The Ups and Downs of Supporting Celtic

Morning,all.

Six points ahead with three games to play,and two of them are at home. Bhoy,I’d have bitten your arm off for that a year ago-or even at the start of October! Especially when you consider that the league winners go straight to the Champions League group stages.

Not for us this summer the annual treadmill of games week in,week out at a time when most players are either on the beach or considering a quick crash diet prior to returning to preseason training. For once,the players will be able to have a proper break-and I think it is clear that a few of them could do with just that-and a proper preseason,one where we can ease ourselves back into training with a couple of minor friendlies and maybe even a game or two behind closed doors.  

And with the guaranteed CL place,and the riches that entails,we should be able to get any business done early on,get the newbies introduced to their colleagues at an early stage. Far too often in the last ten or fifteen years and more,we have waited until the eleventh hour of the window to get in someone willing to sign,and who fits our profile.

Usually cheap,or a loanee. Fitting the profile of the board,but not that of the management or the fans.

Of course,we won’t be able to do our sums on expected CL income until after the final qualifier. The runners-up enter at that late stage,and if they get through,our tv money is shared with them. But there is a guaranteed qualifying bonus of c£20m and a match night income of c£10m over the three home games. The only variables are prize money for our results in the six games,and whether or not we will share the c£10m tv money.

So basically,a guaranteed £35m,with another £5m if we are Scotland’s sole representatives. Plus whatever bounty we pick up in prize money. That should be an incentive for our new Head of Recruitment to get his thinking cap on,sit down with the manager and identify signing targets.

But we have our suspicions,formed over many years,that our board will maybe think that we have all that money guaranteed,but even if we sign some top players,we are pretty much guaranteed not to qualify. So why spend it? We always hope that they have learned their lesson,but time has proven that not to be the case.

Yet last summer’s rebuild,largely cash neutral because of some big sales,points to perhaps a rethink at the top. Even if Dominic McKay left before he could even get his feet under the table,Michael Nicholson showed that there is a leaning towards giving AP the tools he requests. Time will tell,but I strongly expect to have some exciting new faces through the door,while some of the deadwood will be swept away.

Time will also tell whether a six point lead at this stage of the season will be good enough. That the end of the season can’t come soon enough is as true for the players as it is for the fans. We’ve got no fingernails left,but the players seem to be running on fumes at times. But they have dug deep before when asked,and they know that the finishing line is in sight.

Sure,I can understand the frustrations and fears of some of the fans. Give me a title procession,a stroll,rather than the nail biting finish every day of the week. It’s easier on the nerves too! But given what we have been through this season to even get this far? It has certainly given me more ups than downs,that’s for sure.

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Above article by BMCUWP

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Mahe

The green and white seesaw, it can give a lot and also ask a lot.
The beautiful game is a little like life, unpredictable.

Happy day of Thor yall

Hail Hail

We have to get the recruitment right especially for CL.Mone will be spent i hope Ange gets tactics right………..time will tell,league not over lets get it done.i’m to old for this.

Mone=Money

fan

Posted this on previous article.

Last night reminded me of a few European games where simplicity triumphed over style.
When Man utd beat Bayern after being dominated for around 80 minutes in Champions league final.
Ferguson being a pragmatist realized they were being outplayed by a more skillful side so threw an extra man on upfront and bypassed the midfield by launching early balls into the area where goals are most likely to come from.
Tottenham reached a champions league final after being outplayed in first leg and first half of 2nd leg by Ten Hagg’s Ajax.
Pochettino again accepted that the opponents could outskill them so brought on an extra striker bypassed the midfield and fired long balls into the areas that count leaving Ajax’s skillful midfielders and forwards as spectators.
Point being is a lot of possession may look great statistically and pretty on the eye but the object of the game is to score goals.
In all 3 games defenses struggled with simple crosses into box so has the modern possession game reduced the amount of defending needed and have defenders been replaced by guys who are more proficient at bringing ball upfield rather than actually defending?
Has the art of defending been sacrificed for more mobility?

bada bing1

Celtic to play Blackburn & Norwich in pre-season friendlies at Celtic Park.

