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Celtic Diary Saturday February 25: Treble Yell

February is the shortest month of the year, and that means it’s the quickest, which is why I’ve just been more than a little shocked to see the Diary hasn’t appeared for over two weeks,

 

You have my apologies.

 

 

But then again, certainly over the last week or so, had it appeared, and had it been recording the events in the lead up to the League Cup final tomorrow, it mnay have become tedious and repetitive.

 

Countless feelgood stories for those who only feel good when they have something to back up their somewhat misguided feelings of superiority, a wave of goodwill from our esteemed media, all designed to stir up some sort of battle fever amongst the hordes, whom you would think would be a little tired of it by now.

 

However, not only has their manager become a little confused about the history of their fledgling club…his claim about “rangers ” lifting two of the last trophies available in Scotland was as bizarre as it was inaccurate, that attitude has spread to the players, with Fashion Sakala referring to the “other mob ” and newcomer Nicolas Raskin toeing the company line by claiming he signed for the new club to “win trophies “….before going on to say he needs a month to get fully fit.

 

 

As for Beale himself, it’s not worth going over what he has burbled on about as the game approaches, but one pointer is in the picture that says more than a thousand words…..

 

 

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Beale looks terrified.

 

Ange looks like he would rather be somwhere else, anywhere else, in fact.

 

 

The Celtic manager has been calm all week, merely stating that his players will do what they usually do, and he’s avoided the headlines, preferring instead to play his cards close to his chest.

 

 

The free midweek means the players will have worked on a few things, and one aspect of training that was reported but largely ignored was that the standard of training has risen with the arrival of the new players during the transfer window.

 

 

The strength in depth of the squad is phenomenal, better than at virtually any other time, but what has not been lauded is the attitude of the squad, which is why when the substitutes make an appearance they put in a shift.

 

 

Celtic will play the same way they always do, and at a high tempo. Expect the pressing to be quite high, because the ball needs to be kept away from our own penalty area.

 

 

Celtic will rely on their superior playing skills and tactical approach, whereas “rangers ” look to the trickery of Ryan Kent, whih is not to be underestimated as he has managed to trick both the club./company and the support that he is a decent player who gives a toss about the last few months of his Ibrox career.

 

 

The only worry is that the Ibrox side will have two highly influential individuals on their side, the type of performer that can change the game in an instant.

 

 

Nick Walsh on the pitch and John Beaton off it, the latter no doubt in protective custody, with his allies in the media already drafting the death threat stories, are the ones to watch out for.

 

They will dictate the tempo, their valiant last line of defence to help their heroes will mean every possible decision will go in the favour of their favourites.

 

Make no  mistake about that.

 

 

That’s why the cup competitions are sold to relatively minor tv channels, away from the gaze of the mass media, away from the larger outlets who would highlight little things like supporters of a club being allowed to officiate at major cup finals.

 

 

It couldn’t happen anywhere else…and, indeed, it doesn’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without their input Celtic would not only run up a cricket score, but probably declare at half time…..

 

 

But with the desire to prolong the old firm myth , and the need for the blue pound outweighing the desire for a level playing field, that’s what we’re stuck with until either the fans and clubs that make up the rest of the league do something about it.

 

 

 

 

We;ve seen the usual plethora of stories around Celtic that are designed purely to dampen not only our spirits, but those maybe even of the players, all of which have little effect, although no doubt some of the gullibillies indulge in a spot of onanism when they read them in the little room.

 

 

Who knows what’s next, as kick off approaches ?

 

 

Maybe the club will have it’s assets frozen ahead of the child abuse case ?

 

 

Maybe a whiff of a drugs scandal ? A drunken escapade in a night club ?

 

Perhaps a young lady will come forward to tell of her night of horror at the hands of some…unnamed ….hoops hero ? Or heroes ?

 

 

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Because there is a story they won;t print, and quite a few of our less than clean, sober correspondents have alerted us to this one.

 

 

Our manager is here to stay, for the long term.

 

 

We hear it’s partly because he feels he isn’t getting any younger, and any new postion , which would only come about if a club was in dire need of a rebuild, would mean he’d have to start all over again, and being an intelligent sort of fellow, he knows he would have difficulty in persuading players to follow him to another club , where he might not get the time to do what he is doing at Celtic.

 

For a second influx of eastern players to commit long term to his plans at Celtic is evidence enough he’s staying.

 

 

It’s not hard to see why.

 

 

His ambition his to make his mark in Europe, which he will get a crack at year on year here. Elsewhere he would have to start from scratch, given any move would be the result of a club being, to put it bluntly, on it’s arse.

 

 

Leeds, for instance, were never an option, as he would have to get them up to European standard, which could take years.

 

even the bigger clubs in England would only make a move if they dropped out of the UCL, meaning a new manager first of all has to get them back in.

