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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Racism, Rangers and the Fourth Estate – Bella Caledonia https://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2021/09/03/racism-rangers-and-the-fourth-estate/ Phil Mac Giolla Bhain

MAGUA

Mahe

The dangerous thing about the Union Bears, is that they actually believe that they are discriminated against in big, bad Scotland, with the SNP, Daily Record, and the polis being the worst offenders. Where do you begin to understand this level of ignorance? Luckily, The Conservative and Unionist Party are onboard with their pish. Not one word of condemnation, from the so-called ‘law and (Orange) order party’ on the Huns latest racist antics.

Hail Hail.

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MAGUA

Big Packy

A fine establishment, so I hear. 😀

Hail. Hail.

Mahe

Any act of sectarianism or racism should be punished starting with mandatory education.
Drink drivers here must go to groups that include grieving mother’s who lost kids to drink driving.
Make them spend time with others, for many aren’t doing it voluntarily.
Being the minority can be uncomfortable, but it is eye opening.

Sol Kitts

Big Packy 321
Did I tell you that BMCUWP once asked to be in the Salvation Army band? They asked him what instrument he played. When they suggested the cornet, he said he didn’t like ice cream, stormed off and never went back.🎺🎺. True story

big packy

SOL 😎😎 wee liverpool joke, scouser and his son are walking down london road in liverpool, the son spots this bike shop and this fantastic bike in the window,dad ive got my eye on that bike, well keep your eye on it cause you wont be getting your arse on it,

Sol Kitts

Big Packy
I thought you were going to tell me the joke about the wee boy who asked his mum, “Are we Scouse or Aberdonians.”
His mum replied, “Your dad’s from Liverpool so you’re half Scouse, and I’m from Aberdeen, so you’re half Aberdonian. Why do you ask?”
“Well,” he said,” there’s a boy at school selling his bike. If I’m Aberdonian I’ll knock him down on the price, if I’m Scouse I’ll pinch it.”

big packy

SOL im going to tell that one on my next gig,.when that will be who knows,.another true story

Craig 76

Evening all

SEAN SOUTH OF GARRYOWEN / charlieandthebhoys

big packy

SOL, 2 irishmen pat and mick ,saw a sign saying tree fellars wanted, mick said to pat if only seamus had been with us we would have got that job, murphy was arrested and sent for trial for armed bank robbery, after due deliberation the jury foreman stands up and says not guilty, thats grand says murphy, does that mean i get to keep the money.

A thing of beauty

Bada,
Thanks for the link to the vaccine passport. That’s me sorted and have it on my phone. No idea how that will help me into celtic park as the hail hail article states. Let’s hope for some news soon.

Sol Kitts

Big Packy
A true story. I was walking past a wishing well with my mother-in-law when she fell in. I didn’t realise these things worked. 😂😂

Paddy’s Maw

Has anyone received a response from their SNP MSP regarding the anti Irish / anti catholic singing by the Rangers fans? I received mine today and wondered if it was the same as everyone else’s?

big packy

SOL 😎

Prestonpans bhoys

Reb songs before 8p.m., why not will enjoy it with a glass of 🍸

big packy

where is jimthetim43 tonight, are you lurking james 😎

Craig 76

Prestonpans bhoys
To be fair I was only 3mins off 8 o’clock

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BIGPACKY

He just texted me,miffed that you put ten years on him.

Prestonpans bhoys

Craig 76
When the next wan👏👏👏👏

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PRESTONPANSBHOY

I posted one a couple of hours ago in a reply to MAHE.I worked on the assumption that the sun was over the yardarm-somewhere!

Prestonpans bhoys

Bobby
I recall about a year ago on CQN me and two Irish bhoys posting Reb song ping pong, lasted over an hour😂😂😂😂😂

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PRESTONPANSBHOY

Good lad!

Sadly,on the occasional visits to CQN,my feed is about two hours behind-so I wouldn’t have noticed anyway…

Craig 76

Sunday Bloody Sunday / Charlie and the Bhoys – Topic

big packy

BOBBY 😎😎

Craig 76

The SAM Song with lyrics / Forgotten Lyrics

jimthetim53

Packy, sorry pal. That’s me back in from thepub. My auld pal Harry was 88 today. He played for Rangers as a youngster but is a terrific man. I could listen to him all day.

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CRAIG76

I remember seeing U2 perform Sunday Bloody Sunday in 83 at Tiffs. Bloody hell,way to make me feel my age!

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JIMTHETIM53

I’m sure you have a lot of badges with his age on it,did you give him one as a present?

Mahe

So FIFA want a world cup every two years and UEFA are fighting them.
Greedy bastards with no consideration for the players clearly. That’s zero rest for International players. Quality will dip, injuries rise, overdosed on football but hey, think of the TV rights money eh.
The games bloody broken. It’s obvious.
Those two organizations are part of the problem now.
It’s the players need to take a stand soon. Skip the world cup qualifiers or something.

jimthetim53

Bobby thats went right over my head!

Craig 76

BMCUWP 👍🤣

jimthetim53

Packy a story. Back in 1970 when I was 17, there was a woman worked in the office who loved me to bits, like a son. She was in charge of the music played in the PA system. Christine loved Jim reeves. Everytime I hear this song I think of her. She was early 40s I think, and a blonde bombshell. I loved her to bits. She would be in her nineties now! God love her.

jimthetim53

Bobby, just got it! Centenary year! I’m an eejit.

He was telling me that 1933, the year he was born, was when hitler came to power in Germany.

jimthetim53

Craig 76

Highland Paddy with lyrics / Rebel Lyrics

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JIMTHETIM53

How much did you have to bloody drink today?!!!!

Craig 76

The Wolfe Tones Padriag Pearse.wmv / phoenix1916

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PRESTONPANSBHOY

Banned fae Kilmarnock for being too feniany?

Craig 76

One for BP

The Dubliners – Off to Dublin in the Green 1973 / fritz51327

Dharma Bam

BMCUWP,
U2 in Tiffanys – March 83. I think the alarm were the support.
I was there anol!

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DHARMABAM

Bloody great gig. GARRY and I were just talking about it on Saturday. Saw some great bands there around that time-then went off live music altogether when it went too mega.

Mahe
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MAHE

FIFA have been trying for a World Cup every two years for a while. They won’t get it,as all the other continental federations have their own tournament.

I suspect they may try to push it through by banning any federation,national association,player who refuses to take part. In which case,watch the lawyers licking their lips.

jimthetim53

jimthetim53

CaltonTongues

Bada Bing earlier.

Michael Stewart

“The club have a serious amount of work to do to weed out this mentality.”

Hey Scotland/WORLD, if the huns even attempted to tackle this, there’s yer Armageddon….

Won’t happen, deal with it, It’s their cuntry FFS.

HH