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Neil, the 10 and the rest of us

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On five different occasions I told one of the two men who decide the fate of the Celtic manager that I thought it was time for a change.  Memorably, on one occasion, I was told, “Get a grip of yourself”.  I did not always get a response as, despite how I feel about Celtic, a manager’s fate is a private matter.

On none of those occasions did I write on CQN that the manager should be sacked.  If I was an impartial observer, that would be different, but my objective is always to see Celtic flourish and I considered the effect a campaign to sack the manager would have on results, our league challenge and, in on one occasion, the man himself.

The impact of these campaigns falls disproportionately on that individual, often when they are at their most emotionally vulnerable.  It hurts when those once close to you want you out, you look harder for motivation and as for focussing a dressing room!

Those who make the decisions are less emotionally vulnerable.  They usually have years of experience shielding themselves from being buffered by adverse sentiment, if they didn’t, they would not be able to do the job.  They alone know their options and they are never blind to the consequences of failure.  They do not always get it right.

We cannot show our support for the players or the manager at games and they will not be meeting fans in the street; all sentiment is delivered by media, new and old.  This is the only communication we have and I know the players consume what is written online this season.  This sentiment is not to blame for bad results, but it will not help resolve the situation.

Celtic are low percentage bets to win the league and I want the players, manager and board to take whatever steps necessary to change this, it is not too late. Nothing would give me more pleasure than Neil Lennon bringing us 10-in-a-row, it would be the ultimate way to achieve an historic record.  If he gets there, the rest of us will have a role in making it happen.

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  1. Firstly

     

    Rest in Peace, Diego 🙏

     

    A genius with the ball

     

     

    Now, if our big and are standing by, Neil

     

    Can they please give him the correct level of coaching team our Club deserves

  2. Listened to press conferences and read back a bit.

     

     

    Lennon and Brown look like yesterday’s men. Lennon is delusional and Brown was struggling with his words.

     

     

    Of course the man who helped bring the huns back to life and appointed the puppet is nowhere to be seeming. Lawwell has screwed Celtic big time whilst taking more money out of Celtic than other other employee. His time is up — just a matter of when.

     

     

    Dermot has a decision to make —- nearly 70 ; does he need this grief. Is his son capable —- does he want it. Gut feel no. He has been let down big time by the self serving CEO.

     

     

    It must gall Paul67 that we use his site to attack the party line and the guy who throws him scraps. He is ridiculed on the HB for this subservience —- which is what we expect from the gullibles. Of course his flip on Res 12 was clearly at his masters bidding.

     

     

    The reality is lennon is not capable. Repeat same mistakes over and over —- never learns. He sucks the energy out of Celtic with his approach.

     

     

    Dermot knows he needs to sack Lennon —- only when has to be decided. Lawwells will take a bit longer but his day will come too.

     

     

    Losing 10 will not feel so bad with the architect of it gone and the incompetent manager as well.

  3. The green brigade has just lost a supporter.

     

     

    All we are saying, is give neil a chance.

     

    All we are saying, is give neil a chance.

     

     

    That’s directed at the board, let the man pick his own back room staff for a start.

     

     

    PL out now

  4. so big jimmy comes on again ,and starts abusing posters, me as number 1 i told him last night i would willingly help him to fund his vets fees but once again he told me to feck off, everyone is a chump in big jimmys universe unless you toe his line, well big jimmy i would not give you the reek of my shite now i told you last night you abuse me and you will get it back in spades, unfortunately or maybe fortunately posters on here are sick and tired of the rants,, here is one for you asshole, in the winter months i put my coal fire on, to keep my 4 westies away from the fire i put your photograph up there, kindly supplied from CQN, they never go near the fire when they see your photo LOL. i do feel sorry for lets all do the huddle and one night in lisbon ,they post on here regularly, and have to put up with your shite thankfully i dont , give you enough rope and you will hang yourself.

  5. BP- away on to the last thread and argue for weeks if you want, nobody is interested in this 5 day Punch and Judy Show.

