Manager Ange Postecoglou ( it must have been so much easier in the sixties to just type Jock Stein ) takes his charges north to Dundee this evening as he looks to extend his one hundred per cent record of winning domestic trophies.
Alright, it’s only one out of one, but that’s better than most and if you look at it a different way it’s fifty five out of fifty five.
With Ange, it’s not so much how we’ll play, but who will play.
The style doesn’t change, although the personnel might.
Sometimes we look at the inclusion of Nir Biton as a more defensive ploy, but in fact it isn’t, it’s merely adding a taller player to the mix and making the game more interesting as supporters wonder when he’ll either handle the ball or tackle someone a little too enthusiastically.
Same with Georgios Giakoumakis. He’s taken a while to get used to the style, but his attitude and aptitude for finding the net have meant he’s given the manager a genuine decision to make about who to start up front when everyone is fit.
Dundee united are a difficult opponent, and any lack of effort or concentration tonight will be punished, and in that sense it was heartening that Celtic performed a little better than of late at Livingston the other day, securing the points with realtive ease and banishing any doubts the players may have had about their own ability on that particular surface, which from where I was sitting looked a bit like the carpet when the kids have spilt a couple of buckets of sand on it.
Celtic are expected to win cups, but for other clubs and their players a Hampden final could well be the pinnacle of their career.
Dundee United’s Nicky Clarke has played in a final before, with plucky minnows “rangers “, and was on the losing side when hibernian beat them 3-2.
“I played in the final for Rangers in 2016 but that’s not a day to look back fondly on,”
“When you lose a final it’s horrible and I’ve not even looked at the medal, it’s at my mums and dad’s house.
She likes having them there, it’s sitting there with my dad’s medals.
“Playing in a final at Hampden is obviously a fantastic occasion.
“But you have to win it to look back and have good memories.
“It was a bad day, a crazy day to be honest.
Miserable bastard. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Especially the bit at the end when the Ibrox support rushed on to staunchly defend their players from attack, and even the aftermath when the Scottish media leapt to staunchly defend those supporters.
It won’t be easy tonight, and Celtic will have to play at their best.
Dare I say it, though, I’m looking forward to the game. As I’ve done with pretty much every game since the new wind blew in from the east and cleared the decks of cobwebs.
Not enough has been made of Postecoglou’s acheivements thus far, which are largely in changing the culture left over by pint and pie manager Neil Lennon.
The malaise has been cured, and Paul McStay has been lined up to tell us there’s a buzz about the place.
But there is one thing that does annoy me, a wee bit, although in truth I should have expected it.
Where are the in depth interviews with the manager ?
Mainstream media has all but ignored his story, which is, when examined, quite unique and remarkable even at this early stage.
Where are the analyses of his profile, his history and his ambitions ?
Incredibly, to find out a little about his personality and current emotions, you have to look to a fan media interview, conducted by former player Simon Ferry and a bloke in a hat, to get any sort of insight into the man’s personality.
A laid back, almost informal chat turns out to be quite revealing, the interview style allows for us to draw our own conclusions about the man and his ambitions.
In the world of interviewing, that’s an incredible skill amongst presenters, one that few have mastered, and the two lads deserve enormous praise for firstly allowing Ange to do most of the talking, and secondly actually getting him to say something worth listening to.
Find time to watch it, and you’ll see what I mean.
From that, I’ve worked out that Ange wants to be here, and maybe even feels a sense of gratitude that the club has given him an opportunity far greater than he expected for his first stint at European football management at the top level.
Hopefully, that will help us to keep him when the monied clubs make their moves…
Meanwhile, the mainstream media continue to focus on what he says to back up their own narrative, such as when he said, on the subject of possible offers coming in for loannees Jota and Carter Vickers;
“I’m sure Champions League football will help us keep them.
“But I’m also sure that it will be an attraction for others to come to our football club.
“This is a two-way thing. The player has to want to be here and we have to want them here.
“When you have that, I’m sure we’ll get a deal done.
“But there’s no issue if players see their future away from here or have different motivations.
“The appeal to come to Celtic is playing in front of 60,000 people every second week, competing in Europe, going for trophies and playing for a club that’s universally known around the world. That’s the attraction.
“If we are playing in the Champions League next year and, if not next year, it should be our goal every year then it will be an attraction for players to stay.
The question would have been framed in such a way that it was almost inevitable the players would get more money elsewhere, and potential suitors had already identified themselves.
