The Long Wait Is Almost Over!

Morning,all.

Although we haven’t yet reached the middle of January,our long wait-it will be over three weeks-is almost over,and we can look forward to seeing our team once more. That the Scottish Government took the decision earlier in the week to rescind the limitation of 500 on large crowds,including football stadia,has certainly vindicated our decision to request that the winter break be brought forward by a week. 

Two rounds of matches which were previously condemned to be watched by a mere 500 attendees will now be attended by as many fans as are willing to brave the elements.  And I’m pretty certain those will include full houses twice at Celtic Park. Rangers of course will be none too pleased at this,as the previous arrangements would have seen them play at Pittodrie and Celtic Park in front of a near-empty stadium,but in my opinion the early shutdown was the correct decision to make,and vital to the integrity of our game. 

So at the moment,Lennoxtown will be seeing our stars old and new getting back to full fitness,integrating with new team mates,getting to know them professionally and personally. As I’ve said previously,I’m delighted with this window so far,it is such a pleasant change to have our dealings done early. And according to the press conference with AP on Thursday,not only have our dealings been done early,but they have been done,full stop.

He is still open to new signings of course,and said so. But with the decision of McGree to opt for Middlesborough instead of us,he said that we currently have no irons in the fire and are not in talks with anyone. However,if the right player became available,that would be a different matter. That means,for me,that we should be concentrating our efforts on two signings which many of us have been looking to make for a few months now. CCV and Jota. 

I think it is fair to say that our best players thus far have been four new signings in Kyogo,Jota,CCV and Hart,plus two “forgotten men” in Ralston and Rogic. But two of them are not our players,though they are on loan with an option to buy. It is time then for us to move on those options,and swiftly too. Our option to buy doesn’t impose on the players the necessity to sign for us,they can still walk away and rejoin their parent clubs. More likely is that their performances so far for us will have alerted other clubs to their qualities,and we need to avoid being left at the altar on this. So new signings are perhaps unnecessary and certainly unlikely,but confirmation that these two will join permanently needs to be our highest priority. 

One player who may join the squad is Lee Griffiths,as Dundee may take the opportunity to return him to us. He is unlikely to be seen in our colours again,and AP has already told him that he needs to investigate other avenues. This is a shame,of course,but it is the correct thing to do. His quality when on song,in the mood,totally committed,cannot be questioned. But if we are honest,we only really saw the best of him prior to the arrival of Rodgers. Sadly,he was unable to cope mentally with the problem of no longer being a first pick-despite an outstanding FORTY goals the previous season. Even worse,he allowed his physical condition to deteriorate too,and though I hesitate to say it,he was a liability at the club towards the end. 

I say it is a shame,because most of us absolutely adored the fella at his best. That’s the way I’ll prefer to reflect on his time with us. I wish Griff well,both with his future in the game,and personally too. If he can beat his demons,he can still have a good four years at,say,Hibs or Aberdeen. Only he can do that,and it is a short enough career as it is without curtailing it early for non-football reasons. 

And speaking of Hibs,bring them on!!!

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Above article by BMCUWP

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Bada Bing

Morning HH

CFC

Leigh Griffiths- one of many who had talent but little application.
What a waste – but maybe he doesn’t mind , to loosely quote Ian Dury.

CFC

Btw what a band they were.
Fantastic musicians led by a genius lyricist.

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends and a Big Happy Friday to you all!
So with Jota and CCV the loan was with an option to buy. With Daizen Maeda it’s a loan with an OBLIGATION to buy in June. Never heard of that before so why would a deal be constructed that way?

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JOBO

The only reason I can think of is a contractual one between the player and his previous club. But like yourself,it’s a new one on me.

St tams

The option to buy doesn’t really mean anything.
If the player wants to go somewhere else , he will.

Craig76

55 years ago today

Hail Hail History (@hailhailhistory) Tweeted: 55 years ago today, @CelticFC history was made.

Celtic went to Perth and beat St Johnstone 4-0.

This was the first time the Lisbon Lions XI ever played together.

Simpson, Craig, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, Johnstone, Wallace, Chalmers, Auld, Lennox.

#celtic #celticfc https://t.co/fLUzwNWjvR https://twitter.com/hailhailhistory/status/1481885414692737024?s=20

Bada Bing

First up to visit Celtic Park this year, Shaun Maloney’s Hibernian side make the trip to Paradise on Monday, January 17 as league action resumes in Glasgow.

