Whats goin’ on?

Sobering October?
November spawns a monster?
December departure?
John’s January?
Keep on dreamin’ all the haters.
How nice to be shutting the doubters up, forcing positive coverage everywhere, to be able to breathe a bit easier.
Another win or two and we could reasonably state a corner has been turned. Ange is clearly clever and it’s said you learn most in defeat,,well he had a quick crash course and many lessons to pour over.
Yet as Paul Lambert once said you’re a draw away from a crisis at our giant. While you can learn loads in losing, we are too big to lose. In that respect it seems Ange is or has cottoned onto the most important quality required of a Celtic manager, you must learn whilst winning, not the opposite.
A year ago, heck six weeks ago, we would have lost or tied that game. Lenny would never have fielded so much attacking talent, would have brought the midfield battlers in no doubt.
That’s not Ange, he wanted the win, and went for it.
In that respect he’s correct. Another win tucked under the belt is the beginning of momentum, which must irk others.
But now everyone knows we can actually win ugly, go away and scrap, dig out three points.
It was Rebus who noted that wasn’t Angeball. I think our jaded but talented Internationals were tasked with goals not harrying. There was no high pressing as a unit. In not the greatest game of football our superior talent and greater drive delivered the points.
Lenny was often correctly accused of overly leaning on individual talent,,,get it to Odsonne being his favourite tactic. On many occasions superior talent will emerge victorious, but this was more than a mere couple moments of skill.
When we turned over play there were runners galore to befuddle them.
When Calmac gave it to Tam for that beaut of an assist there was half a team already on the move.
We are clearly allowed to break en masse, forget defence while on the attack, flood them with equal or better numbers and eventually it will pay off.
It’s an Ange-ball compromise hybrid.
He’s not giving up his attacking principles, when we break anything can happen and the support love it.
But we don’t have the players for that high pressing game. And that’s not on Ange.
But he must win games or it’s over, great attacking system waiting in the wings if only for correct players or not.
Glasgow Celtic is always about the here and now as well as tomorrow, it’s that big.
I’m delighted he has adjusted, for the simple reason I want him around to fulfill his vision. I know that’s a long shot now Dom’s gone.
He had to adjust, I mean Tam can hardly fly home, start, then high press for an hour minimum. It was wise to put the points before the system right now to gain job security and turn around the fanbase.
When defeat becomes is a blip, when confidence is flowing high, that’s the perfect time to tinker.
Still, there’s signs our Greek Australian is learning on the job.
Take the left back situation.
Why I myself questioned the rationale of Boli. But then who has had month after month to learn this style, who has a great engine and good physique, and who was standing right in front of the boss during a half full training camp probably giving it everything and begging for a shot.
He knew if he played well he keeps the position, it’s an open slot.
It was a win win for Ange,,,he plays his heart out or you’ve just separated so e wheat from the chaff in the great battle for the left back position.
As far as Boli was concerned it might as we have been a win win,,play we for one game you’re in because the position is a roundabout,, of course he’s gonna bust a gut.
And now we (probably) have a ‘new’ left back!
Meanwhile the bar for the spot has been raised!
Ange learning on the job, while winning.
And then there’s the team spirit. I’m far from a body language expert but if pushed for my opinion I would guess the camp are happy. I didn’t sense that under Lenny, haven’t sensed it for quite a while.
But there looks to be some real togetherness, genuine smiles and high fives, dare I say something special brewing?
It’s clear they adore the support, are overawed on that front, and which player doesn’t want license to attack?
The dourness has been replaced by vigour, at least to these eyes, and that can be seen in the play and the post game celebrations, which are becoming a sight to behold.
Yes, there’s positive signs..
It would be remiss of me not to mention the fact a big question remains unanswered.
Which midfield for tougher games?
A trio of Calmac, DT, and Tam, shall come out on top on most occasions domestically, and might deliver some Cups, but it won’t cut the mustard in Europe, and can’t be counted on to deliver the three points against the leagues top teams.
It can’t become first choice, again.
Yes, it can be utilized to sweep the Steelmen away, but while resting a quality starting midfielder.

