Job done

Celtic and The Rangers both won, there was controversy, VAR problems, I guess you could say it was a typical weekend for Scottish football.
 
Getting to a final is becoming typical for our team, though we should never take this for granted, final appearances are hard earned, and so it proved on Saturday. It was all about the result, winning the battle on the field, and the mission was successfully executed.
 
It was no thrashing by any means, but I’ll take that type of victory in a semi everytime if necessary. Especially on that potato field, what a disgrace for a national stadium.
 
Sometimes being made to sweat out the result makes the win even sweeter, well it was for me, and grinding out results improves team morale, something which can always grow.
 
I feel two factors helped propel the famous Glasgow Celtic towards the final, Maeda and the subs.
 
Daizen has improved, he spoke highly of his coaching not long ago, got together with his countrymen recently for a prolonged spell, and has returned with a bang.
We knew he had an engine that would shame the Duracell bunny, but his finishing and first touch were lacking.
He’s clearly worked hard on those aspects of his game, and it’s reaping dividends for the team and man himself.
Pats on the back all around, and though I highly rate Hacksabanovic the man in the rich vein of form must continue to start games and terrorize defenses from the left wing.
 
After his excellent contribution the subs went and sealed the game, the final move being strung together by three men who came off the bench, Turnbull to Forrest and G-Mak, who was in the right place at the right time for a one touch finish which is no surprise considering that’s what he does.
He finishes moves, whereas Kyogo tends to be involved in the move then attacking dangerous areas.
Natural finishers are hard to come by, Scott MacDonald might have been the last one before the big Greek, so I would be deeply disappointed to lose the options he offers, but until he moves I will enjoy him.
But not always.
Within minutes of scoring he then provides a heart attack moment.
 
Which leads me to the match officials over the entire weekend.
I predicted they would behave somewhat, with the eyes of the nation focused, big meeting about them coming up, and that prediction was half correct.
 
For the disallowed Maeda goal the referee rightfully listened to upstairs, handing off responsibility. Pictures emerge which show Kyogo in an offside position coming back to receive the ball, so I can understand the final call and why it was overturned. We can’t ask for better VAR and complain when a legitimate call is made against us, just one of those things, shrug and get on with it, which we did. The whistler himself is innocent here, after all it wasn’t his call, not words I usually type in regards to Collum.
 
He again turned to VAR for the controversial penalty shout near the very end of the game, shirking responsibility which is fine. I’ll be honest and admit I’m stunned a penalty wasn’t awarded. When two players close together race for a breaking ball, legs might get tangled, thats natural and not a clear cut sign of intent to bring down your opponent.
Gripping them around the chest, propelling them forward, and tangling the legs, is a different kettle of fish.

 

The big lovable eejit could have cost the team on this occasion, but he gives a lot more than he costs and besides it wasn’t called.
Which is strange,,it’s handed the VAR team an easy enough decision on a silver platter, yet they turned it down?
Showing Celtic do get favourable decisions before the big confab?
Internal pressure for an ‘Old Firm Final’ to maximize income for the Hampden suits?
A bit of both in my humble opinion.
For the record I think Collum himself did a decent job on the day, he clearly likes throwing any big decision elsewhere, and if VAR is working as it should I have no complaints about that manner of refereeing.
VAR itself got pass marks given it worked the whole game, I can comprehend the rationale behind the disallowed goal, and they checked the big calls which reassures me the penalty shout wasn’t clear cut therefore not given. No complaints here.
 
If VAR is working as it should, which at Hampden isn’t a given. When placed alongside the pitch issues, it was a very poor weekend for every suit involved and an indictment of Hampdens inability to administer.
 
Video Assisted Refereeing wasn’t there when needed on Sunday having failed for a spell.
This was communicated to the three match officials who must then accept added responsibility as the only arbitraters available, and they failed in their duty, maybe not their cause.
Left to their own devices not one but two potentially game changing calls are ignored. The handball in the buildup to the goal is as relevant as Kyogos offside in chalking off a Celtic goal, and Kent’s punch.
While G-Maks in the box challenge was a call, the punch was a card, and there’s only one colour it can be.

 
Not looking at the ball, arm clearly aiming for his opponents head, it should have meant a ten on ten extra time for added spiciness but with Nick Walsh in full control it was never going to be called.
 
Given the significant role played by VAR on Saturday, I believe it’s correct to state it’s loss heavily impacted the outcome of the second semifinal, and will also impact future fixtures if the aggressor isn’t banned.
 
