I dont Adam and Eve it!

That was my first impression upon reading our rivals have booked themselves a place in another European final, never an easy feat.

I suppose one could look at this a number of different ways. For starters it shall be an even bigger feather in Ange’s cap when he conquers the league, the fact a decent outfit were overcome is always pleasant, and adds weight to the title win. Ronnie Deilas two titles minus a strong rival were a given, this league trophy was anything but. Ange can take a lot of solace he bettered European finalists over the course of the campaign.

Another final appearance helps blow away the myth Scottish clubs just cant compete at that level. That’s three finals in under twenty years for both giants, which isnt that bad when one considers the Austrian and Turkish leagues are stronger and richer but they can’t make such claims.
It’s encouraging for football fans everywhere when an outlier is still able to claim continental success (reaching a final in itself is a success) and should help inspire others. At least I hope so.


The coefficient is boosted of course, another good thing. With one club in a final, another dining at the top table next season, the games profile is raised more than usual. The national sport could do with a long period of positivity following it’s most rockiest decade, the income shall be most welcome across the city, and if this extended run helps deliver a better standard of player into the league there’s another benefit.


When wondering how exactly this feat was achieved, it’s not hard to pinpoint the underlying foundation.
A settled system.
Their current manager walked into a working system and tweaked it rather rather rip it up, smartly as it turns out.
Walter had his Wattenachio, GVB a slightly more adventurous style of play, it’s undeniable familiarity and being comfortable with individual roles helps hugely. On this front, it’s pleasing to witness our own club of choice firstly hire the man with a plan and secondly invest into that plan. Bouncing from one philosophy to another is not the ideal recipe for success. It can’t be claimed the light blues have fantastic players at the moment, they are a collective of journeymen nearing the end of their cycle.
One can’t buy their way into a European final, just as Pep, but Scottish clubs can evidently develop effective way of playing helping overcome individual deficiencies.
It’s not easy, it’s also a lengthy process, but it’s there to be aspired to and something to work towards.
Please take note Dermot and Michael.

For myself, the most intriguing aspect of this upcoming final involving a Scottish club is the opportunity to witness and compare the fanbases of both giants.
You don’t need me to tell you how Seville found the travelling Tims in 2003, voted best fans in the world after their journey.
No one in their right mind expects the same this time, given the Manchester riots and recent behavior that’s a stretch way too far, but it’s a fact Scottish supporters shall once again travel and once again be judged. Or should I say Old Firm supporters shall once again be judged.


One half passed that test with flying colours in Spain years ago, now it’s the other side’s turn.
I’m apprehensive to say the least.
Should ugly scenes arise, you just know the phrase ‘Old Firm fans’ shall be bandied about. Should our business partner of choice become tarnished once again, our boardroom shall be placed between a rock and a hard place, the support shall demand we publicly distance ourselves as a club, yet the suits have deemed the rivalry essential for the balance sheet and maintaining interest.
At least two boardrooms shall follow events closely, praying supporter behaviour does not cause financial or reputational ripples.


Another quirk is the fact both teams are one win away from the Champions League group stages. Whilst we can’t enter the same group, a knockout tie is possible.
Should that scenario ever come about, it could stake a claim as the biggest derby ever.


Finally, does anyone know how to say ‘make sure the big screen tvs work’ in Spanish please?

By Mahe

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May 7, 2022 7:05 am

Morning all.

Here we go !!!!!!!!!!!!1


May 7, 2022 7:07 am


Excellent piece, the last paragraph just about made me choke on my cornflakes 🙂


May 7, 2022 7:20 am

“ Another quirk is the fact both teams are one win away from the Champions League group stages. Whilst we can’t enter the same group, a knockout tie is possible.
Should that scenario ever come about, it could stake a claim as the biggest derby ever.”

That scenario requires

– Huns to win final
– both teams to get out the group stages.

That just ain’t happening. ( I’d also question ‘the biggest derby ever’ tag) 🤔

May 7, 2022 8:09 am

‘That’s three finals in under twenty years for both giants’, its 3 different clubs to have done so, not 2.

Jobo Baldie
May 7, 2022 8:35 am

Good morning, friends.
Closing out a league title often involves scrappy, nervous games but I have a wee feeling that we will blow Hearts away today.
Happy matchday!

Noel Skytrot
May 7, 2022 8:44 am

4-0 today, gutted I won’t be in attendance.

May 7, 2022 8:48 am


Aye – we get that job done by Wednesday then my tele is off !!!

Note: agree with Chris it’s three (3) different clubs

Away to cut the grass and not listen to radio 🌞

May 7, 2022 8:51 am

Morning Auldheid, you ask me for evidence, but let me flip that on its head.

