Toughest one yet

Toughest what Mahe?
Month? League in general? Opponent?
Nope. None of the above. It struck me during the week after we overcame the Jambo’s that choosing this season’s Player of the Year is almost impossible, and as such could easily be called the toughest one yet.

 

I freely admit this season reminds me of Midas Martin’s first, and I know I’m not alone in that train of thought. His opening season also witnessed many fine candidates for POTY, our Bulgarian midfielder scooped the young POTY while golden boot Henrik scooped the main accolade ahead of big Chris, Joos, and Didi who all turned out impressive debut seasons.

 

Usually ‘hard to pick’ is code for not many decent options available, but under our Greek Australian leadermany have flourished, a lot have impressed, and some have been a revelation.
For the first time in twenty years I can honestly state there are potential winners all over the park, almost everywhere you look.

 

I count 9 genuine contenders, more could enter the list by finding great form from now unto seasons end.

 

The outsiders include Tony Ralston who had one foot out the door, but now has a new one year deal and almost cult hero status. His early season form should not be forgotten, his contribution not overlooked. This season he emerged as a true first team player, what great timing.

 

The player who often keeps Anthony on the bench is another outsider. Our Croatian right back is a Rolls Royce of a player, supposedly catching Brendan’s eye recently, and has proven one hell of a find. At a mere 2.5 million Euros he could be filed under bargain, at 25 hes entering his prime and could feasibly take up his berth long term. He bossed the recent derby clash, and should he repeat that he might move from outsider to contender, but even to be in the mix in his debut year is some feat.

 

Hatate is another outsider, with the potential to push hard for the award. After a dream start to his Celtic career he has earned many plaudits, if he keeps his current trajectory he shall become a legendary midfielder. If he drags this team over the line a few times through his goals and craft, he shall be in the conversation come season’s end. After a half season only, that really would be something.

 

Big Joe Hart getting the nod isn’t far-fetched at all. If titles are truly won by the defense, then our lynchpin deserves mega plaudits. He’s probably an outsider at this stage, but a few vital penalty saves could propel his claim. He deserves something for the way he has galvanized our rearguard, and brought a lot of professionalism to the table.

 

Cameron Carter Vickers initially filled me with dread, that lasted about 45 minutes into his debut. I then realized this wasn’t another hypejob who earned the loan by being an EPL player in name, but actually a very competent central defender who needed only a solid chance. He got that chance, he’s taken that chance. A rock at the back, like Big Joe he deserves a lot of credit for the way he had gone about his business. He’s certainly in the mix to scoop the POTY award.

 

Should the gong not go Calmacs direction, many including myself shall feel slightly aggrieved. He picked up the armband almost through necessity but boy has he grown into that role. His team talks are much more animated than his predecessors, his ‘shitebag’ now a piece of Celtic gallus folklore, and with three trophies still to play for it could be an absolute dream beginning to his ‘reign’.
He’s probably the favourite at this point.

 

Reason being, Furushi Kyogos injury. I suspect he would be favourite instead should he not have succumbed. It’s not unreasonable to think he would have notched up many more goals and put those in blue to the sword along the way, which would have propelled him to an almost certainty for the gong. It’s sad he got crocked, but other heroes stepped up in that absence, silver linings and all that.
He shall probably finish the campaign strongly, but I feel this spell on the sidelines hampers his chances.

 

Jota and Abada are making strong claims, very strong. Our young wingers have been sensational full stop. I freely admit I wanted more experience, two kids didn’t fill me with confidence. They do now. I’m delighted to see both their names on the team sheet, usually means one on the scoresheet. They clearly have instructions to come inside and go for goal, but both can cross the ball also. They look like team players, good characters in the dressing room, they look happy and who can blame them. Ange-ball is a joy to behold, its probably a joy to execute.
Liel keeps on scoring at this rate, he shall be in the conversation come season’s end.
I think he has a slight edge on his Portuguese counterpart, at the minute.

 

That’s almost an entire team, Greg Taylor and Tom Rogics renaissance must be overlooked, David Turnbull also even though he played a big part in our team settling after a wobble and was first choice until injured.

 

Yep, its a very high bar this year, it’s the toughest one yet.
By Mahe

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Colour Blind Bhoy
February 12, 2022 7:13 am

Good morning everyone.

You make some really strong cases for POTY candidates there Mahe but surely after his second half performance last week, Ryan Jack is a shoe in and as regards Manager of the Year, Ange needn’t worry about his acceptance speech as the media will be clamouring for Dick Campbell to pick that up.

