Tales of the unexpected

It’s hard to type with tragedy so fresh, but Bertie himself would agree the show must go on, and that no man or woman is bigger than the club.
And at a global giant with millions of different fans, there’s usually something to talk about.
Today a few unexpected twists and turns deserve dissecting.
I suppose most seasons have unexpected moments, rarely do things go as planned for we are human so mistakes shall be made as a matter of fact, and then there’s injuries and the loss/finding of form to contend with. I believe it’s fair to say some leeway is expected, but rarely do things go absolutely about face.
Rarely is our club the beneficiary of a stroke of luck, but this season fortune has smiled upon us,,two individuals in particular.
It’s not outwith the realms of possibility that Ange shall complete a dream treble on his debut season.
Likewise Anthony Ralston could have his dream year with a starting berth, a new contract, an International call-up, and could be in the running for POTY.
Six months ago the above statement would have prompted questions regarding your mental health, but here we are.
Two feats I and many more had deemed an impossibility are now within reach, neither would shock and might actually be a decent double bet.
Only two or three months ago we signed a Croatian International right back which could have ended Tony’s time at Celtic, plus we lost a derby playing dismally concluding in myself stating ‘thats that then’ as debate raged over the future of our Greek Australian.
And just look at how things have changed since, it’s been an incredible turn of events.
It’s actually a bit hard to believe.
Of course the manager won’t publicly state this is his league to win now, but that’s the truth.
He’s gotta be excited, he’s gotta realize he might take the title after all. I watched Martin and Brendan walk in and complete clean sweeps,, both proper managers very good at their job. After reading calls for his head, the previously unknown Ange could join that exalted company, wow.
I like to think title hopes shall spur him on and put a bit of spring in his step, a second wind of you like. In this he should have the renewed vigour of Anthony to help lift the spirit in the dressing room.
Few would have predicted Master Ralston would benefit the most from the new manager, fewer still his trajectory this year,,the bhoy must be on cloud nine all the time! It’s not just going right for him, it’s going perfect. I think we can safely say he’s not moping about the dressing room tripping over his bottom lip.
We can safely say he’s happy, which as you know is infectious.
A very happy employee in what already looked like a happy camp, and now the manager has been given a huge boost.
And there’s backups to come, already scouted and worked on.
This transitional season should have seen low expectations, circumstances dictate the opposite is now true.
From my viewpoint we need three statement victories from here.
Firstly this weekend knock out the existing cup holders in what shall be a tough game.
This should give confidence and something to look forward to.
Next a resounding win against the current Champions in December, ideally against their new manager but it doesn’t matter, that should be the killer psychological blow that hands the upper edge to the leather belts.
And then deliver the early League Cup to help inspire confidence and keep the feel good factor growing, letting that momentum carry us over the finish line. Ideally we stuff the Ibrox mob in the final but it doesn’t really matter, the images of a triumphant Celtic team will suffice.
If Ange ever needed a reminder of how important Cups are the biggest complaint about the new Villa manager was 1 outta 9 trophies in Scotland doesn’t qualify you for the EPL. I’ve a sneaky feeling our manager will have a better win ratio, but that goes to show any trophy counts.
Of course the other unlikely beneficiary of these unexpected events is you. Once the dip occured many comments expressed it’s going to be a long hard season, or words to that effect. There was a general understanding transition will probably mean non Champions, that was the overwhelming feeling only three months ago. No one dared dream of the title then,,now that dream has been well and truly kindled.
Not just by departures across the city though, we found form and spirit and were gunning for it anyway, some would have fancied us.
The titles there to be won, no one is handing us anything.
The famous crowd can once again roar on their heroes with real hope,,finally together again after lockdowns only now with an unexpected bonus of being right in the mix plus improving all the time.
From long days to Happy Days, this season has the potential to become unforgettable. Another unexpected bonus from the footballing Gods.
I’ll live and learn from calling it very, very early,,that’s my unexpected bonus.

By Mahe

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November 16, 2021 6:24 am

Yes, fair play to your admission that calling it after 4 games was wrong.
Narrow one goal losses at difficult away grounds, that could have been won/drawn, between two 6-0 victories!!
Completely nuts. I recall Ange being astounded ( of forehead) when stating no one calls the league after 7 games. But 4?

Not everyone threw in the towel.
Not when a thoughtful look across the City provided clear evidence of a limited, predictable opponent gaining points not by sterling play but malign influence.

