Them's the breaks
We are witnessing history repeat itself, as its prone to do.
Titles are won and lost in February and March in hard conditions with everyone and their dog hoping for a slip up.
Not Lenny’s team though, thats twice now its been take a break and bang!
The results after last seasons winter break look incredibly like this seasons which show a trend.
Last season we roared out of the blocks with a ruthless 14 goals for and zero against in our returning six league games, taking maximum points.
This season we are looking at 25 goals scored with three conceded in the same set of corresponding fixtures. Maximum points garnered again.
Its clear that we love that break, we respond very well to it and the gaffer should rightly get some praise for having that formula down to a tee.
Setting up the camp is where being an ex player at the club clearly helps as he can easily recall being that fella who could do with just doing nothing for a while to recharge the batteries. You’ll recall the weather wasn’t great at all when the troops were in Dubai, sounds like the perfect excuse to just lie around not doing much. Whatever they do or dont do every winter time,, and it might be as simple as just enjoying each others company,,we need to keep it up.
Double digits clear will bring its own problems for any rivals but so will the fact our defence have quietly moved into top slot in the goals against column. So we are not only scoring a ton more, but are shipping less than anyone else, double whammy.
Neils switch to two up front has paid dividends, so has a settled pairing at the rear.
There will be some very upset at what must seem like a resurgent Hoops fighting their corner on and off the field. This usually spells trouble coming from refs and the governing bodies but there doesn’t seem to be much they can throw in our way that will actually make a huge difference in our title quest. The hacks are in limbo until they find out where the odious one lands and how the wind then blows.
This team just keeps marching on towards history and racking up the points with little or no regard for what obstacles they encounter. Its beautiful.
The biggest one of those obstacles just couldn’t take the pace and the winter break just didn’t rejuvenate as desired. Two defeats and a draw in their last six league games since victory over us has seen confidence in their young manager slide bigtime.
If third placed Aberdeen cant take anything from us on their own patch the pressure on Stevie only increases. The dreaded derby games will become about saving face and not where the silverware ends up, thats not where he would have wanted to be at all this campaign.
Taking those results out of the equation and leaving us free to play our own game with less at stake than usual will be a big, big advantage at the time.
This would be prime time for a squirrel to deflect from that double digit gap and all that it entails.
The week promises to end with a bang ala Craigy Whites book which will probably see a raft of denials or threatened lawsuits next week.
Theres also the latest installment of ‘watch him squirm’ to come soon and you just know he wont go away quietly. Prepare for a terrible statement or ten yet.
The questions around the 12 year old continue to swirl.
Who only knows whats next?
Stay tuned, its bent but never boring.
Should you fancy sending us your thoughts on events we will gladly publish.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Jackie Mac and his family.
Strap in fellow Celts, it’s about to get utterly hysterical around these parts ?
Sitting in an airport in Europe and watched highlights of us and huns games.
Two goals from corners is fantastic and about time .
Griff hits them well so no surprise but Ryan putting onion Jozo’s napper was a surprise.
Good to see goals spread around the team.
After watching hun highlights i had a look at their forum.
Beaton is now a fenian bassa despite getting the calls correct.
They are going off their nut about being reffed to a different standard.
Morelos did clearly push guy for disallowed goal and was correctly booked for diving in penalty box.
Kilmarnock had 2 decent shouts for handball penalties but not given
So the huns seeng a conspiracy when it does not go their way is typical.
Doesn’t seem that long ago, the whole Sevco support were beside themselves with glee at the prospect of us hiring Neil Lennon…how’s that workin’ out for you??
After last night, is it still “Stevie Gerrard’s Rangers” ?
Most definitely. I reckon the hun fans will be telling Gerrard to “eff off and take yer useless team wi ye!”
Not that I’m counting my chickens yet!!!
Bobby, C’mon, just admit it, you fell asleep last night counting chickens! It’s cool, you’re among friends ?
I’d have a hard job falling asleep at night when I’m on nightshifts as a driver!
