Knock ’em for 6 kid
This break we are going through feels unnatural, due to only really getting started ourselves for various reasons, so having finally got under way to halt proceedings with so little game time under the belt only adds to the sense of disruption that many are feeling.
The longer than usual transfer window probably means that incredibly we wont feel like we have settled down with the finished squad to really begin the retention of our title for another 5 weeks or so. With a derby game and the closing window, the first week of October promises to be a big one for Tims everywhere, and when its dust has settled much will be said of our credentials.
Until then the footballing department should be focusing on a style of play plus integrating any new signings asap, with the intention of going on an unbeaten run, and then extending that run past derby day, something which would inject some much needed belief into a fanbase reeling from our stuttering start to the ten and almost shocking Champions League exit defeat.
This will be the gaffers biggest test yet and time on the training ground should be used to the fullest extent of his and his coaching team’s ability, that’s how much it will take to come out successful this year, all they’ve got, and no one should be under any illusion that isn’t the case.
The fans also need to become used to looking up the table, admittedly an unaccustomed sight, but for once shows that even though we would be level on points if we win our games in hand, a very distinct possibility, we aren’t taking the three points in those games for granted.
Perhaps that’s sensible, but it’s also a sign we aren’t a very good team at the moment.
Please don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
This break could well see departures to offset the incomings, but as we will endeavour to only deal with transfers if and when they happen, this means real football news is thin on the ground.
But I admit was surprised with the sites lack of debate surrounding two recent events that made their way into the main stream media recently.
For starters the Duff & Phelps duo getting cleared of all charges and having their human rights breached by Police Scotland should result in heads rolling, but will instead most likely result in knuckle shuffling. The Prosecution has not received all documents from the fuzz surprise surprise, it was a case brought by malice and a wish to see somebody cop it (pardon the pun) for a football club being unwilling to accept the results and backlash of balancing the books.
The entire fiasco is expected to cost the tax payer, you, approximately 100 million smackeroonies, a shocking figure.
In a normal functioning democratic society these two would be lucky not to see a cell, up north this almost guarantees them free pints and access to the members lounge.
If you ever needed a harsh reminder that the game up north is bent, has sinister elements involved, and is as far from the beautiful game we fell in love with as one could find, then this tale is that example. It stinks to the high heavens, and crooked cops doesn’t begin to cover it.
Look out for Hollyrod to convene an urgent inquiry, if not why not? Draw your own conclusion.
However KT’s videocast with Si Ferry and its insights became overlooked (rightfully) in the midweek build up and fall out, but that’s not to say there’s zero of interest in there.
Firstly, the lad himself. Kieran looked happy!
He looks like he is enjoying himself, bit of a spring in the step, and his easy going kid off the street style was back with a flourish.
Im delighted for him, truly I am. The last couple years of Kieran at Celtic were very different than the first couple years I think its fair to say, when he went from Paddy Roberts idol who laid his shirt infront of the Green Brigade, to a jaded limping shell of a great left back.
Well here finally we have it straight from the horse mouth what happened and why, another rarity in todays online world that see’s rumour fill empty space, usually the juicer the gossip the easier the fit for some reason.
Please have a listen yourself, around the hour mark is very interesting for a while, but for me some of it is very revealing of our mindset even if that wasnt intended.
When KT was moving, the overwhelming story was its for the money. 70k a week sets the next few generations of the family up plus he wants to test himself etc etc and we went along with that, no problem.
At least all of us bar one, YOU ASSHOLE , and Im glad they didnt receive the media coverage they probably craved at the time. (painting judas on his house)
But as we hear straight from the horse’s mouth, he couldn’t properly recuperate whilst at the club, for various reasons. He clearly admits he wanted to play, and was prepared to take two injections per game to play one game a week with struggling in between, and also admits that once he was going to call out he was persuaded to give it a go.
We hear that under two different managers injections were the norm, and he had been diagnosed with Pubis whatever its name is. A very serious injury that had Johnny Hayes saying stop doing what you are doing and ditto big Tam Rogic, although one wonders just how he can give injury advice with a straight face. Ok that may be the wrong way of looking at it seeing he has suffered his fair share but still, his telling a non sicknote to become a sick note,,errr, excuse me if I feel its for a bit of company. Oh and all the best at your next holiday camp.
