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Let’s be clear: Dundee are in their best form in years and are more than capable of taking something from Celtic tonight.  They also have the incentive of catching Dundee United, who have collapsed since Celtic dismantled them recently.  If there is any sort of Hampden hangover, we’ll not win the game.

What I expect is the cup-tied pair of Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong to return to the side and give fresh impetus.  I also expect Dundee to suffer the most outrageously unfair refereeing decision seen outside of Hampden in years; proof (cough), if it was needed, that referees don’t only make mistakes against Celtic.

If Leigh Griffiths collides with Scott Brown inside the Dundee box, Celtic will be awarded a penalty.  These are our expectations of the Scottish game.

I bear no ill-feeling towards Josh Meekings. He stuck his hand up to stop a ball instinctively. I’ve done the same, a moment later you’re looking at your hand wondering, ‘Why did I do that?’ So I felt the player being suspended was a bit harsh. Then I saw him posing with his ‘trophy’ hand. Stuff him.

My only dispute with the SFA is that their rules allow retrospective action when a referee has not seen an incident. Mr McLean saw everything, but was persuaded not to act.

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  1. Well said Paul, we need to be at it from the start tonight, and yes fully expect a pen and red card against Dundee

     

     

    Would start all 3 of Armstrong Stokes and GMS – Johansen Commons and co looked shattered

  2. If Celtic receive an unmerited or unfair penalty I would hope we would put it wide and make it obvious we are doing so.

     

     

    If we want fairness we have to show it as well.

     

     

    LB

  3. Brogan Rogan:

     

     

    Please correct me if I’m wrong because like a lot of others I don’t speak ‘lawyer speak’ and I am totally confused as to the status of Resolution 12. So am I correct in thinking/saying that the Celtic PLC are not actively working on Resolution 12, in fact, Celtic PLC has hung Resolution 12 in the ‘limbo for a very long stay, possibly forever’ closet, because for just whatever reason?

     

     

    Was this a result of the Resolution 12 being withdrawn and by withdrawing it was that – in company law – the end of it?

     

     

    In withdrawing Resolution 12 did that kill it as far as the ‘PLC’ was concerned (legally) or is Resolution 12 a Timmy zombie?

     

     

    Was Resolution 12 raised again at a following AGM and brought out of ‘limbo’?

     

     

    Is it just a collective of individuals, who are shareholders, acting as the original group of signatories to the resolution as a whole/ or a select few of the original signatories who are pursuing the aims of the withdrawn Resolution 12:

     

     

    (1) In conjunction with Celtic PLC

     

    (2) Not in conjunction with Celtic PLC

     

    (3) Not in conjunction with Celtic PLC but with the covert assistance and guidance of Celtic PLC

     

    (4) Not in conjunction with Celtic PLC but the board reserve the right to be sleekit and Machiavellian whilst others do all the digging at their expense.

     

    (5) Not in conjunction with Celtic PLC and explicitly against the wishes of Celtic PLC.

     

     

    The Boards Response to Res 12:

     

     

    The Board is committed to protecting and promoting the interests of the Company, having regard to, among other things, the principles of fairness and sporting integrity.

     

     

    Having regard to those interests and principles, the Board monitored the developing situation at Rangers Football Club carefully. The Company maintained a consistent position that the circumstances should be considered by the football authorities and the matter dealt with fairly and proportionately. This position was made clear to the football authorities, including the Scottish FA.

     

     

    The Company received assurances from the Scottish FA regarding the Club Licensing process for Season 2011/12 at the time. The Board considers that it took appropriate steps to protect the interests of the Company.

     

     

    The Board will continue to take steps to protect and promote the interests of the Company. The Company participated in the restructuring of Scottish football and will continue to monitor the development and effectiveness of governance systems.

     

     

    The Board remains committed to a strategy that promotes and protects the interests of the Company and does not rely on any other club. That stand alone strategy has been successful, as demonstrated by the robust results for the year to June 2013 and encouraging start to the current year.

     

     

    In the circumstances the Board considers the resolution to be unnecessary and recommends that you vote against it.

     

     

    The Celtic Trusts response:

     

     

    Proposal 12 was withdrawn by the proposers, who were not the Celtic Trust, as some out there appear to think. We supported the motion and allowed the proposers to use our experience and expertise to bring it to the table but – we were as surprised as most – of those present when it was withdrawn. It would appear that a deal had been struck to refer this matter to another time and place. We will await further developments but not whilst holding our breath.

     

     

    I think Celtic Supporters, whether they are shareholders or not, whether they are season ticket holders or not, should be allowed to ask valid questions about their own concerns for the future wellbeing of their club and never, ever, talked down to, or be taken for granted, by the PLC, or any agent of the PLC,.

     

     

    That would be conducive of the Celtic way.

  4. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Paul – we may well get a dodgy penalty, but only if we are three ahead at the time!

