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“You’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no, you’re in and you’re out, you’re up then you’re down”. I suppose we can add Katy Perry to the list of celebrity Celtic fans, because that songs just made for this season.

 

The corner was turned, we had won four in a row for the first time, there was a buzz about the place and Brendan was smiling again.
Then a nice break, everyone to themselves.
The stage was set to storm the second half of the league season, a heartwarming Cup tie to gently ease back into the swing of things, some squad players out and some quality in to kickstart the restart.
Two trophies to play, a style of play to hone before 8 Champions League games next season.

 

What the hell happened?
The team played crap, the boss looked stressed and ill at ease, the quality hasn’t been signed, even the pitch is unhappy.
To top off a bad day the jeers erupted upon the whistle, and Brendan responds with they are always unhappy, or words to that effect.
Then asks for quality again.

 

Not good on the field nor off it, trends that are emerging with too much regularity to write off as just a bad day. We all know where the off-field blame lies, the manager must shoulder the blame for the onfield displays. A treble winning team entering their prime must move forwards, must progress, yet its not happening. Supported sufficiently from above or not as the case may be, he still needs to coach and motivate the squad he has, work with what I’m given as he said. Well more work is needed Sir!

 

Approximately two months ago we emerged from our previous low point to go on a run, that run continues with 6 wins out of 6, title winning stats, but yet title winning form remains elusive.
There’s no consistency bar pleas for quality and 3 million signings, team selection and substitutions baffle, as do set pieces. After 6 in a row we are getting booed not better!?
While sitting on a fortune, with a head of recruitment not up to the task, a stale board reverting to type, watching dour football on a potato patch,,,yet we only expressed unhappiness because we are always unhappy?

 

A rank statement to match a rank performance and a boardroom that reeks of Old Firmism. The rank-ings are about the only thing holding things together, we blow the league leadership and Tims will blow a gasket, statements and performances like that only exacerbate the situation.

 

February brings a strange fixture set, three away in a row then three at home. The two remaining trophies fully on the line.
The shortest month of the year is make or break time on many levels.
Trophies, the Board, Brendan, Ross Lawell, the Bernardo fee, the extended Champions League and its pot o’ gold, our title rivals hopes,,and more.
Come Thursday there’s 29 days to save our season, to save some people’s jobs, before the fans say enough is enough and decide to save our club.
The smallest month becomes the biggest one yet.

 

By Mahe
sentinelcelts@gmail.com

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Mahe
January 29, 2024 3:35 am

*SENTINEL CELTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2023-24*
*RESULTS FROM GAME #31 CELTIC 1 ROSS COUNTY 0 (A. JOHNSTON)*

Good evening, friends.
Contrary to our form over the previous 4 or 5 games yesterday’s game really was dire and, for me, the poorest performance of the season. A flying start was welcome but failing to score either of our penalties, coupled with bernardo’s squandered chance meant we had a nervous, unentertaining afternoon albeit that we did come away with a deserved 3 points.
Not really much more to say from yesterday but with our wee 3-game away run to come we do need something to reignite our season, and quickly.
We have now played 31 competitive games, enjoying 20 wins, 4 draws and 7 defeats, scoring 64 goals and conceding 30.
My thanks to the 48 who voted this time around. And it game me some consolation to find that no fewer than 16 fellow voters picked the same 3 as me – the top 3 as well!
The total votes cast for each player are as follows, with my own nominations asterisked.

Hart: 5
Johnston, A: 17
Carter-Vickers*: 39
Scales*: 33
Bernabei: 3
McGregor*: 37
O’Riley: 4
Bernardo: 0
Abada: 2
Kyogo: 1
Palma: 0
Nawrocki: 3
Kuhn: 0
Johnston, M: 0
Turnbull: 0

So, Cameron picks up his 4th MOTM award; but the first time he has done so in a winning team! His 3 previous wins were Hibs (A) 0-0, Atletico Madrid (A) 0:6 and Lazio (A) 0-2. See what a 5½ year contract gets you!

