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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Craig 76
February 13, 2022 11:14 am
Craig 76
February 13, 2022 11:28 am

Bet the sheep players wished they could of gone down the tunnel like normal
https://twitter.com/mcbainne/status/1492550102325633029

fan
February 13, 2022 11:36 am

Craig67
Only surprise is it took them 11 months to realize he was crap.
Another possession obsessed coach who had zero clue that scoring goals was the ultimate aim.
Even with McCrory and Bates bringing their hun coaching of diving and playing for imaginary fouls on Wednesday it was not enough to earn them points.
Maloney will join him soon unless he rapidly improves.
Far too many of these incomplete coaches at possession obsession in the modern game.
They would improve if they put down the iPads/clipboards and just used a simpler pass and move system.
Only shame is they at least attempted to join the footballing world rather than dwell on the Scottish system of kick people and hoof the ball forward.
As TET used to say if The Rangers decided tomorrow to play honest modern football the refereeing would follow and football similar to the rest of the world would break out in Scotland.

Saltires en Sevilla
February 13, 2022 12:25 pm

Some cracking chat folks.

PB

What a wonderful story and even more wonderful mammy… enjoy yer 60th year buddy!

TGM some top blogging from you over the last few days. Always interesting and thought provoking. Much appreciated.

Everyone else Great chat/ music and some real musicians on here… now … all we need is a proper drummer .. anyone any ideas?

Mahe – I missed your new Bothy … links?

Leggy
February 13, 2022 12:25 pm

Prestonpans bhoy,

Just to add, that your post was really moving and brought a tear to my eye.

Good bless your Mum and may she rest in peace.

Enjoy your 60th 👍

💚

Craig 76
February 13, 2022 12:32 pm
Saltires en Sevilla
February 13, 2022 12:32 pm

Who was the mental fan of Red Lichties who was always being banned for swearing at games and held court in the nearby pub – Tom Shields or diary item?

Saltires en Sevilla
February 13, 2022 12:38 pm

Craig67

Thanks buddy that a smart pitch by Mahe… is it safe from alligators?

Hibees in bother noo

Red Lichties 1-0

jimthetim53
February 13, 2022 1:23 pm

“Another chance for the Championship side to threaten as referee Willie Collum gets a free-kick decision all wrong.” (BBC)

Willie Collum get’s a decision wrong? Surely not.! 🙂

Frodshambhoy
February 13, 2022 1:25 pm

Prestonpans bhoy,
I want to add that I also found your post to be really moving.

If Jobo does want to start POTY now – that’s Post of the Year – you can have my vote.

Mahe
February 13, 2022 1:37 pm
jimthetim53
February 13, 2022 1:46 pm

Talking about Raith Rovers. I heard a rumour that when Starks Park got a new artificial pitch in 2018 it was made from linoleum! Don’t know if that’s true or not. 🙂

Mahe
February 13, 2022 1:50 pm

Ive never got the feeling Scott Brown would make a good manager but stranger things have happened. A strong Aberdeen is always a plus. Their Latin signing Ramirez intrigues, wonder if they shall continue to be adventurous?
Their Yankee owners pushed that, which made me think they were hands on and ambitious.
They haven’t done much since.
The club needs a proper manager tbh, and Scott could learn from him.
I hope they look outside Scotland, the managerial talent there is few and far between at the moment.

Hail Hail

Prestonpans bhoys
February 13, 2022 2:00 pm

Thank you bhoys for your very kind words👍 I was totally caught out by my dear mum there👏

As I’ve still got visitors I’ve gave my tickets away to the supporters club. The guys were looking forward to being beside the GB, hayho😵😱

big packy
February 13, 2022 2:08 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, jim posted to me last night do you think they will be dancing in the streets of raith tonight ,i panicked thought the game was in kirkcaldy, looked up raith in google its only in lerwick in the shetland isles, flew up to oban got the waverley paddle steamer ,what a journey that was ,left the back end of august only just arrived here now, went to see the driver of the boat ,had the name s kitts on his uniform, i said to him does that s stand for slow ,hey he shouted ill make you walk the plank, oh please dont do that i said i canny swim, dont ,worry about that mate, the sharks will eat you as soon as you hit the water, anyway jim hope you havent put me on a bum steer hear, not a sellic tap or bunnet in sight,,another true story,😎

Billy Bhoy
February 13, 2022 2:19 pm

Jobo

Please don’t start up the POTY again. It takes me long enough to try and come up with six correct scores for the Superbru event without trying to pick a MOTM from our current team. It would take as long as waiting for the outcome of the Eurovision Song Contest!

Mind you, if you do it – I’ll be right in there! 🙂

St tams
February 13, 2022 2:25 pm

Just catching up.
PB.
That was lovely story.

jimthetim53
February 13, 2022 2:26 pm

Packy I lost count of how many wee white lie fibs were in that story. That’s a record breaker! LOL 🙂

Craig76
February 13, 2022 2:28 pm

Celtic FC Woman v Hun FC Woman https://www.tiktok.com/@celticfc/live

Craig76
February 13, 2022 2:44 pm

Mon the Ghirls
Celtic FC Women (@CelticFCWomen) Tweeted: ’74 – GOOOOALLL CELTIC!

