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Celtic Diary Friday January 20: Strange Things Indeed

That’s the laptop up and running again, apparently it wanted to reconfigure itself.

 

Frankly , I have no idea what that means and i’ve just spent about half an hour staring at it telling me not to switch it off while it’s doing it.

 

 

I did have a look at using the wife’s laptop, but it’s far more modern than mine, which has the logo “good luck Tommy in the trenches ” on the cover, but it confused me.

 

 

However, I ended up looking at her search history and now know exactly what to get her for Valentine’s Day

 

 

This chicken has blue-black bones, organs, and meat—here's why

 

 

I hope she doesn’t read this….it would spoil the surprise.

 

 

And probably my boyish good looks.

 

 

 

Every now and then, something appears in the media that makes one sit up and notice, such as this, in the Scotsman…

 

 

The article, by Alison McConnell, included this …..

 

 

Mixed message

A Rangers marketing campaign last year focused on an ideology of inclusivity – ‘Everyone, Anyone’ – a laudable and progressive step to move the club away from some of the cultural attitudes that belong to a different era. It makes little sense, then, to play in and promote an orange kit that carries unambiguous and irrevocable connotations with the very elements they wish to unshackle themselves from.  

 

 

That’s my ghast completely flabbered.

 

 

 

No one else has mentioned this, let alone accused the Ibrox club of playing to the gallery, and if you do nothing else today, buy a copy of the Scotsman,

 

 

If they see their sales rise, we might get articles on the five way agreement, the perception of bias in referees and possibly even a congratulatory article celebrating a decade of the new club.

 

 

Hope springs eternal…..

 

 

 

Compare and contrast with the nonsense that is put forward from the old guard in the media, it’s bright and refreshing.

 

 

Graeme spiers, for instance, hosts a podcast that asked this week why we were seeing the return of songs of hate at football….which implies that they actually went away for a while, whilst when a particular support can offer nothing but those particular ditties that kind of can;t happen.

 

 

Unless there’s a global pandemic and you lock them all out.

 

 

 

Anyhoo, you’re not here for that kind of talk, you want to know what’s been going on at the ranch.

 

 

In the absence of any real news, we’ve done a bit of digging/made some shite up (depending on how you rate our pish stained drunks and their information ) and some of it makes sense, and frankly some of it is terrifying.

 

 

 

First, Peter Lawwell is not back in the saddle, He can make the tea and check the water bottles are in place ahead of meetings, and that’s about all.

 

Yes, he offers his opinion, and yes he is listened to politely but his day has come and gone.

 

 

For those of you who reckon we’re heading back to the days of him being the alpha  male are wrong, and our manager is still getting what he wants from the board.

 

 

Georgios Giakoumakis wants a bigger contract, he’s popular at Celtic and an extremely likeable guy, but the biological clock spares no one and he is looking for his last big contract, and Celtic seem reluctant to give him what he wants.

 

 

Which is why there will be a new guy in town shortly. A fellow called Oh.

 

 

The same seems to apply to Josip Juranovic, and that’s just the way it is.

 

 

There will be others leaving, but that’s the way Ange runs things, he’s a little more ruthless than the cuddly marsupial image he puts across on the telly, unless you’re a reporter , that is.

 

 

Which brings me to the bad news…..if, indeed , it’s news, and not just the opinion of our urine soaked friend.

 

 

 

There is a real fear at the club that when West Ham, Leeds Leicester or any other mid table obscurity sacks their manager, they will move for ours.

 

 

And there’s a real fear he will go….a genuine worry that he’s about to leave for pastures new, if not particularly inviting.

 

 

 

I like to think he lacks the moral flexibility of such as Brendan Rodgers, and will stay for at least another UCL campaign, it’s hard to believe he’s dragged so many players across the world to play for him knowing he isn’t here for the long haul, so whilst I’m dutifully reporting what we heard, so I’m taking it with a pinch of salt.

 

 

 

Meantime, why not cheer yourself up with a caption competition……?

