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Celtic Diary Sunday June 19: In The Summer, In This City

It’s been nearly a week since the last diary, for which I would like to apologise.

 

I’m not going to, but I’d like to.

 

Since then, a lot has happened in the world of Timdon, or at least , you’d think so, given the amount of column inches that have been written…

 

In actual fact, very little has happened, and the hacks have been reduced to idle speculation for the most part.

 

One or two headlines caught the eye, with actor Martin Compston, from tv’s piss poor Lions of Duty, a cop show where a detective roams around solving crime with his pet Lion, or at least it should have been.

 

I watched a couple of episodes and there weren’t any lions in it at all.  Would have been far better if there were. Especially if they ate policemen.

 

 

It’s about police corruption, which means it’s got plenty of material to work with.

 

 

Anyhoo, it’s quite popular and has made Compston a household name, and this week he learned why Billy Connolly kept his favourite football team to himself when he became a household name.

 

And probably why Rod Stewart, the singer with a sore throat, swapped his allegiances almost weekly…..

 

Rangers History on Twitter: "Rod Stewart pictured at David Murray's New Zealand home in 1992 at the launch of Rangers own Record Label,'Rapfolio' http://t.co/2dnvcH2ygR" / Twitter

 

 

 

Rod Stewart decision to wear Celtic tracksuit was terrible timing - mirror Administrator - Mirror Online

 

 

 

Compston was over at the Las Vegas Celtic supporters convention, and got caught up in a sing song featuring the old classic “Beautiful Sunday “, which has one or two add ons that have attracted the attention of those who don’t like add ons.

 

Given that there’s another club in Glasgow who attract a lot of unwanted attention for one or two of their tunes, an enthusuastic media pounced on Compston, and he was well and truly slaughtered for his action.

 

Amidst all the fuss, it’s not known if the actor can carry a tune, as they say, but he’s certainly carrying the can for his actions.

 

 

We’ve all done it, and whilst I’m more in the time and place for everything corner, it’s difficult to see why anyone would be surprised that these add ons are added on during renditions of this tune at a supporters convention.

 

 

Though I still think that the whole IRA thing should be dropped from the matchday experience, dropping it from a supporters night may well prove a little more difficult, but you do have to ask if it’s entirely necessary to improve a decent singalong by adding IRA to it….

 

 

Compston , presumably having had a refreshment or two, woke up the morning after, and as we all do, hoped he hadn’t done anything daft while he was out the previous evening.

 

 

Right up until he checked his Twitter account…..

 

 

Martin Compston (right) at the event in Las Vegas

 

 

 

He decided to try to limit the damage…the story had even appeared on Radio 4’s highbrow Today programme….

 

 

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Daniel Boone was not available for comment.

 

And if Compston had any sense, he would remain unavailable for comment as well…..

 

 

The fixture lists came out on Friday, and Celtic open their campaign at home to Aberdeen, on Sunday , July 31.

 

At 4.30 in the afternoon, so that it can be shown on Sky TV.

 

 

After that, the rest of the fixture list is subject to change, largely down to Sky TV, so if you want to go ahead and book flights, ferries , trains , hotels and  days off work , knock yourself out….

 

 

 

One person who won’t be around next season is referee Bobby Madden, who is out of contract at “rangers ” and will move to officiate in England’s lower leagues.

 

 

To go from the top in Scotland to a much less prestigious job in England is a strange move, and one can only wonder at his thinking.

 

 

In a statement , Madden included this bit…

 

 

“It’s been some journey in that time, from Scottish Cup finals to refereeing and training during a pandemic, but the time is right for me for a number of reasons to relocate and as a result I’m grateful for the opportunity with the FA.”

 

 

Curiously, no one has asked him what those reasons are.

 

I’m sure there’s a story there somewhere, even if it’s just that he fancied a move away from the pressure.

 

 

Madden will be missed, but not by anyone who likes football played on a level playing field.

 

 

Here’s hoping it’s the start of a new broom sweeping through the corridors of power, one that doesn’t head towards a carpet to hide what it finds.

 

 

 

Neil Doncaster, still in charge over at the SPFL, showed that he is still on the NHS waiting list for a spinal transfusion…..

 

 

He’s revised the contract with second hand car company Cinch, largely for the benefit if one club/company.

