Blame it on the Celtic


It is great having big game players, those who can raise the tempo to match greater challenges, Moussa was a classic of this genre, but watching the first half on Friday, the flip side of that mentality appeared evident.  St Mirren were in a big game, and showed it, Celtic were going through the motions.  I expect normal service to resume for Rosenborg on Thursday, but we better resolve this symptom before travelling to Perth on League Cup duty.

Hearts boss, Ann Budge, must have taken the weekend off to celebrate her team being top of the league, as she has allowed video of sectarian chanting by Hearts fans leaving Fir Park on Saturday to pass without comment.  Never slow to shine a light elsewhere, if she would rather not address this festering feature when things are going so well, you can be sure it is there to stay.

On John McGinn choosing Aston Villa over Celtic………  When he made his decision I wrote that after speaking to both teams, he went to Villa because he wanted to play first team football.  Unlike reports elsewhere, he didn’t move south because Celtic would not meet his wage demands (thinking in particular of Scott McDonald flogging this on Radio Scotland).

The player gave newspaper interviews to several Scottish Sundays confirming, “Playing regularly was the biggest factor in choosing Aston Villa over Celtic, says John McGinn”, as The Herald put it.  But that doesn’t fit the narrative, so will soon be forgotten.

Don’t blame it on the football.
Don’t blame it on the career advice.
Don’t blame it on the reality.
Blame it on the Celtic.  Lots of others do.

What’s the point of Celtic?

Winter is approaching, the time when the Celtic FC Foundation does some of its most important work.  It is also the time of greatest need.  I know the challenge ahead for those who work through the Foundation.  There is enormous poverty in our own communities.

I signed up for the Great Scottish Run, which takes place in Glasgow on 30 September, in aid of the Foundation.  I have not run as far as a Half Marathon in over a year, I ran a few miles short on Saturday before giving up.  But I know what those who will be helped by the Foundation will be like in December. Some things are worth the work.

We need to do something, otherwise what’s the point of Celtic?  We both know it’s not just about football.  Work on the big winter projects is already underway, if you can help by sponsoring me, please do so here.

Thank you.

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  1. !!BADA BING!! on 17TH SEPTEMBER 2018 12:17 PM


    Bring on Big Judith



    Can she score? Hang on, don’t answer that. ;-)

  2. Repost from the end of a very quiet blog.





    The trends are there for all to see. It’s ludicrous to suggest the ” growth ” of honest mistakes is worse now than when Tiny Wharton et al were running the show with no camera’s.



    You and I both support BR, but as you suggest he has to earn his corn now and adopt change.


    Teams from AEK to St Mirren gladly gift us possession in the knowledge that we currently lack a cutting edge.



    It is not defeatest or disloyal to suggest change, it is common sense. Our entertainment value has also diminished by continually passing sideways and backwards.



  3. Paul87


    I agree. Too many are too keen to blame Celtic for anything and every thing. Understandable were there a need for this in a Pro-Celtic Scotland. It is patently obvious that such a Scotland does not exist.





    The brevity of your posts suggest that you do, indeed, GAF about a podium place :-))




  4. SEATS at Motherwell’s Fir Park stadium were ripped up and smashed after Hearts’ win on Saturday.



    Pictures have emerged showing the extent of damage left in an away section following the Jambos 1 – 0 victory over the Steelmen.


    From an article way down the Hun website……

  5. Paul 67,


    I’m glad you mentioned John McGinn again.



    It’s worth it to nail this myth that anyone else was to blame for John McGinn not being at Parkhead.



    It was the players decision and the players decision alone.




  6. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    It’s good for McGinn that he has received guarantees of game time at Villa, particularly in a league where clubs sack their manager so frequently.


    Really need to be looking at the coaching in regards to how we play against teams who set up like St Mirren. We dropped a load of points in these types of games last season and I don’t think we can afford to do that again this season.

  7. Dropping 5 points in 5 league games, does not a league title win. We need to improve quickly, or all the singing and gloating about ’10’ will be hollow stuff indeed.



    PL not assisting BR in the window is coming home to roost on the playing front, all that now needs determined is what the motive was behind it and just how long BR will remain at Celtic as a result. A risky strategy, but one that our PLC seem willing to take.

  8. it didn’t come as any surprise when the latest stat shows that this is our lowest goals ‘ for ‘ in 25 years , when you consider our pace of play , formation , when your centre forward is taking all the corner kicks etc.

  9. TIMHORTON from previous thread.


    You stated you’d asked for answers from Neganon and others, and sarcatically said no replies had been forthcoming, well my friend here is one.


    Celtic in it’s entirety, what is the only contant? You got it, us, the fans. Our love of Celtic transcends any other , be it from the board, players and coaching staff. They all are transient and move on we don’t. We are permanent, and as such are taken for mugs, year in, year out, decade in, decade out.


    I fully undertstand that Celtic is a business, we all know that, and we know we should live within our means, common sense really. But, my worry is and yet to be substantiated, is there collusion beteween our board and all the other Celtic haters. If there is, then why? why all the secrecy, why does not the board keep us in the loop first and foremost, all the time we are kept like the proverbial mushroom, kept in the dark and fed manure from time to time.


    A classic example, and I’d love to ask Lenny about it, what was said by fat Swally at the end of “the shame game”. Obviously, he is leagally bound to keep his gob shut – -WHY?


    The answere then, and it would not be easy I appraciate that, is for the fans to have a few fans on the board. It obviously would mean buying sufficient shares to make that happen, but hey, they can get a man on the moon. Surely the fans could put there hands in their pockets and collectively by these shares and then vote on who they would wish to be on the board, it really is the way to go.


    Heaven knows the agenda of our current board other than making money, but they have without doubt treated us with total contempt for decades.


    Time for change.




  10. You can spin it any way you like Paul, but I would bet my last penny that Steve Bruce NEVER told John McGinn that he would start on a regular basis, he would have told him if he performed well he would start, just the same as Brendan would have told him.



    True, I doubt Villa are paying him 23K a week either, don’t believe what you read in the papers.

  12. KT should be able to take corners. He has the recovery powers to get back to a defensive position quickly and it may improve his general crossing.

  13. glendalystonsils on

    FATHER JACK on 17TH SEPTEMBER 2018 1:14 PM



    I think that’s the first time (as far as I’m aware anyway) that anyone has made that very obvious and valid point.



    I cannot imagine a manager anywhere signing a player with a promise they will be a first team regular unless it’s a Messi , Ronaldo or Hazard.



    If McGinn loses his place is he going to slap in a transfer request? Nonsense.

  14. Thum huns are guid at gettin’ the Anti-celtic message oooot………..they git soooo much help,


    …………………., but they recoil quickly when challenged with facts.



    Thur war is against the truth and positive Celtic opinions.




  15. Paul 67



    I posted yesterday on the John McGinn interview and the later reports and I was accused by a well known poster that I was posting Fake News! I posted links to 3 articles and I was told again it was fake News.



    As you say, it doesn’t fit the narrative or some posters Narrative



    Greenpinta is right it was John McGinns decision.



    I feel that the sluggish performance on Friday gives us some worries for Thursday. Does Brendan keep loyal to the usual suspects or does he make changes?