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Celtic Diary Thursday April 20: Shall I Compare Thee Too….?

Ange Postecoglou often draws comparisons with other Celtic managers, it’s the nature, I suppose, of the business he’s in.

 

 

I’m going to compare him to one, and after you see why, you might see the same similarities that I do.

 

 

Ronny Deila, who had his, er own novel and refreshing style of man management that often bewildered players, also had a few ideas about the tactical side of the game.

 

 

One of which was to install a number of different ways of playing into the team. Which allowed him the element of surprise.

 

 

He never had the time to do this at Celtic, whether that’s for good or for bad we’ll never know, but you could see why he was thinking like that. He did say that it was taking a while to get the players to buy into just his first plan, as they had already developed a few bad habits, but at least he tried.

 

 

Ange Postecoglou tells us his style will never change.

 

 

Yet it does, depending on who is playing.

 

 

Rather than just change the formation, he changes the faces that fit what he wants to do.

 

 

He’s admitted that players each bring something different to the game, and for Europe next season it’s already clear that the new players will complement the ones we already have, by bringing parts of their game to an already fluid system.

 

 

In fact, Matt O’Riley described the midfield, against Kilmarnock, as “fluid “, which is not a word you’d expect a lad of his age to use, let alone understand, unless it comes in pint pots or is the name of a night club.

 

 

That tells me the word is used in training, and the players understand what is wanted from them.

 

 

And as Kilmarnock found out, when it works, it’s devastating.

 

 

What the Kilmarnock game showed is that whilst Celtic can be devastating, there is still a lot of work to be done surrounding how to occupy the players attention when they’re four up before the half time pies are even in the oven……

 

 

 

Meanwhile, as Ange continues to show us that he knows his stuff, there is another man over the river who wants his supporters to think he does as well….. Mickey Beale has his own knack of telling us, without telling us, that he really isn;t the sort of guy you’d phone when you’re short for your pub quiz team….

 

On his scouting staff, he said….

 

 

They are like wise old men. They go and sit in the corner and talk about when there was no backpass rule and stuff like that’. 

 

 

They are “like ” wise old men, but not actually wise old men,

 

 

“We identify a player, I send my trusted eyes to go and see them  

 

 

Apparently you can get a box of them.

 

 

 

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 I am someone that likes to sit in front of players and have a conversation about where they are going and making sure we are on the same page because that helps.

 

 

 

Talking to players that he wants to sign ?

 

 

Now that’s modern progressive management. Hopefully, Ange has seen this and adds it to his repertoire.

 

 

 

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“I need to see how they fit in with the group. The evidence in that is the two boys that came in January, they have come in and settled well into the country, the team and the style of football. We had a lot of conversations prior to them signing.  

 

Presumably those conversations were quite heavy with the word “please ”

 

 

I have seen the future of football management and his name is Mickey Beale.

 

 

 

Speaking of their new players, surely it cannot be true they are paying Todd Cantplaywell forty two thousand pounds a week, ?

 

 

They’d probably have to have share issues every fortnight to foot the bill….which reminds me, keep an eye on the news today, they’re back in court, the detail in the retail case……..and given they are chucking that sort of money at a bloke who couldn;t get a game for Norwich, it’s no surprise to hear Ryan Kent told them where to stick his new contract offer, which leaves the way clear for Burnley to snap up the Ibrox superstar……for nothing, which to be fair is proabably a fair price, although I’d still want him to pay his own train fare.

 

 

 

With nine players set to leave an already weak squad, somehow Beale reckons he needs four or five players to compete with Celtic.

 

 

Which would leave him four or five short of what he has now, although happily for him he has shown the aptitude required for a job in the clubs accounts department,

 

 

 

Meanwhile, in the Champions League, Manchester City have beaten Bayern Munich and now face Real Madrid in the semi finals, which might be worth watching.

 

 

City have announced plans to increase the capacity of their ground as they try to join the European elite, and that can only be a good thing.

 

 

There’s hardly anywhere you can go in Manchester these days for a bit of peace and quiet……

 

 

Celtic Diary Sunday February 2: Turning The Screw – eTims

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, we had this…..

 

 

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Mcklintop
 22 hours ago

Caption: Lodge 1690 Ashgill. Haw Tam you’ll need to have a word wi Billy, I think he’s completely misunderstood this munro bagging thing.

 

 

 

Today….

 

 

 

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Salad Queen.
10 months ago

He’s behind you!!!!

