Things We Can Do Without


That was a difficult watch last night. We looked good,right up for it until Leverkusen scored. After that,we might as well have turned it off.

I’m not and never have been into the blame game,scapegoating players,but Ralston needs to learn how to defend his designated area on the pitch. It’s all very good looking like a new signing as he surges forward,but he is a fucking full back,and he’s rarely there when we are caught down his side.

His central defence colleagues are even worse! A ball into the box,they’ve gone walkabout. Honestly,our defence is a bloody shambles.

Our midfield,if anything,is even worse. It is incapable of protecting the defence,utterly clueless on how to provide our front men.

Who,by the way,are bloody non-existent anyway. 

We are in a bad place,and we need to own up to it and recognise the fact. Yes,we have some great players,terrific players that many teams would give their eye teeth for. As a team though,we are a disaster.

AP is clearly doing what he can with what he has,and I’m still behind him. But last night’s display gives his enemies ammunition,it makes my position more difficult to defend.

Never again,as simple as that. That should be his message in the morning. The board are unlikely to GAF,but we do. Ange does. The players do. Not a single person can be faulted for effort,if I’m honest.

But it clearly is nowhere near enough. We are in a cycle,a spiral,of defeat,one where our players can rarely remember what a win bonus looks like. Sure,few will need the money-but defeat is contagious. It suddenly becomes something you get used to,it becomes a habit,it becomes something that you just shrug your shoulders to.

Celtic need to avoid that trap,and I’m sure that AP and the players are aware of it. The problem is that I am not sure if any of them can pull us out of it.


Above article by BMCUWP

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September 30, 2021 11:35 pm


We lost a much loved member of our group earlier this week. I would be suitably grateful if you read the following.


The CQN/Sentinelcelts community, and the many friends of Garry Duncan aka Delaneys Dunky, would like to commemorate Garry’s life and friendship as well pay respect to his recent untimely passing.

We have had many great suggestions from you on how we best commerate Garry’s life, including flowers, a memorial brick, donation to Mary’s meals and financial support for the family etc.

Garry’s family, like so many others in our world today, is not a rich family and find their wealth is through the happiness of the family, so to have the burden of not only laying Garry to rest, but also the cost that goes with it is horrific .

Having spoken with Garry’s son Ryan, we feel it appropriate to pass any monies raised direct to the family to let them decide the best way to use it.

Anyone who wants to support the family in leaving a long lasting commemoration in honour of Garry can do so through making a donation via bank transfer to –

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:You can also make a donation via paypal to

Donations will close on Friday 8th October.

Thank you in advance for supporting Garry and his family at this very difficult time.


Huge Thanks to CRC for supporting, with the use of the Walk with Shay Legacy Fund/account, ensuring support can get there quickly

September 30, 2021 11:10 pm

Five defeats in eight games admittedly includes the quality of La Liga and the Bundesliga, a sound reason why £72.00 on top of your Celtic ST isn’t for everyone, in these terrible times, some experts prefer fixed odds coupons with correct score defeats?

If your system or philosophy doesn’t work against SPL clubs its hardly likely to ruffle the feathers, of classy Euro sides, so no surprises any Celtic side needs to put the ball in the pokey, and tonight we didn’t. Surprise was that Kyogo and Calmac made it in time, for more important winnable games.

Nobody knows whats happening at Celtic most thought we’d bottomed out by losing the ten, here we are 12 new players and onto CEO 3. It’s the same coaching staff ‘miking up’ for the camera’s means not a lot now, his ‘system’ doesn’t work, he looks shell shocked ( Body Language Experts) and he’s never even been in Aberdeen.

Rogic and Turnbull ( is he ok?) isn’t a midfield at any level, never mind with a sieve and now ‘inverted’ absentee full backs who would have been as well playing on the Leverkusen pitch, on Celtic Park time. MacGregor was better at DM, but was run off his feet by sheer turf acreage and firefighting. Kyogo a sight for sore eyes, but he did what eight out of ten strikers do and hit the keeper. Jota was excellent, but the same couldn’t be said of Abada who looked poor. Montgomery and Ralston were torn a new one, ironically with their old manager sat in the TV studio talking about naivety?

There may be trouble ahead, some players are visibly burning out chasing their tails after eight games.
M.O.M Jota

p.s. sub McCarthy was borderline funny.

Prestonpans bhoys
September 30, 2021 11:11 pm

A defence that plays as if they are strangers, who allegedly is the defence coach, oh wait…..😕

September 30, 2021 11:28 pm


A very accurate summation of events,and also of our season so far. One question though.

