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Celtic Diary Tuesday April 26: Back To Reality

After all the screaming and crying after the extra time own goal defeat to plucky newcomers “rangers “, which handed them an opportunity to win their first ever Scottish cup, Celtic got back down to business on Sunday and recorded a 2-0 win in Dingwall over Ross County.

 

Not to be confused with the leader of the Scottish conservative party , of course, as the football club has an extra vowel in it’s name.

 

There I go again, drifting off into politics.

 

Hardly surprising, given the brouhaha over Angela Rayner allegedly crossing her legs a la Sharon Stone to distract Boris Johnson during Prime Ministers Question time , when realistically another fanny on view in that place wouldn’t have made any difference whatsoever.

 

Anyway, if Rayner or her party really want to distract him, I’ve a lump hammer they can borrow.

 

 

Back to the football, and the win in the north may have set a few nerves jangling, mostly at the BBC , it seems as they hoped for a chink of light in the darkness of their own favourites league campaign…

 

BBC Sport Scotland
@BBCSportScot
Celtic will go into the final Old Firm game of the season six points clear of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership after a nervy win at Ross County.   
 Nervy ?
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 Aye,,,edge of the seat and behind the couch stuff. I do yoga, so can do both at the same time.
 In fact, Celtic went to a very difficult venue to face a side that has done very well in recent months, one which boasts one of the best goalscorers in the league, and won quite comfortably with a disciplined performance.
 Though credit has to go to Kevin Clancy, who booked a County player early on to set the tone for the style in which County would have to play.
 Even after just four minutes, the offender, Callachan…spelt the Scottish way, never a good sign, had committed two reckless challenges, and by booking him, Clancy stifled the County game plan, forcing them to try to play football.
 One interesting incident took place when joe Hart attempted to take a goal kick, and the County player who tried to block him was booked.
 In the Laws of the Game, thats a cautionable offence…..

CAUTIONABLE OFFENCES

A player is cautioned if guilty of:

  • delaying the restart of play
  • dissent by word or action
  • entering, re-entering or deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission
  • failing to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a dropped ball, corner kick, free kick or throw-in
  • persistent offences (no specific number or pattern of offences constitutes “persistent”)
  • unsporting behaviour
  • entering the referee review area (RRA)
  • excessively using the ‘review’ (TV screen) signal

A substitute or substituted player is cautioned if guilty of:

  • delaying the restart of play
  • dissent by word or action
  • entering or re-entering the field of play without the referee’s permission
  • unsporting behaviour
  • entering the referee review area (RRA)
  • excessively using the ‘review’ (TV screen) signal

Where two separate cautionable offences are committed (even in close proximity), they should result in two cautions, for example if a player enters the field of play without the required permission and commits a reckless tackle or stops a promising attack with a foul/handball, etc.

CAUTIONS FOR UNSPORTING BEHAVIOUR

There are different circumstances when a player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour including if a player:

  • attempts to deceive the referee e.g. by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled (simulation)
  • changes places with the goalkeeper during play or without the referee’s permission (see Law 3)
  • commits in a reckless manner a direct free kick offence
  • handles the ball to interfere with or stop a promising attack
  • commits any other offence which interferes with or stops a promising attack except where the referee awards a penalty kick for an offence which was an attempt to play the ball
  • denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by an offence which was an attempt to play the ball and the referee awards a penalty kick
  • handles the ball in an attempt to score a goal (whether or not the attempt is successful) or in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent a goal
  • makes unauthorised marks on the field of play
  • plays the ball when leaving the field of play after being given permission to leave
  • shows a lack of respect for the game
  • initiates a deliberate trick for the ball to be passed (including from a free kick or goal kick) to the goalkeeper with the head, chest, knee etc. to circumvent the Law, whether or not the goalkeeper touches the ball with the hands; the goalkeeper is cautioned if responsible for initiating the deliberate trick
  • verbally distracts an opponent during play or at a restart  

 

 

 

