It is never easy,,


My apologies for yesterday’s update not arriving as it went to the ethernet never to be seen again instead of Timternet where you could have simply enjoyed my recollections of a wonderful city.

Today,I was planning my recollections of a wonderful performance,and one which only added to what has been a terrific trip. It would have soured things more than a little if the team hadn’t come close to the passion of the fans,and they did us proud by not only coming back from the loss of an early goal but then by pulling ahead.

I applauded the opener because it was a free header by the player it was aimed at. Terrific corner,terrific header. How everyone missed the block on Welsh which stopped Welsh attacking the situation is,well,you tell me.

I was even more puzzled at the penalty that we got. Honestly,none of us saw any incident as we were at the far end,so ball watching. Still not seen it,as the screens at Bay Arena are a tad selective on replays and do not show live action at all. Who cares,1-1 gives us that hope.

And 2-1 makes us think we can scale Everest!

Yep,a quick interchange from the right saw Jota-who should trademark “SIGNHIM” ASAP-put us in front.

Well,I never watch Celtic believing it is a waste of time. Our club is built on bigger fairytales than this! But I’m a cynical old bugger anaw. And if there’s fannying about to be done,we will always find a way. Joe Hart made some unbelievable stops to keep it going,then for some reason,AP made the same mistake that I and many others called wrong a few weeks ago.

Took off the entire front three. Replaced with one out of form player,another who is trying to live up to his wunderkind status,and a third who can’t get things right for getting wrong,no matter how he tries.

So,again,our midfield have nowhere to go because the ball keeps coming back. Which means that they can’t defend the defence. So the inevitable happens.

An equaliser in the last ten minutes-which was a cracker! There is much I could say about their winner,but I won’t.

It put a dampener on the night. But many of us have been to games where we never put a toe in. Last night we had 90% of bloody hell,can we do this? Sure,it disappoints the way it turned out. It hurts a lot more when the defeat is from the first minute,and not the last. The majority of the fans-the VAST majority!-were much loved and welcomed. The idiots with flares,less so.

But a magnificent conurbation,a magnificent people,and a bliddy fantastic time. Just a tad disappointed with the substitutions.

Above article by BMCUWP

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Jobo Baldie
November 26, 2021 7:33 am

Good morning, friends and a Big Happy Friday to you all!
Bobby, your article pretty much sums it up for me. I feared we’d have been outplayed last night but for 75 minutes we competed really well. This old man is not disheartened with our direction of travel. And whilst progress to the last 32 was our aim, for the month of December we can now fully concentrate on attaining full league points and a League Cup triumph.

November 26, 2021 7:53 am

Our prize is the League Title, if we collect the League Cup along the way then that’s a welcome bonus, and a massive first step in team progression under Ange.
Those writing us off 4 league games in can dream of Cup Final success, a European adventure in the third tier that could take us all the way , but which we can set aside til February , and hunting down the current league leaders with a vigour, skill set and relish some thought we didn’t possess.
The signs are hugely positive and I’m looking forward to an exciting run up to Jan 2nd, and a Hunskelping marker.

Maestro Fan
November 26, 2021 8:53 am

Fair reflection. We were doing it until Ange brought out the blunderbus and shot both feet off.

Ajeti dud try, it’s just never going to work out for him at Celtic. Best for all parties that he leaves ASAP.

Abada has done great for us in extremely trying circumstances, but he’s right off the boil.

Mikey Johnston? No, no, never a Celtic player. Only ever fucks things up when he plays. Weak, selfish, crap! Has all the game intelligence of Father Dougal. Imposter. Get rid.

St tams
November 26, 2021 9:00 am

I don’t see that we are going to improve in these type of games, If Ange is going to continue with his delusional tactics and substitutions.

Saltires en Sevilla
November 26, 2021 9:03 am

We went to a top Budesliga side and gave them a game. Much better overall and not unhappy.

Same Old failings catch us out in Europe every time. We must learn from these moments

We lack both physical and mental strength to see games out!

Players that cannot pass to feet under pressure, because they don’t continually practise this in domestic games. They get time on the ball, week in and week out, where they can literally stroll about and not worry when they give the ball away. Which is often btw!

The whole squad must up their tempo at domestic level and use these games as practice for Euro nites.

I blame the coaching staf for allowing them them to ease off in domestic games.

“Don’t stop … we rest at halftime and full time!”