I fear Ange shall not be delivered the type of players he craves, and his managerial potential shall never be reached with us.
That high press requires a certain type of player (athlete first, skill second) and a DoF who can feed you such youthful spritely youngun’s, then there’s the correct diet and sports science which can never be understated and modern players need a down to earth yet quality sports psychologist to help maximize the investments potential.
That’s just not us. Not at this moment anyway.
We’ve found a bit of spirit and a bit of fight, and shall start bullying most of the SPHell, but the bigger question remains, of how to lift ourselves above that.
We won a big three points, but are nowhere nearer the big answer.

By Mahe

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October 18, 2021 5:35 am

Hi guys.. As a long time lurker and crypto investor, I thought I would share some 21st century info that might be worth bringing up at the agm.
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Lazio are releasing their tokens in a few days, here’s the write up… Would celtic and DD dare to step into the 21st century?

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A thing of beauty
October 18, 2021 6:33 am

Good article. I thought boli was superb on Saturday and deserves to keep his place. He is not in the euro squad though so Montgomery will come to the fore on a Tuesday. Speaking of Tuesday, yesterday we spent around 2 hours trying to get CCB his vaccine passport. It was a nightmare and there is no way the full crowd are in possession of this information. I am also interested in unvaccinated players. Are they allowed to enter the stadium, because I would bet some of our players are defo not vaccinated as it seems to be the way for some.
The tic,
As regards the crypto tokens. I read it as some kind of loyalty scheme where punters get not very much for their investment. Can’t see any reason why Celtic would not be interested in that. In fact I’d bet they’d take it to a whole new level.

October 18, 2021 7:00 am

Why not a membership scheme? Nothing will be done to increase fan influence. This board have full control. The only thing that could force them out is a really bad run of results …… er, er. Therefore, no big changes anytime soon.

Saltires en Sevilla
October 18, 2021 7:39 am


Learn when your winning!

Like ir buddy.

The guys n gals on the blog who see tactical nuance, surely must share more insights to help us all understand that Ange is capable of variation, that he understands ‘horses for courses’

My view has been that no manager would survive for any length of time ..at any level in any league .. if they didn’t know how to adapt.

There has been suggestions that Ange is a ‘one-trick pony’

I’ve never believed that- however, could never even attempt to make a full technical evaluation of tactics and phases of play or subtle formation changes .. there are folk here that can and do … hoping they can share more often

Tho’ the rest of us can rant and rave about taking too long to move the Ball and delaying passes forever, losing initiative or maybe see huge gaps that can be exploited … without really understanding how a good tactician can make adjustments

That’s all part of the fun… opinions… good and bad are the essence of fitba

The more analysis, the better.

Btw – Boli at LB- absolutely not convinced -as he never seems to be in position defensively, more positive about his forward play although his passing seems erratic and causes too many unforced turnovers

Starter for Ten 🤔

Saltires en Sevilla
October 18, 2021 8:00 am


An interesting concept buddy

Always wondered about the potential ‘reach’ of our green pounds/ new equivalent… if more vendors understood the true scale of that purchasing power perhaps attitudes about us -or our own perceived notions of how others view us and treat us, might change for the better.

Head of Sales & Marketing : Hey guys… I just got some interesting numbers in … it seems that 33.72% of all our sales in August were from folks using the Celtic crypto -well, I’ll be darned…

Head of Finance: Well .. it was far across the sea…when the devil..

Head of Distribution: FTP

CEO: HR make a note… we need an upgrade at the warehouse

On the other hand..

Has anyone ever been paranoid enough to think revealing your ‘colours and allegiances’. Might have a detrimental impact on services received? … or risk a punch in the mooth …when out and about with the family…

Cosy Corner Bhoy
October 18, 2021 8:25 am

Vaccination certificated as described by ATOB! In my defence the Spanish Border guards forgot to give me back my paper copies in July, and, my surgery is not answering calls except emergencies.
Will be interesting to find out how long to get 100 people through a turnstile. 3.30 pm KO but get there for 1230…. just like check-in nowadays!
Hope wee Joan is on the mend, BP, and give her our best.

