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Sympathy for the captain, forget Schalk, worry about next weekend’s penalty

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There’s been a lot of talk about the Lisbon Lions recently; you may have noticed. Go ask you dad about them, he’ll tell you they could take care of themselves. For all the pretty football, they still had to win the battles.

Consider also the team during Seville season. Thompson, Lennon, Sutton, Hartson, Mjallby and Valgaeren never failed to meet an opponent square on. They were all hard men. Don’t even ask about Bobo, he terrified opponents by the scale of his shadow, no opponent dared take him on.

All of those duties now fall to Scott Brown, he’s our hard man. It’s an important role and he doesn’t have much in the way of support.

You get the feeling there’s a notion that the rest of the guys can concentrate on being wonderful, in the knowledge that Scott will sort out the troublemakers. He was, of course, wrong yesterday, not for the first time, although red cards are not a regular occurrence.

Sky TV could not have hand-picked a better analyst of this situation than Barry Robson. Barry arrived at Celtic in January 2008, picked up the mantle of Sorter Outer in Chief, and stamped his authority on the league title. We all knew that, unlike a then often-rash Scott Brown, Barry could work within the lines and still get the job done.

But even the such a master of subtle intimidation can get it spectacularly wrong. Last year he lamped former Celtic team-mate, Scott McDonald, a minute after coming on as a substitute. If you want a hard man in your team, don’t go yelling about him when he acts like a hard man moments after being assaulted from behind.

The only surprise about the late penalty for Ross County’s Schalk’s outrageous dive and subsequent penalty was that it happened this weekend, not next. Set your watch for it, people, if you think the treble will be decided purely on meritocratic terms, you’ve not watched as much football as me.

Brendan’s about to find out the limits of his apparent powers in Scottish football.

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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    LMCBHOY

     

     

    Sod Gollum. He sold his soul a long time ago.

     

     

    His might one day be a tale of redemption,of course. But it won’t be on Sunday.

     

     

    So what?

     

     

    Despite stuttering recently,we are still miles in front. It’s in our hands.

     

     

    We show up,we win.

  2. JAMESGANG on 18TH APRIL 2017 8:36 AM

     

    Our hero has disappeared from Twitter

     

     

    —–

     

    Lawyers advice or was it just a warning shot?

  3. Bmcuw

     

     

    Ach.suprised at you linkin in daily waitintibbytelt:-)

     

    You should request A stor/macjay antipodean red to take of settings and print article.lovin there circulation decline.widnae use it campin.

     

    Lol.

     

    Hope yir good

     

    HH

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    ANTEARMANN

     

     

    Aye,yer right as always,big fella.

     

     

    Stillanaw,worth a look.

     

     

    Where are you hiding out these days? That was a bit cryptic last night!

     

     

    HH

  5. Timreaper

     

     

    Dunno bud. I’d have been asking one of the hip 21C interweb gurus like your good self!

     

     

    Actually I was surprised he appeared at this time. If it really was him.

     

     

    This whole court case imbroglio has often felt like the best looking skimming stone you ever found on the beach. Would splash so far into the distance and be the best ever.

     

     

    Thus far….splosh!

     

     

    Hope to see some ripples and waves at some point. Soon.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  6. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Word of The Day

     

     

    Inculpate /ˈɪnkʌlˌpeɪt; ɪnˈkʌlpeɪt/

     

     

    verb

     

    1. to involve in a charge; accuse.

     

    2. (transitive) to incriminate; cause blame to be imputed

     

     

    Derived Forms

     

    inculpation, noun

     

    inculpative (ɪnˈkʌlpətɪv), inculpatory (ɪnˈkʌlpətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective

     

    Word Origin and History for inculpate

     

    v.

     

    1799, “to accuse, bring charges against,” from Medieval Latin inculpatus, past participle of inculpare “to reproach, blame, censure,” from Latin in- “in” (see in- (2)) + culpare “to blame,” from culpa “fault.” But inculpable (late 15c.) means “not culpable, free from blame,” from Latin in- “not” (see in- (1)) + culpare

     

     

     

    KTF

  7. Have to agree with JoHan mjallby on that one . If holt , garner , Halliday , super Barry , thought they were going out to face the big bhoys Martin had in his team , They would need 4 pair of underpants , Or pull a sicky would be more the thing . BR has done wonders with us this season , my only gripe is we are too soft , I know, I know I am always going on about this problem . On Sunday at the brown sending off was the first time this season I have witnessed the team getting involved in support of scotty , mainly Armstrong and Jozo. imho the last game against them ,they scared our wee buoys . we have some real quality players in our team , unfortunately they are not to fond of the rough stuff , and again I’m sorry to say , when you play that lot that is what your going to encounter .

