Scapegoat to MVP

After the trauma of Kieran , yesterday’s news that James was giving us the rest of his peak years at least is very reassuring on a few different fronts.
When ‘Arry Rednapp was sniffing around I would have taken 5 million thank you Sir no problem.
He divided opinion and could seem lazy at times,, maybe a tad greedy also.
But having gone through a few managers now he has taken a lot on board and risen to become our Most Valuable Player in most minds if not on paper.
A task considering Captain Fantastic continues to make himself a legend , and Odsonne got his own song way way quicker.

Im glad that a player can silence the doubters ,, something which has proved beyond many in the past but now theres a clear shining example of the boo bhoy made good !
It’s also a pat on the back to the Faithful that they are clearly able to put the past behind them and judge what the present player is giving us.
The knowledge we have taken him to heart may well be the key to getting the best out of this lad and will no doubt have been a massive sway in putting pen to paper this week.

This also tells us things are flowing fine backstage , else I doubt he signs anything.
Lenny seemed a step down to most , looks like James is happy with what he see’s.
Neils a young man and theres a chance this is long term , as in most of those years James just signed up for. That’s reassuring at a hat tip to the Lurgan leader and his methods.

James would have been given a smoking deal somewhere down south I have no doubt , and as mentioned certainly had suitors in the top flight at one stage. Brendan had an up close look , and more than likely a big impact on his game.
The capture of the signature itself sends out a message that we are good and things are rolling along just nice. Having top players resign speaks volumes in the game.

And then the words that accompanied the signature.
Its all too easy to say aye sure anyone can say the right words but he’s speaking from the heart in his Ctv interview.
“ Im absolutely delighted to extend my stay here and Im looking forward to winning more league titles and cups with the club.
The last couple years have been unbelievable. When you keep winning trophies it makes you eager and wanting to strive to win more. That pushes you on for more and I want to keep winning as much as I can “
Theres an endorsement of the club and fans , and a clear insight into the professional drive that has brought him here.
To keep going game in game out year after year cant , simply cant , be easy in any field nevermind one so unique as turning out for the Hoops and the national team to boot.
What with the hammer throwers that litter the domestic scene , illicit chants , bent ref’s giving less than standard protection , plastic and potato fields aplenty , etc etc you get the drift.

James has shown he has the talent , and the temperament to at least attempt to try to play to the best of his ability.
The Club , Management and all the fan’s now owe it to our extension Bhoy to show him he definitely made the right choice.

Yesterdays guest contribution from Libero inadvertently hit the nail on the head with its subject matter after the gaffer appraised us all that Scott and Bayo are injured , one short term one long term.
The Scott news could be passed off as a blessing in disguise knowing how little Lenny rotates and how much our skipper loves to play every game.
The Bayo news is much more noteworthy and puts us one more injury away from a striking crisis of epic proportions.
We cant wrap Odsonne in cotton wool , he’s needed more than ever .
But what we can do is secure the game and remove him asap and hopefully those men in the dugout are thinking along similar lines.
Afolabi was signed as one of the young talented crop on the fringes of the team who will attempt to grab any chance with both hands ala Frimpong.
He is just returning to fitness after a slight injury so we should see him in the squad very shortly and in an ideal world impresses enough to get a start against a lesser light giving Odsonne a much needed rest. Well that would be the dream scenario,,more likely he gets the last 15 sometimes.
The position is there to be taken , and this injury does Bayo no favours in his quest to grab the slot.
Lets see a back up striker tussle as well as a right back one.
Its the team and fans that usually benefit then.

The above is by Mahe . If you fancy penning an article for the site we would be glad to publish and debate your piece.
Theres many voices out there that deserve to be heard.
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OnlyÜberTimtoBeOutnawedAndRenameD

Mahe, forgive me for continuing from previous thread – will read your blog after and apply due criticism where due ?

Just want to respond to Awe Naw from previous.