And so, the players receiving POINTS for the game against Ross County are –
Carter-Vickers – 5 points
McGregor – 4 points
Scales – 3 points
Johnston, A – 2 points
Hart – 1 point

The overall positions after 31 games played are as follows –
77 – Scales
74 points – O’Riley
52 points – McGregor
38 points – Carter-Vickers
28 points – Palma
22 points – Bernardo and Kyogo
20 points – Oh
18 points – Johnston, A and Maeda
16 points – Yang
13 points – Hart and Taylor
9 points – Johnston M, Nawrocki and Turnbull
6 points – Iwata, Lagerbielke and Ralston
5 points – Hatate
4 points – Bain and Holm
3 points – Forrest
2 points – Abada
0 points – Bernabei, Frame, Haksabanovic, Kelly, Phillips, Starfelt, Tilio, Vata and Welsh

*JANUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH*
The Player Of The Month award is based simply on the total votes received across all games played. January was curtailed with the winter break and saw us take to the field for just the 3 games – St Mirren, Buckie Thistle and Ross County. We won them all 😉.
In 3rd place with 67 votes (from 2 games) is Calum McGregor and the runner up on 117 is Paulo Bernardo. But the winner of January’s player of the month with 132 votes is Matt O’Riley.
So far the monthly winners have been –
August: Kyogo (4 games, 164 votes, average 41)
September: O’Riley (5 games, 259 votes, average 52)
October: Scales (5 games, 243 votes, average 49)
November: Scales (6 games, 191 votes, average 32)
December: McGregor (8 games, 281 votes, average 35)
January: Name (3 games, 132 votes, average 44)

We next travel to Aberdeen for a 12.30pm kick off next Saturday, where a win would see us extend our lead at the top to 8 points. There’s yer incentive!

Hail Hail!

Mahe
January 29, 2024 3:38 am

Good news,folks! We’ve finally stopped the procrastinating and cleared the obstacles,so we can now proudly go ahead with The Sentinel Celts Charity Drive.

The plan is to nominate a charity which we can all donate to as and when each of us have funds available to do so. CHALMERSBHOY has already managed over £200 via the winners of his monthly £10 charity bet from the SC Naps Competition,and will continue to do this. We also have the three big racing festivals at Cheltenham,Aintree and Royal Ascot where we will ask for voluntary donations to enter.

We have had two weeks to nominate our chosen charities,and the lucky winner will be the benefactor of our generosity for the next six months.

From Jan 25-31 I will list the nominated charities,and everyone who contributes to the site can vote on them,with the winner announced on Feb 1st. They are-

MacMillan Cancer Care

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/

The latest additions to the roster are Blood Cancer UK

https://bloodcancer.org.uk/

MS Society Scotland

https://www.mssociety.org.uk/get-involved/fundraise/stop-ms?&utm_campaign=2023M2005_8504&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA75itBhA6EiwAkho9eyEWeKSkxfBsfcFPR09DUwYRIuQZ2PW1jVmcCjsFStJ9t_hTYvgkphoCzPgQAvD_BwE

Scottish Charity Air Ambulance
https://www.scaa.org.uk/

Transverse Myelitis UK

https://www.brainandspine.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/BSF_Transverse-myelitis-A5-booklet.pdf

SCIAF

https://www.sciaf.org.uk/

The Halliday Foundation

https://thehallidayfoundation.org.uk/

St. Margaret’s Hospice

https://smh.org.uk/

Trussell Trust Scotland

https://glasgowse.foodbank.org.uk/

If I have missed any which should be on the list,please let me know! Vote wisely,vote early. But please,vote once and once only.

McCaff
January 29, 2024 7:38 am

As if things weren’t bad enough we’ve now got a THIRD Lawell to deal with! Who the feck is Ross Lawell and whits he daein’!!! 🤔🤣🤣🤣

Just Sayin’
January 29, 2024 8:27 am

McCaff

Pitch maintenance.

Just Sayin’
January 29, 2024 8:32 am

The Lawwells are obviously fifth columnists, subversives out to sabotage CFC by every means possible.
Hiding in plain sight is perfect cover.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 29, 2024 9:04 am

Dear MSP

I am writing to you to ask that you consider supporting the cross party motion that has been raised by Ben Macpherson MSP and detailed at

https://www.parliament.scot/chamber-and-committees/votes-and-motions/S6M-11073

to be taken in the Chamber on Wednesday 31st January.

I believe that Scottish Football is in desperate need of reform and this is a not to be missed opportunity to enhance our national game by having external oversight of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) on the lines of a Regulator as has been proposed in the most recent SFSA Review of the Game.

