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. Ok football gurus…



    I’m moving from 7s to 11s as a football coach.



    What is your One bit of advice?

  2. Ok, dress code noted



    See you all at CQN corner aboot 12ish



    Oh, TBJ, mind I’m diabetic, so no need to keep me a bit of the original holy goalies cake :-) you are bringing, and can you show me to ma seat



    Hail Hail

  3. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    08:27 on


    16 August, 2014



    Many thanks for that .


    I`d far rather talk and hear about Oz footballers than Oz politicians.

  4. macjay….



    Exactly! I guess my flag ignorance was created by not winning the league since, well for ever!



    Just wondered what ceremonies were there in 1954!!!

  5. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on




    I’m keeping the cake for my wee pal johns leaving do … Have you noticed the massive change in his demeanour since Monday ;)



    Anyhoo .. I’ve got a big custard pie for tohg



    I can show you to your seat but you might need to help me up the stairs .. I Defo won’t be trying to step over the seat rows again with you cruel jokers around

  6. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Summa of Sammi….


    08:29 on


    16 August, 2014





    An aboriginal former president of the Australia Labor Party resigns from the party through disillusionment and joins Tony Abbott`s team.


    What does that tell you?


    Do you think he is in a better position to make a reasoned judgement about aboriginal affairs than you and me.


    That`s the only point I wished to make.

  7. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on





    One piece of advice … Don’t take advice from anyone on here cos they know nowt about the game ;)

  8. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on




    Leo the Lisbon lion could rival Hoopy the huddle hound

  9. cliftonville celt from belfast on




    08:35 on 16 August, 2014


    Ok football gurus…



    I’m moving from 7s to 11s as a football coach.



    What is your One bit of advice?




    Make sure everyone has fun and enjoys it



    You’ll notice a considerable drop in numbers from your squad when I took 7s it was about 80-100 kids 11’s was down to 30 – makes it a bit easier tbh





    I think that might be the best bit of advice ever to give to a kids coach.

  11. 2 disturbing stories on news now



    Commons to Norwich



    And a Pole asking for Celtic to be hounded throughout Europe ! Brilliant, what for ? What did Celtic do wrong ? Or is it the good old MSM still hurting


    They should tune in at around 12.40 Celtic Park time, and see what’s really taking place :-)

  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    08:38 on


    16 August, 2014




    Exactly! I guess my flag ignorance was created by not winning the league since, well for ever!


    Just wondered what ceremonies were there in 1954!!!




    My mum taught in St.Columba`s ,Maryhill and used to speak about the time Big Jock,as captain,brought the Cup (Coronation,Scottish ? ) round to the school to show to the staff and pupils.


    Thomthethim ,if I remember rightly, has a similar recollection,but,then,he`s much older than me.


    Now that was better for the locals than any of your bloody ceremonies.:-)

  13. Silver City 1888 on

    Free Sky Sports day. Just checked that SS5 is free on Virgin for non-subscribers… and it is. The game should be available for those who can’t make it. Thanks to a last minute change of circumstances, I’m going in person. Woo hoo!

  14. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on




    KC has been my favourite player for a few years and I’m sure he will continue to be if he stays here



    Did you see legias opponents last night .. Ripping the urine out of them by playing zadok and chanting Celtic Glasgow





    A CEILER GONOF RUST must have been busy sending ringtones to all those Poles!

  16. The Battered Bunnet on




    It’s a really difficult transition for many boys. I’m guessing your boys are U13s, so you’ve got a mixture of 11 and 12 year olds about to start playing football on pitch dimensions and goal frames designed for adults.



    Best advice? Try to get 7×7 goals. The 8x8s make a fool of the keepers and reduce the skill level required to score.



    Your goalkeepers will struggle to move the ball at a bye kick much more than 30 yards, so consider shaping up to take the ball short. Get them to understand their function when a team mate has the ball – the ball player needs 3 offers all the time – and the short game will come naturally.



    The boys will all develop in their own time. Because the pitch dimensions are so big, small kids find it difficult to compete athletically. Work with the later developers to give them something that keeps them competitive and thus interested.



    Most teams will prefer size over technical ability, but from a development perspective, it’s all about technique in the long run. Training and playing a short game, developing awareness of where the space is and how to use it will be far more valuable come age 16 when the boys’ development starts to merge again. If your team use the ball well they’ll do just fine most weeks.



    In the meantime, be prepared to take the odd doing from those teams who collect big boys, and know that your approach is in the best interests of the kids long term.



    That’s why you’re dong it, right?




  17. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on



    My memories if the 9iar flag days are all very samie – Lady Kelly (as she became) and a big car – not a lot if fuss – Saturday at 3pm – wee clip on the TV later on.



    However I do remember all three trophies on a table in the middle if CP just after we stuffed the Deid mob 4-0.



    Morton beat us 4-2!



    Sack Stein!

  18. .






    There are Many Many people who more than me..Don’t think Tony is One of them..Did he talk in the Third person when he said he would stay a week in Aboriginal communities..LOL..;-)))))



    Tell you when..Stop Posting the Aboriginal Reference to point to Tony the Guid Guy and l won’t Post a Picture of You bringing Illegal Immigrant Estadio Nacional into Australia Via Sydney Harbour on a Refugee (Republican) Boat..Ha Ha



    Hope yir Guid..







  19. Oops! I guess I opened a can of worms there.



    I had forgotten Macjay was a real Tony Abbott fan.



    OK. I take it back.


    Let’s say he’s only a bit of a clown.






















    Which bit, I leave you to decide…

  20. iPaddy McCourt on

    Morning all,



    Interesting and revealing interviews with Ronny Deila and Alan Stubbs in today’s Scotsman for those who still take a newspaper of a weekend…



    Looking forward to the game today against a tricky opponent. Good performance above all else is important to give us confidence ahead of the midweek trip.

  21. jinkyred….



    It was such a novelty then after years in the wilderness.



    Ah Morton…couldn’t remember!

  22. TD67 – fantastic mate …. good for you and yir wee maw !



    …. hoping for a great day and something more to cheer about – keep the faith in RD