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Firhill is the stage, fickle looking form

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You can imagine the anticipation Celtic players as they arrived for training this morning for Saturday’s visit to Firhill. They must be bursting a gut, just desperate to get onto the field and do their stuff. You and I have seen lots of this team, but right now, today, they will have an edge that’s been missing for so long. They have questions to answer, points to prove and a league title to win.

Firhill will be their stage. If anyone at Lennoxtown is in doubt about the job required, I still have my boots, just let me at them.

It’s indicative of where we are that those two draws (Hamilton and Dundee) plunged us into a form crisis. Since the turn of the year we’ve won 9 out of 13 games, failing to win twice with 10 men, once away to our nearest challengers, and that awful Dundee game at Celtic Park. Were it not for the two red cards, I expect the dip in form would be scarcely noticeable.

Over the same period Aberdeen have had a far easier programme, playing only 9 games (in 9 weeks). They’ve won six of these games, including the last two, which has put a more respectable look on their form. It’s still not any better than Celtic’s, though.

We’re still playing fixture catch-up, as we’ve six games in the next five weeks, to Aberdeen’s four, but that’s the price of reaching the latter stages of cup competitions.

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  1. Macjay

     

     

    Some of the best moments I have experienced watching Celtic is gubbing the huns. It is only natural that supporters would want to relive similar experience against Sevco.

     

    However The same supporters are not daft, they know Rangers were liquidated and subsequently died. There is no contradiction in supporting your team against the new abomination.

     

    After all it is the same set of ork supporters.

     

     

    And the same Celtic supporters will be at the semi rightly proclaiming that the Huns died.

     

     

    Is it too much to ask our club to officially state the obvious and be in tandem with these fans.

     

     

    I realise I am deviating from Res 12 here.

     

     

    HH.

  2. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    Hollow, tarnished club we have under these custodians.

     

     

    Seen a few comments about Old Firm fans ‘ None bigger than the CE and Board.

     

     

    Still no action from us en-masse.

     

     

    Leadership is needed here, there is enough momentum, just someone to garner that strength for action and restore some truth and honesty.

  3. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Cyber pint to the first poster who can come up with another analogy to replace the’ act of the bus’ analogy which has become a tiresome cliche.

  4. @McPHAIL BHOY

     

    No O** F*** in this household. The Devils Pact…….

     

    And sadly iv’e witnessed the very scenes you describe …..

     

    Absent punters positively salivating at the upcoming Semi…

     

     

     

     

    H.H.

  5. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    GREENPINATA on 10TH MARCH 2016 11:22 AM

     

    Macjay

     

     

     

    “Is it too much to ask our club to officially state the obvious and be in tandem with these fans. ”

     

     

    I was at the 7-1 game.

     

    I understand the unrequited need of our people that the unclean must pay.

     

    However,I`m not stupid enough to imagine that I ,or you , or the various C.Q.N. gurus ( who failed to respond to a basic question yesterday ) have the solution.

     

    I trust our Board to look after our interests.

     

    Others don`t.

     

    BUT , some of those have their own little personal interests to pursue.

     

    The Celtic Trust wish to take over the running of Celtic F.C.

     

    God forbid.

     

     

    No matter,my fellow Tim.

     

    Hail Hail

  6. How can the deid(LOL) huns come into the SPFL if, they canny get a credit line from a bank ?

     

    Will the Celtic PLC look the other way ?

     

    I wonder if all the ‘smug’ Jelly & ice cream munchers who, scoffed at yon Aberdeen fans banner inside Celtic Park re : LNS…..feel so smug now ?

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    THEORIGINALSADIESBHOY on 10TH MARCH 2016 11:24 AM

     

    Cyber pint to the first poster who can come up with another analogy to replace the’ act of the bus’ analogy which has become a tiresome cliche.

     

     

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    Missed your kind promise to cheer on our mob on my behalf until after the gemme.

     

    Thank you.

     

    “In loco parentis.”………drummed into me as a wee lad.

     

     

    We don`t need any affirmation of acceptance.

     

    Nor should we care about same.

     

    Take us or leave us.

     

    We couldn`t give a proverbial.

  8. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Not sure what I find most depressing. That Celtic (or someone at) has decided that brand old firm ( Sevco = Rangers) is the way forward or that the SFA is going to get off scot-free with their shenanigans.

