Comparisons are odious. This one proves it.

Morning,all.

Back to the nitty gritty and the bread and butter tomorrow,along with any other cliché you can think of. After all,we cannot live by European nights alone.

Except of course that ours was a European afternoon,thanks to various restrictions imposed on us! Still,it was a pleasure to watch-and as NANA said afterwards,the first goal was like crack cocaine,the number of times he watched it and loved it.

The second goal though reminded me of the old Billy Connolly joke about his Uncle Jimmy,who had never seen a train crash before! There you go,DT-show the grandkids the medals and the bank balance,but you really live the dream when you fit a Billy Connolly punchline!

Of course,that is being overly harsh on the young fella. He has been a major presence,and looks more and more like a tireless attacking midfielder as he overcomes his early injury problems added to trying to fit into a dysfunctional side. We are far from that now,and I hope and expect that his performances will continue to improve as much as his obvious confidence has.

The jersey is his,he doesn’t have to apologise for it.

Tomorrow sees us play a team who won two more trophies than us last season,despite us getting a rather peachy 100% of the previous twelve awards. Should we be concerned? Aye,of course we should. Every game has three possible outcomes,and if they were all that easy to predict,then the bookies would be skint and not me/us. AP has us going into games with a self belief and confidence that has been lacking for maybe two seasons,going into the game with an eagerness to please.

It must be terrific to go into a game wanting to impress your manager instead of wondering if he was actually bothered about proceedings. And I think that is starting to show. And so too is the quality from various areas in the pitch.

When players are confident in themselves,confident in the ability and desire-and more importantly,the effort of themselves and their team mates-guess what? They can relax!

Counter-intuitive,yes. You need to try harder to be able to relax? Yes. Absolutely.

Your team mates need to know that you are putting in a shift,you need to prove it. Once everyone can trust each other,everyone can simply relax and do what they were put on the planet for.

To play football.

And we have seen some darn good examples of that lately. More of the same,please.

On the subject of playing football,I read yesterday about some halfwit Jambo trying to compare someone to Lubo.

Football Scotland – Edinburgh on Twitter: “Barrie McKay has been likened to Celtic legend Lubo Moravcik by ex-Hearts star Eamonn Bannon. Is that a fair comparison? https://t.co/1il0Nl4iAR https://t.co/TESh7026o2” / Twitter

Once I stopped laughing and realised he was actually serious,I just thought back to what Eamonn Bannon is best known for.

“Get Bannon aff!!!”

Anyone who thinks there a player in Scotland who is fit to lace Lubo’s boots is deluded. Anyone who pays money to hear him say that though…

I wonder if the fact that McKay is a former Ibrox player has anything to do with it? Ach,naw. I’m just paranoid.

Tomorrow is what it is all about,and every match thereafter. Nothing to do with what a nonentity thinks. Improvement on the training pith,on the field,in the league table. We are definitely seeing that,and it needs to be constant and continuous.

And we have the manager and the players to do just that!

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Above article by BMCUWP

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Chairbhoy

Should be a good game the morra BMCUWPS,

It should really highlight the progress made. We are becoming a very tidy team, with our high press, more solid defending as a unit and no too sloppy on the counter.

Thought last nights Europa League result worked well for us Betis 1 – 1 Bayer.

If the same results are repeated on match day four, the top 2 are on eight points and we are on six – it makes the last two games interesting, especially if we can avoid defeat in Germany.

Realistically if Bayer runs away with it, and they should, we still could have the scenario of playing Betis at home for the runner-up spot.

I’d fancy our chances you know – of course, do we want to play a UCL third place team or try our chances in the conference?

Bottom line though after this week – Europe after Christmas a distinct possibility.

Have a great day Celts…

Hail Hail

craig76

Happy Birthday to the Maestro
Not one for scoring tap ins
https://twitter.com/LilZe_7/status/1451322410901377025

Leggy

Morning all,

Craig76,

Thanks for posting the link. The Maestro really was a fantastic player.

God knows what he would be worth in todays market ???

Probably the Newcastle owners couldn’t afford him 😜😜😜

Enjoy your day everyone. HH 🍀🍀🍀

Bigrailroadblues

Good morning all from Govanhill.

Jobo Baldie

Good morning friends and a Big Happy Friday from a dry and balmy 8 degrees EK.
What with Bobby’s positive article and Craig76’s link to The Maestro there’s definitely a buzz about the place today!
In other news – does anyone actually know what last night’s Ibrox TIFO was meant to be? Seriously, was it just another display gone wrong or were they all holding up some sort of cards with a message?

Friesdorfer

Good Morning all. Great positive article Bobby👍.
Wow, that Maestro clip is a fantastic start to the day.
HH

McCaff

Morning all…The Maestro split opinion in the ‘Tic support but not for me. The best midfielder of his generation in Scotland and if he had been a bit braver and a bit less committed to our less than supportive/ambitious Board (all sounds very familiar!) he could have proved his talent on any stage. My mate and I, both huge McStay fans, often compared him to Mattheus with the only difference being the amount of goals the German was capable of scoring. Happy Birthday Maestro!