The necessity for technology was very clearly highlighted on Sunday. Big decisions need taken out of referees hands full stop, that’s where VAR can truly help the sport grow into something better, a cleaner game with little controversy.
 
Scottish football had one aim, two games with officialdom out of the headlines, and proved incapable of the task.
This PGB/IFAB intervention is very timely and fully necessary.
May it be the death knell for current standards. The national sport is screaming out for different leadership and a different direction, whether it knows it or not.
Mickey mouse or clean house?
It’s decision time and the weekend shenanigans should help force that decision.
Adults in the room por favor.
 
Well done Ange, well done Celtic. We live to fight another day. We got the job done.
If only others would do theirs.
 
By Mahe
sentinelcelts@gmail.com

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CFC

A bizarre and nonsensical last 48 hours culminating in the inevitable swipe at Celtic supporters by the ever earnest, tireless campaigner.

The main protagonists have allowed the Id, the ego and the superego to run rampant and the critical and moralising faculties on show say a lot.
Raw nerves have been touched, personal issues brought to light and a lot of hurt it appears.
In my view the scapegoating of TLR does not reflect well on judgements being made.
His contributions can be controversial, ( he and I have fallen out and back in again.) but are not worthy of a ban.

The final straw being a hasty reaction to a fairly innocuous exchange regarding whether another blogger was once a Hun?!? Jeez oh. Who cares.
( I defended TLR by offering my opinion in that meaningless discussion.)

As for the offence taken by Auldheid( whose efforts I support), presenting oneself as the voice of reason in Board dealings is fine, but others are entitled to challenge that narrative.
The virtuous manner adopted can come across as pontificating.

Hopefully sense returns, TLR returns and we all give peace a chance!

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends. MOTM results out after my cornflakes and coffee 😉

maccargo

If Kent gets punished retrospectively (I know, I know!) would he miss the final or upcoming league matches?

Prestonpans bhoys

maccargo

Next game

Big Audio Dynamite

CFC, Auldheid ONLY JUST stopped short of calling the man crazy!
To keep calling another man paranoid and delusional is very sinister.
To then call him a liar and say he was spreading poison, with zero proof, is just downright nasty.
As far as I’m concerned, the credibility of the blog has plummeted through the floor.
TLR told us on many occasions that he was having a terrible time lately …is this how we treat fellow Tims who maybe are a bit different to the norm? (Whatever tf that is) and may need our support?
Not one single word has been said to Auldheid about HIS behaviour …not a word!
And yet, the abused get banned …that sit right with you, mate?

Wtf happened to us?

maccargo

Prestonpans bhoys

Cheers, makes it more likely he’ll get pulled up for it then.

Madmitch

LCSF — Nature played its part.
The playing surface was horrible / the weather was terrible.
They were great levellers regarding talent / effort / reward — and Killie nearly got lucky.

Seem to have been a well researched plan — Ludge MIB’s desire to let the game flow in one direction means that they could kick / hack / stamp with little thought of punishment.

Ludge MIB’s desire to restrict / remove our high intensity press means that Killie could flop at every opportunity to gain free kicks / relief.

WC is a long term associate member of Ludge MIB.

They seem to have cooked up a cunning plan to audit every time we put the ball in the net to try and find an issue in the build up so that our goals can be chalked off — just a case that their efforts are very much focused on us / their decision making process is forced / partial / slanted plus they seem to be very flexible regarding how far back the will go to check for issues.

GG is becoming a bit of a liability — Bambi on ice when he comes on / trying too hard in the wrong areas.
Defence still needs work — CS looked shaky at times and AB is struggling to settle / grow into his new responsibilities.

Some great play nevertheless but we still need to improve our game regarding finishing and being more direct in the box.

