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. rock tree bhoy



    08:34 on 15 August, 2014



    I fear under the current managerial set up at Parkhead we will never sign another Lubo Moravcic (apologies for spelling) type player as it no longer fits into their procurement strategy.



    I’m afraid i agree mate,we lack a couple of experienced guys when we are up against it,look at the last couple of years cup ties,when we could all see we were struggling.

  2. squire danaher on




    I posted wilsons article earlier in thread, its the one I feel deserves an Academy Award

  3. Henning Berg is quoted as follows: “UEFA refuse to support a fast-track appeal to CAS, so they obviously want us to accept their decision.”



    No shit Sherlock. What a complete fool.

  4. the long wait is over on

    Does it make me a bad person that much of my happiness , if that’s the word, regarding our simple but immenses good fortune over this whole LW saga arises the realisation the Permaragers Rage – O – Meters have been set to “Nuclear”..?

  5. jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants on

    Help Needed



    Just discovered I’ll be in Kojo territory (LV) during the referendum.



    How do you go about getting a vote?

  6. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    jeez. I dont know if your to late or not but you need to apply for a postal vote. H.H.

  7. sipsini



    13:34 on 15 August, 2014



    blantyretim is praying for the knox family



    13:30 on 15 August, 2014





    Just a couple as I believe ole DD has a hot date this evening.. O)






    Hope Petec doesn’t know about DD’S hot date….or maybe he does…:)







    Hmmmmm, o rly :P

  8. the long wait is over on

    Henning Berg



    ““Sunderland last year used players that were ineligible to play. Did they lost those games 3-0? No, and they stayed in the Premier League by the skin of their teeth.”



    Sunderland played striker Ji Dong-won in five games despite the fact they had not received international clearance from the German FA following a loan spell, including a cup tie on their way to the Capital One Cup final.”



    Still not getting the difference between ineligible and suspended ,even after an initial hearing and an appeal.



    Are they being deliberately obtuse?

  9. spanishjohn



    13:43 on 15 August, 2014


    Big Joe,



    Following on from our dialogue yesterday and your mention of Paddy’s Point. I watched a Glasgow Derby in there 5 years ago. Good Celtic pub. I have a mate who has a place in Cabo Roig. I guess it may have changed a bit since then.









    Seen a fair few OF GAMES when they existed…..



    There was this couple who stayed inland, who came into every game.



    She wore the hoops and he wore a Hun top, anyways a great atmosphere …..



    What’s the name of the bar in ….,




  10. I’d dislike sleekit mccoist more if he was a good manager so I agree with 67 & bcw :)

  11. Tom…………..



    Best wishes to your wee brother Phil and his good lady on their new arrival, baby Ben.



    I was 50 when my girl was born.



    Man, do they keep you young!



    Take care.

  12. James Forrest is praying for The Unconquerable Oscar Knox



    Good to see you continuing to post – your posts are always a ‘must read’ for me and more power to your elbow my mhan.

  13. Acgr



    Ta for the ringtone (zetec63) going for a few beers the night, there will be a few ressurectionists in the usual corner.


    Will instruct wife and daughters to phone me at regular intervals during game.






    Hail hail.

  14. harrym



    13:47 on 15 August, 2014


    Big Joe






    Cheers! Will do.




    + 1…………….

  15. Henning ” Log” Berg doesn’t really seem to understand the rules and that’s not surprising considering he played at the deady bears and that’s essentially why his team are out.



    Sit down Henning you’re making a tit of yourself..

  16. Nice to see the grave society making the trip to Kilsyth – one of my old stomping grounds.



    I used to play U21 for St.Pat’s there and we turned out every week in the hoops. I was such a thrill to pull that shirt on.

  17. Bada,



    I hear ye and agree a bit but I don’t think we will never sign a player north of 27/28 again.



    Craig Gordon (yeah yeah he’s a keeper) is an example, kinda ;)

  18. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Monaghan1900 13:21


    “The Rules are really stupid, If the ineligible player had scored in the 4 minutes he was on the park the goal would have stood and the [Celtic] were out.”




    Even by their extremely high standards, this takes stupidity onto a whole new level!

  19. squire danaher




    13:35 on 15 August, 2014







    They despise us.



    They resent the positivity with which mainland Europe regards us compared to their pet Huns.



    Imagine a wildlife show on TV



    The Scoddish media and their pet Huns are like a bullying creature who batter the wee creatures and eat all the food, yet seek the approval of their betters and become resentful when it is not forthcoming.



    They are slowly beginning to appreciate that the rancid cesspit of self-serving Masonic incestuousness of the Minty/Scoddish media tartery has been “changed, changed utterly”



    Wilsons article coming from a public service publically funded broadcaster is nothing short of disgraceful. The really disgraceful thing is that we expect it.



    GIRFUYs Hurting Huns.




    Great post mate – you put it better than I ever could.

  20. GlassTwoThidsFull



    They should, one day, be made to read the sh8te they come away with.



    Imbecile’s the lotta them.

  21. Morning all (it is here anyway)



    Easy topics for articles this month Paul :o)



    Talking of which, our state sponsored broadcaster still pushing their agenda.



    Whereabouts in Scotland is this place called Legia they keep banging on about?



    It must be some Gaelic word for a “not green place”…



    Headline today is “Legia suffer CAS fast track appeal blow” which is very funny, because it was the same work experience person who only yesterday wrote the “Legia to get CAS appeal Fast tracked” headline. A story that was made up from idle speculation, Legia reaction, no real knowledge of the CAS/Uefa processes and a clear anti Celtic sentiment.



    Someone else said (perhaps many did)…what other wee diddy footballing country would be unhappy that one of their teams, having not broken any rules were through to the next Q round of the CL?



    We are lucky to be still in the CL, but we are also very lucky in that it wasn’t the SFA who had to arbitrate on this Legia fiasco.



    Rules are rules except when they are applied in Scotland.




  22. Memo to Henning Berg


    Your player was S U S P E N E D….. not ineligible



    Geez ohhhhh

  23. madmitch



    wow…thanks for that. I popped over to KDS for a wee look at the pics


    of Kilsyth CSC. brought back a load of memories. many a good night


    had in there.

  24. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    NegAnon2, are you in or around the Haig / Leiden at the end of August? I’m heading over for my daughters graduation ( I think it’s 29th) and would be up for a few swallies. I’m stayin in Leiden at the ibis for three nights from the 27th.







  25. Acgr,



    Got your mail but no ringtone mate…as you said, what fun I will have with it.



    Mate in the work is just back from Santa ponsa and was telling me how he was going to bring me back a balaclava to wear in the work in the winter…. A factory ffs.



    As if them huns aren’t gunning for me already…due to the info I slap them down with from this sacred site…:)

  26. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    leftclicktic, your memo should read…………..




    Memo to MrBerg: GTF ya knob.

  27. ACGR



    You do “knob’s” an injustice my friend.



    You tried the Highland Black yet?

  28. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Sipsini, ya luddite. I’ve just checked the mail I sent and the tone is attached.



    Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error. Operator error.





  29. Ray Winstone’s Big Disembodied Heid



    13:46 on 15 August, 2014



    squire danaher. Hear hear! I call the scoddish meeja the Hun Lovin’ Criminals.




    Hun Lovin’ Criminals – genius fella!

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