Matches anyone?

Most of us probably recall where we were on this day in 2001.
Twenty years ago today most of the civilized world gazed in horror at The Twin Towers collapse, an event that signaled the end of one era and the beginning of another. Regardless of your feelings towards the US of A, the scenes of that day shall never be forgotten, it truly was history in the making.
It was also a unifying event, an unlikely result for the attackers.
 
For those of us who are intertwined with Scottish football, for better or worse, these last few weeks and months have also witnessed an attack, which also signals the end of an era, and has also proven an unlikely unifying event.
The Fourth Estate did not topple though, but instead stood together and hit back hard.
At long last many would say.
 
For as long as I have followed the famous Glasgow Celtic I’ve been aware of the nature of the clubs coverage, whether television or fish and chips wrappers, latterly the world wide web.
Its biased at its best, and potentially harmful at its worst, and as a result the Fourth Estate lost the majority of its Tim readers. For a nation that has produced many a world class writer, this is particularly galling. The truth regarding the ugly nature of the national sport became a casualty of war, a plaything somewhere between profit and continued employment.
Craig Brown once spoke of the journalists huddling post press conference to align their stories, agree on the message that was to emerge. Once the Celtic bad, Rangers good model was shown as the most profitable, it was always going to take something special to break that trend.
Well, something special has happened. The rags were shut out.
 
Ok, they had a choice to pay for press privileges, but it wasnt much of a choice at all. Twenty five grand isnt a massive amount, although at their lowest sales ever most could have managed the sum, but yet few forked up.
The correct decision, for once.
Football and sports media for years worked hand in hand, had established a long standing relationship that could benefit each of the parties with certain unwritten rules, and up north one club in particular needed those unwritten rules to always stay in place.
Over the years many an editor will have quashed a bad Rangers story having taken the long term view there prolonged custom may well be the life vest that helps keep the publication afloat, so real criticisms were very much off the table as a rule, with a couple of exceptions.
From bigging up players to boost selling fee, to downplaying illegal songs that even resulted in stadium closures, the rags were a willing partner even going so far as to have their scribblings preordained as we saw with Craigy White dictating the terms used from the Ibrox boardroom.
Entry to players, staff, amenities is a way of life for the hacks.
Was a way of life for the hacks.
 
Having been spurned by their partner in crime, they were left with a choice, accept or hit back.
Acceptance might not have been possible,,its easy enough to whip up something from the snippets that emerge, in some ways what we ourselves are doing. But we are free, not supposed to have inside access and exclusives enough to charge for. Left on the outside, the rag is essentially ‘reduced’ to not much more than a blog. Should the last remaining large demographic either realize this or have it pointed out they wouldnt cough up to aid the clubs coffers when asked, it could bring the publication below the commercially viable threshold.
Without access, they were dicing with death.
Backed into a corner, doing nothing taken off the table, its little surprise some editors and journalists have opted for the only real choice, hit back.
They surely have the ammunition, as just shown by the Hands and Hearts scandal. There’s every buried story just waiting to see daylight if its still relevant, as if one hour following their support about wouldnt provide enough horrific videos.
The Press have the means, more than enough goods, it comes down only to the will.
 
I question how much will actually exists across the collective publications for this battle. It could get ugly, it could see boycotts then sales collapse, not to mention addresses etc leaked online for the lunatic fringe. The other side dont play by their rules, and have mob power as their primary weapon as opposed to the pen.
For some reason, they would see the creators of succulent lamb journalism put out of business and replaced by their own channels, I assume because the lamb will be twice as succulent when cooked and served up by ‘one of our own’.
Yet the rags did hit back, have taken out one official media partner, and this weekend shall probably begin the taking out of another.
 
Their end goal must surely be things returning to normal again.
Getting rid of the actual fans with typewriters in the room frees up seats yes but also hurts the club coffers, they cant collect from a group they have been publicly forced to ban or disassociate themselves from. They aim to empty the room, assuming the club shall move to fill the seats again believing that more coverage is better.
Never assume I learnt a long time ago.
That club has had some takers for the world’s most expensive press pass, and the more exclusive that seat at the table becomes, the better that outlet can position itself.
As I type, Sly Sports have an exclusive with their manager discussing life in general along with recently besting ourselves, they are very happy with their partner club and if anything would jump at the chance to become their only media partner. Might just pay handsomely for it.
The Rangers have disregarded the old status quo, things arent returning to normal, not under these owner operators.
The message is clear,, we dont need you, but you need us so pay up. For a club who have more skeletons than a museum in the closet, their arrogance is breathtaking.
 
