It’s been a good week for Celtic,at least on the pitch. Six points,even if the first 45 minutes of the two games was woeful. It’s more difficult to say that it has been a good week for the Scottish game in general. We had a typical badmouthing of our club in one particular rag which is well-known for such things,this time with Sydney Van Hooijdonk the willing mouthpiece. 

The son of deeply flawed scoring machine Pierre-adored when he wore the jersey but frankly despised by much of football for his apparent unwillingness to learn the meaning of a contract-told the muckraking “journo” that there was no way that he was ever moving to Scotland,because it is a diddy league. Or words to that effect. Aye,well. It might not be the best in the world,but pro rata it is the best-attended in Europe. And you,young fella,aren’t fit to lace the boots of some of the players in it. Nor the drinks of many who preceeded them. 

Then there was the unedifying sight of Hibs fans launching various missiles onto the pitch at Tynecastle on Wednesday night. Things got so bad while Shankland was preparing to take a penalty in front of them that their own goalkeeper,David Marshall,was concerned about being hit by the bloody things. Hibs,of course,have recently alluded to crowd problems in our game as being a West of Scotland thing. Sure,no doubt their club’s fans were singing Sunshine On Largs before the match,huh? Doncha just love it when karma takes a huge chunk of whoopass for lunch?

R2ngers too had a bit of a humbling,this time off the pitch with the “news” that they won’t be invited after all to the inaugural FIFA World Club Championship. Well,I’m shocked! All those hun friends and acquaintances of mine who were so smugly basking in the glory of their guaranteed elevation to the elite of the game as they teased me so mercilessly in the way that only smug huns can,I feel for them as they must be as shocked as I am. It will be heartrending to witness their disbelief and pain the next time I see them-which may be a bit sooner than planned now. I’m all heart though,so I’ll offer them the number for the Samaritans. It’s a freefone number,so they won’t get the pleasure out of stiffing somebody for the bill,but it’s the best I can do. 

Well,that and not to remind them that they only missed out on an invitation on the tiniest of technicalities. I mean,if the table had been upside down,they would have been first! Yon karma’s being a bit of a glutton this week.

On a more serious note though. Six games in midweek-and I think the only one not to have widely reported VAR issues was our own! And I’m still not sure about Dundee’s goal just before half time,as it looked to me as though the line was drawn near the end of the Dundee player’s arm. Still,others were worse. St Mirren had a stonewall handball not even referred to VAR,and the same can also be said of a Lundstram push on his opponent late on in the Kilmarnock game. (In fairness,there were three other penalty decisions in that game that they got right.) And there is a strong swell of opinion that Clancy,who was called over by VAR to review THAT penalty decision for Hearts against Hibs was wrong to stick by his original call. Amongst others. 

For a system that is hardly cheap to run and uses the latest technology,we are still no nearer to implementing it properly. Maybe it’s not so much a ref problem as a RTFM problem-read the fucking manual! Or maybe it IS the refs. After all,it’s the same ones who keep screwing up. 

All told,it’s a wonder that anyone bothers with football up here at all,innit? Not really. It might frustrate the hell out of us,and that’s on a good day,but most of us have always considered it to be our top outdoor leisure activity. In fact nearly all of us take it a damn sight more seriously than that! I suppose it’s like so many things in life,it’s the imperfections that make it so perfect. The bits that drive us nuts that make us love it so much. Or maybe we are all just a bunch of mad masochists,who richly deserve everything we get. 

Roll on a perfect Sunday,then!

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March 1, 2024 12:07 am

The Sentinel Celts Charity Drive has nominated Blood Cancer UK as the recipient for funds for the next six months to 31/07/2024,and we are getting close to achieving our FIRST TARGET.

We have set up a GoFundMe page for those who have some spare cash to donate,even from a lucky windfall or finding a tenner in the street.

Click on the link for more details,including how to donate.

Please give generously to a very deserving cause. Although our first target has now been achieved-and many thanks for your generosity!-we can always hope to do more.