Anyway,bed for me. Back up in four hours. Bliddy hate Wednesdays and Thursday-football aside,of course.
I’m more worried about my neighbour through the wall, pretty sure he totally lost his mind last night …felt terrible laughing so loud ?
Wasting your time trying to explain the laws of the game to a hun. Easier explaining debt!
You on a job? Need a hand?
Have a good one, mate ?
https://youtu.be/7LzJe_sVI8w – Stevie G’s interview, while the whole Kilmarnock dressing room celebrate in the background ?
John Beaton, the only referee to get death threats from both sides of the Old Firm?
Someone on FF last night:
“ The Stevie G express is now a Choo choo train.”
CELTIC moved TEN points clear at the top – as Neil Lennon name checks a Sentinel Celts internet poster but insists nine-in-a-row isn’t in the bag yet.
The Hoops battered ten-man Hearts thanks to goals from Olivier Ntcham, Christopher Jullien, Callum McGregor, Jozo Simunovic and Ryan Christie.
Lennon insists the title race is not yet over as Celtic moved ten points ahead of Rangers
It made it 27 goals in eight games and saw them extend their lead after Rangers’ defeat at Kilmarnock.
But Lennon said: “Ignore the gap? That’ll be the message to the players and they know that.
“We know there’s a long way to go and twists and turns and moaning. We just have to concentrate on each game as it comes along.
“The gap gives them a bit of confidence. We have a tricky game on Sunday at Pittodrie. Aberdeen had a great win and we’re taking absolutely nothing for granted.
“Mentality and psychology in any sport is huge. When you have Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, James Forrest, guys who have been over the course, it gives you comfort.
“They know not to get too down when they get beat and not to get too high when they win.”
The Hoops were 1-0 in front at the break but they blew away a sorry Jambos side after the interval.
Daniel Stendel’s basement boys weren’t helped by keeper Joel Pereira’s display or Marcel Langer’s late red for a tackle on Scott Brown.
The Hoops have won all eight games since losing to Gers in the Old Firm game at the end of December.
Asked about the turnaround, Lennon said: “That’s the way football goes. We kept calm and we just do what we do best conscientiously behind the scenes with the support network we have.
“You can see the players’ fitness levels are very good. The squad is looking stronger as well.
“They were magnificent against Hearts – the desire and hunger to play, scoring goals, their running.
“Everything you want as a manager I got. It was an emphatic win and an outstanding second half performance.
“The referee got the red right because that was horrendous and could have done serious damage to Scott. Thankfully he’s alright.”
Despite the rout, strikers Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths failed to hit the net.
Lennon said: “It’s quite incredible when you consider the form they’ve been in.
“They’ll probably be down there with petted lips because they love scoring! It’s a great team effort.”
Before the game Stendel had talked about believing a Parkhead triumph was possible – but he reckons his side looked startled.
He said: “We played like rabbits in the headlights. From the first moment you could see the look.
“I want to try and give the players the feeling we have a chance. Our plan was good but our game wasn’t like our plan.
“We tried to change our confidence on the pitch with the substitutions then we conceded.
“We played a little bit better and we wanted to keep it in the second half but five minutes later the game went against us.
“It is very difficult for us to keep our confidence and stay together but it’s the one and only way for us in these difficult moments.
“It was a very difficult night but we must stay together and look forward to Saturday. We need to fight for every ball. This is what I expect from my players.”
How fucking good was Oli Ntcham last night
It’s on Scotland’s tortured brow
That Stevie G has grown up a cow
It’s so painful for Scotland’s shame
‘Cause Lennon’s the man again
See the huns in their million hordes
From Belfast to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To their mothers; they´re dogs and clowns
I think Oscar Wilde’s take on history repeating itself was that it returns as farce. Very true re Scottish football. I’m quite baffled at how totally inept is the management at Sevco, on and off the park. To quote their 1st manager, the not so jovial cheeky chappy gardener, “I’m quite enjoying their predicament.”
