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. What a furore!



    Just as well we don’t get a “rangers penalty” too often!



    Celtic should dispute this. There was contact. You could see that real time. The defenders body language shows this. He just trudged off the park. If there had been no contact he would have gone nuts.



    Unfortunately, DB’s delay makes it look like simulation. But, if DB tells the club that there was contact then i would expect Celtic to man up here.



    Sorry, I’ll downgrade expect to hope.



    Now, when’s the new striker coming in?

  2. SSN making a big deal re CAS hearing Legia’s appeal on Monday and could order games postponed until situation fully resolved.

  3. I don’t understand how Derk could be charged with diving. If there’s contact, an there was, then no one can prove he dived. No one can say the contact didn’t cause him to go down.



    If there’s zero contact then you can say it’s a dive, with contact you simply don’t know.

  4. Derk’s ‘fall’ the other night, reminded me of Stoke’s ‘fall’ in the last couple of mins of the, LCF v’s Killie with us down one nil and, for Stoke’s to ‘fall’ especially when Gollum was the MIB was daftie stuff, like Derk when, on both occasions it was easier to score. imho

  5. Maybe somebody should tell Snyde’s audience why Keevins was banned in the first place.For lying.

  6. kevjungle is a celtic fan…not a supporter.


    18:58 on 15 August, 2014


    Stephen the spaceman on SSB – please hang up yer phone.


    Hugh Keevins is a bigger Celtic man than you will ever, believe.




    hugh keevins is a totally trumpet


    a disgrace of a man to even consider himself a celtic man


    your typical smsm lackey


    right up there with BFDJ


    dumb and dumber

  7. Don’t know if it’s already been posted but should the new Compliance guy not be charging McCann for his hissy fit and language used about Derk B.



    He may have been working for Sky but as far as I know he is a coach at Dunfermline.




    Basically, the entire history of Scottish football being pro deadco then sevco and being against Celtic, then, loosely Scottish society in general? All of that is Peter Lawwell’s fault according to you?



    Please go and take the cold water challenge and think about what you just typed, he’s a Chief Executive not a miracle worker!




    remember someone suggesting me for striker because of my good fortune (£4500 backdated dwp money) well in the full knowledge that I couldn’t play, here you see my grandson and I going up to parkhead to giftaid my luck, …….didn’t half work eh lhads?



  10. Fergus would get a polite handclap from me tomorrow ….only because I’m a polite guy



    The Revisionists love Fergus…..I’m indifferent…..



    God willing, I will be at the Celtic match on 27th December with an old guy who used to cry when they got beaten……my dad….



    84 years of age and still thinks Boaby Murdoch best player of all time



    Fergus McCann gave us The 3 Amigos then took them away…..



    If John Keane came on to the park then I would cheer him to the rafters….



    The guy that REALLY saved Celtic from the cabal.

  11. eddieinkirkmichael





    19:02 on



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    Jesus wept. Where do you start with such mad ramblings???????????????????????????????????????????????????????




    What is your experience of government? Not politics. Government?



    If none then it will look mad to you but the silence around what really took place at Ibrox stinks to the high heavens.



    In England they found a way to put the FA under scrutiny.



    In Scotland the government has washed it hands and has rejected FOI requests.



    What would seem a natural way of dealing with events at Rangers is noticeable by its absence.



    Do you think that mindset is confined to football?



    I’m not convinced. Not mad but distrusting with reason.


    The OBB is MAD.

  12. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Kevj…..I despair, a jungle bhoy listening to that


    anti Celtic pish, wise up great one….and get yourself


    tae CP the morra to watch the Celtic play IT’S OOR


    CLUB Kevin no their’s.

  13. setting free the bears for Res. 12 & Oscar Knox but saying no to CQN racists



    19:14 on 15 August, 2014






    Was that you just on to welcome Hugh back and claim you would have a song and a banner to greet him?




    No it wisny, but I called the reception guy Andy and said he’ll try to get me on.


    So, wait n see…..

  14. The bottom line is “they” are at it.


    The whole thing is a piece of nonsense.


    Unfortunately for them it it is 20 year old nonsense.



    After the TB debacle …


    how many other teams got fined for tapping up another team’s manager?


    I would suggest the square root diddly squat,



    All we have now is hurting TFOD2 supporters playing games.


    Boys games in a mans world — enjoy.

  15. Nye Bevans’ rebel soldier



    19:16 on 15 August, 2014




    Hi, my Ghreat Amigo, hope you and yours are well.