March 1, 2024 12:09 am

JOBO POTY competition

March 1, 2024 12:10 am
March 1, 2024 12:50 am



I did not attend the CST led Open Meeting but got feedback from an attendee with his permission to use.
About 50 there, (inc Green Brigade, the Bhoys I think) barely mentioned drive for 5 a couple of suggestions of something on 5 minutes of a game and getting ACSOM etc to do a monthly slot on it , pushing fan advisory board (Marco) again but have been talking to Celtic for over a year and getting nowhere fast. Asking for ideas from the attendees as no other goals. JF repeating that because of GDPR they are not allowed to contact any of the lost shareholders. Corporate Governance and code, NED’s all mentioned

JF said that the FAC account had been reactivated after the fan getting knee on the throat at Mwell game and other problems with Police attitude at away grounds.

Boycotts, demos and disturbing games aka the Brendan Higgins protests were also mentioned

The bit I liked came last as it opens the way to bring ST holders into the resolution equation.

Martin? from the GB suggested a new group, union, independent fan advisory board, fan forum with reps from all the other groups which seemed to go down well,

I (the attendee) added it would need to be a new venture and include/appeal to all supporters including season ticket holders, a fair bit of discussion on it and decided it needs to be explored. So catching up with the fan Forum/rebranding idea’s that have been shared here.

I think the attendee did well to get the discussion going.

March 1, 2024 2:18 am
Just Sayin’
March 1, 2024 7:14 am

SvH isn’t wrong.

We’re currently in a two horse finish where the rest of the field are lame. Or just plain dross.

And still we find ways to make it difficult for ourselves. Must be the ground conditions.

Signs of pre break form returning just in time to rein in the front runner.

One uncertainty is how the handicapped system will be used in the run in.

March 1, 2024 7:19 am

Good morning all from Govanhill. Pete C, if you are about, hope you can make it to the Shipbank today.

March 1, 2024 8:38 am


Very interesting piece.

Certainly Sydney Van Hooijdook, was not as scathing in his interview with Norwich City’s “Pink Un”, as was made out.

This is what they said about Brendan Rodgers and his comments on Adam Idah…

…”Rodgers forged a reputation as a highly-rated development coach at Chelsea, before working with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez in his Liverpool spell.

The Northern Irishman is convinced Idah has the raw material to kick on, and drew a surprising parallel with the prolific Suarez ahead of Celtic’s Scottish Cup tie at St Mirren on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s fair to say I’m excited about working with Adam, and trying to take his game to the next level,” he said, quoted by the Herald. “I had seen him play live in the Premier League with Norwich and I saw a young player with that real potential.

“Being Irish, obviously that really caught my eye as well. It just hasn’t quite worked out for him yet. But when you see someone with that physicality, speed and technique, it excites you.

“And you saw on Wednesday night how he took those two penalties. It was with authority and composure.

“When I see all of that, it always excites me. He’s got all the tools there. It’s now about trying to help him get the mentality you need to be a top player.

“People will ask me, ‘How far can he go?’ Well, he has the talent to go to the very highest level. But it’s about what he does with it.

“There are players with the same talent as Adam but they’re playing on local pitches on a Sunday afternoon.

“He wants to get in behind teams and hurt people. He’s starting to understand our game idea which is suited perfectly to Adam’s qualities.

“When I went to Liverpool, they said Luis Suarez didn’t score enough goals. And he then finished two seasons with 30-plus goals by narrowing his game. He’s spoken publicly about the work I did with him.

“Coming to Celtic (the first time), I had good strikers in Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths. Whatever position it is, it’s about the talent they’ve got.

“If the player shows me he cares and really wants to do it – I can maximise a lot from them.

“He’s (Idah) a clever guy. I had a couple of good chats with him before he came in. I needed to find out about his own hunger.

“But I know enough about his background and spoke to enough people about him. At the age he’s at, he still has so much ahead of him.

“Sometimes the pressure of a club like Celtic can bring the best out of you. You see the type he is, he wants that pressure.

“So I’ve got no doubt he can do very well for us.”

Saw you had a tête-à-tête on Brendan’s involvement with the summer recruitment campaign…

Got to agree wholeheartedly with your version of events…

You were told…

He’d been in the job over a month [18th of July] Brendan clearly was involved in the recruitment process by this stage. Later Brendan told us that his role give signings his “blessing.”

Just to put things into perspective, well if we wanted to be picky, he hadn’t been in the job for over a month.

