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Celtic Diary Tuesday December 27: Frail Grasp On The Big Picture

The mainstream media relies heavily on people reading or clicking on it’s material, and as a result, often tries to upset the reader, especially if that reader has decided that it cannot be trusted as a reliable source of information.


For example, a recent Daily Record podcast…it seems they want to make our ears bleed as heavily as our eyes….had Keith Jackson claiming that Ryan Kent was comparable to Lionel Messi.


So someone said, at least. I have no intention of listening to the Record sports team burble out their opinions, but such a statement can only be designed to get people talking.


Unless the listener concerned misheard and Jackson actually said “Kent’s contract is up and things could get messy. ”



Which would make more sense. As, indeed, would a spot of investigative journalism as to why the player wants away, or what it would take to make him stay.


But the mainstream doesn’t bother with that.



Another example saw Tom English, of BBC Sportsound, ponder if Ange Postecoglou would get bored of winning. Which makes no sense. If your aim is to put together a winning team, then you’re unlikely to be annoyed if it goes out and does exactly that.


As for a challenge, the manager has repeatedly said that the Champions League is there for that.



Interestingly, English also discussed with Allan Preston the idea of Scott Arfield, the Benny Hill impersonating midfielder from Ibrox, replacing Reo Hatate in the Celtic midfield, because he scores goals…. Arfield has scored four in seventeen games this season, whilst Hatate scored two at the weekend, From right back.



Again, it’s designed to provoke comment, as opposed to genuine thought, as anyone capable of rational thought wouldn;t be listening to this nonsense anyway.



The Glasgow times joined in….



Rangers’ Ibrox named best British stadium as Celtic Park pipped



FourFourTwo selected the Glasgow ground as the top stadium – pipping Celtic Park to the number one spot.

Both Rangers and Celtic earned major praise for the atmosphere – particularly during derby matches – but Ibrox prevailed in the opinion of the football magazine.


“If you’re looking for the best atmosphere in British football, Glasgow is the place. For its sheer vibrancy, passion and intensity, on and off the pitch, nothing on these shores compares to the matchday experience at an Old Firm fixture. Few games in the world can equal it – arguably only Boca Juniors versus River Plate.

“Big European nights at Ibrox and Celtic Park are pretty special too, as various legends like Lionel Messi and Gigi Buffon have attested over the years. There’s very little to choose between the two grounds, and FFT does its best to maintain neutrality on all Rangers vs Celtic matters, but by the sheer nature of a list like this, there has to be a number one (inevitably dooming us to a deluge of angry letters).

“Ibrox just about takes top spot, even though its capacity is smaller by around 10,000. Fans are close to the pitch on all sides of the ground, with good views from pretty much anywhere. Three sides of the stadium are aesthetically smart, modern two-tiered affairs, while the main stand provides the nod to history – and not only because it’s named after legendary manager Bill Struth.

“Designed by legendary architect Archibald Leitch, the three-tiered stand is a Category B listed building with an impressive red brick facade that backs straight on to the main road, and a plush interior which includes a famous marble staircase leading to the boardroom and trophy room. 


Just about within walking distance of the city centre, the local area is abuzz on matchday. Inside the ground it’s even more raucous – they don’t call it The Ibrox Roar for no reason. Whichever of the two Glasgow grounds you choose, visit for a big game if you can – you may not see anything like it elsewhere.”

 They don’t call it the Ibrox roar. It’s more a sort of squeal when they play Celtic.
 Quite simply, they know that Celtic fans will respond, which helps raise their profile.  That’s because we take these things personally, and can;t help but point out how ludicrous these claims are. Note also that they said Buffon and Messi are testament to the atmosphere….when both were actually talking about Celtic Park.
 Things are pretty glum around Ibrox these days, and the transfer window isn’t going to let in much light. they look set to lose Kent and Morelos , who want out, and since they will get little, if any, money for them, others will have to be sold to raise money.
 Those new rules may have come too late, but better late than never, as they will put a stop to any cheating.
 Have a look at what it really means…..
 This has to be submitted to UEFA, and not, as in the past, the SFA, who turned a blind eye to such problematic issues as “Overdue Payables “.
 And, of course, UEFA will not allow anyone to compete in Europe who does not meet their criteria, which could darken the mood further over the river.
 In short, they have to pay all their taxes, and they still owe a fair bit, we believe, from the Covid years……which may explain the recent drawdown from one of their directors…..
 Meanwhile, you can make up your own mind on how things are at the ranch by watching this interview with our manager, who seems considerably relaxed for someone who should be getting fed up of Scottish football by now…..
 Yesterday, we wondered what he was thinking…..
Boss Ange Postecoglou admits defeat to Preston 'wasn't a great game' for  Celtic | FourFourTwo
the real Anton Rogan
 23 hours ago

“Jaysus, yerman on the Etims site has.just said he does a diary MOST MORNINGS”  





Today….. what is he thinking ?