November 26, 2021 9:04 am

Lots of finger pointing at defensive failings.
But is that really where the problem lies?
I have said as much as i want to say on our midfield failings.
On and off the field we are short of standard required.
Once again we are jolly gallant losers against a good not great European opponent.
DD and PL’s plan to turn our club into European cannon fodder has worked a treat.
One thing that was especially worrying was Frimpong a player many fans were happy to see the back of.absolutely roasted us and looked a level above most of our players.
With us he started well and went backwards at an alarming rate.
is it really necessary for a player to leave us to improve?
And if so it speaks volumes of the entire footballing set up.

Prestonpans bhoys
November 26, 2021 9:37 am

Maestro Fan

I was about to comment on last nights game then read your post. So I’m not going to bother as you have said everything I was going to say as well, verbatim. 👍👏👏👏👏

November 26, 2021 9:40 am

The product of superior coaching and competing in a superior league.

A thing of beauty
November 26, 2021 9:42 am

There is no doubt that our club is not functioning as it should. I trust Ange to get the sports science and analytics up to the level they should be but he’s not getting enough support. No messing about over the other side of the city. They get the what they need in place and make the most of their on field assets. They’ve got their full football department replaced already. We are a few levels below them off the field and that is disgraceful. Six months in to Ange’s tenure and all we’ve added to the back room team is head of fitness. We’re still looking for head of data and analytics and a DOF or sporting director amongst others. Wtf? How come we managed to find a CEO in jig time? Maybe that’s because he’s not qualified for the job and has had it foisted upon him. When we actually have to recruit probably those duds at the top table haven’t got a clue. Dermot Desmond is downsizing celtic right before our eyes.

Saltires en Sevilla
November 26, 2021 10:21 am


Agree -absolutely spot on

Heels are being dragged


January playing staff additions/subtractions will point directly to their intentions..

Weet weet weet
November 26, 2021 11:53 am

Bertie’s mass from ST Mary’s

November 26, 2021 12:46 pm

Well the world turned upside down on Superbru this week. After the Hibs midweek game, our clear winner with 6 points was Marspapa who has jumped up to 11th overall after a few better weeks recently. Just behind were ACGR, Craig 76, Chalmersbhoy, Gene, Bateen Bhoy and Hutchybhoy.

23 predictors scored exactly 0 but the Superbru logarithm seemed to pick out Angel Gabriel, Por Cierto and Park Road 67 out of this bunch to award a joint wooden spoon.

In the overall competition Call me Gerry leads by 3.5 points from Hopeful Hoops and Bateen Bhoy as we head towards the first prize winning month of December.

This week’s predictions are due in by 3pm on Saturday.

Saltires en Sevilla
November 26, 2021 12:53 pm

Weet weet weet

Thanks for link buddy

November 26, 2021 1:21 pm

Good afternoon all from Jamaica Street. Which, unfortunately, does not have Jamaican temperatures.

November 26, 2021 2:12 pm


Bookmarked for later. Thanks,big fella!!!

November 26, 2021 2:59 pm


Was so much wanting a win for all the Bhoys and Girls who travelled to Germany…but thems the breaks I guess. Hopefully Ange will learn from this and not bloody well sub Jota and Kyogo when they are in top form. We can get away with this sort of thing in domestic games, but certainly not in Europe. Both of these young guys will run all day for the jersey…if they are allowed to, that is.

MJ is a player whom I very much wanted to succeed, but it does not look likely. At best he is a sub, who will do us a turn if we are already a few goals to the good.

Hail Hail.


big packy
November 26, 2021 3:14 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, magua regarding MJ, yes agree I thought when he came on the scene we have a player here, but unfortunately il looks like he might be just a sub, come on when wee need him, but remember calmac a few years ago, was not getting many games, and we loaned him out, maybe just maybe if we loaned out MJ, he might come back a better player,,just a thought, what do you think,??

big packy
November 26, 2021 3:30 pm

JIM, i ate a steak and kidney pie today forgot it was friday,,please forgive me😎

November 26, 2021 3:33 pm

No problem Packy. btw I missed the game last night, I thought it was a 7.45pm kick off. 🙁

Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2021 3:42 pm


‘I ate a steak pie on Friday’ … you are not forgiven! not for eating meat on friday … but for (i) telling me about it while I am on my diet (steak pie …. oohh!) and (ii) for not sharing with me.

