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If you are taken in by the change in who came second, more fool you

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After a season where our main central defender went on strike in August, our manager set about working his ticket, our main striker went off message with the manager, before the manager decided it was better to shuffle him off the premises on deadline day, and then the manager walked out on us, we appear to have won the league by the same nine point margin as last season.

We have seen some disruptive seasons in our time (although not recently), but this has to be up there with the 1993-94 season, when we sailed perilously close to administration.  This is what modern Celtic looks like when it is vulnerable.  Not quite imperious, but still a game away from the treble.

Everything else is just background noise.  We are eight-in-a-row champions, double treble winners and that could soon be treble treble winners.  Next season will be nowhere near as disruptive.  We will have a manager who wants to be here and players bursting a gut to do it on the park.

There is a stable and clear vision for the club, experience at delivering sustainable success that seems to be more imperious each passing year and money in the bank  to take us there.  If you are taken in by the change in who came second, more fool you.

It was a treat to watch Karamoko Dembele for 45 minutes yesterday.  He is small, how would he cope against grown men?  Quite well, as it turned out.  He has fantastic ability to change direction and great pace over 5 yards, talents that allows him to get away from opponents.

If he is as good as some hope, our place in the food chain will become evident soon enough, but we will enjoy watching him when he pulls on the hoops.

I got a text on Saturday evening, “7-1 in jeopardy”.  The FA Cup Final was on; this could only mean Man City were threatening to breach the British cup final record win.  62 years and counting.

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  1. What is the Stars on

    Bada

     

     

    I dont get the last line of your post ??

     

     

    has something terrible happened to me of which I am not aware ??

  2. Doesn`t look like The Hands is going to answer my question in response to his statement:

     

     

    `…we had a disastrous summer window (even going as far as to say that the last 3 windows have all been pretty bad).`

     

     

    and my question: ` In terms of the all important results,what was the effect of these dismal windows?`

     

     

    Anyone who shares The Hands` viewpoint care to answer?

     

     

    JJ

  3. Bada Bing

     

     

    BR bought two CB’s in Marvin Compper and Jack Henry in the twilight of Boyata’s contract so there was backing and planning.

     

     

    Just not a very good one CSC

  4. BSR

     

    That`s the trouble with planning ahead. It is only after `ahead` is behind that we know if our forward planning was good :-))

     

     

    JJ

  5. !!Bada Bing!! on

    BSR- I appreciate that B,but my point is the lack of forward planning, when we have players of high value who have no intention of staying, but it’s gone now, on the plus side, some very promising Bhoys coming through, Ralston, Johnston, Henderson, Dembele, as i said earlier, Turnbull at Motherwell looks a really good player. I don’t think the re-build is as big as some are saying, we need to get 7 or 8 out,as they are contributing nothing HH

  6. Reading some of the other blogs and seeing the Davie Moyes rumours, I wonder if the Board are opting for David Moyes as the Director of Football and Neil Lennon as the Head coach

     

     

    Is this possible?

  7. lambert14 on 20th May 2019 12:36 pm

     

     

    ….. we also have a massive downside of Lawwell still in situ….

     

     

    Yes, he remains in situ and look at the havoc he has wrought…

     

    All that guff about 8 titles in 8 years? Any other CEO would have won ten in that time.

     

    As for those over-hyped trebles, a CEO with any ambition wouldn’t have settled for anything less than quadruples.

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

    @ HOT SMOKED on 20TH MAY 2019 2:57 PM

     

     

    Just getting round to this now.

     

     

    Well, firstly, it is a poor perspective to take. Just because we managed to get by doesn’t mean that it validates that course of action. The objective is not to win the league on goal difference on the last day or let the gap narrow and narrow (then corrupt officials wield more influence).

     

     

    Secondly, I’m sure our poor window had an effect on our efforts to qualify for the CL. That is not to say that we would have been guaranteed entry had we bought (there are no guarantees), but I wage our chances would have been improved.

  9. P67

     

     

    Sorry but your analysis is dross — you probably thought the Maginot Line was a good idea or the future was Betamax.

