Instant gratification and the road ahead


Instant gratification is no good for people, it gives our brains the wrong signals, but still, when it comes……….  Within 4 minutes of making his Celtic debut Daizen Maeda opened the scoring against Hibernian.  It was his first chance, his first proper involvement in play and pivoted the game away from Hibs, who should have already been ahead after Joe Hart and Josip Juranovic pondered in their six-yard box.

Such was the anticipation ahead of last night’s game that for some of us it brought back memories of Jorge Cadete’s debut against Aberdeen (delayed by maleficence at the SFA), or Paulo Di Canio’s against Kilmarnock the same year.  Maeda’s impact was every bit as clinical.  His 90 minutes was reminiscent of Kyogo; constant movement, gyroscopic balance, few touches and an outcome-determining performance.

If Maeda had a dream debut, Reo Hatate’s reached fantasy levels.  When we first heard of Reo he was operating as a left back, with the cursed title of a utility player.  The transformation he brought to Celtic’s play had to be seen to be believed.  His role was to create and then utilise space, the former achieved by perpetual movement, the latter by ranging passes that switched play and swiftly pushed Celtic forward.

As a consequence, it all looked too easy for Celtic.  They had options everywhere, a teammate in space, a forward pass tempting them into attack.  Hatate’s movement impacted what happened everywhere on the field.  It was a kind of omnipresence, even when he was 40 yards away (the limit of his distance from play), he was still consequential.

With so many playing their first game in over a month, the relenting pace of the first half could not continue.  Celtic reduced their pressing after the break and saw the game out.  With five substitutes available, it was curious that Ange Postecoglou waited until 74 minutes before brining on Yosuke Ideguchi, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Mikey Johnston.

Our third and final debutant of the night had a lot to live up to.  Yosuke adopted the No. 6 role at the back of the midfield, with Callum McGregor moving one place ahead for the remainder of the game.  He did enough to show comfort and competence on the ball, as Celtic subverted Hibernian hopes.

As I said above, instant gratification misleads our brains.  My brain has already extrapolated last night’s performance across the remainder of the season.  Let’s agree that at the very least, Celtic have embarked on an exciting road.

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  1. “The Hun at the till.”




    Hot Smoked……………….







  2. JD @ 9.48



    New main stand — 2016-18 we had everything in place to deliver such a project.


    CL football / ambitious manager / focus on growing the team.



    Things have regressed since but we are making good progress forward at the moment.


    AP — the one man army — please take a bow.



    Regarding costs — the first figure I saw for the new Liverpool main stand was £80mill.


    I haven’t seen any reports / figures that push it up to £110mill — however it would not surprise me.


    The budget for the new stand opposite the Kop — £80mill — does seem high for what they are trying to build.



    One thing about builds at Annfield is the lack of space — the budget would need to include property acquisition costs which we would not have.



    My thoughts were a major upgrade to 67K regular seats — nice round number — with room for an extra 10K seats in an attic level for high days and holidays — CL games / TFOD2.1 games / tourists.



    67K seats plus more hospitality / free pie seats = extra £10mill to £15mill in matchday revenue?


    10K seats in the attic @ £30 a pop = £2-3mill pa.


    Plus naming / conference / office / weekday income.


    Build my portal steel frame high …



    £100mill budget = £20mill cash investment and £80mill in bonds @ 3 / 4 / 5%.


    Public sector investment subsidy — there is a lot of it about.



    The waiting list is back — hopefully someone at the exec level can handle a growth agenda.



    The stadium concept is nearly 30 years old plus the main stand is over 50 years old — decrepit is where it is now at.



    We need to take things forward.

  3. Chairbhoy,



    Last night around 10pm.



    Celtic are not sectarian




    Rangers are sectarian




    Well, you would agree that to be sectarian it takes at least two communities?




    If Rangers are sectarian and Celtic aren’t, who are Rangers sectarian with?




    I never said Rangers are sectarian (some might argue they are but I didn’t say that). I said singing that you are up to your knees in the blood of another “tribe”, “community” or “faith” is sectarian. Equally, I am unsure if you can be sectarian “with” something. Should that not be sectarian against something?



    It does take two communities to be sectarian but both do not have to evidence sectarian behaviour. India’s struggle for independence largely evidenced that. As did the 30sand 40s in Europe.



    I still reject the definition of sectarian/sectarianism you sourced. I think the debate about the definition of “hun” and various interpretations of that word evidences the difficulty in obtaining a definition on subjective terms that all agree with.



    I would bet we cannot agree on a definition for “sanctimonious” but I’ll let you have last word if you want it. No more from me. I’m not even going to ask myself the hard questions you asked me to. I’m comfortable.

  4. Huns…………



    A collective description of those that choose to follow the various institutions that congregate around the Edmiston Folly.


    By their documented actions and kulchur they have and continue to define themselves.


    In both wider societal terms and with particular reference to the beautiful game they are and continue to be Scotland’s Shame.


