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Celtic Diary Friday October 6: Cheer Up Stevie D

The disappointment in the result against Lazio might take a while to go away, and with a double header against group favourites Atletico Madrid ahead, there might be a few more moments of despair to come.

 

 

So, like the man who beats his ginger stepson, we must take solace by laughing at those even less fortunate than ourselves.

 

And happily for us, there’s a really bad show in town.

 

 

James Tavernier avoids his trademark disappointed reaction as he returns to  media duty | videocelts.com

 

 

After the demise of their original club, which itself was comedy gold, the second series was always going to be difficult, especially as the producers had brought in a whole new cast of characters. However, by constantly changing the leads over the current eleven year run, they’ve managed to keep it fresh, and the recent introduction of audience participation, via social media, was groundbreaking television.

 

 

Last night, we saw the birth of another classic comedy duo, when Steven Davis and his straight man Alex Rae..or Alex Rae Sacked, as the papers usually begin a story about him… took centre stage. although Rae is cast as a sidekick, he, too, can produce some marvellous moments, as he had previously shown in his solo career… (wikipedia)

 

 

Rae was appointed player-manager of Dundee on 24 May 2006. He led the club to third place in the First Division in his first season and took them a place higher in his second. He gave up playing for the 2008–09 season but was sacked on 20 October 2008 with the team in eighth place in the league.[7] Following this, Rae travelled to Sweden as part of his work towards a UEFA Pro Licence.[8]

In July 2009 he joined MK Dons, on a temporary basis with a view to a permanent deal, as first team coach working under his former Wolves teammate Paul Ince.[9]

In 2010, Rae made a return to competitive football to cover for injuries. On 29 October 2010, Rae joined Notts County as assistant manager until he left the club following the departure of manager Paul Ince[10] on 3 April 2011.[citation needed]

In February 2013, Rae joined Blackpool, once again with Paul Ince.[11] The season finished with Blackpool in 15th place.[12]

On 21 January 2014, along with Paul Ince, Rae’s Blackpool contract was terminated and he left the club.[13] In August 2014 he became assistant manager at Belgian club KRC Genk, working with Alex McLeish.[14]

Rae was appointed manager of Scottish Championship side St Mirren in December 2015,[15] after former manager Ian Murray resigned.[16] After an unsuccessful start to the 2016–17 season, Rae and his assistant David Farrell were sacked by the club.[17]

Rae became assistant to Paul Ince at Reading in February 2022. On 11 April 2023, Rae and Ince were sacked by Reading.  

 

 

Just the man for the job. Though we here after his interview a director looked into the corridor outside and exclaimed his dismay that there was no one else waiting.

 

Steven Davis, the head honcho until at least after the St mirren clash at the weekend , left the original club and refused to sign for Charles Green’s new club because it was a new club.

 

 

Seems to have been forgotten, and now he’s a Rangers legend in the eyes of the hordes. At least until after the St Mirren game etc…

 

 

He did get a few words of praise from former team mate Kyle Lafferty, who said (The Sun )

 

My wee mate Steven Davis can bring bit of Walter Smith to Rangers

 

I’m fairly certain that’s not legal and will put security at wherever Walter is resting on full alert.

 

In what was a fairly obvious come and get me plea, the man once described as a “lump of wood ” by Neil Lennon, burbled gushingly..

 

“I don’t want to start putting Davo in the same bracket as Walter Smith as it’s obviously far too early for that, and let’s be honest there will only ever be one Walter.

“But he’ll have the same kind of hold Walter had.

“He won’t say much but when Steven does speak, everyone will sit up and take note.

“When Walter spoke, you could look round the dressing room and suddenly everyone would sit up straight. 

 

You don’t have the career he’s had without having something about you.

“Yes, it’s a massive job to lead a club like Rangers, but he knows the team have to win every game, no matter if it’s St Mirren or Real Madrid.

“Rangers fans expect a good performance and a winning result. That’s the mentality that’s drummed into you.

“It’s a big job, but I don’t think there’s a better man for it than Davo.

