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Morning,all.

It was good to get back to normality at the weekend,wasn’t it? British Summer Time,sunshine and erm Rangers getting the dodgiest of penalties-awarded by a Mr Dallas,no less. It was almost like the good old days. 

Of course,nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. We all know that. And I certainly wasn’t the least bit nostalgic for another refereeing masterclass from Don Robertson. And certainly not for another game being played on THAT Livingston pitch. I personally don’t hold any grudges against that club which has worked wonders in the last thirty years or so,but I won’t miss them and their overly physical approach to The Beautiful Game. I won’t miss having their footballing Neanderthal manager around either. And I won’t miss seeing our players risk injury every time we venture along the M8 to play on an old and worn out carpet. 

Nor will I miss Scotland’s unique interpretation of the laws of the game when some modern version of Hercules cleans out the filth of the refereeing Augean stables. But I suspect I’ll be watching the matches from a little fluffy cloud if and when that finally happens. Yes,once again the Ibrox mob got a dodgy penalty. Even dodgier than their fans’ attempt at a tifo on the day. Again. And almost as difficult to explain. Once again,we had a stonewaller denied when the score was 0-0. Once again,referees make decisions based on who knows what. And once again,nobody is held accountable for their actions. 

Well,maybe not quite. Last week saw our manager being banished to the stands for Sunday’s match. His crime being to report a crime! He raised the question of competence against the refereeing team earlier last month and paid the penalty for that crime. He forgot the golden rule in Scotland,that referees are above the law and beyond criticism. Tsk,tsk. Silly boy. Bend over and take your punishment. 

The official Hibs twitter feed kinda forgot this cardinal rule on Sunday too. Oh dear,there may be trouble ahead. How dare they make the following observation on an official club site?

“Penalty to R2ngers. Who had twenty minutes?”

On a weekend which saw a strange new law introduced to Scotland,one which in theory can now punish hate crimes even when there is no attempt to offend,I think Hibs may have a get out of jail card on this one. For Police Scotland have said that satire will not be subject to the law,that the common cut and thrust of raper wit can continue. Probably just as well,as I can imagine how difficult it might be to police a wee smoker evening down the rugby club-especially when half the force are in attendance. Or the average lads night with an after dinner speaker,come to that.  

We’ve all been in attendance at the latter,and we are all broad minded. Sometimes things can be said at these things that we wouldn’t find acceptable in more prosaic circumstances. Or even at a Chubby Brown performance! But then,we know what we are getting into when we buy the ticket. It’s behind closed doors. Nothing should shock anyone who has done even a little bit of research,should it?

But then we come back to the Hibs twitter feed. Punishable by the simple expedient of the SFA mandate to protect referees from any form of criticism whatsoever. And which I fully expect to attract the attention of the compliance officer later today,especially as it was aimed at his favourite club. Which will be rather interesting. 

For we might well see a club being charged for an innocuous comment during a match one week,based on a regulation unique to Scotland regarding the criticism of referees. While the following week will see 50,000 huns displaying their hatred live for hours on worldwide TV-and not a word will be said,nor a charge laid. Not even under the old laws,and certainly not under the new catch-all one. 

You know it,I know it,everyone knows it. If you want to commit a crime,get a replica bears top and a scarf and you’ll be fine. And if you don’t believe me,watch the match on Sunday. Listen to it. Read the reports in the press afterwards. The only crime that can get you into bother when it comes to that mob is to report truthfully what has happened. New laws,old laws. New refereeing supervisor,old refereeing supervisor. 

Nothing. Ever. Happens. 

So you want a prediction for Sunday,new laws and old laws combined? Penalty to Rangers. And no arrests at the match. Though there might be the occasional die-hard Tim getting pulled for a reference to illegitimacy of a certain fruit or colour. Under his breath,of course-but hey? That’s even worse than saying it out loud,your honour. 

Nowadays,Bertie would indeed be sent off for telling the referee that he thought he was a cheating OB. And would probably be arraigned in court too. But the referee is allowed to actually BE a cheating OB and nobody is allowed to criticise that,or even point it out? 

There is so much wrong in Scotland,and so much wrong in Scottish football. And being denied a route to even point this out tells you that. But while laws and regulations like these are in place to strangle free speech and fair comment,it’s not going to change. 

Get your money on Penalty R2ngers and double it up with a red card to Celtic. Might as well make some money out of being cheated,we can drown our sorrows with the proceeds. Hopefully the minimum unit price hasn’t gone up yet…

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 9:21 am

JOBO POTY Update.