  8. Jimtim

     

     

    Saw SA v early in his Celtic career away to St J at the tail end of the season. He seemed genuinely bemused at how players were allowed to kick him more in his new green strip. (Ryan Christie got the same treatment as soon he signed andcwas loaned back to ICT).

     

     

    I thought ‘welcome to Celtic Stuart. Now you know….’

     

     

    I love the young man. Great pro. So glad he’s flourishing. And now he’s starting to use his lawyer skills on the pitch to call out the MIBs.

     

     

    Too few have done so enough this season.

     

    Wee KT has learned.

     

    Lustig is unrepentant.

     

     

    This coming sabbath day is one when repentance should be postponed.

     

     

    Stay unrepentant. One in, all in.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  9. Jim tim.

     

     

    Spot on been saying it aw season need more than broonie to mix it up.

     

     

    Problem is we go in, it’s a straight red.

     

     

    What does Brendan dae?.

  10. The Article to which BMCUW referred:

     

     

    “This Celtic team would be no match for Martin O’Neill’s Treble winners says Johan Mjallby

     

    The Hoops legend believes there is no comparison between O’Neill’s heroes and the current crop but has backed Brendan Rodgers’ side to continue to improve.

     

    Johan Mjallby insists the current Celtic side are no match for Martin O’Neil’s 2001 treble winning team.

     

     

    The Hoops legend believes it would be Bhoys against men if the two teams were pitched against each other.

     

     

    Despite hailing the possibility of Brendan Rodgers and his players emulating the feat of his own era the Swede is adamant O’Neill’s group would be too strong when asked to compare the present-day side.

     

     

    He said: “I would say, probably, yes.

     

    “I say that because of the experience. We were a team of grown up boys, in fact, we were men.

     

     

    “This team now is fantastic but I still think you need to give it another year before you can compare it with Martin’s team.

     

     

    “But if they keep doing what they’re doing now they’re going to be No2 after the Lisbon Lions.”

     

     

     

    Mjallby believes their are parallels to be drawn between his treble winning season and the aspirations of the side which aim to walk in there shadow.

     

     

    He said: “It was a great, great season. We were in the same position as Celtic are today. We had a great season. Quite early we knew that we had won the league and the league cup before then. The task was to keep your focus, form and still be in shape.

     

     

    “You try not to get any negative thoughts, like ‘alright, one or two more games and it’s a holiday’. It’s more about keeping your focus and doing the same things you’ve done during the season because it’s working. Don’t try to complicate things.

     

     

    “And we had Martin O’Neill, who was probably one of the best motivators in the game. He was quite good at keeping you on your toes so that you didn’t slack off too much.”

     

     

    Celtic’s aim of claiming the Invincibles tag was also something which Mjallby believes won’t carry as much gravitas as it would have when he was pulling the boots on for the club when they only lost three games during that 2000-2001 campaign.

     

     

    He said: “We have to maybe give them another season before you can say that they are a better group of players than we were. This is no disrespect to today’s team. I would say that the opposition was probably harder for us.

     

     

     

    “You had a very, very strong Rangers at the time. And you had Hearts, Dundee and Dundee United who were probably stronger than the rest of the teams are right now. But nevertheless, it would be an amazing feat.

     

     

    “What a turnaround. Months ago, we were moaning like hell when Celtic played in Gibraltar and had a tough evening in a Champions League qualifier. Now we are sitting here speaking about them being invincible, going through the season without losing a domestic game.

     

     

    “What a fantastic achievement that would be. It just shows how well Brendan Rodgers has done. What a great appointment it has been.

     

     

    “The players he has brought on the scene, with Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair, it’s the Celtic way as well. They have been a great, great force going forward. I know they haven’t conceded many either but this team plays the game the Celtic way.”