“It’s one thing being captain of Rangers and Northern Ireland, it’s another thing being the actual leader of a football club. All eyes will be on him. But he’ll take to it like a duck to water.

“He’s not the type who will come in and start shouting his mouth off. But when he talks, people will listen.” 

 

 

With mouths agape, and an incredulous stare, presumably. Like your own is after reading that nonsense.

 

 

Last night was the premiere of the revamped show, against Cypriot side Aris Limmassol, who it’s fair to say, are not one of the giants of the European arena.

 

Or , indeed, the Cypriot one. In fact, it’s taken them considerably longer to match the two major trophies haul won by their Glasgow opponents.

 

 

 

 

Ahead of the clash, Aris contacted PSV for advice, according to their own twitter feed…

 

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1709866374506373165

 

 

After what was their first ever win in a group stage match, they seemed pleased..

 

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1710036689802920123

 

 

which was an emotion not shared by our friends over the river…

 

 

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It must have been disappointing for him, as his clubs signing policy had led him to believe they had cornered the market in the baboon trade.

 

 

Even if others thought they were something else… Barry Ferguson deserved more than eight out of ten for this sakiva ridden offering in the Daily Record…

 

“First things first. Rangers certainly ain’t messing about with their recruitment drive this summer and I have to say, it’s most unlike my old club to be so organised and on the front foot in the transfer market.

“As always, the proof will be in the pudding when we actually get to see what these new guys look like wearing a blue shirt. But, purely in terms of getting their business done, I have to give huge credit to Michael Beale and his new look board. When you’re overseeing such a massive rebuild – and shelling out so much money in fees – the first priority is to minimise the element of risk.

“And the first way to do that is to get as many of them in the door as possible right at the start of pre-season because it gives the manager and the new players time to bed in and get to know what each other is about. Trust me, I’ve been there when players are arriving in dribs and drabs all through the close season.

“In recent times, Rangers have made a habit of bringing in one or two new guys at the start of the summer then scrambling to add a few more in the last few days of the window. And I can tell you, it doesn’t make things any easier on the training ground. Sometimes it all feels a bit chaotic and that makes it harder to get the preparation work done properly ahead of the new campaign.

“If it all feels as if the club is flying by the seat of its pants, that can have a negative impact on the day to day work at the training ground. So, hats off to Beale and the guys who are doing these deals on his behalf. Quite clearly a lot of time and effort has been going on since the last window closed in January to get these things all lined up and it’s been very impressive to see.

“We’re not even a week into July and Cyriel Dessers should be the sixth new recruit when he is announced over next couple of days. I expect another two or three will be tied up in the coming days.

“That’s one almighty effort by all involved and, no matter how it all turns out when they’re actually out there on the pitch, it tells me that the main people behind the scenes are all completely aligned and working together in a thoroughly professional manner. It’s both refreshing and encouraging to see.

“If I was part of that squad right now I’d be looking at all the work that’s being done and I’d feel as if the club is really ready to make a massive push. It feels serious now – and it’s up to the guys inside that dressing room to start delivering trophies and matching that ambition.”

 

 

 

Despite being ignored for every single change of manager in the clubs history, Ferguson remains undeterred in what he refuses to see as cheerleading…

 

 

In the Glasgow Times, he announces staunchly…

 

 

Barry Ferguson says Rangers can still beat Celtic to Premiership title

 

Oh For Fucks Sake GIFs | Tenor

 

 

“This is Rangers we’re talking about and that’s not a job many managers say ‘no’ to. By taking action over the weekend the board have been smart. Yes, Celtic might be seven points clear but we’re only seven games in.

“There’s another 31 – and three of them are derbies – so there’s plenty of time to put up a proper challenge for the title. There’s a League Cup semi on the horizon, a great chance of making it out of the Europa League group and the Scottish Cup hasn’t even started yet. What ambitious manager wouldn’t fancy a bit of all that?

“There are plenty of good players in that squad and lots of talent to work with. But the most important thing now is that the club make the best possible. appointment. John Bennett has already said he won’t be rushed as he knows the club has to get this one right and I applaud him for that.

