Glasgow City Council predatory act on Celtic fans


There are a few takeaways from Saturday’s straightforward win over Airdrie in the Scottish Cup.  We are still missing penalty kicks.  Those of us who were around last time we met Valencia in 2001 have a nervous reaction at the thought of facing the same side later this month, where the outcome could again be determined from 12 yards.

It is a while since we last failed to win a domestic trophy, but on that occasion we exited the Scottish Cup on a penalty kick competition.  This remains the most likely chance anyone has of denying Celtic a trophy and should be regarded as a priority at training.  We have a month before the second leg against Valencia, let’s be prepared.

Scott Sinclair should have had a hat-trick.  His penalty miss was followed by a chance from inside the six yard box before an open goal.  This was an identikit of the chance Kris Ajer missed late in the game against Salzburg – a knee-high cross is met but the player cannot keep the ball down.  Poor technique, but this outcome is common, so it is not as bad a miss as it looks.

With the outcome settled, the North Stand assistant referee raised his flag to deny Scott, despite two Airdrie defenders playing him onsite.  There was nothing malicious in this, it was just rank bad officiating and a timely reminder that our game is not run in a sufficiently competent manner.

It feels churlish to complain after winning 3-0 but you know a similar decision is likely to cost us next time.

Oliver Burke didn’t look like a centre forward (which he is not).  Timothy Weah did.  His movement marked him out even before his cool finish.  He will do well in Glasgow.

Glasgow City Council are trying to make it very difficult for most of us to get to Celtic Park in future.  They have proposed a 1 mile parking exclusion zone around the stadium.  This means the nearest you will be able to park is 1 mile away, the majority of us will have significantly farther to walk to and from the game.  If you approach the stadium from the east along London Road, this means the nearest car will be able to park at the entrance to St Peter’s Cemetery.

A few points on this:

Celtic Park is not catered for by public transport on match days in anything like the volumes required to remove thousands of people from the area.

Despite this, Glasgow City Council insist that fans must use public transport to attend Celtic Park after they remove parking facilities.

They have refused to offer any explanation as to how this could be achieved, or to facilitate additional public transport.

Forcing people to walk many miles to and from Celtic Park will only displace parking problems to a different area of the city.

It will mean people have to arrive at their parking spot up to an hour earlier and will reach their cars after the game an hour later than is currently the case – increasing the on-street parking burden for a new set of residents.

After Friday, it will be too late to object.  You have until 5pm on 25 January to email:

…advising the Council that their plans are inappropriate and will cause significant problems to you, other road users and residents.

Other stadiums in the city are served by public transport, including underground stations.  This is a predatory attack on people attending Celtic Park, please consider objecting before it is too late.

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  1. BSR- Beginning to think our business is done,if we don’t win this league, heads should roll.

  2. BSr


    `IMHO he’s preparing the support for more disappointment.`



    What kind of support needs to be prepared for an outcome which does meet with their demands?

  3. Celtic will be without Olivier Ntcham for another week or so according to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.



    The Frenchman pulled a hamstring in the first day of the Dubai training camp and has been unable to train since

  4. ‘Rodgers looking to strengthen Celtic in a number of areas’





    But enough about the Boardroom..



    Agree heads should roll if the league is lost.


    But i think we already have the personnel to win it and just need to utilize the properly and even the best efforts of sfa,refs and mssm will fail.


    Like Brendan i think we should sign quality but squad fillers are not what we need as they stifle youth development and undermine morale.


    What we need most is a better application and focus by players and coaches.

  6. Guys,



    The question is whose head should roll if we don’t get eight.



    We already massively dwarf the competition in regards, infrastructure, facilities, player pool, wages and attendances.



    Hail Hail to all.

  7. Bada Bing



    Deadline day late bid to get Dedryk Boyata before summer aside, we’re not buying a CB with


    Bitton, Ajer, Hendry, Lustig, Simunovic, Benkovic and Boyata all ready to play there.



    So any business will be last minute bonus stuff.



    The RB situation has Ralston Lustig and Gamboa all “quality “ RB’s in the Celtic way, very little


    chance of ‘genuine quality’ in the last few days of a January window, just like the summer window before.