The Review calls for openness, transparency accountability to replace secrecy and a place for ordinary fans in how our national game is run – details can be reviewed here

https://scottishfsa.org/fans-review/.

In respect of the SFSA Fans Review of What Scottish football needs (Item 14 on Page 15) that states

14 Achieve a root and branch reform of the governance of the game, with a remodelled SFA and a democratic means of working for the SPFL

I would like to draw your attention to three areas of concern that support the need for the Scottish Government to support and then pursue further action on the Enhancing Scottish Football motion.

Cost of SFA misgovernance to the Tax Payer.

1 . The SFA are the same establishment along with the SPL whose gross mishandling of the Rangers 2012 financial crash set up a series of nightmarish future scenarios that along with tax evaded by the unlawful use of EBTS have cost Scottish/UK Taxpayers around an estimated £100 Million. As a taxpayer, I believe the Scottish Government has a responsibility to taxpayers to ensure this cannot happen again by introducing a Regulator whose job is to ensure that the SFA operates as it should not only for football but also in respect of its wider responsibility to the community of Scotland.

Restoring Sporting Integrity Lost to Scottish Football in 2012.

2 The SFA is the establishment that was party to the secret 5-Way Agreement undermining the integrity that football requires to be a sport. A secret agreement that UEFA never saw and appears to conflict with UEFA rules designed to protect the integrity of UEFA competitions.

Surrender of SFA Power to Govern.

3. The SFA are the same establishment that, in May 2020, abandoned their own ‘Judicial Panel Disciplinary Tribunal’ looking at a possible breach of UEFA Rules in 2011 regarding overdue payables to HMRC. This is where the SFA lost all authority to be governors of Scottish football when they dropped their own disciplinary process and chose not to involve the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS) to restore sporting justice to our game.

I look forward to seeing you back this important motion.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 29, 2024 9:05 am

Template letter for everyone to send to their MSP by Jan 31st,above.

The Gombeen Man
January 29, 2024 9:12 am

Not many folk are aware but the Captain of the Titanic was related to a Lawwell by marriage. Charlie Lawwell was the executive at Decca who rejected the Beatles.

The Lawwells were originally tobacco lords and made a fortune from the slave trade and plantations.

Neville Lawwell declared ‘peace in our time.’ Margaret Lawwell was elected as PM in 1979. Her nephew David Cameron-Lawwell organised the Brexit vote.

Benjamin Lawwell was behind the establishment of the Israeli state. Stalin’s wife, Senga was a Lawwell.

It was a Lawwell that led the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Lawwells were behind the introduction of the Eurovision song contest. Michelle Mone is a Lawwell.

King Billy was a second cousin of the Lawwells.

George Soros changed his name from George Lawwell.

And of course, it’s a known fact that Donald Trump is the head of the Lawwell international crime syndicate.

Ross Lawell is the worst of the lot.

An absolute swine of a man.

Big Audio Dynamite
January 29, 2024 9:21 am

The Gombeen man,

😁

Billy Bhoy
January 29, 2024 9:36 am

The Gombeen man

Fukin knew itl

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 29, 2024 9:40 am

MAHE

Another fine article,summing up Saturday very well indeed. However,

“February brings a strange fixture set, three away in a row then three at home.”

is no quite true. Three away matches followed by home-away-home.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 29, 2024 9:45 am

THEGOMBEENMAN

You have pointed out often enough the importance of perception when people form judgements. From my knowledge of how Celtic supporters of my acquaintance,here and elsewhere,are judging the poor transfer windows since summer 2022,there is a direct correlation to be drawn via the arrival of both Lawwells.

Few of us believe in coincidence,and if it walks like a duck,etc?

A Thing Of Beauty
January 29, 2024 10:18 am

TGM,
Fair do’s that was funny but it shouldn’t mask the fact that he should not be anywhere near our football club. Yesterday’s man and if you read the excoriating article from James Forrest the IQ linked, he quite clearly details why Lawell’s lack of foresight and ambition held us back even then. A flat track bully cracking jokes as the Huns appeared in the rear view mirror. Took his leave when they overtook us, then came back only for them to reappear in the rear view mirror again. And he’s still cracking the same jokes. Any defence of how he is running our football club is for the birds. We literally have so much money we dont know what to do with it. That reflects the make up of the board and as they are all his acquaintances or friends then I feel well within my right to blame him. We won’t move forward until he’s gone.