  9. To cut a long story short….

     

    Don’t give the PLC board yer money – effectively sacking them.

     

    Don’t be swayed by the hysterical wans telling you that, you’ll harm the club.

     

    What, and the 40,000 empty seats don’t do harm.

     

    A bhoycott is already underway.

     

    Not an official one, an apathy driven one.

     

    Who get’s a £1 million of your money every season for, overseeing that scandal ?

     

    Do what has to be done….you know you have to.

     

    …bed-time-zzzzz…..

  10. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    KEVJUNGLE on 10TH MARCH 2016 11:42 AM

     

    At least ye can ‘trust’ the Celtic Trust!

     

     

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    To look after their own interests , ya bam.

     

     

    Get frickin well frickin soon.

     

     

    O.K.

     

     

    :-)

  11. Macjay1 for Neil Lennon on 10th March 2016 11:54 am

     

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    What would be the most – Celtic minded – contribution….

     

    To a food bank ?

     

    To a heated drive way ?

     

    Anyway…..Thanks for askin….I feel ok the now, still waiting for the results from cancer blood tests that were taken a week ago today and, they want me in again for the ole camera job again…just to be sure….they say.

     

    Hmmmm ?

     

    Right maniac :))….over and, off oot.

  12. @Kev

     

    Don’t knock the foodbank efforts ..

     

    Seeing the relief on the faces of yesterdays referrals was humbling…..

     

    Keep well ya Rebel with a cause….

     

     

     

     

    .H.H.

  13. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    KEVJUNGLE on 10TH MARCH 2016 12:04 PM

     

     

    Mate.

     

     

    Been there.

     

    Over a LONG number of years.

     

    Scope is very sound method of diagnosis. Never forget that YOU keep the white coats to account.

     

    If in doubt , second opinion.

     

    So far , from what you say ,sounds good .

  14. traditionalist88 on

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    Reasons to Back Celtic, One, Two, Three

     

    Posted On 10 Mar, 2016 – By Krys – With 1 Comment

     

     

    Dermot DesmondThere’s a phrase I’ve heard throughout my life that I’ve never really understood. It’s one that gets thrown about a lot, but especially towards fans of the two most well supported teams in Scotland.

     

     

    “Support your local team”

     

     

    Why? Because they happen to be local to me at that time? Let’s assume for a moment that locality should play any part in which team I choose to support. At which point in time in my life should I focus on exactly?

     

     

    I was born in Glasgow, and spent the first few years of my life in Maryhill, so does that mean I’ll be supporting the wrong team in the Glasgow derby this weekend? Sorry, but as much as I don’t mind Partick Thistle, they’re not my team and never have been.

     

     

    Incidentally, does anyone mind Partick Thistle? I once heard them described as the cuddly toy of Scottish Football because even though they might not be yours they’re about as inoffensive a club as you can possibly find.

     

     

    Getting back to my point though, we moved out of Glasgow when I was barely old enough to remember it, and long before I had any interest in football. I don’t think where I started life should have any bearing on which team I support.

     

     

    Okay, so let’s assume I should support my local team from the point in time where I took an interest in football. I’ve estimated that to be around 1989 in the past, and where I stayed in 1989 the closest senior club to me as the crow flies would have been Falkirk.

     

     

    But there’s a problem there too. About five years later, Clyde moved into Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld and technically that was closer to where I lived than Falkirk’s Brockville. So should I have switched teams when my local team changes?

     

     

    That gets worse as time progresses. Falkirk are now on the other side of the town, while East Stirling’s Firs Park has long since closed with them moving in with Stenhousemuir. So even if Clyde were to follow through with moving to East Kilbride as has been mooted in recent years, if I still lived there today I’d have to pick between one of two teams playing out of Ochilview.

     

     

    It had to make you wonder, how do you support your local team if you live in Milan?

     

     

    Of course, I’ve long since moved away from there and more recently my local teams have included St Mirren and Queens Park. If you’re keeping track, that means I’ve had no fewer than five local teams across my lifetime so far.

     

     

    But wait a minute. This is only accounting for teams in the senior league! The whole “support your local team” comment is usually directed our way because we’re perceived as being glory hunters who chose one of the historically big successful clubs in Scotland. So I’m assuming when you’ve worked out who your local team is you’ve also taken into account non-league and junior teams? We wouldn’t want to be hypocritical now, would we?

