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Celtic Diary Thursday September 3: Glasgow’s Green And Whyte!

Sorry about the picture. There’s just been so many people that the Ibrox support have blamed for killing their club, even though they still don’t think it’s dead, that I get all mixed up. Anyhoo, things are happening to some of the stars of the world’s longest running pantomime, ,as we will see later.

But first, more nonsense …

Every now and again, we get a commentator, or a pundit, who lends us the benefit of his wisdom. And i’s usually on sky sports, which is more and more turning into a home for the unemployable former footballer. When they’ve made an arse of management, that is.

This time it’s Paul Merson, formerly of Arsenal, alcoholics anonymous and the drug rehabilitation centre, said, on Soutthampton’s  latest recruit from Celtic, Virgil van Dijk;

“I’m not sure about Virgil van Dijk at all because he’s been playing for Celtic and hasn’t had to head a ball. I’m very interested to see what happens with him.”

But, just to show there’s no hard feelings, he praised the southern club for keeping Victor Wanyama;

They have kept Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama which is good news.” 

And no doubt he’ll be pleased for them when Fraser Forster gets back into the team after his injury, as the big keeper  has adapted to life in England, after a few years at Celtic where he presumably never had to catch a ball.

Next up to Southampton could well be Nir biton, who is already missing his pal. He sent van Dijk a message on instagram which the press said was ;

“I’m sure this is just your first step to the top,” , 

A little worrying, as it implies that Celtic is one step below that….

However, this is actually the message;

 

Which isn’t the same thing at all.

Those of you a little worried about the lack of cover for Leigh Griffiths might have been right after all. Stories from Birmingham, which unusually don’t feature guns and drugs, are emerging that claim anthony stokes was all set to go to Birmingham city, but Celtic wouldn’t agree to the transfer fee.

So the Birmingham Mail says, anyway.

And Neil Lennon , having arguably had his managerial career saved by the bold Anthony when the striker single handedly hauled the hoops back into a game against Kilmarnock, was also in the hunt.

What we have here appears to be a case of Stokesy could have gone had Celtic brought in Michu or Fletcher, neither of whom apparently wanted to come to Glasgow.

Which, in retrospect, is a relief.

Fletchers terrible, and Michu is always injured.

Fair enough, some players recover from injury and do regain their form, but this is a policy which clearly hasn’t worked for Celtic, so let’s give it a miss from now on, shall we ?

There will be another Gary Hooper out there, and maybe our scouts should be looking for him, instead of checking the admissions log at casualty wards up and down the country.

Another article on the site, Hector Bandido’s excellent summary of the transfer activity over the last six weeks raised one point.

By 2020, if the current trend continues, you will never be more than six feet from a player on loan from Celtic.

although not many of them are forwards, and this is a serious issue.

Whoever scouts the strikers isn’t finding them, whoever coaches them isn’t teaching them, and whoever agrees the price and wages  for them should be invited onto the car park and given a proper kicking.

Now, it’s all very well to criticise a policy, but you need to offer a solution. I did. look for the next big thing. Easier said than done ? Perhaps, but the players are out there.

This is  an excellent follow up by Tictactic to his own blog from a couple of years ago, showing the pitfalls of speculating on players, but also , the conclusion is fairly obvious…

Titactic Article

so with that in mind-if you haven’t read it, go back and have a look- done ? okay, we’ll continue…

The thing is, there is no way of predicting how a player will do, whether he cost £100,000, £1m, or £10m . If the manager felt that what he wanted wasn’t out there, then it is better to wait until it is.

My wife had a win on the slots the other week, fair few quid, and she wanted to spend it. Apparently because it was extra money, that was what it was for.

She was spending for the sake of spending, which always reduces me to tears, so i can see the sense in waiting until something you really want comes along.

My nightmare has always been the horror of running out of money before the pub shuts. Far better, but equally distressing, to have the pub shut while you are still in possession of a few quid.

The point is, if Deila wasn’t sure that whatever was on offer wasn’t any better than what we already have, then there’s no point in spending for the sake of spending.

I can live with that.

Unless you live in a cave, you would have noticed that, in keeping with the rest of the city,  Glasgow Sherriff Court was Green and Whyte yesterday as the two men who rescued comedy from the likes of Miranda Hart and Michael McIntyre appeared to provide some of us with a little pick me up after the gloom of the last few days.

The BBC takes up the story…

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte and ex-chief executive Charles Green have been charged with conspiracy and involvement in serious organised crime.

David Whitehouse, from administrators Duff and Phelps, faces the same charges while Mr Green, 62, is also accused of fraud.

