Rennes 1-1 Celtic


Well,there’s a cracker of a spoiler for you,innit? Would we have taken that before the kick off?

Damn right I would!

I said previously that in the run of games to the next international window that I would be a happy bunny-not to be confused with a happy clapper!-with four points from our two Europa League matches.

And that it would be 1-1 with next goal the winner. Try finding a bookie to take that bet…

Anyway,to the match. Difficult to criticise the line-up,bar two things. I would have played Ollie from the start,and I wouldn’t have played Mohamed from the off. He isn’t yet fully aware of our system,so he wasn’t always where we expected our left winger to be. And he made some nice runs off the ball which weren’t picked up-because the other players aren’t used to that. Additionally,he nearly got on the end of a ball-a touch from the studs and it was in!-from the inside right position!

He’s definitely a player,but we need to bed him in and get used to him.

Aye,the match. We started well,but didn’t really trouble them much. A few close things but nothing to write home about. Then,IMO,the referee decided to take-or lose-control of a fiercely contested match,one where there were never going to be many awards for second prize. He set down a marker by booking I Wanna for a dive in the area-in fairness,Eddy was taken out,but went down late-and then a yellow for Broonie which left him three quarters of the game with hardly a tackle in him. I thought the ref was being harsh on us,while not awarding them much which wasn’t deserved. But it didn’t faze us,we kept probing up front,kept harrying in midfield,kept denying them in defence.

Until-boom! Kris Ajer had one of those moments where he gets turned on his left. What’s a boy to do,canny stand on his left foot much less tackle with it. So he held on to the jersey for about five seconds with his right hand,pulled the opponent’s arm with his left,and finally took a mistimed swipe with his left leg to bring him down. The referee seemed to take an age to make the decision. I’m not sure whether he had to wait till he’d stopped pishing himself laughing or couldn’t figure out which of the offences to penalise. I love the big fella,but he gets caught like this too often,and he’s gonna have to learn if he wants his career to progress as it should.

Time for some coaching,please.

Fraser dived to his left. About five minutes later,the ball was in the back of the net from the resulting penalty. All that good work earlier,shakes head and half time.

Remember my comment about the referee being harsh on us? Clear trip on Ryan early on,no penalty. But we got one a few minutes later when Jamesie-who was now on the left,Ollie on for Mohamed-tied their defender in knots. Duly despatched by Ryan,and game on.

This wasn’t a 1-1 draw which petered out,this was both teams going for it. Exemplified by a crucial tackle from Jonny Hayes late on which was all or nothing. Great stuff from a man who is always there when we need him and never lets us down.

The game finished on a sour note for me. Da Silva had to be taken off after a collision with Bayo in the final seconds of proper time-Bayo was correctly booked,reckless if not deliberate flying elbow. When Bayo went in on the keeper shortly after,the keeper reacted like there was a sniper in the stadium. The referee correctly gave nothing.


He then went up to the goalkeeper and decided to award a second yellow and a red. Shocking refereeing,and tv replays showed that there was absolutely no contact to the keeper’s body from Bayo-he had every right to go for a loose ball-much less the head injury that he was indicating.

We won’t get the card overturned,but the referee and the keeper should be called to account for this,much as the AC Milan keeper was a few years ago. Utterly embarrassing stuff

Overall,I was very pleased with the performance. Not a player out there let us down. We didn’t set Europe on fire either of course,but we cannot complain about a draw away from home against a very good side. And on top of that,think on this…

Every hun who put on a coupon tonight saw it go down!


Elmahed. This guy is really impressing me in every game.


Above article by BMCUWP. As always,we invite contributions from our members for Article of the Day. It can be your turn simply by mailing it to us. We always publish them.

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September 20, 2019 9:02 am

Been waiting on this article from 6.30am. Was worth the wait. Hayes is well worth being in the squad. And yes big Kris needs some loving coaching. He’s so close to being a very good player. It seems obvious to everyone where his faults lie.

September 20, 2019 9:42 am

Just a wee reminder to all that there is an open invitation to all for the Hootenanny in McChuills.

Tomorrow,from about 230ish.

Celtic Champs Elect
September 20, 2019 9:53 am

Bobby what’s the dress code for the morra 🙂

September 20, 2019 9:58 am


Casual but smart,sir! Or,casual but CGAF…

Twists n turns
September 20, 2019 10:09 am


Hard hat for you bud ??

Kidding of course !

