The path we are on

I’ve come to realize something.
 
I was pondering this team of ours, and by that I mean the whole squad. I’ve written before this is the strongest squad I’ve witnessed when all is said and done. Two, sometimes three, good quality players for every position is a dream come true.
 
And every team sheet is a mystery. One could easily imagine Kobayashi, Bernabei, Johnson, Hacksabanovic, Mooy, Abada, Forrest or G-Mak in our starting line up next year, I’m generally happy with any eleven as long as there’s a proper defensive midfielder named with Calmac playing ahead. That’s how strong the group is, any eleven. We’ve come a long way.
 
Here’s what I realized.
 
With Martin being the best manager of my supporting times, I generally expect the challenger to emulate him. Therefore I prefer a fantastic first choice eleven who generally kick ass in the league.
Ange has opted for the quality squad over the fully primed eleven.
 
I’m leaning into his philosophy.
For starters injuries do occur and we don’t want the standard to drop when that inevitably occurs.
Also having two first teams should in theory raise the competitive level throughout the squad, not being a nailed on starter one must earn one’s place in training and on the field of play hence perform or sidelines because the next guy is good enough to be a starter.
Selling a single player in a single position shouldn’t affect the team shape or form, in theory.
The replacement should be better, in theory.
 
It looks like the days of the nailed on starters are over at our club of choice, for most positions. Joe, CCV, and of course the Captain start, but the rest is up in the air. This means places to play for and standards to keep across the board.
So (in theory) we approach every game but especially Europe with the same style of play and the intensity doesn’t drop off.
This is much preferred to having key personnel injured and lesser replacements to call upon.
 
Improve the entire squad rather than the first eleven?
Sounds good to me, and that’s the path we are on.
 
By Mahe
sentinelcelts@gmail.com

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Twisty
December 21, 2022 5:53 am

Week 26 Update

Morning all
Another week where the weather played havoc with the fixtures leaving us with no racing on Saturday and a very limited choice on Sunday. For anyone who made a selection but didn’t replace it, the last favourite went down therefore so did their choice.

I considered cancelling the competition for last weekend given the sparse amount of races that actually went ahead, and having got around to looking at the results , I wish I had!

You’ll recall, last week I alluded to some potential “jiggerypokery” at play between JNP and the owner of Ali’s emporium, ( also goes by the name McCaff) well, my suspicions were heightened when I looked over the results. Both had winners, sending me dashing to the rule book to hopefully find an uncrossed ‘T’or an undotted ‘I’.

Alas I was unable to come up with a credible reason to disqualify either. I therefore have to allow McCaff’ winner Mr X, returned at very nice odds of 5/1 to stand, whilst his partner in crime Jimmy NP sees his total increased thanks to Sergeant Pep getting home in first place at 6/5.

As I polished the Top Bhoy weekly trophy with a tear in my eye and hands shaking, preparing it for Ali, my mood was lifted when I realised that Leggy had also selected Mr X and prevents the trophy being displayed in Ali’s Emporium. A toss of the coin ( honest guv😁) means Leggy gets the trophy this week.

On a serious note, we’ll done to all three.
Leggy McCaff and JNP.

Leggy gains a few places, whilst McCaff puts pressure on at the top, and JNP hits a hat trick for the first time this season with his third consecutive winner.

Well done all 3.

NO RACING OVER THE WEEKEND, THERE IS HOWEVER A FULL BOXING DAY CARD, SO WE WILL MOVE WEEK 26 TO BOXING DAY.