An angry crowd of fans shouted abuse as police escorted them from Glasgow Sheriff Court.

All three have been granted bail to return to court at a later date. 

The three men were arrested on Tuesday after a police investigation into the sale of Rangers assets in 2012.

Another accountant, 51-year-old Paul Clark, who ran the club while it was in administration, has also been arrested. 

Rangers was sold to Craig Whyte by its former owner Sir David Murray in 2011 for a nominal sum of £1.

But it entered administration in February 2012 after running out of cash.

Mr Whitehouse, 50, who worked at Duff and Phelps, was appointed as joint administrator, along with colleague Mr Clark.

When an agreement with creditors could not be struck to allow the club to exit administration, a sale of Rangers’ assets to a consortium led by Mr Green was concluded.

He was at the helm when Rangers were allowed to join the Third Division butstepped down in 2013 following allegations that he was working in conjunction with Mr Whyte, 44.

Charles Green was shielded by police officers when he left by the front door of the court at around 15:30 BST on Wednesday.

A group of around 20 supporters shouted and tried to jostle the former Sheffield United chief executive.

Mr Whitehouse left the court to equally angry scenes around 20 minutes later.  

Craig Whyte, 44, then made his exit just before 19:00 and was met by another angry crowd.

The trio have been charged under Section 28 of the Criminal Justice Licensing Act 2010, which covers serious organised crime offences. They have also been charged with conspiracy.

In addition Mr Green has been charged with fraud and also an offence under Section 190 of the Companies Act 2006.

They made no plea or declaration.

Alright, the text still omits the word “liquidation “, but the Beeb are only just back on speaking terms with the current Ibrox entity, and don’t want to jeopardise their recent acquisition of the much sought after rights to the upcoming League Cup game between Second Rangers and St. Johnstone.

There were some pictures of our heroes;

Craig Whyte

Craig Whyte

Charles Green outside coirt

Charles Green outside coirt

And the fans stormed the building to make their feelings known;

As you can imagine, photoshop legends such as Cartuja of the Kerrydale Street forum had a field day…

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but he also asked a serious question…

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Well, no-one has asked David Murray, the man who started the  delightful destruction of Rangers with his somewhat unique fiscal policies, but I popped over to his house to see if he was in.

He wasn’t, but I may have spotted a clue to his concerns about this serious and potentially damaging story when I noticed the contents of his clothesline

We shouldn’t laugh. This is a massive story which will have huge ramifications for all of Scottish football, and it may even go further than that. This is , as Churchill famously said, when he saw the results coming in during the 1945 general election,

this is not the end of the beginning, this is the beginning of the end. ” ( Are you sure-Ed ?)

But there is a little light at the end of the tunnel for those poor chapos from the blue side of the city;

The Rangers Rally 2015

The Rangers Supporters Association is reviving the Rangers Rally!

On 3rd October 2015 the Rally is back!

This year the Rally will take the form of a dinner in the Thornton Suite at Ibrox Stadium with Rangers FC director John Gilligan chairing the evening which will feature members of the Rangers management and a comedian as well as the dinner.

Tickets are available for £50 per head via this sales link – 

If I were them, I’d wait and see if you can pay on the door.

We haven’t had a caption competition for a couple of days, so here’s one to muse over and keep you all amused.

Caption or not, it should amuse you anyway.

 

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yestim
8 years ago

I know your a zillionaire and it’s only a Ford but get f###g in!!!

VooDude
8 years ago

I don’t get how “I’m sure this is just your first step to the top,” is any different to “I’m sure this is just your first stop to the top,”?

Both are implying that VVD has made a move towards a higher level.

VooDude
8 years ago
Reply to  Ralph Malph

🙂

I don’t see it mucker, I think you’ve read far more in to it than there is. If his rise to the ‘top’ is based on a number of interim levels then in my opinion, step and stop can be intermixed.

That aside, the point you’re making is regarding the slant that the press put on it. I find it difficult to believe that they thought deeply enough about it to change 1 word.

Anyway, I think this requires further discussion. Text me later and I’ll let you buy me a pint or 6.

Ralph malph
8 years ago
Reply to  VooDude

Who wrote that for you? Can’t tonight. Fivish tomorrow?

VooDude
8 years ago
Reply to  Ralph malph

Cheeky sod.

Tomorrow’s looking bad for me – Won’t know until later in the afternoon.

bgbhoy
8 years ago

anyone going to amsterdam need a ticket? got a few spares……

Mick
8 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

BGBHOY

A mate of mine in Belfast has the flights and hotel booked for him and his lad. He would L-O-V-E to take two tickets from you.

