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Efe the enigma, when our heroes get ill

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The challenge Efe Ambrose will face should he proposed move to Hibs go through will be considerably less taxing that what he faced in the Premiership, or in Europe, with Celtic. Efe will go down in folklore as another African Cup of Nations enigma.

He was part of the heroic story against Barcelona in November 2012, before heading to the African Cup of Nations two months later. That tournament would see the player achieve the peak of his continent’s football Kilimanjaro. He played right back for champions, Nigeria.

That was on the Sunday. By the Tuesday he had been flown across the globe and made the starting line-up for Celtic in their Champions League last 16 game against Juventus. Two minutes into the game Efe was caught underneath the ball and out of position, Juventus exploited the lapse to the full.

As far as Efe’s time at the top goes, that was that. Since then his form has been on a pronounced downwards trajectory. The thing is, he’s still only 28. There was a player of considerable value in there one. If someone can bring focus to him, there may be again.

A word on matters relating to illness and medical information of our heroes…………

Pretty much everyone knew of Billy McNeill’s condition for some time but thankfully, it wasn’t subject to online speculation. There are a few guidelines on health matters which are worth observing:

Health is a private matter and should not be discussed online unless and until the person or family decide otherwise.

While we feel close to our heroes and will naturally want to offer support at a time of need, serious illness is the most private of matters, it is wholly inappropriate for a former footballer to hear his condition is a matter of public knowledge.

A bereavement should only be ‘revealed’ online by someone acting on the explicit instructions of the family. The unofficial release of this type of news is a very regretful manifestation of the internet age.

In recent years, we have seen many occasions of older celebrities’ deaths being incorrectly reported, then retweeted and retold thousands of times before it is denied. For an ill person and their family this can be a horrific experience.

The world can do without our condolences for a couple of hours until the family concerned have been able to contact all members.

These guidelines are scrupulously followed by the mainstream media in Scotland, who will hear of a footballer’s bereavement but hold the news – and prepare their reaction – until the family are ready.

For former-Celtic players, the club will usually be in touch with the family and release the news at the appropriate time. If you want to express your condolences, prepare your thoughts but hold until an official announcement.

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  1. Was embarrassed by the criticism Efe got from a large part of our ‘support’ They encouraged the smsm.

     

    Would rather have Efe with the odd error than most of the pension boosting big names like Kean Etc.

     

     

    Floatin’

  2. Willie Wallace may not have known what a “Garryowen” was, ( who would, if you’re not interested in rugby?), but I bet he could spell our most famous captain’s name properly.

  3. Willie Wallace was in the Celtic quiz team to answer any questions about horse racing.

     

     

    He had an encyclopedic knowledge on the subject, apparently.

     

     

    Jim Craig answered all the others!

     

     

    HH!!

  4. Feck ! last post on previous blog, could someone copy

     

    it onto this one please, as i’m hopeless and seem to be

     

    asking for a lot this evening.

     

    H.H Mick

  5. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    fed up with all this DID YOU GO HERE DID YOU GO THERE.WHEN DID YOU LEAVE.WHO WAS YOUR MATHS TEACHER.THERE WAS ONLY ONE SCHOOL WORTH TALKING ABOUT….SO OK HERE GOES.

     

     

     

     

    school school jolly old school MUNGO MUNGO ……RA RA RA.

  6. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    TALLYBHOY on 28TH FEBRUARY 2017 9:48 AM

     

     

    you sure .he struggled with naming THE 5 CLASSICS………………….IE 1000GNS 2000GNS DERBY OAKS ST LEGER.

  7. If you were in the St Mick’s clique you would know what a garryowen was.

     

    Scullion the English PE teacher hated football he was a cricket and rugger man.

  8. FLOATIN’ on 28TH FEBRUARY 2017 9:42 AM

     

     

    “Was embarrassed by the criticism Efe got from a large part of our ‘support’. They encouraged the SMSM”

     

     

    *****

     

     

    What? Did they call him a ‘dummy’ or somethin’?

