The dirty side of the game

Yesterday was all about the games dirty side, but I doubt there will be much screaming. In many ways it was business as usual but in many ways it wasn’t.
Allow me to explain.
 
With the score tied up in Pittodrie and an imminent International break, the priority was three points full stop.
It needed grit, heart, and individual desire, more than skill with the ball at your feet.
It needed the team to get down and dirty, and grind out a result.
Hat tipped, they did.
 
But we all witnessed the true dirty side of the game up north, fans with whistles influencing results, without censure from headquarters, actually emboldened by that fact.
Any football fan on the planet would agree (if forced to watch the two rivals games) the refs were ridiculous at best, cheats at worst.
 
But first the team’s away victory.
One week ago today I asked for signs from Ange, positive change.
Done, and with the three points ultimately delivered whose to say those changes weren’t key?
Well done big man.
 
For starters the midfield was stiffened up, not just the usual trio thrust into battle with hope. Not only was it recognized a necessity, but our gaffer also had the gumption to admit the two supposed to be first choice weren’t cutting it, so he brings in another option.
Nir isn’t for everybody, but I believe his selection rather than overall attributes to be more important, if you catch my drift.
This tells me the flawed trio of Calmac,Tam,DT isn’t first choice, at least for the tougher games.
Progress. Next is bringing in better/more options for that role although I’m a Henderson fan and would like to see an opportunity given, actually for both of them I would bring the brother home.
 
Next the two fullbacks were not rotated, but the same as before, a rare occurrence.
I asked for two to be selected and stuck with for stability reasons, boom. Done, and while Monty and Anto aren’t first choice can we appreciate their inclusions might be down to familiarity of playing style, more than their individual attributes?
That’s how I see it.
JJ should return to the right back slot of course, the other is up for grabs with four including Shaw vying for it.
That’s not to say it can’t or shouldn’t be upgraded. It certainly should be addressed in the window.
 
We ground out a result when it was called for, and late winners help bond teams plus instill belief. The collective knowledge that’s within the locker is priceless, and helps spur tired legs late on.
Let’s hope some board member never met our exCaptain whilst on the jolly.
Foisting him upon Ange could spur his legs to move on I reckon.
I must also point out my sympathy to the big man for having only one and a half strikers and we are in October.
G-Mac (named by Garry so that’s the name and so very Garry it is) still not in the game.
I’ve never known a Celtic manager with such weak upfront options, and its another mobile striker please as GMac looks more of a penalty box player, different than Kyogo who is looking more of a steal by the game. He’s quality, oozes class, and will probably move on to a bigger stage one day. That’s his trajectory.
 

But we head into the break (another one so soon, I hate these bloody things) with the feel good away win, then the especially feel good celebration with the fans after.
It’s lovely footage, well done all involved, it might just spur them bhoys onwards and upwards.
 
But we also witnessed the true dirty side of the game.
There’s double standards at play, and we all know it. That 40 odd million bounty solves a lot of issues across the way, and it’s almost as if every whistler and official knows it. The easier fixtures, the calls on the day, the racism deflection, yadda yadda, call me paranoid but there’s a campaign to make sure this bounty goes into certain coffers.
As Auldheid succinctly puts it, this campaign has a moral hazard involved, one giant needs this title to pay debts or,,,
 
One reason the calls for VAR aren’t deafening is the fact they haven’t perfected it down south, it’s still glitchy with little common sense applied but that’s changing.
Like anything new, it takes time, and I have seen incorrect decisions overturned, an opportunity that was never there before. The game did benefit, the right call was made.
 
I’ve read many opinions that the faceless man in a van would be just another whistler so shall back his brothers etc but truth is we don’t know that.
There seems little appetite or funds for the venture, which would then be beset with bias allegations off the bat, tough one so VAR is a no go.
 
It’s the whistlers themselves then, the pool must open up to foreign employees but of course barriers stand in the way, within and without.
For a club that claims to love all things British, why not allow English and Welsh referees?
I enjoyed our wee different refs spell, remember it? The native whistlers didn’t enjoy it, they were replaced by Johnny Foreigner and their leniency was shown up by true officials.
 
Ultimately it shouldn’t be for supporters to seek competent referees but we all know clubs will hide behind season ticket sales to suggest customer/supporter satisfaction. Most professional establishments seek client input whether negative or positive, hiding behind numbers that were influenced by Dom’s new approach method resulting in the largest daily ST sales ever is not beneath these guys one bit.
There’s a reason you never receive questionnaires, they don’t wanna know.
We are all supposed to just suck it up, bad refs are part and parcel of the game type of thing.
Except that’s crap, a get out, a cover up.
They have an agenda would be much closer to the truth.
3 points each and two cheats in black, just another day in the bent never boring SPL.

