Dont Look Back In Anger – The 2020 Review

Morning,all.

 

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.
Stay safe.
Mahe.

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McCaff
January 1, 2021 3:56 pm

Bobby, I make the steak with Madeira wine and malt whisky gravy. Just saying….🤣

craig76
January 1, 2021 3:58 pm

Sorry Bobby
McCaff the mrs made it in slow cooker last night, just about to put the pastry on and stick it in oven

McCaff
January 1, 2021 4:01 pm

Bobby, get yersel up here there’s loads to go round… probably end up throwing some of it out tomorrow…🤗

jimthetim53
January 1, 2021 4:02 pm

Packy, Bobby, Talking about Kilwinning. Did you know, probably the most famous and highest respected classical music composers in the world today, is a very devout Catholic born in Kilwinning, moved to Cumnock. ?

fan-a-tic
January 1, 2021 4:05 pm

McCaff
You should take advice from Puff-Puff.

CaltonTongues
January 1, 2021 4:06 pm

Steak Pie is it?

https://postimg.cc/mt4LfZGC

HH 😁

Bada Bing
January 1, 2021 4:06 pm

I tipped Broonie to start in the League Cup final, to the angst of many on here,and he will start tomorrow.

CaltonTongues
January 1, 2021 4:08 pm

bada bing1,

I agree. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t start.

HH

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 1, 2021 4:09 pm

BIGPACKY

Aye,James McMillan. Buckreddan Hospital probably,same as my parents and sisters.Very outspoken about sectarian at times,IIRC.

Oops,should have been to JIMTHETIM53.

big packy
January 1, 2021 4:11 pm

JIM is it james mcmillan just stole it from bobbys post😍😍

jimthetim53
January 1, 2021 4:12 pm

Bobby, correct. I watched him conduct one of his compositions in the Royal Concert Hall Glasgow. Sad to say I’m not a big fan. I’m stuck in a time zone with classical music. 19th century.

McCaff
January 1, 2021 4:12 pm

Fan…HaHaHa…that took a wee read back to Puff’ last few comments before the penny dropped!! Nice one 🤪🤣🤣🤣

big packy
January 1, 2021 4:17 pm

MCAFF, you supporting your fellow govanites tomorrow, wee joan just said if mcaff is supporting them im finished with him, sorry P what can i say.😍😍

Chalmersbhoy
January 1, 2021 4:33 pm

Predictor has been updated also fixtures list up early ccb😁
Once again a happy and peaceful new year to you all..

McCaff
January 1, 2021 4:40 pm

Big Jim Packy…tell Wee Joan she’s got absolutely nothing to worry aboot! Tell her I’ve returned my treasured John Greig ’72 top back to the bottom drawer and I’ve dusted doon my Fernie ’57 top.

Garry
January 1, 2021 4:43 pm

BP
The only Govan team that McCaff supports is the same as me. The team my father in law played for, Saint Anthony’s, who play in Green and White hooped shirts. 👍

McCaff
January 1, 2021 4:44 pm

Let’s get the tunes going…

big packy
January 1, 2021 4:44 pm

MCAFF, im not even that old i was only four in 57, jimthetim was fourteen,,but dont tell him i said that😍😍

McCaff
January 1, 2021 4:48 pm

Garry…correct!!
Big Jim Packy…Wee Joan told me your real age, I’ll no tell any of the guys on here but here’s a wee tune that you’ll remember from your youth…🤣🤣🤣

McCaff
January 1, 2021 4:48 pm

Auldheid-a-
January 1, 2021 4:48 pm

Mine is steak, potatoes and broccoli followed by salted caramel chocolate ganache and cream, washed down with a cool Chablis. There were langoustines as starters. They took a bit of time to half , clean and grill last night I ended up postponing the steak, all a Xmas pressie from one loving daughter.

Her youngest sister in NY provided a box of Spanish Chorizos and a jar of mountain honey a dish she introduced me to herself.
Amazebobs (to use her word) taste when you fry chorizo in olive oil and add a couple of spoonfuls of honey at the end and stir. Just like life sweet and salty.

My sis in law gave me a device for making churros that I’ll try out over a tapas weekend.
( And to think that mob in Twitter tell me to get a life)
. I tell my youngest lad that before we were sent down to Earth God said ” Auldheid, which life do you want?” presenting me with an array of choices..
” that one” I replied and I’m living it.
I went further to my lad.
God presented him with a choice of fathers from millions and said “Which one do you want?”
” That one” says my boy pointing at me.

My lad just nods and smiles. He knows.

McCaff
January 1, 2021 4:50 pm

Brilliant Auldheid…on lots of levels!

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 1, 2021 4:51 pm

AULDHEID

Leading question,disallowed!

Enjoy yer meal,I’ll try not to salivate too much.

McCaff
January 1, 2021 4:51 pm

Right I need to get crackin on this vegan pastry…wish me luck!
A wee tune to keep me going…

big packy
January 1, 2021 4:55 pm

GARRY is that a true story😍 twas on a dreary new years eve as the shades of light came down a lorry load of volunteers approached a border town there was men from dublin and from cork fermanagh and tyrone but the leader was a limerick man sean south of garryowen,H.H.

