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Celtic Diary Wednesday May 18: Business As Usual

The Angera maiden season might not have been perfect, but the results on the pitch are now enschrined in history.

 

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Our season finishing a week earlier than that of other clubs (or companies ) has taken the achievements out of the spotlight, although it has to be said that he was never going to get the praise he deserved because he’s flung a lot of criticism right back at those who doubted him.

 

There is also a real fear that the collapse of 20/21 will be seen exactly for what it was.

 

A glitch.

 

 

Using the domestic competition to build a side for Europe hasn’t been done since the days of Stein, the idea being that any team built for continental success would be far too strong for Scottish football.

 

Martin O’Neill did a similar thing, but relied too heavily on certain key players, whereas Ange seems to want a couple of teams all of a higher level than we’ve been used to.

 

As long as the board continue to back him then he’ll get what he wants.

 

 

Ben Crompton, A six foot one midfielder who can also operate at centre back could be the next young English talent to seek fame ad fortune in Glasgow. He’s turned down a short term deal at Shrewsbury, and anyone who has ever tried to drive around the one way system there will understand why.

 

The Shropshire Star notes;

 

Talented Crompton attracting interest from clubs including newly-crowned Scottish champions Celtic who have tracked his progress.

 

The rangy Crompton, who is also from Telford, arrived at the club a midfield player but has mostly operated at centre-half for Town’s youth side. He earned a reputation as one of the top performers in the age group and also trained with the first team, although did not make a senior matchday squad.  

 

 

Not exactly first team material, but it’s a sign the club are still operating on a couple of levels, and although MattO’Riley was a few years ahead in his development, there’s no doubt that this is a potentially lucrative and rewarding avenue to go down.

 

O’Riley was fully aware that EPL chances are fewer than ever as teams prefer to buy in ready made stars, with the money easily available to do so that blocks a path for thoise who would, in years gone by, have worked their way to the top.

 

Crompton, it seems , has a similar mindset, and if he is willing to move north to further his career, then the attitude is already there, and if that can be supplemented with quality coaching, then everyone’s a winner.

 

And he can learn his trade while Ko Itakura, who played for Schalke last season at centre back, joins his compatriots in Glasgow.

 

On loan from Manchester City, a fresh start at Celtic with a permanent move costing around £5-6m would suit Itakura, Celtic and Chris Jullien, who might then be allowed to leave.

 

There’s little doubt both Mark Lawwell and Ange Postecoglou have discussed moving for Itakura, and such a signing would be more or less enough to convince doubters that Celtic made the right move in bringing in Lawwell.

 

As long as he changes his phone number and doesn’t tell his dad.

 

 

Speaking of the coaching department, Gordon Strachan has run out of friends and looks set to turn to family to fill the vacant managers position at Dundee, which was held by the vacant Mark McGhee.

 

Strachan once touted McGhee for the Celtic job, and let’s face it, we were lucky common sense prevailed.

 

 

Now, after inflicting McGhee on the Taysiders, he wants to hire his son, Gavin, which Celtic will accept given that the hoops have already reached the UEFA Strachan quota, which forbids any more than four of his offspring working at any one club at any one time.

 

Don’t be surprised if Sean Maloney ends up on our staff……

 

 

A lot of media outlets have pointed to Chris Julliens body language as a sign that the French defender wants to leave Celtic.

 

There have been other signs as well, such as his breaking down in tears at the end of each of the last few transfer windows when he realised no one wanted him, but somehow everyone failed to spot that his poorly leg , which has been poorly for nearly two years, has very little to do with his lack of game time.

 

He hasn’t wanted to be here for a long time, and the only reason he hasn;t gone yet is that he has developed a reputation for having a questionable attitude.

 

Which apparently has spread to others, such as Karamoke Dembele, who is no longer quite as enthusiastic about being booted up and down Celtic Park every time he plays.

 

That little bit of fire he once had has been extinguished, whether thats down to a lack of progression through the ranks or believing his own hype is not clear, but no matter where if he goes or if he stays the word is he needs to find the eye of the tiger again.

