They first make mad. That’s generally attributed to Longfellow,in The Masque of  Pia Zadora. And I know what he meant,cos I’m mad as hell,and the worst thing is,I can do sod all about it,just sit back and watch the car crash unfold.

I’m in no doubt that we have a tremendous football manager in Brendan Rodgers. His record shows that,in various divisions from lower league to damn near winning the big one in England. The EPL,a trophy Liverpool have never won,though they dominated the last 20 years of its predecessor.

He may well have gone one better the following season had his board not sanctioned the sale of his strike force of Suarez and Sterling,while Sturridge barely kicked a ball through injury.

I’d argue that taking Swansea to the EPL was pretty high on his personal satisfaction list,and a highlight of his career and CV.

Of course,that’s BR,BC. Brendan Rodgers,Before Celtic. He’s had successive trebles since then-including an Invincible Season. Both achievements are unique,I believe. He’s put us into the CL group stages twice,with the c£30m that brings each year when you add it all up-admittedly we got a right doing,but the whole idea is to get the money,use it to improve the team so as to avoid that over time.

Isn’t it? Well,of course it is. What else would a football club do with a windfall like that? It must be about 25 years since Manchester United signed Andy Cole from Newcastle United for the eye-watering sum of £7m. Alex Ferguson got roasted in the press,really torn to shreds. And then he pointed out to the scribes the realities of commercial life as a football club.

When you make profits,you pay tax on them. He had bought Andy Cole for £7m,money which otherwise would largely have gone to The Treasury.

We’ve got £30m plus in the bank,and that’s before we add in the money Lyon paid for Moussa Dembele. It’s gonna come in handy to pay for all those banners to hide the empty seats in the upper tier,same as the last time Lawwell tried to take the manager and the fans for wuckfits.

I thought he’d been put back in his box after that fiasco,told to stick to his remit,his strengths. Naw,seems some well meaning person,come PL birthday time thought-what do you get the man who has everything? Penicillin or Football Manager 2019?

Aw,Pete will love it,he can play out his fantasies.

Aye. And he is. The fantasy that the last transfer window was a roaring success for the club. For the PLC,well,that’s a different matter. Ffs,how much money do we need in the bank? Well,plenty-cos we’ll be using it to fund the shortfalls on income that come with footballing failure.

Now,this is where I might surprise one or two of you. I don’t think our current malaise is entirely down to PL. I believe that some of it is down to the players not performing as they should-even though if PL had been doing his job properly,these players would be nowhere near the club. They are still highly paid,better than most facing them every week,and are playing like a bunchapussies. They should be embarrassed every time they pick up a paycheck,betcha few of them watch a recording of their performance every game.

I also don’t think that the tactics and formation are helping,but as my wee cousin once said-wee basturt caused me to choke on my Guinness-you can only pish wi the cock you’ve got. I don’t think Brendan believes he has had the backing he deserves,and the fact that he is still using largely Ronny Deila era players suggests to me that not many of the signings since have been requested by him.

And this is why I pulled my rant that I had planned to post on Tuesday. Because we all know there are problems,we might disagree on the minutiae of it,but we will never agree on the solution. Because there IS no solution,not one that we as Celtic supporters can have any input to. Those who matter don’t care,and those who care don’t matter

But that has pretty much always been the case,bar Celts For Change,etc. Not The View satirised it,I doubt they could satirise this.

A defence that give us palpitations,a midfield who have taken the definition too seriously and just stroke the ball to and fro across the midfield,and a non-existent forward line.

Aye. Mad as hell. And scunnered anaw.


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September 27, 2018 5:37 am

Apparently the referee was at his Cheatin’ Beaton best last night. Three fouls the whole game given against St Johnstone. Ffs,they commit more than that in the warm up. These basturts smell blood,and if we give them an inch they will take a liberty.

We NEED to get back on-song,so that they know it’s a waste of time to even try to cheat us out of the game.