 

 

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AntonDeclan
16 days ago

CAPTION:
The Diary said Friday so we assumed it was Saturday….and now the Boss has been on the phone saying where the f### are you?!

Owen Mullions
16 days ago
Reply to  AntonDeclan

Anybody that trusts Ralph’s typos is either a congenial idiot or a complete mormon.

SFATHENADIROFCHIFTINESS
16 days ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

I take it that this is your Caption Entry
and not just as comment on

SFATHENADIROFCHIFTINESS
16 days ago

‘…Antons entry.
Need to be clear. You don’t want to miss
out on the chance of glory

Owen Mullions
15 days ago

Reply vaporized so I’ll try again. Of course it’s just a joke JimboH but reading back at first glance it does seem quite offensive. Oops

MabozzaRitchie
14 days ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

oh look a balls / erse licker. dont see that very of often on here. hahaha

16 days ago

Morelos and Kent continued to wait on their coveted January Window exit

calum
16 days ago
Reply to  desimond

It’s like waiting for godot there….

Majoc
16 days ago

We thought we were here to “meet and greet” Kermit.

Morto
16 days ago

Caption: Can’t wait for colour tv so folks can see my yellow transfer window tie.

Mike.
16 days ago

The star of the show: Cameron Carter Vickers, was loaned out so often, his nickname should have been ‘The Pawn Shop’. Amazed that other clubs did not recognise his qualaties. Calmness personified, like a deer being attacked by a pack of wolves, he just shrugs them off and carries on, what a find.I was interested in his bhoyhood club Catholic United, spoke to the clubs secretary last year only to find that he was walking the lakes for charity – proud to be a a partner of MIND. Based on the south coast, pleased to become an Allegiance Partner Club to Lurgen FC, to share the same values of being open and welcoming to all, to encompass and represent all members of the community. If it sounds familiar then so it should.

Mike.
16 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Founded in1959, during a meeting at the ‘Sacred Heart’ church hall, it originally played with white shirt and black shorts. Its chairman at the time Glen Foy, thought that it needed a more distinct strip, so he wrote to Bob Kelly asking if he could be loaned a strip, Umbro at the time wouldn’t allow its merchandise to be sold, but Utd. were suprised two weeks later to receive from Celtic a full set of strips and a letter wishing them every success. They wore it in 1968 in a Walton cup final and won. It was then written into its constitution that from now on they would wear the world famous Green and white Hoops. Celtic FC – Belfast Celtic – Catholic Utd. – Lurgan FC. Football for Good. Brother Walfrid would be delighted. Mon The Hoops. A great strip green and white hoops at a reasonable price.

16 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Mike, are you the farming guy who used to contribute on here along with Monti, before Green Machine nearly ruined this very good Blog?

Mike.
16 days ago
Reply to  Gerald Allen

The very same Gerald and thank you for asking. Monti was on the last diary, it was great to talk to him. Cheers.

Funkyy
16 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Welcome back Mike.

Mike.
15 days ago
Reply to  Funkyy

Thank’s Funkyy, Its a bit like the ‘Tic, in that, you never really leave it, but I needed the break, it gave me the time to really delve into this wonderful clubs history, purely for my own enjoyment. I know, shell – fish pr!ck.

Caption: ‘Ange might go!!’

