Holding Out For A Hero

Morning,all.

Wednesday morning was our chance to reflect on an important and very busy transfer window,as we waved farewell to a number of our “top performers” over the last few years and enthusiastically welcomed the arrival of their replacements. It is the nature of the beast that we know what we will miss with the departure of former heroes,while never knowing for sure what any new signing will bring to the party.

Sadly,we know all too well what most of those who left gave us recently,so I won’t dwell on that.

We have seen highly regarded big name players flop after their arrival at the club,while others have almost sneaked their way unheralded through the front door-and into our hearts forever as they embedded their names into the history and lore of Celtic FC. The list of players who were unknown prior to their arrival is worthy of a book in itself,and though most will have sunk without trace there are legends like Van Hooijdonk,Van Dijk and Henrik. And that’s only including the ones who have arrived from The Netherlands!

Our latest signing from that strangely undervalued country is Giorgios Giakoumakis,and he is of Greek heritage with a point to prove. Anyone who saw the recent interview with AP will surely have been moved by the accounts of his struggles in early life,as his parents struggled to adapt to a strange culture,a new language and the endemic racism so typical of the time-and not just in Australia.

“Nobody moves to a new land to give themselves a better life,they do it in the hope that life will be better for their children.” So true,and as the descendants of immigrants ourselves,many will recognise and empathise with the sentiments our new manager expressed,and the pride he had while speaking about his parents.

Gio hasn’t had it easy either,though I’d hazard a guess that it might not have been as tough as it was for AP and his parents. He arrives at our club in what should be his prime years,at the age of 26-another curious parallel with Henrik. But Celtic is his EIGHTH club in a short career to date,and I think it is fair to say that for most of that he has hardly set the world on fire. But is it really entirely fair to judge him on his record at clubs where he was barely given the time of day,much less a chance to shine? In NINE years as a striker,he has achieved the princely total of 54 career goals. That is not the record of a man that we should be pinning our hopes upon.

But that is not a fair judgement,not by any standards. I believe that the lad has had a fitful career to date,never been able to hold down a place as a regular for any of his former clubs-except one. It is almost impossible to be a success at a club when you don’t know from one week to the next if you are playing at the weekend. VVV in The Netherlands took him in,made him a regular choice,and he repaid their faith with a ridiculous 29 goals in 33 games.

And that is while playing for a team which was relegated! 

I’d hazard a guess that while he was scoring a goal every 100 minutes or so,there weren’t too many missed chances coming his way. Relegated teams tend to see more of the ball in their own box than in that of the opponents. I’m not a “Statto” so I can’t give you chapter and verse on his hotspots or expected goals or anything-I’ll be honest,when the pundits start talking about that stuff,I just head for the bar-but this man has the look to me of someone who has simply been begging for the chance to show what he can do on a regular basis.

And when he was finally offered that chance-in a new country-he grabbed it with both hands! To win The Golden Boot as top goalscorer in any country is an achievement-to do it as an unknown journeyman,and for a relegated side,takes us into the realms of Hollywood and films like ROCKY!

I firmly believe we have signed a player who feels that he has a point to prove,and one that might even be fired with a grudge against his doubters of the past,the people who dangled the carrot then pulled it away so often. Yes,he might be looking two years down the line at a time when he may think that he will have one last chance at a life-changing contract elsewhere. For me,that is all to the good,for we will be the beneficiaries in those two seasons if he scores enough goals to achieve that aim. But then,there is Henrik…

Henrik arrived at Celtic Park as a waif and stray,unwanted in his new Dutch homeland,and at virtually the same age as Gio. He stayed,making himself a legend in the process. It is unfair-and far too early-to put such a burden on our new signing. But then,he feels capable of inheriting the No 7 jersey-so why not?

The platform is there for our new man to join the pantheon of legendary players to wear that coveted number. It’s down to you,mate. In the next two years,you have the chance to continue the magic of that shirt-or pair of shorts!-and to stake your claim for a place on the mural which adorns the exterior of our stadium.

And then,in two years time,you will have the chance to sign that life-changing contract,the one that sets you and your family up for life. But with us-not some diddy team from the yoyo regions of the English game.

Go,Gio!!!

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Above article by BMCUWP

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jimthetim53

Bobby, in two years time, I hope I am referring back to this article.

