To be the best, you’ve gotta beat the best

We used to assemble in Paddy’s place to take in our Champions League games for around a decade, and without fail he would ask ‘how you feeling about tonight? as I walked in the door.
If I answered nervous or similar, he would always state the article title to me.
It’s very true.


So it’s a hard group, we all realized it would be. There’s no easy games at this level, only tough ones with some less tougher than others. No one will be counting chickens, many a fingernail will be shredded to the quick.
So what’s ‘the whipping bhoys’ to do?


Honest opinion, I’d go for it. Attack, attack, attack all three visitors at home and the weakest one away.


Why not? The underdog usually goes down anyway, so walk out and give it your best shot and either win in a blaze of glory or go down fighting.


Should the three home games be graced by the Hoops going for the jugular, at the very least the support would be happy. No one wants three cagey one nil defeats, nor heavy defeats, but on the big occasion they do expect to be entertained.
What’s more entertaining than Glasgow Celtic in full flow?
Not many, if any.


I imagine comments along the lines of,,,
He’s as well going for it
I admire his attacking nature
Well that was interesting


Rather than,,,
He’s naive
No tactics on display
We were pish poor


I would love to pick Anges brain at this time. We’ve just watched a workmanlike team with good shape join us in the group stages, and will no doubt be held up against them game by game plus at the campaign’s end.
We don’t have a great team shape to hold although we can work hard.
We can’t approach games with the same gameplan.


We have talented players, with no small amount of pace, and the three big lads at the rear. And a manager who claims attacking football is in his DNA.
A very vocal fanbase who don’t want to be embarrassed.
Throw those into a cement mixer with a sprinkle of history, and it becomes clear.
Outscore our opponents.


I’m not asking for full gung-ho, but storming out of the blocks and blitzing for the first half with the aim of at least two goals would be my plan if I were king.


I think it makes sense. Access at halftime, who is shattered, maybe ease off the throttle if those couple of goals came, put new players on the pitch to ask new questions,,but quite simply go for it and see what happens.


I can just picture ATOB rolling her eyes and thinking ‘you’re a dreamer Mahe, we will get pumped with those instructions’.
My response, would you rather have an exciting 5-3 defeat, or a dull three nil pumping?
Exactly. I’ve read Ange harbors similar sentiments, and I’m hoping for a manifestation of that when given the chance, as he has been.


Keeping it tight, matching them stride for stride, play it out from the back, hit them on the break or corners,,,eff that. Play that way and there will be tears and tantrums galore.


We don’t even have a matchfit defensive midfielder to help keep it tight, the one who’s getting there hasn’t proven himself yet in the beautiful Hoops. Neither have his backups.
Ergo, we can be played through, and will be.


However Kyogo Furuhashi can also be played through, by Maeda or another.
Boy Wonder is capable of unleashing hell,
Abada is ‘the right time right place kid’ whilst Hacksaw is an unknown quantity who has been brought in to get the best out of our most efficient striker (goals per minute he is).
Big Matt is a player, likewise Juranovich.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Hatate was our outstanding player in the CL.
We have arrows in our quiver, they need only be fired. And while the current quality of play leaves much to be desired in these eyes, somehow we generally turn up for the bigger occasion.


And they don’t come bigger. The Champions League games have surpassed the derby games. The night time kickoff under the floodlights giving the crowd ample time to find their nectar of choice hence their voice, new banners for the occasion, a different ref with his interpretation of the rules, the opportunity to become legends in the shirt, ‘that’ music opening the occasion,,,these games are there to be won, not just played in.


These games are Anges big opportunity. He’s a good manager, but Ronnie Deila has more league titles in the back pocket.
While another title would impress me, turning some big names over would impress me much more.
I’ve seen league after league collected, and shall watch many more successful domestic campaigns touch wood, but I’ve yet to see a Celtic team “attack” the Champions League.


Let’s face it, the odds are stacked against us winning the big cup, but we can at least try plus maybe win some hearts and minds along the road.


Entering to come third?
Try telling that to our ex midfielder Roy Keane.
Or Buster Douglas who went for broke and became notorious in the process.
Or Jock.
Glasgow Celtic aiming for third place is an oxymoron, or at least it should be.
In it to win it, and if not you go down punching, punching hard by the way.


To be the best you’ve got to beat the best, and as fate has conspired we just happen to be facing the best soon, twice.
What a coincidence.
What an opportunity.


I want scalps, and Real Madrid is one hell of a scalp to take.
We did Barca, now for the other half of El Classico.
I remind you of the score last time we played Los Blanco’s.
First or second, not third and lower.


By Mahe

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August 26, 2022 11:17 pm

JOBO’s POTY members,follow the link.

August 26, 2022 11:19 pm
The Leopard’s Rimshot
August 26, 2022 11:26 pm

Excellent stuff, brother, feck all that cagey shite, play our fitba the Celtic way and let the chips fall as they may.


