Mahes Euros form guide – part 2

Yesterday I stuck my neck on the line by publicly backing France. The best players with the best spirit by my reasoning, cracking coach, play good football and all.
Their main rivals according to the bookies are England and Belgium.
Firstly England. Logic dictates they will win another trophy at some stage but this summer faced with many strong teams and their coach, don’t place any bets on them.
The English hype train, of which we are well aware of, never ends. Get one world class in their minds star and the train leaves the station, two or three they are favourites for any and every competition they enter, despite the fact they were favourites before and didn’t win, rinse and repeat.
These world class players are actually players who shine in the Premiership, automatically deemed world class by producing on that stage without the obvious deep dive into whether true or not.
Many an Englishman has had his foreign partner make him look like a world beater, but by himself he’s average.
Stones falls into this category.
Sterling just flopped when surprisingly selected for the biggest game of the season, he isn’t confident or match fit. He should be raring to go and is a genuine threat don’t get me wrong, and can actually take a game by the scruff, one of the big reasons why their odds are so low. Yet he’s been hit and miss.
Probably the biggest reason they are favourites (via The Independent) is Harry Kane. He’s good, very good. In his prime, and on his day can be the difference. Yet hes under pressure to produce to prompt the big move he craves. He has background noise galore, and an ever growing expectation hanging around his shoulders.
Supplying him the supposed ammunition are some new lads (Grealish and Foden) who may or may not click with the ever present Henderson.
The keeper is dodgier than a 2am kebab with everything, right back could do with a holiday not a tournament, and has no back up now Trent’s ruled out.
Harry and Luke at centre and left respectively are two of the worst Man United I can remember, never mind England.
Their actual manager himself missed his own penalty at the known out stage of this tournament, and although a decent player seems a reserved fellow. He has never inspired this team beyond their means and there’s little to believe it will happen now.
The usual, quarter finals if a decent team but semi finals maximum.
Number three seed Belgium sure are one big enigma, but I’m not convinced. For starters KDB is either out or playing with a face mask on. Either way, given his emotional state upon injury and defeat, only a fool would bet on him to deliver.
Pride will probably force him to play but he won’t be comfortable, a holiday rather than a tournament is best for the young man.
Of the rest many are well known names yes, but that alive is not reason for such misplaced faith.
Benteke and Lukaku, behind that Hazard KDB and Tielemans, all sounds good on paper but the defense is suspect and they have zero experience of going all the way.
Neither does their coach. Martinez and Maloney sounds sexy, but deliver against this opposition?
There’s clear anticipation they will either play to their maximum potential or become more than the sum of their parts, I don’t understand why and don’t agree.
Okay their press always hype the crap out of them because a positive we are still a great empire story sells better than the truth, I do understand why.
Another quarter maybe semi finalist like England.

The bookies have Spain and Italy next closest favourites for reasons beyond me.
I would have the Germans ahead of both.
Are both dangerous? Yes.
More dangerous than a swansong led Ronaldo who just topped another top five leagues scoring charts, again? No.
Germany are the clear rivals to France in my eyes.
For starters they have a long standing coach departing, and just like Dechamp mentioned yesterday, Yogi Low is quite a character.
Not only that but he’s been there, seen it and done it, has the t-shirt and the medals, scratches his nuts on tv doesn’t give a,,,.
That experience also goes for the players,,Muller might be playing his last competition, as could many.
Havertz, Can, Hummel’s, Kroos, Gundigen, Sane, Kimich, Gnabry, Werner, Goretza,,,,all well known names, more than a few know what collecting silverware is about.
It would be more than foolish to write this Germany side off.
I’ll still go with gut instinct that says a France victory though.
No matter where in the world you are, enjoy the Euros. Football brought us all together, and will continue to.
By Mahe

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June 5, 2021 3:55 am

Seriously folks check out this tune

puff puff
June 5, 2021 4:42 am

That was pure brilliant mahe.

puff puff
June 5, 2021 4:43 am

The song ya wee bam.

June 5, 2021 5:29 am

Good morning all from a gloriously sunny Leeds.
Driving through to Blackpool for a party tonight.
Great wee tune Mahe. Like a white Smokey Robinson. 👍

June 5, 2021 5:33 am

I fancy the Germans to win Euro 2020.

June 5, 2021 5:38 am

Mahe ,

Excellent leader.

I’m with you, France to win it.