Jobo Baldie

*SENTINEL CELTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2022-23*
RESULTS FROM GAME #30 – CELTIC 2 KILMARNOCK 0 (MAEDA, GIAKOUMAKIS)

Good morning, friends.
What’s that old cliché about semi finals rarely being great games? Over the 90 minutes there were several really good interchanges and decent moves from Celtic but very few clear cut chances created. Nevertheless, we were clearly the better team and thoroughly deserved to progress to the final of this season’s League Cup.
The absolutely horrendous weather conditions obviously played their part and I also thought that the pitch was in pretty poor condition for such a high profile showpiece game. Following a wonderful assist from Lafferty’s Size 14 Orange clown boots, Daizen scored our opener. And late into stoppage time a move involving Forrest, Turnbull and Giakoumakis, 3 of Ange’s subs, put our nerves to rest.
Watching on TV and in an effort to discipline myself I had decided that I’d delay my first beer until we went 2 up. Half time came and went. On 50 minutes when Hatate ‘scored’ I went through to the fridge, returning with a bottle and bottle opener in hand only to see that the linesman had flagged for offside. A tense wait for VAR didn’t produce the desired outcome and so I put the unopened bottle down on the table and resumed my TV watch.
10 minutes later and a fantastic move saw Maeda score his 2nd and with confidence I snapped the lid off the bottle of Arran Blonde no less and began to pour. But wait – Kyogo’s left toenail meant it was offside again and so I had to be true to my promise, staring at my perfectly poured beer for another 35 minutes until Gio finally gave me the green light!

Domestically we have now played 24, winning 22, drawing 1 and losing just 1. We have scored 75 and conceded 17.

As for the voting, my thanks to the 62 who emailed me with their 3 nominations. It turned out to be the closest run thing for some time with it all coming down to this morning’s last few emails. The total votes cast for each player with my own choices asterisked are as follows –
Hart*: 25
Juranovic: 17
Carter-Vickers: 19
Starfelt: 1
Bernabei: 0
McGregor: 16
Hatate: 10
Mooy: 47
Jota*: 2
Kyogo: 0
Maeda*: 48

Abada: 0
Giakoumakis: 1
O’Riley: 0
Forrest: 0
Turnbull: 0

And so the players receiving POINTS for the game against Kilmarnock are –
Maeda – 5 pts (congratulations, Daizen, on your first Man Of The Match)
Mooy – 4 pts
Hart – 3 pts
Carter-Vickers – 2 pts
Juranovic – 1 pt

And after 30 games the overall standings are as shown below –
65 points – Hatate
47 points – Carter-Vickers
38 points – Taylor
34 points – Jota
28 points – McGregor, Mooy and O’Riley
23 points – Abada
22 points – Jenz
20 points – Kyogo
18 points – Maeda
15 points – Haksabanovic
13 points – Giakoumakis, Juranovic and Starfelt
10 points – Ralston
9 points – Bernabei and Welsh
8 points – Forrest
7 points – Hart
6 points – Johnston
5 points – Turnbull
0 points – Abildgaard, McCarthy, Siegrist and Vata

And we move quickly on as our next fixture is only 2 more sleeps away. A home league game on Wednesday evening against St Mirren with a 7.45pm kick off.
Hail Hail!

CFC

B A D

Doesn’t sit right with me at all.
That’s why I’m calling for sense to break out and TLR to return.
I felt BMCUW’s take on things very one sided and the Hun blogger nonsense a diversion.
Auldheid does seem to get a lot more leeway on this, his proselytising can be tedious and I can see why it gets under others skin.

The response over the last 48 hours from those willing to comment has clearly affected the health of the blog.

Madmitch

QP — I still think that the Fridge Magnet is on manoeuvre’s.
QP into the SPL — worth a watching.

If they make it where will they play — Hampden is a quagmire.

Lesser Hampden — too small for SPL crowds.
Cathkin Park — leftfield for the memories?
Shawfield — to get his tanks that bit closer to his target’s lawn?

Auldheid

CFC

I have no objection whatsoever to opinions offered.

I was challenging them on blog and if you look back you will see TLR and I had reached and understanding after a spat.

End of story.

It was then taking my views to another blog via a link someone posted that misrepresented my position that I objected to..

I responded on that blog with no out cry.there..

I regret posting what I said there here now and I cannot recall why I did, but the responses where my feelings of being wronged were dismissed and I am asked to justify them , which took over the blog, was a bit of an eye opener.

If I come across as pontificatimg then it’s not my intent but I cannot be responsible for meanings others apply.

Any how as I said it’s been an eye opener just how much the good will extended towards me over the years taking Res12 forward seems to have evaporated when I tried to build on what I saw as some admission of wrong doing towards Celtic shareholldrs in the offer Celtics new CEO made to recompense legal costs , has triggered the feelings of hurt events in 2012 have caused, events which I have done much to expose but were not addressed by the support.

Healing that hurt is what matters most to me and I offered an avenue to it via forgiveness as a healing strategy.

