The Back-to-back Bhoys!

It didn’t start great, but it certainly ended that way.
Upon settling down for the game the Tims social media was blowing up regarding gaining access to Tynecastle, ‘do you remember Hillsborough?’ one of the faithful was heard asking during footage of a crush developing at the gates. Many commented it’s usual at that ground, but it certainly doesn’t make it acceptable. Days after the Cup Final fans were kicked in the proverbial nuts, the largest travelling support and spine of the national sport get treated very poorly, again. Those running the show should hang their head in shame, those in positions of power enough to influence this should avoid mirrors, because they shall only see a failure staring back.
 
I felt the 30 minutes time differential between kick-off times regarding the top two clubs to be very odd also. No apparent reason is forthcoming, it’s another example of poor governance.
 
The stadium itself had a good home crowd which surprised me, I previously opined the locals would opt not to witness the true coronation up north, but a combination of sunshine, new manager, bank holiday weekend, plus fighting for that eternal third place spot drew out the natives. Fair enough, and the match itself proved interesting for both sides.
 
The home team opted for eleven brutes, and zero ball boys which was a sad joke. I say brutes and yes that’s an exaggeration, but the men in crimson were visibly bigger than the Hoops, but thankfully they didn’t resort to a purely agricultural approach and actually tried to play some football by attacking in numbers when in possession.
 
They had the better chances of the first half, and were intent on making a proper game of it, I’m happy at that. The more hard fought victories the better as far as I’m concerned. For the first 45 we weren’t at the races though, both teams putting the ball out of play within 40 seconds of kickoff was a sign that this wasn’t to be a high quality affair. For 44 minutes a rugged opponent had their support dreaming of a famous spoiler result, then came the first game changer.
 
At the time I thought the yellow a fair punishment, but upon reflection, the ref had no other choice but to reach for the red.
A player with the ball bearing towards the keeper, entering the box with no attacker between him and the goal,,that’s the very definition of a goal scoring opportunity. Red card, themselves the rules.
Pity the ref couldn’t stick to the ten yards back rule after that, they were six or seven at best.
 
I was immediately reminded of that old football adage that ten men are harder to beat than eleven, but then I had faith knowing the halftime pep-talk or the wave of fresh legs around the hour mark would prove the difference.
Both were true as it happened.
 
I find both goals very fitting,,,Hatate supplying Kyogo for the strikers finish is a prime example why both are very high in the POTY Competition and both could lay claim to being our season MVP.
Mooy providing for Oh is the prime example of the second strings impact, very substantial and hard to deal with for every team in the nation. Those two goals highlight why exactly we are Champions.
 
Much more comprehensive praise shall be dished out at seasons end, but with only one solitary league defeat to date, the Hoops set a relentless pace at the top which was always going to prove insurmountable for any pretenders to the throne, pardon the pun.
That AJ and CCV flew back post injury to be part of the beautiful celebrations warms the soul.
The words spoken post match fill one with op-Tim-ism.
‘Special’ remarked Jota, in a throwback to Henkes famous utterance.
Special indeed, every league title is, but this title affirms we are truly the dominant domestic force under our beloved general, who has the support and players eating out of his hand so to speak.
While that man has his hand on the tiller all shall be fine, one hell of a reassuring feeling.
 
Heading to Ibrox this weekend with the title in hand prevents big-mouth the opportunity of an infamous spoiler result and ego boost, and affords the opportunity to blood some fringe players in a tough game, a ‘playing for pride’ fixture. Its nice that it affords their players and supporters to pay homage to the finest in the land, surely they will celebrate the fact that their beloved ‘Old Firm’ is once again victorious?
As I previously mentioned, I’d start Turnbull and give young Vata a chance, just to show our second string can take them out when called for, one hell of a subliminal message.
 
Following the Hoops these days is an absolute pleasure, the continual evolvement of the team is fascinating, the mystery of how strong we shall become under Ange is exhilarating.
Its a great time to be a Tim, enjoy it to the maximum.
Well done Ange.
Well done Calum.
Well done everyone involved.
Brother Walfrid can be proud.
 