Cosy Corner Bhoy
October 18, 2021 8:28 am

Not that I will be there at 1230, I hasten to add. Some people have to work, not me, and there’s a pint or two to get to lessen the pain of present day European games.

Jobo Baldie
October 18, 2021 8:30 am

Good morning friends from a grey, overcast but still ‘mild for mid October’ East Kilbride. Enjoyed that breakfast read, Mahe.

October 18, 2021 8:32 am

We are still two light in personnel terms in midfield having lost SB, ON, RC replaced with only JMcC , and one in attack.
Options elsewhere seem to be improving with MJ back, and JF , CJ close it appears.

We end the first phase of games against our 11 league opponents v Hibs away.
You could not hand pick a more difficult opening schedule – Hearts, Huns, Aberdeen, Motherwell, Hibs all away!
Of course this is reversed in next 11 games.
And just as importantly over this period the Huns will play their most difficult away games.

Injuries easing, three hard, competitive months into a new regime, players adapting. Lots to be positive about.
Everything to play for before the January break.

Maestro Fan
October 18, 2021 8:47 am

That was a significant win. If we can stay within 4 points of the huns after the first round of fixtures we’ll be in decent shape. We’ll have been to Ibrox, Pittodrie, Easter Road, Tynecastle, Fir Park and the dreaded Livingston. Places they’ll have to go in the next cycle (Parkhead for Ibrox). Many of these fixtures for them come over the course of a single month in Dec/ early Jan.

Add in the fact they are totally overhyped relative to ability, then I will be able to make a much more confident prediction after the new year game. At present I’ll be very disappointed if we’re not in contention by then.

St tams
October 18, 2021 9:06 am

If we can get Juranuvic Julien, Mccarthy and Forrest fit and into starting 11, we could have a decent team.

October 18, 2021 11:20 am

What’s going on indeed?
This technology probably costs more than a few starving kids sneaking a free lunch.

Saltires en Sevilla
October 18, 2021 12:09 pm


Can you foresee a day when that tech will measure BMI and Diabetes risks etc., and mandate what they can & can’t have for lunch ?

Tip of the iceberg and security of data would be a huge risk/threat.

I’m still upset and traumatised about my skool milk moving from wee glass bottles to wee triangular cartons ffs!

Paddy’s Maw
October 18, 2021 12:25 pm

Big Packy

All the best for Joan. Hope she is recovering and out of hospital soon

October 18, 2021 12:27 pm

Saltires en Sevilla
Heal thyself by going online and buying those wee milk bottles.
I have a set of six and indulge in a wee bottle of milk when memory allows.

A thing of beauty
October 18, 2021 12:48 pm

Have to say as an employee of north Ayrshire council I cannot recall seeing or hearing anything about this. Will endeavour to find out more.
Hope Joan is on the mend pal.
As regards tomorrow, celtic have alluded that there is not going to be a sell out and should be making moves to give the tickets to those who would otherwise never get to see such a game. The foundation must have plenty of groups they help and this could be a starting point. Gets us back to our roots and gives us a better crowd. It’s a win win. Unless of course you are a money grabbing board who think if they hold on long enough they might shift another couple of hundred tickets at £36 a head. Hmm 🤔

October 18, 2021 12:56 pm

So just to be clear on this, as reported over and over, Rangers football club is in liquidation. Is that correct.

October 18, 2021 12:56 pm

Too much

Paddy’s Maw
October 18, 2021 1:11 pm

North Ayrshire give away loads of free school dinners and I actually think this is done to decrease the stigma for children. I know the previous system used had flaws and this is supposed to be an improvement.
Also North Ayrshire children are never refused dinner even when there is no payment! Like ATOB I’ve not heard any bad reports about this though

October 18, 2021 1:35 pm


I was impressed by our performance on Saturday,even if not everyone seemed to be quite firing. We took the sting out of Well,largely controlled the game,got the goals when they mattered.

I’ll also add that the replacement ref was a vast improvement on Gollum. It’s not often I praise a ref-and by comparing him to Gollum,it is damned by faint praise,indeed-and I bet it is a while before we see him again.

He is probably undergoing a re-education at this very minute.

October 18, 2021 1:36 pm


They are indeed. As MAHE referred to when he called the new lot a nine years old club.

