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Celtic Diary Tuesday January 29

The twelve SPL clubs agreed unanimously yesterday to back the 12-12-18 restructure plan, and it now needs the support of 23 SFL clubs to go through.

The new three tier system is just part of a bigger package that will also se the SPL and the SFL merge, and a pyramid system introduced at the lower level.

Happily, Charles Green may well have his bluff called, finally, as he has promised to take his Sevco club out of Scottish football if it happens, which should help everyone to make their minds up. He made a statement after the decision which was curiously calm compared to his usual rant. The usual noise without saying anything, and it makes one wonder if he has accepted his clubs fate, and is getting his bags packed ready for the off.

Celtics players were still locked in their rooms crying yesterday, but Joe Ledley at least had the balls to come out and admit the side “just didn’t get going”, but pointed out there are still three trophies to play for. Which makes everything better.

The Scottish herald has gleefully reminded us of the recent poor record at the national stadium, and has a sports psychologist questioning the preparations for the match. And heres me thinking the support overreacted a bit.

Kilmarnock visit Celtic tomorrow night, and Ledley reckons that the team has to “take it game by game and rebuild”

Just getting back to concentrating on the game in hand and putting in a bit of effort would be a start.

Alarming news from turin, as it seems Juventus are going to try to sign Mario Balotelli from Manchester City, which, along with the news about Anelka, shows that they have very little faith in their current strikers.

Celtic too, have been active in the market, snapping up the Irish under 15s captain, the highly rated Brandon Payne. Another prospect, of course, but the club do seem particularly pleased with this one.

PSG defender Siaka Tiene is the latest player to attract the scouts. He’s thirty, out of favour in france and sounds like the usual filler we end up with when someone starts panicking.

The work permit issue with Victor Wanyama-he will get one if he moves to England, but it will take time, means that any bid for him will have to be today, has the Manchester Evening News in a pickle. They claim that Ferguson is weighing up a late bid. Another late bid could come from Norwich for Gary Hooper, this time £8m.

There is a word within the industry for this type of  story. Bollocks.

Which brings me to the rumours again-Darren Randolph in the summer? Personally I’d have took him at half time on Sunday, but that does fit in with the Rogic for Wanyama type of planning …and how sore exactly is Forsters neck? Its been that long now I’ve forgotten what he looks like. Thats why the picture at the top was used, but even then he’s turned around to the camera.  Theres also  endless debate about who will replace Hooper, (Scott MacDonald, FFS)  whose agent is still trying frantically to get him a deal down south, as of course, he won’t be his agent after Friday. The last few days of the window are always fun, and as long as we still have everyone at the weekend, we can breathe a sigh of relief…

Danny Wilson, who joined Hearts on laon from Liverpool, and featured in the other semi final, is the subject of a clarification request from Inverness, who think he may have been ineligible.. Wilson was sent off the last time he played in the League cup for Rangers, and got himself a ban. Which he hasn’t served yet. A former Rangers player, incorrectly playing? That almost never happens. Unhappily, it appears all the St. Mirren players had all the right paperwork, so we can forget a similar campaign.

The Nimmo Smith panel should reveal its decision over the dual contracts scandal this week, you’ll know when it becomes public by the sound of howling from thousands of Rangers fans as they have their titles stripped and most of their games turned into 3-0 defeats. Their support is still confident that they will get away with it, but it seems that there is no way out for them, its all fairly cut and dried, just needing someone to take a deep breath, put the shutters over his windows, and call them out for what they were. Oh, and it might be an idea to get someone else to open his mail for a while.

Lubomir Moravcik was the player who looked at Celtic Park and claimed he couldn’t play badly there. Brought in by Jo Venglos, the Slovakian genius showed the Scottish sports press up for what they were, one memorably dubbing him “Venglos’ son”. At the time Moravcik had played 76 times for Czechoslovakia, but google must have been broke that day.

Venglos took a battering from the press, completely unfairly, with one journalist challenging him to a race! However, when another hack asked Moravcik, after a 5-1 win over Rangers, how it felt to go from “zero to hero”, what did Lubo reply?

 

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Old Father Tim
11 years ago

Now I think it was Dr Joe to whom this typical Scottish media question was asked.