Can you mail me details,please,at

bmcuwp@gmail.com

and I will put you both in touch.

Grateful thanks.

PS-I’ve already mailed him to let him know that his prayers may have been answered!

deadhead67
8 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

need one where did you get yours

Monti
8 years ago
Reply to  deadhead67

It’s a slap you need bell end!

Teabhoy
8 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

I’m after two tickets if there are any going? Im based in amsterdam so nae chance of getting tickets through sellick, and dont fancy sitting in wi them numbskulls again!

BelgoBhoy
8 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

I need 2 mate, any left?

Teabhoy
8 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Here’s my email if you have spares for ajax teabhoy@hotmail.com HH

bgbhoy
8 years ago

not the caption btw, serious question!

mr greene
8 years ago

Caption

A red Ferrari, just what I need to get me away from these stupid, deluded, hun zombie bastards ®

Bigjohn7171
8 years ago

Why throw in Alcoholics Anonymous. I am sure you would be surprised how many Celtic members of are reading this blog and liken it to the very MSM YOU CONDEMN me smells hypocrisy

Morto
8 years ago
Reply to  Bigjohn7171

Why not throw it in?
Factually correct and relevant.

charlie
8 years ago

if we organise a guard of honour for our hero at his next court appearance will plod be so obliging ha ha

Monti
8 years ago

God bless you wee Craig!!

Down with that sort of thing
8 years ago

Dave King: “Why was there no ‘fit and proper persons’ test to stop these criminals getting into Ibrox?”

james williamson
8 years ago

pretty sure the arrow in top picture. Is facing away from Glasgow Airport. Not like Sevconians to head away from reality

8 years ago

Policeman(?) wins BIGGEST HELMET In WORLD award!

Bongo
8 years ago

CAPTION – ‘WONDER IF THAT DICK GREEN STILL HAS RANGERITIS’

Daviebhoy
8 years ago

Caption ” Remember what happened the last time I was pushed into something ”
This is truly the story that refuses to stop giving.
Great Diary Ralph, just what we all need to cheers us up on International week. HH

CarlJungleBhoy
8 years ago

I’ve sent that “Play Back Time” image to my company’s HQ to prosecute him for infringement of Time Inc’s copyright (btw both the red border & that TIME typeset are registered trademarks)- not to mention having the graphic skills of a 3 year old – pending such times as The Wrath Of kHUNts is properly re-directed at root cause criminal Minty Moonbeams and the likes of Ogilvie & Regan are exposed for their collusion in the fraudulent legitimisation of The Tribute Act.

Then, if justice is to be properly served, once the Knight of the realm is stripped of his title, they can then move on to the next rung in the royal/loyal ladder and deal with the glib & shameless liar King and those who deemed him fit & proper…

In the meantime, the list of names The People spew their bile at continues to grow, as they play the victim card once again

timbuffy
8 years ago

Notice the Herald managed to run the Sevco court story without mentioning the dreaded liquidation word as well. Simply danced all round it before printing what is essentially a falsehood. Pathetic! Scandalous excuse for journalism from a failing rag.

Cartvale88
8 years ago

Deluded Sevco supporters in uniform show a friendly hand to Mr Whyte.

Whit about the EBTs and the taxman is that case still ongoing?
Like the ad for Sky sports not.

deadhead67
8 years ago

im booked for amsterdam no ticket yet where did you get yours

Monti
8 years ago
Reply to  deadhead67

No you aren’t…your a clown.

deadhead67
8 years ago
Reply to  Monti

IM GOING FOR 5 DAYS YA FOOL,YOUR THE CLOWN

Monti
8 years ago
Reply to  deadhead67

Why are you going for 5 days? The game only lasts 90 mins.
Take it you don’t need to get back home for work then?

Cock.

bgbhoy
8 years ago

deadhead… good friend of a player so i have plenty spare

deadhead67
8 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

how much and can I BUY ONE

Monti
8 years ago

Caption:
Driver: Peter Lawwell-” Afternoon Craig, need a lift”?

Craig ” Kerrydale suite asap Ped,I fancy a bowl”!

Stupid, stupid Huns.

Half_Fool
8 years ago

Caption:

Craig Whyte Superstar: “Hawd oan! Is that a pound coin under the motor?”

