Peter Lawwell – J’accuse !

Morning,all.

 

We’ve come a long way since the heady heights of Seville,have we not? Yet someone born at the start of that journey has only just reached the age where he or she can order a drink,so it isn’t that long ago,not really. My niece was already at primary school,and she still hasn’t completed her education,so definitely not that long ago. Heady days,when we scared the living daylights out of the very best in Europe-and why was that? Because we belonged on the same stage,that’s why.

 

No team scared us,and certainly not at home. And if our record away from home wasn’t quite as impressive,teams frequently had to resort to “the dark arts” to get the better of us. For instance,Turin and Seville itself.

 

Life since then as a Hoooopster hasn’t always been so rosy. Yes,I know fine well what we won that famous Year of Seville,and that we’ve won much more since-domestically,at least-but teams feared us then. We would get freaky bad results,but more often than not we absolutely destroyed the opposition. More often than not,they couldn’t lay a glove on us,and didn’t have a clue where to start with it.

 

And now this. Not only do teams not fear us anymore,they bliddy fancy their chances against us. And particularly in Europe,our results prove that. We’ve gone from Fortress Parkhead to offering teams the freedom of it. And not overnight either,I might add.

 

A decade ago we were throwing away three leagues in a row against,admittedly,a financially doped hunnery and all without a complaint about that or the “strange” issue of “honest mistakes”. Does anyone think Dallas would have lost his job through complaints from Celtic? He didn’t over Dougiegate,it was the poor patsy linesman,Steve Craven,who carried the can for that. No,Celtic ignored it like they ignored everything. It took Phil Mac to push that one.

 

And don’t start me on Resolution 12. Don’t start me on replacing Henrik with Henri Kamara-aw,ffs!-and that on loan too. Or dumping the high earners way too soon,the treatment of Bobo which left Gordon Strachan having to play Caldwell and McManus instead. Like Martin O’Neill,Gordon left with three titles in his locker. Both of their own accord,how strange.

 

Or the refusal to say a word while Tony Mowbray’s teams were getting kicked off the park,all but ruining the career of a fine man and at that time,a proven manager. A hard bloke who had suffered some dreadful blows in his life,but was left without support from his superiors.

 

We can run through the Neil Lennon years,of a refusal to renew Scott Brown’s contract when his first one ran out. Or the forced departure of Samaras and Ledley amongst many others. The forced departures too of Lenny’s assistants,Thommo and Mjallby,and the enforced placement of Ronny Deila as assistant. Which led to Lenny calling it a day and the assistant taking the top job long before he was ready-and clearly without the necessary understanding of the strange ways of Scottish football.

 

Or the backing of the aforementioned superiors,bar actually shoehorning him into the job. At which he tried manfully,winning both titles he contested,but it was a job too far and a job too early for him.

 

Which leads us to the Brendan Rodgers era. And on the back of a legendary Invincible Treble in the year of our 50th Anniversary of Lisbon,BR went into the close season knowing exactly who he wanted-and needed!-to improve the team. Aye,Brendan. Didn’t take you long to discover who was boss,as it wasn’t just the players who went on holiday for the close season. And when the same happened again the following year-despite qualifying again for the group stages of The Champions League-he quite rightly decided he’d had enough. Aye,I was pissed off at the timing-check the archives for 26/02/2019 for an article titled Snakes and Adders-but I don’t blame him for leaving. I’ll never forgive him for the timing of it though.

 

Which brings us to the return of The Prodigal Son. The legend who is Neil Lennon,available and hired to push us over the line. He completed The Treble Treble to go with his three titles already,both as player and as manager. Against the wishes of some of us,he got the job full time. But he,as ever,hasn’t received the backing from his superiors.

 

One in particular.

 

The fella who joined us soon after Seville,and soon manoeuvred himself into The Big Panjandrum at Celtic Park. Who micromanages every single aspect of the running of the club to the extent that if he got run over by a bus tomorrow,the club would probably grind to a halt-because nobody else is allowed any responsibility. The fella who thinks he knows better than the footballing professionals and long ago promoted himself to de facto Director of Football,with every decision on contracts or signings at his whim.

 

The fella who manoeuvred our two best managers since Jock out of the door,hands over fan details to the police but won’t stand up for the club or the fans in the face of thuggery and cheating on and off the pitch. A man,in other words,who knows when to choose his battles and won’t take anyone on simply for the benefit of the people who turn up every week.

 

Someone who has no compunction about throwing managers under the bus,sells their best players,expects them to qualify for Europe with any old dross he gives them.

 

A man,in other words,who knows how to earn a bonus and has no compunction about how he does it. Who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

 

Particularly not the values that we,the fans,associate with our famous club.

 

Peter Lawwell-J’accuse!

