Remarkable distractions need to end


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. Mr Dunblane …..



    braw folk are the drum beat of every braw tune…



    smiley never ever give an inch thing






    (unless u no who says so)




    smiley smiley thing

  2. Jamesgang



    As my old man used to say after any defeat and sometimes even victory ” You’ve still got to get up for your work on a Monday morning” and as TIMJIM says oh for the days we ” left our trust in the men running our club ”



    Hail Hail




  3. garygillespieshamstring on

    A wee result for the tic tomorrow and a two nil for maribor and it is business as usual.




    Splendid intellectualising there, and general ? ery, to Timothy all over the world and especially to the bold Athenian fenian variety on this dappled late summers eve.






    (shuts up and gets to bed)



    Isn’t that the problem? Ever since the start of the transfer window, we have gone nowhere.



  6. Bzzzzzzzzz



    Methinks we have an Agent Provocateur in our midst. Journo or Hun? Quite possibly both.

  7. JamesGang, Billy Boy



    I v rarely post but noticed your comments re a friend of mine.


    Good to hear someone speak of Kevin and Colin.


    Brought back to me memories of their mum Moira – what a wonderful person she was.


    She obviously passed it on to her family.



    Take care.





    Condolences on the loss of your friend.

  9. 50 shades of green on

    Morning Tims.



    Condolences to the family and friends of Kevin, thoughts and prayers.




  10. Good morning guys from a dry but overcast Garngad


    Sometimes it’s a sad read on here and puts things into perspective


    Condolences to all who have lost friends/ loved ones.??



    God bless



    D. :)

  11. Well friends another big game day.


    I hope the stories and rumours are not true about Nitcham not included tonight because he could be away, also is Simonovic injured???



    We definitely need to freshen up our first team and squad, but the hard truth is if we don’t make CL we will probably need to sell and get that £50 annual wage bill down. I don’t like to say it but it’s probably hard facts.



    Whichever team is on that park, I hope we leave nothing behind and play hard for them hoops



    Hail Hail



    D. :)

  12. So. French Eddy and Jozo both injury doubts for tonight ? What are we doing in training that see’s players not able to stay fit for more than a couple of games in a row ? What’s Rafael Nadal’s fitness coach doing now…..


    Time for some out of the box thinking.


    Kris Ajer is suspended, but fit.


    Teach him a few choice french phrases and get him to wear a shirt with Eddy’s name and number on the back and play him up front. No-one would notice, right ? And while we’re at it, get John Terry on the phone and get him to Athens. Shave his heid and get him into Simunovic’s shirt.


    Problem solved. Champions league here we come ?



    Here’s a wee tune to get you through the day.





    Celtic. Always.

  13. Just had a wee read at Celtic by numbers, we had 71%possesion in the last game.


    Although, granted they went down to 10 men and you would expect us to have a lot of possesion.


    I believe we can get a result that will get us through.



    Come on the Celtic






    D. :)

  14. Cathal



    Nice post. The fact that there will be a lot of people attending who like me, barely saw these years over the last 20+ years tells you what a lasting impression they made.



    Funny you should mention their mum. I didn’t ever meet her. But when my best mate called to share the sad news he told me she had befriended his mum on holiday in Portugal some years back. And yes, she was apparently just as lovely a person as her sons.



    HH jg





    CELTICBYNUMBERS stuff is genuinely fascinating,I wouldn’t have the patience to compile those stats.



    I’m glad he does,of course!



    But tonight’s number is 71,it’s the number of players who are unlikely to start. Should change our name to Sicknote City.


    Oops,tonight’s number is NOT 71. That makes a tad more sense.

  17. 50 shades of green on

    Here’s another thing that puzzles me, if our scouts are so poor at their jobs, how come just about everyone is wanted by some other club eh??? Baffling aint it ?




  18. 50 shades of green on

    And another thing.



    Boyatta and his agent…



    Haven’t they told the whole world that if you sign Dedryck on a four year contract, he will only play for 3 incase he gets injured in the last one..Baffling aint it ?





    I don’t think our squad is as bad as has been suggested elsewhere,but it does lack depth and experience. And match fitness,btw.



    But,how come just about everyone is wanted by some other club?




  20. BMCUWP you are right about our squad, I don’t think it’s as bad as some make out, but as you say 3 first team additions would bolster us for the season ahead.


    I just hope what ever happens tonight that we add some quality



    D. :)

  21. Bigrailroad brilliant mate.


    I always look forward to your summarisation of govanhill






    D. :)


    Well,we’ve been up against it before. Plenty of times.



    Time for a CQN list,just to annoy MWD(!)



    Ajax,2-2 1st leg at home



    Sporting,0-2 1st leg away



    Barcelona 2-1 but oh did we suffer for getting them angry.



    Loads more of course,but I only mention it because I literally just got sent this from an Antepodean correspondent.



  23. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    First song on Spotify this morning



    Hold on tight ( to your dreams) ELO



    CMON CELTIC ☘️☘️☘️☘️

  24. No more sleeps. 11½ hours till kick off. And a daughter, son in law and granddaughter’s house move to sort out first.


    After last Wednesday’s game, tonight looked to be a tough challenge. Since then we appear to have had nothing but bad news. But as the day goes on I’m pretty sure my optimism will resurface. Seize the day, Celtic. Oh, and don’t write of Kouassi just yet ;-)

  25. Jobo EK weather??


    I thought Kouassi done ok for the first 3o mins on Saturday then faded out.



    D. :)

  26. 50 shades of green on




    Sorry mate work called there, of course we could be doing with a few additions to the squad.



    But at one point throughout the summer at least 3 quarters of our first choice players have been linked with moves away, Only Broonie and Cragie G from the old guard and Eddie obviously. That was my point about our scouts getting it in the neck on here for allegedly not doing the job required.



    Imho we need a Left sided CH, an attacking midfielder that can pick a pass out and take a free-kick and cover for our Swedish Cop,if Gamboa goes…




  27. Wow, Boyata really getting it on Instagram from our fans. Brutal. Still he deserves it. Modern day fitballers eh! Wit they like? Putting wee daft videos up showing them getting wee leccy shocks an we’re all thinking, turn the juice UP!

  28. morning bhoys from an overcast Cheshire. condolences to anyone who has lost loved ones. still, bliddy nervous about tonight as bobby would say.COYBIG.hh.

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