The Wraparound Hero

Morning,all.

Last night’s events in Seville might well continue to be discussed by our members in the comments section of this article,but I prefer to write about Celtic. And I’m writing this prior to the match taking place anyway,so I do so knowing neither the result of the match nor the result of the big event there,huns v polis. No,this article is all about Celtic,and my potted thoughts on the season just gone. 

Next week sees our annual Player of the Year awards,with a slight twist this time which will become clear in time. Well,I say annual. They aren’t really,as we withheld last year’s awards and associated articles due to the fact that I didn’t want to have to relive any part of that season,however vicariously or fleetingly. But I can’t let the season go,a season such as we have just seen,without comment and congratulations all round. 

We all know where we were as a club a year ago. Up shit creek without a paddle,that’s where. Too many players who wanted away,or didn’t care,or simply weren’t good enough. Not enough good players who did care. Lost the league by 25 points,dumped out of both cups to inferior sides. A Quadruple Treble side had burst asunder,we had no manager-though an argument could be made that we had been without one for two years by then-and our first choice replacement had spurned us at the altar after a long courtship. In short,we were fucked,and looking at a long road back to even being competitive. 

Enter Ange Postecoglu,a man from a faraway land about whom we knew nothing. Many people based their opinions of him simply on their limited knowledge of the game outside these shores,while others were prepared to give him the chance to get it right. At times like this,Google is your friend,and looking at his CV was enough for most of us to realise that the guy might just have what it takes. One of our brethren,of course,bought the ticket right away-and GARRY was damned right to do so! Various titles in Australia and Japan,as well as two World Cup qualifications-two more than Scotland,I might add-and an Asian Confederation Cup suggested that he was a very capable manager. The question was just how much of that he could transfer to Scotland,how quickly could he adapt. How much did he know about domestic and European football,given the rebuild required and the players we would need to bring in. And he didn’t even have the UEFA badges required to manage in Europe either!

Some people might have recoiled from that,and some of the criticism was well over the top. Others might have seen it as a challenge. AP saw it as an insult. And you don’t insult Aussies unless you’ve got the good trainers on,and a ten yard start. Like most Scots,they’re a thrawn lot,prone to the occasional “Izzat a fact?” and throwing the words back in the face of their detractors. 

Two weeks quarantining in a hotel in London might have been the best thing that could have happened for him,and for Celtic. He spent his time well,I reckon,deciding who he could rely on and which positions needed oven-ready replacements. There were few of the former,and a helluva lot of the latter! First up was a new goalkeeper,and for a man who apparently doesn’t do pragmatism,the pragmatic choice was a veteran who had been discarded and belittled during the last six years-despite being lauded till then as the best in the world! Fancy joining the revolution,Joe? Game time and adulation guaranteed? What a signing he has been.

Right back,were our options good enough? Turns out we didn’t have one,actually. Play the reserve,the guy who’s just seeing out his contract,till we can get a new one. Croatian international,£2m you say? Magic. Meantime,the “filler” who was Anthony Ralston,a young lad who had never inspired much hope amongst us,was playing like a man possessed! How did that happen? Well,I think Ange is the answer here too. 

Left back? Hmmm,we can stick here. No real need,replacements are more urgent elsewhere. And Greg Taylor too has just had his best season for us. I’m already detecting a pattern here. Centre backs,oh dear. I thought Stephen Welsh was our POTY in 20/21,but it was by default and he still has some learning to do. Jullien,nuff said. Two newbies,one of whom took a while to settle due to playing on the left of the pair,and another who had never played a top flight league match,despite being with Spurs for about six years. Who became the rocks on which our success was founded,and on which many attacks by opponents foundered. That defence stopped leaking the goals from set pieces which had caused us so many problems over far too many years. CCV is still a loan player,but if we can get him for the reported £6m,it’s a steal. However,a left sided centre back should take priority even over that deal. And we can’t play the three of them!

