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. BMCUW



    How are you old bean?



    Emailed you a few days ago, but not sure you got it because you failed to respond!!



    Where you off to today?






    Being dragged to a bloody beach, so will not see the game! Grrrrr!!




  2. the singing detective demands the resignation of campbell ogilvie



    23:49 on 15 August, 2014




    Dear Oh Dear..! MUPPET ALERT..!



    Wow, you do irony!

  3. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I think we will get a tough game today from UTD. but that should be good and help to sharpen us up for the Maribor game. H.H

  4. Best bit was when the guy was getting some of the history of our family asked my my fathers name.


    I said Tim Donnelly


    Oh! He said was that short for Thomas, tommy, or Tom ?


    Sais I no! His name was Tim.


    That bit my old man would have loved, god bless him ;)

  5. antipodean red on




    I see that Al McAndless had some nice things to say about you, when he comments then you know you have really made it.



    God Bless both of you.




  6. the battered bunnet



    09:04 on 16 August, 2014




    Some excellent advice for Cultsbhoy there.



    Especially the part about playing against teams full of big boys. Within 3 months the footballing team will have found their feet, so to speak, and soon after that they will be competing / maybe beating the big boy teams due to the superior skill.



    Cultsbhoy, I would add that the players need to work hard on their fitness by themselves. You won’t have time during your training sessions so if they want to be the best they can be, stress to them that they need to eat healthy and exercise regularly. I used to think kids had natural fitness at that age, but now I know it doesn’t last.

  7. Marrakesh Express on

    Read back some chat last night re the Huns’ admittance of the truth, or lack of.


    Few months back I got into a quite heated discussion with an old secco mate. Now this guy is everything you’d expect, blinkered, in denial, watp attitude etc. Anyway I laid out the facts to him from start to finish about Murray’s reign at the bigot hoose, the damage done etc.


    His reply…’they should have drowned the b&&&d at birth!’


    The Huns do know the real story. Just don’t expect to hear it from them.

  8. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Tony Donnelly. Well done to you and your wee ma see all this money you have saved since you stopped smoking could you no buy us a new striker.H.H.

  9. TD67 – smashing story.



    My dad went cold turkey in his early 40s when the doctor said he would be dead within the year if he didn’t stop. He lived another 40 years.

  10. To the OHG, Hoopy Birthday, if I see you today you’ll get a big Hoopy Birthday in person.



    Tony Donnelly67, well done Bhuddy, yer wee Ma looks great.


    In 22 years you might too:-)

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Marrakesh Express


    09:52 on


    16 August, 2014



    `74 I went to Glasgow airport to welcome home the undefeated,but eliminated Scotland team.



    The Germans were dead lucky in the final against Holland as well.

  12. OK Macjay. Suffice to say, I am not a Tony Abbott fan and never will be.



    Ironically, I happen to be in the No camp but not for the reasons he states.


    I don’t have a say so my opinion isn’t worth tuppence. Never has been.

  13. midfield.


    Aye presenter trying to put him on the spot


    Good on ye Stan.







  14. Marrakesh Express on




    If Ormond would have played Jinky they’d have went further. Unbelievably bad management from a Scotland boss, but very predictable.

  15. TD


    I have used Mobdro a few times on my tablet, watched the game the


    the other night on it,good picture and no freezing.



  16. TD67 great stuff mate.


    My Faithers 80 in nov smoked all his life,Doc told him last sat to chuck


    it as he’s in danger of losing his other leg. I’m gonnae show him yer story


    this morn.It must be one powerful drug god bless him.






  17. skyisalandfill on

    To all at Celtic Park today have a great one and take the roof off in appreciation of the bunnet.



    TD. Well done


    Time I was stopped too.



    3-0 to the good ghuys. It seems to be our default score these days;)




  18. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Mea Culpa


    10:08 on


    16 August, 2014


    OK Macjay. Suffice to say, I am not a Tony Abbott fan and never will be.



    Ironically, I happen to be in the No camp but not for the reasons he states.


    I don’t have a say so my opinion isn’t worth tuppence. Never has been.







    In the Westminster system,individuals seldom matter.Mere figureheads.Disposable.


    Policies matter.Your record in Govt. matters.


    The rest is up to yourself.

  19. Mon The Hoops! on

    Just Another Tim 09:54 on 16 August, 2014



    This is the last shout out to anyone wishing to join the CQN Fantasy League. If you wish to have your team take part in week 1 you have to get the team registered and join the league using the code: 296638-123206





    … All registrations after 11 am will not have met the week 1 deadline.



    At present there is an amazing 184 teams registered. I will post a weekly breakdown of the top 20 leaderboard along with a best scorers of the week rundown, each Tuesday. Good luck all :)






    45 minutes now to the deadline!



    Good luck to you an aw JAT…




  20. Tony D 67 ….. great photo of you and your wee Ma & a boot up the erchie for someone like me who seriously needs to think about chucking the snout ……..HH Mate .

  21. drambowiecelt



    10:14 on 16 August, 2014


    TD67 great stuff mate.


    My Faithers 80 in nov smoked all his life,Doc told him last sat to chuck


    it as he’s in danger of losing his other leg. I’m gonnae show him yer story


    this morn.It must be one powerful drug god bless him.







    Awe bless um, here’s hoping it works mate HH

  22. South Of Tunis on

    The good ole Right to keep and bear arms .



    Just heard this on the radio .



    American chap sleeping upstairs in his house . Woken up in the middle of the night by a noise from downstairs . Assumes its an intruder , gets his gun , goes down stairs and shoots the intruder . Small problem ——-the intruder was his daughter, back home after a night out . .



    Fortunately ,the prognosis is she will live

  23. Initially felt very sorry for Legia and in particular for Mr. Z. Some stuff coming out of Poland now really annoying me and my attitude is turning to GIRFUY. I think the ramifications of this saga will rumble on for some time, wouldn’t like to be a Scottish fan going to Warsaw for upcoming International. Re the aforementioned Mr. Z, Haven’t seen him on here since Legia were sanctioned. I hope this hasn’t put him off Celtic. I know he is personal friend of a few Celts like Old Tim. I’m sure personal friendships will survive but Warsaw will be a lonely place for a Celtic loving Pole.

  24. Just Another Tim on

    Biggest test for us today since the Legia games. Make no mistake this is a huge game, for team confidence ahead of Maribor. I have no idea what system RD is going to play, which I like strangely, it means neither does McNamara.



    A solid clean sheet with a couple of goals in a 2-0 victory would be an ideal result moving forward to next midweek so that’s my prediction.



    Finally we get to grace Paradise again, it feels like it’s been an eternity. It is time to play our part and raise our players by giving them the support they need. Let’s make flag day another occasion to remember and give our saviour, the bunnet, the welcome he deserves.