Awe Naw
January 1, 2021 4:59 pm

Happy new year to you and your families. Hope 2021 is good to you. Stay safe

McCaff
January 1, 2021 5:00 pm

Garry, I never went into the Ants’ ground but we used to peek thru the gate to watch the games on a Saturday afternoon. Currently they’re missing a trick, the Bens have recently startedup a youth section and it’s bringing a lot of cash in. The Ants would do well to tap into it and exploit the opportunities. There’s a lot of people in Govan would prefer to have their kids play for the Ants rather than the Bens!

big packy
January 1, 2021 5:01 pm

AWENAW, same to you and yours and tell your brother to get back on here,PDQ.H.H.

McCaff
January 1, 2021 5:01 pm

Happy New Year, Awe Naw…keep the tunes coming! All the best to you and yours.

McCaff
January 1, 2021 5:03 pm

For ASWGL…

big packy
January 1, 2021 5:03 pm

going oot dug walking catch u later👍

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 1, 2021 5:06 pm

AWENAW

Hope you and yours have a good ‘un,mate.

HH

McCaff
January 1, 2021 5:10 pm

Oor wee dug was up to 5am this morning! My youngest girl took her for a walk earlier on and the pooch was absolutely outraged that she was being forced oot!! Like a moody teenager 🤣🤣🤣

McCaff
January 1, 2021 5:11 pm

Here’s one of my favourite tunes of last year. By my indie pals Savage Mansion, about the Scots who went to fight the Fascists in Spain..

Noel Skytrot
January 1, 2021 5:20 pm

I won’t manage to post on here tomorrow due to work commitments so I would just like to say that we should remember those souls who sadly lost their lives at the Ibrox Disaster. I don’t like a certain element of the Rangers* support but those who passed need to be remembered. RIP to the 66

Garry
January 1, 2021 5:23 pm

McCaff
It is similar here in Clydebank. The Bankies are hoovering up all the local youth talent, leaving their ground share rivals behind. Clydebank weans prefer the percieved Tim team Clydebank, to the huns Yoker. Many play GAA now too, for the Glasgow Gaels GAA, Clydebank.

McCaff
January 1, 2021 5:28 pm

Garry,I like to see the kids involved in the local team. It’s good for the community as a whole. It can also be a trmendous source of income, and as most Junior teams have the facilities it helps to reduce costs for the Youth sides. It should be a win-win for everyone. My own wee team is very fortunate in that we have a great relationship with Renfrew Victoria, a youth football club of about 25 years in Renfrew. Big Stuart who runs it makes sure we get pitches and training facilities when we need them. Like me he just wants to see boys playing fitba!

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 1, 2021 5:28 pm

NOELSKYTROT

It won’t be part of the main article,but I have a suitable piece to c&p to remember the 66 who lost their lives.

My Dad and his friends were there-including the aforementioned Tommy Wright. They didn’t even know about it until they returned to Kilwinning.

McCaff
January 1, 2021 5:28 pm

Noel, good shout for tomorrow! HH

McCaff
January 1, 2021 5:31 pm

Garry, you’ll like this I think, it just came up on my sidebar..

Garry
January 1, 2021 5:33 pm

Noel
Can still remember as a 5 year old in Partick, the constant stream of Ambulances, Police Cars and Fire Engines, heading for the Clyde Tunnel. Seemed to go on all night, in both directions, with ambulances heading for Western Infirmary. Sad day in Glasgow.

Noel Skytrot
January 1, 2021 5:37 pm

McCaff, thats a good track from your friends remembering those who fought against Francoism and European fascism. I’m a tad obsessed with the Spanish Civil War and have visited a number of places where battles have taken place. My last holiday to Catalonia consisted of traipsing around Tarragona looking at places where the conflict took place. Nae Pasaran.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 1, 2021 5:39 pm

GORDON64

Stunning article,does not miss.

McCaff
January 1, 2021 5:39 pm

Garry, your memory brings back the night of the Clutha tragedy. I was working in Airdrie, trying to get a job finished for the painter to get in the next day. i worked till about midnight and heading home along the M8 there were ambulances and police cars going in every direction! I couldn’t believe what had happened when I got home! I subsequently met a big guy who was injured in it! He still suffers, physically and mentally!

McCaff
January 1, 2021 5:40 pm

Cheers Noel, I’ll pass on your comments!

Garry
January 1, 2021 5:44 pm

McCaff
Very emotional song for me. It was played at my pal Tracy’s requiem Mass. Nearly a decade gone now. The dreaded affliction of alcoholism. Lovely lassie too.

McCaff
January 1, 2021 5:50 pm

Aaaah, sorry Garry! I didn’t intend that!

Garry
January 1, 2021 5:53 pm

McCaff
No problem pal. Did fill up a bit, thinking about her and her daughter, who will be 17 now. Sad.

Noel Skytrot
January 1, 2021 6:02 pm

Garry, I could imagine that due to the locations.