Week 26 updated table

St Tams £30.50

BMCUW £28.12

Cosy Corner Bhoy. £25.50

McCaff. £22.08

Big Packy. £17.52

Weet Weet Weet. £13.26

JNP. £10.78

16 Roads 9.33

Jobo. £4.25

DRM. £3.62

VP. £3.38

Twisty. £2.33

Danny Mac. £2.08

CRAIG76. £2.50

BADA £2.38

Mahe. -£0.50

Charlinic. -£0.72

Call me Gerry. -£3.75

CCE. -£5.87

GFTB. -£8.00

Jungle Gerry. -£8.00

Leggy -£10.00

Lefty. -£10.12

Gordon. -£12.17

Chalmersbhoy. -£17.13

Jim. -£17.91

BRRB. -£23.38

The Real McCoy. -£26.00

Twisty
December 21, 2022 6:00 am

Should read week 27 obviously for the Boxing Day competition. ( my edit button gone so cannot correct typos)

Chairbhoy
December 21, 2022 6:11 am

Good Morning Timland…

Not been on for a few days, apologies Jobo, no POTY as I didn’t see the game.

Saw the goal though from come back king Callum – good three points lhads

Really enjoyed the World Cup in the end, polished, professional and delivered great competitive football

Last evening’s game!? Well, was more interested in my supper

Great Lead Mahe,

Spelling out the obvious, is not always as straightforward as it seems, sure having a great squad is of course desirable, yet as you point out Martin and most others didn’t have this “luxury”

There are some who say we should be more pragmatic in our approach against better teams, that’s not going to get us success.

Celtic will fail to have the resources of the top twenty European sides for quite some time, we need a different approach if we are going to get to that desired level

Angeball is the vehicle for that, it is key we keep creating chances, whatever the criticisms are of our current team and performance and they are legend, our chances created, even when up against the best is very impressive, this is far from an easy thing to achieve, yet remains half the battle

Converting those chances into goals is the missing part of the puzzle

We need more goals from midfield and the conversion rate from our strikers, saddens me to say it, but it’s woeful

So your assertion…

Improve the entire squad rather than the first eleven?

Well yes, but you do that by bringing real quality in “failing” positions – for us that is a top, top number nine

If we procure the services of a regular goalscorer this “rising tide will lift all boats” , our forwards overall will improve

Kyoto wouldn’t have the weight of the world on his shoulders to score the key goals, taking the spotlight off could prove key in his return to form

Mentoring the undoubtedly outrageously talented Abada to the next level and boosting his confidence will do wonders for all concerned

Asking questions of Jota – you demanded top dollar when you signed on the dotted line for Celtic now show us why you are our mvp!!

It looks like we have once again been proactive and astute in the transfer market before the winter window officially opens – yet that free scoring centre forward is the missing piece of the jigsaw for me

Fit him in place and we could see our new Chairman raising his trophy haul from 27 to 30 by June next year.

Now, doesn’t that have a ring to it:))

Hail Hail

CFC
December 21, 2022 7:49 am

Mahe/Chairbhoy

Assuming the JJ transfer goes ahead and a significant profit is made, the priority should be the one area where we have been weak for a while. Improve key areas of the squad on a needs must basis by an “Edouard” style outlay. Trading up to bring in better quality.
I’d propose the same action for the spine of the team- starting with a new No1 in the summer. Nothing against Joe but age is not on his side.
Still a great personality to have around the young squad.

The key is maintaining squad harmony, with 4/5 obviously “better” players assisted by very good ones. Whose own profiles are raised , particularly in Europe, as performance levels improve.
For an example look to JJ as a very good player who has raised the bar on the World stage.

That’s the theory!

The top teams manage it – on significantly bigger budgets, I accept!

T L R

12.52am post last article.

I found the whole donning of what looked like a see through negligée quite absurd. But you’re correct, not a mention anywhere.
I suspect Messi went with it as his paymasters at Qatar owned PSG would expect him to do as he is told… superstar or not.

St tams
December 21, 2022 9:21 am

Good article Mahe.
As you say , we are assembling a very decent squad.
One area that we do need improvement in ,cis centre forward.
I would move GG on and bring in 2 strikers in. I would find another role for Kyogo, maybe no 10, as he’s never looked like an out and out striker to me and misses far too many chances.

