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16 Jul 2018 15:30:17
As you may have gathered Mrs T is out, so I am "bravely" coming on here with one eye on the door and one ear listening, hard to blooming do lol
I go back to consultant tomorrow and fingers crossed, get the all clear, then I will be back on a more regular basis (please don't all cry at once ha ha)
Thought I would share this story with you all, on Sunday evening "The Suit" and his wife paid the Timalloy house a visit. Mrs T is the "respectable" one in our household, treats everyone with compassion and dignity, and HATES any outward sign of our Roman Catholic faith in our house when visitors come, she hides all the holy pictures, the girls Celtic tops and scarves and mine are all hidden away, as are all my rebel song collections, RESPECT is her middle name.
So imagine my surprise when just before The Suit's visit, all our pictures of the Holy father and virgin Mary were displayed prominently in the living room, she even had a copy of the Catholic Observer which we NEVER buy. Mrs T would never sink to my level and play Rebel songs but out came Daniel O'Donnell singing "Danny Boy" and "Forty shades of Green" subtle is my Mrs T lol
Now my "friend" the suit is not a compassionate man and I knew full well he was coming over to see me "in the throes of my last breath" to him that would have cheered him up no end but I summoned up some strength for his visit and to see his disappointed look at my apparent "better health" and him trying to hide it bucked me up tremendously.
For the sake of balance, I have to say also my two other ex bear pals have been god sends, taking turns to ferry me to hospital appointments and such like, even if they too have caught the Stevie Gee bug. They are getting an easy passage so far, but once the season starts I anticipate much "taking of the Micheal of them" hail hail.

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16 Jul 2018 19:43:11
Hope the results are good Tim good to have u back.

17 Jul 2018 09:46:58
Good to hear from you tim hope your hitting the key boards for along time yet.

16 Jul 2018 12:06:27
Well that's the World Cup done and dusted for another 4 years, and surprise surprise Ingerland NEVER won it, where was VAR when Kane needed a penalty in the Croatia game lol (back to Kane and VAR later)
But as another Poster commented imagine this French side with Dembele playing up front, instead of that donkey Giroud, is anyone really surprised he never scored a goal, Nada, Zero, Zilch. His movement was slow and cumbersome throughout the whole tournament, and same could be said of Benteke, to be fair, at least he DID score 4 goals, but again his movement and control of the ball was atrocious.
Now back to Kane and VAR
As I knew I would not be able to place many bets during World Cup due to my situation, I placed a £100 bet on Kane top scorer, sly bet kindly gave me enhanced odds of 20/ 1, why was I so confident of this bet? V. A. R. I anticipated lots of penalties and as Kane was their penalty man I lumped on, so even if the worst happened and an Ingerland WIN (groan) my winnings would have eased it a bit.

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16 Jul 2018 12:26:11
You mean Lukaku instead of Benteke Tim?

16 Jul 2018 13:11:10
Tim giroud is useless cannot believe he played nearly every game his touch is terrible and he can't finish. baffling.

16 Jul 2018 14:52:05
Some of Giroud’s link up play is very good and I understand why they’d pick Giroud, mbappe and griezmann aren’t going to win many in the air. But he does need to score more.

May be biased but I also think Dembele would be a better pick.

16 Jul 2018 15:14:46
Not only did Giroud not score he didn’t register a shot on target the whole tournament.

16 Jul 2018 15:32:42
Andy a get the air bit but his overall play and touch is terrible moussa miles better and am be I g totally unbiased.

16 Jul 2018 16:44:49
ha ha Viking Tim yes I meant Lukaku lol
I blame it on my medication and my old memory.

16 Jul 2018 16:48:59
As long as it's not a gold fish memory Tim like some we know.

16 Jul 2018 18:23:27
He’s France’s 4th all time goal scorer. And got in ahead of benzema, lacazette, martial etc. and his last 2 clubs are arsenal then Chelsea. Can’t be that bad.

There has been plenty of better players than him who have had worse world cups.