That hubris could come back to bite them, hard as a matter of fact. The media have done a fantastic job of keeping a lid of Scotlands Shame, its permanent embarrassment and occasional disgrace of a club and its follow followers. Undoubtedly this establishment holds that nation back, constantly harking back to a bygone age and its religious overtones. That club has enjoyed the three monkeys treatment for a long time, perhaps long enough to actually believe its unnecessary. Its been not only necessary, its been vital.
 
As much as Glasgow Celtic held the fate of the Old Firm in its hands around 2012, so did the hacks. We read the RIP articles with astonishment back then, and read the subsequent company not club articles with equal astonishment.
They know exactly what events occured, but being an interconnected cog in the wheel, couldnt bring itself to halt the wheel. Now they’ve been replaced by another cog, they do have some options.
For starters there’s always the truth, every ugly episode could be properly covered and reported instead of spun.
Standing up for itself and finding a spine might help bring back some of those lost thousands, primarily Celtic fans who do genuine journalism but have trouble finding it among the broadsheets. While the old favourite was always a Celtic bad, Rangers good back page, maybe flipping that on its head with a Celtic on the rise, Rangers on the way down reality dose would help arrest those sliding numbers. If forced into some version of FFP I actually believe the Ibrox mob would have to fight hard for second place, which could help revitalize Hearts, Hibs, and even Aberdeen. Scottish football could undergo a renaissance of sorts without a skewed setup, any such renaissance could transform newspaper sales.
The lost walked for a reason, but are there to win back, and outweigh the current target group by some considerable size.
The simple humble truth about the national sport and its member clubs could entice many back, hell I would love to read some quality articles on the state of play, everyone would.
 
Secondly, a lot of the sports woes can be laid at the feet of the rags, who became the industry’s laughing stock via their succulent lamb journalism. They are enablers on a grand scale, part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Traynors sneering final piece at the Record was just about the lowest of the low, and who can forget how twenty years ago they waited for some drink fueled supporter to imitate the planes about to hit the Towers infront of an upset Reyna, that snap soon to be blasted around the world, our sacred green and white Hoops very defiled.
It would be just and fitting should the fourth estate take real and meaningful steps to help steer the game towards something better, if they actually helped tackle the Frankenstein problem they have helped create. Steps that include pushing for proper referees, and/or making sure clubs dont fly financially close to the wind. Two steps that would essentially incapacitate our rivals.
 
Lastly, at a time when there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of that club, and a lot of cash due to be leaving the club via the Dave King loan, the Mash Castore ruling, perhaps this time the scribes understand they hold the power of life and death in their hands, and unlike the last time they arent compromised. There’s been court rulings that a football club cannot exist in two capacities, club and company, in other countries that is, a fact that should have been sung from the heavens but was conveniently ignored.
When it comes to another liquidation for the light blues, the scribblers actually do have the power to make it the last. Ever.
Start pointing out that fact to the Ibrox boardroom, its what I would do.
Lay down that marker, its a strong card for the back pocket, and you will all play it should the time come. While they might hold your job in their hands, you also hold theirs at times.
 
Who knows how the future will record this spat, but it does hold the potential to become a game-changer. Who would have thought that the press pack, so often another brick in the wall, so often spineless where strength was needed, could actually become the key to a huge positive change for the national sport.
Perhaps the most famous Bonnie once sang “We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks”.
For both sides involved, never a truer word was spoken.

By Mahe.

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I’ve never spoken to my mother-in-law.
Never had the chance to interject-
Blah blah blah blah blah blah 🤪
LesDawsonCSC

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A wee wan for mahe …the Emperor of this blog // https://youtu.be/Y8wifV5RYr8

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Regarding the ice hockey 🏒
My Canadian hosts stay in Bobby Orr country.
( Georgian Bay) Ontario. Got to meet him.
Big ex-player host loves Chicago Blackhawks.

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Feck I love that story …The Real McCoy .