Jobo Baldie
December 21, 2022 9:23 am

Good morning, friends and Happy Matchday.
Thanks for the lead article Mahe. I’ve mentioned a related point a few times on here – forget about being obsessed with a “starting 11” and think more about planning our 5 subs in advance. So, barring injuries, I’m convinced that Ange usually knows which 16 will be used to give us the best chance of 3 points. And that’s where our current advantage is – our Usual Sixteen are all good players so whether we start (then swap) Kyogo/GG, Maeda/Abada, Jenz/Starfelt, O’Riley/Turnbull etc etc I’m never too concerned.
Having said all that I’d prefer tonight to see us kicking off with Abada and Gio….

A thing of beauty
December 21, 2022 9:26 am

Chairbhoy,
I agree that we are missing too many chances and Kyogo is most certainly culpable. CCB is not happy with the criticism directed at Kyogo but he is not a boy. He’s 27 and paid to be the number 9 for Celtic. If he is missing the chances he is that will end up costing us so I agree with you a centre forward should be sought out certainly for the summer but better still January. Kyogo and GG will be pushed on to do better if they know a top drawer player is waiting in the wings. I also agree about Jota. He has not produced the way he did last season and I hope he can return to form.
In fact if we are being honest the full team have not performed as they did last season. We are playing within ourselves in my opinion. Time to get serious, take the hand brake off and get back to the high press, non stop football we were raving about last season.
CFC/TLR
Very good spot about the Messi/PSG/Qatar link. For me that is the only reason he agreed to put on that robe. FIFA better not be saying anything else about keeping politics out of football.

The Gombeen Man
December 21, 2022 9:36 am

Thanks Mahe for the article. We really have an impressive squad at the moment. Hopefully we’ll bag a few goals in tonight’s encounter.

It’s not easy playing football against teams that are coached to stop football happening.

The wiser thing to do is normally steer clear of clashes in deeply conditioned concepts.

Having said that there persists a colonial mindset of superiority in much of British society. Celtic supporters aren’t immune to Western, social, religious beliefs and concepts.

This is becoming more apparent post-Brexit as British isolationism breeds ever more stale, stagnant and xenophobic incoherence.

Notions of culture, tradition, heritage and ‘tribes’ (CQN) often become bondage. We’re all subject to this.  These concepts, ideas and beliefs create incoherent thinking, we often end up defending positions that we know are flawed.

By going along with mob thinking we end up in conflict, never really knowing peace.

It’s a flaw in the human condition. It permeates ideas about nationality, identity, race, religion, heritage.

The Arab/West dispute, Moslem/Christian and indeed Hun/Tim conflicts are all the result of the same fear based incoherent thinking.

The compulsion to criticise or put a particular culture down often comes from a failure to understand what’s going on. Rooted in a exaggerated survival instinct.

In a word –  Fear.

Fear of irrelevance, fear of isolation, fear of dominance. It’s what motivates the blogger, the politician, the journalist. All rooted in the fear of the one unavoidable thing in life – Death.

The trouble is that this process is concealed from us by incoherent thinking. We continually end up in conflict.

We often read criticisms of Argentinian society (patronised by the term Argies) and fail to realise that Argentina is the product of European colonialism. In a similar fashion to Ireland, the land was cleared, the indigenous population slaughtered and Europeans were ‘planted’ there.

The gifting of the bisht is a gesture of high esteem in Arab society. Similar to the laurel to the ancient Greeks. Anyone who remembers the movie Lawrence of Arabia will remember Lawrence being dressed in Arab clothing after his heroic rescue of an Arab in the Arabian desert.

The Irish Examiner attempted to explain the significance of the concept of the ‘bisht.’

“Far from a ‘shame’, Lionel Messi’s bisht moment was ‘a mark of honour’.

The bisht is a formal robe worn by royalty, dignitaries, grooms on their wedding day, and graduates at graduation ceremonies.

Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani dresses Argentina’s Lionel Messi with traditional Arab bisht ahead of the trophy presentation.

When The Emir, Sheikh Tamim placed a black and gold bisht – a traditional item of clothing worn in the region for special events and celebrations – on Lionel Messi before the Argentina legend was presented with the World Cup,  most watchers did a double take.