From now on, you will no longer be Big Packy, but Bad Packy!


Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2021 3:43 pm

and not just a steak pie … but a steak AND KIDNEY pie .. my favourite!


November 26, 2021 3:44 pm

100 Lines
I must pay attention to Celtic kick off times

On my desk by tomorrow morning please 😀😀

big packy
November 26, 2021 3:44 pm

JIM, im over the moon you have forgiven me,the last time i went to confession, the priest asked me how long since my last confession, father i said how long is a piece of string,it didnt go down to well😎😎

big packy
November 26, 2021 3:47 pm

MIKE ,please forgive me for i have sinned😎😎,just call me the steak and kidney pie man from now on,😎

Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2021 3:49 pm


As a former theologian, I can say categorically that your penance for your sin is
4 Our Fathers,
4 Hail Mary’s,
4 Glory Be’s…

and buy steak and kidney pies (and Lees snowballs… since they were discussed on here recently) for everyone on the blog.


big packy
November 26, 2021 3:50 pm

BTW, if frodshambhoy is lurking i got it from cowards butchers in frodsham, the best pies in cheshire by a country mile,another true story😎

big packy
November 26, 2021 3:51 pm

MIKE,ill take that😎😎

Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2021 3:57 pm

I have it on good authority that the reason Jesus was able to feed the masses with the fishes and loaves, was that He actually had a pile of steak and kidney pies that the apostles handed out….

But apparently St. Jerome – one of the Doctors of the Church, who is said to have translated the first ‘Bible’ didnt like kidney, so when he was putting the Bible together, he deleted the portion about steak pies, so no one would serve them again! …

so, because of St. Jerome’s editing, instead of a story about Jesus having a nice picnic with his pals munching on steak pies, it suddently became Jesus miraculously fed the entire crowd with a few fishes and loaves…. and volia, a miracle was born! and the rest is history.

A true story… as BP would say.

Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2021 4:03 pm

and that also explains why Catholics dont eat meat on Fridays.

November 26, 2021 4:03 pm

Mike, I heard that what likely happened was most of the crowd had brought something to eat but were discreet about it. When Jesus displayed his generosity by sharing out the 5 loaves & fishes the crowd admired his example and started sharing their food around to those who had none. That was the miracle.

Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2021 4:05 pm

For the record, next time I can have a steak and kidney pie, I am not sharing… not even if Jesus shows up himself for dinner! He can go get His own!


November 26, 2021 4:06 pm

FAN 9:04
100% correct and sadly i don’t see a change any time soon.

November 26, 2021 4:10 pm

But and Ben have good pies also Sharmans not far from you, James Sharman used to be on Sports Net.

Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2021 4:19 pm


I think you mentioned his pies before. Once I’m off my diet, I’ll need to give them a try.

I’m cooking xmas dinner again this year … ordered the turkey yesterday ….would like at some point to try a turducken … but at this stage, I’m thinking that if I cant eat turkey and roast potatoes, then nobody should be able to …

wonder what the family will say when they show up for Xmas dinner, and I serve them tofurkey!


November 26, 2021 4:24 pm

World Cup Draw…

Scotland v Ukraine

If they get through will play the winners of…

Wales v Austria

Scotland have an away tie if they get through…

Hail Hail

November 26, 2021 4:26 pm

McCaff and MIT

Thanks for the replies last night lads. I only got round to reading them earlier today. Certainly much food for thought there.

Saltires and Craig76

Remember me posting about Cromwell the other day? Well here’s a wee story as reported by Celtic Wiki, which may be of interest.

On the 20th of August 1892, the new Celtic Park was opened to much fanfare in the East End. One wag commented that this was like:

“Moving from the graveyard, to Paradise.”

Hence the nickname of Celtic Park, which is still used fondly by supporters, to this very day.

The opening ceremony was performed by prominent Irish Republican, Land Leaguer, and defender of the poor…Mr Michael Davitt. Here’s where it gets interesting.

Michael laid a sod of turf, recently brought over from Donegal, in the centre-circle. This prompted one wordsmith to have this poem published in, I assume, The Glasgow Observer:

“On alien soil like
yourself I am here;
I’ll take root and
flourish, of that never
And though I’ll be
crossed sore and oft by
the foes,
You’ll find me as hardy
as Thistle or Rose
If model is needed on
Your own pitch you’ll
have it.”

