Recap

Morning,all.

Tomorrow sees us achieve that rarest of things,a 3pm Saturday kick-off. Seems that way anyway,but it’s only two weeks since our last one-and possibly our best performance of the season to date,giving our nearest rivals Kilmarnock a wee push back to their place in the queue of admirers.

They have an away match at Hamilton tomorrow,let’s see how they cope with that pitch! Slippy Steven takes his hordes to Perth on Sunday,where the douce locals will doubtless be aghast at the antics of the hordes. Police Scotland will do nothing and TV will turn off the microphones.

That’s the predictions then,now to the reviews. Wednesday night,and we all knew it would happen. Our only fit striker becomes our only striker on the treatment bench. Edouard took a thigh knock,no-one seems sure whether it was a pull or a strain. Either way,he didn’t last the first half. Fortunately,we were pretty much in control by then-Eddie having played a big part in both goals-and Michael Johnson scored a peach to wrap it up. So continues our excellent home form,a marked contrast to last season,and also to our away form this season.

After Dundee tomorrow,two toughies on the road at Aberdeen and Sevco. I hope any Celtic fans in attendance have ordered a suit of armour from Santa. Baseball bat or length of 4 by 2 might not go amiss either. Then it’s the winter break,that time of year which our CEO knows as Time You Got Yer Finger Oot Yer Arse,Lawwell. Personally,I don’t think he needs to do that,I think he needs to get his fingers out of his ears and stop shouting Lalalalalala,can’t hear you! But that’s just me. This year,PL will be too busy counting his £2.3m bonus.

Aye,I’m being totally serious. How he can earn a bonus on the back of downing tools during our CL qualifiers beats me.

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Some of you may recall the attempt around a year ago to stop Celtic supporters parking their vehicles within about two miles or so of the ground. Many of you raised objections at the time,which saw the measures stalled while investigations were made. Now,an independent reporter has been tasked to adjudicate.

Anyone who raised an objection should have received a mail in the last day or two,informing them of the current situation thus…

“If you wish to be heard in support of your objection you are required to confirm this in writing to Andy Waddell, Director of Operations, Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, Exchange House, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX or email saferparking-celticpark@glasgow.gov.uk . Your written request must be received by this office no later than 5.00pm on Friday 25 January 2019.”

I suggest-actually,it was my Machiavellian sister-that EVERY one of you request to have your say at the hearing,and to have your question answered in person. Civil disobedience,I believe is the term. They’ll try to steamroller this as always happens and the only way to stop it is by the equivalent of a filibuster. Request your right to be heard and answered in person. See how long their hearing takes them when they have 60,000 petitions to respond to.

Bastards.

Not wanting to start the weekend on a sour note though. Save the good news till last,I know how to work an audience,eh? Congratulations to Callum McGregor as he becomes the latest of our players to sign a long-term contract extension. Till 2023,in his case.

Take a bow,son. You’ve sure earned that contract!

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Por Cierto

“Celtic was last night boosted by the news Odsonne Edouard could be given the all clear in time to face both Aberdeen and Rangers.

The champions were rocked on Wednesday night when the Frenchman – the only centre-forward currently available to Brendan Rodgers – limped out of the 3-0 win over Motherwell which took them back to the top of the table.

Edouard’s injury sparked immediate fears that Rodgers might be without a recognised striker for Celtic’s final three top-flight games of the year, at home to Dundee tomorrow followed by festive trips to Pittodrie and Ibrox between Christmas and the New Year.” Good news por cierto.

Awe Naw

It’s Christmastime, there’s no need to be afraid
At Christmastime, were top the league cup has been engraved
And in our world of plenty we can sign a brand new bhoy
Throw your arms around Roy Aitken at Christmastime

But say a prayer, pray for the other ones
At Christmastime it’s hard, but then we’re having fun
But there’s a hun outside your window
And he´s full of dread and fear
Where the only songs they’re singing
are the bitter songs of fear
And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you

When 19 mill is lodged in an escrow account from South Africa by Christmastime
Then the greatest gift they’ll get this year is life
Where nothing ever grows
No rain nor rivers flow
Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?

Here’s to you
Raise a glass to every Tim
Here’s to them
Underneath that burning sun
Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?

Feed the bear
Feed the bear
Feed the bear
Let him know it’s Christmastime again
Feed the bear
Let him know it’s Christmastime again
Feed the bear
Let him know it’s Christmastime again
Feed the bear
Let him know it’s Christmastime again
Feed the bear
Let him know it’s Christmastime again
Feed the bear
Let him know it’s Christmastime again

Have a merry Christmas bhoys and a special wee mention to Blantyre Tims family .. a tough Christmas for them. Thoughts with them

big packy

good one majoc . hope you are well.hh.

big packy

merry xmas to you as well awe naw.hh.

