The Phoney War…


All quiet on the western front as we prepare for our next step towards a treble. It’s strange to think that they were such a rarity prior to the arrival of Brendan Rodgersyet here we are,sitting with a good chance of a third successive one.

However,there are seven games to negotiate to achieve that,and the manager and the players need to remain focused on the job in hand. To treat the next game as the most important,even if we need to think about what is round the corner in terms of bringing players back to fitness. While we can just about afford the odd slip-up in the league,we certainly cannot have any in the cup.

I think perhaps our poorest cup performance when I was growing up was in that dreadful season of 77-78 when we could only draw at home against Kilmarnock before going out in the replay. Killie weren’t even in the Premier League at the time,Davie Provan ran riot and Roy Aitken was sent off,if I remember correctly. It summed up our season that year,our Annus Horribilis.

Since then,of course,the shock results have hit us much more frequently,so I won’t bother dredging through the bad memories,nor the accompanying headlines. It’s Aberdeen next for us,our nearest challengers for quite a while there. Their manager,lovely man that he is,has already started spouting off,stating that it will be a failure for us not to achieve a Treble this year.

We should listen to him,of course. He speaks from experience,the experience of perennial failure-bar one League Cup-and of the more crushing current failure of sitting in fourth place in the league. For someone so clearly in love with himself,he can’t have any mirrors in his house,that’s for sure.

From where I’m sitting,if we don’t win the treble this season it will be a bitter disappointment but to label it a failure given the problems with injuries and management upheavals is over the top. I always said that Fergie’s greatest achievement was in winning his last title with a team on its last legs,one which needed rebuilt with urgency. Man Utd failed to do that,and they have paid a hefty price in the interim.

Our team too needs to be rebuilt,and if we achieve this treble it may well be best of the three. So it was disturbing to hear John Kennedy speaking yesterday of our great future with our current squad and the younger players ready to come in. John has been doing a lot more press in the last few weeks than he had ever done before,and I have to say that doesn’t sit comfortably with me. I doubt he speaks entirely off the cuff at such press briefings so it may be that we are being primed for a disappointing transfer window once again.

Our board need to pay attention to how footballing success works. It is rarely if ever achieved by resting on your laurels,as Man Utd did so disastrously in 2013. It usually comes from building on your success,and from recognising where improvements have to be made. Celtic boards over the years have a poor record in this regard,and I fear we may be in for more of the same.

So no,I won’t regard not winning the treble this year as a failure,but I’ll recognise our achievement if we succeed. But my concern is that a lack of quality investment in the team is inviting failure in through the front door. And we’ve all seen that movie before.

That Kilmarnock game I mentioned? The season after we won The Double? John Dowie was playing in it.


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Cosy corner bhoy
April 10, 2019 8:22 am

Just as well I took you to all these games or you would have nothing to write about??
We have had some numpties in Celtic clothing to paraphrase and fortunately,unlike you,I forget most of them!

April 10, 2019 8:55 am


I was at that game at Killie and Provan was great. Oh for a player that could cross a ball like that in our current team.

I watched Spurs Citeh last night. Very ordinary game of football I have to admit. Spurs looked out of their depth and Citeh played not to lose. Even on the few opportunities that they attacked Pep’s men seemed to be falling in behind play rather than go forward.

When Wanyama came on he didn’t look out of his depth as defensive mid.

Also seemed pretty quiet in the new stadium. I guess average ticket prices of £70 a pop have that effect. By the time you’ve paid for tube, a drink and a bite after work that’s the best part of £100 gone. Expensive business…

The Exiled Tim
April 10, 2019 8:59 am

The day that Brendan left was the day that we officially began a massive downsizing program.
Investment in the team, not a hope, it will be the total opposite, clearing out anything and everything, I also heard JK and was not surprised, I honestly just don’t understand why people can’t see what the PLC are all about, their one and only care is for the PLC and their share value, when the support stop funding them they will take notice, till then it will be just enough in their opinion to stay that wee bit ahead of the huns.
I am and you asked me this the other week, I mentioned that the place where your sister is is full of Brits 😉
Things to do.

April 10, 2019 9:15 am


Indeed I’m grateful. Rightly so. Mind,there’s some games I wish I could have put needles through my eyes and there’s some players I could definitely have done without watching. Thing is,I’ve never once had a go at a Celtic player for simply not being good enough-what’s he supposed to do when he gets the offer,say naw,I’m rubbish?!!!

