King demotivates ahead of semi


I suppose we should thank Dave King for starting the week of the Scottish Cup semi-final between Celtic and Newco with a statement discussing the Newco manager’s position, “on the managerial front I emphasise that the board fully recognises the need for sustained stability in this area of the club.


“Whoever is appointed must be able to meet the unique challenges of managing Rangers [sic.] and ensuring immediate success.”

The last thing a manager wants ahead of a big game is discussions about his position from his chairman.  Poor Graeme is a lame duck and no one in his squad will be under any doubt about this after today.

Celtic got past 10-man Hamilton in a pedestrian manner yesterday, but must now up their pace ahead of the semi-final.  Last month we talked about the Morton Scottish Cup quarter-final being more important than the trip to Ibrox a week later.  By any measure, Sunday’s semi is one of the biggest games of the season.

A lack of concentration (as we saw yesterday) or a few mistakes and all the good work put into winning a consecutive treble will be undone.  We struggled against this lot at Celtic Park in December and needed heroics to beat them at Ibrox last month.  We have been unable to boss them the way we did last season, or in our visit to Ibrox in September.

In short, if you think we have a God given right to reach the final, you are wrong.  We should be grateful for any demotivational Dave King mutterins going.

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  1. we better get fired right intae these cheating bassas on Sunday.


    I hope Brendan gives a pre match speech similar to Al Pacino in any given Sunday and the players are out the blocks right away.






    D. :)

  2. The only reason the SFA incompetents are bricking it is if Hibs beat us then they can do nothing about us winning the league against the deedies and at the same time giving Oor Neil a leg up to second place!

  3. Delaneys Dunky on




    The ideal scenario would have the huns to have finished in the bottom 6. The post split fixtures would have been out by now.

  4. Post split last season we were still on the ole invincible run and I’m sure all of us wanted that to last right through to Cup Final day, which it did.


    This season I (ahem) wouldn’t be too bothered about dropping points to Aberdeen or Hibs. I’m NOT saying I want us to, just that I wouldn’t be too bothered.


    Just win the league, Celtic then factor in some rest time for our ‘stars’ before signing off with a double treble.


    Goodnight and sleep tight!

  5. Delaneys,


    just think some poor bhoy will end up in hospital,or worse if we win the league against them

  6. mike in toronto on




    Normally, I would agree with you … but, right now, we aren’t playing well enough to rest anyone.



    BR should be telling everyone that, if they want to be in the cup final, they better start playing like they deserve a starting place …beginning this weekend .


    Sunday is a strange one.



    They have had their wee bubble burst. Motivating the Celtic players will be a challenge.



    Something like a KT goal or a foul on one of our players could just be enough to get the Celtic out their slumbers.



    Lots of talk about selection too ?



    Get Moussa and the Griff on imo. Chances are theyll hit us early and press high. A few clearances with two forwards is likely to turn them and blunt any ambition they show.

  8. Delaneys Dunky on




    Wish they never reformed as Sevco, and we would not be having this debate.


    Same flies, different shite.

  9. DAVID17 on 9TH APRIL 2018 10:18 PM



    I’ve got the feeling the Huns will play Aberdeen first, an SPFL insurance policy you could call it.



    *Aye a tie and it disnae matter what the score is at Easter Road.

  10. fairhill bhoy on

    GORDYBHOY64-lesson learned mate,was out of order to guys and to the blog,so apologies to the blog and when SFTB,BP,andDD appear I will apologise for being way out of order

  11. Delaneys Dunky on




    Apology accepted pal.


    Welcome back. Forgiven and now forgotten.



  12. FAIRHILL BHOY, no need to apologise pal, been there done that got the tshirt, you are a tim, thats all that matters.frankie and benny have missed you.hh.

  13. fairhill bhoy on

    DD-thank you,truth be told I can’t remember most of it,but I did ask a mutual friend for advice.

  14. Delaneys Dunky on




    I suspected that pal.


    No hard feelings.


    Take care and enjoy the rest of the season.


    Good Celtic times we are living.



  15. The chances of Brendan playing two up front on Sunday are somewhere between no hope and Bob Hope.

  16. It will be a similar team as at Ibrox, but ML in for Jozo. A flat 4 and 2-3-1. McGregor or Sinclair the big decision. Forrest and Moussa are certainties imo.

  17. BR will go with his same formation of 4-2-3-1 with Dembelee up font, I would prefer 2 up with the Griff on, but never going to happen.


    So back four of ML, Boyata ( not for me but will be) Ajer and KT, 2 in middle Broony and Ntcham, 3 in front of them Roberts, Armstrong and Sinclair (as he always plays him) CG in goal, only my thoughts.


    Subs BAin , Simonovic, JF, Eduard, TR



    D. :)

  18. fairhill bhoy on

    BIG PACKY-apologies to you also,I was out of order,it’s good to be a Celtic supporter

  19. Oh aye and Griffalo on bench.


    Not my preferd team, but I think BR will go with it.



    D. :)

  20. Feck McGregor anaw, uch I will leave team selection to Brendan. Too hard


    Who ever he puts oot just feckin horse these cheating zombies.



    D. :)

  21. fairhill bhoy on

    POGMATHONYAHUN AKA LAIRD OF THE SMILES-thanks but I did fek up ,so lesson learned hopefully:-))