Tam
10 months ago

Abe: What? Why are you all looking at me like that?

BJF
10 months ago

“What do you mean Dave King’s behind me Mrs a Lincoln?”
If Celtic were promoting a share issue every 3 weeks I would be tempted to ask “ WTF?” It makes sense for Micky
to bin 5 or 6, but they need to be replaced by much better players or they will fall even further behind because we will strengthen . The team doesn’t stop but neither does the club. If they only match where we are now, and I think that is a big ask, they will still be behind us as we’d move forward. After 0’Neill Strachan had to cut back, I know others disagree about that but anyway he did well as the storm clouds arose. That scenario of saving isn’t a factor st present.

Tyrone9
10 months ago

Caption

” omg , someone’s Abraham Lincoln”….

Morto
10 months ago

Caption; Micky Beale has a “conversation” with a potential signing.

Angus Agrippa
10 months ago

‘Tell Wilberforce I’ve changed my mind about the slavery …Ouch!’

Bognorbhoy
10 months ago

Caption …
Oran Mor …
A play a pie and a pint gets a wee bit out of hand…

UlyssesGunt
10 months ago

Hi , always enjoyed your writings , though this is a first time to comment

Nothing humorous comes to mind for this image, but just to say I stood where Wilkes Booth stood , in the Fords Theatre Washington
I had a wonderful tour and got the full story … not a lot of people know that Booth was a relation to British actor Tony Booth, as you may know was Cherie Booths father ..

Angus Agrippa
9 months ago
Reply to  UlyssesGunt

They’re all actors,mate, the world’s a stage full of phony baloney played by all these frauds.

Thats why you should never take politics or anything else you see on the screens seriously as it has all been staged to keep people stupid and frightened and meek.

If it’s in the media there’s over a 90% chance it’s a lie as they have to keep some truth in there to maintain the confusion.

All actors playing their role to see how many are fooled by them.

Whitearra
10 months ago

Caption : ‘So, after a lousy day, a terrible meal and a play that’s boring my ass off, how bad can it……….”

John E Mitchell
10 months ago

Abraham Lincoln’s plan to give Irish Catholics equal rights to black slaves proved to be a step too far for local KKK Great Grand Wizard, and Larkhall expatriate, John Wilkes (Billy) Booth.

10 months ago

“My my!”, said the lady in the green dress. “With Dave’s eyes, it’s so difficult to know who he’s aiming at”.

Pat Higney
10 months ago

Caption: “I might give the rest of the play a miss darling, I can feel a bit of a headache coming on.”

desdamoaner
10 months ago

this play is shite, kill me now

Patrick O hara
10 months ago

How on earth can you pick one Caption winner from today’s offering??. They are all equally good.

Lewis Maclean
9 months ago
Reply to  Patrick O hara

When I originally looked at the picture i was really struggling to think of something other than “Penalty to Rangers” Started reading the replies and they were totally outstanding and I ended having a dinner break just laughing. well done everyone.

Honest Hoops
10 months ago

Caption; How to cheat at Russian roulette…

Woof Charlie
10 months ago

Caption: A member of the stage lighting crew is shot dead after a John Wilkes Booth wrist injury sees Peter Van Vossen come off the bench.

Tony Carlin
10 months ago

surely if this years SPFL Manager of the year designate, The Mooch, had admitted talking to players and being close enough to look in their eyes, that’s tapping up a player, illegal no?

Angus Agrippa
10 months ago
Reply to  Tony Carlin

I thought he was just trying out that failed mystic character from Little Britain ‘Look into my eyes! Look into my eyes’’

Woof Charlie
10 months ago
Reply to  Angus Agrippa

With his carbunkles I reckon he says that a lot.

Michael Greenwell
10 months ago

The caption for this was won quite a while ago…

Tom Lehrer quote lincoln.jpg
Oldbhoy
10 months ago

Ryan Kent told to shoot more !!

George Lazenbhoy
10 months ago

Caption: Back in the day the ladies loved a bit of snuff theatre

Cartvale88
10 months ago

Caption
Centenary Rights Convention regarding Irish standing at Glasgow University disrupted again by the same old, same old.

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
10 months ago

Caption: Beale “I have my eyes everywhere, nothing happens without me knowing!”

Mr Spudatohead
10 months ago

Caption: “Thank goodness that’s only the holding company for Abraham Lincoln President”

Tullybhoy
10 months ago

I personally think now I can see what you are carrying, yes the sevco tried and tested . Cash boost format . The confetti shares do look like a great opportunity to invest in Scottish football. A mean what can possibly go wrong.

