Never A Dull Moment

Morning,all.

There’s never a dull moment watching our team these days,but not for the reasons we had become used to,and not for reasons we enjoy either. That’s three league matches since we returned from the winter break and it’s as though we are still in hibernation. 

Those three matches have come against teams who are struggling,and every one of them has already sacked a manager this season. And we have managed four goals in total,two of them coming from the penalty spot last night. And two deflections!

Thank the Lord that Adam Idah has balls of steel!!!

Not once have we been remotely impressive in these games. Not once have we looked even remotely confident in our ability or our game plan. And every time,we have allowed the opposition to take control and grasp the game by the scruff of the neck. 

Our forwards are misfiring-or would be,if they actually got into positions to misfire in the first place. Our midfield is lacking in creativity and bite,meaning they aren’t getting the ball forward to feed the attack nor defending our back line. Which after only a few minutes due to an injury to AJ,consisted of Ralston,Welsh,Scales and Bernabei. 

I mean,WTF?

We started well enough,just as we did at the weekend in Aberdeen. We even scored from a penalty following an assault on AJ which saw him out cold before he hit the ground and stretchered off after a long delay. Long delays can be fatal for a penalty taker,who has too much time to overthink a straightforward proposition. Not so for our recent loan signing Idah. He calmly strode forward and stroked it home,sending Marshall the wrong way. 

(Strange to think that it is only a few weeks till the 20th anniversary of The Alamo when Marshall and John Kennedy repelled the mass ranks at the Nou Camp.)

Neither team created much in the rest of the first 45 and we headed into the break with a lead from an underwhelming display so far. Unbelievably,that was as good as it got all night until approaching added time. Hibs scored the equaliser from a superb edge of the area strike-shooting from distance,it will never catch on-and looked the side more likely to score throughout the half. Putting on the rest of our subs hadn’t improved us at all-I think,if anything,we actually got worse-though first Idah then Kyogo should have scored with the only real chance we created from open play all night. Apart from the offsides of course,of which there were too many. 

Then the late drama as Kyogo was nailed late,on the edge of the box while getting the shot away. That Walsh ignored it was no great surprise. That came when Dallas in the VAR room told him to consult the pitchside monitor. Again it was delayed while treatment to Kyogo continued,but our Man Of Steel Baws repeated his earlier trick by putting us in front. 

To be brutally honest,it was more than we deserved. Joe Hart had a few important stops which kept us in the game,while Bernabei had by far his best display for us and was probably our MOTM. I’ll say no more. 

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 12:02 am

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February 8, 2024 12:03 am

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St tams
February 8, 2024 12:20 am

Just home from Easter Rd. Now that that tough.
I take it ,we were as poor on the telly as we were in the flesh.
I know most are critising Brendan for the side to side football ,but surely the wingers in particular have to take some responsibility and make things happen.
Maeda, Kuhn and Abada were all pish.
I said to my son at the game that Armstrong of Kilmarnock, is a better winger than all 3.
Bernabei had a decent second half but wouldn’t go as far as mom.
I will put home in my top 3 though. With Welsh and Idah.
Things can only get better , as they say. They need to .
🍀🍀

Billy Bhoy
February 8, 2024 12:23 am

On Saturday Hibs lost 3-0 to St. Mirren.
They had 6 shots and 1 on target.
Tonight they had 12 shots and 4 on target!

We’re fucked!
🏳️

That’s a white flag above.

We’re not winning the league. Sevco punt endless crosses into the box and shoot endlessly from outside the box hoping for a 50/50 break – which invariably come. We do neither. We pass the ball endessly hoping that the opposition fall asleep through boredom.

Unfortunately for BR it’s only the Celtic fans watching that fall asleep.

BTW when Hatate comes back I can’t see a starting place for Calmac. He’s been a passenger all season and since the turn of the year he has been anonymous.

His post match interviews just confirm his ineffectiveness. He’s just repeating his stream of consciousness pish – like his manager.

I expect BR to be off whether we win the league or not.

He reminds me of me in 2016 when I accepted a package to leave my employer after 40 years but had to wait 6 months to get my pay off.
He won’t be here next season.