 

 

Our manager isn’t getting any younger, and has committed to realising his ambitions with Celtic, where he has a support that idolises him and is patient and knowledgible enough to see what his long term plans are.

 

 

And , of course, dominating domestically.

 

 

Starting tomorrow.

 

 

Predictions ?

 

Well, I usually go for 7-0, but they’re bound to get a penalty……..

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tony carlin
7 months ago

I’ve missed the diary ya lazy hoor!
mon the hoops but I really hope we actually turn up tomorrow if we do we will win easy if we freeze and allow them to stop our free flowing play it could be difficult especially with the MIB

BJF
7 months ago

Really keen we ignore the media generated noise from the other mob. It strikes me as panic frankly. The only thing that matters is the outcome of tomorrow‘s final. You rightly highlight
the strength of our squad. In the unlikely event that they are good enough to raise their game to beat us tomorrow the Darvel factor
pertains, we move on.
Grey bars still.

Yoker Bhoy
7 months ago

The nerves are already tingling and the adrenalin is pumping with well over 24 hours to go before kick-off. It might well turn out to be a real physical battle and a frustrating slog for much of the time as they try to stifle our style of play but I can see the currants burning out in the later stages with front runners like Abada, Haksabanovic and Oh coming off the bench to make a devastating impact in the later stages. I can see us winning 3-1 or 4-1 with a late goal blitz, i.e. the most enjoyable way to win a cup final. Mon the Hoops, get right intae these lowlifes!

The Cha
7 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

I agree that it’ll be tight and remember last season’s Scottish Cup Semi-Final when I (and, I suspect, all of us) expected our superior fitness, talent etc to be decisive, if it was a tight game.

It didn’t happen that way, despite their various EL ET exertions, and was repeated in the following game at Celtic Park.

They’ve obviously lost key players (despite how wretched the likes of Bassey have been since) and the others are aging and perhaps don’t have the same impressive (he says grudgingly) fitness levels as then but we assume that at our peril.

In the 4 games against them, outside of Celtic Park, its been very tight, so we shouldn’t be looking at a big, easy win.

If that happen great but its not what the pattern has been and we need to guard against complacency, as you can’t overcome that on the pitch after its set in.

To be fair, none of that has been on display from either the manager or players and its only the Huns that have been running their mouths.

I remember inferior Celtic teams doing this before big games with the inevitable outcome.

I’m reasonably confident but also nervous that, if we’re ever so slightly off it, it could be a hard slog, which will surely suit them.

I’ll leave the Treble Yell (she cried Mooy, Mooy, Mooy) until this and the league are safely secured.

PS Who’s going to score the Huns penalty, as we know Tavpen sh1te’s it ala 2019 Cup Final?

Yoker Bhoy
7 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Good points. I think the main difference between the two sides is in quality, both in personnel and in playing style. The slickness, speed and craft of our passing and movement off the ball plus the fact that our players create a goalscoring threat from so many different areas is what gives me more confidence but calmness and concentration will be other telling factors. One nasty slip-up at the back and the game changes. Very excited about this one and if the lads are on their game, we could be set up for a football treat. COYBIG

The Cha
7 months ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Agreed, nervous anticipation here too.

If they bring us down to their level it’ll be a scrap but if we play to form then we will master.

Whitearra
7 months ago

Why is the final being billed by SPFL and Viaplay as them vs Celtic? Celtic advertise it as Celtic vs them.

The Cha
7 months ago
Reply to  Whitearra

Bizarre as it sounds, they are the “home” team. This was presumably done as part of the Semi-Final draw.

This means simply using the home dressing room, dugout etc and perhaps calling the toss (tbf they are a bunch of tossers).

Strangely, Ange’s luck didn’t extend to winning home advantage and we’ll have to settle for the poor consolation of winning cups and leagues.

BornCelt!
7 months ago

Predictions? A happy diary on Monday, 3-1 the Hoops, I am feeling generous, more tedious excuses from Beale after his first loss and the luck against them, a vile outburst from the sevconians concerning refereeing, Celtic and the weather, more speculation around our players and coach and a wonderful rendition of Hey. Hey, Hey, It’s a Beautiful Day around Hamden as the sevco end starts to empty. Hail, Hail!

Alkmaarbhoy
7 months ago

Hey Ralph, always good to read the diary and would love to hear more podcasts. Etims is the Kyoto of Celtic podcasts. Thought you might be interested in a ‘how others see us’ piece from the Noordhollands Dagblad today.

interview with Vincent Besuijen on loan from Aberdeen at Excelsior and coming from this part of NL “Playing in the Eredivisie I can just go to the supermarket, in Scotland you can’t go to a restaurant without being recognized. The people live for football. We played at Celtic. It was unbelievable. The whole stadium was green. The supporters were waving gigantic flags. I felt like we started 3-0 behind. It was quickly 1-0 and I was scared it would end 10-0. Eventually it was only 2-0.”

keep flying the flags boys

Whitearra
7 months ago

What is this?