Colour Blind Bhoy
February 12, 2022 7:15 am

My comment above was written with my tongue firmly in my cheek but watch out for some creativity from our unbiased media in the weeks and months ahead as they find some abstract candidates to stop the Celts from dominating the end of season awards.

Craig 76
February 12, 2022 8:51 am

The way its going we have a full squad that could win POTY, YPOTY

Here’s something to get your saturday off to a great start
https://twitter.com/xadamcsc/status/1492251653554192395 (scroll up 1st when you click link)

McCaff
February 12, 2022 9:35 am

Morning all! Sometime in the Near Future…Chick Young announces this year’s candidates for SPFL Player of the Year, “From a vast selection of Countries and Nationalities, for the first time the candidates for Scottish Fitba’s Player of the Year have all come from one Club. I’m sure you’ll all agree the choice this year has been overwhelming! Without further ado…I’m just opening the Gold Envelope here…and the Winner is…well I’m glad we had the opportunity to bring this player halfway across the world to this fitba backwater…we’ve all enjoyed his cameo appearances since his arrival on the last day of the transfer window…and this Year’s SPFL Player of the Year goes to…AARON RAMSAY!! (Chick falls to the floor, troosers round his ankles, his pleasure visible to all as Aaron Ramsay is helped up the stage stairs to collect his award…)
I’ll get me coat!😳
#MaybeNotThatFarFetchedCSC

McCaff
February 12, 2022 9:38 am

Mahe from yesterday…nice BBQ cover you built! 😘

Leggy
February 12, 2022 10:36 am

Morning all.

McCaff,

You forgot to mention the young POTY,

The £700 Million Right Back, Nathan Whitshisname !!!!!!😜😜😜

Have a great weekend everyone 💚💚💚

Cosy Corner Bhoy
February 12, 2022 11:12 am

Here’s a novel suggestion !
The team with the most money wins their league, cf Chelsea Man U Man City Liverpool The two versions of Rangers Celtic Bayern Munich Real Madrid Barcelona Juventus etc etc!
The only difference is the original Rangers adopted a policy of ‘No Papes here’ thereby introducing religion into a rivalry
Quod est demonstratum

Jobo Baldie
February 12, 2022 12:22 pm

Looks like I picked the wrong season to step away from the ole POTY thingmy that many on here kindly contributed to 😁

Mihal
February 12, 2022 1:03 pm

From Iain Bankier : “ higher amortisation…..”? Lower expectations “ as from previous seasons “…?
Remind me why he’s a clown.

Mahe
February 12, 2022 1:49 pm

Mihal,,

“Profit before taxation of £27.6m (2020: loss of £5.9m)”
I stunned at that figure, it’s ridiculous imo. I’m expecting full annual turnover to be approx 72m so basically a third of our income is profit.
Greedy bassas, and there’s no stipulation the Foundation gets a percentage to boot.
Also with three European cups now being in one after Christmas shouldn’t be an operational highlight.

Fresh blood needed, but we saw what happened to one with principles. More yes men it is.
Despite all their years our board need to grow up and grow into the modern world.
Elderly and aloof isn’t ideal, if it ever was.

Enjoy your weekend pal
Hail Hail

Mahe
February 12, 2022 1:51 pm

Mackers,
Aye but it’s better than your BBQ cover 😉
Cheeky bassa it’s the first thing I’ve built. Proud of her. The vegetable garden goes alongside next.
Hail Hail
See you in Belfast

Mahe
February 12, 2022 1:52 pm

Jobo, not to rub salt into the wound but your POTY would have been extremely interesting this campaign.
Out of curiosity, who do you think would be leading?

Hail Hail

Jobo Baldie
February 12, 2022 2:39 pm

Mahe, no idea but CCV has probably been the most consistent for me.
Sorry for blowing my own trumpet but what I liked about my own format was that everyone picked their top 3 players immediately after each game. So it really produced a “real time” table rather than just trying to have a look back overall at the season end. Maybe I’ll relaunch it (and rename it!) for next season.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 12, 2022 3:02 pm

MAHE

As far as I am aware,since approx 2013…

The Celtic Foundation is wholly independent from Celtic,and financed by their own fundraising efforts. This includes all costs including staff,premises,etc.

It wasn’t always like that, The Celtic Charity which was set up by Fergus in 1995 was funded by the club. Not now. In fact,it may well be-from their accounts-that the foundation is paying full price to the club for merchandise as well as office space.

I planned an article about this around a year or more ago but getting the tone of it right without looking as though I was undermining the foundation was beyond me. That would never be my intention as they do terrific work.