Get it roond yeezus. 9 in a row.
Another referee bottles sending off Morelos for blatant cheating. Having already been booked for diving, he proceeded to do it again right in front of Beaton, who chose to keep his cards in his pocket second time.
How many times is that this season?
Glorious morning to everyone, miserable outside but I have a very warm glow and big grin this morning. Livbing in deepest, darkest Ayrshire seriously though about giving the dog a bonus walk at full time to bathe in the agony pouring out of the local pub but one look out the window scuppered that idea. Instead I indulged in my guilty pleasure and dipped a toe into filthy-filthy and it didn’t disappoint. Absolutely drowned in hun tears I had to stop and go to sleep.
Seething Gerrard must stay!
In light of last night’s HUMUNGOUS step on our quest for immortality and idolatry let me offer these as a small modicum of comfort to those of a blue and orange hue this morning……
Team spirit is through the roof at the moment and has been since BR arrived in 2016.
Then Neil Lennon came in and improved on that by instilling the confidence in the players that we can compete and WIN European games again.
There seems to be no huge ego’s in the squad, just a great bond, which in this day and age is rare.
Even after making an arse of the last zombie game in December we simply shrugged it off and have been superb ever since.
Also, Scott Brown must be retained at all costs. His character, charisma and personality would be nigh on impossible to replace.
He should be offered a long term contract that when he hangs up his boots he begins the transition to succeed Neil Lennon as manager.
No laughing at the back…
The universe continues to unfold as it should.
Why worry? 🙂
McCaff, another great blast from the past. ?
https://youtu.be/XKukFy18nes?list=RD5bErFXjUGvQ The The -This is the day
….or Karma, Natural Justice, Just Deserts, Comeuppance
I’ll be here all day if we start this again today!!
My 13 yr old son has this on a playlist and puts it on in the car. Music, as fitba, is cyclical I suppose. I go to see new and old bands regularly with my daughter, 18 and wants to be a music journalist! So here’s a couple of wee modern tunes for you…
This applies to all Celtic supporters who currently accept the pish…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtQYkf9kZBQ
and this could apply to any and every scottish fitba supporter ever…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AugzJzEfjCQ
BTW I’m getting the feeling you’ve accessed my Spotify account somehow 😉
When Celtic were away in the late 80s early 90s I used to go to Firhill for Thrills with my bro in law….so for any other closet Jags out there, here’s a wee gem….
For anybody who missed it, A View From The Terrace had a local Scottish band on at the end of every show performing a song about their town/team. Check them out on YouTube.
big wullie here, been down visiting my celtic supporting mate known each other since childhood, im sick of his gloating, we will be back we arra peepul, we got beat last night because the ref was a member of the knights of st Columba, and a devout catholic so we know what team he supports, but don’t worry we have got mr Clancy and mr collum on our side, both members of larkhall true blues rangers supporters club, ive sent that big fenian eejit packy oot for a bottle of lanliq, 2 bottles of buckfast, and 8 cans of kestrel to drown my sorrows, im sick of this we won the big cup, ffs it was a hundred years ago, don’t forget we won the cup winners cup also, winning in that big fenian city of Barcelona, we also played in the intercity fairs cup when we went down to Newcastle and showed them geordies how to fight, they still talk about us to this day, not to mention a few years back another final in Manchester where we brought a lovely carnival atmosphere to the whole city, they still talk about us too, must go can hear packy at the front door with ma cerry oot, don’t forget we arra peepul.
Big Jim Packy
HaHaHaHaHa…see above post…I just can’t get enough!!
MCAFF, good band great song, just noticed ma big orange mate wullies been on, sent me out for a cerry oot gave me a fiver, he is not only a hun he is a tight hun??
Big Jim Packy
My 13yo boy has zero interest in music 🙁 By his age i was buying Talking Heads albums. As far as Celtic is concerned though, cut from the exact same cloth …fanatical
https://youtu.be/51OB2YoC4sg Ever fallen in love – The Buzzcocks
You bhoys and ghals know my love of timelines.