 

Under the terms of the revised cinch contract, Rangers are no longer required to participate by providing the sponsorship inventory that they have so far not provided, whilst, crucially, the overall income to Scottish football is expected to remain materially unchanged over the original five-year term of the sponsorship.

“This revised package has now been approved by cinch Premiership Clubs.

“It’s extremely good news that we have been able to work with our partners at cinch to develop an updated sponsorship package which delivers the same level of financial support to Scottish football, whilst providing additional SPFL media assets to cinch to compensate for loss of Rangers related rights.

 

 

And, it seems, they will still get paid.

 

 

Murdoch MacLennan, the SPFL chairman, (remember him ? ) added…

 

 

“This is a great outcome for the entire game in Scotland. Our friends at cinch have been brilliant to deal with throughout this whole process. 

 

 

We rang the SPFL , hoping to speak to MacLennan to ask him to clarify what he meant by “great outcome “, but the girl who answered said she didn’t know where he was.

 

 

She put us through to a colleague, who said she didn’t even know who he was….

 

 

With Celtic clearly trying to leave them behind on the field, deals like this , which Doncaster says have the support of all clubs, can only strengthen suspicion that there is a behind closed door campaign to avoid losing another Ibrox based club.

 

 

If Celtic truly want to move away from them in a business sense, they should propose a change to the system that allows clubs to keep some , or all of, their home gates.

 

 

Suggest a sixty forty split at the next SPFL meeting, say for two years.

 

 

Only one club/company would oppose it, though you wouldn’t hear them say it because of the sound their bottoms would be making.

 

Sometimes, you have to take a step back before taking a couple forward, and this would be beneficial in the long run for everyone.

 

 

 

Except, of course, the Ibrox basket of assets, which makes it all the better.

 

 

 

Looking ahead, there’s a fairly full schedule of pre season friendlies, with Banik Ostrava and Legia Warsaw hosting the hoops, and Blackburn and Norwich visiting Celtic Park, to give us a taste of what the atmosphere would have been like had the club ever been accepted into the EPL.

 

 

You know, I’m sort of missing the tension of the UCL qualifiers……

 

 

Tom English, the Irishman working in the Scottish media missed the point entirely when he tweeted…

 

 

So the torturous SPFL vs Rangers legal saga over Cinch ends. Rangers don’t have to carry Cinch branding. That was their point from day one. How much is this going to cost the SPFL in legal fees? No mention of that in the SPFL statement. All of this could have been avoided

 

 

The clear implication that when anyone disagrees with any contractual obligation they can just drop out, and that’s that, because of potential legal fees.

 

 

If one party to a contract objects, then that’s fine.

 

 

They don’t have to be a part of it, but they should not be allowed to play in the Cinch league, and certainly not get paid for doing nothing , especially if everyone else has to do it.

 

 

 

Scottish football once more leading the way in ineptitude.

 

 

Then again, there’s a lot of it about…..

 

 

Before we turn to the caption competition, can I just send my best wishes to Prince Andrew, who is suffering from Covid 19 ?

 

Well, he says it’s 19….

 

 

 

Last time out we had this…..

 

 

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Woof Charlie 

 

 

 Loyalist News Spot The Ball competition  

 

 

 

 

Today……

 

 

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YogiGGW
7 days ago

Caption hey hey hey bobo I’m definitely smarter than the average bear!

BornCelt!
7 days ago

Caption – And the wee Celtic midfielder happily proves he is smarter than the average bear and again wins the ba’ while the ger bounces along trying to keep up.

Johnnymanc
7 days ago

That lazy bassa editor thinks he can get away with using me in ma Jags strip just coz it’s in black & white

Pat Higney
7 days ago

Wee Timmy, oot the back stair, having a rear terr, dribbling a bear full of hot air.

Arsene Parcelie
7 days ago

Caption: A young John Hughes’ first trial for Celtic

Bognorbhoy
7 days ago

Caption
“Kick it boo boo”

Bognorbhoy
7 days ago

Caption too …
Yogi ….
I’m telling you , swap the plastic sandals for sandshoes and you’ll be a star …

Cesar
7 days ago

Broxi spins in his grave as indeed it comes to pass, his grandchildren are Celtic fans.

