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Late Dundee gamble fails, Police Scotland watch anti-Irish racism

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Credit to Dundee, who for 94 minutes defended like their livelihoods depended on it, but they were undone by a rash hope to win the game and sheer fatigue.  Manager, Jim McIntyre, gave an insight into their downfall immediately after the game.

After being under pressure throughout the first half, Dundee had a chance to take the lead seconds before the interval.  In his post-match TV interview, McIntyre said how he urged his players  to take chances like this in the second period.

As it happened, Dundee broke away four minutes into stoppage time, with five players piling forward in a hope of winning three points.  The move came to nothing as Scott Bain easily collected the ball, but for a moment, the pitch was stretched.  Celtic’s forward balls were poor all day and Dundee had a chance to clear one final time but, stretched and tired, it did not happen.  Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest combined to give Celtic yet another last minute winner.

It looked cruel on Dundee, but what on earth were they doing chasing a winner with so many players forward in the 94th minute?  They were clearly tired and Celtic needed to draw them out.  The subsequent goal was a direct consequence of McIntyre’s desire for the win.

The net effect of the weekend’s games is the likely spread of Celtic’s league winning margin moves to 15-18 points.  This is below the record levels achieved the last time Neil Lennon was in charge of the team but is none too shabby.

The sight of stewards working on behalf of Dundee FC yesterday confiscating an Irish flag is another disheartening sign of the country’s slip into intolerance.  Officers from Police Scotland watched on, legitimising the act of anti-Irish racism.  It is to credit of the dispossessed Celtic fans that they conducted themselves so well in the aftermath.

There was a Croatian flag yards from me at Celtic Park recently, and there has been Italian and Canadian tourists in our section at the last two home games.  Scotland remains a tourist destination and visitors will be not expect their national symbols to be viewed with hostility.

Celtic Park will remain open to all, but do not think police and steward-authorised racism will remain limited to Irish identity at other grounds.  When the police authorise the confiscation of property because it bears the colours of a neighbouring country, it is time to speak up.

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  1. 50 shades of green on

    A last minute winner for Celtic seems to bring out the worst of the worst in Everybody,

     

     

    Love It love it love it ???

  2. mike in toronto on

    GDT

     

     

    Can I plead the Fifth on that one?

     

     

    :)

     

     

    FTW….

     

     

    actually, we dont … but I’m startig to get a bit bald up top, so I wouldn’t be too upset if they did.

  3. GG: So sorry to hear about your brother.

     

     

    Ar dheis lámh Dhé go raibh a anam uasal.

  4. FOOLTIME WHISTLE im only a stones throw from wilsmlow, that’s roy keane territory, but a bit further on you have Macclesfield and prestbury, now that is where swalex and wayne rooney live, what an eye opener,im afraid I live in the poor part of Cheshire daresbury,,only claim to fame is the daresbury arms where I drink, and so did lewis carrol,.hh so quiz question to any lurkin cqners who was lewis carrol ,hh.

  5. If the Celtic support are serious about giving Dundee a bloody nose regards their anti Irish racism boycott the next fixture at Dens Park. Hit them where it hurts. The rest is just baloney and noise, means and changes nothing.

  6. Fool Time Whistle on

    BP 1

     

     

    Thanks for that – hadn’t heard of your town but ole Lewis was a lisp in wonderland…

     

     

    Easy for me to say..

  7. Fool Time Whistle on

    Henry Joy

     

     

    Celtic knew about the change in policy by Dundee. I posted tweets from the SLO on previous page.

     

     

    Stupid thing to do to us on St Patrick’s Day.

     

     

    All eyes on all games at Dens now…

     

     

    Scottish Football – watched by hundreds, run by idiots.

  8. BIG PACKY 1 on 18TH MARCH 2019 8:17 PM

     

     

    I stayed in Knutsford a couple of years. Sure I saw Roy walking his dog in Hale near Altrincham. Certainly lots of players in the Knutsford Wine Bar when I lived there. Place was choke with expensive cars every night of the week. Mostly they drank softies. Not always…

     

     

    Lovely part of the world that bit of Cheshire.

  9. NATKNOW, hi pal yes you would have seen roy, he lived in hale barns very poshy poshy.hh.

  10. FOOL TIME WHISTLE on 18TH MARCH 2019 8:31 PM

     

     

    Henry Joy

     

     

    Celtic knew about the change in policy by Dundee. I posted tweets from the SLO on previous page.

     

     

    Stupid thing to do to us on St Patrick’s Day.

     

     

    All eyes on all games at Dens now…

     

     

    Scottish Football – watched by hundreds, run by idiots.

     

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    Can’t disagree on your last sentence.

     

     

    I think Dundee knew exactly what they were doing. They’re out and out huns. And of the day – no biggie. They lost 3 points and some decent Tim needs to fork out for another flag.

  11. BIG PACKY 1 on 18TH MARCH 2019 8:40 PM

     

     

    NATKNOW, hi pal yes you would have seen roy, he lived in hale barns very poshy poshy.hh.

     

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    Not half buddy.

