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Celtic Diary Sunday July 17: Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon

It’s hot.

 

Damn hot.

 

In fact, it would be fair to say I’m sweating like an Ibrox director with the accounts open in front of him.

 

We’ll come to that later, if we can;t think of anything else to talk about.

 

 

The recent round of friendlies has enthused/alarmed/excited/depressed supporters to varying degrees, with some bemoaning that the defence isn’t up to scratch, that some players are getting starting slots and shouldn’t be, others are not starting when they should, and all of them are right to some extent, at least in their own minds, but after an unbeaten run with pretty much anyone who brought their boots with them getting a game it’s clear that the run is all about players well, getting a run.

 

 

What seems to have passed largely unnoticed is the work behind the scenes in the organisation and logistics of the games. Which became apparent after the Banik Ostrava game when the players were in the air on their way back to Glasgow while the support were still figuring which bus took them back into the town for a beer.

 

 

If Brendan Rodgers lifted things to a higher level behind the scenes, it’s fair to say that Ange Postecoglou is at least his equal in that.

 

One further thing of note.

 

When these games were announced, the manager said they had been picked to aid the work the players were putting in pre season, and that’s becoming apparent now. The seven goal opener against Viktoria Wiener was to encourage confidence and get the wheels turning again, the game against Rapid was to get used to a hostile crowd, Ostrava presumably was close to the airport for getting home, and Blackburn was to remind us that most other teams will just kick our players and instill a wee bit of aggression in our side.

 

As Matt O’Riley said post match….

 

“They were feisty, a bit nasty and left a few on a few of us,”

“Tony’s boot was split in half, which says enough, but it was competitive and it’s what we want. 

We have to handle it because we’ll come up against teams in the Scottish Prem who’ll try to kick us to try to stop us. But if we’re on it with the counter-press and crisp on the ball the rest will take care of itself.”

 

The latter, of course, has already been stated by the boss. We do need a bit more agression and that was beginning to show against Rapid, although there is probably just a natural instinct to kick anything in a Rapid jersey.

 

Things are going to plan, it seems, with fitness and formation picking up where it left off last year, and Joe Hart has got his howler out of the way early, so there’s not much to moan about.. though some will still find something.

 

The defence has come in for pelters, but in truth, when second choice central pairing Welsh and Carter Vickers play, we’re pretty solid, it’s only when Calamity Julien is forced to play that goals are conceded, in the main, which shows that if a centre half doesn’t arrive, young Bosun Lawal will be fourth in line.

 

Julien almost ended up at Schalke, but for some reason they changed their mind. We don’t know why, but their doctor can still be heard to laugh on the Westphalian night air….

 

 

With Postecoglou saying earlier this month that he was prepared to wait for the right player to join the club, most of us took that to mean Jota, the Portuguese winger who was traversing the highways and byways of the globe , enjoying his last few days as a Benfica player.

 

 

The gaffer , however, was throwing us a curveball as he repeated this week the same thing about two as yet unnamed players, that is unnamed in the sense that no one knows who they are.

 

Or where they’re from, or what he wants them to do when they get here.

 

 

It’s simple really, he doesn’t want other clubs to get wind of them, and possibly gazump him.

 

Makes sense.

 

 

 

Mind you, there is something to moan about…. as the cost of living increases almost by the hour with shameless profiteering from energy companies through to medical equipment suppliers and virtually anything else we need or want, the cancer has spread to our own heart, here at Celtic Park.

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s not even how expensive the food and drink is that riles, it’s the seemingly random nature of the numbers, for which my naturally cynical nature suspects is for a reason that benefits the retailer.

 

Actually, it’s mostly the ridiculous overcharging of a captive market that riles most.

 

 

Take the kids to the game or buy them something to eat. But not both, or you’ll have to sell the house and car.

 

 

The catering operation is, it appears, outsourced to Centerplate UK, who recently managed to grab a plug on Glasgow Live for some of their vacancies…..