The Gombeen Man

Yep I’ll be at the game tomorrow, ferry permitting of course.

Anyway my answer to the question…

“Who would make a better CEO than PL?”
Is always,
“Who wouldn’t make a better CEO than PL?”

Seriously do some people believe that there is no one anywhere that could do a better job or just do things a little bit differently?

I read elsewhere of the bonus package that’s about to be paid out to Peter. Thankfully it’s in line with all other employee’s incentive scheme so nothing to see there.

HH

Mike in toronto

JtT
How are you doing today?

Por Cierto

The Herald running a story about PL’s bonus just before the Glasgow Derby and knowing that the Bonus relates to 2 years money, wonder why? por cierto

Por Cierto

Surely the most up to date story of that ilk are, has Dave King ponied up a Confirmer yet? Don’t hold your breath. por cierto

The Gombeen Man

Yep such a substantial bonus in the backwater of Scottish football isn’t newsworthy.
He can thank his lucky stars for Brendan Rodgers and the hallowed ground of the Old Firm for his windfall.

HH

Awe Naw

When it comes to the redemptive powers of hard work, Teemu Pukki is a convert. The striker, leading Norwich’s push for promotion from the Championship, was bombed out of Celtic a few seasons ago and moved to the Danish side Brøndby with his tail between his legs. But in Copenhagen he learned the joys of selfless effort and, to be fair, he has not looked back since.

“It was at Brøndby when I realised that it’s really good for me to be fit,” the Finland forward says. “I think it just happened that we started the pre-season with a new coach, who was German, and I felt: ‘OK, I’m fit now.’ In the matches I was defending more but I was more in the game and would get more involved in the attack that way as well. If I do a lot of work for the team, it really helps me too.”

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Pukki does not intend this as a slight on any previous club or on himself. The 28-year-old has been fortunate enough to play in some of the biggest competitions, and with some of the biggest clubs, in Europe; from joining Sevilla as a 17-year-old to signing for Schalke, as well as his time at Celtic. But he is humble enough to acknowledge that things have gone wrong in his career and mature enough to learn from those setbacks. “Physically I was not strong enough to play at Celtic and I know myself it was not my best time as a football player, for sure,” he says. “But I think without that experience it would be much harder here now as well.”

Here now is going pretty well. After scoring 17 times for Brøndby last season, Pukki decided not to renew with the club and to try something else once more. Despite his reservations about the Championship – “I thought it was all long balls” – he signed for Norwich on a free transfer. After 22 games Norwich are a point behind Leeds at the top of the Championship and unbeaten in the past 10 matches going into Saturday’s match at Blackburn. Pukki, meanwhile, has 13 goals, an improvement on the seven he managed in his one full season at Celtic. “I would say we play football,” Pukki says of his new team’s style. “We want to play from behind, with passing. There’s a lot of movements, a lot of running from the guys and a lot of short passing. And we are creating a lot of chances, something that’s really important for me.”

Teemu Pukki celebrates after scoring against Queens Park Rangers in September.
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Teemu Pukki celebrates after scoring against Queens Park Rangers in September. Photograph: JASONPIX/REX/Shutterstock
He was initially used as an inside-forward at Carrow Road, where his energy and running would harass full-backs and open up space, but Norwich had an uncertain start to the season that looked like becoming a problem. They went into their match against Middlesbrough in September with five points from their six games. Pukki, who had scored twice for Finland during the preceding international break, was asked to play further forward. The move worked, when the new striker’s poked finish from 10 yards decided the match.

Pukki has scored a number of impressive goals this season, though not necessarily in the way one would expect. He has not scored from range or dribbled through a packed defence but he scored one with his chest, a couple by squeezing out shots in the tiniest of spaces and converted two match-winning opportunities in added time. In his finishing, as well as his general play, he has shown an ability to adapt to situations when it matters.

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A case in point is the goal Pukki scored in the seventh minute of added time against Millwall, a 4-3 victory that he counts alongside the Boro match as the most important game of City’s season so far. Running on to a pass in the box Pukki had been challenged by a defender and lost control of the ball, only for it to loop a moment later over the keeper and roll into the net. “I was going for the shot but then he touched it,” Pukki says, recalling the process of that split-second. “So I had to try to catch the ball with my left foot before it went out, which fortunately I did. My right foot was still following from the first decision, though, and so the ball just popped in the goal.”

The way Pukki describes it the goal is a combination of fortune and persistence. Both elements are also important in a footballer’s career and Pukki is on an upswing. He jokes that “the German way” is to his liking after his experience at Schalke, Brøndby and under Daniel Farke.