SteveNaive
January 29, 2024 10:29 am

ATOB

Good post but I feel some other patsy would just take his place.
Needs a sea change of direction which presented itself during/ just after Covid.
We got Ange but with his hands tied.
I’m tired if reading about the importance of this season relative to to the ‘pot of gold ‘
You think anything will change ?
By the by, Hearts game was worse !

Awe Naw
January 29, 2024 10:29 am

Martin “The slow lane” O Neill
Gordon “backed away from doing transfers as he “signed too many bad players” ” Strachan — for Celtic only and when it´s your son’s time it’s your son’s time..well worth it for Daddy mind you.
Tony “spent all of our Fortune on one player” Mowbary
Neil “you sold all my best players and replaced them with shite one’s ” Lennon
Ronnie “The job was too big for me” Deila
Brendan ” “We’ve got a million wingers, we don’t need another one” Rodgers
Neil “you now know how it works pass the Vosene” Lennon
Ange “4 year shelf life for an OF manager” Postecoglou GIRFUY
Brendan “I´m here to take Celtic further in Europe, I´m here for quality, I´m here to sell quality so that we can make space for projects” Rodgers

And the great Desmendo has been oblivious to all of these shenanigans these last 20 years, the poor unsuspecting witless fella, not because he prioritizes the share price over standard of football but because he, Brendan and Peter “jaws” Lawwell don´t own a smart phone. The communication issue has finally been identified. Those mobile contracts and phones are a bit pricey mind you.

The three main men in the year of our lord 2024 still have to meet up in person in an expensive ski chalet for a clandestine meeting on an international playboy resort with Dermot stroking his pussy. Lets hope that Brendan packed his tri-colour parachute so that he can make a quick and safe get away .

I wonder what the age demographic of the Celtic support is. That must be short term wise a real assurance and long term wise frightening

Share price is holding up.

SteveNaive
January 29, 2024 10:39 am

Lost in the fog of despair…. Kuhn ?
Do we still have the receipt ?

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 29, 2024 10:54 am

STEVENAIVE

The state of NHS dentistry in this country,he could be out with toothache for the duration of his contract.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 29, 2024 10:55 am

AWENAW,ATHINGOFBEAUTY

Not missing and hitting the wall there,folks. Well said.

St tams
January 29, 2024 11:06 am

As much as I agree that the 2 Lawwells should be chased .
As a club we will not progress , until Desmond is gone.
The major shareholder decades who our manager is going to be, wtf is that all about.
We have no plan as a club . We need gutted from the very top , right down to the coaches of the youth players.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Brendan walked whether we win the league or not and don’t be surprised if they bring Lennon back .

McCaff
January 29, 2024 11:10 am

St Tam’s…I’ll be surprised if Lenny comes back but I’m just waiting on the news that Brendan’s done a moonlight flit!

McCaff
January 29, 2024 11:18 am

…and I hope he doesn’t sign the Omerta Agreement when he goes!!

St tams
January 29, 2024 11:19 am

McCaff
This is one fan who won’t be back at Celtic Park if he is.

Leggy
January 29, 2024 11:30 am

Morning all,

Hope it’s a big week for singings 🤞🤞🤞

Nah me neither…….

Ps
Does anyone play the Wordle game daily ??

Great word today 😉😉😉

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 29, 2024 11:32 am

LEGGY

Got it in four. Ya spawny git!

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 29, 2024 11:34 am

ST TAMS

Due to so many shareholders not exercising their voting rights,he is effectively the powerbroker.

Shameful abuse of his position.

McCaff
January 29, 2024 11:36 am

Wordle..got it in 3! Have you tried Quordle?

Leggy
January 29, 2024 11:46 am

McCaff,

Tried it, but too hard for ma wee pea brain 😂😂

McCaff
January 29, 2024 12:05 pm

I thought so, Leggy! 🤪🤣🤣🤣

McCaff
January 29, 2024 12:07 pm

You spend too much time in the boozer wi BRRB…killing all those brain cells!! 🤣🤣🤣

The Gombeen Man
January 29, 2024 12:16 pm

BMCWPS,

Yep,

Lord Lucan was a Lawwell. That’s a fact.

