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The worst way to end a bad week was for a loose-mouthed agent to pitch up at Lennoxtown on Friday before setting off on a rant because Brendan Rodgers was not available to him at a time he wanted.  We had a remarkable week of distractions in and around the dressing room.  These things often correlate with a poor result.

Brendan would be pleased to get his players out of the country yesterday, giving him two days to focus the squad on the matter in hand – tomorrow night’s Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens.  This is where the manager earns his money.

Only a unified squad will have a chance of getting the required result against AEK.  The better players in the first leg against AEK were these settled at Celtic for the long-term – McGregor, Brown, Tierney, Ntcham, Forrest.  Tactical conversations will be needed, but the first thing Brendan needs to infuse into the squad is a laser-like focus.

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  1. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    David 17.

     

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    “The SFA are pi**ing all over us because we have allowed them to do what the feck they want for long enough without holding them accountable. The SMSM wont do it, so we need to force the issue. As i said earlier, strong leadership is required from the top of our Club.”

     

     

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    I agree with you, but to whom do we hold them accountable to?

     

     

    The SFA? UEFA ?

     

     

    Don’t you think that those two august bodies are unaware of what is going on?

     

     

    The SFA control Scottish football and UEFA don’t give a damn on parochial issues. They take their lead from National Associations.

     

     

    Celtic can only go by those rules, as members of the SFA.

     

     

    We have asked for inquiries, and for answers to anomalies in the application of those rules.

     

    Those requests have either been ignored or rejected.

     

     

    Do we make a statement(s) through the media, which would lead to the club being cited on disrepute charges?

     

     

    If you don’t think that that would be the result of any public complaint.

     

    Just think how our players are treated by the SFA disciplinary panels, compared to players from other clubs.

     

    Think of Gerrard’s recent outburst and the official response.

     

     

    I would dearly love to hear of a way in which Celtic can effectively draw attention to the corruption within Scottish football, as a lone voice.

     

     

    There would be no point in taking action which would backfire on the club, by the SFA/UEFA turning their tarnished rule book on to the club.

     

     

    Empty gestures and sabre rattling are counter productive.

     

     

    Still, it’s good to read that all spare tickets for the September game were snapped up within minutes, a further validation of the box office draw of the OF.

  2. Go tell the Spartim on

    All this angst and countering of arguments can easily be pacified just get a couple of decent defenders in, loans outright buys whatever.

     

     

    Awaitingevenmorereasonsnottobuy CSC

  3. AH @ 3.11

     

     

    I did read your comments.

     

    To me they started off badly and got worse.

     

     

    We have agreement that football is our business.

     

     

    Our commercial efforts are secondary — they are based on our football efforts and their importance is secondary to our efforts to improve our squad and our football performance.

     

     

    Your mention of stability has me worried.

     

    In the wrong hands this viewpoint will lead to an over investment in bricks and mortar and an under investment in human capital.

     

     

    Stability is not what we need — we need proper risk management.

     

    Risk is part of a normal growing business — the skill comes from how we manage the risk.

     

     

    We should be a growing business — looking to improve across all our areas of activity.

  4. SYDNEYTIM on 13TH AUGUST 2018 11:21 AM

     

     

    A lot of rumours of high level meeting going on at Celtic Park today We have on the one side. Brendan Rodgers trying to improve the team And the other side we have peter of the heated driveway

     

     

    News is DD is not happy with peter L Could it be jelly and ice cream time Alas due to PL failings it could be too late to revive our CL fortunes But this can’t go on Peter L time to leave

     

     

    *you never never had anything good tae say about Celtic for years especially Peter Lawwell and then disappeared, wonder why, a double treble might be the answer. Now your back and it’s only taken you a couple of posts to zero in on PL again.

     

     

    In September 2003, PLhe returned to Celtic succeeding Ian McLeod as Chief Executive after holding senior positions in Mining Scotland and Clydeport. The job title was changed for Lawwell to Executive Director, Head of Operations as many of the previous Chief Executives had performed poorly in that role.

     

     

    He arrived the season after Seville and his job was too make the club financially viable again as MON had led us not just into great success but unsustainable debt.

     

     

    Since then we have won 11 titles, 7 SC and 5 LC. Included are 2 Trebles, 3 Doubles (League and SC) and 2 SPL Doubles (League and League Cup).

