Teemu Pukki scored the winning goal as Celtic broke down the wall presented to them by Terry Butchers Hibernian.
“Its the only one he’ll get ” roared a defiant Hugh Keevins from within his jacket that buttons up the back.
Manager Neil Lennon was probably even more relieved than the Finnish striker when it went in, but after Keevins wrote the lad off, there was a massive procession to the bookies and several Tims had a beer courtesy of their first goalscorer winnings on saturday night. Lennon said;
“I’m really pleased for Pukki to get his goal as well, We think he’s going to be a good player, he’s maybe not at the level that people might think he should be but we feel he’ll get there.
“Strikers live on goals and confidence and that goal with do him the world of good. He’s a good kid, so he’s made a contribution and hopefully he’ll kick on from that.”
Meanwhile, we have been asked to clarify that this far sighted gentleman is not Hugh Keevins, and the man in the picture is upset at the comparisons, claiming he got more things right than the befuddled old hack.
Heavy rain, strong winds and enthusiastic stewarding spoiled the game on Saturday for many, and with news that the nearby game at Firhill had been abandoned due to the weather, shows how awful the conditions were.
However, Celtic supporters can put up with the elements, however harsh, but it seems the stewarding is something that won’t be tolerated.
There are many , many stories coming to light about supporters being harassed, searched , and in one case, even being told to “Go back to Ireland “, which as I wasn’t there I cannot add to or verify. And there were no reports of any stewards getting a kicking, as would have happened had he said it to me.
We’ve a South african fellow travels with us-a Zulu- and there may have been a bit of fuss had someone told him to get back to Africa, so why its any different to tell someone to return to ireland is baffling.
However, one supporters club, from Belfast tweeted this over the weekend, which definitely indicates a problem at the ground;
” There was a lot of anger on the boat last night, diehards are genuinely thinking of packing it in altogether. Celtic need a serious rethink ”
Their club members walked out en masse after stewards bullied a couple of kids who weren’t sitting in the correct seats, and then starting singing. If anyone from the club is reading this, please get in touch and tell us what happened.
In fact, anyone who suffered at the game due to those in the high viz jackets let us know, and we’ll collate them into an article.
Regardless of whether the actual incident is deemed trivial or not, or it was an over-reaction at the time, this , to me, is indicative of the feeling many fans have towards the way they are taken for granted at Celtic Park.
Sooner or later, it will come to a head, as the PLC ( which, despite whatever he might think , does not stand for Peter Lawwells Club ) continue to ignore a problem which just might overwhelm them.
And what is the problem ? The problem is that great big chasm that is opening up between those who are currently charged with running the club, and those to whom the club actually belongs. There is an easy solution. both sides could be given the ends of a rope, and then they should stand either side of the gap. I know which one would be pulled into it and into oblivion.
Celtics board need to realise, and realise very quickly, that although the support of a nearby club -and its successor-allowed a number of “owners/ executives ” to fleece them and take them for granted, Celtics support are made of different stuff.
There are growing signs of discontent among those who follow Celtic, and those who are supposed to be leading need to look over their shoulders and see whats going on.
We finally got the podcast with Jeanette Findlay on line, the sound quality suffered a bit, but there is a transcript on the site as well. Please read it and draw your own conclusions .
Please comment on it, and offer your own opinions, either here on on another site. Believe me, your opinion counts, and whatever you say at least you have said something.
That is unless your name is Andy and you edit Scotzine magazine. In which case you’d probably be better off just switching off your computer and maybe watching teletubbies or something else that is your level. I’m not going to get drawn into a battle of wits with the man who launched a personal attack on our podcast guest Jeannette Findlay, as it is beneath me.
And it would be unfair, seeing as how he is completely unarmed.
Celtic have reportedly offered pay cuts to Georgios Samaras and Joe Ledley, who , according to the Sunday Mail, will be leaving the club. The Express, however , refutes the story, and none of the two papers have any quotes from the players.
