Dont Look Back In Anger – The 2020 Review
Firstly,on behalf of MAHE and myself,SENTINEL CELTS wishes you all A HAPPY HOOOOOOOOPY NEW YEAR-with the profound hope that the happiness is even greater tomorrow afternoon!
It has truly been a dreadful year for us all,and sadly that has been even more true for so many of us as loved ones have passed away,too often without as much as a tearful goodbye and thank you. I think that had we known what the year had in store for us-2020 hindsight,if you will-we would have stayed in bed a year ago. We can only hope that 2021 is an improvement,which is hardly a high bar to set.
In fact,to need only be better than its predecessor,2021 probably has an easier job than the next US President!
But enough of the politics,as no-one ever listens to me anyway-which explains why we have the current lot as leaders. I think it’s fair to say that no-one ever listens to me at Celtic Park either,but then,as an ordinary lifelong Celtic supporter like the rest of us,’twas ever thus. It is difficult to argue that we have had a fantastic run of success in the decade just gone,but many of us have also warned even as it happened that we were squandering our years of domination,squandering our chance to make ourselves a fixture in European football,squandering our chance to effect changes in the Scottish game which have been long overdue.
But then,at least we can say hand on heart that our leaders are not hypocrites. After all,they could hardly demand better governance of the Scottish game while they presided over a Plc which thumbed its nose at the very thought. And led some fans in particular down a wearisome and expensive railway siding while getting the SFA to finally do its dirty work for them.
But enough of the gloom,let’s dwell on the positives eh? We completed a remarkable fourth successive treble,a clean sweep of the three major domestic trophies. To put this into perspective a little,we had only ever won three in total before this run began,led by our best coach,tactician and man-manager since the legendary Jock Stein who supplied the first two. It is no coincidence that most people old enough to remember Jock would also have our other treble-winning manager,Martin O’Neill,completing the podium in our list of great managers-though not necessarily in that order! That accomplishment should,on the face of it,be quite sufficient to put a smile on the face of many of us as we reflect on the year just gone,but the sad truth is that it was concluded in a quite unsatisfactory manner on the day.and at a very bad time for the club on and off the park.
But I did mention the positives,and we have to focus on them for a bit. There was enough doom and gloom last year,so we can be grateful for the recent emergence in particular of Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull. Now,I’ll be honest with you-when Soro signed I had to google him! And there was damn little information available either. But from the info available,he was clearly hoped for as the successor to Broonie as he wound down his time at the club. Obviously it isn’t easy to replace a legend,even when that legend is more of an aging warrior,but it is well-nigh impossible when you don’t even get the chance! But he has been given that chance now,and he has grabbed it warmly by the throat and with both hands,and he doesn’t look like letting go either. Credit where it is due to Neil Lennonfor playing him and keeping him there,and to PL for sourcing him.
This lad throttles the opposition should they venture near him,and can spread the play about. Shields the defence and feeds the forwards. In fact,I can give him no higher praise than to say that he reminds me of someone who signed for us twenty years ago,and while old favourite Sami might have had his own shampoo advert,this guy could be the poster bhoy for Ultra-Brite!
David Turnbull is a different type of midfielder though-and the type to bring back memories of some true greats of our past who played in similar roles. I won’t burden him with comparisons,but I think you will guess! This young fella can tackle,run,dribble,pass and shoot. Hell,he even takes a decent dead ball! More to the point,his willingness to do so plus his availability to receive a pass makes life so much more fun for our other attack-minded players,gives them the confidence themselves to give or receive. He might not get the Ultra-Brite gig,but if I was his agent I’d be contacting Duracell!
So are these two bright young things-only 22 and 21 respectively-enough to make me forget about a crappy year? Hell.no! But some might say that they definitely maybe part of the masterplan for a brighter future. And with that thought,I’ll raise a glass to you all for being here with us as we venture into a brighter future.
Twenty twenty was testing for many, but it didn’t throw my life that much out of kilter, and although overall it gave the blogger more than enough to write about, the long spell without games brought it’s own special challenge to football sites.
The fact the globes major talking point is a very divisive subject we have tended to stay away from, just made life even more difficult.
Still, we got there and in our own style.
The year’s first big challenge was facing the possible fact the Celtic facing online community could lose some of it’s precious characters through this virus. Many of us have moved from a name on a screen to actual friendships through the blogs, meaning departures hit harder than usual.
I thank my lucky stars we have not experienced that grim reality, our fears were just that so far and long may it continue.
Then came the event that probably did have the biggest impact of my year.
