AP-The Real McCoy?

Morning,all.

Over 100 days since we started our hunt for a new manager-which really should have been underway long long before that-and we finally have the fabled white smoke over Celtic Park. A huge welcome then to Ange Postecoglou as he arrives to take the reins during what is going to be a very difficult time for our club.

Although very few of us could have told you a damn thing about the man prior to him being formally linked with us,we are reliably informed that we have been keeping tabs on him for around the last four years. Really? At around the time we were basking in the afterglow of The Invincible Season? Ok,then. We will stick by that narrative if the club insist on it.

AP joins us with a record that is unlikely to have the opposition quaking in their boots,but equally it does have some success sprinkled in amongst it. Around half a dozen titles in Australia plus a couple of local Champions League equivalents,and another six or so international tournaments with the Australian age groups. He also won the Asian Federation Cup while managing the full national team with his country and took them also to The World Cup in 2014 and 2018. Plus a title in Japan with Yokohama. 

He is clearly no mug,and it would be doing him a disservice to believe that he is one. Equally I doubt that he would have been anyone’s first choice either. Especially given the fact that he doesn’t possess the necessary coaching badges that are a UEFA requirement for working at this level within its jurisdiction. We still haven’t received the official nod from them to enable him to work for us,and hopefully this will be received while he is banged up under quarantine until nearer the end of the month. Nor has there been any mention of him bringing in his own coaching staff to work alongside him,nor of the much-vaunted Director of Football who would surely be able to help him adjust to his new surroundings and an unfamiliar player market.

That of course has to be our biggest concern,that we have a new manager who is unfamiliar with the local and continental markets just as we are looking probably at our biggest squad rebuild in decades,and possibly ever. We will likely need a minimum of four defenders and two each in midfield,wide and up front. That’s the equivalent of an entire new outfield playing staff,and not a prospect which we should take lightly. Who will advise him on this,given his unfamiliarity? Who will offer up suggestions for signing targets? Who even will scout those targets on his behalf? 

Recent history tells us that these things have rarely been a task offered to the manager anyway at Celtic,but then that also explains why we are in this position in the first place. It really is not the place we should expect a well run club to be in,is it? Which premise would depend on us actually being just that,of course.

AP has his work cut out to make any impression on the momentum that our rivals have built up,and DMcK has a very difficult job too in order to support him and to supply him with the raw materials to work with. Or even to persuade those raw materials in the form of new signings to join us at a time of flux. It is my opinion that he is a brave man to take the job on at all,but then he probably feels that Celtic is a terrific club with a worldwide reputation and support base,that he may be unlikely to receive a similar offer from a club of a similar stature. 

Or he might just relish the challenge!

Either way,every Celtic supporter will want him to succeed,and mightily so. Our support for him is a given,but he has a horrendously difficult task in front of him. For that reason,the support of the fans might be considered incidental-that the real crux of the matter is that our board give him their full backing,and every support that is requested of them. 

For it is the board who got us into this mess,and it is incumbent on them to do everything in their power to help AP get us out of it. As I said the other day…

Good luck,Ange-you’re gonna need it.

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Above article by BMCUWP

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Repost from yesterday-please note that there are still a few teams available,as we are running two competitions.

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Mahe

Folks, regarding the Euro Charity Sweepstakes the PayPal address is gutterkid1@hotmail.com.
Ten pounds per entrant donation before the end of the tournament please.