    Further thoughts when the window slams shut. CSC

  8. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    @ FAN-A-TIC on 21ST JANUARY 2019 5:10 PM



    We need to replace the quality lost in the summer: Dembele, Roberts and Armstrong and to address weaknesses that have been known for a while and are now being exploited.



    I think that between Bayo, Weah and Burke, we have strengthened our attack, although there are still rumors of a further attacker coming in.



    However, we desperately need a first choice RB. Given that KT could be out for another month, we are going to be playing Ralston and Izzy at full back against Valencia.

  9. HOT SMOKED on 21ST JANUARY 2019 5:06 PM


    Bada @ 5:02







    I am surprised that you would write such a post.










    Jim- record breaking income,sold out season tickets, yet a shambolic Summer Window, a couple of loans and a project this Window. A very poor huns team level on points, throwing everything at it,irrespective of where they are getting the money from.Throw in the collusion from Hampden and the referees,we have a fight on,which has been of our own making, mainly due to very poor away form,but remember we have plenty of money in the bank. Would you be ok with such a crap hun team overtaking us? HH

  10. RON67 on 21ST JANUARY 2019 5:16 PM


    has Vakoun Issouf Bayo been granted his work permit yet? in not, why the delay.







    I think they reject it then we appeal and win. Thats the way it works i believe.

  11. HS @ 5.03



    The internet Celtic support.



    All moaners waiting on fag packet economics to take over the club.



    The kind of supporter that wants four players at £5M outgoings = £20M Moussa Dembele income.



    There’s fousands of em CSC



    p.s. Marvin Compper gets a conservative 16K per week even with more fag packet stuff, its not difficult to


    see where the ‘missing’ millions go.




  12. glendalystonsils on

    FAN-A-TIC on 21ST JANUARY 2019 5:10 PM



    Agree absolutely. The league is ours to lose , not for Sevco , kilmarnock or anyone else to win , provided we do our job.


    On 29th , Sevco beat a Celtic team weakened by sickness and injury . However, their whole vile organisation pulled out every stop they could to get that win . Gerrard had his players fired up to win every physical battle knowing that the referee/fan in charge would let his team exceed what was legal. Their board tried to give them an edge by excluding all but a token amount of Celtic supporters. A concerted effort by them to do what they felt , had to be done.


    We have the rest of the season to make sure we do what has to be done.

  13. HOT SMOKED on 21ST JANUARY 2019 4:44 PM







    If that is an accurate account, it is dreadful.


    We will soon no more about it. The MSSM will not let such an opportunity go unexploited





    My mate in work as is an Airdrie supporter and he went with his ten year old son to the game.


    He told me of the trouble blow by blow and sadly that’s how it happened.



    Yep, we have our share of hooligans too.HH

  14. We will focus and win eight. And there should be no huns @ Paradise apart from their players.



    Signs should go up before the game : Keep off the grass et al ”




  15. Sipsini- after the crush fiasco, i think we are being set up by the police here, i walk past that area every home game, never seen fans being stopped there,except when the huns were crossed over the road there.Absolutely no reason to stop them on Saturday HH

  16. I offer absolutely no excuse if our fans behaved like hooligans. But let’s look further before we condemn.


    Possibly the genuine Airdrie fans were caught up with the facist thugs that appeared on our streets with the sole purpose of aggression, agro and intimidation.




  17. prestonpans bhoys on

    Why did the police stop the Airdrie fans in Kinloch St especially if they were mostly weans?



    I think Valencia tie is no more than a money spinning venture.


    We are not good enough as a team at this level so having an inexperienced right back won’t make much difference to our struggles against higher level teams


    Dembele had not played much in his last six months so that area was a concern but hopeful Weah,Bayo and Burke will improve us in forward area.


    Ww have a plethora of midfielders and i think the problem is not the players but the coaches seem unsure of how to use them.


    To many times this season our midfielders seem to lack clarity in their role.


    Ryan Christies headless chicken routine on Saturday being a prime example.


    There needs to be a better focus on our systems /formations and individuals roles within them.


    Of course signing better quality players would help but the coaches need to improve on their first half of the season’s performance.

  19. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    !!BADA BING!! on 21ST JANUARY 2019 4:53 PM


    Re the incident on Saturday, after the cruch fiasco,i think we are being set up by the police here.