 

Match day Catering Staff Required!

Centerplate UK are currently looking to recruit staff for our match day retail catering operation based in Celtic Park.

We are looking for:

Catering Assistants/Till Workers – Duties include cash handling, cleaning & some food prep. (no previous experience necessary although would be an advantage)

Please note these roles are to work Celtic FC home matches only.

You must be available to work at Celtic on a home event.

All roles exceed current national minimum wage.

All applicants must be fluent in conversational English and must have the right to work in the UK.Please note all applicants must be over 16 years of age

If accepted for one of these roles you will need to provide us with your Passport, Proof of Address and Bank Details (It must be your own bank account)

Please note that before starting work you will be required to complete mandatory health & safety and food safety training online.If you are interested in this role please apply.

This is a match day only position and you must be available to work Celtic home fixtures.

Please state in your email what position you would like to be considered for. 

 

 

” All roles exceed current national minimum wage. ” 

 

 

Though presumably not by much, because if it were they would say that in the hope of attracting the right candidates.

 

 

This is a match day only position and you must be available to work Celtic home fixtures. 

 

If you ever go for an interview with them, ask them for the dates of these fixtures.

 

Even the club don’t know that yet.

 

 

I would suggest that they should be paying considerably more for the positions than minimum wage, considering the degree of flexibility and availability needed for the roles.

 

 

 

Centerplate boast that they are

 

proud to create bespoke hospitality experiences for premier events and gathering places across the United Kingdom.

For all of our guests, across all the venues we serve, Centerplate remains committed to a single purpose:

Making it better to be there®

Our unique approach to hospitality makes the time people spend together more enjoyable, and more valuable.

For more than 85 years, we have been welcoming people to the moments that matter with award-winning hospitality, exceptional service, and one-of-a-kind guest experiences.

 

 

Making it better to be there.  Presumably at the event…

 

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They got that right, in fact it would be better to be anywhere else than fumbling for change outside one of their kiosks.

 

 

 

We did say we’d mention the other lot at Ibrox, and that’s because they are just about to sell a player for a record amount to a club who will be registering their second ever biggest outlay.

 

That’s the talk, at least, around Calvin Bassey, who it seems, is about to join Ajax from “rangers ” for anything between £19m and £27m, depending on how staunch the announcer is and how gullible the reader….

 

 

The hordes are overjoyed as Bassey joins fellow superstar Joe Aribo on the next stage out of Dodgy City, as their legendary European final side begins to be broken up for cool hard cash.

 

 

And not one of them , as usual, is questioning either the veracity of the amounts coming into the club, where they will be going or why the sudden urge to break up a side that could well have gone on to greater things.

 

 

We know they have form for ignoring warning signs, but surely even that lot must be having flashbacks from a decade or so ago ?

 

 

UEFA recently updated their financial fair play rules, and as the whole world knows, things at Ibrox are not as clear cut as they appear.

 

One particular rule stands out…

 

What are the new regulations?

Given their name, it is no surprise that the key objective of the new regulations is to achieve financial sustainability. These will be achieved through three key pillars: solvency, stability, and cost control.

For solvency, the new no overdue payables (towards football clubs, employees, social/tax authorities, and UEFA) rule will ensure better protection of creditors. Controls will be performed every quarter and there will be less tolerance towards late payers.

The new football earnings requirements are an evolution of the existing break-even requirements and will bring greater ability to club finances. To ease the implementation for clubs, the calculation of football earnings is similar to the calculation of the break-even result. While the acceptable deviation has increased from €30m over three years to €60m over three years, requirements to ensure the fair value of transactions, to improve the clubs’ balance sheet, and to reduce debts have been significantly strengthened.

The biggest innovation in the new regulations will be the introduction of a squad cost rule to bring better cost control in relation to player wages and transfer costs. The regulation limits spending on wages, transfers, and agent fees to 70 per cent of club revenue. Assessments will be performed on a timely basis and breaches will result in pre-defined financial penalties and sporting measures. The new regulations will come into force in June 2022. There will be gradual implementation over three years to allow clubs the necessary time to adapt.

