Finally

t’s only really now from today onward that the season has finally and firmly begun in earnest for many a player and manager.
That window tends to distract the unfocused, uncertainty hovers over every club until the official slamming shut, and today while we will be happy with our business there’s fans out there will be crying into their cornflakes this morning having lost their star for less than what the support deem acceptable.
Commiserations.

 

Although the wished for left sided centre back never arrived we did manage to bag ourselves a player that looks a bit of a coup on paper to be honest.
Diego Laxalt will take over the left flank and replace Greg Taylor no doubt, and I think its fair to say we have got ourselves and upgrade here folks.
The chap certainly wanted to come, always a bonus, plus he was a closet admirer who woulda thunk it.
Lenny will be delighted with this upgrade and soon there’s a good chance we will also.

 

Fiinally here we are, playing pool assembled (easily the best squad in the land) and now begins the task of getting the best from the options available, exactly what the gaffer gets the big bucks for.

 

Finally we have replaced KT, if only for a season but I don’t think anyone would mind if it helped deliver the big prize.
This should also allow us to vary play on that wing, perhaps begin swinging it in, something that we seem to have moved away from.
A dangerous left winger may also become double teamed just as we are seeing happen to young Jeremy on the other wing, and the gaps that double press leaves can be exploited by a tuned in team.

 

Finally we know for certain Odsonne will be with us to spearhead this campaign, something I didn’t think would happen myself so I will give a hat tip to the PLC for strongly resisting the temptation to cash in in order to achieve a bigger goal.
In doing so they gain a little respect.
It’s now up to our main man to motivate himself, and ideally fighting for his position will bring out his best side.

 

Finally ‘our talisman’ or perhaps ‘our lucky charm’ Leigh Griffiths in back in the Hoops with a wee spring in the step, hopefully desperate to bring unprecedented success to the club and more importantly the fanbase that has accepted he is a flawed character, but he’s our flawed character with one hell of a knack for finding the goal just when we need it.
Having the Griff motivated a during would be fantastic, and a success story considering many though his last transgression the last.
This excites me no end.

 

Finally we see a transfer strategy that has deviated from the plan to reflect the reality of the situation, that we need ready made players for the here and now, not more punts that one in five could be said to succeed. Our signings have been excellent, the correct age group, most from bigger leagues which intrigues, and some of the correct resume, stature amd character to have a positive hopefully inspirational impact upon the dressing room.
Again hat tip to the PLC.

 

Finally, we are in the position to go on and find some form now to match the points. I know this has been vexing the support bigtime but a team in transition needs to get to know the sum of its parts ie each others strengths and weaknesses before it can truly gel. I could write an article about how we shouldn’t have faced such changes this year but we are where we are and as such must deal with the reality of the situation.
Putting yourself in Lennys shoes he clearly wanted a new left back with more to his game than Greg but has only just got him, only now can begin the training ground routines which will result in goals later in the season.
Plus now he knows Odsonne is staying for sure, making him one half of a partnership like last season will be very tempting.
Now the departures and arrivals have ceased a settled starting eleven should emerge with specialist subs ie closers such as Sorro and Nir plus goal getters like Leigh and Patrik, maybe even Tam Rogic.

 

Finally, the team have the chance to show me, you, and the world exactly what they are about with the upcoming derby game and lay down a marker. As a support we are hugely varied in our opinions on the team right now with no one camp able to claim success.
The fact we collect the points keeps the glass half full folk going but each discounted performance leaves the glass half empty Tims with more angst and ammunition.
This derby game offers the chance to firmly nail colours to the mast for we all know we wont be considered truly tested until we face them. This despite dispatching two Euro teams that had many worried and a Hibs team that showed its a good outfit by winning against at the weekend, helped by future Celt Nisbet.
A scrappy draw would be the spoiler though, continuing this purgatory of not knowing what type of team we have under the hood, fearing when the question gets asked we get an answer we don’t want.
The current anxiety levels surrounding the footballing department may be considered irrational by some as we are delivering on paper, but with one big statement win we could replace that anxiety with ecstasy, taking the momentum in this historic title race.
It’s an opportunity we should take advantage of.

