Waiting For The Fat Lady

Morning,all.

The weekend just gone threw up some shocking results right from the off. Friday night saw long-time Championship leaders Leicester lose at struggling Plymouth,while in the same division their nearest rivals Leeds,defeated by free falling Blackburn,and Ipswich,drawing with Middlesbrough,failed to take advantage the following day.

Worse was to come on the Sunday,with the Premiership giving us two coupon busters live on TV. In a three-way race for the title,both Liverpool and Arsenal lost at home to Palace and Villa respectively. The trend for the day had been set in Scotland though by the defeat of R2ngers in Dingwall. I don’t know about dancing in the streets of Ross,but there was certainly much celebration on Timternet,accompanied by wailing and gnashing of teeth and heavy outbreaks of scapegoating in the rest of the media.

The three Sunday results alone tell you how much of a shock,how much of a coupon-buster,this was. A tenner treble would have netted you around £18,000 at average odds of over 11/1! To give that some perspective,even the winner of The Grand National was only 7/1-and that race had more than thirty runners. Somehow I doubt that the bookies were bothered much at the payout desk with fixed odds punters.

Most of that is by the by,of course. The only significance for Celtic in these results is the one in Dingwall. It puts us firmly back in control again even as the season draws to a close and we await the final round of fixtures. Five games left for each club,plus the infamously delayed match between Dundee and our nearest challengers. We are four points clear at the top,and even if R2ngers win on their trip 20,000 fathoms beneath the surface of the Dundee pond they will still be a point behind. That puts us in the driver’s seat,does it not?

Well,yes. And no. From February 3rd to March 3rd,we played six league matches and only won half of them. We drew with Aberdeen and Kilmarnock,and lost at Tynecastle. Seven points dropped in what wasn’t even our worst period of the season. In an eight match spell leading up to Christmas,we dropped TEN points,a return of only 58% and hardly title-winning form. So poor was our form that my wee hun mate was starting to get his hopes up at the time,and such was his joy by late February as his team went two points clear at the top that he was actually giving us some grief about it in the pub!

It didn’t take me long to remind him that none of us had wound him up when his side were seven points behind and that the only reason his side were ahead at that stage is because both teams were utterly unreliable. The smirking supremacist of a winning hun comes to the fore in him at times like these,it goes with the territory with that lot-as we all know too well. It didn’t last-his mob lost at home to Motherwell the following weekend. I said nothing-after all,we faced a difficult trip to Tynecastle the following day. And we all know how that went,handing them back the advantage.

In the time between our first dropped points of this article,late October,and now,he has always been telling us how Philippe Clement is just simply the best in the business. (What did I say about supremacist?) But now,despite their 3-3 victory against us last weekend,it seems he is not The Messiah after all. Sadly for him,they don’t think he’s a very naughty boy either. No,they are much more vicious in their denunciation. They really know how to turn against their heroes in record time at that club,don’t they?

It seems that after his first 24 league games,M Clement has amassed a total of 59 points. In comparison,that is actually worse than both of his predecessors who were both sacked. So the conclusion from that is that his jaikit is on a shoogly peg,right? That he will soon be the latest manager from there to be shown the door and the sharp end of the boot inside a year or so? Well,probably. Certainly that is likely if we win the league.

But are we right to be so overjoyed? Well,obviously it is better for us that they lost on Sunday. Goes without saying. But it hardly means that it is now a foregone conclusion. Not when,as I have pointed out,our own form is hardly a model of consistency or excellence. I don’t mean to piss on anyone’s chips here,but I’ll be keeping any celebrations or otherwise very much to myself until the fat lady sings-and she’s hardly even started her warm-up yet.

Or to put it another way,that record of Clement’s of 59 points from 72 is getting him some dogs abuse from all quarters,but it equates to 93 points from a full season of 38 matches. Celtic are currently on 78 points from 33 games and would need to win all five post-split matches to achieve 93 points. They might be garbage,but we are nowhere near consistent enough to be 100% confident. Wait for the fat lady,folks.

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 16, 2024 8:11 am

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 16, 2024 8:12 am

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Just Sayin’
April 16, 2024 8:30 am

Said as much yesterday.
Get the job done then get triumphant.