Up The Hoops!
By Mahe
sentinelcelts@gmail.com

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Mahe
May 8, 2023 5:54 am

POTY Competition
sencelpoty@gmail.com

Craig 76
May 8, 2023 6:32 am

Dont forget in all the celebrating that we’re doing that Naismith is a bitter Hun who should have to answer why he impeded Jota on purpose
https://twitter.com/ETimsNet/status/1655343016305913856?s=20

Big Audio Dynamite
May 8, 2023 6:39 am

Morning CHAMPIONS!

With it looking ever more likely Ange will be here long-term, it’s almost impossible to see a way our standards will be allowed to drop off.

That being the case, I just don’t see a way for anyone else to get close to challenging us for the title.

Postecoglou’s here for …??

Big Audio Dynamite
May 8, 2023 6:49 am

Craig, he fucking meant that 100%.

Who can forget his ‘Tackle’ on Broony’s, ahem, tackle.

A sneaky wee hun reprobate!

JimmynotPaul
May 8, 2023 7:30 am

8th May 2004, Celtic 1:0 Rangers.

Chris Sutton scores a superb last second winner to complete the Green and Whitewash. @chris_sutton73

6th consecutive victory over Rangers. https://t.co/WmDBTGy55C

JimmynotPaul
May 8, 2023 7:30 am

8th May 2005, Celtic 2:0 Aberdeen.

Hartson double. @JohnHartson10 https://t.co/8PQf0G2XPa

JimmynotPaul
May 8, 2023 7:30 am

8th May 2016, Celtic beat Aberdeen 3:2 to clinch the title.

Excellent goals from Roberts(2) and Lustig. @patrick7roberts https://t.co/S9SOFayxr8

JimmynotPaul
May 8, 2023 7:36 am

30 years ago today, Partick Thistle 0:1 Celtic.

McAvennie winner. @MaccaFrank https://t.co/GGabNlZQWA

JimmynotPaul
May 8, 2023 7:36 am

8th May 2011, Kilmarnock 0:2 Celtic.

Broony and Commons. @ScottBrown8 https://t.co/had8Retay3

JimmynotPaul
May 8, 2023 7:37 am

8th May 1999, Dunfermline 1:2 Celtic.

Tommy Johnson double. https://t.co/Ykn4fVB9w3

Thetic
May 8, 2023 8:07 am

Following the Hoops ( and SentinelCelts) these days is an absolute pleasure, ….

Jobo Baldie
May 8, 2023 9:07 am

Good morning, friends. Coming to you live from Glasgow Airoprt. Estepona bound! Don’t forget to vote please. Sencelpoty@gmail.com

Andy Pandy 2
May 8, 2023 9:48 am

Not posted for nearly a year, for various reasons, but haven’t stopped reading. Just felt I had to say something after yesterday. Two years ago we were all wondering how bad things were going to be the following season, now we sit here on the cusp of another treble….. remarkable!!!
We have a team who on their day are a joy to watch and a manager who will not settle for anything other than improvement. It is indeed great to be a Tim☘️
To JNP, your picture from yesterday, 6.43pm….beautiful…..you posted it just after a comment from my brother about our dad smiling down on us….nuff said.
HH

JimmynotPaul
May 8, 2023 10:21 am

Andy Pandy 9.48.
Lovely to read a post, from you again.
Yes, although title winning days are joyous, there is always that tinge of reflection and possibly, even sadness, as we remember loved ones no longer with us, who we would have loved to share the moment with. 💚💚
Don’t be a stranger.

Awe Naw
May 8, 2023 10:26 am

Fuxaches just seen the footage of Duk getting an uninvited piggyback from Goldson in the box. No penalty, Not even a foul. Who was on var at mordor?

JimmynotPaul
May 8, 2023 10:35 am

If you missed last night Argentinian derby… River scored a late penalty (not penalty at all) against Boca Juniors and 7 players have been sent off… 🟥⚔️👊

River Plate 1-0 Boca Juniors ⚽️🇦🇷
https://t.co/UosEqboJ57

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
May 8, 2023 10:40 am

AWENAW

I wondered that myself when I saw the clip. I think it was Alan Muir,but not at all sure of that. Beaton was the ref of course.

An incident which would not go unpunished in any other country. In Scotland,there are no sanctions available.

JimmynotPaul
May 8, 2023 10:52 am

With 14 league appearances so far this season, James Forrest qualifies for a 2022-23 league winners medal. Only one player in Celtic’s history has won more league titles with the club.