     

     

    I was only there cause I took a wrong turn looking for a chip shop.

     

     

    :-))))))))

  12. NATKNOW looking for a decent fish and chip shop in Cheshire is hopeless and that includes Merseyside and the wirrall

  13. Done many scenic tours through Cheshire, due to the bloody roadworks on M6 with regular issues

     

    Knutsford – does it not have the Aston Martin garage in it

  14. NATKNOW, meant to add the nearest and best chippy that sells proper Scottish haddock is in wigan, the nearest you will get to a Scottish fish supper.hh.

  15. The shrewd Lawwell has been banking Celtic a pretty penny for whatever challenge der Hun can muster. The bit is firmly between his teeth and unless an unforeseen sugar daddy throws upwards of £50 million at the filth in a pissing in the wind manoeuvre Sevco are fecked for Nine In A Row and The Holy Grail, Ten.

  16. Knutsford is a lovely wee place, very wealthy. It had the McLaren garage on the roundabout in town centre. I stopped there last week at my mates house, we never really spent time in the Knutsford Wine Bar.Have enjoyed some good nights out in the pubs there though.

  17. JMCORMICK, hi yes the roundabout, so busy at peak times because of the close proximity of the m6.hh.

  18. My local while in Knutsford was actually The Builders Arms – 2 mins walk from my wee flat rather than the posh Tatton Park end. Far more appropriate for an ex-Coatbridge boy than the Wine Bar. They never seemed to stock the Devon wine I was familiar with.

     

     

    That said, I think I brought an extra dimension to the ole Wine Bar when I did visit. They didn’t really understand what football and politics was all about. Lucky I was on hand to educate them…

     

     

    ;-))))))))))

  19. Big J – yer right, McLaren in the toon centre

     

    Aston Martin is on road ooot (heading south) next to the Range Rover / I think Jaguar garage, just before the hotel

  20. NATKNOW its a small world, my pubs growing up in coatbriig well glenboig, but don’t tell Gerry, was jim brogans bar, and yogis bar in the brigg, and the wee shop in glenboig,h.h.

  21. MIT.

     

     

    Just back in.

     

     

    The point about paying player 15 times more than Dundee was one you made. With Lennys new tactic of getting the ball forward quicker doesn’t work against teams that defend deep and with 10 men behind the ball. Or at least not as often. Whereas retaining possession and moving the ball around at the back has a higher success rate.

     

     

    Hence the reason I prefer the Brendan Rogers style to that of Neil Lennon.

  22. BIG PACKY 1 on 18TH MARCH 2019 10:05 PM

     

     

    NATKNOW its a small world, my pubs growing up in coatbriig well glenboig, but don’t tell Gerry, was jim brogans bar, and yogis bar in the brigg, and the wee shop in glenboig,h.h.

     

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    Yeah – seen you Glenboig references in the past mate. :-))))

     

     

    I was more Big Tree, Forge, Whifflet Arms, Galleria, Georgian/Royal, Phil Coles myself.

     

     

    Coatbridge would be a great place. If only it had more pubs…

     

     

    Fortunately it was supplemented by clubs – Knights, Bank Social, Kirkwood etc…

     

     

    :-)))))))

  23. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SUPERSUTTON on 18TH MARCH 2019 10:09 PM

     

     

     

    The problem is the outball and the lack of variation in the approach.

     

    Of far more significance than the speed of advance which is principally designed to retain possession.

     

     

    Far more shooting from outside the box with the possibilities of deflection. See Broony`s deflected goal.

     

    Byline and low hard cutback .

     

    High crosses only if we have an able header of the ball in the opposition box . The Boyata head down to Broony .

  24. Fool Time Whistle on

    I’VEHADTOCHANGEMYMIND on 18TH MARCH 2019 10:29 PM

     

    mon the hoops

     

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJwwrMT1t6

     

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    A nice Celtic travelogue but couldn’t help hearing at the 9min 20secs mark a reference to what sounded like

     

    “Brooklyn Dodgers here for 10-in-a-row, 10-in-a-row”

     

    Maybe I missheard that though.

     

     

    ;o)

  25. Billy Bertie and Bobby on

    Stewards and polis bang out of order at Dundee.

     

    Great result for the hoops. Looking forward to a bit of hunskelping after the international break. Mon the hoops

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

    Always love it when people who don’t go to games tell those who do that the cure for all of Celtic’s ills is for those who go everywhere to support Celtic to stop doing so. Who will that help?

     

     

    Our Bhoys on the park need our support – it drives them on, it helps them get 96th minute winners ffs!!!

     

     

    How far do we back away – do we stand that far off that we don’t bother showing up anywhere? Long term – who is that helping? My view is – if you are fortunate enought to be able to – show up, go to the game, shout, sing, back the team.

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  27. Birmingham City face being dragged into relegation fight with potential 12-point deduction for breaching FFP Rules.. Man City also being investigated.. Ned incursion and assault, jailed within 24 hours……

     

    hmmmmm…. Buckfast bottles, Flags taken down, Bigotry, Bias, Cheating, Stabbings….

     

    Now where would I rather play my Fooball.??

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