There’s more tittle tattle on Taylor Harwood Bellis, which is either a major story, a major non story or more ramblings from a drunk who may well have a coating of his own body fluid.
No matter which, it’s worth mentioning, if only for the pleasing news that Celtic have told Manchester City that their idea of a loan deal differs significantly from our own, and it’s either a £4m straightforward deal, with add ons if the guy is sold on, or we’re not interested.
If there’s any truth in this saga whatsoever, then at least we can feel a wee bit better about any fears we had that we were a junior partner in City Group, and have rejected any offers to be a development club for Manchester city.
If only we could take the same hard line attitude with our friends in the media.
Last night, BBC Scotland showed a documentary that was advertised as a how Celtic won the league,
but after watching it one realised it was more of a how “rangers ” lost it. And yes, the European adventure, the punishing schedule, the death pf Walter Smith and the absconding of Steven Gerrard were all given a mention.
Celtic’s triumph was down to a new manager and a couple of new players….and “rangers ” dropping points because of, well, see above.
The opening sequence portrayed them as an all conquering side that had won the league the previous season at a canter, and they looked untouchable.
Which is all very well if your narrative is to praise the achievement of their conqueror, which had the roles been reversed, I’m sure they would have been happy to do.
But as the show went on, you got the feeling they wanted to change the ending and hope no one would notice, presumably they were banking on most Celtic fans switching off somewhere between the praise of Captain Fantastic Tavernier and the victory over Borissia Dortmund, who according to Kenny Miller, on the show due to his first hand knowledge of all three big Glasgow clubs, were a “champions league outfit “. that they weren’t actually in the champions League didn’t seem to occur to him.
Throw in the dubbing of the snippets of action which descrobed what we could see in a dreary monotone, and the suspicion that the producers just wanted to get the project over with grew, before finally revealing itself when the title celebrations from the Celtic squad were accompanied by the credits rolling along the bottom of the screen, presumably so the crew could have something to look at during the rushes. ( thats the bit when they do a run through checking for mistakes and so on )
then there were the pundits, and whilst Michael Stewart made a few good points, there seemed to be a need to balance his observations with some warblings from Miller, an increasingly bitter Craig Gordon and a girl on a chair, who without being mysoginistic, seemed to have wandered in from an audition for a childrens tv presenter.
Come to think of it, so did Miller.
If you haven’t watched it yet, don’t bother. Wait for the club DVD, at least it will mention the leagues joint top scorer Georgios Giakoumakis, and I’m sure they’ll mention Calum MacGregor, who has stepped up and filled the boots left behind by Scott Brown,
They might even talk more about Ange Postecoglou, and his 31 game unbeaten run…as opposed to just pointing out the pressure he was under and highlighting the boos at a league game.
And they might even dress it up as a triumph, whereas the BBC made it look like a last minute piece of homework cobbled together so the teacher doesn’t shout at them.
It’s a pity, really, as there is a massive audience for decent football programming, especially given the relative dearth of coverage of the game on free to air tv.
Although the BBC, and STV, have to pay for footage, there’s little or nothing stopping them from putting together a show about it.
Apart from a lack of objectivity, a lack of creativity and no sense of orginality.
Wider coverage of the game would lead to greater interest if the content was humorous, thought provoking, well researched and intelligent.
For instance, a season review like last night should have been an opportunity to highlight the great games, the pivotal moments and the new talent to emerge from the campaign.
Club of the year could easily have been Hearts, given it was their first season back in the top flight and they reached a cup final as well as attaining third place and guaranteeing European group stage football.
At least they could have mentioned that.
There’s a story in the demise of St Johnstone, another in the relatively good campaign had by Ross County.
Whilst James Tavernier got plaudits, there was no room for a mention of Giakoumakis or MacGregor, and whilst Jota and Kyogo were praised, the superb debut season by Liel Abada was completely overlooked.
And if ignoring Giakoumakis could be put down to anti Celtic feeling, they could have at least told us about Regan Charles Cooke….