 

Finally, enjoy the rest of your day. By Mahe.
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jimthetim53

Anyways, back to the football. Will you be watching the Scotland games?

big packy

JIM get mcaff to clean them, he must be a be a better venetian blind cleaner than he is a floor layer.😎😎

bada bing1

6pm pub closing restriction a possibility from Friday…

big packy

JIM, remember them stickers from years ago, im a proud scot from coatbridge, thats me😎

A thing of beauty

Celtic Champs elect 1142
Most professional footballers are two footed and can use both left and right in fact Jullien is better with his left foot than his right

Suggesting a left footed centre back is absolutely outrageous considering the window we have

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C’mon CCE
That is palpable nonsense you have posted there. Lubo Moravcik is the only two footed player I have seen in my time watching Celtic. Nearly every player has a favoured foot and others use their weaker foot solely to stand on. Yes they may be able to pass the ball a short distance but tackling, shooting, crossing will all mostly be done with their dominant foot.
In fact if you were as two footed as you say you were I am astounded you never played at Barcelona. Maybe they never offered Linlithgow Rose enough money. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Kris Ajer is a decent player being asked to play on the wrong side. I don’t think I have ever seen him make a tackle with his left foot. He cannot pass the ball more than ten yards at the correct weight with his left and is always turning a full circle with the ball on the outside of his right foot. That’s not the sign of a two footed player to me.
Where I will agree with you is that Julienne can and does pass with his left foot and seems more competent at this than Ajer. I feel as a 7.5m signing we don’t play him left side because it would cause him to look a lesser player and therefore not ripe for selling on in a couple of years.
I said earlier I think we did well in the window but surely you can see the benefit of a proper, experienced, left sided centre half.

Mahe

Howdy folks and hope all are well.
Thanks for all the replies.
Hail Hail

jimthetim53

Wouldn’t surprise me Mahe, N.S. is no lover of football.

jimthetim53

Mahe?

rebus67

ATOB,

In my brief time in professional football, we trained with a football boot on our “bad” foot, and a sandshoe on our natural foot. The intent was to make us all two footed. Did it work? Nope!

The performance of your “bad” foot improved when you used it, but you always favoured your natural foot.

That’s a true story!

Rebus

Mahe

Putting little one down. Back later.
Hail Hail

jimthetim53

Albion 1 Ayr 0 Yesss!

Big Audio Dynamite

To add Laxalt to our EL squad he would need to replace someone …i thought he might replace Forrest but not sure you can do that …so, maybe Connell?

Craig 76

JTT53
It’s 3-2 to ayr now at half time

jimthetim53

Craig, Annan Ath. (4th tier) 3 Hamilton Accies 0

Hamilton missing their plastic pitch!

Big Audio Dynamite
jimthetim53

Craig, OOps, Just checked, Annan have a plastic pitch too πŸ™‚ So no excuses Hamilton.

Craig 76

Jim so Hamilton are just pish then πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

big packy

dont call annan athletic, i used to do a two hour drive up there on a saturday morning just to get some skwerr sausage, pies and bridies,and a proper fish supper from the italian chippy there,, happy daysπŸ‘

Sol Kitts

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs CCB 🍾🍾. Mrs Kitts and I will pop in to see you next time we’re up in Ayrshire. If wee Nippy Sturgeon lets us, of course 😎😎

Sol Kitts

Big Packy
I forgot to tell you yesterday, don’t go to Annan, it’s shut. 😎😎

big packy

SOL, ill take a chance😍😍

jimthetim53

Sol Kitts & Packy, have you ever been to The Windmill in London?

big packy

JIM no??

Mahe

Hoopy anniversary CCB and your better half.
May there be many more.
The key to a happy marriage is,,?

