The annual ‘Its Happened Again’ show

Its become a regular feature of the summer by now.
End of June, kids finish school.
Middle of July, ‘they’ march.
End of August, the first good team we meet beats us.

 

Last night seen the Lennon and Lawell experiment exposed, all its flaws and frailties laid bare for the world to see. Once again very early on in the season, we were not prepared for what was to come, giving us more questions than answers of our footballing department and those who call the shots. It has happened too many times to be a coincidence now, we clearly have problems, and last night also seen some of those problems bubble over into the public arena, never a good sign. Not usually anyway and most unlike us if truth be told.

 

Firstly credit to our opponents, their manager was a fantastic striker in his day, and they clearly relished the win, Gratulálunk.
One look at them told you they would not be physically outmuscled, just as well we weren’t going down that route. Like any Eastern European team they were very technically efficient, and we knew beforehand they had pace, a deadly combination and so it proved. I thought their right back handled James well, usually being close by when he received, and all their forward line can hold their heads up. None of them seem like they would look out of place at a bigger team, and it shows there are players out there, thousands of them. They wait only to be found.

 

Our line up, this is when the palpitations started.
The famous Glasgow Celtic went into a must win European tie at home with no striker on the park. Levein is still getting ridiculed on sites for that one. I had been demanding two strikers thinking let’s try and win the game, we got zero.
Our usual right back was replaced by his taller rival for the spot, our latest centre back we had been grooming was dropped for the player he replaced who was dropped for poor form, our bit part French midfielder was given a starting role as vital link man between midfield and the midfielder come striker up top, also our smallish left back who has failed to impress got the nod against a tall team who exploit poor ball skills.
It had heart in your mouth written all over it.

 

Celtic took thirty minutes to get going, during which they had scored while showing patches of quality. We found a resolute, well drilled opponent who always had an outball, and that player usually had the skill and know how to make the ball stick to him plus the guts to drive at the defence. Every counter was supported, players breaking at pace with purpose.

 

Our first half period of dominance seen a lot of wing to inside to more inside to other wing and repeat type of play. The trained striker timing his run was missing, glaringly so, and they were holding resolutely at the back, showing some nice one touch passing in the middle plus up front when offered the opportunity, a well drilled unit at the rear holding strong.

 

Half time was going to be very important for our dugout, and in fairness the team appeared with a spring in their step, which did produce our goal.
We hadn’t been creating clear cut chances up to that point, mostly restricted to shots from around the edge of the box, and it was one such shot that took a nice deflection and floated over a keeper who had came off his line, so one each and it was on.

 

The goal energised our play and gave some belief, and we did look to have an edge for a while, continuing to attack, trying to force the issue. Three times I counted Ryan slipped through and whizzing the ball across the goal face, to a striker who was not there!
Having failed to take further advantage of our second spell of heavy possession, we were always susceptible to the sucker punch, even if you didn’t want to believe it could come.
El Hamed had one subpar moment, the keeper doesn’t cover himself in glory just when we could do with it, and the winner bulges the back of the net.
Same ol story etc.
Except afterwards Lenny informs us it was poor individual performances plus some of those playing didn’t want to be here, and they should make their mind up!

 

Last night was not the night for rash statements, or words said in the heat of the moment, it was the time to appeal for calm from all quarters and assure the faithful that events would be reflected upon. To give of a semblance of professionalism and accountability at the very least.
Neil has chosen poorly, and will probably regret it in hindsight. His recent ‘excellent at times’ re Tannadice also rubbed people the wrong way and making public inhouse clashes will not have served his cause well at all to fans or players I imagine.
Public mudslinging is for other clubs, not ours, and that should be impressed upon him.