The headline, in the Record was ;
Jota and Carter Vickers Celtic transfer news as Ange Postecoglou counting on Champions League factor
It’s not really transfer news, is it ?
Scott McDermott, the hack responsible for this piece, framed it in his own novel and refreshing way…
Ange Postecoglou hopes Champions League football will persuade Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers to stay at Celtic.
But the Hoops gaffer says he’s prepared for his loan stars leaving Parkhead – if they get better offers elsewhere.
The Celtic hierarchy are trying to secure permanent deals for Portuguese winger Jota and American defender Carter-Vickers from Benfica and Spurs respectively.
Last week, the centre-back was linked with a potential summer move to Premier League clubs including Leicester City and Wolves.
Postecoglou wants to keep both of them in Glasgow after impressive their performances so far this season.
He knows if they win the Premiership title and earn an automatic place in the group stage of the Champions League, it will strengthen the club’s negotiations.
But he also warned Jota and Carter-Vickers that if he has access to a £40 million Euro jackpot – it will help him lure other players to Parkhead.
That sounds like, and is no doubt intended to sound like, the players and manager have already been in talks and the manager has had to argue the case for them staying at Celtic.
Which hasn’t happened. Everyone is focused on the games ahead this season and any talks of such matters will be for later.
Thats how it works in Scotland, attention seeking headlines and opinion masquerading as facts.
And then there’s this, from Kris Boyd, which borders on the bixarre and triggers concern that the tv pundit might actually be suffering from some kind of split personality disorder…
There’s pundits who fail to call out blatant wrong decisions that benefit their team just to appease the masses watching on club television.”
I guess some people just don’t do self awareness….
Last time out we had this…
After bankrolling the club playing out of ibrox, Douglas Park ends up with a small business, after starting out with a large one
Comment: “Don’t worry, if it goes down another with the same name will be around in 100 years!”
And here in Tannadice, we continue to suffer the impact of Jim Spence opening his wallet!
Caption.Sevco take the wrong turn on the way to Australia after using Dave Kings directions
Caption – And Ange is kept informed as new coach bare-chested Broony puts those work shy ‘ballers through their paces as three former players show them they are no paid to be statues.HH!
Caption : ‘Now let’s join the team parkside at a cold Tannadice Dundee, the city of Discovery’
Caption – “Sold to Craig Whyte for a £1”
Sliding tackle training in the arctic
KT and Broonie chose the training facilities for that days 5 asides.
Caption. Crvena Zvezda prepare the pitch for the second leg.
Surely a photo of an old Club 18-30 holiday excursion involving Frankie Bhoy….
Caption: Tromso 1 – Bodo/Glimpt 0
sevco FC look to transform their side with the first ever expedition to sign Archibald Witwicky.
Please, please let our winner be contentious, sending the SMSM deranged.
Caption – the 1st rangers accept their 1st tournament invitation to play a Shackelton’s HMS Endurance 11 in the 1st and only Antarctic cup.
Sevco’s ship finally comes in as Hell freezes over.
Sfa take the top 7 referees (no laughing please )to an iceberg to tell them what is expected of them for the last games of the season, lettuce wait for some really honest mistakes!
Caption- Still looking for ra deeds
Caption: New Magnificent 7 Movie: ‘The Penguins Are Getting It!’
Arbroath submit their application for Gayfield to be included as a Euro 2028 stadium
Someone finally wants the Buffalo, to eat.
The fourth estate a shower of loons, the Billy Boys Club, do not support them, seems to only employ anyone with a soothside connection, as for ‘penalty for Sevco’ try and get a bet at the bookies
After a weeks break the team should be cruising, only issue the Hun in the middle
Caption: Shotts Boys Guild vs Cleland Boys Guild, Shotts Highland games. Hannah Park 23 Jun 1987. Game was interrupted midway through first half due to a streaker. Shotts won 1 nil largely due to the sheep worrier in the black refusing to let them lose. But hey just like the Murphy’s I’m not bitter.
’Thats how it works in Scotland, attention seeking headlines and opinion masquerading as facts.’
We know that’s, Ralph, that’s why we come to the blogs.
What we DON’T come to the blogs for is to read things we already know by people we’re deliberately and whom we don’t give a flying fvck for what they write.
Padding out most of yer article with what some Hun has written doesn’t work, mate, and you’d be best avoiding reading anything they write at all times, like your smarter readers do.
If we wanted to read their pish we’d read it but we don’t which is why we’re here.