You were not alone- it was almost as if the “told you so brigade” were just too quick off the mark to embrace the Ange failure. To use it as a drum beat to further criticise the Board’s lack of ambition , vision and maybe even its desire for failure. I am no Board acolyte by the way.
Maybe the Board got lucky this time, or maybe someone had actually done their due diligence properly. Time will tell.

However, I think it is far too early to be talking of trebles!!
I realise we look upon the football we are playing as a rollercoaster ride, but to go from total despair to unbounded optimism is quite a leap.
The Hun management change could actually galvanise them, so let’s not get too carried away.
I’ll go for Cautious optimism.

Hopefully Ange is keeping himself and the players more grounded than the Panglossian view taken here.

Jobo Baldie
November 16, 2021 8:23 am

Good morning, friends.
Thanks for that positive article, Mahe. I agree that things have changed for the better much quicker than most had anticipated. A few wee points of clarification –
We aren’t due to play “the current Champions” in December; our home league game against them is on 2 January although maybe across the pond you call that December 33rd? 😉
However, we MIGHT meet them in December as the League Cup Final is scheduled for Sunday 15 December.
I checked bet365 just there and our odds of winning the domestic treble are currently 11/1. But if anyone thinks we might also win the Europa League for a memorable Quadruple the odds of that are 1500/1. Me? – I’d be delighted with just the League and we’re now into 6/5 for that.
Have a fine day everyone.

November 16, 2021 9:24 am

Morning all…not everyone wrote off the season as early as you did Mahe although you were by no means alone! Many on the site will remember Garry adding ‘Postecoglu’ to his moniker in defiance of the cynics and naysayers and his oft-quoted “In Ange we trust!”
I’m with CFC on this, there are too many twists and turns to come before any trophies are handed out so before we get carried away we need to tread wary and proceed with caution. Never more than now do that mob need a helping (unseen/red?) hand…will it be forthcoming?
I expected Celtic to win the League this year for the same reason I always do – it should always be about what Celtic do nobody else. The appointments of Dom and Ange seemed to be decent and should have been the catalyst for a new style of thinking and a different approach to our business model. Who knew Dom wouldn’t last 10 minutes, highlighting that things for us were even worse than we thought behind the scenes. The fact that despite setbacks Ange has continued to build, slowly and steadily, hopefully proves my point that it’s what Celtic does that matters. A focussed approach has been evident from Ange and the team and it’s vital this continues irrespective of what’s happening across the way…but beware the unseen hand!
And btw…well done Scotland! A fantastic end to a very satisfying qualifying group. Never thought I’d say it but Stevie Clarke has them playing some lovely fitba!
Here’s a wee tune to kick-start the day…

Maestro Fan
November 16, 2021 9:27 am

I still think the league is in the balance. I think they will go shit or bust with their spending in January. Depends what we do at the same time. I see we’re being linked with Shamrock Rovers players again.

November 16, 2021 9:41 am

Maestro…DD owns 25% of Shamrock Rovers. It is an absolute that he regards them as a feeder Club for us. Another big businessman tying up loose threads and cutting out middlemen to ensure less leakage in his interests!

November 16, 2021 11:15 am

Well done Scotland. Brilliant, still a ways to go for qualification but we should fear no one at Hampden.

Calton Tongues @ 7:15 PM,


Yes Awesome Photo – if the Spartans made ghuys like that they wouldn’t be needing the 300, they could have done it with three…

Hail Hail

November 16, 2021 2:21 pm

Thanks for the correction Jobo, for some reason I had the clash late this year not early next, thought it was the 29th tbh.

Speaking of Spartans there’s a photo of Gerard Butler and Morelos doing the rounds with many not impressed for the fella who displayed the hoops thus giving the impression he’s a Tim.
Now in his defence, I can’t see him turning down photos for simply not liking the other guy, you must get asked for photos all day long and probably hardly realize who the other chap is.
Also there’s a chance he didn’t know who it was, don’t think the pic was snapped in Ibrox.

Howeva,,,considering he’s giving the thumbs up, maybe I’m wrong.


Saltires en Sevilla
November 16, 2021 2:46 pm


You are super confident- good man.

I’m less optimistic given all the variables. We get through against St. Johnstone, that is a huge step.

Main concern is this Bòrd not backing Ange in January- they have a ready-made excuse in Transition Season narratives ( I agree it is) but that shouldn’t stop them absolutely nailing the perceived advantage to the floor.

When have they ever?