     

     

    It seems I’ll need to re-evaluate this. Back in 1989 Falkirk weren’t my closest team after all, Dunipace Juniors were. I think! It’s harder to find where all these clubs play, you can’t just use a search engine. Not that you could do that in 1989 either of course.

     

     

    The truth is, there are probably three main reasons I support Celtic. Reasons that I’m sure a lot of you reading this will identify with as well.

     

     

    First, there’s family. My dad was a Celtic fan, his dad before him was to some extent as well. There’s a really good story I only recently discovered myself there, but that’s a story for another time and place.

     

     

    My dad didn’t take me to a Celtic game until 1991, and that was his first game since before I was born. He never drummed into me that I should be a Celtic fan, but I’m sure it was always there under the surface anyway.

     

     

    Topping that up was the fact that I was bullied a lot at school, for a number of reasons. My name, the fact I was an outsider to the village, the fact I was a geek, the fact I was quite clever as a kid… the list goes on.

     

     

    Given I went to a non-denominational school and was therefore surrounded largely by Rangers fans, it doesn’t take a great leap to see that supporting the opposite of those bullies made sense to me.

     

     

    I have to be honest, those two were almost enough already. But the third reason is why even after my dad has long since stopped caring and I’ve left the bullies behind that I still support Celtic today.

     

     

    We’re the good guys.

     

     

    We’re the ones that were set up to feed the poor. The ones who play the beautiful, inventive football. The ones who don’t sign prima donnas and want nothing to do with bigots, racists and general “bad eggs” as my mother-in-law would say.

     

     

    At least we used to be.

     

     

    We’ve laughed and scoffed at Rangers and their financial demise, but I look across the city and I see a club there now that looks exactly like the team I despised as a kid. New club, old club, in football rivalry it makes no difference when the fans cling to the same traditions.

     

     

    Well, apart from giving us the biggest stick ever to beat them with of course.

     

     

    But I look at our financially healthy club and I can’t help but think that from a certain perspective we’re actually worse off. We barely resemble the club I fell in love with now.

     

     

    From the club that feeds the poor to the club who screw every last penny out of the fans and don’t pass that on to those who work for the club never mind the surrounding community.

     

     

    From the club who played beautiful, inventive football to the club who have bored us to tears far more often than not.

     

     

    From the club without prima donnas and bad eggs to one who has a squad full of players using us a stepping stone to bigger wages and includes convicted drink drivers, racists and homophobes.

     

     

    How did it come to this? It’s certainly not the fault of the fans. Look at what we the supporters have achieved in recent years and it’s clear we still have the same ethos as we always did. The Foundation may have been set up by the club but it’s the fans who put in the leg work, both under their banner and elsewhere.

     

     

    These problems can only have come from the top, and when you see what kind of self-serving people we have in place there it really should be no surprise. There’s an unhealthy obsession at that level with the financial aspects of the club over everything else.

     

     

    Well I don’t support a balance sheet. I never have. I may understand the importance of running the club within its means, but that is not the be all and end all.

     

     

    Besides, by many measures they’re not even doing that very well either.

     

     

    I wish I knew what we could do to change this course we’re on, but I don’t. I’ve often seen it suggested that affecting what they love the most – the aforementioned balance sheet – but you know that won’t work now like it did in 1994. There’s no pressure from unforgiving bankers this time.

     

     

    If we fans stop spending, they won’t see that as a signal to leave. They’ll see it as numbers on the balance sheet that no long balance and they’ll correct that by cutting expenditure further. Our quality will only fall further as a consequence.

     

     

    Don’t believe me? It’s been happening already. Look at our attendances. They’re dropping like a stone yet the board don’t seem concerned in the slightest. It’s just numbers to them and as long as the numbers balance then that’s all that matters. That’s why Resolution 12 has been kicked into the long grass and the board have done as little work there as they think they can get away with.

     

     

    Sadly for us, despite all that Fergus McCann promised about handing over the club to the fans, the real truth is that never happened. We fans may have handfuls of shares but we don’t have control at all, only a select few do. As such, there’s really only one man who can make a difference to our direction now.

     

     

    Wake up Dermot Desmond. I want my club back.