We have all been impressed by Jota since he arrived. How impressive though has he ever been in the second half of any game?

September 30, 2021 11:30 pm

Cheers for the wee chat!!
Good luck☘☘☘the morra..

September 30, 2021 11:34 pm


He’s at Celtic playing in a wee diddy league and we get turned over by German sides, for fun. He’s actually one of the few players we’ve signed that looks better than he does on YouTube, you don’t see that often. He does start well then fade but that’s flair players, wonder if McKay installed our option to buy?

September 30, 2021 11:40 pm


I think it is about £6m,so probably £12m if we expect him to turn up after half time.

That’s unfair on the lad,it must be frustrating to put on the afterburners and realise that he has eff all to play with.

September 30, 2021 11:43 pm


Pleasure was mine,I hope my explanation was good enough. What I said,you can hold me to that. And my apologies,my reasons,all genuine. Excuses aren’t in my nature,they are only lies under a different name.

A thing of beauty
September 30, 2021 11:46 pm

I am still of the belief we have to support Ange. I’m not happy with the results but there are the mitigating circumstances of injuries to key players, a manager appointed too late so still trying to install his ideas and a transfer window where we signed players too late. These are facts. What is also fact is that we have lost too many games but we knew from day one this is how Postecoglu operates and we shouldn’t be surprised. His team leaked goals in his first season in Yokohama scoring only just more than they conceded. If the board jump now and sack him what does that say about the club. Who else would take the job except Strachan? Such a man of honour he wouldn’t stab Lennon in the back so I’m hoping he affords the same respect to a fellow coach who finds himself dealing with a shitty hand.
Now Ange is not without criticism and he has to find a way to play without turnbull and Rogic. Neither has the stamina for the amount of games they’ve been asked to play. I am becoming very annoyed with David Turnbull and tonight was the culmination of I would say six or seven shite performances on the trot. If Ryan Christie was turning out the shite he’s producing he’d be getting lambasted. I’m sorry but I just can’t see what this guy offers and to persist with him will end up costing the manager his job. If Desmond hasn’t decided he’s had enough of already:

September 30, 2021 11:46 pm

Why different name!!you on the beer again 🤣🤣

September 30, 2021 11:47 pm


September 30, 2021 11:49 pm

Seriously,tonight I saw a team who lost the opener and went-fuck,might as well go hame then.

Heads went down. As I said,no lack of effort. But a complete absence of belief. Horrific to watch,it was like an eleven man version of that Michael Douglas movie Falling Down,just watching people collapse in front of my eyes.

September 30, 2021 11:55 pm


I was pinning the appeal for GARRY and forgot to change my moniker back.

Takes bloody hours to type that moniker out,btw!

September 30, 2021 11:56 pm

Agree with every word you say(1st time)
Do not agree,even after half time they tried to come back from.2 .0 down,after their 3rd maybe so but we still tried to get a goal, their 4th was on the counter at the tail end of the game when it was over,but at no time did we give in imo..

Mike in Toronto
September 30, 2021 11:56 pm

Since this is a football blog, some talk about an actual football team…. I’m hearing Koeman out tomorrow . Barca want Ten Catt, but he isn’t keen to leave Ajax for that mess, so Ajax looking at Gallardo from River Plate. But due to the Spanish leagues FFP rules, Barca can only spend about 80 million next year, compared to 750 million for Real, so I can’t see Gallardo moving. So I think it will be Capellas from their youth set up who gets promoted

October 1, 2021 12:00 am

Football is fucked..
All about money…
Time the working man claimed it all back!

October 1, 2021 12:00 am


Ten Catt? From what we are told about Barcelona’s finances,they canny even afford ten quid.

October 1, 2021 12:03 am

Goodnight fellow tims
Remember to keep Garry and his family in your prayers🙏.

The glorious balance sheet
October 1, 2021 12:11 am

This inverted full back nonsense has to stop. It is insanity, particularly with the lack of quality of players at Celtic’s disposal.

Their second goal comes from Ralston doing the inverted full back thing, trying to play a through ball from just inside the Leverkusen half, the kind of thing that we should be asking Rogic or Turnbull to do, not Ralston FFS. Leverkusen cut out the through ball and then attack the space on our right flank where Ralston is posted missing. And of course Abada isn’t known as a defensive workhorse so no chance he’ll be covering for Ralston.

Big gaping spaces down our right hand side and they can cross and score at their leisure.