I totally agree it should only be all about what we do, as in ‘take a good look in the mirror before looking out the windae’

Foresee a balancing of the books transfer window… if we get a cracker in and already committed to… expect some exits and not only “dirty dozen”

None of this deflects from the tremendous work Ange and his players are doing – not at all.

Last night Tony Ralston made a run and left foot cross late in the game that Gemmell or Tierney would have been proud of.

Every Celtic team needs a local hero and died in the wool Celt!

Tony Ralston ya dancer!!

November 16, 2021 2:56 pm

SES, I think if the board sell any starters there will be hell to pay. The fans would go nuts.

Hi ho time.

Have a good day.

Hail Hail

A thing of beauty
November 16, 2021 3:01 pm

You are such a dreamer. I’m with CFC. There is a lot of football to be played and that mob across the city are not going to collapse. Owing to their football structure, they have a head start in getting their new coach in and have/are interviewing potential candidates. If he has a look at what’s in Gerrard’s drawer any competent coach will be able to get them performing to a decent level. We are in no better a position than we were before Gerrard left. We are also well short in midfield and I think we need to keep our fingers crossed that come the 2nd January we are still within 4 points.
They have players that will be busting a gut to get a move. Yes they’ll be pissed off their manager got a move and they didn’t but they’re not going to improve their chances by playing shit. Factor in the help from the MIB’s and it’s a very difficult league for us to win.
Honestly is it all sunshine and lollipops out there in California?. I need to move there!!

Cosy Corner Bhoy
November 16, 2021 3:10 pm

I thought it was interesting that Young Mr Ralston started in the left defensive position on what was his debut! Presumably Steve Clarke had him ‘practising ‘ in the few days before and just didn’t pull him out the hat like a rabbit.
The main thing to me was he performed more than adequately and as mentioned already supplied a lovely left foot cross. Perhaps SC,( not Sentinel Celts) has done Ange a big favour. We all feel Jovanic is uncomfortable on the left side but AR looked right at home, albeit only for that brief spell. I think it’s worth a shot to swap them and have a look. It’s easy enough to swap them back.

Bada Bing
November 16, 2021 3:29 pm


Willie Haughey on Bertie

November 16, 2021 3:29 pm


As the eternal optimist as regards all things Celtic, I do hope that your predictions come to pass.

After last season however, I am taking it one game at a time, so I can well understand why fan and ATOB are urging caution.

I do hope that Mahe is half right, in his prediction for a Celtic v Huns LC final. I’m going for the Celts to narrowly prevail in our meeting with the Perth Saints. I’m also hoping that the Hibees give the Huns a damned good thrashing on Sunday.

Despite promising myself that I will not be getting carried away, in the event of a Celtic v Huns League Cup Final, I’m predicting the same result as that eight goal thriller played at Hampden Park on 19/10/1957, when the Celts skelped the Huns-the REAL Huns-in a sparkling display of attacking football.

Hail Hail.

Awe Naw
November 16, 2021 4:01 pm

Sorry I´m late with this. Just back from a drunken weekend in Luxembourg

Night Mail by W. H Auden

This is the night mail crossing the Border,
Bringing the cheque and the postal order,

Letters for the rich, letters for the poor,
The shop at the corner, the girl next door.

Pulling up Beattock, a steady climb:
The gradient’s against her, but she’s on time.

Past cotton-grass and moorland boulder
Shovelling white steam over her shoulder,

Snorting noisily as she passes
Silent miles of wind-bent grasses.

Birds turn their heads as she approaches,
Stare from bushes at her blank-faced coaches.

Sheep-dogs cannot turn her course;
They slumber on with paws across.

In the farm she passes no one wakes,
But a jug in a bedroom gently shakes.

Dawn freshens, Her climb is done.
Down towards Glasgow she descends,
Towards the steam tugs yelping down a glade of cranes
Towards the fields of apparatus, the furnaces
Set on the dark plain like gigantic chessmen.
All Scotland waits for her:
In dark glens, beside pale-green lochs
Men long for news.

Letters of thanks, letters from banks,
Letters of joy from girl and boy,
Receipted bills and invitations
To inspect new stock or to visit relations,
And applications for situations,
And timid lovers’ declarations,
And gossip, gossip from all the nations,
News circumstantial, news financial,
Letters with holiday snaps to enlarge in,
Letters with faces scrawled on the margin,
Letters from uncles, cousins, and aunts,
Letters to Scotland from the South of France,
Letters of condolence to Highlands and Lowlands
Written on paper of every hue,
The pink, the violet, the white and the blue,
The chatty, the catty, the boring, the adoring,
The cold and official and the heart’s outpouring,
Clever, stupid, short and long,
The typed and the printed and the spelt all wrong.

