Year of the Flops

It isn’t quite over but I’m confident none of us will ever forget this season, the year of the Flops.
No fans in the stands statistically hurt more than ever as for the first time ever the English top flight will see more away wins than home wins. As simple as having no away fans on your back? Realize they’re only eleven mortal men when there’s no vocal 12th? No fans urging teams forward helped curb attacking instincts?
Whatever the reason for this quirk, coaches the globe over will analyze the responses given by footballers as to what exactly happened and try to use that data to their advantage.

Our ten was but who could have predicted the spectacular flop of Juventus’ 10th title attempt, despite having perhaps the world’s best player supplemented by some superstars?
They amazingly lie outside the Champions league places, their fate outside their own hands heading into this weekends final round of games.
Another of the big five leagues will probably see a stunning upset or flop depending on your viewpoint. Athletico will be splitting Real and Barca no matter what, which is one hell of a feat though helped hugely by Barcas embarrassing Suarez transfer blunder.
I totally fancy Simeone will have his troops ready for the occasion, and once again show his credentials as a top tier manager.
Liverpool’s title defence has been a farcical flop, so much so that forth would be considered a success at this stage. And this despite having seemingly everything, top players and coach with a board that shared the dream.
The money men of PSG with the world’s most expensive forward line took two top class managers to end up second in the league and second best in Europe again, what a mega flop.
Even Porto, who feel like perennial champions, just couldn’t do it this year and flopped like many others.
The Champions League all England final will feel like a flop to many a European, and if Pep doesn’t lift the big cup after five years work and 850 million spent most would consider him to have flopped.

Of Copenhagen, Cluj, and Celtic (three European outliers that usually top their league) only one is Champions again this year, testament to the strangeness of the season just gone by I believe. Two flops outta three.
All of our players bar a few exceptions have been flops with Shane and Barkas vying for first place, Kenny or Ajeti taking the final podium spot. Both managerial stints witnessed could be filed under F also.
There’s a ton of off-field flops to match the on-field ones, Dubai the obvious example for our club, while Superleagues quick disintegration under fan pressure was perhaps the most high profile off-field flop.
Many felt the recent fans forum flopped due to the lack of clear answers.
I think club executives and owners Europe wide are hoping for a fantastic summer sporting spectacle with a very visual live audience present to kick-start the average fans’ reconnection with the sport and help entice buying another season book or two.
An empty summer with little movement on attendance would probably cause ST sales to flop, they might still if we get papped out of any Euro qualifiers.
That’s a hell of a lot of flopping everywhere. Dodgy Dave King rightfully claimed we were a house of cards ready to flop but it actually looks as if the game itself could be described as such,,and once the glue (the fans) that held everything together was gone, football itself almost totally flopped.
Now that clubs have had their reality check, or at least they should have, smart executives will begin steps to mitigate any further flops, to strengthen the football club so as to easier withstand times of uncertainty such as pandemics. Fans and getting them onboard feeling connected should be priority number one,,don’t let the lifeblood leave or feel unwanted and fair play to Motherwell for fully understanding that point and trying to appease their fanbase.
That one move bought more future season ticket money, good publicity, and goodwill in the bank that it was actually worth I reckon.
The final flop could actually be a good thing though, a flip-flop regarding how supporters are perceived and dealt with by club owners and the like. Helped by this version of Superleagues demise there’s a groundswell of support for a better relationship all around, some fan representatives even getting to sit in on certain board meetings for instance.
The soul destroying scenes of empty stand after stand with it’s not quite right audio backdrop allied with the startling (for them) fact some may opt not to renew, looks to have jolted boardroom mentality.
They took the fan for granted and never imagined this at all.
Football may just have cottoned onto the simple fact they need us, truly need us, at long last.
By Mahe

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May 21, 2021 8:57 am

Morning all…I miss Twists early comments, he usually had something worthwhile to say. I’m just fillin’!! 😉

big packy
May 21, 2021 9:08 am

MORNING ALL and JIM, thought ill go on holiday for a week and when I get back we will have a new manager, but hey this is celtic nothing new, anyway aff oot dugwalking, from rainy cornwall to rainy cheshire.H.H.