The draw was made last night and is as following,,,
Mahe – Scotland
MIT – Czech Republic
TheTic – Hungary
Leggy – Portugal
BMCUWP – Russia
Chalmersbhoy – England
Drew – Macedonia
ATOB – Sweden
Jobo – France
1TimMalloy – Belgium
JimtheTim53 – Austria
Friesdorfer – Slovakia
SES – Turkey
Cosy Corner Bhoy – Finland
Celtic Champs Elect – Croatia
Big Packy – Germany
St Tams – Italy
Granny Mac’s Bhoy – Netherlands
CFC – Switzerland
Garry – Spain
Henrikschip – Poland
Bada Bing – Ukraine
Celtic1member1vote – Wales
Gordon64 – Denmark
Mattybhoy – Germany
Angel Gabriel – Netherlands
The Star Above The Crest – France
Raymac – Russia
CeltsForChange2021 – Finland
Sol Kitts – Denmark
Voguepunter – Ukraine
ASWGL – Czech Republic
Auldheid – Poland
McCaff – Italy
Paddy’s Maw – Macedonia
McCaff Jr – Hungary
Craig76 – England

Good luck everyone.

craig76

BMCUWP
I belive this is the updated list.

Mahe
Oglach – Turkey
Chalmersbhoy Wife – Spain
Mahe – Scotland
MIT – Czech Republic
TheTic – Hungary
Leggy – Portugal
BMCUWP – Russia
Chalmersbhoy – England
Drew – Macedonia
ATOB – Sweden
Jobo – France
1TimMalloy – Belgium
JimtheTim53 – Austria
Friesdorfer – Slovakia
SES – Turkey
Cosy Corner Bhoy – Finland
Celtic Champs Elect – Croatia
Big Packy – Germany
St Tams – Italy
Granny Mac’s Bhoy – Netherlands
CFC – Switzerland
Garry – Spain
Henrikschip – Poland
Bada Bing – Ukraine
Celtic1member1vote – Wales
Gordon64 – Denmark
Mattybhoy – Germany
Angel Gabriel – Netherlands
The Star Above The Crest – France
Raymac – Russia
CeltsForChange2021 – Finland
Sol Kitts – Denmark
Voguepunter – Ukraine
ASWGL – Czech Republic
Auldheid – Poland
McCaff – Italy
Paddy’s Maw – Macedonia
McCaff Jr – Hungary
Craig76 – England
Maggie Mc Gill – Wales
Valleybhoy – Belgium
The Real Mc Coy – Slovakia

June 10, 2021 7:44 pm

Le baldy qu’est Jobo

Good morning, friends and a Big Happy Friday from a grey and drizzly East Kilbride.
Clever wee headline to today’s article, Bobby. yesterday’s statement from Celtic suggested that there was no problem in relation to having the required coaching credentials so I’m assuming (dangerous!) that these issues have already been discussed with UEFA.
Time for works (step…step…step….step….step….step….step….sit)

Chalmersbhoy

Mahe
Sent entry fee on behalf of DRM and his wife for 2 teams.
HH

the(Hungary)tic

The new CEO is not much help in offering advice on new players unless we are looking for Rugby Players,which could be a good idea, put some bite in the team.
When Wim came in we had Murdo to give him the local knowledge he lacked. We have lots of past players who would fill this position, like Jackie Mac, John Hughes,Simon Donnelly etc, etc Just please don’t let it be JK

Cosy Corner Bhoy

‘ Comparisons are Odious ‘ and ‘ Comparison is the Thief of Joy ‘, are two well known quotes and if we are casting our eyes and minds to the south side of Glasgow, the first is definitely true. Also true is the second as all of the support, both happy clappers and naysayers, are most definitely not full of the joys!
However, Slippy G was an absolute novice manager and held no UEFA certificates, yet the SMSM hailed his appointment as ‘ a stroke of genius ‘ by the Hun board! Our man on the other hand is a novice apparently. The fact that he actually has a long and mostly successful career in the Southern Hemisphere is practically ignored! Another fact is Der Hun took longer to appoint their new manager than even we did! Has there been or was there criticism of the Govan Works X1 board’s incompetence! Again, nay and thrice times nay! We criticise our board when necessary and factually true that they are incompetent, the SMSM never criticise ‘ That mob frae Govan ‘!
Anyway, says more of them than us as we at least looked him up on YouTube!
The bottom line is… Ange Postecoglou is here, he is ours and we will support him one hundred percent!
Welcome Ange, now go and kick some ass at board level and DMK you make sure you help him.
It’s time to stop taking their shit and hit back with facts, of which there are plenty.

