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. Prestonpans Bhoys



    “When he specifically named linesman Tom Murphy, recalling a disputed decision in a match his team played with Celtic, the SFA decided there was “no case to answer”.



    What was not reported in the established media was that this followed a written apology from Smith to Murphy, without which the authorities could scarcely have failed to take official action. The exact content of the letter can be known only to Smith and Murphy but we might assume that any such letter of atonement contained some form of assurance that further abuse would not be directed at the assistant referee.”

  2. LMCBHOY on 17TH APRIL 2017 8:08 PM


    So it would appear Twitter is alive with tumours that John Terry is to join Celts!!



    What a signing :)))))









    and rooney, zlatan and berbatov

  3. Seems that big Johan also commented today and stated that he thinks that Celtic will win the treble and the present team is very similar to the previous treble winning team, thought I’d just point that out seeing as others are highlighting other comments he made that doesn’t suit their agenda

  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Fairhill Bhoy 8.32pm



    I can hardly remember today’s posts never mind last night, Jim McIntyre is obviously protecting his player, he is caught on telly at the time of the incedent saying to Brendan “never a penalty” players (even ours cheat at times) MacIntyre is going to stand by his players to hopefully keep him in his job….. No probes with you disagreeing, I disagree with myself all the time :-)

  5. MICKBHOY1888 on 17TH APRIL 2017 8:40 PM


    thought I’d just point that out seeing as others are highlighting other comments he made that doesn’t suit their agenda




    and what agenda would that be?

  6. mike in toronto on

    JNP … you were right …. he’s like Beetlejuice …you say his name and he appears! :)

  7. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    I see Sally has found his level in advertising …. hahahahahahaha

  8. fairhill bhoy on

    GFTB-11:16pm last night,agreed again pat bonner is a clown,said that for a long time,a proper right up his own arse kinda guy z

  9. MIT 8.50


    I was seeing my youngest off to sleep. Reading back I was just about to post to you who said Beetlejuice 3 times as Gerry had appeared. You beat me to it.




    That sound a good day for all 3 of you.




    Several good points well made.


    The issue I have is, BFDJ and his ilk all still have media gigs despite being obviously pro Sevco, there is no attempt at being impartial. You have the likes of Derek, Barry Ferguson and Alex Rae who can’t string a sentence together between them,but have their ludge membership and pro Sevco bias which enables them to keep earning the bucks. Anyone with an obvious pro Celtic agenda is quickly let go.


    Hail Hail to all.

  10. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Fairhill Bhoy



    am useless at that arguing stuff, most important thing about yesterday is Brendan will hopefully use I to his advantage in he lead up to the smi final



    Mike In Toronto



    I usually have a wee lurk, but my name is bad enough without you blackening it even more :-)



    Beetlejuice, good comparison :-)

  11. Wouldn’t worry about the Celtic self appointed copper and what crap he says. It’s always been thus.



    Just laugh at Mickybhoy



    It’s the best medicine.




  12. Gerryfaethebrig on

    JNP 9.91pm



    Dreading the morra, kids back at school, the last few weeks have been great, getting her out to school in the morning is the hard shift, going into work is the easy shift ….



    On that note CQN good night and God bless



    Surely even MIT canny take the Sevs this weekend in GFS :-)

  13. http://www.celticfc.net/news/12436



    CELTIC’S Under-14 squad enjoyed a gret European triumph over the Easter weekend as they won the prestigious Marc Overmars Tournament in Epe, Holland, beating Ajax in the final.


    The Hoops kicked off the tournament with a 3-0 win over Dutch side, FC Twente, which was followed by a 1-0 victory against FC Tokyo. Celtic then beat local side SV Epe 3-0 to qualify for the next stage of the tournament, making their only defeat of the tournament, in the final group match against Ajax, purely academic.


    In the next stage, the Hoops beat Anderlecht 1-0 following a 1-1 draw with FC Toyko in reach the final where they faced Ajax


    And it was Celtic who triumphed against a strong Ajax side who had previously beaten them in the group stages, the young Hoops winning 2-1 to win the trophy, proudly lifted by Liam Morrison.


    Throughout the tournament the boys were a credit to the Club. Goalkeeper, Vincent Angelini, was awarded Goalkeeper of the Tournament while Karamoko Dembele was named Player of the Tournament.


    Coaches Mark McNally and Stevie Hamilton were delighted with the boys throughout the trip and feel the experience of playing against top-class clubs will hold the boys in good stead for the future.

