The Scottish Cup campaign got underway at the weekend, with Celtic recording a 5-0 win over Greenock Morton.
The game itself was fairly routine, apart from Celtic getting a penalty which came as a surprise to everyone on and off the pitch when it happened, because it wasn’t a penalty, except probably in Scotland, and the large away following from the west coast side.
The population of Greenock is falling, prompting concern locally as it affects government funding. You really wouldn’t have thought it given the support that made the trip up the M8, although the shoplifting opportunities are better in Glasgow.
Curiously, the penalty incident prompted comment from impartial BBC Scotland man Kenny McIntyre, who said that a couple of referees had texted him to tell him it wasn’t a penalty, which everyone knew anyway.
Presumably those referees had no credit on their phone when other clubs or companies were awarded dodgy spot kicks,
Celtic host St Mirren in the next round, which won;t be a breeze. They actually try to play football which could cause a few problems,
With the transfer window only open for another week or so, it’s still quite a strange feeling to see Celtic have the bulk of the business done.
Josip Juranovic finally got his move sorted, joining Union Berlin for an initial £7.5m, with add ons taking it to 10 if he does well.
That’s a decent profit, and the money made has been used to replace him and strengthen central defence and midfield with real quality.
Peter Lawwell, meanwhile, looks on and learns.
The latest target, Hyeun Gyu Oh, a South korean striker, has agreed everything needed to be agreed and will join this week, leaving the way clear for a few quid to be banked for Georgios Giakoumakis, which will pretty much be the net financial gain this winter.
Whatever else we can find to moan about, the clubs conduct in the transfer market has been outstanding.
There’s been acticity at Ibrox as well, with promising striker Charlie McCann moving to crack European side Forest Green Rovers, landing the cash strapped newcomers enough money to pay for a bus ride to watch a replacement.
McCann knew where the net was, and will be missed. A few of us were hoping he’d play against Celtic, given his track record.
He’ll be at Hearts soon, and despite claims that Mickey Beale is going to sign top players from both Edinburgh sides, there’s a growing feeling that the east coast is where the challenge will lie in the second half of the season,
Which reminds me, those of you poking fun at Mickey’s mole, the unsightly growth that pulls ones eyes towrds it to distract from the nonsense he spouts need to have a good look at themselves, and perhaps offer an apology.
It’s not a mole, it’s a vestigal twin, one which failed to develop, as explained in this photograph from the US documentary series “Family guy ”
The twin is prone to inexplicable outbursts that embarass the host, which goes some way to explain his ramblings.
More to be pitied than scorned.
Now, here’s something for the esteemed members of our media to consider…..a tip off, if you like.
A couple of stories that need looking into.
Or, more accurately, a couple of questions that need to be answered.
The first concerns the ongoing scandal at Juventus, who have been playing a little bit fast and loose with valuations of players and wage agreements.
Surely that couldn’t happen here, could it ?
Second, there are whispers of match fixing throughout Europe, and two Scottish games have been mentioned as part of the scam.
Of course, our own journalists are probably investigating even as we speak.
After all, it would be massively embarrassing if some fat bloke in Stoke did all the digging and presented it ahead of them……
Last time out we had this….
VAR operators confirm that Kyogo’s goal is onside and goal stands.
A youngish Tom English with the new prop for Saracens.
Caption: Charlie McCann propels his career forward
caption : that pilot over there has a plane but its just because he is lucky
” The clubs conduct in the transfer market has been outstanding “? Really?
We sell a Croatian international who has just graced a World Cup stage, we are about to sell a proven goalscorer for next to little profit, midway through a season.
I’d say that is a mistake, to sell any top players in a winter window is not good planning.
Downsizing is how I see it and I just worry who is next, CCV, Hatate, Kyogo or Jota?
Support need to be asking why Juranovic & Giakoumakis were not tied down to new long term extended contracts…….in my opinion, this strategy is not going to end well.
Agreed. All I can say is Lawwell is back.
Very odd timing these transfers out of the club, both players are well under contract and could/should have been retained until the summer.
They both were on long term contracts. It could just be they wanted to move on? Ange told us don’t get too attached.
