Days of Future Past.

Morning,all.

That Was The Week That Was,eh? It is not always easy being a Celtic supporter,but it is always worthwhile. Those were the words spoken by Fergus McCann over two decades ago. We always hoped he had a plan for the future,but few of us foresaw a week like last week.

Famously,George Best was lying beside the current Miss World in a rather plush London hotel when he ordered room service. Now,the room service may have been champagne,the Miss World may have been Mary Stavin or it may have been Marjorie Wallace,but the story is always the same. That the waiter arrived with breakfast,looked at his famous guest and his partner,goggled at the splurge of banknotes lying all around the room-for George had won around £50k in a casino the night before-and asked the simple but legendary question…

“George,where did it all go wrong?”

And so it is for Celtic supporters these days. And possibly for the board too. For there can be little doubt that we have rarely had it so good,although that depends on which side of the fence you are viewing it from. As a business,we have record amounts of cash in the bank,a squad which has never been worth more in cash terms,turnover in the last two seasons of approaching £200m. We have investors falling over themselves to join the gravy train whether that be boiler room scam artists or the hard-nosed sharpies at Lindsell Train-no pun intended-who currently own around 20% of a company that they clearly believe in.

I think that it is fair to say that Celtic Plc is regarded as a well run company with a clearly defined modus operandi and a plan for its direction in the future. But like every business with one core product,it is highly leveraged towards the continuing success of the business plan.

And of public sentiment towards it.

You might remember that around the same time that Fergus was changing everything at Celtic Park,Coca Cola,another business with one core product-though highly diversified since-decided that it needed to change the recipe in order to propel it still further. And that is what it did-it literally changed the recipe! Now,nobody can deny that New Formula Coke was a success-after all,it still was clearly outstripping the competition in terms of sales. But it is nevertheless regarded as a signature tale of corporate failure. And of hubris,one of taking your demographic for granted.

Much like the Labour Party in Scotland,though that is a tale for another day…

Coca Cola customers,faithful through and through,demanded a change. They wanted the old days back,they didn’t like this taste of the future and they certainly didn’t like the aftertaste of New Formula Coca Cola. They got their way too,by mobilising the tools then available to them. Public opinion via the media,a united front,a mass boycott. Not big enough to significantly damage sales in the short term,but the company wasn’t prepared to take the risk of the medium term turning out to be worse. Nor was it prepared to accept being front page news for all the wrong reasons. Personally,I thought it tasted great,but it just wasn’t Coca Cola. But then,what could I do about it? I didn’t like its competitors at all,so I was stuck with it.

So,back to Celtic Plc. And its one core product. It too has a customer base which is faithful through and through,and which doesn’t like the competition. And it too seems hell-bent on a New Formula,one which discards the past in favour of its plans for the future. Like Coca Cola,those plans are bringing a success which its competitors can only dream of. Nine successive trophies and a treble treble,another Cup Final next week,a tremendous European run with some notable scalps on the way. Record income and profits and…

A mightily pissed off customer base which isn’t impressed by any of that. That’s us,that is. That’s us,that is,oh yes. Never had it so good,don’t know when we’re born,don’t you remember the Famine Years,or what happened when yon deid club,yada yada…

Celtic Plc has one core product. It is called Celtic FC and the people who support the Plc by buying that product are a fractured and unhappy lot. And one with,it seems,nowhere else to go. For the board of Celtic Plc are employing the time-honoured strategy of divide and rule,in this case by having a go at everyone to the extent that each complaining faction can only concentrate on their own problems-instead of looking at the bigger picture,one where a united front might bring success. To me,it seems that the Plc-in particular,the public front of Bankier and Lawwel-are running the strong possibility of whipping up a perfect storm of opposition through their attack on so many fronts at the same time. They tell us to behave ourselves,that they don’t think that it is in the interests of the club to right an 8yo wrong,that our best supporters are an embarrassment who have cost us the equivalent of a player-or two month’s bonus to PL-that the snipers in the blogosphere Timternet are but a bunch of ingrates who know nothing. Surely it is time for all of the disaffected to unite behind one banner? None can do it alone,that’s for sure. But if we can get the backing of the older crew via the resolutioners,the younger crew via The Green Brigade,the social media via the bloggers,all that the board have left in their favour is the despised MSM and a few other lickspittles. Each has tried in their own way over the years to take the battle to The Man,and each,though confident in their search for justice,has been batted away.

It is time for change. If history has proven anything to us,it is that the rebels CAN win. And win,we must. Or our club is gone forever,replaced by a soulless New Formula with no interest in our past,only in a future driven by a fast buck.

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Above article by BMCUWP.