D R M

CB cheers for that will square you up when we see you and Mrs cb next month, looking forward to catching up.

Mahe if there are no teams left we are happy to just make a donation. Well done to you and all the charity organisers and contributors on the blog👍.

Cosy Corner Bhoy

I see I drew Finland! Is that the land of Huckleberry or that bus shite Kamara who tells no lies and his versions of things are the essence of truth? Unless he is singing FTP and apparently he wasn’t! Funny old game this football reporting.
The fact that he plays for Finland is enough for me! Anyone bu England is now superseded by Anyone but Finland, albeit only slightly 😁

Cosy Corner Bhoy

I didn’t know he used the bus.. the big shite!

saltires voting for Christmas

Bobby – agree if he had been on the radar for 4 years it should have been done long time ago.

That was very helpful background on our new guy. Not so sure he needs a local guy to advise him on the current Scottish scene – as long as the bus driver knows the way to the stadiums he will be fine.

A fresh broom is much needed.

Not so bothered about the +100 days to conclude in these circumstances. What is unsettling is the press releases around Eddie and now Ange. We are all over the ship.

Yesterday I was sent a link to a great interview with Ange -( it seems to have been taken down now) how can a very smart podcaster get in front of the club on this?

As someone said elsewhere, has Dom come on early for a handover and simply asked to fill the vending machines? There is little to no evidence of the much heralded (apol.) communications savvy..

Perhaps Dom is keeping his powder dry, and suddenly, burst onto the scene with a sparkle and unleash a whirlwind of good news on July 1st …

… it’s not long now

GER57

Can I have a team please.

Gordon64

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/jun/10/celtic-gamble-on-ange-postecoglou-with-major-overhaul-needed-to-challenge-rangers

‘Celtic need a goalkeeper, two centre-backs, two full-backs, at least one midfielder, two wingers and two strikers to be serious title challengers. Pre-season training is scheduled to begin on 17 June.’

McCaffioso

Buongiorno a tutti da un Renfrew coperto dove dovrei essere su un tetto più tardi ma solo se è asciutto al 100%!!
Povero Angelo! Gli capita solo di raccogliere potenzialmente uno dei migliori lavori nel calcio in uno dei periodi peggiori della nostra storia! Povero Angelo!
Ma… per quanto riguarda la ricostruzione e il numero di giocatori necessari per reinserirci in senso calcistico si potrebbe facilmente sostenere che questo reclutamento è stato comunque necessario per anni!! Questa ricostruzione forzata potrebbe benissimo funzionare a nostro favore e a favore di Ange!
Forza Celtic, forza Ange!!
Forza Italia!
😎

McCaff

Good morning all from an overcast Renfrew where I’m supposed to be on a roof later but only if it is 100% dry!!
Poor Ange! He just happens to pick up potentially one of the best jobs in football at one of the worst times in our history! Poor Ange!
But…regarding the rebuild and the number of players required to re-set us in a footballing sense it could easily be argued that this recruitment has been needed for years anyway!! This enforced rebuild might very well work in ours and Ange’s favour!
Come on Celtic, Come on Ange!!
Come on Italy!

Donegal Ghirl

It’s funny the MSSM did not make comments on Stephen Gerrard about his lack of qualifications and when did the last Scottish manager take his country to a World Cup.AP has done it twice.

Legaldo

Bobby,

Brilliant header and very smart.

Actually looking forward to the Euros which takes my mind off of all things Celtic. Let Ange settle in quietly and hope he does some smart recruiting.

Gon the Portugal 🇵🇹

Ps
McCaff

Love the Italiano !!!!

Donegal Ghirl

Let AP get on with the job it only took Stephen Gerrard theee years to win a triphy an he’s been treated like a hid by the UK media.