What evidence do you have that our new CEO is, as you state a honest man. Was he not involved with you and the rest of the RES12 team with him being head of legal matters?

Question is why did he not resign if he knew what was going on?

Remember DM was CEO when AP was brought to celtic, Fact.

DM signed off the purchase of 8 players at the start of the season, Fact.

PL in your words has been untrustworthy, Fact.

These are all matter of facts, so if I have doubts, I’m sure you can understand why.

I did hear a story that the reason DM was pushed was due to him trying to purchase a team from down under and this was a step too far for some. Again I have no evidence, but even if we have evidence as your did, what would Celtic do with it?

Back to the darts, shirts arrived yesterday and new flights on there way.

May 7, 2022 8:51 am

Morning all,

Let’s get if done Celtic and 3 points please.


Celtic 2 Minis 0.

HH 💚💚

Noel, sorry you won’t be at the match but hope your symptoms are mild and you recover soon.

Lanarkbhoy, Welcome to the blog.

Let’s get this party started. !!!!!!!!

The Fenian Whaler
May 7, 2022 8:52 am


You fail to question how a 10-year-old debt-ridden entity can reach the final of a European footballing competition whereas the support of a 134-year-old cash-rich entity is continually told that we can’t hope to compete in Europe. How long were we in existence before we graced a European final – 79 years, and I know that Euro domestic league comps weren’t around until circa 1955. 🤔
Personally, I do not give a feck about how the hun behaves in Spain nor do I vicariously wish to claim that because we are SPFL champions (in waiting) that means we must be a better team than the 10-year-old Scots team playing in the Europa League final. I’m more embarrassed that Celtic FC and its supporters have allowed a 10-year-old debt-ridden club to be up there with us competing for league trophies and playing in a European final. And lest we forget our own have club played a massive part in Sevco’s lightning-fast route to potential European glory – perhaps that is something we can all be vicariously proud of – or perhaps just move on from – no? 🙄🤮🤢

PS Chris is 100% correct – 3 different Scots teams have reached the Euro league final

May 7, 2022 9:11 am

Let me give you one more fact.

When DM was pushed out he door, it just so happens that the best man for the job was actually already within the walls of Celtic Park. Did DD also have 5 candidates for this position or was it just put anyone in that position because we know what the story is.

Did ML have any previous experience in his new roll? Or is he just another pupet?

ML brought in 3 players at Xmas for the grand total of £4 million, this does sound very familiar.

May 7, 2022 9:25 am

Joe Hart.
Carl Starfelt
Josip Juranovic

All purchased under DM and 71 days later he’s gone, but let me correct my previous post, there where 4 players brought in at Xmas with an estimated purchase price of £4 million

I believe we were lucky that at least 3 of these were AP targets.

May 7, 2022 9:55 am

May 7, 2022 10:14 am

But it always comes back to this.


May 7, 2022 10:30 am

Leggy – howdy Big Bhoy … enjoy the game today

Noel – hope that awfy virus doesn’t dampen your day in any way


May 7, 2022 10:30 am


You wee up early today – enjoy with M & M etc 🔝

May 7, 2022 10:38 am


Hope your well 👍👍

On my way to Paradise as we speak


Andy Pandy 2
May 7, 2022 10:44 am

This time last year who would have thought we’d be here…..forget all the crap about European success, for today at least. Let’s get this done Bhoys. Me, I’m playing golf today, not sure I could watch or listen anyway, by the time I’m finished I expect us to be one step closer to being Champions, our rightful place. For those on the way and all watching at home… enjoy.
Hail Hail.

May 7, 2022 10:49 am

Grand day to take a step closer to lifting the cup.

Fine piece MAHE, we sure have seen a resurgence in the old firm brand.

SFtBs @ 11:59 PM,

As you Labour the point, you seem to once again miss the point.

It is not a matter of this competition or that competition, it’s a matter of attitude and approach.

The Rangers went all out to do their best in every competition they were in this season.

Celtic Board look at what they feel may be achievable and cut their cloth to suit.

As we are supposed to be a football club run along business lines and not a business that runs a football club, trying to put the best possible team we can be, performing at it’s highest possible level should be our goal.

When you go all out then anything is possible, that is what SPIDEY101 is saying…

I hope Them getting to the final puts our usual “we can’t compete in Europe” cries to bed.

We should have the approach of being the very best we can be, the defeatist attitude must go.

A pessimist sees a dark tunnel

AN optimist sees light at the end of the tunnel

A realist sees a freight train coming

The train driver sees three dicks on the train track…

… Be the train driver.

Hail Hail

May 7, 2022 11:08 am

Morning Auldheid, you ask me for evidence, but let me flip that on its head.

