Pause For Reflection


Morning,all.

It’s been a hectic turn of the month for us in the Timdom Kingdom. Maybe it’s time to take a brief pause for reflection on the past week or so,with an eye too on the rest of the month. We really do know how to shoot ourselves in the foot,don’t we? Last week started badly with the news that the club were to voluntarily close a section of the ground due to continuing “illicit”,in EUFA parlance,behaviour by The Green Brigade. Notwithstanding that The Green Brigade are less than 200 in number,a total of 800 fans had their right of access to their seats denied for the important Europa League match against Rennes.

This despite the fact that those fans had ponied up their cash nearly three months previously,and that many had also pre-booked travel and overnight accommodation. No,if you are near The Green Brigade,you are guilty by association. I think that the last time that particular “charge” was used in the UK was during internment,but I could be wrong.

This was closely followed by our AGM,and we all know what happened there. Another example of the board treating the fans as an irrelevance,proving again that might is right. Ditching Tes 12-2019 and opting to leave Res 12-2013 sidetracked and in the ownership of The SFA,the same body that the resolution charges be investigated over their handling of a European licence in 2011. Not content with ignoring the hostility from the floor over their decision,two members of the board then took it to either lie or be economical with the truth in their response to questions from certain shareholders,including the prominent Celtic blogger Joe McHugh. But they got away with it in much the same way that they got away with telling the AGM last year that the resolutioners were happy with how the board were progressing with the affair. The fact that AULDHEID himself stood up and said at the time that he wasn’t at all happy mattered not-might is right. So beat it.

And so we moved away from the front pages and on to the back pages. That’s the pages that most Celtic supporters first read in newspapers anyway-back in the day when we still bothered with them. We started off with a lovely little victory against Rennes with all three goals scored by Scots-Lewis Morgan,Ryan Christie and the returning Michael Johnston. It is always nice to see Ryan get a goal because his presence now terrifies opponents. But it was even better for the other two-Lewis was taking the place of an injured/rested Eddy in a very unfamiliar role for him and he acquitted himself well,giving many of us hope that there is indeed a Celtic player there. More importantly,I think his confidence took a massive boost as the same thought hit him! Michael has had a yo-yo twelve months since Brendan Rodgers damn near wrecked his career at Ibrox,but he looked fit and sharp,and wasted no time in proving it.

A potentially tricky match in Dingwall was next up on Sunday,where the attendance outnumbered the population of the town. But we wasted little time in taking the match to Ross County and a good spot by referee Nick Walsh after a kick on Lewis Morgan gave us the lead via a penalty rebound. Although County equalised,Ryan got his second following a terrific pass from Tom Rogic,Lewis Morgan turned provider for big Tam with some astute help from the outstanding Greg Taylor and it was rounded off by a sublime effort by Michael Johnston only a minute after coming on. So here we are,fourteen games into the campaign,44 goals scored and only 8 conceded. Add to that,top of our European group with only one match to go and that group already won.

That’s not bad for the first weekend in December,is it?

Additionally,we have new discoveries in each full back position,both Taylor and Frimpong looking the part,while Bauer,Elhamed-especially!-and Boli are highly capable. Ollie looks like he has a new lease of life allied with a renewed interest in playing for us-after all,he reckons the Europa League is there for the taking! A bit of patience and signing a contract extension will do him a power of good. Up front,Elyounoussi has been a revelation and Michael and Lewis certainly know they are part of the plans,and with good reason. It certainly couldn’t be much better on the pitch for us,even if many of us are holding our noses at the stench off it.

So let’s have a look at the rest of the domestic campaign for the month leading into the winter break. The group is won,so I’m going to ignore the Cluj game,though I’ll be bloody livid if we don’t win(!) We started off on Wednesday night with a home match for the brave and foolish against Hamilton. This really was a game for wrapping up warm,hoping that we score a barrowload so that we can jump up and down and get some body warmth from hugging those around us,to get the thermals on if you were there,or tobuy a scarf on the way in-even if you’ve already got one! It turned out to be lot closer than that,withHamilton scoring an injury time equaliser.

Thanfully,Broonie stepped up to the plate,and the sighs of relief could be heard in Southampton. Though that might have been just me…

Added bonus of course that The Dandy Dons gave the huns a dull one,it was a good night’s work.