 

 

Regular readers will be aware that this was sort of the point of the Resolution 12 campaign, which highlighted that the original Rangers had been allowed to play in Europe despite having an overdue payable, which meant they had broken the entry rules, although there is more than a suspicion that certain heads were turned the other way to this at the SFA, in order to keep the blue pound rolling, which , of course, didn’t work.

 

Have UEFA become aware of this and quietly pointe dout the those at Ibrox and at Hampden that they will be keeping an eye on them this time ?

 

I’d normally think i was being overly optimistic, but there has been , as yet, no explanation for the removal of the five star logo from their shirts this season, despite them being so proud of getting fifty five titles….

 

 

Someone has pointed their antenna at Ibrox, and that also might explain the firesale , as the club frantically try to balance the books,.

 

 

Or are they, to paraphrase a well know rock lyric, waiting for a saviour to rise from the streets ?

 

 

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The media may well claim all sorts of cash cows are coming home to graze, but the reality is they’ve lost over £100m since their inception, and have been kept alive by soft loans.

 

Which is about to be ruled out as a viable income stream by UEFA…..

 

 

I’ll bet our intrepid investigative hacks are all over this one….

 

 

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henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Yay!!……You’re back.
As for the kiosk prices at the Park, more fool you if you surrender to that nonsense.

Bgbhoy
1 month ago

I’ll be making sure you buy me 3 curry pies for UCL nights…

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Ehhh. Nope.

Jimmy Green
1 month ago

Isn’t it hilarious how you can get 11 Likes for saying ‘Nope’, Henke?

It’s almost as though the little gang are doing anything they can to show how much you all love each other in the face of the ‘threat’ of The Green Machine.

Just like little school kids …

Andy
1 month ago

Watched Jon Dahl Tomasen’s pre match interview, he made it clear that his team would need to be physical to compete. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team receive so many yellow cards in a pre season friendly…………..and it could and should have been more. They kicked us up and down the pitch.

On the game, yet again without a quality defensive midfield player we looked wide open at times. Ange has said he’s expecting 2 signings this week, I hope to god one of them fits this role or we could be in big trouble this season.

Yes, we can score goals, but we are shipping them too. Against top quality teams in the UCL we could be very badly exposed unless we get at least 1 quality addition in there.

Monti
1 month ago

Brother Walfrid will be spinning in his grave at the food Hall prices within Celtic Park.
Obviously those who have met me will know I’d never eat pies or crisps, on a match day or otherwise.

The charitable origins of Celtic football club, it’s mission statement & ethos are the reason I am a Celtic supporter, I never forget the roots of the club, the reason we were founded & to those that foundation was aimed at, the impoverished, the poor, the helpless, the neglected and the needy within our immediate community.

Celtic should always be at the forefront of charitable examples, things like paying the living wage, replica kits, match day tickets & of course the cost of food in the stadium.
Prices need to be radically reduced in all aspects of the matchday experience, encourage families, generations to go to games, games they can afford to attend.

Don’t turn your back on the poorest within our support & community Celtic, it’s time to rethink the whole thing!

Do what Walfrid intended!

Tamthetim
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Spot on Monti. Many of the punters buying the crap need to stop. Give the cash to a food bank or other charitable institution instead. Food banks can you imagine in this country having food banks. Fuck me.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Don’t eat pies? You’re the only person I’ve seen that eats a pie the same way a mere mortal swallows a paracetamol. On the charity side of things the Foundation have raised circa £20m since its inception, no mean feat.

Monti
1 month ago

I heard you like to swallow!

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

You need to put a bonnet on that baldy napper of yours , hot day and all that.

Monti
1 month ago

You old boys stay inside now,bg & I will be round later to wipe yer else…..old hand.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Hahaha….. from the guy who greets, slow doon , yer walkin too fast.

