That’s that then,,

Yesterday the penny fully dropped for most of us. Glasgow Celtic can no longer be counted upon to beat run of the mill domestic opposition,, our league position allied with being unable to overcome the Jambo’s, Livvy, and then the Tangerines clearly tells us something, something very important.
We are a poor side, and we won’t be Champions this year.
 
A couple months ago, I did have opTIMism, but the loss of three players has derailed our season despite it only getting underway.
Kyogo and Captain Calmacs’ spell on the sidelines alongside Ryan’s departure has left us looking like a shell of a quality side.
Those three players are suited to Angeball, brought energy and purpose to the team, and now we’ve sunk like a brick without them.
 
We have an average squad, just about.
Many aren’t of the required quality, haven’t got the attributes the team is crying out for, and will prove hard to shift hindering the still much needed rebuilding efforts.
A rebuild that looks set to become long term, dragging on into next season, and it wouldn’t be surprising should it take longer.
 
The main question now is who should lead that rebuild?
Faith in our Greek Australian has plummeted, rightfully so in my humble opinion. Those selected aren’t performing well, yet many are continually picked.
Half time team talks aren’t having a visible effect, and his substitutions raise more questions than answers.
It’s clear there are mitigating circumstances to an extent, but Ange hasn’t helped his cause at all lately.
If there is a Plan B, it’s invisible so far.
If some aren’t cutting it, bin them.
If it hasn’t gone well, clearly state that to show we are all on the same page, as a Lenny style ‘thought we played well enough to win the game’ shall only see detractors up in arms.
If we don’t beat this poor Aberdeen side, Ange shall have more wishing him to split the scenes than wishing him to hang around.
And we aren’t even in October, but don’t worry the club is in good hands!
Jesus wept.
 
Truth is we are all in for a period of pain.
This rebuild, forced by necessity upon us by an out of control ego and profit driven board buying too many duds, shall test us like never before.
For starters it could and should have been avoided,,
scouts with a proven eye for talent anybody?
A DoF who has a firm idea of the prerequisite skill and qualities needed to join a club of our size?
A transfer committee, with some football experience represented?
Or maybe just an owner who gives a,,?
 
Negligence pure and simple. Only a few days ago they announced the aim was to improve the club year on year, well tickle me pink but for the last twenty years ie Dermots reign we have went backwards as a club,,hence today’s lesson we need another full team signed.
And any signing this club post Dom makes shall be profit orientated facilitated by Mr Team Player acting CEO or the next front man.
Therefore expect duds to be signed, history tells us that’s what they mostly buy. Liel has probably earned Dudu some grace, it’s not hard to foretell an Israel based player arriving in January,,more miss than hit for our club of choice, and the cycle will continue.
 
The fact the current Champions have regressed imo, and are not a good team at all shall certainly sting. But allied with the refs and,,,taking the green and white tinted specs off there’s little chance of emerging victors this campaign.
Secrets out, crock Kyogo we are done, we’ve zero depth and are there for the taking. One Ajeti injury away from an unprecedented injury crisis, would anyone else rest him for Europe?
 
I’ve actually never known us to be so limited in options, I note Uroghigde and Shaw didnt make the bench, and neither did GMac. The one striker there wasn’t used, you tell me why?
An overall view of the squad shows more (going by Ange’s judgement so far) undesirables than keepers, talk about squandering! We can’t lay that upon Ange, nor upon Dom, but we should place the blame squarely at the feet of the folk who just promised better year on year (I notice Peters hiding, he f@#king should).
 
Putting Ange to one side, ask yourself this please,,,is there enough quality there for a new manager to mold a title winning team?
I very much doubt it once the inevitable injuries kick in, not to mention our star striker jets across the world every two months for Internationals which takes it out of him for a wee while.
Is there confidence this PLC have the collective nous to buy title winning players?
I very much doubt it. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, last guy who tried got consented, what does that tell you?
 
It’s a period of rebuilding and a period of pain we are collectively staring at here.
We as a club and as fans are, as the King famously sang,
Caught in a trap,
Can’t walk out,
Because I love you too much baby!
 
If anything, we love our club too much. I still know folk who won’t countenance Celtic turning a blind eye to malarkey, despite everything that’s come out plus the Res12 website itself. That club is pure and squeaky clean in their mind and anyone who speaks otherwise is soon ostracized, or at least not taken seriously.
There’s serious levels of devotion out there and many who will ignore the facts to maintain their perception.
 