So you 4 would rather read the Hun mainstream, aye?
On ye go, enjoy the pain.
Ralph sends out the crew in search of a proper topic for an article rather than just reprinting mainstream pish.
Caption – 4 lads had a dream (the 3 on the left were excluded for being too feniany)
Seven intrepid alcoholics have taken an oath to drink canada dry but the pub ran out of ice.
You bring the jelly and I will provide the Ice – cream. HH
Caption: “The seals relax as they realise the Sevcoites no longer have a club.”
Caption – Rescue party launched after brass monkey is spotted in distress at South Pole.
Here, what are the Yanks gonna do about the Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov & Pyotr Dubrov who are currently onboard the ISS?
Surely if Roman Abramovic et all have to leave London these guys should be kicked off the ISS too?
Oh, wait, that’s right, the ISS is Russian owned, and it’s only out there goodness of their hearts they let the other trumpets onboard.
Weird that no one, not even Putin, has mentioned that, eh?
I mean, if he really wanted to retaliate against the sanctions, all he’d have to do is tell the West to take all their astronauts off his property immediately just like they’ve done with him and his mates.
But then that wouldn’t only blow that aspect of the hoax wide open it would also severely distrust their deliberate astronomical price rises that WE will be the ones paying for across the board, as THEY all sit back quaffing champagne in The Kremlin and White House together hilariously mocking the dull stupidity of humanity and how easy it is to fool them over and over with the same lies again.
*Disrupt the deliberate astronomical price rises
Hi, bird boy.
Did I ruffle yer feathers?
why would that be retaliation. who gives a f_vck about the ISS.
Think I give more of a f_vck about chelsea and I dont give a f_vck about them.
putin and his ISS can kiss my @rse
I think agent Bozo has not only kissed Putin’s arse, but rimmed him continuously for the last 6 years. A feckin traitor.
Very selective. I am very aware of the Nazi unit. But why single out them when it’s is very much in plain sight that nearly every country in Europe has these organisations within their midst. Christ, we only have to cast our eyes over Govan way in this country.
sounds like the ISS is really important.
My reference to Bozo was regarding that dangerous twat in Downing Street, not that right wing fascist Mafanniesitchie.
you can get cream for that.
You who dislike the observation…
Le mot just BB.
Just found a ‘real treat’ of irony. If you didn’t know already, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day on Thursday, a PROPER feast day! It’s also when the new huns play Red Star in Belgrade in the 2nd leg of their tie. And, wait for it, THERE’S AN IRISH FESTIVAL GOING ON ALL WEEK IN BELGRADE. Delicious! And just imagine what’ll happen if Red Star turn them over and knock them out? Much wailing and gnashing of teeth and the scum banned from Euro comps sine die.
I got it from PMGB’s site and it’s a very uplifting blog today (have a look) as it shows Ireland’s response to genuine refugees with a lovely wee story of two Ukrainians, a wee girl and her grandma. Truly touching story and thanks to PMGB for airing it and Eire for taking them in when the UK (at England’s insistence originally and against the sentiments of Scotland and Wales) was creating barriers of bureaucracy.
Come On You Bhoys In Green.
You take the time to put an uplifting comment on here and it’s the preposterous “Awaiting for approval”. FFS sort it!!!
Hwre, Ralph, you should change the name of the site to Wee HidingTims’ Shitebags given the amount of terrified tadgers on here whose only response to anything is an idiotic mute Thumbs Down.
Those who either too thick or too scared to respond to what they don’t like with words rather a disgruntled thumb.
Though maybe that’s the only chance they get to keep it away fae compulsively rubbing their fannies aw day, so mibbe I shouldn’t be too hard on them.
If ye’ll pardon the pun …
So, at great expense of one’s time, one tried to insert an uplifting comment.
Of course, as it had some decent content, it was hooked into the mire, just like the site, actually. One tried to remonstrate with a further comment and it was taken too. eTims, what exactly has gone wrong with all your ‘improvements’?
Check out the numbers then and now!
And where did you dredge, to come up with the effluent that takes the site apart with their flagrant abuse of your inane ‘voting’ system and ball-less ‘voters’? JHC.
Good point, Vinnie, but what’s worse is that not one of these cowards will ever dare come out fae their hidey holes and show their faces, far less attempt a rebuttal.
Aye, ‘tis a real shame what this once great site has become.
TGM, apart from your mental (maybe ultimately proven correct) anti-vax stuff, I see accordance with some of my own views.