Yet more importantly and what wasn’t mentioned in the titbits and soundbites, BR came in, he had a “bloated” squad to sort out, he went off to Portugal with the players; first team, squad players, “B” team.

Then went straight onto a tourney in Japan afterwards.

The idea that he was pouring over recruitment deals were a nonsense, he had loads to sort out with the players he had, in his pressers spoke of Celtic’s recruitment model and being confident they would bring in the players and it was only when he got back from Japan the clusterfugg reality hit him… his attempts to get the players with experience, physicality, pace that were so desperately needed were too little, too late (and total unsupported from the advantage of hindsight).

BR obviously came in after some serious chats and backed up his side of the bargain, by being a “team player”, so much so, that others are now trying to pin the summer transfer fiasco on him.

Then they try to do the same stunt in January…

“Just sign off on these guys for us Brendan…”

Was greeted with a GTF, and he now stymied what was going to be a glorious transfer window.

Of course the only player he did talk about as we see above, the only one he was clearly aware of, was Adam Idah…

So let’s see how that works out.

If Adam maintains his current trajectory we’ll not be able to afford him in the summer and we can ask the recruitment wallahs why we don’t have a buy option.

In the meantime, let the placemen get more desperate and Celtic fans get more engrossed in the fitbaw…

Hail Hail

San Luis
March 1, 2024 8:56 am

Sunday is key to our Title hopes. We must win.

Hearts hate us, as a club with good reason, as we have denied them countless glory days, as a fan base they are as bigoted as their big cousins and us playing at Tynecastle is generally the first fixture they seek when they are announced. We’re the big deal in those parts, don’t let them kid you otherwise.

Tynecastle can be unforgiving if you allow it to be, but if you tame it early with a goal, it can be a good arena to play football . We’ve seen both sides of that coin over the decades and more often than not we come out on top.

More of the same on Sunday please Celtic.🙏

Just Sayin’
March 1, 2024 9:16 am

San Luis

In these parts a Jambo skelping is as keenly anticipated as the Hun variety.
The rabid element of their support are a nasty racist/sectarian bunch.
I agree Sunday is a pivotal game, but play as we have been and the habitual losers will be put in their place again.

This league is there to be won.

March 1, 2024 9:46 am


Hertz anywhere — always a big game.
Hertz after our Dec collapse — at home — is now huge.
Double huge — now every game is 90 minutes to save our season.

Consequently if the SPL can’t make a spectacle out of this then they have problems.

As for the player chat — shows a lack of class / probably a bullet dodged.
Interesting how his and their season plays out.
Norwich — Morningside with tractors.
Best of luck.

Lotus only moved there to keep CC on a short leash.

The one interesting nugget out of all this relates to BR.
From memory — AI would appear to be the only active player that BR has gotten involved with publicly.
More vocal about him than any of the other players that have arrived this season.
Might be quite a big data point regarding the state of play at P/head.
The only player introduction where BR was in the lead?

No matter — Hertz here we come.
Auld Reekie and Holyrood hate Glesga.
We owe them so no mercy.
Phasers set to malky.
Huge 90 minutes.

Here’s hoping we turn up …

CC = Colin Chapman.
Took his business methods to West Belfast by all accounts.

JDeL / Detroit Big Leaguer vs CC / East End barrow boy — match made in hell.
All coming flooding back now that Tesla are finding out about unpainted stainless steel body panels.
The hard way …

Jobo Baldie
March 1, 2024 9:58 am

Good morning friends and a Big Happy Friday to all who post or lurk on this fine site.
If anyone is interested in the latest MOTM/POTY results, here’s last night’s post –

March 1, 2024 10:10 am

Jobo Baldie @ 9:58 am,

Thanks for that…

Apologies for not voting, didn’t get the chance to see the game before the deadline.

Very interesting voting, with all the players shining we still had a few standouts.

Having seen the game now, totally agree with the top five who got points.

We’ve a great youngster in Daniel Kelly, brilliant we were able to give him the opportunity and didn’t he score a peach?