16 Jul 2018
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Celtic Player Sightings page entitled, 10 years ago this was the big mans first day

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16 Jul 2018 11:24:45
On his day Sammy was unplayable and he gave us some great moments but he didn't have his day often enough. Scored some important goals and some excellent ones but was never consistent enough. Averaged 1 goal every 4 games or thereabouts and for me Griffiths is by far the better striker. HH.

16 Jul 2018 14:45:36
always have good memories of sammy he loved playing for the bhoys.

16 Jul 2018 17:39:59
If Sammy could have been consistent he could have went to the top of the game. Just couldn't do that.

17 Jul 2018 09:22:37
His career went downhill after he won Eurovision!

Review Of The Day 16th July 2018

16 Jul 2018 07:11:28
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 16th July 2018

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15 Jul 2018 18:58:42
Imagine how good France would be with Dembele as their no9.

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15 Jul 2018 20:01:10
I reckon we should sign mbabe so we have 3 of the best young strikers in the world. ;)

15 Jul 2018 20:49:00
I know . they might even win the world cup with him in the team.

15 Jul 2018 22:11:21
One of my best players of the World Cup was Ivan Perisic. That boy fought really hard for Croatia.

16 Jul 2018 08:02:28
Perisic is a cracking player! His stock will go through the roof after this WC.

15 Jul 2018 18:03:17
Another Fantastic decision by VAR ashame for Croatia fantastic example of a small country with wonderfully technically gifted players.

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15 Jul 2018 18:31:53
I know the player didn't deliberately hand ball but there was a clear hand to ball so correct decision in my opinion.

15 Jul 2018 18:59:53
Please tell me you are joking? Anyone who has played any level of football will know that is never a penalty. Total joke. Same as the decision for the free kick for the 1st goal. Red made a howler.

15 Jul 2018 19:25:41
I don't think it was a penalty but it might have been given because it changed the direction of the ball.

15 Jul 2018 20:05:24
I agree about the free kick as griezman dived but on the replay of the penalty you see the player pull his arm down towards the ball so it was hand to ball. However, as I said I don't think it was deliberate but the rule says hand to ball is a penalty and that is why it was given.

15 Jul 2018 20:21:35
The rules say if there is a deliberate movement of ball to hand then it’s a penalty. He brings his arm down but not to handle the ball. Never a pen in a million years and if it went against us we would be ragin.

15 Jul 2018 20:47:13
Never never never a pen. His are is going that way naturally. He had his eyes closed as well.

15 Jul 2018 21:01:39
I didn’t think it was a pen and it was never a free kick in a million years. How it took the ref that length of time to make a decision is unreal he has to be certain of course but he even went back again to check.

15 Jul 2018 21:05:02
I bet if you asked most refs they would have gave that as a penalty because the hand moved towards the ball.

15 Jul 2018 21:24:29
Most refs are the wee boys last picked at football or never picked hence the reason they gets decisions wrong. They don’t make them from a players perspective, they make them from technicalities.

15 Jul 2018 21:55:34
Yeah, but the hand changed the direction of the ball, and prevented a goal scoring opportunity, have they not changed the law in these circumstances, making it a penalty, leaving the ref with little choice, because if it was a deliberate hand ball, would it not have been a red card offence,?, .

15 Jul 2018 22:03:54
interesting comments but imo his hand went down in direction of the ball and his palm was turned outwards. Had he kept a fist then maybe not a penalty but the flat palm changed the direction of the ball and I have to agree with refs decision.

15 Jul 2018 23:46:32
That’s the problem, the final decision still lies with the referee, the VAR doesn’t make the decision it’s there to assist the referee, so you can’t blsme VAR, blame the referee.

16 Jul 2018 00:47:14
I thought the referee was harsh on Croatia throughout the game .
Ref shouldn't have got the game anyway, he was once suspended for giving a wrong penalty decision . Surely, for the biggest game in World football every 4 years there are thousands of referees who are not tainted by suspension available to ref.

