Lessons for Ronny, a shout for Hearts


There’s a wee lesson for Ronny Delia in not conceding ground too quickly after the final whistle. On first pass, TV pictures suggested Dedryck Boyata failed to make contact with the ball at Hamilton on Friday, it was only when Ronny saw pictures from the opposite angle, that he realised the player timed his challenge to the inch.

Unfortunately, this was after the manager’s post-match TV appearance, when he accepted the referees decision. No matter if you’ve seen an incident or not, it’s better to be circumspect than to dive in with a definitive comment immediately after a game. Whatever the outcome of Boyata’s appeal, at least referee Craig Thomson can be absolved from blame for making the same mistake as Ronny Deila.

There’s a big midweek card coming up in the Premiership. I’m hoping Hearts find form tonight against Inverness. If they win they are as close to Aberdeen (6 points, with same games played) as the Dons are to Celtic, with a better goal difference too. Aberdeen and Hearts have to play each other twice before the end of the season, my preference would be these games have a very competitive edge.

Speaking of Hearts, I was slightly uncomfortable with their statement regarding the racist abuse dished out to Kilmarnock player, Josh Magennis, “To clarify, this allegation does not involve the player’s colour, religion or sexuality”.  Is there a pecking order of bigotry I’m not aware of which deems anti-Irish abuse a lesser-offence?

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  1. johann murdoch on

    In fact why have a stadium at all ? .just have one of them pop up ” thingys!



    Or it that a gazebo ??

  2. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    SOUTH OF TUNIS on 1ST MARCH 2016 4:50 PM


    Dillard and Clark on the blog Woopee !





    Are they holding midfielders?





    What’s with the Moyes for the Bhoys Story/rumour?

  3. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Johann Murdoch



    A massive Dookit seems the way to go.


    Mr Pastry mentioned reconstruction of CP earlier, because of declining crowds.


    BSR says it should be a two-tier Dookit.


    I said it should also have a plywood terrace bar with free pigeon communication access.


    Dont be surprised to catch a glimpse of Kenny McAskill dressed Tommy Cooper style….Half Winston Churchill and Half James Connolly:)….He is a bit mixed up,….but, we cant all be perfect.




  4. johann murdoch on

    Green Man





    Feeling the love for the Dookit -are we talking felt exterior or corrugated iron cladding ?



    Will there be premium soft ( old car ) seats ? ..heated ..now your talikng my friend




  5. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Johann Murdoch



    Got to be corrugated…but Green of course.


    Not only will there be seats, but beds for the inebriated on the ground floor.


    Cushioned seats with Pint glass holders….and optional bong.


    OAP club on Mondays….Hot soup, Steak Pie :)




  6. coolmore mafia on

    The wholly unreliable talk on kds is that Moyes has accepted in principle the managers job at the end of the season, with however a few things to sort out

  7. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Johann Murdoch



    See…this is how the mind wanders when…A: You have writer’s block


    B: Are waiting for the Celts to play again.





  8. Do people really want David Moyes? Jeezo



    Only good thing would be that we could sign “Come feel the Moyes!”

  9. glendalystonsils on

    COOLMORE MAFIA on 1ST MARCH 2016 5:26 PM


    The wholly unreliable talk on kds is that Moyes has accepted in principle the managers job at the end of the season, with however a few things to sort out



    I believe there’s a similarly unreliable rumour going round on Citeh Quick news about Pep Guardiola;))

  10. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    I can see why David Moyes would be interested in being Celtic manager.


    It would suit him…..and im sure he could twist the arm of the PLC a bit.


    We have a major challenge ahead.


    It would make sense to have a strong, experienced manager.


    Moyes is no mug, thats for sure.


    He has coached at a high level, not entirely successful….but he did run Everton well, no doubt.


    imo….he would do well at Celtic.


    But who knows.




  11. glendalystonsils on

    I don’t know if Ronny will be replaced at season’s end or not but I do think Moyes would be a very good choice if it did happen. I know he has a mixed record, but even Jose Mourinho wasn’t too successful in his last appointment.

  12. eddieinkirkmichael on

    !988/89 a season where we lose 11 games in the league and finish 3rd is better than one where we win the league and only lose 4.


    1989/90 a season where we lose 12 games in the league and finish 5th is better than one where we win the league and only lose 4.


    Ect ect ect



    Hmm it’s going to take me a while to understand that kind of thinking.



    I simply refuse to believe that a team who have scored 70 goals and scored 3 goals or more on 13 occasions is as bad as some of you would have us believe.


    There have been disappointments, notably in Europe but we aren’t as bad as the MSM or some of you are making out, it’s just getting ridiculous now with people almost harping back to a time when we regularly got humped and couldn’t even finish 2nd in the league.



    The unwarranted abuse of Ronny and his tactics is baffling even though we’ve won games by 8-1, 6-0,5-1,4-2 etc he is given no credit and some are saying they could coach this group of players to those results, utter madness.



    It is now on a par with the MSSM saying Lenny “brought it on himself”.

  13. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    I wouldnt disagree, you make a good case in relation to domestic games.


    But…I think the crux of the matter is European Football.


    That income is needed.