 Although the player was booked, rightly so, he did commit three offences, so he should have been sent off and start the first game on a yellow ….right ?
 Well, no , because common sense is also a factor in refereeing, at least outside Scotland, so a booking here was the right decision.
 Though it does call into question the perception of bias when Bobby Madden refused to book John Lundstram for blocking Hart in the Cup semi final.
 It’s in the rules, and it’s fairly clear cut, that is,  not one for the referee to decide on intent, or perhaps allowing the game to flow to maybe come back to it later.
  Clancy adhered to that, Madden didn’t.
When it comes to refereeing consistency, the least you should expect is that they all follow the same rules.
 Although in a wider sense, most of us don;t know the rules either, which is probably why they get away with it.
 Let’s face it, the mainstream media are fairly selective in which mistakes they highlight.
 Maybe “fairly ” isn’t the right word here…..
 The situation now is that Celtic are still six points clear, there are just four games left and despite the wobble in the Cup semi final, the big prize is within touching distance.
 Hence why we maybe felt more relief than ecstasy at the weekend,
 But there is a bigger picture.
 Truth is, they can see forty million quid or thereabouts disappearing over the horizon, and the dodgy guys they owe money to will soon be round to take them for a trip into the country.
 Except for Parks of Hamilton, who must by now be thinking he might as well just write his off.
 He has come into conflict with league sponsors Cinch, and as a result, you won’t see the second hand car company logo anywhere near the club/company or it’s staff or premises…..like this ridiculous attempt after their win over Motherwell to cover the name up so they get no publicity….
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 Perhaps when they put the league table in their next programme it’ll have tape over the top name.
 They’re pinning their hopes on winning the Europa League, though even they must realise Leipzig are a cut above anyone else they’ve faced in Europe this season.
 Meanwhile, in an attempt to cheer the hordes before their inevitable weekend meltdown, live from a street near you on Sunday, they held their player of the year awards at the weekend, presumably because they thought their season would be over by now.
 Alfedo morelos was a winner, of this bizarrely named  trophy…..
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 Sam English was the Rangers player involved in the accidental collision that ultimately lead to the death of John Thomson, the legendary Celtic goalkeeper.
 After the incident, he left Scottish football and enjoyed a decent half season at Liverpool before fading out of the game, as he struggled to come to terms with what would probably now be described as some form of PSTD.
 English deserves not to be forever remembered as some kind of reckless hooligan who caused the death of a fellow footballer, because he wasn’t.
 He scored 44 goals in a single season for Rangers, which back in the early thirties was no mean feat.
 However, the trophy that bears his name could have been named after any one of 76 players who have scored more goals for Rangers than English, or to Jim Forrest, who bagged 57 in one season.
 Or all time top scorer Ally McCoist, even, who is still around to present it.
In recognition of his prolific goal-scoring exploits during his two seasons at Rangers, English was added to the club’s Hall of Fame in 2009.[6] Members of his family and Rangers supporters also commissioned silversmith Cara Murphy to produce a commemorative silver bowl containing 44 silver balls, each ball representing the 44 goals English scored in his record-setting first season at Ibrox.[6][7][8] The Sam English Bowl was then presented to Rangers and is now awarded yearly to the club’s top-scorer in a season.[6][8] The first winner of the bowl was Kris Boyd in May 2009.[8]     
 The trophy was commissioned, paid for and named by Rangers supporters, many of which would know little about English, his career or indeed his decline after the incident.
 It leaves a pretty sour taste in the mouth to wonder what sort of thinking went into this, as there can be little doubt as to what English is remembered for at Ibrox, and it won;t be his goals.
 A shame, as by all accounts he was a thoroughly decent fellow who suffered greatly after the accident, and deserves at the very least for his own fans to remember him for his football.
 Elsewhere, a sort of grudging congratulations to Kilmarnock as they gained promotion back to the top league, though maybe the groundsman at Ross County should be their first signing of the summer so that they can be a proper football team with a proper pitch.
 As for Arbroath, the part time side who missed out,,for now..they took it well.
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 There’s a whole world outside Glasgow when it comes to football, and none of it has the potential to be the greatest show on earth like our own game.
 Everything about it is unique, from honest appraisals such as the one above, to honest mistakes like we see every week and of course to the honest claim that one club won fifty five titles in just ten years.
 Wha’s like us ?
Problem is, those who can make a difference don;t want to change.
 We had this for you to ponder last time out…..
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McKlintop
 Heartless cow refuses to shed a tear even during a tear gas drill    
 Today….
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Eddie Markey
1 month ago

Caption: The second ‘blue bag’ is tucked just behind the red one.