Monti
30 days ago

You do walk too fast tho & I ha e a sore knee ya tit

Jimmy Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

You like wiping the old mens’ erses too, Monti?!

Is this before or after the act ..?

Jimmy Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

And so it begins …

You really are a sick minded old scumbag, aren’t ye, Monti?

You’d t you’d have learned some decency from the lessons of these past few weeks but no, you’re back on two minutes and the filth starts.

What exactly is it about same s e x acts that appeals to you, Monti?

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Green

Once you have sex for the first time, you’ll get it.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Lol.

Jimmy Green
1 month ago

That’s right, Henke, you keep swallowing what the fat boy gives ye right down 😀

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Green

Meh!……Whatever.

Jimmy Green
1 month ago

Oh, the articulacy …

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Green

Oh, the lunacy….

Jimmy Green
1 month ago

Oh, the naming oneself after another man’s hair-icy … 🙂

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Green

Meh!….whatever.

Jimmy Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

I’ve told you before, fat chap, unlike your fat self, I’m into wimmen, I’ve probably had more wimmen than you’ve had hot dinners, and it’s a real shame yon jab put a stop to it.

But you carry on publicly fantasising with your all make fantasise, gaylad.

You’re nothing if not amusing, if also extremely embarrassing, to yourself, of course.

Btw, how’s Walter?

Still as fetching as ever, aye ..?

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

PS, just a thought, not so long ago you could have bought 20,000,000 Rangers Football Clubs with Celtic fans loose change.

Jimmy Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

How much do you pay to eat the sausage, Monti?

Richard Gough rates ..?

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Green

Says the guy who accuses site guests with an obsession regarding incest, yet can’t quite grasp the irony that he seems to have a fixation for gay sex.
Nowt so queer as folk.

Jimmy Green
1 month ago

I know Monti has a fascination for all things gay, Henke, it’s no news to anyone as he never stops telling us this himself, as you can see right here, what with you being ‘on the end of it’ an all …

Chortle chortle …

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Green

Well done gringo, very brave of you and good to see you’ve decided to publish.

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Jimmy Green
1 month ago

Hahaha, that’s brilliant, Henke!

I never knew you had a gay book collection! 😀

Jimmy Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Green

But we all do now! 😀 😀 😀

Jimmy Green
1 month ago

Any other funny titles in your vast library of homoeroticism, Henke?

No ‘I Call Myself After Another Man’s Hair’ in there ..?

😀

Jimmy Green
1 month ago

And what Owen’s fascination with sex dolls and incest has to do with Monti’s gayness you’ll have to further elaborate on.

Each to their own, I say, but they’re both filthy minded old feckers as far as I can see, as all they ever talk about is sex, one with his rubber dolls and the fat chap with his John Inman invocations …

Jimmy Green
1 month ago

In this one short thread alone Monti has told us how he likes wiping old men’s erses and how you like to swallow so his gayness is hardly a surprise to any of us.

He’s only written about 5 posts and two of them openly mention gay sex so don’t go trying to involve me in it, you two lovers should get a room and sort this out between yourselves …

Jimmy Green
1 month ago

As for some of the readers’ obsession with incest just take a look at this thread here, mate …

June 13th 2022 But It’s Different Now …

https ://etims.net/?p= 17790#comments

You’re on it yourself, sure, though your ‘caption comp’ line only compared the two lassies to cows, which is a dam sight cleaner than most of the rest of them.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Green

If you want to give it a try, pretty reasonable I’m sure you’d agree. Go on gringo lad, you might enjoy the real thing instead of obsessing over it.

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Jimmy Green
1 month ago

I’d say that sort of thing is more right up your alley, gaylad, so I’ll pass, thanks.

Charlie Saiz will probably have wet himself reading it though.

