Football’s hard, Armstrong, McNeill v Greig


Last week I suggested we were better with yesterday’s game over and done with, but I have to admit to thoroughly enjoying the occasion.  It may not have been the derby of Old, but it had traces of familiarity from my youth, when managers Billy McNeill and John Greig faced each other.

I watched the game back on television last night.  What an absolute pair of trumpets Warburton and Weir are!  Weir was sent to the stand for demanding Mikael Lustig receive a second yellow card, despite not receiving his first.  Warburton then explained this to the media, indignant that Lustig wasn’t dismissed for two yellows, still totally oblivious to the fact he hadn’t been booked.

Football’s hard.  Referees make mistakes.  But keeping track of who has been booked is remarkably simple.  It was Nir Bitton, not Mikael, who was booked early in the game.  Nir and Mikael have a similar, slight, build, but there’s 7cm between them, with different skin and hair pantones.

What does this tell us?  That the Newco management didn’t know their opponents well enough to tell them apart, never mind how they would play.  Remarkable, considering how often we’ve been on television this season.

Two weeks ago a Dundee United fan asked me what we’d done to Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven.  Armstrong, he explained, was never going to make it as a wide player, he was effective for United through the middle.

I think we suffered for the loss of Tom Rogic, as Stuart edged himself into the occasion, but it may be Ronny Deila deployed him incorrectly.

Moments to cherish from the game: Moussa Dembele’s first touch to control Lustig’s cross at the fourth, and his reverse pass for Scott Sinclair at the third.  You’ve not seen control and awareness like that from a Celtic striker in over a decade.

We’ll touch on the longer-term issues of yesterday at a later date, after we’ve got Barcelona out of our system.

The one thing we all wanted from yesterday was to come through the game without further injuries.  Both Scott Brown and Tom Rogic, two of our central midfield three, retired early.  I’m not going to tell you we’ll take anything from Barcelona on Tuesday, but having Brown, Rogic and Bitton in the team will allow us to at least face the game in decent condition.


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  1. MWD



    You’ve replied to my question with one of your own. I’m just interested in what meaning you’re attributing to the display.



    Hunnish or foolish?

  2. GFTB



    You are correct, DD deserves enormous credit for luring Brendan to Celtic. The club really is in great shape at the moment on the pitch and financially. Good times.

  3. Mags



    Apologies I can remember what I typed



    Hope you enjoyed yesterday…..hope no offence was taken

  4. What is the Stars on




    Churchill was impressive today


    Unfortunately I had backed the hannon horse which was 2nd.



    Hard to tell with Douglas McArthur


    I wouldnt be giving up on him


    O’Briens horses can often disappoint and then fly home when you write them off

  5. Moussa Dembele scored a perfect hat trick for Celtic in a Glasgow Derby with a header, right foot and left foot strike.



    The last Rangers hat trick against Celtic in the League Cup was by Ally McCoist and was, almost the perfect hat trick for them too….




    but only 2 of the 3 came from the penalty spot.

  6. HT



    What are you looking for evidence of. Something to say that was acceptable?



    I rarely if ever criticise Celtic supporters. I have never disagreed with a single GB Tifo that many have taken offence at as they have always sat well with my thoughts and beliefs.



    I thought yesterday they missed a chance to have a right good dig at Sevco in their usual comical way. But saw nothing wrong with their Tifo or banners again.



    Hanging effigies on rope from the upper Teir by Celtic fans however is just wrong. As I said No reason,thought or excuse makes it acceptable. It was Hunnish.




  7. H.T.


    Jeezo I never thought Pat would have put a fiver on a bet. Anyway still delighted for him. It’s a great pick.


    I thought my mate done well with minus three at 9/1 for 20 quid but Pats bet is,another level. I think my mate was one of the few panicking when Waghorn was clean through with the last kick of the ball, although obviously Pat would have been too.


    Yip I agree. A zillion positive things Celtic to talk about but we will do level 5s job for them, and go on and go on and on about 2 blow up dolls.


