The Dirty Dozen

Oh for the good old days when you only worried about injuries during the International breaks.
Covid-19 easily wins that battle these days.

 

I recall Celtic squads almost full of International players, so much so that it felt like a skeleton staff at Lennoxtown.
A quick squint at the current tells me we have somewhere around a dozen travelling to represent their home nation, not a small number at all.
The fact some of them will travel to or face countries with less than stellar medical features allied with a more basic way of life, might also mean the exposure opportunity is much higher than many would be comfortable with.

 

One piece of good news is Tam Rogic won’t be going anywhere. His nation has smartly postponed fixtures, so his notorious globe trot and subsequent jet lagged week not to mention fingernail biting chance of injury to those fragile magic wands will not take place.

 

This is however tempered by the fact Laxalt will be flying no small distance himself and then has a potentially explosive and draining World Cup Qualifier against Colombia on Friday night, which I will probably take in.

 

South America might not be our biggest risk though. The Norway Israel tie looks to be very risky, and we have four players there to enhance the risk factor. Norway has seen it’s own new kind of Covid from minks which ironically has entered Israels system also. Both nations are going through very large infection spikes right now.
We can only hope and pray there is no breach there, this is one meeting that holds the potential to seriously disrupt us.

 

Our Greek keeper will face three smaller nations, perhaps getting his mojo back, but another risk we can’t say no to while our Swiss International also falls into the same category.
One would imagine big Shane will be okay on Ireland duty, but the Bulgaria game stands out as a potential hiccup due to the fact it’s a poorer nation with many journeymen throughout those clubs to infect the international players involved.

 

The Scotland players also have their own worries on the virus front now unfortunately. Serbia, who Ajeti will probably face also, are trying to play two players who played against Lazio, a side which have had positive tests within the camp. Essentially a couple Serbs escaped before lockdown was announced, and now they wish to play them.

 

I wanted Griff to get some minutes under the belt, hopefully fire a few goals in to give the gaffer a real selection headache but with this news you’re just hoping someone somewhere sees some sense before serious repercussions arise.

 

So with a dozen players given three separate interaction opportunities each say, plus leaving the club/family bubble in the first place by simply meeting up with your national squad, members of the footballing department of Celtic Fc must brave around fifty infection opportunities.

 

And then our regular playing squad must reintegrate with them, “the dirty dozen” who have traversed the globe.
It’s bigtime gambling. It’s madness.

 

The light at the end of tunnel in the form of a vaccine looks near, which will end these Covid jaunts hopefully, but this particular International break is so very very ill-advised.

 

Me, you, Lenny and all connected with the club must await with bated breath the results of not the actual games or fixtures, but the virus tests after them.
That’s what its came to, the after game nose swab more important than the 90 minutes of action.

 

Fan A “Did you hear the result?”
Fan B ” Aye, Three and Two. Three goals, two positive tests!”
Fan A ” Are ye sure? I heard it was Three goals,three positives?
Fan B “I wish it was, I had a fiver on three n’ three!”

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Thetic

Today was a hopeful day with news breaking about a potential vaccine on the horizon. I hope tomorrow’s news is DT realizes he’s lost. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy SC great Leads from the hosts followed by great replies , and stories, even the ones that might be true
The Team might be shakey but SC is solid good see some old regulars back posting
HH

GER57

If we have international class players, they’re gonna get picked for their countries. Our fans wouldn’t accept a team of non internationals.
Why are these international qualifiers, indeed the tournament finals, even being played? Surely the record books could show, ” Tournament cancelled due to Covid crisis”
Who makes money when a tournament is played behind closed doors? I can see TV companies selling packages worldwide, but the hosts will make nothing.
In the meantime, our best player must travel to Uruguay and back through airports etc. Very risky.