*SENTINEL CELTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2023-24*
*RESULTS FROM GAME #41 LIVINGSTON 0 CELTIC 3 (OWN GOAL, BERNARDO, O’RILEY)*

Good evening, friends.
Before I cover yesterday’s game can I start with an apology. Whenever someone’s 3 picks agree with my own, I try to send a personal response email. However, yesterday’s game saw (I think) 31 folk picking the same 3 as me. I simply didn’t have the time to do what I usually do so, as I said, apologies.
Anyway, Celtic retained their spot at the top of the league and extended the gap to their nearest challengers by 1 goal in what was ultimately a very satisfying return after the international break.
The first half saw loads of possession, some good passing moves and some steady defending but ultimately very little threat to the Livingston goal. The shining light in all of this was the return of Reo Hatate who hardly misplaced a pass and had the uncanny knack of always finding unmarked teammates. The main event in the first half came just before half time when Kyogo took a kick to the ankle inside the box but incredibly the referee failed to see it and, more incredibly, wasn’t invited by the video assistant referee to even have a look at the monitor. Cheating in plain sight now. And so we went in at the break goalless but feeling aggrieved at not being at least given the chance to miss another penalty!
Fortunately, we came flying out of the blocks in the second half and quickly opened the scoring following some persistent retrieval work by the impressive Khun. The proverbial stramash in the box saw the ball end up in the net off a Livingston defender. We continued to dominate the game and have some fine passing movements before turning to the bench and letting Reo depart to a well deserved ovation. His replacement, Bernardo, didn’t take long to put his mark on the game, starting and finishing a good move with a low drilled shot into the net from outside the box. See what happens when you shoot? For our 3rd goal Matt O’Riley’s sidefoot attempt from 8 yards really shouldn’t have troubled the Livi keeper who had played well up to that point. But somehow, he failed to get enough hand on it and the points were secured.
With the game drawing toa close the Celtic fans en masse began to remind all Sky viewers that one of their pundits was overweight, the colour of a tangerine and also of doubtful parentage. Sky’s decision to quickly introduce artificial crowd noise was both desperate and laughable. Apparently, those watching via Celtic TV were able to sing along with the crowd without any interruption.
We have now played 41 competitive games. We have managed 28 wins, 5 draws and 8 defeats, scoring 90 goals and conceding 40. We have 7 league games left whilst our nearest challenger, a point behind, have 8 to play. We are 1 goal better off and have scored 7 more. 7 wins and 1 draw would be enough to secure our 54th league title.
My thanks to the 57 who voted this time around. The total votes cast for each player are as follows, with my own nominations asterisked.

Hart: 0
Johnston: 0
Carter-Vickers*: 47
Scales: 0
Taylor: 2
Iwata: 14
O’Riley: 6
Hatate*: 45
Kuhn*: 51
Kyogo: 2
Maeda: 0
Bernardo: 4
Yang: 0
Idah: 0
Forrest: 0
Kelly: 0

And so, the players receiving POINTS for the game against Livingston are –
Kuhn – 5 points
Carter-Vickers – 4 points
Hatate – 3 points
Iwata – 2 points
O’Riley – 1 point

The overall positions after 41 games played are as follows –
82 points – Scales
79 points – O’Riley
57 points – McGregor
50 points – Carter-Vickers
36 points – Hart
34 points – Johnston, A.
33 points – Kyogo
28 points – Palma
25 points – Maeda and Yang
22 points – Bernardo
20 points – Oh
18 points – Taylor
17 points – Kuhn
16 points – Idah
15 points – Iwata
10 points – Ralston
9 points – Johnston M, Nawrocki and Turnbull
8 points – Hatate
6 points – Lagerbielke
5 points – Forrest
4 points – Bain, Bernabei and Holm
3 points – Welsh
2 points – Abada
0 points – Frame, Haksabanovic, Kelly, Phillips, Starfelt, Tilio and Vata

*MARCH PLAYER OF THE MONTH*
The Player Of The Month award is based simply on the total votes received across all games played. There were only 4 games during February – away trips to Hearts and Livingston and home ties against Livingston and St Johnston.
In 3rd place with 63 votes is Daizen Maeda the runner up on 124 votes (and playing only 3 of the games) is Cameron Carter-Vickers. But the clear winner is someone who also only played 3 of the games but with 1 MOTM awards and 2 runners up he has certainly been consistent; with 142 votes it’s Nicolas Kuhn.
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: O’Riley (3 games, 132 votes, average 44)
February: Hart (6 games, 206 votes, average 34)
March: Kuhn (3 games, 142 votes, average 47)

We now have just 6 more sleeps until we cross the city to face Triggers Broom FC on Sunday. Another High Noon kick off and the chance to go 4 points clear at the top.
Hail Hail!