Woof Charlie
7 days ago

Caption: Hoopy the Hound heads to Woolies for six rolls of gaffer tape.

An Occasional Contributor
7 days ago

The Bear Facts :

Original Celtic and Original Rangers both share a precious moment in time before one of a great many pricks entered the fray and left an entire follow following deflated.
The other went on to consume copious amounts of Jelly and Ice Cream out of a great deal of family owned silverware.

El Gringo
6 days ago

How’s life in Nazzieland, soldier boy ..?

Still counting, yeah ..?

Uibh fhaili
7 days ago

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s the same yogi bear son honest , they made a boo boo of the other

John Cowan
6 days ago
Reply to  Uibh fhaili

That we bhoy is my young brother around 1960. I took the picture with my Kodak Brownie camera in our upstairs back close at 116 Crown Street Gorbals. Actually we jumped over the railings to our neighbours almost certainly because our Mum or neighbours had hung sheets out to dry. Note the open trash cans. A favourite haunt for the rats at dusk.
My brother took that Yogi to the Scottish Cup semi final where we lost to St Mirren . The game was stopped because of fighting n the terracing. I was at the Celtic end and that was probably the most bottle throwing I experienced at a football match ( and there was quite a lot of that in the 1950/1960s.

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  John Cowan

My utmost apologies to yourself and your brother for my pisstaking captions here against some fools who despise me, John …

That has to be one of the finest memories I’ve ever read on a Celtic site anywhere, all jokes aside, and I appreciate you sharing it for all of us.

Again, my fullest apologies to yourself and your family for reacting to other fools’ reaction on this site to this site brilliant Celtic photo.

TGM

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  John Cowan

For the record, John, my auntie lived on Eglinton St and Crown St was like a second home to us in the mid 70s, just as they were destroying the last of it.

Still, a happy joy forever dwells, that’s a truly great photie far less a Celtic photie and I’m delighted that you’ve shared your quality and your memories here.

Hail Hail, brother.

Too few an they’re awe deid noo …

With many thanks and mighty appreciation

The Green Machine

Uibh fhaili
6 days ago

Must have been lots of govan Huns among the st mirren support that day John , they are still throwing bottles over at ibrokes now and not a word about it

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  Uibh fhaili

Aye, I wondered about that tae, some kind of Hun gathering speculative ‘mission’ on behalf of his brethren …

Weird that none of the blogs mentioned it, eh ..?

Drew67
6 days ago

Maybe a move down south is back on for us and they bstrds at the SFA have sent Madden doon tae gather the lodge refs together for our new campaign.

Jinkylarrson
6 days ago

Funny how Madden has left before V.A.R. found him out.

henkesdreadlocks
6 days ago
Reply to  Jinkylarrson

Probably got caught not declaring his bungs to Hector.

El Gringo
6 days ago

Or hectoring his bum to the specklers…

El Gringo
6 days ago

Don’t be hoff ended, ‘Enki!

charlie
6 days ago

hawf a season in england and the laptop loyal will be saying with his experience in england and scotland madden is the prime candidate to run VAR you read it heer first

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  charlie

Good point that, charlie …

See the day they finally let you ootta primary school you might actually make sumhimg ae yirsel …

Owen Mullions
6 days ago

Caption: A young Green Machine poses with his very first rubber girlfriend.

Woof Charlie
6 days ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

Bear baiting?

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

Nah, just the same old sick minded scumbag that he is,

Owen Mullions
6 days ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

More like masturbating in Gringo’s case.

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

What is it you are agin, Owen, lest we forget ..?

Oh, that’s right, a sick in cest obsessed old scumbag, scumbag, that’s what you are!

Now how could any of us ever forget that ..?

Tell us, ‘Owen’, in that sick in cest obsessed self way that you do ..

Tell us who you are, ‘Owen’ …

Lest anyone missed these last few sick in-cest obsessed posts of yours …

TicToc
6 days ago

Caption: A young Bertie Auld says “naw Yogi, you dae it like this.”

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  TicToc

Weak, Vinnie, weak …

Surely yer Charlemango Tango brandy kin come up wae a bit better than that ..!

Surely, Shirley ..?

Auldheid
6 days ago

Great blog Richie but when are Celtic supporters that pay to watch a game they perceive as being governed by incompetent at best going to say ” enough!”.