Midfield options were no better. Ange knew Tom Rogic from his days as Australian national coach,knew his ability-but knew too his weaknesses. And Tom was probably a bit disheartened,having been largely ignored by NL despite being a virtual first pick under the previous two managers. Could he fire him up again? In David Turnbull,we had a very good young player-but he wasn’t a world beater. In CalMac,we probably had Scotland’s best player,but he had been shuttled hither and thither by previous managers,asked to play in roles which weren’t his strongest. The problem was that the other options available were simply poor,too many players who had been given the chance to justify their wages and fees but had come up woefully short. The decision had to be made,to stick with what he had meantime as the budget had to be prioritised elsewhere. Particularly up front. 

Because up front,AP realised he had nobody he could depend on! James Forrest was our longest serving player,and a tremendous winger/scorer when on song. But he had missed much of last season,and still miles from fitness. But there was a wee Israeli winger available for £2m. I confess I had little faith in this signing,but Liel Abada didn’t take long to convince me of my error. For just a bit more than that,he went for,wait for it,the top scorer in Dutch football! Who promptly went down with every illness and injury known to man,bloody hell. His season began,really,after the winter shutdown. Soon showed us what we had been missing too. Finished top scorer in the league,and all but two of his goals were one touch finishes. Watch his second from Saturday and you will see why that is,but what a finisher!

Wide left could not be trusted to the furiously gifted but what can I say Michael Johnston. He has lost his way,and I hope somehow he can get his mojo back. So the obvious plan was to sign a player of the same age on loan from Benfica,one who had also lost his way? Well,that isn’t gonna work,is it?  But work,it did. We put a smile back on Jota’s face,a bounce back into his step. And his partnership with Kyogo was almost telepathic. Oh,did I forget to mention Kyogo?

There’s nothing I can say about Kyogo that hasn’t already been said. G-Mak’s physical presence might terrify defenders. With our wide players,it might be their speed and footwork. With Kyogo,it is all of these and more. He stretches them,compacts them,leaves them chasing shadows. He jumps higher than any man of his size has any right to do-and hovers just like Henrik was able to do. And finds that space in the box in the same way too. Oh,and twenty goals in a season where he missed so many games? Wow. 

So Ange did it,with a side almost completely built from scratch. Three regulars all season,albeit I think DT would have played more but for injury,who were regulars for us before. I can’t actually think of a signing he has made which has proven to be poor. And by sheer force of personality,he has welded all the newbies as well as the old guard into a unit,a strong one at that with the team spirit to prove it,and given us all hope for an even brighter future. Which,just that short year ago,looked like an impossible dream. 

Ange Postecoglu has written his name into our history books. I think he is too modest to allow his image to be put on the wraparound of our heroes which adorns the exterior of Celtic Park,but he has certainly earned his place there sometime in the future. 

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Above article by BMCUWP

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Congratulations to AWENAW and his lad. And thanks!!!!

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

If we get drawn against Pot One side Eintracht,do we give them a guard of honour onto the pitch?

And will any of their travelling fans be allowed to buy beer in the traditional Celtic pubs?

Noel Skytrot

A remarkable effort by Ange and with a few more signings and a settled squad things could really improve.

Huns, they never, ever learn,

“We’ve won it”
“The league means nothing”
The shite spoken by pundits around how Celtic winning the EC in 67 would be surpassed if they won last night, they never.
The media, politicians and various other tossers jumping on the hun bandwagon, mugs.

Huns, whit they like ?????

Leggy

Morning all on this lovely day.

Great article and summary Bobby . Pity my thoughts are elsewhere and my old ticker has finally slowed down.Don’t usually talk about the Huns but, Ha Ha Ha Ha. 😂😂😂😂😂😂

AweNaw,

Congratulations to you and your son. Hope the celebrations are still ongoing 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

As someone mentioned,
Imagine losing the 6 Counties, The League and Europa League all in the space of a fortnight. 😂😂😂

Will certainly enjoy my wee swally later.

