Familiar demons


In any other season, the three points would have been secured by David Turnbull’s exquisite free-kick on 82 minutes, but the fragility around everything Celtic at the moment convinced no one the game was over.

A Hibs free-kick in added time saw three Celtic players get in each other’s way on the goal line, leaving three unattended attackers ready to pounce around the six yard line.  Another free kick conceded in a dangerous area, another example of defensive disorganisation and another tale of woe as Hibs scored their first goal and collected their only point in four games.

With Ryan Christie unavailable, David Turnbull moved to the right, allowing Tom Rogic a rare start in the advanced point of the diamond.  This may have worked on paper but on the field, it only demonstrated what a valuable asset Turnbull has become in the middle of the park.  15 minutes after moving into his accustomed 10 position, Turnbull won and converted a free kick that should have been enough against a Hibs team low on confidence.

Instead, the demons that haunted Celtic for most of the season returned.  Diego Laxalt conceded the free-kick, Turnbull was beaten to the header, Conor Hazard flapped at the second ball before Shane Duffy and Callum McGregor simultaneously attempted to clear, only managing to usher the ball in the direction of Nisbet.

After the game, I realised I felt worse after we equalised in added time against Hibs in November than on losing a late goal last night.  The points dropped in November felt significant, I cannot say the same about last night’s.

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  1. One additional comment imagine you are Callum McGregor, Turnbull or any other player with international ambitions and you were to go into Lennoxtown for the next 4/5 months. What would you learn from the 3 wise men or if I include Woods and Hammond —- the 5 sorrowful mysteries.



    On the park I expect the team to play with the lethargy as the manager and his Lawwell appointed ( silent ) staff. Second place will be a challenge the longer we leave the current manager in situ.



    The longer the changes take to make the more the fans will drift away. If the right CEO and Manager are not appointed 35k season tickets will be a stretch.



    With the right player sales Peter might still be able to bag a bonus. Yep we are all in this together.

  2. 67 European Cup Winners on

    CHAIRBHOY on 12TH JANUARY 2021 9:42 PM


    And this sites editor was the one telling you it was BRs fault. PL got off Scot free.




  3. !!BADA BING!! @ 11:46 PM,



    To be fair I only subscribed to get DD’s interview and a few other tit-bits.



    It’s very EPL centric like most of UK football these days but it has quality pieces and sends an e-mail with daily football updates, so if there is something you like you can delve deeper.



    So I’ve just let it run. Know your a football news hound so worth exploring.



    Hail Hail




    “The one amazing thing , I have never seen one iota of objective analysis of anything that puts our CEO in a bad light. It truly is comical Ali Mk 2.”



    I’ve been working on it for a week. I’ve already done a piece on Brian Wilson and another on the chairman. Desmond’s turn will come in due course.



    Lawwell is this coming weekend.

  5. Also, the thing that should be of greatest concern about the Rodgers debacle, as described by Dermot Desmond, is that the appointment of Neil Lennon was no mere happenstance; this wasn’t a case of them grabbing the first warm body who was passing.



    Lennon was in their minds the whole time. Neil Lennon. As a replacement for the guy Desmond describes as a “top class manager.” Neil Lennon. Of Bolton and Hibs. Neil Lennon. In their minds the whole time, to replace Brendan Rodgers.



    It bears repeating. And repeating. And repeating. This was not a mere accident of fortune … Celtic would actually have approached Hibs for Lennon if he hadn’t been on the dole. People inside Parkhead viewed him as Rodger’s likely successor.



    This is the limit of their imagination and ambition. Neil Lennon. Of Bolton and Hibs.

  6. 67 EUROPEAN CUP WINNERS @ 11:52 PM,



    Well sadly enough that is true. While I have to say, they were not the ones to put the boot in when Brendan Rodgers left, “the working his ticket”, “losing the dressing room” type articles and constant dog whistling had already done the damage.



    An unsavoury part in an unsavoury chapter of our history, it was always going to end in (our) tears.



    Hail Hail

  7. @chairbhoy..Didn’t expect anyone to pick up onthe belt subliminal.Had to set the fire before school…cinders first…then screw up any paper.stick it out through the grate ..bit of coal on top.then the lard fae last night on top..over the cemetery wall 100 mph tae school…and there waitin… Mr Lyle.. 1 min late……….hands freezin ……….boom booom…red wrists….tingle fingers .and a new day.