Garry Duncan
September 27, 2018 7:21 am

Great read. Cheatin Beaton tried his best to foil our treble, treble quest. Well done Griff.
Special mention for Lewis Morgan. What a talent this bhoy is.

Awe Naw
September 27, 2018 7:46 am

Beaton aside (Leopards and spots etc.). We played well last night all things considering. Defensively it´s a nightmare with regards numbers and injuries.

I think we need to be a tad more patient. All pre season the team will have been drilled with Dembele in mind. The Griffalo talking about working on his partnership with Eduoard (really they have been playing together for over a year) . Young inexperienced players like Hendry, Morgan, Johnston give them some leeway (we cant change much until January anyway)

Looking at the table the dons and Celtic are neck and neck.

Morgan was a breath of Fresh air and the lad Hendry done well when he came on. Ajer also progressing nicely as a player.

After the double treble it is clearly even more of a case of anyone but Celtic. Imagine being a St. Johnstone fan and seeing three attempts the whole night.

When Mc Gregor flashed that ball passed the post in the first half I got my Moenchengladbach twitch back.

I think the roles that Forrest, Rogic(to an extent), MacGregor, Morgan and Sinclair perform are too similar and now for the opposition too familiar. I think we should attempt to play one of them through the middle

Yesterday evening when we passed the ball around at a higher tempo they weren´t in it. Teams though have dropped the high press for a seat on the bus. That means we no longer press either. Which means another mindset entirely and also we are far more susceptible to the counter. The more experience we get playing this way then the better we will become at playing it.

If Boyata gets fined for losing it with Beaton then I disagree with that sanction.

Treble is still on. If we can beat Aberdeen at the weekend then that will go a long way to bringing back the zip


,big packy
Reply to  majoc
September 27, 2018 8:21 am

great article not much anyone could add to that .hh.

,big packy
Reply to  Awe Naw
September 27, 2018 8:24 am

hi awnaw also thought lewis morgan was very good, this might be the kickstart we need, don’t get me started on beaton.hh.

Awe Naw
Reply to  ,big packy
September 27, 2018 8:38 am

who won the header that lead to Leigh’s goal ? watched it about 5 time still couldn´t work it out

onwards and upwards treble treble is still on that’s gotta be good 🙂

,big packy
Reply to  Awe Naw
September 27, 2018 8:46 am

same here haven’t a clue, think maybe because of the camera angle,. anyway work beckons catch ya later.hh.

Awe Naw
September 27, 2018 9:44 am

Rangers or Celtic? Steven Gerrard says it will be ‘unfair’ if Rangers are handed Saturday Betfred Cup semi-final clash
The Old Firm are both in Europa League action on the Thursday with last four ties scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday

By Alan Potts
27th September 2018, 8:18 am Updated: 27th September 2018, 8:19 am
STEVEN GERRARD claims it will be unfair on Rangers if they are handed the Saturday Betfred Cup semi-final clash.

Rangers and Celtic are both in Europa League action on Thursday, October 25 with the Betfred Cup semis scheduled for the 27th and 28th.

Gerrard’s side face Spartak Moscow at Ibrox while Celtic will be up against RB Leipzig in Germany but with a later kick off time.

The draw saw the Light Blues handed a clash with Aberdeen, while Brendan Rodgers’ holders will face Hearts.

One of the teams could now find themselves in a Hampden showdown less than 48 hours later, with Gerrard now watching with interest to see which side of the Old Firm will be handed the fixture.

He said: “Listen, if we have to do that, it’s not fair on us, having played a later kick off time on the Thursday night.

“I’ll be interested to see the outcome, how they decide. All the best with that one.

“Celtic have an earlier k.o time and benefit from the time difference betwween Scotland and Germany

“It´s not our responsibility that they failed to qualify for the CL again

“We will be playing while they will have their feet up relaxing on their luxury jet

“We’ll issue a statement about that if we have to. I’m not sure how they will select who plays when or what the rules are.

“Whoever has to do it it won’t be fair on us as 48 hours is not enough.

