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Celtic Diary Tuesday January 10: How Deep Is Their Love?

As expected, the narrative in the media has changed just ever so slightly…it started with our players wanting away, and now it’s shifted with questions about the manager taking centre stage…

 

 

Could a change of scenery be good for Ange The Irritable?

 Writing in the Mail, though god alone knows why, no one in Scotland reads it, Keown asked;
 Oh hang on, it’s behind a paywall, and I’m not paying into the Mail’s coffers, imagine if the police went through my hard drive after I passed away ?
 The embarassment for my family ?
 But we can take from the headline that this particular hack is the one who is irritated, because Celtic are the dominant side in Scotland with the potential to succeed in Europe, and it’s all down to a modern, progressive coach that our board, alone, took a punt on when,  despite his track record, no one else in Europe was interested in.
 The general consensus among our esteemed experts was that he wouldn’t last five minutes, but he’s still there, and we’re still progressing as a unit.
 Then there was the Glasgow Times, who tried to find their own negative slant….

Ange Postecoglou’s hidden Celtic transfer downside

 

 

 

Which, according to James Cairney, boils down to this;

 

 

 

For all of Postecoglou’s achievements at Parkhead, promoting youth players and giving them opportunities in the first team is not among them. The formation of the Colts side and their introduction to the Lowland League, the fifth tier of Scottish football, has surely played its part – after all, the team’s entire raison d’etre is to give young players an opportunity and regular game-time – but it is difficult to ignore the lack of academy players being given a shot in the senior side of late.

 It appears as though it’s difficult for Cairney to notice something about that Academy team, as anyone who has watched them will have spotted.
 They play in exactly the same way as the first team, so if they are called upon, they can step in. It’s also worth noting that if they do make the grade, they will get a shot, but for now, they are learning their trade away from the spotlight, much as Alex Ferguson encouraged with his golden generation.
 When one or two of them do seem to be ahead of schedule, clubs such as Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Liverpool have hooked them away, and it will be interesting to see if they make the grade before the ones who have stayed to learn.
 When you add these stories to others such as the upcoming sale of players, now apparently for less than they are worth, it all seems to be designed to make us a little more miserable, and perhaps to shine a little doubt towards how things are going at the ranch.
 That’s usually because something is going on somewhere else.
 And, as we have seen yet again, there is something brewing on the other side of the river.
 It will soon be time for clubs to apply for a European licence to compete next time around. I’ve no idea if the new club from Ibrox meet the criteria, bit I do know that this time it will not be up to the SFA to decide.
 UEFA placed them on a watchlist so they can, er, watch them.
 The feelgood stories surrounding Michael and his Invincibeales are to distract the hordes from this simple fact.
 One almost wonders if the VAR controversies are a part of that, after all. it’s got everyone talking and it’s fairly superfluous to the bigger picture of a club being banned from Europe for beoing a bit dodgy.
 Such blatant cheating via VAR as we have seen recently is tantamount to match fixing, something that is not entirely an unknown concept over the river, and it follows that we might be witnessing the last desperate throw of the dice from our neighbours.
 They need European football to survive, and are getting all the help they need.
 The media are calling this a conspiracy theory, and all of us who are aware that something is not right in the game are being tagged as a little paramoid, when we have learned that being a little paranoid is not nearly enough.
 A conspiracy theory, by definition , is;
belief that an event or situation is the result of a secret plan made by powerful people 
 (Cambridge dictionary….I’d have used the Oxford one but since Boris johnson is a former pupil it’s probably lying. )
 Rangers Tax Case tweeted on this subject a day or two ago….
Those mocking conspiracy theories, please address this one. Neil Doncaster’s

signed a 5 Way Agreement with Oldco, Sevco, SFA, and SFL in July 2012. Then the

executed a secret side-letter with Sevco promising no punishment for any of the EBT fraud.  

Except the 5WA had a side-letter. Yes, it’s that scourge of Scottish football, the side-letter. The SPL gave Sevco a sneaky wee note promising to not punish them for EBTs. Nimmo Smith inquiry was just a theatrical production. It was a rigged, ‘garbage in-garbage-out’ set piece.
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Despite already promising to not punish Sevco for anything related to Rangers’ EBT fraud, they created the Nimmo Smith enquiry to create a smokescreen. The evidence submitted to LNS was filtered to ensure only one outcome. This is the very definition of conspiracy.
The proof has been circulating for years. The mainstream press won’t touch it. Why? Yet we are supposed to just accept the compliant whimperings of TV panel fraudsters as fact? We’ve been lied to for years. Why would we suddenly start to believe them now?
 It’s not really a theory if there is proof out there to back it up.
 The SFA have a deep love for all things Ibrox. they cannot bear the thought of a dominant Celtic, and it burns into their very souls.
 For whatever reason, the media, on the whole, with just one notable exception in Andrew Smith of the Scotsman have sold their own souls for the cause.
 Smith has pointed out one or two anomolies…..