    No, it’s not ‘your’ club – it’s DD’s and sadly, you and yours are some of the guid fholk who’ll remain on the ‘ootside’ – looking in.


    Now’s not the time but – Fergus aint no hero of mine.


    Hope ye enjoy yer day pal.


    Hail Hail

  16. Gary67 @ 18.05



    Good shout. I didn’t know McCann was a Dunfermline coach. In which case by calling Dirk a cheat he should be receiving a call from the compliance officer.

  17. In my honest opinion Celtic will beat Maribor…..



    We shouldn’t even be on the same park as them,after the fiasco in Poland,but we will beat them.



    Strange things happen at Celtic Park




    Lausanne, 15 August 2014 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) registered today at 17:30 a statement of appeal filed by the Polish club Legia Warszawa against the decision of the UEFA Appeals Body confirming the result 3-0 (forfeit) in favour of Celtic FC against Legia in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The UEFA considered that Legia had fielded an ineligible player (Bartosz Bereszynski) during the match.



    Legia requests urgent provisional measures from CAS allowing the Polish club to participate in the play-offs of the Champions League (20 & 26 August 2014). More generally, the club requests that the UEFA decision be set aside and that all sanctions against the club and the player Bereszynski be annulled.



    The CAS has immediately initiated an arbitration procedure and the Respondents UEFA and Celtic FC have been invited to file written observations. A decision on request for provisional measures is likely to be issued on Monday 18 August around 18:00 (Swiss time).

  19. corkcelt


    19:06 on


    15 August, 2014


    SSN making a big deal re CAS hearing Legia’s appeal on Monday and could order games postponed until situation fully resolved.





    I understand the latest is that UEFA have instructed Celtic to continue with travel plans as they do not support the application for an urgent meeting.

  20. Always remember tomorrow Bhoys…….



    John Keane…..



    The guy that REALLY saved Celtic

  21. I was at the game in Perth the other night and my instinctive reaction was that Derk had gone down extremely easily.



    At the time……



    A dive? Probably.



    Contact? Probably.



    I’ve now watched it a number of times and my I’ve slightly changed my initial reaction.



    I do think there was contact but I also think Derk dived.



    The witch hunt which is now taking place is as sad and pathetic as it is predictable.

  22. Hamiltontim



    19:28 on 15 August, 2014


    Agreed. And why wasn’t the St J guy (denied penalty) offered the same 2 match ban.? IMO both incidents were very similar.

  23. Hamiltontim has delivered his opinion



    Dirk Diggler dived…,good enough for me



    Cheers mate

  24. ryecatcher



    19:16 on 15 August, 2014




    Fergus forced Championship and, League Cup winning management team, Wim Jansen and Murdo Macleod to leave cos, Fergus prefered fans hate figure, CEO Jock Brown.


    Wim wanted to bring back, PVH and Johnny Collins but, given Fergus’s previous troublesome relationship with these players, Wim was told it wisny happening.


    So much for putting the team on the pitch 1st, eh Fergus.


    F#ck the fans, that was Fergus’s game.


    When he came out to put the flag up with Tommy Boyd, the vast, vast, vast majority of the crowd in the stadium – booed Fergus, I was one of those who booed and, I won’t re-write history to curry favor with the hahahappy-clappers or, an assortment of cliques that are on the go, these days, he was booed deservedley and, to use a popular phrase he brought it on himself and no, it wisny the papers that made everybody boo it was the wee bunnet clad fella himself. imho

  25. gorbalstam



    Completely agree. I’ve watched the VVD incident several times too and for me it’s identical to the Derk incident.



    There was contact in both instances but both players dived.



    I’m trying to remember whether Lafferty was cited for his collapse when Mulgrew ‘head butted’ him at Ibrox whilst an Aberdeen player.

  26. On website in the article giving the CAS verdict on the Sion case, there’s an interesting last paragraph which states:


    “The respect of the rules, which are the same for all clubs participating in European competitions, is paramount to the fairness of football. This respect of the rules has to be applied at all levels: of players, clubs, leagues, and in all competitions, in order to preserve what football stands for.”


    You would have thought Uefa wouldn’t entertain a fastrack in the light of this.


    I’m sorry I can’t do links, but the whole article is on google under


    ‘CAS decides in favour of uefa in Sion case.’

  27. Come on Ally



    Even if you lose tonight I think you’re a sooper dooper manager and should be given until at least a liquidation event to improve as you are a very young manager.



    Ally must stay

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