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Morelos third caution: when, why and what now

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It did not take three weeks for Alfredo Morelos to be notified of his third yellow card, received at Celtic Park on 29 December.  All three cautions were reported to Premiership clubs at the same time as every other caution issued in the SPFL on 29 December (a few days after the match).  So it was on the match report.

The media have been briefed that no further action will be taken against the player, or Ryan Kent for his gesture.  It is not clear who briefed them, Newco or the SFA PR.  Either way, a media briefing is only that.  It is not clear that anyone has made this decision.  Celtic are keen to know why this is being reported and why it would be different from other third cautions in a single game.

It would be accurate to say that Celtic are even more animated about the treatment of Ryan Christie and how this was flagrantly inconsistent with the Newco players’ regular attacks on Celtic players, not seen by the referee and not subject to any disciplinary measures.

The SFA have received detailed comparisons of the Christie incident, with several incidents involving Morelos and one involving Allan McGregor, where the SFA procedures resulted in no action.  Unlike the Morelos gesture in December, which is without comparison, the Christie incident was not judged the same way as similar incidents by Newco players.  This assertion is demonstrably true.

You can draw your own conclusions on why these matters are treated differently, I doubt your view will vary far from Celtic’s.  We are in a fight for a hugely important league title and anything that can be done to stop us, is being done.

If you think there is not a consistent or level playing field, you are probably right.  The match officials on the day appear to have done everything by the book – there is no “Dougie, Dougie” scenario.  It is what subsequently happens, in small groups, behind closed doors, where subjective matters are assessed differently.  And don’t let 8-in-a-row and a Treble Treble fool you, this is still Scotland, our achievements are enormously resented.

Not for the first time, I suggested a statement, like the other lot a fond of, would go down well, but was told this isn’t a popularity contest, that it would not enhance our position and that there are actual things we can do to improve our chances of winning the league (which is another story, but it’s being worked on).

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  1. Were we to call out the SFA, the careerist journos ( a Tom English) ) and the openly Sevco supporting media (a Kris Boyd) would be shouting from the roof tops about Celtic losing their cool and deploying dark arts amid a tight title challenge.

     

     

    It would be somewhat unbecoming once Trainor fired off his inevitable response and we became involved in a public debate with Loud Drunk FC.

  2. FEEDTHEBHEAR on 18TH JANUARY 2020 1:50 PM

     

    What a pile of p!ss on here. Just beat them on the pitch. All the moaning about gestures, who cares, they had no impact on the result. Seems just as many sensitive flowers in our support as there is in the team.

     

     

     

     

    Personally, their behaviour caused me no lost sleep.

     

     

    I think the issue is the clear double standards of the SFA.

  3. Apologies for the repost from last article and no more, I promise…

     

     

    *** CQN PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019-20 ***

     

    ** THE RELAUNCH **

     

     

    Good afternoon, friends and I trust that we are all eagerly awaiting this evening’s game and, of course, the resumption of the ole CQN Player Of The Year competition.

     

    There’s no change to the format. So anyone (i.e. posters, lurkers, friends, family) can have their say after each game by deciding on their 3 best performers and putting those names in an email to cqnpoty@gmail.com . Voting opens at the final whistle today and remains open until 10pm (Celtic Park Time) on Sunday evening.

     

    I then tally up all of the votes and ascertain who were our top 5 performers. The best gets 5 points, next best gets 4 etc.

     

    There are 2 tables shown below. The first, the most important one, shows the current standings in the race for the title. Below that I’ve shown the total votes and games played for all players (29) that have featured in the first 27 games. Games played includes appearances as a substitute.

     

    I look forward to a deluge of emails over the next couple of days.

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    **CURRENT POINTS TABLE**

     

    Brown – 60 points

     

    Edouard – 40 points

     

    Christie – 38 points

     

    Jullien – 36 points

     

    Frimpong – 34 points

     

    McGregor – 33 points

     

    Forrest – 28 points

     

    Elyounoussi – 22 points

     

    Ajer – 22 points

     

    Forster – 20 points

     

    Ntcham – 20 points

     

    Bolingoli-Mbombo – 13 points

     

    Bauer – 11 points

     

    Hayes – 8 points

     

    Elhamed – 8 points

     

    Taylor – 5 points

     

    Griffiths – 4 points

     

    Bitton – 4 points

     