George Floyds death was the straw that broke the camels back, and spawned its own movement that many were just waiting for.
Black Lives Matters first priority was to remove racisms defenders and enablers starting at the very top.
They faced unprecedented opposition by way of a record number of votes against their chosen duo, but overcame it.
Hurdle one cleared, hurdle two is ensuring their champions bring real and meaningful change.
A slogan to stand behind, conviction, and each other, got the job done.
There’s a lesson there Celtic fans.
I’m delighted this family went out and stood up for BLM and justice.
Rest in Peace George Floyd. I think you would be happy with what you sparked.
Footballing wise to witness a quadruple treble is territory I never thought we would find ourselves in, but it’s through no fault of our own we took twelve in a row.
The fans standing by their club and fully subscribing for the VST’s show just how much they love their club, and if anything helps me commit to fighting for a healthier club that will not only listen to them, but be proud of them also.
This coming year could be monumental for our club, change is heavily desired and if it’s not forthcoming perhaps the fanbase will start taking steps to push it through.
There is a real chance 2021 season ticket sales could collapse through disgust and mistrust, which makes current events compulsory viewing as they will form the basis of that decision.
It’s notable the number of scandals engulfing the national sport have dramatically decreased since the odious Traynor left the scene, something I long suspected.
Regarding the website it’s clear a community is emerging, not just a collection of voices, and that’s something we can all take some pride in as it took us all to achieve it. This week has seen four different authors, maybe unique in Celtic cyberspace, but the ultimate aim of a different author every day of the week remains.
A blog is only as good as it’s posters though, and without your support we wouldn’t be here, thanks all from both of us.
May the new year bring you better times than the last.
I’m proud to be among you.
Brilliant article, Mahe.
Thanks to you and Bobby Murdoch’s Curled Up Winklepickers for bringing us this site.
A good new year to everyone and here’s to a year which sees people more able to realise what really matters.
a happy and prosperous new year to all sentinel celts from myself and wee joan 👍
We have caught up with you ,for awhile you were a year ahead of us That was very well written ,a lot to ponder and great points. Iwill be brief and just say what I like about this blog, the posters are great , but the Hosts have an open mind to whoever wants to post ,and we can pour our Heart out without worrying about being hobbled for a differing opinion
And a Happy New Year, like we all deserve
Good morning/evening all a Happy New Year to all,hope the heads are not to sore this morning 🍸🍸🍺🥳🥳
Happy New Year to everyone on Sentinelcelts.
A wee special Happy New Year to Big Packy, Joan and the dugs! 🙂
HAPPY NEW YEAR JIM,, aff oot dug walking, catch u later.H.H.
Happy New Year folks
Happy New Year Senga, have a good one!
You too Jim x
Quiet & peaceful around Paradise this morning.
A serene scene.
Sentinel Celts trying to protect our little corner of the internet:) https://youtu.be/RCrS1EVxwMM
Happy New Year to all on Sentinelcelts and to almost everyone at Celtic F C
Happy New Year to all involved in producing Sentinel Celts. It’s a superb blog.
Happy New Year to you all and here’s hoping things are considerably better for everyone except William. We’re coming for you.
Health, happiness, get togethers and new memories. Happy New year to all
Over the decades, I’ve never been confident about our New Year visit to Ipox every two years, save when BR was here. Our record is very poor. Since I started going to matches in the mid 60s, I’m sure we’ve won this fixture only 3 or 4 times.
This is why I won’t be too disappointed if we play well and get a draw. If we lose, the ba’s up the slates, and the rest of the season will be torture.
So history is against us tomorrow, but if we can win against the odds, the wheels will loosen on their bandwagon, and the season could end with what would be the most satisfying win of the ten.
Walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone.
Wakens up to a covering of snow outside and thanks the Lord that the new thermostat for my heating arrived yesterday! A month without heating,and now I feel like I’ve won the lottery!!! So Happy New Year to all,may it be all that you want it to be.
Over the last thirty or so years,I’ve spent about two dozen of them away from home,so this one is nothing new. What IS new is being officially exiled,as in not even being allowed back into my own country! So hardly the best of starts…
I think the best thing is the simple one-for Celtic to put the smile back on my face,starting tomorrow. Make 2020 nothing more than a memory,and one that I’d rather not revisit thank you very much.
I had a quick glance at the fixtures post-74 and four or five might be on the optimistic side! So…
See video clip above!!!
Happy New Year everyone! Not massively confident for tomorrow but Neil does have history for an unexpected new year bigot dome victory. Who might step forward to follow sammi tomorrow?