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Mahe

Hi,folks.

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

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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 –

o Account name: Walk With Shay
o Account number: 15326765
o Sort code: 80-22-60
o Bank: Bank of Scotland
Please note – tick business account

:You can also make a donation via paypal to walkwithshay@yahoo.com

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

Awe Naw

ASWGL

I’ve had a full face and bum lift. Thanks for noticing 🙂

ASWGL

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A thing of beauty

Yesterday at Pittodrie Bobby Madden was cheating in plain sight. In the last three minutes there was two fouls to us that were not given as we were trying to see the game out. This is the difference in games that the huns play and games we play. If we are drawing or winning by one goal most referees in this country ensure we are under pressure right to the end. They on the other hand get free kicks to kill the opponents momentum and take the sting out the game. Madden is the worst. He knows exactly what he is doing and it is beyond me why we are not shouting from the roof tops about this. It’s not Ange’s job, he has enough on his plate but how about our interim CEO sticks his head out Peter Lawwell’s arse and takes up the case. Might as well do something for his money.
Btw whilst I am typing this my mind went back to Arthur Boric getting penalised in a home game in the last minutes when we were a goal up. His crime? Kicking the ball from hand and being outside his box. I had never seen a GK penalised for that before and I’ve never seen it since. I suppose I should consider myself lucky to see such a unique event. Aye right. I know what I saw. More cheating.

ASWGL

Magua i’m fed up waiting on them’s going bust, never happen again in my book, Dermot wouldn’t let them, big 2 billion Irish mason.

BMCUWP

ASWGL

I doubt they’ll go bust now either,but I’d sure love to know the source of their income.

Norrie

I’d imagine that the City of London police, and HMRC, would also like to know the source of their income.

Perhaps it’s as simple as Stevie G, running down to the local bookies, on the night before a match…and putting a serious wad on 2 predictable outcomes:

1. The Huns to ‘win’ a penalty.

2. The opposition to have a player red-carded.

Or perhaps he uses online accounts, with a few bookies in East Belfast…nudge nudge, wink wink. 😀😀

Hail Hail.

Auldheid

I feel as if I’m experiencing a massive deja vu going back to 2010.

I’ve linked to this blog from Celtic Underground before which is the source of the deja vu. https://celticunderground.net/sfa-reform-one-down-three-to-go/

I drew it to Lawwels attention and he noted it but did SFA about it.

Roll on to 2013 and I talk to him in May about lack of professionalism at SFA and reform needed.

He agrees and says a Dougie Dougie moment needed to leverage change. It turns up and he gets evidence something dodgy about UEFA licence granted to Rangers oldco. (As Pityvem says Res12 was about SFA reform.) Again he does SFA but it doesnt end there .

For 8 years he led shareholder representatives up the garden with the help of The Company Secretary who is now CEO. Culminating in denial of seeing the 5WA at 2019 AGM and a misleading explanation of why the Res12 of that AGM was not needed because UEFA had explained offences in the monitoring period did not attract sanction until following season, so no loss of share value from losing a CL place.

This conveniently ignored information that pointed to the licence being granted under false pretence provided to Celtic on at least 3 occasions.

If this were a spy novel you would think Lawwel was an Ibrox sleeper hell bent on killing the soul of Celtic.

So if anyone expects Celtic to do anything to change the moral hazard they helped create, it just wont happen until we as supporters and shareholders unite to call them out.

PL and the Celtic Board are responsible for the creation of a moral hazard so big it will threaten to engulf Scottish football and Celtic with it unless Celtic supporters stop enabling a corruption that they must by now recognise is killing our game.

How to do that is the question and I’m going to have to do a blog for SC that brings non CST members who are shareholders up to date with results of months of activity inside the CST and also suggest how ST Holders can support that activity that requires only thinking time to get behind.

International week is always a good time to stir the cranium pot but there will never be a better opportunity in lead up to AGM to reverse the decline of Celtic both as a football club and a force for probity in a world that has forgot the meaning of the word.

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Bloody moniker keeps swapping over!

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AULDHEID

The actions of our officebearers since about 2007 and certainly since 2011 are a disgrace to our club. I was hopeful that under DMcK,there would be at least the beginning of a board clearout at the next agm.

And then we all saw what happened…

BMCUW

Respectfully, I must disagree. The PLC corruption enablers are not a disgrace to the Club. They are a disgrace to themselves alone.