     

     

    This is just smug, happy clappy, rose tinted glasses nonsense — I’m sure the captain of the Titanic felt the same.

     

     

    We will lose the league at some point in the near or far future.

     

    It will happen sometime — just a case of when.

     

     

    Regarding the when it — it will be more likely when we are in transition, lack leadership, waste serious money on exec bonuses and have given up in the transfer market relying on loan deals to fill an aging and declining squad.

     

     

    That is when we will fail so we are in no position to gloat about the future — bigging up a 16 year old is just shouting squirrel regarding our declining squad and hoping miracles will happen.

     

     

    We need a plan going forward, we need a growth agenda, we need people who are desperate to improve not wallow in self satisfaction and the failures of others. We need a world class coach who can transform the full club, we need a CEO who puts the club first and his ego second, we need a squad with football intelligence and multiple leaders who are winners.

     

     

    Consequently there is much to do.

     

     

    RD left us in a better position in 2016 than the two willy wavers have managed to deliver after 12 months of stagnation and rancour.

  10. Celtic football team stay at the weekend Dakota Hotel

     

    Our manager was in tennents in west end Saturday night

     

    Not with the team in the Dakota hotel

  11. HOT SMOKED on 20TH MAY 2019 1:44 PM

     

     

    It is a fact that Celtic is enjoying one of the the most successful periods in its history. 1967 was, of course, astonishingly successful season but for sustained success, the current time is a contender for our best ever period. Why, therefore, do quite a few posters continue to complain?

     

     

    *They’re hunterlopers, or just contrary tims.

  12. Good afternoon champions – just waiting for the taxi to the airport having spent 4 fabulous days at Disneyland Paris – talk about expensive – enough to make anyone TT

     

    Anyway on the manager front – my problem with Dyche and co is that primarily their main success has been keeping teams up – and their tactics and set up is to ‘not get beat’

     

    Maybe useful in Europe but maybe not a must win every week pressure

  13. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    WHAT IS THE STARS on 20TH MAY 2019 2:57 PM

     

    Bada

     

     

     

    I dont get the last line of your post ??

     

     

     

    has something terrible happened to me of which I am not aware ??

     

     

    ********

     

     

    Maybe he means the evening you met me in Dublin!

  14. not wanting to upset some, but whoever thinks than AR will make it with us at right back is living in cloud cookoo land.

  15. RON67 on 20TH MAY 2019 3:50 PM

     

    not wanting to upset some, but whoever thinks than AR will make it with us at right back is living in cloud cookoo land.

     

     

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    Best thing we can do is send him out on loan for a full season.

     

     

    I’d release Gamboa & Lustig. Sign O’Donnell from Killie (heading into the final year of his deal) and a marquee style RB.

  16. `not wanting to upset some, but whoever thinks than AR will make it with us at right back is living in cloud cookoo land.`

     

    Translated as: If you don`t share my opinion, you are a fool.

     

     

    I don`t have much confidence that young Ralson has what it takes but I have been wrong before.I thought Ronnie Deila was going to be very good.

     

     

    JJ

  17. TIMALOY29 on 20TH MAY 2019 4:00 PM

     

     

    Best thing we can do is send him out on loan for a full season.

     

     

    was sent out to livi for a season and failed to impress, he needs to move on and find his own level.

  18. Toljon and Burke are good examples of why it is wrong to assume that if Celtic spend a fair bit of money on players, we are bound to improve.

     

    Buying and selling are quite obviously not as simple as some seem to think.

     

     

    JJ

  19. Ron 67

     

    My Dundee United supporting mate thought he started very well with them then went off the boil.

     

    JJ

  20. TOMMIE20

     

     

    Is that reference to the weekend just there ?

     

     

    If so, I wouldn’t necessarily think there is anything wrong with that. Particularly off the back of trophy day. League campaign concluded.

     

     

    However, if the rumour is true. That Neil Lennon frequents the Tennents Bar too often. Then this is maybe where Neil’s case weakens.