Please listen for yourself but in my humble opinion no one outside the bhoy walks away from that episode well now we have the inside track.
The management,, anyone professional minded reading that must gasp, successive managers not prepared to take the time to ensure the time required for the injury to heal, which would have resulted in a world class on his day left back?
Why is that?
Is it such a pressure cauldron that you must risk the cream of our youths career?
The transgression by Lenny and Scot could be explained away by the fact Kieran had been opting to play sometimes, and they thought they would chose once please, so I can see where they are coming from.
But an employee phoning you from his bed saying Im so bad I cant make it out, and you cajole him to play?
A friend of mine was recently explaining that they believe Lenny needs protection from Glasgow Celtic. That he will step up above and beyond when he shouldn’t, That he just cant say no, the love of the club runs too deep and he see’s the service as an honour.
On one hand Lenny is right, it is an honour to give service to the famous Glasgow Celtic, but on the other hand the mate, who posts here, is also very correct in that Lenny must be protected from giving too much, burning himself out or maybe accepting the position as lightening rod for the club we all love.
After that interview I see a young left back that also needed protection from our club. Serious questions should be asked, but they wont be and the protagonists are odds on to move away after 10.
Could no one have stepped up and said give him the rest?
Two managers failed him in that respect but so did the CEO who must have asked questions, after all this was his diamond in the rough who has steadily declined and more often than not visibly limps through games? Could stats not have shown how short his run bursts are, or maybe how little km’s overall he amassed? The sports science was ignored it seems, and the lads future wellbeing for the short term, all because the kid himself wanted to play?
And then on top of all this, you throw in the pressure of the ten (shown by the graffiti), the plastic pitches, the hammer throwers, and the bent refs.
In deciding to go to Arsenal and perhaps the English Premier League in general, the young man would have been aware he was going to a much much more professional setup, one that would give him the time needed.
Protecting their asset of course.
Up in the East end this kid had came from one year contracts to the next big thing and was willing to lay it all on the line, probably the biggest selling jersey and merchandise, yet he had cost zilch so was always going to bring in big profit.
We didnt want to protect him, we wanted to display and move on, and it worked.
By moving to North London the bhoy may well have taken his biggest step so far but he also took his most important. By moving to Arsenal, Kieran Tierney ensured that Kieran Teirney would receive protection, from things such as permanently playing whilst injured, and they will takes whatever steps necessary firstly to rehabilitate, rejuvenate, and reignite their left back who looks a snip at 25. That 25 million is an investment for the Londoners to attempt to maximise, both in effect and value, which will only happen when decisions like playing when injured on a whim are not only eliminated, but the player himself would become so professional as to say you know what not today. Which clearly couldnt happen at our club.
In moving we, all of us,will get to see or find out just how good Kieran can actually become as he competes with a former season ticket holder for England maybe even Europe’s best left back, instead of how many injuries he had.
He had to go down south to thrive, its as simple as that.
I hope I speak for us all when I type Kieran my bhoy, knock em for six kid. Away and shine.
For in doing yourself proud down there, you are doing us all proud.
You’ll Never Walk Alone.
The above by Mahe. Black Lives Matter.
Mahe good leader, JJ covered some of this the investigater and his assistant should be locked up if what JJ says is true. bloody tax payers having to pay for this fiasco.
re: KT. He had to move due to the physical abuse on the pitch. No help from management and maanger.
I think there will be quite a few moving on for the same reasons. It happens in every single game. Celtic players scythed down.
We really need to get our game strategy and players position and duties sorted out. Some good suggestions offered Broony at the back, Ajer in midfield, El Hamed LB, Frimpong further up the park. It will come good, I have no doubt. Just need the board to look after their employees and investments. going to me scratcher catch up later. take care all.
excuse spelling. Bart fingers DOH☺
Nothing against the kid, and best of luck to him, but I’m only interested in Celtic players, I have zero interest in English football.
Now, this guy could do with knowing we have his back. Unity through strenght!
Our manager! https://youtu.be/QH4-tauIw2w
They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal, that can break the spirit of a Celt who does not want to be broken.