  6. lets all do the huddle on

     i do feel sorry for lets all do the huddle

     

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    ehh

     

     

    what have i done???

  7. A FIVER FOR YOUR THOUGHTS on 25TH NOVEMBER 2020 1:58 PM

     

     

    BACK TO BASICS

     

     

     

     

    The GB have a right to say whatever they feel

     

    “agreed.Celtic fans called the green brigade do so with the knowledge that their voice is no more valued than yours or mine or any Celtic grouping”

     

     

    Free speech and all that

     

     

    “most certainly.agreed.This one is an own goal for Celtic fans called the green brigade imo as standing where they were they went for the easy target.no PL,no DD who were probably chortling looking out,thinking more and more like onion bears and club1872/3/? with ‘statements’ ”

     

     

     

    Same as posters on here can voice an opinion

     

     

    “indeed.refer to above point of no more/no less than anyone else’s

     

     

     

    You don’t need to agree with it

     

     

    “i dont.no point except it has our many enemies gorging on it”

     

     

    i like Celtic fans called the green brigade.i like Celtic fans of all groupings/ supporters clubs,

     

    i like Celtic fans.HIstorically whether Neil comes or goes this is an error.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  8. I, too, thought Neil was all over the place at his press conference.

     

    His comment about if draws had been wins was staggering.

     

    I remember a good few all laughed, including myself, at Gerrard for his if games lasted 85 mins etc.

     

    That was Neil’s equivalent today.

     

    It was a press conference for a European tie, yet our poor performances in Europe this season, were ignored in his stats about 1 defeat.

     

    From the highs of Lazio, to this, it’s like a bad dream for me.

  9. onenightinlisbon on

    BIG PACKY 1 on 25TH NOVEMBER 2020 6:42 PM

     

     

    Appreciate your comment.

     

     

    I don’t personally abuse or name call anyone on here.

     

     

    This guy seems to have free reign to do as he pleases.

     

     

    Pity more posters on here don’t call him out for what he is….

  10. prestonpans bhoys on

    !!BADA BING!! on 25TH NOVEMBER 2020 6:46 PMP

     

     

    Found this bit really funny

     

     

    ‘ this 5 day Punch and Judy Show.’😂😂

  11. JIMMY BONES on 25TH NOVEMBER 2020 6:08 PM

     

     

    Gary Parker at Hibs,not ideal but a sounding board. Supposed to have got at PL when we visited and him and NL still there. Bad move bombed out.

     

    After Duff,NL suggested Tommy Johnstone,but over ruled got Strachan jnr.

     

     

    I state this only as info as neither in my view are ideal ,however sometimes someone you trust is nice.

  12. GK 18 Nery Pumpido

     

    SW 5 José Luis Brown

     

    CB 9 José Luis Cuciuffo

     

    CB 19 Oscar Ruggeri

     

    RWB 14 Ricardo Giusti

     

    LWB 16 Julio Olarticoechea ‘

     

    DM 2 Sergio Batista

     

    CM 7 Jorge Burruchaga ‘

     

    CM 12 Héctor Enrique ‘

     

    SS 10 Diego Maradona (c) ‘

     

    CF 11 Jorge Valdano

     

    Substitutions:

     

    MF 21 Marcelo Trobbiani Substituted in 90’

     

    Manager:

     

    Carlos Bilardo

  13. The games are won by the players on the field, but behind it there must be a machinery that works. There I include players, coaching staff and leaders. If you throw all in the same direction, you can think of titles. That’s what happened in Mexico ’86.[6]

     

     

    — Carlos Bilardo, manager of Argentina

  14. EXCATHEDRA44 on 25TH NOVEMBER 2020 7:04 PM

     

    JIMMY BONES on 25TH NOVEMBER 2020 6:08 PM

     

     

    After Duff,NL suggested Tommy Johnstone,but over ruled got Strachan jnr.

     

     

    *didn’t Tommy take the Head of Recruitment at Blackpool last October.

  15. TONTINE TIM on 25TH NOVEMBER 2020 7:10 PM

     

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    Yes believe so. …………………..But.

