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26 May 2024 11:55:37
Years ago I remember watching a Celtic video where Big Billy lamented that there is a fairy tale about our club and so it continues.
The final SPL push certainly took it's toll on our stamina and energy for much of the second half and to be honest, they stifled and nullified us up to a point, and our domination never created as much as previous games against Sevco; but even though we were not at our sparkling best, they rarely threatened our goal.
The substitutions were timely and decisive in the end and although it wasn't a showpiece, it showed the will to win and determination that makes us the best in the land.
In all honesty, I had doubts earlier in the season but I'm delighted to stand corrected and salute the achievements of BR and the players. I only hope our Board also realize how difficult they made things for the manager and even though we prevailed in the end, they must totally back the manager to the hilt so we can improve and progress at home and on the European stage. H H.

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1.) 26 May 2024 12:17:38
A brilliant post OAB. ?.


2.) 26 May 2024 12:34:28
The board had better sort out the recruitment and back Rodgers or the reprieve they gave earned from the fans will be short lived.

Although we have cash to burn, I am not expecting us to go crazy but I am expecting them to push the boat out a little. They need to get Brendan the players he wants and we need to address the deficiencies in the team.

Getting a goal keeper in early is the number one priority, closely followed by a striker and CB. We should also be looking at a MOR replacement and backup and a LB who will provide a challenge to Taylor. A top class right winger would also be high on my shopping list.


3.) 26 May 2024 12:51:37
Hopefully the Board have got the message as yesterday’s victory was tough for team coming after good performances and exciting SPL victory . Not many of us expected at any time of the season to win a double . If it was tough for players it was definitely tough for fans, I kept telling my self SPL was won and that was all that mattered. No such thing 2nd half was virtually unwatchable.
We all expect more incoming activity in transfer coming up but I hope we are not buying players with a shatter gun approach, find an available player who seems good value for money and buy him, rather than scout carefully and find the type of player BR wants for specific position. We have the bones of a quality team that will work hard for victory, let us make sure we fill the position BR wants with type of player he wants, and even if we have to pay a wee bit extra don’t let price or wages be deciding factor.


4.) 26 May 2024 17:44:06
What we must realise is any signing is a gamble because playing in the SPL isn't for everyone, some need time to adapt, some would sign miovski this season but I don't think you would've really wanted him last season? Some players brought in need to go out on loan and get to grips with the Scottish game, others are defintely not good enough, but when the likes of MJ can go into the championship and light it up, and let's get it right there's big clubs in that division and decent players we would have in a heartbeat, then what is the actual bar we are setting for a player to come in? Even in that league they would probably be too costly to ourselves.
Southampton gained promotion today and 9 of their team earn more than cal mac, this identifying players shouldn't be based on money, oreilly is the prime example.


 

 

12 May 2024 09:39:53
I know we are on the verge of another title and have a cup to play for, but I agree with fellow posters who say we 'got away with one' this season. Because although results against Sevco in particular have made the difference, there were too many games where we were far from convincing or entertaining although admittedly we gave ourselves a huge handicap with poor recruitment leading to limited options and almost a whole team left on the sidelines picking up wages for bench warming and less.

There have been few games that I can honestly say I enjoyed the way we played - out-with the results and even when everything clicked, we rarely carried it forward to the next game or two. Why was that?

I appreciate folk will say we are on the verge of another title, so shut up and enjoy it, and given the injury problems and the lack of quality in the squad I get that.
However, we can all see the areas that need vast improvement and the recruitment repair job that lies ahead including a new goalkeeper and there's also a chance we will lose star players as well?

We need major investment in the squad to progress and improve domestically, never mind being able to attempt a European campaign.

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1.) 12 May 2024 12:38:06
Celtic have badly lacked a goal threat at set pieces for years.
Both in the air and at dead ball free kicks and penalties.

I don’t think Celtic have scored directly from a free kick all season.

Last season Jota scored a direct free kick in the CL and Turnbull scored an indirect free kick in the last minute away to St. Johnstone.

A poor return for 2 seasons of football.


2.) 12 May 2024 12:47:28
Completely agree Once a bhoy, my view is clearer . If the board don’t want to alter the mindset regarding fees for players then get out of the way, and let the club modernise.
Whilst being successful recently we could have pushed on further, especially in Europe, our spending model needs to change. I’d say without doubt now we will spend circa 20-25 million in the close season, and then sell o Riley to negate it.


3.) 13 May 2024 01:10:26
Surely, we didn’t get away with anything this season . Sevco have been breathing down our necks because of the illegal assistance from referees and VAR Not only has Sevco benefited from their decisions but we have dropped points directly because of decisions given against us .
It isn’t fair on Manager and players to ignore the role of Refs and VAR .
Also remember for no other reason than put our team under pressure we were forced to play far too many matches after Rangers2012, thus making it harder.


 

 

04 May 2024 10:58:37
MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU ED.
Happy birthday and hopefully the gift of 3 points from The Celts. H H.

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{Ed007's Note - Thanks OAB ?I'm certain that Celtic won't waste my day - well they feckin' better not!}


1.) 04 May 2024 12:22:55
There will be almost 60,000 of your fans and supporters celebrating your big day by cheering on thee hoops.

{Ed007's Note - ???


2.) 04 May 2024 12:26:05
Hope you have a great Birthday Ed.

{Ed007's Note - Thanks Glen.}


3.) 04 May 2024 12:46:19
Happy birthday Ed hope you have many more.

{Ed007's Note - Thank you OK mate.}


4.) 04 May 2024 12:53:36
Hoping the Bhoys give you a belated birthday gift ed in 2 weeks or even better, next week, if results go well ?.