  8. ‘@James love your blog and your passion…but i’m a bit lost at 12.10 forgive my ignorance.

  9. Mob rule is it? Draw your own comparisons. 









    The Capitol Rioters Weren’t ‘Low Class’



    The business owners, real-estate brokers, and service members who rioted acted not out of economic desperation, but out of their belief in their inviolable right to rule.



    By Adam Serwer, Staff writer at The Atlantic



    They were business owners, CEOs, state legislators, police officers, active and retiredservice members, real-estate brokers, stay-at-home dads, and, I assume, some Proud Boys.



    The mob that breached the Capitol last week at President Donald Trump’s exhortation, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, was full of what you might call “respectable people.” They left dozens of Capitol Police officers injured, screamed “Hang Mike Pence!,” threatened to murder House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and set up a gallows outside the building. Some were extremists using the crowd as cover, but as federal authorities issue indictments, a striking number of those they name appear to be regular Americans.



    And there’s nothing surprising about that. Although any crowd that size is bound to include people who are struggling financially, no one should be shocked to see the middle classes so well represented among the mob.



    The notion that political violence simply emerges out of economic desperation, rather than ideology, is comforting. But it’s false. Throughout American history, political violence has often been guided, initiated, and perpetrated by respectable people from educated middle- and upper-class backgrounds. The belief that only impoverished people engage in political violence—particularly right-wing political violence—is a misconception often cultivated by the very elites who benefit from that violence.


    The members of the mob that attacked the Capitol and beat a police officer to deathlast week were not desperate. They were there because they believed they had been unjustly stripped of their inviolable right to rule. They believed that not only because of the third-generation real-estate tycoon who incited them, but also because of the wealthy Ivy Leaguers who encouraged them to think that the election had been stolen.



    There’s ample precedent for this. When the Ku Klux Klan formed during Reconstruction, according to the historian Eric Foner, its leadership “included planters, merchants, lawyers, and even ministers. ‘The most respectable citizens are engaged in it,’ reported a Georgia Freedmen’s Bureau agent, ‘if there can be any respectability about such people.’”



    Respectable people can be very dangerous. President Ulysses S. Grant responded to the outrages of the KKK in the Reconstruction South by sending the military to crush the Klan and the newly formed Department of Justice to prosecute it. For a time, the effort was successful.



    Nevertheless, the paramilitary wings of the Democratic Party, determined to disenfranchise Black voters and restore white supremacy, reconstituted themselves. Only this time they left the masks off, so everyone could see how respectable they were. Operating openly, they were far more successful than they had been while clad in their goofy costumes and masks, taking on names such as the White League and the Red Shirts. They terrorized, murdered, and intimidated Black voters and their white Republican allies in order to excise them from the polity and restore Black people to a state of near-slavery.



    In New Orleans, “carpenters, grocers, and tinsmiths belonged [to the White League], as did laborers and stevedores,” according to the historian Justin Nystrom, but “more common were professional men from Factor’s Row: clerks, accountants, sugar and cotton factors, weighers, and lawyers.” In South Carolina, a leader of the Red Shirts, Benjamin Tillman, was born into a wealthy slave-owning family. His men were made up of “substantial landowners already prominent in local agricultural societies, Granges, and conservative political clubs,” the historian Steven Hahn wrote. The white-supremacist militants who massacred Black people and overthrew the government of Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1898 were described as “reputable white citizens” in contemporary accounts.



    The elite leaders of white-supremacist organizations, however, were content to cultivate the perception that the outrages condemned by northern newspapers were the work of lower-class white men, which only increased the urgency of their political project: restoring the rule of the white elite, so that the alleged passions of the white lower classes could be restrained, and the supposed corruption of Black men and their white allies could be punished. In truth, however, it was when Black and white laborers formed alliances—such as the Readjusters in Virginia—that the white supremacists were most effectively resisted.