I think the misunderstanding of what that kind of forgiveness entails has been part of the problem, so I’ll stop mentioning the word again after I have uploaded a presentation of the process for anyone who wants to explore to read.

After I post a link to the upload no more pontificating from me and if anyone wants to ask questions further they can e mail me via SC. rather than hog the blog.

DMC . It would be good to catch up once I’m home. Your response really helped me identify the issues at play.

Big Audio Dynamite

CFC, You are, quite clearly, a good man.
Zero proof of wrongdoing on TLR’s part .. yet he’s banned?
And now, less than 24hrs later, the idea we should just move on (Why do we keep hearing this, eh?!) has started.
I absolutely love Tims that can think for themselves …and TLR certainly does that.
That seems to me to be the problem, he was getting a little too close to exposing what has really been going on.
Looks to me like TLR had to be silenced …one way to do that is to question the man’s mental capacity …shocking!
At least one here has gotten a bit carried away by their online persona …
I’m not a fan of banning, but if I was banning anyone, it wouldn’t have been TLR!

Remember when we were proud that we stood up to injustice?

Madmitch

Ah @ 10.07

What are your New Year’s resolutions?
Do they involve sackcloth and ashes plus walking barefoot in rags from G40 to Thorntonhall via Mount Florida?

Legal cost refund — you would appear to be a very cheap date.
To me — our board is lazy / low ability outfit with an unhealthy desire to cling on to the status quo at all costs.

Not good.

SteveNaive

MadMitch

Post at 9.44 on the game was spot on.

Auldheid

CFC
A bizarre and nonsensical last 48 hours culminating in the inevitable swipe at Celtic supporters by the ever earnest, tireless campaigner.

The main protagonists have allowed the Id, the ego and the superego to run rampant and the critical and moralising faculties on show say a lot.
Raw nerves have been touched, personal issues brought to light and a lot of hurt it appears.
In my view the scapegoating of TLR does not reflect well on judgements being made.
His contributions can be controversial, ( he and I have fallen out and back in again.) but are not worthy of a ban.

The final straw being a hasty reaction to a fairly innocuous exchange regarding whether another blogger was once a Hun?!? Jeez oh. Who cares.
( I defended TLR by offering my opinion in that meaningless discussion.)

As for the offence taken by Auldheid( whose efforts I support), presenting oneself as the voice of reason in Board dealings is fine, but others are entitled to challenge that narrative.
The virtuous manner adopted can come across as pontificating.

Hopefully sense returns, TLR returns and we all give peace a chance!

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CFC

I have no objection whatsoever to opinions being offered.

I was challenging them on blog and if you look back you will see TLR and I had reached what I thought was an understanding after a spat which was just me expressing my opinion.

End of story.

It was for me but taking my views to another blog via a link someone posted that misrepresented my position is what I objected to.

I responded on that blog with no outcry there.

I regret posting what I said there to SC now and I cannot recall why I did, but the responses where my feelings of being wronged were dismissed and I judged , which took over the blog, was a bit of an eye opener.

If I come across as pontificating then it’s not my intent but I cannot be responsible for meanings others apply.

Any how as I said it’s been an eye opener just how much the good will extended towards me over the years taking Res12 forward seems to have evaporated when I tried to build on what I saw as some admission of wrong doing towards Celtic shareholders in the offer Celtics new CEO made to recompense legal costs. This has triggered the feelings of hurt the events in 2012 have caused, events which I have done much to expose but were not addressed by the support at large.

Healing that hurt from 2012 is what matters most to me and I offered an avenue to it via forgiveness as a healing strategy.

I think the misunderstanding of what that kind of forgiveness entails has been part of the problem, so I’ll stop mentioning the word again after this comment. I have uploaded a presentation of the forgiveness process for anyone who wants to explore it as a way out of the hurt caused by the wrong done by Rangers from 2000 and Celtic’s response to it in 2012.

This is the link to what I hope is an easy-to-follow Powerpoint Presentation of the whole process.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1eYKLceQIl-B96XOhVQ-I3_vt-3nDGqX3zRg9KvmlbKI/edit?usp=sharing

and if anyone wants to ask further questions etc they can e mail me via SC. rather than hog the blog because healing the hurt is important to me and SC is no longer the place to try to do it because of a wrong perception I have somehow became a representative of The Board.

DMC . It would be good to catch up once I’m home. Your response regarding forgiveness really helped me identify the issues at play.