  5. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Keetings ban is correct as he violated the basic rules of football. Muir & Mc Lean shld demoted to the Ayrshire league for a season for gross incompetence. Muir can be clearly seen shouting “hands hands and the other officials totally ignore him.

  6. Not a chance of getting anything tonight,opposite in fact,anything to give the Sheep a wee hand.

  7. its my birthday today so celtic have to win!!

     

     

    recent exploits on 22nd April include Naka’s free kick to win the league in the last minute at rugby park and the trophy presentation against hearts in martin o’neill’s first season in charge.

     

     

    a lot to live up to but I’ll settle for 3 points tonight

  8. Afternoon all.

     

     

    Been away for 24 hours or so. Just come on to say that the Sports Person on Radio Scotland early today really hates us. He was choking over the events at Hampden. He was barely able to stop himself vilifying us on air. Hurting hun of the first order.

  9. Hi Paul67,

     

     

    The fact is GMS and young Armstrong make this Celtic team play like a different side.

     

     

    We missed them on Sunday.

     

     

    We have had a heavy schedule and I couldn’t see what advantage our fitness levels gave us on Sunday. The team look fatigued, hope we can score some early goals to take the pressure off.

     

     

    Like you I feel for Meekings, to loose out on a Cup Final must be heart breaking.

     

     

    The repercussions of referees not doing their job properly are various – when the officials get too smart and too self important we are in a world of unintended consequences.

     

     

    Hope Mr McLean will have learned even he’s fallible next time he envisages that Omission Bell ringing!

     

     

    Hail Hail

  10. livibhoy

     

     

    12:30 on 22 April, 2015

     

     

    Make it obvious beforehand nominate Forrest as the selected penalty taker

  11. Come SFA….supply the tapes – all the officials were mic’d up to each other…so SOMEONE knows exactly what was said & when. What happened to transparency ?

     

     

    Justice must not only be done it must be SEEN to be done…..

     

    What action has been tanked against the SIX officials who did not see the incident, nor thought it worthy of consultation ???

     

     

    Clock ticking SFA

  12. Bada Bing

     

     

    Used to be mhate. Loved it but left to become a lecturer at uni. Then didn’t!

     

     

    MrBennCSC

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  13. Josimar

     

     

     

     

    12:41 on

     

     

    22 April, 2015

     

     

     

     

    its my birthday today so celtic have to win!!

     

     

    recent exploits on 22nd April include Naka’s free kick to win the league in the last minute at rugby park and the trophy presentation against hearts in martin o’neill’s first season in charge.

     

     

    a lot to live up to but I’ll settle for 3 points tonight

     

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    Happy Birthday dude. It is my birthday tomorrow, so, yes…a win would be really, really nice.

  14. Why would anybody feel sorry for Meekings , he is a professional football player who knows the rules of play. He used his hand/arm deliberately to prevent a goal being scored and should at the time have been red carded so had they won he would have missed the final anyway.

     

    Instinctive reaction is rubbish , he watched the flight of the ball and knew when Griff headed it was going to be a goal. He committed deliberate foul play and denied Celtic a cup final place.

     

    He is now being brought to account.

     

     

    H H

  15. spiritof67

     

     

    Totally agree 100% no arguement. But if the official had not cheated there would be no need for all this. We would have been in the final not his team.

  16. Bada

     

     

    Cheers bud. Did it originally 20 years ago. Training with a dead leg. Too keen.

     

     

    It’s been fine for years.

     

    Can’t wait to be normalish again!

     

     

    Best football birthday for me.

     

    Cocktails in TGIs. Opening of new stand. Then back into town for posh dinner – Szechuan beef at the Canton Express on sauchiehall St.

     

     

    Classy amn’t I ??!!??

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  17. I don’t feel sorry for the Inverness player at all. Instinctive or not, he still gained his club a massive advantage by an act of foul play and deserves to be punished/

     

     

    If the officials had done their job he wouldn’t be playing in the final anyway – nor would any of his team mates.

  18. gordon_j backing neil lennon

     

     

    That’s Spocklike in its logicality. It’ll never catch on in scotland!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  19. I would think of those headsets where taped you should be able to hear what was said?

     

    But are theyted, and if so why are they not being made public? As I said if they are not no problem, but if they are?

  20. Anyone point me in the direction of any post prior to last Wednesday bemoaning the fact Celtic were forced to play a midweek game whereas ICT had a free week

     

    When you strip away all the sense if victimhood that has been spouted on here the last few days….from what I can gather Celtic like a number of posters on here thought that they only had to turn up on Sunday and the treble was in the bag

  21. livibhoy

     

     

    12:30 on 22 April, 2015

     

    If Celtic receive an unmerited or unfair penalty I would hope we would put it wide and make it obvious we are doing so.

     

     

    If we want fairness we have to show it as well.

     

     

    LB

     

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    I get where your coming from mate but would respectfully disagree. We won’t change the environment we operate in by self-harming.

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