Our next two league matches are at home to Hibs on the 15th and away to Hearts on the 18th. Hibs have now got a very good manager in charge and I expect them to give us a hard time,but Hearts have put Rick Wakeman in temporary charge of team affairs and I expect them to give us a kicking up and down the pitch as we go home with all three points,a few bruises and a couple of yellow cards. Our last three games of the year are at home to both Aberdeen and Rangers,with an away match on Boxing Day at St Mirren.

I’m not allowed to forecast results-I’m scared of the kicking I’ll get from ATHINGOFBEAUTY,summat do do wi feng shui or karma apparently-so I’ll simply say that I am hoping to see the gap at the top of the table considerably widened by the end of the month,something to give Dave King as a going away present. Ever thoughtful,us Celtic supporters,doncha know. Auld Lang Syne,Dave.

If all goes to plan,we will head into the New Year as seeds in Round of 32 in the Europa League,and with a comfortable lead in the league. So what about Sunday,the chance for our tenth domestic trophy in succession and the downpayment on our fourth successive treble? Well,I’m certainly hoping to have I Wanna back,fully fit and ready for a bit of hunskelpin. Greg Taylor is cup-tied so it’s Jonny Hayes if fit,or Boli for left back. Jeremie Frimpong has been a revelation since I saw him make his debut against Thistle,so I have no fears about playing him. The huns will try to bully him,but his skills will end up bullying them. Four of the midfield and the two central defenders are certs to play if fit. So that leaves us with a choice of Ollie or Big Tam for the final pick. Of course,Neil may go left-field-literally-with either Morgan or Johnston,and he might too be hoping that Mo will be fit again. It’s not a bad problem to have,is it?

Aye,I’m dreaming of a winning December. Just don’t tell ATHINGOFBEAUTY!


Above article by BMCUWP. As always,you have the chance to write Article of the Day for us. Just mail it to Mahe.

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Belated HAPPY HOOOOOOPY BIRTHDAY to both

BADABING and TWISTSNTURNS!!!!!!!

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ATHINGOFBEAUTY

Mailed LIBERO for you,so hopefully he will see it.

MELBOURNEMICK reckons you must have brought the weather with you. The last time he can remember such a cold snap in December,he was still back in Scotland!

V

First post, testing. HH

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Hi,mate.

Welcome aboard.

If you want to change that name to a moniker,mail me with the info at bmcuwp@gmail.com

HH

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V

Edited it for you anyway,to be on the safe side.

In the box marked “name” below where you have written your comment,put in the moniker you wish to be known by. The site should auto fill that for you with future posts.

Vmhan

On holiday visiting my son in NZ, found this blog of auld CQN’ers. HH Bhoys n Ghirls.

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VMHAN

Howdy,old son. How’s the weather? Good to have you on here. Say hi to the family and don’t forget my postcard!

Libero

Rick Wakeman lol; I though he was the peroxide Dave Grohl.
Only thing I’d add about shipping the goal on Wed was it was bad comms between Nir and Ryan; need to talk more about who was owning the header; Nir committed but Ryan didnt get the message which only nudged it onto the penalty spot. Fair play to the big lad who birled and poked it away. used to hear it everytime I played at school or amateur; keep talking; let him know etc…
We can let our focus run to Sunday now tho…and about ‘them’ – The Dons gifted them their two goals, esp the spill from keeper Lewis. Yes, they’re more cohesive but hardly the worldbeaters the ejaculative meeja are portraying them to be.
I just keep looking at the foot-speed of Jamesy, Lewis, Mikey and Ryan and feel that if the ref’s honest on the day, we will win a penalty.
Course, it’s a big IF !!

Vmhan

Cheers BMCUW, yeah weather fab. Strange santa parade in Pairiah NZ today, just off the beach. Dont want to think about Christmas yet as in holiday mode. HH

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VMHAN

Bah,humbug.

Vmhan

Any Auckland Celts on here, hoping to catch the ruination of Sevco with likeminded Celts. Kick off is 4am Monday morning so a big ask if any pub or club has it on.