For supporters who can’t be at Celtic’s first fixture of 2022, you can still tune in to all the live action from the comfort of home, with StreamDigital’s Pay-per-view option.

The Celts will be looking to make home advantage count, and the new Bhoys will be looking to make their impact in green and white, and three-points on the table would be the way to kick-off their time in the Hoops!

It’s a 7:45pm kick-off on Monday with pay-per-view available to supporters in the UK and Ireland only, priced £12.99.

Mahe

Monday night football eh? I prefer night football, better atmosphere, idiot here thought the game was tomorrow. That’s Monday topic screwed.
Shaun will want to impress and his players probably will also so I think it’s fair to say it will be a tough game.
But so will our bhoys, especially Maeda who has lofty plans of forming a partnership even though we don’t line up that way.
Boy Wonder might start, Big Jules might make bench, James Forrest could come into the fold,,DT won’t make it obviously.
I think we win. Won’t see the game unfortunately, working at the time and then preferred website never have an evening game up until next day when it’s too late as you know the score.

Uncle Warrens 61st drinks tomorrow but a curry topped pizza first (Bombay Pizza, Fresno), and Sunday sees the 49ers face those Cowboys in the play offs. Looking forward to that one.

Happy day of Frig y’all.
Hail Hail

A thing of beauty

Can’t wait to get back to the park on Monday. I agree it will be a tough match and Hibs will be up for it given they have a new manager and a major cup final grievance. I am disappointed Kyogo remains injured but there’s no point rushing him back only for him to break down. Time for Maeda to step into his shoes as I don’t think we’ll see GG or AA anytime soon. Neither suit the system Ange will play and maybe a move would suit all parties.
Interesting that Ange doesn’t want to take a player he doesn’t want just for squad numbers. That’s good enough for me. We’ve enough jersey fillers,
See above!! First team ready is what we need.
Roll on Monday night ☘️☘️

Mahe

As far as injuries and signings go, Ange has told porkies before so I’m taking it with a pinch of salt.

St tams

ATOB
If GG and AA, are to moved on .
I would have thought that we would need another centre forward.

Bigrailroadblues

Good afternoon all all from Shawlands. Logged out of cqn. Politics bores me. Gerrintaethum Celtic!!!!

CFC

What Ange said was “as we speak right now…”

Still two weeks plus of window to go.

Hasn’t Kenny been brought in as fourth striker assuming GG still has a role to play , and AA is therefore surplus.

big packy

BRRB, im in the louden tavern if ye fancy a swally, but am no payin big wullie wulliamson is on the bell😎

big packy

CFC, would not surprise me if ange brings a rabbit out the hat👍

big packy

CRAIG76, regarding that game up in perth i was there, remember it because it was a couple of weeks before my 14th birthday,ach memories👍

Mahe

Lovely background ASWGL. Cheers pal.

CFC

b p

Agreed. Probably in the position McGree was identified for.

big packy

CFC 👍

big packy

ASWGL, yes what mahe said, a bit like the 1970 world cup final between between brazil and italy, watched it with my late father pele, rivelino, gerson, tostao,jairzinho,carlos alberto, absolute magic, only second to the lions in portugal, ach memories👍

big packy

meant to add ,we had just rented a colour tv from D.E,R in coatbridge had a slot at the back where you put your half crown or 50 pence piece in, ach technology, my old man said next thing it will be telephones you can walk around with no wires, everyone scoffed, another true story😎

Leggy

Afternoon all,

Is it just me, or does anyone else think Monday night is

Like Christmas Day !!!!

So, so looking forward to it and being there !!!!!

#BigKidCSC 🍀🍀🍀

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LEGGY

I know what you mean. Nae fitba,WTF?

Even worse,try writing articles about fitba when there’s nae fitba!

Effin nightmare. Could be worse,my pals used to try and play tennis in the summer when I lived in Kilwinning. That didnae last. I’d control their serve on my chest and volley it past them. Apparently that wisnae allowed. IMO,neither were bloody tennis racquets in Kilwinning.

Back up tae the public park wi the clubbie,then…

Leggy

Bobby,

Your right. Everyone looking forward to Monday night and team selection.