Awe Naw @ 5.02pm, liked that post a lot, so thanks for the reply. You do talk a lot of sense when its laid out in detail.
I remember wondering for the life of me why the Celtic board would want to protect the hun club when the cash was surely in CL qualification.
I still find that a bizarre element – but you have indeed been proved correct from what I can tell.
Maybe the idea of selling us to bigger or alternative leagues looks all the more fatter financially when we have the huns attached to the coat tails.

So I get your point about some shareholders wanting to protect their interests – but surely, ffs, not for the sake of a couple thousand quid. I can understand those making millions out of it, falling into the abyss.

But to sell your soul, your club, for a few thousand quid?

Dont get it.

I’m definitely naive in this. And I’d say most of the support is too.

I do take you seriously on this stuff, more than ever. The proof is blatant now that these feckers are there to milk the cash cow, one of the most if not THE most productive cash cows in the footballing world.

I just never got the idea or believed that they had any reason to protect hunnery.

I get it now.

HH to you. And Mags, listen to Awe Naw, ye hear ? [no chance of taking my advice ] ?

Auldheid – as Fan-a-Tic says, it was my post i think you were replying to – apols if I caused confusion.
But as usual, forgive me, you’re being way to diplomatic as usual – that was not a criticism of site navigation – it was a blatant attack without argument on a summary of the situation that you had endorsed.
I’m sure you know that, but I’m not going to hound you for your diplomacy. You’ve got more speed in your brain cells than my legs have got at last orders ?

Right, I’m off to listen to some of JimtheTim’s music, maybe some Andy William’s, and maybe even one of BP’s links ?…..then I’ll read Mahe’s blog from this morning, as it symbolises the new day, but I’m still stuck in yesterday for now.

Be well, fellow Tims.

OnlyÜberTimtoBeOutnawedAndRenameD

I’m trying to watch a TV programme I recorded earlier (don’t do live TV for obvious reasons…)

I see Poppies. Everywhere.

Does anyone have a Sevvie site log in?

Mibbes convince the stupid twats to start a campaign for poppies to be made compulsory across TV drama and comedy, with threat of execution for the one who wears the smallest…

And for canon fire to be released every week from George Square, while a pound of strawberries is liquidated in a 2nd hand Kenwood blender, and poured into a union jack ceremony mug, to demonstrate the power of liquidation over reincarnation.

#letthemdestroythemselvesfromwithin
#planttheseed
#stupidSevvies

Fholks, we have a real fight on our hands. These fuckers are too clever.

Margaret McGill

Euros euros euros only euros in a bitch mans world
https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/disciplinary/index.html

Margaret McGill

I didn’t realise that replays on the giant screen is a UEFA fineable offense. Is there anything more symbolic on how to protect your “brand” for money than this for these greedy corrupt scum.

Margaret McGill

How much I wonder it was to produce the documentary “Anyone but Celtic”? I seriously believe that “we” can collectively at least attempt to start a res12 documentary. I know it will be thwarted by Celtic PLC, SFA, SMSM, UEFA or in fact any hun, Tory or corrupt piece of scum on this planet. But they can all GTF anyway. I suggest the title should be just “Resolution 12”.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

MAGS

Not enough hours in the day if you’re a member of UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

MAGS

Can we not call it The Four Musketeers?

Margaret McGill

BMCUW
Nah too Celtimental

Margaret McGill

Twitter just banned political advertising…. I wonder what that really means?

Big Audio Dynamite

Mags, sorry for not catching your humour…Very sharp btw!

big packy

MORNING ALL mahe, good article as always, when you think james forrest has been at celtic since he was nine years old, that is truly amazing.hh.

big packy

hi jim, you ok tried to get you last night.

Fine Packy, hope your well too. 🙂

My two songs were for Uber, but you can listen as well. I think it’s amazing how they were able to find an old B&W dance routine that perfectly matched There’s A Ghost in My House!

Happy Halloween 🙂 Hope you get your nuts.

Big Audio Dynamite

BP

Forrest only seems to have eyes for us, eh? Nearly 20 years at Parkhead already (Where does the time go) and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. I’ve always been a big fan of his ?

