that was received at the SFA…”after all that we have done for them etc etc”. And their criticism of the referee won’t have been joyously welcomed by the Referees Association…”After all that WE have done for them etc etc”. I think it’s more than coincidence that they don’t seem to be getting so many honest mistakes in their favour recently. Only today Van Bronckhorst is complaining/greeting about not getting 2 penalties against Dundee Utd.
It may be that the dog has decided it doesn’t like being wagged by the tail.
Great 3 points today and well done Jacky.

Woof Charlie
11 months ago
Reply to  Funkyy

Have they bit the handshake that feeds them? Fair point. Or maybe the rats know the ship’s a gonner.

Funkyy
11 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Exactly. Their panicky tantrum might be about to pay dividends for us if the refs start being “un-sighted” when they need a penalty.
Just as an aside, Borussia won 6-0 today….looks like they’re limbering up for a hun skelping on Thursday. I’d get my money on Borussia overturning the first leg result. If that happens their wee temporary happiness bubble will be well and truly burst.

portpower
11 months ago

The Giocrew are the ever given.

We are the Passengers.

portpower
11 months ago

They huns are wanting the rest of their season played in snooker halls.

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