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 9:22 am

VIVE LE RESOLUTION!!!!

You can read our article on a resolution for improving refereeing standards here.

https://sentinelcelts.com/2024/03/22/resolution-on-refereeing-standards/

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 9:22 am

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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.

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 9:27 am

JOBO

Thanks as ever for your work on this. I don’t think I’m the only one who misses reading your match analysis and the scores on the doors nearly as much as I miss the fitba itself!

Even on weekends like this one where I was clearly watching a different game from the rest. How of my picks only got six other votes between them.

SteveNaive
April 2, 2024 10:15 am

Bobby,

Minimum Unit price has gone up, now 65p I think.
You’ll remember you could get a bottle of whisky for 10/6 !

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 10:25 am

STEVENAIVE

65p? Robbing basterts. Never mind 10/6,I can remember when a bottle of spirits held 26 and 2/3 fluid ounces. Or fl oz,as we knew them. I had an ancient bottle about five years ago when I was over Chez SOLKITTS. I know whisky doesn’t mature in the bottle,but this was only a blend-and it was like nectar!

Dunno when the bottle size was reduced from 750 to 700 ml,but at least they didn’t put the price up by 30%.

Btw,my first pint cost 31p. Less than half the price of a unit now. Mind you,it wasn’t yesterday…

Prestonpans bhoys
April 2, 2024 10:33 am

Bobby

I beat you by a penny, 30 pence Clansman bar John Finnie St Kilmarnock, late 70’s 😳

Bada Bing
April 2, 2024 10:42 am

Beaton ref Walsh VAR,taking the pish

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 10:44 am

PRESTONPANSBHOY

Cheapskate bastert. Had many a good time in Kilmarnock,right enough. Never as cheap as that,though.

30p a pint,bloody hell. Wrecked,fish supper and a taxi-change fae a fiver. Happy daze indeed.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 10:46 am

BADABING

Fuxake,that is really showing their contempt. Though I think that was forecast here last week.

Auldbhoy67
April 2, 2024 10:55 am

Remember in the 70s most weeks on a Tuesday or Wednesday night me and a mate would manage to club together 2.50 and head into Bridges Bar for a couple of pints of the black nectar then up to Wellington cafe for chips before walking home again. Cannae hardly get a can of it for that price now.
Ah the memories…….

JimDom
April 2, 2024 10:55 am

And I’ll bet that John Beaton can’t wait.

They are laughing at you Michael Nicholson.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 10:59 am

Football as a bastion of free speech? It’s not just the SFA that’s at it.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2024/apr/02/dear-uefa-why-have-we-been-fined-5000-for-uefa-mafia-chants

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 11:01 am

AULDBHOY 67

Bridges,not been in that for years. Not many pubs left in Ayr town centre from my youth. Or anywhere,really.

Just Sayin’
April 2, 2024 11:02 am

b b 1

Taking the pish, but we turn up we take them out of the equation.

As we did in December when Walsh refereed and sent off Balogun.
Albeit he booked seven of ours!

Beaton will be under a lot of scrutiny.
Handball in the Huns area will be particularly challenging for him. Or maybe not.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 2, 2024 11:07 am

Crown bar regular in charge of the biggest game of the season? What did you expect?

The only ref I’ve ever seen with his name on a football supporters flag. (Which just happens to be supporters of our opponents on Sunday!)

No club in sports would regularly put up with this shite …unless it suited their agenda!!

Prestonpans bhoys
April 2, 2024 11:07 am

Bobby

Pretty sure Bass Special was 27p but not my tipple at the time 🙃

Leggy
April 2, 2024 11:08 am

Morning all,

Bobby,

My cheapest pint was 19p in The Dolphin at Patrick Cross.

We were on a school day out to Glasgow University for their Open Day.

Needless to say, never went to Uni 😉😉😉

Them were the days 🍺🍺🍺

Bada Bing
April 2, 2024 11:19 am

Just Sayin’
b b 1

Taking the pish, but we turn up we take them out of the equation.

Much easier said than done mate,specially when they have 2 chances to cheat at every contentious decision

maccargo
April 2, 2024 11:26 am

Surely one of the two dedicated VAR officials should have been given such a high profile game?

https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/news/first-dedicated-var-match-officials-appointed-for-new-season/

maccargo
April 2, 2024 11:30 am

If we win then this new hate bill is in for one hell of a road test and that road leads directly to George Square!