Craig 76
May 21, 2021 9:30 am

If you start a campaign to get John Kennedy to be manager I’m sure Twisty will make an appearance 🤣🤣

May 21, 2021 9:34 am

Good idea, Craig! I’ll need another absentee – JimmynotPaul – to put up the latest odds though…
Let’s get the Kampaign for Kennedy started then! 😉

May 21, 2021 9:39 am

I wonder if JNP and Twists are away on holiday after betting ON Kennedy, JNP was always saying if JK got his 10 games the bookies would pay oot!

Craig 76
May 21, 2021 9:43 am

Think you might be on to something there i always thought Twisty protested to much about Kennedy (he must of had a big wedge on him) 🤣🤣💰💰💰

May 21, 2021 9:47 am

What a pair of toerags!! Stringing us all along with a daily update of New Manager Latest Prices when behind the scenes they’re loading onto the favourite…a pair o’ durty bassas! This site is well shot of them!! 🤣🤣

May 21, 2021 9:57 am

Morning all,

Good article about flops.

Can I add another, who from the Board sanctioned a 50% Sell-on clause, as reported in today’s papers, for Eddy.

I’ve heard of 10, 20 or worst still even 30% sell-on, but surely 50% must by be a mistake !!!!!!

Must be, must be …………

Then there’s the reported bid coming in from Villa for Turnbull !!!!!!!!

Freaky Friday indeed !!!!

I need a drink 🥃

May 21, 2021 10:08 am

Remember when😢

May 21, 2021 10:25 am

Or 18 years ago today. Aye the days before blue Peter.

Celtic Football Club
🎶 You can take us anywhere, we won’t let you down 🍀

80,000 #CelticFC supporters travelled to Seville for the UEFA Cup Final 18 years ago today! 🏖

🥇 FIFA Fair Play Award for our supporters 👏

May 21, 2021 10:26 am

Oglach… absolutely remember it! The culmination of a great season, the contrasts to this year couldn’t be more stark!
…but the good times when they come will be sweet – especially when we march on George Square!! 😉💥🧨💥🧨💥💚💚💚

May 21, 2021 10:36 am

Worth reposting if already posted.

A discussion on significance of Rangers fans behaviour at the weekend.

May 21, 2021 11:27 am

Lots of noise about Eddy leaving for heehaw in the MSM and Celtic blogs today. An astonishing 50% sell-on clause being mentioned and low ball figures about just how much clubs will be willing to pay for him. Of course, Eddy is in the driving seat here having already, allegedly, knocked back a move to Liverpool in April and knowing he will be able to sign a pre-contract Jan 1 as his contract with Celtic expires May 31, 2022. None of this augurs well if Celtic’s squad rebuild is partially reliant on receiving a significant return on our prized asset.

Jobo Baldie
May 21, 2021 11:46 am

Good article Mahe but I disagree about Barkas being a flop. Playing behind our early season defence….moving to new country…..Covid isolation etc. He had a couple of “could he have done better” moments but no real howlers. I’d stick with him.

May 21, 2021 11:52 am
Patsy o’hara/Ray Mccreesh. both rest in peace. 🇮🇪🇮🇪

May 21, 2021 11:56 am

Another good leader Mahe, I actually hadn’t thought about how much the absence of fans had likely caused the downturn in results for former champions throughout the UK and continent.

Our downfall though has been happening progressively for three years, well before the fan absence, when the downsizing, fall outs and ludicrous transfers started, good ol Pedro *sigh* can’t say i’ll miss him.


Cosy Corner Bhoy
May 21, 2021 12:16 pm

I’m with Jobo Baldie on the Barkas debate! Willie Millar couldn’t have kept a clean sheet behind our defence this season. Not only were they hopeless at actual defending, they were hopelessly organised!
We will not get any return if he doesn’t play games also remember. Maybe the end of lockdown will allow him and family to get out and about and have a ‘normal’ transition to another country.
Away from that, a previous poster mentioned Bobby Evans and Masonic handshakes, I can assure him he would indeed be in the Craft as was another captain of that era, Bertie Peacock. Two ways to look at it…. firstly, Shows our magnanimity, secondly, shows they basterts were infiltrating as long ago as the forties and fifties😁. Now the board are full of them,

Nana Mouskouri Csc
May 21, 2021 12:56 pm

I don’t care if they are in the craft or witchcraft as long as they can play they are good enough for me

Mike in Toronto
May 21, 2021 1:00 pm

Two stories doing the rounds today:

1. Off duty cop fined for participating in Rangers illegals title square trashing…. Of course, given his obvious respect for the law, he will be expected to enforce the new OBAFA properly.