Ian Paisley was a third cousin. Pastor Jack was the illegitimate child of Pedro’s uncle.

– Treble Winners, Financially secure. Top of the league.

– Sack the board.

– Then what.

We are in a position other clubs can only dream of.

Unfortunately the fear driven herd mentality seems to be at play. The Rainjurs are coming.

Transfer market hyperinflated. Agents running the show.

Why follow past failed policies that led to near bankruptcy and share issues .

Why not borrow a couple of hundred million? Fix the infrastructure, buy a couple of players and pay a US Equity firm outrageous interest.

That’s what other clubs are doing.

We are behaving like entitled brats.

Signings branded as ‘dross’ or ‘hopeless’ before a ball is kicked.

How much do you think we need to spend this window?

Was Ange the only guy signing players in his first windows?

– Who found Jota or CCV or Matt. JJ? Or Alistair Johnson?

The first two were loans. Paid for in Ange’s second season.

Maybe he did find them all?

The financial landscape has changed even since Ange’s arrival.

FSR is cranking up. Clubs will cheat but I’d suggest we won’t. There were a couple of exceptional one-off items in last year’s accounts that inflated turnover.

CL money isn’t guaranteed.

We’ve increased costs by extending deals and upping salary levels.

We probably average out income over five years or so, excluding Covid and will work off an average revenue figure when working out expenditure levels.

Welcome to sustainability and regulated football.

Where is the evidence that a big spend on the oven ready type player during a transfer window is the success we think it is?

Sure there will be examples but there will be plenty of failures.

It’s a media/agent created frenzy with limited evidence that it’s successful. It tends to unbalance squads and creates anxiety.

Jim Whyte’s sickly yellow tie is running the show in some Celtic supporters heads.

So far, very little activity across football this window.

Brendan has stated that he’s happy with the organisation of scouting etc.

– I thought Kühn inadvertently spoke about delays with his transfer, I’ve no idea why.

The fact that all of our main guys (more or less) have signed extensions is a positive. It also reveals that players want to provide certainty of income as the transfer market adjusts to economic reality.
Contrary to the narrative on blogs we are not a selling club.

Aye, spend whatever it takes at the top of the market.

Some Celtic blogs do more to undermine the club than the BBC and MSSM ever did. Agendas. Poor research. Personal attacks. Misleading analysis.

I’ve looked at a lot of clubs and it appears that the preferred model is a neutral spend on transfers with revenue spent on wages and bonuses.

A big net spend doesn’t necessarily produce better results if you have the right coach and coaching system.

I’ve no idea what’s happening at Celtic but the improved results at Ibrox creates widespread fear. The danger there is short-term thinking and long term issues.

Klopp’s interview last week was an eye opener. He stated that he started talking about leaving last November when he sat down at Liverpool to talk about targets for next season and training camps.

That’s how far we should be thinking ahead. Brendan said something similar when asked about transfers last week. He’s thinking longer-term. If he doesn’t get who he wants now, he’d rather wait.

The spending model that operated at Leicester is gone, it failed.

Brendan has to adjust.

I think we’d all like experience to augment or younger players.

We are going through a transition of style and the type of player the manager ideally wants. It just depends what’s out there and available at our price range.

Deals are often complicated involving numerous factors, clubs and agents.

Supporters want immediate results but successful transition takes time our, performances remain inconsistent, they are a concern. We can’t change the whole 1st eleven overnight. 

I watched Callum’s interview before the game on Saturday. It didn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

We’ve a new coach just started from Leicester. I think Brendan has tried to be more positive. He has very high standards. I think it’s difficult for some.

The game is moving into a new phase.

It seems the average supporter just won’t be satisfied until we’ve spent and borrowed our way to the debtor’s court.

Having said all that, fingers crossed that a couple of deals happen. Personally, I can’t wait until this window closes. These things have become about as riveting as a General Election campaign.

I get a kick out of every Celtic success.

It seems some only get a kick out of kicking Celtic.

Callum’s interview:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=gtrKsIak8D4&si=rFW6uHhTCL0HrD-Q

Back to the grindstone at Lawwell and Desmond Inc.😉

Óglach
January 29, 2024 12:31 pm

Jota to West Ham now – allegedly🤔

“Positive discussions are currently underway between the two clubs, and there is optimism that a comprehensive agreement can be achieved. Presently, Jota is awaiting approval to travel to the UK for a medical examination.”