Mahe

The magnificent 7 rides again!
Viva Gio!

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JIMTHETIM53,MAHE

Nothing wrong with setting too high a target,but not achieving it. For too long,our targets have been set too low-and it’s questionable that even those were achieved.

If I ever meet Michaelangelo in the afterlife,he will strangle me for strangling his famous words!

Thetic

The Sevco fans had a big target in Joe Hart last weekend, He was pelted with cups and god knows what else, I wonder what the cops were doing ? I didn’t see any move over to offer protection or lift any punters. Maybe they are still going through the CCTV
It will be interesting to see how FIFA handle the actions in Hungary for the same infraction I am sure the Scottish authorities are still working on it
On Bobby’s article , if the new guys give us lots of effort Ange will help them maximize their potential and the fans will lift them to highs they will never forget

bada bing1

Sevco’s fan boy media partners ,shown up by the Daily Record…..a bit of irony in there……this will be because the huns are charging media outlets 25k for stadium access, i really hope the clowns have ponied up the cash,because they will get emptied asap

bada bing1

https://vacs.nhs.scot/csp

Digital Vaccine passport

A thing of beauty

The tic,
There would hardly have been a police officer in the Victorian lavvy on Sunday. They don’t want the cost of policing and mostly steward it themselves. I would
Imagine as there was no away fans the police presence would have been even less than usual.
Bada,
As you say, The Record are only jumping up and down because they are not in the press conferences anymore. I would suggest also that if they want to do their job properly they should get a hold of the tweets and what’s apps involving sevcos actual press officer. I would be very surprised if they did not contain the same language. Allegedly of course.

bada bing1

ATOB- I think we refused to do a presser after the game on Sunday, with the hun fan boys

Saltires en Sevilla

Radio silence today!

Terrible, terrible news from NZ attack etc.

Then

Next item … Abba’ new album is the top phone in agenda topic

Will we see a classic redtop follow up story on racists this Saturday?

Or will the warnings hit their mark…

Saltires en Sevilla

Bobby

Cracking read this morning buddy

Henrikschip

BMCUWP

Interesting take on Gio’s career to date and the comparison to the KOK, no mean comparison. If he is half as good as Henrik he will be a roaring success. You point out that he needs games, to be playing regularly so if that is the case and he plays as a number nine, that displaces Kyogo to the left which is not where he excels. You also have Abada and Jota, literally waiting in the wings and JF coming back.You can’t play all four so it will be an interesting dilemma for big Ange to resolve. I am sure that Gio will be 100% motivated which will be a welcome change from Eddy.

bada bing1

Michael Stewart

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Who is actually going to be at the next press conference if the mainstream don’t have access and the ‘official media partners’ are being investigated by the police? It’s all an incredible state of affairs for Rangers to put themselves in.

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Michael Stewart

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The latest story of racism and general unacceptable behaviour connected with Rangers shows this isn’t some fringe element. Official Media Partners with access to the top of the club involved. The club have a serious amount of work to do to weed out this mentality.

bada bing1

Nobody else in the media has the balls of MS to call them out

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BADABING

Michael Stewart is probably the only person in the SMSM with any cojones at all. That is pathetic,because in every walk of life an independent and enquiring media is a necessity. Power must be held to account,even if the truth is an unwanted guest at the table.

Senga

Bada/Bobby,

Jim Spence to be fair has been very vocal calling them out

junglegerry

H.H. Tims.
I see the onion berrz have found the crayola crayons again. Check out Phil Macs blog.JG.

bada bing1

Senga,true

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SENGA

Well said,and his career suffered badly because of it.

bada bing1

Scales called up for ROI

Senga

Bobby,

It’s dreadful the way Jim Spence was treated, I don’t think we know the half of it. I’ve just noticed Graham Speirs has spoken out as well but it’s always the same people

bada bing1

CATHOLIC UNITED chairman James Paviour has revealed the club have received ‘hateful comments’ online after being adopted by more than 10,000 Celtic fans in the last 48 hours.

The Essex-based non-league side have been overwhelmed after tweeting their support for former youth product Cameron Carter-Vickers as the Tottenham star agreed a loan deal to join the Hoops shortly before the deadline on Tuesday

Doesn’t take these clowns long….