     

     

     

    Celtic boasted stars like Henrik Larsson under Martin O’Neill

     

    The 46-year-old is backing his old club to beat Rangers and book a Scottish Cup Final spot this weekend and take another step towards what he expects to become the treble.

     

     

    He said: “Looking at the season, you have to say Celtic are favourites – not only for Sunday’s game, but to win the trophy which will mean they win the Treble.

     

     

    “They have had a wonderful season. Their confidence is sky-high. They have the right tempo, a lot of players are positive and have improved since Brendan Rodgers came in the door.

     

    “But the last Old Firm game was a draw and we all know what can happen in these fixtures. Rangers will be confident they can raise their game and give Celtic a very hard afternoon.

     

     

    “The new Rangers manager hasn’t changed too much yet, he’s just in the door, but they look to be quite solid in the few games they have played under him so far. They will need to be very solid defensively to have any chance of winning game on Sunday.”

     

     

    Johan Mjallby was speaking at a William Hill event. William Hill are proud sponsors of the Scottish Cup.”

  11. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    JIMTIM

     

     

    Aye,indeed.

     

     

    But granted there isnae an evil genius amongst our players at the minute,nor a Thommo,Mjalbby,Bobo et al,those lads will still know how to look after themselves.

     

     

    There are few shrinking violets at this level.

     

     

    The players have been put in a no-win situation. And it’s not their fault.

  12. An excellent analogy from Jamesgang:

     

     

    “This whole court case imbroglio has often felt like the best looking skimming stone you ever found on the beach. Would splash so far into the distance and be the best ever.

     

     

     

    Thus far….splosh! ”

     

     

    JJ

     

     

     

    Hope to see some ripples and waves at some point. Soon.

     

     

    JJ

  13. PS The `ripples and waves ` comment was also Jamesgang`s inspiration. I am just the C & P man.

     

     

    BMCUW

     

    You are very welcome.

     

     

    JJ

  14. I agree with LMCBhoy that we are getting into the territory of unjustified fear.

     

     

    Phrases like “the fix is in”, (an expression used in previous seasons with more inaccuracy than precision), and the treble or undefeated domestic season “will not be allowed to happen”, are examples of this.

     

     

    Consider for a moment that you were a Scottish ref or part of a cabal of refs with an anti-Celtic outlook, and you were planning to derail the SC campaign or the domestic undefeated run, or both, would you have given that penalty decision in the Ross County game, which merely led to )another) drawn game and did not affect either the treble or the undefeated run?

     

     

    I would argue that, if you were planning to pull a fast one on Celtic in the run-in you would have done exactly the oppsite, i.e. – you woulf have given Celtic an unjustified penalty or sent off a couple of their opponents. You would do so in order to be able to pull the fast one in a match that mattered and be able to present it as “one of those things” that evens out over a season, just like Celtic were advntaged by a poor decision in a recent match.

     

     

    I think Mr. Robertson might even have helped the situation by his stupid decision. He has put refs and assistants firmly in the spotlight and any ref planning mischief in the next week or two will be under more scrutiny than normal and will have to find a more justified case for intervention. Now, I doubt that Willie Collum is an anti-Celtic ref- the main worry I have over him centre on his competence (the goal given against ICT last week and many other such mistakes) and his tendency to over-compensate for being an RE teacher in a RC school (the Kirk Broadfoot pen) but even Willie will be at pains not to be blatantly anti-Celtic now that Mr. Robertson has queered the pitch.

     

     

    Now, I could be wrong and the refs are willing to be blatant – only time will tell but my predictions are for a Celtic win in the SC semi and no worse than a draw in the league game at ibrox.

     

     

    The ref charged with breaking our undefeated domestic season will probably be lying quietly in wait at one of the other post-split matches- away to Aberdeen or Thistle are more likely.

     

     

    Back to work now- catch replies later

  15. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    BMCUWP

     

     

    This Celtic team would be no match for Martin O’Neill’s Treble winners says Johan Mjallby

     

     

    BY GORDON PARKS, 18 APR 2017

     

     

    Johan Mjallby insists the current Celtic side are no match for Martin O’Neil’s 2001 treble winning team.