Messi did not wear the attire for long, but long enough for some commentators to wonder had it spoiled the 35-year-old’s moment of glory, and whether it was an act of propaganda by Qatari rulers.

“Seems a shame in a way that they’ve covered up Messi in his Argentina shirt,” said BBC host Gary Lineker.

“Something a little strange about Messi being dressed in Bisht, that black cloak that the emir of Qatar dressed him in before lifting the World Cup,” New York Times journalist Tariq Panja tweeted. “Qatar wants this to be its moment as much as it is Messi’s and Argentina’s.”

The Telegraph called it “the bizarre act that ruined the greatest moment in World Cup history” before later toning it down to “Lionel Messi made to wear traditional Arab bisht for World Cup trophy lift.”

Dr Mustafa Baig, a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, explained Monday that the bisht is a formal robe worn by royalty, dignitaries, grooms on their wedding day, and graduates at graduation ceremonies.

“So only a select few people would actually wear the bisht,” he said. “They basically honoured him by putting it over his shoulders. It’s like a mark of honour, and just kind of a cultural welcoming and a cultural acceptance.”

Dr Baig said it is also representative of Qatar’s national dress – but only at important occasions.

“And this is a top occasion. I mean, there’s probably no bigger occasion, so they put it on him as a mark of honour,” he said.

Dr Baig said he saw it as “an embrace by Messi of the local culture”, adding that it was “a pretty cool thing” for Qatar to do and “smart thinking” on their behalf.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), an organisation charged with organisng the World Cup, explained: “It is a dress for an official occasion and worn for celebrations. This was a celebration of Messi,” Al Thawadi told BBC Sport. “The World Cup had the opportunity to showcase to the world our Arab and Muslim culture. This was not about Qatar, it was a regional celebration.

“People from different walks of life were able to come, experience what was happening here and get to understand that we may not see eye to eye on everything, but we can still celebrate together.” ‘Preconceived notions’

“Some are mad because Messi wore a bisht (it was gifted to him; a symbol of appreciation and respect in the Arab culture),” writer and columnist Reem Al-Harmi tweeted. “However, I didn’t see the same level of anger and outrage when racism, Islamophobia, and orientalism was constantly used against the World Cup in Qatar.

“Instead of preconceived notions & judgmental views, turning this beautiful and meaningful photo into something that is not, read about the Arab bisht; its importance, and why/when it’s worn.

“Gifting someone a bisht, shows how significant/respectful they are, that’s Messi today.”

https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/soccer/arid-41031860.html

And for a look at how the issue was viewed from the alternative conceptual position.

“Messi’s honouring with Arab cloak draws ‘racist’ commentary in UK press.”

https://www.newarab.com/news/messi-arab-cloak-draws-racist-commentary-uk-press

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
December 21, 2022 10:07 am

THEGOMBEENMAN et al

The Bisht ceremonial certainly puzzled me,but there was no resistance from Messi. I assume from that that the gesture was explained and agreed on beforehand.

Having said that,I hope it doesn’t catch on for future world cups. Imagine the winning captain in England being ceremonially dressed as a Morris Dancer!

CFC
December 21, 2022 10:16 am

Re the bisht moment.

I suppose you either view it as a respectful “mark of honour” or cynical appropriation “ stealing the moment” by the host nation at the key point in the Winners presentation.

It is the World Cup Not the Qatar Cup.

CFC
December 21, 2022 10:19 am

I suppose it would have been more cynical if they had adorned the full team/ squad.
It was a squad performance we were celebrating after all.

The Gombeen Man
December 21, 2022 10:21 am

BMCUWPS,

I know.

In many ways I enjoy watching two cultures sparring with each other, both concealing all their misdeeds.

It’s been going on for centuries.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve remembered that Crusader that CCB saw and shook his hand in Dublin. It goes back even further than him.

Steer clear of clashing concepts I guess (note to self).

Messi has probably been well schooled in all of this. He was brought to Europe as a child. By the time Barcelona signed Maradona he was already too much of himself to play their game.