🎥 Watch Live on TikTok: https://t.co/XVo6E7uSQp

🍀2-1🔵
#CELRAN | #ScottishWCup | #COYGIG https://t.co/wnEChXYG7x https://twitter.com/CelticFCWomen/status/1492869568750137345?s=20&t=1l3EakySyHyvfKCkS98ieg

jimthetim53
February 13, 2022 2:53 pm

It’s all over! Celtic women knock Rangers women out the cup. 2-1 🙂

Craig76
February 13, 2022 2:54 pm

Celtic FC Women (@CelticFCWomen) Tweeted: The cup double dream lives on!!🔥🔥

🍀2-1🔵
#CELRAN | #ScottishWCup | #COYGIG https://t.co/nasKI8Gsyd https://twitter.com/CelticFCWomen/status/1492874564325498881?s=20&t=T7fmyYHEMRb_lyLWe_ZIgg

jimthetim53
February 13, 2022 2:58 pm

Celtic B team v Vale of Leithen at 5pm. Lets hope Celtic have 3 wins on 3 fronts today! 🙂

St tams
February 13, 2022 2:58 pm

Bitton captain today.
I would have thought that Ange would have learned his lesson from the last time he made this clown captain

jimthetim53
February 13, 2022 2:59 pm

Bitton? 🙁

Craig76
February 13, 2022 2:59 pm

Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) Tweeted: 📋 #CelticFC 𝖲𝗍𝖺𝗋𝗍𝗂𝗇𝗀 XI 📋

Here’s how the Bhoys line up against Raith Rovers 👇

#CELRAI | #ScottishCup | #COYBIG🍀 https://t.co/AlwMZoOJrY https://twitter.com/CelticFC/status/1492872511809372165?s=20&t=mbt5rdHxh70-Zz25a8eYK2Qz4SO9r93r-wObbENn0xA

fan
February 13, 2022 3:08 pm

Slippy G treated for shock at half time as his Villa side go behind from a Newcastle free kick which could have been a penalty
We should expect a full time rant about officials being historically against Villa.

big packy
February 13, 2022 3:09 pm

went to see long john baldry at the kinema ballroom in dunfermline which is not far from kirkcaldy in 1970, and that is a true story, no matter what jim says😎

jimthetim53
February 13, 2022 3:12 pm

Fan, LOL 🙂

jimthetim53
February 13, 2022 3:12 pm

Packy, I believe that one! 🙂

Sol Kitts
February 13, 2022 3:26 pm

Slippy is going to be raging as VAR rightly rules out a goal for Villa as offside. Doncha just love it when the laws are applied correctly for both sides?

big packy
February 13, 2022 3:27 pm

what do you mean you believe that one, how dare you sir😎

Billy Bhoy
February 13, 2022 3:46 pm

BP

Long John Baldry you say?

Let the heartbreaks begin for Raitb Rovers.

BTW Elton John was part of LJBs band. And THAT is definitely a true story! 🙂

big packy
February 13, 2022 3:54 pm

BILLYBHOY, agree, how are you pal.👍

McCaff
February 13, 2022 3:59 pm

Johnson and Bitton need to perform today or the negativity on here will go through the roof!! 😉😁

Billy Bhoy
February 13, 2022 4:00 pm

All good here Packy. And it’ll be even better on Tuesday when I fly out to Portugal for a week of sunshine!

Looking forward to 5 or 6 goals today – then get Sevco at home in the draw tomorrow! 🙂

Sol Kitts
February 13, 2022 4:24 pm

Liam Scales with a cracker

McCaff
February 13, 2022 4:25 pm

Beautiful strike!!

Sol Kitts
February 13, 2022 4:30 pm

Commentators asking for a penalty. Do these numpties not know that the top of the arm is not counted as handball?

McCaff
February 13, 2022 4:31 pm

Well Sol, this numptie never new that either!!
Every day’s a school day.

CaltonTongues
February 13, 2022 4:32 pm

RR denied a stonewall pen after us feckin about at the back.

Q BEEB anger. 😁

Premier Sports have already replayed it 3 times 😁

HH

Sol Kitts
February 13, 2022 4:33 pm

McCaff
😂😂
It changed this season, roughly to where the short sleeve reaches is not counted as handball.

CaltonTongues
February 13, 2022 4:34 pm

Sol Kitts

We’d be screaming penalty.

HH

McCaff
February 13, 2022 4:34 pm

Cheers Ref!

fan
February 13, 2022 4:35 pm

So far,
Hart -sloppy
CCV=Sloppy
Welsh=sloppy
Hatate =sloppy
MJ =sloppy
Bitton=sloppy
JF=not involved
Scales,Ralston,Rogic and GG only ones concentrating so far.

CaltonTongues
February 13, 2022 4:38 pm

fan,

Bitton is worse than sloppy.

Sol Kitts
February 13, 2022 4:41 pm

Calton
Of course we would. 😎
However, here’s the reason we’d be wrong, straight from IFAB.

Other clarifications were approved at the AGM for inclusion in the Laws of the Game 2021/22, including to Law 11 (the Law 12 definition for handball, whereby the arm ends at the bottom of the armpit, must be used when judging whether a player is in an offside position) and Law 12 (the offence of using a “trick” to circumvent the Law against the goalkeeper handling the ball from a deliberate kick from a team-mate will apply at goal kicks; the instigator will be cautioned).

fan
February 13, 2022 4:43 pm

MJ undoubtedly has skill but his decision making is poor.
He needs serious coaching or he will never be anything other than the odd trIckster.

Sol Kitts
February 13, 2022 4:45 pm

There’s a very annoyed Australian voice from the touch line. Ange not happy with what he’s seeing.

Sol Kitts
February 13, 2022 4:49 pm

MJ needs to understand that he has teammates. Couple of tricks then lose the ball won’t cut it.