     

    The Hoops legend believes it would be Bhoys against men if the two teams were pitched against each other.

     

    Despite hailing the possibility of Brendan Rodgers and his players emulating the feat of his own era the Swede is adamant O’Neill’s group would be too strong when asked to compare the present-day side.

     

    He said: “I would say, probably, yes.

     

     

    “I say that because of the experience. We were a team of grown up boys, in fact, we were men.

     

    “This team now is fantastic but I still think you need to give it another year before you can compare it with Martin’s team.

     

     

    “But if they keep doing what they’re doing now they’re going to be No2 after the Lisbon Lions.”

     

    Mjallby believes their are parallels to be drawn between his treble winning season and the aspirations of the side which aim to walk in there shadow.

     

     

    He said: “It was a great, great season. We were in the same position as Celtic are today. We had a great season. Quite early we knew that we had won the league and the league cup before then. The task was to keep your focus, form and still be in shape.

     

     

    “You try not to get any negative thoughts, like ‘alright, one or two more games and it’s a holiday’. It’s more about keeping your focus and doing the same things you’ve done during the season because it’s working. Don’t try to complicate things.

     

     

    “And we had Martin O’Neill, who was probably one of the best motivators in the game. He was quite good at keeping you on your toes so that you didn’t slack off too much.”

     

     

    Celtic’s aim of claiming the Invincibles tag was also something which Mjallby believes won’t carry as much gravitas as it would have when he was pulling the boots on for the club when they only lost three games during that 2000-2001 campaign.

     

     

    He said: “We have to maybe give them another season before you can say that they are a better group of players than we were. This is no disrespect to today’s team. I would say that the opposition was probably harder for us.

     

     

    “You had a very, very strong Rangers at the time. And you had Hearts, Dundee and Dundee United who were probably stronger than the rest of the teams are right now. But nevertheless, it would be an amazing feat.

     

     

    “What a turnaround. Months ago, we were moaning like hell when Celtic played in Gibraltar and had a tough evening in a Champions League qualifier. Now we are sitting here speaking about them being invincible, going through the season without losing a domestic game.

     

     

    “What a fantastic achievement that would be. It just shows how well Brendan Rodgers has done. What a great appointment it has been.

     

     

    “The players he has brought on the scene, with Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair, it’s the Celtic way as well. They have been a great, great force going forward. I know they haven’t conceded many either but this team plays the game the Celtic way.”

     

     

    The 46-year-old is backing his old club to beat Rangers and book a Scottish Cup Final spot this weekend and take another step towards what he expects to become the treble.

     

     

    He said: “Looking at the season, you have to say Celtic are favourites – not only for Sunday’s game, but to win the trophy which will mean they win the Treble.

     

     

    “They have had a wonderful season. Their confidence is sky-high. They have the right tempo, a lot of players are positive and have improved since Brendan Rodgers came in the door.

     

    “But the last Old Firm game was a draw and we all know what can happen in these fixtures. Rangers will be confident they can raise their game and give Celtic a very hard afternoon.

     

     

    “The new Rangers manager hasn’t changed too much yet, he’s just in the door, but they look to be quite solid in the few games they have played under him so far. They will need to be very solid defensively to have any chance of winning game on Sunday.”

     

     

    Johan Mjallby was speaking at a William Hill event. William Hill are proud sponsors of the Scottish Cup.

     

    Who will w

  16. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX

     

     

    So just for the record… are you saying that – that ref – gave – that penalty – to assist Celtic in their pursuit of the Treble?

  17. ‘Brendan’s about to find out the limits of his apparent powers in Scottish football.’

     

     

    Paul67,

     

     

    Whatever happened to the boasts of a ‘Generation of Domination?’ Hopefully the team turn up at the weekend and don’t bottle it like PL and his Plc buddies… :))

     

     

    We had and hopefully still have our chance to improve a dire game in Scotland.

     

     

    The international team are poor, the administration is poor (corrupt), the national stadium is a joke, the refereeing is hilarious, the media are corrupt and there is more credibility in WWE…

     

     

    Fair play to those who continue to pay and watch this corrupt nonsense.

     

     

    “That will bankrupt Scottish football.”

     

     

    Plc Director on hearing report into Res 12 and Scottish football administration.