Both will be on the Season Ticket.

BMCUW

A fine assessment of where we stand.

Mahe

When I were a lad, I was given this advice:

“When you support Celtic, you will be put through the emotional wringer time after time. Supporting Celtic will give you some of the worst moments in your life…but will also give you memories that you will treasure forever. Supporting Celtic is sometimes difficult, but always worthwhile. Even in defeat.”

Auldheid

Thank you for your earlier response.

Hail Hail.

Auldheid

Bobby

You probably wrote the blog before Swiss Rambler set out a detailed estimate of CL income.

Does the info change your estimate by much?

From previous.

Lots of useful information from Swiss Rambler re Celtic earnings from CL next season on Twitter starting at

https://twitter.com/SwissRamble/status/1521737113233993728?s=20&t=vvrQKYHM9zx_9MiJdGfAlA

Debunks a bit of blue propaganda re coefficient contribution but gives some idea of potential income. Note some goes on uprating existing contracts leaving less for new signings but showing importance of getting our non performers off the payroll.

St tams

If Ange wants us to continue playing out from the back. He needs to recruit players who are capable of doing it.
Juranuvic is the only one we have at the moment who is comfortable with this.

We seem to have a Happy Squad with no one agitating for a move, 3 players contracts up & the noise seems to be Jota staying. CCV going & no word at all on Karamoko.
Our need imo is for a strong physical defensive midfielder, 2 full backs & 2 Central Defenders.

We have Stephen Walsh & Dane Murray plus 2 emerging players in Lawal & Etoo & also Adam Montgomery but it is hard to see any of them being first picks next Season. Obviously Jullien is still there but what is happening with him is anyone’s guess,

There is of course a long list of ghuys who are drawing wages & contributing nothing to the cause, I’d celebrate a massive clear out of these Bhoys, almost as much as I’d celebrate the new Bhoys coming in.

CFC

Corkcelt

You forgot at least one CF.
We only have two functioning available- Ajeti is surplus by the looks of things and we’ve already lost LG

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS

AULDHEID

I did indeed,mate. The figures I included are reasonably close to those of Swiss Rambler,who clearly puts more research behind his articles.

The main reason that the site was set up,as you know,was the lack of investment in summer 2018. Despite Lawwell knowing full well how healthy our results were.

Fool me once,etc.

But I’m less concerned about such a scenario this summer despite past experiences including our lifelong failure to build from strength.

In your words-We’ll see. In mine-Time will tell.

But…

We aren’t there yet!

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS

Apologies to the site for the lateness of today’s article. I’ve lost access to admin through trying to open the relevant tab-and bloody closing it instead!

Never try to use an iPhone while the driver of your vehicle decides to clip the inside of a roundabout.

Certainly wouldn’t refuse one CFC, Johnny Kenny hasn’t been seen yet and I can see Joey Dawson making first team squad next year but yes I wouldn’t say no to another established Striker being brought in, I see a strong holding midfielder & 4 strong physical Defenders as the priority & the bigger the better.

I see Sevco have had a wee Ceremony for the wee bigot before tonight’s game….

https://postimg.cc/xq2DzCyy

HH

Margaret McGill

Calton
“never wash your dirty laundry in public?”
err
“They’re gonnie need a bigger money launderer?”
err
“whats the spin tonight gonnie be?”
errr
thats it

big packy

EVENING ALL and JIM jim apologies for not replying to your post last night it was my 60th birthday celebrations the big 60 im catchng up to you and sol, magua dont worry your safe,🤩🤩

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS

BIGPACKY

I thought you were born in 1953?

Anyway,anytime anyone asks my age,I just say 21. Bit of a conversation stopper,mind.

big packy

JIM im feckin worried about tonight I think they will go through to the final and then anything can happen imagine them bassas winning you would never hear the end of it.

