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Celtic Diary Wednesday December 11

As Christmas approaches , its getting kind of difficult to spot any goodwill to any men amongst Celtic fans. Sadly, it seems that the Green Brigades overriding legacy may in fact not be the tifos, the banners and the singing, but the discord, disharmony and rows between their fellow supporters.

Just to clarify, those who broke the seats at Fir Park should be made to pay. Thy alone are to blame for the wreckage.

Just to clarify, the competency of stewarding and policing needs to be questioned, but it is not to blame for the damage.

And thats that. If they wanted attention, they got it.

If they wanted notoriety , they got it.

If they wanted to carry on as a group that is respected and admired by the majority of Celtic fans-well that didn’t happen, and isn’t going to happen any time soon. So, farewell Green Brigade.

And can we get back to the football now ?  After all, thats what we are here for.

These are indeed strange times, Guillem Balague, a football journalist who knows his stuff, has been speaking about tonights Barcelona Celtic game-in the Daily Record. So, for the first time in years there is something worth reading in that rag, although it still won’t prompt me into buying it.

Balague is in Glasgow, and will be doing one of his football evenings with Gabriel Marcotta and Albert Ferrer at Walkabout tomorrow. And if he’d sent me a free ticket I would have told you what time.

“It’s quite timely, with Barcelona playing Celtic this week. Celtic could scare them, you know. It’s the perfect time to play them. They are lacking confidence after their first two defeats of the season at Ajax and Athletic Bilbao.

“It could be a night for one of those famous Celtic victories.”

Yep. Three lines in the Record and his heads gone.

Or has it ?

If Neil Lennon is brave enough to go toe to toe with the Catalans and play the passing game that had us on the edge of our seats in our last two games, then it might well be a night to remember. Do you know what ? He should go for it.

Sure, Barcelona are a little better than Hearts and Motherwell, but if we don’t try something, we’ll never know if it works…

The keeper and back four picks itself, then add the diamond midfield of Brown, Mulgrew, Ledley and Bitton, with Commons up front with Stokes. Bring Samaras on if we have to later for Stokes, and lets see what happens. Actaully, we might even be able to make something happen.

Many , many years ago, Alex Fergusons Aberdeen were dismantled by the then dominant Liverpool at Anfield, and the red nosed rascal learned a lot from it, leading his side to a Cup Winners cup and a Super Cup within a couple of years.

Now, that might not happen to Celticwell, the cup Winners Cup bit certainly, but it could show us that there is more to our game than hoofing it up to Samaras and then playing it sidieways in the hope the opposition will lose interest and make mistakes.

And it will make the game more interesting. Celtic have nothing to play for, Barcelona are already through,( though they need a point to be certain of winning the group ) and to be honest, if Coronation Street was on and it was an episode where Michelle Keegan was modelling swimsuits then I might miss a bit of the game.

Thats what is known as a gratuitous picture of a couple of boobies. Heres another.

Lennon spoke about the game  yesterday, but didn’t really say anything;

“It is important, not just for the context of this campaign but next year, where we will have qualifiers in July,” he said.

“Three points is not enough. I think we deserve more out of the group but we are going to have to play very well.

“We are going to need great discipline, concentration and athleticism and we have to be brave on the ball and even then it may not be enough.

“But we want to come away with some satisfaction if not the result.

“This is a great occasion and we are very much looking forward to it.”

We need something to smile about-perhaps even more so tonight as by then we will know how much the Wallace /Sands banner has cost the club in fines-UEFA will decide today.

Lets get the rest of the bad news out of the way. The U-19s lost 3-0 to their Barcelona equivalents yesterday, and need Milan to beat ajax today to avoid finishing bottom of their group.

And heres the good news.

Mikael Lustig is about to sign a new deal  !

He told the Daily Mail;

‘I’ve felt really strong in the last couple of months and I feel I am playing at the highest level of my career,’

‘We have started to talk about a new contract so we will see. I still have 18 months left so there is no rush but we have spoken a little bit.

‘Am I keen to stay for longer? Yes. My family loves it here and Celtic are a massive club. I really enjoy playing here.

‘It has lived up to all my expectations. When I signed the pre-contract, we were still in second place in the league and 15 points behind. It has been a really big journey from then.

‘To play in the Champions League with Celtic has been an absolutely amazing experience – as has winning the league twice and being in the Cup final.’

After tonight, the big guy will go away and have surgery on that hip thats been giving him problems, and he hopes to be back playing by March.

Ally McCoist, the manager of Second Rangers is doing his best to avoid talking about the upcoming AGM-yeah, like that’ll happen-at his club.

He’s been talking about his charity work, and how he ”  is adamant he takes more out of his involvement with the charity than he puts in. ”

Well, that doesn’t surprise me.

Oh, and he hasn’t got round to taking that pay cut yet, either.

Elsewhere in the world of football, English fans are still in shock after they discovered the high temperatures they will face in Brazil next year. Wait until they find out how far away it is.

Barry Robson scored on his debut with his first touch of the ball for Celtic, a free kick against Aberdeen, as many of you remembered.

Why would one of these guys say he did the exact opposite ?