Auldheid

Big Audio Dynamite
CFC, You are, quite clearly, a good man.
Zero proof of wrongdoing on TLR’s part .. yet he’s banned?
And now, less than 24hrs later, the idea we should just move on (Why do we keep hearing this, eh?!) has started.
I absolutely love Tims that can think for themselves …and TLR certainly does that.
That seems to me to be the problem, he was getting a little too close to exposing what has really been going on.
Looks to me like TLR had to be silenced …one way to do that is to question the man’s mental capacity …shocking!
At least one here has gotten a bit carried away by their online persona …
I’m not a fan of banning, but if I was banning anyone, it wouldn’t have been TLR!

Remember when we were proud that we stood up to injustice?
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You will have to take the reason for banning TLR up with the blog hosts.

End of.

Big Audio Dynamite

Auldheid, end of? How convenient.

So, absolutely no proof for YOUR accusations, no?

Question a man’s mental capabilities then just move on uncensored? Hmmmm! Good for you, eh?

Attacking a man’s character because he prefers to make his own mind up about things …shameful.

I wouldn’t trust you as far as I could throw you.

We allowed to say that to you?

Ps, the ban will stand regardless of anything I say…but this is now the 6th time you’ve been ASKED to back up your assertion that TLR is spreading poison …Still waiting!

Jobo Baldie

As I suspected at the time (and said so) I’m not sure that BMCUWs idea to update this separate thread with opinions on VAR issues would work as I’m pretty much alone over there, save 3 or 4 posts from others. But anyway, my latest thoughts are here. Aff oot! https://sentinelcelts.com/2022/12/17/var-the-season-of-dishonest-mistakes/#comment-257396

Leggy

Afternoon all,

Back to the football talk.

I would like to see Kobayashi start alongside CCV on Wednesday to see what he is made of ??

Would also like to see Kyogo and GG together up front but I think that won’t happen ( Ange prefers 1 striker and who am I to disagree).

Anyway, a wee reminder that the EK Mini Hoot is this Friday in Barocco,( Formerly Legends) EK Village, from Noon onwards.

EK train station is a 5 minute walk and EK Bus Station is 10 minutes away. If anyone wants any further info, let me know. Look forward to seeing old and hopefully new faces there.

HH 🍀🍀🍀

Chalmersbhoy

Leggy
See you there about 1pm.
Regarding arriving by bus,would you not be better getting off at St.Brides chapel and walking straight down to village.(5 mins).

St tams

Jobo, great stuff with POTY info.
Interesting to see that , not for the first time this season.
Kyogo received no points.
If we could mix Kyogo , who is a very intelligent player with the scoring instinct of GG, we would have a great centre .

Auldheid

Bad

Nothing I could say would satisfy you view and it appears to be the blogs wish I cease engaging.

If you want answers to reasonS for banning TLR. e mail BMCU for them.

Either do that or stop asking me to explain myself to you.

Leggy

Chalmersbhoy,

Looking forward to it 👍

Re buses, I said Bus Station, making it easier for folk.

The 6 from Glasgow comes to EK the other way 👍

Jobo Baldie

Leggy, I hope to make an appearance on Friday but itll be 3.30 at the earliest. Is it just the main lounge area or do you have exclusive use for the password protected secret downstairs room? Asking for myself.

The Star Above The Crest

In my view the real reason for VAR isn’t to help referees or to make the game fairer. I believe the reason it’s been introduced is so that (in time) adverts will be shown during checks. “The referee is going to the VAR monitor to check that incident. Here’s a word from our sponsors”

Leggy

Jobo,

Upstairs only, but you never know 😜😜

CFC

B A D

Not so sure about good ! But I try😀
Just trying to advocate a sense of justice to a situation that shouldn’t have resulted in TLR’s banishment.

Hopefully the blog isn’t negatively impacted, although it feels a different place today.

Nothing wrong with feisty exchanges but perhaps a lesson should be learned on all sides. A bit of calm and perhaps a return to healthy discussion and debate by ALL valued contributors.

Big Audio Dynamite

Auldheid,

Question a man’s mental health then ask everyone just to move on? Lower than low!
Why not just back up your words? Should be simple enough for you to just PROVE TLR was spreading poison …but you cant, can you?
At least we know the real you now, eh?
The mask always slips eventually.
And btw, I’d rather hear the reasons YOU are NOT banned!
Asking for proof of things?, thought that would be right up your alley …just not when you are the one asked for proof, eh?