Only in Scotland…

October 18, 2021 1:36 pm


Wee hug for Joan from me,please. Hope she is on the mend very soon.

October 18, 2021 2:34 pm

Good morning folks on this brisk day of the moon from a damp California where much needed rain finally arrived. That’s my workday screwed.

Thanks for any compliments folks.

Crypto bhoy, thanks for the visit and advice Sir. Be great if you could stick around and enhance our humble blog. I don’t go for crypto or Bitcoin myself mostly for environmental reasons, us some fear it’s a scam. Anything that gets the club interacting with the support is a positive though. I’m glad the support are asking for more than shut up and pay up these days.
Have a great day.

Michael, thanks for stopping by. What’s the news regarding our disaster of a business partner?

I’ve missed the news regarding Joan so best wishes to you both Big Packy in deepest darkest Cheshire.

Hail Hail

October 18, 2021 2:41 pm

Hi Big Packy,

I haven’t been on for a few days so I was very sorry to read Joan was unwell. My very best wishes to Joan for a speedy recovery and to you too Packy, take good care of yourself

Saltires en Sevilla
October 18, 2021 2:52 pm

Big Packy

Hope all’s well buddy?


Saltires en Sevilla
October 18, 2021 2:54 pm


That’s a genius idea – 50 off years of pain sorted

Thanks 🌼

Mike in Toronto
October 18, 2021 3:28 pm

Obviously missed a post about BP/Joan.

Whatever the issue, I hope Joan makes a full and speedy recovery.

October 18, 2021 3:42 pm

Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to BP’s Joan.

Re Covid Passport, my understanding is that it is a random spot check at an outer cordon before getting near to turnstiles. Totally impractical to check at the turnstiles, it would be mayhem – oh, wait…

Paddy’s Maw
October 18, 2021 4:15 pm

Good article interesting insight. Let’s hope you’re right

October 18, 2021 4:18 pm


Excellent leader. Very enjoyable. It’s great that you and BMCUW can write positive stuff once more.

Good point re team togetherness. The Bhoys certainly look as if they are enjoying their fitba again…long may it continue.

Meanwhile, across the river…there may be trouble ahead…

Stevie G throws his strikers under a bus, in order to protect the goalie. That’s really going to do wonders for team morale, isn’t it? 😀 Once again, Senior Morelos always looks as if he is chewing a wasp. A dour-faced bleeder, who certainly blends in well with his team-mates…and the Huns support.


I have always thought, that all children in state schools, should be given at least one free meal per day. An extra penny or two on the council tax, would not put too much strain on the finances of the average family.

Big Packy

Love to Joan. 💓

Hail Hail.

October 18, 2021 4:27 pm
Paddy’s Maw
October 18, 2021 4:35 pm

The final frontier.

I was taught at school that it was I shall, we shall and the rest of us will! Have to agree though that nowadays it sounds pretentious but you can give the oldies who had a similar primary education to me a break! Who remembers “The Essentials of English” from primary school?

October 18, 2021 4:50 pm

Big Packy
Give my best to Wee Joan

The tackle on Turnbull that didn’t get shown on sportscene
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October 18, 2021 5:15 pm

The crptocurrency idea is an idea of its time. It has been around for some time in various forms. PSG has such a scheme, for example. It does bestow voting rights on some matters within the club, for example, choice of a new strip, and selection of opponents for friendly games.

I am not sure that associating the idea with crypto currency is a good idea because there are both negative and positive perceptions of Bitcoin and the like. Associating a new concept with something that is controversial is never a smart idea, if you wish to broaden acceptance. Someone mentioned a membership scheme as an alternative and I would support that idea.

As I said, these concepts have been around for some time, and not purely in football. You only have to look to Lanark to see an example of it. The Lanark Mill operated by Robert Owen is worth a visit. He created his own currency and paid it to his employees. They could only use it in his stores, however, it started a bartering system where workers would exchange Owen currency for coin of the realm. Provided Owen did not inflate his prices, the system did have merit. According to some, his rationale was to ensure that his workers got an appropriate diet.