Fess19
1 month ago

And that’s a pallet we rescued in Norn Ireland

BornCelt!
1 month ago

Caption – As sevco deny practising parking the bus prior to the weekend derby, the MSM ask the players to hide their midweek skelping disappointment behind a smile as they show off next years strip as they attempt to avoid another as moreles lays down feigning injury. HH!

Monti
1 month ago

Caption: JULIET CUNTO

katanakelt
1 month ago

Pretty Pallet

Paul Cochrane
1 month ago

Police pose with four sacks of shit.

JoeKSG
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul Cochrane

Close the Caption comp. This has to be the winner.

Whitearra
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul Cochrane

Apologies. I tried to this comment but f**ked up again.

Funkyy
1 month ago
Reply to  Whitearra

If you put a thumbs down by mistake, just click a thumbs up and that cancels out your mistake. Then just click a thumbs up again in the correct place.

Monti
1 month ago

Caption: ” Afternoon mam, Boris has instructed us to ensure you definitely don’t cross your legs “

Lenny Bruce
1 month ago

Caption

Smile!!!! Or I’ll have your families killed…

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Caption……

Although no dead bodies were found around the beaches of Scotland during her visit, viscous Patel thought it’d be a great laugh sticking a hard hat on a body bag.
A spokesperson for Police Scotland wouldn’t confirm if any of their officers were involved,

Michael Annis
1 month ago

Can’t beat Montiband Paul, crackers.

caption: Rwanda release latest tourist brochure.

Priti Awful leads crack team into action to find the Partygate/child abuse/grenfell/Sleaze reports……delete as appropriate

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
1 month ago

Caption: “right Dave, you grab her ankles I’ll get the rope and weights.”

Hoop hoop hooray
1 month ago

Right lads here they come. You sure you know the way to Rwanda?

mattybhoy
1 month ago

meet the fockers

Bognorbhoy
1 month ago

Caption …

Notsopritipatel ,is saying through clenched teeth …

If you don’t get that yellow bag changed for a white one ,you will be joining pc Cameron Cameron on the pallet,oh f.f.s. is that a euro pallet …

TGM
1 month ago

That’s PTSD, Ralph, and ‘many of WHOM would know little about English’, but I agree that they’re naming of that poor individual, behind 76 other players, is beyond dreadful, if not Indeed horrific, given its sly undertones considering their hate filled nature of all things Celtic.

Good article again.

TGM
1 month ago

Caption: People Of Low Intelligence Craving Empowerment

desdamoaner
1 month ago

With the rising fuel costs hitting budgets, the Govt introduces their new method of refugee transportation.

‘right then, stick him in the bags, use the rope to tie him to the pallet, drop him off the bridge and he’ll be in Rwanda in no time.’

Alan Ryan
1 month ago

In a clever twist to the remake of The Usual Suspects, Keyser Soze is played by a real mass murderer.

Tyrone9
1 month ago

Caption

” Remember! Kettle the tims and escort the union bears..”

” We are the union bears, mam..”

BJF
1 month ago

Not so much Pretti Patel on Sunday more pretty nervy, for me anyway. From Ange’s team usual assured performance, Ross County did well, McKay has good pedigree as a coach maybe he has done his time and can be rehabilitated for his appalling tweets of X years ago. I am
Looking forward to this Sunday, I believe a big statement from the club that has dominated Scottish football this century. A serious point, we will soon be at 55, that is going to create a major issue. 55 is their last hiding place, don’t underestimate how they will kick and scratch to preserve that lie.

barny
1 month ago

Heartless cow

Cesar
1 month ago

The polis found her crossing into Scotland stuffed in a duffel bag. At first they thought she was an illegal but it turns oot she’s just a pig in a poke.

