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Celtic Diary Friday January 16: Ronny Roars !

As you get older, as I’m sure most of you will testify, the surprise around christmas morning begins to disappear, and whole idea of receiving a nice surprise becomes almost non existant.

However, when you CSC secretary rings you on a Thursday afternoon and tells you he has four tickets for Hamilton away, that feeling of joy associated with Santa Claus coming down the chimney returns.

Its ages since I went to an away game, for one reason or another. In fact, its so long I think the club I went to see us play have since gone out of business. With talk of a possible postponement due to the weather, its worth remembering what it used to be like when football was a mans game;

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Where the  football is concerned, I tend to go with my instincts and I’m looking forward to this one because I think it will be a cracker. Although Hamilton have just lost their manager, the impressive Alex O’Neil, they still gave Dundee Utd a good game last week, losing only by the odd goal in five, and they will fancy their chances on their artificial pitch against the champions. But then again, having oted our much improved performance against Kilmarnock, also on an artificial pitch, in an artificial town populated by artificial people, the stage is set for what could turn out to be the game of the season.

Will the break have done the players some good ?

Will they have got their appetite for destruction back ?

Did they have special training on the purpose of the big white sticks at each end of the pitch ?

And will that wee guy who sells the £1 bag of sweeties still be at the ground. Last time I was there I ended up sharing a bag of boiled sweeties with Tom Boyd, who promised to get the next bag, but strangely disappeared into the crowd when it was his turn. The ten stopping captain was often seen at away grounds, but now does the commentary for Celtic tv, so it just shows the lengths some people will go to avoid paying their way.

Development coach Ronny Deila has blasted back at the press, showing , possibly, he has finally had enough of their shite.

  “I’m a winner. I’m not just a development coach, I’m both. 

Oops. Wheres the delete button ?

Its not surprising he’s getting a little sick of it. He gets no praise for anything he ever does, because he’s expected to deliver. This, of course, midway through a season when Aberdeen are four points ahead of Celtic, despite the hoops beating them twice in the league. and theres another few teams breathing down our neck as well. No-one has even considered whether or not Neil Lennon would have handled the new challenge, which had to happen sooner or later, any better or any worse.

However, it means that tomorrows game takes on that extra edge, and in my mind at least, is the most important game of the season so far, all things considered.

Can you tell I’m looking forward to it ?

I’ve even got my clothes all ready lined up by the bed so I don’t waste any time looking for them at whatever obscene hour we set off at.

Deila continued to attack the hacks;

“You can’t do one thing and not the other. It’s hard because if you don’t develop you don’t get better. It goes hand in hand. Short and long term.

“I’ve won things before and I’m here to win. That’s the most important thing.

“But it’s also about other things. It’s about playing good football and we do that. We go out every game to control it and to develop the young players.

“A lot of the youngsters, like Nir Bitton, Jason Denayer, Leigh Griffiths and Virgil van Dijk, are improving and this all goes hand in hand.

“But without winning there’s no development either. That’s something I’ve learned here, that you’re quite vulnerable when you lose and you need to get back on track very quickly.” 

 Tell you what , Ronny. Keep me a seat over by you. Anyone gives you any nonsense and they’ll get the rough edge of my tongue.

frankie howerd

 So, will Ronnys Rockets be up for the game ?

“Aberdeen are making the job easier for us as everybody knows the most important thing is the league.

“That is No.1 and the cups are after that. We are hungry. I see the hunger in training.

“It was a good move for us to go away for a week and we are in a better position than we were one week ago in terms of injuries and freshness so I am very happy.” 

 “It is important to see behind the results and sometimes opponents deserve credit as well.

“We have had some good points and results in the last two or three months but opponents have followed us and you have to also give them credit.

“Aberdeen have been consistent. They played well in the Europa League against Real Sociedad and kept on going with what they were doing.

“I would expect Aberdeen to keep pushing us and we have to keep up. If we can keep up the improvement in the next matches then hopefully we will get more points than we have so far and see if they can cope with that.

“There are more teams competing for the title and that is good for the league.