“I’m pleased for our supporters as they get a day out at Hampden against our biggest rival for the title at the moment in Aberdeen.

“It’ll be a tough game but one we are looking forward to but it would be fairer for Scottish football if we played on Sunday”

A Glenn Middleton double and goals from Alfredo Morelos and Nikola Katic secured their semi-final place.

Gerrard was handed a blow with the news Morelos will miss the clash with the Dons after he was yellow carded for dissent.

With Kyle Lafferty possibly cup tied it leaves Gers with on loan Umar Sadiq as their only recognised striker.

“We have submitted a request with regards Kyle´s ineligibility due to the transfer window still being open””

With regards to the Morelos sending off Gerrard was clearly unhappy by claiming referee Bobby Madden should have awarded his side a free-kick instead of waving away Morelos’ appeals.

He added: “I can understand him getting frustrated as I thought it was a foul on him.

“The ref said that their player got the ball cleanly but I disagree.

“He’s got it wrong at some points in the season and I’ve told him about that but I get his frustration here.

“But we suffer as a club and that’s the disappointing thing. It’s the only thing that disappoints me tonight.

“It’s a frustration – we lose a player in form and we are going to have to find a way to get the job done without a natural nine unless Sadiq comes to the party and improves an awful lot between now and then.

“Glenn stood out with his two goals. He’s been an impact player for us and I always had this game in mind to give him a go from the start.

“He is pushing the players who have been in front of him very hard for a regular starting place.

“I’m really pleased to get the job done with four goals and a clean sheet.”

Meanwhile, Ayr boss Ian McCall believes his side should have been awarded a first half penalty after Alan Forrest was hauled down.

But he admitted Rangers deserved the victory.

He said: “I thought 4-0 was a fair reflection of the game. Rangers were simply fantastic. They are purring at the moment”

“We felt we could have had a penalty at 1-0. It was a clear penalty and Bobby says he will phone us to apologise but nobody claimed for it, but it so could have ended 4-1. How good would that have been ? Our lads scoring against Rangers at Ibrox

“The only disappointing thing from our point of view was we felt three of the goals were really cheap.”

September 27, 2018 9:48 am

Celtic is paying it’s football staff £59m per annum. If those receiving this vast amount cannot contrive to beat the likes of Hamilton, St Mirren and Kilmarnock, who have a small fraction of this budget berween them,with something in hand, then the fault lies firmly with the players and those who choose & manage these players

Financially, I contend, there is little more that the club can do. This season those in receipt of frankly crazy wages in the Scottish game have been ‘pissing it up the wall’.

I agree with Chris Sutton that the current rot set in around the middle of last season – that we were still able to win the treble says much about the paucity of Scottish football.

If an owner, chief executive and board of a club in Scotland can provide almost £60 million exclusively for footballing matters, how can they be held responsible?

The season is in its early stages and there is still time for us to recover. Brendan has guided us to two great domestic seasons with the vast majority of players from the WGS,Lennon & Ronny era. Out of eleven players brought in by Brendan, only three are contributing – the rest are are best ‘bit-part’, some are no part, players.

If we don’t win the title this season, the blame will lie with only one department – The Football Department.

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  Gold
September 27, 2018 11:03 am

Another way of looking at the wages spend, is that our CEO has done deals with the players and he is paying them way too much.
We have players we can’t shift because we are overpaying them, that is the fault of the CEO.

Awe Naw
Reply to  ,big packy
September 27, 2018 12:15 pm

It was James Forrest. Great play. Hungry and Brave

Reply to  The Exiled Tim
September 27, 2018 12:20 pm

Of course that could be the case, neither you, nor, I, have any way of knowing.

The point that I am making (trying not to labour), is forget McGinn, forget Dembele and all the shenanigans that have gone on over the last three months – we should have been good enough to beat AEK & subsequently qualify for the CL and we certainly should be good enough to beat St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Hamilton & St Johnstone, with plenty to spare – there is something afoot – let’s hope we can sort it out.