Vmhan
big packy

HI VMHAN, rememember you from cqn, think you live in blackpool, I live in Cheshire, used to drive up to blackpool every Saturday morning to get some scotch pies and bridies from a little bakers near the tower, obviously owned by a scots guy, they were delicious.hh,?

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LIBERO

Thanks for the restaurant info,mate. Mailed it to my sis.

Re Rick Wakeman,I listen to Planet Rock in my van. When they go to an advert break,they tell us not to worry as they are shorter than a Rick Wakeman keyboard solo.

The way results are going under him,I presume his team talks have the same effect.

Vmhan

Belated birthday wishes to twist n turns and Bada

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VMHAN

I’ll mail a fella I know whose daughter stays in the city. I’ll also ask a bloke who stays on the coast NE from you;I’m sure he’s been in town often!

Vmhan

Hi Big Packy ( hands like shovels). Yeah I did live there. I retired from work and moved back to Scotland a year ago. Not I’m gorging on all the pies I can get lol. Found a great we dd butchers down Wemys Bay that make award winning small steak pies. I’m about 2 stone heavier and need to get off them lol.
Anybody remember the Fat bhoy slimathon we did? I could do with some of that now. Wife is starting to call me the pieman. Maybe I’ll change my moniker HH

Vmhan

Cheers BMCUW
HH bro

big packy

VMHAN ,you lucky devil all that good grub?by the way the last time I went up to blackpool ,the bloomin bakers was closed,.ach well?

Vmhan

Big Packy, where was the bakers? I’ll find out if they moved or next best place. HH

Vmhan

Re BMCUW
My seat at CP is only about 7 seats away from being part of the Celtic board ( deflection) ban. Don’t know what’s worse the arseholes in the board or our daft pyro supporters. For pyro, take it outside the stadium. HH

The Gombeen Man

Great read BMCUWPs, I hope you’re over spli shift Thursday.

So the FAI are set to announce they are €55m in debt. Their sponsor 3, have dropped them. The government are enraged and the public appalled.
John Delaney the CEO has already resigned.

Contrast that with the ongoing fraud in Scotland.

Rules and laws bent to prop up the Rangers continuity myth.

Corruption happens but it’s the burying of the truth that exacerbates it.

Happy Friday all. Belfast beckons for me today.

HH

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VMHAN

The family seats were in 111 before the GB moved in. At first,everything was great. A bit of noise and colour. But then the hangers-on arrived,standing up the entire game-which my then 75yo Dad certainly couldn’t do-plus the pyro crap.

They had enough,moved to 106. Actually a much better place to watch the game from,so a bit of a result.

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THEGOMBEENMAN

Usually takes me till Sunday now to recover!

How the hell did they get into that amount of debt? The stadium? I thought that was largely government/EU funded.

Have fun in Belfast. Man,I love that city. Well,bits of it.

big packy

VMHAN, very close to the tower, cant remember the street,.cheers.

Welcome Vmahn, been a while 😉
HH
BobbyM
The Irish FA don’t have a stadium, The Aviva is rugby’s stadium, have to say that the Irish media are superb, no stone is left unturned with them, Oh how I wish it were the same in scotland, alas it will never be.
Good leader btw 😉
HH

Big Audio Dynamite

It can’t be normal I’m a bag of nerves days before we actually play! God, I really, really hate playing these cheating b@stards.

And come sunday, that is exactly what we will have to put up with. If any of our players look at Morelos, Kent, or any of them the wrong way, they will immediately fall to the floor to try and gain an advantage. This, along with wee Willie, will be the biggest danger to us winning.

The way to beat them is to press high and fast, make them play from deep, or hit long balls to midgets. Put immediate pressure on Goldson and Helander and they will crack. Fingers X’d Eddie makes it.

HH

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THEEXILEDTIM

Thanks,mate. I always like to put on a show for a newcomer like VMHAN or a returning favourite like BIGPACKY.

Got to keep the heat on re Res 12 or the bad guys win,but we can’t forget the big picture-which is what Lenny and the Bhoys provide.

In an ideal world,it would be ALL about the latter. Sadly,the board won’t allow that. At least,not on here.

Good stuff with JIMTHETIM53 btw. Which reminds me,I forgot about finding a sucker for this week’s charity bet. Do you want another go? I’d do it myself,but I’m off to my cot in about ninety minutes.

