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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Garry
January 1, 2021 6:05 pm

Been having a Nirvana/Foo Fighters Ne’erday.
Love this track.

https://g.co/kgs/QYWKb7

big packy
January 1, 2021 6:07 pm

MCAFF, i was there told the story a million times on here ,went with my dad, cousin peter and my dads brother tony, on the muirhead celtic supporters bus, suffice to say my dad left with my uncle tony 2 croy bhoys before the game started, we left at 1-0 as we went toward the supporters buses, big cheer from the rangers end, we knew they had scored ,suddenly sirens blared out ambulance police,,you name it ,when we got back to glenboig the whole village was out catholic protestant, all waiting for news, my mother was in tears, until my dad phoned from the croy miners welfare club to say he and my uncle tony were in there and safe, .god bless the 66 it could have been at our end.H.H.

McCaff
January 1, 2021 6:09 pm

G64….OOOOCHAAA, that is some article! I’ve never read that before. Bastards!!!

Bada Bing
January 1, 2021 6:09 pm
Garry
January 1, 2021 6:15 pm

My favourite song from 2020.
Great Ayrshire band.

https://g.co/kgs/JjnFWq

McCaff
January 1, 2021 6:32 pm

Big Jim Packy…it must have been horrific for anyone involved at any part. It’s a human tradegy – nothing to do with religion or fitba. As the article posted by Gordon shows though it was avoidable and that’s the biggest shame.

big packy
January 1, 2021 6:37 pm

MCAFF, yes 👍

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 1, 2021 6:39 pm
Auldheid-a-
January 1, 2021 6:52 pm

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
AULDHEID

Leading question,disallowed!

Enjoy yer meal,I’ll try not to salivate too much.
====
I’ve finished eating and if I dont post again it’s because I’ve died and gone to food heaven.

Mahe
January 1, 2021 6:53 pm

Happy New Year folks.

Hagi announces Rangers best team in Europe. Same shit different year then.

Garry
January 1, 2021 6:54 pm

Song to match article title.
One of their best singles.

https://g.co/kgs/1YPZxJ

Mahe
January 1, 2021 6:55 pm

Auldheid, similar to your new discovery I served warmed chorizo with figs for many years, sweet and salty, chewy and melting.
It usually makes an appearance on my grazing table 😉

Hail Hail

Mahe
January 1, 2021 6:58 pm

The home team is evens for the win.
The away team 12/5 odds to win.
That’s quite a difference.

ASWGL
January 1, 2021 7:01 pm

McCaff Thank you for the tune, it’s appreciated 🥂

All the best to you too Awe Naw ☘

HH

Garry
January 1, 2021 7:05 pm
Bada Bing
January 1, 2021 7:06 pm

Nice banner outside CP,paying tribute to the Ibrox Disaster victims

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 1, 2021 7:15 pm

BADABING

ESTADIO mailed me a stunning video of Celtic Park last night,and if I can upload the bliddy thing I’ll post it here. I asked him first,of course. Very kindly said yes.

voguepunter
January 1, 2021 7:27 pm

celtsarehere.com/respect-ibrox-disaster-banner-appears-outside-celtic-park/

Here’s the banner Bada posted about.

Bada Bing
January 1, 2021 8:07 pm

Cheers W

ASWGL
January 1, 2021 8:25 pm

Someone mentioned this game the other day. Ibrox 2-4 1979. I remember I took my g/f at the time, Now Mrs ASWGL to this game, her first ever game. We had to buy tickets outside the crumble dome, they couldn’t sell all their tickets (for some reason or other that, now escapes me), both of the tickets i got were for the main stand near the Celtic end, but were a few seats apart, but the stand was pretty empty and the seat beside mine was empty so i told Mrs ASWGL, just sit in that one, they can’t sell all their tickets.

Ten minutes into the game some guy says to her “That’s my seat !” and it’s actually her uncle (another tim) out of 40,000 people she had to get his fekkin seat, so he makes her get up and she has to sit on my knee the rest of the game. ffs

Of the game i remember it was 2 jammy Deflections from set pieces, Cooper and McKinnon (i think). Then at half time some guy says to Mrs ASWGL “Whits up wae your face ?” It was obviously coz her uncle took his seat back, but as he was in earshot, she just replied “We’re getting beat!”.

I’ll never forget the guy saying we’ll score 4 in the 2nd half, jist listen to them singing !!”.. The walk on was immense.

I think it was Davie Provan who won the first penalty that Charlie Ridiculous scored, (vivid here maybe Tom Mc Adam got the 2nd) Mc garvey the third, and Uber hun Dawson gave away another penalty when he scythed down Murdo, that the Maryhill turncoat put in the same place to beat The Girvan Lighthouse again. I think it might have been his last game for Celtic, as news was rife he was going to Arsenal.

The Guid auld days. 🇮🇪

HH

Awe Naw
January 1, 2021 8:27 pm

BMCUWP, BP, McCaff, ASWGL and everyone thanks for the good wishes.