Don’t tell me you are not going to renew your season ticket……..oh wait…..you’ve never had one.
Danny I think that also applies to Ange as well, I firmly believe with Lawwell back, it’s the start of end of days with Ange.
Peter Lawwell is Toxic
I hope Ange is here for the long term and therefore hope you’re wrong with that.
“Peter Lawwell is Toxic” is beyond argument.
Juranovic was pretty pish. 10m ffs bite their arm off.
I’m with you.
1st 2 transfer windows, good stuff, 1st team ready players and immediate impact.
Last summer was surely a failure (so far), as its produced to number 1 picks for their positions, with only Sead looking likely to change that.
This one, so far looks like its back to projects, lesser players etc, who will hopefully develop in the future.
This is all well and good for Scotland but what about Europe, where we fell well short of making any impact?
There’s nothing so far that looks like its going to put us in a better frame for next season’s crack, so what, wait 2 or more years, for the young ones to develop but by that time, we’ll lose our better, more experienced players, so its back to square 1?
We are operating as we always have ie buy for low millions and sell for a few million more and never making the great leap forward that’s required for Euro progress.
Comparisons with the top Dutch and Portuguese sides, who spend £10m+, recoup £50m+ and have serious scouting investments are laughable.
We have only 1 asset in scouting, recruitment etc and that’s Ange and god help us when he finds out that the club won’t develop as he wants and he’ll still be expected to scrabble about in the relative bargain basements he’s done so far.
We’ve only been outstanding, if the requirement is just to get back to being just ahead of the Huns.
If the criteria is Europe then its failed so far and the latest recruits don’t look like they’re going to change that any time soon.
Comment – And Beale puts on a brave face after picking up the pieces to another plane crash of a season.
Caption: Inventor of the ACME facial carbuncle protector flies to Ibrox to deliver massive order.
Glad we play the next round of the cup at home and not at St Mirren Park.
Special delivery. Alfredo,s new bowl and spoon!
Caption,Captain Bill McWilliam proudly shows off what The armed forces collection at ibrox bought,next year they can try for a wing
Hun’s new signing jets in….
My take on the penalty award v Morton, is the Lanarkshire Ref Lodge telling us that the pens against O’Reilly and Bernabei were justified…Its backfired as not one pundit , ref ,broadcaster thinks Efe should’ve been penalised.
Effe was scapegoated…
Next penalty, lanch ball to RowZ and let SFA, UEFA and MSM know…
I was kinda hoping that Celtic would have done it at Saturday’s game. The pen on O Riley was bad the one against Efe was ridiculous.
Bit’s from a spitfire donated to new sevco museum and a special commemorative helmet for Alfredo
“Getting the gear together for armed forces day in shitsville , Sargent Major, Sir
Michael O’Leary unveils his new discounted airfare. For just €10 per week he will send you a new aircraft part and you can build your own plane. See the sites worldwide from the comfort of your own aircraft.
As seen on eBay …
Tongue drum and mallet ( mismatched )
Sakala Jr`s toothpick.
Caption “Ryanair announce there will be an unavoidable delay to the 12.15 flight to Tenerife”.
Caption…VARs new state of the art drone facility is almost ready…
Brave volunteer kits up for an expedition to find Kenny Miller
Celtic sign up German model “Herr Fix”
Former Ibrox manager is enjoying building model airplanes in his spare time whilst waiting for next opportunity……..
Caption – Sevco readies the company “jet” for January signings
Caption. “I’ll jolly well do all I can to get an invite to The Hun’s armed forces day”
Cantwell jets in to sign for sevco
Caption: The rather large ‘German helmet’ is for a new play I’m starring in and the other thing is just a prop!
Billy the midget’s airfix kit arrives just in time for his birthday.
Sevco’s latest acquisition is good in the air, and fits flying excrement role perfectly, says spokesman
Caption two …
I’m flying up to Glasgow to help the thirsty boarded ,
I heard the the hun hasn’t a pot to piss in .