Who revealed the £8m offer from China – was it Brendan, if so, why?

Since July it has been one faux pas after another – it defies logic.

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  Gold
September 27, 2018 12:33 pm

I agree, we blew it, but why did we blow it is the question.
Something is not right at the club just now, I remember posting a while back when the players didn’t seem to be giving their all for Ronny D, they weren’t, I have the exact same feeling just now about the situation.
The only common denominator is Pedro, the malaise has to come from somewhere, if BR is unhappy with the way he has been treated it will trickle down to the players, it’s not as if there isn’t recent history of this, the last handful of managers have been thrown under the bus at some point, but the PLC are making money so who cares.

Awe Naw
September 27, 2018 1:04 pm

Celtic and Rangers’ Betfred Cup semi-finals could be held at Hampden on the SAME day
The SPFL face a fixture dilemma due to the Glasgow clubs having been kept apart in the draw.

By Craig Swan
12:48, 27 SEP 2018

Hampden Park to host TWO Betfred Cup semi-finals in ONE day to solve the last-four fixture issue.

Record Sport understands an unprecedented move to play both of the matches at the National Stadium on Sunday, October 28 is one of the proposals under serious consideration by competition chiefs.

Both holders Celtic, who are due to face Hearts, and Rangers, who have a tie against Aberdeen, are at the centre of the problem due to their Europa League commitments on Thursday, October 25.

Originally, one of the Betfred Cup semi-finals was scheduled for Saturday, October 27 and the other the following day, both on Glasgow’s south side.

However, this would seriously disadvantage whichever side of the Old Firm was asked to play on the Saturday.

With this in mind, Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh has been proposed as a second venue to host a game along with Hampden on the Sunday and this remains a potential solution, although a Saturday lunchtime slot look smost likely

However, as discussions take place between Rangers supremos, SPFL chiefs, local authorities, clubs, sponsors and competition broadcaster BT Sport, Record Sport can reveal the surprise alternative option of a Super Sunday involving all four sides with Rangers kicking off at lunchtime and the other late evening a 23:00 P.M kick off due to television scheduling looks likely to be the solution.

Reply to  The Exiled Tim
September 27, 2018 1:22 pm

The administration of the club should be designed to provide the football department with the resources to win.

Last season’s football expediture was c£60m, almost equal to two season’s CL money – so the club cannot be accused of short-changing.

You talk of the last two managers being “thrown under a bus” – neither of them was sacked – Lenny wanted a crack at the big money in England and left when his stock was high on the back of CL results – Ronny left, by his own admission, because the job was too big for him. Both left something of value to build on and were treated with dignity.

Peter Lawwell is an easy scapegoat for some – in my opinion the biggest disaster that could befall our club is not losing Brendan, sad as it would be, it would be losing the man who has presided over the second-most successful football period in our history and made us the most financially successful club ever in Scottish Football.

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  Gold
September 27, 2018 1:43 pm

There are CEO’s out there who could do a job as good as Pedro, and for a heap less than he is getting paid, to say otherwise is plain crazy.
One of the reasons the club is making money is due to the money that is sloshing around for sponsorship and the like, you are also conveniently forgetting that the main reason we are so flush with cash is down to Brendan and the qualification for the past couple of seasons.
Re Lenny and Ronnie, you are believing the msm with your assertions, one thing I do know for a fact is that Lenny told Dermot to his face that he wasn’t happy because “he had sold all his best players and brought in shite”, not DD personally but his lacky Pedro, this was the main reason he left, nothing to do with wanting to try his luck down south, that was the spin put out from the club.
I admire your defence of Pedro, I only wish the supporters who defended him so diligently would open their eyes to the basic failures that have happened because of the PLC’s love of money.
The suits are not the club, they are but a small cog in the wheel yet they control everything, they seem to forget that the most important cog are the manager and the players, without them doing so well the suits don’t have the luxury of pornographic bonuses and lavish obscene expense sheets.
FC not PLC.