His last few interviews suggest that he is already lining up his next job and I suspect that this time next season he will be taking on Stevie G in the Saudi Arabia League.

You heard it here first.

Mahe
February 8, 2024 12:31 am

Holy guacamole!

I commented once at the very start of the game, haven’t read back, I wanted to share my thoughts then scroll back to see if they align with anyone else’s opinion.

Teamsheet, happy. Changes show intent, something I’ve asked for.
Strong bench, more on that later.

First couple minutes go by and we are attacking, a good sign.
Then you see the penalty in slow motion and I thought what to fuck were you doing son?
Those words would become a recurring theme.

One up, 30 minutes in, we were the better passing side, but couldn’t do anything with the ball. Over the top looked to be the main tactic, yet that’s meat and drink for a deep lying large defense. We fluff about, the final third a continual let down.
Either Kuhn is anonymous, Maeda can’t control, or their central defenders easily handle the floater to Idah.
But having the majority of the ball and better players I wasn’t worried up until 30.

They came alive having weathered no storm, and started getting men forward with intent.
Around the 30 mark came a very dangerous knee high ball which Liam thankfully deflected. From then our flaws were fully on show.

Whether an underhit corner or pass, a run too soon, no run made when one should have, just general poor decisions all around really.
Sloopy in possession, wasteful and looking clueless.
But we had the goal, the halftime whistleblows and its into the break,,Im looking for a reaction of sorts.

They did, came out of the blocks fast and furious,,attacking away without thrust.
And then Stephen Welsh does almost the same and headbutts the rear of the skull instead of the side in AJs case.
I’m looking at him walking off blinking with a blank stare and thinking surely that’s Nawrocki on?
It took ten minutes, and he made 3 big mistakes in those 10,,,no harm to the lad but he shouldn’t have been on the field.

Their goal when it came was no surprise, having missed several good opportunities. A good strong shot from the edge of the box. I gave a rye smile,,along with that earlier low cross Liam just prevented becoming a goal,,,these were the type of goals we should be scoring not conceding.

At one each away with a partisan crowd and opponents up for it, that’s when the tough get going as the going got tough.
Not so. Their sub outshone any of ours, the lad was brilliant.
Brendan turned to the bench,,rightfully because they are a big strong outfit who are bound to get tired after an hour,,so I felt the benches favored Celtic with pacy players available to attack tired legs.
That’s exactly what happened, only Kyogos burst of pace brought the lazy tackle in their box.

Then it was Hotel California time,,this could be heaven or this could be hell. If he had missed,,,,But he didn’t and we live to fight another day.

I was looking for positives tonight, and here goes.
Those players tried, they wanted to win.
The mistakes and wrong decisions aside, they want to win. They are attacking, it’s just that it rarely pays off as the the wrong form of attack imo.
The errors I speak of might be down to nervousness, lack of confidence or want of responsibility. You know yourself, when the world hits you its not just a single blow but a multitude. Then you gotta roll with the punches as the old song said. Bad times aren’t permanent, being top of the league still in your bad times is a position many clubs would covet.
It was a brand new side, those chaps had never played together before,,and if it’s a sloppy win now then so be it, but one day those poor touches become nice touches. They must be.
This was Idahs dream opportunity, and smarter play would have brought a hat-trick.
If he had another month of starts under his belt it would be a hat-trick I reckon.
He’s up for it, great news for a quiet dressing room.

But tonight was not the first time I’ve looked at the midfield and thought there’s your problem. I thought they were collectively rotten. Matt and Bernardo much too similar and the Captain invisible.
How many deficiencies did Reo cover?
Matt drifts left, Paolo central, which leaves Callum alone at the base, and he isn’t suited there.
Hand on heart, I’d have an Iwata or Holm inserted into the middle until Reo returns.
Drop Bernardo for one game, bring him in the next by dropping Matt. Let them fight it out.

Abada was woeful, I mean terrible. Which brings me to Bernabei. I’m watching him that first 30 saying he’s a total Angeball player, he was mostly good but those occasional bloopers will cost very big at a certain level. At one stage he went up the left flank as the play was behind him!? Liam bailed him out, covering his area.