     

     

    16 ROADS Intimated that PL should have been sacked immediately after the 2007/8 season, don’t know why as we had just completed 3IAR, he must have meant the following 3 years when they won 3 titles in a row, however, that was during a period when bader and naesurname were throwing OPM about like men with no erms.

     

     

    10 years ago Peter turned the Arse down and look where he’s took us since then, he’s the best CEO we’ve ever had and is in the process of dragging Scottish fitba out of the cess pit it is in.

     

     

    I have no idea why you have such a hate for Peter L but it certainly isn’t Celtic related.

  5. Turkeybhoy, I’m going to Turkey in a few weeks. I see the lira has collapsed. Would you advise changing money when I get there

  6. TT @ 3.41

     

     

    You are easily pleased.

     

    He has been useless on a number of occasions.

     

    Caused huge amount of failure with hi S micro managing and his penny’s pinching.

     

     

    Please remember the fall from grace we managed after Seville.

     

    To the point that we needed an emergency rights issue to keep the bank happy.

  7. the glorious balance sheet on

    Tontine Tim

     

     

    You state that Peter Lawwell is in the process of dragging Scottish football out of the cesspit that it’s in.

     

     

    Are you able to expand on precisely how he is doing that? Is he, for example, going after the SFA and Dungcaster on Res 12, LNS and the 5 way agreement?

  8. the glorious balance sheet on

    Gene 4.22pm

     

     

    The game is definitely on BT Sport 2. I was watching BT Sport on Saturday night and yesterday and they made a number of announcements confirming the game is on BT Sport 2.

     

     

    They’ll not have updated their schedule yet which is daft as that might cause them to lose potential subscribers who don’t realise they have the game.

  9. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Brown’s “elbow” is not even as bad as McKenna’s shove (x 2) on MoreLoss, which they must have seen while they were – ahem – “reviewing” the MoreLoss kick.

     

    Complete invention to try to make it look like he has been “let off”.

  10. MADMITCH on 13TH AUGUST 2018 4:03 PM

     

    TT @ 3.41

     

     

    You are easily pleased. He has been useless on a number of occasions. Caused huge amount of failure with hi S micro managing and his penny’s pinching.

     

     

    Please remember the fall from grace we managed after Seville. To the point that we needed an emergency rights issue to keep the bank happy.

     

     

    *Hmmm i thought we won the Double the season after Seville, including a 17 point lead and 37 GD over deidco knocking the same club out of the SC in the quarters.

     

     

    As for the rights issue that was tae pay back all the money MON spent on getting us there, probably cost McLeod his job tae.

  11. Embdae think we might bring in Snodgrass on loan? He won’t get much game time at West Ham, about 10 new players and a new manager….

  12. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    @ TONTINE TIM on 13TH AUGUST 2018 4:38 PM

     

     

    You seem to attribute all our successes to the executives as opposed to the manager who achieved them.

     

     

    What’s your stance on Tony Mowbray or Ronny Deila? Or the cyclical pattern of building momentum in Europe, only to stifle investment and cause an inevitable deterioration in squad quality and results?

  13. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Bada Bing 4.41pm

     

     

    Snodgrass came on yesterday so must be on Pellegrinis plans … another player who will be in daft money

     

     

    Aff oot … canny wait for the Hoops in Athens, got a feeling we are going to do it :-)

  14. MADMITCH on 13TH AUGUST 2018 3:41 PM

     

    AH @ 3.11

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I did read your comments.

     

     

     

     

    To me they started off badly and got worse.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We have agreement that football is our business.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our commercial efforts are secondary — they are based on our football efforts and their importance is secondary to our efforts to improve our squad and our football performance.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Your mention of stability has me worried.

     

     

     

     

    In the wrong hands this viewpoint will lead to an over investment in bricks and mortar and an under investment in human capital.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Stability is not what we need — we need proper risk management.

     

     

     

     

    Risk is part of a normal growing business — the skill comes from how we manage the risk.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We should be a growing business — looking to improve across all our areas of activity.

     

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    Once again you miss the point.

     

     

    I actually defined stability so as not to worry you. I see I failed.

     

     

    With regard to the rest I think we have risk mismanagement, but again I was suggesting we revisit WITHOUT destabalising, as I defined it.

     

     

    I appreciate your views but in the absence of facts neither you nor I can be sure where a tipping point will occur.