Garry

Noel
I am 55. Know most of the old Temple Scurvy rogues from around my age. No doubt, our paths have crossed.
Temple Tims CSC

A thing of beauty

Great article mahe, it is utter madness that these games are being played. Rest assured we will get a positive test at least after this round of fixtures. As regards Norway v Israel though, surely Ajer will not be there. He is injured and if he has to travel to prove it then that is even more ridiculous than the game going ahead in the first place.
Rebus,
I loved your story about Mr H. It is beyond my capabilities to understand why lawwell and Desmond thought the appointment of Neil on a full time basis was going to keep the club on an upward trajectory. I like listening to Celtic podcasts and Celtic underground pointed out that each time we have appointed a top level manager the fruits of success have been plentiful. When we appoint from below that level we just bump along till eventually we have to hit the reset and appoint a top class manager again. They also spoke about how we know we can’t sign the best players so therefore it is even more important to appoint a first class coach to improve the players we do have. All of this has been discussed on here before and it is beyond fathomable how this CEO keeps getting to make the same mistakes and be rewarded for it. Again, as has been said before, it is recommended in business that a CEO of any top company has a shelf life of 5 years. Well I would suggest that peter lawwell is 10 years past his sell by date, covered in mould and stinking the place out. If he was performing at this level in any of Desmond’s other companies he’d be gone in a heart beat. One thing I will say about him is he is a lucky man. This years AGM should have seen him excoriated over Res 12 and the untruths about whether he saw the 5 way agreement and also the performance of the football club. Instead, he’ll get an easy ride where every time anyone tries to speak about these issues the zoom connection will mysteriously cut out. That’s if it goes ahead with any minor shareholders at all.

Garry

ATOB
Excellent post L. Agree 100% with every word. 👍🍀💚

A thing of beauty

Good to see you back on Garry. Also I’m so glad to hear you are back working. Hope it works out.

GER57

ATOB
Great post. How much does a top manager, and his squad, cost per annum? £10-12m?
When BR arrived, it was like we had half a dozen new signings, such was the uplift in performance.
So for me it’s a no brainier. We get the best coach available and recognise that it will cost initially. We really can’t afford not to.

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Can’t believe two guys in their seventies have managed to maintain an election for so long,that’s a week now.

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ATHINGOFBEAUTY

We’ve spoken plenty about the total control exerted by PL at the club,and the associated problem of succession planning as a result. He has micromanaged the club to such an extent that no decisions can be made unless approved by him,and in fact that the chances are that the rest of the people at the club only implement decisions made by him.

No point in putting your head above the parapet,is there?

As a result,we are now in the position that if PL was run over by a bus tomorrow,no-one would have a clue how to run their own departments-because anyone who could actually run a department without the input of PL would likely have been seen as a threat and removed.

So yesterday I read this…

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/09/opinion/xi-jinping-china-power.html

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MAHE

International football is fast being seen as an anachronism,and the dangers posed by crossing borders during a pandemic is only serving to highlight this.

A number of clubs have already barred their players from joining up with squads which will be playing for or against higher-risk countries. Which is of course somewhat hypocritical if those clubs are happy enough to play in those countries at club European level.

However,it should be remembered that clubs travel as a unit and in a “bubble”. Individual players on international duty frequently have to fly commercially and are meeting up with players from outside that bubble.

It is a dangerous game of Russian Roulette. One casualty because of it is too many.

Bobby 10.55

As I read your post I kept thinking of the Frank Sinatra classic – My Way. The lyrics could have been written for PL’s retirement do.

However,

“Although this work became Frank Sinatra’s signature song, his daughter Tina says the singer came to hate the song. “He didn’t like it. That song stuck and he couldn’t get it off his shoe. He always thought that song was self-serving and self-indulgent.”[11] (Wiki)

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An example of how ridiculous playing international football has become.

England are scheduled to play Iceland at Wembley next week. Iceland have to play a game in Denmark over the weekend. As a result,their squad is barred from entering the UK,as is anyone who has been in Denmark. So the game will probably go ahead-in Albania! Can’t help wondering why the England squad can face opponents deemed too dangerous to enter the UK,yet it is ok to play them in Albania,which adds to the risks.