{Ed007's Note - VAR's got it covered, Chis. Every decision in the World Cup was 100% spot on becuse VAR was used to back up any mistakes.}

16 Jul 2018 08:03:56
How could it not have been 100%, with 40 refs and 200 replays on top of it!

16 Jul 2018 12:12:42
He slapped the ball its a penalty kick, we would all have claimed for it.

16 Jul 2018 20:47:34
It was 100% a penalty. He never took his eye off the ball once and when it deflected he just reacted with his hand to slap the ball.

One of those when you handle it and wonder why you done it, like a reflex.

I think mostly people were more swayed to being annoyed about the decision because it went against the underdogs and many wanted Croatia to put up more of a fight.

France were just too good though overall. The France vs Belgium game was always the real final.

16 Jul 2018 22:05:02
Bullsh! t it was never deliberate. Al watch it again bur I'm sure his eyes were closed when it hit his hand.

16 Jul 2018 23:18:36
Ed, Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but you wouldn't be sarcastic.

Why did it take the Var ( Commitee) so long in deciding to ask the referee to have a look . There mustn't have been agreement and it must have went to a vote . The must have used proportional representation to get the result . I would have thought that the fact it took them so long and the referee twice and also ages, there must have been some doubt .
If Var has a future, they have to speed up the decision making, slow decisions give so much time to get wrong decision.

{Ed007's Note - Chris I've never been a fan and made that clear all along, I think the fact the World Cup final was decided by a dodgy free kick, a dodgy offside and a dodgy penalty justififies my stance. The fact people are still debating VAR's decisions proves that it is not - and never will be - 100% right and it is still only down to opinion.
Andrew Dallas and Willie Collum should petition FIFA to roll it out in Scotland to show the world how accurate it is. Who needs honest mistakes when the ref can watch replays and then decide not to give a penalty anyway?}

17 Jul 2018 00:11:19
but the attitude there ED is wrong. People are clearly expecting too much from VAR too soon.

expecting it to be 100%

but actually people should be asking is there improvements.

based on this world cup, the vast majority of decisions which were overturned were correct.

with only a couple still arguable/ wrong. So aye VAR will still result in an individual ref making the wrong choice

but you are saying to throw it away altogether because of that. What I'm saying is stop being so negative and ask yourself the positives.

how many decisions were correct using VAR vs wrong? the answer is a lot more were correct. So that is improvement.

nobody is saying perfect but it's progress.

{Ed007's Note - But there was still wrong decisions so overall what was the point? They got some right and they got some wrong - exactly the same as refs.
How many mistakes was The World Cup Final decided on? It was overall a disaster just like it was proven to be in Germany.
Just like fans in the stands, viewers at home, ex players, ex-refs and pundits in the studio, journalists and my Mrs, it's just opinion. And people will argue until they get the decision that suits their personal opinion.}

17 Jul 2018 18:33:40
The thing that I hoped Var wouldn't do was remove all debate from decisions in and around penalty area . Thank God it didn't .
As an old timer I always thought a good bit of fun in going to a match was the discussion afterwards about an offside decision, a tackle, fair or unfair, inside outside the box .
Thank God we probably won't have certainty or finish up with remote control football

Of course VAR in Scotland would be a complete disaster . The brothers would share top jobs around them.

15 Jul 2018 16:53:22
Just reading some comments from BR

He would have liked more business done by now - think most of us would agree with this

Christie and Allan - can’t give them game time they’ll need - quite rightly so they where never good enough in the first place so let them go and play elsewhere.

I’d take McGinn over the two of them and I’ll be honest I don’t think he’d get in the first team

Defence must be strengthened especially full backs so I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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15 Jul 2018 18:16:36
I read his comments as saying that Christie and Allan were both good enough to play for Celtic. I haven't seen the pre-season games, but that seems to be what the lads are saying too.

15 Jul 2018 18:33:19
Christie will get game time but there are better players ahead of him. Not so sure about allan.

15 Jul 2018 18:37:07
I very much doubt he would say they aren’t but he isn’t saying these things about players he wants to keep

Reading between the lines that both will be off, seen all our pre season games and neither has impressed me one bit to warrant a squad place.

15 Jul 2018 19:01:54
BR being diplomatic maybe, as you say Kev. I know Allan ain't the answer but I do see that he brings something we've been looking for for a long while, albeit in small measures. Christie is maybe too good to be a marginal player at this point, but I'd like to see if he can scrap for a spot, and what might come of it.