Óglach: Cat 4

Not wishing to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm for Ange but qualifying for the WC with Australia is hardly a major footballing achievement when one considers the opposition they face in the qualifying rounds – Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Thailand, Syria etc Admittedly he had a couple of decent results against much tougher opposition during the competition proper.

I wish him all the best but I am expecting little. Go and prove me wrong Ange – please🙏

Legaldo

Mahe,

Payment made via Mrs L’s PayPal.

HH 🍀🍀

Maestro Fan

I like the look of Big Ange and I found his interview sincere and compelling. He’s hungry for it, for obvious reasons and for that reason a better fit that Howe, who lacked the stomach for it.

As you say, his Achilles heel is Desmond and his comatose (barely) nodding dogs on the Board. Not to mention the poison chalice bequeathed by that absolute fraud Lawwell, which you describe.

auldheid

In the Celtic village the great BR arrived and the villagers rejoiced.shouting “Hurrah, we are saved from the Viking RonDelia.

The Auld Village Head said ” we’ll see”

And it came to pass the great BR departed for a bigger village in city of Lee Sester and Kneel of Lennon arrived to take his place.

And the Villagers cried “ffs woe is on us”

And the Auld Village Head said ” we”ll see”

And the Kneel of Lennon won titles and trophies and the Celtic villagers cried ” Hurrah the Tenth doth beckon”

And the Auld Village Head said “we”ll see”

And the Tenth fell by the wayside without a whimper and the villagers cried ” the end is nigh” as Kneel of Lennon departed in a cloud of acrimony.

And the Auld Village Head said “we”ll see”

Hopes undulated with rumours of arrival of Ed of Howe to be dashed after a dragon attacked his new bosses cart and set it aflame.

And the villagers cried ” Shambles, dodged a bullet or the end has now arrived for me, we are fecked”

And the Auld Village Head said “we”ll see”

Then from the Land of Downunder cames news of arrival of Greek messenger god Ange of Posty Coglou and the Celtic villagers cried ” who the feck is he? Is this a jest, is he a jester appointed by departing King Peter of Thornton Hall (the bassa)?
We are heading for the Outback. and years in the wilderness.”

And the Auld Village Head said “we”ll see”

Legaldo

Auldheid,

Absolutely brilliant.

Made me chuckle 🤭

fan-a-tic

Peter Lawwell said this in 2018.
( Our challenge over the next six years is to remain relevant. We are regarded, no matter where we go, as a top class European club.)
Now we know better than to believe anything that he said but if it had any ring of plausibility why did we employ Lennon when there would surely have been plenty coaches looking to manage a top class European club?
And now 105 days after Lennon left we finally appoint a coach who has no experience in the European arena.
We had the fans pay prices of a top European club while serving them 3rd rate fare.
Ange does not need to be great to improve on last season but a more positive and supportive board would give him a better chance of success.

fan-a-tic

SALTIRES
Let’s not get started on the World class Celtic dry powder.
Has anyone ever actually seen it?
Aesop would have struggled to put out such a fantastic fable.

mursheen

Hi

BMCW i have sent tenner to gutterkid hopefully there is a team left in the sweep, if not no worries.

Go on Ange!!!

Mursheen

Le baldy qu’est Jobo

Auldheid @ 10.27 – that is a fantastic parody of your infamous original “we’ll see” story which I know you’ve posted on and off over the years on CQN. A repost of the original may be comforting to many on here.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

MURSHEEN

Excellent. Thank you!

Celtic Champs Elect

Hi MAHE

Just to let you know I sent you the dish for the Euros under CCE 🙂

Celtic Champs Elect

Dosh pred txt grr

Chalmersbhoy

Cce
I have still got your £10 winnings from score predictor I could send you it via pay pal get my email from Bobby.
HH

Gordon64

Scotland team face backlash over ‘take the knee’ decision

OVER the years, the Scottish Football Association have ironically seemed adept at scoring own goals, and they again faced accusations of blundering incompetence this week as they announced that Scotland’s players wouldn’t be taking the knee at the European Championships.

