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Celtic Diary Thursday September 22: The Inconvenient Truth

Taking a few days off back in his mother country, Ange Postecoglou took time to talk to an Australian news show…..





Relaxed and probably genuinely refreshed, as opposed to suitably refreshed, the manager was open about his first twelve months in Scotland, and despite the host pointing out that an aussie managing in the EPL would be a triumph, there was no malice given and no sign of Ange responding in the way he does to our own media.


It was all good fun and pleasing to watch.



Which, of course, annoys our own media, who are desperate to drive him out of Dodge.  He’s making a nice little home for himself at the ranch, and the prospect of someone in charge who knows what he is doing when the ranch is already prospering ahead of it’s neighbours quite frankly frightens the local economy.



Well, some parts of it at least.



Others, including national manager Steve “We Never Start ” Clarke, are not only open to his ideas, but seem to be copying them.



Last night, Scotland beat Ukraine in the Nations League, which means winning the group they are in is now entirely in their own hands, a position unfamiliar to those who still follow the SFA’s works team, but definitely an improvement on their form over the last couple of decades.



Interestingly, the team, featuring more than a few ex Celts and a couple of current ones, employed a high press to tire the defence, followed by a straight striker swap that meant a couple of late goals.


Importantly, instead of shutting up shop, Scotland ,er, never stopped.


I’ll wager a shiny shilling that no one in the media will mention that.



They probably won’t mention the cacophony of boos during yet another minutes silence for the passing of Elizabeth the Hopefully Last, although there are one or two reports of a smattering of noise.



Sooner or later, the penny will drop and those in authority will realise that the royals not as well loved as they think they are.


Such rebelliousness has been noticed in Westminster, by the way, with Liz Truss not only going to allow a referendum on Independence , she’s going to announce the results next week.



Anyhoo, I digress.


When supporters of Celtic, and other Scottish clubs, made their feelings on Charlie and his Boys known, the media was quick to find a couple of staunch unionists to condemn them.


Well, mostly Celtic…..



Whatever I say on this, people will think, ‘You would expect that because he was employed by Glasgow Rangers and he is a Rangers supporter’.  

And an EBT recipient, who oddly enough received money from Rangers when he was Blackburn boss.

And one who was not averse to the party songs at Ibrox….





“You try and tell yourself to stand back and look at it with a bit of rationale. The eyes of the world were on this country in the last ten days. 


As opposed to some eyes in this country, those abroad were probably wide open. In disbelief.



“Celtic now have a major problem because if you’re a sponsor, or major company, looking to sponsor a football team in Great Britain – would you consider Celtic anymore? Not at all.  



Indeed. Perhaps, as seems to be the narrative here, they will rush instead to invest in a plucky new club who only last year made a European final, despite being tainted financially with allegations of doping, and currently being monitored by UEFA lest they should copy their predecessors and blag their way into a competition they aren’t entitled to be in.



“The decision-makers at Celtic, being silent on this matter, are compounding the problem. 


Wouldn;t it be funny if they cane and and told him to feck off ?



“They are making such a problem for themselves. This is not just a talking point in Scotland, this is a talking point throughout the world, and they have shot themselves in the foot big time.  



It might be worth listening to what those around the world are saying…..

“It is amazing to me, and it is a minority, that they seem to be damaging the brand of Celtic beyond belief.  


There’s no damage I can see, at least not in the eyes of those who do not wish to see it damaged.



“They are synonymous with being the first team to win the European Cup [in 1967], a great success and institution in Scotland.

“If you’re a Rangers supporter, it’s happy days. Keep your silence. Please don’t say anything. They’re shooting themselves in the foot. 

They should’ve been out days ago condemning this.”  


There’s no dignity in begging, Graeme.


“They are now the unacceptable face of football in Scotland. 


No, they are the soul and heart of freedom. The spine of the resistance that will one day overcome the occupation of an unfriendly neighbour hell bent on stripping the resources of their first and second homelands…..

“I’ve got to believe it’s a minority, I have pals who are Celtic supporters condemning it, why aren’t the club condemning it?” 



No he hasn’t.



And I’ve not heard a single Celtic fan, or any other bar the obvious, condemning it.




Another rolled out, probably quite literally, was fat funster Ally McCoist, still somehow reguiled amongst those he not only let down, but made them pay through the nose for the pleasure…..



“Recently we’ve seen some sickening behaviour from football supporters just showing a lack of respect.

“That in itself is just so sad and so tragic and no matter what everybody’s views are, when you can’t show respect to someone who has passed, I find it unforgivable.”  


Even more unforgivable than demanding to know the names of a panel that ruled against his fledgling club, leading to attacks, death threats and bombs and bullets in the post ?



We had the late , great Turnbull Hutton lined up for a podcast, until he emailed me, regretting he would have to postpone, as the forces of darkness…his words….were becoming a little overbearing.



The police for some reason don’t do anything about it. The stewards don’t do anything about it because it’s become acceptable. 


Just to clarify, he’s talking about toxic atmospheres here, in particular the effects on Eric  Dier, of Tottenham, who has been the target of boo boys.



And not countless thousands who indulge in virulent anti Irish racism, anti catholic bigotry and downright rudeness once a fortnight over in the darkness at the edge of the town.



Which he seems to be reluctant to mention, in case those who indulge remember how much he indulged himself at their expense.