However, 20-30, 40-60 comments on ONE thread? NAW.
That I could not, and will not suffer.
And why not?
Monti alone used to have literally hundreds of comments on one thread while you yourself come on pished out yer mind threatening to fight people en masse for ye thumbing down so who are you to complain about what I wrote on a public forum?
If you don’t like do what I do with your drunken nonsense and scroll,past, it’s not hard to do, unless you don’t have any control of your brain and can’t stop yourself from reading it.
Which reminds me, Pfizer tell us on their own web page that it’s not a vac cine but is instead an mRNA experiment.
This has been on their web page since last year and all you have to do is go and read that instead of insulting my mental health for pointing it out to you.
Cos if you can’t stop yourself from reading my comments but refuse to read Pfizer’s warning then it’s your own mental health you should be worried about.
Now away back and squabble with the mirror and kid on yer fighting yer Thumbers Downers while doing yer best Travis Bickle impersonation.
TGM, I often empathise with you, and generally state so.
I don’t necessarily agree/disagree with much of what you say, it’s often clear, direct and true. Ditto very much NOT so.
Opinion, on a blog, remains just that. Your own opinion.
Multiple answers to everything ? It’s not good patter.
IMHO, for you, concentrate (both meanings) and quit the 40 posts a day and make the (lesser) others relevant.
I’m trying, you’re TRYING too!
TGM, you’re back to square 1 and, personally, I’m sick of you.
I’ve tried to offer you support in certain ways but you’re too FN ‘clever’ to see that.
You rant almost permanently, don’t offer views on crucial Celtic matches and come out with garbage like “I’m here to have a chat and a laugh wae the lads and to spread the love,…” Really? It doesn’t seem that way to *me.
BTW, I used “*me” as I don’t just presume others feel the same way…..but some may do.
Also, you’ve been directly, intentionally offensive to me, but I’ll CHOOSE to let that go. Get well soon Pal, you DO have things to offer. Maybe just not now.
A comfortable, but not outstanding, performance last night.
DU are a decent, well-organised side and they gave Ange some things to think about. Ange has changed the face of Celtic with his enterprising, entertaining brand of football, and we really needed that. I look forward now with confidence instead of fear. With football being played and not the holding, hopeless shite of last season.
Sevco will go to any lengths to p..pick up a pen..tav.
Not the spectacular (till now) that I was hoping for.
But we’re a goal up at HT. And Beaton’s still a hun.
We’re far from our best but I sense something +++++++ to come.
The Yorkshire (TV Ad) PlusNet? says “that’ll do”.
Tonight from a Scot (Moi), “that’ll more than do”.
Big hurdle humped tonight.
Come On You Boys In Green.
Fine result for The Bhoys tonight, big Gio has gone from poacher to predator these past few months and him & Maeda are proving a pretty formidable double act.
Some needless yellow cards but the result’s all the matters and I’m delighted our big Greek striker has came good for both us and himself as he gives us that bulk that few defenders in the league can stop at speed.
Great speed and instincts for a big guy and he’s really proving Ange’s eye for a player all over again.
Treble still on.
Caption: “It’s 500 miles to civilisation, the dogs are dead, it’s minus 20 and we’ve enough food for 3 days, oh and Green Machine is staying.”
‘ELP’, it’s a TLA for an Extended Long Playing record, a la EP/LP.
I think TGM has one (ELP), plays it often, but grooves are wearing him down…..an’ me too!
FFS, TGM, stop the multiple shite!
“If I could read 500 posts, an’ I could read 500 more,
Just to say a thousand posts of pish,
Does’nt do it for me anymore….
DoDeDaDoo, DoDeDaDoo, Da da Dee…..
Just so The Green Machine would have his way,
And we’d all be doo-lally on this day.”
As DiDi (Vladimir) said to GoGo (Estragon) (or vice versa) “What’s to be done?”
I fear there’s nothing to be done.
Don’t worry I’m immune to it. As you are with two jabs and a booster.
” if you don’t like what I write just scroll by…I mean, how difficult is it not to read something.” And I’m a fud.
Exactly. The premise is that one can ‘know’ what to scroll by without having read it! If only.
FFS, I felt Logarithms was a complete waste of space in my education but I still had to go through the curriculum. I’ve hardly, if ever, used Logs in my various professions. Stumbling block ‘A’ was the need for two little books; Log and Anti-Log.
Anyway, this is primarily a Tim site and we’ve arranged another new-hun skelping appointment. We need to get Rio ready for a repeat of his 1st encounter with that orange scum.
