Bitterest pill, hilarious, angry, ranting


News that the Maribor game later this month is on the season book has setup a dramatic climax to what will be remembered for decades as a remarkable month in our history.  We didn’t ask for this situation.  As we drifted away from Murrayfield, our thoughts were only of Celtic’s abject display, but nine days and two Uefa Disciplinary hearings later, we’re through to the Champions League play-off round next week.

For Legia Warsaw, the pill is unbearably bitter.  So much so, they had to appeal to Uefa, and on to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, despite scant cause.  CAS who will eventually be asked to determine if Uefa’s rules were interpreted correctly.  Which they were.  The consequences for Legia are so abrupt their reactions are understandable.

Football affects us in ways which are not always beneficial.  There was nothing Legia fans could do to remove their distress this past week, but reading comments, by fans of another Scottish club on this subject, has given a glimpse into the human condition.

The emotional investment by some Scottish football fans in Legia’s forlorn cause has evidently resulted in untold misery.  Celtic fell into the Clyde and came out holding a winning Euromillions ticket.  It was unplanned for, random and undeserved, but it happened and, right now, Celtic are the luckiest team in the world.

At a time when their phoenix club is falling apart before their eyes, our unearned good fortune has caused volumes of hilarious, angry, ranting.  Efforts to explain it as a consequence of immoral plots (as well as running the Celtic, the SFA, the SPFL, Glasgow City Council and The Commonwealth, Peter Lawwell also manipulates Uefa’s Disciplinary Body) demonstrate classic evidence of our old friend, Cognitive Dissonance.

We were blind lucky, accept that, or continue to give the rest of the world new and innovative ways to enjoy their football.  It’s not worth the dissonance.

It’s been an interesting week in the media.  Neil McCann’s excitable misinterpretation of the rules on Wednesday was a highlight, but the paper which brought you ‘news’ that Celtic wanted Dan Pertrescu to be manager, who declined as he was warned the club have problems by Neil Lennon, subsequently got a second story when they ran a properly sourced article denying ‘reports’ Neil spoke to Pertrescu.

I’m also loving reading those who in the media were spinning anti-Celtic nonsense that Neil left because he wasn’t happy with the player budget, now suggesting he could take over Crystal Palace, after Tony Pulis left because he wasn’t happy with the player budget.

Nonsense like this is never random, it has a purpose………..

On a related subject, I’m gutted for Palace, their fans, and for Pulis. The economics of the entire English league structure doesn’t work. Well-run clubs with good managers will be weeded out and relegated, as crazy debt-junkies inflate the bubble a little longer. Scottish football may be poor, but there are only two of our 42 clubs in any sort of financial danger.

Flag Day tomorrow, get along early, give Fergus a warm welcome back, and bring some change for The Kano Foundation bucket collection on the way in. Remember to join Fergus, Jim Craig and others from the Celtic Graves Society for the Jimmy Quinn event at Kilsyth Cemetery.

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to Mary’s Meals by entering our competition for tickets in the comfy seats tomorrow.  I’m proud of every one of you.  My thanks also to Magners for helping out.  The competition is now closed, winners will be informed by email shortly, so check your inbox!

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  1. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    Was a sending off …same thing …a game changing decision



    Answer….next to hee haw

  2. Derk charged? Is that a wind up?



    I thought it was a soft penalty but any forward player, who desperately wants to score goals btw, does not fall over intentionally in the 6yd box with the keeper to beat.



    The ref was in an excellent position to observe, so he must fel a right numpty being told by his bosses that he made a mistake.

  3. Back to Legia. It must be getting near the point where UEFA call some folk into account for bringing game into disrepute. EG folk indulging in ‘powerful phone calls.



    Having said that. Does anyone honestly believe that if you substitute name Legia with Barca, Real, Man U, Chelsea, UEFA would not have found a way of punishing them in a less costly fashion?

  4. MWD @ 16.58



    Taxi …



    please Taxi …



    I am not going to say it but …



    Please leave now.

  5. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    Standing up for ourselves is not acting like a Hun



    Legitimate criticism is fine …witch hunts and deliberate misrepresentation another

  6. Tricoloured Ribbon on



    Thanks for that.Clear as a bell.Push in the back and it knocks him off balance.


    Stonewall penalty.


    Nothing to do with a trip.