McCaff

…and cheers for the goals montage, Craig!

A thing of beauty

Craig 76,
What a montage. Settled in to start work and thought I’d have a quick check of the blog because as Billy Connolly says you don’t want to start your work straight away, you need to ease yourself in etc etc. Oh joy, the maestro at his best. Rest assured I shall watch this every hour on the hour today and work can take a back seat. Paul McStay, I love that man.
Bmcuwp
Good article. Hopefully you are correct and it’s starting to come together. If we take 6/6 from the next two games then I’ll start to believe.

bada bing1

McCaff- not sure if The Maestro split the support mate?

A thing of beauty

McCaff,
I never even considered that the maestro split the support. I never knew anyone that thought we were anything other than blessed to have him. He carried Celtic on his back for 5 plus years and should have left when he had the chance to fulfil his potential. I wonder if those you speak of who doubted his brilliance think differently now? Interesting.
I also read on the Twitter link that some are comparing Turnbull to him. Wtf? There better be none of that chat in my ear shot. Not fit to lace his boots but then in my eyes no one ever has been in all the time I’ve been watching Celtic. It’s actually a problem for me. The bar is set too high 😂😂

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Prestonpans bhoys

On McCaff’s defence I do recall some Celtic fans not overly impressed with Paul in his early years. Well speaking on behave of the bhoys from Mount Carmel CSC From Kilmarnock now defunct 😵

bada bing1

Daizen Maeda is reportedly close to becoming Celtic ‘s second signing from the J League this season, with a deal lined up for the Yokohama F Marinos ace.

Forward Kyogo Furuhashi has been a huge hit with fans since his summer arrival, with the 26-year-old bagging nine goals in 13 games since his move.

Billy Bhoy

Hi Bhoys

Still in sunny Algarve.

I was out for a meal last night with Mrs BB. We got chatting with our waiter who was a Benfica fan. I told him that he wasn’t getting Jota back. He said “that will be six million euros please!” I immediately produced my wallet from my back pocket and took out my bank card. I handed it to him and said “Can you just swipe it or do you need my PIN?

He was creasing himself laughing.

BTW for any Board members lurking that was just a wee joke. You STILL have to stump up OK?

Packy, here’s a true story for you.

When I was 16 (in 1976) I got a weekend job in a supermarket in Kirkintilloch. Our local celebrities included Moira Anderson, John Grieg and Thelma Barlow aka wee Mavis Reilly fae Corrie.

One Saturday wee Mavis came in to do her weekly shop. The manager snapped his fingers at me and ordered me to follow her round with a trolley. As we went round wee Mavis simply pointed to items that she wanted placed in her trolley. I wasn’t sure me doing that was supposed to be the deal but I grudgingly complied. At one point through nerves or rage I dropped the jar of Nescafe on the floor. Mercifully, it didnt smash so I placed it in the trolley. What a glare she gave me!

Let me tell you, she was a GREAT actress with that simpering ” oh Rita, I don’t really know” punchline. The bitch could melt an iceberg from 100m with that stare.

BTW I had to carry her shopping out to her car and place the shopping in her boot.

I’m STILL waiting on the tip!

I’d tell you another true story about the day I played golf with Neil Armstrong the astronaut at Turnberry – but I’m being dragged away to the beach!

Later…

Mahe

Morning troops. Happy Friday to one and all.
God bless all those with health issues and the less fortunate.

Bobby, I was thinking of penning my Saturday article last night but halted as I figured you would write about it today. Nope!
Shoulda penned the bloody thing. At least I have a topic lined up.

BigRailRoadBlues, good afternoon Sir. Hope all is well.
You might have missed it but recently one of our intrepid posters ventured into the Star Bar to sample their beer and scran, and we suggested he bump into yourself.
Do you still fuel up there, or has some finer establishment been getting the best of you these days?

Hail Hail

Mahe

It’s great to see the Tangerines and the Jambo’s doing well in the league. Infact the Hearts could go top tomorrow. I didnt rate Robbie that much but he has got a tune from them. They should stuff Dundee and see the summit, which will buoy them on.
The Gers are there for the taking this year, and third place isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
This Tangerines manager must have something about him, they are doing very well. He’s a young man is Tam Courts, and might have a good career in front of him.
Younger more relatable mangers seems to be the trend these days.
Can’t see a Nagelsmann or Courts side losing 6-1 to minnows we’ve never heard of before.

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, mahe dont mind dundee united doing well but not that mob from tynecastle, hope you are well.👍

big packy

BILLY BHOY, great story, seems mavis riley and ken barlow are a match made in heaven😎😎

bada bing1

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Mike in Toronto

A bit early for Friday night music, but, just felt like playing this …band from 20 years ago… broke up a decade ago, but have recently reformed….

Catchy swedish guitar pop…quite catchy …. and, if you needed another reason to like these guys… their first concert was a benefit for the Sandinista government!