Liam isn’t the best, but I’m reminded of the old MON statement that he would accept a less skilful player with the correct attitude rather than the other way around,,,that’s Scales.

With the score tied I watched Palma, Kyogo, Idah all spurn chances, and along with the sloppy play in general side to myself they don’t know what they are doing yet, exemplified by Maeda passing the ball straight out of the park.
Our lucks out, our touch has deserted us, tactics are crap, we deserve a draw I was saying to myself.

Around the 90 minute mark some intricate passing to foot around the edge of their box creates the winner. I’m left thinking, there’s what scores goals Brendan, forget the rest and look at that. Kyogo was moving onto a beautiful cutback, it was a foul, it was a pen, it was a gamechanger on the night, but it should be a gamechanger in general.
We can’t cross, Idah scored two pens.
We can play through balls as we’ve witnessed it before,,,we need to go back to basics I reckon.
When the big man is playing cross fast and high, when the wee man is playing its into space or low to feet.
That lesson is now Brendan’s to learn, teach them wingers to cross the ball or come inside, depending on the central target.
Idah scored 2, gives us another string to our bow, but needs tailored to. That didn’t happen tonight. This team don’t want to hold possession, they want to be unleashed, probably our best chance of retaining the title.
When this team is ‘off the leash’ I’d much rather Kyogo up top.

A late penalty masks our deficiencies, that wasn’t a title winning team I watched tonight.

Just Sayin’
February 8, 2024 12:43 am

B b

The consensus amongst our gang of 8 tonight was we struggle on, succeed or fail in May,
and BR leaving would be no great loss cos the quality of football is gash. With no obvious signs of “elite” coaching evident.

The whole crew look like they’re going through the motions/ phoning it in – coaches, manager, captain( MIA) and ( trench)foot soldiers.

The whole operation needs overhaul.
I’d guess £70m worth.

Paucity of performance reflecting poverty of quality or is it vice versa?

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 12:52 am

JUSTSAYIN

“Paucity of performance reflecting poverty of quality or is it vice versa?”

I reckon it is a paucity of confidence and of form. Our players are better than they have shown in the last three games. But they should remember that they are only as good as their last performance-and their next one.

The signs are not encouraging.

Magua
February 8, 2024 1:35 am

Imagine if you will, that you are going into your work every day. You have a proven record of managing the successful team under you, and are determined to achieve every success that you can. Now imagine that there is a fly in the ointment. A certain spiteful, deceitful executive above you, who is totally incompetent in his role, but who thinks that he is the bee’s knees, and tries to undermine you and your team at every opportunity. Not only that. He is actively working on behalf of a rival company. A company that would gladly bury you, if they could. He has signed up to an agreement, that allows this rival company a free rein to behave as they wish, without regard to moral or legal laws.

Would any of us consider this a safe, happy working environment?

Big Packy

Hope you and Joan are well.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 1:39 am

MAGUA

Wise words,indeed. Though absolute nonsense,of course-according to “those in the know.”

Hashadenought
February 8, 2024 5:47 am

CCB

Yogi v Huns mid sixties League Cup Final???

Jobo Baldie
February 8, 2024 6:37 am

Good morning friends.
If we are going to make a habit of winning by just the odd goal then give me a last minute winner anyday (2-1 Hibs) rather than an early goal (1-0 Ross County). But that’s just for those who are only interested in the result. I expect to be entertained when I sit in front of the TV or take my place in the stands and there’s not been too much of that in 2024. So far…
SENCELPOTY@GMAIL.COM

Craig 76
February 8, 2024 6:41 am

As iniquitous iv said, if the ball rebounded no way any of our players get to it, sloppy or confident we would score. ball is struck at 11 seconds and not 1 of our players ready to attack any rebound

https://x.com/JimGreenan/status/1755359759283171343?s=20

Craig 76
February 8, 2024 6:47 am

Strong is the morphine 😀
https://x.com/KierenKerr/status/1755352927848296749?s=20

Yoda CSC 🍀🍀

Madmitch
February 8, 2024 7:24 am

JS @ 12.43

The dogs in the G40 streets know that football / the SPL is secondary this to the ego wrestling that we now have to endure.