 

But as the King sang,,,
We can’t go on together,
With suspicious minds.
 
The world famous Glasgow Celtic is slowly and unhappily reverting back to a family dynasty, where profit takes precedence.
When that family got involved, either European Cup was the realistic dream, now second place in the league is the hope,,,and they just told us they aim to make the club better year on year?
There actually wasn’t that much better to go back then, now it’s how bad are we?
 
Which type of improvement are they looking for year on year?
It’s certainly not progress on the field of play, which only leaves one other option, progress in getting more of your hard earned.
What’s the betting the buzzword ‘rebuilding’ is still being used in two years?
There’s the next shield, so very ironic as they created it themselves, yet use it to defend themselves!
Who’s financing that rebuild? Anyone but them.
 
I’ve nothing personal at all against the Macroom man, but I just don’t think he has managed the club well and his ultimate goals don’t align with the fans.
His shares will stay in the family and the son already had business calls regarding the club, and has attended AGMs in the family name. He’s in, he’s next.
 
I think I speak for the majority when I say we want change, but it’s not on the horizon. As mentioned, on the horizon lies pain for the average Tim. The number 56 shall become mega important for the first time in recorded history.
We don’t want a family dynasty, not this family for footballing purposes. The ‘backup’ of Dermots billions mean precious little to the rank and file most midweek and weekends these days.
 
Mismanagement unto mediocrity once brought the Tims together, remember the Rebels actually won!
Is that spirit still there? Or has the internet killed it as I’ve read suggested?
I guess we are all about to find out.

By Mahe.

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TOMMY

Welcome on board!

I’ve removed your surname,but I can reinstate it if you wish.

Where it says “name” under the comments box,put whatever name you want to be known as when you post. Try to pick a shorter one than mine though-it’s a pain in the arse when occasionally I have to fill the box in again!!!

ASWGL

Afternoon all, lot’s of doubters coming out after yesterdays, sh*t show.

Give the man time and the players he needs to play his style of game.

HH

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TOMMY

And btw,terrific post!!

big packy

welcome TOMMY,πŸ‘

Prestonpans bhoys

Tommy, that was a good readπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

ASWGL

Welcome Tommy, you must have been posting as I was changing the site background, agreed it was a positive post, πŸ‘ on another day, yesterday could have been 5-1 hit the woodwork 3 times, and Ajeti (the lump of wood that he is) blasts it over from a yard out.

HH

Leggy

Tommy,

Welcome aboard and excellent post πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

A thing of beauty

Good posts today. People from differing sides of the fence regarding Ange and his future as manager. I’m on the side of giving him the season and then evaluating. As Tommy said, he walked into a shit show and now has lost his 2 best players, who were crucial to his system. There is a school of thought that says we should adapt our tactics but we thought that against AZ and won the game 2-0 and also the tie. He said he won’t change and we need to ride it out. Not looking forward to Thursday and Sunday though!!
As for the board. Yep I understand others who are not buying season tickets but I’m not one of them. When have our board ever done anything to further the club Except for a brief period when Fergus built the stadium and Sir Robert Kelly let jock run the team. It ain’t changing anytime soon.

fan

Anyone thinking the board will give more funds for signings in January is going to be disappointed.
McKay has gone simply because he wanted to run us as a football club first.
Our board run us as a profitable enterprise and Bankier’s statement about overhaul and substantial investment is telling us they think they have done enough.
So unless Ange manages to produce his system with what we have we are Donald Ducked!

big packy

FAN, yes unfortunately you are bang on the money,πŸ‘

Margaret McGill

I don’t blame AP.
You all know who I blame.
Of course it’s going to take 2-3 titles for the other half of the OF before Celtic are contenders again. All part of the plan for the gullitims.
Anyway this always happens after a quadruple treble. If you know your history. πŸ™„

DannyMac23

Mahe,

Will do.You make valid points,I just think it’s very early to concede the league.I agree with your thoughts on how our club is run and concur with the fact Peter Lawellls ego and self interest was detrimental to our club.I see green shoots McGregor iwhen back is the fulcrum of our team,Kyagos movement is brilliant and creates space for others and the wingers will get the balls into the box for Ajeti who is statuesque.We do not have strength in depth but can hopefull9get a couple in come January.Just love the hoops as you do.

Pitymevin

So joint best defense in the league olny conceded 5 and top goals scored.

3 months in charge and talk of getting rid already.