 

But lets look at his statement that some wish to leave.
Is that not part and parcel of life at a big club?
If you feel that desire to depart would impact upon their performance then dont pick them surely, and if you did does their performance not rest upon your shoulders, just like Efe against Juve?
And who exactly?
A quick scan suggests Kris or Olly being discussed, two of our best players on the night!
At times one could see why Kris is being talked about for a big money move, his turning defense into attack runs from deep are a pleasure to watch, he was clearly trying, so what’s the point in digging him out? Zilch but deflection.
Olly likewise.

 

And how about asking them why they want to leave instead of bitching about it?
The very last thing Kris needs right now is a non coaching motivator who is getting left behind by the modern game,, he needs real coaching to see how far he can go in the game. I didn’t see one team huddle from our trio in the dugout, why not? Communication looked minimal between them.
Kris costing only hundreds of thousands while surely bringing in eight figures rather than pulling a Messi is very commendable,,I mean what more could we ask for?
But oh no let’s have a bitch because he wants to go?
What a bloody cheek!

 

Olly should have the midfield built around him, one of the few that can play first touch passes, something that is essential to thrive in the modern game, but yet let’s use him as a bit part player rotating him in and out of a trio that used to work well but hasnt in quite a while! Yet in a roundabout way slate him for having the temerity for wishing to move on after four years in a land where it hasn’t really worked out professionally, what great management skills. What’s next, don’t talk to injured players ala Shankley?

 

As for our strikers, or lack of them, if it wasn’t so serious it would be comical. Klimala spent the off season bulking up and working on his game to be ready early, good man and initiative taken. After hardly playing he isn’t fit enough not only to start but have any time? Ajeti couldn’t have gave us a half? He cant run 45 minutes?
Again more questions than answers.

 

Last nights defeat was a long time in the making, the seeds have been sown over many a transfer window and recruitment decisions, but we simply must let this season play its course so those involved see their project through to the end,if only to see exactly where it has taken us.
There’s one big prize to be scooped or blown.
Lets see if all their planning and know how delivers it.

 
 
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Mike in Toronto

Mark. 8:36

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

So, Celtic wins another corrupt tin pot, but Loses what shreds of a soul it has left… not worth it. Not even close.

Margaret McGill

I’m so sorry for all Celtic supporters tonight. All over the world. It’s a sad indictment but all of you have been had by a bunch of executive charlatans. Some too stupid to know some too green hun to care. NFL is not the problem. It’s like blaming the school monitor. Thanks to Garry for getting me to post. I owe Awe Naw some cash. However, I feel this is an important moment in Celtic history. For those who are financially and emotionally invested I salute you because you are about to get what you fucking deserve!

TTQTKK

No excuse for our European performances. Doesn’t seem to matter who is the manager we are just pedestrian ☹️🤷‍♂️

Thetic

I think Ajer is playing out of position I think he would be great protecting our back line ,and would cause a lot of problems to our opponents driving forward. I also think we have to protect Jeremy, we saw the punishment KT suffered and was clearly being burnt out playing in the SPFL treat JF with kid gloves as he matures. I never feel confident in Europe too many disappointments against teams we really shout beat, and not just under Neil Lennon.
This was my post before the game on the last blog Ajar proved my point,and The Jeremy statement I still stand by we have to be careful with him ,but I would have hooked Forest at HT.
Scott Brown has done well over the years but if Ajer played that position it would free up McGregor to play more forward and Ntchem deserves a run in the team
Scott Brown takes stupid yellow cards. On Saturday he should have stiffened Souter he wouldn’t need to take a yellow an old pro can stiffen someone without getting a card if he wants yellows to prove how hard he is do it productively and protected our ball players
No wonder guys want away they are going to get injured playing in this league with no protection from refs or the club
I honestly feel a big shake up is warranted There is no way Klimala is out of shape the little we have seen of him he has been a ball of fire. I would love to see Paul Lambert in charge