Unfortunately, the sod was stolen overnight by some souvenir hunter, prompting the same poet to pen further published verse:

“The curse of Cromwell
blast the hand that stole
the sod that Michael cut;
May all his praties turn
to sand-the crawling, thieving scut.”!

Now, I have absolutely no idea what a ‘scut’ is, but I’m guessing it’s not a compliment.

If we pluralise the above to:

“crawling, thieving scuts”, we have an almost perfect description of the PLC board.

Oh aye, nearly forgot. “The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic” arrived today. I shall submit a wee review, once I have read it.

Hail Hail.

November 26, 2021 4:31 pm

I have been absent from the blog for 2-3 weeks, largely because I did not want to read about the events that I thought would emerge from the AGM. I can live without the frustrations that usually follow that meeting of minds.

The theme of this post can be summed up as “I do not know”. it is all about Ange. Overall, there is no doubt he is a breath of fresh air that, hopefully, will blow through the dusty rooms inhabited by Board members. He is very much a man with a system, and that is good. Perhaps “system” is too rigid a term for what he sells. Better, is that he has certain principles that he expects his teams to follow. The players are buying into it, which is even better. Whether, it is a sustainable strategy for Celtic or any team is a different matter, but, given, the shambles he inherited, it is correct for our situation at the moment. Down the road a bit, significant flaws may emerge, but, I feel, we shall enjoy the ride! Potential issues are, a) can a team sustain his high energy approach beyond 75 minutes? and b) can he use subs effectively?

This is where my theme kicks in……I do not know the answers to these issues. There is evidence of collapses in the last quarter of games. Phrases like, “ Celtic hung on for the win/draw” come to mind. In mitigation, was that due to players not being fully up to speed, or to the existing pool not being of the right mix? Against this we have Ange’s record that his teams climb the mountain but fall immediately after that(Yokohama). Leeds would be another example of this(see Bielsa).

On the second point, use of subs, few would dispute that last night’s game turned on the subs. Was this an error of judgement, or was it because he had one eye on the league as a priority? There have been other examples of questionable decisions on formations and the use of subs. In mitigation, he has to use the players that he has, and all three of his forward subs have question marks hanging over them….Abada, Ajeti and, sadly, MJ.

In short, I do not have a clue if we have unearthed a hidden gem, or something else. Who could judge at this stage? As a personality, he is second to none. I cannot think of another individual in coaching that I would rather have a beer with than Ange. His interview with Open Goal proved that conclusively.


Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2021 4:56 pm


As you say, it is hard not to like AP. and, as a rule, a coach that says ‘i dont care if they score 3, we’ll score 4’ (not sure he actually said that, but look at his record…) is usually fun (although not always a winner).

But some of his choices I find perplexing…

Ralston has contributed a few goals, but is a headless chicken at right back. Cant defend and keeps running into the middle of the park, leaving the right side exposed.

On the left side, we have the Croat. I rate him. think he is a diamond. but, he too drifts inside. But he is a naturally right sided player, so I sort of get that. He should be on the right side, and if so, he will be a star for us..

Play Bolingoli on the left, until they get someone they think is good enough.

Biton. Hasn’t earned a starting spot in a decade.

if Biton is to be the ‘defensive mid’.. he cant tackle, and is too often caught on the wrong side of attackers.

If McCarthy cant get a game ahead of Biton (who hasnt been good enough to start for a decade), then why the hell did we bring McCarthy in?

of the players we have, Soros is the only one who has shown he can play the defensive mid position. This season he has seemed more erratic, running around, picking up silly bookings. I suspect that, since he isn’t getting the minutes, he is trying to do too much when he does get on … he needs to be told that he will be given a run of games, and just get out and play his game. I think he could do the business.

and, from a tactical point of view, I think he is the best fit partner beside Calmac. Let Soro do the dirty work, and let Calmac get on with knocking passes around.

then that lets us decide if we want to go 442 with 2 wide men (Jota and Forrest) and two up front, or 4231 (with Rogic in the middle of the 3)…

Seems that Rogic gets a start when he is fit. Firstly, that isn’t often enough. And even when he is fit, Rogic strikes me as a spurts and starts player … hot and cold … someone who shines in the big games… but, too often, in the mundane league games, he doesn’t produce enough.