HH

Big Audio Dynamite

I had been worried about our striker situation before Bayo got injured, what are the options now? Griff, at least a couple of weeks to get up to speed? Play Forrest or Christie there at times when needed? Has anyone seen Afolabi in the flesh? Again, we are asking a lot of Eddie.

In January I’d try and get Big Ben, Wanyama and another striker.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Sorry to hear that ‘Ralph Malph’ of e-Tims has a few personal/family problems to deal with which obviously take priority at the moment.

*

‘Just a note to say that Ralph may be away for a while due to family issues that he and the rest of his family have to concentrate on.

Ralph might pop in now and again but just don’t think he is ignoring you..he just has bigger and more personal fish to fry at present.’

http://etims.net/?p=14694#comment-985022

Hope all is well for you all very soon.

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BIGAUDIODYNAMITE 724

I’ve been conversing with MAGS for over a decade,and it took me two goes to get that particular joke-I only got it when I remembered the link that FAN-A-TIC had posted!

Big Audio Dynamite

Bobby, me too! Was very clever ?

Mike in Toronto

Mags

Teams are allowed to show replays, but “The match organiser must ensure that images of the match on the stadium’s giant screen are not likely to encourage or incite any form of crowd disorder. Images displayed must respect the principles of fair play and must not be accompanied by sound.”..

So vague as to be meaningless. From what I have seen, it means you are not allowed to show any replays of bad calls, as these might inflame the crowd.

fan-a-tic

Mahe

Understandable that James Forrest divides opinion.
Wonder what the stats are for similar players worldwide?
I think he is a very good player with frustrating qualities.
Those qualities are either magnified or diminished depending on coaching instructions.
His best attributes are speed, close control and his finishing.
These have been negated at times when he stays wide and faces backwards to receive ball.
On Sunday he was excellent with the energetic Frimpong going outside and great off the ball movement allowing James license to cut inside and disrupt opponents defensive set up.
Last night was different with a less mobile full back in Bauer and a slow build up and not much running off the ball.
A guy in his position has a much smaller chance of retaining possession as he is expected to take men on unlike a midfielder who can just take easy sideways/backwards pass.
I feel some of our coaches have made it harder for him than others.
I often posted about James facing backwards and returning ball to full back nullifying his strengths.
I still think playing ball into his fast stride rather than to his feet is more effective and few defenders can cope with his power, pace and control.
A few years ago when the support wanted him gone it was due to a good team player struggling with a coaches tactics.
In Brendans tenure his form was mixed, mostly good but with anonymous games at times.
Last season when our football became predictable and less mobile his form see-sawed.
This season he has had some great games but the odd stinker.
But with the expectations of taking on opponents and different teammates and tactics it will be always like this.
I expect his best showings will be when Frimpong plays.

fan-a-tic

In watching the highlights of last night i noticed at one point St Mirren had 7 players in a straight line across box with the two others at edge.
On many occasions they had 5 or 6 with 4 in front.
Their lines were always close together and straight.
This makes passing through them difficult.
In the first we took a few long shots to try and score.
We often face such formations and seem to struggle.
A big problem is we don’t send runners to break the lines and force opponents to move.
The central midfields penchant for slow sideways passing allows teams to set up.
These formations should see us with only one deep lying mid and the other 2 having the remit to attack the last third early.
Both full backs should push high and wide to allow Elynoussi and Forrest to come inside and also disrupt defensive shape.
A quicker tempo would also help.

GER57

James is a flair player, and has off days when he ls terrible. We should cut him some slack. I remember Jinky having some absolute howlers. I also remember other legends getting awful abuse on their off days. Tommy Callaghan, Harry Hood, David Hay, Charlie Gallacher, etc. Big Billy got dogs abuse after the AC Milan game.

Auldheid

OnlyÜberTimtoBeOutnawedAndRenameD

I’m finding it easier to be confused now than I ever have been in all the years until now. 🙂 Your comparison to leg speed made me laugh.