Thousands are still asleep,
Dreaming of terrifying monsters
Or of friendly tea beside the band in Cranston’s or Crawford’s:

Asleep in working Glasgow, asleep in well-set Edinburgh,
Asleep in granite Aberdeen,
They continue their dreams,
But shall wake soon and hope for letters,
And none will hear the postman’s knock
Without a quickening of the heart,
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?

Thanks for the letters Bertie xx


“Right, son, did you see that place they called the Jungle? That’s where you will find the fans crammed in when you are playing. You can make these guys love you. You perform for them and they’ll repay you. This support has got a great knowledge. They’ll encourage you and they’ll never forget you.”

November 16, 2021 4:04 pm

“rangers” will not go bust.
Agree with your comments @3:01

November 16, 2021 4:58 pm


I took the “we’ll see” vaccination jab a few years back. Prevents making anything of anything but hope you are right.

November 16, 2021 5:13 pm

Any of the fine Sentinals in any of the photos

November 16, 2021 5:29 pm

Awe Naw

Brilliant. A fine and fitting tribute to Bertie.


I posted the other night that our supporters’ club, once travelled to Perth or Dundee on a bus that dated from the 50s or 60s. Some of those buses looked feckin’ familiar. 😀

Some really great pennants/ boards in that article. I knew that the ‘Shamrock’ was the first Celtic fanzine, published in 1964 or thereabouts. I did not realise that there was an online version.

Hail Hail.

Puff Puff
November 16, 2021 5:34 pm

Craig76 … can’t wait to have a cupa this great sunny morning and read the entire post …it just might be the best thing ever posted on SC .
Fantastic stuff and pretty sure a pic of Nana will be found.

November 16, 2021 5:36 pm

“No one dared dream of the title then,,”

I beg to differ.

I , not only, dreamed of the title; I predicted it and was confident in my prediction. And I was far from being alone.

I recognise that I got last year’s title prediction disastrously wrong but I have a good predictive record overall.

November 16, 2021 5:42 pm

1st time I’ve come across them online only seen a tweet and clicked on article
Puff Puff
Enjoy your cuppa and the article 👍

Puff Puff
November 16, 2021 5:51 pm

Craig76 .. as a kid going to the games I was truly fascinated by the busses 🚌 🚌 🚌 and the distance they had traveled , after the game I would tell my mum the places they had traveled from .

November 16, 2021 5:54 pm


I have just been on the ‘Shamrock’ online blog. This is wonderful for someone like me. It looks like there is quite literally hundreds of articles in their back-catalogue. A real treasure trove, and no mistake. I’m sure Saltires and others will be jumping on to this blog. Cheers Craig. 🎖️

November 16, 2021 6:01 pm

I am earnestly hoping, that the Ibrox Board will break the record recently set by our own dear board:

Time taken to appoint a manager:106 days, or thereabouts. Hopefully the Huns can better this achievement.

Hail Hail

November 16, 2021 6:02 pm

Puff Puff
Imagine a 10+ hour journey to get to the game or longer if coming from Ireland back in the 50s or 60s in them old buses
When I posted it I had a feeling it would be up your street

Puff Puff
November 16, 2021 6:04 pm

MAGUA .. They took forever to appoint Slippery Steven I’m sure.

Puff Puff
November 16, 2021 6:19 pm

Craig76 …. yes and traveling all over Europe in the 60s would of been a challenge .

November 16, 2021 6:32 pm

Puff Puff

Good point. I personally hope that they reappoint that legendary Huns manager, ould Pedro. The man can do no wrong in my eyes. Plus, he was a wee bit ‘flakey’, shall we say. I recognise that quality quite well, every time I look in a feckin’ mirror. 😀

Hail Hail.

Awe Naw
November 16, 2021 6:42 pm

For Bertie Auld R.I.P


I was at the Luxembourg Ireland game and got the news about his passing away one hour before k.o. It was an enjoyable game especially the 2nd half and I sang my head off, a great result but I was left gutted. I still am.

When are we going to build a team to do the memory of these men justice ? ever ? Wrong time I know.