It’s pleasing though, that Messi has managed to make peace with Argentina.

I hope you are enjoying being home and see a bit more action tonight than the bhoys did on Saturday.

Trust Scotland to showcase the SPFL before one of the most exciting football games in living memory.

All the best to CCB & family.

Till later.

The Gombeen Man
December 21, 2022 10:29 am

CFC,

I hope you’re well.

Clashing concepts.

A paradox.

Hold onto both I suppose??

– Being played by both?

It’s funny, I’ll often type things and then look at it and ask myself, ‘ Do I really think that?’ Sometimes I’m not too sure.

Enjoying your contributions, they’re always thoughtful and engaging.

Posts often take on a more serious tone in posts. In real life they’re probably just conversations, quickly forgotten.

Must get back to that grindstone.

Chairbhoy
December 21, 2022 10:37 am

CFC @ 7:49 am,

Yes, the trading up is as tricky as it is key to Celtic improving

The Edouard type deal is certainly the way to go, paying good money for a proven young player, in this case a striker, is a solid investment

With the chances this striker gets at Celtic his goal tally improves, he has experience winning leagues and trophies, he has experience playing in Europe, he is coached and conditioned to become a top experienced athlete

This is where the progress will come

AToB @ 9:26 am,

The affection for Kyogo is well placed, his talent and attitude is there for all to see, yet we need those goals, we need someone who holds the line – my hope is there is a place for him in the team and that he sticks around, yet Ange has been more than fair on him – this period between the UCL league games and the Cup games and league run-in has allowed players a certain latitude

That ends January 2nd, we need to start seeing that next level performance as we strive for the domestic treble and get UCL ready

Last season I stated we had over praised our performances as we were looking in terms of what had been achieved since Lawwell and Lenny left, and in such a short time as well

This season we expected consolidation and further improvement – now to a certain extent that has happened, yet as you point out that intensity of the high press and we never stop attitude has waned and performances with it

Of course we are still loving the football, attitude and commitment from all concerned, so it may seem churlish to criticise, yet when Ange took the squad to Wales, what seems an eternity a go, it was said he had a champions league mountain to climb, he has equipped his side extremely well and has set off at a stonking pace, but we can have no let up when we are at the steepest ascent.

Hail Hail

Big Audio Dynamite
December 21, 2022 10:39 am

On the whole Messi robe wearing chat.

It’s part of some Masonic ritual ..check out pics of Masonic robes to see what I mean.

They always get a kick out of showing-telling you the truth.

Big Audio Dynamite
December 21, 2022 10:44 am

On our current strike force.

I love both GG and Kyogo for different reasons, and I’d be doing everything I could to hang on to both in January.

CFC
December 21, 2022 10:58 am

Chairbhoy

Yip, that’s how I see it too, upgrading as best we can – and seeking improvement in defective areas of the team. The striking department needs new stimulus.

B A D – if we found a Moussa or Edouard who complimented the system I’d have no concerns losing either Kyogo or GG. For meIt’s about bettering performances as a whole.

TGM

All well thanks and looking forward to the festive season with family.
Hope you are in similar good spirits.

Appreciate the nod. Your posts have the same impact.

Paradox with a measure of cognitive dissonance thrown in.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
December 21, 2022 11:47 am

SOLKITTS

Not far wrong. I think it was Michael Duberry,former Chelsea defender playing for St Johnstone at the time,who clearly handled in the box-then sat on his haunches with his hand on the ball while the ref ignored it all!

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
December 21, 2022 11:51 am

This isn’t the best piece of video,but the Duberry incidents are about 1’30” in.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
December 21, 2022 11:56 am

IMO,all that Kyogo and G-Mak need to get back on top of their game is a couple of goals. Improving the service to them would be a start.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
December 21, 2022 11:57 am

And maintaining that improvement in service to them would be the next step.

CFC
December 21, 2022 12:03 pm

BMCUW

Taking Saturday’s game as a recent example both were given clear opportunities from good service from the wings and fluffed their lines.
Not for the first time.

