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


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. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    This is the signal: A huge Fishbones-Chopsticks logo in the sky…a bit like the Bat sign, but better:)


    Dont let me down:)


    Flan Insurrection is ON




  2. Can just see it now.After the brain dead voted for Brexit,they will be pandered to in this election.Union Jacks,Rule Britannia,Johnny Foreigners out,the panoply of the Empire brought back to life.More stinking Tories elected in a landslide to get their noses in the trough.


    But it will be fine,because,”We are better together”.

  3. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on 18th April 2017 11:48 am






    A job for the Phantom Flan Flinger?




  4. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    We will be returning to either the curtain twitching I know my


    place Sir days of the 50s, or the grab what you can and eff


    everyone else days of Thatchers 80s.

  5. ERNIE LYNCH on 18TH APRIL 2017 11:47 AM


    TURKEYBHOY on 18TH APRIL 2017 10:38 AM




    No one is saying the trial is being delayed because Whyte is in London.




    The fact that Whyte is in London indicates that everyone knew the trial wasn’t going to start until tomorrow.




    The ‘confusion’ over the dates is probably intentional to wrong foot the nutters who might have been inclined to turn up.




    Eh,just what does “The trial will not start today as my client is in London”mean?.Funny how James Doleman never knew.


    “To wrong foot the nutters”.So I take it they are that “Nutty”they will not know he is now appearing tomorrow.


    I think you being so informed about the subterfuge involved could have let us in on the secret.At least let James Doleman know.He could have had a lie in today.

  6. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Phantom Flan Flinger…with an attitude:)





  7. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    tories versus corbyn



    lord help us



    selfish , bitter begrudging moneygrabbing c nuts versus a chocolate fireguard




    wonder how the lions would have done in cl format ?

  8. Sorry to burst your bubble.







    ‘James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 2h2 hours 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’



    ‘James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 2h2 hours ago




    Craig Whyte trial on roll to start today but no court here in Glasgow allocated to it and staff here say is not sitting.’

  9. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Should be like ‘Storming of the Bastille’, but with Flans.


    Imagine the sheer power of the hilarity.


    Storm the GCC sash-wearing monkeys, flan them into submission, then re-educate them by forcing them to watch Celtic on a continuous loop for six months.


    Im not messing about here, im serious:)




  10. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Imagine the mayhem.


    Craig Whyte cleared of all charges, with a baying mob of sevconians outside court ready to shread him.


    Next minute, just as Craigy appears in the doorway, a figure clad in black leaps in with lightning speed and delivers a massive flan right on Craig Whyte’s face.


    Before anyone can react…..the Phantom is gone, however the baying sevconians rip Craigy a new one:)


    This could happen:)




  11. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    The Election will be held 2 days before the Scotland v England WC tie,


    fun and games in the toon that day.

  12. Tories were odds on to win general election in 2020 , so having one now means it’s five years to wait for a credible opposition instead of eight.



    My first and hopefully last political post on here.

  13. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    ERNIE LYNCH on 18TH APRIL 2017 12:16 PM



    Corbyn has already said Labour will vote for a election.




    And May has said repeatedly that she would not call a snap election.



    She’s doing it now for personal, as much as party, advantage.



    If she fails to get the Commons to support her, her career may be over.



    It’s a make or break call for Corbyn.

  15. Ernie Lynch



    “What happens if May doesn’t get the 2/3 majority she needs to call an early election?”






    She’ll have to wait a generation for the next one.



    So 2020, as previously thought.

  16. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on




    We’ll know soon enough, there’s a vote in the commons tomorrow.

  17. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Ernie Lynch



    All about the mandate.


    May’s power is in decline, in thrall to too many.


    Last chance to stamp her brand of Victorian statesmanship.


    Although….they do seem to have called the result already, wont be that simple.




  18. South Of Tunis on

    ERNIE LYNCH @ 12 16 .



    In that case — Mrs May could do the fun thing and call a No Confidence In Her Government Vote .

  19. SOUTH OF TUNIS on 18TH APRIL 2017 12:31 PM



    It looks like Labour are going to support the vote for an early election.



    Not sure that’s wise.