Hail Hail

Just Sayin’
March 1, 2024 10:20 am

Resting Calmac and CCV on Wednesday affected the momentum in the second half but had the benefits of saving key players on a heavy pitch and introducing keen replacements out to impress.
Excellent by young Dan Kelly. Probably still got a bit of growing to do but already a strong physical Bhoy. And what a goal.

March 1, 2024 10:25 am

JB @ last night

JH and his MotM votes — if he is getting the awards then we have issues.
If he is getting the votes in your competition then it highlights our poor performance levels.

You only see the GK if he has saves to make.
If he has saves to make then the defence is under pressure.
If the defence is under pressure then the rest of the ream is coming second.

Coming second in a football match is not a great place to be.

Just Sayin’
March 1, 2024 10:41 am


Joe saw us through a difficult month.
We saw the issues.

Two good, overwhelming 45 minutes in the last 180 plus give us confidence going forward.
Looking forward is the only way to win this league.

Gripes are for grinches.

March 1, 2024 10:41 am



That’s twice I’ve forgotten to c&p them in. My apologies.

March 1, 2024 10:48 am

Just Sayin’ @ 10:20 am,

Yes, before I got the opportunity of seeing the match, I’d seen a lot of criticism of our second half especially the subs…

Yet after seeing the match all of them justified.

Calmac rested, Daniel opportunity, great words on the after match interview by our Captain on the youngman.

Idah on a yellow, Kyogo hungry to prove himself

Taylor coming back from injury, Ralston, top Tim given the chance to bask in the glory of a great performance after all the donkey work he’s had to put in

Likewise CCV for Walsh, we can’t risk Cameron if we don’t need to…

Yang ran his socks off and had cramp, Palma, hungry to prove himself.

So no complaints from me.

Hail Hail

March 1, 2024 10:51 am

MM @ 10:25 am,

It puzzles me when our keeper shines it’s a negative.

Boruc, Forster, Gordon, were great for their managers and we were never embarrassed by their great performances.

It just seems a bizarre current thing.

Hail Hail

Big Audio Dynamite
March 1, 2024 10:52 am


Great word Bobby. 👍

Big Audio Dynamite
March 1, 2024 10:56 am


Celtic score 7 and Joe makes 1(?) world class save.

What does the troll want to talk about? 😉

Apparently we were lucky the other night 😏

Transparent nonsense.

Big Audio Dynamite
March 1, 2024 11:00 am

Hopefully Brendan is planning on keeping young Danny boy involved.

The pipes, the pipes are calling.

From Glen to Glen

And down the mountainside.

Just Sayin’
March 1, 2024 11:02 am


The Grinch’s Grinch – find a negative and accentuate it.
Not like us Bronskis!

Just Sayin’
March 1, 2024 11:04 am


Nor me- said at h-t prepare to be ( comparatively) disappointed with our second 45,
It’s what happens.

March 1, 2024 11:07 am

JS @ 10.41

GK as man of the match — canary in the coal mine.
No matter the result it shows that we are not playing well in the SPL.
That poor form cost us 4 points and halved our chance of winning the league.
To me that is highly concerning — not quite sure how you coped?

Things are picking up with some unlikely heroes.
We have the talent — just more confidence is what we need now.
BR getting lippy with the media is a step forward.
Good — we have a big 90 minutes coming forward.

March 1, 2024 11:15 am
March 1, 2024 11:16 am

Cb @ 10.45

Big GK performances — depends on the opposition.
Punching above our weight in the CL — big GK performance comes with the territory.
Everybody has to play their part.

Playing at home in the SPL — big GK performance suggests that we were off our eggs.
Circumstances matter.

Couple of worldies with a SPL team over achieving = it happens.
Desperation saves to keep a one goal lead — if we are so lucky –well into the second half / on a regular basis in the SPL = bad.

Wed night was good — showed a number of players improving their performance levels.
Huge game on Sunday — everybody will need to be up for the challenge.
Hertz — we owe them.

Just Sayin’
March 1, 2024 11:19 am


I coped fine because I recognise a game of football for what it is. And there are more important things going on in my life than footy minutiae.
I take a keen interest because it’s part of the embedded DNA of being a Celtic supporter, but a part I can rationally compartmentalise intellectually and emotionally detach.

March 1, 2024 11:32 am

JS @ 11.19

Interesting complexity in your view of the club / football.
Some might see it as spoiled “youth” — born after 1974 — trying to rationalise failure.