Not scapegoating either but if better can be found we immediately improve.

Chairbhoy
December 21, 2022 12:03 pm

The Gombeen Man @ 9:36 am,

The Bisht upset has me at a loss – Messi was draped in the garment as the highest honour

We have come a long way since the Western World hosted the 1936 Olympics and we really should try to put things into perspective

An excellently well thoughtout and delivered World Cup with little overt politics or nationalism on display

A World Cup that truly made football a global game and the nastiest side of football; the hooliganism and gamesmanship minimised as a festival of the beautiful game took place

My expectations weren’t high for the tournament and as soon as that first goal against Qatar was disallowed my worst fears seemed realised but after that, it just went from strength to strength

The western press by managing down our expectations and putting off spectators managed to advance the other world cultures at the games and have the western world looking on in awe as the rest of the world took football to another level

Hail Hail

Angel Gabriel
December 21, 2022 12:13 pm

Mahe . Good article, spot on . I’ve given up on predicting starting 11’s . It’s been a squad game for years. If you have a decent squad that is , and thankfully we do .

TGM .
Thanks for your input, regards the Bisht .
Every day is a school day . HH

The Gombeen Man
December 21, 2022 12:59 pm

Angel Gabriel,

Thanks for that.

The lack of discernment in western coverage wasn’t limited to the UK. Irish coverage on RTÉ also disappointed.

Before the award ceremony on Sunday the presenter on RTÉ told the viewers to watch if the Qatar representative shook the hand of the female member of the match official team.

We were told that on the Saturday after the 3-4th place play-off the Qatari delegate failed to shake hands with a female match official, while shaking the hand of all of the male officials.

The observation clearly failed to acknowledge Islamic Law…

I don’t think the comment was intended to denigrate Qatar but is an example of how well intentioned interventions can backfire.

What we readily accept as simple conventions quite often put folk from different cultures in very difficult positions.

“According to primarily edicts of Islam about women, men are not permitted to touch any part of the body of the women, whether she is Muslim or non-Muslim. Regarding this matter, there are many anecdotes from religious traditions.”

https://www.al-islam.org/some-questions-related-womens-rights-islam-sayyid-rida-husayni-nasab/what-commandment-shaking-hands

The Gombeen Man
December 21, 2022 1:12 pm

Chairbhoy,

Yes, it was a fantastic tournament.

So much partisan media coverage that some actually came across as entitled colonial hypocrites.

(The word Pundit comes from Sanskrit. It originally meant a very knowledgeable individual in spiritual matters.

The word was appropriated into the English language.)

I had a smile to myself when I thought of all the times I’ve seen members of the Royal Family accepting similar gestures and wearing presented items like robes during Royal Tours.

Nothing said by the media moguls of course.

And yet when it comes to the Arabs…and the perceived Third World stepping forward and proving what’s possible.

Other motives at play.

Back to that grindstone.

(I’ll need to be careful with references to the grindstone, given it’s masonic connotations.

I’m waiting for the penny to drop about the significance of the Obelisk in Buenos Aires.)

Till later.

Craig 76
December 21, 2022 1:15 pm

Cheating Beaton for the 2nd with Gollum on VAR, what could go wrong

bada Bing 1
December 21, 2022 1:22 pm

And the compliant Uncle Tom, Collum on VAR, the Dream Team for Sevco

Big Audio Dynamite
December 21, 2022 1:39 pm

TGM, could you elaborate a little about the significance of the obelisk? I had seen it many times before, but I just noticed they removed the tip and placed it elsewhere in the city …the same one?

Prestonpans bhoys
December 21, 2022 1:55 pm

Thought I would go up to Edinburgh for a quick Christmas shopping, stopped of at the Christmas market for a frozen pint. Have a few opposite the railway station before train to Pans and bus to the game.

