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Motherwell Manager Losing The Plot…

Motherwell Manager Losing The Plot…

It’s understandable for the losing manager in any Cup Final to be disappointed. And Motherwell’s Stephen Robinson is no different. His side were beaten by a better side at Hampden on Sunday, and to comfort the Northern Irishman, the referee awarded Celtic a penalty he thought was highly contentious.

Still in an state of confusion and maybe anger, Robinson was adamant after the game there should have been no penalty, in fact claimed Scott Sinclair went down easily. Unlike his assistant’s wife, Jayne Lasley, who took to Twitter to tell the world ‘Celtic are cheats.’ (no guessing who wears the trousers in that house)

His view has of the incident has since changed, hiding behind the ‘wee wouldn’t win anyway’, Robinson has decided NOT to appeal the decision. Maybe he’s had enough of making an arse of himself, or maybe not….

This morning the Motherwell manager has claimed winning against Celtic tonight at Fir Park and ending the InVIncibles run of 65 domestic matches unbeaten would be BETTER than winning the BetFred Cup on Sunday!

There ye go, how’s that for motivation….

I’d advise any Celtic supporter heading to Fir Park tonight not to drink any water at the ground, as there’s clearly something in it that make you delirious. It’s not a new thing either, last season Mark McGhee regularly behaved like a madman while in charge of the Steelmen. Claiming not to know people he’d written about in the match programme for example…

So Bhoys & Ghirls, don’t take any chances…

 

Unfortunately for Robinson, he’s taking things just little

Craig Gordon Following In John Fallon’s Footsteps…

Craig Gordon Following In John Fallon’s Footsteps…

Craig Gordon equalled a record standing nearly fifty years when he kept goal for a winning Celtic in Sunday’s BetFred Cup Final against Motherwell.

The big stopper, who’s wonder save from Louis Moult at 1-0, won his fourth consecutive medal, a feat last achieved by the Original Holy Goalie himself, John Fallon.

Like Gordon, Fallon had two League Cup medals, a Scottish Cup medal and a League badge in his locker when he played in the 1968/69 -1969/70 seasons.

John played in the 1969 Scottish Cup Final, a 4-0 thrashing of Rangers, most notable for the third goal when a young George Connelly waltzed round the Rangers keeper after intercepting a John Greig pass at the edge of his box.

His two League Cup medals came courtesy of a 6-2 thrashing of Hibs and a narrow 1-0 win over St Johnstone.

Craig to his credit has not only repeated the feat, but has also an enviable record of keeping a clean sheet in each of his last three League Cup Finals, against Dundee United, Aberdeen and now Motherwell.

He has also played a massive part in our 65 game unbeaten run, something a lot of the support should remember when they get on his back….

 

Bad Day For ‘Neutrals’ As Brendan’s Bhoys Make It Four In A Row…

Bad Day For ‘Neutrals’ As Brendan’s Bhoys Make It Four In A Row…

Celtic yesterday won the BetFred Cup, defeating Motherwell 2-0 at Hampden, the fourth trophy in a row under the stewardship of manager Brendan Rodgers, and the 65th game domestically undefeated.

In the process, the Bhoys upset the ‘neutrals’ who were telling us all week a win for the Steelmen would be good for Scottish Football.

To add to their disappointment, Celtic were correctly awarded a penalty, that Moussa Dembele confidently converted to make the score 2-0 to the Hoops, after James Forrest had put us one up.


Because the penalty was of a soft nature, the SMSM have gone into full ‘game changing’ mode, criticising the referee Craig Thompson for spoiling the game. Completely ignoring the fact the Motherwell player who pulled Scott Sinclair down, Kipre, was lucky to be on the park after a horrendous tackle on Moussa on the ten minute mark. Below..

Celtic did genuinely have someone to thank for holding on to their lead before the penalty incident, Craig Gordon.

His one handed save from Louis Moult’s header was world class. A save worthy of winning any game.

As the neutrals lick their wounds, the Celtic winning machine goes rolling on. Next stop, Motherwell at Fir Park on Wednesday night in the SPFL, before the Lanarkshire side visit Celtic Park on Saturday.

I’m sure the SMSM will crank up the ‘revenge’ narrative in the next few days, after all it’s all they’ve got..

Craig Gordon’s wonder save….

James Forrest’s third goal in as many League Cup Finals…

Why Is Celtic Winning Never ‘Good For Scottish Football’?

Why Is Celtic Winning Never ‘Good For Scottish Football’?

All week in the run up to this afternoon’s BetFred Cup Final at Hampden we’ve heard the same old narrative, a Motherwelll win would be ‘good for Scottish Football’.

Last season we were spun the same story, the only difference was the team playing Celtic.