“We need to be on top of every game to get the title because Aberdeen are doing well and there are teams behind them who could also come into it.

“We have to take one game at a time and now it is Hamilton and that will be tough. We have a good chance there if we can keep the level we showed at Kilmarnock.” 

So, does the boss think Aberdeen will take it to the wire ?

 “I would expect that. Of course.

“Again we must concentrate on ourselves and we will see what they do but so far they have looked strong and it’s going to be a tough race.”

 Thats fighting talk. Perhaps the complacency of the ;last couple of seasons has finally been washed away.

 Lets see if the players can rise to the challenge, now that it appears they have realised there is one.

 Starting tomorrow.

There was more good news for Ronny as the IFFHS announced the world club rankings yesterday, with Celtic appearing at number 31 in the list. They have their own complex system for working this sort of thing, and I’m happy with it. Largely because it has us ahead of the likes of the likes of Manchester City , Everton and Liverpool. Also below us are Europa League opponents Inter Milan, though its a little disconcerting to see that Maribor and Legia Warsaw are also ranked lower, so presumably the judges missed those games.

 The full list is here, on Talkshite Radios site, and it appears to have annoyed them. so its not all bad.

IFFHS Rankings

 On the transfer front theres been little activity, other than more talk about Gary Mackay Steven, and more talk from Virgil “I’m a World Class Defender Get Me Out Of Here”  van Dijk.

 Craig Swan in the Record claims :

Arsenal linked with move for Virgil van Dijk but defender

says: I’ve been priced out of a move from Celtic

Except in the text, of course, he says no such thing…as usual.

Perhaps it was Mystic Meg who did the original interview.

I went to see a one of those fortune tellers once, and she seemed quite pleased with the tip i gave her after the reading. I delivered a swift right hook to her jaw, which initially confused her, but as I explained, I do like to strike a happy medium.

I’m here all week. Try the veal, etc.

Speaking of the Record, todays back page deals with the latest problem to occur at the home of Scotlands newest club , Ibrox.

Well, as it appears they have taken out, or are about to take out a secured loan on the place, it might not be their home for much longer.

We did say a while ago the SFA had been approached about renting Hampden to another branch of the Rangers franchise….

Anyhoo, those clever wordsmiths at the paper came up with this headline;

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Still, its not like Keith Jackson to borrow anyone elses work.

 

Phil Mac

By the way, for updates on the current crisis at Ibrox, you could do worse than follow Phil MacGhiollabhans website. He’s right more often than not, and it will save you buying the Record, which usually prints it the following day.

You’d certainly learn more than if you followed , say , Matt Lindsay of the Evening Times, to find out whats going on. With Mike Ashley now putting the end game into place for the stricken Ibrox club, he went with  the Monty Python option of always looking on the bright side of life.

Hugely successful businessman. Vast personal fortune. Experience in football. What’s not to like? 

clutching at straws

 Put them down, Matt. Its over.

But hang on, those passionate and committed supporters over on the south side are swinging into action….

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 The fightback has begun!

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Charles Green RFC wants to take it even further…

Protest – walk out on minutes 18 & 72 – give your clothes to a mate – he walks back in on 20 & 12 trying to say he’s the same guy   

Some however, have given up….

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Although the call has gone out for the brothers to stand together…

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Some of them still don’t get it.

They’re on their own. They ran out of friends a long, long time ago.

 Despite talk of legal action, the word is the three bears have walked away.

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Paul Elliot was the almost forgotten man in the picture yesterday, and between billy McNeill and Alan Stubbs/Marc Reiper he was far and away the best central defender we had.

 This guy won’t be forgotten, but why wouldn’t he be allowed to do this today ?

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 Later today on the site, we’ve an exclusive extract from  Tom Campbells new book, so keep your eyes open for that one.

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Curlybhoy
9 years ago

Great Article.

Jinky’s got no shinguards, he’d need them today!