Nice day oot😱😂🍺🍺🍺

Big Audio Dynamite
December 21, 2022 3:15 pm

Another good article, Mahe

I agree that CCV is an automatic first pick.
I still can’t believe Tottenham let him go so cheaply.
Our defence seem to tighten up as soon as he arrived.
He is already on my list of favourite Celtic players.
If we hold onto any one player over the next few years, I really hope it is Cameron.

Big Audio Dynamite
December 21, 2022 3:19 pm

When Ange stated we’d not had a single bid for any of our players, my very first thought was ..Ahh, maybe that is why Peter is back. Just a thought.

I’ll be glad it we sell no one.

Rebus67
December 21, 2022 3:43 pm

Mahe et al,

I agree that Ange has switched the em-PHA-sis from the first eleven to the squad….a smart move in my view. But there is a lot more to the Ange revolution, and it is a revolution, than squad management. Firstly, he has all of the Celtic teams playing the same system. Secondly, he has placed development at the top of the coaching objectives. So, even established players like Jota are expected to develop with a view to their next move, if they wish to move on. In other words he expects player churn, even welcomes it, as with JJ. Currently, he is mulling over how to develop a pathway to the first team squad from the youths to minimise Ben Doaking.

It is all about systems and not individuals. So, if Edouard wants to leave, he can do it soonest, with either a replacement already in house, or a recruit identified. He is also changing the recruitment process with more emphasis, sorry, em-PHA-sis, on the character of the recruit, not just footballing skills. Happy wife, happy life! Twisting this to Happy squad, happy coach!

All of the above is a total surprise to me! Ange comes across as a belt and braces type of guy. However, he is much more than that…..he is a visionary and an idealist.

The ironic thing is that he is moulding Celtic into a well oiled machine where virtually all parts are replaceable, with the exception of himself. Where would we find another Ange?

All of the above is just my view of what Ange has set out to do. It is not an assessment of whether it will work!

I am, however, convinced that the only hope that Celtic have of moving up a level is grounded in Ange’s approach. The big question mark is his choice of system of play on the field.

Rebus

16 roads
December 21, 2022 3:53 pm

Chalmersbhoy – Donation made.

Thank you chief & well done to all the winners.

HH. 🍀

Big Audio Dynamite
December 21, 2022 4:16 pm

On this day 1963.

Surely one of the stranger days at Parkhead – https://youtu.be/T31tMY5sdwA

Auldheid
December 21, 2022 4:29 pm

TMG

Thanks for the info on the bisht.

I never noticed the event and it was only when my attention was drawn to it on Twiter I was given the opportunity to see what meaning was being given to it by Western Media.

The meaning they gave to Messi and the bisht sounded possible given the western view of Arabs in general is they are a dodgy lot, but then as more information on the meaning given to the bisht as a vestment of honour emerges a more balanced judgement is possible.

Nothing has any meaning except the one given to it and that meaning depends on the judgement of whoever applies the meaning and that judgement can be ill informed.

Fear can come from the meaning that is applied to any event and the media make a living from our readiness to let them do the thinking for those who are hard of thinking or too lazy to think for themselves.

The result of the game tonight is a good example. If Celtic win, fear of losing the title gets parked until the next game. If we drop points then fear of losing the title surfaces and darkens the mood.

The trick is to catch the meaning we give to any event and ask ourselves whatever I think this means could I be wrong?

Auldheid
December 21, 2022 4:43 pm

The SFSA have launched a short survey to identify a club supporter of the year.

https://s-f-s-a.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/sfsa-national-fans-awards-2022

The more who participate the more accurate the result..

Jobo Baldie
December 21, 2022 4:56 pm

Auldheid – have we to vote for our top 3 in no particular order?
SENCELPOTY@GMAIL.COM (after 9.40pmish tonight…. )

Jobo Baldie
December 21, 2022 6:01 pm

Good evening, friends.
So, tonight, please remember 3 things – (1) wrap up warm in waterproof clothing, (2) cheer on The Champions for the full 90+ minutes, and (3) after the final whistle send 3 players’ names to me at SENCELPOTY@GMAIL.COM
Please.