Another example is to be found in Newfoundland where merchants financed fishers’ boats and costs in exchange for getting their catch at a fixed price, and sometimes in exchange for credit at their stores. Was it successful? Certainly, it was for the merchants but less so for the fishers….it created a feudal system that still has an impact in rural Newfoundland to this day.

Nearer home, i.e. my home, a similar system was tried to exploit logging. A Scottish laird (McNab) was given the rights to log in and around where I live. All of this around 1824. The landlord, one Archibald MacNab, was to become known as the Laird of MacNab and he exercised a draconian feudal system in the area. Included in this was the use of a private currency to be used in the Laird’s stores. Eventually, after essentially an uprising, the Laird was thrown out of the area. Although, It did take a couple of lawsuits to get rid of him.

In short, the cryptocurrency thingy is not new. It has value but, in the context of football, the essential issues are: 1. what does it cost; 2. what can it be used towards, and 3. what control does it give the club over fans’ activities.

History lesson over,


October 18, 2021 5:29 pm

Any Jackie McNamara fans, his book tour has started

Margaret McGill
October 18, 2021 6:58 pm

I had a look at Lazio tokens:


It appears to me to be another fund raising exercise under the auspices of cryptocurrency.
€40m total limit on shares
€20k limit per person
(I.e. major shareholders are essentially insulated from Lazio tokens)
Pros: unambiguous financial audit trail

Personally based on this there is no way our timcriminals would “buy” into it

Margaret McGill
October 18, 2021 7:08 pm

Another Pro for cryptocurrency is that you don’t need accountants. 😀

A thing of beauty
October 18, 2021 7:09 pm

I am far from a tactical genius but agree with others and yourself who say that Ange was a bit more pragmatic in his approach at Motherwell. I don’t think we saw the inverted full backs at all almost and Starfelt and CCV did not always try to play football. Again maybe my imagination as I was not at the game but Turnbull seemed to play a bit wider and Jota a bit more inside. I have no idea really whether this was for any particular reason but it did lead to Jota being in a good position to run into the ball from Rogic. Playing inside may have resulted in him not chasing back to cover Ralston once he moved to the right. I have to say that was driving me crazy but maybe he’s not being lazy just doing as he’s asked. We certainly appeared more solid on Saturday and we would all agree that’s what we want. For the more tactical nuance Fan is they man and i will
Look forward to his thoughts.

Saltires en Sevilla
October 18, 2021 8:02 pm


thanks for that view.

Tomorrow nite going to be very interesting with Boli not in the squad.

October 18, 2021 8:12 pm


I’ll be happy enough to have Adam Montgomery back,if I’m honest.

October 18, 2021 8:14 pm


Everybody out there knows a guy that had his dinner money stolen as a kid, who is taking it out on society…

Saltires en Sevilla
October 18, 2021 8:20 pm


Agree completely

He’s raw but he’s absolutely game and won’t hide the full 95

Saltires en Sevilla
October 18, 2021 8:37 pm


Another thing about Monty -if we are needing a goal late in the game – Monty will be in their box bursting a gut … we’ve watched him do it in at least 4 games already this season

I’d take his absolute effort -and he has composure – over some of his older and more lauded teammates.

big packy
October 18, 2021 8:39 pm

HI GHUYS and GHALS, just back from the hospital need to do this before i forget, in no particular order, magua, ccb, a thing of beauty, paddysmaw, jimthetim53, craig76, bmcuw, ses, tim horton, mit, mahe, sol kitts,senga, mcaff,.apologies if ive forgotten anyone,wee joan is coming home tomorrow, im picking her up at 10 in the morning, cant thank you all enough for your thoughts,,god bless you all👍👍

Saltires en Sevilla
October 18, 2021 8:40 pm


Great news buddy

October 18, 2021 8:42 pm

Big Packy

Delighted for you both.

Hail Hail

A thing of beauty
October 18, 2021 8:54 pm

Great news BP

Mike in Toronto
October 18, 2021 8:58 pm


Great news pal!

October 18, 2021 9:00 pm


Delighted to hear that. Plus,you’ve got twelve hours to get the dishes done!!

October 18, 2021 9:09 pm

Good to hear, look after her.