Overall, any show like that should leave us thirsting for more, it should have us leaping over the laptop to get season books ordered.
Coverage of on the pitch events is neatly tied in with coverage of off the field events.
There’s a narrative that has to be adhered to.
And it’s not helping things at all.
Anyway, let’s take our mind off last season, and look ahead.
Let’s play a game of
“Who’s On The Radar ? ”
You’ll need one of these….
And you’ll need one of these…
First, take a handful of letters from the bag and throw them onto the floor.
then, read from left to right, which will give you your players name.
Having done that, open the colouring book at any page and close your eyes, before placing your finger at any point on the page.
this will give you your clubs name.
then phone the Record or the Sun and tell them that your player, from your club, is
On The Radar !
I’ve just had a go.
Ksrhvs Jgsrhms of Cardiff City is the next big story……
As Cardiff is in wales, the lack of vowels in his name gives it a bit of credibility.
Yesterday, we had this….
That tree is dead, billy. The one I have planted is not the same tree. Why can’t you understand this ?
Ralph not quite right. The programme wasn’t how Celtic won the League. Remember we were 6 points behind, I think Ange, Callum, Jota and the Japanese players got a good mention. Packie and Michael Stewart were spot on. Miller did sort of OK until near the end when he tried to pretend new Rangers were as good as us, fine if we had only won on goal difference and the Scottish Cup and Europa League were just consolation prizes from BBC Rangers.
Yes Giakoumakis perhaps didn’t get the credit his influence deserved but it reminded me just how good Rio can be. Lot to look forward to next season.
Sorry, BJF, can’t agree. Programme was a shocker, to suggest it didn’t do what it said on the tin is being kind. Classic example of the Biased Broadcasting Corporation at its Sevco-loving, Celtic-hating worst. Despicable!
Not sure why sane people watch or listen to the BBC for any news, information or entertainment. They have shown consistently to be less than objective, certainly not impartial and in most cases when it comes to Scottish football and Scottish politics they are totally biased.
Caption. Are you sure it does selfies?
Caption: Oh look dear, we’re upside down.
Dont be silly, it’s an Australian camera.
She told Billy that it’s a Brownie and he smiled. Deja vu he replied, that’s exactly what the guy in the next cubicle said to me in Seville.
And this is what the Quartermaster gave me to shoot the Huns.
Look. My own SLR. It shoots once a second with no recoil.
Caption – Oh darling this new smart phone is the nuts! Look iPlayer is showing Celtic’s title win but showing their wonderful squad rather sparely, must be sour grapes. Oh, that runt Lundstram whacks more from behind than you do!
Caption: Sportscene new apprentice camera people get their hands on the new equipment.
Had recorded said programme, now deleted……without watching! Thanks Ralph!
Damn, The Boss just said if you are not doing anything can you cut the grass…….thanks Ralph!
Watched it because it was promoted on here. What a pile of crud. Kenny Miller’s melted mush and a token woman. Mince. And the narrator sounded like Sean Connory after he had transitioned to Shirley. Should have been called how Sevco lost it as that was the only angle.
Last night’s how the SCUM lost . Are the BBC trying to get access to the skint dome? A very poor documentary about Scottish football.
Bitter orange, racist, bigoted, brit press make anti-Celtic documentary !……………………………………. Nothing new today then !!!
I haven’t seen the BBC effort and now wont bother trying to find it on iplayer.
Just to say it comes as NO surprise, they’re (the BBC) old hun, new hun to the core.
Importantly however, I hope the latest on Taylor Whatsizname is correct and we’ve stopped messing with loan players without good options. Otherwise we teach them their trade and then make money for the parent club. Fukk that!
I don’t normally care about results for English clubs in Europe but I hope Liverpool bring the CL Trophy back to Merseyside with them. Liverpool’s my 2nd favourite city in the UK, 2nd only to….”I belong to Glasgow”…….
Don’t watch it, enough to give you the boak. As for the two clubs involved in tonight’s extravaganza ? Neither of them appeal. If the history books show ‘trophy withheld’ I wouldn’t be unhappy with that.