HH

Chris Bhoy
9 years ago

Like you looking forward to our trip tomorrow,especially as you seem to have got all your duff jokes out of the way today,so expect a cringe free trip.
Could be a difficult fixture but that,s what its all about

Scott Osprey
9 years ago

Wee Jinky wouldn’t be allowed on the pitch today as he is not wearing any shinnies…….

Bawsman
9 years ago

Must have girly shin pads on today.

ewanbhoy
9 years ago

There is an edge to every game we play now, it matters if we drop points, every game is a must win…..the way it should be and I’m really enjoying this season. Hats off to Aberdeen for being on such a great run and pushing us hard.

9 years ago

Nae Shinguards are all Ronnie Deilas fault!!

Saves Deadhead saying it!

Andrew
9 years ago

Number is on the shorts, not the shirt

holy sea
9 years ago

Sky reporting GMS signs pre-contract! He should be signed now,to play tomorrow.With Stokes out,
Deila could have seen what a REAL left winger looks like!

andybhoy
9 years ago
Reply to  holy sea

It’s on the official Celtic site, just get him in now.

holy sea
9 years ago

Ralph,enjoy your trip.I know you are excited,but don’t put on 7-0.I’ve been done with that score,a few times.
So Ronnie say’s he isn’t a Development Coach ?
3 months ago, “There are many,good young players at Man.City that need developed.We could take them,and have them ready for the City first team,after a short spell here”

Valenti
9 years ago

Time to bring back the Latin Mass.

holy sea
9 years ago
Reply to  Valenti

Did you mean MASH ?
He’s over at Ibrokes hoovering everything up!

holy sea
9 years ago
Reply to  Valenti

What club does he play for now ?

jebus
9 years ago

He wouldnt be allowed on the pitch as he is quite good and lawell would have sold him!!

Mick67
9 years ago

He’s got a ginger napper whilst playing for the hoops, which means, any assaults in the street, abuse to himself and young family, threats to his family home, brutal fouls commited on him while playing, brutal attacks trackside while coaching, any bombs, bullets or any form of excrement posted to his family home, is entirely brought on by himself.

9 years ago

I never usually watch the scum on tv, however, I might make an exception and watch tonight, just to see what the fans do.
The gift that just keeps giving.
And in my spirit of never wanting to see the scum again, I’ve given my ticket for the semi to my son, who is away up to CP get it just now. He’s as excited about the game as Ralph seems to be about tomorrow’s clash.
I reckon we can go the rest of the season unbeaten domestically – treble time for RD? What then will the RD / PL haters say?

holy sea
9 years ago
Reply to  andy docherty

Andy,
Good man.You’re talking my game now,by giving your ticket away,I also done likewise.
However,with regards PL/RD you’ve got it wrong.
No Celtic fans hate them,we just want them to get it right.A big,big difference m8.Cheers.

andybhoy
9 years ago
Reply to  holy sea

HS, he’s like a broken record, by the way, nothing is won, far from it.

holy sea
9 years ago
Reply to  andybhoy

Correct,Andybhoy.
Andy says the manager has sole control over players.I doubt it.But,as he is such a big Deila man,why are we getting GMS in,
because Wakaso and Tonev have been a costly mistake.Deila’s mistakes.Add in Berget and Scepovic at a whopping 2.4M,
then Deila has a lot to answer for.

andybhoy
9 years ago
Reply to  holy sea

Collins has more control over the players.

Mick67
9 years ago

Ps. Ralph are you theonly person alive today to have seen Celtic v Third Larnark live?

San Miguel
9 years ago
Reply to  Mick67

No – PensionerBhoy was a balboy at thhe friost ever game I think !

Who are the oppssing team in the Jinky picture is it Liverpool ?

9 years ago
Reply to  San Miguel

Deadhead was also there shouting “THIS CATHKIN IS PURE PISH!”

holy sea
9 years ago
Reply to  desimond

Now,now Desi,your just trying to provoke a reaction! lol

andybhoy
9 years ago
Reply to  desimond

I, and somebody was smoking in the bogs.

San Miguel
9 years ago
Reply to  San Miguel

Apologies for the spelling !

andybhoy
9 years ago
Reply to  San Miguel

v the Sheep 1970….. BAAAAA!!!