  7. We should appeal the charge of “act of simulation” on grounds it is wrong and that it was “bad unnecessary acting” as ref had already decided DB had been fouled .



    On the charge of bad acting he has no defence.



    On the charge of did it his acting influence, the ref the jury is out. What is in ref’s report?

  8. MadMitch


    16:58 on


    15 August, 2014


    MWD @ 16.39



    Did DB claim for a foul?



    As I have explained before my knowledge is based on a couple of photos.



    My view — he looked bemused as he hit the turf.



    As WGS comprehensively proved …



    If you think you are about to be fouled you act appropriately even if your retina does not feel the finger nail.



    Case closed my Lord.



    If I recall in Iceland, Derk acted appropriately.



    Wit a Reggie Stinker moment.

  9. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    I thought a player got cited to the SFA panel when it was something the ref had missed

  10. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Mad Mitch






    I was commenting on the Sevco / Hibs game beginning of last week when Hibs had a player sent off fir what was a yellow at worst

  11. First reaction was it was a dive. The link above shows a push in the back.



    People in Scotland really hate Celtic. I mean really hate us.



    Lovely country, eh?

  12. Another year older today, you could say that everyday after your first year right enough, but apparently this day 34 years marked the beginning. It is nice to share a birthday with hoops which are 110 years old today.



    Can’t wait for tomorrow, promises to be a crackin’ game. Looked out my dad’s 50 yr old scarf which will be joining me along with a Bunnet.



    Celtic are 4/9 the win tomorrow.





    Indy Vote latest


    No 1/8


    Yes 5/1



    ps Celtic were working on a potential transfer through the week. Not mentioned on here or the press(as far as I’ve seen) Ronny said they were looking into transfers anyway, so it’s not exactly new information is it?



    Have a great weekend, enjoy the game tomorrow whether you can make it or not HH

  13. Living_in_the_Love_of_the_Commons_People on

    The Derk charge is just another reaction to their recently stoked perma rage. “See they Fenians? A’hm gonna show them, so uh uhm.” Pathetic.

  14. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    The pen incident pales into insignificance compared to their attitude over the Legia debacle



    We are the only Scottish team left in Europe and we’re bring abused by median from our own country ….shameful ..some Polish media outlets have been less critical of us than the MSM

  15. glendalystonsils on

    Running at that speed, it only takes a slight tap on the heels for balance to be lost. that is what happened to Derk. Next step was unsteady, next again and he is down.



    The big question is……….how many players are going to face a similar charge this season?

  16. They are still in a rage over Naka’s free kick at Love Street several years ago.



    Sweet it was. Hee hee.

  17. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Nae chance of a pen for us tomorrow …not unless it’s the most blatant of blatant stonewallers

  18. glendalystonsils



    17:15 on 15 August, 2014


    The big question is……….how many players are going to face a similar charge this season?






  19. There is an especial rage reserved for incidences where we “get lucky”. A penalty for us has to be an absolute stonewaller it to be given. Any benefit if the doubt given to us sees the media go ape, and the authorities rush in to rectify the situation.



    Mostly, it’s funny. Occasionally it’s quite sinister.



    If Ronny doesn’t know what it is to be Celtic manager, he does now.

  20. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    I’ve been getting email and texts all day from raging zombies. Firstly about the LW appeal etc and now about DB “cheating”.



    Sent each of them a Zadoc ring tone and said listen to this, it’s the only time you’ll be hearing it again:___)



    Zombie permarage a truly fascinating thing.

  21. I think Ronny kinda walked Derk into it by saying he was going to talk to him about the incident and that he didn’t endorse diving or cheating. Its pretty impossible to tell from the replays whether he dived or not but as glandalystonsils said, running at speed the slightest touch on the ankles can unbalance you. notsureifhedivedornotcsc.

  22. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    Youre spot on, unfortunately its the way it is, and the way it always has been. I wish we would stand our ground a lot more but dont see it happening. We’d be pissing against the wind in this country anyway. hurting hurting huns !




  23. From I where is was ,line with the penalty box ,Boerigter was racing in on goal looking a cert to score . There was some kind of contact with the defender which knocked him off his stride ,made him stagger and then fall to the deck.


    Even that pluke Tanner suggested to the raving McCann that there may have been a trip. Ive still got it recorded and will review it myself.

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