Will you all just settle down, I’m starting to think that there are a few people with no patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day and having 12 new players in, in one window will require a little time to settle.

I see the Livingston games still bothers some, we haven’t won there in seasons and why would you expect to win after the exertions of the Thursday before.

By the way we have another away game after the game on Thursday and its never easy at Pittodrie.

Let the man pick his own backroom staff because if JK was any good BR would have taken him with him.

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PITYMENEVIN et al

As I said around lunchtime in my response to MAHE’s article,we can hardly expect miracles overnight when many of us expected the rebuild to take two years.

Of course we are all disappointed at some of the displays,particularly through the spine of the team. But with only one regular starter recently who has been inherited from last season,it’s like playing 52-card pick-up!

Some of the players obviously need to take a damn good look at themselves though-and start taking some responsibility both for their own performance and that of their colleagues. Most players that we signed are internationals-how many would get near a cap on their current form?

Now,I’m not faulting their effort-in general-but if I wanted to make my way in the game using Celtic as a stepping stone,I’m bloody sure I would be busting a gut to put in a performance every week. And playing to my best.

There’s a lot of players won’t have many recent moments to put on the highlights reel for a prospective employer.
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MAGS

Aye,indeed. We certainly know where the blame lies. Took the money and ran-but didn’t run far enough,it seems. Beats me too.

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CRAIG76

Can’t speak for SOLKITTS,but a clear red card. However…

Highly unlikely that the lino could see it from his angle-aye,I know-and also,given that Abada was running across the keeper,the ref can be excused for missing it too. Maybe.

However,a Compliance Officer case definitely.

Oh,wait. Who am I kidding?

A thing of beauty

Strange how shane Duffy looks fit and healthy now he’s back at a professional football club. Compare and contrast with the flabby, pasty skinned sloth of last year. I accept the guy had personal stuff going on but my goodness he’s transformed. Fair play to him. Healthy body, healthy mind.

Craig76

BMCUWP
The compliance officer going be on overtime after a few of the challenges yesterday. It even looks like the Utd player thinks trouble coming

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ATHINGOFBEAUTY

Yes,I’m delighted for him. He looked lost and bereft last season. Back to the player he was before he joined us.

Prestonpans bhoys

Anyone watching the Palace game, seen more movement from French Eddie in 12 minutes than all of last seasonπŸ˜•

Mahe

Monday night football…can’t see it catching on here.

There would be thousands-millions even-of sickies thrown on the Tuesday. Probably Wednesday too…just to make it look good. πŸ˜€

Hail Hail.

Craig76

Think we could loan Leicester the Green Brigade for the night 🀣🀣🀣
Football For All (@FootballlForAll) Tweeted: 🚨⚽️ | NEW: Leicester are to pilot a singing section for their Carabao Cup match against Brighton

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MAGUA

IIRC,when Sky first took over TV rights,the Monday night match was a big one. Actually,back then,early 90s,they might only have had a Sunday afternoon one in addition anyway.

Regardless,it soon became a must for a lot of people. Meet the lads for a few beers,good excuse to get out of the house on a Monday,etc.

Nowadays,it is wall to wall football and I struggle to remember the last time I made an effort to watch a game on TV that didn’t involve Celtic. I think Man City beat Liverpool 5-0,and I only watched that because my mate wanted to.

Football will eat itself. Think’s it’s chocolate!

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CRAIG76

Give them a free transfer!

Rebus67

Tommy,

Welcome to the blog. Your opinions are just as valid as any, including my own.

I am afraid that I disagree on your point re Ange needing time. He has had enough time to put together a team capable of beating both Livingston and DU, or at least one of them. Yes, he inherited a bad situation but without that situation, he would not have been hired. He is not exempt from critique just because he is new. Being new does not excuse: playing Kyogo on the left and Edouard through the middle at Ibrox; playing Bolingoli at all; playing Jura on the left when Scales, Montgomery are available; playing both Turnbull and Rogic in an ineffectual midfield when he espouses a high press; leaving subs until too late and then making bizarre choices(Bitton). These are managerial flaws and have nothing to do with how long he has been at the club.

Where I can agree is that he needs time is to put a squad together capable of beating Sevco and performing in Europe. I even think he should have a season’s grace to win the league, given the Lennon shambles. However, he needs no more time than Tam Coutts at DU to create a team capable of beating mid to bottom of the table SPL fodder. DU and Livingston executed their plans effectively with their more limited resources. Celtic are failing to do that. That is on the manager.