     

     

    So whatever we think, it is at the end of the day an opinion and I prefer to be informed before forming one or taking another’s as fact.

  15. TT @ 4.38

     

     

    The descent from Seville was over the following two seasons.

     

    We had the stability of the MON squad hurting us at every turn.

     

    Plus the JMcF shambles — very prescient regarding what has happened recently.

     

     

    We did play well locally but in Europe we ran out of steam as the season went on.

     

    We found a gem in LM and two talents in DM and JFK.

     

    Plus we had AMcG and SM coming through.

     

     

    However the real marker was the fact that SP — all £300K of him — seemed to be the only player with energy come March and April.

     

     

    MON got lazy with the transition and his squad got fat and happy with their wages.

     

    May 2005 was then the result — disappointment on the field and £23.5mill of debt off it.

  16. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Snodgrass(good tim)is on money McGinn(good tim) can only

     

    dream about…………..so no happening.

  17. THE GLORIOUS BALANCE SHEET on 13TH AUGUST 2018 4:11 PM

     

    Tontine Tim

     

     

    You state that Peter Lawwell is in the process of dragging Scottish football out of the cesspit that it’s in.

     

     

    Are you able to expand on precisely how he is doing that? Is he, for example, going after the SFA and Dungcaster on Res 12, LNS and the 5 way agreement?

     

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    I think he has to or explain to shareholders why not .

  18. AH @ 4.59

     

     

    Who is mis-managing the risk?

     

     

    How are we mis-managing the risk?

     

    When are we mis-managing the risk?

     

     

    We are currently not well managed.

     

    Lessons are hopefully going to be learned by some.

     

    Others though are repeating previous mistakes.

     

     

    Regarding stability — in sport that is not the way forward.

     

    Stability in that context allows others to catch up.

     

     

    This is so basic that I need to ask you to define stability.

  19. Fair amount of tickets for the hun game have found their way to ticket agencies . Lisbon lion briefs priced around £350 each and a cool £760 for a vip seat.

  20. THE HANDS CANT HIT WHAT THE EYES CANT SEE on 13TH AUGUST 2018 4:42 PM

     

    @ TONTINE TIM on 13TH AUGUST 2018 4:38 PM

     

     

    You seem to attribute all our successes to the executives as opposed to the manager who achieved them.

     

     

    *no I don’t, you need both to be in tandem with each other, big Jock’s, and Celtic’s, slide started when Bob Kelly left and Desmond White took over.

     

     

    What’s your stance on Tony Mowbray or Ronny Deila? Or the cyclical pattern of building momentum in Europe, only to stifle investment and cause an inevitable deterioration in squad quality and results?

     

     

    *widnae have given Mogga house room as for Da Doo Ron Ron lets not forget the job was thrust on him after Lenny bailed oot, a good idea that didnae pan out, still won 2 titles and a Cup though.

  21. AULDHEID on 13TH AUGUST 2018 5:06 PM

     

    THE GLORIOUS BALANCE SHEET on 13TH AUGUST 2018 4:11 PM

     

     

    Tontine Tim

     

     

    You state that Peter Lawwell is in the process of dragging Scottish football out of the cesspit that it’s in.

     

     

    Are you able to expand on precisely how he is doing that? Is he, for example, going after the SFA and Dungcaster on Res 12, LNS and the 5 way agreement?

     

     

    ===========================

     

     

    I think he has to or explain to shareholders why not .

     

     

    *I think you answered that for me and I also believe DD has a lot of input here.

  22. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    !!Bada Bing!! on 13th August 2018 4:41 pm

     

    Embdae think we might bring in Snodgrass on loan? He won’t get much game time at West Ham, about 10 new players and a new manager….

     

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    Wondered about that myself. Only problems could be wages and can he do the high pressing stuff? Might be worth it for the dead balls mind you!

     

    I noticed also that Villa might be releasing Micah Richards. Good attacking RB in his City days. Can also play CB.

     

    Don’t know if he has played much recently. Never know if you are going to get a Scott Sinclair or a Freddie Ljunberg!

  23. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Bamboo

     

    Celtic will have details of whomever purchased those tickets and should nip that in the bud and issue a warning to those involved

     

     

    Well naw, because they are in the same boat re

     

    Exploiting the hype/ oldfrim tickets

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