Mahe

Real Mc Coy,
Holy shit so it is but tbh I think that music doesn’t suit him,,
I mean that Fooled Around track really show cased his talents, that looks like they’re showcasing him.
Night and day imo.
What a character though.
Good old Mickey.
I find it hard to believe Mickey’s is slang for liquor here,,in Cork it’s your manhood!
Mickey Finn’s in Christchurch NZ was my regular whilst there, some great night’s, live music every night, a terrible set of stairs when you’re rightly, though the owner from Cork got me lashed one night fair play to him.
Best year of my life was my New Zealand year. Turned thirty there. A fella found out and called out of work to celebrate with me, we are still in touch. His mum later released a book I’m in.
I recall we used to wear shorts only , didnt even need shoes the sidewalks were that clean.
Great times.
I’m.a traveller at heart.
Told one of the old fellows at the bar all the places I’ve been and he just said ‘why’?
Just didnt get it.
Then said you’ve travelled the world to end up in my backyard which I’ve never left,,ain’t that funny? I guess it is on some level.
Anyway, I’m Happy go Lucky
And it’s served me well

Puff puff

In 1976 I came to Canada for the first time visiting Mississauga Ontario and watched the leaf’s play Chicago and my ice hockey hero playing .. his name was Bobby Orr .

The Real McCoy

Puff, I was kinda oblivious to Bobby Orr’s standing in the ice hockey world. Oooops😱
I recognised the pride in which he was held by my hosts. Lovely stuff 👍🏻

Mahe

This beach is Ocean Beach and these guys are the local musicians made good
https://youtu.be/byL0yA1Pl5Q

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This is the real California man ..

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Mahe

In my experience this is more the real California bro 😉
https://youtu.be/dbh0sYi-KMk

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Mahe
How are things your area atm regarding the fires?
Hopefully not too bad🙏🏻

Puff puff

The fires in the north Pacific northwest are starting to burn out ..in the south I would expect 3 more weeks of pain .

The Real McCoy

Ooops Ghuys
Early morning here. Better go to bed 😴
I’m allowed to the pub later 🍺
When Saturday Comes Around
( we’ll paint the place green 💚)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fJUo5Tj3pSc

Goodnight my friends. Most enjoyable 🙏🏻
GNAGB

Mahe

No serious fires nearby and the air is pretty clean tbh so can’t complain on that front.
The worst of the heat ( the hundreds) looks to be behind us now which is welcome.
I used to look forward to winter ending and the warm coming but now considering it’s hazey, smokey, too hot outdoors during summer ,,,the neighbour was saying winters his fav and it’s hard to argue.
The air is fresh and there’s no fires, it’s not too hot.

Mahe

Goodnight Sir.
I’m logging out also. Later Puff
Take it easy.
Hail Hail

Mahe

Last post.

Interesting from big Charlie Mulgrew.
Dom told to answer to Ian, said no, meeting with Dermot told to wind neck in, said ram job up your arse.
https://twitter.com/maleymck88/status/1436852593335148546?s=19

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Sleep well timland and moonbhoy aliens ..
Wee will never surrender ..
https://youtu.be/oL2U6QX49DQ

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Just reading back …did you actually say you got to meet the one and only Bobby Orr or am I mistaken ..TRMc .

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You ok Garry,,

GER57

It looks like Dom left because he was told by DD to take orders from Bankier.
This is the guy who told Celtic fans to “behave” after they got attacked in Amsterdam by paramilitary thugs, who gave the cops personal details of Celtic fans for singing BOTOB and who colluded in lying to shareholders at the 2019 AGM. He also lied when he said he was a Celtic supporter in his youth.
We moaned about Bob Kelly picking the team and his authoritarian manner, his fining the team a month’s wages after Montevideo etc, but he was undoubtedly a Celtic man. Bankier is undoubtedly a corporate creature. We have no chance of making the necessary structural changes whilst this wanker is calling the shots at CP. He’s gotta go, and fast.

big packy

GER57 completely agree with all of your post, but unfortunately nothing will change while desmond is at the helm, the whole board want kicking down london road never to be seen again, we can but hope👍

McCaff

Morning all…been missing for a few days but been keeping up when I can. I hope everyone’s well and keeping safe. Just having a wee readback from last night/this morning and this is a beautiful wee passage from Mahe that is pure poetry –
“Told one of the old fellows at the bar all the places I’ve been and he just said ‘why’?
Just didnt get it.
Then said you’ve travelled the world to end up in my backyard which I’ve never left,,ain’t that funny? I guess it is on some level.
Anyway, I’m Happy go Lucky
And it’s served me well”
It’s like a chorus from a John Prine song! Superb Mahe!!