Craig 76

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Sol Kitts

Jim
Only windmill I’ve been to was the Moulin Rouge, but that’s another true story for another day 😎😎

jimthetim53

I Can Can believe that πŸ™‚

big packy

CRAIG76, cheers buddy will have a look.πŸ‘

Sol Kitts

Jim
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big packy

SOL, are you sure thats a true story😍😍

Chairbhoy

jimthetim53,

“Sol Kitts & Packy, have you ever been to The Windmill in London?”

Oh Aye!!

It had a great Celtic pub across the road. The Lyric (after the theatre next to the Windmill), run by a big man from Cork.

Watched many of the great MO’N games in there…

My favourite title in recent memory – 2K – was watched in there, every ounce of Champagne devoured…

Great memories…

Hail Hail

Mahe

Chairbhoy,
“We must now become better than the some of our parts and quickly.

It was a situation I feared, this policy of being just better than Rangers, comforted by the β€œfact” we can out muscle an improving Rangers financially at any time, was flawed in my book”

I’m not sure the first part is true, merely becoming the sum of our parts should be enough if we are essentially still neck and neck after a quarter without hitting stride.
I don’t know or read enough of our rivals to know if they are also in first gear, have found second gear, or are considered to be performing at a maximum level, perhaps you could help there?

On the second part, if you put aside any rights and wrongs, and your job is to fashion a rivalry with a team you could be much stronger than, then what we have seen in staying ahead but within touching distance of them makes perfect business sense.
But that’s business not football, for in business that 40m would be shared out as profit with a pat on back.
And the fans can’t be told directly your modus operandus.
So how do you sell it to the support?

We got a continuous barrage of soundbites that made many a head nod and say aye that makes sense at first but over time they just could not stand up to scrutiny.

Hard to get the players we want but strengthen in January.
January’s a hard market as no one will let them go but we will have a good summer.
That’s the market we shop in, very hit or miss.
Every penny goes back in.
Couldn’t afford Martin.
The Resolutioners are happy.
Never seen the 5 way.
Plus many more.

I wonder how many now would simply accept these soundbites, even if proven crap, to be part and parcel of Peters job, selling the club, league and Old Firm, trying to keep all the fans onside milking it to the maximum?
And how many think that’s not Celtic class?

Hail Hail

big packy

CHAIRBHOY, cheers for that, did i ever tell you i went to the windmill once once and it was closed😍😍

Sol Kitts

Big Packy
Mrs Kitts and I honeymooned in Paris, and our hotel was in the Montmarte area. Now, being a quiet retiring soul from a wee Ayrshire hamlet, I was keen to see all the sights of the big bohemian city. Well, I saw some sights at the Moulin Rouge, but Mrs Kitts kept me well under control until she decided to go into a wee shop for some Moulin Rouge souvenirs, and very quickly realised just what was on sale. Red faced hasty retreat, with me laughing my wee socks off. She’d no idea that not all rabbits have big ears πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜±
Another true story.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

SOLKITTS

I used to wind a couple of friends up about theirs. The only ones in existence that were mains-powered,and when they were,erm,plugged in,the street lights dimmed!

Mahe

Jim, I thought it best to delete that rumour, interesting as it is.
Hail Hail

Sol Kitts

BMCUWP
Sudden flashback to your 21st birthday πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜Ž

jimthetim53

Mahe, I guessed that.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

SOLKITTS

Aye,indeed. And that was some day.

Chairbhoy

big packy @ 9:34 pm

…”cheers for that, did i ever tell you i went to the windmill once once and it was closed

Big, you need to flash your wad;))

They don’t call you Packy for nuthin’

Hail Hail

Mahe

RIP Eddie Van Halen

big packy

CHAIRBHOY,😍

big packy

SOL, brilliant😍

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Mahe
Mahe

Jim, this would tie into that rumour

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MAHE

Bloody hell! That’s all we need. Looks like Griff and Paddy up front for a while then.

jimthetim53

I was on the wrong track Mahe. Thought it was a political decision you were hinting at.