ASWGL

If we as decent people can discard our bigotry and rivalry tonight, and look at what would be best for the whole Scottish game in Europe, then perhaps in unison and united as one, for our country’s sake, we should all agree that for the good of our sport tonight, we hope the Rangers get well and truly fucked.

HH

jimthetim53

Packy, hope you were out voting Labour today. Or are the over 60s still allowed to vote in England? You know how the memory starts to go in the OAPs. Sometimes they get confused as to what age they are and when their birthdays are!

big packy

BOBBY you and jim know that but nobody else does🤩🤩

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CORKCELT

I’m not a one for projects as you know,but Johnny Kenny clearly has considerable potential.

I doubt anyone can disagree that we need a destroyer in midfield. Finding one though…

big packy

JIM, your just jealous because people think im 59 not 69,🤩🤩

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS

ASWGL

Phew,you had me worried there!

jimthetim53

Packy, RB Leipzig have a good away record in Europe recently. Keep the faith.

Big Packy

I should certainly hope so. 😀

CORKCELT

One thing that has puzzled me for a while now, is why no centre-back of note, has managed to progress from the academy. Surely this should be the way forward. If Ange has all the teams playing the same way, with a nod to players progressing to the first team, can we look forward to seeing a CB-who is both comfortable on the ball and can actually defend-progressing from the ranks?

ASWGL

Can’t argue with that. 😀😀

Hail Hail.

jimthetim53

Who is the defence coach at Celtic? Mmmmh?

big packy

come on you you teddy bears,that is not a true story🤩 come on the liepzig,,that is a true story👍

big packy

ME, another true story👍

jimthetim53

John Kennedy, apparently he was PL’s eyes & ears. I can understand why Celtic gave him a job, but……..

big packy

JIM ,john was a good player for celtic and scotland, but is he a good coach, time will tell??

bada bing

The interviewer does not look best pleased. 😀

Hail Hail.

jimthetim53

Packy, I agree but time has told I think!

big packy

JIM yes your probably right, not like you to be right🤩🤩

big packy

MAGUA please leipzig beat these bassas 👍

Big Packy

Here’s hoping pal. 😀

Hail Hail.

jimthetim53

Packy, Wycombe Wanderers are playing Milton Keynes Dons tonight too! I thought that would interest you more since you have adopted England?

big packy

how dare you sir, adopted england, im from north lanarkshire and proud of it 🤩🤩

big packy

JIM, went to ayrshire once and it was closed, well tell a lie ardrossan was open, but never went in🤩🤩

JimmynotPaul

Frankfurt fans have the ground bouncing! 🤩. Can anyone spot Awe Naw, in there? 😁
Good luck, Frankfurt.

#UEL https://t.co/KR1XwnfOoO

ASWGL

Magua you’re the educated literati of SC have you read Neil Mochans story ? by John Paul Dykes “Celtic Smiler” I fancy a read at that one

Billy Bhoy

Evening all

I’ve been thinking about how best to participate in the minutes silence for Jimmy Bellend.

The best solution I can come up with is to have wee Jinky belting out Dirty Old Town. I think that would be fitting given the sickening behaviour of Bellend when he staunchly refused to join in the minutes applause for wee Jinky.

Do all feel free to join me.

ASWGL

JNP i’m not on much but every time I log off, I keep thinking fuxake i meant to say welcome back to Jimmy and forgot again, soooo welcome back 👏

jimthetim53

ASWGL, Don’t worry JNP might not be on much, but like yourself, he’s very much part of this blog! 🙂

Puff puff

ASWGL. how was the fox hunting old chap ?

bada bing1

The big screens at Poundland, will be showing all the difference jerseys, the Bell end washed

ASWGL

Evening puff. the fishing was good we were averaging about 35 fish per boat each day, great to get 5 days away without a care in the world.

How’s your good self ?

Puff puff

Have they got the rented camera going tonight bada.

Puff puff

ASWGL … sounds like fish dinners until the new year.

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