9 years ago
Reply to  San Miguel

San Miguel

Thanks for the memory. It was a cracker too and they are still selling the same pies.

H H

holy sea
9 years ago

Why are we stalling on 250k fee ?
Considering the money wasted on loan fees and salaries for Tonev and Wakaso,we should pay up now.GMS is a genuine left winger,who also plays well on the right.His form is good and would make an impact,straight away,in out team.
Why the delay ?

Gerry Mac
9 years ago

San Miguel – Thats Aberdeen at Hampden. Not sure if its the ’67 or 70 cup final?

andybhoy
9 years ago
Reply to  Gerry Mac

1970

holy sea
9 years ago
Reply to  andybhoy

Andybhoy,if only he had scrolled up to your post he would have got it. lol

9 years ago

Ralph

Mind and behave yourself if you are up on tomorrow. I am quite well known in Hamilton having lived a goodly number of years in that fair toon. In fact, I worked just round the corner from the old DP when the pitch was grass and the terracings black blaze. Now Sainsbury’s have a big shiny supermarket there. Some fans from the south of Glasgow should take a look to see what Ibrox will be looking like in the near future. There was always a relatively friendly atmosphere there even towards Tims like myself. But then, everybody likes me 🙂 They used to have a hum-dinger of a supporter called “Fergie” who could put even deadhead to shame with his outbursts

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/former-managers-turn-out-for-funeral-1007397 (I am not sure if this is how links work. I am more familiar with the sausages than the IT stuff and so sorry for the rag it is in).

I go along with hs and beg you stay away from 7-0. That way we might actually win comfortably – no not a new football term. It was regularly in use in the 60s and 7os.

By the way, why have names got to be acronyms these days. The way we are going the teams will be getting displayed before games on the substitute’s board and both at the same time. I thought PL was signing a railway franchise when I saw he might buy GMS. But then I read it was fast down the wings and knew it wasn’t a train. AS far as I am concerned RD, PL and ATKH and ATKM can say what they want. I will wait till the deal is done and we can add ABCDEFG etc to the squad provided we get rid of H to Z first.

Regarding 2nd R(ate) or S, I just want to say, I am regrettably getting close to feeling sorry for the disillusioned. But there again, when you get too close you become more aware how easily you can be burned. Well done ad (never been averse to being trendy) with your ticket. I hope the wee fella (I take it he is relative to our ages) gets a lot from the experience. However, you have a duty in conscience to inform him of the dangers of the evil dead and never to allow a one of event to colour his judgement.

Everyone reckons Jinky would have been banned from the pitch for not wearing shin-guards. I think it is simpler than that. He would not be allowed to play with his socks rolled down. It could be both of course. I think it is Liverpool he is playing against. The badge is a yellowy colour like Liverpool’s and not red and white like Aberdeen’s. I could well be wrong and if anyone can anyone tell me who the Liverpool player is, I might be sure. I recognise his face but for the life of me I can not remember a name – and I still had a memory in those days.

H H

andybhoy
9 years ago

Yes PB, stood close to that madman Fergie a couple of times at Douglas Park, great entertainment as long as you weren’t hungover from the Friday night. I’m going tomorrow with my boy weather permitting.
By the way, it is Aberdeen during the Scottish Cup final in 1970.

9 years ago

Of course andybhoy, just noticed the terracing. It is Hampden and not Parkhead. It is an age thing my friend and I am not short of that 🙂

H H

9 years ago
Reply to  pensionerbhoy

It was not our finest hour that day either. I got myself married, missed the game then heard how Joe Harper skinned us 4-0. It was early April too though do not recall why it was not in May as it is now.

H H

Charlie Saiz
9 years ago

How refreshing it is to see the League so open at this time of the Season eh Bhoys?
Good game today thought we controlled much of it and won it with 2 great finishes.
I reckon Commons threw them boots into the crowd as he’s sick of not scoring in them 😉
Perhaps he kept hold of last seasons boots?

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