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SENGA

Graham Spiers was working for The Herald in 2004 when he criticised Murray over the state of hun finances. Murray demanded their fans boycott the newspaper until Spiers was sacked.

Not a single fellow journalist in Scotland spoke up in favour of Spiers. So much for professional solidarity,eh?

Senga

Bobby

I think it’s a mixture of fear and the brotherhood that they didn’t speak up, balls and integrity in the Scottish mainstream meeja are a rarity

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SENGA

See BADABING at 1217 for the truth of that!

Senga

They really are despicable, Angela Haggerty has been getting frightening abuse this week. Along with most of us, I’m pigging sick of it

Sol Kitts

I can’t help thinking that the answer to racism in football is for FIFA to decree that an independent body will deal with all instances of racism anywhere in world football, and whatever punishment they hand down will be binding. Any Association choosing not to accept their ruling should be expelled from football.
They should be able to accept cases from all stakeholders in the game, and that includes the fans, if sufficient evidence is provided.
Leaving this to corrupt Associations like the SFA has proven to be a failure of governance. Time to take their ability to make prejudiced decisions away, for the sake of the wider game.

Mahe

Upset the SFA, upset the Main Stream Media, constant infighting or just fighting when gathered, upset the Japanese,

No wonder a line in their song says no one likes us.

They truly are one of if not the worst club in the world.

It does look as if the DR are saying if you guys wont play the game then we shall leak some of the unsavoury truths about the club.
But if they bring the DR back, the rest could play that game.
Who is actually there for press conferences nowadays?

They are clearly struggling to raise funds, that’s one hell of a difference between our Europa League package. We got the pricing right, but screwed up the days and kickoff time, which in fairness wasn’t our fault.

Taking this title and it’s forty million would sink them.

The Cinch malarkey should see them kicked out,,I couldn’t see that flying elsewhere.
They go behind in the league, with a couple big bills like Cinch. Mash, Dave Kings loan, and I reckon it’s another handy administration event.
That gives their fans and manager an out for losing the league,,but would force the entire setup to confront the fact that is their business model,,debt and admin if looking bad.
Administration can’t become a business tactic. Shouldnt be allowed to become one.

Ange could sink them, and win his first title attempt.
That would be some feat.

Happy Friday folks.

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SOLKITTS,MAHE

Pair of basterts. That’s my plan for tomorrow’s article screwed,I reckon!

Mahe

There’s a million articles in that brain Sir, they await only to be penned 😉
Stevie G and the Upsetters is a good title

Mahe

Rest in Peace Lee Scratch Perry.
Im glad I got to witness the icon live in Belfast.
Reggae is poorer without you.

MAGUA

Mahe

I too have high hopes for GMac.

I would like to see Ange employ Kyogo as a No.10. With his fitness level, I reckon he would be a revelation in that position.

Wee question: Can registered Celtic players play for both the B team, and the First team?…as was the set-up, with the old reserve league. Or is it the case that individual players are registered to one or the other?

Hail Hail.

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MAGUA

Can’t be sure,but I would expect players registered with the club to be able to play at any level-age group restrictions permitting.

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM jim im with solkitts at the moment, we are starting a band, said to sol do you know any bass players, yes he says my mate, he only gets here with a double bass, now this guy is five foot nothin, the bass is bigger than him, sol i said could you not just have got a fender or something, and sol is sitting here with a 12 string guitar ,why have a 12 string guitar when he only plays 3 of them, and no your not joining the band jim, you will start playing a classical piece in E flat and show us all up, sol thinks an E flat is a house on the festival park in basildon,,another true story,

Mahe

Magua,
I heard the A team can pull players out of the B team, but then they must stay there, can’t just yoyo in and out.
That’s fine tbh.

Labour day weekend here which is a bit ironic. Give a lot of workers the day off and they tend to go out to eat , drink and play.
Which makes it hell for those unfortunately working. The hospitality industry always get it in the ass,, they are workers also but oh no, you guys never get the weekend off as the bottom line etc.
The Day for the workers actually screws over a lot of workers. I’d ban the thing or mandate all workers off, everyone stock up the day before and tough if you run out.

Hail Hail

MAGUA

Mahe and BMCUW

Cheers for the replies Bhoys.