The difference now is we are playing ourselves into some sort of form evidenced by improvements in performance from AJ, Reo, CCV
all of whom have been out injured at some point.
Calmac slowly being re introduced helps, of course.

The contributions from the bench of Idah particularly have been crucial. And the occasional JF cameo is something we might be seeing more of.

In contrast our rivals are choking but might get a lift from beating Dundee and the full Heimlich manoeuvre relief from an accommodating Naismith and his craven Jambos on Sunday.
It ain’t over yet.

The sound and fury on the sidelines will increase too.

Keep focus and cool heads. This league is there to be Won.

SteveNaive
April 16, 2024 8:43 am

Maybe I missed it but never saw anything on the news yesterday on the minutes silence in Liverpool for the 35 th Anniversary of Hillsborough.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 16, 2024 8:45 am

STEVENAIVE

MOTD had the full minute silence at Anfield on Sunday. Impeccably observed.

Jobo Baldie
April 16, 2024 8:49 am

Good morning, friends.
Totally agree, Bobby, as Brendan said a few weeks ago, let’s write our own story. Or words to that effect. The only thing that changed from the weekend is that instead of us now having to win our 5 remaining games, we can afford to draw the final derby. Or alternatively if we win the Derby we could afford to lose 1 of the other 4.
So we are certainly in pole position at the moment. But focusing on 1 game at a time is the mantra.
Perhaps the delay in releasing the post split fixtures helps in that regard. It stops folk like me speculating on precisely when and where we might clinch the title!
So, all eyes on Saturday and our first visit to Hampden this season. Get a couple of goals ahead and then concentrate on messing up the ground around the 2 penalty spots in advance of the other semi.

Auldbhoy67
April 16, 2024 8:58 am

Morning folks.
Just read this morning a stat which is and isn’t hard to believe regarding the so called Messiah across the city. Since his arrival 25 games ago he has witnessed his heroes being awarded 15 penalties. Yep 15 in 25 games you read it correctly. They have been awarded one in every domestic fixture since Feb. If it wasn’t for these penalties they wouldn’t even be 2nd. They also haven’t been winning when any of them given.

Dirtycheatinmibs.com

Just Sayin’
April 16, 2024 9:03 am

Rangers have had 4 penalties in their last 4 league games.

Score at time of penalty:
Rangers 0-1 Motherwell
Rangers 0-0 Hibs
Rangers 0-2 Celtic
Ross County 3-1 Rangers

All given by VAR.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 16, 2024 9:41 am

JOBO

“concentrate on messing up the ground around the 2 penalty spots in advance of the other semi.”

Oh,the bad bit’s just pouring out of you there!

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 16, 2024 9:43 am

AULDBHOY,JUSTSAYIN

These are only statistical anomalies. Nothing to see here,move along.

Just Sayin’
April 16, 2024 9:51 am

BMCUW

How many pens is it from a world record in a season? 4/5?
Betting must be they get there.

Pattern of assistance indeed!

Lost in translation ...
April 16, 2024 11:00 am

BMCUW

SPL — 5 big games to go.
Still having nightmares about 2005 / 2009 / 2011.
Our current form makes every game too competitive for ,my liking.

Better to be ahead rather than behind but they still have it in their hands.
Plus the hands of Ludge MIB / Ludge VAR.

Penalties — need to work every angle / keep it in public view.
As noted by others the meta data is even more incriminating.
They get penalties when they need them.

SPL — 5 big games to go.

We owe Hertz big time.
We owe Killie double big time.
We owe our friends in Govan.

We need to make sure we owe Dundee/ StM nothing come the end of the season.
We have a reasonable squad / we have a lot of talent — we need to turn up with energy / drive / ambition.
Step change over some of our recent form — 90 minutes and not 45.

San Luis
April 16, 2024 11:59 am

Tbf, I’ve seen no triumphant predictions on this portal, indeed the exact opposite. I think we’re pretty grounded and survivors of many a failed Celtic campaign in our lifetimes.

You only celebrate when you win something, not before and certainly not in a 3-3 home draw.

Powder status: Bone Dry.

