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. BSR/Neganon2



    I missed a post somewhere, but your point about Celtic complaining/trying to correct misconceptions untruths about us really takes us back to the awful article by Spiers yesterday.



    The anti Celtic bandwagon in force certainly, but more subtle this time. Anticipating his own anti-Celtic response when Celtic dare to complain about the playing field not being level on any subject, Spiers tells us that he (they) will throw our CL reprieve back in our face.



    Specifically, Spiers admits that Celtic will suffer injustices this season, but tacitly he brands them all as just one of those things. Any Celtic complaints about unfairness, injustice, SFA incompetence, referee collusion/corruption, secret SFA meetings, SFA officer compromise, Uefa licencing fraud, are already branded as an overreaction, unsporting and more Timmy conspiracy crap. In effect, he is saying to Celtic and us, don’t even start complaining about anything this season – why?



    Because we didn’t break any rules and have been re-instated to the CL qualifiers.



    Unbelievable and more North Korea than anywhere else I can think of…



    The conclusion from this anti-Celtic diatribe is that he (they) will not take seriously any complaint Celtic make.



    What is so utterly astonishing about his drivel is that he really thinks he is being fair minded, that his words will strike a chord with other fair minded people in Scotland.



    Spiers is so busy making his point by putting Celtic into Legia’s shoes over the latter’s elimination from the Champions League, that he cannot see his own prejudice. He should have tried to put any other Scottish club into Celtic’s shoes in this Legia fiasco and asked himself whether he would have written the same article yesterday. Of course he wouldn’t have written the same piece.



    His lack of insight prevents him from recognizing in himself the very discriminatory qualities that Celtic have suggested exist in Scotland.



    When those who discriminate, do so knowingly and then justify their discrimination publicly, we are as close to institutionalized discrimination as makes no difference.



    One nation – only one culture matters.

  2. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    sipsini 15:13 on 15 August, 2014.






    You’ve goat nukes in Castlemilk?



    Point wan at ibrox and get J the T to light the fuse on that bad boy.



    It would cause millions of pound worth of improvements.






  3. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Some time soon the Celtic Board will introduce a replacement for Brian Duffy to sit in their midst. I wish that their thinking about the individual moves beyond the traditional white, middle-aged man from business or politics.



    It would be good for our club, after 126 years, to acknowledge the gender and ethnic diversity of our support.



    Paul Elliot or Elaine C Smith would be examples I can call to mind but I’m sure there are many others who can bring a different energy to the Celtic Board.

  4. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Our very own twisty can’t get an operation for a hernia repair on NHS in England.l



    Just saying like….



    Cheers to DD for covering my back in Clydebank.


    A foot

  5. One question on the DB penaltly.



    How many and how quick were the replays on SKY and what was the commentary like?



    Did they call out a decision or an opinion?



    I have long had the view the the “Dougie Dougie” shambles stood as it was the smaller of two crimes.



    The fact that MIB / 4th official was using the TV replays to call out decisions to the MIB in the middle.



    The GH call was made by the 4th official atpfter he saw and heatd the TV replay.

  6. MWD



    Wee Eck is the Tartan Tories.


    They are a children’s crusade looking for a windmill to tilt at.



    The SEG voting system is not fit for purpose.



    The Wee Eck “landslide” proves that.

  7. RWE………15:37 on 15 August, 2014



    Articulate post my friend but I must take umbrage on the central tenet; You are too soft on the ‘churnalist’ in question…………. IMHO



    I firmly believe that Spiers is well aware (and proud) of his past and current polemics re CFC………… IMHO



    He is a sleekit, schooled, conniving, yellow press, kiddie on mendacious word merchant of the highest order…………..



    BTW, tried calling you earlier; another time eh!



    Thoughts and prayers.



    Regards & Hail ail



  8. antipodean red on




    When did you don the Hoops at St Pats, I was a regular up there during my Dunbartonshire Secondary days at both grounds, was back home last week and had lunch with a couple of old workmates at the Boathouse in Kilsyth.



    Bed time now but I’ll catch up in the morning




  9. playfusbal4dguilders on

    Boerrigter – Sited by SFA compliance officer for Simulation


    Causing an offical to make an incorrect decision.




  10. TheBarcaMole



    Out and about so missed the call – unfortunately.



    Ref Spiers – Awful stuff from a lazy churnalist indeed.



    Good article on about buckets of ice water.



    Courage mon brave






  11. ERNIE !



    Moonbeams WD. Wee Oscar’s our Bhoy and Kano’s our mhan.


    15:31 on


    15 August, 2014





    I predict it will be No but a lot closer than you believe it will be.





  12. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Just back from a great day out at the Kelpies in Grangemouth, with the grandchildren…..great fun ….. What a week this has been …..away to read back now

  13. playfusbal4dguilders on

    Fixed suspension offer -2 match ban.


    Principle hearing Thurs 21st aug




    Take Mckay will get his red card rescinded




  14. MWD



    Are you suggesting there are two classes of Scottish votes — I hope not.



    Wee Eck got the following —



    100K less than GB in 2010.


    200K less than TB in 1997.



    And then there is the currency question …

  15. RWE


    apologies for requesting again, can you post your sons link again,i got drawn away and didnt note it.:-)





    He, GMS, is used on both wings by DU 9 but predominantly left).



    Cheerio for now,




  17. I know you have all been waiting for this…………….



    Cricket update…………………….



    India are 95 for 9…………………………..



    Last wicket for India………………….




  18. Play … @ 15.59



    I fear a marker will be laid down.



    Songs will be sung about it for years to come.

  19. HH all



    Anyone want to join another Fantasy EPL league?




    Code to join this league: 912060-218568



    send me your email and I”ll invite you in!




  20. Cross-referenced on this complaint is the complaint of Dave MacKay claiming wrongful dismissal.



    MacKay’s appeal obviously claims simulation by Derk.



    Mackay was more guilty of simulation when he deliberately left his foot in to make contact with VVDs, then he fell down in installments.



    Now every reaction to a tackle is up for grabs for the remaining 37 games.



    Well done the SFA.

  21. MWD @ 15.57



    The joke shows your lack of understanding.



    The DM is the dynamic media presence in Scotland.


    The Scum is the largest selking paper.



    And yet you claim there are no Tories?



    Tartan Toriies —



    Small minded.


    Small town.


    Small horizons.



    Are they Tories?


    Your call …

  22. So why did Bo dive when he could have most likely scored from almost point blank range?



    If he did indeed dive that is.

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