Now at the seventh club in his career, has he finally found a home? “It’s too early to say anything about the end of this season and how it will go but I hope we can just keep doing what we’re doing and getting the results,” he says. “But I’ve been around and it’s always hard to go to a new club so, yes, it would be nice to stay long in one place.”

Por Cierto

If a player does not commit himself entirely to his new club then what happens is players, like Pukki, are used to beat everyone else, Managers, CEO’s, Directors of Football etc. over the head. When in fact the main reason for the players’ failure is the player himself. Por Cierto

Rebus67

AN,

A nice story of redemption! I always thought there was a player in Pukki. He had good ball control; had a bit of pace over a short distance; read the game and could score. On the negative side he appeared too timid, certainly for the Scottish game. Great to see him find form.

Rebus

mahe

Teemu Pukki, ,he was never what we needed as he was very slightly built. Didn’t have the heart for a battle . And couldn’t find the back of the net either . He was gash , bigtime. No way was he a lenny signing , one look at the striker he wanted (diawara) told you that.
I had started a csc with only fresh faced yanks at that time who were loving it but wanted a new striker we could all get behind ,,, Pukki near emptied the club ffs. Half a season and he was benched . Add to huge list of failed cheap strikers,,,and one day we will assemble that large list !
Happy Black Friday to all .
JimtheTim53 hope you’re feeling better pal
Hail Hail

big packy

bring back teemu puki ???? jimthtim53 hope you are well.hh.

Rebus67

Mahe,

Sometimes, just sometimes, I wonder about my ability to judge a player. I was 17 and very involved in football when me and my mate cames across this small, a bit overweight lad, two years younger, kicking a ball around on a park. I asked who is that and was told that is Scotland’s next CF. I laughed and laughed. “Look at him! He’s a midget!” Later I played against the midget in a bounce game. True enough, the midget lined up at CF but often used the wings so I would be in direct contact with him for much of the game. His size gave him a low centre of gravity and he had the ability to lean towards an opponent just enough to protect the ball. Nobody could get near him to tackle and he waltzed past players with ease and shot the ball into the net. He even scored a header in that game. I began to believe the earlier prediction that this guy could go all the way. In fact, he did. He became the most expensive transfer of his time in 1972 when he moved to Everton for 180,000 GBP. He was and still is Joe Harper. Pukki had many of Harper’s qualities but not the grit….perhaps he has found that now.

Rebus

Rebus67

I have not read anything about PL’s bonus. It seems to me that there has long been a gross(in every sense of that word!) imbalance between what entertainers or those involved in that business, acrue for their efforts. Especially, when compared to the efforts put in by honest tradespeople for hard physical work and no little skill. The song, “Ordinary Man” by Christie Moore comes to mind.

While we dwell on PL’s benefits, spare some thought for what does Dave King get out of his involvement with Sevco. If you do not think on it, nobody else will. The media certainly will not! If we believe what we read on Phil’s blog, he has lost many of his supporters in the Blue Room; he has upset the TOP and Mike Ashley, and runs a loss making business that banks shun. Most predictions are that it will end badly. So why is he still involved? What is in it for him? He could, of course, be gone tomorrow, but there have been many “tomorrows”, and still DK soldiers on. Why? By all accounts, he is an, shall we say, astute business man. So why does he persist with an omnishambles in a country other than his residence? Is it vanity? Does he have a sense of duty? Does he see a future payoff that others cannot see?

To me this is a much bigger issue than what bonus PL will get. At least we shall see what he is paid and by whom.

Rebus

Rebus67

Packy,

I share your second thought. Health is something you take for granted but when it goes your life can changed in the snap of a stethoscope.

Last week, my brother, who has had a chronic life threatening disease for twenty years, told me that he had cancer and that he was not going to have the life saving op that was recommended. This came out of the blue. So, let’s all cherish our health and the health of those we care about.

Reads like a sermon…but it is valid!

Rebus

big packy

REBUS67 so sorry about your brother, 20 years of suffering and then dealt another blow, will keep him in my thoughts and prayers, stay strong pal.hh.

The Gombeen Man

Ego?

He was scarred by the SARs fiasco. He’s already damaged goods and perhaps his sense of self is so out of kilter that he’ll do anything to re-establish him’self’.

Rebus67

TGM,

I do not think he is succeeding in re-establishing himself. I do not know but I suspect that his real reasons are financially based.

Rebus

JVR

Rebus, the version of roll out the barrel our support sung about Harper is one of my favourites. The Harry Hood song is my favourite then when its spring again we’ll sing again 2 1 in Amsterdam.

