Gerrard building his own gallows


I indulged in a bit of radio call-in listening last night to hear how the other side are dealing with their recent implosion.  Blame flows in all directions when aspirational clubs win nothing and perspective is difficult to find.

Steven Gerrard is in his second season as a manager, most of his players have won little or nothing in their careers.  As a club, this is only their second season playing two games a week for months on end.  Contrast this to Celtic, which has years of corporate learning ingrained into the fabric of Lennoxtown.

Celtic know what work to do at the margins to ensure players can deliver at the weekend as well as on European duty.  They learned this through many seasons of fine-tuning.  They know what training and rest is required, what nutrition works best and how to motivate players to continue to achieve.

It is usually fans who have not kicked a ball for decades that accuse players of not trying or caring enough when they suffer a bad result against a weaker team.  In fact, football is far more nuanced.  Players are not machines and never will be.  Get the preparation 10% wrong and even the best are liable to lose.

It is the manager’s job to know this and to find the words to explain what went wrong, while keeping an eye on the next challenge.  Steven Gerrard is not alone in expressing his despair at players’ inconsistencies, but in doing so, he is building his own gallows.  Leave that chat to those who only know how to shout from this sides, but know nothing about dominating an opponent on the field.

It has been a while, but you and I have seen things go wrong at Celtic, as they will do again.  When it happens, don’t be like Steven and his ‘The players are not good enough” fans.  Newco players are, in fact, performing well above reasonable expectations.  That they will forever struggle to win a trophy is not their fault.

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  1. The Onlooker on

    Young Billy Gilmour 18 yr old Man of the Match amongst the multi £ million players of Chelsea and Liverpool.



    From Wiki


    He was previously with R#####s, where he developed through the club’s academy and trained with the first team squad at the age of 15. He joined Chelsea in 2017 after turning down a professional contract with R#####s. He has represented Scotland at under-16, under-17 and under-21 levels.



    That must hurt the Zombies.



    The Onlooker

  2. !!Bada Bing!! on

    ONLYMALLONY on 3RD MARCH 2020 8:52 PM


    Young Billy Gilmour playing for Chelsea tonight is a cracking wee player. Will be playing for Scotland soon. Sevco fans must be gutted at losing him.



    But they will console themselves, with the £12 million sell on fee……….make it £15 million, he just got MOTM….

  3. FRITZSONG on 3RD MARCH 2020 9:09 PM


    An T



    I was at that Dundee game. Dundee were top of the league and that’s where they finished the season.



    Frank Brogan was on the wing and captain Billy headed a late winner.



    Bobby L scored a fine goal but the MIB penalised . him for excessive speed. He was never offside





    Your one lucky guy(seeing that decade in full)




    I was born that year,my first(hazy) memory goin was to see luggy coming back,never got In! Probably why philosophically I can handle the bad times as it’s been all downhill from there unfortunately :-)


    The lemon,what can you say? His speed was ferocious,those legs were a blur!


    I think Bobby was subject to the linesmans flag on countless occasions,you will for sure recall the 2nd leg ecwc at Enfield which denied Celtic A final spot at Hamdan.


    A breadth of history and goals to boot and having met him a couple of times a gent.


    Hope your good mate.



  4. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    A quick cross from the evening news showed Bobby scoring against the ” flying pig ” , the goal being chalked off and the resultant hail of bottles from the Celtic end.



  5. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.





    Just catching up now and saw your post from the last blog about


    fast Eddie and his Glesga ghal rushing back to Paris.


    I’ve just got this image in my head of Eddie totally besotted with


    a homeloving ghirl making toasted/roasted cheese butties while


    Ed plays with the weans in a garden in sunny Garngad.


    What? you think thats impossible?


    O.K maybe the sunny Garngad bit 8-)))))


    H.H . Mick



    ALMORE on 3RD MARCH 2020 9:33 PM




    As you will probably be aware , I don`t need an education on British crimes in Ireland.



    Over centuries.



    Did you read the books I recommended to you?



    Northern Ireland- The Orange State by Michael Farrell.



    Also, Labour in Irish History by James Connolly.




    I`m sure you don`t need an education about IRA crimes against innocent civilians .



    You are right , I don’t. And I would never promote wanton violence, whence it came.



    Which achieved precisely what ?



    Widespread revulsion.




    Catholics believe that the end never justifies the means.



    So do many others. Strange though that those who believed that imposing their will in a brutal, violent manner eventually realised that dialogue, negotiating & compromise could lead to peace.



    As an Irish republican, I’m glad that the conflict is over and that the oppressor has finally seen sense.

  7. HAMILTONTIM on 3RD MARCH 2020 7:04 PM


    TUESDAY 3RD MAY 1981





    I’m feeling exceptionally well today. (It’s only the third day, I know, but all the same I’m feeling great.) I had a visit this morning with two reporters, David Beresford of The Guardian and Brendan O Cathaoir of The Irish Times. Couldn’t quite get my flow of thoughts together. I could have said more in a better fashion.




    63 kgs today, so what?




    A priest was in. Feel he’s weighing me up psychologically for a later date. If I’m wrong I’m sorry — but I think he is. So I tried to defuse any notion of that tonight. I think he may have taken the point. But whether he accepts it, will be seen. He could not defend my onslaught on Bishop Daly — or at least he did not try.