Mike in Toronto
August 26, 2022 11:27 pm


Busy day, so just looking in. Don’t think ther is much chance of the Donald going to jail. Although if there was any justice in the world, he would have been there years ago. No real appetite from Democrats for that; they only want to throw enough dirt to try to maintain their hand on the tiller (and money). Both sides shout at each other, and feign indignation, but neither really want to change the system as it keeps them rich.

rather like Celtic-Rangers. Kiddie on enemies, who take turns at the top. neither really want to make any substantive changes as they are both primarily interested in fleecing their respective followers.

August 26, 2022 11:29 pm

Mahe 11.13pm

Cheers … hope all good with yourself

You’ll only ever get an honest opinion from me 🙂

Champions League group

Play Shakhtar as a two legged affair .. get at least 4pts maybe 6pts … let Real Madrid pump Leipzig & Donetsk … and if we take points in the other 4 games

Chance of 2nd place

3rd place certainty

A Bhoy can dream 🙂

Am looking forward to every minute of our CL journey and then on a Thursday I can support my 2nd European team

Amonia Nicosia 🍀

Mike in Toronto
August 26, 2022 11:32 pm


It was the first story in the collection, Cream. But, I think I have Covid Brian (apparently that is a real thing) as I cant remember what it was that struck me. And I lent my copy to a friend, so I cant even have a look to refresh my memory. But if it springs to mind, I will let you know🤷

August 26, 2022 11:32 pm

MIT, I didn’t realize you were busy or wouldn’t have prompted you, my bad. Interesting take and thanks. I look forward to the outcome.
Shall leave it there for now but thanks again and hope all is well.

TLR, cheers and loving your input these days. Keep on keeping on.

Hail Hail

Mike in Toronto
August 26, 2022 11:35 pm


No worries. Hadn’t chatted in a while, and I had been meaning to check in with you and see how all was in I was glad for the prompt.

The Leopard’s Rimshot
August 26, 2022 11:41 pm

They’re both part of the same system, Mahe, two sides of the same bastard coin.

Don’t fall for it, man, they’re playing you.

August 26, 2022 11:45 pm

All’s good Sir,
Apart from one neighbour changing his wifi network name to ‘ lock your dog up asshole’ which I shall assume is aimed at my scruffy sidekick as he raids their outdoor kitty kat food bowl regularly.
I was about to change my wifi name to ‘lock a dog up, and I’m the asshole?’ but for relationship sakes I merely try to police him more.
I catch maybe two in ten attempts to sneak away 🙂
Little one going to private school in couple weeks.
Liver has had a hard summer as this Irishman continually equates hot weather with cold beer.
Same old really.
Looking forward to the Euro games big-time.

Take it easy pal.
Hail Hail

The Leopard’s Rimshot
August 26, 2022 11:45 pm

Politics is a puppet show, just another way for them to divide us and conquer.

ALL sides are playing for the same team.

And we’re not in it.

August 26, 2022 11:47 pm

TLR,for obvious reasons I’m not discussing politics on the blog but could engage in private via if you wish.
FWIW I agree with your post.

Hail Hail fae the sun

The Leopard’s Rimshot
August 26, 2022 11:59 pm

Cheers, Mahe, but I have no further wish to engage in politics in any way.

The whole thing is designed solely to divide us and to think otherwise is just getting yer arse felt.

Highland Paddy
August 27, 2022 12:38 am

Here’s a potential wee witty ditty for The Bhoys and Ghirls going to Tannadice on Sunday to try –

🎵 So, Bring on The Shakter and The Lepzieg 🎵
And The Champions of Europe by the score,
The Bundesliga, Real Madrid,
Who the f~ck ya trying to kid,
🎵 For The Celtic are the greatest of them all ! 🎵

The Real McCoy
August 27, 2022 12:51 am

Jim The Tim 👋🏻,
From earlier—
First in group we are seeded in last 16 and would play a 2nd place team
2nd – we play a group winner in last 16.
3rd – we go into the Europa League play off against a team who finished 2nd in their Europa League group.
Win that play-off then we would face a group winner of the Europa League in last 16.
4th – we go early Christmas shopping at Wishy Market. 😂
Hope that’s as clear as mud Jim 🤷🏻‍♂️
HH 💚🍀
McCaff- sincere condolences bud 🙏🏻
HH 💚🍀

August 27, 2022 1:09 am

Thanks again for all the kind thoughts, everyone, very much appreciated.

August 27, 2022 1:10 am

TRM…do you know these Glasgow/EK guys, this isn’t typical of their usual psychedelic style but it’s a bit more punky for me!!

August 27, 2022 1:13 am

…a warm up for the Madridistes…

August 27, 2022 1:27 am

McCaff … good choice

August 27, 2022 1:27 am

Puff puff
August 27, 2022 1:28 am

Furfecksake no McCaff anaw noo .