Good result last night eh ??

September 20, 2019 10:11 am

Bobby wisnae me that asked, it was CCE.

September 20, 2019 11:23 am

Bad news for the assembled multitudes tomorrow , Bobby.
I can`t make it.

Kojo lives.

September 20, 2019 11:41 am


Not a bother,old son. Don’t tell me you’re over on a visit?

I didn’t send my usual e-mail invitations this time as those were obtained via CQN. So I hope nobody felt left out because of that!

September 20, 2019 11:43 am


Jonny steps up to the plate every time of asking. He can do no more. And he can provide cover in three positions too.

September 20, 2019 12:48 pm

Dress code,, green cross code,,,Morse code,,,
There’s enough codes out there ,, we can do without them.
Codeless are we,,whose lives are pledged to Ireland,,,
Cant wait to drink you ladies under the table 😉
On Fairhills tab 🙂 🙂 🙂
Hail Hail

September 20, 2019 12:53 pm

Tomorrow’s Charity Bet.

Last week wasn’t entirely successful as it only returned £2.20 for my fiver. No such scattergun stuff this week. All-in on SIX HOMES.


Six-fold returns £198.54 or zero for £2.20. Fingers toes and eyes all crossed!

September 20, 2019 12:56 pm


You only drink cider. That’s not even got any alcohol in it in the States. Kids’ stuff.

So what happens when Brits such as myself give up their orchard-rich homeland for that unchartered brave new world known as the United States? Is British cider still easy to come by? Do the Americans make palatable cider? Is cider even called “cider” over here?

The answer to that last question is technically “no.” What the British call cider, the Americans usually call hard cider, reserving the word cider (and apple cider) for non-alcoholic varieties of the drink. And while you might think that non-alcoholic cider is just another way of saying apple juice, the former is typically an unfiltered version of the latter.

Mike in Toronto
September 20, 2019 1:04 pm


A lot of the ciders made here are similar to the British stuff … Usually way too sweet for my taste. But there are some that are more French style, and are actually pretty nice. Fortunately, we tend to get a decent variety of imported stuff as well. Pere Jules is one I like. A nice Breton cider. Worth trying.

September 20, 2019 1:15 pm

Bobby,,I had a summer on cider due to the heat there in Cali but have been black stuff or beer this side of the Atlantic.
I think cider is over until next spring.
There’s a cider brewery in my town actually,,,
I’ll be on beer I believe.
Stellavision more than likely.
Hail Hail

September 20, 2019 1:24 pm

Good summary BMCUWP.
(I wouldn’t have played Mohamed from the off. He isn’t yet fully aware of our system,so he wasn’t always where we expected our left winger to be. And he made some nice runs off the ball which weren’t picked up-because the other players aren’t used to that.)
Or it could be said that neither Brown or McGregor pick their heads up to see such runs.
3 years of playing in a cautious possession system will do that.
Brown on occasion will play the forward pass but Calum is guilty of taking the easy option.
Strange as he can be a very positive player and definitely has the skill.
I don’t think it’s a rest Calum needs but a change of mindset.
At times last night when we had good wide positions there was no real effort from either to attack the box.
Ajer was not a surprise.He constantly charges in and takes himself wrong side and going to ground the way he does is a no no for any centre half.His positional sense is poor.
He lacks the discipline to be a centre back but i thought his recent stint at right back showed promise.
Would far rather Elhamed partnered the excellent Julien.
Bayo could have been given a red for earlier challenge as it was reckless but as you say second yellow was perplexing?
Why did ref change his mind?
Cheating keeper should get a ban and Grenier was diving all night.

Awe Naw
September 20, 2019 1:27 pm

DUP leader Arlene Foster has stated that during her party’s ongoing Brexit-based discussions, they entertained the notion that they may actually be a giant pack of wretched bastards.

As they battle to find a way to accept the fact that the Conservative Government is about to catapult them under the nearest available bus, the Unionist party have had time to step outside their own sphere and realise that a lot of their beliefs and policies are at best antiquated and at worst, pure cuntish.

Taking their current stance on gay rights, women’s rights, Nationalist’s rights and wood-pellet burner’s rights into account, Foster admitted that in the ‘cold hard light of day’, the DUP aren’t exactly the nicest people.

”Holy shit, we’re a bunch of pricks,” said Sammy Wilson, clutching the sides of his face at the realisation.