Our squad attitude can be very poor due to the SPL vibe that haunts us — we are so far ahead that we usually don’t even have to try to win a game.

This season is even worse and the squad know it.

Ego wrestling is the only game in town at P/head just now.

The Jan window confirmed what most already knew — PL is gunning to get rid of BR.

Big Audio Dynamite
February 8, 2024 7:36 am

Craig, good to see Ally is ok.

👍

JimDom
February 8, 2024 7:59 am

Given the passive acceptance that Brendan displays as yet another shambolic performance unfolded in front of him, I’m guessing that he has already decided to resume his sabbatical after the last ball has been kicked.

Didn’t get what he wanted in either the summer or winter windows, so his second coming is a bogey. Likely to end in a whimper, not a bang.

You get what you plan for, Europa League here we come.

Celtic: A Self Harming PLC Like No Other

Big Audio Dynamite
February 8, 2024 8:03 am

Brendan was brought back just to take part in some sort of knob swinging contest? Yeah, ok!
I refuse to believe anyone conscious could buy that nonsense.
Imo there’s only one question to ponder – Was the team stripped of quality on purpose.

Glasgow Celtic’s back four last night was ..

Ralston, Welsh, Scales and Bernabei.

Like the lead up to the 10, you would need to be trying really hard to arrive at that situation.

We have 3 decent players …3!! One is out injured and the other 2 are totally out of form ..with one possibly having his head turned.

Large squad …over £70m in the bank …and Glasgow Celtic have ONLY 3 good players! …3!!!!! Hmmmm!

Why -when we really should be streets ahead – do we find ourselves in a dog fight for one of the most important titles in my lifetime?? Looks like a power greater than our board want Scottish football more competitive ..what other answer makes more sense?

Is Brendan just this year’s patsy?

Jimtim
February 8, 2024 9:47 am

Can’t argue with one word of that mick . Our midfield has plenty talent ,but not an ounce of bottle , oh how we miss broonie , our midfield trio were very poor . It seems We don’t have a winger who can take on a man and create chances , although against Aberdeen we should have went in at HT at least 3 goals up . Last night it was back to side to side slow build up , we made a few chances but nothing serious enough to find the net . Unfortunately we have issues with our team at the moment , we won’t give up but odds are against this team being champions HH

Fan
February 8, 2024 9:55 am

BAD
History suggests that yes the team has been stripped of quality on purpose.
It also suggests bringing back a coach is not the correct choice.
BR was on a downward swing when he left in 3rd season of his previous tenure.
His first 2 seasons excellence clouded our judgement as by the 3rd season our system was being sussed even by poor SPL coaches.
Its potency and effectiveness were being nullified.
He had the bounce of new broom at. Leicester and did well for a year but then opposing coaches sussed his system and he had no plan b so downward spiral saw him sacked.
There was a suggestion that players lost faith in him and playing system.
No idea if any English offers came before he signed with us for a second time.
The expected new coach bounce has actually been the opposite with previously star players form declining rapidly.
MOR being the one player he improved but recent performances suggesting his form is also declining.
There have been a myriad of mistakes this season by directors,coaches and players but apart from the disastrous recruitment policy BR’s early criticism of players and saying squad not good enough was disastrous.
Managers who absolve themselves from criticism and results while blaming others show zero leadership!
This has impacted our squad!
Also it is clear that individual players are not judged on performance or merit which as a devastating effect on squad togetherness.
Playing favorites is one way to fracture a squad.
Peripheral players like Iwata and Holm have disappeared into a black hole after good performance’s yet our poor ,non performing and uninspiring captain is constantly picked?
The boy Frame performed well against a good European side yet last night was first time in squad since.
The notion of BR developing and improving players is as yet unseen.
Time for him to show us how effective and developmental his coaching is!