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Bob Cobb
9 years ago

Did the bold Frank not score with virtually his last touch in the Hoops? He was punted to St Mirren after that game without being given a chance to say his farewells (I seem to remember Daniel Fergus was treated the same way just over a year later.)

9 years ago

Davie Provan scored in the final against Dundee Utd with his last ever free-kick for the club?

9 years ago

Frank McGarvey scored with his last ever touch for Celtic, against Dundee Utd in the cup final.

9 years ago

McGarvey scored with his last in the 1985 cup final?

Frank McGaaaaarvey
9 years ago

Answer to the quiz, was my winning heider from my not inconsiderable foreheid in that game my last ever touch of the ball for Celtic? I don’t know why I am asking the question this way as I should know!
I completely agree over your let’s move on mantra. Maybe we can get back to the piffling matter of supporting the team (a crazy concept I know) for the rest of the season starting tonight in one of the most glorious arenas in world football. Celtic First, Celtic Last, Celtic Everything. let’s try it, it might just work just like it worked for 125 years previously.
A guy in work has just said to me, “Word on the street is that Balde is going to start tonight”. What street is that? Feckin’ Sesame Street?

9 years ago

the offensive behaviour bill should have been tackled by bhoycotts and not banners, by the green brigade, it is still the way to go I. M. H. O. UEFA & SFA G.I.R.F.U.Yz.

9 years ago

So provan scored with his last free kick FOR Celtic……and has since used his journalistic career to take kicks AT Celtic………he was once my hero………he’s just a dick with a short memory of how a club and fanbase gave him a livelihood and supported him through his football and illness.

9 years ago

They will not allow us to play as we have done in our last two games, we will be closed down quickly and robbed of the ball. Saying that I agree that we have to try out this new formation. You never know. I will be happy with a good performance were we can come away with our heads held high. What I don’t want is sloppy goals given away with poor defending and concentration. I would also like to see Pukki start as I thought his movement and overall play has been good recently. OK he’s no number 9 but with support and good service he could help unlock their defense. My prediction 3-2.

San Miguel
9 years ago

I think you might find loads of ex players scored their last goal(not sure about last touch) for Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final. In fact I am sure if you look back that it seems that any player who scored a goal in the cup final was invariably transferred or freed the next week.

Did JP Doumbe not score in a SC Final and was gone the next week ?

9 years ago

I suggest the answer to tomorrows quiz is Tommy Johnston or Harald Brattbakk, another 2 punted after a glorious last game goal to secure a title\medal like Frank.

McGarvey and that header…bliss…did McAvennie do the same, Joe Miller tae?

Provan….did he score that free kick then get M.E? Remember when Celtic fans used to love and feel sorry for him….ah those were the days.

9 years ago
Reply to  Ralph Malph

Editorial Note: “interesting” is Ralphspeak for anywhere between banal/anal, totally baffling, so cryptic it has it’s own crypt, verging on genius, worthy of so obvious a hun would get it, mensa level funny peculiar, peculiar, funny, liar, or a combination of all or none of the above.

So, ishe answer to tomorrows quiz, er, Tommy Brattbakk?

9 years ago

Its a fecking sad day when even my comments disappear up WOrdpresses ethereal arse!!

9 years ago
Reply to  Desimond

*Silent chortle* btw. Who sung Oh Happy Day?

9 years ago

We ALL know the league will be ours, but I don’t like reading Lenny talking about our CL qualifiers next season, it is disrespectful and something I’d normally associate with a sleekit fat bassa from elsewhere/nowhere.

9 years ago

And I’m off.
Before I become a hostage too!

9 years ago

Sharpen those studs for Brown Vs Neymar, The Rematch.
What a chance to get the GB stuff binned from the papers with a win tonight.
It’s been at least 10 years since we had such amazing back-to-back performances, let’s make it three. Most fans I know have come up with different line-ups/formation they want to see tonight, can’t remember the last time we had so many options due the the top form we’re in.I loved the back 5 against motherwell, don’t think the defence has looked that strong since Wanyama left.
Brilliant news about Lustig and a new contract, could argue he’s our best player (though Commons has been on the form of his life recently, player of the year if keeps it up). Lustig would probably be going to the world cup if he had done a ‘neymar’ when ronaldo heidered him. Would like Fisher get a lot more game time, I think he’s got good skill and brilliant vision, espeicially with his marking and passing, for a guy of his age. Izzy has been looking a lot better recently (still makes a few errors) and I think we’re really seeing the impact of Danny McGrain in training. Would love to have more world class coaches, does anyone know if Brian McClair is still at Man U, or did he leave with ferguson?
9 years ago

Is Biton not still suspended tonight?

Charlie Saiz
9 years ago

I hope we keep the current Formation and personnel as we have been playing some decent stuff these past few games.
I would like to see the following line up:


Charlie Saiz
9 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Dropped Stokes for Samaras I just don’t think Stokes is that clever at this level in Europe and Sammy has the ability to turn it on as well as control the ball under pressure.
I would also have Atajic on the Bench rather than Balde myself the wee man has some trickery and great Technical Ability.

Charlie Saiz
9 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz
San Miguel
9 years ago

Ouch !!

Iain McAllister
9 years ago

Was working and didn’t see the match.
Sammy on and top scorer Chris on the bench?
I don’t need to see the lowlights.

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