    Bada – was thinking that very thing myself. I wonder what answer the Airdrie Trust will get.






  20. Stairheedrammy on

    Re Saturdays incident. Airdres right wing hooligan mob made no secret that they were coming for a battle and that they were bringing SDL and EDL mates with them. They did that, rampaging through the Barras. News of this spread to Tims at the ground and I guess some responded to the Fenian b taunts coming from young and old in the wider Airdrie support. We also have supporters who relish a rumble and they seem to have joined in, and as expected most of those arrested are likely to have been ours. The Airdrie and English hooligans are as teflon coated as a blue nose lavvy wrecker.

  21. Just listening to Owen Coyle podcast there.


    According to Owen, we were very interested in signing Kyle Lafferty, Peter Lawell haggled with Burney over the fee and then Rangers came in later and offered what Burnley were asking.


    Hail Hail



    In this case penny-pinching Pete got it right.


    That hun would have sullied the jersey.

  23. BSR


    Don’t you mean the taxpayer paid a tenner for every Celtic fiver?


    They don’t like to pay for anything.

  24. Fan a tic 6.25.


    That’s what I was thinking.


    Kyle bleep Lafferty, that’s one I’m glad we didn’t get over the line.


    Hail Hail

  25. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Loving the irony of someone who posts under the name of a British war criminal getting upset at supporters singing Irish ballads and songs of defiance :D))))



    That was when they paid a tenner for every Celtic fiver



    So not only did they die with that policy, it stopped us signing Lafferty, that has to be good news.


    Hail Hail

  27. Did the police do their job on Saturday and quell potential trouble at the point of contact. ? Or were they too concerned and relient on camera work and follow up tactics?






    Ps : Just opened a fortune cookie at our local Chinese ” Put brain in gear before opening mouth ” Hmmmmmmmm.

  28. Good morning from a frigid but sunny southern Ontario, since I widnae even send a hun out in this weather I’m going tae comment on a couple of items that arose over the weekend.



    I wrote with fervency of how VAR works over here in the NFL, however honest mistakes do happen and this weekend in both playoff games was laden with them and none more so than in the Saints/Rams game.



    Saints Tommy Lee Lewis was victim of a helmet-to-helmet hit from Rams Nickell Robey-Coleman well before Drew Brees’ third-and-10 pass could even get to him.



    Now a catch may not have ensured the new set of downs that would have allowed New Orleans to salt the clock away and kick a game-winning field goal as time round down, the pass interference call Robey-Coleman’s hit clearly constituted certainly would have.



    Instead, no flag, 4th down, Lewis was shocked; Head coach Sean Payton was shocked, Robey-Coleman, even, was shocked.



    Instead, the Saints kicked their field goal and gave the ball back to the Rams, who kicked an equalizer of their own, sent the game into overtime, and drilled a 57-yard kick to advance to Super Bowl 53, thanks, in no small part, to a completely botched no-call on clear pass interference.



    Now this is huge, it was aired on the political networks right after the game where the former mayor of New Orleans stated they were robbed, still doing the rounds this morning, there was even VMS signs on the city’s highways highlighting it.



    Next up is Huddersfield/Man City, the latters 2nd goal 2 players, Sane who crossed the ball and Sterling who scored were both offside as the initial ball was played.



    It didn’t make any difference to the final score but the commentary team called it border line, horse manure well offside the pair of them. Honest mistake or just incompetence?



    Oh and while I’m here the day before in the early game the Portuguese Stephen Flecher was sent tae the stands for celebrating his side’s 93rd minute winner, and has now been charged with misconduct which he rightly accepts. Hmmm saw Klippetey doing that a couple of weeks ago against the Toffees and it was just seen as exuberance.



    For those that are excitedly looking forward to VAR, would that have stopped the hostile Bankie goalie fae physically and verbally abusing our players, would it have prevented the useless linesman fae only puting his flag up after the ball was in the net and when the same goalie and his mates raised their hands in what might have been the distress signal. Would it have prevented the bbd (bigot bus driver) fae calling in an amateur mitb and requesting their game be postponed while the team were still in embra. Latest squirrels are they had a bug and he only had one kit with him.

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