Fan
February 8, 2024 10:00 am

Jim Tim
The stats last night show that we had 68% possession Hibs outshot us by 12 to 8.
At the moment we are struggling for goals or even chances from open play.

Just Sayin’
February 8, 2024 10:23 am

Conspiracies abound but let’s face it we are limping along, a team that looks bereft of belief, fragile with no sign of leadership to galvanise them.

Whatever quality we had has been neutered by an “elite” coach who relies on a predictable mid to front tactical system that totally lacks an end product, but dominates possession( as if that wins games) and is therefore not fit for purpose.

Sadly no sign that his assistant coach appointment of AS has made a blind bit of difference.

If anything the minor uplift in performance following the Hearts debacle at home, when we went on a run of four winning games to the split
Scoring 10 for the loss of one seems an eternity ago.
We beat St Mirren away convincingly 3-0 on Jan 2nd.
How many of us are confident that we can even scrape a win 5 weeks later!

What the hell does that say about the mindset around the club.

Angel Gabriel
February 8, 2024 10:35 am

Our eyes aren’t deceiving us . The stats don’t lie .

I happen to think that when the fans turned ( correctly) on the suits at home to Hertz , it gave the manager & players a get out clause.
The players especially, ain’t stupid. The vibes from the stands always drift onto the pitch and into the dressing room.
Our manager is far from faultless, but he still gets paid.
Ditto the players.
Unfortunately, the same crew that have presided over a lack of ambition, will still also gather a few quid while convincing themselves that they know better than the plebs calling for change.

Nothing will convince me that there’s not conflict behind the scenes.
It’s seeping into the dressing room.

That in itself is a bigger issue than injuries , formations and loss of form.

Being honest, I’m surprised at how quickly we’ve regressed but not surprised how it’s now playing out.
Basically, we’re in trouble and the main cause won’t be going away anytime soon.

Scunnered. Com

Bada Bing
February 8, 2024 11:10 am
Big Audio Dynamite
February 8, 2024 11:12 am

Fan, good post.

I firmly believe we are watching the most contrived football competition in world football.

As to the questions now surrounding Brendan’s abilities – Jock Stein would struggle to make a good team with what is at our disposal.

I’m not attempting some happy-clapping defence of Brendan (I’m seeing what you are) but I’m astonished some don’t seem able to see how poor most of our players are.

The simplest way to make some sort of competition out of Scottish football, ..keep both sets of fans involved ..was by us taking ambition and locking it away in the safe at CP.

This is the real reason we still have a team playing in Govan, why liquidation doesn’t count where they are concerned and why we were closing half our stadium even while we were going for 10 in a row!

If something doesn’t make a lick of sense (This all happening naturally), then something else has to be true, eh? Keeping us plebs occupied with hating each other?? (Some would say obsessed) makes as much sense as anything.

It’s not like we can’t point to another time where this happened ..where the team was stripped of any real quality, allowing the Huns to catch up with us.

I think the fear was the Huns losing interest if we reached 10+ ..so something akin to stage-management was needed to create competition again, as the Huns were incapable of doing it on their own.

If our own fans were losing interest, it doesn’t take much to realise the Huns must have been on the verge of completely giving up (Early 80s style) grudging respect for the way they supported their team over the last decade+.

So I know Brendan will, like any man, have faults, but as far as blame for the state of the squad is concerned, I’d say the guy is almost completely blameless, unless you really believe he was telling the club to buy second tier Koreans? I’m just not buying that. £70+m in the bank and shopping for players in the second division of Korean football!? Was this part of our plan to compete at the highest level of Euro football?? Hmm!

Wether we want to admit it or not, the old firm is back! In Feb 2012, would you have believed that possible? A hell of a lot of people have have put in a lot of effort to make sure it happened.

We most definitely have played our part!

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 11:21 am

BADABING

That’s incredible. I hope the club play that clip repeatedly on the big screens.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 11:22 am

BAD

Terrific comment! Well played,that man.

Big Audio Dynamite
February 8, 2024 11:43 am

Bobby,

This feeling right now must be something akin to getting told your missus is cheating on you and not wanting to believe it, even though she has decided to get a face-lift and a boob job ..bought a whole new wardrobe ..and keeps insisting on calling you George …even though your name is Harry! 😂

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 11:46 am

BAD

Erm…probably!