Thetic

I love what the Milwaukee Bucks did ,they refused to play a basketball game because of the police shooting a guy in the back 7 times. He was unarmed I bet most of you are too young to remember the Olympic Games in Mexico where the two young American sprinters put clenched fists in leather gloves to protest racial inequality in the USA they did not get a lot of backing at that time. Muhammad Ali threw his Olympic gold medal into his hometown river because he was barred from eating in a local restaurant. These professional basketball players join a long list of other professional athletes who have taken a stand , Colin Kappernick was chastised by the President for taking a knee, then blackballed by the National Football league, depriving him of making a living. I hope we have turned a corner , no more back of the bus. And I hope they stand firm for equal treatment for all, they deserve our support to keep moving this forward

Any Celtic supporter who hasn’t even factored into their psyche that, the removal from season book subscription’s of the refund facility, should the pandemic result in the season being abandoned, then you should now, RIGHT NOW, be collectively deactivating any direct debit payments, or you’ll be mugged off!

Celtic PLC won’t allow 10 in a row, so don’t pay for your own mugging. ✌🍀

Off oot.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Honestly scunnered by everything last night,from the initial selection to the performance,the timing and personnel for the substitutes and finally through to THAT post-match interview.

And no,the fact that many of us could see it coming,been there virtually every season since qualifiers were first introduced,doesn’t make it any easier. But Lawwell will simply suck up the brickbats,plan to balance the books in his usual manner,and ignore the pain we endure or the criticism coming his way.

Neil Lennon’s job will be safe but only because Lawwell will not cough up to fire him nor to provide the quality replacement required. And that might just be the making of NL,because he will finally have to bring in the youngsters and the players he has taken a dislike to.

Because they’ll be about the only ones left.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Mind you,CHAIRBHOY put it better last night.

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El hamed looked very, very rusty, why was that?

Broony looked past it, why was that?

Christie didn’t look like a striker, why was that?

Jullien didn’t look like a commanding centre half, why was that?

Forrest and McGregor looked like they have regressed as footballers, why is that?

The Hungarians may have looked the weaker team but they looked like they out thought us tactically, why was that?

Noel Skytrot

I’m still pissed off at last night’s defeat and have saw a lot of people calling for Lennon’s head, but I would love to know who they would bring in? We’ve probably spent a big chunk of our transfer budget and if someone came in they would have to work with the same players. Lennon and the players fucked it last night but I dont think calling for his head with the season in front of us is a good idea, thoughts please?

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NOELSKYTROT

I said in my post a few minutesw ago that NL is safe,but not for reasons that I find acceptable. He isn’t only incapable of improving players,he actually has a talent for making them worse. As for a replacement-which won’t happen anyway-I’d pick someone who knows how to coach players,and one who doesn’t think his job is done simply by picking a team,any team.

Sometimes the opposition don’t play quite the way you expected or wanted them to,and that’s where the rejigging of formations,judicious use of substitutes etc,comes into play.

Yes,we could have won that last night-a penalty decision here,a poor offside decision there-but we didn’t. And while much of it was down to the players on the night,the bulk of the blame lies with NL for the selection,formation,subs policy. Etc.

He reckons some players were only going through the motions last night? At least they did that much. NL’s performance was simply an abrogation of responsibilities,starting with the selection and all the way through to the post-match interview.

Big Audio Dynamite

Never slept a wink again because of a fecking football club! Just as well I’m single right now, no woman would believe a grown man could be so consumed by a sport!! Btw, are we still a FOOTBALL club!?

It gives me lots of time to think. I’m sure insomnia has an upside, I just haven’t found it yet.

Anyway, the conclusion I’ve reached? Radical! We need a revolution ..the fat cats have become so comfy, they are now incapable of moving …they are going have to be removed!

Ffs, look at what they have now allowed us to become in Europe ..cannon fodder!, How utterly maddening. We can keep blaming the manager but the truth is, he is just a patsy. Anyone think any of them will be hurting this morning like us!? The truth is, we are treated with the exact same contempt as the Huns ..cash machines!

Better dust off our 67 songs, we are gonna be singing them for a loooong time!