12: Alec McNair
11: Jimmy McMenemy
11: Bobby Lennox
11: James Forrest
10: Scott Brown

JimmynotPaul
May 8, 2023 10:55 am

Awe Naw. 10.26
Who are the officials?
John Beaton is the referee for the game, and last officiated Aberdeen for their 3-1 victory against Dundee United at Tannadice in early March.

Douglas Ross and Drew Kirkland are the two linesmen with Colin Steven as the fourth official.
Steven Kirkland is on VAR duty and will be assisted by Gary Hilland.

That wee fudd Douglas Ross, the linesman, too.

A Supporter Who Got Lucky
May 8, 2023 11:24 am
Big Audio Dynamite
May 8, 2023 11:32 am

With Callum only being 29 and a model pro, he has a great chance of ending up our most successful player.

Wee Jamsie is a couple of medals ahead of him right now.

Big Audio Dynamite
May 8, 2023 11:36 am
BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
May 8, 2023 11:59 am

JIMMYNOTPAUL

Delighted to hear that James picks up another medal. He will have more than doubled that tally with cup medals too.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
May 8, 2023 12:01 pm

Loving the new background from ASWGL.

👍☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️👍

Bada Bing
May 8, 2023 12:04 pm
Bada Bing
May 8, 2023 12:48 pm

I can’t remember a Celtic squad with the team spirit,and togetherness of this one.

Rebus67
May 8, 2023 1:58 pm

It was a much anticipated day..One that seemed to be coming for weeks. Would Celtic finally seal the title? Hearts have re-booted and are dangerous opponents. Most teams get a boost, short or long term, from the arrival of a new manager. Hearts were no exception.

On paper, the gulf between the two teams was massive so Celtic should prevail, correct? Eventually with the aid of a red card, that turned out to be the case. Those were the facts, Mam, just the facts, as a long forgotten TV cop used to say. The reality was quite different.

The first twenty minutes of the match were dominated by an attacking Hearts team who tested a rejigged Celtic defence. Firstly, new bhoy, Yuki was targeted with high balls lofted at him. He won virtually every header. Secondly, Hearts wide men swung in crosses, either by foot or by throw-in, to test an untried defensive formation. Recall Starfelt had switched position, Ralston had replaced Johnston, and ditto Yuki for CCV. You could see that Starfelt was unsure of either his new role and/or how much he could trust Yuki. The latter is technically very gifted and hopefully will develop better transition play as he relaxes into the side.

During that first half, the thought emerged…..could this team be nervous about the possibility of clinching the title here, and avoiding a monumental task in their next game? It seemed so obvious what had to happen. Hearts had a very high press; we had to by-pass that by balls over the top of it. Unfortunately, there was insufficient calmness to do this and we were hanging in until half time, with our midfield, largely, being over run. Hatate is still working his way back and MOR continues to blow hot and cold, mainly sub zero cold.

Nerves, tension clearly played a part and you could see the relief on many faces when Kyogo skipped the ball into the net. It was the final straw for a rapidly tiring Hearts team. Hearts only hope was to score first and, thus, ramp up the tension. It might have worked had the Celtic gods of football not intervened.

From 67 minutes on, it was a different Celtic team with better movement, one time passing into space. A second goal was both anticipated and almost certain to happen. Oh could not have timed it better, both for his own confidence and for cementing the win.

As Bada has said, this is a very united group of players. Even Abada was encouraged by others to let the post match joy flow. You could see the raw emotions struggling for an out all over Ange’s face. It was relief, joy, and pride in a heady mix. Thousands of kilometres away, those same feelings, were bursting forth in many households. Who said it was only a game, eh!

As the squad took a deserved lap of honour, I was struck by a visual. Here was English, Scottish, Swedish, Japanese, South Korean, Montenegrin lads all cooperating together under an Greek Australian, happy and successful. Surely, this is a good news story for an often sad world.

Rebus

St tams
May 8, 2023 2:04 pm

Rebus67
👏👏

A thing of beauty
May 8, 2023 2:04 pm

Rebus 1:58,
👏👏
Sums up why we are different from other clubs. Our history means we welcome everyone. As Bada said the team spirit is incredible and for such a diverse mix of people. I think we can credit Calmac for that. He runs the dressing room, ably assisted by Hart and Taylor but it’s the captain who has built that togetherness. Did I tell you all I love Callum McGregor 😂😂

timhorton
May 8, 2023 2:55 pm

Rebus67
Excellent comments.