 

Next season can’t come quickly enough for some of our players, such as Daezen Maeda, who it seems has bought a greyhound, a horse and a motorbike to burn off some if his excess energy, and some headphones as all he can hear just now is his wife telling him to “sit fucking down ”

 

Another who can’t wait for the restart is Georgios Giakoumakis…. and he too, it seems, would like to form what could be a devastating partnership with Kyogo Fuhruhashi..

 

We haven’t played a lot together this year for different reasons but it would be really nice and it could work,” 

“We are so different in our styles of playing. He’s a little guy with great movement, doing a lot of running down the sides. Perhaps we could have a good partnership.

 

Although he had words of praise for Daezen Maeda, who could turn out to be equally lethal after a summer break…

 

“He can run two 90 minutes in a row!” 

“His fitness is really good and it really helps us. You see him attacking and then he is back running helping the defence.

“It really suits our game and the way we play. He’s a big player for us. 

 

And , modestly, he mentioned himself…

 

Of course I will be better next season. Right now I feel I’ve maybe shown 70 percent as I didn’t feel fully fit or healthy in the first six months.

“It will be totally different when I get a full pre-season. I hope next season is going to be amazing.

“I am confident about next season because of the players around me. You need the players around you to be the top goalscorer – because someone has to give you it!

“I have a lot of confidence in my teammates as you know you will have a lot of chances.

“It’s about making sure you are clinical.”  

 

 

One of the things that made Steins sides so succesful was that they had goals everywhere in the team.

 

With O’Neills set up, there was Henrik Larsson, ably supported by Sutton, Hartson, Thompson et al.

 

Is Ange Postecoglou planning to combine the best of both worlds ?

 

As Giakoumakis says…

 

“There are exciting times to come.”  

 

 

All of this is going largely under the radar , mainly because “rangers ” play in a Europa League final tonight.

 

One particular exclusive from there caught the eye…

 

Goal
@Goal_UK_
1/2 EXCLUSIVE  Reports emanating from Sevilla indicate that Celtic fans have disguised themselves as Eintracht Frankfurt fans in an effort to disrupt the Europa League Final. Spanish authorities have had several run ins with the Hoops: the most recent violence in Valencia 2019

 

 

As ludicrous as that sounds, I think I’ve spotted one…. third video down, watch until the end.

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1526691870507663367

 

 

 

 

 

Back in the dear green place, the council have moved the benches in George Square, a brutal reminder that the forces of darkness haven’t all gone away for a few days.

 

 

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Be careful tonight….

 

 

Yesterday, we had this…

 

 

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R.St.Parsley

Caption:
“Have you heard the one about the Huns behaving themselves in Seville?”

Owen Mullions
 16 hours ago
 Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Does it go like this?

All the Hun fans fell for wee Gio van Donkey
Size of a monkey but knows the ‘Raynjurz way’
He knows every time he meets a new Hun eejit
He has to teach it how normal folk behave
But even Gio must have felt the strain
When watching all those Huns fly off to Spain.

“Oh this week we’re aff tae sunny Spain
And God help Sevilla
We’re taking oor ugly wives and weans
So God help Sevilla
If ye like tae pish oan chapel doors
And don’t care who’ll see ya
Or riot nae matter whit’s the score
You’re a Hun fan – say no more”.

All the Huns are looking pink and peely-wally
And full of swallie they smuggled in somehow
Let’s hope every Spanish polis will be queuing
Tae gie the doing the Scots wans don’t allow
Remind them that they’re no’ in George’s Square
And cannae shite and vomit on the flair.

Oh this week they’re off to sunny Spain
And God help Sevilla
Zombies looking for a brain
God help Sevilla
If the women look like they are whores
And the men like drug dealers
And their knuckles scrape along the floor
They’re Hun fans – say no more.    

 

 

 

 

Today….

 

 

 

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Mcklintop
4 months ago

Caption: Feck me it is true, you can see right through to the other side.

BJF
4 months ago

“ Mr President Rangers have declared war on the EU they have invaded Spain then into Germany.”
President.”Which Rangers?”