Gutted in Brigton!!

Big Audio Dynamite

Player playing out of position? I give you the most glaring, Callum McGregor! A genuinely good footballer, converted to a defensive midfielder! Not his fault, but, have you ever seen Callum make a last ditch tackle in our box? Save a certain goal with a crunching tackle? Win countless 50-50s in the middle? No, you havent, as that will NEVER be his strenghts!

Does Callum strike anyone as the Roy Keane type!?

Baffling.

Noel Skytrot

The Daily Radar is running with a Champions league fall out- live thread online, I wonder if the huns would get the same coverage?

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NOELSKYTROT

I seem to remember the Scottish Media absolutely crucifying Smith when he got hammered 4-1 by Unirea.

Oh,wait. Now I remember,they uttered not a word,not even at the post-match interview…

McCaff

Morning all from a Depression in Renfrew..,thankfully I don’t need to deal with any Huns today!!!
Lucky for PL and Lenny there were no fans at the game last night, the true feelings of the fans would have been expressed at the main door like they haven’t been in a long time!

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McCAFF

Morning,mate. Not even venturing out today! In town for a few tomorrow though,and likely to bump into my pet hun. Fortunately he knows better than to have a pop,the last time he tried that I hung him out to dry.

If Lenny knew how to train people to do as their told,we wouldn’t be having this discussion. As I said,he will survive this with his job intact-but his reputation is already dust to most of us. He’s not even on borrowed time,he is a dead man walking,only kept in place because it suits the puppetmeister.

Celtic1member1vote

To those who can :

Please say a prayer for Neil Lennon and send him love today.

Forget about judging him as a football manager today, if you can.

Today will be a tough day for him as a person.

Please just say a prayer for him, and send him love.

Please find it in your heart to this today if you can .. Thank you.

jimthetim53

Good morning all & Packy.

Someone mentioned last night that Neil Lennon said in 2011, I’m not big on tactics, it’s all about the players. Scott Allan mentioned recently that in the dressing room Neil does not say anything about tactics. More inspirational or motivating talks. One thing that most people agree on is that Neil is no tactical genius, even his strongest supporters. His strength is in motivation.

My question is why can’t we have a manager who is good at both? It isn’t a choice of one or the other.

Some posters who run to his defence invariably say he is dyed in the wool Celtic and has suffered for the cause. That is true and is why I’m not seeking his head on a plate. That’s why I would love to see Neil get the ten in a row. But then leave. For the betterment of our on field performances. Even now though I wonder if he can deliver the ten! If he is to go it’s only August. Still a lot of time for a replacement manager to get things right. remember Wim Jansen? He was appointed in July but won the league that season stopping their ten.

Who? I would be happy with Gordon Strachan till the end of the season if all else fails.

Of course the pig in the middle is Peter Lawwell. the root cause of all that is wrong. it doesn’t matter what anybody thinks or says Mr. Moneybags will have his way. With the blessing of DD. My God what a pair!

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Celtic1member1vote

I know exactly where you are coming from,mate. And I reckon almost all of us remember how much Lenny brought to the team as a player and even as a manager when he took over the car crash that was the legacy of the unfortunate Tony Mowbray. We all empathised with him during that period,particularly in the face of his treatment from everyone EXCEPT the Celtic fans.

We get all that. But in much the same way that has-been players should never be allowed to treat Celtic as a pension pot top up,neither should we be happy to accept a manager who simply isn’t cutting it any more. His history with us is why we have accorded him the respect he deserves,and has earned,but eventually sentiment has to be jettisoned.

It’s sad,but that’s the reality.

Chairbhoy

BMCUWPs @ 07:21 am,

We now seem to be at a stage of entropy where we are regressing in so many areas for so many reasons.

I posted a few weeks back, when fholk were for the first time considering the idea that we weren’t a shoe-in for the TEN, that we might have some problems implementing our plan B.