Let the show begin !!!!!!!!!!

June 5, 2021 5:59 am

Cheers chaps. It’s bedtime in central California. Take care and Hail Hail

June 5, 2021 7:14 am

Hi Mahe I got a warmer welcome in Buncrana, the Euros sometimes throws a surprise winner,I will say Poland.Anybody but England ,just because I don’t to want to read about it daily for years.

June 5, 2021 7:37 am

My heart says Poland or Scotland. My head says Germany.

June 5, 2021 7:50 am

Garry the Poles play for each other, that is one reason I am not so sure about France

June 5, 2021 7:58 am

The Poles also have the most prolific striker in Europe Robert Lewandowski. Will be interesting to see how new manager Paulo Sousa sets them up.

June 5, 2021 8:09 am

That was some interview with Celtic Trust that Auldheid posted , when I listened I thought things are worse than I thought. Listening to David Low and Jeanette Findlay gave me a more secure feeling about the trust and the fans on here being right about the huge gap with us and the Board DOM has a lot of mending in his future , he has got to step on a lot of toes in That Celtic PLC / Boardroom if he want to reunite the fans with the Board. I hate to see negotiations go down to the wire , especially in such a crucial year, the pots of European Gold are there for the team that steps up this and next year. The fans can help win the fight or the Board can do it the way they have been doing it and cost us the chance to dominate in Scotland again
If we win the League but don’t do well in Europe, we have at least deprived Sevco of the easier pathway to Euros Riches missing that caused them Liquidation and hopefully does again

June 5, 2021 8:10 am

Garry do you ever sleep

June 5, 2021 8:43 am

I suffer summer insomnia. Hibernate in winter 😁

Óglach: Cat 4
June 5, 2021 9:16 am

Now i am confused. 2 days ago numerous MSM articles were informing us that Jack Hendry had agreed to make a permanent move to Oostende – but wait now it seems as if he isn’t – or has he?🤔A couple of weeks ago it was widely reported that Celtic had used a clause in Ollie’s contract and had released him – but wait – now we are being told AEK want to sign him from Celtic and that he is still on Celtics books?

Speaking of the MSM, Lenny has landed himself a job with ‘The Times’. Didn’t take him too long to get lashed into those ungrateful Celtic fans who dared protest against him and his mates Peter and Dermot.

“There was a new breed of supporters that I had nothing in common with and who belie the values of the club. They are the ones that are giving the club a bad name”

Perhaps he is referring to those ‘not really Celtic fans’ you know the type who actually question how the club is run and just how bad a manager he was. Although he, of course, strenuously denies it – dinosaur him! – never don’t you know he beat Lazio in Italy, the first Celtic manager to do that. Strange he didn’t mention getting pumped by Cluj and other European footballing giants.

June 5, 2021 9:44 am

Jim Bolger is 80 this year but is as passionate as ever – and is hopeful his colt Mac Swiney can ride to victory at the Derby.
Bolger takes as much care with the naming of his horses as he does with their breeding. He takes particular pride in Mac Swiney’s successes on the track, a century after the republican politician and writer Terence MacSwiney died in 1920 while on hunger strike in Brixton prison – a dozen miles from Epsom – during the struggle for Irish independence.

“I think he’s a hero of most Irish people who have an interest in and an appreciation of what those people achieved for us,” Bolger says. “Terence certainly got the word out around the world at the time, but he paid a big price for it.

“I’d thought for a number of years that I’d like to have a horse good enough to take a chance and put his name on it. I was very close to it a few years ago, then I released that we were close to the 100th anniversary so I thought I’d wait, and this is the horse I waited on. The anniversary [of MacSwiney’s death] was the day after he won [the Group One Vertem Futurity] at Doncaster [in October].”

June 5, 2021 9:58 am

Gordon. Bet’s on!

June 5, 2021 10:33 am


Yes I bet it in Irish 2000 Guineas and I’m on again today.

Great story about the name.

Here’s hoping 🤞

bada Bing
June 5, 2021 10:41 am

G64- no need to check out the rest of the field….

June 5, 2021 10:43 am

Score on MacSwiney. 👍

June 5, 2021 10:48 am


I went from a ballet dancer to a freedom fighter ….some leap that.