4 months ago
Reply to  BJF

Very good BJF

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
4 months ago

Caption: Sir, they’ve taken the George Square benches away!.

Hoop hoop hooray
4 months ago

Caption
It’s worked. We can now go and invade afghanistan and iraq

Doog_88
4 months ago

Caption: Penalty to Frankfurt

SteveNaive
4 months ago

Caption
‘Two and two are four, Mr President”
Owen… brilliant!

4 months ago

Caption..” Commander, apparently their shutting all bars and off licences in Seville at 3pm today, we have to move to to the Nuclear bunker immediately”…

Tyrone9
4 months ago

Caption

” they’ve already removed the benches in anticipation sir…..according to the CIA, they are worse than the Taliban”..

Patrick O HARA
4 months ago

Caption
Urgent message from your mum. You have forgotten your sannies again and your little plastic toy from this morning’s cereal.

R.St.Parsley
4 months ago

Captions and now songs as well, Owen? Are you after my job?

Christina
4 months ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Brilliant!!! Well proud of that winning caption entry guys, well presented by Ralph too it has to be said, Owen been hiding your talent much? Mikey you’ve got a songwriting partner! 🙂 loved it! Moan the Frankfurt the night…anything else is unthinkable….

SFATHENADIROFCHIFTINESS
4 months ago
Reply to  Christina

Your wish has been granted.
JimboH.

Owen Mullions
4 months ago

“You’re wish has been granted”. Didnae know you were a fairy JimboH!

Christina/Mikey, songs are a new venture for me but I think I’ll stick to captions – you only need one punchline and it doesn’t have to rhyme.

PS Hot dog! Ich bin ein Frankfurter!

R.St.Parsley
4 months ago

Caption:
“Tragedy Mr. President!”
“Another plane load of terrorists?”
“Yes, the Huns have arrived in Seville”.

James
4 months ago

“Compton” “Shrewsbury” “willing to move north” Dearie me.

As for Lawwell Jr , just remember his dad started off as the SSM and eventually became Mo Johnson in a suit,wait until Celtic are back in a position of strength,Ange has won 3iar and gets bought by an EPL club and Celtic are thrown under the bus again to help the huns catch up again,it’s a family dynasty in all but name,kidding no one.

Whitearra
4 months ago

Caption : ‘What did the Celtic Board, SPFL and SFA ever do about broken glass being thrown on to the pitch?’

TicToc
4 months ago
Reply to  Whitearra

Your caption aside (onside/offside): NOTHING! It happened at Ibrox.
Had it been CP, our Board would have been fighting each other for the ‘right’ to inform the huns in uniform. Time for change has already been and gone and yet it’s STILL time for change. Michael Nicholson has been there a while, under PT Lawwell. Lawwell’s son is now IN the building. As long as a capitalist leech and flea is at the helm, expect nothing different.
PS I HATE to be negative, and certainly after our (unexpected by most) Champions run and a certain result last night, BUT the ‘time for true change’ is not ‘relegated nor demoted’, it’s still NOW.
Hail! Hail! The Glasgow Celtic…… bin the OF attachment which is party to Desmond’s hope for the future. Fukk ‘im. Fukkoff the OF and Desmond goes too. Go for it.

charlie
4 months ago

jeest seen a clip oan twitter ae zombies hiding fae german fans behind spanish polis singing hello hello they ur the wully bitersha ha ha ha aint huns dumb

charlie
4 months ago

frankfurt 3-0 borre fur the first goal easy money heh heh

charlie
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

3-0 and paciencia first goal as a wee backup

charlie
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

goodness me some zombies ar worried cause a lost a few quid on that bet but dont worry ma hoose wisnae oan it ////////////////zombies a word tae the wise dont bet wot ye canny afford tae cause the bookies aint got referees

SFATHENADIROFCHIFTINESS
4 months ago

Caption….
It’s all right Mr President, NASA’s Alert of a ‘Bloom’ from a Solar Hotspot raining down on Spain has now been downgraded. The CIA has confirmed that it’s all due to thousands of Orange shirted eh, I think the phrase used was ‘knuckledraggin, Hunish, mutant pondlife, scum’ converging on Sevilla for a game of Footie, whatever that is.

charlie
4 months ago

ama the only wan who thinks soreness greg and mc moists pleas for calm will be met by the usual zombie response heh heh

charlie
4 months ago

dis yoker still cum oan heer who used tae gie us updates oan betis iff so he might cmon and give us some lve updates fae the zombie street theatre ha ha

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

Hopefully, he’s nowhere near them.