Yoker Bhoy
16 days ago

Cup action tomorrow. Every time I read or hear the name ‘Morton’ I think of big fat Andie Ritchie and what might have been. The Greenock club has a long history (149 years) and won their only ever Scottish Cup 100 years ago, beating the huns 1-0 in the final.
They currently sit fifth in the Championship and are still in contention for a play-off spot despite a recent dip in form in which they’ve lost their last two league games and have only recorded one victory in their last five fixtures.
The ‘Ton’ recently signed ex-Celt Calvin Miller, who was once tipped for big things but only managed a handful of first-team appearances for the Hoops in the left back position.He’s still only 24 and is currently being deployed in an attacking left-sided midfield role. Their aren’t too many household names in their squad at the moment, maybe the odd colourful surname such as midfielder ‘Blues’, except for maybe one larger than life character. He’s a powerful and acrobatic central defender with a wealth of CL experience under his belt and an Africation Nations winners’ medal in his cabinet. Even with a CV like that, I think that if Kyogo, Daezen and company can keep him under constant pressure, there might just be a mistake or two in him. 🙂
Their main forward Quitongo tends to put himself about a bit and could turn out to be a bit of a nuisance if the Greenock side manage to get that far up the field but everyone knows that they’ll be coming to defend desperately and I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if they go five at the back.
With the large travelling support and a different kind of atmosphere it shiould turn out to be a fun experience, hopefully containing an avalanche of goals. They’ll be treated with the same respect as any other team but we should be fine on the day, provided none of our defenders or goalie do anything daft. There’s more than a fair chance we’ll see the other new bhoy, nº 24 Tom Iwata, make his debut at some stage in the proceedings.
On another note, the Oh Hyeon-gyu story is gathering a lot of momentum at the moment. He apparently has a strong desire to sign for us and I personally would like to see this happen because he looks a great prospect (the South Korean is only 21) with great pace, superb close control, impressive dribbling skills, keen awareness and also notches up quite a few goals with his head. We could certaionly do with another quality striker.

Drew67
16 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Hi Yokerbhoy

Was at great St Paddys Night in St Brendans hall in Yoker when big Andy Ritchie drew the raffle.Tommy Burns also gave us that privilege one year aswell.

Yoker Bhoy
16 days ago
Reply to  Drew67

Sounds like a brilliant night Drew – St Brendans was my primary school. Won’t even try to predict Ange’s XI for tomorrow but there’s bound to be quite a few changes from Wednesday night.

Drew67
16 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Went to Corpus Christi primary but made me Holy Communion and was married in St Brendans too.

Hail Hail

The Cha
16 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Very remiss of you not to point out he was also a Balon d’Or contender.

Do you not remember the commentation songs and T-shirts?

Whether there were also mugs, I can’t comment.

Yoker Bhoy
16 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Of course, how could I forget something as crucial as that. The big lad was definitely a hot canditate for the Balon d’Or and so much more besides. 🙂

The Cha
15 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

There’s only one F in Efe, one F in Efe.

Yoker Bhoy
15 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

I had a feeling he’d do us a nice wee turn today.

The Cha
15 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

On the BBC Scotland coverage they showed him giving away a penalty leading to Morton beating us in League Cup 10 years ago.

Felt sorry for him, ridiculous penalty ala Berna with hands behind back when Goldston can use 2 to push it over bar and no pen.

Also, 2nd there were 2 or 3 poor passes along the back before the final Efe up.

FSTB
16 days ago

If Ange does decide to move on , IMO it will be because he simply cannot implement his football philosophy in this country ,the peepil running out game just won’t allow him to do it .
Every single positive thing Ange has
brought to the game here .
High press – opposition just fall over
Mib give a free kick .
Quick throw ins – ballboys removed
Quick free kicks – players stand in front of kick the ball away .
Short corners – players constantly encroach with no sanction.
Then the 2 minute breathers for the opposition courtesy of the Mibs .
Angeball simply wont be allowed to
to be played in this backwater.

SteveNaive
16 days ago
Reply to  FSTB

Opposition often kick the ball, they’ve just put out for a throw in, back onto the park, necessitating mib to halt play as Celt already has one in his hand from the ball boy (girl).

Jinkylarrson
16 days ago

To Mr Spiers the return of the songs if hate! They never went away. That’s why the SCUM were fined repeatedly during the European cups last season.

Whitearra
16 days ago

Caption : ‘VAR operators confirm that Kyogo is onside and goal stands’.

TicToc
15 days ago
Reply to  Whitearra

Ha! That’s funny!

16 days ago

Caption
We know it’s not a red card offence if you punch someone else, now let’s see if we get one for punching ourselves

16 days ago

When yir 3 doon afore hauf time, being suited and booted isnae a’ it’s cracked up tae be.

dingbat
16 days ago

Ginger and Cary in once upon a Honeymoon. That’s all I ‘ve got.