The whole narrative here seems to be to deflect away from the latest financial crisis at Ibrox.



They’re skint, but at least this time most of the bills seem to have been paid, although they are loathe to tell us what they are….



Mike Ashley: the ins and outs of Sports Direct tycoon's empire | Mike Ashley | The Guardian



Or how much they were……



What Could Apple Buy With Its Huge Pile of Cash? – 24/7 Wall St.



Bizarrely, though, they did point out they fixed the roof about seven years ago.



Dave king has reappeared, now that the bills have been dealt with, or at least some of them, and sensing the gullibility of the gullibillies, it’s not unreasonable to assume he, and others noted for their flexible approach to remuneration, are casting their greedy eyes towards Ibrox….




And they do have the support of the media, a media desperate to see a return to the way the west used to be run, before the new guy showed up in town with his new fangled ways and free wheelin tongue…….




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And so….yesterday, we had this….






Before we announce the winner, I must apologise to these two, who were deeply hurt when they found out they were the subject of the competition yesterday… this picture shows…..




How Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have supported each other in times of crisis - Irish Mirror Online






             He sais lie tae yer wife and weans aboot yer sexuality fur years but ye dareny skip a bunch a dafties in a queue  







Rangers History on Twitter: "Ally McCoist being made to apologise to Rangers fans for, in Graeme Souness view, breaching club discipline by attending the Cheltenham Fetival during 2 days off in 1991.

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6 months ago

2 little bawbags

John McDermott
6 months ago

Gies a job mate… Go on gies a job… Kin ye slag of Celtic yosser? Aye a kin do that gies a job!!!

6 months ago

“The Judge” not lest he be judged

I assume we remember Souness had Ally on the bench so often he got that nickname

Patrick O hara
6 months ago
Reply to  desimond

Perhaps he was on the bench so much was to keep his arris pristine for the after match party.

John E Mitchell
6 months ago

“So what happens, Coisty, is. Your wages will be paid into a special account,

totally tax free. Trust me, I ken what I’m talking about…

6 months ago

The unacceptable face of Scottish football (take yer pick).

Patrick O hara
6 months ago

Ecce the training of a Rent Boy.
On a different note. The Mass in Latin should never been discontinued. It was a thing of beauty which stirred the heart. In English it became too similar to the C of S and C of E. (Just the ravings of a very, very sad old man. Forget it all. )

6 months ago

Good article,Souness’ desperate hun rubbish needed to be addressed somewhere in Celtic cyberspace,if Simon Jordan is looking in -should your bluenosed ebt recipient colleague wish to take you up on a proper debate regarding Rangers’ guilt on the ebt case you could do worse in pointing out Heidi Poon’s comments come the end of the Nimmo-Smith headed investigation.

It won’t be lost on neutral observers outside Scotland as to why the case was dealt with within the borders of the country and why the new entity can’t get a credit line from a bank.

6 months ago

Now then young fella me lad Mr Murray wants to talk to you about EBT’s.

Don’t worry nothing can go wrong and no one will ever find out about it.

Just sign here in blood and yer soul is ours.

6 months ago

Caption- Hunchback tells rent a gob to sit up straight.

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
6 months ago

Caption: is that my EBT Ally?

6 months ago

2 more unlikeable, greedy two faced bastards than mcoist and soouness i cant think of

Woof Charlie
6 months ago

Kyle Laugherty what a label
He’s long and shoogly
Like a three legged table
And it must rankle
Just a little bit
That we are Fenian but legitimate
What will Killie and yer good self do
Now there’s mare o’ us than there is of you?

Woof Charlie
6 months ago

Caption: Ally do you think I look like Selleck?
Fcuk the Celtic gaffer.
Naw you wee fat tube Magnum!
Well, eh….maybe the almond wan.
No you little arserag P-I!
Ah’d love a pie boss.
The American detective you diddy!
Ironside? I think Mr Murray looks more like him than you dae.
Ally away and polish my boots.

6 months ago

Griggsy, if you’re looking in and didn’t get my replies, please refer to yesterday’s Diary. Today, I wont give the muppets any more fodder, just yet!

6 months ago

There’s a knock-out comp. at Hardgate Golf Club. (I’ve played there with my old (now deceased) uncle who was called a Canon; he could never locate his balls after just 1 shot!
So: A priest and an intelligent guy get drawn agin each other.
The intelligent guy’s a much superior golfer but he’s having a nightmare and the priest is scrambling but staying in touch. All square after 4. IG is getting annoyed.
On the 5th IG plays a 7 iron to 10 feet. The priest hits a 3 wood, clatters off branches and ends up 2 feet from pin. IG plays a near-perfect putt which ‘lips out’. In frustration he screams “Baztard, ah missed.”
Priest tells him off and says ‘god’ will punish you for this foul language.
The game continues in a similar fashion with “Baztard ah missed” etc.
On the 17th the priest loudly says: “I’ve had enough of this, I command that ‘god’ strikes you down”. The clouds go dark grey to purple, it starts pissing down, thundering and a lightning bolt annihilates the priest. IG starts looking around amazed and through the rolling clouds and thunder a voice from ‘heaven’ yells “Baztard, ah missed”.

6 months ago
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6 months ago

see this letter Graeme? its great, best letter ever. means no tax on thousands of £££’s. Will I get you one?

You mad about ETims or just plain mad? Why not buy the t-shirt at