Brencelt
8 years ago

Caption is a new chess move: whytes pawn parks it’s red motor on double yellow resulting in blue cries all over green and white Glasgow.

bgbhoy
8 years ago

dh- yeah no problem, dont have a price for you as wont be in possesion of them until hes back from scotland duty…. might not even cost anything but have like 4 spare

deadhead67
8 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Thanks my E mail is WTH6721LISBOA@OUTLOOK.COM

Monti
8 years ago
Reply to  deadhead67

Amsterdam doesn’t want you….the red light district has seen enough pricks!!

elcormaco
8 years ago

“just a second lads, I need to get something out of the tape deck”
The arrests are not a huge surprise but still tremendous fun. Watch our for a stepping up of a ‘rangers are victims’ media campaign, as if none of these shenanigans were done by office holders of the club, while working at & for the club. The accused could of course be found innocent, but there will be much talk of ‘why did no one warn us?’ helpfully forgetting they were being warned constantly. As these warning came from Timmy they were ignored of course.
The parallels between then and now with the baying mob and their press cheer leaders insisting that Dave King be waved through into ‘power’ at Ibrox are entirely coincidental and will in no way ever result in anything bad happening to the second incarnation of their horrible club.

bgbhoy
8 years ago

uppercase?

8 years ago

This is great. The untouchables up in court. As soon as the word fraudulent is mentioned then servco must no longer exist as they have fraudulently been registered by the fraudsters with the S.F.A.and the blazers registered them through their blue coloured specs. Now a few more heads should role starting with Mr Murray.. Mr Oglvie. and not forgetting Mr Souness. Yes they have all been in it together up to their necks not their knees. Put them down where they belong —- in the gutter where they came out off.

bgbhoy
8 years ago

mick- email sent

Half_Fool
8 years ago
Reply to  Ralph Malph

If there were any fatalities Dead Hun wouldnae gee wan

Carl Bigginslater
8 years ago

Caption:

David! Am I glad to see you.

Half_Fool
8 years ago

Nice one.

Tam The Tim
8 years ago

Ralph, strikers shouldn’t need coaching or teaching. With them it’s an instinct they should have, put the ball in front of them and they put it in the net. It’s just that Griffiths is a good striker and the only one we have. I hope he stays healthy. The main bbc news at lunchtime yesterday had a reporter telling everyone that the Huns are the most successful football club in the world. Why the bbc are in the bad books at the castle is beyond me, they are doing their best to pretend the Huns never went out of business. Why have we never heard anything about sir dave’s part in all this? Whyte’s testimony is going to be very interesting and will give us all great delight.
HH

Half_Fool
8 years ago
Reply to  Tam The Tim

Between their non-mention of LIQUIDATION and them being “demoted”, or “being asked to join the Third Division” – it is a complete fallacy.
No one should be paying their licence fee for this propaganda and sheer zombie jingoism.

Funkyy
8 years ago

The guy with the “Pay Back Time” poster has a cheek…did his club pay back the face-painter, the newspaper deliveries, the Police….did they pay back anybody?
Listen to the videos of agents Green, Whyte and Whitehouse leaving court and you can hear men and women screeching “We are the peepul, we are the peepul”….I was just about to feel sorry for them when I heard that and it reminded me that they truly were/are a club like no other…rotten to the core with bigotry, delusions of supremecy and shameless hypocrisy.
There must be some squeaky bums in the SFA building right now…the washing is about to be done in public and who knows what is gonna come out!!!!

Bartfast of Napoli
8 years ago

Why was it necessary for the police to take Green and Whyte out the front door and run the gauntlet? Was that a little payback from the brothers in blue? With the fiorm that lot have a possible Lee Harvey Oswald/Jack Ruby situation could have occurred!

susan
8 years ago

Bartfast, they should have been allowed to stroll through the Gorbals. I would imagine that a heroes’ welcome would have awaited them.

Sue

susan
8 years ago

Spent a whole wasted afternoon trying to come up with something stunning and brilliant as a caption.

Totally depressed now…..on top of being hormonal……… was trying to get all the characters into one pithy exchange…… sadly…..

“Hey Craig where you been?”

“In the Dock Son wae Dick Green”

Keech!

Sue

Major Error
8 years ago

Does my castle still have a moat ?

Bgbhoy
8 years ago

Haha Ralph I think there was enough bother last time round

Mick
8 years ago

I’d just like to thank BGBHOY and e-tims for making a young fella in Belfast very happy.

And his Dad a wee bit less grey-haired.

My mate and his lad can now relax and enjoy themselves without having to be tapping every Tim for a ticket.

From the bottom of my heart,my grateful thanks for facilitating this.

HH

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