Liverpool FC, founded by not only a Tory, but a rabid Orangeman to boot.
Henke, I’ve no intention of seeking out a hun-led propoganda thingy, after reading The Diary. I understand much of what you say. But, we, the Celtic support, kinda changed ‘allegiances’ from Man U to L’pool quite some time ago. In any event, tonight I Will/was rooting for L’pool. I saw them defeated. I saw it coming; possession without quality scoring opps?
Sorry can’t attempt to make any sense…….. blootered, tired and going to kip…..hope I don’t get 2nd wind and ‘entertain’ the locakls.
AM WAE HENKE AND TIC TOC
As someone who has never had an allegiance to any English team I find the Liverpool/Man Utd/Celtic links fascinating and frankly weird. Stein forged links with Busby/Shankly through their common backgrounds, I get that. Crerrand, Macarri and then King Kenny would see lucrative transfer routes but really what do we have in common with either club? Man Utd are a club run on debt (ring any bells) and bless the Hillsborough victims but trouble follows Liverpool fans on tour like a bad smell (ring any bells). Not on a wind up I just don’t get why we would have any special relationship with either. The footballing genius Cilla Black says she was an Evertonian because she was a catholic…..
I think with me and Liverpool it’s more a politics thing as the people of Liverpool, in general, are similar in outlook to the
peoplecitizens of Glasgow. And it’s a great place to visit with its warm, friendly, intelligent and funny craic. I also love the fact that Evertonians and Liverpool fans can go to a derby game TOGETHER and accept whatever result and meet up for a ‘pint’ afterwards. And Thatcher hated them. Nuff said!
What do you mean hen you want a head shot , you’ll make me think I’m back in crossmaglen
“How the League Was Won” is on the BBC iPlayer but only for 6 days.
I’ve not watched it yet but will do, although it sounds like I’ll need to Fast Forward through quite a lot of it!
If you look you can see the demise of the Billy Boys Corporation
I noted last night as they showed the goals, when Sevco scored they were apoplectic, when Celtic scored it was a dirge. It seemed they had the use of the bowels of Ibrokes to interview the mob they dug up, even Packie looked uncomfortable. Gid how they must be hurting, at least send them a bottle of fizzy water
Aye, wi’ a wee lump of phosphorous in the bottom.
Caption – “When you said you’d show me a flash and an exposure, I thought you were talking about photography”.
Caption: Dick pics were never the best on 35mm.
Caption: Darling I know you want to teach me to use the self timer to create amateur porn but I can assure you this kind of thing will never ever take off.
Caption. “Look at this. There’s pictures of a team scoring five goals in the second half of a cup final. Seems they won 7-1. Wonder who it was.”
Wee thumbdooner shows his new burd what she can look forward to.
is thata picture ae mc moist or wanny his
‘And what happens if you push this button’
‘Oh that’s a penalty to rangers’
Remind me my love.. who is the Patron Saint of black and white photos?
..St Francis of CCTV
First recorded VAR trial (1957)
Goal stands (Willie Fernie 90)
Celtic 7-1 Rangers
Hmmm, I wonder why it’s never been used in Scotland since?
And they (the dead club) were favourites to win that day!
see the zombies they coulda got humped but see the way god above made thum think maybe we can win this …then takit af thum ha ha ha ha yer man god couldnae have gied me a beter end tae the seson COYBIG
The champions league final will forever be remembered as the Courtios and Ancelotti Final…… Not forgetting the Liverpool fans being pepper sprayed and tear gassed, yet not resorting to drinking pish and lapping up lavvy water.
Commemt: Willie Thornton showing his wife how to film the
Rangers team going to war just prior to them crossing the road to enter the Govan shipyard.
Well done to the Ghirls for becoming Scottish Cup Champions…….. 10 women won the cup.
I see what you did there.
Double Champions, as well, as opposed to paltry 1 of the Huns.
The Liverpool of Scottish Women’s football. 😉
Haha. If that was the huns they’d be claiming a quadruple.
That’s because they’re round the U-bend.