Danny Mac 23
May 8, 2023 3:02 pm

A.T.O.B.

Me too…

Great captain.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
May 8, 2023 3:04 pm

REBUS67

Excellent! I wish you had sent me that for tomorrow’s article-it’s head and shoulders above my effort!

Magua
May 8, 2023 3:33 pm

Mahe

Thanks for that excellent leader.

Rebus67

Brilliant post.

ATOB

Calmac or Paul McStay? 😀

bada bing1

I was thinking that myself. It was just wonderful to see the team celebrate as one. Even those currently injured, and those not getting much game time, we’re giving it big licks.

Hail Hail.

Auldheid
May 8, 2023 4:10 pm

Rebus67
Your match report was remarkably like the game I watched. 🙂

A thing of beauty
May 8, 2023 4:23 pm

Magua,
Paul McStay stands alone as my number one Celtic player. He was a superb midfield player who could do all facets of the game but above all his passing and vision was like nothing I’d seen or have seen since. He also stayed for his whole career when he could and with hindsight should have gone on to a bigger league. As a Celtic supporter I thank him for staying but a bit of me now wishes I’d seen him in his pomp playing in Italy. He’s have been sensational.
Calmac is second in my affections. I love to watch him play and although not in the same class as McStay, he is essential to what Ange has done with this team. I can’t see any other player who could have adapted his game so quickly to make this team tick. He is just an excellent footballer with a football brain to match. Add to the fact that he has built such a good dressing room then he’s number 2 for me.

IniquitousIV
May 8, 2023 4:26 pm

Sol Kitts
What did you think of that Leicester penalty? It looked as if the keeper hit the ball before tripping Vardy up.

IniquitousIV
May 8, 2023 4:32 pm

Fulham demolishing Leicester 5-1 so far.
Sunderland in play offs unless Millwall top Blackburn. 3-3 after 70 minutes.

IniquitousIV
May 8, 2023 4:33 pm

Ntcham scores for Swansea. What a wasted talent he was.

IniquitousIV
May 8, 2023 4:36 pm

McBurnie scores his 14th of the season and will be in the EPL next season. A surprise really, as he is a dumpling.
Shane Duffy coming on for Fulham.

Magua
May 8, 2023 4:37 pm

ATOB

I concur. I was not at the Maestro’s debut for the Celts-a 3-1 win at Pittodrie in 1982-though I was at the Scottish Cup game at the same venue, a short while after. Even at the age of 16, Paul was a fantastic player. My favourite memory of Paul, is from the 2nd half of my favourite game, during the Centenary Season. I refer of course, to that season’s Scottish Cup semi-final against the Jambos. The Maestro was simply outstanding.

Hail Hail.

A thing of beauty
May 8, 2023 4:44 pm

Magua,
Agree about 88 semi final. He refused to be beaten and ran himself into the ground. I was also at that game though would have been too young for the cup game with Aberdeen. You must have a couple of years on me 😜😜

IniquitousIV
May 8, 2023 4:46 pm

If Millwall score one more goal in the last 5 minutes, they will pip Paddy Roberts and Sunderland to play offs.

IniquitousIV
May 8, 2023 4:47 pm

Instead, Millwall lose one!

IniquitousIV
May 8, 2023 4:49 pm

Sunderland look like pipping Blackburn on goal difference.
Shane Duffy badly at fault for Leicester goal. Now 5-3 Fulham

IniquitousIV
May 8, 2023 4:51 pm

Ollie Burke loses out on playoffs, despite scoring for Millwall. Remember him?

IniquitousIV
May 8, 2023 4:54 pm

Millwall were 3-1 up at halftime, and coasting to the EPL playoff position. Now down 3-4. Amazing,
Chilean international Brereton scored 2 goals.

IniquitousIV
May 8, 2023 4:56 pm

Sunderland vs Luton and Middlesbrough vs Coventry in the EPL playoffs.

IniquitousIV
May 8, 2023 5:01 pm

Forest can overtake Leicester and Leeds if they beat Southampton today. Everton could do the same, but they have to beat Brighton away, a tough task.

Magua
May 8, 2023 5:01 pm

ATOB

😀