    Nobody expects us to win the CL league, but i do think we should be able to compete,..that must be the goal.


    So…I would expect the board to be asking the same question lots of fans are…Will RD get us to the CL?


    I have my doubts….so i can see where Moyes would come in.


    Surely the suits cant be happy getting humped in Europe?




  14. WeefratheTim on

    Evening all. More b/b issues the past couple of days. Why tf did I leave sky? Never had any issues like this till I joined BT. And they own the friggin cables. But, hey ho. :-))) HH

  15. Euro



    Like yourself I am a ST holder and on the home ticket scheme, however I will not be attending either match.


    Wednesday night, would mean taking time away from work related tasks and Sunday we will be doing Mothers Day type things.


    In the past I might have made more of an effort but this season the quality on the park and in the dug out are abysmal!


    I have been watching CFC since the early 1970s and have seen enough good and bad teams and managers to spot poor ones, when I see them.


    The manager should have been shown the door after Molde at the very latest.


    For the first time in over 20 years as a ST holder I am seriously considering not renewing if RD is going to be in charge.


    A good manager looks at what he has and developed a system to suit his players. In time he might gradually change as he gets the players he needs to play a different way.


    A good manager constructs a team that is greater than the sum of its parts.


    A good manager get players to play above their ability on a regular basis.


    A good manager does not ask players to do things they cannot do.


    A good manager gets a response from his players when things go wrong on the park.


    A good manager turns things around in games with his HT team talks and his substitutions


    RD does none of these except ask players to things they can’t!


    The guy is slowly but surely reducing us to the level of Aberdeen and Hearts.


    His team is so gutless that should we have to play the Zombies, I would have no confidence that we would hand them the hammering we should be able to !


    He has collected a squad that is lightweight – both mentally and physically.





  16. Margaret McGill on

    Moyes? nae chance. He’s a real manager and therefore expensive. Forget it.

  17. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Margaret McGill



    I agree, unlikely…But.


    It would suit DM to build a young team for Europe.


    He would thrive on it.


    If the suits dont want to see the gravy train stall, i would imagine they are looking at alternatives.




  18. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on 1st March 2016 3:21 pm






    ” To clarify, this allegation does not involve the player’s colour, religion or sexuality. ”



    Why did Hearts mention colour, religion and sexuality?








    Perhaps because the majority of their support are dirty orange poofs?

  19. So why would we want a dour journeyman as our coach? Cause he played a few games for us and is Sellick minded?



    This guy says the “jury is still out” on Ozil despite sitting on 18 assists this season (Mahrez is second on 10)



    He’d probably drop Ozil for Gravesen.

  20. I’d rather have the next project manager from Norway than Moyes.



    Although either would be a huge risk.

  21. What’s the betting on the Morton match with –



    Morton getting a penalty.



    Celtic getting a player sent off.




  22. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Start an argument in an empty hoose.


    Id say that DM is well qualified to do well at Celtic Park.


    DD would need to come to an arrangement with DM though.


    Something like….Shhh Dont tell Peter:)




  23. lennon's passion hated by the clique on

    Moyes would be one lucky man to manage the famous GLASGOW CELTI.

  24. thetimreaper on

    Alan Muir the Mason in charge of Sevco v Dundee. I wonder how that one will go? Thems being short of cash and all, I’m sure a SF at Hampden would help.



    Collum or no Collum, if we go out to Morton Ronny’s off hire on Monday morning.

  25. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    By this stage in the proceedings , I have very little interest in an arrival.


    All I want is a departure.

  26. So a Hearts supporter has been arrested for abusing Josh Magennis on Saturday because he’s Irish.



    Racism? No he’s been arrested because it was xenophobic!!



    Only in Scotland.

  27. Philbhoy on 1st March 2016 6:18 pm



    What’s the betting on the Morton match with –


    Morton getting a penalty.


    Celtic getting a player sent off.









    Hold that thought til Sunday morning.



    Skybet actually do a service called ‘Request A Bet’ – you can see it in the betting list for any big games, particularly televised ones.



    you can tweet/text/mail in your request, they’ll giv eyou odds and also put it on the list for anyone else to back, too.



    e.g – Friday night v Hamilton a mate backed a red card and penalty award (any team) at 12/1 in the ‘Request A Bet’ category. Bet up by half-time.



    You can see it for Bournemouth/Southampton tonight here, under ‘Specials’: https://www.skybet.com/football/premier-league/event/18982553



    I’ll certainly be looking for the red card/pen on Sunday. We’re fair game for the MIbs now.

  28. Allyhuntersgloves on

    CroppyBhoy, I couldn’t agree more. The subject that surprises me is how some supporters can believe Ronnie is doing an acceptable job. I get we have a very young team and that can be inconsistent, all the more reason for a good coach. I don’t think anyone can say Celtic have improved over Ronnie’s 2 seasons. I get the defend him against the media onslaught and I get he’s the Celtic manager so we will support him while he is. An argument for his retention I struggle with. I read a post earlier suggesting that he has won a number of games by scoring lot’s of goals, 8, 5 4, interestingly that was very similar to the John Barnes era. This manager reminds me of that time, saw tooth performance, player unrest, dreadful defending, lack of tactical know how.