Who’s the man?

Two managers, two giant clubs, two different style teams, one huge title run in.
I would state the obvious in that one manager shall emerge the hero, but that’s not necessarily the case here, a most infrequent turn of events.

 

GVB has two ways of emerging a hero.
One is of course winning the league.
On that front, hero might actually be pushing it. When handed the reigning champions, one is expected to keep the ship steady.
You’re expected to keep a successful operation operating successfully, and as such you certainly don’t receive the credit for success in the first place, being only a gatekeeper if you will.

 

In Europe, I shall admit surprise. But winning it and emerging a superhero? That’s a step too far in my book.
That squad? Only the blue tinted specs wearers who imbibe more than BigRailRoadBlues would even entertain such a notion!
Besides, it’s still considered Steven Gerrard’s team, he wouldn’t get all the credit.

 

European victory across the city while losing the league would bring the unlikely prospect of both clubs gaining ‘the big warchest’, and we all know which club would use those funds to strengthen and which would pay off loans, who would spend more in the summer.
But still, there’s two routes open, both tough, very tough indeed.

 

It’s true Martin emerged a hero after an unsuccessful Europa League final, but the circumstances were very different. That was the culmination of Martin’s hard work with the squad. He had two titles including a debut treble in the bank, and had lost the third heartbreakingly by a whisker, plus many famous victories over our rivals in the back pocket for extra credibility.
That is certainly not the case for GVB, not at all.

 

Ange, on the other hand, has credit in the bank.
Mr Gerrards solo trophy success after eight previous attempts was toasted far and wide, our man grabbed the first in his first try showing the entire charade up, not that you read that anywhere but Timdom.

 

The Celtic rebuild, under a new format, has gone stunningly well.
And everyone knows why, or more importantly who is responsible.
His buys have a success rate to make Chairmen everywhere drool.
His motivation skills are evident via the team morale.
His vision of how the game should be played is a joy to behold when it emerges.
A natural leader, he is also an excellent ambassador, well spoken and knowledgeable.
He’s our new hero, right now, today.
With the path to raise even further in our esteem laid out clearly over the next couple months.
And as I always say, when opportunity knocks, Ange answers.

 

He’s got a job next season. He’s wanted, probably by a few clubs, but certainly by our own club of choice. The season tickets will sell out, again, maybe in record time, again.
That’s today’s view, no matter the future.
Sure, the next few months could go pear shaped, I admit they could.
But a heartbreaking finale would be,,,
a,,very unlikely
b,,some feat considering the mess we were in
c,,something to build upon considering we won silverware and blew them away to open the chase
d,,proof there’s more to come
e,,a unifying cause if the whistlers helped deliver the heartbreak

 

So while we face the possible prospect of two heroes, remember it is almost without precedent for Scotland, thanks again Martin.
Heroes?
Nah, hero.
There shall be only one.
And it’s truly time to step forward.

 

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Saltires en Sevilla

Mahe

Ange certainly has the smarts to take us over the Scottish League title winning line …if we take anything away from Ibrox next Sunday ….other than more complaints about outrageous refereeing decisions … ( they’ve set up the bad decisions ‘balancing out’ narrative, quite neatly…)

They sat back in the last game. That was a huge mistake which they might not Repeat. Can we really catch them cold another three times? … if they don’t sit and choose to come right at us … that’s a different scenario, and we saw what happens when quick moving teams decide to press up high on our defence.

Then we have the realistic scenario where there might be 500,000 Sevvies in Sevilla … what could possibly go wrong in the oul’ frying pan ???

We keep the heid, then we should take the league title, but suspect we will only lead by goal difference until the pressure of Europe scuppers the Sevvies … really sense GVB will see that Europa route as his ( personal glory) best opportunity to get an EPL job.

Moreso than winning league … not that many bluenoses would agree with him.

He might even prioritise Europa over Scottish Cup.

The game at Paradise probably won’t be a decider, as it’s still too close.

Then again, some of those fitba analysts
Are predicting we win league by 8 points and the bookies have us favourites 1/3 with Sevvies 9/4

Also see a Sevvie ‘treble’ moved from 10,000/1 to 2,500/1

Aye …they’ll fork out the Readies.

Anders

Good post BMCUWP…did I ever tell you about how nuch I hate pragmatism ;-)) Every fibre of my being says Title, possible Treble….and surprisingly…am ok with that, as long as we do the latter ;-)) Haven’t we been spoiled lately….more of the same, please

H.H.

CFC

Mahe S e S

My main fear is we freeze at Ibrox like they did under the lights in February.

I suspect they will be watching the two Bodo games on a loop.
Our weaknesses are not difficult to pinpoint.

However, they are a limited team as I have been chuntering on about for months.
Their main ploys are a marauding right back, the pace and black arts of Morelos and Kent and set piece threat from Goldson and Helander/ Balogun.