“But I would expect him to have secured a replacement by the middle of next week. Ten days ought to be long enough to identify the top three or four candidates and get them in for a conversation.”

 

 

When Davis and Rae are shown the door, the corridor and then the street, we should mount a campaign for Capn Baz, who could yet take one of the greatest comedies ever devised to an entirely new level.

 

 

Which does raise the question of as to why the producers haven’t spotted the potential in a series highlights collection…and there is plenty of material….priced at a reasonable £16.90.

 

They’d be up there with any oil funded entity with that on the market.

 

It would surely be a contender for the Golden Rose of Montreux Comedy Award. At the very least they’d have something to shout about in Europe that way.

 

 

So, here’s a challenge ….

 

 

What would be included in a selection of series highlights ?

 

 

 

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Marty McK
7 months ago

I heard that the only reason Alex Rae didn’t handle media duties post match was due to a coffin fit. ⚰️ Seriously though… He had to be up early the next day as he had three funerals to work. For older readers Davis actually had to be up early as he was committed to a day of chasing after Chorlton and the Wheelies. Google it.

Gringo
7 months ago

Too many to count but Dave King’s ‘Bringing the old club out of liquidation’ was a cracker.

And Pedro’s haranguing from a bush in Luxembourg after the Progres back step.

Andy
7 months ago
Reply to  Gringo

The Mr and Mrs Custard (clowns) based in Norwich would be up there. For anyone not familiar with this classic………2012….it was when the torches and pitchforks were out, fighting funds were being set up etc. A sort code and Acct number was published and the Huns piled money in only to discover it was the wrong account number………… poor Mr Custard was getting money paid in and didn’t know why. When it became clear what had happened Mr Custard said these people thoughti was stealing their money, I had to check on the Internet to find out what Taig and fenian meant

Gringo
7 months ago
Reply to  Andy

Haha, that’s a belter! 😀

But surely their name wasn’t really Custard? 😀

Andy
7 months ago
Reply to  Gringo

Absolutely 100%, Mr and Mrs Custard Clowns. You couldn’t make it up

TimGreen
7 months ago

I lost interest in this due to the weird “ginger stepson” quip – not funny, inappropriate and distracting in its weirdness.

7 months ago
Reply to  TimGreen

and probably actionable, if Ralph’s stepson is in anyway litigious.

Gringo
7 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

😀

Gringo
7 months ago
Reply to  TimGreen

It’s Hun patter as they think all redheads are Fenians and Ralph should know better.

As though child abuse is in any way funny.

Woof Charlie
7 months ago
Reply to  Gringo

Heid the size of a sputnik.

Gringo
7 months ago
Reply to  Woof Charlie

The stepson?

Bognorbhoy
7 months ago

The ironic moron …
“Same old Alloa , always cheating “

Cartvale88
7 months ago

The tea lady Green, as he welcomes the zombies with a cuppa char to keep their liquid levels up as they get scammed yet again.

The peepul are still in the past, probably 1690

Gringo
7 months ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

Charlie’s hospital bed interview with Jim White 😀

Man, I think I’ll watch that right noo!

Frank McGaaaarvey
7 months ago

The ba’ stuck in the hedge at Brechin.

TicToc
7 months ago

It’s worthwhile noting that Brechin were playing Sevco Scotland Limited that day, 29th July 2012. The name was changed to TRFCL 2 days later on 31st July.

Frank McGaaaarvey
7 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

3rd incarnation?

TicToc
7 months ago

Probably, when the current Tribute Act goes tits up.
My preference would be that the current shower goes tits up and that was the end of them. Toxic scum, without and mitigating graces whatsoever.
Well they’ve been a laugh in some ways since early 2012 but time now to fukk off permanently!

portpower
7 months ago

Registering the new club/company sevco5088 in England and Wales.

sevco Bury FC.

aceplym
7 months ago

The bus video and the subsequent accusations

7 months ago

Desmond, Lawwell(s) and Nicholson relax, as its easier to divert Tims from our issues than weans from, er, whatever easily distracts weans.