Woof Charlie
1 month ago

Caption: Confusion as politician told Asians in Scotland can get a long stretch for nothing.

Woof Charlie
1 month ago

See we are linked to Mohanad Jeahze. Can a player choose 0 as a squad number?

The Cha
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Yes.

afc.co .uk/2014/12/04/hicham-zerouali-remembered (remove space)

TicToc
1 month ago

@BBCSportScot
“Celtic will go into the final Old Firm game of the season six points clear of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership after a nervy win at Ross County.”  

Dear BBC, I’m sorry you found it “nervy” watching Celtic dispose of Ross County at their ground. “Nervy” is an unusual choice of word from something that is supposed to be neutral. But you do get a lot wrong. For example the “Old Firm”. Just to put you, er,em, in the picture, the Old Firm died with Rangers FC in 2012 when “the final Old Firm game” you refer to took place and Celtic won 3-0. Mulgrew, Commons and Hooper scored if memory serves me well. Glad I could clarify that for you. Now rev up, fukk off and never let yer ugly mugs anywhere near this site again. Thank you!

Woof Charlie
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

I listened to the game on Sportsound. Their desire for County to equalise was so obvious. I like big Pat, lovely man, but can’t help see him as a patsy in lieu of a proper Celtic champion.

TicToc
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

WC, I’m kinda assuming “Pat” is Big Packie Bonner as I’ve heard him comment once or twice. I avoid the BBC where possible except to send them the odd insult for their continuing lies, and that’s not just about the zombies. But, by all accounts, Big Packie is a gent and shouldn’t be anywhere near the BBC or Clyde whateveritis! I’d love to hear Big Artur Boruc comment though, the scum hated him for putting the sign of the cross over the goal-mouth and he wouldn’t be cowed by any of their sycophants!!

Funkyy
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Listen to Andy Walker’s commentaries. He uses a matter-of-fact tone when describing a Celtic goal or great move….then compare when the opposition (especially *rangers) do the same…his voice goes up a few decibels and octaves and he cannae hide his obvious bias. He obviously toes the media line to get his wages. Fekking weasel he is.
Hey Andy, if you’re logged in “What does it profit a man if he gains all the riches of the world but forfeits his soul?” (or sumfink like that)

Mcklintop
1 month ago

Caption: The remake of the generation game looks sh!t. Rope, crampons, duffle bags, cuddly toy, arsehole…..pallet.

TicToc
1 month ago

Caption: Ah, so that’s what a Ugandan/Asian sperm-bank looks like.
I’d send it back!

Owen Mullions
1 month ago

Caption – The final line up is announced for Racist of the Year.

SteveNaive
1 month ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

Winner.
WC…Jeahze another 5’8” full back.
BJF… how has McKay good good coaching credentials ?

The Cha
1 month ago

‘After all the screaming and crying after the extra time own goal defeat to plucky newcomers “rangers “’

And that was just Ralph! 😉

Rangers 1 Celtic 0 – pulsating
Celtic 2 St Mirren 0 – dreadful performance
Rangers 1 Celtic 2 – ugly
Celtic 1 Rangers 2 – pulsating (again)

I don’t get worked up about these, as the grudge bearing wee bastards who write these will be completely miserable when the League Flag flies at Paradise.

Caption – Patel “Get to the East End, round up and deport any Japanese, Portuguese and other foreigners you find, so the quintessential British club can still win the league”

Funkyy
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

I wrote a comment a year or so ago about the same thing Cha. Celtic and *rangers had played a European game on the same night (I can’t remember who was home and who was away) but we got a win and they got a draw if I remember, and the adjectives used in the Daily *ranger about Celtic’s performance were all negative:- “awful”, “lucky”, “poor” etc, while for the *rangers it was all positive “great performance”, “strong position”, “great night” etc. I couldn’t believe that they didn’t even try to hide their spite.
As you say, it’ll hurt them all the more when we win the league…and the icing on the cake would be Leipzig knocking them out of Europe and Hearts winning the Cup, leaving them with empty hands and angry fans….well, they’re always angry anyway.

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