Binkabhoy
1 month ago

There should at the very least be lower prices for kids at those kiosks and a proper living wage for anyone working at any Celtic operation. Children, lack of proper employment… the very beginning of Celtic

AntonDeclan
1 month ago

Classic Ralph. Laugh out loud moment! Welcome back Mr Malph……!

“Which became apparent after the Banik Ostrava game when the players were in the air on their way back to Glasgow while the support were still figuring which bus took them back into the town for a beer”.

PS Possibly because many of us have been there!!!!!
PPS The Boss asked what I was laughing at, gave up on the third time of trying to explain it to her…..!

Porty Auldyin
1 month ago
Jimmy Green
1 month ago

Welcome back, Ralph!

It’s good to see ya, to see ya nice 🙂

Auldheid
1 month ago

Andre Traverso was the Head of UEFA Club Licensing in 2016.

It was he who excused UEFA from investigating the case put forward by Celtic shareholders pursuing Res12 on the basis Sevco were a new club/company.

What he did not do was respond to the questions posed by the Res12 lawyer in May 2016 with regard to the payable to HMRC that existed at 31st March 2011 and was overdue if not paid by then.

UEFA’s stance was that it was the SFA who granted the licence and no one at UEFA or in Scotland wanted an investigation to take place because they knew the licence was granted under false pretence aka fraud.
Such an admission would have far reaching consequences for the same club myth created by the 5WA, that UEFA never saw, that enabled a doppelganger of Rangers to get a place in Scottish football.

The relevance to the new UEFA rules is that UEFA have recognised stronger policing of overdue payables is required and as Traverso is a significant driver behind the new rules, it does not stretch the imagination to think that he remembers the case put to him in 2016 and the awkward position Rangers put UEFA and Scottish football in. All that is needed now is SFA to apply the new rules under the informed eye of Celtic shareholders and UEFA.

My thanks to E Tim’s for sticking with Res12 all these years and thanks too to those folk who funded the legal cost that is enabling history to unfold truthfully as it should.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Auldheid

Good to see your perseverance had some positive affect after all. Thank you.

Jimmy Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Auldheid

Aye, cheers for everything you’ve done to save Celtic’s name once again, Auldheid.

I remember that period of the ‘give us the bullet and we’ll fore the gun’ from Lawwell as a time of almost incredulous hope but I knew deep down nothing would be done about it as I’d realised they all knew what Murray was up to all along.

I write about that fact extensively on numerous blogs at the time but the faithful just couldn’t accept it and we’re far more interested in ‘Doing The Ten’ more than anything.

Still, your efforts will always be appreciated chez Gringo.

kevlar
1 month ago
Reply to  Auldheid

Hi Auldheid, Big fan of the work you’ve been doing for about a decade now. Is it true though that in the new rules set out by Uefa, that the implementation for upholding these rules and investigating any breaches lies with the home country’s own FA. So the SFA will be doing SFA again? Although I may have read that wrong when I read the full thing on Phil’s site

Jimmy Green
1 month ago

Hail Hail to all the lads!

BJF
1 month ago

I attended the Blackburn game, no harm the guys got a kicking, prepare them for Motherwell and St Mirren. First 40 minutes as usual in friendliest they were great faded after half time as always happens with wholesale changes, new left back looked useful.
The catering prices are a rip off, a boycott would be the right thing to do. Watching Lil Abada, Josip, Greg Taylor and Kyogo being put through their paces at half time says all you need to know about Ange’s standards. I love Lenny but it wouldn’t happened under him!

1 month ago

It’s nonsense to say that Jullien is the cause of all our defensive problems and everything is tickety-boo when he’s not around.

Hart, CCV, Welsh (SPFL standard player) and others have contributed to howlers/poor defending, just as it was last season, when Jullien wasn’t around.

I don’t know if the plan is simply to get Starfelt fit and that will stiffen things up. It probably will but he struggles against a high-press too.