Chairbhoy
December 21, 2022 6:02 pm

Good evening Celts…

Logged into CelticTV and can’t seem to see a ppv option for this evening’s game, anybody subscribed?

Hail Hail

big packy
December 21, 2022 6:02 pm

EVENING ALL and JIM, a few wee quickies to try and get jim smiling, you know when you watch a fantastic movie or a play and you get a warm feeling in the back of your neck, well i used to get a similar feeling while standing in the old jungle, but it wasnt in the back of my neck😎 scouser on holiday in germany goes to the red light disctrict, has a good time with one of the locals, puts his coat on to leave, hey said the woman, what about the marks, 10 out of 10 he said😎

The Gombeen Man
December 21, 2022 6:27 pm

BAD,

Thank-you for the reply.

It’s a game night, so I won’t go on for too long.

Obelisks are found in many cities throughout the world. The symbolism of them is believed to be associated with Freemasonry.

Obelisks data to mysticism from the pre-Christian period in Ancient Egypt and the wider Middle East.

They also have very different connotations in the Islamic world.

More clashing concepts, that it’s better to steer clear of…

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2022/dec/19/drone-captures-sea-of-fans-celebrating-in-buenos-aires-after-argentinas-world-cup-win-video

Other structures of possible interest in Buenos Aires.

FREEMASONRY AND BUENOS AIRES’ MOST IMPORTANT BUILDINGS

https://therealargentina.com/en/freemasonry-and-buenos-aires-most-important-buildings/

Auldheid,

Thanks for the reply.

Pope Francis hasn’t watched television or engaged with any form of personal social media since 1990.

I think he spends a few minutes each day reading an Italian newspaper.

I wonder why??

If we had any idea the extent to which the agendas of others direct our ‘thinking’ we’d all have a fit.

There’s a scene in the movie The Devil Wears Prada, where Meryl Streep says, “Somebody else (a designer) decided years ago, what you’d wear today, even what colour it is.”

The thought we refer to as ‘I’ really is shaped by others.

Even the capacity to ‘judge’ is comprised by conditioning. It’s been Lord Nimmo Smithed.

Whatever costume, religion, philosophy ‘I’ wears, it’s dictated by others and that survival instinct.

The media, education, philosophy, literature, religion dictate what we’ll think and what we’ll do.

That often includes what we value.

If values are linked to necessity many will even ignore the survival instinct.

“Die for the Cause/County.”

That’s why P67 talks about tribalism. If we see being part of the tribe/survival of the tribe as ‘necessary’ we’ll drop virtually any other value.

We’ll keep coming back, 5WA etc,

‘Forgive us we know not what we do.’

– In the personal life, it’s very debatable if there’s a way out of this. No matter what we do.

Enjoy the game.

Frodshambhoy
December 21, 2022 6:41 pm

Abada replaces Maeda
Haksa on the bench

Frodshambhoy
December 21, 2022 6:43 pm

CELTIC: Hart; Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor; McGregor, O’Riley, Hatate; Maeda, Kyogo, Jota

SUBS: Siegrist, Jenz, Giakoumakis, Haksabanovic, Mooy, Turnbull, Maeda, Bernabei, Forrest

Craig 76
December 21, 2022 6:44 pm

Hart
Ralston
Carter Vickers
Starfelt
Taylor
McGregor
O’Riley
Hatate
Abada
Jota
Kyogo

Subs
Siegrist,Jenz,Giakoumakis,Haksabanovic,Moot, Turnbull,Maeda,Bernabei, Forrest

ASWGL
December 21, 2022 6:47 pm
Chairbhoy
December 21, 2022 7:23 pm

Thanks ASWGL,

I’ve got logged on – looking forward to a great performance

COYBIG

HAIL HAIL

Big Audio Dynamite
December 21, 2022 7:33 pm

TGM, thanks for that. Thanks also for the reading …some interesting stuff, mate.

I was just wondering why they chose to cut the top off the one in Buenos Aires ..I’ll keep digging, as I don’t usually buy the official narrative.

As you say though, game night! 🍀🍀