     

     

    Krys (Twitter @Krys1888)

  15. See for all the “this wouldn’t have happened under Fergus” type claims, has he ever once come out and stated something along the lines of “this wasn’t what I intended for the club”?

  16. Read back late last night and this morning. Just want to say first to Mountblow Tim my sincere condolences to you and your family. I said a prayer at Mass this morning for the repose of your wife’s soul.

     

     

    CRC: sorry to hear about your troubles with the break -in. Keep you in my thoughts.

  17. Good day John Paul,

     

     

    To say I am raging at the PLC Boards dereliction of duty towards myself and fellow shareholders would be a monumental understatement.

     

     

    I am one of the shareholders involved in Res 12. I have been very patient, giving MY club the benefit of the doubt, and trusting you, and the Board to keep your/their word to “have faith in the Club to do the right thing and to act in the best interests of Celtic and our fans.”

     

     

    Is THIS acting in the best interest of Celtic and our fans?

     

     

    “The board of Celtic PLC have encouraged shareholders to write to UEFA and in particular the CFCB who regulate licensing matters, and bring that body up to date with the correspondence sent to the SFA by the shareholders and the replies received from the SFA compliance officer – including those replies which state that the SFA will discuss the matter with the Celtic Board and only the Celtic Board.”

     

     

    Excuse me John Paul “The executive function of the board of directors is to preserve, protect and maintain the interests of shareholders in the company.

     

     

    It seems odd that the same board, who previously said that they would take all necessary steps to look after the interests of shareholders in relation to matters of Governance in Scottish Football, should ask shareholders to formally write to UEFA instead of doing it themselves.”

     

     

    The board are taking either taking us for mugs, or are complicit in this whole scam.

     

     

    I wonder.

     

     

    I feel the least we deserve is a statement from the club informing THE SHAREHOLDERS why they (the PLC Board) are not preserving, protecting and maintaining the interests of shareholders in the company.

     

     

    Regards

  18. prestonpans bhoys on

    TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on 10th March 2016 11:24 am Cyber pint to the first poster who can come up with another analogy to replace the’ act of the bus’ analogy which has become a tiresome cliche.

     

     

    How about “back of the brothel queue” I’ll get my coat……………………………

  19. Macjay

     

     

    Any evidence, any at all, to support your assertion that the Celtic Trust only look after ‘their own interests’?

     

     

    If of course you mean the interests of shareholders then you’re of course correct and there’s no need for a reply.

  20. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    TRADITIONALIST88 on 10TH MARCH 2016 12:20 PM

     

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    So.

     

    That`s how you feel.

     

    Basically ,do yourself a favour and stop pretending to support my team , Glasgow Celtic or be prepared to accept your attitude for what it is.

     

    Hypocrisy.

     

    We don`t need wee pretendy supporters.

     

    Why don`t you just vote with your bloody feet and leave Celtic supporters to support as we always have done.

     

    As we always have done and always will do.

     

    I take it that we real , genuine Celtic supporters will not have to tolerate your negativity in future.

     

    Or maybe your need for sharing your negativity will again manifest itself with further attempts to damage my club , our club

     

     

    CELTIC.

  21. ballymenatoybhoy on

    you can dress it up whatever way you want about statistics i.e. games won, lost or drawn by both Aberdeen and Celtic but the stark reality is that watching Celtic these past months is very sore on the eye – and that could be concluded to say that Aberdeen must be even more of an eyesore! And of course as an earlier post said the fans are voting with apathy and frustration – “faithful through and through”? well it would seem many are through – at least for now! They will return of course when celtic start to surge again and they will – history proves that! But make no mistake the standard of this league is dire and what preparation does that serve for CL? A million miles away! Lower divisions of English leagues at best is how it looks at present – yes Its a rocky road ahead for Celtic and not for the first time! hail hail

  22. traditionalist88 on

    majcay

     

     

     

    What time is it in Australia and what have you been smoking, you absolute cretin.

     

     

    1. The article is not my words. Reposts are not always an endorsement.

     

     

    2. The article is reasons TO support Celtic NOT walk away.

     

     

    3. You obviously didn’t even read it.

     

     

    Embarassed for you.

     

     

    Next time you can’t avoid overreacting at least read the piece first.

     

     

    Go to bed or something.

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