Plan B is to flex our financial muscle and improve the team beyond that of Rangers best. Now, having spent the best part of £10m and being so much worse than we were last season, this fear looks very real to me.

Hail Hail

Celtic Champs Elect

Are we really a champions league team IMO we are not

We are a Europa League Team

M6bhoy

Noel Skytrot @ 7:24

I said last night Neil lennon is not the best manager in Scotland and might not even be the best in Glasgow. I actually think Jack Ross is a better manager and would do a better job than Lennon. Not saying that’s the level we should be aiming at but in my opinion Lennon is no better than any of the rest of the managers in the SPFL. I think he would struggle to get another manager’s job outside Celtic.

However, it’s not our job to pick the next manager as that’s what Lawwell gets overpaid to do. Problem is when it’s left up to him you get Mowbray, Delia or another Lennon type appointment. I suspect if Lennon gets mutually consented then the gig would be offered to John Kennedy on a caretaker basis till end of season. That’s the Celtic PLC way unless Dermot Desmott is awakened from his slumbers. The PLC customers bought into it in advance and yet again, they have been shafted. And we call the huns gullible?

Chairbhoy

Auldheid @ 12:29 am,

“Chairbhoy

I hope you are right and supporters are starting to put reason above emotion.

I half expected us to lose tonight, when I heard Eddy was out that went to 60%, the line up took it to 70%, after they scored 90% but back down to 50% for the 40 minutes before and after half time. Then Ferencvaros just kept the ball away from us at the back or playing it back and we did not have the same numbers pressing as in the 40 minute patch.

I don’t go along with NL is responsible for professional footballers failing to be professional and live up to their wages expectation. NL might have pointed out their faults after the game but would any players take their own responsibility for them? That is just my life view, not taking responsibility for oneself is down to each individual not the fault of someone else.

Put it this way I was giving if “FFS “when three Celtic players failed in a tussle with the Hungarian player who punted it forward. That went to “JHC” (and I very rarely say that) as El Hamed let the ball bounce. There is nothing a manager can do when you get double/triple errors by individuals who failed to rise to the level their wages give rise to an expectation of their ability.

On some do not want to be here, how many of those was NL responsible for signing? Perhaps that was his point or is it simply that if you run a football club as a business, employees treat it as a business and if they can go to a better paying business then they will. Football as a sport is a team game, there is collective responsibility, as a business there is no collective responsibility because a business and those running it have a different agenda from the football.

The loss in quality from last season is obvious and it s a direct result of business thinking before football.

We do not need to throw the business acumen out with the bathwater, but a better balance is needed at Board level and I confidently predict PL will be gone after this season. However will he take with him Celtic’s and Scottish football’s policy of dependency on hating Rangers and they in turn us, to collect easy money for the majority investors?

What would take its place? A club run on community lines with a Board more connected to the support? Would such a change still sell 50k plus STs?

As I said earlier “I’m fed up watching a rerun of The Shawshank Redemption every CL qualifying year, but at least Andy gets out of jail.”

That’s a good synopsis of the game as I saw it…

There seemed to be a real feeling in the air that we could lose this game… loosing Eddy, not playing a striker added to that apprehension many times over.

At half time I was whatsuping a fhriend… we agreed that loosing the goal was dangerous but I said we can get an equaliser (based on how we ended the first half) and bring on a striker with 30 mins to go to win the game (based on the fact that if not fully match fit, they should at least manage 30 mins against tiring opposition and both players PK and AA had scored on cameos).

We got the equaliser then… nothing, until they scored and changed tactics.

Now when you ask how many of the “want away” players Lenny signed, maybe it’s more relevant to ask how many big Pedro signed with the promise of a lucrative move… filling key positions with transients needs very careful management and a succession plan, neither of which our Board are good at.

Yes, they have huge business acumen and any organisation needs that, but it’s how it’s used. Our cash supports the share price and not the football team. Look at a photo of our Board, why would you expect those guys to have the first clue about running a world class football team in the 21st Century… we need a root and branch restructuring.