Frodshambhoy

St tams
If we could mix Kyogo , who is a very intelligent player with the scoring instinct of GG, we would have a great centre .
===========================
Play both of them. Bingo
Easy this management lark.

Big Audio Dynamite

CFC, the person who caused all this is still posting.
Until that wrong is righted, the blog will never regain its credibility.
Calling into question the mental health of a man who confessed to us he was struggling, is absolutely scumbag behaviour, and should be called out by every right-minded person.
If this had happened while we were all stood in a pub, Auldheid would have been told he wasn’t welcome in our company again.

Btw, it’s clear to me you have a good heart …that matters to me, mate 👍

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

BIGAUDIODYNAMITE.

Personal attacks are not allowed.

Big Audio Dynamite

Bobby, personal attacks aren’t allowed? Where have you been?

But don’t worry, out of respect for the real tims on here …gotcha!

Rebus67

Does Scottish football need an independent regulator? One has been proposed for English football as a result of a fan led review headed by Tracy Crouch, former sports minister. Indications are that the (English) Government supports the concept of an independent regulator.

The fan led review was sparked by financial pressures brought on by covid restrictions but those were only the triggers for long standing concerns from the English pyramid. These concerns include financial regulation of clubs, parachute payments for clubs regulated from the EPL, and the gap in revenues between the bottom clubs in the EPL and those pushing for promotion from the Championship. Also included in the review are concerns over the suitability of ownership of clubs. Perhaps the most interesting recommendation of the review is the suggestion that ‘shadow boards’ be created consisting of fans. Whilst it is not specific on details of how these boards would either be formed, or work, it does highlight the issue that greater fan involvement needs to be FORMALISED within the game. An independent regulator would oversee change in those areas.

It is certainly true that there are vast differences between the English game and ours……TV money ensures that….but there are overlapping concerns. These include the sustainability of clubs, particularly those in the lower leagues, and the gap between clubs in the SPL and those aspiring to be promoted out of the championship. Perhaps, the overarching common concern is the financial regulation of clubs.

IMHO, the Scottish game needs a burst of innovation and I see no evidence of capability from the existing structures. Is it time for a Crouch type review that includes consideration of both the appointment of an independent regulator and his/her duties? Do we have to wait to see what happens in England?

Rebus

Rebus67

BAD,

So who are the real TIMS on here? How does a body qualify?

Rebus

CFC

B A D

👍🏻 Appreciated.

The Star Above The Crest

Rebus

I would say Scottish Football needs an independent review and for the people who run it to be chased. The SFA have performed abysmally at almost every level for as long as I can remember. The National Team have qualified for 1 tournament since 1998 and have performed dreadfully in every one in my lifetime. The National stadium is a soulless dump and it seems there are the same complaints about the pitch whether that’s from a gig being hosted the week before a big game or the weather causing it to cut up. They oversaw a decade (at least) of industrial level cheating from their favoured club to the point they went bust then went through unimaginable contortions to convince us all we needed a strong version of the bastard ibrox club. The referees they are responsible for are ‘incompetent’ to the point they no longer get selected for Champions League or international fixtures. I struggle to think of 1 area where they have performed adequately never mind excelled. So it’s my view they need to go, every single person who has been associated with them in the last 20 years, and replaced. By who, I don’t know but they almost certainly couldn’t be any worse than the people currently involved.

Rebus67

The Star,

I would struggle to disagree with a single word of your post, so I won’t.

I also smiled at your assessment of the ulterior motive behind VAR. it made me remember one trip to a Glasgow public washroom, back in the days when they were show pieces(no pun intended!) As I was standing there doing my business, eyes straight ahead in case I caused offence, someone had posted a notice saying, “This space could sell for you!”

Rebus

Auldheid

The Star Above The Crest
Rebus

I would say Scottish Football needs an independent review and for the people who run it to be chased. The SFA have performed abysmally at almost every level for as long as I can remember. The National Team have qualified for 1 tournament since 1998 and have performed dreadfully in every one in my lifetime. The National stadium is a soulless dump and it seems there are the same complaints about the pitch whether that’s from a gig being hosted the week before a big game or the weather causing it to cut up. They oversaw a decade (at least) of industrial level cheating from their favoured club to the point they went bust then went through unimaginable contortions to convince us all we needed a strong version of the bastard ibrox club. The referees they are responsible for are ‘incompetent’ to the point they no longer get selected for Champions League or international fixtures. I struggle to think of 1 area where they have performed adequately never mind excelled. So it’s my view they need to go, every single person who has been associated with them in the last 20 years, and replaced. By who, I don’t know but they almost certainly couldn’t be any worse than the people currently involved.