  16. PB- it’s a total pain in the arse,guys logging off because of it,should have been nipped in the bud.

  17. NOVEMBER 18, 20081:44 AMUPDATED 12 YEARS AGO

     

    Celtic ball boy saves day for Maradona

     

    By Rex Gowar

     

     

    3 MIN READ

     

     

     

    GLASGOW (Reuters) – Celtic ball boy Adam Brown was the surprise hero on Monday night, earning a big hug from Diego Maradona when Argentina’s new coach took his first practice session.

     

     

     

    Argentina’s soccer team head coach Diego Maradona embraces Celtic Park stadium ball boy Adam Brown after he found a necklace Maradona lost during a training session at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow,

     

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    A low-key workout by the squad as they prepared for Wednesday’s friendly against Scotland at nearby Hampden Park ended with the stocky 48-year-old Maradona pacing Celtic’s Parkhead turf looking for something in the grass.

     

     

    His staff took part in the search for the lost item and a dozen ball boys formed a police-style cordon and walked down the pitch before Brown found it, a crucifix on a chain.

     

     

    A joyous Maradona, who had been fairly quiet during the warm-up and a nine-a-side practice game which he refereed, bounded up to the ball boys and embraced Brown.

     

     

    He then gave him his woolly hat in gratitude amid cheers from a few spectators in the stands.

     

     

    ADVERTISEMENT

     

     

     

    Maradona made his customary sign of the cross as he left the pitch, bringing to an end Argentina’s visit to Parkhead. The squad will practice behind closed doors at Hampden on Tuesday evening.

     

     

    Celtic put a welcome message on their giant screen including a photo of a teenage Maradona when he inspired his country to a 3-1 victory over Scotland at Hampden in 1979.

     

     

    Maradona, who will give a news conference at the team’s hotel on Tuesday (1600 GMT), did not speak to reporters after practice.

     

     

    NOVEMBER 18, 20081:44 AMUPDATED 12 YEARS AGO

     

    Celtic ball boy saves day for Maradona

     

    By Rex Gowar

     

     

    3 MIN READ

     

     

     

    GLASGOW (Reuters) – Celtic ball boy Adam Brown was the surprise hero on Monday night, earning a big hug from Diego Maradona when Argentina’s new coach took his first practice session.

     

     

     

    Argentina’s soccer team head coach Diego Maradona embraces Celtic Park stadium ball boy Adam Brown after he found a necklace Maradona lost during a training session at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland November 17, 2008. REUTERS/David Moir

     

    A low-key workout by the squad as they prepared for Wednesday’s friendly against Scotland at nearby Hampden Park ended with the stocky 48-year-old Maradona pacing Celtic’s Parkhead turf looking for something in the grass.

     

     

    His staff took part in the search for the lost item and a dozen ball boys formed a police-style cordon and walked down the pitch before Brown found it, a crucifix on a chain.

     

     

    A joyous Maradona, who had been fairly quiet during the warm-up and a nine-a-side practice game which he refereed, bounded up to the ball boys and embraced Brown.

     

     

    He then gave him his woolly hat in gratitude amid cheers from a few spectators in the stands.

     

     

    ADVERTISEMENT

     

     

     

    Maradona made his customary sign of the cross as he left the pitch, bringing to an end Argentina’s visit to Parkhead. The squad will practice behind closed doors at Hampden on Tuesday evening.

     

     

    Celtic put a welcome message on their giant screen including a photo of a teenage Maradona when he inspired his country to a 3-1 victory over Scotland at Hampden in 1979.

     

     

    http://images.china.cn/attachement/jpg/site1007/20081119/000802c98ccc0a8dbfbb33.jpg

  18. Not much is going to improve without a better gk between the sticks. You cant blame Lenny for that hand dealt.

  19. A rangers fan Thomas, on clyde reminding celtic fans of our history, defending neil lennon’s record, giving parallels with scot symon in 67/68, saying we are blinded by 10 in a row,

     

     

    he made quite excellent points.