August 27, 2022 1:30 am

My sincere condolences on the loss of you’re cousin and aunt.
May perpetual light shine upon them
May there bodies rest in peace.

August 27, 2022 1:31 am

Hey Puff…how are you mate!
GFTB…good wee song! I thought Marcello had moved on to PSG but no, he’s still at Real! Can you believe he’s the most decorated player at Real, 25 medals!! I don’t think he’s starting for them now so he must be a bit pish! 🤣

August 27, 2022 1:32 am

Thanks Chalmersbhoy! That brought a wee tear 🙏💚🤍🧡!

Puff puff
August 27, 2022 1:33 am

Tell us a wee bit about the day McCaff

August 27, 2022 1:34 am

Regading Marcello,I never rated him,25 medals!!what do i know??
This group I honestly think we.will be 2nd.

August 27, 2022 1:34 am

For Celtic in the CL and my wee guy taking us wherever in the last 16!!!

August 27, 2022 1:34 am

Chalmersbhoy…right on cue!! 😂

August 27, 2022 1:36 am

CB…Marcello was never a Carlos but he was some player and hard as feck, but I’m with you never rated him that highly! That’s why I chucked the coaching last year!!! 🙄😁😁😁

August 27, 2022 1:36 am

Trying ma best !!, maybe no,wait till you see the music I post.

August 27, 2022 1:40 am

Aye, that always has me worried! I try to get on board with whatever other guys are posting but you and Gordon always make it difficult for me! 🤣🤣🤣

August 27, 2022 1:40 am

Still.cant do the you tube paste thingy but you will love this 1983,

August 27, 2022 1:45 am

CB…The Hurting was a fantastic album, every song was a good one. Pale Shelter, Suffer the Children and Ideas as Opiates all favourites of mine…

August 27, 2022 1:45 am

One for Bobby,

August 27, 2022 1:48 am

CB…it might be your device but when I’m on Youtube I copy the address when the video is playing (I don’t think it displays the http part) then paste and the video appears. When I do it from my phone it disnae work the same , it only appears as a link!

August 27, 2022 1:50 am

Just off my turntable hence the post,now I’m on Christie Moore,then maybe the wolfetones? Or Dino,or Matt Monroe..

August 27, 2022 1:51 am

Always on phone,Samsung.. I’m a press button guy..😂😂😂🇮🇪

August 27, 2022 1:53 am

I prefer the big screen of the pc! Here’s another fae wee Feniette Sheena…

August 27, 2022 2:04 am

I think this one is better!!
Maybes aye,maybe naw!!

August 27, 2022 2:07 am

One for g64

August 27, 2022 2:09 am

Wee Sheena’s performance is a bit grittier, the one you posted is a bit too polished for me! A good singer but more suited to the Gabriel Byrne Show! 😂😂😂

August 27, 2022 2:13 am

I posted the Glasto version of this last week but it’s so good it’s worth another play, if you’ve got ‘phones on turn this UUUUPPPPPP!!!!!

August 27, 2022 2:17 am

Is that him from the late late show or.the actor?
Just thought she sang it better..
Listen to your posts,some I like a lot,others not so,but that’s music.
Thank God We support the least we have one thing in common, or the pubs in shawlands.!!.

August 27, 2022 2:24 am

cb..the chat show host!! I don’t expect everybody to like some of the shite I post! But music is an individual thing…there’s nothing worse than someone declaring a certain song or band as shite! Somebody somewhere gets something from it, it’s just not for them! And on that basis here’s one that I think everybody should just absolutely love…

August 27, 2022 2:27 am

…and here’s one that Puff posted a while ago that I just love, the video is as good as the tune…

August 27, 2022 2:33 am

Home is when I’m in paradise!!.
Yes music is individual. I listen to all you’re posts,majority I enjoy!must be pissed…anyways wait till I post all the Auld songs,
Kevin Barry
Wearing of the green.
Sean South.

Maybe bp will post them!!..
Maybe a true story….stay tuned….
Ps…he will !!..

August 27, 2022 2:35 am

Sean South came up on my sidebar earlier and I went for something else! Can’t remember noo what it was. I was s’posed to be in bed early tonight as I’ve got a busy weekend ahead but…hey-ho!!!

August 27, 2022 2:36 am

This is for my missus, she doesn’t read this but I’ll link it to her elsewhere. 30 years merrit this weekend!! I must be doing summit right!

August 27, 2022 2:38 am

Hey McCaff
Get tae yer kip ya fanny.
Ye need yer sleep .dae as her body tells ye…
Take care ya sot.
Aye,am laughing!!.
Get tae bed!!!

August 27, 2022 2:42 am

I’m enjoying my tunes too much…and the beers! Wee cans of Moretti, chilled 4 earlier now on my 7th!!

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