Few considered that the ball striking the arm of Connor Goldson in the area during the Ibrox men’s 2-0 victory over Dundee United merited a penalty – unlike the defender’s hands-up contact in the box against Celtic at Ibrox seven days earlier. The fact neither led to a spot-kick means Rangers have now gone 38 league games – essentially an entire top flight campaign – without conceding a penalty. Moreover, owing to their involvement in the Viaplay League Cup this weekend, a year is guaranteed to pass without it being deemed by officials that any Ibrox player has been guilty of an offence to warrant a spot-kick on the domestic scene. A result of the fact the most recent such incident occurred in the top flight encounter at Pittodrie on January 18 last year, which allowed Lewis Ferguson to convert for Aberdeen in what proved a 1-1 draw.

Pretty remarkably, this follows on from a 44-game run without coughing up a league penalty that Rangers experienced between January 2020 and April 2021. A span sandwiched between Ryan Christie missing one in Celtic’s 2-1 derby defeat at home to their ancient adversaries on December 28, 2019 and Liam Craig netting for a 94th-minute equaliser from the spot to claim St Johnstone a 1-1 draw against Steven Gerrard’s side on April 21, 2021. Essentially then, across only three years, the Ibrox club have enjoyed two sequences avoiding any penalty punishment in the Premiership of a longevity only occasionally witnessed throughout top level football. However dominant a team may prove to be.

 The questions are, regarding the SFa and their lapdogs in the media, how deep is that love and how far are they prepared to go to defend it ?
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The Green Machine
26 days ago

Good to know you’ve finally learned the difference between ‘Conspiracy’ and ‘Theory’, Ralph.

I gave you a mention on SC for your outstanding contributions to this outrageous farce this week.

HH

Gunnsterm
26 days ago

Good article Ralph.

Scotsmen article also commented that Rangers have not had a penalty awarded against them at home since September 2019. Also, they’re no strangers to having penalties given against them as had 6 in 10 European games.

SteveNaive
26 days ago

Good stuff. We will see more disinformation the longer we keep that lead. They don’t like us and some actively hate us.
It’s not a football thing.
It’s not ( just ) an anti Irish thing
It’s a long standing, deep seated anti Catholic thing.
Yes it is.

TicToc
26 days ago

Excellent stuff Ralph and RTC.
I followed RTC, amongst a few others regarding the old huns/new huns shenanigans, and I’ve done much research but I’ve never seen the 5(6) W A side letter before although I’ve seen the 5(6) Way and the email to which it was attached dated 26th July 2012.
They’re a shameless shower, the whole FN lot of them involved here, including our current Chairman. As far as I can see however, even though much of this is now widely known, it’s been very sneakily contrived such that to get the truth out in full and show up all involved could lead to UEFA/FIFA sanctioning not just the huns but the whole of Scottish football and that’s what they’re banking on to ensure no action is taken. There is literally no depth to which this scum will sink; they’d sooner bring the whole of Scottish football down than come out and tell the truth and pay for the crimes they have knowingly committed. Ditto the whole of Scottish Media including the publicly funded BBC.
Sickening does not even come close. But there are some clever guys in our support and maybe they’ll still find a way. I’d certainly contribute towards the necessary “new broom” to cleanly sweep all that scum off the planet.

Damian Smyth
26 days ago
Reply to  TicToc

I think we need to change our emphasis on calling out the cheating from the minnows ( refs & assistants) and turn our attention to the men that call the shots . Crawford Allan & his crooked Masons. We should visit them , email, text them. All we have to do is remind them the cheats run far but in the end they are caught, They will become uncomfortable & this will bring about change . Remove the cheating from our games officiators & other main changes will follow

TicToc
26 days ago
Reply to  Damian Smyth

It’s a nice thought but the general malaise of apathy amongst our supporters and the combined strength of the network of ‘brothers’ from Ibrox to Hampden via the LRA and Media is formidable. And they KNOW it. As I said above, it would likely involve ‘collateral damage’ and unintended consequences, effectively bringing us down with them and THAT may be a ‘bridge too far’.
We need our brightest supporters to come up with a plan and then get enough of our supporters to ‘voice’ their concerns. Ultimately, when you’ve got singular Tim entities like eTims and a dozen or so more it fragments our support and all you get is a gnashing of teeth and bumping of gums. A nice thought though.
I hope that makes sense as I’m absolutely knackered and need an early night!