2. Rumor is that PSG get a whopping 50 % 0f Edouard’ transfer! If true, this may explain PL’s sudden retirement; he wanted to retire before news of this got out. Also, if this was negotiated by PL without DD’s knowledge, DD just shot to the top of the suspect list for PL’s car bombing. Too soon?

Nana Mouskouri Csc
May 21, 2021 1:08 pm

Don’t believe that 50% sell on pish sounds like more deflection pish. Did something happen at the weekend

Nana Mouskouri Csc
May 21, 2021 1:20 pm

See Buckingham palace no happy with the BBC on how they conduct interviews and report things. Welcome to Celtic’s world. P.s your team fans were a disgrace on Saturday

Mike in Toronto
May 21, 2021 1:23 pm

Apparently NFL was interviewed by the BBC in the run up toLeicester’s Cup Final. If this quote is indeed accurate, I’m a bit surprised;

He told BBC Five Live of his time at Leicester: “When we were there in the 90s, it was probably the happiest time in my career.

“(I was in my) mid-20s, we had the Championship play-off final which was brilliant, and then three League Cup finals. It was magic. A one city club, everybody following us.”

Nana Mouskouri Csc
May 21, 2021 1:26 pm

Nice sound bites Mike. Brendan was the master of them

May 21, 2021 1:38 pm


Your saying DD might be in the frame for PL”s car bombing.

Well I just heard an ex Celtic player who fell out with PL is also in the frame. Henrik Arsson.

HH 🍀🍀

May 21, 2021 1:59 pm

I don’t suppose the continued Level 3 restrictions for Glasgow are helped with the two illegal gatherings by thousands who did not observe social distancing or wear face masks.

May 21, 2021 2:39 pm

jtt53 yes the two illegal fistfests, the latest by a small minority (15,000) of ‘their’ supporters made the conscious decision to ignore social distancing rules, but you probably won’t hear that called out by Prof Leach or NS as the reason or part reason everyone else has to endure lvl 3.


May 21, 2021 2:44 pm

Nuno Espírito Santo to leave Wolves after Sunday’s match. He’s done wonderful thing at Wolves,but that would be nothing compared to the wonders he could perform with Celtic.

Like watching hunnish heads exploding everywhere when they realised we had employed The Holy Spirit!

big packy
May 21, 2021 2:46 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, jim you telling me those lovely rainjurs fans did not wear face masks or socially distance themselves, well mr desmond wont be pleased about that.😎 another true story👍

Craig 76
May 21, 2021 2:55 pm

Can you have a pint inside where you are live or are you restricted to the beer garden 🍷🍷

May 21, 2021 3:01 pm

Craig, back inside. Still got to keep your distance and no sitting or standing at the bar. That’s the bit I miss – sitting at the bar like in ‘Cheers’.

May 21, 2021 3:03 pm

Afternoon Packy. Did you meet any Pirates in Penzance ? 🙂

May 21, 2021 3:03 pm

ASWGL, another nice background!

May 21, 2021 3:04 pm


On the bright side, the off duty polis lad, may well be the next Chief Constable of PoliceScotland. He has impeccable credentials for the post.


Excellent article.

May 21, 2021 3:08 pm

Good morning folks and a big happy Friday. God bless all those with health issues and those less fortunate than ourselves.

I heard or read Eddy sell on percentage was 40%. Fifty is too much, and as mentioned he may just walk out on a free when we really need the money.
This situation is typical of us at the minute, not on the same page. We should have informed every footballer we employ the ten takes precedence, their commitment to it is needed, after the 8 it’s stay for ten.
Buy it seems we didn’t do anything like that and those players who thought they would join and leave around the tenth campaign were upsett to be told they couldn’t leave.
Poor communication and no agreed common goal.
Then Frimpong was let go to shore up the books and the other players who wanted away but we’re refused were unhappy.
As a club we were totally all over the place, the operation wasn’t fully geared towards lifting this one crucial title.