McCaff
April 16, 2024 12:10 pm

Morning all! As was stated yesterday, and reiterated today, keep the heid!
I’m in full agreement but just cannae help being amused by what appears to be a season of hype and real belief (as per feckin usual I hear you say 😁) blawin’ up in their faces!!
#YaGottaLuvItCSC #BigPhilMustStayCSC 🤣🤣🤣

Celtic1member1vote
April 16, 2024 12:43 pm

Dens Park passes pitch inspection for Sevco game tomorrow night.

Now hopefully Dundee can match the Ross County score !!

Bada Bing
April 16, 2024 1:36 pm

Dundee H

Killie A

Huns H

St Mirren A

Hearts H

Is doing the rounds,nothing confirmed…..

Leggy
April 16, 2024 3:02 pm

Afternoon all,

I agree with McCaff, ( God forbid ).

One Match a time sweet Jesus, 🎶🎶🎶

Ps

Iniquitous IV,

All the best with your upcoming appointment 🙏

KTF CSC 💚💚💚

Auldheid
April 16, 2024 3:17 pm

https://spfl.co.uk/news/post-split-fixtures-for-202324 Its all here folks.

Cry havoc and let loose the conspiracies of war.

Kerry Dale
April 16, 2024 3:18 pm

Dundee Away 28 April
Hearts Home 4 May
Rangers Home 11 May
Killie Away 15 May
St Mirren Home 18 May

San Luis
April 16, 2024 3:36 pm

Win those first 4 games and we’re Champions. It’s as straightforward as that.

Well, except in this season of madness it possibly isn’t.

Bring it on .

McCaff
April 16, 2024 4:09 pm

San Luis…if the Huns win 4 out of their next 5, they’re on 86 points going into the final game.
If we win 4 out of our next 4 we’re on 90 points going into the final game and can’t possibly be caught at that stage!
Let’s hope their demise continues tomorrow at Dundee, just to keep the pressure on them and off us a bit!

Craig 76
April 16, 2024 4:18 pm

How close are killie to hearts, is it tight enough for hearts to not ease off in any games ?

McCaff
April 16, 2024 4:24 pm

Not really Craig, Hearts 9 points ahead so guaranteed 3rd if they screw the nut. Just like us, almost guaranteed the League if we screw the nut!!

McCaff
April 16, 2024 4:30 pm

Celtic have scored in every fame this year except the Hearts 2-0. We’ve scored 41 in 15, almost 3 a game. The last 5 games have seen us score 16 I think, 3s in all but the Livi Sc Cup game where we got 4, so that’s more than 3 a game.
I think it’s fair to say with our injured players returning to full fitness and form, despite our alternate 45 minutes of being decent, we’re finally hitting the right firm at the right time.
Without counting chickens, although I do believe we’ll win the league, compare and compare trust to the Huns form!
I know where I’d rather be right now!!

Craig 76
April 16, 2024 4:31 pm

Cheers McCaff 👍
Wonder if they’ll try in their next game to get the points 🤔

Auldbhoy67
April 16, 2024 5:00 pm

The 2 big questions are Will hearts try against huns this weekend to reach a final AND if some honest mistakes occur the league goes to the last game will they then try to stop huns winning.
Remember they went 13 games without defeat along with beating us and were hammered 5-0 at bigotdome.
All brothers together……..
Who was it who said it will be an interesting run in . He could be right.

Come on Dundee. You owe Clements a fkn….

Big Audio Dynamite
April 16, 2024 5:16 pm

If we do manage to beat Phillipe’s flops to the title, it’ll be one of the sweetest I’ve experienced.

I’m still gobsmacked at the level of cheating this season

McCaff
April 16, 2024 5:18 pm

Phillipe’s Flops!! 🤣🤣🤣 Too much time on yer hands, BAD!! 😂😂😂

Just Sayin’
April 16, 2024 5:25 pm

Decent fixture schedule.
Be bold, be focused and we do this.
Nowt to fear.
Bring it on.

This league is there to be won.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 16, 2024 5:47 pm

We knew before the fixtures were released what we had to do. Five games to win the title,and that’s it. The order we play them in isn’t really important. Only surprise is that our third home game is against St Mirren and not Dundee,and I think we can guess why that is.

Just Sayin’
April 16, 2024 5:50 pm

I’d say playing Killie away first would be significant.