7 months ago

I think the plucky minnows of the game actually did well last night. They did after all, only lose 2-1.

Hail Hail.

TicToc
7 months ago

The pic near the top of this post with Tavpen and Jack-off looking distraught is one of my all-time favourites but a little clip from the post-Aberdeen (1-3) game would go down exceptionally well. Tavpen has the distraught look down to a T. He led his team-mates on an ill-fated little clapping the few fans left in the stadium circuit after that game and they got rewarded with boos and shouts of GTF.
DELICIOUS!

MabozzaRitchie
7 months ago

Rangers News, lets all join in with that

Gringo
7 months ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

Peter & Co can breathe easier with the blogs on their side.

MabozzaRitchie
7 months ago
Reply to  Gringo

Another disappointing European campaign is unfolding, marked by the absence of meaningful European-oriented signings. Some of the signings have been so absurd that several players didn’t even make it into the Champions League squad. It appears that we still have amateurs in charge, more concerned about logistics like purchasing wheelbarrows to transport their ill-gotten gains back for their own interests. While all this thievery is happening, what are we focused on? You guessed it, laughing at them to divert attention from our own farcical situation in the usual pathetic deflection tactics way. La Farce de maître Pathelin is now about to unfold, mabye there should be a sweep on how far into double digits the italian’s are going to get in the next two matches. Surprising no mention of this disaster only a few days after getting humped. Hail Hail and f.them

MabozzaRitchie
7 months ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

spanish

Gringo
7 months ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

Thats what the blogs are there for.

I’ve known it since I first pointed out the huge discrepancies with the ever rising eye wateringly high operating expenses 6 or 7 year ago.

I went through them back to when DD took charge and totalled it all up and posted the figures on here and elsewhere and, despite the evidence being right on front of their faces, all I got was dogs abuse for it.

As though billionaires would never consider skimming off the top …

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Tyrone9
7 months ago

How about R2ngerssaying the journalist hac seeen the verbal offer from China for fat boy….

Gringo
7 months ago
Reply to  Tyrone9

Show us the bid!

He’d have been sacked for that if the news wasn’t lying to us about everything 24 hours a day.

Hoop hoop hooray
7 months ago

The world class breakfasts

Ryan
7 months ago

As a Celtic fan, I can get right behind this utterly moronic idea. Sevco need to do this, in fact, why not make Bawwy8 the boss? Go on, gies a laugh

JoeKSG
7 months ago

I’m hearing a chant their fans like to belt out especially at half time and the final whistle. Simple one word ditty if set to a tune might be a winner. Goes like this:
Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Woof Charlie
7 months ago

The big house must stay open…ah who thought the banter years would go on and on and on. Would you not have a cup of tea now?

Cortes
7 months ago

Nothing quite matches the Golden Moment in

“What’s the goalie daein’, Tam?”

Shimaloo
7 months ago

Mr Custard, The mis-spelt Rangers (sic) Fans Fighting Fund banner, fronted by Sandy Jardine and, last but not least, the Castore Black School Jumper……

Morto
7 months ago
Reply to  Shimaloo

That reminded me of the “Walter your a legned” banner.
I mean it’s only six letters FFS.

portpower
7 months ago

Once again, the game today shall be spoilt with soft free kicks.

Celts 3-0.

Shimaloo
7 months ago

….as that spectacularly unfunny comedian, with a brouge as irritating and grating as sandpaper on a baboons backside, Frank Carson, was apt to say…’it’s a cracker’……the ‘we don’t do walking away bontempi rendition’, Charles Green’s Big Yorkshire Hands and trying to re-sign Daniel Cousin (at all) but especially while in administration, getting as far as having him photographed at Murray Park, and then being told that the attempt was contrary to corporate law and illegal….

portpower
7 months ago

That Bhoy Palma is nice. Where are the unrestrained Reo ragers?

Yoker Bhoy
7 months ago

Very good stuff so far, well in control and two excellent goals. Palma looks to be cementing his place as an automatic starter.

portpower
7 months ago

Well played Bhoys.
MotM: Reo.