Aberdeen were the club who the ‘rest of Scottish football’ were rooting for, when in truth it’s only really the hate filled media and the Sevconians, as expected.

Most fans of other clubs, Hibs, Hertz and the rest couldn’t care less who wins the cup once their own respective teams are eliminated.

What I’d like to know is how anything other than a Celtic win is ‘good for Scottish football’?

Until someone comes up with a genuine reason I’m afraid they’ll have to get used to the fact that Celtic will continue winning trophy after trophy.

Our success is based on good football and corporate management. We play by the rules, and as a result can look forward without having to glance over our shoulders for any past misdemeanors.

A win today will see Celtic Football Club win our 103rd major trophy in 130 years, an amazing feat when you consider what the club has to put up with, and against this last thirteen decades.

Anything we achieve is based on merit.

Pity it’s not ‘good for Scottish football’…..

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Another Winner From Celtic…

Another Winner From Celtic…

In the wake of the over reaction, mostly by the Celtic hating tabloid media from down south, after our 7-1 defeat at the hands of PSG in Paris, Celtic have responded by producing yet another winner, only this time it’s off the park!

The new #CelticChristmasFilm 2017 apptly named Joyful & Triumphant follows on from the success of previous years crackers, only this time Brendan does in fact park the bus.

Broonie, as always is the captain, only this time of an aeroplane, with Stuart Armstrong as his co-pilot. Cabin crew include Scott SInclair and a body popping Mikael Lustig! I won’t spoil it by naming the other suppotrting cast, you’ll have to watch for yourselves..

I’,m sure you’ll agree, the club have got another winner on their hands…

Taxi for Griffiths…

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It’s All About Perspective, Looking Ahead…

It’s All About Perspective, Looking Ahead…

There’s not a Celtic fan on the planet happy with our 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the world most expensive team with the world’s most explosive strike force, and that includes manager Brendan Rodgers.

While every fan has their own opinion on how we should play, reality tells us it’s not as easy as it looks.

It’s all about perspective.

We coast the majority of our games domestically, by that I mean we know we can make a couple of mistakes here and there without being punished, be that in the middle of the park or in defence. But in Europe when we play againsg the best of the best, we get found out, for want of a better word.

Our status as the big dogs in Scotland soon turns on it’s head when we’re trying to compete with the mega funded PSG, Barcelona and Manchester City’s of this world. It’s not a complaint, just a fact.

Realistically we would have been happy with a 3-0 or maybe a 4-0 loss, but to lose 7-1 is a real sore one.

However, we inflict those kind of scorelines on teams in Scotland, without remorse. So instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, we have to dust ourselves down and get on with it.

There won’t be many teams come away from Paris with anything other than a defeat, in fact both Bayern and Anderlecht failed to score there, a small consolation, but something at least.

Now we move on. Our objective at the start of the campaign was to get into the group stages. We’ve done that. Next was to stay in Europe after the New Year, we’re on course for that. Again, its about perspective.

On Sunday, we go into the BetFred Cup Final looking for our FOURTH domestic trophy on the spin. Let’s enjoy it and not be too harsh on the Bhoys and the manager who’ve got is there.

Appreciate what we have, because there will be times when we look back and wish it was like this again….

 

 

Message From Broonie, You’ve Got To Beleive!

Message From Broonie, You’ve Got To Beleive!

Captain Scott Brown sent out the message every Celtic fan wants to hear ahead of our fifth group match against French giants PSG, in the Champion League tomorrow night.

Looking back to the time both he and goalkeeper Craig Gordon played in the Scotland team that upset the odds in 2007, when they took on the mighty French national team in Paris, and recorded an astounding 1-0 win courtesy of a James McFadden strike.

Prior to the game, no one, including the Tartan Army, gave the Scots a hope, much like the expectation of Celtic’s chances tomorrow against PSG.

But that win proved if you believe enough, and carry a certain amount of luck, then anything can happen.

While the Bhoys go into every domestic match as overwhelming favourites, in Europe it’s a totally different story, where we’re the underdogs.

Although no underdog has a yet to upset the odds at home against the unbeaten Brendan Rodgers team, history shows there can be ‘freak’ results. (ICT, Partick Thistle etc)

Let’s hope Broonie is proved right, and Celtic do leave Paris with a result, but seeing is believing, and tomorrow night we’ll see for ourselves…

Sevco Making History That Will Have Rangers Spinning In Their Grave…

Sevco Making History That Will Have Rangers Spinning In Their Grave…

There’s no getting away from it, Sevco do know how to get themselves into the history books, and like their predeccessors, usually for all the wrong reasons!