If Ange continues to generate these kind of results, I do not think the Board will sack him, although they should. However, they will not support him in the January window. Which is a pity because if he chooses to target the J League market, he could unearth some midfield gems. Kyogo is his biggest contribution to the club so far.

Nice chatting,

Rebus

BMCUW

Like yourself, I tend to avoid games not involving the Celts.

The exception would be the finals of the World Cup and the Euros, where I try to catch as many games as I can. A habit started in 1974 with the World Cup in West Germany, when we had the novelty of coloured telly…oh, the deprivation.

Hail Hail.

Prestonpans bhoys

Ah the introduction of colour TV’s. Took a good while before we got one, watching Pot Black, the guy says ‘he’ll go for the green ball, for those of you watching black and white, it’s the ball nearest the black’😱

Prestonpans Bhoys

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ASWGL

A vampire bat arrives back at the roost with his face, mouth and teeth covered in blood. All the other bats get excited and ask where he got it all from. “Follow me” he says, and off they flew, over the hills, across the river and into the dark forest. “See that tree over there ?” yes yes they reply – Well i fucken didn’t.

Craig76

ASWGL 🀣🀣

jimthetim53

ASWGL, LOL πŸ™‚

jimthetim53

jayhawk

I think we will get a result Thursday ..History shows we upset the apple cart …sometimes..
Now Sunday……Jeez if ever a game meant anything this is big……Big Ange been dealt some hand..
reminds me of the Danny Elfman song…The Little Things…

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JAYHAWK

Good to have you back on here,ya rascal. Best tae yer rapper Bhoy,and a wee hug to his sister. And tell her to behave,or else.

jayhawk

loL Hi M.. wee swines got 1/2 mill views and over a mill followers..coinin it in…on one vid ..
Hoping to get him to a game soon….

ASWGL/BMCUW

Our sense of humour, is one of the things that defines us as Tims..
unlike the Angry Brigade across the river.

AlwayslookonthebrightsideoflifeCSC.

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jayhawk

@Bobby never been away mate ..my confidence took a wee hit when i joined…
Think i chose the wrong name….But hey it’s for my bhoy…

jayhawk

@Magua Too true mate Think about Big Jocks response to .predict the old firm score..
lol Classic……..

Prestonpans bhoys

Humour, we certainly need it at the moment, lets hope we don’t descend into the 1977/78 season that was a hoot, we finished 5th that year😡

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JIMTHETIM53

What a night! My Dad and my sisters were there-I was on theA34 to Southampton,listening to R5. Try driving when yer biting yer knuckles!

When Tony Watt scored the second-what a waste,but who am I to criticise?-I slightly lost my concentration. First team to beat that marvellous all-conquering side all season,and with,what,12% possession?

Strangely,that was because our management team had worked out how to annul their offence,keep them wide,don’t let them play through the middle.

Coaching,eh?It will never catch on.

Prestonpans Bhoys

Season 77-78 was Paradise compared to last season. If only Pat Stanton and Alfie Conn had not been injured early doors…

Jayhawk

Don’t think we’ve been formally introduced yet. A pleasure to make your acquaintance, my good man. πŸ˜€

Hail Hail.

jimthetim53

Bobby, Join the club, I was working late until 8pm in Edinburgh, driving home down the M8, listening to it on the radio couldn’t believe my ears! Managed to see the 2nd half in the pub. What a night right enough!

Mahe

Tommy, great post.
Rebus basically said what I would say.

Two domestic games now we have been woeful, if it becomes three I believe his job shall be under threat.

A new manager woeful already, with superior players? Right about now a good manager would have us drooling.

As for wait until he gets his type of player, he isn’t getting them.
Dom is gone, he will be handed the same calibre as Brendan and Lenny.

A shit squad with more misses than hits is a terrible hand, but I need to see some on-field progress, I’m seeing regress.
I’m not even seeing the bare minimum which is heart and full effort. Our shape is terrible, we don’t look confident at all.

I must start questioning Ange based on what I’m witnessing.
It’s on him to prove me wrong now. Hope he does tbh.

Hopefully you stick around.
Hail Hail

jayhawk

M thanks you used to link this for me……Against the wind

Mahe

Good to see you about Jayhawk.
Hope all is well Sir.
Hail Hail

jayhawk

Anyhoo wheres at Doors ghirl when ye need her?????

jayhawk

@m Great talking to you all is well..Hit a raw nerve is all