Boarded should be hordes …
Correct Monti but I think less the dead hand of Lawwell at present. Ange acquiring what he believes better for his style of play which hopefully is a better fit for CL. For all his qualities, JJ was better as a traditional full back than an inverted one and GG, ( goals to minutes ratio very good) maybe just wants a move
Some others in the Club would not be seeing Celtic as high as they can earn.
“Shop lifting opportunities are better in Glasgow” Meant to be funny, but a slight to the good people of Greenock. Apology due!
The Alfredo Di Stefano Trophy. Alfredo was an International player of note. He was the captain of the worlds second most glamourous club, Real Madrid (Yokers favourite). Naturally he would want his Testimonial game to be played against the worlds first most glamourous club, Glasgow Celtic FC
Its well known that he visited the Celtic dressing room in Lisbon to fill in the details of his Testimonial game. Later he went into the Inter’s dressing room, but they were still sulking after being humped. Alfredo’s Testimonial game became known later as The James Connolly Johnstone game, because of the wizardly display of Jinky. Although Bobby Lennox scored the winning goal, most of the fans thought that he had dyed his hair ginger and was wearing the no 7 on his shorts.
The glamourous match between the European Champions and Madrid was somewhat of a grudge match, they were all moaning thinking that they were European Champions, so Celtic FC put them back in their place. Celtic wore the crown and they didny. Jock being the worlds supreme manager had altered the team and Simpson and Chalmers sat at the beach in their sun loungers. Bertie Auld was instructed to take out one of the Madrid players, he didn’t need much encouragement to do just that. As Jock scowled as he was sent off, Bertie said there you go gaffer job done, Jock cracked up.Celtic play the Spanish way and won. Di Stefano greatly admired Bobby Lennox as a player, who didn’t? But it was Francisco Gento – Ference Puskas – Jose Santa Maria and James Connolly Johnstone who got their pictures taken. “Ole – Ole – Ole” We win again. Jimmy Johnstone On The Wing. 😉
Less of that you, always had a strong loathing for Franco’s team. What a game Di Stefano’s testimonial must have been and even watching the few minutes of footage I’ve got, what struck me the most was seeing those defenders losing heart completely and refusing to try and close down Jinky when he was in possession for fear of being humiliated. A moment to treasure.
Oh,Reilly? 😉 Celtic won The Alfredo Di Stefano Trophy. How much I love reading that, so I’II say it again. Celtic won The Alfredo Di Stefano Trophy. 6-7 years previously, remembering Real, beating Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden, what a pasting Eintracht received and Madrid winning The European Cup – AGAIN. What satisfaction and a morale boost for the European Champions, Glasgow Celtic FC. Big Jock must have been at that game, because it changed football forever, dragging it in to a completely new era. Bob Kelly was so ecstatic that he dipped into the biscuit tin to donate one thousand £. to Oxfam. And here they were getting gubbed in their own midden. Sure that Madrid tried to sign Jinky and no wonder – What A Player. They will always live in our hearts big Jock Rooney the trainer – Sean Fallon and the players who raised us up and elevated the club Europe wide. Will we ever see their likes again?
The story goes that Real Madrid offered £100,000 for Jinky and Big Jock replied “Aye okay, whit game dae you want him for!”
First ibrox launched sit in a tank to watch the game. Now you can build your own spitfire while watching the game.
The only issue ai havecsithbBeslevisceverytimechebopens his mouth he reminds me of how much I miss, ‘ Only Fools and Horses.’
Because of the Black bars I don’t know if this has been mentioned, a well argues but not necessarily truthful issue on social media claims the brief Chief Executive mis-managed Josip’s and Gio’s contracts hitting the profit we could make. Frankly their age is a more likely factor but whatever else Lawwell would have got every penny.
Phil has a good piece reminding us how the new club is strangled by the old.
An Béal Bocht.
He reminds me of Dave Brent in the Office, the same nonsense spouted, which can only be appreciated by the sycophants in the Press.
I’ve seen the criticisms of Dom McKay but it all sounds whiffy to me (just as Lawwell returns, coincidence?).