Others might think that it is a form of cap doffing to the execs / board.
Here take my money — if it all goes badly I will take it on the chin and move on.

Football is 4th possibly 5th in my list of priorities.
Politics and family are at the top of the table.
One doing better than the other …

Football is quite a way behind.

It is big at the moment because there is so much to learn / understand / discuss.
Although it has been 18 years since I recognised that PL is useless / DD is lazy / managers have their own agenda.

March 1, 2024 11:37 am

Unbelievable!! Just Unbelievable!!
A blowtorch etc etc 🙄😂

March 1, 2024 11:44 am

OMG — there’s two of them …

M+B-Winters CSC

March 1, 2024 11:45 am

BAD @ 10:56 am,

Yes the keeper is there to do a job, the narrative we shouldn’t need one to get a result against Kilmarnock or Motherwell etc is headscratching.

If that is the case, we should take a step forward in the GK evolution, we should just have eleven outfield player, with our sweeper being able to handle in the box…

The sweeper as a nod to the GK as the coccyx is to our tail, or Conor Goldson is to penaltybox basketball…


Hail Hail

Big Audio Dynamite
March 1, 2024 11:45 am

Attention seekers won’t allow you to ignore them ..they have to dominate the chat!

So ….😉

March 1, 2024 11:46 am

Just Sayin’ @ 11:04 am,

Exactly, a well managed game from my perspective…

Great to see the bench reaction when Danny Bhoy got his goal.

Hail Hail

March 1, 2024 11:47 am

MM @ 11:16 am,

Maybe a tad oversensitive as the negatrons are using Joe Hart’s recent great contributions as a stick to beat us re: close results.

However, if you seen the game on Wednesday, the defence needs some work, didn’t see much wrong with Dundee’s chalked off goal in the first half, looked dangerous in spells and took their goal very well.

We need quality in goals to keep us competitive.

Hail Hai

Big Audio Dynamite
March 1, 2024 11:50 am


People finding fault in a 7-1 win are at it ..pure and simple!

Just Sayin’
March 1, 2024 12:02 pm


Too long in the tooth to be a forelock tugging “spoiled” youth! I wish.

A tad judgemental there.

I guess anyone who believes himself to be omniscient is by nature overly critical of any opposing viewpoint.

Managers, it would appear, are not the only ones to have their own agenda.

March 1, 2024 12:09 pm


Have to take issue with the negative vibes! A goalie as POTM is a negative? Get real. Many of the game’s most successful managers have based that success on a strong defence-Clough had absolute faith I. Peter Shilton,as an example,Smith in Goram,Ferguson in Schmeichel etc. a strong backline increases confidence in the rest of the team-they know that,without one,the penalty for being too adventurous going forward is the likely loss of a goal,so are likely to be risk-averse when they should be stretching the opposition.

The same applies to the defence itself. They can be that bit more adventurous when they know that the keeper will be there to save their blushes should they screw up. How far back did Celtic have to go to think of a goalkeeper like we found in Boruc? That we followed him with Forster and Gordon gave us the luxury to play without fear-or at least so much of it.

Then you just have to think of the Covid season,when Barkas collapsed before our very eyes,and see what happens when we have a goalkeeper that nobody has any faith in. Me,I’ll settle for a POTM performance every month from our No 1,if it means watching our team without screaming every time the ball gets near our penalty area.

Accentuate the positives,like the song says. And down with these negative waves!

Big Audio Dynamite
March 1, 2024 12:11 pm

George Connelly born in this day in 1949.

Big Audio Dynamite
March 1, 2024 12:19 pm

On this day – 1st of March

1964 – Celtic pools started.

1977 – Alfie Conn is signed from Tottenham for £65,000

March 1, 2024 12:20 pm


From just those few paragraphs about the CST open meeting last night,I’d say it is in a lot of bother. Especially as it had an “open mic” meeting online last week as a prelude,and to raise awareness. If only 50 people turned up last night-and that includes their own members-I’d say that they are drifting towards irrelevance. Firstly from the Celtic fans themselves,who clearly didn’t think the Trust was important enough to attend,and then from the board,who can safely ignore it as they have no mandate from the fans.