    How good was Moussa? Or I as I was educated on the blog yesterday Moussa is Moses, he certainly parted their defence yesterday.

  8. TheTimReaper



    Am actually a Peter Lawell fan, I just wish he would back the fans up more, if clowns deserve the jail let then get lifted, if ordinary fans don’t deserve to be harassed back them up…….as a bean counter know your customers

  9. JNP



    It was AOW that alluded to Moussa being Moses, but like some of us his brains are in short supply, AOW canny believe you were standing waiting on me at 10.50am on Friday with a smile on your face just because you knew the time police had got me !

  10. BABASONICOS71 on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2016 9:51 PM


    Hunyish behaviour





    You want to beehave yourself you are beehind the times …..beeasically stingless …


    Stick to beetter things….



    Smiley thing




  11. I thought the GB Tifo yesterday was excellent, laying down a challenge to a new foe.



    I also liked the fact the tricolour was then on view for the whole game, enjoyed that.




  12. MWD



    I’ll try to find out the thinking behind the display. Until then I won’t be quite so critical as others.

  13. Moonbeams



    It has been totally ridiculed on here, leave it be, by the way HT probably feels like,e most of us, leave it be…….it doesn’t sit well with any of us but remember there were 55,000 Celtic fans, please don’t feel the need to own the moral high ground

  14. JNP



    I remember backing Burley first scorer at that game. The best first goal bet I got was when I was at my Aunt’s in Cheltenham. Woke up in her house on the morning of the game, with the most lucid dream of Thomas Gravesen scoring against Rangers. Told my cousins and mates to back him first scorer at 12/1. The whole pub Irish Oak took the tip. I have never had to buy a drink in that pub since.







    I gave you a direct reply.




    Then I asked the question. So what is not Hunnish about it?










    Your reply wasn’t addressed to me so I wasn’t sure if it was a general comment.



    I’ve replied above.

  16. Gerryfaethebrig.


    That’s the kind of bet you never forget. Happy New year indeed.


    What is the stars. My big bet today was Washington DC at 7/1 thought it looked a certainty in running. That’s gambling as they say. My wife giving me a really hard time for not doing it each way. Greed got the better of me.


    I’m a massive Aiden Obrien fan, as long as you know his horses will improve for their runs. I’m not so sweet on Ryan Moore good jockey but not as,great as they make out.

  17. Loved the “Flag of war”banner.Loved the “See you at Mass”aimed at Joey banner.Thought the GB were awesome.


    As for the “Dolls”F— them.Then again,is that not what they are for?.

  18. They are currently attempting to imply that the GB started The Huddle on 66 minutes to desecrate the memory of those who died in the disaster.

  19. Wow.



    Had a peek at Follow Follow yesterday, and it was full of posts lambasting the Not So Magic Hat and his useless players.



    Now, they are united in perma rage about effigies, banners, and a perceived attempt to mock the Ibrox Disaster.



    Level 5 really earning their corn…

  20. JNP



    His daughter had Dembele 4-1!!!!



    Had a few meetings with Celtic recently, all mutually agreeable, so I’m positive about everything the now! :-)

  21. moonbeamswetdream..



    If it was just an effigy hanging from the stand that wouldn’t have worried me, but the effigy had on a Rangers scarf around his neck also.

  22. BABASONICOS71 on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2016 10:01 PM





    Bees are better than WASPs



    Even though a WASP is an orange b…kinda. ;))




    Honeystly don’t beeleive you can think that …hive just checked ma bike !!!




  23. Delaneys Dunky.


    Let’s hope you have another dream like that tomorrow night, maybe Lustig at 66/1, please let us know.


    I bet Gravesen that day too, it was about the only good turn he done for us. He stole the goal too, not that I was,complaining, was it a Maloney shot that he graduated over the line, maybe someone with a better memory than me will let us know.

  24. Have to agree with Moonbeams Wet Dreams the effigy of hanging Rangers supporters was completely unacceptable behaviour.