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MAGS

IMO,the huns financial status is no secret. Certainly more widely known than in 2011. But then,they got a licence last year and this,so obviously they have an exemption.

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Great minds,FAN!

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Sometimes looks like Jullien is wearing thruppenny bits instead of football boots today.

Libero

Their goal; clear push on Rogic’s back by the Coonty scorer – why we didn’t protest it is a puzzler!? Agree on Rogic; pale shadow of his most dazzling self.

fan-a-tic

H-T 2-1
Fraser has had nothing to do apart from pick their one chance out of net.
Frimpong playing well but no understanding with Christie to give him space and options.
Julien has been solid
Ajer like Julien and wonderful pass and vision for Christies second.
Taylor playing well
McGregor neat and tidy
Rogic empty jersey.
Brown as expected in a physical encounter
Christie to wide so drifting in and out.More effective through middle as goal showed.
JF has yet to appear
Morgan some good runs and touches.Game intelligence shows promise.

fan-a-tic

LIBERO
There was a push but Rogic was as weak as a kitten .
For a big guy he gets pushed around to easily.

Libero

Good summation FAN; wee jerry will need to be coached on his positional sense esp for the higher balls – he was wrong side and easy ‘played’ to gave the free kick away. So young, progressively offensive; defensive side will tighten.

fan-a-tic

Libero
Julien also has to slide out a little to help Jeremie.
He will be targeted by those high balls so hopefully learns from today.
Both he and Taylor are wee so we have to expect this tactic to be used often.

fan-a-tic

Though it’s grass that pitch resembles a sponge.
It is bumpy and slows play down a lot.

fan-a-tic

Need more off the ball movement.

fan-a-tic

McG hits post after good run.
Unlucky.

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What a goal. Fantastic wee run from Morgan took him wide left,and a great wee lay-off across goal,the ball finally falling to big Tam.

3-1

fan-a-tic

Rogic 3-1
Lovely run and cross by Morgan and deft lay off by Christie to Rogic who side foots into net.
His first goal for a year and his first real involvement in this game.
MJ was about to replace but sits back down.

fan-a-tic

Morgan given offside when he clearly was on.
Cock eyed linesman!

fan-a-tic

MJ announces arrival with excellent goal 4-1
Good pass by Taylor but he still had a lot to do.

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Beautiful pass from Taylor gives Michael Johnson a sniff of a chance in the I WANNA channel. 4-1 with a great finish

fan-a-tic

Griff for Morgan who played well.

fan-a-tic

Ref gives foul for slight push by McG at our corner.
Funny that.

fan-a-tic

County score but ruled out for offside.Scorer was on but could be argued offside player interfered with Julien stopping him clearing.
But Julien should have cleared and not put hand up for offside.
Naive and silly.

fan-a-tic

Great skill by MJ but shoots over.
The return of Mikey is such a bonus.

fan-a-tic

F-T 4-1
Well deserved on a difficult surface and a stuffy opponent.

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FAN-A-TIC

Agreed about Jullien there. Overall,well pleased with the performance and the result. Frimpong settled eventually,Taylor is certainly looking the part. Place is his,I reckon. Playing without a striker isn’t a problem if your midfielders are all geared up to score-though it’s hardly ideal.

Margaret McGill

Good away result.
Now the huns v mini huns ref knows that if the minis put up a fight a few early bookings and warnings in the first half will sort themselves out in the second.
That Teemu Puuki what is he like? would never survive in the SPL. EPL however.

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MAGS

Pukki joined the wrong team at the wrong time for him. He has done well since,little doubt about that.

I hope KT hasn’t made the same mistake. He’s on the bench today,and hasn’t really cracked it yet down there.

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AULDHEID

“To clean up Scottish football the band of brothers that are Petrie, Dickson,Lawwell and Eric Riley need to be removed from their unaccountable positions.”
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Sack the board. Been saying it for years.

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL, well that was garbage, playing against eleven cloggers, only managed 4 goals and they scored 2 ,but one was disallowed, wrongly in my opinion, obviously a tim ref, anyway ive applied to join the Cheshire branch of the Forfar athletic supporters.club, apparently they meet once a month in the phone box in the village.HH.

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SFTB

Tcha,this is not a modern phenomenon. Far from it.

Don’t you remember McEwan’s Lager?

SFTB

BMCUWP

And Dryburgh’s beer as advertised by Kenny & Sandy.

But I don’t think they advertised themselves as health products.

These deluded hippies need to be told that pish is a waste product that the body has worked hard to expel, and then asked if they would eat their own shite

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SFTB

Actually,now that you mention shite…

Lorimer’s.