Prestonpans bhoys
April 2, 2024 11:33 am

I suspect the officials will behave themselves on Sunday with no outrageous Tynecastle incidents. Sky must have mentioned that game about 20 times on Sunday, it’s very high profile now. Would they dare come up with their nonsense with a large external audience 🤔

The Star Above The Crest
April 2, 2024 11:51 am

If Brother Beaton decides to act the goat, as it were, no-one outside of our support will care. The high scrutiny/big audience etc is a fallacy. No-one in England or anywhere else really gives a fuck about this game (or any other Scottish game). It’ll be put down to an honest mistake or these things even themselves out. The huns know they’re cheating. We know they’re cheating. They know we know they’re cheating. And they love it. They prefer to cheat us than win fair and square because they know it winds us up and reminds us of our place. And the people in charge of our club do nothing about it so nothing will change. How long have we as a club been treated poorly by the SFA and refs? Over 100 years? Does anyone realistically expect anything to change now?

Bada Bing
April 2, 2024 11:51 am

We can blame ourselves here, we should have said after Hearts game, we don’t want Beaton doing our games,and show loads of evidence why,cowards in charge of the Club

Just Sayin’
April 2, 2024 11:57 am

b b 1

Of course, but we are at our best when at our boldest.
And they are most vulnerable when attacked at pace.
Because of the pressure they will be under at home this will be an open game suiting our better footballers.

I believe we are the better team, with a manager who knows how to play them.

When was the last time officials have been able to influence any game of significance between us?

San Luis
April 2, 2024 11:57 am

Prestonpans Bhoy

You think?

The SFA know that if the Huns are to succeed they need the help of their officials to ensure it. Every game. No questions asked.

I think most of us can guess their desired outcome on Sunday, but hopefully we make it extremely difficult for them from the off and that their cheating has to be so blatant and laughable that it cannot continue to be defended. The entire set up in Scotland is corrupt, rigged and in need of outside regulators.

Just what part Celtic play in it all is up for debate.

St tams
April 2, 2024 12:13 pm

I’m sure Nicholson will make a statement today, stating our displeasure at the appointment Beaton.
But don’t hold your breath.
We are run by a bunch of fkn cowards.

Gordon64
April 2, 2024 12:25 pm

https://thecelticstar.com/up-yours-rodgers-john-beaton-given-the-whistle-for-glasgow-derby/
Celtic surely must issue a statement ahead of this game. Saying nothing is no longer an option.

Just Sayin’
April 2, 2024 12:31 pm

Ok we are being trolled so we should use the whole of this week to ramp up the narrative in our favour.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 12:49 pm

TSATC

Strangely,despite our concerns about referees this season,none of the usual media hacks has yet suggested that we are paranoid. Nor that these things even themselves out over the season. None of the shield of shit accusations so regularly hurled back at us in the past.

None of them can even try to excuse or cover for this nowadays.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 12:56 pm

GORDON64

I fully expect Celtic to voice their concerns to the SFA before the game. Along with their reasons. And for the SFA to privately ignore it,bar a warning of possible censure.

This will be followed early next week by an official non-apology for “procedures which were not properly followed” during the match and a non-promise that “lessons will be learned.”

Meantime,carry on as normal. We lose vital ground,the huns gain a grip on the crock at the end of the rainbow-and Beaton still doesn’t have to buy a pint in the majority of pubs in West of Scotland.

Oh aye,and the club will once again voice disappointment in the outcome.

Billy Bhoy
April 2, 2024 1:14 pm

Just sayin’ 11.57

I totally agree with you there.

Despite us going there with no fans – and now knowing that Cheatin Beaton is the MIB – I’m fairly relaxed about things. As you said, their fans will demand that they attack us. They play “A 1980’s British style of direct football hoping for a break” (C) Sparta Prague manager before their EL tie. Our passing game should cut them open

Its no coincidence that Kyogo has scored in both games against them. He got space he wouldn’t get against any of the other 10 teams.
I agree too that the MIB is rarely the deciding factor in our games against them. I think this might actually work in our favour on this occasion.

We’ll see…😉

The Star Above The Crest
April 2, 2024 1:25 pm

BMCUWP

Yet here we are with ridiculous (if I’m being generous) decisions going against us and a referee who openly supports Rangers in charge of a potential title decider involving ourselves and Rangers. They don’t really need their cheerleader in the media defending them because none of the clubs affected, including Celtic, ever do anything about it.

Just Sayin’
April 2, 2024 1:36 pm

B B

The appointment is intended to cause knee jerk alarm amongst the Celtic support.
I don’t buy the “ woe are we” because of this.
If their intention is to cause outrage then turn the narrative against them.
Put Beaton under pressure to deliver a performance that means his explicit bias is nullified.