If its true then why is it just surfacing now, when he’s been gone for 18 months and no longer under board protection and just a month or so ago, supposedly Jura was going for £20m, which you think would be tamped down by the board if they knew different.
I’ve had my fill of “Desmond was fuming and demanded action” rumours. How many times did that supposedly happen during our XXCEO and he continued merrily (to his, not our) way.
Think you might be right about the Dom Mackay stuff. I thought he was Lawwell’s choice and refreshing. I think Josips age is the key factor, last big move.
Caption: Norwich City fans celebrate the release of Todd Cantfly
Todd Cantwell, Vauxhall Zafira of a player.
I am quite relaxed about the two players leaving though it would have been better to wait until the end of the season. The reptiles in the press and all the transfer gurus have been trying to sell JJ since he first kicked a ball for the club and I suspect his head has been turned. His replacement was in the door before he left so I trust the managers judgement. I suspect letting the striker go is because he is unhappy and may disrupt the squad if he starts to mope around like some have done before. As to his replacement like most of the players Ange digs up I have never heard of the bugger but to be fair he has not done too bad a job so far so I trust him. Just look on the bright side you could have just seen your team dumped out of the cup by the mighty Darvel.
David did you know your old pal JJ has opened up his site to ‘freeloaders’ for one month only? Get your fill of his ‘forensic reportage’ while you can.
Airfix kits have gotten a lot smaller since then.
I see the new huns have signed Cantwell from Norwich for an ‘undisclosed’ fee of just a wee bit more than Real Madrid offered for Jinky 5.5 decades ago. WOW!
Reading between the lines this has probably more to do with his Equity Award-Winning diving capability than anything he can do with a ball at his feet. If ‘they’ can somehow, any which way, rob us of the title then they will. That shower are always ‘for the watching’ and it’s high time our ‘suits’ sat up and took notice. Kicking off AFTER the event will gain us nothing, we need for once to be pro-active. Ange will, but he needs backing.
But of course, I’m just paranoid!
Etims launch high-tech air mail delivery service for lost comments.
Walking the dog round an old factory site and found a fire brick with STEIN logo. I’m building a BBQ with that dead centre.
Caption: Pilot who was only carrying Morelos on the cargo hold, returns after failing to take off.
So that’s Juranovic, Giakoumakis and Jenz away……not downsizing tho
Agree with Jenz leaving.
Although he looked okay earlier in the season, he’s not been seen since the return of our Star Man 😉
With Yuki looking good also, we were never going to pay £6-7m for a 3rd or 4th choice CB.
It’s best to call a halt now and concentrate on the players who will be around for our tilt at the Champions League next season.
One for Burns Night
Address To A Hun Chief
(An ode to Dave King)
Fair fa’ yer dishonest wonkie face
Great chieftain o’ the hunnish race
Aboon them aw ye tak’ yer place
Green, Whyte an’ Murray
Weel are ye worthy o’ disgrace
For stealin’ money.
Yer empty pockets ye have filled
Leavin’ behind yer unpaid bills
Afore ye headed for the hills
In time o’ need
While, through yer lips, ye’ve lies distilled
Tae the undeid.
Mark how the Hun oan garbage feeds
The Daily Record’s aw he reads
He disnae ken the auld club’s deid
An’ this yin’s dyin’
The sing’l brain cell in his heid
Has gied up tryin’.
Oh Power wha hauds fans in His care
An’ dishes oot their bill o’ fare
Auld Scotia waants tae hear nae mair
O’ sad huns greetin’
Send them another ‘billionaire’
Tae fund mair cheatin’.
BRILLIANT, and typically so!
Kwality with a capital K.
Welcome Oh to Paradise.
Big Ange seems well pleased and that’ll do for me.
The planted words in his Celtic TV “interview” are typically cringe-worthy.
I just hope his name is never followed by FFS! 🙂
Caption “I brought this nose cone to hide Beale’s unsightly growth and propeller to waft away his verbal diarrhoea but I’m taking them away again as they fail Ralph’s good taste guidelines. 🙁 “
Oh, oh, oh, he’s magic! You know, gonny be ten in a row! Hope springs eternal.