Hail Hail.

big packy

MAGUA, are you from the same neck of the woods as belmont brian,

MAGUA

Big Packy

Not quite pal. The bold Brian is a Coatbridge Bhoy, whereas I currently reside-I wouldn’t call it living-in Ibrox. Just to be clear Packy, I mean Ibrox the area, not the toxic stadium. Just in case you thought that I had pitched a tent on the non-hallowed turf, as a one man protest at recent events. Hope you and Joan are well. 😀😀😀

I see that it’s now being reported, that the Daily Record’s expose of Hun tweets, concerns historical tweets, going back a couple of years. In other words, the bastards have been sitting on this for ages. It probably would not have seen the light of day, but for the recent lovers-tiff, between the DR and Ibrox. I wonder what other juicy exclusives they will have on the Huns, in the weeks to come. This could get messy…at least I feckin’ well hope it does. The DR and the Ibrox mob deserve each other.

BobWoodwardCSC

Hail Hail.

Mahe

There you have it.
If caught announce its ‘agenda driven’ as your big get out of jail card, and the no one likes us mentality helps make that fact.
It’s pathetic, it’s head in the sand stuff.

https://twitter.com/ibroxrocks/status/1433779459400798211?s=19

Mahe

Magua,
Regarding the DRs headlines we were often told the best method of attack is a Sellic bad, Gets good story combo, even when it’s made up pish.
That combo sells well, and became the DRs and others bread and butter business practice.

Forward to today’s Gers bad comments and the likelihood is sales would fall today, and in the short term, given that this is now described as an agenda by the DR. Their followers will believe that, and probably some will boycott the DR now.

Imagine the executive staff at that paper discussing the sales.
The obvious question would be why did our sales fall from that day.
The answer of course is because they told the truth, opened a can of worms.
But, for an industry dying on its feet, this may be a bridge too far for the editors/owners.

If bullshit is more profitable, then one can imagine there will be pressure from above to halt the truth and return to the bullshit simply to sell more copies.
We also have the journalist (I use the term loosely) getting abuse left right and centre, maybe affecting him.

Rocking the boat so to speak can hit the bottom line, and can hurt the company and it’s employees.

Given this, I often wonder if proper journalism is simply impossible in Bonnie Scotland.
I understand no writer wants major hassle maybe (family) attacked, and they won’t wish to hurt circulation, being the cause of a numbers drop can hardly help the workplace.
Bad position to be placed in, getting a real story could end you.

The rags should stand together for common cause on this one, and that might actually bring some lost newspaper buyers back.

Hail Hail

Mahe

God bless the soul of Johnny Thompson, 90 years ago today he passed away.
Delighted to read there’s a pilgrimage to his graveside. Fair play to all involved.
Rest in Peace Johnny, gone but not forgotten.

Philbhoy

MAHE

Amen to that.

Rest in Peace Johnny.

Mahe

Cheers Philbhoy and I hope all is well Sir.
Hail Hail

Mahe

A tune for big slim Jim.

https://youtu.be/EPOIS5taqA8

MAGUA

Mahe

You make a very good argument re the DR and falling sales. You would obviously be over-qualified to pen an article for that blat.

Philbhoy

Twas a pleasure to meet you and Christine at the hoot.

Hail Hail.

Mahe

I’m delighted to be putting a small nail in their coffin 6 mornings a week.

Turning on their last remaining demographic had gotta hurt, and I expect shall be halted from on high.

Does everyone realize the new site The Celtic Way is a collection of actual journos trying to monetize our support? They each throw an article a week in, and got a couple known Tims to do the same and help advertise/promote them.
I’m disappointed in ACSOM for going near them tbh, although I think ACSOM put out some quality stuff .
I would never tell our posters what to do or what not to do, but I do hope all Sentinels avoid that place.

Hail Hail

big packy

MAGUA, i went to school in coatbridge, st augustines 👍

Mahe

The Times is just about as bad as the Record btw.
Two days in a row having a go at Tims or their schools.
Can’t believe I used to read that rag.

Mahe

They’ve (onion bears) have lost it with this latest garbage

https://twitter.com/AllterNation/status/1433560068385955844?s=19

Mahe

I like this guy’s accent, Tim or not
https://youtu.be/TT70LCNsz7I

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