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  Awe Naw
September 27, 2018 1:45 pm

Play one of the games on the monday night, simple and doable

Awe Naw
Reply to  The Exiled Tim
September 27, 2018 1:56 pm

Yeah that could mean us playing the baby huns Monday in the cup and then Friday in the league. Win both of those and a treble treble is even closer.


Awe Naw
Reply to  Awe Naw
September 27, 2018 2:00 pm

but we play Dundee on the Wednesday and Hearts on the Friday. Three games in four days. That´s what´s definitely going to happen

September 27, 2018 2:09 pm

Majoc,,,ooft, no prisoners taken . Great writing and very true to our motto , youve called it straight alright . Good Man
Hail Hail

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  Awe Naw
September 27, 2018 2:37 pm

No matter what happens it won’t be the huns that are disadvantaged.

Reply to  The Exiled Tim
September 27, 2018 3:59 pm

Respect your views – but how can you stop players like Wanyama, Forster, Hooper & Virgil from leaving when their mind is made up to go to England, or, France in Dembele’s case?

Truth is you can’t plus the fact it would put others off from coming here – we are better with them albeit for only two years and with a substantial profit to boot.

NB. Heard that contract signed for new indoor pitch at Lennoxtown.

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  Gold
September 27, 2018 5:08 pm

You can’t stop them, nor would I want to, but you can replace them with players who are not shite squad fillers, this summer we didn’t even replace them FFS.

,big packy
Reply to  mahe
September 27, 2018 5:59 pm

hi mahe ,yes good post that ghuy reminds me of someone, cant think

,big packy
Reply to  The Exiled Tim
September 27, 2018 6:03 pm

awnaw/ tet,.you can take it as red that the huns wont be disadvantaged.hh.

Sol Kitts
September 27, 2018 7:50 pm

Watching Beaton last night got me thinking. What would I send a player off for? Serious foul play? You bet I would. Violent conduct? A no brainer. Denying a goal scoring opportunity? Of course. 2 cautionable offences? Yup. Spitting? Another no brainer. Using foul and abusive language? Hmmm. I have sent players off for all but the foul and abusive. The game is one where passions run high. People swear. If I sent off every player who swore, it would be a very short game (minimum of 7 players makes a team). I often thought how would I react if someone swore at me, and came to the conclusion that I would only send off for use of either of the 2 C words, and only if they were directed at me (C for cheat being the 2nd C word). I would publicly bollock anyone who swore at me or anyone else using any other foul language). I stuck with this through various promotions, and never once had an assessor criticise me for this approach. So what did Boyata say? Did he call Beaton a cheat? Guess we’ll never know, but if Boyata used less than either C word Celtic should appeal the red card. Failure to do so would be accepting that 21 other players used similar language but we accept the singling out of one of ours for a different standard to be applied.

Sol Kitts
September 27, 2018 7:54 pm

Ah, Majoc. The boy sat on the burning deck, his feet were in the water – Longfellow. I’ll get ma coat….

,big packy
Reply to  Sol Kitts
September 27, 2018 8:14 pm

sol kitts, remember that poem at st augustines in coatbrig thought it was Robert browning, any way lets move,yes and yes we should appeal and yes. beaton is a cheat.hh.

The Exiled Tim
September 27, 2018 8:23 pm

There won’t be any appeal.

Reply to  Sol Kitts
September 27, 2018 9:00 pm


Anyone who called you out would need either a death wish or a pair of fast running shoes!

Very good summation of events,of course. It is a game which can get highly-charged,everyone is entitled to let off a bit of steam. If Beaton had been sitting beside me in my van today,I wouldn’t have got much further than the car park!!!

However,I agree with those who think it is a waste of time appealing it. The charge sheet will be very precise and to the letter. And in the event of some doubt,the balance of probability will be the benchmark.

Sol Kitts
Reply to  majoc
September 27, 2018 9:11 pm

I’ve been at enough appeal hearings to know that the ref’s report is taken as gospel. No doubt Beaton will have it well tied down.