The best managers don’t ask players to do things that are beyond their capabilities. This manager, with his crackpot system, is asking Ralston/Montgomery/Taylor to be some sort of hybrid combining the engine of Cafu with the ability of a midfield genius. And when they’re inevitably caught out of position, we have combative robust players likes Rogic, Turnbull and Abada covering. What could possibly go wrong?

The manager has been dealt a rubbish hand. The clowns in the boardroom are mismanaging this club with aplomb. Managerial appointments are made on the whim of Dermot Desmond and the City Group and the and players are being signed on the word of agents like Dudu Dahan. The results are writ large – a rotten appointment in Neil Lennon, with a squad of dumplings and projects imposed on him presides over domestic decline and 1-4 horsings to Sparta Prague, another duff appointment, I regret to say, in Ange with more projects and dumplings imposed on him presides over further domestic decline and a horsing to Leverkusen.

It won’t be Ange next season. But it’ll be more dumplings and projects signed on Dudu’s say so, submitting to more horsings, perhaps this time to the likes of Vittesse Arnhem in the Conference League.

We are in managed decline but we have a long way yet to fall if this board continue unchecked.

I’ll finish on a positive note. I thought Jota was terrific tonight. Gave Frimpong a torrid time in the first half, kept going and gave it everything he had in the second half. I wish more of them had his attitude.

The glorious balance sheet
October 1, 2021 12:14 am

Another thing…Ange is quoted after the game as saying “losing a fourth goal was unnecessary.”

Does that mean he was ok with the first 3 goals?

He is starting to come across as an Antipodean version of Ebbe Skovdahl.

October 1, 2021 12:27 am

Lots of negativity tonight and rightly so, we are currently enduring an extremely poor Celtic team and soooo reminiscent of the 90s, God help us!! Tere is zero inspiration in the team or from the sidelines. There are decent players in there – Calmac, Jota, Abade, Kyogo but there are duffers too. Starfelt and CCV are invisible when the ball is in our box…think Mjallby, Rieper, McCarthy, Balde, VVD all proper centre halves who could ATTACK a ball (at both ends, mind) and strike fear into opponents! Starfelt and Carter Vickers are football dwarves compared to the guys mentioned. Leverkusen lulled us into a fall sense of security tonight by allowing us 15-20 minutes at the start of the game, allowing our defence to play…my wee guy turned to me about 15 minutes in and said “We’re playing really well Dad” “Yip, wee man we are…but this is when they come up the park and score” 2 seconds later Leverkusen are in our 6 yard box, it came to nowt but only for a little while they had shown their capability! And here’s the rub, we know they’re a good side and we also know we’re not a good side but our expectations are high and rightly so but as happened in the 90s or expectations were never met until major changes happened off the park! So where next?

October 1, 2021 12:38 am

Rebus…great writing as usual but more importantly glad to hear you’re okay! Keep well!

October 1, 2021 12:45 am

MikeInTVLawyerland…I got your post. I had read a separate report on the upcoming gig featuring Cede and others. I came across Cede on Sunny G radio which we’ve spoken about before. I posted a link for Puff last night to Soundcloud/Bandcamp with some Sunny G shows on it, it requires scrutiny but you can find some gems in the shows as well as some classics from times gone by. Well worth checking out. The two videos you posted – Sorren McLean and Dean Owens – both new to me although I enjoyed both tunes. I’ll look them up when I’m next Spotifying or YouTubing!

Cosy Corner Bhoy
October 1, 2021 12:46 am

Really disappointing result and certainly not deserving of such a margin. For all the negativity there for all to see I felt some positivity was also on show. We made some good chances early on and could have taken the lead but aunties and uncles spring to mind! ATOB already covered our deficiencies and until Abada leans to cover Ralston we will lose goals down that side. But that wasn’t an SPFL team we were playing but a very good Deutsch one. I saw enough to feel we can go on a run though Starfelt certainly doesn’t feel like a star, possibly because right foot left foot seldom works but we seem to have no such person on our books! Personally,I think Welsh performs the role better.
We will see what Sunday brings but I’m still with Ange though Turnbull and Rogic at the same time doesn’t work!

Maestro Fan
October 1, 2021 1:01 am

Lose on Sunday and the place will go tonto. This season is shaping up worse than last. A club without direction, a Board without soul.