You are preaching to the converted here Mahe, I have more trust in the fans than I have in the management, both coaches and Board.As Mario B says we have read great and logical answers to what will make Celtic great again(wish I hadn’t used that) right here on this blog. When guys like Mon,DD, are saying we need Sevco and they should not be demoted for cheating something is wrong, there is a disconnect. If they had stood up to be counted to protect their own players French Eddie would have been playing against the Hungarians ,not sitting in the physio,s room icing his hacked Achilles. And they wouldn’t be going for 55,and we would be collecting the money owed for the Resolution they binned.i don’t have to go on, you know there is a long list.
Great leader as usual
And MIT was the player of the blog yesterday, followed by Rebus then Packy (if the blog was open when he posted)
Former Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland has some serious questions to respond too along with DC Robertson who led the so called ‘enquiry’ into the demise of Rangers*. They’ve fucked this regally and the person who is responsible for a massive criminal conspiracy has not been given the same treatment as others involved in the process who have done nothing wong. David Murray should be in prison, but welcome to Scotland. Guess who’s footing the bill for the whole pile of shite? us taxpayers.
I watched the Open Goal episode with Tierney, be in no doubt the lad is one of our own regardless of where he plays now. The hysterical shite by some supporters when he left was a total embarrassment.
Are we still discussing KT of Arsenal? He left, some were very unhappy, most including myself, shrugged our shoulders and moved on, another guy who played for us for couple of seasons and left. He won’t be the last ‘ Celtic fan ‘ playing for the club to leave so long as they can earn 3 – 4 times more what they make at Celtic a short distance away in Englandshire.
Morning all, I hope this finds everyone well. Oglach, I’m with you on this…KT moved on and so did I! But the issue of getting him to play with the use of injections is serious and appears to have undermined him when Celtic should have been wrapping him in cotton wool. I’ve got no problem with Rogic making decisions which he thinks will either prolong his playing career or his quality of life when he has to give up playing, and it seems to me he understood KT wasn’t being given the best of advice. The Scottish mentality of get up and get on with it seems prevalent here when a more cautious approach may have been a better option…and may very well have been a decisive factor in KT moving on rather than playing for Celtic for a few more years! Arsenal in making the decision to spend £25million knew they would have to nurse him back to health before they got any return on their investment…a shocking indictment of Celtic and their Medical department imo!!
Mahe..the Police Scotland/RFC/Craig Whyte/Duff and Phelps/David Murray/Charlie Green case is the tip of a massive iceberg!! Where to start with it and how to do it justice is a massive story…there’s a few books’ worth of information and detail in there…and it’s still rumbling on!!
Terrific article,encompassing a number of topics. The Duff and Phelps one is an outrageous affront to any democracy,and that it was done with the full knowledge/support/collusion of the Lord Advocate makes it even more so. In addition to those two there are further sums to be paid out to Charles Green and his “little …. friend” currently in hiding in Pakistan,whose name I forget but who is expecting c£10m for his troubles. With no inquiry,no disciplinary process,no nothing. Expect the worst thing to befall the two officers to be an early retirement on “health grounds” and a full pension.
Kieran Tierney,we all knew he was being overused by Celtic,abused on the pitch by opponents,ignored by the Masonic cabal of referees. Many of us had said that he had little chance of realising his potential-or even achieving a full career-with us under those circumstances. Like most,I have little interest in a player after he leaves,but I’m happy to make an exception for Kieran. Circumstances-see above-forced his departure,not “ambition” or money. I’d rather see a former player in a Rolls-Royce than in a wheelchair.
Neil Lennon is a legend and one thoroughly deserving of that title,having won ten titles with us-five each as player and manager. He has faced down some appalling sectarianism and disgraceful media treatment during that time,and has balls of steel. He’s going to need the latter to work with PL and get the support he needs and deserves. He deserves to leave at a time of his choosing as the legend that he is,not to have that tainted by someone else’s failure to perform.
Good morning all and Packy.
The contradiction in all of this is that the club has actually supported ‘sick note’ players in the past. LG being the perfect example, encouraged to take time off to sort out his mental health problems. There are and were others. Indeed did we not drop 1st squad players when we had to play on plastic pitches? for fear of injury.
So what was different about KT? I can only think that KT’s personality is such that he found it difficult to say NO. Didn’t want to let people down. Our management took advantage of that. Shameful! What surprises me even more and makes me angry is our medical staff. They should have one priority and that is to look after the players’ health. How they could repeatedly give him those injections over a long period of time is astounding.
From what I read from other posters these decisions will be taken out of KT’s hands at Arsenal. Probably best for the bhoy.