June 5, 2021 11:36 am

Lennon was twice appointed Celtic PLC’s head coach of the football team.
Both times undeservedly.
Lennon was constantly derogatory to the Celtic support.
Lennon constantly praised his PLC paymasters.
Lennon has used his mssm status to attack the Celtic fans again.
He should be remembered as a good Celtic player and a very poor coach.
He made a lot of money courtesy of the Celtic fans support.
As a so called Celtic supporter he should have resigned months before he did but he was happy to take the money.
Ungrateful would be putting it mildly.

St tams
June 5, 2021 12:04 pm

Couldn’t have said it better myself 👍

A thing of beauty
June 5, 2021 12:15 pm

The Tic/Auldheid
I watched the interview last night. I think it’s fair to say Jeanette Finley is not happy, not happy at all and neither is David Lowe. I hope the softly, softly approach of the trust is now a thing of the past and the gloves are off. Looking forward to the meeting on the 21st, it should be tousy to say the least.
Have we got a manager or a DOF yet? Naw didn’t think so. Peter Lawwell is the Boris Johnson of football. Promoted beyond his capabilities, backed by unquestioning lackeys and bare faced lying on a daily basis to millions of people. And know what? He CNGAF as he is feathering his nest and he and his family will be sorted for generations. Meanwhile across the city they are pissing themselves at the mess we have gotten into protecting the racket that is known as Rangers Football Club. It is beyond parody what is happening at Celtic. It disgusts me.

June 5, 2021 12:25 pm Green Brigade Neil Lennon Tribute
Are these the fans Lenny is referring to 🤔

bada Bing
June 5, 2021 12:33 pm

He’s turning himself into a hate figure,he should keep his head down, and shut the fk up

Sol Kitts
June 5, 2021 12:38 pm

So now we know. Neil Lennon was not to blame for anything, it was a big boy wot done it and ran away. The fans cost us the 10, and both cups. Nothing to do with team selection or tactics. Nothing to do with playing players out of position then throwing them under the bus when it went wrong. Nothing to do with Lenny, it was all because the fans wanted the 10.
He’s not a dinosaur, he had loads of modern ideas. Did ye, aye?
He needs to zip it.

A thing of beauty
June 5, 2021 12:53 pm

Caught up on the piece in the press this morning from Neil Lennon. No wonder we are where we are. No one, not the manager, players or board thought they did anything wrong last season. Lennon constantly refers to his treble. He should’ve been out the door before the final in December, in fact long before then. He also goes on about beating Lazio. Again that’s part of the problem, always looking back. Meanwhile a resurgent Rangers we’re toying with his teams and he was getting put out the Champions League at the earliest stage in our history.
Maybe he should ask himself why no other club of any repute has employed him as manager if he’s as good as he thinks he is. He says he’s not a dinosaur. I beg to differ. Modern players want coached not taken to Dublin for four day piss ups.
As for the back slapping of Peter and Dermot. Hmm the fact that he allowed them to tell him the terms he was getting the job on and reinforce that again when they wouldn’t allow him to employ Tommy Johnston at the start of last season tells you they had no concerns that some one was coming in to poach their manager.
The culture of resting on your laurels was alive and well at celtic park last season. It remains there this season and the ex manager helped put it there. If he gets a job at anywhere above league one level I will be astonished.

Big Audio Dynamite
June 5, 2021 12:55 pm

Watch out, Jeanette Findlay is angry .. And I hear David Low is apoplectic!

We’ll be wrenching the club from the hands of the parasites any day now, eh?

Jesus wept!

Big Audio Dynamite
June 5, 2021 12:56 pm

I see most are just calling them Rangers again, eh?

Job’s complete!

June 5, 2021 12:59 pm

“You get the itch. I love football, I love watching it. I think I have a lot to offer if I can get my own staff in. It was difficult going into Celtic without anyone and inheriting a staff. It was challenging to make that work and we did. For 18 months it worked perfectly.

I think it’s always important to have someone with the same sort of philosophies and ideas as you. John Kennedy was very, very good but the whole staff side of it was inherited.”
(Neil Lennon to The Times)

So he doesn’t regret getting his coaching staff forced on to him by the Board (I think!) Felt he had to mention it though!

Is he ‘backing the Board’ here, for that decision?

June 5, 2021 1:06 pm


Re gloves being off. I’m working on a couple of horseshoes to line them with.

You may recall me posting ideas the CST should look at.

Even though they knocked one back for incorrect reason I persist on that track.