Garry Duncan

JimmyNotPaul
Loved reading your tale about Dortmund 87.
I was there too. Had just bought a car. Asked 3 of my mates one night when we were all stoned, if they fancied a drive to Dortmund next week? “Aye, as long as we go Dover to Calais to Amsterdam (for supplies) then Dortmund. “The journey is a short novel in itself. Many things went wrong there and back, but we made the game. The pitch invasion at the end was strange. A few of them were waving UnionJack and British Army flags. We were abused by a dozen British Army after the game. All with Cockney accents. The Dortmund fans were brilliant guys and girls. Love Germans and Germany.
YNWA

The Gombeen Man

Yep there was always the talk of further share issues and the Club 1872 maze.
He’s egocentric enough to walk himself into any mess and niave enough to think he’s untouchable in Scotland.
The temptation and lure of ‘restoring’ the mighty Rangers and doing a ‘Fergus’ (without the irksome technicalities of putting some money up front and observing rules) is irresistible.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that he believes he is doing this for a cause. That he knows best, that he feels he is the man to restore the Rangers dynasty.

What a legacy that would be?
The man who took on all comers and resored Rangers and settled back in SA with a fist full of clean dollars.

A Glasgow wide Bhoy with a heavy dose of sectarian big-shotism.
What could possibly go wrong?

Signing off now, arriving in Scotland in a few moments.Thanks for the chat.

Very sorry to read of your brother.

JNP,

How’s things Mo Chara ?

HH

Garry Duncan

JimTheTim53
If you fancy a blether, get my mobile number fae Majoc. Keep the Faith.
YNWA

Jimmynotpaul

Hey Garry.
Thanks. That is some story you have to tell. You should ask Mahe to post it.
A big welcome to new posterJVR, who is someone you and I know well Garry.
Hail Hail

Jimmynotpaul

JVR

Jimmynotpaul, another fine read from you . We have a lot in common regarding your piece about the 4 3 game at Tynecastle in November 1976 , now the Dortmund trip in 1987.

There were four of us who travelled together to the above game in Dortmund on the John Colraine European CSC which left from Heraghty’s aka Biff’s bus. Biff christened Brian Connor , was an ex-Celtic reserve player from the early sixties and huge Celtic man. Biff had sorted out everything for the trip bar accommodation .

When we arrived in Dortmund the day before the game , we managed to get digs for the night in the Bender Hotel. Bender is a German family name.

We had arranged to meet three other pals at Dortmund station the night before the game. The three of them had been in Germany since the previous weekend . The intention was they would stay in our rooms at the hotel. We waited for three hours at the station but they did not trap.

On our return to Glasgow , we found out why our three pals did not show up. Bayer Uerdigan (spelling) were playing that night , they had gone to that match as ex hun player , Robert Prytz , played for Bayer. At one point Ptytz came over to take a shy when my pals gave him a welcome he was not expecting in Germany.

In our own game , i think shortly after Dortmund’s first goal, their captain , Frank Mill, flattened Alan McKnight off the ball after our goalie had kicked the ball up the pitch. The media, from memory, neer reported that.

An all round great trip with possibly the worst hangover myself and my pals I travelled with , have ever had .

Garry Duncan

JNP
Recognise the initials ?btw Gerry White ran a tight ship. I was a member of Glasgow University CSC for two years, before joining Lisbon Lions CSC wi JVR. ???

mahe

Rebus ,, first and foremost sorry to read about your brother . At this time of year thats the last thing you need . Will say a wee prayer partner .

Dave KIng ,, I think ive been reading no mates running out of money for 3 years now maybe 2 but quite a while . When I heard his da was a cop it all clicked into place , thats where he gets the gallus and the connections ,, plus no doubt he bends a knee and bares a nipple etc etc .
As far as they are concerned anything can and will happen , there are no rules and no scrutiny ,,, effing incredible in this modern world they are getting awa with it but I am of the opinion old Escossia is the last bastion of freemasonry and as such it will spread deep roots in the hope of lasting and having a nice wee home country . CRying shame but thats what it looks like .
MOst of this blog have opted for normality may I say , away from religious persecution or indeed racial harrassment and worse . I suspect that number will only increase in the future , and will surge when Ireland unites , which will see many make the decision to up roots for Scotland and that bastion of freemasonry gets strengthed by its new flock , thus cementing the problem ffs !
I often tell the wife , just put me in charge ! 😉