Yet back to the issues at hand, when “professional” footballers don’t perform it’s always an interesting one, there can be many reasons for it…

Yet for everyone of those readons there is a management skill or technique to recharge, refocus, rejuvinate or rest that player.

BR and CD were apparently the first people into Lennoxtown and the last out on any given day, each and every player had a personalised goal schedule and plan to achieve it.

After the Kilmarnock game Lenny gave the players two days off and had no idea what they were doing.

If it wasn’t obvious before (which it was btw), it is finally obvious how Lenny manages “old school” style. It appears the players aren’t responding to it. And why should they?

My feeling is, drilling; training, coaching and tactics into players can and will diminish mistakes.

I always thought Lenny a lucky manager, he’s often been in charge of some headscratching displays but won crucial matches and get results in matches he had no right to.

Of course when I say luck, I mean it in Gary Player terms… “the more I practice the luckier I get”.

Seems like this time round Lenny is looking for a different type of luck and he’s played all his get out of jail free cards…

Hail Hail

Chairbhoy

Celtic1member1vote @ 10:12 am,

Wonderful, generous sentiment.

Celtic Champs Elect @ 10:49 am,

It surly isn’t a choice between one or the other. The competitions are interchangable.

We are a tier three UCL Club, that means we should be competing in the UCL before Christmas and competing in the Europa after Christmas… ideal in my book.

If we had beaten Copenhagen and got as far as they did in the Europa, we would have an automatic place in the UCL group stages. When we won the TEN this season. (Think of that, no qualifiers next season a well plamned pre-season and unhindered transfer window.)

These interchangable competitions bring real benefits…

Mid week – Full houses at Celtic Park

Better players coming, making better teams

Huge financial windfalls

The chance not only to pit ourselves agsinst the best in Europe (UCL) but also our peers in Europe (EUL).

What is not in any way shape or form acceptable is to be dumped out the UCL qualifiers at this stage and still having a lottery to qualify for the UEL.

Hail Hail

Celtic1member1vote

BMCUW

Thanks for your reply and I agree with everything you said mate.

However, Neil will be suffering today and to much suffering in not good for anyone.

M6bhoy

Couldn’t give a monkeys how Lennon is feeling today to be honest. I know loads more people (friends, family and work colleagues) going through hard times and are far more deserving of my sympathy than an over-paid football manager with limited talents.

Awe Naw

I did say I’ll try and post after a European game.
Hope you are all keeping well and safe

A few scattered thoughts.

Ferencvaros are well known for not playing with a striker. The Hungarian champions beat the Swedish champions in their second game of the season. Why not the Scottish champions? They have a very small settled squad and a much smaller budget. Ditto Cluj, Copenhagen FC. They have a footballing philosophy that emanates from their respective managers that their club hierarchy fully supports. We like Arsenal.. Until very recently.. are Topsy Turvey.

Artmedia, Ronnie’s European excursions. Thank you Poland for ‘improper registrations’, Lincoln Imps, thankfully not a one off game, AEK Athens. Last night was nothing new. What’s the common denominator here? Welcome to the slow lane.

Damian Duff leaving a few months after landing his dream job is interesting me. When Celtic employees leave citing family reasons. My bullshit gene always twitches. For the football manager to have his coach imposed on him is a telling and illuminating move. In the games I have witnessed this season I have never seen Neil and Gavin confer with one another mid match. If you can’t even choose your right hand man what influence do you actually have in other footballing matters ?

Does Neil, John and Gavin have enough about them to mastermind a European onslaught today?

Screaming for Kilmala or Soros last night is akin to screaming for Kaoussi or Shved or Bayo or screaming for Allan or Cifti… there is such a large list of expensive non entities that would have been our erstwhile saviors since Artmedia I despair at the Celtic support.