15 Jul 2018 21:57:36
Think he might want to bring McGinn in, so as to link up with Allan in midfield,

15 Jul 2018 23:48:04
I honestly thought Christie would have done a turn for us, but unfortunately for him, there is better players in front of him.

16 Jul 2018 06:58:21
He would have liked to see us further along with transfers. Every single season this is said. I understand there are problems that arise with transfers but surely targets are lined up throughout the season before. It seems like McGinn is the only transfer being worked on, and they are taking the absolute p**s to get the deal over the line.

16 Jul 2018 10:01:52
Alot of players will wait till after the world Cup before they move as there stock will rise if they have a good tourney. And the players who weren't at the world Cup will wait and see what clubs come in for them as a lot of clubs won't be able to sign there top targets so will move on down the list.

16 Jul 2018 23:27:36
Christie going back to Aberdeen on loan definitely finished his Celtic career . A young man in his late teens and early 20's need to be under the tutorage of his club . He needs to be observed daily by the coaches, pointed out what he is doing well and what he needs to improve on . His coaches needs to be talking of what he will be doing the following seasons . He needs to feel part of the club, not sent away a hundred miles or more and have to find new friends and maybe new pastimes, A young lad's freedom away from home can mean excess alcohol etc
All to pay some of P R and M wages.

15 Jul 2018 16:50:03
just read an interesting piece that laid out the Wilson boy story from LFC. Apparently we were looking for a Paddy type deal,18 months,24 option, but they would not go for it it. It also seems that if they loan players it's contracted they must play, i assume a minimum, games. Celtic rightly said no. Interesting re the big boy at sevco.

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15 Jul 2018 18:14:22
Harry Wilson is seemingly going to Derby on loan .

15 Jul 2018 18:21:21
What I don't get is that we've got that type of player in Mikey Johnstone . so why develop another clubs yojngster.

15 Jul 2018 19:19:39
With you DRB, since KT no one has looked like they could come in and get a game but this kid does imo.

15 Jul 2018 21:49:05
So is it maybe just paper talk and we have absolutely no interest in the boy . just a thought.

{Ed007's Note - And a pretty enlightened one imo.}

17 Jul 2018 18:39:38
Wilson my arse, no one knows if Wilson comes here and becomes the player we think& hope he becomes . The different style of football played by our opponents in the SPL may prove a problem for him . However we have a clearer idea of how Mickey Johnstone would fare against SPL defences.

15 Jul 2018 16:29:04
Another BR interview where he states he expected more players in by now.
He is obviously getting frustrated with what's going on. the club need to back the manager now.

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15 Jul 2018 16:51:33
None of us know the background of any transfer dealings. Wait till the window closes then comment surely?

15 Jul 2018 18:12:42
@JJ - No he didn’t. He said he’d have liked to have more in by now, not expect. Nobody knows how far along transfers are or who’s been approached other than McGinn because Hibs made it public.

15 Jul 2018 23:44:58
What we do know by BR comments are that the players have been identified given to the board and as yet he hasn't got them.
Also by the fact that he is saying these things in public it's also to putting pressure on the board.

To say wait till the window closes is a cop out.
Every manager wants there business done asap
The manager isn't going to ask for players he knows we can't afford. its time the board got the finger out.

16 Jul 2018 10:09:02
Transfers are not straight forward things they are extremely complicated. Wages annual pay rise bonuses signing on fee loyalty fee agents fees image rights and there are loads more to list that's why transfers can take weeks or months depending on how high profile the player is. So calm down I am sure we have our targets and our back up plans ready to go. So let's wait and see who we bring in. Also we want quality not quantity unlike sevco who seem to be ready to have a first team squad of 40+ players.

15 Jul 2018 16:25:13
Bit of class from Christie trying to find and get in touch with the disabled fan he fell into yesterday.

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15 Jul 2018 16:53:45
I have always thought it's a daft place to put disabled fans, balls fly out and like yesterday sometimes players.


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