  14. Delaneys Dunky on




    As others on here have stated before, young Dembele was a standout against Barca in the Saint Kevin’s Tournament Dublin last Easter, that I watched. Player of the tournament in Dublin last year too. Great to see his early career progressing well.

  15. eddieinkirkmichael on

    We have a great anthem for big games, YNWA never fails to get the hairs on back of neck standing on end. Yet for me there is a gap that needs filling that for a while this season Grace did the job.


    What about Raglan Road? For me one of the classic that only Celtic fans could do justice to.



  16. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    On Easter Monday long ago, a terrible time began….



    When Ireland saw the chance to be ‘a Nation once again’ ….




  17. Delaneys Dunky on




    Great to see you on. Thought you were in the foundations of your M74 project? :))


    Raglan Road! Magic aye.

  18. Evening All



    Just finished 4 days of decorating and had no tv/internet as everything was disconnected so have still not seen the Ross County game but between the radio and CQN, it is clear that we were robbed.



    I did want to post this yesterday bit today will have to do:



    16th April 1927




    The Forth and Clyde canal had several offshoots, one of which cuts off at Maryhill. It forms the basin behind Firhill Park and leads to Port Dundas where warehouses and grain mills formed one of the most important industrial centers in Glasgow at that time.



    16th April was a spring Saturday evening. About 6.30 it was time to relax and men were enjoying a drink in a bar on the quayside.



    A commotion was caused by the sight and sound of a lady struggling in the water. A young man of 30 years dived into the canal to rescue her.



    There was a struggle. 4 other men dived in to help.



    Both the woman and the young man were hauled to the bank by means of a grappling iron attached to one of their bodies. Both were still showing signs of life. Artificial respiration was administered and they were taken to the nearby Royal Infirmary by when, on arrival, life was found to be extinct (as worded by the Sunday Post the next morning).



    Her name was Margaret Collins or Cramb. She was 36, an actress and mother of 4 children, one of whom was 3 months old. Witnesses say that she threw herself into the water from the bridge at Forth Street. Post-natal depression would likely be diagnosed.



    The man was James McMillan, a riveter who lived at 4 Carbeth St., Possilpark, Glasgow.



    He was a widower and father to a 2 ½ year old girl, Margaret. His wife, another Margaret, had died from toxic jaundice 9 months after giving birth to her one and only child.



    James McMillan was my Grandfather.



    Margaret, my mother, was taken in by her aunt, Jane McAllister who was James’s sister and became part of her family. She lived to 91 years, dying peacefully last year.



    The powerful industrialist Andrew Carnegie had set up a Hero Trust Fund to recognise civilian heroism and give financial assistance, where necessary, to people who have been injured or to the dependants of people who have been killed in attempting to save another human life in peaceful pursuits. My grandfather is listed in the Carnegie Hero Fund Roll of Honour (sic) and the family received some financial support for the care of my mother. The sums were small but welcome. We have, hanging on our back room wall, the original certificate of recognition.



    Apparently, he was a well-known juvenile footballer until his wife died and we have a picture of him lined up for the Northern Victoria club also displayed in the same room.



    He had served in WW1 in France and in the Dardenelles where he was wounded.



    A tough life indeed and all of this to lose a wife and his own life by the age of 30.



    So, yesterday on the 90th anniversary of his death I remembered him.

  19. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Almere, DD. We need to meet up again soon, I’m booked into a swanky apartment for cup finale weekend, if your coming over Almore it’s yours for the night of the game. I can stay with friends. DD has my mobile no if you want to confirm. HH

  20. Delaneys Dunky on




    My grandparents both lived in Maryhill in 1927. My mother was born there in 1936. I will read her your story tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

  21. DD: Still slumming it in Espagna. Return to the old sod on Saturday. Back to work on Monday but have to work another six weeks before I get my 13 week holiday. Shite job, but somebody has got to do it:-)

  22. Delaneys Dunky on




    I am in swanky apartment in Lisbon during FTSFA Cup Final.


    Catch up soon pal.

  23. Jim,


    Must be so proud, Greater love has no man, than he lay down his life for another





  24. Eddie: I’m over for the Hearts match on 21st. In and out on same day. My eldest son, Dr Marc, will be with me and trying to get the middle son to come over too. Be great to meet up. Have plenty of time after match.

  25. Delaneys Dunky on




    More breaks than Ronnie O’Sullivan you teachers. :))


    Be in touch when you are home re Hertz ticket.

  26. Off to mo leaba now. Early cycle to Benalmadena mañana. Will catch up in the morning.