    Their bigotry is a fault-line that can flow through an otherwise normal facade and apparently co-exist with other values that normal humanity would recognise.



    For aw that an aw that – a Hun’s a Hun, for aw that.

  5. I think we’re missing the most fundamental of questions, which is:



    Have you seen a handsome hun ?



    For the record:



    No. I haven’t seen a ******* one !



    Pass that one onto the GB drummer please. Or maybe don’t.







  6. The Wolf has gone to the Swans it appears. Jannes that is.



    Dead to me.



    But a new name emerges.



    Matt O’Riley of MK Dons.



    Seems we have a black book of transfer targets that sound like they can also run an Irish pub…




  7. That’s one of the best debuts i’ve seen in a while….Hetate reminded me of a younger version of Lubo .


    technically gifted ✔, use both feet ✔, vision ✔, can pick a pass ✔, has good energy and desire……what a find by big Ange.



    All our games now are big , we dont have room for dropped points (yet) , so happy they dropped points we just need to keep applying the pressure and hopefully reap the rewards.



    Great start to the week … 🟩⬜🟨☘⚽🍻

  8. prestonpans bhoys on



    19TH JANUARY 2022 10:30 AM


    PPB @ 9.54



    That’s very interesting, so the noun was stolen, well from the huns😂😂😂😂

  9. HOT SMOKED on 19TH JANUARY 2022 10:00 AM


    BIG JIMMY on 19TH JANUARY 2022 9:49 AM







    Many years ago,my brother and his mates used to call a Rangers supporting bartender in Montrose The Hun at the till.





    Hope your health improves soon enough.





    Anyway, golf time.





    Cheerio for now.




    I was wrong in my earlier Post ( A Till with a Hun) as my memory was playing tricks.


    On that day in my previous local Pub…I shouted out to the Bhoys the EXACT Words that you have Posted above in relation to the Hun Barman in Montrose.


    I had a funny ( or HUNny feeling) that my earlier Post was inaccurate, but your Post correctly reminded me.


    Cheers mate.





    Big Jimmy@9:29


    Adding another historical note, the term Hun was attributed to the Germans in the First World War for their atrocities in Belgium. Calling them marauding hordes, rings well with the mob out of the bigot dome!!






    Did the term Hun which was given to those who follow Rangers 1872-2012 and now Sevco not come from a headline in a newspaper in England (Leeds, Burnley?) after a pre season friendly when they sacked the town and the local mayor was quoted in the newspaper as saying ‘like a band of marauding Huns coming across the border’.

  11. MADMITCH on 19TH JANUARY 2022 11:02 AM



    AP — the one man army — please take a bow.





    AP will probably add Stadium Development to his current remit !

  12. What is the Starz on

    Attila….a much maligned man ….???




    He called himself flagellum Dei, the scourge of God, and even today, 1,500 years after his blood-drenched death, his name remains a byword for brutality. Ancient artists placed great stress on his inhumanity, depicting him with goatish beard and devil’s horns. Then as now, he seemed the epitome of an Asian steppe nomad: ugly, squat and fearsome, lethal with a bow, interested chiefly in looting and in rape.



    His real name was Attila, King of the Huns, and even today the mention of it jangles some atavistic panic bell deep within civilized hearts. For Edward Gibbon—no great admirer of the Roman Empire that the Huns ravaged repeatedly between 434 and 453 A.D.—Attila was a “savage destroyer” of whom it was said that “the grass never grew on the spot where his horse had trod.” For the Roman historian Jordanes, he was “a man born into the world to shake the nations.” As recently as a century ago, when the British wanted to emphasize how barbarous and how un-English their opponents in the First World War had grown—how very far they had fallen short in their sense of honor, justice and fair play—they called the Germans “Huns.”

  13. Behind the Paywall…



    Celtic closing in on deal to sign Matt O’Riley from MK Dons


    By Stuart James and Peter Rutzler



    January 19, 2022Updated 11:16 AM GMT




    Celtic closing in on deal to sign Matt O’Riley from MK Dons.



    Celtic are closing in on a deal to sign Matt O’Riley from MK Dons for £1.5 million, The Athletic understands.



    The 21-year-old, who moved to the League One club from Fulham last January, is expected to join Ange Postecoglou’s side in the next couple of days.



    A former England youth international, O’Riley has attracted interest from clubs across Europe and in the Championship, where Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City were both strongly linked with the attacking midfielder.



    With seven goals and five assists to his name for MK Dons this season, O’Riley has been one of the standout players in League One.



    Fulham are due a sizeable sell-on fee, understood to be as high as 50 per cent, as part of the compensation settlement that was agreed when O’Riley signed for MK Dons last January.



    O’Riley had spent the previous six months training with MK Dons after rejecting the chance to stay at Fulham, where he had been since the age of eight.



    So, what can Celtic expect from O’Riley?



    After spending six months without a club during the height of the pandemic, O’Riley is thriving at MK Dons.



