When Brendan Rodgers was unveiled to the Faithful at Celtic Park last June, he told us of his immediate aim to continue Celtic’s domination of domestic football.
Thus far, with the League Cup, the clubs 100th trophy, safely in the boardroom, and the team on an unbeaten run of 31 domestic games to boot, giving the Hoops a massive 24 point lead over nearest rivals Aberdeen, Brendan and the Bhoys are certainly doing their stuff on the park.
And the possibility of going through the full season unbeaten and securing a first season treble is very real.
So it’s hard to think how things could get any better, yet the club show once again, that ambition in the boardroom is also in abundance with yesterday’s announcement of a proposed hotel, museum and new superstore.
It may well take a few years to complete, but once the project comes to fruition, the iconic Celtic Park and the surrounding area will be once more the premier venue in Scotland.
A place fit for Champions League football with the home side an established Champions League team.
Sounds like it’s all part of a Masterplan…
In the last 24 hours I’ve read from two different SMSM sources that the Sevco fans ‘deserve better’. Both Gerry McCulloch, from Clyde Super Scoreboard, and Graham Spiers from the Times tweeted this same message.
Their sympathetic view towards the Sevco support comes a day after the new club slumped to a 2-1 loss at Dundee on Sunday, the Dens Park teams first win of the year. The result leaving the Ibrox side trailing a recently rejuvenated Aberdeen by six points and in third place.
The defeat coupled with the fact they don’t have a full-time manager, preferring to operate as a shoestring outfit and save wages by promoting Murty from the under 20’s, means their bullish, or should I say bullshit, preseason campaign about ‘going for 55’ is now more applicable for number of points than fantasy league titles!
Of course in an effort to save face, a new target of finishing second as always being their target has been mooted, although that also looks like a bridge too far for the Sevco players, who are failing to live up to their billing on a regular basis. Makes you wonder why that is, surely the world class breakfasts served up at Auchenhowie have some affect…..
Anyway, having said all that, why do the Gullibears deserve any more than any other fans? Should they not just be grateful they have a team to watch, after all, they managed to circumvent the rules to be granted a place in Division Three ahead of clubs who live within their means and play by the rules?
Surely it’s the fans of these teams that deserve better, Gerry? Graham?
It’s always someone else to blame!
Managerless and rudderless Sevco can take comfort in the knowledge the cheerleading SMSM will be on hand to shift the focus from their own inadequacies and blame someone else.
After Dundee recorded a well deserved 2-1 victory over the league newcomers at Dens Park yesterday, it was circle the wagons time for all those concerned with the the club/company.
Racist, and former 48 hour director, clown shoes Chris Graham, was the first to respond with the club message that everything wrong at Ibrokes is Mark Warburton and Frank McParland’s fault. There was no mention of Davie Weir as his staunchness can’t be called into question.
According to him, the Manager of the Year must take responsibility for leaving caretaker and part-time acrobat Graeme Murty with the players that many over o the South Side thought capable of winning the Premiership.
After all, we were told the Rangers (IL) were coming….
And to keep the finger point going, Matthew ‘Bungle’ Lindsay of the Evening Times has laid the current Ibrokes crisis at Celtic’s door. Apparently, when Brendan thought about the best place for Ryan Christie to get game time and continue his development, it was specifically to hinder Sevco.
Bungle basically accuses Celtic of helping Aberdeen secure second place in the Premiership by loaning Ryan to the Dons, failing to credit them with a good run of form that’s seen only the Bhoys beat them.
This narrative is very much the same as in 2012, when everyone else was to blame for the Downfall of old Rangers. The SMSM are very much following the same pattern and no doubt the same outcome awaits Sevco.
Maybe then, Scottish football can get on with it…
There was an quite remarkable stat from Saturday’s 2-0 league win over Motherwell at Celtic Park. The visitors were the last side on league duty to take three points away from Paradise, just days before Christmas 2015, 19th of December to be exact. And on Saturday, Celtic played with the same back four!
On the day, ‘Well forwards Scott McDonald and Louis Moult bullied the Celtic defence, in particular the middle pairing of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic. At the time the fans were still in doubt over the Belgian internationals ability and Jozo, for the first time really laboured during a match.
It was after this game the true extent of Jozo’s injury became clear.
Fast forward to Saturday, a full 14 months on and things have changed considerably.
Not only do Celtic have a new man in charge, Brendan Rodgers, but the same two players are now playing with a confidence that winning and playing to your potential brings. Boyata’s journey to becoming a first team regular is stuff of fairytale after injury and loss of form found him well outside the squad for several months.
He has, with the help of the manager, and some dedication, resurrected his career at Celtic Park, so much so the fans now have a song about him!
His form of late has almost made him an automatic pick for the boss. Who’d have thought that 14 months ago?
Before yesterday’s game I wrote a piece asking if we were going to get the now customary clobbering from teams coming to Celtic Park, and to be fair to Motherwell, for most of the game they were competitive but not dirty.
That was until the 65th minute when ‘Well substitute Ryan Bowman committed what was tantamount to an assault on our left back Kieran Tierney.
As Kieran collects the ball on the touchline, he’s basically taken out by an over the top tackle that could quite easily have had far more serious consequences than the gash Tierney received. Should the Bhoy have his foot planted on the ground then we’re looking at a potential leg breaker.
Everyone in Celtic Park could see the severity of the challenge, except referee Don Robertson. Keeping with the inconsistencies shown by his colleagues in recent months, the whistler failed to punish the assailant properly and only administered a yellow card. (there’s a link to the challenge below)
With almost a licence to kick us, opponents are taking full advantage knowing they won’t be sent packing no matter the offence. But there’s another side to that policy.
At some point one of our players are going to be subject to a career threatening injury. We’ve already witnessed Tom Rogic missing most of the season courtesy of a reckless lunge by former Celt Darren O’Dea. And only last week, Scott Sinclair was a very lucky Bhoy not to have been badly injured by ICT’s Ian Vigurs, who’s two footed tackle should have been a straight red card.
Turning a blind eye isn’t an option any longer, it’s time the officials took action.