Its not an enticing prospect against Champions League oppo, which is vastly superior to anything we’ve faced in the past year.

woof charlie
1 month ago

On their bonkers stars “Stars representing multiple domestic titles may be displayed immediately adjacent to the team emblem on each item of playing attire, subject to the approval of the team’s national association. The height of each star must not exceed 2cm.” So no idea why they have gone, perhaps there were too many for Castore to glue on, but not off the rules. I’ve more faith in Sunak sorting out Amazon’s tax than UEFA applying their own FFP rules.

1 month ago
Reply to  woof charlie

I agree that there’s no chance UEFA or, more importantly, their partners in crime, SFA, applying the rules.

1 month ago

“A lot of ‘god’ players out there” – Celtic boss. Here’s one:
Watch ex-Celtic star Karamoko Dembele score first goal and last minute winner for Stade Brestois 29 – Glasgow Live

The Brest is yet to come.

TicToc
1 month ago

Great to have The Diary back and hope you were just having a wee break and not been ill or anything Ralph.
The disappearing wee ‘plastic’ stars on the new huns copy of the old huns’ logo is just wonderful. I care not a jot about the reason, just that it’ll piss that shower off big style and THAT makes me happy! 🙂
I agree with all the comments about food and drinks prices at CP, way OTT.
They should supply it at cost to give SOMETHING back to our wonderful supporters.
After the 1st exceptional friendly I haven’t seen too much as been on holiday but I caught enough of the Blackburn game and some of it was disgraceful and Clancy should’ve done more. Glad AR doesn’t seem too bad after it but it’s what we’ve come to expect in Scotia, anyone bar Celtic! Have to say to ship 7 goals in 3 games is a bit worrying but Ange must see what we see and hopefully sort it.
Bassey to Ajax for squillions? Couldn’t happen to a nicer club’s fans. They’ll get shot of him for peanuts within a year and be pissed off by watching him.
FFP and the SFA? Now there’s a CONundrum. Just how will they get around it now or will all the international ‘brothers’ work together.
Celtic PLC must keep an eye out, or rather our supporters keep an eye out and badger the PLC into action. Res 12 and matters around 2011/12 (the prior EBTs etc.) were FRAUD, not little errors of judgement. There’s NO time bar on fraud and I’d love to see us get PROPER justice. Title-stripping, heads rolling including PTL, it’s only what we deserve and IMHO should NEVER be let go.
Hail! Hail! The Glasgow Celtic.
And good on Auldheid and the others for putting so much time, effort and money into something Lawwell could and should have been all over.
But him and Desmond just LOVED the O** F***. Traitors both.

Jimmy Green
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

It’s never gonnae happen, Vincent.

Despite the years of sterling work by Auldheid and the Bhoys the Masons running the game don’t give a monkeys so forget about any kind of justice ever being forthcoming.

It’s over, done, finished, kaput and that’s just the way the Masonic cookie crumbles.

Cartvale88
1 month ago

My avid, thought I was in meltdown with the heat, now realise it was missing the diary Ralphie, whits going on?

As for food prices at the food stands, always a rip off, but they will blame Brexit!
Ascorbate the Rankers they are in sell on mood, need the spondulics to keep their existence going. The papers print their usual guff, Rankers magic, Celtic tragic, c’est la vie.

Jimmy Green
1 month ago

Does anyone believe that Ajax paid for over 20 million for Shirley Bassey when their entire football operation is based on a development structure so they can seek high rather than buy?

I just can’t believe any team would pay over 6 million for him, especially after his mistake in the Europa final where he hadn’t a clue where the man was.

Having said that, the Huns are definitely spending money but just because they’re tooling up the squad doesn’t mean that money came from Bassey; after all, they’ve had over 100 million poured into them in the past few years alone and no one knows where it came from.

And so the Ibrox laundry operation carries on regardless and wholly without UEFA scrutiny.

Jimmy Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Green

And, of course, without the Celtic board saying one word about any of it, since Sevco is as much their bastard child as it is Chucky’s.

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