McCaff

For Mahe and all the Good Ghuys…

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Mulgrew confirming what we all suspected

Desmond is calling all the shots and he’s not the majority shareholder ( must be holding the proxy votes) !!!

Banker is a glove puppet and so will the guy/gal that eventually replaces him.

The CEO will just toe the line… or get toed… it’s ok toeing the line if the line is positive and pro-active

But it’s not.

It’s reactionary and regressive. Parochial even.

“Not our model” “get player loans”

” Ange doesn’t feel he’s been supported this window ”

First Premiership manager out, opens up an escape tunnel for him

Oh the Joys!

Saltires en Sevilla

McCaff good to see you back in the land of the living buddy

Where’s Garry ?

McCaff

In response to the Charlie Mulgrew rumour(?) about Dom…who told Dom to answer to Wankier? Was it Wankier himself asserting an authority that according to UK Company Law as Chairman he doesn’t have? Or did DD tell Dom that decisions had to be taken by Wankier, who is now obviously DD’s Placeman (it could be argued that the whole Board including the NEDs are DD’s Placemen)? One thing is certain, Dom McKay has integrity and balls of steel. He is nobody’s lackey and has shown it. Unfortunately for us Ange has been left high and dry by Dom’s decision to go and God help us if Ange finds out the man who had his back is no longer there!
#OnlyFeckinCellic CSC

McCaff

Morning SES…been choc a bloc with work, been lurking but too busy even for a “Good Morning troops!” My missus is away for the weekend and I’m taxi driving the kids to and from TRNSMT and fitba!! Up at 7 this morning to start the breakfasts…one at 8, one at 10 and one when the Wee Man decides to get up. Need to walk the dug and sort out the school uniforms for ramorra and need to pick the girls up from TRNSMT at 11pm so nae pub for me today either!!
Is this really living!?! 🤣🤣🤣

McCaff

I chatted to Garry by text the other day about yesterday’s game, I wasn’t able to go as the Wee Man’s game kicked off at 2. He’s fine as far as I know but not heard since, I noticed ATOB put a plea out for any sign of him, I wonder if they two are up to something, its becoming a bit public if they are!! 😉🤣😂🤣

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McCaff

Alright here buddy and I hear you… Joe le Taxi

Know you are just kidding buddy … all those hours spent with family… wonderful, wonderful

Food for the oul’ soul

Good that Garry is still floating aboot

McCaff

A 7-Minute read which covers Wankier’s expected role. SES’s point about DD calling ALL the shots effectively determines Celtic PLC as an autocracy. This cannot possibly be considered in the best interests of ALL shareholders…but we’ve known this for a long time now – just ask Auldheid!
Not a MJ fan but this should resonate…

McCaff

SES…I’m not sure if it was a request but here’s a newer version of Vanessa Paradis’ Joe le Taxi, it’s better to watch than hear to be fair, nevertheless 😉

Craig 76
fan

Thought this was interesting quote from France’s U21 coach when talking about Camavinga of Real Madrid.
Is this the next step in football’s evolution when eventually all 11 players will be comfortable anywhere on the pitch?
After all goalies are now sweepers and defenders are wingers.
(Eduardo is unique,” Chauvin adds. “It is impossible to compare him to anyone; left foot, box-to-box, and a modern midfielder. We can’t have a defensive midfielder, an attacking midfielder and a box-to-box anymore; we must have three players who can do all roles in a 4-3-3. This is what Eduardo can do.)

Craig 76

Vaccine passports scrapped in England.
Will Scotland follow 🤔

fan

Craig76
Bankier.
Doubt it.
But if we do get rid can we fire him from a large cannon in the direction of govan?