    Bayo – 3 points

     

    Johnston – 3 points

     

    Robertson – 2 points

     

    Morgan – 2 points

     

    Rogic – 1 point

     

     

    **Total votes (appearances) since the competition started on 29 August 2019**

     

     

    555 – Scott Brown (26)

     

    407 – Ryan Christie (22)

     

    404 – Christopher Jullien (25)

     

    396 – Odsonne Edouard (22)

     

    325 – Calum McGregor (26)

     

    319 – Jeremie Frimpon (14)

     

    298 – James Forrest (25)

     

    223 – Kristoffer Ajer (26)

     

    218 – Fraser Forster (24)

     

    214 – Mohammed Elyounoussi (13)

     

    170 – Olivier Ntcham (19)

     

    153 – Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo (17)

     

    93 – Jonny Hayes (17)

     

    76 – Hatem Abd Elhamed (9)

     

    70 – Moritz Bauer (9)

     

    60 – Nir Bitton (14)

     

    53 – Mikey Johnston (10)

     

    48 – Greg Taylor (5)

     

    34 – Lewis Morgan (9)

     

    30 – Vakoun Bayo (9)

     

    24 – Leigh Griffiths (10)

     

    18 – Scott Robertson (1)

     

    17 – Tom Rogic (12)

     

    4 – Craig Gordon (3)

     

    1 – Scott Sinclair (3)

     

    0 – Karamoko Dembele (1)

     

    0 – Anthony Ralston (1)

     

    0 – Jack Hendry (1)

     

    0 – Marian Shved (1)

  4. Don’t think anyone is suggesting pointless statements, least of all me – I’m advocating a statement which is packed full of points and which tries to unite plc and supporters.

     

     

    I’m also not suggesting a pathetic Sevco style rant, which are always pointless and written, it seems, by a 5 year old.

     

     

    Anyway i’ve made my point, the sun is shining and i’m off out to winter prune my apple tree………………….

  5. Seems just as many sensitive flowers in our support as there is in the team.

     

     

    lol

     

     

    i’m just sensitive about my apple tree……..

  6. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    Celtic are keen to know why this is being reported and why it would be different from other third cautions in a single game.

     

     

    How does PAUL know this i aint read it anywhere.

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    F.U.

     

     

    Gerrard said: “I was a bit surprised by the timing of it, how long it has taken. But that’s the way it is.

     

     

    “It’s not relief [that Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent haven’t been cited individually], no. We have read what’s come our way today, the club will deal with it and we’ll get on with it. That’s the way it is.

  8. We can laugh or treat Sevco’s statements with contempt but they do serve a purpose, for the SFA.

     

     

    A casual observer may see Sevco and Celtic are unhappy with the SFA and deduce from that, the SFA are doing an impartial job.

  9. actual things we can do that are being worked on:

     

    1) corner kicks

     

    2) throw ins

     

    3) tactically astute manager

     

    4) right winger to grow a pair

     

    5) non golfing majority shareholder that attends games

  10. AuroraBorealis79 on

    It is always the same old parable when the huns get their slap on the wrist for bringing the game in to disrepute. They cry foul & claim to be victims even though they know that they have dodged an almighty bullet. It is part of the make up of Protestant DNA even since its formation hundreds ago

  11. FEEDTHEBHEAR on 18TH JANUARY 2020 1:50 PM

     

    What a pile of p!ss on here. Just beat them on the pitch. All the moaning about gestures, who cares, they had no impact on the result. Seems just as many sensitive flowers in our support as there is in the team.

     

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    Who cares ?…….Like many other Celtic supporters….I Feckin care !

     

     

    You do NOT speak for me nor represent me.

     

     

    A question for you…….” If you felt that you were sacked unfairly from a Job….would you just say…” Feck it, I dont want to be called a ” sensitive flower” by complaining to my employer, or seen to be taking them to Court…so I will just accept their decision to feckin sack me ” ?

     

     

    Here’s another question for you….Are you a Hun ?

  12. AuroraBorealis79 on

    Any word yet on Alex Rae’s substantial January investment claims ?