Mind you,there are plenty of fish in the sea-there’s only one Celtic.

Chairbhoy
February 8, 2024 11:55 am

Very interesting game last night, good one for the neutral as they say, of course we are not neutrals, so many aspects of the game was worrisome.

However, there was a bit of fight and dig that got us over the line, that’s going to be needed in spades from now until May.

We should not underestimate the opposition either, Scottish football is improving overall as our European status would suggest.

Also we have a right to win!

We have the best players!!

Really!?

Players like Shankland, Miovski, Boyle etc, who are top players for the Clubs outside the Glasgow are said not to be good enough for Celtic.

Well let me turn that argument around.

Let’s look a Celtic’s superior player and ask…

If the any of the Celtic players yesterday were representing Hibs, who would we be having nightmares about. Would we have been so much worse with Boyle playing for us.

If the any of the Celtic players from Saturday were representing Aberdeen who would we be having nightmares about. Would we have been so much worse with Mioski playing for us.

Sure we pay more out on transfer fees, we are the second highest, in terms of wage bill, yet lets face it, our much superior players line is a nonsense isn’t it?

Would you put the team that played last night up against a team that played in Scotland not so long ago…

1 – Hart
88 – Juranovic
20 – Carter-Vickers
6 – Jenz
3 – Taylor
13- Mooy
33 – Turnbull
41 – Hatate
9 – Jota
8 – Furuhashi
7 – Giakoumakis

Celtic had a real golden year in 2022, Angeball flying, yet we still struggled in the UCL, we still felt we needed to strengthen.

Yet consider the year before, 2021, losing out in the League to Rangers and remember how chuffed we were when Ralston scored a 97″ Angeball winner at Ross County in December that year.

What about the year after, 2023, instead of strengthening that team, many first team players went and we were a much poorer side, both under Ange and Brendan.

We lost 4-2 at Easter Road in May 2023.

So before we really get stuck in on the blame game, maybe understand, we have got no given right to dominate Scottish football.

In the “Twenties”, we’ve had one good year, even then, quite some distance away from the “elite” UCL side we were striving towards and we NEEDED to be at the start of 2024/25 season.

Yet Heart in mouth stuff yesterday brought back a passion for the Scottish game and we need to select our three main contributors.

Winging it’s way to SENCELPOTY@GMAIL.COM

1. Idah

2. Hart

3. Meada

Hail Hail

Bawheid
February 8, 2024 12:45 pm

Auldheid – If you haven’t done so as yet,please look at the BBC Scotland website regarding the governance of the SPFL.

Six (50%) of the SPFL clubs are questioning the autonomy of an independent review into the governance of the SPFL.
R2angers – Aberdeen – St. Johnstone – Motherwell – St. Mirren – Livingston.
Commissioned by Murdoch Maclennan SPFL chairman.
The wagons are circling, the Dinosaurs are demanding and stamping their big banana feet. Me no likey.

Auldheid
February 8, 2024 12:56 pm

I know Ralston has his critics but that full in the face tackle near end to keep the pressure on demonstrates what is missing. Attitude.

He also has a good over the top pass up the wing in his locker, pity no winger desperate to take advantage.

Óglach
February 8, 2024 12:59 pm

Whereas the football gods dictate that every-now and again a wee team pumps a big team against all the odds (Celtic v Barca 2012 anyone, or various cup upsets over the years also see Clyde V Celtic 2006 ) they also dictate that those with the most dosh sit at the top of the pile and pay footballing demigods to fill their squads and compete at the highest levels and mostly batter lesser skint clubs . But as Prometheus and Sisyphus discovered piss off the gods and thou shall be smitten, in football that is smitten with a squad full of shite players. Celtic have mightily pissed off the footballing gods with their parsimony.

So it is written CSC

PS expecting Brendan to build a decent team from the squad he was given is indeed a Sisyphean task.

Auldheid
February 8, 2024 1:06 pm

Bawheid

I saw that but the independent review is one the SPFL initiated not the SFSA Fans Review.