It was a strange one that TBB comment, makes me now wonder if the truth would take the captains down with their ships, throw them overboard or may even sink their ships.

I noted this post today on CQN taken from elsewhere that I think clarifies where matters now stand and with apologies to Mahe and other readers for defecting from main blog I think it does offer clarification on where matters stand.
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from CQN

A little bit of clarification on what Celtic actually oppose.

They oppose taking the investigation away from the SFA and asking UEFA or the police to investigate.

In doing so they are binding themselves to a judicial process that after 2 years has shown itself not fit for purpose and one in which Celtic resist questioning.

At the 2018 AGM questions relating to CAS involvement were asked and a commitment to providing a written answer was made at that AGM but to date there has been no answers.

No answers to them by AGM 2019, suggests Celtic are incompetent at best and complicit at worst the consequences of which are a possible fraud is being covered up with Celtic’s knowledge.

Not a good place to be standing at AGM time.

So whilst going to UEFA or the police is eschewed by Celtic, not providing answers to the questions posed as result of the SFA “parking” the investigation that Res12 has caused, is simply untenable.

Opposing the current Res doesn’t mean the matter is finished, it just means no more excuses can be accepted for Celtic’s inaction since in effect May 2018 when they were given hard legit evidence of fraud but did not act upon it, requiring Res12 lawyers to do so at cost of £2k to add to earlier costs of around £7k..

So whilst Celtic might oppose going to UEFA they simply cannot stand aside and let the SFA stay silent.

A deadline for SFA to decide what to do must be set by Celtic by or at the AGM, along with a timetable for completion, whether that be by SFA or CAS covering ALL of the submissions made by RFC under granting and monitoring of the UEFA licence in 2011.

Otherwise Celtic are protecting the SFA and risk being seen as complicit in covering up a fraud in which they were victims.

In short their continuing policy of inaction , silence and non interference, particularly from May 2018 is untenable and has to change to restore faith in Celtic and give the SFA an opportunity to regain the judicial authority they surrendered under the 5 Way and restore the rule of football law that otherwise lies in tatters.

Auldheid

James Forrest had obvious technical ability from the off not matched by his hammys until he got older.

Then he got football injuries and was in and out of the team, but over last two seaons fitness has not been a problem and his understanding of his defensive duties more than make up for when he isnt on Top Match Player Form.

Delighted for him.

bada bing1

Levein sacked

mahe

Howdy folks.
Hope all are well.

I see Levein gone and the hibs fella under big pressure also.
Could be a real bad couple weeks for the Weegie teams.
Although I have stated I thought Levein was holding that entire club back and hopefully thats him finished in all capacities full stop. The Jambos might surprise some with ambition in their next appointment or fall back to a known face ,, I hope its the latter.

Fan-a-tic,,,
Interesting views that James is better with Frimps helping out and this last game it was Frimpers going outside.
Theres only three choices for the man behind James,,,stay , go inside , go outside.
If he spent the last game going in , and you clearly noticed , then the Hibs gaffer should and probably is planning for that right now and planning to cut that off.
So we need variation in the wing backs play or its easy to counter ?

I think James was simply not afforded the space to knock it past the left back when his pace became apparent to the Sphell.
Therefore the onus is on him to adjust and fair play he did.
The body shape you speak of is a remnant of his youth and past coaching imo where his slighter frame lead the body to shield the ball by having it between ball and opponent. Hard to fully coach out.
The ball into space is mostly taken away by doubling up with one deeper lying to cover that angle.
So his main weapons in midfield have been taken away imo.
But what he has done to compensate is to drive forward into the danger zone far more and better timed than ever.
Plus he has improved bigtime in his finishing .
And became a better team player as he matured , tracking back is no problem.
This has seen him and the right flank become a double task for opposition in that they must negate the usual wing play but then do they stick or twist when he’s driving at the box making central defenders make decisions they hate ie cover my man or go to ball.
The pace can easily draw fouls in dangerous areas also.
Im delighted he has shut me up,,risen a level , settled down fully and committed.
Doesnt rock boats,never seen a bad headline seems a great model pro to have around for youth to aspire to emulate.
I think since Karagandy when Stokesy set him up for that winner to put us in Champs league he has when on to thrive.
Sir James of Glasgow we grant you the freedom of the park ! 😉
Theres our backup striker,,Hamed at the back and Frimpers right wing frees our Bhoy to play through the middle 😉
Hail Hail