Woof Charlie
10 months ago

An older top goalie would be on my summer shopping list. Big Joe is a great character and his shot stopping is still good but hard a low effort from close distance and he can’t get down. Would like to see a similar profile of successful keeper who is loaded but fancies a few medals and some CL nights. Or are our reserve keepers up for the step up?

10 months ago

“Ronny Deila…never had the time to do this at Celtic, whether that’s for good or for bad we’ll never know”

As we had an Invincible Treble immediately after, followed by Double, Treble and Quadruple Trebles and are hopefully on the cusp of another then I’m going to go with “good”.

🙂

Binkabhoy
10 months ago

Caption: ‘I’ll be assassinated?? Ach don’t believe all you read on the Internet…’

Hoop hoop hooray
9 months ago

As the president fell to the floor the theatre tannoy announced ‘PENALTY RANGERS’

SFATHENADIROFCHIFTINESS
9 months ago

Caption
‘Right, who the feck slipped in wae’out buyin a ticket.
Youze politicians are all ra same, freebies here, freebies there, Well I’ll gie yeeze sumfin fur nuffin. BLAM. Soarted.
Right next boax n’ jist wait till ah get tae that effin Oarchestra pit.
Chanters ur thae, aye mair like Chancers ra lottythum”.

Paul Aurige
9 months ago

Hope tae fuck that’s Sebo behind me.

9 months ago

Caption – take a knife to a gunfight in case the gun jams.

Angus Agrippa
9 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

What if the knife jams?

TicToc
9 months ago

Come On You Bhoys In Green today, wrap that title up!
HH

TicToc
9 months ago

A bit laboured in the 1st half with a lot of moves breaking up before they’ve really created anything. Daizen will be a wee bit disappointed he hasn’t scored as he’s had a couple of decent chances but their keeper hasn’t had much to do at all. CalMac has seen the reward of trying one from distance that got helped by a deflection into the net. They crowd the box so wing play, crashing balls in low and more attempts from farther out maybe?
Hoping for a much improved 2nd half.
HH

portpower
9 months ago

Effin 50p heid.

Angus Agrippa
9 months ago
Reply to  portpower

Heid like a ten bob bit.

TicToc
9 months ago
Reply to  portpower

FN biscuit tin heid!!!

TicToc
9 months ago

Well, we didn’t outplay ‘Well today and got the result. Their equaliser was too simple; long ball to (the dirty bastard) Van Veen, he gets around Taylor and scores a very good goal. Okay Bhoys, let’s now put them to the sword. We didn’t. Oh (FFS) missed a great chance from young Rocco’s delivery and that was what today was all about. Too slack really, throughout. I actually called the subs about right and the reasons too. Haksa was never ‘on it’ and neither was Tomoro. I wanted Turnbull (when Aaron came on but Aaron played quite well and I’m guessing it was with an eye to him starting next week. If it’s good for Ange…..
Ach, that’s fitba but it’ll probably encourage the scum to get a result at Pittodrie.
Shaggin’ sheep? They’re more used to shaggin’ goats but…….”ewes are okay, but ye cannae beat the ‘real’ thing”! FN scum indeed!

portpower
9 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

I cant blame Joe for the goal because I reckon he was too busy peein himself laughing at Taylor`s pirouette.

Angus Agrippa
9 months ago

I had a neighbour looked like Abraham Lincoln.

Well not really but we called him that cos he was a Jakey and was stinkin.

portpower
9 months ago

Shall John Beaton wake up with the same concerning look on his face that he had for The Well`s players haleness?

Steelmen, my arse.

Funkyy
9 months ago

Hahaha, the sheep bite back….2-0.
We had a blip yesterday with a draw raising *rangers hopes, only to have them dashed again,,,there’ll be no mistake at Hampden.
Had to laugh at the two *rangers commentators complaining about Aberdeen’s second goal, saying it was off.side. Then the VAR image came up, clear as crystal the defender’s foot was playing the Aberdeen attacker onside. Still the comments came “Doubtful in the extreme” said one,”Somebody will need to explain this VAR to me”said the other.
They could see the image like everybody else but they still couldn’t bring themselves to
admit it. A pair of plonkers “in the extreme”. Next they’ll be saying their team wasn’t liquidated.

portpower
9 months ago

It is mat time apology session with Tavpen, Hun and Hunnets.

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