Hail Hail

Auldheid

An age old underpinning belief that resistance is futile leads to a self fulfilling prophecy.

Its latest manifestation is that VAR will be useless because it will be Scottish MIBs making the ultimate decisions.

Only if we let it. The adjudicator can be watching playback from anywhere where the technology allows it. So why restrict access to a MIB in Scotland?

Put the VAR service out to tender and make the point any group who can pull relevant refereeing experience together can tender for the work.

With a global network of ex referees to draw on then no need to stay domestic.

Add monitoring responsibilities to adjudication of game incidents and an environment of professional referees becomes possible.

Not every referee in the world is a MIB. Reach out to find them to impose standards without the cost of travel etc.

SFTB

Superbru Predictor Update

Just before the international Break, we have a new leader, Call Me Gerry, who scored 14 points this weekend beating BMCUWP into 2nd place with 11, Wee McCaff with 10, and ATOB with 9.5.

This has taken Call Me Gerry into overall top place with 55 points ahead of long time leader Hopeful Hoops with Bhoy from the Villa, Bateen Bhoy and 18 yard Man occupying the top 5 slots.

Down in the relegation territory, Leggy is on the bottom with 29 points just behind Park Road 67 and Wee BGFC, though our poorest performer this week was Majestic Hartson with 1 point.

No new picks are required until Sat. 16th October at 3 pm and I should have announced the final prize money by then as we will be making an interim small pay out to those who are our top 3 after the final December fixtures on the 29th December, with final payouts to come at the league end fixtures.

I need a view from the participants on the matter of whether to keep the playing name of our recently departed friend, Garry Postecoglou on the Board. As he is only getting default picks, he is sliding down the Board (currently in 4th bottom place) and will inevitably slide to the bottom. I am asking for views on whether to keep his name on the board to honour him or whether to might be seen as bad taste. I have checked and there is no way that anyone can take over his predictions so it is either remove his name or keep him there in last place.

Any views welcome as I don’t want to act unilaterally on this matter.

Auldheid

I used to appoint referees to officiate games in the Civil Service Saturday morning league.

Through one referee whose surname escapes me Tommy ??? we had access to referees from higher football associations.

One of the best who preferred games at Glasgow Green pitches was Jimmy Callaghan who became available as result of the incident involving Big Yogi mentioned earlier.

He was terrific at that amateur level earning lots of respect from the teams whose games he officiated.

A great sense of humour helped.

Those were the days my friends.

SFTB – re: Garry’s name on the Predictor. Only my view, but I’d like to see his presence on the list continue. Rather than looking at it ‘last place’, I’d prefer to think of it as Garry giving us support – holding the rest of us up, sort of thing.

Maybe I’m being daft, but I think there is something nice about that – I’d hope he’d see the funny side.

Just my thought – no problem if others prefer differently.

HH
BGFC

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AULDHEID

I’ve briefly incorporated that idea into tomorrow’s article. Thanks.

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BGFC

I was wondering how to get round that problem.

You’ve solved it,I think!

Mahe

Rebus from earlier,
I actually forgot Scales so that’s five for the left back slot, yet we here would shift out most,,
Boli, Taylor, Monty won’t cut it, Shaw disappeared and Scales nowhere to be seen despite being matchfit and rated by so e, but then again so was Shaw when he did actually play very early on. Big unit, glides with the ball.
Some decisions are baffling if truth be told.
So five potential left backs, four bloody goalkeepers, two right backs, and big Jules makes it six inuding Scales and Murray who could maybe play there.
Six of varying quality.
I’d have Murray out on loan, and then stick with Starfelt alongside CCV.
But it will probably end up Jules and CCV, two big units, but I dont think Jules has great feet to pass it precise and quickly.
Middle, loan out young Henderson if no Ange future. Sell Soro. Let Buttons deal run out.
Between those savings bring in the actual midfield destroyer Ange wants.
Ajeti out and replaced with a pacey striker.

Simples 😉
Hail Hail

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Bloody broadband has been dropping in and out all day. Local transmitter with 3,apparently. I phoned 3 to ask what was up,got told it seemed fine as he could hear me no bother!

Told him I was calling from my non-3 phone,and I wasn’t happy!!!

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Mahe

Surely many of our problems, could be solved by going 3-5-2. A five man midfield would shore up the defence-gulp, hopefully-while still allowing the width that we need. Importantly, we could play 2 strikers, every week. Nae feckin’ point having millions of pounds worth of talent, sitting on the bench, when they could be out there, doing the biz…

Hail Hail