BTW,I can’t believe that mink are still being farmed for their fur. That is shameful.

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JIMTHETIM53

Aye,apparently so. Until he realised how important it was to his fans and to the sales of concert tickets.

Bobby, Years ago when I was a teenager I was moaning to an older player – a fantastic sax player – about some of the stuff we played at concerts. A bit too happy clappy for me. I wanted us to play the meatier music.
He said, Jim, you’ve got to give the people what they want! (Sometimes!)

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MAHE

1967 was a very good year-and it gave us the movie which inspired today’s heading.

Watch it here in full.

Oglach

Angela Haggarty

I love how the likes of @JoeBiden and @JohnKingCNN are so loud and proud about their Irish heritage, and how warmly received it is. Maybe one day in Scotland it’ll be the same.

The Gombeen Man

Dirty Dozen,

Good leader Mahe. Hopefully big Shane turns the corner at Wembley…

Fair play to the powers that want to be at Ibrox for offering to bottle the Ibrox tap watter as a natural vaccine against Covid.

This wee clip appeared in my inbox this morning.

Enjoy,

https://youtu.be/Z6tddzE7m9I

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM,jim@11-29, dont talk to me about sax players, i had them down my lughole for 15 years 😍 told you the johnnie jones story, we rehearsed im a native new yorker all day, johnnie got it right, come nightime as usual johnnie is pished, he got it wrong every time, FFS johnnie the bandleader andy said, stop playing in the cracks, thats a musicians phrase sorry, jim will know what i mean, also andy had a thing where if i missed a beat or any of the band missed something, andy would pull an imiganary hand grenade out his pocket, pull the pin and throw it at you, he only hit me on the odd occasion😍😍another true story👍

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For anyone who missed this last night,as posted by BADABING. A potted highlights of the century so far.

https://twitter.com/AdamLynch27/status/1312508500682055680?s=08

fan-a-tic

International week?
Where players try to play tag and hope to avoid catching Covid so some corrupt organization can make money.
A Scottish exit seems likely partly due to the coaches failure to make any semblance of a team in his tenure.
Strachan was better but sealed his fate when he defied his masters and played too many Celtic players to try and salvage qualification though it was just too late.
The sigh of relief from the blazers when he just failed was like an F4 tornado.
Players will play out of position to satisfy the SFA and mssm.
Will not see any games as i have a fair amount of paint that will need watched while drying.
Meanwhile at Celtic park Lawwell will be plotting his next bonus and our coaches will be discussing which flavor and color of TicTacs is their favorite.

bada bing1

Fife,Perthshire into Tier 3

Packy, you’re not going to like this but I heard it on the radio yesterday.
Apparently drummers all share the same gene pool. They are all descended from the early cavemen who started messing about with sticks as basic hand tools. This led to drumming but they never evolved beyond that!
Is this true?

Rebus67

Garry,

Is your real name Tambowie!

My parents’ locations were Partick/Scotstoun/ Drumchapel/Knightswood.

The primary school that I went to was Knightswood Primary at the corner of Fulton St and Knightscliffe Ave. As you know Fulton was the gateway to Temple and it overlooked our school. Those nasty Catholic lads used to come down Fulton and hurl stones and abuse down on us pure Proddy boys. Fight, fight was the cry.

How did any of us turn out to be decent human beings after that bigoted background? Well, we could always unite and hate the English……But that is another story.

Good luck on the job front. By the by, you are a mere lad, I am 74 and I have given up on playing for Scotland!

Rebus

Temple, Gateway to Anniesland!