I find it hard to pin who actually doesn’t want to play for Celtic anymore according to Neil’s criticism last night based on performance apart from the obvious Kris and Eddy. It wouldn’t surprise me if all players are aware that they were in the shop window last night. That can’t be conducive to having a good team performance

We haven’t been a CL team for a long time. The only CL quality players we have had these last 5 years are. Dembele, Eduoard, Forster, Tierney all very noticeable by their absences on these crucial nights.

The blame game will be appropriated to Covid-19, Bolingoli, Griffiths. Bloody money wasters and by the next domestic game winning 10iar will be the be all and end all. Even if we don’t qualify for Europe those sporting the third away kit possibly never to be worn will simply pass them by. CL drubbings impact too heavily on the Lisbon Lion nostalgia market. We are maximum a last 32 of the EL team.

Well if you got this far thanks for reading my inane dribblings. I’ll be back on for the EL third round qualifier

Oglach

Celtic could get a bye into the Europa League play-off round following their Champions League elimination. Two of the 10 teams will be given a bye. This will be decided by a random draw, with Celtic, Ludogorets, Legia Warsaw, Sheriff Tiraspol, Cluj, Suduva, Sarajevo, KI, Celje and FC Tirana all hoping to skip a round.

That’s a big no thanks from me. We’d only be pumped by some wee Eastern European team again. Absolutely fed up with Euro football.

Thought a defeat was likely last night given our recent form but the manner of the defeat and the unedifying sight of Glasgow Celtic fielding a team without a recognised striker in the European Cup / CL was just a bit too much. Lenny has my respect as a Celtic man and for all he has had to endure in ‘One Scotland many cultures’ because of his race and creed but enough is enough, time for you to leave a chara. Sadly this will not happen. Lenny knows that this is his last big pay check as it is extremely unlikely he could secure a job in football management at any reasonable level. PL isn’t going to dismiss him either as this will reflect badly on him given it was him that appointed Lenny in a ‘shower room’.
As for the ‘want aways’ Always going to be the case at Celtic if we advertise ourselves as a mere stepping stone on the road to a more lucrative / competitive league. Damn if our home grown players want to leave why would we criticise foreign players wanting to enrich themselves and prove themselves in a better league. Again the blame lays with Lenny – if they want to leave and you do not believe they are trying 100% don’t play them – simples.

Troubling times at paradise and i can’t see an easy solution. Just wait for Eddy, Kris & Ollie to be punted – it’s coming.

jimthetim53

Good to see you back on Awe Naw. A great read 🙂

CaltonTongues

Welcome David Turnbull ⚽🍀

HH

Oglach

‘Reports’ that oor Brendan is preparing a £20mill bid for Calmac have resurfaced. It was suggested that Celtic had rebuffed a +£20mill bid last season. Perhaps Brendan believes he has a better chance this time.

So lets add Calmac to the list and see how much cash the PLC could generate for themselves (Club 😘)

Eddy +£30 mill
Kris +£15 mill
Ollie +£8 mill
Calmac £20 mill

£73 mill – Nice little earner, bonus and share dividend wise that is.

Oglach

Ferencvaros manager Sergiy Rebrov has admitted that he was stunned that Celtic featured no strikers last night.

As were we Sergiy, as were we. 😲😲

Oglach

Welcome and Hail Hail to David Turnbull.

Now just where is Lenny going to play him – LB, goalie up front? Your guess is as good as mine.

bada bing1

That press conference was the kind of pish he came out with,at the end of his time at Hibs

jimthetim53

Maybe break him in as a ball boy for a few games ’till he gets up to match fitness.

bada bing1

Crying out for a striker, meanwhile Griffiths is fannying about on Tik Tok

Noel Skytrot

Thanks to those who responded to my question earlier.

I see the bookies have released odds on NL leaving Celtic before the season is out.

Noel Skytrot

Really excited about Turnbull signing, everything you read and hear about this lad is positive. My mate is a Well season ticket holder and raves about him, states we have a brilliant player coming and could start in the 1st team at the weekend, no problem.