”I’m… I’m a horrible human being,” cried Ian Paisley Jnr.

”Lads… it’s not just you. It’s all of us; we’re dinosaurs, relics of a bygone era that are clinging on to our so called ‘heritage’ to appeal to an ever-diminishing voter base at the cost of thousands of people all across Northern Ireland, all too cosy up to a dying Empire that wouldn’t piss on us if we were on fire,” sobbed Foster.

Despite these revelations, the DUP have managed to shrug off these morbid feelings and return to ‘business as usual’, claiming that their brief moment of doubt was ‘probably some Taig sorcery’.

September 20, 2019 1:29 pm

Magners,Strongbow and Stella Artois cidre are all stocked in my local off license.
I’m sure there are plenty of others but the wife has bought these for when we have barbecues.

September 20, 2019 1:33 pm

Fookin brilliant.

September 20, 2019 2:13 pm


I’m just gently winding Mahe up. Though I recall saying to some American tourists in London about 25 years go that they should order Appletise apple juice,not Strongbow cider for their 8yo.

September 20, 2019 2:18 pm


Excellent,and so so accurate.

Shades of South Park…

“History of Kenny’s Deaths
In the first few episodes, Kyle says the entire phrase. It usually varies depending on who kills Kenny. On one occasion (“Cartman’s Silly Hate Crime 2000”), Stan and Kyle accidentally kill Kenny, causing Stan to cry out, in a somewhat nonchalant way, “Oh my God, we killed Kenny.” Kyle replies, “We killed Kenny?” and Stan says, “Yeah, we killed Kenny; we’re bastards”.”

Awe Naw
September 20, 2019 2:24 pm

Friday 20 September 2019 by Douglas Fraser

Thomas Cook Celtic`s preferred Travel Partners lists itself for sale on Ceefax

Ceefax holiday list Thomas Cook for sale
Ailing travel operator Thomas Cook is advertising the whole business on Ceefax for only £99 per person.

The last-minute deal is thought to be how normal entrepreneurs buy their businesses, just by looking around on the old Ceefax service hoping to spot a good deal.

Financial genius, junior accountant, Entrepreneur and Businessman and former SFA chief executive and Rangers Legend, Gordon Smith, who has only been bankrupt six times, said, “I was just looking at those blocky old pages that you used to look at to get the football results, and there it popped up.

“I thought, ‘That’s a great deal!’ – because due diligence is for losers – and luckily me and the wife already had our bags packed, ready for a moonlight flit, so we were able to buy very early the next morning.

“I’m now the owner of my very own ailing travel operator! Honestly, everyone should have one!

“Of course the customers will be pleased to hear I’m in charge now.”

A customer stuck in a cheap Bulgarian B&B, worried he won’t be able to return, said, “Well, at least he’s not Philip Green.”

Peter Lawwell Celtic Chief executive stated “There will be no refunds Thomas Cook is only a preferred partner as all Celtic fans are very well aware of, it is just a recommendation we don´t just cook the books, we Thomas Crook it. We can’t be held responsible for recommendations, just look at Amido Balde, Teemu Pukki, Holmbert Fridjonnson, Mo Bangura, Stefan Scepovic, Colin Kazim Richards, Miku, Lassad Nouioui, Pawel Brozek – and my bonus need I say more”

The Gombeen Man
September 20, 2019 2:30 pm

Just popping in to wish all the Hooters all the best for tomorrow. I’m sure you’ll all have a ball washing down the Tayto with the black stuff.

Safe trip home from France to my bhoy who is travelling back from the game as I type. He was last heard of travelling on a bus to the airport. From there, Stansted and a connecting flight to Dublin.

An encouraging performance yesterday and an excellent summary from BMCUWPs. I’m still concerned about our left side and unfortunately the midfield is a concern too. Having said that a very credible point away to a decent French outfit is good stuff.

Cracking weather today, hopefully it’s the same for the Hoot tomorrow.


Bada Bing
September 20, 2019 2:36 pm

CELTIC have confirmed they’ll hold a minute’s applause for Fernando Ricksen before Sunday’s clash with Kilmarnock.

big packy
September 20, 2019 2:36 pm

AFTERNOON ALL, awe naw brilliant as usual, now there is a taxi rank opposite the shop, 12 cabs 5 support man united, 5 Liverpool and 2 evertonians, everyone to a man told me yesterday rennes was gonna thump us, well did i give them some stick this morning. they did not know what to say, and the Liverpool guys have been giving me the six finger gesture meaning they have won the big cup 6 times. I just counter back with yes but we won it first, with 11 scots all born within a 30 mile radius of parkhead, so put that in your pie and smoke it.hh.