 

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Above article by BMCUWP

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Twisty

The Real McCoy
Quality track. Thanks
(Always reminds me of Simple Minds)

jimthetim53

Mike, hope you are OK.

The Real McCoy

ASWGL…
I and others had same sort of problem.
Ok when logged in. So I’ve stayed logged in.

ASWGL

Real McCoy, thanks πŸ‘

big packy

ASWGL, how dare you, ive been posting all day ,are you sure you are a former st augustines pupil,😍😍😍

The Real McCoy

Twisty their is a not so obvious connection.
Dinner calls. Will update later.πŸ‘πŸ»

ASWGL

BP affirmative, but i’ve never had an email from another St Augustines pupil 😍

big packy

ASWGL ok😍

Oglach

Mike in Toronto
There once was a lawyer from Nantucket …

who saw we’d no striker and said f*ck it

ASWGL

There was a young man from Donegal
Who went to a fancy dress ball
He thought he would risk it
And dressed as a biscuit
But McCaff’s dug ate him up, in the hall

Mike in Toronto

Thanks lads. It has been a trying summer…. they thought it was bladder cancer, then prostate, then colo-rectal, then back to prostate… again…. (some crazy test results, but I am at one of the top cancer centres, so had great treatment , and, for something like this, I guess you want your doctors to be thorough… and on Friday, I finally got the all clear…. so I dont even have to go for more tests until next year … so I am a pretty happy camper this week …

but, I have to say, going into and seeing the people there ….makes you appreciate your health, your family, friends … including you lot on here….

I have a lot to be grateful for.

big packy

he was till you came on😍

ASWGL

MIT I went through the same as you with bladder cancer, not nice getting the camera up. I’ve seen a burly policeman run out of the waiting room in fear of said camera. The treatments these days are fantastic (not sure if it’s the same in Canada) but they put a strain of TB (Tuberculosis) in your bladder for 2 hours, and it forces your blood cells to start cleaning the bladder, touch wood i’m on 4 years clear now.

I won’t bother you with my other ailments, but I’d rather have a cancer problem these days than 10 years or more ago. Hope you remain in good health πŸ‘

big packy

ok some nostalgia, back in glenboig circa 63/64, if i asked my father to make me a geggy, what would it be,??

Twisty

The real McCoy

Joe Donnelly? Is that the connection?

ASWGL

BP a go-kart ?

Awe Naw

BP

A ludge meeting

Awe Naw

BP,

Sorry I thought it read take me not make me… As in shut your geggy

big packy

AWE NAW close but no cigar😍 ASWGL, cyber pint to you😍

ASWGL

We’ll need to see photographic evidence of BP with a rolled up trouser leg and wearing his Rams heed

Mike in Toronto

Oglach

You’re off to a good start there …keep going

ASWGL

Cheers mate. I was one of the very lucky ones… They caught mine when I was young, and very early in the game. I hope your good 4 year streak continues. Of course, if you ever feel like chatting off line, you can always get my number/address from Mahe or Mick.

Awe Naw

BP,

You mean a bogey

big packy

ASWGL im posting it as we speak😍

big packy

where is garry and mcaff,

Twisty

NAPS TOMORROW

12-20 pm deadline on Naps tomorrow bhoys.

Snooze and your entry is void I’m afraid.

ASWGL

MIT that is such a friendly gesture by you, thank you πŸ‘

A thing of beauty

MIT/Rebus,
Good health is all that really matters and I wish you and yours all the best. Please do not go to the docs if your ears start bleeding. It’s just listening to too much of awe naw and his singing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Only kidding Awe naw, I’m thrilled your back. You will keep us all on our toes.
Bada bing, thanks for posting that list. It is utterly incredulous the shite that has donned the hoops due to Peter Lawwell and his β€œeye for a player.” Sack8ng offence in my book.
Finally did neil Lennon this morning just give us his version of nothing to see here Timmy move along. I think he did you know.
Well neil there is plenty to see and that’s mostly down to you washing your dirty linen in public. There is a two week break coming up and m6bhoy has suggested it is time to look for someone to replace neil. I suggest he needs to sit down with people he trusts and ask himself if he is in the best place to handle the pressure of this job. If he has any doubts then he must do the right thing and step aside. If he feels he is then he needs to up his game PDQ because there can be no repeats of Wednesday night on or off the park.

big packy

AWE NAW, you ghuys call it a bogey, us lanarkshire tims call it a geggy, i prefer bogey myself but try telling that to my oul man in 1963,😍😍

Awe Naw

ATOB,

If ah canny get yese tay shut up then I’m determined to deefen yese πŸ™‚

big packy

MIKE your part of the celtic family on here, im sure i speak for all of us when i say, wait for it, luv ya to bits mike,oh and seamus take care buddy.,H,H,

ASWGL

So boli gets a 3 game ban from the SFA, asif he’d be playing anyway

Awe Naw

BP,

We were so bogey mental that young mithers would hire bouncers to protect their prams fay being robbed. Big wheels on the back and a washing line for steering. Used to chaff the hands something rotten

Mike in Toronto

NFL is, apparenty, appealing the length of Bolingoli’s suspension … NFL wants it increased.