On the actual game itself I agree re space freeing up the likes of Kyogo.
Others like Calmac ( hope he makes it) thrive, and it’s no coincidence a footballer like Bernardo was man of the match last time round.

The faux outrage is what they want, hopefully calmer professional minds are at work in Lennoxtown perfecting a winning game plan.
That’s all that really matters.

The Star Above The Crest
April 2, 2024 3:45 pm

Where did everyone go?

Jimtim
April 2, 2024 4:21 pm

Well who is really surprised .we are getting made tools off . the sfa have something over our board it’s all I can think off .why oh why have uefa not been informed of what is going on .why have our club not asked them to check it out .do we not have a wealthy fan who feels like we do to take uefa on regards this privately as the club can’t .it can’t be allowed to continue , rither that pull out the game we aren’t going to be allowed to win it anyway .

Mike in Toronto
April 2, 2024 6:02 pm

Ajax CEO being fired for insider trading. He was apparently approached last year, but was on gardening leave from his old job, and so could not formally be appointed until the start of this season. Apparently, before his appointment was announced, he started buying shares in Ajax (which is publicly traded). After his appointment was announced, the shares went up in value. He said that he was simply showing confidence in the club he would be joining, which any executive should do. The club sees it as insider trading – he was buying shares before his hiring was publicly known, so was using information not available to the public, which the club see as grounds for termination.

Here’s an idea …. perhaps, instead of donating money to charity, SC’ers use that money to buy Sevco shares in the name of PL and MN… and then report them to the stock exchange!

🙂

Jobo Baldie
April 2, 2024 6:26 pm

EKFCs potential title winning party is put on hold as tonight’s trip to Albion Rovers is postponed, presumably due to a waterlogged pitch. A single point required from our 4 remaining ganes. Was going to be my first ever away game, too. Oh well, The Premier League on TV will have to do.

Sol Kitts
April 2, 2024 7:19 pm

BMCUWP
My first legal pint cost 24p. Said I would give it up when it went to less than 4 for a pound. Then I said the same when it was less than 3, which saw me through for a wee while. Then it was 2 for a pound……you know how this story goes.

INIQUITOUS IV
April 2, 2024 7:22 pm
INIQUITOUS IV
April 2, 2024 7:26 pm

Strathclyde Students Union, 1965. A pint of heavy, one shilling and nine pence. Ten pints for a pound, and ten pennies change for crisps or peanuts. Nae wonder I took to drink.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 7:29 pm

INIQUITOUS IV

No wonder you were gutted at not getting change from a ten bob note in The Horseshoe a few months ago!

INIQUITOUS IV
April 2, 2024 7:34 pm

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
INIQUITOUS IV

No wonder you were gutted at not getting change from a ten bob note in The Horseshoe a few months ago!
—————————————
Yep, Bobby, I still have some post-traumatic symptoms from that incident!🤣

Mike in Toronto
April 2, 2024 7:40 pm

I’m clearly not as old as some of you lot!

But I do remember going to The Brunswick House (aka The Brunny) during my college days back in the ’80’s … it was an old beer hall, and sometimes music venue, that had been running since the 1860’s. Patrons would drink and sing along with Irene, who had been entertaining crowds for 50 years with her rendition of bar room classics like ‘Ive Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts’ !

The University of Toronto had developed all around it, and since it was cheap, it was a mecca for students, who would order trays of 50 beers at a time (for $1 per beer!). it was known to serve underage students, and in one year alone, was visited 155 times by the police! Frequently lost its liquor license for selling to minors, and…. for recycling and reselling beers that were left over in glasses…yuck!

closed its doors for good about a decade ago.

Had a few good nights in the Brunny .. and as I was a teetotaller, I might be the only patron since the 1860’s who actually remembers my evenings in the Brunny.

INIQUITOUS IV
April 2, 2024 7:46 pm

Brilliant goal for Isak for Newcastle. 1-0 vs Everton.
Good game, this.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 7:48 pm

INIQUITOUS IV

Superb lobbed pass to create the chance. That’s how to beat a defensive line.

INIQUITOUS IV
April 2, 2024 7:51 pm

A water break halfway through the half? What’s that about?

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 7:53 pm

MIKEINTORONTO

Teetotal? No wonder you were Toronto’s most eligible bachelor for years. All this time I put it down to your dashing good looks and easy charm…

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 2, 2024 7:54 pm

INIQUITOUS IV

Sunset,so breaking the Ramadan fast.

INIQUITOUS IV
April 2, 2024 7:54 pm

A Fulham team that demolished Spurs is down 2-0 to Forest. Strange game, fitba.