Partying with the Frank-N-Furters, now that’s the gig.

charlie
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

cha partyin wae frank-n-furters would be good …but nuthin beats laughing at sevo heh heh

charlie
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

c

charlie
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

scuse ma french

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

Hopefully, both on (our folding pack of) cards.

charlie
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

cha am booked intae travelodge glasgow airport friday and saturday jeest tae watch thum crying heh heh

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

🙂

charlie
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

cha a wis walkng through brigton cross yesterdy and bumped intae billy and billameena oan skateboards a said yool ever mak seville noo billy as a walked away laughin billameena was heard to say weel phone the daily record and sell oor story billy then we can hire bikes heh heh aint huns clever

charlie
4 months ago

ralph dae ye think after tonight yon zombies will be saying fo-k europe winning the petrofac 55 times wis a bigger achievement

charlie
4 months ago

will dking be makin avideo telllng sevconians no tae break the law ….//////…a think not

Uibh fhaili
4 months ago

Are England playing in the World Cup final cos the Huns are all excited

Woof Charlie
4 months ago

Caption: OK one more time Mr President. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, shame me three times, it’s a ‘Rangers’ share issue.

Woof Charlie
4 months ago

They’re getting humped. Good looking ball. Subbuteo.

Woof Charlie
4 months ago

Knew that basket case Ramsay would miss. Unleash the hounds of hell.

Funkyy
4 months ago

Oooooh ma sides!! So near and yet so far hahahahahahahahhahahahahaha.
Frankfurtered….now lets’s see Hearts sicken them in the Cup Final.GIRUY Daily Record and all the arrogant churnalists reporting as if *rangers had already won the Europa Final.
Ye cannae beat a happy ending.
Gio…you’re jackets on a shoogly peg.

Funkyy
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkyy

“your jacket’s”..fekking keyboard lol

Woof Charlie
4 months ago

Listening to Landsturm being interviewed. Wouldn’t be surprised if he tests positive for helium.

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

You’re a better man than me, I couldn’t watch that and always expect them to nick it, no matter how outplayed they are.

Tuned in now for the Hun tears. 🙂

Woof Charlie
4 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Cha the ref isn’t Scottish it’s a level playing field

charlie
4 months ago

mc moist said they didnae let any zombie doon but a think they did ha ha ha ha ant life grnd

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

They never let any Tim down!

henkesdreadlocks
4 months ago

Sweeeeeet…. Nice to see the vermin staying on to cheer their team…Oh wait.
Hahahahahahahahaha

henkesdreadlocks
4 months ago

Cmon the diet huns, pile on that agony on Saturday…. That’s right, I’m a greedy cvnt…..
Hahahahahahahaha!!

charlie
4 months ago

henke is mikey ok

henkesdreadlocks
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

I haven’t heard from him Charlie. I’ll try to get in touch before the end of the week.

charlie
4 months ago

cheers mate /////////////beep beep beep beep wits that noise ///////////the soundy the zombie open top bus reversing back in the garage ha ha ha ha aint life grand

charlie
4 months ago

ajeest hope yon zombies behave heh heh aint life grand

BornCelt!
4 months ago

Caption – Even worse Mr President, Ramsey missed his pen, Sevco .lose and we’re totally out of the weed. HH!

henkesdreadlocks
4 months ago

Bought a new 4 leaf clover tracksuit out the superstore up at the Park on Monday. I’m going full kit w@nker the morrow for shits and giggles….hahahahahahaha….