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Jeremy Grimpole
7 months ago
Reply to  Whitearra

Looks like the Seal of Satan, mate.

I’d get it checked if I were you.

The Cha
7 months ago
Reply to  Whitearra

A cheeky attempt to boost Alkmaarbhoy’s up votes. 😉

Albert Kidd
7 months ago
Reply to  Whitearra

Ah, the dreaded grey bars. Your phone is gubbed mate. I’ll take it off your hands for £20. (:

The Cha
7 months ago
Reply to  Albert Kidd

Mine’s and increasingly rare eTims enabled, so the bidding starts at 2 grand.

Tim Buffy
7 months ago
Reply to  Whitearra

I’ve been getting this for months now when I try to read the comments on my iPhone. Strangely it’s ok on my tablet.

Owen Mullions
7 months ago
Reply to  Whitearra

First time I’ve seen those infamous bars – no wonder people are complaining. I was hoping the site was undergoing a revamp during its absence but obviously not so l guess that means that abomination of a comments filter is still in operation too – grrr!

SFATHENADIROFCHIFTINESS
7 months ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

Owen I’ve penned a response to your ‘diatribe’ elsewhere.

Benjamin
7 months ago

Great job lads.

Hey, ChatGPT, write a blog about Celtic Football Club in the style of eTims including the use of occasional misspellings and not so occasional bad jokes. Use the word ‘ranch’ at least once and not in reference to a salad topping.

But in all seriousness, welcome back. Despite the assurances, I don’t think I’ll ever stop worrying about Ange leaving. Even if it comes from the horse’s mouth directly. My biggest fear is that he wakes up one day, probably in November or December after we’re eliminated from CL, and he decides he’s taken us as far as he can given the budgetary constraints at Celtic. That and the prospect of Pep Guardiola stepping away at Manchester City the same way he did at Barcelona. Both of those are eventually going to happen; it’s only a matter of when. In the mean time I’ll be content to hang on for dear life and just enjoy the ride.

Prediction 4-1 Celtic. Davies red card. Kyogo, Maeda, O’Reilly, and Abada the goal scorers for Celtic, and an own goal by Joe Hart after misjudging a clearance attempt. Ange gives Rangers proper respect in the interview afterwards saying it’s never easy playing against an opponent with 3 hall of famers in the lineup.

The Cha
7 months ago
Reply to  Benjamin

I don’t worry about Ange leaving but simply because its completely outside my control and, if it happens, there’s nothing I could’ve done to avert it.

I agree that Europe is the pinch point as, although we’ve generated good PR, results-wise we haven’t improved.

The recent fantastic financials demonstrate that we’ve got the capability to recruit the higher quality required to compete in Europe but not required domestically.

Previously we know we’d never take that step and hence chase away good managers, so have we changed? Mm. I have my doubts.

As much as Ange’s age may be a comfort to some, it can also be a danger eg any concrete offer, as opposed to media pish, may be viewed as now or never, rather than waiting for a later, better one.

My big issue is succession planning, with Ange doing everything from recruitment, retention, as well as putting a winning team on the park.

With the wretched Rodgers succession, tortuous pursuit of Howe, panic Ange appointment (that was the board’s (unrepeatable) luck not the manager’s) etc its not something that’s been in our DNA.

Although there’s been a slight changing of the guard, with old grey men (Lawwell etc) being replaced by young grey men (Nicholson etc), essentially we have the same fossilised ownership/executive ethos that has cursed us the past 20 years.

There’s been significant governance issues (pre and post-VAR) for the new regime to demonstrate that they’re not the same Ancien Régime but the omertà on these issues says otherwise.

Binkabhoy
7 months ago

Welcome back Ralph!

portpower
7 months ago

Cup Final…

If the bounce of the ball or the ricochet of the ball is in your favour for the first 20-30 minutes, the game is yours to lose.

Celtic will do what the Celts do.

God Bless nail clippers.

The Cha
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

If we’re not loose, we won’t lose, don’t be sinners and we’ll be winners.

Tweezers, teasers and pleasers.

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

All in time for dinner.

Dennis Doherty
7 months ago

All week 1957 has been on my mind

Mike.
7 months ago
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Mike.
7 months ago
Reply to  Dennis Doherty

Oh Hampden in the Sun.

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Andy
7 months ago

Ryan Kent, despite being a tricky player, has hopefully been found out by VAR. I’ve said for a while that he has conned referees domestically and in Europe for a couple of years now by making deliberate contact with a defenders leg in the box.