Reply to  Sol Kitts
September 27, 2018 9:12 pm

Aye. Appeals process in Scotland-only huns need apply.

September 27, 2018 9:25 pm

Seems Scottish Football can’t even organise a couple of cup semi-finals.

Here’s a suggestion. Cup semi-finals means four clubs. Chances are they will be four of the better clubs. Clubs who probably started the season trying to qualify for Europe.

Solution-don’t schedule cup semi-finals after a European week. It’s absolutely fine to schedule prior to one as Scotland only has one representative,and even if they were playing the following Tuesday,could play their semi on the Saturday.

Honestly,the sheer ineptitude of people in the upper echelons of the game beggars belief.

Hearts fans will struggle to get trains home even without extra-time and penalties,btw. And Aberdeen fans can’t get a train which arrives in time for kick-off.


Sol Kitts
Reply to  majoc
September 27, 2018 9:28 pm

Won’t be any concerns about the length of the grass. By the time we play there won’t be much grass left on the pitch.

Reply to  Sol Kitts
September 27, 2018 9:32 pm

Does Lee Wallace know?

Sol Kitts
Reply to  majoc
September 27, 2018 9:37 pm


saltires en sevilla
September 27, 2018 11:46 pm


Entertaining… still laughing at “penicillin ….”

Mrs S shaking head…

Margaret McGill
September 27, 2018 11:58 pm

The game’s a bogey.
In Scotland it’s for milking bigots.
Try ornithology or something.
Personally I couldnt care less if Scottish football dies or the nuns died. Again.

Margaret McGill
Reply to  Margaret McGill
September 27, 2018 11:59 pm

nuns=huns. oops 🙂

Margaret McGill
September 28, 2018 2:34 am

Media corporate free enterprise is bad.
But we are Celtic, we are the moral high ground, and will suck up any crumbs from their table.
The uneducated unwashed bigots are bad.
But we are Celtic,We are the moral high ground, and will suck up any OF crumbs from their table starting at 49 a pop.
Lets all contribute as great Celtic fans to deserving charities around the world that should not need to exist.
But we are Celtic, We are the moral high ground, Lets contribute our monies to causes that our executive board dont give a damn about.
However, if you do attempt to address the root cause of problems such as free Palestine, anti war sentiments and corporate monopolies.remember we are Celtic, We are the moral high ground, and we expect our club to hand over our personal details to the authorities hoping in convictions that will release your seat for a true believer. Bless me father for I have sinned.

Reply to  Margaret McGill
September 28, 2018 2:40 am

Death doesn’t matter there, been shown . Maybe the engine room and not holding company could die next time. Just for a change. ; ) the games gone mad. Can you imagine phone footage leaking out of Carrington under Fergie. Aye right. Agents and players hold the power now . Need restructure asap. Hail Hail

Margaret McGill
September 28, 2018 2:51 am
September 28, 2018 4:22 am

New article posted !

September 28, 2018 5:16 am
Rolling Stone
Reply to  Gold
September 28, 2018 12:05 pm

” made us the most financially successful club ever in Scottish Football.”

You attribute that to Lawwell and not Brendan? Can you explain how the board have provided this success, aside from the hiring of Brendan (i.e. what has changed in the way they do business between the Ronny years and the Brendan years that led to this success)? Also, as most fans have heard, Brendan was hired at Desmond’s request after the Sevco director abused Desmond during the 2016 cup final.

It would also be wrong to suggest that the last two years are the crowning moments of a well thought out and executed plan to bring success to the club; they are not. As is usual for the board, Brendan’s arrival was borne from being reactive as apposed to proactive. We were on a downward spiral: half empty Celtic park; bottom of Europa League group; revenue of £50m; and losing to Sevco at the first time of asking. Were we a well run club in those years?

The truth of the matter is that Brendan has brought until know, unknown levels of success to the club which has, in turn, generated record income, profit and cash at the bank. Performance leads inextricably to revenue; they are not detached.

Also, £60m in wages is for the whole organisation and not solely the footballing department.