BJ

JTT
Yes I’d say that’s definitely true. It’s blatantly obvious.

big packy

JIM, that is defintely true if BJ says so,😍. luv ya to bits pal.👍

rebus67

As we approach Remembrance Day I always have mixed feelings. The folly of all those young lives snuffed out needlessly was exemplified by a scene from the classic movie, “All Quiet on the Western Front”. This movie follows a group of idealistic young German students who are encouraged to join up and fight for the fatherland in WW1. Disillusionment mounts even quicker than the deaths. There is one scene from the movie that summed things up for me. A veteran soldier is talking to one of the boys in the Hell that is the battlefield. He suggests that all the leaders of countries be put in a field and told to fight it out amongst themselves. That would soon put an end to war.
My feelings about senseless loss were heightened in Newfoundland where every small hamlet had a war memorial to the fallen. Even hamlets of less than 500 people had these monuments because the impact of WW1 on the island was profound. At the time of WW1 the population of NF was 240,000 and it was an independent dominion as was Canada. It had no fighting force but one was quickly formed to fight for King and country. The Newfoundland regiment was nicknamed the Blue Puttees because of the blue spats that they wore from ankle to boot. With very little training and experience the regiment ended up in France at the start of the Battle of the Somme. The Allies had a clever plan to break the German line at a small hamlet called Beaumont Hamel. A large mine was placed under the German line and exploded with the intent of wiping out much of the defences. Unfortunately, the Germans had been dug in for over 20 months so the explosion had little effect on the machine gun positions.
At 9.15am on July 1 the Puttees went over the top. In total, 780 officers and men advanced on the German lines. By 9.45 only 68 were on their feet. A song was written to mark the courage of the Newfoundlanders on that day. One line goes….”when one will fall, one more will stand …”
Effectively, the regiment was wiped out in 30 minutes. The general in charge of the whole division marked the action of the Puttees by saying that their advance only stopped because dead men can no longer advance.
The effect on the island was devastating. Breadwinners died. To be clear many families lived off the sea. Fishing boats had no one to man them. In a poor country, poverty became even worse. The debt incurred to finance the NF forces was crippling and it contributed to the eventual bankruptcy of the country, ultimately leading to it joining Canada in 1949.
In 1921 Newfoundland purchased the battlefield of Beaumont Hamel and erected a monument to those who died there. The monument consists of a bronze statue of a Caribou, the emblem of the Puttees.
On an individual level there is a heartwarming story. One of the men who died that day was Michael Jackman, aged 19. A hundred years after the battle the remnants of shells and bullets from the battlefield were collected and melted down to make pins containing a poppy and the name of a soldier who died in the battle. The proceeds would go to fund the British Legion. One of these pins was purchased by Mr. Luis Revaliente who lived near Cambridge in England. Luis was intrigued by the name on the pin, namely Michael Jackman. He traced the family of the fallen soldier and discovered that the nephew of the soldier was also called Michael Jackman. The current Michael is a very young 87 and he is now the proud owner of the pin dedicated to his uncle. It will be displayed in the local Legion Hall in Portugal Cove. When one will fall, one more will stand.

Rebus

Packy LOL 🙂

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REBUS67

War is senseless as a rule. WWI was maybe the most senseless ever,and set off a chain reaction which led to WWII via Versailles,incessant conflict in The Middle East via Sykes-Picot and even in Eastern Europe via Balkanisation. Even the current problems in Nagorno-Karabakh can be traced back to it.

A personal tragedy for so many,including Newfoundland. An absolute disaster for mankind.

bada bing1

BBC Scotland could have shown Lyndon Dykes scoring for Scotland….but instead….

JimmynotPaul

Wait.. WHAT!😲

This is unbelievable. wow.
@JonRahmpga! #TP5 #themasters

https://t.co/kxfKstlhOX

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JIMMYNOTPAUL

I assume that is a practice round-but an unbelievable shot!

McCaff

Wait…WHAT? How many times have I played that exact shot and the baw sinks withoot trace??? 🙄🤣🤣🤣

Garry

Rebus
I always found it incredible the amount of Protestant Bhoys from Knightswood and Temple that followed Celtic. Probably in as large numbers as the Catholic Bhoys. You Protestant Bhoys had good taste in fitba team. 👍🍀💚

JimmynotPaul

Back to Gerrymandering.
Look at North of Ireland, DUP will pick up additional 2 seats, you will not be surprised to know they had an input into this.
The Boundary Commission will start work on the new Westminster seat boundaries in December 2020 – that should be completed by 2023.