Unless there is a volunteer in the house? Anyone?

Bada Bing

Thanks Bhoys

Belated wishes Bada
HH
BobbyM
If nobody else comes forward I will do it
HH

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BADABING

You’re welcome,mate. Disappointed that you didnae invite us all round for a swally,mind.

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THEEXILEDTIM

It’s all yours,mucker.

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BIGAUDIODYNAMITE

I used to love going to these games,back in the 70s and 80s when I was a teenager through till my mid twenties. Then life took a hold,all of a sudden I was three or four hundred miles away. When I returned,no chance of a ticket,bit at least I could watch it in the pub,on the telly.

Now,the basterts have even stolen that last little vestige of vicarious pleasure. A 3pm kick off means not being home until about 630 with not enough recovery time before my nightshift.

I can watch it on my iPad-thanks to SOLKITTS-but I’ll miss out on the singing and dancing. I jooooost feel so cheated…

Different Class

Regards the partial closure of the section where the Gb stand I think the club were correct to do it.We have had numerous sanctions and I believe if we had got another one against Rennes this would have led to a much bigger closure for our next game. You just need to look at the partial closures U.E.F.A have imposed on other clubs for pyro and blockage of stairways to see that we would be next.The GB wanted a safe standing area and the club fought for this but everybody knows this is being abused big time. The older guys who run the GB have decisions to make regarding this and hopefully working together with the club it can be resolved and don’t be kidded their are others who will gladly take it out of our hands.

Different Class
I have to say that post is different class when it comes to trolling.
Welcome btw.

Twists n turns

Thanks for the birthday wishes folk.

Vmhan ( of bare feet running fame)
What a pleasant surprise.

Had a great Reb weekend in Blackpool in the company of some wonderful CQN’ers.

Vmhan I still recall your buddy Wullie, with great affection. What a diamond fella. Hope you’re all well.

Can’t believe you’re putting the beef on though! Is the bike back in the shed??

Twists n turns

Different Class
You’re bang on about one thing. The board WERE indeed afraid of a bigger section being closed in the next round……. for financial reasons.

I’m not defending the GB btw – I wish they’d give up the pyros – but – the board acted in self interest. ( which should surprise no one)

Awe Naw

Twists and Turns congratulations on getting the telegram from the Queen.

Welcome Vmhan

big packy

belated birthday wishes to BADA and TWISTY, BOBBY, cheers for the welcome back?? apologies, was too busy talking to vhman, great article.?

Awe Naw

Happy Belated Birthday Bada

Awe Naw

I see Brendan has signed a 5.5 year extension to his contract. I´d love to see him win the EPL this year. Going by VAR though Liverpool can not lose it

Fan-a-tic

Dig chewed computer cable so iPhone posting.
With dodgy eyesight feker chewed my reading glasses as well this post may have more clarity than normal.
After the Russians won a few EPL titles the empire was miffed so Fergie’s team got a helping hand to put the pesky foreigners in their place.
When their time ran oot up popped the Arab money with a short interlude of Asian beer and Russian oil dosh.
The Empire now being the 53rd State under BJ decided it was time to take it back.
VAR has been very helpful in this respect.
Liverpudlian ? must triumph!

Fan-a-tic

Dog not dig

Bada Bing

Awe Naw- thanks HH

Mahe

Welcome Vmhan and hope you’re well Sir.
North Island can’t help you, South Island still have some good Hoops that wish I was there again. Crackin place, enjoy yourself.
Hail Hail

Twists n turns

Thanks again everyone for the belated birthday wishes.

Awe Naw:
This week I feel 100 and no mistake!

Won’t be watching on Sunday. Need a stress free weekend. I’ll be recording the match

If we win, I’ll watch it on Sunday evening. Lose and it won’t see the light of day.

Hate matches v them.

I have relatives that live in a place called Wakatani {sp} in the north island of NZ

Mahe

Twists, ,
Give up working man. It’s not worth it.
Not joking.
Hail Hail

Mahe

Oglach,
Come back mate. Go on.

Twists n turns

Mahe
I plan to do 18 months more absolute max…. then…. I’m oot …. this time for good.

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