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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. The PLC’s failure to publicly call out the SFA/SPFL for their antics re Oldco/Sevco has caused a deep rift amongst our fans. Some no longer attend games; their decisions must be respected, if not agreed with. Others will not tolerate public criticism of the club, no matter what. Understandable, if the board is getting the message through channels like the supporters’ clubs or the CT. Most fans are between these 2 extremes, and only want to cheer on a winning team on the park.

     

    This current spat is like manna for the MSM and the klan. It doesn’t matter now whoever is to blame. John McGinn has gone, and Boyata should be out the door, or in with the devt. squad. Let’s hope that BR and the board sort this out pronto and that the next article in the press is the report on our win in Athens. If not, at least a report on us signing a player or two.

     

    HH

  2. Clubs don’t always pay all of a loan players wages, Hibs would have paid about 25% of Allan’s wages last year , at the most.

  3. Good evening guys from a confused Garngad

     

    Confused because all the talk is of our captain being cited for a block on a cheat.

     

     

    Hearts assaulted us all day on Saturday, absolout thuggery, definely not football as it should be played.

     

     

    Anyone got any updates??

     

     

    HH

     

     

    D. :)

  4. glendalystonsils on

    DAVID66 on 13TH AUGUST 2018 5:53 PM

     

     

    Worst of it is , ‘ones as bad as the other’ headlines generated.

     

    I can think of no greater insult to our captain than bracketing him alongside that venemous wee nyaff Naismith.

  5. From ETims

     

     

    TO-ME TO-ME CSC

     

    August 13, 2018 · by Desi Mond · in Latest, Specials

     

    It was nice to read of the Rotherham United and Ipswich Town fans doing a touching tribute to Barry Elliot aka Barry Chuckle at the weekends game.

     

     

    On the 73rd minute, half the fans shouted “To ME!” and the other half shouted “To YOU!” in the style of the brothers act.

     

     

    A truly lovely touch.

     

     

     

     

    Sadly, Celtic has its own version of that going on and it isnt touching, funny or welcome.

     

     

     

     

    At present, we seem to have Brendan saying “Peter..To You!” and passing him a list of targets for signing.

     

     

    Peter then exclaims “To Me?” and the signings subsequently fall by the wayside and everyone groans in despair bar the laughing media and opposition fans.

     

     

    Im aware folk will be reading this and already be sighing and suggesting any or all of the following:

     

     

    How do you know whats going on?

     

    Why do you believe the Scottish Press?

     

    There’s still time for signings!

     

     

     

    The answer to the above is

     

     

    I dont

     

    I dont

     

    I know but dont care

     

    The reason I am so angry and disappointed is we have been down this road before. Many many times.

     

     

    Different managers, different Board members, same old outcome.

     

     

    Every time we have a position of strength, every time we have money in the bank, every time we have opportunity to press home an advantage.

     

     

    We f*** it up.

     

     

    Pure and simple.

     

     

    The way i currently see it?

     

     

    We’ve f****d it, yet again.

     

     

    To quote Donald Arsefelt..lets consider the known knowns –

     

     

    We knew Brendan Rodgers had asked for Quality signings.

     

    We knew the World Cup was coming, which reduces the chances of truly great signings. Fair enough but we arent in that market, we are in the market for players who didnt make the World Cup so that excuse is gone.

     

    We knew some of our players would be going to the World Cup..all defenders…an area we knew needed strengthening.

     

    We knew the Champions League qualifiers were going to be early and more demanding this season.

     

    We knew Scott Brown had an injury. We knew Dembele had an injury.

     

    We knew we had money in the bank and funds available. Everybody including selling clubs knew this of course. We knew they knew this.

     

    So what did we do this summer?

     

     

    We sold Stuart Armstrong to Southampton generating millions in profit.

     

    We lost 2 of our seasoned defenders to their teams being in final play off stages of World Cup

     

    We started our Champions League campaign with a Right back who we wouldn’t even consider for a full season last year.

     

    We decided to change tactics to play 2 up front. Then promptly suffered another injury to our injury prone star striker.

     

    We lost our new winger to injury.

     

    We have our “best” defender now refusing to play as wants to exit following 3 decent World Cup group performances.

     

    We brought back a 32 years old as a free back up for our over used left back.

     

    We bid low for John McGinn. We refused to meet asking price in initial talks and then openly tried to play the blackmail\long emotional game. We then cried wolf when Aston Villa dared to come in 3 weeks later and sign the attacking forceful midfielder who had played 100 times for Hibs, winning 2 major honours and 9 Scotland caps.