Happy New Year to all on Sentinel Celts. Hopefully 2021 will bring us all much needed opTIMism and joy, especially tomorrow!
Thank you to BMCUWP and Mahe for providing an alternative to the Celtic View propaganda – very much needed and welcome in this fake news era.
Stay safe and healthy everyone.
And bring back, oh bring back the wee arrow to the top please 😉😊
I know the one you mean,a genuine boon on an iPhone! Unfortunately it seems to be a WordPress add-on which they have removed. You should be able to flick to the top of the page by touching the top of the page-though sometimes mine takes me into Settings when I do that.
The goal by Soro is a huge tactical bonus.
With he and Turnbull showing shooting prowess it means teams can’t sit comfortably in last third and wait for our floaty shite crosses.
Bringing back Brown for either of those would reduce our potency.
If the coach thinks it necessary to bring back Brown against referee sanctioned hun thuggery it has to be in a proper set up.
He could form a defensive shield with Soro so either McGregor or Christie should drop out.
Christie for me as he is not positionally disciplined enough when it’s a tactical game and gives away too many needless fouls that Madden will need no coercing to award.
McGregor could then play higher upfield but if he fails to take responsibility and keeps slowing us down i would replace with Mo.
Must be a game with Sevco soon? I see the SMSM have half the Celtic squad linked to moves away in Jan, RC to the Gunners and Ollie to WBA the latest for example. A new year but in Alba it is good to see old traditions such as the MSM trying to unsettle the Celtic team just before a game with Sevco remains a constant.
Happy new year to all on sentinel celts. It’s nice to have somewhere to sound off, especially this season.
Although I see where you are coming from there should be no place in the team for Brown tomorrow. I appreciate he brings leadership but we have won four on the bounce, albeit against lesser opposition. All things must come to an end and we need to learn to cope without Scott Brown.
Finally I am just back from a walk along the beach with Mr ATOB and the dog. Too many hun hats to count and a huge FTP graffiti on the road sign at the roundabout. That’s alongside the jock stein slurs and Kill All Taigs shit that is everywhere we look in north Ayrshire just now. Thanks Peter. That’s what happens when you let a supremacist club get back on top. You must be so proud. 🤬🤬🤬
A very happy and prosperous NY to all in SC,
from a long time and avid viewer of this great blog.
Just like to give a big 👍 👍 👍 to Garry for a NY present in introducing me to Gerry Cinnamon…. He’s a belter!!!
Welcome aboard and HNY to you too. Now that you’ve broken your duck,fire in!
Is there any truth in the rumour that you only walk on the beach because walking on the pavement is too dangerous? All the slabs uneven from where huns have been crawling out?
FRODSHAM BHOY, hope you were not standing outside the bears paw last night, it was closed😎😎 I kid you not folks this pub in frodsham people used to stand outside and drink ,especially at weekends and in the festive season,,you knew if you wanted a table at the bears paw you would get one, everybody was outside drinking,.another true story.
On current form,there is no place for Broonie. On the horses for courses adage,a case could possibly be made. In which case,as you say,he has to be as an addition to,not a replacement for,Soro-perhaps in a marking role.
I think too that we need Ajer at right back,which could be a problem for us at CB. Add CalMac and DT,that means no room for Frimpers with two up front.
Hmmm,I suspect not everyone will be happy with the selection tomorrow.
Will do, TVM.
Going by your past comments, I sure we both used to frequent the same great pub in North London…..
The Doric Arch.
Spent far too many hours in there due to train delays, or that’s what I told my wife 🤫
Happy New Year everyone Lang may yer lum reek ! HH 🍀
That’s the pub where I meet my nephew every time! First time,I told him to stand outside Hills,call me and wait for me because it isn’t easy to find if you don’t know where it is. No sign of him,went in for a pint.When he was fifteen minutes late,I called him.
Where are you? Dunno,looking for this pub! So I went down Eversholt St and found him!!
After that,it is usually Camden,Worlds End whatever,via a restaurant-but sometimes The Somers Town Coffee House. Last time,I spoiled him with a visit to The Cock Tavern! Have to say he wasn’t terribly impressed-the music stopped when we walked in!-but when he discovered it was £3.70 for a pint of Guinness he decided it would be rude to leave…
God knows when I’ll meet him next.