Give Tavpen no space. He will not have had to deal with a direct opponent like Daizen who won’t give him, or the entire back division, a moment’s peace.
Even running down McGregor, whose kicking is poor, will lead to mistakes by them.

Starfelt and CCV need to stand strong versus the physical Morelos and aerial challenges at set pieces.
JJ has already shown he can neuter Kent.

It is then all about our midfield and front Bhoys causing them problems, which we know they can do.

Go into this game with proper preparation and mindset, which Ange will instil, and I am confident of taking a draw or better.

These are the sort of games to relish as players and embrace as supporters.

Bring it on.

Anders

SeS…it’s simple…we win at Hades, and keep winning there after…nothing they can do but pray lol for our implosion. Under Ange I can’t see it happening…mibbe an hiccup…but not enuff to lose it all

H.H.

CFC

BMCUW

From previous topic:

It wasn’t my intention to disparage SC, I comment on here often enough. My point in reply to GER57 was that blogs like this are talking shops amongst the like minded generally and have a limited audience impact in terms of the overall demographic.
SC and others are not opinion forming but forums for casual chat and his insinuation we were all talking “ bollocks” was unnecessary and harsh.

7,000 views is pretty healthy and I’m sure you are happy with that. Why do only a tiny fraction comment?

Anders

CFC

Have you considered that the loudest of us are idiots and are talking bollox 🤣 and the rest are being entertained

H.H.

CFC

Anders

Possibly.
Certainly amuses me at times.

A Truman Show reality 😉

Anders

CFC…not so sure…Truman Show analogy only works if we’re the unwitting star of a show we’re unaware of…we are aware and just don’t really care lol (within reason)

H.H.

Anders

A wee tune cause it looks like being a belter/scorcher ;-)) at least 14°

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0NFV8dHrZYM

H.H

CFC

Anders

Fair point.

If it amuses others c’est La vie.
Inform, amuse, educate, and annoy – not necessarily in equal measure.

On a separate note – I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Foo Fighters on many occasions- sad news about death of the drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Anders

CFC

Taylor Hawkins RIP….ffs 50 is far too young

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WvdAx8lLHK8

Was gonna post an 8 min solo…but drummers eh? Lol

H.H.

CFC

Anders

Tragic.
Cheers for posting that. Hadn’t seen it before.
A band with two fantastic drummers.
Nice role reversal with Dave Grohl on drums and TH on vocal.

Wonder what our resident drummer BP’s take on both drummers is?

Saltires en Sevilla

Anders – hello buddy -take those 3 points at Hades… and it’s done as they collapse completely in that scenario. Great shout

Saltires en Sevilla

CFC – it’s the freezing bit that worries me

Anders/CFC – Truman show – like it 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

CFC

S e S

“Freezing” in the cauldron of Hades😉

50,000 vile racists –

It’s the one scenario that no amount of prep will help the newbies.

CFC

Asking a lot of the leadership qualities of Calmac,
assisted by the experience of Joe.

Saltires en Sevilla

CFC

Aye a mixed Metaphors CSC …😂😂

Prestonpans bhoys

Morning bhoys from a sun blessed Trossacks!

International weekend is pants, no idea what to do. Bit of painting or beat BRRB for the first drink of the day😯

Craig76

Prestonpans bhoys
I suspect you may already of lost that 1 🤣🤣😂🍺

jimthetim53

Twisty, no need to feel bad about passing on a tip for the horses. My post was only a giggle. If I had put it on it would have been £1 ew. Not a problem. I put enough losers of my own choosing on to be upset. My ave. bet is £2 and that is 2 or 3 times per week. Its only a bit of fun. I’m too miserly to let it get out of control. 🙂

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

PRESTONPANSBHOY

You’ll have to go some to beat BIGRAILROADBLUES-he’s got a camp bed behind the bar.

SteveNaive

Season ticket prices going up next season but I reckon will still sell out again . In this draconian financial climate, remarkable.

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JIMTHETIM53,TWISTY

I think we are adult enough to make up our own minds about a tip. They won’t all win,that’s a fact. But I’d be more pissed off if the info hadn’t been passed on!

jimthetim53

Bobby there’s no certainties in horse racing. I put a favourite on as part of a yankee 2 days ago. It came in last! Twisty won the Cheltenham competition but surprise surprise he didn’t get 100%! It’s the nature of the beast, LOL 🙂 I’m still putting on Invincible Larne today. £1 ew Wolverhampton. BRRB’s tip. 🙂

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STEVENAIVE

The tickets being fully taken up as usual is a remarkable show of faith in the new regime. And to think that Fergus was laughed at all those years ago when he launched the 60,000 rebuild!

bada bing1

Taylor Hawkins RIP, Foo Fighters drummer, only 50…..

