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Celtic Diary Monday September 18: The Eve of Construction?

A 3-0 win over Dundee on Saturday kept the hoops at the top of the table, a couple of points ahead of second place St Mirren,


Despite what the Daily Record want to tell us…





They’ve deleted it now, but it is indicative of the standards over there.



With four wins and a draw from a largely makeshift side, Brendan Rodgers has done rather well, especially as six of those points came at Ibrox and Pittodrie. In fact, had we drawn at Ibrox and won at home to St Johnstone, he’d probably be getting a little bit more praise.


One by one, the big players from last season that are still at the club…and possibly even one who isn’t…will return, and curiously they will have to fight for their places.



Which is what we want, right ?


David Turnbull is the latest scapegoat in the eyes of the “support “. apparently some think he doesn;t contribute anything.


If you don’t count his goals. He’s got three, the same as Matt O’Riley and only one less than talismanic forward Kyogo Fuhruhashi. This suggests that both midfielders are doing what the manager wants them to, it suggests that the new style, as difficult as it may be to fathom for some, is actually working.



It’s been tough for the manager, and it may be a mark of the man that he’s stuck to his guns, although judgement will be reserved until after the Champions League campaign, which begins tomorrow in Rotterdam.


Feyemoord have a couple of forwards injured, and as a result only managed six against Herenveen at the weekend, something Radio Scotland were enthusiastically reporting during their coverage of the Celtic match.



This may explain the shift from angeball to a more patient style under Rodgers, which coupled with a couple of painful experiences during the managers last tenure here is only to be expected.



A patience that should be encouraged by the support.



During his spell away from Celtic Rodgers would have learned a few lessons, which may yet bear fruit.



Although I reckon he could liven things up a bit by doing his pre match pressers dressed up as a Seventies American detective.






Now that would confuse the opposition.



The only blot on the season so far is the premature exit from the League Cup, but to blame anyone for that or claim it’s some sort of disaster would be to demean the achievements of a treble, as I’ve said before, it simply showed what a fantastic achievement it was to win so many trebles recently.


One off day, or one bad decision from an official and it’s gone.


It happens.


We need to live with it.



There’s a little bit of debate around the board’s decision not to allow the Green Brigade to present a tifo ahead pf home matches, and given their propensity to invur fines fronm UEFa for political content, you can see why.



The counter argument is that the club makes money indirectly from these displays , and arguably one of our proudest moments as a support was the display of Palestinian flags after we were told not to, which still warms the old heart cockles, we have to accept that if it continues, it will be more than fines.



Stands will be closed, and no one wants that.



The mature decision for the moment is to stop the displays.



And given the current petulance from the GB towards the manager, or at least the perception of petulance, it’s not worth giving them a platform.



As usual, there was controversy around a couple of refereeing decisions at the weekend, this one where VAR could have intervened , but didn’t…





butland had a similar assault on Kyogo at Ibrox that went unpunished, so it might be worth keeping an eye on him.



And this one, where VAR couldn;t intervene, which highlights that football is no longer subject to the same rules from top to bottom…






Until referees turn professional this isn’t going away.



At Ibrox the man in the middle applied the rules correctly once or twice, with the help of VAR. One can only wonder if they’ve finally noticed that they’ve been struck from the FIFA list of  good referees and used a high profile match to try to gain some credibility.



It would certainly explain the furious debate after the Dessers “goal ” , which was correctly ruled out.



Were our referees showing that they can do the job when asked ? Or does the Kyogo “penalty ” show there’s still a long way to go ?



It’s a bit of a shame, really.


As is the lack of marketing of our game which has resulted in repeated piss poor tv deals, although it has to be stressed our negotiato, the much maligned Neil Doncaster only works on the instructions of the clubs he represents.



Undoubtedly he’s doing what they want, or they would get rid of him. And happily, he provides a handy scapegoat for what is actually their lack of ambition,



Scotland’s co-efficient on Twitter offers a counter argument, and several reasons why the clubs should aim a little higher for television money.



UEFA top tier attendances   UEFA this week released their latest analysis of European football, for season 2022/23: the “European Club Talent and Competition Landscape report”  


In all competitions in 2022/23, over 5.5million supporters attended football games in Scotland – in a country of 5.43million people!


 As usual, Scotland has the highest per capita attendance in all of Europe, by some distance!  