12.00 start in pub above Scotia Bar 🍺🍺

Come on, you know it makes sense 😜😜😜

Guest appearances by Lord Lucan, Shergar and BRRB’s wallet !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bigrailroadblues

Outrageous slander. I would consult my lawyer but he’s in jail in Sevilla.

Big Audio Dynamite

Guten morgen! 🌞

The Fenian Whaler

Not talking about the Hun – just laughing out loud at the feckers and the media in the best wee (bigoted) country in the world. Greater accomplishment than the Lions – aye that’ll be feckin’ right 😂😂😂😂

Great summary of last season! por cierto

Big Audio Dynamite

For those cheating c@nts to have been building towards 3 in a row this summer was unthinkable.

Fortunately, it appears there is a God, as he sent us an ANGE(L)

SeS

Bobby & Mahe you have email ( replied)

Awe Naw

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FJAFHx8aEUtmQ6TdbfZoySbDDV4DS_u5/view?usp=drivesdk

Thanks lads

Party is just starting. The wee fella 6″2 will go to the public reception.I can hear my bed calling my name sweetly.

I will post a few pics and vids over the weekend.

What happened to Porto after they won in Seville

MLKcsc

Auldheid

Good summary of the season past Bobby.

On last night.

Ende gut, alles gut

It will be interesting to see if the financial consequences will emerge for them and Celtic’s response.

Given they came within a Ryan Kent baw hair in last minutes of the 90 of their financial gamble paying off , I dont foresee much cloth cutting at the Ibrox tailors.

A thing of beauty

Great article bmcuwp,
We had few failures this season. An amazing achievement when you read what he started with. Ange has fantastic coaching qualities but his man management must be second to none. He is a top drawer operator.
As to last night. I would like to thank Liam and Noel Gallagher and their music for getting me through the match. All 3 hours of it. I locked myself away at 8pm with the headphones in and got out the work computer to catch up on some stuff. I honestly have no idea what I typed – I’ll check back Monday. I checked the score at full time, the end of extra time and then I finally logged in to sentinel celts to see all the smiley emoji’s from mccaff and others. I’m sure my heart rate must have been 180 plus. Straight on the phone to CCB who couldn’t hear my mum shouting him because he still had the head phones on watching a very delayed stream!! Then on to Paddy’s maw for a good wee chuckle. Mr ATOB got a big hug and he said this morning he hasn’t seen me so happy about a game for ages. I had to explain to him this was about preserving our history. A lot of utter pish has been spouted in the media from journalists and ex players alike, Huns to a man that this achievement by them was bigger than the lions. It never was and never will be but if you said different, if you said you didn’t want them to win it was because you were a bigot. That’s what we have to put up with in this place and that’s why I was so happy they lost. That they lost in penalties was only second to them getting slaughtered. That it was the much trumpeted Aaron Ramsey that missed the penalty added to the joy. Only thing that has been missing is kris Boyd’s greeting faced puss. Anybody seen him? Maybe he’s away organising “world class, difference maker” Ramsey’s next move 😂😂

SeS

Bobby – understood buddy (replied)

Fan

Woke up to the sound of hun/mssm overinflated balloon slowly deflating
A sound so soothing it almost put me back to sleep.

Auldheid

https://thecelticstar.com/champions-league-winner-tells-it-like-it-is-false-equivalence-and-denying-themselves-through-continuity-myth/ This blog on Celtic Star makes a very good point. If it had another title it would be Caught in a Lie or Trapped by a Lie.

bada bing1

https://twitter.com/BunbegB/status/1527196307814858755
The Smiddy might be on the pub crawl list today

SFTB
SFTB

So, Peterhead are still the only team to lose a final to Sevco.

On the POTY front, can we award the title to CCV even if he walks away?

Prestonpans bhoys

Auldheids link @11:27 to Celtic Star is a must read👍

Name that tune….