Craig 76

For the standard cyber drink whats the correct answer (answer at 12 if nobody gets it)

What do the four following former
@CelticFC
managers share in common?

Willie Maley
Billy McNeill
Martin O’Neill
Neil Lennon

NB. It’s nothing obvious like “they won the league with Celtic” 😀

#celtic #celticf

jimthetim53

Criag, Manchester City? 3 of them played for Man City, 1 managed them?

Prestonpans bhoys

Bobby@11:05
I admire his liver, constitution and infallibility👍👏👏👏🍻🍺🍻🍺⚽🍸🍷🍹

Craig 76

Well done JTT53

The answer is about Manchester City.

All of these former Celtic managers either played for or managed Man City.

* Willie Maley – played 1896
* Billy McNeill – managed 1983-86
* Martin O’Neill – played 1981-82
* Neil Lennon – played 1987-1990

#celtic #celticfc

jimthetim53

Pint of Heavy please Craig! 🙂

Craig76

I put it in your fridge Jim 😀🍺

Prestonpans bhoys

I’ve made my mind up, no drinks till 3 o’clock🍻

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PRESTONPANSBHOY

To paraphrase the song,it’s 3 o’clock somewhere!

Bawheid

Two giant clubs. One with a long, long history and the other 10 years old.
One club pay’s all its social taxes and the other cheated the taxpayers of the UK out of millions of pounds.
Two giant clubs. One’s board supports the other, have you ever heard of a business supporting its main competition?
Two giant clubs. One club’s supporters are welcomed throughout Europe, the other is scorned.
Two giant clubs. One lives within its means, the other one is up to its oxters in debt.
Two giant clubs. One honest the other dishonest.
Two giant clubs. One is supported by a biased Scottish press, the other is fed grotesque lies.
Two giant clubs. One supported by the governing bodies, the other not so much.
Two giant clubs. One that accepts the rules and regulations of the governing bodies and referees, the other not so much.
I picked my club to support because it was open to all. Is it still open to all? At one time it seemed that it was, now I’m not so certain.
I picked my club, because i was proud to be associated with every aspect of it, not so sure now.
Now more than ever I question all the stories that I’m fed. Age brings cynicism, but better to be questioning than led like a sheep.

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BAWHEID

Of course we are open to all,and we should be proud of that. But in the way that with freedom of speech comes responsibility,so it is with the responsibility to uphold the values which perhaps attracted the likes of yourself,REBUS67 and others to a club which many others amongst us were “born” into.

I think that our away songbook for instance does not stand up to scrutiny,and the behaviour of some of our fans in general lets us down. But that is nothing,compared to the debasement of our values that the board have inflicted over the last two decades or so in particular.

All of those dark thoughts dissipate during a match,of course. And for me,that makes it all worthwhile!

Sol Kitts

Big Packy, if you’re about, a wee question for you.
My son is getting married on Monday, and BMCUWP is one of the guests. Question is, will the bar have enough Guinness to keep me and him going till closing time? 😎😎

jimthetim53

Sol Kitts, just drink half pints?

Sol Kitts

Jimthetim53
I always drink half pints, 2 in every glass.😂😂😎

jimthetim53

Sol Kitts, LOL 🙂

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JIMTHETIM53

Half pints are an insult,and a mere moothfae. And too much effort for the staff.

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM and SOL sol there is a guinness factory a few miles from me in runcorn im sending down 3 lorryloads with bobby there you will need it😍😍

big packy

CFC from this morning, dont know much about taylor hawkins the clips ive seen of him very competent drummer, dave grohl good drummer and guitarist,👍

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SOLKITTS

Need to be careful on Monday with the Guinness. It might not be up to scratch. Still get flashbacks from a pint of the stuff with a brown head that looked like gravy. I suffered for my art that night!

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS

Another article,this time from The Guardian,on theme of mine from yesterday.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2022/mar/26/mohamed-salah-liverpool

Bawheid

Bobby, I would expect nothing less from you. It’s clear to me that you and your family were brought up with Celtic and all that it represents at your core, that is the Celtic that I chose to support. I found Celtic through playing football. The board is the board and we all have our own choices on how we look at that and how we deal with it.

Prestonpans bhoys

Weird drink orders…….remember working in the Bow Bar in Edinburgh. Guy asks for a Guinness shandy, I point blank refused to serve that😵😱

Sol Kitts

Big Packy
Thanks. While you’re at it could you nip into Lothian’s in Ardrossan and pick up some squerr slice?

big packy

SOL only if I can borrow your private jet😎 BTW can you lend me 400 quid and ill pay you back when jim gets his pension😎

Bigrailroadblues

Good afternoon all from Ruglen. May your day be filled with joy. Or beer.

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