INIQUITOUS IV
January 29, 2024 12:44 pm

Leggy
Morning all,

Hope it’s a big week for singings 🤞🤞🤞
———————————-
Hi Leggy,
Well, you could be right. Sevco have signed another one. Cortes, a Colombian winger who cost £4M a year ago. Is that 4 signings now?
Meanwhile, at Celtic Park, tumbleweed blowing around the car park.
HH
Iniquitous IV

16 roads
January 29, 2024 12:47 pm

The summer transfer window was an unmitigated disaster, and an expensive one at that.

£17-18million down the swanee.

A blind man can see that the recruitment department is dysfunctional.

Perhaps it’s best we they don’t sign anyone else during this window, save money at least.

HH.🍀

16 roads
January 29, 2024 12:51 pm

We all know what their sole objective is – buy players on the cheap,then try to sell them at a profit.

Celtic football club isn’t eBay.

McCaff
January 29, 2024 1:10 pm

TGM…a lot of good points but my main take away from it is regarding expectation or entitlement.
I think we’re correct to expect Celtic to invest in the team to the degree that we see year on year improvement. That doesn’t mean we’re entitled to it or any success that comes from it but I think the least we can expect from the Club is a plan that clearly displays how progress can be achieved.
Over the years we haven’t done it and that is a source of frustration for me. I understand that players and managers are transient but with good operating systems in place the structure should be robust enough to handle changes to personnel. That hasn’t happened. Nor have we built an experienced squad to progress us in Europe – our record in the last 20 years is rotten. We could go back a lot further but I’m preferring to deal with the post-McCann era.
I don’t advocate spending £70 mill to win the league this season but I don’t think it should be beyond the PLC to have ongoing investment in facilities, Youth/Wummins’ Team Development and First Team ready recruits season on season whilst development projects are being made ready.
So expectation or entitlement? You decide!

Bigrailroadblues
January 29, 2024 1:28 pm

McCaff 12.07
An outrageous slur. My lawyer shall be in touch when he is released from Pentonville.

Awe Naw
January 29, 2024 1:45 pm

TGM

are you a Celtic shareholder ?

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 29, 2024 2:05 pm

THEGOMBEENMAN

“I get a kick out of every Celtic success.

It seems some only get a kick out of kicking Celtic.”

Bang out of order there,mate. A blind man could see the improvement in methods and in results between us cutting our ties with Lawwell and welcoming them back as a double act.

And the resultant falling off a cliff since.

Like I said,perception. Or coincidence or walks like I duck. I don’t care either or which,but he was a disaster in terms of our on-field performances first time around as we went from Bayern celebrating a draw like they’d just won the trophy to being regularly humiliated by dross.

Because we were worse!

Sold our best and replaced them with shite,as has been said. Cost us BR Mk I at the peak of his powers due to a pissing competition between him and Petrie-and from spite at BR for stealing his thunder.

Took more money from the club than any employee-EVER-while income stagnated during record inflationary times in the game.

I could go on,but you get my drift.

Our very valid concerns voiced regularly on here and elsewhere are no less valid because you decide to make some flippant and irrelevant comparisons from over three centuries ago. You are better than that as I know.

JimDom
January 29, 2024 2:20 pm

First class Mahe. You are reading the room, even from a considerable distance away.

March 1994 to March 2004. 10 years in the life of a 136 year old Celtic. But what a 10 years. Family dynasties chucked out into the Glasgow rain, Fergus, and associates, into the building. Demolish 75% of the building and construct awesome new Parkheid. Stop R1angers 10IAR, a treble for the first time since The Lions. An unforgettable run to a European final. End the 10 years by knocking Barcelona out of Europe, in their own Nou Camp. That was proper fun. Didn’t sleep a wink after that Boavista semi final. Talk about adrenaline !

And then the Desmond / Lawwell era began.

The focus shifted completely. Let’s stick with domestic fun, plan to stay ahead of R1angers and R2angers. All that stadium modernisation and European fun needs to stop. It will only result in, well, just look at what happened to R1angers . Expectation management. Profit, dividend, bonus. Steady as she goes, that’s how sensible PLC’s operate. We need a humongous cash reserve for planned future failure.