Our enemies are praying (Yes, they do) that we become fractured, as it’s an open door invite to them. These cretins know, when Celtic are united, none of them can touch us …way too powerful! Let’s all get back to having the same goals. Remember, if Neil achieves, we all win .👍
Now, can we please have a couple of experienced defenders? Surely you know it makes sense.
Bobby, if I remember correctly, DC Robertson got a promotion after this debacle, even although it was already ‘out there’ his role in this omnishambles. Including his perchance for a Rangers* song during his interviews. As JJ mentioned often he was just an ordinary policeman with no expertise to be investigating ‘high finance’ and corruption. It would appear the fiscal service were equally inept.
Oh to be a ‘brother’! Sickening.
I think he got a couple,mate. He’s a DCI now.
Morning Jim, I hope you’re well this morning! My understanding was that Robertson was promoted to the case as it was during the unification of Scotland’s Police Forces. He was promoted to rank of Detective Inspector from Detective Constable. He had NO experience in financial crime but, according to reports I’ve read (mostly from JJ and Phil, take from it what you will) his own actions were of a bull in a china shop with no experience to source the correct evidence, hence the cases against the Police and Lord Advocate.Public-funded trips to South Africa and USA to assemble a case, as well as false arrests and illegal detainment and illegal seizure of protected client/professional documents have all amounted to an incredible waste of public funds and the prospect now of payouts of an alleged £100 million in costs and compensation!
Heads will roll, but as Bobby says it will be into a silk-lined retirement basket!!!
Everyone away reading their Celtic history books?
Our postponed fixture away to Saint Mirren has been rescheduled for Wednesday 16th September 19.45 ko.
Garry, i think that suits us fine. Any word on Shane Duffy yet?
Yes Jim, glad we are playing the Saint Mirren game in a fortnight. Stops us falling behind on fixtures played. We just need to win in Paisley.
Not heard anything about Shane Duffy this morning. Think he will be announced later. 🤞
Radiohead – I might be wrong
Radiohead(Live) – Paranoid Android
Any good left backs called Phelps, around?
Be good to announce Duffy & Phelps on the same day 😜
It’s also good that Shane has the chance of playing two matches for Ireland in the next few days. Get him fit for the game against Ross County.
I seen a list of all the fouls and cards in the Premiership somewhere yesterday. i’m sure Ross County have the worst record of fouls committed. Watch out Frimpong!
Always mind years ago, my big bear pal said “Why don’t you sign Davie Weir?” When I asked why, he said ” Cause you can have a backline of Weir , Tebily, Scheidt” 😂
B.A.D. LOL 🙂
St Mirren away rescheduled 16th September
Ross County v Celtic, Sept 12, KO 3pm PPV is £15 and accessible via the link below https://ppv.rosscountyfootballclub.co.uk
I’d seriously consider giving Beram Kayak a 12 month contract ..PAYP? He’s a free agent after leaving Brighton. Still don’t feel we have enough ball winners. Boring myself repeating this every year.
Beram Kayak!? Aye him, or Unwankwo Kanu! 😜
Puff Puff, not in Glasgow, brought up in Falkirk, live in Stenhousemuir now. What went wrong😯.
Area is nice though mostly elderly neighbours (listen to me I’m 60 and got two guys must be in their 70s doing my garden)😕
Watched the full 2 hour Radiohead TRNSMT concert on Saturday on YouTube. From 2017, amazing concert. My son’s first time seeing Radiohead live. His favourite ever gig. Up there as mine too. My favourite band currently on the go. 👍
New single by Cheshire’s finest Doves.
Great comeback album in 2020.
The fact that KT has turned what could have been career ending travesty into triumph says all about this bhoys mental fortitude.
I had been saying for one and a half seasons that the brilliant young defender who had energized our team and support had disappeared.
The squash buckling full back who tackled tenaciously and created havoc with his running and brilliant crossing had been replaced by a guy who often looked uncertain and merely passed ball backwards to where it came.
On another blog i was told i talked crap and the old where’s you coaching badges nonsense was used to bolster their unwillingness to see what was happening before their eyes.
Having no insight into what was going on behind the scenes i blamed BR for taking the positives out of Kierans game to fit with his possession above all mantra.
When Neil arrived Kieran continued in the same vein and i put it down to him just continuing with the instructions of BR as Neil just let the players get on with it.