On spotting a player though ,,, thats a good tale indeed , and good eye .
I knew / know a couple players myself . Of the 2 that are my own age ( 44 ) heres what happened . ONe was a year younger than me , and was captaining the primary school in P5 . When I asked the big lad in P7 who I thought was the best in the school why he was captain and not him , he replied you try getting the ball off him ! We then went to the same secondary school and through the next 5 years he had went for trials in England plus been scouted at home .
HIs parents though told him this ,,, you stay at school and finish then you accept whichever contract you wish , but we as a family move also with you for support .
“ Wee “ Paul Mc Veigh went on to have quite a good career playing for Spurs Norwich and represnting the North of Ireland and I know personally he was involved in some local charity work in the area , nice fella is Paul though I know the big brother better.
The other fella was my exact age and sat beside me most days . He was a nippy skillful wee left footed speedy gonzales that was snapped up by Man Utd school of excellence . THis wasn an actual school but the youth arm of MU rented out they main area of Lisburn leisure centre every week or two and drilled who they thought were the best prospects . This kid had it , and I honestly thought would go all the way ,, although like Mc Geady if he was made of chocolate he would eat himself . He was adored for being “ a Man United player “ even though he was nothing of the sort , and seen himself as Giggs successor ffs .
I last sat beside him at 16 and we went our separate ways . About 15 years later I got chatting to a fella that knew him well . “ What happened to him ,, he was a cracker player ? “ I asked .
It sorrowed me to hear the answer. He was on track at 18 and went to a local party on a Saturday night where he was given a free e pill and that was that . He thought he would survive on his God given skill without the actual hard work to back up the skill . He pinnacled playing for Bangor town ,, a very provincial no one. Dont wanna type his name just incase he reads and gets embarrassed .

Anyway ,, her naptimes over ! later and Hail Hail

mahe

JVR ,, welcome aboard pal . Hope alls well and Hail Hail

Rebus67

JVR,

Welcome aboard. There is good chat on here. Stick around.

Rebus

Rebus67

Mahe,

My brother told me last night that a wee eleven year old boy who lives up the road from him was always playing football. He was scouted by Thistle, Motherwell and latterly Celtic. He has just joined the Tic. Good luck to wee Noah! He has already fulfilled my dream.

Rebus

Rebus67

Garry,

Why didn’t you go to a real university like Strathclyde? I once flour bombed your union!

Just joking…two good universities.

Rebus

Mike inToronto

Mahe. You or anyone heard from JtT today? If not anyone have an email/ phone for him?

A bit worried about him

Garry Duncan

Rebus
The 2 years I was a member of Glasgow University bus, I was a 4th and 5th year pupil at Saint Thomas Aquinas school. Never went to any Uni. ?
YNWA

big packy

JVR welcome aboard just watch out for that majoc ghuy.hh.????

Garry Duncan

MIT
Me too. Would like a chat wi JTT53 by phone, but preferably in person again.

big packy

mike, posted this morning to say how are you, as far as I know he has not been on the blog, majoc might know.hh.

mahe

MIT, fraid not . I dropped an email also , fingers crossed it’s Christmas shopping keeping him quiet . Hail Hail

I’m alright folks, a bit better than last night. Just not in a chatty mood. Don’t worry I’m not going to do anything daft. Been here before, it will pass.

mahe

Jtt, take care partner . Hail Hail

big packy

jim so glad to hear from you, as long as your ok you come back when your feeling better.hh.

Mike in Toronto

glad you are okay… just remember, you have lots of pals here.

Jimmynotpaul

Hey JTT.
Good stuff, that you up to posting, to give us an update.
Thank you.
Be well.
Hail Hail

Jimmynotpaul

Big Packy.
Have you worked out who JVR is yet?
Hail Hail

Some superb posts today.
JTT
Take care mi amigo, it’s never as bad as it seems, trust me on that 😉
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Joe Harper
When I was a bit younger and Joe was playing for Aberdeen, he lived in the same small NE town as I did, we also both played for the same darts team in the wee small town, he knew the owner of the hotel in the wee small town, anyways, Joe liked a wee drink, he liked his beer and the later it got he liked his shorts, Joe would often been seen in the bar of a friday night, in them days most games were on the saturday, if there was an away game he would go home about 12 ish, if they were at home an hour or so latter wasn’t unusual, I have often thought how much better a goal scorer would he have been if he didny like the drink as much, alas we will never know, the same can be said for many players in them days.

big packy

JIMMYNOT PAUL, haven’t a clue go on tell me,hh.

Rebus
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Jimmynotpaul

Big Packy.
It’s our friend Dallas.
The initials JR.
Hail Hail

Garry Duncan

JTT53
Keep well mi amigo.
You are highly thought of by me and most on here. I loved meeting you in McChuills. We became instant friends
YNWA

big packy

JIMMYNOT PAUL, yes should have known.hh