Here at Etims, we can categorically say that both players will either leave or stay. Or one will leave and the other will go. And we’ll still probably get it wrong.
The Herald reckons Samaras has been told his wages will drop from £18,000 a week to £16,000, which is what happens when you tell the bosses how much you love your job, and don’t want to go anywhere else.
Not the craziest transfer story in the papers today though-The Sun has Glenn Loovens coming back to the club as short term cover at the back….
Well, that would certainly make the league more competitive.
Meanwhile, and i beg forgiveness for mentioning them, over at Ibrox the AGM is drawing near….
And Ally Mccoist, the manager, has proved beyond all doubt whose side he is on;-his.
” Ally McCoist is believed to have given the voting rights for his shares in Rangers International Football Club to members of a supporters club in East Kilbride, where he grew up.
By giving the proxy to an organisation that is part of the Rangers Supporters Association, which has campaigned against the board, it could be interpreted as the Rangers manager registering a vote against the current directors at this week’s annual meeting.
McCoist owns more than one million shares in RIFC, less than 3%. The board – chairman David Somers, James Easdale, Norman Crighton, chief executive Graham Wallace and finance director Brian Stockbridge – are confident of being re-elected on Thursday but, by giving his shares to fans, McCoist has made a symbolic gesture.
The manager has been in an awkward position, and has said it would be “suicide” if he voted against the directors, who effectively employ him. McCoist will not now be voting in Thursday’s agm at Ibrox, but some board members may still consider that he has not supported them. The directors are backed by at least 44% of the shareholders, but their supporters insist that the figure is higher, leaving the nominees seeking election to the board – Paul Murray, Malcolm Murray, Alex Wilson and Scott Murdoch – needing all the institutional shareholder votes and significant backing from the fans, who effectively hold around 12%.
Feelings are running high, with fans having protested against the current regime. With a new board in place, and a highly regarded chief executive in Wallace now running the club, the board’s supporters believe a corner has been turned.
McCoist has now made a choice that will enhance his popularity with the fans who are against the board, but could jeopardise his standing with the directors and their backers.
McCoist agreed several weeks ago to take a pay cut while Rangers are in the lower leagues, but that has not yet been implemented. The manager had agreed the terms with Craig Mather, the previous chief executive, but despite further discussions no agreement has been signed off. McCoist has, though, spoken warmly of Wallace, and said that all their discussions have been promising.
The team has a 100% record in the league this season, is in the Scottish Cup fifth round and the Ramsdens Cup final, but lost in the Scottish Communities League Cup first round to Forfar Athletic. McCoist remains an iconic figure with the support, and pleaded on Friday for the agm to be a “line in the sand”, while hoping for a period of “unity” afterwards. ”
In a move that has been described as “typical of the sleekit bassa “-by me – he can now pretend he is right behind the fans and get sacked for disloyalty without anyone ever pointing out that he has been bleeding them dry for the last couple of years.
But back to the good guys, and congratulations to the U-17 team who have just won the u-19 league, this is from the SPFL website;
Celtic clinched the SPFL U19 League title thanks to a 1-0 win over Queen’s Park at Toryglen on Sunday.
Fiacre Kelleher scored the only goal of the game for Tommy McInytre’s side, who lost just one of their 13 matches.
The result means Celtic, who have been using their U17 squad, can’t be caught by nearest challengers Clyde and Stirling Albion.
In Sunday’s other game, Airdrieonians defeated Montrose 5-0 at the Excelsior Stadium.
A sectional SPFL U19 League Cup will be played in the second half of the season and there are still a number of U19 League fixtures also to be slotted in.
Maybe some of them will make it to the big team, who knows ? But heres hoping.
On saturday, just before a million replies in the annual etims name calling competiton, there was a question relating to Dixie Deans consoling Joe Harper.
This happened after the 1974 League Cup Final, when Celtic won 6-3, with both men mentioned getting a hat trick.
Today, lets travel back in time again, and identify this place;