The complaint is some clubs like Aberdeen are questioning how independent the review the SPFL conducted is.

So now both SFA and SPFL are coming under scrutiny from different sources but I think SPFL will be invited to SG Round Table talks.

Just Sayin’
February 8, 2024 1:14 pm

Chairbhoy

Have to disagree with your comment that Scottish football is improving.

Apart from a competitive Huns team in Europe, where is this improvement evident? They alone are maintaining the coefficient.
In Scotland the football played is garbage.

If anything standards are dropping and us with it as we play turgid football against teams managed by mediocre coaches – Martindale, Levein, Naismith, McInnes etc. Hardly a roll call of Europe’s finest.
Shankland, Miovski etc on their own do not turn dross into good teams.

We are a very average team competing with a very similar one for the only trophy that matters.

Our players a d coaches are not performing, that’s the issue

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 1:16 pm
BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 1:17 pm

OGLACH

A fish rots from the head down.

McCaff
February 8, 2024 1:35 pm

Bobby, Auldheid, Bawheid &Co (sounds like a dodgy Solicitors Firm!!)…the Huns gave had MacLennan in their sights since he took the job, before probably, and that 6-Club letter has Hun written all over it. They’ve set out to make his position untenable.
MacLennan should probably be playing the room smarter if he’s at fault here!

Bawheid
February 8, 2024 2:01 pm

Auldheid – Yes, I am aware that it is nothing to do with the SFSA Fans Review and more to do with the compliance UK code of Corporate Governance. It mentioned that it was commissioned by Murdoch MacLennan, Peters Pal, interesting that he only discussed it with ‘one club’. Compliance with legality. It to me just illustrates one of the divisions with Scottish football governance.
MacLennan is viewed with suspicion, who could forget his spat with the motor trader “we buy any tat” owner of R2angers, and how they looked at the competition with Cinch. MacLennan having to apologise to fatso, (how that must have stuck in his craw).
So, yes this is a separate issue to the Fans Review but it still highlights the deep divisions within Scottish football, the very fact that he published it before all the clubs were aware of its terms, says it all. Meanwhile Scottish football how can it move into the future when it is hamstrung with petty politics.

Bobby, you were right.
McCaff,so are you!

Prestonpans bhoys
February 8, 2024 2:14 pm

Bawheid@2:01

I thought they were referring to the ‘independent ‘ review of the SPFL, recently completed, which returned a positive verdict on their practices and procedures. Nothing to do with the potential Scottish Government review?

Sunnyside
February 8, 2024 2:52 pm

Nothing to complain about in your leader Bobby.
We seem to be in retreat, lacking ammunition and foot soldiers. I look for the cavalry on the horizon more in hope than expectation.
As a side issue, am I correct in thinking that the challenge on Johnston was unpunished by the referee, when in my opinion it was a red as a red could be ?
HH

Óglach
February 8, 2024 2:57 pm

Only brief highlights i know but just how fortunate were we to skulk away from Easter road with 3 points. IMHO calling the the last 2 performances unacceptable utter shite is a massive understatement. Fed up about hearing nonsense about entitlement and winning every game expectations or even spoiled rotten supporters not having been there through the lean years B/S. The simple fact is in today’s’ SPFL Celtic’s massive financial advantage should ensure performances such as yesterdays should be a rarity and not as they now are – a regular occurrence. Remember the days where if were having a bad game the squad at least had a couple of players who had the skill to turn a game in our favour with a piece of individual magic🤔. Nowadays it’s opposition players rash challenges in the box or wickedly deflected shots that win the Hoops points and sadly nothing i have seen of late would indicate that is going to change anytime soon.

Get it feckin’ sorted Celtic CSC

INIQUITOUS IV
February 8, 2024 3:07 pm

bada bing1
https://x.com/hooliganscz1999/status/1755489976626679892?t=xIGRfZqpgDKBswytS5Hi3g&s=08

The stupidity of pyros……
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I’ve got a bald spot right there. I wonder if that’s what happened to me when I was pished?