    “They used the language of ‘the mob’ to distance themselves from the very acts of violence they promoted,” the historian Stephen Kantrowitz wrote in his biography of Tillman, “claiming that these assaults were carried out by disreputable white men—‘mobs,’ that is, from which only respectable white men could protect black Southerners.” The Red Shirts, Tillman insisted, were “generally of a class of people who do not commit outrages of that sort.” As a U.S. senator, Tillman would brag of having “shot Negroes and stuffed ballot boxes.”


    After Republicans retreated from Reconstruction, making clear they would neither defend the rights of Black people nor prevent Democrats from violating them, the respectable men who had overthrown the Reconstruction governments were far more open about their deeds. They became mayors, governors, congressmen, and senators. They erected monuments to the Confederate Army and its valor in defending the institution of human bondage, both to celebrate their accomplishments and to dissuade Black southerners from ever again contemplating political equality with white people. They told the world that what they had done was heroism rather than terrorism, and, in the name of reconciliation and unity, the white North acquiesced.



    By 1909, a decade after the massacre in Wilmington inspired a wave of new Jim Crow legislation across the South, Republican President William Howard Taft praised Democrats for having excluded “an ignorant, irresponsible element”—that is, Black voters—from the polity. The respectable people were in charge again.



    Of course, it was their success in seizing power and disenfranchising their political rivals that allowed them to maintain their respectability. Had they failed, had the South’s brief experiment in multiracial democracy succeeded, they would have been seen as the bandits, assassins, and terrorists that they were. Impunity is what makes murder and terrorism respectable. After all, if these deeds were actually crimes, they would have been punished.



    Watching the mob ransack the Capitol last week, Trump is reported to have been initially enthusiastic about the riot, but later disgusted by “what he considered the ‘low-class’ spectacle of people in ragtag costumes rummaging through the Capitol.”



    Now we know the truth. They weren’t “low class.” They were respectable. They almost always are.

  10. GO TELL THE SPARTIM on 12TH JANUARY 2021 9:46 PM



    But Peter Lawell is a Celtic supporter?



    Hi mate.he is.ran bout scoring goals,kiddin on he was Tommy, Bobby jinky,joe mc bride,same as any other Celtic fan. playin football in street.




  11. Good morning cqn from a still frozen Garngad ❄❄❄



    Still no one at our club been sacked for bringing our club into disrepute over The Dubai Essential trip?



    Absolutely Embarrassing and disgusting.



    Start the clear out now as this season is done, I am still astounded and gobsmacked with the stupidity of that trip, absolutely gob smacked.



    Maybe we are waiting for the League to be called before our spineless custodian cabal look at any changes.






    D :)

  12. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    AIPPLE on 13TH JANUARY 2021 1:23 AM



    That’s a brilliant article from the Atlantic ~ thanks for sharing




  13. JAMES FORREST on 13TH JANUARY 2021 12:00 AM






    “The one amazing thing , I have never seen one iota of objective analysis of anything that puts our CEO in a bad light. It truly is comical Ali Mk 2.”




    I’ve been working on it for a week. I’ve already done a piece on Brian Wilson and another on the chairman. Desmond’s turn will come in due course.




    Lawwell is this coming weekend.






    James Forrest,



    Who has done more damage to Celtic over last 5 years : Lawwell or Rodgers



    Who has controlled signings and exits : Lawwell or Manager



    I agree there has never been scrutiny on this site of the CEO for repeated failure and destroying the club. His personal greed has ripped the soul and ethos right out of Celtic. His control freak behaviour and his placemen in all key roles has made Celtic very one dimensional and rigid in everything they do from football dept, PR, fans liaison —— every area will need to be cleansed. Who would want to work for an org that serves one individual. This site is a microsysm of any dept in Celtic —- this site is a yes man.



    The ironic thing is that Paul67 is closer to some of the action and his reaction is stout defence or squirrels. I suppose that as he has given up on that it’s the biggest admission likely of the elephant in the room.



    I also agree we have a toothless weak board without the proper gravitas. I suits Lawwell and Desmond. Desmond takes his dividends tax free off shore every year and Lawwell has the resume ration committee in his back pocket. Compare with Fergus Board Sir Patrick Sheeyphy, Brian Quinn…we now have local Scots with no real business experience ( unless you include a garden centre or a whiskey shop ). They have no global pedigree and the numbers they deal in are corner shop.