mahe

Auldheid,,
” So whilst Celtic might oppose going to UEFA they simply cannot stand aside and let the SFA stay silent.

A deadline for SFA to decide what to do must be set by Celtic by or at the AGM, along with a timetable for completion, whether that be by SFA or CAS covering ALL of the submissions made by RFC under granting and monitoring of the UEFA licence in 2011.

Otherwise Celtic are protecting the SFA and risk being seen as complicit in covering up a fraud in which they were victims.

In short their continuing policy of inaction , silence and non interference, particularly from May 2018 is untenable and has to change to restore faith in Celtic and give the SFA an opportunity to regain the judicial authority they surrendered under the 5 Way and restore the rule of football law that otherwise lies in tatters.”

Untenable,,simply cannot,,complicit,,etc
Do you mean legally or morally ?
While you and others see it that way should they stand aside , allow silence , railroad vote through and never speak of the issue again thinking there you are serf’s its all done and dusted is there any recourse ?
Seems to me they are going to do exactly what you say they cant and must not do,,question isnt morals it authority imo.
Can they legally bury their head in sand and let issue die?
If they can they will you know.
Thanks for all the hard work.
Respect and Hail Hail

fan-a-tic

MAHE
On Sunday goal apart JF’s contribution wasn’t obvious but his movement created difficulty for Aberdeen’s defensive game plan as he constantly forced them into unwilling movement.
Work off the ball is as important as on it but to fans sometimes it goes unnoticed and the player is accused of not contributing.
Interestingly James was the benefactor of this when he scored 4 against StJohnstone in our 6-1 away rout last season.
Griff played through the middle and Ed on the left.Ed scored so was praised.
But Griff whose excellent movement dragged saints defenders out of position in 3 of those goals by pulling wide as James was cutting diagonally in was accused by many supporters of having an off day and not being involved.

And to clarify one point you made passing into stride is different from passing into space.
I consider into stride as playing ball onto front foot as player moves forward so player does not have to check his movement.
Playing into space is to an open area where it is more possible an opponent can step in and cut out.

Mike in Toronto

Happy Halloween everyone….

best halloween songs? here’s a few that have to be on the list….

fan-a-tic

Scotland Under-17 centre-half Liam Morrison, the 16-year-old who left Celtic to join Bayern Munich this summer, has revealed that having Miroslav Klose – the World Cup’s all-time top scorer – as his coach has massively improved his game. (The National)

Wonder how the young guy can qualify such a statement or is it just another fanny journalist having a pop at Celtic?
He was spotted playing in a good Celtic youth team against European opponents so already had talent.
Has just arrived in Bayern set up so of course would receive different coaching instruction.
Has he played against higher level opposition than he did with Celtic to give him a barometer?
This is highly unlikely given Celtic youths schedule against European and EPL opposition plus international tournaments.
Did the young guy even say anything at all?
Given the agenda driven media’s previous I smell shite.

fan-a-tic

Mike in Toronto

Fan

I think Klose (a top rated striker) and DiMichelis (top level defender) are his coaches at BM’s youth side.

So, they are two pretty good guys to learn from.

fan-a-tic

Mike in Toronto
That i don’t doubt though Di Michelis was as prone to mistakes as Luiz is as a central defender.
Hopefully he will teach him to do as he says not as he did.
I just doubt the kid said any such thing as he is probably focused on integrating himself into a new country and football set up.