Resistance is futile 🙂

Big Audio Dynamite
June 5, 2021 1:06 pm

So it wiz all my fault? These people are that arrogant, it is truly summit to behold.

June 5, 2021 1:12 pm


It would be a mistake to think the CST consist of only 2 officials.
It doesnt, however it is easier to lead a small number of members than a large number so be open to joining as matters develop.

There is a much greater good to be achieved that requires a setting aside of past grievances and being open to the present.

Big Audio Dynamite
June 5, 2021 1:26 pm

Auldheid, the CT only exist to give the impression there is opposition …there aint. Our support will do what they have always done, sit back and trust people like low to represent us.

Once you have seen how the game works, people who are here to misdirect us become very visible 😉

A thing of beauty
June 5, 2021 1:26 pm

I assume that’s me you are referring to when you say some fans are calling them Rangers. I have been through all the sevco, the the Rangers and it has got us nowhere. They are back, in full flow with the full backing of our board and I can’t be bothered pushing water up the hill anymore. I prefer to call them the Huns but that upsets others so damned if I do damned if I don’t.

June 5, 2021 1:34 pm

In your defence ATOB you did say say ‘Known As’ Rangers Football Club!

June 5, 2021 1:39 pm

A huge fault was that Charles Green was allowed to call the new club Rangers. That was against the rules of phoenix companies by the ‘City’ in London. How he got away with it I haven’t a clue. Probably a masonic thing.
Of Course Celtic plc could have brought it to their attention!

“The successor company trades with the same or similar name” One of the indicators of a phoenix company.

Big Audio Dynamite
June 5, 2021 1:39 pm

ATOB, nah, you were just the latest.

Glasgow Rangers football club is undergoing the process of liquidation …impossible to be playing them.

Just trying to make sure the site sticks to the TRUTH.

June 5, 2021 1:48 pm

Afternoon all, not much happening on the Celtic front (quell surprise).

Speaking of the zombies this £6m share issue they are trying to obtain, looks like the begging bowl being out as directors have finally ran of of the gift aid blue pound, i sincerely hope so, as their fans don’t have a history of bail-outs. They might end up worse than us *cough*


June 5, 2021 1:53 pm

ASWGL, Is that your car in the new background? 🙂

June 5, 2021 1:54 pm

Just trying to give the place a fresh lick of paint Jim, so it’s not too tedious, during this gloomy spell 👍‍‍

June 5, 2021 1:57 pm

This year will not be one of reckoning for the Irish Raj and his merry band of plundering/blundering cohorts.
Fear and an unknown coach will buy him at least another.
The Celtic support will be too conflicted for decisive action.
Our biggest hope is the huns imploding like they did after their winter break helping Lennon and Lawwell secure the 9.
The new coach should improve from the downed tools and imposters brigade of this last season.
Maybe Aberdeen will make a better fist of it with Brown and without the hapless McInnes so the gap between top and rest won’t be a yawning chasm?
With Kennedy and Strachan staying to hamper and badly influence the new coach he’s going to have to be a very self determined character.
If the PLC charlatans have already written off next season then we should at least play our own youth in preparation for the future.

June 5, 2021 2:02 pm

That should be an interesting friendly today at 6pm between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso (who btw i have never heard of) seems my geography lessons were sadly neglected

June 5, 2021 2:19 pm

ASWGL, wish that was true! 🙂
The car’s still broke, but the parts have arrived. Don’t know when my B.I.L. is going to fix it, I daren’t ask him, he thinks that’s me hassling him! He does it for free so I patiently wait. My sister has first claims on his time and she is the Boss.

June 5, 2021 2:21 pm


It used to be Upper Volta. You’ll like the Ivory Coast colours though.

June 5, 2021 2:23 pm


It takes a leap of faith to back Celtic for next season,I’m afraid.

June 5, 2021 2:23 pm

Jim nothing better than a free tradesman, my daughter has used that to the full extent, this week it’s a new bathroom, courtesy of me doing the rip-out and wet walls, she sure knows how to play the father game.

June 5, 2021 2:29 pm


June 5, 2021 3:10 pm


Do you seriously think I’m one to sit back?

I well understand your cynicism and with really good personal reason, but your thinking creates a self fulfilling prophecy that makes you part of those sitting back.

I’m hoping by end June there will be reason to change your perception, if not I’ll be joining you. 🙂

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