November 26, 2021 5:03 pm

Had a wee google of the word Scut
informal mainly Irish
A person perceived as foolish, contemptible, or objectionable.

More example sentences
‘go away, you dirty little scut!’
‘I recently fought tooth and nail with a young scut of a 28 year old over dancing rights.’
‘I was a young little scut and this guy was already old when I started and it was a great situation to be in.’
‘The prez didn’t pick him because he all of sudden turned from a vicious slippery little scut into a nice guy; he picked him because he would be effective advancing the president’s agenda.’
‘Anyhow, for those of you without jobs: Think of the contribution you’re making to taking that slippery little scut down.’
‘If you aren’t paying attention, you might even buy into what that slippery little scut is saying…’

‘That slippery little scut won’t be able to stop himself, just wait.’
‘That slippery little scut is as slick as a door-to-door Bible salesman.’
‘This is the summer we nail that slippery little scut’s pelt to the barn door, after salting it down.’
Late 19th century of unknown origin.

Enjoy the book 😀

November 26, 2021 5:20 pm


That definitely sounds like the PLC board then. The people of the Emerald Isle have a proven talent for inventing sweary-words of the highest calibre. 😀

November 26, 2021 6:19 pm

Agree with your post………….God i have agreed with you on a Celtic point………way for a lie down.😁

Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2021 6:39 pm


will you please delete my post at 4:56, and Tim Horton’s post at 6:19?

Cant be having that … I have a reputation to uphold!


Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2021 7:00 pm


other possible responses:

was that moment sort of like when you were younger… we go through phases…. as kids, we think our dad is right about everything…. then as teens, we think he is wrong about everything…. then once we become adults, we realize that he was right about most things…

as the ad says, ‘welcome to your Carlsberg years’….

what took you so long? we’ve been waiting years for you to catch up! …


November 26, 2021 7:09 pm

Big Packy

Your suggestion that we send MJ out on loan could work. This is not about MJ toughening up physically. Small, seemingly frail players have usually prospered at Celtic. My own opinion of the kid is that he need to believe in himself. Needs to believe that he can beat his man. I’m not seeing this at the moment. Perhaps his history of injuries is playing on his mind. James Forrest came through this exact same process, and emerged a far better player as a result.

Love to Joan.

Hail Hail.

big packy
November 26, 2021 7:15 pm

where is my mate JIM, travelled up from cheshire especially to see him, been to all the orange lodge clubs in larkhall, nobody has seen him, someone told,me he usually comes along king william st on the hour every hour, its either the sash or derrys walls he is singing,,another true story,😎😎

November 26, 2021 7:19 pm

Packy you ever thought about writing a story book in your retirement? You have a vivid imagination! LOL 🙂

big packy
November 26, 2021 7:34 pm

JIM, ive got a few years to go yet before i retire, ill be 50 years old on the 5th of february beat that son,😎😎

November 26, 2021 7:39 pm

As I said, you’re a very good storyteller! 🙂

November 26, 2021 7:41 pm

I’ll need to go now, I’ve got 100 lines to write for Craig! 🙂

November 26, 2021 7:52 pm

Evening all…there seems to be a disregard on here for Mikey Johnston. He’s 22 and has missed most of the last couple of years, his proper development years which would have been in the First Team, through injury and a knee operation. Last night proved he’s not yet match fit but it can only come with playing. The mistake was playing him last night when it seemed such a high risk substitution – as I pointed out as it happened. In fact, last night probably proved our excitement about Ange has been slightly premature. I’ve loved some of the attacking play, the sight of Kyogo and Jota (also Abada to a lesser degree) in full flight and making things happen has been a breath of fresh air to us this season. But, our midfield and defensive frailties have been laid bare for all to see. Therein lies the issue – we cannae defend for peanuts!! We turn off too easily, expecting a teammate to take over or cover, we get caught wrong side too often and don’t work hard enough to get back in or come over to cover for the player out of position. These are the basics of fitba and no matter how many goals we score we will always have these weaknesses if they’re not addressed.
I watched the first 15 or 20 minutes of the TRFC game last night and they played at full pace for the whole time I watched, creating a few chances and scoring 1. I said to the wee guy “This is our worst nightmare for the 2nd of Jan, if they come to have-a-go early we could easily lose a goal or two before the games even started!”
Mikey ain’t the problem, he might not be the solution either but he’s definitely not the problem!