But like everything else,the facts are there,and they are most specifically in the accounts. Which include cash in the bank.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 12, 2022 3:03 pm

MIHAL

Clown is too good for him. A waste of time,money and oxygen nonentity.

Mahe
February 12, 2022 3:05 pm

Jobo, given CCV and Big Joe have been ever present they would probably lead the table. Kyogo Abada Calmac battling it out for third with Jota just behind.

Back in Midas Mk1s debut season, if Henke and Chris had shared the goals instead of one being the clear main goalscorer, then I would voted big Joos as my POTY.

Like CCV, the rock that held our title winning team together at the back. A quality defender he was.

Hail Hail

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 12, 2022 3:07 pm

JOBO

Perfectly understandable that you canned your POTY last season. I said here that the official recipient would probably be embarrassed by it.

I hope you do bring it back to life,just as AP has done to our club.

The Gombeen Man
February 12, 2022 3:10 pm

Mahe,

“…and there’s no stipulation the Foundation gets a percentage to boot.”

https://charity.celticfc.com/annual-reports/

I’d like some elaboration of the Staff Costs at the Foundation.

Looking back over the last few years, usually points 7-10.
There’s a lack of detail about how money is spent.

Obviously no wrongdoing but how much of every pound raised actually goes to a charity?

Is it the case that the costs include the costs for folk actually working with kids and other beneficiaries?

It’s probably a case of the reporting needing a revamp.

Anyway,

Southampton have spent the net amount £24m over the last three years.

Not bad since Ross Wilson left the Club.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 12, 2022 3:10 pm

MAHE

L-O-V-E-D Joos! Injuries and then the realisation by Martin that Mjallby and Jackie were a lot better than he thought were what done for him.

Mahe
February 12, 2022 3:20 pm

Bobby,
The foundation gets advertised pitchside, as you probably know.
My questions would be,,,
Is that gratis?
And is that the boards way of pretending we are all on the same page, while they actually do jack and it’s all the support?
Feels like sportswashing if you know what I mean.

Another thought struck me regarding the 25m profit.
We pledged a revamped Barrowfield, fullsize indoor training pitch with small stand for spectators and a snack kiosk.
One would assume the club shall pay for this, not borrow. In which case a large reserve is needed, hence a huge amount in the bank.
That’s an option,,however,,,should the project costs not have been available at the time of announcement and then ringfenced for the project?
Did we as a club announce we are going to do something, then start saving for it?
Or will be borrow and pay off long term?
Just cant wrap my head around 25m in the bank.

You could do a lot with that, proper scouting system, overseas academies in Japan and Oz, revamp main stand, replace plastic pitches and bring in VAR.
Pay back those Res12 lawyers fees even and still have some left.

Enjoy your weekend pal.
Beautiful here.

Hail Hail

Craig76
February 12, 2022 3:20 pm

Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) Tweeted: 🏈 It’s the #SuperBowl weekend! 🏈

🔢 #CelticFC stars Jota and Reo Hatate were asked to take part in the #NFLKeepyUp challenge…

But how will their scores stack up against the other clubs taking part? Keep an eye on @NFLUK to find out! 👀

#SBLVI | #COYBIG🍀 https://t.co/dPz1RJH3Kj https://twitter.com/CelticFC/status/1492513828843704321?s=20&t=o0Sj8rEFO_wGtKFNHs_1Iw

Mahe
February 12, 2022 3:24 pm

I state this season has 9 players in with a shout.
During that season, in with a shout,,,
Bobo
Joos
Didi
Paul
Chris
Stylian,
Henke

Maybes include Johan and Bobby Petta!

Nine again!
The similarities are striking!
Something special here Mark2!

Mahe
February 12, 2022 3:34 pm

TGM,
Just read some of that. The club supports the foundation, supports not helps fund.
Peter and Eric ‘mason’ Riley sit on the board.
Says it all.

Hail Hail

big packy
February 12, 2022 4:10 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, my team for tomorrow beattie donnelly and fallon fernie evans and peacock tully collins mcphail wilson and mochan, something about that team that I like, cant put my finger on it but it will come to me, another true story,👍

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 12, 2022 4:20 pm

Fascinating game of rugby as Scotland just come up short. And such a pleasure to watch a referee doing his job with no agenda.

Gordon64
February 12, 2022 4:39 pm

🏉 Scotland bottle it against a poor Wales team 😠

MAGUA
February 12, 2022 4:41 pm

Mahe

A thought provoking article indeed. I find it practically impossible to name our outstanding player this year. Now of course we have O’Reily in the mix. Interesting times ahead, I should think.