September 20, 2019 2:46 pm


Your summary pretty well nails it. Before the game I would certainly have settled for a score draw but as the game neared its end I thought we could win it. We nearly did with Christie’s shot that went wide right.

I am very pleased for the team and I think we should immediately apply to play in Ligue 1 as we would do well there.

I think the critiques of Ajer are too strong. Yes, he did give away a penalty but he was dealing with a very strong physical presence on his own. Initially Julien was dealing with him but he shifted over to work Ajer. The latter needed some help to deal with him, especially at set pieces. Where was Bolingoli and Calmac, or even Edouard to help out? He was Rennes’ major goal threat and he was handled very well throughout the game.

Last night convinced me that Bolingoli will not do as a starter. For most of the first half he was either positioned at or over the halfway line, or misplacing simple short passes within his own half. He seems nervous at the start of every game. He will cost us goals for sure. Time to realise that he is three million down the drain. Play either Taylor or Hayes there as the starter. Boli may be useful as a sub.

In terms of coaching, NL performed well, not perfect, but well. Dare I say, his efforts were better than those of his predecessor? Yes, I do say so!

Two factors have improved the defence. Firstly, Julien is now comfortable and fit. Secondly, FF is the goalie. His presence seems to have reassured others. However, Boli has to go.

I am not yet a ME fan. Firstly, I cannot spell his name and secondly I am not sure what he is. Is he a wide player or is he more than that? He was frequently found inside and even through the middle. Frankly, he looks like he is carrying a few extra pounds around the middle, something that I have a lot of sympathy for! So the jury is out until I see him fully fit if that is do-able. It was a risk playing him from the start but NL got away with it. Ntcham was the obvious starter given that French eyes would be on him and he wants to return to his home country. For the first twenty five minutes of the game we were two players down…..Boli and the phantom ME. Both improved in the second half of the first half… is time the game was judged in quarters!

Edouard was out on his feet and, if anything, his sub was delayed too long. But he is our main goal threat so I can understand NL keeping him out there. He just needed one decent pass to break free and stay on his feet. I applauded when Neil brought Bayo on as it indicated that he thought we could win. On reflection putting on a defensive midfielder might have been the smarter option, but again, it is a judgement call. I do not fault the coach for it.

So, apart from not starting Ntcham, Neil’s coaching was right up there.

Oh, to give you something controversial, I did not think that the ref’s performance was that bad over the piece. The two penalties that he gave were correct calls and he missed one other for each team. He got the Hayes tackle correct. He certainly appeared to change his mind on the second Bayo incident but the question is why? He had to stop the game as the keeper was indicating a head injury. Was he influenced by the Rennes players or did he receive info on his earphones that Bayo had hit the keeper’s head? We do not know and this illustrates why refs should be permited to explain their actions after a game.


September 20, 2019 3:38 pm

One thing that was obvious last night was our free kicks, corners and throw ins are utter crap.
Christie has followed the McGregor template of high floaty shite that is so easy to defend.
Can someone on the coaching staff teach them to deliver something with an angle and pace?
Our throw ins look like they have never been worked on.
And the guy receiving the ball often seems like someone who just got the short straw.
We should play Bauer just to improve on this.
I get what you’re saying about criticism of Ajer but last night was not unusual.
He is a serial offender at diving in and shirt pulling.

September 20, 2019 3:56 pm


No , mate.
Spending some time in Thai.
Sorry to miss the event , particularly the music.
Fine job you`re doing with S.C.

Bada Bing
September 20, 2019 4:06 pm

CELTIC boss Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell have laid a wreath outside Ibrox in tribute to late Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen.

The former Light Blues skipper passed away on Wednesday at the age of 43 following a six-year battle with motor neurone disease.

September 20, 2019 4:08 pm


I think you might just enjoy yourself more in Thailand than Trongate! Though for a few hours tomorrow,maybe not!

September 20, 2019 4:10 pm


You sure brought young E up properly! We will put you both on the list of absent friends as we raise a toast. You’re in good company!

September 20, 2019 4:11 pm


Boli will probably be out until after the next international break;abductor injury. Or summat. Gives us the chance to get game time into young Taylor.