Naps table updated for The New Year…
Table after 26/12
RayMac £19.33. (5.73)
The Real McCoy £8.00. (12.94)
Cosy Corner B £6.50 (0)
Celtic Champs £1.00 (5.41)
Craig 76 £0.70(6.06)
Vogue Punter -£2.10. ( 8.48)
Big Packy -4.76 (0.78)
Leftclicktic -£11.38. (14.34)
Bada -£12.67. (6.26)
Jim the Tim -£11.58. ( 4.72)
Mahe -14.10. (9.01)
Calton Tongues -£9.50. (8.95)#
BMCUW -£10.82 ( 11.38)
Jimmy NP -£16.25. (4.83)
Gordon -£18.10. ( 5.30)
Valleybhoy -£18.67. ( 18.46)
Chalmersbhoy -£19.00. (6.48)
Garry -£20.12. ( 9.88)
Twisty -£26.00. ( 11.6)
Big Railroad B. -£26.00. ( 7.65)
AS67 -£26.00. ( 4.66)
Mea Culpa -£26.00. ( 0.63)
Another winner like last week’s stoatir from THEREALMcCOY at 11/1 and we will have a new leader!
So no pressure…
It was 1965 my uncle bill had moved down to liverpool with his job, he was sat drinking in the pub one night, the guy sitting next to him had a lovely irish brogue, my uncle bill being a mad tim and celtic supporter, introduced himself i was born in glenboig in scotland, how about you, i was born in kilwinning in ayrshire the guy said, my uncle bill nearly fell off his chair😎 turns out the guys name was pat caroll and he moved over to ireland when he was about 2 years old, but still carried the address and an old photo of the house in his jacket ,the two of them became the best of friends, bill said to him next time im going up home you can come up with me and stay at my sisters, thats my mum BTW, and ill intruduce you to my brother packy another mad tim 😎 well they did come up, now this must have been 50 years ago because i was only about 17, he stayed with us in glenboig for a week, and my uncle packy and uncle bill took him to kilwinning to the house he was born in ,apparently he filled up,.when i moved down to liverpool.i used to see him regularly, always bought me a pint, you will never have to buy a pint while im still around he used to say ,listen your mother put me up for a week, fed me washed my clothes and never asked for a penny,,ill always rememeber that,,sadly pat ,my uncle bill and uncle packy are no longer with us, but you bet they will be watching tomorrow from up there.H.H,.PS. yes its 100% true.
ATOB and BMCUWP
I am not advocating playing Brown .
But our coach puts more stock in personnel than systems and tactics so will probably bring him back.
Afternoon all, Happy new Year, hope the steak pies have been suitably demolished, and not too much alcohol has been squandered. Here’s hoping for a good game tomorrow with the perfect outcome, to raise our spirits and demolish theirs.
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Just watched Neil Lennon on SSN there. According to him we’ve just had a few bad results and there’s been a lot of hysteria around. Silly me. There was me thinking we’ve been shite all season, got a defence that couldn’t keep weans oot a close and had more formations than a marching band. Honestly, no wonder we are going backwards so quickly. No one in the higher echelons at the club thinks anything is wrong. What a shit show.
Sorry. I should have known a wise man like you would not be advocating playing Brown.
Packy, lovely story pal.
JIM, thanks for that ,it was true BTW, hope you are having a good day👍
Trust me,neither am I!
Anybody else having steak pie for new year’s day dinner or is it still left over turkey for some 🥧🥧🍗🍗
I think he might have moved away from Kilwinning before my Dad arrived,from the sound of it. There’s still a few Irish lads in town-one of them,Tommy Wright,you’d think he had just stepped off the boat at Ardrossan to listen to him,but he has lived there for about sixty years!
Smashing fella still,and always was. A bit like Pat,from the sound of it.
The problem with burying your head in the sand is that it invites everyone to boot you in the arse. I really hope that the team has turned the corner and that we get a win tomorrow and so until the end of the season,but unless and until people there face up to and deal with the problem,we cannot progress.
BOBBY, yes kilwinning must have an irish connection somewhere.👍
Don’t f…..g mention steak pie at New Year! I deliberately haven’t asked my family and they’ve deliberately not told me. For obvious reasons.
Happy New Year Celts! Not long up after a most enjoyable pre and post Bells celebration… hoping for a more sociable ’21 than the 12 months just gone.
Craig 76, I couldn’t get puff pastry anywhere yesterday so had to make my own from scratch. It looks like a lot and tbh if it rises as it should I think it’ll be forcing the oven door aff!😳 Just about to start making a vegan version for my daughter and God knows how that’ll turn out!!
EmergencyChineseCerryOot CSC!! 🤣🤣🤣
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=euql6k2Vo34 Jools Holland & Jose Felliciano-Happy New Year
C76 Steak Pie with a glass of Malbec 👍