One’s called Ramsey
One’s called Bell
One missed a penalty
The other one’s in Hell.

HH

St tams

Bobby excellent summary of the season.
Can’t wait for next season to come.

Mahe

Well, I shall admit to being shocked there wasn’t a riot. You live and learn.

Happy day of Thor yall
Hail Hail

A thing of beauty

Mahe,
I think it’s clear that the constant messages to behave had a positive effect and we should be pleased about that.

BMCUW

A brilliant summary of last season. Onwards and upwards etc etc etc

The importance of last night’s result in Seville cannot be overestimated. The Ramsey penalty miss was a real sliding doors moment. The ramifications of this event could have us laughing for years. Had the Huns won last night they would have been:

Guaranteed Champions League group stage football, with the 30-40 million quid that goes with it. This would have gone some way towards paying off their debts-aye right-as well as having a few quid left over to assemble a new squad. They would have also been guaranteed a place in the European Super Cup. They would have made a right few quid out of that. Fortunately, twas not to be.

As it is, the Huns have sold the family silver, spending money that they do not have, in an ultimately futile attempt, to win either the league, or the EL. They have won neither. This summer will be massive for the Huns. They face arguably a bigger rebuild than we did last season, with many players out of contract, and others desperate to leave HMS Rangers* before it hits a big feckin’ iceberg. The players that are sold, will be sold for peanuts-buying clubs will submit lowball offers-leaving not much left over to fund a rebuild. This could, and hopefully will, get messy.

Meanwhile supporters of the good old Celts, can look forward to guaranteed Champions League group stage fitba, and hopefully a few new signings into the bargain, to strengthen problem positions in the squad. Under normal circumstances, after a season of success, the board would normally stand still, or even worse, go backwards, in an effort to help their Ibrox pals. Ange will not allow that to happen. That is indeed, a comforting thought.

Big Packy

Here Packy, guess what? I took a wee stroll through Cardonald this morning-it was great to see so many happy, smiling faces. Car-D is of course, a Celtic stronghold. I popped in to Morrisons for the messages, and could not resist a quick flick through the DR…not something that I would normally do, under any circumstances, but needs must. Keith Jackson’s piece today is a belter, full of self-pitying morose pish, over some team from Ibrox, loosing a game of fitba in Seville. His pain was palpable. I of course, thought the article was feckin’ hilarious. 😀

Hail Hail.

fan

Scottish football and authorities could learn a lesson on how well the huns support behaves when there are genuine consequences.
They don’t sing illegal songs in European competition at Ibrox or away grounds.
Still can’t resist on the streets of foreign countries where UEFA are powerless to act.
When the rules are applied without fear or favor Billy is not such a naughty boy.
Would it be too much to ask for Scottish police and authorities took heed of why they behaved in European competitions and do their jobs to the letter of the law?

Mahe

ATOB,
Not sure about that. I saw videos of misbehaving that’s for sure.
For some reason they didnt go apeshit.
Maybe a recognition that,,
This isn’t local fuzz, these fuzz hate you and will batter you,,,
Locked up abroad isn’t fun,,,
Ze Germans will kick your arse,,,
What’s the point?

But yes I’m happy there’s no serious unsavoury scenes today.
Have a great day lassie
Hail Hail

Chairbhoy

BMCUWPS

A very fine lead, Ange has been awesome in so many ways, as things stand we can’t see anything past him.

So we can surmise that if things were “normal” and he’d had a European license to manage then we can assume that if his speedy recruitment had been followed up by a speedy landing in Lennoxtown, he would still have found a way to rebuild the squad and win the league.

Yet you do highlight something that could have been hugely important – that two weeks isolation in London. He certainly did make the most of it.

Maybe we should make it compulsory in our recruitment process.