Have a good evening bhoys and ghirls

Bada Bing
November 16, 2021 7:06 pm

Check Rod’s tie pin on the One Show

Bada Bing
November 16, 2021 7:14 pm

Scotland U21s v Belgium U21 on BBC Scotland channel Sky 115

A thing of beauty
November 16, 2021 7:59 pm

Craig 76,
What a treasure trove the shamrock site is. You are a real asset to this place. So glad we can get the benefit of your techy knowledge for finding these gems.

November 16, 2021 9:36 pm

Thank you for the kind words.
I have to say I’m by no means a techy expert the 3 hours trying to set up Mrs c76s chromebook and email accounts will testify to that 😤😤

Sol Kitts
November 16, 2021 9:56 pm

Could you help Big Packy set up his Sinclair Spectrum?

November 16, 2021 10:01 pm

Sol Kitts
Sinclair Spectrum
So he’s finally upgraded from the steam powered computer, about bloody time 😀😀

Sol Kitts
November 16, 2021 10:07 pm

Good evening Sentinels from a hot and humid Barbados. 6pm here and it’s 27C. Watched the Scotland game yesterday, best they’ve played for many a long day. Good to see AR getting his first cap, and down the left too. Didn’t look out of place, and we discovered he can kick a ball with both feet. As mentioned earlier SC may have done Ange a big favour by playing him there, albeit briefly. AR comes across at the moment like someone who is so happy to be appreciated that he’d play in goal if Ange asked him to, and he’d put in his best performance for him.
Anyway, off to apply some after-sun to my Scottish skin. 🥵🥵😎

Sol Kitts
November 16, 2021 10:08 pm

I got him it for his Christmas a couple of years ago, but he lost the plug…….😂

November 16, 2021 10:27 pm

I think Big Jim Packy’s computer is more likely to be powered by Hot Air…🤣🤣🤣

November 16, 2021 10:29 pm

Just kidding, Big Jim Packy! How’s Wee Joan doing, are you still looking after her? Give her a wee cuddle from me and Juno 💚

Sol Kitts
November 16, 2021 10:47 pm

I first saw this on a documentary about wee Jinky. Fitting for the week that it’s in, hope him and Bertie are singing along together again in heaven.

November 17, 2021 12:09 am

Sol Kitts

Magic. Truly the heavenly choir.

Hail Hail.

November 17, 2021 12:25 am

Thanks bahamut…that’s the best Special Fried Rice I’ve ever had! I’ve left a review on JustEat!! 🤣🤣🤣

November 17, 2021 1:01 am

In case anyone asks I’ve decided not to attend the AGM tomorrow because although it is the place to bring the Board to account, this week after the loss of a great Celt is not the time to introduce discord.

I would only have attended to speak to the resolution of concern CST members adopted in August, not the latest one where the Concern Res (Res11 ) has been conflated with the CST one (Res12) that seeks a Relationship Agreement with Dermot Desmond and if you read my blog in June on Directors Responsibilities , Shareholders rights and using Company Law to ensure balance at

https://sentinelcelts.com/2021/06/08/directors-responsibilities-and-remedies/ you will see why I support this Res as a step in the right direction of using company law.

This Herald article only quotes one Res (12) to be discussed https://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/19720216.celtic-agm-will-discussed/?ref=erec and presents it as usual as trying to revive Res12 and Rangers breaches in 2011 instead of what the original Concern Res was about which was calling Celtic to account for their handling of Res12.

Too much skulldugging going on to stop the truth coming out and calling out at the AGM will create more heat than light.

However the light will shine after this sham has passed.

Puff Puff
November 17, 2021 1:59 am

How was the concert 🌙 moonbhoy?

Sol Kitts
November 17, 2021 2:01 am

Some night music……

November 17, 2021 2:18 am

Brilliant Puff! Great taking my wee girl, that’s the first time she’s seen them live. Yeah, great gig then met up with her boyfriend and some of their mates for a couple of beers in town…then home to mine for a couple of Old Fashioneds and a bottle of red!! Fecked on Sunday but a great night!
Here’s a wee tune for you and Sol…

November 17, 2021 2:19 am

Sol…what’s up, too warm to sleep or is it morning time?

November 17, 2021 2:21 am

Puff…here’s a wee tune from the gig on Saturday…

November 17, 2021 2:27 am

G’night guys, up early in the morning!

Puff Puff
November 17, 2021 2:57 am

Sorry … I started watching the Canada 1 Mexico 0 game . Half time.
McCaff . Glad you had a great night with family.