Mahe

Howdy BP, could complain but won’t, there’s people with actual problems out there.
Four days of rain about to start, we need it and I do love the rain.

Hi Ho time, back in about six hours. Play nice.
No Fontaines links.

Hail Hail

big packy

HI MIKE, nice catchy tune but the drummer looks bored to tears😎 hope you are well👍

I’m afraid David Turnbull will never bee a Paul Mcstay…..he had the everything.

Mike in Toronto

BP

Seamus and I are Hanging in here. Off to see the Picasso exhibit tonight. Looking forward to that.

You must be happy to have Joan home. Hope you did the dishes before she got home! 🙂

Mike in Toronto

BP

to be clear…I am off to the Picasso exhibit tonight, not seamus.

The show is only on Picasso’s Blue Period, and Seamus says he is not a fan of Picasso’s early work. He says he will wait to see the Modigliani exhibit instead:)

bada bing1

Juranovic and …….ahem ….McCarthy in squad for tomorrow

big packy

MIKE ,yes all the dishes were done thanks to the dishwasher, its worth its weight in gold that machine😎mike enjoy the show, im sure seamus will wait for the Modigliani exhibit.👍

jimthetim53

Packy, I’d be quite happy if the league positions at the end of the season were:
1. Celtic
2. Dundee Utd
3. Hertz
And the huns in relegation spot 🙂

big packy

JIM, that will do for me👍

Mike in Toronto

BP

My dishwasher has been out of service for about 3 months … decided to replace all the kitchen appliances, but with Covid, things have been delayed.

got the new stove in, but not the dishwasher or the fridge… hopefully next Wednesday.
Fortunately, mum was here for about 6 weeks, so, she did the dishes… but now that she is gone, they are starting to pile up again!

If I courier the dirty dishes over to you this weekend, will you run them through the dishwasher, and then send them back?

🙂

big packy

a true story, arranged to meet jim my best buddy in the larkhall celtic supporters club, as there is only two of us we hold it in the only phone box in larkhall thats not painted red white and blue, anyway im pretending to use the phone as people are walking past, then jim comes along with his AINCENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS sash on, and a big bass drum, the john f kennedy memorial band, jim ffs your going to get us noticed here, that bass drum will never fit in here,👍😎😎

big packy

MIKE, for you, no problem😎👍

jimthetim53

Packy my big bass drum is inflatable!

MIT, LOL 🙂

big packy

JIM, thank god for that😎😎

big packy

JIM, a definite true story, remember when i was about ten or eleven,so thats 58 /59 years ago, my late uncle packy took me to coatbridge to see the hibs walk, remember the green white and gold everywhere, but one thing that has stayed in my mind all those years, as they approached st patricks chapel ,everything fell silent,,a mark of respect obviously,,ACH memories

jimthetim53

Never seen one Packy, AOH marches. To be fair the local orange ludge never play going past the chapel. Although I’m not sure what happens when they have other lodges marching behind them.

Rebus67

Sol Kitts,

I have a ref question for you. A player takes the ball almost to the opposition bye line and cuts it back to a player who is positioned beyond the last defender(except for the goalie) who then pots the ball. Is the scorer offside, given that he received a backwards pass?

HH

Rebus

REBUS67
I could be wrong but i would say onside as he passed the ball back to the player.

big packy

JIM, i couldnt believe it when uncle packy said im taking you to the hibs walk, hibs was a football team to me at that young age??

jimthetim53

Don’t know much about the Hibernians Packy. Although I know Dundee Utd used to be Dundee Hibernian. And obviously Hibs in Edinburgh.

big packy

JIM, yes dundee united and hibs had irish connections, not sure about rainjurs though😎😎

Jobo Baldie

To be offside, apart from other things, you must be nearer the goal line (that your team is attacking) than the ball is. So, when a ball is played across from the goal line the receiving player can never be offside.
Unless the defending team is Sevco.

BMCUW

Excellent stuff, my good man. It’s a pleasure reading positive articles these days. I’m expecting a cracker of a game tomorrow. I think that SJ will have a right go at us.

In other news, it seems that the Union Boers latest tifo, has went down a storm …with Celts on twitter. Some unkind soul even suggested that a Primary 5 class could do better. A bit unfair…on the weans.

Nobody has as yet, figured out what exactly the tifo was meant to represent. Given that, have we been a wee bit unfair laughing at the Huns. It could be a work of absolute brilliance. A hidden Masonic message, if you will, with only those ‘in the know’, being able to decipher the tifo. I guess we’ll never know. 😀

Mon The Celts.

Craig76

MAGUA
Maby it was a message to blue Peter 😉

Craig76

You may well be correct. With that mob, and that man, nothing would surprise me. Perhaps the tifo, was a Masonic appeal for Dosh…to build a statue of Big Peter outside Ibrox. 😀

Hail Hail

Gordon64

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Rebus
To be offside the ball has to be played forward. If it is played back from the bye line, it can’t be offside. That’s also why it’s impossible to be offside direct from a corner kick (the arc is deemed to be the bye line at a corner kick).