Michael Beale just got 25 players fit and ready for Rangers at Ibrox |  Ibrox Noise

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the real Anton Rogan
1 month ago

Fuck off you!! Do you fuck do a diary most mornings!!

Why change a winning run

Uibh fhaili
1 month ago

That Ralph one has done two in a row that’s more than our “grate” club has done

Mike Annis
1 month ago

Caption, I’m heading out that way bloody soon.

1 month ago

rangers injury list continues to grow as Mick Beale discovers the training dummy has severe rust

tony carlin
1 month ago

The mooch training new SFA refs how to say “penalty to rangers”

John E Mitchell
1 month ago

“Bealey gives his team (of refs) instruction on how to properly handle ‘THEM’ when participating in games involving the ‘TEAM ACROSS THE CITY’ “

The Cha
1 month ago

And he means no disrespect, as he wouldn’t have had all the great success he’s had in his career if he was that type of character.

George Lazenbhoy
1 month ago

Caption “when the ref gives this signal that’s when the opposition have to switch to ten men and conced penalties until we’re in front”

1 month ago


‘ Beale introduces new recruit ‘

442 is an overpriced fanzine for the EPL. Full of adverts and crap interviews.
Desperate for attention, they’ll pick some outdated trope in the hope that teams supporters will buy it. As irrelevant and outdated as teams playing that formation.
On the game, thought Celts played very well but Clancy is just basically incompetent.
Again, with vastly superior possession, Celts were 12-4 in fouls ! This is a continuing trend now and another way opposing teams attempt to disrupt the flow and tempo of the game by just falling down under any type of challenge.
Was about to slaughter( the otherwise very good) Mooy for his arse of a clearance when it was picked up by Kyogo who went onto score his first. Football.
Excellent anti Tory protest by the GB again.

The Cha
1 month ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

“dooming us to a deluge of angry letters”

That’s a desperate cry for attention, if I ever heard one.

Agree on the excellence of the support the strikers banners, although I doubt that would be shared in the boardroom, nowithstadining on our new anti-corruption champion Chair.

Damian Smyth
1 month ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

No reflection on you Stephen , many others are similar , what part of supporting Celtic is consistent with giving a player who u think played well, does it help to slaughter. Surely when a player makes an error , supporters are meant’ to support & encourage, not ridicule & abuse

John A
1 month ago

That’s how you get to Leeds Ryan!

1 month ago

Caption …
Right lads in the opposition box get your hand this high and scream penalty ref , then slowly lower it pointing to the spot .

1 month ago


I meant in that moment when he just tried to hoof it up the park and didn’t. Don’t know what Ange would have thought and although it led to a goal he got away with it.
I only do it in my head, not out loud.
Look at it again.
Can’t do that in CL or even SPL.

An Occasional Contributor
1 month ago

Sick of the gaping holes in his defence Tavpen is sent to the dressing room.

1 month ago

Begone damn spot.

1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Smith

Ha, I think he should have a portrait done, er, em, “warts and all”!

Andrew Coyle
1 month ago

michael Beale shows off his new yellow Castore handbag

Andrew Coyle
1 month ago

Caption,With so many injuries with his players Bealey Bhoy takes up the ironing board

The Cha
1 month ago

Saying the quiet part out loud?

“St Johnstone midfielder Cammy MacPherson has suggested VAR interventions provide a welcome break when facing Celtic’s relentless multi-ball approach.”(The Scotsman)

1 month ago

Riiight you sevco slags, remember, my shadowing shines yellow.

Christmas exists because in time eternal, from everlasting to everlasting, there was one pinpoint of time upon which God focused all his love and spoke to the SMSM…

A wheelchair each shall Charlie, Frank and Barry (8) receive for their Christmas (bonus).

sevco want FC.

1 month ago


sevco FC are earnest for someone panjandrum to confer an old firm arbour for the 2nd.

Your hoose is only another mile

1 month ago


Craig snaps, nonetheless, Allan deserves for his adherence.

1 month ago
Reply to  portpower

The showing of forlorn is Wurldwide.

1 month ago

The blade of the grass comforts a side.

Hibs game? Something will be laid bare within the game. Ref will let one away for Hibs all game through his moulded positioning.

They are afraid of the accumulating strength of Matt O`Riley.
He is next red carded off, controversially?

It is but

1 month ago

Who of who of 11 would run 90 minutes plus VAR advertisement time of unknown minutes of the game carry on putting unnecessary pressure to the defensive scheme of your game?

Luck from a goal-frame.

1 month ago

We are all a dissolved weight, us Rangers.


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