Given the courageous persistence of the English national squad in continuing to perform the gesture prior to their games in the face of booing from a section of their own supporters, there was an understandable anger from Scotland fans about how it might look if our own players stood not in solidarity with their opponents at Wembley next week, but in seemingly cowardly contrast.

Glasgow MSP Paul Sweeney said: “Standing is not an act of solidarity in any credible sense.

“It will actually communicate a problematic message on an international stage, especially in contrast to the moral courage shown by young black players in the England squad. I hope the Scotland squad will reconsider this.”

Gordon64
Dharma Bam

Postecoglou
Postecoglou
Postecoglou and his green and white team

WorkInPogress.csc

Celtic Champs Elect

Hi CB

Many thanks for your kind gesture

If you would be so kind could you just put it Germany to win the euros outright and we will split the winnings :-))

Sol Kitts Hygge

Big Packy
A true story for you. When I was back in Saltcoats a few weeks ago I decided to take a survey of local folk. I asked 10 of them if they could name a fish starting with S. 9 of them said SINGLE. 😎😎

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM and SOLKITTS, once went to ardrossan it was raining, then went to saltcoats it was raining there, next was ayr,,then girvan and largs, not forgetting kilwinning of course, is there anywhere in ayrshire that does not pour with rain😎😎😎

big packy

OH forgot went to maybole once and it was partly sunny, took some photos with my old brownie camera, sadly they didnt develop properly because of the hidden clouds, well that was what the photo man told me when i went to get them devoloped,,another true story from the archives,😎, where is jim btw,,hope your ok jim if your lurking👍

jimVonTrapp53

Hiya Packy I am fine thanks. I drew Austria in the Euros. A 100/1 shot! I see you got a top 6 team! 🙂

big packy

HI JIM, how did you change your name, I want to be big packy rumennige, the great german player just for the euros, but dont know how to change it, im not asking mcaff he will charge me too much,.another true story,😎

saltires voting for Christmas

fan-a-tic
SALTIRES
Let’s not get started on the World class Celtic dry powder.
Has anyone ever actually seen it?
Aesop would have struggled to put out such a fantastic fable.
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Aye buddy, I hoped someone would remember the oul’ fabled dry powder gag… 😊

Often wonder where the powder room is at Paradise…

HH

Legaldo

Afternoon all,

I see the Maestro is giving the thumbs up to our new Manager.

That’ll do nicely as he is in my top 5 Celtic players of all time.

Gon the Ange 👍👍👍👍

jimVonTrapp53

Packy, in the box below the Comments box (join the discussion….), is your moniker. delete that & replace with your new name. DONT touch your email address.

big packy

CHEERS, jim von trapp 😎

vogue(Ukraine not be serious)punter

This changing monikers is a load of shoite :O)

SteveNaive

Mitoma (FB) from Japan and Patrick Berg, Bodo Glimt (CDM) being mentioned in some dispatches.
Maybe things already started ?

auldheid

Big Packy
A true story for you. When I was back in Saltcoats a few weeks ago I decided to take a survey of local folk. I asked 10 of them if they could name a fish starting with S. 9 of them said SINGLE. 😎😎
========
The tenth from Newton Mearns said “Special”?

Chalmersbhoy

Cce
Your £10 is on Germany to win outright at 8/1
Good luck
HH

jimVonTrapp53

Auldheid, LOL 🙂

Scotland the Brave, don't lift ma kilt - Mahe

Happy Friday folks. Let’s hope it’s a good game.

Ger, we have a few teams left if you want to take one.

Hail Hail

big packy

AULDHEID 😎👍 still worries me about spilling your dads bovril at the vojvodina game👍,another true story,😎

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