I think we should hold Jonny back as cover;it wouldn’t be fair to Taylor to throw him in if JH got the nod and was then injured.

Bada Bing
September 20, 2019 4:35 pm
Bada Bing
September 20, 2019 5:30 pm

CELTIC have been hit with a £11,000 Uefa fine after fans set off flares and threw objects during their Europa League play-off clash with AIK.

Hoops supporters welcomed their team on to the park with a sea of red in the Friends Arena

The Exiled Tim
September 20, 2019 5:38 pm

Evening Timland from a warm, humid, thundery hun free mountain valley.
Still have a smile on the coupon from last night, all things considered we done well, afore the game I have to admit I wasn’t too confident after seeing Rennes a few times this season but we nullified anything they had, stupid mistake cost us and a substandard referee also cost us, cut out the mistakes and you never know, we are far better than many make us out to be.
Same goes for the huns, I was shocked at how poor Feyenoord were but the huns in the first half threw everything at them and should have been out of site, gonna be an interesting season.
I can still dream of bringing in a proper top notch DoF tho.

big packy
September 20, 2019 5:44 pm

THE EXILED TIM, stop being so bloomin greedy??

September 20, 2019 5:56 pm

Evening Packy. I thought that was a very uplifting post from TET.

That’s my car fixed – fingers crossed – a new battery. £38 ! That’s me skint, I had to go to a loan shark for money for tomorrow.

(only kidding!)

big packy
September 20, 2019 6:13 pm

JIM, was only pulling his leg?jim im wearing my ben Sherman shirt tomorrow how about you.hh.

September 20, 2019 6:24 pm

A white shirt ‘George’ from Oxfam.

Only kidding. Haven’t a clue. I have dozens of shirts and pullovers none of which I bought. All family Christmas presents!

September 20, 2019 6:49 pm

Good match summary. Agree with all your points. Elhamed was my motm too. Looks a class act. Big Kris needs to learn from his mistakes, but at 21, he has time. Hoping for 6 points from our next two EL games.

big packy
September 20, 2019 6:53 pm

JIM was shocked to find out alan Longmuir had died he was 70, to be honest did not realise he was 70, think I told you I seen them at our lady and st josephs parochial hall in 1970 ,he was just a young lad to me only a few years older than me, where does the years go jim, I still remember the cup final against milan as if it was yesterday, yet somedays I don’t even know my own name?

September 20, 2019 6:55 pm


My iPad continues to autocorrect to Elmahed. Apologies for not noticing it in the main article.

In future,I’ll double check very time I write Elhamed. Alternatively,I’m gonna refer to him as Hatem. Be a bit easier.

September 20, 2019 7:00 pm

It is Elyounoussi that is causing me problems. Think I will call him Mo. ?

The Gombeen Man
September 20, 2019 7:03 pm


Thanks for the toast, maybe next time. From the footage of the Square in Rennes E sent me I think he enjoyed himself.

He said it was “boiling.”

That’s Bosnia & France this season so far. Whatever happened to Firhill and Fir Park?

Thinking about it he’s better off spending his money on Europen trips.

Something tells me he’ll stay in tonight.

Enjoy tomorrow, don’t lose the Fleg and I hope you make it to the Galowgate.


September 20, 2019 7:19 pm

Alan Longmuir died over a year ago, just before the release of his Autobiography. He does not miss Tam Paton in it. Despicable character.

September 20, 2019 7:28 pm

Hope you’re well Sir.
I hope he makes it to the Gallowgate too. Else I’m lost. Names and directions aren’t my forte.
I brought the weather home with me you might have noticed.
8 pound a fish supper in the cafe on Monday. Opted for fry.
Looking forward to putting against the equivalent shortly. Jean’s arent.
Gonna put all bias out of my head for this one,,try to call it as I see it.
May the best fry win.
If I dont blog again tell my wife she almost meant as much as my team , she wont believe it , but insist it’s true lads 😉
Hail Hail

Fairhill Bhoy
September 20, 2019 7:36 pm

Fan-a-tic @ yesterday at 9:24
Absolute rubbish,it’s not even close

big packy
September 20, 2019 7:39 pm

GARRY, just shows how out of touch I am, thanks for the heads up??

Fairhill Bhoy
September 20, 2019 7:41 pm

Stupid fat fingers ?

Fairhill Bhoy
September 20, 2019 7:43 pm

Garry,you definitely going tomorrow