This unofficial analysis shows how it will likely give the Tories a *massive* advantage. https://t.co/tkuMv7yv1x

JimmynotPaul

BMCUW.
Yes, I think it’s practice for the par 3 tournament played tomorrow.
Incidentally that’s 2 in 2 days for Rahm.

JimmynotPaul

And so it begins.
The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that one member of the senior men’s international team has tested positive for COVID-19

There are no close contacts of the player and the rest of the staff & squad tested negative ahead of Thursday’s match against England.

#COYBIG https://t.co/XbQVLiBIdA

JimmynotPaul

I think we lost Ken. 👀😲😂😂😂
Ken Dilanian just said “s**t” and “f**k” on live TV as he appeared to lose his feed… YIKES https://t.co/0LldQzNrjj

A thing of beauty

Bada bing
Noticed the snidey NBC’s sneaked another opportunity to show dykes scoring against Celtic. They don’t even try to hide it.

Garry

Rebus
Wee bit of useless trivia. Fulton Street is the only Street in Knightswood. All other place names in Knightswood, are Avenue, Road, Drive, Crescent or Circus. Posh Knightswood 😂😂

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Ban international football now!

Jeez tell me iv’e got this Paige right…emdae?

JimmynotPaul

Jayhawk.
Yes, this is correct page.

@ jimmy thanks ..Issue Huddlkeeps changing my wife
So I’ll be back on emorra when my grandson fixes it

FFS keeps changing my words name my wife

Naw

JimmynotPaul

2 great goals here.
7th November 1981, Celtic 2:1 Aberdeen.

McGarvey and McCluskey. https://t.co/cZE7smIOsz

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JAYHAWK

I reckon you have an RTFM problem!

Same wi me when I switch between my iPad and my laptop so you are in good company.

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JIMMYNOTPAUL

Frank was always exhausted after scoring a goal-all that celebrating took it right out him. I think he was physically sick after he scored a hat-trick!

Auldheid

A thing of beauty
Great article mahe, it is utter madness that these games are being played. Rest assured we will get a positive test at least after this round of fixtures. As regards Norway v Israel though, surely Ajer will not be there. He is injured and if he has to travel to prove it then that is even more ridiculous than the game going ahead in the first place.
Rebus,
I loved your story about Mr H. It is beyond my capabilities to understand why lawwell and Desmond thought the appointment of Neil on a full time basis was going to keep the club on an upward trajectory. I like listening to Celtic podcasts and Celtic underground pointed out that each time we have appointed a top level manager the fruits of success have been plentiful. When we appoint from below that level we just bump along till eventually we have to hit the reset and appoint a top class manager again. They also spoke about how we know we can’t sign the best players so therefore it is even more important to appoint a first class coach to improve the players we do have. All of this has been discussed on here before and it is beyond fathomable how this CEO keeps getting to make the same mistakes and be rewarded for it. Again, as has been said before, it is recommended in business that a CEO of any top company has a shelf life of 5 years. Well I would suggest that peter lawwell is 10 years past his sell by date, covered in mould and stinking the place out. If he was performing at this level in any of Desmond’s other companies he’d be gone in a heart beat. One thing I will say about him is he is a lucky man. This years AGM should have seen him excoriated over Res 12 and the untruths about whether he saw the 5 way agreement and also the performance of the football club. Instead, he’ll get an easy ride where every time anyone tries to speak about these issues the zoom connection will mysteriously cut out. That’s if it goes ahead with any minor shareholders at all.
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The excoriation if required may or may not come at the AGM but as a result of what Celtic say about Res12 at it.

The issue will no longer be the UEFA licence 2011 but Celtic’s handling of Res 12 from 2013 and the influence of the 5 Way Agreement.

Whilst it is important that shareholders can express their feelings, it is more important that those feelings become the driver for change and there is a vehicle to drive.

@m.ok bobby.wee man sort it tomorrow..thanks