Jobo Baldie
April 16, 2024 5:58 pm

Good evening, friends.
So here are how the post split games pan out

Sunday April 28 12.30 St Mirren v Sevco (TV)
Sunday April 28 3.00 Dundee v Celtic (TV)

Saturday May 4 3.00 Celtic v Hearts
Sunday May 5 1.00 Sevco v Kilmarnock (TV)

Saturday May 11 12.30 Celtic v Sevco (TV)

Tuesday May 14 7.30 Sevco v Dundee (TV)
Wednesday May 15 7.30 Kilmarnock v Celtic (TV)

Saturday May 18 12.30 – Celtic v St Mirren and Hearts v Sevco

3 Saturday visits to Celtic Park. Which is nice.
But, of course, eyes on the prize and all that so Aberdeen on Saturday to take care of.

16 roads
April 16, 2024 6:45 pm

Just Sayin’

16 Roads

Sounds like that distraction and noise surrounding the Huns I said we need to ignore.
There will be lots of it.

Celtic would have to compensate every season ticket holder for one lost game.
Over £1m ! Then there is loss of match day income.
That might make the craven board actually
Speak up!!

April 16, 2024 6:33 am

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Thanks for the reply Just Sayin’.

You were correct – mischief making/trolling from the daily rainjur.

Nobody put their name to the tripe article either as you have stated.

Absolute disgrace of a publication, owed by the Mirror group as far as I’m aware.

Pure scum CSC.

Leggy
April 16, 2024 6:49 pm

Bhoys/Girls,

Don’t panic with the nuclear red button.

It’s easy,

Win 5 games, win the League.

SimplesCSC 🍀🍀🍀🍀

Leggy
April 16, 2024 6:50 pm

Ps,

Don’t even think about a draw. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

INIQUITOUS IV
April 16, 2024 7:03 pm

LEGGY
Iniquitous IV,

All the best with your upcoming appointment 🙏
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Leggy, Thanks Mate! Hope yer in the pink. I might be watching upcoming games in mono, rather than stereo!😂
HH
Iniquitous IV😊

maccargo
April 16, 2024 7:07 pm

So, should we take care of business and they lose to either Dundee, St Mirren or Kilmarnock we can win the league against them on the 11th?

Craig 76
April 16, 2024 7:14 pm

Thread on upcoming trial to stop keepers time wasting

https://x.com/DaleJohnsonESPN/status/1780201020020130025

Leggy
April 16, 2024 7:35 pm

Right, what about a non related football question !!!

Remember Greens/ Apollo venue in Glasgow, ( Sorry Craig 76 )

What was the best encore from a band you watched.

I’ll start, and there’s none better,

Lynyrd Skynrd

Freebird.

Beat that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

16 roads
April 16, 2024 7:38 pm

All out attack against that Kilmarnock mob from the start.

The slow, ponderous build up play right into their hands.

I expect Celtic to put them to sleep within the first half hour.

See John Stein and Sean Fallon – everything at the double quick.

I’ve noticed a change in tempo recently though to be fair to Brendan.

We write our own history CSC. 🍀

timhorton
April 16, 2024 7:44 pm

IQ4
Eye operation??

INIQUITOUS IV
April 16, 2024 8:04 pm

timhorton
IQ4
Eye operation??
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Aye, mate. Cataracts. One eye at a time. Should be routine ( I hope! )
Hope you are doing well.
HH
Iniquitous IV😊

INIQUITOUS IV
April 16, 2024 8:06 pm

Sabitzer misses a sitter for Dortmund.

INIQUITOUS IV
April 16, 2024 8:06 pm

Then Morata does the same!

INIQUITOUS IV
April 16, 2024 8:09 pm

Can’t see either game being scoreless. All 4 teams going hell for leather.

Sol Kitts
April 16, 2024 8:13 pm

Barcelona score

INIQUITOUS IV
April 16, 2024 8:15 pm

Brilliant from Yamal, only 16 years old.

INIQUITOUS IV
April 16, 2024 8:18 pm

Love to see a winger go on the outside along the byline, setting up an easy goal like that.

Sol Kitts
April 16, 2024 8:21 pm

Athletico miss a one on one with the keeper

Sol Kitts
April 16, 2024 8:22 pm

Lewandowski blasts over from 10 yards.