    I wrote some notes to my mother and to Mary Doyle in Armagh; and will write more tomorrow. The boys are now all washed. But I didn’t get washed today. They were still trying to get men their first wash.




    I smoked some ‘bog-rolled blows’ today, the luxury of the Block!




    They put a table in my cell and are now placing my food on it in front of my eyes. I honestly couldn’t give a damn if they placed it on my knee. They still keep asking me silly questions like, ‘Are you still not eating?’




    I never got started on my poem today, but I’ll maybe do it tomorrow. The trouble is I now have more ideas.




    Got papers and a book today. The book was Kipling’s Short Stories with an introduction of some length by W. Somerset Maugham. I took an instant dislike to the latter on reading his comment on the Irish people during Kipling’s prime as a writer: ‘It is true that the Irish were making a nuisance of themselves.’ Damned too bad, I thought, and bigger the pity it wasn’t a bigger nuisance! Kipling I know of, and his Ulster connection. I’ll read his stories tomorrow.




    Ag rá an phaidrín faoi dhó achan lá atá na buachaillí anois. Níl aon rud eile agam anocht. Sin sin. (Translated this reads as follows: The boys are now saying the rosary twice every day. I have nothing else tonight. That’s all.)






    Thanks for sharing this as always my friend, inspiring from Bobby Sands

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    We wish Victor all the best for the future

  9. I hope the Bobby Sands Diaries extracts continue for many a year on CQN.



    They need not be accompanied by any apology for republican violence, anymore than Macjay or Melbourne Mick need to apologise for mistreatment of Aboriginals or GG has to constantly apologise for Native Americans and African slavery.

  10. !!Bada Bing!! on

    CELTIC are on the verge of agreeing a Scottish record kit deal with adidas.


    The Hoops’ current £25million-plus contract with New Balance runs out this summer.


    SunSport understands talks are ongoing over a long-term deal with adidas for even more cash.


    If concluded, it would be the biggest kit contract in Scottish football history

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ALMORE on 3RD MARCH 2020 10:08 PM



    Civilised response. Thank you .



    Never forget the past .Never ignore the past . Learn lessons from the past .Mourn the dead on both sides . And attempt to achieve reconciliation.


    Hence the visits of British Royals to Ireland.


    History books these days are written imho to appeal to a particular demographic. Therefore have a bias.


    Facts are the only worthwhile way to form an opinion. Hard to glean , but the true facts emerge in time.



    Allow me a wish. This is a crucial time in the history of Ireland. If there are any visionary politicians in Ireland , then they should seek to turn their gaze West to USA with its millions of genetic Irishmen and women and East to UK with smaller numbers , but just as loyal.


    In time , the border will take care of itself .


    Leo is not the man .

  12. macjay/AT



    know for a fact OldTim67 of this Parish was at Anfield that night.


    Don’t know if he was throwing the bottles, counting them, or collecting em.

  13. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    CELTIC MAC on 3RD MARCH 2020 10:35 PM



    There was an apocryphal tale at the time , that when Jock enquired about the Celtic cut of the gate , Bill Shankly told him to take it out of the deposit on the bottles.


    I attended the first leg at Celtic Park when the vista of European success started to emerge .


    Magical evenings .

  14. Melbourne Mick on




    I hope now we can get back to our original hoops top


    based on the 67 cup winners.


    H.H . Mick

  15. Melbourne Mick on




    I was there and witnessed hundreds of bottles being launched


    one by my normally placid, timid even, mhate, the anger was


    palpable because we knew we were being robbed.


    H.H . Mick

  16. Good evening friends. Adidas as our kit sponsor would be like a new signing! Always been my leisureaear if choice. HH

  17. macjay



    Sounds like Shanks. The thing is the final was at Hampden that year, and won by I think Borussia Dortmund. Cannot imagine what the crowd would have been like had Celtic made the final, probably something like that of the Leeds game four years later. And had we went on to win the Cup Winners Cup in 1966 would we have went on to win the Big Cup a year later?


    That said we wuz still robbed down in Liverpool.

  18. South Of Tunis on

    I was at Anfield .Officiating was dreadful..Never a free kick.Not offside .Ref was the epitome of a homer..Blootered wankers injuring fellow Celtic supporters -absolute pricks!.

  19. melbourne mick



    Can understand the sentiment at the time. Not condoning it. That was two Euro semi-finals we lost in two years, made up for it in 67 of course.

  20. macjay



    You did well to get to Elland Road. Our supporters club got precisely one ticket for the away game.


    Had a special meeting, held a wee raffle! As you do.

  21. MELBOURNE MICK on 3RD MARCH 2020 10:49 PM



    CELTIC MAC I was there and witnessed hundreds of bottles being launched one by my normally placid, timid even, mhate, the anger was palpable because we knew we were being robbed.



    *Bob Kelly always stated, and not in defense of our support, that bottle throwing started in the Kop that night.

  22. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    TONTINE TIM on 3RD MARCH 2020 11:18 PM



    Not the case.



    My big brother stood behind me as the bottles flew.



    At the 7-1 game.



    Don`t know about earlier .

  23. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    TONTINE TIM on 3RD MARCH 2020 11:18 PM



    My mate got the tickets . Don`t know how. Three of us drove down .


    Stayed overnight in Leeds .