  20. Of course it will be about who sets the Agenda. Brexit or Domestic policies, ie NHS, Welfare Benefits, and Grammar Schools etc. Por cierto

  21. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Ernie Lynch



    Labour cant win, even if they ditch Jeremy.


    Which is sad because the Tory mob are truly crass and stupid, especially May.


    Pity we dont have a real Labour Party.







    Corbin won 2 leadership contests.. Surely that does make this a “Real” Labour Party? Por cierto




    No. The pity is that there is a real Labour Party (at least in embryo) but it doesn’t have an effective leader who is up to the job.

  24. UKIP Deputy leader now on the BBC Daily Politics. No seats in Westminster. Why do they get such a national audience for their views? Por cierto

  25. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Por Cierto



    I wouldnt call the current Labour Party a ‘real’ Labour Party, for the reason that Kezia and her rich clique seem quite happy to vote with the tories, on all manner of things.


    I dont like the Unionist slant of Kezia….and i wasnt happy to see Jeremy stroll about the west-end with that bigot from the GCC.


    Thats just my opinion.





  26. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Ernie Lynch



    Yeah..Id agree on that.


    However…not keen on Kezia and pals.


    Not for me.




  27. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Make the poor pay for the crimes of the rich.


    Thats the agenda.





  28. TONYDONNELLY67 on 18TH APRIL 2017 12:52 PM



    Corbyn is supporting an early election.



    Best outcome is if every other Labour MP votes against it.

  29. Per daily Record



    Celtic set for Champions League seeding boost next season … if they reach group stage


    Brendan Rodgers’ men are likely to be seeded in Pot 3 for the first time since 2009 if they navigate three qualifying rounds this summer.



    The Premiership champions haven’t been seeded higher than Pot 4 since Gordon Strachan’s side reached the tournament proper in 2008/09, but it looks likely they will achieve that feat if they navigate three rounds of qualifying.



    UEFA’s premier competition is set for a shake-up from 2018/19 with Europe’s top four leagues guaranteed 16 of the 32 places plus the winner of the Europa League, and that leaves just 15 spots for the rest of Europe to fight over.



    Celtic ‘s 42.785 total has them in 47th place in UEFA’s club co-efficient – higher than Borussia Monchengladbach’s 42.035 of last season, which was enough for them to be ranked as the lowest seed in the third pot.



    More than 20 teams who currently sit above Brendan Rodgers ‘ side in the co-efficient will either not reach the Champions League next season or are at least unlikely to qualify.



    Several factors could still dislodge the Hoops from the third pot but as things stand they have a real chance for next season.



    The likes of Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen and and Fiorentina will not make the 2017/18 competition.



    And teams such as Sporting Lisbon, Arsenal and Zenit St Petersburg are still battling in their own domestic leagues to finish within the qualification places.



    More good news for Celtic is Croatian side Rijeka and Dutchmen Feyenoord are currently atop their domestic division and that means clubs such as PSV Eindhoven and Dinamo Zagreb could well miss out on next season’s tournament.



    However, there are a couple of roadblocks in Celtic’s way. Manchester United could qualify by winning the Europa League and allow an extra English side into the tournament. Also, Monaco – previously well below the Hoops in co-efficient terms – will leapfrog the Scots due to their exploits this season.



    SPFL teams struggle to overcome the lowly ranking UEFA league ranking of 25th, where they are wedged between Denmark and football luminaries Azerbaijan, but the champions route is advantageous as the Scottish champions avoid any of the real big-hitters in qualifying.



    Seeding isn’t always a barometer of success as the Hoops have proved by reaching the knockout stages on three occasions – twice when they were seeded third and once in Pot 4 when they amassed 10 points under Neil Lennon in 2012/13.

  30. Yup a lot of in fighting in labour could f… them up, to many turncoats in the Labour Party I like Jeremy although he is up against the Uni mob, whom Iv no time for, only my opinion.

  31. Since I live in a constituency where at the last election the Tory candidate took 53% of the vote and the closest challenger got 18%, I am feeling rather gloomy about a possible GE.



    However, if Labour were to suddenly magic up some effective leadership then there may be hope in other constituencies.

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