Retired Internet Bampot
16 days ago

Stevie , dearest , ma friends on E-tims are assuring me that , that cvnt Beale will fail also.

Damian Smyth
16 days ago

Celtic with Ange in charge continue to march onwards & upwards .Celtic’s well oiled machine with plenty of parts who are not spare , means we can change things without weakening . Yet some get the feart.

Woof Charlie
16 days ago

Michael Stewart raised the orange strip to the Ferguson they have on there who does ‘anti-discrimination’ work with schools. He said the colour celebrated their Dutch connection and ‘he had never heard it linked with the Orange Order before.’ I think they teach that kind of stuff in the 3 degrees. Only in Scotland.

CarlJungleBhoy
16 days ago

Caption: SFA belatedly release footage from the broken VAR coverage of the Rangers v Aberdeen league cup semi, proving categorically that Kent didn’t really punch Scales, he was just resting his hand.

An Occasional Contributor
16 days ago

What’s with the black lines allover the comments ?
You’ve went too var Ralph.

Uibh fhaili
16 days ago

I can’t do the daily diary hen some one stole the ribbon out of the typewriter

OBz
16 days ago

The club should already be searching for Ange’s replacement. I personally hope he is here for at least another two seasons but, if he does go, the club need to be able to move quickly and bring in someone who can build on what Ange has given. We can’t have another Howe debacle again.

The Cha
14 days ago
Reply to  OBz

The club should always have replacements lined up for all key employees.

Whether Ange gets pissed off, something untoward eg family illness may happen, however unlikely, so this should be under constant review.

This should be a moving feast, with those who were favourites last summer are different from today and new options are likely in the summer etc.

That’s the way all good businesses roll.

Of course under our wretched lazy ex-CEO that didn’t happen and we replaced a Rolls Royce manager with a clapped out Lada.

Have things changed for the better?

I hope so but have my doubts.

Damian Smyth
16 days ago

Why are most of the comments blocked out by a grey – covering?
Can this be removed ?

Owen Mullions
15 days ago

Caption:
When he forgets his viagra

TicToc
15 days ago

Just heard on the grapevine that Micky Bealeshit is gobbing off again.
He claims to be ‘very close’ to signing ‘a name’ that was a huge help to new hun fans in Seville. He also claims he’s a relative of Tom Iwata.
So a big welcome to Ibrox (soon) for Lav Iwata to delight the most obnoxious fans on the planet!

TicToc
15 days ago

You have to feel for Morton, the penalty, like Bernabei’s one and O’Riley’s one is FN nonsense but the quality was always going to tell and it’s almost a procession now.
And the time taken with VAR, WTF?
Anyway, we’re on the one road………

portpower
15 days ago

Shall there comes a time, with these ridiculous new penalty rules, where a penalty taker passes to the goalkeeper in protest?

TicToc
15 days ago
Reply to  portpower

Aye Port, sooner than later for me. It’s horrific and probably ‘demanded’ by TV companies like FN Sky. I reckon a mhan of the calibre of Henke (not his “dreadlocks” :-)) would do that and I hope there are more of his ilk.
Imagine, if this could ever happen, that we get a bum penalty against the new huns and our ‘taker’ does the pass-back thing you mentioned. That would fukk more than a few heads up! HH and thanks for the SE Aussie Shiraz 🙂

Mike.
14 days ago

Jimmy McGrory – Celtic FC. The record books tell us everything about the legends of the past. It wasn’t until weeks had passed, that, after my first Celtic game, the 1960-61 Scottish Cup final, that It sunk into my brain that I had witnessed two Celtic legends in opposition, Jimmy McGrory the Celtic manager and Jock Stein the Dunfermline manager. How could I have been so stupid. Youth has its attributes but wisdom is not one of them. James McGrory, was supremely talented as a Celtic player and loyal to his core. If you talk about them, you remember them and their contribution to the Celtic cause, we will never forget.

jimmy mcgrory 3.jpg
Yoker Bhoy
14 days ago

Looks like some sad individual decided to go on a mad voting spree in the middle of the night, voting down The Cha, Mike, Drew, myself and others 4 or 5 times. Completely inoffensive posts as well. I don’t believe that four or five regular posters would have done this, not that I’m particularly bothered .as the voting function is a load of bollox anyway. Someone seems to be on some kind of weirdo vendetta mission using different electronic devices to vote, possibly borrowing smartphones from family members. So who could the phantom phanny be? A stray hun maybe?