    I don’t care what it was meant to signify. The proximity to the tragic demise of Kris Boyd’s brother made it completely crass and indefensible.

  25. I wonder what “TheBhoyJinky”


    Thought of yesterday, I suppose we will never know !one of Cqn’s finest bit nothing worse than a stubborn Tim

  26. Dolls…



    Regardless of anything else…(Kris Boyd’s brother. It was National Suicide Prevention Day yesterday)



    Any person who even has 1% of mental health awareness wouldn’t do such a thing.



    It is completely wrong and there is unequivocally no excuse.



    I am glad Celtic fans strongly condemn such behaviour.

  27. HT



    I prefer just to give my honest opinion whatever attempt at dig or humour that was. Nothing they say would make it acceptable to me. We do not ever need to stoop to their base to have a dig at them. They lowered themselves to the Hun level of “banter”.




  28. Gerryfaethebrig


    No worries. :)


    All Celtic supporters enjoyed that.


    There is a bigger issue at stake though (discussed elsewhere) that I dont like.


    Mainly to do with the lack of any consequences, remorse, guilt or accepting any responsibility whatsoever for their galactic scale of cheating.


    Sumthin needs done aboot it!

  29. Braw



    Just one point.



    I find your posts like a cryptic crossword.



    Difficult to interpret but so satisfying when you work it out :-)

  30. Turkey



    Apparantly the huns brought in a batch of Trotter inc blow up dolls. They left them in the toilet, then all hell broke loose when the dolls exploded, wrecking oor lavvies.

  31. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Italiabhoy, that’s as bad as the odious Mark Dingwall saying our reference to Ibrox as Castle Greyskull was done as a reference to the Ibrox Disaster in 1971.



    How he managed to work that one out is lost on me.

  32. I had a couple of quick looks at their FF site, and have had to dry my tears of laughter at numerous posts.


    During my long life ( almost 61 years), I have encountered numerous examples if gross hypocrisy by those clowns that I believe has been cascading down their marble staircase for many a long year into their hovel drinking dens, so in effect what I am saying that the gross hypocrisy is not just within their knuckle dragging support but also so called intelligent business men who sit in power.


    Anyway, many of their fans have stated since their mauling yesterday that they want Wobbly Warbo to change and/ or ” tweak” some things ? Many are calling for certain players to be dropped in favour of younger players ?


    Barton, Nico Krankie, Sendhimoff, are just 3 examples, with mentions for Clint over the Hill and Kiernan never to be seen again ? With the exception of the cheating Ned Garner, those aforementioned ” players” have ( if you wish to believe Wobbly Warbo), are in effect their biggest signings during his time there ?


    In the same breath those same fans who want those 5 signings dropped or discarded altogther , claim that they are right behind their manager ( some for the time being,), despite their manager being the main guy for signing those duds, and continually talking them up ?


    My reading of this is that in all my years their heads have never been so fecked up ? I believe I that they really are in danger in the very near future of self imploding unless things on the park change for the better very quickly, and I don’t think that’s about to happen anytime soon ? It also appears that Wobbly Weir ( who I assume coaches their four dud centre backs on a daily basis), seems to escape much criticism for some reason, perhaps he’s their next cheap option as manager ?


    I remember being in a pub in Duke St in the 1970’s with my mates after a Celtic game, and a few Huns came back to the pub after their game also . Rangers had not long signed Colin MacAdam brother of Tom, for £30,000 from Patrick Thistle ( I think,). It was obvious to the dugs in the street which club had got the better player, but the conversation turned to the signing of the dud Colin MacAdam.


    We were asking why they wouldn’t sign Catholics etc, and I asked this ” if Pele who happens to be a black man who is also a Roman Catholic was to offer his services to Rangers totally free as he always wanted to play for Rangers, but at the same time your other option was Colin MacAdam ,( transfer fee and salary involved ), which of the two would you take ” ?


    Their answer to a man ? …..why big Colin of course !


    My mates and just couldn’t stop laughing for some time.


    True story .

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