     

     

    It’s ‘Keane’, by the way.

     

     

     

     

  9. In Cairney’s book he said Wallace sat closed mouth and made no attempt to answer a question so they gave him the garryowen question as it was easy….

  10. From Previous Thread for MM

     

     

    MELBOURNE MICK on 28TH FEBRUARY 2017 9:43 AM

     

    Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

     

    A few days ago i asked if anyone could help out with tickets

     

     

    for the stickies game as one of our committee was paying

     

     

    his last visit home to his old town of Belfast he has just got

     

     

    back to me after a bit of a family crisis and it turns out he has

     

     

    been let down with the tickets he thought he was getting and

     

     

    now has none, now i know it’s a long shot but if anyone can

     

     

    help him and his partner sit together to see the Celtic live at

     

     

    Paradise i would be grateful as it would be so good to finally

     

     

    help someone who does so much work for our club and is at

     

     

    the forefront of all our charitable initiatives to keep our ethos

     

     

    alive here in Oz .if and it’s a big if anyone can help let me know

     

     

    on here and we’ll take it from there.

     

     

    Mickevertheoptimist.com

     

     

    H.H Mick

  11. My mates to this day still give me stick about sticking by Effi,.

     

    And my answer to them was always, unlike Commons he didn’t hide or ever through the toys out the pram.

  12. MELBOURNE MICK on 28TH FEBRUARY 2017 9:43 AM

     

    Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

     

    A few days ago i asked if anyone could help out with tickets

     

     

    for the stickies game as one of our committee was paying

     

     

    his last visit home to his old town of Belfast he has just got

     

     

    back to me after a bit of a family crisis and it turns out he has

     

     

    been let down with the tickets he thought he was getting and

     

     

    now has none, now i know it’s a long shot but if anyone can

     

     

    help him and his partner sit together to see the Celtic live at

     

     

    Paradise i would be grateful as it would be so good to finally

     

     

    help someone who does so much work for our club and is at

     

     

    the forefront of all our charitable initiatives to keep our ethos

     

     

    alive here in Oz .if and it’s a big if anyone can help let me know

     

     

    on here and we’ll take it from there.

     

     

    Mickevertheoptimist.com

     

     

    H.H Mick

     

     

    Braw doon under

  13. Maybe that’s how you should have put it in the first place, rather than post in such a desultory manner about a Lisbon Lion who has been on this site on at least a couple of occasions, and did not at all come across in the way that you described him.

  14. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    I wish Efe Ambrose all the good luck in the world.

     

     

    The past is the past, he should never have asked to play in that game against Juventus though – practically straight off a plane from Africa.

     

     

    Remember the outstanding Celtic footballer he was prior to said game.

     

     

    When footballers lose confidence and belief in their ability it’s a difficult struggle to get back to their best.

     

     

    HH.

  15. LYMMBHOY

     

     

    How you doing my fellow Ocean road buddy, thanks for

     

    reposting that the wee mhan is bedded down already

     

    and he’s my tech ghuy.

     

    H.H Mick

  16. HH Mick

     

     

    Back in Cheshire now, youngest saw snow for the first time this morning and I’ve got two rooms to paint for my sins :)

     

     

    HH

  17. Aberdeen can go 12 points clear of the currants tonight. (13 effectively with the goal difference)

     

    Wish Hearts and St Johnstone hadn’t slipped up at the weekend.

     

    Someone posted that if they go into admin after the split they can’t be relegated, is that correct? Would they stay in 6th place?

     

    Surely not….

  18. I think if they go into admin who ever becomes the biggest creditor will be calling the shots, and that would either be Mike Ashley, or who ever is giving out the soft loans, if it’s the soft loans? Then Ashley has a fight on his hands? If it’s Ashley, then vice verse?

     

     

    But then again it’s thems who t f knows?

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