charlie
4 months ago

henke it wis great tae see oor jamsie signing that new contract he is a fookin legend of celtic god bless him and his

henkesdreadlocks
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

Don’t know how much game time he’ll get, but delighted for him nonetheless.

charlie
4 months ago

he stil gets us oot oor seats but weel see COYBIG

charlie
4 months ago

ma zombe neebour sais this isnae the end ha ha ha ha ha they are fookin demented

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

Hopefully its not the end, as I’m enjoying the Hun tears.

charlie
4 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

CHA A CLEVERER MAN THAN ME TELT ME A LONG TIME AGO IT WILL NEVER END CAUSE HUNS CANNY STOP HATIN ANDTIMS CANNY STOP LAUGHIN HA HA HA HA AINT CELTIC GRAND

charlie
4 months ago

thers an auld saying ////e get wot ye deserve //ha ha ha ha

charlie
4 months ago

zombies need tae look on the bright side at least///////glsgow tax payer urny payin for damage

charlie
4 months ago

now celtic fans get to celebrate being champions wa nae distractions h ha ha ha aint celtic grand

Cortes
4 months ago

Caption:

Say, did you happen to see the most horrible fans in the world?
And if you did: were they crying?

Cortes
4 months ago
Reply to  Cortes

Tell them I’m happy
Tell them I’m really happy
Oh, won’t you tell them I’m ecstatic.

charlie
4 months ago

champions again and never let yon zombies forget it COYBIG

charlie
4 months ago

FAE 6 O CLOCK TONIGHT AWE A HERD WIS FIREWORKS BUT NOO EVERYTHINGS WNT QUIET MA QUESTION IS THIS SHOULDA PHONE AN AMBULANCE IN CASE THE DAFT FOOKER BURNT EESELF OR LET IT GO CAUSE A DONT LIKE THE CONT ANYWAY HA HA HA HA ANSWERS OAN A

PeteCon
4 months ago

Caption: “Don’t say anything but Ramsay’s a Tim”

charlie
4 months ago

am no wan fur sayin wers awe the crackpots that used tae post oan heer//////// but

El Gringo
4 months ago
Reply to  charlie

Shirley ye don’t mean me, charlie?

charlie
4 months ago

caption the whisperer sais they lost oan penalties boss a coupla seconds later george goes awe hitler

portpower
4 months ago

Murdo Fraser unveils plans to be the first in Scotland to grant sevconians ,
” Chronic diarrhoea leave “

TicToc
4 months ago

A £1 anyone………….?

Iancelt67
4 months ago

Caption
“ thats 6-2 chief. Sutton opened the scoring. Oh and the world trade centers been compromised. Just waiting for updates”

Salad queen
4 months ago

I now know how the huns felt on 21st May 2003.
A big wake up call to the Celtic board, that was very,very close. So give our manager the dosh and the players he requires
A Friday announcement of Jota and CCV signing contracts would be wonderful.

BroxburnBhoy
4 months ago

Well the pundits were wrong, the omens were wrong, the two teams in the final were relatively poor. I was reading the various comments from players who mostly played with actual Rangers prior to basket of assets Rangers. Frank de Boer said that and I quote ” if we can beat Dortmund, we can beat Celtic.” Sorry Frank you did indeed beat Dortmund and over the season you mostly failed to beat Celtic. In fact we beat you in games and to the title. No if required for Celtic. After the guff being spouted prior to this game by the Scottish press there will be much humble pie today – or will there?

The Cha
4 months ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

Yeah, usual blue-washing, nary a word about the implications on their dire financial straits.

Also, completely airbrushed the red card that Lundstram should’ve have had (sounds familiar) and the stonewall penalty denied to Eintracht, immediately after which they go up the pitch and score.

Those are given then the Huns get pumped.

Still, 6-5 to go with the previous 6-1 and 6-3 and Frankfurt have certainly got the number of this beast.

I did laugh when they talked about Ramsey making it alright in the SCF. Yes, they spent millions on him, so that’s worked out well.

All’s not lost though, in 10 years time they can pretend it didn’t happen.

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