I’ve always blamed the people responsible for signing him-in the case of John Dowie,I blame Desmond White for only allowing Jock to spend £10,000 on him and £50,000 on Tom McAdam,and that after getting £440,000 for Dalglish.

He really did Jock no favours whatsoever.

To emphasise the point,he allowed Billy McNeil to spend over £300,000 the following year on Murdo,Davie Provan and Dom Sullivan. Anyone who thinks I have a low opinion of PL should hear me on the subject of White-I’m almost hagiographic of PL in comparison!

April 10, 2019 9:20 am


He really roasted Roy that night. I felt almost sorry for him,and was delighted when Davie signed for us. On his game he was unplayable.

I recall a game at Ibrox,I was in the enclosure with SOLKITTS from these pages. He’d given the hun-and he was a hun,this one!-the runaround and literally left him on his arse.

As he played the ball onside,he turned to the prostrate hun and said-I could keep a beachball off you in a telephone box!


April 10, 2019 9:23 am


Yep,the softening-up process has definitely begun. I intended today’s article to focus more on our manager for next season,but the comments from JK changed that.

Big concern for me,not only in what he said but that he is the one saying it.

Margaret McGill
April 10, 2019 1:46 pm

When MON told us to get used to life in the slow lane in 2003 we didnt really realize the bleak future he envisioned. In 2003 we moved out to the overtaking lane then quickly back into the middle lane. In 2012 with our main competitor in the rear view mirror we moved into the inside slow lane as that was the limit of our vision and the old banger that we were driving in. Now that we are not even investing in an MOT we will be parked on the hard shoulder for a few years as the custodians let the local hun vandals rip the shit out of it for the insurance money.

The Exiled Tim
April 10, 2019 1:55 pm

Aye, but we didny go bust and we have a healthy bank balance so we do, we are a well run club doncha know.

Noel Skytrot
April 10, 2019 2:02 pm

Lennons past record in cup ties is a bit shaky, but I suspect we will edge this one and hopefully go onto win the trebleX3 which will unlikely be repeated by the Newco or any of the other pretenders.

Margaret McGill
April 10, 2019 3:00 pm

I know. After they get the insurance money they’ll probably sell the rest for scrap.

A thing of beauty
April 10, 2019 7:42 pm

I noticed mcinnes was trying to put the pressure on Lenny when I read what he had to say. I’m very confident we will beat Aberdeen which is strange because I am the first to say we are playing some terrible football just now. I don’t put this all down to Lennon, we’ve been going backwards since the end of Rodgers first season and comments from Kennedy saying we’re good to go for next season with what we have gives me the fear. Also I was very busy yesterday so didn’t get on but I am not sure about AVB. His record is very patchy, starting brightly and fading in ever decreasing circles since. This needs a lot of proper research from our suits and I’m sure there will be names bandied about. Rest assured no one will be in place by 30 June. That’s what we do best. Leave everything till the last kick thensay oh we didn’t have enough time, the manager was evaluating the squad. We’ve bought apples at your cart before peter so be aware we are watching.

April 10, 2019 7:51 pm

Seems I tempted fate with my headline today!

Very strange,all the sites are quiet…

April 10, 2019 7:53 pm


Your last few sentences sum up my thoughts on the process too. Tailor-made excuse just waiting to be dusted down and used again.

April 11, 2019 12:07 am

Was it something I said? 😉
The calm before the storm clearly , the fans nervous?

” I refuse to tip toe through life to arrive safely at death ” anonymous extreme sports fan

” There’ll be no siesta’s in Madrid tonight ! ”
Kevin Keegan

” Jesus would have to fight the Devil live to break those pay per view numbers ”
Ufc boss Dana White after a good say at the office it seems

” I can’t buy a pack of smokes without running into 9 guys you’ve f#%ked ! ”
Rocco in the Boondock Saints

” Put 10 Celtic fans in the same room and you’ll get 11 opinions ”

April 11, 2019 1:02 am


Aye,held that view for a while. Dunno why people canny just agree with me. It would save a lot of time!

Margaret McGill
April 11, 2019 2:40 am

Well done Ajax.
if its a Barcelona Juventus final its a fix. Games a bogey
Messi V Ronaldo

April 11, 2019 5:53 am

New Article Posted!