     

    We see all attention before CL home tie being devoted to the clumsy pursuit of John McGinn.

     

    While Celtic face AEK Athens, McGinn signs for Villa.

     

    We let in a stupid goal against a team playing their first game of the season.

     

    Despite being down to 10 men, Athens easily hold out Celtic for a 1-1 draw, handing advantage to the Greek side.

     

    Athens goal comes when our World Cup returning right back failed to block a cut back and our midfielder turned centre half couldnt clear a ball up the park.

     

    The same midfielder turned centre half now banned for return leg forcing Jozo and Hendry to be a new untried pairing in key game.

     

    Manager spends all week talking about differences with the Board and has to deny that he was issuing ultimatums.

     

    Celtic travel to Tynecastle, a ground notorious for combative football and a hard place to play. Manager picks a skeleton side and his tactics duly baffle players and support.

     

    Defensive pairing of Jozo and Hendry given game time at Tynecastle. Not one player in a Celtic jersey turns up in a truly shameful display as Celtic lose 1-0.

     

    1 hour after Celtic failed to turn up at Tynecastle, McGinn capped his Villa debut with a vital assist.

     

    Celtic travel to play in Athens to play in 30 degree heat needing to score more goals than Athens, a team lauded for its defensive qualities.

     

    Up front it seems Celtic will have to rush back Moussa Dembele in attack

     

     

     

    Now I have seen folk saying after that Hearts performance, or lack off, “Its just one game..we shall be fine”.

     

     

    Im sorry but I dont want to think losing to Hearts is okay or “its just an off day!”.

     

     

    I want Celtic to be ruthless. I want to see folk like the the thuggish Steven Naismith shamed into submission. I want to see folk like Craig Levein being laughed at.

     

     

    I want Celtic to be on top of their game in every game.

     

     

    I want the players up for the challenge of competition both from opponents and from quality team mates.

     

     

    I want a Director of Scouting getting his finger out and ensuring signings are identified months in advance and interest made known.

     

     

    I want a Manager confident he is being backed and asking for real quality not just hopeful punts.

     

     

    I want a Board concentrating on the football side fort and foremost, not lights, not hotels, not penny pinching when money is available and being generated by the team, manager and lets not forget, us the fans!

     

     

     

     

    So there we go, basically i think its been another preseason of total fuck-uppery. We are worse off squad wise and really need to steady the ship before we head into Autumn.

     

     

    While the Board and management arent ensuring all success in all areas, then we clearly have problems.

     

     

    We now have Celtic travelling to Athens on a wing and a prayer.

     

     

    Many folk are still optimistic. I for one am not. I hope i am wrong but this whole shambolic summer has really made us look disjointed from top to bottom.

     

     

    I havent seen much of Celtic this season to suggest we can go there and get the result needed. Sure we had a decent 20 minutes against AEK at home but I haven’t forgotten how bad we can get away from home, especially when inder pressure. Brendan has to rally his troops and pick the perfect tactics.

     

     

    Our best hope..and that says it all that Im considering “hope”…is that Athens sit back and keep it tight. Our best hope may have been a set piece but we have no Boyata to get on the end of those high balls so may have to hop for a direct free kick.

     

     

    We are where we are and can only move forward.

     

     

    Whatever way it goes Tuesday, theres a lot of folk at Celtic who need to look at themselves and ask are they doing everything they can to ensure success, from Principal Shareholders, The Board, Scouts, Management team, Players, Squad players. Time for them to start pulling and pushing in the same direction.

     

     

    I dont see what else us fans can do, we have backed the side every step of the way, where we lead, others now must follow.

  6. As BSR might say

     

    “Who would win in a fight between a blatant kick and an imaginary elbow”

  7. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Shockerooni!

     

    Now wait for the MSM spin about how Brown has “escaped a ban”, just like MoreLoss!

  8. SFA panel of 3 former Category 1 referees have to come to a unanimous decision that a red card is merited…..

     

    Sweet suffering Jesus

     

    Bet you none of them are called Seamus and Bobby Tait plays a starring role.

     

    Any wonder Quasimodo’s red was rescinded.

     

    HH

  9. MADMITCH on 13TH AUGUST 2018 5:08 PM

     

    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.