Would it take Celtic being relegated because there are too many hoops in the jerseys to cause supporters to say ” haud own you have gone to far”?

Auldheid
6 days ago
Reply to  Auldheid

I’m sorry I’ll type that again.

Great blog Richie, but when are Celtic supporters that pay to watch a game they perceive as being governed by incompetents at best, going to say ” ENOUGH! ”.

Would it take Celtic being relegated because there are too many hoops on the jerseys to cause supporters to say ” haud aun, you have gone too far”?

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  Auldheid

You’re on the wrong blog, brother …

These clowns are only here for the insults, no matter what they say.

They deserve it tae.

Uralius
6 days ago

Caption: If you get through on goal, Park Ranger Smith will blow the whistle.

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  Uralius

UrAnus can say what it likes but mine’s disagrees …

😉

Uralius
6 days ago
Reply to  El Gringo

Uralius is El Gringo. UrAnus talks shite just like mine.

JoeKSG
6 days ago

At any age a Tim is better than any bear.

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  JoeKSG

Apart fae Yogi, of course! 😀

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  JoeKSG

You missed the …

JoKe, SG …

El Gringo
6 days ago

Caption:

A young incest obsessed ‘Owen Mullions’ pretends he’s good with a ball …

El Gringo
6 days ago

Caption:

A young ‘Owen Mullions’ pretends that he’s no longer a plastic muppet.

El Gringo
6 days ago

Caption:

Owen Mullions finally entices the youth to his door …

El Gringo
6 days ago

Caption:

An aged Owen Mullions reflects on what a tit he is.

El Gringo
6 days ago

Caption:

Charlie Saiz is charmed into the British Army by his rubber friend.

El Gringo
6 days ago

Caption:

Charlie Saiz wears someone else’s uniform in a cunning early ploy at his lifetime’s disguise …

El Gringo
6 days ago

Caption:

Charlie Saiz declares ‘The world is round! ‘ because a baw is round is round, despite failing to notice that the floor and ceiling aren’t …

El Gringo
6 days ago

‘Owen Mullions’ cunningly photoshops out the stiffie up his back, even though ol’ Gringo can plainly see it …

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  El Gringo

And, ‘Owen’ …

Can you guess whose it is yet ..?

El Gringo
6 days ago

Caption:

‘Owen Mullions’ takes offence at being called out for the muppet that he is and pretends to be a ‘normal’ ‘human being’ like everyone else on here …

El Gringo
6 days ago

You see how much trouble and heartache you ignorant self obsessed old fools can cause?

Do you see it now ..?

El Gringo
6 days ago

When I awoke six weeks ago this world was fulla shit but one thing more I’ve learned, in light of a most dearest loved ones’ death, it’s far more full of sick shit than I could have ever imagined, as our old pal ‘Owen’ ‘Mullions’ here proves every day, post by sick minded post …

I’n’t that right, ‘Owen’ ..?

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  El Gringo

Aye, we see ye, Doughball …

You gave yourself away …

Owen Mullions
6 days ago
Reply to  El Gringo

There was a young man called Gringo
Whose IQ was incredibly low.
He was even more thick
Than the proverbial brick,
Two short planks or a fan of Sevco.

El Gringo
6 days ago

And all because TicToc won the caption competition …

El Gringo
6 days ago
Reply to  El Gringo

Shout out to the genuinely brilliant Portpower in the house …

Ah see you, brofo … 🙂

El Gringo
6 days ago

Wan great thing aboot this blog is, it’s like being part of a ‘hoot’ without going tae all the bother of being part of an actual ‘hoot’ …

Whitever the fvck a ‘hoot’ means …

Uralius
6 days ago
Reply to  El Gringo

“A hoot” has a completely different meaning to just “hoot”. However, a hoot is normally used to describe someone who is funny and entertaining. I’m surprised you are not aware of this being a Gringo and all. In a more contemporary use of the word. “Your sense of humour is hoot. The way you act on the page is hella hoot. Perhaps you should consider taking a hoot on a bong, so you can chill and stop being so hoot.” This phrase incorporates the contemporary Boston, Bay area and marijuana use of “hoot”. Just to ensure I’ve fully explained the full use of the word.

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