Grant Sloan
7 months ago

I’m sure the Sevco players have been practicing. Hitting the ball to arm in the box all week. And how to make a rugby challenge look like a fair tackle.

Funkyy
7 months ago

If we were only about to play *rangers tomorrow I’d be 100% totally confident that we’d
win the Cup tomorrow. But, as we all know, we’ll also be playing against the officials on the park and the sleekit bassa in the VAR room. Any Celtic goal will be subject to a VAR review to see if it can be disallowed.on any pretext, even producing a dark, blurred, “Polaroid in a dark room” standard VAR image while any *rangers handball will be ignored by the “unsighted” referee and VAR.
Make no mistake, this is not just about the League Cup…this is about their “most successful club in the world” mantra. We are closing in rapidly on the league title wins that they wrongly claim to have, and we´re closing in on their total domestic trophies. Their friends in the media have tried and failed to unsettle players and Ange with stories of “moves” to other clubs, and they know if they don’t stop Celtic now before they get to within 1 or 2 trophies, it’ll be too late and the unthinkable will happen i.e. they lose their claim to be most successful club etc.
Ange appears to be settled at Celtic and is building something special, while they are scraping around with share value tricks to raise money just to hang onto Celtic’s coat tails.
Despite all these obstacles I go for 3-1 Celtic…I think it’s a stick on that they’ll get at least one “penalty to *rangers” tomorrow, they know how to stick their leg out to make the contact in the area that the ref is primed and anxious to award the penalty for.

portpower
7 months ago

With the 7 Celtic goals being dissected from the VAR firm today, Michael Nicholson has promised to order in some pizzas.

Una
7 months ago

4-1 Win

Yoker Bhoy
7 months ago

Well done lads, brilliant to get our hands on yet another trophy. Huns up to their usual dirty tricks, woeful playing surface and pihs poor refereeing. Not a great performance by any means but who gives a shiit, it was wonderful to see that Kyogo double and this will be massive psychologically for us as I look forward to watching Beale’s league campaign start to collapse like a pack of cards. Al Johnson defended brilliantly towards the end and liked the look of Iwata as well when he came on. The slogans on two banners from a couple of very big games in the past where we came out well on top spring to mind: ‘Make Mine a Treble’ and ‘Know your Place Hun Scum’. Onwards and upwards.

BroxburnBhoy
7 months ago

Well worth the win could have been more comfortable. That said first leg of a possible treble in the bag and the basket of assets off home early

portpower
7 months ago

Well played Bhoys.

I did like Chris Sutton`s little dig when he said, the ref will allow The Rangers 2 more attacks before he blows the full-time whistle.

There is only one thing worse than death.
And that would be forever tortured.

sevco viaplay shite FC.

portpower
7 months ago

Lunstrum, Alistair Johnston waited 96 minutes and you never turned up.

portpower
7 months ago

Just a heads-up Bovver Boots Beale.
Celtic have 11 rivals during the season.

portpower
7 months ago

I`m sure I seen Ange with a twig in his haund.

portpower
7 months ago

Ooh side net Fashion.
We are the goon squad and we`re coming to Town.
Beep-beep!

portpower
7 months ago

Beale gone by Christmas in July.

portpower
7 months ago

Tavpen:

“Peepil will see me and cry.” (hall of fame)

portpower
7 months ago

OK, who was up the sevco end and shouted scramble just before a picture of their Tifo was taken?

Woof Charlie
7 months ago

I’d predicted the only 2 things that can cost us the cup are the ref and us. Well the ref I thought was reasonable other than a ludicrous amount of added time to the 4 mins, which given all the subs and Calmac injury I thought was strange anyway. Starfelt we can afford domestically in CL he will cost us dearly but no time for gripes it’s another beautiful Sunday and the beginning of another end for the dignified singing their dirge through a tribute to a dead man. Who could have thought through the bad times we’d see them die twice. Hail hail.

Mike.
7 months ago

A fantastic day yesterday and one to remember and to savour. A big well done to Ange and the players. History evolves, new history was created and yesterday a new chapter was written in Celtic history, it will be forever written in the history books, just like this was written and forever to be remembered and enjoyed enjoyed. Hail Hail.

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Mike.
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike.

It never loaded but, I enjoyed it that much that I double enjoyed it, click on the link for the original history makers.

Mike.
7 months ago

Love the Bertie, the man with the heart of a lion.

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Mike.
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike.

Our Maryhill Bhoy, the eldest of eight children, that in itself carried with it a huge weight of responsibility, at just 15 years old he joined his local club Maryhill Harp. When he joined the ‘Tic in 1955 he was like many Celtic players converted from full back to a winger, but then another conversation came when big Jock made him an inside player. Thank you Mrs. Auld!

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