What evidence do you have that our new CEO is, as you state a honest man. Was he not involved with you and the rest of the RES12 team with him being head of legal matters?
Good question and the answers is that there is an agreement in principle to take a step that for me backs up my judgement of the CEOs honesty.

When it materialises in full I’ll be able to say more. If it doesnt I’ll be more disappointed for the soul of Celtic than I can say.

The wider point here is our judgements can only be based on what we think we know.

If we do not leave room for uncertainty we cut off an opportunity to grow by excluding information that challenges our core belief.

My response reflects my uncertainty because uncertainty is the current reality.

If that uncertainty ends one way or another and becomes wider known, the minds on both sides of the perceptions held about the Celtic Board will change.

It will not be a case of one side’s thinking is right and the others wrong but an acceptance of what we each thought did not know enough to reach the right conclusion.

In doing that growth as a person follows.

Dont rush to judge.

Embrace uncertainty.

Takes practice of course but what else is life for if not to become the best we can be?

May 7, 2022 11:08 am


I couldn’t sleep, big game nerves, and also, I wet the bed 🙂 🙂


May 7, 2022 11:09 am

Puff D…we’ve also got a party later, at my nephew’s for his fiancée’s 30th. It’s a cert the celebration will be more about the Famous than the birthday!! I hope the whole Celtic family enjoy the day despite the constant feckin’ negativity!
C’mon the Hoops!! Glasgow’s Green and White!!!💚🤍💚🤍💚🤍

May 7, 2022 11:18 am


Re my previous comment on not knowing perhaps the solution is to pretend we are all from Barcelona.


May 7, 2022 11:38 am


Apologies for not being on much this week. Killer hours.

Some tremendous posts on here these last few days from a wide variety of our members,and while it may be unfair to single out a particular one,I hope AWENAW has printed out FAN’s description of the hun tactics and mindset during their run,and sent it to his local team’s manager!

May 7, 2022 11:39 am


Hope you get over it PDQ!

May 7, 2022 11:47 am


I reckon our transfer spend on players this season is around £25m,maybe less. A fair bit on signing-on fees too,of course,plus loan fees. Still fairly cash neutral,and with a much improved side too.

And we are told that’s a cash splurge? Just goes to show what an be done with some knowledge of the actual bloody job!

The Fenian Whaler
May 7, 2022 11:58 am


May 7, 2022 11:58 am

Any links? Cheers.

May 7, 2022 11:59 am
May 7, 2022 12:00 pm

Ta Much Bobby! 🙂

May 7, 2022 12:03 pm


My link I gave you doesn’t work at my end. Just a freeze frame of when I last refreshed it. Bummer!

Sol Kitts
May 7, 2022 12:04 pm

Jeezo. What a shocking start. Offside goal conceded 😡😡

The Fenian Whaler
May 7, 2022 12:04 pm

Diets score 😮

May 7, 2022 12:04 pm

1-0 Hearts offside but goal stands

May 7, 2022 12:06 pm

It’s working here Bobby (unfortunately)! 🙁

May 7, 2022 12:06 pm

Well,that wasn’t in the script!

May 7, 2022 12:07 pm

Don’t worry, it’s early!

Sol Kitts
May 7, 2022 12:09 pm

Poor start. Need to calm down.

The Fenian Whaler
May 7, 2022 12:09 pm

Diets doin’ a Sevco with a high press early doors

May 7, 2022 12:11 pm

No rhythm so game suiting Hearts.
Ralston poor on goal and some slack touches.
Hearts took throw in and Jota covered guy who returned pass and guy crossed for offside goal while Ralston stood in no mans lad when he should have at least attempted to cut out cross.

May 7, 2022 12:12 pm

DT very unlucky,good save.

The Fenian Whaler
May 7, 2022 12:12 pm

Remind me just why did we let Gordon go?

Sol Kitts
May 7, 2022 12:14 pm

Cochrane stops us taking a quick free kick, only a talking to when should be a yellow card.

May 7, 2022 12:15 pm

Kyogo,ffs. Putting them away for fun earlier.

May 7, 2022 12:16 pm

That should be a booking as Hearts player stuck foot in to stop quick free kick.
So far Robertson has ignored a clear foul and above incident.
Andy Walker doing his utmost to justify offside goal.

May 7, 2022 12:16 pm

Clear yellow,btw.

The Fenian Whaler
May 7, 2022 12:16 pm


Sol Kitts
May 7, 2022 12:21 pm

Hearts player kicks the ball away at a throw in, no action by the ref.

May 7, 2022 12:25 pm

Again the gap from front to back is enormous making it easy for Hearts to play out as it negates our press which has been poor recently.
Also no shape in midfield or focal point.

Sol Kitts
May 7, 2022 12:26 pm

25 mins and Hearts time-wasting.

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