Scales` aerial game was very vital today.

Gies a wee moan Derek.

Yoker Bhoy
7 months ago

Pretty decent and enjoyable game overall with more signs of improvement but we should be putting away a lot more of those chances.

TicToc
7 months ago

What a strange game fitba really is. We could’ve won 6-0 with some sublime play notably from MoM Reo but also Liam Scales and the returning CCV. Yet when they got a goal back and then had a great chance to level, it could’ve ended up 2-2 or even worse. But we most certainly did enough to earn our victory and though still a bit bemused I’m okay with 3-1 but we must learn a lesson from today of what COULD have been.
Early season and especially after the St Johnstone game I’d almost written Scales off. Well since then let me say that on current form he’s certainly proven me wrong and if he can maintain his form he’s like a new signing and in a position we needed strengthened. And I’m pretty confident Nawrocki will be another decent CB. We’re starting to tick and if we want anything from the CL we need to maintain what we did especially in the 1st half today. We still need a ‘keeper to challenge and ultimately displace Big Joe but he’s a great guy to have at CP.
Hail! Hail!

Funkyy
7 months ago
Reply to  TicToc

It shows how well Celtic have continued after a change of manager that
we can have a wee grumble about a 3-1 win that puts us 7 points clear of
the second placed team and 10 points clear of the team wearing “32 Red”
(I cannae look at that shirt without seeing “faces” after “32 Red”).
Anyway, I watched the whole match and we were great for most of it, but we really,
really need to kill teams off when we have them under the cosh. Kilmarnock on another
day could have come out of that match with a draw or even a win.
When they finally were obliged to charge forward and get balls into our box they created
chances that would be put away by other teams..especially in Europe.
On the positive side, Rodgers isn’t blind and will surely be having words with the players
about keeping it tight when we’re in control.
Palma’s looking like a real gem, Hatate’s back to his old self again, CCV is getting games under his belt and should soon sort out the defense.
We’re gonna get better, and we’ll need to be better when Atletico Madrid come calling.

TicToc
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkyy

Agreed. Good comment Funkyy.

Funkyy
7 months ago

Police Scotland should be looking for the midwife who delivered McInnes and charge her with assaulting a baby with a helluva slap…’cos he hasnae stopped greetin’ since then.

TicToc
7 months ago

I see Nick Walsh is training the 1st team as well now and giving Tavpen his usual treat.
But what TF did Strain get the red card for on top?
This is an open question so any LRA scum looking in here please advise!

Iancelt67
7 months ago

Just on maeda I think the guy lost us the Lazio game. Once in the box in the first half. When he fluffed a decent chance. Could’ve squared it back to Kyogo, and secondly reacting slowly from the rebound from a well worked free kick from hatate and Reilly. The real madrid game last year when he missed a complete sitter after coming on as a sub. Granted his industry and work rate gets him in good positions but his finishing is amateurish. Needs plenty of work finessing his final ball

Funkyy
7 months ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Agree with most of that Iancelt67, although I don’t think he can be “blamed”
for us losing, The arsing about at the back passing the ball back to the keeper
who then passes it to the other defender who then etc etc. I remember Ange
letting rip from the touchline “Stop f*cking passing it back”.
I mean the opposition defenders could bring deck chairs and sit and watch us farting about
while their midfield organizes and their forwards pressure our defense into an error. I get heart palpitations when I see Hart trying to be Beckenbauer…you just know it’s gonna end bad.
I’m glad that at last we’ve got somebody.Palma, who likes to shoot as opposed to walking the ball into the net, and he’s looking like a really good acquisition.

portpower
7 months ago

I take it that the Celtic PLC will never have another Politician on our Board?

Gringo
7 months ago

So people aren’t allowed to wave a flag now unless it’s one that suits the prevailing Zionist narrative?