     

     

    Till Later.

     

     

    Prayers offered for El Diego Bhoy, TD67’s Mam and other Celts in need over the last few weeks.

     

     

    HH

  18. TURKEYBHOY

     

     

    No doubting JT’s quality as a player, my preference would be for us to find the next VVD and build a squad of young hungry players but that being said I’ve agreed with pretty much everything Brendan has done since he came in so if he says JT and his reason is to get us through in Europe for this season then so be it.

     

     

    I think JS and DB have the making of a good pairing and with Kolo Kolo still at the club what would JT?s role be??

     

     

    Let’s see..

     

     

    HH

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    SETTINGFREETHEBEARS

     

     

    You say that the phrase “The fix is in” is used with more inaccuracy than precision.

     

     

    You are also a strong advocate of Jock Stein’s view of scoring enough to take the refs out of the equation.

     

     

    This confuses the issue.

     

     

    The fix is only used when it can have an effect. Jock Theory would have us three ahead already.

     

     

    So get the fix in early. That’s what happened the last game against the huns. They went right down our throats and intimidated us with impunity. Superior skill saw through till late on,and then the ref played a blinder right at the death by ignoring a penalty and red card.

     

     

    Aye,yer right. No need to worry about bad refereeing decisions.

     

     

    And that’s just the last from the near 200 I’ve seen in my time. Tame by some standards,like Jock’s last season.

  20. A Stor Mha Chroi

     

    As SFTB has gone to work, I will give my view on what he posted.

     

    The referee made a terrible mistake but his decision, honest or not, might lessen the chances of another anti-Celtic decision next week. That anti-Celtic bias exists in the refereeing fraternity is not being denied but it is more likely, as a result of THAT decision, the chances of bias will be lesser next week but will appear at a `lesser` game later in the season.

     

    Cheerio for now,

     

     

    JJ

  21. STARRY PLOUGH on 18TH APRIL 2017 9:26 AM

     

    TURKEYBHOY,

     

     

     

    Cant really see it happening,but you never know.JT is a Celtic minded player,rich beyond his wildest dreams,so money might not be a problem.I have to say,he was one of the best defenders I ever watched.Fantastic positional sense,brave,and always commanding.For all our CHs are improving,game wise,they are still weans.As we know to our cost,the CL is a very unforgiving place.Could be a great chance for us to help the progress into the CL groups.37 is not a problem.malmo had a CH about 38,39 and he was a standout against us.

  22. Just on the age thing,you have to look no further than Kenny Miller.Whatever you may think of him,a fantastic pro.

     

    Still the biggest danger to us on Sunday.IMO.

  23. Kevjungle, couldn’t agree more with you, about the P L C,we need someone on the board,to actually put the media in there place,and they the plc play this emotional thing about , supporting the club,and myself and thousands of fans,have renewed there ticket for next season,

  24. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    someone made a great point yesterday that all the lions could look after themselves physically on the pitch but we’ve only had broonie doing that recently. the huns and the huns in black will be up for this match like nothing else – we’ll need broonie and we’ll need the rest of the team to be aware of that – first against turd, anything can happen

  25. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Good Morning Bhoys from a dry bright Central Scotland.Well I believe we will see a cracking game on Sunday and like any cup tie it can be won by either team.Celtic must start at a high pace and maintain it throughout the full game recently there have been times when we have played at walking pace we mst get right in the oppositions faces.We may be tireing after the many games we have played this season but we dare not show that on Sunday. I have already said it and I will say it again the team who are the hungrier and most up for it will win the game lets hope thats the hoops.H.H.

  26. Regarding Don Robertson…. It’s not a conspiracy. He’s not a hun. He’s not a mason.

     

     

    It was a terrible performance from a referee not up to the job. He shouldn’t have been fast-tracked and appears to have little grasp of the basics.

     

     

    No conspiracy against Celtic would break cover to cost Celtic 2 points AFTER Celtic have won the league. Next week would be the best chance to dent Celtic’s season and deny them a treble.

  27. James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 10m10 minutes ago

     

     

    Replying to @jamesdoleman

     

    Findlay says that no proceedings today and his client is in London

     

    Jury selection expected to begin tomorrow with Mr Whyte in attendance

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