The Monday Mish-mash
No,the title of today’s article hasn’t been spelt wrongly in reference to Saturday’s game,it’s because Saturday’s game didn’t throw up anything really worthy of discussion! It really was a mismatch,though we did make life difficult for ourselves,but it brought little worthy of mention.
A satisfying scoreline,3-0 so a third clean sheet with ten goals scored in the three games. Maybe a clue that for all his excellence so far,Tim Weah isn’t yet ready to play as a sole striker,especially not when the service is so limited. That’s about it really,move along nothing to see here.
There were however some interesting points worth discussing,mostly away from Celtic Park. Including the simple one of actually getting away from Celtic Park! With Glasgow City Council seemingly hell-bent on introducing their ludicrous parking restrictions in an approx 2km radius around the ground,a lot of Celtic fans are going to be woefully indisposed as they trail to and from Celtic Park. My Dad,for one,will be in bother,as his mobility is not what it was,and he is a fit stripling of a lad by comparison with many who travel.
Now,I appreciate that these restrictions are not to be applied exclusively to Celtic Park,but the two other large stadia in the city are very well-served by public transport. Celtic Park is not. It’s a fair old hike from Belgrove,Bridgeton,Dalmarnock stations,though admittedly not as far as the extent of the restrictions,and the trains are unlikely to have the capacity required. Same can be said of the buses,unless some bright spark comes up with the wizard wheeze of running a shuttle bus. This would take an almighty leap of forward thinking on someone’s behalf,and is as likely as me winning Mr Universe.
ATHINGOFBEAUTY posted yesterday about her experience travelling from Ayr. I could do that journey in thirty minutes each way,yet it took her bus over an hour simply to get onto the motorway! This shambles will only get worse if these restrictions are put into operation,because people will view a supporters bus as the preferred option to a 2km walk each way,often in pissing rain or on icy footpaths. I don’t know what the council were thinking of when they dreamed this one up,but I certainly don’t think they had an eye on the next local elections. A vote loser if ever there was one.
Onto the transfer window. You already know my feelings on this,and our need for a Paul Telfer-type right back is becoming more pressing with every passing day. However,maybe our problems with getting deals done isn’t simply down the “our”,it maybe down to “getting deals done” The last few days have seen Man City,of all clubs,bemoaning the difficulty of getting players in,Man Utd have done nothing of note,nor have Liverpool,Arsenal or Spurs-even with their injury problems. Even Chelsea have been relatively quiet,though a 31yo loan signing from Napoli in Higuain may well be the best deal of the window.
What is unlikely to be the best deal of the window was made by Barcelona,the club who have for years epitomised The Beautiful Game. Yes,they have slipped from their peak since the decline and departure of Xavi and Iniesta,and have never really replaced Carlos Puyol,but surely they can do better than signing Kevin Prince Boateng. That they’ve signed him as a striker,not first choice but in order to provided respite and rotation for Suarez and Dembele,is an even bigger worry for their fans. That he was signed because their main targets didn’t want to join should worry them most. When Barcelona can’t sign a striker,when Man City can’t lay their hands on anyone,maybe I’ll cut PL some slack. Provided he is as honest with the fans as Man City and Barcelona have been-you knew it couldn’t last,didn’t you?!!
I mentioned the other day that we should still be an attraction for most players,that outwith the EPL and the top clubs in the rest of the Big Five leagues,we offer as good a package as anyone. MARGARET MCGILL improved greatly on that statement earlier this morning on the previous article,which I’ll reproduce below.
In my opinion the word outside of Scotland is that Celtic is a stepping stone to the EPL if you are a professional footballer.
Any professional footballer who wants to sign for Celtic is probably given a list of pros and cons
as to whether this may be good or not for their career by their agent.
EPL if you’re good enough
Salary is reasonable
If you fit in and prove yourself the fans will love you.
You may go down in history
Once established the opportunities are good elsewhere also.
The fitness regime is excellent and facilities superb.
some games the atmosphere is special
The team you are playing in is weak
The European shop window is intermittent
The entire Scottish football establishment is anti Celtic so the situation is volatile and can collapse any season.
You will not be protected from injury as a Celtic player in the SPL.
Expect to be cheated.
the media will lie about you 24×7.
You need to understand the Old Firm
there are of course many more pros and cons for playing for Celtic and these also apply to Scottish players. Maybe just a point of discussion and you can add your own pros and cons.
Finally, I notice that Morelos sparked a crowd invasion yesterday by leaving the field of play after scoring to celebrate with the hordes who naturally-it’s their thang,innit?-invaded the pitch to hug their heroes. No yellow cards,no arrests. As there were also no arrests at the earlier fixture between the two when a coin from their end split the linesman’s head open. I’m not sure that the linesman should have been allowed to continue that day,not with an open,bleeding wound,but manfully he did,and refused to let it cloud his judgement. On that,SOL KITTS mailed me a list of the SPFL Ground Regulations,with a wee quiz question-how many of them do the huns regularly breach? He reckons ten,at first glance. As I can’t embed it,I’ve asked him for directions to it,and will post it later for The Brains Trust to work on.
Now,where’s our new right back…
Above by BMCUWP,and since you know you can all do better,mail your thoughts to Mahe on