As for MONs first season, my own personal favourite was Didier Agathe. My own epiphany that season, came at Dens Park on the 10th of December 2000. Didier scored with a header from a corner in the last seconds of the game. It was then that I believed we were destined to win the league. As an aside, a certain Neil Lennon made his debut that day.

BMCUW

That the PLC board members are leeching off the Foundation is a disgrace. This should be a matter of great shame for these bams. It won’t be though…and yet, the PLC claim any success for the Foundation as their very own triumph.

I did not realise Mahe, that the Foundation had a board, therefore I did not realise that Lawwell and Riley sat on said board. No doubt they receive a pretty penny for doing so. Is there any lengths that these two Huns will not go to, to further enrich themselves?

The fact that the Foundation is being treated in this manner by the PLC, is an issue that deserves to be widely known by the whole Celtic support.

Hail Hail.

Mihal
February 12, 2022 4:47 pm

Okay BMCUP, not clown… Fud ? Or if we know swearing isn’t nice : A f******** Cunt .

Mihal
February 12, 2022 4:50 pm

Bankier obviously, not you my cherry blossom.

Gordon64
February 12, 2022 4:53 pm

🏉 Some start to the France v Ireland match

Bada Bing
February 12, 2022 5:01 pm

Glass close to getting his Harry Potters

Gordon64
February 12, 2022 5:02 pm

🏉 Les Blues have some big units in their side 🇫🇷

big packy
February 12, 2022 5:05 pm

MAGUA im surprised at you not getting that team that I posted, what time is it ,seven past niven, another true story👍

Prestonpans bhoys
February 12, 2022 5:11 pm

Think I’ll share this with you bhoys. Because of relatives having covid haven’t been able to share a drink with my brother for my 60th which was early January.

He arrived today and presents were given, now my mother died over three years ago from cancer. I’m presented a card and present, I open it up, Happy 60th birthday son it says and a bottle of brandy too.

So before my mother died she signed a card and bought a gift, for my 60th, proactive thinking!

Takes a lot to make me cry but that did the lot😵

MAGUA
February 12, 2022 5:13 pm

Big Packy

Sorry pal. Clocked your post alright, but got caught up in something else. My bad. 😀 I hope you and Joan are well.

Hail Hail.

MAGUA
February 12, 2022 5:15 pm

Prestonpans Bhoys

Thanks so much for sharing that story. Your mum must have been a wonderful lady.

big packy
February 12, 2022 5:16 pm

MAGUA no problem pal👍

big packy
February 12, 2022 5:19 pm

PRESTONPANS BHOYS same as magua,,thanks for sharing, god bless your mum, mums are special, my mum died in 2005, but i still think of her everyday.H,H,

Bada Bing
February 12, 2022 5:20 pm

First foul on Ramsay will be a booking

Gordon64
February 12, 2022 5:23 pm

🏉 France number 3 Uini Antonio is 6′ 6″ and weighs in at 152 kg (23.9 Stone) 😱

McCaff
February 12, 2022 5:24 pm

Mahe, hahaha apologies…I was just joking but I’ll not post any of mine as that would be churlish, childish and too show-offey for me 😜. Anyhoo, it looks great and will be excellent with an organic veggie patch beside it. Your Mrs and Ms Mahe will be loving it! 7/10 for a great effort!!
Prestonpans bhoys…another reason we must appreciate our mothers every day, even when they’ve left us! A beautiful, selfless, thoughtful act from your wee Ma! No wonder it brought a tear to your eye.

Sol Kitts
February 12, 2022 5:39 pm

Floodlights at Annan look as bright as a 2W bulb.

Friesdorfer
February 12, 2022 5:46 pm

Prestonpans Bhoys
A lovely story. God Bless your Mum.
HH

Gordon64
February 12, 2022 5:53 pm

🏉 Ireland storming back in Paris 22-21 🇮🇪

Gordon64
February 12, 2022 5:58 pm

PPB 👍😢HH

MAGUA
February 12, 2022 5:59 pm

Sol Kitts

Or as bright as Kris Boyd?. 😀

Hail Hail.

Puff puff
February 12, 2022 6:08 pm

Prestonpans bhoys . Post of year son .
Will lift a wee glass tonight in her honor.

big packy
February 12, 2022 6:13 pm

nothing wrong with the floodlights at annan, myself and jim installed them, another true story😎,FFS is the snooker still on😎

big packy
February 12, 2022 6:16 pm

went to annan once it was open ,never went back😎

Mahe
February 12, 2022 6:35 pm

Magua, Pettas finest form in the Hoops came that year also. Didi was a real steal, cheap as chips.

Prestonpans, thanks for sharing that lovely tale.

Hail Hail

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