I find it very interesting indeed that BT started its coverage of the SPFL the same year that Sevco won promotion to the SPFL . As we know we are more of a BT orientated club (see the boardroom)
Us banning SKY from press conferences and giving them a hard time with regards translategate is an inducement for SKY to walk away this summer. If SKY do walk away due to concern about the lack of a hun team or hun subscriptions then it will be up to the SPFL to attempt to get another deal.
I wonder if SKY has such a clause that they can allow them to walk away if they wish too (I presume they do). I wonder if either of the Old Firm can also choose to walk away if they so desire (I presume not) ?????
BT is now losing the coverage as SKY outbid them by 10 million a year.
It doesn’t matter much to Celtic PLC as they get more or less the same and it´s a pittance. For our BT directors though it´s a coup. If BT is not interested then I suppose we will be able to negotiate our own TV deal. This may explain why the rest are so enamoured with the huns and SKY … and why we are not loved so much
In the week when the shameless ones wheeled oot a 12 year old scapegoat, who even though, still only a child, is older than their club, the Gerrard lovin huns capitulate to the plastic pitch plowers of Kilmarnock, as El Dufflecoat resorts to more diving, i decided to have a change of diet, while waiting on news of their further demise……….. Jelly N Ice-cream for me Bhoys.
I hear you gave Machiaveli lessons in cunning (I said cunning) in a previous life.
What cannot be argued is that the current Sky funded model does Celtic no favours.
I’d further like to suggest that Mr Traynor start to run courses on how a hun should pay his debts firstly, before moving onto a course regarding racism, or perhaps he did not get beyond the learning point of “Please don’t eat the crayons.”
It comes down to Sevco’s fear of the truth. That fear has tied them in knots.
Alfredo Morelos (and Kent) should have been fined by Sevco for his throat cutting gesture on the 29th of December.
Instead of dealing with the issue in a transparent way, Stewart Robertson issued a statement on the 30th of December. In the statement he introduced the notion that Morelos’ gesture was a common South American gesture indicating the game is over.
So paranoid are Ibrox about the reputation of the player we then had the bizarre episode (and waste of valuable Police time) with Alfredos’ Lamborghini.
Not content with the mess they were already in, someone thought it was a good idea to spice up Morelos’ interview with Sky Sports. That’s led to an investigation by the Regulator and further damage to Morelos
With PR at Ibrox in freefall.Next we’ve a statement that undermines a police investigation and further embarrasses the club and player.
All they had to do was “Rangers are disappointed by the conduct of our player when he left the field of play. Alfredo Morelos has been fined by the club. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to any offended parties.”
Job done…Winter break. The PR farce at Ibrox has backfired horrendously.
One wonders what damage has been done to the team by the obsession that some at Ibrox seem to have with manipulating the facts to the point of absurdity.
They’ve also wound up the Celtic Board.
“All they had to do was “Rangers are disappointed by the conduct of our player when he left the field of play. Alfredo Morelos has been fined by the club. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to any offended parties.”
This is where they have a problem, their supremacist attitude has them by the gonads, they can’t admit to anything, it’s never ever their fault, it’s always someone else to blame.
Their meltdown today is delicious, must be due another statement soon.
Yep. No doubt another statement is in production as we speak…
I just looked at the Sevco statement from December 30th on their website. The statement about the gesture is attributed to Stewart Robertson.
Given the recent inaccuracies in the statements from Ibrox, who knows if he said it or not? Or if someone just added it on??
It seems that there is character over there from the Rodger Ailes school of journalism.
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HI GHUYS, just an update from my post at 1-59, big wullie has decided to go hame he has had enough of my gloating, just dropped him off at the railway station wearing his union jack shorts, ffs its freezing down here and his 32 red rangers top on, he drunk a bottle of lanliq and a bottle of buckfast he has got his cans and the rest of his booze in his union jack holdall, thank fuck he is gone I cant listen to the sash and derrys walls.any longer?