SMSM Burns Night:
Ange should be so lucky.
Lucky and wae money.
I’ve deflated the rubber doll, forgot about the buxom blondes and the raven haired lovely’s. Now my dreams contain images of the 1931 Scottish Cup winning team. I see the gaunt face and hunched shoulders of Alec Thomson, the pretty bhoy features of John Thomson,the strong face’s of Jimmy McGrory and Peter Scarrff, and I wonder how much the ‘Triumph and Tragedy’ of that team scarred the club. Their ‘triumph’ over the steel -men and I wondered why they were dealt such bad luck, what could they have achieved if it wasn’t for the sad passing of John Thomson and Peter Scarrff? How long did it take the club to get over such tragedies? The supporters still walk in remembrance of John Thomson, the porcelain trophy of Peter Scarrff is still treasured by his family and there is a CSC called after that young man in Linwood? In modern times we remember the two friends Tommy Burns and Johnny Doyle and of course Jock Stein and the Lisbon Lions, who have departed, their memories will always live on.
Release The Doo’s, shout the Steel-Men! no, not yet Tam, there’s still 2 minutes to go and Celtic have a corner. Jimmy McGrory prepares to launch himself into the box, the ‘Human Torpedo’ rises up higher than any of the Steel-men and the ball hits the net. The game is over and the final is going to a mid week replay, naturally and without any doubt Celtic wins the replay and the 1931 Scottish Cup.
The Doo’s were never released in a flight of fanciful fate, the only bird released would be a Black pigeon, Motherwell was in mourning. The Shamrock reported that the daughter of a Motherwell director, brought a box, full of black cats and had them walking in front of her for good luck. “Well Bad Luck” (hehe) continued. They could have practised Voo- Doo, (hehe) but, Celtic never stop.
I see the new huns got yet ANOTHER penalty and then their opponents have a man sent off on top. In the 36th minute FFS!
When is someone going to call this out it’s repetitive,and both blatant and disgraceful?
I haven’t seen this but feel I don’t need to to feel foul play is AT IT yet again for the new company. Utter scum, everything about them and their fans including the whole media, Police Scotland and the ‘judiciary’.
But hang on! Didn’t Celtic PLC (Desmond’s toy) ‘appoint’ a new chairman? Doesn’t Celtic PLC have a potentially crucial voice here? Come on Lawwell, you fat stinking git, get off your fat arze and start calling all this out!!!!
I watched the match. A few minutes after the St Johnstone player was sent off
for a “sliding in” foul, a *rangers player did a worse “slide in” with studs to the
St Johnstone player’s ankle. Using the same criteria for the St Johnstone player’s
red card the *ranger’s player’s tackle should have been straight red. Even the 2
*rangers supporting commentators had to waffle on in embarrassment trying to
justify why it wasn’t red.
Last night I sent an email to my relatives in England telling them to expect *rangers
getting a penalty and/or an opposition player sent off depending on their “12th man in black’s performance.”.
They can’t believe that this is so predictable and that nobody in the media comments on the
obvious attempt to help *rangers and nobble Celtic. Now the media will be harping on about cutting
Celtic’s lead to 6 points and not the way it’s getting done. I refer back to the nice arrangement that *rangers kick off before us in 11 matches in the run in, while we only kick off before them in 4. Obviously to put a wee bit more pressure on us after they get their guaranteed 3 points each time.
The referees do everything but score for them. No protection for Celtic players being chopped down (Ideguchi having the back of his leg and ankle raked and out for long period of time), but *rangers players only need to stick out a leg and fall over and the refs start brandishing cards. If, by any chance we drop points the media and the refs will redouble their efforts to unsettle Celtic.
Terrific response, cheers Funkyy. We all know it, ‘they’ all know it but we NEED a voice to call it out.
PTL should have no executive duties any more and is ideally placed to do something but he’s compromised by allowing the 5(6)- Way agreement. So Celtic, due to Desmond and Lawwell saving the huns, well allowing the myth to exist, have left Celtic exposed. FFS, this is beyond credible. But, us supporters should NEVER accept it.
We are the Procurement Fraud Scheme.