Scotland are 1st per capita, 7th for average, and 8th for total top tier attendance


 We are only 24th in terms of population  18.42 top tier attendees per 1000 people, almost 80% more than Portugal who are number 2 in the top 10 league  


Scotland’s total attendances are up 5% since 2019 & it was our highest number in 20+ years



But the clubs real fear is that more tv exposure will reverse that trend…Celtic especially are terrified of home games being shown and attendances falling…even if they are already sold out due to season book sales.


















Only 17 clubs in Europe had total league attendances of more than 1 million 


Celtic (12th) were the only club outside the top 5 leagues! 


Scotland also has one of the highest scoring leagues, with Germany the only top 5 league with more average goals than Scotland


 Scotland’s top tier averages over 2.9 goals per game with only 4 of the top 10 leagues averaging more


 Scotland are also in the top 10 for total attendances at non top flight games, with 800,000 attending from the championship down. Phenomenal!  



Maybe the standard isn’t the highest, but it’s a product that sells.



Have a look at his stuff on Twitter, it’s thought provoking.


And not all roses, as there is a problem with a lack of young players and home grown players.



Maybe a bigger league would help to give players time to bed in and learn their trade.



Any excuse to get rid of the current set up works for me.



Unless, of course, it leads to Celtic doing well in Europe. Starting tomorrow.



Back in the old days, the last Diary asked what he was thinking,



PSV 5 - 1 Rangers - Match Report & Highlights



Bisc Grove
 18 days ago


I was just waving to big Connor, I’m not threatening to slit his throat



In the meantime, what’s this all about ?

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5 months ago

What’s what all about?

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
5 months ago

Caption: the caption thief strikes again!

Bob Smith
5 months ago

Caption: sharing is caring

Luke Warmwater
5 months ago

Stats like this can be misleading. Having two clubs who pull 4x attendance of the third place team is going to skew your average considerably. Take the top 2 and bottom 2 out and average is less than 9K. Still decent. Would think Netherlands and Portugal are similar, having 3 big clubs upping the average. Belgium more typical for smaller nation.

5 months ago

as to the hvn penalty incident, it was a penalty, however, if the St Johnstone player hadnt tried to look like a Tom Daly impersonator, it MIGHT, have been more obvious, that said if the MIB thought hed dived he should have booked him, otherwise a foul is a foul.
As to our penalty, i thoughth we were guy lucky to get that, I thought Turnbull fouled the Scumdee player first to be honest

Uibh fhaili
5 months ago

Billy the bigot fae larky says it’s all about “the rangers”

5 months ago

Another explanation from VAR clears everything up.
‘Nothing to see here, move along’

John E Mitchell
5 months ago


Woof Charlie
5 months ago

Caption: Daily Record’s guest caption contest fails to engage e Tims. Plus ça change.

Woof Charlie
5 months ago

On GB banners. Often inspired but if you get huckled take the rap and don’t rely on your maw to bail you out.

5 months ago

Caption: Like a penalty claim from a team visiting ibrox, ‘nothing to see here’

Pat Higney
5 months ago

Caption: “can you see what I can see?”- Mystic Meg

5 months ago


Can’t you edit the pictures in later?

5 months ago

“Stands will be closed, and no one wants that.

The mature decision for the moment is to stop the displays.”

Maturity would lead one to verify whether that has or is likely to happen (spoiler – no it hasn’t and won’t).

Caption – list of stand closures due to non-racist etc Tifo displays

5 months ago

The childish negativity has been banished , top of the table and a win at ai Rox in the first month of the league. We are not playing particularly well which is in my opinion is as much down to a lack of competitive games and the start stop with the International break. Out of interest would the guys be happy if it was Kyogo not Dessers who had the goal disallowed in the Glasgow derby? I have little confidence in the refs. The players are playing for the manager but none of us underestimate just how tough the European campaign will be.

5 months ago


Match postponed due to whiteout.

5 months ago

Caption …
It’s that potter chappy wearing his coat of invisibility ( intit )

5 months ago

Caption: What a referee sees when ‘Rangers’ defend a corner.

5 months ago

Amazing financial figures revealed by Celtic this evening, yet we are going into this CL campaign light in central defence and full back positions. A wee bit of ambition wouldn’t go amiss. Saying that, not that you’d want to, but we could’ve bought 72.3 million Rangers FC’s (RIP) on another day.

5 months ago

We didn’t buy a left back, nor a keeper nor a defensive midfielder nor a decent level striker.

So we’ve got 72 million in the bank and not on the pitch so are we a fitba team with European ambitions or a savings bank designed to ensure directors’ dividends?

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