Óglach
February 8, 2024 3:20 pm

And just to make it worse you can’t even drown your sorrows over Celtics downward spiral anymore without bankrupting yourself😒

“Minimum alcohol unit price in Scotland to rise to 65p”

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 3:22 pm

SUNNYSIDE

Correct. Not so much as a yellow card for reckless endangerment of an opponent. Which,btw,was the reason for Sterling’s red the previous night.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 3:22 pm

OGLACH

Booze cruises to Carlisle are already being planned.

McCaff
February 8, 2024 3:32 pm

Oglach…the current Minimum Unit Pricing legislation expires at the end of March. It was introduced in 2018 with a 6 year lifespan. For the MUP to continue, and after a review of its viability and effectiveness its been agreed it should continue, new legislation is required with a new price set.
I doubt, due to current economic circumstances and inflation levels over the last couple of years that the new price of 65p will make significant difference to current prices.
You may remember there was a lot of chat about booze runs to England etc before the legislation was introduced previousl, it never happened of course. There’s not enough of a price difference to force real change to casual/social drinkers.

The Real McCoy
February 8, 2024 3:38 pm

Cosy Corner Bhoy
In over 80 years of following Celtic I have no recollection of us winning a game by 2-1 where both our goals were penalties!

Hashadenought
CCB

Yogi v Huns mid sixties League Cup Final???

February 8, 2024 5:47 am

Well remembered Hashadenough.👍🏻
I went to bed with CCB’s poser on my mind and it came to me as I snoozed 😴 . Unfortunately I replicated Ian Young’s tackle on Johnston ⬇️ to the consternation of Lady McCoy 😣 👊

The 1965 League Cup Final , played before a record attendance of 107,609, was not a great game, by any standards, although not as rough as portrayed in the Press. It was simply that Celtic, under the vigorous leadership of Jock Stein, were no longer going to stand for any nonsense, as evidenced by a scything tackle by Ian Young on Willie Johnston within the first five minutes.

The game hinged on two penalties – one when Ron McKinnon of Rangers inexplicably handled the ball, and the other when Davie Provan (of Rangers, and not to be confused with the Celtic one of later years) was meant to have brought down Jimmy Johnstone. Frankly, on YouTube it looks a clean tackle, but Mr Phillips of Wishaw decided that it was a penalty. Both penalties were sunk competently by John Hughes, even though some supporters had questioned his temperament for this task.

It was 2-0 at half time. The second half was long and painful. The hero was goalkeeper Ronnie Simpson, not only for his fine saves but also for keeping everyone calm, when one or two others in the Celtic defence (not least Billy McNeill) gave every impression of cracking under the constant, hysterical, Rangers barrage. Rangers did get a scrappy goal near the end – a combination of John Greig and Ian Young going for the same ball – but Celtic held out to win their third Scottish League Cup.
Rangers supporters did not seem to like the idea of a lap of honour and tried to attack the Celtic players. This got laps of honour banned for a few years, but nothing could detract from the fact that the Scottish League Cup was back in residence at Celtic Park.

The team was Simpson, Young and Gemmell; Murdoch, McNeill and Clark; Johnstone, Gallagher, McBride, Lennox and Hughes.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tkHxvIRjsi4&pp=ygUec2NvdHRpc2ggbGVhZ3VlIGN1cCBmaW5hbCAxOTY1

HH💚🍀

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 3:51 pm

MCCAFF

Not so. Offers are frequently available for 18 cans of lager at £11 a case,and sometimes less. That’s 61p a can.

At 65p a unit,that works out to £1.17 a can.

A litre of Bells or Grouse often goes for £18. Which would be £26 in Scotland.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2024 3:54 pm

THEREALMCCOY,HASHADENOUGH

Well remembered,lads!

CCB will be suitably chastened. His memory is usually very good indeed. Especially when you owe him a tenner.

Mike in Toronto
February 8, 2024 4:12 pm

Finnish airline Finnair has announced that it is going to start weigh passengers as well as their luggage to better estimate the plane’s weight for take off.

Guess I wont be going to Finland any time soon!