October 1, 2021 1:01 am

CCB…I agree with you about Starfelt, he’s still to show me he’s got star quality but I’m not sure Welsh has enough discipline in his game. I think he’s guilty of breaking forward to try to break up play and gets caught in No Man’s Land or too late in the challenge and giving away cheap fouls in dangerous areas. As I alluded to in my earlier post Leverkusen allowed our CBs to get comfortable knocking the ball across the park then forward then 15 minutes in started closing us down – Starfelt had no answer to that, neither did CCV and Leverkusen’s high press on Montgomery and Ralston left us with few options. Rogic and Turnbull are proving to be luxury players for us, unable to play the fast passing game Ange needs to succeed. And on that point in the first half Turnbull carried the ball 30 yards forward in the inside left channel and Kyogo sat on the defender’s shoulder waiting for the pass which either Turnbull never saw or wasn’t brave enough to play it! Kyogo’s frustration was palpable!
I still think we’re in a 90s-style crisis and it was proved then that serious change is required. I didn’t believe it a few months ago but we’re in a worse shape than I thought!!

October 1, 2021 1:01 am

Far too many making excuses for a manager who refuses to change his tactics, having already learnt we or he does not have the players to play to his philosophy
This inverted fullback set up is not working – full stop, yet he is persevering

October 1, 2021 1:04 am

NorrieM…he changed it tonight by bringing on Bitton and McCarthy and went to 4-4-2…eh, we were three nil doon at the time though!! And somebody already mentioned McCarthy…he was awful!

October 1, 2021 1:06 am

Starfelt or CCV for that matter, get the ball, our full backs immediately move into centre circle area
Our slow midfield, do Not create space to look for the ball
We cannot put the ball down the line, as there is an opposition full back on our winger, with another 2 opposition player in front of our winger
The ball needs to go back or across the BA line
Rinse and repeat
Oppositionget the ball, drop not the huge gap in full back area
Goodnight Vienna

That’s what I am watching, and it’s not just in Europe when teams play against us they target the gaps

October 1, 2021 1:18 am

Oh aye…and a very harsh penalty decision. No way could the ref be clear that struck his arm!

Nana Mouskouri
October 1, 2021 1:36 am

I cannae get the image of Freddie Mercury doing the ironing in that old music vid out my head after McCaff mentioned he ironed 83 T shirts one night

October 1, 2021 2:08 am

Hey Nana, I hope you’re doing okay and keeping well! The Nightshift has been quiet of late, the darkest days of Lockdown hopefully long behind us. How’s your niece doing, I noticed Pregoblin had some more material out recently and had done a couple of gigs. Good on her, they’re producing some good tunes. I’ve got a couple of gigs coming up – Fontaine’s and JAMC. If you’re going let me know and we can meet up.

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 3:08 am

Who ever owns 83 t-shirts.

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 3:09 am

83 t-shirts must be a world 🌎 record.

Nana Mouskouri
October 1, 2021 3:21 am

Puff Puff was reading that you never use a iron. Do you pay somebody to iron the $100 bills and put them in the welly boot fund

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 3:23 am

Hehehehe I should try that .

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 3:23 am

It’s the Wellington fund .

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 3:24 am

McCaff knows my address.

Nana Mouskouri
October 1, 2021 3:28 am

McCaff was muttering that he thought you were getting reckless with your money and depleting the fund something about buying a new motor for your better half

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 3:30 am

Had to purchase the vehicle Legit as they think your a drug dealer with that much cash ..

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 3:31 am

You haven’t been on much lately … you feeling good and healthy ?

Nana Mouskouri
October 1, 2021 3:35 am

Not to bad. Just taking a break from social media can be brutal especially some of the Celtic stuff but then regards the passing of Garry it has been at its best

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 3:38 am

Yes I agree 👍 .
Good yer back .

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 3:38 am

Did you see the game today .

Nana Mouskouri
October 1, 2021 3:40 am

yes beaten by a far superior team but we did have good goalscoring chances as well

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 3:43 am
A cracken song nana .

Nana Mouskouri
October 1, 2021 3:52 am

Puff Puff I joked with Pregoblin that they ripped off the death scene from Pat Garret and Billy the Kid in that vid. You know the scene when the old boy is dying and his wife goes to him and knock knocking on heavens door plays

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 3:58 am

Of course I saw that movie back in the day
The Dylan one right.

Nana Mouskouri
October 1, 2021 4:02 am

Yes Bob was in it. One of my fav films

Puff Puff
October 1, 2021 4:03 am

This one goes out to all the huns in the clouds
It’s called …snakes and oranges.

Nana Mouskouri
October 1, 2021 4:06 am

Puff Puff Pregoblin will need to give you a agents fee for promoting them