     

     

    Apparently he & dave king seen leaving food bank on Mary’s Hill, with huge beaming smiles after they jointly found a pot to piss in. Although the Daily Record did report it as a new sponsorship deal with Heinz Bsked beans

  13. There are a lot of moving parts at the moment, not just in relation to the Morelos stuff or the race for the League. I think Pauls article today covers a lot without saying very much. Whatever happens this season, we cannot accept a narrative that the SFA are against us and have cost us. This isn’t a new phenomenon. We’ve seen this before and much worse, yet have chosen to occupy at seat at the back of the bus. Its not a case of blaming Celtic but we must accept at least a share of the blame. They are only doing what they know they can get away with.

  14. AN DUN on 18TH JANUARY 2020 2:16 PM

     

    We can laugh or treat Sevco’s statements with contempt but they do serve a purpose, for the SFA.

     

     

     

    A casual observer may see Sevco and Celtic are unhappy with the SFA and deduce from that, the SFA are doing an impartial job.

     

     

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    The rest of Scottish football will say the ‘ugly sisters’ at it again. On the other hand Celtic need to be smart and not get dragged into a tit for tat with the Hun. But still need to hit the target. Rock and a hard place.

  15. Another Sevco statement I hear, it will be another load of pish but you have to hand it to the idiots at least their board backs their team and tries to get everyone connected with Sevco onside.

     

     

    Here’s a thought if our spineless board would have made a strong statement straight after the game about the conduct of Sevco players it would have united our support instead the lack of action has gave momentum to Sevco regarding them fighting a united front.

     

     

    Even better if our board would have made statements about the conduct of Sevco players and referees when we have won games.

     

     

    Anyway COYBIG

     

     

    D. :)

  16. onenightinlisbon on

    The Celtic board are a bunch of gutless charlatans who are willing to accept parity with Sevco as it’s good for business. Anyone thinking that they want us to be light years ahead of them must be on the same stuff as Paul67 et al.

  17. The important bit today is the game vs Thistle.

     

     

    After a good training period in Dubai, we should expect the squad to be well prepared but we will also see a rotated team with some less regularly seen players.

     

     

    So, nothing other than a win matters. We gain nothing if we win or play more convincingly than Sevco did against Stranraer nor, conversely, do we lose anything if we struggle to a jammy 1:0 win with a dubious last minute penalty.

     

     

    All that matters is we do not lose or draw and add another fixture to a congested diary. The games where result and performance do count are the challenge on plastic at Killie, a safe home win vs Ross, and a trip to Perth where we will face a dour defencsive team. I fully expect 9 poits to be gained with the hardest 3 being the first 3.

     

     

    My predicted team for today:-

     

     

    Forster

     

     

    Bauer (reward for winning the bleep tests)

     

    Julien

     

    Ajer or Bitton

     

    Taylor (I’d prefer Hayes personally)

     

     

    Brown

     

    McGregor

     

     

    Shved or Arzani

     

    Ntcham or Rogic

     

    Johnston

     

     

    Eddie (replaced on the hour by Griff or Bayo)

  18. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 18TH JANUARY 2020 3:00 PM

     

    Who would win in a fight between the disappointed and the astounded?

     

     

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    Who would win a fight between astounded and astonished?

  19. SFTB, it isnae in the Celtic DNA.

     

     

    I’d rather a loss than a draw.

     

     

    Congestion.com

     

     

    We cannae keep on winning Everything domestically.

     

     

    9 and a cracking Euro run will make me very happy,.happy verily.

  20. A cut up from the huns and the SFA, we won’t ban any players,give you a non existent fine on a trumped up charge, and you put out an astounding statement, total joke

  21. I’m buzzing for the game. Obviously progression to the next round is all that counts but I’m hoping to see fringe players like Taylor, Shved and also The Griff & Polish Paddy get a run out & hopefully light up the game.

     

    We are entering the business end of the season now is the time for the Champions to stand up & be counted.

     

    2 hours to kick off COYBIG

  22. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    A loss today gives us a less congested program.

     

     

    The league and Europe.

     

    In whichever order you prefer.

     

     

    Bigger fish to fry .

  23. Thistle were beaten 4-1 last week by Dundee Utd, I’ll be expecting Celtic to put in a similar performance.

     

     

    December was a toil, we need to start playing well.

  24. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 18TH JANUARY 2020 3:33 PM

     

    A loss today gives us a less congested program.

     

     

     

    The league and Europe.

     

     

    In whichever order you prefer.

     

     

     

    Bigger fish to fry .

     

     

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    Speaking of fishing, put your rod away.

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