I know the answer was “I never been a zero”
If it was Lubo – well fine – just one of the best football players in Europe at that time.

OFT

jpok
11 years ago

Tell him I was never a zero! (via the translator)

the lurgan tiger
11 years ago

I think it was as OFT says.

With regard to the zombies, Iam not as convinced as the author that titles will be stripped.

Seems like we have been here before with the big tax case.

San Miguel
11 years ago

The pain of Sunday still lingers on Tuesday , Kilmarnock need to be pummelled tomorrow night.

I expect better performances from most but especailly Mulgrew & Samaras.

I suppose the Treble is still a possibilty !

San Miguel
11 years ago

I see the picture has the headline translated as The Big Wall (about Forster) – A wall would still be more mobile than Zalukas !

Jerseybhoy
11 years ago

I agree with lurgan tiger.I just cant see the powers that be stripping titles from the huns.We can but wait and hope.

Greenjedi
11 years ago

If they don’t award 0-3 results for every game an illegible player was played expect a flurry of lawsuits from clubs who were punished in that manner, when they made innocent mistakes and did not delibratley not register the full details

steveo
11 years ago

The magical Lubo stated “I was never a zero” – indeed he was a true god, same birthday as me, if only I’d had 10% of his talent I would have been a happy footballer”!!

steveo
11 years ago

Yeah Sunday was a nightmare but we got what we deserved players believed their own hype.

TBH I said before that game and this Sundays game that I would take a quarter-final berth in the CL over a treble, I’m not greedy happy to share the trophies about so long as the tribute act on the south side get feck all. Ideally I want the Scottish Cup as well but I’ll sacrifice both cups for the quarters at least but preferably the semi’s.

If old Gerz are found guilty of illegal payments it has to be 0-3 defeats all round no if’s buts or maybe’s. Then there is there is the issue of all the prize money in domestic and european games. Bring it on.

chrissybhoy
11 years ago

We can all hope about the title and it certainly sounds as if they dont have a leg to stand on considering all the rules in place

A financial penalty on the old huns is a more likely outcome

11 years ago

My only regret with respect to Lubo was we should have had him 5,7,or even 10 years earlier, that would have had a favourable effect on our domestic campaigns,GOD BLESS LUBO, A PLAYER WHO ACTUALLY USED HIS VASTLY SUPERIOR FOOTBALL BRAIN, AS FOR THE STRIPPING OF TITLES CONCERNING THE h—ish hoardes from hades, give IT to THEM, RIGHT BETWEEN THE DONEGALLS

11 years ago

ANYTHING OTHER THAN TITLES BEING STRIPPED ,WOULD BE AN AFFRONT TO JUSTICE,THEY COULD BE WITHHELD,PENDING THE RESULT OF THE APPEAL BY HMRC AT THE UPPER TRIBUNAL, THAT WOULD GIVE THE BUNNISH HOARDES FROM HADES,LOTS OF TIME TO GET USED TO LOSING “THEM”

11 years ago

JOE LEDLEY IS CORRECT WHEN HE SAYS THER’S STILL 3 TROPHIES TO PLAY FOR,SO LETS GET RIGHT BEHIND LENNON AND THE ENTIRE CELTIC FC ,LOTS TO PLAY FOR ,HAIL HAIL AND GOD BLESS WEE NEILLY LENNON THE ONLY DECENT MANAGER IN SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

andy docherty
11 years ago

I remember one newspaper headline when Lubo signed “dud czeck” probably the daily ranger, but maybe just my paranoia about the rag.
I also clearly remember his first goal against the old rangers (RIP) in the 5 – 1 win at CP – he just turned away after scoring as if it was a 5 a side goal – meanwhile the whole of CP was going mental (apart from a wee corner who were shouting racist abuse at him).
And I remember the difference 2 years later at ibrox when he turned the old rangers (RIP) defence inside out before slotting home – the joy on his face showed how much of a Celtic man he had become.
As for stripping titles – I will wait until the announcement is actually made – don’t want to suffer from premature excitement again. If the titles are stripped, I want the records to show this – stripped for cheating – I don’t want the titles handed to us.

scholzybhoy
11 years ago

something tod with being 33 and far to old to have run any harder if memory serves me correctly maybe ?

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