McCaff

Craig…Dom proved that the lure of the job can be too much to resist. I think he must have known it was a Poisoned Chalice before accepting it but felt he was strong enough to take it on. His departure proves that our PLC is a cabal and his intentions to revolutionise and modernise were not in the thoughts of our esteemed unofficial leader! As Ange said yesterday everyone who passes through the doors of Celtic is a transient but the problem is we need stability, not the sort that our PLC think we need but a new, modern, progressive approach that lends itself to real football success not just the Bottom Line success demanded by the greedsters on the Board.

Craig 76

Fan
Bankier will just use the secret tunnel that the rest of the board use to get to Govan 😃

Craig 76

Unique angle of yesterday’s goals
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Ajeti double + Carter-Vickers strikes on Hoops debut! 👇

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So it is all but confirmed that Dom was forced to leave as he wanted to modernise the club and Dermot Desmond wouldn’t let him. I am disgusted that this man continues to pull the strings by putting out of touch placemen in charge. I look forward to attending the AGM and hearing people a lot more clever than me holding this despot to account. Oh that’s right silly me, he’ll probably not bother his arse to attend ….. again.
What I will also add is that it disappoints me that yet again a Celtic man has left the club with a non disclosure agreement in place rather than tell his fellow supporters exactly what is going on at our club. He follows in the footsteps of all the rest of them. I do question at times how much money people really need and long for the day someone will stand up for their principles and call this board out for what they are. I thought Dom might be the man. Obviously if I am wrong and he does have personal reasons for leaving I apologise and hope they are not too serious.

bada bing1

Big Cammy looks like he came from the front row of the All Blacks, the type of defender we’ve not had for years

bada bing1

I loved Joe Hart’s urgency to get the ball back in play asap yesterday, i think he trained up the ball boys as well

McCaff

ATOB…whilst I can’t disagree with your post, and we would all love to know the truth of his reasons for leaving but Dom McKay has to consider his future when leaving one job to go to another. Prospective employers would view him as unprofessional and potentially toxic if he spills the beans on his previous employers. These guys operate on a different level from us mere mortals and the machinations of Celtic PLC will be known to anyone of relevance, making any reasons public could serve to undermine the Share Price when the principal duty of the Board is to protect it. I’m with you completely though in that we should be told the truth instead of the horseshit we’ve been fed for years by this mob!

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McCaff

Hehehe – Aye! Joe Le Taxi was always a better visual experience…

A thing of beauty

McCaff,
I hear you. I know it’s a pipe dream that someone somewhere will tell us the truth and I understand why it couldn’t be Dom but like you I am sick of horse shit.
Bada,
I agree about Carter Vickers being some unit but he’s not the biggest. Time will tell. I think it was Gordon 64 who said that Montgomery is a better option than Taylor. I agree. Taylor and Starfelt cannot be together on the left side of the defence. None of them are good enough to cover for the other’s mistakes!!
Fan,
I must say I was watching a different game from
You yesterday. I thought Callum was the only midfielder contributing anything and turnbull was terrible. Slowed everything down and could not see the killer pass on a goood few occasions. As for Soro at number 6. Nope, never. He cannot knit things together because of a poor first touch and a lack of football brain to move into the correct position to get the ball back. He is not progressing at all.
Craig 76,
Thanks for the unique angle but it was a bit of a shaky one today 😂😂

bada bing1

Atob- agree re Montgomery

bada bing1

Walked past the front door of CP at 3.02,Barkas en route to the car park

McCaff

The emergence of Montgomery edges Taylor closer to the exit imo. Taylor’s experience will be useful until Montgomery gains more and he will become our permanent left back. I missed yesterday’s game but managed to get home in time to see CCV get his goal and the last half hour or so. Montgomery looks to have the strength and resilience of a young KT!
BadaBingBadaBoom!…I remember years ago my mates met Gary Gillespie coming out of Brockville stadium as they were going in, “Are you no playing today, Gary?” “Nah, and I’m not hanging about to watch that shite, either!” He was shite for us anyway but he didn’t play much after that!
Footnote; I just did a Wiki search. Gillespie played 69 times for us! I would never have believed that! Was a player with Liverpool but was disappointing with us.

Craig 76

ATOB
Yes the cameraman/woman definitely had the shakes 🤣

Here’s Sandmans (cqn) unique player ratings ⬇️
https://thecelticstar.com/sandmans-definitive-ratings-celtic-v-folsom-county-jail/#.YT3DhPZijVA.twitter