Woof Charlie
14 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

If I had two bullets and met VAR and the voting on here in a lift the votes getting a double tap.

Owen Mullions
14 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

I got 5 thumb doons in overnight on the last blog for wishing a fellow poster a Happy New Year!!! I’m pretty sure it’s the Greetin’ Machine in my case as he’s here 24 hours a day and has quite a few vendettas with people.

Yoker Bhoy
14 days ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

There’s a coincidence Owen, I also clocked up five negatives for wishing someone happy new year on here.

Funkyy
13 days ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

Whoever the thumb dooner is he’s learned to use a VPN so that he can reconnect as if from a different country each time and give multiple thumbs doon to anybody who doesn’t like him….now who would that be? Answers on a postcard…

Mike.
14 days ago

Yoker who gives a monkeys? Hola, old bhoy, hope you are good. OK, you have talked me into it, here’s my favourite photo. The superbly talented, the irreplaceable Bertie Auld. Mr.Cheerful, just to look at him made you happy and lifted your spirits. Here, in Lisbon look at his poise, his balance, his determination, as he battles for the ball with Armando Picchi, the captain of “La Grande Inter”. Sadly, Armando passed away on the 27th. May 1971, just 4 years almost to the day after this picture was taken. It makes that European Cup win that much more special when the opposition is so good.
RIP Ten Thirty, we will never forget your happy smiling face. RIP Armando Picchi, a very worthy opponent.

BERTIE-AULD-1967 and armando picchi 67.jpg
Yoker Bhoy
14 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

I’m fine Mike, although it’s starting to get pretty cold, even over here. Thanks a lot for all the fine stuff you’ve been posting on the Celtic greats. Keep ’em comin’!

Mike.
14 days ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Yoker, its been Baltic here, but now its beginning to heat up slightly, Whooo Hooo.
I’m giving the photos a rest for today, but, will post a couple perhaps on the next diary. Thanks for your posts, they are really informative, accurate and I always enjoy reading them. Keep it lit Yoker and Mon the Betis, the Real Betis.

Yoker Bhoy
14 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Cheers Mikey – not been a great week for Betis as the lads got knocked out the cup in penalties and lost 1-0 away to Español in the league yesterday. I’m sure the verdiblancos will bounce back with a roar all the same. Hope the Hibees can do the bizzo later on.

Yoker Bhoy
14 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Reply hooked. Have a great day Mike.

StevieD
12 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Me n my pal Frankie were walking into town after a game in the pishing rain when Bertie Auld stopped in a taxi just before Brigton Cross and shouted us in. A real gentleman. My Ma knew him from Panmure Street when they were young. She said he was always like that.

Monti
14 days ago

Caption: ‘ VAR CHECK awaiting penalty denied to Celtic ‘

Monti
14 days ago

Juranovic gone, Giakoumakis next, then Hatate, O’Riley, Jota and Abada…..welcome back Mr.Lawwell, thanks for the downsizing.

TicToc
14 days ago

Just been reading some stuff on JJ’s exit, mostly attributed to Ange. He seems absolutely okay with it all and so I think so should we. Union Berlin seems an odd choice to me but personally I just wish him well. They’re apparently 5th in the German top flight so maybe not so odd a choice?
Don’t know the latest on Oh from S Korea but it sounded close yesterday. He’s only 21 so maybe he’ll need time? If you’re good enough you’re old enough rings a bell! 🙂

TicToc
14 days ago

FFS! “Awaiting for approval” nonsense once again!

MabozzaRitchie
14 days ago

really fancy a chinkies

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