{Ed007's Note - Thanks ???


5.) 04 May 2024 13:05:46
Happy birthday Ed. It's my dogs birthday today too??.

{Ed007's Note - Thanks mate, and happy birthday to your dog!}


6.) 04 May 2024 13:06:49
Happy birthday mate hope you have a great day and the hoops win for you ??.

{Ed007's Note - Thanks Mally.}


 

 

20 Apr 2024 16:06:19
Not recommended for auld fogeys like me with high blood pressure and other West of Scotland health issues. However, to have won that semi-final after probably our worst all-round performance in several weeks was real testament to determination, guile and bottle against an opponent that were much better than their league position and gave us a real fright.
Too many Celts not at it today - strangely in the perfect conditions - but so many mistakes, poor passes and mis-control all over the pitch. Hard to explain the dip in form, although they do say semi-finals are always cagey and nervy games.
Possibly CCV's worst game this season, although Scales missed some headers as well and whenever we did get our act together, we couldn't finish them off and let them in.
Hoping that's it out of our system as we (and they) Celtic can play much better. Big mention to James Forrest and (eventually) Joe Hart who seemed to totally enjoy himself, even when I was reaching for ma inhaler and ma short glass. Well done Celtic on another Cup Final, retaining BR's record and hopefully saving your best form for the run-in. H H.

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1.) 20 Apr 2024 17:03:03
How was that a testament to anything. We were utter pish and should have been beaten. The absolute luck of a penalty shootout went our way but in no way did we earn that win. We were lazy and technically all over the shop. I live for the green and white but fucks sake mate.


2.) 20 Apr 2024 17:48:49
I agree we were atrocious Gerry mate; and I never celebrated at the end of the game but although relieved we managed it somehow. My reference to determination and bottle referred only to the pressure of penalty kicks when apart from Hart every Celt scored their PK. Because I can remember back to watching Dixie Deans hit the moon with his and us losing several penalty-shootout's over the decades.


 

 

08 Apr 2024 09:23:31
I'm still bitter about the way the game was altered and manipulated by officials (corrupt, inept or otherwise) . I said yesterday I was still optimistic, although realistically, I have seen Celtic drop too many points against top half teams all season (VAR assisted or not) . Yesterday, we let slip a lead twice and conceded three goals in a half in the process. When was the last time we did that?
It's possible Celtic need to win every game we play and with injuries clearing up, that should be a factor; but the way the whole season has panned out I'm hoping rather than expecting us to finish the job - all things considered.

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1.) 08 Apr 2024 10:29:07
I think the soft bookings we were given in the first half contributed to the result also it made Celtic players more cautious Beaton IMO knew what he was doing in that respect. As for the penalty that was a joke. The missile throwing YET AGAIN is something CELTIC should be going to the SFA with and demanding protection for fans and Employees of the club. And future guarantees for no more if they can't garentee close the areas that it comes from until they can get their house in order.


2.) 08 Apr 2024 11:05:05
Johnstone definitely gets the ball first and the big lassie falks over for the umpteenth time yet to get a yellow.


3.) 08 Apr 2024 11:32:24
All too familiar and the authorities do zilch are rhey going to wait till someone gets seriously hurt.


4.) 08 Apr 2024 16:55:31
Vars role in there pen should be to spot the touch on ball by Johnstone and not to advise contact so a pen, if anything only thing that was incorrect was the silva yellow as there was definitely contact, but he should have at that point already been on a yellow for diving.


 

 

 

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11 May 2024 11:36:46
Possibly the strongest team and bench all season so hoping for a good result.

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04 May 2024 14:09:52
Obviously not risking Maeda but probably strongest team available, although we need a lot more in certain areas than last week.

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28 Apr 2024 14:14:09
Forrest deserves to start and I hope the midfield and defense perform better than last week. In fact, the whole team/ squad need to be at their best from now on.

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11 Apr 2024 10:41:36
Although Joe Hart has his critics, he will be one of the hardest players we have had to replace in a long time.
His experience and ability has allowed us to keep possession, playing with the ball on the deck from back to front since he arrived and I know some of the penalty box passing can give you the fear at times, but you just had to look at Butland last weekend with the ball at his feet to appreciate what we have.

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07 Apr 2024 11:05:26
Obviously Cal-Mac's presence and experience is a big loss for us and a huge lift for them. It's up to the rest to step-up and compete.

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25 May 2024 20:03:24
The booking was cancelled after the VAR decision.

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25 May 2024 10:36:01
The manager and players deserve all the plaudits no matter what. However, PL and his Board also need reminding how much their incompetence hampered and hindered Celtic for much of the season.

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24 May 2024 17:45:02
I agree the pressure is off the support and the players thanks to the form and football that won the SPL. BR has also been confident each time we played them because of our quality and experience and results have reflected this. I never get over-confident or make predictions but hopefully the players can perform and play as they know they can. A |cup win would be a great send-off for Joe Hart and possible others leaving in the summer. I also think Hatate is overdue a goal btw.

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24 May 2024 14:45:46
Good luck to him whatever he decides. His goals, assists and all-round contribution for the majority of the season helped Celtic win another title. I only hope we have several similar or better quality coming in during the summer.

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22 May 2024 19:44:14
Don't know if it was a fitness issue or whether BOTH managers didn't rate him but it has been a disastrous series of events.
We all hope that our Board and Recruitment learn from mistakes and are on the same page as the manager and support, Unfortunately, with situations like this and similar over the years we know better.

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