We are entitled to considerably more than we currently get from these collective bunch of charlatans. That is our money that is in the bank, for our fun and maybe just a smidgen of an adrenaline rush.

Entitled to the expectation of buying the best we can afford, entitled to watching our football being played on a quality playing surface, not a field as BR called it.

For 20 years we have been told there is no other way. Garbage, utter garbage.

The Gombeen Man
January 29, 2024 2:23 pm

McCaff,

Thanks for the reply.

Yes you are entitled to all of that. Without going into too much detail. The game is broken.

I really don’t think there’s an appreciation of how corrupt things are.

What Brendan might see as a first team ready player and what’s realistically within our price range/available/ willing to sign are possibly two different things.

Sure we could do business with some of the crowds in the articles below. Sure we might do better in the CL. Make third spot and and fight our way through the EL but at what cost?

Maybe it’s time to make a decision?

Do we prefer sustainability? Or do we leverage up?

The first article outlines the type of thing that’s been going on in English football.

The others concern a couple of clubs talked about on here.

When we are in the market for players, these are the types we are dealing with.

I’m not saying we get everything right… infrastructure/youth…But if we go down the road that leads to more short-term success in the current climate.

It will end in tears.

As it currently stand we appear to know where our money came from and where it’s spent.

How a convicted criminal can buy a famous English football club | Investigation | Al Jazeera
https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/8/10/how-convicted-criminal-can-buy-famous-english-football-club-launder-money

Ajax

https://nltimes.nl/2023/09/24/ajax-fire-director-football-sven-mislintat-amid-scandal-poor-performance

Benfica

https://m.allfootballapp.com/news/La-Liga/Portuguese-club-Benfica-being-investigated-for-MATCH-FIXING/3001201

I see West Ham are mentioned re-Jota. On their Board is a guy called Daniel Křetínský. He mopped up much of the power grid in the Czech Republic.

Big shareholder in the Royal Mail and Sainsbury’s Buying up blue chip companies across Europe.

Kretinsky, 47, a former investment bank lawyer who built one of Europe’s largest energy groups, Energeticky a Prumyslovy Holding (EPH), has been diversifying into retail, media and other areas. His net worth stands at $9.7 billion, according to Forbes 24 Apr 2023

The power company owned by the Czech billionaire Daniel Křetínský has been ordered to pay £23m after the energy watchdog found that it unfairly demanded excessive payments for one of the UK’s biggest power stations, increasing customers’ energy bills.

Guardian 13 Oct 2023.

I would be surprised if he’s a front.

Back to work.

INIQUITOUS IV
January 29, 2024 2:24 pm

“Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers still believes the club can sign a player that can make a difference to his first team as the transfer deadline approaches.” (The Times print edition)
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Funny how FOUR players of quality, ( high quality I presume ) with pace, power and physicality, is slowly whittled down to ONE before the window closes.

INIQUITOUS IV
January 29, 2024 2:28 pm

Jordan reach Asian Cup quarter final after beating Iraq 3-2 with 2 goals in injury time.

Margaret McGill
January 29, 2024 2:37 pm

TGM
You forgot Adolf Lawwell invaded Poland
And all the Lawwells through history responsible for weapons of mass delusion

weefra
January 29, 2024 2:38 pm

Good afternoon all. HH

16 roads
January 29, 2024 2:41 pm

Both the manager and the support think the summer signings are dross btw.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 29, 2024 2:46 pm

WEEFRA

Marvellous wee conversation today,absolutely delighted at you getting the all-clear from the clinic!

Big shock for you being summonsed to the cardiology unit,but getting pass marks had you walking on air when I phoned you.

Me anaw,mate. Great stuff.

HH

16 roads
January 29, 2024 3:01 pm

Not one of them will start in the first team, once everyone is healthy, and the players on international duty return.

And they’ve all had their chances to shine.

Marco Tilio excepted – didn’t start a single game for whatever reason.

Total waste of money.

HH.🍀

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 29, 2024 3:01 pm

JIMDOM

Great post,thanks!

INIQUITOUS IV
January 29, 2024 3:21 pm

JIMDOM
BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
JIMDOM

Great post, thanks!
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I second that remark. Very succinctly put, and hit the nail on the head.
HH
Iniquitous IV😊

Prestonpans bhoys
January 29, 2024 3:29 pm

JimDom@2:20

Well said 👏👏👏