(ba dum tss)

ASWGL

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Awe Naw

We were young engineers. Building bogeys, Doo huts, chopping sticks for fire, guy fawkes night to my eternal shame, chick melly my favourite. Chap door run, 2 man hunt, beds wi the lassies, rounders, kerbie. Fischer price Was ma Ma moaning about how expensive the shops were

big packy

AWE NAWπŸ‘

ASWGL

Doo huts were a Dookit

On yonder hill
There stood a dookit
It’s noa there noo
Coz someone took it

That was a blantyre bogey

https://blantyreproject.com/2017/06/tyre-bogey-carts/

Awe Naw

ASWGL,

That’s a swanky one with a box seat. The guys fae East Whitburn would stop stare and point at the Vorsprung durch Technik

big packy

ASWGL ,thats me on my bogey/geggy πŸ‘

The Real McCoy

Twisty. Spot on πŸ‘πŸ».
Joe Donnelly and Jim Kerr are brothers.
Joe’s mother died when he was very young. Their cross-landing neighbours the Kerrs agreed to β€œadopt” young Joe when they relocated to Toryglen.πŸ’š

Mike in Toronto

what do you get from riding one of those carts (besides a sore arse)? A bloodrush…

Awe Naw

Oh how could I forget kiss cuddle or torture.

big packy

JIM, you must remember a bogey,,geggy..πŸ‘

big packy

bet you young ghuys dont remember getting your milk at school in a little glass bottle, a 3rd of a pint.πŸ‘

Mike in Toronto

Awe Naw

Kiss, cuddle or torture…

“she came into my life like a brick through a window…”
always loved that line…

Awe Naw

Hello Mrs Smith would Annie like tay come oot tay play kiss cuddle or torture. Wait a minute son “Annie that wee handsome lad fay acroos the street at the door. Are ye gaun oot tay play? Naw son she disnae want too the fool”
“That’s ok Mrs. Smith.. Have ye goat any bottles”

Mahe

The report of PL meeting JK after the game just doesn’t sit right. There’s a lot wrong with that, from seriously undermining Lenny, to showing the world I trust JK and his word.
Now we all know the rumour PLs eyes an ears is correct so now JK getting foisted on someone else shows the same set up, different name.

Then John himself, does he really wanna be portrayed as the company man reporting dirt to above? The I’m here to keep an eye on things for the real boss guy? WTF John.
The defence sucks also btw.

Neil on finding this out can’t be best pleased, but he did bring a lot of this on himself. If ever he needed confirmation he isn’t really in charge that is it.
On the lifestyle being talked about I do feel for him in this regard. He clearly fought the weight while playing, probably thinking put in the sacrifices now and when boots are hung up time to no worry about the weight and a few pints. Yet when the boots are hung up it somehow becomes an issue, public perception and all. Rock and hard place, as the midweek article said it’s a tough gig.

Clean broom required and the day it arrives I will rejoice.
That list must have cost the guts of a hundred million all in, all while salary was increasing. Some gig for a bent backwater. No wonder it was clung to for almost two decades.

Hail Hail

Billy Bhoy

MIT

That list earlier – Lawwells “Roll Of (Dis)honour” – must have cost the club over Β£30m. This nonsense has to stop. We have half a squad who virtually do not contribute over a season. 8 players were the core of our team last season with the rest at best merely squad fillers.

In respect of NFL I’d give him till Christmas to see if he can steer us to The Ten. If we’re not top at that time we either have to bring back MON or Strachan to get us over the finishing line and ensure we have a proper coach for next season. Realistically, you’re looking at the likes of Steve Clarke, Jack Ross or someone of that ilk.

We can’t go forward with a guy who has openly admitted that he’s not interested in “shape and stuff”, leaving that detail to Kennedy (and Duff). When I heard his ” bits and bobs” comment on Monday I feared the worst on Wednesday. The 4-6-0 was the last straw for me.

We’re now reduced to hoping and praying that the manager,and the season, doesn’t implode before Christmas.

The Real McCoy

Big Packy…
Just for you.
Drum lesson by a Coatbridge boy.πŸ˜‚

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GnW2mg643qw

Miss Big Ted πŸ™πŸ»

ASWGL

I do Packy, we lived in a cardboard box, and were so poor we got free milk and free school dinners too, then when it was a school holiday they gave us a brown poke the day before with some spam in it, a roll, some butter and an apple, because the dinner school would be shut on the holiday.