Sadly,that leaves any attempts to organise and focus Celtic fans as a group in no-man’s land. Leaderless and rudderless. Drifting at the whims of a board in which many of us have little faith. Yet I don’t think that is down to apathy,I think it is down to a failure by the CST to provide leadership and openness in the past.

David Low has a lot to answer for,and I’ve long questioned his motivation for hijacking the Trust in the first place. If it was simply to wreck it as a vehicle for the supporters to raise concerns with the board,he has done a sterling job. Maybe a wee sinecure as a NED is just around the corner?

March 1, 2024 12:24 pm


Some of the faithful were initially sceptical of signing Alfie Conn. That only lasted till he hit the inside of the post from distance at Ibrox a few weeks later! After that,we knew we had a player,one who played a leading role in the double season of 77,and whose absence the following season-alongside so many missing stars-led to Jock’s malicious and vindictive sacking the year after.

Great player.

Big Audio Dynamite
March 1, 2024 12:25 pm

Celtic legend Martin O’Neill born on this day in 1952.

March 1, 2024 12:27 pm

And don’t start me on the genius that was George. Only those who had the pleasure of watching him as a player,especially before his well-documented problems took over,could really understand.

Or maybe it’s just that he really was that good that mere words are inadequate as an explanation.

Big Audio Dynamite
March 1, 2024 12:29 pm


I was thankfully only a kid when the Huns done both their trebles in the 70s.
As you say, lots of extenuating circumstances.
That may have been the last things they done in Scotland that were above board.
I wouldn’t bet any money on it though!

Big Audio Dynamite
March 1, 2024 12:31 pm


If George had been English, Italian or German …
He’d have got proper credit.

Big Audio Dynamite
March 1, 2024 12:40 pm

Look at the 74 world cup.

Inc – Scotland – Brazil

San Luis
March 1, 2024 12:41 pm

My own view is that a CST is certainly required, however, in these days of internet bampottery and fake online personas, the actual ability for it to become a credible body is another matter. It would be undermined by many, indeed you only need to see the online vitriol aimed at the GB and their politics over recent months to see the polar reactions to Celtic related issues.

Divide and conquer?

The other thing is, and this is only my feeling, is that Celtic are a completely different animal to me these days, certainly compared to the 80/90s. Back then we had a club with a soul worth saving. Nowadays, we’re just another football club in a small corrupted league in which our ‘owners’ are very much mired in the dirt.

That said, they do provide me with moments of sheer joy, but these moments are short and I’m back down to earth within 24 hrs. I’m the same in defeat, annoyed for the day , then over it.

Despite all the different opinions on Celtic, I genuinely think most folk have the clubs best intentions at heart but just have various views on how to achieve it. Certainly, fresh faces and ideas on the Board every few years would be a big step as would fan representation. So something akin to a CST is needed for the longer journey to save our clubs soul.

March 1, 2024 12:42 pm


“I wouldn’t bet any money on it though!”

That’s why the likes of you and I don’t have any. The trick to betting is to use someone else’s money-as perfected by Minty at Ibrox. You win-you keep the money. You lose-the schmuck loses his money.

As you say,those 70s trebles were probably as close as they got to winning legitimately. They only had to outspend us,and the referees-you think they are bad at the moment?-would take care of the rest.

March 1, 2024 12:46 pm

Anyone really believe we’ll have a better keeper between the sticks than big Joe next season🤔Nah me either.

Recent comments about Joe and Laim have p’d me off especially in Laim’s case. How short people’s memories are. 1 indisputable fact – without big Joe and Laim in the team we wouldn’t even be in a title race, we’d be floundering in Sevco’s wake. Lagerbielke is so highly rated he can’t even get a place on the subs bench and Nawrocki apart from seemingly being a permanent sick note hasn’t greatly impressed during his fleeting appearances. Outwith CCV Kobayashi maybe the only other player currently in the squad who could displace Scales

Do i want to replace JH and LS with better next season- yup, in fact i’d like a whole new defensive line up built around CCV but no chance of that happening, would they even consider selling CCV in the summer – again yup of course they would / will 🤔. Could be we may be reliant on our maligned uni educated Gaeilgeoir defender next season.