Rio Grande, again we hope.
PS other comment lost? WTF?
Charlie, it’s an error to think of immunity. I’ve had two plus one (as you mention above) also, but went to a funeral 2 weeks ago tomorrow, caught Covid and had some miserable days starting around Saturday 5th. Had to defer 3 dental appointments due to + tests to date. It seems to hit hard then recede. You think it’s gone but then wake up feeling like shit again. It’s not as bad as ‘flu, in my experience, but it’s not FN nice either.
When I’m ranting
Well you know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s ranting here to you
Well you know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who rants about them too.
Well you know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who tells you what they do
And the flat earth?
Well you know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who swears that it’s all true.
And I will post one pile of shite
And I will post 500 more
To be the man who keeps producing shite
Until his arse is sore.
RSP, You’re clearly NOT attentive to detail, the vax stuff (for 1 example) is not mine.
However, I’m betting you’re one of a wee anonymous gang of prix.
All you seek is accolade, deserved or not.
Try ‘talking’ about The Celtic instead of poisonously trying to bully those who really ARE Tims. You’re one of a few fannies, I’m sure. The remainder will be be deduced by deduction.
However, let me be clear, I don’t tolerate bullies and you and your wee playground arzeholes are BULLIES.
You picked the wrong mhan to bully.
BTW, plagiarism, which is what you’ve always done for your personal accolade, is pathetic. But your ego will be boosted by the cheats, brain-dead fukks and other tossers that are clearly in your wee band.
I repeat, you’ve picked on the wrong mhan.
‘Justice’ in the UK is a well-worked illusion.
I’ve an alternative, and it’s proven to work.
So, I urge you, get real, be original and don’t ever fukk about with me again.
RSP, as I re-read, I’m hopefull your comment was actually aimed at another. I noticed other comments have been applied erroneously, so maybe that’s the case here.
I’d always rather be on any Tim’s side and that includes TGM. A recent comment of mine would show that, tho’ I could’ve been a wee bit kinder to him. I believe he’s a Tim and we ALL have our ‘crosses to bear’.
Sorry, I was replying to TGM but his comments seem to have gone – it’s very confusing at times.
I’ve had my arguments with Tic Toc on here but, when he’s sober and cuts out the FTP stuff, he’s a decent poster and worth listening to. You, on the other hand, are feckin deranged.
You’ve done more to turn people off this site than anyone else with your semi literate tsunamis of pish on everything from covid to masonic conspiracies to flat earth lunacy and your ludicrous claims to be an art historian. Believe me, you cretinous imbecile, nobody’s laughing WITH you, they’re laughing AT you and that pound of mince sloshing around the cavity in your thick skull where your brain should be.
You’ve already caused R.St.P’s wee site to be taken down due to your verbal diarrhoea. Aren’t there other Tim sites you haven’t been banned from that you can spoil? Failing that, why don’t you put away your scud mags, deflate your rubber girlfriend, leave your mammy’s attic, and go out into the real world for a change? I promise you won’t fall off the edge (though I wish you would).
Owen, always liked your craic on here. Thanks for the above which I read after responding to RSP.
IMHO you’re a very decent Tim, as are most on here.
If you (one) can’t fall out and then repair things then we’re not worth our space on a Tim site.
Be lucky Owen.
PS to above. I only ever once used FTP on here and regretted it. I also apologised openly. Not for my learned view of Catholicism but for stating it on a Tim site. Bear in mind, Eire would be a Socialist Republic, probably the 1st on Earth, had it not been sold out, with the RC church concentric and collusive with England and its sycophants.
Ask James Connolly (if you could) what he thinks.
Better still, read up on his forward-thinking craic.
Caption: When justice arrives by Schooner, the comment-less fannies are finally frozen out.
Enjoyed the Ange interview with the young lads and he obviously did too. It was the same with the Aussie interview he did. Relaxed, funny, insightful. Over here with the SMSM he’s the top line on a death certificate and they know it. It’s also the parochial nature of the game that he’s an outsider, not part of the gang. Hell mend them.
Sometimes I wish that I’d made that comment.
Far more relevant that it’s said, and WELL SAID.
So says the guy with 31 posts out of 76 🙂
the racist is back
not at war with russia? or are you not as ‘ready for it’ as you were with iran?
still slatingt the managers greek heritage?]
missing ‘lenny’ ya absolute roaster
Make that 33/79 ie 41.25%