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I totally agree and an opportunity to bring that about in the coming year will present itself and the support needs to get organised toi grab it.

There is backing for the approach at Holyrood and from Scottish football Supporters from every club via SFSA .

The Tracey Crouch Review will present that opportunity and if you are unaware of it you can find out more from the narrative and links with this Phil Mac Giolla Bain blog and if you want to read something I’ve already prepared for ALL the Celtic support to get behind please get in touch by e mail.

https://philmacgiollabhain.ie/2023/01/06/the-value-of-outsiders-on-planet-fitba/#more-28635

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, so THE LEOPARDS RIMSHOT is still banned, sad really, wore his heart on his sleeve ,AULDHEID if your lurking, remember the old saying it takes two to tango, you were both arguing the toss, listen please e=mail bobby or mahe and ask for TLR to be allowed to post again on the provision you dont get involved with each other , if TLR posts you scroll past, if you post, the TLR scrolls past ,its easy, FFS we are all tims on here, life is too short for arguing, another true story.hh

The Star Above The Crest

Rebus

And those spaces now sell something for someone

The Star Above The Crest

Auldheid

I’d be interested in having a read at that. If it’s OK/allowed I’m happy for you to get my email from Bobby or Mahe, only if that’s not too much bother. Thanks.

Bigrailroadblues

Good evening all from the Victoria Bar. I hope you are all hale and hearty.

bada bing1

G Mak to Japanese team for €4 million seemingly

Auldheid

BMCUW

Can you send me the Star’s e mail see below. Thanks.

The Star Above The Crest
Auldheid

I’d be interested in having a read at that. If it’s OK/allowed I’m happy for you to get my email from Bobby or Mahe, only if that’s not too much bother. Thanks.

Prestonpans bhoys

Bada

Yes I’ve pulled this from videocelts, a very odd decision if true.

Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Celtic have agreed a €4m package to sell Giorgos Giakoumakis to Urawa Red Diamonds of the J-League.

Big Audio Dynamite

Rebus, the kind of Tims who support other Tims in their time of need.
The club was based on charity, the idea we are a family and help each other.
Questioning a man’s mental health is not my idea of cool.
I don’t know what age you are, but I was brought up to think being a Celtic fan meant something …we stood up for things!

I will concede this – “Real Tims” was a stupid way of putting it.
That ok? Apologies if you took me literally 👍

Big Audio Dynamite

BP, can’t think of a single reason that can’t happen …it should.
Thanks for being the voice of reason.
HH

Big Audio Dynamite

CFC, anytime 👍

Rebus67

If a fan led review is to happen then funding has to be found from somewhere, otherwise it is a pipe dream.

The report of the English study appears on a government website, suggesting that the minister of sport provided the funds, but that is guess work on my part. Would Sports Scotland be a possible source? Much of their remit seems to be encouraging personal sporting activities. Although they run training centres for professional coaching, which might suggest they are an appropriate vehicle. Funding from existing Scottish governance organisations would be subject to suggestions of interference. Remember that justice not only needs to be done, but it needs to be seen to be done. Besides these organisations have had plenty of time to sort out the game with poor outcomes.

The English study had two/three aspects to its methodology. First were personal interviews with fans and fans’ associations, next were invited submissions, and then there was an online survey that lasted for a mere 2 weeks. The latter yielded around 21,000 replies. In my view this survey needs editing so it cannot just be regarded as an off the peg solution.

This is not a project that could or should be driven by one or a few clubs. It represents an opportunity for an organisation such as the SFSA to leave its mark on the Scottish game, but, IMHO, it also requires an independent figure head to chair it. He or she needs to be the product champion and must not be associated with either of the big two clubs.

This is too big a project for one individual to devise, and manage. Think of the difficulty of organising a survey of our fanbase, far less one across the professional game.

If there is an opportunity for this to happen, where are the details, Auldheid? There is no point in duplicating efforts.

Rebus

big packy

BAD/ CFC ,enjoy your posts, sometimes things need to be said, and myself and wee joan are saying them, if mick or steve wants to ban me for speaking out so be it. another true story.hh