Maybe watching Celtic break record upon record, they feel to keep themselves relevant, they have to break records too.SO for the sake of it, let’s indulge in some same club fantasy and we’ll take the weekend for example.

According to the media, Martin Canning’s team, Hamilton Accidemical won at Ibrox for the first time in a league match in 91 years, recording a 2-0 victory that left the home side still searching for that elusive three wins in a row, with former Ibrox ‘favourite’ (no laughing now), David Templeton opening the scoring!

Much to the fury of the loyal hoardes, Accies had the audacity to score a second goal nine minutes from time, therefore putting paid to any notion the summersaulting Graeme Murty had of getting the managers gig.

In all fairness to Murty, his former gaffer Pedro had already shown him how it’s done as early as April when Celtic scored a record breaking five goals at the Crumbledome, a couple of weeks before Aberdeen won there for the first time in 26 years!

And of course off the park, the clumpany are losing money in record amounts, year after year.

It’s enough to have the old club, Rangers (back to reality), spinning in their graves….

 

Good Griff, What A Beauty!

Good Griff, What A Beauty!

Celtic travelled up to Dingwall to take on a rejuvenated Ross County under Owen Coyle in today’s lunchtime game.

The Bhoys always get a tough game in the Highlands no matter who we play, but invariably come out on top, like most games these days.

Today’s match was no different.

Brendan Rodgers sent out an unchanced side to start the game, with the added bonus of Leigh Griffiths and Jozo Simunovic on the bench. Always nice to have options…

In typical Celtic style, the Hoops controlled possesion from start to finish, although we didn’t trouble the County keeper too much in the first forty five. However, we certainly should have had a penalty midway through the half when Callum McGregor had his feet taken from him as he was about to shoot.

I’ve seen them given up there for a lot less, but referee Walsh wanted nothing to with it.

Going into the second half goalless, Brendan decided to keep with the same personnel, until midway through when he replaced James Forrest and Callum McGregor with Jonny Hayes and Leigh Griffiths.

It proved to be an inspired move when on 77 minutes, Leigh Griffiths scored a superb free-kick from 25 yards out. A goal worth winning any game!

And that’s how it panned out, eeven though fellow substitute Olivier Ntcham struck the post with the keeper beaten, the Bhoys ran out winners by the solitary goal.

So, our unbeaten run goes on. Sixty-four games and going strong…

Institutional Bias From BBC Nothing New For Celtic…

Institutional Bias From BBC Nothing New For Celtic…

No doubt you’ll have read or watched the media furore about the Paradise Papers, you documents telling us where the super rich and the Monarchy hide their/our money.

They are called Paradise Papers largely because the location of tax free shelters tend to be in the Caribbean, Bermuda, BVI and the like. Sometimes it’s Switzerland, Liechtenstein or even the Channel Islands.

Regardless of where they are the principle is still the same. To avoid paying tax.

Early on in the week it emerged the Queen, then Prince Charles both used these tax shelters to avoid paying tax in the UK. Yip, the money us poor subjects give to these greedy people, via taxation, is treated differently than the money we earn.

It then emerged an Irish citizen who happens to own a lot of shares in Celtic, used the Swiss tax shelter to avoid paying tax in an aviation company he owns. Perfectly legal. But the fact that Dermot Desmond does own shares in our club was enough for the BBC to try and associate his other business dealings with Celtic.

For negative purposes of course.

The piece by ‘investigative journalist’ Mark Daly, where he shoved a microphone into Mr Desmond’s face as he walked into Celtic Park, was nothing more than a stunt. But one that will spectacularly back fire on him and the bias institution he represents.

As the BBC is publicly funded, surely there has to be an obligation to be impartial. (no laughing at the back). Therefore, Mr Daly might be using the taxpayers money more efficiently should he ‘doorstep’ someone who’s avoiding UK tax, someone like New Oasis, the BVI based company that provides soft loans to Sevco.

He could also have taken a wee trip along the M8 to ask a Knight of the Realm about his offshore holdings or his tax dealings over the last 25 years. However Mr Murray is Teflon where these matters are concerned.

Or as they are taking a footballing angle on tax avoidance and evasion, they maybe, in the public interest ask how a former club paid ex-employees while working for other clubs, like Graeme Souness and Walter Smith. Or even expose the fraud committed by the club, Rangers, in trying to swindle both PSV Eindhoven and Everton out of money.

Now these are not wild accusations, and Mr Daly knows they’re not, as he was party to seeing the evidence. But someone at the BBC decided not to go ahead with the investigation. I wonder who?

For those of us of a certain age, the BBC bias against our club is nothing new. I’m sure there’s a wee song about their lack of interest in our club on our quest to become world club champions…