    They have turned Celtic into a corner shop.



    All shareholders should see the letter congratulating Rangers FC on achieving 55 which can be sent now and wishing the good luck and progress in the Champions League. I suppose Lawwell can feel a sense of pride as he has been the architect of their success this season and next season as they win the league again. Can we sort ourselves out before they win 3 in a row. At the pace we are going at it will be 6 or 7 before the bastille is stormed.




    Sorry I had to log off last night. I read the DD interview at the time and I believe there is a lot of spin in it as you would expect. My understanding was the Celtic board were caught completely be surprise. It came just after the double treble and at the height of BR’s public devotion to managing Celtic. Either way as I said earlier it was the beginning of the end for BR and Celtic. It handed power back to PL and set the scene for the rest of the summer. We improved BRs terms for the 2nd time in a year and also protected the club by adding in the release clause

  15. I`ll give the negative posters their due. They have got stamina.


    Off to the golf where we are on the `Sprouts` ie Winter Greens.



    Incidentally, is this lengthy cold spell connected to there having been less traffic on the roads in the past year?

  16. Was watchin a few old clips of my earliest games.What an attack..Dalglish,Deans and Hood…gave everything and all great finishers.Oh for a front line like that again.



    Was a guy playing for Motherwell in a few clips Willie Pettigrew…some player too..a battering ram who could finish aswell.Checked out a few clips of him too..ran the huns ragged.

  17. Paid per click huns – making the most of our issues.



    Never to be found with such determination when we celebrate, have fun or just indulge the familiar values of Celtica.



    Way too obvious…obvs!







  18. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    We should always celebrate our titles cup wins as if it is our last for a while and should never take anything for granted ..



    That counts for fans and club alike

  19. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on



    Negative posters? What the hell is there to be positive about at the moment?





    OneNight – waking up being a Celtic supporter?






    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith

  20. onenightinlisbon on




    For that fact I will be eternally grateful however loving your club does not make you accept blindly all their faults and failings.



    At present the question is, “Keep The Faith” in what exactly? Lawwell? Lennon? Armageddon?

  21. drew1967



    Relying on my memory here but I think that, early doors 1975, after losing at Ibrox New Years, Motherwell beat us 3-2 at the Park, with Willie Pettigrew scoring two goals and running us ragged in the process. Didn’t put us 22 points back mind.

  22. This is not a football post but I cannot ignore this latest repugnant act of Donald Trump who reinstated the federal death penalty late in his term in office, leading to the execution of a female who was brain brain damaged and who suffered terrible abuse through her life. Her crime was heinous no doubt but her culpability is in serious doubt due to her mental condition.



    She is now dead.






    Her surname is Montgomery and that and her death row status immediately reminded me of the song by John Prine – Angel from Montgomery – most notably sung by Bonnie Raitt.



    Montgomery is the capital of Alabama, a state which had one of the highest execution rates. An “Angel from Montgomery” was a last minute reprieve telegram which death row inmates prayer to receive.



    No Angel from Montgomery came for Lisa Montgomery.







    I was gripped by that story when I read about it this week. Incredibly sad and brutal life, a terrible crime committed on an innocent and the venegence of a nation that lost its moral compass a long time ago. Scarily I don’t think it would put off our current Home Secretary in the UK from introducing the death penalty under this evil Tory Govt. Priti is a big advocate of it.



    Would it surprise anyone if it didn’t come back in the next 5-10 years?



    Thanks for sharing.




  24. FAVOUR ?…


    Can someone Post the Youtube Links to TWO of my all time favourite Anti War Songs from the 1960’s ?


    I used to be able to Post links, but I cant do it now.



    Singer Barry McGuire…Song ” Eve of Destruction”




    Group.. Buffalo Springfield…Song ” For what its Worth”.


    Both songs will NOT cheer you up but i cant help it…LOL



  25. onenightinlisbon on



    🙋‍♂️ Being a Celtic Supporter does not preclude being oblivious to our many current shortcomings… 😊



    I totally agree, it irks me though that there appears to be the notion with some people that criticising makes you a hun or sleekit…