We also know via Harper cliques were allowed to develop on the dressing room, something the manager and captain should work hard to avoid.
If Barkas doesn’t speak English he shouldn’t have been signed tbh, certainly not over a free David Marshall.
Kilmarnocks free signing Kabamba, a pure journeyman, scored more than our EPL hitman Ajeti.
The financial waste is incredible, with zero sign of improvement, yet it’s the usual pay up please folks.

The football department really really needs a proper Director with vision and the balls to implement that vision.
Eddy Howe would be a sticking plaster right now, it’s structure is needed most of all.
Dom seems a great guy, very enthusiastic and all. But I doubt if he realizes another flop and the Tims will revolt.
A properly run club please, and the winning team will naturally emerge.

Of interest will be the Trusts response to their free shares proposal being dumped, wonder if they got the courtesy of an answer or found out same time as all at the fans forum?

Have a great day folks
Hail Hail

Craig 76
May 21, 2021 3:09 pm

Thats what I miss the sitting at the bar,although currently sat at window seat in pub people watching 👀 there is some sites to see in Irvine 🤣🤣

big packy
May 21, 2021 3:11 pm

JIM feckin loads im skint, went to the minack theatre right overlooking the sea carved out of the rock face, 20 quid to go in just to sit and look at the sea there were no performances on, but hey the dogs got in for free😎and then lands end a fiver to park your car and there is nothing there only the sea, ive never been to john o groats but it must be better than that,😎 mind you im a tight scot from lanarkshire,,another true story👍

May 21, 2021 3:14 pm

jtt53 Thanks 👍‍‍

May 21, 2021 3:20 pm

Packy at least with John O Groats there is a hotel where you can catch a drink! Cheshire to John O Groats would be a right good walk for the dogs too.

May 21, 2021 3:27 pm


I know from experience that it is 230 miles from Swindon to Penzance,so god knows how far it is from Cheshire!

May 21, 2021 3:27 pm

Barkas was born, raised and educated in the Netherlands. Like all Dutchmen, he speaks perfect English. I think he will come good for us.

May 21, 2021 3:27 pm


You should have taken some binoculars with you. First landfall from Lands End is America.

May 21, 2021 3:30 pm


Story is that he doesn’t speak English,which I find strange. Every Dutch person I’ve ever met speaks better English than I do!

I think a big part of the problem is the inability to socialise/bond with his team-mates,or even to get out and about anywhere. It’s been bad enough for us,must be a bloody nightmare as a new arrival in a new country.

May 21, 2021 3:31 pm


You in The Delta?!!!

Craig 76
May 21, 2021 3:33 pm

I would not set foot in that place if it was the last pub on earth

May 21, 2021 3:34 pm

Yes same here. I refuse to believe that a Dutchman cannot speak English.

May 21, 2021 3:36 pm


Thought not! Presumably the former Eglinton,about the only half decent place left in the town.

Craig 76
May 21, 2021 3:39 pm

yip that’s the place 3.55 a pint of the big red T

Mike in Toronto
May 21, 2021 3:44 pm

re: barkas

I remember in my university days, I was still living at home, and brought my girlfriend home after playing tennis. I left her in the kitchen with my grandad, while I went in to get tidied up before heading out for dinner. After my shower, I returned to the kitchen, and there was my grandad and Tina laughing away like two old friends.

In the car, I ask T what they were laughing about, and she says, ‘I dont know… he laughed, so I laughed, and he was the sweetest old man, but, honestly, I couldn’t understand a word he was saying’

So, next day, I’m home and ask my grandad what what they were laughing about… and he says, ‘she is a lovely lass…. but I couldn’t understand a word she was saying…’

So, Barkas might speak English, but that doens’t mean he speaks Scottish, especially Glaswegian!

big packy
May 21, 2021 3:50 pm

BOBBY, what a journey, would not wish it on my worst enemy.😎 😎 another true story.H.H.

May 21, 2021 3:52 pm

You could have a point there.
In saying that, Calmac is the only Glaswegian in our team.