     

     

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

     

    Definition of stability

     

    plural stabilities

     

    1

     

    : the quality, state, or degree of being stable: such as

     

    a : the strength to stand or endure : firmness

     

    b : the property of a body that causes it when disturbed from a condition of equilibrium or steady motion to develop forces or moments that restore the original condition

     

    c : resistance to chemical change or to physical disintegration

  10. the glorious balance sheet on

    Michael Stewart showing Darryl Broadfoot up for the complete halfwit he is on Shortbread right now

  11. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Strong Rangers Association mouthpiece doesn’t half like the sound of his own voice!

  12. mild mannered Pedro delgado on

    Can’t listen to the gloating Hun tonight I’ll wait until the rightful order has been restored.

     

     

    Bsr

     

    Missed your post earlier re McGinn money.i thought he was offered £15k per week by Aston Villa but I could be wrong.

  13. Brown has no case to FFin’ answer:

     

     

    “Anthony Mcglennan. Anthony.

     

    Solicitor. What did you expect Bears?”

     

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    “Brown was only cited to give the illusion that it’s a fair and just system.”

     

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    “They had to absolve Naismith because they would never do Broon9.

     

    Naismith serves the purpose of a convenient smoke screen.

     

    It is all a nonsense.

     

    The entire circus was designed for a singular purpose to enable one club to steal an advantage over a certain rival when required.

     

    A totally subjective farce that would be laughed at in an African Banana Republic.” [African…Sammy?!]

     

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    “As soon as the two cases were opened there was no chance of either being found guilty. It had to be both or none, and since Naismith was innocent they had to find Brown innocent also, even though they were separate and completely different incidents.”

     

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    “Just watched it on STV there. Showed you the elbow by Brown ONCE but the Naismith boot FOUR f[laming] times !!! And 2 of them in slow motion.

     

    That’s what we’re up against!!!!”

     

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    “It is hard to believe, after one game , the flag of concern is raised, is there a conspiracy by officials, or is the standard of referees just awful. After [yesterday’s] game, questions have to be asked of this standard of control. It was below sub standard. So is it a conspiracy.”

     

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    “An utter disgrace from the compliance officer. Absolutely corrupt to the core. Scottish football is riddled from top to bottom.

     

    Scott Brown is untouchable, absolutely bullet proof. He can forearm smash, throw elbows, persistently foul opponents, aim kicks at opponents heads when on the ground, come through the back of players… knowing fine well he will not be punished.

     

    The fact it’s gone to video evidence and the panel have thrown it out shows how f[laming] corrupt this pathetic footballing association/governing body, are.

     

    His day will come, it’s long over due – 55 is coming and when it does, it’s the best way to shut these cheating, arrogant, corrupt, fenian [fellows] up.

     

    Our manager will be well aware of yet another shocking footballing decision and this will only make us even stronger.”

     

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    “The single most obvious incident of fenian bias you will see in a while.”

     

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    “I hate when our own folk say ‘The Boys’ in my opinion it should be ‘The Lads’ ”

     

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    “I’m at a bit of an En Passe on this one.”

  14. GLENDALYSTONSILS on 13TH AUGUST 2018 5:59 PM

     

    DAVID66 on 13TH AUGUST 2018 5:53 PM

     

     

     

    Worst of it is , ‘ones as bad as the other’ headlines generated.

     

     

    I can think of no greater insult to our captain than bracketing him alongside that venemous wee nyaff Naismith.

     

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    Glendaly cheers and you are absolutely correct regarding the RAT dive-smith.

     

     

    D. :)

  15. Hen1rik

     

    best post ive read on here for ages,sums up our start to season perfectily.

     

    HH

  16. Mad Mitch. @14.56 hrs.

     

     

    I always thought your disdain for Peter Lawwell was personal. It clouds your judgement.

     

     

    HH.

  17. Silver City 1888 on

    If found guilty, I don’t think Scott will miss the Sevcos game. If he appeals a guilty decision, he might. So what should be do? Should he put himself in the hands of collaborators and apologists or have them cast up his lack of appeal as an admission of guilt? #notparanoidenoughCSC

  18. its awe aboot broonie……whit aboot that hun who was sent packing yesterday,,,,,,,too much happening today….expect appeal process to start tomorrow.

  19. !!BADA BING!! on 13TH AUGUST 2018 7:17 PM

     

    Roumer Compper is fit again.

     

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    I thought it was Marvin?

  20. Silver City 1888 on

    5 mins drawing up a paranoid rant and they find him not guilty. Still, they used it as a smoke screen to get Naismith off. My hash tag still stands.

  21. M1980- copied and posted a text message, pretty sure you know who he is…..despite being awol for 8 months…..

  22. Bada Bing

     

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    At this point I’m of the belief that the existence of Marvin Compper is but a rumour.