Knowing the truth now of the circumstances behind his struggles how anyone can say we are a well run club beggars belief.
Due to the PLC’s unquenchable thirst for profit a replacement was never sought and a young man’s career was almost ended.
We will face either Riga or Tre Fiori away ties to take place on 24th September
Garry, right up there with the very best music has to offer. Their concert in the green (smoke filled tent) gave me my greatest green high! Btw, I have seen my fair share of bands, but they remain the best I’ve ever heard live.
Going to a great JD night in Jan, with Hooky & the boys ..can’t wait!
Kayak? Naw,that ship has sailed.
Will probably be Riga.
We should be beating teams from Latvia.
Bobby, I was aw chuffed with my Kanu joke.. I forgive everyone for missing it! 😜
Superb summation of events. We played Russian Roulette with a young lad’s career.
Two very good examples from differing perspectives why Scottish Football is so backward, the issue is, as Fan-a-tic was commenting yesterday, it’s habitual, part of the psyche and culture.
We really need positive, forward thinking leaders to step up, yet where do we find them and how do we remove the dross entrenched in every nook and cranny of the Scottish game?
It’s football people outside Scotland and Scottish leaders outside football that we need to make the change – the establishment won’t let it happen.
…so it’s probadly off to Riga then, an eminently winnable game. If we stop flaffing about and start taking our football team seriously this banana skin is a golden opportunity to get back on the right track.
If Kieran needed time out did we not still have Emillio to cover for him? I know he was not as good as Kieran but when you think about it he was a step up from our current left backs.
As was I,hence my response. Might have worked better if I’d put your name at the top of it.
Media outlets reporting that Shane Duffy will undergo a medical today prior to joining Celtic on a season long loan. It is also being reported that Celtic will pick up the tab for the majority of Duffy’s £40k p/w wage package as well as paying Brighton a loan fee of £1.5million! Perhaps Pistol Pete does blink . If true could it be that maybe DD has had a word or 2 in his ear given his, DD’s fondness of Irish Internationals at Celtic ala Robbie & Roy Keane?
I spent two weeks in Riga a few years ago.
They are quite a tall race, fairly restrained but friendly enough.
Went to a nightclub and was greeted by a line of Amazonian type women at the bar all facing the dance floor.My Latvian friend said they were looking for rich husbands.
The food was pretty good.
Was surprised at how many sushi restaurants there where.
It’s just across the water Sweden who have a large financial interest and influence there.
The architecture is quite mixed as the people have been ruled by Germans and Russians.
The Latvians tend to dislike the Russian inhabitants blaming them for economic woes while the Russians say the decline is due to to the fall of the soviet union as the Latvians couldn’t run a raffle.
There is an beautiful Egyptian style synagogue a few doors down from a Catholic church.
The EU paid to restore it.
The Rabbi told me the Nazi’s were about to burn it down but the local priest persuaded the Catholic German commander not to.
He said it was unclear if an act of religious kinship or fear the fire would have spread and taken the church with.
He is friends with the priest and they endlessly debate this.
The Jewish ghetto has parts still remaining though Latvians refuse to acknowledge any part in the holocaust.
I had heard of the Rumbula forrest monument just outside Riga but was not easy to find as the Latvians denied it’s existence. Finally found it and the monument with burial mounds is poignant and sobering.
Fan a Tic
Thanks for that. Very interesting read. 👍
Nightmare scenario, due to go to Algarve on Thursday, looks like Portugal going back on the list Thursday afternoon is usually the List Update…..can’t cancel flights as we will get nothing back,trying to ask Jet2 for a voucher refund, in lieu of not travelling and adding to the chaos of coming home,and complying with government guidelines, anyone had similar recently?
Has anyone ever seen Fan and Gloria Hunniford in the same room at the same time? 🙂 🙂 🙂
The discussion wasnt about KT of Arsenal but what we have learned about KT of Celtic and what that reveals about the Celtic we continue to support without question as long as we are winning.
I would call the treatment of KT by Celtic as unprofessional but in a way that is a consequence of the pressure we supporters put on the club and they in turn are guided by the environment that Celtic have to operate in.
I’m now calling that The Cuckoos Nest and it is high time Celtic become the club that flies over it or tackles Ratchet before we suffer the same treatment as McMurphy did.