Mike in Toronto

Fan

DiMichelis was prone to the odd clanger – certainly in his Man City days (which is where I mainly saw him, except in World cup games). but, on his day, he could be great.

as you suggest, he teaches them what to do – and what not to do – they could be on to something!

Auldheid

mahe

Auldheid,,
” So whilst Celtic might oppose going to UEFA they simply cannot stand aside and let the SFA stay silent.
A deadline for SFA to decide what to do must be set by Celtic by or at the AGM, along with a timetable for completion, whether that be by SFA or CAS covering ALL of the submissions made by RFC under granting and monitoring of the UEFA licence in 2011.
Otherwise Celtic are protecting the SFA and risk being seen as complicit in covering up a fraud in which they were victims.
In short their continuing policy of inaction , silence and non interference, particularly from May 2018 is untenable and has to change to restore faith in Celtic and give the SFA an opportunity to regain the judicial authority they surrendered under the 5 Way and restore the rule of football law that otherwise lies in tatters.”
Untenable,,simply cannot,,complicit,,etc
Do you mean legally or morally ?
While you and others see it that way should they stand aside , allow silence , railroad vote through and never speak of the issue again thinking there you are serf’s its all done and dusted is there any recourse ?
Seems to me they are going to do exactly what you say they cant and must not do,,question isnt morals it authority imo.
Can they legally bury their head in sand and let issue die?
If they can they will you know.
Thanks for all the hard work.
Respect and Hail Hail
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They will if they can but if fraud took place and football law cannot address it then it becomes criminal law.

How is it not in the Company and the shareholders in it interests not to go to the police?

As shareholders we have a right to know in order to judge if the assertion stands up.

If no explanation the police could be called to hear Celtic’s case but I think we all know by now we are being conned and have been since 2000 at least with no evidence of what Celtic have done to prevent a repeat. Sure letters have been written but as a SFA member who was potentially defrauded by the SFA has that been enough?.

At the end of the day though it will be up to the support as a whole to decide if they are satisfied that allowing cheating is in their best interests.

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Best wishes also to REBUS67 who is currently “back in Scotland dealing with some sad family business”

HH

Mike in Toronto

Auldheid

“They will if they can but if fraud took place and football law cannot address it then it becomes criminal law”

Not sure that is the correct way of viewing it. If something is criminal, it is criminal, and the criminal courts will deal with it.
there is no requirement to exhaust football remedies before going to the criminal courts, anymore than someone needs to get a criminal conviction before suing civilly.

Often civil and criminal proceedings go at the same time.

Gordon64
fan-a-tic

Surprised there was no place for Davie Dodds or Colin McAdam.
Maybe as Brian Clough opined about their team they were not considered footballers.
Happy Halloween
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Mike in Toronto

I see that Chelsea’ s transfer ban was for dodgy dealings in respect of a few transfers… you will be shocked to hear that Gilmour’s transfer from the zombies was one that fell afoul of the rules. they cant even transfer a player without breaking the rules ….as bent as a boomerang that shower

Fairhill Bhoy

If my dad wants a season ticket next season then that’s that.?
And I will definitely be taking up the offer of 2tickets for the Huns game?
Life’s to short ?

fan-a-tic

MIT
In fairness they were desperate for the money.

Mike in Toronto

Fairhill

Your view is certainly more popular than mine, but, as hard axs I have tried, it is not one I can understand…

I agree that Life’s too short…but for what? For me, I would say life is too short for Getting cheated …. too short to be racially abused … and certainly too short to be paying over the odds for the ‘privilege’ of being cheated and abused.

If I know someone is robbing my house every time I go on holiday, I am certainly not going to give them the keys to my house, and pay them to watch it for me.

But, as I say, I am clearly in the minority…..

Fairhill Bhoy

MIT-not trying to win any popularity contest.?
As for all your points,I couldn’t agree more,but until my dad says he can’t be bothered,then I’m all in?And there is thousands more supporters like us,unfortunately ?

Fairhill Bhoy

Awe Naw-frimpong is better than KT at 18?
Prove please ??

Fairhill Bhoy

are?