Salad Queen.
26 days ago

I watched the VARdict programme yesterday and no mention of the goldson handball . I never thought it would become as bad as this but now they know they are getting away with it, look out for the future, especially the cup games.
Our board seem to be quite happy as long as we are slightly ahead of the huns.

MabozzaRitchie
26 days ago

seems the conservatives are introducing new legislation to stop ambulance services from striking and murdering people who need to get to hospital. well done. Kier stonker will of course repeal this.

MabozzaRitchie
26 days ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

if this is fascism then I am glad I am one.

Frank McGaaaarvey
26 days ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

Who’s responsible for the so-called murders when there are no strikes. Who has stealthily lead the NHS on an almost unsalvageable road to ruin?

I’ll give you a clue….TORY BASTARDS! That’s who. Then again, you already knew that. Didn’t you?

MabozzaRitchie
26 days ago

na…thus chunt (Labour). another of Blair’s failures comes in the form of the Frankenstein-like part-privatisation of public assets, such as housing, education and the NHS, the stalwart of which being the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). PFI proposed to contract private companies to fund public services. Whilst PFI was a John Major initiative, it was barely used until Blair’s arrival. It symbolised the ‘Third Way’ that sought a compromise between capital and labour, a half-way position between government power and private power. PFI, especially in the Health Service, started as a hopeful scheme to improve vital public assets, yet regressed into a public debt crisis, as underfunding of the NHS itself, coupled with large PFI contracts, resulted in a lack of expenditure on actual health, which led to seven NHS trusts needing a bailout in 2012. The absurdly high rates of interests on such buildings undermined actual healthcare, alongside pay for NHS workers

Frank McGaaaarvey
26 days ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

Labour? Who haven’t been in power since 2010? And the tories (your tories by the sound of it) haven’t accelerated the red tory process? What did they do to redress this?

Why am I even getting involved in a discussion about this with someone who would probably send strikers to jail?

MabozzaRitchie
26 days ago

mate of mine got a call from his gp over christmas to drive his old dear to hospital. she had a suspected heart attack and the ambulance was going to take 5 hours to turn up. maybe you need some of that reality action tories are bob on. time to lock the fckers up.

what do we want,free money. when do we want it now.

MabozzaRitchie
26 days ago

mate of mine got a call from his gp over christmas to drive his old dear to hospital. she had a suspected heart attack and the ambulance was going to take 5 hours to turn up. maybe you need some of that reality action tories are bob on. time to lock them up.

what do we want,free money. when do we want it now.

The Cha
26 days ago

He’s best ignored, he wouldn’t be brave enough to utter this in public, as he’d be ridiculed and does so from the safety of his bedroom, well apart from his mum bursting in and catching his one arm juggling act.

His baws haven’t dropped and don’t look like doing so anytime soon.

Woof Charlie
26 days ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

‘From 2011 increases in life expectancy slowed after decades of steady improvement,’ – The King’s Fund. If you must come on with irrelevant posts get your facts right. There’s only one group of people responsible for this – The Conservative & Unionist party. Some of us can buy and sell you on any topic.

MabozzaRitchie
26 days ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

check out the causes dimwit. hee haw to do with govt or NHS

An examination of the causes of the slowdown in life expectancy improvements since 2011 is included in the National life tables, UK: 2016 to 2018 bulletin.

Grant Sloan
26 days ago

The more the SFA get away with it. The more they are going to do. And it’s not just Celtic FC. I cannot understand the silence from Scottish club’s board members, who just accept it. I hope it’s nothing to do with that ‘secret’ society.

The Cha
26 days ago
Reply to  Grant Sloan

If Scotland’s biggest, richest, powerful, most successful etc club ie Celtic do nothing, what do you expect smaller, poorer, powerless, unsuccessful clubs to do?

I always find it bizarre that despite our club’s silence we criticise others for doing nothing.

The Cha
26 days ago

So, £7m for Juranović to Berlusconi’s Monza it is then.

Personally, I was expecting more Bunga Bunga.

celtic.vitalfootball.co. uk/just-seems-so-strange-dan-james-on-transfer-speculation-and-minimum-fee-clause-addressed/

Drew67
26 days ago

Its no just Celtic who should be asking for investigation…every club thats been denied decisions by these bent refs over the piece should be asking the question.we’ve been denied the most but thats some amount of games over last 3 years.

The Green Machine
26 days ago

Where’s my comment, Ralph?

I’ve been praising you all week, man.

Woof Charlie
26 days ago

The Turkey tin-foil must be on sale.

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