Apologies for the non appearance of yesterdays diary, which was a victim to excessive mourning on Monday.
The post split fixtures have been announced, Celtic getting the home tie to start with that we wanted, but on Sunday instead of Saturday. Inverness will be the visitors, although the league could be won on the Friday night when Motherwell visit Dundee Utd. Poor planning there, as it could have been more exciting had Motherwell and Celtic been playing at the same time.
Disappointingly , there is only one Saturday game pencilled in, at home to St. Johnstone on May 11.
Anyway, before all that theres a cup semi final to deal with, and a chance to bury that Hampden hoodoo.
Fraser Forster has said , in an interview with the BBC, that he would like to return to Newcastle one day, claiming it was a wrench to leave. At first this reads as someone who wants out, but in fact he was just being polite.
Well, possibly. He does seem to mention his EPL wishes at every opportunity.
Kris Commons is delighted that his ankle isn’t as bad as he feared, and is looking forward to the game on Sunday, and he wants to score his 100th club goal during the game. Commons admitted to being frustrated by injuries, but hopes to round the season off in style.
Two wins out of two for the Under 20s in the Al Ain Championship in Abu Dhabi. John Kennedys side beat Benfica 1-0 to secure a semi final place against host side Al Ain. Coach Steve Frail says that the home side “have some older players “-a bit like the Saudi u-16s who played Scotland in that World Cup final. Most of that side were at least thirty years old, all having their wives and kids watching the game.
Also involved in an overseas tournament are the U-17 side, who drew with hosts Spartak Moscow 1-1 in their opener yesterday. Tomorrow they will face Barcelona.
transfermarket.de, a respected bunch of German boffins, (according to the Scotsman) have valued Celtics 29 man squad at £57.2 million, meaning that the club is the 82nd most valuable in the world. An absolute nothing story which has found its way into the news. But probably worth hiding it from EPL clubs, nonetheless.
Craig Thomson, the referee in charge for Sunday Semi Final made the news across Europe last night, after he and his team of officials missed a couple of offsides and overall put in a really poor shift at the Dortmund -Malaga game.
Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini said, afterwards;
“It was like there wasn’t a referee on the pitch at the end, it was chaos in the closing stages. There were six or seven things that went unpunished in our area.”
Welcome to our world.
Actually, its not a bad world, really. Cup semi final this week, league title possibly next week, and all seems calm and controlled down at the club.
However, at another club not too far away, not only are the wheels starting to come off, they are already spinning off down the road at speed.
STV interviewed serial liar Charles Green last night, and the reporter, Peter Smith , actually pulled him up on a couple of his er, lies. The first time anyone in the MSM has actually done this.
The reporter asks him if he’d ever lied to the Rangers support, which Charles denied, before then going on to destroy Greens claims about Manchester Utd , and the commercial link with the Dallas Cowboys.
Clearly rattled, Green tells Smith that he has an email from the Cowboys that he would show him after the camera is switched off. Of course, he didn’t bother once the interview was over.
Any lingering credibility that the Yorkshireman had is being whittled away at an incredible rate. So far, just this week he’s been called a liar, a cheat, a con man, a fraudster, a racist and a shyster.
And he has done nothing to apologise. It seems he really has caught Rangersitis.
Stories are leaking out of more sackings-including a tearful Ian Durrant being led into a taxi, after being told either he-or the club-was finished.
No smoke without fire , they say, and it looks like a scorched earth policy is under way in Govan. Cost cutting is increasing, and one can only sit back in a mixture of awe and amusement as the whole thing starts to come apart.
Mondays odd one out was Stephen Pressley, as one or two correctly answered, because he is the only one of the four to have actually scored for Celtic. Like one or two others, I was convinced Moyes and MacKinlay had found the net, but there is no record of it.
7, 14, 27 , 28. Four numbers-which is the odd one out? And why?
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