The Zen of Ange 🙏

Hail Hail

fan

Chairbhoy
Ange’s main strength is his singular mindset.
He understood you can’t win with players who have a losers mentality.
Getting rid of Christie and Edouard was vital.
Also Ajer who did not want to be there but at least put in effort.
Our positive mindset Ange single handedly installed had a lot to do with squad gelling so quickly.

BMCUWP

Your summary of last season is absolutely bang on.

What excites me and terrifies others, is that right from when Ange came in as our manager, we were told by those who knew of him and how he works, was that he is a ‘Builder’ he builds teams, he builds squads and he builds a footballing philosophy.

The same folk also told us the you will see the fruits of his labour in the second season, wow, just think about that.

The best is still to come.

Incidentally, lovely day here in Coatbridge, no fireworks just a peaceful, zen like atmosphere. It’s good to be a Tim.

Brian

DannyMac23

BMCUWP

Thanks for the leader great synopsis of what has been an extraordinary season.There is no doubt Ange has been the reason we have won the double.

The fact that existing players improved and the recruited players fitted in and hit the ground running is due to the mercurial man management skills the guy possesses.

Players have to buy into a plan a project or an ideal.Pitching that to individuals who know they can ply their trade elsewhere could be difficult but this guy united players who had been there through a forgettable season,guys he brought in who had experienced playing at a higher level and ones that we had not heard of.

It was all about hunger desire a sense of purpose a goal that collectively could be achieved.Most agree it has been a wonderful achievement and hopefully it’s just the beginning.

Magua and A.T.O.B. great posts.

Last night does have consequences on our football team and our lives.

The belief in their had we won it the achievement surpasses the Lions is not based on fact but self supremacy and although should be ridiculed unfortunately would have been lauded and endorsed by the SMSM.

In their minds they have to be better than us.

Well done Frankfurt United.The Eagles were unbeaten throughout the tournament whilst their opponents lost 5 games final included.

In what was very much a transitional season for the hoops we have 2 trophies in the coffers.They as yet are trophyless

Chairboy
Apologies, I realised that I have repeated your ‘Zen’ quote.

Brian

big packy

MAGUA hi pal, could not watch those bassas, the only time ill watch them is if they are playing us, they turn my stomach, went off the blog last night and just watched tv, could not tell you what was on just staring at the screen, the thought of that mob winning another european trophy ,well you know what i mean🤩, magua, we were not brought up to hate like them, they hate our religion, they hate our football team, they hate our irish identity, I would never dream of spitting on a protestant clergyman, in fact the reverend king who was the local church of scotland minister used to have a laugh with us, every time we saw him we would say hey mister are you a priest or a minister, he would laugh, he knew that we knew, he was a minister🤩 but that mob make me hate them, as the exiled tim used to say, get rid of the orange lodge in scotland and you will eventually end sectarianism👍 another true story👍

Prestonpans bhoys

Went shopping at Fort Kinnaird with the wife, put on any t-shirt to hand which happened to be a green and white St Pauli top.

Outside one of the shops out pops two huns, full kit hats and all. They stare at me and I just laughed. Wife says are they back from Spain, I said I hope so😂😂

Chairbhoy

fan @ 3:18 pm,

Yes, what an incredible attitude he’s got

Reminds me of the stories you hear about Stein, no matter how good you thought you were, if you didn’t have the right mind-set and the heart of a lion, then you didn’t play.

Without that mindset the world may never had Jinky Johnstone.

It shows what one man who is highly motivated with a positive mindset can do.

Really enjoy your insight to the strategies and tactics – hopefully next season, you will have a new level of greatness to explain to us.

Hail Hail

DannyMac23/Big Packy

Cheers for the replies, bhoys.

Prestonpans bhoys

Those Huns might not even have been in Spain. There’s a few local worthies in the Ibrox area, who dress like that 24/7, 365 days of the year. We’re not talking about youngsters here. I’m talking about men and women, not exactly in the first flush of youth, who dress in this manner, to proclaim to all and sundry, their uber-staunchness. Personally, I think they look feckin’ stupid. Then again, what do I know? 😀

Hail Hail.