Will Kyogo make it, ( Doubt it on recent rumours ) How many of the new signings will start ? Big decisions 🤔

Forrest, Julienne ,Ralston or Juranovic, so many questions ???? Who’s match fit and who gets the vote 🤔

Makes it all the more exciting !!!!!

All I can say, bring it on and in Ange we trust.

HH. 🍀🍀🍀🍀

Prestonpans bhoys

Bigrailroadblues@3:30
Just logged on there too, almost four full pages on the stuff😵

On here for any football chatting👍. Can’t see a new manager for Hibs doing that much immediately, apart from Der Hun game they have been pish all season

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BIGRAILROADBLUES,PRESTONPANSBHOY

MAHE and I decided from the start to discourage politics on here. The occasional comment on particularly hot topics is fine,but nobody has ever had a change of heart via a comment on a blog.

Few of my friends share my opinions,but we can still have an animated and friendly discussion. That’s because we know each other well,and can see the body language,catch the nuances of the dialogue. That isn’t possible in print,and it causes offence even when none was intended.

Best avoided,I reckon.

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PRESTONPANSBHOY

The new manager bounce is a tradition in football. I’ll be watching on Monday hoping to put the pressure back on the huns rather than to relax it.

Prestonpans bhoys

Bobby
Agree with your policy on politics👍 and of course the traditional manager bounce but that depends on the quality of the players on how high that bounce is.

Interestingly not met a hibs fan who says he’s going to the game, usually someone says so.

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PRESTONPANSBHOY

I used to enjoy meeting up with Hibs fans in Edinburgh and going to the game with them. Few drinks before and after,etc. Not sure it would be possible now.

Shame,really.

Prestonpans bhoys

Depends on the age group Bobby, at the final got chatting to a hibs fan in Montfords who looked in his sixties.
Whereas at the game I was the last Celtic fan on the boundary and ones opposite, under 40’s, where a shower of knobs😕

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CRAIG76

EXcellent read,and thank you.

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PRESTONPANSBHOY

Aye,true.

I suppose it depends on whether people are out for a good time or to impress their mates. The world is full of the latter,unfortunately.

Craig76

Cheers Bobby
Liam Kelly that wrote the article’s has a new book out this year called Celtic In The Second World War, I reckon it will be a cracking one to read 📚

big packy

JIM ,hope you are ok pal 👍 MIKE same to you.,im in your camp BTW, but im sure you knew that😎😎

Leggy

Bobby,

I bet you liked the pre match entertainment in Leith Walk prior to Hibs game 😜😜😜

Lovely ladies 😉😉😉

Ps
Remember an old advert, ( McEwans heavy) where the guy wouldn’t watch the “ Entertainment “ but was actually looking at it in the mirror. Think the Barmaid quipped “ Ya Crafty Rascal” or words to that affect !!!!!!!

Good times 👍

craig76

here’s 1 for Big Packy and CFC

Prestonpans bhoys

Was watching the Dortmund game but too one sided, Brighton game a gid yin with French Eddie playing. Available on hesgoal for those without Sky

big packy

CRAIG76, thanks pal, just watched 10 mins but ill watch it later with a few pints of heavy, oh sorry bitter for our english friends 😎noticed someone called paul rideout in the commentary from swindon, went there on numerous occasions along the A419 well i think it was the A419, closed every time, does swindon ever open,

jimthetim53

Evening Packy. Yes we’re missing MIT, a VG poster! Mind you things are a lot quieter when the fitba’s on holiday. As Bobby says it must be tough writing all those articles when there is nothing doing. Even the transfers were done in a jiffy!
Bobby & Mahe deserve a medal. (And SeS too!).

big packy

JIM where have you been😎only joking pal👍 nice to see you, to see you nice,,who said that, cyber pint for the answer👍

craig76

Big Packy
You did
I’ll have a pint of the Big Red T 😃😃🍺

big packy

CRAIG76 cyber pint on its way😎 actually i think it was the late bruce forsyth ,might be wrong, jim will know, he is older than me😎😎

jimthetim53

Craig, I think Brucie said it first! 🙂

CFC

Craig76

Great find, thanks.
Will watch later.
Cheers

jimthetim53

Packy let Craig have the pint, I’m on the white wine tonight! 🙂

big packy

CRAIG, i told you jim was older than me😎😎

big packy

thats typical of a larkhall bhoy 😎

big packy

quiz question, two brothers who played for celtic initials f,b, and j,b,

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