  21. Hrvatski Jim on

    http://www.celticfc.net/news/16194

     

     

    Tonight there will be a special ‘adjournment debate’ in the House of Commons tonight, Monday, May 20, to discuss the great Billy McNeil.

     

     

    The debate, secured by Brendan O’Hara, SNP MP for Argyll and Bute, will discuss Billy’s contribution to Scottish, UK and European football, allowing MPs to pay tribute to one of football’s true iconic figures.

     

     

    The debate, which should take place around 10pm (but may be earlier) on Monday will also be available to view on this link:

     

    https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/89003b6d-9abc-4eff-a50f-7189ab36f354

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

    @ HOT SMOKED on 20TH MAY 2019 4:04 PM

     

     

    You can equally weigh up all the failed transfers that we spent next to no money on and see how successful they have been- not very.

     

     

    By all accounts both Burke and Toljan started well but have dropped out of the picture subsequent to BR’s departure. Up until that point, both didn’t look too bad.

  23. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Cup Final Tifo(s)

     

     

    As you will know, the Green Brigade have been fundraising to mark the 2019 Scottish Cup Final as we hope to produce something fitting of this historic occasion.

     

     

    Naturally, there will be another occasion on our minds on the 25th of May. As our current team bid to cement their own legacy, the Lisbon Lions will be cause of inspiration and none more so than the late Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers.

     

     

    With the two Celtic legends in mind, we ask the entire Celtic support to participate in a tifo which will honour both, creating a fixed wall of colour to drive our team on every step of the way to history.

     

     

    We ask that every fan wears the bib found at your seat from the moment you arrive and for the duration of the game; and stress the importance of full participation in order to achieve the desired effect.

     

     

    In addition to this, fans in the East Stand (traditional Celtic end) will find a second piece of material at your seat. As with most other tifos, we ask that you use this as the team emerges from the tunnel. Again, success relies on full participation – especially important here as there will already be a tifo beneath which the ‘2nd tifo’ should mask.

     

     

    As always, the Celtic support have rallied round our appeal and we thank you for your generosity. Between paypal donations and Sunday’s bucket collection, an impressive £12,052.78 has been raised to support the costs of the tifos. As promised, £1,967 will go to Alzheimer Scotland in memory of Billy and Stevie.

     

     

    On Saturday, we trust that the support will prove once again what sets us apart from the rest, as we produce a show of colour and noise both fitting of past heroes and deserving of current ones.

     

     

    Thank You

  24. RON67 on 20TH MAY 2019 4:02 PM

     

    TIMALOY29 on 20TH MAY 2019 4:00 PM

     

     

    was sent out to livi for a season and failed to impress, he needs to move on and find his own level.

     

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    Think you are getting mixed up. We sent him to Dundee United for half a season and he did well at an admittedly lower standard.

     

     

    We didn’t send him to Livi

  25. traditionalist88 on

    RUGGYGMAN on 20TH MAY 2019 4:05 PM

     

     

    However, if the rumour is true. That Neil Lennon frequents the Tennents Bar too often. Then this is maybe where Neil’s case weakens.

     

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    Here we go again.

     

     

    I didnt know there was a limit on how many times a man could frequent his local pub, which also serves food by the way, but apparently there is.

     

     

    I forgot, Neil is supposed to lock himself in his apartment and only come out for Celtic related activities.

     

     

    In modern times where everyone is walking around with recording devices in their pockets, if Neil was getting into bother you can bet it’d be all over the internet within a few minutes.

     

     

    I must’ve missed that.

     

     

    Next.

  26. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    this time last year the ole CQN Brains Trust would have looked at young Hoopslegend Ryan Christie and decreed that his time as a Celtic player was over, and he would never make it.

     

     

    Now , when fit, he’ll be one of the first names on the teamsheet.

     

     

    it’s amazin’ what a run of games will do for the confidence and self belief of a young player.

  27. DONTBRATTBAKKINANGER on 20TH MAY 2019 4:15 PM

     

     

    Absolutely.

     

     

    To be fair, Marvin Compper may be as good as Mats Hummels but we’ll never know until we see him!

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