‘Waving Palestinian flag may be a criminal offence, Braverman tells police.’

https ://www.theguardian.com/politics/2023/oct/10/ people-supporting-hamas-in-uk-will-be-held-to-account-says-rishi-sunak

Yet some folk still believe that we live in a democracy …

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Gringo
7 months ago
Reply to  Gringo

And what’s up with her neck?

It looks like she’s just left an overzealous BDSM session.

portpower
7 months ago
Reply to  Gringo

What about the effin ears on it? You could fit the contents of a pencil case behind them.

Gringo
7 months ago
Reply to  portpower

A weird looking creature alright.

Something definitely off with her.

Gringo
7 months ago

Odd that they’re so against Hamas as a ‘terrorist organization’ when Is tale has openly admitted to creatin, funding and marshalling Hamas …

Isn’t it but?

’‘ But did you also know that Hamas — which is an Arabic acronym for “Islamic Resistance Movement” — would probably not exist today were it not for the Jewish state? 

That the Israelis helped turn a bunch of fringe Palestinian Islamists in the late 1970s into one of the world’s most notorious militant groups? That Hamas is blowback?

This isn’t a conspiracy theory.

Listen to former Israeli officials such as Brig. Gen. Yitzhak Segev, who was the Israeli military governor in Gaza in the early 1980s. Segev later told a New York Times reporter that he had helped finance the Palestinian Islamist movement as a “counterweight” to the secularists and leftists of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Fatah party, led by Yasser Arafat (who himself referred  to Hamas as “a creature of Israel.”)

“The Israeli government gave me a budget,” the retired brigadier general confessed, “and the military government gives to the mosques.”

Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel’s creation,” Avner Cohen, a former Israeli religious affairs official who worked in Gaza for more than two decades, told the Wall Street Journal in 2009. Back in the mid-1980s, Cohen even wrote an official report to his superiors warning them not to play divide-and-rule in the Occupied Territories, by backing Palestinian Islamists against Palestinian secularists. “I … suggest focusing our efforts on finding ways to break up this monster before this reality jumps in our face,” he wrote.’

https ://theintercept.com/2018/02/19/ hamas-israel-palestine-conflict/

Gringo
7 months ago

Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel’s creation,” Avner Cohen, a former Israeli religious affairs official who worked in Gaza for more than two decades, told the Wall Street Journal in 2009.’

https ://theintercept.com/2018/02/19/ hamas-israel-palestine-conflict/

Gringo
7 months ago

Odd that they’re so against Hamas when Israel itself has admitted to creating Hamas …

‘This isn’t a conspiracy theory. 

Listen to former Israeli officials such as Brig. Gen. Yitzhak Segev, who was the Israeli military governor in Gaza in the early 1980s. Segev later told a New York Times reporter that he had helped finance the Palestinian Islamist movement as a “counterweight” to the secularists and leftists of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Fatah party, led by Yasser Arafat (who himself referred to Hamas as “a creature of Israel.”’

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Gringo
7 months ago

‘Earlier, Cleverly called on supporters of Palestine to stay at home, after protests in London.
The foreign secretary said: “There is no need, there’s no necessity for people to come out. It causes distress. This is a difficult, delicate situation.”

Cue another lockdown …

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Gringo
7 months ago

‘One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.’

But, since Israel created Hamas the same as the Yanks created the Taliban, well, it looks to me like they’re playing us all for mugs by pretending to fight with their own men, or Controlled Opposition, as it’s known in the business.

Or, as the Zionist ‘Lenin’ put it –

’The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.’

Gringo
7 months ago

All this havoc caused by 14 bozos flying over the border on kites …

Gringo
7 months ago

For the record, I’m not taking any sides in this nonsense as there are no sides to take.

I’m completely neutral as I am on every single item I see, hear or read in the news.

As the Sevco lie should tell us, just because it’s in the media doesn’t mean it’s true and most often means the exact opposite.

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SteveNaive
7 months ago
Reply to  Gringo

‘If you don’t read the newspapers you are uniformed.
If you do read the newspapers you are misinformed’

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

Gringo
7 months ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Nowadays it’s Disinformed as it’s conscious and deliberate.

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