Their lager looked like heavy and their heavy looked like Guinness. If only they had tasted like that.

The worst though,IMO,is Young’s London Lager. It tasted like it had a few shots of blackcurrant in it. One pint was enough for me,I was out the door and off ski to a different pub.

voguepunter

SFTB

I forgot all about Dryburgh’s beer….and I worked? next door to their depot in Ruglen.
Must be a protective thing.hh

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VOGUEPUNTER

You must have remembered every time you went for a slash.

Btw,Boddingtons Brewery in Manchester was right next to Strangeways Prison. Which explained a lot. One wee(!) mistake in the plumbing…

voguepunter

BMCUWP

To be fair mhate,the 16 years delivering beer are a bit of a blur :O) BJE (best joab ever) hh

big packy

BOBBY, worked in the next street to srrangeways, derby street, could tell you a few stories,.might do later when ive drunk this bottle of haigs dimple?

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VOGUEPUNTER

Bliddy good excuse for going home smelling of drink. Wish I’d have thought of that one!

Mahe

Good morning troops and long live the Resistance.

Margaret McGill

SFTB
Eat your own shite?
I think you mean Old Firm?

SFTB
big packy

SFTB and your point is?

big packy

ok the tremolos love this song https://youtu.be/n03g8nsaBro

Rebus67

Fanatic and others you summed the game up well. Nothing much left to add. Except is it my imagination or is there greater movement throughout the team compared to BR’s day? Christie, of course, plays all across the forward line and also in midfield. Rogic roamed, largely to no apparent effect, but he was right side when he scored. Johnston is a buzz bomb who reminds me so much of the earlier RC. His potential is through the roof if he is managed properly and gets some protection from refs. Morgan dragged the ball from the central position towards the left to set up his grounder across goal. Forrest was our most static player today until he was switched.

Certainly this is a more attractive team to watch than under BR who played the percentages….the more we have the ball, the less likely it is that we will concede a goal. Lenny’s team is much more adventurous and is also successful. But the thought occurs is that because we are so far ahead in SPL terms that we can prosper from taking more risks? Unlikely, tho’, because we are also successful in Europe and against higher quality teams than those of the domestic league.

The future looks good, especially since we can lose players like Edouard, Elyanoussi and Johnson and still tick over nicely. The attitudes of the refs remains the one threat on the horizon.

Rebus

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Rebus67
The movement and interchange is definitely better than under BR’s possession game.
A lot more of the runs are diagonal unlike BR’s horizontal and vertical game.
Morgan’s assist on Rogic’s goal being a great example.
I also thought our movement improved when Rogic came off and Christie moved more central.
Christie’s and Taylors deft flicks in Rogic’s goal were fantastic.Taylor from left side started move then ran diagonally to right side then cut to the left with excellent movement and awareness.
Thats how you shift a defense out of their set.

fan-a-tic

BR again showing a pragmatism at Leicester that was sadly missing from his Celtic tenure.
Until the 62nd minute they were soundly outplayed by Everton who pressed them high up the field and should have scored more.
He brings on a second striker in Inheanacho who within minutes set up a tap in for Vardy who had not had any service till that point.
How often did we moan about not playing with 2 strikers?
Inheanacho then reinforces the decision by scoring a great winner in the 93rd minute.
I think Brendan’s time at Celtic taught him a lot.

big packy

SFTB respond please Uber Tim needing Awe Naw Approval ?‍♂️

big packy

sorry link did not work ill keep trying.HH.

big packy

fuck it the point was, sftb was agreeing with paul 67 about res 12, and the uber tim took exception as did I but know one else pulled him up about it so bobby ban me for telling the truth don’t give a fuck ,socialism is dead the tories have won ,god bless my father he was a celtic supporter, and socialist from croy,he will be turning in his grave right now.

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Big Packy
Uber is more than capable of putting his point across.
If you want to rebut someone just go for it.
You and anyone else on here don’t need hauners.
If someone chooses to not reply that in itself is an answer.

big packy

FAN , I agree about uber, but he does not come on here as much like you and I .hh.

Auldheid
Aye a decent summation of things from VC, I have been saying for years that the club want the competition, if we get a level playing field we will clean up season after season. jeezo, we are when they are against us, imagine if things were fair and honest, this imo is why the club say eff all, they need the competition, it stands to reason, add in the fact that our board are masonic tory scumbags as well and we have the answer.
I will ask you again, knowing that the PLC and the sfa are going to do sweet sfa Re Res 12, that is a given, everyone knows that, why don’t you take what you have to the fraud squad in London, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Waiting for the sfa et all is madness, they are gonna do nothing as they have shown, many of us will have departed this mortal coil.
HH