For Mags, xx

https://drive.google.com/file/d/168btgXJqbTVqazzm8mlP6XULvhxZT7xd/view?usp=sharing

Garry
January 1, 2021 8:31 pm

ASWGL
You are 4 years out, it was 1983. Everything else you recall perfectly. 👍

Chairbhoy
January 1, 2021 8:33 pm

Happy New Year To One And All…

Hope 2021 is a belter for you.

Big thanks to BMCUWPs and Mahe for this excellent site. And to all who so eloquently and amusingly pitch their comments, the leaders set the tone.

It’s a site that gets to the heart of the matter of all things Celtic without taking things too seriously an excellent approach that attracts excellent contributions.

Like most I’m sorry to see Mags go, his intelligence and unique insightfullness and his acerbic wit will be missed.

Hail Hail

Garry
January 1, 2021 8:35 pm

Awe Naw
Hahahaha. Brilliant 😂😂

ASWGL
January 1, 2021 8:36 pm

Garry cheers top bhoy 👍

Can you remember the reason they couldnae sell all their tickets, well apart from them having a shite support 😂

ASWGL
January 1, 2021 8:41 pm

Nice rendition of Lionel Ritchie performed by

My Awe Naw’s are Itchy 😄

HH

big packy
January 1, 2021 8:45 pm

AWE NAW, tell your briar to get his arse back on here pronto.H.H.

Garry
January 1, 2021 8:46 pm

ASWGL
They were getting crowds of 15,000 for most games in they days. John Greig was manager, and they were about 5th best team in Scotland.

ASWGL
January 1, 2021 8:46 pm

Big packy I must have missed the memo who’s Awe Naw brother ?

Cheers Garry, wonder why that never stuck in my memory

big packy
January 1, 2021 8:50 pm

ASWGL ffs its mags are you sure you went to st augustines,😎😎😎

ASWGL
January 1, 2021 8:52 pm

bp I never claimed to be the sharpest tool in the shed, actually i’m probably a few fries short of a happy meal, but ffs i thought Mags was a Ghirlie not a bhoylie.

Confused.comCSC

Gordon64
January 1, 2021 8:56 pm

VP Is that the same Jock Stein that Rangers fans sing their vile songs and hang their despicable banners about which their club have failed to condemn 🤔

big packy
January 1, 2021 8:57 pm

I went to hamilton tech college in 1968 to study to be an elecctrical engineer, i failed mags mcgill was there to study quantum something or other😎 he passed 👍,another true story.

Garry
January 1, 2021 8:58 pm

Excellent Thom ‘Awe Naw’ Yorke.
Phew! For a minute there.
I lost myself!
Thank you and All the Best for 2021. X

big packy
January 1, 2021 8:59 pm

ASWGL, dont worry your not the only one to be caught out.👍

Garry
January 1, 2021 9:01 pm

ASWGL What the Margaret McGill moniker is based on.
The Mighty Doors.

https://g.co/kgs/82vLYx

Awe Naw
January 1, 2021 9:03 pm

Big Packy,

I told him to clear off and never to darken our door by coming back onto Sentinelcelts ever ever again and that’s now two meals he owes me.

Going by past behaviour he will be back on here again tomorrow afternoon after the 2.3 result

big packy
January 1, 2021 9:07 pm

AWE NAW, tell him he better get on here or else i will tell another true story.😎 😎 😎

ASWGL
January 1, 2021 9:09 pm

Cheers Garry, me being a Tamla motown music sort of boy in my yoof and having a craving for KFC i think i shoulda been born Seamus Smokey Robinson Donnelly and black, so never really got into The Doors, so Mags if you’re looking in, sorry no offence intended. 👼

big packy
January 1, 2021 9:14 pm

ok its new year, 3 ghuys who i think the world of, JIM ,MIKE and SOL, get on here before wee joan turns my laptop off, if not hopefully see you tomorrow..H.H.

CaltonTongues
January 1, 2021 9:27 pm

Pogba trips himself.
Penalty Manure. Pure cheating.
If VAR can’t see that, then what’s the point?

HH

Garry
January 1, 2021 9:30 pm

ASWGL
The Doors is The Blues. Black inspired music. 👍

Garry
January 1, 2021 9:35 pm

A bit of Roadhouse Blues.

https://g.co/kgs/Rjss34

voguepunter
January 1, 2021 9:36 pm

Gordon64
VP Is that the same Jock Stein that Rangers fans sing their vile songs and hang their despicable banners about which their club have failed to condemn 🤔

———————–
It is mate,and surprisingly I have been close to punching a few cunts who denigrate the big man.

Bada Bing
January 1, 2021 9:40 pm

The team are going to Dubai for a winter break.

Gordon64
January 1, 2021 9:41 pm

VP Good on you mate. There’s a spare berth tomorrow if you fancy it HH

Garry
January 1, 2021 9:43 pm

Hope to be on a Spanish Caravan this summer.

https://g.co/kgs/tyCoQL