Mike in Toronto

This won’t be popular, but I watched SB closely in the first half last night. He puts in a ton of work. One moment, He was harrying their left back when they started an attack. Most of the time he played just in front of of our CB’s. Other times he was a sweeper, playing behind the CB’s.not sure what minute it was, but when they broke, but SB chased the man back, and blocked a crowd near his own six yard box (great tracking and a great block).

A mixed bag ..hard to criticize someone who does . lots of work… but should he be everywhere on the pitch? Leaves Big holes, and throws the shape off, and no one seems To know when he is going to go walkers, or what to do when he does.

No one seems to be able to form an effective partnership with him in the middle of the park.

To me, it seems that SB, more than NFL, determines our style of playperformance

Why am I mentioning this?

No inside information… but I have a feeling that when NFL steps down, Which I think will be soon, SB will be appointed interim player coach.

Remember … you heard it here first.

bada bing1

We have to find a jersey for Frimpong, only guy who has a spark about him just now

MarioB

Not read back yet so I will give my opinion in current state of affairs. I am anaesthetised to the way our team sets out to play, it has been the same since Ronnys days.
Last night there was some good play, some say look at last few games, shots,chances all meaningless unless taken. There seems to be no structure to play, players all over the place getting in each others way.
Ok decisions went against us – goal chalked off, penalty not given, referee and linesmen poor. fouls and bookings against.
why we’re we chain game at 1-1 leaving one at back, clearance up park one on one boom ball back of net.
I have not criticised players, manager has done that for me. He should have a good hard look at himself.
stating players not wanting to be there, In games that I have seen I have not been given that impression.
There is something wrong and I don’t believe it is the players.

Management and players have had 5mths to get a playing style, method and roles defined, injuries to be allowed to heal properly ( Tom and others). I can see why players may want away from our league as the mibs are all wing once again our players to be kicked all over the park. Our players have no protection especially from our manager and board.

Onwards as always JUST CHANGE for the better. Please

bada bing1

I would write off the Europa League, and concentrate on the league

bada bing1

Aribo apparently been on a boli-esque Spain trip

Big Audio Dynamite

Welcome David. 🍀💚

Wish it was under better circumstances.

Mahe

Good morning folks.
Lot of tossing and turning done, like thousands I’m sure.

Welcome to Celtic David Turnbull. Good Luck.

Like the article says I don’t think they are going anywhere and will see this out. That’s fine by me. I feel the Sellic fans need this lesson.
If it goes down the lavvy, I will urge them to question a lot more and not fall for such tricks again.
That loss hastens change, the biggest thing needed. Firstly in mindset, no more cash and carry, we are a football club full stop.
Scouting network, one style of play from youths up, great youth coaches, supporter club liaison committee formed, more transparency all around etc etc
We need modernising and a modern outlook.
Can only happen when this shower go.

The main supporters organisation(s) could do with a fresh start also. They have been silent, maybe rendered toothless.

I also hope this doesn’t impact upon Neils mental health. Your Celtic credentials will never be doubt.

Hail Hail

Mike in Toronto

Bada

Best news of late. Maybe the league will be cancelled! Might be our only chance.

😀

Big Audio Dynamite

Absolutely no doubt this kid can play.

https://youtu.be/Az7lFFttOq8

Big Audio Dynamite

“Your Celtic credentials will never be in doubt” Well said, Mahe!

Btw, the posts last night about our manager drinking, from our own, were very disappointing. Expect that from Horrible Huns.

Big Audio Dynamite

Turnbull – the comeback story

https://youtu.be/fJdjqpBWsIo

Rebus67

NL knows football is all about control. Last night he lost control of a football game and thus the club lost control of its place in the CL. Further, with his comments he lost control of a significant portion of the dressing room. But, more disgracefully, he lost control of himself. Shame on him.

Rebus

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