Chairbhoy

BelmontBrian63 @ 3:41 pm,

As I don’t have the copy right on Zen you’re fine – great minds eh, or is it just that Monkland vibe:)

Loved Jota’s lotus position after he scored, Celtic need to get a T shirt out, I have got the Kyogo anime one….

Loving the notion of Ange the builder

Hail Hail

Chairbhoy

Thanks my friend The Jota t-shirt is a fine idea.

Brian

The Real McCoy

VOGUE PUNTER 👋🏻
Yer pub may be in trouble, mate 😂

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-61506944

Craig76
Prestonpans bhoys

Craig76

Stopped laughing at that video after about 10 minutes. Hat off to the bhoy, even I wouldn’t do that😱😵😂😂

Programme about Shotts on BBC Scotland at 7pm

big packy

MAGUA, been singing this for weeks now cant get it out of my head, especially when walking the dugs, think you might know it ,Bring Flowers of the Rarest Bring flow’rs of the fairest, Bring flow’rs of the rarest, From garden and woodland And hillside and vale; Our full hearts are swelling, Our Glad voices telling The praise of the loveliest Rose of the vale 👍

Mike in Toronto

Glad to see that everyone is in a good mood today. Wonder why that could be?

I’m not one to go in for ‘the whole league is conspiring against Celtic’ ((you cant be the victim of the scam if you are part of the conspiracy, as Celtic and its fans are) ….and I dont think it extends beyond the Scottish borders…

but, the EF centreback (Tuta?) yesterday? Two of the most ‘unusual’ plays I have ever seen from a centreback … set up Aribo, only for Sevco to miss… so, later, he decides to fall down to allow Aribo to run by him to score…..

No wonder his coach pulled him off ….I’d be checking his bank account….. did he have a huge bet on Aribo to score first perhaps?

16 Roads

So to hell with Liverpool and Rangers too
Throw them all in the Mersey!
Up The Fkn Toffees!!

SeS

MiT

That defender wasn’t behaving normally… that ‘miskick’ before the tumble, as you point out. However, there were a few examples where he either headed it down to feet of opponents or passed directly to them.

The only surprise was one of his teammates didn’t hook him before his boss.

SeS

Did Ralston attempt a Penenka.. anyone know if there were fixed odds available on a player achieving that..?

Mike in Toronto

SeS

There was a video a few years ago … cant remember which league… but the keeper ‘misplayed’ the back pass. then swiped at fresh air trying to kick then ball, and then fell over as he was chasing the ball, allowing it to go in for a goal … couldnt have been more obvious that he was on the bung…

yesterday reminded me of that.

but, in the end, the bad guys lost, so all is well in the world.

A strange feeling …. dont think I have ever wanted Hearts to win before….

If Sevco lose this weekend, there is a strange symmetry to Celtic’s Seville season… be close to one of the great seasons, but end up with nothing.

ASWGL

BMCUW a fair and balanced assesment of Ange’s first season, I freely admit not to being as confident as Garry, I thought after his first two games, here we go another season of misery. I have never been so glad to be wrong about someone.

On to our not so friendly club across the water. Make no mistake that their players, management, directors, and Scottish media, had this final won in their heads, and preparations were well in advance for celebrations, ie: wreck George Sq, Pt2, I watched their game last night, and it’s actually uncanny how shyte their opponents have been (apologies Awe Naw), but even EF weren’t good on the night.

I will freely confess to laughing when Ryan (diving little Kent) that he is, missed the chance at the end to win the game, to surpass the great Lisbon Lions feat (in their tiny minds). I guess the icing on the cake for me was the substitutions and missed penalty, from the man Porky Boyd said was the greatest thing to happen to scottish football since the drink and drug fuelled Geordie hit Govan.

We see things they’ll never see !!

HH