    O’Riley profiles as something of an all-action midfielder who comes alive in the middle and final third.



    The right-footed midfielder has seven goals and five assists to his name, with his distribution, finishing and dribbling all catching the eye this season.



    O’Riley enjoys taking shots on, registering 40 shots so far in his 26 league appearances, and is a key part of MK Dons promotion-chasing form — with him on the pitch, they average 1.77 points per match and are 0.58 goals per 90 minutes better off.

  14. O’Riley having medical…






    Allegedly a top talent…..and a Tom Rogic replacement (CAM), with an all-action twist…




  15. I wonder who was the muppet who updated his wiki entry?


    Erse wipe of the highest order — immaturity off the scale.

  16. Reading McCallums , The Glasgow Irish , Celtic and the Great War.



    Several references in song, chant, articles, Man In the Know of supporters referencing the others as Huns.


    I suppose at the time it was as insulting as one could get, and it went in both directions.



    Matt O’Riley is 1.87 Metres





    That’s a worrying loss of a centimetre from his listed height.



    Appears to be shrinking for the jersey.



    It’s a no from me.







  18. Thanks for the comments and replies – I’m out of isolation today woo-hooo



    So apologies for my stir crazy ramblings…



    Couple quick ones before I disappear…



    ERNIE LYNCH @ 9:34 AM,



    Well yes, it seems pretty confused. If Rangers supporters are Huns then all must be Huns



    To say decent Rangers supporters aren’t Huns and things like the Hearts are mini Huns, it is derogatory at best and bigotted at worse.



    The word is banned on many platforms and I don’t use it.



    However if we stuck to your point and it was solely for Rangers supporters and incorporated all Rangers supporters then the fholk who say it is fine to use would have a coherent point.



    MPSHANKS @ 11:18 AM,



    The fact is the sectarian issue in Scotland is confused because the Scottish Establishment refuse to acknowledge it.



    You then have a situation where they only deal with things that are illegal or unlawful. It gives a highly skewed view of what sectarianism is and as SFtBs alluded to last night gives us strange outcomes like the OBaF bill.



    They wanted to tackle it but weren’t prepared to do it properly and deal with organisations like the OO, so they picked on football in general and the OF in particular.



    The thing is the Celtic support had cleaned up their act with songs of hate. Rangers hadn’t, many of their songs and chants were already illegal on a bigotry or racist basis.



    Celtic support seen this Bill as a “levelling up”.



    However no matter how confusing they make sectarianism in Scotland, how they brush it under the carpet Scotland’s shame remains. Yet sectarianism is what it is and many of the songs the GB sang on Monday were sectarian.



    Hail Hail

  19. ‘Let’s be meek to them-


    And turn the other cheek to them


    And try to bring out their latent sense of fun.


    Let’s give them full air parity-


    And treat the rats with charity,


    But don’t let’s be beastly to the Hun.’



    Could have been written for the Celtic Board and Der Kaiser.




  20. Suggestion that the fee for O’Riley is so low because of a buy-out clause in his contract. MK Dons fans are saying that makes sense because he’s worth much more than that (although they would say that)



    They’re sad to see him go, they won’t be able to him replace

  21. He left Fulham under freedom of contract at 19 having made 11 apearances for them in all competitions



    Certainly not a story of failure

  22. BANKIEBHOY1 @11.18



    Well said, and so sadly, very true.


    The ARE a national disgrace, always have been, always will be, but as you eluded to , they are the establishment, and there is not a lot we can do about it. That is, win the league and ram their bigotry up their jaxi



    I understand there is to be a public enquiry as to why the hunscum were not awarded a penalty in the last few minutes. Fenian ref anyone , and don’t you just love Broony




  23. The hun it is suggested follows the new club



    The hun it is suggested follows the now dead club,


    So called after marauding huns trashed Wolverhampton,Leeds and and Birmingham



    The hun in the years following ww1 was so called as anyone rebelling/fighting against empire generally was called a hun,as Stivs points out.



    There is a more ancient term of use of hun and that was generally as a term of abuse for the planted population who switched their following from one royal household to one based from Saxe Coburg(pre unified germany-the windsors)



    Enjoying the haver about sectarianism.



    In this country the government force is westminster.


    Like its Scottish counterpart nothing has been done.


    Education is the answer




  24. Hatate – McGregor – O’Riley






    Turnbull – Guchi – Rogic



    Very nice.



    Very nice indeed.




  25. Always sensible to be cautious with signings who excel in the third tier – it looks like Ivan Toney found his level in the championship, but O’Reilly at 21 has plenty of time to develop further.

  26. I think Toney has done well at Brentford. Not as many goals but great work rate and rave reviews from media commentators



    we seem to be overloading on midfielders; doesn’t look good for McCarthy. Will he be a new Bobo?

  27. McCarthy is the absolute anathema of what Angeball is about.



    Feel for him and he needs to leave. An obvious DD production.



    Soro had the legs but also the brain of the scarecrow.